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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta TEe Lethbridge Daily Herald FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 5, IMt MINERS BREAK AWAY FROM CONGRESS Don't Want Amend- To Compens- ation Act WHEAT FROM SOUTH IN THE BEST ROUTE FOR ALBERTA GRAIN IN SHIPPING BY THE PACIFIC BETTER PRICES AND QUICKER DELIVERY WILL RESULT Miners on tht whole have the rep- utation of being hot debaters, and. when the best talkers and thinkers of a whole district get together there is sure to "something doing." There certainly was yesterday at the con- vention of District No. 18 II. M. W. of A. The Press was not present during the discussion of the Hillcrest trouble but it resulted in the convention ad- vising the men not to go on strike but to ask for a Board of Concilia- tion under the Act in view of the fact-that the agreements ex-j pire The afternoon session was taken up with hearing the report of the griev- ance committee and ttie discussion of the president's report. None of the grievances were of a very serious nature and were satisfac- torily adjusted., Valley in B. C., and the northern part of the district asked for more thorough organization and the matter will receive immediate atten- tion. The Board member for No. 4 left yesterday for Morinville to en- deavor to settle a dispute between the men and the Cardiff Coal Co. by rea- Captures the Principal Prizes At Calgary Seed Fair Calvary, Feb. judging at the Alberta Seed Fair in the Drill Hall finished at noon today. Calgary, feb. the absence of firm in Liverpool Mr. Strong'said h Premier Rutherford, who had other, had quoted for bushels th important business to attend to, th same prices for No. 2 Alberta Re meeting of the Grain Conference yes fcerday was presided over by the chairman, W. Toole. The adjotm ed discussion of Mr. Balaam's papers which was held over on Wednesda evening, was continued by E. W Leeson, of Vancouver, who expresse the opinion that the farmer gets th best of it by the system of grading a the terminal elevators. He had see more grain dealers go to the wall tha he had evftr seen make money. In regard to Alberta wheat, he said th half has never yet been told of botl its quality and yield, but it need The Alberta Pacific Elevator Com. auotber outlet, and in his opinion y's -trophy for Alberta Bed wheat was won by A. R. Bennett, of Ma- grath. His exhibit was a particular- ly fine sample, sound, well ripened, and suffered no damage from rust, stuV that outlet oiust be by Pacific ports Mr. L. P. Strong's address on "Th Market for Alberta Grain" was on of the. best and most practical fea tures of the whole conference, anc shewed that he has made a carefu frost, etc., and was of strong vitality, wholeat situaUon as it affects Alberta grain grower! son of which the men are. out. Femie local asked for assistance to complete their tine new hall. This local lost on account of the fire and a number of men have left the city. The District will ask the National Association for a loan of to be granted the Femie local and for which the District will be responsible to the National Association.. The recommendations made: by Pre- sident Sherman in his report were taken up singly. Practically the only one that received .any.opposition was the one that advised breaking away from the Trades and Labor Congress of Canada. The President showed the Congress up as being un- progressive in the extreme and giving The weight was Ibs. to the bush- and grain dealers in all its differeii aspects. The address was illustrated by large maps, charts and tables 6 dishices, which greatly assisted ther The East- ern. rates .have been established for opposition to this move but the Pres- 1 Van ident received substantial basking and during the discussion was highly com- plimented by a delegate who spoke of what he had learned; of President j licki, Calgary; 2, S. P. Liesmer, Dids. bury; 3, D. Shore, Gleichen. J: G. Vosburgh, Granum; 2, A. Keisten, Gxogden, Midnapore; 2, P. W7ooding, Midnapore; 3, W. J. Shermans .honest, consistent stand perguson, Gleichen. for labor at the meeting of the Con- gress when he might have- benefitted himself. A roll call was asked-for Geo. Morton, Innisfail; 2. Henry Jamieson, Deer; 3, .Peterson, Raymond. i. Rye S .E..Howard, Jnnis- and the vote stood 36 for and 20 2 c _ A Higgs> jjed against breaking with Cbngress.' This j Thos. Henderson, Lacombe. will mean a saving of year j Bfome Arthur to the Miners of The convention want Something- right away from the governments of 1 2, Robt. M. Gibson, combe..; -.3; Perry, and British Columbia. A tel- egram was sent to Premier McBride, J." Hawthbrnthwaite, and the member for Fernie, now at asking them to call the attention of the mem bers of -the British Columbia Legisla- ture to, .the- necessity of legal bi- monthly pay and to .urge the passage Jof such