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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta O PPO RTU MITI e ARE SLIPPING BEYOND YOUR GRASR CHANCES TO MAKE A FORTUNE THAT MAY NEVER COME AGAIN. ACREAGE Corner in J, $1200. Terms. 2 corners in K, $2100. Terms Corner in L, $1000. Terms Corner in U, $1050. Terms 5 and 6 in U, $1200. Tcrmt Corner in V, $1050. Terms. Acre in T, $700. Terms. Also a few acres in North Ward well located at $500 each. Easy terms. Acre lot on Bartlett st. $2000. Terms snap. RESIDENCE 100 lots east of Westminster from $200 up. Terms. 15 lots in Riverview $250 Each. Terms. 3 lots corner Bompass and Wood $1000. 2 lots Ashmead st. $400 each. 4 lots Ashmead st. $300 each. 2 lots Ashmead st. $275. Terms. 13 lots London Road $250 each. Terms. Water. 7 lots on Westminster, one corner, $250 each. Terms. 8 lots on Westminster $300 each. One-third cash down. BUSINESS 3 lots and two houses on spur track $3000. Terms. 11 lots on spur track $1000 each. Terms. 11 lots facing track $3000. Terms; 4 lots Round st. $60Q0. Termii. 3 lots Crabb St. $8000. 2 lots Crabb st. $5000 3 lots corner Ford and Wood st. $3500. Terms. 2 lots corner Glyn and Redpath $10,000. Terms. 1 lot aiid store Round st. $10, 'Terms. 2 lots Baroness Rd. $2000. Terms. Come and look over our list. We have dozens of other propositions. The C City and Suburban Property a Specialty. Agency PHONE 28. Lethbridge, Alberta Si il ^ DISTRICT COURT POWERS Important LegitUtioii.lAtrod!ttec4 by the Provincial GovcnuBcnt. Edmonton. Feb. 6.-The following is a complete report of a portion of the speech ol tho attom?y-gieneral in introducing a bill croa'tin^ a h'i�>h Court of justice for Al'berta and a district court. Kach will bo mannad by five judges, tho laitter to hoar cantia not axcaeding Mr. Cross said: lha principal objv.ct of cstabli^ing the diiitrict ccHjrts in the province is to inauRuratu a systetn whereby the judges of that court will travel through lhair diatj-ictg and hoar the mp!aints of any persons who think th?m�3lves aggrieved, .amd give ju�. tice to. such persons. It will be ar-rang�d that the make circuitfl of their districts evCTy six w-oaks or two months, covorina; all the important points within such diRtricts and hoaring. at the place whoro Xho dispute arose any ca.'�cs brought before them for trial. At th3 prceont time it wou.'d lie. fiwito Impossiiljlo for tho judgxm of tho suprema court of tho Northwest Territories to attempt to covcl* the ftmallcr towns aad viltagios in ih) province and to bring jus'tico Ut tho doors of the people of tha country, Lut under the district court act_ this plan will no>t only ho foash ibks, but will be eminently praotic -ab'o, and will be put into force as NOan as the Judges ofthe courts arc appp-ntod by the federal go\'�rmnent At the present titno the expenses of trj'ing a small debt case sometimes hundreds of miles from where the dispute arose has almost invariably tcaide tha litigant deter from enideav-oring to enforce collection of thoir claims, and the purpose of this judicial system shott'd be to bring justice as near to tho doors of the people of the province a^s possible, and make it as cheaP. oasy and qfuick to obtain as it is possible to make it. The primary dilTcrcnpc bot�'*cn the � old Judicial system and the new one. as set forth in these, is to make it as ensy, cheap and quick as possible to olJtain speody Justice, X have desire to refer particularly to tho need in this province of a larger judiciary than that which. It has at tho present tinw, and in this coiuinction it may be of interest to you to know that upon the basis of population tho province of All>ciita is entitled, as compared with tihe other provinces of Canada, to ton judges, and upon a basis of area,thi8 provinco �ould be entitled to a very mueh larger number. It is quite clear to anyona who is int�lligently informod av to tha condition of affairs in the provinco of Attept* that ^ it rwitnrM m larger ttursber of Judgw to cover tkl8 provtao* ta an vfllci*^ woy than perhaps in any other province, for the reason 'that ths set> tlcmifut in this province is very wide ly dilTused. Settlers are taking up land in far distant places from tha railways in tte well groundi.