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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta Glorious Story of "TheOtdContemptibies" Never Did a Heroic Army Face as Greal Odds as They Did al Ypres When'They Were All But Wiped Out But Sayed the From "The Marne and N" rO glorious page of his- tory was ever written than limt of llju t tin jjtiMv IsUltf crossed the Kng- lisfi channel Qi-i nt the French and Helium imnies when ttie Germans let hell ujioii c-atlh In August, 151-1. A i omptete narrative of fi.s ileeJs has 1 ecu put into licok form by one of the members ol that first cxjiedi' Horary force, A. Corbett- Kmlth. It takes two volumes, "The Itclreiit from and "The Manic After" (Cuteeil to tell tliD whole story. They are written in :i -stylo ihnt will appeal to the ordin- ary reader, as veil as giving valu- able tnforjnation to ttie student of military history. Tho second vol- ume, from which tho following ex- tracts are made, abounds in brcizy anecdotes, such as the two which immediately follow: a certnin flight com- inunder (now, I believe, a .dlslin- Kulsheil general officer) who went up ono day on an observing He liruuyht back a piece of valuable in- formation which no one would be- lieve. said he, Til go and liavo rmolhcr iook.' "In due time, he returned, mauc an excellent landing, and stepped out of liis machine. It was seen Ihat she- was simply riddled with bullet boles.. It's all right.' he reported, 'it WAS the Nth Regiment.' "'Good Lord, the devil have you been uu him. be said, lighting a clgaret; 'you're such a lot of unbelieving blighters tbut I bad to make sure, rl just-landed In the same field and liati a the number on their .lunW Huil rattier a'-Job starting again, but Ihey'ro rotten shots.'" The Butcher and the Mayor III3 C. 0. of one unit wont one morning into a neighboring town lo mirchnge cheep.' He was directed to a butcher's on the market square. "Uonjour, monsieur! How much nrc your sheep per kilo, if I buy "For you, monsieur; for ces braves garcons d'Anglais I will liut three francs per kilo.' "Three franra! But Ihat is out- rageous, monsieur.11 ed this way ar.d that. Here Is a gen- eral lu command of two companies of infantry: here a corporal acting as a battery battery of two There is a junior loading his battalion Jn a desperate lialtalioii of a hundred nun. Kvery man is In. Here arc ooofcs, grooms. t officers' rtervaiits from a gunner battery lining: up with picks and shove-Is, branches of trees and ''lira fists. Why, in heaven's name? To hold up and repulse half an ad- vanr-Iiijr brigade. "God of battles, was Ihere ever a in world before? "So wide was one of the gaps In thfi line 'hat a German carps had actually in marching through and taking up a position Im- mediately to Iho Hank and rear of some liair-doAfn of the skeleton bal- talions. "Who can tell tho delirium of the nouns that followed? The to the front, to Ihc rear, to the flunk. A t-erinan. reserre corps against the of six IlritlFh battalions, " worn to a shadow by ex- of sleep, want food. And ytl they fought'on. Now one liattalipn la ip, (leMrpynl. A second out-of four of- ficers oyl of six iron. A (bird no .of- ficers, hut n hfiiulful [if junior X. C. O.'s (o lead, and yet they fought on "The slaughler of it all seems 'to pnss human undcrstflndincr. You of one Untish company KO surround- ed by the enemy that Germans tUd not even know there In inMM'of Ihctn: Ami you hear of thoKR few men within five nit miles accounting for more than SOO of their strength. T A PAGE ABOUT______ Sidelights and Vomeninikc PuHic Eyz u SiRMJOWELLHAD NOTABimREER Was Prominent in Canadian Public Life for Many He Was Well Known Also 33 a Newspaper Man and a Mason. Beautiful Gives Whole Tune to the Wounded VOT content, with partial service in Hit lime ol her country's