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Weekly News Digest and Journal of  Observation and Comment.
Vol. I.
Number 5
Even with the three-ring continuous performance circus
going on at Victoria, where a Government given notice to
quit is playing for time by turning somersaults and doing self-
swallowing stunts, attention has been suddenly focussed on
the Federal capital within the last week by the rather sensational developments in the debate in the House of Commons
on the resolution of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Liberal leader, calling
for a special committee of the House "to inquire into all purchases of shells or other munitions or goods by the Shell Committee formed by the Minister of .Militia, as stated to this House
by the Prime Minister on the 15th April, 1015, together with
all contracts made or orders given by the said committee for
any shells or other munitions or goods." This resolution was
moved on March 7th ult., and has been under discussion intermittently since.
The Shell Committee, it might be premised for the information of those who have not followed the discussion, was appointed by the Dominion Government, at the suggestion of the
Imperial authorities, over a year ago, to handle and place
orders for the manufacture in Canada of shells and other
munitions urgently required in immense and evgr-increasing
quantities in the prosecution of the war. The quibble has been
raised by those opposed to any investigation of its peculiar,
shady, and allegedly corrupt transactions that it is a committee, not responsible to the Canadian, but to the Imperial
Government, and handles, not Dominion, but Imperial funds.
But this was well answered by the Conservative Toronto Telegram, as follows: "The Shell Committee was acting in behalf
of Sir Robert Borden, just as Sir Robert Borden was acting
in behalf of the Canadian people. The Shell Committee was
not the steward of Canada's money. The Shell Committee was
the steward of Canada's honor." Sir Sam Hughes himself
resolved all doubts as to the relation of the Shell Committee to
the Minister of Militia, and hence to the Government, when
he proudly declared, in the House of Commons, Jan. 26th last:
"And here let-me frankly admit to the House that it is my
baby; I am the father of the concern, be it for good or be it
tor bad, and I purpose sticking to it as long as it has a button
on its jacket."
In a very important sense, too, Canada does pay her share
or the cost of all shells and munitions made in this country;
for she pays the full cost of maintaining and supplying her own
troops at the front. And that cost, so far as shells, fuses, etc.,
are concerned, has been considerably and gratuitously increased, if half that is charged against the Canadian Shell Committee be true, by the manipulations of that body in behalf of
its own members and favored persons who have a pull with
the Militia Department. Notwithstanding all this, Sir Wilfrid
Laurier and the Liberal party have been reproached and denounced, as lacking in patriotism, forsooth! because they have
been insisting on having the stigma on Canada's honor in this
matter wiped out, and incidentally the "shell game," at the
expense of both Imperial and Dominion taxpayers, and our
brave defenders at the front (for munitions-have been greatly
delayed as well as increased in cost by the manipulation of the
Shell Committee), called off.
But something happened about the end of last week that
compelled the Borden Government to suddenly abandon its
attitude of passive resistance, so to speak, to the demand for
an investigation of the damaging charges against the Shell
Committee���a demand which had begun to be echoed insistently by Conservatives as well as Liberals, in the press of the
country as well ae in the House. The something out of the
common which happened, and whicli made Premier Borden
himself sit up and take notice, was the charges of Mr. George
Kyte, member for' Richmond, to the effect that contracts for
fuses had been let by the Shell Committee to dummy American companies, with fictitious capital and plants, to the tune
of $21,000,000, whereof $2,000,000 and over was paid on the
signing of the contract and another million odd a few months
later, whereas a round million in "profits" of the transaction
was "divied up," as advance rake-off, by beneficiaries of the
deal, among whom is prominently mentioned one of Sir Sam
Hughes' "honorary colonels" and right-hand-man in Shell Committee matters, Col. John Wesley Allison, who is reported as
keeping himself safely out of the way of special committees
and Royal Commissions, on the American side of the forty-
ninth parallel; while Sir Sam himself imagined urgent business required his presence in London.
No wonder Sir Robert Borden cancelled his pleasant social
visit to New Jfork, as the guest of the New York liar Association, and cabled an urgent S. O. S. call to the truant Minister
of Militia to come home and explain himself. But, with all his
belated conviction that there Is something seriously wrong
with the Shell Committee, and that the honor at least of Canada is involved in its transactions, Premier Borden will not go
beyond a strictly limited Royal Commission, confined, as lie
says, to an inquiry into the fuse contract charges, in yielding
to the demand for an investigation, and will by no means consent to the special committee of the House, with full powers,
whicli the Liberal leader demands.
He is somewhere in the States���beyond the jurisdiction of
Canadian courts and Parliament. That looks bad���very bad.
But it is only what was to be expected from the first, when
Sir Robert Borden gave a demented and untrustworthy person
like Hughes authority to buy so much as a thousand dollars'
worth of anything, unless he did so in the presence of a trusted
"But Allison's disappearance, unpleasant as it looks, appears in a quite rosy light, compared with the more startling
disappearance of the Minister of Militia himself. As soon as
Opposition critics began to enquire very closely concerning the
Allison mystery, General Hughes, in the midst of a session iu
wliich lite department figures more prominently than any
other department, suddenly discovers irresistibly pressing
reasons why he should absent himself from Ottawa and look
over things in the Old Land!"
A fair illustration of independent Conservative sentiment
toward the Minister of Militia and the situation at Ottawa with
regard to Shell Committee matters is furnished by the following extract from a late number of the Saturday Post of
Winnipeg���a rabid Grit-hater, by the way���issued before Mr.
Kyte's charges were made public. The Post begins by reminding its readers that, many months since, it "stated that,
if Sir Robert Borden did not get rid of the present Minister of
Militia, the people of Canada would sooner or later deem it
necessary to be rid of Sir Robert Borden," and adds;
"At present at Ottawa a pretty state of affairs has developed. A certain honorary person called by Sir Sam Hughes Colonel Allison is very badly wanted by a Committee of the House
for the purpose of explaining certain transactions that he carried out presumably in connivance with or under the orders
of the Minister or Militia. These transactions involve tens of
millions of dollars.    The honorary  colonel lias disappeared.
As showing that the writer of the foregoing is not actuated
in his strictures by any love for or desire to further the interests of the "horrid Grits," a few malevolent lines from the same
article will suffice: "I have no patience whatever with the
tactics of the Opposition in attempting to force investigations
into This or That, connected with the conduct of the war,
at the present time. 1 am convinced that the Opposition is not
actuated by any high or noble motives. . . No, the Opposition's motives are not exalted. They are base. Still, this fact
in no way frees General Sir Sam Hughes from the deepest suspicion concerning the-reasons for his flight and the reasons for
the flight of his servant, or confederate, Honorary Colonel
Allison, now sojourning in parts unknown." The Post winds
up by adjuring Sir Robert Borden not to "adopt the fatal course
of condoning his (Sir Sam Hughes') scandalous misdemeanors,"
but to "advise him to remain in the camparative safety of
England or even the trenches���and to remain there as a private
Rt. Hon. Reginald McKenna, Chancellor of the Exchequer,
the despatches announced, presented his fourth war budget to
the House of Commons, Tuesday. The budget calls for nine
billion dollars in round numbers for the current fiscal year,
or nine times the national expenditure in the last year of
peace. Yet, on the basis of existing taxation, he already
has in sight a revenue of $2,250,000,000, or 2 1-4 times that
of the last year of peace. His estimated income for 1915-16
has been exceeded by $15,000,000, and his estimated expenditure vvas $15,500,000 over, the amount actually spent. All
this indicates how astoundingly strong is Britain's financial
position. Within the past three months alone $850,000,000
have poured into the treasury in taxes, a revenue of $750,000,-
000 in payment for 5 per cent, exchequer bonds and $500,000,-
000 for treasury bills. Theie huge payments have been made
quietly, from day to day, leaving the money markets almost
In the course of his budget speech, Mr. McKenna said it
was assumed that the war would last during the whole of the
financial year. The total daily expenditure, he said, was
$25,000,000. Financial assistance to the extent of $1,165,-
000,000 has been given by Great Britain to her allies. The
new budget provides for an additional tax of a penny on sugar.
