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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 4, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta Pi^E FOUR J- DAILY AND WEEKLY . i Proprietors and PublUhar* #HF LETHBRIDOE HERALD PRINT-? INO COMPANY, LIMITED �I3 6th Street South, Lethbrldg* ; W. A. Buch�ifan . President and ManiiBing Director 9obli Torrsnco - - Business Manaser THE LEtHBRIDGE DAILY HER/VLD MONDAY, FEBliUAqy 4^ 1018 dullness TELEPHONES Office .............. 1252 Office .............. 1224 Subscription Rates: delivered, per week......10 delivered, per year >....$5.00 ____by mail, per year ......?-t.00 Weekly, by mail, per year .....Sl-50 Weekly, by mail, per year to U.S..$2.00 Dally, Dally. Dally, Dates of expiry of subscriptions appear dally on address label. Accept-noe of pabers i-fte; expiration date Is BUT authority to centlnua the subscription. THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR The strikes in Germany, which indicated the great unrest and discontent of the people over the progress of the war.'hnve virtually ended, according ' to information now at hand tHroush German sources. There have been new outbreaks on a small scale at one or two points. The allied war council has concluded Its sessions and the outstanding decision is that the war must be pursued with all vigor and co-operation pos-Blble, in view of the recent war aims outlined by the German chancellor and tha Austrian premier. Judice agatnat the preferential ballot In some quarters on the ground that It 1? a tad/ 8o is there n prejudice against the commission.form of government as contrasted with the alder, manic form of government on tho ground that It is a fad. Yet very few people would consent to a return to the aldornunic form of government wiUi its obsolete methods. Why, then return to Ihe old form of ballot used in nldermanic days? Wliy throw away tho people's power, tho people's safeguard? Why not. If the preferential ballot Is to be dispensed with, also diapeaso with tliose other safeguards, the Initiative, referendum and recall? They arc tads also in the eyes of the reactionaries. Tho preferential ballot Is an evidence ol advancement. It strongthous tho hands ol the people. It is no more a fad than is government by a commission. No harm has ever been done anybody by It, and none ever will. And if, �s many of those who arc inclined to ppBPse it say, it makes very little difference whicli stylo of ballot we have, let us vote tomorrow to retain the preferential ballot for in this way we will qay to the commissioners that the rights'ol tlie people must not be tampered with 'from within tho city hall. The. people are not concerned w^ith the ease with which a man may be elected to office, what tlicy want is the man in office whom the majority ol the electors will vote for. \ The Food Controller ought to take Warden Rivers la tow and learn how to out down the cost ol living. PUTTING IT UP TO 6HAUGHNESSY ' "TJie Toronto Olobe suggests that Baron Shaughnessy shtKild top oft his great rallro�d career by assuming the task ol nationalizing the railways of Canada. No man could do the job better 11 be were to throw all his energies Into It, as be "has done with the C.P.R. No man In America is better able to coordinate the various railway systems ot Canada, eliminate wasteful competition, build up the rolling stock and motive power, renew the tracks where necessary and provide us with the best railway system ia the world. It would be a great gift to Canada, and Shaugh-nespy'B name would hold a place In our-histoo' as great as any man since the creation of Confederation. Naturally be would have to sacrifice strong prejudices against nationaliiation, but wo igree with the Toronto Globe that the gr^ernnient should appeal to him to pJidertakB the great task. UET THE PEOPLE, NOT ' THE CITY HALL,.RULE In 1912 the citizens of L�thbridga decided to take a forward step in the form of city government by placing the administrative and executive powers as well as the legislative in the bands of a commission ot three men to be elected by the people; doing �way with the old unpaid aldermanic council wWch exercised purely legls-Istlye powers. ' But in centrallxing so many functions in the hands ot a Anall body of men, the citizens decided it would be .we'll to safeguard the rights ot tjjie'people as tar ai possible, and to ' this end they provided that the charter should contain powers of initiatlTe, referendum and recall, end that no caqdidate should be elected to otlUce who could not get � preterence ol mpre than 60 per cent ot the people. / All these provisions are wise. They isalie iof truly responsible govern-tnent. They place the final power in the' bands of the people where It taottld belong. . Jiecently the coi^miSBloners as a tiody decided'that the powers granted tlje people were too wide. They