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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 8, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME IX, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNERDAY, MARCH 8, 191(5 NUMBER 74 N ALBERTA HOUS BE MOST TRIVIA Tory Effort to Discredit Govt. Collapses in Lamentably Weak Debate-Was For Party Advantage CHARGES SHOULD BE DEFINITE GILL RE-ELECTED IN SEATTLE Kdmonloii, Mar. 7.-There will be no royal commission lo iiivesllBale the Stanley charges uiiles� tlio opimsitioii make something like a detlnlte charge against some moniber of the goveni-mont or member of the legislature. Premier Siftou made that clear today and as regards charge.s agaln.st offl-clalB, It any one made those, every jiosslble facility would be made for Ijrosecution and if thoy so de.siro tlie opposition can have the counsel and the judge and conduct the case at the expense of the province. Mr. Sif-lon said it was contrary to British ];recedent and the constitution to appoint royal commissions to investigate charges against, officials, servants of the leglshiture, and the only way It can be done will bo tlirougli �the committees of the legislature or lu the criminal courts. It' the ojjposi-llon can name any officials who toolt money to stifle prosecution all they )iave to do is tp name him and criminal prosecution will follow. To Investigate the conduct of the civil service other than by the legislature will not be consented to on the grounds that It Is superceding the rights and privileges of the legislature. The Dobate The debate on the Stanley charges took place today witli full galleries und was forced to a conclusion by tlie holding of a night session which proved a brief affair, the .*&lk collapsing Ita the. dullest kind of a way. � � Dr. Stanley's charges were not ciiauged from tUelr first introduction. The High-River'man made no attempt at supporting his charges, his speech being brief ant^. lamentably jvyoak. No' Reflection on Government Tli(! one outstanding feature of the debate from the opposition benches was the clear, definite statement of A. ]'. Ewing, Conservative member for I'^dmonton, that no reflection was intended upon the personal honor of any member of the government and that the charges were framed so that not oven a siiggestion of dishonor could be made galnai, the ministers. Mr. i'hvlng repeated the statement the second lime to give It emphasis. The l^onservatlve speakers oil claimed to have reams of evidence against officials but refused to name a man. Mr, .Michenor gave a hili' that tlie throne would be appealed to. but lol-lowod it up wltl) the rojiiark Ihnl I-iti-erals would force the Investigation, and fiffther on said that if the government refused the iuvesligatlon thoy would face the eleclovato with those charges hanging over thow. No Excitement TJiero was nothing very exciting about the debate. In fact after the first liour it lagged painfully, the talking falling to members of the opposition conspicuously lacking in oratorical ability. Mr. Sillou and Mr. Cross were the only Liberals who spoke. The upshot of the debate whs that the opposition romalnod Obdurate and refused to give any names or make any more definite charges, while the government refused a royal commission unless some member of the government or house were named in a charge,-^nd refused a royal comcnis-slon to investigate the actions of ol- Soultle. Wash., .March 8.- Keturns early loday on Tuesday's municipal election, bear out last night's estimates of a majority of six thousand for Hiram ('. (!ill. roelpcted mayor. .Mayor Gill's oijponent was Austin i-;. Grimth, former chief of police. �: .;. GERMAN GOV!. IS RM IN ITS mm Says International Law Makes No Provi-sion for Submarine W'aria re PREMIER SIFTON or Alberta, who showed yesterday the foolishness of the charges made by Br. Stanley in tlie legislature, hut who offered to provide a commission and counsel lo the oppo.sition If they would make direct charges against any member or official. This was not, done. RCll RAISES A STORi By HIS S \\'ushington, Man.h S.