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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta you tre lett- ing thve, travelled .impressed, us more with its- beauty .and prosperity than, the .called-- Sunny .Southern Al- ...vr X Arrived atViJaclecd about; 1C those who chose were im- mediately driven by-carriages to the .wheat and .oat. fields of that-section, .which were a; sight to -look upon, b'3-' ing. .oil.abundant.yield and: splendid The. threshers' report, lor J.IS05 :Macleod.district an av- erage, of -bushels, which Avas higher "by from .one to seven bushels than neighboring districts. A. Janners from the skill, "courage, and energy it had to pass its dividends. so sparse, a population, its rates_ were necessarily high; Settlers complained and pealed to the Governmnt. puriog. th last years .of. Conservative rule the nrotests oi the settlers were answered; .by, the appointment bf-a commission of inquiry. After hearing much evidence the Commissioners reported that they not see how the rates could be lowered consistently with profit. to the railway. This meant that for the. greater part of what-'is 'now the Province of Saskatchewan it would ba useless to. grow grain, because the cos_t of transportation was so great that there would be literally, -nothing left for the producer. Could any portion of the fault bs, laid. at. the door of; the Administration, may bs asked. Let one or two 'facts suffice, for an answer: '.'-In. spited of all experience o: the evils oi tying up lanu, and as if it not bad, enough [ectness. We had visited a number f these .experiment .stations before, and.all show what can be on Canadian soil by the proper manage-, ment and cultivation. the Lethbridge district is riot only adapted to growing wheat and oats of fine, quality, but as a stock raising country has equals. Cattle, sheep and horses graze..011 the "prai- ries; the year round. The grass is of the nature, and quickly puts the, stock ia- good, shape for markeV Jjethbridge is sure to become a 'arge city an.d the wholesale distrib- uting point of a wide trrritory. Its numerous and bountiful coal mines will make it the Pittsburg of Canada. The city has-just voted, to "raise 500 to purchase the electric light plant and extend the waterworks and septic :tank systems. .A new school and a church are b'e- iig constructed; work will soon com- mence on. a. court house and a fire hall.There -is now being expended in grading streets and'building walks. About two hun- dred houses and nine business blocks have been built this year. "The peo- ple there are a wide awake and en- tejprising -class, sixty cent, of which it .is -claimed, are from -the States." Dttriiig our visit here it was our good fortune; to meet Mr. George M. Hatch, who was born in GriggsviUe. He was on the reception committee, and did much toward making.the vis- it of the editors pleasant and profit- of the beat, shows of A Three in One All Dramatic Artiste v Superb Baud Free ml Street Para4i A Positive Guarantee every Ticket sold POPULAR Tickets cm at; J. D; Higiiibotnam's Drugstore-' States have, settled -this T u r i_'-" .able. and.jaU seem to This -j v tMr- .been.a .resident .of as. iayored with :the.-Chinook PS through the .passes' any snqw may have .fallen, .and es .the- mercury-until 50 zero.-is registered. .Mkcleod is. a live, growing little city, situated on ..-a gravel bed. which es" have gravel streets and little or no expense, -and while. this is -true" found- ation of the city, but little gravel to tie -up acres to one railway, corr.paiiy and acres to. other railways, additional vast areas were given to. colonization .companies., When the Libarals came into officer tliey found acres .reserved by U feen in any Qf the adjacent .fields. Foil vwhig our drive, here we %veVe .served with. -a fine dinner ia the opera, house, .where speeches wore made, and as we departed, we're envelopes, containing samp- les of. the ,big wheat bsrries of that order in. Council out of. which the. railway .companies .were to pick land grants at their leifmre. With this extraordinary situation] Lethbridgi Mr. told.Parliament a few years Lathl.rvipe was: next" and mans "We found acres of land in .Manitoba and the. Northwest fan Holds were ...noticed along Territories reserved from settlement. On that acres .1, as tlv Minister of the r today, cannot give a man errfry. vNor can I sell a single ;a ere of it, although there are millions.of acres..of that THE ERECTING TRAVELLER in Constructirg tlie C. P. R. Viaduct. It Cost and Took Over a Month to Construct ESTABLISHED 18G4 HEAD OFFICE. MONTREAL Paid-up Capital Reserve and U Profits BOARD OF DIREIOTORS Sir H. Montagu Allan President Jonathan Hodgson, Esq. Vicc-President C. R. Esq., Thos. Long, Esq.., C. F. Smith. Esq., Hugh A. Allan, Esq., C. M. Hays Esq.. Alex. Barnet, Esq., F. Orr Lewis, Esq. E. F. (jcneral Manager The Bank has 119 branches and agencies distributed throughout Canada. New York Agency, 63 and 65 Wall St. SAVINGS BANK ACCOUNTS invited, and special