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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 28, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME X. LETHBH1DGE. ALBERTA. Tl'KSDAY, AIK1UST 28, 1917 NUMBER 219 RIGA SAVE General Korniloff at Moscow Tells of Danger to Capital of Republic Disorganization and Insubordination Rife in Army-Iron Measure Needed Have Lost Fruits of First Two Years' War-Army Must Be Regenerated Moscow, Aug. 27.-The second general Billing of the national conference was held this afternoon. Gen. Korniloff saying the government had thought It necessary to invite the commander-in-chief to lay before the conference the situation at the front and in the army. Gen. Korniloff Raid the death penalty restoration, for which ho had asked, together with other measures, constituted only a small part of what was necessary In an army stricken with the terrible evils of disorganization and insubordination. Exterminate Whole Regiment In the present month, Gen. Korniloff Bald the soldiers had killed four regimental commanders and oilier officers and ceased theso outrages only when threatened with being shot. Recently one of the regiments of tho Siberian Hlfles, which had fought so splendidly at the beginning of tho revolution, Each Idle Day Coalhurst Mine Loses 1000 Tons Minora at the Coalhurst mine of tho North American .Collieries aro still on strike today, and the local officials havo no knowledge as to when tho trouble is likely to bo settled. Tho two parties are now negotiating through tho district officials of the If. M. W. of A. and.Mr, Pitcher, manager of the mining concern of which the North American Collieries are a part. The strike at the Coalhurst mine has lasted a week. In that time a production of between 5000 and 6000 tons of coal has been lost. This represents a largo amount in view of the shortage of coal throughout tho prairies. Between :100 and 400 men are idle. It is particularly unfortunate at tho present time becauBO of the fact that the C.P.ll. can supply plenty of cars now, whereas, when tho new grain crop starts to move there will be such a. rush that coal will no longer take first place. "JUST A FEW LINES" FROM A DUGOUT "SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE" Invoked By Sir Thomas White to End Discussion on C.N.R. Bill CLARK AND TURRIFF WITH GOVERNMENT Ottawa, Aug. 27.-The prediction that the closure rule would be Invoked to secure the passage by the House of - --- , _ , the Canadian Northern Railroad legis- abandoned its positions on the Riga latlon wag verified at 10 o'clock to-front. Nothing except an order to ex- niglu when 8,r Thomas White, minis-terminate the entire regiment availed ( ter o( nnnnce, invoked rule 17 In order to cause it to return to its positions. Thus we are implicably fighting anarchy. In the army, the commander continued. Undoubtedly it will finally be repressed, but the danger of fresh debacles is weighing constantly on the country. Tho situation on the front is bad. We have lost the whole of Ga-. llcia, the whole' of fiukowina. and all the fruits of our recent victories. At several points, the enemy has crossed our frontier and is threatening our fertile southern provinces. He is endeavoring to destroy the Rumanian army and is knocking at the gates of Riga, if our army does not hold the shore of the Gulf of Riga, thfr road to Potrogrnd will be opened wide. The old regime bequeathed to Russia an army which, despite all defects In organization, was animated by the fighting spirit and was ready for sacrifices . Individual Groups Now The whole series of measures taken by those who are completely foreign to the spiril and needs of the, army has transformed it into a collec-1 tion of individual groups which have lost all sense of duty and' only tremble for their own personal safety. If Russia wishes to bo saved the army must be regenerated at any cost. We must immediately take measures such as I have referred to which havo been approved in their entirety by tho acting minister of war. Measures Needed Gen. Korniloff then outlined the most important of theso measures in addition to restoration of the death penalty, which aro: First, restoration of discipline in the army by the Strengthening of the authority of officers and non-commlsBioned officers; eocond, Improvement of the financial position of tho officers who have been in a very difficult position in recent military operations; third, restriction of the functions of regimental committees which, although managing economic affairs of regimdnts, must not bo permitted to have any part In decisions regarding military operations or the appointmout of leaders. Trouble in Moscow. Moscow, Aug. 28, via London.-The Moscow Zevlat decided Friday last by 304 votes against any strike, demonstration or interference with the great conference'. Tho soldiers have announced their decision to uphold tho majority. The Influence of the committee, however, proved Insufficient to cope with the Bolschovfk extremists, who have been systematically decrying the conference as the instrument of reaction. Tramways, arsenals, mills and factories are once more paralyzed. Even waiters & hotels and restaurants stopped work and huudrods of members of the conference remained breakfastless. By Gunner James Frir.s, of the C. F. A. PAY UP NOW Forty-Six percent. This Year's Taxes Paid in First Discount Period ? MEIGHEN CHOSEN AS ? 