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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta TFe Lethbridge Daily Herald LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1909. NO. 291. DES MOINES IS SAVING ITSELF Has Made Change In Form Of City Goverrnent (Special the Herald) Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. agine five men converting a business in which people have an equal voice from a venture that- has been losing thousands of dollars every year for decades to one of profit in less than two years: fancy the sub- stitution of strictly business methods in every department for slipshod, hap- hazard ones that had been constant- lv burying their roots deeper in the fertile soil of graft; fancy if you can the elimination of everything objec- tionable in'municipal government for all that is good, and you have a com- prehensive idea of the accomplish- ments of the Des Moines plan in Iowa's capital city during its initial trial.; the Des: Moines plan has changed' the municipal government of -this city from one of the worst in the I? entire: States to one so good that It is' attracting'the attention not m only of every principal city in the States, but of those in Canada as H well. In a series'of five "articles for this paper, I shall endeavor to describe: 1. Conditions prevailing prior to the adoption of the Des Moines plan and HI the fight change. 2. The Des Moines plan charter. fH 3. 'ihe practical application of the HI charter by the first commission. 4. The accomplishment of the com- mission that .are praised by the citi- ife zens. 5. __e advantages of the commission Hlplan over the old aldernaanic system and the spread' of the commission plan flff idea. Like all radical changes, the Des Moines plan was the result of a de-: plorable condition. Graft, fraud and corruption 'were prevalent; in fact, everything undesirable in municipal government was found here when the city was governed by nine aldermen and a mayor. 'Seven of the former.' were elected from as many wards, and two were elected at large. It takes not one evil, but many, to stir a big, cumbersome body like a city to such a point that it is willing to work out a system of its own on theory -and then adopt it to prove its practicability. But conditions bad reached such a, state in Des Moines that a majority of the citizens were willing to do that very they "ave won. The Des Moines plan is not a is practical. Conditions at the Start Let me digress. To appreciate fully the achievements of the commission plan one must be familiar with the conditions that really existed before its adoption. the council was made up of nine councilmen and a mayor, who had veto power, a board of public works, consisting of two men, was appointed by-that body. They looked after the. city's improvements, such as curbing, sewering paving, while another board looked after the parts, an other'library and so on. Nearly all-the subordinate officers, :the treasurer, auditor and engineer .were elected by the people instead of by the city, as is now the Of this made a cum- bersome one too large for the electorate to study carefully, and the adaptibility of the..candidates for the respective- offices was lost sight of. It .was this ticket or that ticket, rather than this man 'or that man, for parti- son politics entered into every elec- tion and every party presented a full ticket "But what of asks the skep- tical person. Simply this: City offices were made the spoils of county, state and na- tional elections. They served as re- wards for services rendered in these campaigns. This made the city offic- ials underlings of the bigger politic- ians. Then there was the public service corporation influence. This was ever prevalent, and the prestige .these cor- porations exerted was f astounding. Under the Iowa law, the ..city council acts as a board of review" and has the power to either raise or. lower the taxable fixed by the assessor. There was not a year pass- ed that thousands of dollars were not sliced off the "valuations placed on the street railway, the water com- pany and other similar interests. For example: In 1906 the assessor valued the street railway system at which was the par value of its stock, without regard to the bonds that had been issued for ex- tensions aind improvements, and the council cut the assessment to This reduction of more than meant a tremendous saving in taxes and goes to show what control of the council meant to the public serv- ice-' Well might they give transportation, or even more ma- terial courtesies, to the city officials. The tcrtal taxable value of the city was fixed by the assessor for the year IflOS was cut by the coun- cil, while last year, under the new plan, with no courtesies to be given, the valuation was lowered only r form- PUT DYNAMITE IN THE STOVE It Exploded and Lady Was Very Seriously In- jured A