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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta THE OLD-FASHIONED WOMAN AND THE BIG REGISTRATION She Registered Over 300 Folks and She Learned Some Curious Things About Nationality and Sich Like-James Says the Hardest Part of Her Work Is Ahead, Keeping the Secrets. By ANNIE GRAY BUTCHEft-,t:N .lames heard tliat the Government wns ETotllri' up a cnnip-ilsn to find out alt ti:>cj:;t people's pilvate attnlrs, he snld ils':t '"Irniirlit that that was a Job for v.o:!'.c:i. He thought I ought to vol-i:i:toc:-. He said I was blest-I think l;o s.-.M "'ilest"-with unusual quali-i'lratior.3 for that kind of work. Ho 5.ild rd have a chance to n-sk questions for a week, and he knew I'd have a grand time. So mo and another woman went to see the man that appolntiii' the assistants. He asked us where we'd like to work- Wo tolJ him we'd like to get Into some plnce where we'd learn something, so says he, r.atiiral, "Go Into a school." Tint :>ttcr talkin' to us a while, he said he liiought a police statlcjji was tho filacG for us. We explained that wo ivas after experience. We wanted to work some place where we'd get � nomothing worfu carryin' away with ti.s. So he raid we'd better so Into a bank. There was more worth carry-,',n' away In a bank than any place he knew of. On that account, we arranged to go Into a bank. Before we started work, our deputy had us over to her WJuse to learn all about fillin' out the rcslstra.tlon cards. She said that we had to ask a wo;nan her name first and then her �ige- I think It them questions was (irranged In the order of their Importance, we'd ask her age first. A woman's age'is more Important thaii her name any day, and besides It's always wise to tackle the worst part of a Job at the.beginning. While a woman had to tell her age, she didn't liave to state what year she was born In like a man did. It.w|js a wise man that doped that out, whoever ho was. It gave a woman a sort 'pt �lidlng Ecale of truth that she needs in such mp,tters-all the women tliat was bom In 1S7S ain't forty. No by no means, they aint- Some of them's eighty, and some of them's eighteen. The Effect of Marriage THEN she said we had to be awful careful about the question of nationality. She said In this case a married woman's nationality was her Husband's nationality. Don't that beat all? I knew that gettln' married changed your name, and your disposition, and your opinion of men, and a lot of other things, but I didn't thlnlieu had a .�'peclal delivery letter for the parly on board. Again, what would yi^u do? What would you say? Well, hero Is elshteen-year-old Doris Beaumont, of Stalnca, England, who Is doing that very thing and appears to enjoy it. She has been appointed'postglrl by the Postmaster-General and is starting on her morning trip up the river Thames with her b.ig of mail. 500 Women Conductors Make Good On New York Street Cars They Have Been on tJ^e Job Since Last December and Have Been Found Successful in Every Wny-They are Qompelent, Like the Work, and Have No Trouble at All. H W" ITH the appearance of woman conductors on Toronto street cars as something to be looked for any day now. It Is interesting to find that there are now 500 woman conductors on New York street cars, and that they are making good just as women have made good in this work in the Old Country and In France, where the women also are motormen. A New York correspondent gives this account of the experiment there: Ever since last Decen\ber, when the first women conductors. In smart uniforms and becoming caps, made their appearance in chsfrge of New York street cars, men and women-who feel called upon to regulate the affairs of the universe have had a new and fascinating channel in which to divert their surplus 'energy. The question of women conductors T IREGISTERED an old blind Civil War Veteran. He was a Southern-jin,.o,ved important considerations. In the first place the sacred line which separates what women are capable of doing from that which they should not djb was being trampled upon and cast to the four winds. That �a woman should stand on a pla^Jprm, grind the cash box, press tho foot mechanism and answer questions, while enjoying the fresh air, could er. He told me lot of interestin' things about how panicky the people got when flour went up to ten dollars a barrel the first year of that war; of the lads of fourteen that were taken in the last draft; of the women who melted their pewter and silver to make bullets, and cut up their blankets to make underclothes for the soldiers, who fought, at the last, without uniforms, in civilian rags, sometimes barefooted, and with any kind of a gun that they 'could gat. Thank Heaven! our boys haven't come to that. Women, ain't you glad you quit pullln' the wool Lver the men's eyes �^nd started gettin' it over their feet, and that you're turnin' sheUs