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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - February 15, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta ilW. LETHBRIDGE I)AlL,t HERALD fRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1018 Member Pension Board Explains Pension System Returned soldiers, rolui-.vos of soldiers in the Canadian :irmy ami of men who have fallen in the fight for freedom and others interested in ihe men who have pone from this (lis;riot have a milch clearer in nieopi ion of tin; Po-mill on Pensions b'anch than tiny hat', prior to last nkhl when Major Buchanan, 1'�eprosonting nlic liunartment addressed n large met Sin?: �t the 0. W. V. club. There was wide -merest displayed in the important subject dealt with hy tlie major who ile.ilt with the matter of pensions 'join all sides, starting with the personnel of (ho commission and dealini: will) all phase*, especially the chances in pensions and the plan to he followed to liavo i;nev-an; hhridge. As the subject is of jnch wide interest the Herald gives 1 h? re with pr.'h'-tically the full text of the address delivered by Majjr Buehan; m: Powers of ;he E'or.rd A% erroneous idea, is p.'evaiem that the ]io\rors of the Hoard, of IVnsion Commissioners are legislative, Such is not the case. Their powers are only administrative. The . Gov rrnniMit of Canada hy Order in Council or hy an Act fixes the rate of pension and it is the duty of the Board of V elision Commissioners to administer these pens-Ions. The Board has no power 'to make any deductions therefrom or additions thereto, should it s 0 desire. Definition of Pens ion Pension means a debt to replace a dependency due to service. If a man has lost his left arm he has lost a part of his dependency, therefore, he Is paid a pension to cover that part of his dependency he has lost. Should n woman lose her husband, she has lost all her dependency. Therefore, ve pay full widow's pension. Should n mother lose her son on \rhom she was wholly or mainly dependent we Ti place this dependency by a pension. Proof of Pension In order to prove this dependency: 1. In the rase of a soldier we have his .Vedical Boards. 2. In the case of a. widow her marriage certificate and "birth certificates of her children. 3. In the case of a widowed mother or other dependent, documentary evidence must be submitted by the applicant, and the result of our investigation to show that the applicant w.-.s wholly or mainly d"-oendem. befcre Jiensii r. can he awarded. Applications Not Pensionable Unfortunately numbers of applications are made .by persons who are not entitled to pension, and thr-mga the work of our District Offices hundreds of thousands of dollars, which without investigation would have been paid. Fraudulent Claim A soldier is killed in action and hi., widow in Alliens makes application for pension [or h-'rso!f and two Chi''!-ren. Pension is just about to lie paid wIkii another application for pension is received from a widow in Ottawa Rn;!| furnNh marriage certificates. The widow in Ottawa states she was married in 101" and her husband left her in the Fan. The Alberta widow- states she met hi >' husband in IV-cem-' her. 1','ld. ami I hey were married in lP'.L'. and il looks as tiuni.-h pr;od her. On in- � vestigation it was found site lived in a sixteen room house and had three i servants. She also had Jlli'.nuo in improved real estate bringing her in a comfortable revenue, it was explained ito her that she was in no way entitled to pension, but she insisted in putting in her claim, stating that it required three servants to look after her house end that she would live to discharge one if she did not get the pension. We presume some girl has lost her job. for no pension was paid. The Commission has the power [o appoint administrators for pension . 