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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - January 30, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE FOUR THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD WEDXESDAV, JANUARY 30. 1018 I ftetbbrtbje I3etalb XctbbnDj;, Hlberta DAfLY AND WEEKLY Proprietors and Publishers THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PRINTING COMPANY, LIMITED W3 6th Street South, Lothbridflc W. A, Buchanan Prosldcnt and Managing Director John Torrnneo *  Business Manager while It might tho nossibilitv lhut oast. u Business Editorial TELEPHONES Offieo ......... Office ......... 1253 1224 Subscription Rates: Dally. delivered, por week......10 Dally, delivered, per year .....$6.00 Daily, by mail, per year ......$4.00 Weekly, by mail, per year .....$1.50 Weekly-, by mail, por year to U.S.. $2.00 Dates of expiry of subscriptions appear daily on address label, Acceptance of papers s.fte. expiration date Is our authority to centinuo tbe subscription. ent. Coal is needed (hero and is not j available. As there la no effort be- j ins niade to relieve the eastern famine j by tho western surplus, the proposed j theatre order would work needless ! hardship lu the west be a necessary evil in Nevertheless the there might he. such an order brought home to us just how serious the fuel situation 1? in other parts of t\uuula. Wo are living on a coat mine with millions of tons of coal everywhere round uu, anil it behooves the people of Lethbridgo to take an interest in the fun] equation in oruVr that we may be able to help solve the famine else- ! hooper, and ( where by applying from our plentv. j 'hT P***T*T This would be profitable business which wo cannot afford to pass up PICK EL PA SpIIVG ut Wellington county council increased tho Patriotic grant, from $6U,in.H> to $75,000. While Thomas Kelly and Sons have been awarded tho contvuet for the hiving of same at .James hooper. George J')cwcr riarenee Brackenbury, in Simcoe jail, made a getaway. York county council has increased its grant, to ;Iio Pal riot ic Kami to WHY RE8TR1CT OUR VOTING PRIVILEGES On Tuesday next the people of Leih- Sarnia women who are conducting a campaign to secure 5,000 members-' for the Hed Cross,, have already cured over 2,000. se- HamiUon Hoard of Control will bridge will decide by their votes who-task the local members of Parliament THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR A collective statement of war aims? may bo issued by the allies shortly. This is now being considered at the Interallied war council beins held in Paris. Such a statement, it is be-iteved. "would carry more weight than individual statements. The Italians have taken over 1500 prisoners in their new attacks against positions held by the Aus-fcrlana. Some of these important positions have been captured and held by the Italians. It is denied that the Bolsheviki S kave resumed peace negotiations with the Germans. ther they want to continue electing j commissioners to office by tho pros- -ent method provided by the preferen- j tial ballot or whether they want to go j 1 back to tho straight ballot such as is used in the school board election*. Frankly the HornM favors the preferential ballot-not because we be- to ask thai cities he permitted to impose a head tax on aiien?. Stratford Public VtiUiy Commission will cm off power users who did not curtail their lights in accordance with Sir Henry Drayton's orde r. T. A. McKarlane. of Shaiinonvillc. was elected president of the Central Ontario Fairs' association. Of three sons .of Samuel Porter, of Woodstock, who wont overseas, one is "reported killed and another is presumed to have been killed. Count Albrecht Monteplas. art and literary critic of William Randolph Hearst's Chicago Examiner, was arrested as an enemy alien. Capt. J. K. Preem.ui. of Kingston, has placed his 100-acre farm at Harrington at tho service of convalescing returned soldiers for the period of the war. Huron County Council will con-It inue its grant of |S.O00 a mouth 10 tho Canadian Patriotic j purchase premises for a (iron's shelter.  [ burned to death during his mother's brief absence to buy some groceries. The father is overseas. Stanley, one-year-old son of Mr. lieve it is perfect by any means, but j and Mrs. George Ford, Guelph. was because we believe it is an improve- ^ ment over the old form of ballot in that, with a number of candidate? in the field it comes nearer getting the voice of the majority of the electors. The straight ballot with three or mora candidates in the field, only one of whom is to be elected, often results in placing in office a man whom a Fund, and county chil- j To encourage the cultivation V i ' home gardens, the Chatham Builders' Exchange will observe Saturday afternoon as a hall holiday during (July, August, and September. George Kerr, city sewer inspector. minority clioao of the electors. con-!and father of "Bobby" Kerr, the faui- tmliinr a nnmber