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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 13, 1905, Lethbridge, Alberta :OTBRID3E HERALD S''APSON A BENNETT Publ'^nei-s F B. SIMPSON ; A. S. BENNF.TT suBSc: J i Advaxice ; tUerwise ��,1P'X :ON: :ol.50 a year �2.00 a year "ADVERTISING: ~Ver Month - SI.00 Per Inch THE HOARD OF TRADE k;,If:there is an orgtiiiization in � any comnninity that deserves (he - cordial eupixirt of every ma n who owns a foot property or has a dollar's worth of interest in the town, it is the board of trade. Lethbridge is fortunate in this respect. The writer was present at a meeting of the LetJ�bridg(} board of trade at a recent gathering and he was more than pleased with tlie manner in wliich matters of interest to the town were liandled Those in attendance wo/e th representative business men of the town, men who are willing and ready to spend their time and their money to advance the interests of Lethbridge. And in this connection it might be said that when men of this character take hold of matters of interest to the to\ra, the people have reason to extend con gratulations to themselves. History of towns like Leihbridge has demonstrated the fact that if jjeople take hold and worl^ for the advancement of the town, success is bound to follow. This has been shown in towns all over Canada and also in the States. Lethbridge is peculiarly situated in this respect. She is destined to be n great commercial centre, or she is bound to be virtiially a wliistlinc" station. It all depends upon the people of Letlibridge. If they want the best town irr the ijrovince, or the second or third best to\\-n, it depends entirely upon themselves. In,any govcmuient in the world, with any corjx)ration in the country, those who ask will get the most. It is up to Le-thbiidge just now to ' a8k;"ana keep asking. She is entitled to much, but she will get only that which she insists upon. Other towns have ambition, and they will be making their showing and the new government must be controlled by the representations made. It is uj) to the people of Lethbridge to demand their rights, and if that is done jjersistently, intelligently and fairly, Lethbridge will have no trouble in securing that which is naturally her own. A board of trade properly constituted and managed with a spirit of progress that will pro', o a potent factor in the upbuilding of the town. Long life and increased activity to the Lethbridge Board of Trade. no place in the present quarters tc install them. But right after the first of the year the conditions will \ pl-.auge. Arrangements are being perfected by which the Herald will b(! enabled to get out the kind of a paper tliat it had in view from the start, and after that time it will b parent on the surface. It is also most satisfactory to note the atti-tiule which our two papers are talking in respect of advancing the cla inis of Lethbridge. I would like for a few moments to draw attention to the possibilities of the town for manufcicture. The question is a large one, and I cjui hope to do no more than to just point out a few leaders which can be followed up in disexi&sion which 1 trust you will give to this most important question. To begin with, what is local industry; of what benefit is it to a town, or, coming nearer home, of what benefit has it been to onr to\N-ny Local industry may be said, to be the develoijment of natural resources for the common gootl; it increases population by bringing in skilled labor which uaturaliy is of benefit to all business men, and I think I can safely s;iy that without local industry there would have been no town of Lethbridge. The establishment and development of the coal industry is Lethbridge's i^rimary claim to existence and aii^industiy oijeratiug along the same lines is the best for any town. First, in that it gives a cheap product for home consumption; second, it gives steady employment to many men, and thirdly, most of the product is sold to outside ixjiiits, thus bringing in money to the tovra ior greater development. We have a brick compiiny which employs 25 to i30 men steadily 7 months in the year; the brewery employs 10 men and the iron works 12 men. I m'ention these specially as they are operating along the same lines making a specially of outside trade, thus bringing in money from outside points for use in our town, whereas our electric light plant, sash and door factory, blacksmith shops, etc., look after om- home wants tmd conserve our spending for these commodities within the town limits. Lethbridge has been particularly fortunate iu the success attending the local industries wnthin the past two or thiee years. We hear that all are pfiying well; none suffering financial loss. I have heard on' good authority that this is not the case in some old towns within easy reach of ourselves, and I attribute our success to the strict attention paid to the development of the in-(.histries by their directors and managers in all cases, good management and business instinct be-uig prime necessities. I may be permitted to say further that Lethbridge can boast of a particularly clear headed and sensible set of business men. Such being the case, 1 consider that all we need is combination for the attainment of any object, and literally speaking a good big slice of the earth-can be' ours. We have seen that local industry has been the foundation and can be made one of the" main develoi> meut causes of our town. To continue, Montreal is a manufacturing centre and is -well and justly termed the commercial metropolis of Canada, and I might add the manufacturing metropolis. Why is it so, if it is liot that in its cheap fuel and water ways, power can be developed at the minimum of cost. Toronto a!nd Hamilton have been for years bitter rivals