Winnipeg Free Press, February 8, 1916

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 8, 1916, Winnipeg, Manitoba ONLY MORNING NEWSPAPER IN MANITOBA. LEATHER FORECAST COLD WITH LOCAL SNOW. Temperature Yesterday at 7 Minimum, VOL.42. Sun rises, a.m.; Ffeta, p.m. Moon rises, p.m.; sets, WINNIPEG, TUESDAY, KEBEUAEY 8, 1916. EIGHTEEN PAGES NO. 186 TO PROTECT HP ITOUHE MADE Norris States Precautions Being Taken in View of Ottawa Disaster. WILL SEARCH FOR BOMBS Johnson Makes Statement on Law Courts Saving-Education Bill Read Third Time, Premier N orris last nisht Experts Ridicule ncjnj V npr nr Dash From Kiel ULHULI Nnt Ur FRENCH BATTERIES he calamity- agents, deeply 'imllar to that which destroyed the Litol at Ottawa -might overtake the j -legislative building. There j said, no proof that the] was the work of i out. the suspicion been 'declared ,na- there was a plot on foot to de- stroy all the legislative buildings In tie Dominion. have thought it wise to lake some precautions." said the premier. buildings are- not in them- particularly valuable, but the aestruction of them, with what they j contain, would be an irreparable loss. Arrangements have, therefore, made'for an engineer rlAiia rMllfcllt tO a.icl London, Feb. 7. The idea thai the German fleet will come out of the Kiel canal some day, equipped with 1 7-inch guns that will blow England's dreadnoughts to pieces, was ridiculed by British naval experts today. Official utterances on the subject are laboo in London. Nevertheless, it was learned today that British naval officers believe the gun, with "which the monster Queen Eliza- betli is equipped, is the maximum calibre for real efficiency, especially in the North sea, where the British and German fleets might clash. The angle of a shell from a 1 7-inch gun musi exceed fifty degrees, it was stated. The range of the weapon is twenty miles. It this distance, it was argued, it would be necessary for the Germans to assign small vessels to the business of spotting" hits on SIYS ALLEGATIONS ARuJJNJUSTIRED Sir Robert Borden's Correspond- ence With Manufacturers Over War Contracts, been. of the public works department to inspect them Sorougnly trom top to bottom, will do so tomorrow. be repeated shall have fire alarm system no "The inspection will from tim" to time. We Mav-Oatway fire al inspected, and also the flre in the building. In- are ble material will, as far as e, be removed from the cc.r- There is, unfortunately a quantity of .inflammable Ottawa. Feb. between the government and the Canadian Manufacturers' association; relative to war contracts, which was asked for by Hon. George P. Graham, -toward the close of the last session of parliament, was tabled in the commons this afternoon -by Sir Robert Borden. .In producing t-he correspondence, Sir Robert said that the government had not secured the consent of -the manufacturers to table the letters before the -house rose in April last. Allegations of favoritism in connection with war contracts is made-in the correspond- ence, and it is also alleged that In the early days of -the letting of war contracts middlemen figured, and that there were other irregularities. It appears that on Oct. I'-l, 1914, G. M. Murray, secretary of the C.M.A., i iiuu iiivn-i.iv." ___ wrote to Sir Robert Borden stating- the house had -had a fire that there wa.s. dissatisfaction about the contracts, while stories were abroad, which created suspicion an-d distrust, doing harm to the govern- ment. The., suggestion was made by t-he secretary of the C.M.A. that the requirements of.the government be secured by tender and contract, and material in the basement, and there be bombs enough down there In blow UP two parliament building's lor luTwe knowP A search will be made, and I must ask every member of the house to be specially careful Tflth cigars and matches. I may say That we are taking steps to strengthen the guard of the building. There should also. I think, be flre drill. Mr. Norris turned to the Hon. T. H. Johnson and long' it since "It -.oust be twenty years." i-eplied the utaistor of public works. Borden Acknowledges Sympathy. OB Friday last a committee of the legislature "sent a