made prior to the passing of the Order in Council of January, 1917. Up to that time we could only make appointments under the Civil Service Act and under the certificate of the Civil Service Commissioners. This meant that appointments were confined to those of between eighteen and thirty-five.
as I can remember: Colonel (Major, I believe it is) Spittal was a returned soldier. He returned many months ago. When he came back I understand, the Militia Department notified him that they did not require his services any longer. We were paying Mr.' Spittal his salary right along and he was not performing any service either in the Militia Department or the Customs Department. I directed the Commissioner of Customs to send for Mr. Spittal, to ask him to come back and take his position, and to inform him that as they did not require him in the Milita Department and as we were paying his salary, we required his services in the Customs Department. ' I informed him that if He did not wish to come back and take his position, I would replace him. I could not see any reason why, when he came back uninjured, and just as healthy and well as the day he left, the Government of Canada should pay him a salary for walking around, the city of Ottawa. I sent for him and took the matter up with him myself. He claimed that the Militia Department, or the Government, had not the power to dispense with his services and he refused to come back to the Customs Department. I said to him: If you will not come back to the [DOT]Customs Department when you are not working for the Militia, and when they say they do not want you, then, of course, I must dispense with your services and put another man on. That is the only reason why I let Mr. Spittal out. He never was injured at the front like the returned soldiers we are speaking of. I will explain the policy which I have been following in so far as it has to do with soldiers who have returned and who have been injured at the front. They, in my opinion, should have the first chance where there is a vacancy. Mr. Spittal never was in that position and I think myself that if he had any
difference with the Militia Department his-duty was to come back and take his position in the Customs Department. If he had done so there would never have been any trouble whatever. This is the story in so far as Mr. Spittal is concerned.