atten- tion is paid to small deposits. I.iterest at 3 per cent, por annum, compounded four times a year. Drafts, Money Orders and Letters of Credit, payable in any part of the vrprld. at current rates land .that never have been and never..will be nor can be earned, by any-rail- way company. But they are reserved by ord.r in Council; the., good faith of the Dominion is pledged to that forever, and no Government can .inter- fere with that reserve until the bond is lit rally fulfilled to the last letter." Can it be wondered at -that .the West languished underv .management like that? The net result aft.r twenty-five years' possession, of the West was that the success of the experiment vyas still in doubt. Judged by the su- preme test, Conservative statesmanship had failed. Wtre pur rulera sobered by this failure? There was of it. In the very midst of thir-faiiure they wete quarrelling among themselv- es like a lot of unnily schoolboys. First .one member of, the. Cabinet resign- ed for a.few days and then came back. Then seven broke away, and one ,of them explained the by. telling Parliament that .the leader under whom they served and.they would follow himvnp longer. All the ages of British history furnish no parallel to this Cabinet of the Nest "f Traitors. With the transformation that took place with of Liberals'; -10 power the whole country is familiar. The West had a new birth. The railway which had been scratching gravel for years has become th.- greatest s the r ilroad from Macleod to this place, 'ir.? we found a busy little city of six or seven thousand'people with coal. as one of the chieJ industries. Reception committees of the Board of Trade and City Council met us -immediately escorted -us down to the site of the high level bridge- where building operations are pro- greasing. This bndge when complet- ed .will over a mile in. length, and .in places "over 300. faet-high. IJy means of th_is the distance in- to .will-be-shortened about. 13 miles, the present route being OVET many. 'hills- smaller bridges :tp" maintain. The new six or. seven _ years ing there from Montana: and is engaged real iness. He took the writer in his au- tomobile out to view some of the fine farmings-country near the city. One farm, in. particular, which he. showed us, .he. had sold three for acre and the last time for acre. We" have reason to believe that, the-last price obtained -will look a f.w years. He took, us. to .another farm where he had a monster steam plow at work, .vhich he said would turn over thirty acres a day. Mr. Hatch is enthusias- ic .over- the possibilities of Southern' Vlborta and his 4iome city, and it ;v.f ly looks as though''both have a bright, future. .Southern Alberta in general about Alberta before closing this 'etter. These di.tricts generously 57 thj Bow river vr.d the Milk were, formerly 'cnown as the great ranching districts if Western Canada, where cattle THE MACLEOD ELECTION (Calgary, Siberian.; The electors of the riding of .Mac- Ic-od have the opportunity of selecting a very worthy, able and. .honorable gentleman for- their in the ,persou of A. No better representative could be select- ed for the riding of Macleod than this sturdy cattle grower and farmer. The friends of the Conservative candidate; and in some cases, the Conservative .candidate are attempting to injure the Libfral can- didate iu two ways... They are ask- ing for support because of Mr. Mc- 'r, religion. Could anything be snnre Is this try or is it Cannot a wor- ship God as he pleases without suf- ring at the hands of John Herron and his friends? The friends of Mr. Herron and Mr. Herron v himself, are. referring--to the private business -of Mr.: McDonald. They. complain that McDonald lias a closed lease, and a. Calgary paper went furtlur and said that he 'iad fenced ii this propertrv but turn- liis1 own cattle out to graze upon public range. This is.-ixot true. Tho'Glengarry ranch o'f which Mr. McD maid is the manager, did get a base of a larg? district, of land. It not for the purpose of limiting the; ranged but of preserving ..against, inroads of squatters: Glengarry; ..never the land under they, did fence in some the company purchased outright from the government many years ago. But the, .leasehold land is-lying as it. always did. In other'words, Mr. Mconald is paying and -rental npon this which, unfitted for purposes other than graz- ing, and the leasehold is open "-for the benefit of all who can pasture on this range as they feel' at .freedom the entire year, J.IQ disposed. The ranch paid taxes to the provincial government last and .has no advantage any. neighboring rancher does not possess. To show how generous Mr. Mc- Donald has alwiivs been, one incident nay bj 'given. man named "Wil- :.iam Quay la squatted _ on. .the ..range. In 1337 he'applied for a to a homestead, which was refused and Mr. permission to evict him. But Mr.: McDonald per- tixitted the man to In 1806, under a Liberal Admin- istration. Quayle applied for his pa- ton t and received, it, Mr. McDonald j of