Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 7, 1915, Lethbridge, Alberta
WINNIPEG WHEAT Cath ..... May ... .. July..,.. , . 1291/2 :134% 1361/b WEATHER , High................... .i 3^ Low ..... :.............. 8 Forecast: Fair and mild VOLUME yiii. LETHBRID6E, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1915 NUMBER 22 BRITISH ANSWER TO U. S. CONCILIATORY WAR TO DATE HAj COST 6,000,000 MEN Total Loss Estimated at $5,555-Chief Wants High Pressure Mains 211 IBWE CALLS One call for every -week, was the average received in iSH by the Lcth-bridgc Fire Department. Ctiief Hardy submitted his annual report to the council yesterday, it being very optimistic � all through. The report shows" a decrease ill calls over 1013 of 29, and six of the 52 calls were false alarms, two with good intent and four malicious. �The total loss from fire within the city limits was estimated at $5,555, with the value at risk $873,890, and the amount not covered by insurance being $351-the total net fire loss for the year. There was. no time during the year tliat a fire got beyond the building - in, which-- it originated. "Lights tnrc'Wn down," caused the greatest number (10) of fires. In conjunction with Huilding In-Kpector Meech, Chief Hardy has inspected all public buildings, stoics and places of amusement, which has a good eftcct in reducing the number qf fires and losses, J 914 being the lowest for the past six years. AMBULANCE Tlic work in connection with this branch is highly appreciated. Two hundred and eleven calls were received during the year, the ambulance travelling 550 miles, occupying 17S liours 18 minutes. A number of cases were given fast aid by the staff until the doctor arrived or the hospital was reached, thereby relieving the suffering of those injured, especially in street accidents. . IlECOMMENDATIONS � lif %�aer;:ib*.Becurc" better fire vtss,-/Section tor'*!ie lives and profl^rtT of' citizens, also a lower rate of insurance. Chief Hardy recommends : 1. That somet^iing definite be done regarding water pressure for fire purposes, especially mentioning the mains leading up the coulee from the power Jiousc. It lias been the contention of the underwriters for some time that the mains arc very unreliable, and should he replaced by an IS or 20 Inch main from the power house to the top of the hill. The council has arranged to have a 24-inch main installed out of the money voted recently for the completion of the high pressure system, and Work will commence at once. 'Chief Hardy also recommends that a light pumpmg engine be purchased, BO that the fire department could du. away with all boosting of lire pres-Bure until a large fire occurred, under which circumstances large quantities of water would be used without fear of mains bursting. As it is at present, the pressure must he boosted whether the fire Is large or if false alarm is turned in, and which the department cannot determine until (the source of call is reached. TURKS DENY VICTORY OF THEfSSW Germans No Nearer Warsaw-New Russ Army in the Big Fight High Priest of Mi^elrnen Declares Holy War London, Jan. 7, 12:45 p. m.-Neither TurKey nor Germany has conceded ^ the defeat of Tm:kish armies in the I Caucasus as claimed in Petrograd. As further details of this fighting are received in London, it would appear that this reported Turkish disaster has been as complete as that GUffered by any forces since the outbreak of the war. In spit had seriously retarded agricultural development. Mr. George instanced the round-about route necessary now for shipments of coal, lumber, cement and other building material. Farmers are delaying their buildings awaiting a reduction of the haul. From Lethbridge to Shaunavon now is 680 miles. With the line completed It would be 220 miles, a reduction of 460 miles. President George pointed out that Shaunavon people wanted to use Lethbridge coal altogether. They are now .using some, but until the line is completed they will have to use anything ' they can get. Mp. Marnoch of Lethbridge dealt with the traffic westward of grain, consequent upon the opening up of the Panama Canal, and tiie desire of the settlers along the neW route�to use Southern Alberta coal. These two commodities, moving in opposite directions, would tend to keep the line busy. He also pointed out that it would give the farmers of the district traversed two routes for their grain and livestock, so that they would be able to take, advantage of the best markets thon made available. Altogether, a strong case was put forward for the entire completion of the lino In 1915. President George reported during the conference that the farmers of the Shaunavon district are seriously considering the production of sugar beets. If so they would ship to the Raymond factory over the Lethbridge-Weyburn line, via Stirling. TABER MINES ARE SLACK. UHLE IRK So Miners, Operators and Taber Public Ask Hon. Crothers To Help Them WANT HIM TO VISIT THEM Taber, Jan. 7.