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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta MONDAY, IICKMMft 11, PAOlTMfttl "THE HERHLD'S REHL BSTHTE MHRKBT The best Steam Plowing Engine made is the Avery. I sell them. Same Old Stand: Southard Block Fine Choice Loti in Duff Addition, to 200 Lots in Addition to t Real Estate 5 n LEVEL RESIDENCE With east facing, J Block each; each cash; bal. 6 and 12 months. A I tt'lTDT IT JL JL. STAFFORD B'LOCK 297 THE COMMISSION IN ACTUAL OPERATION The Best Buy in the City: A business site on Ford St., close to Post Office, three lots 25x125, on easy terms, or cash. R. V. Co. BLOCK PHONE 222 BIG lots, choice, five and half blocks south of Central School, for cash. The Alberta Securities, Ltd. Phone 141 ROUND AND REDPATH With Inauspicious Beginning the Desj j Moines Commission Have First Good t Year-How It Was Done i! Des Moines, la., Dec the municipality's business as the di- rector of a big corporation would con- t t T New 9-roooied House in Duff Addition, full fur- nace. 8500 cash handles, balance monthly. Lot and'haif Pine St., cash, or 8300 terms New 6-roomed fully modern house on Courtland St., S3500. cash bandies, Illinois Alberta Realty T 2nij floor Johnson Block, next Bslmoral lintel i -H-H-I-M-H-H- A fine chance to secure highly improved farm, well located oa very reasonable terms: acrs 2 1-2 miles from uetr t-OTvn of Baron-s. 380 acres ready for spring crop: all fenced and cross fenced; two storey house, stone founda- tion in house: barn for 20 head stock: granaries and other outbuildings; also good at barn. TERMS: Two dollars per acre cash, in one year, bal. 1-2 vrop Tliis is the finest proposition on the market and will be taken up very quickly. duet a private enterprise, the first commission elected to test the worth the Des Moines plan brought about such notable achievements in a year's time tha tmany of its most strenuous opponents gave up their efforts to prove it interior. Undoubtedly it was the commission system that accomplished this, for it would be unreasonable to suppose that never under the old alderniauic plan were five men so sapable, so honest, so business like elected to places o nthe council. The old sys- tem was loose and lax. The new one with the idea of placing the city's busines on a business it accomplised it. Indeed, this was done in the face of the defeat of the ticket picked by all the principal business houses of the city, and suppored by practi- cally every prominent citizen. "The' Silk Stocking Gang'' suffered ignom- inious defeat and was wallowed in the mud. A. J. Mathis, for a number or years police judge, defeated the business men's candidate Eugene Waterbury, owner of a large patent medicine fac- tory, for mayor. Defeated candidates for commissioners of the regular elec- T jtion were Charles Worth, a coal mine j_ j owner; J. R. Hanna, professor in Highland Park College; B. S. Walk- er, a big real estate dealer, and Wil- liam Brereton, a prominent contract- or. Those who were successful were John MacVicar, twice mayor of Des Moines and-prominent in municipal af- fairs'for many years; John L. Ham- ery, a union painter and a member of the old council; J. W. Ash, a coal j miner, who was deputy sheriff at the rime of his' election, and Charles W. Schram, a former city assessor and retail grocer. The combination sent the mercurv fluent intervale, uniform systems of checking and accounting aud a gen- eral replacement of lax bethods by strictly business tactics has done j JL much to make the new system a sue- cess. The distributing ordinance, with designated the" duties of the various least of any. The state law provides T that he shall be superintendent of the department of publci affairs, whiie the assignment of the other four de- partments is arranged by the council- men themselves. _, The Mayor's Duties The mayor has supervision of all de- partments, is superintendent of the library and chairman of the local board of health. He signs all con- tracts on behalf of the city and per- forms such other duties as naturally fall upon the department of public af- fairs. To the department of accounts and finance has been assigned the keeping of all accounts and records. It is the superintendent's duty to see that the various departments are audited at frequent intervals. This work has Lots are now offered for sale in the townsite of Chin, owned jointly by the Canadian Pacific Rail- way and the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Co. For prices, terms, blueprints and all information call on THE GEORGE M. HATCH Land SOLE AGENTS M i ii i i HI: i in t :H..I. m n When the Desmomes pian was in- augurated it was decided that under no condition would the appropriations be exceeded. As fair a distribution as Freeman, Macleod and Graham Phone 178 LETHBRIDGE P. 0. Box 679 4- r. A 2560 acre Farm, five miles from good town, for T sale on Crop Payment Plan T f THE ALBERTA REALTY EXCHANGE, f 4. Photje396 Bryan-Block, Lethbridge P. 0. Bos 254 -H- A Good Corner on Burdett Street for Sale, four blocks from Union Depot for The H. Macbeth Agency T WEST REALTY GO. AN I 11 LOTS @N IDDINGTON AVENUE FOR I T THIS IS THE BEST BUY ON THE MARKET TODAY. 