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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta AL8ERTA, FRIDAY, MAY 7, IM9. BURDETT THE COMING TOWN FAIR WARNING You must act immediately to be certain of securing any of these lots at the present prices. In a very few days the price will advance. Call on HATCH COONS and WEBER REALTY CO., Agents for the Burdett Townsitc. Three thousand homesteads and .pre-emptions within 40 miles of Burdett Good hotel and livery accommodation and land locators at Burdett. Good opening for all kinds of business MINERS DEAL WITH STRIKE The housekeeper who wants to see her house bright and clean and spot- less will find that paints, varnishes and stains will aid her at cleaning time almost as much as soap and water and scrubbing. And in some cases paints and, varnishes will accomplish what scrubbing cannot. To get a special finish for every surface ask your dealer for firigMenUp Finishes Ucdt In Canada. Montreal Toronto MICHEL, B. C. CORRESPONDENT REFERS TO CONDITIONS THERE AND IN AND ANSWER TO BACKHAND GOVERNMENT WILL ACT London. May public meet- A NEW SQUADRON Victoria, B. C., May there ings voicing widespread protests in is extremc likelihood o'f a British the matter of the government's ap-i South' American squadron composed athy in the field of aeronautics have j of four first class -cruisers being sta- had the' effect and Premier Asquith itioned in the Souther Pacific with base at Falkland Islands, is the news brought by H.M.S. Algeric, arriving this evening. announced that the authorities were providing adequate funds to employ the highest scientific talent with the object of devising 'and building dir- igible balloons and aeroplanes and to j carry oil a continuous series of ex- j MR. KING'S VIEW In an interview at Calgary Mac- periments and investigations. The kenzie King "said he was very much work has been divided between the! interested in the coal trouble., and re- navy and the army and a special com j gretted exceedingly that the men had mittee under Lord Ealeigh, chancellor I not seen fit to observe the Leimeux of Cambridge University has been ap- j Act, believing that they stand- pointed act as general advisor oh-j ing jn their own light in not doing the scientific problem, involved. so. i Michel, B. C.. May 5, '09. Editor JLethbridge Herald. Dear Sir read consider- able of the explanations given for the suspension of work by the miners of Alberta, and knowing from exper- ience that the conditions under which tne miners in the pass end worked to be at least 25 per cent, better than j the conditions accepted by the miners of Michel. I feel compelled to register a kick, when the person who caused the trouble attempts to use the fheckofl clause for the purpose of de- ducting money from the half paid miners of Michel, to support men miner should be able to make a dc- cent living, and if the property is un- able to puy under such conditions, close it down. If a canvass of the contract mincrs of Michel was taken for the months of March and April it would un- doubtedly be found that there were more miners fell below the three- dollar mark than went above S4-.00. Am- person acquainted with the dan- gerous and disagreeable work of coal mines, who would dare say that the miners of Alberta should be called on j strike Backhand makes reference to Virginia, and compares Lille and Baukhead and some other camps to some he has seen in Virginia. Why does Backhand stay in Lille or any I other camp in District 18 if he is not satisfied Tiiere are few mining regions blessed with the conditions mining will certainly admit that they are entitled to at least per day when working contract. The miners of Alberta under which miners labor in 36 and Alberta. Here we have eijrht hours, bank to bank, and compensation laws which are not equalled by any country in the world, and the con- tract rates, we are told toy F. H. Sherman, are the highest in the land. The eight hour -bank to bank law increases the pay of hundreds of the mine laborers and others at the rate of GO to 70 cents per shift, over the conditions in vogue in these mines last year. The Compensation Act means a great cost in the pro- duction of coaJ to the operator and are out a blessing to the miner and his dependents. Yet in face of these con-; that refuse to work under better con-1 "against their which if true ditions than they themselves accept-1 little fdr tbeir intelligence j ditions one man takes it upon him- ed. miners of Michel get the i and' when they condone Lhe action of j self to throw us into confusion and the district board in levying an as- i perchance lay us liable to reductions conditions are such sessment on miners working under A referendum vote was-taken as to conditions which they themselves whether or not the Macleod agree- sarne price per ton as the Alberta miners but the that they are unable to make wages. The district officers told them that they couldn't ge.t any more, for, as the operators are all competing in The 3 Button Sack No matter what other styles may come and go, many men cling to this one 3 Button Sack. Elegant Woritedi 120 to would certainly not accept, they show j mcnt .should be and the vote a very poor spirit. I, myself, think carried in favor of signing. The re- that