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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME xni. TWENTY PAGES LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, .MONDAY, MARCH 1920 TWELVE PAGES NUMBER 86 WARFARE GRIPS GERMANY Tells Reasons For Equalization Revenue Will Be Less ADMITS CITIES AND, 'BOTH Benson Took Twist at Tail, British Lion WASHINGTON, March Rear-Admlrat William S. Benson, the chief of n aval. rat Ions, was the otficiaLwh.o. told Rear Admiral Sims Jet the British pull wool over your we would as them as the Admiral Sims testified today before the senate committee Investigating the navy's conduct of the war. v (Bpeflal to The Herald) EDMONTON, March A. G. MacKay, minister of municipal af- fairs, gave the following statement to tho press Saturday .evening: ".There is .considerable misappre- hension amendments that are'betas made to the Supplementary accept the total equalized assessment, Revenue Act' 1 hmi. too much as against tlio other. Thu easy way to settle that is to let a b'oard representing all interests make their finding, after all Interests bare been heard and-the' necessary evi- dence has been taken.. How Cities Are Affected "When a fair standard lias been struck by the board this year, the rural municipalities will bo asked to accept that standard next year'. The assess- ment of is many cases soJugh that'they will not likely bo .-immediately WEIGHING EARTHS SIMPLE MATTER Aurora Ties up In LONDON WAITS U. S. TOURISTS English Papers Say Rich Americans" Are Coming. March cans planning to visit England are advised lo make arrangements for hotel accommodations In London and also ascertain, hotel r.ites In advance In a consular report received today by the- state department. -Kngllsh newspapers have spread'ifumorE rich Americans are anxious to invade the message Hero .is tho apparatus used Cor purpose of weighing tho earth. Tli rarterioient ia so simple that it cau be carried out in an ordinary class-] I I I J rfrtM1 room, according to scientists. Latest t f itVf experiment gavo the weight as ._____. tons. HOTEL CLF.RK A HERO ilASOX CITY, Iowa, March which rujncd tho Cecil hotel 02 Saturday vmorning took the life ol ihe.day clerk.; He went to the rescue of guests when the telephone switch- board failed to work. Revenue Act.' 1.thought.I had made j-as Iholr total their tha: reason.: for and the purpose ot [equalized, assessment, not their own assessment, will determine, the amount j they must pay. In. other words, thu j urban municipalities may be amending 'thp.. act 'quite- clear when 'reading of the bill.- "When original act was passed rural to use their own assessment, but j must raise the amount that two mills in.1910, about' one-half of our municipalities were raising their rev- Jon the equalized assessment will pro- cnue by .means, of, a Hat acreage as- duce. All will pay an amount on an R'cssment. -Many o( them still do so and, prefer that method. The legisla- ture, therefore, could not, and did not attempt to raise the revenue under this act oh a mill rale, basis. Instead, a'' cbnurilsEidner, after investigation, dlTided-the province into certain dis- tricts or' areas 'and a flat acreage rale was finicky-varying from two to four cents to the dis- trict.. he lani.in one district would pay 2 cents ail acre, in another cents, cents, and so ou up to' -1 cents '.an ..acre. Urban- 'districts all on tho basis ot assessment by. valuation, aatt th'oy 'Jtattablci' iindf iintler' th'is act [Joes include improveiients of cnr kind. .the- .increased value, rot of cultJvr.ting, fenc- erecting buildings, etc., is not taxed. TCaw (and value alone Is con- sidered; Tho speculator, therefore, who holds 'Unimproved' land pays the same as the 'owner ot similar la ml iilshly improved. "The unfairness of IV. act is that good and bad lands within the same area pay 'exactly Iho samo, which U manifestly unfair. Both Protest "Again, there is complaint from the rural municipalities that flat equal rate oh a fair equalized assess- ment, fixed by a board of five, four of whom the people, through their representatives, name. V "1 may again say that the