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The Week
A British Columbia Newspaper and Review, Published at Victoria, B. C.
1232 Government St.          Telephone 83
Vol. VIII.   No
One Dollar Pee Annum
Rather more than a year ago The Week
suggested the name of Mr. W. E. Oliver
for the Mayoralty of Victoria. No sooner
Avas the name suggested than a A'ery general doubt Avas expressed as to Avhether Mr.
Oliver Avould stand. Most people seemed
to think that a man of his attainments and
position Avould prefer to hold himself
aloof from civic strife, and to avoid the
many unpleasant experiences invariably
met Avith by the Chief Magistrate. No
doubt if Mr. Oliver had consulted his oavii
inclination, he Avould have remained in
private life. Certainly, public service has
nothing to offer him that he requires. He
does not need its emolument. He has already established a high reputation Avhich
can hardly be enhanced, and the undertaking of the onerous duties of the mayoralty can only involve heavy personal sacrifices and responsibilities. In spite of these
draAvbacks, Mr. Oliver stepped into the
breach last year at the urgent request of
many leading citizens, and received a surprisingly large vote, especially Avhen it is
remembered that he Avas personally unknown to hundreds of A7ictoria ratepayers
and Avas fighting against an important and
influential vested interest.
It is an open secret that Mr. Oliver
would have been elected mayor last year
but that Mr. J. A. Turner received the
solid and organized support of the liquor
interests.   This year, Mr. Turner declares
that lie is not the candidate of the liquor
interests, but unfortunately  it  is impossible to forget his association of last year;
and if it is misjudging him to assume that
his affection has remained constant for a
Avhole twelve months, then it has to be
assumed that in this, as in several other
important matters, he has turned his coat.
For instance, last year Mr. Turner ardently espoused the  cause  of the Esquimalt
AVatenvorks Co.    This year he is just as
emphatic in favour of the Sooke scheme.
His excuse for this change of attitude is
that when he Avas in favour of purchasing
the Esquimalt holdings the price offered
Avas $900,000; but hoav that the price has
been raised to $1,500,000 he declares it is
too dear, and sAvitches to the opposition
scheme.   Is it possible that this, too, is one
of Mr. Turner's election dodges, and that
it is accounted for by the fact that since
the last civic elections the ratepayers have
pronounced upon the Esquimalt project
and turned it doAvn ?   Anyway, Mr. Turner is one of the crowd Avhich at the present moment is rushing under the Sooke
umbrella as if it alone could afford a haven
of refuge in the civic storm.   Tliere is another reasonable objection to Mr. Turner's
candidature, and in stating this The AVeek
has no desire to do him an injustice, and
least of all to make the matter one of party
politics.   Indeed, its support of Mr. Oliver
precludes such a suggestion;  but recently
Mr. Turner has been sitting on the political fence—or, perhaps, to express it more
correctly, he has been straddling the fence.
Tho^e who knew him in the Kootenay
know that for at least 15 years he has been
one of the most prominent members of the
Liberal party, and until a feAV months ago
it would never have occurred to anyone to
question that he was a life-long, fully-convinced Liberal.    Indeed, his old friend
and associate, Mr. S. S. Taylor, K.C., is
apparently not aAvare that he has left the
Liberal fold or he Avould never have writ-
W. E. Oliver's Platform
I am a candidate in the forthcoming election for the office of Mayor of
I had no intention of coming forward till Mr. Alec. Stewart refused.
My platform is exactly the same as last year... I urge:
First: The proper construction and repair of all main thoroughfares in
preference to all other streets.
Second: The settlement of the water question. I am of exactly the
same opinion as I was last year'as ta the best means of settlement. It is
that there should be created by the Provincial Legislature a Water Board
to control the w„ater supply of all the south end of Vancouver Island, in
particular Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay and Esquimalt, with power to
expropriate all existing systems and to place a reserve on all other possible
sources of supply. Such a Board would undoubtedly expropriate Elk Lake
and the Esquimalt Waterworks for immediate necessities and place a
permanent reserve on Sooke for future uses.
It is perfectly clear to me without pretending to be a prophet that the
water supply of the neighbourhood must ultimately be controlled by a Board
such as I suggest. It is better for everyone that it should. If it were,
Victoria and the other districts mentioned would immediately commence to
progress in unity.
So long as the water supply is controlled by separate, and possibly
antagonistic, forces Victoria and the other districts will not progress in
unity, but each will be retarded by the other.
Apart from these important matters, I can promise that, if elected, I
will in a humble way try to see that the affairs of Victoria are run justly,
decently and efficiently.
I have no organized committee, but I have a great many loyal friends,
and I ask them as a kindness to myself to do what they can to help my
candidature, and in particular to contradict any slanderous falsehoods they
may encounter reflecting on my character and motives.
