BC Historical Newspapers

BC Historical Newspapers Logo

BC Historical Newspapers

The Citizen Dec 13, 1909

Item Metadata

Download

Media
citizennw-1.0353202.pdf
Metadata
JSON: citizennw-1.0353202.json
JSON-LD: citizennw-1.0353202-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): citizennw-1.0353202-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: citizennw-1.0353202-rdf.json
Turtle: citizennw-1.0353202-turtle.txt
N-Triples: citizennw-1.0353202-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: citizennw-1.0353202-source.json
Full Text
citizennw-1.0353202-fulltext.txt
Citation
citizennw-1.0353202.ris

Full Text

 THE CITIZEN
VOLUME 1, No. 4.
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C., MONDAY, DECEMBER, 13, 1909.
#
THE TOP ELOOR
IN THE CITY HALL
"Wdrrah!   Wirrah!     AVIrrah!"   sobbed the raven, "I've lost my job."
"Why," asked the Big Smoke.
"Well Lee won't need a comforter,"
moaned 'the  bird,  wiping an eye on
the end of his wing.
"Then what about me?"
"About    you?"     Came,    from    the
dark one, "Nothing, absolutely nothing.    You're in the soup tureen   and
the less said, the better."
"Can't I get out?"
"Not If the people sec you first and,
believe me, they're all wearing spectacles these days."
'Haven't I .told the People all about
Lee?" queried he with the folack
clgar. "Haven't I explained to them
what a fine thing it was to have a representative on the B. C. E. R. advisory board?"
"Sure, W. 11., you have, but they
know all about Lee—that's why they
want him and, unfortunately for you,
they're not particularly interested In
B. C. E. K. dividends."
"Whither, oh whither shall 1 fly,
Nobody loves me any more."
"You've got wonderful perception
W. H., but as to flying, I'd do the
gumshoe stunt one last lime and
take to the forest primeval."
"Have you seen Robert today,
birdie?" asked William, the Mysterious.
"Yes, I met him on the way out to
Sapperton."
"What's he doing out there?"
"Looking    for inspiration    in    the
cemetery."
"He'll get the right kind, I'm
afraid," sighed the B. 6,
"VV H.. you've made an awful mistake, buL there's time yet. Nicholas,
the Czar, needs a new chief of police."
"No use, I've made a rallure of this
job; who'd give me a recommendation now?" but hist, double-hlst; I
have an Idea.
"Then lock the door, or you'll lose
it.     What is it?"
"Ah, no," wailed the Big Smoke.
"What avails anything now? I am
undone, unravelled, I can but hide
my head In shame."
Eighth Annual,  Farewell Appearance    of This Famous Artist.
for that job, for your top piece has
developed wonderfully during the
past few years. However, think
kindly of me once in a while W. H.,
and In the shadows of the
gloaming, when the red hot sun has
dipped behind the curtain of the
mountains, remember, oh remember
that
"Pride   goeth   before   destruction,"
*nd  "A little wisdom is a dangerous
"Well you'd better get a coal scuttle ' tiling."
♦:♦ --«.     . - ...    ^ «►
T
In The Home Means %
  V
f
I
result   A
That a  city's water supply is one of her best and most valu-   ^
able assets is a statement  denied by no  man.     What  the
A What Impure Water
¥
¥
t
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
¥
♦;♦
would
havoc
ily.
are
be, should *hat water supply  become   contaminated,   what +>
I
deadly diseases might  wreak In the homes of the conumun- A
what terrible consequences might spring directly therefrom ♦♦
t
Be men. be women of firm purpose and do not shirk the issue.  ♦.♦
subjects ugly to  'ace.
r.-lative  ♦*♦
to the purity of New Westminster's water supply from Coquitlam  ♦*♦
At  the  present  moment the only, single  assurance
which the citizens of this city have from the Department of the ♦>
Interior at Ottawa is that if the water becomes impure, from any  ♦>
is  city *^*
¥
Y
works constructed by the Vancouver  Power  Company,   this
may look to Ottawa for redress.
In  other words, you citizens of New Westminster must wait
Y   till the germs of disease have   entered   your homes   before   you V
9k      ' ..... **<
♦>
V    can appeal to the department for relief.
Supporters of the campaign for Citizens' Control of Municipal affairs
and no Outside Influence, should mark their ballot as shown hereon.
Committee Rooms, Sixth Street, where all information can be obtained from the secretary.
¥
¥
¥
¥
t
John   A    Lee   stands   for immediate action on the part of the    ♦
Ceguard to the utmost  the purity of New  Westminster's   ♦
lonn
>ity to si
water.
SO VOTE FOR JOHN   A. LEE
♦>
^♦4$*K*K*K^
T
i THE  CITIZEN.
Monday Bee. 13, l»fJ9.
THE CITIZEN
Issued in the interests of the citizens  of New   Westminster.
THE REFORM CANDIDATE.
ivciit in civic control,    and that    a
change of conditions is Imperative.
C.tizens you cannot fail to realize
thru it Is 'time to place this city under business-like control, by your
vote today, you have the opportunity
to show, with all. possible emphasis,
that you are determined that the citizens wi.ll do away with one man
ru'e and that they .mean to take their
1 this wa s the only available night for   they have as a body, been a little too
the ratepayers to learn their views.    | prone to rely upon the directions, or
His    Worship      thereupon    waxed   suggestions of the supreme head; too
' the Reform Candidate John A. Lee.
John A. Lee has shown himself on
the public platform 'to be a man in
even- sense; and, contrary to the old
adage "a prophet has no honor in his \ pr >per share in future by voting for
country," he has won a high repute
tlon both as a speaker, and as a master of the art of marshalling bis facts.
In no debates have his facts been
upset, although (nis .opponent—who
ought fto know—says, the (financial
figures given to Mr. Lee by the city
a pit in order that he may be tempted
treasurer  ate  incorrect!     If this  1st to ^alj taer(?ln
correct, i' would seem necessary that j    We .naye r6ferred elsewhere to the
one of Mr. Lee's first actions,  after  .haMueination that a man is unfit to
wroth and would not even give a
courteous reply reiterating his intention of hearing the present Alder-
manic board give an account of their
actions.
Mr. Lee then asked if he and the
other nominees were not to have  a
hearing?     With his usual pomposity
and  haughtiness the  mayor charged
speaker with butting in finally saying that It was for the audience to
decide.
Mr. Le'e turning    to the audience
Wonderful are the suggestions put  afiRed the[r opMon which waa en.tire-
forth to inveigle a candidate to dig1 ]y Jn h,fl fiinr> whereupon Mr. Keary
HALLUCINATIONS.
being elected mayor, should be to
have a thorough investigation made
into the city's true position financially; for every citizen has a prescriptive right to demand assurances from
the proper official as to the civic
funds. I
Every meeting held in support of
the reform candidate has been addressed by the mayor, and It is interesting to note his remarks briefly. At
Sapperton    his    principal    talk   was
about the Immorality which, he stat-!
i
c-d, existed in the city, which he has'
controlled for   eight  years.     He at-
fill an office because he has not occupied a subordinate one, but we may
go further and ppint out that many
a man of success has only won it because he picked out a bright, willing
and painstaking subordinate and placed him in a position of authority, he
gave hiim a chance, and thereby
showed discretion and his own business acumen at the same time.
So    with  New    Westminster,    the
