trial Train again accused Blunden of having sold him the said two cattle and at the trial of Blunden it was made sufficiently clear that Train had falsely accused the said Blunden to the court, that the said Train was there convicted.
5. And whereas the said A. F. Blunden is a young man who has always held the respect and confidence of all who knew him, and your petitioners could not believe him guilty until so found on the evidence as given.
6. That your petitioners know the said R. N. Train and believe that he accused the said Blunden in order to save himself, and we are of the opinion that a great wrong and injury is being done to the said Blunden, and furthermore we 'believe that the said Train was about and in a measure did accuse one James Smith of near the said town of Macleod, farmer, of having sold the said two beef steers, but on account of action -being taken by an advocate on behalf of Smith in reference to business relations between Train and Smith, Train withdrew the accusation and laid an information against Blunden -which led to his arrest and conviction as aforesaid.
7. It is submitted that Blunden should not have been convicted as Train's evidence was all the proof against Blunden and that Train was no doubt actuated by the motive of selfprotection.
Now, therefore, your petitioners humbr pray that the royal mercy be extended to the said A. P. Blunden, and that the sentence upon him be remitted.
I did not mention that Train was convicted before Judge Scott of stealing two other cattle and sentenced to five years imprisonment, whereas Judge Harvey sen-sentenced this man against whom, as I con' tend, there was no proof, to double that term. Although I have failed so far with my hon. friend the Minister of Justice to get any reconsideration of the case, I trust that he will be able to take a different view of the matter and to grant the prayer of the petition and of the man who has written to him so often upon this subject.
In regard to the conduct of Blunden in prison, I might mention that the reports of his conduct have been from the first satisfactory and that in the last two reports he is recommended strongly as a proper subject for the consideration of the department. I would ask the minister to consider whether this is not a proper case for intervention. This man, although he has been invited, as the correspondence will show, to apply for executive clemency, states that he wants a new trial in order to establish his innocence and to go out a free man instead of a man with a stigma upon him. Surely it is some evidence of the innocence of this man that he refuses to apply for executive clemency, states that he wants a new trial in order to establish his innocence and to go out a free man instead of a man with a stigma upon him. Surely it is some evidence of the innocence of this man that he refuses to apply for executive clemency. It is some evidence of his innocence that he Mr. WARD.
desires, in view of the new evidence which has come to light, that he shall be given an opportunity of showing that he was not guilty in the first place. In that connection I have an affidavit here from a man named Samuel Nelson, of Granum, dated February 13 last, which states that on or before September 14, he met Richard N, Train, with his boy driving a bunch of cattle between Round lake and Rocky coulee. My hon. friend from Alberta (Mr. Herron) can give you information as to where that is. They were going in the direction of Train's home, Rocky coulee. This was on the day before Train was discovered killing these cattle and the evidence shows clearly, in fact, Train says, that these cattle were driven in by his boy and his girl. It is stated in one of the letters to the minister that this boy and girl of Train's would swear, if they had an opportunity, that these cattle that they drove in were cattle that Blunden never had anything to do with. In the face of all the evidence that has been presented, I would simply ask the minister to reconsider his decision not to grant a new trial and if that cannot be done, why, I suppose the only thing for Blunden to do is to apply for executive clemency. The man, is far gone in consumption and it will be a blot upon the administration of the department if he should die during his term of imprisonment.