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 ■   )ia   101   o
VOLUME 2, No. 4.
Attempt to Convict Mayor Lee of Per-
sonalities Fails Lamentably in
Face of Facts.
His Worship Contends That System is
Wrong and That One Influence
Governs Both.
In connection with a canard diligently circulated by the Trapp auxiliaries that Mr. Lee attacked the personnel of the Columbian hospital
board and of the Agricultural Society,
the Mayor In a press interview, made
the following remarks:
"I had occasion last night," he said,
"to refer to the management of the
Exhibition association and that of the
Royal Columbian Hospital. Nominally these managements are quite distinct, but as each is dominated by
the same influence, they must be
grouped together in this connection.
Today I hear that my opponents are
industriously circulating the canard
that I attacked the laales arid gentlemen whose names appear as constituting these boards.
"As those who were present at the
meeting-  know—as Mr. Trapp  knows
beat  of   all—nothing  could   ho   further
from the truth. My reference was to
the fact that these Institutions are
carried on by one-man Influence, just
as the city was before last year.
"How many of the aldermen of
previous years knew of the conditions revealed by the civic audit?
"How many of the directors of the
R. A. & I Society have any means
of knowing what Mr. Trapp and Mr.
Keary have been quarreling about?
How many member-, of the board of
control, even, have any real knowledge of exhibition affairs?
"How many of the ladles and gentlemen of the hospjtal board know
of the reports In circulation as to the
conditions prevailing at that Institution. Have the board any information not conveyed to them through
the one-man influei.ee? Have the
hospital board taken any steps to re-
assurd the public that the conditions
In their Institution are all that they
ought to be—all that intelligent effort on their part could bring about?
"I am satisfied that there Is something to show the boards of both
these institutions. I do not attack
the members of the boards. I call
their attention to the public uneasiness; and I hope that as a result they
will institute inquiry. Until they do
have inquiry, it 111 becomes the persons arraigned to state that Innocent
parties are being pilloried."
There is Mr. Trapp's word for It
that he was forced to run. He can
take comfort, however, for the electors are not hard-hearted enough to
make him mayor.
How much respect have you for a
candidate who keeps tils criticisms
until it is too late for his opponents
to reply?
If his criticisms were fair, would
he not have come into the open and
Invited a reply to his criticism as did
Mayor Lee?
Are not criticisms sprung at the
jest rnoroent, aM rno»\.\y of & per-
Say, Bill, you've overloaded me!  Why should I carry your load? Strikes me I'll
never be able to get into the council chamber now!
Mayor Lee has borne all the expense of two campaigns f^-^^^
have a machine.  Their organization has been ^^^n^^JM X
has confidence in the electors!  He has no secretary.  N V^ffiTrnSv^fDe at>
caucus system,  He desires only volunteer assistance.   Jou1 # ?day will be ap
predated.   We will win bv the people alone! and for theprople alone.    ,
sonal character, when there is no
fair chance for reply, the same as the
much "despised "roorback?"
Does Mr. Trapp's much proclaimed
pride In his fairness and honesty, permit of the circulation of roorbacks
to win the elections? Or did he riot
know that h« W d^lng mojt un
fairly with the men    he      attacked
without giving them a fair chance to
reply? .
Was the unwarranted and personal
attack on a reporter of The British
Columbian a sample of Mr. Trapp s
fairness and Integrity.
Mr,  f/lpftQr, W? [t:  '-ot th*    ■?
pourse open to a man who desired to
be truly fair and honest, to permit
his opponents and the men he criticised and abused, an opportunity to
answer his attacks before the polling
took place?
Your answer will b» shown, in yoyp
votes* at the polls today, THE CITIZEN.
THURSDAY,    JANUARY    12,    mi.
Issued in the Interests of the Citizens of New Westminster.
Today the friends of Mayor Lee,
and the friends of our esteemed fellow citizen, Mr. Trapp, will meet to
exercise the great duty of citizenship;
to select a man who shall be the voice
of the people, and their representative,]
at all functions at which it is desir- I
able the citizens "should be participators in.
■lther one of these gentlemen is
outward equally eligible, as far as
appearances, and outside the council
chamber; but much more than this
is aot only desirable, but imperative,
if, this rising and thriving city is to
move as rapidly as is desired by   the
Both are business men, both have
high reputations for personal integrity, and both are scrupulously honest in intention; but Both are NOT
equally endowed with that strength
•f intention and vitality of body, mind
or intelleot which is demanded by and
for the people.
