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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 31, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta ( VOLUMK X. LETIIBKIDGE. ALBERTA, IIH'HSDAY, MAY 31, 1917 Xl'MBEB 141 o----- : : : NOTHING TO SAY Toronto, .May -When ask-0(1 loilny concerning tlif? probability of liis becoming, n lnem-be: or the coalition government, at Ottawa. N. W. Kownll said ho had nothing to Hay on thai question. �* #% % �� �* " . Sir Robert Borden will lie the leader of any combination of the two parties that is formed. ii. It_ is understood that the new cabinet will he three-fifths Conservatives and two-fifth.-* Liberal. 7. The new government will not deal finally with the questions of party controversy, including the fiscal question. S. The new cabinet will confine itself to iiuoBtions at present afreet- j ing the war, including greater food production, shipping, raising of armies, etc. !). It has not yet been decided what ministers in the present cabinet will be dropped. Sir Robert Ilorden, Hon. C. .1 .Uohcrty. Hon. Arthur Melgheii and Hon. Dr. Held are all practically certain to be retained. 10. Thi! new ministers, if the proposals carry, will stand for constituencies though bye-elections will likely lie avoided by arrangement between tin- two parties. II. The final draft of the conscription bill is ready. It is not likely to be put into effect for a couple of months. 11 will take at least that time to register the manhood of the country. 1-. If the proposals of (lie prime minister fail, or if in event of a coalition being brought about it .should prove unsatisfactory, a general election will come immediately." The Canadian Press staff man at Ottawa wires this morning: Humor that an election may foiiow upon the failure of the coalition scheme which Sir Robert Borden is reported to have under consideration caused plenty of excitement in Ottawa today. "Official silence maintained since the Premier's conscription announcement in the house was in force today. F'ir Wilfrid Laurier returned last night from his conference with Sir Lomer Gouin in Montreal. Unofficial gossip about the result of the con-furenco is not favorable to the alleged coalition scheme. Reports of utterances of Mr. -Murray in Halifax seem to indicate that lie is not unfavorable to coalition government. It is recalled that .Mr. Rowell is not against conscription. There is plenty of talk around the house, all unauthoritative of course, that if coali-' tion fails the premier will decide upon a cabinet reconstruction, taking new material from ranks of h\n own party and jamming through parliament the extension moasurc and conscription as well, the conscription bill 1o be enforced after voluntary recruiting has been given a final chance. "The band of gossips discount the election talk. "Meanwhile it is agreed .in some parliamentary quarters tliRt Sir Robert Is waiting until the situation clears ono way or the oilier before going on with consideration of the conscription hill, which is sa'id to be ready for introduction to tho bouse." Stockholm, via London, May .'II.-The Dutch am! Scandinavian Socialists' commission lias been informed that, the British labor and socialist organization will send representatives- to the Stockholm conf'jrenee. fj. II. Roberts and Ramsay Mncdoiialil. labor members of parliament, are expected. CAUSED BY STRIKE RKERS 21 SUNK THIS WEEK London, Way ."!0.-Eighteen British merchant vessels of more titan LfJf'O tons were sunk dining (lie past week. It was officially announced tonight. One vessel or less than 1,(100 tons and two fishing vessels were sunk. 1.0. D. L fVlAY LOOK Men and Girls Take Their Places -Some of the Strikers Enlist SEVERE ATTAG ARE BEATEN OFF Y THE FRENCH Fear Another Russian Invasion and Have Not Men to Meet It SCARCITY OF FOOD  MOST ALARMING NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN CONVENES. Heavy Loss of Enemy-British In May Had 100,000 Casualties in Ranks GOVT. TO HANDLE ALL !E London, May .11.-The food controller lias ordorod that beginning on Wednesday all choose imported from Canada, Hull'd States and Australia, will bo requisitioned. The food controller will hencoforth control all-dealings in choose, which will bo put on tho market at n prico enabling rotation* to sell it at slxtoon pence per pound, Retail prices have boon llxed on boaiiH, pons and' pulse, and arrangements made for automatic reduction In tbu prico of beans averaging in July two cents a pound, with a simitar reduction in August Paris, May 31.