business men now say: Our manager
has  overgrown   himself,  he  has  lost
interest in the old firm, and transfer*
i red  his  allegiance  practically ito an-
tacked,  not Mr.  Lee,  but a number  other Jirm; they p&y him ,bettep, we
of citizens occupying the finest build
ing in the city, and vilified their re
putation publicly.    We have not yet  and if necessary new blood
heard him apologise,  as any gentle-1    The   mayop.B supporters   say:
must find another manager who will
do  better for us,  bring-in new ideas
Tell
us your plans, make jrick out of
straw, we would like to suck your
knowledge and assume credit lor re
man  would  do,   though he has  had j,
plenty of public opportunities.
At the West End meeting, the major stated he h*yi not come to make a  sultSi
speech (although he had "butted in"
the previous night),  notwithstanding j tive poHcy_weUi    why    8nould    ne
that he carried a large packet of notes   when it is lmpossiWe to ,guage condi
became very offensive and sparks began to fly on all hands particularly
when one of tho mayor's supporters
threatened to throw one of the ratepayers out of the council chamber
and language was used which caused
several ladies to retire from the
scene.
The meeting decided to hear all
the nominees and Mayor Keary thereupon requested the aldermanic candidates to enter within the sacred
pi\ecints of the mayoral rostrum,
leaving his doughtly opponent, Mr.
John A. Lee, outside the rail.
.And yet the mayor claims to be a
gentleman and courteous with all.
The meeting was an exact replica
a£ what the aldermen of the. past
have had to put up with and we only
wish that every citizen had been pre-
so»t at the meeting to see for themselves the style In which the mayor
conducts meetings or rather dominates them according to his own
sweet will.
If they had John A. Lee would have
had  a  larger majority than  he  will
Mr. Lee has put forth no construe-   have
and references—which he subsequently used as necessity arise.
He  though'. Mr.  Lee  "was green"
and wouid give way to his request to
select his own time for speaking, i.e.,
after the man who had hired the hall
—but Jack was up to snuff.
Mr. Keary then said; "I have never
bought one lot at a city tax sale."
This was challenged at once by a
listener who asked—what about
Cameron's five acre lot? "I never
bought that, and never got a cent
out of it,"was the reply. N. B.—
Later on Mr. Keary had to publicly
retract—his memory was at .fault.
Ex-Alderman Garrett challenged
the mayor's action in leaving his
chair to support his own railway corporation's claim for privileges. This
he denied, saying "It is not true, I
never left my chair except in committee and then not for such a pur-
rose, I would not do such a thing."
Yet he had to admit "leaving the
chair for the purpose of in committee."
Is this not serving two masters?
Mayor Keary stated that the timber
or, the city land at Coquitlam lake,
was almost valuless. Mr. Lee challenged this statement/by asking if it
was not true that the city had beeb
offered. $20,000 for the timber thereon, bj Ironside, Rannie & Campbell?
No reply.
These two meetings Wiere called by
Mr. Lee and his opponents were also
pment In the audience, but nothing
■brought up was even criticised, in-
fleu.J, the audiences were, .fully im-
" pr-.--,"ed with th fact that:
There Is much room for improve*
tions? For the city treasurer gives
him a statement of affaivs and then
■the mayor tells an -audience, from
the platform, that the city treasurer's
figures are incorrect. AArho ought to
Know best? Surely the man who attends ito the details of the city funds.
Is the city treasurer another nonentity?
It i.-3 clear you must have a correct
basis for a constructive policy and
when the financial basis is in conflict, it becomes necessary to wait
—and watch.
TRANSPORTATION QUESTION.
MAYORAL   DICTATION.
At the Opera House meeting on
Thursday Mayor Keary announced
that ho bad been requested, as it was
gtll.nt. late, to call a public meeting
at the City Hall on Saturday night to
gi/o the 'Aldermanic candidates a
chance to address the electors.
A meeting was held as announced,
bu; In th morning paper appeared a
-reci tst signed by half a dozen -or so
of Mr. Keary's supporters asking for
the. meeting to be hold for the purpose of hearing the mayor and al-
d'eimen of 1909.
One of the 1910 aldermanic candidates rose after the meeting was
called to order and asked If the candidates .for the 1910 council were to
b* given a chance to speak? Mr.
Keary was disdainful and gave no
satisfactory reply.
John A. Lee, the mayor's opponent
then rose and gave his view stating
it was very important that the aldermanic candidates should be heard as
There Is scarcely a man in this
town that has not become incensed
Ugainat the street railway -sea-vice;
and there is no reason why It should
not be improved; for facilities exist
now for frequent cars throughout the
city proper, whilst the traffic is sufficient to admit of at least a 15
minute service to all parts.
On the Vancouver route, there
should be a service as far as the Orphanage every quarter also, for th*
people of Burnaby have as great a
right to our consideration as our inside residents, they shop in town and
it is to the Interest of the company to
induce th#m to travel In this direction.
The Citizen has frequently noticed
cars going up the hill on Twelfth
street packed Inside and out, even
to the fenders, and this is not a casual occurrence, but actually repeated every afternoon and early evening.
Why not put on one or two special
cars during busy hours? The working man is entitled to comfort and
consideration; and rates are high
enough to warrant It.
Why has not the city council acted In this matter?
easy in the opinions of many in submitting themselves to autocratic domination.
It Is to be regretted that Alderman
Henley will be missing from the
board, for he earned the gratitude of
the citizens by a genial, courteous
readlnes? to consider matters brought
to his notice and he has undoubtedly
endeavored to fill an onerous position with credit to the city and himself, personally investigating and not
shirking (the responsibilities of .his
department.
The other members are offering
themselves for re-election, and there
Is every reason to believe that the Incoming mayor will be supported by
a board of aldermen who are experienced, and capable in the details of
civic government. It would be a
thing to be deplored if several members, whom it would be Invidious to
name, did not re-occupy their chairs,
though It is probable that a shuffling
of the various duties would prove of
great advantage.
Particularly is it necessary to secure a good live up-to-date chairman
for the department of finance; and
we believe that there should be no
difficult tatk In selecting a suitable
man for this very Important position
one who will be genial, careful of the
city funds and y.et realize that there
are times when the purse s.rlngs
should be opened sufficiently to assist
in the future prosperity of the citizens.
The board of works needs a man
who has time and knowledge at disposal; for particularly is I*, necessary
that our street paving material shall
be of the best quality and that a satisfactory proportion of the materials
be allowed by the contractors, If we
are to avoid the trouble experienced
in so many cities after brief trials
of new cement sidewalks; we cannot
afford by negllg/mee to risk any
similar difficulties. The water and
lighting of the city will, during the
