Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 17, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta
\ THE HERALU.'^v SHALL V.A.D/S BE BANNED FROM MILHOSPITAIS? One of Them Tells Ho%v Proposed Regulation Would Probably Work Out. NO LOVE FOR NURSING Out are Anxious to Play a Part in Winning the War- Danger Ahead. LIFE'S DARKEST MOMENT By Webster. By BETTY O'HARxV. THtS qiipstlon the , Xntlonnl Nurslosr As.^clatlon Is now brlnglnfr before the public in poncral, and Ottawa In particular. Our men are to bo waited upon only by trained women and not by girls who have had a few lectures Is the verdict of the Association. Whoso fault is it? The course of the St. John Ambulance is the only course recognized by the Government to combat with the shorfago of nurses, which is bound to ensue from the strain placed upon it. "If this course is only a few lectures, and it turns out incompetent girls, it is tho fault of those who outline the course and not the fault ot \ho girls who take It. They are willing to spend any amount of reasonable time and energy to become efficient If the Government will only show the way. These V. A. D.'s are girls of the finest calibre of Canadian womanhood. They arc unlvcr.'jity graduates and college cultured. They are girls who are willing to give up everything just to help. ^Vhen a girl becomes a V.A.D., she is then in the service of her cbuntry. She is willing to put any amount ot energy into Jicr work, for in all my experience I never remember any V.A.D. trying to shirk any duty assigned her. And that Is not all. She must pay her own carfare, buy her own uniform, and also live on a much smaller allowance than would be necessary should she choose apy other kind ot war work, for which some of her friends are receiving big salaries. Not that the V.A-D.'s mind doing this in the least The privilege ot directly helping our boys Is quite worth it. [f such small sacrifices as this were sufficient to win the war, how thankful we all would be. Many ot these girls could command high salaries in the business world were they so inclined, but'they prefer to don a grey uniform and help the graduate nurse, who though sl�e wears two stars and receives a lieutenant's pay is not always her superior In civil life. Does a military hospital require a staff of tmlned nurses e.'cclusively? The cases in a military hospital are for the most part surgical, amputations, nerve and muscle disability and paralysis, also joint stiffening. In other v.'ords, the average patient for the most part is organically perfect. Their strenuous outdoor life ot the last two or three years has made them hard as nails. The only illness Is in the part affected. If this is the case. If It is an open wound it is dressed once or twice a day by a trained nurse, as the case may be. It paralysis or joint stiffening, he receives treatment in massage or reeducation, and with an MO. to guard carefully his treatment, the average Boldlar in Canada Is thus competently cared for. Misuted Ability ' WHEN you consider those facts, it seems a misused ability to "* give a trained nurse tjie work ot sorting linen, assigning beds, making and giving the afternoon nourish raents, making beds and keeping the wards tidy, or keeping tho instruments and pans sterile in the dressing room. Yet this must be done. And It is this work which the V.A.D.'s have been doing, not taking the'work if the trained nurse as many people, owing'to their lack ot knowledge, of the situation, have Imagined. TJhe plan submitted by the association Is that those girls who are now doing /V. A. D. work should bo put into civilian hospitals, thiis releasing girls who are n'ow there, . who have'had two years'Of training. This sounds quite feasible enough on first thought, hut will It work out? The girls who are now working voluntarily in our hospitals are girls who have made a speciality ot education and culture along dittorent lines. Nurhing as a profession has never entered into their thoughts, else they would have entered a hospital to train. But when tho need tor help a'ose in the military hospl-Mm these tjirls unselfishly dropped the-line of endeavor they were'particularly interested in and went into our military hospitals. They wanted to help their country in her hour ot need, nnn it Is most unlikely that these girls will change their mlnda about their line of interest, and when the