This is the same vote as last year. Mr. Weller entered the service of the department in 1883 as an engineer in canal construction and operation. In 1900 he was appointed superintending engineer of the Welland canal, which office he held till 1912 when he was appointed engineer in charge of survey and design of construction of the then proposed new Welland ship canal. He remained in charge of the work till 1917, when it was closed down owing to the war, and his services were dispensed with. From January, 1919, to March, 1927, the services of Mr. Weller were retained in a consulting capacity because of his early connection with the development of the Welland canal plans. He is now retired, and in view of his services it was thought that $3,500 was not an unreasonable allowance to make. He is a very old man and has no other pension rights whatever.