message to Sir Robert Borden. expressing the sym- na'hv of the house with parliament that the Canadian .manufacturers -bo In its'great disaster. Mr. Norris read' Sir'-Robert Borden's reply, which, was as follows: "On behalf of the parliament and the "ov-ernment of Canada, I send oiic sincere thanks for your message cf sympathy. Please convey to the. legislature our profound appreciation of its sympathy-" The house listened in dead silence toihe somewhat ominous pronounce- ment of the prime minister. After adjournment, tho members took a. look around for means of (Continued on Pnge GRAIN MARKETS REVIEW A big-, broad market ended yester- day with a big, Broad slump. No reason could be given for the sud- den decline in the Winnipeg market in the last, hour except that the bot- tom fell out of the Chicago market. The reason assigned in that market lor the general selling' out was that holders were discouraged by the un- certain outlook for export business, because of the combining of foreign buyers and because of the threaten- ing German attitude toward the trade ruytes to Europe. These reasons not overwhelming ones, but it needed only the shadow of a scare apparently to set the market going. Everyone was waiting- developments and everyone was guessing. Conse- quently when things looked bad, the market was in a nervous position and a drop ot a cent or two caused stop loss orders. The execution of these changed the retreat to a full- fledged rout. In actual figures Win- nipeg; was down on the day. This la the biggest slump May has had since the close of navigation, and at the present price of May Is j I Enormous Explosions paused North-East of Arras-Great Fire Near Challerange, FIGHTING AROUND LOOS British and Germans Are ing Fire of Big Other Front, London, Feb. on the front in- France and Belgium little fighting has been reported. Paris tells of the bombardment of German positions near Hetsas and Steen- stra-te in. Belgium; the destruction of a German, block house between the Oise and the Aisne, and of effective work by French batteries in the Ar- tois and Champag-ue_ regions. .French sheila on. .the former caused enor- mous- explosions northeast of Arrus and a great fire in the Champagne near Challerange. i The Germans have been, busy with their artillery against the British, around Loos-, while the British in re- turn, .have bombarded German trenches near -tlia Ypres-Iioulers railway. The Vienna war offlce reports the situation unchanged on. all Hie fronts where the Austro-Hungarian troops are fighting. Nothing new has come through concerning the reported- concentra- tion of troops of the Teutonic allies in- the region of the Greek border.; A Copenhagen despatch indicates that the authorities at Kiel are fear- ful of an allied air raid'there. The populace has been, notified that a steam siren, will give the people ad- vance notice of an air raid, and that in case -the raiders come the people should not unduly expose themselves, A London newspaper is authority for the statement that Earl Kitch- ener, the -British secretary of war, probably w.111 leave the war office to undertake work of a more important character elsewhere. If Earl Kitch- ener -should leave, the newspaper adds, Sir Wrn. Robertson, chief of sta.ff, will actively direct the war, and a civilian will become secretary for war. FRENCH OFFICIAL given, else be- ing eciual. i Orders Were Urgent. The premier replied that he agreed that supplies should be secured by tender, but as regards the iirst over- seas contingent, he pointed out the urgency of placing orders. If they had followed -these methods, he said, the force could not have been equipped in two months. The pre- mier asked for further details of criticism. Later, on Nov. SO, the premier again wrote, saying that if i there were suspicions, Mr. Murray shoul'd submit the facts at once. j ilr. Murray, in reply, said that the j C.M.A. did not want to make charges, but instanced a number oC complaints. One complaint was that E. BuKum, of the Hendel Manufac- turing company, motor makers, who waited from D o'clock in the morn- ing- until I o'clock to have an officer look at war cycle outside the militia