main ob- ject is to get a fair assessment. At present a man owning a farm, the natural fertility of whlcrT is miser- ably poor, .pays exactly the same amount-as hie neighbor may own a farm nitura'ily very fertile anil pro- ductive. the change is apparent. ''Last year's levy over, the whole province called payment bt amount actually decided Un- der a according to a statement by.! officials" of "-the. depart- their'-rough- estimates of values, the levy on a two. mill rate would bo only Thus the probability is that a two mill rate will for tiie present produce less .than tho law as %t present.. "May I add that this a.time for increased taxation, if' tho same can he avoided. An-untoward summer and a more untoward winter calls for caro until people get squarely on their feet again. Two. demands come from one city alone that we impose several additional provincial- rates for very DRAYTON ASKS FOR tl rate Is higher than the mill rale in desirable purposes, hut we are .obliged the urban municipalities while the...... cities, contend thai, owing to thoir high assessments, they aro paying loo much, as compared with rural muni- cipalities. "The amendment to the act pro- vides for'the. appointment of a board of assessors to equalize the total as- sessment of every municipality (rural and urban) and ot every improvement district in the province. The rural municipalities "appoint two members of tho board, Iho urban two, the de- partment one. Under tho act. it'will bo their.duty this year, after full in- and consideration, to determine the fair total assessable value of the aesesrable land in each municipality, iipnld rirnilafinn "It .this Is fairly done, and the muni- neralu Circulation to turn them down. People can't set thcso extra services without being taxed for them'and paying for them, and this is certainly not a timo to increase taxation, If it can be Ttltaraph wires all over west- ern Canarfa, from east of Winni- peg ID the coast, were .tied up this morninp by the aurora, and tele- graph business was at a standstill. As a consequence the Herald leas- ed wire from the Canadian Press was not working except between Lethbridge and Calgary, No ser- vice could be secured either from the east .or west, and the result was thit' the news appearing In the'mail edition was very much curtailed. However, at noon the wires cleared to great extent vEce gradually approached nor- mal. Kven Berlin By No Means Quiet Fighting In tlie Suburbs OPENWAHFAREIN THE RUHR DISTRtCT j Govern in cnt Action in Indicting j Operators' and Miners' Heads j Cause of Trouble j OTTAWA, March (By Canadian numerous revisions, and much-paring, the estimates for corning fiscal year were tabled by' Henry Draytort, minister of fin; ance, in the house of commons this afternoon. They provide for .heavy reduction in public expen- diture as compared with the esti- mates gf last year. Last year's estimates totalled etlimates i92Ct --OCO. Included j _ last year, however, an appro- .priation of for demo- I bltization. The provision for de- I mobilization inirj public "buildings on one. pf the 125 men, operatorR: aud by a federal.'grand bill is reduced from i Jury'nero' tiff alleged' conspiracy.> to j raise tho price of coal. Mr. Logsdon's'slateiribnl that, according to information. re-l jccived by tho operators, Ihe govern- i ment is proceeding oil tho belief that I Joint wage conferences are and.haveE I been illegal ami lhat this theory j foims tho basis for a part at least of, I Iho charges against the coal men. Miners Possibly May Quit j It this is true, he said, it is nrob- 1 able that conferenceg to. establish, a to but there is an increase on capital expen- diture on. harbor and river im- provements of from to which are re- votes. now Fcalo effective April 1 will (By the Associated BERLIN, March notwILhsetanding the return of the Ebart government to control stH! presents pretty much the aspect of an armed camp, wJtK the food short and gulnary fighting occurring at'in-. tervals In the suburbs. There is" fittLe change in the strike situa- tion, Serious trouble occurred in the Moabit Industrial quarter Sunday-' night and in one