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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta HERALD, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1908. PAGE-FIFTEEN unused to road making. Now the the building a in-itself, not job Hon. W. H.Gushing, Minister of Public Works, Has Accomplished Marvels in the Construction of Good Main Roads, Well-built Bridges and Permanent Public Buildings, The Government's Comprehensive Policy for the Future. GOOD ROADS, BRIDGES AND BIDDINGS, WHICH MARK ALBERTA FROM ENDTOEND DEMONSTRATE DEPARTMENT'S ACTIVITY W. H. Gushing, Minister of Public Works, Has Assumed the Herculean Task of Adequately Providing Roads for a Province Embracing an Area of One Hundred and Sixty-Five Million Public Buildings and Substantial Bridges Have Been Built at the Minimum Cost by This Capably Administered Department. guessed at, to don'.- when conveni- ent ami with haphazard in. -thuds cm- played. The season ing Is not long, and Jn the many problems confronting government of jts formation, there was none., more formidable than.that o.f adequate system of internal transpor" roadways and bridges. Iu the first place, Alberta alone is .wider and broader than the big German Em- pire; it is twice as large ae- Great Bri- tain and Ireland, ami when, autonomy granted there was not any con- siderable opening up of -the country except in the lower half .of the prov- ince. -Even here people had often tc content themselves'with the firm old trails of cart days. With the inrush ,of settlement in Gentroui Provisions for Works. Alberta on I' Each succeeding year has seen this 'generous attitude the government thfi past .four pressing claim for main roads and side roads, foi improved roads and bridges have sim- ply poured iii upon the department of public works, making it in its di- rect contact with the -people one of the most important branches 'of the administration. Upon the, efficiency and energy of workings the; com- fort and Success of the new settlers are largely dependent. The twentieth century settler 16 not content to go into the unopened woodland' at the .Rock- toward public works maintained. Mr Gushing- tlie inception of his duties as minister of this depart- ment has devoted himself completely to its planning arid Supervision, As- sociated with him in the actual opera- tion of the department" is his deputy John Stocks, a capable; earnest man with tweiity-fccven years' experience tlie structural work and an absolute grasp of the responsible duties placed on him. For .three years previous to the inauguration' of the two provinces, Mr. Stocks had been Deputy of Pub- Vic Works at.Regina for tlie Ten-hol- ies, that had been an ex- perienced, and tried'.official of the .C.P.R. in its structural department He was, and is peculiarly, fitted for the weight of practical work before his department At Regina a, new up Lo-date system of road and bridg to become holders of final certifi- cates. Last year were collect-, ed in fees- by this branch. A branch of work of growing im- portance and one .in which the minis- ter, Hon. W. H. Cushing, takes a 'deep interest, is the Coal Mines brunch. There are extensive .coal mining operations along the Crow's, Nest of the C.P.R., upon the berta was the first among Canadian provinces to build and operate a During the first government's near hunaoreK, alter tlie governments ap- Creyk. .Caratairs, Blackfalds and St. a telephone policy was de- Albert. cided upon, and its fulfilment, in spite 92 Steel Bridges. Of inanv gaming obstacles, is a mat- During tlie current year work is be- of provincial pride. At the firs) ing pushed forward on 24 new steel. session a few thousands- were voted bridges, u couple o! these over ine'for this jmrpo.se, and this amount was, larger'rivers the big immediately expended on construc- Addiction. The venture proving iisel bridge good, the work was pushed on mor several j nnd mure vigorously until by !n the Northwest Provinces. 1902 51.000 50.000 Roads., 'ridg'cs- 1IJ04 ?296.QOO 1900 In Alberta 'Alone. 1907 Roads.. "bridges ieneral 000 This includes cxpeiul- No province in the Dominion can ihow as generous'as proportion'6f th', public revenue expended on public works as Alberta can. In 1907, -when were ex uendcd on public works -alone, the total expenditure, of the province amounted to In 1900 when were expended on pub lie works, the .total expenditure wa This is a very generou "streams oi maintaining a first portion, considering the many an system of main thoroughfares i varied .needs of expenditure m all market towns, the cost ot' young province. "which should be'largely met out "the public funds of the A vigorous policy of road extension and bridge-building was .How the p'romwe has been carried out to the letter is apparent in the story of the department's achievements. Election Pledge Fulfilled. When the Liberal party were given power by an overwhelming majority in 1905 the executive promptly set to work to fulfil the party's pledge, to do that which their own intelligence advised as one of the country's first A Business-Like Roads Policy. Mcdiicno Hat bridge in size. tional work, was given the crews this year owing to of the muailer wooden bridges- 'beinjr end- of. 1907. 