Without the slightest desire to question Mr. Trapp's intentions we feel
that he would have even less freedom of Initiative than Mayor Lee had
during the year past.
His old friendly associations, his old
training, his preconceived ideas, and
his known sentiments are not such,4
as would meet the requirements of
the PEOPLE OP TODAY. In saying
this, we are glad to recognize his
many past services, his present willpower for the good of New Westminster; but, we fall to find those
necessary qualifications that justify
hto occupancy of the Mayor's chair.
Mayor Lee entered office, and his
predecessor carried away every scrap
of information available; the city
clerk had been such in name on'y
knew little of the lienor work of the
city hall. Mr. Keary never volunteered assistance but on the contrary he
his    friends    raised    obstacles
I  (+.11 M*f'-(*''i
City Auditor-,
City SMii
BANK Or "NCUNO. iokooh. i.e.
'"■jtl* Pectwib'u"»    ./i'l*).
';.••?   :To>sfc-ill3t-!''»     13.1
jar Sir.
of tivt 3imi ultimo, In ro;>ly to
M-nvrio n-colUotion of tho eon- >
afor.     Pomilily thj-so
*1 havo is p.e'uKW'Udi'a rooolyt of your latter
tfciijii I bag to say that X,  --orsonal l.y,
■fsatione or of tht» cirouaatanc;>3 to
ocv-jraat lor.i too* ulaaei. b<-t»j«n
oh with tho spool*.!
-■•hi oh yot
yourselfami this Official *ho »ao in ciosor
soi-a involvei* but ho i*^,vnfortwr'?.t6ly» ioa-W
As.regftris tho w-S undortak^n by you, I
>r 3ay that in tils *»ri-* ga--t of ",-Jt/X (you -fit*  oheurvt, that
ri aaflidr tiion you youfcaolf ^"ao.) it) tha Banii
a in connoetiot. ■vlth tho ^rt-p^raMor
uf -(oaas r-e^i-yaW.a by 3 411 at half*
d interest co.-nWnod.     Too *oi-x wae
dut-i i
of 8-a
sso* !
nation T i*») >'i
Kfitr r.or-'i.
into class rooms and the rlak of lira
thereby reduced; whilst doors on
either side would admit of the almost Instantaneous emptying of the
ground floor.
On the second floor a wide balcony
on the interior of the square would
provide similar access, or escape,
without Interfering with external
architectural beautiflcation. There is
absolutely no need to take valuable
park land for the high or public
school. The existing ground is sul-
llclent and, Mr. Trapp notwithstanding, every facility of light, heating,
floor space, classrooms, and safely
can be fully provided for, without re
duclng to any extent the- playground
already existing on the site now usi*d
for the public and high school.
/aay'iy yj*t*l
for £30;
at y»>r«. on tha t>-
I aai
-:-itl*fVtc»i*y t.
f four -ivn*-;"'.!
>m* Sir,
3   f-'tliitVll/-
> th* Uauii, »"'! a
vaa forward.)! to you
r.hiof CaohUr.
It has been quietly whispered .from    mouth    to    mouth    amongst the
"elect"  that  "Mr.  Cotsworth  never   HAD been employed by the Bank of
England.    The reproduction of above letter
the coffin being propared for clique monopoly.
Will nail another lie to garnish
n now I
lot be I
"and ,^__^^^^___
Bltv. and its elected re»r£
teis'no certalnt"-' even
that more irregularities many not
discovered. The worfc done has been
great, but NOTHING to that which
might have been, had the ex-Mayor
done his duty and assisted his successor.
Mayor Lee has shown qualities far
beyond those expected of him by his
supporters and the people generally;
his administrative ability, his oratorical power, his business intellect, his
retentive memory, his honesty of purpose, even his very mistakes, are such
as go to prove to the honest, unbiased, patriotic elector—that In John A.
Lee they have a man strong to defend
fearless in attack, Keen sighted and
watchful, earnest and sincere; a man
loyal, to the bottom of his heart, on
behalf of the advancement of progress and all that tends to the improvement and prosperity of the Royal
Th Citizen considers it has done a
public duty in placing these public
matters before the people; there has
been no animus against Mr. Trapp
as a citizen. But if he has joined himself with a clique or 'interests to control the city's affairs without respect
to the supreme interests of the citi-
ttens, then he must bear the sternest
- criticism of all public spirited people.
