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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - March 20, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. WEDNESDAY, MARCII 20. l'MK N 0 MBER 84 Straight Party Vote Defeats Resolution of Opposition for An Investigation of Force - t- ~ h ^ m^^im - sx -r PREMIER DEFENDS; HAVE DONE WELL IN A SHORT TIME Block estroyed In Worst Fire in H City Losses ory thn Herald) ISdmoiiton, .Mar. 19.-On a practically straight party vote ol! 25 to 111 the ^legislatures after a fivo hours' debato declared Tuesday night on the motion of Premier Stewart "that (tie provincial police commission is to be commended for having organized .so efficient a police force in such a short: space of time." The action of the house was consequent upon a resolution by A. P. lowing, the member for West. Kdmonton, 'that in view of the unsatisfactory conditions prevailing in the Alberta provincial police force this house is of tho opinion t^iat In the interest, of the administration of justice within the province an investigation be held into tho, operation and administration of The .said force, such investigations to be ccrmlucted \yy a competent officer with police experience." * Mr. Kwing principally based his case on the resignation of former Assistant Superintendent. Nicholson, and former Inspector Shurer, and read the correspondence that had passed between them and the superintendent and the commission. He held that what had happened showed a condition qf affairs in tiie force that demanded an investigation. Mr. Hwing explicitly pointed out that as the commission had been appointed by the legislature no responsibility for what he complained of could be ascribed or imputed to tho government.. Premier Stewart in replying defended the action of the commission and declared that discipline must be maintained if_�the force were to be efficient, He"said"that the government did not want to escape responsibility but I more evidence than what had bee/i adduced would have to be submitted be-fore they would interfere with the ac-' tion of tho commission. lie admitted that so far as he was concerned there was one weakness in connection with tho superintendent, and that was the disagreement, between him and his officers that had heen disclosed in tiie correspondence, i* The premier quoted statistics which* lie claimed proved .that insofar as the" liquor act was concerned tho new force was an improvement upon the former administration. Hon. J. U. Boyle mentioned in tiie course of the debate that two months ago Ju4ge Taylor had been appointed to take the place of Ot>l. Saunders ot Calgary, who had been called overseas so that the commission now consists of the judge? Lieut. Col. Primrose and Deputy Attorney General Browning. The'amendment of the premier, which was seconded by Hon. C. R. Mitchell, reads: "That in view of the r fact of the sudden withdrawal of the K.N.W.M.P., early in 3,917, by the Dominion government rendered It neces-- sary to establish at once a provincial force in war time, when the man power most suitable for such force had been enlisted for military service overseas the house is of the opinion that the provincial police commission is to be commended for having organized so efficient a police force in such a short space of time." When the division was called James Weir voted, with the opposition. The following were the pairs: For the amendment - Davidson, Leffing-weil, Tohln, Boss, Pinglc, 'Against- Mrs. McKiimey-;--Barker, Crawford, Stapley and Pearson. HON. N. W. ROWELL, Who was bitterly attacked in^Jhe Commons by Hon. Chas. Murphy yesterday. LOSSES, APPROXIMATELY Bowman'and Johnstone, building, $25,000. Well covered by insurance. Clarke and Co., stock, $35,000. Total Idas, well covered by insurance. ffed Cross Drug and Book Co., stock, ^$30,000. Practically total loss, fairly well insured, Johnstone and Ritchie, office ment, $10,000. Total loss, half ed. A. J. Blackburne and Co., equipment, $1,000. Total loss, well covered. C. B. Bowman Agency, offio; equipment, $1,000. Total loss, well covered. Henderson and Co., office equipment, $1,500. Total loss, partly covered. P. V. Lewis, office equipment, $500, Total loss, no insurance. Patriotic Fund, office equipment, �5 $250. No insttranct, Fled Cross offices, ance, all records lost. Total loss, $104,350. all records lost. $100. No insur- t 1 f equip-insur- office No Reprieve For Neigel (London, Mar. 20.