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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1915, Lethbridge, Alberta FIUDAY, AUGUST 5. 1915 THE r.ETH BRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGEF1VB Some Old-time Lethbridge Stories THE BIG WHEN THE .A WILD AND WOOLLY CHARIVARI IN THE EARLY DAYS WHEN GALLAGHER CAME HOME "Tlit wild-and-woollicst nifiht this town ever saw was the nitht Uiil tiallihei came said Frank Colpmau, one of lilt Eighty-livers, a member of the uriRinal and only On- ion a resident of the "Ponnd' uml later one of the members of the Club." "Hill UalliliCT How Lethbridge Received its Name How iliij this fair city or tlie. pliiliiK come' to dubbed Lotli- brldgu? Why dhln't it remain Coal- banks, or why wasn't it called by Home Indian, name, or named after some city of (he old world': Why it named' after a man who never saw the town nor tho alto of tile town, nor even came to Canada'; Those are some of the questions which one asks himself at the time or such an event as the Old-timers' picnic. AE Is generally known there settlement on what miglit ho tormeil HOW THE BOYS STOLE THE WHISKEY FROM UNDER THE NOSE OF THE GUARD days. tjpoii hcini; curtly informed that he was (ioiliR his jn tllB [M of .M, old Clark House which occupied n.lme of lhe town-to-he besan to site of the site of the present Hal-1 ,lc The name of Coal- moral block, Larry McEwan. an'1! banks was neither musical nor cle- Dunc. Duft, another old stager. although it was undoubtedly de- had slartcd the game early in Therefore, the pioneers of evening and by midnight it was the Dominion gilinini to get interesting Steve pro-i to change the name to diiccd the drinks ami by the time ri lEe wnlcll convejed substan- .thirst was slaked our brains began same as Coal- to think with great brilliancy. Now. the virtue -this night was from other h ,ous. The government we had partaker Steve's hospitality. This was the nirht Bill (lalliher was to arrive home with Ills bride from the east. refused to consider the name of Cole- ridge, as there was already a ____ _ town bv tliat name in Ontario. Then the Home wnn ins IH..JU Co who were renilly the Well, some time after midnight one. offered'to name. of the, boys suggested that I "hrivinK hetter team hitched up to b take Hill's wife's trunks home from the station. We had made arrange- ments with Curly Whitney to send down his grandest carriage to take happy couple to their residence. So I went across the street and hitched up the team and then drop- ped in at Steve's ollicc to pick up the hoys. When they came out they each had a shotgun'and a pocket full of shells. "What's on I asked. Oh they were just going to give Bill and his bride a little welcome home in yeal western style, so we went across to the station, which was as you know, just at old Round street. The two o'clock westbound pulled in with Mill and his wife on hoard. Wr waited till the train was just pulling out and then the hoys lined and '.'Hang-hang Bang-hang up Bang-hang Bang-hang went four double-barrelled shotguns in a royal salute of eight guns. The cere- Mrs. ui their company, William Lethbridge of London, England, who, although a very worthy man of a good old fam- ily, had never seen the thriving burg of Coalbanks, nor had he even lieen in Canada, so far as records show. As he was a wealthy man, however, and president of the company, which put Coalhanlts on the map, there was no valid objection to the name, and bridge it remained, and since that time, thirty years ago this year, the residents of the newest city of (Al- berta have been proud to call Leth- bridge their home and have never complained of the name. This year, the thirtieth anniversary of the city, is a '-'cry fitting time for such ail event as the Old-timers' picnic, and the formation of the Leihbridge Old- timers' association. Some of the old. timers have moved awa; over Mr. and Crallihor mounted their age and we loaded up with their baggage and set out afte them. Now to get to Bill's housi which was down 'here on what UIUCLO and some have passed beyond, and as the years rand carri- no by other faces that have been my wagon landmarks of the growing town for many Ion? vears, will disappear, but the Old-timers' association will link up the past with tho present, and con- whicii was uown neic on is tnu JIUOL. Sth street, it was necessary to go tinue to unite in the bonds of fellow uii, JLI.