-The German go\ernment In a memorandum hand-I ed loday by Count Von Hcrnslorlf to .Secretary Lansing, outlines in detail its liositlon in regard to armed ships, reviews events leading up to its decision lo torpedo without warning all armed merchant ships of its enemies, concludes that international law as at present constituted maUes no provision for the Msv. of submarines and expresses u willingness to operate its submarines in accordance with inter-imlional law prevailing prior to the war on tlie condition that Great Uri-lain does not violate the same laws. Advocates Return of Lord Fisher to Cabinet In An Ill-timed Address FIND AN OPIUM JOIN OPERATING IN FULLSWING Detectives raid Chinese Restaurant and Conflscate a Big Supply of Drug That a-full fledged opium Joint has been existing In the city was revealed last night, when two plain clothes men of the Mounted. Police raided the joint of Quong Sang, next to the lire hall, and discovered opium and opium pipes and equipment to the value of at least $400. It is stated also that two Chinamen already .under the in-tluenco of the drug were found in the joint. The stuff was turned over to the city police and charges have boon laid against the (Jhiuaman and will be lieard next week. The detectives made the raid last night, and found -what they had been Informed existed, a full-tlodged opium joint in aotlvo operation, i-wi-----��- PROVINCIAL TAX POR PATRIOTIC PURPOSES IN PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN Reglna, March C,-The whole of this afternoon's session of the legislature was given over to committee work, and mucli business was cleared up preparatory to the debate on tlie new Bradshaw charges and presentation of the report of the select committee inciuiring Into liiiuor license charges. One of the most important bills lo receive its second reading was the act to raise revenues for patriotic purposes. This will be done by n special levy throughouit the province to one mill on the dollar. SAYlSreRY AKE iN DISENFRANCHISE ALL HUNS INN. ZEALAND Sjjdney, New Zealand, via 'London, March 8,-The cabinet has decided to disenfranchise all German-bom elect-l ors for the duration of the war, following' the arrest and internment of several lumdred aliens who are considered of hostile disposition. JRKISH MINISTER OF , WAR IS REPORTED DEAD I.,ondon, Maroli 8,-An Athens dispatch to the Kxchauge Telegraph Co. I'eports the rumors of the tjeatli of Knver I'asha, Turkisii ininttter of war, but all efforts to conlimu or re-liito them linve proved iinavalJins'. ATTACKED A DUTCHMAN Amsterdam, via London, March 7,-~ The Dutch steamer Bandoeng was attacked by a submarine without warn-lug while in the Madltorranean on its journoy home from India, iiccordiiig iQ the Nlouw Rotterdaraacho Goiirant. The Bandoeng escaped with slight Maia^ev to Its lifeboats and urrivod at ItottoriUira on- Sunday. ' BOARD OF HEALTH IS 0 CONSIDER THE SITUA FLEET OUT Anxiety Felt Over Increase of Typlioid Cases-No Report on Water Yet English Leaders Predict That a Big- Naval Battle Will be Fought Soon London, March 8.-Rumor that Prince Henry of Prussia, the Kaiser's brother, has been placed In command of the Qarman fleet for a dash Into the North Sea, was revived today and roc�lvod greatest credence. v Lord Derby and other well Informed persons have recently predicted that a great naval battle soon will be fought^ in the North Sea. About two cases or typhoid a day is the average number being reported lo the city health authorities. There are now about tiO cases known to the liealtli department. Of tliose 3:3 are in private residences wliicli are under moditiod ciuurantine, while 28 are in the hospital. One house was let out of (luaranline tills morning. Tile Board of Health will meel tomorrow afternoon whfen the water nuesllon and the typhoid epidemic will bo thoroughly discussed. So far no word has come from the provincial health department as to the result of the test of the city water supply from tlie samples taken back to Edmonton by .Mr. Owen on his recent visit. It is possible however that tliese tests will be known in time for the meeting, and additional precautionary measures will be taken to combat tlie spread of the disease /if possible. .lohii 'I'aylor, who is one ol" the victims of typhoid, is very low. He spout a very good night but Ills condition is by no means reassuring. London. March 7.