'conies where it is t'.ic opinion of the Hoard., after careful in*, estigaiion. that the pension is being improperly expended. Allan from widows we are now pay-1 irig pensions to l.:>oii dependents, the i total number of pensioners being ] nearly l'4.000. How Amount Arrived At J The basic principle of basing the | amount of pension to be paid by all ', the Allies doe? not take into consider-I at ion what a man earned, or his form 'of employment previous to enlistment, i nor what ho should earn after dis-' charge. All men are placed on the i same basis, as what they would earn i in the general labour market. Some of i the reasons are. the man who was out I of employment previous to enlistment, i The farmer's son who received ?1 and J $2 a week pocket money. The college 1 student who was a charge and not i earning. These chsses of men would receive very little, if any pension, if their previous earning power was taken into f consideration, whereas the man who j closed a big deal and made say $5,000 ! previous to enlistment would receive ; a large pension, j Vocational Training Now take the man who was a brick-| layer before enlistment and has re-i turned minus his left hand, fie can-I not return to his former trade and ; some would consider him a total dis-! ability, but such is not the case. This ; man has the opportunity of taking up a course of vocational training to i learn a new trade, such as a builder's draughtsman, where he would earn . more money than he did previously.  and his pension would be. over and  above his income. In the case of the ie !:layer the Military Hospitals Commission took advantage of his former knowledge of building, as a bricklayer, and applied it to his new trade as builder's draughtsman. | Every soldier who is disabled so ; that he cannot return to his former UNITED TAXI SERVICE PHONE 387. 55-6 occupation has this opportunity of of learning a trade or vocation and placing himself in as good if not better, position than he was before he enlisted. If you have been discharged and find yon are unable to follow your ;pW-' GEO. H. LEGLER Nanton, Alberta, and g. p. deardorff AUCTIONEERS Will sell tosether in the Lethbridge district. Write, wire or see G. P. Deardorff, Box 550, Lethbrir*ae. trade, apply to the Vocational Train-1 iiiK Officer of the M.ll.C and he will i have your ease reviewed and if ac-; copied yen will be placed on n rate j of pay which is eojual to your military I pa v. with allowances for your wlt'oi anil children, if married. If you have started a course while convalescing, \ after discharge you will be continued on vocational training pay and your, course continued until completed. Tre.-itnctit It is the duty of every soldier to take j all the trcatin.'ti' he can possibly get. In other words ho should allow the. .M.ll.C. to pmee him in as healthy a condition as medical services can pos-; sibly pur' him. Health cannot be bought with money and the happy man , is th- lua'-Lhy man. ! The financial consideration is another aspect of (he case. If a soldier: is. say a 40 per cent, disability and ho refuses unreasonably to accept: treatment then after discharge should ho get worse and apply for an in-, creased pension, tin's increase will have lo bo refused on account of his refusnl to accept treatment in the i firsi place, hut however, this will not ; debar him from applying for further treatment and being re-attested. In this case he should iiptdv to the nearest military doctor, hospital or office of the M.ll.C. or lt.P.C. and he will be medically boarded and his case considered for treatment. Table of Disabilities In conjunction with the Order in Council the Board is given a table of disabilities, showing the percentage of loss of earning power due to disabilities in the general labor market. The Hoard has no power to alter (his and no matter what pension a man thinks he should get. for. say. loss of left hand, if he is right-handed, we cannot give him more than tm';; . Recommendations to Parliament When the Board of Pension Commissioners first took over the paying of pensions they found quite a few clauses which were not in fairness lo the soldier and they therefore made recommendations to the government accordingly. But I wish to say in passing that this Order in Council of June