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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta PAfE EIGHT TIIR LETHURIDOR DAILY HK1UU1 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1919 WINDED IM1ESH Alex- Ross in Legislature Says Ry. Company Shares in (he Profits of Gas Co. EDMONTON. Feb. Toupliug his at tacit upon the Calgary Gas Com- pany and ttic Canadian Western Nat- ural Gas. IJght, Heat and vower Company, with an attack upon ibe Canadian Pacific Railway. Alex. (Laborl Centre Calgary, today pro- duced in the legislature :i sheaf of Jotters between Sir Thomas Shaugh- Bessy, former present of the C.F.R. J, S. Dennis, assistant to ihe presi- dent, aad P. L. Natemiih. manager. in an eiuteavor to show that the rail- way has backed up the gas company' lu attempting to gct'litsher in In attacking ihe Canadian Pacific Itaii-aray, Mr. alleged that that corporation "shares in Ihe profits" o! the gas cc-tar-ay. declaring that when it sold sas leases to the gas compauy, an tyrsiivjeDiirul was made whereby tbe railway company get? six per ceiit or ihe company's profits. According to Manager Pearson of the company. this" is incorrect. The rail- agreement, siys Mr. Pearson. takes six per cent ot fifty per cent oi ihe profits on the sale of gas from the leases originally held by the rail- way, (his gas teios measured separ- ately. Mr. Ross aho recalled tbat the rail- way company Tvas sums gas com- pfeiSy for sad charged that the Tailivay company had acted in collu- Eloii with the gas company in trying to obtain higher prices in Lethbrldse, citing the correspondence in connec- tion with this TvhLch. be said, had corns inlo his >Thc correspondence in fhs case is Ha J-'rbm J. Dennis to Presidetit "Personal." 2S. 1512. Dear have your personal letler of ihe 20th relei- ence to the supply ot natural gas at and for your information aiiach copy of metaorauduni -from Mr. Xaisjnlth regarding tbe matter. Under jur agreement Tvitu the Canadian Natural Heat and Power Compatiy ihey are obliged '.o hare a pipe imo the city of Lethbrifige" for ci'pply oi natural gas before the 30tb of September text, and to sup- ply gas. at the price set out in the nripnal franchise granted by the city. Tfee claim which is being made by the gas company, that unless the passes they Trill net supply gas in Leihbrldge therefore, "bluff." It-Is quite natural tbat the'gas company should to get a belter price if they in accordance wllh ybur instructions we will do Vnal ire can to assist Ihe vpassing of the toj-jaw. There however, a great deal ot .opposition to it in and and myself aret Eomewfaat d as to vrbetlier It p-illbe carried. Vonrs very truly, J, S. DENNIS, Assistant to PresidenL From R IA to J. S. Dennis: Calgary. Alta., Mr. Re your memo and Ihe president's personal letter in ref- (.-rcnca to the gas franchise at Leth- tjridge, r Have always had pretty strong Reelings in regard to the ac- tions of the gas company at this point and hare felt ihe -whole pro position as they put. it up was a J, fe'. DcniiiE, Esq., Lo tbe President, Calgary; June 10, 1912. Dear appear tbat when the Natural Gas Company, -who laying.their between island a'nd Calgary, acquired the -Xatnral Gas Company, they ac- quired a similar property at Leth- bridge. -The Calgary coolract pro- vides Tor a charge of 35 cects for domestic use and 25 cents for gas for manufacturing purposes; while At Lethbriiige (he charter of the gas I company requires thorn to furajsh tbe public at 25'ceDl? for domestic and 10 cents "for" manufactviring purposes. At the latter price the gas company is oovfMent that could not earn tbe Interest on the cost pro- i, Tiding the.gas supply to Lethbridge, "but to them a more serious feature the ftilnation (3 if they, at vhateTW sacrifice, conform to the I 'JldpulaUd at Uthbridge, they will linte constant trouble and r plaint at CaVtnry and, therefore, hft'Tc ftecn negotiating with tht town lor an amendment meir agreement wtth the town that! iriJl enable thtm to charge tho fame' price at as at Calgary. i The cily 1 am Informed, lias f t. bylaw approring of Ibis, the bylaw la to be submitted (o i people. On the face of it the j proposition Is a fair one, and I think tbat we might with propriety give it countenance. Von might. ask Mr, Xafanlth to drop a hint to those I in at Lcthbrldge'lo the effect that the company BCCS no objection 1 to passing of the bylaw. I have written Mr. llury T. Q. SHAUGHNKSSY, ['resident. The ttthbridge Affair After considerable lobbying about three a franchise wan ac- quired by for the ?up i of natural gas (o tfte city of j on a basis of 2fic for do- 1 wfcsttc use rfnrl, I think, 15C for power. Vndcr the fninchist1 ht> hud until next year to bring the gas into Ihy city. Meantime his franchise has been disposed of, and is now in the bands oi ihe Canadian ViVHera, aral Gas. Light. Heat and Power Co. As toon as they decided TO put the line In, they approached the city of- Lethbrldge with a view 10 aswrlaintog whether arrangemeau coulJ bo msd> whereby the price could be increased ironi -oc lo lor iioinojUc and 13c to ?oc lor power' use. The was re- iocKd several times and it was de- cided by the council to present a liw to the- ratepayors authorizing an of the They did this under the threat that would not conio into but would leave it on ifce outside. I'nder the bylaw submiucd there is GO question eo far as the city i? concerned. Some con- siderable have Itec made. as oM franchise iva? About, as j loosely drawn as Spots Eliminated Tho in so far as the coatrol of the streets au4 supply of gas are conwrned, huve been entire- ly eliminated, and a Decided luprove- nwnt has maito. I'nder the