-At the first meeting of the new council held last night, the following petition was presented and unanimously adopted. The petition which was signed by practically every man in town, read as follows : .To the Hon. Minister of Labor, � Ottawa, Ont., Dear Sir,-Wo, the undersigned tiusi-Bess men, coal operators, miners and general public of the town of Taber and district-do hereby set forth and resolve as follows : Whereas, the coal mines of this district have worked less than two days per week since January 1, 1914, and whereas there should be GOO miners steadily employed in the town of ii. Taber and viciiiity, and whereas most of them aro in a state of destitution owing to the past and continued idleness of the mines, and no immediate betterment of commercial conditions are in sight, we, the undersigned therefore .petition you to personally visit our district, and personally investigate conditions, as a whole, at close range and offer to us suoh suggestions, or take such action, as will ;tCoDtinued CD page 3). War Must End Within Five Months Say Experts Viewing Enormous Losses October and December of Last Year Beat Records of Thirteen Years r,ethbrisrS WARTIME BREAD Berlin, via The Hague and London, Jan. 7.-Emperor ^Villiam has given orders that the so-ca'l!ed war bread be served to himself and the members ot his entourage. This bread, styled also "K" bread, consists of 85 per cent, of rye flour and 15 per cent, of potato flakes. It is being consumed in accordance with a war-time proclamation, with the idea of making the supply of foodstuffs lu the empire last longer. It has not been bought readily by the public. TURN CITY HALL INTO. FIREMEN'S QUARTERS Tentative plans looking toward the removal ot the council chamber, the IMayor's ol'tice, the Public vVorks do-partnieut, and the Utilities, offices from the old fire tiall to the vacant store in the Donnan. block, 'which the city has already rented, are being gone into by the Conimlasionsrs. Chief Hardy informed the council that sufficient firemen could be obtained as tenants of the present offices, ahd therjvenue thus derived �would go ,a "long way toward paying the city's rent of the Donnan block. London, Jan. 7.-England's reply to Washiiiglmi's remcostnition against Uriti.sh intpricrence witli American shipping will bo altogetlicr concilia-, tory according to Lonilan despatches; which .say that apparently all danger! of friction between tlic two nations', had disappeared. England is willing to make -riil concession which she does i,not dccr.i i:i direct conflict with the [interests of the .-Vllies, although it is hciieved .she will not relinquish the right to search .American ships under exceptional circumstances. Turk Denial GfTicial Turkish announcements | state the defeat inflicted on Turkish troops is untrue. Zeppelin Raid Soon? The activity of Germany's Zeppelins along the French coast has revived conjecture as to possible raids on England by the huge aircraft. Several of the dirigibles are reported to have appeared near Dunkirk and are said then to have turned toward the English coast. Fight at Stelnbach London, Jan. 7.-The Germans today have souglit to repair the damage done to their wings on the west. This has resulted In the recovery of some ground for them near Steinbaeh in Upper Alsace, but their attacks In Fianders were repulsed. Cardinal Mercler Case The reported detention of the Belgian prelate, Cardinal Mercler, by the Germans, presumably for the reason that he addressed his countrxaiea not to give allegiance'to the "German;^ ad.