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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME IX. LETIH3KIDGK, ALBERTA WKUXKSDAY, MAY HI, lilKi NUMBER 111 Saved Money for At- tacks British Consul-General in New York Methodism Has Long Record in Lethfarldge Oltnwa, May (lie Merc-. (Nth-Duff inuuiry into the fuse tracts was resumed this morning I. Hcllimith asked if Sir Sam Hughes' statement, purporting to show that Col. J. AJlison had effected large savings In connection with purchases made, was to be admitted. Sir Win., Meredith asked the minister if he liail not covered a good deal of the ground in his statement of Tuesday and the general nodded his assent. Commis- sioner Duff thought that the matter was not logically relevant. After nonie further discussion it was de- cided to leave, the matter over for the present. Mr. Hellmuth then con- tinued the examination Hughes, who slated that lie had never given Allison anything lor services rendered to Canada. In regard to the iirst proposal that Col. Allison and Col. Mcttain should act as purchasing for British goods he had taken the view that Lord Kitchener should tix a scale of remuneration. But this did not materialize. It was at this time that other agents in New York got after Col. Allison and did every- thing they could to discount him. Gen. Hughes said that he had made inquir- ies- as to price of fuses in New York, through three secret service agents in his employ in New York. He did not get any information from J. P. Mcrgaa' and CO: 'Mr. Justice Duff said he had been impressed by the cablegram from the war office suggesting to the shell commission that any contracts let in. the United States would lie let through 3d organ.. Co. Sir Sam said in ex- planation that the Morgan people ob- jected to the susl! commission giving contracts to manufacturers doing work for them. Had Suspicions had suspicions of the Morgan inquired Justice Duff. "Yes. Besides, we thought that they wanted to control the whole out; put on this side of the Atlantic.'' Sir Sam stated that he had heard that cheap Yankee graxe fuses about which evidence has been given, were not loaded and that after being loaded they diil'not function properly. Cross examined 'by Mr. Johnston, the minister declared that he had nev- er recommended- the giving of con- tracts to friends. He had done noth- ing but give letters of introduction. Mr, Johnston produced a number of letters of introduction written by him including letters to H. H. Stevens, M. P., and the National Construction Company of Brockville. In the lat- ter letter the general asked General Bertram to recognize the company with few more orders. Gen. Hughes said that was the company Kon, Geo. P. Graham was interested in. He acknowledged having written other letters and was prepared to stand by them. Attacks Consul-General There were some sharp passages between Mr. Johnston and the witness when the former asked .questions bearing on General- Hughes' referen- ces as to Sir Courtney Bennett, Brit- ish consul-general at-New York. Sir Sam declared that he had evidence that Sir Courtney was standing in with a New York ring which wanted high prices as against Col. Allison's low prices.. H was secret informa- tion and lie would not divulge it. Hennett had sought to injure the bred- "H of honest men. General Hughes said lie had sent cablegrams to London and telegrams to Gen. Bertram. But beyond, that he did not intend tp go into details. When'Mr. Johnston askeil the gen- eral if his feelinss toward Allison hud undergone any change as a result of hearing his evidence, he said that his opinion of Allison had been strengthened. He knew of no man whom he would trust .more. "Would you trust him In further "I would." Gen, Hughes' Statement., Ottawa, May the fuse Inquiry resumed In the afternoon Mr. HellmnUi, -government counsel, read a letter from J. P. Morgan and Co., or New York, declining to sent! a rep- resentative of the company to give, evidence as to the prices of fuses in New York at tlu; time the. fuse coti- Irunts were let. Morgan Co. stated that they could not do this without revealing the business they had trans- acted for their clients. Sir Sam Hughes was tUen allowed to proceed with the reading of his statement. He had not gone very far when Mr. Johnston objected on the score that the .statement contained assertions which-were, matters of per- sonal opinion. .The objection was not sustained, Sir William Meredith re- marking "J would not he disposed to put a ntidge on tho Minister of Militia In wftMne his statement, .Tula is not a criminal trial, hut an investigation to satisfy the public that its business is being properly conducted." A little later on when Gen. Hughes was reading his references to the members of the all ell committee, Sir William caused a general Utiigh by saying "cut out the adjectives." Sir William interrupted to ask if it would have been possible to form the shell commission without including men who were connected with liic bus- iness. Sir Sam said in reply that he eu- cciiraged men who knew the business to come into the committee more par- ticularly as the prices were fixed by the Ilritisli government. 