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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 6, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta lEe Lethbridge Dafly Herald \/Ol II. LETHBRIOQE, ALBERTA. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1909. NO. 2BI. FIERCE FIRES RAGING IN NORTH At Edmonton the Air Is Dense With Smoke Etlmonlon, Alta., Oct. 5.-From far uiid near throughout the touiitry, lying nortli, west and east ol here, i'ome stories ol [orcst fires which are ibeo, fell from a window here yoster-waid to be ravaging; n\iles and miles dny and was Idllod. Milfi'r w.i.s born * HON. MR. FOSTER'S VISIT The Canadian Club, througli the kindness of the officials of  Weiiley Church, is able to an- 4c uouncD that the > lecture of 4( Hon. Geo. E, IVster will take * place in that church next 4^ Monday evening . Mr. Foster * will likely spend Sunday here ^ and arrangemonffi are being  made to entertain, him at 4c luncheon on Monday at one 4i o'clock. ^c SUICIDE OF PROMINENT CANADIAN OFFICIAL MMr,v'nte. Kng., Oct. 4.-Charles A. Duff Afiller, ,Tgent geneva! of Now Trnmswick in Londdn, Eng., since THIRH-TWOINERS LOST LIVES Terrible Disaster At Extension Camp On Vancouver Inland -Eighteen Bodies Identified-Rescue Work Proceeding MR. BENNETT'S OFFER The report that R. B. Bennett, K. C, M.P.P., Calgary, had been dffrred a high salaried position with the C. P. R. is denied but it is now understood that the offer is not from the C. P. R. but a laise financial corporation in Montreal. Mr. Bennett has th'' refusal of a big salary as woi; as large holdings of stock. 4i4t4>4'4>4i4i4i4i4i4 suit, 01 an explosion in ino. a mine run nacK irom ii. men we ueciaca j^^,^.^. ^^.^ moniinB wrcdied Number at. Extension this evening. Up to 11 i to remain to wait for relief or for 1^..^,^, Number Two mine own o'clock tonight eighteen bodies have death. We had not wailed long when ^^^j ^^^^ \yellinglun Collieries Gombeen recovered and identified as fol- we heard a siiout and .Me.x Shaw, the j^^.^^ ^5 Lieut.-Oo- of valuable, tinilier, steaders rwidering liomc-and destroying homeless thousands of dollars' worth of grain, hay and other fodder. ...Tonifihl the sky to the westward and north o? the city is lurid with the reflection from these fires and the air is dense with smoke. The destruction is not by any me,ins confined to what might,be called the big limber, but vast stretches of brush country are being swept. The loss incurred by the actual destruction ol this brush is not serious but great numbers of farmers living in such sections are being burned out of their homes. Trappers, hunters and others return ing from the north report that there are great broad sweeps ol fire racing across wooded country, in many sec-lions destroying everything in their paths. ^ Norman Luxton, of Banff, who made a remarkable trip down the -Vthabasca from near the Yellowhead I'ass to Fort Assinaboine in a canoe and arrived here yesterday, reported that for miles he went through smoke so dense that he could hardly sec three feet before him. At other places he said the dense forests of .splendid timber in Oiil.'irio in I8n-�. At the time of hi.� death he w'.is staying in ii sani-tiu'iiiiii on account of a nervous troubli'. An attendant was. con.stant-ly in charge of him, but he succeeded in eluding her and muki.ng hi.s wiiy to a winclow. It is assumed that lie jumped for his body was found lying in the yard beneath. Nanaimo, B.C.. Oct. 5.-Thirty-two lire damp came so thick that the air damp explosion in a mine at EKten-men are known to be dead as a re-'could not be breathed and wc had to gj^^ H (j a camp sixty m'ies from suit of an explosion in No. 2 Mine run back from it. Then we decided wrecked Number--- KING INTERESTED IN THE BUDGET ,, ,^ ^, ,, ,,,,,, ,......-..___...... - , London, Eng., Oct. G -1-iko hi.^ s-nb- lows: 1. Ihomas, K. Molinaux. An- foreman, and Davi.son, ulm lost his ^^^^^^ Dunsimiir. The smash- j etf. King Edward is l.kin.' the drew Mollatt, A. Montague. Thos. son in the mine, came. When ^v�'^,^ ti,,,,,^., caught /ire before ressirv r,s one uoulentiried E, Marshall, \Vm. J waited at the slope head hut the five ^,,ifj^ diseu.ssion of f.- d.i .il. .f' Robertson William Qumn, Howard j never came out, and 1 am waiting ^^.^^.^ imprisoned. Oliflnmiee bill in the Cinunons draw. Taylor, Alex, Mi'los, Peter Nelson, ^still for them. They must have been ^^^^^^ ,, ^ j^i, jj^j,,,,,. ,,.^.,,,,,,i,, Wm. Zesser.ch, James Zesserich, dead a long while now. t^.ough. : j^^^ ^^^j s,,,rchins par- U ,.s to prevent 'cri.