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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1915, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME VIII: LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER If., 1915 NUMBER 5 FRENCH IS RELEGATED TO PEERAGE-HAIG WILL SUCCEED But Claims He Prevented the Success of Gigantic Scheme by Informing the Officials of the C P. R. Coufrsifion uf the existence of Ri- gantic German plots in destroy Am- erican commerce, anil also to blow up all the bridges on the C. P. R. sys- tem in Canada, whfch were hatched in San Francisco, and admission that he accepted -the- commission from Itaron Von Brinken to carry out the Canadian'end of the plots, but the claim that he acted the role of dou- ble traitor and gave the information to the C.P.U. is made by Johannes Von. Koolbcrgen, alias Von Montford, who lies in the provincial gaol at Lethbridge serving a sentence of tine year on a charge forgery from Calgary. -Von Kdolhergen is the man who is wanted by the U. K- nilicials at San Francisco, as star witness iii the prosecution'" Von Brinken and charged with con- spiracy to destroy American com- merce with- the allies, to blow up plants ami hum flour mills, t-lc. Von Koolbergcn does not know whether he will he taken to San Fracisco to give his evidence, but he is perfectly ready anil willing to give the he is taken there. If he goes to 'Friscoj-it will, of course, lju unilor.fEUartlipl'-Canadian police; to again to com- plete liis; sentence.-The officials here have boen: -warned. tliatrVom Koplber- gcn is a particularly important pcis- ouof- And7 particularly guarded accordingly.1 Von Koulbcrgeii signed an affidavit, which was published in full at Provi- dence, R. I., yesterday and produced in all Canadian morning papers, and a summary of which was published in the Herald here yesterday atUrnoori. In that alfidavii Von''KoolbErgcn al- leges the existence of the plots to blow up C.P.R. bridges, and tells the story of how the 'plots were hatched in San Francisco anil how he became implicated in them. The affidavit is now in the hands oi the U. S. au- thorities, and is to be produced in court, but {-he authorities also want the evidence of-Von' Kqe-lbergen .hiin- j self on the stand. No arrangements have yet been made to take him is it known whether the U. S. officials have communicated with the attorne'yrgeueral's depart- ment at Edmonton regarding the matter. 1 Admits He Is Man The first proof-that, the-man Von Montford sent to" Lethbridge gaol, was really Von, Koolhergen, the much wanted man, was contained in a let- ter addressed to him here by his wife now in Calgary, which was addressed to him as Von. Koplbergen. Von not his real name, and Cilia'L he.; is..the man. who is wanted in Frisco. Von Koolberseri is a nian oi -build; of the Teutonic type, keenly .-intelligent, speaks perfect.. English, is, i (CONTINUED .OK" PjLQE-5) CHURCH UNION MAJORITY London, .Dec. nest move In the Balkan theatre of war. occupies the attention of Athens.and Saloniki correspondents for the Biitish press There arc 200000 entente troors at Sc.io'-f'-i to the Daily Mai1 whose' Saloniki1" correspondent tjnt the retreat of entente allies was so brilliant! carried out that i large forces of Bulgarians weie un able at an> noint to overtake and defeat them.. In fact, :the Bulgarians were so'deceived '-by the rapidity of manoeuvres 'nd precision oE the movements of the troops that they lost much time in attacking posi tioris; .Strumnitz which the French forces, had abandoned the pre- ceding day Accoiding to correspond ents of -the-Times and the Morning Ppst, the entente Forces will halt on the lino from Karasuill iri northern GreeceT on' Greece, which they will tri to hold until the Caloniki positions arVfartined., This Wne alreadj is fortified and there is i strong British force made up mostb of cavalry to the north and noitheast of KHimllr, on the Doiran railway., A ttorresRondcnt of. the. JTornlng Post acldB Uie'ihtereslirig statement, on au- thority .of. the minister' nt, quoted-in a published in- tenlewf that and Doiran southern ;bdth of which are in the hands of the Teutonic allies, will be surrendered ,tp He says nothing about Monastir liowwer Neutral Zone boii i Ma Ic don Dec neu- tral zone extending two kilometres on each side o! .the frontier lias been igued upon, between Greece a id Bul- according to official announce- ment here toddj .London, Dec. .the Macedon- ian front; there is. a lull, which well informed observers at .Athens believe will extend over the.Greek elections on Sunday 0-crman forces probably need snrac time to prepare for any nssault on these notations as light aitillery and mountain gjm> would not .suffice.. There would be mul of heaMei euns, of which, if any, seem to have vpt arrived near the frontier. The entente capitals view with sat- isfaction trhal is regarrfel as vtho masterful manner m uhtch the re- Toronto, Dec. ing .to figures compiled -by .the church authorities here 50 per cent, of the Presbyteries