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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 5, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta e Herald 3 'LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 1903. NUMBER 40. PREPARING TO REBUILD THE EMPLOYEES WONT ACCEPT Ottawa, Aug. labor depart. rat-m has received a letter from J. T. Murphy, counsel for the Union of I 5.. announcing that the men are not prepared to accept yie award of thevbosixl of lion 'and investigation in connection with the matters -in dispute between the; company and the machinists. Further effort will'be made to bring about--an agreement, .on" the points still-in dispute. People of Fernie Are Op- timistic and Are Getting Ready to Build Jlr.'W. S. Stanley, manager of the District Ledger, Ferule, B. C., came into the city last night to make ar- rangements for -the publication of his paper, until he is able to get an office building and secure a plant. Mr. Stanley 'had' very little fresh news to .tell about the disaster in Ferine, but he is. 'quite'--optimistic about the future of that city. He says that the preparations are- al- ready under way for the rebuilding of that city, and it will not be very long before, a. large number of. the buildings are ready "for occupation. Up to the time Mr. Stanley left Fernie last.-night, nine bodies been discovered, in "VVest Fernie. and four in Fernie annex. The bodies of AValter Ford, Ms wife and child- ren, were found in. a well back of their home. It is surmised that: L'ley jumped into the well when the heat became so intense they could stand it no longer. Dead horses and cows are to found, all over town, .Mr.'- Stanley says. .The loss incurred including lumber in the mountains will be OOO.OOO. MUSICIANS DID NOT ORGANIZE Decided To Forego the For- mation of a Union For the Present Last night- the musicians of NOTORIOUS BLACK HAND BLAMED FOR THE DISASTER Startling Accusation Made That Members of That Organ- ization Started the Fire at Fernie to Enable the Five Men in Jail There to ecure Their Liberty B. C.. Aas. pariv of 1 the entire receipts to be devoted to city TO the number of about thirty, met in the Sample Boom of the Bal- moral Hotel. The two local bands had already been addressed on 'he subject, and while tiie Concert Band unanimously adopted" a resolution to proceed with the formation of a local branch of the American Federation 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 ;KelseyA in excellent speeches, advocated" the postponement of organization, while Messrs. Biner When he came through Hosmer aad j and Cope brought forward good reaJ men re-ached here tonight from Fernie who were all through the fire. The men's story and the late wires direcet from both Fernie and Cranbrook to- night fail to give any further dt-tails as to'. loss of life than those already sent. The number estimated burned alive is Still held from 60 to 100 but we have been unable to get names of or anything like a correct estimate. The most sensational story comes from Cranbrook -tonight where it is the asserted that proof is forthcoming that three .bush fires were started at Michel last night these towns were practically out of danger, the fire liaving practically The .majority of the Fernie people are at Granbrook. 500 have "boon sent to jSfelson. Quite "a. number cam down last night as far as ]Macleod. Mr. Stanley says ...that President Sherman, of Liur Unltcu 2tIiT sons for immediate action. At the end of the meeting, which lasted over two hours, it .was evident that the majority present were in favor of delaying organization, until some fu- ture, date. The Lethbridge Concert. Band, an of the motion -unanimously dopted .by them, have decided to Fernie which eventually burned all the toi-un with the express object of freeing the five black hand suspects under arrest in Fernie. jail? It is a matter of fact that while most of the prisoners wire given their liberty, the five men in question, heavily shackled, were taken to Cran. brok and will be brought to the pro- vincial jail here later. No doubt this story will be fully invstigated by the authorities. !Nelson has subscribed nearly today. At the last moment owing to the difficulty in gathering of the famil- ies only some ten refugees reached here tonight in place of five hundrd jA' fierce Fernie fire sufferers. Some of the Dead Nelson, B. C., Aug. special received from Fernie toaiglvJt The scene of desolation today in this city beggars description. Tottering Extra Despatch MICHEL IS IN GREAT DANGER (From the Herald's Special Repre- sentative.) Michel, B. C.. August started about three The men are being kept j o'clock this' morning blowing from to straighten out matters and tomor_ the west- The west of here are row a batch cf women and children burning fiercer than ever, sweeping are expectid here where prepartions towards town. Over one hundred feet have been made for them. Province Gives 'Calgary, Aug. city of Cal- gary is giving for the relief of Fernie sufferers. Premier Rutherford of timbers owned by the coal company have caught fire, four load- ed cars are consumed. Fire is spreading rapidly to all parts of the yard-. Freight train go- ing west had to return here on- wails and