need, Lady Ornnmorc and lirowne, shown here in the garl> of a nurse. Is now devoting every moment to Hie men wounded on tlic hnttlcfk-lil. Though one of the youngest of the peeresses of Great Urilain, cho gives her en- tire time la taking care of Kngllsn hospitals lor wounded soldiers. PREMIER SHORT TIME would not unheard of." patten I. EO In The M. le houcher shrugged his .shoul- ders- "Mnls, non, monsieur, It Is a lair price. H is the price which has licen fixed for the commune, arid we cannot sell for less.11 "But-whoever heard pricb? And who it at "-J: 11 Pardon mcr.sicur, fixed by M. le majre himself." "Oil, hut I am sure .M. Ic maire liiyii a price; it Ss C. O. waxed im- "Hut yes, monsieur, it Is certain, le maire is a. worlliy man knows the value of these tilings." "Oh. said "the C. O- .wli resignation, "if it. is. so, I must go and see ihe mayor and talk to him myself. Will yon-have Ihe kindness to direct me to his 3c boiirtier drew himself up tvith'an air of splendid dignily; and laying his hand upon his breast: "F, monsieur, 1 am M. Ic maire, he said. A Picture of Modern War O TAXD in a corner of one of the iJ ?ront lino irenrhes for" five rnin- ules Viien a German attack develops, an attack In six closely packed ranks with reserves following. The first two. ranks appear 200 nnd ujion the Instant every machine gun and every rifle opposite lei them opens lira at top speed nnd perfect accuracy.' Uefore 20 yards have been covered more than half the men hi those two ranhc are down, .The gaps fill ns more and more blue-grey tiro'si up. Now tliey be- lo bodies :0! their fallen comrnnes.. Tlio slaugliter rontiniie.i; with every ten yards cov- ered U becomes more and more dead- ly. Great lanea are rent through the advancing now those Be- hind iiave" actually lo clnmber over Ihciridead. Still they press oh; hui more slowly. I'lio dead arc lieapeV liigiicr and Iiigher, for those who climb are shot down and fall upon tho writhing parapet. Thus the trench is reached, but the defenders can see nothing of the ground in front for before tho trench lies a. new dead; A rampart bans -five feet high. Then follows llie steel. "There ihe dead remain. Air slowly the air becomes tainted ivitl Iht heavy, musty smell of decay Iho acid, fetid odor of rain frtitdei boillcs, blotched, bloated and hiricoua It soaks hi through every pore 6 ttw living mnh in Iho trenches nni1 saturates their very thoughts wakini nnd sleeping v.'lth tho loathing of, it And ever above tho dead and the .Ay Ing hover the gliouIN' carrion birds "Tills Is rrtode.'n war. And It weirfor (lip people lo vfsuoltze It tha they may swear a mfghty oath to S' work and work that never again aha! World kAow such a nlghtmar of The firtt Brttie ol r. K C'anaOlana are so .used thinking about iho' wondcrfu slant] of ojir own soldiers at the Se- cond battle of Ypres, when tho fa mo us gas attack all won {he roat Io Calais for the thiit wo nri apt lo that the vAlor eh own b> Ihc remnants of Iho OU1 Contempt 'Piles nt the Urtft bailie of Vpres wn: riultc- as rfolahlo n; of arms; ani will live in ns long iro Ihoso write and rcifl Ma C'oflioUJfiihUh gives a thrlllini ilc.'KJrlpllon f.f .this uoiidcrfiit bail! when handful of fritish soldleM bj pbcer coiirngp fou; bt eight time their number of- CHrninns of ZSo.ufO flml'.wcrc jimcli -illy wiped nut, themselves In the itn la Hint, u (he hst of lift firs Jnmoiut for their casifaUFe fn (Hat Mllle v 400DQ Alt dona lino Uic Gallic WJ irnnr uinsRPs MHO me Mat tie, So runs the RULER The Spirit_of Ihe Bernardino Machado, thn c 'np HEX comes a (ale of a oT the Portuguese Re- T A cycle OcsjMtc'n riiler who recently paid a quiet visit lo a message from Yjires out to the defending ba.uaiions. His name A A smalt, alert -looking inaiij with a Slunntnore. Ustcri io him talk and