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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - February 1, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta t PAGE FOtm THE LETMBRIDGE DAILY HERALD KH1DAY. FKBRUABY 1. 1918 I. r f ftetbbttbde Detalfc OAILY AND WEEKLY Proprietors and Publishers JtHE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PRINTING COMPANY, LIMITED *23 6th Street South, Lethbrldgs W. A. Buchanan President and Managing Director John Torrance -  Business Manager Business Editorial TELEPHONES Office .............. 1252 Office .......\...... 1224 Subscription Rates: Daily, delivered, per week ..... .10 Daily, delivered, per year .....$5.00 Daily, by mail, per year ......$4.00 Weekly, by mail, per year .....$1.50 Weekly, by mail, per year to U.S..$2.00 i.-H^i n , �- wm^ w* ...... � .....I " T � Dates of expiry of subscriptions appear daily on address label. Acceptance of papers r.fte:* expiration date is our authority to centinue the subscription. experience with an embargo-it didn't lant very long-a feer years ago. As soon as the.embargo was announced the price was cut in two, all because the Canadian woollen manufacturers had a limited market under their control. Ae soon as the embargo was raised the price jumped up agaiu. The embargo is all very nice for the manufacturers but it would bo maddening to the producer. He would see his neighbor across the line enjoying the big price on the open market while he would be restricted on this side the border. Mayor Sets Forth Situation With Regard to Sale be- THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LABOR MEN Better relations already exist tweeu the government at Ottawa and organized labor as a result of the conferences recently held at Ottawa. The government took the labor representatives, into its confidence and as a j layed. consequence this recognition has encouraged the labor men. Walter tt. Mayor Hardie has addressed the following letter to the city council relative to the proposed tax sale to include 1914, 1015 and UU6 arrears. The matter is under consideration by the other commissioners and it will be decided shortly what measures for a tax enforcement will be taken. The council states that they would be glad of any suggestions from the public. The mayor says: lethbridge, Jan. 29th, 1918. To the Mayor and Council of the City of Lethbridge:- Gentlemen,-At the close.of ,1917 there are $600,000.00 of uncollected taxes on the city books. Tax Sale Imperative The time has come when a tax sale is imperative. It cannot be longer de- Wc have given the tax payers every opportunity and latitude that is possible. We have carried them such as we have which would balance up with Lethbridge, I find that where the assessment is $1,000 per capita, and the mill rate does not exceed 16 mills, equal to $16.00 on the thousand dollars of assessment, ihere is no difficulty about ta^ collection. But where this is exceeded difficulties in tax collection begin immediately. Tnte is also borne out in all the western cities that are not manufacturing centres. Our present assessment is perhaps slightly less than the maximum of $1,000 per.capita, being $11,800,000. while our population is at least 12,000 souls. It may'be considered that our present assessment Is right. On this assessment we have had lo levy 33 mills.  ; ' r I believe, that our' cftUens with the larger opportunities for* making money, coupled with an honest purpose to pay their honest tax debts, could face a +PICKK UP PA SSIJVG *OR TB *Usr MAN Essex county will voto $72,000 to the Patriotic Fund. Elgin county council went on record in favor of freo tractors. \ The Angus hotel at Daysland, was! "Lieut. H. A. Archer, an Areola, Sask., destroyed by fire.; Ex-United States Senator Charles W. Pulton, of Oregon, is dead. i lawyer, has been killed in action. David Spilth, of Wn'orford, Ont, wa3 killed by an M.C.R. train. Jas. Ripley, prominent labor man, is dead. Hamilton - i Rollo, of Hamilton, president of the Ontario Independent Labor party, in THE PROGRESS , OF THE WAR The industrial strikes in Germany are holding attention at present, and these appear to have reached an alarming proportion, over a million workmen being on strika in various German centres, including government shipyards and munition plants.'Some British papers are inclined to see In this strike movement only another at-tempt of the German government to appeal to workmen of the allied governments, but the general opinion