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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME IX. ^ LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1916 NUMBER 56 EPIBEMIC of incendiary fires in canada and state PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD CUTS THE ESTIMATES IN TWO IN TWO YEARS Chief Graham Positive in Evidence Before Inquiry Board That Several Ex-dsions Occured During Fire plosi If ccoiioiny is wliiit tlic people want, the school board is giving it of a $138,000 surplus, bul-aside from| lliat they havo cnpi^led very great Ifiicl .....,.. ............... ' 3,471.81 to IhciTi in large doses this year. At] savings in many directions. In view of. the fact that Medicine Hat recently asked $11'1,Q0I) from the city for 1916 expenditure, tlic board feels that it has reason to be proud of the rc-corrii The board will rrituirc $00,858.76 to finance durinp the year. With a a special meeting of the board on Tuesday afternoon, it was decided to ask the city for $62,000 on which to run the .school system this year. This is ji of $23,000 from last year. The most startling fcaturc a>out. j2a,8'58 to work on. therei Telephones the new estmiatcs howcyei. is that, . $02,000 fm- the citv to-^ Water Insurance ......... Interest ............ .lanilor'K supplies . Library ............ Repair!; ............ Sundries ......... Siilaries staff ...... Stores ......... ... Teachers' salaries Teachers' supplies Ottawa, Keb. Ifi.-Under oath before the parliamentary fire investigation' commission Tuesday, Fire Chief (Irahani of Ottawa, stoutly maiiitairi-eiL the opinion that the lird in the I'nriiaiucnt buildings had been dclih-eratcJy set. His theory is that a scries of Ores were started by chemicals in "a number of paper files in the reading, room, His tnaiii reasons for the h'cllof are (he rapiiJitv \vlth which the lire spread,, arid.thc;sevcral explosions vhicli he is positfvc occurred. The fire chief was tlic principal witness of the afternoon inquiry by the coni-ijiitlcc. The intjiiiry win be resumed tomorrow iind another adjournment will then be made, possibly till after the commission goes to Providence, H. r., ,lo take the .evidence of the editor of the Providence Journal,"re-garding the warning said to have been given of the intention to burn the Parliamcnfi-buildings and' other institutions in CHmada. Chief.Graham was the .first witness to appear before the cominissiqn and swore to hearing e.vplosions, and.hc was quite emphatic and positive. He saiO- be 'heard five distinct 'explosions, and they were diO'crent from the ordinary smoke explosions heard first. He is firm in the opinion, that the explosions were cauScd by bombs ahd lie maintains that the explosions, ^-'e-sulted in some of the -walls falling. Other witnesses did iipfc- give; iiny evidence of a new o}:.--slai;tlinE nature. �*''..... G.P.r. Will Complete the Lethbridge-Weyburn Line it i.s almost 100 per cent, less than two years ago when $120,500 was asked. 'I'he amounts asked by the school board from the city in the past tour ycar.s are : 1913 ............... :.. $120,000 10If .................. 120,520 1915 .................. 85,000 JOIC .................. 02,000 The estimates arrived at this year tire naturally very pleasing to ' the board. Of course they had the benefit ExchAnfec ... is left only $62,000 for the city to-' Water raise bv direct taxation. .\s the [Taxes {'2, vear:i) school as.sessment i.snn the neighborhood ot,$U,000,000, the .school rate %yiU not be mote than five mills, as 8.8 for last year with a higher assesismcnt. The figures of the lOlfi estimates arc as follows : | interest Debentures ..................