Times Colonist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on May 9, 1927 · 17
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Monday, May 9, 1927
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VICTORIA DAILY TIMES, MONDAY, MAY 9, 1927 17 NUiMGESSER ATLANTIC PLANE UNREPORTED (Continued frgm nage 1) utlllncd for the storage of additional gasoline. The pluno was palntod white and this was depended upon to Id In ready distinction by passing ships. SEEN FROM IRELAND , After 'the plane left France there was no further word of It except a private wireless message saying It had been seen off the Irish coast. Saturday night was an unforgettable one of agonizing tenseness at I.e Hourget, but the actual beginning of the adventure was brief and businesslike. The fliers shook hands with a few friends and got Into the cockpit and within four minutes after taking their seats they were In the air. Their plane ran 900 metres before the plane left the earth not far from where the course was crossed by a stream, so that had they ran much farther they might have met the fate which befell Captain Fonck's plane at Mltchel Field, Long Island, a few months ago. This bit of luck may be attributed In part to the fact that at the last minute, knowing they would have a following wind for at least the first half of the journey, they decided to take only 3,800 litres of gasoline Instead of 4,000 as originally contemplated. Their plans provided for a minimum speed of 105 miles an hour. The plane had done 130 miles on tests. SPECTATORS GATHERED Word of the aviators' decision to start spread quickly in Paris and by midnight automobiles begun to arrive at Le Bourget in droves. Before dawn there was a procession of them. Women in silks, satins and furs and men in dinner jackets came to top off an evening at the club with a fresh experience at dawn. Mechanics labored at the plane with deft touch, and at 3 o'clock in the morning the ship was ready. Only a few friends were allowed In the hangar with the aviators. FOOD REDUCED ' Coll and Nungesser had a few words together. They decided to cut out the emergency food rations and take with them' only a few bananas, some caviar and coffee in a thermos bottle. PARIS BELIEVES REPORT Paris, May 8 "They've done it-France wins," was the whisper that in a few minutes became almost a shout, when dispatches were received here giving the report that Captain Nungesser's transatlantic plane had been sighted over Nova Scotia. Parisians did not hesitate to begin their celebrations early for the Atlantic reported safely crossed for the first time by an aeroplane from east to west without a stop, the rest of the flight was considered relatively unimportant. On the Bourse the shouting of orders for stocks turned into a great cheer. Everyone seemed to feel it was a national triumph. Those who had heard the news passed it along to the crowds in the streets. Knots of people discussed It excitedly and joyfully. FAMOUS COAST PILOT PASSES (Continued from page 1) DISCOVERED SKELETONS A party put out from the ship In a.oa-and-on-arrivingbn land, discovered two skeletons with hardly any flesh left on. Near the head of one, but not attached to it, he discovered the long hair of a woman. The other, apparently the body of a man was lying not far away. After burying these two bodies. Captain Christensen returned to Victoria, bringing the first news of the wreck to the city. He requested the governor of the colony, Hon Frederick Seymour, to send a war vessel to investigate. MASSACRE LEARNED Two weeks later the Surprise again sailed up the coast. Upon landing at Hesquiat, Captain Christensen and his men discovered to their horror dismembered bodies of men strewn all about the beach. Beginning to fear for the safety of his own men, Captain Christensen gave the order for burial of the remains and then proceeded with haste back to his ship, going from Hesquiat to Ucluelet. From ther, he wrote the details of his gruesome find to Victoria. WARSHIP SENT A warship was then dispatched and seven Indians were captured. Two of the Indians confessed to the killing of the crew of the John Bright. They were hanged. Completing his thrilling quest. Captain Christensen carried those Indians who escaped conviction at the trial back to Hesquiat. He was outnumbered on the trip by his restive companions but brought them through to their destination without being harmed. Early in the seventies of the nineteenth century, Captain Christensen, commanded the historic steamer Beaver. Later he took command of the tug Pilot, and afterwards had the