What arrangement was made between the Government and Martineau I do not know. In any case, they have a complete telephone line in Dorchester now, and the people who worked on the construction of it have not been paid.
Maintenance and operation of water storage dams on Ottawa river and tributaries-surveys in connection therewith and settlement of land damages, $125,0'00.
I propose to make a thorough investigation of this matter before the money is expended.
To pay Western Dry Dock and Shipping Co., Limited, of Port Arthur, a portion of the fifth payment of subsidy due them upon their completion of the work covered by the agreement ratified by Chap. 57, 3-4 George V., 1913, notwithstanding that the work is not completed, $35,641.50.
The work was not entirely completed and therefore we are paying them less than the amount that wo would be required to pay them by statute. For that reason we are taking a special vote. Otherwise the department would go by statutory authority.
That is in the same category as the Upper Ottawa Improvements.
I intend to make a pretty careful investigation of this matter. It is an old custom under which the Government of Canada practically takes charge of transporting all the lumber down the Ottawa river. It may have been necessary a hundred years ago and it possibly may be necessary to-day but I would like to know a little more about it before we branch out to any great extent.
We have taken out the draw and I think there was an arrange-' ment made to sell the material to the city of Kingston at a pretty reduced price. It >s practically understood that the city will take the material but we are getting something out of it.
Yes, we are removing the piles and selling the material to the-city. There was a delegation from Kingston here. I do not know -that we concluded an absolute contract, but still I think it was pretty well settled between us.
With reference to the item, " Burlington channel bridge," has this anything to do with the Burlington revetment wall for which a contract was awarded and in regard to which, I understand, the balance has been more or less in dispute.