$33,239.r>0 Hleckic light ............ 150.00 Eqtiipmcnt .................. 100.00 120.00 600.00 800.00 200.00 250.00 1,500.00 500.00 7,770.00 350.00 39,250.00 300.00 135.00 . 375.00 1,7'17.32 $90,858.70 Estimated Govt, grant ... $ 4,400.00 Tax arrears 13-11-15 and ............. 24,458.70 $28,858.76 Net sum requirnd from city $62,000.00 American Club, Active In Raising Battalion, Has , Building Destroyed ^ Several Steamers Burned' -Loss Is Estimated at Over a Million Wants tot iyie#1Aiout Munitions Board Tn a special' wire received by the llerald this 'morning fro^ \V. A. Buchanan. Jf.P. at Ottawa, the very welcome information was conveyed to Southern Albertana that the Letli-brldge-Weyburn line would -be com-])Iete(t during the coming sumimer. This means that the gap from Pa-kowki'to Altawau on the Saaltatche-\van, boundary, a distance ot 45 miles, 'y>\\\\ be .graded, and the steel laid so that Soutliehi Alberta will'have another grain routg.,by the,time, the,1916 harvogt.-begins to move. ; When, ^lie niaUer jCame .up. In the railway cbmmltte'e ^of the hbuseyithlBJ morning, Vice-President Beafty'of' .the C. P. R. Xt-As present.' Mr. Buchanan explained' tliat- tlie immenBs volume or grain grown in the south, and particularly'in the area traversed by the Lethbridge-Weyburn line war- Ottawa, Feb. IG.--In the House of Commons NTuesday Sir Wilfrid Laur-ierf asked if the government^ intended to slve members information, regarding the new shell commlBslou. The Premier replied that they would bo guided by the wishes of the Imperial government. Sir Wilfrid; "This government has control over the ."iliell commission?" Sir Robert: "Nono whatever.", Sir Wilfrid ^aid it appeared that there was, som^lng mysterious about the comniiBBion'; somewhere, and he wanted to know something about' it. The premier replied that neither records o� the shell ooramittoe nor the Imperial munitions board were in possession of the government, and they never had been. Both bodies were appointed by the Imperial minister of munitions and the present body was acting a'ilrectly under liis orders. Sir Wilfrid: "Then the minister of marine, wlien lie promised the other day to furnish Information about this commission, did not know what ho was talking about?" Sir Robert replied that he believed the munitions board would give any information which it was not against the Interest of the Imperial government to publish. ranted the comoletlon ot construction of tiie road, tie sliow'6'd alno that the coal shortage situation in'aaskatche-wnn during the winter' would 'have been greatly relieved had the gap on the new lino been flnlslied, Vice-President .Beatty recognlKed the force of the arguments and ^eilUily agreed to the proposal that-the Ime be completed. It was underslooil-last fall tliat the line-would he (InlBheci in- 1916, but lately there has been some doubt owing to the statement made iby A'loe-Pfesident i-la,lli.op,,'hIs return from Montraail recently^ Jthfvt .,tllg. company would tiudertake very^llttle -now, con-strudtion this year. All tloubts however are now sot.