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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta / VOLUME X. LETHBRfoGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17;1917 NUMBER 58 U. S. IS MAKING FURTHER PREPARATIONS FOR WAR WITH GERMANY HUN EMBASSY ORDERED BOATS DISABLED-BRITISH WAR LOAN HUGE SUCCESS SITUATION IN U. 8. IS INTOLERABLE AS RESULT OF SUBMARINE BLOCKADE Captain of Interned Steamer Admits in Court He Was Ordered to; Disable Boat RECEIVED A HINT OF IT MONTHS BEFORE Told Relations Would Be Severed and He Was to Put Ship 'Out of Commission ' THE DUKE OF NORFOLK The ranking member, of. the British nobility, who died recently. BUSH LOAN Nearly Five Billion Dollars Have Been Turned in-Rush for Certificates Stupendous Boston, Mass., Feb. 17, - Captain Charles A. Polack, of the North German Lloyd steamship Kronprinzessen Cecile, testified today at the federal court hearing on the petition for the sale of the vessel, that he had been ordered by a man connected in an official capacity \vith the German embassy., to disable Kb machluery. This whs done, he said, to prevent the ship's use by. this government in event of hostilities ivith Germany. He refused to divulge the name of the man giving the , order, -Captain Polack said he was in Hoboken, N.J., when he received the -.order and that lie; telegraphed his ''chief engineer here to 'disable the engines. The work of: destruction .was,.done on January 31 When aBKGd'JJys'cou'.isel for the peli-tlorieigjtp^ilv^'the name. of thtS.tpwv, eon frbra^whom the order was received, Captain Polack said: "Your Honor, I'am an; officer df^the German navy, and if. I should have to disclose the name'of this gentleman in this hearing I might be tried for treason when I went home to Germany, I, wish you would not oblige me to an-j wer that question." | The question was not pressed and Judge Morton decided that it would mot be necessary for the captain to answer it at this time. [ Captain Polack said he met the embassy official in January at the North German Lloyd' offices in Ho-hoken. Orders to disable the ship were given at that time in the presence of Captain Moller, superintendent of the company's lines in.this country, he testified. Captain Polack was preparing to visit Hot Springs, Va., at the time, ibut changed his plans and returned; to this city. Continuing his testimony the cap-' tain declared that the embassy officials said to him: "The relations between the two countries are being severed and the condition is very serious." The witness testified that he inquired whether the machinery was to be disabled immediately, and that he received an affirmative answer. Captain Moller, he said, did not participate in this conversation. Describing � in detail his actions. Captain Polack said: "iSome time ago, about the time when the SussexTjase was up and .when difficulties had arisen between Germany and the United States, I- was asked to go to New York. It was an invitation from the company's office. I was told that I was tVmeet a gentleman who wanted to speak to me. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9). BITTER ATTACK ^ON GOVt; BY A WORKMEN ARE THE HEAVY SUBSCRIBERS Every Class of Citizen to Give His Money to Government to Pursue War London, Feb. 17.-In financial  circles much enthusiasm reigns over the success of the war loan. The Times financial editor says the stock exchange is talking confidently,of a thousand millions in new money from ---- ; the loan. Undoubtedly the figure will Accuses Kaiser's Govt, of Cruel be beryond �" Prece(lent Te feature of subscriptions in many country dis Treatment of Workingmen -Blamed for War tricts. has been the quantity of gold brought, to the banks and pdst office by the working men and women, London, Feb. 17.-^An Amsterdam I ^lfie,d1\a munitions area, , -, . . x. T ., � � � . _ . �7000 in gold was paid m small sutob despatch to the London Morning Post for stoe,c cerUflcates durine the week, say^.v VAt yesterday's, sitting at the Among yesterday's subscriptions were Prussian diet stormy times occurred, one million pounds by Lord Nichel-During the speedh delivered by Herr ha�i �6,500,000 from the Riotinto Co., Hoffman, who belongs to the socialist -*T>T> ^A^L^^ minortty> he -violently at^^ government and. the�>j>o,lice in connec- "S5-- ^nt,,,,,,"i,,,___ ,. /., S^^SSy^IgUm^ Dublin farmers subscribed, reason, whilst workmen were con- Por tlle most part 14 was new money stantly threatened with being sent to LIEUT.-COL.; ,W. GRANT Appointed the Canadian member of the new-- British Commission for the j organization of resources. He is prom | inently connected with the Canadian Steamship! Company, vice-president of] the British Navy League, and apparently regarded in London as a rising personality of Canada. GERMANY'S CAMPAIGN OF FRIGHTFULNESS A FAILURE New York, Feb. 17.