Our only regret is, that Mr. Trapp
cannot be found a place on the alder-
. manic board, where we are satisfied he
would be a tower of strength and
heartily support THE MAYOR IN HIS
I ON frU tfuur*ot«r of the Mayor,
was brought out at the opera house
when Mr. Lee so strongly defended
the council as a body. Loyalty to his
colleagues, did not permit of his referring to the various unpleasant episodes which are within the memory
of every ratepaper.
Par the reverse; for the Mayor went
•ut of his way to pay a highly eulogistic compliment, to one of the aldermen who has on several occasions ex
ceeded the bounds of courtesy, or civic 1 dent by the movement of his mouth
decorum. Mayor Lee did not minim- j but it was only an occasional word
ize the amount of work done notwitli- Uhat could be heard amidst the shouts
)f "go home, sit down, speak your-
standing,   but   came   out  straight   In
praiae ot the conduct of af.'iim in tlitu
».v«c,«-«T.«i«<-m   lapMUiunk   w*l«e»\   Vie
AUlennuu   .lurrtl,,.-   Is   tVie   "iCSt   Cl*
man of the board of works the city
ever had." Give honor where honor
If) due is the Mayor's motto; and there
la little doubt that the people will
agree with the cry of one (said to be
a. relative of ex-Ma/or Keary) who
shouted out, "Take off your hat to
John A. Lee and you'll' be all right."
...» ,»elf Trapp.  hiM-eg and   booing."
n\.i \«fter time tlie Mayor'* hand went uj,
ilr-   ns also Mr. Trapp's, and a second oi
An Outsider's Opinion of Trapp's
Mr. Trapp through his agent and
about a month ago, engaged the
opera house for last night's meeting.
There was a good audience present,,
and there was some amount of opposition, which arose apparently from
the feeling of disgust, inspired by the
convener of the meeting putting up
speaker after speaker instead of taking the platform himself as he was
frequently called upon to do.
The feeling generally expressed was
that he realised his Impotence and
was playing dirty tactics.
Mayor Lee spoke briefly and the
seme of the meeting was most clearly In his favor.
Mr. George Kennedy, chairman of
the Liberal Association, wts then introduced to the audience by Mr.
Trapp, not by the chairman.
The people present Immediately became antagonistic, for the platform
was occupied by aldermanic and
school trustee candidates waiting an
opportunity to speak, whilst the
ratepayers evidently wanted to hear
them and the mayoralty candidate.
It was not the time for a candidate
to SPEAK BY DEPUTY. It was impossible to hear whether it was a
Liberal address, a report of the wonderful things done by Mr. Kennedy
(according to his own account) whilst
In Ottawa, or merely whether Mr.
Trapp had a cold an-l so was speaking by deputy.
For some twenty minutes Mr. Kennedy continued  talking as  was evi-
silence would follow. Mr. Kenned.-
remained Immovable, notwithstanding
the hint was conveyed to him that his
views were not desired by the audience starting the  National  Anthem.
Mr. Kennedy at la*- sat down and
Mr. Trapp came to the front repeat*
Ing the tactics of the previous night,
posing a la citizen as the straw man
and giving the usual patter of tin'
auctioneer. He then attempted t<>
get back at Mayor Lee by distorting
the Mayor's statements and mlsre
presenting his remarks In the most
unblushing manner.
A patient hearing was vouchsafed
the candidate but the audience was
not in harmony with the man who,
whilst pretending he was undecided,
had already arranged for the use of
the public halls—over a month previously.
The controversy which has arisen
regarding the enlargement of our
nchools does not seem to be one of
such extraordinary difficulty as the
Mayor's opponent would make It appear. The present site of the high
school occupies some five acres of
land and there appears to be little
dlffieulty In utilising the existing high
school frontage as the principal feature of a large and Imposing structure
of two or even three storieg which
would provide ample accommodation
(ot the public school on the ground
floor and the high school scholars upstairs.
There is an immense amount of
ground absolutely wasted at the present time; and If two or more wings
were built, running northwards from
the present frontage, allowing a large
open square Inside and an auditorium
in tho front there would be little, If
any, need to take up more ground
space than Is already used by the two
educational buildings.
Mr. Trapp has been FORCED, ha
tells the electorate, to enter the
mayoralty campaign. HE therefore
cannot be expected to have any special general Interest in public affairs,
much as he may desire to be the victor.
Mr. Lee on the contrary is running
from a sense of public duty. He received the mandate of the people to
carry out their will as regards reform;
protection of all civic Interests and
guarding the city water supply from
Many an election has been LOST
by the belief that the candidate wnn
secure. It is for the taxpayers to see
that their Interests are SAFEGUARDED by getting EARL"? TO THE POLL.
