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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 16, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta JANUARY THE DAILY HFIUID PAGE TUIH1ERH Caljarv, Jan. 12, 1920. H. Wood. Esq...... Pres. United Farmers of mar llr. Wood: As staled to you In our recent con- versation. It IB lay opinion' that the U.F.A. should adopt the "Open Door" policy lu its political orsanlzition, i-ud I hope Hie coming convention Kill i'.pprove tills course. Our conversa- tion was interrupted, and you illd uot Invite me to come I have 'decided to address an-open let- ter to you, as I ri aDswe? should', help' up similar and criticisms In the inlKdt'ot others; 1 lake the liberty o( this open letter as I am a member of the U.F.A. and familiar'with the deferences 6( 'opinion which, exist In (he 'onVllie (ijuesllon of admitting farmers to the liolllicaU.orianlzatiq.u. i .Since last June 1'have been travel- 1 ing Alberta and have talked with if great rauny members of the UP.A.-a considerable.number of whom are. In favor pi the "Open Door.." While I am making my home in Calgary am', sure-you will concede my right to speak my mind regarding' this as-I home: .and farmed in Saskatchewan for tivc'years, Suijerlnlend- 'vent of tbo Organization aiid Educa- UouRl. Deparlniaat of tho Saskatche- wan Grain Gro-.vers1 Association dur- JDS 1S17, and ISIS, hi this capacity, von remember, it was my privl- leje to r.Hcnil the eighteen various points in Sask- atchewan, which you addressed during .the summer of ISIS. Having listened attentively lo your excellent lecture on "Organization for I naturally hecouio acquainted with your ideas as they were express' eil eighteen ditfcreiit..mcet-.i I doubt 'that any pther Individ- ual has.hcard epeak'.ou this_sub- so'niaiiy 1 wish to base what largely on that lecture, which was later published by Hie Cp.uudkm Council of Agriculture, and has been widely First, however, -I- wish to express keen disappointment at the fail- ure of the Conference in Winnipeg on Jan. fith to discuss the question of the "Open Doer." As you presided :it thf.t conference, and also at Ihe meeting of the Council of Agriculture, held the previous day. at which an understanding WAS had ;is to the i-coiie.of the Conference, naturally other plies: "We look out In tha world today everywhere ruling is social regen- We or per- tho-jiindi, ft men trying to de- democratic ore filiation where vt did not 008 a hundred yean ttv. Stnlj all this in its own de nlopmwt, wut that we are trying to I believe that we are going to to oa In that development null it has bun canted to perfection." I cannot but admlra high Idea} lira which forum the back ground b you Tliloo, and yet I am disappoint ed that you fail to apply the and priaclpjei .which you lay dowp u fundunflhUl. You do not seem to expect to rite to high. Idea of sooUl at the jrtsen altkomgh yon point out that ther rapidly iacreising numbers wbj are high ideals. erer, tor tte present you Bay wo follow "Along the Hues of least re- sistance." and appeal to selfish in terest, Ypu jar, "Each of thes represents a group, tfce mem hers of which have a common intcrcs in, and are affected alike by the prob lemB of trade. Bach class firtl study Ing these problems from He. own poin of view, can much more easily lear the rudiments of trade problems tha they could ojherwlse. Thus they ar taking the way of least resistance." It is not inconsistent, Mr. Wood, t urge that all society should be orgai lied on the basis of "Occupation: each group selfishly lookln out for Us own interests anil then sa in another sentence tap -root p.ll our woo and' misery has bee selfishness and -If Is selfishness which Is the real caui of our woe and misery, why not ma! the appeal at to social unselfls CMT. W. R. NEIL Sole survivor of liV steamer i Myron hlcb. went dowu in Lake Superior November 23 last. CapL Neil was rej ued after clinging U) the cabin'for ilneteeu hours. Is the class'selfishness of tl :4rmers of any hjglior quality than tl class selfishness of -the mauufa Infers? Vein spe'ak as an apostle of the ne :lemocracy, or as a John the Baptv 'crying in the wilderness; 'Prepare the way of the and say in c Toct. 'the must lie laid at the root or me tree oi selfishness.' Then you proceed to adopt tlie falao law of animal (class) selfishness as the easiest means of attaining your end "The way of least resistance." This does not seem much like thn ifioi.hod of the "greatest Democrat" that ever from whom you derived your inspiration. Christ suggested no easy gether In our parliaments am1 legis ale In accordance with your big' deal of "Social Unselfishness." Please note that'my objection I lot lo ypur analysis of lhe problem o democratic' organization, nor lo th aws which yon lay down as fiiuda but entirely, to "your applies Ion of those laws to present politica methods..'As I see it, the logical ap plication of your principles to th farmers' ..Movement would men 'ThQ O.iieu Do.or 1'olicy" for Iho IJ.F.i