The tax on cocoa is increased to sixpence per pound, and that
on coffee is increased threepence. One penny is charged for
every shilling paid for railway tickets. From a halfpenny to
twopence must be paid on every shilling taken in by amusement places. It is estimated the increased sugar tax will provide $35,000,000. The license charge on automobiles and
bicvcles is to be doubled.
Admiral Sir Cyprian Bridge, in a report on merchant shipping losses, according to a late London despatch, gives tne
following interesting statement of total losses to shipping
from the beginning of the war to March 23.
Losses to belligerents:
Steamers���British 379, 1,320,000 tons; French 41, 140,-
000 tons; Belgian 10, 30,00() tons; Russian 27, 42.000 tons;
Italian 21, 70,000 tons; Japan 3, 19,000 tons.
Sailing vessels���Britisli 31, 19,000 tons; French 12, 18,llo'()
tons;  Russian 8, 7,000 tons;  Italian 6, 3,000 tons.
Trawlers���British 237, French 7, Belgian 2.
Losses to neutrals:
.   Steamers���Norway 50, 96,000  tons;   Denmark  18,  33,000
tons; Sweden 33, 42,000 tons; Holland 22, 74,000 tons;  United  States 6,  16,000  tons;   Greece  11,  22,000  tons;   Spain  4,
9000 tons;  Persia 1, 750 tons;  Portugal 1, 025 tons.
Sailing vessels���Norwegian 22, 20,000 tons; Denmark 10.
1600 tons; Sweden 7, 2000 tons; Holland 2, 225 tons; United
States 1, 1760 tons.
Trawlers���Denmark  1, Holland  7.
The loss to liritish ste-.im shipping, says the report, Is less
than 5 per cent, of the total number of vessels under the British flag, and slightly more than 6 per cent, of their total ton-
In a further communication, Admiral Brk!g3 detftt'S the
amount of merchant shipping built In France and Great Britain
since the beginning of the war, and shows that the war losses
have virtually been made good. |
"In 1915," says the report, "after more than a year of war.
the steamer shipping of Britain increased 88 vessels and 344,-
000 tons."
Italy find Russia also show an Increase, while France Is
short   only 12,500 tons.
"It is, therefore, clear," says the report, "that the present
shortage of tonnage is due, not to the n"Ctlon of submarines,
but to the great requirements of the military and naval forces.
The latest published statements of these show that they are
demanding 3100 merchant vessels."
The Liberal party has no policy, prattle the peiipatetic
parrots who go around trying to "rally" what's left of the
Bowser machine auxiliaries in the constituencies. Tt won't
have any soon, in a sense, after the drowning Bowser Administration gets through frantically grabbing all the main planks
of the Liberal policy to try to keep afloat on a little loige-
The Hon. Thos. Crothers, Minister or'Labor, the other day,
in Parliament, dolorously remarked that he "was not sure
that Germany would not win the war." The remark ought not
to surprise anybody familiar with the Minister's record as head
of an Important Government Department. We ought to be
glad to learn that Mr. Crothers knows a war Is in progress.���
An independent Conservative opinion on the Shell Committee scandal is thus expressed by the Ottawa Citizen: "Which
is the more patriotic attitude, to demand an investigation into
matters which on their face appear to signify fraud against
the British Crown, or to refuse such an investigation on the
ground that it is none of our business if the Empire be robbed,
even by Canadians?"
We are told by the "good cheer" pumpers of the Bowser
Conservative party that the recent stunning trio of by-elections
was a blessing in disguise to the party, which will benefit by
the result of the overwhelming defeats sustained. Reminds
us of the colored gentleman who, just before the drop fell,
asked by the sheriff if he had any ante-morten statement to
make, replied: "I jess wanta say, boss, that this is sholy goin'
to be a pow'ful lesson to me."
The total cost of the building (Agent-General's London
palace) at the end of thirty years, explained Premier Bowser,
when the estimates were under discussion, the other day,
would have been $652,710. The main thing, he added, was,
we had gone into this and now we had to see it through. In
the words of an American cousin-political of Mr. Bowser:
Hang posterity (and the taxpayers), what has posterity (or
the taxpayers) ever done for us?
During the long winters north of the Arctic circle the winds
blow steadily at a rate that seldom falls below twenty miles
an hour. According to the Scientific American, the mission
settlement at Point Hope, in Alaska, a hundred miles beyond
the Arctic circle, is considering whether to build an electric
lighting plant to be driven by large windmills. The strong
winds will supply ample power to drive the plant, and since
fuel of any kind is exceedingly scarce and costly in that
region, the missionaries will convert the electric power into
heat as well as into light.
Sir Robert Borden, in reply to a question in the House, the
other day, said nothing had happened to cause the Government
to change its mind as to authorizing the enlistment of 500,-
000 men in Canada altogether. It took six months, he said, to
get infantry units ready for action, and longer for other units.
Incidentally, he furnished the information that 290,000 men
had been enlisted to date, of whom 112,000 were in Britain or
at the front, 135,000 in Canada, 22,000 casualties, and 21,700
wastage. The total expenditure to the end of February last
for war purposes was $187,000,000.
It required a direct question by the Opposition (in this
instance, M. A. Macdonald, Vancouver) to bring out the admission, contrary to general Ministerial assurances, that already the Province has begun to pay through the nose for the
Government's reckless railway bond gauranteeing policy. In
regard to the Pacific Great Eastern, Mr. Macdonald asked:
"Has any default taken place of any interest due under said
bonds?" Thus put up to him, Premier Bowser's official answer, last week, in the House was: "Yes; interest due January
15, 1916, $316,016.80, was paid by the Province."
The trifling sum of $300,000, expended by the Bowser
Government in the Kitsilano Reserve deal, was appropriated
for that purpose by special warrant, without vote of the
Legislature, and was not even formally reported to the Legislature after the transaction���the explanation, given by the
Auditor-General to the special committee of the House investigating the deal, being an oversight in the audit otTice.
The transaction took place as long ago as early in 1913, before
the appointment of the present auditor, and the negligible
item would appear to have been smuggled into the Public
Accounts in some way, ae if voted, though not reported to the
Legislature���which had got to be looked upon, before the
present session, as merely a recording machine.
