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FORM NO, 23. 10M-5-12.
MACKENZIE, MANN & CO., LIMITED
IN YOUR REPLY REFER TO FILE
I have a large staff, and charge of the monthly returns of Construction on all our lines in Eastern Canada. I have to look over these returns, which show work done and material used each month - everything - mile by mile and foot by foot - from the preliminary clearing of the Right of Way, to the number of spikes driven. I have to keep check on the Field Engineers and Contractors, - and turn the returns into money, - and see to the Accounting Dept., so I have about $1,500,000.00 to loan each month. Altho' it doesn't look like it, the work is very varied. Engineering question arise as to whether the methods in particular cases were good or not, and Legal question with regard to Contractors. The work is very hard often work at my [?] and have to keep an elaborate and accurate system of filing.
About 1400 miles of Construction to keep track of and to be able to pick out what was done at some particular part of it, at a moment's notice, for some of the Presidents. I think I have nothing to [kut?] about as far as getting on is concerned.
Replying to your question. I do not care to say definitely when I will be home but very probably within the next 5 or 6 months. - best regards to Mrs Purcell. & best wishes
[signed]R. P. OConner.[/signed]
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