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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta I. FINE EDITION VOLUME xrv. UCTIIBKIDGK, ALHKHTA. SATIRDAY, FEimUAHY 20. 1921 Western Grain Trade Likely to Undergo Probe Shall We Let This Creature Go Around the World Again? of Winnipeg Grain Exchange for Several! Under Fire of Western Members in Commons j Wheat Pool" Suggested. Hut Unless Government Con- troller Gets Wages Down High Prices Remain OPERATORS GIVE OUT EMPHATIC STATEMENT hope is hold out by S. L, McMullen of the .Mill- land Mine, Drumhellcr, and chairman of the Red Deer Valley Coal Opera- tors' association, of any reduction in the price of coal, despite the announce- ment made by the Canadian Press on Friday, and which waa authorized by one of the operators of Drumheller. -Air. McMullen said that a meeting ivas recently held to receive a proposi- tion made by an operator to reduce the price of coal, and all tho principal operators, 14 in number, were pres- ent. They all had something to say on the matter and the'statements were flatly made that they would not re- duce tho price of coal unless the gov- ernment reduced the wages. Not a single man, said Mr. McMullen, con- curred in any proposition to reduce coal prices. The price authorized Tiy Coal missioner W. H. Armstrong is a ton, and several of the operators at the meeting said that they wore not making; 70 cents a ton on the coal, and if the price is reduced then they would be compelled to shut down un- til the wages dropped. OTTAWA, Feb. is evidence of strong pressure to come from western government supporters for a royil commission to investi- gate the whole western grain trade situation. The suggestion that there should be a complete investigation came first in the speech of R. C. (MacDon- ald) who has since been given support in .his request by all the western farmer members on the government side. Tho remainder of the debate will probably see a strong demand for the appoint- ment of such a royal commission from the other western govern- ment supporters who are yet to speak, and it is believed that the government will not be averse to granting their wishes. If a com- mission is appointed requests will be made of the government to have it start work at the earliest possible date, and to investigate the of the Winnipeg grain exchange for several years back. Western members on the gov- ernment side are also showing considerable interest in. the sug- gestion thrown out last night by Col. Norman Lang (Humboldt) that the government should or- ganize an "improved wheat pool" which would handle 'the market- ing of all grain on a co-operative basis and have the backing of the government and banks. Sev- eral of them this lining stated that they would not be surprised to see something of that nature worked out. Unsound Mind of Manager Was Cause of Collapse of Pincher Creek Hay Growers IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. Scores of women fainted, many were bruised and otherwise injur- ed, an auto damaged by women climbing over it, and sixty police- men battled to control a crowd of women seekina to gain .id- miHlon today at the opening of a ftve-ten-and-fifteen cent store which had advertised alumium tea ket- tles, cotton bed blankets and lad- ies' silk hose at 15 cents each..... Minimum Wage Bill Is Withdrawn By Att'y-General Objections liaised to it On Sec- I ond Reading by Labor and i AVfcmun Members If Reparation Demands Are Re- fused Armed Force May Necessary MARSHAL FOCH WILL MEET ALLIED GENERALS j (Special lo Tlio Herald." EDMONTON', AUa.. Fob. the ment i result of violent objections to the "The 11KHL1X. Feb. vras nuide here yesterday by the iniperiaft economic council that insistence on I the Paris reparations demands would lead to a collapse oC the world's econ- omic life. It -u-as stated that Ger- many make firm counter-pro- posals to the demands at the ap- proaching conference in London. A paragraph in a scml-uflicial state- Definite Evidence Submitted by Experts at Trial in Macleod Want to Know Still Talk About Natural Resources [Joint Committee of Legislature Fighting About How to in- troduce Resolution (Special to The Herald.) AUa., Feb. Be- members of tho mixed commit- !tco representing all gvoups'in the leg- islature have been unabla to decide iin what manner the joint resolution I dealing with the return of Alberta's >natural resources shall be introduced, Ihe resolution will not be brought in the house till next Monday. The argu- ment is whether the resolution shall ba an amendment to the government linotion amending Mr. Ewins'a original motion, or whether tho government i amendment shall be withdrawn and !the new resolution presented as change in wording motion. of Mr. Ewing's The language of Mr. Swing's motion ,is largely contained in the new draft