instead of heads?" I saw through a lot of houses, and laws, and rules, and people before 1 quit. There was an awful crowd of tellers-all told-In that bank durin' the week of registration. I registered three hundred and that was in the shade beside the work that some of the women done. When It was all over James said the hardest part was ahead of us. Ho said that would be keepini the secrets that had been told us. But he said we could always get some other woman to help us If we got stuck. INFLUENCE OF MOTHER'S AGE As Her Age Ipicreaaes the Average Age oF Her Children Decreases. According to these conscientious objectors the art of being a conductor Is unquestionably a man's job. These same men'and women would, no doubt, be shocked if they realized'with what amusements their efforts in belialf of struggling womankind are being watched by the \^om-en conductors. For the victims are rapidly proving their right to an Important place in the squad of war workers who are filling men's places with the utmost efficiency. Among the 300 women who "are quietly earning their living in this new and healthy manner are io be found giris from factories, ladies' maids, milliners, even an occasional mother of a family. Recruits aro by i no means largely taken from con- , . ^ . ,, Jductors' households. Several of the-T some"" c"a1culatlon-"37-I think.' girls are working for the first time. Those who are accepted are able-bodied, stout or wiry, as the base niay be. The work required of them is less arduous than that of factory life. A rest room is provided for them, unddr the supervision of a friendly matron, where they may chat and refresh themselves between run^. Women applicants must be over 21 and under 45 years of age. The women receive the same pay as the men-?18.S0 a week. On request, they may have a day off dur- By KATE KEARNEY. AVE you registered?" nsked the cheerful young Bank Clerk (not yet old enough to be touched by tho M. S. A.) of his vis a vis In the street car, a high school girl, �who was on her way to hoe hor Community Garden. "Because, It you don't want to stand in lino-" "Oh thanks, I registered yesterday; shall 1 register you?" and she flipped up hor collar and displayed a button. Ho hadn't a button! Well-then they both threw out their chests, and talked registration in tones calculated to Impress tho elderly lawyer on the opposite scat-till they heard HIM tolling about the numbers He registered yesterday. i! -it -b THE women generally gave their ages without hesitation; and most of them looked younger than the ages that they gave-a good reference for our Canadian climate. However, Rep. Reg. A. (an earnest youth) WAS overheard asking. Dep. Reg. B. (herself no chicken) "What would you take THAT won^n's age to be?" indicating tho mother of four children, who was departing, certificate In one hand, and the baby in the other. Um-well," said Dep. Reg. B., "Sho LOOKS about 3S-but hard worked women like that.oftcn look older than they arc. I daresay ho is only 33, or 34.- Sho SAID she was 23-and 1 asked her again-in fact, I asked her tl^'ce times to make sure; bnt i didn't like to keep on!" said Dep. Reg. A. plaintively. "23 Sklddoo!" said Dep. Reg. B., relapsing Into tho slang of her youth with a flippancy unbecoming to her year?, and a painful lack of loyalty to "her se.x. fr ir ir HEN there was a very careful woman who wasn't going to bo hurried Into definite statemcntB-not it she knew it-and then perhaps have somebody-"havo tho law on her." I in their eyes be followed by only one ; in,7 tho week. In other words, the result. She would immediately become "tough" and a menace to the community. Furthermore, they have contended-and one or two are, stub-born enough not to give up the fight in spite of the falsity of their pre-dictlons-a: woman is not fit'y.d for such arduous physical labor, and what would happen if any serious altercation arose among the passengers? com;;.^.;iy pays for service not for sex. Tl;o general Impression derived from talking with a number of the women conduclors Is that they are satisfied with their work and with the company'sstreatment of them. Many aro de'lghted to escape from the monotony of sedentary occupations. The average report Is "no trouble at all with passengers."; Electrically Heated Beds Are Now Used in English Hospitals H '�HE Influence of the mother's ago on her children Is dealt with by Dr. R. J. Ewart in an article In the Journal of Hygiene. ' Dr. Ewart'g investigations show that as the age of the mother increases the average length of life of her children decreases; the likelihood of the children having many children of their own decreases; the offspring-are more likely to be boys than girls, and the intellectual grade of the offspring rises. Dr. Ewart also points to the curious fact that as the mother grows older tho chances of her children being other than blue-eyed increase^, Whereas all children are born blue-eyed, the eyes of a certain proportion tend to become darker as they grow older. Of a large number examined 100 per cent, were blue-eyed at birth; 64 per cent, at C years, S8 per cent, at 13, 30 per cent, at 31 to 40, and 3* per cent, at 40 to 55. In children of young mothers this tendency of the eyes to become darker with ago is delayed. 