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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 25, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta >AGE SIX ITHE LETTTB RIDGE DAILY HERALD "Had a good time yesterday? Your face will have one on June 3rd." FRIDAY, MAY 25, 1917 PREMIER SIFTON EFFECTIVELY ANSWERS ALIEN VOTE CRY eminent, by tho provincial governments, and by the boards of trade of every town and city throughout the country, theae men who. when they came took up land and are now raising wheat to help the Empire w'.n the war. these people who were British ! subjects before the war started - i by the people of this province. The for none hare been naturalized since | pretnier essayed the guess that Lead-the war started except, it may be ! er Mlchener would not deal anv more (CojrrnrtrED rooir Fbokt Paob) by the experts appointed by Ottawa, which shows that the lowest coot of replacing any of the lines in Alberta, which were investigated and which were inspected by the Dominion gov-ernroent engineers, would be \\i per cent, over the guarantee provided ANCHOR-DONALDSON line MONTREAL to GLASGOW m-c-lidmaw f>--� *^r-r through the mistake of a Judge-they declare, t say, that the30 people shall now be disfranchised. When they say that, when they take that stand, they are trying to undo what our soldiers have gone overseas to fight for-they are trying to make out of our country an autocracy instead of a democracy, and every last oppost- SKIFF For Sale AT A BARGAIN A four-oared Lep-Spreak Skiff, newly painted, has been donated to the SIR ALEXANDER GALT CHAPTER. I. O. D. E., and is for sale, and can be viewed by phoning Mrs. W. H. Holt, 947 Seventh Street A. S. PHONE 655 Proceeds for Funds of Chapter "I Notice to Farmers The priee of Cream has advanced 4c on Sweet Cream and 2c on sour. PRICES ARE NOW Per Pound Butter Fat 46c No. 1 Sweet 43c No. 2 Sweet 40c No. 1 Sour 38c No. 2 Sour This Is the highest price In the province. We still pay for each shipment and pay all express charges. Crystal Dairy Ltd. LETHSRIDGE tion speaker who advocate? such a step is forgetting the spirit of fair play for which tiiat old fla? for which we are fiehting today stands." Waited Till Election. Premier Sifton left nothing to the imagination as to his opinion of the men who waited until the middle of ar: election campaign to raise a cry. which is calculated to do untold harm within the province, but which, they hope, wili succeed in securing for them a few votes of those who look not at the justice of the case but allow themselves to tw carried away by sentiment. The premier, after congratulating the women of the province cm the fact that the time has come when man and wife would so to the. polls and share the responsibilities of choosing a government, declared he had not felt it necessary throughout the campaign to go into details of the statutes which had been passed in years of his premiership. And the reason is that the election is unique In that not once during the past session nor during the campaign has any speaker for the opposition made any critical reference to the legislation of those years. During the last election campaign, it will be remembered the opposition had attacked the Farm Machinery Act and the Co-operative Elevator legislation. But now it is different. "If the only thing" said Mr. Sifton. "that can be said against thft legislation Is that it is calculated to obtain the support of the people, because it is good legislation, then I am satisfied, and it is absolutely unnecessary for me to go into details. Trust the opposition to attack any details that are vulnerable. When they fail to make any attempt I can only come to the conclusion that they have given up hope of turning us out of power in this campaign by that means." Recent actions of the opposition, declared the premier, lend color to that conclusion. They have commenced a tirade about the alien enemy vote as though they had about decided among themselves that "the Conservatives should be the only people allowed to vote in any country." Whether they are raising this lrje and cry about the alien enemy vote for the special benefit of Hon. Robert Rogers, who was due in Calgary, the premier could not say, but It is true that Mr. Tweedie, one of the opposition members for Calgary, had concluded an hour's speech in that city by the enlightening statement' that "a vote fur Dr. Blow is a vote to save the Empire and hasten the end of the war." "Just imagine." observed Premier Sifton. "the Importance of Dr. Blow, who has done about as much to influence legislation in the past four years as the member for Macleod." i Laughter;. "Dr. Blow was the railway expert of the opposition until the other day when a certain blue book, compiled by a special commission appointed by the Dominion government, reached the province. Since then he has subsided on his attacks on the government's railway policy, and the other members of the opposition along with them. About the only thing left to them is their new war cry that it is treason to elect anyone but us; and their new policy of slandering the women who have taken part In the campaign on the side of the government." Mr. Sifton then went into more details of the famous railway report ; with his pet railway guarantee argu-.' ment 'which has been so ruthlessly ; riddled by a Dominion government I blue book. It had gone the way of the j famous Swan anchor sensation of the , last session. | Premier Sifton was in fine form I throughout bis address and the pack-i ed house of men and women voters applauded hirn time and again as