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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 10, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta Blondin JumlMtp Cabinet Through Hoks in the " Hit WeU'Remembered Identification of These Holes Has Been the New Postmasier-CeneraVs Sole 'Contribution'to Cana- , dian Hisior}^ and to Our Imperishable Orator]). MR. STKA.D wi'ote a long series of most brilliant chiixnctw sketches In the eai-Ij- days at the Review of Reviews with this iselr-tmposed canon' before tiim-that "he; would trj' to depict his subject ns be appeared to himself at Ws Best, and not as lie appeared to his enemies at his worst It was a terribje standard to live up to. ^-Ivld though Uie Stead Imagination arid abounding as the Stead charity was. (If you tWnlc Ml". Stead was anyOiIng but the Breatest-liearted. most loving: lover of his kind you don't know the first thing about a heroic, unselfish nobleman.) To describe most, famous men as they seem to themselves- well, what a stock of aureoles would have to bo stored in fhe literary cup-hoard and what a line - of bitter disappointments you would have to draw upon! ' � m this series of inoditations Mr. Bhmdtn Is like David Thompson, the greatest land geographer whom any J oeimtry haa produced. He Is per-Mnally unknown to the writer. There . In this difference, though-David ThoiniMon has been dead sixty years, and Mr. Blondin Is very much olive. Hold! Perhajn there Is a mistake )>ere. lAst September, on a boat, away down the 8t Lawrence, the pwHengers Included Mr. Blondin and a " very hnmble individual. There was a greetlns, such as had never been exchanged at Ottawa. You know tke tetiluK when you meet in Plcoa-ec, demonstrated afresh by the apotheosis of Mr. Blondin, would 'be the screaming comedy of the war. It must make the angels weep to see-the first Frencji place occupied by a politician-'-whom meet of his oompatrlots regard afi oiie who sold them for clover, and the second place and the third place filled likewise. The blame for that belongs to the utterly de-gpraded idea of "poUtics" which has The Director of National .Service in Britain a Strong Character. IS A MAN OF ACTION Means What He Says When He Promises to Use Force If Necessary. _/^x^ i*-^.-iii.^-K^i '^^^ among ua and ^^^:^^^^^^^^^i^tai>t^^ ae statesman TX unobtrus^Tje, first, as. Depjjty- wmi.a _ Speaker; then .aErWB^tatcf^-;^ Rejrenu^.-taad'tlien'as 'Secretary, pi' State. Now be; is" Posfiqastef-Qen-. eraJ, with tbe'blnrest patronage of them all,' "What does he think of Umaelf? What,does.Bourassa tlilnK of him? How about Paul lAmarche, ^o was left to ti-ead the Nationalist winepress alone? "WTiat sort of an Imperialist benediction does Sir George Foster pour upon him? Does the Prime Minister seek an otherwise thorny couch, seriously reflecting on the Nationalist triumvirate which/ now speaks for French Canada.!a,a Cabinet which Is British, BriUsh, and then British some more? Does Mr. Blondin, at his best, appear to himself as a saint Illuminate, or as a sinner repentant? If the latter, who shall begrudge to him the fattest Jo*), and the crowd Of �upplianta which ever attends'' the Big Postman's progress. There ,is a purgatory In office; you know, and a Ministers candtid; friends usually see that he becomes thoroughly acquainted with the furniture thereof, especially the distorting mirrors. Mr. Blondin has had four 'offices In five years-a species of British liberty trtricb he achieved by leaping through the holes that were shot In the British flag by his compatriots before he was bom, and the identification of which. In the manner aforesaid, has to date been Mr. Blondin's contribution to Canadian history and to our Imperishable oratory. There Is repentance and repentance. -The Scriptural kind, which all men reverence. Is associated with sackcloth ana ashes. 'What makes the Blondin � brand a Utile rough on the swallow is that It is associated entirely with morocco-bound port-.'''foUos and a blazing hearth in the "�/jijUB^vJn brock Only a very honest :\ iiiaa jcould carry a load of grief and a ''� buMen ~ of emoliBiient at the same � time.