-Winston Spencer t'hurchill, former first lord of the admiralty, now ii colonel and irf.ah from the trenches, sprang back Into the parliainentan- arena today in a daring speech, answering I'irsl Lord of tiie Admiralty A;', .i. Balfour, w'lo had just presented- ihe naval estimates, and declaring that the admiralty lacked driving-Jorce, and must be revitalized before ft was loo late by bringing back LordSl''isher. the former tlrsl sea lord, to head the admiralty aamlnlHtration. ... Caustic- Oomment . London, March .S.-r-AVinston Spencer Chiirchill's speech in the house is subject to many columns of comment in the London morning papers. His speech arouses many divergent views and opens up old wounds. 'I'he attitude of most of the editors is-that of outspoken disapproval. Tlie Times say.*!: "The episode will be reihembered more tor Col. Churchill's warning on the score of naval material than lor his recommendation for tlie return of Lord Fisher. We regret thai Lord Fisher's name should liave been mentioned in a manner which is bound lo provoke personal controversy. This is no time for allowing personal likes and dislikes [.to away in the choice of men." The Daily News says: "Wo arc not sure that Lord Fisher has not reason to ask lo be saved from his friends. Wo do not like to see his claims associated with the .slindowy custom of the admiralty and an attack on tlio government." The Standard says: "It is dor.bit'ul whether the interest of the navy is best served by the advocacy of jiu appointment in .so public and dramalic fashion." The -Morning Host .says: "It will need more Ihnn the vindictive in.sinii-aliens of Churchill to disturb ;ho nation's faith In tlie navy. Col. Churchill, who Is mainly responsible for Iho disastrous Dardanelles expedition, lia.s the amazing effrontery to return to the house of commons and offer .^ra-tuilous advice to the admiralty." "We should be sorry lo see the Fisher matter become one of acrimonious controversy." says the Daily Chronicle, "although we hope that the services of this greatest originating sailor of modern times will once more bo adequately utilized." (Continued on Paob 3) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ANOTHER COLLAPSE I'ldmoiiton, .Marcli 7.-In the house today a large number of (luestions were answered by the government. In reply to a query by Hoadley, the minister of public works replied that no contract has been let for boring for either gas or water at Ponoka. ? ? ? ? > : ? > German troops is awaited by the French with confidence as they rely on the strength, of their defensivs preparations. The occupation of Fresnes Is con-aidorod as of only secondary Importance, since the position was an advanced one and not worth, the incur-ring of heavy sacrifices to defend. Regain Tronohe� Paris, via London, March 8,-In. the Champagne sector the French have recaptured a portion of trenches lost on March tith, according to semiofficial announcement made here to-.da.v. The situation north of Verdun Is unchanged. Nd Intantiy attacks were made last night, Uie announcement says. Artillery flghtlng continues. � German Reports Berlin, via London, March S.-The capture of French positions west of the Mouse on both sides of Forgres Brook below Bethincourt, six kilometres wid.e and three kilometres deep was announced today by the German army hoadtiuarters. it was also annouriced that the 'vll-lagoa of Forges and' Regnieville, the heights of Raben and Ciimler and the 1 woods were in German possession. lEl P U GRAIN ELEVATOR BURNS Fort AVilliam. Ont.. March G.-Fire this afternoon shortly before hIx o'clock completely destroyed the grain elevator of the Grain Growers' Grain company, on Hardisty street, entailing damage to the amount of about i ?u0.ono. There w,i.s some grain in the j elevator. Firemen had a diflU.ull job I to save the adjoining manufacturing I plants, and only by diligent work, wiili ' iho aid of the Port Arthur department j did tliey succeed in proventiiig a spread of the blaze. Officers Elected for the Coming Year-Overthrow of Howser Govt, is Certain l'''ernie, .March 7. (Special to the Herald)-A largely attended meeting of the Foriiie city Liberal association was held last night in Ingram's hall, whon the" election of oltlcers for the ensuing year was the chief uusiness attended to. i-1. C. Rrewstor, just elected in Victoria over Hon. A. C, Flumori'elt, minister of finance in tlie Bowser government, by the crushing majority of 2Z0' votes, was made honorary iiresldent; E. K. Stewart, inosldenf; Robert Duthie, U. \V. Wood and \Vm. IMcUou vice-presidenis, and Klrkpatrick secretary-treasurer. .1. L. Gates, L. E. .McDonald, \Vni. Jackson, H. 13. Douglass, Mm. Marsh-am, .Tames McLean, E. i3rooks. Dr. Simmons, .1. S. Irvine, Frank Sautonl, Mr. Skinner, John Bella, \V. Robson, F. C. Lawo and Lockwood Rao wore '(CoKTLSa'ED ON P-AOE 3) WAIERS 0 LBE ACM SOON Season Expected to Open Within Next T'wo Weeks-Need Men for Seeding Swede Govt. Protests at High-Handed Action of Germans. -Steamer Sunlc Stockholm, via London, March 8.