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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 14, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOMENo^JHE WORLD-THEIR. WORK ^PLAY* WOMEN'S SHOES MAY BE CHEAPER American Manufacturers Planning Simpler Designs and Fewer Patterns for Fall. TO SAVE LEATHER This Will Be Done at Request of U.S. National Defence Council. By JOHN' J. LKAUY, JR. II' the manufacturers of this city, the largest shoe manufacturing �nitre In the world, have their way women's shoos will not only bo slmp-Ici' in clcsi.Mi anil fewer In pattern tlil.� fall th.'ni In any season for years, lull lower In price. Tho Impelling reason for th? change la a request from the National Council of Defence tliat tlio manufacturers simplify s I'ii'S generally, reduce, the number of lasts and patterns', so Hint the nalirua! supply of leather may be conserved, labor freed for other Industries and prices lowered to the public The roqtirst rnrac; at a time when the manufacturers are in a highly nervous frame of mind, conditions, thank.'-) to' the competition for the more varied, lines, having shown manufacturers little of tlio comfortable profits that wero possible when lines were staple and before tho craze for fancy shoes had developed. It was then possible with comparatively small lino of samples to so place orders that factories could be operated on reasonably full time. This has been impossible with styles changing overnight, and overhead expenses have, mounted to prices that would have been unbelievable a few years ago. Added to this tho constant changing of patterns and lasts, tho cancellation of orders after they had been placed because of some chaiiKe in demand, and tho manufacturers' lot has not been altogether a happy one. More recently men In off the road have reported 11 tendency on tho part of women to rebel against high prices for .shoes. So strong have these reports been that many manufacturers have been seriously considering ways and means of cutting costs prior to the acti in of tho national council. Tins demand for plain pumps and Oxford;;, costing less than tho high-cut shoe; for y. , lias emphasized tills demand mcthing less'expensive, and de- Perkins Bull Hospital For the Convalescent Canadian Officers is Largely Staffed By Women of Toronto HAMILTON HAVING FIRST BABY SURVEY IN CANADA Gicaloft Step Ever I aken in Dominion to Save Babies' Lives- Every House. With Baby Born in 1915 Being Visited-All Facts of Family Recorded by Provincial Board of Health. Homelike Atmosphere of Place Makes Sickness There a Real Pleasure. NOTABLE VISITORS Historic Surroundings - Small Dances Take Place Several Times a Week. monstrated to the satisfaction of many that the plain shoo is beginning to come into its own again. Local manufacturers, however, insist that they are in no way responsible for tlio high prices charged in some centres for women's footwear, insisting that it is not possible to get nioiu than a fair manufacturing profit on the fanciest of shoes, no matter what price they may retail for. They declare that the jobber or the retailer, who may buy direct, insists on rock! bottom prices here, and then boosts liown prices r.. high as the traffic will bear. In this connection the story is told of a manufacturer, who has been specializing in fancy shoes, seeing uome shoqs in a New York show window that looked familiar, lio asked to l;e allowed to look at a pair mrrked 56.50. "And you sell that shoe for Sfi.iiO ami: arc. not locked up?" ho asked the manager of the store. "Why," asked the. manager, "what's wrong with that?" "Nothing," replied the maker, "except that I made that shoe and delivered it In Boston for $2.85. If that Is not larceny, I do not know what Is." "Well," said tho manager, "wo have to live. And, anyway, wo can sell more of thoso shoes at $0.50 than we could nt $3.50. It we offered them at $:i,50 tho women would think there was something wrong with them and rcl'uso to buy." TOLD BY MR. MASSEY J-J10HK Is a story told recently byRt. lion. \V. F. Massey, Prlmo Minister of New Zealand. Tho manager of a certain big sheep farm over there engaged a discharged pallor, who was given a flock to look n !"!'