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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta MONDAY. JUNE THE L1THIRIDCE HERALD PAGIFIYH t EDWIN SMITH ON RAMPAGE; f RflES TO GIVE ClfYi A BLACK EYE The following travesty on Loth- brldge appeared in the last Issue ot Cotton's tteekb.'a socialist publica- tion of the mow rabid, type The au- thor of the article MH T Edwin Smith, whilom farmer of Yetwood, and ;some-time Socialist opponent o! Hon A. J McLean for the Lcth Midge uistrict constituency in the Ednionton lhose who have the hjinor. of Edwin Smith's ac- quaintance1 mil not the article seriously in spite of its glaring un- truths, while those who cannot claim acquaintanceship can best draw their own conclusions (By T Edvun Smith) To 'whom it mav concern fake notice that I assume all rcsponsihil ity for the statements nude in this, article Signed, 1 Fdtun Smith, Yet- Alberta. At'a public meeting held in the citv a year or two age, a prominent Lethbridgo lawyer and pseudo-capi- talist waxed eloquent the pro- gress ol Lethbridge In Ins sing song monotone lie handed long suffering audience "He hate no need for Socialism in this city, for already we more than the Socialists propose have our munlcipially (notice the spelling) owned power plant, hate our mu- mcipially owned water system have out munic pially OK ned street railway. We have got more already been between the men and, a private than the Socialists ever dreamt of corporation It not squabble the Ohio Editors' Association was the country at the ex- penbe of the C P It and the Do- minion Government one of these un- .paid immigration touts was loud m praise ol municipal ownership as he'ha'd seen in Western .Canada, aiid prophesied that the daun of millen- lum now with the, advent of municipal oivnenhip few near Socialists thought it was a step in the right direction, and one man told me that Lethbridge had taken a revolutionary when-, the.voters decided to have the street railwaj owned and operated by tlu. rather than hi tion. a private corpora- in j Lethbridge at least the munici- pal-ownership sham 'has now been shown up in all'. its hideousncss. It is class ownership out and put. True enough, it is not private ownership, but it-is ownership by a class, and that, class the. 'property owning class, is operated in tile interests of the property owners! In Lethbridge tlierstrcet railway m'eii.have learned this-lesson ;arid -they'have learned it thoroughly.. During the boom period of a few years ago people were coming in bj the.'thousands the merchants were supplying goods" to', the homesteaders forUorty.. land prices going up over hight by leap' bv for1' miles around-were subdivided, into' city lots and put on the market rlhe town sptead rapidly over the greater part of a yet. so few people ac- tually. lived in it that something had to be done; A presented. To sell outlying city lots, to raise rents and to attract- slickers from other parts of the the to pay thc-.rcnts without costing the people anything! To solve this prob- lem, a street railway was needed..No private corporaticfl cared to risk its money in a ciU of loss than ten thousand inhabitants, so the.real es- tate dabblers euchcred the city into building the railway. The.street-railway was built. Rents went up with a jump. The stream of suckers flowed in. The prices of city 12th. St., never gave the street. men a par- ticle of help ,pr; onejword'.of support. This is the first..time.the- jssue has been put squarely before''them since last eltction, .and both Jones and the and Herald fell down. The'workers will o______ i70ro I probably-remember this''next time. -tlireatencifwTth the 'prospect work- "The commission form :of: City Gov- ing for a living. Along with the, eminent .has been eipbsed in all, its other-depression the revenues of the j autocratic brazcnnefis :by.' tliis same lots "four miles away doubled in price, 'and the fame of the Lethbridge sys- tem spread over, the continent. -Then the inevitable- reaction came. 