Mr. J. D. REID.
I would ask the minister again about the question of furniture. No doubt his remarks will be carefully read by the manufacturers of furniture in this country. Now, the minister said that there was a good market in Japan for furniture. I would like to know how he thinks he would be encouraging furniture manufacturers to ship goods to Japan in face of the fact stated by him that he paid $400 for furniture and paid freight on it, and only received about $300 for it after he was through with it. In other words, are we to understand that the commissioners were not able to dispose of these goods at their actual cost ? No doubt he got them at a very low price.
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