buildings. When the general Paris, Feb. following of- ficial communication was issued by the war office tonight: "In Belgium our artillery effective- ly bombarded tbe small vea.uban fort, near Hetsas, and the enemy trenches in front of, Steenstraete. "In Artois the fire of pur batteries caused powerful explosions 'in tTie German lines near St. Laurent, north- east of Arras. Between the Oise and the Aisne an. enemy block house was destroyed at La Lisiere, south of the Bois d'Ours camp. "In Champagne a bombardment by our heavy artillery of the enemy establishments near Challerange caused a great flre. "There has been reciprocal can- nonading on, the rest of the "front." CANADIAN CASUALTIES Ottawa, Feb. names are in last midnight's list of casualties. Three men are reported dead, ten wounded, and two 111; Lieut. L. A. Wilruot, Vancouver, is posted wounded. Private- Thomas Hogan, Driver, Sask., is recorded severely .wounded.1 ...Private Theo- dore Wright, Red Deer, is named as The list fol- lows: FIFTH BATTALION, Severely HOGAN, THOMAS, Sask, SEVENTH BATTALION. MaoLEAN. ARCHIE, Scotland. NINTH BATTALION. Seriously WJBIGHT. THEODOHE, P.O. Box Red Deer, Alta, TENTH BATTALION. RYDER, SEKGT. PRANK. -St. Stephen, N.B. TWELFTH BATTALION. Seriously CUMMINGS, CORP. WELrFRED B.V Columbus, Ohio. FOURTEENTH'BATTALION. PEARSON, PBANK L., Halttrartcn, A'lta.- FIFTEENTH BATTALION. i Killed in ROSS, WALTER, Maxwell, Ont. TWENTY-SECOND BATTALION. TAPP, JOHN, Montreal. ALLEN. Scotland. TWENTY-FOURTH BATTALION, ADLER, MORRIS, Montreal. TWENTY-FIFTHV BATTALION. Killed In TAYLOR, ALEXANDER, Sydney, C.B, PAJRTINGTOlSr, .T'-HOMA-S, W-e-a-tvllle, JT.S. TWENTY-NINTH BATTALION. TCILMOT, LIEUT. LBiTOBL A., .--No, 978 Nicola street, Vancouver. FORTY-SECOND BATTALION. MCDOWELL, DAVID s., cam-pbeu- Ont. FIRST PIONEER BATTALION. Accidentally MoKiN-NON, PIONEER ANGUS, tor, B.C. HUGE WAR RISK BY ALBERTOROVINCE Two Million Dollars Placed by the Provincial Grovernment on Building's. '.Edmonton, Feb. of the biggest risks" insurance policies yet placed :in western Canada was taken out -by the Alberta, provin- cial -government on Saturday, direct with. Lloyds, London, England, and insures t-he provincial parliament buildings for the sum of a.gainst war risks of any kind. The policy was placed through the local agents of Lloyds, McGeorgc and Chauvin. The policy is, of course, of a very elastic character so far as war rislcs are concerned. It covers clam- ages arising- from bomb outrage or .things of -that kind, and even from flre resulting from gasoline used by a.lien enemies. In addition to this policy, the gov- ernment is taking special precautions with regard to the admitta.ncfi of visitors. Beginning- today, all doors 1-ave been closed to the public exnept the main entrance. A. number of ad- ditional guards have been placed on duty, and each, visitor, upon stilting h'is business, is escorted by one of t-he guards to the particular office he wishes to visit, -where, if -he -is known, the guard leaves him without ofiiclal attention. If, however, -he is not known, the guard remains with him until .he has coTiclurted his when he is again escorted to .the out- side -of the buildiag These, rlgoro-us measures, it'is hoped, will reduce all danger to the vanishing'point. .....FEED f HE'StARVING RUSSf AN OFFICIAL came out he refused even to -look at f the cycle. Another complaint was from the International Harvester Co. They had built a special wagon for war purposes but. despite repeated re- quests, could find no officers who would even inspect it. Allege Uncivil Treatment. The correspondence contains a complaint from George H. Douglas, of the firm of Thornton Douglas, who claimed that H. W. Brown, director of contracts, had informed him that Mark Workman' in Canada only could make uniforms. "Uncivil treatment was complained of Mr. Brown by several Toronto firms. Complaints of middlemen, alleging that they -had influence tjp secure orders, were made by Mr. JMurray. Another complaint was that John M. Dodds, of the Alton Knitting Mills, assisted by Richard Blairt, M.P., se- cured an order for three thousand blankets, which, it was alleged, were farmed out to J. Walshaw, of Bolton, Ont., at a large profit. Sir Robert Borden made an In- quiry into each case cite'd by Mr. Murray, and replied to the on Feb. 19. Dealing with the charge of lack of official courtesy. Sir Robert pointed to the strain and pressure under -which the officials were work- ing during the early days of the war. The charges that business had been conducted through middlemen, he said, was not borne out by the facts. 