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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIOQE WEEKLY HERALD People generally- led each other about the That is how the merits of "BOVRIL" have become so universally known. "Bovril" is a good thing. It is all the nourishment of prime beef. WHITE MAN'S LAND (Macleod Advance) The" "Coieman the only paper in the ...constituency .of Mac- leod, which supports John Herron, in "an editorial headed "White Man's Land" in the issue of the .11 th inst. asks among other things "are we to see Canada over-ruled by We answer this ques- tion by .saying that, the only member ever sat in the House of Com- mons by virtue of a Mon- golian vote, was John Herron, who r presented this constituency, and I sav this to I I grace of Herrou's supporters, who wt-nt out among the Chinamen of the THE APPEAL TO THE ELECTORS WM.FRID CAPTURES MANU- FACTURERS (Montreal Herald) The talk of Montreal today is the "whole-hearted reception given Sir Manufacturers' Association at their in the Windsor Hotel. For the best-part of the week the .Manufacturers' convention "had i "listening to complaints from the woollen section against the alleged inadequacy of the Dominion tariff laws to provide them with as much protection as they would like to liave. Reports of the convention proceed- ings' would lead a casual reader to .ly antagonistic to the Government its leader. Yet when this same leader appealed before the Matiu- lacturefs last .night and told them irrankly that the interests of Canada -as a whole are paramount to the in- terests of any class or faction he was .received with a welcome surpassing' in- enthusiasm anything seen here in .years. No more striking tribute to the. ih'old which Laurier, the man, has up- on the Canadian public could well "nave been imagined. It was a unique spectacle. Nothing like it has been seen in Montreal the days of Sir John A.'. Mac-' then. Five hundred men forgot themselv- es. They simply rose to Laurier. They ,leaped to their, feet, scores of (From Toronto Globe.) Parliament has been dissolved, and the general election will take place on October 26. The only thing really new is the date, ft been frankly recognized that an election would come on before the first snowfall, and the 'campaign has" virtually been in progress daring the past month. the whole of the last session of Parliament was a campaign srssion, the Opposition acting on the belief that-'there would not be another ses- sion before an election. A prolonged contest is not desirable. It is satisfac- tory, therefore, to note that the electoral struggle will not much lohge; distract the attention of the people from the re-turning'tide of commerce district and urged .them to become should-receive their undivided care. naturalized so that their ignorant votes could be cast at the election to defeat the votes and wishes of a majority, of the -white British subjects in. the constituency. It can be truth- Conservatives of did not condes- fully said of the Macleod that they cend to naturalizing Chinamen then or at any other time, and they do not heed to so sore over the acts of their friends in -other parts of the district. Comment, is needless: All that is necessary is to refer our reacl- The Liberal party, under, the magnetic leadership of its great chieftain Sir Wilfrid Laurier .again appeals for an expression of confidence anc approval'from the people. It asks a fair and unprejudiced judgment whether.it does not deserve a renewal of its mandate. The public recollection, is said to be brief, but it is not so brief as to have forgotten the state of affairs in this country preceding Sir Wilfrk Laurier's accession to power. -In a-young country such as this there are certain unfailing tests" of progress, namely, increase of population, develop- ment-of resources and growth-of wealth. Judged by these tests, the me who resigned office in'1896 had woefully failed; the men who succeeded them have, on the contrary, splendidly succeeded. Sinc'e 1869 the problem of problems for Canada lias been the settlement and development of the West. If that failed the. Dominion could not-', sue- ers to the list of Chinamen natural-j ceed. The building >f the .Canadian Pacific Railway could only be justi- ized by friends and pub- fied by a steady, tide of population pouring into Western Canada. The Government of that day was presumed to be bending all its energie's to lished. by- the "Macleod Chronicle" and also which John Her- acco'mplish what was acknowledged in the last degree- essential.' ron made in the House f What was the measure of their success? The story of it may be read last, session on the question of Asiatic j in the., public records generally, but particularly in the: statistics of immi- oxclusion and we leave-it to our gration and homestead entries. During 1896 but immigrants came draw their own conclusions. j to'our shores, and only of these declared their .intention of staying SIR WILFRID LAURIER being upset the moment he rose...