except that the words that .the house protests against "Natural Resources i be-ins unjustly withheld to be exploit- led by any political party at Ottawa" jare eliminated, and in their place in- serted the words "Xatural Resources (By a. Staff Reporter.) MACLEfD, Feb. J. Cam- i eron, former manager of the South, Al- berta Hay Growers Limited, ot Pin- cher Creek, waa pronounced insane by Judge J. Jfrjackaon in the district court here this afternoon. Cameron was facing a. charge of knowingly is- suing a document with the intent to defraud the shareholders, members and directors of the South Alberta Hay Growers Limited. Cameron was not acquitted of the charge. Should he again become oC sound mind the charge may be press- ed but this is not considered as like- ly. Crown Prosecutor MaeDonald pointed out in court that many other charges could be laid against Cameron and promised this would not be done. Judge Jackson committed Cameron to .custody of his brother-in-law, R. M. Brown ot Pincher Creek, and instructed Brown to inform Cameron that no blade cloud is hanging him. Expert Evidence At the opening of the trial on Thurs- day, Mr. MaeDonald pointed out that he did not wish to press tho charge against Cameron unless tlv3 accused was in a sane Dv. E. H. Cooke, medical superintendent of the hos- pital for insane, Poiioka, expressed hia opinion in the witness stand that Cameron is now insane. Judge Jack- son said the evidence showed this and Mr. MacDonald desired not to press the charge. Mr. Mac-Donald, when. Dr. Cooke sane and was not sane at the time lie rendered his report to the directors on July 31, 1920. The judge expressed his sympathy for tho prisoner. The crowu prosecutor explained that none of the directors, who are responsible to the Unioii Bank feel much incensed at Cameron, thinking Cameron had been, living a high life in Pincher Creek for the salary ho j was receiving. Think He Sane j "They are firmly convinced this man j was not of unsound mind when he No Man's land Is Heard From; Hon. MacLean Speaker Will Vote Against Government on Division Government Named Only For War j terms of the new act to fix. a minimum -From the Xews, Dayton, Ohio. I lor voiccd by Alex Ross, i member for Centre Calgary, by M. Davidson, government, North Calgary, and by Mrs. R. C. Price (nee j Roberta MacAdams) overseas member, the government Friday afternoon i drew tho bill in its entirety. In' uu- nouncing withdrawal the measure, Attorney-General J. R. Boyle, who had brought it in, expressed his surprise at the objections voiced by tho mem- bers named above to the enactment THE DAY IN PARLIAMENT OTTAWA. Feb. {Can. his firm belief that the THE COMMONS OTTAWA, Feb. Canadian j A. K. MacLean, Halifax, formerly iu the Unionist cabinet, {speaking from tho cross benches, said I he would vote for the amendment of Mr. King. I Hon. King gave ivaru- ing to the government that it would soon be coming to parliament for j money and it would ho wise to bring in the estimates as soon as possible. Bill covering amendments to the Elections- Act to govern the Ontario t Canada were under tho im- prohlbuion amendment did the things complained said Mr. Passion, at the time 01 the last elec-1 thi d thai tlu.s 'parliament would exist was given jbofnc withheld" also an additional j was turned over to him for cross-ex- [sentence stating that the province is animation, expressed himself as in a entitled to the immediate transfer of our resources on fair and equitable terms, having regard to the alienation of for federal purposes and tak- ing into consideration subsidies paid lin lieu of lands. iLOWER 6NTARIO IN GRIP OF BIG STORM TORONTO, Feb. lower On- tario is today being swept by one ihe worst snow storms of the season, interfering in some towns and cities With radial and street traffic and pro- mising to delay the steam services before the end of the day. Colder is promised for tomorrow with clear skies, in Northern On- tario the thermometer had taken quite a drop. White 'River reported 38. be- low at 8 a.m. In Eastern Ontario and Quebec, it is fairly nippy today, but In Western Canada the weather ia romparatfrely balmy. The maritimes report fairly mrfd weather. BUSINESS FAILURES IN EAST EXCEED THOSE WEST OTTAWA, Feb. Press.) notices of assignment under the- Bankruptcy Act are contained in current issues of the Canada Gazette, viz: Thirteen of these ai'c Montreal businesses, four of them in Toronto, Three in Halifax and only one each In Winnipeg, R'eglna, Van- couver, and Victoria. The rest are small concerns in the smaller cities. Thirty-one of the total failures are reported east of the Great Lakes. JUDGE ACQUITTED OF MURDER. WILLNPESIGN CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. W. H, McGartin, recently acquitted of second degree murder In connec- tion with the death of Harold C. Kitty, announced yesterday that lie will resign an chief justicn of tho court on March :L dilemma. Judge Jackson said he ap- preciated liis position and said It has been proved that Cameron Is not now MaeDonald. Continuing he explained that the charge was laid just to see what toe defence would be. He said 'many other charges could be laid against, Canteen. "I feel extremely loath to proceed against this he said. Ht preferred that the court should deal with Cameron under section 967. 