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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta THE TTERALP Salnrrlny, November Ifi; 1912; LETHBRIDfiE DAIlY HERALD ESTABLISHED DECEMBER 1307 Published .Lethbrldge Herflld PubllshlnQ Cc.: every lawful evening tts olflce, Sixth Streeti' Lethbridgs, -Canada. W. A. BUCHANAN PHONEl Editorial, Reportorlaf And' fJewt Department 122 4 Managing Director T. W. QUAYLE Managing Editor JOHN TORRANCE Builnen Managtr PHONEt Advertising Circulation Anil Job Department! 1252 1 year. 6 months, delivered 52.03 3 moiiiiis, delivered, SI.CO 1 mouth, delivered 35c. DAILY SUBSCRIPTION RATES jar, by mall......... 6 Bonths. by mall...... 1 month, by mall...... 35c. Addresses changed an often us desired, Dut bath new old addresses must be given. THE DAILY HERALD FOR SALK AT Cross Dnifj Rook Store; J. O. Robertson Cd.; Jackson Co.: andra Hotel; People's Druf score; Kenny Allln. Co.; B. W. Hamilton. PIncher J, D. L. McCrfti. Broa, Drug Book Uonipntiy. Furnie, B. Beat. Medicine M. Northam. Cranbrook, 9. and Atchlnson. L. Relneche Diamond City .Drug'.Co, Vancouver, B. Wlda News Company. Brown, 219-4th Strett Jamleson Newi Co., 705 Itls-ersido Avenue. Also on all C.P.R. tralni THE WEEKLY HH Published every Wednesday in eight of "more pages, and contains a summary of the news o( the week, local and district 1 year In advance 3 months In advance 6 months In advance........7pe. VEST POCKET TALKS ON THE NEW CITY CHARTER 8.-THE INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND rpHJG .Montreal Witness, which has I the Canadian record for paper independence, In never bavins sought or accepted political favors, sneaks its own mind on the nuvy question. It says: "It is coming to be understood, es- since the resignation of .Mr. Mr. Borden's policy about lo he revealed will ho an emergency of an overwhelming thirty millions is the figures asa subvention to" the royal navy. As no em-ergency there is no" ex- cuse for. ati_ emergency subvention. The only emergency is in our own politics. iMr. Borden, having 'joined the Nationalists' to the extent of sup- porting their cry .that .no moivey should he given to the nuvy without A Political Emergency the policy first being submitted to the people, finds ia an imperial emer- gency the only method of escaping from that undertaking. In support of this undertaking th-e emergency idea is being worked up by the gen- eral machinery of the Jingo organlza. tion throughout the Empire. Accord ing to some wise ones there is to be a continuance of emergencies. The total subvention, they tell us, is to amount, in a few years, to a hundred mil! ions. We believe that Canada should take her in shar- ng the imperial burden, but that it should be done as a sober settled policy, jinfl not as "a challenge to a supposed enemy. We want Germany as a friend. It is'the worst of states- manship to insist on her being an enemy." OUR POINT OF VIEW SOME PKOPLK oppose the com- mission plan of government on the ground that li will place too much power iu the bunds of a small body of men. They admit tho prin- ciple that a small number of paid, men, giving Ueir whole lime to city business, each responsibly for one branch of the work and specializing, so to speak, upon possible a higher efficiency and better result! than are possible under the existing system, but they fear it a dangerous move to place the whole responsibility of administration of the city's business iu the hands of so few men. They overlook the initiative, refer- endum and recall feature of the direct commission plan, which substitutes the whole body of ratepayers for the aldermanic council in the job of "watch-dog." What, then, is this in- itiative, referendum and recall? The initiative is the right of a cer- tain number of duly qualified rate- fifteen or twenty per, cent as may he propose i the enactment of or bylaws j by means of petition. The proposed measure or petition urging this enact inent is placed before the commis- sioners. If the commissioners wish, they may pass the measure in the ordinary course of procedure. If, how- ever, they do not see fit to do this it is obligatory upon them to submit It. to the people to be voted upon, on the first convenient occasion. If. it is then passed by a