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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - March 27, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta Vol.i Mi-; \|. U;j HHKJOGK. ALBKHTA. WT.DNKSDAY. MAIU'.U 27, I'.i DRIVE IS SLOWING MMBKIl HO NOW A CIVil SERVICE lore PW. GOVT. Premier Stewart Says Whole Matter Is Being Considered- .Question Salaries Is Discussed W. A. DEYL NOT TO BE IN EMPLOY GOVT. SAYS THE PREMIER Weakened By Stupendous German Drive Is Slowin Losses Said To Total iUsiu own 400 o-- TURKS CONTINUE THEIR ATROCITIES Edmonton, Mar. Premier Stewart announced in the legislature Tuesday night during tlii! discussion of Mm estimates for civil government that lie was hopeful of bringing down a hill lu deal with the question of civil service reform. Tlio statement, was made in answer to a question of A. V. KiviiiK as to what tho government proposed in regard to the regulations of .salaries. Tho premier expressed llin view that. the salaries of the official:-! in the government departments should compare with what was paid lor similar work in mercantile Institutions. In connection with the proposed schema maximum and minimum salaries had been fixed which It was thought would ho fair under all circumstances. On the es-limates of tho provincial secretary's department Mr. Weir raised a pro-jest agninsf. the salary of the deputy-minister 10. Trowbridge not being Increased from $.'(,tiOU to $-l,H0y the same as was tho .salary of other deputy ministers. .11 on. C. ft. Mitchell explained that there was not the same quantity of work. Premier Stewart, said that eventually when tho work of the health branch of the department increased, u medical man would be deputy minister of the department. The other duties of the department wore light. He was riot going to say a word against' Mr. Trowbridge but he must, say ho had not tho same responsibility as other deputy ministers. On the vote for the municipal affairs department, -lion. Wilfrid Gar-iepy explained that J. H. Liamb, the now municipal commissioner, would give special attention to rural organisation, looking after existing and promoting new organizations. 7.1 r. Hoadley-He is for the purpose of creating municipal organizations in the province. Mr. Gariepy replied In the negative and said that petitions were being received every day asking for inclusion of municipal organizations. Mr. Lamb's work would bo in connection witii this. i Mr. Hoadley said tiiere was no objection to giving assistance but there was objection to Mr. Lamb in regard 1o his ability. The purposes for which his ability had been used in the past in .some degree had been as a politician, said the leader of tho opposition, at which there was a laugh from the govurumout benches. There was no doubt of -Mr. Lamb's: capacity, stated Mr. Hoadley, but if the minister needed him and must have him it was alright. "But even as a politician he. is preferable t.q some." he added. Replying to criticism of the salaries of some of tlie minor officials in the treasury department Hon. C. 11. Mitchell said that the civil service expenditure of the-government had been criticized and now they were criticized for not raising salaries. He understood tho points. It would be said that perhaps the government had too many officials and should let. some go, but he would point out. that their salaries were generally higher than In Saskatchewan. He thought the government, were doing pretty well in the matter of increases. Mr. Hoadley alluded to the position of tho lower paid civil servants and tho high cost of living and other expenses and declared that the only solution of the matter was the provision of pensions. Mr. Weir urged tho re-organization of tho civil service altogether on a basis to provide an euuilablo income and the absolute elimination of favoritism or special privilege if there was such a thing in the department.. A. F. L'witiK and .Miss MoAdnms made a plea for tho class of officials of small Mlary who could save Utile. Provincial Police lTr. Hoadley on' a question of privilege called attention to tho announcement that Chief Cuddy of Calgary had been asked lo tako tho position of chief of the provincial police. He thought when the house was in session stielt information should be given it before published in a newspaper. Premier Stewart, replying that lie did not see whore tho question of privilege came in, said that the government did not make the appointment. The commissioners had that power under tho act. Personally he knew nothing about the matter until lie saw-the report in the newspaper. Candidly he would say that outside, of being a member of the government ml interested as such in changes of officials ha did not think it was tho business of the government to i-id.jr- fare._____J____;__ iCouttuued on Pago S). J, A. robb, m.P., Huntingdon, Que., who is chief whip of the opposition in the Commons. NO LOSS OF LIFE AT JERSEY CiTY New York, N.'Y.. March 2G.