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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1908 Third Year of one ADMINISTRATION OF ALBERTA GOVERNMENT IS A RECORD W ACHIEVEMENT 1ARKED BY PORiiGtiT. PROGRESS AND ENERGY Constructive Wide-Awake Statesmanship Stamps the Province With Prestige. In Three Years Alberta Has Advanced From an Unorganized Territory to a Pro- gressive and Energetic Y6uhg Province. In Zeal lor EducEitidn, Thdrough- ness of Public Works, Economy of Finances, Generosity to Agricultural Interests and Strict Elifbrciemeht ojf Law, the Rutherford Government is Not Surpassed x September was a fed letter day -in thfe history of the empire. It- was then Canada saw the formal in- auguration Of Alberta as a province aVhd tlie latter set out on a new exist- ence ae a -self-governing., responsible portion of the federated Dominion. Alnibst every European nation, every province of arid state of the Republic south of us, as well as each ol -the.i-plains tribe's of "Indians, was. representcd in the throngs of who assembled at wit- ness the inaugural ceremonies; The erstwhile frontier town was, gay with people in holiday mood, its streets decorated with, arches, 'its. publi buildings festooned in bun ting. Looking, out over the motley throngs that day His Excellency the Governor General, surrounded by a brilliant entourage of public men and military, concluded a stirring address to the Albertan -people with you may quickly assimilate to yourselves all who come to you in tlie hope of making for .themselves a liew. home in a new country, arid "that you.-may grow up a united, prosperous, cultured, God-fearing arid religion-lov- ing people is the prayer, which I as your Governor-General and represen- tative of tlie King, venture reverently to make for you frorri the bottom, of have been1 a danger to men of less treasury as receipts from feea, licenses, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. And what has the education depart- -High done? the scholars in the school looking .forward to their-degree in the Provincial university. Ask the .dwellers city. farmer whose. rem.o.ie location would seem to cut him off from the expectation of education for, his children. All" will reply. "We have good schools and.-we are .getting 'better. We have good teachBts-arid we are getting better.-We have goocl" books and we are getting better.. We are getting what we hoped i6r father than what- we expected." rfices has increase the efficiency oi the judiciary system. 3.Working hand in hand with the other departments, the .Attorney-Gen- eral has exercised a 'directing influ- ence over a vast -important measures. name one'or two in- stances: Tlie Railway .Act. has secured the interests spe- culative enterprises while giving the enune stor sound and useful save thousands of dollars in lives di- verted from crime to the paths'of re% t bnt the characters, of these boys: and terid to make good citizens of them. Workmen's Compensation Bill. of the most advanced piecas of legislation of the last session, was the adaptation to. Alberta conditions of the British Workmen's compensa- charter. The of the already existin enforcement' was a work which demanded the utmost, ability and the, co-operation -of the Treasury 2. There; were not 5CO school dis- and the- Aftorhey-Generars Depart- tricts 'in. .'.'Alberta when the province was inaugurated three years'ago; to- day :.there, are 1032, of which 48, have been specially organized for the Gali- cian The pupils entered at "llv.e, mea ueuMiry as receipts irom ieeg, licenses, th end of J907 numbered arid Tjre'adth.of comprenension and depth L registration and tixntion of railways.! the: The irrarsvpaid in of principle. But the record of the last three years has amply answered the great question, "What will he do with, What Has Been Done. three year-: have seen Mr.- 'Then the new governor was eworn i-D.'.itlie Palter of Canada followed with a characteristically eloquent ad- dress and Alberta was then formally i-ecogniMd as "a political entity. reins were thrown into the hands of the young province to do with :as she listed. -e :lt was a critical moment. The B'fe'd of. good men and capable men to SUKle .her was absolute. But the men .were, ready; for the' occasion, and, ''fully equipped to meet every responsibility that, might be thrust on them by events. _.