Grant was appointed, and on May 9, 1-906, I w-as -informed by official letter that Mr. G-rant would -take charge of the Holland river improvement work.
Had that w-ork been left m my charge -the government would have avoided much unpleasant criticism, and the country spared an absurd extra outlay of several hundred thousand dollars.
Copying Soulanges Canal Plans,
It has been already stated that Mr. Grant, with Mr. Butler's approval, copied from the Soulanges canal plans in the proposed canalizing of section No. 2 of the Holland river; and in doing so they demonstrated the fact that they were unable to differentiate between a great national water-highway route and a small local ditch.
Any engineer undertaking to carry out, almost, any class of work may find old plans or other works to copy from, but unless lie discriminates between relative governing conditions he is liable to seriously blunder, just as in the case of the Newmarket canal; and in this respect it would be no more incongruous to take the statue of ' Venus of Milo ' as a model for a Greek sphinx.