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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta Volume V. Herald Lcthbridgc, Alberta. Friday, Number 108 CHIEF OF POLICE, JOSEPH GIllESPIE, HAS BEENSUSPEmM) POLICE FORCE IS SHATTERED; EGAN AND SILLIKER ARE OUT The Suspended Head of the Force Sergt. Brown Acting Chief of Police-Very Serious Charges Against the Chief of Police-Sensational Develop-, ments Expected TO HOLD A FULL INVESTIGATION THE SITUATION SUMMED UP IN A NUTSHELL Chief Gllleiple Is suspended. Sergeint Brown Is acting chief Inspector Sllliker is suspended Detective Egan IE suspended Police court Stenographer Bryan last night sent in his resignation to the' ry-treas'urer Eieiythlng is chaos in Ut> police court circles today. '.The axe, which lias been giindiup foi tile past thiee months has fallen, and the heads oi three of the polite foice are hanging ihy very slender connections A Bolt from the Blue The drastic measuio u herein the of i Jicials were temporarily suspended from Lheir positions on the loice passed yesterday, afternoon about fhe o clock at a special meeting of the Council hi Police committee, held t office with Major i Hatch piosiding Altbough it has been to some 1n the. that thcie -V.M trouble brewing In the police de t partment, none ei di earned that such a holt would be shot so early in the game, andUthe officials themseUe-? are btill gasping f rota force o-f the blow The motion mipenslon of''the'officers Alderman Skeith and seconded by the Mayor himself i Charges of graft and chai ges on the the factions into the police force has nas the cause of the shake up at this time And some of the charges are that thes cannot be published until further substantiated. Preis Locked Out The press'.were'.not Allowed at the, meeting jTlie press Is never allowed io attend a meeting of a committee of the Council, andylt is only because if he .Herald was In receipt of practical- Ij all the facts or the e-mbroglio three -weeks ago that it wss able to j.radc down the tnie facts of the tiouble this morning For has trouble m the police department though tbirigs have on the sin face to be running smoothly, there an undercurrent of sion among thsinien and the officers Tihich three ago threatened to "tiv'i Egan have also been sus- pended. Police court Stenographer Bryan has resigned Sergeant Brown is acting chief. ment had received hush money from women, of the underworld, and that certain of the gambling cliques in the city had a with the-Chlef. The> also charged that the police 01 ce not properly disciplined hut some of the mer-had 'been le- poited drunk lud drinking in bars white on rlutj, andJJiat the Chief had neter paid any Attention to any of these lepotts oil in egtilarihes ..Veiled charges were also made Chief, Gillespie had also hppn at his office in business hours while undci th of M'hfel pfltsir'different complexion on the whole affah, and the result was that the motion suspending the three men was passed unanimously, and1 the orders sent to each of the men over the signature of the Chiet Giliesple did not appear at office todi; Farly in the mo.ning 10 telephoned the rleric some Instnic tions, concerning the disposal of the :ases for today Detective Egan and Inspector SUM: 'both at the station earlv this TO PUT BERLIN POLICE ON RACK Gambling Profits Said to be Shared by Them -There THE KAISER IS MAD Indignant That Country Should Permit the Practice Berlin, Aug. is undergoing C RI E F GILLESPIE WENT OVER MAYOR'S HEAD TO POLICE Inner History of Trouble in City and Official Order an Auditor to Look Over Books oi: the Chief Found Accounts in Proper Heard Story and Naturally Became in the Force Became Apparent spasm of: reform similar to that ou (affecting Aew The coadi- lons, in Berlin are practicallj iden INVEpGAtE PQUCE FORCE TO LIMIT tastes ksetef 4 i out of th morning when the Herald repoi ter llcal ihose made his call but refused to su anj u reuse o su anj thing, except that they were leadv to P ork exccllt thrt no charges haic right the cise out in the open, and been made as to public conmiance they behead that thej could law breakers Ne, erthelrss, good h" more or to do the force with clear cuH tm "mpell.d to tell all they know upon oath Make r ftrnmhlinir hnncno H'hn kn- tndt 3 COmDlCte reformation hA IH in they remain In the cits Makes Statement May.or. Hatch confirmed the report as the Herald Jlian had it.