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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 4, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME IX, LETHBRFDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY I, 19ir. NUMBER 46 One Member Said to be Buried Under the Ruins Proyidence. Paper Hiad Information That; German Embassy Was Planning the Destruction of Canadian Parliament I'ro.videuce, U. I., Keb. :!.-The Pio-vldeiico .loiirnal prefaces this morn-iiiK Its story of tlie Oltuwsi iinrlimnent liulltllnss lire wltli the following state-iiieiit: "The I'rovideiue .loiunal three weeks ago luitllled the DeiiartmoiU of .liistlec that it had received informa-llou directly ihroiigh employees of ihaOermaii Kmbassy that the pnrlia-iiienl house of Ottawa, Iticleau Hall, the home of the Goi'eriior-Geiieral in Oltawu, and large iuiinilions plants In Ontario, were to be the next objects of German attack on this.continent. In the order named. ".Tils' .lournni furthermore rioUded (iKi Cnltod States Department of .lus-tico at the same time that the Ger- man 10ml)assy had given instrnclions that the work of destruction on American munitions plants had been temiKjrarily suspended, and tliat the nexi move would give the people of Canada a few things to think about. "The statcnioiil was also made )iy embassy ofllcials that the arrest of Paul. KoenlB ..and the prevention of t.hc destruction of the Welland Canal would only stimulate these activities in, Canada. .'!This inforiuallon, given by the .Toiirnal to tlje ggveniment, was conveyed to. t,h,e;J.t6urmv,I through a channel wlilcii'goX'ernmcnt ofUcers at once declared, when notiUcd of the source, lia|d to their knowledgo been in constant touch witll members of the German'Eniliassy for many months past." Ottawa, Feb. 4.-11 is practically certain that the death list will Include one member of the house of commons. B. B. Law, menbcr for Yarmouth, Nova Sco. tia. The Alexandria hotel, of which Mr. Law is a guest, is trying to locate him. It Is stated that Mr. Law was at the house last night at the time that the fire broke out and has not been seen since. The hotel has tried every possible n>eans to locate the member for Yarmouth ljut without success. Every place in the city where it was thouqht he would likely be was reached without avail. Total Dead and Missing The following is a complete list up to noon today of the dead, missing and injured: Dead-Mme. Bray, Mme. Morin, Robert Fanning, Alphonse Desjar-dlncs, A. Desjardines. Clark Missing The missinq-J. B. R. Leplant, assistant clerk of the HouGe of Commons; Bl B. Law. M. P. for Yarmouth, N-. S. Both are believed to have perished. The Injured-Serqt. MacDon-ald, 77th battalion, burned; Hon. Martin Burrell, minister of agriculture, severely burned; Edward Nesbitt, M.P.;' cut and slightly burned; Ptej' Lcroche, 77th battalion, burned; Walter Hill, restaurant steward, severely burned on the back; Fireinan Berry, hands frozen and suffering from effects of the smoke. Other Bodies Buried The Dominion police believe there are other bodies among the ruins, but it will be many days before they caii be dug out. ESSl IE MS WHIG Sir Sam in Thick of Fighting Ottawa, Feb. 4.-.\lajor-General Sir.ln'g that the lire^was uudi'r control. Sam HiiKlies, minister of militia, was! lie insiRlH that ilii; .Montreal l)rigade flusE mm SESSION; MAY mm Ottawa, out., Kev. I.