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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta 1UICL Lady Brown Tells About Her Romantic Wedding Day and Why She Won't Be Satisfied Till She Has Her Own Airplane. Lady Brown, Whose Marriage to the Air Hero Waited His Successful Flight Across the Atlantic. By Nancy Waters VataPejl DID Colnmbcs leave the one girl behind when he set out with' his tiry carayels to dJs- cover a new vrorld across 3000 miles water? Did the great navigator of four ago have a romance bound up in his achievement; It is conceivable that he did, for h.stwy-keeps on repeating itself, and the following story is new only in so far as it deals with new people new properties. This, then, is the story of a new Columbaa And of the girl he left behind, bat mostly of the girl, for the world Already knows about'the air- plane flight of Capts. Erowr. and Alcock across the ocean without a stop between continents. Brawrif like Columbus, was the navigator. Alcock's the skill of the si: ill of brain. Sacccss came from the co-ordination of tfce two, plus dependable luck. Maybe the Mascot Helped Stowed away in one of Brown's pockets wa.- cat, a diminutive black cloth cat with a head about three size? too large for its body, and funny thibby paws. It v.-aa his mascot, given him on the eve of his departure from England by the girl vho had hoped with all the heart she had given he would be sue cessfal. Brown won. Then, quite an expected ly, King George clubfccd him knight in recognition of what he had accom- plished, and the girl who had waited and hoped and was to bo married to the hero if he Brown, They were married in Savoy Chapel, a few days after the landed in an Irish bog after crossing the Atlantic in 16 !ioara, and there was great ecclaiitation from the public as they came from the church th'jir wedding day. La jy Brown told me about it -.rith cnthaaibsm, her eyts glistening with pride at the recollection of her husband's reception. "Everyone turned out- to see the of the she ?aid, giving Sir Arthur and Sir John AiCOck iV whole credit for being the centre of Jnterestj "Jand there wai such a vast crowd" sur- ro-jnduig the church that we could hard'y m-it- oar way out." A Wedding Day Tribute Lady Brown said thai the one sCt-iii' moved her most Flrontrly was when a shabbily- .dressed young shopgirl threw n little nosegay into the bridal carriage, and exclaimed, "Oh, I'm EO glad I got that message to "Those few bright she said, "meant more to me than all the othct lavish floral tokens put together." It is in statements of that Fort that Lady Brown's personal-, ity-is best .expressed.' She is a gen- uine sort of person with a very warm heart. TrciTii the sheltered, almost seclud- ed life of an.English schoolgirl to a title was scarcely more than a step for Marguerite Kathleen Kennedy. Still in her teens at the outbreak ol Sir Arthur Brown, ilero of.the Atlantic Flight. discourteous, especially when B guest in another country, and 'she laughed engagingly, "I simply submit. "A young girl cairn- to interview me tlic other day. I had truly made up my mind not to talk any more for the I jot to that perhaps she simply had to get an article-, so 1 just opened up and told i-1! I So you see tliat Lady Hrown is somewhat of a philosopher. Also flic has sympathies. Kiic is keenly interested in youmr wcmcn who do "Sometimes." she said, "I wish that I had not been EO shellcreJ, so that I might better understand. I want to understand the American workins irirl. for sample, so that 1 call put my- in her place." She luul been Kgding Daviu Graham 1'hillips's tragic novel, "Susan znd it hail opened up io her a great vista. The Hours of Suspense Being an.aviator's wife demands the quality of sportsmanship, and Lady Brown showed that hail it i" large measure during the ilays immediately preceding and on the day of the transatlantic night. She did not sleep the niglit that her knight of the air %vns battling with the element? .in inid-oeein. hut spirit was with iiii-i ami perhaps that was what saved him when his life hum- on a thread. She looks forward to 1 is'further conquests with equanimity and confi- dence. She wants to shave his dangers as well as Ins triumphs. In short, Lady Brown-has1 the qualities ..