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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 13, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta ?*GE EIGHT THE LETHBWnr.E DAILY HERALD FRIDAY. JULY 13, 1017 FRUIT Keeps the World Refreshed and Healthy Returned Soldiers' Organisations By J. S. DENNIS Chief Commissioner of Colonization and Development, Canadian Pacific Railway The Delightful Tonic Aperient THE question of caring for nor; states have been questioned many returned soldiers is one that tie- [ times on the ground that total pen-mands the vrry best thought jsioae paid by the United States that Canada can give. Wc Canadians Government in 19164'on Civil War owe these men our vory best offorts.! claims were greater than In 1875, Our debt to them Is not to be dis-|ten years after the elaae c( the war. charged by merely providing club j The pension appropriation ha* ia- rooms and pool tables, nor by empty demonstrations and banquets. Many cf these men are coming back to civil creased with each now Congress, No one will question the duty of the State to care for disabled sol life under sovore handicaps. It Is idler*. The payment of a pension People's Forum SCHOOL BUILDINGS BUT NO SCHOOL our duty as Individuals to do our bit to help them In every praotical way possible to overcome these handicaps. It is quite natural that the men returning from the front should organize into clubs and societies. It will be to the shame of the nation if wo as rlttzrna do not tall in Hue and assist in the work that has called these organizations Into being. We who have hoeu privileged to stay at home cannot do less than organize an army of "big brothers." which will help these returning soldiers of ours fight life's battles. upon the moot liberal basis possible is quite a small recompense to th� men who have risked their lives for the Empire. The fact that our pre at army is composed entirely of volunteers, makes the debt of the State to the returned soldiers a double one. Through our Hospitals Commission and the various provincial organisations we have made a start toward the proper care of our returning soldiers. It is indeed gratifying to note the plans for re-training (he injured men, so that they will be able to earn even a larger income. In many cases, than before they were- The treatment iriven her soldiers . disabled. But we have only mado a after previous wars, is not one of the j start, and an exceptionally small one bright pages of British history. The at that. With only a small percent-treatment of her disabled soldiers age of the disabled Canadians as yet from the Crimean war, the Indian | returned to our shores, our facilities Editor, The Herald. Sir,-If it does not trespass too much on your valuable space, I would like to express a few thoughts that occurred to me; in driving through tills part of the (homestead) country, recently. My business took me through township 3, range 9, until I came to what appeared from the outside to be an up-to-date modern country school. As it was near the noon hour I was somewhat surprised not to see any children playing on the spacious grounds surrounding the building. On arriving at my destination, a mile farther on, I asked the housewife why it was there did not seem to bo any school in that district, or was It because they could not secure a teacher. She informed me that there never had been school held in ' that building. It was erected about Ave years ago, but was never used for that purpose. They hold dances in it occasionally. Now I have no objection to dancing; those who enjoy that exercise are entitled to the privilege, but I submit that it is unusual, to say the least, to tax the public to build dance halls, as has been done in this case. After completing my business I drove over to 4-10. Here I drove by another building similar in appearance to the one in 3-9. Here again I was disappointed in not seeing any mdxlies In the close vicinity. Now this last building is situated in � the centre of what is known as the Russian settlement. They are industrious, progressive, prosperous, and,' as is well known, very prolific. There 1b a quota of children of school age almost in every farm home tributarj-to this school building. And still there has been no school held in that building for over a year. Why? The patrons want to know. I returned to Etzlkom somewhat perplexed and here I found a still more extraordinary situation, from an educational standpoint. It is safe to ay that there is not a more prosperous busy little hamlet in Southern Alberta than Etzikom. It is growing all the time. This is the third year of Its existence and while there are a number of children of school age, there la Bo school building of any kind. Why? I believe the reason ia tbe residents of this hamlet want a consolidated school. They will have no other, and of course, they expect the outside farmers to pay* the school taxes. The original plan was, I believe, to consolidate four school districts. 'A vote was taken in each district, according to law. Two district* adjacent to Etzlkom voted for consolidation, Two outlying districts rejected the plan. I am Informed that the school authorities are going to force one of those districts into MBfolldation whether they want to (Bt toot Now, as a general proposition, I Mm in favor of graded schools where (they are needed, but in this case mv .sympathies are on the side of the mutiny, and the Afghan war, carry little to thrill th. -......