Mr. SAM. HUGHES.
No, what I mean is I had informed my fellow members of the statement made by the hon. member for Beauharnois (Mr. Bergeron) and I mentioned his name last session and told it to a dozen members last session that my friend Bergeron had spoken to me and I said it was a slander, I gave that to the leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) as the reason why I would not drop the agitation before the Public Accounts Committee at the time the First Minister wanted to go to England ; I was going to fight it to a finish, they were going to either prove their Mr. SAM. HUGHES
case or be exposed before the country to be as they have been shown to be. Mind you, I have other data upon it. I can show you just how these gentlemen would go around -not the hon. member for Beauharnois (Mr. Bergeron), because as I say he spoke in all kindness, and wanted me to try and save the party, and save my own reputation by getting out of it-but the agitation was engineered by other gentlemen who went around with that pained expression on their countenances and would say : It is too bad that Hughes and the Minister of Militia are tied up in these things, it is a terrible thing th-at they should be tied up in this way. And oh, my the agony of soul these gentlemen would display in passing around the town and the country, circulating this slander on fellow members and some others who were not fellow members. The data is all available. Here is a letter from another gentleman to show how they are working it, how even within the last two weeks some of them have been trying to work it. The letter is from Colonel Greville Harston, of the city of Toronto, and in it he says :
Some of your good friends have industriously sent it about among some of our best men like John T. Small and Colonel .1. I. Davidson and others that yon have large pecuniary interests in the Ross Rifle company and that you are a director of that company. I of course denied it flatly.
Then follow other matters to show that the insidious falsehood started by this organization has been passing around. I do not know what the hon. member for Beauharnois means, if the words have not a double meaning, by saying: 'In the way he hqs heard indicated; the whole thing is entirely a dream.' The regrettable thing is that the gentlemen who started the agitation did not find out that it was a dream before they started it. It would have been much more to their credit and to the advantage of the country. I have nothing further to say than to repeat, in words as strong as the English or the French language will allow, that the words the hon. member for Beauharnois used expressed the sentiment I have stated in this House on a former occasion and on the present occasion.