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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 28, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE THREB The Returned Officer By' H. F. GAD8BY The returned officer is also a proli-lew. It's a safe giiesB thai. )ir will groucli more than the i-etimioU private, for the simple reason that he Icnowa more to grouch about. The higher the officer the gtrouchier lie wlU be 'because the liigher ho is the nearer ho has ibeeu to the Argyl House. U is no secret tUut. Argyl House is not loved at the front, where its niis-laite� and iniquities are felt most. Consequently when the real, pukka fighting officer returns he will have two grouches-one overseas, Argyl House, and one here, his treatment by the government after lie gets home. Tlie militia department and tlia headquarters staDt at Ottawa did e*!c-(�ellent work during the war, but the govomment is already feeling the pressure of returned officers, from generals down, to juat tneae stay-at-bome red huts and brass hats and give their jobs to officers who have ))roved their quality on the field ol: battle. Their claims are so urgent, and moreover- so rea^nalble, tliat .some of the Ottawa red liats haye expressed their willingness to resign so as not to stand in the "way of merit seeking its just reward. Yes, some have said ^they are ready to get out, but not many. The rest ex.-. peot to stick nntil death do them part. ' Their ranks are I-swelled by the liome guard colonels who occupied I lie,period of the war winning a job at Ottawa while the real heroes were winning the war at the front. "There's MO place for me in the business 1 know best," a, fighting 'brigadier complained bitterly, "so I guess I'll drop out and let theswivel'Ohair Napoleons have It." , � � IC the returned otficei' happens to lui one of the higher command ho will have a tale of woe as long as your ;iini. lie will be inclined to raise hell vviih the BDvernniont hecauso the govern nient's overseas proxy has pi'Ob-nhly ra,ised hell with him. it has liGcn his inisfqrutne to have another right on his hands besides the fight Willi liie Hun-the tight with the London crowd who wo;�ld insist on playing politics with his job. This meant, of course, that his difficulties wore doubled--one eye-on the Hua-and one eye on Argyl House, and consequently only half a chance to con-(�eiUrate on" his necessary work. I have heard front line officers rage at great length and in picturesuue detail of the gang of intriguers and v.-ire-pullers in.Loudon who butted in on the game and made their hardworking .career insecure because they had pets of their own to place. "They give themselves C.M.G.'s and iJ.S. n.'s", said one general to me. "and Ihe only risk they take is a bird" too cold or 'a bottle too warm, or perhaps ji dull show at i.he Gaiety." Tile returned officer, i venture to any, will rage at greater length when he eoraes home than he did at the front. This he will do for several rea-.sons-^beca'use the danger of free speech has disappeared, Ijecause discipline is removed, because nobody will he sitting on the lid, and because it i.s our good old. Anglo-Sa.xon habit to put the shirt in the -^^-ash after we have dirtied it. Perhaps seven returned officers in every ten will have a hard luck story to tell and the essential wormwood of every o-ne of tlu.'ir stories will 'be that success goes by favor in the army, and not by merit and servlcii. These storips may he treated in ciUier of two ways. They may be taken with a grain of salt as the- nervous reaction from the intolerable strain of war, in. which \;aso there will bo a general disposition not to imoarlh scaiitlalH, or they may he taken, at tlieii' face value in which case a'wholesale investigation of Argyl lions? politics will be necessary. It all depends, I make no doub!, on how safe we feel. Jf Bolshevism and biinkruptcy threaten we may have to keep our mouths shut. If things look shiUsliape and