-The conditions laid down by the Dutch foreign minister for the acceptance of the demands of tho allied governments as regards the taking over of Dutch shipping are not likely to be acceptable to those governments, according to a Heuter, dispatch from The Hague, filed ycster-x day. It adds, however, that a concession may be made to the extent, that the arming of the Dutch vessels may not be insisted upon. Reply on Cables Washington, Mar. 20.-Holland's ro-ply in tho. shipping negotiations is on tho cables, the government was advised today and is expected to arrive before night. Ottawa, Mar. 20.-rThere is to b*e no interference with the sentence of death passed on Adam Neigel, of Lethhridge, Alta. Neigel is to be hanged on Friday ALLIES UNCHANGED SHOOTING TRAGEDY IN WASHINGTON HOME Washington, Mar. 20.-Mounted OfficerxLawrence H, Farquhar of the Washington police force, last night shot and killed Mrs. Harry White, probably fatally wounded "Mrs; Mary-Farquhar, his wife, seriously wounded Harry White and Clarence Tripplet and then killed himself. The shooting took place at the residence of Harry White, where Mrs. Farquhar, who has been estranged from her^husband for seme time and had sued him for divorce, was living. CAN. RYS. ALLOWED INCREASE RATES U. S. Washington, Mar. 20.-The interstate commerce commission tentatively approved today the application of Canadian carriers for increased class rates on hauls from eastern points in the United States to tho -western part, of the Dominion. The advance reflects increases granted tiie carriers-fey the Canadian government. .% �5� * % A ** > Moscow March 20.-Russia's relations with the entente are unchanged, M. Tcheritcherin, the Bolsheviki foreign minister declared in an interview with the As-sociated Press today. More friendly relations were being established with the United States, he added and �e commented upon President Wilson's message to Russia as showing that America would not take aggressive action against her. _^_ Lethhridge last nighi experienced the. most disastrous ;'ir(. in its history when the Acadia blot k owned by (.'. B. Bowman and L. M. Johnston'1 was "completely gutted with a loss of approximately $104,3r� o'clock ht^i evening with a speech by Hon. Charles Murphy, the feature of whirh , was a vigorous attack on Hon. N\ \V. 1 Kov/ell. Tho ex-minister asserted thai .Mr. Unwell had commercialized Christianity and that he had. prov-'ious to his entry into the union government, entered Into a conspiracy to supplant. Hir Wilfrid Laurier as Liberal leader. Mr. Murphy accused the government of having raised the* racial and religious cry in order to win the election. He asserted that Mr. Howell had sent his agent to London to offer a prominent Liberal of that city, as a bribe to induce him to desert the Lib-oral candidate, the chairmanship of tiie war purchasing commission, that he had deputed G. G. S. Lindsay of Toronto, to interview Liberals to see if they would stand for the appointment of a member of the present government to the Ontario supreme court bench and that he had induced Robert Mulholland to make way for himself us candidate in Durham by offering him a seat in the senate. Mi\ Rowell was not. in attendance in the house when Mr. Murphy spoke. The fact that there is a union administration in power did not. apparently lessen the disposition of opposition critics to assail the. government and its record. Borden Replies Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in-'his speech was frankly critical of the adminis-! !ration. Sir Kobert Borden,' in his reply, came back at the leader of the opposition with considerable vigor, i but for the mos4 part his remarks I Sir George Foster gives notice of his j were devoted to an explanation of bill to provide that: vegetables may he j what had been accomplished by the Winnipeg, Mar. I'D.-The Winnipeg | there was a glowing mass of coals, board of control lias decided to assume j giving forth dense smoke and poison- ! .* ? ^ > v ? ? HOUSE LORDS PASS THIRD READING London, Mar. 19.-The house of lords today passed on third reading the hill qualifying women to act as solicitors. *> > > > ? ?  responsibility �or prosecuting all cold storage houses and other food handlers found to be hoarding food. Machinery to inspect establishments In which foodstuffs are stored and to prosecute owners who violate tho food controller's regulations has been set in motion. The law department, the chief of police, crown prosecutor and the health department will co-operate inJ seven o'clock and the alarm was turn-dealing with food hogs. ped in hy a member of the P. Burns - ! Co. staff about 7.10. The blaze at that time seemed to be confined to the basement at the rear of Clarke and ous fumes that greatly hampered the | efforts of the firemen. To add to the difficulty a 40-mile an hour wind was blowing. It was the first time a serious fire has been fought here in a big wind, and it proved" to be a hard task. Started at Seven The fire broke out some time about f? O C� *T* '2* 4 O ? ? ? CASUALTIES Today's list' includes Pte. Edward Sm-th, Hillspring, Alta., and Pte. Douglas McDonald, Lethhridge, both gassed. V .