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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta TEe Lethbridge Daily Herald tVolmrle IV. tathbridge. Tuesday, AIIJJ. 8, 1011. Number 200 POLICE ALLEGE JEALOUSY CHOLERA IN PARIS Whitford and Thomas Quarreled Over Latter's Wife She Later Lived With Accused Being Brought to Give Evi- dence Story Told the Police by Eye Witnesses health authorities discovered what [s to be n case of cholera-v'jn the Mont-Par- nanse qtmrter of the city. Ev- ery precaution Is being taken. A A A A A fl. A A Was over Mrs. Victor Thomas tbie motive of tho alleged murder of her husband, Victor Thom- as, George Whitford on October 2fi, 1907? That! Is the question which Is being asked ''in police circles today, mid it Is on this basis that the cvt- deuce against, Whiii'ord is being -work- ed out. points in that di- rection, and th-e sequence of events seems to hear.lout this theory to a greater extent tihan any other motive .which has -been; put forward. Perhaps there are no two men in the police force i today who know more fj shout -or "Nigger George" J as he is callejd, than Chief Gillespie and Detective'.Sergeant Egan of the '4; local police. Both these: men were o the Mounted 'Police force sfatione here at the time of tho alleged criin In fact Chief' Gillespie was actlii sergeant major at the barracks her when the body of the unknown mai I Afterwards proven to 'be that of Vic J ior Thomas, was found lying in tw feet of water in the UJoIly River nta Diamond City. The chief detallei I Sergt. Egan with two others (o g out and bring in tli.e remains, the sergeant says ha remembers ihc case better than almost any othe of (he-same nature ,-on which he was detailed while on tine force. He snys that when the remains were rotim they were In a very advancer! stage of decomposition, 'making idetitiftca tion almost Impossible. The jbody was "taken to Moore's undertaking parlors where an inquest 'ivpa held, but owing to the-state of the remains it was almost, impossible io decide whethei the on the head were death. At rate" the held" this" pdatr mortem examination gum his opinion that the a bras) OMB were caused after death, and -were the result of the head striking on rocks as It was hurl- ed down stream -'in the high water. Sergt. Egan states that this evi- dence given by the examining doctor at the inquest was the cause of the case being dropped without Further at the time there some talk among the police in Whitford was mentioned in 'connection the supposed crime. ,The Motive Coming now-to the motive, it seems finite eoncliiiive to anyone well ac- cnminted with the facts of the case that Airs. Thomas was the direct cause of trouble between the two men, if there was trouble, as is slated by the half -breed women in their JBlatementB. In the spring of 1007 Bergt. Egan was working on a horse stealing case at 'Medicine Mat, when bo heard that there had been trouble .between Whitford and Thomas over 'Mrs. Thomas, it was supposed, and !n a quarrel followed, Thomas liad been 'badly beaten up by Nigger tleorge. Later on in the year Thomas his wife removed to Letbbridge, vhere he entered the employ of the (Western Warehouse ami Transfer Co. as teamster. followed in a ehort time, and the quarrel having fceen smoothed over in the meantime, the two men were .working for the pame firm- It is 'believed now that the accused man, Whitford, did not cease his attentions to Mrs. Thomas, nnd the quarrel which is supposed to have resulted in Thomas' death en- eucd at the river bottom. Both men Were, at the time of Thomas' disap- pearance, at work hauling gravel from the river bottom Just aoroas the viver near the approach to the traffic bridge Witness' Story According to the story which is told by the LaFavel woman, a naif- It reed Cree, and her two children, a daughter of twenty-four, and a son of fourteen, they claim to have been eye 'Witnesses to the alleged crime. ,1'tajr state thnt. on the afternoon when the quarrel ensued the men were loading sand near the tents in which Jhe half breeds were living. They In one of the tents, and hearing the sounds of the quarrel, ran out fend beheld the two wen struggling Jn terrible anger. After some time they that Whitford picked up rock, and hlttlng-Thomns n terrible blow on the bend, felled him to (ho ground. Then in cold blood they as- that he finished his awful deed "while Thomas waw unconscious. Drag- ging the body to the river when life extinct, WnHford IB said to hare sank it in the middle of the river, and unconcerned about, the awfulness