water-tight we can afford tp rip the quarrel open. It's only a question of time. Sooner or later by the returned oiJtlcer himself, or by tho Opposition in Parliament, ^also i|ho beans are bound to be spilled. At the front the officer suffers from sternly' I'epressed emotions, the dau->;cr of death, the sense of j'esponsi-hlllty, the desperate work-of fighting, and on top of it all the interference of politicians which prevents him giving a v;liole' mind to his job. He has to hide all these cares and show �n example to his men. I*oblesse oblige. f)He may have an. avalanche of personal gi-ievances but one does not let V: loose while the work of licking the JIHU is in hand.; It's a way they have in thi'. army-bottltj your wrath until the big job is done, then break-the Jjottle ort tho heads that deserve it. Now that tfie war is over we may expect these pent-up emotions, scandals and grouches to burst out liko a spring spate and blood tho land. Wiiat the returned officer could not breathe at the front he will speak freely at � homo and what ho says will be full of ; local color and Opposite incident isid crimson anger and many other things that go to make up a moving story. 13ven now the wind is rising. Keturn-cd generals compress their lips in a thin red line and tell tho reporters they liave hothinig to say. And the way they say it makes It a threat ra-tlier than a promise. What they mean is that they will give it to the newspapers if the follows at the top don't come through. Fighting hriigadiers sulk around Ottawa like spiked howitzers. One Major General, who evidently doesn't give a damn, has already given his opinion of demobilization arrangements. General 'Mewburn has spoken the word In .season. Ho tells tho people to treat the returned soldier tenderly until he gets his initiative hack, until his jangled nerves are in tune again. He might well include the returned officer in this general order -for clemency. The returned officer needs "stepping down" as much as the returned soldier. He-probably needs it more for he carried a heavier current and his voltage was Iiigher.,How long it will take before ho can get down to , brass tacks again is a moot question- I it may be four months and it may be I forever. If pea-ce doesn't give him peace of mind in that time-if lie can't get the high explosive out of his system after shooting his grouoh until most, people are tired of it-if straf-ingjhe powei-s that he hecomes an integral  part .of hi J cp^stitution-T.then he 1.s "a prbbl,em case, arid niiist be handled as such, , One hopes that Mr. Daly's Repatriation and Employment Committeij has already cross-indexed and charted the returned office,r, as well as it has the returned soldier, particularly with a view to landing him a job that will not clash with his martial dignity. The returned officer is as big a | problem as Canada has. If the American Civil War.can furnish statistics as to how he came out in tho long run. those statistics we ought to have. Tlie men.with professions and businesses will, of course,, go back to them-but witli reulctance, with considerable slackening of interest, and with .great loss of impetus and oustom-! ers. Those without professions or 1 husinesses will find it hard to settle .^down to the routine of peaceful indus-I try. They commanded before-now ' they must obey. It's going to be damned hard-particularly if one's orders come from a home-keeping in'o-Citeer who has picked this war to the ] very bcnes. ' , i I say nothing of tlie lieutenants and captains but think of the best majors and colonels 'between the ages of twenty-three and thirty who will coma. hack to find that peace reverts them, so to speak, to the inconspicuous jobs their tender years and limited experience tits them for. Take a colonel, for instance, twenty-five years of age with all sorts of medals and_ a | veritable congestion of the alphabet I after his name. He comes back, i'e' will say, to his job, in the bank