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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta TEe Lethbridge Daily Herald Volume III. Lethbridge, Alberta. Saturday, February 20, 1010. Number LARGEST YET Five Hundred Retail Merchants Invade Parliament W. H. GUSHING DELIVERS HIS PROMISED STATEMENT C Ottawa, Feb. largest dep- utation which ever invaded Parlia- ment Hill waited upon Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the majority of the cab- inet this morning when five hundred retail merchants voiced their opposi- tion to Lloyd Harris and F. Monks' bills. The House of which the delegation convened, was -filled to its utmost ca- pacity. J. A. Beaudry, Montreal, treasurer of the Dominion Retail Gro- cers' Association, dealt at great ALGARY, FEB. Al- geance and it is being con- The fight is on with a ven- bertau this morning, ducted before a bigger crowd than ever before gathered in the legislature hall of the province of Alberta to listen to the arguments of. the politics of this province, Friday would be the day on which W. II. Gushing, ex- minister of public works for the pro- vince of Alberta, would tell why lie forsook his colleagues and resigned from office, which lie had occupied for four years. It was also known that on this day Mr. Boyle of Stur- geon, formerly one of the supporters of the Rutherford administration, would speak on his resolution, which to use his own words, is practically a vote of want of confidence in the Rutherford government. Premier Rutherford Took Charge Of Railway-Gushing Ob jected To Guarantee Of Bonds And Methods Of Con- struction-Suspicious Of Promoters Of the Company Reply-Bennett's Dramatic Appear- Boyle's Speech Oh Resolution good reason why this proposed road very high standing as to -business abil- The public galleries were filled to overflowing. A few venturesome spi- rits perched in precarious positions on the window ledges, while every avail- able loot of floor space was taken up. And so it went on from the time should have a larger guarantee than the others owing to the fact that It largely a colonisation road, and it was known that a considerable dis- tance of the road woud pass through ity and thai his engineer Kind a world wide reputation and was altogether a remarkable man, and these men were going to carry out their part of the undertaking to the letter, and a" rough''country and would be'some-1 there would be no trouble as in any wliut di.'licult to build. But there was event he would see that they did, and tuere was no need for me to have any length with the .shortcomings of the Rutherford arose to lay on bills placing special emphasis upon the la'ck of uniformity which could exist among the proposed loan so- cieties. t "This is the greatest and most gi- gantic fraud ever introduced into any declared L. M. Trewern of the table of the House documents he hadjust received from the Department of Public Works regarding the Alber- ta aiyfc.G. W. Railway, until Speaker sc from his chair in the the reading by Boyle of Premier's railway speech. no very good reason' why the bonds should bear a higher rate of interest. However, that is what was done. Premier Took Charge i was a member of the legislature and a member of the government at that time and must bear my full share ot responsibility in regard to the acts of both. 'I might be permitted to say, Toronto, secretary of the Dominion delivcrcd during ihc last clectiOI1 cara Retail Merchants' Association. "Iti in an attempt to take our profits away from ,us. If this bill is all right then the sermon on the mount is all wrong." Sir Wilfrid in reply said that the question of co-operation was a ques- tion of business rather than a purely political question. "And I am sure" continued the Premier, "from the character of the gentlemen who are j a rule speakers in- hc-hind these hills that they are try- in Q0 plcasantries and it was anxiety iu regard to the matter. The rested therefore several I may say also that 1 thought matter mouths. and made the suggestion to the pre- mier, send out an engineer and a any specification or any agreement at thai time. The matter was simply discussed after the meeting had ad- journed. Will Put Bond of the day went t on until motions were reached, and Boyle rose to speak in support of the motion on which so much rests. It lacked twenty-five minutes of six o'clock when he rose, and at first it was thought the- .House would adjourn for dinner but I the Premier insisted that he make a start and go ahead. He did, but he was apparently not to be put' offend then commenced a veritable "Sparring for time" which lasted until the speaker put on his hat and left the chair. He led off by expressing re- gret he felt at having to put a mo- tion of this kind before the House but he felt lie could not in justice to him- Will ADVANCE CLAIMS FOR COLLEGE Magrath Is Sending A Big Delegation To Edmonton A bit; delegation of the 'Mtigvath Mr. Cashing conluded by saying: "i am prepared to put up bond to the extent of one half, a million dollars that I will undertake to construct a to Fort Mo.Murray providing ev i self take anv other action to the one lioard oi Trade will leave here on Monday -mo ruing for Edmonton to In- he had taken, notwithstanding long connection with the government j and members of the cabinet both po- I litically and personal. erything required, namely, right! Then a "time" test commenced, be- or 'way, grading, ties and steel, track! ginnin6 at the beginning of the Ruth- laying with gravel ballast, station railway speech, which is a that it would" be a good plan to buildings, water tanks, telegraph document. He went on until land ail terminal facilities hands ol