said tl^e preferential ballot ^^s unfair in tbat it militated against the re-election to office of a commissioner wbo was' standing for re-elec-lon. They proposed to ask the provincial legislature to remove from the . city charter tbat portion providing tlje .preferential or elimination ballot ;iwl:(icb made it necessary for tHe elect-^f,;pandldBte to receive a majority if^e of the electors ol the city. There li|M;no mandate lo^ such action. No i-1�wIly ot citizens ha'd asked for it. Yet Ut^etcommisaionorB decided in council ti^kbange tbe people's voting rights un t'jjplr own initiative. Certain seo-.tj^JiPiOt the public, Inpludlng the preHs Ofc, the cltx, objected to this cool 'iMt^od ot taking from the people a rjfht, which they had enjoyed for CiK9' years, and demanded a plebis-This wa^ granted an(I.tomorrow Bleotore of I^etbbridge iflli decide tier they waniVith ',the Alfsander Gait Chapter I.p.D.B. Lethbridge, the laf ternoon tea has been tabooed. Ottawa, the centre ot all law, njlgbit conlorm to this idea, even tjiough It did take the joy out of life in the Capital., The Calgary Albertan remarks in oonriectlpn with the plebiscite on the preferential ballot that: "The public can hardly believe that any number of the people ot a city which has an administration as progressive as Lethbridge win take such a backward step a? that suggested by the mayor, who asks for the vote." Tomorrow will teli,just how progressive we really are. resigned his appointment as officer in command of the School of Musketry In the Toronto Military District and has accepted the position of secretary to the War Cabinet at Ottawa. Lt. J. G. Turgeon, M.P.P. for Rib-stone, who went overseas with ' In Europe. The Influence .of these varying elements Is notlccablo In tho wording of many ol the resolutions which are brought before the annual meeting. Some of tboso resolutions spell not merely socialism, but almost anarchy. Many poopjo this year, in , looking over the agenda, asked why the ex-eoutlve had not cut out these resolutions or remodeled them, and on tho face of It this, would have been tho wiser.course In the matter ot saving time; but, sitting back day alter day, the ..winter was Impressed with tho tact that, alter all, comparatlvoly few ot the^o revolutionary resolutions wore actually carried,' nnd the fact that they were aired in the big convention, had a good d^al of fun poked at thoin, and In many instances Were eventually tabled was, perhaps, after all, the beat way of tenuhing the authors ot them a I lesson. How many years It would be wise to contlnuo this method of Instruction may ho open to question. Everyone who has had to do with socialists knows that, while protesting- to (high heaven against clada. legislation, they are always seeking it, and it was interesting and instructive to note that President Wood, as much ns was consistent with. his position as presiding ofticer, set his lace like a flint against it, and. ns a general rule was well backed up by the members ot the executive; Test of Convention A very clover teat ol tho temper of the convention on the war was made through a resolution sent In from Cherry Grove local. No. 250. This resolution road: "Whereas tlie German people, all statements to tho contrary notwithstanding, still think the sole aim of tho allies is to crush them: PPEEOPLEOF A BIG RALLY Successful Affair--M. 1. A. Concert--A Painful Accident Figures for seventeen of the Catholic churches ot Toronto, show that about three battalions . of soldiers, or over 3,000 men have"been contributed to the Canadian forces by thesti parishes. At the head, are two Toronto generals, who have distinguished themselves at the front-Major-Gen-eral Archibald H. ManDonnall, a brother of Senator Claude MacDonnoll and Brig.-Gen. J. .H. Blmsley, C.M.G., D.S.O. commanding. ' OBSERVATIONS ON THE U. F. A. CONVENTION (From Our Own Correspondent) Macleod, Feb. 2.-The annual meeting ol the local United Farmers ol Alberta, was held on January 30th In their own'store and office, on 2nd Ayenue; when the statement ol the business done tor the nine months slnoe the opening ol the store, was found to b^ very satislactory as to the volutne of business transacted, which was beyond the expectations of all oftlce|r8 and directors present. Alter a somewhat lengthy discussion it was deci4e8 $10.00 ahead by the gaip^ between the bankers and ]aw-yersy. , Large congregations attended the Methodist churoh. Sunday, it being tho boya from the trpnt day. In November last the ladles ut tlte church sent every boy a box rand the pastor ^as |>e^n,receiving.letters from each boy. These letters, formed part ol tho service, telling how. they appreciate the . ^'i*: ,., . . . vice, telling how,the: (Jy E. Cora Hind in Winnipeg Free Press j The tenth annual.convention ot the United f'^rmors of Alberta marked Another milestone along the road which