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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 22, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME X. LETHBKIDGE. ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1917 NUMBER 103 MANY ARE ATTENDING WATER SUPPLY CONFERENCE HERE DEBATE LIKELY TO LAST FOR A !Vole May Come Thursday - Hon. Geo. P. Graham Is Addressing House Today SHARP SPEECHES IN HOUSE YESTERAY Ottawa, June ^22-Spoakers on tho conscription bill in the commons this afternoon will includo Hon. Georgo P. Graham, \V. Gorman, Colonel Arthurs" who is back from the front, Ei W. Ncshitt and W. V. Cockshutt. Mr. Graham is expected to come out in favor of the bill and against a referendum. Li. J. Gauthler, Liberal member for 8outli St. Hyacinth, whoso speech in Hie house last night created somewhat of a sensation', says this morning that Ills words were not understood. He explains that when he said that the people of Quebec would fight the conscription measure through bill, what he meant was that they would take advantage of the tribunals to be fislnhllshed by the bill to deal with 1 ho cases of exemptions and if the tribunals failed them they would be Eubject to penalties as deserters, in other words there would bo "passive resistance" to the bill in Quebec. The debate is not likely to be concluded until toward the end of next week. The division will probably take place on Thursday next. An Eventful Day Ottawa, June 21. - This was an eventful day in parliament. Many short and vigorous speeches were made on the conscription bill, and the Interest throughout was keen. Fred Pardee, chief Liberal whip, declared emphatically in favor of the principles of conscription. In breaking with His leader on this issue he said it was the most painful moment in liis political life. Whilst favoring conscription, he asserted that there had been lack of loaders and lethargy, and that parliament and government must make up at once for the shortcomings of the past. He asked for a wider measure of conscription and nppealed to tho government to make another well organized effort to secure the men required by voluntary enlistment before bringing the bill into force. Geo. McCraney Supports It George McCraney, of Saskatoon, the first western Liberal, apart from Hon. Frank Oliver, to speak In the debate, also strongly approved of tho principle of conscription and disapproved of tho referendum amendment moved by Sir Wilfrid Laurior. He believed however, that Sir Wilfrid was actuated by what ho believed to be the highest patriotic motives. Mr. McCraney feared, however, that it would be disastrous for a moribund parliament to endeavor to enforce conscription in certain parts of Canada.Its operation, he said, should he delayed until after a general election. Hon. Arthur Melghen believed that the government had adopted- the only possible course open to it in view ot the failure of volutary enlistment. He said that tho bill would promote unity Instead of disunity and that it would fall less heavily on Quebec than any other of the provinces. L. J. Gauthler, of St. Hyacinth, thought otherwise and closed a speech �which had opened with bantering criticism of tho government with the prediction that the consequences of an attempt to enforce conscription in Quebec would be serious. His words, which somewhat Btartled the house wero: "This is tho most solemn moment of my life. It may be the last opportunity 1 may have to address tho house ot commons of my country. I say to the government If you press this measure on my provinco, our people, declaring that the government has no mandato will ubo the very bill to fight it out, We" acknowledge in the fight there will be suffering and there will he pain.' We may have to go to tho direst consequences If you impose on th6m such legislation, they are willing to go the limit, and I tell you, sir, that I believe they will be right, end I will do as they will do." f Mr. McCraney, who qpolce after Mr. Gauthler, expressed regret that a member, who he had always regarded as a moderate' man, should have used such words. Other speokors included Hon. Qharlos Murphy who supported the referendum act; J. H. Burnham, who favored conscription of both manpower and wealth; J. A. Armstrong of North York, who w'ob for conscription, and J. Demors, who was against it, Hon. George P. Graham moved the adjournment of the debate. Air Raids on the U. S. Are a Possibility London, June 22.-Copenhagen dispatches quote German newspa-pors as seriously discussing the possibility of Zeppelin raids on the (American Atlantic seaboard towns. German aeronautical pn-\pcr declares that is possible to send Zeppelins to the American coast, keep them there for four days and then have them return. E T Veterans Want Govt. To Take Action To Utilize Labor Of These Men In Canada Winnipeg,' June 22.