-Germans attacked French lines in Champagne >vilh extreme violence at several points last night. Attacking forces were checked at some places by French fire and at others at the point of the bayonet, tiie Germans retiring each time after heavy losses, tile war office announced today*. Fighting was particularly desperate in the region of Teton Casque and Mont Paut, the attack being launched in four successive waves alter a heavy bombardment from large calibre guns and suffocating gas shells. The French took prisoners during the fighting, including two officers. British Losses In May. London, May .11.-"A hostile raiding party was driven off early today south or Armcnlieres," says today's "ofllcial report. "We secured a few prisoners. There was considerable artillery activity on botli sides last night near Bullecourt and on the right bank of tho Scarpe." The British ofrensive on the Arras front involving some of the severest fighting of the war, naturally has resulted in a largo increase in casualties over the Inactive winter season. Casualties for the last few months have not been received, but in February the total reported was onlv 1,-2-1.1 officers and 17.185 men. British casualties as published in Mnv show a total of 0,902 officers and 100,331 men. CHAUFFEUR ARRESTED Hardly a ripnlc lias linen caused by the strike of telephone plant men and linemen in Alberta which went into effect yesterday at noon. About (it) n^sn in all went out. Their places are being filled and by tomorrow it is expected that, every district will be in charge of men who will keep the plant' in good order and without loss of service to a single subscriber. In Lcthbridge one man remained on the .job. Now men are arriving today, (fir's arc taking the places of men who left on the switches of the automatic system. Tho plant throughout tlie south is in excellent physical condition. Trouble reports are very infrequent. and no loss is being occasioned to any subscribers. T'o raise in pay was asked by any of the men who went on strike in tne south. Some concessions on working conditions merely were asked for. To the men who remained at their posts to keep this public utility in work ins-', order, the chief officials of the system have, sent o.ut the following telegram: "Thanking you Tor your appreciation of our endeavors to give fair treatment to all our employees which wo will continue to do. Northern employees remain to a man and quite a number in the south." The result of the strike is that quite a number or tho men wlio null their posts'have already enlisted witli overseas units. Can Get Along Calgary. May 11.-With all the telephone linemen and plantmen still on strike in Calgary and the southern district, government telephone *> > OCCUPY VILLAGES Rome, May 31, via Loiidon,- Italian troops in Albania-have occupied the villages of Core-verla, Volisest, Osoja and Cafa, tho war oiflco announced to-duy. i> i* * > < <� �s < $ This Excuse of Dominion Govt. For Summary Dismissal of Customs Agent Here Ottawa, May 31.-W. A. B.uchanan brought the attention of tho minister of customs in the House yesterday to the dismissal of Mr. Shaw, collector at Lethbridge. Mr. Buchanan declared that he had been dismissed because at instigation of Mr. Ball, who' had control oflocal patronage he had appointed an official. The federal authorities had dispensed with his services because of this, and no' investigation had been granted him, though he had always given satisfaction in his duties. Dr. Reid replied that the vacancy which Mr. Shaw had filled had been: intended for a returned , soldier. It! was not tho first.time he had taken appointments into his own bauds, and, in any case'his work did not always* give satisfaction to the department., The fact that Mr. Shaw was an ap-1 polntee of the Conservatives,  ho said, took the dismissal out of poll." tics.  - � � Quobec, May 31-Spoken to about the report that he had been callod to a membership in tho coalition cabinet at Ottawa, Sir Lorimer Gouin today said he had not hoard of it nnd added, "Canadian peoplo iiiny rely on Sir Wilfrid Lauriorin this svixvq crista;" Askod whether ho had met Sir WIK frlil Laurior in Montreal yesterday Ue answered that he Uud 1 0?10 ;