May 30, 1914

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 218, to incorporate the International Suburban Railway Company.- Mr. Lewis. Bill No. 219, for the relief of John Robinson.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 220, for the relief of Helen Vin^berg.-Mr. Porter.


MONTREAL HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS.


Hon. J. D. HAZEN (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 221, to amend the Montreal Harbour Commissioners Act, 1894. He said: This Rill deals with the question of the taxation of the property of the Harbour Commissioners of the city of Montreal. It is the intention to prevent such property being liable for assessment. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


"OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS IN FRENCH.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. HAZEN (Minister of Marine and Fisheries):

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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.

Tours sincerely,

(Sgd) A. de B. Tremaine,

Supt. of agencies,

for agent.

Mr. J. O. Deschenes,

Purser on C.G.S. 'Champlain,'

RiviSre-Ouelle Wharf.

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.

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IMMIGRATION OF HINDUS.


On the Orders of the Day being called.-


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I desire to ask the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Roche) what is

the situation, according to his latest advices, with regard to the Hindu immigrants and their admission into Canada?

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William Roche

Liberal

Mr. ROOHE:

I have not had any fresh information within the last twenty-four hours. They are putting the immigrants through a (very thorough examination which, up to the latest reports, we have received, has not yet been completed.

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LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. ROCHE:

I understand that about twenty claim former 'Canadian domicile, but these have not all been admitted by the department, inasmuch as at least one of them had been previously deported and is trying to regain admittance into the country.

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LIB
LIB

LOSS OF THE KARLUK.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

Will the Minister of

Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Hazen) give to the House such information as he may have with regard to the steamer Karluk, in respect of which some reports have recently appeared in the press?

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

A telegram has been received dated St. Michael, Alaska, May 29, from Captain Robert Bartlett of the schooner Karluk, which carried the northern party of the Stefansson expedition. Captain Bartlett reports that the Karluk was wrecked by ice pressure and sank January 11, sixty miles north of Herald island. As preparations had been made early in the season to leave the ship, the party camped comfortably on the ice.

A couple of advance parties were sent during the winter towards. Herald island and Wrangel island and the main party landed on Wrangel island on March 12. This party consisted of Malloch, McKinley and Mamen of the scientific staff, and Bartlett, Munro, Williamson, Hadley, 'Chafe, Templeman, Maurer, Brady and Williams of the crew, and one Eskimo family. The party had eighty-six days supplies per man. Driftwood and game are abundant on the island. Bartlett left the party March 18 and made his way over the ice to the Siberian coast and then south to Emma harbour, where he was picked up by a trading ship and brought to St. Michael, Alaska.

Wrangel island is a large island, seventy miles by twenty-five miles, in the Arctic ocean off the coast of North East Siberia, about 140 miles from the mainland and some 300 miles from the Alaskan coast.

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May 30, 1914