^i.s wi,ieh Thomas Parkin, "-"^ i r. o . . i i Clias. Shufi. Bullitch (colored), DIAMOND on WILL CELEBRATE Arrival Of Railway Occasion For a Demonstration Next Week Diamond City will riave a^ trieat celebration next Thursday, Oet.iber 14, when the niilway frinm Kipp to that town will be opened. The i: 6t spiki! will be driven and the first which bordered the i ton of coal will be shipped-over the irivcr were all ablav.e. He attributed these fires to the burning out of the railway. Lieutenant Goveror Bulyea and Mrs. Bulyea will b.i^. ,,[ 1. ,rds n- ^ 'All day long rescuers have fought jiu^ir lives as I hey ore in constant j,.oi the bill ;nij )ie ;s u-in,- h,.- in-The dead whose bodies are in thejuie fire damp, clearing the blown out danger ol a second explosion and poi-'fiuencc to arr:inge :i way :iut of the mine, Wyn Steel, D. White, .iamos stopping though none could hope that j^on from black damp. Thcco is  no'diflicultv which couid b.: accept!.1 Asmaslcr, Fred Inham, Alex McClel- any of the 33 men known lo be dead i,opp for the others, but as the gas isj by the "government and li.e "lucii-,lan, .John Wargo, Herman Peterson, iu the mine had escaped. Inspectors' rapidly being driven from the mine'i,t.u. two P^nlanders, names unknown, and sheppcrd and Dick with Manager Gra and as progress is made against ihe _ three loaders who were with Wargo, jham of the Western Fuel company, j flames, it i.s expected that all the ho I Zes.seriih and Bullitch, and two driv-V-ame from Naiiaimo and with Supt. dies will be recovered. The cxpIo-'TI^n PrirClfC* er.s are also missing. ^ Little and Maivagcr Brieden they led ^ si,on is the worst disaster of its kind | 1 AuL VLtrluUk) Story of a Miner ' parties of workers. Numbers worked i, the history of the locality. Mr. Thom'as Hislop who was one of the heroically. Alex Shaw, the foreman Ounsmuir, seen tonight, would make last of the bu,k of the seven hundred and the fire bosses were indefatigable, miners and assistants who hurried Examination of the mine shows com- from the Extension mine after the parativcly few of. the timbers blown' MaVor Nicholson, of Ladysmith, were disastrous explosion, was seen by me out and but one or two cases where in Victoria tonight. They fear they at Tunnel Hotel, at Extension to-[the roofing has fallen. One extension have relatives among the missing. A UNION JACK FLIES IN THE ARCTIC But Captain Bernier Didn't Find the Pole no statement. He goes to the mine tomorrow. Ralph .Smith, M.P., and OF THE CITY night and gave a most graphic story. He was working with sixteen men, including five of the dead, on the first level when they heard the explosion followed by a great rush of air. Bob White and he dropped th^ir picks and shouted : "My God, she's blasted." "We stood for a second in the darkness. The rush of wind put our The Sunday School Workers Undertook a Bis Job Today for about fifty feet with a good deal relief train has bCcn sent from Lady-1 of fallen coal stopped the work of smith, but (he fire in the wrecked those searching for bodies near mid- .slope may slop the progress of the night, when some had been recovered, rcgcue work. The scenes at Ladjr-The opinion of the miners arc that smith where the families of the m�n-tho explosion was due .lo a blown up' ers Jive, are harrowing. The women shot. They can give no other reason! and children are clustered in a drizzle and officials say that they are entire-|of rain awaiting definite news of lov-ly at a loss to account for it. Arthur jed ones, lamps out until some one came wit4�'Glenn, a Brattice man, was between Victoria H r net i-An t a safety lamp and nfteen of ,s hold-|No. 2* and 3 levels when the explo-!,,,, ^..j,; ,,ay: .involve the loss'^ nig coat ta.s, we hurried along ac- s.on took place and w. h eight or,^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^ ,f ^^i^^ta Sunday School Associ-cording to the lamp to see ghstenmg, nine others ran for the slope. When the Wellington Collieries ation. The territory has been divid- ofthe trail, but were turned back. A,he reached the mouth Alex Shaw, Company this mornrng, at nine -d among the several churches, each great cloud of smoke flew in our face.sjthc foreman, called for-volunteers, ^ ^.