-c at-ribale. to lest of American girl all, perhaps there isn't much in the way 01 geographical difference in" that matter of livs modern femininity! Sir Arthur and Lady Brown Before a Flight Over New York Cily, loo, if he had allowed it. Bdt ho was obdurate, so I had to be content with sending Twinkletoea with him as a mascot." _ Lady Brown's experience in flying, be it said, has been, confined to one flight over New York city which she took soon after arriving in this country. Her first remark after alighting was, "I shall never be satisfied until 1 have my own machine." Htcently Sir Arthur Eisrnificd his intention of entering the big Round the World Air Derby that _ is now being planned by the Aero Club of Amer- ica, and Lady Brown thereupon went on record as a (lying enthusiast by saying that if it is hu- manely possible she will circumnavigate the globe with her husband. From .what Lady Brown told me being the wife of an aviator brings out the do-and-d.ire side of a girl's nature, without necessarily detracting from her Charming in conversation, she gives one the impression that she would- rather be active than merely talkative. "Really, I do not care for being she confided. "In England we ahrinl: from noto- riety of this kind, but I feel that cannot b-j the war, she left school and busied herself in ths many activities that were open to patriotic women at that time. Her father was Jlaj. D. H. Ken- nedy, one of the chiefs in the aircraft production department of the ministry of munitions. Shortly afterward she met then Lt. Arthur W. Urown of the Royal Air Forces, and romance entered her life, but it-was not until October, 1918, that they became engaged. There was no thought then of a title, nor even of a trans- atlantic flight. Lt- Brown had made a name tor himself as an air fighter and had spent four inc-nths in Gerasan prisons after having been shot down, but his feme was by no means interna- tional. It was TKirely a love match, with a back-' ground of war. Lady Bi-jwn is now 23 years old and has all bnbbiirs of a girl just out of school. Being the of a British knight seems to uniuse her, frjeing a celebrated aviator's wife in- terests her, but being the wife of Arthur vvhitten is her chief concern. "Jicybc it waa she confessed, "but when Sir Arthur planned his night over tha ocean I just criizy to go with him. I would have. I.ady Brown's Head- tfoar Heing Adjusted TMnre it Flight. "Lucky Jini" and "Twinkle-. Mascots Carrier! tjy Capls. I'rmvn and Alcock. Peace aad Shoe-Makers THE world has been nrjch concerned about shoes lately, but chiefly on account of ex- orbitant prid'j. many of us stop ID tliink, or know that shoemakers have exerted a great influence upon the world's history, and thai some of the greatest advocates oC peace have been the notable shoemakers of ancient and mod- ern Unc of the most indent, of UK famous shoe- mnlicra was Rabbi Ochanan the Shoemaker, who lived in the second century and licld that "an as- sociation established for a praiseworthy object must ultimately succeed, but an association talilished without such an object cannot, which sounds almost like a suggestion a League of Nations for Peace, The ancient proverb, "Shoemaker, stick io thy is said to have originated in ancient GieccC. The artist Apellcs painUtl his pictures and placed them by the waysirfc to hear the comments of passers-by. One one occasion he heard a shoe- maker criticise a shoe in his picture aa faulty, and he corrected the error. But when the shoe- maker, noting that his advice had been accepted, criticised the drawing of the leg, Apelles ins forced to cry out, "Shoemaker, stick by thy that is, you may criticise in your own department, but not otherwise. America has produced at least two very fa- mous cobblers. One of these was Noah Worcw-1 ter, known as the first great "Apostle of He it was who founded the first great Society of Massachusetts." Born in 1T68, ho wonfinto the war against Great Britain when about 18 years of age, and fought at the Baltic- of Hunker Hill. He become so disgusted with the vices of the soldier's life and the horrors of {lie battlefield that he became ft hater wnr and advocate of peace, lie worked in the field all day and made shoes at night, besides p.tudying aa much as he could. He became-a minister before 30, continuing to do farm work and cobble shoes so ns to eke out an existence. He even tauftit Inc.children of his parishioners for no pay, dueling school in his study. It was in after he hail written urging Christian Unity, that he published his famous pamphlet, "A Solemn Review of the Custom of sdrocating the abolishmenl of war, interpreting literally the Mew Testarncnl doctrine, "Resist not in line wilh Ibc leaching of the Society of Priendi. Dying in his 80th year he asked to have, inscribed upon his tombstone: "He Wrote the 'Friend of I'eace.'" John Grc-tinVnt Whiltier, the "Quaker was another very famous American cobbler. V.'Mle on his fnlhor's form at Haveihill, he worked in the fields and at the shoemaker's bench, until at the age of 10 he wa: sent, to.n college supported by the Friends. He WBS a sturdy advocate of the abolition of slavery, and in his famous "Songs of published in 1850, is a special poem addressccT'ToShocmakera." ;