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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE January symbol of winter By HATTIE CHESTER Few people today, can remember the excruciating itch and sting of chilblains, but in my childhood and youth they were accepted as winter's curse. Today in spite of sheer nylon hose, the chilblain is practically. unknown. Were those past winters really as cold as they seem in retrospect to be? Or was it only the chilblains that them seem so? It wasn't because we didn'it dress warmly enough against the cold that the chilblain afflicted us. I used to dread the arrival of the winter catalogue order with drawers and black of the fleece lined woolen hose. bloomers with tight elastic At the first snowfall, -or at the knees that were put even before if mornings on over the drawers, which became really frosty, we had a buttoned flap at the had to put'them on and the back that was too breezy to battle of the bulge began. wear unprotected. When the drawers were The shoes we wore new, it wasn't so bad, for weren't made of flimsy, catching them at the ankle soft vinyl. Oh, no, they one could make quite a were sturdy laced oxfords neat fold, and draw the or high top shoes made of hose snugly over it so the good split cowhide. And bump wasn't too con- when we were ready to spicuous. But after a few days of putting on and off, and washing with good old Off With home made lye soap, the drawer legs began to UpoJ resemble sacks, and the IIB ncctu ribbed ankle was so large that when folded over it Work at Agriculture looked as though a large Canada's Regina research potato had been stuffed station suggests Hat the into the hose. unceremonious decapita-When the hose were tion of Canada thistle drawn up over the balloon- plants, followed by the ing drawer leg, the- application of a, herbicide, resulting limb looked like a may be an effective control relief map of Italy. And the method, hose were held up by If field, tests are supporters pinned to a successful, the technique heavy stitched cotton vest. mav represent a new and No matter how tautly more effective method for one fastened them on, they the control of .Canada this-soon began to sag, and tie, and a wide- range of dropsy set inrThis in spite other perennial the elements, we put set in. because our bodies were over these overshoes of All kinds of remedies exposed to sharply differ-heavy cloth or canvas, were tried on these ing temperatures, from rubber soled and closed by plagues, from rubbing cold, unheated bedrooms one or two stout metal alcohol, and camphor to where to buckles: turpentine and vinegar, but overwarm kitchens and liv-Truly, we had to walk a the relief they gave was ing rooms heated by coal mile or so to school only temporary. stoves glowing red. through the snow, or were One of my sisters suf- Whatever it was, the driven in horse drawn fered more than most of chilblain was our dread vans, with slick, cold us, and a well meaning symbol of winter, leather seats. There were neighbor suggested she try foot warmers that our varnish. She did, and next mothers -put small char- morning was firmly stuck coal brickettes in and had to the flannellette sheet. Npwraatlo glowing red when the vans The dictionary definition came. of the chilblain says that it But, in spite of these ef- is a painful swelling on the (1186386 forts to keep our feet hands or feet caused by ex-warm, we usually arrived posure to cold. But We To help keep the country at school with extremities weren't interested in free of Newcastle disease, numbed, and stumped, definitions. We only knew Canada imposes strict rather than walked into the that pur toes were inflam- controls on birds be ng im-building. ed and swollen and itched ported into the country. We ran to the stove or and stung until .we could For example, chickens and register and restored cir- have clawed them off. birds are quarantin-culation as rapidly as Perhaps we dressed too ed for four weeks, and possible. Then the chilblain warmly; or perhaps it was parrots for 45 WOLFF AND SON 404 Main Street CARDSTON PHONE USED ARNOLD VAN KESEL LICENSED TECHNICIANS A-l SERVICE SEMEN Ford Station Wigon Country Sedan FORD