old franchise, all guaranteed to supply was a ctinjiuuui o( feet, and in tbe tbe now company practically Intimated to the city that unkEs .they wncedpd the points ihcy for. they would not supply Any tnort? than 250.000 feet, which, of course..would bo entirely inadequate for the supply of the cSly. To mind it is questionable wheth- er the bylaw will carry or not. tout they to have by some means or other got ihe co-operation of a nutu- wr oi people wiio were fonuorly very to any siKb. increase. So far as our coal operations at are concerned, tho in- be a benefit, as at S5c k is qucsiioa if it .would I not bo cheaper to iurn coal tban-gas. cud I faiicy that a larfie number of vpic. ralhcr'.Uiiii so to th? trouble of installing gas, will continue lo bum L. NAISM1TH. Manager., STRIKE AGGRAVATED MADRID, Feb. 26. Reports from Barcelona show an ajgra- of tin situation there. The electrical workers in the province of Lerlda, attaining Bar- celona, are threatening to strike in lympathy with workers in the electric plant cf the Canadian com- pany In Barcelona, which have been cut Tor some time. ARE RECAPTURED COPENHAGEN, Feb. The ports of Llbau and Windau, in Court and, on the Battle Sea, which were taken by the Bolshevik! on January 31, have been recaptured. sskotl by The HeialU correspoudputt "What Is your opluiou cf the eon- I He quickly counter-attacked: "How do you suld the correspondent, "wouM you call U u successful cou- vfiiitlou frotu the viewpoint; did it gives you en courage mi1 ut for your lirsl year as He "Yes, I am entirely pleased u-iili tho work of the dek- tsatos and parllcularly wllh their gratfji jof tlii> iasut-s bl iho present day." This is Made Clear By President anything in. tho r-k-' t. r IL Ual lhe arguments put up figalnsi iuduslrial unionism and tho general strike by International Organ- Davy Keep, tho coDventlon by A large vote enuorscil such Win UI If i Hi tophe rs of the Mine Workers to Hip CALGAHY, AUa.. Feb. "That will greatly M. Cbristorber, "on our Interpretation of Christopher, president elect of Pis- iudtistrial unionism. Seine people have trici IS, United 'Mine Workers of u droutl of the term industrial union- America, has had little to Fay during ism anj think only ot the I. If, llie convention wlilcti closed however, I interpret Ihe meanliig oi claV. After the adjournment he our convention aright it simply means a consolidation of our labor forces without aay cleanse from our ent International boundaries. It un- doubtedly bttows that our convention beliaves that a rtjht to call a general strike FhoulJ Uo retained aa -A weapon or Another question asked Christopher mas: do you ex- to have iho wage gcale HsheJ for Ihe comitu ycarV Tho reply vras: 'That on the'utlllude u: Uie Oirector of anil thd western coal oper- ators' assertion, of which at 1 have LO forecast." UNO THEM HOWE Feb. Press dispatch, via ter's karas haw for the from Chlma to Europe for of til Germans in China, rxceplfor t fen- missionaries. Tbe jtlnK Mils early ia March. ARE YOU AWARE OF THESE FACTS? GREAT BRITAIN Marcti lst pf tk> manufactured goods from otker countries ,will be barred from tKe United Kingdom, except tnose imported under special licenses, at present are difficult to obtain. This regulation amounts to almost total prohibition of imports of manufac-x tured goods, except those purchased directly by the Government of the United Kingdom. The object of this prohibition as announced by the British Government is: To have British goods manufactured in British factories, and thus give em- ployment to the rapidly demobilizing British Army and the war workers. FRANCE TKe "tradesmen of France, generally speaking, are not per- mitted to buy manufactured goods from- other countries except under special licenses. France is, determined to keep her own factories busy and thus furnish employment for French soldiers and war workers. The industrial systems of Britain and France are disorganized by the transition from to peace. Consequently, are being given the greatest measure of protection known in history. They are erecting encircling to shut out goods manufactured other countries. CANADA During me "war, Canada scrapped peace industries" for war industries. The reverse is now being carried out. Canada must provide positions for over soldiers who are not vet demobilized. When the armistice was signed, there were about people employed in Canadian manufacturing establishments. This- number included a considerable percentage of the soldiers who were discharged during the course'of the and also fhe makers of munitions and war material. Canada must use her utmost efforts to retain these in employment or to find mem new1 employment. 'Canadian industry during readjustment is not an almost impnssnble wall similar to those now being erected by Britain and France. Exclusive of 'cixe special tariff, levied on imports, both dutiable and free, bj) the Government for me purpose of raising tfar revenue, the Canadian Customs tariff in me fiscal 1918 imposed ah average rate of only" twenty-one and rtfo-fifths qent. on dutiable goods coming into Canada. Yet, at this critical time, insistent demands are heard from certain sections of Canada that sweeping tariff reductions must be made immediately without any preliminary of the probable result on commercial and financial conditions. If these demands are met other countries will be encouraged to dump their surplus manufactured goods irito Canada and increase unemployment here. Shall we tear down even what safeguards we possess, at the very time that older and stronger countries are so greatly increasing theirs Issued by The Canadian Manufacturers Association ;