-hnt said lie preferred hot tn make any detailed I statement at the time. The Mayor is somewhat .cut up over the disclosures in the force, but is has brought to so that the 'department may gambling houses. The scandal has be- come so notorious that the Kaiser, hae transmitted from where he is spending the summer on his yacht, Hphenzollern, to the German, home office, a long report, asking the minister of the interior to take more actllp proceedings against the gambling scourge. All the gambling is strielh prohibited m German) It nas been discovered that the number he put on .i sane footing hetoie he has discovered that the leaves the chiir. of gamhling saloons and similar dens will continue the has in recent years increased, a hunr !n I1ulrrnlPO around Inside for som weeks Several times' if wu nearly out, but kind friend. Same to the" rescue and made ttje fastenings tighter But {notion In the police force, Insinuations of graft and' mcompetenc and a more or less public feeling that the force was not doing its duty by the public, could not stay down They had to Mme-ftut, and now that they are out It appears as though Lethbridge will have to make a searching inquiry Into Its police system with the possibility that there will be a shake Up that will make its composition look like a field of wheat after ihe hai- had hit It Cnaraes are to be made that the Chief has benefited from handouts given by Individuals who wanted to be protected from the law. Investigation will prove whether these arc true or not and that investigation should be searching and of such a character that every gambler and every joint keeper and in every soul that has more or less to do with the police, will bj t a judicial investigation, want the mess exposed so that a complete reformation can be made in the police system It Is clear even now that the force must be reorganized, A new head I be required whether the charges are true or not It is evident that I When .ill the minute details of .the >rescnt police force investigation are nade knouii Lelhbinlge maj rha! i i ork the most thorough nvcstigiilion in the history .of the 'it( is now in progicsb The trouble a the local-force is of some., -three Ihb' itanding, 1ml the piesenti risis was only precipitated 'lately About a mouth ago Mayor Hatch eccived a ,letter frortr'a well.-known ancliei of thif, dis'tiiut charging that lie police were recening gralv Irom ic gamblers In his charge he stated lat the police uerp in the habit of udmg a gambling joint id that the gamblers would pass 'er .live or ten dollars, which he be- turned into the t> treasun 'lliis started the Major thinking e could not enteitain Mich charges ainst the torce, and Chief Gillesple as asked to make a tcrning the charge' He did so, ex- plam-ng that- man; of the gairihlorb who were in the houses laidei) men, and that ihq monej bail, iheir nainga 'taken, and when th'cv iailpil to appear in polite court in the morning to ansner to the charge of gambling, bail was estreated This explained the situation to the satis faction of the maun, ,ind he thought the whole question dropped foi the time being there ceems to he some friction between Mavor Hatch and certain members of the aldcrmanic joard, and cr.c of the aldermen, whose name need not he mentioned, decided that he vonld get to the bottom of ihe ?raft charges against the police The result was that he went to Inspector Silli- ker and asked hi'n if there were anv Irregularities m the doings of tho force, especially in connection with the head of the department The In- His audit ivas productive of noth-t ing in the ii.iv of irregularities and the auditor gave the police depart-1 nieut head a leri strong recommend on the 11 aj m which the business oi the department was conducted, mcre- li suggesting one or tiio minor changes in the sjstem Wli, the alderman otdered tile 01 er the head of the -tfa; or and police committee is hard to understand, but it is frcelv mooted among those aic in the inside ol the whole trans- action that the former party Sergt. Silliker will over a period covering a -couple of weeks, and until the result of that in vestigatiou is known .1 -am unable 'to say whether any of -the men suspend ed: will be re-instated or not. ON RAFT OF LOGS -STRUCK BY LIGHTNING St.