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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 16, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta >AGE EIGHT ^ THE LETTIBRIDGE DAILY HERALD I PROIESIS FROM MANY PLACES OF PERSECUTION BY DOMIN POLICE OF INNOCENIP J. TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1918 EOPLE - / Coalliwrst, July 13. 1918. Editor The Lelhbridgo Herald: Dear sir,-In connection with the enforcement of the provisions of the Military, Service Act. the tollowinE Incident Is illuniinatlng. On Monday. ,lii!y S. 1!>1S. throe �uoinbers of the Dominion Police wi'h a number of motor cars swoop-ni down wpon the village cf Coalhurst and he-"gan to demand the production of 'he documents required to bo carried from every one they met. regardless of where the man was or what he was doing. Naturally they found several persons who had been working th.it day and were out side their houses iar an hour or two without the papers on their persons, though all of thorn had them within a few minutes' wallj. finally th&y arrested fourteen men and carried them off to Lethbridge tor trial, without giving them a chance to eecure their papers or even to got their coats. In Lethbridge the :non �were arraigned and all pleaded guilty and were fined ? 10.00 and costs, amounting In all to $17.25. and in addition each man had to pay $1 to be hauled back to Coalhurst. The par-.tlculars of the cases are as follows: Frank Krank. a married man. a naturalized citizen, has lived in Coal-Jiurst for the past five years. That evening he had walked over to the post office to get his mail and as the evening was warm he wore no coat. Though l\e was less than two min-ates' walk from his house he told the |)ollce he had Iho necessary papers In his coat In the house and produced his registration card. The police told him to get into the car, "We will tivke you to your house to get the papers." they said. But he was tqken to Leth-iiridge Instead. Joe Horoach. a minor. Wwn in iho subdivision dt Coalhurst called V\'l-pan. about ten minutes' walk from the post office, where he had gone for tho mail. He. too, was in his shirt sleeves and had his nVlstration card on him. but his other papers wore In hi5_coat-in his room. Ho also wan taken to Lethbridge and fined $17.'.'.'). Mike Homchuk. a miner, about forty years old. who looks his age, was In the post office for his mall and was standing nt the door when ho was nabbed, ife carried his registration card land offered to go to his room for the ot|or documents rociuirod, but he was not permitted to go. Joe Santo, who lives in the Jllne View Hotel, less than 200 feet distant from the door of the pool hall where he was arrested. His papers were in his room In the hotel and 6C\ he informed the policeman, who refused to allow him to get them. When oiklered to get into the car he delayed doing so. but obeyed when the officer drew his gun.  R. Barakino lives In Wigan, and when ordered to get his papers told they were in his room and offered to get them. The policeman who had arrested him said. "Well, go and get them." He started out for them, but as soon as he was outside the door another officer drew a guu and ordered him into the car. Rafin Nlcheford also lives in tho Mine View Hotel. He. too, was picteed up outside the pool room. Ho has been in Canada 15 years and had worn his passport, carrying it about in his pocket, and had written to his brother In Blalrmore -to get some documents relating to his status, but up to date he has not had an answer. He showed the police his registration card and gave his explanation. He too \vas taken to Lethbridge. Win Kostino lives in WMgnnwid h& too liad como over for his mall'timd ::eolng the crowd in front of the-1)06! r.jom walked across, ilo too was in i his shirt sleeves and as he hoard' ono of the police ask one of the crowd for tho papers he turned to^t'ard his room ,to get his own. A pollQomaa stopped, him with a gun and compelled him to got into tho car with tho others. \ Robert Doncosno Is a boss driver In the mine and operates n barber shop after hours. Ho Is a married man who lives with Ma family In ft hou.so not more than 150 f6et from tho place where the arrests wore taking place. He saw tho crowd  In front of the pool room and as ho had no customer at the time, he wAlked across the street to sco what was the matter. His papers were In his vest hanging up behind his barber chair. Ho too WES arrested without giving him tho opportunity to go back' to his shop for the documents. At a'public meetlnR held the noxt^ day,.one of tho mine officials gave'evidence corroborating this statement. John Collor, a pump man In the mine, owed a'llttle store bill, and as he had boeij paid Off the previous Saturday, he' walked up to tho store to pay It. Ho was arrested as he catne out of the store. Ho explained that his marriage certificate was a bulky document and ho only carried It when ho left his house to go outside of town. He showed his registration card and offered to go to his house not moro than 50 yards away and get the others. "Well, get Into that car and wo will take you to your house to see tho papers," said the policeman. But ho was taken to Lethbridge Instead. This man is married and has five children. He has worked at this mine tor the past five years and owns his house. He Is a naturalized Canadian and has a good reputation as a steady worker. Joe Sacardo lives In house No. G in Coalhurst, a .short distance from tlie I spot where he was arrested. Ho