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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBniDGE DAILY HERAUJ BUSY TIME FOR GOVERNMENT'S OFFICIAL EXPLAINER F. G. Ottawa Dm. Hon. Arthur MelBhon. tlio official explainer m the Horden Government, has his hands full these days. Little Arthur got Ms job because he was the brat lialr tnlilter on the Government side, but 113 Hard to split Hairs with n safety razor, anil that's what the Solicitor General is trying to 'lo Just now. rhe safctv Mr. MelRhen seeks for the Bor- den 'Government Is immunity from criticism on the nickel question and a shifting of the onus for the Boss rifle lo tho Liberal side it possible. Tho public is already in receip. ol the pale substitutes tor good rearsons which Mr Meighen advances on be- half pC the Government's _slackness in dealing with the International Nickel Comnanv. whose creature the Hon. i-rank Cochrane. Minister oC Railways lu the Borden Government, is. Premier Hearst as his right hand In Ontario and the Hon. Howard Fer- pawn as a sort of walking delegate. According to Jlr. Mcishen the people of Canada are to believe in the Inter- national Kickel .Company's window They are to believe that the International Nickel Company has not sold any nickel to Germany or its trade accomplices among the neutral nations since the war began. They ire to believe this in face 01 the statistics which show that three million pounds of Ontario nickel have cone to Germany and her neutral neighbors within the last two years_ Thly are to believe It in face of the Providence Journal, which says that riiriit now one hundred tons ol our -ood Ontario nickel is on its way over to the Germans in the merchant sub- marine, the Deutschland. They are to believe Mr. Meighen's denials be- cause they are the International Nickel Company's, and the Interna- tional Nickel Company is too rich to tell a lie. And since the International Nickel Company is in that: position, it follows that Mr. Meighen is also in the George Washington class. The solemn truth is that 5lr. Meigh- en's vagu" rejoinders on the nickel question do not satisfy even those yho are most anxious to find satisfaction. His story is too thin and the story he lells about the Ross rifle is perhaps a hundred per cent, thinner. However, as I said before, the Hou. Arthur's job is to pass the buck, and he does the best lie can. Now that Sir Sam is out the Hon. Arthur has been com- missioned to unload all he can on the ex-minister, and, if possible, to hang on the Liberals. Being a clever pleader Mr. Meighen works the old trick of confusing the mixes the babies. The Ross rifle that has got the Borden govern- ment into a hole and the Ross rifle the Laurier government was respon- California Warm sunny days, ideal for bathing in the Pacific Ocean. Flowers in b 1 o o m everywhere. T r e es green and birds singing remind you of May days. The golden oranges are ripening n o w. An orchard of or- anges with snow- c a p.p'e d mountain peaks nearby. Im- agine the picture. The roads arc excel- lent for motoring. Make Los Angeles your pivotal point and.see all Southern California this win- ter. Will Send You information and free illustrated booklets if you send i a postal. John M. Scott, General Passenger Agent, Portland, Ore. SOUTHIRH PACIFIC slble for .nro two different weapons, If you bear that in mind it will not bo difficult to keep truck of tuo devious Mr. Meigben. Tho.Ross riflo the Laurier govern- ment nindo contract for was the Koss rifle Mark Two, n stout service- able weapon which'has not been used in this war. The Ross riflo tho Bor- den government made a contract for was the Ross rifle Mark Tlireo, a good, target rifle, but too delicate to stand1 up against active service conditions. This is the rifle which got our soldier .into trouble, sacrificing thous- ...j'ds of lives at Ypres, St. Julien and elsewhere, because it Jammed after firing a dozen rounds. This is the rifle on which General Aiderson reported to the British War Office, the report being forwarded to tho Militia De- partment at Ottawa and pigeonholed For eighteen months, at the end of which time it saw the light in an Ot- tawa newspaper, but not through official channels. Indeed. IE the pronle had waited for the Minister of Militia, or his friends, to make