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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 18, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta (VOLUME IX. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1916. NUMBER 59 n 1 GEORGE FOSTER 'AIRONA 0 NGOV W.A. Buchanan Talks of Patronage System and . Storage Elevators Siberians Showed Great Endurance in Big Fight Ottawa, Feb. 17.-The budget ilc-liutc Was cominciiced iu tin; com-inotis today when A. \v, MaoLi-aii, of Jlalifnx, chief (hiaiicial clitic for the opposition, dealt witli the taxation jivoposals and the linaiicial statement presented on Tuesday afternoon Sir Tlionias While, minister It lite. Mr. .AlaohiMii, who spokt; for two lioiirs, wiiilo criticising various features of tlie new taxation, devoted tlie nii'nter portion of his speccli to Jinancial coinlitions. lie said that tlie KOvcrnnient was not exercisiiif; proper economy on the ordinary and capital expenditure, and that much more .should bo accomplislied' along these lines. Iricreascil duty on apples was not approved by Mr. JMacLean. British Columbia alone would henelit, while Ihe burden would fall upoii the people of the prairie provinces. As to business taxes, he thouRlit that the London. Feb. IS.-The assault on Ihe I'Jrzi^rum forts was carried out by the Siberian troonsi, .snys the Post's i'l^tTograd corrpHiiondeiil, uiidev iii>-piilllnK climatic conditions. The (hat I'orts taken wore Kaiagubok and Tni-ta. whicli all! far out, the next nearest beiiiK Chobauidode, six lulle.s to the Hdutli. "Ucroi-d of tlio last 48 hours." says of liu- the correspondent. "iViay be summed u)) as twelve niilos of territory on the iiiai) with eiglil forts above the snow line covered liy a cyclonic rush of the incomparable Siberian troops whose endurance mii.st have been terribly tried by climatic cundllious, over mountains and country of which many miles stand on end." Took With Bayonet Charge J^etrograd. via London, Feb. IS.- The fall of Rrzeriim, the most important Turkish stronshold In Asia -Minor and for a long time considered impregnable, offers the unprecedented spectacle of a lirst class fortress built on a steop mountain ridge nearly one mile above the sea level, yielding to bombardment. O.ueratloiis were conducted under the most severe weather conditions, the snow being deep and the thermometer registering at times more than 3fi below zero. OV ROB ORBIC N SUM njtroactive provision was objection-j u bayonet attack after only 30 hours' able, and that the taxes would create many injustices. .As the country would have to rely nii new sources of taxation in future, Mr. .MacLean said that some comprehensive and perma-jient form of taxation should he .worked out. He thought, tiicrc was siltoRcther too much of party patron-nsc both ill the rcRular brandies of 'Ihe service and in coniipctioii with the war conditions. Sir GcorRC Fos-"ter, who followed, also spoke at length. He was inclined to think that in view of the fact that it was ^Ir. MacLean's duty to liiiil fault, his tdi-.icctions to the budget were not very seiious. He cmild agree with Mr. MacLean in saying that they were not without merit. The objection to lax'w � IteIng retro-active was one in (Which there was room for a dillcrcnce of opUiion, Too Much Patronage Sir George agreed that there had always been too much patronage in connection with the government of the Dominion. He made an clotiucnt appeal to the two parties to get to-ter part of Sir George's speech re-gether and do away with it. Tbc latter part of Sir George's speech related largely to economy conditions. While declaring that Canada's position today is good, lie said it might not always be so, and it was the duty of parliament and the people to face the problems which confront them. W. A. Buchanan W. A. Uuclianan said that the (in-xince minister should have reached some of the wealthy people of the country who could not be reached except by income tax. The munition manufacturers should have also been wade to pay more. Seven per cent. ,was enough profit to allow them. The govcrnnicnt could well have taken the rest. .