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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE STORY OF AUiEirrA'S TELEPHONES r V i 1 ran-TIL-in- In his speecb in introducing "an U I little just here, act Government Telephone it might be of intent to explain Telegraph systems, Hon. W. 1L jwnw matters which relate to f. of the to- he asked by the honourable mem- moving reading of u. y not it umkr- proposes to ask tomorow. my intention to give of our work in tl so that the legislature the Cation, .hrtrt sed in my' to this IMS my uuenuon a short Government review of our work in this connection last session UIHV t wmilri HHVP Bj WiBlatiiri> may know may know work was on the Government Tel- Syatem, Of and -cities of Alberta, but the rural portions where fcle- Practicable have by jjome -one to make the valuation. This, Mr. SpeukeV U an answer to the proposed" questions ;of the hon-i orable' member from Bosebud from numheiu one to nine. Following out the policy that wag suggested in my remarks last sesion, the government has pushed its tele- phone construction vigorously during the past year. We have bought out the telephone business in the Crow's Meitt installed exchanges be tween the various towns in the Pass to Macleod, purchased the Macleod exchange and through our system of exchange of business with the Bell Telephone Company it is posible to telephone from Coleman in the Pass to this city and to the town of Lloyd- minster also-from Cardston. We constructed lines from the town j of Coleman to Stettler, a distance of G2 miles. Wetaskiwin ness expect to profit such aa' have been asked for on this ques- tion until their plant at least ia com- flnd in 'proper operation to I am Government should undertake the work of building trunk linea the Province, and a vote of 060.00 was paaed for the purpose of, nor does it at the present Only One System- I said the Government did not do- able to give some little information with reference to this, particular. Show Front I am pleased io be able to say that every one of our cicchangtM and also our long distance lines, although they were only in operation 'for a short period at the end of the year, show a profit on the investment over and above all expenses of operation and maintenance. If -I am permitted to report to this House in twelve months from now relative to the operation of our sys- tem I will be able to give much more complete report than it is possible to give or I think reasonable to ask at of the history of the this business. We have fixed cer- of the honourable mem: bers I will be pleased to to do so to the bent of my'ability with the information 1 have at dis- posal at the present time. I think it in a splendid thing- for the Province, and as 1 said before, I think it deserves the hearty sup- port of the people of the Province and I think it will have that support. There may be a few by those who may be interested directly or v indirectly in large corporation in- terests in this Province. Management of Systtm Just a word ah to the management of this system.' It ia thought at the present "stage of its development it can be more cheaply and efficiently conducted with the organization we have already got together under the commencing this work. Officials Engaged The first action that was to Daysland a dis- tance of 63 rnilefe, putting in exchang- es at the various points on these lines where they were required. We also constructed a line from Edmonton to Lloydminister a distance of 208 miles. We bought out the interests of the city of Edmonton in a rural line between time, to have a dual system -of and Fort Saskatchewan-and pur- in thia chased the exchange at the Fort which taken but is anxious that there should be belonged tothe city Of Edmonton. We obtain e opinion of men give expert tertimouT on ro give one telephone system owned by th and better shaving stick is sold in a heat nickel at the price of others. Made only by THK ROYAL CROWN, Limited, vimjt; one v> A-- t pared to'take orr-r their long of rural lines constructed of steei in connection with the work, also my deputy. Mr. Stocks. Mr. Grierson was engaged as superintend- ent of construction. From the re- sults we have bud in connection with hie work we made no mistake in ap- pointing him to this position. WeT were able to secure t-he services of an expert telephone man, who had spent fourteen years in the service of'the Bell Telephone in On- tario. When he left the service of that company he was district man- ager for them, which position i he left of his own accord to come West, was engaged by.the government 1ook aftpr ovr exchange work, gentleman has also proven to b3 Die and eiucient in every His name is Mr. Alex. J. Rich- ards. We required in connection with this work, as it was evident in the near future that it consid- erable proportions, a man who could .