the latter, to increase the lieutenant-governor's salary. From this rather petty beginning a desire grew up that all expenditure should he controlled by the people's representatives. There was the hope, too, that an executive responsible to the people for its conduct of public affairs might urge on with more energy and more weight a settlement of the vexed land question. The feeling, therefore, in favor of following the example of the other provinces gradually acquired strength.
A Short Contest.—To this end an address to Her Majesty was carried in the assembly in 1847. It advocated the appointment to the executive council of four members from the popular party in the assembly. These four were to be responsible to the assembly for all acts of government. To this address the colonial secretary replied that owing to the small number and poor circumstances of the population (the wealth of the island being largely centred in Charlottetown) it was not as yet thought expedient to introduce the system of responsible government into the island. It was intimated, however, that in the opinion of the home authorities the island assembly should now undertake to pay all official salaries, except that of the lieutenant-governor. To this the