that report public, they would have been waiting yet. It got into print as a sort of private disclosure assisted by some honest indignation at RIdeau Hall. The Government has never denied the existence of the best it did was to struggle with the alle- t tions. The Ross rifle Mark Three Is the rifle with which Canadian contingent after Canadian contingent was equip- in face of the report from the British war office, slumbering in the Militia Department at Ottawa. The British government, of took care that the Canadian troops did not go into battle with a woapoi which liad proved a failure at the front, but this did not prevent the jjDvt. from equipping our soldiers with a rifle which they knew went into the junk heap as soon as It reached England. The pickings were too good to give up. It is estimated that from five to seven million dollars were squandered on Ross rifle Mark Three after the British government had not only con- demned but actually discarded it. The contract entered into by the Laurier government with Sir Charles Ross, in 1902, was simply a contract to make rifles in Canada. Any kind of rifle could be made at any time, ac- cording to the specifications given by the government. It was not to be a Ross rifle, per se, but a rifle approved by the government, manufactured ac- cording to plans submitted by the government and subject to change as Tircumstances warranted. The word- ing the contract, which can be found in the Hansard of. 1903, shows :his. This was Ross rifle Mark the Ross rifle that the Laurier gov- ernment was identified with. When the Borden government came in in 1911 they gavo a contract for a now: Ross rifle, Mart Three-. That con- iraci. was entered into shortly after Sir Sam took office. It Is a different rifle from Mark Two. It does not look the same. It takes a very different cartridge. The very change In name indicates that It is a different arm. One of the chief differences is that it has a 'longer barrel than the Mark Two. Experts says that for the con- .itions of the present war Mark Two would have been a far .better.-rifle than Sam's pet, the Mart Three. .Our .soldiers never saw Mark Three until war broke out. It was manufac- tured ;and stored at Quebec, and serv- ed out to "the'troops'as they left for overseas. It was never properly .test- ed under practical conditions before it was served out to the troops. The government apparently thought it a perfect rifle. How disastrously wrong they were is shown by what happened at Ypres and elsewhere. Mr. Meighen by dexterous equivo- cations seeks to tie the Laurier government up to Hoss rifle, Mark Three, but tha facts are dead against him. The Borden ,sov- ermnent will have to father Its own war baby. It is; being asserted that the Borden .government could only change the style of rifle on givng one-year's notice and that at the out- break of the war they could not buy elsewhere than from the Rosa Com- pany, except after thirty days' notice had been given, and the Company had replied that. they could: not furnish the number'of .rifles required., To .which-'there 'are. three sufficient that It.was a contract of the Borden government's making. Second, that two years were allowed to go by.without the Borden govern- ment giving any notice of a change In design to'meet-the criticisms ot the rifle, which were made right at the outset of the war. Third, thatthe Bor- den government had been in power for three years before the war broke out, and had taken no steps either to change the design'of the rifle or to test it properly. The question, the. BOrdeu govt. must answer Is why it gave a contract for a new rifle as soon as it came into power, and why that rifle was not properly tested before the war broke out, and before it was served out to our soldiers. Rumor has it.that the company at the outset of the war waived any ob- jection to making immediately any changes In the design of the rifle which the government wanted and which the best experts might advise. jit was even "suggested that so'me changes should be made and a num- 'ber of experts were recommended to perfect the rifle, for the conditions which It was seen would develop. Sir Sam. and the "ever, seemed to be sure that the rifle was all right, Sir Sam was pighead- ed about it; and the Government seemed to