hour of need has passed and the war is fo'jBht' to a finish they will take up that work which they so un-seU'ishly feavo up for thair country. Another class ot girls found among V. A. D.'s aro girls who have all their life long reclined in"tho lap of luxury. They ha.vo. had maids to wait on tliom, chauffeurs to drive thruu about. This luxurious idle life thoy gave up for the tlmo being to take a,hand in the. world war. For tliesB girls two yearsrin a civilian hospital does not appeal, they are porrcctly willing to work Ilko Ti'o-^ ,Jans for t.ielr country and they do, � Tl^X. scrub beds and lockers till they i'vE Been APteiNTEP A COMMITTeE OF OME To ORGAmZE A Poy's CHoiR. Top. The church anp i waht Your SatiTo "Joim. i -jkist Know hp has AS\NEETV01ce Thc associations V/UL �e SPlemdid "Rjp- him -Tne Nicest Boy? inTown Will Belong-. tHepe v/ill 6e choir PBAcTice."Twice A WEEK- And - OH .THAT will BE LOVeLY!, ELMfP-hates IviUSlC,EKC�Pr brass bahps /^mo caiuopes, But he'll learmTo like it in Time, i'll SEEThaTHE Toir)3 whether. he wants "B ^' when we think ot a V. A. D. tils' her only compensation for hour* c. hard work Is the thought ot work well done and the satisfaction of knowing she has done what she could. The Carefullest Man in the World > -------- ^ By IRVING BACHELLER. THE Sprin,e'3 work's done an' dt's up to the sun-all the crops an' He's banished the cold an' sowed his gold on the flats in the the garden sass- medder grass. Le's raise the flag-a better one was never yet unfurled- But first I want to tell ye 'bout the Carefullest Man in the World. Kings are kind o' careless-like v.ith others' blood an' bone, But no one can, I swear to man! h.e caretullor o' their own. When I read about the German dead before the heated gims I fnirik o' the King In Germany with six uninjured sons. . I Each fireside has its martyrs who have citfier died or bied; The millions grieve for the sons who leave an' Join the host o" tho dead. But the Kaiser's brood is safe an" sound-it either shirks or runs- lie's tlie only man in Germany with six uninjured sons. The halt an' blind an' crippled line Its byways an" its roads; ^ Once swift an' strong, they creep along 'neath everlatsin' loads, An' some witli crippled intellects still hear the" roarin' guns, Y'et there's a King in Germany with six uninjured sons. Such caution in a fightin' man was never seen before; It stands the while like a lonesome isle in a mighty sea o' gcrc. The death an' woe ho recommends to 'nil the other Huns Is not for him-Y'ou bet your life-or hl.s unlnjiired sons. Each Hohenzollern battles' in a stcfl-clad limousine. When the big shells come he's goin' some on-legs o' gasoline; With rubber feet, hell-bent for home, the feckless hero runs, O! speed's the great preserver o' the aKiser an' his sons. They're like the bold jackrabblt an" other tribes accursed ' What hsCvc lightnin' in their sinews an' the motto "Safety first;" All clear the road an' stan" square-toed an' look with rested guns When the aKiser starts tor safety with his fat uninjured sons. While hunger starves ^hc German host, how fat the Kifiser's brood! Xo gizzards yearn with cash to burn or mind the price o' food. When the trumpet calls the Teuton dead in th"!! line o' crippled Iluns Just think o' fhe Kaiser marchin" up with six uninjured sons! Women Invade Fifiy-Eight Departments in Railroading In the Uniled Stales Thej) arc Proving Cpmpdent From Locomotive Despalchcrs to Watchrvomehai Crossings-The C.P.R. Provides Model fbr American Shops Ertiplo^ins Women. By REfiECCA DRUCKER. FEW industries have guarded ihemsolves moro Jealously ^ from tho encroachment, ot wornen than that ot rnllroadftig. Even in thoao branches ot work to whlcli women haVo long been admitted in other Industries the railroads hnvo preferred using boys to women. Tho tradition was that a boy who entered the railroad even as office or switch boy would aspire to become engineer or conductor or agent by Intervening stjxges that were insurmountable by women, and that therefore women would not devote themselves to their work with tho same application. On tho part ot tlio workmen thcro was tho well-sustained ol)jectlon that the admission ot women would mean the breaking down of wages. Tho e.