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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGR DAItT HERALD TUESDAY, MAY li, {gjj THE LETKBRIDGE DAILY ftEEALD tSTABLSSHto'oECtMiER 1MT PuUiilMd by tht Uthbrldft Htrild Prlntint Ltd., y liwful tvtnlng it lit LethbridSt, Alberta. Cinidi. W. Dincfcr JOHh PHONt: Circulation Depirtmtntl PHONI: Editorial, Reportorial and NIWI Department 1224 1252 DAi'W SUBSCRIPTION RATES 1 year, delivered.................... 1 year, bj mall f months, delivered................., S months, by matt S months, delivered.................. I'-O" I nontm. by t montli; .55 I Addresses changed as often as desired, but IioUx new and eld- g 19.00 J1.50 ..71 HERALD FOR R9fl 'Cross Drug Book Store; J. G. Beattta Mnr-phy Co.; Craabrook take Hotel ertson 'Co.; 'Jackson Kemp 4 Cobea Co.; Aiesandra-Hutol; Provincial Ajency. pie's Drag Store; Kenny Leading Bonk- and Allln; Hott Dr. Store. 109 A.! Ik Cigar World Neits Co. WeiiUakt Station Edward Oltmund Dr. Wide Medicine Hit Co.; Neva SBDO, Graawell World News Co. Carotangiw-ClanEce Knot Jkmletoa Neva A. D. Blrer News THE WEEKLY HERALD p-blished every Wednesday la elgnt or inore pages, and contains a summary of tUe new! of the week, local and district L year in advance "M months In advance................... toe AS OTHERS SEE IT. the. truth of the saying that outsiders often v see more of the'game, the remains passed by the Cdlgary :HeraW.. on this dty's cofflniissiim form of government are'not without "value. Referring to the meetings which have been .1, in which the commissioners discussed their policies with the the Calgary paper observes that setting the pace for cities in the matter of community inter- est. "As a result of this sort'of thing tllreejjlebis- cite votes were taken the other day, the one in the result was most important for illus- tration purposes being the question of cutting the street railway force in half and operating the street cars on the one-man system. .The proposal was an economy measure, made by the commis- sioners, and the citizens endorsed it. So soon as changes can be made in car construction Leth- bridge will work.on the one-man car plan and will most likely get as good service as before at much less expense." While not considering it an easy matter in a city as large as Calgary to get to the people via the public meeting; tlie Herald suggests 'that through thc-press the be effected. If it resulted in favorable decisions in the ease of really necessary money bylaws, it would he time sind money well spent. WASTING THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. IN its relation to the public money a govern- ment stands as a trustee. The same solicitude is expected from it by the public as that by a testator-from an executor, in a private ad- ministering an estate. Governments cannot es- timate their responsibilities too liighly, and the people cannot expect too much. That is in stable governments of the present day. In view of the power placed in its hand a gov- ernment cannot be too punctilious in the dis- charge of its responsibility. There should be no cases where its particular action should be open to question. Confidence should be established between the people and the government, for the well-being of the commonwealth, that in the dis- pensing cf public moneys tlie people's interest should be regarded as paramount But the deal we are about to, refer to would make it apparent that the Borden government has not that rightful regard for tlie public purse wliich the public expects from an elected govern- ment. The particular transaction is vviln refer- ence to a payment of by the government to the Pacific Construction Company. In doing this the government went over the heads of de- partmental officials who had refused to recom- mend the payment, and at the same time it was not passed by the Auditor-General. The facts were brought out the Public Accounts Committee a few days ago. The sworn evidence which was taken showed that in 1911 the Pacific Construction Company, had been awarded the contract for building a buoy station ut Prince Rupert, B. C. After a time some changes were made in the specifications at tliel 1 company's request but the chief engineer gf the Marine Department stipulated that the change's were to involve the government in no extra ex- pdnse. Later on the company wrote Hon. ,T. D. Hazen that it was losing money and asked for relief. Letters, were written to the Victoria agency of the Marine Department from Ottawa regarding the matter and, following She policy which it was testified had been laid down by Mr. Hazen. the agency was advised that "it is the policy of the government to protect contractors from loss in the performance of their work." Victoria agency, after an examination of the work, reported to Ottawa that all the "extras" which should be allowed amounted to only ?500. JThcn the company made another nioye an.d pro.- posed that instead of being paid the contract fig- ure it should receive what it had expended on the job plus ten per cent. The Deputy Minister of Marine declined to depart from the contract ar- rangement. Then the Conservative politicians got (q'-work. Colonel Hughes, Minister of Militia, took a hand on behalf of the company. So did Messrs. G. H. Barnard and H. S. Clements, two British Colum- bia Conservatives who sit in the Commons. Re- sults were not long in coming after that. A sec- ond examination by the Victoria agency was ordered and thci; ar. crder-in-council was passed by tlie government directing tlie payment of 000 to the company for "extras" though the chief engineer of the department testified before the committee that there was no justification for the payment of more than, possibly, A little later without consulting the purchas- ing agent of the Marine Department, and in spite of his protest that it was not needed when he Sieard of the proposed deal, the government took jy purchase a portion of the company's plant. That the deal was; not satisfactory is proven by the fact that the Auditor-General refused to ap- prove of the outlay after receiving the govern- ment's explanation demanded by'him. It is not often that the people become ac- quainted with deals of the above description. But the 'facts are illuminating as showing the extent to which a government may play fast and loose with the pubh'c money. In municipal government a deal, such as described, would create a scandal. Careless extravagance on the part of a govern- ment should call for equal censure, for there also if is the people's money wliich is concerned. Though it is the public money in general, and not in particular, the like principle should apply. OUR POINT OF VIEW Harry Thaw put Coaticook, Que., on the niap, and now Niagara Falls, put., will have something to thank Huerla for. Harry and Victoriana cause quite a stir when they go out on the warpath. Another carload of hogs weni from Leth- bridge to the Toronto market last week. "We are beginning to make a noise in the livestock world. This is one'time we can squeal without being called a knocker.. Weed Inspector King has just issued his ulti- matum for 1914. The farmers will do well to obey. Indeed it should require no warning from the weed inspector-to induce them to cut the weeds. The pests themselves should be warning enough for any man. The city will grow a plot of sugar beets this year. The provincial jail farm will have 25 acres. AVe hope this is just a start, and that every farmer who can will do likewise. The cry in this section of Alberta should not be for more beets for our big factory, but for more factories for our sugar beets. The Board of Trade would do well to push their propaganda in tliis direction. OTHER VIEWPOINTS The city of Lethbridge has decided to instal one man cars in order to keep down the expendi- ture and if possible to make the system pay. It might be wise for the city to instal that sort of system on the stub lines which do not pay in Cal- Albertan. The citizens of Lclhbridgc by a very large ma- jority decided on Thursday to establish a produce market, which is very good. The more markets the better. That will encourage the market gar- dener, who is not very numerous in this country. Alberlun, rrv GET IT IN LETHBRIDGE Business Houses Can Buy W Anything That Can Be Pro- duced on Paper in This City Yon Can Procure- EMBOSSED WORK LITHOGRAPHING LOOSE LEAF GOODS COUNTER CHECK BOOKS GENERAL BOOK AND JOB PRINTING, CUTS, etc. IN LETHBRIDGE We Are Agents for one of the Largest Printing Houses in the East, and send them any work that cannot be pro- duced in this city We simply want to "sliow you." May we quote on your business system and general stationery We can guaran- tee as efficient service and as good work as can be produced in Canada. The Lethbridge Herald Job Department Phone 1252 And Our Representative Will Call ;