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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta ALTA. TUEtDAV, AUGUST 4. liOi. NO. 198. PREPARINGTO REBUILD THE CITY To Build a Brick Block 0. Begin inviting tenders for tho removal of the buildings on Rouwl NOTORIOUS BLACK HAND BLAMED FOR tHE DISASTER Eleven Cents For Chin Wool Clip Pevple Few to Op- tittstk ttJ AH Getfag to German tuid Catlughun. soon as taken awuy, he will the erection o.' a two-nio- rev brick block. Mr. W. S. Stun ley, manager of-the District Ledger, Fcnilc, B. C., came into the city last night to moke ar- rangements fdjr the publication of his paper, until be is able an office building ami secure a plant. >fr. Stanley very little fresh news to tell about the disaster in. Fernie, but he optimistic about the future pf that city. 7cle says that the preparations are al- ready under way for the rebuilding of that city, and it will not be very before a uuinber of the are ready for occupation. Dp to 'the lime Mr. Stanley left Fernie last night, nine bodies had been discovered, in West Fernie, and four in Feniie annex. The bodies of Walter Ford, his wife and child- ren, were found in "a well back of their home. It is that i Icy jumixjd into the well when the heat became so intense they couUl stand' it no longer. Dcati horses'and c-ows are found all over Mr. Stunlf.y Ths lumber in the mountains will be _-v. When he came through Hosmer and Michel last night these towns were practically out of danger, the fire; having practically exhausted itself- The majority of the Fernie people- are at Cranbrook. 500 have IX.H.T; sent to Nelson. Quite a number cam down last night as far as Macleod. Mr. Stanley says that President Sherman, of ithe United Mine Work- ers, worked very hard during after the fire.- He is still ntrFeritya doing all that he can, to heljV the miners and to assist tbose who are in distress. Coal Creek was not damaged to any extent, but the majority of the houses between there and Fernie were destroyed. GEG.PETrS.3ONE DEAD Denver, Colo., Aug. Pet- tibonc, for years prominent in the councils of the Western Federation of Miners and who was trieTd and ac- quitted on a charge of complicity in r.f ttnvisnicir fttl'Hrt- HK'H enbt-rg of at St. Joseph's hospital tonight from ihe effects of an operation for cancer. Startling Accusation MadeThat Members of That Organ- ization Started the Fire at Feme to Enable the Five Men in Jail There to Secure Their Liberty The Chin clip in all and representing the wool har v.-Ht of Stalker Bros., Crwt and the Alberta Sheep Co., vu- loaded at Ohm Hiding yefiU-rday. The price was cloven cents. EXPECT A FAIR WAGE TO BE PAID Nelson, li. Aug- party of the entire to devoted to men reached here tonight from 'remit Feniit? fire sufferers.; 1 _ It I .___._t. it.. "P. JT'l-. I MUSICIANS DID NOT ORGANIZE who throu'gli the Fire. The story and the late direcet} from both Fernie and Cranbrook'to. night fail to give any further d.-tails as to loss of life than those already sent. The number estimated burned die For- a UriM For 4e Present alive is still held .from 60 to 100 but we have bt-eu unable .to get names of or anything like a correct estimate. The most sensational story comes from Cranbrook tonight where it is asserted that proof is forthcoming that three bush firi-s were started at Fernie which eventually burned all the town, with the express object of freeing the five black hand suspects under arrest in Fernie It is a matter of- fact that while most of the prisoners were given their- liberty, the five men in question, heavily shackled, were taken to Cran. brok and vili be brought to the pro- vincial jail here later. -No doubt this night the .musicians of the city, to the number of about thirty- met in the Sample .Room of the Bal- moral Hotel. The two local bands had already been addressed -.on '.he subject, and while the Concert Band unanimously .adopted a resolution proceed with the formation of a local branch of the American Federation I of Musicians, further action was de- ferred until a general meetng of all the musicians was held. The chair was taken by the local organizer at 8.30 p.m., and after a few remarks a general discussion followed on the advantages and disadvantages of or- ganizing this local. Professor Harper, Messrs, Ely and Kclsey, in excellent speeches, advocated Che postponement of organization, while Messrs. Biner and Cope brought forward good rea- sons for immediate action. At the end of the meeting, whtciriasted over two ft VaV'evkteRt that :th? majority present were in favor of invstigated' by story will be fully the authorities. Nelson