-German artillery Is still very active in the Ypres sector soufl)west of Cambrai, and in the region about Armentieres, according to tho official'statement from the war office tonight. The text reads: "A party of the enemy attempted to approach our.linos this morning northeast of Armentieres but was driven off with losses. " "The activity of the enemy artillery against both the forward and back areas in tho Ypres sector continues. a number of "-localities between the La Bassee Canal anu^Armentieres." Successful Raid On the French Front in France, Monday, Mar. IS.-In a raid into tho German lines at Malincourt Wood,, norUiwost. of Verdun Sunday, French troops found the German shelters full Co.'s. indicating that it had started in the furnace room which was' located in that part of the building. The fire brigade under Chief Hardy was on the ground in good time, and two strong streams were started playing into the heart of the blaze through the door to the basement in the rear of the building. It was the dense smoke, caused by the fire having eaten its way into the immense Clarke and Co. stock in the basement which prevented the firemen from making . quick work of the conflagration, but as it was the smoke under the suction of the high wind'which was blowing at a 40-mile an hour.,rate at the time presented a problem such as the firemen have not had to face in a long time. i For a long time it looked to the ' crowd which had gathered from ev-ery corner of the city as if the blaze would bo confined to the rear of the basement under Clarke and Co.'s store, and while dense clouds of smoke were pouring from the windows, it did not look to the casual observer as sold by the pound, and that a dozen eggs must weigh not less than a pound and a half. The bill also provides that every' cord of firewood shall contain 12S cubic feet. Another bill of which Sir George Foster gives notice provides for the inspection and grading of hay. The control of the importation of goods into Canada is provided for in the following resolution: "That it is expedient to provide that the governor in council may until tho expiration of a period of three years I after the termination of the present-! war, make regulations prohibiting the ' importation or exportation of ^oods of any class, description or origin, or produced or manufactured in whole or in part in any country or place specified in the regulation, either genor-c]\y or from or to any country or place named in the regulation, - subject to such exceptions (if any) as may be specified in the regulation, and to any licenses the grant of which may be authorized by the regulation." Supt. of Penitentiaries * Provision is being made for tho appointment of a superintendent of penitentiaries at a salary of $4,000 a year and three additional inspectors of penitentiaries. BK. MONTREAL 10 administration since. it assunieu1 the reins of office. . � ' Kir Robert paid tribute to the men at the front and declared that they had accomplished at Passchendaele all that they had set out, to do- He gave total casualties up to the present as 149,-04G, made up as follows: Killed, 25.744; died of wounds, S,-flI2; died of disease, 1.901; wounded, 105,25.0; prisoners of war 2,757; presumed to have died, 3,845; missing, 937. Resents Criticism Tiie premier in resenting tho criticism of the opposition leader said that tiie war times election act had been fairly administered and that the soldiers had voted for the government because they realized that the administration was disposed^" to support them by every means in its power. ,. The premier emphasized the urgent necessity for increased food production, declaring that the issue of the war may depend on the quantity of food produced on this continent. Taking of Capital By Huns Only Matter of Hours, It Is Reported RUSSIANS"HAVf ALSO FEAR FOR SAFETY OF MOSCOW; London, Mar. 20.