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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta SIX TUK LETHBR1DGE DAILV UtflAtJD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1917 (CONTINUED FROM FHOST which hive been en- flSOt.- The youngest brother lias won his spurs at the. front lor only has ho received hl-i medal of distinction, but his had added to it a bar with the initials "F. mean- ing "For bravery." So Mr. Smith could talk to Ihe audit ccc with all the right la the world In Javor o! Ihe one great plank in the Vnloa cause. Ihe support ol the boys al the Ifoat by means of the Service Act. In addition J. HillyarJ l.eeob, K.C., of Winnipeg spoke. Mr. Leech could epeak from an experience which ievr men can boast. He is a veteran of the. Roll ReBfUiou, has already given one son to the cause ia this great war. In the Somme drlie of o year ago his oldest son Lieut. Hart like mancer. was !o adopt fair aud'democratic method J by ihe Military Service Act. There was no doubl that Canada needed recrults- Why Help Is Necdtd Mr. Sniitii he would r.c-l analyze the figures but would to the audience a letter ho had from bis former partner, rte. V. S. Albright, written oi> October ISth. be- fore he heard govern- ment was beias formed. In tlU5 let- ter Mr. Albright had said, among other things: "To my mind, consrrlu- tion Is the only fair thiug to us over- seas if I'anali is not to sponge her Leech, a young man who Juit completed his courto in law. laiil down his life for the freedom of Canada. Mr. Leech had been campaigning the west in favor of Union government, night alter night, and hie Vast nlfbt carried particular lorce. The candidate, Mr. Buchanan. Chough he has been speaking two and three times dally during tie past three weeks, addressed the huge audience with all the fire aud zeal which his marked his campaign throughout His appeal, far from being an effort on his own behalf, was for the boys at the boys who went over In the pledge of Canada that they would be supported till the day Ylctorlous peace would bring them home again. Mr Buchanan was cheer- to the echo on a dozen different occasions duridg bis address. Tho "audience -was entirely sympathetic to him, and no doubt was left us to the result on Monday so far as the city of Lethbrldge was concerned. Mr. Smith Mr. Smith was the first speaker. At the outset he said that he had al- ways been ot the same political faith. He dwelt with the charge so often made by the opposition that Union gov- ernment was merely a frame-up of the ''Burden bunci." He had been brought up, he-said, on the Toronto Globe, i that great advocate ot Liberal prin- I ciplei. He was satisfied to follow the lead ot that paper in this crisis, and he asked his hearers to bear the teachings of this great paper In mind when they were lold that they had beep hornswoggled. He then went' on to declare that, outside'of that' great and good man. Sir Wilfrid Laur- ier, against whom he had not a word to say at this time, it would be hard to find a good Liberal who was not either in.the government or following that government That it la a sincere vnion Is amply proven by this fact. I What Union Has Dons Mr. Smith dealt with the achievements of the new government. He dealt with the abolition' of the "i manufacture of Hqaor, a thing thai nt which had the support of lake an awful responsibility on the'lr they by sovernme] the people generally there element of oue provluoo. Kreuch-sreaking nopclatioii 01 s the i shoulders ou Mopdir 1 Hie vote f He- province only 6.900 out ft l.COiWi' had enlisted, while of Ihe English -speak- hig portion bid out of. i-OO.i'OO. It was enough lo show that the Anglo-Saioa portion ut the iiiinlou is .bahfnd the war while the others are not.' -Wltji these others aro arrayed the- nlien enemy clure the slackers. These are (oliis ior the policy. In r.ildulvm. WHS sorry to say. there was gillie a large element of rijIit-tMnkins an'ii who are tied to party so jtrougly thin they cauuot bre.ik away. A relereuce made to the Hebrews in this pan of Mr. Leech's speech taken ivre-ngly by a member of Ihe audience who rose lo say lhat 60.0M Jews were thus said the allies are In peril of to way in the world. Sir Wilfrid Laur-ljug wlth'th; British arny fer's leadership will not do at this ing this war, but.he lull ot hopo that Canada would the appo-il of com- that reinforcements were urgently ueedecl. He dwell on Iho statement of Sir