Run no risk of a snatch victory. Vote
yourself and then ascertain thai everyone of Mayor Lee's supporters la
brought up to the poll as early as possible,
Bat  in a IiIkIi backed
Bx-KIng Bill 	
Oil which, he'd once sal in stale,
And furiously puffed a black cigar
As he frowned
i'er   e
Ho thought of the
' gl
<>ry he
a had
Till Lee ton- aw
fllH   cl'i
He though of  r. \
'enge, an
d hi
iw  to
His standing in
Bbc-King Bill grew
rat by,
as 0'
er his
Came thought 1
this cruel wrong.
lie  almost had  Ii
a   dir>
's job
Through the fo
of the
The problem wsj, to regain a place
Where his masters ha could Bervs,
And ensure again his salary large
From the B. C. E, R. reserve!
Rut suddenly Bill, sprang to the Moor
And his visage bright did glow.
lie flung the cigar far out In the street
Then he chuckled soft and low!
"Eureka," he cried, "I've solved it at
"I can pull the wool o'er the people's
"They won't get to know - until Ui
I've lots of friends let still, 1 trow,
Some surely must stand In well.
Perhaps  Welsh   might   run,  If  not,
why there's Trapp,
Auctioneer, and gentleman—Swell!"
Then, I'll  be the nikn    "behind    tho
Play the B. C, 'Lectrlc well,
Trapp will be Mayor! But what shall
I care?
For   we're   Tilllcums;   we   won't
So Trapp he ran,
For Trapp was the man;
Whom Keary had doped so well!
But Trapp he lost!
For sharp was the frost;
On the Keary crowd that fell.
For Lee's the man
Who will and can;
Ring out monopoly's knell!
He'll still lie Mayor,
These two wings could be divided I Though Keary may swear!
off by movable iron doors or screens • But, the clty'll be governed—Well! THURSDAY,    JANUARY   12,    1911,
.»• <t. ••• ••■
■#•  —
••• Tammanylsm   cursed   New
•* York; the Rulo of the    Ring
— was a barrier for years in this
••• city's road to prosperity.   Lee
••• upset the Ring;  that's    why
••• Keary supports Trapp.    Just
••• remember this when you go to
••• vote.
out and bring the others in. His
election already Is assured, but
make the majority so decisive that
corporation lniluciicc in this city will
bo dead for all time. Remember tho
vote you cast for Lee today is a big
factor in the future prosperity and
freedom of New Westminster,
"Today's the day, Dorgan," remarked Murphy to his friend as they
met outside the city hall where Char-
He and Bob and Walter and Nels and
Cooksley and Paige and Keary had
just got in early to cast their votes
for Trapp before the rest of the city
happened along to vote for Lee.
"What day d'ye mane,?" growled
Dorgan, as, out of the tail of his eye,
he watched George Adams trying to
persuade a British subject named Ole
Oleson that they both came from the
same "hlelan' brae."
"Why iliction day, *o be sure," smiled Murphy.
"Iliction day," sniffed Dorgan, who
seemed to have a grouch under his
third vest button, "an who the dlvil
cares If It is?"
"It's moighty short an' snappln' ye
are', complained Dogan. "What's matter wid ye?"
"Mather indade!    Wouldn't ye  be
sore yerself if ye'd spoilt yer ballot?"
"An' how   did   you   manage to do
"Oi made a blunder an' marked it
fer Trapp."
"Oh, never d'ye moind that, Dogan"
comforted Murphy. -'Sura 'tlsn't
much harrum clone afther all. It
only manes he'll git sixteen instead
av seventeen outside his relashuns;
then, to be sure he's a nice little bit
av a man if he knew how to get Into-
betler company.
"Yes, I suppose ye're right Murphy."
"But tell me Dogan," queried his
friend, "why do they call that booncti
of imytashuns in the Rile Agrycul-
shural an' Indoosthrlal Sasslety the
Boord av Conthrol?"
"Because Keary conthrols thim, av
course. Now an' agin wan av the
crowd does happen to joomp out av
line, but Bill gives the disthress sig-
na aln' misther man prances back
Into harness ready to do all the parlor tricks he's been taught. Ye
molght misbelave they conthrol
somethin', but they don't—they can't
Bill K. does all the conthrollin' on
that boord. He conthrolled the Rile
Agryculshural etcetery till he's conthrolled It into about $6000 av debt;
he conthrolled the city hall till he
conthrolled himself out av the same,
an' now he's conthrollin' Trapp out
av about 700 av a majority that's
goin' fer Jawny Lee. When poor
Misther Trapp goes home, to think It
over this night he'll have about all
he raley needs av Bill Keary's con-
Lee stands for the People against
"The Ring."