-tmdertake the management of the business, and we were fortunate in securing the services of Mr. Sam Edwards, who had_been in the ser- vice of the Canadian Pacific Railway for twenty-five years', vwho is an elec- erical engineer and who had worked to tfie top with that company, and ia considered in every way qualified to fill the position as manager of onr system. Mr. Edwards has also given every satisfaction in the discharge of his duties in carrying out this im- tanco lints fair valuation at, wire on a cheaper plan. x any time they wore disposed to ne- Some of the lines that have been .gotiate with the Government. Bell Company's Reply constructed this ysar were somewhat expensive to build owing to the phy- isical conditions of the country that i we have 'not have to be increased at least. Difference Rates My honourable friend from Rose- bud proposes tto asklthe difference in rates the. are charging and the rates thatVthfi Government has established. ,1 "may say that I cannot give positive information in regard to 4his but, as far ab T know our jates_ and the Bell for the first thirty or fortfxailes'on the long distance lines are" practically the same, after that the Government rate diminishes until it-leaches two hun- dred miles it is about twenty-five per cent, less than the 3ell. The differ- ence in exchange rental rates in fa- _ vor of the Government system could Tiot ,givc me any reply to a and from Macleod to thirty per As to the amount of money the Gov- ernment .intends to Depend on tele- phone work tirely on whether we are able to pur- chase the Bell Telephone company's plant in this "Province, and how much we would have to pay for it. If we go'on constructing oxir lines and exchanges as we have been do- ing up to the present time I would presume that we will spend from to The answer to the question em- bodied as to how this money is to be raised ia embodied in. the bill that I am now moving the second reading of. ;i Mr. Scott informed me that he was1 have to construct through for only a servant of the company and the line from Calgary posal of that nature, but that he a greatar portion of both lines were would be Montreal within the next a verv' mountainous part of week or two and would place the i the country, and we encountered matter before the president and j of rock; and timber and would see the Government again' hard gravei that made it somewhat with reference to it. I saw him three j people the service, that we were pro-, viding for them at the lowest possible price, and I.think, Mr. opeaker, when our system has been fairly well com- pleted in the Province, and if we succeed in what it is proposed to un- dertake this year, almost every town, if not every town in Alberta from Athabasca Landing to Cardston will be connected with copper vrirert. as well aa a considerable number of No Amount Offered AS to the proposed question of UK prsl districts which arc asking for 'this 'telephone convenience. One of the -question's asked by the honourable member for Rosebud with reference to our telephone sys- tem i8-tbe amount of money now in- vested in the system in this Province. The toto.1 amount up to 'the 31st of December, 1907, u Qu-.'ntion is the cost ;f operation maintenance when we From our experience ao far we be- iieve that we can connect every town in the Province from Athabasca Landing to Cardston and Medicine Hat to Lloyiminster, as well as pro- vide a large number of lines that are being asked for with an ex- penditure of not more, if more, very recognition and periormanctr of the duty that has been neglected or shirk- ed. I believe, Sir, that the Govern- ment of Alberta is just as competent to manage the Telephone System as any commission that the Government might name. There is no doubt that it is possible for evils to creep in, but there is no reason why they should, and it is possible for the Government to so manage this utility that it will be managed much more conomically than a commission could manage it, and more in the interests of the peo- ple, and just aa efficient. A commis- sion would not be responsible to the people and would be more likely to become arbitrary in their methods of dealing with this business than the Government would dare or would likely become. I may say, Sir, that there has not been any suggestion made by our friends that we should put the pub- lic works department under a com- mission, that is the work of the pub- lic works as regards building roads, bridges and public buildings and other things in connection with the Province, I maintain, Sir, that the work of this department is car- rying on in connection with this part of the business of the Province is' just difficult and just aa open to evil influence, if you like to call it that, an would be the telephone busi- nes or any other business that the Government may be conducting. ?ibone crochet needle and twelve phorated oil or cologne --water refreshing if the feet 'are tender sensitive. skeina of Shetland floss. First make a