is that a real tiJe of democratic feeling is beginning to flow now in Germany against the militarist government. ( through very hard times and given them the opportunity of two years of j ance that it .would'ifte-promptly p very prosperous times. The bank has'each succeeding year. This means a in interview s-Md the Labor men" felt!helpeii 113 magnificently, "but now they ; reductton of practically 10 mills on our an jjtemt* Swici tue Laoor men . tell us that we sft0uld get our back ' presenTrate and assessment. How is taxes cleaned up, and the city in shape this reduction to be accomplished?, to take case of itself from this time t in the first place I think our peo-forward. Itix payers have not shown , pie will have to address the question any disposition to reduce the unpaid themselves. The prompt payment of taxes, or even pay more than 50 per � taxes will help and the balance of 5 cent, of the current taxes during the [ mills must be taken from luxuries such Samuel Scott, jailor at Sudbury, Ontario, dropped deed while on duty. George J. Armstrong has been appointed assistant inspector of weights I and measures �t Reglna. The council of the united counties of Leeds and Grenviite granted $40,000 to the Canadian Patriotic fund. F James Heniing, late of North Battle ford, dropped dead in a pew of St. ENTITLED TO GOOD SALARIES - Saskatchewan recently increased the j Salaries of its Premier and Attorney-General to $9,000 in addition to the sessional indemnity of $1,500. Both men are lawyers and usually good lawyers make sood incomes. Anyway wen who go into public life and meet all the abuse and criticism that seem to go with politics, deserve to be well paid. A portfolio is not permanent. A man may serve as a cabinet minister just long enough to lose his own private business and then the government changes and he is out of a job. While he is a cabinet minister he is ntitled to good. pay. CANADIAN* AND' WAR HONORS The public is aware in a general way of the large number of war hon-orrf that have been won by Canadian soldiers. Since the first of the year many new ones h'ave been awarded, L including seven Victoria Crosses. Up to December 31 about 7,000 Canadians had been decorated, the distribution being as follows: Victoria Cross-Seven officers and twelve men. D.S.O.-306. With bar-six. Military Cross - 1,010 officers, 26 other ranks. D.C.M.-?76. With bar-six. Military Medial-4,324. With bar- 125. With two bars-three. Meritorious Service Medal-Sixty-three. 1 Foreign Medals-Sixty-four to officer^ 124 to men. The Royal Red Cross had been conferred upon 105 Canadian nursea. AN INCIDENT FROM THE UNITED STATES -v Charles Edward Hughes recently paid this tribute to Woodrow Wilson: . "Leaders of every party have rejoiced in the moral tand eloquent leadership of the President of the United States." Hughes was Wilson's opponent in 1016. It was a bitter contest but Hughes is a big enough man to drop past differences and admit the great-.ness of President Wilson. Such a course do^es not do Hughes any harm in the public estimation, but on the other hand it proves that he is a big man, too. It is the assurance that he has men of all partieB in sympathy with him, that will enable Woodrow Wilson to give the best service to the nation and the world. This incident from the United States could be very well applied in Canada. PROPOSED WOOL EMBARGO IS NOT POPULAR r : The much talked of embargo on wool is not being kindly received. Of fourse, the woollen manufacturers are pleased but the growers naturally Strongly object. At the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Cheep Breeders' Association annual meeting and the Manitoba Grain Grow-ers and the U.F.A. conventions recentr 4 ly, the strongest resolutions were unan-imouely passed protesting against any �x embargo on the export of wool. The Grain'Growers' Guide points out that Canadian growers are ready to make any necesalary sacrifices for their country in this crisis, b#t not for the woollen manufacturers who have shown themselves disinterested in the grower in the4 past except insofar as they could exploit him. 