Trap has mortgaged a life long
record of honest Citizenship to
Kcnrylsm.. It's Ills one big mistake.
Ono of the best urguments In favor of John A. Leo Is thfc fact (hut
the Dolly Mews opposes Ills re-election.
W. II. Keary would have stood
for mayor tills year had lie thought
tho people would have slood for W.
II. Hoary. Don't bo hoodwinked into voting for the man whose chances
of election ho litis blasted by lending blin tho support of the Keary
As u school trustee Mr. Trapp lias
been n decided succcs; as president
of the R. A. and I. S. lie has done
himself and tho city honor, but ns
Mayor of New Westminster under
HtMiry auspices he is an utter impossibility.
Work for Leo. Vote for Lee. When
you liave Voted Early yourself get
The opera house rang with the loud
and prolonged plaudits of the audience
when Mr. J. A. Lee rose last night
and stood before them to defend his
conduct as mayor for the past year
and ask for another term of office.
He said Mr. Trapp, last night, very
dramatically held up a copy of the
"Citizen" and asked him, "Do you accept the responsibility for this paper?
I said, 'Yes, certainly, and I will stand
back of it." Here Mr. Lee held up a
copy of the Daily News and addressing Mr. Trapp said, "Are you prepared to accept the responsibility for that
Mr, Trapp—Not all of it.
Mr. Lee—Oo you agree with it?
Mr. Trapp—Sometimes!
Mr. Lee—Will you stand    by
parts directed against me in it.
Mr. Trapp—NO, sir.
Mr. Lee—I knew very well when I
asked Mr. Trapp that he would say
No!    He is too much of a gentleman
to approve of that stuff printed in that
paper   during   this   campaign   and   1
don't believe any lady or gentleman
in the audience    would    accept     or
.stand by it.
No Personalities But Pertinent
Mr. Lee again repudiated most emphatically the idea that his criticisms
were directed against any one's character  or   reputation   personally.     He
again  urged  Mr.  Trapp  to  tell    the
uulience who had forced him out of
his seclusion  to  oppose  the speaker.
No doubt Mr. Trapp would refer them
to the large'y signed petition.    If so,
he would ask Mr. Trapp who promoted, that petition, and  who promoted!
'the promoters" of that petition. He '
would further ask Mr, Trapp,  if he
were   elected,   tomorrow,   would   the
same   "force"    bo   used   upon   blvo   in
IoivIIuk    with     the    U-IYiUi-H    oC    tYie    e-Vty
hall. New Westminster, as had "fore-
id" him into this campaign. Amidst
m outburst of applause Mr. Lee put
his final interrogatory, "Does Mr.
Trapp conscientiously consider that
our Mayor should be subjected to or
dominated by any anonymous force?
"Force," proceeded the. Mayor, "was
considered a splendid breakfast food,
but, as the motive power for a mayoralty candidate or a mayor, it was not
very desirable.
Only Against Hie Methods.
lie, Mr. Lee, had been severely criticised, in certain sections, for die
statements be had made on Tuesday
night in connection with two institutions of their city. These two Institutions he had a hifrh regard for, and
would assist to the best of his ability
if they kept out of municipal politics and run as independent public
institutions. Their business, however,
was conducted behind closed doors
ind the public had a right to know
what they were doing, and how they
were dealing with public money. If
he board of control of the Agricultural Society differed, and took sides,
they had no means of knowing what
those sides were and their different
dews. It had been said that he had
itta ked most viciously the ladies
and gentlemen of the hospital. That
was a falsehood and Mr: Trapp, as a
fair minded man, would tell the
ludlence there was no personality in
it. He cared not if they sent one, two
ir a dozen to investigate anything
that transpired in tne city ball last
year, Mr. Cotsworth, or Mr. Trapp, or
anybody else. He did not criticise,
nor cast any suspicion upon any individual. Alluding to the audit he
said It was the greatest question before the council this year. There were
lots of things in that audit he did not
understand. Some frankly, he did not
igree with. If there was anything
wrong in the management of affairs
the people responsible for that mismanagement should be criticised and
if they had done wrong they should
be censured for It.