well- trimmed ivhlte best can between bursts of Machado was elected ter: to get a message ihroudi to st Corps H. Q. at Hooge. ia 10J5 for the constitutional v >erlod of four 'years. One of Ihe You ought to have seen Winers. leaders of the revolution n was too funny. Not a soul in, overthrew the monarchy, he Is streets, every other house In the place mrning like mad, and shells pouring in all over the shon. 1 had to get off nnd whee} the blkeo because years of age, and started c ife as a professor in the University of Coiinbra. His expressive eyes wasn't.any road left. -One place from under tiie dark eye- actually had to pull np because of n keenly Inlclicttual fact. of those Ulack Marias came alone-, ook away the whole front of Portuguese President Is rot E hopse, went clean through pessimist, ami Iielievc s that the, smashed Into the house final victory over Prussian t (Fits of was too sillv' Is near al lie is the all the floors and" furniture Juist kc-a doll's house. Dead Corses of fourteen children. ogs nnd cats flying Two cats ust mis-scil .me us; they fell HOMEY, ACTRESS roof. I simply roiled into a doorway and, laughed till 1 could hardly ECe. >f. course, -H. Q; charming wife ol Sir Johnston I'orhes-RobertsQn, betler known >ng ,igo, so no wonder I' playgoers as Miss Gertrude Elliott. find the Mossed place. Ran took part In the recent matinee hit later- 1 Had 'M devil of 'a oB( getting back, cltniblnff' the' ruins, and, jastns-.I was" getting Palace., Theatre; in, ofd of :hc funds British Women's if the town vbu' is" more domeslleated than havo.- a big shell of our stage favorites, and down about 100 -yards ip front and richt out of the dust and smoke cnmo one faf 'our. fellows wheeling bis that she Is never so happy as when attending to her household The silly blighter had bee-n and got Complete story of how Miss -Elliott Strinamot-p. ._: German her husband's company contend against a spirit one. "He was hi Italy Ihe she says, "resting after THE, SILENT niness. His broiher engaged the people for the company, .but not PRESIDENT WILSON'S" able lo make up his 'mind ahd friend In the leading- woman, sent Sir Surlns Hie last six a list of prospective Indies. 1 M. Hpiisc is IHe-jigivcr'bdhinil husband had not met me nor'.scen Houses regarded'' play, hut one morning he sent irmnj- people o's ttiVmost a telegram to his brother; "En- (isurc In American" politics Mi S3 Gertrude EHIotl as leading He -is -Ihat rare combination 1 wns engaged, hnd when he diplomat ancl and. from Italy we >vent lo the still greater rarity, nn wilh hfs repertory. The who won't. Of.till I played wilh him was Is. the. most skilful lit- .the art ami working under, such a baying C, helped my sense of responsi- Colonel House. Is as to stage worfc lo grow. The yeara of age, began 'toxns farmer and at which hcgati in September, and three months later' Johnston asked me le built iip a fortuh'f.'. become hla wife." r IS OIvCOURSE A Rev. James Nicholas, Pastor of Welsh Baptist Chapel, i AitraclS' an Assorted rtpMANTIG Inslanco jbcyond football or cricket, Mr. Welshman's rise lo fame hours of lulor wtro nil Ihe lo bo lound In the career hours of the day; he rhc'llcr. Jamci N'icliotas, the ploughed, nnd Jugged and carted, and le mi ed flocks. a! (he .Welsh Bapllri Chapel the terms of his hire wore Is In -Casllo Elrect, his employer nskcd, "How Nicliolns attracts lo his church money does he One rf is surely the largest and parents him wha sorled assembly of his own V worth." A year of service came in Iho slctropolis; nmo'rig Ihem .'in. end, and the boyish will ,'glnrl drapcrx princes, stayed on the Und until o.f 1'arllamenl, fhraoug Was. a young man, nnd until Ms aairymon ana were n year nnd his bo.irj A communicant, anil a lodging. worshipper Is Mr. Lloyd Oeoref. (ji'ho by London Welsh Is. still .known ns BavydiacdrgeJi'Who Is he got at v. mlncral-walcr manufactory, although .his hours there were nearly to enalch off on. hour, of so pn long, he conlnvca lo fotlow, his Sunday 'night loMlelen lo a .Welsh sfrmon. Ami (he Is an excellent Judge1 ofja iirtnotii interests very lo hla heart, iie furlhtrcd hli know-eugo of English fln'd'Wetjih lilcra- more than 'once he Mr. nn In.past days he and he compcitd nt Eisteddfods. "I used to go in for No nald lo a Tit-Bila ropresentativo Incnl tlgmc (ho and recita- Literary Soclcls', prbud Welsh .'clalim Ihht 'riitvyddv to writing poems and theological Seldom he Cfimc ft way nmnzrng fewer {han three prizes. Much that Iiis success lio ascribca Io those As adventurous ns life, of Eisteddfods, which a to the of his consrcgntlon Is Ihat of educational at Ihe dii pastor, rod, Icciurtr, nhd thousands ot Welsh pe.mnl of literature. Ijy tl.e.diKcrnlnir Sicholai is regivjV'd, ai Iho lltat as were phrchls. thsy sac. Welsh !hat he could Keep wjy.t- Tel nol min> Jeurs Ago he money ho earned, It a "farm servant In Mvinga wWch enabled Him -io At on age Ihe nve'rnge'mlirillc-rlays' KDklish properly his sluclUu nml to Best Anecdotes of the Week late Kir Muckrnzle UosvcLl I of Itf-Ilevlllp, had a career of extraordinary length, Itls name being familiar to several generations of Canadians, He was Lorn at Illckinghall, Suf- folk, England, 1S23. When lie was nine years old liis parents sailed for Canada, and from early youth lie ex- hibited much courage and enterprise, He always had a quick eye for tiusi- nees, and was ECitloin astray in judg- ing what sort ol enterprise pro- fitable, and what iiuu better be as'old- He had always a military en- thusiasm, and assisted in 1S57 in and organizing a rifle com- pany o? sixty-five men. In what was known at time as Class IJ, in which no assistance was given by Government.- except in furnishing the Th'les. lie served on the frontier in Ihe winter of during the merican rebellion, and again" during the Fenian troubles of lie en- tered the- printing office in 1S3-I, and luring his whole lite up to the time when heavy political responsibHUie's fell upon his shtml-'Ts he was con- nected with the- newspaper press of Canada. He was editor and iiroprE- ctor of the Belleville Daily and Week- ly Intelligencer newspaper for a num- bgr ot years, and at one lime piesi- dent of the Ontario Press tloii. In education he has taktn con- siderable as Is cvidcnce'3 by the fact that he held for years the chairmanship of the Board of ?ublic School Trustees of and at the time of'his .death a member of the Senate ot Albert Col 7 and one cf the governors of To- ronto University. Was Premier in 1S95 HE has always been a prominent and was for eight Grand Mn.fteP of the Orange Grand Lodge'- of Ontario Easj, position he resigned when in he wag elected Most "Worshipful Grand Master and Sovereign of the Orange Association of British Ameri-' ca. .This office he continued io hold until ;hc resigned in June, '-'He vas likewise president of Tri- anriual Council held in Derry, Irc- and, in 1876. From his connection with Irnnort- nt public enterprises can he gather- ed his important connection with in- dustrial And- commercial S. for many years president of the West Hastings Agricultural So- ciety and vice-president of the Agri- cultural and. Arts Association otOn- .arlo; president of the Hastings Mu- tual Kirc Insurance Co., the Farren Manufacturing- Co.. and the Domini ch GOURKO IN ENGLAND SUItl'ltlSK Wiis caused en It became Vnown I "nut fun- eral the famous Russian sol- dier, had arrived In Kngland. The general, who Is fifty of was a cclont! at the 01 Ihc war. promotion. houtvi.T. came his way, in he re- cc-fvO'l of an army. Lutor he became chief of the staff nntl then commander on the Western fron t. When the revolution