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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 22, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta 7111'; LI'JUHHIlJUl'. \yA\v.\ M!;',li\LD PAGE NtJSfc Irrigationists of Coaldale and Lethbridge Districts Have Serious Complaints FOOD REGULATIONS ENFORCED AITABER Coiildalo, Juno 21, 1018. I'MHor Herald: Dear Sir,-Tho Irrlgnllon farmors ill this district, are, ninny of them, in a sorry plight becauso of a talluro M BOcura tho 8iipi>Iy of water In tho .UtchoB necessary to Irrigate their (rops, Somo aro receiving no wiitor 'It all, somo only Butflclont tor an ncro or two u day. Some have a head )r water tor a tow hours when, for Monio unknown reason, it dlmlnlflhea ;o practfoally nothing. Two Grievances. There appear to bo two sources of grievance: (1) An insuttlclent supply ut water In the dlt6hc8 for all tho (and under tho ditch, and (2) an In-jutflcient ditch-rider Bcrvlce. In respect to tho first trouble. It /*l)po�rs that tho ditches wero not of tho sand and sediment Drought down by last season's water. :3onBequenUy, tho carrying capftclty if the dltchoH Is in many cases only I iraotion of what It should bo. In ad-iltlort to this, tho Influx of new set-.lorn in this district during the last /qar or two, has brought a much ;reat6r acreage under tho ditch with 311 increased demand for wator. The I Itch that cQUld carry onougli water ;wo or throe years ago is not large 3nough for the work this year. The failure of tho company to provide tor tills is a very serious oversight. Could Be Improved. Tho ditch under rider service could ae Improved in many ways. (1) By iiiiploying more ditch riders. At tho present time it la impossible for tho man on the ditch to effectually cover the area assigned to him. When ho is vantod he Is often far away altond ug to a distant part of his territory. 2) By providing tho riders with :ompleto Information as to the imdUnt of water required to pasa .hrough the respective gates, the acres to be watered, etc. There ap pears to be a lack of this at the present tlmo. (3) By providing the means of controlling tho water going through the different heart gates. In some Instances a man has the gate � set to meet his needs when, for some reason the water ceases to flow. On B olricr Bros. Suffer Loss of New " Barn and Stables-^Valuable Horses Lost (From Our Own Correspondent) Macleod, .Tune 21.-Friday morning, June 21, 1918, at a quarter to seven )ust after eighteen work horses with their full equipment of harness, etc md their drivers had left the largo now barn and stables of Grler Broe (moke was seen issuing 'from one of he doors and before anything could Be taken out the whole building was * mass of flames and was completely lostroyed. There were in the build-ng at the time four valuable horses, aarnees, saddles, tools, a large quan ilty of hay and green feed, with si-jiost twelve hundred bushels of oata, jr all the feed on the 'big 'farm, uuckily tho wind was from the north-ast, and tlieir new house with other ouUdlnifs was saved. How the fire started Is a mystery that may never be known, as they were in the loft liariy in the morning, and there waa ao sign of fire anywhere. The loaa Is somo $12,000, with only a small imount of insurance. This Is the sec->nd large barn burned during tho past aionth. , Up to Friday evening it was estl' jiated that the''registration in the town of Macleod was completed. The l.O.D.B. and Red Cross ladles who have charge of the work are making � flucoess of It. Tho cards ran out and registration was delayed until Saturday, ponding tho arrival of fresh supply. Early Wednesday the firo fighter wore called out to take care of tho burning stable near tho public school, Tho stable is an entire loss. No one was hurt. Scotty, tho plumber who has been iiu omployoo, has opijnod up buslnesi for himself and reports everything go lug fine. Investigation, It ft found to bo closed. The rider knows nothing about It. It the rider had control of these gates each man would get his share of water, no more, no loss. As It' Is farmors on tho end of the ditch got more most of tho time. The Effect. Now what will bo {ho effect of this condition ot atftilrs? They will bo many. (1) Farmers hired help, fed horses, bought coal and gasoline, furnished seed, etc., all at high prices, with the firm faith that it a .dry season came In, they wero reasonably sure of something, becauso thoy believed they could Irrigate their crops. When the water is needed It la not forthcoming, or only in diminished quantities. Their loss financially will be enormous. (2) Many ot them have recently come from California and Idaho, with faith In the company that accepted their money for the land, to supply them with water as per contract. They have still their first crop to bar-vest In Alberta. Many will, not do it this year. But the expenses go' on ust tho same. Lost In Food For Allies. d) The loss In production ot food for the Allies will reach many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Much has been said In' some places about the reduced production owine to drawing men away from the farms fo military service. So far as this district Is concerned, It la nothing to the 10.S6 of food through failure to get water. If land is Idle through lack ot man power, no money has been ex ponded on it at least, if It falls to produce because of lack of water, there has been an Immense expense connected with It. (4) But 60 far as the future of the country is concerned, the effect lies in the result it would