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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 30, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XII. LETHBhlDGE. AL.BERTA, MONDA-^ DECEMBER ^, 1918 NUMBER 1ft Democratic Than Ever GLEMENCEAU FAVORS OLD POUCY OF BALANCE OF POWER ^1 mm STICKS TO OLD POLICY Tiger of France Gets a Strong � Vote of Confidence in Par-lianient. BACKS BRITAIN IN HER POLICY OF THE FREEDOM QF SEAS PARIS, Dec,30.-In addressing the chamber of deputies last night, Premier Clemenceau made it plain that it was his intention to support Great Britain in the peaae negotiations on the question of the freedom of the seas and he declared that his a,ttltude in this matter was approved by President . Wilson. r PARIS, Dec. 30.-Premier Cle--^tnerKeau was given a vote of ciTlifidence. 380 to 134, In the ctjafl^b'er^f daputies today after a tiffmy debate, during which the w/jjrViina of France were outlined by.'Foreign Minister PIchon, and the'>prtirij[er had indicated his ad-herenc* to the "o|d syttm of al-llariee''oail�d- 'the- balance of poWeft'^' li'W�fc indlcated by the premier that the formation of a jtiglie of nations might be carr' � rle^ out coincidentally with the drafting of the treaty of peace. Replying to charges made by A!-Ijert Thomas, Socialist leader, tliat he had kept the chamber without lufoi--matlpn, the premier said:' "The question of peaco is tervihle. It is a question \v:hich is cue of the Tuost diUficult ever submitted to the nation at any time. In a few days a conference of delegatesv v:Ul meet at Paris, whicli will settle the fate of nations in all -parts of the world. U. S. Was Slow "People say 'Lloyd George luis spolien, President Wilson has spoken, hut you have said nothtug.' I have givea explanations whenever you have asked me, hut it is not because ^Ir. Ijloyd George has spoken, or bo-' cause Mr. Wilaou has arrived from America with elevateil thoughts that 11 am obliged to explain myself and keep running to the speaker's rostrum. "FrAnco was in an especially difficult situation. It was the country nearest Germany, America was far away and took her time to come into the war. England came at once at the call of Jlr. Asquith. We suffered and fought; our men were mowed down and our towns and villages were destroyed. Balance of Power "Tliere is an old system tr: alliances called the 'balance of power." It seems to be condemned nov.-adays, yiut it such II balance had preceded the war; if England, tho United Slates, ih-ance and Italy had agreed, say, that whoever attacked one of them j^ttaeked the whole world, the war Titould not have occurred. This sys-tl^Bi ot alliances, which I do not re-"-'Unce, will be my guiding thought the peace conference it your confi-sends me there. Praise for Wilson have been reproached with de-Presldent Wilson. I do not irstand why.. ..J haye made it a Ikiot to quEsllon him, but to let levelop his views. That is what President Wilson, to -whom persons, 'in the interest of parties, attribute^- tetentionS "rhaps are not his, has opened � 'and has inspired respect l�fs simple speech and tho no-. It. BSldent Wilson said to me: 'I to convince you, but\perhaps youfewiU convince me.'" 'h, -.---^ NO LABOR POLITICAL PARTY Germany Says Each Nation To Bear Own War Costs BERLIN-, Dec. 30,-The question of indemnities has bsen settled between Germany, the United States and the allies and German delegates who signed the armistice on conditions that there should be restrictions to Indemnities, according to Mathias Erzberger, speaking here today. War damages and war costs, he said, must be borne by each nation itself, unless expressly mentioned In the notes which were uxcnanged, Germany being obliged to Indemnify districts she occupied in France and Belgium and to pay all losses inflicted upon the civilian populations. Poles Defend Canadian and U.S. Flags Against Germans Wffi BEATEN BY BENCH, SMS EDITOR TROUBUIE IN TURK CAPITAL WARSAW, Dec. 28.-An official report concerning the riot in Posen on the arrival of tgnace Jan PaderewlsKi, who is on his way here, says the trouble began when Canadia,n and American flags were hoisted over the city hall. The Germans demanded that the flags be hauled down. The Poles refused, whereupon the Germans brought up machine guns and tie-gan fighting in the streets, driving back the crowds and dispersing the Polish troops. The dispatch ssys; "There wias severe fighting between the Holes and the Germa,n8 in Posen Friday, which resulted in 38 women and children and about 100 Germans and Poles being tie national, > cause and it had returned by an overwhelming niaiority,the party whl�t> ' best cxjiresses the national love for solid 3rltish In�tltuti6ns. ...The Dally.;,News."gilsye jthaijc;the result can not be consldered^aAL-the ^ judgment of the nation, but a verdict snatched In a moment of extre'me emotion on the relatively trivial matters of hanging;the kaiser, punlilve.. indemnities and the. expulsion of Germans. Superfici.