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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETHBRIPGE, ALiJEIVfA, TUESDAY, APRIL !), 1018 NUMBER 100 Ireland Must Submit To Conscription In Face Of � Crisis-Lloyd-George Crisis Demands That No Section of Empire Be Spared . Necessary Sacrifice. DETERMINATION OF AMERICA WILL BE DECIDING FACTOR London. Apr. 9.-When an emer-Eency had arisen which made it necessary to put men of fifty and boys of eighteen into the fight for liberty, Mr. Lloyd George declared in the house today, it was not possible to exclude Ireland from conscription. The character of the quarrel in which the country was engaged, the premier said, was as much Irish as English. An Uproar When Mr. Lloyd George referred to Ireland. Alfred Byrne, Nationalist member from Dublin, shouted: "We won't have conscription in Ireland." An uproar followed. The report of the Irish convention was adopted by a majority only and therefore the government would take the responsibility, the premier said, for such proposals for self government as were just and could be carried out without violent controversy., The proportion of men between 42 and f>0 available for fighting, said the premier, was estimated at 7 per cent. The recruiting tribunals would be reconstituted and the grounds for exemption and limits of the right to ap-peal would be standardized. Clergymen would be required to perform non-combatant service. No one utf lace. t MACLEOD v Macleod, April 8.-A nice little snow storm, with a light froBt , prevented work on the land Saturday, but added more moisture to the, soil, which will add more bushels to tne acre when the time of.threshing arrives. Everything is in good shape for.seeding the second week in April with prospects that every farmer will have the teams 6r tractors working on the soil, either ploughing, discing or seeding. A larger acreage of wheat will be seeded this year and the oats will be up to the average acreage. ' It is estimated that two-thirds of the wheat will be on summer fallow, while the oats will be on" new broken land. A larger area of anmmar fallow will be cared for this year while the breaking will be even more than in previous years. BOW ISLAND Bow Island, April 8.-Owing to the severe hailstorm of last week and the consequent fall of temperature causing delayed precipitation, practically no progress has been made by the farmers of this vicinity in the preparation of land for seeding purposes Prior to last Monday considerable work on the land had been accomplished and had climatic conditions considered favorable twenty per cent, of the estimated crop for this locality would have been sown. There are a. few farmers who report a small acreage already sown. While .universal labor shortage has-greatly curtailed production in some localities, careful obsei-vation concerning conditions in the district reveal the fact that the amount of acreage being , prepared this year will equal, if not surpass, that of other years. WANT NO MORE ^ TITLES HERE SAVE MILITARY ONES j Ottawa. Apr. 9.-Parliament got a surprise when during the debate on W. F.1 Nickle's motion in respect to hereditary titles, Sir Robert Borden produced an already passed by the government and containing most radical recommendations to the Imperial authorities They are four in number as follows: 1-Nj) honor or title of distinction, saving those granted in recognition of military service during the present war or ordinarily bestowed by the sovereign propric moto shall be conferred upon a subject of His Majesty ordinary resident in Canada except with the approval or upon the advice of the prime minister of Canada 2-The government of the United Kingdom shall exercise the same authority -as heretofore in determining the character and number of titles or honors to be allocated to Canada from time to time. 3-No hereditary title or honor shall hereafter be conferred upon a subject of His Majesty ordinary resident in Canada. 4-Approximate action shall be taken, whether by legislation or otherwise to provide that after a prescribed period no title of honor held by a subject of His Majesty now or hereafter ordinarily resident in Canada shall be recognized as having hereditary effect. Sir Robert expressed the belief that it was b^eset with difficulty and that those and the other recommendations would be considered when the Canadian ministers are1 in London this summer. In view of his announcement Sir Robert .suggested that Mr. Nickle should withdraw his mdtion which asked that His Majesty be presented with an address praying that hereafter no hereditary titles be conferred in Canada. Laurier Would Relinquish  Si'r Wilfrid Lanrier