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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE FOUR THE LETHBRJDGE DAILY HERALD. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, THE CANADIAN BANK OF COMMERCE HEAD OFFICE. TORONTO ESTABLISHED 18fl7 Paid-up Capital, Reserve Fund, A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS TRANSACTED AT ALL BRANCHES I. B. WALKER, President ALEXANDER LAIRD, General Manager WITH A CORPORATION DRAFTS AND MONEY ORDERS_ sold, and money transferred by telegraph or letter. COLLECTIONS made in all parts of Canada and in foreign countries. FOREIGN BUSINESS. Cheques and drafts On the United States, Great Britain and other foreign countries bought and sold. 123 Lethbridge Branch C G. K. Nourse, Manager Capital and Rest Exceed That Savings Accent which you have meant to open could not be started at a better time than right now, while you have plenty of money coming in. The habit of at once depositing in the Union Bank of Canada the cash you receive, and drawing it out only as you need it, will keep your money absolutely safe, will help you to save more of it, and will increase your balance by the addition of Compound Interest. Yoiir account is respectfully solicited. Details In Dispute Respecting the Tele- phones and Water Suppy Red Dm-, Nov. experience transfer was with an addi- of the town of Red Deer the tional amount of awaiting corporation to which it granted a allotment. The ..capitalization of the franchise to supply light and power new company was to the town, has not been such as to I The agreement further set out that encourage other towns contemplating the original company "has spent the installation of public utilities to much time and labor and incurred follow the example. It has shown great expense in placing the same in how difficult it is to regain a valu-; the advantageous position it now oc- able franchise after it has been once 'oupies." Legislature Ratifies It At the session of. the legislature in 1906, there was inserted in the act As a rule, in such cases, agreements to amend the charter of the town of are not drawn carefully enough and Red Deer, a clause ratifying, confirm- the holders of the franchise find some; ing and declaring to be binding upon loop hole in it, through which it can I the parties, the agreements between escape from carrying out the real in-I the town of Red Deer and the West- tent-ion of the agreement. ern Telephone Co. and the ..Western lightly disposed of and also how hard a matter it is to control a company that nas once secured such privileges. The Question in Dispute There- are at the present time mat- ters in dispute between "the town and the company in regard to the rights I General Electric Co. concluding with 'and the said town shall be deemed Main Office cor. Round Redpath Sts Sub-Office Westminster Rd., N. Ward J. R. ANDERSON Manager. to have at the dates of the same agreements respectively, full power of the latter under their agreement and authority, by its officers to grant which the courts will likely be called the rights and in- upon to settle, and in the meantime the citizens are suffering great incon- venience through the failure of the company to carry out what is believ- ed, to be the spirit of the agreement. The history of the question is as foi- tended to. be conferred." No claim had heretofore been made by the company that the town had any pow- er to make such agreements or that they were valid. This clause was in- serted in spite of the unanimous op- THEMOLSONS [Telephone company, limited, by which the latter was granted a 25-year fran- I chise for the exclusive right and privi- 4 Established 1855 Capital (Paid p Reserve Fund HEAD OFFICE MONTREAL 68 BRANCHES IN CANADA U.S. Exchange Bought and Sold at Lowest .Rates Accounts of All Kinds Carried upon Favorable .Terms ViNGS DEPARTMENT Deposits of SI and upwards received. Interest allowed from date of deposit at highest rates f Lethbridge Branch, Redpath St. K. D JOHNSON, Manager I Banking Service The Bank of Toronto, with its ample and widely- extended banking facilities, its experience of. more than 50 years of banking inCanada and its well-known financial strength, is able to give its many customers- an unex- celled banking service. Your Account at this Bank, whether large or small.: will receive careful attention Interest paid on Savings Deposits Capital Rest BANK OF TORONTO INCORPORATED 1855 Lethbridge Branch: T. W. McEACHERN. Mar. To Ratepayers of the City In offering myself -as mayor of this city 'for the year 1910, I think you should be aware of the municipal pro- lows: In the year 1903 an agree--position of council, who sent a ment was entered into between the j deputation to Edmonton to oppose town of Red Deer and the Western any such clause being inserted in the 1 charter without being first submitted to a vote of the people. One clause in the agreement, granting exemption T j lege of lighting the streets of the j of the company's property from taxa- J town of Red Deer and for the distd-1 tion during the life of the agreement 7 i bution of light, power, telephone and j had been voted on by the ratepayers, other electrical services for munici-jand this'was held by the company to I pal, industrial, commercial and the whole agreement. Had the mcstic use, and that the company j whole agreement been submitted to should have the exclusive right and j the people, it is very doubtful wheth- privilege to use the streets, lanes, er it would have been ratified by public squares, and, any other prop-'them. By the terms of the amend- crty under the jurisdiction and con- ment to the charter, the citizens of of the.corporation. Red Deer were bound irrevocably to the terms of the agreements so long as the company .carried out the