Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 2, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta
Herald (VOLUME X. LETHBHIDGE. ALBERTA. THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 1917 NUMBER 197, IMMENSE SUM INVOLVED INTHE C. N. R. DEAL MeKcnzie Estimates Value of Stock in Hands of Company at 60 Millions SOME CRITICISM OF THE GOVT. PROPOSAL THE "Chautauqua" How It It Progressing Toronto, Aug. 2.-Interviewed thlB morning regarding the. purcliaue of the C. N. R, Sir William aMcKonzie said that he was of tho opinion that the stock In tho hands of the company $ti0,000;000, was worth at least par and that tho company in tho event of Its purchase through arbitration, would make every effort to get as much as possible for it. It was a great property, he said. The stock represented great prospects and, speaking for himself and, he believed, for his associates, they would be reluctant to part with it. The success of government operation of the road, ho thought, would depend entirely upon tho men appointed as directors. Some Criticisms. Ottawa, Aug. I.-The government takes over the whole Canadian Northern system, which includes branch lines, telegraphs, express, steamships, hotels and elevators. The telegraphs include the Oreat North Western company, which was taken over by the Canadian Northern some time ago. The steamships include six vessels, which are now operating on tho Great Lakes, and tho royal line. However, the trans-Atlantic vessels of the royal lino were taken over by the admiralty after the war began, and the company has now a working arrangement with the Cunard company. It Is understood that this working arrangement will continue w|th the government. Tho terminal elevators of tho Canadian Northern include five at Port Arthur, which have a capacity of ten million bushels. Hon. Georgo P. Graham, the chief railway critic f>f the opposition, was favorable towards tho plan of the government, and declared that the only danger In: the ownership of the sys--j tem by tho government lay in the matter of management "and operation. Sir Thomas White explained that the management would be vested in a board appointed by the governor-in-council, but that there would be no interference between the b'oard of management and the-employers. In other words, there would bo no political In-tereference. Hon. Rodolphe Loraieux declared that the country would be appalled by tho transaction and P. M. MacDonald said the government had not stated all the facts of the case. He assured the house that the cost of this transaction to tho country would be about five hundred million dollars. He scouted the mention of the sixty million dollars private interest without explaining all the case financially. He said the bonded 'indebtedness of the Canadian Northern was $400,000,000 and that tho floating indebtedness was $100,000,000. Hon. Prank Oliver also criticized the plan. He said tho government could have secured control of the road by an expenditure of eleven million dollars. As wo anticipated, everything Is lining up beautifully tor the Chautauqua. It is to intelligent peoplo that the Chautauqua idea appeals most. It was for this reason that the guarantors for tho Chautauqua had the courago to undertake to make Lethbridge the gate-way by which the Chautauqua should come to Canada. As was anticipated, at other places the people would not believe In the Chautauqua until they had seen It. It Is different at Lethbridge. At some of the other places at least, tho newspapers were slow to realize their opportunity. Lethbridge newspapers are for the Chautauqua. At some of the other places the merchants have failed to co-operate and boost for the Chautauqua. Not so with Lethbridge merchants. At Home of the other places the churches have stood aloof until the Chautauqua was In progress. Hero It Is believed that tho churches will be SENATE VOTE ON (CONTINUHD ON PAOI. 6) Expect Close Division on the Measure-Montreal Senator Supports Amendment The "Buffalo Bill" of Canada HOPE TO REACH A DIVISION TONIGHT Only Right That They Should Take Back What Had Been Torn From Them Paris, Aug. 2.-Jules Cambon, gen-oral secretary of the ministry of foreign affairs, commenting on Premier Ribot's reply in the chamber of deputies to the recent statement of Dr. Michaelis, the German chancellor,-with regard to a secret treaty with Russia, said to tho Associated Press yesterday: The purpose of Herr Michaelis was to mislead the antl-annev-tionlst elements of Russia and tho United Slates in attributing to Prance a desire to annex what had never belonged to it. No Frenchmen, myself nmong them, who keep the memory of the sad wound of 1870 would have dreamed of. precipitating Europe into a war to avenge this injury, but since war has been imposed upon us it is natural and Just that we should profit by it to retake what has been unjustly torn from us." SAFE OF A SMALL HAUL No Trace of Cracksmen-Got Only Small Amount of Cash For the second time in two years yeggmen last night blew the safe' of the Crystal Dairy. They didn't get much for their pains, there being less than two dollars in silver in the till. Tho Bate-blowing was staged About four o'clock at which time the clock in the office stopped, evidently from the effect of the explosion. The job was evidently done by experts, nitroglycerine being used. In order to dull the sound of the explosion a fur coat and other clothing in the office was wrapped about the safe. The city police are working on the case, but the clues have been carefully covered. The yeggs took with them an express money order book containing blanks whose serial numbers range from 164650 to 1C2690, and merchants and others are warned to cash no money orders containing any of theso numbers as they will be forgeries, A black cash 'box was also stolen. Quebec Floods Now Abating - Lumber Corporations Lose Heavily Ottawa, Aug. 2.