Charlottetown. I took
occasion to ask some of the men who were on board the boat about this matter, and they told me-they are men who have been at sea for many years, and know something about these things-that in their opinion the boat was not of the proper type. I think that the department should take this matter up, because the material supplied to men who are engaged in saving life should be of the very highest quality in order that they may be able to render all possible assistance to vessels which may be in distress, without at the same time endangering their own lives. This is, perhaps, more important than any of the other matters that have been brought to the attention of the committee. I am not myself expressing any opinion as to the facts, because I am not' posted on the subject, but it is currently reported that the boats are not of the proper type and are not as good as those used in England or on the continent of Europe. If that is the case, I think the Government ought to take the matter up and see that it is adjusted.