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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE EIGHT THE LETHBRIDGE DAIW HERALD. THURSDAY, AUGUST LIFE IN THE W WITNESSED BY CAIDIJINJN RIVEN SIBERIA Women Flee in Fear of Imposition of Dreadful Proclaim tion of Too Horrible for.Press, Sergt.-Major Arthur B. Godfrey, of Ne'son, B.C. S tates VICIOUS VODKA, ILLICITLY MADE, 1SSQLD GENERALLY So Potent That Once SaturaJ ed Man Can Get Drunk Re peatedly for Ten days By Merely Drinking Water- Yet People Attend Theatres Happily Seemingly-, Oblivious to War s on thu .nisiln ft Omsk lie use ot soWU'rs only. :inJ Iw served meMs a! about one-Mill 'uhat they. couM b? Iwusht tor upplics im rernyii.oiil he army stores. In cumii'ctwn with; his cafe he run thrte moving prograuirjes'a'dAy an-1 the was .very lirsely ivKrototKil by all Iho nlUcd troops. Itusiners and social went on juit as l( there was Uo war. '.-scept; [or the Inconveniences inviaer.t to- war limes, especially thus? to to tho congested traffic OH Ihe poMly equip- ped which llis city -with the oulsiJf The were apparently little r'rturb- ,u by tho i.ffUllcHl conditions and there seenicj to a profound that cvm-ythlnB -vvouU come O'JS at) rishl. Mr. (iojfrev wa> OmsM the yiberiar. leideu. oprorfns the bem- Iiiolf and sank their Jmer- ences, tfeunnoff rcv-osnl-ln'a Kolchai as-the head of the anJ beccEilug a member of LL Inlertsting Mr (loufrey tells of an inlcrcjlisl litile sidelisht on the relations be- Kolvhak and the Alliw. ho-- U'hak. as is known, had been re- x-osnition lor his Rovcrr.- THF ARMORFD THEARMUKbV CANADIAN Y.M.C.A. go up down tha Siberian railroad to protect teams from Boljheviitguerini bands. (lura-.iiiK ment anil at lie sot a reply mat vtuiivfrtois MB! even K-re recalled l.v OanadX rs me-m "that aUheugli Hie of Uat- Ylruti- tDlions were anxious they should go cti thorn as tlipy '.ulvuticea AOmiral Kclchak in his osr'vtll'ous Mr in iwj-vnrany not Siberia- Thf resfpreis. lut it Is vccplu not only paru> Ili majority belrK of many olher races, tneir .wnys are nol tTiberUn nii'l their opinions do nol reflect K'tcria n vLews. To see anJ one must to Siberia. A trip inHnd that EecirJngly railroad, trie Trans-Muenuu tor 4.0W miles an3 gel off at the Siberian capital, the iww coital oi Hie new ccuii.try. Omsk, fliere CAPABLE OFFICER vu-ioriuus march' to link up Mlh tlie allied forces on the Murmrm and Archangel coasts ft northern Euro- pean 'The City of Omsk Bui lo return to- Omsk, Eerst.- Major Godfrey says it is a city In rormrsl times of about 230.000 f cr simitar, In fizo to Calsary Victoria- Hut when he was there was so thronged "with tha its population mis at least or aboui double. Every building-.was as full of people as It awl thou santJs were Hvin? In box-cars, nrmj [officers were housed in passings 1 coaches and thousands lived ii I poorly constructed shacks that wer vcarm cnlj 'because they were s i crowded. Among these refugee v.erc thousands of girls and wJioliad fled there from the parts o vlK'rc l-Jotslievists hail KUeJ their horrible proclamation, Ihc nationalizing oi women. Glr w-re.the'rg, many of iheni edu cated. irho had crowded into cars' of any kir.rt.to get away, who had walked across- miles and miles of barren country, who had dared every .danger and endured every privation, Ifor fear of'the fulfilment of this hc-athsome decree of inhuman Bolshevists. They did nol know v.-lisrvc their mothers and sisters were nor what their fate. Mr. Godfrey states.that this decree was no myth but !i arlm reality. He himself .has seen the proclamation more than once, and has with t him a literal translation that was made for htm. details are more horrible than those have been pub- lished in the Canadian press, fusees are there from alt parts, some rbwdlnf through to Vladivostok In he hope of getting, across to Am- wouM be recoijniied.as soon as he Kolshcvisls ami a staple To tills "oK-hak replied that lio wanlfd re- -nUion help him accompSish verv lie ahd tc ft this done before he did not tare Uiev rtcosniieJ him or not' The eaw lliu1 Tfrrorized by Rea'i The Siberians throughout ouctry art a rule in favor o-. se-i led rule, bui the hax'4 erroriiei Ibem Into serving in tfH -vrmy and appearing favorable la hem Mr, Godfrey knew of ont oi .900 men. all of whom wero fonn a currccl conclusion re- the claims of Bolshevism and its Ahe land where the hitler "between" bt coKstlfJifA; authority" is being leienllcsslr ;An r j 'Because he ijiic.cl tvx' Ca-J 0-e far] ir.iftWd" of Siberia during these; irouhtobs limci. Pcrst.