Well, Mr. Speaker, what I wish to say is that the House should not adjourn until they discuss the question which I propose to bring before them ; and time after time members of this House have exercised the right of calling the attention of the government and the country to important matters on the motion to adjourn. I will only take up the time of the House for two or three minutes. In the New York Tribune of yesterday, there is the following despatch :-
St. Petersburg, Feb. 15.-M. De Witte, Minister of Finance, has issued a decree regarding the application of an increased tariff to certain imports from the United States. The decree is based upon the first paragraph of Article 628 *of the customs statute.
The decree is issued in retaliation for Secretary Gage's order imposing a countervailing duty of 32 cents on each pood (about thirty-six pounds), of Russian bounty-paid sugar imported into the United States, and it is believed that a grave crisis has been reached in trade relations between the United States and Russia.
The immediate effect of the Russian decree, when it becomes operative on March 1, will be to increase by 50 per cent the duties on American steel and iron goods. These goods already enjoy two separate reductions, 30 per cent and 20 per cent from the conventional duties. The articles referred to in the Russian decree are machinery and tools of every kind, manufactures and products of cast iron and steel. The addition of 50 per cent to the duty will, it is thought, prove practically prohibitory.
Topic: ST. CATHARINES, ONT., WATER SUPPLY.
Subtopic: MOTIONS AGREED TO WITHOUT DISCUSSION.