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Weekly News Digest and Journal of   Observation and Comment.
Vol. I.
Number 17
"'""^toere is a perfectly good understanding be-
twe .i^mier Bowser and his subsidized press as to
how Mr. Brewster's writ, against Attorney-General
Bowser is to be treated and represented, is quite apparent from a comparison of the Premier's speeches
and the organs' references on the subject. Both are
in hearty and significant accord in ignoring entirely
one distinct and important feature of the writ- that
which calls Attorney-General" Bowser to account for
illegally paying over six million dollars to the P. G. E.
Ry. Co. "and deliberately misrepresenting that feature
upon which they have elected to dwell the reference
to the competent authority of the courts of the vital
question of the validity or otherwise of the greater
part of the last session of the Legislature.
In a sample Government reference to the subject,
Sunday, the News-Advertiser says: "Mr. Brewster's
writ was intended to give the Government trouble
and, especially to create financial difficulty for the
Ministry. It has given the business people through
the Province uneasiness and inconvenience, and probably has caused some loss of private credit. * * *
Some think that the writ was only a fool business.
Others, who have felt or expect to feel its effects, take
it more seriously. Most serious Liberals find it bad
politics, and many agree with Mr. Ralph Smith that
Mr. Brewster cannot expect the party to excuse the
proceeding since the party was not consulted. Mr.
Brewster himself has tried to implicate Mr. Bowser in
his scheme by inviting him to assist" in getting the
matter before the courts. The Attorney-General has
wisely left Mr. Brewster to 'skin his own skunks,' as
some of our neighbors across the border would say.
* * * If Mr. Brewster could destroy the legislation
of the session and hold up the business of the Province,
he would be responsible for the whole mischief."
As opposed to this querulous, evasive, and dishonest way of treating Mr. Brewster's writ as the creation
of a previously non-existent problem, just as if one
should blame a doctor's diagnosis for producing the
disease, we have the following direct and straightforward statement on the subject given out by Mr. Brewster himself, last week, in Vancouver: ''My object in
appealing to the courts is to set at rest any doubt that
may exist as to the legality of acts passed since March
14th. My object is not to cast doubt on any such legislation, but to have its validity put beyond question,
The doubt is not of my creation, but was created by
the Attorney-General when he expressed from his seat
in Parliament his uncertainty~as to the date when the
life of the Legislature terminated. The uncertainty
continues to exist, and will continue to exist until it is
removed once and for all by a decision of the courts.
It would be folly to expect that it will not be taken advantage of by every powerful interest adversely affected by recent legislation. It is entertained by leading
counsel for financial interests and affects a great body
of legislation. Prompt steps were necessary if we
were to avoid confusion and chaos, and substitute confidence and complete certainty.' This I have undertaken to do by bringing the question before the courts.
Had the Attorney-General accepted my suggestion to
refer the issue when it first arose to the Court of Appeal, then in session at Victoria, we would have had
their decision at once. He refused, preferrring to
travel over the Province accusing me of seeking to
cause delay. Without his sssistance such a reference
is impossible. * * * * Once more I invite him to
join me in an immediate reference of the questions in
dispute. My object is to establish the validity of the
challenged legislation, if it is indeed valid, and to provide a speedy remedy if it is not.    Will he accept?"
Mr. Brewster also dealt again with another most
serious and vital point, purposely ignored by the head
of the Government and his journalistic echoes, as follows: "The plea that, even if invalid, the legislation
can be validated next session is, of course, absurd. The
next Legislature must be elected under the new 'Elections Act' passed since March 14th, and, if that act is
invalid, any Legislature elected under it will be a
nullity. Its members can have no more powers than
the man in the street. They can validate nothing. It
is equally absurd to say that the matter is one for the
polls, not the courts. If the 'Elections Act' is unconstitutional, so are the polls. We are face to face with
embarrassing conditions which must be seriously dealt
In trying to account for the weak, unworthy, irresponsible and dangerous attitude and course which the
Bowser Government, backed by its professional apolo-
nists on the platfrrm and in the press, have deliberately taken up and evidently intend to pursue in this
matter, we must never forget that the Government,
by its systematic" deception and ignoring of the Legislature, by its violation of the explicit  enactments   of
(Continued on Page Two)
In a moment of weakness and all too evident weariness (you can fairly hear the yawn crack), one of the
relay of press bureau journalists attached to Premier
Bowser's preliminary campaign party, which has been
touring the Northern Country for the past fortnight,
thus unburdens himself, through the Vancouver Province of a recent issue: "Hon. W. J. Bowser has now
reduced his remarks for the purposes of this trip to a
standard speech. If time permits, and time is remarkably kind in the long days of the northern summer,
the Premier touches on the attractive spots of recent
legislation, paying particular attention to mining and
farming, according to the pursuits followed by the
community he is addressing. Some times he refers to
the plugging scandal, and some times he does not
Always he sounds the optimistic note; always he refers to the alleged blue ruin speeches of 'My friend
Mr. Brewster;' always he concludes with the eighteen-
million-dollar writ, which is a sore touch with the
northern people. By the time he has finished, it is not
the Premier's fault if he has not convinced the audience that Mr. Brewster is a reckless, dangerous individual who acts first and thinks afterwards, whose
chief legal adviser is Honest John Oliver, and who had
better be left at home anyway."
There you have it���(murder will out!)���on the
voluntary confession of one of the hired Government
press agents right on the job���the sum and substance,
the gist, the concentrated quintessence, of the "standard speech" handed out by Premier Bowser on this
preliminary tour round the country, which we were
informed, through this same press bureau, at the
outset, was "in no sense political." Beginning with
"attractive spots of recent legislation," which it is not
explained, of course, were cribbed bodily from the
Liberal platform and licked into shape by the Opposition in the House���supported along its wobbly length
by references to the .Government created "plugging
scandal" -upheld about the sway-backed middle by a
big Bowser balloon inflated with "optimistic note"
hot air���projected across bottomless stretches of
rotten Government finance on a poisonous cloud of
asphyxiating gas about "allegea blue ruin opeeches of
my friend Mr. Brewster," and references to "the
eighteen million dollar writ"���and concluding with a
slanderous caricature of Mr. Brewster as "a reckless
and dangerous individual," who had "better be left
at home anyway" -is it not a perfectly characteristic
and true to life "moving picture" of a Bowser political
speech which is '.'in no sense political."