9o tinder the high point of the season. In view of the fact that the Ameri- can markets went down early in the____ day, Winnipeg held out very well, j Officials knew nothing of the middle- There was a good deal of buying- for M! by New York houses in the j Dodds, which it was claimed was farmed oiit, Sir R-obert said that the contract hud never been filled by Dodds. the Alton company, or Wal- khaw, and had been cancelled, I Sir Robert, in his letters, replied to all cases cited by Mr. Murray, argu- ing- that in each case there was early part of the day and this prob- ably supplied strength. When, this sopport was withdrawn the fall came. Some selling was for New York also, though selling was mainly -by com- mission houses and went into strong hands. Some of the wheat bought in the local market during the last few days for the Greek government: also on Saturday an English interest was reported as buying-. Outsiders, how- ever, seem to be tired of -staying in a market which reacts every few days. Whether the -present break will bo temporary, it is difficult to say. The foreign buyers' scheme has les- sened competition, buVit cannot les- sen the demand. While the German raiding schemes are more likely to applied to the southern routes cannot be so easily defended. !i that case, the effect should rather be bullish to the American market. Also the time is drawing near when heed must be paid to the con- lioas of the winter crop.' nothin.c to made of t-he justify C.M.A, the allegations REPORT GERMAN CRUISER ROON TAKEN BY BRITISH Now York, Feb. is report- ed in shipping circles here that' the British cruiser Drake has cap- tured the German cruiser Roon, after a running flght of two hours, and has taken the prize i-nto Hamilton, Bermuda. The Roon is t'he warship which is believed to have been, foremost in the recent-'raids on British shipping, in which eight vessels were sunk or captured. She is said to have been nearoy ami directed the movements of -the ship which made a prize of the Appam, off the Madeira Islands. Potrograd, Feb. folio-wing-, official communication from g-enurai headquarters was issued today: "In the region there was a heavy artillery duel. We successfully shell- ed enemy guns and working parties. In the region of Jaco-tastadt there was a successful along the Houssey river, beyond the enemy's entanglements, putting- the Germans flight. On the right wing of the Dvinsk -positions a German armored motor car was struck by a shell and destroyed. "The Germans flred big shells on the railway station at Dixno, north of Dvinsk. I "We have established 'beyond doubt that, the Germans are using, our dis- tinctive signs on their aircraft. "l.'n one.sector of Gen. Letchibky's line, north of Bojana (Bukowina) we exploded a m'ine under the enemy's trench entang-lements. The explo- sion wrecked the trenches 'and dam- aged the entanglements. Directly afterwards our men advanced to the attack and captured the crater, from which by a plentiful use of bombs they got into the enemy trenches where they found numerous bodies. "In the same region Corp. G-lou- chenko, in reality a g-irl nam- ed and who volunteer- ed, for scouting duty, got through the enemy's entang-lements, and despite a serious wound in the leg and the fracture of a bone, accomplished-her -object and returned to our trenches Caucasus front: In fee coast re- gion our troops having passed the Arkhave river, attacked the Turks and dislodged them from a series of trenches, one above the other On the northern shore of Lake Van we occupied the region east of .Dildne- vaskal. In Persia we drove back the enemy in the reg-.ion of Karigavar BRITISH OFFICIAL London, Feb. British of- ficial communication on the progress west, pub- of the