have on prospective settlers. Many have been attracted to this district by its prosperity In the past. But if prospective settlers find that their agreement with the company will bo treated as if it were a "scrap of paper," they will give this district a wido berth. Nor will lt� effect be confined to the Coaldale-Lethbrldge district. It will react upon the settlement In all our irrigation districts. The farmer attracted to an irrigation district is usually of a superior class, and wo cannot afford to lose any euch who have their eyes directed Alberta-ward. (5) If such a condition Is likely to continue, land here will depreciate in value until land for which high prices wero paid will be worth no more than, land In a dry district. The farmers aro-'circulating a petition to be sent to the office ot the company in a few days, as all appeals to the local office at iJethbridge have apparently failed to get satisfaction. In all probability a Water Users' Association will be formed shortly, as tliat appears to be the best way to secure redress. I have written at considerable length,, but it is all in the interests ')f more production. Yours truly, ROBT. J. GOULD. P. G. E. RY. MATTER FINALLY SETTLED ' victoria, B. C, Juno 22.-Tho settle tnent bet-ween tho Province and the F.icltlc Groat Kastern Railway Com fany, pursuant to the agreement (Kachod early In the year and ratified at tho recent session of tho leglala ture was completed yesterday when the province received $760,000. addition tho extocutlon of the bond for $150,000 ' which tho .company agreed to give covering the option on the lands of the P. G. J5. Development Company waa considered. Tho bond linH not yet boon^slgned hut will ho os soon lis somo minor details ar� urruiigod, AMERICAN AIR >  *   RAID. HOW TO OBTAIN LEAVE OF ABSENCE (Vrom C)iir Own CorrcscoriSent^ Tabor, June 21.-On Saturday, June inth, at 4 p.m., Mr. Paul Uusar, ot UetlBW, and. Mrs. Annlo Molmar, of nay city, Michigan, wero united In marriage at Iho manso. Tabor, by tho Rev, A. C. Bryan. Again lightning struck on the same spot Saturday ovenlnR, S p.m., and Mr. I'Mward Thomas and MIrh Mary HowoUs, both ot Coal City, wore pro. nouncod husband and wife hy .Mr. Bryan. The bridal couple were ultond-ed by Mr. John ffowolls and .MIhs Belle Loe. Mr. anil Mrs. Thomas will reside in (^oiil City, wlicro both arc well known and highly respecteil. Snbnii.ision, patience, rosignnlion, dunib endurance are no doubt admirable virtues in their right place, but they aro syinptom,s of hookwctrin, sleeplngHlckiiOHH or some siii^li dn plorable disease when manifested toward an inadequate, bum. broken-down water system and a deaf, conscienceless corporation. But somo day tho worm will tmn. Job will begin tb curse. In tlie meantime, we will continue to fall bat;k, as in tho paet on the gas well, tlio river -'i miles away-or Montana. On Wednesday evening an iustruc tlon class was held in the Union Ciuli rooms tor those who are to. assist on Saturday with tlie national registration. A good attendance and much in toreet are repotted. Mayor Wiliard has gone l':ast on a well earned holiday. Me will join Mrs. Wiliard in Toronto. Dr. Dobson, ot the Lethbrldgo High School is at present presiding at the department ot examinations, being conducted in Tnber. Enforce Regulations. Our local constable iias boon achieving a reputation for himself by his diligence in enforcing food regulations. Already two persons have been fined for hoarding flour and their surplus stock confiscated. While one business houso has got it in tho neck for neglecting to -alllx a stamp to a patent medicine. We are all busy now studying law and voraciously consuming our surpluses in anticipation of "the arrow that flioth hy day, and tho pestilence that walketh In the darkness.' It is no summer job. John Rlntoul, Clarth Allan and several other ot our local boys have recently donned the khaki and left for their respective training camps. A tine piece of detective work on the part of somebody is reported In tho recent capture of one who was endeavoring to evade military service. The Union C.G.I.T. Class, to the number ot G5. had a hike to the river last Saturday. After an enjoyable afternoon, they were met by autos and driven home. The l.yadies' Aid ot Knox Church win hold a lawn social on the Manse grounds, Wedneadny.,'Junc 26th,-at 8 p.m. A musical program will be rendered and ice cream and other refreshments served. There Is prospect of securing Mr. Taylor Stratton for a union meeting on Patriotic Sunday, June 30th. Mr. Station was for several years head of tho C.S.E.T. work in Canada and at present has charge of the Soldiers ot the Soil Movement. Watch for'further particulars of the meeting. Our local weather prophet, after Tho following aro tlu; facts in regard to the procnduri! to be followed m obtaining condiiidiuil leuve of absence without pay for any member ot His Majesty's torcn-a who has been drafted under th aerial raid into German terri- < tory, IQIght Americans bomb- : 0(1 tliH .\|oti!-SablonB Railway ; and Hlurtud a big'tire, :<  Last Importation of Percher(m & Bel^^ &lkres This Spring are Now Here THIS LAST SHIPMENT OFFERS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SECURE A FULL BLOOD PERCHERON OR BELGIAN STALUON. THEY WILL SOON BE PICKED UP, SO WE ADVISE ALL INTERESTED TO SEE THEM EARLY. OUR PRICES AND GUARANTEES WILL PROTECT YOU. ^,, We also hkve for Sale 20 Head of Good Work Horses and some Good Young Shorthorn Bulls F. D YGERT All Stock now at Farmers' Feed Ban, Lethbridge .'ii',.-.-,.V ;