Mayor: W. E. Oliver
No. 1 Ward
No. 2 Ward
No. 3 Ward
No. 4 Ward
No. 5 Ward
School Trustees
ten the letter taht appeared in the Times
a few nights ago in support of Mr. Turner's candidature. !No\v, it Avas not necessary to go to A'ancouver to obtain a
testimonial for Mr. Turner. There are
lots of old Kootenaians in Victoria, including the editor of The AA7eek, Avho
would have spoken just as highly of Mr.
Turner's personal character in the Kootenay as Mr. S. S. Taylor has done. But
when his A'ictoria friends find that he has
recently been declaring himself a Conservative to Conservative voters, Avhilst al-
loAving himself to be supposedly a Liberal
by his Liberal friends, The AVeek ventures to point out that there is a lack of
consistency Avhich marks him as obviously unfitted for the high position of Mayor.
Victoria has had enough of mayors avIio
do .not knoAV tlieir oavii minds and avIio
shift tlieir position on important public-
questions to suit the exigencies of the moment ; and admirable as some of the qualities of Mr. J. A. Turner admittedly are,
it is singularly unfortunate that his oavu
friends have felt themselves bound to desert his standard because of his inconsistencies, and to urge him, as they have
done( unfortunately Avithout avail) to
withdraw from the contest. Any man Avho.
resists the appeal made by the most re-,
presentative committee of citizens that
could be gathered together lays himself
open to the charge of seeking personal and
not public interest, and that is Avhy Mr.
Turner Avill undoubtedly be defeated.
The other candidate, Mr. Morley, is so
Avell knoAvn to the people of A'ictoria that
it is not necessary to say much about him.
All that need be said is that he has occu-*
pied the mayor chair for three years; that
he has lost ground in public favour every
year; that last year he got in by the barest
majority of the votes cast and by less than
25 per cent, of the total voters.   His election has ahvays been due to the solid attitude of Avhat is called the "Reform Vote";
but, as Avas inevitable, even the Moral Reformers have found Mr. Morley out. They
now knoAV the type of man he is, and in
the present election the most prominent
and influential members of the Ministerial
Association are supporting Mr. Oliver.  It
is not necessary to do more than to refer
to Mr. Morley's   method   of   conducting
business, his arrogance, his intolerance of
other people's opinions and his general
omniscience,   Avhich   have   rendered   the
meetings of the City Council often abortive and invariably stormy.    Unfortunately, Mr. Morley is so constituted that
he cannot Avork amicably with anyone. He
has lost the public confidence, and Avhat-
ever usefulness he may have had is hoav
a thing of the past.    It is impossible to
conceive of the development of the Capital
City upon such lines as are hoav opened
up with Mr. Morley at the head of affairs.
To enable the city to take full advantage
of the great possibilities hoav dawning demands a Chief Magistrate who commands
the confidence and respect of every section
of the community and avIio has already demonstrated that he has special qualifications for the position.
Of the three gentlemen before the public The AATeek has no hesitation in saying
that Mr. Oliver is best entitled to support.
Although he has not served the City of THE AVEEK, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1911
Victoria, he has had an unique experience as Reeve of the Oak Bay Municipality. He fought his battles Avith remarkable patience and skill, ancl Avon out
in almost every instance. He is a man
of extreme modesty, Avhich accounts for
the fact that although he has followed his
profession in Arictoria for many years he
is not personally known to any great extent outside legal circles. Those Avho
knoAV Mr. Oliver best know him as a gentleman, as a man of broad sympathies, as
one who believes in and Avill advocate the
highest standards of personal conduct and
civic administration; as one Avho has no
axe to grind, and Avhose ambition will be
to make a name for himself as a public
servant, because he has no need to make
anything else. He has no local investments, interests or affiliations Avhich
would handicap his usefulness or bias his
judgment; and for the first time for many
years Arictoria has the opportunity of securing a Chief Magistrate with all the
personal qualifications and executive ability which the position demands. A'ictoria
has for some years been looking for a
means of escape from mediocrity; The
AVeek believes that the opportunity is iioav
offered, and in the hest interests of good
government and enlightened progress no
better step could be taken than to elect
Mr. AV. E. Oliver as Mayor for 1911.
There is one gratifying feature about
the aldermanic elections this year Avhich
is that there is a much greater amount
of interest manifested than usual. This
is sheAvn by the fact that for ten vacancies there are no fewer than twenty candidates. In this list a number of neAV
names will be found, names of men who
have never before offered themselves for
public service, but most of whom are fa-
bourably knoAvn. The AA'eek has ahvays
advocated the constant infusion of neAV
blood into the Council, and especially the
representation of that section of the community which has recently settled in Victoria, acquiring property and establishing
homes. If this test be applied, it Avill be
seen that the forthcoming council should
be one of the strongest the city has eArer
IN WARD 1, the veteran AV. H. ROSS
should be returned; and now that MR. B.
