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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - January 21, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE POUR THE LETIBWDGE DAILY HERATv MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1918 fcethbribje I3etalb DAILY AND WEEKLY %.UB? Proprietor* and Publishers THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD PRINT- �� COMPANV. LIMITED *Z3 6th street .South, Lethbrldge W. A. Buchanan President nnd' Managing Director John Torrance - - Business Manager Business Editorial TELEPHONES Office .........s..,. 1252 Office .............. 1224 Subscription Ratea; Dally, delivered, per week......10 Daily, delivered, per year .....$5.00 Daily, by inniJ, per year ......$4.00 Weekly, by mail, per year .....$1.60 Weekly, by mail, per year to U.S..$2.00 Dates of expiry of subscriptions appear daily on address label. Acceptance of papers j.fte expiratitn date is our authority to centlnue the subscription. i THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR Any doubt that the- Kaiser does not maintain his place of supremacy in the minds of those in authority in Germany, is dispelled by the action of the Prussian house of lords in affirming the supreme right of the Kaiser to make war or peace for his people. This is in answer to President Wilson's intimation that the allies will V make peace only" with the German people and not with the militaristic party. Peace negotiations between Russia and Germany are still in progress, but little headway is being made. There is little activity on the war fronts reported. QUEBEC'S EXCUSE ON THE LANGUAGE QUESTION One of the excuses that is oftentimes put forward by our French-Canadian fellow citizens, for Quebec's failure to measure up with the rest of Canada in its participation in the war, is the alleged failure of Ontario to properly treat the French-Canadians in that province on the language question. To us. it is hard to understand any people with a proper appreciation of the war, offering excuses for _ j failure to participate to' the utmost The excuse offered by Quebec is flimsy and based on prejudice and not on fact. Now what are the actual facts? They were so plainly stated the other day by the Toronto Globe that we give its article in full, because we want our people in this section of the Dominion to fully understand the situation. Some good people may have the Idea that the French-Canadian has been badly treated. The truth is that they enjoy rights in Canada that they could not have obtained in the "United States. British rule has given them more privileges than they could have secured in any other country of the world. Her� is the Globe's article, that we spoke of: Are the people of Ontario guilty of "Prusslanism" in insisting that the language of instruction in tha schools f the Province shall be English, and that the only exceptions to this rule �hall be in cases where young children from French-speaking homes have to be taught bilinguaily until they are able to taka instruction in English? Ur. T. L. Bergeron, a member of the Quebec Legislature, speaking at a reception tendered to M. Francois Veuillot, an envoy sent from France to strengthen the sentimental ties between the' people of Quebec and of France, 1b reported having said: ,rWe In French Canada have also made sacrifices. We are facing the Bosche here. He does not fight with the sword, that Is too noble a weapon, but he attempts, by passing despoiling laws, to rob us of our language. We have felt It our duty to combat him with all our force. Insidious attempts have been made to awaken our sympathy for France and thereby divert us from our main duty. God knows It was hard to resist this appeal to our hearts, but we did resist it because it was our duty to do so. We know that if once we consented to become part of the British system of Imperialism the day would come when we would be forced to turn our bayonets even against our brothers of France if the Empire demanded it We must avoid that at any sacrifice."   * If words mean anything Mr. Bergeron and those for whom he speaks are prepared to stand by and see France perish and civilization decay father than take part in the great struggle for the world's liberties and thereby be diverted from their main duty of resisting the English-speaking Bosche of Canada. What does Mr Bergeron mean when he says that an attempt is being made to rob French-speaking Canadians of their language' Is there any truth in the charge? Are the Engl"sh-speaking majority in Canada trying to cram their language down the throats of the French-speak lag population as Prussia trieB to cram the German language down the throats of the people of Posen. The truth is so much in the opposite direction as to make Mr. Bergeron'* charges ludicrous were there not in them the elements of a great racial misunderstand ng. The French lang uage is supreme in the Province of Quebec, It is English that, despitn ' certain legal safeguards, is on suf-france there. The