He stood for the completion of the
audit, for a thorough investigation of
the affairs of New Westminster, and
that the people should be made conversant with the details of the work
In the financial, land, public, works
or any other department of the city
He would like Mr. Trapp when he
addressed the meeting to say, whether
he stood for a thorough, open, and
impartial consideration of the auditors report. Mr. Trapp had taken
no issue whaever with him on the
policy he had adopted during the past
He had been informed that Mr.
Trapp had expressed his opinion that
the audit was one ot the worst things
that had ever happened in the city
of New Westminster. He did not
know whether he had made that statement If that was his conviction, let
him tell the people so, and then they
might have some issue to go before
them with. If he was not responsible
for it, then he presumed they both
stood on the same platform in regard
to it.
We are going to the polls tomorrow to exercise the franchise. He
only asked them to consider his record for the past year, and what he
had announced for this year, and
consider very gravely the best Interest of New Westminster. The past
year and the one now running were
the crucial times in the development
of the city. Vote for New Westminster; not for .Trapp; not for John A.
Lee; but for New Westminster!
In conclusion Mr. Lee trusted they
would pardon anything harsh that
had been said in ths campaign. He
had not the slightest ill feeling, am*
he knew Mr. Trapp would not countenance anything that reflected personally upon him; and he would not
countenance anything that' reflected
upon Mr. Trapp, They were both
citizens of the same city, and both
looking to the same end.
Mr. Lee sat down accompanied by-
loud and prolonged cheering. There
was no mistaking the sentiment of
the audience.
•V.,,,    ,,,-„    oltl    Ti-n-tVior    Wmfttm,"
|     The young man said,-
'"Arid  you're  out   of   the     mayoralty
But you've put up another
to  run  in  your stead.
00 you   think that    is      perfectly
"In  my youth,"  Father William  replied to the boy,
1 learned how to prosper in life;
I've done FAIRLY well, and I    find
lots of joy
In the civic political strife."
"You are old," said tne youth,
As  1  mentioned  before,
And  YOUR  thoughts should  not  be
Of THIS earth;
Yet you want to get in, by the civic
back door,
How much is THAT privilege worth?"
"There are THINGS that you don't
understand, my dear boy,"
The father replied to the lad,
"You do not expect ME to part from
all joy
And the present regime makes me
"I have said you ARM OLD!
And I stick to the same;
In  fact, you are QUITE out of date;
Don't you know that the folks are all
on to your game?
You'll discover it when it's too late."
"Your questions," the old man replied, "make me tired,
I'll elect my old friend, if I can!
And if I can just get that 'editor
I'll b i a much happier man.
- Mr. Trapp said last night that he
would not be sorry if he were not
elected today. Thus everybody will
be happy. _(
Although the mass meeting at the
opera house last evening was called
by Mr. T. J. Trapp, who is opposing
Mayor Lee in the race for the mayoralty, and was supposed to be in his
interests it developed into about as
enthusiastic a Lee meeting as if that
gentleman had monopolized the whole
of the time.   His Worship spoke first
and the reception he received satisfied even the last lingering doubters
that he was solid with   the     silent,
thinking mass of electors who hold
the balance of power.   The results of
today's election  for mayor  for  1911
are no longer in doubt and Mayor Lee
Is expected to be    returned with a
sweeping majority.
From  Mr.  Trapp's  standpoint  the
meeting was in the nature of a fiasco.
The chairman of the    meeting,  Mr.
Henry Hoy, seemed unable to handle
a meeting of that nature successfully.
He could not make himself heard and
consequently the crowd only laughed
at him, and paid no attention to his
pantomlne which might have    been
interpreted to mean that he desired
them to keep better order.   Then too,
Mr.. Trapp was unfortunate in his selection of a champion of his cause. Mr.
George Kennedy,  president    of    the
Liberal Association, attempted to fill
that position but fell down woefully.
It  took  him  nearly ten  minutes  to
warm up to what he Intended to say
and by that time his voice could not
be heard above the shuffling of feet,
laughter and other methods by which
the crowd indicated their impatience.
