I stand corrected in that, then. But what I was quoting from was the full year's returns, ending 31st March, 1910. Therefore, I was taking a year's returns. The hon. gentleman has not given us the. year's imports, he has taken only one month, and then he multiplies it by 12. But supposing none came in, or scarcely any, during the other II months, that shows nothing. He must challenge my figures, which every one will admit are the proper basis to take for an argd-ment, and show how much of these goods came into the country during the whole year. I took the last completed year, and if any one will make the calculation and show that I made a mistake, I will stand corrected. I took the returns from the books we had with us in Washington, I *made my calculations on these, and I stand by those calculations until some one can prove they are wrong. Every hon. gentleman has the trade and navigation returns for the complete year in his desk, and, therefore, he has the figures. I think you will find that my calculations of the total importations during the whole year would amount to an ounce and a quarter for every man, woman and child in the country. I do not want to follow the hon. gentleman in anything approaching insolence or effrontery. I think it is quite out of taste for him to call in a minister to listen to personal abuse. I have to say here again what I said once before, that I endeavour always to treat every member with the utmost courtesy. But I do not want it to be forgotten that, though I am a minister, I am also a member of parliament, and I have the same right to courtesy that every other member has and no more. But the simple fact that I occupy a seat in the ministry is no justification for any hon. gentleman in this House to think he is at liberty to address to me language that he
would no*t apply to others. Last night 1 was sent for, and came into the House to listen to him. It is not evidence of very good taste to summon a person from his needed rest to come in here and listen to personal abuse, to be told that he has made statements that are false in their nature, to hear allusions to his business. It is true that I am engaged in a small business, and if any hon. gentleman can point out anything disreputable in connection with it, he is at liberty to do so. But I want to remind the hon. gentleman that in making a remark of that kind, while I may happen to have some money invested in a certain business, it is a very small amount in comparison with what is invested in that business _ by other men scattered through the Dominion. Therefore, when he endeavours to make out that there is something wrong and disreputable in that business, he is doing an injury, not to me personally, but to men who hold millions of capital invested in this industry.