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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LK T H n i b a K i A Li t T A, b> v 1 0 ft T, 1 i o "Tifc' THE AUBTA'S TELEPHONES (CtntintMd li'JWi honourable, member for Rosebud with .reference to our-telephone syu- tein it the amount of money new in- vested in tlie "Government" telephone system in this Province, The total amount to tlie olst of December, 1907, U t Question is the cost of operation and maintenance per month? What is the proiit or deficit resulting from such operation. I do not consider this a fair ques- tion at the present stage in the his- of the dttvelopmcnt of this tele- phone system. Up till the last of the year, or almost to the last of the year, wo were constructing lines and DO business into busi- ness expect to make any profit such as have; been asked for on this ques- tion until their plant at k-fist is com- pleted and they ure able to have it in proper operation. However, I am to give some little 'Jnlormation with this particular. Exchanges Show Profit _I am pleased to be able to say that every one of our exchaiifrf.s and al.sc our long lines, although they were' only in operation for ij nhort period at the end oi the year show a profit on the'investment ovei and. expenses of operatidr, and maintenance. If I am permitted to report td'thit House ihonths" from now relative to the operation of our sys tein I will be able to give much mon complete-report than it is possible U give or I think reasonable to ask at the present stage of the history o; this business. We have fixed .cer tain rates and charges for the ser- vice that we are giving to the of the Province. These rates art based on the cost of operation, slight amount-for depreciation ii plant and repairs and interest o: the money invested. believe when our system is 'complete, tli> rates established will :b adequate'to provide what I have out lined. It may be in some cases tha' we will be able to reduce these rate somewhat, thought it advis able to endeavor to: set'a rate' so tha' we would not find ourselves at th end of the year having to face a '-de ricit in the operation'of or.r systen arid make it necesasry to raise ihr rates. It is always found muc- easier to reduce rates or prices ii any business than, it is to raise them arid this will especially apply in con nection with Government operations We arrived at the basis of our rate; from investigation 'in and ir the United States where Invk-pendcnl Telephone companies were operating in competition with the Tele .i. phone Company, and we tha we have established a rate'that ,wil not have io be increased al least. he tewna, chici and rilltfei of the country, but aUo in the' rural ;ricts, should be 'at the service of ivery no nifttVr what his voca- tion may bo, or how he may be sit- uated, and it'is the intention of tlie Government to go on until this Pro- vince is a'net work of telephone lines. Covtr Province Judging from our experience so far the cost is not going to be of such great magnitude as was anticipated when.we commenced our operations. From our experience so far we be- lieve that we can connect every town in the. Province from Athabasca Landing to Cardston and Medicine Hat to Lloylminster, at; well as pro- vide a large number of rural that are. bbing u.skc-d for with'an ex- penditure of not morv, if more; very little more than 'a million dollars. This you will see, Sir, is a very much Province of Manitoba to purchase Bell Telephone company's system in that Province, and the area that our lines have to travel over to ac- complish what I have coinmunieuted is very much larger than that winch 'he Bell System covers in Manitoba If the. Government weiv to provide- Jus system and carry it. :ui a debt :'or all time and pay the interest or that debt out of the Revenue of tin. and only charge for the service thai is given to the people, lie actual cost of that service and >he depreciation of the plant, 1 be ieve it is one of the best hat this ...Province could make "at the present time. I hope 1 have made this matter