-, ministration, continues to be a topic of lively discuaslon In London and Amsterdam. It is reported tliat the Cardinal has ,been removed to Brussels, biut this has not been confirmed. An English translation of his pastoral letter which is 'believed to have offended the German military authorities, in Belgium, has been published in London in pamphlet form. A despatch received here from Rome says that the Pope has requested full .information on the Mercler incident from the German government. This reported action lacks conflrmation, as a matter of fact, another despatch from Italy says the Vatican has not yet been officially advised ot the' alleged arrest of the Cardinal. Not Arrested fay German* London, Jan. 7.-The military government of Belgium (German) has issued an oflicial denial of the report that Cardinal Mercier has been arrested by the German,authorities. FIGHT FOR CERNAY London, Jan. 7. - The overnight war summary follows : Apart from the Russian victory over the Turks in Trans-Caucasus, which is desorib-' ed in a despatch to the Russiam embassy here from Petrograd as "cor.i-plcte:', interest in the war now lies in tlic stubhorn fight the French and' the Germans are-carrying on for the roads to Cernay and Mullhausen in iUpper Alsaoe. "i'he battle in that re-' gion which has been raging for a week is described in a Berlin despatch as the most violent of the v/a'r. The Germans succeeded in regaining one of the trenches which they had jlost, but on the whole the Trench reports appear to show that the Frenchmen maintain their advantage for every bit ot which they had to light, in many cases with the bayonet. Along the rest of the western front e of battle continues to ebb and flow. On either side of Reims, and particularly to the east of that harrascd city, the French, according to reports daily push their lines a few yards for',vard, while in the Ar-gonne, while that hard fighting is going on, first the Germans then the French, report the capture of the other's entrenchments. ST. MIHIEL THREATENED Anotlier region where the French seemingly keep nibbling away at the Gorman lines is in the, Woevre, where the gains reported by them last night and again today, must, when consolidated, have gone a long way toward rendering the Germans.long occupation of St. Mihiel on the Meuse less comfortable. ]] ARE IN HOSPITALS YET' New York, N.Y., Jan. 7.-Serentyi , seven victims ot yesterday's subway';' accident were still in hospitals today,* recovering from their injuries. Mosbi of them were men; some of them wersij women who had been mauled In thej', stampede for the street. All suffered, from the effects of smoke, bruises ori outs. They were tlie ones 'who had^ fared worst in the panic; none weroji expected to die, and all, it was thoughtj would be discharged within a day ov'iS two. j; The death list of what was first be.,' lieved to be a great disaster remalneiVj at one. Elaht InveatigatlonB ;|l New York, N.Y., Jan. 7.-Eight in-| vestigations into the subway accidenfe" yesterday, in which oma woman lo8(^ her life, and almost 200 men, women| and children were so badly injur that they 'were treated at hospitaler, and probably 500 others were bruis or partly asphixiated, are in progreBa|j or will be started today. The accident, coming as It did at the beginning of the morning rushj hours, put the entire subway aysteniji out of operation, and resulted in ones of the worst tleups in the history ofS the olty^, The quarter of a million oT^ more people handled by the subways^ rushed to the elevated and^ surface lines. Bight hours after the accident subway operations were resumed on| all lines except the one under the Ba6i(| River to Brooklyn. mm BILL? Citizens Up in the Air Oveii',^i December Bills With Big , � Increases the till Althoiugh the ou�burst8 .ot dlamaj^/| and indignation over the December^ gas bills did not reach the riot sta�aC^ as in Calgary, there 1& no inslgnlfloana^d amount of objeiction at what consumj; ers characterize as an uawarraatedL v increase In the amount of their !)�-cemiber over their November bills, 'j; On an average the (bills Inomittd about 85 per cent. In one oue, w citizen paid $12 for gas la' November^' and $28 In December, an increase ot well over 100 per, cent. : Geo. Cudoba ? > ^ ? ? ? ? ? POPE MAY DEMAND' >' RELEASE QF CARDINAL > London, Jan. 7.-The Rome correspondent of the Dally Mail telegraphs that he learns, that the Vatican haa requested;: information from Germany re-:: gardlng the reported arrest ^I' Cardinal Mercler In Belgium;' The correspondent adds that h(3 believes the Pope will,ihake-: a demand on ISmBoror .William ' for the Cardua'ils . imm^l&^e": � release;, ,'