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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE SIX rne LETHBRIDOE DAILY HERALD, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER as, itot. SOME OF THE PRIZES YOU CAN FIRST GRAND PRIZE SECOND GRAND PRIZE Personally CALIFORNIA WINTER in Cash THIRD GRAND PRIZE 25- foot IN PARKDALE i and f Block Tillty Gourlay Angelas Player Plane Prizes for District CITY OF LETHBRIDCE Diamond Ring One Cold Watch tne Morris Chair One Ladies' Desk One Suit Case One Silk Umbrella The print by The Herald ittthlnc but the best. Call at the Department and ItiferiiMtton hew to win one of these valuable awards. Prizes for District No, 2 ALL TERRITORY tUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDCE Diamond Ring Cold Watch Morris Chair One Ladies' Desk One Suit Case One Silk Umbrella SEND IN THIS NOMINATION BLANK NOMINATION BLANK GOOD FOR 1000 VOTES ONLY ONE BLANK ACCEPTED FOR ANY ONE CANDIDATE I Address as a candidate in THE LETHBRIDGKB GERALD Prize Voting Contest. Signed Address Cut ou-t this blank, send it to The Herald with your name, or name and address of your favorite candidate. The names of Ipeople making nominations not be divulged if so requested. Always Room at the Top A number of good localities unrepresented in the published tfet of candi- dates. If you don't enter you Ids. for eertainty; if you do, you may win the Courlay Angelus Player-Piano. v INVoRMATtON Manager, Bryan Block Tae Letftbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alta. -Please give me. detailed information concerning... THE HER- ALD'S PRIZE CONTEST, and the method to be pursued to win GBe.ortbe many valuable prizes. Name Out' this out- and send to THE HERALD. DES MOINES IS SAYING ITSELF (Continued From Front Page) eern, and in less than five minutes afterward it was delivered to one of tbe couucilmen the valuation was cut to that aroftunt. No Regard for People Biu the entire city government was run on the personal preference basis, instead of on the greatest good for the greatest number plan now in vogue. Doubtless the prevalence of ward lines under the old system was the most directly responsible for this. The city was divided into seven dis- tricts or wards and each ward elected one councilman. Now the councilman realized that to retain office he must of necessity please and serve the people who elected him. What did he care for the rest of the city? The more he could get away from It for his sec- tion tbe better. He soon realized that he could do nothing single hand- ed, so combinations were formed. As- sistance given one alderman for his pet measure would be exchanged by aiding in getting through something the other wanted. Reciprocity for personal gain was the foundation of the system, so the good manipulators got the plunis and the poor ones went without. How different now with ward lines idpe-3 out and every councilman, or, more properly, de- pendent on the city as a whole for election? Graft has been spoken of as one of the principal reasons a change in government was demanded, and the question of why it was so prevalent under the old system when there is no sign of it under the new is a nat- ural one. The city paid its council- men only a year. Few business men are willing tc devote the time required to an office of that kind for such a salary, and besides it often required many times that amount to secure election. The result was that the people paid tremendous salaries indirectly. The councils were nearly always made up of contractors and people who had supplies "to sell the city. Some ber profited directly on nearly every award. Plans and specifications pre- scribed in contracts were never lived up to. The substitution of inferior materials at a. tremendous saving to the contractor was permitted on every hand. Result; Inferior public work: fat j pocketbooks for contractors. As one instance of how the con- tractors fed at the public trough, let me sight the case of the public lib- rary. That building was to have cost but before it was completed is cost nearly twice as much. The architect who drew the plans openly confessed to the present council that he received a revenue" frpm everything put into the structure, besides getting a' commis- sion on.the cost of the building from the city, so the more it cost, the bet- ter for him. has just received a large shipment of Dining Sets, Dressers and Stands, Beds, Blankets, Sheetings, Etc., and we are offering them to the Lethbridge public vt reduced rates in order to -make room for our holiday goods' wait un- til Xmas to shop. Come now and get the benefit our offerings, 3 Doors From Bank of Montreal On Crabb St. Open Saturday Night Call or Phone Us Terms Arranged. Estimates Gladly Given. Because of the prevalence of'graft under the old council, the present has many Ills to correct, such as pav- ing that has been done but a few years and his failed to -live its guar- antee. A short time ago it was discovered that one contractor who had to take up a stretch of brick, paving to lay a new sewer had replaced only one course of the material when the orig- inal paving was two courses. -When (threatened with prosecution by''the new council, the contractor returned tne stolen material- Galled the Public There are hundreds of such instan- ces. Every citizen of Des Moines. who was here