chain of- seventy sti- tches. The first row is made of a chain o! three stitches; in each of the next three stitches make a tre- ble. This- makes four trebles, count- ing three chains for each treble. In the fifth stitch make a shell of four trebles, with one chain in the center of the shell. In the next, four chains four trebles; then a shell, then a shell, then treble. This makes four trebles, counting ending with four trebles. In the next row, the same as in the first, chain three; make a treble, working the treble around those in the foimer row; make a shell of four in the centre of the shell of the for- mer row and repeat to the end of the row. Work back and forth until there are rows. Finish the scarf with long fringe. Braid Hair at Night never be left the same 'at night as during the day. The pins should be taken out and the hair carefully brushed out. Then braid it in two plaits and let them hang over the shoulders. The hair arranged this way looks prettier and is a great deal more, comfortable than when only in one braid. The Oatmesl little more than a million dollars, j i might add, further, that Australia If you find at any time during winter that your skin, has chapped and painfully tender; try using oatmeal on the bands and instead of soap. The oatzneal cleans sod, softens -the-skia wJnVHKe-_ soap is apt to have drying Recover Lost Coin Surely there is nothing so embar- rassing -to its unhappy possessor. an unpleasant breath, three causes for a disagreeable Tlw most frequent cause is deix-d stomach, white and catarrh are'the other two causes; The "root of. should be retacdied, but in time charcoal powders tnay to sweeten breath. Orris which can be bought in Jrttlc will impart a. sweet odor breath. An npleasant Breath l- If money, ring, or any small arfkte is dropped in a crack of porch sidewalk which cannot be hand chew a stick of chewing' and then take a long sfcicte and the on the end. Xben stick down into the crack and, tlte- ring or money can casiJjr btj out. This you will see. Sir, is a very much smaller amount than it has cost the Province of Manitoba to purchase the Bell Telephone company's system in that Province, and the area that our lines have to travel over to ac- complish what I have communicated is very much larger than which the Bell System covers in Manitoba. If the Government were to provide this svstem and carry it as a any honorable aa to amount offered not imonnt offered a? I did nvi consider the negotiations had roachud the stngt amounts could be discussed ir. any month? Wliot is the prout or resulting from such operation. IIMCMUUUV r that'time, that, the policy was com- connection with.tlw matter as mended by every member of of the plant the company owned House, as well by the country at would necessarily have to, be .deter- I rained by someone competent-to ma large. I dno't consider this a fair qncs- h'on at tht- present stage in the lory of tho development of this tele- ohone .system. Up till the last of the yen r, or almost to the last of thf year, we were constructing lino.s that debt out of the Revenue of the Province find only charge for the given to the people, the actual cost of that service and depreciation of the plant, I be- iievf; it is one oi the best inwfttments that this Province cor.ld make.'at the present time. T hope I have m.ide this mnttor suf- ficiently clear, and if there is any year, interests.going into busi- ooint I have not cleared up to.the owned its railroad system for a num- ber of years the system was not ef- ficient and 'did not pay. The Gov- ernment sent to Canada and secured a man from the Canadian Pacific Railway, Mr. Thomas Tait. He went to that country and undertook the management of th? Government sys- tem with the result that it is now in good condition and is a paying enterprise. Briefly, the bill now before the House is a short Act providing for the Government construction operation of a telephone and graph aa a public work. Sec- tion three provides for the Govern- ment- to issue debentures for money, borrowed by the Government. Pro- vision being made in regard, to all matters of financial detail involved in the carrying out of the purposes of this '.measure." and. tele- PORT HOOD DISASTER Miners Lost Their Without Warning (WMtern Associated Press.) Port Hood, N. S., Feb. 8.--In the mine disaster here the position of the bodies when found indicated that the men did not receive'a warning. In the hands 5f some were pick axes, augers and other working tools held firmly m death grip. Of the ten men killed six were miners ana neighborhood and four, were Bulgar- ians of a party of twelve who ar- rived here about two months ago, The dead miners were all young men married except one and left widows Mine inspector Nicholson <-wKh manager John Johnson, of mines arirved last night and with man- ager Beaton of Inverness mine wffi hold an investigation of the mine.. This afternoon manager Beaton