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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 12, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME X. LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1917 NUMBER 53 (iERARD SAFELY OUT OF GERMANY-TO ARM U,S. LINERS Indignities Hieaped Upon Mr. Gtlrard by German Officials Before He Left NOW IS FINALLt" CLEAR OP GERMANY Huns Still Hold , the U.S. Seamen Berlin, Feb. 12.-Forelon Secretary Zimmerman' today informed the Associated Prest that he' had requested the Swiss government to make Inquiry In Washington regarding the statu! of 'the crews of interned German ships in American ports. Pending the answer the 72 Americans talcen by the German raider and brought in by ttie Yarrowdaie, whose release had been agreed to, arts being held In Germany, the foreign secretary stated, , EUEmiEIIPIO Delays and Difficulties Of All Kinds Blocked His Depar-* ture From Berlin CITY ALLOW THE 1 it ZuricliyFeb. 11, via Paiis, Feb.12.T-Most of the members of Ambassador Gerard's large partv. gave ij genuine sigh o� reliet this atlei'iioon when tlio Swiss border-was reached, for the strain of the last few days had told on most of them, i , Ambassador ^Gerard met cordially the horde of newspaper men v/ho crowded about hira on his arrival at Zurich, clamoring for interviews tor papers a,ll.over the civilized world, but he k' rigidly to his determination riot "to speak for publication until he iias reported to President Wilson........ -- The ^strain for the Americans in Berlin had been heightened toward the end, by the efforts of German authorities to induce Mr. Gerard^to open iiegotiations, for alnendmeht to .the Prussian-American treaty of 1799. At the saime time the German newspapers wore flooded with reports'of tlie seizure of German ships by America and with ^tories of difficulties and � indignities encountered by Count Von; Bernstorff,. Ambassador Gerai-d was refused permission to commuiii-cato In .cipher With AVashington and the "auttibrities' ignored all denials,of the story printed in German newspapers iintil the official messags re-qelvsd',thi|ougU\ the .Spanish, embassy maide. it%x;iear, tliat the stories were false,-'Pnor'-td this Ambassador Ger-\.-il|*Ji?;ty^6hfe8i^wei'e.-'.''Dt the Standard Trust London, 12.-The average daily expenditure of Great Britain fs now �5,790,000, VfAndrew Bonar Law, chancellor of the exchequer announced in the House of Commons today.. The ^Chancellor said the total expenditure since the beginning of the war was �4,200,000,000. At the end of the current year the natiocial, debt would stand between �3,800,000,-000 and �3,900,000,000. Advances to the Allies and'the Dominions would be approxiiriately �390,-000,000, The of applications and the amisiint applied for by the general public for loan, the chancellor said, were larger than ever before. storey structure into improvised nets or into snowdrifts, when the rapidly spreading flames cut off escape by the two stairways and one fire escape. � "  Firemen today began chopping into the thick layers of ice coating the debris in tiie basement in the hojie of ^recovering, bddies, b,ut..\irtually .Jio, fpfogress' was' made. It; is believed the fire started troni an overli6a:i,ed furnace.' It spread rapidly and � soon the Iniilding. was a seething furnace.. Stairways were impassable arid, people swarmed to the windows, while figures hung frbta all openings', while others shot through the frigid air into improvised nets and snowdrifts. One woman, her flimsy night clothing aflame ruslied from a group of hysterical guests on the top floor and dropped out of the window intd' a snowdrift, slie may live. When the fire broke out, most of the downtown apparatus was ffghting a!n-other hotel tire and it was nearly fifteen minutes before the first company reached the scene. The crowd of .spec-" tators \wlio^.ivere pushing planks to the lov/p windows as a means of rescue attacked the firemen because they carried no ladders, according to Fire Chief Charles Ringer. The police soon quelled the disturbance. The second company arrived -with ladders several minutes later. A number of children were dropped irom windows into the arms of spectators. None wasvijeriously hurt. While the fire -was at/^s. belglit, Harry .Jensen and his wife crawled to a window ledge on the top floor. For a n)oment they paused, then Jensen embraced his wife and together they leaped to the street while the spectators cheered, Mrs. Jensen was injured. that Germany should now show willingness to negotiate on the subject she put into effect without discussion with this country or any attempt to gi/e the American viewpoint consideration. Official Statement Washington, D. C, Feb. 12.