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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, November TTIT! LETHBRTDGF DAILY VSNAP! 7 Roomed House on London Road Owner Leaving City For particulars Inquire at F. C. Lowes Co. Balmoral Blk. Lethbridge 'SHERLOCK Splendid Btrilding Lots in blocks 159..160, Price ea. Easy terms North Lethbridge Realty Co. PHONE Ml Gto. Angus. F. E. fthMtx. THE PUBLIC FORUM LOOK THIS UP Lots 38-39, Block 129, each Easy terms R. V GIBBONS CO. ROOMS F. AND G., BALMORAL BLOCK. Phone 1191 Farm Loans Fire Insurance Houses to Rent Real Estate-Business Site 75x125 ft. The H. MACBETH AGENCY HOUSES TO .RENT. INSURANCE. MONEY TO LOAN On Improved Farm Lanas OTd City Property acre lot No. 158 Jlorniugside, cash; balance (i and 12 months. 3 lots In Bloik L., cash: 4 and 8 months. THE C. B. BOWMAN AGENCY ACADIA BLOCK. PHONE 1325. Angus Shantz ROOM 116 SHERLOCK BLDO.________.' 2 BUSINESS terms 3-8 cash; balance (i and 12 months; 2 St. B. North; face esst; terms; each........ 2 LOTS__12th St C. North; face east; ternw; each ..........1225 3 St. South; face Duff Addition; for time only; good value; each............................'.W23 A storey frame nousc; size 24 x 28; has 7 rooms and modern: lot 42 ft. frontage; fenced; (table; very centml; good reasons for selling; price......... The Alberta Securities TRACIvAGE 3 lots on corner, improved, producing good revenue. Terms. BLOCK, PHONE 1M5. LETH1RIDCE, WHERE PRICE AND ARE CONSIDERED Lot" Block 20, Duff, caih'; balance one and two years.' Acre 5 In Bloch'T., cash; balance one and two years. Acre 3 In Block K., on London Road, with 6 roomed house, 'i-3 cash; balance one and two yeirs. .2 lots on Westminster, with water, light and sowor, cash: balance 6 and 13 months. A. E. IVES Stafford ilMk. Office Phone 731. MONCTON PROGRESSING Moncton, -Nov. natural gns nlpetl -.from 1hn wells hi' tsnco from the irells is between sev- en nml eight miles. The town has also maile a satisfactory1 test of has been Jll'jyil -.MIMII tin; Albert county. N. li., to tho city of new street, railway, and will have Woncton, ind a of the pressure jirars running over a portion tho lias in-ovcd satisfactory. TUu dla-jlliw wKliln a few dayi. THE SINGLE TAX To tho Kdllor of the Herald H. Peebles, who lid Is a Socialist, wrote a lengthy let- ter to your paper the other day; and on Thursday addressed tho North Iitithhrldge Ratepayers Association, de- nouncing (he Single Tux and myself as an advocate of tho Single Tax. at con- siderable length on both occasions. llo says: "The people of Lotbbrldge do not know what the Single Tax Is. Mr. Mamvaring, who claims to be a pioneer advocate of the Single Tax knows nothing about tbe' matter, and Mr. iMeech knows very little more." In view of the fact that Mr. Peeb- les, in his letter to you, chows conclu- jslvely that he himself docs not even I know what Single Tax hi, this state- ment of his is somewhat rash, If uoth- Ing else. Mr. Peebles appears to he laboring under the delusion dial when speak- ing -at a recent meeting of the North Lethbridge Hatepayers' Association, 1 hold out a picture of the town of Fair- hope. Alabama, as being what Leth- bridge would be it it adopted the prin- ciple of land value taxation. 1 do not think I said anything of tbe kind. I certainly did not mean to If I did. What 1 think I did what jbol'h newspapers reported me as sayT ing, w-aa that Lethbridge .could not, of 'course, do as .Fairhope had be- cause it did not own the land within HE confines, but that Lethbridge could take a fairly lone step In that direction. recognizing the principle that land vulues are created by the and not by any I by adopting tho Vancouver system of exempting all improvements from tax- jation. I may not have made myself quite clear, but 1 tried to point out tha vital differences between the system In use In Vancouver and the system In use In Fairhope. And I only mention- ed Falrhone at at the close of my the purpose of em- phasizing the fact that, although the Vancouver system, in the popular mind is termed Single Tax, It is .only a step In the direction of. tho Single Tax which Henry George advocated, and which he argued would go to the root of the evils existing In the present economic system, is nationalization of land, or, which amounts .to same thing, the levying of a tax by the State or tho community which would equal tbe annual rental value of vast- ly more radical measure than the. Van- couver system, whicTi 1 am advocating for Lethbridge. Mr. Peebles asks me to. show him where he ia wrong. In his. letter to you he says: "Well, if I understand Single Tax us laid down by Henry George, it is to have all taxes for city improvements collected from tend