I do not think I should take up the time of this House in discussing this Bill. We have only an hour for private Bills and my hon. triend from Nicolet (Mr. Ball) has made a long speech. The Bill was fully discussed in the Railway Committee, and that committee is so numerous that everybody is familiar with the question. From what I could gather of the speech of my hon. friend from Nicolet, he is objecting ,to the ratification of one of the deed's. In the Bill, we ask the ratification of three deeds of purchase by the present company of portions of roads for which they have paid, and for which they hold authentic deeds. The only deed to which the hon. gentleman objected, as far as I understand, was the purchase of the Great Eastern. Well, as he said, Mr. Armstrong had that part of the raod 'sold by the sheriff and bought it in ; but he could not pay the price, and the road was resold and Mr. Prefontaine bought it. It was a perfect and open sale. Mr. Armstrong was there as were all the interested parties, and they had a. right to bid. The contract was given by the sheriff to Mr. Prefontaine. The most perfect deeds that can be got are those given by the sheriff, as everybody
knows. We are in possession of those deeds. They were filed in committee, they have been discussed, everybody knows what they are. My hon. friend (Mr. Ball) says that there seems to have been a different agreement made by Mr. Prefontaine when he bought that part of the road. Mr. Prefontaine denie's that. But even if it were so that has nothing to do with the contract he has from the sheriff. They say there was a verbal agreement. If they have any rights, let them enforce them in the courts and not come to this House, which cannot learn the facts. There is nothing to prevent this House ratifying the deeds which are held from the sheriff, and that is all we ask with regard to that matter. We ask also for a few years more to complete the road. We have shown in committee that we had a right to that, and the committee recognized the fact.
Subtopic: EDGAR ARMSTRONG,