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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 18, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta ' T REDMOND BESET BY BAD ~ HEALTH AND MANY FOES Nationalist Leader Faces Difficulties That Seem Well-Nigh Insuperable-Has Mass of Irish Folk Lost ; x Faith in Old Party? iiC  huge majority. Tho result of that By POLITICUB. IV Is a matter for great regret, not only on personal, but on public, grounds that Mr. John Kcdmond, M.F., should bo In such an unsatisfactory state of hcnlth just now when no much Ih depending on tho Irish Convention. Mr. Redmond Ih still Very far from being an old. man, ns ogo in counted at Westminster-ho la but sixty-six. Hut I hear that ho lias been Bo poorly that not even tho prolonged, visit which ho lias lately paid to his place In WIeklow (formerly the residence) of Mr. I'arnell), where the air generally works wonders :for Kim, has been' ablo to, do much towards a real restoration of Ms health. * Truth to toll, ho has recently had li food deal more than his share of troublo and, care. Ho has lately lost both his daughter and his brother. Moreover, tho death, last month, of Mr. Patrick O'Brien, one of his oldest nnd most valued friends, .1* well as one of his most trusted political col-JcagueB, affected him sorely. Ho Is a man of few closo friends. Hut "Paddy," �a Mr. O'Brien was affectionately known, was certainly ono of them. The latter wa� especially yaluod by Mm for tho political acumen he diatteysd in difficult times. And to-day tho times arc difficult for the Mah Nationalist leader and John Redmond. his party. Bye-elections, whenever they tnko place in Ireland in these days, seem to result only In tho production of Sinn Felners who, with an exaggeratedly Hibernian sense of humor, refuse to show themselves in the J House to which they havo succeeded in securing election. The Bye-Electioni IT was, perhaps', possible to look on the Nationalist defeat in Roscommon as a mere election vagary- t'ount Plunkett was returned largely us tho father of his son. South Longford might also bo regarded as a chanco victory-tho Sinn Fein majority was but 37. But there Is no explaining away East Clare, so long n safe seat for Major William Red-' mond, but which, on the 11th of last month, returned a Sinn Felner by a election was described by tho Hlnn Fein victor ns "a monumer.'. in the glorious men who died In Easter week which showed that, If Ireland only had tho ghost of a chance, sho would fight for independence and an Irish 'Republic." There are thoso who maintain that the majority of tho Irish people, ns now advised, aro wholly opposed to consltutional action. Thero are others who say that this Is not so, but that they havo lost faith in tho Nationalist party, because that party ha3 not used constitutional means to the best advantage. But, whichever view may bo correct, there can bo no gainsaying tho fact that the supremacy-almost unchallenged for so long-In tho South and Wost of Ireland of tho party which Mr. Redmond leads Is now definitely ended. Wero thero to ho a general election to-morrow, that party would go bathe to Westminster but the ghost of its former self. In fact, thero ure many people-and not bad political pro-phots, cither-who predict that, in th,e event of such an election, tho Nationalists would find themselves numerically Inferior both to tho Sinn Fclnors and to tho Irish Unionists. This situation can be satisfactory to nobody who has tho welfare of Ireland at heart. Least of all can it be so to Mr. Redmond, who, after a Parliamentary lifetime epent in the |4Iomo Itulo cause, finds that his authority to speak for tho bulk of tho Irish peoplo has been, so to speak, torpedoed, and who yet has to go on with the task of helping to find that solution of the problem of governing Ireland which tho convention is Becking. Yet Another Split R. REDMOND has just found himself constrained to resign the post of president of the National Volunteers, an Irish body of which ho has been at tho head for over three year. This movomont was started as a reply to the Ulster Volunteers, and for some time Mr. Redmond hesitated to sanction it. But it grew so rapidly that ho decided to tako command of It, and by the spring of 1914 it was well organized and equipped. Tho moro extreme elements among It; however, broke away from his guidance and formed the "Irish Volunteers," who were under Sinn Fein leadership, and through whom the Irish rebellion of last year was organized. Of late very many of the remaining National Volunteers have evinced a passion for union with the Irish Volunteers," and a convention was called for last Sunday for tho purpose of healing the "split." This resolve has led to another split, for It was taken In open defiance of tho Injunctions of Mr. Redmond and his Parliamentary party. He has accordingly resigned, and hla mutinous volunteers have seized tho promlos of the central organization in Dublin. It will thus be seen that another element of confusion Is added to the present welter of trouble in Ireland. And at tho moment, Mr. Redmond's difficulties look well-night insper-ablo. "DICK" GREER IS ALL-ROUND SPORT Athlete, Lawyer, and Soldier, He Is a Versatile Young Man. FIGHTS WITH DEWART Faces One of Largest Criminal Dockets in History of York County. M" Brig.