Here again the body of the letter is typewritten, the figures setting forth the amount offered as bonus are written in ink and the signature is stamped. The marginal note on the original shows that $2,500 in cash accompanied the bid. These two tenders of the Imperial Pulp Company (1097 and 1098) are so drawn as to render collusion and fraud possible-were such action intended. It would not have been a difficult matter to have filled in the amounts and to have added the requisite cash after the offerings by the other bidders were known.
Berths 1118 and 1119 on the North Saskatchewan river and West Sheep creek have a combined area of 120 square miles. They are of great value, bearing magnificent timber, worth $150,000 or more. The Burrows interest applied in the fall of 1903. The advertisement was issued on December 10, once in the Manitoba ' Free Press ' and once in the ' Albertan ' and the ' Tribune ' of Calgary. But any one will tell you that this district is tributary to Edmonton, it is up the river from Edmonton and the two advertisements issued in Calgary would not reach any Edmonton man who wanted to tender; there was not a shred of an advertisement in any Edmonton paper. Forty days were allowed from Ottawa to Ottawa leaving four weeks net to explore. Even if an Edmonton man had been tendering he would have had to go 150 miles up the river from Edmonton or seventy miles across the hills from Red Deer to get to the limit. It was impossible for him to explore it. As might be expected, when the day arrived there were no tenders except those from the Burrows interest. It would not do to have it go abroad that there was no competition, so A. W. Fraser was instructed to prepare two bids, one in the name of T. A. Burrows and the other in the name of W. H. Nolan, the deposit in each case being in cash. Nolan was awarded the limit and immediately transferred it to the Imperial Pulp Company. Although the Imperial Pulp Company were the owners of this limit within a few hours of its being awarded to Nolan, the fallacy was kepv up In the books of the department for years that Nolan was the owner of that limit.
These two limits cost the Imperial Pulp Company $1,100 and their value must be in the neighbourhood of $100,000 or $150,000. At all events the limits went for $9 per square mile or about one and a half cents per acre, and these are valuable limits at the headwaters of the Saskatchewan.
I wish to refer to one more limit, No. 1122. The award of this limit was accompanied by every objectionable feature which appears in the case of practically every other limit to which I have referred. The applications were called for on November 27, 1903. They covered seven widely separated tracts amounting to 110 square miles, on the McLeod and Pembina rivers. When this was applied for the department acted immediately. The advertisement was issued on December 15, and the bids were to be received by January 22, 1904; that was forty-three days Ottawa to Ottawa, or four weeks net for any one in Edmonton to explore the limits. If you plot out on the map these tracts which were put up at that time for competition, it will be seen that a man would have to travel 450 miles from Edmonton to simply make a tour of the limits without any examination, and as this would have to be done in the dead of winter it was utterly impossible to explore the limits and put in an adequate bid. The country cannot fail to conceive that it was never intended or expected that anybody but men with advance knowledge would bid on that limit. The whole thing was a lottery as far as any one else was concerned. There were four tenders, McDonald & Frith $1,220 ; J. B. Lamont, $4,000 ; Kenneth H. McLeod, Edmonton, $10,025, and A. W. Fraser, (the Imperial Pulp Company) $11,000. The McLeod tender was doubtless put in by Edmonton people who knew more about the limit than any other group, but the offer of the Imperial Pulp Company was $11,000 which just cleared the jump. If you examine the original tenders of the Imperial Pulp Company what do you find ? The offer consisted of a letter written by A. W. Fraser in his own hand, and signed by him. From the marginal notes it appears there were two cheques, one for $5,000 and one for $6,000. The letter was written at the instance of T. A. Burrows and it was handed to him unsealed and the cheques that accompanied it. were those that he supplied. That is the evidence of A. W. Fraser. The Finnie evidence was that there were two managers' cheques that were issued by him in exchange for cheques given by Burrows and that the $5,000 cheque was the first. Look at the facts. J. B. Lamont offers $4,000 ; Kenneth H. McLeod, $10,025. Then on behalf of the Imperial Pulp Company you have one cheque for $5,000 and another cheque for $6,000 and with these two together the limit goes to the Imperial Pulp Company. I ask if that dovetailing does not
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