Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 29, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta
PRINTING' CO.; LTD. MoMffing Director and Editor. L_:_L_ _ '-SUBSCRIPTION: In AdVanoe ll.SO a year taiherwiae ' - 2.00� rear ADVERTISING Month ei.oo Per In oil POORCY INFORMED LEADER Leader Robertson ol the biped opposition in this Alberta legislature, to delight in hitting the gov eminent in the spots where it can l� most easily defended^ His speech criticising the failure ol the speech torn the throne to allude to the agri cultural interests, was inopportune. It proved that he was living in ignorance, that he was not keeping in touch with affairs in the province Premier Rutherford had an easy time anth ha opponent's speech. All he had to do was to tell of the seed judging echoob, the seed fairs, the travelling dairy-, the government creameries and the poultry fattening atationa to prove that the farmers pf Alberts were receiving the best attention of the government. But the fanners interests are being guarded . bf other departments than that of agriculture. The government telephone system with its rural lines, will be of the greatest value to the farming, community. The construction of roads and bridges appeals more to the farmer than any other class of the community. The formation of district courts lessens the cost of litigation and the farmer like other classes in the province, has to go to law occasionally, and the less the op tration costs the better pleased he will be. The extension of thj educational system in the rural' districts is a blessing to the farmer who has children he is anxious to educate. The.government is extending the system rapidly and is trying to reduce the coet to the farmers and others by taxing the big land holdeis and railroads to pay for the establishment of new schools. | No mutter where Mr. Robertson may turn-if he has his eyes open-he. will find the Alberta government actively engaged in framing legislation and adopting measures helpful to the great and growing agricultural i \Iass of his province. The Alberta I Farmers' Association, u representative body of men engaged in agriculture, at a meeting a little over a week ago, paid tribute to the attention the provincial government was paying to the agricultural interests and their testimony is more valuable than that of the opposition leader, who finds it difficult to discover any Jlaws in the government policy, and bits out "knowing not of what he spoaketh." A far more resourceful leader will be required to put any bruises in the armor of the Rutherford government. A PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY Dr. H. M. Tory, the newly appointed principal of the university of Alberta, in an excellent address before the school trustees convention at Calgary, spoko on the relation of the schools to tlio university. He pointed out that the work or organizing a system of eduueation for a flew province was the work of experts, and the university was the top of the school system. He drew a distinction between the old aristocratic schools and the modern schools to today. Only the sons of gentlemen, as then understood, were supposed to benefit by these aristocratic schools^ but the modern school is founded' on the principle that all men are born froc and equal. The modern s'chol goes right at the root of the body politic, and strives to influence it: The system of education in Canada recognises the fact that every man should be given the largest opportunity to enjoy the greatest amount of happiness. The so-called upper classes are not necessarily the intellectual classes. In the United States over one-half of the natural geniuses have come from the poorer classes, and in Canada, the proportion has been 75 per cent. More material progress has been made during the past 100 years than in all the centuries which proceeded it, and the schools have felt the impetus of this progress moro than any thing else. Old methods have passed away and bjen succeeded by newer and better methods. If modern schools have felt the. impetus of this progress, so has the university to, perhaps a great extent. The time was when the sons ol poor nieu were not welcomed in the universities, unless they were natural prodigies. The university was considered tov be only for the sous of the rich and cultured. The idea of national universities originated in Germany, and 1ms reached its highest development in the United States and Canada. The aim of the scheme is to place the opportunity for higher education at the doors of all who have the. capacity to receive it. In this movemuut it is the common people who have received the greatest benefit. Some people think that the money put into a university should be spent in the public schools. The aim of the university is to so relate itself with the schools that whenever and wherever there is natural talent, to the opportunity for development. There is also objection in some quarters to bringing in outbids men to fill high positions, but he considered that ability should be utilized wherever it is found. So far as he has anything to do with the university he would iise every effort to make its influence felt' in the individual life of the province. If the university plan were devised for any particular class, the people would be justified ia refusing, to support it. The schools and the university must directly react on each other. the , moment ia a new Ing noed o( a.