WiUrld l 116.000 Canadians lu England ready to reinforce the boys ut the front, ehonlug that 'this wait a fort to mislead the pAple. .'As a. nial' ter of fact lUere aro' fautryaten in Kocland at tho avnllable for reinforcing the al the trout. If tho people this in mind on: Monday ho. had -no( slightest doubt of Ihe reaiili 9! election. Mr. could f vcrty government. He dwelt also with the ccHon ot the government in' connection with the milling, packing and cold storage showing that the. government had taken com- nlefe control for the benefit of the people during the war. Real Wealth Conscription v Mr. Smith then addressed himself to j the matter of conscription ol wealth, he understood, had received particular attention from Hev. Jlr. Irvine, of Calgary, the other evening. He said there was en essential dif- ference between conscription of wealth and .cdnfiEcaUon of wealth, and. he hoped that no British government ever put Its seal of approval on the latter course, though it was tee 'popular cry among people who did not understand the underlying economic principles. Many i people government the C.-IVK., Smith proceeded to show how utterly nnjust such a course would be. Wealth, ha said, produced by the capital ol country and the labor of a country plying themselves to the natural of a country to produce some- thing Ihe people demand. board el directors of the C. P. R., he said, hold very, little of the stock of the C. P. B. Before the war It was held If Mostly ia much of It being held by trust companies for widows and orphans and children, Ihe gov- eminent recognizing It as a solid se i curity In which 16 Invest such funds Jf The stock held in England had been the British government as a J pledge, against which 10 borrow money In the United Slates for the carrying roc o! ithe war. But, He: i ot all'this would-lt be qulle fair V to confiscate these shares and leave the women and children who are de pendent on the revenue they derlv' therefrom without any revenue? Why should not they have their annua revenue Just as Ihe people of Canada make their revenue from the busines la-whlch Ihey were engaged? If .returns from tho shares are too large larger than a reasonable percentage on Ihe .capital Invested, then the Uo f minion government should tai tha f rerenue. But to confiscate tho capita would be a crime, and he nopu wo.uld never perpetrate It. T< appropriate Ihe capital was the hoped It would neve British way. Conscription of Men speaker then turne to of men, the wor he .knew was ugly, bu llwlf Vis.ugly. Volunlar failed. He had nolblr, to ttalnat the voluntary enlis nt: It Canada In past It ha keen a'wonderful thing. To the me enlisted and (heir women rel ;.too great credit could not but Canada, must not hide b kind their the voluntar had failed. There was no d [he fact The Military Servl Act is t.UeUtWM.Uie greatest tat recroiW Whlcfc ha.1 ev teen BuuM Ml the men wio tome fa I bad Men tffeti Of til win came n time" Mr. Albrljhl was already a slaunch Liberal, but ho had seen Ihe irue con- ditions as affecting the boys al ihe [ront and he hid spoken his mind. Tho gallant young man bad later laid down his life at the front figbllng for Ihe principles which had led him to enlist under tho voluntary sjsieni. An Eloquent Appeal Then Mr.-Smith, in a perfernd pre- orallon which has. seldom been sur- passed In point of oratory In the city of Lethbrldge called upon the peo- ple of this city to heed the words ot this young "Men and he said, "when-you hear the opposi- tion telling yon that Canada has done her part, when they tell you that no more reserves are heeded by the Cana- dian army, remember that message Irom that little cross in Flanders. Re- member the appeal that went up from that other cross 1500 years ago, 'My God, hast thoa forsaken Lei not the Canadian boys at the front cry out, 'My hast thou forsaken us.1 Let us take the words of those. nien over there. Let us remember i our pledge that they would not bo for- saken while we had a man or a dol- lar. It Is a sacred and abiding trust upon which we should allow no side j issue to Intrude. I am for conscrip-1 tlon if only to give the young mc-n] over there who have been wounded' time and again a reasonable chance for the life they so dearly love buti which they are ready to sacrifice. Our opponents say they are willing to I should Canada be attacked. But 1 let me tell them that Canada has made history in the past three years, more