Major-General MEWBURN: This vote is to provide for the salaries of caretakers of armouries, clerks, charwomen and messengers. Additional help of this kind employed since the war has been paid out of the war appropriation vote. The increase of $10,000 is accounted for by an increase in wages to some of the caretakers. I can give my hon friend the details if he desires them.
I will ask the Chairman to be a bit more patient and to give us time to consider the items that come up for our consideration. I would like the minister to state whether any of these items have reference to the Ross rifle?
I d'o not know who the caretaker of Valcartier Camp is, but McBain is a very honoured name. It is enjoyed by the descendants of Major McBain who fought at the capture of Quebec and settled at Valcartier. Ever since that time the name' has been an honoured one in the locality. I do not know the caretaker of Valcartier camp, or whether the oflice is filled by a McBain, but if it is the gentleman comes of a good family. Let me tell the committee that Colonel William
McBain is a gentleman who has done yeoman service for this country since the war broke out. He has saved the department hundreds and thousands of dollars, and Canada, and the city of Quebec in particular, owes him a deep debt of gratitude.
Transport of the staff is estimated to cost $20,000, Whilst transport of the active militia is estimated at $15,000. The staff cost $20,000 for transportation and the troops only $15,000.. These items appear to be funny, because surely there are more troops than staff to be transported?