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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 16, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta ) WONDERFUL WAYS OF WISE WOMEN TO RAISE MONEY Ii'ic "Old-Fashioriecl Woman" Tells About the Talent Club's Enterprise. SALVE VS. LINIMENT But There Was a Surprise When the Results Were Reported. I ^^y AXNIIC GRAY BUTCHER. TWENTY-FOUR women oC our ohuicli met the oUier day and ' ndvlscd twonty-fonr dirfcrcnt �iv;u� ot ralHln' money for ti don:il)oii to the FiCHh Air Fund. Tlin mini.stcr'H wife "wnnlcd to know If Iho T.iicnt Club was (le.'iO. Homcono .said that it wasn't bnt It wna sitiUIn' fast. After a consultation the women tlioiiglit It could be mvlveU. AVo ronned llio Talent Club a couple of years a^o to got money to lift the mortgage oft the chureh, and while we didn't succeed in liftin' It ore nltogether, wo managed to pry it lip enough to keep the church from liinothcrin'. The idea was for every wo^ian to use whatever .special talent she had -or thought she had-lo earn money lor whatever work the club was Interested In. The woman that keeps hens said she'd give all the money sho .riade out of the eggfi her hens laid on Sundays. We all hoped the hens would �Iicll out on Sundays for Ihc Fresh Air Fund. The bride was takin' a course in Domestic Science. She said sho was open for orders for war cake. An old lady said she could make a liniment that would draw out anything-even money. 1 ordered three bottles rlgflit nwny to use on .Tn.iios. 1'u Oxcinham. lilio a .satisfactory dogrce. and, speaking will) a railway official last week, one learned that  .special excursions siinllar to-and probably In conjunction with-the usual harvesters' excursions are under serious consideration for the purpose of bringlnx out foinaio help. As one pessimistic person remarked, when this help does come it will probably ho to remain ponn.inont and lawful helpmeets to a frosh crop of widowers. ".My wife's got about all she can stand now," ho wont on, "and when it conie.s to harvesting and threshing, God alone knows wliat tho poor soul is i;oing to do! Site is not at all and has three small children and four ijien to cook for as well as an invalid aunt to look after. At prchent kIio needs a lot of dentistry done, and as we are twelve miles from town, she idmply can't got in to havo. It soon to on aooount of gctlinif behind with the work- Sample Cases U� KNOW every farm and every 1 family along this line on tho mail. Tliese are the oircuinHlnncos of number ono: Two sons in France, (alhcr, aged CO, carrying on alone with .a small boy of 10, and the mother ii semi-Invalid, but doing all her own work alono. Number two has only tho one woman arid she has to coo!; for throe men. Number throe Is a bit bettor, it is,owned by a bachelor and .sonndiow baoholor.s always can get hel!). Number four is a largo I'limily, but tho children aro all boys and tlio niulher "recently in-oko lior arm. .Slie had lo get Into harness again long before it was out of splints. Bhe Is carrying oh with her arm In a sling. At the next farm the only woman is very frail and delicate. She does all the work, rising nt lour and often not getting to bed till eleven. One woman only at farm number six. Siie ou.nlit to bo in a sanatorium at this minute, l)ut .she Isn't. Ono woman at farm number seven. She's .strong, iiul needs to bo, for slic has eight small children. One woman at the no.xt. She does all lier work clllier sitting on a tall stool at tho kitchen table, or climbing about on crutches, for she's a crliiplo. Ono woman at farm number nine, also at number ton. The woman at tho lasl-mentloned got awfully mad the other day. In tho rural mall box nhc liad found rine oi' tlioso advoill.sliijr folders. I forgot wltothor it was Hanff or Mufikoka, or where It was, but anyway it said icuuothlng aboiit"wliy remain In tho boat, tolling througli .July iind August when all outdoors was calling.yuu! T.ot us Iflti'oduco you lo Ihe. spiny pliio brcoEcs, eta." It also tiliowed pictures! niid one was of a broad hotel pia' tore that folder up light there and I know s;he Just wanted lo swear or cry or .somotliiug! ritit she didn't. .She went back iiilo th,-it drali .iitllo house and she set about cooking dinner for five mon-all old foliow-s excoiit one-and byo-and-b>-o her liusliand kissed her as usual bofoio going back to the field and ho Iindn't got furtlior than tho first barn when he heard her siuKing. IIow do I know all this? V.'hy. bocauso she's my v.