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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 24, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta �VOLUME IX. LETHBRTDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 15)10 iNUMBER 63 F COMPULSORY S J Too Many Exemptions are Edmonton HoUSe ConVCnCS Allowed to the Single Men, Say Critics Short Session is Expected London, Feb. 24.~The oiioralion ul' llio compulsory military act Is proving anything but Buiootli, and tlie measure seems liestlned In make much trouble for tlic autliorltlos. Tribunals which are sitting all over tlie �ountry to hear claims for exemption are having a stnsnuouB time. The volume of ayplications is onormoua. and despite the prolonged sittings, llie tribunals are unable to overtake the mass of appeals. As fast as one il)atch or appeals is dls.uosed of another equally large has accumulated, �while the decisions apparently please nobody. Very few actual exemptions have yet been granted, but in numberless cases men have been -put back for jierlods varying from two to six jnonths. These postponements itro c.B,uslng intense dissatisfaction. News-])apers complain that men are wanted ]>ow, not at some indelinite period in the future, and these postponements mean an earlier call on the married men. Dimcultles the tribunals are meeting mainly concern "starred" men and only song of widows. The ))oard of trade is already engaged in revising its own list of reserved occupations and strong i)ressure is being put on the ministry of munitions to ovorha.ul Its list ol! starred work-jnon. rremler Asquith admitted the right of the only son of a v/ldow to exemption, but the authorities are seeking to limit this exemption to cases whore the widow would be deprived of the means of livelihood. The question of oonscientious objections is also raising a host of diflicult problems. It appears that last week an enormous jjercentage of men coming forward under the Derb.v scheme were put l)ack. This leniency alarmed the atithorl-ties and the suggestion was emitted that more rigor be displayed. Tlie result is that the balance is now going jn the-opposite direction. Complaint is made in some quarters that Lord Derby- has withdrawn from the recruiting work to superintend the siir sen'Ice Just when he was most needed. It is understood that Gen. eral Sir H. Macklnnon will take over Lord Derby's recruiting duties. Public dissatisfaction with regard to the exemptions lias for various causes grown to sucli an extent that it would not be surprising if an agitation manifested itself for a general compulsory act which would leave no room for discrimination. Kdnujiitoii, .Mill, Kcb. 21.-The (ol-iDwiuK spi'fcli froiii the throne was delivered a* l'"" opening session of the A Iberia Icgi.slatuic this afternoon by Li('ulpiiant-(iiivc'rtKir R. Ci. lirntl : "Mr. Speaker and .Members of the I..i'Kislalivn .\ssembly,-It ttivi's mo pleasure to wclcoinV you to the fourth session of the third Icnislaturp of the Province of .Vlberla. "It is to inr a Source of --lilica-tlou that this, my first opportunity of biddiu}; you welcome at the opening of 11 session, is at a liiiie%.'hen u'-liavn cause for creal rcjoicini; over the bountiful lir;:'.r..t which has been the result of ',1k' labors of our people under divine .!;iiirlaiice. .Wvir before in Ihe historv of this or luiv oiner country have Ihf labors of far'ucrs been ri^paid by such i^reat re;-.uUs. and liroiiahly there never could have bceu a time when tlicv were more required in the interest of the people and of better advimtagn to the empire. (COXTINUI'IU ON PAGli TWO) U.S. on Eve of Break With G^many Chicago,!^ Feb. 24.-Disturbing rumors that drastic consequences v^ould result from the tension between Washington and Berlin regarding Germany's submarine policy, caused a break of more than 7 cents a bushel today in the price of whtat as compared with values current earlier in the session. The gist of the rumors was that the handing of passports to the German ambassador was imminent. BRITISH SLES IN PASSES B MB EREN STORM p u 0 N DefeatFrench at Any Cost London, Feb. 24.-Emperor William has established his headquarters at the German positions facing Verdun, according to information received from Berlin by the Evening News by way of Copenhagen. The dispatch, which is dated Fob. 2;i, says: "According to infonmition received from Herlln, Emperor William, .linco ills visit to the Ualkans, has been in Beighira and France, ills headquarters now liave boon removed to Verdun. "It is reported the Umperor is more energetic timn ever, making daily speeches to the troops and encouraging the soldiers not to yield. Ills Majesty is mainly inspired at present with the desire to defeat the French army at any coat." T.oinlon, Feb. 21.