The Chilliwack Progress from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada on October 6, 1959 · Page 14
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Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
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Tuesday, October 6, 1959
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IA OlL- J2W inn 2 THE CHTLLIWACK PKOr.ftESS, Tups., Oct. C. lQ.'D ulh? GJlrillhuark flntrirfss Member AnJit Rure.m of Circulation, Class A Newspapers of C.iii.kI.i aiul Can.1Ji.1n Veeklv Newspaper Association. Subscriptions: Vv carrier Jeliverv, 6c per single copy; ty mail, postal routes Clnllisvack City, $.6.00 yearly, rural routes $5.50 yearly, elsewhere in CanaJa S5.50 yearly, UniteJ States anj Foreign $6.(10, payable yearly or halt yearly in aJv.lnce. Published at 3 9 Vale Street Fast every TuesJay anj FriJay by The Chilliwacl; Progress 1 tJ., anj autboricJ as second class mail, Post Office Department, Ottawa, Postal aJJress: Box 160, C hi!!iw.Kk, B.C. IistMislvJ 1891 L. F.. Bakih r, TJitor aiiJ PuNhtvr Leave the workday world behind and travel to the Pacific Island paradise you've always dreamed of seeing. No need to wait for the "right time" because the romantic spell of Hawaii lingers all year round. The promise of "Aloha-Land" can be fulfilled for you on your two-week vacation. You can fly non stop any Friday spend three Saturdays there. Even if the pocketbook is slim, don't let your dream vacation slip away. For as little as $25-that's 10 of your Special Tourist Excursion Round-Trip Fare-you can be in Hawaii on Canadian Pacific's Fly Now, Pay Later Plan. The other 50 weeks are more enjoyable, when you've spent 2 in Hawaii. Any argument to . - y "stay-at-home" is feeble when T" H pyp Q you can prove to yourself how & T7Q PQ T"l A"H magic m hawaii easily a dream vacation can ri- ., . m iernan Iiy Hon. W. Minister Straddling the banks of the Kooler.ay River, at the outlet of west arm of Kootenay Lake lies the city cf Nelson. This is one of the older established communities in our province and much of its rather colourful history i.s associated with mining. The Nelson area maintains a.i active Chamber of Mines and on the occasion f their recent annual dinner I had the opportunity ol meetnii a.nbspeak-ing to most of the people f actively interested in nun-! ing in this part cf our Province. Lead and zinc have been the predominant dollar producers thro ughout the mines ot that area. Because ot low lead zinc prices, however, there are at the present time only six operating mines in this mining division. These, however, are fairly substantial producers mining and shipping their concentrates either to refineries in the United States or to the smelter at Trail. When base metal prices are more favourable, there are also a number of small operatoins carried on in the surrounding hills, sometimes by crews of only half a dozen men. By no stretch of the imagination could anyone suggest that this area has 'been mined out. In fact there is substantial evidence to indicate the area at this stage has not even been adequately explored. While some of the smaller communities around Ne4son virtually become ghost towns when base metal and copper prices are low, it is interesting to note that Greenwood, for ex-anmple, which was one of t he A MacDuff Ottawa A n lit 1 Doff The Derby This is national fire prevention week and while the prime purpose is 'to impress on people the need to exercise precautions in order to prevent fires, it is also a Kood time to doff our hats to the scores of volunteer firemen in this area. These men are performing a community service of 'the highest order. Many people do not realize that firemen spend countless hours probing into buildings and Taying down the best line of attack should in the event fire should strike. Their knowledge and experience is frequently sought by people who. want to make sure they have the proper extinguishers in the proper places. All and all, these volunteer firemen of ours do a wonderful job, and they've saved the taxpayers countless thousands of dollars by simply volunteering their services, thereby eliminating the need for paid brigades. And other thousands of dollars have been saved by their prompt and efficient action in fighting fires. MEXICO IS EXCITING, TOO . . . l(UO On a "Fun Fiesta" Party for bachelor girls and bachelors. Vancouver to Mexico: 11-day Tour only $49 down, including Tourist Round-Trip Fare. See your Travel Agent or any Canadian Pacific office Georgia and Burrard MUtual S-11,11 WHRE YOU FEEL LIKE A GUESTj. . . NOT A PASSENGER For further information and reservations apply J. L. STARK TRAVEL SERVICE 29 Young Street South NEW IN ALL NEW Sumas Speedway Abbotsford News We do not know how often provincial authorities review their speed zone regulations, particularly in respect to the new GO miles per hour stretches. We do think, however, that it is time they did something