�!. ".Vow all you've got to do," explained iho manager, "Is to keep them on the run." A run Is a large stretch of bushlnnd enclosed by a fence, and sheep have many ingenious methods of escaping from t'lolr own neighboring runs and so cei'.lug mixed up with other flocks. At the end of a couple of hours the manager rode up again, to find the air as thick with dust as though a HiniiK'jiid head of cattle had passed hy. At last he distinguished the form of his nii'.v shepherd-a collapsed heap jir.mo upon the ground. Surrounding lilm were (ho sheep, a pitiful huddled mass, bleating plaintively, wllli con-KliliTtil/ly more limn a week's condition lost. "Whii! the dickens have, you been doiiif,' v.'lth lluise sheep?" shrieked the almost ('rantic manager. The ex-sailor managed to gasp out: "Willi, sir, I've done my best. You told me to.keep them on the.run, so I hunted them up and. down and round, and now I'm Just deud-beat �>'sol�|,"v........ � A Glimpse of the Perkins Bull Hospital yiDKVIKW of Hospital where many Canadian officials are treated. It is surrounded by beautiful trees and difficult to photograph advantageously. Mr. Perkins Bull i3 seen at the lower left of the picture. Hy ADELK M. GIAN'ELLl. LONDON, .Tunc 16. WIERK Wimbledon Common and Putney Heath meet, within a stone's throw of the flag pole which was put up by tho Canadian contingent who came over for the coronation of Edward VII., there-stands an attractive country house extending hospitality to convalescent Canadian officers. It is tho Perkins Bull Hospital, whoso president, Wrr.. Perkins Hull, Esq., K.C., LL.H., is n natlvo Torontonian. Six years ago Mr. Hull came to live in England, and since tho war has kept open house, both at his private home and at the hospital, which are close together. The latter has spacious accommodation for thirty-four officers, while tho former has generally every spare bedroom filled with tho overflow, so since tho first Canadian contingent arrived on these shores about an average of fifty men in khaki per week have made their home there. In fact, sixty-seven Canadian-born slept under the combined roots a few nights ago. "Heathvlew," Mr. Bull's own residence, was formerly Sir Ernest Shncklcton's house, and tho library whore ho used to keep those inritru-ments which, guided him safely on tho last great Antarctic exploration, from which ho just returned last week, Is now full of the kite, of officers who have left this friendly roof for tho front. Tho situation of the hospital itself is interesting as its surroundings are noted historically. On tlio old estate of Lord Bristol It Is nciriiy Oliver Cromwell's home-and when the King and Queen visited the hospital one day, Queen Mary pointed from the window to the home of her youth: "White Lodge," in Richmond Park. "That is where I was brought up," she said. The Duchess of Westminster's house, now converted into a hospital for Tommies; Plerpont Morgan's English home, now an officers' hospital; tho residence of the Duchess il'An-goulome, sister of tho Belgian Icing; also Lord Dufforln's present homo and Buhver Lytton's old house, nre all within a radius of half a mile. About five hundred yards away is tho cottago where the notorious .lack Shoppard lived In the beginning of the ISth century. This daring highwayman and his contemporary, tho dashing Dick Turpin, havo been made the heroes of half .a hundred plays and many hundred ballads, and Fnt.-. ney Heath, the land around the. ..hps-, pltnl, wns a favorite haunt for their midnight escapades in waylaying conches, etc. Their bravado and tlovll-mny-cnre.. recklessness, combined with a certain amount of gnl-luntry, created nn air of romantic mystery which remains attached to tliplr names, and nil London and Us suburbs still enjoy tho numinous associations connected with the ox-iilolU uf> tho something mure-than- U^ifcini A Novel Picture of V.A.D.'s at Work ^�IKS DOROTHY' HULL, daughter of Mr. Perkins Hull, is seen on the. left, and Miss Phoebe Aird, daughter of Sir John Aird, of Toronto, is on the right. Note the reflection of Miss Aird in the window pane. Hy K.I .TON JOHNSON". HAMILTON citizens have always lien among tlie first tn re-rocnlze Mi" ii"_'.nl aspects of the bnby. During this pi'sent tncnth the Provincial Board of Health, assisted by tliw sun.- citizens. Is engaged In tic task of pressing more securely the royal crown upon tlio cherub lu.ois i,r the nation's babies. In Hamilton, Indeed, the greatest step ever taken In the conservation of the country's greatest asset-its- babb-s-is being accomplished by tho Hure.'iu or Child Welfare of Ontario with the cooperation of the citizens of tlio Ambitious City. It is by means of a child welfare survey-the first of its kind In Canada-that the Provincial Hoard of Health holies to accomplish untold good during its two months' occupation of the city of Hamilton. Every bouse which can boast of h baby born in the year 1015 has been thrown open to the agents of the Government. There are �,SflO such homes In tho city, and there will bo few closed doors among this number. Idle