'Business slackened. The stream of suckers diminished, slackened dwindled away. The grafters president and secretary of union was appointed to arouse public senti- ment in fat or of the then Four lengthy articles were prepared by this committee and published and a circu- lar was. lisuoil tlie dav before the (ole v The Trades and Labor Qpuncil also opposed toe change and a .resolution the was hot enough to passed unanimously. The commiciiouns, glimpsjng the bint of Recall in tilt rwolutlon, dodg- ed the issue by luomlttinfc it to a vote Polling day was May 8, and the measure was carried by a major itj of 24 votes Now ona man will do two men's work on the streetcars and get one man's pay The grapping, pusillanimous, petty trader spirit of the modern bourgeois came to the lore ip this yotrf as no- where else The issue was plain To fire the men who had come here to oppr.it- the street cars or lyse a half a nr 1 tai The pettv business men ,md the roal estate dabblers looked at their tai notices and voted to fire the men 'IhouBjh the men were beaten there was one or two things frora which the Socialists can take great com- fort. The clot nature of modern society was- illustrated in this event much gfrai three months' salary (M50) and fired Sir. J. P. Tracy "resigned" and he was given on the city receiving 25u more tlearlv than if the conflict had R workmen ptjr hour, fired' at Stpvui given petition of secretary without advertising, as was alho MJ W.-; Morris, street superintendent, pott of whose salaries are unknown tp the general public. These facts should open the eyes the electors who are asked to show their disap- proval by getting out on Thursday to vote against the one man -car sys- tem." this 'connection' some past his- tory may be useful. Mr. Hardie, May- or and Chief Commissioner, at per year, was several years manager of the A. it. I. mines at Leth- bridge.. This is a C. P. E. concern. In 1910 he "resigned" from the A, R. I. and "accepted" a position with the Diamond, Coal Co., an im- portant competitor of the A, 1. There he lorded it over the Board of Directors, and.in two years 'the Diamond Coal Co. suspended, and it is doubtful if it ever does get started again unless the 0 P K takes it over. Hardie got-fired and was immediately pitchforked into the Mayor of Lethprjdge. A. M Grace was chief engineer of Irrigation Department of the A between master and men, be- tween owners and non-ownefs Ihe votes were castiupon a property bas- ifc The property owners or part own- ers, eveiTthough ownerEJhip was slight, toted against the ion-owners who had to do the work As soon as opposition, started the city commls- Moners simplv referred the rhatter to voters a'ld so escaped all respon- sibility. That the street railway men recog- nized the class nature of the strug- gle is evidenced bv this paragraph in one, of their, publicity statements would especially point out to our fellow trade that it IP not traile union principles to make one man do tno men's work, and ask them to remember this, you vote. Also remember not to fellow workman out of a lob, to enable :the property; oVner-to save half ,1 mill on the dollar Ihe property owner who had paid u. I Co when the Southern Al co was organized and threatened to become a serious com pqtitor with the C. P. R. irrigated land selling game. Mr. ed" from the R. H. I., and "ac- cepted" the position of. chief engi- neer with. the. new .'.concern.. While there he made pretty nearly every possible, blunders a freshman In a technical college could have avoided if'he wished, delayed opera- tions of the company indefinitely, and put it into a position where compe- tition with the C. P. R. will be iiri- possible for years to corr.e. Ho got panned and was at. once shoved into a berth' as commissioner. of; public works of Lethbridge The C P It must have a card up their sleeve with regard to' Leth- bridge, but I do not know what it is However, whatever designs they have upon the citj be easy of eieou The commission'- form1" of govern- ment is a fine tiling for the .pirates two hundred dollars on a two wish to milk the, citj With a and dollar property thought, o! the load of aldermen it is necessarj to half a mill extra tax and, voted the non-owning worker out of a ]ob One other beneficial result of the bribe a dozen inen in order to slip a deal over, but, with the commission form'it is only necessary to get-two. agitation in this connection is thatlHlth a men in the secret, it has torn the mask of hypocrisy r some one is almost sure to blab, but from the face of two self-styled' "Friends of Labor." I.ri .all this con- troveisv regarding the one man, one car sjstem, the Lethbridho