of votw wish elect- Plls sl)rint�r. now serving overseas, trolling * number of ^otee, wtsn elect-1 found dqad in a chalr .r fnjnt ^ Probably So percent only of the . the fireplace at his home in Hamilton. THE MAYOR AND [THE HERALD Maj-or Hardle in a letter to the Herald appearing today is inclined to hlarae the newspapers for the agitation over the preferential form of ballot. Aa the niaW Tcaows, every effect must have its cause. The agitation is the effect. The cause was Mayor Hardie's opposition to the preferential ballot put in the form of an amendment to be atkod of the provincial legislature, doing away with It. The Herald would have been lacking in Its duty as a newspaper had it failed to publish the. fact that such an amendment was about to b� asked tor, and the fact also that a number of citizens were aroused at this apparent usurpation of the voters' rights by the council elected by them. The mayor will therefore be pleased to withdraw hi* imputation that the Herald helped to stir up a needless agitation. If there is one thing Mayor Hardle claims to be, it is that he is democratic, and he would therefore be the last man one would expect to object to the people having an opportunity to discuss -and decide on a question of such prime import-ence as the ballot. ed. voters elect him, yet he is chosen to represent the other 65 percent of the voters. He Is responsible of course to all the people after his election, but he feels his responsibility especially to the 35 percent who were able to put him there against the wishes of the 65 percent. The preferential ballot aims to rem-1 edy this defect and from Lethbridge's experience It does remedy it. Wb have not had any reason to condemn the preferential ballot because of any ill-effects It has had in our elections. Why then should we seek to curtail our voting powers by limiting our- \ Belves to one choice of candidate In! a field of three or more. We believe the majority of the electors of Leth-brldge Yiew the matter the same way. Ont. His wife died just a week ago. 1 What Canada has suffered in the war was described by the Dominion Minister of the Interior. Hon. Arthur Meighen. at the dinner given by the Canadian Society of New York in honor of Sir Frederick Black and his associates on the British War Mission. In view of the urgency of the housing problem at the close of the war, the Pritish government contemplates suspending tile city by-laws so that cheap houses may be buil*. Alex. McFarlane. of Otterville, clerk for thirty-two years and ex-reove of South Norwich, and secretary for twenty-five years of South Norwich Agricultural Society, is dead. * Uev. Frank O. Nichol. pastor of S*. Andrew s Presbyterian Church, Amiierstburg, died in Harper Hospital, Detroit, following an operation for cancer. 1 le collapsed in his pulpit three weeks ago. , d. Sydney Floe, for the past six years secretary to Hon. J. D. Jteid, at one time a Toronto reporter, has been appointed iot an important position in the inside service of the Customs Department. Mr. Cat tell seems to be * hard critter to corral. PREFERENTIAL SALT The commtaaioners are about decid-i ed that there will be a tax sale this spring. Pleasant vernal prospect! x he city's version: there be light and them was Mght-at 12 cents per kilowatt." Which 'is nothing to make light of. Editor, Lethbridge Herald: - Sir,--There seems to be a disposition on The part of both city papers, to find a quarrel with the commissioners i about the method of asking for a return to the old system of voting in the city, contending that it should be submitted to a plebiscite. To the latter [ getting a majority i have no objection, if it is proven ; choice count, worth while. 1 must call attention to the fact I that the preferential ballot is not in our charter by the express wish of the jbe against him by the fact that his friends might give their 4S second choices to the other candidates, while the other candidates' friends might not give the leading candidate a single second choice. The position now is this, that the leading candidate has 4$ first choice votes and that is also his final total. The other two candidates, let us suppose, split even on first choice and each got half of 5-or ^6 first choices. They can get also half of the 100 second choices or 50 second choices each or a1 total of 7(1 votes. This would be -a tie but we can easily see^ that .this finesse will scarcely hold and eitller candidato can get a small or large in&jority. I have given an e^freme case, but there are a ^reat mariy combinations in these figures will eventuate in one of the two opposition candidates on the second The point 1 want to make is, that the leading candidate can only rely on first choices or one vote while the others have their first choice and a The mayor talks of manipulating the voters just as if he had been reading some of the anti-union press comments on the December 17th election. people. In fact it was a matter that .