J. PERRY for the first time seriously proposes to "place his undoubted talent at
the service of the ratepayers it Avould be
a pity not to gratify his wishes;and allow
him'to take his share of the work Avhich,
according to the best traditions of the British people, should fall upon the shoulders
of those who have the time and the means.
IN AVARD 2 there would not seem to
be any reason to replace either of the city
members, and this is said Avithout any
disrespect to their opponents, both of
Avhom are estimable men. Apart from his
ordinary duties on the council, HARRY
BISHOP has done good service as Police
Commissioner; and RUSS HUMBER
should be returned again if only because
of the independent spirit he has invariably
MAN and AV. F. FULLERTON will no
doubt be returned, especially as their opponent, Mr. Gleason, has allied himself
with a section of the community not at
present in very good odor.
IN WARD 4 there are a number of
good men, and on the principle that Avhere
promising young men offer themselves the
veterans should give way, The AA'eek
strongly advocates the election of AA'. C.
Both are men of conspicuous ability. The
former, though a young man, is an old-
timer, and his name may be said to be a
household Avord in Victoria. H. M. Fullerton is popular wherever he is known.
He represents the best class of modern
settlers in A'ictoria. In the short space
of four years he has forged his way to the
front, and is hoav one of the most extensive and successful of our real estate
agents, as Avell as being a considerable property-owner.    It is safe to say that the
services whicli Mr. Fullerton will render
to Arictoria are not limited to the aldermanic board. It Avould be a mistake not
to accept the services of a man so eminently qualified to do goocl work.
IN AVARD 5 it is probable that the
ratepayers Avill endorse the services of AV.
Both have been active and energetic. It
is mainly OAving to the persistent advocacy of Mr. Langley that the much-needed
repairs along the Dallas Road seafront
have been undertaken; and in Mr. Sargison the council has had a most assiduous worker and one avIio has the interests
of the city at heart. Much as the opponents of these tAvo gentlemen are respected, tliere would hardly seem to be
sufficient reason to displace them. Mr.
Langley has placed the City under an obligation Avhich furnishes a very favourable
contrast to the conduct of Mr. J. A. Turner in gracefully withdrawing his candidature for the Mayoralty when responsible
citizens pointed out the desirability of doing so.
There are only three School Trustees to
be elected, and there are four candidates.
The veteran ancl universally respected
chairman, MR. GEORGE JAY, will be
returned gladly by the ratepayers of the
City of Victoria as long as he cares to
offer himself as a candidate. His conspicuous ability as an educationist, his devotion to the cause, his untiring industry,
and his modesty, render him an ideal
leader of the educational forces of the city.
MR. STANELAND is one of the young
men of Alctoria Avho has made good during the two years he has been in office, and
is fairly entitled to remain there. On the
principle of introducing neAV blood into
the Board of Trustees as Avell as into the
City Council, The AVeek urges the election of MR. HANINGTON, who is a
capable and experienced man, young ancl
ambitious, and, withal, another of those
quiet men, noted for their modesty,. Avith
Avhich A'ictoria is richly blessed.
AA'kilst on the subject of School Trustees, The AVeek Avould like to say a word
in favour of Mr. Duncan B. McLaren,
Avho is running in Oak Bay. He, too, is
a young man, a resident and oAvning property in that municipality. He is a
Public School man from the Old Country,
has made many friends during his residence in A'ictoria, and has made a special
study of education ancl educational systems. Mr. McLaren may not be very well
knoAvn in Oak Bay, and as The AVeek has
a large number of readers in that district
it takes this opportunity of strongly endorsing and recommending" hi scandida-
ture. * *   -   -
Elsewhere will be found a synopsis of
the By-laws upon whicli the ratepayers
Avill Ibe asked to A-ote tomorrow. They
have been discussed in the local press ad
nauseam, and at this late moment The
AVeek can only indicate, Avithout enlarging upon, the reasons avIiv tehse By-laws
should be respectively carried or rejected.
The first is the
for Avhich it is proposed to raise $1,500,-
000. To the by-laAV in its present form
not because it is opposed to the acquiring
and developing of the Sooke Lake ancl
River and the whole of the Sooke watershed as a source of supply for A'ictoria,
but briefly for the following reasons:
1. That the estimated cost of $1,500,-
000 is undoubtedly far beloAV Avhat the
actual cost Avill be. Tlie best judges place
it at $2,500,000 or more.
2. To acquire and develop the Sooke
Scheme Avhilst leaving the largest portion
of the territory to be served in the hands
of a private corporation Avould be the
Avorst possible business. Tliere is no doubt
that inevitably the Esquimalt Watenvorks
Co. will continue to supply A'ictoria West,
Esquimalt, Saanich and probably Oak
Bay, leaving the city only the remaining
area Avithin the municipal boundaries.