conflict reported' Sunday, twenty were' killed In an engagement and twen- ty-four others who were captured. were summarily executed. In- the Ruhr .Industrial region, immediately adjoining the allied I zone of occupation, there Is able civil opposing armies of Communist and ment troops drawing up their for- ces.in line for Govern- .detachmentfi have been, de_ feated in some preliminary skir- mishas. Leipzig has quieted down after' the government victory there. Among the agricultural' popula- tlon in iome sections of Northern Germany, un- "rest "Southern and Eastern Ger; (niany, are reported fairly quiet. V Tfierevls a threat, renewal of the general strike in :Bayaria because of, dissstisfactioh -J 'over some of the terms of ment. :General Strike in Munich STUTTGART. March ECU- cral strike lias been in Mun.ch( anil it Is expected the extend throughout Bavaria unless it is stopped as a rceult of the negottK-. tions now in progress to scltlc: tlio. Government Troops'Being Rushed to Ruhr District and Fight Expected to Start Claim Army' of Cities Seething With Unrest, cipai assessors within each iriuntci- liallly fairly assess individual lands, p. rale that is tair can bo struck across the ivholo regardless of tho land is in an improve- incut district, a municipal district, A village, city or town. It equalizations of totals he made, say every five years, thnl ought to be sufficient. The annual Increase or decrease of assesv c.blo lauds In any unit will simply add or subtract from tho total amount fixed eacli> five years. In eastern prov- inces equalization ia generally made every ten years, on, however, n differ- ent basis. "The law as'af present will prevail -this year.- The legislators will mcel again before any tnx rale is struck under the law as changed and care of the situation when the report o! the equalization board Is be- fore llto legislature. Not lo Increase Revenue "Tho afl'ls-jiot being changed for the purpose of increasing the revenue. The fact lhat the rale of two. mills Is mentioned lias beeu inlerprctwl by tG tllill GSCh Will double Us present tax. This is an on tiro misunderstanding. "I find that as a result ot a tcnta- llvo calculation thai rural lands Inkeu us a whole are paying about 2H m'Mn on what the officials .ami assessors of my department consider a fair raw land valuation. I think lhat no one r Vlio knows (Ho fad will argue that I l.iiuls in 1916, -.vlneri Ihls was introduced, were not in the main ,is- scsaed al least times more Irian tho avenge standard of assessment adopted by tno rural municipalities If so, tho one mill rate on assessment was quite high enough ns compared with rural, lamln. Tho iirhnn miinlci- paliUss, especially tho clliea, many of them gradually but very con- siderably lowering Iheir standard ol valuation and consequently Iholr. as- sessinenlj. JJoth rural and clly an- Uiorlllet thlrik Ihey.'each, ore paying Week Was Only 18 Out The Dally Herald's circulation for the week ending March 20th, was 33782. Following are' tlio threo prize win- ners: 1st Prlze-T-Laurlo Davis, 333 12th St. North. 33300. 2nd B. Jlowlcy, 623 Oth St soulb. 33741. 3rd Grccnhalgh, 141 14th St. North. 33741. There being a tic In too of tho esll- irmtos Iho prizes have been awarded in the order In which the envelopes were opened. It is noteworthy that only two of the contestants estimated tho circula- tion abovo iiie uclual figures. All Ihe others were, below. This Indicate; Hint the Herald circulation is grow ST. PAUL POPULATION PARIS, March thousand persons have bscn killed since the German revolt broke out on March 13, according to advices received here. Of this number 850 were killed in Berlin alone. .WILL FIGHT SPARTACANS STUTTGART, March 'Associated from Silesia are officially reported to have arrived-in the Ruhr restrict and fighting with the Spartacan army there is expected tomorrow. It is officially stated hsre ftiat the estimates placing the s'zc of the Red forces in the Ruhr region at arc exaggerated. WASHINGTON, March Popu- lation statistics for 1820 nnnoiinccrl tonight tho census bureau In- cluded: St. 1'oul, Minn., nn Increase of or 9.2 per