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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 15, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta ! yOLUME IX. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH lo, 191 fi NUMBER 80 MAKE MOR DD Hon. Wm. Pugsley Makes Serious Allegations in the Commons SIIION LAYEO IN WUIX'KEI) ZEPPELIN BROIJGIITDOVVX BV FHENCir Gl XXEKS AT --- BRABANT EE HOY-- m Premier Shows Up Many Ridiculous Things in Leader's Speech EXiSTENCE ; Crown Prince, However, is Gathering His I Forces for More Serious Offensive --Lull in the Big Battle Ottawa, -Marcli 14.-OppoHilion all(.>-�atioiis In regard to the opcrationB of llio slioU coinmitteo were crystalized into formal cliavgcs in tlie CoinuionH thJB iiftornoon by J Ion. William Pugsley. In speaking to Sli' Will'rici I-au-rier's re.solution vequesting an Inciulry, .Mr. PiigSley, on Ills respouslbiiity aH H member, road a number of charges, which lie said lie was prepared to prove it a committee of inquiry wore Krantod, ills chief eliargos were tlial I)rlcea had been lixed without com-]iotitlon, that the committee gave orders at excessive prices to companies Mitli which members of the comnilt-tae/were connected, that the nnneces-�ar'y waste amounted to eighty million dollars, that an improvident contract for fuses had been let in the vrnlted States througli J. Wesley AUi-Kon totalling 122,000,000, that this was done with the connivance of the minister of militia, and that there had been delay In furnishing the completed shells. Hon. Arthur Meiglten, In reply, said lhat the opposition was not in earnest In connectioji with this matter. Their chief desire was to place upon � the sovernment the rosponsiblUty of voting down the resolution. The charges made by Mr. P.ugsley were not real charges, Mr. Melgheu said. Accord 5ng to all British precedent, no such Inquiry shouldhold during the progress of a \vaV. The allegation in a-egard to the shell committee was'be ing Ipld before the British government, and when they consented to an f'nquiry, the doors would be thrown open, hut not before, Mr. Melglien declared. Kdmontou, .March 11.-A rousing speech by Premier Siftou on the bud-got, an emphatic rel)udiation of tlie viciously unfair stories published by the opposition press as to the govern- i nient policy on prohibition, and a flag- j waving episode Introduced by the member for Okotoks. were among the incidents which livened up the legislature today. .Mr. Plngle, who took ; his seat for the lirst. lime since ic- j turning from the battleflelds of Flan- j ders, received a rousing welcome. The j announcement that the premier was ' to speak lllled the galleries "and they emptied rapidly when he resumed his seat. Welcomes Plngle Premier Sifton in resuming the budget debate, welcomed Mr. Plngle back to the house as one who has been showing his loyalty to the Elmpire in a mllilary capacity. He didn't think it necessary to raise (luestions of loyalty. If the occasion comes the loyalty of all members would be shown. He said tiie liudget debate was one of the two important occasions for clLscussing public matters, and he was glad the opposition were taking uu interest in the business of the house and freely discussing the business of the country. At the same time he thought they should be careful in the making of expressions capable of creating a false impression in the country. For instance, while Mr. Crawford was dlacussing teleiihone administratiun he did not need to devote half an hour to try to create the impression that the member for Po-nolca did not pay tor a telephone, whicir statement was absolutely false. (CONTINUKD ON' PaOE H) Photo .shows French gunners exaniining wreckage ot Zeppelin J77, after they liad successfully pursued and found Iho vilal spot through their skilled marksmanship. : ? ? : : : ? : : NOIGNANT PUB �IER OTEL KEEPERS NOTHING Kefutes Tory Yarn That Hotels Will be Allowed to Sell. Beers and Wines CARDSTON'STOM R RED CROSS �Rdmonton, March M.-Premier Sifton. with his customary deflnlleneas, disposed ot an after-dinner yarn appearing 111 the Conservative press nlloging that the government had agreed to givo I he hotel men tho privilege of selling light wines and beers under prohibition. Ur. Stanley read the article and asked the premier if lie would make u i)ronouucenieut ou the article. Jlr. Sltton replied as follows: "I may say that T have not previously heard ot the article. This Is tho first I have heard of tho statement which is contalnad iu the papers. 1 may state ou behalf of myself and this government that there has never boon any such arrangement made, either with tho licensed vie-ttinllers as a whole, the hotel owners lis a whol(j. or with any individual or brewery, or anybody representing a brewery, or with anybody else In tho province or outsldo the province, and that thero will bo nothing in the ua-turo ot a chaneo in thu liquor act �wlilch was passed by the people ot this province." Tho premier's answer received the Vlaudlts of the whole iiouso. ATS FROM STATES Cardston, March 14.