\-pcrlence of tho past year In tho United States, though slight as yet by comparison with that ot England, has modified both these traditions. I have before mo a table ot tho employment of women by tlio Pennsylvania Railroad Co.'s system ot lines east ot Pittsburg and Erie, showing that In the last year women have been put to work at fifty-eight occupations, as against possibly a dozen ot the year before. There wore on March 1, 1918, for instance, 3,551 clerks and stenographers, as against '148 on May 1, 191"; 257 attendants in store rooms, tool rooms and parcel rooms, .. as against five of .the i'car before; 192 messengers and assistants, as ijeainst 19; D2 signal women, as against CO. And ot pioneers in jobs never before filled by women thcro are tho following interesting statistics: 5 Locomotive dospatchors, 2 Distributors Pullman spacer, 20 Draughtswomen, G Draughting apprentices, B H.immer operators, 3 Gang leaders, 1 Coal inspector, 5 Mechanics' liclpors, 4 Painters, 7 Power operators (electric plant), 34 Shop hands, / 13S Telegraph operators (students), 4 Switch tenders, 5 Ticket sellers, 6 Tracers, 2 Turntable operators, ^6 Traeliv.-omen, �4 Warehouscwomen, S2 Watchwomen at crossings. The more oljvious results aro on what one railroad man has 11-iuminatmgly called the "liousekcep-Ing side ot railroading." As cleaners ot cars, dispensers ot information, sellers of tickets, markers of bulletin boards and in the performing ot tho minor semi-important and Im'-jportant duties of the indoor departments the substitution has wrought no change in quality of labor jier-tormed or in the usual conditions of labor for women. On tho New York Central they found tho women dispensers of information by phone quickei', more patient and often moro reliable than tho men they had heretoforo used. The Pennsylvania has opened to women tlieir Philadelphia school that B license fee, and the paper bag I wrap your eggs In has gqpo iiway up in price, and string, a'nd-' wo;'k. Tho course Includes telegraphy, manual block signal operation and station otfico work. The Missouri, Knnsas & Texas haH opened four schools on n general plan similar to that of tho Pennsylvania schools. So that as men leave these jobs for war service trained women win bo ready to lake their places. C.P.R. the Leader UT tho admission ot women to tho sfiopa has required some alteration In the conditions ot work. Tho Angus shops ot tl>o Canadian Pacific provide tho model for all railroad shops in llio United States who are replacing men Willi women. These shops, normally employing about 1,200 men, made adequate provision for tlio admission of women, taking into consideration tho fundamental temperamental and physical differences of tho metliod a man and a woman may employ in doing tho same piece of work. In cases where women were employed nt machinery It was often necessary to readjust It to the woman's lowcf level. Scats were provided for work requiring a stooping posture. Measures ot safety are taught them. With tho admission ot women to tho Industry h!ls come '.ho noccisity for welfare work, and In this the Angus shops showed a liigh degree of enlightenment. Retiring rooms were built in a nuict corner ot the shops nnd a matron was Installed to look after tho comfort of tho women and to supervise in an unobtrusive way the per-sonntfl. Rest ^erlod3 aro allowed each woman. There is .a woman's dining-room, wlicro soup and broad are furnished at cost, and fitsilities are given them for making hot tea and coffee. There is a library and first-aid room. Some idea ot the varied classes of work which v,-omen are doing in these shops may bo gained from tho following survey iiubllshed in tho Railway Age Gazetti: Pleased With Result* N tho main floor of the machine and erecting siiops they were found handing out tools from tho central tool room. Several ot them operate milling machines and brass lathes and do otITcr light work in tho nianufacttirintr tool room. Several women arc also employed in tho electrical repair shop making repairs to armatures, field coils, etc. . "Bplwcon 40 and TO i)cr cent, of the irslde employes in the storekeep-Ing department aro women. Thoy were found doing sucli work as sorting small castings on truclts, in the unlonding ot matorlnl.'h from cars, packing material for shipment, checking shipments and doing clerical work, sween/ig and trucking of material. ^ ' "In tho locomotive repair department nt lPnHL.20n are engnrjed In the various taatis ot repairing passenger equipment and building new freight