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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta TUESDAY, JULY 271 1920 TUB JiETHBRTDGE DAILt PAGEJHNE Lethbridge, Home of Irrigation Find First Canadian Project Here Was Constructed 23 Years Ago There old-timers la Lethbridge (here aro visitors among th'e delegates to the fourteenth annual Cession ot the Western Canada'Irri- gation; Association, who remember .when irrigation used to give a visible Heaeiistration .right In the heart of Lethbrldge every summer. "The ditched cross-dHch-' )ed. Every day the trees drew water from the artlfilclal supply. -That's ihe secret of. the beauty of Gait Gar- [Sens today. Lelhbrldge's early history is closely linked with irrigation, and it is there- fore fitting.'that the most important of all conventions of "'the Western panada-Irrigation Association should lie held .Lethbridge is the birttf place of Irrigation In Canada, and af- Je'r giving it. V .thorough tryoiit' for twenty Lettibrldge Is-insistent that the benefits of irrigation be as widely exlehaW.osJ physical condi- t "ijjthbrldge's flue'tree and'park ays Is' readily, con- jceded to be the most'beaullfid of Ihe nrairio cities, J Is built -iin6ii' irrlga AndYas'it is tion projcctf-pr the Dominion which brought about these results, .a won about the, of men than passing luterest'io'congress dele gales.. Actual work on the-construction o the .Lethbridge project, ae cording-to1 the records In the, bffie Keeps the skin Eealthy and sweet It's Best for Bob) and Best far You. i _ AtintT SOAPS LOOTED, MCrt, TAKING THE GAMBLE OUT OF FARMING Irrigated land in the Coaldale district sells as high as an One farmer mortgaged.480 acres at 550 per acre. Land In the Lethbridge Northern district is not worth anything unless It produces crops. Add water to It and it will be worth, the Coaldale price. This Is not a gamble" for the government that guafantees the bonds, it Is .a sound investment. o IRRIGATION LEADERS IN SESSION HERE Fiecutlvfl of the Western Canada Irrigation Association now holdin g Us 14tb annual convention in Lethbridse. Prom left to right: D. .T.'Wylic. Vanlo rveek- F II Peters commissioner of irrigation, Calgary; 0. H. Mam-orb, vice-president of the.association, Lelhbridse; Stirling, Kelqwua, U 0.: B Lawrence Peterson Barnwcll; W. II. FalrDeld, Lellibrldge: D. W. Hays; Medicine Hat; James Colley, secretary. Calgary; William Pearcu. oldest irrifialionlst of 'em all, Calgary. ilfalfa nor dry grasses can be .grown AI.FAI.FA lills the haymow Ko'mnercially on dry land. The aver- pays for the -ii the irrigation company here, be- Oan on December G. G. Anderson was engineer .of the com- ony. Survey parties were sent out n Juiy, 1898 with A. M. Grace as cu- graeer and in the summer oC 1S9S about 45 teams were at work on con- struction, The origirtal Ihe company was the Alberla'Irrigatlon Co.' This was the-Canadlan North Irrigation and later amal- gamated as the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company, which in turn in 1913; was absorbed by the Cana- dian Pacific i Hallway Co., and (Is at- fairs administered by the Natural Kesources'Department.- Acres for It was the original intention to sell the land after the irrigation canal was completed at acre with water right; at ?1 per acre for nuitn tenance. The "press of the time dc scribed the project as; irrigating acres at a cost ot Much .of the construction work was none by Mormon settlers who work ed-out part-payment' for the land they from .the consjany .in irrigated' territory. The church put In to furnis! certain number of, settlers; Thes pioneers had" previous experlcnc with Irrigation and were th founders of the present communities 'farmer In the Coaldalo district (east of Lethbnuge) on irrigated land- produces about three and one- tous of alfalfa per acre each year." Water was west of Magrath through he first division of the system." further construction was com- ileled and on July JS01. the vires flashed townsite of Magrath .through Stirling Water July 12 "Water running through the ditches u was tbe gladsome mes- -age telephoned by Mr. Tneo. Brauu- ey to the Lotlibrldge officials on July 12th, 1901, dates he agricultural development of that community Jn the victory over olft Sol's soil drying rays anil nil nade' the sun and fertile- soil 'or the production of an assured an- nual crop for food or fodder. Raymond town.started in the fall ot-1.900. The caiial had passed that way before the town was founded.-and irrigation water has "flowed through that town all Us-life. The old canal is particularly water- proof anil without any excessive seepage. Through the rolling hills to the south of. Letbbriuge the canal entails a deep cut of a maximum of 19 'test' for 3% miles. The 'Mile lake Hesilibe a saddle ;m Hie crest of tbe continent, for from one side it Hows into Hudson's from the other to the Gulf of.'Mexico. Foiii- of tbe old flumes have been re- placed by dirt fills and there are only ALFALFA PROVERBS ALFALFA the best soil 1 doctor. i-ir.crcases the milk ALPALEA, balances tho corn ration. ALFALFA is the greatest of all sub-sollers. ALFALFA keeps stock in good condition. i: AN ALFALFA field Is a hog's idea of. heaven. means more money and better homes. .ALFALFA does things, and never loafs on the job -ALFALFA, -with fair cliance' always makes good. ALFALFA is tho cheapest and best feed for beet aud cattle. ALFALFA insures larger yields from the crops that'follow. ALFALFA contains more pro- telu to the ton tban clover or com. ALFALFA is the agricultural wonder of the Tweutlei.h Century.. ALFALFA yields from two or three times as much as clover or tlmotby. aud more valuable than hay1. ;ALFALFA adds humus to the soil.