-The state department today made public the memorandum presented by Dr. Paul Ritter, Swiss minister, acting for Germany, proposing discussion with the United States ovei; the new submarine campaign. Germany proposes to negotiate for the safety of American shipping provided the "commercial blockade of England is not interfered with."' ' The American government has re-, plied that it cannot enter negotiations unless Germany restores pledges and withdraws the proclamation of unre- CD DD LYGyNSI AMERICAN IB AIM STATUS OF SHIPS Torpedoed Ship in Neutral Port New York, Feb, 12.--The Associated Press today announces the following: "A German submarine entered the .neutral Spanish harbor of Las Paimas, Canary Islands, on December 6 and sank the Greek steamship Spyros, according to two of the seamen who arrived today on the steamship IVIorro Castle, The maritime records told of the Spyros being towed to a Spanish port after being torpedoed." Merchant Marine Apply for Guns and Will Hold Liners Till They Are Armed NAVAL STORES ONLY SOURCE OF SUPPLY Govt. Willing-Status of Shjpa as Commercial Carriers Not Altered I Thtey regard it as somewhat strange stricted submarine warfare. LADV TAIT BENEFICIARY Toronto, Feb. S.-^Tie will of the late Mary Coclcburri, .widow of the late G. R. R. Cockburn was probated today. The estate, valued kt '$345,-826 goes to Lady Tait wife of Sir Thomais Tait^with the exception of numerous charitable "bequests. . IVIAJOR CAIVIERON, WINNIPEG, MARRIES MISS feALT London, Fob. S.-Major A. D. Cameron, of the Canadian cavalry, Bon of Mrs. Cameron, of Winnipeg, wasj married today at St. George's Chapel; Hanover square, to Betty, the daughter of G. F.- Gait, of AVinnipeg Civic Employees' Salaries are Raised; Mayor Wrathy When a DiaGrimation is Proposed Moose Jaw, Feb. 12.-Although the annual convention of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association does not open in St. Andrew's Presby-teriaii Church until Tuesday morning, thirteen hundred members of the farmers'/ parliament have already registered with the central committee of the ^association and all attendance records for the grain growei's conventions are already shattered, while it -is expected that, a total of 2,000 will have arrived by thqvtime the first session is opened. This morning's early trains brought in the first arrivals arfd throughout the morning and early ^art of the afternoon delegates fro.m all parts of the province arrived on incoming trains. OLO-MRSOOT ALBERIADIESe WiLEMSM CELL OF LEGISLW NOW PROPOSED Opposition Does Not Want Election, and Govt. Not Partic* ularly Anxious Either Calgary/ Feb. 12.-The Albertan prints the following: "Tho two parties in Edmonton are negotiating about asking for an extension Jn the life of the legislature. .\ "The Albertan iS; informed that some of the leaders of the opposition approached the government,asking.for an agi-eement that there.'VV.buld be no election until after,the itSriloFjot" until one year after the exptra-tipn of tlie present torm of 'the legislature,., -Thalt would take the legislati've term April 1919. ; ' ' ' V "The government, according to the information that was glv^tftb the Albertan, suggested one better and asked how it would be to extend the life of the legislature for two years, bringing the term up to April 1920, That would give the present legislature a term' of seven years, and practically eliminate one election which, It is argued, would be a saving o� about .$150,000. |_ "The leaders of the opposition were not quite so keen about the "two year ing hats to retailers under an agreement that they must not be retailed for less than a certain price. 'This dealer, it is said, has been oblip.ed to write to five or six hundred customers, telling them that they are'at liberty .to disregard .the trade agreement and out their own retail price on the tiats. ROGERS PREPARING Montreal. Feb. 8.--"The information that Hon. Robert Rogers, minister of pufclic works, and Hon. J. D. Hazen, minister, of marinc,^^ will accompany Sir Robert Borden to London," the Gazette's correspondent in London cables, has revived' interest in the ci.uestion of-the Canadian high commisslonership. In Canadian circles in London it is understood that Lethbiidge on Saturday of James Pat-[,,ogpije,.e the Ingh commissioner's Ottawa, Feb, 12,-A number of trade agreements, it is stated, have been broken by the minister of labor acting under authority-, of the order-in-council passed some time ago, with the object of reducing the cost of living. One instance is given of a wholesale dealer in hats who.has been sell-jn""- :^'='=" """T"" rr",'",';V;,'n,i -wt-.