legislation before the end of the present session. La- were locked out, and to demand sup- port from the district treasury in no uncertain manner. The district con- stitution makes no provision for out- of-work pay. However, in order to meet the .situation, provisions were given to our members according to the following two weeks' sup- ply each person: Sugar, 2 Ibs.; tea or coffee, haH lb.; flour, 12X Ibs; rolled .oats, 2 Ibs.; vegetables, 5 Ibs.; butter, 1 lb.; lard, 1 lb.; potatoes, :12X Ibs.; soap, 2 cakes; meat, 10 Ibs.: Another telegram was sent to Pro-i yeast cakes, 1 box. :mier Rutherford-and D. .McNab at Eld-! A vacant store rented at Frank, expressing disapproval to re-1 a commissary opened and man- 'aged by" our members'who were idle. The cost of as supplied, was as 1263, Frank, L.TJ., Fernie, L.TJ. 102'and 2299, Taber and Woodpecker, L.U. 2378, Cardiff and Mor. rinville, Lundbreck, S68; great grain centres of Chicago of Gal- veston is about 800 miles, -and the ir'r-ain of these states have the choice of tvro routes. At the Alberta farmers are getting wonderful yields of grain, but they must not forget, that .some time, no' malter how rich the soil, .-with Constant cropping, it will to a certain extent wear out, the same; as other countries, and the yield will not be so great. When that time comes they will be brought into greater compe- tition, with other countries, both in yield and price. Another handicap is that during the summer months the railway companies bring a large! amount of merchandise to the west, ern country, and at the opening of the grain season. have a large num- ber of empty cars in the West. The companies realize the getting as much grain put before the close of navigation as ixesible. .As a consequence these empty- cars are quickly Joaded and rushed to Fort William, and are'bunched- there wait- ing to and returried. In September 80 per cent, of the grain marketed in Alberta goes through the elevators to fill' these empty cars. ..It takes double the time for a car of Alberta yheat to reach Fort Wil- liam that it does for Manitoba -or years, and are" not likely to 'be lower- ed, while Westward, being only in their are liable to be ma- terially .and the farmers 01 Alberta derive" "additional benefit. There being-no, established lines 01 steamers Vancouver devote'd ex. clusively to the grain trade, there is 10 competition, consequently the cheapest rates have not been fix- ed. are great difficulties to. be overcome, which would .appear 'well ligh insurmountable, but which are not, if all will work together. The principal of these difficulties s the lack of terminal elevators at he Coast, and shippers are obliged 0 sack their grain at a cost of six per When this six cents- comes back to the farmers Al- erta Red .wheat will be independent n the markets of world. There should be sufficient wheat in tore: to encourage "exporters and iefs to come to 'Calgary and Van- ouye'r- for wheat. Liverpool is the permanent wheat narket of the -world, and can Always e relied on to take all -the wheat that an be to it. The' Mexican virket Js a. as list country.- is- shovf; wheat' h'eihal'f of the time.' In that mar- et Alberta Red wheat had gone in mi petition with the Turkey- Red. of vansas, a.tid was greatly -preferred on ccount of nVakiug better flour for lending. Alberta Red .wheat' can Iso control the grain trade M Japan nd- China as well. In order to do iis. however, there must be termin- 1 storajre facilities at the Coast. If ne Dominion Government will as- ?t the movement by building ter- linals at a-n early date, so much the e.tter, but if the Government will not do so efforts should be made to the induce the C.P.R. to undertake work. Mr. Strong wanted to see Alberta at the of the milling industry Gi-iuC WOTm, aliu what ASIATICS CAN JOIN THE B.C shipments affected flour shipments. Flour is now being shipped by the Western route to Great both by the Suez Canal and round the Horn, The rates by these two routes are the same, but when tfce Panama Canal is completed these rates will be cut in two. There are at the present time three lines of steamships call- ing at Vancouver that are prepared to engage in the grain-carrying trade from that port. One is the Blue Funnel line, which goes direct across the Pacific Ocean, through the In- dian Ocean, and by way of the Suez Canal to Liverpool. A French line reaches the same port by way of Cape Horn. The American-Canadian line runs down the cosisi to the Isth- mus of Panama, where the cargo is trans-shipped, and taken across to the Atlantic side, and thence by steamer The last route is quick. er than by the Fort William route, taking only 40 days from Vancouver to Liverpool, while-that around Cape Horn takes about 80 days. During hi? address Mr, Strong re- ferred frequently to the charts and maps of the different routes, which assisted greatly in giving the