suf cientiy clearj mid if thi-re is. any >cint I have not cleared up to UK iatisfaciion of- the -honourable 'mem- jors I will be pleased.'to.'endeavor to U> so to the best of my ability' witlj -he information I have at my clis; josal at tlie present'time. I think it is a splendid tiling foi he Province, and as I said -before think; it deserves the' hearty, sup >ort of the'people of the Province and it will have that support. .'hcny may be'a few exceptions by hose who may be interested directly indirectly. in large corporation in- irrst.s in this Province. Management of System a .word as to the inanagcmenl f this system. It" is thought at the Present stage of its development it an be more cheaply and efficiently with the organixation wr tave already got together under tin 'irtction of the Depjirtment that 1 iave charge of. After the system has jeen completed and it has got intu more settled state than it is at then the people of the Pro- rt'.ths result of t dereliction of duty 'can only be remedied the recognition and performance of the duty thill has been od. 1 belifve, STiy ilmt the GoVern- ment of .'Iberia is just as competent to manage the Telephone System as any cofjiniaeiori that the Government might jume. There is uo doubt that it is possible for evils to creep in, but there is no reason why they '.should, and it is possible for the Gyveniiijcnt to so manage this utility that it will be managed much mere conomically than a commission could manage it, and more in the interests of the peo- ple, and just as t'iiicienL A commis- sion not be responsible to the people and would be more likely to become arbitrary of Jealing' with this business than the Government would dare or ike. Iy-. become. i may .Kay, Sir, that there has not been any suggestion made by our Mends that we should put the pub- lic works department under a com- nissiQii, that work of the pub- .ic works as regards building roads, bridges and .public buildings and Other things in- connection with the Province; and 1 'maintain, Sir, that fhe work of this department is car- -ying on in connection with this part the '-business of tlie Province is 'ust as di HI cult and just as open to :vil influence, if you'like to call it 'hat, as would be the telephone busi- ic.s or any other business that the. joverhment'may be conducting. I might add, further, 'that Australia its railroad system for a num- ber of year.s the syatern -was not of- icient and did not pay. The Gov- sent to Canada and secured man from the Canadian Pacific tuilway, Mr. Thomas Tait. He went that country and undertook the management of the .Government sys- with tlie result that it is now good condition and is a paying :nterprisa. Briefly, Sir, the bill now before the- a short Act providing for, the, Government construction and operation ot .a telephone- and tele- graph system as a public Work. Sec-1S Remdval Nbitice We are now located two doors south of Bauk of Commerce and ure pre- to do all kinds of Up-to-date Tailoring I -Also Cleaning and Pressing bolh Ladies' and Gentle- men's Garments Goods culled for and deli ve reel 11 11 i I It I H I i III II11 M11U i I i i Hi 111mill! Opportunhies Neglected are Lost S ;i IT LOSE 16 roomed house, centrally balance easy. 5 roomed cottage and. 2 snap at this figure. PROFESSIONAL 11111111 M I ll ij II 11 j i 111 i il Enginetrt and A. Mutton I Phone 265 NOTICE 'Jon three provides for 'the'Govern- ment to issue' debentures for money borrowed by the Governinent. Pro- vision: being in'ade in regard to all of'-financial detail involved in the carrying out of the purposes-.of this measure. honourable in H friond from Rose bud proposes tb ask the difJ-'rence ii rates the Bell people are charging and the rates that the Government I may e handled MWS OF CARDSTON it better that it should Curdston, Feb. Tuesday ev- the regular monthly' meeting of the council convened'in the ollice of in r engaged to nil. In this respect J fYSr i b -1 must be lorthcommg shortly. to SeL "1S mcrnoeih in bii.ipe. lor tne snv nni in s >r engaged nay say the Government has in every