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VOLUME I, No. 2.
"Say Dogan," said Murphy yesterday afternoon as they met in the
shadow of the Dominion Trust Block.
"Say Dogan, have ye heerd th! latest
av th' iliction news?"
"Iliction news, is ut; and phwat
iliction might thot be?"
"Phwat iliction? Phwat iliction?
Oh yc ignoramus, th' iliction to fill
the mayor's place in th' B. C. lllictric
bocrd av control."
"D'ye mean    th'     iliction    phwat
Jawnny Lee's  runnin'   in?"
"Sure, ye goat."
"It's mixed ye ar, Murphy. That
little diversion is to fill Misther Advisory Boord Keary's stool in th'
council. An' ye're mistaken too, fer
it ain't an Iliction at all, at all, at all.
It's a walk-over fer Lee. I know;
sure ain't he th' people's candidate."
"Maybe, Dogan, ye could tell me
phwat it's all about?"
"Sure I can do thot an' more, Murphy. It's all about a dam an' a Star
Chamber, an' wan man gover'mi.it,
an overhead trolley tracks on th'
ground an dozens av other things too
noomerous to menshun, An' by th'
same token, Murphy, come away
from this block, don't ye see th'
Chief av Po-llce watchin* us over
there. Ain't ye ashamed av yersilf
fer  loal'in'   lien '.'"
"Why, Phwat'* th' matter, Dogan?"
"Ssh,  M.urphy;  don't ask me; go to
th', city  hawl  fer yer  inftumatlon."
'Ye   raid   something   about   a  Star
Chamber, Dog in. Phwat d'ye mean?"
"Well,   Murphy,     'tis     a     diffyrult
thing  to axplatn.  but  I'll  do  m<> 'best.
Ye see,   It's this  way.      If ye were a
alderman In Noo  York and  th' Mayor sint down an autymoblle to take
ye  to   a   meet in'  av   th'   council,  an'
there was a brass band there to meet
ye an' everybody  knew    phwat    city
business ye were goin' to do, then ye
wouldn't  go   Into   th'   Star  Chamber,
but into the public  hawl.     .Now,  on
th' other foot,  if there come a mis-
sage  to  ye  In  th' dead   av  night  to
attend  a   hurry-up  session,   ye'd  put
on yer gum shoes an a mask an' slide
down ih' back streets till ye came to
th'  city hawl;  then    ye'd    climb    in
thro'   a  tenth   storey   windy,   whistle
three  times  thro'  yer   fingers  an'   a
door would open mysteriously in th'
"Who'd be there?"
"Shut up, ye loon, while I'm ax-
planin' this rnanoover to ye. As I said
before, a door would open mysteriously in th' wall and a deep voice
would bid ye enter the sacrud pre-
slnks, Then ye'd foller a black-
robed flgger down a long, dark pas-
slge an' at th' ind ye'd find th' Star
Chamber "
"An' phwat would be th' Star
Chamber. Dogan? Phwat would
they be doln' there?"
"Search  me, Murphy,  ye'll  have
to  ask  Mayor Keary  that too."
"I see, Dogan. Sure, it's as clear
as mud. But about this wan man
gover'mint bizntss, is ut anything like
poker or penuckle?'
"Naw, ye chump, it's a kind of
"An' who plays It?"
"Oh, the Czar av Rooshia, an' th'
Imperor av Chiny and fellers lolke
thim. They do be sayin', Murphy,
as how it's no game fer an up-to-
date1 city."
"But phwat's that got to do with
this little divarslon ye were talkln'
about that's to come off nixt Monday?"
"It's got lverything to do wit ut,
Murphy, an' by th' same token It's
done Mlsthor Keary up brown."
Mayor Keary—Hello! What's This Mean.    That's not ME.
Miss Westminster—No, But  He Looks Good to Me.
If you are interested
in your City, attend
meeting at the Opera
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Lee  for  Mayor,  the  People's Choice. .♦.
