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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 27, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta WEDNESDAY. NOVTiMBRlR 27, 1918 THE. LETHBRIDiil': I^AILI' UEIXALU - F'" PAGE SEVm \ New Idea-J. H. Fleetwood Says Should Be Purely a Mem'oriiii and Nothing Else Au fiiUlrely nbw proposal Togtti'dlng thu Koldierri' luomorlal waa aubmlttod to Ihu n;;i-!iluu) you have , interviewed smd quoted in the , matter of a fitting and enduring memorial of our War heroes seem to focus on the Idea of a library and monu-ii'.ont combined. Tharo Is enough unanimity amongst the remainder ot 1 ub to make thi� thing go Lhrougb wltU j a mighty swing provided we firat procure a suitable site. If the late Major Henderson, pro bono publico, drew up a plan for the C.P.n. whereby they could get a right of way to their :.'00 square toet of grounii in the middle of Gait Garden; it as a result ot that plan the C.I'.R. i contemplates the er�K;t(on of a tin/on .depot ' here their 'ice liouso now .'Stands, noith, and in lirift of (Jtli street, j If a hotel strictly In Iteeping with its 1 Hurronn.I.'rifT:^ la to be,erected in the ,,i,i,-... ,.,f  i.i-oon and conne led with the new dc>t with a hijjh level v(.',,,ii:.>.,!:.,�'', '-i'lere will bo qo place for the proposed memorial excepting the very desirable site suggested by Mr. MeecU, viz., the Bar-j raclts park, which we presented to ibo Dominion government In bygone days. The problem can be solved somehow. By serenely waiting until the people's road, now operated by the C.RIl. again becomes the.people's property, .we might then use that 200 square feet, but this would only mean irritating delay in a matter of comparative urgency. Re Mr. Mamoch's remarks, in one item, either he has been misquoted, or jho Is mlsinfonnad; there is not $25,-'000 "at the call" for a combined 11-Ibrary and monument, nor for that mat-jter is there $25,000 "at our call" for a library; our citizens will not soon forget the knock-put handed u. 1917. $403,980,236 246,041,786 j 71,114,641; 97,607,404 28,573,322 tMTJ.625 88,455,254 80,B92,S91 3�,760,233 ' U,R00,U00 8,477,969 "D" division of tho A,P.P. Is up in arms over the report from Sweet Grass, published in the Herald the other day in which neglect is charged In connection with the death at Coutts of John Fletcher, who died from pneumonia following an attack of the influenza. Those who road the article 'ivlll remember that lack ot care while the man was alive was charged, while, it was stated that, after death, interment was delayed until the body was badly decomposed. Inspector Mundy declares that the Sweet Grass story was made out of whole cloth. The facts of the case show that the A. P. P. and all concerned in the tragic circumstance did everything possible for the unfortunate man. John Fletcher came to Coutts from his homestead on the S.E. 33-57-5, west of 6th, away northwest of Edmonton, at Cherry Hill. He was on his way to the United States to join the army and had permission from Gana-. dian Immigration authorities; to cross the line. He arrived at Sweet Grass on Nov. 6th and went to the hotel there. On Nov. 7th ho cros.sed the line back into, Coutts,� and obtained lodging at Mrs. Darner'.s boarding house, complaining that it was very cold in the hotel at Sweet Grass and that he was not feeling well. At Mrs. Darner's he fell ill with the Influenza, and Mrs, Darner attended to bis wants until the 10th when she herself tell ill. In the meantime Dr. Merritt had been attending Fletcher, and later he turned the case over to Dr. Folson. When Fletcher became delirious. Const. Smith of the A.P.P. detachment at Coutts removed him from Mrs. Darner's to his own house, sending his own family � to the country In order that there might be room for tlie sick man. Then Const. Smith offered five dollars a day for a nurse for Fletcher but was unable to secure anyone, and in the meantime he did everything possible in connection with the attention being rendered by the doctor. Fletcher died on Nov. 13. The Dominion immigration officials wired to the man's parents at Cherry Hill. Const. Smith took the matter