mission concern various departments from time to time, and occasionally more than one department, and it has been found not only convenient but necessary to detach a special officer for the purpose of watching these proceedings and safeguarding the interests of the country. For that reason Mr. Stewart, chief of the Hydrographic Survey was selected. He was appointed by Order in Council, as a temporary measure, to devote his whole time to the consideration of these cases, and he has been very fully occupied. In the United States they have a better system for that purpose than we have. All these matters are dealt with by a board of military engineers; they go to the War Department as a matter of course. We have not any corresponding organization which is so readily available; but we hope to find some more effective means of seeing that the interests of the country are properly safeguarded in these proceedings, some of which are of great importance in many respects. Some have so affected the interests of the provinces that they have been represented by counsel before the commissioners.