Lee is not tied by any corporation  and  has  no  ave to  grind.   «
Vote for Lee and Monday will see the finish of the City Hall *
Star Chamber.                                                                                          ) %
Vote early on Monday and mark your ballot for John A. Lee, a
X   the man who represents the majority of the people. *f|
X          A ballot marked to? Lee nveano a spoke in the wheel of fa- %
j   vorltism and a step towards sane and pure civic government. *f
¥           Keary  has finished  his  work,  whatever  that work  may have Y
♦   been; now for Lee and a go-ahead  policv  for New Westminstar. v
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v           Remember there are  others in  the city besides yourself;  don't y
•|»   fail to get everyone you can interested    in    the People's light    lor ♦*.
X   tho People. A
X          With Lee in the mayor's chair, the year 1910 will see the Royal X
i   City well' on her way to that measure   of  progress  and   prosperity X
V   which is her rightful due.                                                                  , v
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"What's the matter with the sun,"
queried the raven, ruffling his wings
and taking a peek through a hole in
the frosted glass of the window in the
mayor's office, "I wonder what's the
matter with the sun."
"Sun! Su'i!! You lunatic, there ain't
no sun nohow," growled the Big
omoke with the black Havana cigar.
"Sun! The sun don't shine any more,
not in this neck of the woods. All
we get now is frost."
"it is a little chill}'," shivered the
brunette bird. "Who turned off the
"Was there ever any heat," sighed
the weary one,   "I've  forgotten."
"Say W. H., as a society entertainer you're a failure; you'd give an
Italian sunset a iflt of the blues."
"I can't help it; what do you want
me to do, look into my own open municipal grave and laugh in my vest
pocket? Get out, you're worse
than Rotund Robert as a comforter
and—what's that, who said Dominion
Trust Block?     Ugh, it's cold."
"Wait till Monday," murmured the
knowing raven. "Wait till Monday
and you'll find it warm enough."
"What are the people saying about
me," asked the man who made Milwaukee jealous.
"Most of them say you're licked,"
replied the one of ill omen.
"Shades of libel actions, it shall not
be," thundered the czar of the pan-
tasote chair, shoving his cigar into
his pocket in his excitement and trying to light the end of his fountain
pen with a saiety match.
"But it is," mumbled the raven,
"sure as you're made seventeen distinct breaks in the past two days. It
"Who made New Westminster
what she isn't?" exuded the one nan
government. "Who, I ask, raised
the mayjr's job to the dignity of a
seat on an electrified advisory board?
Who?  Who?   Who?"
"You can't blame me," ca-me from
the perch,   "but I think you're electrocuted."
More Silence!  !
"Ssh," hissed the Big Smoke, "Ssh
and  again Ssh, I have a plan."
"I know you have," remarked the
bird making a noise like a majority
i'or the Pfople's candidate, "but it's
a' plan for the Coquitlam dam and
the ratepayers don't seem to take to
your style in art. Forget it, but I
don't think the people will."
"Then," said the occupant of the
Czarkoe >Selo, "Then farewell, a long
farewell to all my greatness."
"Farewell, is it? I don't know the
word, but it sounds to me like
Noisy silence, broken only by the
deep breathing of the hot air register and the noise of a wagon trying
in vain to drive over the B. C. Elevated  trucks on  Columbia street.
Polling Next Monday, December
1.3th Inst..
At the City Hall.
Sapperton, Fire Hall.
West E'nd, Waterworks Storehouse,
Tenth Street.
From !i a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vote as early as possible,
I care not much"for gold or land,
Give me a mortgage here and there,
Some  good   bank  stock—sonic  notes
of hand;
Or  trifling—railroad share, THE  CITIZEN.
Friday, December 10, lftott.
he has    manfully    championed
I cause of the People when he consid'
Issued in the interests of the citiz-' ered their  privileges, and rights at
ens of New  Westminster.
tacked by one of the most Influential
— corporations in Canada who are willing, as he and many contend, to endanger the lives of the residents of
, the Coquitlam Valley.
The greatest supporter of Mr, Lee
New Westminster   is now   in   the'
throes of the greatest mayoralty tight
in its history, and    it is   right   that \ is however His Worship Mayor Keary
every ratepayer should know as clearly as possible how this has arisen.
for he surely would not have been so
complimentary    as to    openly    state
It is a fight to the finish; on the from the public platform of St. Bar-
one side for a continuation of exist- nabas Hall: "If John A. Lee had
ing conditions; on the other for civic  spent  even  one  year as alderman  I
reform and government by the elected representatives.