- their they -waved their arms; waved, any- handy. .And the cheering! i It was just one long roar. "Laur- j It rang through the vast dining hall "with a stinging staccato note. It startled the the imperturbable waiters. And the waiters stopped where they and cheered with the rest. They put their trays down" and hollered until they were red in the face. It was the spontaneous tribute of hundred keen busi- ness men to the genius, the honesty the -loyalty of a great man. i (E. W. Thompson in the Boston Tran- script.) In receiving Wilfrid never has 'to unbend, for the ex- cellent reason .that, he was: never stiff. He is never undignified, and yet there would" b'a a certain inac- curacy in describing him as dignified though no man is -more so. His dignity is worn as a grace. He is as simple, direct, homely and manful i in his deportment as Father Abra-j ham whom, by the way, j the Canadian Premier is so stead-1 'fast an admirer that he reads everv-! in "Canada. The appalling feature of it was that the numbers were less than in the year "before. The homestead entries only totalled the low- jest number in eighteen years, showing that landseekers were merely nib- bling at the immense area of fertile'lands offered them as free as air. Can- adians could-not but reflect that when Oklahoma was .opened for settle- ment a scene took place in the form of a mad rush for'the lands that was in striking contrast to the neglect, not to contempt, that greeted the Canadian Government's offer of free farms in the West. Canadians by the thousand were helping to build up the Western' States, and passed better lands own'flag. The only bright spot in the picture was the 'sublime business energy of the ,great railway corporation which held the West in fee. Despite its tlu'ng published President. One about effect the great of personal contact with Laurier has been men- tioned by- many people. "He made me feel they say. 'Try' to at what they .'mean by and you discover that they-mean just' better. Not elated, rather kinder, more good. i NEW SUPERINTENDENT AT COAL GREEK (Fernie Straenaii, who has PAPER (High .Eiver Times.) '....It is that two weekly newspapers of the same town hold: the same political views, -but this is: so in Machod. 'The Advance has! been a of the Lib-! eral, .g'.-vernmeut ever since it started. 'Macleod Gazette run as a Corrserv..uivt> organ for. many j years, but it has apparently chang- j ed its political views with its name.} It is now kiio-.vn as the Chronicle.; was was i the line. .The British preference appealed at first to our.patriotism; it does not spoil the patriotism that it is also very profitable. Our opponents cannot blot out the record. They cannot even discuss it. The only thing left for them is a mendacious policy of slauder. The success in the West they endeavor to discount by tales of extravagant grants of timber lands, and by vague statements about speculators and exploiters. It needs Gargantuan assurance for a party which gave away thirty-two millions of the public lands to slander the policy of a Government that has not given away one acre. In regard to. immigration, the working classes are deluded with the idea that it is bad for them. A greater error could scarcely be entertahied. The prosperity of the eastern manufacturers during the past decade has been" almost wholly due to the development of the West. But for that many a tall chimney would have been smokeless. Mechanics have not been en- couraged to come here; but we never hope to see a healthy man or woman willing to work and wit-h sufficient fund? in r-iake a' start excluded from our shores. The Conservative party has been encouraging this dis- content with immigration. Does it desire to return to the stagnation of 1896? Let there be no illusions about this. The stoppage of the tide of desirable immigration would be the greatest calamity that could befall this country, and we challenge Mr. Borden to give his views on this supremely important matter. In view of what he has accomplished for this country is it immodest on the part of Sir Wilfrid Laurier to ask that he be allowed to carry his latest great contribution to Canadian progress, the Transcontinental Rail- way, to completion? Boasting before an election is a common practice, bu do not think we indulge in any boast when we say that, we believe im plicitly the Canadian people will answer his request generously and" tri umphantly. LETHBRIDGE, A CITY WITH A GREAT FUTURE (From the Griggsville, Illinois, Pres-o fectness; We had visited a number When we awakened Monday rnoru- ing we were speeding toward. Maci through some of the finest "helds oj grain in southern Alberta that we have ever beheld. We have never seen wheat and oat shocks stand thicker on the ground, and" the im- mense fields extended off as far the- eye could see. A more ;perfeot higher, state cultf f land c-i ,'voM not be found, if rns and gra-imes ed cne s the older sad more s c- tions of'the States; and the prosper- ty oftne people of that section is very evident. Not alone