ilrd. 191(1. was drafted and approved by a Committee made up of even numbers of Liberals and Conservatives and was agreed upon unanimously by them. It was not therefore a party issue, which should be the case in every consideration affecting the returned soldier. However, after a few months of operation certain conditions were found to be inconsistent and recommendations were made accordingly. Classes of Disabilities. Ftnsions were divided into five classes v::^: l�o. so, (jo 40 and _a pet-cent, and below 2" per cent, a grata ity was given. YVe recommended that the classes should be increased to twenty classes with a difference of 5 per cent, between classes, and that there should be an allowance fur children and a married allowance to go with pensions of every class. I'ndei-the old scale there was no married allowance, and allowances for children were paid only in the three highest grades, which made quite a difference between certain classes, such as a man with three children who had. a r>0 per cent, disability would receive a 40 per ci.nt. pension of Slfi.0'1 per month and 110 allowance for children. A man with fid per cent, disahilily wouM r"ceive f21.00 per month pension and ., IS.00 per month for his three children, making a difference of ,�26.0t), although there was only n per cent, difference in disability. This is all done away with now- and the increases ; are averaged and gradual. A man with . a r, per cent, disability receives MO.00 '. per annum pension, ?6.0rt per annum for each child and S-l.Sil married al , louanoe, and so on up to 100 per cent, i disability. j Gratuities We are also advised the discontin-' uance of gratuities for a disability of 5 per cent, or over, which has been done by awarding the pension for 5, ; 10 and 17, per cent, disabilities. Every j man who received a gratuity in the i past will have his pension adjusted ; to the new scale and as soon as the : new rate of pension covers the amount ; of gratuity received pension will be : commenced and the pensioner medically examined for continuance of peu-1 sion. at the expiry of six or twelve months. This means every gratuity, whether granted prior to or after April 1st. 1!)17. Widowed Mothers Recommendation was also made that a widowed mother should receive , the same pension as a wife, as it took as much to support a mother as a widow. This increase was included in the new Order in Council. Therefore, if you have any pension troubles come to the Pension Board when; you will always be assured of justice. There are over r,.000,000 files at Ottawa and over 470.000 soldiers' files, rio anyone who has had anything to do with filing systems will readily understand how easy it is to misplace papers. j Xo man is discharged till he has re- I r.eived his first Post Discharge Pay cheque or his first pension clieuuo ! and therefore all d'day is eliminated. � The average increase of pensions under th" new Order in Council is Gil per cent, anil some have been increased its high as 2�0 per cent. Take, for instance, the. ease of a married man with three children wdio is a total disability. If he requires attendance this pension will be $1,2.14.00 per annum, viz: Total disability...........$ (100.00 Married allowance......... 9(1.00 Three children, 590 each ____ 2S8.00 Attendance .............. 250.00 ? �> : > > G. T. P. DISPUTE IS SETTLED NOW Ottawa, I'eb. 15.-A satisfactory adjustment, of the differences between the Grand Trunk Pacific Hallway Company and its maintenance of way employees has been effected, according to word received by Hon. T. \V. Crothe'.s. minister of labor. The dispute concerned matters connected with wages and working conditions. ? c- * > 1 of artificial appliances as long as a man lives or requires such appliance, i Claim Form One of the chief reasons for delay J in sending pension cheques is due to the turn receipt of pension claim forms. 