I think I am giving the whole information. The second tenderer and the lowest tenderer was, I think, a man named Hill, at $250. The next one above him was the old contractor at $270 odd. The department decided to accept the lowest tenderer, and in accordance with the usual .practice the papers were handed to the officer to be completed. But on inquiry it was found that the lowest tenderer was a man advanced in years, about 73 years of age, and reported upon as decrepid and becoming too feeble properly to discharge the service. Accordingly the service was offered to the former contractor at the price of the lowest tenderer, and he accepted it. Therefore, the contract was made with him.
October 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)
Topic: MAIL CONTRACT-BALACLAVA TO OWEN SOUND.