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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRWXil HERACD, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER I, I9M. the Way ForAll Canada in Government Ownership and of Telephones, Miles, and 700 Miles of fiural Telephone, Under Construction. the youngest o( til the.Can- provinces, has it to her credit Jed every portion the wim iUs alulude conjurations, as uell its ptforru "pwiifcy of public' ownership minuet, ute ment in the 6f itr ezut- decided, upon advanced policy. Thpre were already m in. from Strathcona to Lethbrjdge the Bfell line' ran, owned bysa corpora- tjon vr Inch already possessed. tjatou- In -many parle of Canada, ch'arg- ia such -rates it been an outcry against this'mon- ly at several points, but no definite Alberta, ppyermnent in 'this in- 'as, in1 'caseB.'-dili .tjJlciurV rscseded coniiebuoii'''witb: a "poesible of exjiertsV.yae into' in ajjptliijr pf to" iell erimiert t they, 3.ad up' tniinds brealt.a imioiiopolyr: But rnete'ad a con- _struciiojbi; (drew tlje; supervision bl'arijexpertj aiid the Jrivestigatioti into .telephone. possibilities an Mtual of, the'ithing itself; of "th'e1 grant.' irifc thus' J-4-vt begun HnV fronipalgarjr; tb and in -other direclioM. jy. :theHead'pi the '--year. 1907 a total of ,544Smiles had been-construct; ed. miles of all ,599 operation by January.. 1, 1908. In .addition tp> the Galgary to Banff line following long tdistancer lines in 1 AVetaskiwih ,to: TJaysIand-... .Lacombe to JBlairmore: to Macieod u i. Edmonton itorJBatteaburg to Steney -Plain', west i. -68 62 65 55 ,11 io The .lines- acquired by purchase .are .Edinpritpji So :Lediic.--... v. ,28: 25 :A Monopoly Broken. tqtal.'expenditure lor conetruc- ;tioh.aqd these lines and. ;their xv-as which; was .paid for out of the general rev- enue. At this beginning of the present the-government had m operation 18 exchanges, four of which had been acquired.-by purchase and fourteen installed by their own staff of telephone experts. The long- est stretch of line built by the gov- was the Edmonton -to Lloyd-' branch, a distance ot 2tJ3 miles. As a whole the various branch- 'es so satisfied the people in the sev- 'eral districts served that people at outside to- petition, the .-government for exfension. of the tern, many of these petitions being for rural or fanners' party lines. The government haying shown the Jjell company 'that in earn- est, and in the. telephone business to-stayj'and would if necessary extend .the system through the .whole province, the cor- poration began to dread tie results .of competition. The time jor business negotiations .with the" com- pany .concerning line. Accordingly, at "the session of legislature, last February and ap- propriation as supplementary esti- mate .was made of an amount sufficient either to buy out the Bell company's lines.pc to build an extensive provin- cial system. Results came speedily. The direct- ors of the Bell company meeting .in the Hon. Mr. Gushing a business-like representative of a business adminis- tration, succeeded in purchasing the Bell lines on the terms oi this admin- istration. ;The amount of -was paid for the entire aver- age of for each 'phone. Some time before the Manitoba government pur- chased the Bell company's system in that province, paying at the rate-of a 'phone! Alberta very evidently- had made a better the tune of on each telephone. With a well-equipped long distance nno oi telephones extending Irom Strathcona south to Lethbridge, west to Blairmore, and east to Lloydminster, with brahche's..along. the railway spurs the Alberta government this year only Jgg sy44UUa m Judicial System by This Government Meets Needs of People in til Parts of Proving. lu the; pjan of proviocial otic vfyich" iias Already s itseH of pvaetlcal tr> judicial'system. Three years ago, in- fiujjui'atum, there were only threo judges of 'the Supreme iii Alberta, -.and, sittings of this court syeve -held at seven 'oMhe of population in ;tlie IHi- "tints were" obliged; toi attend at -these at -great erpense-to tliOBiselvos. T.O- remedy those .cwkiitiung au'd supplement a judicial systfim to th'e .needs of the {he Al- ber.tti sgovpj'nment 'has established :-a new, jiidicmry consisting of it Buprenw Court of live judges .and a ''District