- -On September 2nd "Premier Euthet- H worn 'in. In. 'few days the members of the cabinet were selected anU-.' were sworn ''in on Sept. 6. v three years they have -the destinies of Alberta, and high prestige enjoyed by Alberta at home and: abroad.the'sound- credit, the absolute radi- ancy of its future is the best evidence of iiow 'coriocieiitiously their duties jiave been' performed, and Iiow jinly.. they have .gone about the work of. organization and construction. record made by the Alberta government during the first three years' of its work in provincial organ- ization, in advanced legislation and efficient administration, is yet unsur- pa.ssed Lby any new government in hifitory .'.-_.' Selection of Premier. September 2nd. 1905, Mr. was Darned by Lieut.- the first premier province; it wais the destinies of Alberta were corporations. But local sources been largely supplemented by Federal .subsidies, which, owing to tlie exertion o'Hhe premier and attor- ney general at the Provincial confer- ence of. now 'amounts to 703 a handsome surn- for the provincial revenues .comes from the Dominion i eases yearly.' overnment and ih- A is sometimes Rutherford.and the-provincial 'govern- ment blazing tlie trail to prosperity. The inairi'-highways and the tributary by-ways .have- been surveyed and of far-reach ing im- been -placed in the book. The machinery of gov- lias. been 'perfected and ad- justed. ''.Tlie, various departments have ;been equipped .with the best, men and >the best appliances, and knowledge'that the government for sound finance, justice "and progress has been" impressed oh every citizen of the province. Even in the fe- rnotest. settlement law 'and order are blessings for which, like the air .vei breathe, men almost forget to has "secured, for Alberta. The wealth thankful. .Absolute of this province has attracted capit- unchallenged save in a rash and from far arid wide. Wealthy heard in ranks protest- ing that -.he ..-pi-yvnce should have land. good do hey ex- pect to get "from, "the bare own-.rship of tracts of p_raifie unpeopled by the settlers who are year by year in in- creasing numbers placed here by the vast machinery of. the Dbniinion im- migration departiriejit who convert tliooe lands 'from 'a Dominion '.to -a Provincial asset? f Sudsidies; ;'are not the only aux-: iliary of growth that the government 190fi Ayas in 1907 it 767, 'while it is estimated for 1908 afc ,3. The maugurarlon tlie ci'al'univesfsity on the lines laid down by the.'Premier during the first "ses- sion, of lias "even- -rt; tie .farmer., ;The Act has been well received and' there is every reason'to believe it will work smoothly arid prevent friction, between maste: and .men. it is ;perliaps in "the revision and adrrirhistration Liquor License 'law that tlie 'Attbrney-Geii- eral's department, is entitled to the highest praise. 'Tlie, old Territorill Ordinance allowed a liceriied house wherever there were houses in an area of acres. IVIc." Gross changed .this to houses: in .960 acres. wayside, "taverii Avas to offer temptatiori in tlie rutal dis- tricts where total prohibition 'is to prevail. During, the'past session :a ten o'clock closing regulation was en- arid Has since tHencoine foirce, with '-excellent strictest regulations' and into The though using "every iegal quibble and for coriimotlious hotels carrying, its case from, court to court' are; eriforced. The salbbri vproper 's the mighty 'railway has had. to ac- bariish'ed. Wholes'ale liceiisei are has .been.placed ;in .the wheels of un- knowledge itself beat-en. and -'pay its confined "to town's of over 1.000 popu- of. c spicion." The three e'la'psed since then lisve 'ljui .deepened the respect and adiniratiqn that all men felt.for him. truest "test'of results, no -bti'eri found, no loop-liole ror The only cry that lias beard' from an. utteiiuated opposition cry raised over jiiid'over-again as thoifgli fhc'ir only hdpe 'lay in outbidding and over- passirig the sane decisions of the id- irilnistration. ?Tr; Rutherford was able to associ- ate with himself in tlie task of-govern- infent three 'mni emineiitly capable ot dealing with the problems that faced .th0m.