That we should have to thank the hired Government press bureau for at once the definition and this
delectable epitome of a Bowser "standard speech," is
one of those things that the gods vouchsafe only once
so often.   Let us be thankful.
Considerable comfort is taken these times by the
Bowser party and press, from the Premier down, from
the fact that Mr. Ralph Smith, at one time political
Labor leader in this Province, but for a good many
years prominently associated with the Liberal party
both in Federal and Provincial affairs, and some
months ago given a place on the Provincial Liberal
ticket for the city of Vancouver, has seen fit, in the
exercise of his right as an Individual in a free country,
to dissociate himself from his leader, Mr. H. C. Brewster the duly elected leader of the Liberal party of
British Columbia on a matter of policy���to wit, the
taking out of the much debated writ against Attorney-
General Bowser, and also because, as Mr. Smith is
understood to complain, that action was taken without
consulting the party.
Without laboring the last mentioned point (a leader
being chosen for leadership, and it being obviously
impracticable to call a party convention for every
question of tactical policy that might arise), Mr.
Brewster, we think, has furnished a sufficient answer
to both complaints, in his recent Vancouver statement,
where, after reciting the various steps that, as leader
of the Liberal party, he took in the Legislature to protect the people's interests against the encroachments
and illegal acts of the Attorney-General, as a member
of the McBride Government and as Premier in the
present Administration, he (Mr. Brewster) concludes:
"All these steps were necessarily taken without consultation with the Liberal party at large, but all and
singly, they received, I believe, the vigorous support
of every Liberal in British Columbia. Having been
foiled in my efforts on the floqr of the Legislature by
the Attorney-General and his subservient majority,
and failing to procure the intervention of the Lieut.-
Governor on behalf of the Province, I was forced
either to allow the Attorney-General to ignore the laws
of the Province and plunder the treasury at will, or to
resort to the courts of justice in a last effort  to  pre-
Lieut. F. J. MacKenzie, ex-M. L. A., is understood
to be too busy to join his battalion at Vernon just yet.
He has been making a tour of the district, "in no
sense political," to recruit a Kitchener platoon for the
A leading but anonymous Vancouver Conservative
took over a column of "interview" in the Province;
some days ago, to explain and apologize for the proposal to hold another nominating convention in Vancouver, shortly, to review and revise the Vancouvei
Conservative ticket for the Provincial general election
Mr. Bowser was quoted as desiring such action taken
���not that there was anything wrong with the present
ticket, but they just wanted to give the party a chance
to draw for something better.
The investigation that will be begun July 3rd, by Mr.
Justice Murphy as Commissioner, into ' the way the
Vancouver School Board has been spending the ratepayers' money promises disclosures of some political,
as well as educational and municipal, interest. Contributions to the Government campaign funds, it is
suggested, have incidentally been "sweated" out of
some of the contracts handled by the Board, which has
been sitting on the lid to prevent an investigation, but
the City Council has overridden the School Board in
the matter and has appointed Mr. Justice Murphy to
hold an investigation, as noted.
Premier Bowser, in what might be called a valedictory speech in the Legislature, said he was proud of
Hon. Thos. Taylor, Minister of Public Works, because
some $35,000,000 had passed through his hands and
not a dollar of it has been mis-applied. Is the Premier
trying to kid himself or amuse the public? In a few
days, Hon. Bowser is expected in this district making
campaign speeches. We hope he repeats that statement here, for we can show him plenty of evidence to
give the lie to his assertion. * * * * Will Bowser
dare to get up and tell the people of this district there
has been no mis-application of monies when they know
hundreds of thousands of dollars have been" appropriated for road work in this district and yet there is not
one good, properly made road in the whole country?���
Omineca Herald.
The Dominion Government has adopted the recommendations of the special committee of Parliament
which, last session, considered the revision of the war
pensions regulations. The present Pension Board of
the Militia Department has been authorized to adopt
the new scale and to make it retroactive, applying to
all pensions already granted since the outbreak of the
war. A permanent pension board, appointed for a
long period of years and removed from all political influence, will be named later, but meanwhile the present military board will apply the new regulations. The
new scale is considerably higher in the case of privates
and other ranks up to lieutenants than the scale adopted a year or so ago. Already there are about 5,500
names on the pension list, and, when all the casualties
so far incurred have been dealt with by the Pension
Board, it is estimated the total number of pensions
will'be up to the ten-thousand mark. By the time
the war ends, it is estimated that the yearly bill for
pensions will be fully $20,000,000.
vent an expenditure of the public moneys which the
Attorney-General himself admitted to be illegal. My
action (in issuing the writ) was but a culmination of
a series of acts which had received the warm approval
of the whole Liberal party. It involved no change of
principle, no deviation from the course which had
been unanimously approved by the Liberal party, and,
I have reason to believe, by every thoughtful elector
without regard to partv."
There is no evidence at all for the News-Advertiser's assertion, quoted elsewhere .(the wish being
merely father to the thought) that many Liberals
"agree with Mr. Ralph Smith" who has been featured and photographed and panegyrized by the Bowser
organs, however, in a way to show that they emphatically do agree with him and are profoundly grateful for his adventitious aid. As for Mr. Ralph Smith,
himself, we have no word of disparagement to offer.