has subscribed nearly J today. At the last moment owing to the difficulty in gathering of the famil- ies only some ten refugees reached tonight-in place of live hundrd expected. The men are being kepi to straighten out matters and tomor- row a batch of women and children are expected here where prepartions have been made for them. ______SerBe_of thil Dead Nelson, B. C., Aug. special receivid from Kernie tonight. The scene of desolation today in this city beggars description. Tottering i walls and smouldering ruins mark the spot where a tew -hours ago, com. modious stores, banks and hoiel buildings adorned the business streets and all triiftremains of the comfortable home% of the residents are. heaps of charred and smoking embers; Already the casualty list has reached distressing proportions, ten bodies recovered from the of them identified. In West Fernie the dead body of Walter Ford, of his wife and two small .children were found in a well into had jump- ed for safety only'to'parish by suffo. 1 cation. homeless' an- receiving food and shel- ter. Expressions of sympathy and offers of money and provisions are being ;-il Jroiii towns far and and such kindness is keenly appre- ciated by the afflicted citizens. Many undesirables arriving in town on prosjHict of free food and lodging nd no work. When the most urgent work, is com, leted more general will be attended o in an efficient manner by the po. ce. A spirit of hopefulness in the uture of Fernie is apparent every, here and despondency has no place n the part of anyone. BROKE HIS RECORD i Dublin, Aug. momb of! the United States Olympic team com- peted today in ine games oi the Dub- lin police at Ball's Bridge. The fea- ture of the contest was the throwing of the hammer by John Fltiiuighan, who iriade 173 feet 10 inches, beating his own Olympic record. Ralph Kos 5 fjajifnrniriii imt Lm> MIDI fee i 5 inches, breaking the record of 4S feet 2 inches made by Dennis Hoagan at Queenstown in 1889. City Council Will Notify Con- An Account- tant Needed Province Gives Calgary, Aug. city of Cal- gary is giving for the relief of Ferine sufferers. Premier Rutherford and Hon. C. W. Gross met in Calgary yesterday and decided on a grant of In a nearby house Provisions For Fernie Added To Tax Rate The byiaw relating to striking the rate of taxation for the current year was passed by the city council last night. Tho rate struck, is 15 mills. While slight Inst year's rate the increase is not as much as one would expect when the conditions arc known. There arc a of increased expenditures this year, including the Fernie Re- li.of of grant to Board of Trade Isolated Hospital, C. B. Smith's report, two extra teams nnd drivers, two extrh police, additional local etc. The following are the estimates submitted: Works and Property- Salaries and wages, water- master Kngineer (a Street Sweeper Street Sprinkling Totnl Total.................... Markets and publicity.: Salaries Board of Trade grunt 550.00 3300.00 (Special to the Herald) Fernie, B. C., Aug. casual- ty list, now coming in has already rrached distressing proportions, six teen bodies having, been recovered from the ruins and identified. It Michel and Coal Creek are: safe.- Coke operations at Fernie ore sus- pended for two weeks owing to the trestles being burned out. The Crow's Nest Pass Coal Com- pany's, loss is estimated at one hun- dred and fifty thousand dollars. The miners are rallying to the sup- port of the coal company and one hundred and fifty men have already gone to work at Coal Creek and more are coming in. The entire lighting system gono bnt a temporary system will be in- stalled immediately. A carload of supplies arrived from Relief is pouring in from all quar.-l tws and with the efforts of cash money and the disp.ttchmg of suppli- es, Fernie should he in a position in a. few days time to provide shelter and clothing for all its destitute. Insurance will; soon be com- ing in and one man stated this morn- ing that very few people" will be un- fortunate in the matter of lapsing pol- icies. He furtlur stated-----that there will about hundred and fifty thousand dollars insurance avail- able slijortly. The situation today looks brighter than 1-efore. Saskatchewan's Gift Cranbrook, Ausr. -Saskatch. ing and foodstuff are being made throughout the city. The hotel bar- tenders have abandoned a proposed picnic and devoted the money con- tributed for that purpose to the re- lief fund. swan government is thousand dollars :md giving two Port Arthur gave n thousand toward the Fernie relief fund. Superintendent Provincial Poii lice Hussey-1'has pone, to" ,4o Sundries lOp.OO Band Master 000.00 Total Fire and Light: Salaries.................. 