-ifo! All v.-nmon aren't like hor thou.^h. And tho maddening part of It Is we'ro woil-fixod rinanoially and oould rcal-ti-oat oiir.'.-elvo.s lo a trip like Ihnf. but what would tho farm do? Who would talio oft iiur crops?" A Bit of Romance IF tho West Is tho land whore woman Is iiueon-Willi rather more lo do than sit on a throne and look, pretty-it is also the land, where ro-nLtncc Is life. L Here's ti tale oC a real romance that devcloiicd this summer on a ranch near Saskatoon: A tired little music teacher from a hmnii town in Ontario was sent West by her doctor to iiead off iicrnlcious anaemia and she got into overalls and a boy's shirt and boots, and started iti to take the euro proscribed. She had had to have her nice dark curly hair cut off, and though sho shed a few.tears over this, sho soon grew lo like her changed appearance. It took five years off hor age. She looked boyishly sweet- to coin .1 phiase. Sho prrsiinded the fanner and his wife to treat her as a son and never to refer lo her ns ".Miss" or call her a farmerette. Jler nhine being Wilholmine, they called her "Billy" therefore, and when tholr good-looking soldier son, wearing a Military Medal arrived on tho scene, ho was not enlightened nt oneo as to tho sex of this "help" from Ontario. "IIow do you like Billy, Torn?" asked mother with a -ndnk at Dad. "Why he seems a nice enough Utile follow," returned the hero, promptly. 'What nice long eyelashes for a boyl" For ten \vholo days Tom was kept In Ignorance (blissful or otherwise) luid this state of affairs might have eonllnuod Indefinitely had not Billy one day encountered one ot those harmless necessary snakes that farmers llfio lo keep In tlielr fields to kill off pests. It wna a large snake and inclined to bo iilnyfiil and uffectlon-ate, no doubt, for it appeared to follow Billy and her hoe. So Billy screamod and ran pcllmoll for the houso. and before she could reach the first fence, tho hero son rose up from soniowhoro and .she foil on- his manly breast and began to weep. Ho called her a "sissy" and a "calf" and ri "momma's boy," -and began to shako her just as a big brother would a lUtlo ono. And ho shook open her collar and saw a tiny gold chain and locket and - Hinclt talcum powder or scented soap or somctlilnn! Tho game was up. ICxaolly one monlh later they wore married. If that Isn't Romance, -what Is'.' A Humming Plan Tt oamo as a blow (" Rozzor his friend was leaving for tlial the "Thl'iig.'i will bo i)relly dull without you, old chap," ho said, gloonrtiy, "Don't feci down about it, my boy," replied the other; "Imt, nil the'snme 1 lict 1 shall mako things hum down there." , , ,, "Got some schome on already?" "Yes. You .'.-co, I'm thinking of keeping boos." Jonathan j.\'rO one pint of hot boiled hominy stir otic tablospoontul and ;i halt of oloo, salt and piiprilia . to taste anil ono beatoii egg. Beat well, add tv/o tuhlesiioonsful of finely miuirod groou pepper and iiack Into a mould. When cold, cut In thin slioos. nrrango In a (jrensod baking dish and sprinkle between tho layers of tho cereal grated cheese, about two tnblcHpoonstuI, and the immn of thick tomato catsup. t^Jovcr tho top with ci'us'U'd dried bread cruri-ibs, dot wlUiidts of okni and eobk In u tennis i-at,'kma moderate oven for 15 minutes, , worii of llio Rod Cross, llio preparation "f Sphnpiiuiu moss fur mcdicn! puri>or;os, in this Its initial stage, it is in oliar.1,'0 of a committee of tho 1 Miivoi-nily Hospital Supply As.socia-tlon, working v.llh both hospital and bolaniial oxiinits; but it Is probable that ot!;. 1- oontros will bo established bofnre lonir, ns thi:> iiromlscs to be nn liicrcasln;rly Imporlnnt feature ot Hod Cios.'i work. I'ho growing so.