val- uation." It is right in this premise that Mr. Peebles'gets off Die track, and it statement I had In mind when V said Just now that Mr. Peebles does not know wh'at he is talking about .when discussing the Single Tax. Ho falls into precisely the trap that I was endeavoring to warn thofle who had patience enough _ to listen to me agsinst. He gets the Vancouver sys- tem and or Georgian, system, hopelessly mixed. He then en- deavors to show that the Vancouver system does not work out the way H-anry George argued that his the absolute system of Single would work out, and I have to go to all the trouble of answering him as a result. One would imagine that any- one who is free with Henry Georges name, as is Mr. Peebles, would at least know enough about the subject that bears Mr. Georges name, to save him from falling into such a fundamental error. If he knows so li'ttle about the other things he pre- tends to know all for am sorry for a. Socialist, that is. I made no attempt at the North Leth- bridge meeting to argue that the Hen- ry George plan of land nationalization wan the panacea for all tbe economic ilia from which' this old world suffers, although 1 do not mind admitting that down in the bottom of my heart I bo- It would go a long.way in that j direction. I simply argued that the 'system they have .In Vancouver la a step in the right direction, and If ad- i opted by Lethbridge would prove of In cstlmnble benefit, and would be a far more equitable system for all concern- ,ed than Is the existing system. .1 i have no vision least not a good many years to come--of "making a Fairhope out of Lethbridge'' quote Mr. Peebles. Rending over Mr. Peebles' ephtle, I cannot bring myself to believe that ho Is Mie Socialist he pretends he is. Me may ho one of the ranting kind who do not know what they are talk- ing about. I Judge only from his let- ter and the report of his speech. 11-3 certainly Is not one of the kind that basv studied social economy. T have I not read a great deal of it myself, but jl have read sufficient to know that, as laid down by Marx and Engels, the Georgian idea of the nationalization of Is the first step In the proposed Socialist, revolution. I would ndvise Mr. Peebles to rend the Communist Manifesto, which is to the Socialist be- lief what the Apostles' Creed is fo the Anglican Church. I have no desire, sir, to weary you or your readers with a droctrlnolre dis- cussion as to the respective merits of tliMIdiry finorge theory of the absorp tlon of laud values and tbe theory of Marxian Socialism, the kind at dlicui- which Mr. Peebles Is seeklnf. 1 think I hate ahown rhat knowe Tery llttlo about Single Tax, either tbe mod- ification of It that they have In Van- couver, or Its full conception as advo- cated by Henry George. I have shown, 1 think, that tbe preuilso or definition on which Mr. bases Ills argu- ment li false, and tbe deductions draws from a false premise, therefore, must also be-false. I might Just-point out to Mr. Peebles, however, poor men do not own unimproved vacant lots alongside valuable properties on which stand buildings "several stories i high." If they were poor when they bought their lota they would naturally grow rich as the time came about when they were surroundud by huge business bloom. And if they nev- er Improved tholr own property, they have grown rich on other people's la- bor. Industry and enterprise. It Is strange that so radical a Socialist as Mr. Peebles, should endeavor to con- done and Justify such a method of get- ting into possession of a goodly sup- !ply of this world's goods. Apparently his Socialism is based on the theory that it IB all right for a poor man, If be sees a chance, to fatten himself on other menu efforts, but all for others to do it. I might also suggest to him that a very small proportion of P. R. capital Is represented by buildings, rolling stock anil equipment, and a veVy large proportion of it is re- presented by Increase In the value of real estate, land values, right of way privileges, .increases not created by the company, but by the growth and development of the whole country. I would like to tave gone further in- ito some of the arguments advanced by [Mr. Peebles, but I find already that 1 am taking up quite a lot of your space than I intended. I have not endeavored .to reiterate any of the rea- sons that lead me to advocate the Van couver- system for Lelhbridgo. The two questions, the advisability of Leth- bridge adopting the Vancouver plan ,and the respective merits of the Geor- gian philosophy so distinct and separate, that to mix them would only confuse, the issue. In this letter I calmly at now Is that these same speaker! acainM reciprocity .took not nto account, nor did they