-The Swedish minister at Berlin has been .instructed to protest to the German governm.ent against the laying of mines within four miles of the Swedish coast. The Swedish steamer Knippalax was sunk about 800 yards Inside the limit of Swedish waters by a mine and it was reported that a German flotilla was laying mines in those waters. Borden Declines Probe Into the Shell Committee Ottawa. Alarch 7.-Tlie debate on Sir Wilfrid Laiirler'sanolion for the appolntnielit of a comml).tee of the' house to inquire.into the operations of the shell coinmltteo was commenced in the Commons today. The opposition leader supported his resolution with a speech of ah hour's duration. Sir Robert Borden ^followed with a speech lusting more than two hours, in which he docllned to give his assent to the appointment of a committee of Jnvestlgatioii. The Premier claimed timt Sir Wilfrid liad not made out a good case for an Ihjuiry. His caso, he said, was based upon . newspaper reports and rumors which could not be substantiated. .^yore ..any charges made against a.member of the government or anyone directly connocted with tiie purchase of munitions,, an inquiry would bo 'grantod, but general charges would not bo made the matter of an luvestigation, at least until after the close of. tlio war. fi^lt its. Sir Robert asserted that tli^ro had been no proof of wrong doing produced. On the other hand, the Imperial authorities had expressed their satisfaction with the work of the commission and tlie prices paid tor shells in C!aiiada. Sir Wilfrid in tlie course of his speech said titat the demand for an inquiry from all parts of the country has been insistent. The shell committee, from the time it vvas organ-ixed, had not measured up to the expectations of the country. The minister of finance had recently stated that Canada will pay for allthe munitions used by our soldiers. This was all tlie more reason wliy the people should know how the work of the committee was carried on. He said. that wem.:, bors of the committee had given contracts to themselyes, that there was a patronage list, and that logltlmale manufacturers had bqeu paBsecl over for middlemen without plRutg. Knqulry at the employment agency of Harris and Co. this morning ellclu ed the fact that, as yet, there Is Utile demand for farm laborera. but the season Is expected to open with a rusii in 10 or 12 days. Eixperlenced men will be greatly in demand for seeding operations, and Indications are that they will be hard to get. It is pretty hard yet to get a line on �wages that -will be- paid by the farmers, but they are not expected to exceed $40 a month, A largo number of farm hands have enlisted in the Kilties and it is' expected- that these will be available when seeding starts. RO FISHER ASKED FOR ADVICE BY CABINE Former First Sea Lord Invited to Attend Meeting and Give Advice on Naval Matters London, March S, - For the first time since he left the admiralty Lord Fisher, former first sea lord, today" attended the full meeting of the wur council presided over by Premier As-QUlth. Invitation to Lord Fisher to attend the council was extended more than a woek ago and had nothing to do with the speech in the house of commons Tuesday by Col, Winston Spencer Churchill, former nrst Lord of. the Admiralty, who 'sald Lord Fisher should. be brought back to head the admiralty administration. it Is understood Lord Fisher was invited to join the war oounoll, temporarily to give: his aidvlce: on lmpart� urn niatterB in rogart} to 'which his: experience would be useful. U Is not; he-.Ueved to be likely that ho 'wUl ,retuv�i to the admlral,{]f as a perraaneut; ineia-ber. � 48 69 55 333947 ;