June 27, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


Rev. D. C.@

Day Unknown.
R. Miller $40,000 or more.
J. Lewis 15,$00
Ross Peters 8,000
Tom. Prest 9,000
H. Walker 8,000
Total $80,000
The following is a list of the gentlemen who signed these declarations and their positions : Name. Worth.
B. Toomey Nothing.
J. Cams "
Tom. Clyde $3,000
M. F. Parrott / 1,000
/ John Carr 2,000
H. Timmerman 100
J. McEwen Nothing.
G. Simmons $1,000
J. Simmons Poor-house now.
Not one of the gang are churchmen .unless Toomey may be ; he is a Roman Catholic.
The foregoing may be hard to understand, but I have put the thing as near as I can, and you can only show the gang up, and the government that took their petition into consideration, when thirty good honest people wrote and requested the post office to be not molested. I may say the post office was to be moved on the 21st December, and a telegram was sent to stay proceedings, and the Postmaster General telegraphed inspector, and he telephoned me to hold it ; this was sent to Postmaster General, I think, by the request of Keech. Dr. Leonar,d, Dr. Vrooman, Herrington, Eeech, Haycock, and Shibley, and Farrell-, the Reform organizer, * were all in it. But the thing was and is rotten. One hundred and fourteen families get mails here and only seven want a change. The Postmaster General got petition and letters from thirty of the Grits and there are only fifty-one altogether and about sixty-three Conservatives.
Now, Mr. Speaker, I think I have made out a pretty strong case against the action of the Postmaster General. If he had taken the pains to inquire into the character and the business capacity of the postmaster and the service he had done during the eighteen years that he held the office, he certainly would have made no change. I have aiiother letter from Mr. Gallagher, dated the 7th of May, 1904. in which he says :
I saw B. Toomey, McEwen and Timmerman and those three claim they never signed nor authorized any one to sign for them, and sav if they did they were drunk.
What about letters from Haycock, Shibley, Keech and Dr. Leonard, and probably from Sir Richard and their organizer Farrell ? Hiram Walker says he wants it thoroughly understood that the Postmaster General was asked by him in three letters to not molest the postmaser.
I would like to call the Postmaster General's attention to the fact that Joseph Haycock is a civil servant, and that Dr. Leonard is the postmaster in my town. I do not wish to make any complaint against either of these gentlemen ; but I wish to call the Postmaster General's attention to the fact that the First Minister said that if any civil servant interfered with politics, he would give him all his time to do so if he liked. I think it most unfair, after a man has run for parliament and been defeated, and has been given one of the best positions in the riding, that he should still be the consulting physician of the government in the riding, as Dr. Leonard I believe is. I believe that the Postmaster General has some letter from Dr. Leonard in reference to this matter. I know that the Minister of Marine and Fisheries had one which he produced the other day from Dr. Leonard in reference to setting the buoys in the Napanee river. I would like the hon. Postmaster General to call the attention of the Prime Minister to this matter and see if he cannot stop it.
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not know the gentleman who has been appointed postmaster,- but I believe the government made a serious mistake. He may be as respectable a man as the other; I have nothing to say against him; but I have a good deal to say against a man taking the stand that the Postmaster General does. I understand that he has been urged strongly to take it, but I think he should have backbone enough to stand up for a man who has done good service for eighteen years. I think Mr. Gallagher's word is as good as that of Mr. Clyde with reference to the registered letters ; besides, the circumstancs are all in favour of Mr. Gallagher in that matter. I think the Postmaster General is to blame for not having given an investigation to see who was right. If he were as strict with all postmasters as he has been with Mr. Gallagher, I have no doubt there would be a good many vacancies to-morrow morning. I will listen patiently to hear wlmt the Postmaster General has to say with regard to the dismissal which I have brought to his attention.

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