coming year, he ever under discussion, and carefully watched by the
citizens; whilst the control of other
departments require keen business
men at the helm If the citizens are
to reap the fullest benefit now, and
In the future.
Let every voter be alive to his own
interests and remember that the
progress of the city may rest upon his
Individual   vote.
a?
THE CIVIC COUNCIL.
Never has It been so necessary for
the voter to exercise care and judgment in selecting its aldermanic
board as it is this election, for, whilst
the out-going officials have done ef
feotlve (service in   many   directions, let go in private
THE LAST DITCH,
The suppirters of One Man government, autocratic domination of the
people; secret conclaves, and private
arrangements are at the last ditch.
The Reform Candidate, John A. Lee,
has not shirked any subject which he
and his supporters considered It wa9
wise to bring before the public at
the present time, for there are many
other subjects which ought to be Investigated, but It is not always sound
policy to wash your dirty linen in
public.
The mayor has failed miserably, to
clear himself of the charges openly
made by his opponent, and there Is
ample evidence that he Is not only
discourteous, but actually insulting.
The suave, would-be-dlgnlifled dictator, as seen In public Is a very different man when riled, and able t«
I
'Vy"\ #w Monday, Dec. 1&, 1900.
THE   CITIZEN.
THE BOARD OF TRADE.
"I
For some strange reason the mayor
has long been at odds with the business m.en of the city, as shown by his
opposition to, and his neglect In supporting any suggestions emanating
from the Board of Trade.
He and Alderman Jardine, have
particularly distinguished themselves
by insisting that the members of the
board were "Interfering in what did
not concern them" and that the council would (when the fit took It) take
Into consideration the matters discussed by the Board, In the Interests
of the city, and recommended to the
council.
The Board of Trade has taken action amongst other things on the following subjects during the last yenr
and it Is for the electorate to determine whether they have exceeded
their rights or inter fer red unduly:
Advertising the city abroad and in
the Pi-alrlk provinces.
Cement sidewalks for Columbia
street and gradually everywhere else.
Reduction of fares betwen this city
and Vancouver, via B. C. IE. R.
Cleaning up back streets and open
spaces.
Lighting the approaches to the G.
N. R. depot at Westminster bridge.
Reduction of freight rates on C.
P. R.
Improved advice /to Westminster
Junction.
Re-establishment  of Agassiz  local.
Abolition of tolls on Westminster
bridge.
Dangerous crossings at city boundary.
Condition of Brunette street and
Distillery hill.
Necessity of new depot and improved service on G. N. R.
Steamship service dally to AMctoria.
Improvements in the Fraser River
channel.
More public spaces to be made out
of government owned lands.
Objection has even been made to
the Board of Trade Inviting prominent
visitors and entertaining them as
guests without previously consulting
His Worship.
In this campaign Mayor Keary has
publicly expressed his willingness at
all times to receive advice on matters
affecting the interests of the city
and citizens, but his failure to act,
or support the above specified subjects of vital Importance, show that
Mayor Keary has failed to realize the
fact, that the Board of Trade is the
mouthpiece of the entire commercial
section of the community, which be
insulted by charging, and allowing It
to be charged, in the council that
the Board of Trade was always "butting in." Yet the- mayor claims that
he is neither dictatorial, Insulting, or
discourteous.
ADVERTISING.
The citizens have spoken with no
uncertain voice regarding the need
of Publicity, but nothing has been
done, apparently because the mayor
lias no desire ifor this most desirable
result being carried out. If he initiates a plan it Is good, but nothing
initiated by the Board of Trade appears to be worthy of receiving his
support. It is immaterial that the
city is thrown backward, or that the
mercantile and industrial pursuits are
hampered, so long as his despotic will
is obeyed. No literature has been
available for use at the A. Y. P. Exposition, nor at the exhibition at
Queen's Park; nothing even for distribution to enquirers, except a
single artiole (sandwiched amidst a
pamphlet entitled "Cities of Puget
Sound) for which the city council expended several hundred dollars—
wasted money.
This, notwithstanding repeated efforts by the Board of Trade to induce
immediate action.
past; it Is clailm.ed that wonderful
progress has marked the city during
the last year or two, but will any person believe It, when he looks on the
roadbeds of Twelfth street and other
similarly situated streets? Save a
cent" and spend a dollar (when you
are compelled to, by force of circumstances) this seems to have been the
civic policy—No foresight; no enter-
prlzie.
'■"••'■  a 53
CI1Y ORDINANCES.
CONDENSED     ADVERTISEMENTS.
FOUND—A new Mayor   in   John A,
Lee.
LOST—The confidence of the People
by His AVorshlp.
TO LET1—One Star Chamber, electric
lighting free.
LOST—Numerous    opportunities   by
Mayor Keary to advance the city's
interests. Finders please return to
John A. Lee after January 1st,
1910.
FOR SALE—A system of   one   man
'government. |No inspection permitted as satisfaction Is not guaranteed.
"LARGE PROGRESS" ELSEWHERE
A comparison of the population returns (available, does not ibear out
the mayor's statement that this city
has made equal progress to other
Western   cities.
P.C.
Population 1901      1908      Inc.
Westminster  ... 6,499   12,198   87.6
Victoria 20,816    45,000 116.2
Vancouver   ..   ..26,133    95,000 263.5
Calgary 4,091    25,000 511
Edmonton .. .. 2,626 20,000 661.6
AVinnipeg .. ..42,340 140,000 230.7
Regina 2,249    10,500 366.9
The net taxation of New AVestminster for years has been 20 mills.
That of Vancouver (which was also
burnt to the ground V was 10 mills
from 1803 to 1001; 18 mills from 1002
to 1005; 20 mills since.
YET Mr, Keary's manifesto reads:
'■'New AVestminster, with her present mayor, Is the envy of all the municipalities iin Canada."
Do not the above statistics prove
that New -AVestminster has been left
far behind,
(Revised Edition.)
The following regulations are to be
brought forward if approved by the
Star Chamber committee, immediate
ly after Mayor Keary opens the New
Year's Council, It is rumored.
Acknowledgement—I am the mayor, thy chief, who has consummated
thy bondage.
Remembrance—Thou shall elect
no other mayor but me.
Obedience—Thou shalt obey my
wink or nod.
Interrogation—Am I not the great
I am—the Only one?
Orthodoxy—-Thou shalt believe
that no one else can save the city—
or quit the council chamber.
Command—I am the Almighty
voice, thou shalt be silent and list
when I speak.
Finality—Thus shall the autocracy
be complete.
Warning—I will show no favors to
those who vote against me.
Declaration—For eight years have
I led my people and they love me—
Oh, how they love me.
Indefinable—1 am—New AATestm1n-
ster.
Inexpressible—I cannot fall! I dare
not fall!  I will not fall!  AVhatever
costs.
Regret—-Alas! Alas! The "knowledge
came too late! I thought I was the
"Only one" left in the city, and jiow
my throne is threatened—my Will
disputed, and my followers desert
me for John A. Lee.
U
IN A NUTSHELL.
One today Is worth two tomorrow.
One in the morning is worth two
at night.
Every pea helps to fill the peck.
