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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - January 19, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, THE LETIIBRIDC.i: DAILY ITER A Lb fAI'.filJiMWJ..""1. n mi h>^m^w^ ANNUAL REPORT OF PRES. MARNOCH, LETHBRIDGE BOARD OF T PAGE N1NB ADE out by Mr. J. 11. Grande, Di reel or of the Farms, and his stuff of soienlifie'assistants. r Farmers throughout this part of Alberta appreciate the demonstrations in imiM.urn( work Unit are being carried on by the enterprising ami painstaking farmers .who cultivate illustration stations on purl of their own land, Under a:*:, arrangement with (ho Dominion Department of Agriculture, supervised by Mr. -I. K. Irwin, i hoe farmers carry oat special work designed, to demonstrate improvements in Tanning nrmlhods on fifty acre areas on their' farms. A list of their names and addresses is given on auolher pa^r in this report*. Tufa: am> Fruit CiM/ruuK ( The demamL-Ahut rt't"/i: made during (he year on ihe Mitchell Nurseries at Coahlfde, twelve miles from 1jeth bridge, for trees shrubs and small fruit plants give evidence that farmers' households are impro\ing their home surroundings and adding to Govojaagtf has been charged with a mandate 10 win ihe Avar: | we m-�$ *lu ilie war or perish: but; someone has -aid it is ">ssiW*|rlf> ooth. Perhaps this is the unuttered feeding at the �aok of the mhul of those of "our (Vixens who take thought )"/� I he.morrow, and who hope for such guidance from the otmirv's loaders as shall enable Canada t" ^'i. her house in rdi-'i* for what is to come after the war. ; Ckkmts The tendency during' the last year or two has been perhaps rather U"> reduce the amounts out on loan on farm mortgage's in this district; hut there is still considerable business being done by mortgage companies in lending to farmers who are opening additional acreage, increasing their livestock and improving their'homes. The farm, mortgage plan proposed by the"Alberta Government lias wisely been left in abeyance until it is seen what course the price of money settles down to after the war; it may be expected then that the present movement to utilize more of our excellent farming land will be greatly accelerated, and that there will he considerable, demand for money hvaid in development. In V------ engaged in such business appear to I ,, .. -.............., for mortgage money, at the rate of eight per cent, and in some eases at slightly less than that rate througrT the Province in the same wav that the "countv agents'" do in the Cnited Slates. -This work should be greatly extended, and special attention should be devoted to the formation of Bovs' and Girlsv Varm Clubs. Such work as this is greatIV needed in this district. Auu;rta Aokicultujut. College j The work of these schools is carried forward by \\u\ four' year winter courses provided at the University of Alberta for students who desire to extend their studies. We shall presently have jn Alberta a Jarge number of skilled agriculturists working 11 on the laud Trim have had 11k1 advantage of receiving their "'training on our own farms and in our own schools and colleges, I hiring the vear we were visited hv Dr. A. I>. McCallum. 'hainnan of the Research Council of Canada, and he made a general survev of the coal mining and industrial activities of ibis district. Many most useful opportunities for service hy our -eienlil'ie men lie open, and the general public has been too lit Ik? alert in (lie encouragement that should be given to research work. It has been well said that there are some men who work at enlarging the boundaries of knowledge, and others who apply that knowledge to useful ends. As most of us are engaged ii. the useful ends, we are too apt to forget, what we owe to the men of science,, and to overlook the fact that we must support ihein in. their further endeavors for our advancement. Davmo'jjt Savixo Xo progress has been made in the matter of daylight ,-aving. We invented a timepiece to divide the hours of daylight into Maied periods; Jnd we now let the clock rule us instead of the sun. !�vcn in these times when economy is the final watchword we burn artificial light; when by a little rearrangement of our working and playing hours wo might use daylight in--.1 end. Joint Cow mitt we op Commkrck and Agriculture The Joint Committee, consisting of twenty-five farmers from the Boards of the farmers' organizations of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and twenty-five representative business men in Western Canada bad only one short, meeiing during this year. At the instance largely of Mr. V. C. Brown, of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, the Joint Coin-mil tee sponsored a scries of interesting discussions regarding ihe conduct of wholesale and retail business in Western Canada which have proved very beneficial in directing pointed attention to inanv features of western business to Avhieh too little attorn-tiou had been paid during the busy years of expansion and development. There has boon a general recognition that business eannot he contimtouslv carried on unless the fullest service is being rendered, and at the lowest possible cost: and a stock-inking of the general position has to be made from time to time to take cognition of abuses that may have arisen, so that these may he" removed.There are two such abuses that are prominent ; the first, the granting and maintaining of credit by merchandisimr houses which had been so loosely extended that it had become a menace to sound business: the second, the gross misuse of facilities for delivering retailing purchases in our cities.