Mr. Speaker, before toat matter is taken up, I take the liberty of drawing the Prime Minister's attention to the fact that next Tuesday will be the 12th of July, which is a day honoured by a great many people of the Dominion of Canada, and a day on which a great many members of the House would like to get away to different parts of the country. T would, therefore, ask the Prime Minister if he would be good enough to take it into his consideration, and let the House have a holiday on the 12th of July ?
Hon. H. R. EMMERSON (Minister of Railways and Canals).
I was asked to give a statement as to the bridges that were to be strengthened after the appropriation of $385,000 is exhausted. This is exclusive of the Oxford and New Glasgow and Cape Breton railways. The bridges and estimates are : East River, $75,000 : Shubenacadie, $24,000 ; Stewiacke, $16,000 ; Elmsdale, $25,000 ; Enfield. $14,500 ; Hall's Creek, $3,000 ; Hammond River, $32,000; Bic, $14,500; Isle Verte, $25,000; St. Henri, $46,000; Har ris' mill stream, $4,000. There are also a number of small bridges on which it is estimated that we shall require plate girders to the amount of $11,500, and rolled beams to the amount of $18,000. The whole, after making an allowance for estimated credits, will amount to $280,000.
I was asked to furnish some information respecting the protection to Grand Narrows Bridge. I find that I was a little in error in giving the prices of timber. For two inch creosote sheathing the lowest tender, that of Wyckoff Creosote Co. of Stamford. Conn., at $45 per thousand feet board measure, was accepted. For ballast
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poles, A. Mackenzie, of River John, was tlie successful tenderer at one and three-quarter cents per lineal foot. Hemlock logs, ten inches, was given to D. McLean, Orangedale. at six cents per lineal foot for a portion and another portion was let to R. McGregor & Sons, of New Glasgow, at seven and a half cents. Hemlock logs, twelve inches, was given to R. McGregor &. Sons of New Glasgow at nine and three-quarter cents per lineal foot. Square timber was given the same firm at $10.50 per thousand feet board measure. I was asked by my hon. friend from South Lanark (Mr. Haggart) for the name of the party who got the contract for car couplers. It was given to Geo. McAvity, of St. John, and the Monarch Coupler Co., of Detroit. The price to McAvity is $17.50 delivered in Montreal, and to the Monarch Coupler Co. $17 delivered in Detroit. What page of ' Hansard ' did my hon. friend refer to a few moments ago ?
6121 and the following. On 6121 there is a reference to a bridge. The hon. member for Hamilton said he wanted some information, and perhaps that is what the hon. minister has just given. The minister said then :
X will give a list oi forty bridges for which the Dominion Bridge Company has a contract. I can give the names of the bridges hut not the exact amount required for each bridge. I could probably furnish that later.
I have given that just now. On page 6124 I find that the hon. member for Hamilton asked me how many new freight cars have been furnished with the brake equipment, and also how many, cars out of service have been rebuilt and equipped. In reply I would say that 207 new freight cars were purchased, equipped with Master Car Builders drawbars, and 383 have been rebuilt and equipped.