The local Conservative rally, Friday evening, judging from
the reports in the Conservative press, took the form of an
ostrich party. The way they play the game is thi.:: The pi r-
ticipante first swallow all the great conglomerate chunks of
political misinformation placed before them, without turning
a feather, and then, forming a circle, with their heads out of
^ight under a friendly sand heap in the centre, obtrude the
opposite extremity of their anatomy toward the periphery and
exchange audible confidences with each otlier about the happy
freedom of their immaculate party machinery at Ottawa and
Victoria from anything savoring of scandal or wrong-doing!
Phew! And the onlookers at this exceedingly funny game are'
forced to hold their noses and stuff their "hankies" into their
mouths to prevent dying of blood-poisoning or exploding!
King George, say the despatches, 'has placed -tl00,000 at
the'disposal of the Imperial Treasury. A letter accompanying
the donation says: "It is the King's wish that this sum, which
he gives In consequence of the war, should be' applied In whatever manner is deemed best by Ills Majesty's Government,"
True bills were found, last week, by a Winnipeg grand
jury, which had been investigating the charges for some weeks,
against Sir Rodmond Roblin, ex-'Premier of Manitoba; Geo.
R. Coldwell and James H. Howden, who were members of the
Roblin Cabinet; and Thos. Kelly, contractor for the Parliament buildings. The bills against the three ministers were
���for conspiracy to  defraud,  the corruption of witnesses, and
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���Mr. Parker Williams (Newcastle),, who was the last
speaker in the debate on the address, the week before last,
observed, in opening, that, since he had spoken on the main
motion, the debate had taken several turns, but he would
confine himself chiefly to the issue of the land frauds raised
in the amendment of the leader of the Opposition and explain
the attitude he intended to take in voting for it. The expression, "frauds upon the Land Act" was taken, no doubt, from
the judgments of Provincial and Dominion courts, in which
they had been used to describe the practice of staking by
power of attorney. These frauds were known to all the people in the Province save the Minister of Lands, who seemed
to move i nthe vortex of affairs without knowing what significance lay in these large lists of names of people taking up land
all with the one agent. He knew all that went on in every
other phase of human life, but in this one regard he was in
blank ignorance.
Mr. Williams said he held in his hand a list of holders of
land to the total of 76,722 acres, all held by the same individual
or group, nominally by possibly over one hundred people in
square-mile sections. There were three groups of these, one
in the Cassiar assessment district and two in the Cariboo assessment district, in the Peace River country. One man acted
as agent for each group, the nominal holders being scattered
over the continent. A peculiarity was that in the case of each
group the lands were all staked the same day! Even with the
most modern means of locomotion, this was wonderful, it was
in fact, impossible.
Taking the whole three groups as one, there was this
further peculiarity, that ever) mother's son���and daughter,
too���of the nominal holders had been hit badly by the hard
and stringent times of 1911, 1912 and 1913, each one had
fallen upon evil days and been unable to make any further
payments upon their purchases beyond the first fifty cents an
acre. All, too, though drawn from varying strata of society,
had been moved by one common impulse, hail taken the same
course of refusing to pay their taxes on these lands. Each one
had employed a lawyer, and, stranger still, in every case their
choice had fallen upon the law partner of the member for
Grand Forks (N. F. Mackay, M.P.P. for Kaslo),
Tax notices had been sent out to people yearly. Why waste
stamps on this, with no taxes coming in, when one stamp would
Province. Again the evasion of facts. The capital had spent
money on things that brought it in revenue. It had added
largely to its debt to provide a water supply and sewers for a
population of half a million people. It, like every other wideawake city, planned ahead for years; the Province of British
Goftmbia, with the present Government in charge of its affairs, could not plan past the next general election. One thing
this Government could not show for its immense debt was any
revenue-producing  utilities.
In the election of 1912 the people had been told that the
debt had been reduced from 1903 from thirteen millions to
eight or nine millions, and that we had a surplus of nine millions in the bank. The large revenue received from then up to
the present had gone, the surplus had disappeared and a loan
of ten million dollars had also gone; in other words, we had
spent seventeen million dollars that we had taken in from
every source. And we were going into the hole steadily to the
tune of four or five million dollars a year at this very moment.
This fact was not to be evaded by telling the people what the
net debt of B. C. was in 1903 or what the net debts of Alberta,
Saskatchewan or the B. C. municipalities were today.
Situation Worse.
Tiie situation was even worse than this, for if the debt in
1903 was $13,000,000 the province had its natural resources
intact. Today the debt was larger and its resources had largely been alienated. The land, the timber, the coal areas, all
had gone and last session it was proposed to lay the basis for
poilatching the kelp-beds of the ocean. Incidentally, Mr. Williams paid a compliment to the retiring member for Richmond,
saying that, if the administration of the finances of the Province had passed into his hands when tliey fell from those of
the late Capt. Tatlow, the story would have been different today, and a good deal different, too.
Resolution   for
Parliamentary  inquiry  Into shell Committee
"'our Conservatives Voting With Liberals.
An Ottawa despatch of April 4th says:
Sir Wilfrid Laurier'e resolution asking for a parliamentary
committee of inquiry to investigate the Shell Committee, which
culminated on Tuesday last in the Kyte charges and led to the
appointment of a Royal Commission of enquiry, was finally
disposed of in the House of Commons, this evening. The
resolution was voted down on a division of 83 to 44, a Government majority of 39. The division was not on straight party
lines, Hon. Andrew Broder, VV F. Maclean, Paul Lamarche
and A. A. Mondou voting with the Opposition.
In a brief speech made before Sir Wilfrid Laurier closed
the debate, Mr. Broder said he would vote for the resolution
because, in his opinion, the Government was responsible to the
Canadian people for the Shell Committee.
The debate was resumed when the House met by Sir Thomas
White, who expressed the conviotion that the Canadian people
would be satisfied with the prompt action which had been
taken by the Prime Minister to deal with the situation created
by the Kyte charges.
A New Charge Made.
 '-^m^m^mt^m n_. E, M. Macdonald alleged that, when Col. Carnegie and Gen-
have brought them all to the lawyer for them all, the member era] Bertram were in New York seeking to place a contract for
for Kaslo?    Now either Mr. Mackay was the owner of all this   fuses,  a  responsible  contractor  had  offered   to  manufacture
land, in which case it was a fraud upon the Land Act by having
more than one section without making improvements upon the
first, or else he was agent for someone else and so engaged in
putting through a deal which was a fraud upon the act.
Fraud Upon Land Act.
This was the sort of thing which had blanketed the whole
country along the Grand Trunk Pacific line from Terrace to
Fort George with stakings made by irregularities and frauds
upon the act. If a settler wanted land, he had to go anywhere
from ten to twenty-five miles back from the railway, but all
the land alongside the line was heid by men who had practiced
fraud with the connivance of the Government, and .held this
land for which they had not even paid, and the taxes upon
which they had not met, in order tq extract ten,- fifteen or
twenty dollars an acre from anyone they could get to buy it as
a reward to themselves for performing the important function
of receiving the land from the Government and passing it on.
