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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta ttTHiRIOOf, ALbtHTA. THURiOAY, FEIRUARY 6, 1908, THE STORY OF AUERTA'S TELEPBWffiS In his speech in introducing an! act respecting Government Telephone! and Telegraph systems, Hon. W. H. Cashing said: In ujpving the second reading of this bill I would like to use a stock phrase of tho honorable1 member for Rosebud, "to make a few observa- tions" with reference to'the telephone business of the Government in the province. If the honorable member hud waited untir after this bill had -been read a second time he would probably not have required to give- notice of a number.of questions he proposes to ask tomoro-.v. It is my intention to give a short review of our work in tins connection that the legislature may know what has been done since work was comcnced on the Government Tel- ephone System. As the honourable members aw aware, at the first session of this Le- gislature it was decided that the Government should undertake the work of building trunk linos through- out the Province, .and a vote of -000.00 was for the purpose, of commencing- this' work. Officials Engag-sd The first action that was taken .was to obtain, the opinion of men capable to give expert testimony on "the telephone business.., ;had a man in 'the' Province, who was coin" potent every way to.' advise -the Government hi this regard, we did not need to go outside of our .own Province to secure the nccestiry in- formation. -The man I rrfer to is Mr: A. Moore, of Red Deer, manager of the Red General Electric and Western Telephone com- pany. Mr Moore is an "electrical en- gineer of superior ability, which has been demonstrated in connection with the company's system hi Red Beer, and I think I a in' .within the mark when t say that telephone' system in operation in Reel. Deer is Kccond to none in Canada for cfKcien- We also engaged "at that time the services of Mr. James Grierson, who had been for twenty years superin- tendent'' of construction end repairs on the" division of the Canadian Pa- cific Railway telegraphs, with head- quarters at Calgary. I had personal knowledge of Mr. Griersrm's 'ability in connection .with the work, as had also my deputy, Mr. Stocks. Mr. Grierson was engaged as superintend- ent of construction. the r'. re- sults we have had in coniiectton with his work we made no. mi-take in ap pointing him.; to: this position. We also able to secure tho .services of an expert .telephone man, who had spent fourteen yyars in ,the service of the Bell Telephone. in-. On- lariq. When ho left "tlv service of that' company .he was district- man ager for them, which position' he left of his own accord to come Weit, and was engaged by the government. to look after our exchange work. This gentleman haa also proven tc; be capable anu efficient in every way. His name is Mr. Alex. J. .Rich We required in connection -with thic work, as it waa "evident iiv the nea: future that it would assume consid- erable proportions, a', man who could undertake the management of the business, and we fortunate in securing the- services of Mr. Sam Edwards, wlip, had been -in the ser- vice of .the Canadian Pacilc Railway for twenty-five years, who H an elec- erical engineer and who h.id worked to the top. with that_ company, and is considered in. every wxy qualified to fill the position as manages- of oiir systc'm. .Mr. Edwards has also given every satisfaction in th? discharge of his dutios in carrying "out this -im- portant vrork. This in a few words is the manner in which the Department of which I have charge went to work to organize the telephone business of. the -Pro- vince. First Lino We commenced our wivk in Sep- tember 1S06 in building a line from Calgary to Banff. It waa considered that a line was required through this district owing to the fact that large business interests were locating in the mountains and in summer season a great many people spend their time in Banff and it was C.T- 1 pected that this -line would be large- ly used and would be remunerative from almost.1 its..... .Some parts of this line, in fact the greater part of it, was: somewhat difficult to build-owing to the