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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 25, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta 1 -I Volume IV. Lethbridgre. Alta.. Saturday, Mait;h 25,1911 No. MINERS WILL QUIT WORK ON APRIL IS ,1 Carnegie Boosts Library Ofh Alberta Rancher Was Murdered BRITISH COLUMBIA VESSEL CAPSIZES and NEARLY 40 DROWNE VERY LITTLE COAL ON HAND How the Strike Will Affect the Conditions Here CANDIDATE FOR ALDERMAN TWO MINES TO WORK Ashcroft and New Barnes Mines Not Affected by the Trouble Should Uio Ihrealened Ktrike come on April im as seems almoal certain it will find Letlihridge widi only a Biuali supiily of coal on band. The A. R. and I. company Ib the only i.om-pany 'lu the vicinity with any amount 1.0 lall back on. 11 1� .eatlniated thai they huv� in cars in (lie yards here ohout five thouBanU tons. Their mines at .Vo. 3 und Xo, i: are lifUug aboui. ilOO tons-a day, a large pan of which IB c-onstimod locally. The mitslde dc. "land ling uol been heavy for ibe last two or throe weeks, hence ii is e.\-P�ot�d that tho aupiily on hand hy April 1st will be ronsiderably augmented. The Koyal Oollleri�8 are also in the Weaterii Oauada Coaj Operators As-�ociatlon, but they have be'en shipping their coal as faist rk they mine It and have ^)e�n getting part of the Dupen i New Barnea) mine oiit-pur t.u meet, th�ir orders. The Diamond ?oal To., beiug In the Association, will also cease work It the strike Is declared. They have nothing ahead at present, b�Uig kept busy .^uppb'lnn their agents. They are lining about 2()0 i-ons a day >ind will llksily store some ne.vt week in an-Ucl'PBtlon of the strike. Two Mines Not Aff.cted There are however, two mines wiii^rh ne not in the association �.n(i wliicii will keep on workins in i:ase of a itrlke. TheDiipen mine Is prodiicinis: aboiii fifty tons a day �t pretseni. .iraraes Aalicrott says his mine will not bp uffected and he e.vpects to increase Ilia output as .soon as the present trouble with the rixiT is aver, wliit'li h� thInkH will lie next week. ThcBe mines will not be affected liy the strike unless thej sliotild iindi='!--take to supply coal f-ir the cornpaiiies that are, in wlUrh case the union otll-cials would iirobiibly call the "ion out troni iheni This, however, would nni IlkHy be very easily done as the men are not very well organized ai eitlier mine. (Continued on Page Five.) MINERS WILL NOT WAIT FOR ANY OFnCIAL ARBITRATION Six Thousand Will Cease to Work in Alberta and British Columbia Mines on April 1st-Every Proposition by Either Party Was Dedined-Offer of Increased Wages Not Accepted-Miners Hope When Coal Supply is Exhausted to Force the Hands of the Operators AN OPPONENT OF RECIPROCITY W. R. VIRTUE. WRECK Train Man Killed in Head On Cbllison on C. P. R. Main Line Schrelber. Oni., March 115.-F. K. Kimball, a trainman, was killed, and tferg-es, fiveman, a.nd (.;. .V!. HanK. train porter, arc missing and probably killed, as ii result of a'head-on collision between two C }'. H. freights early today. The eastbonnd train consisted mostly of empij- passenger coaches and the.^e !>\r piled tip In bad shape. The westbound wajt a train load of .settlers effects. The wreckage caiLi^ht fire. The in.jured included Harry Hulleiii, engineer; Mac fliristN'. fireman, and Ambrose Kke ' in iiiterprem' tiMti i.f tirdcr.'-- wiMch were for uaiiis l.c, i)as~; n1 Hli;c.!.n siiliii.i;, hut the stocl^ train c;(M past it in some wav. (Special to the Herald) 1 Calgary, March 25.