Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE BRAINS OF 27 Hon. R B. Bennett is One of Our Near-Great Statesmen He Knows His Limitations, But Does Not Over-Emphasize Them Is Part Lawyer, Part Patriot, Part Plutocrat, Part Democrat, and Part Tort. ARTHUR IIAWKES. 1 VJ. R. BENNETT is on almost Sreat man is aware lie has limitations, though he doesn't dwell upon them overmuch. It doesn't do to worry about trifles, an.vwar. The humility of Mr. Peck- sniff has no lodgment in the Bennett breast. Mr. Bennett is a cross be- tween New Brunswick and Culgary; sometimes one, sometimes the Predominating. other A and from parallel 49 to the eooilr.g waves of "-the Arctic Ocean. Knows No Hesitation T Retfir.a the Bennett oratory became proverbial. It poured forth in copiousness. It had that rarest quality stenographic Wamelessness. To this day Jt has not completely mastered ihe differ- ence between the hustings and the hall o( Deliberate Counsel. It does not aspire to Senatorial calm. It runs over the Opposition like lava over Herculaneum. It knows no hesl If you have ever been in the foot- tation, either in choice of diction or hills you know where the Bennett 1 certainty of opinion. It carries to the nth degree the confidence of the Devonshire farmer who said, for hie neighbors, as well as for himself. What knaws us knaws, an1 what breeze conies from. He has been call- a whirlwind, in reference to his with emphasis on the first syllable. He is in a class i himself lawyer, part patriot, part plu- tocrat, part democrat, part and -altogether Director-General of Na- tional Service. In his most imposing capacity Mr. Bennett speaks by the card, and in reasonable unison with (hat Rogers who proposed that his predecessor should neither generalize no: direct. Mr. Bennett is a bachelor, which no member of Parliament ought to be. Hia single state he attributes to his having been too busy to talk with ladies. But you can never accept the explanations of a bachelor of 45. Mr. Bennett was reported in the Ottawa papers about a month ago as having giveti a meeting of Daughters of the Empire (it was a genuine company, anyway) the plans of the National Service Commission, on the under- standing that als hearers were not to pass them down the street. That adventure in audacity sug- gests that Mr. Bennett has a ffenhis. for achieving popularity behind clos- ed doors. Hie colleagues would re; ceive the suggestion with a certain reserve. They do not exactly .slobber over him In caucus. Caucus is-main- Iv made up of ly mediocre mediocrities. And medio- crities love not brains which, speafe with tart "tongues. Mr. Bennett la like Sir William HarcoUrt, tbe court- ly. descendant of the Plantasenets, _of it was frequently" said that he couldi.-not suffer fools gladly.in cam- era or superiors in council. Lord Rosebery was "a little too much for him. one is inclined to think that Sir Wilfrid Laurler Is Mr. -i- Bennett's. Epsebery- Occasionally li seems- to be Carrell, though .you oajf never be quite sure. Orator PERHAPS Mr. Bennett's thunder is so very thundery because came from Xew has also given us the Carvell. He is a brilliant and resourceful lawyer, and it is not always easy to decide -whether hon. gentlemen opposite are nefarious statesmen or merely hostile witnesses, whose interference Vtttf his mq'ral comfort is entirely brief. New Brunswick politics are fearfully and -wonderfully made. Bruns- wick, oratory smacks of the days when leisure was time, time was leis- ure, and every public man conceived it to be hie. bounden duty to produce two words grow where one would do. If Sir George Foster's discourse naa a fault it is that It sometimes forgets to be concise. He didn't have to be .concise when he was teaching school Junction, and could watch the resting trains. Mr. Copp, who has swung like a Jovian guard- ian of purse into the Parliament-' ary firmament, is another NewBruns- wicker who, in the interests of anx- ious constituents, makes the most of his verbal'opportunities: t.aat win'-- ter a New Brunswick Senator took to task a humble Individual of Ontario who has fairly practical ance with eight Provinces, a great republic, and two trans-oceanic con- tinents, for his .failure to appreciate, what the East has done for