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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 24, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta OH! MR. HANNA! WHAT CAN WE DO WITH BIDDY? She Looks With Disdain on Our Ideas of Hosehold Economy and Herself Eats More Than All the Rest of the Family- And She Has Her Good Points, Too. K.v Wl.VNIFKKn COTTER. Sl'PPOSK that Mr. Hanna Is get-:ing plenty of advice these (lays, both public and private. Every e on oar side as much as the on the grocer's, and the prosper! ]s cheering. 1 confess to moments when I should like to sive Mr. Hanna advice myself, nr.il again to others when I should like to ask him how to introduce into Bridget's dormant mental faculties the idea that there is a time for savins, and that the time is Here and Now. Bridget has a prejudice against new ideas. They seem to her superfluous and peace-disturbing. She resented the introduction of the tireless cooker; she looked upon the electric her manipulations with them, and other pertient questions. Well, (here are two main reasons, and it large assortment of subsidiary ones. I will confine myself to the former. (1st). Bridget regards herself ns a paraxon of economy, and (L'nd) she is absolutely inuispensable to us ns a family unit. If I were to enumerate Bridget's virtues it would lake all of this page and most of the next., She has seen us! through many a family cataclysm, | been faithful with the green-grocer and the milkman, eared for our interests when even the char-lady deserted. We are not a self-sufficient household. Sadly 1 confess it. We couldn't live without a Bridget, and we thank Heaven daily (when we remember to) that our particular version of her was bestowed upon us. The weighty garbage-pails, and her own girth are, of course, drawbacks. We put up with them because one has Uiving the Dog* a Bath on a Hot Summer Day washer as an unnecessary and dan-1 always in such a naughty world ns porous complication to life. "She has |-this", to put up with something. But cold-shouldered thus far, all my deli LONDONER LOVES HIS GARDEN PLOT There are Now 7.000 Plot-Holders and Many Applicants. cately-veiled allusions to the duty of Canadian kitchens in time of war. There are. of course, a few exceptions. Rice is one. She prefers our using rice as a vegetable instead of potatoes. She likes canned tomatoes better than fresh. It saves peeling them. There are a few points, such ns these, on which Bridget's mentality works, but on the main question - that of saving one-sixth of our consumption of Beef, Wheat and Bacon, it would be-is-quite impervious. Bridget ha* a fixed Idea that the eating of porridge contributes to her enormous size and so she takes it out in bacon for breakfast and marmalade. Bridget's consumption of bacon equals the sum total of the rest of the household. Bacon and eggs and thick, juicy steaks form the substrata of her dietary with a superstructure of pastry (she doesn't care for it made with lard) and layer-cakes and plum-puddings. Garbage It Heavy. SHE is particularly fond of a good hearty plum-pudding with butter-sauce. Since it has disappeared from c:::- men lies she consoles herself whenever possible, with nice rich fruit-c :.':�s. She makes these as a birth-'�y treat, or a nice little surprise, r:. I as we nibble only a few crumbs i-rr^Dlvcs, she brings in valuable as-si.r.znce in disposing of the rest. She won a cake/at a church raffle last waiter, and generously set it on our table before ever she cut it herself. (Bridget's generosity Is not confined to her avoirdupois. It goes' all the way through.) Her cake was of the "porcupine" variety, studded with almonds in an Inch-thick coating of "butter-cream" icing. It lasted her nearly two days. You may ask why I allow Bridget so much licence with eggs, butter, beef and bacon, why I don't curtail with Mr. Hanna's advent, and our own convictions, the matter becomes somewhat more vital. What Would Hanna Do? WE can manage without sugar in our tea and coffee,"wrote a patriotic Englishwoman (and what Englishwoman is not patriotic these days?), to me recently, "but Bella objects." Of course she objects. They always do. But there Is this differ- A ROMANCE OF EARTH Creating New Social Life at Centre of Civilization. HERE is a large map of London hanging on the wall of an office in Buckingham street, Strand, which is stuck all over with little flags-some once just now between England and)red, some green," writes Mr. Harold Canada. If Bella leaves her 'situation' over there and takes another, she will not improve her prospects in the way of sugar. That may assist her to mental reconciliation. It is not so with Bridget. Twenty ladies of my acquaintance would jump at the chance of Bridget, and give her not only bacon, beef, roast-lamb and veal and all the other high-priced commodities she cares to orgie with, but higher-wages than