Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta
PAGE m i-iviiimuuiir, ntn.M li SATURDAY, JUNE JM, 1919 DRY THOSE TEARS By H. F. CADS3Y. Thai mortal frame, known as I'nlon .Government, shows aiore signs ol up. It was never vory slums. at any IJiie, and Its lic-ilili nol improved since February list- 1's ail ie menl has been diagnosed as (j0 clous lias no energy lo do Its days are full of trouble aud so are ils nishts Ihlt tells on a weak constitution. Its best Itjends predict for it a short i-ut fatal illxess which it will bear Chrlslain fortitude and then good bye If all goes 3s fer schedule It oii-rs1 !o be reidy for the neit "E.Tins or next summer. The funeral will be private, there -will be no flower- and almost the only mourn- er will be the Hsn. N'mvlon Wesley Mr-. Crerar has already sis nlfled his mention ot being absent at the obseqaies aitl Mr. Gulhrie has a pressing ccgaeenrfnl with the Kx- chcquer Court which prevent his follow-ins the remains lo the grave. Some critics are crncl enough to that (here will bo no icmalns to follow loag belore a funeral can lake pi.ice ihe central remains have ivatted awi.-y to nolclr- Meanvrhile tie patient is matins losing fight against hun_vn natuti Iho Grit and Tory corpuscles In ils -tralerv blMd are wolfing each olher one resrft can he expected In Its enfcehled state ol health. Ultimate impossible, Ihe question erses. .Why doetnt some one kiil it now and put it out of its The answer is lhal it basn't suffered enough. !4 must linser on a 1 little Icnger to pay the penalty of its Bins before it depart to Ibat limbo where governments and bad are eventually forgollen. 1" the poor dy- ins creature made one l.xsl appeal to the with Ihi War Time Election Act in its imploring it v.-ou'd knocked en the head uy Grit Tori', High Tariff, Low Tariff Free Trade. United Farmer. Returned Soldier. Trades and .Labor, t. Vv.' aud UqUhevisls- All the disconle.1t? would conspire lo bash its Eiull irt and nobody with a heart wants to see It manhandled thM way. J; has work- ed and it deserves a quiet de.Mibed. And a nuiet death- bed it will liare even it Quebec has io vole Conservative to iave it from iLielf. It must have time to purge Its soul- and be Hie Op- position !s nol QU'te ready. It receives nothing but tbe gentlest treatment from those who have gath- ered round its bedside. Fred Pardee Has said, "The best of friends must part, so'I'll start The Hon. Mr. Fielding looSs forward, -with moist eyes lo the sad flay when it will pass lo lial bourne whence no Iraveller returns. The Hon. Arthur Sifton fifteen minutes of something that may be a thanalopsis or an ably a little of .goes lo show, that Ihe last said Is the soonest mended tie ead is in sight. And the Hou.' Frank does ho do! The Hon. Frank leaves himself free to criticise certain details of the means that the death-bed confession is not complete enough to, suit him and that he may throw a tew stones at the hearse. Other members ot the Cabinet In- dicate ir their faint praise of the patient that the most can be counted on for is ,to attend the ser- vices at the House. They will not 'follow the body to the cemctary- and much less will they jump into the Brave after It. They remember their duty to Ihe what is gojng to he alive alter the Union Covera-i menl Is dead and buritd Is the two great political parties, Liberal and Conservative, High Tariff arid Low Tariff, or whatever they may be call- ed, and wisemen will make their ar- rangements Already a look of resignation spreads over Hie wasted featurcasof! Union Government. It doesn't exact- ly "fold. Ils hands on Its breast and say "Dpw let roe so" butH It makes a little fluttering gesture in the budget: which is not only a confession, of re- pentance bul a, sign of eitreme weak- ness- ..As. a .confession of repentance I Ihe says "High protection is "wrong. The tariff must be revised. The West has rights as well as the Easl. The rich men who own Canada rnnst pay more of Canada's tares." 'As a sign of extreme weakness it sjys "I do the hEst [.can but strength falls me. So far-as ordinary expenditures are concerned I'll pay as I go until 1 go for good do not torture my lasl moments with Hie National debt." The ruling passion strong In death, as you will Ihe buck j with its latest breath. And to everybody's credit be It Bald this haunting spectre, the war dent, Yfilh Its dreadful legacy of borrowing is- only whispered In the dying govern- 'menl's presence. It speaks no louder than the voice ot conscience Is usually allowed lo speak. No Just a sad yielding to the Irony ot circumstances, and perhaps a suppres- ,'sed sigh for Ihe next loan "What will the Government do when it has to fall back on the Ah will H do? Will It lax previous Issues EO as (o gel after big holdings of cor- porations and profiteers? These are the horrid thoughts .which embitter Unfon Government's death-bed. Ilow can It depart In peace Tvltli the Uiund- er muttering-In the distance? Moreover U has a .sin on [is EO at least-the H bribes tho -Weal-with reduced freight ratea which are -not made general. The iarlf( (a another dark thought wllh a 'Union -OOTernment that .dies sixty per cent, in Ihe Tory [altb. At 113 Mind wanders and b. hies ot East and West coming logelh- er by planting manufacturers In IDC Wesl. which will take the oft by making It everbody's omje. Being delirious It reveals and the nurse lo turn bul of the room when (I begins lo tell of UB past or rave of Ils plans lo send Sir John Wllllson to Washing- ton lo gel the reclprocllr alter re- moved from the hooks and thus ban- toll continual temptation lo free trade, Dubious credits Lo Rumania and fireece, an Inflated currency which iies the high cast of living fc-r years come, a gold reserve' which can lever come back io normal until Ihe money is are b-ack cares which oppress Departing svirii anil cause .he Government to 111023 in its sleep. 