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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME IX. LKTHBHJDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 17. NUMBER 133 American Co. Falls Far Short on Fuse Delivery Returned American Says People are Already Be- ginning to Murmur Against Govt. TRIED TO FORCE HIM INTO ARMY New York, May man who has just arrived from Germany furnishes Gome first hand information regarding conditions in that country. lie is an American citizen, horn in Virginia, but.linR resided of his life in Dresden. Recently military authori- ties tried to press him into service. They gave him his the army or leave the country. He chose the latter course, with the aid of the United States consulate. In describ- ing the situation in Germany ho says that the 'consensus of opinion among the enlightened classes is that Germany can hold out no longer than nine months. Ordinary meat sells for 4 marks per wound and only a small purchased every fifth day. Three pounds of potatoes per day per person is the maximum al- lowance. There are no fats to bo had and no butter. Eggs sell for 10 cents each. It is this man's opinion that in six 1 months Germany-will-face-an internal revolution. Not only the common peo- ple, hut. the, men in the trenches, are sick and tired of short rations, which hardship is undermining their enthus- iasm'. The cry for peace is widespread because of insufficient supply. Peo- ple are whispering these things among themselves, but they dare not express their thoughts openly. K they do they are immediately arrested. May B. Gor- don president of the Dominion Textile Company and vice-president of the Imperial Munitions Hoard was the first witness called before tlie Mere- dith-Duff commission this morning.'! Air. Gordon wan the ot tUsi' board who had full charge of fuse contracts. He stated that there had j been default by the International Fuse Co. Their contract called for de- livery on November 19, at ji rate of i per day but at that dale not a fuse had been delivered. The witness Isaid Col Carnegie visited the Bloom- field plant of the company early in .December and realized that it would ;be some time before they would make delivery. lie gave them to understand [that they had a good deal to do before i they got to the point oE production. I They had a great deal of plant and i machinery but. very little of skilled Questioned by Mr. Carvell, tiic wit- Jncas admitted the fact that several of the sub-contractors had fallen down rather hard. The inherent dilliculty of making articles required had been responsible for default of, i the American Ammunition Company.. "It was due to Mr. Cad well's unfort-i unatc arrangements with his sub-con- i said Mr. Cirvell. j "I supposed it said witness. I Mr. Carvell proceeded, at some I lengtli to question the witness regard- I ing the cost of nlant, as stated by Mr. Ciuhvcll of the Ammunition Co. The chairman interrupted, think it un- he said, "thai these ques- tions were not askes! of Mr. Cadwoll he was horo. I think Mr. Cad- (iuirhf. to an opportunity to irome here and reply when he is ac- of making statements which are Mr. Carvell objected to the fnsin- ii'-iion. "I am not here as an he vith some warmth, and 1 do somowl'at object to being palled an act user. I did not have the oppoi- tunity of examining Mr. Cadwell w'l-jn hi was 1't ic." U is unfortunate you did not do eairl the chairman. "You pro seeking to prove by witness that .Mr. Caduell when he w-is in the witness made a statement." "It is equally retorted .Mr. Carvell, "that I am called an accuser." think Mr. Carvcli." said the Chairman, "thai you are ultra-sensi- tive about the word accuser." Contin- uing his examination Mr. Carvell drew from the witness the statement that "somewhere in Canada" (he munition board had established in four months a loading plant which next week would be loading at the rate of a day; the week after at the rate of a day and in three months at the rate of it day. (CoxTixuED ON FACE u) JESSIE McLACHLAN IS DEAD London, May 10. Miss Jes- sie MeLachlah, the famous Scottish singer, has died at Glasgow. She was well known over the entire British Empire for her peerless interpretation Govt. Severely Criticized For Spending Money For This Purpose at Present Plan Big Provincial Degree Team to Come from Great Falls May 2-lth promises to Ge a day long to be remembered by local Knights 'of Columbus for on that day they will entertain visiting brethren to the number of 125 or more. A big prov- incial initiation is to he staged dur- ing the day at which SO candidates Aviil be received into the order, and in the evening a monster banquet will he held. Great Falls K. will send up a degree team for the occasion and Cal- gary will also, send a degree team to help the American cousins in the long ceremony which will last from 0 a.m. till y p.m. The initiation proceedings will, he staged, in Metals building on 2ml avenue South. It