-Occupation of Petrograd by the Germans is only a matter of hours, according to dispatches from Petrograd to several of the morning newspapers. Tha Russian capital is said to be assuming a waiting attitude and is not displaying the slightest sign of organized resistance. The Gem ans are reported in a Reu-ter dispatch from Petrograd to have reached \he vicinity of Dno station, lo0 miles south of Petrograd. Tha Austro-German advance in southern Russia continues. The enemy has occupied Soumy, fivo hours' march fron^ Kharkov, the dispatch says. Fear For Moscow The various reports from Russia at* so indicate the greatest anxiety over/ what appears to be an enveloping movement the Austro-German forces aro carrying out against Moscow. There) is talk of moving the government, according to these advices to Senator Joffe, probably to Saratoff, 450 miles southeast of Moscow or to Niznhi No* vogord, 2'o'j miles northeast of Moscow. Church Opposed to It A Reuter dispatch from Petrograd dated March 19, reports the patriarch of the Russian church to have sent a, message to the orthodox population, declaring that the church cannot regard as binding a peace which dismembers the country and places it un.-der the domination of a -conquering foreign power. In ^his connection the communist is quoted as declaring that the Russian proletariat cannot make . further concessions but must be ready to rise at any moment irrespective of its state of preparedness. Other rejiorts from Petrograd state that the council of peoples commissioners has ordered the arrest of M. Bibenko, the commissioner of marine for opposition to the ratification oC the peace treaty. (Petrograd dispatches filed' on Man - Kl reported that Bihenko had been; missing for several days). � U. 3. Mission to Siberia Petrograd. Mar. '20.-An American mission will visit Siberia to investigate reports of the arming of prisoners of war. " I SHOULD NOT HAVE PEACE DELUSIONS Germany Shauld Not Indulge in i BUY BK. B. N. A. of troops waiting to make a counter at-1 if anv serious damage would bo done, tack. The shelters with all their oc- j but t'he basement was a hell of fire cupants were destroyed by bombs. A | fluring tll0 wll0ie time until 8.40 when large number of German trench mortars \,ero demolished and many machine guns were brought back by the French. While the prisoners taken in the raid the blaze ate its way into �the rear addition of Clarke's, where tho dressmaking department was established. Soon t&e blaze appeared in the lower ground floor windows at the rear. At the were going to the rear, the vicrman ar-1 s.4j0 tho flame;; leaped out the win- tillery fired a large number of shells which killed twelve Germans among tho captives.  Itai'an Front Headquarters of the Italian Army, Mar. IS.-The snow along the mountain fronts has been reduced considerably by mild weather recently but do'ws, the first time during the fight that, fhey had apparently gotten beyond control. A stream of,hose was promptly tinned on the fire in this section of the building but the large amount of inflammable material within made tlfeir subjugation utterly impossible. The windows were molted the amount remaining is sufficient to I down under the fierce heat and the retard extensive operations. Military ; draft through the building, to prevent activity is confined chiefly to actions and aerial encounters. , The Piave front also in affected by | ginning, gavfc the flames the sweep spring freshets, having made the . they needed, and then in spite of the stream too wide and deep for crossing ifive lines of hose, two in the front and patrol i-which tho chief's men had been put-j fing up u valiant fight from the be- three in the rear, playing under a pressure of more than 80 pounds, the by considerable bodies of troops. The head of the American military mission to Italy is making a tour of I blaze steadily ate its way to the roof, tho mountain and Piave fronts, visit- spreading rapidly to all parts of the ing each army'corps and examining building.' The smoke increased hi There was some hostile artHlery activ- the organization and equipment of the ity also southwest, of Cambrai; iirthfe troops. - - . ... . .(Continued on'Pags 4) Montreal, Mar. 20.-The Montreal Slur will today announce the pending put chase of the Bank of British ,NTorlh Amciica by the Bank of Montreal. The fo"lowing/statement was giveji out today in this connection: "The rumors heard in financial tildes to the effect that negotiations are taking place for the purchase of the Rank of British North America hy 1 he Rank of Montreal are eviden11 y founded oti a reliable, basis. "When the purchase is completed, the branches of the Hank of British North America will continue their ex-istance as heretofore as branches of the Bank of Montreal for an indefinite period. "It Is evident from the fact, that finance minister has already given his consent presumably as being equitable to the shareholders of both institutions and in the best interest of the public that' there is every reason to expect, the purchase will bo consummated, also the absorption will eliminate ihe anomolous position under .wire!; the bank of British North America operates in the Dominion under a British charter and its board of directors meeting in London. "The paid tin capital of the Bank of British North' America is $4.S0G,6GG, and tho reserve $;i,017,333. The bank was founded in 3So7. The paid up capital of tho Bank of Montreal is $16,-000,000 and the reserve $16,000,000 It was founded in 18*7. '  Don't Believe It Winnipeg. .Mar. JJO.