11 r. John- sion objected to the reading by Gou. Hughes, of the statement made by U. A. Thomas for publication previous to hia departure for the old country on the ground that it was only a news- paper report and not official. A dis- cussion followed and Sam broke in with the statement: "I am not par- i icular. M r. Thomas and I clashed swords. 1 more than del is'1 ted that he got his eyes opened and made this statement before he left for home. When Gen. completed tho reading of his statement he asked per- mission to put in another memoran- dum showing the services rendered by Col. Allison and the amount of money he had saved. Strong Objections Objections-were taken by'Mr. John- ston-and Mr. Carvell on the ground that this would considerably extend the-scope of the inquiry .and neces- sitate the witnesses. Mr. Hellmuth thought the statement should be admissible because charges had "been made that Allison had been asked to do certain anti that Gen. Hughes knew that he got a com- mission. It was a question as to the good or bad facts of-the minister. Mr. Carvell said there had been a great deal of misapprehension in regard to what were known as the Kyte charges. Tie had made no formal charges in the ordinary sense of the word. He had simply made a sneech in parlia- ment containing certain statements, and tho government had decided that an inquiry should be held. The commissioners decided to leave the matter over. Lengthy Statement General Hughes' statement was a lengthy typewritten unfair of "20 pages, lie referred at the butset to forma- tion of the shell committee, and to the inquiries coming from the war office as to the possibility of having this work done in Canada, The min- utes of the original anil several'other meetings were quoted, and as stated the first contracts went to John Bertram and Sons. GnlrtiP-lIcCullough, Canada Foundary and the Canadian Rand Drill, "the only people who at that date hafl consented tp take up the work." Gen. Hughes next re- ferred to the coming of .Colonel .Car- negie .as an expert. He proceeded to say that in constituting the commit- tee and observing its, operations he was not acting as, nor was he respon- sible as minister of militia. Although, on the other hand, had- ho not been minister he would not have been ap- pealed to by the war office. Inas- much, bowever, as the performance of these functions did not come from any other office in Canada, he was communicated' with, but for what he had done lie was in no way responsible to parliament as minis- ter Of militia. Nevertheless, he was responsible to public opinion "for the integrity and purity of any conduct." The general, proceeding, said he had nothing to conceal and had "not tho slightest reason for apprehen- sion." General Hughes then quoted many cables to and from the- war office, leading up to the shell contracts with the manufacturing -members of the shell committee. The status of the committee he had never discussed with anybody.. There were no legal difficulties-and nobody suspected any. everybody un- derstood t'lat these gentlemen were not personally to pay any losses and stated that they would not take the profits, and as the war ofllcc desired that the business be planed in the form of a contract, (he matter of form was disregarded and the contracts were signed. We were not 'embar- rassed1 by lawyers ag Justice Muff lias remarked." Dealing with the profits, General Hughes said that he had always taken tho ground and understood perfectly from the start, that they were to be returned to the war oillco. Allison Good Man When the rose to every dollar of it was "gladly and un- grudgingly handed over to the board." (CONTINUED ON THE CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS The Alberta Methodist con- ference comprises the entire province of Alberta. The con- ference was formed in 1W4. Up lo that year there was only one conference for the prairie provinces, and it. was; known as the Manitoba and the North- west conference. The Alberta conference's first president was Rev. J. M. Harrison, a pioneer minister who died last year. Since then the conference pre- sidents have been as follows: Witness Blames Birrell and Others-Bisk op Refuses to Punish Priests Who Aided in Revolt j London, .May ,t. j between General Sir John .Maxwell. .j. j commanding Ireland, and the military forces in Dr. O'Dwycr, Roman Catholic bishop ing the question Sinn Fein revolt, attributed