lepartment that is conducting tffairs of this Province- capabTo men tt the head, who arc conducting the jusinesa not in' the intsrests of the party machine, as some of our friend? n the Opposition press siiem to think .t is doing, but in the interests ofj the'i Doubtless thu. ratepayers will be plenscd to learn that ]Mr. Van lirown is suing the town for S75, a month's pay, to earn .which it is said .some DOIT.inion Fair at Calgary. The members are nil young men and they arc making every endeavor "tol place themselves at the top of the list for the Province' of Alberta. Cardston's Don't Fail to Read It 2 days work was performed. j Mr. HrowM was the .ore'-, justly proud of them. pf construction in the waterworks! DELIVERIES' i the memory of which Sinre th-> snow storm there >eople without to nationality, J omce UK aiiow m mere I will linger rormany years with the X i i i i Teed or politics. WWKl J WO. 1 t I I I A" r i''4 r rate payers, as tlivy make the ncces-! intV, elevators N'o One of the greatest countries from i I. LUHISIOIT citAators. he point of .public ownership in tlie iritish -Empire, t-nri 1 think perhaps may say in the world today, is the jolony of New Zealand. .This colony )ractically owns all its railway sys- em. jy a Some years ago it "decided sary hustle to pay of! those dcbcn- douht this is due to the fact turcs. SCHOOL iiOAHD'MEETING' bt-en fewer teams making the trip No that hauling wagonv is more' difficult and there is not enough snow for The regular monthly meeting of, -sleighing. the. School Hoard was held at 6 Tlie A. L. Foster Co. elevator. plebiscite to place the railway n tluv.hands of a commission, hcre- oforc it had been in the hands of the jovernment, niaiiRgfd by the railway- the Government. Thcre lad been no fault found with thai Mianagemoht, no evils had crept ..in, bat for fear that evils or something .vould develop Uiat was not desir- ible the question was submitted to people and by a vote they de- jided to place the management of ;he railway under a commission. This vas fixed for'five years. It was put n thf; hands of a commission in such t way that it could not be changed Cor five years. At the five dissatisfaction hnd been dock p. m. in the the in chnrSe of Pew the: last man. W. O. Lee. on Tuesday last. AH members were present. The chief business was the princi- pal's report for'January-ami ihc passing of a number of. small bills for supplies aggregating some S73. The'-lioarrl also, ordered some kin- dergarten supplies for Part I. Stewart's room.' On account of the'heavy fuel bills under the present heating system, 10 stoves being now in use, the Board infurmaily the installation of si steam heating plant in the school at some future time. The school had sonic members to enter this for buying. From all accounts they are doing good bus iness and have already shipped out several cars. Farir.ers nro paid all amounts at I par at tho'C.' E. Snow Jt- Co. Hank. Card.st.on thus has four outlets for Miss i where formerly thorc was but j one. the AU.ierta-Pacific Elevator Co. addition we have McLennan Bros, of Winnipeg, represented by W. Straiton and W. S. McLaughlin Co. of the same place represented by W. 0. Lee -fc'Sons. CATTUE SALES The mnrkul for rough lieef has been enrolled in Jaimury. 50 of whom arc! uns.il the hist children of non-residents. wouks, during which time-Mr. L. A Few of the Features: A. Labor Golumri A Column for Women "A Duchess Who Lived in Southern by E. N; Barker, of Cardston. And last, but not least, "My Dad's by "The Lord Mayor's Son Also, all the General Telegraphic News and in the management of the road j The principal's report showed each cosky of Winnipeg, has taking j ji ;nder a commission, .Jind .another room as follows: ofTcrinffs nt fair This.I jj )lebiscite was taken and the people .voted.it he placed where it was be- fore, under the management of the Department .1. Miss .Stewart teach-; gontltfman has often dtMlfwith the r, dnrollcd-u-j, percentage of attend-1 cattlemen of this district and has ancc.Hir the month .78. Government. j Department 2, }liss fonr.