I am able to offer her. \ When I paid Bridget last time,, I murmured something about wages being up, when she cheerfully remarked, "O that's all right, Mum." Of course my heart warmed to her. It warms several times a day-and cools again when I see the extra slice of bacon that invariably goes out with the dish, the cold toast that is left over, the pot i of strong tea-much exceeding that] imbibed-which awaits the sink- | strainer. These little matters have been mentioned to Bridget in every variety of tone with nil result save that she unmistakably thinks I am growing fussy of late, and making things troublesome for her. Tou cannot make dispositions over. You cannot instil new standards of value when ends are unperceived. You cannot give at forty the education belonging to ten. Nor dare you coerce where a precious Bridget is cocerned. I wonder what Mr. Hanna would think I ought to do! BRITAIN BANS GERMAN TITLES The King Has Also Cut Down the Number of Offshoots of Royalty. of the ex-Czarina. Despite his German name and connections the new peer la an Englishman and a British sailor to the core, and devoted to the profession to which he has given the greater part of his life. Adventurous Life E entered the British navy at the age of fourteen, and fourteen years later served In the Egyptian W*r, taking part in the bombard- H1 A MOSTLY CROWD T00lmCIlt �f Alexandria. Although this " _ * lis the only naval campaign to his Taxpayers Relieved of $6,000, 000 a Year to Pay Austrian Archdukes. EVER since the war broke out the fact that some members of the royal family have borne German names and titles has been considered highly undesirable, and the King's recent decision to rid the royal family of such names and titles has given universal satisfaction. His Majesty has also added a democratic touch by determining to cut down the number of royal titles. These off-shoots of royalty have become rather numerous in the last fifty years. If the system continued whereby every member in each family succeeded to a princely title the multiplication of new titles could not but tend to lower the honor In public esteem. At the Viennese court, for Instance, there is such an accumulation of �jUtpsburg Archdukes and Archduchesses that the taxpayers are relieved ot �1,500,000 a year In order to pay these Illustrious personages their Upends. The title of Royal Highness Is now____., ____ only held by .the King's (sons and I six clasps, grandsons, and the near relatives of \ the King hitherto called princes have been granted positions In the British peerage of varying degrceB. Prince Louis of Batten berg, who Is now ft Marquess ot the Realm, has been a naturalized subject for up-' wards of fifty years. Ho originally hailed from Hesse, in Germany, iitd la married to a 'sister credit, he has not been without other adventures. He was at one time staying with his brother, Prince Alexander of Bat-tenberg, who was then ruler of Bulgaria, when one night a band of desperadoes broke into the palace, and, pointing revolvers at his brother's j head, told him to choose between assassination and signing away the throne on the spot. It was a tight corner, and Prince L,ouis, as he was then, knew well enough that the men meant murder if they did not get their way. Far from being unnerved, he acted with such fortitude thai a few months later the people offered him the throne. The Prince, however, preferred to stick to the Old Country he loves and which he has served so well. Begbie. "The green flags, of which there are hundreds, represent idle, unrated, and wasted land. The red flags, of which there are thousands, � represent plots of land which are growing potatoes ami peas, carrots and. onions, parsnips and cabbages. "But these red flags pinned into the map of London represent something more than vegetables. They represent the hunger >n the heart of man for his mother, the Earth. They are ' the flags of our father Adam still flying; amidst the bricks and slates of civilization. They arc witnesses to the persistence of tuc gardener in the soul of the sophisticated Cockney. ' Idle Men and Idle Lands �� tEVEH, I think, were more iN romantic figures ever published than these which now follow: In the year 190S Joseph Fell, deeply moved by the distress which prevailed at that time,. conceived the idea ot bringing the idle man into partnership with the idle land of London. He founded the Vacant Land Cultivation Society. After much hard work 140 idle men were introduced to seventeen acres of wasted London land. The cynics laughed. "At the outbreak of war, in the autumn of 1914, the society got to work with fresh energy, fearing tin-employment, and by the autumn of 1916 it had 800 plot-holders cultivating about fifty-seven acres of this unrated land. Nobody noticed them. "But now came the fear of food shortage, and, with greater energy still, the society pushed on with