us. I "I'll tell you what's the matter with said, paternally, "you have lived .so long- and so far from salt water that.you have become nar- row. You ought'.to come to Brunswick to get broadened out" Mr. Bennett may have made a mis- take, but he went West from Chat- ham, where he was a partner with Mr. Tweedie, the eminent Liberal who became Premier and then Lieu-1 ten ant-Governor of New Brunswick. Having been bom at Hoprovell, and passed through Jjalhousls University, the equipment of Mr. Bennett from the Maritime point of view was thorr, oughly broadened out. The Bennett, twin gEJt-in jurisprudence and eloquence was more suited to the boundless prairies than the Bale de Chaleur. Calgary was the precteatin-. ed metropolis of there; forensic periods might beoomft cal. Mr. Bennett threw his handker- chief at Calgary.. He became a part- ner of'Senator IVmghend. At 28 ho was In the Legislative. Assembly of the North-Wesjfc territories, which oxtjrclsed something lees than the functions jtf. Provincial autonomy trom a little west of Klkhorn to the of too Rocky Bennett, had traveled England and the front with him, ivas brought on to supply-the fireworks. He spent twenty minutes In New Brunswicklan laudation of his perfectly tasteless exercise which' la nearly al- ways overdone, and which in this case made listeners distrust hence- forth Mr, Bennett's sense of propor- tion. How the two-star team-work pans out on the flight from Victoria to Toronto cannot be certainly stat- ed at the time of writing. Four Liberal Provincial Premiers were to appear with Dominion Premier at Victoria, Ed- was not his fault. But U is not in- jraoilton, Retina, and "Winnipeg. None us knuw us flaw n't waunt to When it is in the chastening mood towards the other fellows. It makes the Government aide rcverb- with applause, and it induces a readiness to forget the somewhat positive character which coruscates ,n caucuses. Mr. Bennett is almost unique- in laving been a member of three sep- arate legislative bodies. Calgary sent him to the fira't Alberta Provin- cial Legislature 11 years ago, w'atrc, Indeed, he was the leader of the Op- position. Followers were fewf which A PAGE-ABOUT PEOPLE LORD CURZON A A Man of Imposing Appear- ance, Whose Appetite for Politics Is Insatiable. George is Shortest of the Five War "Dictators" Curzoti. spirlng to awake only enough re- sponse to cause the echoing capaci- ties of a chamber to become obvious. real expansion came after and Mr. Bennett bad so much al business for clients and so much investing business for himself that politics had to look after politics. He almost inconveniently pros- perous, and could indulge his voraci- ous appetite for reading from choice books taken from choice cases in a chtelce'residence, where no feminine autocrat holds sway. Mr. Bennett is a hard reader. He truly loves books, and one may bt> s'iluwed to turn from lff rather irreverent tribute to his anifold capacities, to express a deep .envy.'fofCfche acquirements of much 'diligence, fortified by a phenomenal t them will be expected to ask why 10 allusion was made In Quebec to he National Service of her most dis- ingutshed statesman, who was a Premier before any of these other flve chieftains (Including Sir Robert) ver addressed Mister Speaker. Little things like that don't worry Jirector-General Bennett, Tvno is an old C.P.R. therefore an expert in using the blind eye. O" Succeu No Accident "BENNETT'S success is no 1. .accidental fortune that has come to pretentious Wa merits'he should have been in a much stronger Cabinet than that .which has fought shy of him. His mastery of tlie Canadian railway problem Is would be invaluable in a Cabinet whose knowledge cracy wan as vast as its tendency to contemptible. net and tne raiBvays 'deserves a esp- aral9 and the subject must therefore wait His present job could be more ef- fective than that of any Minister. To be plredt-ir-Gcneral of National Ser- vice is to be potentially the Evanffel- ist-General of pur unfathomable pat- riotism. Ho stepped into shoes Trhich Sir Thomas Tail kicked off his feet, even Before they were properly laced. He realized the magnitude Bf his task and.confessed that he did. Not i of our countrymen are qualified, in their, own to-'remind us of