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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta -i i -1% f The Lethbridge Daily Herald VOL. IV. LITHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, WiDNWDAY, JANUARY 6, 1900. NUMBER HEALTHOFTHE CITY WAS GOOD Improvement In 19O8 Over the Previous Year At the .Council meeting on Monday Medical Health Officer DeVeber pre- sented the following To the Mayor and' Council of City of Lethbridge: have the honor to submit .herewith my annual report ior the year ending December 31st, 1908. Inclosed please find a table show- ing in detail the humber_ of eases of contagious and infectious diseases occurring in the municipality dur- ing each month of the year. i Typhoid again leads the list with twenty-fqur cases. Four deaths, two: cases in- March, then an interval of four months, August nine, Septem- ber seven, October three, November and December each two. Several of these were from outside points com- ing into the city for treatment. Scarlet fever -has been fairly pre- cases, one death, scattered over eight months of the year. The sixteen cases of measles were found in seven months, and the eleven Ceases of diphtheria In nine. "We, have had some seven deaths; from tuberculosis. These were from the East, vainly seeking renewed health in our high altitude. In April we "had our iirst case of smallpox. This I found in an an- nex of the Windsor hotel in the person of one of" the chambermaids This case was traced to its'source, and as. it is an example of the ex- treme contagiousness of the disease -I venture to mention it. A man :came to the. city from one of the towns on the C. and E. Railway to consult one of our physicians about a tuberculous knee. This man had dinner in a hotel in that town. -He sat next to a man who was apparent- ly in good health, but who wag, a day or two afterwards, taken down with, and placed in quar- antine. On 'arriving., 'at Lethbridge our tuberculosis man put up at the Windsor hotel, stopping over night, and then leaving. He had not then, not did he afterwards have smallpox, but twelve days after who made up the room occupied by him, was taken down. Our second case turned up in No- vember in the person of one o-l a C.' P. .E. crew. This man contracted! the disease at Gull Saskatche- wan. A rigorous enforcement of the Health Act, combined with the active assistance of our police, the CJP.R. authorities, and all concern- ed, enabled us to confine the disease in both, instances to the two primary cases. Some.: few'days ago our third case cropped up. I can find no clue that would lead me to its origin. I have taken all precautionary mea- sures possible, and hope for as happy a termination, as hi tue other cases. Cases of smallpox are being report- ed daily all over Canada. It is of a mild nature, and consequently harder to control. Saskatchewan has a "-number. There are quite a few in oar own province. During the sumraer months people are much in the open. They are not apt to run up against each other to any great -extent, consequently smallpox is quiescent. In winter people congre- gate in houses, around fires, etc., conditions for contagion are favor- able, and the disease spreads. Ow- ing, to this I fear-we shall have vis- itations from this loathsome disease during -the present -winter, and I must congratulate the city tipon having, in the Isolation Hospital, such an efficient aid to the controll- ing of an epidemic. Taking the figures of this year and comparing them with last I thiuk we' have cause for thankfulness. contagious diseases 92, in 1908 86. In typhoid we have, per- haps, the. raos.t gratifying exhibitr- 24 cases this year as against 44 last. Since last our population has increased enormously. We have railway and bridge gangs within and without the city. We have had all summer street construction gangs camped in- our midst, and we have land seekers by the hundreds pour- ing in upon us from all quarters. of this T think our health sheet should look" good to all, and will-compare favorably with any city of corresponding size. .It is .my intention, with your sanc- tion, to gradually bring all the sec- tiong of our very; excellent by-law into'force. A scavenging system has been inaugurated, and