the up- rising to tho extreme party in Ire- land which he declared "can always be relied upon to give trouble to the government on receipt of. finances Limerick. concern- from the United of treatment of Sir John Ross, former REV. G. H. COBBLEDICK REV. J. B. FRANCIS Pastor of Church, where the Pastoi of Westminster church in the Alberta Conference is in session. MuDougull, D.D.; j priests who actively assisted in the Sinn Fein propaganda lias been pub- North For the first time since the organ- ization of tiie Alberta Methodist con- ference in 1004, is enter- j Uiii'ittg the conference this week, and j ineklcmally also entertaining some of 1 who are numbered as the i gniaiGKi forces in Methodism in Can- ada today. Kor just 36 years Methodism has I been a force for good in Lethhridge. [in fact, this was the first denomina- tion lo hold religious services on the i site on which this city is now built. the pastorate of Rev. .1. M Hughson, who is now in Winnipeg. In 3014 tho present handsome large edifice was completed at a cost of and since then the membership has in- creased from '2G7 to The pastors since the old church was erected in 1904. have been Tlev. .1. E. Hughson, the late Rev. Mr. Harrison, Rev. T. P. Perry, and the present pastor. Rev. G. H. Cobbledick. lii May, 1008. under the direction of Rev! Mr. Harrison, tin1 Westminster church was opened as a mission in the north ward. The late Mr. Harri- 1906. Geo. Kerby. D.D; JflOT J. U. Hidden, 190S. T. C. Buchanan; 1909, C. H. Huesiis, AI.A.. 1910. A. 11. Aid- ridge, U.A.; A. Barncr; T. P. Perry; 1313, T. Powell; 1914, W. A. Lewis. U. A.; 1915, W. J. Conoly, B.A. In June, 1SSO, almost years ago to I son was the father of tiie movement the day on which the big Alberta con- j which resulted in the opening of this fercnce opens this week, Rev. John church, which has proven a wotider- ______ op McDougall. accompanied by Rev. John McLean, and Rev. Alexander Suther- land, general secretary ot" missions, arrived here from the east, and Rev. John McLean held the first services on the river bottom near the Stafford mines. Two months later services were held in the pool hall of the Lethbridge" Hotel. From that time un- til the present day, Methodism lias grown by leaps and bounds. Rev. W. Briiigman, of Medicine Hat, took over the work here in 1SS4 and in 1SS7-SS, the.first church was built. In Rev. Mr. Endicott, now a mis- sionary, came here as the first stu- dent missionary. In 1904 the old Wes- ey church at the corner of Sth street and Third avenue, was erected under ful succeess. Rev. A. A. Lytle was the lirst pastor there, and under his able hand the .church from a mission to a full fledged congregation. In the first year of the new church, the offer of a Mr. Butler of the east of a year for three years to the church that would agree to become self-suporting at the end of the three years, was taken up and the agree- ment fulfilled. In the second year of the church an addition was'built at a General Maxwell named two priests and asked (he bishop to remove them, adding: "Had these priests been lay- men they would already have been placed under arrest." The bishop replied with a bitter letter, refusing to punish the priests. adding that he saw no justification for disciplinary action on his part. Govt. Criminally Neglectful Dublin, via London. May Barrell, former assistant commission- er of the Metropolitan Police, who was a witness Tuesday before royal commission investigating er of police, told of gun running op- erations. "There is no doubt that much German money reached Kerry, which was swarmed with German agents disguised ns said Sir Maurice O'Connell. "The government and Augustine Birrell were responsible for criminal neglect. One bright spot was the un- swerving loyalty of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who repeatedly warned, the authorities of the coming trouble." It was learned yesterday that Carl Lody, German spy executed ;i few months ago in the tower of London was arrested in a Killarney hotel. This indicates that he was involved in the political unrest in Ireland. B. C. ELECTIONS Patrons of Restaurants Must Bring Their Own Sugar Soap Very Scarce London, May ,11. A Rotterdam dis- cost of Rev. Joseph Woodsworth j patch to the Daily Telegram says: succeeded Rev. Mr.'Lytle in the pas- ".Berlin has made a further reduc- torate of this church. Following his pastorate "the "church was without, a minister for four months, when the present pastor Rev. J.. B. took over the work, 'in IBM AM Paris, May the course of a violent struggle last night on the Verdun front the Germans compelled the French to evacuate the first line trench near Canrettes wood, south of Cumieres, the' war office announced this morning. in May were much heavier either of the two preceding The total from