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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 26, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta f THURSDAY. DECEiVlBER 20,^ 1918 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE THAT sm^M^jm 0^ pm Now Pa's ^ot Ma Guessing. By Wellingtan BOULTON'S Closed and, Heated Car City and Country Trlp� Office Phone ......... RESIDENCE Phone ..... t MILNE TRANSFER Coal 0.0.D, Prompt Servloei'.l Phone 1345, 410 13th Street.M. � si (yiilcan Advocate) On the afternoon of^WednoBday last J3r. O. Brown, coroner, held an Inquest over the body of C, O. Thomas, of Bast--way, who had been killed at Bast-way early that morning. The Inquest was held at the home of Mr. M. P. Marshall, Bastway. After having been /duly sworn to bring in a verdict as to how, when ond where the said C. G. Thomas came to ihIs death, the jurors adjourned to, the tore, where the body lay, to view the rerasins.v On-returning to the house after viewing, the body, the jurors heard the evidence of B; SplUer, M. P. aiarshall and Henry Willard. After � short deilheratlon the Jury adjourn-fidto meet that night at the A. P. P. Harracics, Vulcan. At that meeting, after discussion of the facta,' a further adjournment was made until Thursday night at the same places On that night Spiller, Marshall and Willard were agafn examined, but no further light was thrown on the subject. Dr. Knowlea and J. M. Mirahall were also heard. After hearineVaU the evidence, the room #as cleared of all but the jurors and at one o'clock on the following momlig, the jury brought in' a verdict to the effect that Charles Gordon Thomas came to his death on the 18th day of December, at,Eastway, and that EeroyjGeorge, Felham Hunter, o� Queenstown;. 4^d felonoualy ;>and un^ lawfully kill the said Charles Gordon Thomas by stabbing with a knife as iind under manslaughter; and further the Jury believes that this tragedy is an outcome'Of the laxity of the aU-minlBtration of the Alberta Liquor Act, and strongly recommends an inquiry into this particular caseand into bootloggin* in this district, . Say* Was Accident The prellminiiry enquiry of the case of Percy George Felham Hunter, of KaStway, charged with the manslaughter of Charles Gordon Thomas, .storekeeper of iBastway,' came up before J. A. Lindsay, J.P., at the A. P. P. Barracks on. Salturday afternoon. The accused reserved his defence. The evidence of Spiller was to the effect that he, together "with Willard and Hiinter," left Vulcan for Bastway in Willard's car at 'about eleven Marshall,; Hunter wa.D sitting on the lamenting the accident. "Witness sug floor with Thomas' head and shouM- gested to Hunter that he go home and ers in his lap. TJiomas appeared, to be dead. While waiting for the doctor, who had been phoned for, about half an hour, Hunter said he" could not stay where he was as ho realized that Thomas was dead. He grieved considerably on realizing what he had done. "God knows, Charlie, I did not intend to hurt you," he said. Witness stated it as his firm belief that' Hunter did not strike Thomas intentionally. The knife was not; ruleed beyond the level of the counter. The blow was rest. Dr. itnowles said that the cause of death was the cutting of the common femoral artery. He gathered from Hunter that the affair was an accident. The deceased was weaving trousers and drawers, and it 'was quite possible that a knife, handled playfully, could penetrate the cloth lag worn, and the overlying tissues, BufHclently to cut the artery. Thomas was a man of spare build. M. F. Marshall of Bastway, lesti fled to being called by Spiller at about not dealt hurriedly,, but playfully. A ;,i,ai� past two o'clock on the morning knife was produced in court, which i oJ December 18th. Spiller -was per witness swore was similar to one he had seen in Hunter's hands.