the miners that should be on j ferenduru vote is considered in some the same markets they must all strikc for better conditions are work- countries as very advanced lejnsla- have the same show. They are evi-1 and the miners that are on dently studying tne operators more .n the men who pay them It strike just cause for strik- The timber clause alone in the matters not whether a company pays schedule would be a big -25c or per ton. the miners in 'the different mines.' should have the same i mincrs but when put into force in Dis- trict IS it serves its purpose satis- factorily and certain things are car- ried by this-- vpte. One man reduction for some of the Alberta i must be' a Czar declares the voice of viz.: Props 10 feet or under People who elected him as their niiue can opportunity to make a fair vage. If a miner in one make per day on 55c per ton. the miners in the other mines should ave the same 'chance to make egardless of the price per ton. It hould not be a consideration. The over 10 feet servant to be of no force. day's 'put up for 33 1-3 cents each. A slight differ- effect. Then Backhand, as one 4 4 M M M 4 Stocktaking -f -f ence from being paid 5c per foot. The checkoff system here is simply a checkoff from union men. Non- union men are not obliged to sign it. Signing the agreement is not j signing the checkoff. But when the checkoff is once signed the miner is certainly under the control of Mr. Sherman. His whole pay is at bis use or of those whose vote was cast, declares j that sucii jjruceiyuiiij; was correct. j thereby showing that he did not j understand the object of what he j voted for and did not. care sufficient to look into the question. It is to he regretted that we are thrown into j this position, and now we must make j the best of it, and any miner who The Fit-Reform models for spring show how much style can be put into Sack Suits. I7 McKELVIE McGUIRE Sole Agents for I disposal if required. Mr. Sherman! h-ad more reasons to call out the is at Present tainly does not understand the situa- 3 LIFE STORY LIKE A GREEK TRAGEDY Family of James Johnson to be Com mitted to Asylum; Gives Evi dence Against Wife and Children Orangeville, April James Johnston of the township o Mulmur, an ex-school teacher and prosperous farmer whose" wife, daugh I j miners of Michel than he had to caJl ter and three sons are at present con fined iri the. jail here on the charge of lunacy appeared before Police Ma Sale The 31st-May is our Stocktaking. We wish to clear out as many lines as possible by that date, and have a Special Sale on Men's Suits out any set of miners in this dis- trict. It is utterly impossible for a i miner in an average place to make enough money to live decently. What many of the miners appear to think -would be sufficient reason for-Sir. Sherman, to keep them work- ing while the better paid miners are idle. is. that when over 60 per cent. of the miners are on strike the dis- trict officers shall get no salary, i While the Crow's -Nest miners are kept working Mr. Sherman's salary is assured and he still derives 'con- jout that no Thiel detectives are re- for our condition today, it is reported that they are -holding parts of District Socialist party should eject such' worthy man from their ranks. But the Socialist party will tferive I ?istrate pattullo for thfi g Q gardless cf Backhand or his allies: givin, lhe histo of the miiortull That worthy sheet, the District Ledg- j ate family er. is on the street this Ml, Johuston, who abtmt sixty. ie miners to beware of the i sLx, married his wife, Mary Jane and accuses Miner of not Johnston, at Elm Grove, county of name to correspondence. Simcoej fqrty yearg ago ghe first so he might be expelled began to ghow sjgns of insaaitv about union or some other evil Uventy-seven years ago, when witness was teaching school at Columhus, In conclusion, permit me to point! county'of Ontario, shortly prior to the K he did from the befall him. sidcrable cheap notoriety. seems to be his chief object and am- Ia bition. ORIGINAL SALE It is time the miners of District IS woke up and took a hand in the handling of their own affairs. The first thing they should do is call up- on Mr. Sherman and his whole staff to resign and then elect proper peo- ple to take charge of their affairs. IS at. present. MDTER. SHERMAN AND THE SOCIALISTS May 5, 1909. Editor Lethbridge Herald. Sir is a letter in 'The Her- birth of their daughter Ada, and at that time threatened to poison him. On one occasion, when on his- farm, a cattle buyer had a gun, which Mrs. Johnston secured and threatened to shoot him. She was disarmed" with difficuty. She also attempted to-burn down the buildings of the witness. She is not an epileptic, but incur- ably insane, Evidence was also given in detail _jto show that James, aged 36; Albert, (The best man thcj- ever had on the I aid this morning, and I, as a mem j district board was refused his posi-'ber of. the' Socialist party, take ex- i aSed 33' David, aged 26, and Ada j tion by Sherman and 'his gang after i ception to the of the letter in being" elected by a majority of the j reference to Sherman, who was ex- miners. Today he. is looked upon as j pelled from our party. A writer Single Breasted- Blue Serge D.B. Tweed SI Worsted, Green Shades SO 17.50 