When he had last been in the north, Mr. Williams said, he
had asked every man he thought was likely to know, from
Prince Rupert to Fort George, if he knew of any land that
a pre-emptor could take up. He failed to find a single preemption within ten miles of the railway that any man would
advise a settler to go on. What was the use of the Minister
of Lands or any other Minister or Conservative getting up and
talking about millions of acres for the pre-emptor when these
did not exist so far as any chance of a man getting on them or
making even a hard, bare subsistence when he got there?
Their figures did not agree, but whether there were two and
one-half million acres or ninety million acres���the public
could take their choice���what did it matter when they were
not available?
A Iiecognized Profession.
The Coast papers were full of advertisements offering to
place a person on a pre-emption, and he answered one of these
the other day. The answer was on what is called a forin letter, and was from a Vancouver man whose letter-paper conveyed the information that'one of the things he dealt in was
Crown lands. He offered land on the Myrtle river, north of
Kamloops, fifteen miles from the railway, the terms of locating him being $100, $50 on location and $50 when he got his
title. What man would pay $100 to have a pre-emption found
for him, if he could get one from the Government direct from
out of these 2,500,000 acres, if they were open in any reasonable district? It was becoming a definite and recognized
profession in British Columbia to locate men on pre-emptions
them on a basis of the cost, plus five per cent, profit. J. Wesley Allison then turned up and told the contractor to add 75
cents a fuse to the cost. Tlite 75 cents was to be divided
into four parts, one going to the contractor; one to Allison;
and the other two parts to parties not named. This was the
only new charge made during the discussion.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier did not speak until the evening sitting,
when he again declared his preference for an inquiry by a parliamentary committee. He was not wedded to the idea of a
committee, however, he said, but he would continue to object
to a partial inquiry. Sir Wilfrid said he wanted to believe that
Sir Alexander Bertram was an honest man, but, if he were
honest, he failed to understand why he had signed the fuse
contracts unless he was under the influence of some one
higher in authority.
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attempting to corrupt witnesses. A true bill was also found
against Sir Rodmond for destruction of public documents and
also for attempting to destroy public documents. The true
bill against Thos. Kelly was for theft, receiving and obtaining
money under false pretences, and perjury. Kelly at present
is in the United States, lighting extradition to Canada. The
grand jury recommended that the trials be held in June.
. A strong touch of humor, human nature, and side-light
on the saturnalia generally relieved somewhat the sordidness
of the Songhees Indian Reserve scandal investigation in the
following choice bit of inside history contributed by ex-Chief
Cooper before the Public Accounts Committee: "After the
deal was through, we went to Sir Richard MoBride's house for
dinner, me and a crowd of tho Songhees boys. We left Mr.
Helmcken's house after the meeting there and went to Sir
Richard's hou6e and had a dinner, some kind of a lunch���it
was late at night. Mr, Matson was saying it wasn't a satisfactory dinner from Sir Richard, so we came out and he give
me $50.    We came to town and went to Levy's and I give the
boys a dollar or a dollar and a half apiece." So the "big In-
which they were given no help to find by the Department o( . juns" had two big eats in the one night, and doubtless enjoyed
Lands, and regarding whicli they could secure no information   an attack of acute indigestion the next day.    But that's an-
from the Department, with all Its expensive staff of officials.
Would  Side-Step  Anything,
Coming to deal with the arguments that agricultural production was not decreasing, and that imports were not ae large
as was claimed by the Opposition, Mr. Williams observed that
one of th* strongest condemnations of the Government was
that it would side-step anything. There were no figures as to
imports from the prairie provinces. As to the reduction In
recorded imports, it had not been pointed out that this was
due, not to an increase in the home production, but to the
serious decrease in the home consumption caused by the falling off in population. A pamphlet of Immigration facts and
figures published by the Department of the Interior showed
that since 1911 this Province had received 147,411 immigrants.
These had all been lost, in addition to the men who had gone
from the Province temporarily, as everyone hoped and prayed,
to do their share in the defence of the Empire. Washington
state returns showed that in 1914 there had crossed the boundary from this Province as immigrants, 17,536 persons. Every
ship that had left these shores for months for Australia and
other story.
It is with a grim satisfaction one reads of the bringing
down of a Zeppelin and the capture of the crew, in the Thames
estuary, near London, Saturday, following a raid by five of
the monsters, Friday night, whicli resulted in the killing of
twenty-eight persons and the injuring of forty-four. Friday
night's raid, It is said, was the twenty-second of the war,
and the captured and destroyed Zeppelin the third to come
to grief in these raids. The last Zeppelin victim was "winged"
In the tall, so to speak, by one of the antl-air-cral't guns aud
the captured crew were taken off by British patrol boats.
Another raid, over the northeast coast of England, by two
Zeppelins, one of which turned back, is reported to have taken
place the very next night, Saturday last, and to have resulted
in  the killing of sixteen persons and  the Injuring of about
New Zealand had taken away scores, and others had gonejiaek, one hundred more.    Ae some compensation for the loss of life
to the Old Country. A peculiar thing noticeable in this Prov
inre was that as soon as the bottom fell out of the boom the
man who opened his mouth to tell the truth was accused of a
lack of patriotism. With the Conservative party and press
patriotism truly was the last refuge of scoundrels.
The Premier was probably as unscrupulous in twisting
facts and circumstances as any man who ever sat in that
House or outside of it, but, if he had explained why British
Columbia was in the necessity of going to the pawnbroker's
at all, it would have been more to the point than accusing the
leader of the Opposition of Injuring his chances with the pawnbroker by the speeches he had made in the East a few months
ago. He made a great deal of our being in a better position
than Alberta and Saskatchewan, because their debt was larger
than ours. But he ignored the important fact that their debt
had been incurred In providing revenue-producing property.
It was only in a matter of bookkeeping that they were more
heavily in debt; in actual fact, they were in a better position
financially than this Province.
Evasion of Facts.
Victoria was cited as having a debt as large as that of the
in  these raids is the practical proof afforded of considerable
improvement in effectiveness in dealing with aerial Incursions.
The interesting announcement was made in a Rome despatch of April 1st that Premier Asquith, who was In attendance a day or two before at the Allied war congress in Paris,
had that day called on Pope Benedict, "who talked with the
British statesman for half an hour alone in the library of the
Vatican." Premier Asquith- was the guest, also, Saturday
night, at a great public reception given by Prince Colonna,
Mayor of Rome, at which the British Prime Minister gave a
"message of faith and affectionate salutation to the heroic
army of Italy and to the whole Italian people." He was also
entertained at luncheon, the same day, by Premier Salandra,
at which function toasts were exchanged further emphasizing
the union of the Allies and their determination to achieve "the
mission undertaken In the name of civilization and humanity."
for mild weather
Electric Irons $3, 3.50
"    Stoves $4 to 6
j    "   Toasters $4.00
Mazda Electric Globes   -   30c Each
Columbia Electric Batteries 45c Each
Anderson & Lusby
634 Columbia St. - New Westminster
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Wholesale and Retail Dealers in All Kinds of
Fresh   and     Home   Cured   Meats,
PorK Pies,   BlacK and  White
Puddings,   Ayrshire   Bacon, Cambridge PorK
All Kinds of Farm Produce Bought for Cash
Phone 219
nexpensiuc Olall Papers
and hangings often make the daintiest of bed
rooms when chosen with discretion. We have
a laige stock of reasonably priced papers and
fabrics to choose from, and our experience and
taste is yours for the asking.