* The knife bad been used by Thomas to cut some cheese for the lat� lunch. Heniy Willard on being called gave practically the same evidence as Spiller In regard to reaching the'Eastway store, and gding in to have something to eat He' admitted having taken whiskey into the 8t6re hut could not say that everybody there had some of it He argued with . Hunter about saddle horses; it was a continuation of. the argument commenced in the car on the way out and was not a quarrel. The first that witness knew of Thomas being hurt was when he staggered back; and he knew that the man was badly hurt when he fell to the floor. He did not remember liav- fectly sober. Willard asked him to phone for, help as Thomas was dying. He saw Hunter sitting on the floor with Thomas' head and shoulders resting in his lap. He asked how the accident had happened,. and Hunterj in answer to Spiller, said that he did it Witness said that Thomas was dead when he arrived at the store. NOTICK LEGISLATIVE . ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA charges, the applicant shall pay from the tenth dfty to the twentieth day of the Session for each and every day a further sum of fifteen dollars. 1525. After the expiration of twenty days from the opening of the House, the aforesaid amounts, toge'ther with an extra penalty of one hundred dollars, and in case of a Bill incorpora'--Ing a company a receipt from the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies ifor fees as fixed by law for the registration of .loint Stock Companies, 326. Accepted cheques in payment of fees should be made payable to the Provincial Treasurer, and forwarded to the Clerk of the House along with the copies of the Bill. ,328. Before any petition praying for'leave to bring in a Bill for the construction of railways,^ tramways or canals, or for changing the route of the railway, tramway or canal ot any company, already incorporated, is/received by the House, the person oi; persons petitioning lor such Bills shall deposit with, the Clerk the following' dooumente: \ I 329. A map or ^ plan upon a scale o� not lesB thaa one inch to three miles, showing the location upon which it is intended to construct the proposed work, and,showing also the lines of existing or authorized woBks of .a similar character within a radius of thirty miles froth the location of the proposed work, together with the name, of eatitt municipality within whicli the proposed works or any part thereof are iiitendecl to be construct-ted, such map or plan to he signed by the engineer or other party making the same. Also a general description of the-nature,, extent and proposed ing seen the knife thrust forward, but Extract from Rule* Relating to Private ^ he had seen it in the store that night I Bills Hunter acknowledged that he had j ^^y. All petitions for Private Bills hurt Thomas. Hunter ,.was sitting on gUaU.be in duplicate and shall bB de-the floor holding Thomais, and saying: uygred to the Clerk of the House not "You know, Charlie, I never meant to 1^^^^ ^jjj^j^ joth day before the ^JiLlV''li,^!nZfnfJVll^vn^^^^ opening day of the Session. No peti- character of the contemplated works, Witness, adtuitted that h^^andHuntei 1,0^ tor any Private Bill shall be re- ^nd an estimate of the probable cost were unher the influence of liquor. He ceived by the House after the tenth tCreo^ did not .see the knife to Hunter's ^ � Session, rnor may any, .3^0 "An Private Bills for Acta of hand before the wound Avas inflicted, p^vate Bill be presented to the House ^" ^" ' HUis lor Acts ot Dr. Knowles of Vulcan, the next ^fjgp tenth day of each Session, witness, said.that he-had a. telephone may. any Report o�' any Standing call at half, past two .o'clock, ou Wed- or Select ConimitUe oh aPrlvate Bill nesday morning, December 18th. Mr. j,g received after the fifteenth-day ot Marshall asked him . to go out to Eastway, store' as Thomas was hurt by ^^^er Sules 322, 323, 324 arid 325, and , 33.1 ..^.^g v a cut below the beltline. On reaching shall be the duty of any committee'nV gill which Eastway-store-lie found Thomas Iving ^, ^^i^^ any Private Bill is referred the Model Bil' deadinapoolofblood.