in Canada have..given a majority of for'the .union with the Methodist _and Congrega- tional churches Christmas Fund Is Climbing Up Previously acknowledged Mrs. S. -Warner 1.00 Donald and Waldron Mitch- ell, aged and seven years respectively 100 William Minor 100 J Shepherd 500 The little .Folks; 'are interesting themselves in brJnging-gqod cheer to the poorer lads and lasses. Two little boys handed in a-contribution of a dollar yesterday and it is the most appreciated sift received.by the Her- ald since the Herald Fund was estab- lished. These two tooys want to see all the boys and :girls in the city 1 happy on Christina's Day. They uon't want-the joy to toe confined to the families where there is plenty. They svant hanpiness and good cheer to abound'.in every.home. Let .us have more of that spirit The jo> of guing as the joy which" coines from receiving. Try it -and find put for yourself. Christmas Diiy is draw ing near. Let the .contributions "flow into the Herald fund from noiv on. We, Want every poor family In the city to enjoy Christ map TO BE DEPUTY SPEAKER Ottawa, Dec. is .understood that B. N, Rhodes, "member-Tor berland, will be dep.uty- speaker oC the House Commons, when, parlla.- meut meets, it being practically set- tled Albert Sevlgny, member for Doi Chester, will succeed Dr. Sproule as SIR DOUGLAS HAIG Who succeeds to command of Bri- tish forces in Franco. CAREER OF LIEUT.-GENERAL SIR DOUGLAS HAIG Born 19th of June 1861, of Scotch parentage- Educated at Oxford. Joined the 7th Hussars 1885. Served in Soudan 1393, when he became Brevet Major and received Khedive's medal. Served in South Africa 189S, where he was chitf staff officer to Sir John French. Commanded group of columns 1901 and 1902. Became Brevet Colonel, C.S., and received Queen's medal with seven clasps. Inspector General Cavalry, 1903 to 1906. Major General 1904. Director of Military Training, 1906-7, Director of Staff Duties at Army Headquarters, 1907-9. Chief of Staff, India, 1909-12. General Officer commanding at Aldershot from 1912. Chief of Staff under Sir John French, 1914-5. Distinctions: K. C. B., 1913; K.C.I.E. 1911; K.C.V.O. 1909. A. Lethbridge boy with the 31st Battalion in France, in a letter.to.his home here, tells about Fred Macbeth's death, and also announces that bridge recruit, named Whitcutt, was killed. The wounding of Alex David- son and Whittaker is also re ported. The letter says: "Fred MacBeth was killed last week, on the 17th. He Was out between our trenches and the Germans, and a bullet got Jiini in the stomach. He only lived-a few minutes. 'Corp. Alex Davidson, a'Iso oC Letb- bridge, was tv.iUi him, and he was badly wounded, but 1 think he will make out all right. He has been ship- ped back. The officer that was with them wasn't touched. 'Joe Whittaker was on fatigue, in the support. trenches when a' bullet cut right across the top of his-ankle, just cutting the flesh and bruising the ankle. He is in our hospital now. 'A named, Whitcutt was Idli- ed last week. He was on guard iu the town when a shell dropped right at his feet, killing him and two others including-Lieut. Hughes, General Sir Sam's nephew j Austria's Reply on An- cona Sinking Does Not Size Up Right at Washington Vienna, Dec. (by courier to Berlin, via London, Dec. 15, 10.55 p.m.) -.r-The Austro-Hungarian admiralty is entirely opposed to any disavowal of the course of the submarine comman- der who was responsible ,for the sink- ing of the Italian steamer Ancona. On the contrary, it approves his conduct fully, and declares that he would have been considered as having failed to perform his duty if he had allowed the Ancona to escape. The reply to ths United States will probably be de- livered Monday. Not Satisfied Washington, Dec. re- ply to Secretary Lansing's note on the Ancona is regarded, on the basis of unofficial reports-received today from London .and Amsterdam as wholly .un- satisfactory., unacceptable and .dis- appointing'to the United States, Dip- lomatic relations" between the two countriesfmay safely be described as standing atnhe breaking point. No Official'Word Washington, Dec. today the .state department hau no official word-Ironv Vienna whatever on Aus- tria's reply to the Ancona note. 'Pre- sident Wilson and Secretary Lansing are reserving comment until they have official translation and the text at but it Is authoritatively said that tile United States wVil enter into no exchanges of opinions as the Vi- enna foreign office is reported as hav- ing suggested in their reply to the American note. No official wrord had reached the state department today that the Aus- trian reply had been delivered to Am- erican .Ambassador Penfleld, but news dispatches containing excerpts were taken in official quarters as sufficient evidence, that the rejoinder is on its way to "Washington. From sueb part of the unofficial text as is contained in news dispatches, officials considered the reply vague in many respects, but they were not pre- pared to decide whether that was caused by translation. The