-Tho debate on Senator Rostock's amendment to tho second reading of the military service bill in the senate will not conclude until tonight when the division will be taken. Tho amendment callB for a postponment of tho enforcement of the act until after an election. Senator Poirier of New Brunswick, a representative of the Arcadians of tho maritime provinces, said that tho reason tho French-Canadians had not enlisted more freely was because they had been misguided and misdirected. It was a pity that such a fine and gallant race could have been so directed as to now be subject to the adverse criticism of. the remainder of Canada. He did not agree with those who held that Canada should save herself by waiting an attack on Canadian soil. The freedom of Canada had to bo won in Europe. Senator Poirier closed by saying that there should be a last appeal to the young men of Canada to make a final supremo effort. Senator Edwards of Ottawa held tho leader of the Liberal opposition in Ontario (N. W. Howell) responsible for tho idea that Canada should place in the field an army of half a million men. He described Mr. Rowell as a dreamer and a visionary. It was an effort that Canada never should have made. Men were not plentiful in Canada and they were needed for the production of wealth. To withdraw such a large number from production would be almost fatal. The greatest danger for Canada and for the allies was in the matter of food supply and the men of Canada should be used In the solution of this problem. The United States had come in and was prepared to contribute all the men that could be transported and all the money required. It was ridiculous for Canada to strip herself of men at such a time. Senator Edwards did not agree with Sir Wilfrid Laurier's views that when Britain was at war Canada was at war. He said that Canada should have the right of declaration. Senator Beauben of Montreal, who was appjointed to the upper house about a year ago, made a long speech in which he favored active participation in the war. He eaid he favored conscription, but reserved the right of moving any amendment to the bill that he believed would Improve It. He proposed to vote for the amendment. NEARLY 6000 PRISONERS Drive Bcins Resumed Now-Germans Attempted Con i iter-A (tacks to Recover Lost Ground, But Arc riisuccesst'ut-Allies Consolidating New Ground Gained-French Repulse All Attacks. BRITISH REGAIN GROUND ON THE YSEK THEY LOST SOME WEEKS AGO London, Aug. 1.-British forces today launched a counter attack agalnBt tho German positions in Flanders. Gen. Sir Douglas Haig reported that the British troops completely re-established their former line in the neighborhood of Uoulers-Ypres railway, some territory in which area tho Germans yesterday ii*.ul regained. RAY" KNIGHT, OF RAYMOND Who has earned the name of "The Buffalo Bill of Canada." He is manager of the big Stampede to be' held here August 15th to 17th. Asks Govt: to Fix Two Meatless Days in Canada NO FACTION CAN DICTATE PEACE, SAYS PREMIER Cannot Permit Labor Conference or Any Other Sectional Conference to Dictate Ottawa, Aug- 2.-W. J. Hanna, food controller of Canada, has made' recommefMnUtoK* ~ to - the minister of justice that the people of Canada shall be required to observe two meatless days a week, two baconless days a week and that every caterer In Canada who serves daily 25 meals, must supply bread that is other than pure wheat bread. The govern-ment, he says, must fix the penalties. War and the feeding of the allied nations are stated as justification for the recommendations. Quebec, Que., Aug. -2.-?The flood which swept through the Chaudiore Valley Wednesday, ns the result of a fall of torrents of rain on Monday la now abating. The fall at last reports bolng at the rate of nearly a foot every two hours, aB against a rise of a foot every hour. Its effects will be fott for months. It Is thought the total of damage will aggregate to three million dollars. Losses to lumber corporations alone will probably total a million, the remainder being made up In damage to the Quebec Central railway, the Lowls Jackman Highway, bridges and private property, crops and houses. PROMOTION FOR PRINCE. Copenhagen, � Aug. 1.-A dispatch from Berlin Bays that Emperor William has appointed Prince Eitcl Krlcdrlch, his second son. chief of the ; Firat Pomeranian field artillery regiment number 2. The appointment was made in recognition of the ser MAY BE RELEASED London, , Aug. 2.-Dr. Beland, ex-postmaster general of Canada, who has been a German prisoner since the occupation of Brussels, has been lately removed from Berlin for'his health. Good hopes are expressed that he may be exchanged under the new repatriation scheme. AMERICANS LOST WHEN SHIP SUNK London, Aug. 2.