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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 9, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta /0L13ME X. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FI-JJRUARY 9, 1917 NUMBER 51 SAYS GERARB RELEASED-~H imm SCENES LUSlTANiA KE VIA MEXICO niECMA I All the Horrom of Lusitania Trai^edy Were Repeated- Sank in Seven Minutes . Local Oifficet in Flying Corps VIVID/DESCRIPTION OF LATEST TRAGEDY Explosioh terHfic, Killing Several on Board-Crew Says ThereWere Two Subs Loridpn, Feb. ,9;-"Not since the terrible ; disaster to, the Lusitania were euch scenes enacted," says a diariatch receiyed here, descjibing the sinking �f the stumer California graphically, "as w'ere -witnessed when survivors, passengers and crew of the torpedoed Anchor liner California, were lafided last night. "Synipatlietic crowds gathered and chaered'the survivors as they descended Vere carried down the gangway of this tesculng vessel. Motor cars, ambulances and' other vehicles were in readinesa to convey the victims of the latest German sea outrage to Iios-pitals and hotels, and a strong feeling of Indignation was evidenced as the wounded were botng carried on strojej^pr? 'from the rescuing ship to the'many'pbnveyanceg. "Secqrtarpiflcer McCallum of the liner wasj in^ his shirt 8lee','e8 and wearing^yateriSDalfed clothes, having beea?;ffltjai�''%^M(�*i; �oin� time before he nrftC*�4ettM.r'''l�cCallura sald.tfee pa88#|efi(.ntiinWed^3 and were 1� the second cabin.- The voyage was a comparativelyfair one for winter passage; -The weather was clear with a heavy swell, but the sea was calm at S.lfli o'clock In the morning on Wednesday when the steamer was strucic by a, torpedo^ close by No, 4 hatch. The ship shook from end to end, and McCallum, who,-was standing on the poop deck at the time, was knocked down; a. huge-column of water was thrown up, deluging those on deck. The captain ordered the boats lowered nway. There was no panic, the pass-eiigers behaving splendidly. The Women first got into the liteboate, and McCalJum said the number of boats Was in excess of requirements. "McGallum did not see either the Bub or torpedo which, sent their boat to its doom, but some of the crow assert, that there were two subs, one on' estch side of the California, ^and that escape from them was impos-a01e.;.One .boat g-ot swamped, but Mc-. Caimro could not say what happened' to th08Q who were in it. "The captain, with splendid courage and coolness, remained on the bridge until (tli^ vessel foundered. Officers Stood by the sinking vessel and saw the boats filled, and then they had to \plungfe overboard to save themselves from, being carried down by the suction of the huge hull- "The ship went down stern first. McCallum got into a boat which had been swamped and subsequently was taken' Into a: boat which also picked up the' captain. "No warning of any kind was given. The California only remained afloat about seven minutes. McCallum is confldi^nt It waa not ten. They were In th^; boats scarcely an hour when assistance cftme; in response to 'S. O. S.' wireieBS mesiaages. The crew and passengers lost everything they had and, tie was observed when they landed at QiieenstoiJtn, some of the crew had only trousers and shirts on and were 'without boots or hats. "McCallum believed that of the 32 passengers, 19 wWre saved and about 2G of the crew'were lost. In all 41 persons, are missing. Among them are Chief Engineer Smith, Third Officer Sliupson and Engineer Cunningham.i �'.�'/' "Alfred S. Knox, solicitor, formerly practicing -in Belfast, was a cabin passenger oii the Calltornla. He was winking on Not' 2 deck with Mr. Anderson, 6t Dundee, when the explo-iion occurred., i'hey were almost lifted 'off the deck, and at once concluded-that the steamer either had struck a mine; _,pr had been torpedoed. The vessel"sebmed for an instant virtually lifted out of the water, but soon commenced to settle down at the ttern.j There was much excitement ' atnong the women passengers, and he noticed that Mrs. O'Donnell, who came up the cdmpantonway, had blood Btrcamlng .from her face. Her son was with her. "Captain Henderson bad taken the precaution to assign all passengers to particular lifeboats. Mr. Knox had FLIGHT LIEUT. HASIEL' WALLACE A Lethbridge-borp boy, son of Mr. and Jlrs. .7. H. Wallacfe, of the "Wallace ranch. The ypun? man is lieutenant in the Royal.Nai'al Aerial Sov-vIcG, which does scputing for warsjilps in tlie North Sea, and hp Is tlie first Lethbridge man to)jointhl service. Cieut. AVallace went to'I^ewpprt News for his course in the flying cprps, on September^ 20th, and, completed his course and sewred^his pilot's certificate in less time than any gt the others in the class, namely. In. tliree weeks' time. At the end of October he^alled.'for England, and is now on duty at Ventlome, France. ^ GEJW To Leave in Few Days by Spec-iai Train Witli AH Other Officials WASHINGTON HAS-^ YET NO INFORMATION But Can�ot Believe That Outrageous Act Was Committed of Holding Ambassador Ask pl-itish Commons to Vot0'Biggest War Loan London, Feb. 9.