its work, encouraged by the Board o� Agriculture and helped by some noble voluntary workers. With what result'.' At the present moment It has over 7,000 plot-holders, cultivating nearly (100 acres of derelict land. In London 600 acres of. wasted land no longer wasted! And there are many thousands of applicants still waiting for land. CANADIAN WOMAN A HIT IN AN ENGLISH CANTEEN The Munition Workers Liked Her Free Ways and Did Evcry-; thing They Could To Make Things Easy For He$- Thought Her American Accent Interesting. SHE was i desire ti land n Tam O'Shanter Crown Suggests Approach of Winter. '*pHIS bonnet has taken a lead on most of the fall fashions in that it has merged the seasons of autumn and winter. It is a most stunning little creation and somehow or other suggests the tam-'o-shanter of the Chasseurs d'Alpines. Fiance's Blue DevilsT The hat i.s of midnight blue velvet with a tam-'o-shanter crown. For decoration it is trimmed with rosette of pink roses and purple grapes. the trodden clay soil, breaking up the vast land held by Midas to increase his gold, and converting it into gardens green with Nature's life. They talk of their plots going to the city, m read about gardening at their meals, Queen's Brother Honored ANOTHER new Marquess Is the Duke ot Tock, Queen Mary's eldest brother. The ex-Duke Is an army officer of wide experience, considerable organizing power, and unusual mechanical inventiveness. Ho served throughout the South African war, and distinguished himself by his military strategy and personal bravery, receiving the Queen's Medal and An earldom has been conferred on Prince Alexander ot TecU, who Is also n keen soldier. He passed from Sand.' hurst Into the 7th Hussars, and saw active service-first In the Matabele War In 1896, and then In the Boer War, which brought him "mentioned In despatches" and a D.K.O. During this war h* has Been active service on the western front, 7,000 London Plot-Holders M * MO.N'G these 7,000 London xi plot-holders are doctors and merchants, shopkeepers and clerks, craftsmen and artisans. A revolution has been accomplished. Men ot all classes in the community have discovered the creative joy of gardening. It beats the cinema. There are literally thousands of applicants to the Vacant Land Cultivation Society still begging for plots; literally hundreds of letters arrive every day asking for land; but, although there are still very many green flags on the map of London, it Is hard work to displace them with red flags'. Home landlords are suspicious, some, borough councils arc stupid. All honor to the Wandsworth Borough Council, which has led the way In this matter with 200 acres of unrated land, which are now standing thick with vegetables. "Here's romance for you: About SO per cent, of the plot-holders begin this work not knowing a spade from a hoe-i.e., In complete ignor ance of agriculture. And yet they long for a bit of land. They come to the society, and say to It, 'Give us a rod or two of our Mother Earth, and teach us how to use it as our fathers who lived In the country used It and loved it.' In a few weeks they are efficient gardeners. An Agricultural People ilcpHE journal of the society has 1 a circulation of thousands. J All over London m.�u are digging unj and directly office or factory work Is over, hasten to their bits of earth. "'It's tiie most encouraging experience in my life," said Mr. Gerald Butcher, 'to sec the Londoner's lovo of his plot. 1 believe absolutely that we are by nature an agricultural people. It's a fine sight to watch the Londoner bending over the little things he is growing, and to observe In his eyes and in his speech the joy iof creation. Some people see, in our work only the interesting and useful fact that we are growing tons of food on builders' land. Hut I think the most interesting and striking fact about it is that we are creating a new social life at the very centre of civilization-a social life founded deep In the purest instincts of the human race." By IJACEV AMY. LONDON, July 30. was a Canadian who hud no to innkc her slay In Eug-burden to the country. So she tackled the largest canteen In London ..and art about switching her training in dollars and cents to grasp shillings and pence. And, being Canadian, she quickly picked it up. Also, being Canadian and thus im-suddled with the rules and regulations, the constitution and by-laws, of class, she miido many friends among the munitioners. They were a kindly lot, those munitioners, many of them old men and many very young for factory life. To their own people, serving them from behind the counter beside the. Canadian, they jiever presumed to speak beyond the exigencies of the canteen business. An English workingman never speaks to his fellow-countryman superior until he is spoken to. But they soon' found that English rules -did not apply with the Canadian. And so they were always on