he 'nailed the falsehoods and innuendo ; which are the stock-in-trade of the ( ! Conservatives in this campaign. j i The meeting was presided over by j ' Mr. Matheson, and with him on the platform were the premier, the candidate Mr. tieorge Skeiding and Mr. J. \V McDonald. Mr. Skelding spoke  very briefly. He is not relying on his ; abilities as a spell-binder to win this campaign, but rather on his rec-. ord as .an administrator which is i well known to the people of Macleod land district through the years he has served on the council both as mayor and alderman, and through the many years of his successful business life tu' the community. A Telling Speech. Mr. J. W. McDonald made a telling speech in which he outlined seme of the measures which have been placed on the statute books in the past sev-the seven ( en years. He denied the contention of the opposition that the legislation for the women of the province has been enacted to catch the "petticoat" vote, and showed that as far back as 1!'10, when the Married Woman's Relief Act was passed, the government of the province was interested in raising the status of women, and they have advanced step by step until today they have equal rights with the men in every way. And no Mrs. Pankhurst tactics had been needed to accompli?h this result. Mr. McDonald also showed that the Litiuor Act of 1015 was the direct outcome of the Direct Legislation Act, granted to the people in 1913 by the government of Alberta. He also declared that the Liquor Act, having been enacted by direct vote of the people, could not be amended in any serious way without a similar vote of the people and no legislator could hope to go to Edmonton and by his influence have it repealed. Mr. McDonald also nailed the lie going the rounds in Macleod that soldiers and soldiers' wives had been disfranchised by the Sifton government. Soldiers' wives vote at home for the candidate in the constituencies in which they may be residing. For the soldiers, who already are assured of 11 soldier members, two special soldier members at large are to be elected by the soldiers themselves, thus giving the fight-ing men representation in the legislature of Albejta such as they will have in no other province in Canada. All talk of "hiving the soldiers' vote" 13 another sentimental play on the feelings of the people. It is a Conservative vote catcher. The soldiers' vote in B. C. had not been "hived" at their election last summer, and in only one constituency did the votes of the soldiers reverse tbe verdict of the electors who voted at home. British Columbia soldiers at J the front have no special representatives in the House to fight their problems. Alberta soldiers will have two representing no one but the interests of the soldiers, while they have 11 other members, now soldiers, who will represent not only their constituencies but the soldiers' Interests as well. Such legislation is attack-proof. Mr. McDonald also charged that the Conservatives are again using the natural resources as a bribe. He reviewed legislation passed during the life of the legislature and concluded by declaring his belief that Premier Sifton and his government would not only be returned, but they would have the pleasure of welcoming from Jlac-Ieod a member who would be sent from here on June 7th to support such sane and progressive legislation and honest administration as had marked the Sifton government in the past seven years. xn "Snowball" Iceless Refrigerator Why hesitate, they're only $15,001 For sale by all dealers and at the factory, 313-15-17 13th St.. North Lethbridge. opposition ts not In favor of prohibition. I believe ho has been a total abstainer all his life as I myself have also been. But when the Act was about to be Introduced into the House in the 1316 session, Mr. Mlchener showed that ne cared a great deal more about his political party than be did about the success of the measure. When the resolution bringing tho act was about to be introduced, in order to take it out of party politics, I signed the resolution as mover, and went across the floor of the House with it to Mr. Mlchener. asking him to second it in order that it mipht appear in the best light, and so appeal to all classes of the people. Mr. Mich-oner asked me to leave it for a day* In order that he might consult with his political party. I did so. but the next day when.I went back, Mr. Mlchener handed me the resolution unsigned, saying that he preferred to take no official part in the matter. Of course, his action was calculated to appease some of the members on his own side of the House. He has changed his mind since then, and wishes himself and hi3 party to be given just as much credit for that act as should be voted to the sroverament. Even Mr. Tweedie. avho admits that he voted and worked against the act, admits that he has changed his mind. I ask you whether you think the credit should be given to those who put the measure through the House or those, who after it has become law. have changed their minds to help them to get into power." Snap Verdict Cry. Premier Sifton. dealing with the motives actuating the government in calling the election, said that with the franchise now granted to women, there are sixty or eighty thousand more electors in the province. He declared also that Conservative newspapers for months have been setting the date of the election, while before the last session, Mr. Michener at a meeting at Rocky Mountain House, told the people there that an elejtija was likely to be called after the ses- sion and for them to bo read 7. So much for the snap verdict cry of the opposition In this campaign. In appearing; before the people asking for re-eleotlon at this time, t'-.e government Is making no promises but is standing on Us pwt .'