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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta srtiiy. .June run LKTirnmnoE DAILY HERALD Pago 3 Will Increase Fast Gas Can be Used by the First of Augus Declaration of a Representative of the Compan to the City Council--Company's Case Clearly i Presented-The Changes in Agreement C4T. Wednesday, July the burg' 'tiffes the city of Lethbridge will 'ho opportunity either to accept reject the'proposed amended Tran- of the Canada West urn Natural J'las, Meat, Light and Power Co., for date it lias .been decided to on the new bylaw. The question; came uj) before the council at its 'regular mueiiiig yester- day afternoon, and having given Hheir word that the bylaw would be sub- mitted as noon us It was amended to suit the city solicitor, representa- tives of the company who waited on the council met with no opposition on that score. Eugene Coste, the manur- ing director of the concern, with John Bain, one of their head liiiatu-lal agents, were present, and when tho council gave their assurance that the byla'w would be allowed to yo before the people, Mr. Bain produced a cbeque for ?2QO urnl handed it to the' secretary as a guarantee that company would carry out their prom- ise to hear the expense of submitting the .matter to a vote. The representatives of the company who were present, while knowing that the matter wbuld he left entirely in the hands of the burgesses for the final decision, took advantage of the opportunity offered to once more their claims before the council, liu. CoBte stated the case from fhe standpoint pf..one who has been a long time In tho natural gas business. Even now he is deeply interested in a company Ontario vjiieh siipplies ten or twelve town along Lalio Ontario. Me is also ii UYOBted in natural gas proposition In (he United States. The main thing which he said h wanted to Impress upon the inemher of the council was that they now ha< a commodity to offer. When tlie orig imil company appealed to the peopl< of Lethbridgo for a franchise the) had nothing delinite to offor, ami goi their franchise to be .used in cast they could get gas. Having something tangible to offer Mr. Cost-a said they had right i to sell it. If It were coal or wheat th'el could haul it into tho city and sell without anybody's permission. But its It Is a tltiid, it must be piped in, iind for this reason it is necessary to conic to the city for permission to use the city's streets and lan.es. Ought to Keep-Contract Aid. Ashcroft raised the objection that the company now had a contract with the city, and lie thought it should foe kept just tlie same as a coal con- tract would have to be kept. Mr. Coste answered that it was another company which made that contract. If it was a bad con- tract, it was not the fault of the pres- ent concern, and their only" desire was to make it a desirable "contract i for both parties, that is the comnati nd the city. far In the controversy, and cleared up sonic.lutoi'CHIIng points. After tho C. P. It., ho said, had Investigated Ilio Bow Island gas Holds, and had doclii- ed not to utilize them, thinking the proposition was not a sound buslnesi: one, the present company bought tli llehls, and spent more than half million In getting gas In commercla (Hiantitics. The gas was no good t thorn without a market, so with Ca sary as their objective point, the decided thai H would be necessary to obtain the franchises already srantet by Ills cities of Calgary and bridge to iho Calgary Natural Cas Co. of which Uliigiimn and Homiar wen. the promoters, if they did not ac mire tills franchise it would be In possible to supply the natural ga 0 Calgary Or i-ctlibridge until such .lino as these franchises became void hroiiEh aon-fulillment. They there- ore bought the franchises for what hey were worth. Then be was sent to England to aise money for Iho proposition. A urn In the neighborhood of four or vo million dollars was necessarv to nance the project. To raise "this moiiift. they had to have a good m'O- osillon to go before the capitalists. Natural gas is always more or less pectilative on account of the possi- ilities of tlie gas field becoming wc-rk- out. Taking this phase of the latter, and the abnormally low rates Oder the old franchise, it was ntnd that the capitalists were nnt at 1 anxious to support the project. Is in Favor in North Then it was that the company ap- to the city of Calgary and cvcral of the smaller towns south amend their franchises, which they <1 by a total vote of 10oO to With tho new basis of rates Jlr. lin said that the proposition was msldered. a very fair speculative one id the money was raised by British capita: Choicest Land in British Columbia THE CALIFORNIA OF CANADA SUCC10SS comes to the man who Hues through the present into the future. acres for sale. Will sell from 160 acres up. Price S10.00 per aero. Terms. per acre casli, and 52.00 por annum [it C per cent. We furnish you with surveys ami fielil notes of every quarter section, given by (Joro .McUre'ttor, Government liunl surveyors, Victoria, II. C. Olir land is personally scleclod aoreago, and our price at the present time is iiuHe a .little below any other company, handlinc largo bodies of land In -that vicinity. The fact that .we have sold some acres at retail on government reports and government surveyors soil, notes, demonstrates the demand for this laud. The T. H. Stagg Land Co. Room 1-6 Johnson BJk. 323 oth Upstairs Look! acres of land from 1 io 6 miles from railway. running water on tract. This Is an elegant mixed farming proposition. be