evidence. But, Mr. Pringle begins to find out the authority that Mr. Henderson had and he comes up against this fact that it is simply to be an examination, that Mr. Henderson is not a royal commissioner and that he has no power to summon witnesses and to examine them on oath. Immediately when this comes out the Rev. John Pringle says that he cannot undertake to carry on an investigation in the Yukon, bring his witnesses and face all the opposition that he will have there unless these witnesses are to he examined under oath and he can be protected as a royal commission or a commission appointed to examine under oath alone could protect him. On the 2nd of October, 1907, he says, writing to Alex. Henderson, commissioner, Yukon : .
Dear Sir,-I am prepared for the investigation which you have been instructed to hold into the charges which I have made of scandalous living on the part of J. T. Lithgow and [DOT]1. E. Girouard, prominent public servants in the Yukon.
He specifies his charge against both of these gentlemen and continues :
I have to complain that similar charges have been made by myself and others during the past four or five years, and that the. government has until now ignored the charges and palliated the evils.
I shall give the names of my witnesses as soon as the date and place of investigation are fixed.
(Sgd.) JOHN PRINGLE.
Then the date and place were fixed. Then comes the refusal of Mr. Pringle. I think I can best show that by reading a letter which he writes to Hon. Frank Oliver, as follows :
Dawson, Yukon Territory, October 18, 1907. Hon. Frank Oliver,
Minister of the Interior.
Sir,-Inclosed is a copy of a letter sent by me to Commissioner Henderson with reference to the investigation into the scandals connected with the names of Messrs. Lithgow and Girouard, controller and registrar of this territory, respectively. .
I think that the position which I take therein is reasonable.
When the government appoints an investigator with the power to subpoena, commit and protect witnesses, I shall be ready with overwhelming proof of the truth of the charges I have made.
To us, who have lived here for years, whose moral sense these officials have habitually outraged, it seems almost ridiculous that the government should require any formal investigation. The kind of thing against which we pro'est, in the public service has had a very impressive illustration here in the last few
More than two months ago nearly $40,000 in gold in transit from the American side was stolen from the post office in i . %"a
principal in the robbery and who died at is believed by his own hand, while under arrest,