-The following resolution was unanimously passed at a meeting last night of the executivo council of the army and navy veterans in Canada: "That the Dominion government be hereby requested to enforce the immediate enrolment of aii aliens from enemy countries, and that if thought inadvisable for -military reasons to place them in the firing line, one or moro industrial regiments be formed under competent and loyal, officers so that the service of such alien enemlos can be promptly utilized In any part of Canada where shortage of labor j makes it necessary, and, that moreover, in the event of any such alien enemy neglecting or refusing to obey the call, either to fight or work, that lie be put to work without any remuneration whatever, and that tho proper authorities be requested to provide thafall alien enemlos should be compelled to bear their full share of the war burden." IUT OF POLITICS Sir Henry Drayton Says This Can Be Only Way To Make Them Pay ? TABER MAN WOUNDED J. 13. Bennett ot Taher, is in the casualty lints today as wounded, Ho wiib In the infantry. J (8"9> * * ? * >. **V*�> t,. > CONSTANTINE IN ? SWITZERLAND. * Thusis, Switzerland, June > 22.-Former King Constan- > tine of Greece arrived yester- ? day evening by special train ? with a suite of i!0 persons. The ? suite was guarded by troops > to prevent manifestations. > * J. .;. tf ,;, .J : ? o ? : ? FAILS TO FORIVJ A CABINET ? : - : > Amsterdam. June 22.-Count ? of the Austrian cabinet which �! ? recently resigned, has failed in ; > his attempt to reconstruct the > ? ministry, according to a dis- : ? patch from Vienna. The count > \ ? has asked Emperor Charles to ? invite some one else to form a > cabinet. ST. PAUL'S BELL Huge Bell To Be Rung To Warn Warn London People of Air Raid BISHOP McCAUL DEAD Trenton, N. J., June 1G.-Right Rev. James A. McCaul, bishop of the Roman Catholic .diocese of Trenton for nearly a Quarter of a century, died late this afternoon, of a complication ot diseases. i> .; .;. ;. ,j, ,, C* RUMANIAN MISSION. A Pacific Coast Port, June 22.-A Rumanian mission to the United States arrived here today. "London. June 22.-To warn London of impending air raids, orders have been issued to ring the monster bell in St. Paul's cathedral whenever the raiders are known to be approaching. The bell is never tolled except at the death of a sovereign, the lord mayor, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dean of St. Paul's or the Bishop, of London. It is said it would waken S,000,000 persons who sleep nightly within sound of it. A CERTAINTY; SWEDEN SUFFERS No Relief In Sight For Germany; Sweden Also Faces Failure Prisoners Bear Testimony To The Broken Morale Of German Troops GERMANS LOSE FAITH IN OFFICERS NOW New York, June 22.-A Stockholm dispatch to the World says: "Germany's hottest June weather sinco 3848, with no relief in sight, is occa� sioning very grave anxiety because, if tlie drought continues, it may spell another crop failure as serious as last year's which would be tantamount to a national catastrophe. "Private reports from Hungary, the dual monarchy's granary, indicate that serious drought is prevalent there and that the crop is threatened.. About the only bright Hpots for the central powers today are line weather and excellent crop reports from Rumania. "Sweden also is getting anxious about the food outlook. Almost unprecedented drought continues there, with only one small rainfall since March. T IN COAL PRICES Regina, . Sask.,- June 21.-ft. F. Green, commissioner anpolnted'by the Dominion government on the Alberta coal strike, has wired tho city of Regina the information that if the strike is settled on the conditions which he is trying to bring about, it will add another 75 cents to the price of coal. The mayor has wired a protest to Ottawa. I Says Recruiting Figures Lie And That 25,000 Frenchmen Are In Ranks , Farmers Hear Expert Opinions on Water Supply at Big Conference Here Helslngford, Finland, June 22.-Tho social democratic congress of Find-land has adopted resolutions demanding the separation of Finland from Russia and tho formation of an : independent republic. Under the plan proposed Russia would not have the right to keep troops on Finnish territory in time'of peace or to.possess au'y fortifications. Economic relations between Finland and. Russia would be regulated as between foreign countries, Finnish social democrats addressed the social democrats of all countrlos, especially Russia, asking them to support the establishment of Finland's jndoporidonce by international agreement. on the grounds that the Russian government, which is Vbharacterlzed as bourgeois, is incapable of giving a