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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA, TCKSDAY, MARCH 1!>, NUMBER 83 ACT PASSES 10 Holland Conditionally Accepts the Proposals of Allies to Use -o WON'T EXEMPT THE . THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS Much Discussion on Several Salient Features of the Bill, But Little Amendment MINISTER AGRICULTURE IS PREPARING FOR i PRODUCTION CAMPAGIN (Special to Die Herald) Edmonton, Mar. 18.-Treatment of maternity canes in district hospital* was discussed while- the legislature wan in committee of the. whole house Monday arternoon on the municipal hospitals act. H. J. Montgomery, We task! win, moving an amendment that, no fees should be charged. Hon. G. P. Smith having informed the houao thnt the schedule of fees must be approvetl by tho department, nhd that he would do everything he could to make tb.e fees in such cases tho very minimum, the amendment was withdrawn. Mr. Montgomery said they all knew that, the great percentage of deaths at. child, birth wero owing to/the, lack of medical attendance or nursing. What was the reason of that? The cost, and It mado tho woman take a chance where there should be no chance. It something wero not done In this direction, he advocated the member declared Uifiy would have the continuance of the same old error of things. "Or. Stanley urged that governraont grants should ho given hospitals to ileal with auch cases. .New Zealand's Plan Mrs. McKinney. in urging that something definite should he done Informed the house dial in Now Zealand each mother received $30 on application to help pay the medical and nursing tees. That country held that the best immigrants were the children born in it. Premier Stewart said they had to mvold- increasing the burdens of the municipalities under the act, and what was proposed was just the thing to stampede the people against tho � ('heme. J. W- Kcminis referral to the question of incompetent nursing and Mr. Bmlth replied that the-jphole question was one that would have to be considered. Dr. State said that tho treatment of maternity cases was the main reason for the demand for the hospitals act but he depreciated any action towards making the' hospitals free at the very start of the scheme. Tho people Were willing to pay to provide hospitals  nd the Question of fees should be left for thp decision of tho individual boards. Miss McAdams alluded to what was being done in. "Britain and expressed tho viow that tho responsibility was up tb the state and not the muniolpal-Ities. - Dir. Davidson remarked that there should be no more 'distinction in the case of the hospital than in regard to the school. The accommodation should be regulated by tho need. Mining Districts Mr. Mac Kay directed attention to the fact that the system of taxation did not cover the mining districts whore the mine operators only paid a royalty. Mr. Smith replied that they could he brought in by regulations under the Act. Direct Election W. M. Davidson on the consideration of tho sub-section provided that, each rontributing council shall, at its first meeting in each year after the ratification of the scheme appoint the members who shall represent It on the board aiivocated tho direct election ni the members. He waH of opinion tho success of the legislation would be affected to some extent by the character of the men who would constitute the first, board. Hon. Geo. P. Smith, replied he would not be" surprised if in the working out of tho act such a change might bo necessary, and he would not. be averse a year later to such an amendment. But:,, he thought until the act had been tried out in a few districts they should let the provision in the net. stand. Coarse. Moadley, Okotoks, said that In having the members of the board appointed they were not following the samo. lines followed in starting the scheme upon which the people voted Dr. Stanley, High Hivcr, said they had the same difficulty in connection with the health boards, and the result was that the health acts wero ignored by councils who do not want to. incur ' the expenditure. Mr. Smith Bald what was advocated was a democratic principle and his wyinpathies were entirely with it, but there wore practical difficulties stood in the way of giving effect ..to it until they had experience of the working of the act. Hon. A. G. MauKay pointed out that tho provision in Die act would provide that every district would be rep. resented on the board during the formative pertod. This was very desir tible. The sub-section was passed. The Rate Mr. Davidson though liberty should be given the board to strike a higher rate than three inillB in each dollar or three cents an acre. Mr. Smith, replying said as the result of sonic statistical work had done there would be (CONTINUED ON PaQE 4.1 Ottawa, Mar. 18T-Foil owing his ruling on Plymouth Brethren, the central appeal judge, under the Military 8*rvjce Act, hat decided that "theological, student*, engaged In mlwionary work, or in pastoral work, as'probatloners, under the discipline of .the' Methodist church of Canada, are not atluch, entitled to exemption." - SHIPS OF THE U. S. II F Investigation As To Feasibility of Plan is Now Being Undertaken "Washington,. Ma^ch 19.