Hon. Mr. STEWART:
1, 2 and 7. Howard Colley and George Reid were reported by Gold Commissioner Dawson as possessing the required qualifications for the position of acting mining recorder at Mayo during the temporary absence of Recorder Gillespie.
4 and 5. Answered by No. 3.
6. Howard Colley was engaged because he was considered to be the most suitable man for the position. He commenced his duties on October 2.
8 and 9. The department had no information as to whether either Mr. Colley or Mr. Reid were returned soldiers, and as engagement was only for short temporary period during absence permanent official, this point was not raised.
Subtopic: MAYO MINING RECORDER