April 10, 1905

RESCUE OF CREW OF SCHOONER 'JAMES W.'


On the orders of te Day being called,


CON

Angus Alexander McLean

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. McLEAN (Queen's, P.E.I.).

Mr. Speaker, I have been requested to bring to the notice of the First Minister the fact that in the month of February, 1901, in the Atlantic ocean the captain and crew of the Canadian schooner ' James W.' were rescued by the officers of the steamship ' Dur-

ango' of Sunderland, England, and to ask if any acknowledgment has been made by the Canadian government to the men who at the imminent risk of their lives, during a hurricane, rescued the officers of the schooner ' James W.' The captain of the British steamer is Captain Sam. Wilson, the second officer is Adam Winters ; they and the boatswain and three able-bodied seamen manned a boat and rescued the crew of the Canadian schooner. I understand that no acknowledgment was made by the government of Canada of the heroic conduct of these men, although the matter was represented to the Board of Trade in London, and I have no doubt that that board, according to their custom, represented the matter to the government of Canada.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LATJRIER.

I have to say to my hon. friend that this matter is absolutely new to me. I do not know whether a claim was made or not. If my hon. friend will send me the note which he has in his hand I will be glad to give it immediate attention.

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CANADIAN ARRESTED IN UNITED STATES.

CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. GEORGE E. FOSTER (North Toronto).

Mr. Speaker, I desire to call the attention of the First Minister or of the Minister of Justice to a matter which has, I believe, already been brought to the attention of the Secretary of State. A very worthy and respectable young man from the city of Toronto was lately ordered to the south of the United States for his health. He went by the Atlantic coast to the city of New Orleans and then upon advice went up to a little town called Manderville, a health resort in Louisiana. He had no more than arrived there before he was arrested by the authorities and thrown into prison with a lot of not very desirable companions and he was kept there for some three or four or five days, although he was quite ready and willing to give all the proofs of his identity. There appears, however, to have been no care taken to have these examined at the time. He was mistaken, it was said, for a murderer from Colorado for whom the police were looking. A friend of his, the doctor who ordered him south, heard of his arrest and telegraphed to the British ambassador at Washington and has also, I believe, made representations to the Secretary of State here. The young man was in indifferent health when he went away and of course an occurrence like that has not tended to put him in any better state of health. The young man is Mr. R. M. Walton, of Winchester street, Toronto. I would ask the First Minister or Minister of Justice if they would.see whether any representations have been made. I think that all the facts of the case, statements of the newspapers, &c., are in the Department of the Secretary of State. I shall, however, read this clipping from one of the New Orleans papers :

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CON

Angus Alexander McLean

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. McLEAN.

R. M. Walton, lately of this city, was arrested at Mandeville yesterday and taken to Covington on the supposition that he was Milton Franklin Andrews who is wanted in Colorado for the murder of his wife, Mrs. Bessie Bouton, on or about October 5th, 1904.

It appeas, however, that the officials were over-zealous In the matter, and that Walton is by no means the man wanted. He insisted that it was a case of mistaken identity and when arrested -was inclined to give a complete description of his history and his whereabouts. He said that he came from Canada and that he had come from there via New York and steamer line to Mobile, and then to New Orleans, where he had presented letters to parties with whom he became acquainted. Investigation showed that this was true, and that Lukian Payne of Marshall J. Smith & Company, knew him well. Mr. Payne said last night there had evidently been a great mistake made as Walton had excellent letters from the Western and the British American Insurance Comp-mies of Toronto, and he had Introduced Walton at the Pickwick [DOT]Club, where they had lunched.

According to the description given, the man wanted in Colorado did not eat Pickwick Club lunches or any other lunches of that sort, but subsisted on Battle Creek Sanitarium foods and malted milk. He has a scar on his fane. Walton has a sear on his face, and occasionally in Mandeville he drank celery tonic, and these two things sbemed to he considered sufficient evidence by the officials there to warrant his arrest on the charge of murder, for otherwise the descriptions did not tally at all. Walton is very indignant about the whole matter and threatened yesterday to appeal to the British consul. He will undoubtedly be released today.

There is no necessity of reading other newspaper extracts referring to this case. It is a matter that I think should be looked into as it is a case in which the welfare of a very reputable citizen is involved.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I do not remember that this matter was ever brought to our attention, and I doubt if it was brought to our attention at all. I have not heard of it, but I shall inquire immediately.

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NEW MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR- HON. FRANK OLIVER.

LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received a notification of a vacancy having occurred in the representation of the electoral district of Edmonton, by the acceptance of an office of emolument under the Crown, to wit: the office of Minister of the Interior, by Frank Oliver, Esq., member for the said electoral district. I have accordingly issued my warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to make out a new writ of election for the said electoral district.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

On Friday last I told my hon. friend (Mr. R. L. Borden) that if he renewed the question he then put to me I would give him an answer. The answer is before him now'.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I am very much gratified that my persevering efforts have at last been rewarded with success ; I doubt very much if my right hon. friend would have screwed up enough courage if we had not stirred him up from day to day. However, I do not know that we can congratulate him very much on his courage after all, for it has taken six or seven weeks to bring it to the sticking point. It would seem to have been equally possible to have made this appointment some four, or five, or six weeks ago, and to have had the advantage of a Minister of the Interior during the discussion on this Bill. I do not know whether I am called upon to congratulate my hon. friend from West Assiniboia (Mr. Scott). He was pointed out to us by the Liberal press of the country as the gentleman who, above all others, was fitted to fill this position, and we were told in pretty plain and distinct terms that he would be selected. The ex-Minister of the Interior (Mr. Sifton) told us, just about as distinctly as such things are ever told in this House, that the late member for Edmonton (Mr. Oliver) was to fill the position of Prime Minister of one of the western provinces. The *programme was very pretty-my hon. friend from West Assiniboia (Mr. ' Scott) was to be Minister of the Interior and Mr. Oliver was to be Prime Minister of one of the western provinces. That was the programme laid down by the government press, and it would be interesting to know why that programme has been so abruptly and suddenly changed. However, we are glad that the government have at last taken some action. I do not know whether my hon. friend from West Assiniboia (Mr. Scott) has in his pocket a letter of the description which was given some years ago to Mr. Francois Langelier, of Quebec, telling him what would be done at the end of the session. I sincerely trust that my hon. friend (Mr. Scott) has some oral or written assurance of that kind. Be that as it may, on this side of the House we can only wait and see what the developments will be.

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LIB

Armand Renaud La Vergne

Liberal

Mr. ARMAND LAVERGNE (Montmagny).

Now that the challenge of the hon. member for South York (Mr. W. F. Maclean) has been accepted by the member for Edmonton (Mr. Oliver), I wish to know if the resignation of the hon. member for South York has been tendered to Mr. Speaker. The absence of the hon. gentleman (Mr. W. F. Maclean) might indicate that; but, of course, I would like to know officially.

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CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. H. G. BERGERON (Beauharnois).

I thought that I might be out of order had I referred to this subject, but the remarks of the hon. member for Montmagny (Mr. A. Lavergne) have given me an opportunity to speak. I may remind my hon. friend that some years ago Mr. Oliver, the new Minister of the Interior, was in a very ugly mood towards the Galicians who settled in

his county. I am now informed there are now about 7,000 of these settlers, who are very good voters, and I have no doubt Mr. Oliver would not have accepted the portfolio unless he were able to count on the vote of these same Galicians. I commend to hon. gentlemen opposite the pages of ' Hansard,' in which they wall find some very threatening language used by Mr. Oliver against these Galicians, but I have no doubt he will find them good enough now to try and get their votes.

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LIB

Armand Renaud La Vergne

Liberal

Mr. A. LAVERGNE.

That is not much of an answer to my question.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order.

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LANDS IN NEW PROVINCES-INTERVIEW WITH MR. BULYEA.

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Mr. I@

I notice that in an interview given by Mr. Bulyea, one of the members of the government of the Northwest Territories, which is to be found in the columns of the Regina ' Standard,' of date April 5th, 1905, there is this paragraph :

Besides, the Dominion government retaining the land, it naturally devolves upon them to assume the responsibility of opening up and developing the country and railways will have to go to them for assistance. During the conference the members of the federal government agreed to assume this responsibility.

The only part of the interview I desire to call attention to is this paragraph, so that I do not feel it necessary to read the whole. I wish to inquire from the Prime Minister whether or not, in addition to that which appears on the face of the Bill, there is any agreement or understanding such as that which is referred to in the paragraph of the interview which I have quoted ?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I do not know that there is any agreement upon that. I am sure there is not; but in the discussions which took place, we stated that the policy of the government with regard to railway subsidies would be the same as usual, and would not be departed from so far as parliament would come to a conclusion on it. That is all there is on that suDject.

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PRIVATE BILLS.

April 10, 1905