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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 12, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta "OUJME XI. LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1918 NUMBER 103 Ulster and Customs are Difficulties in Solving the Irish Problem Now CONVENTION REPORT LAYS FOUNDATION FOR SETTLEMENT HUN SHELL HIT A MATERNITY HOME Pari*, April 12__A shell fired by the German long range cannon yesterday (truck a foundling asylum in the Rue De.Lacheche in the Mont .Rouge district, on the southern outskirts of Paris and three persons there were killed and eleven wounded. Within the hospital were thirty women with new born babies. One maternity nurse, one patient, and one baby were killed, while two probationers, six women ' patients and three infants were injured. CLASH WITH JAPS Cossacks Come to Aid of Japs -Red Guards Are The Victors ,, - THECIViLSERViCE Premier Stewart Affirms His Determination to Retain Control of Govt. Depts. THIS IS IN ACCORD WITH PRINCIPLES OF RESPONSIBLE GOVT. London. Apr.t 12.-The Irish convention laid the foundation for an Agreement on tlm Irish question which i i.i unprecedented in history, Mr. Horace Plunkjett, chairman of the conven- t|on.4 say* in a letter accompanying, , bJ A , 12._(By the Associat- ,hVrhVr,vS Sin to bMieveH P-s)-Refugee/ reaching here we nail cv-iy iuboii to i),ne\o f Blagovieshtehensk give details ths government contemplated immc-, ^ reCcmt disorderB.^n.'that city. The iliate legislation on the results of our I trouble arose as a result, of an at- If^H^^u "T^t i7,m/f^k i tomS't by the Bolsheviki to disarm the ol an Irish settlement, it is now felt, | T_....v___, ,________, ?_____,, iidmits of 'ho further postponements. In the Dominion and the United States as well as the allied countries, the unsettled .Irish question is a dis- ! Japanese who bad'-armed for self de tense. During the first day of the trouble General Kosheyinskoff,, eoni- turhing factor, both as regards war effort and peace aims." After every possibility of Japanese and repulsed, the Bolsheviki. j but the latter, reinforced by Red j Guards overcame, the dotenders of ment had been explored. Sir Horace I th,e ', Several buildings were loot-writes, he was instructed to draft a : �� anrt burned mdudlng the leading report which would he a narrative of j stores after which the others were the convention's proceeding, with a sealed and proclaimed commun. y ' I property. Armed farmers, came into (S|)nr.-k,l to the 1 ivi-iilrl) Kdmonton, Alta.,. April 11.-Taking his stand on the principle that, a minister under responsible government should have the control over the officials of his department Premier Stewart defended the bill for the reg-1 illation of the public service which'was read a second time in the legislature Thursday afternoon, "f most emphatically take my stand upon responsible government," he declared, and he add- j ed that "once the province or the Dominion depart from responsible government it a sad day for Canada. A government cannot unload its responsibility and so long as I am premier of this province I 'am going to retain the right to have control, and be responsible to the people statement for the government's in-j formation of the conclusions adopted unanimously or by a majority. The convention did not find it possible to overcome the objections of the Ulster Unionists, says Sir Horace. A majority of the Nationalists, all the southern Unionists and five of the seven labor representatives agreed upon a scheme of self-government which is given in the conclusions! reached by the majority which, he suites, should be enacted into law. -Matter of Customs In his letter which is addressed to . Premier Lloyd George, the chairman says . the. customs questions: became one of the vital points and that, upon a decision Regarding it depended the extent of an agreement which could be reached. The geographical position of Ireland imposed restrictions regarding naval and military affairs and the claim for Home Rule was concentrated on the demand for unrestricted fiscal powers. The Nationalists made a strong case for such finance-powers and were able to prove that a considerable number of the leading commercial men had come to favor financial autonomy. A majority of the Nationalists and Southern Unionists agreed, in order that a parliament might be established at once, to postpone the decision in regard to control of the customs. The Nation-'aiists were prepared to agree to free 1 hide with England, but the Southern Unionists joined the Ulster Unionists in opposing a separate system of customs control. \ The principle of representation for Ireland in the Imperial parliament was insisted upon by the Southern Unionists, says Sir Horace and the Nationalists conceded. The Irish members of the parliament at London under this,plan would be held by the Irish parliament. It was agreed that Ireland should contribute to the cost of Imperial service. The Irish parliament, it was decided should consist of two houses, the Nationalists guaranteeing that forty per cent, of the lower house would be composed of Unionists. A majority of the convention adopted a. series of resolutions forming a complete plan of .self-government' under which the Irish parliament would have full nowers oyer all internal legislation, tending a decision concerning the customs question, the imposition of duties nnd excise would remain with the Imperial parliament. Hut the entire proceeds of these taxes would be paid into the Irish exchequer. The difficulties of the convention, Sir Horace remarked, may be summed up in two words-Ulster an* the customs. the city and farced the Red Guards to yield. The Cossacks lost 100 killed, including eight Japanese and two Chinese. Between 200 and 300 non-combatants are reported to have been slain^ The refugees secured 8,000,000 roubles of the Imperial Bank funds which they are bringing to Harbin. 'V^v* ~ I BY -The GlOfttOLlC ^woixo To RUSSIA! iVt, YOUR. MAJESTY, WHSN DO VOO Dl"N AG PCACC. To CBSMhHV ? Huns Hurl Hordes At The British Line, Belgian Front; But Gaining Little Ground i '--------- I Germans Deliver Attack Upon Attack With Hordes of Men l at Firm British Lines at Hollebeke, Messines Ridge, and i Ploegsteert, but Line .Holds at All Vital Points. HUN PLANS APPEAR TO HAVE ONCE MORE FAILED BUT DETERMINED ATTACKS ARE KEPT UP ALONG A THIRTY-MILE FRONT CAN THE SELF-ANOINTED WORLD-RULER ANSWER THIS? (Ireland in the ColumbUB Dispatch.! "lie bill, which was given second!