all fields of operation as compiled from published lists is 767. officers and men. The total in March, including officers and men, and in April Washington, May new..note from General Carranza asking for a definite explanation of the continued presence of United States troops In Mexico'and renewing his previous re- quest for their withdrawal was pre- sented to the state department today by Eliseo Arrcdondo, the Carranza am- bassador. London, May 31. British casualties than in months. Vancouver. May 31. The provincial legislature will be dissolved this evening at nine o'clock, three hours before the time when the house would automatically run out. -Last evening all legislation had been completed and the'.session'this foreiiocr. brief. It is ex- pected elections will be held in v August. tion of the meat ration. Beginning Tuesday this was fixed at half a pound j of meat-or fat. per adult each week, Under the ,new arrangements the ra- tion is subject to" revision each week.'" "It is doubtful whether supplies on hand will meet even this allowance. Shortage, of eggs continues and in the absence of the ordinary variety the j government Is encouraging the use of j gull's eggs which, it is claimed, are suitable for'.certain cooking purposes. There is also a serious lack of sugar. Last week, hotel and restaurant keep- ers appealed to the municipality to in- crease the minimum allowed to bo purchased. The request was refused and notice was served that the res- taurant's customers in future miist bring with them the sugar which they wish for their coffee, tea or cocoa. Soap is so scarce thai workmen in Berlin factories have to bring their supply with them if they wish to wash before leaving the works." DAYLIGHT SAVING PETITIONS Petitions favoring daylight saving, upon wljich the city commissioners will base their decision as to whether the scheme shall be adopted in Lethbridge, have been left at .the following places for signa- ture: Red Cross Drug the Arcade, Hick-Sehl Hardware, Hayr .Hardware and the Good Co. Those in favor of the scheme 'should sign a petition as soon as possible. ZEPPELIN DESTROYED London, May Central News ;ency dispatch from Amsterdam [says that a German Zeppelin desceml- jing near .Saloniki front came in contact with some trees and was destroy e'dV1" KILLED IN AEROPLANE Rome, via Paris, May Prince Maximilian' Dentic De Frazco was killed in' an aeroplane accident today at Pisa. AUTOMOBILE BANDITS Chicago, May young men, alleged automobile bandits, are held today under bonds aggregating nearly to await action by the-grand jury on a total of 61 charges of rob- bery. BIG METHODIST CONFERENCE OPENS TOD A Y; MANY DELEGA TES ARE HERE With the opening meeting of'the ministerial session this morning and the opening meeting of the Laymen's association ihls afternoon, the 13th Motion of the Alberta Methodist Con- ference "got down to work today, and from now until next Wednesday, morn- ing every session will bo crowded with business.. Over 100 ministers were in sessipu at. tho, (irst .session this morning .which was presided over by Rev. :W. J. Conoly, president of the conference. The session was taken up with.the report of the trans- fer committee and other routine busi- ness. The report of the transfer commit- tee showed Rev. F. K. Clysdale going out to the London Proba- tioners Eric Anderson and Win. C. Fa- pan to the London conference, Pro-x balioner Win. Scott to the B. C. con- ference mid Probationer W. G. Martin to the Hamilton conference. Only one man comes into the Alberta con- ference, Probationer S.. L. Laycock from the Bay of Qiiinlo conference. The comniitl.ee of conference rela- tions appointed comprised: Revs. W. A. Edmonton; U P PJnlev Inntefail; W. J. ITaggfth Calgnry, Vf A. Smith, Rdmpnton; A. B. ,Argue, Vermilion; J. Coulter, Stettler; J. P. .conference were .received. Most of the men are out-of.-the province, the {majority of them being in the tren- was restored to active work in the confcr- Berry, Carstairs; L. R. McDonald, the men are out of ..the province, the Cheadle. Rev.'Jl. K. Peck of Claresholni ches; .Revs. Mervyn Piper, Walter R. Brooks, D. J. Grey, Thos. F. Humph- ence. Rev. Chas. J. Bailey of Camrosc and i y Rev. W. J. Howard of Edmonton were recommended to superannuation rela- tion. Rev. N. McDonald, late of Medi- cine Hat but now in the east., was superannuated for one year. T. A. Wilson, of Red Deer, now in the frenetics, and Rev. A. R..Aldi'idge of Edmonton, were re- commended to a supernumery rela- tion. Resignations The following resignations from the ries, C. R. A. -Button. C. G. Corneilie, C. H. Shepperd, W. J. Lloyd and A. MARKETS May wheat July July oats July flax High Low 111% Forecast: Unsettled'with occasional fhowers. London, May MacMas- t'jr, during the discussion in the house commons today regarding purchase of American securities, stated that g cat fears preVfliled in Canada that, control of the Canadian Pacific might pass into American hands by their ac- quisition of shares. 