majority vote the ratepayers it becomes law." The referendum is the right of a certain number of duly qualified rate- fifteen, or twenty per cent as may be demand of'the commissioners the submission to the ratepayers for final approval or rejection any measure or bylaw which they may pass; The referen- dum is simply an extension of the powers which Canadian ratepayers have long namely, the right; to pass upon all money bylaws before becomiiiK .legal. C'aiuullim legisla- tures have even made the referendum upon money bylaws'compulsory. .The people -have Jiad n taste'of ii good tiling: and, they cannot be blamed'fo> wanting more. The: advantages ot' the initiative and referendum, are That they dis- entangle issues, separating ou-e nues- Uou from the' many minor and other questions with'- which, under the pres- ent system, of annual oloctloua of so-mixed anil confused. It mak.-s it possible for the ratepayers to decide regarding measures almost entirely on their merits, eliminating all side or per- sonal issues. No ono today lias the hardihood to object lo the- initiative and referen- dum, if the people are really masters of their business then the referendum is right beyond dispute. If the refer- endum is wrong it must be because elected bodies have- a right to force measures to -which the majority of the people are opposed. This is a horn of tho dilemma which, like a hot poker, tho strongest opponent of thi initiative a-nd referendum hesitates to touch. .The recall is'the right of a certain number'of duly qualified ratepayers- ten, fifteen or twenty per cent as may be demand by means of petition -that any commissioner shall come before the ratepayers .for re- election or dismissal, thus giving tho people the right to dismiss an unfaith- ful public precaution that any ordinary business man invariably employs in private business, in engag- ing a man to manage his business. The advantage of tlie recall is most apparent as a precautionary mea- sure. "When the people have the pow- er to veto legislation and dismiss un- worthy servants responsible for it, the danger of ba-d legislation and bad conduct on the part of those who under present conditions are able to mis-govern, with impunity, is reduced to IL.minimum. THE STANDARD SECURITIES COMPANY Real Estate ad Investments OWNERS OF MORNING SIDE Suite 111 to 115 Sherlock Building P.O. Box 1979 Phone BETWIXT AND. BETWEEN: Liberalism r Leth bridge. very .much alive in 'Quality as 'well as tjiianlity is re quired in the aldermanic slate. Dignify seems to be a forgotten vir- tue in British politics. Peebles seems to be fond of throw- ing pebbles at his fellow citizens. -Cranbrook Conservatives are still hammering at the doors of the -Min- ister of Labor, -The minister should not be unmindful-Qf past favors from C--P, R. employees. Hon. Charles R.-Mitchell-is-a live when it comes: to'boosting for tioiu born Alberta. He is a cabinet worth cheering for. -Make tiie aldermanic candidates their position on commission of government without equivo- cation. Mayor Hatch is right in saying that the poople sometimes overlook the immensity of tho coal industry iu I.eihbridKe and immediate district, i It is a raiitiou the amount of in- terest, ratepayers take in municipal affairs around election time ami hou lUile attention they pay to them dur Ing the rest of your. Tho Herald reprets to vhat then. is such a tendency lo nominate sec lional candidates. Let till stand ty pother for tho sooti of the wholn city H sectional candidates ;iro io be so Ivctcrt tbo present would be no im jirovemeni. on (ho ward system. Dr. Lovering expresses the view of the intelligent, fair minded ratepayer when he says that the city council is not nearly as bad as some people try to paint it around election time. Tiic greater powers arc showing rp marhnblc discretion in nor. rushint into a fight over the issues A big war in Europe likely follownd Ity (lie adding of a mi mite of new republics to tho .world. Tin treat heart of democracy hates war Alberta's Sunday School association Lclhbridge n live cit. by deciding to hold the noxi annua convention liere. Let them all come The more conventions, tho more th public will learn that. Lethbi'idso js a hospitable place, wllh a progres.sivi lot of citizens, who bclievo