smouldering ruins mark ihe spot where a few hours ago. com- modious stores, handsome banks and hotel buildings adorned the business streets and all tne remains "of the comfortable homes of the residents are heaps of charred and smoking embers. Already the casualty list has reached distressing proportions, tc-ii bodies having been recovered from the ruins and some of them identified. In "West Fernie the dead body of Walter Ford, with those of his wife and two small cluldren were found in a well into which they had jump- ed for safety only to perish by suffo- cation. In, a nearby house an aged and named Turner lost her life. Lena Bell a "colored woman, perish- ed in her house at the north end of the town being unable to escape ow- ing to sickness, and it is feared two other women fell victims to the fire fiend in the same house. The body of a small unidentified boy was found in residential street while an unknown man has been taken from the ashes in the old town. It is- rumored that several bodies are lying beside the Great Northern tracks between here ;and Hosmer. Outside towns havev responded nobly to the appeal for assistance and visions, tents and absolute necessi- ties are coming in steadily and the homeless are receiving food and shel- ter. Expressions' of sympathy'' and off ers and Hon. C. "W. Cross met in Calgary count of fire. All trains held here, of money and provisions are being BROKE HIS RECORD Dublin, Aug. members of the United States Olympic team com- peted today in the games of the Dub- lin nolifp at "RalVc --The-- ture of the contest was the throwing of the hammer by John Flanaghan, who made 173 feet 10 inches, beating his own Olympic record. Ralph Rose the Californian put the shot 49 feet 0" me ictuiu Ol 4O feet 2 inches made by Dennis Hdagan at Queenstown in 1889. WIND AT FERNIE WAS TERRIFIC EXPECT A FAIR WAGE TO BE PAID City Council Will Notify Con- tractors An Account- iant H. Rochon Relates His Ex- periences in Devastated City "If anyone ever mentions bush fire to me. Longboat won't bsai me" run- ning for twenty-five H. Eochon 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 ef- 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 the building constantly. About seven hundred people found refuge in and around the offices. He told quite a graphic story of the whole affair going "through the same things as ivere given in yesterday's Herald. Mr. Rochdn was introduced to the of the hour by a large stick of timber r coming crashing (Continued on Back Page.) rt form a local of the American Feder. I yesterday and-decided on a grant ._ __ __ ers, worked very hard during after the J3e is still at Fertile doing all that he can, to help the miners and to assist those who are in distress. I. Coal Creek was not damaged to necessary business for the organiza. any extent, but the majority, of the of union- houses between there and Fernie were destroyed. "alion of Musicians in the city. At" their practice tomorrow evening in the Oliver'Hall, they will proceed to I elect officers and transact all other "BOBS" AT OTTAWA 'Ottawa.'Ont., Aug. Roberts today drove to the government ex- perimental farm with 'the Governor General and was interested in the methods of the government in its ag- ricultural department, asking many questions. Thus far there are no fur- ther plans as to his visit. GEO. PETTI BONE DEAD Denver, Colo., Aug. Pet_ tibone, for years prominent in the councils, of the Western Federation of Miners and who was tried and ac- quitted on a charge of complicity in the murder of former governor Steun- enberg of Idaho, -died; at St. Joseph's hospital tonight from the effects of an operation for cancer. TAX RATE SET AT 15 MILLS Estimates Submitted To the City Council Provisions For Fernie Added To Tax Rate to Fernie sufferers. The Turf Club, the. fire brigade and horsemen have combined to get up a big.-racs tomorrow afternoon; finitely, All the flat hack off of the G. X. depot is burning. The. result can only be conjectured if .the town burns. njvv.ua- JLUI and such kindness is keenly appre- ciated by the afflicted citizens. Many undesirables are arriving in town on (Continued on Back Paga.) SIXTEEN BODIES HAVE BEEN FOUND The bylaw relating to striking the rate of taxatioii for the current year was passed by the city council last night. The rate struck is 15 naills. is a slight increase on last year's increase is not as much as one would expect when the conditions are known. There are a of increased expenditures this year, including the Fernie Re- lief of grant to Board of Trade Isolated Hospital, C. B. Smith's report, two extra teams and drivers, two extra police, additional locoJ improvements etc. The following are the estimates submitted: Works and Property: Salaries and master Engineer (a portion) Street Sweeper Street Sprinkling Total 1080.00 3GO.OO 2-.10.00 Team and harness Teamster's salary Maintenance of team To provide accommodation at material sheds Total Trees, caring for, etc....... annual charge Water........................... Sidewalks Streets............ Sundries Total Police and "Relief: Salaries-........................ I Pound Refunds Cni.fonns [Heiic-f......................... Repairs Gait Hospital Health Officer Salary i Sundries 550.00 360.00 130.00 .100.00 J 170.00 j 70.00 500.00 670.00 -150.00 1-10.00 4-.300 174- '200 .130 1800, 500 300 (Special to the Herald) Fernie, B. C., Aug. casual- ty list now coming in has already reached distressing proportions, six teen bodies having been recovered from the ruins and identified. It is calculated that Michel and Coal Creek are safe. Coke operations at Fernie are sus-' pended for two weeks "owing" to the trofitlps lining burned out. The Crow's 5sTest 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 has gone but a temporary system will be in- stalled immediately. A carload of supplies arrived from Spokane last night -which are being distributed from the Coal Company's lawn whore stoves have been put up and from whence general relief is given. tents and groceries are now being milonded having been sent from neighboring towns and Spokane, j The owners of the houses left standing have converted some of them j into hospitals for tho benefit, of .the homeless. Belief is pouring in-- from all quar- ters -and with the efforts of cash money and the dispatching of .suppli- es, Fernie should be .in a position in a few days time to provide shelter and clothing' for all its destitute. Insurance inoncy 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 further stated that there ivii] IIA about seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars insurance avail- able shiortly., The. situation today looks brighter than before. Gift Cranbrook, Aug. Saskatch- ewan government is giving two thousand dollars and Port Arthur gave a thousand toward the Fernie relief fund. Superintendent of -Provincial Po- lice Hussey has gone to Fernie -to superintend relief measures. 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. .00 00 00 00 _ 00 j ,ooj 00 i .001 001 New Westminster's Gifts New B. C., Aug. 3.- The citizens of New Westminster1 are- doing all in their power to alleviate ihe distress occasioned by the disas- trous Fernie conflagration.' Over lias already been contributed by residents. The city council has voted out of tho general fund for re- lief of sufferers, ejections of cloth- Vancouver is Generous Vancouver, B. 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 besides sending immediate 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 stoves was sent forward also as first shipment. Cmireh societies are working and American citizens are trying 10 pay back the assistance given their countrymen at the time of the "Frisco disaster." The Do. minion Express company has offered to carry food and clothing frer. In short everybody is doing what tht-tyj can. The Army is also offering both men and tnonev. Money to Loan on Farms I have tho-asands of "acres of farm lands for sale in the Greatest Wheat- producing District in ALL OF ALBERTA I defy any man to show me a dis- trict in Alberta that is as farmed and as prosperous as district weir the I The City Council held its regular meeting last and Aids. Ivcs, HcBeth, 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 of 20c.- ,per hour. r F. Colpman addressed the council. asking for a grant of toward the Agricultural Society. The "usual grant of was made. ilr. Farris' salary was increased So per month from August 1st: TEe report received- from, the Chief of the fire department -was adopted. The was' in- structed to..asle the solicitor if a grant can be made to the Trades and Labor Council for sports. T A communication from Conyoeare Jones and C. B. Bowman, re in- crease of each on account workman's risk in fire hall was re- ceived 'and the request granted. The report of the finance committee adopted. An accountant will be pro- cured as soon as possible. Mr. Reid was granted a leave of absence for two weeks. The substi- tute will be paid "by the city- The contractors will be advised that the city expects the fair clause' in the contracts to be carried out. The council are advised and believe that this is not "being done and further that the minimum 1 The city engineer will be requested to call on contractors Donald to urge -them to put pnT.a-. larger force and push the matter of street grading; more vigorously than, they are now doing. The report of the tee was adopted and accounts order- ed to be paid. v The engineer will be asked to make an estimate of the draining- of Duff's Lake. I On motion of Aids. Cunningham j and McBeth the plan of lane crossing j on cement sidewalks a drop of several inches is made_will JDC re- Wheie there is now one railroad' considered with a view to getting a level walk between street corners. NORTH WEST OF LETHBRIDGE building and another promised to the farmers to haul out the crops of 1909. This district produced the pro- ducts hclpod win first! prize at the recent Dominion Fair. Farmers who have lived there .for three and five years are now buying this land from me at as high a figure as per acre on cash instalment ba'sis, and as high as per acre on the crop payment basis. Here are some real bargains. All of section 30-12 22, only on crop payments. Lies 10 miles from W. C. McKillican Awards Prizes m Grain Com- petition (From Friday's Daily.) The judging- of the fields of stand- ing grain entered in the competition conducted under the auspices of -the; Lethbridge and District Agricultural Society was done yesterday by W. C. jVfcKilllcan, of Calgary of the Seed of new railroad station now building and! Grain Branch of the Department will be but three miles from station on i Agriculture. the Calgary Lethbridge railroad, There were only three- fields of win- 24-11-23 at A. E. Wesson This is raw prairie land, overj first with 90'5 Pcr a'nt" W' S' I Sherd, whose field adjoins Mr. !Wes- fair. I have been offered per acre for raw land adjoining this sec- tion. IT (Continued on Back Page.) TH HEAO OFFICE, TORONTO B. E. WALKER, President ALEX. Manager P.aid-up Capital, Reserve Fund, Branches throughout Canada, and in the United States and England AT FOLLOWING RATtS: ind Scents and not exceeding 6 cents 10 cents ___.. 