Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - April 5, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta
THF. LETimninfiK \\j*opk'sForum ilcntloua under this beading boar the signatures of toe wrlttrs th| liquor act being enforced' ESamnton. Ait�. \iHnh mis. To the. Kdftor The Herald. LethhrldRc. Ait*. Desr Sir:-Tim inadeiiuatc enforce ment of the Liquor Act was so fe*t ami no serious that the officers of the Alberta riop'.nl Hervice league �elt It their duty to i�*ttc a fMthljc statement The letter of Superintend nt McDonnell 'just Riven to file pre; only increase* this ilntv As the authorreakers crew bolder and violations grew more frequent Tin-traffic in liquor had run Wild T.'e poliee were, according to their own admission, unable to cope with the situation. Then the decision of t 1 chief Justice of the province in per-j inittlng liquor to be stored for e.x j port purposes created a more s-Tiou-i situation. Liquor came into the pro-j vince la large quantities, supposedly for export purposes, and afterward; : this liuuor was peddled everywhere | by the bootleggers whose bustr.e--grew so profitable, not being sertou--' ly molested, that number* o men left their ordffc/ry callings and Joiued ANKS NOT subject TO EDMONTON TAX DAILY T HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 5. 1M� Kd in on ton. April >-By a de (islon of the gsw eottmlttee of the legislatur* today banks in Kdmonton will not be snhject to the Income tax provisions of the city charter The lunM are now in tfte same crw.�.;.>ople who n wlthVottlng more, ser- mnde money i,.i,. v � � Uade H~ ^ and the consequent fatigue. In a let- to the attention , m |f| mm r,,,,,,,, now and m feeling fine, I guess you heard j of the American transport Ttiscanla that waa torpeodoed Feb. 5th Well I ti.. _.,, was one of the men that scaped. I ^iV^^J"^!"^ '�� � "�^at and It upset and n : about fifty men and myself dumped spread utiri! the strenuous a--tlo;i It was on!* w l;e that uuiet and fr-no lof.ger ot iiti> hrough; the r,i.bout fmeen ot them along -.othes men. t [ion Inquiry we found thp POOr#- Along about 1) a.m. we moved an old ond highly respected clt tltat not one solitary plain clotbea man gl.,w , risblng boat and it csme ashore ,8�n of c'*y yesterday when Mrs. whose sole duty was the enforcement anj rescued na 1 wan eo -.veak when KHamboth J. Knowlee. widow of the ot the Llouor Act was in tlte employ-, ,nev cmmt Tnat tkay hai to carry me 'at� W- O. H. Knowles. died after a ment of the commission, and the few, on 'board. I laid in the hospital two brief illness. One ot her aona Is c. detectives employed were unable w fcv, before I could walk. 1 don't' investigate even the other crimes wapt no.niore trips aeros the irhh committed. .Kven now only seven ,ea, b,t f nave to cr0w, ;ne English plain clothes men are employed for channel on my way to France, the whole of the province on the l.i | am enclosing part-of the life saver quor act'. The brass buttoned offi- that held me up when I was In the cers soon discovered they could get w�ter. Keep it. Write soon, little or no evide�ce against offend-1 BILL era. and growing discouraged, many j ____^ of them gave up the attempt. Many ' of the police were decidedlv of the bootleggers say. "I can take what lit-o�ln!on that the Liqnor Act could not "e fi�* '� because ot the large be enforced without the use of a Profita." The fear of the law has large number ot plain clothes men. departed. There la no getting away Ppon this pollrv the two acting mem- tn,u> ,h� �''�t 41,8 failure to en-bers of the commission uhe thtrd effectively the Liquor Act is member being overseas) were divided, responsible for a large increase of ! but the chairman decided the matter, i vlolatlona. and took the responsibility in at , T*>e present policy of enforcing law tempting to enforce law with uni-, h*8 bee�> weighed la the balance and ! formed men only. This decision has, found wanting, tn all fairness and 1 brought the commission under serious j equity, the Police Commission of this I criticism, has caused the police force 1 province must cither adopt an entire-j to lose much ot its prestige. ,y a�ffpr3nt method and give a satis- j The chairman of the police coram is factory enforcement or leave the task I sion and the superintendent evidently toothers. O. Knowles, general manager of the Canadian Press. Limited. FOUND DEAD. Washington. April 4.-.lames King, nlglu watchman nt the offices or the committee on public information, was found dead early today with a bullet hole through his head. L'xaminntion of Kings pistol indicated that he had tried to fire It and that the cartridges failed to explode. Officials said no valuable papors ar > kept at tho committee's offices am' they could find nothing to show that the place had been searched. do not care to admit the collapse of J the law enforcement. There is no I question that throughout the province j the opinion prevails that there is uj j efficient effort being made to enfoii e ' the Liquor Act. Public drinking ami ! drunkenness are growing more com-� mon every dajh aud the amount of li iiuor onvlng into the province, botli legally and Illegally is rapidly inereas-f in*- The Calgary News-Telegram i says "It is possible to get a bottle of j whiskey at almost every corner ' The Lethbridge Herald says "There is much complaint about the enforcement of the Liquor Act and it in war- Yours respectfully. Alberta Social Service League. 11 J. Keith. President. L. ('. McKlnney. ML A.. First Vice-PresidenJ, i'anon Howcrott, Second Vice-President. \V t;. Hunt. Third Vice President, .) ?l. McDonald, Troamirer. A. \V. Coon*. tieneral Secretary, A 1> Archibald. Field Secretary. ; ranted. Unquestionably there is a ' great deal ot illicit aule ot liquor in Lethbridge and undoubtedly throunh- CHARCEO WITH SEDITION Winnipeg. April 4-Three men were out the province. * * * The public tarrested by the provincial police and 'is dissatisfied with the enforcement for u�lng alleged seditious language of the Liquof^Vct." These statements regarding the war. They appeared in * are borne out bv manv complaints policy adopted by the chairman of the police commission 1b evident. But one thing more must be charged. The failure of the police to enforce tiie Liquor Act has been the principal cause of Increasing violation* When men realise they cau bruak tho law and escape punishment, the number ot violators increases., This has undoubtedly been true for < the lust three and tour months. The ored athlete and Alfred Sterne. The statements sworn out against the men charge that they stated they hoped1 Germany would win the war. 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