is expected 200 Knights will ue on hand for the cere- mony. In the evening in the K. P. hail the visiting brethren will be entertained nt a banquet which will be provided by the ladies ot St. Patrick's. State Deputy Craigen of Cfclgary will pre- Elde arid a number of eminent speak- ers, will be present for the occasion. Ottawa, May The government bill providing for the'purchase of the Quebec and Hudson Bay, Quebec and Montmorency antl'Lotbeinere and Me- Kantic railways proved to be the bone b'jT'CohtBiition in parliament todays The government proposal provides for the fixing of the price which is to be paid for the Quebec-and Saguenay by arbitration of the exchequer court. Value to be the actual cost of the rail- way less depreciation, 'but- not to ex- ceed In addition the gov- ernment is to assume the bonded in- debtedness of the Quebec and Mont- morency Electric end of the system, but notexceeding in all hill passed and will go to the Senate tomorrow. Opposition criticism .of the proposal was various. Hon. George P. Graham, said that it would cost to buy, complete and equip the lines, and that the an indefensible one at this time. Hon. ley said that the road" only half what the government, was to pay for it. Hon. Frank Oliver said the mon- ey might be on'buying rolling stock for the N'.T.R. and pro- viding additional elevator accomo- dation. while J. H. Sinclair said that Sir Roflolpho forgot was being paid for political service rendered to the gov- ernment in the past; of Scottish melodies. Petition Favoring Scheme Has Been Largely Sign- ed for Presentation to Board-of Trade CANADIANS AT THE FRONT WEAK NEW STEEL HELMETS Indications arc that the agitation Cor daylight saving fnr Leth bridge will he heard again tomorrow at the Board of Trade luncheon. A large number of signatures have been se- cured, to a petition asking that, the measure be put in force here imme- diately, and the petitioners are an- xious that the Board of Trade re-open the Question and decide to hold i public meeting in the Board of Trade building on Friday evening when the matter will he finally set tied. The only argument brouc-fcod against the measure is the question of rail- way time and the arrival and depar- ture oE trains. So far as can he learn- ed this objection will completely van- ish with the announcement of the new summer schedule to 'go into effect on June 4. The demand that the scheme be given a fair trial is so insistent that ihe council is ready to pass a bylaw. If the sentiment is shown to be in favor of the measure. On every battlefront the blue-tinted casque is now seen. The British i'lid Canadian troops are following the lead of our French allies and equip- ping with the helmets which have already saved thousands of lives.. BRITISH MONITOR IS DESTROYED London. British monitor 30 liaB been destroy- ed. it was officially announced this evening. _ I i AIM FAILS On Saturday next. May at Hie' Majestic Theatre, Lethbridge will be given its first opportunity of witness- ing an all military festival, which at, I the same time, will ia. all probability i be the last entertainment given by the !13tli Overseas (Klltlp) Battalion An unusually good program has been arranged, and the concert will last the full evening at the theatre. Tile-mass- ed bands of'the regiment, brass, bugle and pipers will be out in full force in all their military splendor. Physical drills, and gymnastic displays will occupy a prominent place, on tl.iR pro- gram. Songs, recitations, and sketches will be given by officers and men of the regiment, and the whole concert will present a most animated military appearance. All seats will be on sale at Medley's tomorrow morning, and a big crowd is as .this will in all probability be" in (he nature of a farewell to Lethbridgo's .own, High- landers. .Washington, May Ameri- can consul at La Rochclle, franco, to- day reported to the state department that threo American citizens wors on board the Canadian ateamahlp Eritrla Which was sunk on Friday, presura- by a mine. Another Drowned London, May United States Informed this at- ternoon that Lultf .Martini, American rltizen, was drowned when the steam- tr Batavier was blown up. ALL TROUBLE AI Ooclirane, Ont, May which have reached here from Kapus- Jtasliig camp are to the effect thaf no one was killed in tho trouble there last week. Thero have been no further clashes between and and trouble makers have bean isolated Baden-Powell Not Shot Nor Is He In the Tower Lonodn, May Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the boy scouts, wrote the newspapers yes- terday denying the rumors in circu- lation abroad that he was a prisoner in the Tower of London, charged with being a spy. "1 regret the report that I am so- journing in the Tower of London oh a charge of espionage cannot be cor- lie wrote, "As I was taken out and shot over a month ago, according to a Chicago newspaper..] am not clear which country 1 was spying for, but at the