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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta GOLDEN OPPORTUNITI ARE SLIPPING BEYOND YOUR GRASP, CHANCES TO MAKE A FORTUNE THAT MAY NEVER COME AGAIN. P i: 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. Terms 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 lota Round st. $6000. Terms. 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 and store Round st. $10,000 Terms. 2 lots Baroness Rd. $2000. Terms. Come and look over our list. We have dozens of other propositions. The C. B. BOWMAN Agency City and Suburban Property a Specialty. PHONE 2B. Lethbridge, Alberta. DISTRICT COURT POWERS Important Legislation,Introduced by the Provincial Government. Kdmoiiton. Fob. 0.-The following is a complete report of a portion of tho speech ol tho attorn'.'y-gcncral in introducing a bill creating u high court of justice for Alberta and a district court. Koch will bo nmim-d hy five judges, tho latter to hvxir coses not exceeding JJM'KV Mr. Crosa 811 .d; 'lh.> principal obj.ot of establishing tho district courts in tho province it* to inaugurate, a system whereby tho judges of that court will travel through th.�ir districts and hoar tho comp'aints of any imrsons who "think th ms.'him aggrieved. .un th�> dis pulo urose any n** brought before thoin for triul. At ih> present time it wou'd lo fjikito Impossible for tho judges of tho supremo court of iho Northwest Territories to attempt to cover tho smaller towns and villages in thi� province and to bring justice 10 tho doors of tho people of tho country, I ut under tho district court act this plnn will not only lx> Utu*-ib!e. hut will Iw eminently practic -ah'o, und will lx> put into force as soon as the Judges ofthn courts are appointed l>y the federal government At tho present time tho expenses of trying a small debt cuse sometimes hundreds of miles from whoro tho dispute arose has almost invariably made tha litigant doter from eivdeav-oring to onforcc collodion of thair claims, and the purpose of this judicial system shou'd Ixi to bring justice as near to tho doors of the people of tho province as possible, and make it as cheup. easy and quick to �lit�:n as It is possible to make it. The primary difference bat ween the  old judicial system and the new one. hs set forth in those, is to make it as onsy, cheap and quick as possible, to obtain speedy Justice i have desire to rofer particularly to tho need in this province of a larger judiciary tlinn that which, it hits at tho present, tune, and In this connection it limy I*) of interest to jou to know that upon the basis of population tho province of Alberta is entitled, as compared with tho other provinces of Canada, to ten function is to decide dispute*! claims ' or demands. I trust thut such dc-s-ffn will Ih� realized in the nets now before the limine, at.d oil the one hand iruikc It easier and- chvu|>cr for one man, who h.is tin undispuW claim speedily, und on the olh.-r ~ h .nd, to give every facility to two way than perhaps in any other or n,,ro |)(.rK0ne province The t nt on*. us veil as ample time and result of this has lieon that small | opportunity ulToid,�l the judgos who nro called upon to decide such dis-pul ' " '"" satisfied ai'iertho derision is arrived at in any case in which they might le eni'a^otl, audit must lie home in iniml thut it is of just as much im-portrtnr. prop in proportion to its population is re (Ulred than In such a province, as for example, HrMish Columbia, where the populatirn in cmtrnlhwd to a great extent in tho cities of Van -corner and Victoria, ,n.i in a number of suia'Iur cities and towns tin-.................. ,. ..^..........____ ., ...... niodiately along ihe lino of railway, oily and carefully determined as it H n>ny be of interest to compare J i" in the other class of cases, namely the number of judges in Hritiuh Col- j those in which no dispute arises, j umbia with tho number of jm�ges|that every facility should be afToril-whlch we are asking tho Dominion , �l �ly realization of the goveinment 'to g4ve us under the dis- adniitUidclaiin of the creditor us ug- j trict and high court acts; In tho his debtor .ear 1001 tho population of HrHish j 1 "o1 c,�i"i lor these art*, l^vt, Columbia at the taking of tho c�m- they are by any means perfect, but sus was some 7.000 less than the ' y appear from time to time, court judges making In all fifteen it is the desire of the net now be-judgen. or ono each to every 12.000 [ foro tho house- that there shall be a of a population. (district court in each judicial dib- it is therefore ^jUite clear that if this Wgis'aturo sues fit to adopt the bills submitted by the government and provides foe tho construction of thu district court of Alborta; which