Militia orders were received in this city yesterday prohibiting the use of Victoria barrack grounds as formerly for militia camp. It had teen represented to the department that the stores and buildings were in probable danger of fire in having such a large body of men encamped in.the immediate vicinity. It had been also represented that the latrines were offensive to the families in the vicinity. ,
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We might say, as far as the latrines are concerned, they are inspected daily by the medical officer, field officer and captain of the day and specially attended under the supervision of the quartermaster. Up to this date there has never been a single complaint on this matter.
On receipt of the communication from Ottawa, forbidding the holding of the camp, to Colonel Moore, D.O.C., Colonel Stewart immediately called a meeting of his officers, who, after learning the situation, wired as follows:
Charlottetown, June 21, 1904. To Messrs. D. A. MacKinnon and H. Haszard, M.P.'s, Ottawa.
Letter dated June 16th from A.G. to-day, refused use of barrack square militia camp next Tuesday. Contracts already let for supplies, as orders were issued to encamp usual place. In camp there seventeen years. No other grounds available this late date. Building -safe from fire. Latrines never offensive to families Adjutant General visiting here last year said, * Ideal place for camp.' Scenic grounds. See Militia Department. Very urgent; wire.
(Sgd.) D. STEWART,