The farmers now have a uniiiuu o 30rlunity to lead the democrat 'orces of Canada in a great uggre sivo movemc-nt against the forces I anl sure that in savin thin T am voicing lhe opinions of tho sands of our hest citizens. One bear statements like this on hsu from sympathetic residents ot ou towns and cities: "If the. farme pursue- a broad organization pnllc they will sweep the country in tl ueit Dominion election." But th division into "Occupational Group will dissipate tho democratic'force when they might be unil'ed for effe tire action. .You -advocate7 that -the democralio forces must get togetti somctimej'llien why should'they "ho separate into competing orgauiz lions? Please remember your own wort 'We are facing a crisis in Ihe world ask you, have lhe far- mers a moral right lo disregard the call to serve democracy in the best way they can at this critical lime? Is it any limn to follow the lines of east resistance and organize on the basis of class Interest? Are the sacrl- cimclude that yon had something perfection. He ol- "rirf iv'itiwproventlng tills much discuss _.. -'frOm feeing considered. But it mny, it is known wliile crl itsiu bo tii'af- many of our leaders in. favor'of the yoVsfand rSTt iu n. it. is 'certainly 'not secret that your views t are strongly- opposed by Mr. Crorar, Mr. Jlaharg. Mr. MusselnKin prominent leaders. __, In-what 1 shall, trust will conclude that I ..wish to., do harm to the U-.F.A. or that I am at- tacking you on personal grounds, or for personal reasons. I have no feel- ing but that of friendship for you and Iho highest appreciation of your ability jind character. However, I feet strongly thai you are wrong in holding to the closed door policy, and I consider it my duty lo opposq, not you your conclusion on tills particular question. My only motive In doing so is. tho same, motive which I be- lieve is a reaj passion with you, 1.0 be of service in the cause of the people. And- my great desire is that the members of ihe U.F.A. at the iippronclilng convention may consider this question solely on its merits, and entirely in (lie best interests of the democratic cla.sscs. In your lecture you stale .iiH'ti first began to make progress to- wards there were just two laws, one or which they had to adopl lo guiilH thorn in llieir efforts, the of animal selfishness and the law of social unselfishness." Then you explained the law of animal selfishness was adopted, and say, "Hul our having adopted tbo animnj law. unavoidably adopted tlio animal .mcth'ori. and. all through the upward struggle of hu- manity (lie tap root of all our Voo and misery has been selfishness and (jc-riipetiliont1' At the cloae of your nddresp. after pointing out how the forces of civilization nnd unsclllsh- iiiiss urn increasing, voii described the line-up ot the opposing forces as fol lows: "Tho conflicl. is bclwceii anl- selfishness nnd social unselfish ness; between 'Autocracy ond demo- cracy. The forces of democracy arc just beginning lo gallier. They are ijalbc-rlujj In claas organizations. This kind of urgopf your splen-1 ih for Demo- >t our Job how 'Is; rmtlc 10 th H lecture an, ___ help jtlher Vork ihouldw to shoul- r in laltmU "d li at united: nirlj ot otmradeshlp which lhe trot war u the way. In the inter- ta ol that democracy for which our fty tiouwnd Vanalitns sacrificed elr the1 farmers can will at- rd to iairlte all.who faror policy to join the orcanlu- ous ot MW party and help to de- ver to Canada that which has been ought at treat a price. Trustlnf that you will accept this i the spirit Ti friendliness and good 111, in vrhlch it la meant, Yours very truly H. H. -McKINNEY. PURE FOOD MARKETS WEEK END SPECIALS was an uounced here today thit the Domln- 011 government had taken upon itself I o see (hat Canadians who have served f n Ihe Imperial forces, naval, R.A.F., :tc., aliall julfer no loss through the dciirecialloq .of sterling. Members of hess services., .con now gel through he banks tho. difference duo to ex- change on .all checks, money orders, etc.. presenting pay, allowances, gra- tuity and pensions. It Is also announced that forms are now available lo these men of tho imperial services to bring their gratu- ity up to the amount which would be payable had'th'cir service been in tho C.liF. Thest) forms can be obtained from tlie paymaster-general, Canadian building, Ottawa. -In romo instances this will rnean'as much as 5350 lo Ihe men. STRIKES LOCKOUTS ORDERED TO CEASE Jan. civil gov-' eruor has published :tn order lhat ail Strikes in the eity musl b'ft terminfltnd within three days. The governor says that though tiiese ac-, tions are not illegal, the present situa-' lion ot Spain .will not permit of their guarantees to pro-'. ect itv'es and interests of work- eii and'Spillovers. who .were advised in the early hours of. the governor's inten- inn to issue" tlie onler appeared at! jonstritctiop works at the usual hour !or coinrflencing, but the gates were haye-'pracUfcally been-marking time j 4V because of the division- on