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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta TEe Lethbridge Daily Herald Volume III. Lethbridge, Alberta. Tuesday, February Number 42. MINERS WANT BIGGER WAGES In Bituminous Coal Disti icts- -Decision Of Committee Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 31. Ten cents per ton increase on all coal min- ed is demanded i'or the bituminous coal miners in the report of the scale com- mittee of the United Mine Workers of America submitted to its convention to-day. New wage contracts are to be made in the following districts: Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Western Pennsylvania, Central Penn., Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Indian Territory, Texas, West Virgnia, Color- ado, Washington, Wyoming, Montana and British Columbia. An equivalent increase was demand- ed for .Inside and outside work. An eight-hour day was also asked. CATASTROPHE AT WHOOP-UP CUSTOMS GETTiNG HIGHER Ottawa, Jan. receipts for January amounted to Jan increase of compared with the same month last year. For ten months of the present fiscal revenue amounts to au increase of compared with the same period last year. EDITOR BETWEEN THE t DEVIL AND THE.BEEP 'Directors Refused to Allow Him to For Libel St. John, N. B., Jan. B. Car- veil "M.P. issued a writ for criminal libel against John P. Melaney, editor of the Woodstock, N. B., Press. The Press contained an article charging Cfirvell was a member o? the Kitchen contracting firm and .had sold out his constituents in the matter of the Grand Trunk Pacific route. Carvell demanded an apology and Melaney promised to publish it ,a -majority of the directors of the Press refused to agree. A writ was therefore issued today. Melaney has resigned as editor ef the Press. GYPSY KING DEAD Evansville, Ind., Jan. today have assembled here from all parts of the United States to attend the funeral of their late Rich- "ard Harrison, who died on January 26 at Rulenville, Miss. LOCAL OFFICE RECEIVES ORDERS To Close On Sunday- Letters From Mag- rath And Coulter The report that the Sunday closing of post offices throughout the whole country is the order of the ment seems to be borne .out by the let- ters read at the Board of Trade meet- ing today from C. A. Magrath, M.P., and from Dr. Coulter, deputy-postmast- er general to Mr. Magrath. Mr. Magratk's letter to C. G. K. Nourse, president of the Board of Trade, says: (Continued on Page ONE K1LLED-MANY ARE INJURED Work Train Fell Through Two Bridges Carrying Crew With It-Fall Of Ninety Feet-Were Tearing Bridges Down --Work Of Relief One of the most disastrous acci- dents that this locality has exper- ienced occurred at the coulees a short w.otance west of Whoop-Up, on the old Crow's Nest line, between here and Macleod yesterday afternoon, .sews of the disaster reached the city auout half-past two and a relief train with the'O. P. R. officials and a couple of doctors on board, was rushed to the scene of the accident, followed a short time later by another train with several more of the city doctors and nurses from the Gait hospital .The scene of the accident is a short distance west of Whoop-Up where a couple of the old, wooden bridges span two deep coulees separated by a nar- row steep ridge. The drop from the top of the bridges to the bed of the coulee is about ninety feet. Train on "Two Bridges The work train with a crew of Ga- lician workmen aboard, was standing on .--ie bridges, partly over one cou- lee and partly over the other, the en- gine being near, the middle of the train. The workmen were engaged in .tearing down the timbers of the west bridge. Several of the joists on the -west end of the bridge.had been removed when suddenly, without the slightest warning, the entire structure collapsed, and train and crew were MINE DISASTER IN COLORADO "DEPUTY PROVINCIAL SECRETARY RESIGNS At Least Eighty Men Killed in Mine Is Unknown Inched headlong down the steep em- the C. P. R., W. E. Wood- Q h nouse, master mechanic, Calgarv, and bankment to the bottom of the coulee The portion of the train or. the west bridge fell through at the same time, tne bridge breaking off about the middle. 