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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta DECEMBER 31, 1319 LETHBRIDGE HFJULR PACK NINE AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA, LOOKING BACK OVER 1919, FIND CAUSE FOR CONGRATULATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO YEAR 1920 WITH GREATEST CONFIDENCE iDl" QLD yEARS jm O R. Mirnoch, President of the lyelhbridge Doard of Trade, and Chairman ot tho Irrigation Development Association. Life is a voyage. The winds of life come strong From every point; yet each will tpsed the course nlong U thou with eteaJy hand when tempests blow Canst keep thy course aright aui never oucc let go. Looking backward over tho past ten years, Lelhbmlge anil the great districts surrounding the city have passed throujw all 'from grave to gay from lively to severe. Ihe con- ditions during 1919 have certainly leaned to the severe side in all that concerned dry farming operations. On the other hind, our daily increasing of farmers on irrigated lands have had A very successful season, and their splendid crops have benefited not only themselves, but have helped many of their neighbors over the stile. Our other great industry, cos! mining, with the exception of an unfortunate spell of idleness during Ihe summer months, has been very fully employed. The years production 01 the excellent domestic coal from the mines close to and roundiiiT Txithbridge will be between eight and muo hundred tons; while the neighboring mining centres up the Crows Nest Pass in Alberts, with which our and rain- iii" supply houses, iron works'ami machine shops do a daily busi- will have turned the scales at considerably over a million torn of steaming and cooking coal. We started the year's dry farming operations '.nth maybe diort n supply of reserve moisture in Ihe soil as we had ever had; it will be remembered that ihe ground froze up in. November, with little fall rain stored up; that Hie snows were late ill i-omiiie and did not do much good when they melted. lAtcr MI in'thc Spring, however, there were enough light rams to give the crap? a good start, and lo keep them going in promising shape till Juno; but after Hint showers were very few and fur be- tween so lhat in the end Ihe crop was very light, many farmers i-ellin" but little nxorc than their seed back. Condi ions were inadc still furlhcr Irving by the shortage of pasture, although this vns relieved a little" by the Fall rains. Our farmers had been nlmost unconsciously building up their herds of cattle during tko from 1911 -onwards, when they first started in Uus. profit- able business; and as the previous year's supply of straw slacks had all been eaten up, there has been considerable difficulty, in getting feed in from other quarters for the cattle. Practically the same conditions have prevailed in Alberta north of the city of Calgary to Heel Deer and eastwards in a line from there, only one or two email spots having been favored with light rains dur- ing the growing season; and the same conditions ogam were featured in the whole of southern Saskatchewan. The Lethbridge district, however, had made a most marked advance in stability aflcr the phenomenal crop lhat was reaped in 1915, and it is only the number of farmers who had not much acreage in in that year and the intervening years of good crops who arc now in difficulty and in need of assistance to set them on their feet bv the provision of seed grain for 1930. This matter, it is understood, is well-in hand, and will be settled in detail at the sosions of the Alberta-Legislature in February, arrangements for gelling supplies of hay'in were made by the Agricultural Department of the Alberta government, assisted by the Canadian I'acific and other railroads, and these are now be- ginning to work smoothly, although they were at first consider- ably hampered by the exceptional and very severe winter condit- ions that came on in October. The spell of mild and spring-like weather that we have had during the last half ot Decemucr mis this situation very much. THE OUTLOOK FOR 1920. There is a different feeling in the air altogether as to the out- look for the next season's crop, compared with what we felt during the of 1918-19. There were good rainfalls during Sep- tember, the precipitation at Lc-lhbridgc for lhat month being 3.01 Then there were heavy snows in October and November which lay very evenly, and all of which, owing to the favorable chinook winds lhat followed them, incited and lound their way into the soil. Another inow storm early in December did not leave so much in the way of stored moisture, because tho snow- drifted quite a bit before the wind c-imic- warm enough to melt it. is LETHMIIDGE The Tear's business among ihe wholesale and retail houses in Lelhbri'dge has been brisk, plearly indicated by the Bans clearings which will total but little short of forty million dollars, against about forty-two millions in 1918. Contributory to this total were the excellent returns from the heavy shipments of wool from the district, which amounted to over a million and a quarter pounds. There have also been some very considerable shipments of'tattle