01 course there is an atmosphere of anxiety. Who Is t'ot ansious uaeu there Is a sxk iu ihe House! Uut I ihink cuo over- stated II wheu he told rue that he wn going 10 buy a revolver to keep track of Iho pairs. The tfovernuieul will not die just LOW. The Almost Per- suaded crowd will let it go at thai. They will not do anylhtas to hasten Ihe end but those live In the Wfsl will no! Mck If Iher Jo not declare themselves-on the tariff issue. Ttcr Trill confess themselves standpatters and as Altau o( IMble' ''Every dodblAsled matj who Isu'l with me Is against me." It will not bo necessary to vote for ihe Mc- Masler Is perhaps not radical enough for Mr. and his Wee It will be nec- essary to roake an atflrniallon ot prin- ciples aatl thea refrain from X'otlac lltogflher. It Ihey do not (allow either ol theso courses they will have Ihe ludlan sign put on them and that Is their finish. As I saM before everybody Is con- p siderate ol the Uyius Government, the other day. Quoting Irom caunot "go West" yet, aud EO has to stay Easl. No Uarsu words, no loud threats, no violent scones dls- MKUro Its last solemn, moments. Thoro are no regrets aud no everybody Is satisfied to let it die. It will leavo no. will because for Iho last' eight or nine months It bas had co will to leave. Jtfad that last sen- tence twice. The HudgoL debate does nothing lo disturb the brooding quietude of ftp. preaching dissolution. Ills MoMast- er'a voice, attuned lo minor key, falls lo bring a flush lo the faded cheek. Mr. Crerar and his little band do their orJ. speaking with bated not wlsh-j Ing lo crowd the mourners. The end', will come soon enough. Mr. Creror and his faithful Dr. Michael Clarke who can never slroy far from Freo sol out to" be n Icevcci for tho West bul ttiero Is no reason wliy they Ehoulda't bo nineteen on a division. According to the rules they cannot bring In an umendnlcnL let Ihe amendment but they can divide the llouso on the budget and that will them os roc- BOLSHEVIK MINE SANK CRUISER OLEG LONDON, June his been learned that the Russian cruller Oleg, at Uit accounts, wai In a sinking condition. The vessel WKE not hit by a Ijrpedo from a tub- marine, but struck a BolshovIK mine. yGalt Hoard of Trado bas appointed a comuiiilo lo iuovsllgato local dlllons contributing to tho btgb, cost o( llvinc. THE WINNIPEG STRIKE A Statement from ihe Citizens of Winnipeg to the Citizens of Lethbridge. Western Citizens asked to join in a Country-wide Organization to protect Canada. D UR1NG Ihe pasl five weeks llic fabt-ii; of business activity of Western Canada lias been dis- rupted by llic Winnipeg Strike. Tin's strike was originally and ostensibly called as a sympa- thetic measure, lo force settlement of a dispute behvccn llic metal working trades in Winnipeg and tliree employers. Every city of Western Canada lias not only .suffered directly from IlicvciTcds of the Winnipeg strike, but lias also suffered local slrikes, to greater or less degree, also called in sympathy at (lie rciiucst of llic .Central Strike Committee, Winnipeg. Because three private firms in Winnipeg could nol agree willi their workers, the trade of Hie west 1 no way oecause inree pnvale nrms in Winnipeg count nol agree with their workers, llic trade of llic lias been disrupted, commerce llirdltled, enormous loss to perishable footlslufTs occasioned, prodi retarded, and hundreds of thousands of proiiln who were liot interested in any way, wlhrhad of making either of tbe disputant parlies do anything, have been made lo suiter. THE CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE of Winnipeg feel, in the fifth week of the great strike, that it is their duW to inform the Citizens of the whole West of some of the causes that underly Ibis disturbance, to clearly indicate the common danger ahead; lo warn of the other and even more far-reaching agitations that arc plolted and to ask all loyal citizens of our Canad- ian Wist, regardless of creed, politics, parly or affil- iation, to join for the mutual protection of our liberty, freedom and prosperity. r_llE Citizens' Commillec of Winnipeg was primar- I ily organized (o protect life and property and afford the essentials of food, milk and bread lo the people of that city. As it ber.imc thai the Strike was not merely a dispute between em- ployers and employees bul a deliberate attempt to raise the bead of Bolshevism in Winnipeg with the ultimate object of placing this Cily and country under the administration of the Sovicl Government, the efforts of this Committee, were mul extended locope with the situation.