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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - April 10, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOIXME XI. LETHBRIDGK. AI.BKIATA. WKDM.SDAV. AI'KH. 10. 1fatlonaIi8t leaders, nor did the Ulster (action hIiow any slRa* of conciliation. John Dillon, the sue ceHsor of John Redmond, denounced (ouscrlptlon. .Sir Kdward Carson, the riRter leader, while npprovinR con srriptlon. objectted to the introduction of the Hume Hule measure at this time. The house approved the Introduction of the Kovernineiit'd man pow er bill by 29i* to SO and It wa.i announced that the time for discunslon of the bill would l�e extended until next TuftHday. / Premier I.loyd George said the ex-dunioii of Ireland could not be jURli-fled any louKcr and tlie chaiaendence of 'Belgium.' "Uelgium. Poland. Aldaco-Lorralne and France. Thoxo are words for tho Irlxh people to thinit over. There never was a war in which higher and nobler Issues were at stake. 1 have heard some people apeak of this war as an English and not an^riRh war. That la a')tolutely and dpflniteiy untrue. Irelands highest uupertal In torestH are at stake. "Tho fact that America Is In thlB war is the best proof. There are more Irishmen la the United States than there are In Ireland. They are all subject to conscription." Captain W. A. B�idiDond. son of the lute Irish leader, interrupted: "Not by KnglanU." "Irishmen in Ureat Britain are subject to conscription and so are Irishmen In Canada. Mr. Hedmond In addressing this liouse on the military service bill In i�U said: "Let me vtata what la my personal view of thiH matter of compulsion. I am i^ntent to tako thu phrMe used by the prime minister in hla last speech and I am praparcd tu say that I will Utick at uotbluR which li calculated in order to win this war and this 1� the view, 1 am certain ot the people of Ireland.' "Then be was opposed to that particular bill. But he said that with him conscription was not a question Of principle ati It was purely a question of neceislty for the raising of men. i think the member tor MaVo ((Mr. Dillon) took substantially the Mm� vl�w 00 the speech whioh he delivered at the aame time. Tbo mem-Wr said: Nat Palltiaal Contravaray "Wo are not ongaged In discussing m Importnat iwlltlral yroyoaal tortlia i:ounlry. Like the memi)er from Wat-erford (.Mr. Uodmond). I view the thing from the tH�lnt. of necrsslty and expedicacy and in particular circvm-stancr.-i. I tvoiild not bP.sitate to support conscription tomorrow if I thought It wan necessary 'o maintain iiboi'ty and If there was no coiiBcrlp-tlon we ran the risk ot losing the war.' Mr. Dillon interrupted: "That was conditional on Ireland having the liberty to decide her own fate and if Irish liberty were at stake I certainly! would not hesitate to support con- ( .script ion." "I do not want to enter Into a controversy as to what my friend raeanl." contirttied the premier, "but that is what hn conveyed to the house and if he will take tho trouble to read the speech he will see that is the case. Mr. Redmond has himself on the third reading. In delivering his .speech put it on the ground that we were fighting for small nationalities. (He found that was not trne') was the Interruii-tion ot Mr. Derltti. The honorable member never chat-lenged the Jtistiee ot the war; on the conttanr, be attvported it. voted for it and for sappllet, and TOted for the declaration of war." Qeint Tee far "Tke premier la going too far," in-termpted Mr. Dillon, "I never challenged the Juattee ot the war, 1 believed in the Malle* of the war and said so. I nerer roted for supplies noa did any one else In this house for the vote was never taken, I never challenged the Justice of the war and I do not challenge it now. The premier is going too far when he says that and most certainly t did vote for the war. I hold very strong opinions about origin ot the war." "1 am satisfied with the statement made by my honorable friend," con tinned the premier. "He supported the Justice of the war. If he believed it waH an unjust war he- never would have voteil for It. May I say so qnlte respectfully and" after a good deal of reflection and hesitation, because at ter all one does not want to propose anything to raise controversy and trouble when, heaven knows, we have as ranch trouble as we can possibly