tention of an hou. gentleman to such a matter. I have here a telegram of February 23, 1903, signed by the mayor of West Prince Albert. It is as follows :
Canadian Pacific Railway Comany's Telegraph, West Prince Albert, N.W.T.,
February 23, 1903.
Hon. Clifford Sifton,
People of Prince Albert protest against sale of timber berths north of river timber limits passing into hands of speculators to the detriment of settlers.
(Sgd.) J. F. ANSTULL, Mayor.
On February 22 he received a telegram from the president of the board of trade, as follows :
Canadian Pacific Railway Comany's Telegraph, West Prince Albert, N.W.T., February 22, 1903.
Hon. Clifford Sifton,
Minister of Interior,
Am forwarding you to-day resolution passed by board of trade re timber limits to be tendered for on March 7.
(Sgd. J. H. WILSON, President Board of Trade.
Here is the resolution referred to :
Prince Albert, February 23, 1902.
At a meeting of the Prince Albert Board of Trade held to-day the following resolution was unanimously passed:
It has been brought to our attention that in terms of the notice, dated Ottawa, 3anuajy 28, tenders are called for a license to cut timber on Dominion lands in the district of Saskatchewan on the following described berths.
Berth No. 1018, comprising 250 square miles. Berth No. 1049 also comprising 250 square miles.
We consider that in the interest of the town of Prince Albert and the country at large the area tendered for is too large, as few have sufficient capital to tender for such a large block and respectfully suggest that these berths be withdrawn and new tenders called for in blocks of fifty square miles and that the time for receiving same be extended for six months to enable lumbermen to examine limits for themselves.
We also further suggest that action be taken with a view of amending the present Act governing the sale of timber berths.
Sgd.) JOHN H. WILSON, President Board of Trade.
Here is this wonderful ex-Minister of the Interior, this Napoleon of the West, this man of gigantic intellect, this man who made the west-the others only discovered it-with these facts before him, with notice that the regulations should be changed, with a request from responsible people like the mayor of tne town and the board of trade, saying that a resolution had been passed asking that these 500 square miles be not offered in this way, but that the sale be postponed for six months and that it should be in small lots. Why, he has his
office boy write a letter to say that they don't see any reason for changing it at the present time. Here is the letter, dated the 13th of March :
In reply we beg to say that as these berths appear to be advertised in the ordinary manner, it was not thought advisable to make any change.
And this is a Reform government ! Now, Mr. Speaker, if there had been nothing else in this whole transaction, I say we have a right to condemn the ex-Minister of the Interior and the administration on the fact that away back in 1902, with the facts before him as shown to-night by telegrams and this resolution of the board of trade, he made no investigation, he did not postpone the sale. What happened then ? Why, Mr. Burrows did not have the effrontery to-night to deny the statement of my lion, friend from St. Antoine that it was his pul! with the ex-Minister of the Interior that got him these limits. He made a great many other denials, but he did not have the effrontery to make that one. What we say is this, that the ex-minister thought that under the name of William Cowan it would all be hushed up and nobody would know, and it was not until we got Mr. Fraser in the Public Accounts Committee that we knew for the first time that William Cowan's name was used by him under Mr. Burrow's instructions, and that Mr. Burrows provided the $5,000 cheque, and he never saw William Cowan. So here we have the lion, member for Dauphin sitting around with his $5,000 cheque, and we have the door closed against the possibility of bids by any other people, and we have 500 square miles of timber limits going under these circumstances to the brother-in-law of the ex-Minister of the Interior alias W'il-liam Cowan, and Fraser as his satellite. The bon. member for Dauphin says he has no interest in 1049. I am bound to accept his statement. But in looking at the records we find this receipt :
September 11, 1905.
Received from Mr. Theo. A. Burrows, of Grand view. Manitoba,, for John McBain, the sum of $1,250, in payment of one year's rent of timber berth No. 1049 to the 1st of May, 1906, and interest to 7th instant with the exception of $22,000 charged for interest.
(Sgd.) G. U. RYLEY,
Chief Clerk Timber, Mines and Crown Lands Branch, per Frans Loyer, bookkeeper.
Well, the lion, member for Dauphin may be a philanthropist, I dare say he is ; but when he says that he had no interest direct or indirect in this limit, I am astonished at the way he spends his money, and I am surprised that he has so much of it. He did say that he acted as agent for the sale of this property ; but I never yet have been able to discover an agent who was kind enough to pay the rent on the property as 1 to which he was merely agent for the sale.