- Pirn following a series of unexplained ex-plosins destroyed the six story building of the Jarvis Warehouse Company, near the Erie Railroad terminal in Jersey City late today and'badly damaged the Erie repair shops. No loss of life had been reported tonight. The material damage was estimated by Jersey City police and fire officials at close to |l,500,0ff0. The goods stored in the*warehouse, said to have included a quantity of chemicals were a total loss. The cause of thft explosions lias not yet been determined, although a rigid 1 nvestigatlon was begun at once by Federal. State and City authorities. The first of the terrific detonations, which occurred shortly after 3 o'clock,- shook windows in Manhattan and caused - considerable alarm. Visions of another Black Tom disaster or a bombardment by the Germans were in many minds. Burning cinders which rose in the heavy clouds of black smoke, were carried by the wind across the North River and fell along the water front. While the excitement 'was at its height the Erie Ferry house, a three story structure in West Street, on the New York side of the river was discovered to be on fire. A lighter close by, loaded with several hundred bales of cotton, also was blazing fiercely and still further south, the Hoboken ferry slip of tho Lackawanna Hail-road was on fire. The Erie Ferry house was aflame from the second story to the roof. These fires were easily extinguished, by the New York firemen, many of whom were ordered to Jersey City to fight the bigger fire. Ottawa, Mar. 27.-Authoritative announcement was made today that no decision had been reached by the government in respect of the rumored Federal tax of 10 per Qent on automobiles. No order in council, it is further announced, has been passed placing an embargo on automobile pVrts. gettIgTeadyto L London, March 27.-Lieut. General Von Rohne, a German authority on ordnance says In the Vos-slche Zeitung of Berlin that the bombardment of Paris is merely in the nature of a trial for guns which are really intended to bombard London, says an Exchange Telegraph despatch from Copenhagen. London, Mar. 27.-The entry of the Turks into the port of Trebi-zond wnc marked by atrocities against Greeks and Armenian*, Greeks who have arrived in Athens from the Black Sea report, according to an Exchange Telegraph despatch from Athens. The Turk3 also pillaged the town and caused much property destruction. Carload Shipped in By Exporting Co.-Head of Cornpany Is Arrested Wiiaf the Alberta Provincial Police allege to be one of the most barefaced attempts ever made in this province to handle liquor illegally was nipped in the bud yesterday with the arrest of G. P. Girven and tho seizure at various points in the city of 121 cases of Scotch whiskey. champagne \and brandy consigned to the "Girven Exporting Agency. Lethbridge." Girven will appear in the A. P- P. court at two unlock on Wednesday afternoon to answer charges of breaking' the Alberta Liquor Act. ' Girven was released after his arrest on $300 cash bail. It is alleged three or four more or less prominent men about town are implicated in the case. Ever since booze was banned in Alberta nearly two years ago Lethbridge has been free of the export agencies which have been trying to operate in Calgary and Edmonton. " Whole Carload About a week ago, and 10 days before boozeless days were introduced in Canada, by law, it was whispered from ear to ear that a whole Carload of the real goods had arrived in Lethbridge. The A. P. P. heard the rumor and Inspector Piper at once endeavored to secure from Edmonton some information as to the status of tljfc Girven Exporting Agency in whose name the wet goods had been shipped into the province. In the meantime Detectives Hosketh and Wigg were put to work shadowing the agency's activities, and after being out all night Monday night they learned that the booze was being carted about surreptitiously, a few cases being put in one warehouse, a few in another, and so on. It is known that no lease from anyone in authority had been granted in the case of one warehouso where M cases were found stored. Inspector Piper decided that a company, whose sole power is to export liquor to another province, was acting in a most suspicious manner, and action was taken In the arrest of Girven, who, it is claimed, is a citizen of Virden, Man., and also formerly of Edmonton. Girven, it is stated, is understood to have been advised by a prominent Edmonton lawyer that ho was within the law in bringing in the booze under au exporting agency. S. J. Shepherd will prosecute the case for tho attorney general's department. London, March 27.