the organized farmers ol western Canada are .JravolHng - let us hope to the general betterment ol the country as well as pf their own condition. After the convention |n Edmonton last year, the editor ol this page lelt constrained to call .attention to the absence ol Interest la (the War which was so very marked'Ot the convention. Not an unpatriotic spirit, but a spirit ot indlllerence and detachment, which ^va8 alarming in view, of the Importance of., the organization' and the extent to which Its inembership enters' into the life 01 tlie countr:\ both actual and political., . \ It would be Idle to attempt to disguise the tact that the ofganized farmers of Western Canada, are today one ojc the most powo'tul political' factors In Canada, and the tact' that they have refrained from attaching themselves to any jiolltloal party and from forming a .third party qt their own makes them* all the more a factor to reckon with.- This, being true, the attitude ot the U.F.A. last year was a sorlous.matter. ' It .was;, therefore, very :plea8�nt,t6 notethe marked change this year. The keynote of the convention in regard  to the war was given by the annual Udilress ot President Wood, � AVhIch concludod. with an extremely strong! appeal to tho members ot the U,F,A. to engage In tho work ot production, to cease quibbling over tho wrongs that otJj^rs wero doing, over the prices -lor what they produce, "If they wished to emerge from tho test of the present of their own rights, and not a discredited class with none to - do them reverence. The eifeut of the delivery of this address on the (.onventlon was very marked, not only at the time of Its delivery, but In the number ot reter-encos which occurred in the course of the discussions. The influence of the president at one ol these great bodies ol organized farmers is tremendous, and bis power tor good or ill, so groat as to be appalling. ' > An Honest Man Whatever his - faults or fallings. President Wood appeals to you as an honest man living up to tho light that is in him, and this is a reason for more profound thanksgiving , than possibly the people at large In Alberta fully realize. it w;iuld bo. well It the duties ol an oxtromely onerous office could be so arranged that Prealdent, Wood could, give a little time to the study ot parllameutury procedure; It would qtrengthon his hands materially a^, a presiding officer and would pave an enormous amuntit of time at conventions, nut this iB, after all, a trifle the best purllamontarlan In the wprld. It'ha lacked f'ro.sldent Wood's real desire to do jUHtluo, would have less Influenbo for y/oud over a groat convention, With ijiore knowledge ol parllamontary procedure au(l ft lltr tl^ more confUlonce and preclslon.ln �his rulings, Preslcjont Wood .would.bo almost an ideal proaldine officer. As 11 1�, his convontlim not Infrequently gets away from hiia. ' i ; ' -. The U.FA, is a Jnuch ipore dltljcult "Be it resolved that the governments of the allied nations. In order to make their position clear to the German people and to the world at large, be asked to state the terms on which they will makc^peace." This resolution was promptly tabled -In fact, the vote to table was very nearly unanimous. However, a little later the mover of the resolution made a complaint to President Wood that he had not enjoyed the established privilege ot tho convention- namely, that tho mover ot a resolution may speak to it for five minutes before the seconder Is called tor, and the president ruled that he be given this flva minutes. There was no doubt 'whatever of his German ancestry, his pronounciation ot certain words betraying it unmistakably. Ho was an earnest soul, who still, apparently,-believed In the innocence ol al> harm in the German people, but it was only 'by the exercise ot bis iitmost authority that President Wood succeeded in getting him nis five minutes pi time. Repeatedly the convention tried to howl him down. It is not conceivable that anyone with-German proclivities in that audience could have had the lasf" lingering hope that there was any pro-German sentiment among the U.F.A., and the writer: feels that this, was the .intention in permitting the resolution to bo spoken to. Very interesting was the attitude of the convention on Oriental labor. The feeling against, the employment of It on the farm was Intense,, and It certainly was deepened by the ejcperl-ences of one or t,wo men from British Colujiibla arid'Australia. They haS"Just'dne warning to , give, and that was keep itioff the faflras at any price. ' - � On the question of-production tlie pledge of the U.B'.A. as n convention not only to do all they could .Individually to produce, but to work to this end through their locals, was very definite. They accompanied the pledge with a number of riders as to what they thought should be done in the matter of fixing prices and in-c'reasing