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CANADIAN NEWS JOTTINGS.

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CANADIAN NEWS JOTTINGS. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) MONTREAL, February 7th. Next week will see the long-heralded inaugura- tion of our parcels post system The announce- ment that the system would be inaugurated on February 10th has caused the Postmaster- General to be in receipt of many congratulatory messages upon what is regarded as a most tangible achievement. Perhaps the greatest interest centres in the new system with regard to the bringing the farmer and the consumer more closely in touch, and to enable the farmer to market his produce, at least in small quantities, with the minimum of travel and inconvenience. The department is in receipt of many sample devices for carrying farm produce by mail, and a number of concerns engaged in their manufacture look forward to the development of a profitable business. No special ceremony for the inauguration haa been arranged except that the Postmaster-General himself will post the first parcel. The effect of the parcels post system upon the express business in Canada has been engaging the attention of officers of the post office department and the railway commission. It is their estimate that in a com- paratively short time the postal service will absorb much the greater proportion of the traffic in parcels up to 111b. limit as the rates are materially lower than those charged by the express com- panies. TROUBLE OVER A CABLE. Mention of postal matters brings up the contro- versy that has been taking place at Ottawa with regard to certain cables supplied to that city for telegraphic work. A Canadian-made cable was aubmitoed, among others-one of them British— for choice for some important eiectrical work. The Canadian-made cable was rejected as imper- fect, and immediately, naturally enough, the makers entered a very emphatic protest. Now, after elaborate tests of tbe cable in the Elect-ical Test- ing Laboratories at New Y odr-one of the best equipped and most efficient in the world-it turns out that the Canadian cable possessed one per cent. more conductivity than the British, and is highly suitable for the work in every way. There is quite a little local storm over the matter. Our Canadian manufacturers are, justly, very jealoug of their reputations, DRYING UP. The cause of temperance, or, rather, total ab- stinence, is making most impressive strides, especially in Ontario. The Canada Temperance Act has now been voted on in three Ontario counties and has been carried in each. It was carried in Huron County by 2,536 majority, in Peel County by 56 majority and in Welland County by 36 majority. The result of yesterday's Noting is to cut off a total of 104 licences—41 in Huron, nine in Peel and 5Lt in Welland (excluding Niagara Falls). The Canada Temperance Act (popularly known as the Scott Act) is a Dominion statute, and, when adopted, covers the whole of a countv except the cities, which vote separately. It prohibits all bar and shop sale within the cotinty limits. Since' 1890 no part of the province had been under the' Scott Act until last year, when the Act went into force in Manitoulin. It is claimed that most of the difficulties which in former years made the Act difficult to enforce have now been removed. Nevertheless the Act is honoured in the breach pretty frequently even now. THE NEW SHIPPING LAWS. Based upon the latest British legislation on the subject and designed to bring into uniformity all the enactments on the subject, the Merchants Shipping Act of Canada has been revised by direction of the Hon. J. D. Hazen, and is nearly ready for presentation to the House. The Act will govern ships, and the whole business of shipping on the ocean, the Great Lakes, and all the navigable waterways of Canada. It is a voluminous affair, comprising about a thousand pages. A separate Act, of which Mr. Hazen has given notice in regard to this subject, is to be incor- porated with the main enactment. Important changes are made in the general pilotage regula- tions. The general effect of these is an increase in the measure of departmental control, rather than having the authority vested in local boards or general pilots corporations. In the rules of the road there will be no particular change. IN HARMONY WITH BRITAIN. I Other subjects dealt with and brought into con- sonance with the British Act, concern the regis- tration of ship masters, mates, and seamen, the care of sick and distressed marines, wreck and salvage, investigations, lighthouse, and buoy services, harbour masters, and port wardens. The regulations are stiffened with regard to the safety of ships, the cargoes they may carry, and the extent of their deckloads It is probable that an extra chapter will be added whereby Canada will conform to the regu- lations which have been adopted by the congress just concluded in London, to promote safety at sea by providing more watertight compartments and additional lifeboats and rafts. The changes in the pilotage laws will, it is hoped, have some effect on Lloyd's rates on ships using Canadian ports. They are at present somewhat high, due, it is said, to our too lenient system of pilotage. CANADIAN OPERA RECORD. Canadians are second to none in their love of music, and Toronto, perhaps, of all Canadian cities, is the leader in this respect. If a proof ia desired that Toronto contains a great many per- sons who appreciate the beauties of Grand Opera, and who will avail themselves of the opportunity of patronising music drama when properly pre- sented, it will be found in the records of the attendance at the Koyal Alexandra Theatre, during the engagement of the National Grand Opera Company of Montreal. The cash receipts were the largest the theatre has ever taken in during a single week, being over Z4,400, and Thurs- day evening of the week established a record for a single evening. The company during its two months' season in Montreal lost money every week, but in Toronto, I in spite of the expensive castes, cleared a profit, the lirst since its organisation. ALL-CANADIAN "MOVIES." I Canadians will from now be enabled to see them. selves as others see them as a regular thing, and probably you, on your side, will soon be enabled to obtain some new lights on us as we appear on this. The first Canadian cinematograph company has started work. "Montreal Sports and Ice Harvest" was the title of a film giving a private showing at the Tivoli playhouse here last week. This film was manufactured by the Premier Film I Manufacturing Company of Canada, the only Cana- ( dian company which has headquarters at Montreal and studios at Lachine. This film was taken only a day or so before exhibition and depicted Cana- dian winter sports and ice harvesting, the scenes being taken at Mount ltoyal, Fletcher's Field, Verdun and the Park slide, picturesque spots in

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