Hon. CHARLES MURPHY (Secretary of State).
Before the orders of the day are called, I desire to refer to a matter which was brought to the attention of the House
the 8th of this month by the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden). My hon. friend drew the attention of the House to the herosim displayed by Conductor Thomas Reynolds in rescuing a number of people in the wreck of the 21st of January last, at the Spanish river crossing of the Canadian Pacific railway, and suggested that application be made to the imperial authorities for a suitable recognition of the heroic conduct of Conductor Reynolds. Had I been in my seat at the time, I would have been glad to inform my hon. friend and the House that, prior to his inquiry, application had been made for an award of the Albert Medal, the highest honour conferred in such cases by His Majesty the King. Just before coming to the House to-day, I had the pleasure of receiving the following cablegram:
Greatly, pleased to advise you that the King has awarded the Albert medal of first-class to Thomas Reynolds. When received it will be transmitted to you.