The supporters of iMayor Keary
say there is nothing wrong to be discovered;   that  everything  is straight
would have been the first to propose
him." If he had the slightest doubt
of Mr. Lee's honest}', or ability to
worthily fill the mayor's seat with
advantage to  the  citizens,  he surely
and above board and that there is no  would not have voluntarily endorsed
one so capable to "run" the city as   Mr. Lee thus publicly.
the man who has controlled it during
the last eight years.    The supporters j
o.' John A. Lee say there is so much
that is unsatisfactory, so much that j
The journalist sees    many strange
savors  of an  outside controlling in-  compositions, but rarely has The Citi-
the! Western Canada, during the last
eight years would show that no other
place has been, comparatively, so
wauling in progress as this city;
whose destinies have been controlled
by one man—instead of the six or
eight elsewhere. It has been Stagnation up to the last few months!
The most daring flight of fancy
comes when it is propounded as a
most indisputable fact, that "all the
best men" consider "the future destiny
Of New Westminster depends almost
entirely upon One Man.
To allow any outsider, to sit on
that throne Is "a danger that must
be  averted."
"Only under His Wise and Experienced Direction" can the Royal City
attain, etc."
Citizens, are you content to allow
yourselves to be^ hoodwinked by such
sophistries, such insult3 to your common sense?
Let Keary finish hl3 work Is the
key note of It, and one irreverent
says "that wiil be never." Another
suggests he "never began;" a third
says "St is finished;" whilst yet one
more says "If he has anything to
finish it will be more beneficial to
the people If Lee finishes it."
The full page of adulation la not
worth wasting time over In criticism,
fluence in the city affairs, that it is zen seen a more peculiarly bombastic,
time we had a change. They point or fulsome emanation than that pub-
out that the IMayor has on several lished in support of our present
occasions voluntarily announced his mayor. Surely His Worship could
definite retirement, but always at the not have sanctioned such a tirade!
last moment withdrawn it "at the re-      "New Westminster, with her pres-
quest of persons " unspecified.        ent mayor, is the envy of all munici-
The fact of his occupying, as he ad-   palities  throughout  the  Dominion of
mits, a paid position on the advisory Canada."     This  is  part of the*  con-
board of the B. C.  E. R. would not   eluding sentence, and it is worthy of
be a matter for comment in ordinary  the efforts of the draughtsman who  but a few thou*hts for the V*?**™
life, but it is rightly contended, that  .framed   .the  manifesto.     /Surely   he   may be valuable:
the two are conflicting when held by  must be a stranger in the land,  or j ,Thi*  »™ciom  *°™*ft   reff8.^0
the mayor of a city which is already  he would have realized that the citi-   Keai'>''s   "vears   °f  lnbor>     '1   pstu }*
beholden   to   that  company  and   ex-  zens still have some remnant of brain   ,ishing   an   l^inerater.     baiW!n*    a
pectin*  further  benefits.     It  is  na-  power; the newest settler here, should  now Polk'e station' cemcntin* Colum"
tural, and the mayor is but a man,  be fully aware, that, though the city   bUl Street and "tting ll" a ^ plf
for any  individual to be  prejudiced   has begun to awake during the last  line to Coduftlanj lake. There may be
unintentionally perhaps, by the asso-   threemonths.it    is not due   to   any   some   mathematicians   in     the     city
elation which remunerates him best,  very sustained effort, or even any at- .who can compute and inform the pfl-
The mayoral  salary is  small,  and   tx&ptj   of  the  mayor   personally,   to jtlent ratepayer,, the    answer    to tnls
that of officials of the rank h-.ld by' advertise our ' advantages    or possi-   P"*lem—Suppose it takes eight years
Mr. Keary is visually highly paid;  so   bilities.     If the    mayor    desired     to   of   labor,   t0   arrive   at   a   decislon   to
it is assumed that, Jf the  two Inter-   make   this   city   -the  envy   of   other {ask the Pe0P,e of th« City to vote on
ests clash,   his influence  must  be at ' cities,"   he   might   undoubtedly   have j cerlaln specified questions;  then, how
the  disposal  of the private appoint-   helped to do so by strengthening and 'lon& wi"  il take'  in rclative P'opor-
ment,   in   preference   to  the poorly supporting the efforts made   by   the'tion' t0 complete the said  undertak-
paid public one. | mercantile  interests  to advertise  the'ings?