fact that some parts of this .in fact, the greater part of it, was somewhat difficult to build owing to the fact that some thirty or forty miles of it was prac- tically in a very mountainous psrl of the. country. Howerer, .we hid this line completed and in operation last April and it hag been giving good service since that time. We made Arrangements for an ex- between the Government sys- tem and the JJell system in' Calgary :0 all the customers of the have the advantage of this long dis- tance line, oould not During last winter we were active in securing poles and material for the extension of-our lines. It was ray privilege to explain to this House at some length during the 'ast session what the policy of the Government was in regard to toe telephone question. I understood at ;liat time that the policy waa com- oieiuk'd by every member' of the House, as well by the country at largo. If I mijrht digress a little just here, it "might. bo'of interest.to explain some matters which'relate to some 'A the questions that are proposed be utikod by the honourable mem- ber for Rosebud. There been omctiiing said .some n the proa in regard to the undesir- or otherwiHe of duplicating ines iri the Province. I may say ..hat has no desire lor has .'since the comriieuceicent of vhis .work in the Province any deeire 'o duplicate lines, but when- this vork was undertaken it was under- taken with the intention, as expreif- >ed "in riiy remarks to this House 'ast session thai ,vould have a" telephone system of Us own connecting part of this ;air Not only the towns, villages and ..cities of Alberta, but also the rural portions where tele- phone comunScation was practicable and where the.people desired to'have V Only Oni System I said the Government did not de- sire, nor does it 'desire at the present time. to. have a dual system" of tele- phones in any part of this Province, but ,is anxious that there should be one telephone system owned by the Government or by the Government and the municipalities of the .Pro vincc combined. A little over a year ago just before the meeting of the Scott, special agent bi the Bell Tele- phone company, came to Edmonton and -saw "me" relative to telephone matters. He spent a considerable length' of time pointing out from hi point of view that thd Government was making a mistake in going into 'he telephone business at all, anc that he did not think" it was possible for our venture in" this direction to be' successful. I informed him a what was the policy of the Government, which was to build our lines" wKere they were required and .vliere his company did'not have any but that the ultimate intention was to own a complete system over "he-Province; that if his company not want to compete with the Government system and did not wish 'o have duplicated lines in the Pro- vince the -Government was pre- pared to take over their tance lines' at valuation at time they were disposed to ne- gotiate with the Government. .'Bell Company's Reply Mr. Scott informed me that he was only, a servant of the company and could not give me any reply to a pro-i posal of that nature, but that he would be in Montreal within the next week or two and -would place matter before .president would see the Government again .with reference to it. I saw him three or four weeks later." He wanted to know .if there was any. use' of his coming to see the" Government in the matter. ,1 said if he .had'any- thing to sell- if he were coming to negotiate for the sale -of his lines I waa sure the Government would be glad to take the matter up. I omitted to mention that Mr. Scott made a proposal at that time, or ftot disposed to 'fell out buiUMts 'iiitertbts ia Alberta, but that hii company was willing to its plant to au .Alberta company in which' the Province would be a controlling shareholder and they would hold stock in such company equivalent to the price at which they would gcii the plant.