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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 5, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta an THE EASTER FAIRY AND THE FESTIVAL OF THE FLOWERS S'r.c Glided Into the Flower Shop and Asked for Volunteers to Do Special Easter Work-Each Had Its Own Comforting Message to Take to World-Weary Hearts. ANNIE GRAY BUTCHER |yearns back to the hill-top in tIte [ lovingly Unit r�"B EASTER FAIRY glided in- { t|)c way back aml ; Whisper to her ^ to the FLOWERSKOPon the j ^ waiting for hor just over fve of tno lEfeTIYAL OI> alio top of tfie hill. Po not shrink j .1." FLOWERS. ; from iter because people s:iy she is � (,ou ran j aeii hearts 'liat wouM never be j lovely." 1 and | touched by the le; i dor buds .that peeped from greening earth on sunny slope :/i sheltered nooks. "1 warn, volunteers for some special : j^t-* FT j� i;n-r, KASTKH work." Sho said. The , 1 rs u spend moil' e FAIRY. ' K11 mes-� churches, send to a � r love o� life, he loved every used to tiuote: hi! u'le joaf of bread i it ar..i buy Hyacinths to i'.ut her loaf of bread 's .i lone, so s'.-.e would not y for her soul's food lest E others should lack Her husband j knew not.'ibt!? anout Focts or Poetry,} but li" knew the soul o� his wife.! He would as soon have seen her' body starve as her soul, so he bought! her fl.'v.-ers himself, though -some-' ti:ii,H took his last cent. One day) tho nan died. Loving friends filled! the louse with flower:; in a pitiful) att-mpt to soften as much as they! could the woman's tragedy. But the i w.tiuan saw through the hanks of I lovely blossoms, down, down to the e> Pths of the awful desolation that; lay before her. Sho knew that the flowers covered the bier of all her life's hopes and ambitions and tiap- Tommy "Waaes" Who Make Bread for Tommies Behind the Firing-Lihe in France rpHH Toriimy "Waaes". as the members of the British W omen's Army Auxiliary Corps are familiarly called, are an important part of the British army, and they arc' do ins great work behind the firing lines on the Western front in France. This British official photo shows a group of the women linkers who make the bread the Tommies relish so much. This picture was taken on the W estern front, when the girls willingly .smiled for the picture. Cinderella s Ball at Ottawa Relating the Experiences of One Who Sleppcd Uninvited Into the Vice-Regal Box. By ERICA GLENTON. ASTER, in Russia! Looking backwards through tho years, tho memory of ninny Eastcrs rises vividly before me-Eastcrs filled with simple worship, clad in,the robes of humility, bursting into Joyous consummation on Holy Easter Day. -And then the week o� feasting and rejoicing with the daily burden laid for tho moment in "Tho Tomb." But now! Easter, .19IS, wl!l wrinp tiie hearts o� all loyal true Russians. Yet, even as they mourn, there are those who see the signs of "the Great Dawn." For even the crust o� the Bolshevik! only covers thorn as tho frosty earth covers tho bulbs and roots that already show signs of life. I have been living over again the events that have led up to Russia's present unhappy position. Specially the unfortunate part played by tho ex-'fVaritza. For it cannot be denied that she had very much to do with the ultimate downfall of the Romanoff dynasty. I do not mean in the' world's general acceptance of German intrigue, but in her unhappy manner of antagonising almost everyone whom she met. Lightly tliey talked of the fun j I well remember the quarrel be- And their friends in tho carnival ; tween Alexander HI. and his son over Easter of 1918 Will the Immense Wealth of Her Holy Sacristies Fall Into the Hands of the Germans? The writer of this article is a Toronto woman who spent vianv years in Russia �s on English tutor in the homes of the Russian iwUlily. Skated right up, and before me they stopped. . piness. Alter that she hated flowers | and love that a queen might covet, j _i1JUed them and loved them. loved j she is a widow. Her two fine sons > them for their beauty, feared andj By S. IT. HOWARD. ] Self - invited, 1 entered IKE swallows swooping they JThe Vice-Regal box, with its rich-swerved intermingling. j ' ncss nf furs .and its ladies, ' On'the fkvt face of a frosted j.\nd its fresh-shaven aides-de-camp, mirror they twined a maze of jits glint of white breasts and white jo.vou.