tugs Alexander and Lome. THRILLING LIFE His life on this coast during these years was one woven with romance, thrilling escapades and adventures. He was one of the oldest pilots on this coast and knew the waters of the Gulf and the coast- aa well as any other man of his time.' After leaving the tug Lome, Captain Christensen received his ap pointment as pilot for the Victoria and Nanalmo district, a position which he held until about eight years ago. Captain Christensen is survived by one son, Andrew of Vancouver. His other son, Captain James Christen sen succeeded him as commander of the Lome and afterwards ran other tugs out of Victoria until 1894. In that year he lost his life with the rest of the crew of the steamer Es-telle, which foundered off Cape Mudge. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the B.C. Funeral Parlors. The Rev. W. G. Wilson will conduct the service and Interment will be made In the family' plot at Ross Bay Cemetery. PREPARED FOR STAY IN CHINA (Continued from pate 1) has acted since. He is at present going to the Eastern United States, acting in an official capacity for Chang. Before going to China, Mr. Swlnehart was military advisor to President Leguia of Peru for five years. He served In the U.S. army during the great war. At present he has the rank of general In the army of Chang Tso-Lln. His capacity is much the same as that or iJoroain to the Cantonese-Regarding the outlook of Chang upon the situation, Mr. Swlnehart declared tho northern commander-in-chief would never surrender to "Red" forces, but would go down fighting if he was forced to do so. Chang was not voluntarily . a fighting man, he declared, and did not go outside of the walls to fight until It was forced upon him. FIRM RULE "Ln spite of the money behind the southerners, I believe Chang will control China north of the Yangtze and give as firm and settled rule as he has given Manchuria for the lust seventeen years," Mr. Swlnehart ob served. "Chang is procuring the money to continue his campaign largely through revenue from Manchuria, although he is fairly hard put to it with the tremendous expense of his present army. There are at least 600,000 well-armed soldiers now ln the northern army. Chang and his son, Chang Hsu-Liang, are almost worshipped by the Chinese ln Northern China, Mr. Swlnehart continued. Toung Chang is being trained to follow his father's footsteps, and is looked up to by the younger generation. His father, a man of the old school, has excellent control of the older men, especially the Manchurlans, who have followed him during his "reign." Upon a suggestion that Chiang Kai-shek, the Moderate leader of the Cantonese, might make a worthy ally to Hie northerners. Mr. Swlnehart pointed out that the opinion on Chang's side was that Chiang was not strong enough. He has not the backing of the Bo'.shevik money as the remainder of the Cantonese have, and in the. event of an alliance Chiang would have everything to gain and little to lose. WAS RESPONSIBLE Although Chiang has been to a certain extend relieved for the responsibility for the outrage at Nanking when seven foreigners were killed, he should have been able to control his soldiers sufficiently to keep them from acting as they did. Chang Tso-Lln is in constant touch with his own soldiers, and his men never are out of control of his officers, Mr- Swinehart continued. Regard- Eugene Chen, Mr. Swlnehart said very little, except to point out that Chen was undoubtedly a brilliant man diplomatic matters, and that lie is unable to speak Chinese. FUNERAL TO-DAY OF LATE COL. PETERS (Continued from page 1) bearers, all senior N.C.O.'s of the Royal Canadian Artillery, Included Master Gunner Mitchell. B.S.M. Bradley, Staff-Sergt Wilcox, Sergt. Kendrick, Sergt. Buxton and Sergt. Smith. The passing of Col. Peters at his home. Smith Street,, Esquimau, on Saturday afternoon marked the close of life In which thirty-seven years was devoted to military service, this activity being supplemented by unusual sporting proclivities, Including big game hunting, horsemanship and rowing, and In later years golf and fishing. It was in 1870 that Col. Peters started his military career as a bugler In the 62nd Saint John Fusiliers, when the active militia were called out during the second Fenian Raid. He joined A Battery R.C.A. at Kingston in 1872, ' and was given command of a company composed of detachments from A and B Battery, proceeding to Fort Garry to relieve troops of the expedition under Sir Garnet Wolseley, sent West to suppress the Riel Rebellion. The detachment was the first