goes into ef- fect today. Where, in the .opinion -of the 'Health Office, it be'possible, air premises musf, have sewer con- nectioti. This means the gradual Will Soon Know the Verdict Winnipeg, Jan. traal cf Thos. Henry Hicks, charged with the murder of Eccles Lenox in a sleeping car, which in pro- gress before Justice Richards and a jury for several days, and which has attracted wide attention by rea- son of the extraordinary nat-urf- of the alleged -crime and of the testi- mony offered, is drawing to a close. It is expected that the Crown's evi- dence in rebuttal will be completed this morning, and that addresses of counsel and his Lordship's charge will follow immediately, and that the case will be given to the jury this afternoon or evening. Court ad- journed yesterday at the request of the Crown counsel in order that he might obtain the attendance of wit- nesses who were expected to contra- dict testimony for the defence. This course was 'taken only after Mr. Bon- nar had raised'strong objections, and Justice Richards had criticized the way in which the case had been conducted. The court to day has been crowded, and iaier- est in. the case, both in Winnipeg and outside, has been very great. Looks Good For Penny Cables .London, an Otta- wa message to the effect that the Canadian and British Governments are considering..'a scheme for the establishment at a near-date of two- pence a word cablegrams, Sir John Heaton said the Mr. Lemieux was a great Imperialist, and his presence here this winter had given an impetus to the Government for penny a word cables. He left with the statement that he was quite sat- isfied with the results of the negotia- ions', and would'..-the.' spring to conclude the matter, in which he hoped there would be a satisfactory result. 'T am perfectly certain that Mr. Lemieux will adopt one of two said Mr. Heaton. He will propose to the cable companies that they reduce their rates, placing cabling within the means -of the masses of the people, or in the event of their declining .to meet 'him' he will construct, wilh the aid of the British. the Govern- ment, of Australia, a state-owned ca- ble or .cables capable of carrying from ten: to twenty million words a year at a cost of twopence per word. The moment Parliament meets Sir Ed- ward who :is chairman of the Telegraph Commission of the Commons, will summon a meeting to support Mr. Lemieux, and there is every reason to believe, we shall have the support of David Lloyd George. In the meanwhile, I may say Mr. Lemieux has -the strongest assurance of financial support from Australia." COLD AT FRANK. Frank, Jan. coldest snap of the season occurred last night. The thermometer at the C.P.R. -star don registered 45 below zero. Nominations For Village Councils Frank, Jan. ratepayers of Frank met. last night, the 4th inst., and nominated, the following for councillors for the ensuing Dr. G. H. Malcolmson, S, J- Wat- son Jayne Wheeler (con- tractor) and Harvey Murphy (mer- Three to be elected. Elec- tions next Monday. Nominations at Blairmore Tom Fryer H. Lyon L. Dutel, H. Mathieson, M. Rossi, E.Munro, and John Boyle. Throe to be elected. abolishment of the privy. Fowl, etc., must, be'kept, on-the premises of the owners. The rigid enforcement of these and other sections of the by-law will, if it has the sympathy and support oi the citizens, tend to make our civ one of the healthiest and most beautiful in the West. Thanking the retiring Council for the manner in which they accepted and acted upon 'most, of my sugges- tions, and for the uniform courtesy I experienced at their hands, I have the honor to be, your obedi- ent .servant, L'. GEO. DeVEBER, Health Officer, Lethbridge. Table of contagious and infectious Total. Deaths. Scarlet fever 19 Measles -16 Diphtheria 11 Chicken pox 8 Smallpox 3 j GEO. DeVEBER, Health WETASKIWIN BADLY HIT BY FIRE Some Business Blocks Have Been Con- sumed Wetaskiwin, Alta., Jan: started in P. Burns and Co.'s office this morning at 5.30, destroying P, Burns and Co.'s block, occupied by W. J. Stsphenson, stationer; P. Burns and .Co.'s butcher shop, with offices and rooms in the second storey; Mrs. Barnhill's livery' stable, occupied by A. H. Eggleston; Comp- ton and Montgomery block, occupied by them as a general store; also Smith and Gibbs' real estate office and C..C-- Bailey's -jewelry store. The whole of the above is- a" complete loss except a small" amount of stock from jewelry-store. E. T.