�...... il* Proprietor*: Or. CasMli't Co., jUMw ManchtaUr, Inl- and. Then the nation turned from I the entire burden of such Important ----------J 3-1-----*-- * 'work upon the Government. (1) Appoint a Demobilization Com mission, consisting of three civilian aad two military members. (2) Charge the Commission now with tbe duty of making all arrangements for demobilization of our army bo soon a* peace is declared. (3) Baee tbe plan of demobilization on the following: (a) The different battalions and units as tbey arrive In Canada to be returned to a central depot in the province from which they came. This to be done Irrespective of whether the returning battalion or unit consists of a majority of men originally recruited In such battalion or unit or of drafts from other battalions or units subsequently attached. (b) On arrival at the depot, arrange to Immediately muster out such men as can prove that they have a bom* to go to, or a position four years war and destruction to |peace and re-construction, the soldiers were gradually forgotten. No practical plans were worked out by the home folks for assisting the veterans. It was left to governmental red-tape to provide the only material assistance in the way of meagre ensione. The authentic histories of those re-onstrnctlon days In the United States carry a striking lesson and admonition for Canada. First the veterans formed local clubs, then {state organisations, and finally a national society which developed into the Grand Array of the Republic. The "calls" for those first state meetings of soldier dobs started the BffjBBt necessity for organization to protect the rights of the veterans. (lAter, tbe scope of the demands was Broadened beyond the boundary of f Ate into the*)* of speciml privilege. expenditure* in the United waiting for them .having first closed their pay account and taken over their arms and equipment, except Bueh uniforms, etc.. as they are allowed to retain. (c) Consolidate the men who have no home or Immediate occupation to go to Into proper units for administration. (d) Retain at these depots a certain number of battalions of men willing to remain in the army for a year after the close of the war, so as to provide a nucleus for re mobilization if necessity arises. (c) All officers and men to be mustered out of tho service on condition that they agree to mobilize for two weeks In oach year; they hctnG P�ld a sinnll annual retainer and usual pay during these yearly manoeuvres. Unless this Is dono the army, which has coet such an enormous sum to mobilize and train, will be lost to Canada. (f) Tub men retained at the central depots to be employed in making permanent Improvements at the depots, and clasaas in elementary agriculture, vocational training, etc., to be eetabllshed so as to give the men a chance to do better in civil life after they are discharged. (g) Immediately on appointment, the Commission should proceed 'o make a vocational census of men in the army and determine as far as possible what men In each unit Imvo homes or occupations to go to cn returning to Canada. (b) The Commission should provide the necessary staff so that an official shall accompany each troopship returning to Canada, and during the voyage complete a census of men on the ship, with fullest information as to those having home3 and occupations to go to; those desirous of taking up land; those looking for employment, etc.. and this report should go to the Commission headquarters and the Demobilization Officer at the central depots immediately on arrival of the ship. (1) The Commission immediately on appointment should proceed to make a labor and occupational survey of the Dominion, so that they may be available at headquarters, and at each depot, a statement of position* available for men seeking work. (j) So soon as the men having homes and occupations to go to have been mustered out, and the remaining men consolidated Into proper units, the officers commanding depots to make a complete census of the employment or occupation wanted by men retained In the service and ,-�en to be given their discharge only as It Is clear that they have a position to go to (k) The Commission to forthwith make arrangements that all agencies in the Dominion requiring skilled or unskilled labor shall apply for such labor at the Demobilization Commission, and their'requirements filled by men from nearest Provincial Depot. The foregoing is. of course, the merest outline of the scheme and the details require most careful consideration. In ray opinion, unless something along the proposed lines is undertaken, we will have serious trouble. Any attempt to muster men out indiscriminately, and immediately on arrival, will be followed by parades of men seeking work and public meetings to demand work for the men who have fought. In tha end it will be cheaper for the coun. try to -proceed with demobilization only as tbe men can be absorbed into civil life, though the natural tendency for the Government will be to demobilize quickly and Mv� pay and subsistence. protesting district. It la situated on the shore of Lake Pakowki. Some of these residents are eight miles from the proposed site of this consolidated school. Now, I submit that no parent will suffer his child to drive sixteen miles five days a week through an Alberta winter. Of course, a graded school 1b a fine thing for the "poor underpaid teachers" and for those children living in town or close In, but I would like to know how many visits the average school inspector pays the rural schools from November 1 to-April 1? 