-iroilj- nf cotton renders It tiuporativc lo find .1 sub-Klituto al oiiro, ijolh as a textile and for absorbant oollon. Tho moss pronil.ies lo fill this taller need ad-njirnbl.v. Thoio is no limit to tho amount obtaiuablo. it la soft, absorbent, and has as woU medicinal pro-portlo.s. 'I'ho only kind procurod In Ontario so far. appears attenuated and ranks only ns third grade. First and socond como from British Colum-Iria and Nov.a. Scotia, a.s ilic sea air seems to be necessary lo its proper dovriopmont. This kind Is much tliloki^r and more nbsorliont, and nt liuios very pretty- It is almost colorless, tinted In iilacos rod or green, while the Ontario kind is rather a wcoplng-willow green. Its little cell-like leaves are hollow, and readily absorb molslure. As it is gathered for the most part in marshe.s, there are many cranberry roots tangled through it, but the workers aro thankful that as yot no spiders or water-insects have upiiearod. It is necessary to go c''?r oaoh Individual piece to maKo siiro that no substance adheres iTlilcli when dry would ho haid or non-ab- � sorbent. The moss !s then spread out in frames until thoroughly, dry, that It may not mildew, sifted for hard bits, then made up. As a carload from British Columbia is duo at any time now, there will be conslderablo of this picliing over to bo done. The Handling of It THF, first grade ts mado into dressings - neat little pads rather like our grandmothers' lavender sachets, In a frame ot regulation size there is iiiscrled a sheet ot Scott Tissue-a clever American substltuto for'textile cotton; then tl-.s frame is filled level with moss and tho tissue Is folded over, rather like an envelope on straight lines. Another piece of tissue the same size Is laid across tho back oC this and folded the other way, so that no sewing Is necessar.v, and j'ot there Is no danger ot the mos? sifting out. The bod-pads are �made the siz? ot a sheet oC newspaper. A dozen sheets aro taken ns a foundation; on this Is laid a layer ot third grade mos.s, and on top ot this ono of second, a piece ot cotton is placed over the whole, folded under at tho edges, and sewed sccurel;,- together all the way around. The wonderful work -which hos already been done with this moss In Scotland hiis opened the eyes ot the Olil* Country physicians to Us possibilities, A rush order has come from thorn for 10,000 dressings, and 10,000 bed-pads at once, for which they ^ro^ sending tho cotton cut the proper' size In order that there may bo no' delay. They hope for tons more to follow. It Is probable that a species of baling machine will bo used In order to pack tho pad.i in tho least possible .space tor shipment. . To Supply U. S. HIiRE the moss is as yet used chtofly In hospital trains and ships, as the Canadian doctors want things In tho hospitals jupt as they always were. Tho tinltcd States Is alive to Its possibilities, and as they have no orBanlzallon as yet to gather the mos.s, wo have promised to supply thorn in return for Scott Tissue, which Is much liko gauzo In appearance and remarkably durable. People are encouraged to send In samples It they know tho whcic-aliouts of any .sphagnum.. Many ot us are familiar with It ns a i:prtlllzer, or from seclns It wrapped around tho roots ot rose bushes In the stores. It is said to be the bog moiss which forms the ground work ot peat. Any-ono who has ever watched a squaw binding a papoose on ll� board-cradlo whicli keeps his wee spine straight, will know the way sho pads It with sphagnum that it may not bo too hard, and tho medicinal properties keep his skin In good condition. In tho'West ,^ immigrants from South-eastern Kurope chink up every (Jrevlco ot ther shacks of poplar poles with moss lest a.little oxygen might filter,In. There la no difficulty In Identifying It, and It is probable thut Shortly picklne will be organized on-an extcnslvo scale. It Is not deci&ed an yet whether It may bo mado up locally Into bed-pads; but the centres for dressing will bo tho universities whero there aro botanical and chemical experts familiar with th� moss anil willing (o help. At prosent, headquarters In this country are in Montreal, at McGlII, with a branch here, and It Is probable that very jihortly other.^ will bo cslobllsheii , ;