Lord Dundonald's Speech at Windsor Banquet. Deplores the interference of politicians with the appointments to the Canadian volunteer force-The condition, he says, is intolerable.
Toronto, June 7.-The 'World' this morning publishes the following sensational story under an Ottawa date :-
A Montreal officer who was present at the military dinner at the Windsor Saturday, stated here to-day that Lord Dundonald's sensational speech, although carefully written out and intended for publication, had been carefully suppressed by the Montreal newspapers.
This is what the general said :
When a nation is in peril the commanding officer had the supreme control of the military appointments, and he is responsible to his country for its efficiency in war. In time of peace, unhappily, through political intriguers, we are in their web, and appointments are made without regard to military efficiency and to the great peril of the nation's safety. Officers in command of the forces of this country should not be selected because of their particular politics, but unfortunately this is the case.
A most flagrant instance of political interference has recently come before me in connection with the appointment of officers in the new eastern townships cavalry regiment, the Scottish Light Dragoons. The commanding officer of the corps had selected officers because of their apparent fitness from a military point of view. The names reached me and were sent to council, and gentlemen, what do you think happened ? The list having my approval was returned with the name of one officer stricken off, and initialed by the Minister of Agriculture.
The gentleman whose name was stricken from the list was Dr. Pickell, the mayor of Sweetsburg, and warden of the county of Mis-sisquoi, a man chosen of the people and well qualified to serve his King and country. His political colour was not, however, that of the Minister of Agriculture, and consequently he was not considered fit to serve his King in the military force of Canada.
' If,' said Lord Dundonald, ' the Hon. Sydney Fisher has been as well versed in soldiering as in agriculture, he would have better understood the responsibilities ot officers, and this would not have happened.'