-Immediate investigation of all ships now building to see if they can be equipped with any of the devices submitted to make them,unsinkable or torpedo proof was orderetl today by Chairman Hurley of1 the shipping board, after receiving confidential reports from the navy department on success that is being achieved in the protection of war vessels. The board announced Saturday that the time had come when experiments should be made to obtain an unsiuk-able ship. Hudson Maiim's lnventio will be tried first and three or four other devices, selected as likely to prove of value, will be tried as soon as they can be built. Chairman Hurley gave the official attitude of the board when he said that they'proposed to build ships with all modern improvements which could bo obtained and'would decline to overlook- any chance that seemed to offer a success. "If ten ships are attacked and the devices save only two, then we gain that much," he said. "The devices we have under consideration will not delay production or lessen the ships efficiency." . Details of the invention are withheld under the voluntary- censorship. The Hague, .March 1!).-Holland has accepted, with certain conditions the Anglo-American demand regarding Dutch shipping. This was announced in the second chamber yesterday by Or. Loudon, the foreign minister, who added that. Holland could not^'go further and was awaiting the Anglo-American reply to Its latest communication. The minister's declaration which will he discussed by the chamber Tuesday read: "The German government/ having declared its Inability to furnish 100,-000 tons of wheat in two months, the Dutch government finds itself com- 'pnri were ready to proe word was received, by President^ Wilson requisition and the reasons for it wast prepared and signed yesterday, ready for issuance. No Confirmation London. M.ar. lit.-No confirmation having been received through either the British minister ;ii 'Tho Hague or the Dutch minister here or Holland's reported acceptance of the allies' terms respecting the i.-e r Dutch shipping, Great Britain, it h learned, has sent a fresh notification id This.Hague. In this, it is said thai, tailing un-eqtiiovocal acceptance ef their terms, I the allies must. proi-md immediately i to requisition these Vfssels. | Won't Meet Case j London, Mar. 19.--in official circles'! here it is said that inasmuch as tele.-grums from Holland appear to suggest that, tjie Dutch government has accepted the allies' note. it. should be pointed out again that an attempt at. this time or the pari of Holland to come to an'agreement, merely on the hbasls of modus viveivil of last January will not meet the case, for the position haa changed radically since then. . German View Amsterdam*" #ar. IS-The Berlin correspondent ot the. Hmidelsbhid says the German standpoint is that no Dutch ship should bo allowed for America unless a co\ responding Dutch ship is returned to a Dutch port from abroad and that Dutch shipping now in Holland tqatst remain outside the roach of the entente. If Holland yields on these points, the correspondent adds, German interests would be no strongly assailed that friendly relations !i�tween Germany and Holland would be grc/Vy imperilled. � .. - � ' CONTROL BALTIC SIATES EXPOSED Dispatches From France Show That Germans Lost No Delay In Putting Plans Into Effect KAISER PERSONALLY TO GOVERN PROVINCE OF COURLAND, IS PLAN . NODLEFORD NOMINATIONS Nominations for the election of three councillors for the newly created village of Noble-ford took place there yeslcr-dnv as follow.-i: ('. S. Noble. ,1. W. Medd, ,1. Harris and V. \V. Hunt. .L W. Medd later dropped out, making an election unnecessary. 5- ... THE NEXT-OF-KIN (Special to the Herald) Edmonton, Mar. 19.-The act to "incorporate the war veterans next-of-kin association which has been printed and circulated in the legislature appears to be one non-controversial measure. It states that the term "Next-of-Kin" shall mean and include the wives, widows, mothers, sisters' and daughters of men of all services of the empire or its allies who have boon actively engaged in the war and ha*'a obtained horn rable discharge and iliajt. the term "association" shall mean any next-of-kin association established under the act. Any ten or more next-oSltln may organize such an association and memoes of an association shall be chosen by ballot or In some form provided hy constitution. Others than next ot-kin may be honorary members. Power is given to borrow money for tho purpose i�f- the corporation" und may lie used lo acquire a site and erect buildings for tlif association. Nothing is defined as to the objects of the association. MUST RAISE TEN MILLION, RED CROSS Winnipeg, Mar. 19.