It is matter for regret, both on his own account and
for the public good, that he should have Keen led at
such a time to isolate and practically efface himself
as an etiective factor in the crucial contest now on,
where all good men should bear their part, and where
there is in an especial sense no room for neutrals or
uiiddle-of-the-road men. Such fallings-by-the-way,
however, from one cause or another, are a continually
recurring phenomenon in all fields of action; but, the
obsequies bring said, the ranks close up, and the causo
marches on as before.
��' Page 2
New Westminster, B.C., June 30, 1916
Published every Friday from the Offices, 761 Carnarvon .Street,
New Westminster, B. C, by the Pacific Canadian Printing
& Publishing' Co-, Ltd.
GEO.  KENNEDY, - '- Editor and Manager
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There is an accepted and well authenticated saying
that dead fish go with the stream���only live ones make
headway against it. New Westminster, in the racy
vernacular of the day, must be "a live one;" for we
find, notwithstanding the stream of events has been
dead set against apparent progress for some time, that
the good old Royal City, on the banks of Father Fraser, refuses to drift with the stream, but rather utilizes
the dynamic and vitalizing current of its paternal and
patron river for civic advancement, industrially and
This is evidenced by the fact thaN at such a time
as the present, we have one important and extensive
new industry located and under construction on the
waterfront���the vegetable drying and evaporating
plant of the Canadian Products, Ltd.���and another not
less important and promising new enterprise, projected, with every prospect of materializing, in the shipbuilding yards and marine ways proposal of the Westminster Marine Railway Company, whose application
to the Department of Indian Affairs, Ottawa, for the
lease of Poplar Island as a site, was the subject of a
somewhat interesting discussion in the City Council,
at its last meeting, Monday night, when the question
came up in the form of a resolution calling for'the endorsement by the Council of the application for a lease
to the Indian Department of the Dominion Government.
Incidental to the question in chief of the desirability of granting the ten year lease of Poplar Island for
the purpose sought, which the Council unanimously
approved, some interesting difference of opinion developed as to the exact status and ownership of this
little island in the north arm of the Fraser, a short
distance below the Lulu Island bridge, officially marked on an Indian Office map as an Indian Reserve, and
as comprising 27.1 acres, though erosion may have accounted for more than the decimal since the alluvial
and arboreal islet was surveyed, in 1881 -the date of
allotment as an Indian Reserve, according to the records, by the late Gilbert Malcolm Sproat, Commissioner, being June 30, 1879.
The tradition, which appeared to have found firm
lodgment in some of the Aldermanic minds, that Poplar���not Popular���Island was in some sort or degree
a city possession, was probably begotten of the comprehensive assumptions underlying the proposals of a
former civic administration, which, in the language of
Job, "took up the isles as a very little thing" and contemplated making Poplar Island, the inalienable heritage of the redmen, into a sort of "breakfast food,"
some fine morning, for a leviathan of a suction dredge.
If it had been a proposal to purchase Poplar Island
by private parties, the City Fathers might well have
intervened to advance the city's prior claim, though
anyone who could suceed in getting title to an Indian
reserve at any rate, prior to the now soon expected
settlement by the Indian Lands Commission of the
conflicting Dominion and Provincial claims covering
all Indian reserves in the Province���would almost deserve the title for his pains. Obtaining a conditional
lease of the whole or part of an unused Indian reserve
is quite an ordinary and simple matter, however, and
prejudipes no interests; and the Council and Board of
Trade have undoubtely acted in the best interests of
the city in endorsing the application oi* the Westminster Marine Railway Company for a lease of Poplar
Island as a suitable site for a new and promising local
Continued from Page One
the Legislature, by its practically expressed contempt
for every constitutional sanction, as fully exposed during the recent session of the Legislature, has shown
itself to be utterly reckless and desperate so far as the
public interests are concerned, and only bent on carrying through certain schemes of railway and other confederates, at the public expense, even if it should involve complete public ruin. That, doubtless, is the key
to the Government's otherwise inexplicable and inexcusable behavior in this and other matters.
It is up to the people of Britisli Columbia, in the
pending general election, to decide whether they will
be betrayed by the Government campaign of evasion,
misrepresentation, and false issues into assisting, once
more and irrevocably, in their own undoing, or whether, in the elegant and expressive phrase of the junior
Matson organ, they will work out their own salvation
by helping Mr. Brewster "skin his skunks" and nail
their hides to the barn door, as was done so effectually
in the preliminary bout of the by-elections.
The press bureau which forms part of the entourage accompanying Premier Bowser on his present preliminary "triumphant tour" of British Columbia
chortles that "it is a matter of continued jocularity
among the members of the Premier's party that Liberal supporters carrying the standard of Mr. Brewster
can not be found. The playful Premier and his jocular
party had better enjoy themselves while they can.
When this little tour, which is "in no sense political,"
is over, and the real stern business of the campaign is
on, they'll likely get all they want of the Liberal
standar bearers, and probably won't feel in such a
state of "continual jocularity."
The Swedish trade journal Affarskarlden, representing the best business interests in Sweden, which are
naturally on account of close and beneficial trade relations friendly to Germany, recently printed a remark-
able editorial comment on the war, in which it says it
was time for the Swedes to realize that the outcome
can not he favorable to the Central Powers. The food
question, says the paper, will decide the war, and it
declares that "tin1 food situation in Germany is bad
and much worse than the Swedish people generally
think." "It is in this condition," adds the Swedish
journal quoted, "that we have the nearest reason for
the reckless offensive at Verdun and the vain attempt
of an offensive at sea."
The construction of steel houses to take the place
of the thousands of dwellings destroyed in the battle
territory in Belgium and northern France has been the
subject of negotiations between the Allied Governments and certain American manufacturers, says a
contemporary. Estimates as to the cost of lumber
showed that, if large numbers of houses of uniform
size and style could be made, steel would be a cheaper
and more satisfactory material than wood. It is not
anticipated that the structures would be occupied permanently, yet they must be sufficiently durable to last
an indefinite period, if needed. The proposed steel
houses are 22 feet by 24 feet in ground dimensions,
and 9 feet high. It is planned to make them available
for soldiers also.
