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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1913, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, Page 7 Aid. Skeith Forces Council to Adopt Assessor's Recom- mendations "if this thing keeps up, gentlemen, we will soon gut for ourselves the reputation of being very changeable mind" fuiM Hla Worship Maym- JIardit ycBtorday afternoon, after the ouncit luul changed ita view point tentiroly on a couple of questions at iisuo. Twice during tho afternoon motions which had passed at previous of the council rescind- ed, unit motions opnocUo in meaning curried. Twlco again it differed from what it had practically decided to do at other meetings, so the mayor's re- imirk was not far astray, Four Important mentions were dealt v.-ltli during ifle auernoon, the ten- iint franchise, tho (iimllttcatlons of the city HmiU, end the basis of the 1913 Tho first tlireo concerned the new charter while the latter was raised by Aid. Skuiut who on second thought, did not Hko tho motion adopted in council nonm time ago. Four Decisions Tho result ot the whoiu afternoon's work was aa follows: 1. Tenants get a vote ii occupants erf real property assessed at ?IOO. Any one can bo a candidate for Commissioner who Is 21 years of ago, male, a British subject, and can read and write. Stafford Village win not ho tak- ui into the new city limits unless they aive undertaking to have u new rfur- made which will meet, tho require- ments set forth by the city engineer. If they do this tlta charter will be urnomled at Edmonton before passing. 4. TUG aBseesinent this year will make provision for another one-third being re-hated from all improvements, leaving only one-third assessed, the Increase of -the superassessmont area to Include all lots facing on local Im- provements, the Increase In tho per- centage of the suporasseBsniQRt from (iO per cent, to 35 per cont., thna fol- lowing out the Ilnoa oC the schedule adopted by the ,1911 council making for single tax. Mayor Hardie wfta twice-called upon to exorcise his prerogative and cast the deciding vote. Each time ho found the new aldermen lined up against the old, and cast his vote with the new blood.. It was very exciting from a voting standpoint. The Tenant's Aid, Love-ing took his seat for the first time and the new members of tho 3913 administrative body arc how in tho majority. The Board of Trade and Business Men's Association had representatives present and Mayor Hardie, after out- lining what had been done on the charter so far, and -they might have all the rights of aldermen in thfTmean- time except tho right to vote. The two main questions to be set-: tkd today were the boundaries and the tenant vote, The question of Kingla tax in connection with 1913 as- sessment will also have to be settled this will -not come under char- tar, but und.'er special byla'w. The attack "Was opened. by discussion of the tenant's rote. H. A. McKlllop wished to know how far the council, had got In this matter. 'City Solicitor Ball answered that the council had.changed minds about five times, and left it by deciding not to give the tenants a vote. Aid. McNabb arose to state that at the last meeting be hcd given notice of motion to reconsider the matter. The motion was-submitted and car- ried, after which Aid. MtiNabb spoke motion, enumerating the vari- ous arguments which he has stated In previous meetings. The new form of government whici irill come into Direct under the new charter is along the line of'direct legislation, and for this reason the tenants should 'have the right to vote, Aid. Levering moved and Aid. Mc- Nabb seconded that "All male persona over 21 years of age, who can show Mix months' residence, shall have the right to vote." Speaking to tho motion Aid, Lover- Ing said he did not believe the ten- ants.' franchise could be made too wide, and he also believed that the six months' residence clause would eliminate the trouble with "floaters." Aid. McCambly thought the motion was too wide. .He favors a vote but he had a great deal ot trouble in Cranbrook, where tho polls were thrown wide open. A? clause, -aa advocated by him, he thought, would be better. P. Bawdfin believed a assess- ment would be a good 'basis. Any- one owning property valued at that ligiire would have some interest In the cits.. An amendment was moved by Aid. 9kel Hi and seconded by Aid. William- son, that tenants renting houses as. messed at or over 'who can show J2 months' shall have the right to vote. This .motion was also iavored by Aid. Aird, who said that, although he did not favor the tenants' vote at all, he was willing to go as riS the amendment. Aid, McNabb claimed that some of the aldermen seejned to hold the opin- jou that u jnan'a brains are welgh-ed according to the amount of property or money he can produce. II. A. McKlllop said he did not think u tenant living In the city for only BIX months before the election could vote intelligently. A lonfe discussion followed during which it was pointed out that a ten- unt now living In the city and spend- ing 09 per cent, of his wages h6re hiir, vote, ;vliils someone living out- side th.e city but owning property here aststBsed at or over are given a vote if they drift In on election day. Tho three new aldermen llmd up in support of the motion. The older members, also three in number, favor- ed tho amendment, and it looked aa if Mayor Hardlo would have to cast ..the deciding vote. Speaking to the motion he said he felt ho 'was placetj in a tight