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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta Volume III. Le'thbridge, Alta., Monday. October SWEEPSTAKE PROVINCE, Toot About Fifty Prizes .at the Dry Farming Exposition GET NEXT CONGRESS Everybody Much Interest- ed in Alberta-Every- body Boosted the Herald staff correspondent) At the Dry Farming Congress and Inter-State Fair, held in -Spokane last Alberta certainly earned the title of- "the Sweepstake Privince." Something in the neighborhood of fifty prizes were won by exhibitors from this province, -Macleod and Car- Number 2 GIRL OFFER Famous Outlaw the Hand and Has Surrendered Terrible Results of Forest Fires in Minnesota Beaudette and Spooner-Completely Destroyed Rainy River ,0nt.? Partly Burned Warroad Surrounded by Flames Settlers Hemmed in fey Fires Dramatic Scenes Terrible Great Heroism teen'prizes, respectively, a total of thirty. Prizes: in all. The provincial exhibit also captured the trophy don- ated by .Governor Hay of Washington. for the best display from any State or Province. The Lane exhibit cheron horses from the High River district, won everything in sight. Percherons are being recognized as the standard draught horses of the so Mr. Lane's achievement is indeed "a notable one. He had a huge string .of these horses on exhibition, and in' every competition he entered he won a prize. In the competition for the best coun Macleod ranked seecna.. arid Cardston third. Macleod WOB first prize for ..the, prettiest and most handsome -arranged exhibit of. any- kind.'. addition- to this, Macleod fifteehXpther prizes for the -best- individual exhibits of grains, ranked nearly equal with' winning twelve- indiv- jial Xethbridge'-esnibif composed- of winter wheat for which no -classification had been made hence there was ,no prize for -which Lethbridge compete. The. result of Alberta's triumpr was to bring the country's importance very prominently before the delegates- to the Dry Farming Congress. A strong bid was made for the 1911 congress, but Colorado Springs was chosen in preference to Lethbridge. Strong speeches were made in sup- port of the "city's claims by Hugh Sic- Intosh, president of the Macieod Ag- ricultural Society, a number of Sas- katchewan delegates, and Messrs. rairnem, a-luMcol, Fleetwood. Sick. Felger and other citizens of Leth ibridge. It was felt, that the next congress should go South. Lethbridge is almost certain, however to land the big convention for 1312, as a majoritj of the delegates are already pledger to support this city for that year, Winnipeg, Oct. first 'Cana- dian Northern train in several days reached here 11.05 this, morning from Fort" Frances, this being the "Duluth special. Traffic has just Deen resumed through the fire-swept but through traffic has not yet been, es- tablished from Fort Fort William. Telegraphic communi- cation has, however, been 'restored, the wires being strung stumps of burned trees in the section. the poles .were.burned. A refugees were on the al- t-hough local charity associations-had made preparations jor-receiving-- the injured, none of. them brought in, temporary hospitals haying been established; at various points, near the scene of the the passengers was W-. A. Preston, who. On-' here, asking lor "help for Rainy -He says" that the wind has and. the situation, for the time -being is under vbut ..that it tip wind ...shifts. a quarter "Rainy Hiver "Will- be "destroyed....; I- sp.aife'andnjig. gangs of men "have been contributed-. all along the line to stem thVtide-of conflagration at the Canadian, bound- ary. A regiment of-state militia ar- rived at Beaudette and" have' taken charge there. At Rainy Riyer the Ra-t Portage Lumber Company's- mill is practically an. entire loss to date, valued at The Rainy'River Lumber Co.'s plant -and- feet of lumber is mtaQti. Big Mill Saved two families, nine and five respective- ly, have been brought in from out- side points. The roads are. choked with fallen timber, and rescue-" part- ies are operating under great difficul- ties. It is estimated that the dead in this. section will