be under the impression that the. war would only last.about six months anyway, andihat It would look bad if they immediately changed the rifle and consequently they went ahead thinking only of how they bouid turn the war to political advan- tage: the Govern- ment made on the recommendation of iBir H-ughes was to require the I company to manufacture a' different -Government furnish- tod specifications both tor and for cartridge, and under tho eon' tract tho company could not depart from thoso specifications.. The new cartridge had. .468 Ruage, but tho Gov- eruuieut gauges furnished to tho com- pany were ,4'JO and '.lie cartridge had to bo made to fit tills standard gauge The English gaugo was .462, and somo of tho English cartridges were served- out to our troops overseas the ROBS riflo. One can readily that with a cartridge too big for the chambeV the riflo was bound to Jam. Wh'eu liie uOuble .came Sir Sam and''some-of'the British ordnance men, thought it could be remedied by changing the bolt and' making the chamber bigger. Sir Sam thought he knew-all about it and listened only Lo his own experts. In tho work of changing the bolts thuy made a. botch of tho job .and tried a new and un- tested process. When tho bolts were changed and the chamber the rifles were sent back without tirtt being properly tested. The result was that when the .test of battle came the bolts which had been hardened under a bad process flew to pieces. Moreover, there were not enough spare parts ordered. The whole thing was bungled from start to finish, and tho onus for the crime lies soldy with the present government The Laurier government had nothing to do with Ross rifle Mark Three, and furthermore the. government went ahead in its short-sighted way against the advice of the company. The cor- respondence will show this if it is ever allowed to bo made public. LOST LIFE FOR A PENNY New penny dropped by his little daughter on the subway tracks cost Charles Saron of Duyvil his life. Saron and his two children. 5 mid 8 years old, were waiting oa tha plat- form when the younger child dropj'td a penny. It rolled between the tracks. Saron jumped after it. Before he could regain the platform he was struck by a train. Two cars passed over him. He died in Bellevue. The children disappeared, crying, after the accident. JUDGE HAD A SENSE OF HUMOH San Buddy and Peter Brady, convicted of stealing an empty barrel from a Mission district store, were sentenced to roll their loot from the hall of Justice back to its owner, a distance of about four miles. Two policemen were detailed to see they obeyed the ruHng. PERSONALS. Well-known Women. i was sick for aboul four years." Got. weak, could nol eat to amount to anything. I got very thin and had no strength at all I was very much discouraged at I was never going to get better. I could not wait a Vi block without feel- ing all tired-out. I took different medicines but did not get help I needed. A friend of mine advised me to try Dr. Pierce's Fav- orite Prescription. I began to take it nth'tiie 'Pleasant PelleU1 and by tie time I ibid taken twp bottles I was well oa the road to'.recovery, and in eix monthj I: VPJI'entirely; weH. My appetite cams back and I gained in flesh. Now I am as itroog and healthy us any one could wish to be. -I owe it all to Dr. Fierce1.: med- icines and I am giad of the opportunity to. give testimony in their favor; they have done .wonders.- for THEUM 141 E. King St. CJiatham, hare taken Dr. Piwce1! rood resultt. I Eros ireak and run down. Tost my appetite ind got .very. thin.. I ..took 'Favorite Prescription' and 'Pleasant Pellets' and these two medicines' built me up in a TOT jbort spice of time BO that I felt u well ever. I found them to be all that u recommended of them; they on Mff. WH. Cor. Taylor Grand iye., E., Chatham, Ont. Every woman who has backache, head- ache, low spirits, sleepless nights, owes it to herself to speedily overcome the troubk before a breakdown causes prostration. Dr. Pierce'i Favorite Prescription a non-alcoholic remedy that airy ailing roman can safely taks because it is pre- pared from root! and with pure containing tonic "COOK THE WALK." This photograph sliows ti boy scout and bull dog mascot marching in the Lord '.Mayor's Show, London, YOUNG HOBHOUSE GUILTY Son of