and the stay at-home manager has occasion to say "Colonel Blank bring me number three ledger." A delicate situation-both parties to it as awkward as a Slethodist right toot. Aad yet that will be an everyday occurrence. We aro going to have more colonels and majors than Kentucky in its Mint-julopest days and the only way we can carry on is tor the colonels and majors t-o realize that the war is over and that they are humdrum citizens again. Peace may not salute its supeiior officers, but it does pay salaries. The Listening Post Of Interest to Veterans. Conducted by H. P. Maddison. lY RETIRE SOI FOLDER OFFICIALS .Mrs. H. H. Johnston' will give a concert in the Colonial Theatre tomorrow night, in aid of tlie G. W. V. A. funds. The second annual banquet of tlie J Great War Vctovans' As.sociatlon. j Lothbridge district, will 'be hold in ; the club rooms at S o'clock on N'ew ' Year's ISve. Members will please secure tickets from the canteen before Monday night. We were hoping to get .something off our chest regarding the new post discharge, pay regulations, hut we are, unfortunately, not sufficiently ivell posted yet to do so. As the indications are that the man discharged ' early iu the game is to he taken proper care of we do not anticipate any complaint from Veteran circles. | OTTAWA, Dec. 27.-.Vn investigation into tho immigration service of the country has been conducted by the miiiister, Hon. ,1. A. Calder. A commissioner, Sherifl' Cooke, of Ke-gina, whom he appointed, is reporting on the various office.-;. 'i'he probable polif:y will be to provide retiring allowances /tor the older officials, and replace them where necessary with younger men. Several of the offices are,likely to be closed, and the efficiency of the system generally strengthened in anticipation of the immigration problems that the aiinr-war period presents. W. D. Si;olt. superintendent of immigration, is to retire on superannuation. JUDICIAL SALE OF MINING PROPERTY " Prospects for the S^.w Year aro ' very bright-if tho governments, both provincial and Dominion, will only realize their obligations and commence without delay a program of. construction on a generous scale. j Railroads, good roads, telephone lines and building construction, if i properly organized and carried out, will mean prosperity tor the country for 1919. If, however, the governments should wait to see what the indications are going to be before spending any money along these lines then they will find that "there ain't going to ho nd prospects."  The western liver is sUiggish just now-what it'needs is, a big govor pain or soreness before . applying, or afterwards.; This may sound like a dream to corn-pestered men and women who have''lieeu cutting, filing and wearing torturous plasters. Y'es! Corns lift out and calluses peel off as if by magic. A small bottle oC ireez-one costs but a tew cents at any drug store. Apply a few- drops directly upon your tender com'or callus, and instantly the soreness disappears; then shortly^ the corn or callus will be'^ so loose that it lifts off.j Freezone dries instantly. ,lt doesn't pat out the' corn, or callus, but just shi'ivels it up so it lifts away without even irritating the surrounding skin. AVomen should keep a tiny bottle handy on the dresser and never let a corn or callus ache twice. -Advertisement. ! Join the LIBRARY EXCHANGE � at EVERALL & FRANKS SOUTHARD BLOCK Third Avenue South So many deaths have occurred in Calgary recently that there was ' a shortage of grave diggers. Hay - - Straw Buy Your Hay and Straw 'Where it is Grown. QUALITY GUARANTEED. PRICES RIGHT. Phone or Write to J. B. SHIMEK COALDALE ) Phone R 217 License No. 12-316 JUDICIAL .SALE of mining property Pursuant to the Judgment and l-'inal order for Sale made in a certain ai--tion, No. .iyos-1. by the. Master in Chambers in the Supreme Oourl or Albertri, Judicial District of Calgary, there Aviil he offered tor sale witli tho approbation of the court by Henry , McCallum at the Court House at the City of Calgary, in, the Province of Alberta, at the hour of ten o'clock In the forenoon, on Saturday, the � 2.5th day of January, igiJi, the following lands and premises, namely: All minerals, other than gold or silver, within, upon or under the I West half of Section 9, Townsiiip ' ti, Range M, West of the Fifth Meridian: All mines and minerals, other than gold or silver, within, upon or under the West half of Section -i. Township (1, Range ;i,,We3t of the Fifth Meridian; All minerals, other than gold or silver, within, upon or under the East ha-lf of Section 9, Township 6, Range 3, West of the Fifth .Meridian. subject to accrued taxes, and to the exceptions, reservations and conditions contained in the original grant from the Crown, and to the exceptions, reservations and conditions in "^e Certificates oi? Title covering eald '.s. he sale -\vill be subject to a ;bid fixed by the Court. TERMS: L") per cent, of the purchase price must be paid in cash at tho time of sale to the Plaintiff's Solicitor, and the balance in Court as follows: 10 per cent, in sixty days) without interest; 25 per cent, in six] months from the date of sale with i interest at seven per cent, per annum, 2G per cent, in one year from tlie date of sale with interest at seven per cent, per annum, and the balance iu two years from date of sale with interest at seven per cent, per annum, or at the option of tho purchaser the whole may be paid within sixty (CO.) days from the date of sale without interest. In all other respects aud terms the conditions of sale will be the standing conditioiid of sale approved by 'ihe Court. Further particulars will be made known at the time and place i of sale, or can be obtained from the : Solicitor for the Vendor, JOHN' W. I-IUGILL, Department of Natural Resources, of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Calgary, Alberta. Dated at the City of Calgary, in the Province of Albetra, this Tth day of December. 1918. LAWRENCE .1. CLARKE, Clerk of the Court. Approved: L. H. Clarry, M.C. Ad X COLLECTIONS Have you' any slow or doubtful accounts? If so, you need us. Make ns your collection department. We are professionnl money getters, we make a business of gettin,",- money-your money-fur you. R. C. FARRIS SERVICE AGENCY 5 Macdonald Block, Lethbridge JH Phone 1616 LAND FOR SALE Dr. A. 1 .Spankie M.D.. CM.  EYE, EAR, NOSE AND THROATi SPECIALIST Offico rnnms 121-122 New P. Burns Dulldlng. Cornnr 8tb Av-j. and 2nd Ht. East. CalKPry. Offica'Phono mMH Kesldcnco Phono Intcnie ^.r.d Housp Surgeon. Manhnlt.-i^ Eye, iilar. Nose an-U Throat Hosplt.^l. Nc7/ York City, X911-1914. Specialist to Calgary School Board FARM FOR SALE IGO acres of first class farm land for sale, 130 acres broken, all fenced. Good house, barn, granary, etc. s. e. quarter 5-12-10,w. 4, Price ?;i,oOO. Addi-ess A. e. Adair, Box 87, Bow Island, Alta. ' 15---0 LAND FOR "sale-43ir acres' choice wild land, 2 1-2 miles from Tabor. 320 acre.'! choice wild land 7 miles from Taber. 480 acres choice wild land, 2 miles Wilson. 240 acres choice highly improved irrigated, 6 miles N. e. Lethbridge. 80 acres choice highly improved, irrigated, o miles N. B. of Lethbridge. Prices and terms reasonable. Wm. Ingram, "Balmoral Block, Lethbridge. Phone 1245, evenings 480. ' 10-G FOR SALE-320 acres east of Barons, improved, 50 acres winter range, 140 acres ready for crop; snap for quick sale. 450 acres at Coaldale, irrigated, with buildings on, 200 ready for crop; price $75.00 per acre, easy terms. 160 acres irrigated, all plowed ready for crop, 565.00 per acre, easy terms. Money to loan on improved farms. T. M. Huff, Room 10, Alberta Block. 10-12 STOCK FARM-320 acres i&o miles north east Calgary,- '6" miles froni town, telephone in the house, 1 mile from school and church; 200 acres cul-tivaffid, Goc^d soil. Running creek. All fenced. 4-roomed chouse. Stables. Granaries. 