Mr. T. I. THOMSON.
All I can say is that if they do not purchase vessels with any greater success than they sell them, I think it would be much better to take the matter out of their hands. Last session I [DOT]called attention to the sale of a splendid steamer, the Bayfield, which had been engaged in the survey of the Georgian bay, for $3,250. If the policy of the government is to purchase vessels on the same principle on which they sell them, it would be far better to place the business in the hands of anybody but the government officials. In view of our experience of the past, I think it would be well to have full information before we pass this item.