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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, MAY THK LETHRRIDTiE DAILY HERALD Wise Statesmanship on Part of Government Needed in South Alberta Irrigation Development Toronto Globe Staff Correspond- barrasBing predicament, eitremely my desire to appear to champion dependent aa they are upon'tbo ear- ihe cause of' either party to a pro- enl Gives East Some Sane Ideas About Question of Vital Importance to This Province of Big Problems in De- velopment sources. of Natural He- Hocently H. B. 'JIcKfnnou, special staff writer of the Toronto (ilobe iu Western Canada paid 'Lethbridge a visit, and while here- Uo went very fully Into the Irrigation development proposals, particularly the Lethbridgc Northern project. His dispatch to that follows LBTHBRlbGE, Alia.. Ayril allowed too ownership and denied the control 6t their own natural re- sources by the Dominiou 'Govern- ment the Provinces of western Can- ada find themselves In -an eni- ly and most complete development of those resources. To an un- usual degree is this the case in the Province ol where tho ob- stacles encountered in the in- auguration of such -vital projects as well-considered and bighly-desiruule irrigation schemes would at 'times j prove sufficient to thwart every at- tempt to better thoir ou the part of 'people wlio have- learned through sore experience the nature of their requirements. Hero in this Province, aro. certain, great areas that depend for their future entirely and absolutely bpon Granted that utility, :they are trans- formed- Into' veritable gardens; de- nied It, because of any reasons what- soever, they must remain as, they are at the moment, mere mocking pro- mises ot the fullness tkey might at- tain under broad statesmanship. 1 In writing thus, It' IB far .from andthisisuiegreate surface saver ofthorn all nut IF would avoid constant repajntinjjffif you would the paint (hat has maximum covering-capacity, investigate tii> cause of the high reputation attained.by B-H. You'll find that the favor in which it is held by so many experienced painters is due to a truly remarkable degree of purity attained by using such ingredients as the famous Brand ram's Genuine B.B. -with pure zinc and the purest linseed we know how to. m ake in our own spJcndldly- cquipped mills. Your investigation will result in a trial of this and that trial will make you a confirmed adherent of this paint that goes so far and that lasts so long. Its fine, smooth surface never cracks or peels-rtne tough, air-tight coat it gives affords the surest kind of surface-protection against time and weather. WELLINGTON BROS. LETTHimiDGH Summer Nature's greatest pictures spread -for twenty-four hours of Alpmo Fairyland nlong the trail of the Canadian Pacific Railway You, go orf "crack" trains whose oil burning loco-. motives leavo tho obser- vnlion cnra us clcau ,33 your own whose diners and sleepers mean splendid comfort and service. You follow one waterway after another from Calgary in tho hills of (he Rockies to on the Coast through "Fifty Switzerland In One" At Vancouver-direct connections with nil points on the Pacific slope-steamers (c Alaska and the Orient, or to Viotom and Seattle down Puget Sound. A wonderful way to go wesf For reservations telephone, write, or call at the office of J. GORDON, TICKET AGENT I'ltONW 612 i Soe tho CANADIAN PACIFIC ROCKIES on this trip traded argument the Dominion Government and tho Provincial Governments ol Western panada. It U enough (or a disinterested ob- server to tee In the press Hem Item relating to Die natural re- sources of western Canada; to read there each frcsli indication ot. min- isterial Incapacils-, of political shuttle-cocking that (or tlnio and with a ulaj-s merely flue disregard Ot the vital Issues involved. To the outsider these things stand out- thai here is land that must havo water: that there, near at hand, water going to waste; that near both aro thousands whose future rests upon the co-mingling of water and pioneers with a ''big Canada, willing to pay a high price for tho improvement o! their broad possessions. Meantime, Coveruments bicker, pro and con. and tha water runs on down the hill. Success Demonstration 'A case In point, and it shall he hut lightly touched upon in this letter, is lhat of of the uewest Alberta projects, the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District scheme. Tho work of tho Canadian Pacific Hallway's Natural Resources Branch iu the neighborhood of Lethhridge lias shown the results to he obtained through Irrigation, and the uisgn! flcent practical demonstration i of such areas as that ot Coaldale, on the "southern block" of the' C.P.K schemes, has had the effect of stimu- lating desiro on the part of farm- owners whose lauds are irrigable, hut not now "under water." A nat- ural and wholly logical result ot the work on the Dominion Experi- mental Farm at Coaldale, ani! at Magraih and irrigat ed the formation In. Sep tomber last of tho new district, the Lethbrldgo Northern, under the pro- visions of the Irrigation Districts Act of Alberts, when a Trustee Boarc of threo members was elected anc plans were made to proceed with construction. It .should be stated thai this