moment I am fairly busy on work for Great Britain." PREPARE 10IAKE Preparations for the taking 6f the census of the three prairie provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta by the Dominion government have been now well started. The two pro- vinces to the east have been working on the question tor some time, and' Al- berta has been steadily making pre- parations since April. The commis- sion appointed here has been working on the south district, between Leth- bridgeSind Calgary, appointing numer- ators for each district of every four or five townships. GERMANY SERVES NOTICE, Washihgtoii, Slay in a note presented to Secretary Lansing by Count von Bernstorff today warns neutral governments that merchant ihips flying neutral flags must obey the provisions of international law In regard to their conduct when stopped by a. German submersible and that they incur danger should they turn their, ships In the direction of a sub- marine. London, May Roger Casement and Daniel J. Bailey were committed for trial today for treason. Tnis decision was arrived at at the conclusion, of the preliminary hearing of these men on the charge of participation in the Irish rebellion, which has been in-progress since Monday. The trial and the court before which it will bo held have not yet been announced. Conscripts Who Decline Obey Orders Are Sent to Prison London, Slay -Many "Con- scientious whose object- ions to military service have been over ruled by military tribunals are having a hard time of It. A score of them left Rhyi, Wales, Tuesday for diff- erent prisons, to undergo varying de- grees of punishment as a result of their court, martial on charges re- fusing to obey, military orders. Several were sentenced to two years at hard labor. Some of them had re- fused to put on khaki or shave and all refused to drill. Opposition To Be Represented By Hartley Dewart in Am- munition Probe Ottawa, May 17. Sir Charles Da- vidson, at 'the request of D. D. Mac- Kenzie, Rl.P., this morning agreed to postpone tho inquiry into' the sale of synall arms ammunition by the mili- tia department to the British admir- alty., Mr. MucKenzie explained that Hartley H. Dewart, K.C., of Toronto, would "represent the opposition and he would require a few days in which to moke ready. Sir Charles Davidson suggested that the -inquiry would open on Monday af- ternoon next, and this Mr. MacKenzie agreed" to. Ottawa, May. porogation of parliament has been definitely fixed for Thursday, May 18th. The closing I ceremonies probably will take place at tlia. afternoon. It' will he ia very (iniet affair, as the usual invi- tations have not been issued owing to the lack of acc'ombdation in the tem- porary senate chamber in the Royal Museum building. Fight at Deadman's Raid Some German-Towns With Good Effect Paris, May troops 'made an attack with grenades 'last night on French man's Hill. The effort French official report-says. East of the JMeuse along the Ver- dun front there was continuous can- nonading, on both sides, particularly at Haudremont Wood and Vaux Pond. French aeroplanes made' several raids during the night. Bombs: were thrown on the German cauip. at Damvilleres ahd on the railway stations at Frescati and Brieulles. Small Naval Engagement London, May naval engagement occurcd Tuesday off the Belgian coast between small German and British .warships. There were no Official announcement; of the light was made as follows; "An encounter took place yester- day afternoon off the Belgian coast between a force composed of British destroyers and monitors and some German destroyers. "After a short engagement the ene- my withdrew to their ports. Our force sustained no j MISSIONARY SOLDIER Hamilton, May 16. Lieut. J. Duff of this city, a well known missionary who left post In China when war broke out to tight, is wounded.. Frag- ments of a shell which left wounds nine Inches long struck him near the collarbone. He was prominent in athletics here. CARRANZA HAS AGREED Washington, May General Car- rnnza has, agreed ,to Major-General Scott's informal understanding with General Obregon which provides that Cnrransa forces shall endeavor 'to show their ability to control the 'sit- uation iii northern, .Mexico where' U. S. troops remain for the time being. THE FATE May William. J. Ma- son died as the result of injur- ies sustained through the accidental discharge of a revolver in the hands of his friend, J. H. Ross. Both men were returned soldiers. Berlin, by wireless to Sayville, first line positions in sev- eral sectors have been .captured .by the Austrians after condentrated Ar- 1 Wlery preparation, it was announced 1'Ih today's Austro-Hungariari -head- i quarters report issued In" Vianrial The i Austrians took more Lban. pris- oners, seven cannon -machine- guns in these operations. Send Hasty Call to Ger- many for both Men and Ammunition Badly Needed in East BAGDAD MAY BE CAPTURED Athens, via London, May ver Pasha, Turkish