tho largest in We wcrt-Vpext driven to the wheat fwrmitted to witness fall railway property in the to of .Wall Street or! threshing scenes, and proved the cataclysms in world-finance. Instead of treating the settlor as a i treat, to'see-the golden srain secondary consideration the maxim.of the Department of the Interior was that there was nothing too good for tht; settler. It was that the whole fate of the Dominion rested on the success of those men on their lonely, homesteads. It was that the settler's burden, must bj made as light as possible, his impediments as few as-possible. The land was held for him. Not an acre of it was given to a railway company. Pres- sure was brought on the existing companies to make them choose the Isnda granted them by the Conservative Governments, with the t consequence that acres of the of which Mr. Sifton spoke now j available for homestead entry. The land has not been squandered or given away, but kept for the settler, the bed-rook ,of Cnnadian prosp rity. In- stead of immigrants, as in 18S6, thc-re were .in nine months, of 1907 arrivals. Instead'of the homestead entries there were in 1906, the last'year for which there are full returns, Instead of the one railway threading its way painfully through-sparse settlements, two addi- tional transcontinental are being built across the face of the prairies. Was the bags .At.the. rate of ,40 bushels p r acre. On the trip to ;the city we made a thirtyr-minute stop at the agricultur- al experiment station. Hore wo found about-everything grown any- where in all its beauty and pfr- SINGING Miss Ursula A. R. A. M., London. England, pupil-of the ,em- inent William Shakespeare, late, teacher of vocal. in the Hnlifax Conservatory of me! wh re the and varied finished .these that i .hoy wove taken direct from the rangr ind exported to the British, market. ten years ago it was consid- ered that lands "were highly ofcxluctive, and since that, great ag- development has ing on. .The.first to settle in th'-se listricts to follow agricultural pur- suits were the Mormon people They built ditch, a distfvTcf' >f fifty from the St. iver northw.trcl, and for many 5oars to its completion, the rainfall was so generous throuRhoul districts that no artificial water ,yas requir- d to ensure g od remits, j ft is now known as the celebrated j .visitor wheat district. Amnmmoth i sugar industry has es- .tahlishfd near Raymond, wheiv su- rar beet do s remarkably well, and 'he industry has boen doing an onor-j niDus business, manufacturing -ands of tons of The value >f districts for agricultural pur- noses is shortening the holdings of the ranches, and- although many ex- nt uittle are through- these districts, still the country is asserting itself in such a way Th'3 attacjc is being made by Mr. Heron, who Is. interested in.a closed le.ise himself, and one where the treatment of the general public is Vnrsh indeed. No open range with thu company paying the taxes. will receive, pupils jn voice culture J ,hrough it, prcductions that it is des- look like the record of a land that had been for speculators to the detriment of the honest and actual settler? Test the matter how you like, and Liberal administration will be found to be triumphantly settlement; immigration, rev- LETHBRIDGE BRAKCK- E. W, McMULLEN, and vocal music .on and .after Sep- tember 1st at The .Lethbridge Conser- vatory of. Music. PIANO AN OLD TJWER who wanted a gun wanted it mighty bad. You may not be in a hurry to buy until you see some of the fUFLES, SHOT GUNS, REVOLVERS, ETC. offering and then your fingers won't be still until you have one of lined to become one of our greatest j them in your hands. -countries in the near future. It pos- a delightful climate. i enue, trade and commerce, bank deposits, progress of increases! Mis; rraser, A. T. C. THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC from 40 to per cent. The trade return-? ninrmious results, and largely because of ono piece oi statesmanship, British preference, which the loyal Tories would destroy if they had the opportunity. In Britain bought 15 por cent, of her wheat imports from Camda; she now buys 32 per In the former period she bought 21 per cent, of her meat here; now 24 per cent. Ten per cent, of her butter in the one, now 21 per cent., 54 per cent, of her che-se, now 75 per cent., and so on down M., lute of The Toronto Conservatory of Music, teacher of piane and theory of artistic results secured to pupils. Personal consultation at The Lethbridge Con. -itrvatocy ef Music on and after Au- St. Pet -rsburg, Sept. The shnrp frost of last nipht and the clenr woa- ther today have contributed to We don't handle any of. the cheap cast iron guns made by some firms. Thn bost. gun skillfully made expert hands, is the material ns d. Ammunition for all kinds of gum. trier today have contributed to i i rp n checking the spread of the cholera! flUWAKU UlJL epidemic. Three hundred and fifty so von new cases and 107 deaths were gust 31st. per reported. GUNSMITHS LETHBRIDGE ALTA, ;