artillery to go to Fort Garry, and arrived via the Dawson route, just opened from Prince Arthur's Landing. After five or six months at Fort Garry, as second ln command to Major Taschereau, he returned East ln charge of a party of Invalided soldiers, and then reported at Kingston for qualification as an officer of the permanent corps of the R.G.A. He was appointed adjutant of the first Canadian artillery team to proceed to Shoeburyness, England, In 1881. During the second Rlel Rebellion of 1885 he commanded A Battery, R.C.A., in the actions at Fish Creek, Batoche and operations against Chief Big Bear's band. For his services he -was mentioned in dispatches. Dicing that campaign he acted as corrt"vpondent for The Quebec Chronicle, and carried a cabinet camera with which he took many photographs, some of which appeared in The Illustrated London News and The Graphic. These were the first photographs ever taken in action. BROUGHT FIRST TROOPS ACROSS CANADA Given command of C Battery, R.G.A., on its formation in 1887, Col. Peters brought It to British Columbia, these being the first troops to cross the Dominion. The next year he took the battery to the mouth of the Skeena River, landing at Port Essington, In connection with troubles with the Indians. He remained ln command of C Battery until it was withdrawn from British Columbia, when he was ap pointed District Officer Commanding in British Columbia. He remained in Victoria until the South African War, when he transferred to Toronto; relieving Col. W. B. Otter. He commanded In Montreal for a short time, and then was moved to London, Ontario, where he remained for eight years, being transferred back to this command ln 1909. In the following year he was placed on the retired list, having completed tmrty-seven years of service with the Canadian army, WAS PIONEER COUNCILLOR After his retirement Col. Peters took up his residence at Esquimau and when the Esquimau Council was established ln 1912 became one of its first councillors. The late Col. Peters Is survived by his widow, ' formerly Miss Grace Hathaway of Frederictoji, N.B., and six children, Colonel James Peters, retired, of Bldeford, Devon, England; F. H. Peters, surveyor-general and director of the Topographical Surveys. Ottwa : ' Hugh Peters, assistant engineer. Federal Department of Public Works, Victoria; Mrs. Grace Stewart, wife of Capt. J. D. Stewart. R.N., retired, Camberley, England; Mrs. Olive Coulson, wife of F. L. Coulson, Toronto, and Mrs. Gladys Eray. wife of R. R. Bray, Vancouver. Two brothers and three sisters of Colonel Peters are as follows: F. W. Peters. Vancouver, and T. L. Peters, Winnipeg; Mrs. Margaret Fletcher, Vancouver; Mrs. Charlotte Hanington. California, and Mrs. Susan Morse, Ottawa, FLY!IIG CONDITIONS AT !IEW YORK POOR New York, May 9. Weather conditions In and about New York were bad. A drlzzlo fell and observers said it was Impossible to see moro than half a mile. If Capt. Nungesser brings his "White Bird" into New York to-day, army aviators at Mltchel Field say ho will have done more than fly from Purls to New York. He will, ln their opinion, have accomplished a miracle of the air In penetrating the unfavorable visibllty conditions to find his objective, v GASOLINE LOW Army airmen suggested the visibility to-day was so bad that unless a pilot was thoroughly familiar with the course or could follow the coastline it would be almost Impossible for him to reach New York. His chances of following the coast line were regarded as Improbable on account of his almost certain scarcity of gasoline. Reports to the army air field from Fort Wright, on the eastern tip of Long Island, were that conditions for flying there were very poor. Army reports said visibility at Boston was fairly good, and it was suggested at Mitchel Field that the flight might end there. Another suggestion was that a possibility of reaching New York might be offered by flying from Boston to Northern New York and coming down on the Hudson. If Capt Nungesser Is forced down after reaching the United States and flying across country, his task will not be easy. Army airmen agree the plane can be landed without the assistance of landing gear, but none of them would like such a task. CANBERRA IS NOW A CAPITAL (Continued from page 1) page ln history. May it be glorious for Australia ond the whole Empire." GREAT PROGRESS Premier Stanley Bruce, addressing the Duke of York, emphasized Australia's loyalty to the throne. 