Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta
FINAL EDITION VOLUME xrv. LETHBniDUK, ALBERTA. WEDNKSOAY, MAHCK 2J. PAGES NUMBER GERMANY AGAIN REFUSES TO PAY OVER GOLD EWING MAKES CHARGE Money Squandered in the! Contract for E, D. and B.C. Will Answer Later SOMETHING ON THE HIP BUDGET DEBATE IS BROUGHT TO CLOSE (Special to The Herald) EDMONTON, Mar. pro- fits in tie contracts let last year for betterments on the Edmonton, Dun- vegan and British Columbia Railway were alleged in the legislature Tues- day afternoon hy A. F. Ewing (leader of the opposition right wing.) Mr. Ewing asserted that contracts for ties were let at around.SO cents to a "gentleman very close to the railway department" of the provin- cial government. Ho said this con- tractor had sub-let the contract then i'or ii7 cents outside of tho four cent timber dues, to another contractor. The second tie contractor, said Mr. Ewing, had in turn sub-let the con- tract to a third contractor lor 43 cents, who got out tha ties for rail- ways. He said ho could produce the contract copies to prove it. Premier Will Reply Premier Charles Stewart came in- to the house to make reply. After setting Mr. Bwing to repeat his state- ment, the premier remarked that he ivuuted to be sure it was the E. D. It Jt. C. the opposition leader was re- ferring to, and not the Alberta and Croat Waterway's which the govern- ment is operating itself. "The said Mr. Stewart, "is that I know nothing of the ramifica- tions of sub-contractors for ties on the E. D, B. C. of which the Cana- dian Pacific Railway has taken com- plete control." "When did they take quer- lied Mr. Ewing. "1 will make an explanation of that now if it were remarked Hie premier, referring to the fact that the remarks were in tho nature of uuestions and answers to a speaker on the budget, "But I am not permit- ted now, and will do so later." Ewing Criticizes Mr. Ewing, the last opposition speak! or on the budget, did not speak at great length but attacked tho govern- ment politically with extreme vigor. In closing, he made a defense of the party system and crossed swords with Alex Moore, TF.F.A. member (Coch- rane) on the subject. Mr. Ewing es- pecially scored the government for having expended an additional on betterments on the A. G. W. he- yond the authorized by a leg- ialativo statute last year. The money was spent by Lieut. Governor's war- rants, which the opposition leader con- tended was an extraordinary proce- dure- authorized only by law in case of unforeseen circumstances, or an emergency. HG contended that the situation was not unforeseen at the last session. This was warmly dis- puted by provincial treasurer, C. R. Mitchell, who asserted that the gov- ernment did not foresee at the time it asked for that It would have an immediate transfer of the whole capital Block of the A. G.W. which has since occurred. Provincial Treasurer Closes Debate Mr. Mitchell closed the budget, de- hate reviewing the speeches of other speakers briefly and defending the government's financial policies all Continued on r I IS IRISH SIGNAL Much Trouble is Expected in Emerald Isle During Next Few Days BILLION MAMS DUE TODA Y WILL NOT BE PAID SA YS GERMAN NOTE; NEITHER WILL GERMANY PA Y12 BILLION MA Y1 Government Has 38 Majority On King Resolution WIRES BETWEEN BELFAST i AND DUBLIN ARE CUT in Baltimore American. Blackie Nearly Wiped Out By Started at 4 a.m. Today in Chinese Trading Co. and Blackie Hardware Co, Suffered Heavy of Town Saved By the Good Work'of Fire Brigade. BELFAST, March tele- graph wires between Belfast and Dublin were cut last evening. The authorities today expressed belief that act was in preparation for possible Sinn Fein activity during Easter week. Will Attach Irish Policy j March Liberals and Laborites were expected I to make a joint attack upon the gov- I liniment's Irish policy at today's ses- sion of the house of conunons. It was understood this morning that they intended to press their arguments for! a renewal of peace negotiations at the! point where they: were interrupted i last December. They were also ready i to insist that the government waive its demand that Sinn Feiners surren- dor their arms before the ponce parlies I were commenced. I Mr. Lloyd George was prepared, ill was said, to reply to addresses by H. H. Asquith and John Robert Clynes. botli of whom were to speak during the day. i 6 Killed In Cork I CORK, Mar. civilians were I killed in the Blarney district, county! Cork this morning, in a. battle which' ensued when crown forces were fired upon from a farm house. The mili- tary were conducting a search for wanted men when they were at- tacked, Eight Retails Killed DUBLIN, Mar. police inspec- j tor and eight men f were Ambushed near Dingle yesterday. 