Clipped From The Chilliwack Progress
CITY COUNCIL TAKES EXCEPTION. Members Are Real Angry That They Are Mistaken for Township Bunch on Lower Floor. Not Them, But the Other Fellows, Who Said They Did Xot Want More Settlers Here. It was a real annoyed mayor and council of aldermen who sat at the council board of the city of Chilliwack on Monday evening. They "were mad all through, not at themselves, nor at any of the ratepayers of the city or township, but at the report circulated in one of the coast dailies that it was the council of the city, which was satisfied with themselves and their little world, and did not care to welcome the stranger seeking to find entrance to this paradise for homeseekers. The article taken acception to bV the mayor appeared in a conspicuous place on the front page of a morning daily, and was headed, "Cash and Men No Object There." Following up this startling statement came the subheading, "Chilliwack Doesn't Want Any More Settlers, No Matter How Wealthy They Are." Following these heads came the body of the article starting with: "The city council of Chilliwack have given forth the fact that they want no publicity, no .lew settlers." "The idea," said the mayor, "that any member o'i this council should be quoted as making so shallow an assertion. That paper should be made to apologise, and get down on ita knees, too, to do it," said an alderman. "This is a clear case for criminal libel," said the chairman of the fire, water and light committee, "and this board should push the matter for all it is worth." The chairman of the finance committee poured oil, as it were, on the wra'h of the city aldermen and advised paying little attention to the mistake. "It is purely and simply a mistake, said the finance minister, and anyone reading the article will know that the rural council is meant. No person would accuse any member of this council making an assertion that, new settlers with $10,000 or $15,000 is considered of no benefit to ihe municipality. Let us quietly forget a'l about it," said the alderman. And so the matter was dropped.