curiosity is not the motive of the 25 girls who are engnged in going from door to door asking the most personal finest ions about salaries, babies, windows and so on, almost nd infinitum. Tlio object is rather to discover at first band the prevailing causes at the root of the excessive death rate among Infants. Miss Mary Power of the Provincial Hoard of Health Is in chargo of the investigation. Sho says: "We expect to havo at our fingertips definite data which will be of invaluable service to us in our work of trying to save the nation's babies." At each of these homes a schedule must be filled out giving a most minute history of the baby. There aro 25 heads to each schedule with an average for each of four or five subheads- And It will take an hour away from tlio wash tub for the average mother to answer all the questions contained in these heads, sub-heads, and what not. The Questions Asked iltTOW many bottles of milk were O you taking a day during tho first year of tho baby's life?" asks tho canvasser. And the mother must sit down with pencil and paper and do a regular arithmetical problem to answer this apparently simple query. There's four minutes gone. "How many windows in the room in which tho baby sleeps." That's another puzzler. And there's a hundred mora of 'em. Hut it is not until the ngent asks the question about tho family income that the real difficulty begins. Some exaggerate. Some speak dlspalrlngly of their hubby's efforts along the money-making line. One grocer explained to the visitor that everything that came in was his, and he really didn't bother his head regarding the exact figure. He knew that they all got enough, to oat whether Ills income was $l,noo r.i M.oon he couldn't tell. In many cases there wns n barrier of prejudice and suspicion that thn j girls had to break down. Many parents resented the personal nature of the majority of the questions. Tho confidential side of the inquiry had to be emphasized over and over again. So far-and the work is half over- there havo been very few direct refusals. As a canvasser has to bo turned away four times before the Canada towards j voUn.a] ,, Emitted absolute, It is seen that refusals ore not wanted by Major John W. S. McCullough and his assistants on the Provincial Board o*. Health. Some people objected on general principles. Tile survey, they protested, was but another new-fangled scheme of moral reformers who insisted on minding everybody else's business but their own. As "Weary" expressed it In a letter to a Hamilton newspaper, there was evldenco on every side of this being a "regulation age." "An aggressive, tireless, and possibly well-meaning army of zealots," ho wrote, "are assiduously devoting vast efforts in time and money in regulating the character, beliefs, and conduct of their neighbors. There Is no end of 'uplifts,' 'surveys,' 'reforms' and freak legislation directed against the 'follies of 1917.' A breathing apace between these moral spasms would be a great relief. General Grant's favorite expression was 'lot us hare peace.' Thousands would join heartily in the sentiment conveyed by the four words 'Give us a rest.'" w but B1 ordinary horse thieves, were imaged eventually. Staffed by V.A.D.'s TJT to return to the hospital. It is staffed by V.A.D.'s numbering about twenty, under Mrs. Perkins Hull Patrick, matron, and Mrs. MeEvenue. assistant matron. Toronto is well represented, as tho housekeeper is Mrs. Ronnie, wife of General Ronnie, and Mrs. Melville Gooderham, Miss ] Palis Mngann, Miss Phoebe Aird, \ Miss Edith Ferguson, and Miss Norma 1 Smith are' some of the V.A.D.'s. While Mrs. Perkins Bull is president, tho honorary president is' 'h-ir Robert Horden; the patron Is Brig. Gen. His Highness tho Duke of Tee They both : and is the Taurus, from the signs of the Zodiac, surrounded by the Bull-woed which is similar to the Scotch I thistle, hut minus the thistles. Mr. �Hull has mode It n hobby to collect In jhls hospital one of the finest collec-l tions of paintings and carviipfs of the honorary matron, Miss l-'itz-j tho nm, interesting antique | specimens are in bronze, copper, | brass, and china, while original paintings by Ve.rboekoeven and Sidney i Cooper, It.A., arc valuable additions. Tlio hospital is delightfully nlry, with comfortable bedrooms of many windows, and these, too, show an ar-.jtletio appreciation of art treasures, .'.as the .walls of one large room aro (lined with rare engravings of Kn-i l'nlpon. "f which Mr. Hull Is very the honorary vice-president is Burg.