Now will the minister tell us what is done in the matter of getting accurate location for ceal areas that are today under grant in the Rocky Mountains, for example in the territory at the head of the Brazeau waters ? How are those coal areas located ?
The system is laid down in the regulations that where there are no surveys coal claims are located by stakes, just as quartz and placer mining claims are located in unsurveyed territory. Two stakes are planted in the ground which define the claim, the claim extends from stake to stake, and for a certain distance on each side. That is the universal system the world over, and answers the purpose for the time being, until a survey such as I have spoken of in regard to timber limits can be made, or until a survey of the section, township and range is made. I would like to change the wording of this item. It now reads :
Surveys, examination of,survey returns, printing of plans, including $18,000 for irrigation surveys.
I would like to move that $18,000 read $21,000. It does not alter the total vote, it merely takes $3,000 more out of it for irrigation purposes.
Am I correct in the impression that about two years ago a part of Turtle Mountain was resurveyed, that is, township 2 in range 20 and 21 west of the first meridian? It is very desirable that this work should be completed?
When Dominion Lands are up I wish the minister would give us some information with reference to irrigation projects, the Robbins Irrigation Company's application and several large projects which have been mentioned.
Would the minister also take notice that when this matter comes up again we will ask for information about the coal lands purchase of John Howie, the northwest quarter of section 8, township 53, range 8 west of the 5th.
I am very anxious personally to stay very late if possible to get some few items of my estimates through. The condition is somewhat serious with men on the canals and with employees of the Intercolonial Railway. The idea seems to have got abroad among the merchants with whom some of these people deal in purchasing their daily bread that these estimates may not go through for quite a while and it is becoming awkward for some of these men. I would like to get these items through so that if the Supply Bill is put through I shall be sure to have them in for these employees. The Intercolonial estimates, so far as the revenue is concerned, are in a different position from any other estimates. The vote of this House simply means that wre are allowed to use our own money. The income derived from the road has to be paid into the Receiver General and we cannot use it without a vote. It is merely asking for a release of the money the road has earned in order to hand it back to the employees. I want to be away on Monday, as some of my friends do