3. Such a project would mean increased taxation, Avhich Avould have to be shared
by Alctoria West, although it could not
4. The data available is insufficient to
justify the launching of so vast a project,
and before active steps are taken to expropriate, a sufficient amount should be
expended on competent surveys and a reliable report.
5. Sooke Avater cannot be made available in much less than five years, ancl
Alctoria cannot Avait so long.
This should be REJECTED for the
folloAving reasons:
1. The proposed site is unsuitable, not
being sufficiently central, and especially
being located in an inconvenient position
for people of moderate means. If the city
is to go into the theatre business, it should
at least consult the convenience of the
2. The interest, amounting to $25,000
worth of stock, offered to the City for the
surrender of a site Avorth at least $100,-
000, is ridiculous and bears no relation
Avhatever to values.
3. The proposed system of management by a board of directors avouIc! be impracticable.
4. It Avould not be just to initiate a
neAV departure in the use of public funds
applied to a purpose against Avhich a large
section of the community has conscientious objections.
This By-laAV should be emphatically
1. Because it is a good bargain, the
city getting rid of unsightly ancl dangerous poles ancl Avires Avithout any compensation to the Company, although that corporation Avill sacrifice plant Avorth many
thousands of dollars Avhich it could otherwise use for at least 20 years.
2. The City does not lend the money;
it simply negotiates the loan, which is
equivalent to endorsing the note of the
Telephone Company. The effect is to
save, .that .company, a .small sum—say
$1,000 a year—in interest because the city
can borroAv money cheaper than the company can; but what is more important to
the latter, it avoids an additional mortgage on its undertakings. The money is
repayable to the City periodically, with
interest, and there is therefore no risk.
Some people have asked, Avhy doesn't the
Telephone Company borroAv the money itself? Why should the City help it to
finance? A fair retort Avould be: AVhy
should the Telephone Company sacrifice
its plant Avithout compensation when it is
under no legal compulsion to do so ? The
AA'eek vieAvs the By-laAV as a fair compromise whicli should'be ENDORSED.
It is proposed under this to raise the
sum of $25,000 to provide additional electric lighting facilities rendered necessary
by the rapid groAvth of the city. This
does not admit of contention.
This calls for $150,000 for the extension of the AVaterworks system of the city
for tlie same reason. This, too, is not a,
matter of dispute.
There remains only
Avhich is intended simply to test the opinion of the electorate. The first question
asked is:
1. "Shall improvements be exempt
from taxation?" This is practically a
proposal to adopt the entire principle of
single tax. Undoubtedly this will be*a
move in the direction of up-to-date methods
of taxation. The principle is spreading
everywhere. It was practically endorsed
by the 50 per cent, compromise years ago,
ancl in the opinion of The AVeek the psychological moment has arrived for
ADOPTING the principle in ils entirety.
2.^ "Shall the Police and License Commissioners be elected by tlie voters of the
City?" to Avhich The AA'eek answers em
phatically NO, unless you wish tp Aveaken
the administration of the law and to give
a decided pull to the laAvless element.
3. "Shall saloon ancl bottle licenses be
abolished, and licenses for the sale off*
liquor by retail be granted only to hotels
complying Avith the statutory requirements?" On this question The AA'eek
This has been done generally throughout
Canada, Avith satisfactory results, but
bottle licenses are in a different category,
and The AVeek claims that no householder
should be deprived of the opportunity of
purchasing liquor for home consumption
from the family grocer or other properly
licensed retail vendor. The AA'eek regards
THE SUBJECT, and therefore if the
question is to be ansAvered as a whole,
NEGATWE; but in taking this stand
The AVeek wishes it to be distinctly understood that it is irreconcilably opposed to
The ministers of religion Avho have been
backing up the Grand Theatre campaign
Avith their presence, should be heartily
ashamed of the tactics hoav being pursued
by the party which is seeking in vain to
stem the success of Mr, Oliver. If he
cannot be defeated Avithout resorting to
false statements, it is certain that he cannot be defeated at all. Mr. Oliver not
only has no interest in the Esquimalt
AA'atenvorks Company, but he did what
very feAV members of Mr. Morley's party
would do—sacrificed his stock in that
company lest he should be biased; and he
did this solely to fit himself for public
For School Trustee
I beg to announce myself as a Candidate for Re-election to the Office of
School Trustee.
For School Trustee
Ladies and Gentlemen,—I desire to announce that I shalt again be a candidate
for the office of School Trustee at the
forthcoming election and I respectfully
solicit your support and influence. If
elected I shall, as in the past, endeavor
to promote the best interests of the public schools of the city to the best of my
Yours respectfully,
For School Trustee
Ladies  and  Gentlemen:—
I desire to announce that I shall be a
candidate at the approaching election of
School Trustees, and I ask your confidence and support.
