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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 'HI LITHMIOOI HEKALO WILFRED LAURIER HEIRLOOMS RETURNED FOR PUBLIC VIEW By JAMES 'NELSON OTTAWA Priceless heirlooms belonging to the late Sir Wilfrid Laurier rave btcn returned by his niece for public display in Laurier the borne of two prime ministers. The Public Archives an- nounced Monday it had ac- quired the furniture and art ob- jects from Pauline Harvey of Montreal. They have been in a newly refurbished second- storey parlor ol tl-c house on Laurier Ave. It was Sir Wil- frid's home from 1897 lo 1919. and subsequently the home of the la'.e W. L. Mackenzie King Marny in charge of the decor at Laurier which King willed to the state on his death in 11101 o and more of Limner's furniture and personal memorabilia are gradually acquired. Two second-slot ey rooms now are devoted to Laurier furnish- ings. The downstairs drawing the second-storey master bedroom anil third-slorc'y study are still preserved as King left them. Included in the new aquifi- tions ore a settee and tlirco side chairs of gill and pink embroi- dered in Louis XVI I which Mrs Harvey do- nalcd. She remembered them in 1-aurier wheic she spent part ol her Mrs. Graves said Also included in the gitt are a preen Sevres china a Japanese tapestry used as a door luiiiciup in Lauiier's study. I and small personal be- I longing to Lady gold knitting a prayer book inscribed by Pope X. and two rosaries made of dried floweis trom Sir Wilfrid's fu- neral wculih The room in which Uiey now are di-pliiyert was originally Sir Wilfrid's but sub- sequently it was used as an of- tice. To re-tore the room to the cf the early 1900. Mrs. Graves had a heavily-embossed wallpaper painted a soft similar to the silk that origi- nally decorated the drawing room. No dollar value lias been fixed on the but a similar Louis XVI settee and set of side chairs was recently offered at a diplomat's sale here for more than TVe Sevres china vase probably is worth more than Mrs. Graves said the Laurier House budget allows only about a year for the purchase of including those which are authentic pieces be- longing either to the Laurier family or to King. A gift such as that made by Mrs. Har- vey is therefore a prize. Laurier House has graudally opened more rooms which hith- erto were closed to the including three small bedrooms that had been assigned to King's maids and housekeepers. They contain identical brass beds. The story is that King or- dered them duplicated after having spent an especially rest- ful night in one of them while on a trip to England. ON'S Thursday Til Personal Shopping GREAT BUYS FOR ALL THE BALLOON GIVE AWAY Bring the Kiddies A Balloon For Them thout HAPPY BACK-TO-SCHOOL Eaton's Surprise Sale tomorrow a great 12-hour shopping and right when you are looking for back to school savings and values for the home for Fall. Come and find all sorts of great throughout the store there's something for everyone at Eaton's Surprise Sale. Come one come all but come in because it's PERSONAL SHOPPING THURSDAY a.m. to 9 p.m. Join the Parade with Mr. Surprise. He'll lead you to bar- gains all over the store and you may even see him slash them some more. LET EATON'S BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY WITH SUPER SAVINGS ALL OVER THE STORE. ;