>d hope thwt 'buforo very long these places will be tapped by a r^iilroad and thereby rendered Just as accessible as any other part of the province Tho result of this has beqn that small communities have grown up, and today are growing up all over tho province, oftentimes long distanocs apart, and in order to �er%'e a province so settled irroperly, it is perfectly clear that a larger judiciary in proportion to its population is rojuirod than in such a province, as fur cxiimi>lc, BrMish Colum'bia, where thn population - is. ccntraliaed to a grebt' extent in the cities of Van -cowvcr and Victoria, and in a number of smaMer cities and towns im-mediately aloqg the lino of railway. It may bo of intorost to compare tha number of judges in Uritish Columbia with the numiher of judges which we are asking tho Dominion governincnt t�d claims or demands, and Ih* ottiir and quit* diftersnt function is to decide disputed claims or denmnds. I trust thut such design will lie roalizod in the nctb now boforc the house; and on the one hand make it easier and cheaper for one man, wlio an undisputi.>n to be ^in aged in a dispute which calls for judicial ajudication, to hav� ths merits of that dispute fully and com-' piotc y laid beldivj the court, and to have ample time and opportunity jgivtn for the presentation of oafh side of. the facts and argumifnts go-|lng to siLstuin iheir raspoct'ivo ccm-t.ntlons, as veil as ample time and opportunity alTordL-d the Judgra who are called upon to decide such disputed cases l coiiu! to a conclusion at'tnr due consideration of not only tho fuels of the case, but of all the. (law bearing tbsreon. This is tha on-I ly way in which litigants will be Sutisficd tti'terthe decision is arrived at in any case in which ihoy might lo cni'a^icd, and it must be borne in mind that il is of just as much im-portancs that these disputed cases, wlvcie thjre is a real and substantial question of debt, siliould be properly and carefully dotorminod as it is in tho other clas.s of cases, namely those in which no dispute arises, that every facility should be alTord-ed to a speady realization of tho adniitfA-Hlclttim of the creiiitor as against his ihjblor. ' I do not cliiiin lor thoNC act^ tluivt they arc l)y any means perfect, ln�t I do say that they have Ijocn giwn most careful, and I hope sound con-iideration, and that whatcvx!r o-fore tho house that there shall be a district court in each judicial district of the province, with a ;urisdic-t:on limiti-d to cases involving not moie than 9400. Vou are all aware that sinoo tho formation of this gov-einntent we have estaiblished in ths province of Alberta nve judicial dis -tricts where fornjcrly there woro three-beginning at the south there is the l�thl--ridgo judicial district, having its Judicial centiv at tho city of Lifthbridge. There is also tho Judicial district of Maclend, the Judicial district of Calgary, tho judicial district of Wetaskiwin and the Judicial district of Bdmonton. Now in every other province in Canada, save only in Saskatchewan, there exists two classes ol courts, namoly a su- givcths district coui"io to'. On the bond, it has botn strouifli' urgi�l that the jurisdiction of j, nnd t^hat if would be advisable to Uimit it to iiaSO or 9300. 1 nuiy sny that as this province is at present constituted it would give the district (Courts too much work in coinpariscn with the work of the high court to extend the ;uri'Hdiction to SeO'.t. The di:lei�nce Iwlwot-n #400 aitd $600 would . include a vcr>' large nunvlicr of casos which would swins the balance of vork too strongly in favor of the district courts. 