about the situation on Sumas Prairie. This spring the prairie was one of the first mile-a-minu'te stretches permitted, and at that time the move seemed sensible. In actual practice were driving GO miles per hour on it anyway, whatever the regulations said. The News believes, however, that the prairie stretch has become highly dangerous for two reasons, both of which demand early attention. First is the fact that many motorists are exceeding the GO miles per hour speed limit every chance they get. Result is the prairie is becoming a super speedway, and that is a highly dangerous situation in itself. Another factor which is a safety menace, in our opinion, is the presence of a dog training school in the fields adjacent to one of the straightaway stretches. Some motorists pull to the side to watch the training, or slow down to view it as they pass. Others, whooping along at a mile a minute or better, attempt to sail right through the congested stretch. Unless some action is taken there will be serious accidents, perhaps loss of life on the Sumas stretch one of these days. If possible, the dog training should be moved from the roadside field or a fence erected to screen it from view from the highway. The interest it arouses is understandable, but dangerous. An alternative might be to impose a slow zone but this seems a curious expedient to have to adopt in the middle of a straight country highway. In any event, the authorities should take some action about--&tima-s--PrHrie traffk-eendiHtHh. -AH tfce-in-gredients of potential tragedy are inherent thepresen situation. V K. Kiernan of Mines very busy mining centres of the province at the turn of the century, and Phoenix, some miles aw.y up on the hill, are both now back producing copper concentrates, 'with a beneficial affect on the surrounding communities, There is, of course, some logging and swindling through these ptirts and a very limited amount of agriculture is carried on. is really required in this part of the province is more secondary industry, functioning on the available natural resources. Somewhat farther afield the steel plant being established at Kimberley is a good exaample of the kind of development that will, over the years, tend to diversify the economy of the East and West Kootenays so that they 'Will not be left dependent on simply the production of raw materials for their livelihood. The 'Celgar pulp mill, presently being established at Cast-legar, will serve to produce a further 'broadening of the econ-' iimy, and, as and when the power development on the Columbia becomes a practical reality, rather than simply a topic of international discussion, the availability of power at low cost throughout the area should serve as a further stimulus for secondary industrial development. No one wijuld suggest that the large scale operations of the 'Consolidated .Mining and Smelting Company at Trail have not, down through the years, been a great asset to this area of our Province. It is desira'ble, however, to diversify our economy and get our eggs into as many baskets as it is practical so to do. These new development then are 'worthwhile diversifications of our economv and of general benefit to all of B.C. Report n i n JMlC liability? Take one item under the title school construction. In the days before Social Credit, school h-ards throughout the province used to raise their own money. The province paid a percentage of school construction costs, borrowed the money to pay it and showed it as a direct debt on the province. Now, the school boards borrow all of the money, with the province guaranteeing the b mds 100 per cent. The school boards get a better price for their bonds and Bennett doesn't show a cent of school debt on his books, except as a contingent liability. He doesn't even show the fifty per cent of school construction costs that still comes out of the provincial treasury. The provincial government i.s similarly committed to pay, by way of subsidy, two and one-half per cent each year of the total indebtedness of the B.C. Toll Biidges and Highways AJU.t hQ.v J y Already, 'thai-amounts to $2,000,000 a year, on. borrowings r.L about .75.; OuUOOO. Again, the Toll Authority does all of its own borrow- ing, with a provincial government guarantee, and none of the debt shows as a debt against the province. The same holds true of the B.C. Power Commission, the long-suffering Pacific Great Western Railway, which now owes $106,000,000, and half a dozen other government bodies. Millions in debts have been shifted to the agencies of the Crown, instead of being assumed by the Ciown itself. Here's an example of Bennett bookkeeping, of "funny money" figure-juggling, that illustrates h.:w he attempts to hoodwink the gullible: His latest figures on the PGR railway show that in the first six-months of 1959, the PGE had an operating revenue of $5,862,000. This sound very .fine when compared - with $3,-143,000 in 1952. Especially