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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 9, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME X. I.KTI I BRIDGE, ALBERTA, Tlll.'KSDAY, AU(iUST 9, 15)17 NUMBER 203 CONVENTION ENDORSES LAURIER AS LEADER THE WINNIPEG CONVENTION CONSIDERABLY SHAKEN UP o- l$iilliaii standard bearer in tho next federal election to succeed Hon. Andrew Brodeur. AT FOR ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE CUSTOO Harvesting at stho provincial jail started on Monday. Yesterday - John Benner and Odls McDonald derided that they had hr.d enough ot hurvov.-ing so they watched their' chance and . beat it for the trees, when they j thought they wero out of sight. The guards missed them, however, and , picked them up after they hnd been missing about fifteen minutes. ' This morning they appeared before Magistrate Elton and both pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to escape from lawful custody. Each was given six months to be served out at the conclusion ot his term. Benner, who was In for six months, had only two months left' to serve. Ho suid his brother was leaving in a few days for the front, and ho thought it. was a good chance to get away, join the army and go with him. One of the men told the guarda afterwards that the only mistake they made was to stay inj the trees they might have made their away. London, Aug. 9.-Recent reports that the present German offensive i� southwest Russia is aimed at the capture of Odessa are strengthened by a dispatch to The Times from that city saying the belief is growing that the port is Germany's main objective and that Bessarabia will soon become the principal theatre of operations as the enemy presses toward Odessa. The correspondent adds that the harvest is now being reaped in Southern Russia and the enemy doubtless will try to secure it before it can be removed. O verwhel m i lig Majority Cheer as -Latirier Endorsed-Four Western Premiers Speak. CONVENTION NOT YET CONCLUDED Winnipeg, Aug. 9.-The convention of Liberals of Western Canada today placed on record by an overwhelming majority its admiration for the "life and work" of Sir Wilfrid Laurior and I the hope that his "matchless statesmanship" might be used in the sue-, cc.*sl'ul prosecution of (lie war and in carrying out the platform us laid down by the delegates from tho four provinces during the past three days. The resolution was moved by Hon. A. G. MacKay, Edmonton, and seconded by j W. II. Knowlos, M.P., Moose Jaw. : "When the vote was taken not more) lhaif a score of delegatus stood in op-j position to the resolution. No speech-1 os were made in opposition. The four j western premiers, who were received ' in each case with hearty cheers, spoke  in support of tho resolution and Hon.! Frank Oliver, who spoke after it had boon adopted, expressed his hearty concurrence. The suggestion A'as made j during the discussion that the imtion-1 N. Mc- i a' government might be accomplished more successfully under Sir Wilfrid Laurier than under Sir Robert Borden. After election, said Hon. T. C. Morris, of Manitoba, east and west must get together in organization of a national business government. Arthur J. Lobb, member of the Manitoba legislature for Rockwood constituency was the only one of the members of parliament or legislatures present to stand in opposition to the Laurier resolution., . Premlers>.r9f)eak Winnipeg, Aug. 9.t4-!u expectation that the business of the convention would be concluded by noon today, tho Liberals of Western Canada  resumed their deliberations at 10.30 a. m. Loud cheers wore given by tho delegates as Premiers Sifton, Martin and Brewster stepped on to tho platform at 11 o'clock. The chairman read tho resolution expressing "admiration for the life and work of the greatest of all Canadians, Sir Wilfrid Laurier." It Was greeted with loud applause by a large majority of the audience. Hon. A. G. MacKay, of Edmonton, seconded by W. F. Knowlcs, M.P., for Moose Jaw, moved the adoption of the resolution, which reads: Resolved, that this convention plac CHIEF POINTS OF WIX-TIII>\VAR POLICY The following, are the principal points of tho resolution passed at the Liberal 'convention last night: The imperative duty of the people of Canada in regard to the war is its continued and vigorous prosecution; By conferring with tho British government for the purpose of definitely ascertaining tho scope and character of the service that can best be rendered by Canada in the conduct of the war'; By the maintenance in unimpaired strength at the front of our lighting forces and the taking of all steps necessary to secure required reinforcements for the Canadian contingent; By organizing tho production of other contributions to the war such as food,'munitions and other war necessities upon the lines of greatest efficiency; By complete extinction of profiteering in arms and all business having to do with munitions and necessaries of life, if necessary by nationalization of these industries or by adaptation of the British system of control; By thoroughly organizing the nation and carrying out this program by whatever means may bo necessary for its accomplishment. WESTERN LIBERALS BOUND TO CONSCRIPTION IE Winnipeg, Aug. 9.