'The' fight i which ensued lasted three hours and I ended disastrously for the attacking j party, eight of whom were killed and wounded, according to an official announcement here today. Three ot the police were slightly wounded, It was added. Claims Instead That the Marks Due By May 1 More Than Paid Now Face Another Situation Through German Defiance of Ulti- matum. 1 BERLIN, Mar. workers today seized the administration buildings of the Blohm and Voss shipyards in Hamburg and hoisted the red flag, says a dispatch from Hamburg today. Workers in other shipyards quit work and are organizing mass demonstrations, the dispatch adds. Outrages causing heavy property losses are report- i ed from Leipzig Dresden, Rodewish and other points of central Germany where Communists are attempt- ing to force a general strike. PARIS, Mar. in her reply to the recent ultimatum of the allied reparations commis- sion, refuses to pay the one billion marks gold due on this date and disputes the commission's figures show- ing a balance of marks due on May 1. It is maintained in the German note that the marks which the peace treaty provid- ed should be handed over by May 1 has been more than paid. The note asks that a joint commission of experts fix the value of the German deliveries on reparation account, but it declares that in any event it would be impossible for Germany to pay marks by the first of May. First Battle Over Government Railways Goes to The Meighen Followers VOTE FINDS CRERAR FACTION SPLIT IN TWO (By a Staff Reporter.) BLACKIE, March 23. The Blackie Trading Co., the Long Fee Chinese Cafe, and the Blackie Hardware company are a smoul- ering heap of ruins this morning as a result of a disastrous fire early this morning. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it or- iginated in the wall of the south- east corner the Chinese restaur-' ant. THE LOSSES Summary of. loss follows: Blackie Trading Co., O'Neill, McDonald and loss insurance L. L. McDonald owned building and fix- tures. Blackie Hardware Co., J. Far- querson, High River, and J. A. Schmidt, Blackie, owners. Loss Insurance District Conference of Women's Institutes, Taber, Reports Successful Year Nearly 70 Delegates Reports of Work in Various Constituencies (liy a Staff Reporter) TAIlliR, Mar. attendance of delegates marked the opening ses- will become Intelligent voters in civic, provincial and Dominion affairs. Mrs. D. R. Mclvor of Cowioy in spending i'or tho visiting delegates, spoke of the work that lies before the institute in making new Canadians and the hearty greeting and sympathy that should bn extended to them. stituency reports were then read. yesterday ot the fourth Dtetv'c.t Gleichen Conference of Urn Alberta Women's Gleichen report was read by 'Mrs. Institutes, held in Kuox Presbyterian iSf A' Strathmorc, Gleichen, Mrs. F. W. Hughes of membership of 31. Activities: Pur- church. Tabnr. Cavcndiflh. district director, presided. The opening meeting was taken lip with reports ot tho various constitu- encies, following the opening address liy Mayor Vlckery of Taber, responded to by Mrs. D. n. Mclvor of Cowley. Community singing formed an Import- ant part of each session. A vwry cordial welcome was extend- ed to the assembled women by Mayor Vlckory.'whni. wont on to speak-ot the work done by the Women's Institutes, in building up Canadian citizenship, and in training llm wo. men to so help UioniHelvoa Hint Iliey chases of kitchen utensils, boxes of clothing sent, lectures heard, work in i co-operation with ti. W. V. A., whist drive and apron tea, work towards Improvement of cemetery, periodical inspection of board of trade rest room, shield for school fair, activities In connection with soldiers' memorial and opening of aKricultural school. Qneciislown: Membership of lii.. Ac- tivities: Prizes for school gardens, says, concert ami play, money making competitions, donalions" for school (Continued oif "F'iijjiV. ment may abandon the project of tak- ing ovur tho C.rand Trunk Railway, emphasizes his opinion that Ibo stock- holders of the company would bo 1111- wise to pay too much attention to the idea that tho government is loo boys' and girls' gymnasium "and" cs- committed to the scheme to bu aide to retire now. A slight drop Long Fee Cafe. Loss In- surance George Bowlus sounded the alarm about 4 o'clock. The flames were then eating their way up the wall of the cafe to the roof. Charley Flynn who came in on the early morning southbound train, taking room at Long Fee's says- he was awakened by the glare of windows and crack- ing of embers. He awoke the Chinamen, who in a state of panic ran into the streets in their