The position is intolerable say city; he had the vote of the people,
many; we want a man who is solely authorizing such action months ago,
and entirely devoted to the interests  but nothing has been done.     [f the
If a satisfactory answer cannot be
found by trigonometry an astrolabe
might be used:     If this Is no good—
of every  citizen  and  who  can  fight  envy   referred   to  means   that   other !amend the charter, and make W. H.
for us, and with us, without any sus- municipalities would wish to have
pician of private ulterior motives; we the mayor—as the sentence reads—
want a man who can keep secret, if well and good!
necessary, our plans—and we do not The manifesto Informs the voters,
feel that the present mayor,can serve that "all the best men in New West-
two masters properly. minster desire the re-election of the
These believe that John A. Lee mayor." Either the writer is given
possesses the true business Instinct, to "stretching the long bow," or else
the brain power to grasp details, the he has been misinformed; for the
ability to forecast the results of pub- Citizen has met many of the most relic decisions,' the readiness of speech putable men of Westminster, mer-
necessary to succesfully explain in-, chants, professional men, land own-
tricate problems; whilst he has also a ers, mechanics (for there are many
presentable personality, which, al- of the very best men In this class)
though unnecessary, is still a desir- and others, who say: "Eight years Is
able adjunct for a Chief Magistrate, too long—it's time for a change."
They say. we have known him as a'    The writer  then goes on  to sug-
K. and the line male helrs-apperent
in perpetuity. It will oe cheaper
tha'n holding annual elections.
merchant and in various ways for a  gest that the
number of years;  he has been hon
cred   by  the  merchants and profes
sional men of the city,  who elected
him first "Vice" and then    President
of the Board of Trade; and we find
him to be a man of initiative capacity
who will devise schemes for advanc-
fc« our  city    in    many/   directions.
That he is fearless,, is shown by his
Present rtand for good,  clean,  civic Uantlal Value"
government, and all that Is contained'
in the comprehensive words Necessary
Reform!    "
ne of policy pursued, might be changed," if another
occupant filled the mayor's seat. We
firmly believe that It is most desirable; that a change of policy Is imperative In some things, and would be
of mateHal advantage to this community.
The next  paragraph  refers to the
"work  accomplished," and  Its "sub-
We  are  surprised
to find this recognition Is given, but
at the same time   we   question   the
If more were needed, It la truthfulness of the statement; a
pointed out by Mr. Lee's supporters comparison of what has been done
that, whether he Is right or wronf,  by practically every city and town in
The time of destiny has arrived!
The city's future is in your hands;
not merely for one year, but probably
for many years to come! Nay for ages
to come!     Look to It ratepayers.
Th,e Citizen is glad to find from
Mayor Keary's speech, that there are
men In the city honest enough to
tell him to his face what they think.
It is, however, a little too strong to
tell him—as stated by the mayor—
that "He Is killing the city," It might
have been more correct to say "you
are not advancing the reputation, or
promoting the truest prosperity of
the city."
The Citizen wishes to point out,
that no matter how good a mayor
may be, he cannot satisfactorily 'guide
public affairs, unless he Is supported
by an honest, capable, Intelligent
and business-like board of aldermen.
It Is to be feared that the Interest
of the mayoral campaign may cause
forgetfulness of this; and every ratepayer, wherther he votes for Keary or'
Lee, must be determined that a
strong intellectual council shall control the city's utilities this year.
Besides the qualifications of property and residence,' it is necessary
that the mayor of a progressive city
should command respect by reason
of his probity, which should be absolutely beyond suspleian; his capacity for readily absorbing a mass of
detail, covering a vast field of life
both commercial, legal and municipal; a retentive memory, so that he
may follow closely the arguments of
his colleagues, and a very dispassionate and discriminating, almost
Judicial, ability to decide in times of
Even these eharacterstles are Insufficient: for he should be a man
who is genial and yet firm, willing to
sacrifice himself; unbiassed and ever
ready to listen to other people's views
and give them fair consideration,
and letting no private pique Interfere
with the proper discharge of his duties. We have still to learn, that,
because a man has not prevously sat
In council as alderman, he is unfitted
for the position of Mayor; and yet
that is the principal objection which
Is being urged against John A. Lee by
his opponent's supporters, for want
of something more definite.