\'o man .should get rich out of war. .Mr. Hudiunan said lie felt the .same as Sir George Fo.s-tcr about the patronage, system and would rather be iiropposition than on the government side and have to Jiandlc patronage, lie added that in spite of the assurance of the minister of militia, there was politics iu Hhc administration of that depari-iiient in his own town. .Mr. Huchanan said that the matter of rural credits concerned every farmer in the west, where farmers pav an average of l per cent, as compared with 5]. ))e.r cent, paid by Ontario farmers for borrowed money. Tltere must he n change in the banking system and larger markets. Storage Elevators Referring to the inleriial storage (�levators, Jlr. Buchanan said that the -Vlberta elevator should The Turkish army defending Kr/.c-rum, taken liy aururise under the methods adopted h.v the llusaians. is now said to lie in a disorderly llighl on the roiids leading to Hyvas. As the garrison apparently Is scattered in all diroclioiiK, it is assumed here that largo iiumliers of men were takert iirisoneis although oHicial ligures are still lacking. After the taking of Nickala It ap-P(!ared that the Russian attack would bo diroctod upon the Turkish right Hank, and by rupidl.v transferring troo|)s the Turks made all plans to resist the main assault from this (luarter. .Viiiiarontly they had little foar of the success of this attack because of the strong character of the fortifications In that direction, and oven less aiiprehension of danger from the frontal attack. Nevertheless, after the Russians succeeded in taking by storm the first line of forts on February L'nd. there began a persistent bombardment of the Turkish centre, followed by a bayonet charge. Ihe impetuosity of which swept the defenders off their feet. The highest tribute is paid to the bravery of the t^aucasiau troops, whose charge is considered likely to go down in history as one of the most brilliant features of the war. SIR WILLIAM ROBERTSON Chief of the Brilisli staff, who may succeed I..ord Kllclii'iier. NOW FEAR REV U SAYS BRITISH BEATEN OFF fJerlin, via London, Feb. IS. -The British liavo made a new attempt to retake the jiosition southwest of Ypres, Belgium, recently captured by the Germans, but were beaten off with heavy losses, it was oflicially announced today. Winnipeg, Feb. IS.-Hon. Dr. R. M. Simpson, who is now under arrest in Kngland, cliarged with conspiracy in connection with the parliament building frauds, flnanced the Roblin government to the tune of $,54,000 when it exceeded its aiiprourlatlon for road work in t'.U-l. This was told to the committee on public accounts today by 11. A. Bowman, deputy minister of ljublic works. It anj)eara the roads appropriation was exhausted and no more money could bo secured till the legislature met. Bowman says Roblin told him to go to Dr. Simpson, and be did, the latter giving him varying amounts totalling .$r)i,ooo. Dr. Simpson was rouaid out of the approiiriation .nassed when the house met. Will Repeal the Bi-Lingual Clause Winnipeg, l^eb. IS.-The government this afternoon will Introduce in the legislature a short bill repoallng the bl-llngual clause of the Laurior-Groenway scliool agreement of ISilT. The second reading will take place next week, when nd doubt there will be a prolonged debate, been located at Calgary. To gel to tlie Calgary elevator 9!l per cent, of the grain would have to undergo a back haul. This elevator, according lo the government, was placed at Calgary to facilitate shipments to the Pacific coast, hut no test yet has been made of that route. As the result of placing the elevator at Calgary, only a low hundred thousand bushels had been stored, altliough tlie olcvator lia.s a capacity oC 3,000,000 bushels. Tho farmers ask for a free wheat Tiiarkot on their wheal and are refused. The people of British Columbia a.sk for duty on their apples and get a. People of tlio prairies will do their duty in the fight for .justice and liberty and they expect iu return to he accorded iustici;, Col. Currie moved the adjournment Of tho debate which will be continued on Tuesday. LITTLE ENGLANDER QUITS Cockormouth, JChg., Fob. .17.