during the days of the old regime, is familiar with some of jtneni. It was this petty thievery that so galled the necks of the public. The piling up of these undesirable things, which made the old form of government rotten to the core, really inspired the new, and, so far. prac- tically unblemished system. After the people had awakened j themselves to the fact that a con- tinuance along the old course could mean nothing better than constantly increasing debt and retarded growth, they began to cast about for a solu- tion of the gigantic problem. And it was not solved in a day. Several of the leading citizens went to Galveston. where the first attempts were being made with commission systems. Other delegations went to j other cities and all returned with i ideas.. From the mass of information thus' and otherwise obtained there was evolved a new idea. Many learn- ed lawyers, including the governor of the state of Iowa, took part in the preparation" "of the Des Moines.. plan, which.was made a law by the'thirty- second general assembly. This was adopted by the city of Des Moines June 30, 1907. The election of the first council or commission was held March 20, 190S, and the plan became', effective April 6, 190S.' "Although the of the plan I carried by only votes, it is safe j to. say that not one person in 100! would vote against it if it were re-! 1 at -this The number of converts has been. constantly in-! creasing since the first .month of its trial, so that now it is really difficult to find a person .who will openly op- pose it The fact that it is -so univer- sally popular makes some people PUS-! picious of it One thing is certain: Des Moines has a better government more econ- omically managed, than it ever had before. J.L. WRIGHT. WEIRD STORY Of MISS ROOSVELT German Woman Publishes a Book With Impossible Story Berlin, Nov. Emmo Kroeble, a G-erman woman, who was the chief mistress o'i ceremonies at the Court of the Emperor of Corea in 1905, appears as the author oi a book which contains sectioas dealing with the visit of the then Miss Alice Roosevelt to Corea in that year. In her account of ,the official receptioa to Miss Roosevelt, she says: "Learning that the Rooseveltian party had been invited to the Court, of the Mikado, the Corean Emperor hastened to extend the hospitality of j his modest establishment to the dis-! tinguished American travellers. Ac-'j ceptancc of His Majesty's invitation i came with such astonishing prompt- ness that the court was in a dilemma how to get a suitable welcome .ready in time. "The Emperor finally decided to be- stow upon the Daughter of the Presi- dent of the United States -the highest honor at his command, namely, a re- ception at the graveside of his de- parted consort, the Empress. An im posing suit of dignitaries and flunk- eys was accordingly despatched to the 'grave in a picturesque and secluded spot a mile outside Seoul, with uten- sils for a state banquet. Smoking A Cigar "Shortly after the suite arrived a tornado of dust burst upon us, out of 'which a'cavalcade of equestrians em- erged. At their head rode a dash- inging young horsewoman, clad in' a scarlet riding habit, below the lower extremity of which peeped tight fitt- ing red riding breeches stuck into glittering boots. In her hand she brandished a riding whip, in her mouth was a cigar. "It was Miss Alice Roosevelt. We were flabbergasted. We had expected a diftV'ent sort of apparition. Every- bodv was bowing and scraping in the approved Korean court fashion, but Rough Rider's daughter seem ed to think it all a joke. As the mistress of ceremonies T stammered out a. few words of greeting; and the guest of honor mumbled a word of thanks, but nothing more. She was mainly interested in the collossal ef- figies of gods and the mammoth images of animals .which hold -watck over the graves of the departed mem- bers of the Corean dynasty. A Sacrilegious Act "Spying a stone elephant, which seemed particularly to strike her fan- cy, Alice hurtled off her horse in a. flash, Avas astride the elephant shout- ing to Mr. Longworth to snapshot- her. Our suite was paralysed and astonishment. Such a sacrilegious scene at so holy a spot was without parallel in Korean his- tory. It required, indeed to produce it. "It was a critical moment. The suspense was relieved only, by, the passing of tea and other refreshments Alice remained oblivious to what, was going on around her. Not. a word of thanks for her reception was forth- coming. She chatted casually witk the wife of the American Minister, Mrs. Morgan, and partook bravely of the champagne and other delicacies. "Suddenly she gave orders 'or the saddling of her horse and galloped away with her male escorts like a Buffalo Bill." Goderich, Out, Nov. Mac Vicar, for years a well -knojvn rail- %va- rontractor at Goderich, died Saturday, aged 69. delighted. Canadian housewives praise the Happy Thought best evi- dence of its MADE IN BOTH CAST IRON AND STEEL The "Happy Thought" Range please? in ?vcry way. any woman who has ever used a "Happy Thought" If you want complete will Secure our interesting explains the buy "Happy Thought" It solves kitchen exclusive devices and tells how they for troubles because it is built right perfection. A post card will bring it. HAYR BRQS., Local Representatives fcy THE WR BUCK STOVE COMPANY, United BRANTFORD, ONTARIO ;