campaig-R in the lished tonig-ht, reads: "Except for some hostile artillery activity about Loos, and the bom- bardment of hostile trenches near the Ypres-Roulers railway, the clay, has been q.uiet." Heavy Artillery Fire. Berlin, Feb. engage- ments .of-terrific intensity have been in progress in the sector between La Bassee canal and- Arras in north- ern France and south of the River German army headquarters announced today. Tho official statement says: "Western theatre of ware There have been fierce artillery battles .between La Bassee canal and. Arras and south of the Somme. "The city of Lens has again been vigorously bombarded by the enemy during- the last few days.' In the Argonne the. French blew up and occupied a.crater on Hill No. 285. Lanllo Morte, northeast of La Cha- lacle. They were driven out immedi- ately by a' counter-attack. Norwegian Ships Taken. London, Feb. Norwegian steamships Bog'stao, Gaivestqn to Gothenburg with a cargo of cotton, an-d Drammensfjord, New York to Bergen with a g-eneral cargo, have been taken auto Kirkwall. The Nor- wegian tsteamship Skard has -been jeleased. _ ,_________.______ Belgian Ships to be Requisitioned to Bring Food Supplies- London, Feb. problem of feeding- the pec-pie Belgium aiid northern France, ;which had been gravely imperilled, lately by inability to charter sufficient shipping-, to carry the relief has been temporarily solved by the Belgian government requisitioning, at the request of the. commission, all ships flying the- flag-. The Belgian government has passed a law which has been signed by King Albert compelling all Bel- gian, sh-ips to enter the immediate service of the commission, what futiire charters they may have accepted. Vessels which are loading or are now 611 voyages will be permitted to fulfil their contracts, but on arrival at their ports of destination must be turned, over to agents of mission immediately after discharg- ing- their cargoes. The commission will receive in all about twenty ships fitted for overseas traffic. This ton- will provide one-third of the total required an ths relief work. The ships will be placed under the flag of the commission, which, by a.greement with all belllg-erents, pro- tects them from any form of attack. They will be placed, in regular service to Rotterdam from- ports of tho United States, the River Plata and. India. The most valuable .ship requisi- tioned is the Red Star liner Sam- land, normally a passenger vessel, but now used as a. freighter. Ruben Dario Is Dead. Leon, Nicaragua, Feb. Dario, author and diplomat, clied here last night. He was former min- ister of Nicaragua to Spain. Senor Darlo was one of the most prominent poets writing in the Spanish language and won high honor in .several coun- tries. He was the author of sixteen well-known Spanish works. For many years he lived, in Paris, serv- ing Jl-is country there as consul gen- eral. Work on Alaska Railroad. Seward, Alaska, Feb. Mears, of the Alaska engineer-ing commission, announced today that the commission would soon have men at work 011 the branch of the government's railroad extending- from Anchorage to the Matanuska coal fields. Contracts are being let for clearing the right-of-way and supplies are being assembled at con- struction camps. Cherokee Indian Decorated. Joplin, Mo., Feb. Knight, a Cherokee Indian, Vinita, Okl.i., has been decorated for distinguished, bravery in delivering dispatches to a general under heavy flre, according to a letter received, here today by his mother. Kriiglit has been com- missioned an officer of the 104th Light Queen's guards, an English regiment with which he is now serv- iner in Flanders.