1 soy thin because J have made exajninaT tion into the various eases tried at thediflercnt sittings of the suprenM! court ot tho Noi-thu'cstj Territories during the past yooi�, and 1 find that this is the case. ^ ' I might also point out that it is only a short time ago that the Jurisdiction of the coxmty count) in Ontario was $^400, and it has only bMii in very rooent yoars that this jurisdiction has Ijoen exten>.iod to l>000 in very, many cases. I have no doubt in my mind that when the settlement in the province justlfUMi it, it will bo a wise provision to increase the Jurisdiction of these district courts, but for the preoent I thinkthat the figure at which the gorarninent has placed the Jurisdiction of these courts for all purposes, nauKly $400, is tha proper figure at, which to place it. In cn3 \-ery important particular the district courts in Alberta will tie un que. Th-y will Ims atic to try ail classes uf cases of every nature, kind and description, so long only as ths claim or demand for relief does not exec d this omounii In Ontario for instance, us in other provinces*, thers are certain very important cxcop-ticns to th3 Jurisdiction of tho coun> ty courts. They cannot for example, try actions for libel, slander, maiie* ioiis prosecution, or aections against 'a Justice of the peace for anything ' in the execution of his ofhoa un ^JcBs ho consents to their trying, such psrior and an inferior court. For action. The result of this distinc- examptle, in Ontario at the present time the Juriadiction given to the county court extends to cases involving �!600. In Uritish Columbia, the jurisdiction of tho county courts is Very much wider, but owing to the circumstances in this province, tha |/govemnK!nt hoA'hig thought the matter out well, has come to tho con-0Mitk to not st ^ present t/ime tion has been that tho time of ths high courts of Justice of Ontario at assi7�s is taken up in trying cases of this kind-and ofun in those actions the damage cUiiniod by the party suing is very small, tut however small the damage clainaxl may b* the costs on both sides are very iheavy.yet undM- the fi.\'�tem in this province there is no way to prevent such costs being run up' because M other court but the superior ooufl has power to try such actions. The present district court act sweeps away this old distinction and gives these courts power Co try all th's class of actions Just as contr pk-tely as the high court coukt do. There is only .cna limit to the Jurl�-diction of a district'itourt, nanmly tlie monoy limit of V400. The clerks of the high court wilt net for the present at all events as clerks for the district courts for tho various judicial dislrietH as like wise shall the sheri'ls and other ofH-c(�rs of tlie courts. I I uiuy sa,v in this connection that tiie government intends iuti-oducittg immediately' the appointinsnt of j'Kig'.-H have been made) a louni Calls on t'lie World. thvt litigiutts will aM>�aI �m �>� drrcision in interJocutbry.. matters in �.lie course of an actios. Another very important feature of the diistri^t court net is. oootained. in sections 29, 34 and 90 of tttis aot,{ wherein th�re is constHjutfld a, di�-trict judges criminal liuurt. TiMs court, which is. cou)poasd.oo triud . without nj^y, 'Ha only exceptions ore murder,- nrnon and treason. The hoped for jwsuH iotliiti connection is rthat those 'Un(ortun>r ates who are eharaod wiftii crimes may have the opportunity of iMVing (.heir trial disposed of speedily, and wo trust we will no longer hmr of | the law's delays in this connection ' in this province. ' (Xaijcouver World.) Wiiliam AJdrldgu, who was lia- fiisl man to discover pctioloum in Al -herta, was a callor at Th� World offic* to-day. Mr. A proached by Seattle parties, but us ait that time he huid not. his t>i there, the oil vmB ooaiMf Olli':^�lMif r the banks of the crash. Skoi�^�r* u>r this Mr. Ferguson ' m^'^]^.^. Trethewey took.ths matter'Hp Mr. Aldridge and cloasd �'-'of this,city is monager,-^ ' Thiscojnpnny is now' ptttitrtMi'dn�i|ii:: two boreii on tho property mmi'f-ii^h uxperienre of Mr. AldPidgen**'^ Mi;: results from the other coni0Mi|RJnr bore would iivdicate that snccMt''i* assured. i In an cccnoiny fit Vmraia Uifa tmT,j' , oft one |H>lio^nan and Ha elty Mlta> 'j'^iSi^ iter, it has also raduesd tlM mtat/ -V's of its niagtstrate. ;