7-Roomecl House, standing on 2 Lots, beauti- fnl situation, corner position, Phone 261. Office Crabb Street Sma.1! House find Lot North Ward, S37n, good terms. A few well located lots in North Ward at 670 each, terms Building Lots on Cut oil 1 Street. Price GALVIN-HATFIELD CO. P. 0, Box 1892 Phone 45? I Ott Block. Lethbridge, Alta. of enthusiasm far down the. tube of the business men's thermometer, for they feared that they had failed to bring about the very thing they de- sired most to elimin- ation of politics and the substitution, of business tactics. In this they were mistaken, for although it was true that everyone of the five commission- ers had been in politics they set about to do the will of the people. Considered Directors Each one considered himself a di- rector of -the corporation, in which caused the disclosure of manv I30ssible was made of the funds and not ularities under the old plan "and in ,one the amounts Had been overrun some instances suits have been start- close of the first year. Instead ed to recover money illegally secured from the city. Tlie superintendent of this department purchases and distrib utes all supplies. He collects such re- i a balance. many of the funds Attempted Recalls In the practical application of the "I-I-H-I ports from the public service corpor- j plan by the first commission many of ations as are by iaw or ordinance pro-1 its unique characteristics have been videti- given trial. Three recall movements The police, fire and health depart- ments come under the direct super- vision of the department of public safe ty. Since the adoption of the Des Moines plan they have been raised to the highest standard of efficiency. Ail Public Works All public work is in charge of the superintendent of street and public improvements, but he can put in a dollar's worth of it he must se- cure the approval of the council by the passage of a resolution. He sup- erintends the construction of all bridges, paving, sewering, curbing, sidewalking and public buildings. Un- der this department is placed the street cleaning, for which the city spends a day. The superintend- ent also has charge of the street light- ing and supervision over all utilities. Paris Provision Naturally, the superintendent of more than is invested and Iparks and Public property was given stockholders have an equal To make plain just what du- voice. ties the superintendent of each de- partment would be expected to per- form of government. Realizing that mission did after taking office was to pass an ordinance distributing the administrative and executive powers. With this as a guide the head of each department entered upon the work assigned to him and the council was a whole proceeded to "make "Business" the Watchword. Systematization and rearrangement were important factors in making "business" the watchword for the new for mof government Realizing that to keep in close touch with tne rap- idly changing conditions of a city the size of Des Moines it would be neces- sary to have frequent meetings of the directorate, it was decided to con- vene three days a week. This arrange ment has never been changed, but it is no uncommon thing to have meet- ings every day in the week when, im- portant matters are up for considera- tion. Auditing of the departments at fre- custody of all the parks and ceme- teries, representing a valuation of Des Moines had more than 700 acres in public parks alone. Upon the recommendation of this superin- tendent the council has secured the services of Charles Mulford Robinson of Rocheser, N. Y., to draw plans and prepare a report for a city-wide be- autification. The city contains fifty- four square miles. In addition to the parks and cemeteries this superintend- ent has charge of all boulevards, park ing aud park ways. The Council's Duty Although the superntendents of the