- William son removed his stock from his building, but "at the fire was checked, and not likely to burn. The loss will amount to in buildings, and to stock part- ly covered by insurance. FEARS EPIDEMIC AT MESSINA Typhoid Fever Breaks Out In the Stricken Region Rome, Jan. re- iiv- ed today from Messina and Reggio indicate that although the situation is in some respects" better, fresh com- plications typhoid fever having broken out at Messina. The lack of pure water and the increas- ing pollution of the air causes the persons in charge of the Red Cross work to fear a terrible epidemic. The medical administration in con- ference with the Government au- thorities, are considering the com- pulsory removal of all the living in the destroyed cities. The work of searching under the ruins has almost ceased, because there is no expectation of finding anyone alive. The rescue parties find only corpses. The earth trem- ors continue, causing fresh appre- hension among the already painfully affected survivors and the workers from outside. Helena- has asked the au- thorities and people throughout Italy uot to engage in the usual festivities on her birthday, The Queen- added that .she to spend "her. "birthday dn "rmrsing the wounded. Searching many in- cidents of tenderness to animals. One attracted by groans be- neath1 a pile of ruins, began fever- ishly to remove the debris. They presently found the victim, but. it was only a donkey, which, however, the soldiers carefully lifted out and took to the barracks, where every care was lavished upon it. A NEW STORE. McPherson Fruit Co., of' Calgary, have taken the vacant store in the E. J. Hill block, and intend opening a store there. Seed Fair For Taber DIRECTORY MAN DEAD. Toronto, Jan. M. Might, founder of the Might Directories, died at his xesiden.ce here this morn- ing after a long illness. He was born at Port Hope 72 years ago.. Will Go On With Carnival Taber, Jan. first' annual seed fair, of the Taber Agricultural Society will be held in the L.D.S. Assembly Hall at Taber on Friday, January 15th. Substantial prizes will be offered for all kinds of farm seeds. At 10.30. a.m. will begin- the judging of farm seeds by Judge .W. H. Fairfield, superintendent Experi- mental Farm at Lethbridge. From 12.30 to 2 "p.m. the hall will be open for the buying and selling of seeds, after which a public meeting will be held, addressed by T. B. R. Hender- son, chief inspector1 of weeds. Also an address on "Winter by W. H. Fairfield. 'An open discus- sion will follow.- Every farmer in and adjacent to Taber should make ii his special business to "attend this fair. These fairs-" are really the timekeepers of progress. They mark advance in agriculture-. They en- gage the interest of the people in "generous competition for higher ex- cellence in their respoctive lines of production. They furnish ,a most in- structive object lesson .of what in- dustry, skill and intelligence can ac- complish. Hat Still Has Lots Of Gas BIG DROP IN LICENSED HOTELS As a Result Of Voting In Ontario Oh Monday There was a report around the city this morning to the effect that the gas supply at Medicine Hat was ex- hausted or frozen." Such: is-not the case. There is as much gas as ever there was. The fact is that during the cold snap every consumer burns so much extra gas that the main is not large enough to supply the town. It seems that when the pressure is reduced to the extreme that .it has been at the Hat this that the force is not sufficient to convey the gas to the several burners. However, a new and larger main is being laid, and will be completed this and the town will once more enjoy the comfort afforded by an "inexhaustible supply of gas. ENGINEER ARNOLD TO SPEAK. At the annual 'Al- berta Union oi Municipalities'- at Ed- monton on the 27th and 28th of this month -.City Engineer Arnold is to read a paper on "Filtration" in connection with water -systems and sewer systems. Chief Smart, of Cal- gary, is to talk on "Fire 'Appliances for Small and Percy Biythej of Edmonton, on "Municipal Bookkeeping." Clean Snow Off Sidewalks Montreal, Jan. a meeting of the Eastern Passenger Association held at the Windsor Hotel this morn- ing, it was resolved that as the hold- ing of winter ice carnivals and wide advertising of them, which is neces- sary to their success, create wrong and harmful opinions abroad regard- ing the severity of the Canadian win- ter, therefore railway companies would do nothing either in the way of. subscription or reduction of fare to encourage such carnivala. Montreal, Jan, local Carni- val Committee say that now that the railway attitude is known they will go ahead, ice palace and all. They had offered to cut out the ice paUce if the railways would contribute 000 to provide other attractions. Clean the snow off the sidewalks or appear before Magistrate McDou- gal. This seems to be the only al- ternative granted to citizens by the City Council Monday night. Howard Case introduced the subject by ap- pearing before the Council last night with "a small kick that prin- cipally principle." He -thought it was up to the Council to clean the snow' off the sidewalks opposite va- cant lots and it against 'the property. Aid. Hatch thought that the city should engage a man clean the sidewalks in the business section of the city, and the same" to the adjoining properties. Aid. King thought that if the work were not done by ten o'clock the city 'should do it. Others were of the opiniqn that the ordinance should be "en- forced. Nothing definite was put through, so the conclusion drawn is that the citizens will be compelled to do a little constitutional stunt in the mornings.. Mr. Case also thought it "was about time the Council stepped in and undid part of the work of the old Council. He thought the sand- on the hill on Round Street was i disgrace to civilization. DON'T BELIEVE REPORT, Ottawa, Jan. Department of Mines puts no confidence in: the report of the discovery of coal at Rossport, on the north shore of Lake Superior. Geological formation of the district makes the. existence :coal impossible. of LIBERALS, ATTENTION! Tomorrow morni ng at ten o'clock a convention of Liberals of the District of Lethbridge wiir be held in Oliver's Hall to select a- can- didate to contest the riding in the bye-election. If is im- portant that every Liberal should be in attendance; The' convention is open., to all Liberals, Toronto, Jan. hotel licenses cut off by local option amount to 49; licenses cut off by reduction, 9. total 58. By-laws carried, 22; local option sustained, 33; total 44. Tem- perance losses, majorities against local option, 4; by-laws repealed, "2; failed to secure three-fifths majority, 20; total, 26. It is understood that an influential deputation from the Board of Trade and other organizations is being formed to ask the new Council to mitigate the drastic nature of the license reduction, The con- tention is that 850 of a majority in a' city as large as "Toronto is not a. sufficiently substantial expression of opinion, and it is being suggested that a plebiscite might be interpret- ed to read that the 44 licenses must be cut off in instalments, ten each year, for four years, instead of in one full swoop. Some definite ac- tion along this line'may be expected 'within a week. ALL RED ROUTE SEEMS LIKELY Dr. Conker's Conference With the Australian Leaders Melbourne., Jan. prospects _'of a" consummation.-of the All-Red "route have been" greatly improved by a conference today between Dr. .Coul- ter, of'Canada, and Hon. Mr, Fish- er, the Federal Premier, and Hon. Mr. Thomas, the Postmaster-Gener- al." It is said the latter will that Australia shall be represented at the proposed meeting of officials representing all the Governments' interest, to work out details for the scheme. Dr. Coulter reported that the British and New Zealand -Min- isters have adopted a favorable at- titude. The Hon. Mr. Thomas per- sonally supports the scheme. "'The conference will be resumed on Janu- ary 13th. SIR HUGH'S GIFT. Montreal, Jan, 5.