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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 24, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta -rUESDAY. DECEMBER 24, 1918 THE LETHDRfDCE DA II.Y HERALD 1?. PAGE SEVEt BEHIND THE VEIL THE STORY OF THE Q BOATS ORDEAL BY FIRE (fiy ''BartJmeu's'*' ia Londoa Times)  "^'7 Beoauso man is m6rtal ,not Infal-llblo, and Fortune at.liorbrlgjitefit a ilickle jade, It was Inevitable that �fpon-^er or later a day'must, como when; a crlpplea Gerinati sulinikririo ytouM mh-inorgo beheiitli a hall orsholls, roirp'cw" lously Bucceod' in patching up her damaged hull/ and, nndev cbvor of darJc-nefes, cra*l back to port. "Word would tU?n go oilt from Wllhelmshavon ot a British mau-oC-ivar disguised as a lum-borlug tramp, with such ikiid such a marking'on hor funnel, with stumpy mast^ and rusty dock-housos, who carried guns concealed in wheoMiouse and lien-coopa, whose bulwarks' collapsed, and whos6_ hridge screens masked ciuick-tlrers dnd'desperate inen. To approach siich a voaaol was to enter "a death-trai), unless evei-y precaution was first ta,ken to ensure she had been ubandpued. There would be only one precaution open to a German submai'-ino, who might in due course be ex-pectod to act aceonUngly. Sucli a day, in iaot, came; misty, wirtdless. wJHi tho aftermatlrJOf a great stoVni roiflng eastward,; beneath, n )sull^n � ftM-ell. A vessel .wlthr.'the outward appoarunco oC, a morR^an'tman,' the fruits of ^oso Jabours for- tlifS paisi six mouths had doutitl'o'as perplixod that section o� the WilholmsU'avnh bureaucracy concej'n-ed with the uon-retuTn of U-boats, �ightod^toward.q evening the periscope and conning tower ot a submarine a aillc away on her b'eaitt. The figure'on tlic bvidgo ot tho tramp, who carried, {lo^ong other pa-pei'8 lu his charge;' liis commission as u commander oi! the Royal Navy, took hls.~pIpo out.bf his moutli and laughed, us Drake might have laughed when the manderv turned over the pages, o� the International Siigria! Code, sraillng fltill. "Hoist:. '(Cannot litidSratand your slgual,!" he, said to the signalniuh, "C want to waste a,few minutes," and llm t6 ensure that she was hit. Then, when the "/lianic party" had abandoned the ship, it behove the remainder to wait concealed and unresponslvp bo-' Bide their, h'ddon guiis, while the Buh moved to the pnVine-ro&m" voicb-pipe. ' marine rose to the surface and jither Obodient to his directions, the screws furtively Jogged alioarl under coyer of tho escaping steam, edging tlib steamer towards the watching enonij'. The latter, however, promptly manneli^er foremost gun, turned, and; Blmioal-ed within hia/col!apiilblo*'4ccle'h6use, heard tho rep6rt^^and, thinking fbat the ship hers6lt had'opened fife witli-out tho custoniary warning', gongs, flung down the,seref7ift'w?5-'''h. masked-his weapon. Any further attempt at concealment lyaB uselessi The fire, gongs rang ruribiisly ut" every gUn position, the 'White ISnsign was triced up lo the mast'head iuthG twinkling oCua eye, and the action started. After the first few hits tho submarine lay- motionless, with her bows submerged and her stern in the air for npw'.ards of five minutes, while shells /bmst all about her. The heavy swell, made shooting difficult, hut evontually- she rfdnk in a great commotion of tho' ' water and dense clouds of vapor that hung over the surfaco for some minutes. Two depth charges were dropped ovbr her, and 16 ever men bad cause for modest sdlf-coiigratulation on having ridded the .seas of yet another scourge it would seem that the officers and crew of the King'.s Ship might have laid claim to their share. Yet, hy ways unknown and incredible, it was claimed by the enemy that,the shbmarine con-ti'ivGd lo return, with shbt-holcs plugged and her dishonored colors at half icast, lb tell the tale. , Future success lu operailous of this nature, thereforo, depended no longer closed within range or shelled -them wltUi fcufticient thoroughness to convince hima.-yfho Judged': ciuliiiranco and selt-cohttaT[\(j)y:'.no mean 'standards- that the'l&rit of human courage had beoiV.reifcfie(I; ^tliat there could 'he no one bdncealfed on board, and that ho might wltll'i'Bhf^yiapproach to loot and burn.' No'w�thl8ii asi Mr. Kipling would puflt,'"*-si^*;aj!