Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta
Volume TWELVE PAGES Lent-bridge, Alberta. Thursday, December 5, CENTS Number 303 His Worship Will Speak at North Lethbridge Meeting Tonight THE HISTORY What the Ratepayers Have Done" So Far on the Question "So far as Commission form of gov- ernment is concerned I have not changed my last year. I believe there should be some change ii- the present form of municipal gov- ernment. When it is charged that 1 do not favor Commission form of government, 1 am misrepresented. If the electors at this election show that they are in favor of Commission gov- ernment, and denote 'which form they prefer, we will immediately complete tho charter along those lines, and sub- mit it to the Legislature In February. "We must, however, bo amenable to the wishes of the people in this mat- ter, and whether the men elected to the council for next year favor Com- jnlsslon form of govc.'fiiment or not, there will be nothing left for them to do but to carry out thoae wishes, for this time they will be clear cut, and the council will know definitely what is wanted by the majority of the Peo- jile. "1 will 'be.at "'the.'North Lethbridge Ratepayers' meeting tonight, when I hope to fully explain my position in this matter, and-'when.I will also dis- cuss matters pertaining to the indus- trial policy." The election of the mayor and al- dermen is- becoming more than ever up .with the plebiscite on fonrr bfgoverument: While the--public feeling seems to be overwhelmingly'in favor-of a change, with: the majority favoring straight Commission government, the fact that the city council is giving all ratepay- ers an opportunity to vote by placing the three questions on the ballot pa- per, is really bringing the whole dis- cussion back- to the point at which it started two years ago. Many can still be found who favor the present system, believing it to he good en- ough. Others prefer the cotmcii with commissioners, as is the case in Cal- gary; that is, they favor the hybrid iform. The majority, it would appear, favor the straight commission of three men, subject to the initiative, referendum and recall. By placing all three forms on the ballet paper, all nave a chance to air their views. Although reams have been written about the history of the movement for Commission government in this city, some people do not seem to have mas- tered the details of the attempts made so far to Introduce it. What Has 'Happened The history briefly is this: In the fall of 1910 a plebiscite was taken by letter, asking the ratepayers what they thought of Commission government. There 'were nine ques- tions to answer, and about 4iJO ans- wers were received. These showed the citizens to favor Commission gov- ernment, and somewhat of a prefer- "oiice for straight commission, elected by the pEople. However, as only 430 answers were received, the council felt that it could not act on that basis. At the elections in December, one question Was aaked: "Are you in favor of a change in the present form of government, and the Institution of Commission The ans- wer was by about 540 votes to some 170. Then this year the council got busy and had a new charter prepared, em- bracing Commission form of govern- ment.' When they came to discuss the clauses about the salaries and dutiies of the commissioners, they found that they did not itnow what the citizens 'wanted. Commission form of government, for which the people had voted, meant either of two forms, hybrid and straight. The coun- cil did not feel like taking the respon- sibility of saying which the people of this city should prefer, and are now submitting the whole question to the people. Tha council has taken a stand that the three questions should bo submit- ted, because if only ths last two ques- tions 02 ttfi ballet paper were allow- ed to go to the people, there many, they believe, who are in favor of too present form of government and would not vote. They also point In this connection to the fact that the vote was taken two yenra ajio. They want the vote of all the people, as they see the whole question after the pasi six week's discussion. School Trustee Qualification Thu Herald lias been repeatedly ask- ed for information as to- the ea tious necessary in the case of School Hoard trustee candidates, and as to whether or not W. H. Peebles is eligible. According .to the terms of the city charter, all candidates for School Board trustee must own real estate. An examination of the as- sessment roll for both the city and the school district falls to reveal that Mr. Peebles owns any real estate. Ho could probably answer the question himself at the North Lethbridjje meet, ing tonight. mm its MUTE EVIDENCE THAT STEAMER ROUSE SIMMONS WENT TO DAVY JONES' LOCKER Manitowo, Dec. evi- dence tending to show that the schooner. Rouse Simmons, lies at the bottom of Lake, Michigan, off Two Rivers' Point, twelve miles north of this city, was brought here today by fishermen, who, in lifting their nets, found entangled in the mesh several small particles of Christmas tree tops. The find was made by. Two Rivers fishermen about five milea north of that city, and the life-saving crew is making an investigation in an attempt tr locate the wreckage of the missing boat SIR PERCY'S FINE DIRECTION DIDN'T SHOW UP WELL IN COMPETITION London, Dec. interest is being taken by naval men throughout the 'world in the tests now being car- ried out by the British Admiralty of the new fire director invented by Ad- miral Sir Percy Scott, who first achieved renown by devising the car- j riage on which the naval guns were taken to I-adysmitli. How to Mark Your Ballot Do You Favor the Present Form of Govern- ment by Council _______' Do You. Favor Government by Council and Paid Commissioners ?