* ding on a call for. yeas and nays 1 ' Independent Members Vote With Opposition-Considerable Criticism (Special to the ITciald) Edmonton, Apr. 12.-On a division in the legislature Thursday afternoon by 25 votes to 14-, the bill imposing a tax of five cents a ton ort coal shipped off the mine property was given second reading. With the exception of four independent members who voted with the opposition the division -was on party lines. Exception was taken to the .taxation on the ground that, it would be a handicap on the industry in securing outside market, and also that the tax would eventually come back to the consumer. / Hon. C. R. Mitchell, replying to this said a large dealer had told him he was informed by an operator the contrary was the effect. Speaking on they,question /generally Premier Stewart, pointed out that for the last four or five years, the government h�d been Pjliing" out each year from $'m,_00O-;-fl^ifo;fl0*0 in connection with tile industry., This /oar they would be' expending, $25,000 iin a special campaign arid to secure an improvement in transportation conditions. In view of t'hlsj and the fact that the industry had'paid little taxation up to this he asked the house to give second reading' to the bill. Tax Would Cripple  Dr. Blow said- the Industry was just beginning to show. It's head and the tax would cripple It.  Mr. Mitchell stated that a large retail dealer had informed hint he waa told by an operator there was r.o intention to advance the coal, price on account of the tax, Mr. Hoadley in. moving that the bill be read six months hence said he objected to this form t':  San Francisco, April 12.-Taking of testimony in the trial of the group of Hindus, German consular agents nnd others on conspiracy /'barges will close tomorrow*, it: was announced last night. The dufondants are charged with working in this country to overthrow British'rule in India. Counsel confer today on the quest ion of submitting the case to the jury without argument. The trial started,November 20. \V. J. Bryan, former secretary of state, failed to respond to a subpoena .'-.skins him to testify yesterday for the I defense, but it. was understood that j HANGED BY MOB, WANTED BODY WRAPPED IN FLAG Collin gsville, Ills., 'April fit.-A request that his body, be-wrapped in the American flag formed the last words of Robert B. Pragsr,-hanged-here by a mob early last Friday, .because of his alleged pro-German utterances according to testimony yesterday before the coroner's inquest by Joseph Riegol it was skid by persons who wipre present at the inquiry .which Was hejd behind closed doors.. Rlegel, according to those persons, admitted he was a lender of the m�fe. . Prager was hoisted into- the air by rea without the house dividing, provides for a classification system, superannuation, and the appointment of an efficiency officer and is, the premier informed the bouse, similar, UrTSgis-lation in effect in Ontario. It was criticised as no.t_providing what was known as civil service. Provision in the government service for returned soldiers was urged' by Capt. Pearson, and Major Lowry,�nd in this connection Hon. J. R; Boyle pointed out that it proportion to population more returned men were. employed by the government of Albert^ than by other governments in Canada. ' Returned Men Preference Premier Stewart, also' explicitly declared that returned men would have the preference for any vacancy in no matter what branch of the public service it occurred. Premier Stewart admitted both parties had suffered from the patronage system in consequence civil service was advocated but to his mind the defect of that kind of government was that it left a minister without control of his department. That brought him to the question of responsible government, and on that he took the stand that a, government should be held responsible to the people for it3 every act. He granted It was poor busipess to hare wholesale dismissals on a change of government, but in his view it would be a most serious thing for'a man placed in charge of a department by the vote of the people to find be could not carry out in its entirety what he had promised to do, and. what the people expected of him. Mr. Hoadley Criticises Mr. Hoadley said he could see nothing in the bill that called for discussion, and he contended that a ajib-ject of such magnitude, in regard, to which the people had expected so much, should not have been dealt with in the way it was in the act. It would ha"e been a great deal better that nothing had been done. He did not think there was any necessity for the measure to enable the government to secure efficiency in the various departments, and he characterized the act as a feeble attempt at civil service reform. Capt. Pearson could not understand something more drastic being done to do away with the patronage system.- Major Lowry said because certain power was placed in the hands of an efficiency officer did not bring about civil service reform. Stating that he, 29 CANADIANS WIN V. C. * Ottawa, April 11.'-A return ? tabled in parliament today at � ? the request of W. S. Middle- > boro, chief government whip, have won Victoria Crosses for v deeds of valor on the battle- .> field. The names and particu- > lars or the individual acts of > heroism included in the return > �are the same as already pub- > lished in cable e'espatches. t mean as much from a military* standpoint as might appear from a first glance, but the Germans undoubtedly will make much of the capture for the moral effect at home. Any distress over the abandonment of Armentieres is duo more to sentimental than tactical' reasons. In order to appreciate fully the trend of the present fighting- the offensive operations must be viewed as a whole for they go to make up what undoubtedly is the crucial conflict of the war. The loss of a ,city here or there or the abandonment of five or .ten miles of territory in any sector does not mean disaster. v � * ' A Grim Ra~ee The. battle has got beyond such cbn�-siderations and has settled down to a grim race to determine whether the German power is enough to make good the threat to annihilate the, British army and force its capitulation. It is a cold proposition of which side can kill the most men, in. the next few weeks and at the same time get more recruits to fill tua depletsA f ;