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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA TIU'HSnXY, AUGUST 1316 NUMBER 204. NO HOPE HELD OUT FORMINERSCAUGHT BY BIG EXPLOSION Rescue Party Believes Gas Has Killed Those Who Might Have Lived DEAD AND MISSING -Thomas Phillips, fire boss, leaves a wife and five children. Dan Hall, hoist man, single. M. Marmol, brattice man, single. M. Dmytrlv, rope rider, Dingle, came from Coalhurst two weeks ago. H. Evans, laborer, three children nt home and two married. A. Ficon; laborer, single .J. Mikus, two children and wife In Old Country. p. Htpka, timberman, single. George Kmetr, miner, two daugh- ters married and one son In U. S., and one child at home. 0. DeValder, Timer, single. T. Hampton, miner, single. Di Davies, wife and one child. (Special to the Herald) Michel, Aug. The shift which came out of the wrecked mine last night at midnight reported slow pro- gress in the rescue work, owing to the amount of caves and the accum- ulation of gas where the air currents could not bo used. No Draeger ap- tparntns could be made use o[ owing to the heavy caves obstructing the passages so that in many places men could not pass with apparatus strap- pen on their 'backs. After working many hours in the 0-eturn air tunnel and reaching about two .thousand feet into the mine, it .was found to continue on that course and a retreat Had to be. made and a new course pursued. Af- from the effects of the gas. About fifty feet of the timbering and covering of earth at the entrance of the tunnel have caved in and underneath these cavings are buried a trip of loaded coal cars which were left by the off- coming shift. Shifts of men are busy clearing these obstructions, but the work is slow because but few men can work at once. A side entrance about three rods from the main entrance is being used to get Into tile mine, the tunnel from which rejoins the main haulage way about one hundred feet in from the main entrance. The rescuers have reached a point about, two thousand feet from the entrance and are making slow progress, owing to the very bad caving they find in the mine. They are carrying the air with them, cut- ting off all sidings as they go and (CONTINUED ON PACK 4) ter was done fair progress was Inade as reported by the eight o'clock Bhift when it came out. It is thought -that with.fair success today..the Jocal: ities in which the entrapped miners are supposed to be may be reached and the final search for the men be made. There is a strong probab- ility .though that some at. least, of these men had not reachedHheir places and if so they may be buried .beneath the caves somewhere in the passages and thus be difficult to find. A full force of men are constantly at work and will continue until a thorough ex- ploration of all parts of the mine has 'been made. No hopes remain of finding a single man alive, as the gas has accumulated to such an extent sis to render life-impossible if any of the men escaped instant death. Story of Disaster (Special to tllft Michel, Aug. had the miners throughout the Crow's Nest Pass returned to their accustomed plac- es and resumed their daily round of toil when like a blast from the home of the gnomes came the terrible shock of an explosion here which has put out the life of one man certainly and in all probability, the lives of eleven more of llis companions who had had barely time to reach their working places when the shock, followed by the cav- ing of a very large portion of the haulage ways and side tunnels of num- ber three mine east here shutting off all communication with the outside world, took place. Men Have Been Drafted To Four Different Regiments Band Goes To Princess Pats Cardston, Auc. Under date of July 21st, in a letter to his father, O Bates, word lias come from Orville Bates as; to recent happenings with the 13th battalion; -It is-.no lorige to. maintain -the unlucky number, but has been distributed to fill in the gaps in three or four of the mounted corps already in 'the field. "A" squa- dron becomes. part of 'the Royal Can- dian Dragoons, "B" squadron goes to the Strathcona Horse, and "G" squa- dron to the Ft. Garry Horse; those not thus transferred are with the Princess Pats. From. W. W. Sheffield whose son Archie, has written him also, it is learned that the band of the 13th wont in a body to the last nam- :'C" squadron are only a half mile from sea- shore and are quartered near perma- nent barracks, from which they can see the coast of France across the channel. Most of boys are de- lighted to have a standing in the mounted regiments as they did not desire to be made infantry. Sad Death This morning a great shock came to Mr: and Mrs. H. C. Mobbs. Their infant son aged about 6 weeks, was