1. Has the Government received the follow-
lug petition from certain farmers in the province of Alberta:
' We, of the United Farmers of Alberta residing in that part of Alberta, known as the dry belt, do petition you for a release from payment of the regular fee of $3 per acre for onr pre-emptions on the following ground:
' Whereas, during our residence of three years or more here we have been unable to make expenses owing to the crop failure due to drought; and whereas the United States Government is giving settlers throughout the dry belt in that country the concession which we are now asking, and also allows them to make proof on homestead and pre-emption in three years;
' And whereas, one quarter section of land is not sufficient for successful dry farming, we
believe it will be for the best interests, not only for this part of Alberta but for the whole province, to grant this petition, thereby encouraging the homesteader to remain on his homestead and master the art of dry farming, thereby developing this part of the Dominion in the only way possible.'
2. If so, is it the intention of the Government to take any action to meet the request made in this petition?