trict of the province, with a .urisdic-t.on limiti-d to cases involving not mote than $400. You are all uwaro that sinoo tho formation of this government we have established in th� tlW Uinrillkl. VUUl w W, involves the appoiivtiwint of five dU-PraMnw of Alberta Dvc judicial dis-trio! court judges, awl also for live trlt-w where formerly tlvere were construction of tho Mgh court of jthr.o--beglnning at the south there Alberta to bo compmad of Ave high |� the U-thtridgo judicial tlistriet. court j�dg�*. making in all 10 Judges :having its Judicial ecniiv at tho city the roaucst which is thereby made tu the federal government to fill these olllces in view of tho circumstances, prevailing in the province amply warrant. Tho design and object of tho district court act, on T havo mid, is to ntake it easier, choaper and simpler for a creditor to obtain redress ag-ainst a debtor, or for two parties to havo that dispute settled judicially. Courtsof JuBtito in any comtry uiiwi I""------- . . " - - judgos, and upon a basis of aroa.tnis MiHi (cy two purpoaes, and thuir province vould bo entitled to a very junctjtB, wnn regard to each of A much larger number. It is quite clear to anyone who is intelligently iaforrood as to tha condition of affairs in the province of Alberta that it reouirM * �r�cr number of Judgwt to cover tkls province In an eUtciitft these purpose* should always too kept (separate and distinct. One of these purposes is to permit the enforcement of admitted claims or demands, and lb* ott#er and quite different of L*�thbridge. There is also the Ju ilicial district or Macteod, the judicial district of Calgary, the Judicial district of Wetaskiwin and the judicial district of Edmonton. Now in every other province in Canada, save only in Saskatchewan, there exists two classes ol courts, nainoly u superior and an inferior court. Kor oxamph*, in On'.ario' at the present time tho jurisdiction given to the county court extends to cases involving WOO. la llritish Columbia, thu jurisdiction of tho county courts is very much wider, but owing to tho circumstances in this province, thi J/governnwnt hivvTng thought tho matter out well, has come to tho con-atsjMn to not at tfs> present time givethj district courts a larger Jurisdiction than tho sum of $100. The "question of the limits of the jui-isdiclUn of these district courts lias betn a matter uf very serious consideration by the government. It bus Ufin suggested on the one hand that this limitation of S-lU'i is too sm.'.il, and Uhu there exists no lea-son why it should not be increased to the sum of SHOO, corresponding with the Jurisdiction exercised by the county courts of l>nlurio tixlay. On the o.h-r hand, it has Ihmi strongly urg\il that the jurisdiction of i?. too Iai"g", nn:l that it' would bo udvisable in I unit it to si.v>o or ipaoo. 1 nmy sny tlmt us this province is at present cunstilutoj it would give the district icourts too miieh work in comparisi n with the work of thu . high court to o.Mrnd the .uriwlii'tion to SCO k Tho dilTcrence U-tuxvn *100 ami $U00 woulil include u very targe numl>er of ras-.w which would swuii; tho balance of vork too strongly in favor of the district court*. I say tlii.s b.-cause I have made examination into the various eases tritsl at thodlfforont sittings of the supreme court of the Northwest, Territories during tho jiast yeai'. and 1 imd that this is the case. " 1 might also point out that it is only a short lime ago that the jurisdiction of the county courts in Ontario was $'100. a nil il has only bi\Mi in very recent years that this jurisdiction has been exten>:ied to $000 in very,many rases. 1 have no doubt in my mind that when the settlement in the province justilies it, I it wi'l be a wise provision to increase the jurisdiction of these dis-' trict courts, but for tho present 1 thinkthat the figui'e at which the government has placed the jurisdiction of these courts for all purposes, namely 8'I00, is thu proper lljjure at. which to place it. j In enj wry linportunt particular the district courts in Alborta will be un que. J'h-y w ill be at-lo to try all classes of cuses of every nature, kind und description, so long on'.y us the | claim or demand for relief does nut exce d this amountf In Ontario for instance, us in other province* there arc certain very important excop-jtkns to thj jurisdiction of the co ty courts. They contiot for exoinple, 'try actions for libel, slander, malicious prosecution, or auctions against 'a Justice of tho peace for nnythhsg dine in the execution of his otlloo, un rless ho consents to their trying such 'action. Thu result of this dtetinc tion has been that the time of the |high courts of Justice of Ontario at 'ossizes is taken up in trying cases of this kind-und ofun in these actions tho damage claimed by the pur-ty suing is very small, l.ui however small the damage claimed may be the costs on both sides are very heavy,yet under the system in this province there is no way to prevent surh costs Ixnng run up because ao other court but the superior court, has power to try such actions. The presont district court act sweeps away this old distinction and gives these courts power to try all ths class of actions just as completely as the hig-h court could do. 