tlioir clt} is as good as any in the West. "When all Is Raid and done what has the toil1 council dono that was not In tho interests of Lothbridgo? They spent money, said one critic. "They flkl, but it was to ohlifiations Jnherited from tlie yenr previous and obligaUons ordered by tho ratopayor.s of Lothbrldfic fit the polls, nud fo pay for ImprovomentH which will make Lellibridyfl a'greater and better city. Won'I knock. To refer to respectable business men as "sharks" in a public meeting ami without the slightest reason for so doing, is an offence which shoulc forfeit the offender the privilege of addressing meetings in a caiupnign. The ratepayers vote the money for the council to spend oil- public im- provements and when the taxes are all the bfamo on the council. Some of the bankers concerned in e bank scrape at Macleod seem to have.been as green as the cover on the book'of rrules. Judging by the evi- dence'at the Douglas trial. As Dr. Lovering says, archangels vould not be allowed to serve on the :ity council without criticism being llrccted at them. People seem to en- oy belittling the men they elect to i-arve them. Lethbridge has not experienced the boom expected for 1012 but it has gained ground and is one of the brightest cities in the west at that Property has not depreciated a cent in Lethbridge. Can the same be said of other places? The Mayoralty Aspirant's Song Breathes there a man with soul so dead, who -never to himself hath said, "I'll run for mayor, and fool tlie un- suspecting pop; they'll think I'm it though I am not: then I'll be there. I'll wear plug hats and canes- and things, to hobuob 'with the dukqs and kings, as smooth as the crow.d'll yell wheu I appear, and o'er my bier, may shed a tear when I'm de- ceased. At fina-ncing I'll be great guns, and I'll not mind the beastly puns of scribblers rank, who try to hurt my feelings by attempting to pet plans decry, and hurt me with the bank. The, tram cars will be in the swim, when I step out and in to win election day; and all our troubles will be past, the people will get theirs at last, and all will hav-2 a say." If such there he, go mark him well, lie surely is not bound (With apologie.f tp Walt Mason.) Over tlie Jlaiay Peninsula the natives at tiines talk a language call- ed the "camphor language." Now camphor may Ires rather strong, hut il some of the natives had been present at the Duff Addition ratepayers' meet- ing the other eight they -would have got a liae on a bunch of talk that would make them think they were being scoided for whispering. They say the man responsible for most' O: the sulphurous eloquence is In the Hint class. It was a great, night over there though. The mayor proved that when it comes to spending money, he ranks right next to Charles Webb Murphy of the Chicago Cubs. Charles Webb got in strong with the sport .scrib- Third Avenue Own or Control several .of the very Lest located corner properties on this avenue SEE US BEFORE BUYING Wilson Skeith C. P. R. AGENTS Opp. Alexandra Hotel Phone 1343 J A few days ago Mr. Aatiuitii, fol lowing the Guildhall speech on the war, wns proclaimed a statesman ol the highest type. This week he was called an "ape" and a "crook" hy hia political opponents. There is no dan. ger of tho hoa. gentleman sotting a swollen cranium. .lohn Rroiiie's question ahont going on with public works before tho money is in is to the point. No business man would undertake to bnild a block or a house until ho knew hla loan was secured. The- same pracilco should lie followed in'civic affairs. Tho Calgary Albtrtan is advocating the purchase of a coal mine hv tlie city of Calgary. The otbor day it quoted nomo lularofltlng (Igurns com- paring tho cost of coal and gas. They were the findings of the Kansas City testing laboratory. It was found that based upon the approximate price of fuei in Kansas City one 'million Brit- ish thermal units of heal, or tho amount, necessary lo evaporate 125 gallons of-water, was as follows: SO pounds at. a ton ]tic 72 pounds anthracite nt ton i'i pounds crude oil at -2 1-2 cents per gallon................... isc 000 fcot nntural gas at 'tic. 000 cubic feet artificial KOII! gas 79c DEC THREE EXPRESS TRAINS DAILY Letliforirtge to Toronto and Ketui'ii, Hthtaulge to Montreal and