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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 30, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME X. LKTHBItlDGE. ALBERTA*. MONDAY, JULY 30, 1917 NUMBER 194 7 PERSONS PERISH IN FOREST FIRES NEAR FERNIE PROBE CAUSE OF BAD RAILWAY WRECK THE Freight Crashes Into Excursion Train, Telescoping Coaches But Only Five Killed Edmonton, .Tuly 30.-An official inquiry Into tho cause of the wreck of the Alberta bench' excursion train :ind n freight train on the Canadian Northern Saturday night, is In progress this morning," and tho coroner's inquest will he started this afternoon. A warrant has been Issued for the arrest of the train dispatcher, who iH alleged to lie responsible for the disaster. Ho cannot bo found. The Hot of dead stands at five, and tho Journal puts tho list of injured at 11, nil moro or less seriously. It is thought that two of these may dio, though the hospital reported their condition this morning aa slightly improved. It was the weak cars on the passenger train which suffered from the collision. The modern express car between the engine and tho first passenger coach was not injured a particle, but the two coaches immediately following were what aro known as summer coaches, light affairs which tele-coped each other completely, the front of one going to within three feet of tho front of the other, both remaining on the tracks. The sides and flooring were reduced to matchwood and officials aro at a Iohb to understand how a single person escaped alive. There were 90 persons in the -two-coaches. A Horrible Smash Edmonton, July 20.-Five dead,- four mora seriously -ajpd probably . fatally injured and a large number of others requiring hospital care,'Is the toll of tho worst railway wreck that has over occurred in the Edmonton district. It took place Saturday night at 7.15, 21 miles west of tho city on tho C.N.R. main line near Viileneuve when a freight train eastbound crashed Into a moonlight spatial crowded with passengers for Alberta beach, a C.N.R. holiday resort: The dead all reside in Edmonton. They are: Doris Archer, aged 8; Donald A. Lcdtiux, aged 12; Alexander Currle, employee Merchants Bank; Charles L. Danford, salesman; Miss Marion Daw, clerk. Seriously injured: Joseph G. Hackott, clerk, dislocated clavicle; A. Gordon King, commercial traveller, injuries to back and severe bruises; Miss Gertrude Pomfert, Injuries to head and spine and internal Injuries; Joseph'.Ciriug, internal injuries. The train crews of both engines jumped when they saw a collision was Inevitable and avoided serious injuries. Both crews insist that they were running according to orders, but It Is generally understood that tho freight should have taken a siding at Calahoo, three miles west of the scene of the accident. Supt W. A. Brown declines to fix the responsibility until after an official Inquiry and denies a current report that one of the train dispatching staff at Edmonton had left the/city immediately after the accident. The fatalities and injuries wove largely confined to one car of the excursion train which was completely telescoped by the next In front. Tho Ill-fated car, which was of light con-BtructioUj- was completely demolished and wonder is expressed that any of Its occupants escaped alive. Huns Sank Dutch Ships Scheveningen, Netnorlands, July 29, via London, July 30,-Fishermen arriving here assert that the Dutch fishing boats sunk yesterday off thi Dutch coast by a German submarine were within the so-called safety ione. They believe that altogether 10 vessels were sent lo the bottom. quebec cabinet is D/ummondville, July 30.'- Hon. Walter Mitchell, provincial treasurer in the Gouln government, at a meeting here yesterday lined up against conscription. Mr. Mitchell did not give the Uorden government credit for sincerity in its conscription programme, but believed the government's aim was to play race against race, province against province and religion against ^religion. "I am opposed to conscription, honestly and conscientiously," said he, "and' I do not consider myself disloyel, nor do I think that any man or newspaper has a right to say that 1 am disloyal. I am opposed to conscription because 11 believe it was introduced for the purpose of winning elections, and not winning tho war." Mr. Mitchell eulogised Sir., Wilfrid Laurier, "the man who had for 15 years devoted himself to the union of the peoples of Canada." '. Among other antl-conacrlptlon speakers were L. J. GaujhlftrLMP. for Sj., Hyacinths and pT Brbulllard, M". P. for.this county. BULLETINS AFTER SLACKERS Washington, July SO-Declaring that thousands of men of drsft age are evading registration and have escaped the oall to the army, Attorney Gregory today, instructed" all United States attorneys to begin a round up of the slackers and'start criminal prosecution. St. Pan, Miiin'.,. July .30.