too had his registration card but the other papers were ln these n\cn are steady'workers, peaceable citizens, and none hnd given any Indication of trouble and none had any intention of breakluB any law. Relations between tho men and their employers, tlio Ncrlh Amoricnn Collieries, aro most harmonious, and all the men have been enthusiastic In their endeavor to gel out tho utmost amount of coal. Lay-offs aro rare and If we except tho preacher and a few salesmen who come in from outside points, there are no idle persons about Coalhurst. The Miners' t'nion has shown that Its members are loyal and patriots. A large percentage ot the able members enlisted before the draft came W ftnd have served their country to the utmost in the ambulance corps and in the trenches In France. The membord of the union contributed $1,300 to the Halifax Relldf and during -the psst year have levied dues of 50 cents per month on each member tor the Red Cross. This has amounted to about $155 per month. Excitement High. After the outrage of the Dominion Police, excitement ran high. A meeting hurriedly gathered In the Miners' Hall to discuss the matter and to draft a protest, to tho Dominion Gov-ernhiont. The only reasoi. tho men did not declAe to lay oft as a protest was that they believed tho Dominion Police was exceeding its authority and that the ofllclals at Ottawa would not countenance euch actions once the facts were brouglit to their attention. A protest was drafted but never sent, the members feeling that, like lots of other protests, it would be merely pigeonholed and forgotten. They sent for Secretary Brown of District 18, with instructions to come down by the first train. The next night, Tuesday, July 9, a public meeting was called and the hall .wae packed while Secretary Brown gathered details of the raid. He promised to tak^jiip, the matter wJth the Director of iOail:: Qperntlons and secure a guarantee against a repetition of the raid. A suggestion' was made to stop work for two daj's in order to make the protest effective but the labor mediator, Barlchouse. and Secretary i Brown advised' 'igainst It oii the. ground that thq, people of Manitoba would be dependent upon Alberta for their coal next winter and they did not want anything to occur to hinder their supplies. He did, however, assure-thoni that "'It such another outrage occurred all the coal miners In Alberta would unite In a protest that could not be pigeonholed. � Two resolutions were offered, both by returned soldiers, and both were passed unanimously. First, that fronj the money collected 'for the Red Cross, a sum be deducted sufficient to cover the fines and costs paid by the men arrested as well as the tare they paW to be brought back to Coalhurst. Second, that if another man is arrested on Coalhurst on another such charge, ho shall not, pay a fine and tho miners will not work until he,is released. As this mine is now producing coal at the rate of 800 tons per day, this win be a protest that must be noticed. As the coal lost at this time cannot be replaced,'the public of Canada will be able to realize the serious state of affairs. The purpose of this public � announcement is to uqtify the Dominion Police, the members of the Dominion Government and the Canadian people who may be concerned or interested, that the coal miners object to such treatment and will no longer endure it. It another man Is arrested in this village on this or any other similar charge, the mine will stop work. And If another raid of that sort Is made on any mine in Alberta, all the miners In District IS U.M.W. of A. will lay down their tools. � � The coal minors' and mining Industry in general who are essential to the life and Industries ot Canada have been harrassed and hampered worse than It they had been a grouj) of gamblers and their patience has been strained to tho breaking point. It Is time to call a halt. F* the purpose of simplifying matters in case the Dominion Police wish to take any further action In this connection, tho writer assumes individual responsibility for tho statements, made and. the language used In this article. Thanking you for your space, I am Yours respectfully, T. EDWIN SMITH, On behalf of Local No.' USD, U.M.W. of A. "War-Time Cookery" FREE Send name and address for new "War-time Cookery" This I ^ bookNContains recipes/cliosen I by the judges as the best and most practical recipes submitted in our jecent cash prize competiUoii. It is intended to assist in the consenation of | food and tg effect savings in ^ home cooking and baking., Apprtwrea by Cannda Food BonrJ ADDRESS E.W.CiDettCo.ltd.i TORONTO, C^ADA an6malies in the 'dispensing ot justice throughout oiir fair Dominion. The regrettable feature of It Is that these Irregularities Issue from a source in which every Canadian citizen should have confidence and expect that some degree of uniformity should exist, re the D�partment ot Justice. ^ It we cast our eye eastward we get our first eye opetior." "Out of a total ot seventeen parishes in Lotbiniore County, Que., nine did not register a single card^for the National Service according to official figures." Wo havo reason to believe that there are tew �people in those nine parishes who should have legietered; surely they aro not all "under the age of sixteen years." Yet we did not head ot the government offering an apology to tho rest ot tho Dominion for such a slato ot uitalrsi- and does not seem to havo concerned llsolt so very much about It, On July 4th In tho city of Loth-bridge