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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 25, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta DO YOUR BIT IN THE RED CROSS CELEBRATION HERE, DOMINION DAY ''^^^J^^^^^J^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ (VOLUMK X. LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA, MONDAY, JUNK 25, 1017 NUMBER 165 VENIZELOS IS ONCE MORE SUP BE END OF JULY BEFORE CONSCRIPT GREECE BILL CAN PASS THE POPULACE Great Throngs Welcome Former Premier Back-Will Form Cabinet GREAT DEMOCRAT WILL TAKE HELM Athens, June 25.-M. .Tonnart, diplomatic representative of the allies In Greece, and Premier Zaimis, had a long conversation with the king at the palace yesterday. Ji is reported the cabinet has-resigned and that M. Venizelos has been asked to form u new ministry. Ovation For Venlzelos. London, June 25.-The Athens correspondent of The Times thus described the landing at Piraeus of Venizelos, who was brought from Saloniki on a destroyer: "The quay was lined with spectators and about 1,500 people put off in boats. A courier stood on the deck of the destroyer to welcome Venizelos, then embarked ngain to make way for others. .Men, women and children, officers and priests, leaped on board and rushed fervidly at him. It was scarcely possible to move on the destroyer's deckB. Shop-keepers and workmen bent to kiss his bands. Some bent to ktas his feet but Ven-ii izelos smiling prevented them. "A group of twenty officers of the Athenian army brought triumphantly by comrades of the Venizellst force, offered Venizelos their services; which, as earnest of re-union, touched hini much. Women thrust flowers into his hands. One put her child in his arms. The little one clasped its arms around his neek. Priests had medallions of him pinned on their robes and blessed him and were themselves loudly acclaimed. All the time the young men in the boats wore yelling 'Lour Live Venlzelob' and they followed Venizelos wherever he went."' Prime .Minister Zaimis" has decided to resign in five or six days' time, a cabinet minister said, and the Venizellst ministry will succeed. The near advent of the Venizellst government has caused further unrest in Peloponnesus where those attached to the old regime have taken rofuge. Some reservists have declared they will not accept the Venizellst government. There is much bluster in all this, but the allies are determined to quickly enforce order throughout Greece. The military attache of the French legation has signified to the government that an end must bp put to the disorder within a short period. British Ship Sinks Sub. An Atlantic Port, June 25.-Officers of a British steamer which arrived today reported having sunk an attacking German submarine. The British vessel sent a shell Into the U-boat's magazine, causing an explosion which parted tne under-water boat about amidships. Each end sank separately. The British steamer was uninjured. The sub-marine was five miles distant and running away after having attacked the Britisher nearly 400 miles off the coast of Ireland. LIKELY 10 SIT UNTIL THE FALL Debate On Conscription Bill Is Liable To Drag On Until Middle of July MANY MEMBERS ANXIOUS TO SPEAK Methodist Pastors Leave Loss About $10,000-Over 8000 Bushels of Wheat Also Lost Barons, .Tune 25.-The National Elevator and annex at Barons, containing about 8000 bushels of wheat, was burned to the ground early Saturday morning, by a blaze which for a time threatened the other elevators along the tracks. The loss will be about $10,000, outside of the loss In grain, with some insurance. The villagers fought the fire with such success that the blaze was kept from spreading, though the Tasker elevator alongaide, caught fire three times. It is believed that the blaze started from a spark' from a locomotive. SENATE LIKELY TO Will Probably Put Measure Into Force In U. S. Very Shortly Will Now Be 1000 Gallons In Effort to Cope With Essence Shortage The, city council had anbthor gasoline session this morning. There Is so much gasoline being used in the city that the storage capacity of the garage tanks is to be made 1000 gallons instead of 250 as at.present under the city bylaw. The rato of insurance on the garage will be somewhat hjfihor, but the Increased size of the storage tanks will not affoct nearby buildings. An application to allow a wholesale oil concern to erect tanks on 1st Ave, south, wefet of 13th St. was under consideration for some time. Tlio commissioners were in favor of restricting the area in which wholosalo oil concerns may erect their tankage, and had docided not to allow the request. It was their intention to restrict all oil : tankage south of the track to oast of i 15th St. But City Solicitor Ball pointed out that the city had no power under thoir charter to rostrlct the area In which wholesale oil warehouses and tankage may be located. The request can therefore* not be denied. The consumption of gnsollne in the city has becomo an Important factor of the city's business and the eity council is bound to recognize It. That additional tankage is needed waB evident'on Saturday when the Continental Oil Co, waB tUq only concern supplying their city customers, and they �were doing so the expense of their outside orders, The oil situation, however was rolioved by the ar Rival ol nine tank cars this morning, Washington, June 25.