1 These forms are necessary as a voucher to show that the one who Is recoiv-I itig the cheque is the right person to receive it. and also an acknowledge- \ ment that the last month's cheque has j hceu received. )l is absolutely neces- j sary that we should receive this claim 1 form before we can issue another month's cheque. It is not necessary for you to go to a lawyer or notary to have these forms ' filled in, for should you receive a form ' : which requires being sworn to, this is , done at our office free 0; charge. [ System of Issuing Cheques Kvery pensioner, now over 23,000. ' lias a small plate with his name, pen- \ sion number and address on it. These' are placed in long drawers and the. drawers are placed in an addressing j machine. The operator turns a switch i ami all the 2:>,000 cheques arc printed | 1 in one day. The envelopes and claim j forms are made out in the same way. i Appeal 1 One of the clauses of the Pension j Regulations states that every .applicant who is dissatisfied with the decision of the commissioners may present libs or her case, eithor personally or by counsel, before tho commissioners. District Offices As well you must remember thai, wo have opened up offices in every province in Canada for Hie purpose of assisting the pensioners. Wo want every pensioner to avnil himself of these office organizations. If there is any information you require write the nearest pension,office. If you do not think I you are getting a pension conimensur-ite with your disability, write and ex-kXl >'lUlr disability in detail. A certi- '* I ficata will then be sent you to be filled out by your private doctor, and if, when returned. It is found that you have a greater disability than previously shown a medical reboard will be ordered immediately and your pension adjusted accordingly. Justice to All It is the aim and wish of the board that every man should get justice and a pension consistent with his disability dtio to or aggravated by service. MAKE YOUR SUMMER DRESS NOW. SEE THE WINDOWS AT "THE BAY." PROFESSIONAL CARDS GUNSMITHS GUNSMITHS & LOCKSMITHS-Gun barrels straightened, guns restocked, gun work done by a gunsmith, keys made, locks repaired, bicycles, typewriters, phonogruphs, any light machinery repairod, lawn mowers sharponod. D, E. MucdouaM, Indian Motorcycle Agent, Phono 1032, 412 4th Ave. S. PIANO TUNING G. 11. CHIPPS. liXPEItT TUNER- I'layer-Piuuo and Organ Repairer; �0 years' factory experience. Honours Certificate M.T. Assn., London, England. References to tbo leading musicians of the city. Phono 11 US 1253 6th Ave. a. South. PRIVATE HOSPITALS PRIVATE HOSPITAL-MRS. VAN Haarlem's Private Hospital and Maternity Home. 3224 7tn Avenue South. Phono 740. EDUCATIONAL BOULTON'S AUTO LIVERY ESTABLISHED SIX YEARS We know our .way around the country as well as you know the way from your office to your homo. Try us. PHONE 1206 GARBUTT BUSINESS COLLEGE 411 8th St. South, LethbrldflO Day ana evening schooL Shorthand, Typowmlug, bookkeeping, and all Commercial Subjects. Office Phone 1315 Residence Phone or Principal 1531. White lor Full Information. SHOE REPAIRING THREE OLD RELIABLES Guardian Assurance Co. Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Sun Life "Nothing Better in Insurance" A. LEVITT District Representative STAFFORD BLOCK, LETHBRIDGE MITCHELL LIVERY DAY OR NIGHT Wesley T. Flynn Phone 1750 SHOE ItEPAlRING-I'houe 1717 tor your shoe, repairs. Work doue promptly, drdera called for and delivered, frank Miles, &11 4th Ave. South. MEDICAL " DOCTOR OALDRA1TH U14 Third Avenue South Office hours.............. 1-K p.m. .............. 7-8 p.m. Sundays ................ 2-3 P"1- And by appointment. Telephonol-jae UK S. CO N N OR, McN ALL Y ft j ami TSr son-Offico. 109 Sherlock Block. Telephones: Office 31?; Residence tilth Office hours: 11 to *2 a.u.; 1^ lo 3.30; 7 to 8 p.m. _ _ Dli. TAYLOR-HEiarr Kye, Nose""and Throat; 115 Sherlock Bldg. Office hours 10-12; 2-5; evenings by appointment. Phones: Office 341; Residence 593. jJB.--p.~w: TUiTJjEfHi'' WtfSiClAK and Surgeon. Offico SUeppard Block opposite Starland Theatre, rooms 6 to 4. Office hours: 11 to It a.m.: 1.30 lo 3.30 p.m. and 7 to 8.30 p.m. Phones: Office 780; Residence 420, 8th St. S., Phone jl.m__ DR. J. e7 COVERING, Phyalcaln and Surgeon. X-Kay equipment. Office and resilience, 812 3rd Ave. south. Hours 11-12, and 7-9. Telephone _ day and night 1242. 