- Jacques, N.B., Aug. day afternoon, as two 'brothers, Er nest and Louis Strorige, were coming down the MadawaskH river in a small ra-ft of logs, Enwst-.was killed by. a lightning bolt, and; the 'other was knocked overboard by'the but was able to save himself. 4- CHURCHILL IS diedlold in the German capital These houses are night cafes, where unobtrusive people drink beer every night, hut after midnight the outer part of the place is closed arid the lights lowered. Laymen, of course, know .nothing about those mysterious.doings, btil -those, vh'o arc usually guests, are well .aware COMING' SURE London. Aug. Spencer Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, will make a visit, to.Canada, and It is ex- peeled that he will proceed to' they had been placed, in what they considered a false light, so that they Immediately ea'tered counter charges against the Chief. Mayor Hatch said that he could not entertain such char ges at that time, hut that he would call a meeting of tne. Police commit- tee for 3.30 yesterday when thfl men would be allowed 16 come he- fore tho.Council, .and make any char- ges they .might see fit to make, and Ihe Dominion on'a'warship. The Canadian Premier, Robert li. liorden, at a meeting of the commiltec for Imperial De that they can only be let in cither pronouncing some mystfriovis watchword or by presenting a mem- bership card. v The law on gambling, only prohibits public gambling, hut gamblers easily ntcrpret the law their own wav anil simply indulge in their gambling in camera. The police admit thcv .know all about this, hut declare they can do nothing as the law does not al- low them to enter private many gambling dens in the western residential part of Berlin young girls under the pathetic pretest of Ivrical Chief Olllespie has lost his usefulness No local man should be appointed as Chief, for the reason that he will be too closely related to local cliques. and the force could not as a consequence be put on a 'better footing. Do as did and bring in a strong and capable outsider The charges so far made reveal the fact that the worst elements in the city, and resort keepers, given more or less recognition, have event- ually the cause of a scandal Cltiiene should now seno'i-sly consider if it II not in the bet- interest, the city and the force that these elements shouW be cleaned out They are corrupting influence m more respect, than 1 Mayor Hatch is to be complimented for going to the root of the matter and the Herald he will see compile investigation Thit is what the better class of citizen, will expect RESULTS IN STANDARDS 7 AND 8 11L fence, j esterdaj, n hlch was attondocl bv the Hrltleh Prime Jllnloter, and most of the mem art are- induced to charin gamblers during the game by singing and danc- and as a result the present po- actniii has been all ,hera of Ihe Cabinet, extended an" Invitation to to visit Canada Mr Aaq In the first night more than 200 gambling saloons were closed and ine, exene the injliisleTs arrests of saloon keepers, Mr Asqnlth ,iud girls took place. The ff said that he would not lie second night's re-sult was. similar and Io go. but Mr; Church ceptwl the last two weeks the cleaning of I Berlin lins hern carried on with suc- (Contlauisl M page 10) 'I hs successful candidates in Slant ards VII. and VIII, at the oxamina tion at centres named, are as follows STANDARD VIJI. Letl oridge Laverick, Filinnfc. Livingstone, .IJ'm 'A., Smith, Marlon, Tiffin, .Meivln K .Raymond Hedd, Laura, Verge, Jos. Wm, Medicine Hat: George Karl, Glover. Jas. B. Godard. Roberta, Gordon, Sarah. Mb lock, Clarence W., Wasstaff, Annie. Claresholhi C. High River Gould, Roy STANDARD VII. Lethbridge: Cook. Carrie P., Gray, Harold. .Mor- gan, Arthur R., MacQueon, Donald D., Sherlock, Clarence. Raymond; Hood. Benjamin, Hall, Magglo May, Sprackmah, E. Victor, Steed, Luolla II.