1 "I don't attach any blame to any- one In this case. They tried to. do their best but they did riot know the said Judge Jackson. Mr. MacDonald said be believes Cameron does not know what Is going on. Cameron, ho said, did not know what occurred In court Thursday. HP. expressed the belief that buld not stand the rigor of a cross- lamination. Judge Jackson closed the discussion by saying he will not suggest a speo ial enquiry. Expert Evidence Dr. Cooke was the only witness at the afternoon session. He told of be- ing called to Pincher Creek and of seeing Cameron on August 8. 1920. Dr. Cooke, as the result of this interview decided Cameron was oC 'unsound mind, he swore. "On what grounds did you base youV asked 3. 13. Woods, K.C. "Partly on his condition at the time and partly on the history leading up to the answered Dr. Cooke. only during the period of war, Hon. A. former minister) reading given to Sir George Foster's bill to and consolidate T itliB acts relating to patents of inven- without portfolio iu the Upiomst gov- no ___j.1.. L1UI13. ernment. who recently crossed tbo floor of the house, today announced his intention of supporting the oppo- sition amendment demanding dissolu- tion and an election. Mr. MacLean, speaking from "No Mail's where lie has -been sitting since the opening of parliament, asserted that he had no regrets for entering the; union government in 1017. "I only trust that I lived honorably up to the obligations which acceptance of that position implied." he said. Mr. MacLean's address, involving as it did a distinct break with his for- mer colleagues, was the feature of a rather dull day. When the house assembled, the amendments to the Dominion Elec- tlons Act, providing for the taking oCJ the prohibition referendum in Ontario, j wore Immediately proceeded with and j after a somewhat stormy course, the 1 amending bill was reported from com- 1 mittee and given third reading. When I tho government requested that the i bill be read a third time without de- bate, leader, of opposition protested! against the rushing of- business and Dr. H. M. Blake. Winnipeg; Scott, Sou tli Waterloo; J. V. F. S. Kcid, unanimously in declared themselves acconl with the ini I-C If. Halllduy, .River; O. R. Gould. Assinlboia; Nor- man Lang, Humboldt, and Lev! Thompson, Qu'Appelle, were speakers j jn debate on the speech from the throne. The debate was adjourned at 11.50 p.m. Tho senate did not Kit. of tho propose-d legislation. The At- torney-General's remarks brought re- peated interruptions from each of tho memberd denying' they wero opposed to the principle of tho bill but. object- ing to its terms. No Minimum Hours Both the Calgary members named 1 and Mrs. Price objected emphatically to tho bill on tho ground that it did not iix minimum hours. Mr. Rosa asserted that minimum hours were al- ready -dealt with as regimla other.! classes of workers in tho Factory Act! and ho was sure the federal govern- ment would have no objection. Othor complaints voiced- by the that it does not. extend over female employees of tlie government or muni- cipalities, thnt there Is nothing in' it to assure membership of women on the joint board of employees, employ- ers ajicl u neutral party, which will have the authority of fixing minimum wages for women employees, that perial government's standpoint iu its. willingness to go to the limit Ger- many's ability to pay in the firm counter-proposals which are to bo aiado." Prepare for Military Action LONDON, Feb. Held Marshal Sir Henry Wilson of tlip imperial staff and Marshal Focli, who will ac- company Lloyd. George to Chequers court for the week-end will bo oc- cupted especially in an effort, to draw up an agreement regarding measures of 'force to bo taken against Germany should she fail to meet the wishes of the allies. The week-end party also will in- clude Premier Briand of Franco, Gen- eral and.M. Berthelot, who will discuss with tho premier the conference with tho Germans on re- paratiotiiv Baron d'Abernon British ambassador to Berlin, will arrive iu London, on Saturday to advjso on tjie situation in Germany. Tho German repara- tions delegation will reach London on" Monday, but the full conference will not be opened until Wednesday. Support Berlin' Government BERLTX, Feb. Major George Escherich, head of tho Bavarian "orgesch" or citizen guard, who is in