the weight . at . which packers should accept hogs., But,, whll6 these riders were attached to the resolution, they followed the definite pledge on production, and' the pledge was In no sense contingent upon them. There was no uncertainty on their views on increased freight rates or the need ot free agricultural Implo-merita and labor devices in tho homes, There was also very hearty e\i-Aorsement of the principle that in times like these the government would be justified In devoting public; fund's to the cause ot production, particularly In the matter of securing tractor power for tho breaking of new lands in districts now principally settled by homesteaders. It is not p'bssible to deal fully with the operations of a convention of oyer 1,000 delegates sitting for tour days in the' course of one editorial, It Is only possible to. deal with the more salient features; hut enough has been said, to draw attention to the, enormous Importance ol tOiose gatherings, not merely to tho United .Farmers themselves, but to the country at large, and the growing need that public men and women everywhere, and more oapeoially the press, should seek to reach the members ot these organizations. Tho/constant reference to what they do. In the United States, rather than to wliat is done in Ottawa, is an indication that, so far as the U-F/V. ts concerned, there are a large number ot'ltB members wh'o as yet know little of Canadian laws, methods of government or Canadian ideals; and, however good and wise may be thp laws and Ideals south of the line. If wo aro to have a Canadian nation within tho British "empire it is Canadian British laws and ideals which must bind that nation together. Presumably in coming-' to Canada all ol these people sought something bettpr than they already possessed, else why did they leave the flag,under which they were born? U is surely, therefore, tho business, not only of governments and ol the tireas, but of' every individual native born Canadian, to see to It that all of these people ar;e made Canadian and DrltlBh in spirit as well as In name, and in doing this there Is iio need _ (From Our Own Corrasoondont) Magrath, Feb. 2.-One ot tho most enjoyable lunctlona ol tho season was that held on Wodnosda'/ nttonioon, wnon tho ooramlttoo enterialned a fe\v honored people of thb district, among whom were all those over 60 years of age, widows, widowers, orphans, soldiers' wives and parents nnd a taw others. Tho guests gathor-od at the mooting house about 12 o'clock and a nice hot dinner was served. Everything wiv.t of tho very best and all enjoyed, tholr dinner immensely. After a few toasts and speeches the people nssBmbled upstairs where thoy listened to one of tlio best programs of musicals and speeches over heard. Tho duet rendered by Mrs. Annio Johnson and J. L. Glbb was exceptionally nice and everyone says it was tho finest over. The old timo ballads. "Toll Mo Will My Uream Come True," and "My Mother's Songs" by Mrs. Uabcock delighted tho guests as they wero so beautifully sung by her In her pleasing manner. Tho comic reading by Mrs. Norton was also enjoyed by ail. Other numbers on tho program wero tho two choruses, one by tho Scouts and |ho other a bevy ot girls wh'o also gave a pretty, dance. Speeches were given by different ones among whonti, was Mr. Potts, who is visiting here. He spoko of his acquiUntiinco with the people ol the Mormon church. He was sent out Irom Ottawa many years ago when the first people Settled In Cardston, to Investigate and see if they were desirable citizens. He told of his acquaintance with Mr. and Mrs. Card, Mr. Hammer and many others also ot his friend Mr. A. Mercer who In those days drove the stage from Lethbridge to Cardston. Mr. Potts said he roturnell to Ottawa and told the government officials tho Mormon people were alright, and since that time has made frequent visits to this part. At the close of the program tho guests were taken to their homes by the committee in comfortable cars and sleighs. Tho oldest lady present was Grandma Crllchlield, who Is 84 years old. Several of the oldest could not attend on account of the extreme ly cola'weather; but altogether about one hundred guests were present. This is a aemi-annua! affair and all the aged people look forward to the entertainments. Those in charge were Chairman A. Mercer, R. Raamusson, W. Passey, G. Card, Mrs. Chris. Poul sen. Mrs. Woolloy, Mr^. Harrison, Mrs. Alston and Mrs. Hllllar. M. I, A', Concert � Although the evening was extreme ly cold a largo crowd was In attendance at the M. 1. A. program held on Tuesday evening. This was the sec qnd activity night and a large num ber ol points were scored by the Magrath association. After singing by the congrogation, prayer was ottered by John Spencer. The first on tho program was oTetold storjt-by Nellie Taylor, next a rptold story by Alex. Poulsen, these