-The fate of prohibiton as a war-tme measure rested today with the senate, where acceptance of the food control bill in the form in which it passed the house, with its drastic prohibition amendments added, as a substitute for the Chamberlain bill, was assured. ProspectB are that the senate will in the end vote to retain the prohibition proposals, at least the provision prohibiting the use of foodstuffs in manufacturing distilled spirits. The substitute bill will bo made unfinished business and a final vote within a week or ten days seems probable, Ottawa, June 25.-Prospects of a division being reached this week on the second reading of the military service bill are rapidly fading away. It may be one week from Thursday next before the amendments and the bill are voted upon. Hope of a division by Friday of this week is practically abandoned by the party whips who have charge o the lfist of speakers, this morning. There lias been some effort on the part of the whips to curtail the list of orators, but it lias not met with much success. Comparatively few members desire to cast a silent vote on the conscription issue. The great majority, no matter what their views, want to go on record in Hansard, Monday of next week is a holiday, Dominion Day. This day will be lost in the house, and the division will be shoved along another 2-1 hours nearer the end ot the week. Morning sittings may become necessary this week, however, and" that will make it possible for a couple of additional spqeches to be made each day. After the second reading the bill will be dealt with in committee, where details will be discussed. This may take a week. After the third reading it goes to the senate to be disposed of. It looks as though it will be well on in July before the bill is ready for the assent of His Kxcel-lency Governor-General. Predictions are made this morning that it'will be the middle of August and perhaps the first of September bofore parliament rises. There is a lot of business on the order paper, and still to come down, including railway legislation. Members of both sides of tho house seem to be reconciled to the idea of remaining at tho capital for at least six or seven weeks yet. There is always the possibility of course, that when the extension bill is introduced, a situation may develop which might cause a sudden dissolution. REV. G. H. COBBLEDICK R^EV. J. B. FRANCIS. Who goes to Edmonton and is sue- Who goes to Camrose and is succeed-ceeded at^WesJey church here by ed at the United Church here by Rev. Mr. Cragg. Rev. Mr. Hodgins. Turned Machine Guns On Sinn Fein Rioters GOVERNMENT MAY COMMANDEER OIL AND COAL STOCKS �Washington, June 23.--Secretary Daniels told tho senate lands committee today that within a short time the government must commandeer oil and coiil supplies unless it can otherwise insure its supply and tlx prices. Mr. Daniels urged legislation to develop new oil fields. > > > ? ? > ; ! > > >: UKRANIANS WANT INDE- * * PENDENCE * ? London, June 23.-neuter's *> Fetrogrnd correspondent re-> ports that the Ukranians' mill- > ? *> > > > ! Cork, June 29.-Machine guns were used on Sinn Felners In disturbances here yesterday morning. They were brought into action after the police with clubs had failed to restore order. Soldiers cordoned various points while the police-eftased the' rioters to the side streets. After hav- ing borne much stoning, the police ordered that guns be fired on the disturbers. One rioter was killed and another severely wounded, while a dozen were treated in hospitals for bayonet and other wounds. The riot was eventually quelled without troops coming into action. : : # : : * * * ? " GEN. SEEkEY WOUNDED. * >:* London, June 25.-The Daily ? Express learns that Brig.- > > General J. K. B. Seeley, ex- > ? minister of war, has been ac- > * cidenlaily wounded in France. > �:* The nature of his injuries are > > not given. : c- � : > > ? > > > >> * : : : : : CITY WILL TAKE New City Offices Will Be In Use Within Week Or So Crops Throughout Southern Alberta in Splendid Shape Winter rye Is out in head. Some winter wheat in tho Milk River district Is also in head, while the Experimental Farm can boaBt winter whoat as far advanced. With winter wheat and rye in this stage, farmers are beginning-to watch closely the progress of the spring wheat crop. The provincial jail farm here boasts 200 acres of about the finest wheat in.tho country. It is more than a foot high and will soon be in the boot. The spring wheat through.-out. the country Is nine to twelve ruches high and shewing a very rnpid growth. A Herald reporter motored to Maoleod yesterday and found the crops In excellent condition in.every section. The growth is rank and the plants well steeled. Spring grains are not so far advanced by about a w�-ek as thpy were last year, but the outlook Ir most favorable. Coarse grains are a little farther behind than in comparison to r>pring wheat. However, the Kv.