^andonexamm- to consider and report the same to tween brackets, and when revise* by ation fouml an insized about tue House with all convenient speed, he pVpeToHicer shall be .so printed, an mch m length over the commoh 319. .ah applications for Private Bills, and Bills which are not in accordunce femoral artery; the artery was cut. properly the subject of Legislation by ""^^ """^ Thomas must have died in,less than the Legislative .Assembly of Alberta within the purview of "The British North America Act, 1867," whether for'the erection of a bridge, the making of a railroad, tramway, turnpike road, telegraph or telephone line, th > construction or improvement of a harbor, canal, lock, dam, slide Or other like work; the granting of a right of ferry, the incorporation of any par- incorporation of or in amendment of Acts incorporating railway companies shall be drawn in accordance with the Model Bill attkched to these Rules, out to " r ------- C------1^"^'copies of which may be obtained from uuiiu gj^j,!, sessioa, except ate provided for ipi-_^. .,,, nnnso under Rules .,,.,,6, The journey was broken several times j^^^j ^5^^^ 16th days, of Oc- ^ny matter or thing which in Its op- tober, 1917, and at .Pakowki on the eration would affect the rights or 17th day of October, 1917. , 'property ot other parties, or,ielate to And further, that o^vlng to tlie-epi- ^ny particular clas& of the community; uiid Willard and Hunter took whiskey from a bottle. Eastway was Torched at i^bout half past one in the morning and)Willard'stopped the car. at the store kept by Thomas, saying that he was going in to get something to eat Willard called Thomas, and Spiller delivered some flour to Mr, M: P. jVIarshail, whoso house Was about .75 yards "away. Oh his return, Spiller demiu of, influenza, the date, for ab solute below forfeiture (On the lands listed has heen extended from the Of the general Acts relating to the details to be provided for by such Bills. Special grounds shall be established tor any proposed.departure from this principle, or for the introduction of other provisions as to such details, and a^note ehall'be appended to. the entered the^ store and Thomas was ^g^^ ^j^y of Fobrua;ry, 1918, the same opening somd tins of sardmea. Spiller was Invited to eat some supper. The men stood around talking tor about 45 minutes. Willard and Huuterwere arguing about saddle horses, and witness stated that there were no signs ot Hunter being angry during the argument. Thomas was behind the i�UDtei" during-the greater part ot the argument Toward the end of it he �^Talked round the end of the counter toward the stove, passing behind Homier as he did bo, and shaking him �layluUy by the arms. .When at the *lov� he asked Huntor to pass him a tailto which Hunter had lu his hand tor about five minutes, playing with it am a' tapping it on th� counter. "George. me that knife" was what ThDmas aald. Hunter laughed, anjl point�d the knife at Thomas, putihlng It; toward him, and Thomas stepped back, Thhmas then stepped forward .and Tjea.ebed as if to take! hold of the knife.. As he made this attempt Hunter, repeated the former, motloD with the knife as when he-Vaa ask** ffl,r It In the flrst instance. Th� men wMeclpser together In tfie 869-ond Instance. .ThoihaB seemedytp, receive a knllp wpiipd, which, the wit nesB thought at flrat, jwas in the abdomen. Thomas, threw his hands above his head, knocking the stove pipe down, and Jheu broi])ght his hands to his, groin, Thomas said 'fOh," twb or three times, and reeled back, obviously weakening. Huntr then seemed to ireaHzo for the first time that lie had struck Thomas with the Itnife. He reached down and placed the knife in: a pastboard box by the counter and'vthen riighed'i^orward � to oateh ThomtfH and steady him, at the same time eaylbg "Charlie, I did not intend to hit you," or words to that efr�ot Hunter caught hold of Thomas while tAfe witness ran for Mr. M. P. Marshall,' and was not away for five minute*.' When he returned with or for making any. amendment, of a like nature to any former Act, shall 16th day Of January, 1918, .to the 16th, [^-^^^.i^yj^^^^^^^^ day of February, 1918. ,.:i,,i.", ,^^^^ And unless .aid lands a. are named. ^^^^^^.^^^^ accordance with this ho'�^^i^.f/tr.lri W J. f ^^xLu Rul� shall b? re-cast by the prompters nf. 1 hnr'ln ! J^o^^^^^.v'i and re-printed at their expense!before pUi^^^SSforl^eSl^een  *m ...... HALL TAXI AND BAGGAQI; TRANSFER. CITY AND COUNTRY TRIPS Offlee Phone . 1B46 Rte.; 783 , 297-36; ROOSA AND SON ; BAGGAGE TRANSFERv. AND^ LIGHT DRAYING PHONE 1869j^fe;;>^ 320 Acres in the Warner. District- , Half under cultivation, gooil house and other buildings, ^IM fenced, well, for $33.00 pe?, :j acre. Horses and machinery includ-: ed, $1^500 cash.. bAlaaco.half' crop, interest^ ..'r CANADIAN HIPE AND METAL I COMPANY ,v 220 2nd Ave. S. 284-0 '' ' DOWT ^ THE WHEN YOU HAVE A . JOB TD O.F^Ei? Sec> Wf^^^,^ 14887208 ;