terms of them, but the result shows how difficult it is to force a company to live i up to the terms of an agreement as interpreted by the people, when once they have lightly'disposed of" a franchise. Corporation .Would Not Sell In February, the council of- fered to the company, 'the sum of for every dollar that the com- pany had expended for its plant, equipment, property, but al- though all the other shareholders voted to accept the terms, the few BARN WELL New Business houses are opening up. Good openings in some lines yet. Next Spring will see a big inrlux of settlers The agreement was made in May 29, 1903, and the company bound it- self among other things to commence operations within six months, which would be on November 29, of "itie same year. On that date not a move had been made by the company to instal the plant, as agreed, and the claim is now made by the town that this ori- ginal agreement was forfeited on that date. Never Submitted to the People It will be noticed that the council granted the company a 25-year franchise, and this was done without the agreement being submitted to'the who hold the controlling interest re- ratepayers for approval, although j that time a municipal corporation In regard to the rates to be charg- jhad only power to grant a franchise J c-d for the telephones, the original jfor ten years. This of itself it would agreement stated that the- company seem, should-have made the original; agreed "to furnish such service and agreement worthless. svstem at the rate of twenty-five dol- Now is the time to buy lots in Barnwell, the new town that is already famous for coal and wheat. Full particulars may be had from PHONE 279 P.OJBOX 196 W. H. JOHNSON Or CHRISTNER McLEOD, Calgary, Alta, Second Floor Johnson Block Next Balmoral Hotel V LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. ness flat rate, to 20c- per killowatt hour. 'Arbitration of the dispute arising out of this increase in price, was On November 23, 1903, the company per .year for business telephones aSreed the the services of Mr. Kelch an expert electrical arbitrator from Montreal, and William Cousins of Medicine rapidly! i, X.-M.M, me company m ie-; And further, "that the prices here-i town. These two as finances will j turn for such extension, releasing thc inbefore mentioned and charged for jfaileci to. teacl1 an agreement and The continuation of our' improve- j corporation from the franchise con-'any of the foreeoing services shall j -JudSe Winter, Lethbridgc, was nomi- ,merits in the way of street grading; tnijlpri ,-T, Thp "sn .far U'NU't-o krt as third arbitrator. The arbi- j smewalrLs and the pavement- of i our streets commencing where traffic i is greatest. j The immediate adoption of mea- i sure's that will meet as far as possible !-the dust nuisance. I believe that we can sret more, j value for our money than at present i of September, 190-1, before its time; town or cit-v in the North West Tef- torecoin_ tained in the first agreement, "so iar j always be subject to adjustment by, only as it may appear that the cor-j Cither the corporation or the com-1trators hearinS the arguments poration had not at- the -time of the pany on the basis and" principle that j sustained the contentions of the core- agreement power and authority to the prices charged for any of -the said Pan-v and the users'of telephones were grant it." I services shall approximate but never 1 forced. to thc increased rates. In -June of this year a large number cut By an agreement dated the 8th dav exceed the prices charged in "any by having a closer and more business (like supervision', over its expenditure I think this can .be accomplished j by a commission of three, who should be. appointed by, and responsible to your council. I advise the abolition of the council sets and the placing of all epxenditure in'' limit with the corporation had ex-' ritorics, under similar conditions pre- meeting was held to consider pired, the Western Telephone com- i vailing in Red Deer for like done under the circumstanc O _., T .._'_' J_l. J] .___. __ J pany sold to the Western General j services." In the event of the corpor- Elcctric company, all its undertak-: ati0n and the company failing to not prepared to ings, properties, real and personal as- 1 agree on the terms of any proposed 1 of the government telephone hy-drants installed up to twenty nf thA sste n other towns similarl situ- the hands of a" Board" of" SUm Of The capitalization of bc left to arbitration. your commission would relieve' the i Western Telephone company was I Company .Raises; Rates' council of much detail and effect a of which the capital subscrih-j Last fall raised" and for residence phones. and for electric light from Headquarters for ELECTRICAL Satisfaction Guaranteed PHONE 289 out their telephones and a.. public what The council made another demand, on the company to reduce its rates] OFFICE: Brown Co. Y Building. Crabb Street franchises, for thr: change in prices this matter was to-[ system in other towns similarly situ- and for each hydrant installed j ated, but this demand was refused by j that number, the sum of fifty dollars- j the company. In August of this year and for domestic and all other ser- HVil-the'compa-hy: served---notice' on" all I vices the sum hf Improved irrigated farm ad- joining ihe town of Coal- under cultivation; good house, sta- ble, granary, etc. Full TVotor right. ca-sh, balance to suit purchaser. For price and full particulars see. H. A. SUGGITT COALDALE CITY X strict and economical control over ed and alloted at the time expenditure, the whole being to the approval of the the i commissioners'being subject to'dis-i missal at any time by the council. I certainly believe in municipal ownership, but there is no catch i i phraser coined