corner and If left to Mm ho would llko to sue tho Council go halt wuy. Ho therefore asked AM. McCambly to prepare motion ilium; intermediate line that course having been, recommended by him at tho last council meeting' Aid. McCainhly'a amendment to the amendment was as follows: "That tenants bo allowed to vote, but that they should 'be occupiers of real property assessed for at least and a resident of the city for at least one month prior to June 1 In any year." Thlq motion was sec- onded by Aid. McNabb, which prac- tically precluded the original motion Aid. Levering wanted to know If a man renting a fiat In an apartmenl would have a right to votePi The con- census of opinion however was against tne tenant in an apartment houao vot- ing. Aid. Aird was afraid the tenants would soon bo In the majority and tho ratepayers not really have the say In the election of the com- 11801 on em Mr. Dodmun, of tho Hudson's Bay Co., auggf-ated that auyojio paying ?16 per month rental be n.Uawed to vote. This however had been discussed nt a previous meeting when it was de- cided that It -was not a fair basis as tho rentals fluctuate according to tne demand for houses. J. D. Klglnhothara wao opposed to giving "floaters" a vote foFdno iioai- cr would have the power to offset the- vote of a man with a big stake In tho city. Pie would like to see the tenants have tho right to vote hut would favor that right being guarded. Ho suggested a year's, resi- dence and an assessment qualification of ?10GO or Frank Colpman was In fnvor of the opinion expressed by the last speaker. Aid. Layering withdrew his original motion, although he still favors the open vote, ae it obtains in Ed- monton. To bring tho two motfoiiR a little closer together Aid. Covering con- sented to make the term of resident 12 months instead.of six, and on, the motion being put tho new lined up against the old, and the new won out with Mayor Bardie's voting strength to back them up. The City Limits Jt did not take long to dispose of w city limits question. The onjy problem to be considered, in, this nectJon was whether Staff ordvllle with its assessment and its debt should be included. The city, had for a flunncUl meat up to the end ot 1312, bijt as this was not produced, ana as this council did not know what the'village would do -with regard to.a new survey, it 'was decided to leave 'the matter where it stood last -meeting, EHH if the village wishes to made a part of the city it will be up to the village council to move and meet the de- mands of the city, 'if they do so they will be Included by '..submitting an amendment to that effect to the legis- lature when the charter is under con- sideration. Commission Qualifications The qualifications of the commis- sioners was a question of much Inter- est to the business men present and they participated freely in. the dis- cussions. It was 'easily seen when the subject was brought up that they were not in favor of the clause in the qualifications agreed upon some time ago whereby a candidate for a com- missionerohip would be required to the owner of ?2500 'worth of unen- cumbered real in the city. Aid. Lovering started the ball rolling by stating that IE he had -been, present he would have opposed the motion. He wanted the field left widfi open so that commissioners could be secured from any place. If a stranger can come into the city and convince the electors that he is the best'man to run tbeir city, he ought to 'be given trial. W. J. Nelson, president of'the Busi- ness Lien's Association, said, that organization spent a long time discussing that matter end- ed by agreeing that.any man whom the bonding companies would 'bond 'or for the faithful perform- ance ctt his duties should >be good enough. This was objected, to hQWT ever, when Alq. Skelth stated, that no bonding comjpany would bbp'd a imVn for such a reason. Messrs. A. H. Stafford and J, D. Higlnbothnm favored a wide open policy. Alvin Uipley thought that anyone, whether a British subject or not, should be allowed to stand lor Mayor Harcfio opposed this, i He would not vote for unyone who Is PRICES CU 1 Our Sale for the first two days has exceeded our anticipations and the reason is because we do as we advertise. For one dollar to do the work of two is sufficient cause for the crowds we sent away satisfied. Only another week of quick selling at HALF-PRICE. Fur Coats _ Fur Lined Overcoats Sheep Lined Coats Felt Shoes Mitts Gloves Roy's Clothing Half Price Underwear Men's Wool Shirts 1 1 ?JctlC Ends Jan. Felt Hats and Caps Silk Ties Overalls Mufflers Alberta Block MacLEOD BROS. THE GREAT CLOTHIERS OF THE GREAT WEST not a British subject, The. people, across the line he claimed] would ilpt allow a Canadian to go" down ibfre .nd take a job as commissioner. Secretary Manwaring of the Board of Trade pointed out that in other cities having straight commission form of government any one a oter has the right to stand for ..else. Hon. This was not wide enough to' luit the majority of the business men present. Aid. Lovering mov-ed that all male persons, ov-er 21 years of age, who can read and write, ehall be eligible ;o stand for election for commission- He had first made It person at all, but after bsing accused of being a suffragette, he amended it to exclude the ladies. Aid. McCambly thought he would ike to see some qualifications more stringent of the motion, but did not offer a motion. Aid. Williamson moved any- one, a British subject, 21 years of age, male, assessed on last'.re- rised assessment roll