-Dispatches from points. in South Dakota, last night stated, that general rains have fallen over north western South Dakota, and southern North Dakota. The rainfall did much toward refreshing the crops and conditions, the dispatches said, werq now more hopeful. A violent storm struck Alexandria, Minn., at 9 o'clock last night. Houses were unrooted, *�>>***>* * > * > . - �> RETLAW FIRE . Yesterday alter noon � a sari-  ous Are at Retlaw wiped out *> the Ford garage, Six oars in *> the^garage at the tlnao were de--  stroyed.; Two'men were Blight- The total loss is estimated at  17,000, the building being worth �> |6000, Having retreated a distance of approximately 100 miles from where Kerensky, the iron man of Russia, carried them in' his personally-conducted drive early In the present month, the Gallclan army on the center of tho line in east Galicia is again on Russian soil on both sides of Husiatlyn, and still being followed up by the forces of the Teutonic allies. Likewise the armies to the' north and south continue to fall back before the enemy at a few points only rtand-ing to offer a semblance of resistance and then only for short periods of time. Whenever those faithful troops attempt to give battle they ire harassed by numerically stronger forces dt the Teutons and compelled* to give ground, receiving no assistance from their recalcitrant former brothers in arras, whose main effort continues to be to get out of striking distance of tho enemy. So fast has been the .retirement of the Hussions and the advance of the enemy toward Buko-wiaa that already an rch-llke formation has been thrown westward ot Czernowitz, the capital,, with the northern end resting oa VYoclawlce 25 miles distant and the iiouthern end to the east of Kuty. on (ho western bor- St. Johns, N. F� July 30.-A furious storm last night made a hopeless wreck of the Norwegian-American steamship Kristianiafojord which ran aground near Cape Race two weeks ago. The work of lightening the cargo was in progress and with good weather It had been hoped to float the vessel this week, but she pounded heavily in the sea raised by the storm and the crew numbering 250 who remained on board after the passengers were removed, were forced to abandon her. She was fast going to pieces when the last of the men loft her. Tho crew will bo brought here today. der of. the crown land. .' Although the infantry operations are on a minor scale, consisting mainly of raids by the British, t/ie great artillery duel which has been in progress In Flanders for more than a week continues unabated/ The- visitation of German shells on Nseuport is tremendous, and the British guns are replying almoBt' shot for shot against the German lines. To tho south, around the Vlmy Ridge and Lens and at Armentleres, the duel continues ot great proportions. Simultaneously in the air the fight, I, d , recent year8 ing machines of Great Britain and i Germany are carrying out manoeuvres of proportions never before seen, both aides sustaining losses' In aircraft shot down or sent hurling earthward out of contrpl. As an indication of the intensity of these combats 30 German airplanes were accounted for in the latest fighting, in addition to two observation balloons, which y-we , ��� shot down in. flames. ' 1 The British war office admits that 13 ot the royal air squadron t tailed TO THE IRISH Dublin, July 30.-Lieut.Gen. Brian Thomas Mahon, commander-in-chief Of the British forces in Ireland, Issued an order under the defence of, the realm act forbidding the wearing of uniforms of a military character except by state forces and the carrying ot. weapons except (or lawful employment or pastime. Tne order will immediately affect volunteer bodies All aboard for Carmangay! Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock sharp, tho Lethbridge Auto Club tour to Carmangay will start from the corner of 3rd Ave. S. and 6th St. S. The cars will line up on 6th St. South between 3rd and 4th avenues. J. T. Graham will act as pathfinder for the tour. The best roads are being mapped out. The run is about 40 miles, which can be made quite easily In an hour and a half. A letter has been received from Secretary Russell ot the Carmangay Auto Club, expressing appreciation of the contemplated visit. A list is being circulated to secure the names ot all auto owners who are going. It is essential that the list be prepared by tomorrow noon so those who are making the trip should notify either J. T. Graham or V. E. Green of the entertainment committee. The ball game has been called tor four o'clock. Lethbridge is taking up the best team it can procure, with Rut-ledge as pitcher. Carmangay \wlll have Putman, a professional pitcher from Great Falls, on the mound. AUTOiSTS HAVE Yesterday afternoon at the corner of 8th St.' S. and 9tb Ave., a belt line street car collided with Louis Keel's automobile in^yrhich there were six or seven .people, with the result that the auto was badly smashed. Mr. Korn-bloom received injuries resulting in a number of ribs broken while the other i passengers were, badly shaken up. According to the story as told- to the street railway department, two other cars ahead of Mr. Kepi's had turned the corner and passed the street car. Mr. Keel's car, however, didn't make tho turn but ran right In front of the street car which vbunted it in the side, tearing off a wheel and shoving it a distance of ten feet. Tho car was badly smashed. to return I > their bases. The Oetnisit war office asserts, however, that 35 British planes were shot down. MARKETS Spot wheat............. Local traek wheat .,..... October wheat ...... Local track oats ..... October oats ............ October flax ............. WEATHER ' WEATHER Hi�h.............. Low forecast-Falr^and' warmer!' 240 210 228-.nounced the abolition of all �> censorship henceforth except *� as inayi heo exercised by the edl-> tors themselves. TRAIN CREW, TRAPPED BY BUSH FIRES, MEET DEATH Forest Fire, Fanned by Gale Sweeps Up Gulch, Trapping Train Crew Fighting Fire at Another Camp-Try to Escape But Perish-Try to Run Train Through Flames Hut Rails Spread. DEAD MEIV MUST HAVE SUFFERED FRIGHTFUL AGONY IS THE FLAME* THE DEAD GEORGE BRONSON, Engineer, Pincher Crsek. D. C. TRITCH, Fireman, Cal* '"nick MY8CHIVITCH, Brake-man. DAN DEMKO, canthook man. CHAS. GOYETT. N. GILIN. Unidentified man. {Special to the Herald) Fernie, July 29.-Seven men burned to death, ten horses dead, all the logging camps of the Elk Lumber company on Randall and Spruce creeks, POLES ROUSED AT on the west side ot Elk river, and ... eral horses badly scorched, is the toll taken yesterday afternoon by the flr� fiend during a heavy gale ot wfatd which drove the Are up Spruce arccl: from Camp 12, where another Are had burned the camp two days before, and which it was thought had been oonv pletely extinguished. Hemmed In By Bias* The high wind which sprang of about ten o'clock yesterday, however, seems to have fanned to lit* �ohm smouldering embers, and at one o'clock the flames had gone up th� narrow gulley down which Sprues creak runs, and caught between flty and six* ty men who were working at -Camp 14, hemming them tn like rats In �. Big Demonstrations in Warsaw, Following Arrest of Polish Leaders by Governor - "London, Jnly 30.-Big street demon-strations have occurred at Warsaw as a result of the arrest of 0�h. Pilsudskt of the Polish Legion and other leaders in the movement against imposing an oath of fidelity to the Austro- trap, and from which the wonder la that there are only seven deaths to report. Spruce creek runs tor most ot it� length, through a very narrow gorge up which a logging railway had been constructed to within half a mile of, Camp 14 where the loggers had been, quartered for some time and from whence all logging operations were, carried on. The men had Just finish-' ed the noon meal end were returning to their respective places ot operation when the fire came rushing up the' gorge driven by a gale which Increased in velocity every moment. as. been crossed by. the Teutons at several pel**. V run their train through the flames, but the rails ot the track had become warped by the heat and the locomotive left them and it became hopeless to move it. Engineer George Benson, who has relatives at Pincher Creek, finding it impossible to move his train farther, on account ot warped rails and fallen trees, seems to have tried to save himself by getting Into the creek which ran near the track. His body was found Jn the water within' a few rods ot hie leeomottve, and wee removed by Forest Range* Hart and assistants. Just on the track, Wttbia a tod tt two of where Benson was sound, the body of V. C Trltcb, ale fireman, was found leaning against a tree traatt which had fallen Just behind dee train of logging cars. The brakemaa, Ntek Mysclvlch,. In some miraculous man* ner, succeeded in breaking through the weU of fire which shut (BUB oat from below, but In so doing, loat ev* ery stitch of clothing except the aeetc band ot hie shirt, a part ot one sleeve and his boots. He was able to stagger down the track until he saw a xnea coming to his aid, when he sat deisA and waited for help. Horribly Burned Though burned horribly, he waaeHlt able to talk and with the assistance ot others was able to walk to a plage free from danger, Where he was wrap* pad in blSnkets until Dr. Cornea arrived from Fernie and administered aft opiate and applied oil and gauae bead* ages to his body which was burned all ever. This mbn was hurried to' the Fernie hospital, but did not survive the night..... The bodies of two others of the train i crew were found near the others, and ' all of them had lost every stttoh ot clothing, excepting their boots, Aid from fernie The news ot the disaster reached Fernie about two o'clock and la a ' few minutes, Manager Forbes was on the road in a car, and Forest Ranger Hart followed aa soon as he had notl- \ fled the provincial police and instructed them to follow with medical aid. A Herald representative accompanied Ranger Hart, and by three o'clock they were on the scene, and Mr. Hart at once took charge ot operations. Going up the railway track several men. mostly foreigners, were met ooaUag out, all ot them bewildered, and knowing very little of what had happened. Some of these poor fellows did not even deign to answer questions put to them by the ranger or the press man, but kept going down the track, seemingly Intent upon patting as much distance between theav elves and the flrs as possible. (CONTINUED ON PAOB BIXT e> BARL QRIV BBTTIR   London, July 10.-far! dray  e> is reported aa slightly better ^e> s0 1322?5 11495938 1929 02 ;