- _ i ihn nmnflfirK an( Otll SILCCL, llj LU through the business section of tin town." By this time the hoys warmed up to the occasion and solved to do the thing up right. Whili we were loadinj up the wagon the other outfit had got ahead of us. climbed in and sat on the and then the hoys thought it was up to them to give another salute. So "Bang-hang! Hang-hang! Bang-bang! Bang-bani; went the guns again right in the ears of the half-brokon horses. I did not need to use the whip and it would have been a shame to usa the brake so 1 let them have thoir head and we went tearing down Round street like a portable-'volcano. The hoys kept the four shotguns go- ing as 'fast as they could throw the shells into them, and the noise was something terrific, while the flame was belching out ten feet on cither side. The sleeping citizens, of Leth- bridge must have thought we were moving hell. Well, when we reached Bill's 'house his bride did not, know what to think of it.all, but soon realized that it was all nothing but the expression of-western hospitality in a western manner.: Larry McEwan and Dune. Duff got out there went home to bed, well satisfied with their night's entertain- ment. Steve Alexander and George Steele and I went hack to totfn, drove around by the the team and put them in my stable. Then Steve invited us over for a wee "Dooh an' Doris." While we were sit- ting around the table we heard shout- ing in the street and lowering the light and poking our heads out of the window we saw the street sim- ship those who were the pioneers and had the pathfinders during the first hard, re- comfortless years of the city. er fiinceUhc days of the rebellion was there so much excikment as there there was in Lethbridge that day. The wildest rumors were current as to the. raid made during the night by the Indians. Their, shots-hundreds or rounds had been tired-had awakened the whole town. The curious part of it all, however, was that no trace of the raiders could be found. Gra- piy alive armed wi'th rjfles. Going around to the back In Hie wild-and-woolly boi.zclfss d.iys prohibition did not always: prohibit. If you feed the ulil-Uincr with JVOIH! tobacco and something to Keep his tongue nmist tic will let unit mi the tide of memory and tell yon wondrous tales of the days when American "Itotgut." and "Tanglefoot" rye was shipped into j Li-thhridgc in marvellously ingenious j channels; when tin; town was "wet- ter" than a distillery and selling l.i-i (jiior to the Indians considered assaicj and profitable as selling real estate in the boom days ol more modern limes, lie will tell you of the hug- juice that was shipped in snugly packed away in hales of hay, in cas- es of pickles, in boxes of canne-l fruit, I in crau-s of eggs, in kpgs labelled; vinegar, and in all the subtle dis-i Kiiiscsi that human ingenuity could; devise. Talcs oi the woolly days were abun- dant at the old-timers" picnic yeslec-j day, and some of the many may lie I recorded here. Tapped the ''Vinegar" Keg Onp of the best, all wool and a yard wide, was told by K. N. lliginhoth-1 am, who has been here ever since One day a large kc-i; of "vine-; gar" was unloaded from the train from the south, lieiorc it could be carted away from the loading plat-1 form of the old freight-sheds, the: .Mounted Police were put wise and constable was put on guard to ar- j rest anyone- attempting to take it; away, the men to whom the inno-' cent'keg was shipped were not less wise than the police and when they lhe redcoat on guard they were j not over anxious to claim the keg. At that time the freight sheds were built so as 10 allow the big ox wa-l gons to load easily. The loading platform was built very high as the! carts hail tremendous wheels and! stood about five feet from the ground. The sheds and platform which stood .just opposite where the C.P.H. ice- house now stands, were built on piles and in line weather the space underneath accommodated all the floating population of the town. It seemed that on this particular occa- sion providence was kind ,to the me-n w-hom the strong arm of the law was depriving of their innocent vinegar. There was no one about the freight sheds except the solitary figure of the rider of the plains pacing rest- lessly up and down Ihe length of the platform in the stillness of the night and ever keeping his watchful eye on the keg of "vinegar." Stealthily creeping up behind some freight the conspirators carefully took in the situation, noted the location of tho policeman, surveyed the exact posi- tion of the keg on the platform and disappeared beneath it. With them they had a wash-tub and an auger. With these simple tools they proceed- ed to outwit justice. History does not go, into the details of what hap- pened underneath the platform. It does relate, however, that the con- spirators staggered away under the weight of a wash-tub ful'1'of the best Virginia Rotgut and that the mount- ed policeman calmly guarded a keg on the platform all that night and ihc next day. The denouement of the plot is that one who was possibly "wised up to it" came along the next afternoon and asked 'the patient watchman whether he was camping out on the platform for his holi- dually the tiuth, which had been inaiiy LIIU guessed at ths night before by Cap- tain to dawn on the citizens! They had been fooled. Some- body, probably residents of the town ilstU, bad shot up tho .town pretend- ing 'they were Indians, but that was as near as they ever got to the truth. Captain Casey was rightly furious. He gave everybody who might be rpmotely connected with the affair the Third Degree. He had detectives out for days looking for clues. Charlie Magrath was mayor of the town at that time and although not particularly anxious to get. mixed up in the business, he was bound to help preserve the public- peace and ;ave his assistance in the hunt. But ihe secret was only held by four of us, fast friends and all knew how to keep our faces shut and at the same time act innocently. It would have, been as much as our life was worth during the first few days after the affair to have been found out, as public feeling ran very high. But after a while people began to realize THE FIRST MAN HERE CJL'orge Nouk ahvays claims th" distinct-inn of having bft'ii on tho pj'oujul LuthlirnljiR now .stands Bt'vcral bci'nn- any other citi- zen, hi the years IMS ho came over with a jwriy of men from Fort. tn build Whoop-Up for J. Mealy and Al. Hamilton. and Iliimilton were bached financially, nr put it moro correctly, "staked" liy IJIR trad- ing coin panics of I. if. Maker and Co. said T. C. William {Old Man) Gladstone, win, is still living at a ripe old -age at a ranch near Pincher Creek, was in charge the party which built Fort Whoop-rp. Old Man Gladstone was u Scotchman by birth, and an nlrl Hay Company renowned from one end of the gn'iit lmip kind to tlie other for his in travelling tho country with doir-icams. lie al- ways claimed to lif a nephew William EwaH (JhifNionc, Hritaifs "Grand Old .Alan" last cen- tury. Nnw, George I Junk's bollfr half1, was related in some way to "Old J Man" Gladstone's hi'tu-r half. So j down in the bottom of his George glories in a family relation j tn llif great British statesman. He never bfiasJs of it, however, and only mentioned it for tlie first time, dur- ing a long acquaintanceship with the! writer, when in a very j mood, quite recently. SUCCESS WITH SUGARLESS METHOD OF CANNING The Calgary .Morning Albertan, in a recent issue prints the following In- teresting account oi uie experiences of a Calgary housewife in preserving fruits without s.ngar "Mrs. G. C. YorU of No. 4 Nelson apartments, IB one of ilie Calgary housewives who experimented last year with putting up fruits without sugar, and her experiment has met with a most gratifying- PIR-CRSS. Like raany people trying a new thing1, she felt a little dauhU'ul about it, al- though convinced that from a scienti- fic slandpomt, the ideal is theoretical-j iy correct. However, the promise for] economy and superior finality seemed i to warrant the experiment, and so she put up a small quantity of rhubarb and of peaces. The results could scarce! j- be better. The peaches were finished on -New Year's Day, and were then in such prime condition that there is no doubt they would have lasted months longer. As to the quality and flavor! "Xo aays Mrs. York, ''who has not used fruit put up in hoth ways could realise how the cooked sugar taste irterferes with and spoils the real I Will Clean Up on PUMPS OXFORDS For Men and Women At These Greatly Reduced Prices Men's Oxfords, black or tan leathers, all grades Women's Pomps and Oxfords, reg. and Women's Common-sense Js..... Woraen's and Children's Hosiery Away Down! Mail Orders Promptly Filled W. J. NELSON