Lord Curzon, as well as of Sir William Hareourt. In 1S95 the then Hon. George. Nathaniel Curzon be- came Under-Secretory of 'Foreign Affairs, and, therefore, Ixird Salis- bury's deputy, in the House of Com- ports. Some presumptuous rUlxsra! becamWinquisitive about a turn in diplomacy. Mr. Cnrzon was positive- ly inconvenienced by so much curios- ity, and .his reply deli- cate, deliberate suggestion rthat ha cotttdn'.t undertake to be responsible "the'peace of EuYqpe if other peo- >-orried.him about It Calgary coiSld scarcely be expected to insem- inate tie" Curzonian hauteur, but there was a tintillating Interval dur- the IMrcctorahip-General- shlp.bf National Service might'have In tiio end the Director-General led captivity captive, in the person of the Prime Minister, whom he has taken on a. flying transcontinental tour to "induce the male.public.to fill up the cards wHich Dlreotor- Oiinerat Is distributing throughout the length and breadth land. It is too early to appraise the pll' sriniafB Two.Exhorters...They didn't begin ausplalously at Montreal. National Service Outlook fr-MIERE was a strange Idea that 1 because Sir Robert had swai- ;Patenaude, hia old .friends who felt themselves betrayed by the Inland .Revenue would do'ilkewiae. National Service, as ex- pounded by the Prime Minister, did not, for the Montreal clu.lo enlistment The Mail and Em- quoted Sir Robert verbatim saying "ho had not come to make a recruiting speech. He disclaimed In advance the Globe's heading which said ho made a "Call to arms." It was a call to cards. It la not yet maniftut whether 5Ir Bennett Is call-boy to Sir Robert. A year ago last "August when Sir Rob- ert spoke In'the Toronto Arena Mr PLENTY ALREADY 3 of the official duties of Judge Isaac Franklin Russell, Chief Fustice of the Court l. Special Ses- sions of New York, is mako a personal supervision of penal insti- utions, Including asylums for the in- Not long ago, while on a tour of Inspection, toe visited the White Plains r Asylum, the entrance found a guard whom 'he did not know, he one he seen previous- y'having been dlscharffed. Judge Russell told the -guard he'wanted to 2 admitted. ''Can't the reply. "Sut said the.judge; "I come from New York." "We've got 200-in here now who 'answered the juard." f T The judge bagari" to get" tired of the nian'3'attitude. "I'm afraid you don't know who I. he said. "I am Chief Justice of the Court of Special Sessions-----" "Cut it, cut Hi" Interrupted the guard; "we've got three men inside now'who say tieyire chief justices." BACK-HANDED GEN. ALEXEIEFF, the chief of the -Russian. Imperial staff, comes oi' peasant stock, hte father laving .been a sergeant in aline regi- ment. Drafted into the -army, at IS, the youngster' gained his- sergeant's stripes before he was 20, and, being granted a short furlough, he visited his.home, where his parents gave a. party to their relatives and friends to celebrate occasion. "Lucky exclaimed his father, in proposing the tonst of his son's health. "Promotion cornea quickly to some of you youngsters -nowadays. Why, it 20 years to win my IS VERY METHODICAL Monumental Industry and Won- derful Driving His Rule in India. By POLITICUS. important announcements with regard to Lord Curzon ivere made on the same day '.his week: One was that he had been appointed a member of tho War Council and leader In the House of Lords of the Lloyd George Govern- ment. The other was that hp had become engaged to be married. He is a widower, and he will be BS years old on tho llth of next month. His first wife, who died in 1906, after 11 yenrs of married life, was the. beau- tiful daughter of the late Mr. Lev! Leiter, of Washington. His bride-to-be is, like his first wife, tin American. Sho if, moreover, a willow, being Mrs. Grace Duggan, widow of Alfred. Duggan, of Buenos Aires, and daughter of the late Mr. ...