were the grains grown, saw a bunch of live stock learning on a thousand hills, (more or and all appeared in excellent condition. No part of the country'through which we travelled impressed us more with its beauty and prosperity than-the rightly called Sunny Southern Al- berta. and ent of Macleod. had better wake up. mine superintendent at the mines, I Toronto, will apply to Parliament for has been succeeded by Kichd. Eogh. a -divorce from his wife Eileen. is a strong supporter of the pres-i ski11' courage energy it had to pass its dividends. Serving so sparse a government, Conservatives j were necessarill "high.: Settlers complained and ap- pealed to the Governmnt. During th last, years of Conservative rule the protests of the settlers were answered by the appointment of a commission of inquiry. After hearing much evidence the Commissioners reported that t'hc.ir U2 occ iivvr larc-a UC H-'YTCICU UULlSlSLCUtiy Wltll pfUllk to the railway. This meant that for the greater part of what is now the Province' of Saskatchewan it would be useless to grow grain, because the cost WANTS A DIVORCE beeoi i Ottawa, Sept. Wales, of 1 vv- v' of transportation was for the producer. so great that there would be literally-nothing left THE ERECTING TRAVELLER in Constructing the C. P. R. Viaduct. It Cost and Took Over a Month to Construct Could any portion of the fault be laid at the door of the Administration, may be asked. Let one or two facts suffice for an answer: In spite of all experience of the evils of tying up land, and as if it were not bad enough to tie up acres to one railway company and acres to other railways, additional vast areas' were given to colonization companies. When the Liberals came into office they found acres reserved by order in Council out of which the railway companies were to .pick their land grants at their leisure. With reference to this extraordinary situation Mr. Sifton told Parliament a few years "We found acres of land in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories reserved from settlement. On that acres I, as the Minister of the Interior today; cannot give a man a homestead entry. Nor can I sell a single acre of it, although there are millions of acres of that land that never have been and never will be nor can be earned by any rail- way company. But they are reserved by order 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 literally fulfilled to the last letter." Can it be wondered at that the West languished under management like that? The net result after twenty-five years' possession of the West that, the of the experiment was still in doubt. Judged by the su- preme test. Conservative statesmanship .had failed. Were our rulers sobered by-this failure? There was no appearance of it. In the very midst of thir failure they were quarrelling among themselv- es like a lot of unruly 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 bolt by telling Parliament' that the leader under whom they served was incapable and they would follow him no longer. All We arrived at Macleod about 10 o'clock and'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, be- ing of abundant yield and splendid quality. The threshers' report for 1905 gave the Macleod district an av- erage of 26.12 bushels, which '.was higher by from one to seven bushels than other neighboring districts. A great- number of farmers from the States have settled in. this -vicinity, and all seem to be prospering. This section is favored with the Chinook wind which blows through the passes in the Rockies. It, disperses any snow that may have fallen, 'and rais- es the mercury until 50 or 60 above zero Is registered. Macleod is a live, growing little city, situated on a gravel bed, which enables them to have gravel streets and walks with little or no expense, and while this is true of the found- ation of the city, but little gravel is seen in any of the adjacent fields. Following our drive here we were served with a fine dinner in the opesra house, -speeches were made, and as we departed, were handed envelopes containing samp- les of the big wheat berries of that district. Leth bridge Lethbridge was next, and many fine field.? were noticed along the of these experiment stations before arid all show what can'be grown on Canadian soil by the proper manage- ment and The Lethbridge district is not only adapted to growing wheat and oats of fine quality, but as a stock raising country it has few equals. Cattle, sheep arid horses graze on the prai- ries the year round. The grass is of the richest nature., and quickly puts the stock in good shape for market. .Lethbridge is sure to become a large city.and the wholesale distrib- uting point of a wide territory. 