The Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce.
Trade and Commerce Department, Ottawa, December 23, 1909.
Sir,-In reply to your letter of t December 21, I beg to send you herewith evidence submitted by the Acadia Steamship Company showing that the fruit and other perishable produce carried on the above service was delivered at port of destination in good and satisfactory condition in so far as proper storage and ventilation thereof were concerned. .
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
F. C. T. O'HARA, D.M. The Auditor General.
Audit Office, Ottawa, December 28, 1909.
Sir,-I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 23rd instant inclosing tern-perature chart3 of the steamers 1 Atlantis and ' Katinka ' which performed the voyages between Annapolis, Nova Scotia, and London, England, during the apple season, 1909, the subsidy for which you have asked payment in your application of 16th instant.
' Were the fruit cargoes of these steamers examined in the interests of the department at the port of destination, by any person in a position to certify that the fruit was in good condition at the end of the voyage?
I am. sir, vour obedient servant,