--''Theiemolument Is:so apt .to ov�whiU!tfV-the'grief'thattliB ^' tor* does not get a fair idea of their Jnterchanseablllty. I* TbertelllDQuefrec~later6�tin�.s^ ih'ftJie electloneerer. Bloadin's Convcrnon vr/|0'eal for voluntary service foils to evoko sufficient response. There is a directness about this warning which is reminiscent of his late father's methods. It le certain that, before he accepted the post, he got a pretty free hand from Mr. Uoyd George and Ills colleagues of the "War Cabinet. There con be no question but that he means what he says-in that way he is his father's own son. And as-'he Is likely to mean by the expression, "sufllclent response," a response by practically the whole nation. It Is quite on the cards that, In a few weeks' time, we shall see compulsory National Service Inaugurated. He is now trying out voluntary Nat tional Service In much the same way (but with a shorter time allowed for the trial) as voluntary ettllstn>ent was tried out under Lord Derby's scheme. If there Is any considerable number of ^on-responslves," as there as In the inatter of enlistment, we shall then Me Industrial conscription super-added to military conscription -three years ago anyone who had predicted such a state - of affair* would have been deemed a lunatic! The post of Dlrectior of National Service was accepted by Mr, Neville Chambertaln sorely against his own Win. fflte was (liord jMayor of-Blr-in|iBBB��4*fJ�eii Mr:,?lioyd .a�rr�e, |ient for bim tb ujf� 4� oc^ptinee rtatter \p htfei ai)oiit a couple �t hotirs before he announced his appointment la the House of Cotn'tnons. But with the 'War Cabinet holding the.reins, the British, qoach, moves fast In these days. Not only was he Birmingham's Ijird Mayor for the second succesiive year-and in that office'-he had won golden opinions- but' he had been Instrumental in starting many schemes, notaibly municipal bank, ha,ving for their object the more efficient organization of Birmingham's resources for war purposes, and he was naturally desirous of watclilng over these. Moreover, It was a severe wrench to him to leave Blrraingham-^though he still returns to that city from Saturday to Monday, when possiWe-where his home and work alike lie, and take u his abode' In London. � Location and Staff HOWETVPK, Mr. Lloyd George put the matter to him in sach a . Mr. Neville Chaviberlain. Amicable A^justmem^ of AW^ the Nalives~~iVToie iFestern Pi>^. ti genial ot meii,. hi�:ii; irriip-^ like of any sort �r protenal()n, re-gardltig whtch an. Wuslnir stti^y'W; NB by one' the pioneers of 'Western" Canada, the men who made the early history of the great lone land, are passing, and sodn. the ever-weakening human link [.which connects us of to-day with tho:^e grand, men and women of the rtxtles and tfie' seventies will rHave btsW severed tbrever. ' -' ��The Rev. "Dr.� J6hn Chantler Mo-Do.tigall, who.has Just completed his loiig pilt;rimdge on earth, 'stands out a^iinst t^e mighty backfrrqund of the past OS one '(tf the noble characters of the Great North.-West. He first � , i came in 1880, when his father. Rev. food supply. Tnily �� Herculean ^. ^^^^ MoDougall. was sent by the tasl? �� ?fe" >� \^ Mfithodlst Church to Norway House, man! But the more ^gigan.tlc ^the-^A- j^^^ wi,,,pe^, ^ missionary to task, the greater the chance. , Artd those who know Mr. Neville Chamberlain best are sanguine that, among those charged with administrative w-ork' of the most testing kind jiT those fateful days, he will make for' himself a name second to none; It Is significant, by the way, in'view of the tact that the. members of the War Cabinet (with the exception of Mr. Bonar Law, who is leader of the House of Commons) will be'almost ^wholly absent from the Pa.rllaRientary scene, that Mr. Neville Chamberlain is not" to have a seat In Parllanieht at all. ; , A man "diligent In deliberation, un. sparing of attcntton to all rftlerant details, ..ready to weigh any .honest suggestion, and to discuss any real difficulty, before making up hismind;' yet prompt to decide, inf^kitiie'.in maintaining a decision 'once..taken, and intoienint of talk when the hour for action has struck; preferring t*at his win siiduld prevail by coBcHlatlon, yet deterintned that, by whaterei^ methods. It shall prevail; iW' eXtMil-tton. clear,'distinct, and pwsnaalve dtsdalQfm io^betorlc, ra^i^lea^ o| fein-. IriMUclnikj of V. ri'ljerlain seemed, to eralitles? the d: main late father ------ 'VInce, for long associated with tliem both in public work, and himself no meant Judgc'of 'men. From which It wouId' 'appear: that Mr. 'Uoyd � George hasChosen *asely and well lii. choosing the occupant of the most pnsrous post that he;had In Ms gift Lake tjle ftadlans. A year later father and son pushed further Port Pitt, where John, aged 19, shot his flTS* buffalo, and had his -first fexpertehces with the Stoneys, Blackfeet, and Sarcees. At this time Johii Mct>6ug-all' was a splendid ftipire of a^'man,, a. swift runner, a dextrous rti^er, a dead shot and hod', a personality which, taken with his physical Attributes, won and held the deep respect, of the Indian tribes wherever he enr countered them, then or afterwards. John McDougnll," as he was familiarly and popularly known, was esteemed among the natures from the American boundary on the south, to Alaska on the north, and from l4xke Winnipeg to the Paclfie Ocean; They called him "John, the � Indian's Friend," and said he was"A white mini with an Indiain's heart." It Is nipt often giyeii to one mjin to be bom in' the' days when even good candles wfETe a luxury and to. live tp enjoy the very latest . Jmprovements of electric light; to ' enter a country where tWe only trails were . tho^e inide by the mlgraitlng. bUffalo; where';Uie' only means .of tronspor-_teubn_ overland wai Qie oiceart and slid, and yet. live to travel p^ the same-griaund ;oi�jihe ilghtninir eniresa iwhich is ,aapiplled. iwlthect the damage done, he noticed that, one of the workmen in a certain factory he yislted looked, weary, disgusted, and out: of isorts' generally. 