- I replied to this communication personally inti- mating that if his company were g to iu juterestK in AlberU to a company, Government to hold a controlling interest in it, J any good reason why they were not willing out to the Government, and 1 expressed the hope that he would reconsider the matter and look -more favorably on our proposal. Mr. Size, replied" July 4th to the effect that' the Bell Tele- phone company was not disposed to entertain the proposal of selling out its interests in this Province. This in' ihort are practicaMy all the negotiations that have passed be- tween the Government and the Bdl Teh-phone company in regard to the disposed of their plant in Alberta, as judging from the replies of Presi- dent SiM I did not consider that it was much use continuing the corres- pondence any further at that; time. No Off the proposed question of the honourable member as to any amount offered, there was not any amount offered as 1 did not consider the negotiations had readied the stage, when amounts could be discus- sed in connection with the. matter as the value of the plant the company owned would necessarily have to be determined1 by gome one competent to make such valuation. This, Mr. Speaker, is an answer to the proposed -questions of the hon- ourable member for Hbsebud from number one to nine. (Te Continued Tomorrow) STANDING OF LETHBR1DGE SCHOOLPUPHS The standing of the- pupils of the public schools for January giver with the names, in order 01 HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT '-Standard D. Nirrmons, G Virtue, C. G. Simmons, Winnifred Hyssop, M. Maddaugh, G. Haley, J Conn. W. J. Hyssop, P. Sheffield T. iliebach, F. Johnston, V. Crofts .1} Macbeth, X. llnrdv, O. Btaflord E; Cook, W. Hyssop. t. Roy, C Sherlock, s: Lowthcr. Standard E. Snyder, W. Ralej R.' 1'. Harding, F. Me Dunsworth, J. McKillop, X Parrj-, J. Kenny, VJ. Wallace, Frame. G. Lalibcrtc, H. Ilazoll, L Kane, M. Siinpsonj II. Hamilton, L Kane, ilcCulioch, L, Shrumm D. PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT ,Standadr A. Johnson L. Stev- ens. E. M.. Hutton. F Lcwther, P. Hamilton, G. -Oliver, I Shirley, A. Morgan, J'. Hyssop, Mi later on, I am not jutt aure of the exact .time, that the Bell people would not undertake to build any M. Dunstvorth, J. Living stone. M. Glayzirr. A. Xaismith, H Reynolds, J. SchwciUcr, Rl Urcl A. Niven, L. McDiarinid, C. Shcrloc X. Kirkhum, T. Crofts. A. J.'attcsot M, Maclcod. if. Tiffin. A. Henderson The Lethbrtdge Auction Mart 410 ROUND STREET TO LOAN Ou Pertouil Effects of every description at reasonable of interest. Frank G.Waddington AUCTIONEEK Opportunities Neglected are Lost ri'T TlltCJL _ 16 roomed house, centrally located. down same, balance easy. 5 roomed cottage and 2 lots Bartlett Street, cash. snap at this figure. i 11 llllllillllillHllliii :j Removal Notice 1 1 We are now located two doort gouih of Bank of Commerce and are pre- pared to do all kinds of i; Op-to-iiBte Tailoring j: Alto 1 Cleaning and Pressing both Ladles' aud Gentle- i men's Garments Goods called. for anddeliverkl The Alberta Railway and Irrigation Cflinpany Is now offering for sale the CHEAPEST LOTS ON THE MARKET lots Nortii of the Bailroalafld West of Westminster H. FROM jg t EACH Also a few Acre Lots East of Westminster Road, each J'. TPP M P? A QV Qne-third cash, one-third 6 X JLIVLYIQ month8, balance 12 monthi. Interest 6 per cent, per annum Uterti Irlny Irrigate Ci (Urt Ita, for 'B Wrtu for aaj t. 0. QaBtUTT, PROFESSIONAL CAKM ORS mwAirr, geou DentuU. Hoiin; la. 12 IK; 1 U) HAMILTON 4 VOUNO Enf and Block, W.i.QALBRAITH, M.DX.M. Phycician, Office 914 Redpath 91. 'Phone 9a.m., t-3. p.m. K.C.; O.C.L., B. C. L. CONYBEARE It JOMCi Etc. Office: Conybeare Block. Uthbridfa. AHa. I A. Mutton I Phone 265 in-ill ii i um ii i ii H r. OU, JI. Simpson; A. Shir- ley, W. Dixon, H. HcClenaghan, H. Davis, B. i'icpgrass, Weather by, F. Virtue, G. Holt, G. Moran, M. Jarvis, T. W. Thompson. H. HutchiJison, J. Kingston, W. Mctlar- dy, C. EHuyn. Sinclair, G. An- derson, Senior Part T. Hardy, 'C' Ell- wyn, F. Humphries, A. Seaman, Little, A. E. Freumaii, Parry, L. Thompson, F. Jlocbuck, G. V. I. Facts about Gridley, Biggs and Sunset Cotes in Butte and Slitter Counties, Cal. California's Greatest Deciduous Fruit District Five to six crops of alfalfa annually.; Climate which has made the state famous. Plentyvof cheap water for irriga- tion. No cyclones, no blizz.jrxU, no droughts. Continuous growing and: Eichest soil in the elate, and home