Mr. SCOTT-by Mr. Macpherson-asked :
1. Has the government obtained information of a payment of duty made at Montreal, in August, 1902, upon the consignment of seven cases (numbered 4364, 4365, 4366, 4367, 4368, 4369 and 4370, respectively) of German goods known as Stranslcy steel ware, billed from New York to the Smith-Ferguson Company, limited, Regina,
N. W.T., particulars of which consignment were supplied to the honourable the Minister of Customs in this House on the 14th of May last ; and from which consignment Richard Blain, Esq., the honourable member for Peel, in September last, at Regina, bought one teapot and alleged later, publicly, that the Regina merchant ' who brought it in told me he got the benefit of the preference on it ' ?
2. If so, was the duty on the consigmnent paid under the general tariff, or under the preferential tariff ; and did, or did not, Mr. Blain's German teapot come in improperly and obtain the benefit of the British preference ?