It would appear, inferentially, that
every  man  who  has  served  his city
|.ln the one capacitv should    be    entitled,   almost   as a   matter  of   right,
.according to these wlso-a^res, to govern  by  rota;   and  yet,    let    us    look
what Is the actual condition of civic
affairs elsewhere.
I     Our sister city elected Mayor Doug-
I lis last year and he has undoubtedly
I upheld,   or enhanced,   the   fair   reputation of Vancouver.  Mayor SandforJ
j Evans, of Winnipeg, has admittedly
I been one of the best occupants of the
civic  throne  that  city   has  ever   hail.
At  Edmonton,  Mayor Lee    left     his
business,  and  devoted  himself to  the
work   of  the   public   with   an  ardour
seldom sen.    Mayor Hall ot Victoria
ils   credited   with     having     approved
himself a wine,  discreet  and  capable
! chief  magistrate.
The contention that a novitate, or
apprenticeship, is necessary win not
j bear Investigation; provided that the
candidate is otherwise capable, and
has a knowledge of the requirements
Of his city, it appears to be shown
by conclusive evidence, that the Introduction, occasionally, of an Independent outside business man, operates to the advantage of the 'city so
electing him.
It may be only the adoption of
newer methods, or a closer bond being drawn by his colleagues to support his term of office; or a special
desire to establish new records of
advancement, or only a faculty for
devising and initiating necessary reforms.
Whatever be the reason, experience
shows, that the election of a mayor
who has not been a member of the
aldermanic body previously, Is frequently productive of great good to
the  city,  and  citizens generally.
Vote For
John A, Lee.
A Clean City,
«»<****>X*«*+*X«<^*M^* Friday, December 10, 1900.
Gathering In Opera House Last Night In Interest Of Present
Mayor Proves Tremendous Success For His
Worship's Opponent
The meeting held last evening in
the opera, house in the Interests of
Mayor Keary proved a boomerang
for those who .paid their good money
for the rent of that place of amusement,
The pulse of the audience jumped
at the entrance of Mr. Lee and the
reception he received, coming from
what might have been taken as an
opposing meeting, was a tremendous
endorsation of the platform which
he proposes and advocates.
Mr. T. J. Trapp occupied the chair
and limited his remarks to inviting
aldermanic candidates to take a seat
on the stage. Having induced a
number of these to appear before the
footlights, Mr. Trapp anounced himself as prepared to pursue the business of the meeting.
Mr. Hole.
Mr. W. Norman Bole followed the
chairman as the curtain raiser and In
his usual honeyed and unique way
complimented himself on the honor
accorded him In being- privileged to
speak to New Westminster hearers.
Mr. Bole suddenly heard a thunderous wave of applause, and not
being conscious of having made any
particularly brilliant point, ho paused, looked behind him and found
that Mr. J. A. Lee, the People's candidate, had entered and taken a seat
on the platform. Repeatedly (Mr.
Lee was called to the front to bow
his acknowledgments of the handsome compliment paid him from an
almost  unanimous house.
Resuming, Mr. Bole showered his
compliments on the head of the Mayor, the sum total of these focussing
In the plea that His Worship had had
more experience to municipal affairs
than the gentleman who was the
choice of the people, Mr. Lee.
Mr. Bole passed to the water question and in the course of his remarks
in this connection he referred to the
opposition of the ratepayers to the
building at present of the heightened
Coquitlam. dam as a dodge on the part
of another corporation to use the
citizens of New Westminster for its
own private ends.
As an Interjection, the speaker remarked that he did not intend to
take up much time, a .statement
which seemed to meet with the
hearty approval of those present.
This circumstance rubbed the worthy
son of Erin the wrong way and drew
forth the would-be caustic remark,
''It is a poor man who can be hired to
do another's  dirty   work."
Mr. Bole felt it his painful duty to
criticise Mr. Lee's "company manners," evidenced in that gentleman's
interview with Hon. Frank Oliver, a
remark that brought forth not a few
Mr. John A. Lee.
