Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta
MONDAY, FEBIUJAHY 7, 1921 THE LKTHHHU.IUC JJAILH A GOVERNMENT NURSE PIONEERS IN THE PEACE RIVER COUNTRY During past two the de- of health uf the province of Alberta established u stuff of 21 specially trained nurses in various de- partments of public health service iu rural communities. Fourteen gradu- ate nurses are now taking the special short, course provided in Edmonton to qualify tor provincial appointments, and thoso who .are successful will he udded to the stait tliis spring. These nurses are engaged In rural school in- spection, child welfare work iu estab- lished stations in rural centers, and district nursing In frontier commun- ities where neither doctor nor nurse has yet taken up private practice. What do some of these nurses do? How do they serve the community? What is the scope and condition of such posts foivthe nurse contemplat- ing such Is the frontier nurse, serving the homesteads ten .to forty miles -from any railroad, and fifty or sixty miles from any doctor, justifying the expenditure of provin- cial revenues necessary to maintain her at these outposts oC settlement? Some of these Questions have been answered in the paper quoted below which was read to the Red Cross con- vention recently held in Edmonton by Miss Deturbervflle, provincial district by the provincial government to the tinkling of the alelghbells on the trail, outlying dlitrlcts of thin province., und know that I had to leave my The district nurse lives in the Isolat-! warm bed and go out Into the cold. 1 ed sections where there is no hospital' dressed hastily, donnlns sheepskins and where the services of a doctor and furs, and, armed with a fool- are not available. In one instance, a warmer and a rug, climbed into the district nurse and a new doctor, pruc- j grain box that had arrived, and made tlcing under a permit, entered a north-1 myself as comfortable as possible on ern Held at tho same time. As quick-1 the straw-covered bottom. After a ly as the adjustment could be made, I cold ride wo came to the house, the nurse was removed to a more iso-! The people wore foreigners and could latcd field and thus the medical sor-! speak no English. One of their neigh- vice .was rationed out more evenly. The district nurse makes one-room log cabin, und tho ive medicine or aclual nursing care, rounds of culls- every day, giving a father and the other eight children i she never quite determined, treatment here, or a bath there, and were huddled together on one side, Women in the Country passes on to tho next patient. She Is the mother, the patient, occu- 1 have haci the pleasure ot address- tile ludy visitor. Tho situation was not without pathetic side, so thi! nurse sat down and told the man ail tho funny stor- ies she c.ulld think of. and had the satisfaction of seeing him laugh for a while and forget his pain. And -when siie went away, her muline visiting fee was solemnly paid her at the door speak no English. One of their neigh-j and as solemnly received Whether bars acted as intm-pri-or. The house I that was to be classed as prevent- never looked for In a bachelor shuck) whllo his brother looked on In tri- umph. The man was suffering from a chronic disease, and Ills devoted brother, while not hoping for any med-' ical relief, had thought that a visit' from a lady would do him good. And ho had got out the clean linen, sole remains of a comfortable "down east" home, and cleaned house generally for PAGE NOOK A TRAGEDY OF PROHIBITION everything tlle onc only bed. All through I ing a few Inter from tne night we fought for tile two lives V. A. In t called upon to do almost e from the extraction of a splii________ a child's hand, to the conduct of an stake, and.it was a hard W. light, lank and Providence, mainly alter; and down grades that made each individual hair stand on end, and have come to the conclusion that r all-round safety, an. aeroplane vouid be the best means locomo- ion. 1 The Large Scale Country When the two of us who were as- signed to the Peace River country first went to the north, 16 months not without tear and clean and cool, when every drop ot' water has to be carried a long dis- tance; how to keep bed linen clean High above the town of Peace Riv- er, in full view of the three rivers that unite (here, the Hart, the Smokey and the Peace, and close to Prairie roses in ignorant stepfather had applied car- nurses working, at present through- country abounds, ware not i bolic acid. This hoy was sent out to out the province In various capacit- .U'' Ul Tiewed a 'farm- a Hospital and an operation had to capacit- ies, and U are taking special train- ing In order to join them. I am one of the four district nurses, sent out Smoke At good at tixty years of experience can make it THE WAY YOUR GRANDMOTHER DID e In the good old-fashion- ed1 