-hool. Another feature of the report is the rapid advance in the enrollment in tho W'vstininstcr School. This means that tho North Ward is becoming populated more rapidly than most j:eo pie imagine and the day is not far distant when tho West in ins tor School will need .to be enlarged. A PROVINCIAL REFORMATORY The Alhenta government is to be comrneRded for the promptitude with which it has taken in hand the catab lishment of an Industrial School for Hoys, or probably more plainly, Roforniotory, in the province. Such an institution is needed, for every day or so, boys of tender years appear in court on serious charges and the only recourse is to committ them to jail to he surrounded and contaminated by the older and hardened prisoners. A reformatory will have an (uplifting effect on the boy at leant it should have. Through it, he will be enabled to look at life anew, and to prepare himself for a trade. He will not be marked with the evil teachings of the worst of tho criminal class, as would be the caso in a jail but he will be brought into contact with good teachers, whose object will be to frame his life anew. Hon. Mr. Cross is to be commended for the activity and interest be has' shown in this matter. KINO'S COUNSEL A lawyer should not be created a King's Counsol unless he is eminent in the profession. In Ontario over 5100 lawyers have been made K. C.'s They are men of mediocre ability and are chosen solely because they were supporters of the Whitney Government. A Liberal government in Ontario a low years ago did practically the same thing, so one party in that province is as bad as the other in this respect. - A counsel for the King is a position of honor. It is not to be distributed to every Tom, Dick and Harry of a lawyer. Only men of brilliancy and success in the profes-siou of law should be given the honor. So far the Alberta Government has been wise in its selections. It is to Iks hoped it will not allow partisanship to l>e the paramount consideration in the appointment of K. C.'s. If it does H will make itself and the Kings Counsel business absolutely ridiculous. In Alberta now "K. C." signifies thait the man wearing it is an able man, prominent in his profes sion, but in Ontario it counts for about us much as a fence viewer in a country township. m English and a French one, but that the only ideal should be to weld the two into one, so far as citiaenahip was concerned. Senator Dandurand told his hearers that the more the English-Canadian knew their Freeh speaking fellow countrymen, the more they would find that they had the same ideals in national and provincial politics; ' In an interview on his way to Edmonton to assume the principalship of the Alberta university. Dr. H. M. Tory said: "I am hoping'to find that the university is to have the support and co-operation of all parts of the province. I am,'of course, aware that a difference of opinion has existed as to its location, but hope that no remnant., of feeling on that question will be allowed to influence the attitude of any section of the people in regard to the university itself. The uniiversity will belong to the province and the educational standing of the province will be bound up in its efficiency and'its success. I feel sure th'at the broadness of outlook so characteristic of Western communities will unite' the people bf Alberta in the endeavor to make the provincial university an institution which will be not only a great factor in its ntellectual life but a credit to it in the eyes, of the .world." bridge ia the ideal industrial center of Alberta. Our central location, easily accessible markets, and cheap fuel should olihoh things. . The quietness and lack of intere#t which surrounded the trial of the Chinamen yesterday was in marked contrast to the riot of Christmas night. The victory of the Liberals in the South Huron bye-ekction is proof that the government is gaining power in Ontario. That riding has been debatable ground during the past few years though it an one time waa the pocket borough of that old honest old Scotch . Liberal. John McMillan. Staustcad, in the eastern townships of Quebec waa represented for many years by that staunch national policy Conservative, Hon. C. C. Colby. During the past two Parliaments, it has had a Liberal aa its member. The Liberals have retained it and the party at Ottawa should be encouraged with the result of these bye-elections. A VERDICT F0RJ2500 Ghren Geo. S. Gibson of Taber Against Reliance Co. THE JUDGE'S CHARGE Ilk VUtm-i that ik Csl� Witt (Fram Saturday's Daily.) It is often the case t'iat an unimportant matter such as the erection of a two-plank sidewalk causes more debate than on important matter upon which, thousands of dollars are to be spent. The discussion at Monday night's meeting of the City Council was evidence of that fact. Hon. Mr. Lemieux evidently thinks that a Jap's word is as good as his bond. Time will tell. The Provincial Government ought not to delay in the location of a Land's Title:. office here. The Associated Boards of Trade put up an unanswerably, argument in favor of such an office for Southern Alberta and pronounced Lethbridgo as the right place for it. . OUR POINT OF VIEW A VALUABLE ORGANIZATION The -newly formed Associated Kf-ords of Trade of Southern Alberta should lie of inestimable value to the oniuinnities in this district. As a medium for presenting to the Provincial and Dominion . govern-' ments, the railroads and other corporations, the requirements -ii.i! grievances of "the towns and �i"1!qs within its scope, it will certainly possess influence. Its actions s� those of representative business men, will voice the views of those interested in the welfare of the southern country