deal with. 1 would not do It unless 1 thought it was Just after great reflection. "It is indefensible that you should ask young men of 18 years and married men of .16 and 40 with families, and even up to SO in England, Scotland and Wales tol fight tor the freedom and independence of a small Catholic nationality in Europe, while the young men ot 20 and 2S In Ireland are under no obligation (to take up arms for a canae which is Just as much theirs as ours. It is not merely illogical, it is unjust. "There is such a thing as Justice for Scotland. England and Wales and the emergency whioh Mr. Redmond contemplated, and which I still suggest the member tor Mayo also con templates, that we should not win thii> war without taking this measure, has arisen. President Wilson'a drastic action in the last tew daya la the best proof that there Is a apeclal emergency with regard to. Ireland, Ireland'a Honor "Irish battalions and divisions, according to all testimony, have maintained the high honor and repute of their native laitd and thoae battalions are sadly depleted and they are now filled or half filled with EngUsbmeo If it were merely Bngland'a battle, Ihe young men of Ireland night regard that fact with indifference, but It is not. They are Just aa much concern ud as the young man ot England. Immodiata O^ratlon "Therefore, wn propoae to extend the Military Service Act to Ireland under tho aamt) conditions aa in Great Britain. As there la no machinery in existence and no register haa yet been completed in Ireland, it may take some weeks before kctuel enrollment begins. As soon''aa arrangements are completed tho govemmont shall by un order in council put ibe act Into Immediate operation." Oeelanitlon of War "That is a dkclanUoa ttt war against Ireland," Interruptad Wm. O'Brien. NatlonalUt member for Cork, and Michael FlavtB. tsambar tor Kerry added, "and IrlaUMii ail over the world." T Without delay rai^llad the premier, who cliMittaiiea�~' "meanwhile wo intend to lnvile parliament to Bass a meaaure ol M>(-RPVernment Ireland." Germans Shift Scene of Operations; Now Attack i on Front Near Labassee iFoicc LiiK- Back Somf^what Neai Belgian Border- I Great Concentration of Artillery and Men Is Indication That GPeaf Oifensive Has Been Once More Renewed HUNS MAKING NEW EFFORT TO BREAK THROUGH TO THE CHANNEL PORTS; STERN RESISTANCE BY BRITISH Left to right--Premier Lloyd Of^orge. .fohn Dillon, Irlsli N'ai ionfilist, and (apt. Wm. Uoilinoiul, 1';iilrr of tin- Iiish Vationalists sine*' thf riealii of his fath�!r, the late John lleilinoml. 'Ib'se threi had a serious i lush in tli' hnu'^e nl coiniaoiis yesterday on Premier l,loyd-0�!orgeen a five cent cut fallowing the representations made by the deputation of mine operators to the government a week ago when Premier Stewart stated that although he held the conviction that this industry should pay something towards the maintenance of the revenue of the province It was not the intention of the government to do anything that would seriously handicap the buainesc. According to the act each mine owner shall pay before August l8t, 1918, and before the first day of each month thereafter the tax which will be levied^ upon each ton of coal removed from his mine pr�mlses during the month. Excluded from the operation of the tax is coal given or sold to employees for domestic consumption or screenings or slack sold at one dollar a ton or leas. The taxes levied upon the gross revenue received by the mine owner and to revenue shall be deemed to be received from the sale of coal until it Is removed from the mine property. HAIL HSUIIANCE mnm. Several important Amcndmcntti Af fectfag Oteration of Hail iBBiiraacc Kdmonton. Apr. n-The inereaslnf; of the rate of taxation on itaaks and natural fpu companies and tlMi,lacla-elon ot power or transmission com-!>aoies within the scope' of provincial taxation is the olqect of tho measure introduced by Hon. C, R. Mitchell in the legislature Tuesday aftcrnjion to amend the corporation taxation actj The provincial treasurer said he did jiot think that natural gas companies were paying wluit they should. The taxation was 'very ni^mlnal st the present time, and they were able to pay more. Then the power companies had rtaclicd a s|age, said the minister when tliey should pay some slight taxation. In regard ^o ilio banks the provincial trea.surer said that the rate was much lower tlian In most of the provinces. Hail Insurance I The provincial treasureK also introduced a nee USE PRISONERS NEAR FIRING LINE Washington, Apr. 10.