the-ques- He called It the tfon'Otmelhod. We are wasting time ,1 nntried theories, insteail of Organization) Is not. democratic In tho ftiilOfit .sense, I U Is UIR only kind thai Is practical at the present time, way of least They resistance. Inking the Hut' as a truly democratic comes to under- sinnd iliesp prnblemR from it.i own it Vr'ill develop an undor- Ktiimiing of them in a broader and more- rtfimocrallc way, and thus all ilrniocriilic class 'organizations -will gradually converge Into a higher anil moro democratic organization.'1 .May wo not with equal truth say the begin lo make pro- ftivss in political organizations, thcro are Just two, laws, one of which they have to adopt, to Kitlde them in their1 nfforls, the law of class selfishness nnd tho law of noclal You lay down tile law Ihni "Organiza- tion fnr Pr-tnrjcracy" muat" bo on the basis of absolute unselfishness aril resort lo clnsi selfishness as ti incarisi of nUnlnlnx your ideal. it seems lo me, you would bo con- lent for the prescr.l to substitute' class fielfishncsft for Individual tctfishneflB. You [Ldmil lhat this kind of organiza- tion Is "Not democratic" nrld not flvlctly according lo tho law of "Social Unselfishness" but "It Is'tho only kind that (H practical at the pres- time." "And yet you say in an- fered iio least, resistance in' arriving at unsejfishness. You say :he jtbat ever liv- ed, the only oVie so fnr na I know, who fully Jaws of life as well as "the false ones, told us cen- turies ago that we would have a demo- cracy developed anfl civilization made perfect by making that democracy a per.'cct institution. .True He did not It a dpmocrac; Kingdom of Hea Kingdom is ever set up, and prayer that Oreat Democrat ever taught us to pray 'Thy Kingdom 'I'hy Will he dono on Earth as il is in ever answered, we will lave a perfect democracy. In another place you say: "We nrast organise the democratic forces liecause we are -facing a crisis in tbo world's development. This crisis U unique. arc now al the parting of tiie ways. One way leads to demo- safety, peace and civilization, niid the oilier leads to absolute ruin. Tho people have gol to face the situa- tion and assume the .responsibility because it the wrong way Is taken they face a future absolutely without hope. Unless wo can reorganize the fabric of civilization, unless wo can grasp tlie- true laws of life and leant how to put them inlo praclical opera- tion, nnlesa wo can rebuild civilization from the foundation up. we face a fu- ture absolutely without hope." Now bear in mind thai the only true law on which we may build la the law of "Social and tho only true ideal Is the "perfect Demo- cmcy" as-likened to the Kingdom of Heaven, and where do we have any place for lhe false law of "Anima" Who else has ever suggested that It is easy to make people good and unselfish according to lhe standard of Ciirisl? It takes great strength, heroism and self sacrl flco to attain to that high iilcal. But according to your view, it Is just as easy for these' class organizations grouped together on the basis of llieir financial interests, lo develop Into a larger democratic organization with unselfish tendencies and purposes, as for water lo run down hill. Uvlng tho Christian life and trying lo reorganize society on lhe basis of the Christian ideal, seems to most of us a good dea ropro like rowing" up stream against a stiff current. Here is your picture "Just as the many streams on th mounifiln aide, etc., sweep out' Int Ibe valley till thoy all find a crmimo' lovel In one great river, and it In turn sweeps on Its way of least reslslanc lilt il finds lhe ullimalo common leve in the sea; so .will all nulls of tru democratic class organizations mov on, taking Iho way of least reslslanc (class Interest) till (hey all find th common level of national democracy unit then' on t'ill tho ultimate commoi [ices of the war to be for nought? >f we cannot expect the farmers to respond to the appeal of social un- selfishness uo'w, just after the great world catacylsai, when may we ex- pect it? Why should we wail "A thousand years" for that which might be achieved now? Tiie' national elec- tion will soon be upon- us and there is no time to lose. You know very your own political arganizera The Dockstader, the minstrel, 'destroyed by fire at ndnn Beach, .X. V. The corpse of his mother, who had died tho night be- fore, hail to ho lowered from a second storey window. i Choice Koasts of Pork at and 32c. per Ib Choice Roasts of Veal at and 2Oc. per Ib Choice Roasts of Mutton at 35c. per Ib The above prices are for No. 1 quality meats. grades. We do not handle the cheaper Experimental Farm New Laid Eggs at 9Oc. per doz. We can sell you Fresh Eggs at per doz. A Limited Quantity of Choice Farmers Dairy Butter at 65c. per pound Ask for Shamrock Brand Hams, Bacon, Lard and Empire's Standard. P. BURNS CO. Limited Dominion Fish and Poultry Market, Phone 545 Main Market, Phone 412 Dominion Market, Phone 1654 leve! Is found in tho placid social se of world wide