11 of the workmen except one were on the west" bridge at the time of the accident. The engine and three flat 1910 HAS GOOD BUILDINdf START The total amount of building permits issued for the month of January this year Is as compared with the corresponding month last year. Tils percentage of increase over that month is 272 per cent. Thirty-one permits were issued in all. List of Dead and Injured The list of the dead and injured se far as could be .ascertained was as follows: DEAD J. Robtki or SERIOUSLY INJURED A. Drizuk, J. BUrsank, Mitte Harbuk, T. S. Dokneski, J. Smith M. Berentki, M. Traumbuk, J. Horne, W. Hodena, J. Shackup, Mills, Engineer Munro, B: Bogczuki SLIGHTLY INJURED Brakeman W. R. Smith, Roadmatter C. Bjork. A. u. Harshaw, acting; superintendent! at Crunbrook, arrived in the city yes- terday afternoon on The local, and A. T. Short, assistant master mechanic or Granbrook, and N. E. Brooks, divis- ional engineer, arrived on a special train early in the evening and went [out to the sT-cene of ihe wreck this morning. Official Opinion Gen. Supt. Price to the Herald this afternoon said that after having seen the wreck he'could not see how it occurred. It is evidently purely acci- dental and was probably caused by the engine applying the air- brake, causing a sudden jar of the weakened, bridge, which forthwith collapsed'. Itj could not have been foreseen. Divis- ional Engineer Brooks was at Mac- leod when the accident occurred and came right over. Mr. Price from Calgary last night. Inquest Being Held A coroner's inquest is being held this afternoon at the barracks before coroner A. E. Humphries. Tdie following gentlemen compose the jury: W. (chairman) G Ml Hatch, p. H. Elton. D. Smith, H. J. Skelth and Alvin Ripley. WESflDlES TRADE WITH CANADA Unwise To Imperil Business With U. S. A- j Kingston, Jamaica, Feb. came I C.N.R. WE BE FIRST LINE HERE From the East-Will BeatC.P.R. Wey- burn Line The council of the Beard of Trade met today. Those present were Pre- sident Nourse, Vice-Pres. Rylands. C. F. P. Conybeare, G. M. Hatch. A. H. McK-eown, and E. A. Cunningham. Very little business came up for dis- cussion being mostly letters the- pur- port of which has been made public before. read letters frem prom- inent men, mostly general managers of banks who advocated the securing of a new post office. E. J. Blackburn of Brandon inouir- ed as to a proposition 'to secure a wholesale warehouse site. The Cranbrook Board ol Trade wanted to know how Lethb ridge-dealt with o'utside real estate men doing doing'business in the city. The letters and telegram from Sen- ator DeVet-yer and C. A. Magratli. al. P., about the post office were read ial West Indian Trade Commission of Canada and Great Britain has start- ____ __ taking evidence here concerning! the thanks of the Board were ten- _______ trade relations between Jamaica and the Dominion of Canada. All the witnesses "heard yesterday, including government representatives, .were of tie opinion that it would be unwise to take any action that would imperil trade with United States which now supplies the greatest market for the West Indies. (Continued ou Page 5) dercd both gentlemen for their serv- ices. MAWTIMERS STATE CASE tion Out of Proportion to Population Opposed by Western Members Edmonton. Feb. Harold W. Riley, Deputy Provincial 3> Secretary, has resigned and wiil join Riley's Ltd., a new financial .concern in Calgary. INVESTIGATION OF WEBBWOOD WRECK Coroners Inquest Is Being Held-Evidence Taken Sudbury, Jan. coroner's jury, which resumed its inquiry into the cause of the Webbwood disaster today, made little headway. H. L. Drayton, K. C. of Toronto, appeared for the crown and is accompanied by Engineer Reagb of Toronto, who will dfagnos the expert testimony. Practically every trainman who was on the ill-fated train the day of wreck, the car inspectors at North Bay and Sudbury, the train dispatch- er asd Superintendent Spencer were called, but no one could shed one ray of light that would lead to finding of what was the actual cause. The evidence of Jerry Pronlv. who has been a section foreman for the C. P. R. for 2? years, the last several years on the Nairn division on whose section the wreck occurred, was the only one of importance. His evidence was that the section was a bad one for broken rails both In winter and summer and he found as many as three in one day. Although not now in the employ ot uhe C. P. having been dismissed some three weeks ago, he considered tiie roadbed in good shape when he left it. although he admitted that he had found it necessary during his term of office to give the utmost at- tention to the road. The evidence of these connected with the re-lavins: of the tracks and independent witnesses for the crown w.II be taken tomorrow, when the sit- ting'is resumed at one o'clock. Mr. Drayton and Mr. Reagh will visit the scene of the wreck in the morning to make an examination of the sur- roundings. Primcro, Colo., Feb. madly to, escape through the narrow j partly choked air shaft, trampling! over fallen comrades in their struggle! for life more than half the 149 min- ers employed in.thc Primero mine of the Colorado .Fuel and Iron Company wrecked by an explosion yesterdav ai-j tcrnoon were overcome by gas and fire.