�doSiined tough mjlJet to chew';" 'IjW^jy; .w|)i^";:no demi-g(ftls, nor yet fkiiatiHa,' ipfi&Uhfeo score; or,so wind-'itannadvs9?nfe]Qien. They?., w^-o just ordinary iSulman belng.s,, ;3fitli�'|he aVeralge rnan'Sfiiartlality for iifo andja Whole skin, and 'the lov;e of �V.ire'n.nd bairn or sweetheart, plucking at t^ie heartstrings of mo's,t of tliem. , Biii;! they shared what^Isinpt �gi!Venkp,-;:aU men in this world :of. human.ffcailty/ai whole-souled coSfifrdbuco In a'tellow-man, which, strengthened by utt.ei- devotion, would haire .carried-them at his life'^itest nod through the gates.of hell. Iron Nerve. "'r Under his command then, they sailed with a cargo of timber in each: hold I'and a faith Jn tho good providence ot God that'came very near to tho I'alth of little children. In due course, about 0.45 one morning, a torpedo was-Been approaching tho starboard beam; observing his role as master of a careless tramp, with poor look-outs, the young commander held on his course. At the last moment, however, tlio helm was Imperceptibly altered to ensure, the B.hip being struck abaft the engine-room, where it might dc^lcast damage. Those whom fate has afforded the opportuftity of studying the trail of an approaching torpedo will, It they recall their Bensationa, appreciate to some extent the iron ne^vc requisite to such a manoeuvre. The torpedo hurst abi'east No. 8'hold, hurling a wall of wat^r and wreckage to the height of tho mast, andUilowIng a hole in the ship's side 40ft. wide. Halt-stunned and deafened by the concussion, the commander raised himself'on In a Positio^ to Dominate at Present Tiimeir-Union Govt.* . Likely t^ ^old, Together -t't""'"' �; t;t OTTAWA, ijei , 3*i-'What is hew at the capital^ a. a natural enaidry to which the i^ly is-very little. OC course much d(5ponds..on what kind ot news the enquirer is after, if he wants political intprmatiou, then, the re'Piy is strictly.- borrect. There is i,-very-Uttle talk n't a polliical nature .tf) he heard, muflh 5osB, indeed, thari.a ipersbn from a djs|nnce would expect. Among those "iyhoso business it is to forecast events 'there is a cciltain amount of surmising; but ulnety-nluc per cent, of It is more chaff, to -^vhich little attention 3ho'uld be paid. sails of ,a"~Spainl8h galleon broke; the i rise to the surface until his torpedo horizon. A tangle ot flags appeared at {had found its mark; hence, although a lF''''%^^f.'i''1L^V^''^ l=�ee3, where he had !-l??i�'^^J'lii'L?.^T/v.r^ and shouted to the naviga- tor, "They've got us this time." The the periscope of tho submarine, and thelramp stopped obediently, blowing oft ;Steam in great clouds. Her. com- j-orpedb seen approaching can not lu frcqubutly he avoided, it became part of tllisgrim game of bluff for the vie- A Year's Subscription to the Daily Herald is a Holiday Gift that is appreciated Throughout the Year. Daily Delivered $7.50 in City .   Paid In Advance Dai!y%,Mail navigaior, who was inside the chart; houae, thrust his head' out for a moment, inoiste)iing a lead pencil with his Hps. "I reckon I've got time to finish working oat this sight, sir," he replied with .a grin, and withdrew his head. The alarm gongs had already sent the guns' crews to their invisible gims, and immediately after the explosion "panic stations'' was ordered, fqlibwed in due course by "Abandon ship." 'The navigator, having, finished his "sight," and now acting; as "master,"�.abandoned ship with ttie"panic party.''v. No sooiier had the boats been lowerbd and shoved off from^ the ship's side, how-, eyerj ,than. the .chief engiueei* rang up; from below and reported that, the, after; bulkhead had gone, and" thaV, the engine-room was filling fast. Peering, bn all fours, through a slit in the bridge-screen, waiting for the inevitable periscope to appear, the commander bade him hold on .as' long as he coul'd and keep enough steam to v^ork the pumps; when the water l^ad'extlhguished the .fires], and thpn .pnly, tjie engines were; .ahaiidbned arid the staff remained'con-' craled. This they did, crawling e;ventu-aUy on to the cyUhders to escaite from the rlsingflood. ? Tension. Shortly after the torpedo struck the ship the periscope of a submarine broke tlie surface a_,couple of hundred yard's distant, evidently 'watching*, proceedings with a deliberate, caiitious scrut-5py, Moving 8low\y tlirough the water, like the fin ot a waiting shark, the sinister object came, graduallj- down the ship's side, within five yards of the breathless boats, and not 10 yards from where the commander lay, his pipe between his teeth, beside the volcer iPipes that connected him with the as-. sista-t paymaster, R.N.R., who, con-cealeu in the gun control position, was awaiting the order to open fire. From j..the altitude of the bridge, the sul> merged whale-back hull was plainly visible to the figure crouched behind the bridge-screens, and the temptation to yield to the Impulse of the moment, to open fire and end tho suspense, shook even .his iron ne?ves. A lu&y shot might pierce the lead-grey shadow that moved 15ft. beneath the surface; but water plays strange tricks with projectiles, deflecting . them at unex-1 pocted ricochets, at angles no man can iforetell; moreover, tiie .submarine was in diving trim. The odds