suggestion for an exchange of virtual.request for a bill of particulars of the American complaint against the action of the submarine commander and a proposal for the of iicts, were dearly set forth, however, in the unofficial text, and officials of the state department who have knowledge of Its policy in the crisis unhesitatingly declared that all wo.uld be- refused. It was made clear that the" United States does .not propose to enter into a dip- lomatic discussion. .SIR JOHN FRENCH Who resigns command of British forces in France. CAREER OF SIR JOHN FRENCH Born Kent, England, Sept. 28th, 1852, Served as cadet in British navy from 1866 to 1870. Entered army (8th Hussars) 1874 Transferred to 19th Hussars, in which regiment he served in Sou- dan campaign, 1884 and 1885. Commanded 19th Hussars 1889 to 1893. Employed as A. A. G. of Cavalry on the, staff 1893-4; appointed A. A.G. at Headquarters of Army, 1895-7. Appointed Brigadier to Com- mand 2nd Cavalry Brigade 1897; transferred as temporary Major General of 1st Cavalry Brigade, 1899. j Appointed Major General to com- j mand Cavalry Division in Natal, 189S. Distinguished himself in the South .African' war and became Lieut. General commandinq cavalry in South. Africa .1900-2. Mentioned many times in-despatches. General 1907. Inspector General of the Forces, 1907-11. -Field Marshal 1913. In command of British forces since war' commenced. Distinctions: K. C. M. G. 1902: G. C. B.-1909; K. C. B. 1900: G C V. O. 1905; Business Conditions Greatly Improved BANK CLEARINGS This week 1910 This week 1914 Increase 59 per cent. Referring to increase in trade in Lethbridge, President Mar- noch of the board of trade, spoke at the luncheon today as follows: "The general business aspect of the city is 'reflected in the bank clearings. For some weeks past we have shown a greater percentage- increase over 1914 figures than any .ether -western city, although of course it must be remembered figures for 1914 were owing to the short crop. ''From reliable estimates it appears that we have already shipped out and placed.-in the local elevators an amount of grain equal to about 120% the .who'ie crop that was shipped in 1913, so that -Mr. Dunham's estimate made a 'month or two ago that the 1915 crop .would be .twice the amount of the 1913 crop, is likely to prove It may even, prove to be somewhat under, rather than over the there is a large amount of grain iu farmers' bands waiting for cars, and in some districts there is still considerable threshing to be both. from the stack and from the stbok." INVITE FARMERS' CONVENTION TO LETHBRIDGE FOR YEAR 1917 Alberta's farmers' parliament con- venes in Calsory next month, The dates arranged for the U. F. vention are-January 19, 20 and 21 Unlike the Alberta Legislature the FORTY DAYS FOR SEDITION R Moonej of Coulee was sentenced to .40 days in jail by Judge Jackson on a charge of uttering se- ditious language He Jinb ahead served 28 days and has still only 12 days to servo. He is understood to be a Socialist and. refused to employ a lawyer, conducting his own defence. treat was conducted and the COIM- pardtivclv small losses of the aUies It is much o! the errolt lor -the, new i co-ordination among tH allies of winch rocuit joint councils 01 war in I dance the only manifestation Farmers' Parliament moies about It not in tin same place each year. It is well that such is'HID pohcj The closer to the farmers of the provmu, the contention pets each ear the better fol the f irmiirs and the cause of tlic cause u the proiincs i whole. AH the farmers cannot be reached by the prueeenmgs in this year, but veal the contention will be held at some other point and the vear fol- lowing it some other point.. In that fhc centres of the province are visited and the mass of the farmers arc enabled to gather and hear mat- ters or-vital interest to them dis- cusseii leiders in the movement for thr improvement of thp condition of Jlii- men upon the soil Lethhridge had a great gathering To be Commander of Forces in Britain --Sir Douglas Haig, Chief of Staff, Succeeds Him in Command London, Dec. John French has been succeeded in the command of the British forces in France and Flanders by Sir Doug- las Haig. The war office announcement reads s follows: "General Sir Douglas Haig has been appointed to succeed Field Marshal Sir John French in command of the armies in France and Flanders. "Since the commencement of the war, during over 16 months of severe and incessant strain Field French has most ably commanded our armies in France and Flanders, and he has now, at his own instance, re- linquished that command. "His Majesty's government. full appreciation of and gratitude for the conspicuous service, which Marshal French to his country at the front, the King's approval, requested him to ac- cept the appointment of Field Marsha'i Commander-iu-Chief of the troops sta lionetl in the United. Kingdom, and Field Marshal French has accepted that appointment. "The King has been.: pleased to con- fer upon Sir John French-the .dignity of Viscount of the United Kingdom Altho.ugh manv names mentioned .as'.