There is some reference in this section to a preventive ser-IMr. McKenzie.]
vice. I have had some communications *with the commissioner of the department in regard to a case in my county, in the northern part of Victoria, where complaints are being made about the illicit distillation of liquor. In previous years there were a couple of officers in that part of the country, but a few years ago the Department of Inland Revenue dispensed with the outside officer. The official at Bay St. Lawrence and McLellan was dispensed with, and since then, I am informed, there has been considerable illicit distillation of liquor in that part of the country. I have been requesting the department either to appoint a man or send one down there to look after the business. Only a couple of days ago I had a letter from a respectable clergyman saying that no one had been sent to the district and that this illicit traffic is creating quite an annoyance to himself and others. Is it the intention of the Government to appoint an officer there permanently? It is exceedingly difficult to send a man down there off and on, and it would be much less expensive to have an official on the spot permanently. In winter time, at any rate, it is practically impossible for a man to get there; the place is 125 miles from a railway, and it would be a physical impossibility for a man to get through the large accumulations of snow. There should be an officer on the spot as there used to be; if there were, there would be no trouble of this sort.