the wateh to help her-to carry her water and milk pails, to pull obstacles from her way as she passed through the yards, to ease her duties in the many ways that readily present themselves to a class that has always been the servant. And a distinct rivalry sprang up in these services. Leaving the booth one day for hot water in one of the shops, several old men waddled up to take her pail. She showed theqi it wits empty, but the first to reach her persisted. Tho second, with fertile ingenuity, made a place for himself at her other side. "I'll go along with you, miss, he explained, ignoring his fellow-workman on the other side. "It Isn't nice for a lady to go through all theso furnaces." And as he left V.er at the fjootli again, the other old chap toddling along on the other side with the filled pail, he raised his- cap. "I hopes you'll be back again, miss," ho said. But the making of dates was not part ot her work. Canadian a Favorite. ^-^HERE was always dearth of copper change, for the purchases were small and always in odd pence or halfpennies. But the difficulty was solved by the men collecting from the f.tores all the pennies they could get. The lunches that were carried from tho booth had to be wrapped in paper, and the supply often ran short. One day a grouchy old munitioner complained that thcro was no paper. Whereupon one standing near scurried away and returned with an armful. "2 won't give them a chance to get cross with you, miss," he said. Another time a group of boys was working hard in the shadow of a shop all through the dinner hour. Presently one lad detached himself and enmo to the booth. "D'ye need any papers to-day?" he Inquired anxiously. When she assured him that they were always needed, he beckoned to the group and In a lonir file they cuine, each with a pilo of paper In his arms cut to tho proper size. "We're going to do It every day for you," the boy promised. Here and thero wero thoso with re. Intlvcs or friends In Canada or the United States. To most of them it was nil "America." And they would stand about, munching slowly at their food, to hear tho "American" accent so strange to their ears. One day an old fellow, having surreptitiously scrubbed his dirty faco with a dirtier handkerchief, opened coni versatlon. � �' I Queer Canadian Talk. j Simple Menus for Canadian Homes. BETTER HOT. J^QE brings a man knowledge of many things lie. would rather . By ETHEL LLOYD PATTERSON. ONE of the vices of civilization Is over-eating. The men and women of America especially have been described as victims of this disgusting Indulgenco A very few years ago It was said that there was a large class of women in our various big cities  whose sole occupation was practically to pass from afternoon tea. to dinners in hotels and restaurants and from dinners on to cabaret suppers. If this be true, then the wiyjr Is now going to curtail this particular Indoor sport. For the prices of food are fast becoming so high that only tho very rich soon will be ablo to afford the luxury of leaping from table to table all day and ail night. And so in startling contrast to the orgies listed on hotel menus of "honey dew melon" straight through to Ices a la any-old-thing comes the nprpoved hot weather diet for the babies. Perhaps thoro is a lesson for grown people in the simple food that best supplier health and nourishment to our little onea. Listen to- this for a haby one year oid: Breakfast: Strained cereal, with a very little sugar and a glass of milk' The quantity of cereal must be decided by tho doctor. Luncheon: Strained cereal with three times as mucb milk, Dinner-: Chicken or mutton broth with u slice of uluic bread or butter If broth is not served give ono soft cooked egg. For dessert, junket or custard or rice pudding.. After a child is sixteen months old one egg may be given at breakfast; one, boiled potato at dinner. Sometimes a spoonful ot beef juice may bo poured over the potatoes. Tea, coffee, spices, beef, veal, plclf-les, pi-.s, all fried foods and pork aro bad foods for children. Water Is absolutely necessary to the health of tho body. Children should drink at least four glasses of It a day. Tea and coffee aro fatal to tho nerves of a child. They give children a false stimulation. They give a feeling of rest when wo aro in neod of nourishing foods. This Is artificial stimulation, Tho nerves have been acted upon so that they feel refreshed, but wo have received no real strength such as comes from food. When children's nerves are abused in this way they weaken more quickly than ours. After all, If this war forcos us to behave, in a more discreet way toward "The Great Canadian Tummle," the Kaiser will not be tho only beast put out of business. MUCH SASIER. JT Is easier to name a brand I cigars after a man than it Is I induce him to smoke, them. > t THERE'S A ItEASOn. ^ZOMEN with pretty teeth will laugh at any Joke. , ;