Hon. JAMES SUTHERLAND.
The post office inspector at Charlottetown, in submitting to the department the contract which expired on the 30th September, 1S99, reported that the contractor for the Sea Cow Pond and Tignish mail service was willing to renew his contract, so that it might be presumed that he had inquired of the contractor if he would be prepared to accept the contract for another term.
Tenders were not invited for the service, but a contract was made with Mr. Thomas Nelligan, at the same rate, that is $35 a year. In January last, the contractor applied for an increase of pay, and the matter having been referred to the inspector, that official reported that the rate was lower than any other rate paid in his district, and would not be called a fair compensation. The inspector suggested that $50 a year be paid, and the department accepted the recommendation. The service is semi-weekly, over a route 7i miles in length.
Subtopic: MAIL SERVICE IN PRINCE COUNTY, P.E.I.