- Changing our form of management j or teacher. now in charge would not alter conditions. Evils j -nrolVcl TJ2. of attendance for month Department 3. Standard IT. McLcnhnm tcachor. nnroUed 58, infnnt child, ccntngc of attendance, S-l. SEA GRASS CHAIRS Direct from Cbiiia in bamtifal that will-stand an immense amovnt of wwir awl Unr. Good style. Our cash basis enablet m to mmrk these goods at a small margin. TR Tnrpin Furniture Co. LcthbrMge a reputation for doing things on the square. We are ploasotl to welcome', him. AN OTHER At ihe home of Mr. A. M. Spencc the last rites were for The Evening Herald is on sale at the following places in the city and district: Popartmeut Standard ITT. Miss Councillor U'm. Thire. of. the' ston Word Hishopric, was in c Orilla enrolled of the service." and the ripOftkers (now retlucod to 8.1. Presidents V.. and Thos. j Department G. Standard V.r Mr. Do Duce. Voe Woolf teacher, enrolled por-1 We trust tlmt nur friends will be centngo 0.1.' fcnnsoleu and ihnt they may be the lOepfirtnient 7. Standard VI., Miss last in Cardston for a .long, long t Pordon teacher, enrollwl 7, percent- time to puss through this sad cx- nge not given. Department 8. Standard VIT cipal Lou-, enrolled 7 centnge 97. pot'ienco. Prin- It is reported that the infnnt child per-1 of .Mr. Jos. Hail is seriously ill. Mr. .1. M. -Wr.ght is also said to K. Sage's Bookstore J' Vr J. J. Johnston's Brag Store J. B. Higinbotbam's Dnig Store R. Raj-mond S. L. Eversficld, Cardston Westlake Bros., Nelson Powell, Coleman Philip Hart, Bellevue Root. Bairrl, Frank Donald McLeod, Blairmore Dr. Johrt'ston, ljunrlbreck A. Yonng Co.. Ajlacleo.! H. E Bryant, Claresho'm E. J, Mitchell, Pincher Creek Beattie Atchison, Craiibrook, B.C. F. B. ROLF8ON ARCHITECT J I Whitney Daily Herald Market Place kive Mythiif It icH tr tt reit HKC it M this If ywi wilt mytUif we tkit column. 25c OM iucrtiM for S! LOST BROOCH ten dollar gold- piece initials, A. to-A. Finder will bs given by leaving at the Herald office. 48-2 BOARD AND ROOM BOARD AND KOOM .can be given to respectable Apply to B. "Oxl.ind, Bompas St. WANTED DRILLING OUTFIT, required to operate in Section 16, Township 10, R 24, W. Apply P. 0. Box 332 Leth- briclgc. Ap- WANTED GOOD GENERAL SERVANT. ply to Mrs; P. L. Naismith. WANTED SMART GIRLS to run sewing 'ma- chines. Good wages and steady: work Also girls io learn weaving. Apply Lctlibridge Woollen Mills'. 473 A SNAP FIVE ROOMED HOUSE for sale, plastered throughout, North Ward, easy terms. Apply to box. W, Herald office. 48-2 j" TENDERS WANTED SEALED BULK TENDERS will be received by the undersigned until 5 o'clock p.-rn., Feb. 18th, for the work of all trades, except heating, required in the erection of an additional atorey to the Coaldaie Hotel at this place. Separate Tenders for the heating will be received at the same time. The lowest or any tender not ne- cessarily accepted. Plans' and specifications on view at the offices of the architect, rooms 20 and 21 Southard Building. 439 JAMES A MACDONALD. Architect Johnny, go down to the cellar and get some coal. Is mamma. no coal go clown to Fred store' and scinm coal at once. Son--Can't do it. My sbotis are worn on I. a pair At the same time. The school is graded 'be improving s.'owlv after a severe out poison near Main Street that, torizc their cnninc friends pnv a ccod 1 j I effectual in removing to the hap- round ta.x upon them and then equipped. The principal stated that! jllncss. the chief dilliculLy xvas in contending j A round dozen of irate owners of !py'hunting'grounds. no less than ft with tardiness. He hoped to estaV; fancy dogs are bemonning the loss of dozen dogs. Among the nuirbcr are lish..a better record '-in this respect their favorite canines. Last evening, some of the most valuable in town. for Ihc month of February. [some pnrtj- or parties put! Those who properly for nnd t this kind. I i awake to find them ruthlessly rios-1 troyed, arc not to be blamed for! getting on the war path in a case of i Leave ordcri at F. GowY PHONE: TO P.O. BOX 121 MMMMtMMMMMtM ;