that can be turned to such extravagance and wasteful ex- 'penditurs of-municipal monies. j A very large amount of money roust i j be borrowed by this city in "trie- next! j ten years for the extension of present-municipal' works, for j for a system of storm jfor a city hall, matters of the first! j importance and that arc of rates on telephones to., S35 for busi- STEAMER W. H. MACK WAS WRECKED Muskeogon Nov. v Driven by a fierce Norfclnvest gale the Reamer William H. Mack dragged her anchor from Bay .Mill (yesterday and is high and nearly Jiiy on the long sloping beach at off this harbor., Small harbor tugs, which went to the vessel's assistance .could do-nothing, and larger .tugs have been ordered from Chicago.' The 'Mack is a steel steamer of tons displacement and is val- ued at She is owned in Cleveland. To remove her'" may ne- ceasitate a' channel. our stre-ot! regard to Railway. I'ranchise, J( if elected mavor, wifl' carry, out the wishes of as expressed by the vote on Deccmbo-! G. to grant- a street rail-j way I believe the agree- sut-miiteci is as ijcxjd a one as can be secured'. If you wish the city to withhold the franchise and at a lat.-r urtdertake the street rail- way as a jnunicipally owned enter- prise, it i; in your power to say so on the day of voting, and I shall carry out- your wishes. _tn conclusion I can only say that H elected I shall bring'the" same care to your business that I have in the past .applied' to wiv own. Yours truly. E. ADAMS. CANTATA WELL RENDERED The cantata "Tr. His Steps" given in Westminster Church last night was exceedingly well rendered.. Miss Clapp proved an excellent voice being very clear and distinct and her enunciation perfect. ,The selections by the choir were very well rendered indeed. The perfect atten- tion accorded all throt-gh ,the tainment showed how well" it' was ap- preciated. V Fuel-Saving Scheme Saak-Alts- Double DnpUx Qniteg will save you fuel. Grates are M In Illustration. This allows asbec to be 'removed from one end of fire-box without dUturblnj In other and. sayss frequently .there are more ashes In one end of fire-box than In other. "When ordinary lone grates are used good coal in end of fire-box is shaken dowv with ashes La other. 2S Kemember this .featura Is patented. Therefore Duplex Grates are to be found only on Sask-Alta Steel vices the sura of sixty per cent users of telephones that if they gross receipts arjsliig therefrom ed their service continued after Octo-.j.After the installation of the -w-te- ber, they would be'required'to system the coundl -contract.f or one-year. Many of the ers wMch were secured from the users refused to sign" such a contract, isiature) enacted a to levy "a and although-they, tendered payment tax of 5c_ per foot frontage Qn fdt six in advance, according.1 property alons: the waterworks to the agreement, it was refused, antl their telephone service was cut off. After., October 1, the council de- manded "that the company commence sys- Ring Up T08 When you want DRAY1NG Done promptly and satisfactorily tern, not using water or paying rates, i -f JOHN to pay interest on debentures and an- j nual instalment of principal. Now.the company demands 60 per cent, of this to supply-all-customers, who '..were j special levy and advances the claim Six ,monlhs in, .advance 1 that it is part of the gross receipts Steel Range within 48 hours, otherwise the agree- ment would bd considered1'to have been violated and be declared void. This was refused .by the company-, of the waterworks, which the "council refuses to pay, and the matter will also- likely be left to the courts [decide. The company also make and the council, notified the-company claim that according-to agreement, in to the j f that its agreement witi the town had been, -declared void, and also served it. with -a writ, notifying-it that the case of fire, it is only bound to-; sup-i ply water of t-he pressure fearae, for I one inch nozzle, which is, clearly Cold Weather Is Coming council was asking the courts .to sus-jnot as it was interpreted by the coun- tain its action. jcil to mean when making the agree- In the meantime, a had ment. been circulated and largely signed in There the matter rests for the pre- Red Deer, asking .the. provincial but the people of Red Deer are UETHBRIDGE AGENTS ncwCo. 'ernraent to extend its telephone sys- tem to Red Deer, and promising sup- port. the Water Supply By a further agreement dated.- Sep-, tember 29, 1904, a contract was en- tered into between the town of Red Deer and the Western General Elec- 'tric whereby the latter agreed to furnish the power to sup- ply-water pressure of'not less, than I thirty pounds in the water mains -of the municipal water works system for. -other to for fire protection purposes, such pressure to be given an outlet of one and one quarter inch nozzle. town, agreed to pay one thousand dollars per year for Sunday. determined to obtain redress in -some way for jtie mistakes made in giving away such a valuable franchise, relief from what they consider just demands. and un- CITY AND DISTRICT Mr. Golden, teller of thn Medicine Hat branch of the Bank of merce, has .been transferred to Moose Jaw, Mr. Bell being promoted to the "cage." Mr. Richardson, of Gran- has Seen ..transferred to Medicine Hat to fill the vacancy. Chief Clerk Biette, of the Superin- tendent's office, Medicine Hat, has been notified of his transfer to Cal- gary, where he will again be Supt. Maharg. He reports there on A STORM SASH on that new house'of your.5 will keep out the cold and reduce your fuel account. NOW is the time to act. Ring up 153 and we will give you an estimate on same. We Handle Lumber DINER'S mCTURING I rnuoiuv uuninni OflBce and Factory Cor, 10UKD ifld IOMPI8 STREETS Telephone 153 fod, Siith St FW195 ;