-The British Isles today are in the trip of the most severe snow storm of years. Reports from the continent show that severe weather prevails throughout Europe. The snowfall in Kngland began Wednesday and this morning the snow Varied from one to several inches in depth. Scotland has .suft'ered more than England or Wtlles. Telephone wires have been broken down generally. Along the coasts shipping is in dilliculty owing to blinding sleet accompanied by u strong gale. .Sevei'al vessels sent out distress signals but lifeboats were unable to lind them in the thick thcr.  .. . . SCHOOL EIG Quebec. Feb. 24.-By a vote of 46 to 3 the Quebec legislative assembly last night passed the Gallpeault bill, authorizing the municipalities of Quebec to vote a sum up to 5 per cent, of their gross receipts to aid the French-Canadian minority in Ontario in the school questions. Fire Sweeps Tenements FREIIW ASQUITH TELLS IN F SPEECH OF London. Feb. 24.-The Daily Chronicle says today: ".N'ever has Premier As(|uith si)oken with more paSaion and determination than he did last evening when he set forth (iloarly the conditions on which the Hritish government is willing to make peace. "Into these concluding sentences Premier Asciulth put all his heart and soul and strength. As he declared them in tones of thunder witli accents of intense conviction, the glow of his oratory set the hearts of hi.s' audience on lire, and its feeling fojind expression in great outbursts of ap- Teutons are Fighting Hard to Drive Back Defence Lines of the French liorlin. via London, Feb. 24.-Fur-plnuae, rem^wcd again ami again." ther gains for the Ciermans in tha The ifrcinici welc(,iiied .Mr. Snow- region north of the French fortress of den s adinissiori that the countrv was ,. , . , , ,, as one. and wouUl remain one"mind j �^^'�^..�"""'If? in demiUHiinii; that tl.i> condition of ""^ ' 'V """^'^ , nc'ice should he such ms to make sure f""""'' "'""'eJ district northwest and pcicL snuum m sucn as lo '."-"^f^ ^'"r'-1 ,nrtheast of l3eaumont and the forest the permanent nlt/aininent of the national aim. 'I'hc premier relerreil in biting terms to the rliancoUor's statement that Cferniany was not Ihe enemv of small natifJUH, ami characterized tlie statement as colossal and siiameless auda-citv, after her Irratincnt of Helgium and Serbia. Straight Party Vote in the House Smothers Plea of Western Farmers wea-l i FURTHER EVIOENCl N CHARGE AT REGINA llegina, Fob. 24.-Denial by George M. Bell, son of the provincial treasurer, that, lie hid any interest in the hotel at .Marklnch which was sold a tow days prior to the announcement of the government's temperance policy in -March, lOln, other than as an ordina,ry creditor, or that ho liad had' any information of that policy, was the main evidence before the second select comniittef! inveatigaating the Bradsha(v cliargcs this morning. The particular charge under which the evidence was given was that friends of tlio governmant obtained advance information of the government's j)ol-Icy in time to dispose of their Interest in hotel properties. Czar Goes to the Front Petfogrnd, via London, Feb. 24,- Emperor, Nicltolaa, who visited the Duma' at its opening session KVedues-day and delivered, a brief address to tlie members, has left for the front. Passaic, N. J., Feb. 24.-Fire which last night and early today swept through the tenement section here, caused damage estimated at $200,000 and rendered 240 persons homeless and ainiost destitute. The fire was caused by the overturning of a candle in the basement of a paint store.' yOR MEN ASK COMPENSATION Edmonton, Feb. 21!.-.V petition to tlie Alberta provincial legislature was received this evening by the clerk to the legislature, .lohn R. Cowell, from the owners of hotel property, liquor licensees, mortgagors of liotel property and banks interested in hotel mortgages, asking that in view of the coming into effect of the prohibition bill on ,luly 1, some form of compensation be granted in order to offset tile loss of profits through the cessation of tlie liquor business. Allhougli no Intimation has been given as lo tlio attitude of the Alberta government on the matter, it is not considered likely that compensation will be favored by Premier Sif-ton and his colleagues. Something Hits Wheat Market; Prices are Boun(i- for the Cella Somebody took a UiouSiuid pound ninul thi.s morning, stood on the top of Old Chief Mountain and hit the wheat market on' the head. Wljcn it regained consciousness May wliealj wa.s worth liGg in Winnipeg and 117 i in Chicago. In .AlinneapoliH "the shock was more severe iind Ma\' was worth only ltd when the' smoke cleared away. Cash wheat at Fort William is worth around $1.14 and in Letli-hridgo 09 cents, the first time since about Dec. iii tlial the golden product of tlie prairies has been worth Jess tliaii the dollar mark. Three big drops in succession have oceiined within tlie past wouk, the iipt loss being almost JU cents. Ful-lowing are the close prices for iVlay >vheat. since last Ftlduy ; Friday................................. 