-Right Hon. Bonar Law/, the Times says, will ask the House of Cornmons on Monday for �550,000,000. This is the largest nmount asked at a singtc .littinrj by any statesman in Britain's financial history. No less than �200,000,000 are needed tn carry on the v^zr WW March 31, the end of the fiscal year, the Times says. "We therefore, arc spending now in five or six weeks as much as we spent in tlie year Immediately before the v;ar. The second vote of .3j'j 000,000 is needed to give a good beginning in the next financial, year." This brings the total according to the Times' tabulation to �4,082,-000,000, an average In 1914-15 of �1,500,000 per day. Ti^is grew to �3,500,000 per day in 191�.16 and nearer �6,000,000 than �5,000,000 per day in the middle of 1916-17. Blow AT U. S. mUG m WHEN WAR IS DEW PLAN INAUGURATION A LAST TO mu Say Sub. Warfare Woii't Be-^ sinirch U. S. I^ii6r--Are Fighting for, Existence New York, Feb. J.^A'Berlin dispatch to the World, from Its corres-Iiondent in the Germ^U'capital, says: "All hope has not been given up by the German people that the break ^ does not necessarily -'meas ' hostile, conflict with the United States. It.isi known that last .mipute attempts', are pending to re-assure^the "U. S. tliat from the viewpoint; of the"'Imperial government unlimited. subiimrin^7'*var-fare in no way besmirches United States iionor. .. "It is believed tUat'vln a;last .ajipeal for 'fair play' Germany will empha-sizQ tlie argument bflts struggle for,, existence, and perhap^ a^ain tVy to explain tliat .unlimited submarine warfare is the last means of defsnce against Effgland." , The dispatch was written In Berlin under datfe of Wednesday. London, Feb. 9.-"The extraordinary statem'^nt that the German govisrnment Is detaining Jas. W, Gerard. United States ambassador, is still without official oon-firmatton. Startling, however, as SMch a violation of the immunitieE accorded to his ranlajority .was. I � J r�j *  ni.  over 200, while at tFsf''^Ghrnb'oM-e .situation created by the flUIng in of'' the na tlonal service oai'ds'by men'who are been assigned to boat No. 9, and wlien willing to devote tjielr energies and be w^Utto look for the boat he found abilities to the sorvitiC) of their coun- .: ^..... ' [try The e6nferenoe*will extend over ' ffloHTlNDED on Faos 6): j Several days. , m ,j. Germans in their efforts to pusli forward toward Bapaume. Southeast of Bapaume, along the Bapaume^Peronne road, they have reached the highest point of 'Saiily-Saillisel hill, and captured a goodly number ot Germans and one machine gun. Along both s;dG3 of the Ancre river west of Bapaume- further progress has been made, including the capture of a trench n(varldu8'United States ported and railway  centres, -to -Mexico Citv,., Y".'^'^rh'^�l>Vtliral gayernino tholf -f'/-, turo aCtivftieB will await them.' It has � not'' buen generally known �! that a large number of German .! army officers who had been cap^.u tured by the Russians durlnp the . present war, and had made their way here at various times throiicih' , China, have Wen held in this ' country without any attempt being made to smuggle them back: � home. The department of Justice. . has. had information for several i: months that several of these officers have been with both Villa j and Carranza In Mexico. Since � last Saturday there has been a l wholesale exodus of those i that ; have'remained to Mexico City, and . at least two hundred officers or i reservists have aeeompanlsd them ^ or gone in small parties by various routes to the tame destination. "The government Is In posses- j sion of information to,the effect that a largo quantity of arms and ; ammunition, collected here at the ; beginning of thfc war and stored in two large warehouses In New' Vork, has found-its way to Mexico City, where It has been held Intact, since its tqred a plea of guilty with reservations. The jnagistrate. thereupon imposed a fine of $100, but on explanations from tliG accused tliat he wished to plead not guiUy.i^.unless he had a chance to appeal-the case, the records were atrlcten out and he pleaded not guilty, and. the; case la remanded for one week.". Hennas* allowed put on ?200 bail.;;,.:.!; severe in his comments: upon tlie au-; ho declared was being used tor Vpoii-tical p,urpoaeSi and that,. reaiectiJbie persons were not only being prosecuted, 'but persecuted. \ ^ -; In regard to the railway policy ot the government he said lhat the premier OS minister, of rail ways, liad failed to �arry out the program laid before the people at the last session and he asserted that he had beerivby hi^ guarantee policy been resiionsible for adding $29,000,000 to the direct llabi)itie8 of'the province. Hecharg^^-that his relations with D.;'JkfcArthu.r in connection with the railways in-'tlie north country were not i.n the public' interest. In regard to the .iiropoee^ pu I constituencies for ' the soldiers,>;sJ;; .vlargo, he, clainied.^ thatthe, soMIoi'fii and their friends would be more v satisfied if they were allowed to vote for  representatives in their own particular constituencies. .-; Was thei government afraid, -Mr. Michener asked, of the , result pf the soldiers' vote iu' their respective ridings that they Ayanted to deprive them ot the right tb; support the .candidate of tlieir choice iu theirliome constituencies? ' '',^ ' The leader of the opposition: proceeding, asserted tliat an, electibn had been staged early In the year. Premier Sifton interrupted. . � .. Mr.. Michener: "It was not yourl fault." ~ , Premier Sifton again Jnterveriliig,. reminded the leader of the opposivj tion that" he must recognize the'--fe-gponatblilty of his position..^ ^ � il^^^^^^^^ "There are only two persons,'- sftidf ho, "the Lieutonaut-Goyornor ii�U.d myself, to whom his remarks, canljpp--J ply and he has no right to make BUCh \ remarks to the house."-- . ,:-. ; iJt'^-rv Mr. Michener: "W'tamm^ .well founded.". , >?^^', Premier SiftQnc . VThey are' abL, iutely untrue.", ^ ^ ,' < //^j 17 7955 ;