House again in committee on Bill (No. 215) further to amend the Criminal Code, 1892.-The Minister of Justice.
On section 198 a,
Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to six months' Imprisonment -who is an inmate or habitual frequenter of a common bawdy house.
Section 205 as heretofore amended.-By adding at the end of subsection 6 thereof, as enacted by chapter 42 of the statutes of 1901, the following paragraph
(e.) Any distribution by lot as prizes, among the members or tickdt holders of any incorporated society established for the encouragement of art, of any paintings, drawings or other works of art : Provided always that such society has a license from the Secretary of State unrevoked and in full force permitting it to conduct such distributions, it being hereby enacted that the Secretary of State may grant such a license upon evidence to his satisfaction (1) that the society applying therefor is designed bona fide for the encouragement of art ; and (2) that under the constitution of the society the prizes to be distributed by it must consist solely of bona fide works of art, and must be themselves distributed by the society to the prize winners, and must not be repurchased by or on behalf of the society from the ' winners or from any person into whose hands they may come for money or other valuable consideration within a term of years after they are won ; and (3) that the constitution of the society prohibits the distribution or gift by it in any manner whatsoever, directly or indirectly, of prizes consisting of money or of any thing of value other than bona fide works of art as aforesaid : and it being further enacted that such licenses shall continue in force for one year only from the date of issue, hut may be renewed from year to year upon the application of the company, and that it shall be lawful for the Secretary of State, whenever it shall appear to him that any such society Is being perverted from its legitimate purposes, to nevoka and cancel the license issued to any such society, and that any action so taken by (ha Secretary of State shall be final and shall not be called in question by any society affected thereby. And provided^ further that in connection with such distribution the society shall have strictly and bona fide observed such provisions of its constitution and in no way directly or indirectly violated the same or any of them, or by advertisement or otherwise undertaken or announced that it would do anything contrary to such provisions.