-strong probability of a second choice, the 1913 council decided, and it was In fine the other fellow has two votes ! THE POVyER OF THE SOLDIER AFTER THE WAR Stewart Lyon, of Toronto, who was overseas as the war correspondent of the Canadian Press has a vision of the attitude of the Canadian soldier Efter the war, gained by personal contact with Canada's men at the front. He says:' These brave men have much leisure for thinking and they are coming back to Canada to exercise a mighty influence on the public life of this country -for the next half century. 1 believe they will force out much of the self seeking that we have formerly had in Canadian public life. They will take good care that the treasury shall not be looted any. more. The old party �Bpirit will never again exist, in the lame way.. These men, when they re- f seas J_______Jill y 1*1 i ^ - ' _ News of proposed new consolidated schools in Southern Alberta is being heard on every hand. Which 23 onp of the very best indications of the south's prosperity. a very half hearted decision at that, to his one. This is not fair play in My recollection is that it carried by (my judgment. my own vote. I know that there was such real lack of understanding about the working of the ballot and so much 1 This manipulation can be varied in innumerable ways without fIdleness to accomplish the same object. I do doubt about it that its fate was de- ; not think it is necessary to go further cided by the fact that it was used i to show its undesirability from a point j elsewhere and one member of the of fair play. Cash oats No. 2 C.W. sold in Winnipeg last week for ninety cents, and it is being freely forecasted that they will reach a dollar. It was not like that in the olden days, recalls the Edmonton Journal, Oats once sold in the Winnipeg market for nine cents. 1 council, who had had some experience with its working, lent his weight to ii. At that time there was but small information on hand about the ballot. I was seized with the idea, from the Defence of System As a matter of defence in putting up the request for a return to tho old ! '.ballot, 1 have already pointed out, as j : nearly as my memory serves me, how ' theoretical mformation-ar hand, that ^ u \ iato our charter, and at'each While an increase in the light rates is not the fairest plan in the world, if it will help Lethbridge pay its debts and keep its head up in the financial let's give the scheme a very fair consideration. It is probable a better plan for securing the necessary revenue might be evolved. turn, will demand a higher standard of conduct from our public men, and u they do not get it they will rise up and kick the mischief out of them. This Is not likely idle talk. Our soldiers will be our judges when they T. O. King, of Raymond, didn't get return. The men who have treated ^ the legislature, but he is a director the war as a money making game and ! the Farmers Parliament and it's a the men and the parties and govern-! tosa up which is the greatest recog-ments that have played politics with i nition. �the war and overlooked the national interest, will be put in their place by the men who have fought and sacrificed for three years or more. These men will be a force in our affairs. They will be able to dictate and dominate and they may revolutionize things. As long as their ideals are.of the kind Mr. Lyon mentions, Canada is not likely to suffer. Mr. King era good service, man of splendid U.F.A. will find quisition to the Board of Directors. it was a splendid ballot and advocated it from the platform. Now T find 1 was not. then in a position to proper-I ly gauge its weaknesses. Later it was I found that this was a. system devised by a gentleman who later found it was not what he had expected it would be in the matter of fairness in selecting officers, and later made advances j towards remedying it by bringing 1 forth, in collaboration with another j gentleman, the proportional repre- ! sentation scheme. j At the 'very first election Jt was very \ plain (hat a well devised system of � collaboration in a three cornered fight ; between two candidates and their sup- 1 porters against the single candidate ; would have ensured tho election of ! one of (hem. What saved the situation at iha\ time was the great multiplicity of candidates there being five 1 in the field. The next election shows very clearly what combination could do; in fact it stigmatized the ballot *a a "spite ballot/' It was actually used against I succeeding election it was put up to ( me on the street to explain why such i COAL SUPPLIES AND COAL FAMINES The Herald sincerely hopes the dispatches are right and that the Dominion government will not impose such a half-baked ruling on us as that rumored in connection with the Theatres, which were threatened with closing three dayB a week. We are speaking from the standpoint of Western Canada in the relation such an order would -have on fuel conservation. Western Canada ia not