^.liy the newspaper ; says. Premier Lloyd .George's ptrsonal victory is absolute. In reality, v|t is more like a defeat,,for it put* the Tory party in power with an em'-phasis beyond precedent. Mr. Lloyd George Is a prisoner in the hands' of the Tory party. The Dally Express says^that the contest might almost be called a Bonar Law election, as he h'ad led back the Unionists to almost unparalleled power. The Unionists thoroughly deserved their success, but they must keep their promise to carry out social reconstruction, otherwise a reaction will be bound to come. All the papers regret the defeat of Ex-Premier Asquith and it is sug- '� gested that he go to the house of Lords. COMPLETE RETURNS LONDON, Dec. 29.-Complete returns of the election of the nsw parliament give the following results: Coalition Unionists, 334; Coalition Liberals, 127; Coalition Laborites,' 10; Unloniats, 46; Asquith Liberals, 37; Laborites, 65; National party 2; Independents, 5; Socialists, 1; Sinn Pelners, 73; Irish Nationalists, 7. All coalitionists, with the exception of Unionist and National Party-may be regarded roughly as supporting Lloyd George. The only opposi- . tion will be formed by the Asquith Liberals, Laborites, and Independents. ' A feature of the election was the huge majorities polled by the Cealir tion members of the cabinet, Lloyd George's majority is 1S,O0O; Winston Churchhill's majority, 15,000 and Bonar Law's majority 13,000. ^ ---O Majorities well over 10,000 were (luito common among the coalitionists. On the other hand, the pacifists wero almost In every case ignominpusly defeated by-heavy votes. The rejected candidates in this group included Philip Snowden, James Raai-say MacDonald, William C. Andersfjn (labor member for Atterolifte divistbn of Sheffield), Arthur Henderson, tho labor leader; Robert L. Outhwdite, liberal tor Hauley; Frederick .''S'i'. Jowett, labor member tor West Brad-tord; George Lansbury. former �socialist member for the Bow antl Bromley division ot Tower hamlets,, and Charles P. iTrevelyan, former pat' liamentary secretary for education.. ? In addition to Asquith, McKenna,  Samuel, and Simon, Liberal leader.s like Walter Runclman, former president of the board ot trade; Charles F.; Masterman, former chancellor of ..the : duchy of Lancaster, haye also been de-; feated. John Dillon, the nationalist leader,: was defeated by .B. De-Valera, SiiiJi; Foiner, for East Mayo, by a majority ot over 4000.  ; Find Seat For Asquith ' LONDON. Dec. 30.-(British .*ire: less sorvice)-Premier Lloyd George, and the Coalition government �\von more sweeping victory In the,'gen-, ernl election than had been ewebted.!. Not only was H. H. Asquith, ._f^i'-. mer premier, defeated, but his persbhfil: foltowiuK in the house ot conimojis-' has been reduced to 37. It is b'ellsiyjsi that a new seat will be found for;hI8| by one of his followers who wllliVrili. ASOUIIHIANSIY REJOIN LL- E Meeting To Be Held to Discuss the Matter-Few Nationalists Left LONDON. Dec. :{0,-(Reuter's) - Renter's Limited understand the As-quithiaus elected to parliament, and also B. number of Coalition Liberals will he IiivIteJ to meet the defeated leader,-; before parliament Is called. It is ret-alled that Herbert Astiulth declared before the election that support of the government was not inconsistent with Liberal principles. It was perHisteiitly rumored today that the Asqulthlans may re-unlte under Premier Lloyd George. Of tho 122 defeated candidates who were members of the last house, 59 were Liberals, 25 Nationalists, 14 Laborites, nine Coalition Liberals, nine t.!oalItlou Unionists alid six Independents. Only the following remain ot the Nationalists: J. Devlin, T, P. O'Connor, Cupt. Redmond. P. Donnelly, P. O'Doherty, E. J. Kelly, J. Mac-�Veagh and T. Harblsoii., For the nine Belfast seats, six [Jnionlsts, two Labor Unionists and one Nationalist were returned. Tho Ulster constituencicii returned 23 Unionists, eight Sinn Felners and seven Nationalists, � .(CONTLWED- ON PAGE 5). GEN. GOURAUD HONORED PARIS, Dec. 30.-Gen.^Gouraud, whp commanded' the French army iu the Champagne section in .the final days ot the; war, has bee^ awarded the Grand Cross ot the Legion ot Honor. FRENCH ARE PLEASED P.^RIS. Dec. 30.-The' resullg'-^t .^he British elections afford'the greatest pleasure to the French-press^ except the Socialist section.. "It Is the-most fortunate event since the slgniiig .ot the armistice," says the Te'mp.s "Political courage, like that; Of tli^'military, has been rocomponspd,'' , sign his seat in favor.of the defeated Liberal leader.  ' I v. In the defeat, of Reginald McKenna,.! Walter Runciman, Sir John Simon, Herbert Sainuel and Thomas McKin-non Wood, the front of the opposl(;loH ,, bench is deprived ol all Us prii)ClP|il > S occupants. There have been siiCKes-tions that Mr. Asquith. might r9|iro/. from politics as a result-of his det^t^t^ but this view is not encouraged bij'.W,8 personal friends. Should he ret^Ui^, ' however, he probably would'be*au^"'' : eeeded in the Liberal leadership ,"by *'! Mr. McKenna or Slr'John Slmopiv ^ Barne� Elactttd , .V"' Geo. N. Barnes, niiniBt^r.ij|^;:^lAboV', >;: has been elected, over McIitanirjBtfl*.^' ^ shevist, in Glasgow, by ajliirxi^iuto>;