-A heavy attack was made during the night against-the new British line south of the Somme. It ! was repulsed after severe fighting, the war office announces. DE IN PALESTINE British In Counter-Attack London, March 27.-The British delivered a counter attack today,between the angle of the Ancre and the Somme, and recaptured Morlancourt and Chipilly, the war office announced'this evening. HAIG SENDS REPLY TO PRES. WILSON London, March 27.-The ermans are in possession of the town of Albert, it was announced today by Major General Maurice, chief director of military operations at the war office. The British are holding the railway embankment on the western outskirts of the place he stated. The line remains steady. 'Washington, Mar. 27. - Field Marshal Haig's reply to President Wilson's cablegram was received today at the White House: "Your message of generous appreciation of the steadfastness and valor of our soldiers in the great battle now raging has greatly touched us all. Please accept our heartfelt thanks. One and all believe in the justice of our cause and are determined to fight on without counting the cost until the freedom of mankind is safe." it ml 01 m in RUSSIA NOW Odessa Has Been Retaken From Them-Trotzky Issues a Call for Fighting Men.. WANTS TO DEFEAT THE REVOLUTION AGAINST HUNS Paris, March 27.-Last night the German advance was held up everywhere according to the official statement of the war office today. The enemy, weakened by heavy losses, it adds, has been obliged to slow up his efforts. DAYLIGHT SAVING BILL RECEIVES London, Mar. 27.-Further progress by tho British in Palestine is reported in an official statement last night reading: "During' March 25, our troops east of the Jordan made further progress and approached the village of Essault. The enemy offered little resistance. Tho advance was, however, effected under difficult conditions, owing to heavy thunderstorms." Haig's Message to the A5rmy London, March 27.-Field Marshal Haig has issued the following special order of the day, dated March 23: "To ell ranks of the British Army in France and Flande^: , "We are again at a crisis in the war. The enemy ha? collected on this front every available division and is aiming at the destruction of the British army. We have already Inflicted on the enemy in the course of the last few days a very heavy loss and the French are sending troops as quickly as possible to our support. "I feel that every one in the army, fully realizing how much depends on the exertions and steadfastness of each one of us, will do his utmost to prevent the enemy from attaining his object." ONSLAUGHT AT NOYON British Army Headquarters in Frnncev Mar. 2",'.- i By the Associated- Press).- T)i'-> Germans last night continued their furious onslaught wesrv.anf from Ham against the ifilie'K* defewsea in the region of-.Woye and Xoyon. having slowed down in their patent attempt to cut through the British .line further north where such desperate resistance was offered. Hard fighting occurred last night around the town of Albert. Large enemy forces pushed forward to-. warll the place hut at last accounts the British were holding them doggedly at this possible gateway to Amiens. In consequence of attacks yesterday afternoon and evening astride the. Somme the British troops on both banks, were forced buck a short .listanoc in the neighborhood of Bray. The announcement follows: "As a result of the enemy's attacks yesterday afternoon and evening astride the Somme. our troops on ho:!i banks were forced back a short distance in the neighborhood of Bray. A heavy atUck made early in the night against our new line south of the Somme was repulsed after severe lighting. At one _ point in tho neighborhood of the river the euetny forced his way into our .'  positions, but was thrown back by our counter attacks. "Further local fighting lias taken place also north and if�rtheast of Albert but the situation on this part, of the battle front remains unchanged." HUN LOSSES The conflict in the' sector around Hove- and Noyon appear to be of gnat importance from tho many indications that the German higher command is at-' , tempting to split the allied front there and start a rolling-up process eitlier way. From tho average casualties in the various, (inrman units, as given by prisoners, one arrives at the conclusion that the German emperor lias lost 50 per cent of these men since he gave the signal for the advance. 