dictator, has sent a personal appeal to the Kaiser for men and ammunition to help block the Russian advance on Bagdad, accord- ng to private advices from Constan- tinople. Enver ia said to have warned the Kaiser that German hopes of com- mercial conquest in Mesopotamia will be forever crushed If the combined Russian and British forces capture Bagdad. Must Alter Plans Petrograti, via London, May Appearances all point to the conclu- sion that the principal war work of the immediate future will bo on the Asiatic front. Verdun seems to have killed the German initiative. on the western front, but the progress stead- ily made'-by the Prussians..an the Asi- ,tic front compels Germany to recon- sider her plans. Attehtibu is called to the' council of Svar recently held _ Wil- liam_ at which those engaged TVtt.H the Asiatic" party' of Germany'a" strategic schemes were ex-- ceptfonaily: largely represented. SALE OF 2 PER CENT BEER IS LEGAL IN Effect of Decision in local Cases Will Defi- nitely Settle Point AUTO PARADE FOR VICTORIA DAY Local automobile fans are trying to talk .up a big automobile parade for May 24th together with a few auto and motorcycle races at Henderson Park fair grounds during the after- noon ns n climax to the affair.1 behind the project believe it could be made a success and might event- ually develop Into an annual affair in the' nature of an auto show. The plan of the boosters IB every auto furbish up his benzine buggy for Victoria la the parade and go to Henderson Pork grounds. All the new owners of cars In the city are rahid fans it Is believed they would he tickled, to death to get In oa something neiy where they could show off their new 'HmouBinea.' As for the general public it would be enough of a novelty to attract, and it is intended that ad- mission to tho grounds would be free healthy gathering should be oh deck for the events there. MARKETS May Wheat July-Wheat May? Oats May Flax............... Uw.................... Fine tnd .warmtr. Never in the history of the city have so many cars been sold as dur- ing the past three months and it is for this reason that those behind the Victoria Day project believe it would he a success. As evidence that there are hundreds of new cars buzzing round it is stated on the authority of Imperial Oil Co. officials here that the consumption of gasoline in the city of Lethbridge alone has increased in volume 100 per cent, since last and gasoline is higher in price'now than over. It Is also pointed out that an auto paradft with races would do much to encourage the formation of an auto club t _ WINSAWORY London, May coalition government won a sweeping, victory In a1 bye-elecllon today.- W. F. Bcach.'a Unionist, who was supported by the Liberals, was elected.: from Twekesbnry by a majority of over William-Boosey, Independent. TUo vote was; HIcks.Beacli Bosey The government's victory is regarded as significant 9.9 Mi. Bosey was supported by critics of the coalition, If the cases against Manager Pick- ird of the New Arlington hotel and against George Anton, restaurant keeper, are "taken as a precedent, it is permissible to sell two per cent beer in Alberta without a license. The charges against these two parties were heard this afternoon before Supt. Pennefather at the Mounted .Police barracks, and both were dismissed. Inspector Hodgkins of the liquor li- cense department prosecuted and X N. Ritchie defended. The prosecution gave notice of appeal. The cases created great interest among local brewery and hotel own- ers as it is believed the finding will have some effect in setting .a precfr dent after the new- prohibition., law goes into force. A large number of prominent local men were called and, gave evidence that it would be impos- sible to get intoxicated on the non- Intoxicating beer put out by the Leth- bridge Brewing and Malting Co. One witness said, "it doesn't affect the head but too much of it might, give le cramps in the stomach." The witnesses for the prosecution swore that they felt intoxicating ef- fects from the non-intoxicating beer they had purchased from the accused parties. v Supt. Pennefather in dismissing the cases said there was no evidence to I prove that there had been intoxica- tion from the effects of the particular beer drunk by the witnesses for the prosecution. Personally he thought it would be impossible to get drunk on tho stuff. The evidence .nddunRd showed that tho bottles analyzed in Edmonton contained 1.65 and 2.00 per cent proof spirits, and less than one per cent alcohol in volume. Local brewery and hotel men expect that the appeal will definitely settle the important point involved. TRAIN ROLLS DOWN BANK; DAMAGE SMALL Clinton, Mo., May cars of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas pusien- ger train known as 'the Texas special southbound, rolled down foot era- bankment-near here today. None ot the 16 passengers was dangerously injur. ed. A broken rail and defective were given as the ;