The meeting developed Into a burlesque;  but still the speaker held to
his course and refused to take the hint
and retire.   When the strains of the
well-known song, "We won't go home
till morning," came swelling through
the building to the noisy accompaniment of the tramping of feet, it required the good offices of Mayor Lee
to restore order.   Not long after that
the crowd started singing "God Save
the King," and Mr. D. S. Curtic, who
acted as chairman of Mr. Lee's meeting   on   Tuesday  evening,   intervened
from his place amongst the audience
an"    appealed   to    tYv«    crowd    to    Blv«
Mr.   Trapp  uttereft     hla  nrst  taint,
word   of  attempted   criticism   of  the
civic administration of the past year
last  evening,   but  his  attempted   arraignment of Mayor Lee's actions and
policy fell far short of the mark. He
endeavored  to create the impression
that Mayor Lee was an American and
to convict him of the crime of Insincerity  because  of his polished  style
of oratory,  but the crowd  evidently
failed to see the matter In the same
light.    He failed Ignomlnously in his
attempt and also failed to free his
skirts from the suspicion of connec-,
tion  with  the   "interests"   which  he
admitted had forced him to take the
But Mayor Lee clinched the meeting and made it solidly his by the
posers he fired at his opponent in the
form of questions which that gentleman was unable to satisfactorily answer, and, indeed, did not try. "Is this
your paper?" he queried, holding the
Daily News in front of Mr. Trapp,
"and do you accept what appears In
it?" "If you are elected will the
same force be used upon you In dealing with the affairs of Hew Westminster as forced you into this campaign?" "Are you in favor of the
audit?" "If elected will you stand
for an impartial and open consideration of the auditor's report?" These
and other questions set the audience
thinking! and after them Mr. Trapp
maintained the silence of a Sphinx.
For Mayor Lee, this ovation signalled the close of what is generally be-
believed to be the last efforts of the
"Interests" to regain control In the
city of New Westminster by ousting
Mayor Lee from the mayoral chair.
Vote for Lee, the man who was absent when the great fire occurred, but
RETURNED   to   the   town   notwith
Vote for the man who returned to
the Royal City Immediately after the
great fire and has assisted In its development ever since.
Vote for Lee and satisfy yourselves
as to the Good Will <ti the Aldermen,
, particularly their ABILITY to safeguard the city's Interests. THE CITIZEN.
THURSDAY,   JANUARY   12,   1911.
...    .   .
Acting Chairman of Finance Commit-
tee Offers Criticism Only of Him-
eelf in Attacking Lee.
It was up to Mr. Welsh to Give Effect
to Mr. Cotsworth's Financial
Mr. Cotsworth, the city auditor,
taking exception to alderman Welsh's
vapourings at the ratepayers' meeting,
on Monday night, at tne opera house,
has published the following statement:
"The letter in question wa* personally delivered to Alderman.Welsh as
as the then acting chairman of the
finance committee because in1 my report I had made clearly public the
duty of the finance eom«ilttee to provide such funds in ample time—-clearly, therefore, if even the Mayor had
been in any degree remiss, it *\aa the
duty of the finance committee to have
notified the Mayor at least some
months before. Therefore that letter
was an Indictment of the finance committee and those aldermen who had
prevented that vital part of the auditor's recommendations from being
duly <arried into effect.
"But reference to sections 142 and
143 of the report demonstrates conclusively that it was impossible for
the Mayor and Council to prepan
adequate estimates before the a«sess
ment date arrived, because the arrear."
of office work prever.td the previous
years' accounts from being completed
in time,—and even after the laU
treasurer had completed them I discovered no less than (86,131.34 of old
accounts which had been wrongly ex-
"~ "That   $86,131.34     practically    accounts for the $96,843.71 my letter or
December 19 insisted upon the counci
providing, and consisted of debts contracted beyond their powers (as limit
ed by section 67 of   the   Municipa'
Clauses Act) by the Mayor and Councils before Mayor Lee came into office
"Further   paragraphs   146 to 14f
conclusively prove that no less than
$173,603.86   of  debts   we're   illegaillv
left by the Keary Administration t<
be provided for out of last year's am'
the coming year's revenue. Therefor*
beyond all possibility of cavil the 190f
mayor and council are. entirely re
sponsible for the city's present flnan
cial plfght,    which    neither   Mayo-
Lee's nor any other adimlntetratior
could tide over by any other than th*
practical business means Mayor Leadened as a last resort when the finance committee had failed to m«e<
the necessity. "
It is desirable that the electors clearly show their views
on public matters in the present election.
Many voters have long distances to come but their vote
is of equal value to that of
the rich merchant,    in  their
Owners of rigs and automobiles arc invited to give the
use of them to the Friends of
Progress and place them at the
disposal of Mayor Lee at. his
committee  room  today.