____ Hinds, [formerly .American Minister to Brazil, Lord Curzon has no present heir to his eartdom. .But (in the absence of any male heir be- ing born to him) his oldest daughter will inherit his barony of Kavensdalo, and his brother Alfred, hi.1 .junior by one year, his viscounty of Scarsdale. Lord Curzon is a moil of most im- posing appearance, and one who would attract attention anywhere. He is over six feet in height and finely proportioned, with a brisk and masterful walk characteristic 01 the mm But, in spite of what looks like a. superb physique, his health has never been good. For many years he suffered from' a painful spinal malady, but helnever allowed his ill- health to Interfere with his devotion to work. Works take a Demon is "his Lord Curzon Is the are age ,'Age: 56Vz. I Cilbl J- OB it of the most which is Lord outstond ing characteristic.- It transcends oven his-. :arobition, even .Tiis ability. even, his On all with whom he has been" brought In contact lias made the same -the House Com- in the In- dia, "in the impression of tireless industry which Isialmost stupefying. Particularly wis f the case In India, doubt the life -of every Indian Vice- roy must be one of But no Viceroy, -inVtove of work and pow- through it rapidly.: has was Curzon in India, "We ore he said ones, "to give justice, one slngrle. .ict ol! injus- tice in India is, in my opinion greater strain upon our rule than much larger errors of policy or, judg- ent" He had a genuine sympathy of tho sergeant's stripes, and you gained them ln.20 months." have r been his equal. It is not much to' siiy C him that bisiatorest! in nil kinds of political questions lisa been literally: insatiable. Politics is with him a passion; ..-And all through his "life he lias bean closely In touch with history in tho mak- ing. Yet, surprising as It. must seem, in view of the vast number of political topic the partition of Pengal to the disestablishment which his interest has ranged, the last chorge which could ever be justly brought against Lord Curzon would1 that of superficialiiy. And not only does Lord Curxoh work like a demon, others work like but, demons, makes "True put in deprecating' then .you must remember that I have been dowered you aiia my good mother more than twenty times as -much brains a.nfl enterprise as you ever Impatient of stupidity, his bitterest scorn for indolence. "II there is any work in him I will under- take to get it out of he once grimly remarked of one of liis sub- ordinates who" was supposed to have aptitude than liking fo- tvork Combined with his monumentnl -In- of >our department clustry ho possesses arivlng Well said the .Secrc-tan less exceptional. From early with his inscrutable smile, LOOKING FOR MONEY lB la deter- America Cup, and, is making arrangements for the lert for 191S. When'Slr'Tfiotnafe -wai an Indus- trious' but-farJfrom young man lit. this he. hod an ex- erience with .a .hurffiir. He was awakened' one- con-. Bciousneas. that .there "was arranger In the room. "Who's he detnanded, sitting up in -bed. exclaimed the burglar. "Don't move or 111 shoot. ins'for Tin look- "Walt a said Upton; calm- arid help you." ly. ___..... of Convictions TITAOISTRATB: '1 am told that you A have'already "been convicted 14 tlmeo on this same charge. Aren't iti' ashamed to have to Prlaonar- "No, yor worship, I no man oughtcr bo don't thinlc wl of 'if jnblc, silent millions" of India, and labor on their behalf were un- ceasing. Those' delight 'to as- sociate his rule In India mainly with the strife., in which it closed are strangely .of- the. fact- that India had iiisver previously. ..known a, ruls: so "'benevolent, sn humane, and so progressive as .his.- The great series of reforms which -he intro- duced into the land revenue policy of! the government of India, tlie estab- lishment of .co-operative credit so- cieties, the promotion of scientific griculture, -all testify to the sincer- ity of. his declaration that peasant has been in the background of every policy for which I have been responsible." It is by his work for the land and the for .the Tury In Knglaud '.vas the out-and-out reformer in India that his rule in the East will ,be entlur- Ingly remembered. By POLITIC US. 1ID averago of Ihe War tbliiet of flvo incnibtrs ia years- Tho oldest inenti- her of'It is TXirrt -Mliuor, who 62, ..-hilc Mr. Lloyd.. Goorpo ami Mr. HeiiOerwn arc, each of thorn. 53. Mr, Boimr Is SS.