Mr. H. C. Brewster, Liberal leader, was in Vancouver, last week, and gave out a statement correcting
the misrepresentations with regard to his writ against
Attorney-General Bowser, which Premier Bowser is
circulating all over the Province, while purposely delaying a settlement of the serious questions at issue.
"Once more I invite him (Mr. Bowser) to join in an
immediate reference of the questions in dispute," says
Mr. Brewster. "My object is to establish the validity
of the challenged legislation, if it is indeed valid, and
to provide a speedy remedy if it is not. Will he accept?
I venture to assert that he will prefer to seek political
capital by accusing me of the delay for which he alone
is responsible." Mr. Brewster also called attention to
the very significant fact that Premier Bowser was intentionally omitting any reference to the other and
main branch of the action which he had instituted -namely, the illegal over-payment of millions by
the Government to the'P.G.E.
According to the News, Prince Rupert, that city is
fortunate in its municipal administration, economically
and otherwise. "When Mayor McCail'ery and his
Council took office," says the News, "it was their intention to reduce civic expenditure to the minimum,
but the reports and estimates brought down on Monday
night must have exceeded the expectations of the most
sanguine. A tax rate of 8| mills net, on an assessment which has been reduced 7\ per cent., is a showing which must rank high in comparison with other
municipalities in this Province, in fact, the tax rate is
the lowest of any municipality in British Columbia.
To have effected a saving of $46,000 in the administration of the city's affairs is an achievement of which
any council might be justly proud. Taken in conjunction with the businesslike way in which the city's
bond issue was handled, this estimate for the year is
positive proof of the calibre of the men who have had
charge of our municipal affairs."
Among the other strictly non-political (!) functions
of the present Bowser & Co. barnstorming tour of ye
North Countree was the interesting side ceremony of
celebrating the provisional nuptials of Mme. the Hon.
Billiam Ross, Minister of Lands and Muskegs, Ferine
divorcee ( on account of incompatibility and "other
causes") to the patrician constituency of Prince
(sometime y'clept Fort) George. Papa Bowser arranged
the dowry of the desolate one and bought off the former favorite, Mile. Hamilton, "who retired," we are
told by the inspired chronicler who accompanied the
expedition, with his tongue in his cheek, "that his
district might have the distinction of having a Cabinet
Minister as its representative." Thus presented, we
are informed by the same veracious diarist, the unwanted of Fernie was "the unanimous choice of Prince
George" (poor George!) All will now go merrily as a
marriage bell until the cruel electors decline, perchance, to ratify this touching little frame-up. Pity
the sorrows of Mesdames the Carpet-Baggers and the
distracted Political Papa!
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New Westminster, B.C.,  June 23. 1916
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To-morrow is Dominion Daj���the 49th
anniversary of the Confederation of
The trial of .Sir Roger Casement, Irish
rebel, for high treason, ended Wednesday with conviction and the death sentence.
Your friends can buy any thing you
can give them���except your photograph.
Hurndall does fine work at 624 Columbia
St.      Phone 125R.
By a score of 4 runs to 0, the Fraser
Mill's baseball team defeated the Citv
nine, Tuesday evening, at yueen's Park,
incidentally winning their first game of
the season.
The city of Berlin, Ontario, has decided to change its name to Kitchener,
and the change will become effective as
soon as ratified by the Lieut.-Governor
in Council.
The school exams., which have been
in full swing in the city schools for two
weeks were closed to-day, and the schools
are now closed for the two months' summer holidays.
A great attraction at Brockton Point,
Vancouver, to-morrow, will be the big
lacrosse match, for patriotic funds, between the old time Vancouver and New
Westminster veterans of the game.
Dr. C. C. James, CM.G., M.A., I,I,.
D., F.R C, Dominion Agricultural Commissioner, died suddenly on a trolley car,
Friday evening last, while on his way
to St. Catharines, (Int.
The late Dr. George Kennedy, K. C,
of Toronto, law clerk of the Dominion
Department of Lands, Forests and
Mines, whose death occurred June 16,
was a brother of Mr. J. B. Kennedy and
of Mrs. Louis Williams, this city.
At the Council meeting, Monday evening, Aid. Bryson was, by resolution, appointed Acting Mayor during the absence
of Mayor Gray. Aid. Jardine, who presided at last Council meeting, also expected to be out of town   for some days.
Theodore Roosevelt decided that the
platform of Charles Evans Hughes, Republican Presidential candidate, was
good enough for him and finally declined
the Progressive nomination, on Monday
last, and strongly urged the Bull Moos-
ers to boost for Hughes.
Mr. Ralph Smith, it has transpired
since an article elsewhere was printed,
has been able to patriotically sink any
difference with Mr. Brewster on a matter of policy he may have expressed,
and will stand shoulder to shoulder in
the fight for good government, as usual.
The Westminster Marine Railway Co.,
assured of their application for a lease
of Poplar Island being granted, have already put a clearing gang to work on
the island. The total cost of plant, ways,
etc., whicli it is proposed to erect will
eventually, it is estimated, cost $70,000.
We are still doing Diisines.3 at tlie
old stand. If there is anything wy
can do for you in the plumbing, heating or sheet metal line, 'phone 586.
Mannering & MacKenzie will g^ve
your needs their immediate attention. ���
A Liberal rallv was held, Monday
evening, in the Liberal Club rooms,
Westminster Trust block, which was addressed by Mr. Patrick Donnelly, of
Vancouver, Mr. David Whiteside, local
Libera] candidate, and Mr. R. C. McDonald, president of the local association.
H. H. Lennie will be pleased to receive yonr application'for Fire Insurance. He represents good strong companies and can give you the best rates
possible. Delays are dangerous. Insure
now with EL H. Lennie, 657 Columbia
street, over Johnston's Shoe Store, New
Westminster, B. C. *
On all the European war fronts there
has been increased activity and progress
of late, with every indication that the
great concerted Allied advance that is to '
take the "germ" out of Germany is
speeding up. The toll of Auslro-German
prisoners to Russia now exceeds two
hundred thousand within a month.
