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February 15, 1912

     Will the councillors of the Board of Trad please make a point of being present at the meeting on Saturday afternoon.  Subject of discussion, "Railways".

     As president of the Cochrane Board of Trade A. Chapman motored to Springbank on Saturday last to attend the meeting arranged in order to give the residents an opportunity of discussing the proposed route of the Interurban Railway, and exercising his usual discretion in his choices of companions he took along E. Flint and A.E. Strickland.

     We are almost certain of being able to start a good, strong cricket club.  Will those interested in the project kindly communicate with W. Critchley or Gordon Hinde, of Grand Valley or the sporting editor of the Advocate.

     The threshing machine has been very busy on the Desert during the past week, and the yield has been so good that it claims the right to be known by a more appropriate name, such as Canaan.  (CHAPS note:  The Desert is the area north of Cochrane.)

      "Yes sir," said the Old Timer, " the climate has altered since I have been here.  To give you an idea of the scarcity of grass we have experienced in seasons of drought I once sent out a gang of men haying.  At the end of the week they returned with empty waggons to get feed for the horses."

     The enterprise of R.A. Webster has no limitation.  The latest addition to his list of business undertakings is the laying down of a grist mill plant.  The motive power is a twelve h.p. gasoline engine, manufactured by the Gould, Stapley and Muir Co., Brantford, for which company Mr.. Webster is agent.  The mill grinds any kind of grain, and the feeding value of meal from one's own oats, barley or rye is well known.  There is no doubt Mr. Webster will get all the business he wants.  At any rate we trust this mill is the beginning of greater things.

A Spoilt Child

     The summit of selfish impudence was surely reached by the Calgary City Council on Monday evening last when they held a special meeting to consider the Sifton railway bill, which provides for the railway passing through Cochrane and not Calgary.

     Calgary is like a big, overgrown, spoilt child, and wants everything it sees.  For years and years Calgary was the only child, it was a law unto itself, fathered by the C.P.R., and played with by remittance uncles.  The supposedly barren prairie has borne fruit, and Calgary finds it is not the only pebble on the beach but prosperous towns are springing up in all directions, towns that are being built upon sound business lines, and not left to real estate boomsters who always beget giants with feet of clay.

    As long as Calgary is the cynosure of all eyes it is alright, it must be petted and humoured all the time, and we all remember its little tantrums, how it raved and stamped and tore its hare because Father C.P.R. has hinted that Medicine Hat and Bassano were bonny children and deserved presents.  Now it will have something else to cry about.  Its godfathers and godmothers who went to Edmonton and demanded the present of all the new railways were sent empty handed away, and our sympathies go out to these unfortunate emissaries, when they have to face the willful child and say "My dear, you cannot have that railway, it is going to be given to Cochrane."  There will be a scene.

     Cochrane is not used to being spoon fed, in fact this is the first present it has ever received, and naturally it is elated, and is filled with genuine gratitude for the godfather who has striven so hard to obtain it.  Cochrane people, just close your ranks, pull together, and we can have as nice a little town as any in Alberta.  We have no objection to Calgary growing, in fact, as it will have the privilege of being linked up with Cochrane in this new railway system this spoilt child ofr fortune is likely to grow out of its peevish bobbledeboyhood.

Interurban Railways

     The interurban railway system which will revolve about Calgary reaching out into the rich district beyond, will be of very good advantage to the district which it serves.  It will mean quite as much to Calgary and more to the district than the coming of the transcontinental railway.

    The interurban railways in the United States practically revolutionized traffic wherever they went. They changed conditions, bringing the city closely in touch with the country.  An interurban system revolving from Calgary in all directions will revolutionize conditions.  A railway system with frequent stops will provide the farmers with a service which no present railway system can give them.  It will first of all build up a produce market.  Calgary has never had such a market of any great value to any person.

     Such a railway system will be of greater importance to the district which it serves than the larger railway with stations some distance apart.

     The interurban system will mean a densely settled district wherever it runs.  It will mean ready sale for the produce of the farmers at good prices.  It will mean cheaper food for the people of Calgary.

     The right of entry for the city is one question likely to come up at an early date, and should be dealt with as soon as possible, and in a fair and reasonable manner.  In the United States the cities treat the interurban roads as they do the other railways.  The trains run to a certain station, and, of course, are not permitted to do a street railway business within the city.  The council should be firm, if necessary in demanding its rights and resisting encroachments.  But there is no need of anticipating trouble, for the company is not likely to make any unfair requests.

     The interurban system means much to the district through which it passes.  Its importance cannot well be overestimated.

        ----The Morning Albertan

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