-Nearly SSOO.OO has been raised for the Hod Cross fund as a result ot tho campaign on February 29th. The patriotic ball at Aetna netted $110.00. Other towns of tho district are also contributing liberally to the various funds. Yesterday aftornon. David Owens appeared before Justices ot the Peace J. Holmes and H. Mcintosh on two charges. For pointing a gun at K. C. Crablree, near Woolford on the 11th Inst., a fine ot $10.00 and costs was Imposed and tor carying concealed weapons, $5.00 and costs-amounting in all to $24.70 A strong lecture was also given, the J. P.'s emphasizing the seriousness ot the offence. Willie crossing the creek at Centre street ford on Sunday, II, M. Brown and family nfrt'rowiy averted a serious accident which fortunately however, resulted only In a wetting for all. Nine occupants were in the rig when it broke through the Ice throv.-ing them Into the swittly running water, Assistanco was close at hand and a quick rescue was effected. Tlie party are none the worse for their oxporlence. ASK EXTENSION OF RETLAW BRAN li begins to look as though the lid were off so far as the spring movement of grain is concerned. "Tlie country is flooded with cars" j said a ideal railway olllnial to the Her- ! aid today. Grain is beginning to | move more freely in Southern Alberta, and within the next couple of weeks a hole will be made in the 11,-000,000 bushels In store in Southern Alberta elevators. The embargo on the grain movement to the head of the lakes has been off for four or live days, and this with tho outlook tor an early opening ot navigation on the lakes everything looks more favorable. The fcoal movement is still fairly heavy, but is falling off somewhat, some of the mines in the district having commenced to work short time. Lumber is also moving more plentifully than for some years, and the B. C. mills are looking for a fairly prosperous year. There is enough grain in the elevators of Southern Alberta to keep the C. P. R. busy for 100, days If thoy move 100 cars dally. By that time grain still in the farmers' hands, will bo pretty well moved out to the railways, and there wll be onough ot that to keep the road busy until the new crop conies in. Just at present the company is not overburdened with help, brakenien especially being hard to get. Threshing south of the city lias been delayed by the storm, but will be resumed again shortly. Fred Karren of Magrath says that there will be almost enough threshing in some parts of that district to keep tho machines busy until the now threshing season commences. 1 mm' British Cabinet Alter Method of Compulsidrt,Which is Very Unsatisfactory Torture Armenians Then Drown Them in Rivers by Thousands is Report Made I Ijondon. .Miiicli l."i.-'l'lu> Paris cor-I respondent of the Daily .Mull, attrlbu-I ling the now hill in the Verdun figlit-I lug observed two liays ago to German I losses, says tliat the stnig-igle of the past week has so terribly ! broken the Kaiser's troops that whole j Ijrigade.s have practically ceased to I exist as unit.s. Thn Ttli and 22nd dl-I visions, which bore the brunt of re-: peated attacks at Bothincourt and �Ooosebill. liavo been most severely handled and probably need several days of rest, it is quite possible that, llko the 1 lib reserve division, thoy will have to be replaced. The third army corps has suffered so severely that few who came out of the struggle were sent to the rear. The 18th corps and a Bavarian division lost whole battalions. German artillery needs ammunition. Survivors of the troops need re-equipment. Most ot the materials come from Motz. The forward station at Metz and Sablons have been persistently bombarded by French airmen. Tho fascination ot Verdun, whose capture has �o long been dangled before the eyes ot tho Oerpian people, still rivets the KaUer's son on the banks ot the Meuse, and he Is now preparing; his third and most serious attack. No Change Yet Paris, March 15.-Tlie GermaDs last night made no further aggrbsslve movements to the west'ofr-the river .Meuse, according to an announcement; this afternoon by the Fi'enoh war office. French counter attacks between Be-tiiincourt and Cumleres resulted in the occupation of certain trenches occupied by the Germans Tuesday. French troops still hold the height o� Lomort Homme. Artillery exchanges have been active between Bethlncourt and Cumleres, but elsewhere the night passed with relative calm. PREMIER ASQUITH ILL; CONFIN ED TO HIS ROOM hondon. Alaich 14.-The condition of Premier Aiiquilh, who is suffering from bronchial catarrh, was unchanged this evening, according to the of-licinl bulletin London. March 15.-Unexpectedly early calls on. marled men to join the army have created such grave dissatisfaction throughout the country that the government is considering a change of policy. Earl Kitchener and the ,Earl of Derby will speak iu the House of Lords today and probably win make Important statements. It seems quite certain that the strong feeling ot the country as to unfairness ot the existing system of recruiting has compelled the government to reconsider its poaition. but whether the revised policy looks in the direction of the application ot compu' sion to married and single men alike is still unknown. Lord Kitchener held a long conference last night with A. Bonar Law, Colonial secretary and the result is llkoly to be that the call for married | men between tho ages ot 27 and ;)5 who have attested, the proclamation for'which was on eve of being iBsned, will at least be postponed until it is ascertained what effect the removal ot certain restrictions in regard tu reserved occupations will have on bringing more single men Into the army. London," .March is.