August 13, 2021
Many Cellars Flooded In Rainstorm
Hundreds of Basements Under Water Through Lack of Surface Drains
Two Feet Of Water In Devenish Block
Subways Flooded And Motor Cars Stalled In The Middle
CALGARY – As the result of what was probably the heaviest rainstorm that ever visited Calgary, hundreds of cellars and basements in residences, apartment houses and business blocks were flooded last evening between 7:30 p.m. and 8 o’clock. City officials were almost harried to death by enraged property owners demanding relief from the flood conditions.
The tremendous rainfall came as a strong reminder to Commissioner Graves that Calgary requires a complete system of storm sewers in the business district. Even such a system, however, would have been taxed to its utmost capacity by the unexpected rainfall. “It was the most extraordinarily heavy rain that I have ever seen in Calgary,” said Commissioner Graves.
Among the big apartment houses where basements were flooded was the Devenish block. Nearly two feet of water flooded into the basement, driving the residents to the upper floors, and doing hundreds of dollars of damage.
A party of motorists in a big seven-passenger touring car attempted a dash through the flooded First Street West subway just at the conclusion of the storm. The motor went dead when they reached the deepest part of the flood, and they were marooned there until the subway was pumped out.
(History repeated itself on June 19, 2021)
Thief Overlooked Ten Thousand Dollars
(Canadian Press dispatch)
MONTREAL – Though a thief who cracked the safe of Tooke Bros. Ltd. at St. Henri was smart enough to learn the combination from employees of the company, or possessed the ability of Jimmy Valentine to decipher the combination, he carelessly overlooked $10,000 in pay envelopes and merely stole $300 lying loose in the safe.
The Capture Of A Golden Eagle
(Times of London)
EDINBURGH – The capture of a golden eagle on the Argyll Hills, and its presentation to the new Scottish Zoological Gardens in Edinburgh, formed the subject of a prosecution at Inveraray on Monday when Angus Cameron, gamekeeper, was charged before Sheriff-Substitute Penney with contravening the Wild Birds Protection Order by taking a golden eagle and having it in his possession between June 20 and 27 last.
Mr. Cameron pleaded guilty to a technical breach of the law, but in ignorance that such a law existed.
Mr. Tom Speedy, Fellow of the Zoological Society who spoke on behalf of Cameron, said he was the sinner who should be at the bar, not the keeper. He had seen a pair of golden eagles from Inveraray at the Zoological Gardens in London, and had written to Mr. Cameron asking if he could assist in getting specimens for Edinburgh. Mr. Cameron replied that the eagles were breeding on his ground and, since it was for a national purpose, he would be delighted.
Sheriff Penney said it seemed strange to him that a golden eagle could not be obtained without a criminal breach of the law. In view of the fact that Cameron had acted for no pecuniary benefit, but for a national purpose, he dismissed him with an admonition.