-Approximately $10,000,000 Is Canada's1 budget this year for the Red Cross of which $4,350,000 is called for In cash, and between six and'seveh^ million dollar* in supplies, according to Col. Noel Marshall, president of the Canadian Red^ Cross committee who is in the city today on an official visit. \ INVITE NEWSPAPERMEN TO SEE OFFENSIVE London, Mar. 19.-The heads of the Germany army have invited' a number of neutral correspondents to be present at the German offensive on the western front, the Exchange Telegraph Company's correspondent at Copenhagen reports. The correspondents^ is said, will leave for the frorlif on .Wednesday. PROTECT VATICAN FROM AIR RAIDS Rome, Mar. 19.- (Special cable to the Mail and Empire).-The Osservatore Romano which is the organ of th* Vatican, announce* that th*>'fia%afssary precautionary measure*. Have been adopted by the Vatican-Against a possible air raid o?* Rome1. Arrangements have . been made for the direct, and immediate communication to the Vatican of alarm signals. Suspicious Quartette Arrested in New York-A Neutral Country is Involved Washington, .Mar. 19.--l"urtliov light is shed by an official dispatch from Franco on the. Herman scheme tn extend her control over Russian Baltic provinces. The dispatch says: '\'ou Kiichlmann (the Gorman for' eign ifilnister) elaborated the grand diplomatic scheme which without direct- annexations reserved to Germany the protectorate of Coin-land and Lithuania and abandoning that of Russian Poland to Austria. The opposition of liitdendorff caused, as far as Austria and Poland are concerned the failure of (his plan, but the military administration very seriously tried to put. it into execution in the territories attached to the zone of Herman influence. No Delay in Organizing "In September .19.17. the Baltic provinces wore placed under the autliority of the Grand Headquarters ot the armies in the east. Without delay tbey were organized on September iy. The Courland diet, which existed under the Russian rule, but which bad only been convoked irregularly in many years, was elected by the land owners. The barons are all of the Germanic, race. On September 21 it was decided to address to the. general commander in chief under the name of the provincial council a .representative assembly of all classes'of the nation'and not simply the land owners. "The body was. organized in this way: Six delegates from large land proprietors; six from average owners; lour from the towns; one from the country; three from the clergy, and it, guaranteed to the German minority of the Courland population the majority of 'the seats. For greater* safety the 20 members of the' council were not elected, by those interested, but jiwere choseii by the diet itself. They could only be docile in the bauds of Germany. Crown for Kaiser "It is this provincial council which m^t on March 8, 'under tho presidency of the German administration and took the resolution upon the intitiativo of six barons to propose to the Berlin government a series of military, excise, customs, judicial and university conventions and to offer the ducal power to Emperor William. "The pan-Germanic press naturally applauds enthusiastically while other papers manifest a certain surprise. The emperor, however, seems inclined to accept the crown, if not for himself, then for one of his sons.'' Thought Ihe Raiders Were Americans-">() Persons Were Killed New York, March 19.-Four persons claiming French citizenship but whom both American and French authorities say have been intimately' connected with German espionage activities in the United States, were yosterday arrested in their handsomely appointed suites in prominent New York hotels by agents of tho department of justice. They will he turned over to the immigration authorities for deportation to France. In making known the arrest of the quartette, Charles F. DeWoodie, division superintendent of the department of justice intimated the deportation of two men and two women was desft-ed in order to place them under Che jurisdiction of French authorities who may further their prosecution. The four persons have been under surveillance- fur several weeks but not until two of 1 hem, a woman calling herself Madame Despltta Storch, and another suspect known as Baron Henri De Beville, departed for Cuba one week ago after a mysterious two-day stay at Washington, did tho authorities consider their apprehension advisable. The' other suspects are known as Madame Elizabeth Nix and Count Robert. Declairmont. When Madam Storch and Baron De Beville were taken into custodyT at -Key West, while enroute to Cuba, it is Btated a half bushel basket of papers f^ere seized from a safe deposit box in this city whfch one of them had rented. A number of cablegrams