Mr. E. COCHRANE (East Northumberland).
I was at the meeting of the coTnmittee and asked this officer a question concerning his duties. He said that all he could do under the Act when the twine was not of proper length, was to confiscate it and to fine the parties. But if he found the twine without tags, he could not do anything under the Act. In that case the law should be amended. If we are satisfied that this man has no right to impose a fine and confiscate, this report should not be circulated. If no man should be fined without a trial, and if a magistrate only has the power to fine, this officer has been exceeding his duty and we should not send out a report which would give a false impression of his powers.