speaker's watch except at Edmonton as per specifics to six aml tiu' Hollsc rose- In tion for a mile and will charge the meantime, members had been fur- small and terview the premier and government in regard to claim for the Agricultural 'College. The .Board of Trade of support Magrath .were assured the the Associated Boards of Trade of Southern Alberta' here a. year' and a half ago in regard to this be ac- BoarUs t however, that during the latter to foUow_ But ne apparently of session referred to 1 was ill, and to go to the hospital, and did not get back to the 'house until the legislature was just about to ;pro-l rogue. I was in the house during the' last two days it was in session for _a s.iort time, though not entirely recov- ered. This legislation had not been any meeting of the executive that 1 was at, and owing to my ab- sence I had not seen it until it was being passed through the house. I party over the "proposed route, so that except at Edmonton as per specilica- the government would have the in- formation at its disposal as to the 'best ing to act in the very best interests of the working people." After advising the merchants toap-j point a committee to -watch the leg- islation in question, Sir Wilfrid 'as- sured them that their arguments would be carefully 'considered by the government, and an effort -would be made to deal justly with all tin- peo- ple concerned. paigti. Only at slight periods was applause given and once when it grew too enthusiastic McKenzie of Maclcod rose in his seat and protested to the speaker against the public being al- lowed to give vent to their feelings. The speaker murmured something ab- j was not at al! apprehensive in regard out clearing the House arid this had to tne railway matter, as it 'had been the desired eflcct. After that there j taken charge of by the Honorable were no more outbreaks except from I premier, und I had confidence in him that he would see that everything was right and the interests of the -province safeguarded. He had given out a i statement to the country that he in- j tended to take charge of the railway matters of the province himself, and he 'had -changes made in the Railway plain that all over the House it was regarded as serious business. Mr. Cushing's Explanation Edmonton, Feb. following is the statement made by Mr. dish- ing in the House yesterday: Mr. Speakur: nothing extra for siding facilities, their watches, oth- which are now paid for at the rate crs boldly fidgeting and finally did not. The Guarantee Matter When the matter of guaranteeing these bonds was first under discus- sion 1 suggested that it would be bet- ter not to guarantee this whole issue 01 bonds at one time. We were not doing this' in connection with the Grand Trunk Pacific and the Canadian X or them bonds and it seemed to me that this company, which were not known at in this province, and had no financial standing so far as the pro- vince is concerned, should not have'1 the whole of their Issue guaranteed at one time, before Che government knew uiything at all about what route they were likely to take, and knew very little if anything at all about the coun- they were going to traverse. Dur- ing these months our friend from Kan- sas was in Europe trying to find a buyer for these bonds. It was well matter. The -delegation companies -by members of of Trade of c'urdstoii, Raymond and Lethbridge. Act, substituting the name of the pre- r I sident of the executive council for HUDSON'S BAY MANAGER FINED I find myself in a position today j that of the minister of public works, that when accepted the office which I.have hold iu the provincial govern- he had not intimated to me that lie intended to do that. It was done in i the Law Amendments Act, whidh was of a mile. And further, Mr.' Put on their rubbcrs and lhei1 two Speaker, I am prepared to give bonds venturesome, Mackenzie and that I wiill construct a road to Fort i Cotc' left lbe halL .McMurray, according to the standard1 Boyle had wandered along in his of the main line of the Canadian -Nor- speech, touching on. the vegetables them including terminals except at Ed- and the wonderful fertility of the mohton and ali necessary equipment, north, in fact through a real public a mile. The equipment will ity campaign for the Peace River -dis- be of the same character as that now frict, but he gained his point and did used by the Canadian Northern and not get down to serious business un- the Canadian Pacific railways. Three til after dinner. It was a clever po- iirst class sleeping coaches, 6 first litical' manoeuvre and it worked, class passenger cars. second class Eight came and again the crowd were passenger cars, 3 mail and express in eager to hear everything cars. 200 box cars, 200 Hat cars, 50 that was to be said, gondola cars, 10 locomotives (Mogul Starts in Earnest -2 steam shovels, 2 wrecking Ou continmn- in the evening, Mr. cranes o pile drivers: Boyli; said'the Premier had not over-' "In my judgment this is sufficient drawn the possibilities of the land equipment for a road of this character, through which the road would, pass, fin-.the first four or live years it is in hut took exception to the action of well known that not very suc- cessful there. But lie succeeded bet- ter in his own country. It is well kruiwn that there are a number of men in the financial world that will do a kindness for anyone wlho will pay them well enough for it. operation. ami in what he had said would "li, Mr. Speaker, I can do this there! done, more is surely no reason why the govern- ment should pay a merit of Alberta four and a half years tnrough eitiier the iast day or ago have not the remotest idea the-.day before the last day of the .