of diversified fanning. Oranges ripen from four to six weeks earlier than in other parts of the state railroads, telephones and good schools. Electric interurban cars connecting with the large cities, Irrigation from Feather Kiver, the third largest stream -ill, Annual rain fall 20" inches. More than 300 dap qf sunshine every year. Magnificent good A place to live and a snre place to make money in; Write or call on H. W. FRILLING, bun! tyit irrlfiW MCt. rfCtilfnii i I art, K. Readc. X. Link, X. Hazcll. Moore, Whitney, :-C. Cook, G. Muclteth, R. McKay, K- Patteson, (M. Gray, J'. W: McKeown, E. IlajfvH, A. Fisk, K. M. Kane, M.' Lavenck, J. A. M. Smith, K. Virtue. McEwen, M." Smith, J. M. Fleetwood, McXabb, M. Standard I, Primary F. Porter, R. Niven, L. Smith, M. HiginbothaiJi, .M. Seaman, .11.. Tay- lor, M. Donaldson, M. Seaman, II. Brodie; K. Gaul, F.. Ashcroft. Class Hyssop, LJ. 15. Mcgre- dy, E. HisscU, If. Bi.ssett R. Simmons, M. Perry, Parnell, iJ.-Jones, A'. McDiarmid, G. F. Woodcock, Geo. Taylor, R. Reticle, R. Roosa, D. Ciark. Snyder, K. Pierce, A. Toullc, G. Cnldur, K. Pipes, S. Locker, J. Ha- milton, W. Iletxlerson, L 'For Informatiou and Literature Gstei, Cinii Agents Wanted w H, Roebuck, W. ilcar, Martin. SnyderVTJ'.'Stew-l''J- Furman, X. Uolderlson, C. Heijfhes, A. Humphries. J. Mit- F. Whitney, .C.- Bearrt- sley, E. ilcCann, 31. Perry. E. more lines in the Province provideu the Government did not interfere with their existing lines and exchang- es in Alberta. I informed him I did not think the Government' would en- tertain a proposal of that 'kind. Hutton, R. Sloan, R. Pulley, A. Calder. F. E. Mcllardie, V. Oibaon. C. Gibcon Standard Snydcr, A. ics, E. Jones, L. Laliberty, J. Wal- lace. TV Pennefathcr, F. McDiarmid, Writes the Last June. I instructed pur manapcr Mr. Edwards, to' write a letter to 'the president. C. F.. of the Tele- phone cdmpany making a proposal that our .Government was willing to enter into negotiations with his com- pany to purchase their entire plc.nt in Alberts. On the 2pth of June, Mr. replied intimating that his com- R. Link, D. Nyhoff, II. If. Davies, MncKenzie, H. Coiii- G. Ott; L. Mason, W. C, Fairhurst, M. Frnme, G. Chili, S. Taylor, K. V.Hwiinonrt, J. JE. S'ainforth, D. Murray. H. Lethbridge, F. Whitney, J. Pipes, 'K. Taylor, vS Henderson. A. Ott, Gillespie, M. V. Hngell. M. M. Lcishman, G. Shaw, V. Smyth, R.MacDonald, S. Holt. Standard 1, rrirnary. Senior Class, ifcAdoo, K.. Hallworth, C. Mc- Cann, W. Locker, E. Kunsty D. Holt, C. Scott, A. Queen, 0. Thompson, R. Fielding, P. ITouk. V. I. Scott, F. Jones: Inter-- mediate Higinbbtnam, W. Evans, A. Ellis, If. Poote, A. West-; ley, J. Taylor, A. Lewis, D. N. Whitney. Junior Low tbcr, N. Thompson, A. Ashcroft, E. Wallace, J. Burrell, H. Reed, A. Lawson, W. Adam, P. Williams, G. Wills, L. Schweitzer, B. Farrell. N. Wills, B. Waddell, E. Gaul, n. King- ston, C. Fairfield. A. Ala- trier.s, E. Brudbcer, 1. McXab. j WESTMINSTER SCHOOL j Standard Vv. WaUson, Fredorickson, G. Wat-! son, A. Logan, K. lianimarborg-, .Standard TJI. F. Dunsworth, M. Hyssop, M. Xini-i 5 This Business is Con- ducted on a Cash Basis Ten per cent discount spot CTih, or half own, balance short term lien note. No notes istued on bills of goods of less than 150. "I Turpin Furniture Co. Re4potk Street IRS FmMn 'm: I Jazell, R. Stewart, L. Perry, W. Ma- aon, E.' Jackson, M. McLcllan, A. Parry, c. ReynoUls. .Standard II, Division Fos- ter, D. Young, L. Geycr, A. IJving- stonc, -L. IJurrcll, 1L Wallace, K. M. VcCannT I. McAdoo, P. Otaon, E. Ilumphrios, J: V. Thompwon, S. Carroll, D. E. Hutton, %L. Brans- come, F. Fiske, F. Tlageli, M! Chris- tiansen, F, Roosa, F. Hill, -P. Crftiff. SUndard I, Kvinion Ilender mons, II. Sprout, A. Hyssop, A. liar j vie, A. .Miller, C. Slatlp, -M. Craw- Carter, S. Stolz, J. Gra- ham. Standard ITT, Munrbc, TJ. Bonjp, J. McLean, M. Stevenson, S. Munroo, M. Washbrook, S. McLca ry, >f. M.' Crawford, J. Hurst i L. Russell, A. Raines, NVBaincs, L. Ctiin. Standard II, Vere, (B. Boulton, H. P. Sprout, M. Xewton, K. Uodinp, W. Wishart, -A, NOTICE TIKE NOTICE M all persons indebted to the late partnership of Hick Wakel; are topajtiieiriddelitediiess tortlraitli to Fred Hick in tie city of letltliridge, and all persons having claias against tiie said fin of lid anreqiirrito prent the sane to tte said Fred Kiel for Dated at tte 1st daj of February ID. IS' m M SYNOPSIS OR COAL MINING REG- ULATIONS Coal mininp rights of the Dominion in Manitoba, Alberta the Yukon Territory, the North-Wesi Tcrritoriea and British may W. C. SIMMONS Advocate. Bairiatar, tic. Office: Southard Block. Money to Lend oh Town and Farm Property, B. C. MOORE Funeral Director and Cmbalmw to Presbyterian Office Phone 101. 