hun- dred. .Grave alarm is "felt because, so few of the settlers-are coming in. One thousand refugees have, been tak- en south, but none of these "-are .of the town population. A relief "com- mittee organized; two cars ot provisions have arrived-. Provisions, clothes and money are badly needed-: Roosevelt and Williams are reported in danger, but Warroad is .still safe- Relatives Are Frantic-' .Winnipeg, Oct. ;wire- is working direct with the fire zone and that, is choked up with messages from frantic relatives asking the fate, of-their friends. A .Terrible International.Falls, More than 250 dead, millions upon millions of dollars' worth' of proper- ty destroyed, refugees-flying their feet- by- winds. The exodus.-from towns began six; hours hit them. Some still 'was no danger -bravely--remained Behind. Then a few minutes after the flames hit the. .towns they, were .all ablaze, the wind ev-en unroofed buildings and tore yet'untouched by the "fire, but" the Suffering the Towns People in the three towns of Rainy River, Beaudette and Spooner are surrounded, as they have been with smoke from the fires most of the summer, had become so accustomed to the.fires they were lulled into "a sense of fancied security. Beaudette Loss of Millions It is loss, but it will run Into" millions. Not a vestige of Lumber and acres Trial In -The Story df the Cameron '.-Dam.' Winter, Oct. "If Vpapi comes out ..will you promise not- to shoot He is shot 'through the ;hand and wants to surrender." These words, spoken to -.''Sheriff, Michael Madden at -the ..edge': of Clearing sun-bunding- the V besieged'? home .by little youngest.'dftugh- of. John., F. Deitz, 'to'-, ai lend this stubborn .resist-. I 1 I, f k'f 5f fumber iemdinl S of _-L i ..j i i- l3Qf" civ crinnof nrTia-h nn-ntsfA'? is not a house "left, standing; .The saw last six years against what be mill the the Shel- ered an injustice has vin Mathieu plant spread interest. "The surrender w otuu-x A ty JJtciiUAC u vC i f pi j j __. _ and Spooner are located directly op_ There was probably .thirty-six 'million 'not come '.without'-'; death and" posite each other' on the Beaudette The tales of horrible suffering, being river-, where it empties to the Rainy. brought by the eggar narra- y River is located a mile to the tion.' Oscar Johnson, wife and three on the Canadian side of the children, stood'.five hours in the Beau ;river. All three towns .were well dette River, ducking1! their.heads when Provided with fire fighting .ap- the-heat intense.. They i paratus and felt that they could han- water..ihvthib .'was heat-; die the fire when it approached. How- ed :to -an uncomfortable" .temperature, .in the afternoon a terrific wind and that steam -io's'e ..from the sur-' .UP from the south and west, they escaped it was I twisting around occasionally to the through a furnaco.ofidying coals with! north, with, great violence, thus here and there. aibjaze- reaching out I spreading the fire in all directions and for. :what it Mrs. A. ]-fiUing''-thc air with srn.oke and flames -'pioaeer, impossible to approach or combat.- a in-the relief -Dramatic Scenes train, with-her giaitd-daughter in-hftr arms and the flames .in the woods were from the 'flames is an. epitome of-the -tale, of-" pony" r to still ..half a mile..away houses'sudden- happeriings of. the day in .Beltrami, ner on. with-neck extended "hurst- ..into flames, in both towns T'nnnr.rr-fifac-, .-in if on American sirip. simnltaTiPiniislv if oh -the American side.simultaneously. the pony to i en, masse .-.to i' -station ,a.t; ,to the. m'ted-nine bod- -zaiir vardsvin Fifty box cars were rushed from -fires. Thirty-five___ tients were'carried'On impro'visedi-Jit-. ters; jffst hlazed'- on both wiped off the'map. Forty-five -were" carried from Beaudette" arid the.Mec-, ca of all the refugees carried' or- lit-' She says .siie counted along the railwav. destruction of', millioij, River -to -the rescue. It was, a' tering from exhaustion was --Rainy dollars worth of lumber, mill. dramatic scene when the two River, across the -water" from the fire ridden districts of Minnesota. of 'timber pails into significance Then the flames hit Rainy Paver, the horribte personal suffering and millions of dollars worth .people awaited the 'relief feet of lumber in the yards -burned the D front a few and' th a building left "standing'although the Ebgler saw mill two miles down the river was.