Hon. J. D. HAZEN (Minister of Marine and Fisheries):
of agency that in future they are to report in English. Hon. Mr. Lemieux raised the question in Parliament this morning, referring specifically to letter written by you to purser; steamer 'Champlain.' Such action on your part was wholly unauthorized and if report correct you will immediately countermand any orders of that nature issued. Both French and English are official languages, and it must and will remain optional with employees and officers as to which of the two they shall use in reporting.
(Sgd) J. E>. Hazen.
I have not yet received a reply from Mr. Tremaine. T .can understand that, because no doubt the Quebec agency would be extremely busy with matters connected with the dreadful disaster on the river St. Lawrence at Father Point. But I have received the letter which he wrote to Mr. Deschenes, purser on the Champlain, and which was referred to in the newspaper. I do not think that any instructions such as were suggested have been sent out by Mr. Tremaine in any general way. The letter which I think has caused) tnis question to be raised, a copy of which I hold in my hand, is as follows:
Quebec, April 30, 1914.
Sir,-Your remittance of $100 received by Canadian Express to-day and same has been placed to the credit of earnings of the C.G.S. 'Champlain' for the month of April.
In regard to your typewriter, you wrote a personal letter to Mr. Mailloux. Please write one in English, and address it to the agent here, and it will receive attention.
(Sgd) A. de B. Tremaine,
Supt. of agencies,
Mr. J. O. Deschenes,
Purser on C.G.S. 'Champlain,'
I think probably this is the letter that has given rise to the articles that appeared in the press. While it may be very improper that Mr. Tremaine should have told the purser that he must write to him in English, yet 1 think it will be found that no general order has been issued by Mr. Tremaine, and 'I am disposed to think that this is the reason of the misunderstanding that occurred in regard to the matter. In view of the telegram which I have sent, under which any such orders, if issued, will sf- ouee coutif.-GTm nudcd
I do not think that there will be any cause for complaint in regard to this matter in the future.