>,-lind Leth-brldge will soo-n bo JUo western terminal of two through-routes to Winnipeg for the handling- of. Southern Alberta's coal and grain. BRIIISH GOVT. IS The British government, has commandeered all stocks of wheat in the tinltod Kingdom, according to a message received over the Wires this morning by the local olilcevof Balrtl nnd: Botterill, grain comralsalon merchants, from -their, private wire at Oalgary. . ' Tho grain, marlcota were all, on a bullish busla this morning, opening higher than the close yesterday and maintaining the high figure. ^ Winnipeg May -wheat -is-ent to 128% at 12 o'clock, closing at 128%, Chicago touched 130, closing up at 130%. The gain over yesterday's close In May prices was ij/i qents. All reports'I'rom Knglan'd show that the. stocks,.there are low, and prices paid by millers-are two to throe shll-IlnVs. per'stone higher than a ykar ago.: The;higher price Is not reflected' on,! the Amerlcnn .raarkei;s owing 'to th(j. vory' liQavy increase in freight rntes,.the preci!-derit for the stand.'takon. the refusal by Mr. ProudfpotjVjy-lvlberal inpmber, to rccogni'ic thei,con\inltteo named to investigate tho-jcliatgCB'jhe.'hud made and his lefusal .tQ.VgiVe-'qvldcnce before it, This sta"n(l^:lio''sa(a,was supported,, bv Mr. IJowRll'and thc*bibor-nl press 'of Onj,D,tip. .�: : � The coinmlttoe'v aijjourjicd'V'untt+ Thursday and thq'.pU&irm^n^ informed Mr. Bradshaw tiialr'llis.caspiwas left Berlin, Ont., Feb. 16.-Some Boldiers of the .118th battalion, �who were on rilght 'fesive-Mast evening, raid'ed the Corcordia hail, a former prominent German club, In the Jansen block, and comolete-ly demolished the furniture, Including piano, pictures, etc. About SO men t6ok possetsion of the Hall about 8 o'clock, thr^w chairs out (JT.the windows, jumped on tables, smashing them to kindling, and pounded the piano beyond repair. The soldier.s opened a small .storeroom, where flags and pictur/s. ot German heroes had been stored, and carried these down to. tlic front of the TccruitinR rooms where.they were trampled and torn to shreds. They also .found a Imst 'of Kaiser WilheiiTi I., which had been kept in the Corcordia hall since it was taken from the lake In Victoria park where it was thrown at by jokers shortly after the war s-tarted. They dragged the bust up the street, amid cheers and singing, and it is now stored lu the barrack."! in Queen street. , The mayor has asked for protection;', A BELGIAN STEAMER'SUNK Loudon, , Feb, 14.-Tho Belgian steamer Adiiatiek, ot .^utwe^p, has been sunk. Two ot the crewi were lost. The.Aduatiek was a vessel of 1333 tons. � ^. 3rd CM. R. Losses Total Fifty-four lledicijie TIat, Feb. 15.-The Third C.iM.n.'s total casualties up to January 10th fronj. October .1st, 1915, were .")4.- These are figures securetl from tho Miufstcr of. Militia. The] casualties arcCdivided as follows : Killed'in :aH'on .............'........ 13 Died of.'iwouiids...................... 2 Died .......................... 1 Wouifided ..........:.......:.:^^,ix.':^... 30 Total casualties .54 Followingtho report of January 15 that the: regiment had been in a big battle and which was afterward denied, the News >yrote the Minister of ftfiiitia asking for available figures as to the casualties of the regiment. Checking over the list, it is found that the big majority of the casual-tics, suffered ^vere in' the Edmonton sriuadron. Fall Fliver, Mass., Feb, 16.-Estimates made by .t^e owners of jjro'perty and, the .proprietors of stores iln the'Sectio(i' of the business district swept by a fire early today, Indicated ..that the total losS'Wpiild .be $2,000,000. A score of buildings, Inciudlng an apartment hotel and several of the largest retail stores in the city, were destroyed, and many others were severely damaged, ' There was.\ no-loss of life and ho one was Injured. , ' Toronto, Ont., Feb. 10.-One man was killed and two other:; were injured in a fire w'hich early today wrecked the si.K-storcy structure, which was the home of the American Club. Several c.