- Their bodies were found in! 'heaps about the bottom of thc shaft where they had fallen in the desperate struggle. One hundred and forty-nine men are known to have been in the mine when the explosion j occurred. It is said that aevcftty- ninc are dead. One has been rescued alive but dan- gerously injured. Their bodies are torn and charred beyond recognition. It has been impossible to identify the dead. Early this morning twenty- four bodies had been brought to the surface and rescue parties equipped with oxygen helmets are still search- ing thc ruined works. MAIN7 SHAFT CRUMPLED The explosion occurred at 6.30: o'clock. With a roar and a belch of flames, thc main shaft crumpled, blocking th-c entrance to the mine. Both, fans with which the property is equipped, were scattered and it was not until three hours later that the fans were repaired ami a rescue, party, headed by. General Superintend J. F. Thompson were able to iles- cend the air shaft. BODIES FOUND They discovered three bodies before they were forced to return to the surface. Five men, one ef them a 'hundred yards away, were killed at thc entrance to the main shaft by the concussion. Rescue parties were hur- ried to Primere from Trinidad, gund and Starksville, Soprts and Con- teville and have worked desperately to open the main shaft. DESCENDED AIR SHAFT It soon became evident however that thc shaft was hopelessly caved and another rescue party descended the air shaft. Shortly before two! o'clock this morning Supt. Thompson, i who was directing the rescue work, j was overcome hy cas and taken to the surface. He soon recovered and! again went below. Doinio Nardino, thc one man cued alive, was found beneath a mass of earth and timbers. He declared that he tumbled over scores or bodies after thc explosion and saw no QTIP, not injured. j ENTIRE MINE WRECKED j Thc rescuers say that thc entire! mine, is wrecked and it is almost im-; possible that any of the entombed miners are still alive. The fire which followed vhe explosion was confined closely to thc workings near the main shaft and soon burned itself out. Supt. Thompson was reinforced bv every superintendent and mine expert within reach of the mine and hundreds of miners stood about the shaft last night begging for a chance to go in on one of thc rescue parties. WOMEN WERE FRANTIC With thc Cherry, Ills., disaster fresh in their minds, frantic women and children surged against the rope drawn to keep them away from the shaft and begged the rescuers to bring back their husbands and fathers Some of the women attempted 10 join the workers by force and had to be restrained by force. As each body was brought to thc surface the wo- men gathered about it with shrieks and prayers, but thc_bodies were so charred and disfigured that they could not be identified. "CAUSE UNKNOWN Until the workings can be opoacd the cause of thc explosion will re- main unknown. The officials of thc company declare that safety lamps were used in every portion of the. mine and that every .precaution was taken to prevent accidents. cars crashed through the broken tim- bers there and settled in a broken, tangled mass, along the side and bot- tom of the coulee. The engine wasi turned completely over. On the other; side of the ridge the tender of thej engine and the caboose were pitched! to one side of the bridge, the tender j alighting on the caboose and two flat! py., cars settling over the mass of broken j timbers. j J. Robski Killed One deatli and most probably two, or more is the fatality list, while i twelve men were very seriously in-1 jured and a couple of others sustained i Ottawa, Jan. Kyte's mo- her for ever slighter injuries. The dead man, J. j tion, regarding representation of the Scotland "one Cfo r iNlSri i'lTTlP _. I tmT. _ j_ VJ i. C one for every