sold at once. per acre. Good terms. Weber-Huff Investment Co. SUITE 10, ALBERTA BLOCK SPLENDID BUILDING LOTS 2.lots on Westminster llo'acl, close to Adiiins.' Park: rjg'lit at ear lenniiius: Only each. cash, balance per month each. Nortk LetLbridge Realty Co. PHONE 636 Mr. Bain Explains Mr. Bain put the whole matter t the council in a manner soniewlm different than has ever been don, 00 rT0 Loan on First-Mortgage Dp ypuwii'ifc-some of it? 7 The agent of tho company that has it will- be in our office for a few days, cmo in a-nd- see.him. F. G. Lowes Co. Balmoral Blk. Lethbridge 66 2-3 x 215 ft. Block II, 3rd Avenue; at easy terms. '50 x 125 feet, Block 6th easy terms. R. V. GIBBONS CO. BABLSAL Ttie rules are the same it: every city or town along llie line. .Mr. Bain was asked if it would not lie jiossible to give Lethliridge 11 lower rule owing to its being closer to the gas-Holds. He answered that the proposition must foe considered as a 'whole. The plant at Bow Island is for the supply of the whole system. -If one point were given a lower rate than-.anothcr it would involve the company in much trouble, ami be unsatisfactory ill! round. Besides they did not see how they would bo in a position to make a legitimate prolit at lower fig- ures than those that is 85 cents for domestic 'ami ''20 cents .for manufacturing purposes. Jlr. nain then went on to say that :it the rapid rate at which the people ire coming into Southern Alberta at ;hc present Lime it may.not be very ong until the city of Calgary will he ible'to use all the gas which the com- iany is abio to supply.' It I.ethbridgo visiles natural gas, and cannot, find it 'Isewh-ere at that. time, the people lore would consider themselves very icfiy that they had given a franchise o the company. It is not that the ates are high, for people are eager o get natural gas at. four times the rice, but, that the people of Leth- ridge are averse to granting a fran- lise, and because they have an Idea ihat natural gas can be found'closer to the city and wish to sink a muni- cipal well. Hc would not dispute them in their wish, but wished them io remember at the same time that if the franchise is granted, as amended, Lethbridge will he supplied with gas by the first of August of this year The Standard Agencies Splendid opportunity for choice Lots on 3rd Avenue S. Room 4 HULL BLOCK UthbrUge, Alberta C. H. PHILLIPS Manager. fain Foir 20 days in good business property CORNER REDPATH AND 'feet'on Ave., 125 feet on street, has good S room fully modern house, rented for per month. This is without doubt the beat buy in the city today. Price Terms H000, balance in G, 12, '18-months. Ferris Ransom NANTON ALBERTA MISS WIDENER TO MARRY Sacrifice Sale Seven Boomed House and two full .sized lacing on Eighth Avc. South. ONLY 200 FEET FROM CAR LINE WESTMINSTER liOiYD PRICE: balance Jfi25.00 month The Cascaden Land Co. i" 10B8' Office Macdonald Building. P. Lund, President, i HEAD OFFICE OliAOllOOK, B.C. Sec us about Iniuls in Ilio Beautiful ICooreiiiiy 'Valley Orelmrcl and Garden Tracts Lands Visit Our Experimental Farms at WARDNEH, B. C., MARYSV1LLE, B. and the Canada Western proposition is, therefore, something-tangible. Some Concessions Mr. Bain then went on to enviwerat the various concessions, which the company felt disposed to make in fav- or of Lelhbridge and Calgary, Insteiul of holding for twenty years, before giving tho city an opportunity to purchase, the company is agree- able to insert a clause giving purchase privileges at tlie end of fifteen years, to renew for three year terms' instead of five, thus giving tlie city portunity to purchase at the -und of any three-year to supply- at least ninety per cent, of the gas re- quired in die cily instead of a mini- mum of cubin feet per day, aim to supply large users for manufactur- ing purposes ;it fifteen cents per thou- sand feet if they use feet or more per dny. He thought Ihat these concessions, over and above the amendments rocil upon with tho City Solicitor wonltl clear up some points, and only askod (hat they be given a fair op- portunity to present tin- merits of the case to Uie householders of tho city. The bylaw will, therefore, be pub- lished on Monday next, and from this time forward until the vote is taken a campaign will be waged wibch pro- mises to stir up mere interest than :mytliiiig of H similar .nature in the history of the city. The company is out to win, and will lose no opporhm- iiy to show up the good points of (heir case. Two polls have been granted for thej vote, one In North T.othbrldgo and one south of the track, and the polls will he open from nine in the morning un- til seven In the evening. Philadelphia, June have been completed for the marriage of .Miss Eleanor Elklns Widener daughter of Jlrs. George D. Widener to KHz Eugene Dixon, despite the faci that the family of the bride is in deep mourning for the death of her father and brother, who lost then- lives on the Titanic. After the accident It was said that Look in D.D.G.M. FOR NO. 1 DISTRICT U tiic .Masonic; tlrand I.odgn at Kd- inonloi] hist week, H. A. Driggs, of Grassy was' ulectod Dlstrlni 'Jeputy Grand Jlaator for District No. If you wish to win. See us for snaps in Fsirui Lands The E. C. Ludtke Land Co. MONEY TO LOAN Farm Lands a Specialty; Insurance, Gcnrral Brokers DOW ISLAND, ALBERTA North Ward Bargains Two Luis near new school, nidi. T e r in s sp rend ing over a yenr. Illinois -Alberta Realty Co. 1 t 2 Macdonald Block Phone 455 Jliss Wldenoi-Mvould not be married until ae.Nt year, but as Uie date for- ,merly set