The mind's the standard of the
man, >
It suffices, What suffices? Your
Vote for John A. Lee.
Honesty makes the man and want
of it—the fellow.
Hush! Let it not be known—
there's?  canker   i'th  the root!!
PURE WATER.
Government Report Extracts.
The city of New Westminster own
the water rights of the lake. Some
years ago, leave was granted to an
Electric Railway Company to dam
the Coquitlam River, about three
quarters of a mile below its exit from
the lake, and at a point immediately
below the city intake pipe.
The first point visited was the site
of a saw mill on the Coquitlam river.
The elty authorities would have
been wise to have prevented the
erection of this mill, and if it could
not be prevented, then the intake
pipe should have been changed to a
aosltlon  further  up  the river.
In passing up the river the water
was muddy and slimy, and most certainly did NOT indicate that most
earnest and active attention the
health authorities should show for
the guarding of their city water supply.
The site where the Electric Railway men were housed was clean, but
what disposal was made of the refuse
during the year and a half of work
on the tunnel I have been unable to
learn. Here again I think the city
authorities should have been, more
active to guard their interests. The
main result found was that while
there was no evidence of typhoid
fever infection, there was sufficient
evidence to call for a change in the
present conditions.
I am satisfied that this water is
NOT the best that can be obtained
from this source.
I beg to recommend that both
shores of the Coquitlam river be
cleaned up.
If these ifew suggestions are carried out, and no settlements are permitted to be established at or near
the lake; then, in a ahort time, all
soluble objectionable material will
be taken from, the freshly covered
surfaces along the river -banks—and
New Westminster will have the most
precious of all assets—a perfect water supply.
The government water expert says
this.
John A. Lee takes his stand on
THIS report.
REFUTATION.
WANTED—"Some One to Jjove and
Cheer Me."—-Mayor Keary.
WANTED—About five hundred votes,
which I can't get, to re-elect me.
Please, notify Mayor Keary through
his campaign manager, Mr. Robert
Jardine,
EXPEDITION REQUIRED.
WANTED—The ratepayers to forget
my connection with the 0,0, E, R.
The Mayor.   .
A wonderful amount of activity has
recently been experienced in certain
departments of the city, for recently no aplications have been turned
down, although previously "funds did
not permit," It Is really wonderful
how obliging the civic officials get
when It Is approaching election time
but then its human nature.
The Citizen would dike to know
why oulverts of some sort were not
supplied on the hill slopes in years
%X^K«K«>*,K^>-K^K-*>**W">,^>
| NO STAR  CHAMBER. |
i  . t
A        Have the  citizens    of    New )*
X    AArestminster any right to know ^
what their servants, the Mayor A
and Aldermen, do with regard A
to public questions? T
If so, why have matters of V
vital Interest to New Wtestmln- X
ster been repeatedly discussed
Mr. J. A. Lee has produced a copy
of the minute as published in the
P'-ess, which he read, showing that
Mayor Keary had left the chair in
order to oppose the raising of the license on the B. C. E. R. from $100
to $200 per year as stated by Ex-Aid*
erman Garrett.
!. by the city council without any
1 report of the proceedings leaks' ing out to the men and women
A who pay the taxes?
'£ These are questions worth
•{♦ considering, Think them over,
$ then vote for the SUPREME
X POAVER, THE' PEOPLE, and
\ the People's Candidate, John
♦ A. Lee.
REMEMBER.
Typhoid fever canot develop spontaneously,
In some waters the vitality of the
typhoid bacteria is exceedingly slight
whilst others it may be considerable, and varies according to the conditions, from three days to three or
four months.
The danger of direct infection
through the air is slight, although It
is possible.
It Is a fact that Infection through
water is the most common source of
wide spread epidemics.
The presence or absence of typhoid
fever la an Index of the sanitary intelligence of a community, THE  CITIZEN.
Monday Dec. 13, i9tt9.
THE CITIZEN
Issued in the interests of the citizens of New  Westminster.
THE REFORM CANDIDATE.
John A. Lee has shown himself on
the public platform to be a man in
every sense; and, contrary to the old
adage "a p. jphet has no honor in his
country," he has won a high reputation both as a speaker, and as a master of the art of marshalling bis facts.
In no debates have his facts been
upset,   although   (his  .opponent—who
ought   Ito   know—says,   the (financial
figures given to Mr. Lee by the city
treasurer  are  incorrect! i   If this  is<
correct, i' would seam necessary that j
one of Mr. Lee's firat actions, after
being   elected  mayor,   should   be   to1
have a thorough  investigation made
into the city's true position financial-.
ly; for every citizen has a prescriptive right to demand assurances from
the proper official as    to   the   oivic
funds. I
Every meeting held in support of
the reform candidate has been addressed by the mayor, and It Is interesting to noLe his remarks briefly. At
i
Sapperton    his    principal    talk   was
about the immorality which, he stat- j
c-d, existed in the city, which he has
controlled for eight  years.     He at-
tacked,  not Mr.  Lee,  but a number j
of citizens occupying the finest build-
ing in the city, and vilified their re-|
putation publicly.    We  have not yet I
heard him apologise,  as any gentleman  would   do,   though he has  had;
plenty of public opportunities.
At the West End meeting, the mayor stated he hsyi not come to make a
speech (although he had "butted in"
the previous night), notwithstanding
that he carried a large packet of notes |
and references—which he subsequently used as necessity arise.
He   though'.  Mr,   Lee   "was  green"
and would give way to his request to
select his own time for speaking, i.e.,
after the man who had hired the hall
—but Jack was up to snuff,
Mr. Keary then said: "I have never
bought one lot at a city tax sale."
This was challenged at once by a
listener who asked—what about
Cameron's five, acre lot? "I never
bought -that, and never got a cent
out of it,"was the reply. N. R.—
Later on Mr. Keary had to publicly
retract—his memory was at (fault.
Ex-Alderman Garrett challenged
the mayor's action in leaving his
chair to support his own railway corporation's claim for privileges. This
he denied, saying "It is not true, I
never left my chair except In committee and then not for such a pur-
rose, I would not do such a thing."
Yet he had to admit "leaving the
chair for the purpose of In committee."
Is this not serving two masters?
Mayor Keary stated that the timber
or, the city land at Coquitlam lake,
was almost valuless. Mr. Lee challenged this statement - V asking if it
was not true that the city had been
offered $20,000 for the timber thereon, bj Ironside, Rannie & Campbell?
Nu reply,
These two meetings were called by
Mr. Lee and his opponents were also
pre-en', in the audience, but nothing
brought Up was even criticised, In-
fleuJ, the audiences were, .fully lm-
prcfied with th fact that:
There Is much room for improve-
ncnt In civic control,    and that    a
change of conditions is Imperative,
C.tizens you cannot fail to realize
thru it is time to place this city under business-like control, by your
vote today, you have the opportunity
to show, with all possible emphasis,
