Mr. SAM. HUGHES :
They say that my hon. friend the Minister of Agriculture, has never left himself open to any charge of breach of promise, but merely breaches of etiquette. He is open to the charge of breach of etiquette for having overlooked the General Officer Commanding, for having acted in collusion with the Minister of Militia through Colonel Smart, when he brought this Order in Council to the Council meeting without the knowledge of the General Officer Commanding, brought it in a mutilated shape. He has been proven guilty of having interfered in the selection of the officers in the eastern townships and of having overridden the statute of Canada by preventing the General Officer Commanding having a free hand in the selection of officers. He has been proven guilty of having introduced partisan politics into the militia. Let me refer to the words of an American on that subject, Captain Mahan, who showed that the reason why the Canadians defeated the Americans in 1812 was because the Canadians were united, whereas the Americans were disunited and suffered from political meddling and interfering with the troops. Charles Francis Adams, one of the American statesmen and a veteran of the recent civil war, said:
When we were blackened by the smoke of Antietam we did not ask or care whether those who stood shoulder to shoulder beside us- whether he who led us-whether those who sustained us were Democrats or Republicans, Conservatives or Radicals ; we asked only that they might prove as true as was the steel Mr. SAM. HUGHES.
we grasped, and as brave as ourselves would fain have been. 'When we stood like a wall1 of stone, vomiting fire from the heights of Gettysburg, nailed to our position through three long days of mortal hell, did we ask each other whether that brave officer who fell while gallantly leading the counter charge, whether that cool gunner steadily serving his piece before us. midst gasping comrades, crushed and torn, and dying in agony around us, had voted for Lincoln Or Douglas, for Breckenbridg'e or Bell. We then were full gf other thoughts. Wre prized men for 'what they were worth to the common country of us all, and reckoned not of empty words. Was the man true, was he brave, was he earnest, was all we thought of then ; not, did he vote or think with us, or label himself with our party name ?
I commend these words to the First Minister and the people of Canada, and I trust whatever may be the future of the Minister of Agriculture, whether he be dismissed by the Prime Minister or not, we will never have another exhibition such as that which we have had regarding this regiment. The Minister of Agriculture is guilty of presenting-well, Mr. Speaker, I have in my notes the word ' false,' but I am not allowed to use that, so I will say * misleading ' and deceptive