___________I__L__ 7 P.M. DAILY Is the CLOSING HOUR for acceptance of Display and Classified Advertising for next day's paper. Advertisers are requested to hand in their copy, large or small, as early as possible. All cuts and mats company; copy. Office open: every evening ex- cep'ing- Saturday. PHONE MAIN 6340 DIRECTOR-GENERAL IS BEREAVED Many friends throu-g-hout the west will sympathize deeply with. J. :H. -Grisdale, vdirectorrgeneral of experimental farms, on the loss of his daughter, Marguerite. The funeral took .place Jan. 30 to .the old family -home, Hudson, Que.. OTTAWA MAN GOT GERMAN_CHEOUES Von Papen Correspondence Gives Additional Interesting Points of Diplomacy. London, Feb. 7. Interesting addi- tions to the VOK. Papen correspond- contained in a parliamentary paper -issued tonight. The paper' gives the translation of all the docu- ments taken from Cap I. Franz 'von Papen, the former German military attache at Washington, and the full entries of his bank account with fac similies of cheques and stubs. The. only revelation historically im- portant is 'that Adm.iral von who was German minister to Mexico, in the spring of 3914, favored inter- national intervention. Karl Boy-Ed, the 'former naval attache at Washington, wrote; to Captajn von Pap'en, oppos- ing- Admiral von Hintne's view, arid -strong-ly defending President HuerJa. Col. Herwarlli, of the German staff, Wrote that the American military at- tache at Berlin, Major Langhornes who early -in was the bearer of letters to German bf- flcials in A'me'rica. A- letter Lyell Fox, an. American' correspondent- in Ber- lin, contained unfavorable opinions of the-" American- ambassador, James W. Gerard. Prince Hatzfeld and Rhld Seiden- burg, of New York, wrote concerning bhe "stupiaity and idiocy of Ameri- whom .the latter termed. George Sylvester Viereek, editor of went on record ,-ai> "thoroughly ashamed" of his coun- try. George Van Skal, former commis- sioner of accounts of New York City, and a newspaper correspondent, who was on Capt von- Papen's salary list, wrote to Maximilian Harden, the noted German editor, lauding Count von Beriistorff, the German ambas- sador at Washington and describing- tile widow of Count von Sternburgy the former ambassador at Washing- ton, as decrying Count von Bern- storff'-s wo-rk an scathingly de- nouncing- .Dr. Dernburg, who at one time was the -unofficial representative of Germany in America. Incidentally he informed He-rr Harden how Dr. Dernburjj spoke- contemptuously of Harden. The bank accounts of Von Panen show that yon Skai and W. von Igel each. received a salary of monthly, with certain expenses. Two cheques of a. total of are mark- ed for "Caserta, Ottawa." The par- liamentary paper contains the com- ment: "This man repeatedly tried to enter the his majesty's govern- ment. He is now interned in Eng- land." Peace Quiery in Swedish Parliament. Ijondon, Feb. of -an in- terpellation on the subject of "peace has given by Deputies Tind- hagen and Stroem, Socialist members of the Swedish parliament, says an Exchange Telegraph despatch from Charlottenlimcl, Denmark. The in- quiry Is whether through the in- itiative of Sweden or another Scamli- nayjan -country there can be arrang- ed a peace conference of neutral a view to -preparing Uu> way for universal peace.-It 'is. said the-interpellation 'is ito be presented at the request of members of thel Ford peace party NOT CHANGED STiD Position on Lusitania Case Remains the Some as When Last Note Sent. CONFERENCE ON TODAY Count Von-Bernstoff May Be In- formed of Decision Th is Afternoon, Washington, Feb. Wilson -will take up with his cabinet tomorrow the latest draft of the proposed communication which. Ger- many hopes will bring the negotia- tions over the Lusitania disaster to a termination satisfactory to the United States. 'Official indication, or announcement whether the offer of the Berlin government is satisfactory is Expected soon thereafter. The president did not request Sec- retary of State Lansing- to come to :he White House for a conference to- lay, and the conference which had oeen planned did not materialize. The secretary expects to discuss the .atest proposal, with the president tomorrow, and it is believed in Teu- tonic .diplomatic circles that Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassa- dor, may be summoned to the state department some time during the afternoon and informed of the de- cision, of the United States. Confidential advices received to- day 'from high official Quarters are to the effect that the expressions of optimism regarding- the outcome of :he negotiations which have been heard in certain official and diplo- matic circles are not without founda- tion. Chairman