Mr. Hatch spoke of the necessity of getting definite information from the C.P.R., regarding their purpose with the Weyhurn line. Messrs. Cony- bear e and Cunningham who. go -to Winnipeg this week wfcWi authorized to get- the information if possible. During the discussion it was made clear that the C.N.R. is building to Lethbridge from Maryfield mere quick- ly than the C.P.R. from Weyburn and will undoubtedly be here first. VICTIM IS NOT LIKELY TO RECOVER Norwood, Ont., Jan. Miss Mar- tha McPherson, the aged lady who was seriously injured by Robert Hen- derson near here Friday last, remains in a semi-conscious condition. Very little hope is held out for her -recov- ery. JKobski. was pinned between the ends j Provinces was: "That jot two flat cars in the bottom of the: thc opinion of this House the Mari- j west coulee. Death must have been j limc Provinces of Canada should have instantaneous- It was with extreme} Preserved to them the representation I difficulty that the body was finally tlle House of Commons that they now have. That in thc resolution of the ;e went of confederation, Mr j moved. Seriously Injured j i The man on the flat car on use! bridge to the east sustained severe' I... I injuries on the face and chest, and is] I in a serious condition. He was not discovered till some time the relief party arrived, when a hand was noticed feebly waving among 1 he wreckage. He was moved..with ex treme difficulty from among Hie "ink- Jen debris. Engineer Badly Hurt The engineer, George Munro, was badly injured, one arm being terribly jtorn and severe cuts on the body and chest. He had not regained conscious- ness this morning. Most of the work- men in the bottom of the coulee were hurt internally, while several suffered severe injuries on the face and boody, with legs or arms broken. One man had his foot severed above the artle. Appalling Sight The sight thai met the first arriv- constituencies to be made after the fr r BrfUSh' SLAVERT ABOLISHED IN CHINESE EMPIRE Pckin, Jan. Imperial edict .issued today approves thc plans of thc .constitutional bureau for abolishing the traf- fie in human beings. Ottawa, Jan. naval bill will 'not come up for its sccosd read- ing until Thursday next instead of Wednesday. Hon. Mr. Graham will utilize Wed- nesday to got a good start as soon as possible with his departmental est- imates before Mr. Butler loaves (nta- wa. The latter will probably have to assume the duties of his new po- sition early next week. Tin; debate on the bill will be con- tinued Friday ami will also prob- ably take up most of next week. It is understood that Mr. Graham will be able to announce tomorrow thc ccrtAinty of a substantial surplus on thc Intercolonial at the end of the present fiscal year. There will be no change at present in thc policy ot" the. administration- of the road. Refer- ence will also be made hy Mr. Gra- ham to Ihc steps to be undertaken by the government this voar lookinr to Uic carrying out ot the construction of the Hudson's Bay railway project. needed by t-h jwas givcn lo Britisb Columbia. to be re the said provinces should case be reduced." In opcnir- Mr. K--fp noted that the! u legal case raised on the subiect some j fiOt had cone to the privy coun- special: was j_________________________________ it! cil and had there on technical grounds been decided in a manner adverse to ANSWER OBJECTIONS Mr. Kyte then touched on the ob- jections. He could see only two. One the claims of the Maritime Provinces.! was that Jt was nominated in the He appealed to Parliament as the.! bOnd' in that he urged that if writ- high court of equity, OB considerations tt'n constitutions were to bear unfair- of equity and moral rights, the mar-1 Iy oti certain elements they must be itime provinces were entitled to some'amendcd time to time, every consideration. other important aspect of the British PRECEDENTS QUOTED j North Amcrica Act had been amended It is a principle that prevails inj Thc othcr was that with such a pro- confcxkrations in other countries that1 V1S1On the Hoase would become large thc constituent provinces shall be safe j to this he regarded as guarded, while in the United Kingdom' VCr> slight in view of it seems a principle that the farther! VMy sma11 numbcr involved, removed a constituency is from the' scat of government, thc more cener-i ON THE SENATE Draft Of Bill Makes Provis- ion-Building To Be Of Calgary Sandstone