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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - April 10, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta iVOLUME IX. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1916 NUMBER 102 coxsEin ATi\ i:s wiio votkd wrrn ofpositiox iou widi:- OPEN 1N\ESTXGAT1()^ AT OTTAWA. Suffered Untold Horrors in Prison Camp at Wittehburg During Typhus-Huns Took Away Own Doctors Loiulon, Al.rll .10.-TIih KovenniiiMil committee on the treatniont in r.or-iimiiy of British piiBoners, ol' which lion. Mr. .luHtlcn Younger is elialr-iimn, has issued a re|)ori on conditions prevallinK In Wtttemhurg camp during tlie typhus Rpidcmlc of lust year. The report is haa�rt on ini'orniation Trom repatriated prisoners and especially from Major' Priestley, Captain ' VIdal and Captain Lauder, of the ari.iy niodlcai corps, wlio were sent to the cam)) shortly after the outbreak of proper iiciitinj; arrnngemenls and men were Insufllcienlly clothed, their over-coals liavinK hei-n taken from them and their otlier clothing being In rags. .Many had neither hoots nor socks. There was an insuincient supply of water and soap, and -Major Priestley says he lound men "gaunt, of a iic-culiar gray pallor, and verminous." The supply of food was also insulli-cient even In the hospital until supplies arrived from linglnnd. "The only provision lor personal Left lo rigiil- .Messrs. W. K. Maclean, (South Vorki; Hon. Andrew iiroder. ka); i'. l.aniarche, (NIcolel). Dundns); A. A. Mondou, (Yamas- AYLOR MILLS tiie epidemic and wlio were recently I cleanliness made tor the men," says released fron\ Germany. Tlie three |tlie report, "was one cupful of soft olllcers named are the only survivors I soap Issued at intervals of many of six British doctors sent to Wittom- j weeks to a room containing 120 men. burg camp by the Oermans "to take i In consequence the men became In-up," says the report. "Ilie place of i creasingly verniinoUB Kud that con-duty abandoned by their own medical ; ditlon, coupled with cold and want of staff when the, presence of typhus , ijroper nourisiiment, was undoubtedly manifested Itself." 1 tlie principal Inducing the cause of 'I'he records of the epidemic kept;ilic epidemic." by the British ofllcers were taken : Tlie epidemic broke in Decem-from them before their departure ; her, ^l!tM, "Thereupon.' says the re-fron: Germany, but the report gives in 1 iiort, "the Germ.in staff, niilltary and i the wire entanglements." All sup- According to the releaseil olllcers, j lilies for men were ijushed into the tiiero are 1500 and some tiaies more jcamp over chutes. No medical atten- , prisoners in the camp, wliich"^lie com- j tion during the whole time was pro- ] niltteo says "Is an enormous population for so restricted an area of ton and a lialt acres." - There -wore no AYS PEiLTYIOR^ IROER M MM vided by the German stafC. The food ration for each patient was half a "petit pain" roll and a half a cup of milk per day. 'I'lie only soup obtainable came from the camp kitchen, and as .It,was broiight In open wooden tubs it was full of'Ulist and dirt: "In truth," says the committee's report, "tiie ration was not a ration at all: it was a pretense: it was not even possible to give the patients warm water with their milk." Four British doctors were infected ,,., , , . jand died. It was then -Major Priest-, iNegro Wlio Killed U.h. Pension- ley and Captain \Mdal went to the hos- j er Hanged at Provincial .lail i''''^' ^" nny will bo ordered by court to jn-oduce the books in court or not. up the few stops from his cell to Ihe courtyard, mounted the steps to the gallows, and while Uev. C. F. Driver, Methodist minister of Fort Saskatchewan, was' saying the Lord's Prayer, .\rti)ur Emis, Dominion olllcial executioner, pulled Ihe lever and tlie condemned man dropped seven feel, death being instantaneous. 31S n S PRAISE R GREAT WORK Ottawa, April !).