up with Inspector Mundy, who communicated with Edmonton In an effort to get word to Fletcher's parents. No word came from Cherry Hill as to the disposition of the remains, and Const. Smith was ordered to take charge ot the Interment. Only Had $44 The metn had only $44 on his person. The undertaker at Sweet Grass was dead. No undertaker could be; secured elsewhere, with the result. that It devolved on Const. Smith to j do the best he could. He secured a ' rough coffin and tried to get someone in Coutts to help him inter the remains. He could get no one there so : It was necessary for him to drive to Milk River where he eventually secured twb men to help him. Permisr sion was secured from the Anglican rector at Cardston to iiJter the remains in the Anglican cemetery at Coutts, Const. Smith and the two Milk River men dug the grave, prepared the remains for burial and on the morning of ^^v. 16th. three days after death interment was made, the funeral service being read by Rev. Hoskins, of Shelby, Mont. After interment, the A.P.P. here: received word from the young man's parents to inter the body at Coutts and return the balance of the money. The charge that there was either lack of care or that the body was allowed to lie until decomposition set in because the A. P. P. refused to allow burial is absolutely unfounded. Const. Smith of the A. P. P. was up against It but he neglected hia regular duties In order to care for the man while he was sick and to give him as fitting a burial as possible after bis death, and Inspector Mundy is quite certain that nothing more could have been done under the circumstances. New suggestions arr coming forward every day regarding dif; srjldicr.s' memorial; and It Is proluroln that a citizens' meeting,will \w cMpA nbori-ly to diapuMR thd'rnalHT. nltiiougli tiie general feeling l,aX.,t!"" notlilng much can be done in-a finini'.iul way ilie coming year. Commissioner Frcciii.-ui beliovfiS that tho citizens .ihoulil lirKi consUlor (liolr ])ractical duty tu tlii> roi.uniliig soldiers, and in the folldwing letter states his views: That- the City ot Lnhbridfie must have some such Momoi-inl kwh wiDi-out saying, and when ('rf.'flRfl v,-e should bo sure that it i.-^ niiiiig and of such a permanent nahuf tlial it will speak ot the heroic decdri or ciiu- soldiers for generations u, romc Such a monument or buildiiip, ku designed as to bo eniblciiKiiIc; ol' tiio .ca\i8e it represents will .-i lot of niouny. We, now have our soldiers returning and it Is our duty to see Uinl tliey are .given all possible coii,-5idi ralion. From the, little exijeiiriuc we h;ive I had wo find that many i)f ilic diKriiar}?-ed men are unable fo (Jo .-iiiy bciivy work and it is, therefore, difficult to find them employmoiil. and for tliis and other reasons njueli financial assistance will no doubt lie i'('(iiiirod hlong this and other lines. Would it not then !)<� iidvi.sable to delay the sentimental for ilic more practical recognition of our duties for the'present and later on when our returned men have again iieen absorbed into civil life, erect a fittiiiK memorial to their honor? Something tells me l liat we cannot in Justice to our soldiers and justice fo our own feelings combine tiie practical and sentimental, sucii us we would be doing in erecting a building for dual purposes, and I am of the opinion that a monument .sliould stand forgone thing and for one thing only. The honor and glory of our .soldiers is the only form of memorial that v/ill fittingly represent our sentiments on this matter to the prciient and future generations. Further, a library buildin.i; suitable to our present roquireineiits iv, very likely to be quite inadequate in years to come, no matter how earofully planned for future extensions, and would in .time - become simply "The Library" and lose its true si^nifiiiinee. A New Sliggestion. The proprietor of the V.'indsor Hotel, Bert Marks, has fiorae good .suggestions to offer as follows: Arch the eight entrances to the Gait Gardens, name them'for the different �branches of the ser'ylj;e: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Nayy;;'Aviation Corps, Army Service Corps,," Medical Corp.s, Including the Red Crps.s, and the Engineers. The last thred branches of the service very seldom receive enough public recognition ot their work. ' Can you picture to yourseli" the appearance' of the Gardens with these, memorial arches? The arohes are there for the world to see how Lethbridge commemoratOE the namefe ot bur soldiers and at the same lime adds to the beauty of the Gateway to the city, and last but not the least the arches would be built on city property, Louis Moore's Ideas. Louis Moore, a well-known resident of the city, presents his view.