In code were among these papers. ' Because of embarrassment which they^said might, result between the American state department and a neutral government, which was not specified authorities withheld comment on certain features of tho investigation, particularly in connectibni with one of the women under detention. Iioudon, Mar. .19. - Fifty persons were killed ami great material damage was done by bombs .. dropped by allied airmen when they raided i Cohlenz, Germany, on March 1", according to a neutral traveller who arrived .Monday at The Hague, flic Times,]-),! says. "Thy people believed the raiders were Amorlcitns," tlte traveller said. "1 was in the neighborhood of a big munition works at Mulheim (north of Coblenz. and also on the Hhine) at in minutes past, noon when suddenly all the factory whistles started blowi/.p and the sirens were sounded. .Many women rushed from the works for the bomb proof shelters, while passing street cars were stoppod and.'the orewa bolted into houses. Four or five air.-, planes wero visible in the clear sky. "Presently some one exclaimed: 'They are Americans,' another screamed aloud: 'The Americans are coming," ;i Dutchman 1 knew rushed up to me and said: 'Didn't T tell you the Americans would come sooner or later'." "I cannot say whether" the machines wero actually Americans but "the striking thing was the evidence that there lias been skepticism whether American airplanes ever would come." The neutral traveller added'that although the machines merely passed over Mulheim on their way to Coblee.v. it. was not until four o'clock that the "all clpar" signal was Boiiuded."- ARTILLERY ACTIVE ON VERDUN FRONT French Airmen Do Good Work -Belgians Repulse German Attacks Papal Secretary Issues Statement-Giving His Views On Air Raids HUNGARIANS APPROVE ELECTORAL REFORMS Amsterdam, Mar. 19.-The franchise committee of the Hungarian diet, has approved the electoral reform bill, according to a dispatch from Budapest. Theiye was one dissenting vote. WEATHER High .................. Low ................... - Forecast: Fair and rnild. .57 26 Home, March 18.-Explanation was given today fit the office of the papal secretary of state of the report that the pope was attempting to induce the belligerents to cease air raids upon open cities. Alonslgnor Corrctti, assistant papal secretary of state, said: "The Holy Father has frequently, condemned such .acts by whom-so-ever committed," haying at' various times paved the way to n'joint agree^ meat on this suhject, but both belligerents apparently have so far been unable to discover means of limiting bombardments to war zones. On one hand, Austro-Goi'mans have claimed that air raids were of direct military value, in that ttieyflowered the morale in cities-which were attacked. On the other hand "the allies insist on reprisals, also attacking military factories and warehouses in open cities.'\ The assistant, secretary stated that' the Hoiij- Father is daily, engaged in studying means, if not of ending the war, of at' least'limiting its horrors, but so far ln*s-'not found arguments powerful enough to Influence the belligerents to stop air raids. LOAFERS MUST NOW WORK IN NEW YORK Albany, N.Y., Mar. 19.-All able-bodied males between \& and $0 years old will be required to be employed regularly in a useful occupation during the war with Germany, after a proclamation by the governor to that effect, under the terms of a bill introduced in the legislature last night by Senator Robinson. Habitual loitering in streets, pool rooms, emloont, hotelc, stores and depots would be interpreted as violation of the act. Paris, March 19.-Heavy artillery fighting is in progress on the Verdun front, says, last night's official communication. On the Belgian front, ihere were struggles before the Germans were expelled from positions in which they had gained a footing. The statement follows: . . "Two enemy raids, one south of .lurencourt. the other southeast of Corbeny, were repulsed after spirited fighting in which the Germans suffered considerable loss. Wo took prisoners. ' \ "The artillery ou both sides was rather active, particularly in the regions of Samogneux and- Bezonvaux (Verdun front) as well as in Lorraine, between Burea and Badonviller. "On. Sunday three German airplanes were destroyed and six others were badly damaged hy our pilots. A cap tive balloon was set on fire by one of our aviators. Furthermore; it has been learned that two other German planes were brought down on March 15 and .1(1. Our bombarding squadrons threw six thousand kilograms of explosives on Saturday apd 5,000 on Sunday on cantonments, and stations of the enemy."' L BY BRITISH TROOPS London, March 39,-lilnglish troops carried out successful raids last night in the neighborhood of Gulslain, i,avur-quevie and Grenier wood and captured a number of prisoners, the war .office announces. The enemy's U'enche's east of Neuve Ohapellc >vere raided by Portuguese troops who brought buck ^prisoners and two machine guns. During the night the enemy attempted three raids in the neighborhood of Grenief Wood and Fleurbaix, but was repulsed with loss in each case. There was considerable hostile artillery activity in the front and back-areas in the Ypres sector. DIED WITHIN DAY OF - HIS WIFE'S DEATH Simcoe, Out., -Mar. 19.