Hudson   Decorating   Store
61 Sixth St.     Phone Sll
IF you want anything in our line don't purchase   until
you get our prices on Pianos, Victrolas, and Edison Diamond Amberolas
We are making Special Prices on  Sewing Machines
for two weeks, from $10 up.     Easy payments if desired
Write us for prices.    It will pay you
New Westminster, B. C.
Escaped the Torpedos!
The Woollens are here. Get first choice
y.   ty.   Jfitchison
Importing Tailor
Spring Showing
Our first showing of	
20th Clothes for Men
are now ready for your inspection
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J. J. Jonks, Man.-Dir.        J. A. Rknnik, Sec.-Tres.
Acts ;is Assignees, Liquidators and Receivers.
Agents for the Sale of Real Estate.
House and l'roperty Agents.
Insurance in all its Branches in Standard Companies.
Safety Deposit Boxes for Rent, $2.50 and up per annum.
Agent for the Canada Life Assurance Company.
We act as Kxecutor and Trustee under Wills, and   we  will   be
pleased to advise and assist you in drawing up your Will.
Westminster Trust Company \,
New Westminster, B.C., April 1, 1916
Page 3
Friday, May 5, is the date selected for
usual May Day celebration, this year.
Lieut. George B. Sutherland, of this
city, left Monday to join the 158th Battalion, Vancouver, for overseas  service.
Your friends can buy any thing you
can give them���except your photograph.
Hurndall does fine work at 624 Columbia
St.     Phone 125R.
Early this week, Mr. Bowser's big
Legislative majority put through all of
the $11,000,000 estimates, without
change, as presented.
The attendance at the city schools last
month shows an increase of three over
that of February and an increase of 54
over that of March, 1915.
Mr. Justice Irviug is reported as seriously ill, at his residence in Victoria,
and fears are expressed by his friends
that he may not be able to rally.
During the month of March there were
registered in this city"69 births, 31 deaths
and 24 marriages, while in March, 1915,
there were 80 births, 35 deaths and 13
A meeting of the City Council and representatives of the Board of Trade, to
discuss the market proposals, which was
set for Wednesday evening, has been deferred till this (Friday) evening.
On Wednesday last a musical and social afternoon was held at the home of
Mrs. W. J. Whiteside, at which a collection was taken in aid of the mortgage
fund of  St. Andrew's church.
An old resident, Thomas Price, aged
71, 1315 Cariboo street, died at the Royal Columbian Hospital, Saturday evening, after a brief illness. A sister, Mrs.
Brown, residing in England, survives
We are etlll doing business at tliP
old stand. If there Is any.hing we
can do for you in the plumbing, heating or sheet metal line, 'phone 586.
Mannering & MaeKenzie will give
your needs their immediate attention. *
Mr. Alfred E Postill, of this city, has
passed his final law examinations and
has been admitted to the bar. He studied
with the firm of Wade, Wheeler, Mc-
Quarrie & Martin in this city, and with
Mr. J- B. Pattullo, K.C., of Vancouver.
Miss Mary Morrison, daughter of Mrs.
Donald Morrison, was united in marriage to Mr. Charles T. Peck, Saturday
afternoon last, at Knox Presbyterian
manse, Sapperton, Rev. E. G. Thompson officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Peck will
reside in this city.
Villa, although reported to have lost
a leg in a sanguinary encounter with his
pursuers, in which he lost a large number of his followers, would appear to
have made good his own escape and to
have got into territory where it will be
very difficult to follow him.
Mr. J. N. Aitchison, importing tailor,
-was awarded contracts by the City Coun,
cil at last meeting for 13 police uniforms,
at $34 per suit, and 15 firemen's uniforms at $33.50 each, besides 15 extra
trousers at $8 each. That's what comes
of advertising in The Pacific Canadian.
Intermittent German efforts to retrieve
their failure at Verdun continue to be
unsuccessful, and the general feeling of
confidence is growing that the ��� turning
point in the war has been reached, preparatory to the great Allied offensive on
all fronts, this spring or summer.
The drying kiln in connection with
tlie Brunette Sawmill Co.'s shingle mill
was destroyed by fire, Wednesday morning. The loss is estimated at over $10, -
000���$5,000 for the building and the
value of a million and a half shingles
therein. The origin of the fire is unknown.
Major-General Sir Sam Hughes, sum
moned by cable, and also Col. John
Wesley Allison, the man with the halo,
according lo Sir Sam, are both reported
to be on their way to Ottawa for examination (preferably by the Davidson com
mission) re their connection with those
fuse contract rake-offs.
A Shakespearen recital will be given
in the Columbian College assembly hall,
under the auspices of the College Literary Society this evening, by Miss M. E.
Badgley and party. A musical programme will also be rendered by Miss
ftetherington, Miss Richards, Mr. Alex.
Wallace, and the college male voice
Things are getting interesting at the
various Government scandal investigations at Victoria. A Government official
has been proved to have received commissions in court house site deal, and
Chief Cooper, bv advice of his counsel
(who also represents Mr. Matson) has
refused to say what he did with $30,000
of public money.
At the residence of Mrs. Wm. Rae, 231
Queen's avenue, March 30, the marriage
was solemnized of Miss Jeane Isabella
Binnie, daughter of Mr. Thos. Binnie, to
Mr. Alexander R. McLean, manager of
the Hastings street branch of the Royal
Bank. Rev. W. W. Abbott, B. D., of
Queen's Avenue Methodist Church, performed the ceremony.
A veteran of the British campaigns in
India, Egypth and South Africa, Edward
Hoult, aged 60 years, was found dead in
his bed at the Royal Apartments, Tenth
street, Tuesday morning. Deatii was
i_- due to heart failure. The late Mr. Holt
*'*��� had served twelve years in the British
:army and twelve years in the Canadian
-militia. At the time of his deatii he was
caretaker of the Public Library. Deceased is survived by his wife and his
son Edward, who is company sergeant-
major in the Princess Pats.
A fair sized audience, under the auspices of the Young Liberal Association,
heard an interesting and stirring address
>>yj. S. Cowper in the Liberal Club
rooms, last night, on Liberal principles
and policies, sharply contrasted w;th the
���current performances of the so-called
Conservative (Bowser} Government at
Victoria. The evening was enlivened by
a musical programme, contributed Jfby
Miss Cave-Brown-Cave, Miss Smith, and
Miss Helen Walker, with Miss Gaudin
as accompanist.
Valuator   Money to Loan    Farms
for Sale
\\. A. EASTM0N
Notary Public
Guichon Block, Columbia and MeKenzie Sts.,    NEW WESTMINSTER
A pretty wedding was celebrated at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buck-
land, Monday evening last, when their
eldest dadghter, Annie Ethel, a popular
elocutionist in this city and Vancouver,
was married to Mr. Edsall G. Shay, of
Blaine, Waah., Rev. W. W. Abbott officiating. Miss Ida Buckland was bridesmaid, and Mr. Wm. Coon supported the
groom. After dainty refreshments had
been served, the happy couple left for
Blaine, for a few days, before going to
their new home at Great Falls, Montana.