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 be- ing work will soon com- mence on a court house and a fire hall.There is now expended in grading streets and building walks. About two hun- dred houses arid blocks have been' built this year. The peo- ple there are a wide awake and en- terprising class, sixty per cent, of which it is claimed, are from the States. During our visit here it was our good fortune to meet Mr. George M. Hatch, who was born in Griggsville. He was on the reception committee and did much toward making the vis it of the editors pleasant and profit able. Mr. Hatch has been a resident o Lethbridge six or seven years ,mov ing there from Big Timber, Montana and is engaged in the real estate bus iness. He took the writer in his au tomobile out to view some of the fine farming country near the city. One farm in particular, which he showec us, he had sold three times, first for Slo per acre and the last time for The Colored Neglige Shirt it the popular shirt to-day. A short time ago neglige shirts "worn only in summer. Kow the best dressed men wear them all the year round, .They find them much, more comfortable, for daily use, than a stiff-bosomed shirt xiGk juiors fortable, but they wear longer, because they make fewer trips. to the laundry. It is no the use of a shirt that wears it out it's the laundry that does it The name Tooke on a shirt means Fit, Wear mud look for the name. TOOKE BROTHERS, LIMITED, MONTREAL- 21 THE MACLEOD ELECTION per acre. We nave reason to believe that the last price obtained will look very cheap within a few years. He took us to another farm where he had a monster steam plow at work, which he said would turn .over thirty acres a day. Mr. Hatch is enthusias- tic over the possibilities of Southern Alberta and. his home city, and it surely looks as though both have a ,-ery bright future. Southern Alberta Just a few words in general about Southern Alberta before closing this letter. These districts generously watered by the Bow river, the' Belly river, railroad from Macleod to this place. and the Milk river> were formerh- Here we found a busy little city of six or seven thousand people, with coal mining as one of-the chief industries. -v ESTABLISHED 1864 Merchants Bank of Canada HEAD OFFICE, MONTREAL Paid-up Keserre and Undivided Profits.............. BOARD Sir B. Montagu Allan President OF DIRECTORS Jonathan Hodgson, Esq. Vice-President C. E. Hopnier, JEsq.. Thos. Long, Esq., C. F. Smith, Esq., Hugh A. Allan, Esq., C. tf. Hays, Esq., Barnet, Esq., F. -Orr Lewis, Esq. E.VF. Hebden..........................General Manager The Bank has 119 branches and agencies distributed throughout Canada. New York Agency, 63 and 65 Wail St. SAVINGS BANK ACCOUNTS invited, and special atten- tion is paid to small deposits, -interest at 3 per cent, per annum, compounded four times a year. Drafts, Money Orders and Letters of Credit, payable in any part of the world, at current rates LETHBRTDGE BRAXCH- E. W. McMULLEN, 4 '-4 the ages of British history furnish no parallel to this Cabinet of the of Traitors. With the transformation that took place with the advent of Liberals to power the whole country is familiar. The West had a new birth. The railway which had been scratching gravel for years has become'the greatest railway property in the to the shocks of Wall Street or the cataclysms in world-finance. Instead of treating the settler as a secondary consideration the uioxnn of the Department the Interior that there was nothing too good for the settler. It recognized that the whole fate of the Dominion rested on the success of those men on thr-ir lonely homesteads'." It was recognized that the settWs burden must bf- made as light as possible, his impediments sis few as possible. The land' was held for him. Not an acre of it was given to a railway company. Pros- the of Trade and City Council met us and immediately escorted us down to the site, of the high level bridge, where building operations are pro- gressing. This bridge when complet- ed will be over a mile in length, and in places over 300 feet high. By means of this bridge, the distance in- known as the great ranching districts of Western Canada, where cattle roamed at freedom the entire year, and where the nutritious and varied grasses finished these animals that they were taken direct from the range and exported to the British market. About ten years ago it was consid- ered that these lands were "highly productive, and since that, great ag- ricultural development has been go- ing on. The first to settle in these districts to follow agricultural pur- to the city will be shortened about were the Mormon people. They miles, the present route over an irrigation ditch, a distance of fifty miles from the St. Mary's many bridg hills to with numerous smaller maintain. The new- bridge when completed will be one of the largest in the world. We were next driven to the wheat fields and permitted to witness fall threshing scenes, and this proved quit, a to gec thg -n p0uring into thft bacg attlu, rale of miles river northward, and for many years subsequent to its completi07i, the rainfall was so generous throughout these districts that no artificial water! was required to ensure good results, ft is now known as the celebrated winter wheat district. Amammoth bei'-t-root sugar industrv has been es-