-j curves. i shirts, nere killed at the war, but still she : ''wither lov^ 1h?y floatca Iik0 8pecUs l�� storm collars, caps and cigars; i comes'normal again her love of lifej f�n tho sunbeam. jl stood in a dream self-invited, 1 will return. I want some flowers to (To rhythmic music the ctijjres and I \-or i;nc(v I had maite a faux pas. 1 Xor did I care; smiles and her faith shines on un-ilimnicd. ,?he sees wrong-doinij and meanness on every side, hut she cultivates charity like an exotic plant. Sue has no kinfolk to love, so she loves everyone. "Take some of the old woman's faith and charity and love-she will J woo her back into the sunshine ofj circles responded, "c'an rfit!"eSS a6ain" X0U",,SiTranslatipg sound into line. Eagerly the violets responded: "Let Transmuting music into motion, us go. VVs would nestle so lovingly [weaving: cadence into pattern, against her cheek and kiss away the with Ule case of j,vJsible wings. tears that the memories Df other j EASTER DAYS will bring." I But the FAIRY" s"hook her head sad-;ly. "I dare not send her violets." she .vhite b4nas, the hard setithera because they were the color of be glad to snare you some, for she 1 ave.i to give-to the stately lady :�.--rcss the aisle. :.v,-:i. ihe Xor do I- Xot a damn. T ;th aiv'i the proud eyes. Do' not 1 i,er" eyes. Violets would break her ;Sub-coi;scious I moved, giving tny-afi-aid to approach her because jheart "anew. "Let us go'."' hegg-ed the is haughty. Look into hor heart j yellow Jonquils. "We would make see how poor she is. Once she, jguch a glow of color in he� gloomy had fi.ith and charity and love, (rooms-that perhaps her lift would in iva-iiing after position and itake on some of our golden hue." ' " 'i-j,e FAIRY considered a moment. "Yes, 1 think you may go," she said. "I do not remember that the man ever brought her Jonquils. Some of this wild fern can go with you to whisper to her of dawning Spring, of j My eyes focused wide in wonder, O me presently came the dawn of a smile. " Enchanted, I gazed on this scene of JThat srr.ile, I sec now, was correct, enchantment. - !A correct smile, but a crooked tooth Fairies and witches holding carnival i ;n tne middle. in Zero Land. j Slowly it came like sunshine sweep- -.- r lost them. "When the '.r-ep.s into her heart creep -i vith it. Roll away the stone of Iand leave some of the old �.....failh. take out 1iar.shr.ess Wave charity. Take out selfish-and leave love, Show her how can turn her position�and power! insr the feci The swirl of- the mazeful pageant; The darlt-rows-'Of settts and the lighted! faces.; self to illusion, j Downwards tlirough the shadow of the tiers in the deep-set arena !lt deceived Uiat smile; drifted, like a moth to the light. ' thought it was human. ,, . , ., . , , So I turned, all burning and eager, Flat lay the rink under the lights, an I 6f the bfau{y of COIor**and mofjon' the promise of fuller life. 'Tell her how she is missed in the world's oval minor in a heavy frame. J ha,l seised me. and squeezed- At tho moulded setting bf the glass I |.Squeezed for expression- stopped- ' To SOME one. I said. frolic; Of Belgian relief and the Fund. The excuse for tho riot of color, The weaving of musical motion, Dollars and cents. Laughing she gazed at his dress, His tights, and hits mask, and his axe of the headsman, Smiled to her friends" in tiie box. The box of the Governor-General, And her teeth were pearls, Fearls glistening wet. Staring at nothing I saw her, Saw her as wreath of illusion, Darinsr to look at her only Hy gazing far over her shoulder, Knowing 1 didn't belong there, From what my n:ar neighbor had shown me. Tho back of his ulster. she faced Then sudden impulsive, me, Looked at mo squarely and frankly Full in the eyes. Startled, I focused mine on her, Her crown and the crown of her pected to be able to his choice of a wife. Tho Empress Marie Fesdiovna wished .very much that hersson should marry one of the daughters of Montenegro. They were lovely girls, brought > up and educated in the Imperial Institute in Petrograd; they were Slavs and orthodox, and understood the shades and chords in the Russian character. But. Nicola I II. was not to be moved from his purpose, and at last, with great reluctance on the part of the Empress, his parents consented. Just a Good House Frau HEN a man or woman takes upon himself or herself to fulfil an important position, he or she should at least possesr, the necessary qualifications. When a man engages a chef for a large hotel he is e.v-ook. He may w n;o stars that will light the way be- ,Tork hov she is nceded Restore to .ore her into eternity.