-. Gen. Foster, and the honorary secretary is J. T. Ryan, Ksq.. son of the late Mr. Hugh Ryan ot Toronto, who .lives nearby........... Kverythlng Is done tn ere;;to a fond, having over two hundred prints by Baxter, who discovered the secret of printing in oil colors. The reception rootn is Interesting with photographs galore of nil our !mon who have been welcomed under homelike ntmosphere for the officers. 11,10 r,,�f n"'l an autograph album and small dances take placo several-1 coninlnn the signatures of many dis-tlmes a week, when Mr. and 'Mrs-, j tlnuui.sjw;d visitors, besides the King Hull always welcome extra guests'iin-Lleut. Hugh Wilson, anil Mr. G. P. Magnnu, Afterwards Mrs, J. T. Ryan, wife of the honorary secretary, gave a dance at their delightful house. FLr.a Collection of Paintings T't'-''ssloii of the autluifltlos. It Is an exact replica of frame'Und nil, and tho following motto run's'thereon, "Tim Hull hy force In field doth reign, but Hull by skill, goodwill doth gain," and Mr. and Mrs. Perkins Bull have most assuredly earned that goodwill .with tilth1 opeii-heai'ted hosjiitullty. Hy LACEY AMY. FIFTEKM months ago, a few days after arriving In England, I entered a large grocery store on Tottenham Court Read In quest of a pound of sugar for n special dish we were planning to eke out boarding-house ineais. And I was refused. With all the Indignation of one who lias just come from a country whore nothing is ever short I stamped out. And I have never entered that store since. . Hut I would swallow my pride and walk all the way there to-day, stand In a queue for nn hour or so, and carry .the. parcel awny with me if I could get so much as half a pound ot sugar. Also I'd pay treble the. 'prevailing price, . The sugar,. IV1, never have n chance purchasing', mid the price is fixed by the Government. Yesterday 1 ate. gooseberry pie, and If there was sugar In it ihe fact was skilfully cMiecnledi. This morning I drank my tea without sugar. Last night for dinner my "sweet." course was sweetened with dates, and I have learned In these inconvenient times that marmalade made with dates instead of sugar, Is one of the palatable dishes, On Saturday 1 paused^before an antique shop near Bdgeware road to Investigate the cynosure of n crowd. There, In the midst of the clutter of the average English, window disoluy, was a Spoilc sugar bowl full of loaf sugar. And we all gazed in awe. A theatrical manager has solvod his individual problem by sending complimentary tickets to his grocer. A Bromley bookseller advertises books cheap for sugar. Whist drives with sugar tor prizes are over-patronized. At Christie's Red Cross Sale u hag of sugar completely overshadowed the works of Rubens and the King's bronze sacrificial bowl of the Chow dynasty. Charity raffles for bags of sugar are more popular than illicit officers' dances. In the Savoy tho waiter gum-shoes up behind your chair to elicit in a whisper, your preference in coffee. If you take sugar he delicately deposits on your saucer a tiny sqiiaro tho size of an easily-taken pill. If you don't his sigh of relief is your reward. In lea-rooms n scunowhat. similar procedure is followed, but there everyone takis sugar-and pockets it for future use. At first you only had to spend fifty cents for wares yoti didn't need to get the pound of sugar you did. Then, storage spneo for unnecessarles running out in tin- average home, protest was made and the grocer was prohibited from making conditions. But he needn't sell you at all. So now nil that is necessary is a swe*t smile, the proper humility, membership In tho To Save Babies' Lhres HY Hamilton was chosen in preference to other Ontario cities and towns as the place in which the survey should be made was explained by Miss Power. She stated that Hamilton had always been foremost in baby welfare work, and tho invitation to conduct a survey there had been made fcy tho Hamilton Baby Welfare Guild. Chiefly, however, the reason for the choice was because the city presented an ideal opportunity for tho experiment. It was large enough for the survey to be conclusive, and yet not too larg. stores-and not a pound of sugar for anyone. The other day a kind Canadian' friend sent me a halt pound of sugar -the parcel cost sixteen cents-and it' reached ttie. A Canadian woman keeping house In Kngland on the anticipation 6f five pounds sent by mall hy nn Indulgent mother wasn't so for. tunate. Probably the Government required'that five pounds for the confectioner or tho brewer. By' Government riiUrig' tliey haVfl out lis down to one and five-sevenths ounces'n'day-try It and see'what it tastes like-but moet of us never see enough together to weigh on anything same club ami church, on e.\cluuigc of but a chamist's sculc* ;