-.tJ.. 3, nisxtension, but suggested lhal it would be taken into consideration. , "The negotiations were under way towards the end of last week, and the Conservatives wanted to qonsult Mr. Tweedier-who did not aTrive on the scene until Friday afternoon. "The provincial legislature, it seemsi can iix its own term, and all that will be necessary will be to pasS legisja*! tion in the house. A short time ago the province, following the example( of other provinces, extended its tej;m of office from four years to five years," ton Grier, brother of J, D, Grier, may or of Macleod. Deceased contracted pneumonia a few days dgo and was unable to throw off the attack. He waa iiS years of age, and one of tlie bbst known old timers of the Macleod district, where he resided until a few office, which, a Canadian who professes to know says, he will asssume at the conclusion of the war." ACTING CONSUL AT FERNIE tSoGclal t'o the Hernial ,f^t,n IT ir arrived in Ferule on.Friday and wil o^lLu^Jhi ^It^llr^ """^ *"�Tf remain here in charge of tlie Consular l,,i^ , firtn, on^ ? ^ uZ^- ^!�>�fice until the;return of Vice-Consul 1. ^^"^ children to:po,o(.k, who was called to California mourn h.s loss .The remains were,,,,,e,e Mrs. Pollock is soi-iously ill. sent to Macleod today where interment will, take place. \. ? ? : ? ? Consul-General West is the ranking Washington, Feb. 12.-Within a few days -the government will find a way whereby American merchant vessels now held in port by fear of German submarines may arm themselves and resume their sailing. It was intimated strongly by officials today. This will be accomplished by private meant. The government will not supply guns or gunners direct, nor even formally advise arming. Ship owners have stated that heretofore they have been unable to obtain either guns or gunners. ASKS NAVY DEPT. FOR GUNS Washington, Feb. 12.-P. A. S. Franklin, president of the International Mercantile Marine, today made formal application to the navy department for guns to arm passenger liners of the American line. The requests state that the company has been unable to find guna . elsewhere, H Is indicated that the navy department, while opposed for military reasons, to any project of convoying American merchantmen through the prohibited submarine zones, favors the fur^j nishing of-sucii .ship^ with guM;;�^| j for their own dedence. Inasmuqn' as the government has recognized . ' that the-naval stores are the supply of naval guns, (t has been  held that obtaining gurts from that /; , source does not alter the^privite ^ or commercial character of tfte � ship. ' - SEVERAL LINERS Kroonland Saw Strange Looking^l Boat, Evidently Carrying I Supplies for Subs. } New York, Feb.' 12,-The Associate^ ; Pres*-today announces: "The arrival; today of the steamship New York! brought anumber of American trans-1 Atlantic passenger ships at this portf; up to four. The Now York sailed from Liverpool on February 3rd and; i according to wireless meBsageB , i ceived from her passengers, passed; through the submarine war zone with>|j out Incident. . "The American liner Kroonlandi'j docked here yesterday, and. the; St> > : > : > > iiidulged in some rajji'd fire crltlclsmj in recognition of his services, and;that which caused thef>maybr to declare {he could not hold him unless tlie in-once that he wouldVflultviit the in J crease was paid. Commissioner Free- MARKETS Spot wheat ........ 170% Locs^l track wheat ........... 155% May.'lwiieat ....----......... 1751/b Local track oats.......;...... 46% LOGAL once uiai. uo woum, quii.iyi iiitii;icuoc ncio -----------^ I uocai.TracK odiB.............. creases were "not made. 6hii-l)asis to i man backed Mr. Grace on^thcgrpunti, j^ayi^gts...................... 58% ..... i(?.-.:WpBjf?::;)JRpi't-!im,Bt equalize.'-' ment from $110 to.?m TJen.mpMn. on i the ground tfiat Mr! 9f' ^'"^ ^' r � - � V rpptywrl tCOS'XlNUEU ON Paqb 3>, 260/2 WEATHJEB ,, _____22 ............ ...... ia i: Fair; not miich change in r|.ture, A. I-r.'Mx!Keown;,who has been immigration officer for the past two years at ILethbrldge,'announced today his resignatjpn from that position. He had expected to, vacate the pq&ition at the first Of; .February, but has been unable to:'gfistsaw^jr.-; He will take over personal.oh^rgja-^t-bls ranch at WeHs' Siding. Hl^-aji/jcewr'ftt the immigration of{}pe.^|^|gptlbeen appointed. ijive# sea troops, according�5ta""*^^"-Tlmps. �'-Tii.e,/ paperCiJnt;"' that'the dulie,,Willi'i the questionVof'the'i of Canadian of(i�6tlV%. been; ther. eubje'cC^^t^ herft , , ~^:A^?^ig^ A52D 752?83 ;