I have lived for over eleven years in
this ProAince, six years of which time I
was a School Trustee and the secretary
of the Grand Forks School Board, and
during that period our school made great
advances until it became one of the best
if not the best school in the interior. I
do not claim to have been responsible for
all such progress but I do think that I
am entitled to a share of the credit. As
secretary of that board I was brought
into close daily touch with the work of
the schools ancl their management, and
have always been greatly interested in
school work. I believe that my experience can be of service to the schools of
this city, ancl if elected I will do my best
to keep A^ictoria's schools in the very
prominent position they deservedly occupy at the present time, and will gladly
give my time and attention to the school
Lest We Forget
.    Morley's rag, Avith its
ency, attacks Mr. AV. E.
usual inconsist-
Oliver because
four years ago he adA'ocated and procured
a license for the sale of liquor on the
Agricultural Society's grounds; but it has
not the honesty to say that at that time
Mr. Oliver was the Reeve of Oak Pay,
that he was carrying out the instructions
of the Council (Avhich he was obliged to
do), and that the person applying for the
license was Mayor Morley.
* *     *
It is astonishing how recent experience
confirms the Avisdom of the old proverb:
"Evil communications corrupt good manners." The respectable element of the
Moral Reform party of Alctoria has apparently sunk to the level of the professional politicians with whom it is allied in
the municipal campaign, and is using the
ordinary Aveapons of the mudslinger—
mis-representation, vituperation and lying.
* *      *
Mr. Oliver has no affiliations of any
kind with the Esquimalt AA7aterworks
Company. He is neither its mouthpiece
nor its counsel; and if elected Mayor will
drh'e as hard a bargain Avith them.as is
possible, ancl as hard as the bargains he
has driven with the City of A'ictoria on
y several occasions Avhen working for his oavii
Municipality of Oak Bay.
*     *     *
The people of A'ictoria have become so
used to the tactics of a trimmer that it is
scarcely to be Avondered at if they cannot
now comprehend . Avhat an honest man
Avould do if elected Mayor.
■   *      *      * _--'"'
There is a persistent rumour, emanating from usually Avell informed quarters,
that a scheme is already on foot for the
establishment of a restricted district in the
I am convinced that if the Government
Avere asked they Avould readily consent to
make the reserve perpetual if it is considered the present reserve is not sufficiently definite.
Yours truly,
AV. E. Oliver.
Mr. W. E. Oliver
Mr. Other is a man of education, avIio
has Avorked for his living, who has Avork-
ecl with both hands and brain, Avho sym-
nathizes with the working class, Avhose
experience is broad and long, Avho has
no private axe to grind, Avho is affiliated
with no political party, who has a clean
record as a good citizen and a straightforward, progressive man and whose previous experience includes three terms a.°
municipal chief executive, tAvo of which
Avere accorded him by acclamation, a good
man to support for mayor of a city like
Alctoria especially at this crisis in the
City of Victoria's career .
If so, AV. E. Oliver fills the bill to the
utmost, satisfaction.
AVho is AV. E. Oliver?
Since Mr. Oliver agreed to offer himself as a candidate for the mayoralty, a
feAV clays ago, owing to the disability of
Mr. Alec SteAvart, that question has been
asked more than once, despite the fact
that Mr. Oliver is Avell and very faA'or-
ably known to a large number of citizens
ancl that he Avas a candidate for the same
office last year. Mr. Oliver, although for
many years he has taken a keen interest
in civic affairs, is not the type of man to
push himself umvarrantably into the lime
light. Now, at the urgent request of many
friends, he comes fonvard to offer his seiw-
ices if a majority of the citizens of Alctoria will accept them. The AA'eek, Avhich
Avas first to advocate Mr. Oliver's candidacy as eminently desirable, therefore has
neighbourhood ot Rock Bay, and that oet-^£_m_ in telling a few facts about this
tain notorious characters have taken op
tions on property there for that purpose;
the' understanding being that if a certain
mayoral candidate is successful he Avill endorse the .project. It should not be difficult for the electors to pick the man Avho
Avould NOT support such a project.
Alctoria, B.C.,
Jan. 10th, 1911.
The Editor The AA'eek.
Dear Sir:—
My water policy is being greatly misrepresented.
Mr. Morley publicly states that I am
entirel yagainst Sooke Lake as a source
of supply.
I am not. On the contrary Sooke Lake
is an essential part of my Water Board
scheme.    I say—
1. All sources of supply and all distribution of Avater in Victoria and the
neighbouring Municipalities should be under one public authority or AVater Board
and one only.
2. Such a public authority should acquire all existing systems, i..., Elk Lake
and the Esquimalt AVaterworks for immediate necessities.
3. Such public authority should obtain a permanent reseiwe on all other Avater
sources, i. e., Sooke ancl Highland Avater-
sheds and waters for future uses.
There need be no delay. The Avhole
matter can be dealt with and finished at
the forthcoming sitting of the House.
