I desire to allude to a
matter which I mentioned a few weeks ago. At that -time we had tidings of a very regrettable disaster which had befallen a number of fishermen of Newfoundland. I then informed the House that the Government intended to bring down an appropriation of the sum of $10,000 to assist in the relief of the families of those who had been lost. Since that time it has transpired that, most unfortunately, the disaster was much greater than then known. It has been definitely ascertained that1* the steamer Southern Cross with a very large number of persons on board has been lost and that the number of sufferers will be two or three times as great as when I made the announcement to the House previously. Under the circumstances, I think we shall all agree in the desirability of increasing the appropriation. I take the opportunity of announcing that we propose to increase the grant from $10,000 to $25,000 for the purpose of relieving those who have suffered in this way.
Subtopic: PROPOSED AID FOR SUFFERERS.