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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1908. PAGE FIFTEEN Hon. W. H-.'Cushing, 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 Future. GOOD BADS, BRIDGES AND BUILDINGS WHICH MARK ALBERTA FROM END TO END DEMONSTRATE DEPARTMENT'S ACTIVITY V Ron 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. In the many problems coiif.routing Generous Provisions for Works. the voung government of Alberta on! Each succeeding year has seen this c- .'generous attitude of the, government toward public works maintained. Mr. its formation, -there was none more formidable than that of providing an. adequate system of internal trauspor" roadways and bridges. In the "first place, Alberta alone is wider jnd broader than the big German Em- pire; it is twice n.s large as Great Bri- tain and Ireland, and when autonomy was 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 to content themselves with the firm old trails of cart days. 'With: the inrush of settlement pressing. clai for main roads and side'roads, Cushing from the inception of 1m duties as minister of this depart- ment has. devoted himself completely to its planning and supervision. As- sociated iviUvhim in the actual opera- tion of the department is his deputy John Stocks, a. capable; earnest man with twenty-seven years' experience the structural work and an absolute grasp 01 the responsible duties placed on For three years previous to the inauguration of the-two Mr. had. been Deputy of Pub- of the department. Extension of Main Roads. A list of the' main roads upon w work was- undertaken given here. It quently unused to road making. js'ow ihe making 61 good the- building'of a good bouse, is ;v business in it.-elf, not a job to ocs j guessed aj, to be done when conveni- 'ent and with methods cm- j played. The season for road, mak- ing is not long, and in ;t country so much i.-: to be done no time must iusi. For this reason, too, the trained road gangs are and kept at work all during the fav- orably season. They, are- promptly shifted from point to ipoiut wherever improvements or extensions are to b.- done, and at each place the fore- man aiv employ what: ever local labor is available. Does not this policy comineiid itself to every thinking man? For effici- ency, for.time saving and for a mini- mum of expense it is. quite superior to ihe system formerly in vogue. More ;hio1t and at less cost ca-.i be acccin- inethod. or such. .1 ill i n L i tlilVJ ill ,j this year by "this up-tv-dute i t makes a goodly list, i Tin; farmers of. the'.district, _y foresiglit and attention to de- training and years (if practical who wa-i put atjhe. bead nf -jenVnee Mr Cus'hintr was a public department ii woll fitted TO carry et.tle.niont into new lying off the beaten track made it absolutely necessary so Road south of Lloydrninslor. North Victoria trail. Athabasca Landing lo Lao_La i'.iohe. Road iio-.-iii front M'orinvilio. IStii lia.-.e line road east, of Sion. Road from Clyrlo to the Rivor. Athabasca 'Landing to Slave 19-4. fork of Crook Jrmping Pond in Fork of Hiih River in 17-2-3. Low Ci'isr of Calgary. Pound Tioi'tli of 31-3-5. Li til-; Red Doer 'north of 31-4-5- lief] Def-r Txiver north oi iNii'itii in Deer River west o! Penhold. Medicine: River west of La com bo. jjlir.dman River at Forslfe.e. Battle River at Ferrybank. ntindman River at G'irni-s' C'rossins. .Battle River at Hardisty. IJe.ivor Hiili1 north of Larnont. Beaver Hilis north of BruderheiTn. The Finlay bridge at Medicine Hat. spanning the Saskatchewan River, was opened for tinffic early in Work was begun on this biidge in the latter part of J906. and it was intended io ii. in 1907, but higji water during the spring of retarded the work very considerably. This bridge, which is the largest in the province, consists of five steel of ISO icet each; it, has a twenty foot, roadway and is built on a con- crete substructure. For several years during the Territorial administration an agitation for this bridge had been carried on, but unsuccessfully, not- withstanding the extreme importance of the bridge to large and fertile In less than three autonomy, the bridge Tlio bridge south of Gleichen find spanning The Bow River, upon which work was commenced last, autumn. Is nor quite as large as thf> Finlay bridge. It consists of three steel spans of 17o foot each, with an 18-foot V0.-i.dway. substructure is of con- crete. Tin's- bridge, which will many settlers in the district of chen. now being rapidly opened will ne completed shortly. AS the largest, rivers of Alberta are situated in the- south country or 1 lu- st ill unopened north, it is natural thai the largest bridges are situated the'Old Man River. up, credit upon the 1 department ad-j vfriiivienr. [irovi-i JGO to liiv. Lesser Slav. Landing. xtcnd main roads. This work n i Scientific Road main and trunk lines- is still being j Tn the making of. ronds, as in con- carried on in many parts, of the pro- j striic-ring bridges. p'ad gaiifs en to 500 sepnra'o and extensions several tliou- li-iitionnl a.nd improv- work t'nis veiir i only IK- itscreas- for vince, but t.liroughoui a uniform sys- tem of road-making was ma.intaino-1 under competent inspectors, so that, no money was wasted on unwise locations or impractical methods. .It, is a difficult, almost, nn impossible.'making, and nnri< arc thorough of road work as do of their I'l-oin nionlli lo nioiilh learn mon- of tiie of road jir matter department to keep j efficient- work and a groan rind WidepprtMd ,-of it. accomplished ilian under i on its oars, thai a f rons "ruwtli as AI-] need e-.'ery effort forlli' -o every portion oi. ivinoe. Bridges Built. i ;i progressive policy '.he government lias it'll svs'.ein of bridtto! theie. Tl nit over near Pincher. is of two feet cadi, while trie brid k-ing cons, rncted over .River at Taber consists of three 'spans ,H 175 feet Oiich, with on 18 foot rond- Ferries and Fireguards. in the plan? rf communication within'ihe province is the operation of ferries carried on by Ihe government. They are the step usually in the develop- ment' vrontier days to a progres- MVC- Sftflemorit. with steel bridges over its creeks nnd rivers. First then is the raft or scow at some 'conveni- ent crossing place finally the" brid then th Each ferry and ttloirient. but every effort is mad do so, ami the results are written i.l.o province to the mir.