serious dynamite explosion took place yesterday at the home of Au- gust Lesowski, a homesteader living four miles-: south of Bow Island. He came to Bow Island only about a month ago an-d was digging a well near his house. A stick of dynamite he had in the well did not ex- plode so he told his to go to the house and put two sticks of dynamite in the oven to thaw out. A few minutes later Mrs.. Lesowski saw smoke coming from the oven and opened the oven door. The dynamite immediately exploded and she was seriously injured. A piece of steel entered in the knee joint, another en- tered the breast and lodged on the r.ibs and another struck "her thumb and tore out the muscles and blood- vessels across the hand. Iii addition to ttiese injuries she is nearly blinded All the windows 'in-the house were broken and the stove, was blown to pieces. No person else was injured. Dr. R. R. Ross, of Bow Island was called rand having dressed, the wounds temporarily brought the injured wom- an to Lethbridge this morning. She is now at Miss Dainty's hospital in North Lethbridge. Dr. Ross got the pieces of steel out of the knee and breast but was not able to locate the piece that injured the hand. He and Dr. Mewb'urn operated further this morning. MAKE THREAT AGAINST LORDS Great Interest In Meet- ing Of the Upper- House FERNS Elected President of the Dominion Commercial Travellers' Montreal Benefit Society London, Nov. since the j Peers refused to agree to the Irish I home rule bill has public interest in i the meeting of the upper house equal- ed that shown today when the Lords COLONIAL W. 0. GORDON Who has been appointed commander TORONTO WILL VOTE ON IT Proposal to Construct an Underground Railway Toronto, Nov. city council unanimously voted tonight to submit >to the electors on January 1 a refer- jendurn on the question of adopting a municipal underground railway sys- tem with branch surface lines. If I carried the rate .payers will ls.ter. be I asked to vote for the pur- pose. The system is designed to serve acres containing people in districts annexed by the city since the street railway in 1891 and which the Street Railway refuses to serve because it is alleged the service will be unprofitable. The railway, fran- chise expires in 1921 but an under- ground system, its advocates say will be needed anyway. Controller Hock- en is father of the coun- cil also decided to send a deputation to rremier Whitney to ask for a declaration that if the street railway refuse to serve these districts, the city has power to expropriate the rail war. UNITED STATES MAY TAKE DRASTIC ACTION 1', j I of the fifth military district in sue- met to commence debate on the cession to the Buchan. i get. This in spite, of the fact that________________________________ the rejection of the budget bill is a foregone conclusion. j "It is -my opinion that' it is impos- j sib-le that any Liberal government (And Cut off Relations With Nicaragua can ever again bear the 'heavy- burden j ln a Few Days of office until it is secured' against. Washington. Nov. 22.-The next few days, nerhaps in one or two, will a repetition of treatment such as ;snow iti whether the strained rela- had to undergo for the last fiva tions between the United States and years." [Nicaragua are to be snapped off This sensational declaration TT _ T f n TT- v nu' i The United States government has Lord Loreburn, Lord High accepted as facts beyond all cor> lor in the debate on the budget1 in the! tradiction the report touching the House of Lords today had an electri-J execution of Grace and Cannon in cal effect upon the Liberal members that republic. All credit is given re- __ i replies to the state department, of the House of Commons who crowded the galleries. Quitting the J HIGHER FREIGHT galleries they surged into the lobbies j RATES IN AUSTRALIA under the conviction that they heard j Ottawa. Nov. Trade tie government's last -word before the i Commissioner Ross at Melbourne re- general'election.- jports to trade and commerce depart- That premier Asquith will make a License Commissioners Adjourn the Macleod Case The provincial Board License Commissioners met here this morn- ing to consider the application of Swinerton Grier for a license at Macleod. The case was further ad- journed until December 17 to ge ad- vice on the interpretation'; of the act j on some raised. I The application of Smith Palli- ser for a license at Burdett was re- fusea because they failed to meet the requirements of the act. The commissioners present were Dr. Strong, of Edmonton and D. C. Bayne. of "Banff. Chief License Inspec- j tor W. A. Deyl was also present. Caffie To Canad--aFirst Time It Has Happened That Way ment that Australia business men ex- ercised because of the fact that on January 1, 1910. freights on heavy merchandise from Canada and "United similar declaration in fipe Hot-se of Commons next week and that (the