oi hts dcud, went back to his team ,and went about his work as if nothing had happened. This is what is pur ported to be roughly the evidence contained in the sworn statements of the half breed woman and her chil- dren arrested by Scrgl. Asho at Browning, .Alontana, on Saturday Just following out a clue which he obtain- ed from u white man at Medicine ilat was arrested In the city on Saturday also on the strength of the same evidence. Lived With Widow Following up the history, of the case, it is found that shortly after the disappearance of Thomas from the community, Whitford lived with Mrs. Thomas in this city as her husband. This excited the Mounted Police to a further investigation, but as the half breeds, who now 'claim to have witnessed the crime, were afraid to come forward and tell their story, nothing but the doubt remained, and Whitford continued to live here with Mrs. Thomas until (lie next year. In they moved to Saskatoon where they lived together until last fall, when on account of a quarrel the couple separated, 'Mrs. Thomas re- maining in Saskatoon, and Whitford coming to Lethbridge. While here although an Industrious man. ran foul of the city police two or, three times. Not more than three weeks ago he appeared in the city police court on the charge of supply- ing Hauof to a full blooded Indian girl not long out of the industrial school at High River, lie put up such a plausible story at that time that the magistrate was forced to lot him off, although the local police were m'o'r- ufly certain thai he had supplied the liquor Indirectly. Chief Gllleeplo stjites that supplying liquor to the In- dians was an old crime with Nigger George, he having done six months in, the barracks here on the same of- fcum Got the Woman With Whitford safe in the cells here, and with the three hulf 'breeds as witnesses against him, Inspector West despatched Sergt. Aslie to Sas- katoon to apprehend the Thomas wo- man on Iiis return to Lethbridge from Urownlng. Her evidence it is believ- ed will complete the last link in the chain of evidence being forged about George Whitford. and reports tho wily sergeant of the police lias succeeded in locating the woman who will arrive with him today. It is believed that Mrs. Thomas will submit a very strong story against Whitford, as he has quarreled with her, and also because since hia re- turn to Lethbridge, Whitford has been living with a woman of the under- world in this city as her husband. Whitford is not a half breed, but a mulatto giving Ontario as his birth- place. His Lethbridge reputation la not a good one, and as there seems 'to be a strong motive tor the crime with which he is charged, It is be- lieved that the case will brfngt out some very interesting evidence con-' cerning one of the most cold blooded murders in the history of the country CONFIDENCE OF FRANCE SPOKEN Aug. words from a If the first gun In the Liberal cam pafgn in the .Medicine Hat constit- uency as fired at the Lcthbridgc Lib era! organization meeting last night is any criterion, it is safe to nay ihat it was, of the party feeling in this campaign, the coming election speech from Paul Doumer, the pos- promises. to be one of the hardest iRALS READY TO ENTER THE RECIPROCITY FIGHT 4 Enthusiastic Meeting of Local Association Clean-Cut Issue Fighting Speeches Officers Elected Delegates to Nominating Convention siblc future president of France, are fought ever held in this part of Can- worth quoting as a display of French Qver ono lumdrcd confidence which, while often met in turned out at .the call ,of the presi- meeting which was held private conversations, seldom gets dent to its way into priiit. M. Doumcr said, I in St. Augustin's hall. They feel that "We have of millions' they have a cause to fight for at this since 1905 on forts, which election which'is worthy of the beet today fbrni a line of defence not to he found elsewhere in Europe. The artillery has been doubled and the war materials tripled since then. It is because that this is known that we can bis confident of peace hcing main- tained. Our army is ready and it, can regard the darkening horizon without uneasiness and say to everybody, 'Come when you will.' V v v VERY HEAVY JOLT WILL BRING THEM Land Men Will Sell Out in States and Come to Canada POPE PIUS ILL -Rome, :Aug. Phis experienced a slight relapse today. The attack came siid- denly aggravating the cold -with which he has suffered and being accompanied with groat pains. A A TABER LIBERALS RE-ORGANIZED Toledo, Ohio, Aug. H, Ketchum, a Toledo horse- man and theatre