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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 16, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1918 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY V.Kt^cixrAJ PAGE SEVEN Col. Geo. C. Porter, In a special let-ter written from LethbrlUge to tlie Toronto Telegram about tliQ Mennon-it�B In Southern Alberta, says: While the baalB of hostility toward the invasion of Mennonltes Iffto South-wn Albertil Is equally as flSfep and Krim as in Saekatchewan, where thn presence ot these Qermaus Invited and prot^ctad from the burdens of military responsibility is more glBrins, there Is no suggestion In this part of the province yiat there has been any misuse ot tha exemption card such as Is commonly charged in. the Men-nonits settlements of Saskatchewan. , While, of course, the chief resentment agftlnilb these alien enemies Is that th�y are Germans and not wanted Ueto On any terms, the immediate cause of djaaatlatactlon Is the methodical luanner in which they are grabMos all desirable land that can ' be purchased between LethbrJdge and I the border for a distance oast and �west ot at least fifty miles. Indignation Grows Tlien the fact Jias been disclosed that they are actually uegotiatlng witli the Oovernment to try and pur-I chase the Blacktoot Indian reserve. ' U was bad enough when it was made public a few days ago that these alien enemies had paid more than , one ihiilion dollars in the past month 1 for the most desirable tracts of land for sale In Southern Alberta, but the 'report ot their intrigue to get the Indian reserve, which it bus been felt would naturally be settled upon by Iho returned soldiers with the assistance ot the Land Settlement Board, the indignation of the people passed all bounds. There may be nothing cievoloped. but It has aroused the people to action. Whence' Comec the Cash? A curious aspect of this Situation is the. vast fluantlties ot cash at their c:ommand. Whence comes so much money at such a time In the hands ot alien enemies? That is the question being very generally discussed on the streets and at public meetings, Rightly or wrongly, the explanation that it comes from community funds Is not accepted. There is a strong belief that It is German Government money diverted from the huge sums known to have been in Oerman &nd Austrian hands at the time the United States went to war, �which their spies had no further chance to use in the republic, and that it is being ntillzed for this purpose with sinister designs. For Instance, a committee of these Germans were last week shown ovijj-the old St. Paul Indian Mission buildings and Inspected the Whole fine place with the avowisd view of purchasing same. They ^id make a substantial offer for the property and the offer iias been forwarded to the higher authW-!tfeff."'~Tl�Feie � -premises include the school, church and various other buildingp controlled, by .-the Anglican Church Missionary Society. Big Deal* The Calgary Colonization recently , .sold to these aliens all their vast holdings south ot Lethbridge at Rock-tord, and the first payment was $125,000 In cash. These aliens alway.s have cash or gold drafts on New-York banks.' There seems to be no limit to the. amount of cash they can command tor deals ot this kind where the land Is desirable and in large tracts such as make communal farming pcBslble. This spring the Menoonites purchased outright for cash the old Pearson ranch of 6200 acres, Including many valuable buildings, a general store, etc., Aid a big colony Is already there breaking the land and building communal houses. The bill for first shipment' of luml-or to this outfit, placed with Lethbrldge lumber company, was for ten thousand dollars-all cash. The Pearson ranch is a famous-piece of fine agricultural land at Standoff near Macleod. Hinds of Calgary sold three thooa-and acres in this district to the Men-npnite committee. As usual, it was a oash transaction. The Mclniyre ranch, southwest of Ijethbridge, containing 640,000 acres, went to these same aliens, this committee, at sixty-two dollars per acre. Another Million The Tracht ranch, twenty miles south ot IjCthbridge, went to the Men-nonlts committee this spring at one hundred dollars per acre. It was for cash and these people don't quibble over prices. They apparently can afford to pay more tor land than other land experts think it is worth. That is why so much suspicion has been aroused. A committee, arrives from the'.south. They apparently have had their land scouts out previously. They drive out, look the place over, go direct to the owner, ask his price and hand him a deposit the moment he has made the first offer, the balance to be in cash on delivery of the papers. This is entirely dixerent from all the exparience of land dealers covering a considerable period In this territory. Usually they seem in furious haste to get titles, as if they feared the Government might interfere in the transactions. The Ferguson ranch, south ot Macleod, went to the eame colony that got the Mc-. Intyre and Tracht ranches, the three involving exactly one million dollars. No German Schools Perhaps these aliens Jcnow the Soldier Land Settlement Board has been investigating thik district and they want t6 pick up all the desirable land before the commission can get action. They certainly have been very successful, This Is .the secret of the vast indignation displayed all over the south. They must have approached the .Provincial Government on the question of a Oerman school, for the . Government has given out a statement saying that no German scltoola will bo allowed. Mrs. James Munro sla4.e8 thM she fnten'ds to enter the civic election , contest In Winnipeg. ? UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA ? � NEWS NOTES > ? > The lantern slide service of the department ot extension of the University ot Alberta promises to be even more popular this winter than last. Clubs or inrtlvlduftlB wishing to avail thomsolves ot this service should send in their applioatlonB as early as possible, and should In every case make^ a second and third ohoice In order to avoid delay and disappointment. Applications should be made to the visual Instruction division, department ot eictenslon. University ot Al-ber,ta. There are also Indications that the Services ot the travelling library division ot this department will be used more oxtensimy'this year. The circulation ot the open shelf books during the month ot September was nearly three times that of September, 1917. In making application for these, as for lantern slides, a second and third choice should be maeeii a mo-illflcatinu of the rules ot censorship by the ROvorumujit. The cablii'"',. has spent Saturday and Sunday at the hattlctront In the Champagne, Alsne and Sommo regions. On Sunday ho visited St. Qnenthi and Cambrai. He was accompanied there by Sir Douglas Ualg. commander of the British army in France, p.utlio;-iv,(;d the tioatlns 200,000,000 pesettas. ol a loan uf CLEMENCEAU VISITS THE BATTLEFRONT Paris, Oct. Ifi.-Proinlor Clenienceau M. P. WOUNDED IN ACTION BLEW UP ZEPP SHED f/ondon, Ocl. 1.").-The IndepoTident ! a!r force loday bnnihod the Frfiscritry | airrlroinci and blew up a Zeppelin \ ,sheri, acenrdtnf; lo an oftlclsl ropnr?. made hero lonlsht. Vancouver, Oct. 12.-Llaut.-Col. Cf Peck. n.S.O.. of Prince Rupert, B.C., member ot parliament for Skeena connlitnonoy. has been wounded in action, according to wrtrd received by liis wlfo hnro. No Information has been reofilvnri ns to thn nature of the Injuries. (;ol. Peck had suited his Intention to return lo Canada for the next Hcsalon of parliament. Why Canada must borrow money to carry on Because Canada has put her hand to the plow and will not turn back:- -our country is in the war on the side of liberty and justice and will stay in it till complete victory is won and the unspeakable Hun is smashed and beaten to the ground; -a nation at war must make tremendous expenditures in cash to keep^ up her armies and supply them with munitions, food and clothing; --Canada must finance many millions of dollars of export trade in food, munitions and supplies which Britain and our allies must have on credit; -^for these purposes Canada must borrow-hundreds of millions of dollars- ' And, this money must be borrowed from the people of Canada:- Therefore, Canada will presently come to her people for a new Victory Loan to carry on. Canadians will loan the money by again buying Victory Bonds. The , national safety, the national honor and the national well-being require that each and every Canadian shall [do his duty by lending to the nation every cent he can spare for this purpose. Be ready when the call comes to see your country through in its great war work. Issued by Canada's Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada. "NS^^----- 34476822 ;