and sheep to the livestock markets. So much then for the Old Years. THE NEW YEARS-THE COMING YEARS MORE IRBIGATION' Now as to the New Years. The 'greatest feature, having regard lo the future development of the districts surrounding Lethbridge that means and includes Lethbridge itself, Maclcod, Taber, and all the other towns within a radius of seventy or eighty miles greatcsl feature within the last year has been the rise of a universal demand thai we should come to our senses in regard lo (lie riches thai have been flowing past our doors in the unused waters from our mountain streams. This feeling had its first great and general recognition from the whole of lhat wide tern- lory in the big and representative meeting at Lethbridge in March 1819. Every man at that meeting came to express Ills own anil iiis utiglibors' desire that all thai was possible to be done to harness these waters to use on our farms should be done just as quickly as possible. And from that lime onwards nothing (lint could be done to overcome the obstacles in the way has been left undone. The lirst thing that had to be done was lo educate our governments to the facts of the situation, and that we really meant business; and this has now been fully recognized The Alberta government was.represented at Ihe March meeting, and several of the members of that Legislature accepted our invitation to be present. 1'iirther connections: wilh the Premier and the members of his Kxccutive Council were made by men appointed, by the meeting to do so. Following upon lhat and upon Ihe representa- tions of the Irrigation Development Association to the Dominion Government, mutual understandings between the governments were reached ns lo their various responsibilities. Further survey work which was necessary in some areas was continued. In August the Minister of tho Interior for the Dominion, and the Minister of Immigration and Colonization made a personal visit to IxslhbridKC, and they were greatly impressed with the enormous production of alfalfa and hay in the Coaldale and Raymond districts. In the meantime in the comparatively small Taber Irrigation District for irrigating some seventeen thousand actual progress has been made with construction. Tho neit in point of progression is the Lcthbridge Northern District, -rith regard to which all the necessary proceedings prior to actual financing and construction arc now practically completed; and there is every reason lo look for actual construction lo go during 1050. Then when further survey work has been co-related, the districts west of Cardslon and between there mid Macleod will he able to make progress towards construction. Besides Ihoia (here are areas around MagraUi, Raymond, and New DajW upon which progress may bo made. Beyond these again there are the large areas closo lo Uthbridge, further areas around Taber and Grassy Lake, Warner and Foremost that will sooner or later have supplies of irrigation water, as well as other dis- tricts north-east of Lethbridge in the Sundial country. It will necessarily take time for the development of nil these areas to be accomplished; sooner, we hope, rather than later; for we have now fairly come lo the studied conclusion that our ultimate destiny as a" great farming, grain growing, and live- stock raising territory will not be in sight until all those parts of our district that can get irrigation water have got these sup- plies and are making use of them to the fullest advantage. .Ihen the lack- of balance between ono year and another as we have it now will disappear; the progress of all our agricultural operat. ions will How forward evenly: and every year will be mil ol iirosperilv for the grain farmer, the irrigation farmer, and lor all the people who do business with them. So we look forward to HAPPY SEW EAliS, LOTS 01 TIIEir. NEW YEAR'S THOUGHTS DUNHAM be agreed, is oar to provide the means lor every We Have With Us Tonight By J. S. K. L., ror the 1 inon ns ot a later In doing this on I.ethbrtoge afford to have any- We arc fc we must not only lake slack ot our thing less than the best In the mailer tor ou private affairs hut ot those public la- ot public Schools? Has our Public a more college chum Thaci. must have llrunlc lhl_ that thought, rrlor to an occasion such as "Tho Fermnican Club Old Timers Coal Production and Building grand ball and Vill "all bo there, Georgo T i> t Such a gathering as is to be held in mil Armstrong, Res Bar- Clearings tho R j, hallj Now Years Bve, has for Joc Blllr Bennett, liur a Little Down Its purpose the renewing _of ,y Bentleiv Low Bonnell, Major Bur- nearest our house." If wo lay the foundation and our own city "that If Lethbridgu establshes the repi -d let agamst Ing up promises much. Harding. Jock Henderson, Dill Hop- has wortol hard Kins, The Mayor V. D. L. Sam Jones Whal'made Winnipeg a City rather nak ourselves tho diieillon. Can we opportunity to see and access lo one ;t nurin, 3520? bullil a city such as we hope to build of the greatest bridges In the than Fortune I'ralrlo? The spirit of Co-operallon on tna without firing the mailer of educa- with the exception of Gall Gardens, part of Ihe early cltiiens of