-at in the disc.iarge of my duty to session. I do not think that any ineni- .ue electors of this province. I should! of the house noticed it. I had just sat down to my desk when I no-! 'e'" _ nothing doing for several months. On How It Worked Out But we will Bee how it worked out 1 mentioned that there was Ihe called upon to take. The government and legislature of ticed these clauses. I inquired of For Having Beaver Pelts in His Pos- Sudbury, Ont., Feb. T. Train, manager Bisco Branch Hud- i premier they meant, and was. this province started under very favor- j informed hy nim that he liad I that date, there aulc ausisicc-s. There v.-as a clean instructions to have a sheet upon which the provincial his- j cnanged, so that he woi'M have the of this splendid young province j-power to sign documents in connection Itne thirteenth of September, or about a the government in what .he had done be especially referring to that part of the speech said the pro- 011 e 01 j vince would be safeguarded. He read a letter from the Premier to Clarke, sent as far back as 190S, saying, that! 'Now, Jlr. Speaker, 1 conclude by he would introduce legislation at the saying that 1 have taken this step] 1909 session to guarantee the bonds purely in the interests of the prov-iof the Alberta and G. W.and thought ince and must leave it to the intelli-s this, to sar least, was indiscreet gence and sense of fair play inherent POLICE COURT At the city police court Magistrate Macdougall had a busy morning. Percy Legrand Miller pleaded guilty for frequenting a disorderly 'gambling house and was lufed 55 and costs. B. By-dull, alias Wiliiani Gveen, pleaded not guilty to the ciiarge of theft of an overcoat. He was dis- charged but the overcoat was return- ed to Albert SUWon. Syli-s Poland, tue man who confess- ed to stealing a sum of money at Moose Jew, was sentenced 'to two months hard labor on the charge at vagrancy. The in Moose Jaw declined to -proeoed on the charge of theft. Louis Palms oil the charge of vag- irancy was given six months hard la- bor. Nick Laymastehr. a teamster, was fined 55 arid _ costs' for cruelty to a horse, using a board for a whip when the liorse did not back to suit the driver. without ballast. in this legislature. "I am not a disgruntled man; I have and far from customarv. clause at whlch Presented draft ment. iroiiM Have agreements and .specifications. rt 1 Vl He then went over the general grounds' of which the Alberta and not been too thin-skinned in my deal- j Great Waterways deal has been criti- with my fellows in'the govern- cised. Poiunting out that the gov- I claim that the evidence Uernment had no engineer .go over the to be written. I believed then IU 1 ttVU- bonds. that.thn men who composed, the first J legislation ami the first government I lhe significance of with the .guaranteeing of railway While on the spur of the mo- to determine s Company. I thought that a strange proceeding. The govern- ment supplying the sinews of war of the province were earnestly clauses re. hud been prepared by befQre you> gentlemeni .wlll son's Bay Co., main line C.P.R., was ous of laying the foundations well. I Railway Act and had compared those fined by Magistrate Fournicr in Sud- uo not know u.iat any serious fault can clauses with the Act. I fouiiu that bury yesterday a total of and j be found with the rirsi legislature of I everything in connection with the costs, or twenty years and six j the government in regard to work ox- R-ihvay Act had been transferred to months in penitentiary. This is a ecuted during that term except that, the president of the council. One fine of S50 and costs for each ol-i32 at the. closing hours of the last nor but ask Lhe question. convince any fair-minded man that the engineer of'nhe Alberta and Great) to this province was made with- out my knowledge or consent." Mr. Rutherford's Reply Mr. Rutherford said that according to parliamentary practice he was en- titled to answer any member of thn cabinet who may sec fit to retire from'his office. "I shall proceed in 1 have intimated before, providing a large guarantee at a 'high rate of inicres; and yet. when they go to have specifications in regard to how should be done they go to the beaver pelts or two months j sirm, when some egislation was put imprisonment on each charge, terms j through without proper, consideration to run consecutively. Counsel for j mainly.'because the legislature hnd Mie defense pleaded for leniency as confidence in the government that it ihis was Train's first offence, but the 'would discharge its duty faithfully, magistrate took the view that the and protect the interests of the real offender was, ihc Hudson's Ray pie. Co., which accepted the furs, and as i Preceding this mcetin this was not Uieir first oftr-ncc, :he fine. The 'whole cost will be m: y's engineer for these specifi- route and check up the cost of the same, but before any surveys had been made, plans or profiles filed, or "niritu'crs appointed, be- fore the Alberta and G. W. had done i anythinir at all, and before they had 1 any assets in this province, had pledf ed the province to the. extent of S7, In conclusion he stated that in the last few days the government had my own way to answer the ex-minis-! been trying tn make a new deal with .nwithstanding the fact thatter he said. "A Clarke, and read a letter from Clarke DOMINION LANDS DISTRICTS DIVIDED w Office Established At Medicine Hat And Swift Current The district of LetQibridge and Moose Ju-w have been divided in- to four lorislxtion I 'iave referred to! I 'O'-t jnnrnritoeing the bonds of the' i and Waterway? i way. This act differs from that of jtne other railway comnaniss lees thai wtrru put ii'ir'Oiijiii