8ECRETARY OF STATE % ?    PLEASING NEW8 FOR WIVE8 OF 80LDIER8 London, Aug. 28.-Canadian soldiers who married since the war. began naturally are gratified at the new order-ln-council, which cancels the regulations requiring that the engagement to marry must have existed prior to the war. The new order is retroactive, and wives are entitled to draw allowances due since tho date of their marriage. It is also provided that, where a soldier neglects to apply for an allowance, the wife may apply for an allowance, the wife may apply through his commanding officer, to make some headway with the bill Some wild scenes followed. Clause one of the'bill, which provides for the acquisition by the government of the 60,000 remaining shares of the Cana dian Northern railway not In the possession of the government, has been under consideration since the bill went into committee last week. Tonight Sir ;Thomas moved that further consideration be postponed and that clause two be taken" up. His purpose was^to bring the various clauses of the bill un der review so that formal notice could be given under the closure rule that consideration in committee would be completed at the next sitting of the House. When the rule was invoked Hon. William Pugsley immediately appealed on the ground that notice should have boen given. Clark With Government The deputy speaker did not sustain his objection, and tho speaker was sent for. The ruling of the deputy chair was sustained on a vote of 42 to 24, a government majority of ,18. Dr. Michael Clark and J. G. Turriff voted with the government. The motion of the minister of finance came after a spirited debate. Sir Thomas said that unless the House was to sit all summer some progress would have to be made. He asserted that the discussion during the sitting had related rather to the second reading of the bill than to the committee stage, when details are under consideration. The minister was preceded by Hon. Chas. Murphy, H. H. Stevens and William German, ot Welland. After the first vote the discussion of the MM was resumed by Hon. William Pugsley. Pugsley la Angry The committee then passed on to clause two, Hon. Mr. PugBley said they wero shutting off the discussion by brute force. The people of this country want to learn more of this iniquitous deal. Sir Thomas White said that this was a simple section which provided only for the transfer" of shares, ho moved that further consideration of clause two be postponed. This was carried without division. Clause three was then taken up. When Sir Thomas White moved an amendment of 'which previous notice had been given, to the effect that not more than 125,000,000 can be spent on the Canadian Northern without estimates being passed, and' an exact accounting must be given 20 days after the assembling of parliament. Another Wild Scene After E. M. MacDonald and J. E. Marcil, ot Bagot, had spoken to clause three Sir Thomas White moved that the committee pass on to, clause four. A wild scene occurred because Hon. William Pugsley and other opposition members maintained that Deputy Speaker Ralnville had turned his back on L. J, Gauthler of St. Hyaclnthe, who had risen to continue the discussion. Mr. PugBley asserted vehemently that the debate should not be stop ped and that Mr. Oauthier had the floor. Sir Thomas White'replled that ho had given away on this clause tor two speeches and that he was desirous of making further progress. "It's the voice of Toronto," shouted an oposltion member. "No chairman has a right to turn his eyes away from a member," shouted Mr. Pugsley, who stepping over to the table, shook his flat and had a warm altercation with the 'deputy, speaker. During this incident there were cries of "question" from the government side of the House, while opposition members shouted, "shame." Lethbridge's prosperity is reflected to some extent in the amount of the current year's taxes paid in during the first discount period, during which 10 per cent, discount was granted. According to City Treasurer Farris, the total taxes paid in during the first period, or up till August 23, amounted to $207,000. The total taxes levied for the year aret;$432,000 net. The' amount paid in during the flwt discount period is therefore about 46 per cent of the total. This is about five per cent better than was the case a year ago. The discount until September 1st Is 9 per cent. After September 1st, the discount drops to 8 per cent. There is a great deal of outlying property on which no taxes are being paid. Unless there is a big clean-up of back taxes on this subdivision property within the next six months it is likely to go under the hammer at a tax sale next year. With this yenr'SHax arrears added to the arrears carried over the city will have considerably more than halt a.million outstanding. This would carry the city through for a year. The city, for the past four years, haB been levying a higher rate than would be necessary were all taxes paid In, with the result that the arrears would represent much velvet if it were possible to collect them. ? ? ?  Ottawa, Ont, Aug. 28.-Hon. Arthur Meighen, solicitor-general, will be sworn in this week as secretary of state, pending reorganization ot the cabinet. Much business has accumulated in the state department which requires immediate attention. .COALITION IN S. AFRICA Adelaide, Australia, Aug. 27.