-The eye-witness, 111 his weekly stalement of the activities of the Canadian forces, makes special mention of the good work of the 31st battalion of Calgary. Lieut. Bradbury and a patrol of five men very successfully damaged linn barbed .wire entaiiglemonts and bombed a listening post on the night of March 28. On the fgllowing night scouts of this battalion kept watch on the gap made and digpersetl a German parly which attempted to repair the tlamage. PAPENONSEGRE MISSION 10 visit to the town they saw an abundant supply of every reiiuisite. "What the prisoners found hardest to bear In the matter of burial," says Ihe report, "were the Jeers with which the coftlns were freciuently greeted by the inliabita'nts of WItteni-Inirg, who stood outside the wires and were permitted lo Insult the dead." The committee condemn tlie retention of Dr. Asclionbach as head of the camp, and as evidence of his attitude cite an Incident. When one of his staff suiiported the request of Captain iyaudor for medicui requisites he curtly refused tiio request with the words, "Scliwein Rnglander." The report continues: "The ornelty of aUrainistratlon of Wtttemhurg camp became notorious. Savage dogs were habitually employed to t,errorlzQ the iirlsoners, and dogging with the whip was frequent. Men wore struck with little or no iirovocatlon and tied to posts with hands above their heads for liours. Captain Lauder reported tliat many of these men went so far as to look on the typhus, with all Its horrors, as a Godsend. They preferred It to Uie presence bt CSerinan guards." London, April, 10.-Captain Frunz Von Pappon, former intUtary attache of the Germaii embassy at Washlng-lon, 'whoso rouaU .was requested by IliQ United States , government last year, has been sent from Berlin on a secret service mlsalon to Holland, ac-oording to the Dally Chronicle's Am-Btordam correspondent. , WOlVIEN AS MEMBERS ChrlaUanIa, April 9.--The storthing hw agreed by 91 vptes to 14 to un Hineudmonl; to tlio I'undamental law �tiahll)iK woraou to bo appointed Diera-liurs oil. tUe-oomiollof slate. RADEWIIHIRWAY London, April 10.-Gevmans, under protection of the new mine tlolds, have resumed trade with the west coast of Norway, according to a: dispatch from Anlesund to the Times, The flrst German steamer since the wur began arrived at that Norwegiaij port, lust week, whore It was loaded with llsli and oil. MAY STAY OPEN Torguto, April 7.-TJie Ontario, ll ceuso board Intimated yesterday that It would not cancel "the 35 licenses it Ottawa which were to bo cut oil' ub tho result of tho rocoiJl-Uooiiso roduoUnn vote in that city, Tllp liqtelsi-iway stay open till i)rohibUlq(i Boujas Into offect, EAOLOCK ON SAL utilities Board Must Give Approval But Have No Power : ? : : : : ? : : ? : : : : SAYS HE POISONED HIS FATHER-IN-LAW New York, April 10.-IJr. Arthur Warren Waitc. wiio has confessed to iioisoning ills fatiier-in-law, .lohu K. Prek. millionaire druH manufacturer of Grand Rapids, .Mich., entei-�ed through his counsel today a plea of not guilty when arraigned on the Indictment charging Jilra with murder in the first degree. His counsel, however, reserved tiie right to change the plea wiiliin 10 days. Best Troops of Kaiser Have Been Hurled to Certain Death With No Vantage--Terrible Slaughter of Soldiers Recruiting Progressing Favorably-E.xperienced Men Are Transferred to the 61st. RSUIT OF VILLA BRIGHT 10 HALT Carranza Troops Miissing Along Border and Sensations are l-iooked For Kl Paso, Texas, April S.-The pursuit of Villa has. been brought to a definite halt, according to a statement made liero tonight by an American army ofllcer-hoWing a position of responsibility. "There is no use blinking the facts," lie said. "Kveii a layman should bo able to understand that Geneial Per-.shlng, with tile relatively small number of men under his command, can not maintain Hues of communication anywhere from :!U0 to 500 miles long, and at the same time press the pursuit of a baiidli into a country where he Is known to have thousands of sympathizers, if not active supporters. Need Railroads Badly "With tho free use of the Mexican railroads we could still hope to effect something, but apparently there is no hope of such a concession, at least at present. I can not see that the army Recruiting for the battery is progressing favorably and this week is expected to see the unit completed. A number of transfers of experienced battery men are now being considered by other units in the province and when these men report there will not be very far to go. Meantime a few Paris. Ajirii 10.-A view of the latest great hammer stroke of the Germans at Verdun has greatly encouraged the French press and public and confirms tlio still further general con-tideiice felt in tho ability of the high command. The attack is stated to have been one of the most determined of great blows delivered since the battle begun fifty days ago, and yet It yielded tho least results of any of them, although the Crown Prince hurled two whole army corps against the French along a ten-mile front. As Bethlncourt formed a dangerous sal-lent its evacuation had been expected for some time and many military observers long ago criticised its retention. General Petraln's. unerring Judgment in letting go at exactly the right moment is now highly praised. While of little value to the French It is of almost none to the Germans, as it is located in a hollow commanded by French guns on all sides, out of which It is practically impossible for them to debouch. Hurl Men to Death Paris, April 10.