cent over 1010. Albany, N. Y., in.344, increase 091. or 13.1 per cent. SI. Paul wns the 26th city of the caunlry la point, of popu'.atbn In 1910 when U had 2H.744 peoplo ami showed nn Increase.of or 31.7 per cent, in the preceding decade. Denver, city, Kt. Paul's nearest rival In WO, with has not, bcon reported for 3920, 1101? lias Iloehcsfer, which was Iho 25th city, with Louisville, whlcli was tho 24th clly, lias (or 1920 and has been passed by Toledo. Ohio, 30th city lu 1H10. whose nonnlatltm In 1920 was CONDITIONS BECOME WORSE BERLIN, March (By Asso- ciated Press.) The ministry' of defense informed tho correspond- ent this morning that the condi. tions in the Ruhr district were becoming worse. The towns of Oeide, Apfcn and Dreinsteinfurt, In southeast1 of Muen- had been taken by the Com- munists, it was stated, and the movement was 'spreading north and cast, Pitched battles had been fought, the ministry's Information .showed, and two cracl: regiments of government troops had been forced to fall back on the fortress of on the right bank of. the Rhine, 22 miles northwest of Dresden, after heavy losses had been sustained. on both sFUcs. Ten officers in one reolmant were killed. Looks Like Civil War PARIS, 'March Siiarlaoan forces in the Kuhr valley of Ocrni.any num. bernt least twenty thousand, nnil scrno estimate thorn at forty thousand, nc- c.orulng lo laleril advices received at liic foreign ornco here. They are well organized, being coniposed'of old THINK ADMIRAL EVANS CAN BE FLOATED be postponed until after 1 anil possibly indefinitely and that miners will refuse- to work after j April 1, when the present contract expires, unless a now scale is agreed upon. Continuing, the statement asserts i tho government's action is Inconsisl- cut witli a statement given out by President Woodrow Wilson Friday when ho urged operators and miners to get together ..under the majority report of the commission which in- vestigated the coal situation. Federal Officials Mum The president In effect gave sanc- tion to the idea ot collective bar- gaining ip the coal industry, Mr. dale I demands of Ihe lo pay during the period they were on strike against the Kapp regime. Meetings are to be held In the. Wurtlemburg fac- tories by the councils of worVmen tn consider it- similar action' should be taken throughout Wurttenjburg. Heporlg received here froth Xnrem- burg said that city was quiet on Sun- day following some disorders the prev- ious night. SEATTLE. Wash., March forts lo float the Pacific Steamship Company's Alaska passenger steamer Admiral Evans, stranded near Sey- mour Narrows, on tho cast shore ofi Vancouver Jsiand, early Saturday Logsdon said. morning, have proved'futile and, a r-1 Federal officials assorted they had rangeinenls were made yesterday lo I authorized no slaleraent as to the remove cargo from her forward hold j theory on wliiclt the government ib in tlje hope that she could be pulled I proceeding 'iu its iirosecnllon of, Iiie into deep water. Company officials be-1 miners awl operators, nnd declared iievc the .be able to free herself on the first Hood tide after Iho hold Is emptied. they would not divulge the charges against those indicted until all have been arrested. MARYLAND LAUNCHED NEWPORT NEWS, A'a., March The super-dreadnauglA Maryland." which is said b? naval officials to lie the inost powerful battleship in ths- worhl, was launched here today. WILL INTRODUCE BILLS OTTAWA, March X. Rowell. as minister ol health, has giv- en notice of bills which he will Introduce in the nonilnona on Mon- day. They are in respect to food and slinck trn'ips and veterans, with arliliery, Runs and jnine and having batteriM of (i-centimelre guns, with plenty of ammunition. William Major Msorfold, a rolullve o! Maximilian Harden, Is commander of theso troops, lie was prominent in Sparlaeist circles at Iho lime ol the armistice ,'itnl in January ISberl government authorities arc concentrating IrooDS and planning (o surround (b-i Huhr valley and force j Iho gpartacists to capitulate. Those men, however, nro younger and less Ir.iiued than the lleils. The occupation of tho Mulir district by