-and Ixiril. Curzon ___: the average heigitt of Oils Cabinet Is I-am unable to say, 1 do not know what arc the statures of Messrs. Boimr Law and Hciulcrson. But Lord Curzon (6 feet L inch) is the tallest, aJld ?.lr. Lloyd George (5 foct inches) Is tho shortest, mem- ber. Lord Milner is D feet 11 inches till. The five "dictators" repvesnnt four different religious denomimitior.s be- .them. Lords Curzon mid Mil- ner are' AngUcnns. Mr. Lloyd Ooorgc Is a Baptist (of the kind that la sometimes called "Campbollite" Bap- Mr. Henderson IB a Wesleyan, mil Mr. Bonur Law Is a Presbyterian- Tho Cubinet will'.be "anti-booze" in Us tendencies. Mr. Ilcndorson and Mr. Bonar Law arc both lifelong ab- Mr. Lloyd George was one for many- y.cnrsf' It was he de- clared tliat cJrinK >vas Britain's great- ust-eneiny this'1 war. The other two ,are strong for abstemiousness. Of the five. Lonf Ciirxoii is one whb oblongs, by blrlh. to tho "governing Fxird Milner is of the professional class. So is Mr. Lloyd George, but sprung- from a lowlier stock.' .Mn Bonar Law is a successful business, man. Mr. Hen- derson is a The two Peers in Cabinet are the onlj two of Ita members who have re- I ceiled a university education, both of them having been BnlHol men and both favorite pupils of the great Towett. None of them are men who are great for sport? or games. Mr. Bonar Law and Mr. IJoyd George arc fflrid of golf, "It Is true; but the others arc not great lit outdoor amusements: Indeed, 'Tjords Curzon and Milner are too serious minded for amusement of any kind to loom large in their scheme of things. It is, by the way, a decided- ly hirsute Cabinet." aa' all: Its :niem Lord Curzon, grow moa and Lloj'd George, "In addi lion. Is BO lax In his visits to the bn'r- lie grows hair THREE LABORITES IN WAR CABINET Are All Real Workingmen, and Worked at Their Trades Until Elected M.P.'s. ALL WAR WORKERS By POLIT1CUS. i _ ,R. ARTHUR HENDiSRSOK U one of the five members of tho War Cabinet. Mr. 0. N. Barnes is Minister of Pensions, and Mr. John Hodge is Labor. The first named has ho portfolio. Arid, the offices of the other two arc new ones. Or, rather, between them they constitute the greater part of the'of- fices recently held in the coalition Government by Mr. Henderson. Mr. K'ntlerson in that Government "was Paymaster-General and Labor Ad- visor to tho Government. The duties which he performed as I-nbor Advis- er will now bo taken over by Mr. Hodge as the head of'a separate la- bor department The office of Pay- master-General carried with It supervision c-f pensions. This part ol the duties of that office .will be undertaken by 7.1 r. Barnes. The fact that three Labor are in the new anil'one, In- deed, in that new "holy of holies." the- War "Cabinet, Uiat; ;labdi" at last is "coming to its ew.n. In' Eng- land in'regard to official ity and dignity. For all three of thesfi Rt; Hon. working mon. were, genuino bonix-fldc working mon. They were not mere "snoutere." such as try to impress the workers .with the idea that they are, for some occult reason, working class they may never have done a single day's, manual work in their lives. They- were real manual workers s elves. Mr. Henderson, who is 53 years old; was a moulder "in _Nf.wcastle-on lyne Mr i staiteu _ 'id. to eariv Ilia living In ite mill at the age Mr. who is Gl, was a.stfeel ami 3roa worker. Labor Party LL, three have helfl the manship oC the Labor party m the Ilau e of Gammon Mr Earne chairman Of the partj in 1910 A1 enough for two oh his head. LLOYD GEORGE'S JOB THE following storv is told in re gird to Mi Liojd George shdrt time ago he received a call it j the War Office from someone In a high position who took up nearly half an hour of..his very valuable, time in small talk. Mr. Lloyd George was wondering, what he could pos- sibly do to get rid of his caller, when the latter unknowingly gave..him .the "I can't said.his vis- itor; "how you aoid Sir William Rob- ertson manage to divide between you, equally and without friction tht v orl for War ;he .truth manhood ha ruled himself with tui Iron hand. He trained himself to be absolutely methodical in erei-j'talng he undertook. It Is safe to nay that no public man of his standing ever wroto so Ipttera with his own. hand. "His says'one who knows him, always a miracle of orderliness. 