-Gen. Peyton C. March who Is now in France, has been designated by tho War Department as Chief of Artillery for all American forces. Ho will have under his command every type of ordnance capable of being used In mobile operations, from tho heaviest siege guns to the smallest cannon. General March graduated from the United States Military Academy In 1888. He has seen acllvo service in tho Philippines. Ho was commander of tho American Forces in action at Tilad Pass, Luzon, P. I., in 1809, in which General Gregorlo del Pilar was killed. During tho same expedition General Venanclo Conception, Chief of Staff of Agulnaldo surrendered to Major March and Agulnaldo's wife and her escort were captured. He was appointed military attache to observe the Japanese army in tho Russo-Japanese War. His military career has been long and adventurous. OVERWORKED PEERESS ^1 GOOD story is going the rounds concerning that indefatigable war worker, tho Countess Bathurst. Recently, it appears, her ladyship was serving tea to an Australian at a London railway buffet. Sho was tired, nnd looked it, nnd her khaki clad "customer" started to condole with her. "How long have they kept you working hero to-day?" he asked. Tho smiling Countess said she had been on duty since early in tho morning. "And thoy don't overpay you, I'll wager?" queried tho Australian. "I am not paid anything." "What! Working for yoor keep, aro you? Too bad! I'll see about this." And the tall soldier, anger glinting In his eyes, started off with tho expressed intention of interviewing the "manager." It took some time, after they had called him back, to convince him that tho workers thero volunteered their tlmo and services. By JOHN DUKE. ATHLETE, lawyer, soldier - and all-round good sport-such inn word Is Richard A. (Jreor, County Crown Attorney, bettor known as "Dick" Greer to a host of friends In and out of Toronto. A magnetic personality ho has, and plenty of sound judgment, but these have not contributed as much to his success as his efficiency and hard work, which are tho two essentials of the successful j business man. , Tho County Crown Attorney Is still a young man, yet he has been in the public eye in somo way or another for the past twenty years. Back in the late '90's, when "Dick" Greer was a student at 'Varsity ho was considered tho best ball player that Canada ever turned out. And that estimate holds true to-day among the ball fans o� those hy-gone days. His career ns a shortstop with the University team and later with the London team, for he played professional ball for a while, Was ono continuous victory. When Ills team took a tour of somo of the States across the border, playing college teams all along the line, young Greer went with it, and made such an Impression on the "fans" that he was hailed as a "phenom." And true, if his parents had not stepped in and cut his career short he might to-day bo listed In tho sporting writers' Hall of Fame. None of those who saw "Dick" Greer play nt short for London will admit that "Rabbit" Maranville, the star of to-day, has anything on him. Even to-day, Colonel Greer is somewhat of a sportsman. A game of baseball always finds him ready to knock out a few Miomers'; and on the links he has few superiors, at least not In gemilno enthusiasm. At  Prosecutor UT it Is as a prosecuting attorney TODD IS BANNA'S RIGHT-HAND MAN Assistant Food Controller Is a Man Who Knows Farming as a Science. AND HE IS UNSELFISH How He Made Good as Farm Director in This Province. -.''. linn of the greatest proofs that a man can give of having brains himself is to show ability In lining other intellects. That if?, Mr. Manna's outstanding quality. Mr. Manna never makes the mlstako which reduces Kir George Foster to comparative, impotence as a departmental administrator-he. never does himself what he can induce another to do so much better. That explains his lifting of H. K. Todd from his old place in Manna's old stamping ground, to be his chief assistant. Mr. Todd was Farm Director for the Provincial Secretary's department. Some Cabinet Ministers, among the eighty or so with whom our fair Dominion is endowed, have brains enough to be good farmers of a hundred acres, though they mightn't be equal to running a dozen farms, scattered from Thunder Bay to Brockvllle, some of which arc manned by Irresponsible labor, and all of which have been modernized and scientlficlzcd by Mr. Todd, much to the wonderment of certain quidnuncs of the old school, who came to authority by tho patronage route, and have conic to wisdom via the Manna method. A Directing Brain HE Ontario farms, your farms, and mine, used to frrucllfy according to the light or darkness that was in the excellent superintendent of the institution ot which the farm was nn appendix. So far as might be. those farms had to feed ten thousand people, citizens and wards ot the. Province of Ontario. That wns a food problem, which needed co-ordination, in the interests of that efficiency and economy, which Mr. Han-11 a did not relegate to the season of electioneering. Mr. Hnnna had brought in Sam Armslrong, a Sarnia lawyer, to tako general oversight of the institutional development of the department. Mr. Armstrong was a fino organizer, whose gifts worn half wasted upon the desert air of small-town law. He made good, better nd best under tho gay Sarnian, and last winter was collared by the Military Hospitals Commission as its director, tinder him Todd had been appointed Farm Director, and he had made good, better, and best, as the biggest farmer In Canada-for that's what lie