- At the Calgary Labor Convention, in February, these agitators showed their hands clearly and plainly, sending greetings to the Soviet Government in Russia, and declared flatly their intention of introducing Bol- shevist. Government in Canada, and called on the workers lo aid them. Evidence has come to (his Committee which sat- isfies us in the belief that this and olhcr strikes throughout Canada -ire being engineered Ul by a group of anarch- flOt ists and socialistic agi- lalors for the purpose of destroying the Conslilulional Government of Can- ada and introducing Bolshevist Government Ihcrcfor. the Citizens' Commillec of One Thousand has trustworthy evidence Ihat even behind these strike leaders there is yet a more sinister group of secret agents, who during the war were Ihe agents of Ger- man Scdilion in Canada and the'Unilcd''Slalcs. Ap- parently the Strike of Winnipeg is bul one of a scries of similar strike which these nicn hope io foment in various sections of Canada during llic present summer gnd autumn. crease was made up almost entirely of foreigners. H has been staled that over half of Ihe members of the Jlelal Workers Union in Winnipeg, who started Ihe present strike arc of alien nationality. These men gained the ascendancy in the Unions during the War, when so large a proportion of the loyal Canadian workmen were in France fighting their country's bailies. Now thai Ihe returned coming home and looking for his job these aliens realize that Ihcv will be divested of Iheir present employment in favor of returned soldiers, unless through their Union affil- iations, they can hold a club at Ihe head of Ihe employ- ers aud maintain their position. r It was the plan lo continue llicsc strikes, bringing on the biggest and most far-reaching in the Fail, for Ihe direcl purpose ot The Dastardly "p "I0ryc- 3 mem of wheat after Plot I harvest, and of forc- ing the situation lo a climax when the payment of post-war gratuities and deferred-pay lo returned soldiers would have ccascd. Thus a situation would be created where hungry, des- perate men, would he ripe for any trouble, and in the minds of these leaders, a social revolution could be carried out at a stroke, selling up their Russian Soviet form of Government in the place of the British Consli- lulion. Loyal Workmen Misled These tilings being true, you will ask how it was possible for Canadian Trade Unionists lo follow such leadership. You must rcmcmhcr thai the Unions with large membership were in- creased several hund- red per cent, in membership during the war. This in- Over Half Metal Workers Aliens Moreover, of the men and women in Win- nipeg who were called but in this Strike, over 90 per cent, had no quarrel with their employers, had no grievance and did not want lo quit work. Strike voles were called peremptorily, and Union after Union was declared as voting for Strike when but a few of the members had voted at all. In our opinion, many of Ihe Unions followed their leaders blindly and unwit- tingly. We have evidence (hat it is part of the organized effort behind these Strikers thai they should, be incited "during the present season for Die deliberate purpose of tying up transportation and shutting off the market for farm produce. By Ihis means Ihe Iransportalion of farm machinery will be stopped, Ihe movement of seed grain and oilier necessities of farm work will be curlailcd and the storage and sale of butler, eggs, live stock and nil oilier food products would be stopped. This action just at the season when the movement of milk, and food products from the farms is al ils height; when NIC sloragc warehouses are being filled, would thus increase llic high cosl of living and make llic situation more and more intolerable. Winnipeg is now in the grip of the Strike for the fifth week. The citilcns of this city, thoroughly arous- prepared lo Whatjare we going fi.sl11 u oul ;fil r. all summer. Our pur- fo do about it r in puhiisiiing tin's statement is lo inform mill arouse yon lo the crucial slalc of affairs thai is upon us. Only through the prompt and cnergclic ac- tion of the citizenship of Canada can Ihe scrpcnl of Bolshevism be thrown from our midst. r F. B. Slaccy, Wcslmiiislcr, voiced the firm conviction of the citizens of Winnipeg when lie stilled in UniOn Jack lianicnt, June 12th: 'The one great or Ked b laar thought m the west is y whether the Union Jack shall floal over Canadian cities or the Red Flag of Revolution." In the. opinion of tha Commillec of One similar'committees should be( formed in every cily and rural community in Western Canada and a sustained, vigorous and firm campaign of education carried on -tfiitil the whole country re- alizes Iho danger it faces lind forces Ihe skulking rc- voluliunisl out of our midsl. _ We ask ihe immediate linking-up of the similar Citizens' Committees already formed in the Cities from the Lakes 'to the Coast. We suggest the organization of Citizens' Committes in every Cily and Rural Community. We urge the represcnlalives.of every Citizens' Committee existing so formed, to write al once to us so tha an organized, systematic association of Loyal Citizens may be created for our mutual safety, the preservation of Law and Order, justice and constitutional government. CITIZENS' COMMITTEE OF ONE THOUSAND WINNIPEG TO INITIATE THIS GENERAL MOVEMENT, WINNIPEG IS PUBLISHING THIS SIMULTANEOUS ANNQNCEMENTTHROUGHOUT WESTERN CANADA.'