If the inquiry has reference to a request for the establishment of a post office under the name of ' Saint Dominique du Lac,' two miles northeast of Notre Dame du Lac, on the opposite side of Lake Temiseouata, the department has been unable to see its way to authorize the cost of service, considering the estimate of $150 a year to be excessive for a tri-weekly service from Notre Dame du Lac post office, which is only two miles away. Moreover, it is estimated that the revenue of the proposed office would amount to only $50 a year.
However, in an endeavour to obtain a reasonable offer, the department is inviting tenders for the service.
Tenders were invited and were due at the department on the 11th December last. Seven out of a total of nine tenderers asked permission to withdraw their tenders. In these circumstances the department considered it in the public interest to invite tenders again, and instructions have been given to that effect.
1. No order for locks for mail bags was given by the Post Office Department from the 1st January, 1914, to the 1st January, 1915. Ten thousand locks were ordered during the previous year, 1913, but as they were not satisfactory they were rejected and returned to the contractor, who was requested to replace these locks by locks that would meet with the. approval of the department. These locks have been delivered during the period above mentioned.
2. The Ontario Equipment Company, of Ottawa, and the price paid was seventy-five cents per lock and eighteen cents for each key.