-I'loniier Hoi- Member Says Was Accident attending a dinnev in tin; Chateau Laurier when he was told that tlie lioust! was alire. lie immediately proceeded to the scene, and seeing the gravity of tlic situation, ordered out the io(al hattaium. tlie 77th. un-dei- Col. Street, ;ind the engineers, who were stationed in tlie exhlhition ground.h. As iisual, tlie minister of militia was in the thick of the scene, and in a Kiiort.time a cordon of troops wore lined around the burning structure, and the huge crowds were kept l)ack. Tlie chef of the parliamentary restaurants and his asslstant.'i were seen by IMajor-General Hughes at the west wing of the centre block, and sealing ladders were hoisted and the men brought down. The minister remained hi) all night directing operations of tlie militia units. While the cause of the disastrous coiillagratloii is not known exactly, and may never be known, the fact of its beginning in the reading room, or close to it, has given rise lo coiisidorahle specn could have arrived in a couple oi hours by sjieeial train and could have saved both the Senate chamber and the library. .Mayor .Martin, v.lio was somewhat unnerved by his experience al liic lire, us lie sat by the window in ilie Chateau Laurier, exclaimed as iio watclied tlie hlaz�, "We never can I ell what shall happen now; wliy, I would not remain in this big liotel loniglit for anything." Jlayor .Martin seemed convinced there was actually an explosion. "Had there been many in the eluunber or the gallery at the time.'' lie said, "the loss of life would Iiavo been appalling." ' The press room and Sir liobert liordon's tiuarters are intact. 13. -M. :Macdonald, .M.P. for I'ictou, Ottawa, Fell. !.-.\ five gallon jar ot mineral water staiidiiig outside the lation fnd the theory is advanced tliat reading room would have uuciiclicd t'"! �'ork may be more of an inceii-the incipient h.uzc. tiiat givca an ex- ^^^^ tra minute or two, hrotight ahoul be a German sympatliiser. Well the destruction of the Canadian House known and prominent members of of Coinmoius. So savs Frank Glass ot- Parliament state positively that tlio T ^, I �,,!,, ,'. -iiirLiinon, smoke was so black and so thick and ^........._________.....- - '"t .^l'; Avcro b)sl and many persons were injiii'cd. Tlic (ire was under control a(: lliree o'clock Ibis niorniug' after rtiu'ing ruj"ioiisl\- Tor six bours. TJII': DKAl) Tlie known deatl are: � - .Mme. IJray. wife ol' 11. A. J�ray, of ()iiel�oe and daugliteisof tlic late Geo. Tauji'uay, of ibe execuiive council. Mme. florin. Avil'e ol' Louis MOrin. ol" St. Jt)seijlis. Beauee, (^)uel)eo. Ilol�ert Faiinin,i>', a waiter employed in tbe building-. Alpbonse dcs Jardins. a Dominion I'oliceman. A. des .Ijirdines. a plumber. Anollier Dtnninion I'tdice ollicer is b(dit>vetl (o bave been killed witli tbe Des rlardines. wlien lb(> root I'ell on riiem Aviiile tliev were working witli. otbers was m the visitors- gaiierv talking '" c-'''^"^'j*-'''^-'^'^^ tlic Speakers' tiiiarlcrs. It was staled last nigbt tbat to friends wiien the alarm came. He i F red House of Coninions also Avas missing, but it lias substMjuently been l(>arncd tlnil be Avent to Sarnia Thnrs- dav morning. ........ riXAXCIAL LOSS \ x ; Tbe financial loss is dilTiculi to e.stiniate, but tbe contents of tlio buildings were of great \-iilue. At ;in early liour today- it was I)elieved tlmt the library in (be rear wing bad been saved. A\niile tlH> fire was burning soldiers Ciirried out many of its 200,000 volumes. Tbe parliament Imildings were rated as one ol.'tbe Jinest Gotliic structures on Ibis eoni.inenl. It covered I'our ticres on I'arlianient Hill. ' SevtM-al persons wbo were burned or otlierwi^e liurt in fleeing Ibroulitbe corridors before tbe swift rusb of tbe flames or iu esea]�ing- from tlic windows, are in tbe bospital today. One of tbose most severely injuj'ed is Hon. .Mai'tin Hui'i-ell, ^iinisiei- of Agrienltiire. wdio was burned al)oul tbe bead. Trapped In Speaker's Room | 'I'he origin of tlio lire can he de-Ur. .Michael Clarke, member for I icn'miued only by an investigation. Red Deer, suffered burns about the which, it is understood, will begin as hands. Sir llohert Morden, the Ca- noo" �s possible. The (ire started In nadian premier, escaped without in- l'"> loading room of the House of Jury. .Mme. Brav and Jlme. .