- saysd. T..WO thousand peo- ple are homeless and? a .trainload of about 'eight hundred, were sent to -in- ternational after- noon. A great raany: clothing, "bedding will be needed to them. It is estimated, that perished in the -woods. One man is Jdead, and a woman.are wounded, The 35r deputy, The John ,F. eron shot through the Qhet ,'Colepitch, ;35, Vrig'ht, ear shot off...... '.Clarence Deitz, shot '-'.Myra Deitzj shot wilU' The-last' two children '.of-' Surrounded5- Warroadi' re- ._ _ sponse to appeal from j n :Deitz'' were "Mayor 1 Winnipeg fiire nri'gade, under assistant OMef steam': "The-.state ,au- H arp was found on a. hill, behind, 'the'-: a bullet" hole; head.." -Mont'-'Wilev. answered, the may- and William-, Rankin .or.s fire -wardens by rangers here. The" tre of a circle of zone is about 75 miles place in.' the aim.; f the "sanie one .of thero'Stnick' stroying the lumber mills New Beaudette and New Spooner are i Later the flames subsided and- last and cattle released by their owners at I As "the train pulled in there was burned, hut both old. towns are sav- night five hundred refugees landed'in the; approach Of flames, fled to safety an'immediate scramble for cars, the every seemed an age. Distressing-Experiences thivflames leaping into distressing feature'1 in the u n, shocking death roll: -There' falling, in every direction 'and experience of Robert McAnnanv was) varP... lhe; otner deputies retreated.--; no escape. The poor-settlers houses_.disappearing as if by magic his agony of mind when he heard and j wounded while .-firing freight train the -barn: during bridge, a bullet went .through vaVcra'ckl warning through his left hand.-- because of hundred panic-stricken people piled in- ed. The Chevlin Matthew- val- International Falls. ued at together with sixty j Strong men shaking like leaves in a and' accompanying them "were hundreds women and children loaded inside, of deer, caribou and moose, and in '.white the men climbed million feet of lumber, the .biggest gale, women and 'their children fever not fiction> the cattle lar down roof. up on the lumber pile on the _ continent, the patients of Shutters, burned men, and-w. ,-bears: cats wolves and -with no in Canada, and the delegates feel tha It must soon cross the border if its international character is to be main- tained. In connection, with the -proposal tc hold a session of the congress in Can- adfi, Hon. Duncan Marshall publicl? guaranteed help in financing the affair ,the government of Alberta. Tho session at Billings last year cost COG, aad this is considered a fair av- erage cost. Mr. Marshall is alsq pledged to support Lethbridge, as it is felt that if tlie congress is held in Can ada at all it should be held in South- ern Alberta, because of the special in- terest shown in the event by the peo pie of this country. Under the circumstances, it is al- most a positive certainty that Leth- >jrids5 receive the delegates to the 1912 congress. A remarkable interest in Alberta' was shown throughout the week by people from all over the United States Any man bearing an Alberta badge ribbon immediately became prey for information seeking Americans. Street, -car conductors stopped in the mitfst of a rush' TO question Albert? visitors. Passengers on the cart: were, equally as curious, and upon several occasions Albertans were stopped plant being situated at the junction women swithed in bandages formed of Beaudette' and Rainy Rivers, has the motleyycrei in stock cars like m' also been saved owing: to.the splendid cattle.. International Falls met them Towns' Burned fire fighting appliances of the mill, at the station, opened their hall "-Rainy River Oct in the new brick spool Seventy-five dead are-gathered in the and hotel and gave beds to-all such; and Spooner, arc nf _ morgue at Beaudette. Five Hundred Dead