- In tlie Attorney-General, tlie TIpriqurablf' C: W. Cnxs.s, lie 'found ,i .man the confidence of his toiVrispeoplc, a wlio hiul they confidence of his clients, and a. man who had even'then about him t.Kr tbxctH'o-mark.s ;v..Tlie Hpriounibio. H. Gushing, art nJilfe and experienced business man. utas chosen for the Department oi Public Works, where his business-liki. "--J-- r and Tone: "These of homesteads; ;qf icres of pe'rity for this The building' of cally .-..every being placed iii .-.t tioii with uica- plif chased "SeKr This Taber lias "wl tlie piScfiase-Tof systerii :has'. aSde total. This is whiph th.e ly '.for the.'; to This was. ;tbe.; of -the' iksi. '.of j CaHada. Nothing but provincial would Bsll 'people' .to "siKh teifliisi Tliat. wise'.-.-in '.itself by tHis inpVe; "of The points in; the -merit tp. NEW PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS OF ALBERTA rcpentied.....Heat of ed the administration of every bcnnch o'f the ;law. Will any. citizen say "Ft. i.s time for .a eh an It would'bo impossible on the limits corporations have seen, in our rich fields aiid richer mines a splendid chance for tho increase of their divi- dends. They have invested much needed monev. it is the artlcli; to rccnpitulatoiprovincv. they have reaped ami all lhat has been done for the pro-'arc reaping a-rich harvest. Now the vinco -by the Hutbtirforu administra-i owners of flip field have a.riaht to tion. arid yet it. is well that some of slimilcl be called to mind. loll -of that harvest, and.tlx; govern-! jiient lias seen that they shall have' it Let us; look at a few of them in a few Taxation act words, TREASURY DEPARTMENT. ;'w justified the choice' tho Premier's own of his fellow Cal- Department of Kdu- cation those.profits which is. just without being extortionate. The opposition press was hard put to it when it, rais- ed the cry of discouragement of in- vestment in favor ofv the men who wished to grow rich at our expense, v are powerful bodies which hnve in the past received many valuable gr'nnts oi land and numer- ous privileges. They are paying pro- positions with good they have been rnncje to feel by the govern- ment of Alberta that, they, too, must matter ,of history too well known day and will follow, but no 'tontribuie to the cost ol .administer- canfrng the province from much if their revenue is and will be drawn. I eo essential in the de- ;Thc Horiournble'W, T. Fihlay, as I finances of the province .Miuiatet of .was 'a handled three -years' uniyorsally liked, of Ifegisla-jwithout the.waste of n. dollar; so eco- tiye'ftxperienoi1., of ripe judgment, his'nomically and..thriftily that no charge -a.ppointaient has justified.oi mis'mariagenient or riiisappropriu- itself, tion lias. been'or can be made, against '..And riq'w came the call to the coun- this Only sagacity, link- try to speak their' mind .about these ed with honesty, could effect this. The "riien. the country V reply wh.s blunderer may .be as honest, as the. matter ,of history too well known day a'rifl too charge of "dishonesty decision 'against tneir i ixs.si here. has the province a share "The new rhinislry 'tKc.vfilopiriftht oi a young, grown wbvk. of organization a.nd line been scoured witliaiit pro- tion under freedom ft- opposition of suchfship to the settler. In alono were gnrnered into the public ijiGO.OOO yearly. The Railway Taxation parcel by scrupuloils vendors, who. under the old regime, had sometimes been able to dispose of their properties twice over and then levant with the proceeds. The objectionable acceleration clause in mortgagee has been done away with and in various ways the procedure hns heen si'iij.ilified mv.i cheapened. and speculation checked 'in favor of The Mi Lien Act is a. word to conjure with among the arti- zens of the Province. The workman's wages are secured to him by a sim- pler and quicker method than obtains in any other province in the Domin- ion. There fir.-- no long drawn-out pro- '.igal battles. Within n days of the failure 1o pay, the c.r-e is tried ;ind disposed of. '2. The District Courts1 Act brings the machincr of justice to the doors of the people1. Siitiilnr in ge.nenu outlines to tlio corresponding courts' of the oVit'r provinces, it.