against a broadside, overwhelming her before. iBho could'pluuge into the depths aiid, escape .were too great. ,'So the commander waited, w^ith selfrcontrol that, was almost, superhuman; and, prone beside their guns, unseeing.and unseen-hls men waited, too, with teeth clenched and sprawling limbs rigid in the mastery of diBcipliue.; : The .ship had then sunk .by the stern until it was awash, and the crew of the guu masked by. the wheel-house wore, crouched up to their knees in water.! A black cat, the ship's hiascot, that bad been blown o.verboard by, the ex-tlosion of the torpedo, swam a* and in over the �tern, whose counter .rose normally 20tt. above the gjtrface. Still It can he s^4d�wlthouL tho slightest reservation that the rumors going around the country to t)io effect U)at a crisis in the governnient in fast approaching may be dismissed as idle. This is not said out ot a (lesire,to.prc-seut a'favorabib case for the party In power, hut as a statt^mcnt of;actual fact as'fer'as b�e oii. tho outsid"e' can see things, 'if ,th?, iniblic wants fic: tiou then It will' pay some attention to the rumors, hut.,it it waiits facts then the reports "Sfliii'imminent break up may ho dismissed. The same may be said of talk ,respecting the prob-ability of an early general election. Xo one, of course, can, toll what may happen," for the sitiiatloii is such an unusual one. isyisi;�m, whan ihost pfip^rs felt it'ia duty* fff, comment almost everything that th^ party,.,it eup-ported did. Then thfe'Lautler-Wberal press Is, doing all lu Its power to stir up trouble. But at, that there is not anything like the c^'lticism that existed during the days, of either, the fiorden or Laurier regimes. At. the same-time we may tie sure that it would be heard if tto government's (jourse were such as not to command fairly general approYal.', Occasionally one hears the statement: "Why doesn't the government STRENGTH FOR THE DiW^ WORK times of food conset^ vation is no longer d ptx^Hem forthe man orivomdntvhoknov^ Shredded Wheat ft is the xvkole wheaf-nothingivas-ted .The most real Fbodior the least money-and it is reacfy^ooked and ready-to-eat.No sugar IS required- simply mi!k md a dash of satt. ihg assistance, and'Waited until the submarine was" on a lli^e when all his guns,would bear. She reached the desired spot at the moment when the German commander was complacently emerging from the conning tower; up went the "White Ensign, and the first shot heheaded him; he dropped back into the interior of the suhmariae, and his wholly unexpected Reappearance impai'ted a shock of surpi'iae to the remainder of the inmates from which they never recovered. The submarine lay motionless as a. dead whale, wl^ile the avenging broadsidfe shattered the hull, ,and the grlzzledrpenslpaei-Jnside U� hen-coop scientifically, raketi her deck with a Maxim to prevent lij^r gun froin being, manned. .^Shp finally sank with her conning tow�r open.and the crew poUrihg: shrieking '^out;' pf � .the hatchway. , . , ; ; ,; v ' ' ' .Oil and Blood. �, I ;i From the swirling vortex of oil and blood andj.aiiVfeubbloiiinyhich; the majority. vaiilBhed, two jflajibd prisoners* wei-iB lieacued by the fexultant "panic party" in the boats, and brought back to the _ship. Once on board, however, tile imperioi^ necessities of the' mo-meit' overwhelmed even' the elatibil of Tictory. .Bulkheads: were .shored,,in; all compartinents, still accessible,- confl-.dentlal documents destroyed in anticipation of the worst, and then all but the commander and a handfuU, of, men took to'the hoalB and";i�>vaited succour. do something?" And it is u�iic proh-ablo that sometimes this is said in ail sincerity, for d^iring tho last tour years the governments of tlio world have' done such almost impos.slhle thing.s that, unless they continue to do so, tho impression may got around that they arc not doing anything'. No doubt a very lavgu nnniber of people were quite suprtSed when they read in the press the other day Sir Thomas White's statement of what the Union Government had done. Kvcry fair-minded person has to admit that if is quite a record, and such as no other kind of government could have made within the short space ot one year. If the government took the public a little more into its confidence on such platters, no doubt such an attitude would be groatly appreciated. Canada has done ^^jmderful things during the la^t :�e\v years, the public is, in a general way, aware of the fact, but it hasn't heard anything like -flie real story and wants to hear it. Those whose"opiniou is worth while are pretty generally agreed that sooner or later the tariff will 'become quite a political issue. This is to he expected, if tor no other reason than that the west possesses such strong influence in parliament. But