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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta TEe Lethbridge Daily Herald VOL. II. LETHBRIDQE, AUBBRTA, FRIDAY, MAY 14, II NO. IM. CANADIAN CLUB COMES TO LIFE ONCE MORE Reorganization Effected At Dinner, At St. Augustin's By R. B. Chadwick Cowley Not To Be Moved The one cause for regret at the a month to keep him. Sometimes to Canadian Club dinner last evening'.afford temporary relief in a home the 114. j-childrea are sent to an institution. was that it was not. more largely at- _, The danger of the new law lies m tended. It is true that many of our the tendency to break up the home. men folk are sweet creatures. The Great discretion must be used. If words of the valentine might apply j the home is forced inty conditions to them, "Sugar is sweet and so are j whereby the parents will be good ci- you." No doubt several others izens and provide a suitable home might be included among the salt of it is better than breaking up the. home the earth. But unfortunately rain by taking the children away. Chadwick read .from, the Act melts both sugar and salt. So the rain last evening kept away a num- ber who would have sweetened and seasoned the gathering had they been present. Mr. Chadwick read .from, the description of a delinquent child and said that it was rather broader than the Ontario Act because of the immigrants coming in, especially Yet the twenty-seven men who did rtrpm Southern Europe, and the large attend got along very well. The dinner, served by the ladies of St. Monica's Guild, in St. Augustin's Parish Hall, was tempting, tooth- some and tasty. The address given by Mr. Chadwick, superintendent of neglected children for the Province of Alberta, was constructed on the principle of Sam Weller's famous let- ter. We all "wished there was more of .it." It was clear to all who heard him that Mr. Chadwick is the man for his work. He is tender- hearted and hard-headed, and under- stands "young- barbarians" thor- oughly. He spoke of the need of get- ting, hold of troublesome boys and girls before they''become criminals, of the excellent results of the probation system when properly carried out, and of the usefulness of a "Chil- dren's Aid Society." He answered the numerous questions to him, American cities. Speaking of the liability of adults for contributing to a child's delin- quency, he said that a stiff fine has a wonderful effect on parents who refuse to look after their children. The Childrens Aid Society was then explained and the probation system discussed. The latter system was a great sucess with first offenders, nine- ty per cent, of such cases being suc- cessful. After the first offence it is useless and if forced is worse than useless.. People taking children on probation must agree to give them proper treat- ment, care, education, and home training and the government takes special care to see that and that the boys do not take the places 'of the hired men. Provision is made j for wages deposited with the govern- ment that when the probation period and at last he was induced to give a j. 1 .j over ..the bov haa funds with which too in which' _ make a start in me. he had taken part. The re-organized Canadian Club was fortunate in sej curing him as their first speaker for At the conclusion of Mr. Chad wick's most., interesting, address several ques- course the year. They do not intend that tions were asked and in the he shall be the last. It is hoped i of. the replies Mr. Chadwick mention- that when Professor Robertson comes i fact that during the past year this way he may be persuaded1 to! hundred and-fifty children had speak on agriculture. Later on we' been adopted in Alberta from ..On- hope to have old-time reminiscences and: New York state. People f-om Mr C M-P- Mr.: wanted -them for companionship. He Chas. Mair and Sheriff .Young. a compliment to the Mount- .this list of expected speakers and! ed Police officers .for their from the list of members and office-i of-the delinquent children. Then at bearers; it will be -seen that the the request -of the chairman he re- club, like similar clubs, elsewhere, 'lated a'few incidents that had occurr- aims at being in every, way repre- ed work and clQsed by sentative, and is tied to neither po-Dressing: the hope that the public htical party. It does not meet to square which was such a good.; thing t i j___j. "L. x 4 rt n e" nT.Tnn 1 listen to jingoistic Addresses about the "glories of Canada." It seeks to secure, as speakers leading men, not be made-into a- -beautiful hut kept as a playground, said he, "it is better to-pay who know what they'are or a year for grass seed than about, and >re able to create or a year create or a v est in all that makes for the true J policeman keep the boys off the welfare of Canada and the .Empire, jgrass." .-_ It is hoped that soon all the busi-" The meeting ness and professional men in Leth- then resolved itself into a business meeting and. elected will joiu the club and attend the following officers: President, W. its meetings. By doing; so they can A; Buchanan, M.L.A-, First Vice Pre- hardly avoid receiving and doing sident, Rev. Chivers Second good. JVice President, Sheriff Young; Scc- retary, -J.L.Manwaring; Treas., G.H. The Canadian Club had a glorious Johnson; Literary" Correspondent, resurrection last evening at the meet- j jjev A. M. Gordon; Executive Com- ing held in St. Augustin's hall, at- mittee, S. J. Tilley, E. tended, by about thirty citizens. many Cunningham, B. F. D. others probably being kept away by the inclenient weather. After the par- ty had partaken., of the excellent din- ner provided by the ladies of St. Mon ica's Guild, the chairman, 'Rev. J: S. Chivers, briefly announced the speaker of the. evening, Mr. R. B. Chadwick, Superintendent of Depend erit and Neglected Children in Alberta, who spoke 'along .the lines of his Mr. ".Chadwick first gave a brief his- tory of the events leading .to the passing of the Delinquent Children's Shaw, H. J. Goode, and E. 5T. Hig- mbotham; Chaplain, .Rev. Father Vaa Tighem; Auditors, MR.. V. Gib- bons, E. W. McMullen. It is proposed to hold meetings at least monthly except in the middle of the summer. The president sug gested having some local men-such as Ci A. Magrath, Chas. Mair or Sher -iff .Young give addresses on matters dealing with the early history of this Western country. Such an address -will probably be given at a meeting Act of Alberta. In J. .Kelso i a Globe reporter in Toronto saw that i the.children of that .city, were, not' getting a square deal "and :gc t the: Fresh Air Fund going. His interest t then extended to delinquent children t who were fast being made into cri- minals in the jails. His newspaper articles became almost famous and finally he was V asked. to formulate some laws governing the matter and was appointed a-government official The law was frequently improved by amendment .untiT it was pronounced the best ;to be held in the near future. Evangelist Talks On the Atonement Evangelist Gale's popularity, is in- creasing with every meeting. His series of .sermons are convincing. When his audiences dismiss it is with a feeling that no loop hole can he in his line of thought. The America. act and the Dominion 3trong personality and calm reason- Act nave been taken by the Alberta lend weight to 'his arguments. If Government in toto with amendments 'one