-In an editorial this morning tho Free Press says that notwithstanding the defeat of the Turirf amendment specifically mentioning compulsion, it regards tho resolution passed at the convention last night as binding the western Liberals to conscription. Continuing, the Free Press says: "This is not to say that the Free.Press docs not appreciate fully . Mr. Turriff's action in moving his amendment and his brave and moving speech in its support. Mr. Turriff \vn;: one of the heroes of the conscription debate at Ottawa. He will be rewarded for his course by increased confidence and regard of the people of the west. Mr. Turriff sought to make assurance doubly sure, and" politically, it was probably a mistake for the convention not to accept his suggestion. Nevertheless, the Free Press is hound to say that it Is in agreement with Dr. Neely, M.P., Hon. T. H. Johnson, and Hon. A. L. Sifton, and with the opinion of the resolutions committee as expressed by them, that tho original text of the resolution is explicit in identifying tho western Liberal party definitely and unmistakably with tho policy of conscription. Vigorous Poliey Adopted to Back Up the Boys in Trenches by All Means Necessary. WOKD COMPULSION WAS ELIMINATED SIR WILFRID LAURIER Endorsed as leader by Western Liberal Convention T. .> �-* to tho task of expressing his contempt es on record its admiration for tho life nn(1 condemnation of those who have CANCEL WARNER FAIR; HARVESTING and work of the greatest of all Canadians, Right Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier and of his earnest endeavor to carry out his duty as he. sees it in the interests of all Canada, respecting our part in this world struggle. "We express the hope that his undoubted ability, his long experience, his matchless statesmanship, may be utilized In reuniting the people of Canada in this great crisis aud the successful prosecution of the war aild the carrying out- of tho platform laid down in this convention." Mr. MacKay said the resolution was "not couched in the loose words of fulsome flattery." There were those in the committee who did not see eye to eye with Sir Wilfrid, but they expressed admiration for his honesty and integrity. Mr. MacKay said he firmly believed that if voluntary enlistment were given a lair chance, free frorti profiteering and graft, and soldiers, wero paid a better wage, Canada "would come gladly to the colors and conscription would never need to be brought in." "The man who goes from a senso of conviction." ho said, "and is not when Bet- Y (Special to the Herald) Warner, Aug. 9.-The directors of the agricultural association decided to hold no fair this year. The fair was to have been held this week, but it | driven" as'a quarry slave scourged'to was -thought advisable to cancel It,  owing to tho fact that a big celebration was held July 4th, and also to tho fact that harvesting has already commenced hero and farmers are busy, Several are into the grain with their binders, aud the indications are that thoy will get a better yield than was expected, was glad to see tho success ot muni clpal ownership here. He waxed enthusiastic over the country tributary Last night was tho coldest night of the season in many parts of Southern Albertn and frost was' reported this morning from a number of points. Cardston, Spring Coulee and Raley were the points where the 'morcury dropped lowest. The frost will do the grain little harm except In the case of late fields, but some garden stuff will be Injured. Cutting la general (today in almost every district of the south, and two weeks good weather will,see most of the grain.in stook. The crops are lighter In the straw than'either of He j tho past two years and harvesting will j not be such a prolonged".operation. I The city Is cutting it* crop �his I week at Henderson park, 'Tjie oats | urn good , quaiity hut the ,yield will inot. b� heavy. , EAD HAIL STORM. Lincoln, Neb., Aug. !).-Serious damage was caused to property and crops by a sovoro hail and wind storm which swor�t a path from four to ten miles wide and over 100 miles long, over nine counties of eastern central Nebraska yesterday, according to reports reaching Lincoln late last night. Dynamite Hugh Graham's House Montreal, Aug. 9.-The residence of Lord Athelstane, proprietor of the Montreal Star, wan dynamited last night fcy persons unknown at present. Window* In the house were blown out and a portion of the house damaged, but so far as could be learned, nu on�\waa Injured his dungeon, will* accomplish much more for his country." Mr. MacKay said the way was prepared for conscription in tho United Kingdom. It was not announced without warning as in Canada by Sir Robert Borden. The war, he said, must be prosecuted to a complete finish and there was no man in Canada who would dispute this. Hon. T. C. Norris was cheered as ho entered the hall. W. E. Knowles, M.P. for Moose Jaw, seconded tho resolution. He remarked that todny they spoke with" greater pride than ever of "that greatest Canadian," who was (he same great Liberal democrat at all times under all conditions. Evon if ho wero to oppose Sir Wilfrid Laurior, said Mr. Knowlos, he would do so with tho qualification that ho was beyond reproach, and that no words of his "speakers" were equal MARKETS Spot wheat ................. 