-ition of nil who erirr- to conditions. Kngineer.s. foremen and road jranirs an- earnestly work under The direct snpoivision systi-ms. !n tin- 1 niter led for roads used to i pei-sons in the lopment, naturally means a heav- ier expense for the government. Last year 16 ferries wo which were newly e operated, fiv installed. On preparing -for the construction a a more'' general-; system, .ns well AY. H. Cusninfr .tlve' works1, con- a' suceossful.-ibargain Avitb. tlie, Bell Company for thcij- fxiensive system in the- province. This purchase made tor a .'vdruhblo "asset being tints secured to "tlvs province., Public Buildings. any delay Ivlr. Cnsliing and iiiji department, upon its- oi'gan- ix.ition. -began tlir- quite essentjal work of providing :1 he various public .Ill-hidings "required in the province. It particularly kicked adequate build- ings for public offices, as under the Territorial, government there was little else but Calgary eouit-houses and land offices at various points. Almost. the first, work undertaken was- the formal School nt Calgary, to cost and a registry office 'it Cardston. Then followed a court- Cnrdstor; a legislative hall and administration building 3t Edmonton, a cottage and outbuildings for the keepers at Elk As rapidly as the department can go- forward with the means at its disposal this work or. public buildings1 is being pushed. Construction has began upon a land titles office at, court-house at Edmonton and plans have been made by the rrrchitoetuTul branch, for n. court-house at Calgary, a cold-stornge building at Calgary and other smaller buildings. other important public buildings, 'have been secured, and in the near future construction will be coMi'mencpfl upon tin-: buildings. Among these are the university build- ings at Strnthconn. and the asylum site is located at .Ponoka, whore tlie in- sane ,o{ the. province may be acci.cn- 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, now Parliament Buildings, which are to cost. fiOO, arc "to be both substantial and building that will be fitted to the dignity and progress of this growing province for many years. They are 1o rise upon the hill south tho Saskatchewan in 115 fur-traders founded Fort, Kdmon- those was in the newly-opened dis- trict. of Pcmbina botweon Kchnonton and the Yellow Head Pass. Another was the ferry replaced by tho. bridce at. Content, and moved west on the Rod Deer River toward Olds to serve its puiposo there until superseded, Al another pom! an old ferry scow was replaced by a. of Edmonton, valley, on tho very site where, years" ,igo. Macdon'ald of Garth his ton. The designs were aroriitocuira! branch of the_ provincinl pnbiie works department, when Completed the-e hand.-'omo buildings. upon an historic -Vile, will be one of the show places of Alberta. Work has upon tho excava- tions and. foundations, and the works upon tho hill have already assumed tlie outline of the future structure. To assure this foundation work being absolutely solid and enduring, the entire work has been done under the direct and exacting supervision of the heads of tho department. The forma- tion of tho soil at 'this point required particular care in foundation laying, and this can; was given without stint, By an admirable idea the gove.ru- moiii has furnished with ad- ministration offices its own during the interim of waiting for the per- manent building. Instead of pay- inir .several dollars yearly ui .The' growing importance, of industry in 'AibertnJ asi shown note. Tlie year one in point of .coal '.iad been'very steady _ the exception of "a short gferierai Strike. The output .for shows, an, of ilD.-O per 1DOC. Tlie following table, is ;0t iri- jte'rest: 'Output in- Northwest Vcnr. Territories. 1SO-1 34G.G49 1D04 1205 UNDER PREMIER (Continued'from Page find himself well Tin-dtH'- tnking-his now course there. Teachers' Lend Library.-, v 'In order the -teachers kept up-to-clate and well on the government.- at, the last, session appropriated to provide a lend- ing for teacher? tlife province. This often remote' -from other; teachers, and .centre? of interest in .their is one of the character- ,is.tie.-.actions of the. .ee'-b-rine.volejvL and .practical, for jfc' will at once entertain thv. teacher, and this will react to the benefit of the The li- brary is now process organisa- tion'.and the books -will soon start on their rounds From the outline of the work under- taken 'and successfully carried through by the Deportment, it will to seen that in. the matter of oflucatioa well as agriculture and public works, the government in general, ami tho minister directly responsible have been conscientious and capable and far-seeing. The Japanese Finances. Tokio. Aug. decision .of tho authorities to curtail or postpone., or abandon the, military and other gov- ernmental enterprises it is esti- mated, effect a total saving of 000 yen, or including probably yen of -public bonds. With the exception of the rail- way works, the finances for which will be. .put in a separate account, all public, enterprises will be temporarily ar.dpp.'-'d, and even the railway bonds will not be issued for three or four years. 'The cabinet settled thc. new budget today without difficulty. The debt extinguishing fund will be. i increased from yen to yen. ;The United States gov- ernment is assuring Japan that it does not object to a postponement of the Tokio exhibition. Oakvilie Store Robbed of Oakvillo. Man.. August the early hours of yesterday Moore's st.i.re was broken into fin-l tho safe blmvi! open. Tlie secured two hundred dollar.-) in ea.sii. ;