'Australia, now a nation, he said, realized with gratitude the protection she en-Joyed under the British flag. "Great though our progress has been," he said, "Australia is but on the threshold of achievement. In the future millions of the British race will people this land ln numbers surpassing the Motherland. And standing tesolutely for those principles of freedom and justice on which the Empire Is based, who can foretell how great a part our nation will play in the years to come? "Inspired by those who have gone before us," he continued, "let us dedicate . ourselves to service and march forward to our destiny with firm purpose and high resolve." BUILDINGS OPENED The Duke formally opened the new temporary Parliament Buildings at noon. A huge assemblage had gathered- from all parts of Australasia. Lord Stonehaven, Governor-General, and the Prime Minister, Stanley M. Bruce, were ln attendance, and 2.000,000 people listened by radio to descriptions of the affair broadcast throughout the country. Dame Melba sang the National Anthem; troops paraded and aeroplanes droned overhead. HONORS CONFERRED After the inauugratlon ceremony the Duke conferred various honors-Mr. Bruce was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor; John Newiand, president of the Senate, a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; John Murdock, architect of Canberra, a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Knighthoods were conferred on the lord mayors of Adelaide and Melbourne, and on the Chief Commissioner of Canberra. Canada was officially represented at Canberra by Hon. Ernest Lapointe, Minister of Justice. Besides attending the cere-, monies, Mr. Lapointe will leave behind in the new capital city of Australia a liivng memento of Canada in the form of a maple tree. NO LIQUOR SERVED Canberra, Australia, May 9 The Duke of York and 500 other subjects of his royal father toasted the King in orangeade and lemonade at the official luncheon held in connection with the formal dedication of Australia's new federal capital here today. The absence of strong liquids was due to the law making the federal capital district strictly dry. The temporary Capitol Building, erected at a cost of $2,200,000 to serve until a permanent Capitol can be built, was formally opened by the Duke in the presence of the Duchess, Lord Stonehaven, the f3overnor-General, Premier Stanley" Bruce and a vast assemblage representing all parts of the Commonwealth. A review of troops ended the Duke's and Duchess' participation ln the day's activities. AEROPLANE FATALITY The programme was marred by a fatal aeroplane accident. Just as the Duke and Duchess were arriving at Parliament House for the opening ceremony, a single-seater plane taking part in the aerial review crashed from 400 feet, killing the pilot. It is estimated 2,000,000 radio fans. In addition to the thousands on the scene, heard the Duke's speech and the singing of the National Anthem by Dame Melba. . MESSAGES FROM BRITAIN t London, May 9 (Canadian Press cable) Premier Stanley Baldwin has cabled Premier Stanley Bruce of Australia, expressing confidence that the ceremony opening the new Australian capltol at Canberra will be a prelude to yet greater development of the resources and well-being of the Commonwealth. Lieut-Colonel L. C. Amery, secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, also sent a message to the Australian Prime Minister saying: "The whole Empire will watch with proud interest the progressive fulfillment of the immense and inspiring task to which the Australian people have set their hands." NEW TUCKS GRAIN 101 IN CHICAGO Pll IS CURTAILED NEW ISSUE Dealings Suspended in Future Contract Beyond September, Following New Law Diagonal tucking on a frock means Spring 1927, especially if that frock has a trim, collarless neckline cut V or square. Chicago, May 9. Trading ln grain futures beyond September on the Chicago Board of Trade the world's leading grain exchange will be halted temporarily, pending outcome of legislation before the Illinois Leg islature, the board of governors announced to-day. The action is to become effective upon completion of September contracts. The move is Intended to prevent trading ln December futues, which begins at about this time of year. This action gives rise to the possibility of a new method of marketing grains. STATEMENT GIVEN OUT The action to-day was announced ln the following statement: "In view of the uncertainty surrounding the ability of the Chicago Board of Trade properly to perform Its usual service In the marketing nnd distribution of agricultural products, in the event certain proposed legislation Is enacted at Springfield, the market report