owner, has received a. draft for from an unknown person in Canada who aays he owed 'Mr. Ketchum to that extent. Ketch- um thought the conscience fund story joke until received -the money.' He nd- Yr they can give, .and whoever the Lib- eral standard bearer may -be he can rest assured in the whole hearted support of those of the community whoh have the best interests of Southern Alberta and Canada as a whole at heart. The meeting was one of the most enthusiastic ever held by Lethbrldge Liberals, and the largo number of new faces in evidence bears testimony. to the interest which this campaign has stirred up, although only a few days old. The president of the Lethbridge Liberal Association, S. J. Shepherd occupied the chair, and called first upon Senator DeVeber for a few re- marks by way of opening the fight in this city, The Senator in his speech drew attention to the need of a strong man as standard bearer in this campaign. He, however, stated that the man would have a magnificent j causa to uphold, in that he would he working directly for the benefit 'of the country. He took occasion to dif- fer with Mr. .who held the opinion that a senator-should tak nu part in the-party politics of th country. As a free man, wiih th interests of his country at hear he did not feel how he could do othe of Lethbridge and Stafford 'ills. Th wise than come out on the aide the Liberal party in their fight fc reciprocity and the development c Canada. "Don't consider this h said, "a fight between Liberalism r.n Conservatism. It is simply a -rues tion of reciprocity or antl-recipro-titj and we are the standard bearers o reciprocity because we believe it t be in the best intecste of Canada." Officers Elected As the main purpose of the mcei ing was to the association the election of officers was proceed ed -with, resulting as follows: Hon. Presidents, Sir Wilfrid Laur ier, Hon. Frank Oliver, 'Premier 'Sit ton, Senator DeVeber and Buchanan, M. P. P. President, S. J. Shepherd. First Vice-President, William Oil ver. Second Vice-Prcsident, T. S. Me Kenzie. Secretary-treasurer, R. V. Giiibons Executive committee, ,T. ilaw den, H. A. McKIHop, Howarl J. D. Higiubotham, Dr. Ibhiith, A Wtlnon, John Ulcllvena, L. A. HutuUs D. C. -Jlarrlott, John Rruce, fir.- Thorn son, Fred Hick, David King, 11 r. Me Clure and Jamee Peat. As the Liberal Convention tie held at Lethbridge on Thursday, i was neceaaary to elect delegroa'fc the occasion to represent, the. citj STIRLING STRONG FOR RECIPROCITY Had Rousing Organization Meeting Delegates tp Convention O. T. Lathron, resident, manager of the O. W. Kerr Co., here believes that the country will'not lose any- thing by the rains of the past few weeks. The harvest may be a little later than was at first expected, hut I i ancr, i Hiiet even then it will be as early as otli-! a meeting io- cr .wars, and tho termers will al w w Douglas, Peter have'plenty of time take oil their j E. bumper crops before any danger oi am, A ,_ Ma. Splendid Staff of Officers :ed at a Represent-; ative Meeting Taber, Aug. Liberals bad Mr. I.athrop sfates that durin the j gales to the Liberal convention on Thursday at l.cthhridgc. last few .lays ho has received three olijccrs werc Hon letters irom prominent land men in Ilcm A. McLean; I'resi- tlic Stales, in which they say -that w. w. First Vicc-Pre- they are going to sell out their hold- ings there nnd come toi Canada (o buy land in order to even reciprocity. They state ithat reciproc- ity :will not be n benefit to the. farm- ers of the northern states of the. union, but arc confidents Hint Ihc C: s (lent, S. .J. Laytnn Second President, E. B. Taintcr Sec.-Trcas. G. W. Coulter Executive, Peter Hammer, Nelson Hlne and A. L. RUTHERFORD AFTER THE NOMINATION Mon. A. C. Rutherford, ex- premier of Alberta, lias an- nounced that he will he a can- didate for the Liberal nomina- tion 'for Edmonton; opposing Hon. Frank Oliver. en o'clock Reciprocity was strongly endorsed resolution, expressed 1H j] USSCU farmer will reap, a big benefit confidence in the Liberal Oovcrnmcnt from the pact. KILLED WHILE RI'bjNG ON A SCENIC RAILWAY Montreal, Aug. Lauzon, 24, suatalned n fracfeircd skull last night while on the scenic railway at King EM ward Park last night and died a hours later. He leaned over the Eii.1e of the car and bis head came In with a post while the car was moving at a high bale of jpeod. MEDALLIONS FOB THOSE ATTENDIING CORONATION Aug. Secretary Seeley says IhJl only the .represent- atives of each unit which was present or sent a dctacljmient to London for tile coronation ceremonies would celve the honorary medallion. On previous occasions, he' decora- tions were Issmjil to .the officers act- ually commandering the detachments, and1 tho some principle will fol. lowed now. CARR1CK HAS DECIDED TO RUN London, Aug. -J. Garrick, M.I'.P. of Port Arthur, Ont., says he lias been considering since Thurs- day last whether he would accept the nominal ion for Thunder Bay. Today after receipt of cablegrams from Hon. li. lj. Horden, Conservative leader, and Hon. Francis Cochnuie, Minister of Lands and Mines for Ontario, lie Icoidod to accept Ihr nomination for he coining Dominion election. Mr. 