- ALFALFA Is high In feeding valne. ALFALFA sod grows corn.crops. ALFALFA has no equal as a hog pasture, ALFALFA should be grown on every farm. FOXTAIL is the greatest enemy of alfalfa. GROWING ALFALFA Is good business Henry.Smith, a Q.T.R. yard'switch- mairat London, was crushed to death between THE BANK of COMMERCE have now exceptionally good facilities for transfer of money to all points in Italy and can make transfer without deiay. The-Lethbridge Branch have specialized in this particular business, and arc in a position to quote very low rates. The Manager will be pleased to discviss the: matter at any _ _. -K.-.W. REIKIE as low as ?3 per acre for their land and worked out most of the payments at that. Now some of this bargain counter patch of Alberta's-wilderness of 20 years ago earns'from an Irrigat- ed hay-meadow per acre! July 4th Independence Day "The main canal completed. Water turned in. at head gates, was the magic on the wires to tlie Lethbridge office'.'ol the com- pany, on three old wooden flumes left now. An idea o( the flow of-.the cllrrcn' n the present canal may. be ha rom Ihe Intake'being feet above of Maeralh, Haymorid and Stirling. Land Earns Per Acre ....._.-- Seine of the pioneer settlers paid n the present, canal had MOTHER! "California Syrup of Figs" Child's Best Laxative he sea, Stirling feet above sea evel feet. Lctbbridge liad a contract for water from the ditch. This water !or years ran in ditches .along >tlia sides of the streets, arid Is used [or supplying Henderson Lake.. Some of this three dollar land is now bringing ?165 an acre. And Gome of it ia" making that much gross .re- turn jier.acre'm a days hap a new meaning for he irrigation farmers of Southern Albert a 'who oil that history -making day effectually demonstrated their ndepentlence from tbe absence ol rain because they- nmde th'j river run up, on and over the dry, land. Then on July. 7th, another elegram, on fllo in the archives o1 .be irrigation' office, .told that high prices, uoaiaaie anana ,ianu produced .as, high as tons per acre last vear, and It sold as high as 540 per ton. Is It any wonder farmers in liear-by districts which- can secure water from the streams now going to 'waste, are leading in the fight for irrigation extension in Southern Alberta. They know, and the' better they know the more they insist. What Irrigation Has Done I In Sunny Southern Comparative Results In Crops Grown on Dry Land and Irrigated Land at the Experimental' Farm, Lethbridge, Giving Yields' Per Acre IwHfcAT I! OATS (Marqula) BARLEY 1] PEAS ;i POTATO (Sweet (All (Irish Chevalier) varieties) Cobbler) [I Irr. Dry Irr. I] Bu'. Bu. Bu. Irr. Dry Irr. i] -Dry Irr. Bu. liu. [I Bu., Bu. Bu. Bu. accept Syrup of Figs for the on the.package, Ihcn you are sure- your having the best and moat Sannlew physic for the liltlo stomach, liver bowels. Children love its directions on each hottle. Tou must say 'AdTOrtlaament, Quoting Jtr. Fairfield very briefly, ho explained the chart above as fol- lows "The experimental farm Is bisected by an irrigation ditch, so. .that a part This Better Butter Scotch RED SEAL, FrtGISTtRED Trit Nr CCTIONt m Y Co> Wherevar Good Candy h Sold of the farm Is above the ditch.and is dry, fanned and a part is below the ditch ami Is irrigated. Tbe figures shown In Iho chart have ,bcen vory carefully scjcctcd, showing the actual resulls gained during, the. past eleven _ years on crops the only (IlfTcr- once was between [fry land and irri- gated land. There was no special at tempt made to gel results lhat would show the difference IjClweon dry land ami irrigated aim was la develop methods for gaining the b'cat results, both on dry and on Irrigated j land, The crops were grown on.small plots under very .careful cultivation, so that all the yields arc probably higher than produced on the average farm; but tho difference between the yields should be the same as on an ordinary farm. The last column Speaks for itself In showing tlie aver- ago increase over eleven wet aiid some to Irrigation. And fnrther all tho dry crops wcro produced on summer-fallow, which requires that for every acre .producing a crop In auy year another acre Is lying fallow. The Irrigated land pro- duced a crop under rotation every year. Therefore to get A true com- parison between the dry and tlie Irri- gated land the figures in the labt column should all be doubled. And again, tho chart makes no menlion of alfalfa or tho hay crops which are, perhaps, ttie most profitable of all on the irrigated There can be no comparison because ucUhor WAVY IN England you will find men everywhere smoking Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes with the same keen enjoyment as they do here! Over in Australia, the tailor in the lifebuoy it a very familiar'character, and there, too, PLAYER'S are universally enjoyed. There can be only one reason ;