John A. Lee, the Proves
seeks election as The People
ridicule unfairly a reporter of    The'
British Columbian in a most uncalled
tar   ud   unluat   m<*.nn»r.       Ito   nccmnmrt
"easy" in connection with a grant of
$2500 to the Y. M. C. A.    The report
made no comment on the generosity
of the B. C. E. R. in this matter.   In
i preceding paragraph,  Mr.  Trapp's
remarks at Sapperton on the question
)f the extension of the B. C. E. R.
tramlines were reported as follows:
"The extension of the B. C. B. R.
tram lines in the city, Mr.    Trapp
promised to obtain.   He had been informed by Assistant General    Manager F. R. Glover that the city lines
had    shown    a deficit of $7000 last
year, but Mr. Trapp thought that this
mould be no deterrent to the building
of other city lines.   He believed that
inything could be got from the B. C.
13. R. If they were gone after In a
gentlemanly manner.
Mr. Trapp's actual remarks were,
"Anything can be obtained from the
B. C. E. R. if they are gone after in
i gentlemanly manner. The subheading to this paragraph was "The
B. C. E. R. Easy."   There was thus no
sive People's candidate, who
'g Mayor, 1911.
attempt to make light of the donation
of the B. C. E. 11. in connection with
t.*to Tf. 1st. Oi  A. w"tttt»l» wn» repnrln4 In
IV  tulCCC-'OlllB   pui-ttRTni.tl.
Much whs made of this by Mr.
Trapp. His apologies are due to the
reporter of The. British Columbian for
his unfair criticisms and slurring personal remarks.
Mr. Trapp said the other night that
he was practically forced to run. This
is too bad In a free country, but Keary
was always tyrannical.
Sec. 67. That the Keary admlnls
tration left $86,431.34 of old account-
owing by the city,       *      1 <#WP
Sec. 146. That the 1909 council
unfairly left "dragging liabilities"
(which should nev r have been permitted) as below to be borne b*
Mayor Lee's council:
Loan from Bank ..... .... $68,017.60
Overdraft from Bank    60,121.28
Unpaid accounts    66,364.86
He was evidently told to
say nothing! and he obeyed
his orders.
He never mentioned that he
had a single idea of his own,
but contented himself with
personalities and market
Square Talk!
A dirge to be sung to drum music
(drums muffled) very staccato.
(By   the   local   Laureate).
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet wltn a great mishap
He cannot fill the mayoral gap,
So clap for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet with a great mls-
Palge cannot till the mayoral gap.
So clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet with a   great
Keary can't fill the mayoral gap,
So clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp.
The man to meet with a   groat   mls-
Cooksfey can't till the mayoral gap,
So clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet with a   great   mis-
Gilley can't fill the mayoral gap.
So clap—for Trapp.
at**, clap, clnP i0*?™™'^    mtB-
Thp innn t.> meet with ft    ffreai
hap, ,   _„„
Welsh cannot fill the mayoral gap,
So clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet with a   great   mishap,
Adams can't fill the mayoral gap,
So clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet with a   great   mishap,
Jardine can't fill the mayoral gap,
So clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,
The man to meet with a   great
I     hap, . _.„
"  Reich cannot fill the mayoral gap,
$0 clap—for Trapp.
Clap, clap, clap for Trapp,        _
The most unfortunate sacrificed man,
He cannot fill the mayoral gap,
But Mayor Lee can.
Supporters of the campaign for Citizen's Control of
Municipal Affairs and no on tside influence should mark
their ballot as shown hereon.
Total $173,603.74
N.B.—This amount of debt left as a
legacy to Mayor Lee and the 1910
council, exceeded the estimated taxe*
for that year by $48,603.86 and left
NOTHING available for current expenditure.
Mr. T. J. Trapp, who claims to be
qne of the most honorable men In the
city, which Implies fair dealing and
fair criticism, went out of his way at
)g«|: sight's meeting to  attack    »nd
I     Visit John A. Lee's com mittee room, Collister block,
\ Columbia street, if you desire any information.
John A. Lee has stood by
you, now is your chance to
stand by him. Remember the
thousands of dollars he has
saved to the city while In office and swamp Keary and the
Elect   Trapp   and the city •••
will revert to B. C. Eiectrlclsm. •••
Re-elect Lee and the B. C. E. •••
R. will    come to terms with •••
New Westminster.    The com- •••
pany Is waiting   for this final •••
expression  of public opinion; •*
give it to them straight. •••
••» 'It ?!• ••••*••• .»> .#• •*■> •*• •*• •♦• ••• '•• HN •*


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