Then the census lies. It gives the population at 1,888 souls, and we are taking $25,000, in addition to owning the land, to build a custom-house, which, I understand, is also to be used as a post office. We had better put $10,000 into the building, and get accommodation outside for the engineer and his assistants. As the hon. member for Hafton (Mr. Henderson) has said, we have hundreds of towns needing accommodation more than this one. I have two or three in my own county, and I do not ask for one-half the amount the government is expending in the county of Antigonish. There is the town of St. Andrews, a very important watering place on the Atlantic sea-board, with a population very nearly equal to that of Antigonish, with a very large revenue indeed ; and it has a post office and custom-house in a small wooden building that certainly is no credit to the government. Then there is the town of Milltown, with a population of 2, 044. If the Postmaster General would come down there he would be ashamed of the public building in that town. I think this amount should be divided in two, and half of it be given to some other place, if it is desired to do justice. I have in my hand a little circular, I am not sure it was not got up with the complicity of the acting Minister of Public Works. It says ' Vote for a new building for St. George : vote for Mr. Gilmour.' St. George is in my county. I do not see anything in the estimates for that St. George building ; but I trust the minister will see his way to carry out the suggestion made in that circular when the supplementary estimates are brought down.
Subtopic: COMMUNICATION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.