____________ Do You Favor Straight Commission Form- of Government First Choice X Secoid Choice X The a sample of the preferential ballot to be used in taking the referendum on Commission form of government on Monday next. It is marked for straight Commission, with' initiative, referendum and recall; with second choice to the hybrid form of commission government ac it obtains in Calgary. Voters should cast always their first and second choices. Both will be taken into consideration when the returning offi- cer is counting the ballot and declaring the winner. MAYOR HATCH VS. INEXPERIENCE OF 1IIY-FIVE THREE STAND BY OUR ALLIES Paris, Dec. spoke plainly on the European sltun- tlon, today. Premier Polucaire told tlie Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Chamber of Deputies: "We stand by our allies and our friendships." The Premier was laying down the policy to be pursued by France in the Balkans set- tlement. PROGRESSIVE DULUTH W F EVER the city of Lethbridge needed an experienced man at Its head, it needs him next year. The position of mayor for 1913 U no job for a novice. It is no place for an untried man. Ft is the place of a man who has been in harness, who does not need to spend the first six months of getting an in- sight into the inside affairs of Ihe city. That is one of the reasons the Herald .Is supporting. George M. Hatch for re-election. The city of Lethbridge needs an experienced man at the helm. Mayor Hatch's chief opponent declares Lethbridge to be in a position that will take some handling. That is no reflection on the 1912 administration. Nor j does it reflect on the 1911 administration. It is the outcome of the city's growth and of the desire of the ratepayers to make Lethbridge' a metro- politan city. Every expenditure on local Improvements and construction of utilities has been made with the full consent of the people. The ci-cy's burden of taxes is heavy because the people wanted things for which they have to pay. The cost of administration is greater. Therefore need of experienced men at the head is greater. Aid. Aird in his address on Tuesday night stated that his year's exper- ience on the council would be a great'benefit :io him on the council next year should he be re-elected. Candidate Keel admitted that the council was a school where much had to be learned. There is much to be learned before a.private citizen becomes a good administrator. Mayor Hiicch has had three years' experience, one. term as head of the administration. Why turn him down for a man whose ability we do not doubt, but who is lacking in experience? Think about it, and vote for Hatch Dnluth, Minn., Dee. vot- ers, yesterday, by an overwhelming majority, adopted the charter and the Commission forrii of government, to become effective April 15 next. By a vote of to the voters af- firmed the Commission government: The charter includes the initiative, re- ferendum and recall. Premier Borclen Announces Long Expected Policy Which Has Been Accurately Predicted in Press Despatches for Several Weeks Back 11 BE IWFJHIN M Says Britain Will Lose Supremacy Through Not Being Able tb Keep Up With the Program of the Competing Nations [or problem ol com- bj co.operiitloll autonomy crowded galleries, Premier Bortlen aml it most essential made his naval announcement in the (here "should he co-operation m de- Commons this afternoon. Premier fence and trade as will give the em- Borden in openin, hi, speech dwelt AS ItLlKAM -o. KEEPING MR. SIFTON BUSY Paris, Dec. A. L. Slf- ton will speak at the British Chamber> of Commerce tbmor- row. Reports hitherto current, based on early tests of Sir Percy's fire director, had been altogether favorable, tbe Invention being said to have increas- ed the percentage of hits to such a degree that British supremacy in gun firing was assured even over the Americans. No little surprise consequently was caused yesterday by a report that in the special tests being made by ihe Admiralty, Scott's invention failed to achieve anything like the results pre- viously claimed for it. 1 H. S- Thunderer with the orig- inal naval fire took part in a comne-j tltion in which the Orion was sue- j ccssful. The firing took place at is the intention of the Canadian gov- All Premier Honors at Chicago Stock Show Captured by Canucks To Demonstrate An All Year Route Qnebcc, Dec. A minister of Marine and Fisher- hoarse, s. announced this morning that it A number horses are k at least a Chicago, Dec. its tri- umph of yesterday when it carried oft the prize for the grand championship steer, Canada today made an excel- lent showing at the stock show with its entries of horses. Eastern Can- ada walked away with a majority oi the blue ribbons. Many of the world's most valuable horses, comprising in the aggregate valuation oi more than J paraded