1005.00 Department 1.300.00 140.00 Spokane last night which are being superintend reli.-i measures. 525.00 400.00 Team and harness Teamster's salary Maintenance of team 1080.00 3GO.OO 240.00 550.00 360.00 180.00 100.00 Light Fuel Team maintcnnce Wnter Sundries...... 240.00 Total..................... ST.510.iK) Financial: Salaries 3890.00 Printing and advertising 1.600.00 JTax rebates I C. B. Smith Claims Sundries Total...... 3reniornmlum of rate distributed from the Coal Company's lawn where stoves have been put up whence general relief is given. Clothing, tents and groceries are now being unloaded having been sent from neighboring towns and Spokane. The owners of the- houses .left standing have converted some of them into hospitals for the benefit of the homeless. New Westminster's Gifts Now Westminsters B. C., Aug. The cimens of Westminster are doing all in their power to alleviate the distress occasioned .by the disas- trous Fernie con.'laj-'ration. Over has already boi-n contributed by residents. The city council has votid out of the general fund for re- lief of sufferers, ejections of cloth- Vancouver is Generous Vancouver, 3. C., Aug. couver is doing something as promptly as possible for the relief of the suf- fering inhabitants of the burned dis- trict in the Crow's Nest Pass. All church collections were contributed toward the relief fund, ;he city coun- cil has voted and citizens this morning subscribed another A committee of business men were ap- pointed at a meeting this morning and are actively at work and sending immrdiaU.- relief will work further in securing as much money as possible to forward later This afternon a car load of supplies, in- cluding everything needed from food to stov.-s was sent forward also as first shipment. Church societies are working and American citir.r.ns are trying to pay back the assistance given their countrymen at the time of the "Frisco The Do- minion Express company has offeree to carrj food and clothing free. In short everybody is doing what they can. The Salvation Army is also offering both men and money. "If anyone ever mentions bush {in- to me, Longboat won't beat me run- ning "for twenty-five said H Rochon who operated an ice cream parlor at Fernie. He with several others came in last night and all tell the same story of the swift and awful destruction of Fernie. Regard- ing the fatalities, however, there is a difference of opinion. A travelling man who spent the past three days in Fernie says there are not more than 7 deaths. He told of the heroic rf. forts to save the coal company's offi- ce. Men stayed on the roof through- out the fire. Although wrapped in wet blankets they suffered greatly. The hose was kept playing on' th building constantly. About sever, hundred people found refuge in and around the offices. He told graphic story vi .'the whole affaii going through the same things given in yesterday's Herald. Mr. Rochon .was. introduced, to ..tin experiftnce of the hour by a larg stick of timber coming crash int. through the roof of his candy kitchen He came outside in time to see th tin roof of the opera house bein carried off by the wind. The sin was hidden by the dense clouds of smoke. People knew not what to do. He with about two hundred passed the night on an island a mile east of the. town returning once for pro. (Continued on Back Page.) The City Council' held its regular neeting ht.'it with the Mayor .ind Aids. Ivcs, Me I Jet h, Hutton, Wat son and Cunningham present. A representation from the Trades and Labor Council was present and spoke re the fair wage clause. They thought the wage on the streets should be 25c. instead oi 20c. per hour. ut. The council are advised and believe that this is not being done uiul further that the minimum fair wuge is 25tx per hour. The city engineer'will be requested to call on contractors Janse Mc- Donald to urge them to put on a larger force push the matter of street grading more vigorously than they-are now doing. The report-'of -the finance commit- tee was adopted nnd accounts order- ed to The engineer will be asked- to make nn estimate of the Duff's Lake. a motion of Aids. Cunningham and Afclleth the plan of lane crossing on cement sidewalks where a drop of several inches is made will lie re- considered with n view to getting a level walk between street corners. HELMERN1E RELIEF FUND Over Three Hundred Dollars Have Been Con- tributed To the Herald Special Relief Fund payment of the cost of the car' provisions, over the amount 230.00 74G-.GG" 1.000.00 LUMBER COMPANIES !N PASS HIT HARD Michel, Aug. 3. The' c.mi. pniiies were hard hit. The Klk Lum- ber Co. was cleaned up completely, the fine iTiill worth and lumber c.iiups all being burned. Their struck for total loss will IK- half a 70.00 G70.00 450.00 140.00 nt material sheds Total Nursery, annual charge Water Sidewalks Streets Sundries...................... Total Police and Relief: Salaries Pound 1V4.00 Refunds 200.00 Uniforms...... 