that policy they advooaud would lead to. an aiwful of our resources aud the practical throwing awaV al a very largo part of the season! work done In tbls country; Involving not only great economic loss to the country, but neces- sitating tho borrowing of large BUmK of foreign capital to tide us The Interest upon this1 will inore or H drain upon the borrowers for some years, and cannot be said to be run In- to Its more legitimate channel, tbe op- enlni up of new lands .and the ulti- mate development of gWter resources. We are now making plans for tiding ourselves over, while in our fields, left about loose, with no market for it, and no means of using It, lie 'thousands of tons of straw and grain that will have to be burned up or plowed under with, out -every doing tbe country one iota of good and representing a vast am- ount of work done, waxes paid out and capital thrown away. Can we often staud such a drain in our preflent-day for sentiment? The enquirer will say: "What is all thle fins we would reply, "had you given us reciprocity, all this waste feed and material would have been fed to stock. If not our own, then to the stock of our neighbor to tbe South, who could have sold us the feed- ing animals -we lack; or would have paid us for the feed on the ground, and could have fed the stock in Alberta, wo obtaining goodly figures for the weathered crops and Inferior grain, in- stead of losing most of our year's work, and much of the money we brought here with us, by being obliged to leave these. crops in tbe f ields to rot." We have not the stock to eat up the wasta grain and If we had we are offered inferior figures for our finished animals from the closed mar- kets on this side of the line. During the campaign did many see this side of the picture? No, not many. The few that did were not given any consideration. As Sir Wilfrid Laur- ier anything be done to CALGARY ACREAGE have for sale 1> 1-4 aoiw Block! at.1100 Mr block. either 110 down aud 110 Bar month, or 1-5 cub. balance sprud over nearly two vaan. ILUNOIS-ALBERTA REALTY CO. IETHIMIDGE HOTIL BLOCK have dealt only! with the last the compensate us for what we lost? Noth- ,two phases It will in "Sht- the reader only it to be a tlme we Bna11 be "lowinS "nafr Single Taxer or Socialist. But with of this yeart, work and nearly ail of a __ I'nQK'ii imnFif -J nil chsll tnnll hu Hv. your permission I Tvill endeavor to find time within' the next week or two to write you a letter or two dealing with the first the Vancou- ver incidentally deal .fur- ther with Mr. Peebles' letter. li, JliNWARING. the year's profit, and shall then liv- ing on the hope, that the next crop will help us somewhat out of the dirt. But nothing now, it would appoar, can be done to save the loss of a large part of this year's crop in Southern Alberta, and Waste runs rampant in the coun- try as a bitter reproach to a young and growing community. Can we later say that we deserve prosperity, if, when it stares us iu the face we deliberately throw it away. Surely when wo contemplate the waste of a great deal of our season's farming operations, we can but be as- tonished vitality of this great land, that can Btaud this drain and yet still move along. But how long can this drain continue? Already the farm- er in Southern Alberta is very serious- ly considering .his position. The large cut up (not such a bad more economical methods may come in. Not so many goods will be bought ,old machinery will be mended up and patched, the minimum of labor will be hired, and general retrench- ment will be in vogue. This, however, is bringing us back to question of markets, tbe great- est desideratum for mixed farming and where in Southern Alberta are these markets? Most of them a'long way off. We send our butter to the Yukon, Japan, British Columbia, etc., we far- mers paying the freight. We have to ship our grain huge distances also pay- Ing tho freight. Tho same story ap- plies to our live stock. What has the present government to offer us for the loss of reciprocity? What have we at the. present time as the result of the loss of reciprocity? Waste! This waste is destined to reHct upon all the channels of business in Alber- ta, whether great or small. It is up to the whole of us to try and study out some method by which it. can be stop1- ped, as It ia a direct loss to every man, woman and child in the country. If we simply make a guess and say that acres of crop In a district are a total loss, and, making a rough guess fit tho probabio cost of cultiva- tion ,'is J10 per acre, wo have a loss in a small compass of or, if we have lost acres, there Is a million gone, much of which might have boon, turned to some account, In- which Is "oing figured out. 'Waste,