long delaved campaign against the J States will come under control of r .g American shipping ring and result in higher rates. They express hope ithat the Canadian-Australian line be Lords has now begun in -earnest apparent. DEATH OF CHIEF WEED INSPECTOR j Many people in the south will be j shocked ,to learn of the death of T. j B. R. Henderson, chief weed inspector j for the province. He had been ill with typhoid for some weeks and died at Edmonton on Saturday. He came from Wellington county. He was to have married at an early date, a sis- ter of Jas. McCaig. of Edmonton, and Spence of this city. subsidized. WEALTH OF IS ON ARCTIC REGIONS rimiAiir A FURIOUS Told By Captain Bernier-- Furs, Fish and Coal Montreal, Nov. Ber- nier greatly delighted an audience at, the weekly luncheon of the Canadian Club at Montreal, when he gave an address on his recent Arctic trip. He pointed out the immense value of thf and Carries Disaster With It Bellingham, Wash., Nov. land he had taken-possession of for Nook-sack river, swollen by. 3fi hours Canada, saying while Peary and Cook rain in the foothills, js over claimed expensive luxuries of discov-, us banks, sweeping out bridges and an" invisible point called ihe j threatening houses, flooding fields and Pole, he had established the Canadian I towns and imperilling lives- and the claim to the whole Arctic of the fiood has not been reach- ago The land he had claimed for ed- Jt ls expected that today; the Canada was no less than nver Wil1 >e at the highest point ev- square miles. It seems filled with j er recorded and damage to the extent animal life such as musk ox and j hundreds of thousands of dollars deer while the fisheries which thus Wl11 have been done. Ed Galties. his passed into Canada's possession were j wiflj and. three children are marooned of such magnitude that were New-: on an island at Deming and are in foundland to come into Canada's fed- j Whether they can be eration Canada would control the fish! taken oil in boats is doubtful and markets of the world. A very large house will .probably be swept quantity of land was also coal bear- -.-Other ranchers all along the ing In- fact, instead of being a bar- i rivci' marooned and while they rm-waste, this .northern land was full 1 are Bought sale they will probably of natural resources of untold value.! their all The brid.ges orGal-' :lup Creek, Boulder Creek, Bacon Creek ;and Council Creek, all tribu- SHOCKING ACCIDENT r 1-1 I Caries of the Nooksack have been High River, j "d t0 cident befell Jack Okey, a young Glacier, the B. B. B. C. terminus, man employed on the farm of George is cut off. That town is completely Bateman near Brant, on; Monday last, isolated as, the country road leading; He was engaged in grinding grain for to it several {eet Q{ water_ j flood is pouring through the tangled in the shafting and the body streets of Deming and at Acme. Fern until dale, Lyndall, Everson and Marietta. This river is out of its bank and has flooded bottom lands and is still was whirled around the shaft the clothing tore and released .the- ujfoitunate man from its death'iko grip. Medical aid was JOE MARTIN CAUSED ASTIR By Bitter Attack On Canad- ian Government In London U.S. MARINES GO TO NICARAGUA Washington, Nov. are being made for four hundred ma- rines to sail from Philadelphia, eith- er for .the canal zone or for Nicarag- ua next Saturday. This will consti- tute the first-armed force to land in Nicaragua if the developments in the situation there within the next few days require such a ,cburse. All will depend upon 'the action to be -taken by the state department, which is marking time, pen-ding the receipt of additional details of-the execution of 'the two Americans. Grace and Cannon. The departure of the marines came as the result of rush orders sent to the League Island navy yard after the state department received the preliminary report of the slaying by President Zelaya's order of the two men. Prepartio-ns are being made by the navy department for any emergency, but'it is deemed that rush orders.had been given for the completion of or- ders on such vessels as the Paducah and the Dubuque. ON A CHARGE OF HORSE STEALING A man named Wren has been ar-< rested at Browning, Montana, on a, charge of horse stealing, the com- plaint being laid by the Mclntyre Ranch of Magrath. The ranch has lost of horses lately and think is the party responsible. He comes up for hearing at Browning on Simmons Shepherd have charge of the case for the complain- ants and a representative. of the firm will be at Browning on Thursday in case Wren fights extradition. Winnipeg, Man., Nov. re- turns of the department of immigra- tion for the month of September, just to hand, show that for the first time in the history of immigration to Ca- nada the American immigration ex- ceeded the British and Continental immigration when there were more