dele- Important Action Tak en At the Miner's Convention ?ates a better 'idea of the distances between .the different places referred to; The following are a few of the Sguzes given Elects Officers The Cricket Club elected officers for the year last night in St. Augustin's Hall. Seven new members were add- ed. Supt. .J. O. Wilson was-elected president, Kev. J. S. Chivers, J. X. Jones. J. D. Higinbotham, C. A. Ma- grath and Inspector West, Vice-Presi- dents, J. B. Robinson secretary-trfta- captain. Wade is chairman of the grounds committee. J. flings, F.. Sexton and A. Whitton were elected on the executive committee. The advisability of making a wood- ugurate a system of Western ship- ients: of grain; resolved, That this endorse the idea of ship- ing grain to the markets of the orid by the Pacific Coast. That this onvention is of the opinion that -ft 5 the interests f the farmers and every resident in lis province that the name Alberta lould be identified Avith all oats and arley as well as red winter wheat, .esolved, that this meeting recom- lend to the Government of the Do- minion of Canada and the Govern- ments of.the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, that there shall be appointed a grain inspector for the Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, "who has: knowledge and ex- perience in handling and grading the cereals produced in ihese provinces, and that he have charge of all depu, ty inspectors throughout these pro- vinces." The next resolution caused consid- erable discussion, and was as follows: "Resolved, that in order to facilitate the immediate erection of a terminal Jevator -at the Pacific .Coast through' which Alberta grain can be profit- ably exported to the markets of the world, this convention urge the erec- tion by the Dominion Government of terminal elevators at be and controlled by the Gov. ernnient. and this resolution shall :be at once telegraphed to .the Govern- ment at Ott-twa, asking a reply as soon as possible." Mr. E. H. Heaps, of Vancouver, said the Board of Trade of that city had. taken the question up with the Dominion Government, and re- ceived a. reply to the effect that the Government considered that such work should be done by private en terprise. The C.P.R. Company al ready has the site and the whart and if it- can be induced to take up the work the elevator will be ready for next year's crop. If the C.P.R. builds the elevator it can1 do it: as cheap as either the Government or a private company, and more quickly. Mr. D. W. Wanier, of-Edmonton, urged unanimity if they considered that tlie Government should be ask- ed with the effort to keep these people '.the thirty foot provision, of the out of Canada. Speakijjg to the qucs-! tion the President spoke of how "pa-' m triotic Lethbridge and, Canada advance duty to get a boy from China to an agency in Van- had heard a public speaker here state- that if a nian. fell I1J he would not be able to hold the employers liable. He ha4 heard the same argument brought up couver and then, deduct the amount j in the House. The view of a man's out of the boy's wages, making a practical slave for five years. to fall thirty feet was entirely He 'wronff. as the thirty feet referred only also -showed how Asiatic labor was held as a club over the white man, and spoke with some vehemence of how Jaw is broken by. the man to the height of the building, and the workman would receive compensa- tion if he fell in the cellar if he was injured the same as he would if be who represents law in B: C., in em-1 ieil forty feet. However, in the cities labor. that towns of Alberta most of the ;it is ridicttlotis to advise, seuding these people otrc when mincrf vote them in. These Chinese work; for the same wages as ,the whitti labor: He also as" his opinion tals couJd easily be organized. In :the district -Asiatics werb organized and drew the same wages as the white men then the company quit hiring them. By .other argu- buiidings were not thirty feet high, and therefore the act was not exactly fair regarding the thirty foot provi- sion. _. The government had listened to all these arguments, but he said 50 per cent, of the members were "just itch- sitting- uneasy .in their seats, waiting for amendments to' the act-'to be made, which in the end would per- ments he showed .the advisability of "haps leave the act in pitiable and and the grain mai, Pitch suggested, and the sec- ther growers or dealers, are forced to retary was asked to write to England put it on the Winnipeg and Fort Wil. to enquire into the best methods of liam market on a spring wheat basis. Buyers who are not in touch wjth winter wheat are prejudiced against it, and don't take enough interest in it to find a profitable market. The producers of Alberta must get tofeth- er and work up a market of their own. In the years 1906 and 1906 Al- berta Red winter wheat sold on the Winnipeg market at the same prices spring wheat, but this year the best winter wheat on earth sells for three cents per bushel less than spring wheat. In answer to a cable from a grain pHch construction. It was also thought best to get bats and all the sporting accessories from the old CoUn try, where articles of a superior make could be obtained. The subscription fee was fixed at .The chairman then asked if the members had considered whether they wished to play on the Barracks en- closure or on the Park Square. All members m-ere anxious to play in the Barracks enclosure, v to take control and operate ter- minal elevators. The farmers were unanimous on this question.