Stone, of the senate foreign relations committee, declared after conferring; with administration officials, that he believed the case was "practically settled." It was authoritatively, stated at thel state department that the position of :he government in regard to :he Lusitania case was identical with the position taken at the time the last note was despolched to Germany. Case Practically Settled. Washing-ton, Feb. Stone, of the senate foreign relations committee, said today confer- ences with- administration officials that it was his ini'pression that the Lusitania, case was practically set- tled. He did not go into details. Secretary Lansing- today fiatlv denied that new demands had been made, in-, the Lusitania at a time when the German government con- sidered the negotiations practically an'end: Tie'was speakinff of the Berlin despatches, quoting the references by man under-secretary of foreign af- a'irs, to "hew demands." 'This Said Secretary -not-, increased the' de- nands made in the Lusitania case an set forth in the', notes oC May IS, .Tune 9 and July 21. I doubt Dr. Zimmerman ever made the states ment that new demands had been injected, because he must know that it is utterly false." To Have Choice of Words Administration officials let it be known that a mere choice of words would not be permitted to stand in the way of the success of the nego- tiations and that the United States will not insist on the use of the word "illegal" or "disavowal" jn To Permit Women To Practice Law Quebec. Feb. is noi yet extinct in the Quebec legislature, and its most enthusiastic exponent is the youngest member in the legislative assembly, Lucien Cannon, member of Dorchester county. Being a member of the bar of the province of Quebec himself, Mr. Cannon feels thai all the privileges of that association should be extended to the fair sex. providing they the proper studies and pass the same as required of the male students. Article y. 4534 of the revised statutes, which concerns admission to the bar of the. province, maizes no mention of the ladies. Mr. Cannon iW gallantly promoting a public bill to amend the article in question, so that in future ladies who are properly qualified will be admitted to the prac- tice of law in the province of Quebec. The bill is inscribed on the order paper of the legislative assembly, but has noi yet bean introduced. VOTE TO RETAIN LIQUOR STORES Regina, Sask., Feb. an all-night debate on a resolution introduced by J. "1C. Bradshaw, of Prince Albert, the legislature at mirt- j.ight tonight votPd. down -.he ruci.ucnt of the opposition to a.taoliU; the liquor stores in Saskatchewan as blight on the name of rtv. province. A debate -.'11 Might endo'i :n this way, during which Hon. J. A. Calder. minister of railways, made a speech which was cheered to the. echo by his supporters. Hon. George Langley, minister of municipal af- fairs, also spoke on the question, as well as mernber-s of -the opposition. The resolution was defeated on a straight party vote of 35 to H. Purchase Telephone Site. Regina, dence regarding the purchase of the government telephone site in Swift Current was heard this morning at the sitting- the legislative commit- tee on public accounts and printing. Contradictory evidence regarding the value of the property was g-iven by George Webster, a hotelman of Swift Current, and J. T. Haight, a real estate agent. Mr. Webster stated that at the time the property was -purchased by the government he con- sidered it to be worth 51G.OOO. Mr. Haight declared that was a fair valuation, of the property at .the end of January, 1913, the time it was purchased. Dr. ,W. A, Thomson, of Regina, -testified that it would be detrimental to the health of S. P. PortP.r were he brought back to the (Continued on Pasre CHARGE REDUCED Samuel Sobolovitch of 41st Battalion Guilty of Manslaughter. Associated Press.) London, Feb. the Hamp- shire assizes today Samuel Soboio- vitch, of the 41st Canadian battalion, indicted for the wilful murflor of Henri JoHcoeur, by stabbing liim at White Hill, on January 10, pleaded not guilty. A verdict of "guilty of manslaughter" was re- burned by the jury on'the