Herald, edited bv W A Buchanan, JIP for Medicine Hat, opposed1 the, men and supported the, commissioners In an editorial nf April 6, it said thn "However, we cannot see that the question is what the street railway men may or may not Van't." iNoarlv every day for a month the with mils two commissioners in the "know." the-news' is Wss .likely: to leak It is cheaper and much safer no wonder, the plute papers'all :lavof it. In the case of the street railway affair the commissioners-dared hot-be ton uhitrarv When the next comes off, Dr. J. tine member fcf Lethbridge in the Alberta' Legislature, is to resign (so Federal election S'. sit-' .Herald 'man, one! the plans' are now) and contest the car system, and did'not in'all that Federal riding. In case he is elected, time say. one tyord in behalf of the men. Last spjing, J..O! of the Alberta .Federation of Labor, ran for the Alberta" Legislature on a Liberal-Labor ticket, and-the LeMi- hridge Herald, :as .a great friend of labor; supported, his candi- dacy. A lot of the. labor men of Leth- bridge fell for the game. 'In ,fhis con- nection, J. who lives at little episode. A lot of people have'loudly touted the commission .form'-of; .government as a democratici; and a few near Socialists have !been; misled by the same Capitalist papers street railway which, had never paid expenses, decreased until it was pro- ducing a deficit per month. The city had started a lot of .pub- lic .worts which 'must be completed. A lot .of high salaried men were on the pay roll, including three com- missioners. for per year, so tho tax rale took, a jump loo. To 'can the cliniax, the powers that be suggested-another parasite. The'city accordingly engaged one, J. P. Tracy, as industrial.commissioner, at per expenses.' .He was to act as-a "whipper in" io round up slickers for real estate ag- His ostensible purpose was to attract factories' and so bring about a new era of prosperity. These four commissioners -separate the tax pay-. MS from f per year; no'won- der the tax rate went up. The lioard of Trade held a secret session to deal with the matter, and the next day the com- missioners raised the assessment 10 per cent', in a vain attempt to Pels of .the Board.ot: Tipe'. to obey the outs de. TJX- tho orders'of the, ,qt Trade, were so high.that every other pro- Now whenever 'the. principal1, business ly owner in-the city was trying men want'any Board ol Mayor Hardie is to Pro- vincial seat in the bye-election made necessary resignation. Hardie is.'Unwilling 'to assume the re> sponsibility of picking a dozen men out of tlieir jobs so he referred "the matter to the property owners, knowing the' result would be the same. It is hoped that the comrades in other cities will be warned by the ex- ample of Lethbridge and will refuse to be aide-tracked in their revolution- ary activities by any municipal own- ership or commission govdruinsnt. scheme. It is more autocratic than any board of aldermen could3 ever be. The street railway meii of Leth- bridge now know that a city, govern- ment is' not a government by the in- habitants, but only a government' by the for the benefit of-the property owners. This, little defeat has done more to open the .eyes' of the workers than hours' of talking .or volumes of printed matter., It. may help a few who call them- selves Socialists to understand' that and capitalist minded paper's like the Municipal Ownership nnd Government Grain Grower's Guide, devoted columns' to the fact that; Lethbridge vyas- the first city to adopt 'the com- mission form in; its entirety.'.It is in- teresting to watch results. -In -Leth- hridge, instead, of being a step to- ward democracy, it lias, proved the most glaring autocracy' in'vthe world. The famous ring of "Boss'.' .Tweed in all his glory never vyieided the arbi- trary authority'exercised'-by' a small clique of Letlibndge.bu'sihiss men. Before the election last'fall seven- teen business men drew up' a slate of three .and managed to get them elected 'to .the.