-6000 men, representing 75'/r of the operatives In the mlnea of sixteen companies in Dis-:tnct 18 of the U. M. W. of A., will strike on April 1, one week from to-I day, following the abrupt ending of jthe conference between the repre-isentativea of the operatives and operators at Calgary city hall yesterday. Ignore Lemieux Act The miners have decided to ignore the Lemieux Act and will not wait I for any official arbitration. They say that their contract is ended on March 31 and they cannot be compelled to work thereafter. Minister of Labor Denies Story 'The Kovernment has no reason to coniemplate trouble with miners in the t row's .Vest and luis every confidence In the willingness and aldlily of the I parties at present negotiating to roach a satisfactory agreement. I den.v most !emphatically the truth of every seu-jtence of tlie alleged statement. Re-j ports of tho kind quoted are as un-, founded as they are mischevioiis." ' In these three sentences, Hon. \V. L. .Mackenzie King, Minister of Labor,} assures the mine operatives that there' might be able to can away another!days wasf's of the Western Coal Op-' two months' supply west from Port erators ASBociatlon scale and on con-' Arthur for their Weatcrn lines." .tract prices, except on pillars and' "And then'.'" asked the .\lbertan. tlinberlng. { Mr. Stubbs smiled. The miners replied at lenglli, crit-j For a year past the ('. P. It. has Icizing the brief re.solution-ft-hich they been Btocking coal with a view to said did not benefit them to any great I !such a complication iis has now arisen,, e-vtent, as far as dncroasee go a.ni'' ! but it was admitted by a prominent which left most of the matters to bel operator. Mr. Brown of the Hlllcrest arranged just as they were with little i mine, last night, that the two bad, hope of redress. ! months of .lanuary au(! February last, "We could not accept that." .said had crippled iniae operations and the one of them last night, "without he-stock v.'as not so ^ood In consequence, traying the trust reposed in us by our tCach side claims tliat it has exer- comrades." ' ci.sod a deal ofifuroearance during tiiO: The Miners' Complaints j past sixteen 'Says of^^e. endiirancej The faults that the miners in their of tlie conference. reply find with'the agreement are While the mifters were willing that tnese: the question of the open and closed' The 5.iJfi per cent, increase will noti shop and cheek off system should re- bring their wages up to the average, main in olieyance or just as it wa.9 of employees In Montana, Vancouver; and proceed to discii.ss the wage scale,: Island, \\'yominK and Wasliin^lon. the mine owners insisted on bringing, and a considerable percentage are eB-| matters to a head. 'gaged in pillar and timber work. The! 'i'his was the ultimatum issued yes-' (;oiuract prices were originally I'i.xed terday, which provided for a general ^\ijen blasting coal was more com-; increase of 'k5'> per cent, to all bran-jmon and more coal could be shown i ches except the pillaring and timber-_m the end of the day than at present,' ing. .when it is mostly pick work. The Offer of the Operators earning pov/er ha..e been decreased any- H. B. AMES Of Montreal, a Centervative M. P. RAYMOND MAN BUYS FARM faileod. .March 2."i,-l K. \\'orkman or Kayinond has imrc lia.^od tJte >i40-iiere farni nf A. 1'^. Tlionipson on the Kootcnay river The new ov/ner will take up mixed farming. 'I'he price iiiiirt w'iis in the ni'ish-Vioi-liood of i'Mi.- is absolutely no foundation for the ''''e full "ffer of the operators was: v here from to liO per cent, and isiory deliberately circulated that, an- Ken^ral provisions of the West- n'creiore, (oninici prices are a mat-, neipating (rouble in the Crow's Nest ^'"^1 Operators .'Vssociation agree- u,. of adju.stnient. j I'a.ss in lipw of ihe e.vpecled strike of jro^ht witli tlie date of e.>:piration fixed, I'hp KU.�;g(;ated arrangement puts' miners, troops were bein.i; rushed to j '^I'lt'cli 1--'13, and with the dis-; 1,1.,^ arbii.raUon of tho many ineqimiil-i the Pass. | criminntl^n clause as at present and ,u,s existent in the mines out of the' The operatives Ihemselveis laugh a.t'^^'if' a miilter of record in the same scope of tlui conference. The miners tile rumor, but tfi make assurance I want to see Iheie adjusted by mutual' An increase of S.r.S per cent, on all agreemeni mul iioi by iiny third' ; party. Thoy want them to be entire-: ly salisfiiciory to ihomsclvos. I'nder: present eomlltlous of piece worki luaiiv of ihe men do not get a. wage| rnmmensiirate with the expoiieea ofi ! Ihe di.