- J. W. Woolf. of Cardston, calcu- lated that next season's wheat crops in Alberta would amount to .000 bushels, and if 6 cents per bushel could be saved to the farmers it would mean Mr. P. .Strong opened the dis- cussion on the subject of "Defects in the Manitoba" Grain Act." He said that he had heard many farmers ex. press stronger and better arguments the Grain Act than he had ever heard from the elevator or rail- way The question of the remedy must be decided in the same spirit of give -and take which had so far characterized the discussions.- There is not a doubt but that the Act caused friction and trouble, and held up shipments. It worked satisfac- torily in Manitoba ..and Saskatchewan, and where there was no dearth of cars. When are secured at Vancouver there...will be no trouble. The farmers of Alberta are laboring under the disadvantages of being so far :from the markets of the world. When he made his first shipment west he had gone to a steamship company and got a rate to Liverpool of ,10 cents less than he cotild get by shijK ping cast. Now the different steam, ship companies are after him for' business.' useless shape. The author of the bill is not inclined to The resolution carried. j touch the'bni at all. He waits to The President spoke of American I the Present act. 'chance -to be" it is tampered with. wanted Legislation pro- organizing the; Chinese and Japanese on. the Coast. capital getting bonus from tricd the Alberta Government and the same! capital employing Japanese. .jviding that coal should be weighed be- The third resolution suggested that tore screcil'nff as it was infair that N'orth Dakota and South Saskatche- wan be made into a sub-district be- longing to District Xo. 18. the del- egate from North Dakcna shoved the vast extent of the field, the unfavor- able conditions under which the men organiz- miners should not be paid for all coal they brought to the surfaced He believed dynamite and caps should be stored in a magazine at the mines. He opposed the use of dyna- mite in destruction of property in the case of strikes. He said "It's up to us as intelligent men to protect. both life This end would be if this measure were adopted. atipn. The i'residt-nt stated that Vice-Pres. Galvin was to bring1 this question up at the meeting- of the executive of the National, Board at Indianapolis. He thought the bear the organization, expenses, and predicted that the Nicola District and Xanaimo would be made a sub-district at the National convention. This was referred back to the con- stitution committee. There was quite a lengthy discus- sion regarding the matter of placing j; Board members permanently in the! banking more money hy this means and keeping the District Secre- {than by their salaries. MINNEAPOLIS MAN DEAD. Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. Lowrey, president of the -Twin'City Rapid Transit Company and of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Marie Railway, died at his home here today after an illness of three years. field tary in his office all the time. A constitutional amendment advis- ed leaving the initiation foe for non- practical miners to the jurisdiction of the several locals. The President stated that this was a matter for the International President to consider as far as practical men are concerned. Some of the delegates thought the in- itiation feo in nil locals should "be fix- ed ond the same for all. Regarding the fee for men there was a marked difference of opinion. The president stated thai tho officials of some companies were taking a rake-off from the unskilled labor. He had told the officials that The difficulty with a difference in that non-practical raan can pet a union card at one camp f or' R small fee and go to another camp where the'fwj ts larger as a full-fledg- ed miner! The initiation fee for d non-practical man was fixed at that is for men earning a day and under. The District oftVe transferred from Blairmore to Fernie. This ac- tion was taken as Femie is more csn- traK The printing, plant and labor paper are there, also half the ship, of the district Iwkmgr to local. Thc salaries of officials will re- superintendents, pit-hossen, etc., were main the Mine for the curmit ymr. ;