-the possible' of Field -Marsha! French, including that of the Duke of the appointment, it is said, was anticipat- ed in the best informed circles. In London the retirement of Field Marshal Sir John French from the command of the British forces in France, temporarily overshadows oth- er war news. The new commanderrin- chief, Sir Douglas Haig, who is al- most the youngest general in the British army, enters upon his duties with a high reputation. He has seen more hard lighting than any other genera! in the British armv "Whatever criticisms have been di- rected against the staffs of the Brit- ish armies in says the Manchester Guardian, "there has nev- er been a word against that of Gen- eral Haig, who is known to be -the smallest and fittest, the British .army, possesses. General Haig, .while perhaps lacking the personal magnet- ism of Field Marshal French, is a commander of tremendous concentra- tion, and energy, who has thoroughly assimilated al! the stern lessons .--that his tremendous experience has prov- ed." _ Genera! Haig assumes his new.; of- fice at the moment when-comparative quiet prevails on all fronts, although rumblings 01 threatened big move- mentb aie lieard in the- east and-west alike War to Bankruptcy For Germany London, Dec. to the correspondent of Manchester Guardian, information which reached Switzerland a lew days ago from U reliable Berlin source; suggests that peace currents are certainly flowing in the high governing' and- directing spncres oi Berlin, but that it is impcssifale to speak ol them withanj degree or precision. It seems financiers are becoming specialh restive not because thej aic Ic s patuotic than other classes in German) but be- cause they see more'clearly'than'any. uhat prolonged continuation ot the war means, in words-'ascribed.-; to a prominent banker, bankrupts AH available evidence seems to indicate' also that General on Filkeiiharn, chief of the general staff, shares .this comparative'-moder- ation of tone. For the discussion; of peace terms the military it is predicted, will adopt a chastened rathei than an arrogant attitude That of the German classes toward war seems to have become one of uncompromising hostility.-; HarJh a daj passed without example oi this neu spirit oi revolt being quoted in Switz Chalets news- (CoN-FiNuM) PAGE 6) MARKETS December wheat May wheat December oats December flax 112 s 38% -181 8. S. DUNHAM Vice-President of the WEATHER HiBh.............. .21 Low 2 Forecttit: Fair; not change in ttmpurature. of farmers here in 1813 and we want 1o bet, them leri, again in 1917 think the meeting was Kiifficient a success to this citv being chosei ab the meeting place igim Their .last meeting-here stirred up mitrcst in the organization and in- other, will arouse still greater is one of the purposes the convention shoultl serve; Farmers from Southern Alberta will come in an'd visit the convention anil so interested they become that they will go home determined to have a local orgaimed in tlieu distuct if one Iisb faLen organized ituatea in i thstricl wbert farming n followed under dif methods in o their sec- tions and for that reason the U.F.A. should meet here in or der to keep in touili with our prob lems.; Here we have..dry farming and irrigation and both go hand in hand with range farming of cattlq and sheep and winter feeding Lethbridge s call for Hie convention in this citj again is by tie great m- tfest our citizens take in the busi- ness of the farmer think it is safe to sov thai no other city has centred attention iso -much the improvement of the condition 01 the fanners. (CONTINUED OM PVOJ 5) NEW HEAD MAJOR A W PftYCE-JONES, Permanently comniittttHas the Letl bridge Highlanders. Alajoi A W Pryce Jones, uho has been second in command of tbe 63rd Battalion cf Edmonton, reached the citj todaj to take permanent charge is commanding officer ot the Lpth- Highlanders He has already taken his new duties No an. nounccments of othei officers have been made, but at is likelr nowitnat a commanding officer has been ap- pointed other appointments will'be made shortly _ Major Pryce Jones, formerh a.resi- dent of Calgan is a son ot Sir rtfjrce and Ladj Eleanor Prvce-Jones Wales He was born and came to Alberta in He served as major and second in com-' mand in the Roval Welsh He was foi nine years on the county council of Montgomeryshire and Wftfe a member of the Inner London Der is reason to believe that, the German Jlfic'istag Mill have lo sit much long er than expected in order to deal pressing discontent among the masses' Rotterdam corres pendent of the Daily News In ordei to aopeuse these clamor ings it will need to deal with- rto er than 130 all relating to the distribution of food, besides re solutions relating to ths soifej porfcV will require and demands of better pay for aold iers and sailors and better provision i for the relief gf families." PEACE PARTY NOT: London, thit morning tt that of party will Klrkwull, it which I