The old Dominion Trust corner���Columbia and Sixth street���more recently
occupied by the A. S. Mills clothing
emporium, has been transformed by the
versatile and enterprising A. Hardman
into a cake palace, up-to-date cafateria,
and thoroughly equipped soda and ice
cream parlor. The cakes and the cafateria departments are in full running-
make your mouth water���and the elaborate soda water apparatus, which man��
ufactures the seductive beverage on the
premises, will be in working shape in a
few days.
Twenty-one recruits enrolled in the
131st Westminster Fusiliers for overseas
service, on Monday of this week, the
majority having been secured in the
Chilliwack district, where one of the officers has betn doing some recruiting
work. The strength of the battalion is
Hearing the 800-mark. The battalion
marched through the principal streets
this afternoon and made a creditable appearance. A vigorous campaign will be
instituted to bring the battalion up to
full strength within the next week or
so and if necessary a house to house canvass will be made in an endeavor to dig
up all eligible material
Death of Neil Matheson.
The death occurred in St Joseph's
Hospital, Victoria, 6n Saturday last, of
Neil Matheson, aged 32, a resident of
this city and district for manv years. He
was employed on the Great Northern car
ferry Sydney, which plies between this
city and Vancouver Island. Early last
week he is believed to have fallen on the
barge and fractured his skull. His companions found him about an hour afterwards, and he was rushed to the hospi-
pital, but never rallied. He is survived
by his wife and three small children living in Burnaby; his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Matheson, Sixth avenue; two
brothers, Angus and Norman, this city,
and three sisters, Mrs. Christie, Revelstoke; and Misses Agnes and Sarah at
The remains were brought to this city,
and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of
deceased's parents to the Oddfellow's
cemetery, Rev. A. M. O'Donnell, of the
Gordon Presbyterian Church, Edmonds,
officiating. The ball bearers were: R.
McDonald, N. M. Matheson, A. R. McLeod, D. W. Matheson, J. R. Mcintosh,
and A. Nicholson.
Upstairs but on the
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New    Wellington,
Lump, Nut, pea
and Slack
Foot Sixth St.        Phone 105
A Surprise
Lime, Sulphur and Salt  Mixture,
Black Leaf ' '40,'' Spray Pumps
and Fitting
T. J. TRAPP & CO., Ltd.
Store 59     ��� Office 196
Machinery  and   Auto  Dept.   691
awaits you in our Corset Department. Just arrived is the
smartest, handsomest and greatest array of JSON TON corsets ever shown by a progressive store.
They are made of choicest fabrics in white or tones, with
medium, high or low bust and priced at $5 $6.50 ani'
May We Show You?
City Market.
The City Market was a busy scene this
morning, the buildings swarming with
buyers and sellers and two rival auctioneers crying their wares to big interested
crowds in the market square.
All the usual lines of produce were
well represented and buying was spirited, with prices generally holding the
same as last week, though veal showed
a tendency to stiffen.
Hens 19c to 22c
Springs 20c to 23c
Poultry, dressed, young 24c to 25c
Poultry, dressed, hens 22c to 24c
Ducks, jive weight 25c to 27c
Poultry,  live weight lb 21c to 22c
r.eese, each J1.60 to $2
Potatoes, per ton $l(i to|20
Potatoes, per sack UOc to $1
Onions, per sack $1.50
Carrots, per sack 75c
Turnips, persack 75c
Cabbage, per lb 3#c
Beets, per sack 75c
Parsnips, per sack 75c
Apples, per box $1 to $1.25
Eggs, retail , !IOc
Eggs, wholesale 2,V to 2(ic
Butter, dairy, retail '.IT/ic to 40c
Beef, carcass 10^c to ll^c
Beef, hindquarters 1.1c
Beef, forequarters lie
Pork, per lb 12c to 14c
Pork, heavv, per 11) 8c to lie
Veal, No, 1, per lb 14c to 10c
Veal, No. 2, per lb 12c to lilt-
Live pigs, young $:i to $4.50
The People's
Main Store     -     193 and 194
Sapperton branch      -       373
West End branch       -       650
Three Big Stores
of  Plenty
Grass and Clover Seeds
We have a complete stock of No. 1 Government  Standard Seed,
the best that money can   buy
Seed Grain
New Victory, B. & K. Garton,  American  Banner,   Swedish  or
Alberta  Oats,   Marquis  Wheat  (the  best  yielder  for
B.  C),   Golden  Vine Peas,    Beardless    and
Hulless  Barley,    Crompton's  Early,
Minnesota No. 13 and White
Cap Yellow Dent Corn
Sutton's Mangels, Swedes and Carrots. Send us your order
Catalogue mailed on application
tbe Brackimm-Ker milling go., Etd.
New Westminster,   B. C.
l'"or the busy business man and tho
travelling public, the following concise
summary of the railway time tablet), giving times of departure, etc., of passenger
trains or trams from this city, will be
convenient   for   reference:
Westminster Branch (Central Park
Line)���yor Vancouver: 5.00 and 5.40 a.m.,
dally except Sunday: 0.00 a.m., dally; li.20,
0.40 and 0.50 a.m., dally except Sunday;
7.00 a.m., dally, and every twenty minutes
until 11.20 p.m. East car, dally, 12.00 midnight.
Fraser Valley /Branch���For Chilliwack
and way points: 7.20 a.m., dally except
Friday (for Jardlne only); (1.20 a.m., Friday only, for Mt. Lehman; 9.J0 a.m.,
dally, for Chllllwack; 1.40 and 6,05 p.m.,
dally,   for  Chilliwack.
Lulu Island Branch���For Vancouver and
Steveston: 7.00 a.m., dally except Sunday;
H.00 and 11.00 a.m., and 1.00, ,'1.0O and 5.00
p.m., dally; COO p.m., dally except Sunday; 7.00, 9.00 and 11.00 p.m., daily; 12.H0
midnight, daily.
Burnajby Lake Branch���For Vancouver;
6.80 and 6.30 a.m., dally except Sunday;
7.30 a.m., dally; S.30 a.m., daily except
Sunday; 9.30 and 11.30 a.m., dally; 12.30
p.m., Saturday only; 1.30 and 3.30 p.m.,
dally; 4.30 p.m. dally except Sunday; o.30
p.m., dully; 6.00 p.m., Sunday only; (1.30
p.m., dally except Sunday; 8.30 and 10.30
P.m., dally.
Oil Mops, pure wool	
 $1.50 each
Oil Dusters, each 25 & 50c
Ceiling Dusters, each 50c
Oil Mops, cotton, each 75c
Polishing Oils, Liquid Veneer
O'Cedar, Wizard, "Oil of
Joy," etc., at 25c, 50c, 75c
and $1.00 per bottle.
Royal Grown
Made in B. C.   deserve  your
Soap, Soap  Powder,
Cleanser, Lye, Toilet Soap, Etc.