400,000 HUN LOSSES  The official British statement yesterday said it hat] been established that more than seventy German divisions had been engaged in the battle. The usual estimate of the present strength �of a German division is 12,000 men so that a loss of 50 per cent would mean casualties in excess of 400,000 for tho Germans in less tU^n a week of fighting. ALLIED SUPPORT 'Paris, Mar. 27.-A French military commentator, writing In reference to the situation today, says concerning the Americans: -"At various points, on the out our ajliea aro bringing to the Bri-� tlsh ftieir valiant suijporti" ' LONG MARCHES Amsterdam, Mar. 27;-German " troops going forward to the attack on the . British front in France, detrained far behind the lines, evert- behind the Belgian frontier, according to the corres^. . pondent at. the front of the Itheln-ische Westfaelische Zottung. Those forces marched for six consecutive nights, no' columns ..showing themselves un' the roads in the day time. NOT LEAVING COMPEIGNE Paris, Mar. 27.-Report current here '.hat the inhabitants of Com-peigne, between Paris and the battlefrout, were being removed is denied by' the Petit Journal. A large number of persons, it says, are leaving' the town voluntarily to avoid violent bombardments by enemy airplanes, but uo order' to evacuate has been given. AGAIN BOMBARD PARIS Berlin, Mar. 20.-The Germans have not halted their long range bombardment, of Paris, according to an official statement from general headquarters. The announcement says": "We continued the bombardment of the fortress of Paris." STUPENDOUS ODDS Loudon, March 26.-Telegraphing late on Tuesday, the correspondent of the Daily Mail at British headquarters in France says that near.' two-thirds of the entire slrateg'ic reserve of tkp. German army lias now been thrown into -the fierce and vigorously continued attack. "This German reserve." he adds, "consisted of S5 divisions, totalising 1.275,000 men out of a total 'number now reaching not far short of 200 divisions, or probably 3,000,000 men. which the.y have upsn the western front.- After the first day 33 of these divisions were put into the battle. \On the third day, another 21 were known to have taken\part. Since then they must have drawn upon reserves for a few more divisions. "It is therefore clear that we have been struggling with the whole available strength of the German army and the marvel is .. that our soldiers have held out so obstinately and varily against odds so heavily against them." AERIAL WORK London, March 20.-An official . statement, on tho aerial operations 'tonight, says: "On Monday our airplanes were employed almost entirely in bombing the enemy's troops and transport massed in tho areas behind the battle front and in attacking them with machine gun fire from low heights. Twenty-two tons of, bombs were dropped in this work and over 100,000 rounds wore fired from the machine guns. "Our pilots reported that the ground targets offered by the enemy surpass description. They were able to drop their bombs with accuracy and fire with effect, right into the center of infantry ' battalions in close formation and into columns of cavalry and transport. '"A contain amount of fighting in the air took place but it was less Intense than on the previous days. Thirteen hostile airplanes were brought down and 10 were driven down out of control. Eight . of our machines aro missing." SUSTAIN TRADITIONS v.London, Mar. 26.-(Via Reut-er's Ottawa Agency).-Telegraphing from British headquarters in France this evening, Reuter's correspondent says: "Never has the traditional quality of British steadfastness been more wonderfully Illustrated than now. Time and again troops icont iT^uEif d nT'XcTb~e ig ut )- Much Opposition on Account of Farmers, But No Division is Taken Ottawa. March 27.-Sir George Foster's daylight savings bill received second reading in the commons last night, after a lively and protracted de-hate. A majority of the speakers heard during the afternoon and evening were opposed to the'bill'but when the discussion was closed, a division was not demanded. Sir Wilfrid Laurier did not express an opinion in the debate and apparently had no desire to .divide the house. As a matter of fact a great deal of support for the measure came from the Liberals sitting to the left of the speaker, more particularly from members representing Montreal. The chief opponents of the daylight saving proposal were Ontario representatives of rural constituencies, including Wm. Smith of South Ontario; George Boycc. Carleton; Frank GlaBS, Middlesex, and Dr. Edwards, Fron-tenac, all government supporters. Archie McCoig of Kent, who declared himself an Independent Liberal was also against the measure. The western objectors to the bill included Dr. Clark. Red Deer, and Thomas Hay. Selkirk, government supporters and Dr. Molloy of Provencher. Liberal, while Dr. Manion of Fort William. F. H. Keefer, of Port Arthur, W. D. Cowan of Regina, H. H. Stevens of Vancouver and others favored the plan to advance the clocks one houi*. The chief arguments advanced by opponents of the measure were that it would be a detriment rather than a help to production and that farmers generally were opposed to it. HE MEDDLERS BITTERLY Calgary, March 27.