chief cause of any Station there may be in the Province I of Quebec over the language question is due to the objection of Irish Catholics to the Insufficient teaching of English in the Roman Catholic schools of the Province. Tho Irish nro not numerous enough in most localities to maintain English Catholic schools, and their children have to tnfco what crumbs they can get of English instruction in* the schools open to them. Tho language question in Ontario also is, in its essence, an issue between Irish Catholics and French Catholics over tho control of the schools common to both. The Government of Ontario ami the English-speak'.ng Protestant majority have been dragged into the dispute much against their will. It began many years ago. when the overflow of French-speaking people from Quebec began to take up land and man industries in Eastern Ontario. It was accentuated by tho struggle between English-speaking and French-speaking elements in the University o Ottawa for the control of that school of learning. Discussing this phase of the Nationalist movement, The Catholic Record, in its issue of December 15th, says that the University- "was founded and brought to a flourishing condition by scholarly and apostolic priests-members of a religious order from France. French-Canadian nationalism drove these learned Frenchmen out of the College, and in many instances back to France, as relentlessly as later on it drove out the English-speaking members of the staff and all who sympathized with them." The present Roman Catholic Bishop of London. Mgr. Fallon, was one of the English-speaking protagonists in the Ottawa University conflict. It was because of his experiences at that time, and his knowledge after he became Bishop oi London, that English was not being sufficiently taught in the church schools of the French-Canadian districts of Essex in his own diocese that he raised the bilingual issue by a remonstrance that has become historic. Le Canada recently printed an exceedingly bitter editorial attack on Bishop Fallon in connection with his letter declaring for Union Government as an instrument for bringing the Military Service Act into operation. In that article Le Canada declared that "he, a Catholic Bishop, has allied himself with the worst enemies of religion-with the Orange fanatics. To satisfy the hatred he bears the French tongue and all that is French he lent his aid and support to a persecuting GovernmenL More than that, it was at his instigation, at h?s pressing request, that the Ontario Government adopted the nefarious Regulation Seventeen."    The Globe does not propose to judge between Le Canada and Bishop Fallon, or to probe into the cause of the intense feeling that exists in Ottawa and elsewhere between the Irish and the French-speaking Catholics. The dispute is clearly one regarding language teaching, because in the matter of faith and morals both Irish and French-Canadians are obedient to and accept the counsel of the supreme authority of their church. When the matters at Issue were brought before the Government and the Legislature of Ontario It became necessary that the position of the Provincial authorities should be stated clearly, and that regulations should be framed to carry out the decision of the Legislature. No one asserts that Regulation Seventeen Is perfect or that It cannot be changed if after an honest effort to carry out its provisions it is found to require amendment; But behind Regulation Seventeen there is the unalterable will of the English-speaking people of Ontario-Liberals as well as Conservatives, Catholics as well as Protestants-that every child passing through the schools of the Province shall receive an education in English which will fit that child to take up the duties of life unhandicapped by lack ot a reasonable efficiency in reading and writing the tongue almost universally used on this continent.  �  Ontario is not officially bilingual and it is not going to be. English is the language of instruction in the schools under Provincial jurisdiction. Any departure from English is a matter not of right, but of grace. The attempt to pet up a claim to French teaching as a matter of right will not succeed. There is nothing in the fundamental law of Canada, either before or after Confederation, upon which Buch a claim can be based justlv. There is no desire on the part of the people whom Mr. Bergeron insults by calling them Bosches to prescribe the teaching of French, especially where it is necessary as the language of instruction for children who know no other when they arrive at school age. But we shall not consent to the introduction into th>� Province of State-aided schools in which French language and literature form the chief subjects of study to the exclusion of the language of nine-tenths of the people The waves of Quebec Nationalism will dash themselves in vain against the adamant resolution of the citizens of Ontario to retain English as the sole official language of the Province in its schools, .its courts, and