It would appear from this letter that this correspondent had, along with others, applied for this particular portion of land before it was thrown open for entry. He got word by a letter from Brandon that the land would" be open on a certain date, and the next morning he 'phoned in and found there was a prior entry, that a gentleman had appeared in person and secured the entry, notwithstanding that he had not been amongst the previous applicants. This is only one of similar complaints which I have had in reference to land in other districts. Certainly this particular regulation may be abused and is being abused by those who have knowledge of when the land will be thrown open. The minister will remember that certain lands taken out of the Riding Mountain timber reserve were advertised publicly as about to be thrown open and scores went to the Dauphin land office only to be told that the order had been cancelled and the lands would not be thrown open. Up to the present they have not been thrown open, but squatters have been permitted to go in there and have been told by inspectors that their rights will be protected. For instance in township 18, range 19, there are quite a number of settlers located not only on the even, but on the odd-numbered sections, and they say they have paid their money into the Dauphin land office, although they have not yet received their certificates. I have not had an authoritative statement from the minister as to whether these squatters will receive priority when they go on homesteads.