through the arena today while the largest crowd yet in Johnston, cheered until it" was. Took Wrong Trail, Wagon Up- set on Steep Hill Near armangay Car (Special Carmangay to The Herald.) Dec. 5. A fatality ot these fine blooded which has caused considerable ex- pression at; regret occurred here last living about half a mile northeast of Carmany. was killed by his wagon ov- erturning on him. Sachrison left towir under the in- fluence of Ikiunr, and instead of go- ing north drove down the hill uude-r bridge. The team appar- ently started up a steep embankment, and the wagon pinned the unfortunate young man in such a way as to cause death. The body was found shortly after the accident by Ira Baird, a butcher, who was driving luto.town. Dr. Bryans was summoned, and pro- nounced -life extinct, although the body was yet warm, showing that it was only a short time since death had come to the poor fellow. The "body was brought to town, and Dr. Nyblett, coroner, of Macleod, ar- rived this morning, and convened a jury, composed of A. E. Quayle, fore- man, and Messrs. Robert Cook, C. H. Bright, G. H. Buckeley, J. M. McLean, and J. F. Snyder. The verdict re- turned recited the facts of the death, and ascribed it as due to accident. The young man had no friends in this country. His parents live at Hartford, Wis., and the father has been advised by -del eg ram of the death. 000 yards. The Orion completely frinnent to have one of the govern- [rom j-0 000 lo 5750011 I smashed the target while the Thunder- 1 mjliu steamrrs make a number oi wnilp a dozen ethers fell int er in the first three salvos of ten shots j each failed to find it. In the last two salvos her shells went home and shattered it. In a previous trial 'which took ou Nov. IS, the Thunderer completefy j and the minister of inari beat the Orion making fifty per cent., j agreed, or more hits against the Orion's ten per cent, at yards in a heavy sea. trips down the St. Lawrence from class valued at from to I Quebec to the ocean during win- ter to denronstrate the feasibility of -j'he Canadian winners were Class all year round navigation of the St. 2 ami 3 years, place 1 Lawrence route concerning which he first, ''King of All." Graham Bros., are both daremont, Out. I Class under 2 VCMS, j second, "Alert." Graham Class foals, second, "Lov-l TREATY OF Train is Granted Start Next Spring Ottawa, Dec. In the presence ot the. increasing need There was now the practically all the members antl upon the growth of Canada and olh- (Jrcali Britain no longer us- er overseas dominions and with it sunies sole responslbilitv for defence upon the high seas she can no longci. undertake to assume .sole responsibil- ity for the sole control of foreign policy." He quoted in lull a lengthy; memorandum prepared for the Cana- dian government, by the admualtj It reviewed the recent growth of 'the naval forces of the nations and es- pecially those of Germany It stated that in the spring of 1015 Britain would have 25 dreadnoughts, two Lord Nelsons and six battle cruisers. Germany 17 dreadtionghts and sU hat- tie cruisers. Today IJhtam has 18 Ottawa, Dec John Kennedy, luS dreadnoughts against III possessed by Bayewator avenue, a laborer at J. R. al1 other nations. of Europe Booth's lumber yards, was struck by light engine this afternoon -about 'e 24 [o 31, five o'clock, and was instantly killed. and In lil15' 3o to ol- Kennedy was walking home from "Larger margins of superiority at Work along the Grand Trunk gome In the darkness did not see the P engine approaching t states, "would restore a freedom lo thi, moMincntb ot British squadrons in everv sea and directh promote the sicuriU of tuc dominions. Aujt'unt, which inrrcascd oi't mar-, gin in tlie ltd test ships rlmrnusrrs tie strain an! -moments out security and our elianeu oi being left "unmo- lested. It further states. that any action, on the part of. Canada to increase. rAMni Power am} mobility of tlie impei- GAMBLiNfai1al navv nlul the margin gin ot our common safetj, lc recognized everywhere as a. most sig- nificant witness to the united strength of the I-'mpire and to the renewed Although there is disappointment' resolve of the overseas dominions lo hi police circles over the judgment in talcc their part in maintaining its the gambling appeals handed down integrity. The prime minister oi Can- yesterday, it is hardly likely that an' ada having enquired what form any attempt will he made to amend the immediate, aid that 'Canada might; bylaw to bring the offence within the give would he most effective the As- CONVICTION FOR THEN MEANS JAIL WITHOUT A FINE quith government replied "We have no hesitation in an- swering after a prolonged consid- eration of all the circumstances, that it is desirable that such aid should include the provision of a c'crtain number of the strongest ships of war which sci- ence can build or money supply Premier Horden pointed lo the dis- astrous effect on Canada and the Em- pire which would result from the de- ju__....... _....... 