It is a debatable and debated question
as to whether the statutory Saturday half
holiday that becomes effective on and
after July 1st (to-morrow), applies to
wholesale and retail liquor stores. The
City Solicitor has given an opinion in
the affirmative, but it will probably take
a test case to determine the question.
The second honor roll of (jueen's
Avenue Methodist Church, containing
forty-two names of members and adherents who have joined the colors, was unveiled at the evening service Sunday
last. The 104th Regiment paraded to
church. There was a large attendance,
Rev. W. W. Abbott conducting the service.
According to the order of the Railway
Commission, the Great Northern Railway Co. will operate their campers'
special train between Vancouver and
Blaine for the use of summer campers
>' along Semiahmoo Hay only during the
months of July and August. When this
train is not running, the express leaving
Vancouver for Seattle at 4 p.m. will stop
at Crescent as.well as at White Rock.
Pte. "Joe" Callahan, 124 Seventh st.,
son of Dr. M. J. Callahan, M.L.A. for
Cariboo, who went to the front with the
29th Battalion, has been killed in action
at the front, according to a wire received
Tuesday by his relatives. The young
man was well known and popular in this
city, lie was for some time an employee
of Anderson & Lusby's hardware store,
and was a close friend of Pte. "Bob"
Johnson, whose death al the front was
reported a few days ago.
Mrs. George DeBeck, of Kburne, was
entertained al a family dinner party,
Tuesday afternoon, at the home of her
granddaughter, Mrs. C W. Tait, 29 Columbia street, in honor of the one hundred and second anniversary ol her
birth. About thirty-five guests were
present, all relatives, Yesterday afternoon, a reception wan held in ber honor
at the home of another granddaughter,
Mrs. N. M. Matheson, 320 Third ave.,
when many friends aud acquaintances
were present,
New Westminster had a visit, Wednesday, from Sir Mackenzie Bowell,
veteran newspaperman and ex-Premier
of Canada, who came over from Vancouver with his son, J. M. Bowell, Collector of Customs. The aged Knight,
who is still looking hale and hearty,
though in his ninety-third year, called,
while in the city, on Mrs. Geo. DeBeck,
who lias just attained the even more remarkable age of 102 years.
They had a verv lively public meeting
in Vancouver, Wednesday night, which
backed up enthusiastically the action of
the City Council in appointing Mr. Justice Murphy to hold an investigation
into the devious politico-financial activities of the Vancouver School Board for
the past six years. The School Board
had again been trying to clamp the lid
down, but got blown sky-high, Wednesday night. There will be "something
doing" when the investigation gets
The high water mark in the Fraser so
far this year was reached on Wednesday
of this week, the Dominion Government
gauge at Mission registering 19 ft, 5 in.
above normal. By S o'clock Thursday
morning a fall of one inch was recorded.
Bv way of comparison, the record at
Mission in 1894, the big flood year, stood
at 25 ft. 9 in., on June 5. The next
highest since was ll ft. 6 in., June IS,
1903. Six feet of rise or fall at Mission
would be about three feet here. The
highest water of the year has uot been
reached on a few occasions till mid-July.
Just before going to press, it was learned
that the Mission gauge this morning registered a further fall of 2 inches. Warm
Interior weather would spell another rise.
From Canada to Ireland.
H. R. H. the Duke of Connaught, who
on account of the war has remained in
Canada as Governor-General two years
after the expiration ol his original term,
will return to the Old Country in October, probably and appropriately lo be
Viceroy of Ireland, under the Lloyd
George settlement, whereby Home Rule
will be immediately granted Ireland,
with the exclusion of Ulster for the
period of the war.
��� The Duke of Devonshire, young, immensely wealthy, democratic, public
spirited, and popular, will succeed our
Royal Governor, who has been one of the
ablest, most tactful, useful, and highly
esteemed incumbents of the high office
since Confederation.
Preparatory to leaving Canada, the
Duke of Connaught, accompanied by the
Duchess of Connaught and the Princess
Patricia, left Ottawa this week on a farewell visit to Western Canada, including
this Province, tbe intention being to
spend a fortnight at Banff and a week at
Victoria and return to Ottawa by August 2.
The Mexican Situation.
Carranza has conceded one of the demands of the United States Government,
namely, the releaee of the 23 colored
American troopers captured at Carrizal,
and to that extent has made the outbreak
of war less certain, but the whole attitude of Mexico toward the American
bandit hunting expeditions remains unsettled, and war preparations are going
right on.
The British War Department has voluntarily turned over 250 machine guns
and 6,000,000 cartridges to the U. S.
Government, which were manufactured
in the United States for the British forces
in Europe.
It will be no surprise to learn that
there are evidences that Germany has
had a hand, both "diplomatically" and
financially, in working up trouble for
the United States in Mexico.
Liberal Campaign Opens Tuesday.
The Provincial Liberal campaign in
the forthcoming general election will be
opened by a great mass meeting in the
Empress Theatre, Vancouver, Tuesday
evening next, July 4, when Mr. II. C.
Brewster, Liberal leader, and Mr. M. A.
Macdonald will be the speaker:;.
Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, who has
been called to Winnipeg on an important
appointment, wrote Mr. Macdonald, expressing his regret at not being able to
attend the meeting, and added: "Some
other opportunity will occur when I can
personally express in public my admiration for the manner in which Mr. Brewster and you discharged your duties during the last session."
Other statements in Sir Charles Hib-
bert's    letter   to    Mr.    Macdonald    arc:
"None of the mud so persistently thrown
at you has stuck. . . . It is beyond
question that the   Government   of   this
Province is tottering to its fall. . . .
