Hon. H. R. EMMERSON (Minister of Railways and Canals).
Mr. Speaker, the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) has read a telegram in reference to the stalling of trains at Springhill. I may say that about one o'clock I received a telegram from a gentleman signing himself R. A. Mcntyre, stating in effect what is contained in the telegram sent to my hon. friend. He states here that several trains were stalled and he wishes provision made for feeding the passengers. I communicated at once with Mr. Pottinger, who is in the city, and in reply to the message he says: [DOT]
I have telegraphed down for an explanation. It was probably due to a severe storm that wc had on both Prince Edward Island and the mainland, as you will see by two telegrams inclosed. Will let you have further particulars as soon as I can get them.
One of the telegrams to Mr. Pottinger is as follows :
Snow storm with high wind set in at Halifax iast night. No. 70 stuck at Rockingham ; D. A R. special hauled out, arrived Richmond five twenty. Special with cattle and meats for mail steamer stuck at Rockingham, reached Halifax seven forty. Steamer waited. Halifax yard badly blocked. Nothing could be done after two o'clock. Took three engines to take cattle tr Deepwater.
The superintendent of the Prince Edward Island Railway telegraphed Mr. Pottinger to this effect that:
The storm of last night is still raging ; is extremely severe. All trains tied up till storm abates. We anticipate much trouble to clear the track.
The difficulty seems to have come upon them suddenly. Mr. Pottinger has wired to Springhill Junction in respect to looking after the passengers. My attention only having been called to it at one o'clock I could do nothing in the matter, but I have taken these steps since that time.