found dead in the cradle. The little night. fellow had been ailing during the regiment. The boys of the old FIGHTING THE BULGARIANS Saloniki. Aug. and Serb- ian forces on the Greek front are in contact with Bulgarians, and there A frightful thunderstorm was rag-1 has been severe fighting. Ing here at the time the night shift of twelve men went to work, peal after peal of thunder following each other in rapid succession, the lightning being Windingly vivid, filling the valley with electricity. Many people who heard the explosion thought it but another peal of thunder and paid no heed to it, until'men who had just come off shift and tiie men in the fan house gave the-alarm, and it was learned that a disastrous explosion had closed the entrance to number three, cutting off those who had just entered. Relief Parlies Mine Superintendent-Russell .and Pit Boss Cuniiffe were soon on the ground and rescue work began almost imme- diately! Word, went to Fernie and all .other mine headquarters and the res, cue. apparatus at Fernie was prepared for shipment at once. As soon as this and the apparatus from Coal Creek were, cot together, a special train was run up with Manascr Wilson. Rupnrin- tendcnt Chas. O'Brien and others on board, arriving a little after five o'clock this morning. In the' meantime the Michel men with Mine Inspector George O'Brien, who happened to be here, went Into the mine in search of any men who might ho alive and in reach. This party consisted of some forty or fifty men, and after surmounting many'dif- they came upon the hotly of Fire Boss Tom Philips, who was quite dead from blows from flying rocks up- on the head and breast, and laid about six hundred feet from the entrance to the mine Mine Inspectoi O Bi ion, ;who led the pa, ty, succumbed to the effects of gas which they encountered as they un- dertook to penetrate further Into the mine O'Brien came out rather ex- IjfuJ 'o he put to.bod, but haunted si Halifax, N.S., Aug. Col. K. MacDonald, 12th C.M.R., 'was one of the officers aboard the steam- er Empress of Britain, .which arrived Wednesday. He has returned from the front' to take command of the Calgary camp with the rank of brigad- ier-general. ENEMY SUB. MINE-LAYER CAUGHT BY BRITISH OVER IN CAPTURE GO BENNETT FOR UNDER-SEC. OF STATE Ottawa, Aug. position of parliamentary under secretary of state for external affairs for which provision has been made by ordcr-In-councH, it is stated, will be given to R. B. Bennett, M.P., for Calgary. The holder of the new position will be called upon to assist the prime minister, so far as foreign relations are concerned. GET 9 HORSES almost entirely I to SUQ. Only nine horses were bought here yesterday by the French remount commission. About an unimali wnrc brought in. They were good stuff, but not the right tspe The buyers want ed small touch, chunky animals wit lots of leg. Kino boned animals wer turned The prices were Ifom Upper picture hows one of the latest German mine laving ubmarines caught bi th British and now on exhibition in the Thame Lower picture shows type of mine this vessel carries. 1 OF Asks U. S. Ambassador To Se- cure Hun Reason For The Murder Of Capt. Fryatt Three Canadian Roads Have In crease Of a Million Over June Earnings London, Aug. today made public a letter of iscount the-secretary for Foreign Affairs to Irwin B. Loughlin, Chaige D Af fairs of the United States embassy 10 questing that Ambassadoi Geiard in Berlin, convey to the German govern- ment the British governments desire to enter a most formal protest against the execution of Captain 11 j att of the British steamer Brussels b} the Gei man authorities in Belgium This exe cutlon, says Viscount Grey, the- Brit- ish government "can only desciibe as the judicial murder of a Biitish snh ject held prisoner of :war bj the Ger man government under conditions in direct violation of the law of nations and the usages of war" Viscount Grey continues that. from information in the possession of the government it cannot be doubted that the trial-of Captain Fryatt was con ducted under circumstances calculated to cast "the gravest 'obliquoj on the parties concerned" Citing the circumstances of the trial of the refusal of the facilities to Ani- bassador Gerard, Viscount Grey says "The unseemly_ haste of the trinlahd execution is sumcient proof that .the German authorities were fully con- scious of the unwarrantable nature" of their action amUwere anxious to fore stal the legitimate outburst of Biitish indignation, while the tact th-it the in tlnuUlon of the execution was convex vil or.ly vcrbr.Hy tc ard can on'V be interpreted as show ing the reluctance of the German-gov- ernment to bring their proceedings to Ambassador Gerard's knowledge in of- ficial form." Viscount