-;trii;t. i They proii'.st too that there should , he some alieratlun in the dJBcrlmina-| �lion clause. While tne union Is quite | Twenty-five Lives Lost in;^^'"''"? i;iiarantee protection agalnsl; |SiriKes on arrount of non-tinlon men,; jtuey are not in a position to govern I the individual acts of Individuals, The Closing Words This is how the conference closed: President Stockett siild: "1 propose RANCHER MURDERED, NEIGHBOR ARRESTED iioubly sure they wired the .Minister of Labor. I 'I'oday the mine owneiis will meet in conference, possibly with Ihe oh-,1^1 of haviim put into operation the Leniieu.x Act. whicli calls for the %>iu)le matter to be subjected to ar-miration liofore an ncfual strike oc- CUIB. ' The representatives of the labor neoplc left l;isi night for their respective homes satisfied they had done , tneir best, and unless the workers are approached by mine owners, picks and: crow 'nars wHI lie thrown down exactly one neek from today. As the mine owners state definitely  that ihcy have no idea of approaching  Jthe oiJcralives ugain. the strike seiuns,* assured beyond question of doubt. I I'Jven if no iiciion is taken with ve-  spect to Ihe l^emieiix Act, each side  ; expressed confidence in lis ability loi* bent tlie other. The labor people rely,^ ! upon remaining out until the present;  stock of coal is exhausted, and then'O" .being able to force the hand of the!^ 'operators.. Supply of Coal  "While thorp is cnnllictlng evidence.O as to tile amoiini of coal on Imnd, 1  should estimate ihere is four monihs'jO su])pl.v ui the niusi," said Roard .Mem- her Slubb..s last night. "The C. P. H.j* AWFUL Georgia Railway Disaster Ocilia. Ciii., March iin.--"Tlie Dixe.v Flyer," on the .Athintie ("nasi Railroad, went through n trestle into Ihe Alpaha river neiir here this moriiitig. icil'ing 1 erhaips 2." passengers. r!\e eoiielios were di-miled The coaches are ten feet un-der the water. Ton bodies have been recovered bur ninny others are believed to have been beneatn the debris and water. Special trains ciirylnR nurses and physb-bins li'dve been rushed to the scene from near-by towns. -O i!i;ii this conference be adjoiirncd sine die '  ' Presiideiit Powell said: "We have;  I said our last words. W'e have dime,  ..)!ir best to bring things to an amlc-j  able settlement by compromise, and,  .ivi- have gone as far as we c;ui with-  out injuring the interests of those'  who repose their trust in us"  There ihe i;i>nfercnee. weiRhied witb the fate of six ihoujaad miners, broki' up. liiiietly bul ominously. j At l.l.t yesterday, after Uaviiig ex f lenrlfd over sixteen days. mIiIi twi| sp.-Hions and an adjournment of (et/i  da.vs between Ihe two. It cBnie to an . end. CAUCUS Conservatives Concerned Over Strong Support for Recijprocity flttiuva, March 21 -"If reciprocitv Passes we arc prepared to enlarge our present mills and erect new ones," was the siRiiidcaiit statemcDl of K \\. Backus. FresidenI ot the Cmturio and Miniiesoia Power t'om-pany before the private bills committee in di.'icussiiLK plans for the development (if industries on the fana-dian side of Rainy Piivrr .Mr. Fielding laid on the table of the Coinmoiis further returns received by the Kovenimcii! including r-^dmnn-t.un. .' plaiiiiiiDi tn linld ,1 caucus at the be-gmiiiii); CI the Heck to deleniifne vlial ediirse llicv can now pursue, unit i^ij(l serve its purpose for severAt j*ifcni| When the building liocomae tll*A�^ quale to the needs of the city, l*tk;^ ' l.iridge can do us other cltloa har� 4oa was a bachelor, id years of a-f anil lesitled in the Huffalo Lake 'l|rn m% a boy armed at 1-squ::i;;,it 1: .1 .i;asolinc launch from U'liui'" Head quarantine station, vvitb the t.eus nf llic tragedv. All the Ik.v kiu-u was that the crait had inpsizeri and lie had been seiii for help Willmm .'oir^' liffc re.spm.'deil .nnu �irplrs3 nw.isugeS^ wcic seatlercd broadcast. The 5;e| ichell way S2 fee' 111 lengtli with ' W. 1 gioSs ri,:;istni .)( 7.1 tons. PREMIER WILL NOT INTERFERE M Calgary, March 2.5.-Prem-Ipi- Stfton wires that he wil!'-nor interfere in the rriationS' lietweeii the miners and oper-aiors. The situation remains: unchanged tx>day. 1 ;