AVhen M r. Morley says that the Government reserve on Sooke Lake is about to
expire and Avill never be renewed he is
entirely misleading the public.
The reserve on Sooke Lake is not about
to expire.
It was created in 1908 with no time*
limit and having talked to various mem-
bers*of the executive at various times, I
knoAV very Avell that the reserve never Avill
be uplifted except with the consent ancl
the other Municipalities affected.
If Mr. Morley really feared that this
reserve Avas about to expire ancl really
wanted to prevent it, Avhy did it not occur
to him to ask the Government to make it
AV. E. Oliver Avas born in the City of
Edinburgh a sufficient number of years
ago to render him now Avell seasoned Avhile
still young, a man, in short, in the prime
of life. He Avas educated in Public School
and at the University of Edinburgh Avhere
he Avas graduated, later taking his A. M.
degree. Thus broadly educated in the arts
Mr. Oliver chose law as his profession and
applied himself for four years with much
success. Then, bping a Avide-aAvake young
man with both* eyes open for opportunities, he elected to turn his talents to account in the Great AA'est. He came to
Alctoria, Avas deeply impressed with the
possibilities of this fertile section of the.
great Dominion, and decided to settle here
Passing, the local examinations Mr.
Olher Avas admitted to the bar in this
Province and Avas soon taken in as partner in the firm of Hunter, Duff & Olher.
lie practised with much success as a member of this, firm for several years. Later
the firm Avas changed, the original partnership being dissolved Avhen Mr. Lyman P.
Duff Avas made a justice of the supreme
court of Canada. Mr. Gordon Hunter
and Mr. Oliver then practised together as
Hunter & Oliver for many years, enjoying
much prosperity. This partnership terminated Avhen Mr. Hunter Avas made
Chief Justice of British Columbia. Since
that time Mr. Oliver has practised alone
until last year, Avhen he joined forces with
Mr. II. A. Patton and the firm is iioav
Oliver & Patton, with offices on the third
floor of the new Pemberton Building.
In 1896 Mr. Oliver married the charming daughter of Mr. AVilliam C. Ward,
managing director of the Bank of Commerce, and built a beautiful home in the
diftrict of Oak Bay. Five years ago this
district Avas made a municipality and, by
that time, Mr. Oliver had so gainpd the
confidence and respect of his fellow -citizens that he Avas unanimously requested to
serve as the first Reeve. He accepted this
oflice with a full appreciation of Avhat
duties it entailed. He threw himself into
the Avork of building up Oak Bay with an
energy, directed by cool judgment and
keen insight, that wrought wonders in that
first year.    Oak Bay at that  time   Avas
something neAV as a municipality. It Avas
Avithout precedents; there Avas everything
to be done and plans to be perfected for
the doing of it. The young municipality
found that it needed seAvage and goocl
roads first of all. Prior to its becoming
a municipality all public moneys had gone
to the Provincial tresury. These Avere
available hoav, and, with the advice of his
councillors, Mr. Oliver proceeded to direct
the expenditures to the best advantage. He
gave such satisfaction that he Avas returned
by acclamation during two succeeding sessions and served through a fourth as
councillor. He Avas to have offered himself again as a candidate for Reeve at the
approaching Oak Bay elections this year
had not the greater duty presented itself.
During the first year of his service as
ReeA*-e Mr. Oliver's careful study of municipal affairs locally and abroad—he having taken it up prhately as a hobby—
stood him in goocl stead. He had no fancy
notions, but he applied good common sense
to the local problems as they came. He
Avas strong for good roads and good roads
Avere constructed throughout Oak Bay,
roads of a quality that may be tested today. Also, during those first years, sewage
Avas provided for all the more settled portion of the municipality.
The Avater question Avas another matter
that came under Mr. Oliver's attention
Avhen he Avas serving as Reeve of Oak Bay.
Previous to the time Avhen the municipality Avas formed Oak Bay had obtained its
Avater from the city on sufferance only. Mr.
Oliver took the* attitude, with his council
behind him, that it Avas the duty of the
city to provide Oak Bay with Avater because the city controlled all available
sources of supply. For tAvo years a stiff
fight Avas carried on and in the end the
municipality Avon its point and the city
agreed to supply the municipality, Oak
Bay to provide for the distribution. Since
that time each year has seen an extension
of the Avater supply in Oak Bay and iioav
the municipality is Avell provided for in
the matter of wafer.
Those citizens of Oak Bay who have l'iv-
ed there during Mr. Oliver's terms are unanimous in their praise of his ability and
unselfish zeal for the public goocl. He
showed himself, above all "else, to be non-
self-seeking, progressive, thorough, competent and genial. Particularly at this stage
of its career Alctoria urgently requires
■-such a man to administer the office of chief
executive. A'ictoria is broadening and
growing as never before. In the near future the city Avill be face to face with some
bigger problems than any that have gone
before. A big man and a broad man Avill
be needed to fill the mayor's chair. A self-
seeking opportunist, a non-competent, a
narroAV-minded, smajl man, will do more
to injure the city permanently than anything else can. Mr. Oliver is thoroughly
capable as a man and a gentleman; now,
as to his vieAvs.