-..three! cqmmis- three men, 'W. D. L. Hardie, Grnce, 'iird Arthur Reid; in lock! pup- liis hardest to got out. .In one day I vvas approached five times to trade my farm for city property by men who vtrf hard put to pay their tax- es. To cut down expenses the glorious and most high commissioners conceiv- ed the brilliant Idea of firing a hunch of men from the street, railway, nml then have eatih 'car operated by one Trade goes into'sacretV session, and the next day' the come through witn the.desired.order. There Is not a 'shadow of .demy.eVacy, no discussion, no attempt the-de- sircs of the reinaining pepplc. They get" their-orders'and obey'.like good, little hoys. The following a cir- cular Issued -t-- r- man, who was-to be both motonpan I Union prior to 'the-.pllebl nnd conductor for the pay of one. The "Street Railway Men's Union prompt- ly opposed the. scheme. As soon as the was announced, n pub- ol tlib- counts "That como.of, the Icp'trjjnlssiohcrs' actions arc not. In the Interests of the ratepayers is evidenced by.; "the fol- llci'tv'c-ommittec consisting tlic I lowing Mr. 0. W, was Ownership are not democratic mea- sures tending'-toward Socialism, but only the most perfect form -of capi- talism. Exploitation is as severe and hrutal as in the case of those' employ- ed by a private The only remedy for exploitation it Social Ownership of the agencies of production with direct and dcmocra-' tic management, of industry by the workers themselves. That is Social- ism and as the steady trend of revo.- Jution concentrates the property of the world into fewer and still fewer hands, and transforms the great ma- jority of the people into propertyless proletarians, this next change come inevitably, and will cdm'e quick- ly. Canadian Agency Suspends Following Big Bank Failure London, June ment of the suspension, of tho Canad- ian Agency, Limited, was made today. 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F c t o r 7 RUSSELL MOTOR CAR CO., LIMITED 13th and 1st Street East, Calgary Factory, Toronto BRANCHES Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Melbourne It la understood that Uie official re- ceiver has been appointed provisional! MMor of tho concern, while Sir William Plender, chartered account- ant, IB to bo a special manager of both luipendcd Institutions. The business of the Canadian Ag- ency vas the flotation and financing- of and other companies. It s alleged to have been engaged re- cently In a campaign for the purchase if a controlling Interest In tho Grand Trunk. IOWA HAS TORNADO Sioux City, Iowa, June tor- nado, which svvept acroiu .north'iyett- ;rtl Iowa last night killed seven and jijurcd a dozen, acme seriously, ac- cording to reports received. To permit a person Co drink from an onlinary iaucnt easily a semicir- cular- trough to lie fastened under it, 10 as to be position when. DID NOT SUFFER Ottawa, hunger strike 'unless they got in addition, ginger, pf the Hindus' on hoard the steamer milk, fifty live sheep and one komagata Maru; was again the sub- hundred live poultry and two hundred jeci, of a tlie House of Com- j boxes o! cigarettes The hqnger strike mous, this morning, in reply to a was.said to be mote apparent thin question.', from. lion. Frank Oliver, real, as, the ship's officers stated the wtipg premier of tfc minister Interior, Hon, Dr. Hindus were secretly eating at'hight lioohe, made a.'statomcnt. He said arid were not suffering, that. instruction! had been sent to Mr. Oliver said'he not (ho Vancouver, to see; ested in whertet the Hindus that the 'passengers'- on hoard thc-or rire or ginger or sraoltM cigar-' aUumer'had- plenty' of What he wanted was, tiijs roorniiig he received .word that''.it the oriler-in-coillicll wai'owng llioy had two tons forced which forbtde the entrance of ol flour, a hundred pounds (Ot rice, bread and all the fruit 'Tills tuc .Hindus had icfused -all artisans and laborers if to Can- ada. lie thought there had un- Roche Mr. Oliver that the orclej; wai betnj, enforced. A board of ingulrf was holding sittings on the and this took tune, particularly M Hindus did not understand -English and each individual can had to be passed on Mr. Oilier said he hfd ticed by the press that a rtlp load 01 Chineae had beet admitted. wanted to know il the order was her, mg enloroed agaUiit these aliens. Or. Roche assured MT> it Premier Borneo read further tele- gtiuns of condolence in to the Bmpress disaster. They were from th. the the Mayor ot South Brisbane, Governor of Jamaica and the Board ol Trade. ALEXANDER OP TECK FETED OUR CACigTi London, June Cadets mUntt from vWthf battle field of and proceeded to were entertained by Prlaetat Alnaa., der of They vltlted StQiv ;