- Circumstances have favored a curtailment of credit, and cash and. short flate payments by retailers to wholesalers are being encouraged by the granting of cash discounts; while the general shortage of labor and the need for making the best use of -what we have is being brought home in its national sense to housekeepers, and causing them to he more thoughtful in rclicving-the retailer of part of the heavy charges for delivery which are caused simply by a lack of understanding'of the fact that each separate delivery really costs labor and money. More might still be done in this matter if retail merchants would get together and plan out joint deliveries,, or if enterprising'persons would take (his up as a separate business. i Canada's Victory Loan _r J. p. OLIVER, Secretary. Klectetl by Acclamation for a Second Term. - -\ the navv: making a total of -_.*..s!h * ft Casualties from among these number 1 O.'i killed; l.V* wounded and o missing. The ?0th. jj!)ih. 01m and ;sih Bnliene, of Canadian Field Arlillerv were recruited entirelv in Leihbridgo. We are proud of the fact that one of our leading citizens who was in command 1 of the 'iOtii Battery. Canadian Artilh-rv, Lelhbridue. Brigadier-ficncral J. S. Stewart. D.S.O.. has won distinguished honor at the front. \U:r\ iixki) Soum:us The response by Lethbridge and the surrounding districts to the call of the Minister of Finance for subscriptions to the Victory Loan was excellent, and reflected great credit on the manv willing workers who volunteered their service? in tret ting and who will be thoroughly familiar with the full possibilities of applications for the loan. Mr. S. J. Shepherd was honorary our soil and climate. chairman for Lethbridge. The citizens of Lethbridge subscribed $708,150. and the number of subscribers was 2,47th so that one in every ;1.S0 of the population subscribed. From the districts within fifteen to twentv miles of the citv 540 subscrip-tions were received for $2(55,150. It is remarkable that in the area in which" the Government lent some three and a half million dollars for relief and seed grain to newly arrived settlers who were unable to finance them- Some attention has already been paid to the teaching of rural economics at the agricultural schools and The district from which the. Lethbridiie lira noli of the * J Canadian Patriotic-Fund makes collections is very small, extending only a short distance beyond the City limits. From this district the actual cash collected since the Fund was started soon after the beginning of the War up till the end of December, 11)17, was $91,154.20. ' The amount assigned to this Branch for oolievrion in 1916-17 was $30,000. The'amount actually collected was over $38,000. By reason of the fact that the Albert-1 Government has undertaken h) contribute $SUK>.000 toward- the requirements of the Fund in this Province, the. local organization has decided to discontinue, at least for the prcsem. active campaigning for Subscriptions. The recommendations a.> to allowances io the wives and families of the men who went from Ijethbridge has been in the hands of an Advisory and Consulting Committee presided over by Mrs. Frank Colpnvun. iti-;i> Cia>ss Wciik During the vear the Lethbridge lb-am ii of the Canadian Red Cross Society collected the sum of $ 15.000.00 which was used in purchasing material for Red Cross Supplies made up by the ladies engaged in that work, and in donations of money paid to the Provincial Branch of the I.od Cross Sociotv for ire n era I Red Cross work. Impkktal Oiuiki: ok 'nit: Da ro n tk.i's or Tit k Em pi ims The ladies of the Sir Alexander Gait Chapter and the Major Jack Ross Chapter have been untiring in their many and varied patriotic efforts during the year, and they have evinced the keenest interest in the welfare of our men at the front in iho hospitals, and on tT.eir return here. I in those *mmc areas were able in .1917 to lend iust about that 4 i amount to the Government of. Canada. PART XI.-Board of Trade Women's Civic Cara The Women's Civic Club of the Lethbridge Board of Trade give willing assistance and Iheir services were greatly appreciated at the time of the Water Conference. Our men overseas were not. forgotten by them at: Christmas time. Boaui) or Tit a in-: MEKtrjfos The Agitic"cltunah Fam von 1018 to be n. the Arrangements are now well in hand for what promises an excellent exhibition of farm produce alid live stock ;....... Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds in 3 !)!/' Mr. D. McC. -Moon; has been appointed manager, and he is assisted by directors representing ihe fanning and civic and business interests of Lethbridge. Raymond and Magrath and the surn>undinr, ....... try. Mr. \V. 1L Fairfield is president of the Exhibition Hoard. it conn- PART IX.-General The .Nation's Business . Your president had the honor to carry out the duties of vice-chairman for Southern Alberta for the Victory Loan, and he was occupied in this work for over two months. Cuatauqua It is perhaps not generally known outside of this district that the many Chautauquas which we re enjoyed h> thousands of people on the prairies this year would not have made their appearance here but for the encouragement given in Lethbridge. which was the first place in Western Canada to enter into an engagement for a Chautauqua at the instance of Mr. S. S. Dunham and several other of our citizens. This institution bids fair to occupy a permanent place in the social life of the country, providing' as if does a course of intellectual entct+ninmenl and music. Good Roads I, i ,i v ~ * ; i +1 , v t i n \ olof early closing and shop hours as i It has recent lv been stated that a pohev Jor better roads will ,  � . , * ' shortly be arranged for by the Alberta Government. This is ' " well, because there is great room for improvement in the roads i " " i p current; business of the Board of Trade was transacted at the weekly Thursdav luncheon until the end of June: but since that time a suitable meeting place for a midday luncheon has not been available, and the business has been transacted at evening meetings. From the middle ol' October to the end of December vour president was vice-chairman for Southern Alberta for the Victory Loan Campaign, and \our secretary represented the militarv authorities under thn IMiliiarv Service Act" in Leth- t ft bridge. "  Meetings of wholesalers, retailers and bankers were held to discuss the various proceedings carried on under ttie auspices of ihe Joint Committee of Commerce and Agriculture. The Wholesale Section also held meetings to consider freight rate questions and by the .Retail Section to consider the question �equired under the Alberta ic meantime the companies e able to supply the demand i PART VIII.