^ her the Joy of living. D*o not be de-..... . . ceived when she tries to smile. Look A ND you witl see a man mere. A |down into her heart and see how sore �\ man with an old-young face jit is. infl hopeless eyes, and hands full of I - 'T " I sold that he has no use for. He was I " '"^ '-" '- not always rich. Once he had a wife ivho needed things that he could not jet for her. Her need was a lash :hat whipped him into the fight for noney. He won. But when he turn->d triumphant to give his trophies to -.he woman he loved she was gone And presently- Stepped sideways into the space reserved for the Governor-General: of white roses in her arms. They had "Amazir-g Ts it new- "This method of wonderful skating- "A new art that has como to the country? "I speak as a stranger in town. "A stranger in town from Toronto. "I mean- I never have seen it till now, f^li^l^&^uV^ f,iLeni^: labout his plans. .W cheers him to. AND now 1 want some Tulips to go | just been married, and were starting i".\t least on a scale of such beauty to a little cripple boy. He plant-j on their wedding-trip. He remem- {"And manifold numbers of dancers, ed a"bulb and l.n has been watchiug bers how beautiful s'ue looked as she ("Such surety, grace and precision-it grow inch by "inch. He expects itjsat in tnc train with the roses in |"\Vho is- that your.g Spaniard in to bloom ou EASTER. But it will ~' " not' bloom to-morrow.' It will never bloom, for fit is dying. So is the. UUte cripple boy. Let liirri tell you all . reen. That hero who skates like the pictures'.'" llone. uncomforted, while the money nadness obsessed him. He had never wanted money except for her. Now ;hat she is gone it mocks him. Do not pass him by because he is rich, "-.ook into his heart and see how stricken he is. Show him the thous-uid ways in which he ran use his aioney so that the price he' paid for her aims the smile of bridal hap-pinesa on her face. There was a jar, I a. swayircr. a crash. Consciousness I was blotted out for a time; sight j forever. The world for him had van- I referred to a couple then passing, country' ished except as memory revealed it. JAn angel In black and a peasant, likes u> j faccident bad not spared the wo- JThe pair nf them skating divinely. Her beautiful face was sear- j Looping In swoops like the eagle's: think that he will see the -when, summer comes. He talk about the bees a-hum above the I man. "�� | red clover, of the green-gold wheat red and distorted horribly, but her ; Poised in the sweep of great curves, fields scolloping in the summer wind, I husband does not know it. Only his j Or pausing in perfect accord | of the birds nesting in the crumbling ! lovingly groplns fingers trying to. To swirl from one foot to the other; , "tore fence under' the vines of wild ! trace the dear lines of her face comes forwards and backwards in turn. He can almost make: upon unexpected scars; but she I In the midst of that wonderful of the stream i laughs his suspicions away. So, I maze- glory, Her hair: And the blood in her cheeks and her lips. . She smiled. . Matched pearls, glistening wet. (And every single one of them was straight.) She spoke-to me- ' And she the Queen at Cinderella's Ball! "Have you got the time on you?" she said.. jor may not have an amiable disposition, be tall or short, dark or fair; the main thing is, that ho shall cook. When a woman consents to share the thronel of an Emperor she should be quite sure that sho is capable of fulfilling the duties of an Empress. Allx of Hesso would have made a splendid wife to some German nobleman. She possessed all the qualities o/ a good haus-rrau-a loyal wife and careful mother-but she did not in tho least understand liow to be a She had spoken to ine Russian Empress. That Marie Feo- And smiling expectant, she waited, 'irovm. filled that position to per- j Standing there firm-ankled on her Section only made the matter worse. � silver skates 'Tne Tsaritza disliked very much pub- While still I stVuggl�d |lic functions,, balls, operas and great Reality" rushing upon'me- too quick assemblies. She loved to shut her-for mv bead. \selt within her own gardens with her "Yes" I stammered at last I children, books and music. As a And deep inta'winter clothing [private lady she was an example, Dug tor mv watch " inlt as fin Empress an utter failure. "It's just two minutes . short of i'l"0 completely _ misunderstood the Ieven, honeysuckle. iE^bSn^ gltres'^fushVe' Rushes' "and \ though she is ngiy and disfigured, if [in ami ovt without bumping! * ^ . .iT* ch'ldie" thatith j?,rple FJae.