German troops Is iu direct violation ot Articles 42 and 43- of the treaty it was pointed out at the foreign office, which added the comment Ihnt this was the first act committed by Germany in violation of tho treaty, the other violations be- ing omissions.. The foreign office advices regarding the composition of the Hod army in the Ruhr region arc that It was -re- cvniicd for the most part' among the iron workers, Killed at Leipzig f.Oi.i-KNX, Marcii i'lnn- sand persons were, killed in thn 3'ighr- ing nt Leipzig before tho government troops captured the lown Friday, ac- cording to inado by three American businessmen w-ho arrived hero tonight, from Leipzig, which place they lelt Saturday night. Rhine Centres Tied Up HMRLIN, Mttrrii pi il3 normal nspect returned to Berlin late today, and the only reports of'.i disturbing nature came from cities ami towns ou'sirlc thrr capital, prlu cipally lliosi! in tho Hliinn Industrial centres, whcro local soviet govern- ments and commiiulr.t regimes uro (le clared lo have been set op. To what extent the reds are In control is no', definitely known, hut lhat tiiero .ne serious disorders among tho laboring element.3 In these 'places (3 generally drugs, maple products, honey commercial feeding stuffs. anil Canada Turns Down Jellicoe Recommendations For Navy 1 Demobilization of Naval Service Looked on as League of Nations Parliamentarians Surprised, Others Pleased.' OTTAWA, March Journal tomorrow morning will announce that the complete ilomoblllwtlon of tho Canadian naval organisation baa been ordered by Hox Mr. linllantynp, min- ister of naval affairs. is now in progress and is being car- ried out. lu the naval dockyards at liiiinail and Halifax, which arc be- ing dlsman'.led. Tho cruisers Xlobo and Rainbow arc to he sold and .the naval organi- zations In thcfs ports disbanded. In addition the hcftdauarlors staff at Ot- tawa, winch Includes six permanent f nftirerij anrl a large staff, is Co hi) mobilized. tcs sorrice If I liny ivisli to. II.M.f'.S. llalnbow is to he sold. The yard lias been in continuous 1815. existence since ulnary' order could not be learned lo nljrut. Mr. Dalhnlync is Fllenl, and the officers ot bis department refuse'! to discuss the maltor Close Esquimalt Yard VICTORIA. Marrh The navy yard will bo closed .March Canadian government members express .somo surprise at tbo an- nouncement that Cnnada'x naval ser- vice ia [tracrlicaliy lo be wlpeil out 01 existence, other parliamentarians aro not worrying ;it all. "It is only what might have been expected, if Canails is Jo hn a nicrnbcr of Ihe l.eaguo of tVatfons, ami if I hn League of Nations Is to prevent future wars, wiicn could be Tho reason for this rather exlmor- time to begin disarmament. than right said a meinher of Ihu ucwly-formcrt ograrlmi party to- day. "Ho far as tho peoplo of'liic are cfjiicfinied, (hey will wel- come iiny reduction In the cost oi armament, ospeclaJly in view' 0( the present financial ho said, atirtins: "I believe the move- ment will meet with general support after tho estimates have been brought down [his afternoon." 'Another member thought Ihe coun: try had reached its peak load of re- establishment, and ibis would keep the. country Bcratching for money for sonic years to come. "We must keep our word (o the men' who went overseas rather lhati heep up any force which will probably not he said. Turned Down Recommendations OTTAWA, March (IJy Canadian A statement with regard' lo Iho dcmobllizallon of the Canndiati naval services will be mado in the bouse of commons within tho couVso of the next two or three days. Uhf il-., it Is made. lion. lla down on April I. the -officers demobi- lized bdng allowed' lo join the iisbcr- nothing, H Is said, in an- thorlt.Viive quarters that the lijyrs published so far is practically cor-, reel. Tho orders, for the demobiliza- tion of the service, however, were riot given out by Ballantyne until he had consulted with, -his colleagues tlie .cabinet on' the'matter and rcactled a decision with them. The dcmobilizii- lion of Ihe Canadian naval service (ot- lows a decision of Iho LInioniat caucui (Continued on Pnge ;