-An official despatch from France today says the French government has obtained proof that the Germans have employed French prisoners three kilometres behind the firing line. The conventions admit of the use of prisoners no nearer than thirty kilometres. \V ifii 111.' Ililrisli l'"or(''s ill lrM!i(.', li'.-Tlii' ;niiic, extended tlie L^citor ii{ \ fst'ivlii^ s ;i|tiic'k to till' lioilli-V, aiil \iy laiincliinK a drive ;ii;:iin.-t the iirltisli lieiwern Ar-iiKiiiiiics .iiiil .MesHlnes. On." .ve ;:.'vi|ay and again last evening till' (iernian.s gained >;roiiiiil iif (livcMcliV. but eiirli liiiii' il'.i' I'.i'itish thr.^w tliem-.-live- so tieicely on tlie invail-ei.; til.II liie latter w.Te forced to Nv iihilruw, tlie I'.ist time le.ivlnK i:ii�.i'-'l of Mill prisonei's behind Ihi'lil TROTZKYISNOW Will Make Peace With Uiiraine -Hun Treaty Wittt Finland -Moscow. April lO.^By the Associated Press).-Leon Trotzky, former foreign minister, has been appointed Joint minister of war and marine. Ho has been atfinp as minister of war since tht' Kovcrnment .was removed to Moscow. Peace With Ukraine London. April 10.- Tho Ilolsheviki Rovernment, according to an announcement in the Isveztia, forwarded h.v Heater's Petrograd correspondent, Iia-; coMHejited to the nomination of Count. Von .Mirbach, former Cernian ininist-I cr to Greece as German ambassador i.diiiloii. .\iirii III.-In llieir new iitt.irii till thi' Itoni near the .Soiiiiiic IcHiii'tieiil the Germans .ve.sii'ril.iv lori I'll iheir way Into i;ivi.nctiy liiit tlie British rncap-tureil th'i town, iho war office aiiiioiini I's. Fieri e liKiitiir- continued dur-inn lust niRlit on the front north ot La liiissie fanul. The British troops are standing on the line of tile rivers Lawe and Lys and are eiisuged in heavy figbtInK with the G:rmans at tba river crossings at I'^staires ai)d life SL Msur. The German front of ailack Is extending today. Early this morning u bombardment was begun ol' the British positions from the Armentleres region aa far north as the Vpres-Coaloes cai^t. On the Houiliern part of this front infantry fiKhtlng Is reported to have begun. The annntiueemenf follows; "On I he front north of La Bassee Canal fierce fighttnf; continued during the niglit. Our troops arc holdins the line of the rivers I..awo anil i,ys and are heavily engaged witli the enemy at the river cross-iiiKs at Kstulres and Bae St Maur. On the southern flanlt of attack. Givenihy, into which the I'liimv at oui' liiiie I'orred liis way, M .1 - ri'cMptureil lat-twoen I^ Bassee and Kleurbach. neuter's correspondent says, is continu. Ing today with unabated violence. The artillery duel has extendefl sontliward to Arras while the Ger-msns are also attacking between Ar-mentieros and Messlnes. on tho Belgian border. The enemy has brought Into action a treniendotiB concentration of artillery and is throwing In his Infantry In dense masses. The Germans, the writer declares, plainly are making anoiher effort to br�ak through tho British positions. , ,,, . ,, , ,, , iti> Rufisia, Peace negotiations with tlie a bin to enable the hail insur- | i krainian Kada have been opened hv board to borrow money iit the i ,�> Hus,-!lBn government. R.A, OPPOSED MILITARY ACT, EBLISTED Winnipeg, Apr. 10.-R. A. Rlffg, ex-M.P.I*., and ex-secretary of the Winnipeg Trades and Labor t'ounctl, wall known In Canadian labor circtas, from cosHt to coast, has enliste)) in a local ('ottstruction battalion fyr ovoraeas service and is today In uniform. At tho last provincial election, Mr. Higg waa returned ^ as Independent Labor member for North WinnUteg and his attitude In the leglslatureon mattera connected with the war excited a good deal of public criticism. He resigned his seat to contest North Winnipeg as the Laurler candidate in the recant Federal campaign but was beaten by the ITnion candldatu wbi) had an overwhelming majority. Mr. Rlgg holds office aa vlce-preal-dent ot the Cjinadlan Tradea and Labor Council. His eldest ton, aged 17, reoantiy enlisted in tba Royal Fly-ing Corpa. WEATHER High ...................... Lew ...................,,.. Feroeaat: Fair ami mrm. 4 SI bank, the goveraiuent guaranteeing the account