were both very good storya and told very well. The Scouts sang "The Long, Long Trail," and "The Maple Leaf," which were very good. A violin selection by Henry Shaffer was very well rendered. Everyone enjoyed the contralto solo by Elva Harker, entitled, "Whisper and I Shall Hear," "Welcome S>veet Springtime" was sung by a ladies chorus under the direction ol J. O. Bridge. We must not torget the piano selection by Master Reed Hacking, one ol the youngest members who did yery well indeed. Tho main feature the JMJBn-Ing wna the debate, ''hesoived.' that Heredity la Stronger thari' jlnvlrOn mont," which was won, by tbo hcgn-tlvo by very tow points. > Very good points wero brought nut on>b6th sides and the speakers did vetr Well. However tho nttirraative" were somewhat handicapped on account, ot ono member tailing to Bliow up but her part was Illlod by Miss Davis "With, only tlvo minutes prepdrotlon, . Who did well. Tho debaters wore; AlMrmatlvo Miss Davis and Clydo Spencer; negative, Sadie Clark and Marlon Merk-> loy. , I ^ A very unfortiuiato thing happened this wook when the chicken house'of Mr. R. S. 'SVright caught lire nnd burned to tho ground, burning all tho chickens. This Is u groat loss as Mr. Wright's hens havo been laying all winter. Painful Accident Mr. Albert Mead, a gentleman woU known In this district autferod a very palivful accident the other day, when putting ice In a shod rifMr. Ed. Hocking's ranch north ot town, slipped nnd broke his log near tho hip joint. I-io was taken to Lethbridge a few days later. Mr. Mead Is an elderly man and has lived hero tor a number of years. Sir. Dore, a farmer north of town, passed away altor only, a short lUncsH. He was an elderly gentleman and has boon blind for a number of years. Ho lived with his son on their ranch near here, A recent slilpmont of Red Cross suppllo.i contained tho following: 12 pairs socks, 8 suits pyjamas, 1 day shirt, 36 many tailed bandages, 83 T bandages and 2 convalescent robes. Letters have boon received by the Red Cross from H. S. Taylor and A. F. Geddes thanking them for the splendid Christmas parcel which they received. Mr. Max Bradshaw has returned from Modlcino Hat. where he has been tor the pUBt week visiting his sister, Mrs. Smith. In the Canadian Red Cross bulletin of January, published In Toronto, wo road tho following: "Magrnth Ambulance. The chairman reported nt tho annual meeting that credit note for $3,000 received from tho Magrath branch In payment for their ambulancfi had been forwarded to the London ot-tlce." MOTHER! YOUR GHILD S GROSS, FEVERISH, FROM CONSTIPATION IF TONGUE IS COATED, BR^TH BAD, STOMACH SOUR, CUE�N LIVER AND BOWELS Give "California Syrup of Figs" at once-a teaspoonfu! today ofton saves n sick child loijiorrdw. It your little ono is out-ot-sorls, half-sick, Isn't resting, eating n'ld aii'Jug naturally-look, Mother! see It topguo IB coated. This Is a sure sign that lis ilttle stomach, liver and bowels are clogged with waste. When cross, Irrl-. table, feverish, stomach sour, breath bad or has stomach-ache, diarrhoea, soro, throat, full of cold, give a tea-spoonful of "California Syrup ot Figs," and in a low hours all the constipated tolson, undigested food and aour bile gently moves out ot Its little bowels without griping, and you have a well, playful child again. , Mothers can rest easy after giving this harmless "fruit laxative," because it iiever fails to cleanse the little one's liver and bowels and sweeten the stomach and they - dearly . love its pleasant taste. Full directions for babies, children ot all ages and for grownups printed on each bottle. Bowaro of counterfeit fig syrups. Ask your druggist lor a bottlo of "California Syrup of Plga;" then see that it id made by the "California fig Syrup Company."-Advertlaement. body to preside over^'than the Grala Growers of either Saskatebowan' or that any reflection b� cast upon the Manitoba. There Is In-it a very muob laws or the ideals ot *iiio countries GENERAL STORE FOR SALE Situate in thriving town with prosperous farming community tributary. Goods worth $6,500, and trade,well established. For sale or will exchange for modem house in Lethbridge. W. F. Nelson & Co; 416 FIFTH ST. S. ' 45-6 tlmoan jrj-q^at^lbl/j j(orpo,l� aftfPWto if rgor .percentage ijj^..A,|5J!9rlcfin�, vf^io.-lfQm v^h^ncq.'JIiey.'ciysl'j ^, HORSES-CATTLE STALLIpNS AUCTION    � � ' \ ' . � 7 head Registered Short Horn Bull* from 10 to 16 month* old. 1 registered heifer, rising f montha old. 3 registered Clydesdale Stallion*, rising 4 years old. / 2 Percheron Stallions, 4 and 6 year* old. 27 Mares and Geldlnna,-3 to 6 years old, ranging In weight,  to'1600 lbs. ' ^ ' � TO BE SOLO AT T^E 1100 LETHBRIDGE SALE AND FEED BARN . on Wedn^sdayy February 6f AT TWO O'CLOPK P.M. SHARP ^ Tlila stock must bo sold as the proprietor is giving up f�rmlns. TERMS CASH . J. A. SMITH, AuctlonMr ;