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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 3, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME IX. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. FRIDAY, MARCH S, 191� NUMBER 70 iRGES A SAYS PROSECUTION WAS STIFLED ON PROMISE TO SUPPORT SCOTT Debate on Speech From Throne Proceeds in Tame Fashion Retro-Active Feature Only Made Applicable To , Year 1915 CRITICISM OF GOVT. tediuonton, Atarch 2.-Martin Woolf H}b vapidly guining the reputation ot lieing one o� the best apeakerH anionK the private members, nnd lie livoit well ,up to the honor today. U wnH rather a tame afternoon itnd Card-stou's member injected the only Hfo tliero was. Ho had his annual bout iivltli T. M. Tweedlo and didn't come out second best. Jlr. Wool!' also 3'aised the free wheal iasue and M'J'orcod the oppoaile members to reveal their hands. Kvery one oS them as far us heard from are sticking last to the aiitl-west policy of the Borden government. There was not even a suggestion ot scandal today and the charges of the jncmher for High Ulvor haven't raised even a ripple of excitement. Mr. Kemrnls Mr, Kemmis, resuming the debate |pn the governor's Rpeech, criticized Iho towns not asserting that single Lax had resulted in amcndmentH iwhlch created' hardship. Me didn't think it wise to have towns loaded up with non-tax-paying properties. Mo llhought single ta.^c worked properly in sippllcation to farm lands, but not bo ifaifly .in towns. He didn't think farmers wanted towns retarded and said the royal way in which Calgary ontortained the V. F. .-v. had made the farmers feel more kindly to the towns. He accused the government of catering to the farmers as against the towns. Me opposed uniformity in inunioipal taxation, claiming that each muntolpality should be allowed to raise revenue as they see fit with (jH liniltatlon as to the total. Mr. Kom-imis also rM'iticlsed the Increment act and the stock inspection act. In answer to the premier he said good brand readers are very scarce and it would bo hard to get one. in his district there are not more than one or two able to do it. The wild land ta.\, he said, is very popular in some sections; in others it is not. The brand act Is also out of accord with Mr. Kemmis' vlew.i as a stockman. He concluded with,an expression of regret at the illness of Hon. lA. 0. .MacKay and paid a tribute to J his ability. Martin Woolf 5 Martin 'WoulC (Cardston) followed. iHo said the liquor net and women's suffrage acts are of momentous im-i portauce and frauglit with great pos-slblilties for the province. He had Uvcd for over twelve years where no licenses had been Issued and no liquor i legally sold. He had a iierfect knowledge of conditions, and since the Ijresent attorney-general had charge of tiio administration there has been no delay in giving all necessary assistance ill enforcing the law, and he TN'as satlsllod that the new law would (Continued on P.iOK 3) TAX WATER STOCK Ottawa, -March -Changes in the war taxalhui were announced In tlie House of Commons yesterday by Sir Thomas "White. Ilioso changes have been considered necessary as the re-siill of dKliculties disclosed after di.s-cusston �\vitli representatives of busi-UPHK interests in Canada. The main principals of the business tax as originally proposed were 25 per cent of the profits above 10 per cent of the other firms, partnerships and individuals that it should be retroactive to August 4. 1914, that it bo extended over II tlireo year period, and that capitalization up to ?BO,flOO bo exempted. The chaugCB are that the retroactive period begins January Ist, 1915, whicli enables the payment dates to be separated into the years 1916, 1917, and 1918. Toyobviate the difliculty over reserves and watered stock, capital will be regarded as only the-ac-tual unimpaired reserves of a company, and watered stock will be dealt with by taking the cash value of stocks on January Isl, 1915, and de-ductiiig from it the liabilities of the company, thus arriving at the basis of taxation. Holding companies -will not pay ou profits from other compauies which pay under the Act, and payments of war taxes to Groat Britain and lier (CONTINUED ON PAGE SEVEN) Uogln.T, March :!.-Dr. Robertson, proprietor of the Royal Hotel, Alsask, the first witness called uy the select committee Investigating the charges pertaining to licenses and the stifling of prosocutions. Askefi by .1. J''. Hare, counsel, if he knew of any prosecution hnvliig boon stifled at the direct instigation ot a member of the assembly he emphatically replied, "yes." The witness supported his allegation as follows. "In Heptember, 1912, I had throe summonses against me for infraction ot the Liquor license law, Mr. Frame was my lawyer, and on my application he got the convictions (liiashud on certiorari. Then in November those very three charges were roin.stated against me at KIndersley, and 1 was summoned to appear before a magistrate. "I want to siiy here that in the provincial oleclloii of V., I was in Saskatoon. Two (lays ijcfore I was (o appear before the magistrate at Kinder-sley. 1 came to Reglna and saw Mr. ^ Frame. He salu he could not defend i me but advised we to go to J'. M. An-i derson. The latter would not defend mo bec'.'inse 1 ivas not a member ot the Licensed Victuallers Association, but tio advised me to see .Mr. Turgeon (attorney general). I came ! U)i to the house and saw first, Mr. :\lotherwell (minister of agrictilture), who ropresents my constituency ot KIndersley. lie took me along to Mr. 