- (via Reuter's Ottawa agency).-A coalition government has been formed in South Australia. The Liberal party is represented in the new ministry by Hon. A. H. Peak, premier; Sir R. Butler and Hon. J. G. Bice; tho Nationalists by Hon. A. W. Styles, former chief secretary; Hon. R. P. Blundell, former minister of marine, and Mr. Jackson. The portfolios of the new ministers have not yet been allotted. Governor-General In Person Will Sign Military Service Bill Tomorrow Ottawa,  Aug. 28.-The conscription bill will not be law until Wednesday afternoon. The arrangement to have Hi* Excellency, the Governor-General, give 'formal assent to the bill this afternoon has been altered, and It la announced that assent will not be given until Wednesday afternoon. The postponement it due, to the desire of the government to have His Excellency give assent to the bill In person. He has been in Toronto opening the exhibition, but will be home today. In the absence of the Governor-General, assent, if given today would have to be by the deputy governor general. 30 Free Press Crop Expert Puts Average South Alberta Crop at That Figure Two Lethbridge Men in List of Wounded Today This morning brought word of casualties lo two Lethbridge boys who apparently have been engaged in the recent heavy fighting around Lens, where the Canadians have been making a name for themselves. l'te. Robert Thompson, No. R62360, was wounded on August lCtli by gunshot and is now in a French hospital. Ills mother lives at 202 3rd Avenue South. l'te. Leonard Smith, who joined one of tho early units. Is in Kitchener hospital at Brighton suffering a severe gunshot, wound in the knee. He enlisted In Kdmonton but his mother is now in the city living at 424 i)th St. Hot-Headed Anti-Conscription-ists in Montreal Indulge In Seditious Talk Suggested That Western Liber* als Are Demanding Right to Name New Leader Conservatives Declare This Impossible-Would Wreck Whole Union Scheme Conscription Liberals Hint at at Leak In Their Negotiations Which Were Secret GENERAL STRIKE AND ARMED RESISTANCE > ? > > : -- * < * FARMERS. The one cent a mile harvesters' rate on the C. P. R. ceases Friday. Farmers are advised to phono a.Is. A. Weir at the Board of Trade building, Lethbridge, for their help as soon as possible. Winnipeg, Aug. 28.-A special des patch to the Free Press from Calgary written by its commercial editor after a tour of Southern Alberta says: "Seventy-five per cent, ot the wheat around Medicine Hat, Bassano, Bow Island, Lomond, Lethbridge, Nobleford, Raymond, Magrath and Carmangay. is in stook', and by the end of the present week'the whole crop south of the main line of Canadian Pacific railway to the International boundary will be safe from any serious damage from frost. "This is moro than two weeks earlier than last year. Threshing will be in full swing by September 10th. While the crop of this section, taken as a whole, is not so heavy as last year, it will probably carry the largest,percentage of No. 1 ever produced in the territory, and, in view of the lighter straw and good prices, will be possibly the most profitable crop ever handled." In summing up, the Free Press correspondent says that putting the lighter yields in tho east against the tremendous yields in the west, the aver-ago of Southern Alberta will be at least 30 bushels to the acre. Miss Cora Hind, commercial editor of the Free Press, visited Lethbridge last Friday ana! toured the south on Saturday and Monday % NO TROUBLE IN QUEBEC Montreal, Aug. 27.-Major-General E. W. Wilson, officer commanding tho Montreal military district, says there will be no delay in proceeding with tho work of enlistment here once the military serices act is put Into operation, and he does not anticipate much trouble in carrying out the law. WON'T REBUILD DRAGON PLANT Washington, Aug. 28.-It is reoo.'t-ed that Curtis and Harvey, Canada Limited, have decided not to rebuild their great munitions plant at Dragon, Que., which was wiped out by explosions and fire on August 18th. HARVEST NEARLY HALF OVER; THRESHINF GENERAL MONDAY Crop reports from Horald- correspondents in various parts of the south in-, dicate that harvesting is in full swing over the whole district and that by Monday threshing will be general. The reports on the whole are optimistic, indicating a fair average crop. The Herald's estimato of an average crop of 20 bushels throughput the whole railway district seems to be borne out. Some hail damage has been reported In the past week, but the percentage, while higher than last year, is not large and will not affect the final returns greatly. The High River storm of a week ago will probably reduce the total yield ot the district a million bushels. The labor situation on the whole Is not bad, and while some parts are in neeed of men at the moment there seem to be enough' coming in to see the harvest through without the farmers bolng forced to pay exorbitant prices. Cutting north and west .of the city Is getting under way in good style. This part ot the south Is dc3tined to yield the beBt crops this season. Eaat and south more than 70 p. c. of the cutting is finished. There will be little grain not in the stook by1'Saturday night. Threshing rigs are