8iax Of A MAN. BOY never considers himself a man until lio possesBos a. bunch ot kovs. ' �  - EAT generated electrically with In the mattress Is now being successfully used In some English hospitals. In certain diseases-notably pneumonia-It is oil great importance to keep the patient's bed at a uniform tomperature.N' and this is not always easy. The familiar water-bottle is "precarious," we are assured by an editorial writer in tho Lancet (London). It is obvious, he says, that any system of Intermittent heating is unsuitable. Various efforts havo been made to solve the problem by' the uso ot a continuous electric current passed through suitable resistance, but these havo failed for the most part in nnt providing for the wear and tear inseparable from bed-uslnp and bed-making. He goes on; "A successful solution has now been reached by Mr. H. J. Gauvaln at the Treloar. Cripples' Hospital, Alton, where two wards are now supplied with electric mattresses which havo proved both safe and convenient In practise even when'a child Is the occupant of the bed. The mattress does not differ In appearance from any other except that a flexible wire enters It at tho head end through a terminal which Is flush with the surface, and therefore not exposed to Injury. The rcslstiyice wire is insulated' by glass beads in flexible metallic tubing Incorporated In tho substance ot tho mattress. The mattress is dl.tferentlally heated and the heating element Is so disposed that'tho maximum warmth Is generated at tho foot end, less In the middle, and noneCdt all at tho head end. This distribution of heat Is maintained In whatever position tho mattress is turnedi either from the head to foot or b|de to side. The wires aro con- ,'iiccioa with a swltchboura on the v.all at tho head of a bed which contains a variablo resistance, bo that when tlio current is full on the temperature of the bed is raised 25 degrees to do degrees F. above that wltlcii would obtain apart from thfi healing, and this has boon found in practise to meet tho needs of the small cripples, many of whom are fastened on splints which do not allow ot the close contact of the bod clothes. A. fuse prevents the passage ot any current exceeding this amount. 'Several of the usual dltfi-cultics have thus been met; the tom-peraturo of the mattress cannot rise "How maay children or wards under sixteen"" More calculation. "Three-I think.'' Jlen gave their ages-then the month and day of birth; after which Charming. Frock for Every Summer Need ^^IIE right thing to wear for every cession of tho summer is often a mos difficult problem. When It can be solved by one frock the happy pos sessor of that particular dress knows real bliss. One such frock la shown here ready at the Instant for wear at luncheon, a, midsummer-garden fete, or for dining and dancing at any ot our smart country clubs. U is exquisitely charming with the filmy lace trimming on net. the D. R. almost Invariably queried the ycnri either to -verify the age, or to save nrbntal calculation. . ^ vo oupstul ot rain water, Shake tlieso Ingredients together very thoroughly and boltlu, ' Shako' well before using, and apply to the I iCo with a soft linen cloth, - Another simple method ot kooplni the hands white Is salt. Housewives, especially those who do their own. work, and yet havo a desire to keep, their hands as soft-and as white as' their loss industrious sisters, will find It easy, to use this remedy; After the day's housework is finished rub the hands fn a suds ot pure castllo soap and hot watqr. Then rub with dry salt, rlnso and wlpo dry. A similar method can be used tor whitening the complexion. Wnsh^tho face with a soft cloth dipped /m a : solut^n of puro castlle soap and as hot water as you can boor. Rub the face vigorously, also tho neck. Then rub the face and neck with commM table salt, Wasl/wlth clear hot water, rerrfovlng all soap and salt, then with tho lips of your fingers dash cold wat(?i' swiftly over tho face and neck. This treatment will not only whiten the skin, but clear it, as it stimulates the circulation considerably. '' Another excellent cosmctlo for the hands is lemon and glycerine. Take an equal quantity of lemon juice and glyoer'lne and mix well. It you make �a large quantity so that you can keep it on hand for frequent use It Will be necessary to add a fijw drops ot alcohol. The alcohol prevents the lemon from souring and lBtlt (re^h for an Indefinite'tltno. 'A llttlo rOse wa,ter added to Ihe-^ mixture vlvei It ^'jpcrfuma- ........, . --- ;