1 think they confine themselves to office work during those months. However, they would suffer little children to travo! sixteen mile3 flvo dayB every week for the privilege ot attending a graded school. In the meantime the merry fight goes on and Etzikom remains minus a school. It Is evident that there Is something wrong. I cannot understand why the authorities have Ignored these conditions, but then, perhaps I expect too much. Is it not unusual to find an educator and a business man under the same hat? WILLIAM F. RABBITT. Etzikom, Alta., July 12. ALDERMANIC FORM GOVT. VS. COMMISSION GOVT. Editor of the Lethbridge Herald: Sir,-With your kind permission I would like to use a little space In your valuable paper to make a tew ro-marks about the different forms of city government, the forms we have tried, and with which we are familiar, 1 believe tboro are people in Lethbridge who will agree with me in the opinion that our new form of city government ia not giving the satisfaction which we anticipated, when we abandoned the old form of city government In its favor. In fact, 1 do not believe that it has proved an satisfactory as tho old form which we abandoned. Under the mayor and aldermanic form ot city government, the city is divided into wards, or districts, and each ward elects its councilman, who represents the people ot the ward in the city council. Any matter of importance to be acted upon in the council meeting is freely and openly discussed with their represen- tatives in public meetings and in private discussions, and when the time arrives for the matter to be acted upon in the city council, each alderman knows the sentiments of the people whom he represents, on the matter, and it is best for him to govern himself accordingly. People who are in favor of a democratic form ot city government will find that the mayor and aldermanic form comes nearer filling the bill, than any other form of city government yet devised, or tried. One ot the faults of the commission form of government, such a* we j have in Lethbridge, seems to be, for various reasons some of the people do not feel as free to discuss or suggest, to the commissioners in regard to the city affairs, as they would with their alderman, presumably for the reason that the commissioners are paid for knowing, and the aldermen are not. Consequently matters of great Importance to the people are acted upon by the commissioners, with but very little publicity or discussion, and in Ignorance ot the will ot a great majority of the people, I might refer to several transactions undertaken and consummated by the commissioners recently and which were only sanctioned by a very Binall minority of the people, which Is not democratic or satisfactory, while by proper publicity, discussion and explanation which would have been" necessary under the old form of city government, the same results might have been attained, and by a large majority of all the people. Judging the two forms of city governments ot which we are familiar, from an economic, democratic representative viewpoint, in my estimation, the mayor and aldermanic form is preferable, and very much so. Hoping that I have not used too much ot your valuable space I beg to remain. Yours truly, H. GALVIN, Lethbridge, Alta. Incompatibility Fair Client-I cannot live happily with a mun whoso. Ideals are so contrary to mine. Lawyer-In what do you differ? Fair Client-Well, he doesn't be lieve In debt. AT PINCHER CREEK (From Our Own Cor.-esccriflent) Pincher Creek, July 11-The officers of the Alexandra Rebckah Lodge No. 8, for the ensuing term were duly Installed to thoir respective offices on Tuesday evening by District Deputy President, Mrs. It. O. Allison, assisted by Deputy Grand Marshall Mrs. D. C. MacDougall and suits. The ollieers are as follows: P.N. G., Mrs. Duthle; N.G., Miss Dempster; V.G., Mrs. H. 13. Derrett; Rec.-Sec, Miss M. Buchanan; Treas., Mrs. As-key; Fin.-Sec, Mrs. R. O. Allison; R.S.N.G., Mrs. H. H. Tucker; L.S.N. G., Miss Ashton; R.S.V.G., Miss Roar-don; L.S.V.G., Miss Gray; R.A.S., Jvllss McKinnon; L.S.A.S., Mrs. MacLeod; War., Mrs. Fowler; Con., Mrs. Mono-ghan; Chap., Miss Marcellus; I.G., Mrs. S. A. Fraser; O.G., Mrs. J. E. Upton. HE SERVE8 NOTICE ON ALL BIG INTERE8TS Washington, July 12.-President Wilson appealed to the country's business interests* last night to put aside every selfish consideration and to give tiieir aid to the nation as freely as those who go out to offer their lives on the battlefield. In a statement addressed to the coal operators and manufacturers he gave assurances thut just prices will bo paid by the government and the public during the war, but warned, that no attempt to extort unusual profits will be tolerated. DOMINION POSTAL CLERK8 MAY GO OUT ON STRIKE Winnipeg, Man., July 12.-"Whiia no strike has been decided on, wo have made n- demand for assurances on tho wage question before the conference ends its sittings, Thursday night." This was tho reply, today, of A. M. Venables, secretary of the convention of Dominion Postal Clerks. "Tho public may judge what will follow If our request be ignored," Venables concluded, A COMPLETE LINK OF THE BEST : : MEATS RAISED IX SOUTHERN : : : ALBERTA FOR TOMORROW. :: ALL FRESH KILLED. Turkey, Chicken, Veal, Grain-fed Pork, Young Beef; Fish (fresh and smoked), Sausage, and our delicious Cold Meats If there were better meats than these we would have them. Delanys Meat Co Phone 452 "WE POINT OUT THE WAY" WE'RE TOO BUSY TO GO INTO DETAILS HERE'S the strongest Clearance of Good Clothes in Lethbridge Men's and Young Men's Suits in the Finest Materials $ 12.45 The Surprise of the Season Our WONDER VALUE in MEN'S SUITS that completely shatters the prevailing conditions oi' the clothing: market. $13.9� All our other hand tailored garments cut to the core. SEE OUR WINDOWS The ROYAL STORE Southard Block 512 Third Ave. S. ;