Edmonton, Jan. Senate of the University of Alberta will hold a meeting in Strathcona about Feb. 18 when the draft university bill will j. iL-Mjiuuuu be submitted to thc senate by the ous m the scale of. representation. In absolutely. The fathers Of confeder- board for their consideration The inland and ttales Oierc is one mem-! ation must have foreseen that onej main provisions of the new bill will stand on an equal footing as to pop- TURRIFF OPPOSES Mr. Turifi opposed the W.D.L BARDIE'S NEW POSITION als on the relief train was a most appalling one. A heap of broken, twisted timbers filled both coulees, while here nnd there prostrate bodies were scattered about the ground, wnere small fires had been built be- side them and some efforts made to make their suffering less intense. 1 he pain that some of the men suffer- ed must have been intense. The monns of the injured before tne doc- tors were able to give them relief were pitiable. of Relief The work of removing the men to thc train was one o- most extreme difficulty. A ligV. fall of snow and the steep sides of ihe coih ler-s made the ascent a dirrcult one jto make at. best, Most of them had jto bo taken up the side of one coulee :and then down and across the steep .slippery sides of the other. The few men who arrived on the scene at first were soon supplemented by manv i more, and the men were removed second reading added not be counted in calculating the unit j province or another must rise or de-j be to calarpc thc powers of the board i clme m population. The basis of i of senators to provide for the appoint confederation was that in thc House! ment of a board of governors and to of Commons all provinces should j make provision for the election of se- veral representatives of 4he agricul- tural commimitv to the senate board. Thc plans for the interior of tho new of representation. arts tending wm submitted n T ti x. I WOULu DEGP.ABE THE WEST passed upon. Thc plans h, for many Thc proposal of the resolution! call for a stone structure ,E beautiful fo n? I VOUW PUt thp wcst in and! architectural design instead of a com- R.ill.v 1 'r r iRfcrior- If jt Pressed! and stone as at'first con- Ranway and irnjation (.0. has of templatod. Thc cost wiu about sienrf his position to accept ihc ccn-, cord, would start a movement for the1 M50.000 and the bmldine will be of cral managership ot the Diamond; disbursement of Canada. He rcp-1 Calgarv sandstone with marble trim- Coal Company of Diamond Uj roseirtcd pooplr in thc West! similar to the Parliament es IK understood that the salary attach- 1 who wouM not sUnd fof buildings. ed to thc new position :s a! having to accrpt a posjtion Jn j The establishment of a chair of law icderation inferior to that of anv'in thc also be conditions anv Mr. Haniic will continue as super-! othcr Personally if the res mtemient of the Gait Minos for some.j woro accrptrd and followod h i which the society undertakes all the weeks yet. Thc Diamond To. Thc Diamond To. i arc preparing to greatly it.crcase with all possible speed to the train ami brought into the city, the train a bill to give effect to it, that edllcaticn in the Province, a law would not he five minute's past its'sUdent five years as an men in the country. arriving here about six o'clock, i Two Arc Unconscious i The latest report from the Gait hospital states that two of thc men Chicago, Jan. still unconscious, white several j will be presented Oi..ers are in a serious condition. C. P. R, Officials on Scene to spcnn> the services of an manager such as Mr. Hardie, recognized as one of the best mining! resignation would he in thc speaker's hands. ANOTHER SUGGESTION Mr. Warhurton said that, the, resolu-j articled student in a law office before entering as a student for final law examinations. Dr. Tory, president of university, proposes to cut this ITO.IUK.i uju ftcim uim inc. resOiii-' tion should have demanded the to Three and require the THE COLD STORAGE MEN ervation of thc membership j lo spend the two at confederation. At the conclusion i >ears ai_Ar, V the' city counci a law course at the nniver- A. Price, general superintendent of! than sixty days. f his hr moved that thc rep-i prohibiting the cold storage of each province at the. i men from keeping their supplies more lmioT1 minimiln'- "c doubted whether Ontario. Quebec, or thewes- he defini5' decided establishment of (Continued on page 5) the of law in the university. ;