At the conclusion of Mr. Bole's
curtain raiser, the chairman called
on Mr. Lee and again the People's
Candidate received a tremendous
ovation.    •
"Before dealing with my reasons
for .coming before you," said Mr. Lee,
"I wish to answer a few statements
made by the person who preceded
me. 'He' says I have no experience;
nor do I need that experience, for It
In stated by one alderman, who has
sat In the council for several terms,
that only one member of that body
knows anything of the workings
within the walls of the city hall.
'< 'He* says "no mud-slinging." Who
started the mud slinging, ladies and
gentlemen, I leave it to yourselves."
Referring to civic administration,
Mr. Lee took his stand as unalterably
opposed to "Star Chamber" sessions
of City Council and for free and public discussion of all public business.
The People's candidate again outlined his proposed plan for smaller
council  committees,
"Now  the most    scurrilous    lie    I
have heard, and I hurl it in 'his' face
is 'Ills' statement that I intend, if
elected, to take off the heads of the
various   departments."
' He.'—"I'll   tell     a.    bigger     lie—
You're a gentleman."
(From  the Audience, with loud applause—"That's   no   lie,   Bole."
" 'lie' says," continued Mr. Lee,  "I
am setting upa great calamity ho\vl-|
Ing.     Now I want to say, ladies andj
gentlemen,   that  Mayor   Keary,  as   a
The People's Candidate
member of the advisory board of tha
B. C. E. R. is not in a position to
fight that company for the rights of
the people of New Westminster.
Voice from the Audience—"What's
Keary's salary for It?"
Another Voice—"Fifteeh Hundred."
"New then," went on Mr. Lee, 'he'
refer j to persons being easily bought
aid easily hired." I have in my pos-
?"?$!<. n information to the effect that
a certain pfrson went to 'his' office
and had a letter written to the Coquitlam council, threatening that
body with legal action if it dared to
send a protest to Ottawa against the
proposed work at the lake. 'Easily
bought and easily hired to do dirty
work.' "  (Loud Aplause.)|
Mr. Lee then produced a letter
from 'his' office, which he proceeded
to read, but to which the chairman
took objection and the speaker bowing to the ruling of the chair, ceased
After dealing briefly wlh civic finances, Mr. Lee found that his half-
hour had expired, and, thanking his
audience 'for an attentive hearing,
the People's candidate took bis seat
amid thunders of applause.
Mayor B .C. E. R. Keary.
"We   will   now   hear  from Mayor
Keary," said the chairman.
Then came  the same  old story  in
the same old way to wit:
"Ladies and gentlemen, in seeking
re-election, I do so at the request of
a large number of ratepayers of this
city." (Nothing doing in the cheering line.)
His Worship then delved into several sheets of figures, emerging from
the   potpourri   with,   $20,000,'   "savejd
for  the  city  of    New    Westminster."
He then took a round out ow the referendum,  which   is   to   come   before
I the   ratepayers  on  Monday,   and   undertook   to   explain   the reason   why
an extra ballot is to be marked.
Back to the Dam.
Next Mayor   Keary had a running
jump at the Coquitlam dam.     Soon
that much  handled    resolution,    the
same one which had been poked forward   both at    Sapperton    and    the
West End, was dug up by the speaker
to prove that the council, once upon
a time, in the dim and distant past,
had passed a poor, lonely solitary  resolution while Mayor Keary was absent.     Having filled up a few more
mements        with      this        antique
and    shopworn    relic.     His Worship
then returned  to  the dam,   the Vancouver  Power  Company,    the    Hon.
Frank Oliver, etc.
"it has been stated," said the Mayer, "that I am a member of the advisory board of the B. C Electric
Railway and I have never denied it.
I think it a great honor for New
Westminster that I was chosen on
that board."
"It seems to me," continued the
speaker, "that all the Interest in this
municipal campaign centres in the
mayoralty contest. Now Mr. Lee
has never had any experience in civic
affairs and I hope, in Heaven's name
that he will never be mayor."
Mayor Keary retracted his denial
of the previous evening that he had
never bid against Mr. Lee at a tax
sale. He admitted having bought
lo-.a in for the city for school purposes, in spite of the fact that a
ratepayer was bidding on the same
Mayor Keary then plead for reelection and closed with his thanks
for a patient hearing.
Vote for John A. Im and atainst
private agreements on public questions. I THE   CITIZEN.
Friday, December 10, 190».