Winnipeg, tlon tho drat place In our consldera- the City's grealesl sight. This park What' removed Ihe silo of Kansas (Ion. Who ever heard a band of three would also have the tulv.inlage of be- Ctlv from I.eavonworlh, it's nalural or four hundred 1-Athbrldgo boys or Ing prolec-led from the winds and on location took It across the river from ulrls give a Lethbridge yell pourlns that account would frequently be an Kansas in Missouri to Il's present site? out the whole vigor of their young outing place for our people. Yes, .in Tho spirit ot co-operation among tho In their MM Is (ature of reply to tho klclicr W9 say iii citizens of the former city. and It's schools. Have possibly ten or twenty years It would ARRESTED WITH POLICE UNIFORM TORONTO, Dee. ta- day arrested John Buchanan, a 'man who had complete arsenal of munitions about Hon. Archie's NewYearWish r ttiTtt that Paw anil n wpiOnp the (i id U F r leg.-yel. Come on. What nul St. Ixinls Iho mouth you heard IIT haVen't Thil school bo over-flowed and It would require ,Brf the Royal North- of the Missouri, inslead of nt the head Is essentially necessary If Leth- some work, some ejnenie io rut It of winter navlgalon? What bnlld Loa bridge Is to become-what we.want It In shapo after an over-flow, hut as (ha Angeles at a place. nV.era Ehe had no to be. Let us tofether, co-operalo water of the river Is diverted Into res- Salt Waler Port? But It Is needlees for bellev tcbools. srrolrs for Irrigation Ihe over-flow, to multiply examples. Nataral oppor- Ownlna seldom os U occurs will orrur so less lunlty alone does not build a It Posulbly thi second. Important often. Should .we not -have Iho people with Ihe iIsM spirit, wilh thing for the city of li to "Viaduct Psrlt1' or "Ixiw Land Park" A hellef In their future, with v.-holc- encoiirege the prafllce i.f Home Own- os It tends to offer resorl, hearted determination to work for that Ing. Too many of our citizens an off-set as It were to the wide and fiilnre nnrt with Intelligence, to lite In rented homes. Man Is eisen- more or less windy prsfrle on which know how to go about It. tlally a land animal. II Is but nature! we continually IIIvc. True, the prairie Have wo got (heso qualllles? that should own hU home. Ho Ii has lls alU-acllons, bill we ncel Ihe not really permanent until he does so, change that would be afforded by Ihls Somo times I Ihlnk yes. During In order to clllzens lo own sheltered littlo outing place In the tho past year we. have worked effect- their hotnci many (jillCR In tho United midst of the woods. The plnco for the ivcly for Irrigation but It has takfcn States have established "Building and family picnic, for the afternoon off, Ihree dry years lo drive us lo (his Ixian "Home Owning the place where-we can get the change position. Is there any evidence that In other words, (hey ot scenery and nhere we can forget wo havo not tho proper hare Ihtt Is men of tho tho time being the never-ending spirit and the proper Intelligent co- city who have means havo co-operaled prairie. Homo of ns are built that way. opetatlon lo get what wo want? wilh who wanted to hny homes Hotel U jee, our 'most Important nubile In- and formed these associations so as Steps havo teen taken to- Mounted Polled uniform. li by the fa be the mm wanted at Kerrob- rt, In connexion holdup of a Canadian Pacific way agent then, MOTHER PRKSENT AT GOLDEN WEDDINQ OF HER BAUOHTER HAMILTON, Ont, bee.- Wett Flamboro yeitarday Mr. and Mrs. JoMph.. Dunken cele- brated their 50th wedding unni- verMry. Among Ihe fliMftta wat Dimken't mother, James Church, 97 years old, who celebrated her golden, wedding In and her diamond wedding 10 tiler. HOTI, Archie McLean, minuter of public who It In the city today hli New YeiKa wish for Southern Alberta It: "I hrpc the roadt w the next and that automobiles travel uxle-deep In mud. Ill tike ill the bhme for all the rain tint on RELEASER FROM HOSPITAL, short sKtrts and so high. We're g> ting old Sarah. Come on mother let's go. Sh, now Ed. I ain't danced In a blue como didn't Intend to danco either but lets illg In on Iho next hoe down anil show that son of. ours that Paw and Maw got a fews fantastic In their go, Sh, Ed If you be In bed for a week-Oh Fxl, ain't it like old times. Ill eay so mother, your Just as light is a feather as Ed. cut the mush, let's dance. Hello Sleeve, whero did you blow you seen George, just ont having a him. Whero's he at? Do you remember the dance in lha old A. R. niri I. Co. hall, where Joe slipped and Ihrcw Mrs, Andy over on NEW BRUNSWICKERS MAY BREAK LONG DRT SPELL ON NEW TEAR? ST. JOHN, Ote. Jan. 1, In thla import llqwr province, for their own UM, the fcdiril mtlwrHles it, Ottawa htvlnf lifted war time ban en the traffic, The provincial law that the liquor must be mark- ed and iddretexl. Chrlatlan and family the ami liquor net delivered at or the floor, gee, vasn't that funny. Sure JOHNSON OFFICIALLY "PLACED'UNDER "ARREST do you remember tho time OICLAflM CANDIDACY HALIFAX', X. 8., Dec. 3D.-On his in the old Oliver Hill Pete release .from Victoria hospital loday, hollers np lo Mae, say Mac slip on PIERRE, S. Dec. uijlwd where bo has been since Oct. 13, as something and come