within the ranks of the government this prospect apparently is not causing very great concern. - The strong element of Liberalism makes .cabinet opinion gn the itarlff auite moderate. .Evidently ti\e high prote.btioplsts realize this, hence their recent activity. I�,,ii struggle does come one is safe in baying that the cabinet will be more inclined to listen to the dein'and for tariff revision downwards than to the demand that it remain as it is or be put higher. ThlfT is hound to be so hecause the govei-nment is so dependent on western support^ as wisely directed as it is in tho session of parliament will bo a livoJ one, becau.se the opposition will opiJ up on the government, but it wout, ho a mistake for the goncral publiij to get tho impression- that tho-gov-ornmcut Ih domoraliajod and is only waiting ;for �omo one to hit it n hlo'w; or two, before going down' and out. West. But one thing is certain, it is hound to upset a number of calculations. Tlio �>Id-limo politicians arc manifesting a great deal of life, but to those -who make a practice of sounding out movements, there seems to be a great deal more noise than real-' ity to these movements. Tho really big men of the country are holding aloof fro-qi them; v.-hile the crowd appears to be quite suspicious. These old politicians .seem to be forgetting that tho granting of the 'franchise to the women has changed very largely the .political situation. This new element has little or no use for many of these old-timers, because, for one thing, it doesn't owe them anything, and secondly, because the reputations of some of these men are' not .such as make them popular- with the women. Erom present indications the coming GREAT REGRET AT , ' DEATH OF PAGE LONDON, Dec. 24.--(British wireless service)-Tlie London papers express great regret at the death of "Wnl* ter Hines Page, the late American am-hassadoi", and print- a resume of his Avork at tho Court of St. James. � The Globe says: "His discharge ot his duties as American amhassador entitled him to rank with the most successful of the br'Jllpnt mea who have occupied that distinguished position in the past. He never failed to^ interpret British feeling iiright and this must he granted as the highest Buccoas attainahle in the delicate and responsible poet which ho so recently vacated." The East i.i gradually awakening to the fact that the 'Wlest 'is today a much more potent influence in cabinet circles than it ever was before. The thinldng people down here also reaiizQ that population will increase much mora rapidly west of the Great Lakeij, and that Artth it will go poli-tlca't power. The government realizes this quite as well as any one and this, fact is certain to'influence strongly its general policy. When the narrowness of much ot eastern politics is reflected on, this is one ot the hopeful features of the situation. One of the niost note-viforthy features of recent events east of Port Arthur is the political activity among the farmers. It is only recently that those in Ontario have become anything like generally organized; but  today among them there exists a class consciousness which, until recently. Was unknown. Unlike the farmers on the pralrleB, these' Ontario ma manifest a strong desire,to form a new political party. One gets the impression that the movenjeat Is not neai-ly The Season's Qreetifigs In- extending -1:6-you oui* 'beartie'^t g6o3 �wishes for a jo)'fuI CKrlstmas season'and a' New Year of Health, Happiness and Prospef-i'-. Ity, we also wish to express our appreciation of the patronage extended to us during 1918i" We intend to deserve your increased support during the corning sy^ar,-and to this end you will find our stocks veiy complete, and as in the past, at the lowest possible prices; Bawden Bros^ ieOMPt'E-fE HOUSE FURNISHERS TH�t^D AVENUE SOUTH -�v 1 . 1 the periscope continued I'ts unliurr|ed .It caihe at noon in the guise of a con-observation; it travelled past the ship,, gratuiai-ory and buali^es^llke destroyer-across the bow, and then slowly moved:^and was augmented later by a couple of ; away, as if content tlijit the task was'J slooi)s;'By 6 p.m. the water had ceased | done. For the space of neai-ly a minute to gain and tho ship was in tow. head-, bitter disaBpointmeut and .mortifipij-, ,.ing ibr. port; there she arri/^ed, and tlon'rose'an'd'swelled"to burstlhg''poi"ni' "ri-as safely beached after dark,the tol-iii tho commander's heart, tos ship had lowing day., - heen torpedoed, and w^s sinking. TUofrj fHer crew had facecl the ordeal and quarry-'hftd all "But. been wiUiin' theirj efmorged triumphant; iddlng to the last grasp, and vy^as .nbw. going to eWape] feat of seamanship which savbd the unsVathed. Then, when, hope was ^Jjlp. Those who..jo'down,to-the sea in flicK