cars. "In tho stool shop, where the steel imderframos are ns.serablcd for fr'eigUt nnd passenger cars, women arcs used for operating ^rili presses One lyoung lady was noticed operating a three-spindle bolt threader. "Women are us'?d in tho truck shop tor operating drill presses, cleaning andosweeping. One woman was engaged in operating three power hack-saws. Forty-one women were found at work on the scran docks and in the roclamatiou plants. These women wore more muscular than those doing tho Indoor work and handled the heavy parts and pushed whpoliinrrbws with the same energy as do men ordinarily engaged in tills class of work." ^The Pennsylvania Railroad has gone the turihe'st and professes it-.w!f satisfied with the results. Tho unskilled labor ot men may in many HOW TORONTO WOMEN CARRY THEjr'CARDS One at Least Has Hers in Ba of a Pocket Mirror -> Lucky Thought 1 i ' MEMORIZING NUMBE Dreadful Possibilities Ahe When We Shall All Be , Known by Number. young men ^eslring fo learn railroad I By WATHEBNA. Ji. N a public waiting room the otl! ^ day I noticed a young lady gt\ Ing fixedly nt something In 1 hand-this something aeemod to in card of some description." It h: j handwriting, on It. Golns a lit,] nearer I discovered to my surpr � tiiat It was a registration card. N, ' why was tho woman holding It out! i front ot her like that? Yo Gods! S , had a mirror in tho back ot her cor ficato holder, and It was only t .� 2uthofJune. What may happen wh ^ tho rcgistra^n card grows oldt \ Doubtless wo shall seo It dished � i: in all sorts of ways-probably : � taohcd to a chain and worn nbc }; tho neck as a pendant, or brooch; jl indeed it may ultimntcly bocom'-. i; bolt buckle, or tho principal orr � j[ mentation ot a hat; worn as a wri' �r thttprpducers #ur of It and raise the pi'lcos that much moro. Of cpurso, tho absence of delivery fftcllltlqa in tho stbroa woiild some-tlmes he a great nuisance -to us, but then wo aro all putting up with things we never dreamed of bearing- and finding them not nearly bo terrible as oxpcotod. And it it sometimes happens ,that it would bo worth five or ten cents extra to have our parcel delivered, there would surely bo Homo kiddie glad .to earn it for his or hor Rod CroBB Funtl. How would a matter like this be. nceprnpllshed? By tho majority of women asking for it? Or would tho HiiijArlty ' of women want a "cash �nd cdrry" si'slcm'f Return of the Ribbon Hat ^ ,. QNCE moro tho ribbon hat Is In our midst In a black and white, with \ia ever present wool embroidery ornamentation, Tlio brim is faced with black straw braid, whllo tho crown and upuer brlmftro entirely of whlto rll/n ^ ^ ��T HOPE to goodness I'll not haj '( 1 to havo_any other number tagg'i on to mo for anything-I'm three d; ferent ones now. and that's as mu j as I can stand. I'm nearly grey-hea ed trying to remember them all. ll number '2041'-that's my telophtl number. I'm .also '538'-that's ;' number at munitions, and now t:| horrid long '56-and five otl.1 figures'-it makes ono feel kl) of like a parcel or. something ' go liy number-1 hope to goodni; we'll not bo known by a number > heaven!" i , Tho companion of the above speij or an.sworod blithely,: \ "V.'liy, that's what the poet tr:' �l to Impress on us long ago when 5 V said; "What's in a name'? Wl' )\ troubles mo is tha,t some day whi sbmeono aska mo ray name, ther a possibility that I may have cntii ly forgotten such a seemingly u.ni.: portaut thing and just answer , I'm not qiiito sure, but I'm eltl 387G,-|13 or 3!)-." , "t ahouidn't wohdor a bit If don't somo day como to marrying number and tho m^irrlage ceremo bo: " 'I number .'IG4591 take thee, nuij bor 211)--, etc' " -~1-- WON'T BE DISjSfPOiyT^D. rpHE man is contfliit to wait posterity^0 do him Justice v| not mlBS the blttor pangs ol dls poinlment. OIIOOSINO FOR hOOKS. ^HOEVKR chooses his wife for way she looks on the street dom makes a sorious mistake. HOW 'BOUT IT, DOC 7' ^ MEDICAL Journal vouches fo] this story: A dlntlnffulshcj surgeon, whiio making his roun.di through a hospltali was momcn!' tarlly dazed when a wounded so^' dier inquired querulously: "Sa* doctor, when one dootor doctorj another doctor, does the docto; \ doing, the doctoring dootor, th.' other doctor like the doctor wantj to bo doctored, or does the dooto^ doing tho dootoring doctor th! other dootor liko the dootor dolnj tho doctoring wants to docto; him?