^^^ ,j l^^^ ^ ^ A census of the city of Lethbridge i.s being taken today by the Sunday School Workers of the city under the direction of H. F. Kenny, eecretnry [heen started, it was almost impos-'ing. Hon. C. VV. Cross. Hon. W. T. sible to prevent its spreading. Oth- Finlay and John Stocks, deputy min- rs who have returned from the Mc-[Lcod and Pembina river districts alio report great fires, destroying miles nd miles of the most valuable tim-l)cr on this side of the Rockies. Homesteaders Fight Hard Many tragic tales of lonely home-kleaders having to put up heroic lights with the fires in order to save heir homes and families arc reaching )||,hc city from many sources. Hundreds of dollars w�rth oi hay [md other fodder standing in the stack eady for winter use as well as the Ifrairie grass have been swept away |)y the fierce fires. The farmers will ncounter great difficulty in bringini; jiack their stock through the winter, 'he heaviest loss has been in the dis-ricts between Daysland, on the Wet-skiwin branch of the C.P.R., and ^cgreville on the Canadian Northern. n this area alone it is estimated miccionarv dead hat at least forty townships have MISSIONARY DEAD ,ecn wiped out by fires which have Toronto, Oct. 6.-Rev. Egerton Ry- estroyed haystacks and outbuildings, ^'�s"" Yr-ung , misBionary, author. |he value of which would total im ('��nf>e>9t and lecturer, one of the most he thousands, were it possible to e.�;- interesting figures in the Methodi.st imate it. As far as the Mounted Church in Canada passed away yes- 'olice can discover, however, there l^erday at his home. "Algonquin ister of public works will be present. Senator DeVeber, C. A. Magrath, M. P., and W. A. Buchanan, M.P.P. and several public men will nlsn be there. Invitations have been serit to the editors of thg Edmonton and Calgary papers n.s well as of the local press. The Diamond Coal Company have their own locomotive and coach which will be put into operation that day. Their special sleeper will bring the party through from Calgary. The .special train will leave Lethbridge at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p. ni. The company will entertain the visitors at luncheon at Diamond City. The splendid plant of the company will be inspected and in every way the guests will be given a good time. |as been no loss of life. .Stcttler, Alta., Oct. 5.-The disas-|rous prairie fire of last week in hich Mrs. Glover and her two chil-ren lost their lives, has burned it-jlf out without doing much further amagc. The wind was so strong I'lat the fire reached the house with-{ut being noticed and lorscs and cattle in the range of the Lodge," Bradford, after a protracted illness. He was bom at Crosby, Ont. April 7, 1840. His father was a Methodist minister. KILLED WHILE DRIVING WITH YOUNQ LADIES Stettler, Oct. 5.-Sunday afternoon cut oS all I a young man named Walter .Aniick Ijieans of escape for tne unfortunate^ was out driving with two ladies in Oman and children. A number of, the neighborhood off Castor. He had a gun along and got out of the rig e were destroyed and dead coyotet to look for ducks. When placing ere found on the prairie next day. KEG OF BEER STOLEN (Special to the Herald.) Cowley, Oct. i.-Some time yester-|iy duri'.ig the temporary absence of station agent from the offle, local C. P. R. freight shed vaa [oken into by the removal of the nges froili the door. We under-iiitl the only thing stolen was .i s of beer from a shipment consign-to F. W. Doubt, of the Alberta Ho- GOT DiGREE OF L.L.D. jKingaton, Oct. 6.-Lieut. Governor user, of Nova Scotia, and Rev. C. . Gordon (Ralph Connor), Winni-[g, will be given honorary degree of L. D. at Queen's Univprsity Wed-.sday. BUILDING PERMITS IJIJuiUling permits totalling $8,160 t:' taken out this morning as fol-I&vs: rl. Byer, three dwellings on Mc-iff Street at a cost of $2,500 apiece. Hansen, a dwelling on Pepeloh �e; t for $300 and J. & A. Johnston, .stable on Westminster Road for too. the gun back into the rig, the stock foremost, the hammer cauf^ht and discharged, killing him in.stantly. g^n^;vin'2 4c * . * WHEAT MARKETS Winnipeg, Oct. 6.-Cables opened 1-2 higher and closed 5-8 to 3-4 higher today. All markets opened up strong and advancid during the session, selling up from 1 to 1 1-4 from the low point, and closing 1-4 to 1-2 under the high point of Ihe day, Some of /the shorts covered freely jn Chicago and- Minneapolis. There was nothing .startling in the n w.s but export demand was fair. Look for some re-action frrwn these prices. Winnipeg-October opened 96 J-4; December 94; May 98 7-8. Clos'd, October 96 1-2; December 94; May 98 7-8. PEARY'S PROOFS Washington, Oct. 6.