-It was reported at the ^American Consulate here today t> at 24 members of the crew of the American steamship Motano which was sunk by a German submarine on July 31st, lost their lives. Another Gone. St. John, Aug. 2.-The torpedoing on July 27th of the American schooner John Twohy was reported here today. The John Twohy, a schooner of 1019 tons, gross, owned in Philadelphia, was last reported in marine advices at. Mobile on May 4th. She carried a crew of nine men. � i - i - ... '"i LETHBRIDGE ARE GREAT SHAPE Shortage of Rain Will Bring Early Harvest, But Crops Filling Well Monthly Returns Post Office Figures. July 1!)16. July 1917. Postage Stamps $ 3,735.05 .Money Orders . 17,650.00 $ 4,840.38 21,041.64 WAR AIMS MEETING very shortly. It is noticeable, of course, that the heads are slimmer than in the past two years, four rows being the limit whereas in 1915 and 1916 there were many fields where the wheat heads contained six ' rows of kernels. i Most of tho fields between Lethbridge and Carmangay will average round 25 bushels. Some will run as high as 35 on heavier land where there ,' have been additional rains. Certainly there is nothing to be pessimistic about along tho Aldei-Byde line which laBt year raised more than 7,000,000 bushels of grain, Totals ......145,736.00 $50,073.21 Increase $4,336.61. Customs Figures. July, 1916 ............... $16,055.44 July, 1917 ............. 51,516.68 Increase $35,461.24. London, Aug. 2.-James Henry Thomas, ldbor member in the house, warned the government yesterday that if labor members were prevented from discussing "peace" by a refusal of passports to countries where it is proposed to hold conferences it would be inviting the labor party to force the government's hands. Premier Lloyd George assured the house that the government had not in' ready hard of negotiation at the least altered Its view on the only possible conditions of "peace" consistent with the honor and security of lh_e country. ~*~' " The debate was on whether the government was acting constitutionally and in the national interest in permitting Arthur Henderson, member of the war council, to accompany a pacifist mission, including James Ramsey McDonald and George James Wardle, members of the parliament to Paris. The government, said Lloyd George, proposed to take no part in any conference such as Mr. Henderson .described. It would allow no sectional conference to dictate .terms of "peace." That was the responsibility of tho government. The .allies today were consolidates positions captured yesterday. Heavy German counter-attack3 had been looked for, but outside a few locals attempts these did not materialize. This wa3 perhaps due partly to the heavy rain which continued without cession since last night. Tho Ger-1 man guns, however, have been carry-ing on a bombardment especially against territory captured by the allies on the northern side of the Ypres salient, but their firing has been more or less erratic because of the storm which blocked the work of the observation officers. As usual the Germans are employing great quantities of gas Bhells. Due to the com-' plete preparation made for yesterday's assault the British casualties have not been excessive but tho con-' dition of the battlefield and statements by prisoners indicate that German losses were exceedingly heavy. More than 4,000 prisoners with some. 60 officers were taken by the British > in the Ypres salient alone. Prussians, Bavarians and Saxons all have given of their number to swell the numbers, captured and no more dejected appearing men have been in British prison stations since the beginning of the war. Particularly noticeable was, the scarcity of veteran non-commissioned officers and the large number of youths from the 1918'class who are, nothing more than raw recruits. Overnight Summary. v A torrential rainfall and the re-. 1 sultant turning of the. battlefield al- many KAISER CALLS A F Gunner Fraser Gives His Life- Lieut. Cooke, Altorado, Also Killed Saturday will be the first big pay day In the city of Lethbridge since April, when the mines quit working, and business men are heartily glad that fortnightly walking of the ghoBt is to be resumed. Saturday's pay to the miners, in spite of JJie shortage ot men, la going to be one of the biggest in the city's history. The men arc now receiving about seven per cent more than they ever did before, and this coupled with the fact that the mines are well do i vices of the prince during the war as Ivoloped, makes it possible tor the men is) troop leader. Ito earn big wage*. Cheques .(or two weeks' work amounting to $70"\yM be quite common on Saturday. when the men will he paid for the first two ;veeks of July. It is estimated that between $60,000 and $70,000 will be paid out by the Gait, Chinook and North American Collieries. Miners are beginning to drift back to the mines, though it will be' a month before the winter influx will start. The mines, however, are turning out a large tonnage, and money Is beginning to pour into Lethbridge from the prairies in payment ot storage. GERMANY PAYS BILL. Zurich, Aug. 1.