wo see yet nnothor typo of justice'. A number of citizens living adjacent to Foremost journeyed by motor car to tho above named city, a round litlp ol 180 miles, to ntto;td tho funeral-ot a neighbor's daughter who had dlod In Lethbridge., On arrival in that city seven or eight: of tho young men In the name of justice woro escorted to tho poHco court and there fined ten dollars and seven dollars cosC^s, seventeen dollars In all, becauso they failed to hnvo birtlj and marriage certificates oii their person. Now, Mr. Editor, these young men woro not In Lethbridge tor business or ploaatiro. They hnvo complied with tl�j law and tho Military Service Act In so far ns registration, and examination, etc., are concerned. They are farmeirs who havo staked their nil In tho patriotic endeavor tor greater production,' and becnugp of ~ adverse weather conditions will not have a crop this year. They are citizens ot tho best ot the West. LeavluR homo nt six a.m. failed to make the transfer from working clothes to tho better ones, ot the' required birth nnd marriage certificates; and so far as I know the Minister ot Militia or the Government bfticials have not as yet made an apology for such an outrage on good citizenship. As I understand, such regulations are made tor tho evader and not for the � purpose of raiding good and law abiding citizens. In the name of justice, is It right? Come to these men now for your Red Cross, your patriotic charities, your AMctory Loans, etc., and the cuvt refusal would be a just desert. Such actions do not mako for good citizenship "a contented nnd happy people,-" but breed hate and revenge. B. H. WINFIELD. Avoid Lethbridge, They Say. Foremost, July 13.-Your correspondent made a trip through the country east to F&K, In Range One, and north as for as Wisdom, vIsltlnR Englc i Butte, Manyborrlcs, Ollon and Thomi>j son, during the wook. Crop prostjoctij are poor, grass Is dried up nnd III' will bo difficult for farmers to wintoil; thoir stock. Even tho Cypress Hiljl' country, which usually has ftbimdaal;: rain, Is suftorlng sevoroly, i During tho trip, tho prevalUng topIt|' of conversation among settlers waa' the action oi tho military police nl . Lethbridge..In every small town visit-od It Is being represented that men ol. all ages, even ,up to seventy years, aro being arrested and fined heavily for not carrying birth or marriage certificates. Order in council la being road closely, and ns this rogulntlor would appear to apply only to nioii U| apparently In class ono. Indignation laiH generally expressed. As registration of 1 vital statistics has been In effect In] tho greater part ot Canada tor less | than forty years, men over that ago � are In a serious predicament and art 1 generally concluding that the only safe courao is to avoid lethbridge. A j ] serious state ot public tooling is being aroused. Mr. Conway, principal of tho Foremost school, writes tliat he Is enjoying his work on the examination board at Edmonton. Miss D. Langman, ot Coutt�, was Ix town this week. Mr. E. Beatty made a business trip to Warner on Monday. Business Is lax owing to poor cron prospects....... . Skiff Is coming to the front this year. The' vote on the erection of a i| consolidated school-carried this week unanimously. The consolidated comprises a territory eight miles equare, being 4 rural districts. ANCHOR-DONALDSON UNE POPULAR SERVICE Canada to Glasgow For full Information apply to Agenti or Company's Office, 270 Main St^ Winnipeg. The Simpson Co. are offering big inducements to Early Shoppers in preparation for Stampede Week. Read our list of specials, then act quickly while the pickings are good- Notice This Special For Wednesday Morning Only-The Best Yet Boys' Sweaters : 39c Short and Long Sleeve Cotton Jerseys in colors khaki, navy and white. Sizes 22 to 32. Wednesday Morning...........................39c Wednesday Morning Sale of Rompers 39c Children's American Galatea Rompers in stripes and plam colors. Values up * to 75c. Wednesday Morning only____ ................. .....39c A Btatomont in connection with the above has been given out by Capt. Lindsay,, at Calgary, In charge of tho Dominion Pollen, to the effect that the fullest investigation of tho Coalhurst incident Is beliig mnde nnd If any wrong haa been done it will bo righted. Co.pt. ivindaay waa formerly inspector of tho .Mounted Police torco hero. Protest From Foremost. Foremost, July 10, 1918. Mr. Editor: I do not wish to disturb your peace of mind, but there Is a small matter I wish to lay before you and through you before the readers of your honorable paper. Indeed, tlyj matter may soem slight to somtf, but to n:o there is a groat principle lavolveai which may mak� or mar our budding democracy. * / Thero seems to bo some very atrungo Get the Boys Ready for the Buy Suits this week at Stampede Prices. Dress them well in one of our suits at................$6.95 Tweeds and Worsteds, medium and dark browns and grey mixtures. Sizes 7 to 15 years. All stylish suits. This week only..........$6.95 LITTLE BOYS' WASH SUITS AT GREAT REDUCTIONS 25 per cent, off all lines of Boys' Wash Suits, white and colored. Sizes 2 to 6 years. 25% OFF BOYS' AND GIRLS' STRAW AND LINEN HATS All prices subject to a discount of 25%. STAMPED UNDERMUSLINS IN PACKAGES , ReaUy Half Their Value. CORSET COVERS Made up and stamped with thread tor embroidery. Each....................... sac GOWNS, SLIPS AND SKIRTS Made up and stamped finest materials. 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