-MnJcr. Arthur Godfrey, cf has recently returned, had a stcry raal for authenticity and firsl-hand knowledge is among ihs many that arVbohis'-rioIO. of affairs ana conditions in that ItniS1 cT so eymiiso aha so little-knoViedgp. He tpcnt three nionlhs in Ihe Siberian ca-Uai as Canadian V.M.C.A. attached to Hie 1-S (Firal Xiiith) Hants Battalion of tue.un- ite-rial, army which v.3s a part of the Billed'force'sent 10 ihe oilerior to 1-frlp maintain and _ _ _ linivc but cast and returning in the wafec o: victorious army, Tvhilr Uousands are stranded there, hope less and Oblivious la .War.. But asitle from tills V.orde of re fusees everywhere evident not Know that a war was oh The theatres arc crowded nigh Ins inrougn allowed on.the trains rind especially slron" guards are carried on all tha "trains. Of course..armored engines po before and'hehind all trains on all ections of thi railroad and where lands are known to.bc no trains are allowed to travel at night. Thesa are generally officered by Cler- jftan and On ac- ount cf these raid? mall reached Iimsk for three months and all com- munications and business transac- ions had-to be done by' telesraph, even to transferring money- Trama 'o through, but not considered safe to send maS. Bolshevist Spies Bolshevist spies abound Rveryvrhera and their tavprite disguise is a uni- form of one of th'e Allied armies. As tho new Russian array is clothed in British army uniforms it is hard to tell who Is who, especially as British' officers and men arc mingled ON THE OMSK MARKET r "The "snJFrianV'have litUc time- ns'tlicro aro J65 iholiilays in a year. All :houses-close absoiul-ly with tumiera ijrawn and'doors locked from 1- W !every day .-uid tetavlr employes in.the mlda'A ja. "left ol the afternoon. This tea ii Served in'glasses, there being no rwh 'thin- as ahywhero in CHien all business clefts "P noon and 'li-r there Is a wliola week a', The American C. A, sot asreo.tb-22 hcliilaya te- tldes Sundays. "-The American "Y." Speaking ot "tho American Mr, Godfrey says Ihey-dtd a magnificent work with Ihe Cieck-Slav armv; special cars equipped tor went up and down Ihe Ime, as well as bavin? their nitu riffht inth the soldiers. Hul Ihe Y coulti 3101 army, and for two peculiar reasons. One w.is that were a number of Jews Iroiu tlie Lnued Stales and as KolMiak's soldiers anJ Iho anil-Bolshevist peoplo of Siberia Warn o the Jews for the trouble.'Troizky and Lenlne. as well us many other. oC.the Bolshevist lead- ers 1h Siberia-oelns Jews, they mis- trustee! the Y anJ were even hostile. The other reason was somewhat alun, It seems-lhat the Rusfjan Jews have symbol of two interlocked triansles, tne lo God and Iho othei downward" to the devil. Tho -Red, Triangle .was only half the but half tlie EUpf'rstitlous" Siberans were afraid. The'result was that the 'i tiad out altbfeeiher from Kol- -_ Thak's'army, and for ibe same Tea- compelled to greatly CUT-T lail their operations with CaeckJ Slovaks. v" When Mr. Godfrey and his assoc.i-J ales pulled up took them 23 days to getrback lo.Vladivostok, al- though the irains are SUJH iwsed to make tbw trip In eight'Ant] that the.railroad is in far toeUei.--. condition and the service Is much better than is used, to be. The rail- way Is. of course, government.on-neo. but for a long- time It was, a detal- ibie question as to'which goveniment when got control he placed the-.railway., in hands of i commission of and Jlilevlng .wai on wholesale. too. Once a wtiule carload of Y.M. C.A. c'c'cijs stolen uhlle taken" (ruiu the or ware-; house to Second Ci-ee river, a dls-t tanco of only" sis miles, and not a truce of the v.