when the premier also reveals the railway had a "surplus" of $2,102,000 "before interest and depreciation." What in the wide world is "surplus before interest and depreciation"? For that matter, what IS the interest and depreciation that has to be deducted before anyone knows the true picture of the railway's finances? Premier Bennett merely smiles, and mumbles valuely about the I'GE being in better shape than ever before in history. No one is really taken in by all this. Newspapers and political foes have been quick to expose the Social Credit financial intimbo-jumbo for what it i.s, and to point out that B.C. residents are the highest taxed in Canada. A survey told the story; seven out of every ten B.C. residents said they just didn't believe they were out of debt. .9,, U.fie, v Taken from the Files of The Progress October 9, 1949 Month long campaign for and a ainst the sale of beer by the glass in Chilliwack will be readied when polls open at 8 a.m. Friday. Voting is at the Legion h.'.ll and both pros and cons are confident of victory. If the wets were to fail they would not get another chance at the question for three years. British a r m y engineer-in-chief, Maj.-(kn. A. D. Campbell praises Camp Chilliwack are "the best place that could pos slbly have been selected for the engineering school because it has so many natural advantages." He said the camp had a far happier locale than any in Britain. A comprehensive redraught-,in; of the city's traffic bylaws to incorporate measures to promote safety for pedestrians and motoiists was set in motion by city council. Among the new laws no towing youngsters on sleighs 'behind cars. Chilliwack's unofficial timepiece, the laundry whistle, will .stay despite complaints of some residents living adjacent to Valley laundry. Corn crop expected to bring 8200,000 to area. Mail pickup service planned. October 11. 1939 War speeds up applications for marriage licenses and naturalization papers. Seattle bank refuses to cash Canadian government pension cheque and Bcllingham merchants refuse Canadian currency. Many wo men's organizations take initial steps to further war efforts. All Canadian women between ages of 16 and 65 to be registered. District chairman appointed to arrange for complete registration throughout district. Higher prices for butter reflected on FYMPA settling rate. October 10, 1929 Xcw automatic Chilliwack Telephone Company di-d system cut in at midnight -Saturday October 6. Maybr C. A. Barber dials first call to Manager P. H. Wilson. Two room addition to Sardis school formally opened by minister of education, Hon. Canon Ilinch-cliffe, former rector of St. Thomas'. Township school board and teaching staff hold second annual banquet at Empress. Chilliwack receives much favorable publicity through provincial press following holding of convention here. - Retest of all dairy stock in Fraser Valley for TB announced by Dr. W. II. MacKenzie, federal health of animals branch Township sells $8,000 school bonds. October 9, 19-19 Chilliwack school garden exhibit wins first place at Westminster" FaTr.CoCai "dairymen' s we e p hoards in livestock ' a w-rails, ET? TJaTTon winning" nine firsts. Coqualectza Boy Scout Troop win praise when inspected by Prince of Wales at New Westminster during Fair. Fruit growers and F. B. Stacey, MP. press for additional freight shed accommodation at CN s'.ation. Nkht school classes open at high school giving instruction in agriculture, domestic science, elementary bookkeeping, gas engines and carpentry. Chilliwack Boys' club organized. Paul Raymond offers to trade rough lumber $15 M f.o.b. for milk or beef stock, sheep lambs. October 6, 1909 Trethcway lumber mill at Munro (Camp Slouch) destroyed by fire. Cawley and Cruicks-hanks real estate firm find buyers for seven valley farm properties totally 648 acres with sales aggregating $76,000. The future of Chilliwack may be made on the shores of Cul-tus Lake," wrote L. Lyons-Montgomery after visiting the valley. Attendance at new picture show in opera house shows steady increase. October 11, 1899 Six-foot ledge of free milling ore reported discovered at Mt. Baker mines, said to extend 7,500 feet. September business at Chilliwack Telephone office shows increase of $125. Rev. G. H. Raley Kitimat. B.C., guest of Rev. Thomas Crosby at Mission house (Coqualectza). Chilliwack football team loses 1-0 to Vancouver for provincial championship. JlnclS, J ICC P.y BILL SMILEY A news story the olher day told of the crash landing of a 20-year-ohl Spitfire, the last survivor of its breed of the Battle of Britain. Far from making me nostalgic, it gave me a certain satisfaction. "Prt.'bably," I said to myself, "one of those clapped-out dogs we flew at Rednal." That's what they gave us to train on, Spits that had been through the Battle of Britain, and flew as though they'd been through the Battle of Hastings. No, Fin afraid I didn't get sentimental about the gallant little 'Spitfire, when I read of its demise. 