350.00 Relief U.ioO.Ov Repairs 130.00 Gait Hospital 1800.00 Health Officer Salary 500.00 Sundries 300.00 Municipal School "Debenture: License polico nnd health Works and property Markets nnd immigration Total Municipal Assess- j mcnt School r. r............ The C. S. S. the same rate as public debentures 5.0.M.OO poses IAJSS amount collected Total JJy adding ten percent on these se- veral amounts allowing for a dis- count given in Oclolxir. Municipal wil1 mills School rate will Uc 4.50 mills rnto will be 1.30 mills lumber plant nnd limits burn- ed. Loss over halt a million. Red Vf'1Ipy Lumber Co. nearly as much. 7.510.00 Lossi'S in Ftrnio JITO very heavy. C. P. R- nearly half n mil. ,rtrt on! lion and the 0. N. about the same, four hundred cars aill tKh'e trains coal Wllll chute, Coal Creek whrrr fortunately thoro were thirty empty hovisos. Knllispol sent cars of provis- Sookan r two Nelson nnd in the Fernie district but the amount of. the grant cannot bo determined until some prtrtioulars of the re_ ouirements are received by the cov. The Herald fund is growing. Today it reaches over throe hundred dol- lars. Seven hundred more dollars are required bofcr our purpose, the of of contributed by the city is re- alized. The provisions cost Tho city council contributed The Herald aims to collect the balance. Don'c you want to help thesv- un. Ibrtunate people, fffllow Canadians at Fernie. They need help. They are without a roof to cover their heads, barely enough clothing to cov- er their backs and scores of them without a cent to buy food for thorn, selves or children. They an- looking t as !ol_ Previously ncknowledged L. Krci b. ijiiihnuth, M. D. Hundreds are sleeping in the open. Cnlgary is a car of tents. The city i.s qui-t. nothing to Some- wore roughly for siesiunp ann clothing Fiver VP. Lelhbridp- V a clothing sent on two locomotives, all prone. Seven G. N. bridges between Merchants lose from fifty to a hun- dred and fifty thousand each. Tritos Wood loss will bo The fire the rido of eight hundred people five miles "over the N. R. to High the G. k fir. the Mounted Polico to send a t.o tho strickoji district and nil plies, tents nnd blankets, etc. that they can spare. nnd generous net by con. Mr. and Mrs. W. Taylor 1 tributins what we. can afford} towards those in distress up in the mountains The money will be well Jns. A. Miieclonuld T. FleMwood -----5.00 10.00 1.00 20. W ft. 00 i J. n. over the train pood deal of the way. The train was surrounded by fire and made n dash for back fire from an old smouldering bush j and reached it People wore unloaded Totnl 15.00 v on Back Pagt.) lills firo freshened by a regular hurricane, tho worst ever known in Fernie. The fire was so hot that the fire apparatus burned up. Hoso brigades were organized and did heroic work. President Sherman and union offi- cers gathered foreign miners toge- ther and took them to Cnrbonade and and crossed the. Klk River to the Island and were taken ovor to Hos. Dominion nicr Ottawa, Aug. Dominion government will make a substantial grant for relief of the fire sufferers Spokane's Big Heart Spokane. Wn., Aug. with provisions, ciothing and ueuumg a special was to to- day's train ihe Spokane linter. naiional R. li. for Frrmr, B. C., vo yis thousands made dostitut? bv fire in the district. Extsnt of Nelson. B, C... Aup. latest news from the. Crovr's Nt-st Pfiss dis- aster shows a death list of 60 -which 80 and property loss exceeding five million dollars and about seven thousand people homeless. happy and contented. Whnt better imrsimpTur Horald has over mort> to raise. Let tomorrow see that figure cut in two at least. Dr. Galbraith in contributing ton j dollars makes tho following suppos. tion: "Would t not bo wiso to consider A subscription list among our cit- izens of foreign birth r Many doubtless have friends in Fernie and thus iv afforded an opportunity of lielping thorn. Ti matter in hand, of course it would not V required." Manager Stevens with his usual C. K. Br.imlow T T 1.00 I. D. Fuller Shaw A. M. Ruchi 1. 00 5.00 ers. and Piaster- ,-is' TTni-n -i W. W. Barnett. Pn sidont. R. A. by individual members of Bricklayers. Masons, and Plasterers' Union From a sympjilliSztTs The; 24.00 JS51.00 (Continued on Back Page.) ;