-The constituents of Sir Wilfrid Lawson, member of iiurliament for this dis-trlctwhavc accepte the l.'nitpd States at this time of|of intervention of sulimarines with the prlnci|)le ibat its ports woroopen |necessary limitations upon the iiowers to, and its citizens free to, travel i of capture possessed by these hoats is upon merchantmen of belligerent na-;inconceivable. Such abandonment .Xew Vdrk. Feb. is.-The following cable from Sir Georne I'aish appeared In this morning's .\ew York American: Wbethor there will be a revolution in Germany after the war will doubtless depend on the results of the war. but it la evident that uneasiness in thai respect is constantly increasing, and it will not be surprising if some German people who are making great fortunes out of the war were endeavoring to take precautionary measures for what miglil hajipen after the war by transferring their profits to the United Slates. At the .National City Bank in .New York about �200,000,(100 sterling were deposited last year. Some of this certainly came from Germany, and signs are not wanting that'the German government is nervous about tliis transfer. Continued heavy fall in exchange is a sign that all is not well in Germany, but if this is due to endeavors of the wealthy men of Germany to place part of their immense prollts abroad as a precaution against the future, it is still more significant. Exchange has now fallen to a discount of over L'l per cent. Indeed, one would not be surprised to lind that the exchange dlfliculties of Germany will before long bring about largo gold exports, and rapid diminution in the Reicbbank's stock of gold. .James Ba'rMelt, of Coal t^ity, near j One must not assume that the llnan- t{ons armeit fully '^ir defensive purposes, would be an uu-neutral act anil a stop toward war. Me said it would make the I'uitod States the ally of tlie belligerent whose merchant marines had been swe|)t from tlui seas. As late as the president's note of May,i:Uli, ]!U."i. signed by .Mr. Bryan. Senator r.,odge said, this government recoKnizerf tiiat "American citizens wore within their indisputed rights in tnking their ships and ill traveling wherever their legitimate business calls them uiion the high seas." '.'Such." he added, "has been the practice of all nations in regard to armed merchuntmen. It seems utterly incredible that this position should be any way altered now or that our government should be ready to surrender untiuestloned rights of Americans to travel or ship goods on bel- could not rest on tho ground that the rights of ninitrals rules, wlilcli for centuries have boon agreed upon by all nations for proloction of innocent lives upon vessels caiitured in war, must lie thrown aside and discarded in order that the now instrument of iiiaritimo destruction might not be imiiodcd in its work of ileath and murder. Such a dictrine is revolting to every instinct of humanity, to every principle of law and justice. "I cannot boliove that the administration thinks for a moment of altering the well defined position which it took at the outset of the lOuropean war, and I beliovo that it must stand as lirmly on this question as it has on the i|iiestion of emlinrgo. Should it act otherwise it .would accept humiliation and incur the danger of war from which even the lioldesi and most unscrupulous would shrink." Millions Would be Saved by. tbe Elimination of Autos for Pleasure London, Feb. 18.-The government's war saving committee Is^ sued Thursday the first of a series of appeals, in which it will point out to the people of the country the facts regarding various forms of expenditure "which should be checked as wasteful, and as absorbing labor that could be put to better use." The first appeal deals with automobiles and motorcycles for pleasure. "If this form of selfish, thoughtless extravagance Is stopped," says the appeal, "millions of pounds will be saved and miany workers transferred to more use- � ful channels. ^ "We appeal to all owners id' consider earnestly whether the use of their cars can be justified by any question of public utility or real necessity." MORE EVIDENCE OF A PLOT ? Toronto. Feb. IS.-Tlie Am- ? oritun Club, whoso promises : were destroyed b.v (ire, bellev- od to be incendiary, today re- ? ceived an anonymous postcard : reading; "Perhaps now you : will be good. It shows what ? ? ? ^ ? QUIET ON WEST FRONT ? � -�- � Paris, Feb. 18.-The fojlowv, ' .; .;. ^ ^^^^l 55 79 ;