project embraces ao. area of roughly, acres, all in the TiclB I ity of Lothbrldge, and that the supply of water essential to its success is assured, the source helng the Old JUi Hiver. Since the project took definik. fact, within the past fort plans have hecn altered to permit the inclusion of tiie Barons Carmaiigay and .the Lllaclcod districts with the result that the irrigable area of the "Northern" tvilt be increased to acres, and the total to bi covered by notation ot bonds 'wll rise from to is generally conceded that the' inclu sion 01' tlierc ?rtra. only decrease tho per-a'cre cos't of The project, hut will enhance the value of the bonds'ln of investors and result, almost undoubtedly in their sale at a higher figure than form- erly seemed probable. Difficult to Sell Bonds Under the act, an Irrigation Dis1-1 trict Is comparable with a municipal.: certain stated powws vesV ed of Trustees. Natural- ly, an Irrigation district Is almost en-, tirely-rural in its make-up, and the personnel upon which it-must draw for its officers.is apt to >be unaccus- loraed to tho-conduct, of "big busi- particularly as regards mat-1 tors of finance. It il not unlikely then, lhat any one its project over so admirable; its sources.over so great and its trustee's BBIIF'SOlll- WAS AFRAID -FRUtT-A-TlVES" Her Well, Stroof Vigorout PAGE'MNJS: MADAME ARTHUR BEMJCHtn 805 Carller St., Montreal. "I coffered terribly from Cora- tip'ation and Dyspepsia for magy years. I felt pains alter eating and had gas, constant headache, and was unabta to sleep at night. I was getting so thin that I was frightened and saw several physicians who, however, did not seem able to help me. At last a friend advised me to take I .did so and soon I felt some relief, I continued with 'Fruit-a-tires' and in a short lime, the Constipation was Vanished, I felt no more palos or headache or tha disagreeable' sensations that follow dyspepsia. Wan I am xttl, arcng and vigorous." Madame AKTHUR BEACCHEn, COc.sbor, G for {2.50, trial sizeSSc. At all dealers or from Fruit-a-tivej limited, Ottawa. Out. approval of tiie Provincial Treasur or." If that "approval" has been given, how can it be reconciled with a Cabinet decision against the guaran over so honorable-wili meet some difficulty in the flotation of "irriga1 tiou wiiich, because of Die history of irrigation "boom raantpula' lions" in the United Sl.ilts, are at any rather difficult of negotiation time The Lcthbridgo Northern hangs upon the successful bonds aggregating six and scheme sale of one-halt million stupendous under- taking for n single rural district, espe- cially in view of tho undoubted at- titude of the financial world at this stand the Governments, time. Where whose people are behind this and similar projects, and whose members represent those The Do- minion Government flatly states that it will not accept the bonds at par but will take Alberta Government bonds to an equal amount provided tho Provincial Government guaran- tee direct the Irrigation bonds. On Its part, the local boify refuses (6 guarantee the bonds directly 'arid fully contenting Itself with the passing Of a bill in tho concluding days of last session whereby an amount equal to two years' interest on the bonds may bo advanced fit any time that interes't on tho debentures is in 'arrears'.' Thorough Investigation The eM.tre scheme arose from a favorable report by the Dominion Government's engineers, v.-ho spent years in surveying, mapping and gathering data. To assure itself, the Provincial Government hired the ser- vices of one or the most famous en- gineers on tho continent, had this expert "chock up" ihc Ddiiiiiiion sur- vey to the last'dctair, ami received from him a most complete and ex- haustive report, entirely favorable regards the engineering aspects of Ihfl case. In full expectation of wholo-hcnrtcrl support, Ihe trustees of Hie district went on with their plans, made arrangements for elec- tions. and even gave to cotfnin in- terests an option on the "bonds." There is the point: tlic-so "bonds" do not exist as yot. An' ailvfrso vole nt Ihc ilislrir-l only n lirohlnnijiUciil would mi-nn dial wliolo schcmn must lie iiliandonrtj. -flu. net I MO, now tint expressly sllinilaloa thai of ihc dcbi'Miures unil the of Interest, payable Ihcrcor. sliall bo provided liy (Uo boanl. siilijtct to project tho "form teeing ot the very bonds in ques- tion? Should Be Protected The whole situation, sound as It I at heart, has a bad surface appear ance. A aoout to ven lure on n huge expenditure, with over sis million dollars' worth o non-guaranteed bonds to set! and ir urgent. need of ready funds, mlgh' bo "good plucking" for conceniL whose real aim would be not the de- velopment of a great Irrigation block- but the possession ot a strangle-holc upon a rich territory. Such a dis a scheme declared by en glneers of contltfenla! repute to be an "Al" risk, Vpd with ratepayer, anxious to imprm'e their lot and add to the a 5ho he .one of whose dufjl..