'Ilwie is only tiu limit to the jurisdiction of a district court, namely the monoy limit of 9400. j The clerks uf the high court will net fur (he present ut all oventa as I clti-Vs for the district courts for tho J | various judicial district* as like wise shall the sheri'Ts and other ottl- ' cers of the courts. I | 1 limy say in this connection Uiat ' the government Intends iutroduclug ; immediately the appoinlmnri of J'Hlg � have Iavu made, a �y�tein of fc.li.ln; tile distriel court Judge* out upon circuit to the various places within his judicial district, exactly in the same way as the supreme court judge* at the present time go upon circuit. At the present time the sii|>reine court of the nortfvwem Territorks holds its sittings at turdston, lMnch*r Creek, Macleod, Ixthiridge, Culgtory, Medicine lis*. Ited Deer, MVtusklwin, Kdmoiiton and Fort Kaskatchotran. I'n>r thi district court net there will l.o no difficulty In having the district court judgos visit every village or town having uny consWeru -ble population at least every six weeks or two months. Not only will this l.� the case, but it will be possible also for the high court judges moiv frequently visit the large Judicial centres in order to deal with criminal cases more promptly as they will be relieved of a larg-j portion of the work heretofore conducted by themselves. An appeal, but only one apiieal, his U�hj provided from any suuh judgments of u district court Judge acting as a local Judge of too high court, and tbit is an oppvui direct to tlie court, on bauc lCveryone is aware that it will yiot he wry often tli ,t litigants will appeal from the di-cisioti in interlocutory matters in �.he course of an action. Anjlher very importnnt feuiture of tho distriu court act is contained in sections S3, it and 56 of ttt'is uot, uluivin there is constit'uUj�i a district judges criminal court. This court, which is composed uf a district court judge, will have power to try a class of criminal cases practically where the accused consents to bo tried without a Jury. Tlu only exceptious are murder, arson and treason. The hoped for rewuH lathis lOiHicction is that those unfortun' ates who are charged witfc crimes may have the opportunity of feaving thoir trial disposed of speedily, and wo trust we will no longer hnar of the law's delays in this connection iu this province. KVANCKI.IST UANTOX, WHO IS CO.NDI'iTIXO SKItVICKS AT WKSLKV ClltHCIl. IIUHI L.VTIO.NS OK MAX WHO r'lliST STltt'CK Oil.. IMscovorer of A Iberia IVtroleum Culls on tl�> World. (Vancouver World.) William Aldrldge, who wus tiu- rust | man to discover putroleum m Al-i bei ta. trns u caller ut The World ! office to-day. Mr. A'dri'lge took up 'bis first claim in August I how This wus in Houlheru Albertu. about U> iniles Urom I'incher Creek. 'Itiut year he took out about IIu g�lluiis oi ' oil, which he distri'Lutet� J gather nWiut 30 gallons) a day. Mr. Aldrtdgo tried several metiiods of putting a shaft down through' th* putty like clay surface thinking h� would gut more oil in the gravel tos> low. Three ut tempts at this were not very successful. Mr. AMrUMjs had built three miles ot road ostors the Hocky Mountain Development ('ompauy came Into the country. This company in spite of Mr. Al - dridge's protests insisted on puttimg. up a (Wrick on his eeoUos, No. 94, though he showed them his VmeantWt stukes. and their own section was Mi). They bored 10'i0 feet and got Mowing oil. Afterwards they got their tools stuck In the hole and ulMuidotied the bore lor two months. The government sent an inspector U> look over what Mr. Aldridgn done on his land. The oil wan ing in paying iniantitisn. AUi there the oil was ooslng oHt-X the banks of the creek. Shortjy-at* tor this Mr. Ferguson osfd Mr. Trethewey took the matter ut) with Mr. Aldrldge and cloasd a-di|Bi foa ,the property which 6 nowheM^hy tlw Western Oil ft Coal, OonaoHd*t-t cd. of which Mr. J. B. Ferguaan.-' of this city is manager. This coiimnny is now putting down two bore* on tho property *ndv the experienoe of Mr. Aldrldge and th� results iioin the other company'* bore would indicate that succfMT is assured. In an ccrnomy fit r>n-nie has AMI ' ofl one pol!o?man and its city noU*-.'1* itor. it has also reduced the salary of its maglstrata; ;