'We 'are doing nothing with these allures." said Chaucelloi McKonna, "because the Dominion1 government does not wish do so, and we may safely leave'-the matter hands their Raymond Man Has News of Terrible Sufferings of Bel- gians at Hands of Huns Raymond, May the Ger- mans have seized all flour, grain, cat- tle, potatoes, vegetables and all other foodstuffs, and that Belgium Is reduc- ed to a state of starvation, is the news just received here by letters from Holland. Leo Van Assel, a well-known Belgian farmer of the Raymond dist- rict, Is "the recipient jDf this terrible information from his "riiother country, the intelligence coming" from a sister who now resides in but who left Belgium about two months ago. The letter was passed by the Dutch censors and' was dispatched March "8th. All that the people have, is the little allowance made to them by 'the Am- erican Relief association.; .The rural districts have teen stripped of all stock and grain, and'Hhe people are now killing and eating their dogs to keep body and soul; together. The cities are in ever, worse condition than the rural communities, the letter states. Mr. Van Asset's aged mother was well to do before the but everything she owns has been confis- cated by the Huns. farms are going the oxen have been all seized by the The social conditions along the great frontier fence constructed by the Germans, is letter states. The houses were blown up to make room for the wires, which are charged with a heavy voltage electricity, and the families forced1 to their already narrow quarters. Five and six families are compeiled'to share the same house, and. tho letter says they are "Hying like Mr. Van Aasel's slater, 'with, a'bout twenty others, men. women and chil- dren from their native town, when their homes were destroyed, were giv- en permission to move to Holland. Ueforc they crossed the frontier, they were all huddled .into one room, strip- ped of their clothes to see that they had concealed nothing on their bodies and afterwards herded across the'bor- der by soldiers with.-1 fixed bayonets, The lady says in her-letter that she merely nodded a farewell to her old, grey-haired mother and... a soldier raised his rifle to strike her.over the head if she made another Sign, LIBERAL VICTORY IN N. B Monclon, NB, Maj K A Smith, of Itiediac, the Liberal caml idate was Qlected to-'Che "New Bruns- wick legislature in the bye-electioa for Westmveland countj de- feating the Ifceenlly appointed minister of public P C. Mahonej tVfth one poll to be heard from, Dr Smith had a majority, gf f c Prominent Speakers Address Sessions This Many Delegates Present association- of the Methodist church of Alberta are hold'-; this- while this evening a joint meeting of J lay- men 'and 'ministers will he held at 9 o'clock. Dr. Rivers is president of the Laymen's association, and speak- ers on today's program Include J. E. Bull of Calgary, vice-president of the association, who will talk on the sub- ject "Christianizing, W. W. Chown, of Edmonton, -who.speaks on the more definite development of the resources of the lay forces of the church; Dr. Stanley, M.L.A., Higlr- River, who speaks on "The rights of the laymen in the courts of the S. A. G. Barnes, Edmonton, secretary of the association, who speaks on "The kind., of Christianity I that will be demanded after the and "W. G. Hunt' of Calgary, who 7] speaks on official boards and their re- lations to missions. Prominent laymen will be present __ during the week. Among these will be Dr. Rivers, J. E. Bull of Calgary; Rr. Stanley, M.L.A., of High River; H. H. Crawford, M.L.A., of Edmonton Soiith; R. J. Fallis, Macleod, S. A: G. Barnes, Edmonton; E. Michener, M.L.A., Red Deer; T. H. Miller, P. B. Bntchart and W. Chown of Edmon- ton and W- of Calgary. AGAINST KELLY Winnipeg, May defend- ing Thos. Kelly, contractor, will move before Mr. Justice Prendergast tomor- row niorning tor. an order quashing Ibe indictments returned against.-him by the grand jury with the parliament building contracts: this motion fails .the defence will move for the postponement of :the trial of Kelly until fall, so Edward An- derson, K.C., of Kelly's counsel, stated in a brief hearing before Jus- tice Prendergast today. GERMANS ML OF Berlin, by wireless to Sayville, May troops operating in the Verdun region west of the Mouse have been "mcceisful In clearing southern environs of the Cumieres Tillage of tSe French who uere holding on there the war office announced today Near- ly 100 prisoners were taken The rapture on May 29 of a naval. gnu and IS machine guns during the fighting in Caarelte announced. ;