Catalogues and books or that kind. I presume every manufacturing house in the country will have a somewhat similar experience, and I mention it now to call the attention of the minister to it, because I cannot help thinking he is in error in believing that the amount is trivial. If it amounts to several hundred dollars in a comparatively small business, I think that
in the larger businesses it must amount to a very large sum indeed. As I said, I do not know that it is a cause of complaint. I have never felt inclined to complain myself, as we charge it up to expense and add it to the price of the goods, but if there is a revenue sufficient to justify a reduction in the postal rates, it seems to me it would be relieving a large number of people of rather a heavy tax if he could see his way clear to reduce the book rate to the old rate. The minister has said that the change was undoubtedly made because of the desire to bring the rate for the carriage of hooks and similar matter into fair proportion of the cost to the department of that carriage. That is what I understood the minister to say. I may say then that our experience has been that the book rate now is so high on catalogues and such matter that wherever we can send by the express company to within a good many hundreds of miles, it pays us to send by express. It is materially cheaper to send by express than by post, simply because the express companies have a special rate of 15 cents on such classes of goods, and 15 cents will carry a greater weight of catalogues by express than by postage. I mention that as a matter of information ; it is not a matter that I feel inclined to criticise one way or another. It is an open question as to whether the lates should be reduced, but I think that the amount of revenue is not trifling.
Topic: SUPPLY-EMPLOYMENT OF ALIEN ENGINEERS.
Subtopic: THE O'CONNELL CASE.