'iae Canadian wool growers had an that the gathering was a sign of an honest effort to establish a closer and better relationship between all classes of the nation after the war's end. Regarding the importation of Chinese la^or into Canada for farm work, Mr. Rollo said the Labor men didn't want it, neither did the farmers, while the government was not favorably disposed to the suggestion. * Mr. Rollo said that at the joint con- T" ference Hen.v Mr. Rowell, in behalf of the Union government, unfolded frankly the situation to the Labor men. Mention /was made that there was an acute shortage of farm labor, also a pressing need of unskilled labor to work on railway equipment. In his interview Mr. Roilo said the labor delegation was invited to Rideau i Hall at the invitation of the Governor-General. Each one personally met the duke and duchess of Devonshire and Lady Maud Cavendish, Hon. T. W. Crothers, escorted the visitors. The times of business prosperity, which in itself is very disquieting. We have been gradually falling behind in our sinking fund payments, which together with the necessity of meeting the payments in full to the school trus- i as not having every part of the city looking like a garden, the garbage cost reduction and increased electric light rates. In the second place I think the sinking fund of our debt should be put on i tees, has put us in the position that the i a different basis. At the present time 1 it i3 assumed in all our debt, that is not covered by equal annual instalment bonds, which is a very small part, that we must set aside each year enough money to accumulate at 3 per cent to redeenitye debt at the end of the bond perjoa*. Now securities can be had in the ^hape of war bonds that can earn 5 per cent as safely as a 3 per cent bank interest was formerly, city must collect the taxe3 due this year. For the past three years I have jbeen urging upon the taxpayers the necessity to pay more, and in the last two years I have been warping, them that we were near the limit at whicb we could not run the city without taxes being paid. During last year 1 warned our people that we must .have 50 per cent, of all back taxes and at least 75 per cent, 'of the current levy, or,fi� that the sinking fund levy can be ihere must be a tax sale in 1018. in- (reduced from a 3 per cent earning ca-stead of getting the amount asked, we pacity to that of a 5 per cent earning got all told a little over 50 per cent, of capacity. Although our bylaws all i state a specific sum, whichjs calculated on a 3 per cent earning power, must 24 mill rate with reasonable assur-j Matthew's church, Winnipeg. aid 1 _~ Fire did $225,000 damage, to the departmental store of G. B. Ryan and Co, Guelpu. N. S. Macdonald and J. P. Hong have been appointed inspectors of the Toroifto public schools. Lt.-Col, ' Sitwell* of-.military headquarters at Calgary, is dead. lie came west from Ottawa in 1915. Col. Geo. A. Sweny, Indian mutiny veteran and prominent in the Red Cross died at Toronto. F David Spencer, Ltd:, wilt build an addition to their Victoria, B.C. store at a cost of $100,000. The Dominion Oanners, Ltd., may establish factories in. British Columbia. A new consumptive sanatorium f/r returned soldiers is likely to be built p l it. Since there i�� nearly two years in j which to redeem the property after the affair was quite democratic and every- j tax sale, I think it advisable to put body made to feel quite at home. All indulged in 5 o'clock tea, served by the duchess herself. Members of the ducal party were represented at each of the three tabls in the reception room. We must confess that we are pleas- everything up for sale to and including the year 1916. ^. Tax Sate Every Year There is no doubt of the intention be set aside for the sinking fund each year, our solicitor advises me that that would not be binding. What would be binding is that a sum must be set aside for the sinking fund which will amount to the face value of the bond at the end of the period. As none of of the provincial government. It will j our bonds have 30 years now to run pass an act at the forthcoming session, j that government bond investment^at requiring a tax sale every year after ed with this long delayed recognition 11917� but tne provisions of this act are of labor. The government's action is wise and statesmanlike. The government should now place a genuine labor man at the head of the department of labor. / At $2.S5 a hundred pounds even the kaiser would hesitate to speak scornfully of scraps of paper, suggests the Ottawa Citizen. The Toronto Mail and Empire suggests that perhaps the movement would make better headway if it were called "daylight using." not likely to be retroactive, so that we will have to clear up our arrears up to and including 1917 by the present method; I also desire to suggest that we should do