-The war olWoe lins Issued mi order directing cavalry ofllcers to have examined carefully every.bushel ol' oats used for tho feod-Jiig ot thoir horses. This order Is explained by the morning newspapers as being due to Information that sev-era} cpiiBlgnments of oata frbm the Unlt^i} States contained little pieces of steel, Hhaped and colored like oats, and whloh. If a horse swallowod them, would bo almost certalu to Itlll the tiuluial. .Calgary, /March 14.-A delegation of 20 farmers from the Queenstown district interviewed Grant Hall, general manager of western lines of the C. P. H. yesterday afternoon witli the (lurpose In view of requesting him to guarantee to extend the SulTlold-Uotlaw 'branch at least 25 miles further west to Lomond, the present terminus. The delegation, which was Introduced by J. 1'. McArthur, the member for Glelchon, told Mr. Hall they I ro))resentod a community thai pro-1,000,000 bushels qf-grain OLD-TIMER ENLISTS Saskatoon, -March 14.-Fred Hazell, former postmaster at Hanley, and a well known old-timer of Holland, .Man., *vhere he farmed from l.SSG to 1904, enlisted today in the H5th battalion. > ? ? ? ? : B. C LEGISLATURE EXTENDED Victoria, JUirch 14.-The bill to extend the life of the legislature to June 1 was passed tonight after a stormy session, which Is still in progress. Klec-lions win probably be held about June 20. Soldiers' votes win also be taken. ? ? ? ; : >  : : : : > Paris, -Marcli 15.-'i'alos of Armenian massacres recounted by AUgem-elne Zeitnng, mission palter, held up by the Berlin censor since November 10th, has just reached here. The report reads: "Turkish soldiers who witnessed scones of indescribable horror and fanatical savagery told our investigators they saw hundreds of terrllled .Armenian women slain outright as they pleaded for riiercy on their knees. '"To save their babies from execution, tortured women, driven to desperation, flung their Infants into the Tigris and ISuphrates, as the ravaging hordes of rellglon-lntoxlcated Turks bore down on their homesteads, killing as they came. Investigators asked the soldiers, 'You mean to tell .us you pitilessly shot down women and children?' Soldiers replied: 'We bad no choice, we only obeyed orders.' " An ofBcial witness told us lio helped to drive bands ot .Armenians into exile. They were treated like cattle and beaten, and the slightest recalcitrancy was punished with death by strangulation. "Every day dozens of nien-vwere cast over precipices along the route, babies' heads were crushed, women were robbed and dishonored. Our missionaries were present at the bor-rible scone when hundreds of children and aged women, many scarcely able to sit on their donkeys, were led to a preci|)icc on the brink of the Kuphra-tes. "Thoy were lied in bundles liki? fagots and thrown into the depth, where they were caught in the fast river and whirled to death down stream. Soldiers who had returned from escorting an army of :!000 women to Ko-magh, said: 'We drowned every one.' "We asked him why the massacre was not carried out in vlllagBS where the victims lived, and he replied: "'II is better (o make llieni suffer in the course of the journey. Anyway if they were killed in villages instead of drowned, their bodies woulil rot.' " A ONE CENT RATET AMERICAN F Montreal, Que., March 15.-It Is understood, from a reliable source that the Canadian railways have decided to grant a one-cent rate for American farm laborertt corning Into Canada. It is expected this ruling will be extensively taken advantage of by representatives of the department of the Interior now soliciting new settlers from across the border. 6EIN E BATTALION IS ED W Nearly 400 Signed-Uniforms Sent I'^or-Big Donations to i^atriotic Fund EATH IN ONLY YPHOID CASE THUS FAR Though There Are Many Cases In City, Death Rate is .Very Low , ^ One new typhoid case was reported bringing tho total for the epidemic up to 75. There has been one death, two have recovered and have been released from quarantine, leaving 72 cases still under tho eye ot the health board. Quite a number of cases are now convalescent so that the number should begin to decrease rapidly about the end of the week. According to figures available, the usual mortality from typhoid Is one case In ten. Lethbridge, however, has always done better than that, one case in 20 having been the experience in past outbreaks. Though It is rather early to say yet, it looks as It th^ present epidemic would Mt et^ ereu lower mark. FORMER MINISTER DEAD .N'Ice, France. March 14.-The death of ,1. Davidson, former minister of Belgium's foreign affairs, i� reported today. TYPHOID-INFECTED SEWAGE IN RIVER WATER, SAYS GOVT. MAN Fernlo, March 14- (special to the Herald)-Liout.-Col. .Mackay, In command of the 226th Overseas battalion, ucompanled by Capt. Barnes, Adjutant, returned from Victoria this morning. Pinal arrangements regarding the raising and mobilization of this battalion wore completed at Victoria and uniforms and other equipment are on the way from Ottawa. Col. Mnckay reports nearly 400 men already signed on; Grand Forks reporting a full company enlisted. Battalion headquarters are to be established hero and company headquarters at Craubrook, Nelson and Grand Forks. Patriotic Fund The Amalgamated patriotic fund ot Fernlo reports a collection tor the quarter ending February 29th o� ,$8,007.97. This includes all points In the Fornie district and Indicates a total tor the year of $32,270.88, and the committee believe that, these figures will be excee