-ts ever found. Mr. Cotlfrey tells ili-.n v.-hen he his sOLMls back from they were .stored in u warehouse, and; after he had sold them 'suspicious-; were aroused that the goods were be- Ing -stolen. I'lnally they found that. llw Chlne.se day guard was ing with a bunch of toys about slx- ipijl years'oM. ami large fiuanuucs of sport'ins rubber, shoes, c.s. as well as eatables, had 'been stolen. 11 was rcporteil-to tlie s'.tper-l InU'iulent police and became THE TRAIN'S .'.HEATING, SYSTEM Sergt.A. E, Murphy. NcWon, B.C. SsrgL-Major Godfrey. DiG Ntlton, B.C._____r.. Capt. Paltertcn THE ORIGINAL CANADIAN r. M..C. A. STAFF AT OMSK i' 1 The'occupants of car ''a. 'kesp thfc going witn coal or Wood which they JaVe: to .-ust a as .they trivet. Mr.. Godfrey -carno saw for wllmo bread, which' j Ol fgr cnHing bread, much twcen tha tlmo they paid aiH when they Apend ihclr monej. Mr. (Jodfrey tells of his own In Ihfl V. ,M. A. Ho hnsted 'lilfl prices on a certain of trie value of a> rouble, for he sold liltf tuff al CanatHnn prices. Inn for a long ttio'y could get ny quotu- Hons from Vladivostok. And when he did he found that lio had sold E. A, EWERT MOVED TO WHITNEY THIRD AVENUE Rear of Union Bank The waws jmidiarc ioo-EmalK-to the best service', hut one of the ilficials told .Mr. Godfrey ihat there pore enough men, employed to run two such railroads; 'lie saw aa many is Ihrc-te hundred locomotives at one place useless.for tho lack of repairs. The Baldwin Locomotive Works ot the I nited Slates ate bringins loco-, oiolnes from Iheir factories in. pieces and assembliog'them at thelri works at Harbin as fast as they can.; the passenger coaches are being used Tor crmy officers. And all travtllinij or alniost Ml, in freight cars. That, in a coun- try that 5s frozen up from November 1 to May 1, is no Joke. Both in and coming out the splfliera with Mr. CJoiKrey had to sit up and take turns kecp'rp on fires. At every vintion there are bootlis where tho jiatne wom.n acU-all s6rts of pro- dace, and the station commander has aiinjiliea of hot and cold water for tho us" of passengers. Thc.se Siberian women are very beautiful, both for features and complexion, but very dirty, so that while one cannot help ehul Ms eyes when .buying anything lo call The trains did-not- run on Bclie'JuleV and one never knevs- ?vhcn his train would start- Jusl as likely as not, when your train cams- In, If it had a good engine, some per- son who had a puil with the sIMIon commandant, or knew how to bribe him, would have the-engine taiten off your train and attached lo MS, and your train would have to "until yon turned tho same I rick on come other train and another was dus up somewhere else. going to Omsk, the Irainilr. Ood- frevw.is on wns the Inst of four to Icavo waa Hie to rcnch Omsk, tnii his fortune ran the other way coining Illicit Vodka Al every Fiatiun incn, and (rhllilren Ji-cllint: votllin. made In Ihc illkiH alllls IhrouRn- out tho coiintvy. It varied In niamy from thai of finest 'liqucuri I" p-.irfl alcohol. lie hfli known clmnrffnf.1 '.o voOhii I" nrlnin their wliirh woitli onsiOeratlon in Omsk, where Base- line J'Old al J4.0D a gallon. Most (.f the sniff war, so rotten tbM oucft rv rri.in I'Minli on Ii, it PO rtrmtatcd hfs'syateiTi tiiat 'for ;i week or -wri after he o.uM a fresh drunk liy merely drinVlnt' water. Thieving propensities The thloving propensities of (he especially eovetmBcpib- lican seniors and denl wlth.tlio rlgbt of withdrawal from 10. iloraosUji the Monroe Doctri tlfi. qn cheap paper no belleri every vestige, of the cnn- f newaprlnl. Ono -Japan-j ttnts disappeared In no In r tit yiadlvoslo'; paJd ofr: ;jji armed guards' always present i money he !-ad printed! {0 prcvcui occurrences, Hut Comiiiirntlvc mntcments ootnplltd ty a Watlltiz New York relail clo.Hi- inj( bouae shows man's outfit costing InVlOH cost III 1919, quality Hie Bahic., OUR CITY DYEING AND CLEANING WORKS 41S StrSOi S. .Phone 44( J> ;