2�6-0 Oil. G. W. USiSClI. M.P.. CM., Physician and Surgeon. Office, Sherlock Jllock, Lethoridge. Phone 389. Residence 1111 6th Avenue. Phone 1007. Office hours: 11 to'lM5; 1.30 to _3 00; 7 to 8; Sundays: 1.30 to 3.00. DOCTOR MAKTIGNV- At Cardston. Physician and Surgeon. Accouchuur. Office In the tVood and Woolt Block. Phono Day and Night 135. OlHce also in Cardston Pharmacy. Phone day 3. 36-ti WELDING OXY-ACETVLENE WEEDING - W. i\\ Kuth, corner 1st Avenue and 10th Street. UNDERTAKING FARMLANDS Of the Hudson's Bay Companj and Calgary and Edmonton Las'! Co. CITY AMD FARM MORTGAGES The H. Macbeth Agency PULLEY'S AUTO LIVERY Phone 1S40 '. S. FETTERLY, LEADING FUNER-al director and licensed embaimor, aiotor or horse driven hearaea. Parlors, opposite Court House. Office phon. BUI, rasidence phono 117S. Upcu day aud nijjht MacKAY & RlacKAY-FUNERAL Directors and Practical EmbElmers; office and rosidence. Motor and horse drawn euuipuient. S03 3rd Ave. fc>. Phone lbOz. Always open, never clc-ed. FARM PRODUCE OTT'S AUTO LIVERY Day Phone 1448, Night Phone 737 FARM PRODUCTS LIMITED WHOLESALE HAY, POTATOES AND ALFALFA ME.AL. Inspectors at Coaldale, Let hhridge, Raymond and MagratB. Whether you want to buy or sell we will mail ycu our Weekly Mar ' hot Card on request. �01 SHERLOCK BUILDING Lethbrldoi : : : : Phon� 777 DK. M7I jdental____ GIBSON-DENtist GRAB* uate of Royal College of Dental Surgeons Toronto and holder of a Dominion Dental Certificate. Offics: _ roomj^ 5-6 Bryan Block. Phone 1071. DK. L.TCAUTEN^DErTTlST. (SUC-cessor to Drs. Courtice & Gilchrist). Graduate of University ol Maryland. Rooms S� Macdonald Block. Phon* 1165, LethbrJdge, Alto. DRS. MAR.RS ANU MARR8-DENT-iBts. Successors to Drs. Stewart aad McClure. Hours 9 to G. Office: Hlg-lnhotham Block. Phone 374. DK. hi. G. SIMMONDS-DENTIST, member of Royal College of Burgeons. (Eng.) Licentiate Royal College of Physicians (London) L.D.S., 13C0. Fours 9 12; 1-5. Office C-8 Hlg-inbotham Block. Phone 1616. a to North Western Dental University, Chicago. Office phone 78S; residence phono 752. Offices: Union Bank Building. 158-0 BAKERY KIKKBY &~Cb. HIGircLASS BAK- ery, for pastry that you can depend upon being made on home-made principles. Klrkby & Co., 606 3rd Ave. s. Phono 1(127. CHIROPRACTORS i_loyo, Hazell, Mgr., Act�.. Res. Res. Phone 365 Phone 1753 DECORATING (pairs We specialize in rehoring gas tractor cylinder?, and fitting oversize pistons and rings. We have in stock at present oversize pistons for all popular makes of gas tractors. Ford Engines Rebored United Taxi Service SIX - CARS - SIX Reliable and efficient cars and drivers with a thorough knowledge of the district. Open day and night. Office next Alexandra Hotel. ( PHONE 387 SMITH & SMITH-HYBUM SMITH and June B. Smith.-If you are sick and want to regain health, take spinal adjustments and get well Office in residence, 903 7th Ave. S., opposite Model Bakery, hours 4.30 to 5, 7 to 9. Phone 1677. MUSIC WELLINGTON BROS.-THE DEC orators, Paperhangers and Painters i Kalsominiug, General Decoratin�.| and Sign Writing. Estimates given. The oldest established painters in Lethbrtdge. Res. Phone 1172; office phone IV52, Sherlock Bldg., Leth bridgo, Alta. NIVEN 216 1st Ave. S. BROS. Phone 1732 � WE WANT FURS 1 Muskrats & Coyotes Open to pay fancy prices. LETHBRIDGE HIDE, PELT & FUR CO. Rear C.P.R. Telegraph Offices References: Standard Bank Office Phone 799 Residence Phone 326 etsrans LIVER CONDUCTED BY J. E. GOBELLE PHONE 1858 W. EMERY, PAINTING, DECORAT-ing, Paper Hanging, Kalsomintng, etc. Best materials only used for all work. Estimates willingly given. i)S6 itth Street S. P"hor.e 338. PAINTING AND PAPERHANGING - We are competent to do nil kinds :>f painting from outside work to finest decorating. We specialize on country school and churches. Lowest estimates. Largest stock of wall paper In city. Watch for yellow automobile. W. R. Brown, lil.'i fith