$1,200 a year after thirty-three years' service. There is a sort of arbitrary rule that permits of the granting of some sort of gratuity when public servants die or leave the service, and I presume that is what this widow has received. I feel that I would be neglecting my duty if, on this item, I did not take the opportunity of asking the minister, according to the principles of equity that ought to govern governments and that would govern private individuals, to take this case into, not the ordinary formal way of putting it, his serious consideration, but his heartfelt consideration, and to place in the Estimates a substantial sum that would in some manner put the Government right in this case, perhaps by setting apart the sum of $5,000, an annuity to pay to the widow. I think that would be a fitting recognition of faithful service performed to all governments by a public employee who
was so unfortunate as to lose his life under such harrowing circumstances. I therefore ask the minister to oblige the widow by rising to that height, to which I think the Government of this country ought to rise, and straining a point in this case. If he says: Where are you going to draw the line? If we do this in this case, we shall have to do it in some other case. In such an event I would make answer that these cases are very rare, and possibly all the members of this House will have passed away before such a thing occurs again. If you compute the interest upon the sums paid in for thirty-three years from year to year, and bear in mind that nothing whatever has been received and cannot be received, I submit that it should meet with the approval of every member if a substantial sum is placed in the Supplementary Estimates for this widow. Mr. Tye's father was a good Liberal, but that does not prevent me pressing this just claim. I hope the minister will take the matter into his consideration and act accordingly.