240 Local track wheat .....(Not quoted) October wheat .............. 218 Local track oats....... (Not quoted) October oats ................ 8814 Octofar flax................ 329/� " ~ (WEATHER High............................ � pie of British Columbia would/ say "aye" to the resolution. He would be glad to go back to British Columbia and tell the citizens that'western Liberalism was going through by all means, no matter what those means might have to be, to win-the war and back lip-the boys at the front. "I will be glad," he Added, "to toll the people thin this convention was not blinded by any manipulation of the party press." Ho was glad the convention had approved of increased pensions and allowances. It was shameful that the soldiers and their dependents wero getting no more than in 1914 when living conditions were different. "Party aside everything else aside, British Columbia stands as one man in the determination that the first consideration must be the winning of the war. Mr. Brewster said he believed that the first consideration must bo the winning of the war. Mr. Brewster said lie believed that "the time was coming when it would be proved to Canada and tho world that Sir Wilfrid Laurier had boon tho greatest friend and greatest support in Canada In the Winning of tiie war. Premier Sifton Cheers greeted the Hon. A. L. Sifton, of Alberta. Sir Wilfrid, he said, was a leader Canada could trust. People expected that after the election Sir Wilfrid and those elected to sup- Wlnnlpeg, Man., Aug. 8. - Having earlier In the day united in a resolution condemning the war administration of the Borden government, the convention of western Liberals tonight set out in a long resolution their platform for the winning of the war. It was declared f.,at "the imperatlva c..uty of tho people included the maintenance in unimpaired strength at the front of our fighting forces, and the taking of all steps necessary to secure the required reinforcements for that purpose." To this clause J. G. Turriff, M.P., , moved an amendment that the words "by compulsion, if necessary," be added, which would have made it read "and the taking of all steps necessary to secure the required reinforcements for that purpose by compulsion If necessary." | On this clause and the suggested amendment all discussion of the resolution centered. Dr. D. B. Neely, M. P. for Humboldt, who moved the original resolution, expressed the opinion that the amendment actually weak- ' ened the resolution and added nothing to its meaning. There was support for , each contention but when the amendment was put to a vote finally, it was j defeated by a large majority. The  vote was not counted, being by show ' of hands, a demonstration of considerable proportions accompanied the carrying ol the resolution. So many delegates stood and cheered that If-there were any who stayed In thplr'"' chairs they could not be seen Mm the platform. The national anthem was sung and cheers were given the men overseas. The resolution declared, among othor things, for organizing national production, the extinction of profiteering, taxation upon incomes and excess profits, thorough organization of the nation, and recovery for the country of "undue profits" obtained since the war began, through the exploitation ot the necessities of the people or the urgent requirements of the state. When this resolution had been disposed of, the resolutions committee returned to its labors, and the convention proceeded to other business. There has tipen no mention, as yet, in ' any resolution, of the party leadership and it was stated by the chairman that all the resolutions on war measures had not been taken up. " The- convention found it impossible to conclude) its work, and at 11.30 adjourned until 10 on Thursday forenoon. 'I noreaaed Pension* A resolution was passed advocat* ing increased pensions, increased separation allowances and equal pensions for men of all ranks In the Canadian forces. Another resolution approved?, the establishment of a bankruptcy port him would represent the concen ..,..� . >.. �. ... .i . trated essence of common sense of, T�Tt tlon. .... -'-.At"-'vJ''--:>' W. Cross, of Edmonton, had driven hundreds of young men from the'Canadian west. The development of the iron and steel industries ot the Pacific coast as a war measure was ap*' proved. The resolution road by Dr. Neely is as follows: "In this war tor the defence of democratic civilization against military despotism the conditions call tor the putting forth by each allied belligerent of its full power as the only assurance of victory. In times of peril the entire resources of the country, moral and material, manpower and wealth, are justly disposable by tho stale for the preservation of its national liberties. "The imperative duty of the people'' of Canada today in regard to the war