against the collections so that tlie board can pay losses promptly, the bank being willing to wait. The act respecting the recovery ot small debt.4 was considered by the committee of tlie whole house. Mr. lloadley thought that in view of the large share justices of the peav' would have in the administration of tho act more care should be exercised in the appointment of these ofticiaU. He asked what would be done In this direction to get men o( ability who would carry oiu tho act efficiently. More Care Now Attorney General CTof� replied that by order-ln-council the appointments ot Justices of the peace had been cancelled, and he assured the leader of the opposition tliat the government would endeavor to make a more careful selection of men to fill the positions, Mr. Kwing aslvcd an explanation of the exclusion �rf opportunity fitr garnishee proceedings under the act. .Mr. Cross replied tliat the labor organizations were opposed. In Tact, ho said, they had asked the government to prevent the operation ot any garnishee proceedings in Alberta. A dlscnsslon took place relative to Juatlces hearing cases outside their own district, lion. A. O. .MacKay and Mr. Hoadley urged the giving instructions not to hear* cases beyond their own vltinlty. It any man did thl. infercemanta have appeared in the Srltlth battle lone. says a despatch from trltlsh headquartera In France to Reuter't. Limited. Their presenee In the fighting Una. t(�e eorreasondent adda. ahould aeon be felt. gta-�5acs;= -.- �! ' ji..... . i TO BE SPENT ON RY, EQUIPMENT Opposition in Commons Pro* testa "Blank Check" And Amount in Limited Moscow, Apr. 9,-(By the Aaao-ciated Press).-The department ot foreign affairs aaya that Oar-many will evacuate all the territory captured In the recent advance, as well as some taken before the Breat'Litovsk peace negotiations. Thus tha Narva and Paliov districts, the Mohllev government an4 other territory will be restored to Ruaala. CASUALTICS . Wounded-~L>. Corp. Chau. Murdock, Pinvher Creek; Pto. Evans,' Blairmore; Pte. Jenk-inson. Michol, B.C.; H a. Qilkea, Lethbrldge.  Italian Headquarters ,\n, NortfierB Italy. Apr. Id.-By ih^ A'asoclatod Press).-Vlitorlo Orlando, the Italian premier, today talked wjth the correspondent on the situation In the Italian army aa he wa* compietlni a personal inspection ot tHe Italian troopa. "Before oomtng hera." aatd tbe premier, "I bad conttdenoe both on aen' ttment and Intbnatldu, but having seen our commandera and men It Is ______- ----, now tbe faith ot abaolttte coavtetlon.i od tke reaolutlon waa 1 fiote the sense ot protonnd gravity whiph has entered tbe very apul of tbe soldier, wlio no lonssr cArrlea out the demonstration with flags and flowers aa he sUrtR tor the battle front, but is deeply linJMI wUb the solemnity ot ^le snsaiMi;/MOBaeat." Ottawa, April 10.-A general 41a-cussion of railway coifditlons In Cdll-ada, basod upgn Hon. J, R, Reid's resolution authorising the government to purchase railway equipment and tu Issue notes, took pla(!e in the commons yesterday, Tbe minister assured the house that the adoption Of tbla course had btjon made necessary by the war and that ths proposed bill would remain in force only .'or oao year after the war. ' Hon. A. K. MacLcan made the interesting statement that C.N.R.' ohliga-'tlons amounting to )7S,000,000 would fall due this year, Theae would have to be met by thu goveimment. The purchase by the governiiient tor all the railway's equipnieut, he deemed desirable under present condittona because if proper support wore not given the rai^jvays tbo commercial fib-ric ot the country would tall down. Opposition luenibers objected to Iks mintater ot railways being ittwtK what they described as a "blank cheque" for the purchase of equipment. Sir Wilfrid Laurler declaring that the resolution as it stood, "would' not do at all." Dr. Reli\ subsequently moved ah umendment limiting the oxpondtturo'. witblh one year to fSO.OOO.OOU and Liberal members expressed the oplnlaa that this was a big lump sum tor the mlnlater to spend on equlpmant la' one year. -' After some furthw diacuaaloB tha minister agreed to limit the fw�ra> tlou of tha bill to one year. As saioad'-' In committee of aupply. UiUMs d*>, partmeot votea tor aalaiMa. ceedlnjl IMO.OOO war* Uon^ral Mcvhum .1 sutement ha to tha l poMcy on tha aaeond take ytoee ta��n��, / ;