.-ord b.th in administration and In legislation. In the seven years of the Sifton administration, tbe population of tho province hag doubled. In that lime the agricultural products of tho province have Increased in value seven times. The telephone system has grown in value from two millions to ten millions. A mile of railway per day has been constructed, the railway mileage growing from 1500 miles to �1500. This is a wonderful development, and the government has merely tried to do Us duty In seeing that these conveniences are provided the new settlers. The premier also referred to the elevator policy of the government which had worked out to such great advantage to the farmers. D. R. Mclvor, one of the leading Liberals of Cowley, and a fluent and forceful speaker, opened the meeting dealing with the legislative record of the government on which ho declared they should and would be returned with a good working majority. He said that no taint of the corruption which had been evident in some of the provinces and in Dominion affairs had been evident in Alberta. The government had earned the support of the ladies, he said, by the legislation In their favor, and he was sure they would receive that support. Candidate Speaks. The candidate, Mr. Hammond, spoke briefly at the conclusion of the meeting. He makes no claim to -being a speaker, but promised the electors that If returnea on June 7th as a supporter of the Sifton government, he would take the same interest In the affairs of the people of the province and of the Pincher CreeK constituency that he had always taken In his own business, and would apply the same methods. Mr. Hammond's few remarks were Toundly cheered, and enthusiasm for the government candidate was so much In evidence that the hope that Pincher Creek will this time return a supporter of the Sifton government runs high throughout the district. The meeting was presided over by Mr. W. A. Fraser. It was a very orderly gathering, there being no Interruptions of any kind. CROWN BRAND cdrnSsyrup some will do more than satisfy children's craving for thing sweet" - it will supply them with a wholesome food. Dealers every* where have "Crown Syrup" in 2,5,10 and 20 pound tins and "Perfect Seal" Quart Jan. Write for free Cook Book. THC CANADA STARCH CO. LIMITED, , MONTREAL. 29 THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE SIR EDMUND WALKER. H.V. F. JONES, AmiOen'L f*Wuger JOHN A'IRD, Gtncral Minus, V. C. BROWN. * Sup'' of Central Wawn Branches CapjtalPA!DUp,$I5,O00,00O-TresehveFuN0, . $13,500,000 We must do many things, but everything that will help to win the war. You can help by saving. Interest is allowed on Savings Deposits of $1 and upwards at any branch of the Bank. Lethbridge Branch- R. T. Brymnei, Mgrj Perfect Irrigation Demands a "Perfect" Flume You build your bmbut once. The thing to consider is not its cost wben first built, but its condition years later. Years of uninterrupted .mgaoon. yearsof freedom from clogging flume,, y�re of absence from leaks and the loss and expense of frequentrepairsfall of th^e more urge you now to make sure of future years of good service by the use of o� or tnese ana , PERFECT" J9 Made in sections of Sheet Metal from t ft. to 9 ft. in diameter, they cannot warp or rot. The interlocking joints are held watertight by semi-circular supporting rods, and prevent sagging or leaking. Full carrying capacity, smooth surface, free flowing, no clogging. The success of Coldstream Estate irrigation flumes w3l show you what Pedlar's Flumes will do for you also. Write to-day. THE PEDLAR PEOPLE, LIMITED (Eiubluhcd 1561) 847 Beatty Street, Vancouver, B.C. Executive Office* and Factories : Oihaws. One. AT PINCHER CREEK. (By a Staff Reporter.) Pincher Creek, May 25.-At a rousing meeting, which In spite of the Inclement weather and the bad-condition of the roads owing to the recent heavy rains In this district, resulted In a.crowded house to hear the first big political speeches of the campaign, Premier Sifton gave to the electors of this district last night an account of the stewardship of the present government. He was speaking In support of the government candidate, Mr. Thomas Hammond, whose chances for election are exceedingly bright. The feature of the meeting was the address delivered by Mrs. Thomas Hammond, wife of the Liberal candidate, whose appearance on the platform was the signal for great enthusiasm on the part of the audience. Mrs. Hammond Is tbe first woman speaker to take part In the campaign in any of the southern constituencies, and her address has done much to arouse the ladies of this riding to a sense of their responsibilities, now that they have been placed on an equal footing with men In the matter of the franchise. Mrs, Hammond's speech in full appears in another column. The feature of Premier Slfton's address was hi3 handling of the claims of the Conservatives In the matter of the Liquor Act so far as Us political side is concerned. The Conservatives are going about the country telling the electors that there Is absolutely no credit coming to the Sifton government for the passage of the Act, hoping thus to influence the women's vote. "1 am not" said tho premier, "going to say that the leader of the BANKRUPT STOCK The balance of the stock of Western Mercantile will be sold Co. Saturday, May 26th, 1917 LADIES Stockings, all sizes........... 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