Americans than British and Eu- ropeans arrived. The figures show the immigration from the United States, Sept., 1-908, immigra- tion from thf United States, Sept., 1909, These figures" show an increase over the corresponding month last yearv of seventy-five per cent. In 1909 the immigration during September for Europe and Great Britain totalled being less than the Unit- ed States' immigration. The Euro- pean and British immigration in Sept.. 1908, was 3276, which is 32 per cent, less than this y-ear. This month, however, shows a most ex- traordinary increase in the number of British immigrants coming in, taking into consideration the time of the year and while figures are not avail- able .it is easily seen it is the case. TELEGRAPHIC BRIEFS j J. H. O'Neill, a farmer of Wapaha, 'Man., district, dropped dead. Ezra Moulton, aged 32, who was i badly injured on a threshing outfit a j week ago, died on Saturday at Wya-; _________ v London Nov. is amusc- 1 Broadioot Bros., general merchants u of Gladstone, have sold their business j ment in Anglo-Canadian circles over to Balentine Bros, of Winnipeg, who indictment affecting Hon will take possession in a few days. !Lemlcux and Mr' ff'm' -_____________ of Vancouver at last week's dinner -in the Liberal Colonial Club. McKay May I There was an influential gathering m fn j present including several members of 1 O D. Parliament and some British minis- _________ ters. Mr. Martin being down for a Toronto. November World I speech, let out some infringent biting today prints a story to the effect that! sentences against Canadian govern- Hon. A. G. MacKay, leader of the j ment's naval policy. He ridiculed j Liberal opposition "in the Ontario j w.hat ,he called the tjnpot navy, which i House, is anxious ror a change and I _, kill resign the leadership at the end could-.be no possible help to-England i of the .coming session to''..go to British Columbia to practice law. and enter politics -there, where he would have better chance to get to the premier- ship, inasmuch as Mr. McBride is said to have ambitions to come to Ot- tawa, and his .leaving may give Bri- in time of war and would only make Canada the. laughing stock of the world and serve to fill the pockets of certain Canadians with ill-gotten gains at the public expense. HOUSE WILL NOT MEET TILL FEB. 1. DAILY PAPER FOR FERNIE Fernie, Nov. District I Ledger announces that it. will issue, i a daily edition shortly. "For eighteen he said, "I jtish Columbia Liberal's a chance of I nave been fighting graft in every j ____________________j party in Canada and now I must i turn around on my friends and fight j it in the Liberal party. "Canada should make frank and di- rect contribution to the empire's cen- tral fighting force." Mr. Lemieux defended the govern- ment policy on general lines. The Times, Morning Post, and Daily Chronicle, though reporting the din- ner and the speech of Lord Lucas, of ,the Ministry, says nothing of this incident, which caused some stir. Edmonton. Nov. Rutherford intimated today that the Legislature would not meet till Feb. 1. two weeks later than the opening of the last session. There will be a light grist of legislation for this session. irg done toj Mr. Okey, :-iibV it iously Bi.-. .-man drove t j (Jay and accomp i.: to Calgary, in the hospita- Iti-of yvstcr- tl: ypuvjf :nan will be pla-j-'d sufferi of j ing: rapidly. The big steel county is .s-i-i bridge at Marietta is in grave dan- injured ahouc the sftne. -Mr. ger The Baker River, in the foot- hills, is at the highest point in its history. Stock is being driven the bottom land pastures and in ma- i ny places ranchers are preparing .to RECOGNIZE JEWS IN FINLAND j move their household effects out be- st. Petersburg, Nov. j lore .their escape is cut off. by the ris- the last hours of its 'recent the diet of Finland by a vote of 112 to -43 adopted a law which confers citizenship upon Jews who are natives or have been resident of the country jng for 10 years. It places Jews on an equal footing with other foreigners. Portland, Ore., Nov. re- sult of the storm which swept the western slope of Oregon during the i past two days, Portland today is practically cut off from communica- j tion from all points south and.tbe-iEt-- i ports corning in indicate that thou- sands of dollars worth of damage has been done by the elements. The Wil- liamettc river is rising at the rate of three inches an hour, but unless the heavy rains continue for another twenty-four hovrs no material dam- age by reason of a fiood is anticipat- ed. The Columbia River is full of logs, which have broken adrift from i log booms in the various logging in temperature rages today over the streams in Oregon and Washington, lakes region. The storm is A prominent steamboat captain'said BIG STORM IN MIDDLE STATES Chicago, Nov. heavy storm of rain and sleet accompanied by high winds and every indication .of a drop terc-d near north-east. St. Louis and extends The sleet and ice have hampered telegraph lines and storm .displayed at all signals have .r-been ports. In the morning the government life saviiip- crews from Evanston and Chi- cago answered an appeal for help from the crew of the freighter Boston which after battling all night in the storm on its way from Milwaukee, was thrown beyond control upon the sand bar near Wilmington one of Chi- cago's north shore suburbs. Eight of the crew of eighteen men that there wore over adrift in the. lower Columbia, which would in- dicate that the lumber interests h er amount. That former councils accepted the corporations' valuations of their re- speciive plants, rather than those fixed by Uie assessor is openly charg- ed. Indeed, the corporations became so bold in naming what their valua- tions should be that in one instance the president of the street railway company appeared at the door of the council. chamber with a piece of pa- per bearing the figures for his con- (Continued on Page Six.) ATTEMPT ON LIFE OF BARON ROTHCHILDS Breslau, Prussia, Nov. appears to have been an attempt up- on the life of Baron Albert Rothchilds Of Vienna is reported from "Schiller- dor the Rothschild hunting seat in upper Silesia. A schoolmaster who was on the way to ScMllersdorf was stopped by a man who courteously requested him to deliver a letter-to ,the Baron. The schoolmaster con- sented and had continued on his way when the letter exploded, frightfully injuring the bearer. been the chief storm. River boats have been sent1' to the scene of drifting logs, .and busily engaged in rounding up 'timbers and restoring them'to preparatory to towing ''them tor; the- various lumber mills, along the riyer. Meagre reports from South Oregon, especially on the west side of the Williamette river, indicate _that great damage has been wrought. On the Santsiam River thr.ce railroad bridges elected to leave the vessel, which was faave bwn washed out is doubt- fast on the sand and were taken .f service TVJH be renewed on the ashore. Three steamers: the Puri-j auA Eastern fora week or tan, the City of Benton Harbor, and the Missouri left the Chicago harbor} during the day, barely escaping ser- ious damage by being dashed against the pier. Much anxiety is felt for vessels known to be out of reach of safe har- I bors. USED A GUN AFTER A DANCE HOTEL KEEPER FINED Calgary. Nov. conviction has occurred" in Calgary for violation of the liquor selling license act, with S50 fine and ?7.5G costs. The offend- er was Spence Thompson, proprietor of the National Hotel, who was found guilty of selling liquors on Sunday STRICTER LEGISLATION GOVERNING TRUANCY EAjaex. or ''f Li-'V, ff" i "-J- or Tony Trorenenko, an Italian from No. appeared before Inspector West this morning to answer a charge of shooting with intent, to kill. W. C. Ives appeared for the defence. The informant was Geo. Fisb.uk. Accord- ing to the evidence taken this morn- ing the affair was the wind up of a little dance and jollification at the house of John Luca. Tony was at the dance but did not part in the proceedings. It was after it broke up that. Geo. Fishuk and Tony commenced quarreling and Fishuk had hit him in the face. Fishuk's brother arrived on the scene and took part in the row too but the two men Wie separated. Tony refused to go home at the request or the on- lookers when Geo. Fishuk again came on the .scene and told Tony that he was to "go home. Tony had replied, "You want to fight with me too do you" and drew his gun discharging it at Fishuk. The shot did not find its mark and the bystanders ran in and secured the gun before any harm could be done. The case was adjourned till tomor- row morning at the request of the counsel for the defence. Attorney General's Department Fram- ing Laws to Require Constant Attendance of Scholars Edmonton, Nov. legis- lation governing truancy in the pub- lic, schools in Alberta, will, it is ex- pected, be introduced at the coming session of the legislature, under the direction of the attorney general's'1 de- partment. While no announcement can be obtained from the department the legislation is being prepared and will probably be introduced early in the session. The present truancy laws in lorce in the province are antiquated, and practically have no effect whatever in regulation of truancy. The existing ordinance- compels the attendance of children of school at the schools for only s. iew of the school year. As a consequence there is a large percentage of the school pouplation of the province, absent from the schools for a greater part of the term. It is intended to franio the new regulations along sim- ilar lines to those existing in other provinces, in which children of school age are compelled to attend every school day in the year, unless suffi- cient reason car. be produced for their non-attendance. ;