Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.
I have no knowledge of the history of the office. A responsible firm of lawyers sent in a number of statutory declarations charging this postmaster with certain offences. They charged him with having been a political partisan in the last Dominion election, with having delayed delivering a registered letter, and with having withheld a letter concerning an election in which he was interested. Although to delay the delivery of a registered letter is a serious matter, I would not in this case have condemned the postmaster for that offence, as it might have been due to a mistake. But as regards the letter sent to Mr. Timmerman, here was a case in which the postmaster himself was interested. He was a candidate for the reeveship, and there was a man named Timmerman whom it was desired to get to Wilton.
Subtopic: THOMAS PREST.