short of fuel. In fact wa have learned lately i*hat we are rather in the position of producing �. surplus, some of the small mines liavfng learned that tho market requires a Belling- organization in order to dispose of the output, In the easL !We understand the situation is differ- We ought to he grateful that we live in Alberta, where there is plentv of coal and gas and chinooks to keep but, ,,et'au�e he unwisely took a vory , , . active part on a subject on which our us warm. Wouldn t it make you shiver to read tiie following extract from one of Uncle Sam's weeklies: Pine stumps are'l^gal tender for, . , , subscriptions at The Mears News of- !PunIsbet] "iA '^cause he was in- i a fool ballot was put in the charter.! j in fact 1 seemed to bo saddled with | j the whole blame and I need not say; - that I felt that tlje first and every v.uc- \ j ceedlng ejection showed its weakness; Inot to mention the influence that the' talk on the street had on my mind. No commissioner cou 1 d bring th a matter up until his own election wan over, and I resisted all influences to ask for an amendment until my own election was past. In fact I had notes in all the addresses J made at my lust election, advocating the repeal of the preferential ballot. of course giving the reasons for such advocacy. If i did not bring /' u:j-1 think 1 did at one meeting-it was simply because \ 1 Intel ko many o- Vorl� .Ian. 2v� united will give the farm-He is an intelligent judgment, and the 'one candidate without any of the other him a valuable ac- 1 candidates themselves being aware of the fact. Reason for Reid's Defeat Mr. Keid was defeated, in my estimation not. because he was an inefficient or incompetent commissioner. flee. If you win send uh a cord of pine stumps we will send you the paper for seven years. Bring us a pine stump less we perish. 1.% ? efficient or incompetent, hut because j he was indiscreet and^perhapa because | jection to it. by nature he was not tactful. Two citizens of tho city of Leih-! bridge as candidates, can, with the *y| connivance of their supporters, de-tfi feat, \ Ah to the plebiscite. Why should I, or any commissioner, have any on- If the people want it v ELCAN MAN WOUNDED Mailed casualty lists reaching the Herald today contain the uume of Pte. .lames 'Mc-i.'Uckie of Klcau, wounded. Pte. McLuckie joined up in beth-bridge with one of me last bat-K-.Pnns to be raised under the. volunteer system In Alberta and ivf.'iH oxiA' last yt-iiV. Win next-of-kin, his mother, resides at 'JO Donaldson St.. Hamilton, Ont. 4% ? A A A A > 1 the third man. They cannot, predetermine which one of them will be elected, hut they can determine that one of them will he and at least the\ can make a forocaat with long odds in favor of one of the two. In the: first imjiince it i- practically impossible in a throe cornered fight-that. ;my candidate will got 50 per cent, plus one vote, of all the votes cast in first choice. Lot us assume that the total first F-hoico vote in KM) and the leading candidato gets 48 voten. Ho not elected and now there arc fi2 first choice votes against him given to the other two candidates. Further there are 100 second choices that may j they can demand it. by the referendum, I but I would not ask even that. If .tho man on the .street: matfts even a I hint ihat there should be a plebiscite It. will be held ftt once, in plenty of time to decide before tho legislature will pasa on it. Hut in all fairnean a ballot that, is admittedly susceptible of manipulation in an election should not be a part of our system. That, in not living-up to my motto of government by th� people. 1 may say to the protagonists that J do not intend to. defend my position further. 1 nm honest and fully con-vlnced that the ballot is not fair, hut if tho people desire to nay, by plebiscite, whether they shall or .shall not retain the unfair ballot, they xalialJ have it so far no, I am concerned. W. D. L. HARDIER >frew oj*k, .i a n. zy j- ine States Steel Corporation paid to tln; federal government more than half its earnings in the final quarter of 11117, according to the statement of the corporation just issued. Total earnings for that pciod amounted to $50,724,120 alter making allowance for $60,950,364 paid into the government treasury as war. income on excess profits. Net income for the final quarter was $48,035,344, and surplus for the same period amounted to $10,258,1*72. This compares with total earnings of $68,242,784, not income of $55,245,,';77 and .surplus of $21,824,554. for the previous quarter. Extra Dividends In keeping with expectations the directors declared an extra dividend of three per cent on the common stock in addition to tho regular common dividend of 1 1-4 and on the preferred of 1 3-4, Including a Rod Cross dividend of one per cent voted in the second quarter, total disbursements on the common shares for 1017 amounted to IS per cent. Total earnings for 191.7 aggregated $3111,008.137, after charging of $212.4