democracy. It seems -to mo that it remilrcs long, long look into the fntiiro lo b ablo (o BCD n "I'lnclci sea of worlc wide democracy" produced by th Jiinc.iuro of streams of class group each organized lo fight for their ow selfish Intere-sla. A stream does nc rise higher than Us source, nor do lh waters change tbelr quality as they Join lhe river. When you can give us on Instance of selfish Individuals coming together for selfish ends ond forming n group, which will bo nclual- ed by unselfish mollves nnd purposes. we will concede, Hint auiflsh class groups, each organized on the basis of in a practical way with Uie fads and conditions of tlie pre- rRf .All the reactionary forces and 'rotected Interests" will be solidly ncd up against tho new National arty anil nothing would suit thorn etter than to havo us divide into Oceopatfcraal" (or any other hind, of) ro'ups while they gel 'their forces ully-organized and united, tlnrriies- onably the farmers will need all lhe elp Ihey can gel. If we had lime to debate the occupa- onar group theory, I would say Ihat, is Jill right far as it goes. Orant- d that there must be some power to raw people together into groups, in rder that group opinion may form, nd that our occupational interests fford the strongest bond; I should till insist Ibal there are many other itercsls which should have npportii- ilies to draw people logether in roups. In si democracy there should e tho utmost freedom for people lo :roup on the basis of any'Interest or rinclplo which Ihoy may hnve in com- ion. There should certainly be free- cm for grouping on the basis of Similarity of Opinions and I'rln- .Iples" as expressed '.in ..a polilical ilatform. It should .he possible'.-In irovlde'for IMS' without 'continuing he evils of the present party system, 'hero should also bo for .rouping in neighborhoods and dU- ricta on the basis ercsts." Hence it Is clear that group- ng hy occupations is by no means, he only feasible method by which public opinion and public will may 'orm and express itself- Kor is it the highest or hest method. It should lave its opportunity and its place, but so also should tha olhor methods jl inve mentioned. The Important thiilg now is to lead the democratic forces .o victory under our present party system in order be in it nosltlon to make Iho taw's and bring ibont true democr.'itlc can then adopt or discard iiielhods or syslems, from lime lo lime, as Ihey. help or hinder our progress. The beat system will combine Iho good points of all lhe methods mentioned and thus permit the fullest nnd frpesl.oppor- linilly for the common will .to bo form- ed ami expressed In public.action..- If tho occupational group process is the Idea! form for dcraocr.icy, we aro sure lo adopt ft in tiie coursp onr Personally, I thoroughly believe in the "group idea" 'hut' not on the narrow basis ot occupational grouping. After all what Is II but n theory or opinion as to how public, opinion may best form and express-it' self? And who is wise enougli''to' know (lint df'co'verr-1 best method? Let us be charitnhlo and tolerant, and thai people themselves must r.e'ecl their own systems nml melNo'ls as Ihey have nceil for them. Such is (he fundamental principle (if that demo- cracy our organization Is seeking lo promote. Surely Ihis is not a limn lo permit division In our milks over (he best Its financial interests, may gel lo- method of grouping. In harmony EXTRA SPECIAL PRICES FOR JANUARY PRICES IN FURNITURE that you will never see again. If you are in need of any of thesevVery special offers be sure and come early Saturday morning, only one of each piece or suite. Good Furniture is one o' the best investments. People who bought high-class furniture only a year ago, certainly made a good invest- ment, for in this short period factory prices have advanced considerably. It is have to record it, but unprecedented demand, shortage of materials, etc., will make furniture go even higher'in the futiirc than it is today. Fortunately we have been foresighted and .-placed orders well ahead, with, the result that goods now coming in were bought much .below present day prices. It will pay you to buy your furniture right here in Lethbridge for you are assured of good quality, at prices which compare more than favorably with those to be obtained elsewhere....... William and Mary Bedroom Suite I DAVENPORT in Ajncrlcnn black walnut. The sol consists of six pieces: Tied, Dresser, Chiffon- Pressing Chair, iiockor. Knelt piece has ornamental moulding. Th'd'te! Is-KOlli! panel head and foot; dressing table with triple mirror ond large, and two s'mall trinket' drawers. Chiffonier has largo British plate mirror nnd C drawers (1 entra Value' ami long 'service arc' combined In tnis rinite al a moderate prico. Regular Special Ctin bo converted Inlo a full sized bed by'''ono simple movement or ono fold. This has solid oak frame and covered in Imitation leather. This bed is durable and simply constructed. 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