history than It'has' made con- federation. The boundaries of Can- ada are marked now not by the At- lantic ocean and the Pacific ocean but by the battle line In France nnd Flan- ders' which protects the graves, of those men who have already given up their lives to us. There Is no question of our slicking. We will stick. We .will" see that these men have not died In vain and we ivlll prove it by our ballots on December 17th." A Rebellion Veteran Mr. J. Hillyard Leech, K.C., ot Win- nipeg, TOS the next speaker, and he ?re T' -s v out Mr. Chaimau leech explained that his" reference! Sucajimi as tho luakVTBO had not been Intended -is a reflection .Mr. I'.ick In the also-ran class on the people ot the Jewish race, ami j.lay. Mr. Buchanan was recelv; ihc crowd Quito agreed with him hi j a sroat ovation the part accorded lilin aot e personal tribute lino welfare ot Canada and the part but tribute to cause for which ho stood iu'thls campaign, was sure Hint tho people of this riding would sink their political and prejudices In support of such a cause. Mr. Ituchanau ha would not' attempt to deliver ft campaign speech. In tho weeks ho bad about 35 meetings, but tonight ho would address himself par- ticularly 'to answering same ot the arguments which had been raised by the opposition him, and would speak particularly to former Liberals who had not fit as yet to sup- port him. 'There some who want ot Ihe buys at (ho front. That is the biggest toudldorallou 1 know at IhU tliuo 'and 1 would be ashamed of luy- sell had 1 not charged." Cheers. Mr. Uuchauau went oil to say that there are some old Liberal! who want was said by tho opposition to bo cal- culated to sllr up racial feeling. ilJ dlda'l want to stir uu racial teolliiK tut he had BUI iu tue Houso and. hail heard the speeches ot Ihe uiewberj of Quebec, 90 per cent, of whom were against tho act. That had convinced to puulsh sir Hubert Uorden and that Quebec was not wllliug to do furuicr members of his government far] Ita duly, and'he could not see why ths the sins committed by that govern- uient. 13ul It' uiuat bo remembered that punishment ot that kind will fall the heaviest ou the boys who are fighting for all of. us, over there. Union had been real me.vniug of thu term' In fuul it had for interest of Canada should bo sacri- ficed to IUB wished of'one- provluctv Well ReprtjenUd Mr, llucuauan praised Union gov- ernment bccauso It is tho first govern- ment lu Hie history of Canada that given proper ruiiresentatlon to West- DUO of tho boys.lorn Canada. ol Ilia'uwtn.-' to follow tho old chleltalp. I wanted] it had for ObKct measure to I bers of the cabinet arc from the i slay the old chtetlaln, too. Uut tho tltuo came when 1 had to de- cide whether 1 would stay with tho old chieltalu or with the boys ut the front aud 1 decided In favor of the toys at the ap- plause. The Greatest'Cbnslderatloji I have heard that it is charged his explanation. mouse crowd 'agalust 'mo also that 1 changed for Mr i.eech declared lliat real fusion' contained a very'-large consideration. Well, 1 did, hut not D---- of'tbe great political parties had taken i'uily voters. In'opening ho staler be (for the consideration they would hnvo lest olflcloncy lii aU'dciiartmcniB o place aud said that the people would considered the ovn.tlo'ji had been you believe. The consideration was tho war. llo said that mcusuro give support to the boys over j anil he appoalcd, for support ot the Mr. Hu.chanan declared that if ho bad 1 eminent ii: ;l-.o on that yrouud. to go through the experience of tho past three years again he woutd for selective confcrlptiou froni -the veiy start. He pointed out .Ihe' mi- falruesB of tho voluntary system raising a large army and showed-that the Military Service Acl was', fair in that it'.organized and systematized the manhood country for tho'great- Conscription of Wtalth Dealing with Iho conscription ul wealtii and tho slateuumt of tho ep, iwaltloa that Iho eicess profits tax not be levied nest year, ho ml- vised. lib'-ouiionentB lo Keep ia touclr with tho-atfalru of parliament ami they would know that Iho tiu. wliU-li expires in Ueceuiber of this year. (Continued on 1'aso al" lot he accomplished by any proceeded to dispose of Eome of the guments which are being used alnst the .Union government in this mpalgn: the platform ere' a-living, answer to the charge at the Union'government was mere- a part of the Borden machine. He Id he was .Immensely