'Some one that his capaciry Tor is in- human, and'certainly to unhtethqdt- eol men. iseems to toil-with the unswerving: ce'rtltudo of a. machine. The Real Ruler HAVE often Htruclc with the erroneouH idea that many poo plo interested vln India have formed of Lord Curzon...as a.ruler t .there. Thoso who want to know somothtng of the real nature of hid rule" ought to read Lovat Frkanr's "India .Tnder Curzon ar.d After." If they expect'to find in Curzon as Indian .Viceroy an autocratic ruisr, Btrlvliis 'for .the maintenanco of "Imperial" pomp and out or hympainj of strajipcly ittlilfled welfare jf tfa to investigate tfet of tho the matter Is that Sir "William transacts most" of the actual depart' tell anybody chair up close and ipeiking in an impressive manner and In lower tones "I entertain the bores. common people their expectations a lor the humbleSti'' Vwolfito to onsuro Justice to teeminif and need not he -nrnt on drawing Lloyd George's Greatness THB smallest in stature, -Lloyd George towers over It is Cab- inet r colleagues, lierhaps not men tally, but Ip' over.' and prestige the people. His critics.; say that he has. ordered the .Trcrkir-B classe about-too but it is likely that none hut one whom they had reason to trust and .thank'could have or- defedihein about in'that way at all. Tt Ss certain ;thai none but he could have kept' the have an' especial hatred of o unswerving In their support of the arbitrary, .measures for which wai time calls. Lloyd George is the simplest of men. He Is a devoted family man. He bis all the famib -virtues household is one tnat an it both serene and 1 igh With him. as .'with so... many, of liis com patriots pieU is mstincth e I Ite .egards alike as a. high dcstin> ind a'school of discipline. It has been of one of his pres- ent "colleagues that he was trainee! for public Hfc almost as soon as he could lisp Mr fclojd Ccoip on the other hand, was chiefly his younger dijs in Welsh iU Wflsh illagf1 life and the-intricacies of Welsh politics His was-spent in the ro- nuntle isgiort about S iov 3on All his education -'was gotten at the Chinch of I ngHnd elementary school, the only available school'in the vilTage. It" was gal! and worm- wood to .hint i.o "have -to attend an Anglican school and pii take of Anglican doctrinal teaching. It must -have been a really great that, from such liumhln and ob- scure iJCRinmngs could mike Inm self what" ho'Is first real ;hild of the "People, to: hold the office of Tttthih Prc mcr ITe Is generally rig'rdefl as the man of the moment indispensable man. And the curious, thing .afcout it all is thnt this Imllsjtensable niari ;ln Great greatest'war Is pretty wtll che profoundest' lover of peiace In the British "Isles. .Which goes to show how Is., his con lotion that tho present TVTT ia il rigliteous one on .Great Britain's; part. iU lion She Misunderstood AN Englishman tourinp in the highlands hart the niRfArtuiie.'to lose .hie way.. Noticing j, sinall cottngfi by. the roadoidc, lie went-up, Unockcd; at the door, and fhcs'n tho came he explain- ed: --''I-ani very sorry'-to trouble you madam, but I havo lost my ie tell mo was the reply mlthcrs ivI them.' 'I hope their Rt Q. AJ. Barn'cs. But the extreme wing of I parts berommg too much in the cendant for his that post 11 February of the follow ngjear and Mr Ramsay appointed 111 his stead Mr Hen derson was elected "chairman of-the Labor parti in the p'ace of Mr ___nsaj was at variance with tne larger section of the Labor as to war and Its the outbreak of war He d been chairmvn of the pait> from 190S iO IBM When he joined the coalition in -May of last jeir Mr Hodge was ap- pointed acting chclrman of thfe La- bor part> In his place The throe Laboi members of the government all entered Parliament at tho general the Laboi P firstibecaWe nhle as i 1'arhameniary entiti ;J Mrf HenderEon and Mr Hodge both ftad hid previous municipal tho former as a councillor or of "Darlington, lattei aa member of the Manchester Cityj Counci for thiee jcars u of Mt Hodge 5 wci was one of tho >ear In railipmcnt with ucetHng brows', and burly''j fon John Hodge looltd jil4l tho British workman capabloand Whpn the Ooyrmment glared to piu the comparatlvdj slow output i tions in tho earh ycatj I on the drinking habits of workroom I ho talked back to In ft effective were yfuiiuu 'o cover up thptr acting chairman of he has had a nig In Ity....... loiger section of 1ft j line with regard to iliK warMn of namsav ilacdonpldf Coinpany.