expressed himself as being opposed to the whole system of titles. He said to explain why he had accepted a title would be going into a matter of history but that he was willing if it could be done without any disrespect to the crown to take his title into the market place and to burn it in a bonfire. Vigorous speeches in support of the resolution were made by a number of members including Mr. Rowell, who said that the order-in-council read by the premier was more radical than Britain Prepares to Face Crisis With Still Greater Sacrifices to Supply Men ! ---- ! Lloyd-George Says Crucial Moment Has Come-Introduces | Man Power Bill Which Makes Every Man Up To 51 Liable for Service-Impresses House With Ser-! iousness of the Situation. BRITISH AND FRENCH STILL HOLD LINE SOLID; LITTLE CHANGE IN SITUATION; ENEMY CONCENTRATING HEAVY GUNFIRE (Continued on Pack Six) WITH THE FIGHTING BRITISH ON THE WESTERN FRONT, A Tommy's billet among the ruins. Dr. Strang Says Forty Thousand Of Them Are in One Colony Toronto, Ap*. 9.-Forty thousand Germans have invaded and massed together and entrenched in one alien salient in Southern Saskatchewan and menace Canadian institutions, according to clear cut reports made by Rev. DfiiFeteif Strang, Presbyterian Home Mission- superintendent. pr^attkng/Hh an official statement says tr/at the forty, thousand Germans are largely settle.1 in- colonies, nothing raakihgr-f"�fett*:l�ore diflicftlt to reach and Cahmllanhse. "We are building a> nation in Canada today and one of our difficulties in building the people into it is that they are thus massed together, many alien in thought and ideal and some of them perhaps in sympathy. The Germans say little and are quietly celebrating their gains." The question of dealing/with this big German settlement from the Presbyterian Home Mission viewpoint will be before the Home Mission Board of the General Assembly on its approaching meeting in Toronto. Li C Radical Service Bill and Irish Question to Come Up When House Resumes London, Apr. 0.-Parliament reassembles toUay after the Easter recess, with two questions of great importance upon its hands. The first is the new military service bill which raises the age limit eight years and makes those born after a fixed date in the spring of 1867 liable to bear arms. The second is another and which promises to be a strong attempt to deal with the ancient and always contentious problem, of government for Ireland. The deepest attention is' commanded by the conscription hill because it vitally effects thev interests and destinies of hundreds of thbusandV df. men and families in that portion of the United Kingdom east of the Irish Sea. Premier Lloyd George .will make the opening speech and will expound the military situation which confronts the nation. He will "create the atmosphere," as one writer puts it, and it is anticipated that he will make one of those stirring exploitations for which ho has a special gifUSir Auckland Geddes, director of recruiting, will outline the details of the man power bill. � The country appears to be unusually united in its willingness to accept .the recruiting measure which goes further than the most radical advocates of conscription talked of during the early stages of the war. Ami this is with the full realization that the extension of the age limit, to CO will bring hardships and often financial shipwreck to\many small business men and familms besides hitting larger firms whose work is being carried on mostly by men over forty with youths and with women } BLAME CITY OF QUEBEC FOR RIOTS Paper Says City Will Undoubtedly Have To Pay The Damages Bolstering Up Spirits at Home By Optimistic Reports Washington, Apr. 9.-A digest i of German opinion on the situation in Picardy given in an official, dispatch today from France, says the German general staff is instructing the military correspondents to reassure the public^ and with over-emphasis offers explanations which is betraying the dismay' of the public at the prospect of a check of the great offensive. The despatch follows: "Among the descriptions of the war and thn notices in the newspapers and different currents of German opinion produced in Germany by the offensive can be defined. There is first the anxiety caused by the extent of the losses. The general staff charges the Wolff Bureau ,and the military correspondents to reassure the public and to put them on��uard against the enemy communiques. "The staff no longer upholds as on the first day that the losses of the assailants had been the minimum, but it now affirms that they are normal and proportionate to the results obtained. The general staff explains to the impatient public what difficulties the transports are encountering in supplying the arjny, difficulties which have been augmented by the bad weather. It -recalls the success of the preceding days and describes the demoralization of the. enemy armies; the exhaustion of their reserves. "These over-emphasized explanations and these encouragements betray the dismay of public'opinion in Germany which begins to fear a check of the great German attempt on the western front."  