everything in our power to reduce the tax rate to about 25 mills on an assessment of $11,000,000. My investigation of other cities similarly situated to Lethbridge, i.e.; not being a manufacturing centre, but the centre of a farming district better developed than our farming district, but not having a coal mining industry � u 1 , t.. 5 per cent indicates that 5 per cent, would be the proper percentage to use, in setting the sum aside to meet the sinking fund. This would reduce our mill rate by one and three-quarter (1 3-4) mills which coupled with the 5 J. B. Toornbes was elected mayor: of Moncton.N.B., by 499* majority over W. D. Miartin. Tho Patriotic and Red Cross Fund campnigfh at Toronto closed with subscriptions amounting to $3,333,148. Canada's field, crops in 1917 totalled in value more than a billion dollars, the highest on record. ' A school of navigation with a throe months' course has been opened at Queen's University, Kingston. Rev. J. R. Paulini of Hamilton, may accept a call to Itoscdale-.rresbytcriau church, Toronto. B.C. labor men in-convention decided to form an independent political party. Uev. F. Patrick Donnison, of St. John, N.I}., has accepted a call to Centre street Baptist church, St. Thomaa. liev. Canon Hogbin, is leaving Calgary to tako charge of a parish at iBelizle, British Honduras. * The Grey county council appointed Reeve Johnston of.iKeppel township, j superintendent under the good roads bylaw. . to Vancouver to live last November, died there suddenly. Part of tho Red Deer institute for mentally unsound soldiers Is expected to be ready for occupation In about a week. Joseph Bouchard, of Cluny, Alts., used gasoline to light a fire. He was terribly burnod and died in a hospital in Calgary, sistant. He was a farmer's ^as W. Jf. Tye of Montreal, formerly chief engineer of the C.P.R., has been appointed to the Commission of Con-nervation, succeeding the late Sir Sandford Fleming. C B. Armstrong, to? many years as-Hocbyted with Gibbons, McNab and Mutkern, and lafterwiards with Gibbons, Harper and Gibbons in tho capacity of assignee, died in London. F L The body of Miss Blanche Waters worth, a maid in the employee of Dr Is repaying the money. A. S. Forster, editor of The Oak-ville Star and Reeve of that town for the past seven year3, was elected War- ) den of Halton county council. Rev. William Leslie Armitage of St. Mary's church, Parkdale, has been ( named rector of St. James' Anglican j church, South London. - v j mill reduction from the people would i denutv give a 6 3-4 mills reduction for 10 I v * T. D. Bulger, of Nakusp, B.C., has been appointed Dominion fair wage officer to succeed J. i>- McNivoa, now > The Kaiser will be fifty-nine next Sunday. He is fighting his last war. -OriUia Packet. What about the Battle of Hades which he must engage in later? We ust find :U4 ills linister, of labor in B.C. In parts of Northern Sweden temperatures of 40 to 70 below zero have been recorded recently. Enough to make Ontario envious.-Orillia Packet. Why? Has it been colder than that in Ontario this winter? Lieut-Col. McCrae, of Guelph, is dead in France. He was a fine soldier but no monument need be erected to him. His little poem * In Flatader's Fields" will keep his memory green. The Toronto school board will employ no male teachers over 40 years of age or females over 30. What is it going to do when the ladies reach thirty? It can't expect all of them to marry before that Some of These Are Now Lying Idle in the Lethbridge Field That, if the eastern part of the prairie provinces are made to depend to a greater degree on Alberta Coal for its supply next winter^ in order to relieve the fuel famine in the east, an effort will have to be made to make more use of the small mines scattered throughout Southern. Alberta is indicated in a letter the Herald has received from a subscriber I at Milk River complaining that two * email minesx there, the Hollander mine and the Oho en mine bars been forced to close down for lack of- orders. The writer thinks this condition ought to be brought to the notice of the fuel controller. He states that both mines produce a good grade of coal/ The Hollander mine has been closed tor ten months, while the Obom mine will , close entirely before Feb. 15th, with D'Arcy Hinds of Toronto, wants the J enough stock on hand to supply the newsnapers to leave the public to do their own thinking, but -the Orillia mills, more. I cannot figure any source that this can be had from excepting