\lovln 1 eomnions, and Col. Gerge 11. Brad-were guests of Mme. Sevlgnv, wife 'WIO'.M. 1'. for Selkirk, .Man.: .Mayor of the spoakor, and were trapped in | Mcderic .Martin, of .Montreal, and the speakefs room. .Mme. SevignyConstable lielmer, who wore standing dropped her two children into a tire-1 "t tliii entrance of the lllirary. agree said: "I was seated In the gallery when Mr. Mederic Martin of .Montreal and .Mr. Frank Glass of Kast .Middlesex came rushing into tlie cliaiuber shouting fire. 1 got down froin the gallery in two minutes, but was iinahlo to got my liat and coat, and rushed out to the front of the buildings. The rapidity with which the lire spread was remarkable. I cannot understand how such � thick volume of smoke gathered in such a short time, nor can I understand how the fire made sucli progress.',' Sir Uohert iJordon stated that lie was in his olllco wiieii his undersecretary hurried in and informed him that ilie liuilding was allre. He turned hack for his hat and coat, hut was told that it would be dangerous to wait for them. Sir itohert told the correspondent tbat he was glad be iiad accepted the advice to get out tiulckly, as he experienced consider-alile dllUculty iu making his way out of the building as it was. ? ? ? ? V ? ? J* lierliii via T.ondoii, Fell. 1.-liiior- eil 'ihis-mon'iing Uiat llie jiousc will was driven hack. 1 � walk6d down the "'�'t'on reaching tlio .Associated Press rise hcloi'c . the end ot tlie month, corri-lnr to the main dooy, of the today indicates that under no oii'cum- 'I'he cabinet council met at 10:05 chamber, stepped to one side ot the stances will Germany admit that the o'clocjv, this morning to consider the speaker and said, 'Mr. B situation. Hctorb going into scssiou iiouse is on (ire.' There w ............., ...... vas lib panic. Sir Robert' Uordo'ii said that it was Tlie speaker promptly ad.iourncd the i^'>' '"'V' ..... ly formal house and ran lo tiie door. At- the , Refuses Stnte-nen Spealter, Uic ;.i,ijj|,|, ,f ,.,,p i.usitania was an ille-act. not. his intention to make any.......... ,i,.,.^.....,, v.. ____.......... . stiitcmwit until Ihc liouse meets this same moment the police ollicer ami Wai'hlnglon, Fob. 1.-In tlio absence iiftcrnoon in tlie Vii^toria .Museum, nltcinlanl rii.shcd down tlie corvLdor of olllclal Information, Secretary nnn- Ho considers tjiut tlio slalemetil is sliouliiiK, 'Fire, (ire, tlie hou.se is on slug today, refused to discuss any one wliieti sliouid l;e made to Ihc the.' It was i)rctt\^ sudden, hut it 1 P'lase wliiitevcr of Hie l.usltanla ne- niemhers of the liouse. luid known the poiic\> ollicer tlid not gotiatijjim. There would appear 1ml little doubt iiitcml to throw his Aioat on 1 woul'd i Wilson Hurries Back tliat llic 1-reiiiicr will bo met 'with a have taken mine ofl'. 1 ai" ^'ertain Wasliington, l''oh. 1.-President Wll-disiiosition on the part of all incni- Hint the (Iro was not .caused hv one- son returned to the capital froi\i ills hers to tiiciiitato llic imsiness ot llie niios," cantiniiod i\lr. (Uass, '(as the western uponking triji shortly after lio)isc. mombcrs are smokiiij!; in there all the l.ir, o'clock this nftornoon, l-io wisnt I'rivato memlicrs who liavo motions lime and 1 Uiiiik tliut possihlv some at once to the White HouKe. Prfesl-wliich tliov wislrd to discuss were in- mcnibcr why had been glancing over dent Wilson read the Perllii dts-clined to leiivo Uiciii over till another the (ilcs, dropped a butt or luiHcli patclina on (he i-usitania situation session. It Is hcliovcd tliut the bill to which sot the papers smouUleriui;. while his train was running ^otwean extcrjd the pui'lliiniciitary t"rin . tor 'I'lip nioinent, Hiat tie police ollicer Unltlmor.e'.and Washington. Ilo'iriaiie one yeuv, neccHSiiry/war meusures, cs- ru.shed iu and pi^rted tlie papers to no comment but inombera of his party tima'Les und the. small amount ot throw clieiiiicalsoa the ((lamps, they said they regarded the situation ns pre.ssing private legislation will' ecu- shot up. The huiidlng IS a .vpritivble"uiil'avorablo." it was siild tho prosl-fitilute lliii pyrllauifut'iiry bill (if tare (iro trail, 'i' H'ei'e liad\beeii a dfo tiont had not finished oonsldorlng of-untl UiutU't' business will he expeilit- iir.iof door I coulil .liuveft'ioijed it. liciiil dispaUhos he received last cil ill'every vi'uy piissilile. ' There was lots of tiiue."