Court also made up-of five The 'to ilie ppqple ;bfiAlberta in the'District'Coxirt- system -is' thut the: Kve. Court judges cover in their Circuits, more n fifty, pi aces an that lipld rcpurt tit .more' than fifty -these sUtinffs" of tiio court lake, place three orTpur iirhes .ii' in the e of TOLL BLACK DOT. BLACK DOT. BROKEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Rural Telephones. Approximately 600 miles of pay himself, the entire rate oi rural fix-cause there at the time no telephone lines will be built during [other subscribers to the system. People just beginning. The petitions lor lelephoncs came in to the headquarters in large numbers, have been dealt with as speedily as possible. Lines are now under con- struction to outlying settlements north om anxious waiting period -that .some- times extended six months, or a year- At present all cases for the District: Courts are disposed with- in one month or two. Yurthermore, these courts are empowered by the Act creating _them to deal with cases of a higlier court, so litir gants -are not .obliged to curry..to. tiiii big centres interlocutory in Supreme Court cases.; power has' been given to District Court judges to local judges of the .Supreme Court. courts also have all "to in connection with the .prolate of cs-. tates, these transactions are now At- tended to with much" greater than formerly. -Still tmother power has been to the District Courts in the interests of the are given juriedic- ti-tn to deal with crihtinal cases if the accused elects .to be tried thenv This is especfally convenient, as they are available at" local centre, wherc.prisoners generally are held. Here the criminal, insten.il of waiting for the next sitting of Lho Supreme Court, may elect to be tried promptly by the District advantage not enjoyed under 'the Territorial regime. How clearly this advantage is ap- preciated by those who have oxpcnac of will (of.the Supreme court and five DictricHciinnge pf system T.non the farmer, but judges. policy oi the total distance of usually aek for telephones j-.v-.ll owned by the government one of the first conveniences. The wo- of in p.irr homo in is to cheapen there ;was. .much delay in men nave will be clofic to The petitions tor rural telephones' their 'former coming in to the government are eo to do numerous that all cannot be dealt with P "c this year, but each will be taken up tor consideration in point of orderi- jthey o The rate for rural become as strong advocate of it to tli.- per very low, considering inp Americans, and it, is likely that, in I phone the cost of construction and operation, la years th- province will bo arid the limited number oi wilft n network of lines, on oach line. The conditions for the construction of a rural line is that there shall be one subscriber for cveYy been accustomed to them in! t nrjle. So ahxions are eome people to have .telephones that they are willing to pay more than one rate to secure the 'phone. For instance, a man "riv- ing three miles out, of a lively town rural On the whole the the Rutherford of the most striking'1, in on under gener- night, .staff was put until nil work iviado up. SiJici that- every :.'d at these offices for bo Tfrtunjod on the day. Sonrchmg nf titles, may ;ration iinrmciajly, until tl a directly '.ei is riio irvvviifre It would not. have brvn hu'H a corponuron, hut j iy the povvnimont n paying t. i- built firr-t for all the ALBERTA MAKES roat to the pooplc in I pfiHiouuVvly to (h more villapes. Land Titles CfTicrs. along the C. N. R., was willing tothe province .and pvofita arc not ex- judge-: oi tiro orthy n too. tliat Attornoy- General lii.j vi-it-to Oitiiwjt-lasf .spring the D.'niiinsou govern- nir-nr ill.-- fifsuratifo fund .of. had rotnin'pd bv the in Al- taken over horn Federal autlioritivs after autonomy. cases on hand is evideriP'Irom stntistic.-i trict obta this year and the "month of 1907, when the District Courts a'sSurp- cd Ths show ch.it at most points thr in criminal cases elected to bu'; by DiFtrict Court judges. Thoy; wero tried: At criminal cases, 10 civil casoa. At criminal cases, 315 civil cases. At criminal cases, 20 civil casrs. At criminnl cases, f.4 civil Macieod Elevator Burned. .j. August Tho Pacific flevator at Grant, with "its was -dt'fttvoyftrt J-y fire last night, ;