being paid to do this work of watching these levels they must see that the water which is there, whatever may be its quantity, is supplied evenly to those who use it, I know that will be more effectual than anything I can do.
Now, in regard to the bridge. Of course, if my hon. friend is right in saying that a contractor cannot be expected to do this work in less than six weeks, there is an end to the matter. But I am not aware that there are other bridges to be put on the canal, nor am I aware that this particular contractor, whose name I forget for the moment, has any other work to do on the Lachine canal than the erection of this bridge. If that is the case, and if my information is well founded that the bridge itself can be set in position in half the time, in three weeks or even in four weeks, why should the manufacturers who happen to be there be deprived of the use of this water which is so essential to them for the carrying on of their industry? If my hon. friend will ask the superintendent in Montreal to give his special attention to this question of time he will find that within the period of four weeks he could have the bridge erected and the work which my hon. friend mentioned, which is to be done on other parts of the canal, not so considerable as the erection of the bridge, all complete with a very great saving of time.
Surveys and inspection-railways, $18,000.
Subtopic: SEIZURE OF THE SCHOONER 'AGNES G. DONOHUE.'