Tbe people as a whole are determined to
have clean, honest government and sane
legislation, and care iittle what party Hag
is flown."
James & IHcClughan
Auto Tires & Accessories
New Westminster, B. C.
Front anil Sixth Sts.     Phone 302
The People's
Main Store     -     193 and 194  %
Sapperton branch      -      373 %
West End branch      -       650 ��
Three Big Stores       *
of  Plenty
July Clearance
= Sale=
A new product on the market
and it's good. Made at Ladner. .Note the price. Regular 20 ounce  tins JOv
Other Specials |
Canned Salmon, 1-2 lb.   tins
each 5c
Herring in Tomato, each-.10c
Shu Shine Polish, per tin -5c
Brunswick Sardines, per tin--5
Old Dutch  Cleanser,    3   tins
��� 25c
Van Camps or Heinz Pork
and Beans, a 20-ounce tin
just the thing for picnic or
camping parties. Per tin---20c
Prunes, Kxtra Fancy, put up
in 5-lb. tins.    Per tin  75c
With bargains equalling any previous sale despite   the  abnormal I
advance in manufacturers prices. |
Make a point of being here Fri- |
| day, July 7, to share in the good I
I things, saving from 20 to 60 per |
I cent.
Every   Lady   Autoist
pair of   I
Should be provided' with a
Auto Goggles to guard   the   eyes i
against  strong   Sunlight,    Wind, X
Storms and Dust. %
For your Auto Goggles, see j
H. Ryall
Druggist  and   Optician
*<JrtH*V*��*VWVVV ��VVv VV V V?��VVVVVtri
PHONE 57   "
Picnic Baskets
for the Holiday
10c 15c 20c 35c 50c 60c
T. J. TRAPP & CO., Ltd.
Store 59       Office 196
Machinery  and   Auto  Dept.   691
Valuator    Money to Loan    Farms
Notary Public
Guichon Block, Columbia and MeKenzie Sts.,    NKW  WESTMINSTER
Citv   Market.
There was just a fair average market
to-day, witli good supply and fair demand in all lines. Prices generally
showed a slightly  downward   tendency,
veal No. I, falling one point, to 15 cents
wholesale, In poultry, broilers, large,
dropped from 25c to 22c; small, 17c to
18c; while ducks, young, dropped from
23-25c to 20c. Eggs stood at 31c wholesale, 35c retail. New potatoes were sold
at 3c, instead of 4c. Strawberries dropped lo $1,50 to $1.75 per crate wholesale
and 52.0(1 retail.
New    Wellington,
Lump, Nut, pea
and SlacK
Foot Sixth St.        Phone 105
Royal City Laundry
We make a special rate
Family   Washing
Deliveries both ways
Electric.   Ironing and every
modern appliance
Phone 183.      814 Royal Ave.
at prices that   arc   RIGHT
Quality, Quantity and Service   is  our
Phones:   150-732
Belyea & Company, Ltd.
827 Carnarvon Street
Special sale of Ladies' Trimmed Mil-
linerv Friday and Saturday. Regular
$5,00 for $3.50. These are exceptionally good value.
McLeod Block
Friday and Saturday
Welding and Brazing
Auto and Motor lioat Supplies and Fittings
First Class Machine Work
New Westminster
Phone 275       724 Front St
Kew "Westminster, B.C.. June 30, 1916
Aldermen Spiritedly Discuss Alleged
Illicit Use of Water by B. 0. E. R. and
Leasing of Poplar Island by Indian
The regular weeeklv meeting of the
City Council, Monday night, promised,
from the agenda or outline of business
prepared as usual by the Citv Clerk, to
be a pretty quiet and tame affair, more
especially as the Mayor was absent, to
attend a conference in Regina with regard to the Canadian Patriotic Fund; but
you never can tell���appearances are pro-
verbiably deceitful���and the routine was
punctuated, not to say punctured and
electrified, if not electrocuted, by two
spirited discussions in the course of the
proceedings, in which every Alderman,
including Acting Mayor Jardine, took
part ��� the stimulating subjects whicli
tapped the dammed up flood of Alder-
manic eloquence, and kept it (lowing in
a forceful but more or less restrained
stream for half an hour at a time, being
a communication from the Superintendent of the D.C.K.R. Co., relative to the
alleged illicit use of water from the city
fire service by the company, ami a resolution submitted by Aid. Bryson and
Goulet, asking endorsement by the City
Council of the action of a joint committee of the Board of Trade and the Finance Committee of the Council, in approving and recommending the acceptance of the application of the Westminster Marine Railway Co. for a lease of
Poplar Island for a term of ten years, for
marine railway and shipbuilding purposes���of which more later.
The full board, to wit, Aid. Bryson,
Jardine, Goulet, Dodd, Johnston, Eastman, and McAdam, were in their places
at the call of time, figuratively speaking.
In the absence of Mayor Gray, Aid.
Eastman, seconded by Aid. Dodd, moved
that Aid. Jardine take the chair, which
was carried nem. con.
The minutes of  the previous meeting
were taken as read and formally adopted.
The next order of   business   was   the
communications, wliich were read by the
Clerk, and acted on as read, as  follows:
From  the  secretary of   the   Board of
School Trustees,   asking  that  teachers'
salaries for June  be   paid   on   the  30th
inst.,   for  the    accommodation   of   the
teachers, whose holidays began the next
Aid. Goulet, moved, seconded by Aid.
Johnston, that the communication be le-
ceived and the request granted, which
was carried unanimously.
'iFrom J. R. Terry, inspector under the
"Eggs Marks Act," recently passed by
the Legislature, stating that any assistance in enforcing the act in this district
would be appreciated, also enclosing a
copy of the act and mentioning that eggs
had to be marked with Gothic lettering.
Aid. Eastman did not see just what the
city had to do with enforcing a Provincial act, but Aid. Dodd thought the city
was interested in helping to safeguard
the citizens against bad eggs. Finally,
on motion of Aid. McAdam, seconded
by Aid. Dodd, the communication was
referred to the Market Committee to report.
