Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 4, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta
TEe Lethbridge Daily Herald Volume V. Letkbiidge. Alberta. Tiiebi'lay, June 4, 1912 No. 148 SWEEPING VINDICATION OF HON. MR. PUGSLEY'S WORK Inquisitional Commission Could Find Nothing Irregular REVIEW CONTRACTS And Now Other Job Hunters are Feeling Very Sore Winnipeg, .lime 3....A special to the l-'rec Press from Ottawa says : "The administration of tha public works department by lion. Wm. Pugsley has been endorsed and approved in a most striking fashion by the Borden government. The first instructions ^iven 1,0 A. li. JMorine as head of the public service commission were to jnake a thorough investigation of all the contracts which the department had _ madc~in � the;last ten years, especially those where the work ' was Mill going on. The investigation was most thoroughly made. The engineers of the department, the department records, and I he contractors ware exhaustively examined by the official in-M'stigators, not a single irregularity lie'ng discovered in any case. As a result of the investigation the gov-it anient has decided to renew contracts made by the Liberal minister and allow the contractors^to go on and finish their work. It was . expected that every, contract would be cancelled and fresh tenders called for niid-a large number of Conservatives-provided themselves with dredging plant to get in for favorable treatment. There is; much disappointment Among vthem in. consequence. (The contracts which have been renewed run into hundreds of thousands--of- dol-. lars. '.' . -ri i' .:' Emulated the Great Sir Walter Raleigh Fat-is, June 4.-Queen Wllhelmina's visit to France ended yesterday when one of the most charming incidents of her stay occurred. Her Majesty was at Camp Satory, where she accompanied President Fallieries to witness a review in her honor. The Queen, despite the rain, left the grandstand escorted by President Railleries, visited one of the batteries and witnessed the operation of loading and firing again. Her .Majesty was about to return when an artilleryman, observing that 'the ground, was muddy, ran to the amunition chests and seizing some boards, placed them on the ground. Thus, like Raleigh with his cloak, he improvised a footway along the muddy soil, and the Queen was able to advance without wetting her shoes. There was not enough boards to-complete the way to the stand so as the Queen walked, soldiers lifted the boards behind her and ran and placed them in a row. The Queen was greatly pleased and when she reached the end of the promenade, turned with a grateful gesture-to the man who placed the last, board and held out. her hand. The soldier, removing his cap, bent over the Queen's hand and gallantly kissed it. MEN WHO WASH CLOTHES ORGANIZE WESTERN LAUNDRYMEN FORM ASSOCIATION-CONVENTION AT WINNIPEG Winnipeg, June 3.-The first convention of laundrymen in the history of Canada opened today when the Ivortbwest Canadian Laundry men's association, formed a few months ngo, met for the first time. About fifty are in attendance, cpr.iing from (the cities and towns throughout the Vest. At the opening session the delegates were welcomed by Mayor Waugh, who extended the freedom of the city. I.. B. Rumford, Winnipeg, president, occupied the chair, and .1. d). Plummer, of Moose Jaw, thanked ithc mayor tin behalf of the visitors. iPapers on various topics of interest jito laundrymen were read at the moru-$ng and afternoon sessions, and in evening the visitors had a theatre arty. TRAIN DASHED THROUGH FLAMES Von Bieherstein Left Constantinople in Baptism of Fire Constantinople, June 3.- Baron von Bieberstein, the famous German Ambassador, who has been transferred to London, made a dramatic exit from' Constantinople through a wall of flame. The fire, which destroyed a large portion of Stamboul, - constantly threatened the railroad, and as the flames surrounded the tracks the/Amba'ssa'd&Vs train was delayed some-time. It was finally decided, however, to make a. dash through the fire and the train was driven straight through the flames; It came out safely, though the cars were slightly scorched. >?>>?> SUSPECTS HONOR OF HIS POLICE HAD TOGO Bruce Ismay Tells British Court of Orders to Rush Titanic London, June 4.-J. Bruce lsmay told the British court of inquiry that it had been planned to drive the Titanic at lull speed during the few favorable hours of her maiden trip, and that he considered Captain Smith fully justified in going at full speed through the ice region, so long as the weather conditions permitted seeing ice ahead. CHICAGO'S MAYOR BELIEVES COLLUSION EXISTS BETWEEN CRIMINALS AND POLICE Chicago, June J.