direction of Mr. Justice Darling after evid- ence had been presented to show that the accused private was subject to epileptic fits, and was unaware of bis actions when he fatally wound- ed Private Jolicoeur. It was also shown that Jolicoeur received a knife thrust intended for another soldier. The accused, a Russian Jew, emi- grated to Canada thirteen years ago. He was employed on road work by the Quebec 'authorities, and with other Russians joined the Canadian contingent. His defence on the capi- tal charge was .undertaken by the officers.of his regiment and siian consulate. "Jew-Day" for Canada Toronto. Feb. At a conference of the Canadian Jewish Alliance. which' concluded today at the Prince 'George hotel, and wa.s attended by delegates from Toronto Winnipeg.: Hamilton, Fort William. London, Berlin. Chatham and North Bay, a resolution was adopted to memorialize the Dominion govern- ment. callinsr upon them to proclaim in the Dominion of Canada, a "Jew to be utilized throughout the Dominion for the collection of funds for the war-afflicted Jews of Rus- sia. French Teachers File Garnishments. Ottawa, Feb. new twist was given the :Ottawa, separate school tangle today, when the 133 striking French teachers filed garnishments against the city and the-separate school corn-mission for claim- ed in. salaries, which the-.commission and .the education, department hold they are not entitled to'collect. The ijarnisliments will serve to prevent I the city paying the money it holds as taxes over to the commission un- til they are disposed of by a decision of the court on. Feb. 23. Carson to Take Rest London, Feb. Edward Car- son, former attorney-general, has been ordered ..-'by his physician to take a. five -weeks' xest.'He is suffer- ing from, exhaustion, due to -his activities. past'four-.j- Edmonton Factory Burn-ed Edmonton, Alta., Feb. three story plant of the Emery Man- ufacturing Co., engaged in the inakr Ing of overalls, women's etc was destroyed oy flre shortly before midnight, with a loss of 000 About 75 girl employees are thrown out ot work. The manu- facturing establishment was a sub- sidiary concern of James Ramsey, Limited, departmenta.1 store, which furnished an outlet.for a large part the product. The cause of the fire Is unknown. Both building and stock are covered by insurance. SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE ATTACHED TO MEETING London, Feb. court cir- cular announces that the king to- day received in audience Premier Asquith, Sir Henry Jackson and Maj.-Gen. Charles Edward Call- well. Mr. Asquith is president of the imperial defence committee; Sir Henry I Jackson. 4s flrst sea lord; General CaLlwell 'is director of military intelligence. Special significance is believed to attach to conference of the king with the three representa- tives of the war operations. It is also noted, that Earl Kitchener, secretaj-y lor war, -had a. long audience with 'the king a few days ago. Party Division on Bradsha-w Besolution in Saskatchewan Legislature. HEGRET DEATH OF SIB CHARLES TOPPER Resolution is Adopted in Ot- tawa House After Eulogies By Leaders, LABOR BUREAU SYSTEM Rogers' Amendment to Lemieux Motion Are Back to Business. Ottawa, Fob tbe fact that much -confusion existed in tho large Victoria museum building liv which parlitneirt is now located house commons yesterday suc- ceeded in doing a good day's work, just as much as would have been ac- complished in the old chamber. Owing: to the strenuous exertions of the staff of the department of public works, a transformation scene had been wrought In -the museum build- ing although considerable remains to be done before parliament will settle down, in comparative comfort to finish of the session. Within the new chamber every- thing' looked spick and s.ian. Addi- tional with leather seated chairs had been provided for tins leading members on both fides- of this house, a bright green carpet covered, the aisle separating- Conservative and. Liberal members, and a vhick mal- ting covered the. rest of! the floor. Provision had been made for tho members of the press gallery on -the platform, inimedintely behind the speaker's chair. The -business of the