The Citizen is rather inclined to
think that the 'Mayor was somewhat
thin-skinned, when he stated that
during the past week he had been
blamed for everything that the council had done.
It is right and proper that the outgoing mayor and council, should give
an account of their stewardship before leaving office; but why should
the mayor state they were being placed "on trial, and all should appear
together" on the platform—The trial
is not till Monday next.
Aldelrman Johnston very Isensibly
stated his opinion (and every other
business mans) that the city representatives on the Coquitlam dam
question should have had their case
in writing before reaching Ottawa.
It was stated that   a   heavy   over
draft with the bank, at the beginning
of the year, will be wiped out when
money for  the  debentures is  received.    It Is a generally prevailing opinion amongst  the  electorate that  the
debentures were issued    for    specific
improvements,  and   if the   money  is
thus  hypothecated   what   becomes of
the proposed public works.
Mr. Voter this is for you to enquire
A reasonable complaint made by
the People's Candidate for Mayor refers to the statement that the City
Charter .is out of date and useless;
the corporation candidate made the
discovery years ago; but no steps
were taken to bring the city government into line with modern thought
and legislation, Although Mayor
Keary must have known, during his
eight years of office, the large legal
and other expenses—absolute waste
of money—which were being incurred, from lime to time, in matters
connected with legislative and municipal affairs as a consequence of this
obsolete charter.
Mr. Lee takes the stand, that the
public was entitled to hear the whole
subject of the city's disabilities under
this old charter, thoroughly discussed
in open council, he contends that the
adoption of the municipal clauses act
is advisable; but that to spring such
an important subject on an electorate, without any discussion whatever,
Is bad policy, and against the principles of government by the people.
Mr. Mayor, dealing with .the revocation of the government land grant
to the city (already paid for), says,
"he had been told by the Hon. Frank
Oliver, and other Dominion officials,
that there was no need for haste in
securing a title to the property; indeed, (the 'Minister of the Interior
had told him that the title was of
no value to the city, unless she wanted to dispose of the lands.
The Citizen directs attention to the
following points: The mayor was,
apparently, aware of the precarious
sate of affairs, or it would not have
been discussed with the minister.
Why did not the Mayor report this
to the council? This want of "haste"
has been the cause of the loss of 18,-
000 acres of land round Coquitlam
lake—granted to this city. Surely
some person must be held responsible! Why was not the opinion of
the city solicitor taken in preference
to an outsider? Mr. Frank Oliver,
M.P., is not a lawyer.
Before Mayor Keary is re-elected
he should satisfy the ratepayers on
these point*.
Evidently at that time, the Minister considered the city bad a title,
**« might at some time desire to sell
the land, if the mayor's memory is
• A vote Is asked for Mayor Keary
'because he is the Royal City's long
tried and faithful servant," (sco ad
in dally press). There are some discontented beings who call him the
Vote for John A. Lee ft»«1 Stabile bis*
cuulon of public affairs* '•
Speaking on this topic the mayor
recently endeavored to throw off any
responsibility for the cancelling of
the government grant of 18,000 acres
to the city; but the reasons assigned
for such action by the Minister of the
Interior were only two in number—
First, "the money had not been paid
over," it was stated; and later proved to be false.
The second reason was that "the
Municipality had not surveyed *he
land according to agreement." This
opens up two points for consideration,
one governmental and legal, the other
municipal and personal. The latter
is the one of interest to the ratepayers, for, as the present mayor has
occupied the chair for eight years,
the citizens want to know why he
neglected to urge action upon his numerous councils. Penny-wise and
Pqund foolish.
The Board of Trade has long agitated for the extension of the B. C. E.
to the Fraser Mills, and only recently pressed the matter forward as one
of urgency; and yet Mayor Keary
would take the credit of initiating,
and carrying the scheme to a finish.
If the people of Sapperton district
get the line, as we fully believe they
will, the New Westminster Board of
Trade (business men, all of them)
deserves a pat on the back. They
have had more kicks than credit In
the past.
The best Mayor obtainable The
Best Business Men as Aldermen.
The Best Citizens. The Best Stores.
The Best Market. The Best Transportation. The Best Mills (varied).
If all the Best Voters do their duty
on Monday next—we will have them.
Vote for Lee and Enterprise I
The man who pockets his pride frequently  pockets your  money.