its Legislature. Annual Reports Submitted Show Splendid Work Done Dur- ing Year Maclecd, gregational of High River, died suddenly. Van Winkle, of Cardston, is a (t'oKTiNUEn rnosj Fhont Pauk- $3,000,000 barge company is being: floated in Albany to utilize the nland waterways of New York state. W. R. West, ret'r'ng president of the Edmonton Exhibition, was presented with a gold watch in appreciation of his services. Commodore Res'nald Y. Tyrwh'tt has been appointed acting rear admiral. His appointment, it is said, was over many older men. of the Daily News says, had nothing; Senator Kenyon,..!of Iowa, advocates of the character of a serious meeting a Coalition War Cabinet in the United Baptists in the middle American States plan to raise a million-dollar war fund. r � Miss Nellie Schwartz, secretary of Now York State Committee of Women in Industry, opposes tho employment of girls under twenty-one as messengers. Robert Groves, superintendent of the Sunday school and former church warden at St. l^uKe's. burnt Kiver, has been killed in action nt the front,i He was a stretcher-bearer. Declaring that c?vic luxury was a crime against a boy in the trenches. M,ayor C. R. Somervllle, of Loudon, urged that practically no expenditure be made on capital account. Hydro lines gangs were sent out at London, Out., to chop down shade trees about the streets, in order that those who avo without fuel may be spared from the consequences. Peterboro council will request the Fuel Controller for Canada to give authority to requisition coal from consumers or others for the use of those in need. An appeal made on behalf of H. P. Folger, son of Howard S. Folger, American Vice-Consul at Kingston, for exemption from military service, has buen disallowed. Aldermen elected at Victoria, B.C., were: R. J. Porter, A. J. Cameron, G. H. Sangster, A. Pedqn, J. Patrick, W. Walker, W. F. Fullcrton, R. Dinsdale and E. B. Andros. President Wilson's meaning when urging the "removal of economic harriers" is explained by Washington not to mean free trade, but rather the elimination of preferential tariffs. W. F. O'Connor. K.C, the general returning oulcer, asserts that reports of names of Opposition candl-dates hav'ng been omitted from tha official lists sent overseas are erron-1 eous. 1 T. A. Austin. John Bell, J. A. Mac-Donald, Harold Selous, Dr. W. O. Rose and John Burns were elected aldermen at Nelson. J. F. Hume and T. D.'Stark were elected poLce commissioners. Will Have Competent Physical Instructor Curling petitions Com fFrom Our Own Corrosnontlrm > Tabor, Jan. 20.-A union meeting of nil the boys 'teen ngo classes in Tabor was. held on Tuesday evening, when ft was decided to form one organization for carrying on the midweek activities of the C. S. 13. T. course. Tho following officers were elected for three months: President, ,7oo. Franklin; Vice-Presidont, Chester Spears; Secretary-Treasurer, Ronald Trusswell. The new organization fs fortunate in securing as its athletic trainer. Mr. Leo Brooks, formerly assistant physical instructor in the Y. M. C. A. at Los Angeles. At the next meeting of the class the Rev. Frederick Taylor will give a talk on "A Great Cathedral" and the following week the class will hoar Mr. E. It. Forster of Leth bridge on "The Effects of Alcohol and Tobacco on a Growing Boy." A Forum A Forum for Taber is under way. A preliminary meeting was held Thursday evening to discuss the matter. A second meeting was arranged for next Thursday evening in the Union Club room to perfect the organization. On Fr day evening a men's supper and Bocial was held in Knox Church and was largely attended by the men of the congregation. Mr. Blennor-Has-sett was the toast master and chairman for the evening. After an ample supper toasts were drunk to the king and the men of the Honor Roll. Short, interesting addresses were then glv-on by Constable Henderson, Lieutenant Sneddon and Captain Leech, the guests of honor for the evening. Brief speeches were also made by Inspector Morgan, Principal Lynd, Mr. R. Anderson and Rev. A. C. Bryan. Two or'g-lnal poems were recited by Mr. Jardine whle Mr. Leo Brooks gave an exhibition of crayon sketching. Mr. Ed. was appointed chairman of ilttee to arrange for the next has Just returned from Fornle, covered with glory, having carried off the Walker cup and taken four prises In (wo other competitions. Mr. and Mrs. Jf. T. WJllard returned on Friday from Camrose, where they had been In attendance at the sickbed of Mrs. Glenn, a sister of Mrs. Wll-lard. After a prolonged illness, during which nt one time there seemed every prospect of recovery, Mrs. Glenn passed away last Tuosday. The body was conveyed east for interment by the husband and father of the deceased lady. Mr. Andy Rowley Is suffering nt present from two fractured ribs, sustained through a fall. The Rev. Hugh Matheson of Ray-mom! was a visitor at tho manse tho first part of lust weok and on Wednesday addressed tho Progressive Bible. CTnss at its regular meeting, 1 On Thursday evening some