� and the llar-fi- j she stands beside him to-morrow with I Who is that fellow."' I urged -armed of the ste\ to wmom T !� * SmIU ami comfort him; I a bunch'of fragrant white rosea in | In the hent-f amazed admiration. *T i,,w ,^!lnit look into his heart and see how her arms, he will see her only a love- "And the girl?" near heaven he is." ly younf; bride. Do not think of the "What a. beautiful mission," cried ! eighties eve.-. Look into his soul l"Aw." said the old boy urbanely. ?ould bring healing, the old and loraeless to whom he could give a iappii:ess that would comfort himself. Jail the Tulips. "There will be another there-a. icr'PPle bo>' v-'ho 'll,W!n3 ot the coun" rirl with too-pink checks and lips, ',lr>- when he is Hearing the everiastinff md wistful eves. She will creep in I summer Land.' M'f the streets alone. You will find! "Now I must have a bunch of wnito ier just beside the door in tiie sha- li'oses," said the FAIR1. "They must .low-always in the shadow. She:be most iir.grant in all tlower "To couu'ori: a little land note liotv well he can see." |For a reornent the smile rested on nves flowers and music and at Easier she always comes into the church ;o dream of the white days she knew oefore she got into the down-grade. She has been taught that there is no Jii-grade on that road, so she keeps an going down, though her sou? land. I want them for a blind man." "White roses for a blind ln-in?" breathed all the flowers in wonder. "His eyes are blind, but he can see with his soul. I will tell you about him. It is quite a romanee. The last time he saw his wife she had a bunch What .1"wonderful mission for us." 1 me. said the white roses. "To restore to'Then passed on to sweep the arena a blind man the picture ot his glad "" " '' " --- <� OCT of the dim of the distance, The Bwirlins and twirling of figures,'-' i Of peasants and fairies and nobles. ii saw that tho Queen was approach- ing. The Queen of the colorful pageant, A crown of gold on her hair. Superfluous. .b'Jt emphatically re- ginal. . Full red flushed her cheeks. Scarlet with youth and of skating to musics Of RkatltiR- iji dance time with partners. Who borrowed the speed of the gods. To lend it and spend It upon her. Must tv.-o minutes almost precisely, "I mean. "Just ten fifty-eight." , I would have said more If I could. have, hut couldn't-  Xot on that subject. "Just two minutes!' she cried to her headsman. "And supper is off at eleven! ! ! Just two minutes-almost precisely. "And I am as hun/jry," she laughed. "As your meat axe." She smiled at me over her shoulder. "Thank von." she said and was gone. -.'? � -': I do'Ulm telks to he human, nid fogies as well as young women, But especially queens. I THE TWO A'/.YOM. j ] fj^.IlKRE ara two kinds of wonieii-j | tlioE'e v/hosa clothes scent to havei been made for them, and thoco who Russian character, which loves gaiety and movement, sandwiched between serious pursuits, and did not notice the sweet and gracious simplicity shown by great Russian ladies to those beneath them. The T-saritza seemed to imagine the manner of mi Empress should bo so dignified as to bo icy. Then, too, she would have made fewer enemies had she observed how very quietly Russian women dress at home and in the trect.. As it was, her dress,was often very unsuitable for the occasion. Hex fondness for gorgeous gowns and /many' jewels caused severe eri-! ticism', and these thing.;, tog-ether with a lamentable want of tact, gradually isolated her from Russian society besides destroying loyalty and affection. "Another German Sausage" JUST before her marriage, I happened to visit a jeweler's store Kharkov. Standing at the window were two stalwart peasants who seem to have been made for theirj were looking at tho portraits of Nlealia and Allx. Said one: "That's our Prince-" clothes. "Yes, brother; I, too, have, eyes? but who is the �woman?" "Can you not perceive her to his chosen one?" "Am I then a child? I ask who 24 she?" - '"TIs said, another German s*m sago." And as I entered the store I said in my hear'; "God pity her; she is not wanted." This, to start with, was bad, but. In splto ct it, sho might havo won her own if only she had used her eyes and cars. Tho mother-empress had enshrined herself in tho hearts of tho people through simple graclotisness and great tact. Once, when in Abastouman, sho