544. miles of government tin 'by tlie- unusually heavy tolrphone lines had bec'ii constructed fiood.s. There will he 92 stet-1 bridgi-s 5." n.cquirod by purcliase and th in. the province when following whole 597 miles in successful opera bridges. conimi-ncLxl in 1903, are cum- The total amount spent _ .01 t-te: j telephones during that year of activit- over I'telly River at Tabi-r. i was ?2G2.262. Bridge over Bow Rivi-r south of. The government Jiail IS exchange (lloichcn. ut- thi-f" date also, four o main line of. that road at and Bankhead, and in Lethbridge. Edmonton ''and Strathcoria districts. In addition there are numerous .small, mines being worked for local require- lents, at points remote from the rail- ays'. Large improvements are being made n some of the mines m'Uiii southern, istricts, and the industry yearly as- umes finer proportions. In conse-.. uence greater vigilance even .is rts- uired by the department, and this s given." A chief inspector and n taff of district inspectors keep n vatch out for the compliance of com- panies witli the Coal Mines Act, and nforce the various regulations. In the interests of the miners tha U'parlnient requires that only locked safety lamps may be used in any mine." where there is danger of explo- sion from gas. At the last session of the legislature also Hon. Mr. Cushing secured the of a bill securing'to Alberta miners a day of eight working hours as it. is popularly called with the miners, the eighrhonr bank-to-bank Inw. In this brief .survey of tin: large anionnt of work done by the public works department since its formation he atorv told in minor details as ui liruljn-.'over Irrigation-Canal, near .which had been acquired, and 14; ji Majrrath, W'feet 'steel. (stalled by their own staff of the tele Brici'g" over Irripitio'i ('aimb, near phone branch. The .system aireacl feet steol. i installed .so recommended ilfelf fo the the outstanding features is an honour- able one. It mnke.s a record uf ad- ministration of which Hon-.'iMr. smd the chosen, construction, of a more general 'system, us well also w.dfk cerning roads, bridges and other of jrdmcmton; 'at Peac lie utilities. The grants to this de- 305 miles rorthwest nartment in the broadest BO mil, Peace River of Ed- partment in the broadest at Dunvepan 60 miles fnr- spirit; the details ot working out the west> at Lkc Lil and many maturial, expenditure were )ther in the prcat hinterland nf to which Edmonton is only he entrance. The unfavorable weather conditions ast year shortened tlie season lot road-making, but operations were msheri on as vigorously fts possible, the influx of settlement into icw districts lying off the beaten track made it absolutely necessary to extend main roads. This work main and trunk lilies is still being carried on in many parts of the pro- vince, but throughout a uniform sys- tem of road-making was maintains under competent inspectors, so that no money was wasted on unwise locations or impractical methods. Jt and a detennm- i to '.get .tlie .fullest re- sults money spent. The re- cord made by this department-in past three years is one not only rc- credit upon the minister of his'hard working deputy and staff: but is a matter of pride to every liberal aware party's pledge, as well to every, fair-minded citizen of Alberta informed upon the splendid achievement of the province in this regard. Road extension, numerous bridges, new ferries, well planned, well buill public buildings and a telephone pol- icy that, has set the other provinces to arc the main head- ings in the outlined work of the de- partment. At I he very outset in the expendi turo daring the first months of aut onomy it WHS clearly indicated tha the public workc were to be gencrowls provided for. Out of a total outla of there were expi'ndfd on public works. When he canu; to up his mind; a most ness so successful In his department he has evolvcr 'llr'idw over "Irrigation Canal'near people generally that numerous pcti- ket-steel. [lions sent .in tj the department Hridgo gver.Little Uuw River in H- for the construction road east of Sion. j Jn Road from Clyde to the Pembina Athabasca. Landing to Lesser Slavs will rcfiect "im-ritr i credit tipon the ad- in to 500 separate were, sand im nc several and thou- Lake. Lesser Slave Lake to Peace Riwi Landing. Scientific Road Making. In the making of rontls, as in con- structing regular ganc.s arc employed. Thosi- men make ns thorough distinctive n buninesA' tion be snppU-.-i'! I'd higlivvny.-. .and in- 'work. this year !l only be increas- nment recogni7.es re.-: its oars, that a jrrowtb a? Al- iii this direcii'in ed. For the that it cannt land of berta will nt that will be completed shortly. A3 the large-sr, rivers of Alberta are situated in tlie south country or the still unopened north, il is natural that, the largest bridges are situated theie- That over the Old Man River, near Pincher. is of two .spans, 1G9 Jeot tlvj bridge at present beinc constrndwl over the Belly- River nt Tabar consists of three spans of 175 feet each, with an 18 foot road- way. Ferries and Fireguards. I Another essential in the ri copmlunication within the province is the operation of ferries carried on by tr.e government. They are the second step usually in the develop- ment from frontier days to a progres- sive settlement, witli steel bridges over its creeks and rivers. First ther.