Consequently he still feels on the 20tli of April, 1901, that there is reason for immediate action. We find again in April of the same year :
I am now in a position, after correspondence with the various authorities to state that Mr. John McLeod has no official status.
Therefore, Mr. Speaker, notwithstanding that this man has no official standing and has no right from a legal standpoint to do so, he is allowed to continue to weigh butter and cheese from that time to this; and when this parliament is just closing, and without action on the part of this government, that man who has no status, that gentleman who is paid-so I understand it, by the men who are actually buying butter and cheese, the man who has no reason to favour the farmer and has every reason to favour the gentlemen who are handling that product at the expense of the farmer- that gentleman still keeps on weighing. The correspondence w-il-1 show, as I proceed, the unfairness of the system under which this product is handled, and I shall convince every lion, gentleman in this House that it is a shame that this parliament closes without giving some relief, and some better assurance that the farmers will be treated honestly. I find this report is dated the 22nd of October, and it gives a list of the names of all those men who are entitled to be weighers, and it does not include Mr. McLeod. Then on May 11, the minister writes to Mr. Bull :
I have yours of the 10th In regard to the meeting at Brockville. I have really nothing to add to what I have already stated. My statements are categorical and I defy anybody to challenge their accuracy. I have
*written to Mr. Hodgson on exactly the same lines as I wrote yourself and Benham, with the exception that in my letter to him I replied to his letter to me and consequently may have used some words slightly different, but the sense is the same as I wrote you. I have already said that the only legal and official weighers are Mr. Cameron and his assistants and that nobody else has any official or legal standing. The law authorizes nobody but the Board of Trade to make these appointments. I therefore cannot make an appointment without a change of the law.
He recognized on May 11, 1901, that we should have a change in the law. Of course this correspondence is very unsatisfactory, as you can understand, because I have not the letters that Mr. Bull wrote, I have not the arguments he advanced, I am not in possession of the information that warranted Mr. Bull in writing as he did to the Minister of Agriculture. But as I proceed you will see an estrangement taking place between him and the Minister of Agriculture. This is very near the beginning of it, when he writes him this peremptory letter. But he admits' here that there should be a change in the law. Then on October 5, the minister writes to Mr. Bull :
I have yours of the 1st October. I have not been able as yet to see my colleagues about this matter, consequently cannot give you any information.
And that was previous to his taking charge of the Department of Militia. You can imagine how busy he has been, when he has the care not only of his own department, but the management and superintendence of the Department of Militia. Then his private secretary writes under date of October 19 :
Referring to your letter of the 18th, I write to inform you that Mr. Fisher left yesterday for Knowlton to return here only on Wednesday next. If the matter of short weights is of immediate importance to you, you had better address him there, although I doubt whether he could attend to it before he returns.
Perhaps he is too busy selecting officers down at Knowlton. The minister writes on October 30 to Mr. Bull :
I beg to acknowledge receipt of yours of the 18th October. I expect to see Sir Richard Cartwright in connection with subject-matter of your communication in a few days