The rules will be the same for everybody. The board of examiners is composed of officials of the department. Sometimes they take an outsider to aid in the examination. I do not flunk that the question of patronage has ever arisen.
tern of allowing pilots to be engaged by the year by steamship companies. It lias become a very serious question as to what regulations we will adopt in order to distribute the work more equally. That question will be taken up by the shipping federation and the department within a few days, and I think we will come to some arrangement that will be satisfactory.