Mops, each 25c & 50c
Brooms, each 35, 50 & 60c
Brushes, all kinds and all
Rex Sweeping Compound	
'    35c
Old Dutch Cleanser, 3tins-25
Fraser River Fish Co.
Retail ? re$b ?i$b
ttlbolcsale Smoked
Salt and Kippered Ti$b
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Welding and Brazing
Anto and Motor Boat Supplies and Fittings
First Class Machine Work
New Westminster
Phone 276       724 Front St
| Phones 15 and lb' ��
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f Crushed Rock, Sand and Gravel, Lime,  Cement, Plas- |
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New Westminster, B. C.
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The Cake Palace
Cor. of Sixth and Columbia
Quick Lunch-Cafateria Style
Ice Cream Parlor
A. HARDMAN,      -     -     -     Manager
,, :~M~w.:>w.<r><^>4&M>w<^>*4��w<^^^
Lime and Sulphur Spray. Blue Stone.
Whale Oil Soap, Etc., at
Ryall's Drug' Store
Phone 57. 701  Columbia Street
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New Westminster, B.C., April 7, 1916
Basis of Kitsilano Reserve Deal Inquiry
���Rushing Through the Estimates���
The London (B.C.) Building Extravagance.
Our general review of the proceedings
of the Legislature in last week's issue
brought matters up to the conclusion of
the debate on the address, Wednesday,
the 22nd inst., by Mr. Parker Williams,
a summary of whose remarks (crowded
out of last issue) we reproduce on page
two this week, his contribution constituting a most effective answer to characteristic Government evasions and misrepresentations in the course of the debate.
The House took a breathing spell after
the three weeks debate, and didn't do
anything of importance on the day following, Thursday, March 23rd, the proceedings being brief and confined to the
advancement a stage of bills on the order
Parker Williams introduced a bill to
secure a record of all importations of
workmen. This is designed to give
some control over the bringing in of
alien workers, as is being done right
along to a very large extent, and it
would, of course, help to preserve the
labor market for the men who have gone
to the front and who will be returning
some day to resume their occupations in
some field of productive industry.
The bill extending the moratorium on
lands, timber, minerals, petroleum and
natural gas, where the holders owe the
crown money, for the period of the war
and for six months thereafter, was moved for second reading by the Minister of
Lands, and the debate was adjourned by
H. C. Brewster.
Two private bills on the order paper
were advanced a stage. One, in the
name of H. H. Watson, Vancouver, is
an emergency measure designed to give
the District Municipality of Bumabv
power to divert some unexpended
moneys borrowed under special by-laws
to the paying of interest on its consolidated loans until the rates are collected.
This passed through the committee stage.
H. B. Thompson (Victoria) got an order of the House for correspondence between Principal Mackay and any member of the late or the present Cabinet relative to the presidency of the University
of British Columbia. (This was duly
laid before the House, as referred to editorially in our last, and has been published in exteuso in the daily press).
'     The Kitsilano Reserve  Deal.
following is the resolution of the
House, passed week before last, on motion of M. A. Macdonald (Vancouver)
for the appointment of a special committee of the Legislature [ which has
since taken up its work) for the investigation of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve
deal, which went the similar Songhees
job $5,000 better ($80,000 in all) in commissions to Government favorites:
"That whereas it appears from the
Public Accounts for the vear ending
March 3lst, 1913 (page C 349* Vote 192b),
that there was paid out of the public
treasury the sum of $300,000 on account
of the (alleged) purchase of the kitsalino
Indian reserve;
"And whereas a search of the records
of this House fails to disclose that any'
such sum of money was voted by the
Legislature for that purpose;
"And whereas it appears that such
$300,000 was paid out of the treasury
without the authority of the Legislature;
"And whereas it appears as if the
Public Accounts had been falsified by including in the items of expenditure the
sum of $300,000' under the heading of
vote 192;
"And whereas it appears from sworn
testimony adduced in the suit of Cole vs.
Reid that, out of the sum of ��300,000 before mentioned, approximately $220,000
' was divided amongst the Indians con
cerned, and that the remainder, approximating $80,000, was divided between Mr.
H.O. Alexander (who at that time was
in the employ of the Government as stipendiary magistrate, and also as official
guardian) and Mr. Hanrilfon Reid (who
admittedly was, up to a very short time
previous to this transaction, in the employ
of the law firm of which the present
Prmier of British Columbia is the head);
"And whereas it appears that, notwithstanding the payment of the $300,000
from the public treasury, the Province
has no title to the lands comprising the
Kitsilano Indian reserve;
"And whereas the circumstances attendant upon the payment o( this money
have not been inquired into by the Public
Accounts Committee of this House;
"Be it therefore resolved, That a select committee, consisting of five members of this House��� namely, Messrs.
Miller, Williams, Gifford, Shatford and
the mover be appointed, to inquire" into
the various allegations as above, call for
papers, persons, etc., examine witnesses
under oath, and report its findings to the
Rushing Voting of Supply.
Premier Bowser notified the House at
the sitting of Priday, March 24th, which
was another slack day, that he expected
supply to be voted within ten days following, and moved for night sittings to
begin Monday, the 27th, so as to rush
through this important order of business.
Parker Williams asked whether the
night sittings were to be temporary for
the purpose of .securing supply to carry
the Government over for a month or
two, or whether it was the intention to
have supply voted in full. A Government, he pointed out, usually got its
programme sufficiently disclosed to tlie
House before asking for supply.
Premier Bowser explained that the
reason the Government was bringing
this motion on now was for the purpose
of securing supply as near  April   1st as
possible so as to get the Supply Bill approved of. The proceeding was an unusual one, he admitted, but the conditions of the House sitting so near the
end of the fiscal year were unusual.
' 'One feason for keeping back our programme in reference to legislation," said
the Premier, "is to give honorable members opposite every opportunity to investigate those alleged charges of corruption
they had made. That is one reason why
we have not developed our policies
Mr. Brewster replied that it was .apparent to everyone that the Premier was
responsible for the unusual conditions he
spoke of, owing to his dodging the issue
at the polls and trying to take advantage
of the delay. His kind offer of every
opportunity for investigation was so
shallow that everyone could see through
it. He knew very well that, by bringing
on the double sittings of the House, he
rendered it impossible for the Opposition members to attend to their duties as
they should do, and he also knew well
that, when supply was granted, he had
the House in his own hands. That he
would do as he liked, as he had always
done, no one could doubt.
Pooley's Anti-Opposition Motion.
The afternoon session of Monday,
March 27, was marked by the withdrawing by Mr. Pooley, on Premier Bowser's
suggestion, of the former's resolution,
attacking the validity of the elections off
Messrs. Brewster aud Macdonald. Mr.
Pooley exblained and apologised at considerable length, giving trivial reasons
for having wasted the time of the House
with this absurd resolution, and brought
upon himself a stinging rebuke by the
Liberal leader and Mr. Macdonald, who
pointed out that the hand of the Government was plainly apparent in this matter, and that, though it was ended in
the House, it would uot be forgotten by
the people.