that you are determined that the citizen1" wj.ll do away with one man
ru'e and that they mean to take their
pr iper share in future by voting for
the Reform Candidate John A. Lee.
HALLUCINATIONS.
this wa s the only available night for
the ratepayers to learn their views.
His Worship thereupon waxed
wroth and would not even give a
courteous reply reiterating his intention of hearing the present Aldermanic board give an account of their
actions.
Mr. Lee then asked If he and the
other nominees were not to have a
hearing? With his usual pomposity
and haughtlnass the mayor charged
speaker with butting in finally saying that it wag for the audience to
decide.
Mr. Lee turning    to  the audience
Wonderful are the suggestions put!    ked ^" ^r which waa ^^
forth to inveigle a  candidate to digj )y Jn h,s fcv01.  whapeupon Ml, Keary
a pit in order that he may be tempted
to fall therein.
We have referred elsewhere to the
hallucination that a man is unfit to
fill an office because he has not occupied a subordinate one, but we may
go further and point out that many
a man of success has only won it because he picked out a bright, willing
and painstaking subordinate and placed him in a position of authority, he
gave him a chance, and thereby
showed discretion and his own business acumen at the same time.
So    with  New    AVestminster,    the
business men now say: Our manager
has overgrown   himself,  he  has  lost
interest in the old firm, and transfer-'
red  his allegiance .practically to an-
became very offensive and sparks began to fly on all hands particularly
when one of tho mayor's supporters
threatened to throw one of the ratepayers out of the council chamber
and language was used which caused
several ladies to retire from the
scene.
The meeting decided to hear all
the nominees and Mayor Keary thereupon requested the aldermanic candidates to enter within the sacred
p«cints of the mayoral rostrum,
leaving his doughtly opponent, Mr.
John A. Lee, outside the rail.
And yet the mayor claims to be a
gentleman and courteous with all.
The meeting was an exact replica
of   what  the   aldermen   of   the  past
other firm; they pay him better-; we j h8w had to put up w)th ^ we only
must find another manager who will j
do  better for us,  bring--in new  Ideas'
and if necessary new blood.
The mayor's supporters say: Tell
us your plans, make brick out of
straw, wc would like to suck your
knowledge and assume credit lor re-'
suits.
Mr. Lee has put forth no constructive policy—well, why should he,
when it is impossible to guage conditions? For the city treasurer gives
Mm a statement of affaivs and then
the mayor tells an audience, from
the platform, that the city treasurer's
figures are incorrect. AArho ought to
■know best? Surely the man who attends to the details of the city funds.
Is the city treasurer another nonentity?
It is clear you must ha,ve a correct
basis for a constructive policy and
when the financial basis is in conflict, it becomes necessary to
—and watch.
wish that every citizen had been pre-
seit at the meeting to see for them-
"Tlvies the style In which the mayor
conducts meetings or rather dominates them according to his own
sweet will.
If they had John A. Lee would have
had  a  larger majority  than  he  will
i have.
wait
MAYORAL   DICTATION.
At the Opera House meeting on
Thursday Mayor Keary announced
that ho- had been requested, as it was
gttt.n-. late, to call a public meeting
at the City Hall on Saturday night to
gi/e the 'Aldermanic candidates a
chance to address the electors.
A meeting was held as announced,
bu; In th morning paper appeared a
rcci'.-'-t signed by half a dozen or so
of Mr. Keary's supporters asking for
the meeting to be held for the pur-
pise of hearing the mayor and al-
dreimen of 1909.
One of the 1910 aldermanic candidates rose after the meeting was
called to order and asked If the candidates for the 1910 council were to
hi given a chance to speak? Mr.
Keary was disdainful and gave no
satisfactory reply.
John A. Lee, the mayor's opponent
then rose and gave his view stating
it was very important that the aldermanic candidates should be heard as
TRANSPORTATION QUESTION.
There Is scarcely a man in this
town that has not become Incensed
fcigainst the street railway -service;
and there is no reason why It should
not be improved; for facilities exist
now for frequent cars throughout the
city proper, whilst the traffic is sufficient to admit of at lea3t a 15
minute service to all parts.
On the Vancouver route, there
should be a service as far as the Orphanage every quarter also, for tin
people of Burnaby have as great a
right to our consideration as our inside residents, they shop in town and
it is to the interest of the company to
Induce them to travel In this direction.
The Citizen has frequently noticed
cars going up the hill on Twelfth
street packed Inside and out, even
to the fenders, and this Is not a casual occurrence, but actually repeated every afternoon and early evening.
Why not put on one or two special
cars during busy hours? The working man is entitled to comfort and
consideration; and rates are high
enough to warrant it.
AVhy has not the city council acted In this matter?
THE CIVIC COUNCIL.
Never has It been so necessary for
the voter to exercise care and judgment in selecting its aldermanic
board as It is this election, for, whilst
the out-going officials have done effective service In   many   directions,
they have as a body, been a little too
prone to rely upon the directions, or
suggestions of the supreme head; too
easy in the opinions of many in submitting themselves to autocratic domination.
It is to be regretted that Alderman
Henley will be missing from the
board, for he earned the gratitude of
the citizens by a .genial, courteous
readiness* to consider matters brought
to his notice and ho has undoubtedly
endeavored to All an onerous position with credit to the city and himself, personally investigating and not
shirking (the responsibilities of .his
department.
The other members are offering
themselves for re-election, and there
Is every reason to believe that the Incoming mayor will be supported by
a board of aldermen who are experienced, and capable in the details of
civic government. It would be a
thing to be deplored if several members, whom it would be Invidious to
name, did not re-occupy their chairs,
though It Is probable that a shuffling
of the various duties would prove of
great advantage.
Particularly is it necessary to secure a good live up-to-date chairman
for the department of finance; and
we believe that there should be no
difficult tark in selecting a suitable
man for this very Important position
one who will be genial, careful of the
jity funds and y.et realize that there
are times when the purse s'-rings
should be opened sufficiently to assist
in the future prosperity of the citizens.
The board of works needs a man
who has time and knowledge at disposal; for particularly is It necessary
that our street paving materia) shall
be of the best quality and that a satisfactory proportion of '.he materials
be allowed by the contractors, If we
are to avoid the trouble experienced
in so many cities after brief trials
of new cement sidewalks; we cannot
afford by negligence to risk any
similar difficulties. The water and
lighting of the city will, during the
coming year, be ever under discussion, and carefully watched by the
citizens; whilst the control of other
(departments require keen business
men at. the helm If the citizens are