\plosions were heard while the lire was burning, but, according to the latest information received hv the police, there were no delonatibns before the llames wore dlscovured, .V man believed to have been P. I. llurston, of 0allas,Texas, was found sufTocated just inside the window on the third floor. Kd\VaCd Johnston, night watchman of tlie bank next door to the American Club was (langtTou.sly injured when he was struck by a chimney which fell into the street. Captain Asa -Minard, of the !)7th Battalion of the American Legion, was slightly bruised while making his cacaiie. The interior of the building -was destroyed and the roof fell in. .The walls are int.ict. The property loss Wii.s placed at $50,000. The Toronto American club lias been prominent in raiftinj; the American Legion and incendiarism is suspected. > , ' FIRES FOOND BRIIH BOATS Xew York, Feb. IS.-Thc steamers Bolton, Castle and Pacific at the foot, of the pier belonging to the New ' Ycirk Dock company at the foot ot ' Pioneer street, Brooklyn, were de-  stroyed early today by the most disastrous Are on the Brooklyn water-;' front in years. Another steamer, tho, Bellgrano, was damaged,, about- 25i' scow.s and lighters were partly or wl'iolly burned, and upward of 40 ot the coolies from the Bolton, Castlo.^ and Paciflc were missing after tho lire. The loss is estimated at con- � siderably more than $1,000,000. Tho origin ot the fire is not known. Six hours after the fire started tho j3olicc said they had accounted for ' all but'two of the missing persons. It Was then believed that the loss oJ life would not exceed that number. Later reports placed the estimatcrl : property loss at more than ?3,000,- : 000. EVERYBODY FOR PROHIBITION London, Ont,, Feb. 14.-The London "committee of one hundred" claims: that the provincial iprohlbiUon petl-.."-j i-| tions wore signed 'by over 70 per cent of tlie voters of tho city alone. ll BACK IN THE GAIV|E -Paris, Feb. 14.-The Journal's Athena correspondent says that, former Premier Venlzelos 6f Greece has dp-clded to return to active political life. Montreal, Feb. 16. -'^ Fire , which broke out early today in the Prince hotel, at 127 St. Antoine street, severely gutted the building and caused injury tq/at,least, one man. A soldier, John Carruthers, of the Engineers, Ottawa, was carried from the hotel shortly after the bla?e was discovered. NEW ASSISTANT CLERK V OF HOUSE OF COMMONS Ottawa, Feb. 14.-The new assistant clerk of the House of Commons to succeed J, h. Laplante,' who lost his life in the flfe, will be Martin Bea,uohen, who at present is attached to the. department of .lustice. Mr. Beauchen was for a number of years a member of the parllamentaiy press gallerj'i He studied law In Quebec province, and was created' a K. C. by tlie Gouin government, although politicnlly, an opponent of that government.. At one tiine he -was an un-auccessful candidate for the Dominion house in Bohaventure. FUNERAL OF S. A. MoGAW Winnipeg, Feb. 15.-The late S. A. JIcGaw,- Winnipeg grain man, who was fatjally, injured In Los Angeles last Tuesday, carried life insurance of $115,000.1n Winnipeg agencies, 150,000 having heon taken out only two weeks ago. ..The remains will be taken toGoderloh, Ont., for interment. Crand lodge officers elected m aboyanoB. There are 102 more Grand,'Lodge Oddfellows.In Alberta today than there were .yesterday, this bolng;'tho' net result of the flrat session .rot .the Grand Lodge . ot Alberta hoUJi.V.-.liero; tills morning with over 200 delegates' present. IC. A. Cuminlngs of Edmonton, Grand Master, presided ov'^r'the' ,sos8lon which was taken up with the' installation of the new metpbers: in^o the higher degree of Oddfellow.Bhip,, During the morning reports of the A' SE|v{ATOBS ANXIOUS .. Wuslilngtori, Kob.