8-foot board corral, 4x7 rods. Price only ?25.'00 per acre with $3,000.00 cash, balance arranged. Would accept horses or cattle us part paympnt. Prom 8000 to 10000 acres good open range, close. Lots of hay can be cut. J. C. Leslie & Co., 301 Beveridgo Block, Calgary. 12-C B. C, FRUIT LANDS. BUY TEN ACRES IN KOOTENAY District, British Columbia, which in fruits and vegetables, -with cow, pigs, poultry and bees, will pay you steady Eub:.tantial profits. Delightful v/arm climate, rich soil, good schools, daily trains, daily mails\ close to markets Orchard, garden, poultry; scenery, hunting, fishing, boating. Thriftj-, pleasant noighbors. Our choice lanas $10 cash ar.'d $10 monthly without interest. Write quick for free lufcrma-lion,, West Kootenay Fruit Lands Gortpany, Dept. E, Nelson, British Columbia. Ad A 1 Long experience m stock and farm machinery. Sales ^onduc^ ed ia any part of Alberta. P.LAVALLEY COALDALE, ALBERTA For Dates and Rates Call The DowBley Land Agency, , Leth. bridge. Phone 18M Free! ! Elliott SKeet Metal Woiks Winter will soon be here and brln.g with it the cold weather. Have your furnaces overhaul ed by Us. Expert work. Hot air furnace work a spe-- aiLy. ' � - ' Phone 171-1 330 Sixth St. & Lethbrldee, Alta. I V________ A Lethbridge' Iron Works Co., Ltd. FOR Castings and Machine Work REPAIRS OF ALL KINDS PROMPTLY "ATTENDED TO. MAKERS OF ROLL AND PLATE GRINDERS * LAND PACKERS AND DEEP WELL PUMPS CANADA FOOD BOARD LICENSE NUMBER 2-0.'8 LONDON. Dec. 27.-Investigations made, by Charles F. Bailey, of tho Soldiers' Laud Settlement Board, at Witley camp, found, that out of fifteen or twenty thousand Canadian Soldiers only 450 men were enrolled in the agricultural coiirse tor soldiers. '  This loads Mr. Bailey to believe ' that: the estimate' that 10(5,000 Cana-; dian soldiers will go on tho land,after returning to Canada is not at all re-liiible! _ , Ninety per cent, 'of those taking the course. at Witloy intend taking laud iu Ontario. J THE F^ED FOR MORE MILK Order Your Winter Supply Now. Write U� for Prices. F. O. HYDE & CO., Cor. 2nd Aye. and 12th St. 8,, LETHBRIDGE. Aficltor Donaldson PROPOSED SAILINGS From Portland, -Me.- From Portland, Me.- Jan. 11 ...COMMONWEALTH ...................Bristol Jan. 14 ......ORITA...... Bristol Jan. 14 ...MARCHADA... London From New York-Jan. 4 ... SAXONIA... Liverpool Jan. 4 ...C ARMANI A... Liverpool Jan. 8 .MAURETANIA. Liverpool Jan, 11 ...TENNYSON... London From Boston-Jan. 4 .....DELTA----. Liverpool Purchase prepaid tickets now for relatives and friends to ensure prompt sailing. UNEXCELLED SERVICE For aU information any of our Agents, or to Company's Offico, SCOTT BLK., 270 MAIN STREET, WINNIPEG. . DRAYING Ot All Kknrts WesternTransfcrCo. IJinit�d *ff��*->C. p. R. rre(�M S�aa PHONES ofn�* ........... ti'jir/ .......... 1�4 HALL TAXI AND BAGGAGE TRANSFER CITY AND COUNTRY TRIPS Office Phone 1546 Rfs. 783 . 297-2U We Offer for Prompt Shipment IrriQated Delivered Prices on Request. . In some one case it tnay ,not,j' seem to, matter to /du't^ho-gets your money. If you get'the.hi|y you want,' but in vthel long; rii^fi it will pay you tqji.eB that the greatest possible pah of it goes to the man v/ho grows the tiay. If you want to see that he gets it ail you can do so by, ,buylng direct from the growers .through. their own sales office. ^ ' FARM PRODUCTS, LIMITED Lethbridge, Alberta Sam Sidles, Inspector, Warehouse at Coaldale. - :, \ ROOSA AND SON  BAGGAGE TRANSFER AND LIGHT DRAYING PHONE 1869 �^tr;:e^l^- 320 Acres vin the Warner District Halt under cultivation, . good house and other buildings. aU . fenced, well, for $33-00 - per .'air?.' Horses and machinery includrl ed, $1;500 cash, ; balance hftll*.'. crop, interest 7%. ' CHAS. T. COUSINS SKIFF, ALTA. WE lAHEUD fl. FURS-FURS-FURS Highest Prices Paid CANADIAN HIDE AND METAL COMPANY 220 2nd Ave. 8. 284-0 5J 1^ DONT --FORGET THE WAR VETERAN WHEN YOU hAvE a JOB .Ta.:D.-if^KEil.l  Please naiify n - � Sec'y Vetrrans* Cfail ^1 Phone 371 ,r P 6?1718 67 417785 50 ;