Yes, but in the so called hold up in 1896 there never was an hour when the necessities of the public service were not provided for. In all the discussions in 1896. supplies
were available, the public servants were being paid, the public works were going on, contracttors were getting their money and they were paying their workmen, and these, in turn, were paying the grocer, the butcher and the baker
all the wheels of government were turning and there was no obstruction. That is not the condition to-day. Supplies that were held up in 1896 were the supplies of a future period, and there was always abundant money for the immediate purpose of the government. That is not the situation today. To-day, by the exercise of a privilege that this House mistakenly has given to the minority, a privilege which is not granted in the mother country, a privilege which is not granted in the corresponding body at Washington, a privilege more liberally interpreted in this House than in any other legislative body in the world, hon. gentlemen opposite have been able to hold up the supplies and prevent the people of this country from getting the money which is their due.