'arrick will sail on the George rom Bristol tomorrow, for Canada. Stirling, August is abso- lutely no encouragement for the op- ponents of reciprocity in 'Stirling. Last night a meeting of the local Liberals was held to select to attend the nominating convention at LtiLhhririfto on Thursday next and to organize a Reciprocity Club. 1-c nice ting was very largely the mini her present being a surprise to the most sanguine. The chosen were H. Osthmd, W. H. Spack man and A. K. Kawns. The Reciproc- ity, CMiih was then organized with tlm following officers President, Thos. A. Spackmant; Vicc-Pres., -J. S. f-fol man Secretary, Lewis Brand- ley. The business of the evening done, i speeches-were called for. H. Ostlund i gave a rousing and instructive talk reciprocity anil was followed by T. A. SpackiRan, A. E. Fawns, .1. S. Ilolnian, and W. T. Ogden, all of whom spoke strongly in favor of re- ciprocity and of the policy of the ;overnment on that issue. The meet- ing went, 'on record as favoring the reciprocity pact as negotiated by Hon. W. S. ridding, and of support- ing the Liberal candidate in the forth coming election. A gratifying feature of the meeting was .the large, attendance of former supporters of C. A. Magrath, who flrce wilh the action of the retir- member in opposing reciprocity, and are out against him on that is- sue. LIBERAL RALLY AT MILK RIVER An Association Formed and Delegates Named to Convention (Special to the BIG CROWD IN THE CITY ON THURSDAY Liberal Convention to be Attended by a Large Number Next Thursday the Liberals of the ilcdicine Hat constituency will meet n convention in Lethbridge to inixe for the campaign and to select candidate to contest the constitu- ency in the Liberal interests. From all parts of the riding come reports -A rons-ioi the enthusiasm of the party and was" held atscv-j'" fiends of .reciprocity who _ have not been pronounced Liberals, Milk River, :Alta., Aug. 7. i nn( d if the weather conditions permit ;k tonight at Quinn Bros, of- fice and a local Liberal association', tlio delegates getting in from the with the following officers I rural districts, there will be a very unanimously elected F. G. Smith, A Clemens, vjcc-presi- H. -I. Quinn, sccrclary-treasur- dent full attendance of delegates at the convention. The primaries were held in the dif- Mosaic elected'to the conven- i ' last night fa ,3ml the delegates to the convention tion convening at Lethhridge August !t js that Uon. c llllh, H. J. (Juinn. R. Mitchell, attorney-general for Al- Thc club, organized with over twcn-1 bcrta, will be present as will also ly ninnhers, and there were a great Senator Tnlbnt, Ihc president of the many tmabic to attend on account of rain. WHITE WOMAN HELD CAPTIVE twenty of thj were chosen, along witn the talliwing eleven: H. Whlddlntton, r ering, w. A. Buchanan, J. li. Palm- er, w. L..McKcnzle, J. C. Brown, Dr. Cragg, fred Kenny, H. II. Oliver, M. K. Kaake, H. Webher. Those ap- pointed as alternates were: H. P. Withers. 0. D. Austin. Geo. Reed, Chlw McCIeneghan, Simon Swedish, ChiB Harding, Ciias. Kerr, M. Dalmoiith, Jas. .McTaggert, Jsg. Home and H. Matson. Having concluded, the general bus- iness .before the meeting, the presi- dent called on Jas. McCaig, superin- tendent ot city schools for the city of Edmonton, as an old member of the Lethbridge Liberal Association, to address the meeting. On rising. Sir. McCaig called attention to the Cleir-Cut Issue before the electors In this election, and (he great thing necessary te the education of the elector to the bene- fit he may or may not receive accord- ing as a Liberal Conservative government is returned to power. "The issue is very plain, clear Slid absolutely specific. If a man has eggs to market he is confident of getting the best price for them If he lias two markets 'bidding for them In stead of one. This whole question of reciprocity is simply a case of ting for the products of our country in additional