-Germany has notified Turkey and Bulgaria that she will assume all expenses incurred by these countries in the campaign of 1917-1918. MARKETS Spot wheat .....N............ 240 ; Local track wheat ........... 220 j October wheat ........)..... 224 ' Local track oats ............ 624� Oct. Oats ................... 69% Oct. flax .................... 327% WEATHER Hlflh .----- Lew...... Forecast: Higher temperature. 75 44 Casualty lists today contain the name of Gunner Chas. H. Fraser, of Taber, killed in action. Gunner Fraser, it appears according to letters received in Taber, was killed some time ago, but through some misfor tune the official notification did not reach the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Fraser, Taber, until this week. Gunner Fraser was one of the big party of young men that enlisted when the 39th battery was raised under command-ot the late Major Stafford. Another name appearing in the casualty lists today Is Lieut. G. C. Cooke, of the Altorado country, killed in action. He was an officer in one of the eastern regiments. Amsterdam, Aug. 2.-Emperor William has called a war council of the high military and naval, leaders in Germany to meet at Brussels, Belgium, today. Field Marshal Von Hindenburg, chief of the imperial general staff, Gen. Von Ludendorff, the quartermaster-general, the German Crown Prince, commander of the German foices in the Champagne, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, In command of the Belgian fronts, Grand Duke Albrecht of Wurttern-burg, and' Vice-Admiral Eduard Von Capelle, minister of the Imperial navy, and other* will be present. points, into a veritable quagmire al-tnost.Ualted during Wednesday the, gfCat allied offensive against the Germans in Flanders.' For the most j part the day was spent by the British: and French troops in consolidating, positions won in Tuesday's spectacular drive or in putting down German counter-attacks made in an endeavor to wrest from their antagonists their former positions. At two points near Ypres the Germans, using great masses of men,, were successful in their counter-attacks against , the British, but this advantage was oft-set in the Zillebeke and Yser canal sectors, where respectively the British and French troops advanced their lines. Meanwhile the guns ot the belligerents are continuing to roar all along the entire front in reciprocal bombardments preparatory to tho recommencement of the infantry battle when the clouds lift and the rain- ' fall ceases. French Repsrt Paris, Aug. 2.-Bad weather continues in Beligum, says today's French official statement. The Germans last night made two attacks to the east and south-east of Rheims, but both failed. On the left bank of the River Meuse there was a violent artillery duel. The Germans last night attacked in the sector i of Avocourt wood without success and several attacks In Apremont tornst, southeast of Ml. Mihiel utterly Jailed. > FRENCH MINISTER OF MARINE RESIGNS. t Paris, Aug. 2.-Rear-admiral Lacaze, minister of marine in the French cabinet, today handed his resignation to Premier Itibot. U. S. Government To Be Given Power to Operate All American Ships London, Aug. 2.-The following' Is the British. weekly, shipping summary given , out yesterday: Arrivals ,2,740; sailings, 2,776; British merchantmen of more than 1600 tons sunk, 18; under 1600 tons, 3; British .merchantmen unsuccessfully attacked nine, including three previously. Fishing vessels sunk, none. FRENCH LOSSES. Paris, /Aug. 2.-Two French hips of more than 1600 tons and one vessel of under 1600 tons were sunk by mine or submarine last week, according to the weekly shipping summary given out by the French admiralty last night. Tl)ree ships were unsuc- cessfully attacked. During the week 1,003 ships entered French ports, while 1,072 sailed. ITALIAN LOSSES. Rome, Aug. 2.-Italian vessels lost as a result of submarines last week numbered four sailing.ships, according to an official stats, ment. This reads: "During ths" week ended mldnighi, July Z9, 610 ships with a gross tennage of 412,000, entered Italian, ports, fly* hundred and thirty-six with a tonnage of 401,000 departed. The losses comprised four*, sailing ships, nons of which was mors than 250 tons. One steamer was attaeksd and damaged/but cap-d." Washington, Aug. 2.-Plans for taking over for operating all American ocean going merchant ships soon will be announced by the shipping board.', Charters will be requisitioned under a recent act of' congress, authorising the president to commandeer the tonnage for government uses. < The program is preliminary to putting Into operation an agreement .between the American and British governments tor joint control ot the world's shipping. It will give the | shipping board control of ocean | freight rates charged by American ships and a rate basis being worked out will be used tor building and'International rate schedule. MUST BE REGISTERED. New York, Aug. 1.-An order that applicants tor marriage licenses hsre today be required to show their military registration cards was eipected to put an end to the rush ot men ot conscription age to marry to escape service in the national army. Yesterday many admitted they were being married to evade the military draft and but few ot the 617 BM* granted licenses were not of rollitaiy age. ........- -'-~ -r- -nrw\: ?81813 665 73 07 94 03786?