This contract having expired on the 30th June, 1900, notices were issued on the 13th April, 1900, inviting tenders to be received at the department on the 25th May, 1900. The lowest tender was that of W. A. Berry at $420 per annum. This was considered by the department too high, and the inspector was instructed to obtain a lower rate. The inspector reported that Mr. Berry would not reduce his tender, and that he could not obtain a lower rate, and the contract having expired on the 30th June, a tem-Mr. SUTHERLAND (Oxford).
porary agreement was made under section 62 of the Post Office Act with Mr. Rae, the contractor, at $415, the lowest sum for which the service could be obtained, and on the 6th December, the tender of Mr. Berry at $400 per annum was accepted. Mr. Berry declined the contract on the ground that he was not in a position at that time to undertake the service. Mr. Rae, who had been carrying on the service for $414, since the expiration of the contract on the 30th June, refused to go on after the 31st December, unless he was paid at the rate of the tender he made to the department in May, that is, $445 per annum, and he has been paid at that rate since that time.