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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta FOUR ' fit'" ' THE L E T H BR I I>G E'' D AI li H E-R,:(k'tTI' : XetbbUDfle, Blberta "DAILY AND WEEKLY Subscription Ra^es: baity, delivered, per year ......S^00 Bally, by mall, per year ........S3.00 Weekly, by mall, per yonr......$IM TELEPHONES Bufllness Office ............... 1252 Editorial Office ............... 1234 W. A. Buchanan John Torrance Managing Director Business JUnager Your King and Country Need You Right Now ROUND THE CIRCLE OF THE WAR '� Some actual evidence of the financial collapse imminent in Germany comes in the failure of two prominent kouthem German banks, which lay tile blame of their failure upon the collapse of foreign trade and the de-. {[ireciation in the value of the mark. . Activity on the French front continues, the French claiming the re-, icapture of German positions. ' The allied powers announce that "they win not alter their policy regard->.ing armed merchantmen as a resiult , of the edict of the central powers jthat they will sink armed merchant-; men. , A greiat Russian offensive which promises to carry the Russian forces , far into the German lines, has been commenced along the entire front, and has already gainst great head-Tsray. , (THE FARMING OUTLOOK J FOR THE COMING SUMMER  With the first touch of spring In ' tSo air fanners are beginning to plan for tile 1916 crop. Armchair critics jnay say that it is rather late in the game, that the 1916 acreage should liave been all arranged for in 1915. iBut everybody should realize that the farmers, with the enormous crop and the enormous acreage of last year, cannot be ready with a large amount Of prepared land, and therefore their plans for 1916 are just in the making.. The farming outlook Just now is .uncertain. First there is not a large acreage of summerfallow. Many farmers, who had Intended to summer till extensively last year, when so favor-able, planted to crop the land set apart for summerfaUowing. Then again, owing to the unfavorable season during the fall, threshing was greatly delayed so that the area of fall ploughed land is probably not more than one-third tliat so prepared for 1915. This means that land to be cropped in 1916 must be put through practically all the operations, which ,will require a great deal longer time. Another most Important problem threatens to be that of labor. Apart from the fact that many unattached , young farmers have joined the mlll-') tary forces, it is true that the country ' las been practically denuded of the farm laborer through the same chan-: nol. Hundreds of yo.ung men came , In oft the threshing gangs last fall and recruited. �Set over against these adverse con-, I, dltions we have two counterbalancing , t factors. The fanners have confidence i in the country, they have money, and � r the military authorities have decided .'� to allow the men now In training to r so out to the farms to help put in the crops. That tlie farmers have the confl-iaence and money- resulting from the onormo,us 1915 crop is by far the more Important of the two favorable rea-; sons that are to work toward a large acreage in the coming summer, and  it is well that it is so. As for the soldiers being allowed to go out to t.'- Uio'farmB, it cannot be expected that this. TVlU be as big a help as It was �last summer when they were allowed � � to go. to the harvest fields, for the reason that the style of work Is very different.. Unless a man can handle Itorses and farm machinery' well he is not much use in spring seeding, whereas in the harvest field he. can fit In quite nicely. Of course it. is to .be remembered that it doesn't require one-fifth the number of men to put in the crop that are required to harvest it.  One other favorable factor which la worth noting is that the majority of farmers have plenty of feed and seed this year, both of which were tacking in the spring of 1915. These- are the conditions with Which we face the spring in Southern (Alberta; and they are worth ponder-' i^S Toy ever.voue. For if it was ne-: pessary to grow a large acreage, well ,; put Jn. laBt'.year, it Is more necessarj-.