way our grandmothers to porfRctinn Quaker Brand Jams are made. This skill took them years to get. It is the same lifetime of care and' practice that brings out the flavor you liko in QUAKER BRAND JAMS DOMINION CANNERS it. LTD. HEAD OFFICE VANCOUVER, B. C. er's standpoint. We ietmed to find be performed to save him from de- our place in Baton's catalogue, and formity. we learned that flour sacks have j Another child, deat and dumb from many, many uaes other than their lack of care during an attack of' scar- ongiaal one. We found that In those let fever in babyhood. Iras been sent two wpfds, freighting grain, were con- to the 'nearest government school for densed more hardship, pluck and en- 1 children of that at Winni- we ever dreamed peg, add she'is now being taught to of. We learned always to carry write and talk matches'.and binder twine, the latter; These are only a few of the cases for pa.tchmg up breaks in the harness i a district nurse meets with in the and the home-made cutter, if any of course of her busy life And aside' you should not know; we learned how from ministering to suffering 'human heings, I have more than once been to spiit wood witnout neatly cleav- ing your own foot into the bargain; called upon to prescribe for a sick learned how to cook up a meal out! animal. I was called from my sleep of apparently nothingUt all, and we one cold night by an anxious man leaned how to make bread, from a only to learn that a valuable horse philanthropic bacnclor, who politely j was ill and had I any suggestions'' 1 scorned our theories, leacned iu a! had but it .wouldn't have done BIG TIM ARRESTED CHICAGO. Feb. Tim Murphy labor leader and politician, .sought in connection with a mail pouch robbery at Pullman, last August, sur- rendered today. Vicenzio Cosmano, an .associate of. Murphy, arrested on the same charge, out on bond. Both men denounced the charges as a "frame up." A. striks of free gold is reported at the Rex Mine, Herb Lake, Man. far-off hospital kitchen, and did up the job with neatness .ind dijpatch. The First Case Our first case was to dress a i to put them into words. On another occasion I helped insert the copper ring into a prize Hereford's nose. It man's was a strictly surgical 'performance, hand. He had caught it m a thresh- 1 ami, curiously enough, (such is the ing machine. When it was finished, i nature of man) my reputation soared we asked; if it had heen painful, and on the strength of it were met with a broad grin. "Not a A district nurse gets to know peo- bU ot it, -he said, "and all the boyjs pie pretty well. She knows who outside outside are hoping to get hurt, making good in a community and who so they call-have you fix it up." And isn't; what children the long-suffering alrous" north having trouble with; When the .'flu epidemic: came to us, sew, elm as .it oama. to every community, we i other jol organised 'the" district us best we and vet who the women are who wash, bake', sew, churn and do all the thousand bs incident..to farming life, manage -to' take an active my lot to journey: part in-the activities of the settle- to homestead, visit-1 nient; apropos of 'sewing, one pioneer ing the sicker patients, distributing mother-of m "lntj-r could. It from h> r II t H tead [supplies and instructing the mothers how to care for the sick ones. Volun- teer helpers sprang up from every corner; chores .were done in commun'.. ity fashion, amid, an j3 the cdse in every great crisis, the community rose to the occasion and met it with a will. Overseas Brides Obstetrical cases are, and always will be, the largest part of a district nurse's work, until railroads and doc- tors and hospital find their way into every corner of this province. There ny acquaintance. -when Eaton's catalogue and the mail ser- .vice failed, turned to with a' will, and with a package ot Diamond Dyes and the accumulation of flour sacks, neat- ly equipped the entire family with its summer wardrobe. The district nurse also gets to know who the old grouch of the settlement is, who scorns her services loudly when well, but Is the first to damnr for her when 'flu piits in its appear- ance in the vicinity. Then there nre I always people in a settlement who on Has Confidence in Sub. Admiral Scheor, German naval lead- er, whci declares that the submarine vill be the chief factor in naval war- 'are in the future. like the Scotchman in Ho arc a great many overseas brides up had bought a paper of pins at tl o for ho rs know the west as we do; who have later returned and claimed his money and back. "The paper says it contains 1000 and Scotland, where medical service pins, and it's 17 short, I counted them is as taken-for-granted as the air they breathe. They come to live in a little shack In the middle of 160 acres a mile away from their nearest neigh- bor, and .with the nearest