was out riding-, a peasant approached her nml begged to be allowed to give her his little dog. With ti smile sho leaned from her saddle and gathered the dog into her arms, and during hcr stay was never seen without it. It. was acts like these that won for her the worship of Russia. Then, of course, her liusband was a strong man, master in his own house and country, whereas Nicolai was swayed by every passing influence. He and his wife, would have lived very happily as private people beeatiso they loved each other, but neither of them < was fitted for their high position. Had this happened in Great Britain it would not havo greatly mattered, held together as it is hy/tho sound common sense of the middle classes. But poor Russia was never develop this mighty back-bone of strength, and now that she has lost her head, we should not blame her too much for being unable to lift herself from tho mud as quickly as wo could wish. Then, too, wo might remember her unwieldy bulk. Easter Finds Her Down IT is true that Easter, 1918, findg her down, her enemies cutting pieces from her arms and feet, but even they have still a Ions way to go before they reach her heart. She may emerg-e smaller from the colls ot tho German octopus, but she will be stronger in arm and teeth and after all, as my particular soldier-man in Flanders writes: "These great shell? make an awful noise and cause vs much annoyance but, believe me, it is the little things that bite!" "What is worrying me this Easter, ! the thought of tho wealth of those ' Russian Sacristie!) falling into ttye hands o� the Germans. Outside o� Russia, such surprisingly rich sacristies do not exist. Crucifixes, staffs, robes, altar cloths, caskets, ikons, are encrusted with gems. In some of tho inner chapels, the railings are of solid silver, the golden garments of tho Virgin covered w'tth seed pearls. Tha hems of the robes aro deeply embroidered with sapphires and rubies. There arc ikons worth $100,000 dollars at least-jtujt' amatt ikons, so what the value of an ikonastas must be, I do not know. When ono thinks of the number of churches in Fctro-gvad, each containing wealth like this; when one remembers Kiev-tho mother ot churches, with her chalice cups of hand-worked silver, her mitrea stiff with jewels, spoons, spears, penazies heavy with diamonds, and that wonderful Bible with Its gold covers thickly set with pigeon-blood rubies ;yid the vestments hemmed with emeralds, one wishes that Kiev could bo burnt up In a night rather than these Holy Russian treasures should fall to the spoilers. And so at this time of the year, those who love Russia, must needs be sad, for it is on Easter Day that these wonderful jewels see the light, the robes aro worn and sacramental services ara used. It the thought of the loss of mere thiirgs makes one sigh, what must the loyal Russian be suffering In hia soul this Easter, at the loss of courage, spirit, and prestige, of respect and good will'.' We, who sV'l love and believe in her, can only wish her th� old-time Russian Easter greetinsr--"Christua Voskres" waiting for tfia answer" that will surely come someday: "Voistcnos Voskres"! "Christ has risen!" "Truly lie has risen!" Censored "("MTARLEY, dear," said young .Mrs. ^ TorUlns, "that young man in the Bureau of Information' wouldn't answer a single question 1 asked him this morning." "Whaddidgy ask him?" "I asked him how long the Government will operate the railroads and whether trains will run any faster and fares Vie any cheaper. All he would say was that lie didn't know. I believe that young man is being censored." The headsman It was who came with, her, . Masked and in black, broad axe on his shouMer. And they n!:nfed to me on a line! To me. where vet 1 wn� standing, iAt the fence in the Governor'* box. American Girls Give Their Books for United Statu "Soldiers anT Sailors' ' ^THROUGHOUT the United States, a never ending line of girls with books^are wending their way into, the x libraries everywhere, and startiag a loud of fiction and other fcooks to the camps where,American flfftiteri* are training, and to tho men who are already in action in France. The Tars who are In actl6tj on Uuclo Sam's battleships will also feet their reading matter from this source. So generous has the supply of lioohs been that I he libraries In camp are rapidly becoming stocked up. This photo shows a lino of girls with byoka handing them in at the New York Public Librarv. ''--*t. T "  -?f.'"�'�* / ;