Rt, Hon. C. E. Hobhouse Tried for Conscientious Objection jection Hobhouse, a ell known anti-militarist, son of the Rt. Hon. C. E. Hobhouse, was court- martialed at Warmingter for refusing to obey an order. Arrested in London as an abseii-i tee and taken to camp, Hobhouse re-S fused to wear uniform. He said his faith in Christ compelled him to re- fuse, so far as he reasonably could, to be involved in any organization for tlio purpose of human bloodshed. He international Socialist, and co.uld take no part in war, or violence, designed either to attack or defend life or property. He ad- ded that he believed that the lives of Britons would not be threatened by Germans or any other men were Britons ready to abandon to the ng- gressor, in a spirit of love, their own excessive share of the world's wealth. For the defence, Lord Courtney of WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1916' THE SECRET OF MY success BEST BY TEST Pcnwith said thai at Oxford Hob. house became deeply impressed with religions convictions and joineil the Quakers. He was found dis- obeying military orders and sen- tence will be promulgated later. BILINGUAL QUESTION TO BE DISCUSSED Quebec, Dec. Sauve will bring up the bilingual question In Ontario and Manitoba at tonight's sitting of the legislative assembly. He will ask for copies of all corre- spondence between the prime mlnis- tefaml 0. H. Barll, and any other persons, respecting the French-Cana- dians of Ontario. Home with your friends for the Holidays CHRISTMAS and NEW-YEAR FARE AND ONE-THIRD FOR R 00 N D Til IP ON HAtE DKGEMOER 21-25 Ati'O DEC. 2STO JANUAHY 1 RETURN. LIMIT JANUARY 4 Uakl Hat Holiday Trip tia CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY Worlfi Oriatcit Hl OF CANADA The Union Bank of Canada gives a Modern Banking Service There is a growing tendency, which we have always foster-- ed, toward closer relations between business men and their bankers, vith a broader and more valuable service from bank to customer. Open an account with the Union Bank of Canada and take advantage of the exceptional facilities which our 315 Branches enable us to offer. A. F. S. TATUM, Manager H. E. SANDS, Acting Manager LETHBRIDGE BRANCH GRASSY LAKE BRANCH Your Town to the Fore Give it Publicity in the LETHBRIDGE HERALD The Herald Wants Cor- respondents Winnifred, Granum, Taber, Claresholm, Burdett, Vulcan, Grassy Lake, Carmangay, Monarch. Stirling, Coleman, Whitla to Chronicle all the principal events in these communities Communicate with The News Editor THE HERALD Lethbridge Other 'boys arc getting Physical Training and the Y. M. G. A. Yourjjoy would appreciate a membership Tor a Xmits Gift. Special Junior, 10 to 12 years.........152.50 Juniors, 12 to 14 Intermediates, 14 to 17 GLASSWARE CHINAWARE Table Sets, to Berry .Sets, and... and Tumblers, per doi. 60c, 90c, and............. Water Jugs, 50c and.. 75c Berry Bowls, 30c to Syrup- Jugs, 30c, 35c, 40c, 45c Cake Stands, 30o, 40c, 45c, 50c We have slso several stock pat- terns in dinnerware and can sell you odd' pieces or make up a dinner set. DRY GOODS Men's Suspenders in Christmas Boxes 65c Men's Combination Sets, Silk Tie and Silk .Hose 85c fj'lk Tie, Stick Pin and Tie Clip................I! Arm Bands, 25c to 50c Cuff Links, 36c to ?1.50 Links, Tie Clip, Tie Pin. Sets Children's and Misses Hats. Infants' Bonnets, 50c to Misses' to Children's Hats, 75c to Fancy and Xmas Groceries Full lines of apples, oranges, lemons, .lap orang-cs, bananas, Malaga grapes, (able, raisins, figs, dates. Sultanas, peels, shelled almonds, shelled cranberries and mince meat. Specials Chinaware. We have a-large .at-., sprtment of Fancy and Hand Painted Chinaware, including Berry Sets, Cake Sets, Tea Pots, Cream Sett, Berry Bowls, Salad Bowls, Whipped Cream Sets, Hair Puff Boxes, Cheese pishes, Bon Nut Bowlt, Celery frays. Comb and Brush Trays, Raieln and Nut Platet, Cake Plates, Jardfneres, Flower Vases, Cupc and Sau- cers, etc; Bear Skin Coats. Sizes 1 to 5. 'to Baby, Carriage Rugt in White and .Teddy Bear Cloth, White Shawii, to Fur Sets. Muff and Stoje Children's Toques, 40c t0 75c Hockey Toques .75c Ladies' Aviation Caps... 11.25 Ladies' Hose, 20c to 75c Men's Cashmere Sox 50c Men's Heavy Wool Sos, 36c, 40c and.............. 45c R.B.MORDEN 526 THIRTEENTH STREET N. PHONE 1356 ;