Grey concludes by asking Ambassador Gerard to request the Ger- man foreign office to provide tne full particulars of the whole ptoceedings IN JULY HUN WAR SUPPLIES ARE BURNED IN BELGIUM Amsterdam, via London, Aug. The TelegraaC publishes a dispatch from the frontier saying great sup- plies of war materials have been burn- ed in a fire in German magazines at Aersliot, Belgium. Whole Nation Celebrates the Victory- Austrian Defences on Izonso are Also PeDetrated-Rnssians Capture Village Rome, Aug. 20.000 prisoners were captured by the Italians at Gorizia according to an oliicial announcement by tiie war cilice. The state- ment says an accurate estimate is impossible at present as numbers of pris- oners are being brought in hourly. CELEBRATING BIG VICTORY Rome, Aug. capture of Gorizia is being celebrated today In every city in Italy. Great parades, bands and shouting crowds testify to the en- thusiasm of the people over General Cadorna's victory. Rejoicing is Intensi- fied In the report that thousands of additional prisoners have been captured uy the Italians at other points along the Isonzo in addition to Gorizia. PIERCE AUSTRIAN LINE AT ANOTHER POINT Rome via London. Aug. have pierced the strong Austrian entrenchments northeast of Monte San llichele, on the Isonzo front and near the village of San Martino, the war office announced today. They have occupied bOBclllni. The statement says more than Austrians have bee.; captured. AUSTRALIANS MAKE ADVANCE London, Aug. a front of six hundred yards, the Australians advanc- ed the British lines two hundred jards northwest of Pozieres. BRITISH OFFICIAL STATEMENT London Aug night was generally quiet along our front except for heavy hostile shelling of our lines southwest of Trones Wood, says the oflicial statement issued today. "Northwest of Pozieres we made further progress, gaming all our local objectives which are now being consolidated. Seventy-two prisoners were o( Arras we raided a sap of the enemy and inflicted severe losses. A similar attempt by the enemy against our trenches northwest of Hulluch met-wlth no success. The enemy exploded a mine soutli of Loos wlth.uo effect." Germans Claim Great Damage Done In England, But London Denies It Winnipeg 4ug. effect of the mid summer grain rush arid the heavj 'oarlst business upon the gen- eral-railway situation is illustrated in the Julj earnings of tile Canadian roads. They were the! largest for any month of the current year to date and "with the exception o'f -last October were the largest of any month since the recm eri from the 191-1 depres- sion commenced. Total earnings of the Canadian Pacific, Grand Trunk, and Canadian Northern last month amounted to more than -more than the June total, and almost more than the Ma> total compared with the same month a year ago there was a earn of or 50.S per cent. Folios ing aie the earnings of the three roads for July: July gross Increase C P H G T R London, Aug. 9. Zeppelins from seven to, ten in number made an at- tack on tile eastern coast of the Unit- ed Kingdom. Indiscriminate destruc- tion of property seems to have been the main object of the raid. Report. Berlin, via London, Aug. damage was inflicted by bombs drop- ped from Zeppelin airships in a raid over England on Ttiesday night, says the official" statement issued today, which "Several of our naval airship squad- rons on Tuesday night again attack- ed England, lavishly dropping explos- ive bombs of the heaviest calibre and incendiary, bombs upon naval bases on the east coast and industrial plants of military importance in the coastal counties from Northumberland down to Norfolk. At all places our success was notable yjd could be dis- tinctly observed.'' At tiie iron arid benzol works near Middlesborough there were very heavy explosions and great fire and in the harbor installation of Hull and Hartlepool and also in the dockyard! on the Tyne great explosions and in- cendiary effect were ascertained. Also at the industrial plants near Whitby and' railway plants near Kings Lynn, a marked effect was secured. All airships returned undamaged despite violent .counter attacks by anti-air- craft batteries and naval forces." Tha report is signed by the chief of the naval staff. Absolute Untruth London, Aug." on the Berlin statement regarding Tues. night's Zeppelin raid over E igK'nd, the British official statement zo'Jay says "the German report is the usual perversion of the truth." FURTHER PROGRESS FOR FRENCH Paris Aug lO.