broke out the general, as a staunch supporier ot the Romanoff dynasty, proved un- acceptable to tho Provisional bend Vi at tnlnl rt tTfit for a i sflict 1'flt fthed 1 In 4 4 bullet from one of them irhlnrcl by mo and iook 6ff hair m> fncc or Ihit for d da 1U KATHBM.XK HHALb always iiclievc Jessie Alexander couli] more' oljoiit the life of rund -ntarlo, real buiuors and IraKcUic-s, than many a so-called historian. For has J-HC not ainiiKea aiul inspircii hun- drtils of au'iic-iiccs in every hamlet TJI! cross-road. In tillle district school lottos, as u-i-ll as in tiie luir (own :mil cjiera houses that ;irc dot- 1 f tl Til! over thJK and other Provinces? fjs she ijol beeri enterlahitd cvtry- of the fatted calf, i stencil to the confidences and learn- d history lo tlicse many years? That is'what I call into thp start of the people ami becominif onfe vith (heir life. It is more Iinsyortant "rom the Iinman .standpoint than tha course of tiie usual" star1' who ler liimnphs in the centres of so- called "art" To draw a sketch of Jessie Ales- nJci's life with anvdiing like fidfHty vould ho to cram it with Uut akins (he bold outline, I should say hat her public probably occurred nt tho age of ti-rco, u motherly Scotch Sunday school teacher inquired if the little 111 "could say a wee- Antl lie youthful Jessie blithely respond- ed, with sustained dramatic effect in those highly-moral lines beginning: 'Solomon Clfundy ivas born on Mon- day, Christened oa Tuesday, etc., etc." "I havR always she says, "ever since 1hc childhood day.s when my brother, who understood voice work, began to help Jn -New York she laid fhe foundation for the days lo come in diligent and Insplr- .with Prof. Charles Rob- erts, ofUha Union Thco'ogk ary, teacher, and InJcr- pretcr'of lUcialure, to viiem she was mirried. of an expressive nna thoroughly voice, keen dramatic instinct, A radiant person- ality, all this, love of the people, (he way to success was short. Twenty years ago tne Canadian :SHc oulsxie of Toronto, id possibly Halifax, had to he con- tent with the mere shrcils and tatters of literature, so-called, on the or- dinary program. Brightening Dull Lives 111 IS concert program was usual- Jl ly composed of three "star per- imported, with a substantial bolstering- of local to eke out Ihc prog-ram, so 'as to-get the full value of the twenty-five or fifty cents expended. Tiie "singer" was supposed lo he the most delicate and jfincd .loature of the entertainment, ho and iie was mighty with the audience, supplied the humorous element which drew the crowd, and the dramatic end was left to Hie "elo- .who swung vigorously with the "Curfew Boll." or held the gates with or declaimed mercy" "with 'a goodwill, Alcsaii'lcr (Mrs. arena with new tilings m platform literature am] new thoughts. She read James WJiilconib KUc-y and Kate Douglas Wlssln and J. SI. Bar- rie and Kfjiliny lontr before these writers were known in country ami read Shakesppare :iml Shelk-y, too, but she never [ui. Instead, she seemed to lltent. these bard-worked, prosaic and Ible Outririo ainlicnces, to bo turning liver life, real life. that bad entered into and was part of theirs, but Jife into which .1 little, gleam had slipped- and went sliding. down, from that palm-bedecked, plush-chaired platform into all Ilia hooks ami crannies of every-day life. Of course, has inado many .ex- cursions Into what the world would rail "P. wider Critical Am- erican nnd English audfences have loved her work, and her summbrs have meant the ga- thering- of new material abroad. In- deed, many of tlis most popular JTC- fives are bits oi actual life, observed. written, and then given to the pecpta by this friend of theirs out of her own experience. This, I is, largely the secret n( her lasting year a repertoire, or as nearly new as audi- ences will allow, for they clamor for old'favorites. That, and a fastidious and insistent selection of those au- thors whose work Js sincere and human.