-The belief that collusion exists between the police and certain criminals led Mayor Harrison yesterday to revoke the saloon license of Edward Shannon,, and to write a letter to the civil service commission asking that the . conduct of detectives O'Neill and McFarland be investigated. A story the may6r heard about Henry Weiss, whose pockets were picked of $100 and his subsequent recovery of the money, led to the action. Weiss complained to the police and was told, it is charged, that the two detectives could arrange for the return of part of his money if ha would agree to let the. pickpocket off with a petty larcchy charge. ^ :?.\ The upshot of the hegotia'tionspsay's the mayor's informant, was that Weiss went to Shannon's saloon and there received his $100 and $5 with which to "buy a cigar." It was also suggested to him, it is said,.,that he permitted several pickpockets to look at him in order that they might not again steal anything from him. CROP CONDITIONS IN LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT BLOWING OVER $9,000 CLEAN-UP Ridgetown,. Ont, June 4.-(Mrs. P. Gilbert, formerly of this place, purchased 160 acres of land near Kose-iown, Sask., a year ago. The town is booming, and Mts. Gilbert has sold her laud to a company to cut up into lots. She cleared $9,000 by turning over the property. BROKE SIR WILFRID'S NOSE } Ottawa, June 4.-The statement is i"*uade that an order has been given to ^Paul Cbevre,the sculptor, to carve a bust of Sir AVilfrid L-aurier to replace the damaged bust which now ^lorns the rotunda of the Chateau furier. The figure fell when it was Ing put into place, and the nose ffered some injury. The new bust 11 be rendy in a few months. DIED IN HOUR OF VICTORY Sioux City, Iowa, June 4.-Congressman E. H. Hubbard, of Sioux City, representing the eleventh Iowa District, died suddenly this morning at the home of John C. Kelly, editor of the Tribune. Hubbard was a candidate for re-nomination in the Republican primary in the eleventh district yesterday, agaiust. Geo. C. Scott, of Sioux City, and early returns indicated he had won the nomination. ITOR YOUNG BADLY BEATEN s Monies, la., June 4. - TJ. S. tor ICenyon, of ForKDodge, .de-former Senator Young, of Dcs es by a majority of approximately thousand for the republican tonal nomination in yesterday's primaries. Senator Kenyon's yOry was sweeping, covering uot the progressive congressional riots in the north half or the, !)iit a number of counties in er stand pat strongholds in the ill and east parts. Kciiyon carried lg's own precinct and all the t'iple cities BERLIN, ONT., IS A CITY, NOW Berlin, June 4.-Berlin's city charter is expected to be issued by the government this week, and next Monday, June 10, Berlin will be entered into cityhood, being the first, town in Canada to wait-until the necessary 15,000 population was attained before making formal application for a charter, without special legislation. V V V : : : > 'if* V V Correspondent's Report on Rainfall and Bright Prospects Existing There has been considerable talk of the weather being too dry for the crops, and the Herald today got in touch with correspondents north, south, east and west of the city. The result of the inquiry showed that the rain has been erratic so far. Some districts have had sufficient moisture for all purposes, while others have had only ^scattered light showers. In the district immediately surrounding Leth bridge city more rain would be welcomed. Northeast of the city there have been sufficient rains for all purposes. The same is true of the Pinch-er Creek district, while the Clares-holm ami Granum area needs rain soon. Only scattered showers have been experienced to date. The Black' Spring Ridge district has been blessed with lots of moisture. In (lie South country rain is needed around Warner, while east of that point, in the homesteading district, there .has been considerable precipitation. ' In the Cardston district there has been ample moisture up to the present. Along the railway, east to Medicine Hat, the country has had heavy showers, and thero is no complaint heard. Had Plenty of Rain Pincher Creek, June 4.-Crop conditions in this section never looked better. Not only has 'there beeu an abundance of moisture for the present, but old-timers who have been in the country for thirty years, say that it is one of the most favorable springs within their recollection. The rain was two weeks later than usual in' coming, but that was regarded as a God-send, as work left over from last autumn had to be caught up with. Editor Norman, of the Pincher Creek Kcho, speaking today, said, "I've been in the West, fifteen summers and never saw a better one. There is ample (Continued on paiie 5}. Compromise Offer of the Bricklayers Refused by Contractors There was a slight change in the bricklayers' strike today in that, the men offered to compromise with the contractors and accept 72>� cents an *our instead of 75 cents as originally asked/' The contractors refused to recede from their offer of 70 cents and a further meeting