1 got so many 1jad scares while flying those things that I always looked on them w it'll a jaundiced eye afterwards. But it did start me thinking about one of the happiest times I have ever had, and remembering some of the 'best friends I ever made. We took a three-month's operational training . course on Spitfires in the heart of Shropshire, in the dead of the English 'winter, than which there is nothing deader. What a crew we were! Poles, Australians, Canadian. A Norwegian, a couple o;f. Frenchmen, a 'Belgian, a brace of New Zealanders, an Irishman, a handful of 'Scots and English, and four pilots from India. And how 'well we got along, though so different in outlook and upbringing! The only ones u'ho strapped were the Indians, among themselves, because they were a Sikh, a Moslem, a Christian and a Hindu and couldn't abide each other. On a 'winter night, we'd mount our 'bikes, about a dozen of us, and head off down the 'black road for one of the neighboring pubs. In out of the wet night we'd troop, spirits as high as the sky, into the warmth of the fireplace, and the shining pewter, and the barmaid's cheeky salutation. And the locals would turn from their darts or dominoes and shake their heads as they smiled a welcome. And the pints would flow, and the darts would fly, and in no time at all the pub 'would be rocking with good cheer and good fellowship and good singing, in a dozen different accents. The singing was the best part. Have you ever heard a Frenchman singing "I wanna gale jus like ze gale wot niarrce 'deerolc Dad"? Or a Norwegian yodelling "Valtseeng ".Mateelda"? Or an Australian bellowing "!Along saWfaw- de la patrie, le jour de glower is arrivy"? On our way home, we'd practise formation flying, on our bikes, w ith no hands, which frequently meant winding up in a thorn hedge. The climax to the ride back was a race down the steep hill to our huts, with no lights, no hands and very often no brakes. There'd tie tremendous collisions, with cursing, laughing bodies flying in all directions, at the bottom. It sounds pretty silly, and it was. But we were all very young, and very gay, even the Europeans, though their gayety had an edge of bitterness to it, a touch Of violence. 'My special friends were Nils, VanrSingh ami Paddy: Wr-fhrw-in the same flight, ate and drank together 'Wt'd "pursued various young women together. I've never seen one of them since, but in those days' we were as close as brothers are supposed to be. Nils was a long, skinny Norwegian, who had made his way across the North Sea in a fishing boat with two others. He was solemn and shy until he had a few 'beers, then turned into a Viking. Van was a saturnine Belgian ex-army officer, who had escaped via France and Spain, rotting in a Spanish jail for six months before getting to England. Both had trained in Canada. Singh was the son of a wealthy Sikh family in India. He had all the paraphernalia: hair down to his waist, which he tucked under a series of brilliant silk tui'bans; curly black beard; flashing brown eyes and white teeth. He laughed all the time. When he had a hangover, he would tell the 'flight commander it was a religious holiday for him, and he couldn't fly. They never caught on. Paddy was a lugubrious Irishman, with a soft Dublin brogue, a very dim view of the English, and a wonderful gift for making you laugh. A brilliant pilot but a reckless one. They're all dead now. Nils shot down in Fran'ce. Van crashed burning a few miles from his home in Belgium. Singh flew Hurricanes in Burma and was missing. Paddy went into the Channel one day, when 'he was trying to see how low he could go without touching the water. But I often warm myself with the memory of those halcyon, hilarious three months. I can close my eyes and see them, grinning and a little bit crazy; and I can hear them, in their assorted accents, trying to cope with "Allouettc" as I led them through a fast round r Excursion Tour $320.83 Inclusive Round-Trip Tourist from Vancouver ni tii ,),. Balance within 12 monthsiv. m ,-er Phone SY 4-4141 EVERYWAY LITE GEAR DRIVE CHAIN SAW THE TO Pick it tip ... make a few cuts . . . you'll know this gear ive oha'n-i caw was designed professionalsrfor professionals. ' power to fell trees up to 10 feet In diameter choice of two gear ratios left and right hand chain oiler easy-off engine shroud centered bar and pistol grip only 26 pounds (less bar and chain) , 7 months guarantee E. 15. VICTORIA. B.C. Strange are the workings of British Columbia politics. Where else in Canada does the party in power take full-page newspaper ads to claim that the methods it uses to compute its provincial debt is "the same as that used by all other provinces."? Where else in the world could you find a spectacle to approach the great bond burning ceremonies on Lake Okana-gan on August 1, w hen Premier Bennett shot a flami.' g arrow into a bare loaded with S73.