-A wounded artll- men are being added every day. Tlie | lery ofllcer says the Germans are los- parade squad is growing rapidly as the men report for duty. The Kilties are also taking on a few every day. Five new ones were reported locally this morning, besides quite a number from Calgary. The local men were, R. A. Haffern, K. Littlewood. W. Lehman, J. Garry, A. E. Collins. ELOS ST Much Moisture-Many Have Ground Ready for Seeding Only one thing is holding uij seeding operations in Soutliern Alberta can do anything more until the rail- i now to any extent, and that is too A peculiar deadlock develoiied in the sale of $100,000 treasury notes to A. F. Carrotliers and Co. of Kdnion-ton. 'i'he deal was put through while the mayor was in Toronto recently, but it was subject to the apiu'oval of tho notes .by Clark and Swabuy. Messrs. Clark and Swabey have now intimated that the notes )viU bo O.K. if the provincial hoard of public utllt-tios will approve them. Tho provincial hoard of public utilities, however, says it has no Jurisdiction over the bonds issued under Bylaw No. 244, And there you are. The little difference of opinion may not be serious but it will hang up the payment of tho money for some time, and tho city needs that money right away. The situation will be laid before Clark and Swabey, the position of tho board of public utilities explained, and It is hoped they will give the llnal stamp of approval so that the money may he available shortly. Tho completion of the Duff Addition sewer, tho purchase of a motor pumii for the lire department and Iho schools are all depending on the money received from the sale of the treasury notes. road problem i.� settled in our favor, or substantial reinforcements are sent In to General Pershing. 1 know nothing about reports that the withdrawal of the troops Is contemplated. That is a question for \VaHhington to decide. It Is hardly necessary for me to say that it is a solution which would be a bitter pill for us." The border is in the state toniglit of a man holding his breath in anticipation for sonic great and imminent event. Sensational Development Near Statements from .Mexican odicials here and In .hiarez, coupled with the dispatches from Washington arc accepted as intimations that a speedy and sensational development in the situation is coining. In connection with this feeling reports continue to come from a do/.on dilTerent sources of the concentration of Carranza troops near tlio border. Those reports come in such a manner that they can not be ignored, and it is known that tliey^have been forwarded to Washington as credible. Denies Withdrawal %Vashlngton, April il.-Secretary Baker, in formally denying tliat Immediate withdrawal from Mexico of the American expeditionary forces was contemplated, indicated that the war department had Information that the United States troopers were close on Villa's trail and the expedition might j Bodn accomplish the purpose for which it was sent across tho border. CROWN ATTORNEY HAS DOUBTS IN THIS CASE Wlngham, Oni., April 8.'-Crown Attorney Seager has ordered an Investigation of tho death horo of R. W. Walker, of Mount Forest, Out. Ro-nioval of the body to Athens, Mich., for Interment has been forbidden until ixa autopsy has been performed. . Walkor, It Is said, died suddohly while undergoing treatment tor abs-Coss of tho brain by his brotlver-jiv law Dr, J. A. Fox u local chiropfuc. tor. . ^ - * niucli moisture. -Many fields are still too wet for horses or engines, but tliere are few farmers who are not at work on some part of their farms. Tile Herald representative iiad an opportunity tlio other day in an 80-lullo auto trip through the country soutii of Lethbridge lo get a line on operations.' The situation briefly is this: Farmers who have summerfallowod lire preparing the sbedbod. Some are drilling. Within ten days practically every acre of summorfailow In the south will be in the .ground. Farmers wllhoui summorfallort- are liusy ploughing and arc apparently endeavoring to' get half lUeir lan