------------, fully to guarantee, its.i bonded in debtedness, at'fvjeast tb prevent I from o from taking 'now- -suctfrlnnucentl) irregular steps as may hopelessly en tangle it in the'future.' -Meantime, It might be well for Ihi district Itself 'cautiously. Can ada :cannot affofl present any petition ot the? "Irrigation booms that for a into: disn pule in the United great an_ an essential system of agriculture If governments aro. to encournge u to a point, was their hands of all'further respons ihlllty, let the mak haste slowly. Bettor a good liargal six months hence, thaii a hasty ar rnngement of the moment that can not later he amended., Exrierienc generally has shown the wisdom fullest investigation and of cautlou procedure; that same experience, i moat cayes, has pointed to the wis (loin of an utter divorcing of "eng netting and construction" froi; In great schemes of thi nature. Common-sense would seen to demand that In such a project a the. LethbriSgc Northern the "fin auclal arrangements" he under th constant and direct advice, If not ac tuat supervision, of a department o government. H. B. McKlNNON'. Calgary Police Allege Malcolm Davis Stole S From Funds. CALGARY, May Malcolm Davis mce secretary of tbe patriotic fund n. Calgary, wUl face 11 charges of orgery and false pretenses In tho ocal police court, Davis was brought in by Detective Yaugh of tbo mounted police yester- day morning from Toronto, whero no was arrested. According to the po- ice, he has confessed to taking i ot the fund's money, it is stated be returned to the treasury sums he had previously taken. Involved in the charges with Mr. Davis is Mrs. Melville, who was a vol- inteer inyosUgalqr [or the patriotic !und. Mr. Davis declares, according o the police, that Mrs. 'Melville Is en- ilrcly innocent in tho matter, but sao s being charged with being an acces- sory to the crime, and is now on bail. .sufficient information -regarding the project to discuss it intelligently at this lime. He stated that ho did not think this was the right time for such an enormous expenditure. W. A. Milner, secretary of the board of trade, stated that' the board ot trade thought tbo time was not oppor- tune to ask the Dominion government to spend so ereit a sum ot money. Ho deprecated the lack of Information re- garding Ihe proposal and stated that, In the opinion ot tbe board of trade, the return from the deep waterways would not be commensurate wilh the i'orks, N. D., nest. coat. Regarding tenefits that would accrue to Canada, he did not bo-. Mere they would Justify anything such an expenditure at the He did not think there would bs any benefit to Incoming freight.1 lit pointed out that 93 per cent of ports to the United States went bj rail. The commission concluded Us ses- sions at ot obtainable information de- cided-to make the sudden decision. The commission will sit id Grind it V (Continued from Front I'age) an expenditure of a vast amount of money, estimated at between oaa hun- dred and three hundred million dol- lars. No real estimate could bo given, as the engineers had not yet complet- ed their survey. "It is not he eald, speak- ing to the representatives of public bodies', "to tell UH you need the water- ways. We must satisfy ourselves that there ate justifications for spend- the people's taxes, that Is the part have to dptermlmne. It is easy to say wo need more transportation faci- lities but we havo to solve tbe prob- lem' on need and anything you can say with regard to that we will be glad to hear. We would also like to hear what benefit ivould attain from the er- pendlture to your section of tho com- munity." Insufficient Information.- T. H. Deacon, vice-president ot tho Canadian Deep Waterways association and director of the board of trade, told Ihe that western Canada business men had not collect- Invcstigiifcd Assessment Tlicr 75 Per Cent. Fin- ished By Saturday'Night. MACLEOD. May eqtiallna lion board spent Thursday In Maclco ani! Investigated tho affairs in lb town hall, also the office of the seen tiiry.trctisiircr nt the Bright mimic pallly. wheie they received much In formation regarding town asses, mnnts, (axes mid valuations, and wer pleased with I lie reception extended to them by all (lip lown ami munici- pal officials. Mr. Lamb, who Is deputy minister of municipal affairs and tho chairman of this board, thinks It rjulto possible to so ,-ii-range things that an CQUnl assessment may be made over ail the province. Kvcry horse lh.it is fit to work, and overy tractor that can bo made fun. out rlolng FOCMllns work this week, and Ihn unwiiccts urn Hint Knliinlay nlKht will 75 per coiit, of K-ediiiK roinptaliMl in tlie Mnrlcn.l Irlct. Dt-dlorjj in iriifil, mnils mpnrl very gooil, miles larger thrill previous ;is pvrjir man who has tnnd. or <-.in go] Irani to seed, engaged in farming, tti a grain- "r less cslcnl. flashes of color, on the Prom- A enade or the Bathing Beach are an they? No summer wardrobe is complete without a distinctive Sweater Coat. If you want original and jpleaiing desijM in cither bright or tubdued colors, if you want dUtinctivenessof trimming and style that adds an air of free and easy charm to the wearer always insist on getting Pcnmans, Sweater Coats "The Standard of Excellent" Fenmans Limited, Paris. Alia Makers Undtrwcar and Hosiery. La Preferencia QUALITY Canada's Most Popular Cigar Itie lavorrtp of the Prairie S LEADING CANADIAN Canada's milting Industry represents a total Investment of :md tho annual value uf the o ;