Mr. LEWIS moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 41) respecting wireless telegraphy on ships. He said: "The Bill is modelled almost exactly on the one I introduced last year and which was sent to a committee. But the committee, while in favour of the principle of the Bill, thought it was premature. The circumstances now, however, are more imperative and demand that we should have a law of this kind. The United States government and the Canadian government have instituted wireless .telegraph stations all over the lakes and on the eastern and western sea-boards. It is possible that this Bill, which is modelled on the English measure, may not suit the circumstances and exigencies in this country, but I ask that it be referred to a committee of marine men who will draft a measure acceptable to all parties. I have in my hand an account of a large number of cases within the last two years in which this mysterious and invisible agency called from the deep the assistance of men. I refer to the 'Republic,' off the coast of New York, thp ' Ohio,' off the coast of Alaska, and also on August 11, 1910, to a ship which was on fire in Lake Michigan, all which made their predicament known by the wireless. Then there was the rudderless Clyde liner ' Iroquois ' which drifted about helpless until rescued through help summoned by the wireless. Let me read this despatch from the city of Chicago:
Chicago, March 29.-Passenger steamers on the Great Lakes are to be equipped this season with wireless telegraph apparatus to be operated by the United Wireless Telegraph Company. Contracts were closed here to-day with the steamship companies, and stations have been established to be ready by the opening of navigation at Chicago, Detroit, the Soo, Mackinac and all the principal lake ports.
Every passenger boat, capable of carrying more than fifty passengers should be equip-
ped with this wonderful agency for the preservation of human life.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.