-rIt was announc- ed today by Sir Melbourne Tait, president of the Children's -Memor- ial Hospital, an anonymous donation of recently received- by that institution; had been ;given by Sir Hugh Graham. HE CAME BACK. i, Pekin, Jan. his dismissal Yuan. Shi Kai fled to Tien. He later reconsidered his flight, and be- cause of reassurances he returned" to the capital. His fate is still prob- lematic. CHARGED WITH SLANDER. Toronto, Jan. Lodge On- tario, of the A.O.U.W., has entered action at Osgoode -Hall -against Ro- bert Rogers, of Hamilton, charging slander. ]No particulars are filed. TO PUSH LAND SALES. Winnipeg, Jan. Grand Trunk Pacific is preparing to assist in colonization work along its lines by advertising vacant lands held for sale, no matter by whom. Taber Curlers Won At the Hat He Faces a Serious Charge Wm. Hicks was, brought up be- fore Magistrate McDougall at 'the City Police Court, and charged with obtaining under fake pre- tences, he having uttered several bogus cfiequW.toJocar'tradesmen for value received. Hicks ,haa -been liv- ing at one of the local- hotels, and money for board, etc., not being paid he was asked for" an explanation, the response being, in the form of a cheque, which was accepted by, the proprietor'in good faith, the same thing occurring. at several business 'houses in, the city. ..The cheques were at once" presented at the bank for payment, when it was found there no funds'to meet them, accused never having had an account. x Information was laid to Chief Gil- lespie, who at once set a watch on all places of exit from the-city, re- sulting "in the arrest of Hicks, who was endeavoring to board .a train for-the West. t Magistrate MeDougall remanded prisoner 'to "appear 'at 10 o'clock Thursday when it is pected" other information will be laid. My It's Cold At Winnipeg Winnipeg, Jan. registered throughout Western Can- ada, Although the temperature is rising at Edmonton and. Calgary very few people were on the streets here- last night, -the' thermometer going dovra. to 44 below, and at 7 this morning it registered 40. Dur- ing the past' week more snow has fallen than for the entire winter of last Laggan reports 55 below, Regina-" 51. ADDfTION TO P.O. STAFF. C.. J.- Goughner, an ex-mail clerk, has joined the night staff at the postoffice, and Thos. Russell, the day staff..- Postmaster'Higinbotham- -is adding to -the staff; being" anxious to give the public the best "service pos- sible, although' handicapped by in- sufficient- accommodation" "and poor facilities for handling 'the' mails. FIX FAIR FOR EARtY IN AUGUST Important Meeting Of Agricultural Society Directors At a meeting of the-directors of the' Lethbridge and -District Agri- cultural -Society 'on Monday evening, an application for -the- position of secretary; was" received from Thos. Simons. It was ''filed. It was decided to year's fair on August, 3, 4 and 5, or as near those dates as possible." A. was "named as delegate to "'the Alberta Fairs Con- vention in Calgary The endorsed the idea of a combined sepretaryship of the Agri- cultural Society and the" Board of and auch other public "offices as may be" so that, the .entire time of the bfficjal may be de- voted to affairs of public interest in the city and district. Messrs'. Fair- field, Eckstorm- and Rodger's, were appointed to wait on the City Coun- cil and Board of Trade in.regard to this, matter. 1 The following adopt- That the secretary to pre- pare a, "dodger; for distribution to farmers at Seed Fair, calling their" the fact "that at the sociey's. summer fair the follow-- ing .-prizes will be offered for bushels eaclr of the Hard-.sp. Hard Oats wheat..- 15 '.....15 12 3-, 9 9- 9 15 '.-12 :9 5 3 3 3 3 If -fanners ;_not having fanning mills win consult with'the secretary -_ he arrangements; for-thein to "clean, their- grain in-.iowjx for ex- hibition HOMESTEADER COMMITTED. Moosejaw, Jan. Atkinson, a homesteader, ,was-this afternoon committed to jail for trial at the Moo'sejaw Suprem.e "Court... on Janu- .ary 26th, on a charge of grain steal- ing. The accused was a_ resident in Manitoba for many years, and is "Be- lieved to be a Barnardo-'boy. FIRE IN A HOSPITAL. iOJ., "fire broke-out in the laundry of the Pro- vincial-- Hospital for_ Nervous Dis- eases at Lancaster, on the outskirts of this-city, a little before six o'clock caused damage estimated at from to and for a time threatened the total destruction of a series of structures, which make up the institution where the