will likely be called tonight tt> see if there-is any possibility of agreement. A; (meeting was held this morning of-th� committees representing the-bricklayers and the contractors association atid the men submitted their 01161' to reduce the demand two and a half cents an hour. -. The contractors retused to consider any bufc/ithe.offer of '70 reehts/'-which, they said" was the �cale paid in Edmonton, r r The men are understood to have held a meeting at noon/and decided to make one more attempt to reach agreement before taking further action. The scale now existent is 67% cents an hour. WJien. the demand was made for 75 cents the contractors offered 70 cents, and there was no move made by either side in the way of compromise until this morning when the men offered to split the difference. The contractors offered 70 cents before the men went out and if they had been inclined to accept that offer there would have been no strike. There are fifty men out and the losS| In wages runs from 5250 to $275 a day. | Mr. Geeves, who is here from the headquarters of the international union at Indianapolis, is not very talkative but seems to be anxious to reach a settlement on as fair a basis as possible and without involving the other branches of the building trades. THE AXE IS NOT YET SHARPENED SPEAKER SPROULE DENIES THAT HE HAD DECIDED ON INQUISITORS' REPORT Ottawa, June I. - 1 Ton. T. S. Sproule, speaker of the. House of Commons, arrived in the city today and will he here for some days on official business. He gives an official denial to the report published in certain newspapers to the effect that the report of the commissioners appointed to investigate the law branch.of the house of commons has been taken into consideration. Personally he has only lead a very small portion of the evidence. MILES OF CANADIAN PRODUCTS WILL BE IN STATE WELCOME AWAITS THEM Ottawa, June I.- Hon. Sam Hughes, niinister of militia, Irtra received a. cable from Hon. Mr. Pierce, minister of militia, of Australia, announcing that the Canadian cadets from Bri-ish Columbia, who are to visit Australia this summer, will be given a State welcome by the Commonwealth government. *$* �s* ** *** * *�* *y LAURIE STILL ON THE JOB Wm. Laurie is to hold an investigation into charges of political partisanship agaiust If. A. Driggs, postmaster, at Grassy Lake. .;. .;. .J. .;. .;. .;. .;. .;. .}. .;. ,j. .;. ,;. .j World's Congress to Discuss Wireless London, June 4.--'-JThirty-h've nations will be represented in the international wireless telegraph conference Thursday which opens in London. About 1.50 delegates will attend the session's and the deliberations of wireless operation will extend over four weeks. King George is taking the greatest interest in the conference and has invited the delegates to attend a receptlpn at Buckiugham Palace. The British post office authorities who are responsible for the origin of the conference are arranging a series of Investigations which will include a trip to the new marine works and several high-power coast stations. The French deputation will include the remote colonies of Indo-Chlna, Equatorial 'Africa, Madagascar and Tunis. -� The conference is expected to take up the whole question of international communication and most prominent, among the deliberations will be a discussion on the equipment of ocean-going vessels, the bitter basson of the Titanic disaster still being an issue in Great Britain. International codes and regulations may be made uniform, and it is generally expected that great good will come from the conference. NEWSPAPERS JAR ON MR. HARDY ENGLISH AUTHOR MAKES FEW REMARKS WHEN PRESENTED WITH A GOLD MEDAL London, June 4.-Thomas Hardy, in acknowledging the gold medal of the Royal Society of Literature, presented to him by Henry Newbolt and W. B. Yeats, on behalf ol' the society, on the'-occaston*'rn*-lrifi-eeventy-secvond birthday, made a plea for pure English, and deplored the appalling increase of slipshod writing. Mr. Hardy said that he feared that the vast increase of hurried descriptive reporting for newspapers, was largely responsible for things in England, adding: "Then the increasing influx of American journals, so fearfully and wonderfully worded, helps on the indifference to literary form. Their influence has *een strongly apparent of late years in our English, newspapers, where one often now meets headlines in staring capitals that are- phrases of no language whatever, often incomprehensible at a casual glance. Every reward, prize or grant, therefore, which urges omnivorous readers and incipient writers toward appreciating the splendors of English un-defiled and a desire of producing such for themselves is of immense value." AN UNSEEMLY ROW WITH RECTOR Didn't Like Him andJPut a Padlock on the Door - * Toronto, June 3.-Consider-erable excitement has been > caused at Falrbank, a Toronto to take the place of Rev. Geo. Scott. Locks have heep.pyt on .