doctor and Hospital in the Crossing, 30 miles away or more. One of them wrote to me: "Dear nurse, I have never seen you, hut if you only knew what your once. on my way home." (A Scotchman told me this story so T am justified in pass- ins it on to you.) In another case, a mnn called at the nurse's shack and asked, that sho come the next day to see his brother. Tho nurse wondered .why, if the man was ill, she wasn't asked to come at Late one night, I had just gone to bed, when I heird tho weil-known the sick man bathed and shaved iind clad In a clean night shirt, lying be- tween clean sieeU (a luxury DD'S KIDNEY A PILLS Photo shows government agents iu Waukegan. Ill inois, dumping gallons of confiscated walakey Uto sewer. This is believed to be the largest quantity ot liquor over destroyed at one time. Obituary Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Webb, thirty years of age, wife of Thos. .James Webb, died on Saturday. With her husband and four-year-old boy they lived at 515 6th St. S., and had been residing In Lethbrldge for more than one year. Mrs. Webb came to Can- ada from London, England. The fun- eral will be held from Fetterly'a par- lors on Tuesday, at 2 p.m. Rev. Gore Barrow will officiate, and interment be in St. Auguatln'a cemetery. Mr. Webb is employed with Welling- ton Bros. CITY AND DISTRICT P. T. Class Thursday Night The physical training class of the G. W. V. A. will be held on Thurs- day night of this week. Ladies' Curling Results Mrs. Sehl won from Miss L. Bawden and Mrs. Keith won from Mrs. Shep- herd in Saturday's draw. Lantern Lecture on New Zealand lecture to be delivered in the church by. the pastor, Jos. Christian J. Franklyn, on Tuesday evening next should prove intensely interesting and instructive to Canadians. The story of the discovery and settlement of the islands together with the evolu- tion of the governmental system that Is perhaps the source of the most cour- ageous attempt at socialistic legisla- tion to be found in any democratic country. How New Zealand is settl- ing the liquor problem will be dealt with by the lecturer, who has been a prominent worker in many anti-llnuor battles In that land. Then the his- tory of the Maori, who are generally regarded as the original natives of N. Z., is as charming as a modern love story. A description of Rotorna, styled by tourists "The gate of New Zealand's thermal region, with the story of the submerged town dur- ing the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886, is packed with interest. Then the trip from the boiling springs of Rotorna to the ice-bound fields of the south island, with Mt. Cook peren- nially snow-peaked, towering 5000 feet as an awe-inspiring background to the glories of Milford Sound, will re- veal the wonders of one of "Britain's Crown Jewels." A magnificent set of pictures will illustrate the lecture; in addition there will he a short pro- gram of songs and instrumental mu- sic. Muskrats have almost disappeared from their usual .haunts around Am- herstburg this season. U. S. SOUND FINANCIALLY WASHINGTON, Feb. Unit- ed States is now in many respects; on a sounder basis economically than it has been for years, Comptroller of the Currency John Skelton Williams informed congress today in what he described as his "seventh and last an- nual report." ONE NATION WANTS DEBT CANCELLATION WASHINGTON, Feb. of the Treasury Houston disclosed to the senate judiciary committee today that "one nation" had requested the United States to cancel its war loas to that power. demanded Senator Reed, Democrat, Missouri. "I prefer not to Mr. Houston replied. Recently published remarks by J. Austen Chamberlain. British chancel- lor of the exchequer, that such a "pro- posal had been made to the United States and refused, prompted' the ques- tion that drew Mr. Houston's state- ment. HOSPITALS FOR U. S. WASHINGTON, Feb. house today passed a bill authorising the construction of five hospitals for dis- abled war veterans at an estimated cost of FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE 31st December, 1920 Year 19 IS K'20 i 10.85 10.85 10.85 Population [Assessed value Exemptions Taxes Collected during Year For Current Year[ Arrears Total Arrears 31st December PY TX PY TX PY Sinking Funds) Nett INettdeht _jn Hand Indebtedness capita Due Prior "toTJflS ____ Tor Year 191S For Year 1IIIO For Yea r J 020 Tax Halo property Details of Taxes In Arrears 19..178.67 !DefiulsofpaynienTstriSink.j jMa'tur.'ofIndebtedness in arrears, if any! Due other than to Dank I 1321 I MEMO SHOWING INVESTMENT OF SINKING FUNDS IN HAND additional on hand against Treasury Bills due 1924. Oash in Hank Dominion or Provincial Bonds Honds of the Municipality llonds of other Municipalities Forward 31.515.82" 46S.S00.15 Accrued Interest Fonvard Less Loan from Bank Total 1920 figures subject to audit.