-The German blockade, men in authority in shipping circles declare, has been a failure from the start, despite the fact that more than 100 vessels have been sunk by the U-boats since February 1. They base'their belief on statistics from Great Britain and France, which reveal that only one vessel in forty steaming from neutral ports is sunk. This percentage, it is declared, is so insignificant as to make hardly worth considering whether a state of war exists and whether a "blockade" is declared. ARREST ALLEGED NAVY NEEDS 400,000 MEN London, Feb. 17.-A force of 400,000 men is required for the British navy, according to the naval estimate for the coming fiscal year which provides for that number. Washington Asked For Relief and Wilson May Take > Action at Once WITH SUBMARINE NETS This Precaution Already Being Taken in Preparation For Closer Combat with Subs the trenches, which was thuB considered as punishment. Herr Hoffman also bitterly complained of) certain acts of "the. secret police, and of the prosecution of some trade unions. Amidst cries of order, the speaker reminded the members of the treatment of Herr Liebknecht. Hoffman then dealt with the present food difficulties and admitted that the conse- in hard cash The maximum figure mentioned in the city was as high as �1,200,000,000. It would surprise no one should the figure turn out to be from �S00,000,-000 to � 1,000,000.000, r (neavly ?5,000,-000,000) representing virtually new money. The citizens of Glasgow hold the record for subscriptions,. with a total of �100,000,000. The. crowds outside of the GJaspow savings bank were so big lyesterday morning that quences of hunger, were becoming ,  , � j n� j * more fatal owing to the. bitterly cold appheations had to be admitted in weather. After describing the an-i gr2,ups" ... ... , , ., xious longing for peace felt by the1, T� *�tor of the Daily News people, he declared that peace would lad .t0 ?n?ests, 0,1 ..Th�Td*jr t,lnt I?ad,' have been possible lo^g: since, if the ]��?ba�ks in the city had been snowed German governmentjjad made public ullder(f ^ applications for the loan, its war aims. . k ' |�* � T> no exaggeration to say � �' ._. j that the huge response of the public ; � . � | exceeds all expectations. A notable * ? > ? >? > ? demonstrated that the leader of the opposition in making his criticism had made no allowance^ for the telephone' system which paid its own interest and loans to the farmers' co-oi)6rative elevator company, and the Central  Canada Railway company. vDr. Blow followed and, saying .that, lie had \been nd-vocatlug agricultural credits for years, contended that ' the government had paid more attention td^the railway corporations than the farmers, v Mr. Mitchell said if the .leader'of the opposition were more 'mcHlerato jn his criticisms he would find that the public would probably take'morb stock in his statements and as an illustration of the imaioderate'vway In which lie dealt with public matters the. provincial treasurer stated that- hei had not only this session but on other occasions declared that the total guarantee liability of the'province amounted to $90,000,000. �He had been corrected and given-the-exact figures ,iver and over again, but he persisted with a view no doubt of giving-.' the public a wrong impression of that particular phase of the province's financial position. Mr. Michener: "I did not make that statement. I said that the direct liability of the province was $30,000,000 and that that sum with the authorized guarantees approximately $60,000,000 made a total of $90,000;000." Mr. Mitchell: "You are $15,479,-350 too much." ; Mr. Michener said that the total amount of railway securities authorized to date amounted to ?5a,407H50, and the direct debt $29,000,000, which was very close to $90,000,000. Mr. Mitchell asked how could the leader of the opposition include $15,-000,000 authorized railway bonds but not executed and from which the province was not liable to the extent of one dollar. It was a fair conclusion that it was his Intention to confuse the public mind, and to that extent prejudice them against the railway guarantee, policy. Had he stated that the direct liability of the province together with the indirect liability due to executed railway guarantees was $74,520,G50, he would have been more correct. Proceeding to analyze this direct London, Feb. 17.-According to a Rome despatch, it is believed at the Vatican the object of the Teutonic submarine campaign is to hasten the Anglo-FWich offen-. si've and bring war to a decision soon. If this is adverse, Germany will then make peace overtures. MEET HERE SOON The Dominion Grain Commission will hold its W! ....... ) .> .j. : > : ? ? ? ? ? / WOULD BAR PAPERS WITH LIQUOR AOS. Washington, Feb. 15.-Newspapers and other publications containing liquor advertisements would be biar-red from the mails in the stateB-pro-biting such adverts, by an amendment, to the postal bill adopted, late (, .today by the senate. The amendment '^jmust be accepted by the house he- � Berlin, Feb. 17, (By wire- loss). - French troops made and in ^Champagne, south of �� Rihont. Today's official com- * munication says these efforts failed, � fore it can beeome law } to spieadHo^adtocent buildinsf^'^^P* 4 ?090 7293 72 1655 ;