1.28i Saturday ......,........................ I.aui Monday....-............................. 1,24 Tu^Btiay ......,................. Wednesday Thuriidav Kig t.21J I.IG '.R. MAY PROTEST AGAINST T mi TAX Ottawa, Fob. 23.-iiy a vole of 77 to 44, a government majority of .'13, the free wheat question was finally disposed, of for the present session in the Commons this afternoon. The vote was taken after fi o'clock, Hon. Arthur llelglien, solicitor general, being allowed some overtime in order to linish his remarks. The resolution rejected was moved by .1. G.Turrlft, East Assinilioia, and seconded by Robert Ci-uise, of Dauphin, us follows!' "That In the opinion of this house, in order to secure to the firmers and tlie; people of Ca-nado the advnutAges of the American market for wheat, products and potatoes, steps should be taken at once to put these articles on the free list in tlie Canadian tariff." The I'nderwood tarifl' now in effect in the United Htates contains an offer of free wheat and potatoes in return for a similar concession on tlie part of Canada. The adoption of tlie resolution and government action tliere-on would have had the effect of eliminating the tariff on both sides of the border. The liouse, however, on a practically straight party division, decided tliat such action should not be taken. W. F. MacLean, indejiendent Conservative member for South York, voted for the resolution, but otherwise the party lines were not disturbed. Hon. Robert Kogers, who continued tlio debate early in the afternoon, maintained that free wheat would be detrimental rather than beneficial to the farmers of tlie west. He thought there was great room for industrial development in the prairie provinces, ahd that Canadians should bend their energies to meet the new conditions which Will prevail after the war. His policy was "Canada for the Canadians." Hon. Arthur .Meiglioii tlioughl that the free wheat agitation was ninety per cent, political. He asserted that there was really no great demand for Canadian wheat In the linited Slates, and that free wheat would greatly injure llie milling industry. \V. F. Macl.can said lie iiad been Bludying the matter carefully, and thonght free wheat would bo n bone-lit to tlie farmers. all inconsislont with the national policy, he said. Robert Cruise, Dauphin, and Levi Thompson, Qu'.Vppelie, advanced all well known arguments in favor of wider markets to the south, wlillo Alex Morrison did not lliink tlie time opportune for a change. Berlin, via London, Feb. 24.- Admiral Von Pohl, whose retirement on account of Ill-health from the position of commander of the German fleet, was announced two days ago, has died In Berlin. It Is understood Admiral Reln-hard Scheer is his successor. Admiral Scheer is considered one of the most capable tacticians in the German navy, and is regarded as^ a man not only of forceful-ness, but also of ideas. Honor Two Canadians London, Feb. 2-1.-King George today received Col. Cliarles Neilos, of the Canadian Dragoons, and Col. Hil-liam, of the 25lh Battalion, at Buckingham Palace and invested them respectively with the Order of St. Michael and St. George and the D.S.O. London, Feb. 24-The Britlsii steamer Westburn wlilcli, reports received last night from Santa Cruz, Tenerit'te (Canary Isles) said, liad reached that port in charge of a German prize crew and carrying 20G in'isoncrs taken from various ships capuired by the German sea raider believed to be the Aloewe, has been sunk outside Santa Cruz harbor by her captors. This is lite news received today from Santa Cruz. .Mler landing tlieir prisoners in Santa Cruz the German crew put to sea again in tiie Westburn and sank their prize, the message stated. .Vdvices received last night from Santa Cruz stated that the Brilisli steamer Westburn, whi(;h had left Liverpool January 2]sl for Buenos Ayres, had put in there for reiiairs Hying the German Hag and with a German prize crew of one olllcer and 'seven men aboard, besides 20 prisoners taken froij- various caiilured vessels. ;iring that the farmers theini Alberta have 20,000,000 bush els of wheal yet lo sell, the past week I lias spell a loss ot nearly $2,-sno.OflO to them, and it the market does not soon resunio a llgure wliich will pay them well oyer a dollar tor their, wheat, it is pretty safe to assume that they will hold a UiVgo portion of the unsold crop ovor till no.