From Lieut.-Col. McLelan, C. O. 121st
Battalion (Western Irish) C.E.F., formerly quartered at Queen's Park and
lately removed to Vernon, expressing
appreciation of the courteous treatment
of the Battalion received during its stay
in this city and on its departure.
On motion of Aid. Goulet, seconded
by Aid. McAdam, the communication
was received and filed, after some appreciative . words by the mover of the
courtesy of Col. McLelan.
That Illicit Use of 'Water.
From the General .Supt. B.C.E.R.Co.,
re alleged illicit use of water at the company's car shops, this city, acknowledging receipt of notice from the city in the
matter and stating that it had been discovered that a 3-4 in. pipe had by mistake been connected by the Vulcan Iron
Works, tenants of the company, to the
fire hose pipe, no meter being installed.
Instructions had been given for the immediate installation of a meter, and the
suggestion was made that the city should
take a reading of the meter, for the next
two weeks say, as an indication of the
water that had passed through the 3-4in.
pipe since its installation.
Aid. Johnston moved, seconded by
Aid. Eastman, that the communication
be received and referred to the Water
Committee to report.
Aid. Dodd objected to treating the
matter in such an easy, off-hand way.
An unauthorized connection with the
city fire service had been made and the
water stolen by somebody, and, instead
of referring the communication, wliich
was not a satisfactory reply to mi serious
a complaint, to a committee to report,
the Council should deal with the matter
Acting Mayor Jardine thought the
communication dealt with the matter in
a rather round about, unsatisfactory waw
Aid. Goulet, while not srtislied with
the reply, did not believe there could
have been any deliberate intention of
wrong doing on the part of either the
B.C.E.R. Co. or the Vulcan Ironworks.
At the most, he thought, there had been
a misunderstanding, which the city
should assist in clearing up and not take
an unnecessarily antagonistic position.
Aid. Johnston said he was satisfied
there was a misunderstanding, and he
thought, having received a reply from
the Supt. of the B. C. E. R. Co., they
should refer this matter to the Water
Committee and have the misunderstanding cleared up.
Aid. Bryson expressed the view that
the company were treating a serious matter very lightly, in sending such a round
about letter. He would be in favor of
just receiving the letter and having Ihe
company to Come to the Council. lie
. recalled two previous cases in which he
said the B.C.E R. Co. had deliberately
taken water illicitly from the citv.
Aid. Dodd tjieu went into the history
of this late t offend1 coin: 1 lined of, and
said the Vulcan Iron Works people had
gone forty feet out of their way to make
this illicit connection with the city fire
service, and, when  challenged, had said
it was by authority of a B.C.E.R. official.
Aid. Goulet again counselled moderation. We were doing business, he mentioned, with a corporation largely concerned with the interests of the city, and
the best and most dignified course was
to look into the matter and assist ' in
clearing up any misunderstanding that
might have arisen.
The motion to refer the matter to the
Water Committee, to report, was then
From the Acting Medical Supt. of the
Provincial Mental Hospital, regarding
connection of 6 in. and 4 in. pipe lines
to 25 in. water main at Essondale.
Ou motion of Aid. Dodd and Johnston,
the communication was received and
filed, for reference.       ���
From the secretary of the Royal Columbian Hospital, asking an appropriation
ol $535 to cover the cost of fixing boilers
in the institution to ���burn either oil oi
On motion of Aid. Johnston and Eastman, the communication was received
and reported to the Finance Committee
to act.
The Finance and   Light   Committees
reported jointly, that they could not
recommend granting the application or
G. A. llankey that $375 of the $500 cost
of standard lights placed at Russell Hotel be allowed him on his 1916 taxes.
ThC Hoard ol Works reported, recommending construction of plank road on
Front street, to water lots leased by the
Canadian Products Co.    Adopted.
The Harbor Committee reported, recommending that daily patrolling of
wharf be maintained till river subsides;
also recommending dumping scow load
of heavy rock at corner of first unit.
The Health Committee recommended
that Dr. G. T. Wilson, M. II O., be
granted two weeks' holiday from 3rd of
July, Dr. C. S. McEwen to carry on the
work during Or. Wilson's absence; also
that Dr. Wilson had appointed J. Craig,
Sanitary Inspector, and S. J. Pearce,
assistant, to be Inspectors of Bakeshops
under the Bread By-law, 1916.   Adopted.
The Insurance Committee recommended that additional insurance, to the
amount of $8,368, be placed on civic
buildings, divided as follows: Westminster Trust, $2,000; D. Wilson & Co.,
$1,000; E. A. Graeme, $1,000; E. W.
Bacchus, $1,000; Geo. Adams, $2,000;
A. W. McLeod, $1,368. Adopted.
The Shops Regulation By-Law, 1916,
came up for reconsideration, and was
agaiir laid over, Aid. Dodd and Johnston
being appointed a special committee to
report at next meeting as to whether the
provisions of this by-law would conflict
with the Barber Shops By-law, 1915,
whicli were reported as approved of by
the trade.
The Civic Officers' By-law, 1916, was,
on motion, reconsidered, amended, and
put through all its stages aud finally
The annual Loan By-law, 1916, marked "B," for borrowing temporarily from
the bank for current expenditure, pending receipt of taxes, was put through all
its stages and filially passed.
New Business.
Under this heading Aid. Johnston referred to the rough condition of Twelfth
st., where it joins the pavement, and
also suggested that a notice to "Keep to
the left" should be placed at the entrance to 5th ave. opposite 12th st. Referred to the Board of Works to act.
After some minor business, the resolution that produced the chief discussion
of the meeting was moved by Aid. Bryson, seconded by Aid. Goulet, as follows: That the City Council endorse
the action of a committee representing
the Board of Trade and the Finance Committee of the City Council in approving
and recommending the acceptance of
the application of the Westminster Marine Railway Co. for a lease of Poplar
Island for a term of ten years at a rental
to be agreed upon between the Department of Indian Affairs and the lessees.