New insane are -treated. Bad Fire At Rossburn Rossburn, Jan. serious fire occurred here today, causing a loss of The fire _was first "discov- ered in the block of stores owned by B. W. Johnston, whose general stored A. J. Jones' bakery, B. C. Ruther- ford's drag store, John Scott's har- ness store building adjoining, belonging to E. W. Iggins, were de- stroyed. The inmates of the block had narrow escapes with their lives, and without clothing. A LOCAL BUDGET.. G. the-Bank of Commerce, [has -been transferred pto" Medicine I Hat. _ The west, bound .train arrived at lour. eight hours late. The thermometer registers 51- de- urees of frost, at' Itegina; Mr. Canv.of the Hudson's.Bay is reported to be very seriously "ill, local doctors agreeing f that he is suffering attack oi. pneu- monia and pleurisy. Trainmaster Hobkirk; with two other" Medicine Hat em- ployees, C. Medley and ,J. Hender- son, are in the _ city on business. -r The special meeting of Jhe Board of Trade called for" post' poned, as the committee appointed to secure information, about "a new- bridge further down the not yet ready to report. Hon. A. C. Rutherford, Premier of Alberta, .will receive deputation from the Temperance form 'League at Edmonton, on Wed- nesday, January 13. Mrs._L. Minkler and her daughter are expected the city tonight, to be the guests of Mrs. A. H: Mc- Keown. The. threshing is stuck at the bottom, of cannot be moved for a day cr'ao, as it is not in- condition, to get up Taber, Jan. rink of Taber curlers, composed of Messrs. E. R. Wright, Dr. Leach, W. W. Douglas, and A. L. Mitchell have recently re- turned from Medicine Hat, where they went ir> play the game Svith' the team of that place. During the day they played four games, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Taber easily won, with five points to the good. The team is a strong one. With careful practice and, if permit- ted1 to xise their own rocks, will play a close game with any team in Southern Alberto. There 'is strong talk of the Taber curlers arranging a game with either Lethbridge or Macieod at an early date. The score'of the games stood as follows: 7 and 10; Medicine Hat? 8 11. 8 and 11; Hat, :5 and 7. f 36, Medicine'Hat 31, TELEGRAPHIC BRIEFS The council of the Board of Trade meets tonight. Thos. Randle, the well known rancher from near Coutts, is visiting in the city. D. J. Whitney and Mrs. Whitney have returned from ,a visit to their daughter', at Edmonton. W. Stewart ,of the postoffice staff, is ill at the John Davis was successful in gain- ing his pit boss certificate "at the re- cent examination held at' Frank. F. Colpman, wife and family left last night for the coast, "where they will spend' most of the winter. V. L. Mitchell- came-into the city yesterday from San Francisco, and is on .business. A. E. Vance-arrived from Clares- holm last night, and is-spending to? day. in town. Aid. Oliver, Mrs. Oliver and Miss Oliver left yesterday for Victoria, B.C. .r and'its position makes it dif- ficult to attach teams. The chief of police, inspecting- .this- morning, found there was no menace ,to pub- lic safety, the fire equipment Tiaving ample room-to pass. Harry H. Bramford, -Deputy Sup- reme Grand President of the Moose Jaw Sons of will instal the officers of T.he Pride of Alberta" Lodge on Thursday. evening nest, A smoking concert will follow ths cereraony, Macieod Advance says who has been, "filling important position of bookkeeper in E Doberer's store for the past year, left on Monday morning's train for Lethbridge to accept a position. tha Oliver Manufacturing Co. as bookkeeper. Mr. Eglestone will be' greatly-missed by the host of friends he made during his stay here. The Maeleo'd' Advance seph Gillespie, chief -of the'-- Leth- bridge city police, visited Macieod last week, and was kept very busy hunting up his "old-time, who- served with him in" the' police force years ago. ,He paid the Advance "of- fice i visit, .and while he did not old pal, Mr.'T. Clarke, jow- v ing him being" aUfcent a trip to B.C. cities, the sportinf editor! en- tertained -him- to "the txsst of ty for an hour or more., tethbridfe is be" congratulated ia Mcairinf such an able and to serve them as chief of "pblteft" their thriving city.' -t ;