Berlin, lias issued a letter to the or- ganization urging the members to bear in mind, in view of possible dis- orders following ths Lrndon confer- the constituted Macroon Battle Details Lacking DUBLIN, Feb. re- ports regarding the fight at Mac- room yesterday morning were still lacking last night. It has been confirmed, that the com- mander of the- auxiliary police, Major Grant was killed. Major Grant won the MMitc Cross at i euce on March 1 on reparations and there was no recognition of the right j disarmament, that its primary pur- ot workers to elect their representa- t0 "suppurt t j lives on the board, and that its scope government t waa limited to cities and i Will if Be Re-Introduced i After withdrawal of the bill, when j j Mr. Boylo was asked whether another 'measure might be introduced, ho said j lie did not know in view of tho object- j ions raised by the labor member aud a woman member of the house. "This was the first time in the j tory of Alberta when a minimum wage i j bill was introduced in the house. Those i j members opposed it on its secoud j reading' when tho principles of a bill i and not its details'are supposed to be j discussed. Under the circumstance Reckless Spenders, Says Ferguson Of U.F.O. Government there was hardly anything else the government could do." tbatj declared that the opposition protest- i the age of 29 years, 'Every Minister Has Hud His Arms in Treasury Up to Elbows w- {Continued on Page KILL WHEAT GAMBLING IN MINNEAPOLIS PIT ST. Feb. Minnesota house committee ou markets and marketing, by a. vote of 14 to 5 tonight recom- mended for passage .a bill to prohibit trading in grain fnt- ures after aflending it to speci- fy "legitimate" hedging. CANADA'S TRA'DE IS ONE-EIGHTH WHOLE OF THE U. S. VOLUME Debate on Another Week Yet WASHINGTON, Feb. with Canada, both export and Im- port, formed Vi per cent, of the total United trade during 1920, according to a statement is- sued today at the department of commerce. Trade with South America is increasing rapidly and now constitutes one-fourth of all the foreign commerce. two per cent, of the total trade last year was with Europe. Feb. Canadian members will hold the spotlight in the commons debate on the undress in reply to the speech from the throne, arid tbo MacKenzic King amendment next .week. Xext Monday, it is expected that the de- bate will be resumed by Hon. J. A. j Cahler, and ho will probably he fol- lowed by either Dr. Michael Clark or J.' A. Malmrg of the Progressives. Then there arc several western mem- bers supporting tho government, who wibh to make themselves heard be- fore tho debate closes. In the govern- ment lobbies today there ia talk oTtho vote on tho King amendment not be- ing reached' before the end oE the week. NO RADICAL CHANGE IN EX-KAISERIN'8 CONDITION DOORN, Holland, Feb. rad- ical change in tho condition of former Empress Augusta Victoria been noted recently. The caslle announced yesterday af- ternoon that she might die at any minute' or might, linger indefinitely. Occasionally she is partly conscious; at other times in a ftort of roma. Stimulants continue to aflministnr- P. E. I, LEGISLATURE MEETS ON MARCH 10 CHARLOTWroWN. I'. K. T., Feb. provincial legislature will meet on Thursday, March 10, it ia officially announced. U, S. STEAMER ASHORE NHW YOTlKi Feb. United Stnien SHlppthg Hoard steamer Tox- arkana from Bremen to Xmv York, re- ported by wireless at 5 o'clock this morning that sho was afihorox at point 18 miles went of Vlrn Island. ed. and declared that the opposition j was not prepared to do this in tho' future. Following the passage of the amendments to the Dominion TJlec- iious Act. Dr. R. M. Blake. Winnipeg. coutinued the debate on the address. Dr. Blake defended the record of the government and announced his In- tention of opposing the amendment. The attitude of the opposition, he de- clared, was resulting In unrest in tho country. Progressives Hold Floor of the Progressive pui'ty held the floor for a large part of the n f gill's sitting. J. V. Reid of MarKen- zie. charged tho government with an alliance tho big interests. The government bad nailed the protection- ist (lag to the mast. It needed help Dr. Brien Cossack, Sinn Fern C.ARMANGAY FARMERS member of parliament for Galway, was arrested yesterday at his ..home in Words. WILL PAY MONTH Tilfis Is In Hands of Bolshies CONSTAN'TIXOPLK, Feb. Hs, capital of the-republic of Georgia, is again in the hands of the Bolsht; and money from those interests fight the Liberals and Progressives. 