A condition of such lease being that work
on shipbuilding and yards thereon be
commenced within three months, and
the continuous operation thereof during
the term of the lease as a shipyard and
marine ways. That the Clerk write the
Department of Indian Affairs accordingly.
Aid. Goulet, speaking to the motion,
said Poplar Island was found to be
wholly ii the hands of the Dominion
Goveruin ���-.'. lt was admirably adapted
for shipbuilding, and the Westminster
Marine Railway people said,if they could
obtain a ten \ ears' lease, they would
undertake to clear the island ami expend
$10,000 to $15,000 in the construction of
a marine railway and shipbuilding yards.
It would he a legitimate new enterprise
that wonld give another pay roll and
keep money in the city that now went
out for the repairing of larger boats.
Aid. Johnston had no objection to this
company getting a lease of Poplar Island, but it was a question who owned it.
'l'he city had prided itself on its reserves,
and this was one ui the most valuable
pieces of property in this vicinity. He
thought the Council should have received
propel' notice of the meeting of the joint
committee of the Council aiid Board of
Aid. Eastman remarked that there"
was evidently some misapprehension.
The city had no interest in the fee simple
of Poplar Island, and never did have.
The island was an Indian reserve. One
condition on whicli the proposed lease
would be granted was that the industry
would be operated continuously. If this
industry was established and a new pay
roll created, the city's interests would be
greatly advanced.
Aid. Dodd said the resolution was a
surprise to him. He had never heard
that Poplar Island was an Indian reserve. Even if it was, the city should
have the reversionary interest. If there
was any leasing to lie done, the city
should do it. He had no objection to
the proposed lease being granted, but
the city's rights ought to   be   protected.
Aid. McAdam said he had been informed that, on account of Mr. Scott,
Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs, who
was iu the Province, returning to Ottawa
soon, it had been necessary to ascertain
the views of the Council and of the Board
of Trade in the least possible time with
regard to this lease, He was in favor of
the lease being granted if the city's interests were safeguarded.
Aid. Bryson briefly recited the steps
thad had been taken to get the joint
committee together, in view of the fact
that the Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs was here and was shortly retnrning
to Ottawa. He (Aid. Bryson) considered it would be a good thing for the
city to have a lease granted to this company for Poplar Island and have a new
industry established, and he would strongly advise the Council to endorse the action of the joint committee in the
Acting Mayor Jardine was in favor of
the proposed lease, so long as the city's
rights in the island were protected.
The resolution as moved was finally
put aud carried unanimously, with an
additional clause stating that the city, in
supporting the lease, does not waive any
right that it may have in the island.
Fresh berries arriving daily
from Burnaby, Ladner, ��hill-
wack, etc
Per crate  $2.25 $2.00
Per Box 10c
New Potatoes, 6 lbs  25c
Skooktnn Furniture Polish
25c 5oc 75c
Fly Swatters,   each 10c
Canned Salmon,   1-2 lb. tins
for 5c
B. &K. Wheat Flakes; without crockery 25c
Goblin Soap works wonders
with stained or soiled hands,
per cake 5c
Five 10 cent pkgs. Pearline
for 25c
Wash Day, per pkg. 5c
Peanut Butter, per lb ���. 20c
1 Oil of Joy Cotton Mop...75c
1 bottle Cedar Oil  50c
1 Cotton Duster 20c
The 3 for $1.00
Palm Olive Soap, 2 cakes 25c
150   Extra   Quality   Paper
Towels for  50c
Model Grocery
Matheson & Jacobson
308 Sixth St. Phone 1001-2
East Burnaby, 2nd St. Phone 598
Edmonds, Gray Block Phone 11UL
Sapperton, Guhr Block Phone 1012
Sport Hats for Holiday Wear
Some hats are all while, others all stripes; some with striped
crown, others with plain crown and striped brim. Whatever the
combination there is an attractiveness about them which has made
them most popttlar all over the United States and Canada.
FELT HATS in white with plain or ribbed crowns, wide or narrow bands, all sizes 6 1-2 to 7 3-4.   Each $1.00
SOFT OUTING KATS in white with striped bands; black and
white checks, also with colored striped bands. Five dozen new
models.    Each     $1.00
AWNING STRIPES at $1.00 to $1.50
IMITATION PANAMA HATS in fine straws, various shapes,
wliich can be trimmed most becomingly with striped bands, etc.
Each $1.00 to $3.50
Camping Hats for Boys and Girls
CHIP HATS.     Each 15c
KNOCKABOUT HATS in dark and  light straws 25 50c
WASH HATS in white and colors all sizes. Regular 35c values.
Each ��� 25c
W. S. Gollister & Go.
The Store for Women's Wear
Office and Works:
We write Fire, Life, Accident, Plate Glass,   Au-.
tomobile,   and Livestock
Our  Companies'  Assets Exceed $650,000,000
See Us for Rates
Wm. McAdam
Real Estate & Insurance Broker
Phone 498 Box 801
Room 1, Hart Block
New  Westminster,   B. C.
Some doughnuts seem to be
made to wear, but Grant's
douglyiuts are made to eat.
As brown as ripe berries inside, and solid and mealy
when you break through.
Per doz. 15 cts.
Baked in the bakery on   Columbia   cor. of Begbie
P. O. Box 933
Westminster  Iron  Works
JOHN  REID,   Proprietor
General Machine Work, Engineering and
Manufacturers of   Structural and Ornamental Ironwork
New Westminster, B. C.
Friday and Saturday
Here's the Latest Essanay-Chaplin Feature Comedy.   Charlie Chaplin himself says:   "It's
a scream," "Police!"
It's a riot of fun���every foot packed with mirth
With Lon Choney and an All-Star Cast
"The Gilded Spider"


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