-, .Stoddard, Mabel.. Medicine Hat: Afines M., Armslrong, E. Brown, Alice Douglas, Mary, rifcher, Emma, Glover, Win. B.. Grant, Annie, Harper, liercha, .Mansley, Roy, Moorehouso, Lloyd. Napier, Fred, Nib- lock, Dorothy, Osborne, Eva Nanton. Kim Dtlnlop. HI8h River: Leahy, .Mary A., Noble, liable Wark Hazel, Wark, Ida. Okotoks: Alex. ConlleiL Plncher Creek' Bojcs, Haltie M Maxwell, James Ramsay, Ethel L., Williams. Kathei ine L. as man Io man, and that no further developments would icsult, made LCL- tain suggestions of what appeared to him': to ho irregularities. .Sent l-'or Auditor Then the alderman in question, in- stead of going to Hatch with flic charges which he had heard, and ihe chairman of the police committee oi (he 11 regularities al- leged to exist, went to the sccrctarj- Ircasurcr, with tiie thev (wired to the aiiduoi at Medicine Hat to tome to I.dhbndgc and make a complete uidit of the books of the police department for the past icai. This the anJiloc did, arriving one morning while court was in session, and withoni, any knowledge of the transaction on tl.c part of the chief, he went to work and made a com- plclc audit of the hooks for several months back. REASON OF R. B.'S TRIP .j. ONLY FOUR, AGAINST Washington, D. C, Ang a hree hours' debate behind closed doors, the Senate todny by 51 to 4 idopted the Lodge resolution, dcfln- ng the attitude of the United States n disapproval-of-tho-acquisition h.v oreign interests'of. any territory on he western hemisphere, which might e used as a military or naval base, j; menace "approaches" of this coun- 'T.' Calgary, Aug. A large coal merger, and air equally large eleuiloi merger is what has taken R B Bennett k C to England, according to ru- mors afloat in business circles, not only In Calgary, but in Winnipeg and Ottawa, and it is being slated that the return of the Calgary membtT to Canada will be the signal for the mi- .folding of the schema which will give a number of English and Canadian capitalists' a chain of elevators from Kant to Weal, with terminal elevat- ors at Vancouver, Port. .Mann and I'rince Kiipm, or inv ot'i er towns where Irans-ccntin- entnl now heading thlough (o the coast maKo thoir Pacific tcrmin.ilH to "get something" on the police department, and thus make a bed ot thistles for the nmior to lie on lion ever, the finding of the auditoi nas a sllrpilse to him, and nothing' was said But the Mayor found out ahout the transaction, and Wax- ed wrathy as he thought someone had been to "put one oier" on him. i Then Oanie nismiasalfj Then for a few dais the whole matter dropped But a meetjng ol the police committee was called, with the lesiilt thai it was decided that Inspector Silliker ind Detective Eg- an 11 ere working against the and lhat therefore their services were of no use to the department They( weie oidercd dismissed, but the dis- missals were held until the end of the mouth, .so that on Wednesday' thcv got the lettets which apprised them of the fact, that thcj were no longei members ot the force H was then that they applied to "Vlaior Hatch for some icason lor their dismissal, with the result, that thej vere let into the inner tccreti of the whole cmbroglio, which re- sulleil in the esterday with its wholesale suspensions Major 1 "alili laughing up his sleeve at the turn affairs have taken I WINNIPEG LOSES PROflKNT MAN A. A. ANDREWS, FORMER HEAD OF EXHIBITION BOARD, PASSES AWAY IN CHICAGO Winnipeg, Man. Aug. sud- den death of Alfred Augustus An- drews, president of the Winnipeg Rub- ber Co., ex-president of the exhibition board, and prominent in Winnipeg business and social circles, took place at an early hour (his morning at where deceased had under- gone tlie last of a scries of opera- lions on the Mailoul (Hand Onlv Iwo days .igo lie wrote to associate savim; IIP was well. Horn al .North Augusta, Ontario, 17 ic.irs ago ho to Winnipeg Itom" Vort Hope m I3SO. A brother Is I'lesidcut Vt.drcws ol lege. ;