various departments' are given great latitude in conducting their individual departments, all are dependent on the council and simply agents of it. That body must sanction their decis- ions before they become effective. The council levies all taxes and appropriat- es the receipts to the various funds, except when levied for specific pur- poses. All fin-am the city solicitor, but before the mayor entrs into them he must be so in- structed by the council. have been-started, but because all were based on personal prejudice in- stead of inefficiency of the incumbent the petitions received far less than the twenty-five per cent, of the signtures required. council is preparing now to use the referendum feature by submitting a street railway ordinance to a vote of the people. There has been little need for the voters enforcing their right of initia- tive, for the council has kept close watch on the needs of the city and has been every ready to consid'er all meritorious demands. At this time, however, the Socialist party are en- deavor ing to take advantage of the in- itiative and compel the city to pur- chase the street railway, busine-ss. Spirit of Fairness The spirit of fairness has been ap- parent in all acts of the council. This has extended to the regulations of ho- tels, restaurants, barber shops and rooming houses. An ordinance pass- ed a few months after the adoption of the plan makes it unlawful for the .proprietors of such commercial enter prises to chrge more for serving one person than it does another. Des Moines has a large negro population and it was .claimed that "Jim Crowe' systems had been adopted. The accomplishments of the plan have been so many and varied dur ing its initial trial here that the claim of many that the commission system was all theory has been exploded There is not one of its essential fea- tures that has been proven impractic- BUSINESS PROPOSITION Three Lots and Good Store centrally situated in North Ward. For particulars enquire Tel. 294 L. S. R.1PLEY Office Block 1 SNAP: New 2-story House on Brunton Street, 5 rooms and bath, fully modern, will handle, balance easy. F. L. WHITNEY Co. Leading Real Estate and Financial 414 ROUND STREET Reference Bank of Montreal able. J. L. WRIGHT. JEALOUSY DROVE HIM CRAZY Washington, Pa., Dec. Braden, 16 years old, daughter of Attorney A. G. Braden, was shot dead this afternoon by Walter Zeybold, the 18-year-old son of a business man who then fired a bullet into his own brain causing instant death. Jeal- ously is assigned as the motive. ADVERTISE IN THE HERALD IT WJLL PAY YOU THE i! Farm Secopity Co, 11 OPEX FOR BUSINESS IN THE Whitney Block Lettbriilge Alberta We buy improved or un- improved lands for cash and sell to the actual settler with necessary outfit for farming or, long time with small cash payment. In this way we gix'e an exceptional opportunity to you, the practical farmer. farmer with good outfit, but small capital. WHY DO YOU RENT when you may thus obtain a farm home of your own. WHY farm so small a place when we can help you to obtain adjoining lands. We also can loan you mon- Good Residential write, or better still, call and see us we want to get acquainted. I! Fenn Security Co. f 4 Splendid Residence James Street, North Ward each. Good terms I f J. L 307 OR A KB STREET (Opp. of Montreal) Telephone 888 Reasonable MONEY TO LOAN -M-: -i-i-i i M-I-H-M i T 960 acres on the Weyburn line. Strictly billiard 3 X table proposition. Easy are owners. IMPERIAL DEVELOPMENT CO., Ltd. Phone 350 Room 11 Southard Block I -H-H- I M't'M I I 11 I HELGER50N LAND AND INVESTMENT CO. BRYAN BLOCK Owners of large tracts of choice wheat land 5000 acres, 4000 acres, 1000 acres or 100 acres, as you like it. GOOD TERMS. i We Either Buy or Sell See U> Today i -H-H" vv-H-r-Hi FOR SALE Tie T AGENCY Acadifl Building. 2W. 4 I S- 4. 4 I I I 4 4 i i i IMPLEMENT BUSINESS in new town between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. A good chance to get in on the ground floor. Price of business, stock and property cash. Balance three and six months at 6 per cent. Tim nc APPLY fiosm 2, Spyan SiocK Phone 211 i TVi" Having dissolved partnership wit. E. C. Ludtke, I have obtained possession of the unsold portion of the TGWNSSTE OF BOW ISLAND and offer business and residential lots at prices ranging from to Write or call on me before purchasing elsewhere. A. WADDELL Bow Island Realty and Insurance Agency 1 Acre Lot Blk M, Co., Ltd. Successors to W. R. Dobbin Ground Floor Office: CIRST SOUTH OF BALMORAL PHCNJT ;