'I'urui'on and the two ot them talked logtdii'r for some time. When (hey turned to me I had to admit tiiat I had done wrong ii hot supporting; the connection with it. McNab denied government at the- last election and I ate humble pie. �.Pinally they told me to SBC .Mr. McNab that same evening. Mr. AlcNab phoned me and told me lo meet him at.'the 'Wascana hotel. I did ami his first''iiirords were. "Robertson, you havo,l>e�tt./a.cting the part of a 0-d-fpol?' 1 admitted that r had been in )Vrong. Ho said 'Neither you nor any'hotel kepper in the province can buck this government and still hold their licenses. In .Manitoija they make them contribute to the fund else they don't get their Ili'ense. I am Liberal organizer for this north part of the province aiuUI have the list of how all the hotel keepers voted. Why Robertson, I know of your actions and I told them to go and get you.'' Witness added that in view of what Mr. McNab said he promised he would support (lie government. Before going iMcNab called up the chief of ibR prov-iiii fill police .Mahoney and told liim to drop the case against Robertson Tlio witness took the train for liomi^ that night. At the Reglnn depot l\e found witnesses in the case waiting to board the tr.ain but a messenger came up to tlioni and they left the depot and no more was heard of the case. Last words JIcNab said to him were "Now Robertson^^go home, and remember your promise." �\Vhen the witness got homo bo immediately sold his hotel for $40,000. though he only received $10,000 in the whole of the foregoing testimony. Interested in Contract Reglna, March 3.-Before the public accounts committee today C. J. Mc-I^herson, former chairman ot the highway cojnmission, now cimlrmnn of the local government board, admitted that in July 1913, when he opened tenders and awarded contracts for the Saskatchewan bridge, he held ono-third interest in the R. J. Lecky Co., which secured the contract. The witness was examined by W. R. Wllloughby, who asked for examination. ^.Appoint Commission Reglna, "BasK., luarch 2.-A royal commission consisting ot two supreme court Judges ot Saskatchewan will be appointed by the government immediately to investigate tlie charges: (I) that a number ot Liberal mombors of the assembly were bribed in Uecera-ber 1913 to oppose the government bill to abolish the bar; (2) that a conspiracy was entered into between certain persons in 191:") to l)ribe members of the assembly in connection with the government's liquor policy French Infantry Have Repulsed Most of the New Attacks, Howe Enemy's Losses are Frightful jver-The Paris, March -Bombardments and attacks on the part ot the Gorman troops continued all Thursday evening in the region to the north of Ver-introduced^into the assembly in ses-|dun, according to an announcement sion of 1915 and that attempts were "lade hy the French war olPce today, made to bribe certain members. T'lls fighting was oondiicted witli re- This commission has been decided doubled violence. Near Dotiamont upon as the result ot the report of a several fruitless endeavors on the part select committee which investigated Germans were repulsed with J. E. Bradshaw's charges of bribery the report was brought down late this afternoon by Chairman W. 0, Sutherland, recommending the appointment of a commission. E SUPPOB nerswillmon mmm at braltar 1 White Star Boats Carrying Americans, Will Be Armed in Mediterranean DOWAGERf EEN OF ROUMANIAIS DEAD ?arinen Sylvia, Queen Motlier, Antlioress, Has Passed Away ' AniHterdnm, via fjondon, .March .'1.- Bowaeov Quoon Rlizubeth of Rounm-nia, Carmen Sylva. died at 7.'JO o'clock Thursday morning, according to Bucharest dlspatchea. The funeral will take place on Sunday. The KHAKI CONCERT TONIGHT > > -- ? Wesley Hall tonight will ? �: look almost like a little bit ot ? ? *the front when the members ? : of the 113th Kilties Battalion ? > will put on a'most interesting ? ? program. This is the iirst en- ? : tertainment of the nature giv- : ? on in the city and should prove ? to be a most attractive event. > In addition to the items pro- : vided by the boy.s, tableaux ? from Hiawatha will be present- ? ed. The artists have got their ? work well in hand. The pro- sharp. ' : NMEi ? '> ? ? : ? ? : : > : ? ? ? '\'i'asliington, .March 3.--By a vote of ()8 to 14, a greater majority thaii they expected, the administration forces in the senate today tabled the Gore resolution to warn .\nierican3 off armed ships of the belligerents, and thereby llnally quelled in the senate an agitation which has embarrassed President Wilson in submarine negotiations with Germany. Senator Gore's resolution, a substitute by Senate McCumber, republi- i can, and an attempt by Senator Gore i to strengthen his original proposal, all were defeated at one time on the roll call on motion by Senator James of Kentucky, one ot the administration whips, to table them. The administration victory in the senate transferred tho fight to the Uoiise. TRIPLETS IN CALGARy Calgary, Alta., March' 2,-Mrs, John AVeinor, wife of a Laiigdon farmer, gave birth to triplets h .> DROPPED BOMBS NEAR VERDUN DE- CROWN PRINCE HAS BEEN PRIVED OF COMMAND Mainz, March 1,-The crown prlnco has been urgently summoned to gen-' eral headquarters, where there' Is oj;-poctallon of lamentable events. Tho crown prince will not return to the fighting front for somo time, Tn the meantime tho Duko of AVurtomborg win take over the command ot the crown prliico's army, Berlin, via Ijondon, .March 3.~TUe ofijcial statement relates thai German airmen dropped bombs 111 tho vicinity ot the main Verdun fort and that to the east of Doale. Lieut Ininiolman shot down a llri-tlsh biplane, the ninth aeroplane accounted for by him. KNOX CHURCH WILL m i PROPOSE IHE J i N LCOOE Edmonton, March 2.-J. G. Turgeon (Rlbstone), and McCall (Acadia) have given notice that they will move In the legislative assembly on Tuesday next that the age limit for criminal assaults upon girls be increased from 14 to 16 and that the age of consent in cases of seduction be advanced to 21. The resolution will be in (he form of a niemoi-ial to the federal minister of justice. Rev. Principal Graham to Speak at The Special Services on Sunday OFIY CAL ARILE D oies n I