The minister showed me the file in his office and we read the letters over, and when I asked him about getting copies he said I would have to move in the House for them. I did move but they were not brought down. Will the minister show me these letters that are not on the file if I go to his office?
The Postmaster General understands my object well enough. If I remember aright some of those letters on that file and which were not brought down were not marked 'private'. I think I could name some of them. I know something
about these private letters, and if I had not known, the minister would probably not have shown them to me.
I moved for certain papers concerning the dismissal of a -postmaster and when they were brought down a petition asking for the dismissal of this gentleman and the appointment of another in his place was not on the file. Would, the minister consider such a petition private?
Scholastique, Mr. Raymond, has been dismissed and I know there were petitions signed in Ste. Scholastique asking for his dismissal and recommending two parsons in his place, namely, the actual postmaster and Mr. SauvA When I moved for all the correspondence, petitions, etc., with reference to the matter, the papers were brought down but those petitions were not included.
I would like to bring to the attention of the Postmaster General a matter which I think properly comes under this item. I refer to the case of one William P. Tye, who was a mail clerk in the public service. On the 4th of February, 1911, while on duty between Richwood and Paris, I think on the Grand Trunk railway, this employee was on a train which was wrecked. The result of the wreck was that the car in which Mr. Tye was performing his duties was burned, and he lost his life. Nothing was found of the poor unfortunate man's remains, the only thing that was discovered being the bunch of keys that he had carried in his pocket. Application has been made to Mr. Clare, the hon. member for South Waterloo, by the widow who lives in that riding, and I have a letter from the son of the deceased who lives in the riding that I have the honour to represent. It appears that the car in which this man was performing his duties was of ancient construction; and the other cars being more modern were
stronger, and the impact was more felt in the car in which he was riding than in the other cars. As a result it was crushed in the impact, set on fire; and as I said before, his body was cremated. The widow was granted by this Government what is said to be the usual allowance, namely $200, equal to two months' salary. She has four children; and if she had been left to the tender mercies of the usual methods pursued by Governments, she would be rewarded with the $200 which she has actually received. The circumstances are rather harrowing in their details, and I do not intend to give them. It is sufficient to say that Mr. Tye had been thirty-three years in the public service as mail clerk for the various governments of this country, and he had paid into the superannuation fund during that period a sum of between $500 or $600. The widow gets back $200, and the Government keeps the rest. Under the circumstances it seems to me that a widow left to support a family of four children, having a husband burned to death in that manner and the remains cremated so that there was not even the opportunity for Christian burial, should at the hands of the Government receive some special treatment. If the man had lived two years longer he would have been entitled to superannuation. He was burned to death at the age of fifty-two years. His record, as shown by the department files, is honourable and absolutely flawless; he had been a faithful public servant.