a suspension for a period, of the sinking fund or an extension of the bond period which would give us a reduced annual sinking fund charge. If in 5 years the population of Lethbridge were 20,000 the sinking fund levy could be suspended for that period and resumed at a higher rate that would redeem the bond at the end of the period without increasing the tax levy of 24 mills on a $1,000 per capita assessment basis. The extension of the Bond period to 50 years as suggested by the mayors of the cities of Alberta, to the provincial government, would give us about the same immediate relief and make it easier than the above scheme with the increased population. Financiers tell us that these two last schemes would be breaking faith with our bond holders but I scarcely j Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Arthur were bnrosd to death and their home on a farm in Mclntyre township near Port Arthur destroyed by fire. Rev. Dr. Murdock Mackinnon, paster of Knox church, Regina, was elected an honorary member of the veterans of Regina. Capt. H. A. Pearson, late with the Y.M.C.A. in France, will take charge of the military work of the "Y" in Alberta and British Columbia, Rev. W. E. Galloway, Methodist minister of �dmonton, formerly of Calgary, is to be the new boys* work secretary at the Y.M.C.A., at Calgary, THE IMSTSUUtttT 0* OUALITY an o ti CLIAN AS A MIL v * G. W. Beatty, R.G.A., Toronto: Maurice Cuilen, R.C.A., Montreal; Thomas H. Varley, Toronto; Chas. W. Simp-eon, X.R.C.A., Montreal, have been | commissioned by the Canadian goveiTi-nent to proceed to the front to put on demand through spring. "Subscriber" complains tha,t the ele- n,A,rftt ___, . , _ . vator companies there are handling Packet says that tho trouble is that j coal from lethbridge and also from mfany men are not very well equipped ! Taber, and that there has never been for the purpose. We presume then j a shortage of coal at Milk River, though at other railway points nearby canvas some war scenes in which our Canadian forces figure. f The following Canadians have received the 1914 star which has recently been awarded to soldiers serving in France that year. These Canadians as already cabled formed part of the original staff of the" first Canadian hospital sent to Fagnce and' are: Sergeants A. Ackerman, R. A. Duncan, A. Goodard, F. J. Knight, J. Mclntyre, W. Penhallerick, Sergt. Major J.-Pear-son, Corporals E. R. Knight, J. Gardiner, R. Oulette, E. Rycroft. Privates William Brown, T. W. Barclay, H. A. Boyce, W. R. Burnie, C. J. Chappelle, F. Gerard, F. E, Livingstone, O. E. Russell, T. Stephen, T. P. Viancour, J. F. Wilson, W. Watson, E. L, Wend- that all the women are. i Some Kingston soldiers have been they are not so fortunate. He thinks the coal dealerfj of Milk River should be forced to refuse shipments' of out- found to be getting drunk on bay rum !Blde coal until tney. are rea!ly needed� and the inspectors are puzzled as to who is supplying it. TbJaFs the rub. Ottawa Citizen.' It is now in order for the Macleod News to remark that it was dandruff that the discovery was made. that is, if the desire is to d� something to ship coal from Alberta further east to relieve the fuel shortage there. ' ; LOOK AT A CHILD'S Oliver Mowat Biggar, K.C., of Edmonton, is now Canada's judge advo- { cate-general. It is la legal or judicial Job and since Biggar is a lawyer of high calibre-no one can claim that ho isn't fitted for the position. His first two names indicate tbe stock from whence he came. HAS BIG EFFECT A barrel of bottled whiskey im-] pounded by the authorities at Colline-iwood has been sent to the hospital, ' "to be used in external baths for patients." Shocking waste! ^-Orillia Packet. Imagine the diving that will be done in this bath. There w"^ be no concern about getting the head wet if the barrel is all emptied into a swimming pool. Then there will be a'contest to ascertain who can keep the mouth open tbe longest under water. New York, Jan. JW.r-Ensign Joseph Flynn, who said he had spent seven of the 12 years of his service in the United States navy in the study and operation of torpedoes, detailed the part trHe gyroscope plays in a torpedo, when called in the case of Pau^ C. Hennig, a former subject of Germany on trial for treason. This testimony tended to show that a small variance from proscribed measurements in any of the "gyro's" parts such as Hennig is alleged to have "maliciously * and treasonably mutilated" while a foreman in the plant