Sir ALLEN AYLESWORTH.
Before the orders of the day are called, I would like to say a word with reference to a matter that was brought to the attention of the House yesterday by the hon. member for Frontenac (Mr. Edwards). It was stated that some articles had appeared in local newspapers complaining of the hardship a prisoner had suffered in being discharged fiom the penitentiary at Kingston at a time when the thermometer was below zero, with insufficient clothing. On seeing the article in the newspaper, I instructed a report on the subject to be asked at once from the warden of the penitentiary. That report has reached me this morning, and I think the substance of it ought to be made public in justice to the warden. This particular prisoner was released under direction of His Excellency as an exercise of clemency a few months before the expiration of his sentence by effluxion of time. He was a man liable to be deported to the United States, a citizen of the United States. All necessary inquiries and arrangements for his deportation as soon as
he should be released from the penitentiary had been previously made, and an officer cf the Immigration Department -was in readiness to escort him across the boundary. The warden says that upon receiving the order for the release of the prisoner he stated that fact to the prisoner, and told him that if he wished he might remain longer in the penitentiary until he could communicate with his friends in the United States or elsewhere if he had any hope that he would receive money from them. It was the prisoner's own wish that he should not wait for any such communication, but should be released at the earliest moment possible. He was accordingly allowed to go. But before leaving the penitentiary he was furnished with the clothing which he had when he came into the institution, end also with a complete new suit, boots, cap and underwear, and he was also furnished with five dollars in money. Instructions were given to the immigration officer who was to accompany him to Ogdensburg that no part of this five dollars was to be expended within Canada. The prisoner was, therefore, when he arrived at Ogdensburg, not penniless, or in the condition which has been represented, and the regulations of the penitentiary, as well as the interests of ordinary humanity, have, in this case, I think, been fully complied with.
Subtopic: CLOTHING OF DISCHARGED CONVICTS