J. K. Cameron, general superintend ent of the Canadian says published reports of the total dead, five hundred, are probably conserva- as could be provided. Slim Chance to Escape com- pletely destroyed. The bush fires which have been burning all' summer and .timber] In Spooner danger from j pumping house -thew mills, them rushed in-to .the river waist deep, others sought which is located in the centre of a clearing some distance from the town.' These buildings escaped destruction. the very great heat. The'train went on the bridge slowly1 and had jtist about reached the centre of the single forty-loot spaa1 when "it "becar. to sink' Babe .About .to Be. denied that- the wound caused him to surrender: To Father Joseph i-uon, a priest who" aided in--bringing the long-drawn-out' contest-to" a. slowly, taking the cars with many people filled the, lhp. whole timbering feU with a crash I WMsperea that was abciut e at" the Shevilin Mat-I sure t-list some of! lo 'be hora ro ,his trainmen .had been killed, but we the east way was the stayed where we were until morning when we found they had all escaped by jumping." Devastation, Being __......... Rain-v River, Ont. via Fort Wil- yest-erday fanned to terrible nro- Beaudette and Spooner only one lian, Oct. terrible" result's" Vit V bv'a iiurricane. "PittriTin-'.liie is lost. A faithful servant "of! Friday night ami" Saturdav" arr iin Tt flV C Trm rt-nlir r TV i. 11 I j nesota, a small village west of here, .'Hon. Albert Bergcs, who with his i now commencing to be realized by it was a slim one. veris had burned tive. He returned 'from the scene of the disaster on a special train this morningy- If has reached Rapid River not. a can have escaped, and mass of flamcs the will, be great. It will, be a oniy before the list of the total will be available, and even then "ate of manv transient laborers Bridges and cul- out was burned early in the day. The fire wife, are away, refused to leave the j the disheartened and. homeless, thous- down and trains were run fullest speed. All the way dette and Rainy River west road, a distance of fifty "E the lills may never be known. Warroad Still Safe Beivdette, Minn., Oct. dead here and bodies of to his wife and he' she and the infant" might die. Tlie surrender of Deitz was d'ramat- ic. The alert lumbermen, tneir rifles at the edge of. the and gazing intently" at the wijido'ws of the log cabin, suddenly saw- nutter or a handkerchief -at the front-- door, little Helen appeared and advancing with- the her'., walked to the edge of the clear- ing. where she announced that' 'her clothing i lsther was willing to surrender. Takes ead ENTOMBED IN met their dcaih. It- is impossible lo say how many set-tiers away from the railway have met a similar death. Two families, one' of cigftt members and another of nine, are Spooner is wiped off the Spur, G-raceton, Pitt, Roosevelt, which were hamlets, are burned to the ground.. Some of the Dead The d-ead-are: Roulin, wife and seven children; G. J. Weaver, steaden; Barbeau, wife and six chif- i- dren; .Charles Baker, arc Ciffin, homesteader, wife and five rIJvcl% some 01 wl11 children; Tom Barr, homesteader near I IIt to Set the Pitt; McCumber, wife and six chil- namfvs OI thpsc People at this timo, dren, three unknown dead on Rapid i as 1he comusion is great-and it River, Mr. Brennan, Rapid River- A. j Is '6imcult to locate parties with the Paimho, Ed. Rulin, wife and seven d-esired attention, children, homesteader. Bodies on the tracks. j Nine dead bodies were seen- on the-' Canadian Northern .tracks-by men-' _ who' mounted the horses and fled j down the railway. Four, unknown i j dead are in the boat house at Pitt, including one-man, two women and a [baby.. Four railway men went it. was noticed that a small fire had along the DCen snioultierini; to the northwest across tnc railway grade troni tnt> of the town, had jurnp- aud The edtlyim; whirlwind approaching The Rat Portagr- Lumber Co. yard and big saw mill. There seemed to be cause i i. j for bc-ing 2bi': to fight, it sue-, who reached cessfuUy, when swiftenh- the saw mill} fully a quarter of a. mile