- simplicity of procedure rc-nders its work smoother and obvintcs frietion between it anrl tlie higher eotirtft. Bailiffs nnd process issuers at every t.his government, was the first of the 'point where they are required place kind in Canada, and because of it "llic jthe nuiciiinf-ry of justice t.o the doors public treasury i< now enriched by vice of everyone. The. appointment this year of nn inspector lejal of- heavy but just contribution to the re- venues of the province. is. also to the credit of this the prosecution of the lumber combine, which has resulted in .a decision that will overthrow fmes for breaches of the Act along llation. Hotel-keepers and travellers with the humble laundryman. But for wholesale liquor houses make a it has 3101 been in the law'courts that tlie best part of the .work has been done. Warning has been too effica- cious to make that necessary., and the vigilance oi the police has seconded the win ol the people in letting it he known that the law must be observed. G. Luckily in our favored land crime lias been rare, but :the in-pouving of settlers and tlie increasing congestion of tho govern- ment face to face with" this problem, and the side which has especially appealed to" it- has been that of the children.. What, are lo with children brought up in untoward circumstances and tending towards .a life of crime? The.Answer .has Iven found in the Industrial School Bill ?J last, session. The work lias not' been rushed forward hastily. Information lias.been gathered on every hnn-.i .ibor.1, the, treatment of morally defec- tive children. Already the superin- tendent fs placing boys who would have passed through that academy f new and better surroundings, giving them a chance for the futave. Very soon the province will have a school of wlvlcn it may be-proud, which vrill not only to supplernent :trie The buildings will" be '.W. site date ;.has .ttnJIer'Hifie' superyisiori of ffie 'flclpiirtmeni '-iffie provincial... -arcliiite'ct "ifie worka 'isee: to itrffiat ;.tfie wori is No coritf actors here .are waiirij 'fat at the exp'ense of -public. 'But besides tEese bufldlSgs and pernaps iriore pre'ssffig rie'ede of the proriribe "are being met.-. 'Court houses, with "offices "for the court officials are being erected Edmonton, Wetaskiwin aiid bridge. In Calvary liaiideoirie quart- ers are 'being pirovide'd -for trie lanS titles office, while th'e Kbririal .-a'Slidpl will soon be coiripletecl. for -the insane erection, will "save the dollars which, now "go to an- AGRicuLTURAL DEPARTMENT: The farmers' iritere5ts''have'riot .b'eeri neglected :by the department over Hon. W. F. Fihlay With creameries, experirrierital. Sta- tions, stock .arid grain -judging and institute work, this department has A multitude of interests', The creameries that dot the provihEe cd3- stitute one of. the iriipoKftrifc branches of this depaTtment; .Tlie number of creameries government has increased ste'adily.-'Iri 1905 there were 12, in 1906 19, in 1907 21 The total output for .the year 1907 was one and a half million, pounds of _ butter. The value of these. .cream- eries, riot only. in providing.. the far- mer with a method.pf disposing of His milk, but also in regulating of the product, cannot be The farmer getsJor. his milk, the- price, while the investment vince is secured .reputation 33 a dairy country built up in distant lands. Through, the Records department dairy herds are being the e; inlmifkers; Alberta all combines in.rwtramt or.encouraged b the 'work trade. .This notable case, winch s in connlctiori with the He nmque m the promptness with which tire Animals. ordinances. But this- i, not the only within four months. was broken. Future This combine attempts at combine in am- trade revived PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. How has Mr. Gushing, in the Depart- ment, of Public Works, lived up to the standard of administration? The network of roads which spreads itself over the settled portion of the province of 'today is one answer.. The map of the newly-organized local im- missionary work is carried, on precept and example. :ame of tlie province, the .ch, once iis. in. .capable .and vigilaut. Jtancis. Infractions of the game are detected and almost aut- omatically. Fire, whose destructiveness. has been but, too bitterly ,in other provinces, is iar Teach- ing inspection and stringitot tions. _ The proprietor ,or speculator will not look after his own infcreiii' provement districts is another. Tho (Continued on Page Twelve.) ;