I accept the explanation of the hon. gentleman that he had not read the evidence. I assumed, of course, that before he complained of the evidence and based an attack on the integrity of a judge upon it, he would have read it. I now quite accept his explanation, and understand better than ever why he made that attack.
I wish to make a personal explanation in answer to my hon. friend. Let me say that while I had not read the evidence in official form, I did read it in the press as it came out, and the newspapers contained very full reports of w.hat occurred from day to day.
I desire to read to the House telegrams received this morning concerning the total wreck of the steamer Pilot on Red Island. In reading the first of these telegrams, I wish it to be a correction of the telegram read yesterday by the Postmaster General (Mr. Oasgrain) from Mr. Thom. Mr. Thom says in this telegram:
Forced to hire Mahone as they did nothing and she was dismantled.
I wired down to Dr. Parrot, president of the Trans-St. Laurent Navigation Co., and here is the telegram received from him this morning. In justice to the company, I think I should be allowed to read it:
Riviere du Roup Station, Que.,
C. A. Gauvreau, M.P.,
Mahone ready twenty-four hours after accident. Arrangements made with Thompson for the rescue of passengers now safe on Red Island. An attempt to reach them failed yesterday on account of the strong wind. Will try again to-day with calm seas. Lots ot ice. Mahone will live up to her reputation and will save the passengers.
This was received early this morning, and coming into this House at three O'clock to-day I was handed a telegram from Dr. Parrot, which I translate as follows:
Passengers and crew of pilot have been all saved this morning by the Mahone.
I hope the Postmaster General will be pleased to hear that news. And, if permitted, now that the Pilot is a total wreck,
I would ask the Postmaster General if he is going to give back to the Mahone-