and the governments and corporations must acknowledge them as- the voice of the people. | The convention was a decided success-a greater success than had been anticipated. it was representative of the (.'iitire south and the matters niscuBsed and acted upon were of vital interest to the south country as a whole. The question of freight- rates en coal is not a matter peculiarly affecting Taber, though the Board of Trade of that town brought the matter up. It touches the life of all the coal mining towns. The Cards-ton resolution concerning freight rates, from another view point, wob equally important and affects other communitiet; as well. All the resolutions had some, bearing upon the whole district. They were no,t the grievances of individual communities. The prominence of that characterise throughout the convention | ia noteworthy and establishes the broad field the association covers in its work. The association should be a per-�oanency. It should increase in influence and value as time passes. GUELPH'S cXPE.il ENCE Mr. Lyon ,a leading public ownership advocate, relates the following effective story of the operation of municipal plants in Guelph, Out.: Our electric light and gas plant were purchased together and they are managed to getner. The city to obtain them had to pay. on account of the Conmee Act, $46,000 more than tho stock was worth based on the last sole of stock. At the time of purchase the stock was $100,000, with $00,000 of debentures. Under private ownership the stock paid a dividend of 5 per cent., and had paid that for a number of years and no more. I have m my hand the last annual statement aif the light and heat commis-diouei'B for Guelph for tho year ending Jame, 1907. The report shows i.hat the profits of the year over and ibove the cost of operation to bo $20,722.89, and after: paying interest and sinking fund on the capital invested, amounting to $9,009.94, they had a clean surplus of $17,712.95. This is certainly a remarkable record. 'Die price of electric light in Guelph before the city purchased the plant was net 12c, 14c and 15c per kilowatt hour. The price of gaB before the city purchased the plant was $1.70 net. Under the city's management the price, is $1.40 for light and $1 for cooking. The price of both would have been much lower but tho light and heat commission have been allowed to use their surplus for necessary improvements, now about completed. The chairman of the light and heat commission informs me. that ho expects to be able to cut the price of gas down to (1 all round, und the price of electric light, providing we get Niagara power, to 6c or 7c per kilowatt hour. This will be very low prices for a city thesise ofGu'elph. Mayor Henderson's words of welcome to the delegates to.the Associated Boards of Trade, had the right ring. What everybody in the south country wants is unity amongst the towns for the advancement of the district. The growth of one The Canadian Club should be given a restorative. We need it in this city if materialism is not to be in sole control of us all. The development of the Canadian national spirit is a good cause. Now that we ure to have an up-to-date rcstauraat wo ought to be. able, to have fortnightly lunches of the ..Canadian Club that was formed last year. Edmonton is adding 5,000 acres to the corporation. Most placca prefer to add population first. Edmonton today is a city with plenty of land that will take years to fully populate. The voice of Magrath can already be heard at Edmonton demanding the agricultural college. An Ontario farmer is charged with selling his farm by deceit when the snow was on the ground. That is one thing a Southern Alberta farmer can't do for he can't Had tho snow. Anyway all Southern Alberta land is good whether covered with saow or not. % A minister says it will take $8,000 to feed the naady poor in Chat bom this year. In Lethbridge it will hot ta&e 30c. The St. Thomas, Ont., Times refers to St. Thomas as a much larger city than Edmonton. It is mistaken. Edmonton is larger than St. Thomas by a couple of thousand inhabitants at least. ��' then tnefle c|ub an[, hote, j . � BUB begin tos talk. Why don't they Fot I ^dmonton7,400o BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sir B. Montagu Allan Praaident Jonathan Hodgson, Esq. Vice-President IStop That Cold *o ehtek earl/ cold* or Grippe with "mv�itic*" --------"efeM ------ ... _ . C. B. Hoamer, Esq., Thoa. Long, Esq., C. F. Smith, Esq., Hugh A. Allaa, Eaq., C. M. Hays, Esq.. Alex. Barnet, Esq., F. Onr Lewia, Eaq. �. F. Hebden....... .............General Manager The Bank haa 11W branches and agencies distributed throughout Canada. Nev/York Agency, 63 and 65 Wall 81. SAVINGS BANK ACCOUNTS iuvited, and �pecial att�� tion ia paid to amall deposits. Intereat at 3 per cent, pan annum, oompounded four times a year. Drafta, Money Orders and Letters of Credit, payable in any part of the world, at current ratea land,. money, and wheat Take another look at the window in a few days and you will nee- additional industrios represented- the iron works for instance. ] Did wo forget the gas't Oh no, wc have non� of the '-'hot air" variety in this district. We have no n�od or usual sickneu. And don't fo��i foul- child. II '�Trt�hn��, nifhtoritof. Herein prob-kblr lie* Preventiea' I re*test cAi-tancr. Sold in Sclmxei for tho pouknt, �lw> In bate* of 4� FnventKM. uuiiit ou your drussliU fWiuf too be two ideas of-Canadian etUwnship, u�e for that commodity. "ALL DEALERS" Lkthbbidgb Brancn- E. W. McMULLEN, Manager f The Herald Job Department Produces All Manner of Fine Work.