0. R. Oould, Progressive, Assinibtiia, criticised tho tariff commission of last year because it was composed.entire- ly of members of the protectionist government. The Progressives, he declared. would accept battle on the traffic! Issue- at any timcT Ho express- ed the opinion that western electors felt that tho government elected IfllT had broken faith with them. He predicted that thfi prime minister would he sitting in "the cold shades ot opposition" after the next election. Two count gtmirt ratters nrnl fo IM? tw-jf t RAIL WAGES CUT ON U. S. ROAD AND MEN GO ON STRIKE JOPUN, Mb., Feb. strike order which union declared would tie up the souri and North Arkansas Rail- road, operating between JopMn and Helena, was In effect this morning. Enginemtn, train- men, telegraphers station agents are affected by the call, which, union cald, was is- sued because of wage reductions of 20 per cent, ordered February 1. Shopmen of the railroad walk- j out at Harrison, Ark., when the frMuction was i received hero today. The soviet forocs which wero reported in recant advices to have occupier! the Tiflis arsenal, but were later expelled by the arc i-ow said to b'j re-entering tiie city. Report Confirmed PARIS, that the Georgian forces had evacuat- ed Tiflis was by the French for- eign office this afternoon. A revolutionary committee has born formed at Tiflis; the foreign office ban been informed, and tho Georgian government has been installed at Ku- tais, 150 miles northwest of Tiflis, DEBS BEING HELD INCOMMUNICADO ATLAN'TA, Feb. M. counsel tor Kugene V. Debs, Socialist leatlnr, announced to- day be had received a telegram from Attpruay-Geiioral Palmer declining his uest to bo permitted to visit the prisoner, who ia serving a sentence here. Helm, according to his attorney, being held incommunicado at the At- lanta federal prison as a result of rritlcism of President Wilson ,ln a. recent. HtiUonuMit hfw f TORONTO. Feb. party f of reckless spenders." was Hon. G. TO FARM LABORERS i Howard Ferguson's description of On- ________. tario's government in an address lo Correspondent) the Conservatives of Ward 4 at a ban- quet tendered him last night. This recklessness was due. Mr. Fer- guson charged, to "the intoxication ot their own importance." The Conser- vative loader maintained that present provincial govern ment luui not only produced the first deficit in i (From Our Own I CA RMAXGA V, Feb. I gay West, U. F. A. Local, under the presidency of Mr. C. VV. Folk, held a meeting lust Saturday "Mr. lj. D. Hummon, the secretary, read official letter from the head oflicc dealing with the labor proble The whole matter of the wages paid during last season and the amount they could reasonably bo expected to pay next season, in view of changed conditions, was fully gone into, and it was decided that they would bo unable to pay more than per month from the start of 'seeding up to harvest time. An extra for harvest and threshing to be made according to crop conditions and pros- pects for prices. CAVALRY ASSOCIATION ELECTS OFFICERS OTTAWA, Feb. tho meeting nf the Canadian Cavalry association, U. Patterson of Win- nipeg was elected president. Vice- presidents elected from the west are; Col. A. L. Young. Manitoba; General Grfesbach, Alberta; Col. G. H. Brad- brook, Saskatchewan, aud Col. C L Flick, British Columbia. 15 years, but had increased tho of the province iiy thirty-sis million dollars iu. the first year of their ad- ministration. This, he said, wu.- ociuivalent to putting a uew debt 01' on the bltouldort- of every num. woman and child in Ontario, or ;i mortgage ot on every home. .IU: hesitated to picture tiie deplorable state of affairs which- must exist at the ond oC the Farmer regime unless they can he brought to see tho error of their ways. "Every minister has had his arms Jn tho treasury up to the elbows." said Mr. Ferguson, "but if tho re i.< any one who hag exceeded the rest it is the minister of highways." (MILL ASK ABOUT ALBERTA JUDGESHIl'S ASK GEQlbES TO MEDIATE BETWEEN U. S. AND JAPAN i Feb. ious arfi understood to have been re- colved by Sir Auckland Geddes. Brit- ish ambassador, to attempt Urn role- ot mediator in '.lie controversy between trie United States and Japan regard- Pacifio rablo communications. This became known coincident witli of seKsioiiH of tho confer- ence which lias for its objective the Hsposition of the former German r-a- ijlfin. Tho, controversy between the United States nml Japan .neuters j round tho futino si at us Pa- cific juiaml of OTTAWA, Feb. rrcFfii-- A question regarding the appointment of Alberta judges baa betni filed by Rrig.'Gen. W. A. Griesbadi, Kdmouton. General Griesbacli asks if the judges of the appellate and trial divisions of the supremo court of Alberta, created, under chapter three of tho statutes of Alberta, 1919, whose salaries wero provided for by chapfeV 5fi of the sta- tutes of Canada, J920, bavo been ap- pointed. FIRE GLASGOW. N. S.. Feb. Fire night destroyed the aliop, boiler house and forge at the Nova s'cotiu Stefil and Coal Cotn- pany'H shipbuilding plant at Trenton, Tiie loss in .estimated at about 000, partly covered by insurance ;