committee shall be. and hereby la, Instructed to make no further provision for contracts for delivery maturing beyond September 30, 1927, until further notice." The announcement said the action was taken by the board of governors after three days of conference with grain, financial and farm leaders. BILL NOW BEFORE HOUSE , The action was taken on basis of the Kessinger bill, which passed the State Senate by a three-fourths majority and la now before the House. The bill provides regulation of the exchange under a special commission. Similar legislation has been attempted In Illinois and defeated. The last attempt wns In 1921. John A. Bunnell, president of the Board of Trade, issued the following statement In connection with the action to-day: 'Now la as good a time as any to decide finally the issue of whether Illinois wants to retain the central grain market. Farmers and business men have as great an Interest in the outcome as the grain trade. UNDER FEDERAL SUPERVISION "This exchange already is under rigid supervision by the federal government. The lines are drawn so tight that at times much of the investment and speculative Interest necessary to carry the farmer's grain Is lacking. The drastic Kessinger Bill, entangling the exchange In state politics, would place us at a distinct disadvantage with markets of other states. Farmers and business Interests, for which the exchange is maintained, necessarily would transfer their marketing to other states. Such result would be Inevitable. 'in no lense Is the Kesslnger Bill designed as a constructive aid to agriculture and business. On the contrary, It Is sd radical in Its provisions that if enacted and strictly enforced, the grain marketing service of the entire country would be rlously Impaired, with unhappy results to business generally. Agricultural and business interests in Illinois would sustain the heaviest injury. CALLED JUSTIFIED , "Nothing in the recent testimony of the House committee holding hearing In Chicago would ln any way Justify the Kessinger Bill, which is not concerned with warehousing of grain, but merely repeats the objectionable provisions of the old Ijintez Bill and other measures defeated several years ago. "The exchange operates under a state charter. If the state sees fit to destroy that charter by passing laws that end future trading, It Is a misfortune to Chicago and to the state. But we are through fighting at Springfield. Either the state does or does not wish to retain the central grain market." ANNOUNCEMENT IS SURPRISE Announcement of suspension in futures trading was not made until after the close of trading Saturday, and there was no hint in the dealings that such action was contemplated . However, trading for the past several days since the Kessinger Bill was passed has been extremely light as most traders have been wary of the market. The close to-day was slightly stronger, with prices fluctuating only slightly. Hardware Business Now Good in B.C., Credit Reports Show Winnipeg, May 9 (Canadian Press) The weekly trade report of the Canadian Credit Men's Trust As sociation Limited for week ending May 7 is as follows: St. John Wholesalers and retailers throughout the province report a good volume of business during the past week. Collections good. Montreal A satisfactory volume of business is being transacted by wholesalers and retailers generally. Manufacturing fair. Collections fairly good. Toronto Wholesalers and man ufacturers report a very fair olume of business and conditions In the re- tall trade Improving steadily. Col lections fair. Winnipeg Owing to the continued unseasonable weather, the wholesale trade is Inclined to be quiet. Retail trade is also feeling the effect of the wet weather ln some lines. Collec tions fair. Reglna All lines of wholesale trade report business as fair with an improvement ln hardware sales. The retail trade ln both city and country is fair although the bad roads have to some extent caused a reduction In volume. . .. Calgary The weather has had rather an adverse Effect on business conditions for seasonable lines. Moisture conditions make crop prospects very encouraging. Collections fair. Edmonton Business generally remains quite disappointing. Collec tions good. British Columbia Wholesale trade fair with the exoeption of hardware dealers, who report business as good. Retail trade, both city and country, is only fair. Royal Financial Hold Staff Dinner H. W. Miller,, Victoria manager of the Royal Financial Corporation, and T. H. Burns, sales manager here, attended the head office dinner given ln the Blue Room, Hotel