-: lo.^A rei^olutlon to deplaro.tliat thesenat? is anxiously concQrned:'ovpr the reopnt order of tho aerumu admlraUy that urined enemy*' moruhaht�j^hl!)S may, be sunk witUout'';warhln^i' -was Introduced ;tQ. day:,toy Benntov'S^ferllnji (republican) Of South Dakota.' ^ /rU(i> rgsolutloQ-aBHeirtB there sijoulcl ibCiUO oociujBi^encB^lii the order by tlijo ;ll)}lt(^ of the Germftn ra-,'';5'fl4TOJr{iUy,^.--4p.;mi?!f^ c�,>nti'a.vfintIon of ''lou6-VQC9vn}A.ed---neutrttl rights, '�...�a'*#t',' � Tl^iMlellows Order _!_-;;�'' 'h , l./P-ffjJ^BTHBRlDG-EIis entertaining this we^k the;' v-^ dO/ogatos tor tho annual conventioiia of three , ;t)r4nchesof one ot the'greatest fraternal organ.' -lintioiis in the world, The Independent (jrder M.i.oE"OddileliowH, of ^vhlc|l, the symbol Is, tJivee iV^lptarNFrtondsUlp, Lovo" and Truth, hadW Its .....Hlrth-')nKngland In th6 18th century, and has steadily grown Hintll Its'membership now totals over two and one-iluarter. millions, with nearly .30,000 ,lodges in oxislence. There lu^lodgoa^ In nearly all-olvlli7.od:nntlpns'q(> tlie ^vorld. ; \^ Tho order''l}RBj:qyv_^j'a^Uqliea, the .Pntrlarohs Millta'iyt,^ tlie drajid lOncampment, tbq .Qranfl '|uo"rt!,'e 'and the Rebekahp. ; Tho Robekah degree, for Womo^i \vBi�"'0�tftbJl.t!ho'd in 1801. The relief paid By'the ovdor annually' totals 'ovev '?0,0Q^,O0O. i , V ' � The order'in Caaftd(i''U9S'contributed largely of its. memborahiiJ ,tO; the ranks of thevflaUtiJg forp^svfor active aervlce. In'Alberta'the �!i'49J' lias made mttrveUOiia" pi'Osrew''and: the convention heru this w,eek,bears� evidence ot tWs j;a;ov/;?f/v-( .....1 ............ " ,V'''fOi;psa�t; Fair �ind irxlld, ^4 Ited Cross Appeal WX^^l^W a�o' concerned with the campaign for reprultB and the' YV- :�Pl'Sal of the Patriotic Fund; both of which; domarfd buv urgent � _^B.upport, there is one appeal to which all.must give'heed to the.' bestot our ability, and that Is the pppeal of tho Rod Crp'ss. Tho Red ' CroBB nurse Ja the sister ot mercy on tho battlefield. The Red Cross hoapi^alB are tor tbe shelter of the wounded. The Red Cross Societyv; exls^ for thq purpose of seeing that these- agents of mercy- are kept'. bui>i)Uea'\vlth tho, proper equipment for the alleviatlom 6C sutferirig i ampnr.the wojinded.soldiers. ', ' -X Bpoplal'appeal la being made by Ihe Alberta Red Orpbs,' oi; wWclr'' thqr,e ,1s a L^thbrldgo' branch. February aoth, tho extra da'y,' livUhtfl .leap'"' yeai;,-;has; bqen-set'aside na a day for special, doriatIon8,w'toi^tlie..jli.Bd,'; .proSB.: funda.iftMerpJiantB and,business men of all classesfviviilirh'e a^Hed.' to.'4Qnate' a �cartalu percentage of' their buslnesB  for':tlmf?'l',KEIvry oi)!e;.,ln.itliai:cqjn):9UnJty...wllj be asked to contribute,sorae>i'^pftlon' oi; Uta' l^i^f.qpe; on .tbl? wtra day. Tho appeal ahould meet wlth^avbrlsli; anil, �^enerougi]rqapqnq,va^9d:Cro88 supplies are; none ^tbD�: plentiful^^^^^^^ battl6:''frpnts.:-,'syhej:9 Ijundrodsiuire'wounded every"'week,''''Sf-;.� THEY SAY KELLY IS GETTINQ, TOO' MUCH LIBERTY , Chicago, Feb. .IS.^Tliornas' Keily?! of WlnniiJeg, wealthy contractor,-U by the government on �; ohargeBif&oe having , fraudulently obtained $ii50Q3 000 In connection with the, oonBtruf tlon of the- parliament ��b'uJIding;�l'�i Winnipeg, Ima been, allowed tooMu liberty recently, aocordfng.'to;-fedie authorities here. .Sheriff, OrPn\]f to" appear, before,'DiBtrlotV's'Atfpr-Clyno today and,explainV;-ivhy,-fof nftecllng ..ICelly, ,:; frojn �i't.iWflsliJHfil have not be^n,obeyed........i- i'^,iM!