15 cents These Orders are naynbic at par at every office of a Chartered Bank in Canada fYukon and'ai Ilia principal bankim; points in United Stales. They are negotiable at to the sterling in C.re.M Britain and Ireland. They form an excellent method of reirijtirs.stiiall sums of money with safely and at small cost, and may be obtained without delay. ut> Lethbridge Branch C. G. K. Kourse, Manager Jlichcl, lumber com- panies wore hard hit. Tho Elk Lum- ber Co. cleaned up completely, the fine mill., worth and camps all boiug burned. Their tot'd loss will be linlf ;i million. Fornie. lumber plant :md limits burn- ed. Loss over hair a million. lied Valley Lumber Co. nearly as much. Losses in Feniie arc very The C. K. lost Hourly luilf a rnil- iion and the G. N. about the same, four hundred cars ami tlm'.o trains lOruIed. with con! ;.ind coke, coal chute, two locomotives, nil crono. Seven G. N. bridges between Fornic and Hosmer wt-ro bunu-d. Merchants loss from fifty to a hun- dred and fifty thousand each. Trites Wood .loss will bo The firo .started from an old smouldering bush fire freshened by u regular hurricane, the worst known in Feniie. The firo, was so hot that the fippnr.itus burned up.' Hose brigades were organized find did heroic work. President Sherman and union offi- cers gathered foreign miners togo. thi-r and took the.in to Carbon tide and Creek where fortunately ther> were thirty -imply houses. sent two cars of provis- Spokane cars, Nelson and Caigary i.wo Tents .'in- tho greatest necessity. Hundreds are sleeping in the open. Oalsriiry is. M'ndhig a tents. The city is quiet, -nothing left to pi lingo. Soirir foreigners were trout- led for .stealing bedding and c.'o.'hincr- L< thbridjre clothing sent on rvc-eived by th jtho Moumi'd -Police to .sond a party The rnost experience was ride of hundred people five miles over the. G.' N. R. to H'ifrh B.inks, fires flames tin- train a good deal of the way, Tho train was hiirroundcd by fivo and niiide a dash, for back fire and I'eaoh.ed i< People were unloaded and .crossed the Klk River to the Island and wore taken over to Hos. nior. Dominion Will Aid Ottawa, Aug. Dominion government will make a substantial grant for relict o! the fire sufferers Spokane's Big Heart Wn.. wir.h pr.'-'VJsiuus, clothing and bedding n car nttacli-. d to to. d'y's irain over die Spoknnc linter. national P.. R. for Feniie. B. C., to j r..lf] iliu thousands dcstiture by fire in the district. All acre. half of which is as fine land as anv one could wish for-the rest is only ton's- was serond 90 per: cent. The third was infested with wild oats so no prize was awarded. In spring- wheat there were seven 'outvies, tliose winning prizos were 1, S.E- 1-4 of section 30-10-22 at i w_ H. Pawsoh. 80.5, 2, C. S; Crest per aero. Fenced and has 65 177j 3 Hatnilton Bros. Galhraith brokc-n and 36 acres in spring wheat lho olhers in order namcd being which should in-m present A- rasanhnn, Pelleticr. W. S. i-s yield So bu. to tlie aero. j E. Westoii. Jlr. Pawson's S. E. ]-4 of sec. 10 1.V22 ,-t per, of irrain was very heavy and {the grain was verjv giving-it'a big loud over the others. Six fields were entered in oats. The prize winners were 1, W. H. Pawson j 89, 2 Hamilton Bros. Galbraith Section 2612-22 at only ?13.5fl per I 3 D. Pelleticr 72. The others in (I'd. order nanwd .'were S. Sherd, B. this week N.E.' 1-4 of j 21-1122 at all fenced and 60 j f.-.r 70 acres ready for fall wheat. All' can be plowed. Free from stones. Good well and shack. Post office, 21-2 SO fenced ana oroken with a j _.n TT I irr.-i.narv for bushcis of grain. Hur-i j ry' Extent of Doa'h List B. C.. Aug. latest news from the Crow's Ke.st Pass dis- aster shows a detith of 60 which will probably be increased to 70 or SO and property loss exceeding five million dollars and about seven thousand people homeless. -Ttimcs aml E- s. .pdwson. 3lan.V good fields made low scores cause of imp.irc scod and .the p.res- enco of ,wccds- wild, oats. The "f wheat was, on this quick before some scores- of variety 10 per cent., FreedoTn fro in other "seeds' '20 per irccctom from smut, rust atul inserts 15 per appar- ent of head, :-sttlIness of state of maturity, etc.; 30 per cent. ,-f The oil Is were judged on almost the same score except that no marks wen- given for. suitability of variety find these ten were given the first and last items. MONEY TO LOAN ON FARMS Drive Rheumatism from the blood with Dr. Sheep's Remedy. Tablet or Liquid. Sold by J. J. 'Johnston.-' ;