The Act calls for stamps representing a certain quality of gold in the article, and if the stamp is not on it is prima facie evidence that the article is not gold. The principal change in this Bill is the difference between nine and ten carat gold. The former Bill prevented nine carat jewellery coming in from Great Britain. The change in this Bill is to conform with the English trade mark rather than with the American. It is a well understood fact that the English hall mark cuts down the quality of gold stamped on the article. The American Act says that while it is stamped ten carats it must contain at least nine and a half carats of gold, and that if the article is soldered it must contain not less than nine carats, Seventy-five per cent of the jewellery that came in from the United States stamped ten carat was really only nine carat. It would have been a great injury to the retail jewellery business in this country had they continued the ten carat mark for the simple reason that retailers have an immense business in those nine carat hail mark goods and they are excellent wearing articles. I have a letter from one of the largest wholesale and manufacturing jewellers in Canada who says :
We think it would be in the interest of the trade if the Bill were put through in its present shape this session.
The wholesale dealers, the manufacturers and retailers have had over twenty meetings in Toronto over this Bill and practical-
ly the Bill, as presented to-day, is their own drafting.