--Coiiimiinder P;'ary has accepted the i'nvitation of till! National Geogra|)hioal Society to submit his proofs to theni for verification. Elevators Are Full Of Grain The A. H. & I. Company are bring-in about twenty thousand bushels of wheat per day now, and the shipping has got nicely started. Very little has come as yet from Cardston, as threshing there is just commencing. At Raley and Spring Coulee all the elevators arc full, and they are taking every car they can secure. Farmers down there have tanks holding about a carload, in which they store their grain for the time. BANK AT BOW ISLAND A. B. Hoagland informs the Herald that the Bank of British North Anier- Oats: October 34; December, 32 7-8;'The tanks are light and can be haul-1'"a are opening a branch at Bow Is-May 36 1-4. cd Irom place to place. Quebec, Oct. 5.-On his arrival here Capt. Bernier had one response to all questions, "I have fuHilled mr mission. You don't need lo know anything about, it until 1 have made my report to the government, whose employee I am." "What about, Cook he was asked. "lie got what 1 should have got." "But did he get to the Pole "I am not prepared to say that he got as far as he could with his 'instruments." Pressed for affirmative or nesatiVB statement, regarding both Cook's and Peary's success in the far north, Bernier said, "You must give credit to both for having reached the Pole, if ihey had gone within a few miles of the Pole they deserved credit of having reached it. .Scientists, however, would determine the matter." ' He considered it a very difficult matter to discuss a subject ol this nature as scientists do, and to reallv view the polar region and endeavor to take observations there. Captain Bernier declared that he still maintained correctness of statements which he had made ten years ago regarding the Pole, among which was that at the Pole and its surroundings were 2,000 fathoms of water. Bernier then produced a letter he had" received from Dr. Cook in .Sep-' tember. 1908, giving all details of the famous dash for the Pole and expressing gratitude for assistance which Bernier had given him. Arctic wintered at Melville, which point had been reached on August 19, and where Perry had wintered in 1819, and 1820. Bernier said he went to Winter Harbor where he found all Peary's records which had been deposited in a stone nearly a century before. Asked whether ho had found them by chance o^.whether he knew they were there, the Captain said, "I knew exactly where' they were as I had made caro-ful study and research before leaving, knowing full well that it would bo useless to wait until I reached the north to do so" "If Dr. Cook had known what I know," continued Captain Bernier, "he would have spent a fine winter there. There was a station within easy reach of him, containing sufficient food to feed sixty men for several months." / Features of Voyage Ottawai, Ont., Oct. 5.-Three things stand out prominently as the result ol Captain Bernier's visit. First,- that a large area of berptotoro unknown territory in the vicinity of the northwest passage has been put un* der the Canadian flag. Secondly, the northwest passage has been made for the first time in fifty years. Third, the letter from C'ook showing at any rate that the genial captain did � good turn to his brother explorer in the manner which won the gratitude of the American. Found Tract of Land Quebec, Oct. 5.-Captain Bernier, the explorer, ^has returned to Quebec without finding the Pole, in fact bis mission was not to see that elusive portion of the globe; he has however,, n turned to Quebec with his good ship Arctic, having done what no man has done for fifty years, made the Northwest Passage and has found a large tract.of land to the westward, unknown till now hut over which now waves the Uniofi .Jack with the Canadian Coat of Arms in the corner Thai the gallant captain has brought with him documentary evidence of a large tract of land in the Polar riv gions can bo said without hesitation. He also made the definite statement to your correspondent, who spent two hours with him today on the steamer arctic that at the present the Union Jack flies over the whole of the Arctic archipelago and that the real secret of his mission and ri^turn is to announce the adding to the Dominion of Canada of many thousands of square miles undreamed of before. BIG STOCK SHIPMENT P. Burns & Co. and J. H. Wallace loaded about seven hundred h'.ad of cattle at the local stock yards yesterday afternoon. The animals are all in fine condition and a good looking bunch ol stock. The shipment is oonsii^iied to H.ochelaga and from thence to the Old Country. land this week. ;