-Agricultural Education -i � �> * Dominion Expehnrkntal Fatiai at LETnimmoE .It is gratifying to note that our farmers are availing themselves more and more of the great fund of knowledge regarding farming operations in this district that Mr. W. H. Fnirfieh! has developed during (he last, ten or twelve years by practice and experiment at the experimental station, two miles froni Lethbridge. Three speoialYailway excursions were run to the Farm during the summer, and many hundreds of farmers with their wives and families were enabled lo spend a. whole day in looking over the Farm and consulting with Mr. Fairfield and his assistants, . 4 It would be well if farmers would make still greater use of (lie assistance that is provided for them in this direction by the -Dominion Government, in placing before them by practical demonstration the results of most valuable research work carried mproyeinent that the farmer hauls his produce to the market on. It is curious how tlie ordinary mind seems to be content in thinking that when the bad spot in the road or the defective bridge is It ir- eonfidcutly hoped that under the admimslrafion of a onee Pflssed o^.'that ends tlie matter. Union Government, in Canada some forward steps will be taken if the axle of a man's aufo is broken in crossing a rotten in the matter of colonization and immigration. It is plain that tudvert, why, the axle is broken: seldom indeed does he think ' of putting up a sign post to warn the next comer. ]f a mud hole develops in front of a farmers house, the farmer gets out his horses and hauls out the vehicles that get stuck; but. nobody thinks of putting a warning notice at the end of the njjad. There is loo much community indifference in these matters, and too little appreciation ol! the money value of good and we\l kept roads. ownership of non-residents. On the other side, about'ooO,000; . r^no Lethbridge Automobile Club was formed during "IJ) 17. acres of farming land occupied hy a handful of Blood Indians, j^ naR 11 large membership, whose land is leased to cattle misers for ranjre. It will be noor .TTTZTTI ~ HI PART X.-The War YonuxTAKY Enlistment in Limwuuiwr-: The comparatively small number of men drafted from Leth- shortage of capital will preclude further railway building info unoccupied territories, and that the nation's business lies now in the further development of lands already reasonably supplied with railway facilities. Looking araind the Lethbridge district there is on one side about six hundred square miles of good fariumg country along the railway line between .Lethbridge and Foremost with very few occupants, the land being in the business for Canada to leave lauds unsettled that are so we equipped wilb railway facilities; and while those remain unoccupied settlement should be directed there so that the present ca|>ifal uthtyN iii railways and in town and city development bridge under the Military Service Act indicates that practically shall be made use ol. aR of our citizens who were available had already .volunteered. The comparative cheapness of our fertile western lands is (he great attraction io incoming farmers; but that comfortable allurement must be hacked by evidence of substantial inducements in the shape of reasonable prices for farm machinery and equipment and household supplies,-as 'well as in facilities for the jnarketing and transportation of farm produce. The Union| A census taken by the city authorities at the end of 101G showed the population to be 12,145 ; ami the voluntary enlistments from among our citizens totalled 2,0.15. Of the men recruited at Lellibridge, 16815 joined infantry battalions; 078 went into the artillery; 3 60 to mounted units; 17*3 to engineering corps; 05 to army medical service; 17 to a via ton corps; and 45 joined Tin; Board of Trade now has a membership of 217. The: subscriptions for 3017 provided Mtlficient funds for the total expenditures for the year,.Avhich amounted to $2,435, and a debit balance which had been carried forward front the year 191'i was wiped oul, OuiTUAia" During the year three of our members were killed on active service. Major A. T>. Stafford of the 39th Battery, C.F.A., spent the greater part of his life in Lethbridge, and was one of our most respcete8?eitizens; he gave excellent advice as a Trustee of the Lethbridge Live Stock Guarantors. Major Alvin Ripley, of the :30th Battery, C.F.A., was postmaster here and he was an old resident of Lethbridge, also Private H. T. Henderson, of the 83ml Battalion, who Avas a son of the late Mayor Henderson, of this city. Our community can ill afford to lose such''men as 111 esc. Mr. A. M. Marshall, manager of the^lacdonald Co., died in June, and his loss was greatly regretted. Thanks ~ Your President desires, io record his special thanks to Mr. II. T. Brymner, vice-president, and the chairmen of the various sections for their loyal support in carrying out the various activities of the Board of Trade. ' V r Bespectfutly submitted hy * (L 1L Maunouh. President. Presented and adopted at* the Annual Meeting of the Letili? bridge Board of Trade, January 18th, 11)18. \ ;