'Twelve. may be developments of a startling! years ago the British navy and flag nature within the next few days. were predominant on every ocean realm of city statutes. After this the gamblers 'will be tried under the code. Under tbe code therc is no option of a fine. Conviction means a jail sentence. This, of course, means harder work for the police, for in order to get a conviction under the code, it is ne- cessary to prove that the "banker'1 gets a rake-off more than sufficient to buy the "refreshments." I-Iowever, the police have spotted a' couple of suspicious joints, and there1 feat of the British navy. Very Big Growth Post Office Business Lond THE LURE OF THE WEST London Out., Dec. L. LAUSANNE APPROVED Rome, Dec. two days' dis-; cushion, tlio peace treaty between Hull, :i (irali.'iin Bros.. Claremont, Ont.j Cattle 'j Aberdeen Angus, class l.rst, McGre-! Inkster, pustor of the First Presbyter-1 Tut-itey and Italy, known as-the treaty gor, Brandon, Man. 11, Class years, ian olutrch, in this city, has received j of Lausanne, 1ms been by a rail to the First Presbyterian church j the Chamber of Hcnlitiea. The vote it! Victoria, U.C.. at a salary of I was 335 to 24, the latter being Social- a year. ists. Tjrn ij its ID y D "Kxpert of ,1. D. McGre- gor. Slorthorn Util's, yrs. scrollti, H. CaswoM, Sask. Slirors'-ircs, l'1-ss ye.ir, 1st .1. I'nmpifll, Ont.; sec- ond, Ht'iirv Mardwcll. Mr. A. A Price, general su- perintendent of the C. has written th !Joard oi' Trade that a train will a run on ihu Aldersytle line i. m Calgary to Lethbridge, su.. ing next spring. The train u .'I le.ive Calgary at 7 a.m. (Special to The Herald.) Ottawa, Dec, were msde of the government yester- day during question hour by W. A. Buchanan, who asked if It was the Intention of tha gov-. ernment to open ihe B'ood Indian Reserve for settlement. He was informed that no nego- tiations In that direction had been undertaken. Tim Blood Reserve, laying south- west of Lctlibridae and directly -nonii of Cards ton, comprises some twenty nships of the finest land in South- ern Alberta. It is bounded on tbe .st by the Belly River aixl on tte cast by the St. Mary's. The number or Indians residing thereon is compara- email, and the demand to have the tract thrown open for settlement ie growing steadiiy stronger. la its prepeot condition, it is claimed that the n'forvp rot arils the development of the ,-Oiiih. as ihr whole country west of the Jiftltj' itivor to the south CHEAP BOOZE IS A CURSE Toronto, Dec. there Is a great-deal too much drinking among j the citizens of Vancouver and Vic- I toria, was the statement mado today by Rev. Dr. A. E. Burke, of the Cath- olic registrar. Just returned from spending several weeks at the coast. TV. Burke the low price at wliirh various vines and liquors wore fckl in the Const cities, as the cause hf the unusually law consumption of Macleod, Alta., Dec. 5.--The sale of the 112 acres adjoining the town, upon which the town power plan: stands, took place this morning, Mr. Frank Waddington, of Lethbrldfle, acting for the Do- minion government. The lands were school and the sale was ordered to facilitate some de- gree of permanency for the town's possessions. An upset price of an acre was placed on the the world. Today they are predom- inant nowhere except in the North Sea." The duty of preserving safety at It ail led to calling back ships from distant stations and this in spile of greatly increased expendi- tures [or naval defence. Where the while naval ensign was twelve years ago shown on powerful squadrons on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts UPC. Postmaster- nf Canada, it is today shown on nei- reporl issued today -sho-vs thcr- "I am assured that the aid we over 200K tons of newspapers and propose will enable a special magazines sent to Canada direct last rangement without courting disaster j year, tens nf letters and pest at home for an effective fleet of bat- X! cards, 3000 tons oi printed pavers tleships and cruisers on our Pacific I 'and samples, 500.000 parcels against coast and a powerful squadron can. fiiiOil sent ten years ago. Money. or- periodically visit our Atlantic sea- tiers sent from'the United Kingdom board." Premier Bordrn said ihe ad- to British N'orih America valued at miralty placed the cost oi modern ami over came battleships with armament at two in ir.'oney orders trom British millions, three hundred and fifty Xorth America. thousand pounds. ..________ The cost of three complete shirs f would be aVout inillioi! dol- lars. as'; (he e p'e of Canada lheir parliament to prant. to Mis .Ya'rstv to increase i the e''ii'Ci 've fortes of the Km- jp're 10 safrgnrrrt our shores and our hcrnc ronnrcrce riul to se- cure the common of all who !ave lo :le K'nc. 1 liest1. shrs will le at the dis1 csal of lli-s j Majesty for the tomrr.oa di-iento of ithe Empi're. They will te maintain vl land controlled ss part of the royal cavy, and vo have assurance that if at any tirr.o it should te the will of- the Canadian people to establish s, j Canadian unit of the British navy, t the.so can be recalled by the jiovcrnincnt to form partui' that navy." (Continued on 10? land, and as was expected no one offered opposition lo the town net- ting the property. In fact, the government made such opposition very unprofl'.able by making It a stipulation of the sale that the buyer other than the town would have to pay the corporation full value for the improvement there- on. The town now has a fine as- set in this site, and saves ah im- mense amount of money by the transaction.