19JH 15 17 Jane, aged 29, are quite irrespons- ible. The Johnstons have been exam- ined by Dr. Carson and Dr. E. N. that Ada at one time shockingly mu- tilated herself. The magistrate will report to the inspector of prisons forthwith, together with the evidence and the usual order in such cases will be made'in due course. The Span- house tragedy is responsible for the arrest of this extremely dangerous number of lunatics. The girl is a wild-eyed person of the lowest order of intelligence. the most suitable person for the po- under the guise of Backhand states KFles> is reported by them mer. REINDEER WILL CARRY THE MAIL Washington, May. mail routes will soon be the regular means of carrying the mails over the Arctic regions, if the Bureau of Education develops its present plans. The bur- eau is a sort of "universal legatee" for all things pertaining to Alaska, and the reindeer industry iias grown, to such proportions that it will sooa. e a commercial factor-there. Reindeer already carry the mails from Point Barrow to Inland Rivei; a distance of several hundred milea, everys winter. The reindeer mail .is ,he only way the people of the nor- hern to communicate with, the outside world when: the sea is blocked with ice. It has proved-very successful because the- reindeer cani ravel a long way, and then be herd- ed out in the ice fields to forage, without any shelter. The, animal's coat protects it worat Arctic blizzards and its sharp hopfil nable it to get moss and grasses from Beneath the snow. Several 'more outes will, be established this sunir 17.H 15 See our window for further prices. Remember we do not cut prices in two, as we don't make profits like this, but we are giving substantial reductions Hudson's Bay Co. sition of district president. The best j that he thinks we acted hastilv. If way out of the difficulty would be.'jwe acted hastily we also acted wise- cut out Sherman and elect .Tohn A. Whenever any member of our McDonald district president. Mr. j party violates his obligations we McDonald is? a. man who 'has proven do not hesitate to throw him out. himself to be a clean, upright and Backhand may be in the same posi- competent person, suitable for such a position of trust. He is a man who, no doubt, would rather see ths min- ers and operators work more in har- mony with each other. He would study a little before he would call men from their work, as in this in- stance, with hunger and defeat star- ing them in the face. On the other hand Mr. Sherman apparently is im- mune to every influence save personal profit. Of course he censures the manner of life and questions the mo- tives of those who claim the right to judge for themselves, posing as a pro- phet, but all the while an ass in everything save oars. Eis little bluff although doing a lot of harrc, will, no doubt, rid tho district of a very undesirable person. Yours respectfully. tion himself, and therefore wishes to sympathise with those who do wrong. The class struggle is a clear cut is- sue and we don't stand for the pro- motion of capitalists, such as was tried by Sherman in the provincial election. SOCIALIST. H. Iv. Caskey has accepted the ap- pointment of general secretary of the Laymen's Missionary Movement in Canada. The Temiskaming and Northern Railway has given a contract for ooo rails to the Algoma Steel Com- pany of the Soo. T. E. PATTERSON, Office, Oliver Phone 387. ANSWER TO BACK HAND Coleman. Alta., May 5, '09. Editor Lethbridge Herald, Dear Sir trust you will not weary of the correspondence of Min- crs and Backhands and that you will give this letter space in your paper. The letter signed Backhand reads as if it wns written by a Back- hand, and Backhand, by the way, is an, inferior or third class miner, and from the opinions expressed by the writer of the letter signed Backhand, he is certainly in that class, as far as the present situation is concerned. Backhand makes a futile effort to ishow that there is nothing wrong I with the people who are guilty of the 'present conditions in this district, but with the facts published abroad of thn conditions in the C.N.P.Co.'s market.. Prompt ORDER YOUR Coal from Phone 287. Best and cleanest on the delivery at your home, and weight guaranteed. .Patented Sectional Hoist Manufactured in Vancouver, B.C., of the very best Kiln- dried Lumber, in latest de- signs. Prospective budldeiB would do well to write me before deciding on a bouse A A. Spencer AGENT ml BUILDER, NACtEO DELAY FN BUYING CITY PEO- perty moans higher prices tomorrow. Buy today. Any locality on easy terms. FARM LANDS. WILL SELL ON crop payment plan or spread over a term of years at 6 per cent. DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES OF being buried out. Now is the time to insure yaur house anri furniture. Lowest board rates. YOU WANT A HEINTZMAN PIANO. The best is none too good for you. Buy a Heintzman and you will be satisfied. Easy terms or discount for cash. Orders correspondence so- The Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company Is now offering for sale the CHEAPEST LOTS ON THH MARKET lots North of the Railroad and West of Westminster N. FROM 1 EACH "PAQV One-third cash, one-third 6 months, balance 12 months. Interest 6 per cent, per annum Uferti liHviy irrtgitin Ci, UfftMtji, Mi, ;