Mr. Oliver clearly stated his platform
in the Colonist of Tuesday morning, but
since that time statements have been made
against him Avhich require clearing up.
AVhen he Avas asked by The AVeek yesterday to make a further statement Mr.
Oliver said* "In informing the public this
morning that I had no interest whatever
in the Esquimalt AVater AVorks Company,
I thought I had covered every possible
point, but a friend iioav informs me thai-
Mr. Morley suggested at a public meeting
that 1 Avas acting as solicitor for the company. I have only to state that I am not
acting as their solicitor, have never done
so and have no intention of ever doing so.
There are two main beams in Mr. Oliver's platform. First, as Avas his policy in
Oak Bay, he urges the proper construction
of all main thoroughfares in preference to
all other streets; and, second, he urges
the settlement of the Avater question.
To anyone avIio thinks nt all it must be
apparent that tin- water question in Vic
toria is one that has assumed alarming
proportions. Mr. Oliver is opposed to th«
immediate projection of the Sooke Lnke
water scheme but he favors a permanent
reserve of that supply to insure futu.e
provision ns the need grows. Mr. Oliver,
believes that the lime is not ripe for the
development of tlie Sooke Lake schemi;
Avith its indefinite and enormoas cost. He
believes in the formation of a joii:.t board
which Avould be composed of representatives from the city and the surrounding
municipalities and which Avould administer ia unified water Avorks system to the
best advantage of all concerned. He believes firmly that the only logical step is
the expropriation of the Esquimalt AVater
AA'orks ancl the permanent reservation of
Sooke Lake so that one representative
board will control the entire available Avater supply on the southern portion of the
island. This, he submits, necessitates the
expropriation of Elk Lake and Esquimalt
"Mr. Morley, has tried to make out,"
said Mr. Oliver yesterday, "that I am
against Sooke Lake as a Avater supply. This
is simply a mis-statement of the facts. I
am in faA'or of the permanent reservation
of Sooke Lake but I am not in favor of
the immediate expenditure of an unknown
and certainly enormous sum of money on
that system Avhen other systems, which Ave
require anyAvay, are more accessible and
are presently adequate- Even though Ave
Avere to begin Avork on the Sooke scheme
tomorroAV it Avould be an indefinite time
before Ave should have the water available.
AVhere shall Ave obtain the increased supply meanwhile ?"
"Mr. Morley has been misrepresenting
things in regard to the Sooke Laye supply.
He says that the goA'ernment reserve on
Sooke Lake is about to expire and that it
Avill not be reneAved. This is untrue. The
reserve Avas put on with no limitation and
to all intents ancl purposes it is permanent.
However, I recently approached members
of the Provincial Executive with a vieAV
to learning Avhether or not they would be
willing to make it perpetual in favor of
Alctoria and the other municipalities. As
a result of this I state Avithout any doubt
Avhatever that such perpetual reservation
would be granted.
City of Victoria
Notice akd Direction to Alters
Public notice is hereby given to the electors of the City of Alctoria, pursuant to
the above resolution and by-laAV, that the
presence is desired at the Public Market
Building, Cormorant Street, on Thursday,
the 12th day of January, 1911, from 9 a.
m. to 7 "pvjn,, of such of the electors as are
entitled to vote at an election for Mayor,
to cast their vote for or against the resolution passed by the Municipal Council
upon each of the folloAving questions, viz:
(1) Shall improvements be exempt
from taxation?
(2) Shall the Police and License Commissioners be elected by the A'oters of the
(3) Shall saloon and bottle licenses be
abolished ancl licenses for the sale of liquor
by retail be granted only to hotels complying Avith the statutory requirements?
The vote will be taken by ballot, and
will be conducted in the same manner as an
election for Mayor. Those-in favour-of
any of the questions:
(1) Shall improvements bc . exempt
from taxation?
(2) Shall' the Police and License Commissioners be elected by the- vote:* of the
City? * ,'.'*
(3) Shall saloon and bottlor/ficenses be
abolished and licenses for the sale of liquor
by retail be granted only to hotels complying Avith the statutory requirements?.,
will place a cross (X) opposite the Avord
"Aye" in the space provided folloAving
each of such questions of whieh they arc
so in favor, and those against any of the
questions Avill place a cross (X) opposite
the word "No" in the space provided following each of such questions of Avhich
they are not in favor, in accordance with
the provisions of the "Referendum By-
law."No. 401.
Of Avhich every person is requested to
tnke notice and to govern himself accordingly.
