Mr. P. D. MONK.
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to ask the
government if, in the appointment of a commission to inquire into the cause of the explosion at Kingston on the steamer 'Scout,' the government has secured the services of an expert ? The matter has been brought to my attention by a number of people interested in the manufacture of carbide and in the sale of acetylene gas as an illumin-ant. They think very properly that an explosion of acetylene gas just when that substance is beginning to be extensively used as an illuminant is calculated to do serious injury to that industry. Their pretension is that acetylene gas submitted to a pressure of over 30 pounds becomes extremely dangerous, and that where it is submitted to a pressure of 180 pounds, as I am told it was in the case of the accident at Kingston, the danger is much increased, and such would be the effect, not only with acetylene, but other gases as well. They, therefore, consider it very important that an expert, a man quite conversant with the uses to which acetylene gas may be put, should be joined to that commission of inquiry, in order that the facts may be fully brought out and made widely known, and that this industry, which is now being considerably developed, should not suffer because an accident happened under circumstances they consider were calculated to produce the explosion that did occur.