to reap the fullest benefit now, and
In the future.
Let every voter he alive to his own
Interests and remember that the
progress of the city may rest upon his
Individual   vote.
THE LAST DITCH.
The supporters of One Man government, autocratic domination of the
people; secret conclaves, and private
arrangements are at the last ditch.
The Reform Candidate, John A. Lee,
has not shirked any subject which he
and his supporters considered it was
wise to bring before the public at
the present time, for there ere many
other subjects which ought to be investigated, but it is not always sound
policy to wash your dtlrty linen in
public.
The mayor has failed miserably, to
clear himself of the charges openly
made by his opponent, and there is
ample evidence that he Is not only
discourteous, but actually insulting.
The suave, would-be-dignified dictator, as seen In public Is a very different man when riled, and able t«
let go In private,
I *^
Monday, Dec. 13, 1900.
THE   CITIZEN.
THE BOARD OF TRADE.
*
I
For some strange reason the mayor
has long been at odds with the business m.en of the city, as shown by his
opposition to, and his neglect In supporting any suggestions emenatlng
from the Board of Trade.
He and Alderman Jardine, have
particularly distinguished themselves
by insisting that the members of the
board were "Interfering in what did
not concern them" and that the council would (when the fit took it) take
into consideration the matters discussed by the Board, in the interests
of the city, and recommended to the
council.
The Board of Trade has taken action amongst other things on the following subjects during the last year
and it 1$ for the electorate to determine whether they have exceeded
their rights or Interferred unduly:
Advertising the city abroad and in
the Prairit provinces.
Cement  sidewalks    for    Columbia
street and gradually everywhere else.
Reduction of fares betwen this city
and  Vancouver, via B. C. E. R.
Cleaning up back streets and open
spaces.
Lighting the approaches to the G.
N. R. depot at AVestminster bridge.
Reduction of freight rates on C.
P. R.
Improved service |to Westminster
Junction.
Re-establishment  of Agassiz  local.
Abolition  of  tolls on  Westminster
bridge.
Dangerous crossings at city boundary.
Condition of Brunette street and
Distillery hill.
Necessity   of   new   depot   and   Improved service on G. N. R.
Steamship service daily to Victoria.
Improvements in the Fraser River
channel.
More public spaces to be made out
of government owned lands.
Objection has even been made to
the Board of Trade Inviting prominent
visitors and entertaining them as
guests without previously consulting
His Worship.
In this campaign Mayor Keary has
publicly expressed his willingness at
all times to receive advice on matters
affecting the interests of the city
and citizens, but his failure to act,
or support the above specified subjects of vital importance, show that
Mayor Keary has failed to realize the
fact, that the Board of Trade is th«
mouthpiece of the entire commercial
section of the community, which be
insulted by charging, and allowing It
to be charged, in the council that
the Board of Trade was always "butting in." Yet the mayor claims that
he is neither dictatorial, insulting, or
discourteous.
ADVERTISING.
past; it Is clalmied that wonderful
progress has marked the city during
the last year or two, but will any .person believe it, when he looks on the
roadbeds of Twelfth street and other
similarly situated streets? Save a
cent" and spend a dollar (when you
are compelled to, by force of circumstances) this seems to have been the
civic policy—No foresight; no enter-
prize.
gagas  -i —
CI1Y ORDINANCES.
PURE WATER.
The citizens have spoken with no
uncertain voice regarding the need
of Publicity, but nothing has been
done, apparently because the mayor
lias no desire 'for this most desirable
result being carried out. If he initiates a plan it is good, but nothing
initiated by the Board of Trade appears to be worthy of receiving his
support. It is immaterial that the
city is thrown backward, or that the
mercantile and Industrial pursuits are
hampered, so long as his despotic will
is obeyed. No literature has been
available for use at the A. Y. P. Exposition, nor at the exhibition at
Queen's Park; nothing even for distribution to enquirers, except a
single article (sandwiched amidst a
pamphlet entitled "Cities of Puget
Sound) for which the city council expended several hundred dollars—
wasted money.
This, notwithstanding repeated efforts by the Board of Trade to induce
immediate action.
(Revised Edition.)
The following regulations are to be
brought forward if approved by the
Star Chamber committee, immediate
ly after Mayor Keary opens the New
Year's Council, it is rumored.
Acknowledgement—I am the mayor, thy chief, who has consummated
thy bondage.
Remembrance—Thou shalt elect
no other mayor but me.
Obedience—Thou shalt obey my
wink or nod.
Interrogation—Am I not the great
I am—the Only one?
Orthodoxy—Thou shalt believe
that no one else can save the city—
or quit the council  chamber.
Command—I am the Almighty
voice, thou shalt be silent and list
when I speak.
Finality—Thus shall the autocracy
be complete,
AA'arning—I will show no favors to
those who vote against me.
Declaration—For eight years have
I led my people and they love me—
Oh, how they love me.
Indefinable—I am—New A\restm1n-
ster.
Inexpressible—I cannot fall! I dare I shores  of the
Government Report Extracts,
The city of New Westminster own
the water rights oif the lake. Some
years ago, leave was granted to an
Electric Railway Company to dam
the Coquitlam  River,    about    three
quarters of a mile below Its exit from
the lake, and at a point immediately
below the city intake pipe.
The first point visited was the site
of a saw mill on the Coquitlam river.
The elty authorities would have
been wise to have prevented the
erection of this mill, and if it could
not be prevented, then the infake
pipe should have been changed to a
wosition further up the river.
In passing up the river the water
was muddy and slimy, and most certainly did NOT indicate that moBt
earnest and active attention the
health authorities should show for
the guarding of their city water sup-
Ply.
The site where the Electric Railway men were housed was clean, but
what disposal was made of the refuse
during the year and a half of work
on the tunnel I have been unable to
learn.     Here again I think the city
authorities   should   have been   more
active to guard their interests.     The
main   result  found   was   that   while
there  was  no   evidence    of  typhoid
fever  Infection,  there   was  sufficient
evidence to call for a Ghange in the
present conditions.
I am satisfied that this water is
NOT the best that can be obtained
from this source.
I beg   to recommend-    that    both
Coquitlam    river    be
CONDENSED     ADV ERTISEM ENTS.
FOUND—A new Mayor
Lee.
in   John A.
liOST—The confidence of the People
by His AVorshlp.
TO LET—One Star Chamber, electric
lighting free.
LOST—Numerous    opportunities    by
.Mayor Keary to advance the city's
Interests. Finders please return to
John A. Lee after January Is',
1010.
FOR SALE—A system of   one   man
'government. INo Inspection permitted as satisfaction is not guaranteed.
"LARGE PROGRESS" ELSEWHERE
A comparison of the population returns available, does not bear out
the mayor's statement that this city
has made equal    progress    to    other
Western   cities.
P.C.