The Minister of Lands promised that
he would brjng down several bills covering Land Act matters,"* but he could not
explain why he wanted a blanket bill for
the extension of the moratorium for the
benefit of crown laud debtors to contain
a power which he assured the Opposition
there was no intention of using. Finally
he took refuge in the withdrawal of the
bill from committee in the promise of
considering it.
I n committee on a bill to amend the
Jury Act, in considering a section permitting sheriffs to empanel what might
be called emergency jurors out of the
crowd, when he has been unable to summon a full panel or some of the panel
has failed to respond, Mr. Macdonald
insisted that these emergency jurors
should have the same qualification as
jurors���that is being voters���or should
be qualified to be on the list as voters.
The Minister of Lands, who had charge
of the bill for the Attorney-General, allowed the bill to stand for consideration
of the suggestion.
The Two-to-One Budget.
As noted in our last week's issue, the
first night sitting of the present session,
that of Monday, March 27th, was made
memorable by the introduction of the
budget by Hon. Lome Campbell, provisional Minister of Finance, whose forecast of Provincial finances for the ensuing twelve months was the exceedingly
cheerful one of an estimated revenue of
just about half of the proposed expenditure���the difference to be made good by
more borrowing, on top of a public debt
of over $18,000,000 and annually recurring deficits of between $4,000,000 and
The remarkable and perhaps unprecedented proceeding was observed at the
afternoon session of Tuesday, March 28,
after the Liberal leader had concluded
his able and vigorous criticism of the
budget (a summary of whicli appeared
in our last), of the Government refraining from makng any reply, and closing
the budget debate by allowing tlie motion to go into Committee of Supply to
be at once put and passed.
Both the-afternoon and evening sessions of Wednesday, 29th ult., were devoted to rushing through about four
million of the eleven odd million estimates of proposed expenditure, the Opposition delaying the "railroading"
process somewhat by demanding explanations and protesting here and there.
London Building Extravagance.
Thursday, March 30, both afternoon
and evening sessions were taken up with
running through the Government machine a few more millions of the $11,-
000,000 estimates of expenditure, with
Ministers giving as little information as
possible when challenged on particular
items by the Opposition.
When it came to the vote of $175,000
additional to complete the Agent-General's palace in London, Mr. Macdonald
(Vancouver) asked for a statement of
cost of site, building, maintenance, etc.,
of this McBride-Bowser white elephant,
exclusive, of course, of the largely increased salary, pensions, etc., now proposed, and drew from Premier Bowser
the admission that, looking backward
now, the Province, perhaps, ought not to
have been so ambitious. There had been
spent, so far, he explained $199,710, including cost of site. For the coming
year $175,000 was required. There was
also $291,000 being carried by the contractor for thirty years at seven per cent.
The total cost of the builning at the end
of the thirty years would have been
$652,710. The main thing was, we had
gone into this and now we had to see it
Mr. Brewster asktd that the item stand
over until he could check the figures.
The Attorney-General's figures, he suggested, were about as far   out  as  usual.
Mr. Bowser said he had a report from
Sir Richard, who told hint what the
amounts were.
Mr. Macdonald interpolated that that
report should be before the House, and
Mr. Brewster, who insisted the Province
would have to find $40,000 a year, besides the $35,000 for salaries, pensions,
etc., concluded: "The whole thing
Heeds explaining, and the country will
expect the Premier to explain."
The item was graciously allowed to
Rtand over.
Trade at the
Syrup ��� Royal Honey Drip
Golden Syrup in ��� 10-lb. tins.
Splendid   value���note    the low
price,  tin 50c
Cerebas Shaker Salt, 2 pkgs--25c
Waw Waw Sauce��� Finest Indian Sauce, a delicious relish for
fish, meats, soups, salads, etc.
Reg- retail value 35c. Bought
at a snap���will sell at a snap-
bottle  15c
Peacock    Brand   New   Zealand
Jam  4-lb. tin 50c
Pearline---The special is still on
this week; four of these packages weigh more than a 25c
package. Special 5 10c pkgs.
for �����	
 ����� 25c
Sniders Catsup���one of the best
on the market, per bottle--���--.25c
B & K Wheat Flakes, per package 25c
Bulk Laundry Starch, 2 lbs-.15c
Liquid Ammonia, 2-qt, bot--25c
Model Grocery
Matheson & Jacobson
308 Sixth St. Phone 1001-2
East Burnaby, 2nd St. Phone 598
Edmonds, Gray Block Phone 1111L
Sapperton, Guhr Block Phone 1012
James & McClughan
Auto Tires & Accessories
New Westminster, B. C.
Phone 302
A. p. r\
Pacific Meat
Fresh Supplies of Meats
Daily from our Packing
House at Sapperton
Support your home concern
735 Columbia  St.
New Westminster, B. G.
at prices that  are   RIGHT
Quality, Quantity and Service  is our
Phones:   150-732
Belyea & Company, Ltd.
827 Carnarvon Street
Up=to=Date Shoe Repairer
Quick Service and   Best Workmanship Guaranteed
658 Clarkson Street
Opp. Court House. New Westminster
Direct from English Manufacturers
A delayed shipment on the way double the  usual length of  time
Heavy Long Clothes
Extra heavy medium and light weight long clothes in the
fine and round thread weaves. 35 inches, per yard 15c,
20c, 25c and 30c.
Fine Twilled Cottons
36 inch Twills,' suitable for night dresses, pajamas, etc.
Splendid weight, strong and should wash exceptionally
well.  "Per yard 20 to 30c. ,���
Fine Madapolams, Nanisooks, etc.
36 to 42 inch soft finish, free from objectionable dressing.
There is every weight you could wish in the 30 varieties
we now show.     Per yard 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45c.
Grey and White Sheetings *
68 to 90 inch Grey and White Twilled and Plain Sheetings.
Showing includes some extra heavy round thread weaves
for use where hard wear is expected.    Per yard 30 to 85c.
All our new stocks of White Pique Drills, Indian Heads,
Batistes, Voiles, etc., now in. .
New Westminster,   B.C.
Assignment  Sale!
McAllisters Limited
New Westminster, B. C.
It will not be possible to continue the retail selling of the stock
after Saturday, April 8,1916. Th��
balance of the merchandise, together
with the fittings and fixtures, will
then be offered in one lot to the highest-bidder. ���
The stock at the commencement
of the sale was valued at $45,000.
The store will be open until 10
p.m. on Saturday���the last night of
the sale.
P. O. Box 933
Westminster  Iron  Works
JOHN  REID,   Proprietor
General Machine Work, Engineering and
Manufacturers of  Structural and Ornamental Ironwork
JSn'smHET  New Westminster, B. C.
Pioneer Furniture  Dealer and Undertaker
Is Doing Business as Usual at the Old Stand
New Westminster, B. C.
ff*~Fair Dealing, Goods of Quality at Right Price*.     Phone 176
Phone 1198
Phone 1198
<3or&on & Matters
Georgeete Crepes, Linen Suitings, Organdy Muslin, Margussettes, Anderson's Ginghams, Best
English Prints. Special showing of Wash Ginghams at 10c yard.    New  Blouses, new  Hosiery
The People's Store   Sflf and 52 Sixth Street. Visit Us


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