nignt clothes. Mr. Flynn states that in five minutes the roof was in flames. SAVED REST OF TOWN The whole business section was threatened but the Municipal chemical and a volunteer bucket brigade stemmed the path of the fire. The fire was highly spec- tacular and of great ferocity. Am- munition in the hardware store discharges like volleys of light artillery. About worth of stuff was saved. Both the Trad- ing Co. and hardware are pioneer firms and carried up-to-date stocks. Already this morning fire insur- ance men can be seen writing in- surance the streets. W. -J. Evans, insurance agent, told The Herald staff reporter on the scene 15 minutes after the alarm was sounded, that the companies in- terested were the Canada Fire, Atlas, Home Insurance, Canada Security, North British and Mer- cantile. Gvil Service s Bonuses Cause Debate in House Some Members Would Elimin- ate Them and Incorporate Amount in Salary VIOLATION OF TREATY The note concludes as follows: "If, after the experts have con- ferred, it Is established that there Is a deficit In the payments by Germany, she is ready to begin negotiations with the reparations commission regarding the floating of a loan abroad." Thft. reparations commission met to consider the German reply which' was trans- mitted from Berlin last night. The failure to pay is dee.med a violation of the treaty of Versailles which the commis- sion will report to the allied gov- ernments. The allies will then determine what measures shall be taken. It Is commented here that the German experts have been heard by the commission, which listen- ed to their arguments before fix- ing the valuation of the German deliveries credited as payments against marks. This valuation, therefore, was consid- ered final, since the treaty gives the commission sole jurisdiction in the matter. The reply does not answer di- rectly the commission's demand for a first payment of one billion This point, however, is covered on the face of things by Ger- many's of over-payment of the entire amount due May 1. There is nothing said in the" would be impossible for Germany note, nevertheless, to show that it to pay this one billion marks, which the reparations commission knows that Germany has avail- able in gold as well as in foreign securities, it is stated. Lloyd George Warns of Socialism Which Now Threatens Old Country (Special to The Herald) LONDON, Starch hitter at- EDMONTON. Alia.. March 2-> was mal'8 budget debate was finished at minister in a speech at a evening session on Tuesday, when" Hon. C. Ii. Min-hell, provincial treas- ured, concluded his speech, begun at tiie afternoon session and tho house began the consideration oE the esti- mates in detail. The subject of bonuses was dis- cussed at some length when the esti- mates for the lieutenant-governor's of- fice cynic under consideration. Tho matter arose in connection with the bonus paid to the governor's secret- and tho members made it excuse to take lip the matter of bon- luncheon of "The new members of coalition group'' as the participants in tile luncheon were styled. "Tho military dangers which united the parties have said Mr. Lloyd George, "but greater, more insidious, more permanent dangers still confront us. The great peril is the rise to power of a new party with new purposes of the most subversive character. "It calls itself 'The Labor.' It is really Socialist. It is tearing the pa uses in general. Robert Campbell, op- position. Rocky Mountain, wanted to, (now how long system would i continue. The provincial that if tho member could tell lim when the cost of living w-oulil r -omo down to its previous level, lie Vvonld liB able lo answer the question. Would Cut Out Bonus Fred Davis (ilcfthen. I said that fco was against the bonus In'I all cases. It time that the public] was protected in Ibis matter, he said. I 'He later said Hint the "government I tips to pieces on its way to tearing soe- lis a margin uf 13 to 20 per .cent, who I do not vote. "Suppose that, by tho.vworldng up of grievances, the coalition was defeated and the Socialists won a niajority. They would not seek to remove those grievances but would root out the whole system ofrsociety.'' The prime minister advised those who realized til1} flanker to close their ranks. They must take all possible steps, he said, to instruct the electors, who must at uo distant date decide the issue. OTTAWA. March house today fought the first phase ot the bal- tlu over the National Railways.. A i motion had been made to go into sup- Immediately Hon. W. L. JIcKen- zic King, leader of the opposition, moved an amendment which the gov- ernment challenged as a motioit to the great competitor, the Canadian Pacific Railway. said