-000,000 worth of cancelled gjv-ernmer.'t bonds, bands played, fireworks crackled, and B.C. was formally declared free of debt? B.C.'s debt is a very live issue. In fact, B.C. residents probably know more about their governmental indebtedness than the residents of any other province in Canada. Unfortunately for Bennett, very Ifew believe his side of the story. A considerable amount of time can be sjicnt attempting to decipher the maze of figures released by -the Si.'ial Credit government. figures which, at face value, sound very' much as though the provincial govern-.rnent has made B.C. a mecca for those who believe debt is a pestilence. Here is the type of claim that is made, this one from a publication called B.C. Government News: "$91,000,000 net debt wiped out in seven years." Well, let's take a look at it. The last time B.C.'s debt stood at $191,000,000 was in February, 1952. The remnants of Coalition were in office at the time, and it was not until August 1, 1952, that the Bennett tovernment moved into the Legislatiive Buildings By August 1, Liberal Premier Byron (Boss) Johnson had cut tlie debt down to $165,000,000. What happened to the S165,-000,000? Well, Bennett ma.oag-ed to buy up the $73,000,000 in bonds he burned but about $98,000,000 in bonds is still in the hands of investors. Most do not mature until 1977. Bennett's sinking funds are right up to scratch, so, to his way of thinking, the net debt is paid off, and there is no longer any need to worry about the remaining $98,000,000. So far so good, apart from a "slight" inaccuracy in his dates, and the fact that technically speaking B.C. is not free of debt. , But now one must move to the other side of Bennett's ledger, or is it legerdemain? This one is called "contingent liabilities", and an interesting study in financing it is. In February. 1952, to start at the same time as Bennett's debt reduction program, B.C.'s "contingent liabilities" totalled $30,-500,000. At the same time this year, they sto :d at $450,000,000 and there is no end in sight. What, you ask, i.s a contingent Try a free demonstration and you'll agree that the new Homelite 9-26 will help you earn mora profits faster and easier than ever before. Cascade Industrial Supply Company Airport Road, C'hilliwack, B.C. Phone SY2 !)341 Ba Hv L. It is our misfortune not to bo able to get to or from work without running into school try; if. We've tried eveiy route imaginable and they're all bad. S) we've wound up on the shjrte.-l route down Young road north, a way of getting in-t town we share with several liu iid red other car drivers! After v i n d i n g our way through the pack of school ymngsters three times a day f r tour or five years, we've developed a phobia about it. "We're seared out of our wits we're swing to hit a youngster. If we did, we'd never be able to f irget it. This feeling, I'm sure, we share with scores of other motorists. We're rot blaming the school board, the Central school staff or the kids. But the fact is the traffic situation on Young road is a mess and the city council and the school board should do everything they can to clear it up or s me motorist and some child's family i.s going to be very very sorry. Parking i.s banned on the west side of You nig. It .should lie banned on both sides, in the vicinity of the .school. We suggested, editorially Inst year, that consideration should be gven to building a circular driveway in front of the school so that parents wishing to drop olT youngsters at the school could do so without impeding traftic and another motorists' vision. But what is needed most is a fence a wire fence of the kind that covers a part of the boys playground. It needs to cover most of the length of the play. round on Young. As it is, a youngster goes after a ball, or tries to tag a playmate and there they are, teetering on the curb or actually clashing onto the road. The schoolboy and schoolgirl patrols do an excellent and a comm in sense job. But they're not enough. Neither are all the warnings a teaching staff can issue. Kids will be kids and heaven knows, we want to keep them .safe ar.d alive. We don't drive, I suppose, more than a couple of hundred miles a month. A lot of it is in of that school. We're not a speed fiend. We don't have far to go and there's no rush. We try to exercise every possible precaution. But I know, just as sure as there are green apples, that someone perhaps you or me is going t have trouble in front of Central school. There are other, and possibly worse spots around schools in C'hilliwack. The last time we drove by the Sardis Junior High along Stevenson road there was a fantas'ic melee of school buses, bikes and youngsters. Perhaps it.s better now I d m't know. We have no bones to pick with anyone. We're just trying to avoid some broken ones. The Chilliwack Progress CLASSIFIED COLUMNS LET OUR WANT ADS DO THE JOB SY 2-J:m PHONE SY 2-9321

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