Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.
Since my hon. friend has referred to that, I may say that this is what took place. I found that the General Officer Commanding, without my consent, without consulting me, was making a trip to the islands referred to, about which so much discussion has taken place. I telegraphed to the General Officer Commanding to be good enough to get a letter which I was writing to him, and which would be addressed to Victoria, British Columbia. That letter requested him particularly, under the circumstances, to say nothing in public with reference to the matter. He disregarded my instructions absolutely. He got the letter, but paid no attention to it. He took the very first opportunity to make speeches, and he made them on every public occasion in British Columbia.