\n is ahwJlng the ground in most Holds, and there in not the iiinio demand on 1ho moisture in the .round as there was a fortnight ago, Wop reports from ail ovor the south show Bow Island. Pakowki and points east of there needing rain, though no grain is suffering. Medicine Hat had nlco showers last night. Carmangay district had a good rain yesterday. D. lfl. Harris of the United Grain Producers states that from information he has recoivod from all parts of tho west, Southern Alberta will produco tho best crops of the west again this year. His information shows that up till Saturday Saskatchewan was in great need of roln. However, Sunday brought tho needful In the sister province. ., Moosomln getting 1,10 inches of a general rainfall all over the province. A largo number of new elevators are projected for Southern Alberta this year and will be started as soon as the crop is absolutely assured: The W. S. McLaughlin Co., of which the United Grain Producers are local agents, will build at Nobloford and probably at Barons. These are tho first elevators this concern will build in Canada. It is understood that applications have been made (or five now elevator Bites in Barons, and if they are all built, that point will bo supplied by U. Withing the next couple of weeks Second Ave., S/, which has .so long been the: homo of the city fathers and city hall staff, will say good-bye to them, and the Chinook club building will be their new home. The lease for tho club building to be used for city hall purposes at $3,000 per annum with an option to purchase at the end of five years at ?30,000, has been signed, and the move will bo made early' in Jul}'. Very little opposition to the proposal to take the club for a city hall developed, although the labor organizations of the city made a protest early. This, however, amounted to very little when they were' put in possession of the facts. Orders were given this morning to W. J. Bunce to build a! vault at the new city hall at a cost of $550. Seeond Ave. has been the centre of city hall activities ever since the city had a town hall.. Austrian Troops Desert As Protest For Arrest of Their Head Amsterdam, June 25.-Three Czech regiments have deserted to the Russians, according to a statement Saturday to the committee of deputies from Southern Austria by F. Von Georgi, minister of defense, in retiring from the Austrian cabinet, as published in the Lokal Anzeiger and Tageblatt of Berlin. The statement was made during the discussion of the demand of the Czech deputies for the release of Horr Klofac, who was sentenced to death on a charge of attempting to reconcile Russia and Bohemia. The sentence of Honn Klofac, deputy and head of the Czech union, was- cancelled by Emperor Charles, but he is still held in prison. Troops Conduct Successful Raids Which Gain Vital System ol Defences on Outskirts of Lens-Canadians Aie Active in Assisting- These Operations -Increasing Artillery Activity Noted. CANADIAN ENGINEERS AIDED IN CAPTURE MES8INE8 RIDGE British Headquarters in France, June 25.- (By the Associated Press). -Although, that official statements report little activity, the British are keeping up their pressure day and night along the entire 120-mile front they occupy. Last night a number ot local enterprises were carried out successfully. One of these operations was rather important, increasing as it does the British grip on Lens. Under the light of the stars British troops stormed and captured 4 00 yards of front line trenches east of Riamont Wood in the western outskirts of Lens. Elsewhere several raids in the darkness served to keep Prussian nerves on edge. One of these was undertaken west of Hullich. Here. 15 prisoners were brought in, while during a period of 2% hours the British remained in the enemy trenches. Increasing Activity London, June 25.-Increasing activity on.the western front is reported in today's official announcement which records various successful raids by the British. Sharp Gun Work Paris, June 25. - Sharp artillery fighting was in progress during the night near Freidmont Farm and Che-vreux, says today's official statement. Canadian Work. (Canadian Overseas Correspondent). Canadian Headquarters in France, June 25.-In the difficult advance toward Lens and amid a confused tangle of wrecked mines, our artillery destroyed miners' houses, railway embankments and flooded the ground in Souchez Valley. 4 valuable bit of enemy front line trenches, extending over 400 yards north of the river and east of Rois-de-Riamont was" captured during the night by Canadians and was firmly incorporated. The task set for the Canadians was to capture the enemy outposts to southwest of Reservoir Hill. An attack on the outposts was evidently expocted. The enemy scuttled, abandoning ground upon which machine gun tire was immediately turned by German guns located on the hill. 'This was speedily followed by heavy artillery fire, which continued during the night and was especially severe in the vicinity of .Lens electric station. The enemy's dugouts were searched but found to be empty. The enemy on this front appears no longer to have confidence in the ability of his infantry to oppose night attacks stoutly. Several raids last night In the region between Lend and Labasseo showed that Gorman trendies were so slightly held that lit-* tie resistance could be offered to rald� ers. In one case British troops remained half an hour in enemy positions destroying defences. In a recent cabin on the. part taken by the Canadians in tlie work preparatory to the capture of; Messines Ridge mention should have beeu made of the work of the tunnelling companies of the Dominion. During many weary months while the? Canadians above ground in the Ypres" salient bore with fortitude the constant fire from the enemy guns behind tho ridge Canadian miners far underground were driving the mine shafts for the enemy's destruction. After our troops went to the Sommo the work was continued. It is impossible towrite in detail the work of tho miners, but the Canadians will learn with satisfaction that no small part of the mining operations that made �possible the blowing up of tho German'"'line's on Mcssines ridge standB to the credit of Canada. Germany in Panic Over The Anticipated Failure of Crops � > RED CROSS CAMPAIGN Washington, June 23.