-Further progress for the French troops north of Hem WoodTtii the Somme sector is announced in a statement issued by the French war office today. RUSSIANS MAKE A CAPTURE announced officially today. RUSSIANS IN HEAVY ATTACKS Berlin, via London, Aug. attacks have loss, it is declared. Some Pros and Cons Of Filtration Plant Question In order to give the ratepayers of the city some facts regarding the pro- posed filtration plant on which a plebiscite is to be taken on Tuesday, Grace and Freeman. At present the waterworks system is losing money owing to the fact that the provincial health authorities ordered chlorina- this morning from MORE RUSSIANS IN FRANCE con tingent of Russian troops has. been landed here. The sold- iers were given an enthusias- tic welcome. MANITOBA CROPS GOOD Brandon, Man., Aug. ex- perts: continue to differ in their esti- mates of damage from rust though all adinit that the weather has been poor for the last few days'. One field has been cut and the owner estimates he will have over 30 bushels to the acre off it ,bf a high grade. Other farmers expect the greatest' disappointment, buMn tiie'whole a fair crop is antici- pated. Cutting will oe general by the iniii- die of next week. There has been neither hail nor any damage except through rUst Kains have somewhat improved .conditions. other than wheat are looking fine, and are expected to be good. ARE 10DA! ON Commissioners j the muddy water period. This costs about per annum. In addition I Commissioner Freeman states that Ithe muddy water has a very deter- iorating effect on the pumps, the mud and grit wearing the parts, which recmlre continual repairs: They thpjre- fore that if the filtration plant is not built, about more annual revenue must be secured, and a live per cent increase in water is necessary. If, on the other hand, the filtration plant is built, it is possible a ten per cent increase in water rates may be necessary. The commissioners put the increase at that figure to be on 'the increase Are Expected to Accept Offer Of r the safe side. Average Of Eight Per Cent Increase Voting ,s taking place g" throughout District No. .IS -Umted as Mine Workers of America, to dec ide I whether the mon will accept the average eight per cent increase 11 the present wage schedule., bp to noon today no line could be got on 101 however, the voting jnSSTw'ES- paying six men to whom the erald LaiKeu weie was pointed .uMrrtta Herald allce the construction of the plant by selling treasurj notes against unpaid Suf notes taxe, On these notes it 1 0 51X per cent "interest men o optimistic that the offer would he accepted. Meantime the operators are saying nothing about the price of coal dur- ing the coming winter. They are too busy trying to fill the contracts al- per cent interest, so that as long as they are unpaid will tarry the interest charges on the treasury notes This item may therefore be disregard- ed in figuring the annual cost of main- tenance and operation of the plant Other charges against the Plant, MARKETS Winnipeg, Aug. agreement which has been under consideration since June 15, was concluded Wed- nesday between representatives of the shopmen of the C P. R. and the officials concerned for a general in-1 crease in wages which will apply on} all nf three divisions from Fort] I William to the coast. Conditions of work and other points Including the operation of the railway shops, are covered in the agreement. The wage increase averages from two to two and ft half cents per hour for all trades, the highest being three cents an hour for tuners m the boiler shops. however, will be alum, chlor public may 25ccnt increase a) par t cept the Track: wheat October Whtat October oatt October flax 140 49 193 H WEATHER Fair and cool. DISEASE SPREADS New York, Aug. the 24 hours proceeding 10 o clock this morning 38 child- ren died of infantile paralysis and 175 new rases were report- ed in the greater city. e with Ing ipect.at least increase in the price of charge O't }Gi0tv .______, _.... ton provided the miners ac-j charges the commissioners. new wage agreement. are'warniiig the people that they may have to pay ten per cent more on their water rates. It is pointed out very strongly bs the commissioners alao that, if the plant is built by money secured from arrears of taves, the citizens will really he getting a filter from the savings of the commissioners In the past two years of city rule, m this way there will be no Increase to the city g bonded indebtedness, the money coming out of current account funds. Mayor Hardie has figured it oat also HUGE INCREASE IN BANK FIGURES Bank clearings for the -week today were as ora for the correspond- .oil "i increase of 16 or about 110 pe. ro n crease This brcaKs last k 4 !e cord by about I'OO 000 and Is close to the high point i cached In {He fall of 1912 ayor ar that it the plant were built by monej BoruretlMrom selling 20 vear it would take abdlit back the J100000 required now.1 The L treasury note scheme (herefore nteani saving of about to J ;