market. By returnihg ajLlberal government you' asaure ,'ourselves of that market. There U :he best, opportunity ever afforded this district to help .in. the develop-' ment of the country by returning to Ottawa a-Liberal candidate .in this el ectlon.i- It is an' opportunity to help :hc agricultural interests of the coun- try and as this is the characteristic ndustry of Canada as yet, by voting or a government candidate .you are lelping to bring to the country and the success which is due." Dr, Oalbralth, a member of the old guard in the Liberal ranks in Leth- iridge, was the next speaker. He op- wed his remarks 'by stating that Lethbridge Uberals had Chance of Thtlr Livtt o return to the next Jttawa, a Liberal member for the ledlcine Hat constituency, or what the Lethbridge and Ine Hat constituencies. We have-'at his election an issue which we can lace before the electors, and which innot fail to make them think. It ppeals to the agricultural cominuB- ies in a direct .manner, and as the rosperity of the man rh the city de- ends on the success of the farmer cannot fall to hold the attention f the whole mass of voters. This lostion of reciprocity is a step for idvance of civilization. 'Either we go forward or we go back. the greatest opportunity every-offer- ed to help Canada to go forward. We must not let the 'backward step be taken. There are a great many el- ectors in the Dominion of' Canada who, on September 21, will yote for reciprocity, the very first vote they have ever In their lives recorded ac- ainst the Conservative party. Let us not forget that fact, nor -the rea- son, which is simply that they wiia to Vote Conscientiously and can therefore yote no other "I might say right here and said -David King, "that 1 have come out flat-footed for reciprocity in this Albertu Liberal Association. The convention will meet "al. eleven o'clock in the morning for w..v tion purposes and (he election of of- j campaign, and can, therefore, not fleers. The selection of the candidate vote for Mr. M-lgrath. I had always will he made at the afternoon meet- PROSPECT FOR STEEL TRADE GOOD Southampton, Aug. J. Plum- mer, president of the Dominion Steel SAFETY IN MEXICO London, Aug. L. Meyer, American secretary of The navy, ar- Ived In London to consult about pro- ecting life and property of foreign- ers in Mexico. ORIEF KILLED HUGH McLACHLIN'S MOTHER Alvinston. Ont., Aug. Mrs. liobert McLachlln, who was ill at (he time the news arrived of the tragic death of her son Hugh, ai Diamond Cily, Insl week, died today of a broken heart. The mother and son will bo buried tomor- row. Minn., Aug. Laber- lick, aged 17. living in the Pioneer Location, returning from picking in the. White Iron Lake vicinity, told of meeting a strange half-clad woman, who claimed she was held captive by Indians. Accord- ing to what Ihc Lnbernick girl says, i the woman told her that she is an Austrian, and claims to have been a i CHEAPER PRESS RATES jcaplivc for six months and to have: .ON BRITISH CABLE LINES been horribly treaied. While the l.nh-i London, Aug. Gen- crnk'k girl, was Inlking lo the wo-1 oral Samuel says today that ho Is who sails from here on the Olympic tomorrow, says the effect of j reciprocity between Canada and the i States will destroy the wire rod trade in Canada. Apart from j politics be said the outlook for the 1 atecl In Canada Is most hopeful. o-- ...............r? i oim dim IIBI tiu.j s iormy lll'j.1 lie IS nwii, she claims an Indian nppronch-! coimmmicatlng with' Uio cable corn- ed, flic .woman aud dragged pnuies will, a view (o getting a rciltic- hrr iiway. The nulhorilics sxrc invcs-l t'on In press rates between the United the story. Kingdom and the overseas domlnlonr voted Liberal before the lagt' elec- tion, but I voted for Mr. Ma- grath at thai election, Mr. MaKntn told me that If any measure was in- troduced in parliament which work for the benefit of the country he would cross the floor ot the and vote for that measure. He said that he would be independent. In the three years of his office aa member for this constituency, he has never once done this. Surely the Liberals are not such a pack of sinners that in nil time they have never in- troduced a measure for tlie good of the country, And yet for three years Mr. 'Magrath voted as consistently with the opposftitin KB the most hide- bound Tory in Mint parly. I want a member who will vote conscientiously for the good of the whole nnd thai member will 'be one who will uphold I he rights of the masses, ani not tho rights of the classes. {Continued on Page Five.) ;