-. upon a. court-hou have been -made by the architectural branch for a court-house at Calgarjv a cold-storago building at Calgary and" other smaller buildings. Sitc-s !or other important public buildings have been secured, and in tlie near future construction will be commenced upon the Among these are the university build-- ings at Strathcona, and the asylum site- is located at Ponoka, the in-; ?ane of the province may b'e. accom- modated, instead of being paid for at Brandon's institution. The site for a reformatory or industrial school for juveniles is another of the buildings to come. The handsome new Parliament Buildings, which nre to cost 000. arc to be botli substantial am building that1 will be fitted to the dignity and progress of this growinp province for many years. They nre to rise upon the hill south of JCdmontou. in'the Saskatchewan valley, on the very site where; 115 years ago, Macdonald of Garth nnd his fur-traders founded Fort Edmon- he province. This consideration for teachers, often remote from other icachers, and 'centres of in iheir work, is OiteT'of'tiie" istic actions of the government, at once benevolent and practical, for it will at once entertain and benefit th- isolated teacher, and ihi? will react to the benefit of the The li- brary is now in process of organiza- the books will soon fitart on their rounds to the teachers. From the outline of the work unde'-- taken and successfully carried through by the Department, it will ba seen the matter oi education as well as agriculture and public- works, the government in general, and the minister directly responsible been conscientious and capable and far-seeing. ton. The designs mae n The Japanese Finances. Tokio, Aug. decision' oi the authorities to curtail or postpone or abandon the military a'hd1 btKcr-'.gov- ernmental enterprises will, mated, effect a total saving of Js ;irchtt.pcturn! branch pi tne provincial public works department, nnd when completed these handsome buildings, upon an historic will be one of the show places of Alberta. Work has bepun upon the excava- tions nnd foundations, nnd the works of i o m fortli'is the raft or at some convent- upon the hill have already assumed n-'cnt orospinir then forry nnd the outline of the future structure. fi t, portion ot e Each haso of ot road work as carpenters do ot their (lie trade. From month to month they Many Bridges Built. lesim of the science of Concurn-nl progressive policy 10 has eon- i wnvs. wliilr of Peinbma between Edmonton .'.i-s from one the Yellow Head Another river? creeks. was the forry replaced by the new then moved m ration of all who care to study the sections at such conditions. Engineers, inspectors, renient for to piv.: th foremen nnd rond panes are There no resrularily ns f nt work nivltT the direct, supervision ployed nnd (hi- turn nt work abonndinp bridge at and r.ell.-d high y wost or, the Red labor. -c om- ;e fiv- asspis oi i-> tllr rks ;i oom-IOldri to serve nnblio, ncnin At another point heads of the departrnent. The forma- tion of the soil at this point required pariiciilar csrs..ln. foundation laying, and this cnre was given without stint. By an admirable idea the govern- ment lias been furnished with nd- ministration offices of its own during the interim of waiting for the i manent buildinc. Instead "f yen, or probably yen Tof 'public aonds. With the exception of the rail- way works, the finances for will be put in a separate account, 'all public enterpwseo will be temporarily abandoned, and even the railway bonds -will' not be issued tor three or four years. The cabinet settled the new budget today without difficulty. The debt extinguishing fund bo increased from yen to 50.- yen. The United .States gov- ernment, is assuring Japan that it does not object to a postponement of the Tokio exhibition. per- Oakville Store Robbed of Oakville. Man.. August Tn t early hours of yesterday mornine. Moore's store was broken into ih an frrrv was by ai injr >-evrral tiiovjsnud doll sirs yearly safe blown open. The 1 ured two hundred dollars in tons' of haV. nis ten'OCf'Tiolng tlie lo est, a ton, with retixiction of fifty cents if the city takes it all at once, whivhiwiH be {tone. HOSE TENDER The Canadian Rubber Co. offered A. R. T. Co. 10.05 Leth. Electric Bcntly Co.......... 5.50 mev positions. It is chiefly men to the. threshing that are wanted. The scarcity is causing an upward move- ment, to be mAde in wages and the HU nau of the dirty and broken on" dfl Montreal, Sept. t Mountain Liberals renominated J. A. C. Ethicr Total pricc.for a man. in Alberta is as good for the Commons. as a day being given. ouvbxuc tu fices in Traflgar Square besieged by a crowd oi mechanics, artisans and oth- er unemployed. Covered that the squirrels in the park are affected with the disease. No other cases have been discovered Spc-cial police- are called ir, ti; rcc- and it is believed that there will be ulate tramc. spread of the plague. all being surveyed and after the ml. lotment of land is made to In- dians, the balance will be for settle- ment. The trade from this rich dis- trict will be very great and Cf R. is after it. ;