4nd presently he learnt t|ie reason. It's like this." isaid"thV^ man to anot"n--T employe w'ho n,skt?d idni;,wha� was the matter,^"! got to bed nine and early last nlgbt'-jifter. avhard day's work. . _ Then, preaantly, the buzzer gocsj'and tip jumpis the missis, makes the Jtea, and g�'*'�� me jny breakfast' 'bave ; to.^ tmyel ,|for se'fe days without .fd, when 'a "musltrat,'-a-young owl, or even 4'oI*^'>l � ! �. In iSli's'^br. M'cl��jg^^ was super-iCno'uatek by the ' Methodist Church, and' tile ji^m'e, 5rfe�^ was appointed commlfaloner ^or /the puokhbbom and special commissioner for the In-dlan'y vIMpartnMiit., , �e was honored by th�i\tenfld�Bce of all the Premiers of Canada, and l�*en the '.Indians conferrM a. chieftainship upon the Diike of donnaught at Banff last attnjnMMr, i{, wiui.,pr. McfipugRli who was ct^^em. to in>ke all the arrongc-; menti^ifer tkit^In^laiiB, , i:0 " / '. WMite SkwM Books . IV lii'^Jhali^ of-SasT cftali^man-''of the-.Indian District, of the MiBthodlst, Church, Q' l*te years Or^. HcPougall has lived in the. city of'.CalgaVy; .where.he recently-undertook an important and responsible official positlbn- in connection'-with the' enforcement of prohibition legislation,'of whloli. lie was an ardent supporter. .In iVis. he was a candidate for the Proyincitti Legislature. Dr.'John MoDougall was the author of various deeply Interesting works on Western'conditions, based on his told. Seine time tigo he^was strotl:^. Ing through Wardbur street when hej^. rw�8 .very muo^ taken t�y a portrait, ho saw In. a seiMnd-ha,nd deale>:'s hop of an admiral* In full'unifbrni. He offered the dealer �60 for It, >Ut, the latter declined .to'aeii under Bit; and as neither yrtiiild 'give' iff^ the matter, the picture ,,ren'i�l^;*^o was of,a' somewhat bragging dlnpositlont, replied thai the portrait had jiist been, bequeathed to him, and added;"lila the "portrait of one' of Nelson's admirals, an ancestor of ours." >"W�* he. Indeed?" commented Jjord Craven. "A month ago jie was with-. ,ln twenty-five poinds of becamtng. oiie of mine." >, �; - EMPRESS EUGENIE'S WORK THE Empress Bugenle is heart and soul with^the allies, and' showing her sympathy in>a.-ver^ very . day She > Ik. suggesting and oarrytw out :n��: schemes In the htepltai whleh- �he established in a*- large wing 'of her iipuse at Ftarnborouth Hi)!. sVo^' put up revolving huts in tlie pafiii at points where the finest views-sre obtained, .and when:t|iesc are oc9iipied.; by the officer fpatlentst she llkaqto^ see that they are properly ^ailjastsd to catch the most Of the supslilne. and the least of the wind if it't�' chlD.v. There arc tennis;cour^ 'in the grounds, too. .. ,,. ' Despite her great-'iige-she ypos �0 lost Moy-the Empress calla- at the hospital every morning to ihquLre personally of the patisnti if they ore going on well. 'She brln�s them. the latest books, and also punles, the working out .of whicj^ Is her own favorite pastime. The -wounded men" lookfpr her-coining; and;'she ^eavj^s. smiles and.'gra^tude behlijd iier Whsi?' -THE QU^'^XAb enerm6us nnm-ber of', redt'hep:..pyJi^e ^f/Kko^i public as aii indication that tlie cause is. a..good..jitid ..d^ervinj^ ..OM. The Queen .-knows this, Snd is thehe-fore specially careful not to-anything WASTED iROl ABSENT-MINDEDNESS T is aai|l that Mr. BlrroII, the late Irish Secretary,; Is the most ab-sent-mlnded -man alive; likewise he has lost more" jjmi]>rellas than there are days In the year. Recently he went out to a luncheon desperately clutching a brand now 'Komp." . . J '"This doesn't ,beloug|re!�ied sarcastically, "I may Also, be permitted to describe the epnc f the hlrdsf" By all msaita,"-aiiUd the censor cordially, v_ SOUNDED LIKE IT The; following story Is told of Mr. "Tlm'^ Hoaly. ^ 'During the hearing- of a case iwt ijag ago, In 'Which 'he appears^'a' rajiSfijig voice coming from an adjoin^ inbjmi disturbed the court. ."I^.yottiknoMr what that .noise-to, Mi-. If�iMyT'>.^rartipd=,l^ Judge. "I think."- yraa Mr. HeatVs reply, "It must be one of my learned' trionds filing BJiMfltovlt." :,H 'i PRINCE .6ETS HIS PARCEL QV1BBS MAR'T Mndii the I^UiiM oc Wales a- weaUy Jp�rael d little dellpaclcw aftOT tlfB^munjir^ any "Tommy'*' mother.;:'jftft'.^^j^BM, always had a sweet ;t�)^,,,,�o.'