Population 1901      1908      Inc.
AVes'-minster   . . .   6,499    12,198    87.6
Victoria 20,816    45,000 116.2
Vancouver   ..    ..26,133    95,000 263.5
Calgary 4,091    25,000 511
Edmonton .. .. 2,626 20,000 661.6
AVinnipeg .. ..42,340 140,000 230.7
Kegina 2,249    10,500 366.9
The net taxation of New AVestminster for years has been 20 mills.
That of Vancouver (which was also
burnt to the ground): was 16 mills
from 189.1 to 1901; 18 mills from 1902
to 1905; 20 mills since.
YET Mr, Keary's manifesto reads:
"New AVestminster, with her present mayor, Is the envy of all the municipalities .in Canada."
Do not the above statistics prove
that New -AVestminster has been left
for behind.
not fall! I will not fall! Whatever it
costs.
Regret—Alas! Alas! The knowledge
came too late! I thought I was the
"Only one" Jeft In the city, and now
my throne i3 .threatened*—my Will
disputed, and my followers desert
me for John A. Lee.
IN A NUTSHELL.
One today is worth two tomorrow.
One in the morning is worth two
at night.
Every pea helps to All the peck.
The  mind's   the   standard   of  the
man, !
It  suffices,  AVhat  suffices?     Your
Vote for John A. Lee.
Honesty makes the man and want
of it—the fellow.
Hush!     Let   it not    be   known—
there's   canker  i'th  the root!!
cleaned up.
If these few suggestions are carried out, and no settlements are permitted to be established at or near
the lake; then, in a short time, all
soluble objectionable material will
be taken from the freshly covered
surfaces along the river banks—and
New Westminster will have the most
precious of all assets—a perfect water supply.
The government water expert says
this,
John A. Lee takes his    stand    on
THIS report.
REFUTATION.
EXPEDITION REQUIRED.
WANTED—"Some One to I^ove and
Cheer Me."—-Mayor Keary.
WANTED—About live hundred votes,
which I can't get, to re-elect me.
Please notify Mayor Keary through
his campaign manager, Mr. Robert
Jardine,
WANTED—Tlie ratepayers to forget
my connection with the B, C, E, R.
The Mayor.
A wonderful amount of activity has
(recently been experienced in certain
departments of the olty, for recently no apllcatlons have been turned
down, although previously "funds did
•not permit," It Is really wonderful
how obliging the civic officials get
when It is approaching election time
but then its human nature.
The Citizen would dike to know
why oulverts of some sort were not
supplied on the hill slopes in years
.x..^x«:^>.>^:^kkkkk*-k«w«»***>
t NO STAR CHAMBER. 4
X
t
?
?
?
x
?
?
y
v
x
Y
?
?
Have the citizens of New V
Westminster any right to know V
what their servants, the Mayor .J»
and Aldermen, do with regard L
to public questions? T
If so, why have matters of V
vital Interest to New Westmin- %
ster been repeatedly discussed
by the city council without any
report of the proceedln-gs leak- &
ing out to the men and women J.
who pay the taxes?
Mr. J. A. Lee has produced a copy
of the minute as published in the
P'-ess, which he read, showing that
Mayor Keary had left the chair in
order to oppose the raising of the license on the B. C. E. R. from $100
to $200 per year as 3tated by Ex-Aid*
erman Garrett.
These are
considering,
then
questions   worth
Think them over,  X
vote for the SUPREME T
% POAVER, THE' PEOPLE, and ♦
\   the   People's Candidate,  John *
I
A, Lee.
REMEMBER
Typhoid fever canot develop spontaneously.
In some waters the vitality of the
typhoid bacteria is exceedingly slight
whilst others it may be considerable, and varies according to the conditions, from three days to three of
four months.
The danger of direct infection
through the air Is slight, although it
Is possible.
It is a faot that Infection through
water Is the most common source at
wide spiead epidemics.
The presence or absence of typhoid
fever Is an index of the sanitary intelligence of a oommurtity,
!
-  ■ -.-. • - - ■
v   '   | THE  CITIZEN.
Monday, Dec. 13, 1909.
ELECTION DAY AND
SOME OTHER THINGS
"This do be th' day, Dogan," said
Murphy as he watched 17 candidates
trying to shake hands with one voter
at the door of the city hall.
"Phwat day, Murphy?"
"Sure th' day of Misther Keary's
siperation."
"Siperation ? Siperation from
phwat, Murphy?"
"From his job av coorse."
"Siperation is ut? Tare an' ages!
Murphy, ye don't know no more than
ye niver did. This ain't no siperation; it's absolute divorce (fer just
cause.
"Now, ye see, Murphy. In a case
Wke this her' wan, th' people is th'
judge an' jury in wan bunch. This
judge an' jury is moi-ghty tired of
Jistenln' to th' same sort av pleadta'
fer the past siven years or so on
there's goin' to be ructions as sure as
y'are a fut high. An' them ructions
I'm speakiin' about is goin' to ind this
blissed day in th© ejiotion of Misther
Keary from his cosy corner in th'
city hawl."   ,
"An' ye bfelave fer truth, Dogan,
that Lee's goin to win?"
"Belave it? Why av coorse; ain't
Bob Jardine baekin' Keary?"
"Have ye read th' Daily News,
lately, Dogan?"
Oh yis, I look over it cashually
now an' thin. It's th' only funny
paper I'm takin' at th' prisint, but
why were ye askin?"
"Well, I jlst seen a page full of
soapsuds in th', in th', in th', what
d'ye call ut—where it says all th' bist
people are votln' fer Keary."
"Well, phwat are ye worryin' about
Murphy, didn't I jist tell ye it was
a funny paper."
"Funny?     There's nawthin'  funny J
about  that.     It's  folish."
"Ye're on, Murphy. Ye're wise,
now go up an' vote fer Lee.
"I wili in a minute, Dogan,- but did
ye hear they do be sayin' as how
Misther Lee is goin to sell th' city
hawl to th' anarchists if he beats
Keary?"
"Fer th' love av mercy, Murphy,
run up an* vote an' thin chase yer-
6ilf away home before the bagey man
gits ye. Yere too innocinf to be out
alone after breakfast.
"An' say, Murphy, if ye're good
I'll takie ye down th' town tonight to
congratulate Miffther, Straight Business Mayor Lee."
JOHN A. LEE'S POLICY.
A. DITTY.
ROYAL  COLUMBIAN  HOSPITAL
.Mr. Keary appears to claim all authority, and the fathering of every
entreprise during his term of office.
If The Citizen is rightly informed the
scheme for extension (badly needed)
originated with certain ladies and
gentlemen, who .have shown a very
disinterested and steadfast devotion-
to the sick and needy.
WANTED TO KNOW.
Is It a fact that Lot 2, Sub-Block
14, was sold to one William (Peacock
at a tax sale held about 1902 for 155;
by him transferred -on tax sale deed
to W. H. Keary; who again transferred It to an employee in the City Hall,
who said it for $3500 to one Padmore
—according to the evidence of the
Registry Office!     ,
Street    improvements,    throughout
the city.
Advertising   the   city  and   district,
'far and wide.
Searching for and introducing new
industries,
i   Clearing up all debris, and deleterious refuse.
Guarding, by every possible means,
our water supply.
Control of civic affairs by the elected representatives.
Making aldermen responsible for
departments,,
Public advertising of lands for sale.
No favoritism in distributing civic
patronage.
Free and open discussion on civic
matters.
Abolition of the municipal Star
Chamber procedure.
A progressive policy on strict business lines.
No more private arrangements, or
agreements.
No outside control, but the city
utilities for the people.
Abolition of one man government.
Making city officials responsible for
work done.
Judicious, but agressive policy of
advancement.
To make   the   financial   condition
sound enough to reduce taxation.
VOTE FOR JOHN A. LEE.
The man who is not controlled by
