Mr. LEWIS moved for leave to introduce a Bill (No. 129) respecting Baggage Smashing. He said: This Bill deals with a grievance affecting a great number of people in Canada. I find by statistics in the library, that the number of passengers carried in the year 1910 by the railways, was 35,894,575; and that the freight carried during that time was 74,000,000 tons. According to the computation I have made, there would be about 5,000,000 tons of baggage carried. I wish to state, and I believe it is a fact, that there is more damage done by the railways in. carrying that 5,000,000 tons of baggage, than is done in carrying that 74,000,000 tons of freight. A number of cases have happened in my own experience and others have been related to me. where people prefer to pay freight on their valuable trunks and baggage, and to send them as freight, instead of risking the damage that would happen to them in transit as baggage. The cause of the trouble i3 either the carelessness of the employees in handling the baggage or want of sufficient men. Since the Canadian people have attained to such a degree of comfort and affluence, they delight in their personal belongings, and they carry many valuable articles in their baggage; but very few will allow a small piece of baggage, a valise or suit case, to be taken into the baggage car. Consequently, people who travel, are under the discomfort of tumbling over trunks and valises in the car. If a person has a valuable trunk worth $50, the chances are that in travelling from Ottawa to Toronto, he may suffer damages to that trunk to the extent of $25. The object of my Bill is not to- impose penalties, it is more as a detriment. I will read the Bill:
1 This Act may be cited as The Baggage Smashing Act.
2. Every one is guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction before a magistrate, stipendiary magistrate or any one justice of the peace having the power to do alone