Mr. Meigh- en, "the directors of the C. N. R. uro compelled to answer innumerable questions, they will be placed under a severe handicap." "For details of management to be disclosed to the system's said Mr. Crorur, "would bu a violation of tiie elemeufary principles of busi- ness." lint Mr. Crerar added that were the amendment merely a motion of nou-confldenco, he would not vote igaiust it. Government Majority 38. House and galleries were en: when tiie division came after vdud iety to pieces. Those who are inclin ed to agree with Mr. Asquith and Lord that the labor id a bogey i should reitd the Socialist and labor press for a week. "Socialism is fighting to destroy New Position for L C, Giarlesworth fin-thing that the great prophets and I r ...........ist and iti'lgary Hears Rumor He Will leaders of both partics-l'nioni labored for generations to upbuild. Parliamentary institutions are iis nmch menaced as private inter- ests ami the rule of class organization I is to be substituted for (hem. Points to Dnnge Succed Norman L. Harvey As Deputy Minister hours debate, and as a government ma- jority of 38 was announced, there was Ion.] cheeing from the ministerial side. The voting on the King amendment wa s: Aaguiii-! 117; for Majority against The division split both the Progressives and the occupants of "No Man's Land." Hon. T. A. Crerar voted with tho government. With Sir. Crerar went six- of his followers: Salt Coates; Clark. Red DIMII-; Mabarg. Maple Creek; Reid of MacKonzic; Wright, Battleford; Knox. Prince Albert. Six other members ot the Progressives voted for the amend- ment. These were: Thomson, Qn'Ap- pelle; Oouid, Assiniboia; Hailierl. North Ontario; SIcDonald, Temis- kaming and McDonald, East Elgin. Man's Land" Hon. A. K MacLeau voted with the opposition; Andrews, Winnipeg; Gaiithier, St. Hj- acinthe, and Davis, Xcepawa, voted with the government. Liberal mem- G. T. R. STOCK DROPS ON CANADIAN RUMORS I_____ LOXJlOV, As- suggesting that the Canadian govern- j Alexandra, said that Ho hoi I oil tho homiK would not appear aunt 'year. Kobort Pc-arson (nver.soEis rep- n'.-sentativc) .said that ho thought it was lino tiling ;md not been in sumc ca.sos. f Dr. Stanley High Riv- sociated tlnancia, tor of tlm Times again alliuling to thut wmilcl Incoriinratn tho present cables to, his paper from Toronto I bonus i" salary. AUSTRALIAN BOARD'CUT PRICES LONDON. Mar. Melbourne dispatch lo (.IIP London Times reports that tho hoard rout roll ing prices off wheat UAp-'irtftd Australia lias i n.'dueml tho rule for East Africa and I certain islands from j lo sovtiii KhillhiKK t-lovcn pewn perl Imslmt. This reduction, accnrdiiijr to in tho Grand Trunk HocurilieK is at- tijljulod Toronto lo the cabins the dispatch, was made for tho purpose I of meelina North American compeli. I H. E. Burbidge Retires As H. B. Co. Stores Comm'r VANCOUVER, March E. Burb.idgc, for more than ten years, stores commissioner for the Hudson's Bay company In Can- ada, resigned today. He is retir- ing at the same time as the head office of the stores commissioner is removed from Vancouver to Winnipefi, where all of the head departments of the company in landp, furs and stores 'will In fut- ure be located. He will retain a connection with the company in an advisory capacity. Before coming to Canada in 1910, Mr. Burbidge was connected with Harrods in London. He sup- ervised the erection of new jtoi-es In Calgary and Vancouver. pbonus. Mr. Itarvny is expected tc retire vnry Horn. Mr. Chavicsworth has been iliriM-hng irrigation work for sonic lirne pnsl. and .1. Hobetson has been actint; deputy minister of pnbli works, lie may succeed Air. charles- worth iu Hint position.' Another Version KDMcSnix.'" r Cliarlesworth. wiio for several years past has lioeu deputy minister of pnMic works, has been assigned to management of affairs in the de- partment of railways and telephones. Mr. Cbarlesworti! has not been form- ally appointed as deputy minister of railways and toleplionr-s. a position occupied for tho last year by Nor- man I, .llanvy, bin under tho new manaecrship aiTangHncnt. will vir- tually assume Hie of that "fllcp, especially with rpivn'nce in telephones. ATTITUDE TOWARDS CAPITALISM COMPLETELY CHANGED LONDON. Mar. the, gov-rnment's Irade agreement with Russia. Premier Lloyd Ueorgo declar- ed in the house of commons today that complete change was evident in the attitude of the Bolshevik govern- ment toward what he called capital ism. B.C. LIABILITIES VICTORIA., Mar. total 119- bilities of tlio province at this jro uncording to answers made by (Ion. John Harl, minister of In.inrc1, to ijnostlons submitted dy Ion. W. .1. llowser, opposiiion leader, n I lie IcKislaturu.