any corporation.
Who seeks to co-operate with the
B. C. E. R. but objects to domination.
Who came Back to New Westminster in its time of trial.
Who hopes to place New Westminster on a firm and lasting basis.
Who will push forward Columbia
Street and other improvements
rapidly.
Who has established his own business amongst you by sheer hard work
Who is prepared to work harder
than  his predecessor.
Who will give you cement sidewalks— not boards.
Who is tiot content to vegetate in
stagnation and rank grasses.
Who objects to typhoid germs in
your drinking water.
Who wants to make this a world-
renowned fresh water port.
Who will safeguard your valuable
assets from expropriation.
Who will not claim credit for things
he has not performed.
Who says that we must vote just so?
Mayor Keary.
Who says John Lee will have to go?
Mayor Keary.
Who thinks of brains there is a lack
And tries to keep the Royal City back
Ma.yor Keary.
Who eays I never meant to run    ,
Mayor Keary.
And then his statements tries to shun
Mayor Keary.
AVho says that we the envy are
Of all the countries near and far
Mayor Keary.
AVho expects to get the people's vote?
Mayor- Keary.
Who 'hinks the ladies on him dote?
Ma.yor Keary.
AVho says that during all these years
He's had by far    more    kicks    than
cheers
Mayor Keary.
AVho says he never bought a city lot
Mayor Keary.
Then found his deal he had forgot?
Mayor Keary.
He claims that he will save the city's
fame
But far ahead tonight   you'll   see—
what name?
NOT Mayor Keary.
In thanking his Supporters, active and passive,
JOHN A. LEE.
Expresses a   sincere   hope that
the  New  Year may  inaugurate
an era  of  prosperity  for  every
Citizen.
THE B. C. E. R.
Mr. Lee at Sapperton emphatically
stated that he was not in opposition
to this company, but would lend it
•very assistance in his power so far
as its interests were intended to
strengthen those of the city and district.
He would consistently and strenuously oppose any company or corporation—not merely the B. C. E. R.
—which attempted to obtain powers,
either openly or by undue Influence,
which In his opinion were prejudicial
to the citizen's prosperity;
ONE WHO KNOWS.
The paid organ of the "corporation
candidate" publishes a letter purporting to come from a lady contributor,
signing herself as above, but the
writer should be more careful in exercising the wellknown characteristic
of his style of writing.
The Citizen suggests, in future, that
a Bister or female cousin, be confidentially asked to "edit" any similar
contribution before it is posted to the
publication which it is intended to
adorn, though possibly it was
thought unnecessary to take that precaution even.
However, the ■'scurrilous sheet"
referred to, has not gone as far as
the writer of the letter, signed "One
Who Knows," in betraying the secrets
of the iadles' meeting, and had It
been known that secrecy was desired
the "Citizen" would have guarded the
subject with all due discretion, but
what is talked about freely is usually
considered 'good copy" and "the man
on the street" must not be censured
for fulfilling the duty Imposed upon
him.
The Citizen honestly believes, that
it has opened the eyes of some ratepayers; that it has voiced the opinions of a large majority;, and that It
has done so without any intentional
discourtesy, which justifies the epithet
applied by this masculine-lady, no
one regrets It more than the editor,
and he trusts that Its imperfections
will not prevent him asking your vote
and interest for the Reform Candidate
JOHN A. LEE.
MAYOR'S BOASTED DIGNITY
GOES DP IN WRATH
Saturday evening's meeting In the
city hall was a sad blow, a sad, sad
blow to the glowing platitudes which
have been uttered during the past
week with Mayor Keary and his dignified cordiality for their subjects.
That His Worship was In earnest,
vindictively so, in his treatment of
Mr. John A. Lee, the People's Candidate, was plain to all, but the urbanity, the smooth, polished manner,
th« gentlemanly bearing had given
place to unseemly Ire and a boorlst
I tongue.
"There you are, butting In again,"
was this Chesterfield's drawing room
reception of Mr. Lee, when the latter
claimed the right to address the rate
payers, if His Worship Intended to do
so.
Again Mr. Lee put h'la civil query
to the chair, and again came from the
arbiter of "company manners," "there
you are again. Who's chairman of
this moeting?"
Keary Parrot's Voice—"Sit down.
Who's chairman here?"
A third time the people's candidate
tunned to Chairman Mayor Keary.
"Mr. Chairman, ladles and (gentlemen, I would like to get an expression
of opinion from this meeting as to
whether I am to be allowed to speak
If His Worship chooses to address
you."
"Addrcra the chair, who's chairman
here?" came again from His gentlemanly Worship.
"I have addressed the chair twice,"
answered Mr. Lee, "and I did this
time as well, but I have not been able
to get a civil answer to a civil question."
At this sta.j/-, one ratepayer moved
and another seconded a motion that
Mr. Lee be given an opportunity to
i-peak. In the general uproar that
followed the motion carried.
NOT A WORD WAS SAID.
In spite of the fact that the question of the erection of the Vancouver
Power Company's dam at Coquitlam
lake and its possible effect on the purity of the city's water supply has
proven one of the most Important
that has arisen since the founding of
New Westminster; in spite of this,
Aid. jardine baa stated In public,
the Mayor being present, that never
has this matter been discussed In the
City Council, either in committee or
In open session*
A  CHAMPION KNOCKER.
Mr. Keary at the Dominion Exhibition held in this city is reported In
the press to have stated the hotels of
the city were not fit to stay In.
He recently stated, publicly, that
he had "never knocked any one at
any time." Perhaps not any one,
hut h6 distinctly knocked the city.
DON'T YOU THINK.
Don t you think that the contention of John A. Leo Is a correct one,
when he says, that a man who is
holding an official position in a corporation whose interests are specially Identified with this city should not
occupy the posllon of mayor?
Don't you think that a city situated
as New Westminster Is, should have
a mayor who Is subject to no control
beyond that of the citizens?
Don't you think that the mayor
has stood up for his own individuality and endeavored to force his opinion unduly?
Don't- you think that eight years
of office as mayor Is too long for any
man?     Not Mayor Keary alone.
Don't you think that our streets
need greater attention as regards
cleanliness?
Don't you think that John A. Lee !■
as capable of meeting distinguished
visitors as our mayor?
I

Cite

Citation Scheme:

        

Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics

Share

Embed

Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                        
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            src="{[{embed.src}]}"
                            data-item="{[{embed.item}]}"
                            data-collection="{[{embed.collection}]}"
                            data-metadata="{[{embed.showMetadata}]}"
                            data-width="{[{embed.width}]}"
                            async >
                            </script>
                            </div>
                        
                    
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:
http://iiif.library.ubc.ca/presentation/cdm.citizennw.1-0353202/manifest

Comment

Related Items