Ave. A. S. Phone 72u. In Lethbridge 110 years. MISS AILEEN M. J ONES-Pianoforte Playing and Theory; supervision of H. C. C. Salmon. One hundred per cent, of pupils entered for the examinations ot the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music. London, En., last year were suocessfuL Studio, 623 9th Street South. MK3. W. 11. JOHNSON-TEACHER of Piano, Harmony and Theory. Over ten years' t�achln,f experience. Studio fully equipped with blackboard, keyboard, scale ladder, modulating board, etc. Studio 1226 5th Ave. A. South. DANCING MISS GLADYS ATTREE holds classes for dancing at the Y. M. C. A. every Thursday and Friday. Adult ballroom class Friday at 8 o'clock; Adult classical dancing and physical culture Thursday next at 7.30. Children Thursday and Friday afternoons. Private lessons by appointment. Phone 1CS5. WATER LOCATOR WATER LOCATED- 1 CAN LOCATK water for you. Charges reascnabla T. L. Dr.vies, Nobleford. 97-0 These Ads. are read in over 5000 homes Circulation audited by Audit Bureau of Circulations $1,23-1.00 : Under the old scale he would receive , ' SIMC.OU per annum. I 1 Widow's Pension Thi: widow's pension ha;; been in-'Crcas'd from $32.00 per month to '.$40.0o and the widowed mother's from ?2-l.fiO to S'io.OO per month. \fc also pension stepmothers, grandmothers, aunts, foster mothers, where dependency is shown; also a woman who liv-;el with a man as his wife but was unmarri'-d is pensioned as a widow. ;J!ii'gi! !�)�!�. children, orphans and , ninthei l- Uisuln '.or the supplying AUCTIONEERS We wish to announce that. Peter LeValley and' L. I. Nicholson have consolidated their interests as auctioneers and will conduct sales anywhere In the province The best of workmanship anil satisfaction guaranteed or no pay. For sale dates, phone 1053 or 20f, Rural. Yours for business, LeVALLEY AND NICHOLSON Auctioneers. Dr. A.T.Spankie M.D., C. M. EYE, EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALIST. Office rooms, 121-122 New P. Burns Building, Corner 8th Ava aud 2nd St. East, Calgary. Office Phone M284.8 Uesldnnco 'Phono M2077 Interim ni.d Ilo.ise Surgeon, Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, New York City, 31(11-1911. E, Specialist to Ca'lgaiy School Board 274-24 ACCOUNTANTS Phone 1619 P.O. Box 805 HENDERSON, REID AND PATERSON Chartered Accountants, Audits, Investigations, Etc. SPECIALTIES Municipal, Lumber, Mining, Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Accounting Acadia Building, Third Ave., S. Lethbridge DRAYING HOUSE MOVING COAL, C. O. D. CITY CARTAGE CO. Van Horn Bros. 406 6th St. S. Phone 438 EYES TESTED j;m.hehder$om - sightspeciaust Difficult Cases n Specialty Offic* at Wright's Jewellery Store H0,un lO to 12 a m. - 2;to 5 f ,m. > CLEANING AND DYEING VALET- DRAYING Of All Kinds WesternTransferCo. Limited ftfflce-C P. R. Freight 61i�di PHONES Ofricft........... 1181 Stables .......... 1064 DRAYING THE STAR TRANSFER GEO. WILLIAMS 61S Gth Street S. Phone 1C72 COAL, C.O.D. __J^;don't ' jnu cj "� 1 v- -tit irDRCErl WAR VETERAN WHEN YOU HAVE A job to oFIFEr HF PIehsg notify J. R. OLIVER BOARD OF TRADE J. F. RiTCHIE SECY VETERANS' CLUB UNITED TAXI SERVICE PHOM*; 387. aC- THE VALET-SPECIALISTS IN French Dry Cleaning. Our process eliminates danger of injury to garments. Only the highest class work turned out. No dyeing. Immediate atention Is given to country orders. S24 6th Street^ South. Phone 1811 LOO'^lHi^Cteaning, Pressing, HF pairing nnd alterations well dono at reasonable prices. We call for and deliver goods. 410 6th Street South. _J>hone 634^______HI-10 LEE WING, the Tailor. Cleaning pressing and repairing. High class work at lowest prices. Delivery free. 113 7th St. S. Phone 1019. 286-24 ELECTRICAL ENGINEER 11. B. McELYEA, ASSOC. A. I. B. B., Electrical Engineer and Contractor, makes a specialty ot wiring country homes and installing lighting plants. Consultations on all kinds of electrical work, 1264 4tii Ave. 8. Phone JSS8. 216-0 I ELECTRICAL supplies AND ALL KINDS OF SLIC� TRICAL WORK. W.L. McKenzie & Co. PHONS M7 711 Srd Ave. S. C8C ;