-\V. P. lnnes, who was one of those instrumental in bringing about amalgamation of the various canning plans iu Canada and the formation of the Dominion tanners, of which he was vice-president, died here last, night. His death closely followed that of his wife wlip Svas buried yesterday afternoon. Washington. Mar. 19.-Slate depart- , in fill dispatches yesterday from Pekin put. the number of Japanese killed in fighting at Ulagovifshtchensk at six: and two wounded. Press dUpatches from Loudon put Ihe number killed by tlie Holsheviki ai .150, although later Jispatches from Tien Tsln. via Londou, gave the number at three. Hun Prisoners Aided London, .Mar. 19. -- Two thousand arnieil German prisoners enabled the HolshcvikUto dpl'nat the non-fJolshevikl their fight at Blagovieshtchensk, capital ot Amur province, Siberia, last Tuesday, according to a .semi-official statement, issued in^Tokio Sunday and transmitted by Renter. The report that liiO Japanese were murdered by the Holshoviki has not been'confirmed. . ' , Took Odessa Easily I'etrograd, Mar. 18.-Four regiments took Odessa without a fight, accord. Ing to advices received here, from tho Austro-Uermans operating in that, region. The invaders captured enormous quantities of war material and other booty, the rapidity of tho Austni-German occupation making removal of supplies impossible. Before retreating Ihe Russians made a feeble effort to set firo to Odessa, but were frustrated by the quick arrival of the enemy. At Xikolayev. the banks immediately rnsuinod business under German control. Kharkov was vacated hastily when it was learned that the Austro-Gernians had occupied Konto, BakU-raatch and Voroja.. Three thousand Austro-German prisoners at Rostov aro reported tb have armed themselves and captured the town. The famous guards regiment from Moscow has bean disarmed, The head-of the Turkish armv has accepted the proposal of the autonomous government of the Caucasus to negotiate for a separate peace. Must Show Fight ^ Peh-ograd, March 19.-Russia can only expect the support of the international proletariat if she shows she can fight to the end, M. Kameneff declared in a pro-war speech at the Moscow congress of the Soviets. Hertling's Speech Copenhagen, Mar. IS.-Chancellor Von Hertllng, on the first reading in the reichstag of the peace treaty which. Russia signed, declared that he did not wish to discuss the opinions of Germany's enemies  regarding tho treaty. "Hypocrisy," the chancellor .added, "has become second nature to tins enemy whose untruthfulness is made . worse hy its brutality. Every attempt at calm legislation and over realVle-liberatlon must foil when the enemy, at the very moment they are laying a heavy hand on a neutral country, darn to speak of a policy guided by complete) unselfishness. ' "The treaty with Russia contains nt� conditions TUsgraceful {o'Russia, if..th� provinces breaking away from Russia, say it Is in accordance with their own wish and the wish is accepted by Russia." Tho chancellor declared that "Courland and Lithuania were united to Germany politically, economically and militarily, and added: "Livonia and Ssthoiiia are the eastern frontier fixed by the treaty, but we hope that they also will have closo and friendly relations with Germany, not, however, to the exclusion of their friendly relations with Russia. Poland is not mentioned in the treaty and wo shall endeavor to see if ins possible to live In stable and good neighborly relations with the new state. "If the reichstag adopts the peace treaty, peace on the" -whole eastern front will he restored, as 1 announced February 24, but among the entente powers there is not the least inclination to finish this terrible war. The responsibility for bloodshed will' be upon the heads of those who wjsh coin tinnation of the bloodshed." -- 7 . X- RIOTS AT BUTTE Butte, Mont., Mar. 18.-Fifty persons arrested here' following aHisturbance 'yesterday-^ connection with a St. Patrick's' Day celebration are being held here tonight under bonds of $10,000 each. This amount was fixed on orders from the federal government after bonds had been fixed at $50 in each ca.se, iu which the charges of disturbing the peace had been brought. More than one hundred persons were arrested but all except fifty were dis- / charged. ' - , The arrests were made atter a St. Patrick's Day parade had been forbidden by the city officials and for which permission had not been granted by the state council of defense aa requU> ' ed. ' ... .. .' ' . 16386083 3?7825 ;