war,. Not a dress-suit farmer, mind you, but farmer who had been through the mill. Not college-bred, but college-improved, by his own vision and perseverance. He is an Onlarion all the way. He likes farming, which Is in his blood. Ho was not satisfied with tho rule of thumb impression, which wns the inheritance of most of us who wero Col. J. .S'. Dennis. T rather; than �la*-wi nurtured at the plough tall, so, at twenty-nlno years of age, with a swiftly-increasing family on his hands nnd in his heart, ho put himself through tho hoeing university of Oiielph. You don't often como across that sort ot courage-or brains. To the assistant Pood Controller lire is just one lesson after another, for folks who aro willing lo learn, and are not too proud to go where the knowledge Is to be dug up. Efficiency Personified TODD'S ways are quiet, ns his determination Is steadfast. A shortish, thick-set, almost rotund man, with a square head, and a reflective eye, and a clear utterance, which always looks before it loosens, he is the student who is also the executive. He has elevated Ontario Provincial farming to a state where tho land brings forth not only what it is best fitted for, but tho food which has the largest sustaining and heating values for the ultimate consumer. His experience of food control, then, Is literally rooted in the soli. It begins at tho beginning. Mr. Hanna's lato department has done moro for food control in Ontario than wns done in any other sector of the British Empire. The business has got so far as a Government abattoir, into which the Todd cattle have gone, to be made the most of. Mr. Todd is efliclency personified and economy liberalized, and public service compounded into articles ot solid faith and undevlating practice. When his old chief asked Todd to embark on food control-it wns before he hud given his own decision to Ottawa-ho qnlcKly mado up his mind, and told a certain wise man what lie was golxg to do. Tho wise man urgedVhim to remember that ho had a good post in the Provincial service, in which he was sure to rise. I'ood control, he caid, would be a risky adventure, unpopular, and perhaps a failure. It was certain not to last beyond the first aftermath ot the war. Meantime his job would bo filled, and nobody could tell what conditions would bo like after the war. Todd simply smiled at this safety-first counsel, even though it camo from a hefty win-the-warrior. His civic creed does not begin with Iho consequences, selfishly considered. Ho is a Canadian who cares more for serving Canada than for comforting himself. And he rejoices in Ideas ns he does in Mrs. Todd and seven junior Todds at the Whitby home. 6 THIS SOCIALIST LOVES HIS COUNTRY AND SHOWS IT Upton Sinclair, the American Novelist, Favors Conscription in the War For Democratic Principles. UPTON S known *� MM 6y a Columbus Oiti$en Artitt. SINCLAIR, the well-Socialist, has followed other notable examples and left tho party on account of its policy toward tho present war. Ho represents the class of Socialists who, In spite ot tho fact that they aro opposed to mtf.ny of tho present political and social ideals, still favor conscription ns long as thero is a war which must be won if ideals of democracy are to endure. Mr. Sinclair wns born in Baltimore in 187S. After completing tho regular courso of study required for tho degroo of A. B. at tho College pf tho City of Now York, he pursued gradu-uto studies at Columbia University for four years. In 1306 ho founded tho Helicon Home Colony ut Engle-wood, whose members wero to execute various Utopian ideals, and which was built on a plan similar to that of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Brook I-'arm. Helicon Hall was destroyed by fire in 1907, and Sinclair said' the steel trust had instigated tho fire for the purpose of destroying certain "evidence" which ho had obtained. Mr. Sinclair was at ono time a member ot the single tax colony at Arden, Del., and while there wont to jail for olghtoen hours for playing baseball on Sunday. While connected with the Helicon Home Colony he laid tho foundation ot the lntorcollegiate Socialist Society. .".'Ail. ..i'n'i Upton Sinclair first attracted attention by his book, "The Jungle," which exposed conditions in the Chicago meat industry. When ho found that his book was being read he ask- . ed President Roosevelt to investigate tho conditions he had set forth with so much detail. This thoughtful Socialist has been in sympathy with President Wilson's view of pushing vigorously the war against Germany. Two months ago ho sent a telegram to Kcronsky, Russian Minister of' War and Marine, urging that no separate peace bo mado with Germany. Ho also revealed to the Government at Washington the fact that Emma Goldman had written to him, hinting that a reign of terror, which would be "nearly civil war," would take place in the United State's as soon as the conscription ,law became effective. Mr. Sinclair's attitude toward conscription Is well expressed in a statement replying to an invitation to a Socialist antl-conscrlptlon conference: 'Sorry I can't endorse program. Distrust of German Government ton great. Consider complete, genuine democratization ot Germany and Austria first essential to permanent � peuce. Why not place this at tha head ot your demands and avoid serving a* cat's-paw for autocracy? I favor abolishing American conscription when German conscription i� aboHeheft-not 'before,* ^fl f ( / 1 ;