of tho lady friends of Miss Olive Williams surprised her at tho home of Mrs. Trusswol) w'th a shower of silver, china and linen. Music and refreshments followed and a dePghtful evening was spent. Miss Williams Is a moraher of the post office staff and has filled her present position for a number of years with fidelity, courtesy and efficiency. She ha* made many friends while In Taber, and those all join In wishing hor a long, Jiappy and prosperous life in tho new sphere into which she is graduating. Wildman the come supper. Curlin I Curling Events. for the Ewing Sh'old is in full^swing. Some of the rinks have been badly crippled by tho exodus of players to the Fernfe bonspfel but all have managed to carry on. A local rink skipped by Mr. Thos. Henderson BE IN EXPOSITION Ottawa, Jan. 1!).-Mr. John A. Stewart, of New York, who is connected with the organization of the proposed permanent international industrial exhibition of New York, yesterday morning explained to the Canadian Press Limited, that the purpose of his visit to Canada Is to invite this country to participate in the proposed exposition on a footing of equality with the Americans. "Our purpose is to Invite Canadian goVernmont, federal or provincial, and Canadian corporations and.individuals to come into this enterprise on the same footing as our own people. There Is an opening here tor better com mere- -ial acquaintance between the two portions of this hemisphere, and In this movement we desire your coun-, try to be represented." A number of members of the American Red Cross have taken legal steps to prevent the organization from spending $100,000 for vivisection research in Franco. i i 4 I The board of trade is right In protesting against anything that will harass the farmers who come to the city in their automobiles. The city wants them to come. If those auto drivers who are reckless in tl eir driving would use a little more common sense there would be little n�ed for traffic bylaw*. INCREASED TAXATION IN PRUSSIA Amsterdam, Jan. IS.-In introducing the budget in the Prussian diet Wednesday, Finance Minister I-lermet announced the necessity for increased taxation, but expressed confidence of Germany's ability to hoid out economically. ARRIVED SAFELY Quebec. Jan. 10.--Tlie Quebec steamer Gaspeaieu, which had not been heard of n nearly a fortnight, was reported as arriving safely tod-iy at Pictou, N. S,. after a utruggle with the ice in the Gulf of S'.. Lawren-e. All were well ou board, thf1 hy the government to superintendent, the relief and re* Halifax. Grand i for a Hurry up and get your ticket from Next of Kin, I. 0. D. E. and Veterans or Phone 372. buIldliiK of 3 sions. Article 2 declares as abrogated the right of proprietorship of land, which is declared to be the property of the state. In the same article the principle of obligatory work for all is laid down, and the arming of the working classes, the disarming of the leisure clabsea, the organization of the Red Socialists and the arming of the workmen and peasants are announced. Article 3 approves the polioy of the �workmen's and soldiers' delegates for a democratic peace and approves the decree repudiating all Russian loans. Article -1 says: There having been an election on the people had tcgun to organize a social society, the constituent assem-ly. considers that it can in no way oppose the power of the workmen's and soldiers' government. At the nTost crtical stage of the declaive struggle of the people against those who have exploited them, the latter can find no place in the governing body. Tho power must lie exclusively In the hands of the working classes, and their representatives, the'Sovietes." i coal famine and many more ser'ous and lasting ills, so Dr. Jamea W. Inches, health officer, has told Fuel Administrator Edgar B. Whltcomb at Detroit. Because of thia improperly clad multitude, nearly all homes and practically all store and office build-ings are very much overheated, wh ch, not alone impairs tho general health of the community but causes many thousands of tons of coal to bo burned As Executor of John F. Ron Estate, the Undersigned offer for ale, above Ranch, comprising IfiOO freehold property, 7 miles North of Lundbreek, Alberta. Property all fenced and crotsfenced, well watered by Cow Creek which runs three miles on place, 60 acres In Timothy, 80 in Western Rye Grass, 20 In Alfalfa, 140 acres. 140 sores plowed ready for crop. Forest Reserve close to Ranch, where practically free paaturage can be secured. Large 8 room stone house, with bathroom and furnace. Large barn for 14 head of horses, harness room, chicken house, wagon shed, completely equipped for handling of cattle, including cage cement dipping vat; specially constructed sheds and corrals for wintering calves, land all level, telephone in house. Complete line of farm machinery, about 250 head cattle and 25 head horses. To be Bold as going concern. FOR PRICE AND TERMS APPLY TO The Trusts & Guarantee Company Limited CALGARY AND LETHBRIOGE, ALBERTA 0-6 7453 ;