CO. SHERLOCK BLOCK fruity flavor The peaches were as columns bending southward and by Field Marshal Von MacKonzen's sou- thern armv bending northward. The fall of Ivangorod proper, forecasted in tlie Russian retirement from the west oi the city is officially reported today in bulletins hoth from Berlin and Vienna, The occupation of Warsaw now is centering again on a series of im- portant events that are being ar- ranged. The first will he tfee selec- tion of. a German governor. Reports indicate the appointment oi a Ger- man Prince, possibly the son of the German Emperor or an Austrian Archduke, who will be vested with authority akin to that which Napo- fceon gave to his brothers and to his Paru was the first nation to add instruction in aviation to its public school curriculum. Toothed wheels revolve and break the clinkers in an asV. sifter p-icnted by iU New York inventor. Six varieties of seaweed arc used' by the Japanese in tho manufacture of vegetable isinglass. In proportion to population Austria- Hungary has the least telephone ser- vice of any European nation and were voted; by all who tasted them as very much better than the jiKiial canned ones. The rhubarb ex- periment was iust as successful. The last of them were used within the past two weeks, and were just as good as the day they were put down." Mrs. York, however, emphasizes the necessity for careful sterilization. She boils.her jars for twenty minutes before filling them with fruit, and is etj.uallv careful with her rubbers anil j covers. She says this is the real sec- ret of success, and that good results will only follow if every precaution is j taken. She is even particular not to touch the covers and rubbers after sterilization, handling- them with im- provised forceps, formed -by using the handles of two spoons. Berlin reports a council be held on Sunday will formulate a proclama- tion declaring Poland to be a senii- autononiou-5 slate under the joint Polish and A astro-Hungarian rule. This conforms with a recent decision of a Polish congress held at Pio- Irkow, Russian Poland. Having a snan of 32S feet, the new bridge across the Tiber at Rome is the longest reinforced concrete arch Phone For Your Meats To the market that special- izes on its phone business. Saves time 'and effort, and you are always pleased COMPLETE VARIETY FOR TOMORROW The Alberta Meat Market Phone 492. The Highest in Quality but Not in Price. Attachments for phonographs have been invented that make dolls dance to the the machines produce. we saw that .the square was also full of excited Jooking crowds. Just then we ohserved a 'iiumher of dark- forms which we made out to he Mounted' Poiicftmen 'and heard the low voice ot Captain Casey, the in- spector of the detachment, say "Men, when r draw my sword, file." Then it all came to us in a flash I and the chills ran up aiu! lioivh i spines. said Steve between his teeth, "you'll sleep with .me to- night We s'neahed in the back door door of his place and -looked across the street. Sure enough. the police were searching in my stable. They, hammered at my door and searched the house. I don't know how IOHR tho excitement kept up that night, but I think that the Mounted Police patrolled the town till the morning. The next morning we sent George Steflc down to warn Dime. DuniT am! Larry McEwan to keep their faces closed ahsolutcly. I sneaked around .to. my- office and awaited events. Ncv-j that a big joke had been played on i them. It was not for three years al- that 'the details of the story lenk- cd out has.always since been referred to as J'the night Bill Galli- her came home." Every I0c Packet of WILSON'S FLY PADS Will Kill M09F HIS S Sg' WHO H tir AN'v Pure Food Market SPECIALS Shamrock Cooked Ham, Ib. 35c Finest Cooked Jellied Tongue 45c Fresh Ox Hearts Fresh Ox Tails 6c 6c For Saturday only AH our products bear the Government stamp Canada Approved P. Burns Co., Limited MAIN Avenue South. Phones 412 and 1388. DOMINION 4th Ave. and 6th St. S. Phone 1654. PALACE Street North. Phone 431. No Need to Cook Meats When it is Too Hot We are prepared to serve you with a tempting line of Cooked Meats. For tomorrow we have Made and Very Choice: BOILED HAM, HEAD CHEESE, PRESSED TONGUE, VEAL LOAF, COOKED CORN SAUSAGE. Don't cook in a riot kitchen when you can get these at reasonable prices. FOR HOT WEATHER MEAT SPECIALS GO TO DELANYS LIMITED, Phone 452 ;