^, , � iii:-'.lii on lita train. LOCAL (VIEIVIBER SAFE The local member, \\'. .\. lJuchanan, is safe and uninjured. :\lr. Uuclianan wires that Ills desk in the memlior's room, and all his private pa-liors were destroyed bv the (Ire. .;..;. ,;, .;, .;. .j. .;. .j. ,;, .j, 99 IS Disabled Winnipeg, Feb. 4,-A Winnipeg Grain Exchanqe flash from Chicago says the White Star liner Baltic has met with a serious accident. ONTARIO HOUSE TO MEET Toronto, Fob, l.-The Ontu rio cabinet Thursday decided to call the loglslnturo for Tues. Oay, February 21Uli. MAKKE'i S May vi/heat ................. 13V/b July wheat ................. 130i/4 May oats................... 481/4 May flax ................... Z.W/s man's net apd then leaped into it 1 "'Rt It was preceded by an.oxpiosion herself, as did her guests. 'I'hey were blow oyon the doors ol the \ library and knocked down persons reached the standing near. Tliey say they boliovo unhurt. When the lireinen WEATHER High.................. , Low .................. Rorsonst; ture. ............... 2 ............... -24 FInev.wlth low tempera- speaker's. ol)umbor thuv found .Mine. explosion was caused by a hoinh Uray and Afmo, Morjn^ imconsclou.x. i oi'e.n infernal machine. Vain attempts were made to revive ' Were on Gu^rd them with pulmolers, ) y^co odicers wore on guard at ---�.z=r=^:=:.-^----::=z \ IiqQi doors of tlio library and other liorsons were in (he room itseir, so Hint it would have been dKlieuit for anyone doliberaloly to sot lire without doloctioii. Suggestions were made that (ho (ire started from a smcnilder-ing cigar butt, but smoking was jiro. hihited In the library.- in this rooni were thousands of loose pamphlets, among which the tlames leaped with almost amazing rapidity. They soon rnlled in dense volumes out through tlie door and into the chamber of the house, where thiit body was sitting ai the time. AVitli tho spreading of the alarm membors of the House ot C!onimoiis, spectators In the gnilory and nttoiidaiits lied in panic for win'-duws, doors and (ire escapes. Co). John Ciirrie, wUo oommandad u roginuinl ot Canadians iu (he bnltlo of St. .fullen in Flanders, hastily organized a lire brigade (if membors pC the house and attendants, and I'ouglit thi) lire with linos of hose in tlio corridors, but could niuko no hoadway. The blaze spread so fust t)hj^t fWhfin tiie Ottawa lire dopartnient'^vrlved on the scone tho building' was *do9^\? ed. Aid was sumniondd from''/Mpitt-real, but as a simelul train lati^iyWlii (Ire ppparatus and a oo'tni)ani^fo('Vlii;c. men was leaving- that cjly ahbul'mltl- HOlv).'MARTIN BURRELL AIli^lBtev of, .Vgrlmllture, who was severely burned whtio escaping from tho ljuvuinf? House of Commons build-ins liiat evening ut'.OUawa, night, Hie call was countermanded. Tower Falls The tall central tower of tho parliament building fell at l.;iO o'clock this niorninlg and about the same time three or-tour men were crushed benoalh the falling roof ot one of tho wings. By throo o'clock tho (lames were rolling through the ' Senate building, but the firemen believed the library would be saved. Trapped in Room ,lohn Stantield, (;hief Conservative whip, was trapped in his room and had to escape down a ladder wliicli was extended ti� him by some flremoii with the assistance of some newspaper men. (CONTINUED ON K\GK fl) ;. RASE ELEVATOR AT CALGARY IS: USELESS Ottawa, Feb, 3,-Replylng at ' length to the queries 'ofW. Air.i; Buohatian re the Calgary storags ,: elevator,' Hon. Geo. E. Foster do- � dared the elevator was Intended for shipments vU the Raclfio' , coast and not for'8hlpiment8,east�., J Up to the end of 1915 thei" total, grain received there was.v185i4^6. bushels and from January"l9t to the 14th,' 348,397 bUahels. \ HonJ Mr. Foster said the Calgajpy*!'?; vator was not favorably.-altu^^t?^ for shipping araln .ea8t."iMbofS, Jaw and 8a8l