for supremacy the Torontonian looking on the "ambitious city" with a certain amount of good natured amusement at its endeavor to compete, but we find that Hamilton has made such strides in manufactures of late as to cause Toronto to look about for herself, as a res.ilt of which, a lot of Toronto money has ^one into the development of electric  power at Niagara Falls, which is being brought into Toronto over transmission lines. One of these lines is just about completed aid will bring into Toronto 60,tKX> volts. This is brought in over wires, a distance'of something over eighty miles and cost in the neighborhood of $l,5U0,00O for copper wire alone Avithout consideration of the cost of power terminals, right of way and construction of towers. Now if there is such a struggle in the East for industrial supremacy, what do we learn from these conditions since fuel is as cheap as it is here. Have you ever considered^ the quantity of Quebec and Ontario manufactures which find their.way into the the Crow's Nest Country? The A. R, & I. Co. is dumping Ihousauds of h. p. every day in the shaiio of slack c6al because the consumption is not equal to the supply. Some will sJiy that the slacli coal is iiot so good as lump; this may be true but it may be interesting to some of you to know that our town electric plant is operated entirely by slack coal, and the Raymond Sugar Factory has made a large share of its inm this year with the same class of fuel. If my reasoning be correct, the only thing necessary would seem to be to arrive at the industries desired here having a view to the available markets; and so that this subject may receive some practical attention and not pass into oblivion. I would recommend the apix)intmeut of a special working committee; a small one of two or three, such couunittee car be called committee on Industries their duty being to make a sixicia study of tlie question of nuinuf-ic turing industries and endeavor to assist in locating industries here by reporting from time to time to the. Board of Trade and obtaining their co-oporation in the endeavor We can, in my opinion, supiwrt a flour mill at Lethbridge. 1 am not sure but that a meat packing industry would do well iiere. This industry, it seems to me, wonlc offer a solution of the present beef trouble, bring better prices to the rancher than he is getting now and such industry woiild brmg in its train numerous others for the consumption of the by-products, such for instance, as a tannery, aiid if a tannery, why not a bTot and shoe factory, and so on ad lib. It seems to me the proper way to arrive at and wht=rever practicable establish such manufactures ourselves as our natural resources permit of aiic such a project ought to receive the favorable consideration of our business men at large. Flour am sugar for itistance are manufactur-td in the Lethbridge district. W ought to ask the question when wt sit down toa m;'al, is this Ray mom" flour and Raymond sugar, and i: not, why not? Make a home application. Why send 'o Timothy Eaton when we can get it here. Smokexl meats come from WiuniiJeg, Hamilton and Chiaigo; canned meats from the great American packinghouses and it would seem at first sight to be inconsistent with our local development for us to send onr livp beef to Chicago and get it back in tin cans labelled Armours, Cudaliy and eating the contents of the jans here with considerable relish because the can hears an American label. If it is thought well to appoint such i committee as I speak of, it. sh'nild be composed of workers and men who are iwepared tu give the matter some though . have not any time to lose but I should deem it a privilege to act on such a committee. Timid individuals may see difii-culties and no doabt they will present themselves, but it is for citizens to carve out the future of Lethbridge, or our rights will be usurped by others. As an example of what may happen, ] might quote the action of the Cal gary Board of Trajle in calling on this Board of Trade at our last meeting to co-operate with them in the movement of re-christuing Fall Wheat xmder the name of Alberta. Fail Wheat which had its begin-ing in the West in the Lethbridge district at a point not more than bU miles South of us on our Irrigation Company's and adjoining lands is recognized, adopted and re-christened by a body of men llU miles north of us. This is an example of what may be done in our directions by those who are alert to seize every opening to push their district or town or natural advantages. In conclusion I might suggest as a motto for our consideration when opix)rtunity otters "If we do not take it, somebody else will" and this, with " Watch Lethbridge grow," should make a pretty good combination for our guidance. CHURCH UiR�C10RY. CATHOLIC CHUliCH. Sunday Services;- Low mass, 8.30 a. m.; high mass, ll.UU.; vespers, 7.30 p. m. Daily Services:- Mass 6M a. m. Father Van Tigbem. ST. AUGUSTINE'S CHUKCH. , (Anglican.) Rev. J. S. Chivers, A, K. C, Rector. Uev. David Jones, B.A., As^iistaDt,. Sundays;- Matins at 11.00 a. m. Sunday School at 3.00 p. m Evensong at 7.30 p. m. CelebraJ/ion of Holy Communion:- 1st Sunday in tlie moatb at II.uu a. ffi. (Choral). 3rniobt and oozy resort. Ojmfort rf guijFtB la a'teutiv-ely looked after, acd one of the f^w really good dollar per day hou^sea in Alberta. When in Ltthbridge call at the Wlndeor H. E. MIEBACH,* PROP. MALTING COMPANY, LTD MANUFACTURERS OF Fine Lager, Beer, Ale and Porter { THE BEST IN THE WEST All orders sent to the Brewery will receive prompt attention i; King Lumber Mills i; lilMITBD: Oranbrook, B. C. MANUFACTURERS OF I Rough and Dressed Lumber | Moulding and Lath I STANDARD  Lumber Coy Mason & Risch Piano Co. The Mason & Riseli Piano js-conceclfcl by all couipelont judges to Im! tlie lii