Given under my hand at A'ictoria, British Columbia, this 31st day of December,
War. AV. Noktiicote,
Returning Officer. THE WEEK, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1911
Public Notice
We wish the public to take particular attention to our special suit and coat sale—-remember
the prices and compare them with others, consider the stock which is positively the newest,
best and most up-to-date in the city.     Remember we guarantee a fit with every garment we
sell—also, if you are not altogether satisfied we will make it right.    Here are the prices, and
you will find them just as advertised           .*.           .*,
$30.00 Suits for        -        $18.75     $25.00 Suits for        -        $14.75
$27.50    "      '«                     $16.75      $20.00    "      "                     $12.25
©ur Special at $10.00 cannot be beaten
Burberry Coats regular $35.00 for            -            -            -            $27.50
Chesterfield Overcoats, a good assortment, in black or grey, with or without silk
facing, special for the week               -               -               -               -               $10.00
Pinch & Pinch
Men's Wear
Ladies'  Wear
Yates Street
Men's Wear
next to
Imperial Bank
Yates Street
I respectfully solicit your votes and influence and if elected I shall do my best
to serve you and advance to the best of
my ability the interests of the City of Victoria. I appeal to you as an advocate of
clean, progressive, civic government. You
have elected me for three terms as your
alderman. Your votes on Thursday will
be the best evidence of your opinion of
my services in that capacity. I wish to
thank all who take an interest in my candidature in advance, and hereby offer myself for the office of Alderman in AVard
One for 1911.        Yours faithfully,
I am ^candidate for Alderman in Ward
One, and solicit your vote and interest.
Having been requested by a large number of electors of Ward Tavo, to again
submit myself for re-election at the forthcoming civic elections as alderman to
serve for the ensuing year I beg to announce myself as a candidate, and respectfully solicit the votes of the electors
of that ward. I shall endeavour, if elected, to serve the city's interests in general, and those of Ward Two in particular, to the best of my ability.
Respectfully yours,
Ladies and Gentlemen,—In response to
the request of a large number of the Electors of No. 2 Ward I have consented to
stand again as a representative, I with
my colleague Alderman Humber, have
endeavoured to see that the interests of
this ward, should get full value for the
money expended. The manner in whicii
No. 2 AVard is growing demands that
every consideration should be given it,
and at the same time, expenditures
should be closely watched, and the taxpayers' interests closely guarded.
In asking for a continuance of your
support, I assure you that I will use my
best endeavors to see that the interests
of the electors of No. 2 AA'ard are protected.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am a candidate for re-election in your
ward and solicit your votes and influence.
If elected I think that my experience during last year will be useful to me and I
stand at all times for Business Methods,
Progress and Economy.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Having decided to offer myself for
election as Alderman in the above Avard,
I respectfully solicit your vote and influence. I am a property owner ancl resident in the AA'ard and am desirous of
promoting its interests in every possible
way. If elected I will devote all the time
necessary to ensure the proper sewering,
draining and street-making to make
Ward IV as up-to-date as any Ward in
the City.
At the invitation of a large number of
the voters of AA'ard Four, I beg to announce that I will be a Candidate for
Aldermanic honours, ancl respectfully
ask the support of the electors.
My efforts will be in the direction of
a progressive policy.
624 Trutch Street.
Ladies ancl Gentlemen:
I beg to announce that I will be a Candidate for Re-election at the forthcoming
Civic Election, and respectfully solicit
your votes and influence.
Ladies ancl Gentlemen,—I beg to announce myself as a candidate for re-election at the forthcoming Municipal Election and respectfully solicit your votes
and influence.
I beg to announce myself as a candidate for re-election as Alderman for
above AA'ard and respectfully solicit your
votes and influence.
In deciding to come before you again
allow me to say that having the interests
of the ciyt at heart, and recognizing the
present as a most important era in its
history, I will, if you re-elect me assist to
the best of my ability in promoting the
progress, general welfare and good government of the city, paying particular attention to keeping taxation as low as is*
possibly consistent therewith.
As regards the interests of Ward 5 in.
particular, I am especially concerned to
see that the Dallas Road Sea Wall and
Improvement Scheme, upon which work
has already begun, is carried out to a
successful conclusion ancl in conformity
with the general idea upon which it was*
founded nearly a year ago. In connection Avith this subject there are other portions of the foreshore whicii need, and
must have, protection, ancl which, if elected, I shall make it my duty to attend to.
The other matter specifically mentioned in my announcement to you at last
election, viz.: the Songhees Indian Reserve has, as you knoAV been successfully
dealt with by the government, but many
important questions relating thereto must
be settled by the city.
The subjects of good streets and good
value in getting them shall also with me-
be matters of special consideration.
Thanking you in anticipation for a renewal of the handsome support you afforded me last year, 1 am,
Yours faithfully,


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