encouraged er tea outlook and was quite satls- ed that, Monday would prove that anadi was going to prove herself rue to' the boys overseas. He said e was on the platform as an old sol- er and as a conscriptionlst and he glad to that the state had at ast decided to take command of its isources of men as well of wealth ir the prosecution of the war. Mr. Leech dealt some length with le franchise act as It affects women' nd aliens. He irai glad that the) omen who have given their men to, ha war were to have tho right to ay on Monday_wbat part Canada lould continue to have in the war. nd he was glad also that the citizens alien enemy birth were to have lat privilege, for no matter how loyal ley might be to their adopted coun- It was not right that they should are. a voice in saying Iwhat Canada hould do (3 fighting the people .of e countries from whence they came. the United States In this connection he referred lo tie criticism, of Sir Wilfrid Lauflert who had said that the United States j ad not followed out coursa In the i isfranchlslng the aliens. Mr. Leech! sked, why, If Sir Wilfrid laid such tresi on the action of the Unlteit tales In this did not al- o mention the fact lhat Ihe United States had from the very first adopt- d the selective conscription plan ol .Ising an army. He said tbat these liens had sworn when they became itlzens .that they would be loyal sub- eels ol King George and defend him rom his enemle's. The government not asking these aliens to fight 1 against .their countrymen, and they would therefore not expect that they would be extended the rights of citi- zens in saying what iteps Canada shoaW take in carrying on the war against those enemies. The alien enemy subjects, so far as he cotihl earn, considered themselves mag- nanimously and It wa's noth- ng but a red herring drawn across the trail for Ihe opposition lo set up a cry otherwise., Mr. Leech dealt with the conscrip. .ion of wealth M.ylng that he hoped lhat, after the war was over, it would be-continned for the purpose of re-, moving the conditions which allowed extreme poverty and extreme wealth to prevail In the name city. He be-, I lleverl fit getting al tho men to whom wealth flows easily in order that the mUery of the other-half ol Iho popu- lallon might be relieved. He believ- ed that the income tai should he made to work for the stito In order that bel- ter and more equitable conditions might be maintained. Dealing with tho charge that tne Union government was but a con- Onuatlon ot the Tory government be pled tho eases of the Liberals who have gone Into Iho union. Slj ol the Liberal premiere favor II. The organized farmers favor it. had reported favors It. It la not the gov- all tbe rest claiming ex crnrcent'In another form but the poo ofi It wu fair therefore to as piei that TotaiUryMm had failed and Why Conscription Canada to Cn the question of conscription he U uh la a buslncsi outspoken. Opbosed lo tfco Union "Shall Canada's .effort in this war be maintained or withdrawn? Such is the issue." Sir Robert Borden, at Halifax in the Cause of Liberty NION Government in Canada clearly becarhe necessaiy for the successful prosecution of the war. In the repre- sentative men of the twos great political A; These men have fprces to make Canada's effort in the most at the front wijh addi- and 'to direct and control the industrial -.and economic tb the bne end of winning the war. If this policy represents your judgment of should f U war Four hundred thousandj.of Canada's manhood' have gone into Khaki.1 THEY are united in the cause of liberty. Today the insistent, the imperative call is for an addi- tional hundred thousand re-inforcements. The policy of Unipri: Government is to raise this force quickly and impartially .tinder the provisions of the Military Service Act. THE ELECTION ISSUE IS CLEAR If you are in favpr of supporting the men at the Front you will vote for the Unionis Candidates. If you prefer that oitr soldiers should NOT receive the reinforcements they so urgently need, the, Referendum proposed by Sir Wilfrid 'Laurier and his adher- ents is, the instrument through which you can sacrifice the rrjien'already at the front, who have set aside their business ambitions and have given up their home life and loved ones in the defence of YOUFt liberty, and indeed, the liberty of the world. There can be only one course for Canadian Support, the Unionist Candidates The Unionist Party Publicity Committee ;