--Local officials of the Ban!; of British North America are of tho opinion that no negotiations are under way for the merging of this bank with the Bank of Montreal. DEFENDS THAI Any False Delusions About Pmc* Ottawa, Mar. 20.-The debate on Iho address was commenced in the senate yesterday after Senator W. If. Bennett and Senator Robert Mulholland had been introduced. Senator I/Esper-ance, in moving the address, said that after four years of effort Canada was determined to continue in the war to the end. In the last election he did not know of a single candidate who had raised the flag of surrender or held that, Canada should withdraw from the war. though there had been differences of opinion as to the manner in which the efforts of Canada in the war should be ' applied. He knew that there had been j a certain part of the press which had j raised prejudice against the province of Quebec, and that the epithet of traitor hnd been applied to the generous, loyal and law-abiding people of Quebec. He declared that the charge was false. Th�re had been regrettable disorders- in the laat "election, but they were inherent in political systems, and occurred in British countries while peoples were exercising their soverign Wghts. � Senator Michener Senator Michener in seconding the address, declared that not since confederation had a Canadian parliament been faced with the duty of solving more serious problems than confronted, the parliament of today. Of the people at home, there was demanded almost as much courage and steadfastness as was required in Europe on the front line. He was confident that the people of Canada would never waver in their determination to support,the expeditionary force which was ijtill maintaining its record of glory, Copenhagen, Mar. 19. Germany should not indulge in delusions that world pence had been accomplished yet, Count Von Hertllng, the imperial^ chancellor, declared in concluding hia speech in the reichstag today on the peace treaty with Russia. He added: "There is not the slightest, inclination yet perceptible among the entente states to determine this terrible war. We, however, shall not lose faith. Wa are prepared and everything is ready." Won't Take Weak Peace Zurich, Mar. 19.-Contrasting the utterances of Field Marshal Von Hln-denburg and General Von LudendorfC with tlits speech made hi the reichstag late in February by Chancellor Von Hertllng, the Arbeiter Zeitung, tho Socialist organ of Vienna asks whether the latest Berlin conference led to the adoption of a new policy. The paper argues that neither France nor Great Britain will accept a weak peace and. says the peace which Count .-Czernln, the Austro-Hungarian foreign secretary, promised and doubtlessly honestly desires, is now scoffed at every" where as a weak peace dffer. -:----:-<===gc====, unmarred by a single defeat. Senator Bostock. opposition leader, congratulated Sir James Lougheed up* on his decision to accept the portfolio of secretary of state and declared that Sir James had earned, the honor. -Senator Bostock said that food control was exercising the minds of peo-_ pies, many of whom did not appreciate " the difficulties of transportation. He warned the government to take care that eventually hog products were confronted with lack of markets owing to the greater production in localities that were* without facilities to move pork. Sir James Lougheed expressed regret that Sir Wilfrid had not last session found himself able to accept proposals for the formation of a 'union government, however, a union had been formed and had been endorsed by the people. He desired to emphasize the fact that now was the time when there was need for all parties to be united in tho interests of the state. He held that the electors having spoken, partV and racial differences should be sunk in the face of the need of the country to provide- rein* (orcemerits for the men at the front and to meet the financial burdens o� the war. -__:* ;