from the flie, burst into fiarnes. ed in an oven. The skin %va.s iu-t broken, but was a: deep brown color. The mother still iiold her baby ly clasped to her brt-ast am were placwi in rough boxes. (Continued on .page A tween me! Iron Co., while'in the approach- i homesteader known by her to the mine hundreds -of-their 'fcl-j "amc> three the street by total strangers seeking a knowledge of this great country. In rhe'point of entertainment, Spok- ane left nothing to be desired. Autr trips, theatre parties and banqueU wore daily occurrences. Visitors had no leisure moments, and the time pass- pleasantly and quickly. A number of.prominent Canadians were in at- tendance. They made speeches, wore, badges and boosted in common wit! everybody else for Western Canada A great deal of valuable advertising (Continued on page unknown men of with oxygon helmets, rotary] ucvai-iueHe. MIKT Beaver, Beaudctic. pick and'sfiovefs, arc striviniX !scvcn settlors up Beaudette River and todav- to kc-cr) tlifi dirt away and' between Rapid River draw oft the poisonous gases j with which it is partly filled." The men i have been imprisoned and the rcscu-! and Beaudelte art- dead. Pitt Burned It was a veritable- cvdone of fire Town Looked Doomed It looked then as if the vtown was doorr.ori to nifet the same faie as thf towns across the rivers. Cars wore immediately placed al'thc disposal of those desiring to escape, by Train- j master Nelson, of the C.N.R., and! the women and children wcrp all loa.-i j ed on. The fire soon spread to tho j acros of lumber piles, but the wind shifted and hold pretty steady to the i north about that time which enabled j the fire fighters to make some head-' way. The big saw mil! of the his and Deputy Heffelfiuger volunteered to go back In the tinie "F-'itbcr 'Filbn; a priest, 'in eagerness to bring the combat to an end. had started running toward the' caiiin.- He 'waved a hgndkerchief as he ran, and unhesitatingly -entered -the door. When Helen and Heffelfinger got naif v.-ay 1.0 the cabin they met the priest- returning. He did not, bV d on to meet tbeL sheriff. will -said the priest, "but he vrants a 'doctor to aress his and he desires to talk with the newspaper men." The sheriff said: "If he wants to surrender let him come out with his hands over his head." sneriff Madden refused to 50 to the caoin, and -kept behind a tree. Father Victoria. Oct., R. Ross of Fernie will be taken into the provincial cabinet as i been assembled and will-be deported. in.e; party toiled since 10.50 o'clock i that struck the village" of Pitt at of lands Hon Price Saturday, when an prob- p.m. yesterday afternoon. The wind ably caused by coa] dust, shook the j was blowing seventy miles an hour earth for a radius of, several miles be-j and the flames leaped from tree to side the main entrance to the tree with the speed of a hawk. It and sealed the toilers within it. Because oi the numerous ramifica- tions of the mine and its connections with other mine working, it is hoped continued blowing a cyclone until 8 it hit Beaudette, fi'fteen minutes later it struck Spoon-' cr. Between the towns, a distancc-of that at least half the men have fifteen miles, was a solid sheet of been rescued. An attempt, probably, j flames two hundred feet high. Men will be made te up the pass- {Cropped in MIC si reels from inhalmc innalmp; 1 the heated air. and were blown sofi Kilison becoming minister of tinance. W. J. Bowser, who is acting as finance minister, retaining the attorney-general- ship. Ross will -be opposed in Fernie by J. W. Bennett, edi- tor of the Fernie Ledger, as a Socialist. Fortunate Circumstance _As luck would have it Hurst, of been expelled- The authorities utter i Leslie and brought them out. a warning against the fantastically j Tried in December i exaggerated reports constantly finding neat was the greatest. In "addi- 1 administration assort that adherents tion he had nis force of laborers well to the principle have been given by- war- organized, at- hand, and they worked, many outlying towns and districts', hssu nd tv.-o sons and Mrs. Deitz at Hay- on which warrants have