-; regarding the matter of a memorial lu following letter: Editor The Herald, Dear Sir:-In your valuable paper 1 have read suggestions from Mayor Hardie and several other prominent gentlemen ot the city regarding a monument or memorial to the heroes of Lethbridgn. Some suggest a liospiia), others a free library, but 1 observed that the Mayor remarked somewhat about: did we h.ave the money? Certainly both of are very good if the money waa at hand, not only tor putting up such places, but for their upkeep after they were up. The initial cost ot such places la trifling-as compared to the expense to keep Iheni in up-to-dato condition. Therefore, to my mind it would ultimately revert back on the taxpayers and no one will deny that the taxes are at top notch already; although we bear murmuiB that they are inadequate to meet expenses. Therefore, 1 would suggest tiiat the initial expense of a momorial, cover cost for all time. We all no doubt believe it essen- tial and pari of our duly to the buys that f.oinetliine should I)e iiut up in a Iironilnciit piaeo in Gait Gardens'. Wliy not put up a bronze statue of say Lloyd George, Marshal Foeii or a Canadian soldier, whichever was do-Aided on by the citizens with a kkjihi column, inset witii a marble slab witli all tlio, boys' names who fell in France inscribed tiieroon, with a drinking fountain at the base, money to he riiised Ijy public-subscription. Thnnli-ing you for space, MtJORt:, WILL USE INFLUENCE KEEP mm CHASED BY CHILEANS LIMA, .Vov. 27.--Pnruvi;i)i men and women v/eve pursued tliroush the .�^itreelH of Iquiquo last Saturday and stoned by C'Jiileaus, according to ref-uiV'M^.s from l(iuique. wlio arrived at ^;(/llendo today on the Ktoumer Palena. Among tlie refugees was Senor IfoHU, the Peruvian eonsul ;it Irjuique. A\'liile tlie Ijoard of trade will use eveiy influence al its disposal to'per-:-iuad(' (ill' dinu'tora ot the Farmers' Fii-e and Hail Co. lo keep lis hoadqu'dr-ter.- at l.elhbridge. tlie special ooni-uiiKcc iippoinled to lal:e wliatevci' ftrcniioiis steps lliey deemed anvis-iililf, lo keep Ihe company al Leth bridge, iiiei again yesterdHy at.'lernoon and after hearing the uxplaurUiou, of-feriMl by the directors of the company, decided not lu proceed to ihe extent tlioy ai first plaimod. Tlie lioard is firmly ujiholdjiiti tlie principle that It Is their duty to do al) in their power to keep for Leth-liridgp. everythiiig possible in thift way. .\l Ihe same time, tliey do not feel like tnking steps which might b^ interpreted as interfering with the company's own jiartieiiliir business, and will now merely confine offortK to usiiis wliat infUianee tliey can to ' persuade ilu' compauy not lo move. The arKumem of the director.^ who wish to move tlie compnny's liead of= I fice.s if) that distriliutlou of the com-i pany's insurance risk is absolutely ne-i cessary and that this cannot be olitalu-I eri unlesn there i.s a central oftioa. CREW LANDED ! LOXDOX. Nov. UT. Thirty-five i members of the crew and t.'iree pass-j ongers from tlio .steamer Caacapiedla. ' which foundered off Newfoundland on Nov. 17. have landed' at Falmouth. Helps teeth. breath, appetite. digestion. Sealed tifiht-ltept rifitit Give it to me* Please* Grand-daddy/* Why Bobby, if you wait a bit for it you'll have it to en Joy longer!'* Poo-poo! That's no argument with WRIGLEY5 'cause the flavour fasts* anyway! After BORDEN SEES VENIZELOS LONDON, Nov. 37.-Sir Robert Bor-den has had an interview with the Greek premier, "Venlzelos. Sir Robert has also confirmed Gen. 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