-"Those persons who are going around talking minimum wages and im-ited working hours on farms are only meddlers and should be turn-*ed out of the country," said Hon. Duncan Marshall, minister of agriculture for Alberta, in an address to the board of trade on "Greater Production" at the noon hour today. "There is no such thing as an eight hour day In the trenches," continued the minister, "and any one who stands in the way of further production in Canada this year should be put on the stone pile and made to break rock for the construction of better roads in the country." London, March 27.-There is a ^ strong movement in progress in the Caucasus for a declaration of war against Turkey, says an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Moscow late Saturday. Leading members of the Caucasus Diet are quoted as declaring the Nationalists will never agree to the parsing of Caucasian districts into the hands of 'the Turks. Mo.tcow, Mar. 27.- (By the Associated Press;.-The Bolshevik! organ Irvf.itia publishes an appeal signed by Leon Trotzky calling upon the people to co-operate in the organization ol an army to defend the revolution anil announcing the coming publication of a decree for universal obligatory military training. All former officers arc to be called to active service in the"capacity of instructors ufi-der control of the national commissioners. Recapture Odessa London, Mar. 27.-Odessa has been ecaptured by the Soviet and Ukrainian troops after a bloody battle, in which naval forces took part, according to a Moscow despatch-from this semi-official Russian News Agency. Odessa is the most important ..seaport of Southern Russia and' the fourth city of Russia in size. Its population is about 47)0,000. To Oppose Huns Moscow, Mar. 25.-The Bolaheviki Ukrainian Hada, which fled from Kiev to .Kharkov before the Germans, is now at Kkaterinoslav, where it has adopted resolutions refusing to endorse the peace treaty between Germany and Ukraine.' unless the Central Powers withdraw all troops from the armed forces, strikes and boycotts. Serious Dispute" London, Mar. 27;-A serious dispute has arisen between ,the Ukraine and Germany over Germany's demand that she � be given 85 per cent, of- the Ukraine wheat, according, to Reuter'# correspondent at Kiev. Germany.also demanded that she be given a large percentage of other foodstuffs not needed hy the population of the Ukraine. The telfegram adds that there are dissentions in the Ukrainian cabinet which is divided for and against the German demands. Take Korniloff London. Mar. 27.-The 'forces of General Korniloff have been surrounded by Bolshevik! troops, according to a Renter despatch from Petro-grad. Tartar Republic London. Mar. 27.-A Reuter despatch from Petrograd says that tho Soviet council at Moscow is reported to be planning a Tartar-Bashkir republic, including the southern Ural and Central Volga provinces. The Bashkirs are a tribe of mixed Finnish  and Tartar races inhabiting Orenburg Perm Samara, Usa and Vyatka in Russia. They are estimated to about 760,000 in number, according to the latest available statistics. . Compulsory Training London, Mar. 27.-A new law providing for general compulsory military instruction i will be published by the Bolsheviki government In ,a few days,' an Exchange Telagrapli despatch from Moscow says. The Instruction will bo given in the schools, factories and country districts. DEBT CERTIFICATES Washington, Mar. 2(>.-The ways and means committee today tentatively agreed on a bill to give Secretary of. the Treasury MoAdoo power to issue eight billion dollars in certificates of indebtedness, double the amount now authorized. STIFF TREATMENT Lima, Ohio, Mar. 26.-A mob at Del-phos, near here, is making a house to house canvas, dragging every suspected pro-German from his bed,- taking him down town and forcing him to salute the American flag under pala of being hanged to a tree. ? > : ? > : * : : : : * > * MCDONNELL RETIRES Edmonton, March 27-Lieut.-Col. Primrose, chairman of the provincial police commission was officially announced the resignation of superintendent A. E. McDonnell. He stated there was no immediate intention of appointing a successor. ? ' PRIMR03E DENIES IT ? ' Edmonton, Mar. 28.-Lieut. ? Col. P. C. H. Primrose, chalr- been made by the commission ? to Chief Constable Alfred Cud- ? dy of Calgary, to be superln- ? ??�>? * ? ? ? ? ? 7756 0979 8658?6 ;