131 f. B. ROLFSON ARCHITECT Rotm t Whitney HeraU Market JIM km wytktaf to atH tt H ta tUi If jm wait nc tfeb SI LOST BROOCH ten.dollar gold- piece brooch, initials, A. to A. Finder will be given by leaving at the Herald office. BOARD AND-ROOM .BOARD AND .ROOM can given to two respectable men. Apply' to E. Oxland, Bompaa 61. 444 SERVANT, WANTED SERVANT WAXTED-A good gen-, eral servant wanted at once. Apply to Mrs. J. E. Lethbridge, RwJpath street. WANTED DRILLING OUTFIT, required to citrate in Section 16, Township 10, R 34, W. Apply P. 0. Box 332 Leth- b ridge. WANTED GOOD GENERAL SERVANT. ply to Mrs. P. L. Naismith. 42 tf bs leased for a tenn of tvrenty-one years at an annual rental of an acre. Not more than acres will be leased to one applicant. Application for a lease must be made to the Agunt-of Sub-Agent of the district in which the rights ap- plied for are situated. In surveyt-d territory the land must be described by sections, or le- gal, subdivisions of sections, and in ungurvsyed territory the tract appli- ed for shall be staked out. Each application must be accom- panied by a fee of which -will be refunded if the rights applied for are not available but not otherwise. A royalty shall be paid on the mer- ij I charitable output of the mine at the i Hurst. Reding, W. Nisbet, B. son. L. McKwcn, L Smith, F.Hon-j Scott' w- Cain' J- M. Lcck, C. King, .J. McKtiy.i Standard TI, Uarnett, E. V. Redmond, F. Hutton, L. Fair-' Boulton, J. M. Hyssop, tiurst, M. E. Goodman, C.i L. Ott, K KitchcJl, T. Pierce, E. Gaul, M. Ashcrort, E: XJren. Standard I. tHvinioa 2, O. Hyssop, Hen Scott, C. Fielding, P. Morris, M. Young, A. Gocimaw, V. J, L." Dunsworlh, C. Cockerill, C. Fow- ler, U Pctrie, P. Sum- mers, Hopcriifi., J. Hwtlett. rate of five cents per ton. Every lessee of coal mining rights which are not bping operated shall furnish the district Agent of Domin- ion Lands with a sworn statement to that effect at least once in each year. The lease will include 'the coal mining rights only.' but, lesce may be permitted to purchase whatever available- surface rights may be con- sidered necessary for the working of the mine at thr rate "of an acre. For full information application 'j Harvic, A. Oros, W. Crbok, J. .Rilcy be to the Secretary ofj j> TT T T 4 r-'thc Department of the Interior, Ot- Standard IT. Burnett E.', 0 i lawa, or any Agent or Sub-Agent of. Rarnett, A. Hunt. Mike Raker, M.) Dominion Lands. Harrington, and L. Xisbct, F. Pctro- TO RENT FURNISHED ROOM in fully mod- ern house. Apply corner Bartlett and Courtland Sts. 48-1 WANTED SMART GIRLS to run sewing ma- chines. Good wages and steady work. Also girls to learn weaving. Apply Lethbridge Wooikn Mills. The Herald Ik Akrti Standard Gciger, M, ,Voro, M. Barclay, D. Russell, tt, Hys sop, C. Ihas, M. G. .Pres- ton, K. Hopcrrtft, O. Peacock, P. Hickmore, W, Rilcy, A. Moody. Part said the boss, "we only work then eight hours a day. find I, UoriuSr.g, I, Pftrt 2, C.' Pirock, 1C. Wilson, C. Hcaton, K. Papp, j Bairies. C. Boulton, T. Ixigan, H. F.rown, A. Vcre, J. Pctranich, B.J Garochc, W. G. Peacock, Watson, G. W. Ikinch, A. (A.-Foster, E. Wnshbrook, R; Ritchie W, W. CORY, R. Potrovisk, W. Fryer, J. i Deputy Minister the Interior. Sprout, J. Fcycr, J. irnrvie, A. Me- publication of that's plonty. We find it's'all Loary, M. Logan. S. this advertisement will noi paid: can stand and keep in L __________________i______ j A shabby individual leaned forward from a end Carpet ButiRO and r 3 tun OKI nar! nc said Window Cleaaita Co, I know a. z. Watmouch, S. Nowton, F. Ihaz. L. i ,T. Wishhart, A. Spront, W. Shaw. Stove Pipes mlso a in twelve and thirteen hoani.t "Poohr snetred the boss, "I waa It, ;