Return, Corresponding low rates to points in Ontario, Quebec and Maritime Provinces Tickets on Sale December 1st to 3lst In- elusive Good to return within three months Liberal Extension Privileges Tickets issued in connection with TRANS- ATLANTIC TRIPS on sale November 7th to December 31st, inclusive and limited to five months from da to of Issue, with, privileges of extension. Finest, equipment. Standard and Tourist Sloojilng Cars. Djning cars on all through trains. Compartment Library, Observation cars on "Imperial Limited" jiiiid "Toronto Special Through Tourist Car Service In connection willi these excursions. For dates of departure and nervations apply to local agent. Tickets Via all Trans-Atlaniic Steamship Lines For ,fU1f information, rail and steamship tickets, apply to S. B. Agent, Lethbridge, or write to U. G. McNEILLIK, District Passenger Agent, Calgary, Alberta. biers on the Chicago papers ovt little financial deal and now they've dubbed him C. Tightwad Murphy George did not say ii-e helo-nged t.o the tightwad fraternity, but he did complain that he hadn't much chance to scatter the shekels when he nevei knew hut that the city might pelled to go into the hands of'a ceiver. There were several other little passes which were interesting enough to keep everybody awake hut the chairman. For instance, two or three of the field "made their debut with great eclat. They said they didn't have much to say and they sairf it. They refused to promise anything, for they were well aware of the old saw which goes somewhat (.0 the vt- t'cct that promises were made to bo hroken. They didn't even promise that if elected they would see that Duff Addition-got more sidewalks. If they had heeu 'vise they would have made a break that way, and some forty-seven votes or so' would have been cinche-d without spoiling it hy saying anything else. But the Thursday night meeting 'was only a starter, like fish with the soup. On .Alonday night ex-Chief Gil- lespie, mayoralty aspirant, ,wtll he present to address the electors, lie intends to show that ho is not run- ning because he is sore on CJeoi Hatch; he will show that his friend George is not the only finan- cier this side of the '19th, and on the whole promises to put a crimp in the hotting odds that will make tho pres- ent holder ot the cup look like a sell- ing plater. A love feast with a really truly lov- ing cup is one of the attractions bill- ed for the aioutlay night mcethVg at Fleetwood School. It is rumorod in strictly polite cir- cles that the club produced at the murder inquest yesterday had never really been used to hurt anybody, but some ftn'iel soul had found it handy to swat a Hy. Tho" rumor of course is quite unconfirmed. The hoy .stood on the bum tag dock' Complaining of the heat; llo stood .upon his hfad And tried to cool his feet. Tlio ahovo pretty littlo- ditty was sung hy Till) Taft on Nov. H Just as tho oM ship was sinking. the Icy waves of a Wilson victory rolled over him, 'Ms said tho order was re- versed, and now ho sufferjj from cold feet, A wclI-knpVn newspaper man was talking about the difficulties of' a re- porter's life, kind of intuition, a kind of mind he said, "is essential to suc- cessful reporting.' "'Did you loll that reporter not to announce that yon- were a, candidate for the said the iirst. "Tho other looked up from his jour- nal gloomily. he answered, 'and the tlurn fool never put it in his Louis Globe-Democrat Before selling or shipping your grain consult JOHN BILLINGS CO. Grain Commission Merchants, Winnipeg .and Lethbrldga Special attention given to ana prompt roturns made after unloading cars. Advances on all Bills of Lading If desired. Market prices by wire or 'phono. OOlco at Messrs. Asquith Lindsay's Dominion Block, Letubridgc, Alta, Phono 1714. P. O. Bos 278. Local Manager I. SALBEKG We net ns Executor and. Trustee mulor Liquidators. Wo rmdcrtnkc financial' agencies of all' kinds, superintend .invcslvmc.iil.-s and colldcl! dividends, interest and figrooi-nenl paj'monts, Assignee, .'Receiver, Guardian of Infants, and Committee of Lunatics, etc., etc. GIVE YOUR TO. A LOCAL EffTEl BRITISH CANADIAN TRUST" COMPANY Conybeare Block, Lethbridge, Alberta. C. F. P. Conybe.ire, Esq., K.C., D.C.L. J, S. Haxton, President, Manager nnd Sec'y ;