-. ,- by far this year,' Canada will in 1916 h^ve-twlce>or three times as many ^ men in.the'fighting,lines as last year I �o that dally war expenses will be :nuch higher; there will be double or ,';' -lyriBlo as many lu the country depeud- cnt to quite an extent on the Patriotic Fund while their bread winners are nl the front; Canada will this year have to begin to pay the interest ou the war loans of 1915, and the MotJiur Country will stand more than over in need of our 'foo^I products In view of the fact that she e.xpects to ha^o 6,000,000 men under arms. With all these things in mind it is plainly to bo seen that the responsibility resting on the shoulders of our farmers Is not a light one, but wc have every confideuco in our South-em Alberta rural population and believe they will face It bravely. ^\'e believe that, as never before, the farmer has his opportunity to "do hla bit" quite equally with the man under arms, for it is as true today as it was when Xapoleon said that "an army travels on its stomach." We believe, too. that the farmers will have to co-operate, as never before, during the coming summer. They should combine forces whenever possible in order that no opportunity may be lost to make each district bring forth as abundantly as possible. Britain has been marshalling her financial resources. Southern Alberta farmers must now marshal their farming resources and combine their energies to the same end-victory In this war. Aui the business men of the tovvns and cities must stand behind the men on the land, must give them every aid financially, and it may be, later, physically. We cannot all go to the front, but those who remain at home can do much by helping the farmer keep commerce moving so that the silver bullet may be available. "Patriotism and Production" was the slogan last year. We have proven the patriotism of our farmers; let us make the slogan now read: "ilore Production." � an Hisfbmc Half Hour More men for the Kiitles. More production by the farmers. Is it not about time for some excitement over QllV The Calgary soldiers should have saved their wrath for the Bosches at the front. Then they would have made no mistake In going on a wrecking excursion. The mayor of Hamilton wants some modification of the Derby scheme put into effect in Canada. The Reglna Leader hints, that way- and so does the Calgary Albertan. We have a suspicion that recruiting under the old methods has about run its course in Canada. Too long training:In Canada Is not good for the spirit of recruits, and It la probably little wonder that they broke out as they .did In-Calgary. The boys, once enlisted, want to get a crack at the enemy, and If they are delayed too long tliey are liable to Imagine an enemy, and start out to see how real fighting would feel. The action of the boys at Calgary may be reprehensible but it was caused by the fighllDB spirit. Canada lias received -another shell order. Now that the opposition has met the government fairly and sq.uare-ly on the proposal to extend the life of parliament, we have a right to expect that the government will reciprocate by seeing to it that the awarding of the new shell contracts will be above any suspicion of party patronage. A pralrto fire, fanned by a wind, will spread rapidly. A shack, once in name, has little prospect of surviving. Now what of a massive stone building in the heart ot a great city- a building equipped with fire quenching apparatus In almost every nook and coi-ner? Ridiculous to eVen suggest that it would be a prey to flames as a shack or the grass upon the prairie. No matter how ridiculous it may appear, the Parliament Buildings at Ottawa failed to resist the flames, starting in the reading room, any better than If the hurning paper had been in a shack, exposed to a violent western wind. It la because the fire spread like lightning that most ot us at the capital attribute It to a well planned plot of the enemy. Was a waifet^the ignltible and explosive sort used in Belgium-cast in a file of newspapers? ,Was inflammable material spread over the floors and In the corridora? -Did a German In the employ ot the government oil the door of the reading roqm a few days before the fire, with shellac? These questions may be answered when the inquiry is held. At present they are questions the most asked, and no one so far can answer. A fire detected promptly in a pile of paper in an ordinary room in a business block or a residence could not spread with tlie lightning speed of the fire in the parliamentary reading room. The Ottawa fire was discovered before one file of papers had been consumed; warning was quickly given, and yet'members in rooms adjoining the chamber, and In the chamber itself, had not time to save their coats and hats in the lockers in the corridors, so rapid was the progress of the fiames from the reading room out into the corridors. In less than ten minutes from the moment the alarm was given members and oinc-lals were fieeing from the fiames. Some had to jump- from windows. There was no chance to get to the prii-ate rooms to save correspondence or other possessions in the* desks of the members. I cannot credit tlie theory that the fire was accidental. Had the building been a mass of wood and covered with coal oil It could not have been swallowed up by the fire demon with any greater speed. True, the building was not modem; it was a fire trap in many respects, but even so an ordinary fire would take much longer to sweep through than that of last Thursday night. My opinion that the enemy is to blame may bo wrong, but it is the opinion of 90% of the members of the ho,use.  �  . a The fire has dampened partisan-shtp. Very little partisan feeling had been aroused this session, but what of it there was iu sight has been largely obliterated. There are always men who cannot smother the party passions. War will not do It, at least a war In Europe, but when the trlght-fulnesB of that war comes home It deadens the passions and kindles deeper patriotism and stalwart determination to drive the enemy Into the last ditch. The fire destroyed a mas. In his latest deliverance Dr. Dem-burg says that "there will have to be a remodlficatlon of international law." Here's German logic at its best, Here's Kultur most profound-Such logic and profundity. How ill the world could spare 'em! Fresh-drafted solemn pacts, by which The nations should be bound Are needed. ... So that Germany May Into fragments tear 'eral -W, J. H. In the Winnipeg Free Press. Lazy Livers Come �rom Lazy Living-sometimes from food follies that tax the overworked digestive organs. Get back to Natiire by eating Shredded Wheat. It puts you on your feet when everything else fails. It supplies the muscular energy and niental alertness that put you in fine fettle for the day's work.C Delicious for breakfast with milk or cream, or for liuicheon with fruits. Made in Canada. stve building; the most imposing, and surrounded by. historic memories of a Dominion, but it built up a united and determined parliament prepared to sacrifice party advantage for the welfare of the common cause of humanity. My brief parliamentary oxporleuco has brought me through some memorable occurrences at �dmonton and Ottawa, btit'none ot those compared for one moment with the scene in the now commons chamber In the Jluseum, the day following tlie fire. There we were, after a night ot anxiety and sadness, gathered in a aulck-ly prepared chamber. The speaker sat before us in a tweed suit, hU conventional black suit and robes had; been consumed by the fiames. Our maco was gone, antl the Senate mace took its place on a little rough Uible; At this table there was a vacant chair. The deputj- clerk wasr not there. His life had ebbed out/in the old Uullding the night before/ That vacant chair was before us/all. It told of the tragedy. On ouj* sldo of the house there was a vacAut chair too. Poor Law of Yarmouth had: spoken in the debates the qay boforo, and at that moment we rfeallied we would never hear his voice again. And so surrounded by these evldon? ces of tragedy we had references to the disaster from the Prime Minister and sir Wilfrid Laurler. Sir Robert Borden looked sad and worn but lie spoke with composure and effectiveness. Sir Wilfrid, with memories of a lifetime spent in public life, eo^ allowances for unltqrin, lodging/ etc., but there; la no s.ei^aratlori allOjWance, Oilloers. of: the. Royal Ganfidlftn, navy. Hre to be; (lualtfy. a8.:actln,K Interpreters and; will be/glyen. additional pay when acting ap. suph. Tliu languages Bpeciflad are Qeri^an, Russian, Preuch and; itallon. TELLS RHEUMATI^.M 8.UFFERERS TO EAT LESS.MEAT AND TAKE SALTiS A BIG EXPLOaiOrs) AT BeTHL)!;He.M,8T5eL PLANT Newcastle, Del,, Feb. l.a.-^Slx huii-dred ppundool )/o.wdm' exploded in a dry hq'uai* at the. projectile pl�nt of, the JUethlehem Steel company near hero, tonight, The cause of the ex-plqelcm; haB not' been determined. There 'WttB no ono; l>i the dry house at. the time, the in.1urod men being emr ployed In ,itn adjoining building. Sev-oiti nearby atmotures were- dwmaged slightly. , ; The function of the kidneys to filter this acid from tl�e. hJpod and casJL, lb out in. the ufina; the, of the sklu arc ajROi a; means of freeing; the blopd of; this ImRu;:ity. tn, daiinp, ftnd. chilly cold weather ti],e;BHilfi poJ^e. are closed' thus forcing' the kHfli).ey.Bi to, do .double-work, they become vi-e^k and iaiuB^ish and tall" tp.eUwirtftt.e. the,uric !aold w.hloh-; kBepBsV a*-Aa. vprllseraent, JStfei ;