e  HEAD BELL CO. 18 DEAD ? 4> �  ? �8� Montreal, Apr. 9.*-*Charles < < Fleetfoot Sise, chairman of the ?  Bell Telephone company of   Canada, died thjs morning. He ?  was a'native, of Montreal, and   had, been manager of the Bell <  system since 190(1. <�  \ �'� * Quebec. April 9. - There was unusual bustle in police court yesterday afternoon when, the mine suspects arrested on Boulevard Langelier on Saturday in connection with the recent riots were arraigned. Five of the men were liberated,.while four were refused bail and,sent back to jail. These four are: Joseph Arthur Vermette, accused of assaulting a federal officer and uttering seditious words. Ovide Vermette. accusod of-taking part in an unlawful gathering. Joseph Laflamme and Hubert Plante, accused of uttering seditious words." , -.. i Major, General Barclay represented, the military authorities while Armand Lavergne appeared for the prisoners. Two soldiers, accused of robbery^ were also arraigned'.' They. were liberated and will appear for trial on April 11. Pay For Sins of Israel , Montreal, Apr. 9.-Le Soleil of Que-'bec says: "it is no exaggeration to aay that the city, by virtue of the'riot laws, will be called upon to pay all the damages caused by the recent troubles. In fact, a well known legal authority declares wo will also have to pay the cost of transportation and the keeping of troops brought here for the purpose of maintaining order. All these troubles will at least cost the city from $250,000 to $300,000 and it. will be necessary to levy a special tax on all citizens who are not responsible but. wiii" have to pay for the sins of Israel." Asks Them to Be Just Montreal, April 9.-L'Evenement of Quebec asks the people to be just in their blamo of the different factors concerned in the riots in Quebec City. "Strange; soldiers were brought here to repress serious disorders/' it says, "and re-establish the law. * They received, with this end in view very-severe orders, without which it would have been useless to call them to the rescue. The civil population was duly warned as to the nature of these orders." The paper says that the soldiers were much more patient than those who blarney them would have been in similar circumstances. Refused to Deal With Them Montreal, Apr. 9.-Le Soleil of Quebec, today says: "One of our merchants of St. Sau-veur sends us the following letter which he received from an American house, in ""North Adams, Mass., in re-plx- to an order which he had sent tli em: , " 'Dear Sir: '�'In view of Quebec's traitorous conduct wo do not care to have business dealings with any one in that province. (Signed) " 'The Hoosiac Company.'" London .April 9.-Premier Lloyd George told the house of commons today that when the battle on the Somme front commenced the total combatant strength of the German army on the west front was approximately equal to the total of the entente allies. Mr. Lloyd George said hit man power proposals would involve extreme sacrifice by part of the population of Great Britain. The Cambrai battle, he said, was a very trivial event when compared with the recent battle, and until the strain had relaxed it would be difficult to find out exactly what had happened. In the course of his speech the British premier said: "We have now entered the most-critical period of the war. There is a lull in the storm, but the hurricane Is not yet over. The fate of the Empire of Europe and of liberty may depend upon the success with which the last German attack is resisted and countered." London, Apr. 9.-The German artillery developed great activity early this morning on the British front on the line from Labatsee Canal to south of Armentieres, according to today's war office announcement. The text of the statement reads: "Early this morning the enemy's artillery developed great activity on the front extending from La Bassee Canal to south of Armentieres. "Elsewhere on the British front, except for heavy hostile shelling in the neighborhood of Villers-Bretonneux and Mericourt L'Abbe, there was nothing special to report." French Report Paris, Apr. 9. -VJolent, artillery; fighting took place during the night at various points north of Mont .Did-ier and also between ^orit Didier and Noyon/* it is announced ;