-More than ?77,500,000 \vas marked up at Red Cross headquarters today toward the hundred million humanity fund. Leaders in every city were exerting efforts to put their campaigns through with a glorious finish. ** **. *& *5* O ** *S* *S*' ^ *�* ^ MARKETS Spot wheat................ 242 Local track wheat........... 220 October wheat ...... 197 Local track oatt............. 61 October oats ................ 59>/B October flax ..... ........,. 270 WEATHER Hiflh ,........................ 70 tow.......................... 49 Forecast-Generally fair and comparatively cool. The Hague, June 25th, via London. -The Nieuv Uottcrdasche Courant publishes a pessimistic report on the prospective harvest of northwest Germany, as follows: "For cattle especially, tho outlook Is decidedly bad, 'probably even worse than people at present believe. Concerning the human food supply, we remain silent. Kveryone knows that things are painted rose color. But the shortage of potatoes, fats and oils is tremendous." The newspaper then assorts that the harvest of 1017 will he only of moderate volume unless a miracle happens; that the hay crop is of good quality but that, except for low lying fields, It Is lacking in quantity and dried up, and. that no second crop is expected. The cattle are suffering severely and are'already being driven into the hay fields. Wheat crops, however, look good, and the graiu harvest is expocted to be fairly good, although rye is thin and poor, presumably for lack of a good fertilizer. Potato vines are yellow and wilted, owing to the drought and new potatoes ore small. The Courant says that owing to lack of vegetables the people are .using wild plants, of which about 30 varieties are eaten, The production of mllk.and butter is decidedly poor and it is a question how cattle are^ to be maintained. The problem of labor and horses is also serious, farm horses costing as much as 5000 marks (about $1,250 at normal exchange) that 1b 1000 marks more than last year. All yesterday's Berlin papers refer to the practical failure of tho fruit crop. Tho Tageblatt says that the vegetable crop lias also practidally failed and that the people are now placing ail their hopes in improvement in the yield of early potatoes. The Leipserger Volke Zeltung says that the potato crop is gravely threatened in oilier parts of Germany and-tliat promised additional meat ration lias been practically abandoned. Fuel Shortage Also. Copenhagen, June 25.-Germans of all classes are manifesting deep concern at the likelihood of a fuel famine during the coming winter, resulting from lack of labor, under-nutrltlon of workmon in raineB and increasing transport difficulties. German government experts already have declared not more than seventy per cent, of the normal amount of coal necessary for heating and lighting.can be supplied, qnd that people must come out as best they can with this short supply. Wholesalers and consumers, however, find that little- is being done to provide even this seventy per cent. Coal doaierB say no coal is In sight to fulfill contracts with house owners. INCREASE WOULD BE LIKE GIVING PRESENT TO C.P.R. Big Protest To Freight Rate In* crease, But It May Go Through Winnipeg, June 25.-The closing* session in the west of tho board of railway commissioners was held here Saturday afternoon and Sir Henry Drayton and his fellow commissioners * . left last night for Ottawa, ' Isaac Pitblado, delegated by the provincial government to represent the interests of the general public, opposing the proposed 15 per cemV increase in freight rates, said: "In order to give the Canadian Northern  and Grand Trunk additional annual, income of approximately $11,000,000 we are asked to giye the C. P. R.. a present of $21,000,000." Mr. Pitblado / held that the west was paying more than its share of railway tariff now. Sir Henry Drayton pointed out that the increase, if made, would bo under tlie war measures act and therefore only for a limited time. BRITISHERS TO MEET HUN DELEGATES'; The Hague, June 25.-The British commission,, headed by Lord Newton, has arrived here to discuss with German delegates, headed by General Friederich, the question of war prisoners of b oth countries. Prison camps, reprisals and matters connected with the exchange of Interned prisoners over military age and disabled prisoners will be considered, E GO TIT QUEEN'S Edmonton, Alta,, June 25,>-Prinolpal: S. W. pyde, oC Robertson College, hus. been offered the prlnclpalehlp of the� theological colloge of Queen's University, Kingston, Out. Mr.'Dy(U.wiUv': probably accept. - .-y. 11 79 11899388 ;