The rich man fasts because he will
not eat.
The poor man fasts because he has
no meat.
Ignorance makes men proud.
One watch set right will do to set
many by.
If you desire to know do not fear to
ask.    '
Patience and perseverance accomplish wonders.
Time covers and discovers everything.     \
He learns much who studies other
A bad  broom  leaves a dirty room.
You hear this on the streets, and
in the market place. Why should It
be time for a change? The reason
is not far to seek, for, wherever you
go, the cry is the same—We have no
council. It is generally believed that
with but few exceptions, most things
are carried on the lines expressed by
the mayor.     Is this true?
If not how is It that ho many prominent business men in the city refuse to offer themselves for election
lo the council? Why is it you so
frequently hear the remark—What's
the good of going to the council they
settle everything in the committee
room   beforehand.
That this is a reasonable deduction
no straightforward man can deny, for
it Is well known that tho weekly
meeting is called for 8 p.m., but
whenever are they in the council
chamber at that time? It has been
said that the public are not debarred
from the committee room. Possibly
not in theory, but let any citizen go
in and he will not meet a kindly look
—much the reverse.
He will certainly find no scat there.
Why should deputations be recelv-
e din committee? In fact why should
there be so much clone In committee,
and so little in the council chamber?
Would any other city allow it to be
done? Are any committee records
extant? The Citizen conceives that
the ratepayers are entitled to learn
fullest details of every transaction and
that there is no need for secret consultation except In very exceptional
If la member of the aldermanlc
board forms an opinion, for or
against , it should be on record and
given in the proper place—the council chamber.
If our representatives are doing
thir duty and we believe they try to
do so, they have nothing to fear from
publicity—nay they should court it;
indeed tnere is every reason to believe that the present council, as a
whole, would gladly welcome a return to the proper course of pro-
ceedure, Instead of these hole and
corner meetings — tho confidential
talks—which have been the rule of
late years. Truly it Is time 'for a
My son, if one tempteth thee with
B. C. Electricity, make thine ear like
unto a $40 cook stove and thine understanding like unto that of a
When thou nearest the sound of
William, the [Mysterious, ^.nd thou
seest the approach of Robert, the Rotund, look thou for signs of the times
and truly thy nostrils will scent a
Turn thine l?yes towards the lake
called Coquitlam and consider the
microbes therein: ask of the hillsides
the cause thereof and truly the mountains shall  answer,  "It   is the dam."
When many experts are gathered
kftether, there also will he found
strife, for Mirely they know whence
comes their bread and also their butter; so hearken, my son, unto the
mouthpiece of the people, for he un-
der>tanc'etn their needs.
He, '.f the honeyed tongue, cometh
I i gumslces, nor squeaketh his boots;
ho nrp'caf'heth like unto a well-
greased jahberwok and the sound of
his words Is as the gurgling of the
mdassos RS It runneth down the gullet of a glutton.
My son, if an) should tell thee to
v it-; fer Keary ask him to call again
anJ if, perchance, he should persist,
let;! 1 !ni the way of the weary across
th.' tracks of the tramway which is
el ctiic or. the street called Columbia Then will he wax exceeding
V< rllj a kick In the shins Is good
medicine for a dullard and for him
who will not learn a sudden Jolt Is
becoming; therefore hand unto the
advisory board a biff which shall be
a kr.ieki.ul by marking thy ballot paper fir J( hr A. Lee.
Vote for John A. Lee and against
any combination controlling any pub-
lie utility •
Given to Jblin A. Lee for Mayor 1910
Free   Discussion  of  Civic   Matters.
Judicious  economy of  civic  funds.
General   cleaning    and     Improving
o.' thoroughfares.
Expansion of mercantile enterprlze.
Maintenance of City Rights.
Civic     Responsibility    for     public
Courteous Consideration.
Careful      Supervision    of    Public
Government by tho People through
their elected representatives.
No Private agreements or outside
Came to this city in 1894, remaining till 1896, when he went to California; he returned In 1899 shortly
after the great Are) since which period he has been a citizen of New
Election Day, Monday next, Dec. 13.
Yes! We acknowledge that there Is
a marble works here. But we were
unaware It was brick built when
"Mayor Keary round New Westminster,"


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