-.-When' Tasked her what she reraljed as the in- cident In her islie remember cil sbvetal, particufarly of one occasion when that good mer- chant prince, Timothy Eaton, liiid a great bail at th'e top of his ware ouu and before five thousand of ihc employrs, whom JJr. Katpn addressed as "my dear 5Mss Alexan- der read her own famous "Bargain And. after ali. th3 best tribute, the that In its essence truly, describes thlg woman who is more universally lielovert to-day than any other pub- lic entertainer in Is one that came loiig ago from Scotch body In some country audience, -who turned to her companion, after pne of "Jessie's" characteristic sketches. and said, "That takes the cobwebs aff nia heart." OLDEST CORONER as thb oldest coroner Jn England, Dr. Samuel, coroner for N.. Somerset, iccently completed fifty years' scivice. Ho la foiir, and still fjolns vigorously. has held SjOOO la.iuests. A'O CVRE. hunger Is no infallible'curt' for, laziness. Jessie Alexander oamo inio vtha -a n-ew KEQUIJIKS 0ESW8. JT takcsaiuarriciJ genius to Inient A GENERAL, IN THE ARMY, COUNCIL; BJJT' LOOKS A BOY -r-; r-r Maj.-Gen. J. M. Salmond, i] of the British Air Service, Is Thirly-Scvcn, -But Looks Younger. HE GOT THERE story cues Lord Dadlnff Wns %a member of the Junior Hnr, he hnd occasion to gn to Et, Stephen's, nnd marching- bold- ly through the paTaco 'yard succeed- 'pelting past Ihc policeman on However, A few aecontTs Inter ed tn mity-. the tfllter deteckd 7iim, ami 'accord' Ingly went .him, me, he sakl. -'but nro yoil fi mem- replied future Lord Chief Juclicc, "but 1 am lo he soon." you wil sfr, snld the policeman politfiy, "but meanwhile wouht Jon mind going other A I-ADV! who went lo school wilrr Major-Genernl J. St. Salmofidjfle- scribes him Is follows: In 'hope early days as.we cnifeil hoy for hiS years, wllh the.merriest cyei and the most imp of mischief, always up to some prank or other, anil with '-H way wllh tilm" which noboily could rcsisi. He Loo, en athlete, with n.' passion (or outdoor games and life, which left him with little fime or inclination for his books. When his schooldays-were over ho, joined Iho nrmyi as became the son of. a dislingtilshcd gencrnl, nnd nl1 twenty he was off .to Ihc South Afri- can from which hR rctunVed with the Qneen's Medal and three ips. When the present war brflJte out ho was among the first to cross tho CXmn'nel wllh olTr "contempttblc as captain in tht Royal Lori; eastern nnd flight commnndcr, for lie j already enthusiastic pioneer of flight. Then foJ owed strenuous fn which his feliill and faring did did service for UrJIairt. Day" aft'd' night ho practically lived In the risking hln life d thousand times be- 'he H irlin acd ruegnc.' lie ytis a Itom flyer. He aijichly squadron and fring commander, nnd won such gold- en opinions that, at tho beginning of' last year, Sir Davjrl Henderson re- called him to take charge of Ihe 2nd Training Brigade. 1 a short time he was mad o responsible for ihc instruction of all the pilots In the R. r. c., and" now he hasjIramMrcaliy taken the 'high- est flight to tho pinnacle of director-general, with a seat on the Arrny Council. Antl he has still to sec his thirty seventh birthday! But this rlev.itlon is no surprise' who know hlifi, arid who have Tecognlzfri In him a with a liei has a genius for lion, with n, phenomenal capacity as 13 proved by Ihe f.ict that within a year ho Increased the Pilots le-nfoM. Ho raro-drill In choosing his subordin- aiea, and has an knowledge of ntlaljon f '.d other man tn the world rival. Ami he has ell the vigor nnd confident outlook of youth. id he jouth sly yonng-looking, with moosfacTio inrt hla lo be a general ;