\t winter. At jiresont it is quite impossible to gel any grain moved off the farms and the fanners have to sit jdly by and see the price yt grain go down. It is stated on good au-tliority that thern are 12,000 cars of wheat'on wheels in \Ve.storn Canada today. 'J'his i.s slowly drifting into Winnipeg. On Monday about 1500 cars ]? were inspected In Winnipeg, while this morning 500 cars liad arriv&tl for [? inspection. iMost of this has been on ! Ottawa, Feb. 24,-There is a report current In tlm capital today that the Canadian Pacitlc railw'ay will formally protect against the new business tax imposel\ by Sir -Tliomas Wliite's bj budget. It Is understood tlinl the ot Sou- i chief ground ot objection will bo that under provisions of its original chai'-ter tlio Canadian Pacitlc is exempted from taxation by the Dominion government. Sir Thomas White, wlien aeon In regard to llie report, said that he had not received any formal notlhcatioii from the C. P. R., but that U'onu is made it will bo considered. Ho suggested that such a ^ protest might properly bo considered by a committee of tho house. Nearly fifty recruits have signed on with tile Kilties already this week and there are two days left to keep up the good work. Four new names were added this morning. Tlie number of prospects in outlying points is increasing and the recruiting ofllcers are corrBsupndin^ly busy. Another Cardslon boy was taken on tho strength this morning when C. .T. 11 would not be ut 1 Brown enlisted. Following is today's list: C. .1. Brown, teamster, American; J. 'Weir, farmer, American; J, .T. McDonald, druggist, American; D. Card, laborer, Canadian. SEIZES GERMAN D  ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? > ? BOIVIBARD METZ whesls tar �\vepks. The p.P.R. cleaved the local yards of wjiBftt only n. f'^w days a.go,. sotne ot wbloli tiati been 1.201 standing there (or .iionplv � njonlh, Paris, Feb, 24.--A squadron of French aeroplanes Wednesday bombarded the railway sta-tloii on the outskirts ot Wota ?. and' Gasank. A great lire waa ? observed, th? war office Htates, ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? i5> ,ij>v(ft ESTROYS Magrath, Feb. 21.-Fire last uighl completely destroyed the homo oi Joseph, Bone, of this place. JMr. Bone and family spent a social evening with his brother, and upon returning home about 11 o'clock found tho house enveloped in llamcs. Nothing was .saved except a sewing machine. Tlio loss is partly covered by insurance. MAKKETS May vdhcat .................. 116% July wheat ..,.............. II614 lyisy oats ................... 42i/a May flax ................... 2101/2 WEA'lHER Hi(ih...............: Uow................... -''�poreoeiat: Fair and mild. 43 23 Make Change in Magrath Police -Magrath, Fob. .23.-At last night's sptcial e;)uii,cil mqeting a satisfactory expense ic'.ieiiulu vvitli the school board was arranged for the year iOKi. The question of appointing a successor to ;\lr. Hodges as marshal and secretary-treasurer lo the town started a discussion as to the advisability of separating these two positions, it was finally decided to make a division, hut no names were presentiit'owing to trouble, an eftort Alberta is following hard on tlie lieels ot tho good weather which made its appearance a few days ago, and new drills are being ruslied in to prepare tor the summer season. Tho L. H. D, syndicate, tho English company wliif;h is interested heavily in the south, under their contract'with tlio Old (Colony Oil Co., have commenced w-prk on two new \vells in the Old Colony field. This makes six rigs in tl^p field, tout ' oE ! wliich arc erected and working. Tho ocations of tlie wells ai'e as follows . .Sec. ^2-2-20, L. H, D., .starting. Sec. 8-3-26, L. H. D. starting. Seo. 3e-l-2fi, 1,. U. U., drilling, " Sec, 1-2-2G, L. H. U., drilling. Sec. 5-1-25, L. H. D,, drilling. Sec. 14-2-26,' Mc'B'arlane, drilling, Tho L. H, D, syndicate -now lias cljarge of tho original Old. 'OoIqIiy; will have lo he made to drill past tho bottom of the original hole. Tho other rigs are making good time, and, it the present weatlier contmues, there should be some news within six weeks or two months. . In tho Foremost field the United Oils is fishing for tlie string ot tools which tliey lost some time ago. The 'indications are very good and .the, company has no intention ot calling, oil operations. i MORE FLOODS Amsterdam, via London, P^b.:23.7 Dad weather last night aggrsiy^tf^Sifl the situation in North Holland'; oaiised!^^^^^ by the recent floods. 4t;Nlav|weifti|aj^ip<'il lot! liouses disappeared and a'q^Mali wap destroyed. At B.uikBlbotl'afiiu^ . . .....her of botises wore washed away-v^^n .well which is down about l;}00 4uo1f|' weather is very cold, \ . ,''vv \ 74 19 61 ;