for should lave the right to be a candidate lor commisslonprship. On this being put to a vote, it was ost, Mayor Hardie again voting with he new members of the council against the old, and the original mp- ion carried by the same vote. At this point the business nyefi. lejtf and the charter ;was turned over into the hand's of the city-'so? icitor to prepare and send t'o Edmon- ;on.' The 1913 Assessment The basis for the 1913 assessment required another hour to settle..Four questions were ssit'M four yesterday. Aid. mov'ed for a reconsid- eration of the matter, as he that the assessor's recommendationa to 'follow out the single tax schedule Should be adopted. Aid. Williamson believed that the city could afford" to step aside for this year and make no change, although he favored single tax. Mayor Hardie was of the opinion, Aid. Skeith said he could see no reasoa why the assessor's recom- mendations should not be carried out provided the necessary assessment could 'be obtained by that method, and he 3ind heard the assespor say that it could. Mr. -Meech was present and borp out his statement, The question was argued pro and con for a long time, but on Aid. Skelth'p motion to adopt these recom- mendations being put to the meeting, It was. carried, Aid. Williamson vot- ing against. CONSULTED WITH JAMES New York, Jan. Mylius the Belgium journalist held at ElUp Isand pending an appeal from an or- der of deportation because of his al- leged libel of King fieorgo V. of Eng. iand, went over his -case today with EJward Hqiton Janvep, editor of the Faris. J-rfberatpr, who lias come across the sea tp hejp hi.ra, in his "fight for into Anie'Hca.: No date has been set for the bear- ing of the appeal. The special fund for the Victorian Order of Nurses being raised by the Duchess of Connnught totals Ex-Aid. W. H. Judd, a Hamiitou sotto manufacturer, is dead, aged COM'C. '.'JAVSR IVADE ,SNEER1NG REFERENCE TO WRITER IN LONDON DAILY MAIL London, Jan. Britain's official .comic .paper, as it has been satir'toally described, Is to Jifive a rival. A serious rival, too, if the word serious may be admitted in this connection, the new venture will be for its promoter Is Lord Northcllffe, the chief of the great English octopus- like publishing house, whose tenacles have fastened even on the Times, who founded Daily Mail nnd who has just celebrated the com- pletion of Fket'way'-House, the largest building in the world tfsvoted to pub- lishing purposes, for the accommoda- tion of a tremendous group of maga- zines and periodicals ranging from the London Magazine to the Half Penny Mapvel. There is an interest- ing, story indeed behind Lord North- clifEe's decision to establish a paper directly challenging- for the position of England's premier humor- ous paper, Jn one of its brilliant flashes of mordant humor, Punch referred up- roariously to a valued military contributor to tbe Daily Mail, who write daily In the paper on the war situation in ths Calkans, as "Penny-a-Linesmaji." A few flays lat- er Linesman, writing in the Daily JVlajl, was.permitted tq mention inci- dentally- that was a time when Punch was written by gentlemen, for genUemea but now it was written by men of letters 'we must naturally look for a change in it, etc., etc. That put an end to Lord North- cliffe's Known attitude of critical con- of Punch's presumed .pregnnbillty. He ibegan to take steps. He settled down to a r-aally serious consideration of Punch, and it is fair- ly obvious that hfe spent some time in going through its files for he decided that it was nut really a'humorous pa. per. He confided what Httltj doubts he had on this head to a contributor who writes occasional articles in the Daily Mail under the'caption "The Letters of an a-nd this contri- butor's opinion Punch was made known to the great British public a day or two later, through the medium of an article on the editorial page of the Daily Mall, entitled Decay of Humor." "As we turn over, its pages the writer concludes, ''in some uncer- tainty as to which are jokes an3 which are advertisements, 'we remember with a mild surprise the stories we have heard about it. Its Uuik 6t urbanity, (h'3 narrowness, of -its, putlpok, pro? claim the mere chifd of a p.aVishi Though it be read j.n the it is atill the puzzle of France, the .safl despair of K. Folcair of Uelmont has "ussa appointed principal of Mitchell High wltli 'Miss Mary Hutherford qE Stephaney as assistant. REPUBLICANS WILL HOLD SERIES OF BIG MEETINGS ON NA- TIONAL HOLIDAYS Washington, D. C., "Jan. U.-r-As a result of conferences between, Presi- dent Taft and Republican national commitrcemen "love feasts" are to he held by He- publicans all over the union on the anniversaries of the birth Lincoln and Washington next month. Mr. Taft .will make another speech in support of Republican principles before his retirement from the House. It will he 'along the line of that he delivered in New York last Saturday night. The program of the leaders is to' show the country that the Republic- an, party is not. dead but purposes to become n. militant force .two years hence. It ia figured if the Republic- ans can increase their strength in congress at the next election, at the expenses of the Democrats and the party will enter the presidential campaign as. tho leal op- ponent of the ttemoerats. Charles charged with p'ar- ticipfiting in the lepGnt riot against the police at Brontford, pleaded guil- ty Deiore Juagc Hadry. and 'was fined He admitted being drunk and slid he had secured'UIS litfuor in Par- ;