� forcibly prevented the new rec- tor from entering .tfifif1 Sunday'.' rector. > * * * * < ? RIOTING RAMPANT IN BELGIUM: MANY KILLED Country Seems to be Seething Mass of Dis-contentness Brussels, Belgium, June 4.-The post election riots in Belgium, have taken on a revolutionary character, following last night's troublesi at Liege and other places. The Socialists' central committee declared today that it would proclaim a general strike tomorrow. At Antwerp, one battalion of scouts and a section of artillery of civil guards joined the mauifestants. They rebelled against the police^authorities and vented their feelings" in demolishing windows. The- clerical press demands the dismissal of these troops, in addition to troubles at Liege and Verviers. where gendarmes fired ou the crowd, killing or wounding over fifty persons, among them two children. There was less serious rioting yesterday, and last night at Bruges, Tounai, Ghent, Louvain, Antwerp and in this city, A number of Jesuit colleges and Catholic institutions were attacked by mobs, and the windows otv the buildings smashed. Gendarmes charged the rioters with broadswords. The -."a-vorite cries of the mauifestants are those demanding administrative sep-araiiou of the Flemish and Walloon provinces. Somo of the newspapers report a growing sentiment among the working classes in the Walloon districts of the southeast in favor of the annexation 'of their provinces to France. The agitation is spreading throughout the country, and 50,000 reservists will be called out. At Liege enormous damage was done by the rioters last night. Today streets in the centre of the city were piled high with broken chairs, tables, beams, planks and stones, which were the arms used by the mob in their attacks on the police. The tramways were wrecked. tu the (Continued on page 5;. SIR CHARLES FEELS WELL Vancouver, June 4.-"i am feeling stronger than when 1 left England, and hope soon to be myself again," said Sir Charles Tupper, on arrival ljore today. "We had good weather tin the ocean trip, and I withstood the railway journey exceedingly well," he said. " THE PROGRAM IS RATHER LENGTHY London, June 4.-Parliameut.-Te-as-sembles today after the Whitsuntide holiday. It is admitted that.the programme awaiting digestion'' is truly gigantic, and there is talk of dropping Welsh Disestablishment. Although this is certainly far from a popular measure with many supporters of the government, yet- it is extremely .doubtful if the ministerialists dare drop the measure. The session will perhaps extend into next year. Canada to Make a Demonstration at Wisconsin SPARE NO MONEY Retaliating for Being Refused the Right to Exhibit Milwaukee, Wis., June 1.-The controversy between the land department of the Canadian government, and the Wisconsin state fair board took on a more serious aspect on Monday when an official order was received from the government at Ottawa by the representative of the land department in Milwaukee that money in any amount must not be spared to make the Canadian Exposition here at the time of the state fair the greatest Canadian Exposition ever held in the United States. The order further states that the 70th Cameron Highlanders band of Winnipeg will be ordered to Milwaukee for fair work and that a parade of over two miles jn length of Canadian grown products will be organized. Several hundred Canadian horsemen from" the Northwest will be sen(-. to draw the monster floats. NEW BRUN8WICK NOMINATIONS^ St. John; June 3.-The Liberals o't Charlotte County today nominated Harry Callister, W. Mann, Daniel Gil-more, jr., son of Senator Gilmorefand Geo. My-Byron, candidates in'the jyro-, vlnciat^^Uon. In Queen's. Gonnty . th�**t,iDera!' candidates are Geo.- H. King, son of Senator King, and'-T.'^W. �� Carpenter, and the Conservative candidates are H. Woods and A^'B^'Slipp, thc^Mmer members.-' ",''(-.' OVERWHELMED WITH DISASTERS STORE BURNED, SON KILLED AND WIPE TAKEN ILL ALL IN ONE DAY Knoxville, Tenn., June 4.-His son killed, his store destroyed by fire, and his wife suddenly taken ill, was the measure of grief meted out to J. F. Johnson, of Londale, a suburb, in the twenty-four hours ending-last night. Awakened at an early hour yesterday morning, he found his place of business at Londale on fire, and watched the flames consume the building and stock. Later in the day his wife was stricken. LaBt night the lifeless body ot his 17-year-old son was found ar. the bottom of an elevator shaft at the candy factory, where he worked. No one saw the accident, but it-seems certain he fell several stories. AUTO RAN OVER EMBANKMENT Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 4.-Two persons were probably fatally hurt, and five more or less seriously injured in an automobile accident, near Traer last night. An auto, driven by J.