of E. W. Bliss and company, would cause the torpedo in which the assembled gyroscope was used to veer far from its see the point, excepting.that assuming j an increase of population to 20,000 is assuming too much in the case bf suspension of the sinking fund. In the second case that of levying the sinking fund on a 50 year basis, if the government guaranteed the bond the bond holder would be in a safer position in my estimation. If either of the last two schemes can be consummated without prejudice, we should easily accomplish the 10 mills reduction referred to. / By recapitulation we have the prospective reduction in the mill rate. First Plan 1. From the people by paying taxes promptly, reduction of luxuries in city affairs and an increase in electric light rates, 5 mills. 2. By suspending the sinking fund*. Nurses McDonald, Brown, for 5 yearB on the assumption that atlover' Nurses �ctwmAio, the end of that period the population would be 20,000 souls, 7 mills. Total 12 millB. Second plan 1. Same as section 1 in first plan, 5 mills. 2. Levying siuking fund cm 5 per cent, basfs instead of 3 per cent, 1% mills. Total, 6% mills. Third Plan 1. Same as Bection 1, in No. 1 plan, 5 mills. 2. Extending sinking fund collection over 50 years on a 5 per cent basis, 6 4-10 mills. Total 11 4-10 mills. I do not think any one of the above plans would he unjust to anyone. It is a matter of keeping faith, and in this connection the suspension of a sinking fund in at times deliberate and is essential in sound finance if money must be borrowed to maintain it. To borrow to keep up the sinking fund is purely a fictitious operation which really adds to the debt and in no wise reduces it. Of course the financial people do not recognize impossible conditions and say 4,Hve up to your contract." In the commercial world it has been found that this is not always possible, and the impossibility need not be followed by bad results, in fact in most cases where the situation is sound, as In Lethbridge, and carefully handled the result is good. I hope wo shall be able'to arrive at something which will be satisfactory to all concerned, and give at the same time a substantial relief to our present time taxpayers; ' Yours truly, (Sgd.) W. D. L. Hardie, Mayor object of the makers of r _ the'Sonora has been to produce a phonograph of unequalled beauty. This object has been attained! After critical comparison, you will recognize Sonora's / r I emphatic superiority. At the Panama Pacific Exposition Sonora won highest score for torfe quality. PRICES: i ' r $65.00, $110.00, $150.00, $20Mfc $240.00, $280.00, $350.00, �500.,00� $1,500. I. MONTAGNES & CO. Canadian Distributers Third F^oor, Ryrie Sldg., Toronto, Canada. Ask your dealer for the Sonora. L if he hasn't ft, write us DIRECT. Laureate Course School in Take No Chance*! Move Poisons from Liver and Bowels at Once. f Mothers can rest easy after giving "California Syrup of Figs," because in a few hours all the clogged-up waste, sour bile and fermenting food gently moves out of the bowels and you have a well, playful child again. Children simply will not take the time from j play to empty their bowels, and they become tightly packed, liver gets sluggish and stomach disordered. When cross, feveriBh, restless, see If! tongue is coated, then give this dellc-; ious "fruit laxative." Children love it, : and it can not cause injury. No differ-; ence what alls your little one-if full' of cold, or a Hore throat, diarrhoea,; stomach-ache, bad breath, remember, � a gentle "inside cleansing" should al-' ways be the first treatment given. Full ottle < of "California Syrup of T^igs," then! look carefully and see- that It is made by the "California Fig Syrup Company." We make no smaller sfze. Hand~~back with contempt any other fig syrup.-Advertisement. The Provincial Department of Agriculture Have Arranged to Hold Two Day SHORT COURSE SCHOOLS at Macleod, Monday and Tuesday, February 4-5* Raymond, Thursday and Friday, February 7-8. Carmangay, Monday & Tuesday, February 11-12. i The subjects to be discussed include Soil Cultivation, Selection of Seed, Weed Control, Suitable Varieties of Wheat, Oats and Barley, the Silo, Alfalfa Grasses and Fodder Crops. Illustrated Lectures on Live Stock and on Weed r Identification on the evening of the first day at eaqh place. The most experienced ispeakers in the Province will take part in jhe programme. Further particulars from ALEX. GALBRA1TH, Supt. of Fairs and Institutes, Edmonton. ;