Vancouver, Friday night. Managers from offices as far away as Edmonton attended. After the dinner a tour was made of the new head office building. II . ., ... ; III t " ' ' ' : ' British oBuinbia Telephone Co. 6 Cumulative Preferred Shares Par Value 8100.00 Preferred as to Capital and Dividends. Cumulative Dividends at the rate of 6f per annum accrue from May 1, 1927, and are payable quarterly August 1, November 1, February 1 and May 1 by cheque at par at any branch of The -Canadian Bank of Commerce in British Columbia. . Redeemable as a whole or in part at the option of the Company on any dividend date on three months' notice at 105 of par value plus accrued and unpaid dividends to date of redemption. -Transferable by endorsement at the Company's Head Office, 768 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. . . - Preference will be given to the applications of residents in the Province, and preference in allotment will be given to subscriptions for fifty shares or under. British Columbia Telephone Company, incorporated under the provisions of Private .Act of the Parliament of the Dominion of Canada, 6 and 7, George V, Chapter 66. Shareholders' liability limited by Sections 122 and 151, Chapter 79, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1906. The Company's registered office is 768 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. The Company has the right to operate in perpetuity telephone service throughout the Province of British Columbia. The Company, and its predecessors have been in successful operation for over thirty years, and' have paid regular dividends on their ordinary shares for over twenty-two years. 'V.- Development of the Company ,The Company's development has kept pace with the growth of the population in its territory, and the future growth can best be visualized from the figures, demonstrating past growth, shown below: Year. No. of Telephones " 1905 t..., 6,750 " " 1910 19,061 1915 39,978 1920 61,530 1925 ,. L..., 83,276 April 30, 1927 96,400 The Company now has 2,250 employees. , After deducting operating expenses and depreciation, and all prior charges, the dividend requirements on this issue of 6 Cumulative Preferred Shares are being earned over 24 times. ' ' The record of earnings and continued growth of well -managed Telephone Companies makes their securities keenly sought after in investment circles, life insurance and other fiduciary institutions being among the largest purchasers of telephone companies' stocks. The British Columbia Telephone Company's plant and equipment is maintained in the highest state of efficiency, and the Company's plant is so designed as to take care of new business promptly and economically. The Management and Executive staff responsible for the development of the Company to the present stage of usefulness will continue in charge of the Company's affairs. . ' DIRECTORS George H. Halse President Hon. G. H. Barnard .... Director Gordon Farrell Vice-president L. G. McPhillips, K.C Director W. H. Barker Director A. E. Tregent .. Director F. II. Crosby Director All legal matters pertaining to the issue of this stock have been passed on by L. G. McPhillips, KG, for the Company and by Davis, Pugh, Davis, Hossie, Ralston & Lett, for the Bankers. Applications may be made to and further particulars obtained from any branch of The Canadian Bank of Com-, merce in British Columbia, and from any of the, undermentioned dealers: A. E. Ames & Co. Ltd. British Columbia Bond Corpn. Ltd. A. C. Begg & Co. Canadian Financiers Trust Co. Ceperley, Rounsell & Co. R. P. Clark & Co. Ltd. R. Gelletley & Co. Ltd. A. E. Ames & Co. Ltd. British Columbia Bond Corpn. Ltd. Brown Bros. & Allen Ltd. Coulthard, Sutherland & Co. Ltd. VANCOUVER Gillespie, Hart & Todd Ltd. J. C. Hogg & Co. McDonald, Jukes & Graves Mair & Stewart Nesbitt, Thomson & Co. Victor W. Odium & Co. Pemberton & Son, Vancouver, Ltd. Read Bros. & Co. VICTORIA R. F. Castle & Co. R. G. Christy & Co. Ltd. R. P. Clark & Co. Ltd. Gillespie, Hart & Todd Ltd. NEW WESTMINSTER Westminster Trust Co. Royal Financial Corpn. Ltd. Royal Securities Corpn. Ltd. R. L. Shimmin J. B. Stevenson & Co. D. M. Sullivan Ltd. Waghorn, Gwynn & Co. Ltd. Yorkshire & Pacific Securities Ltd. Pemberton & Son. Royal Financial Corpn. Ltd. J. H. Whittome Ss Co., Duncan, B.C. Sheppard & Mcintosh Price SI 00.00 Per Share Pius Accrued Dividend From May 1, 1927 The statements contained herein are not guaranteed, but are based upon information which we believe to be accurate and reliable

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