Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 19, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta
O'DONOGHUE NEXT LABOR MINISTER Gossip Is That Well-Known Toronto Lawyer May Represent Labor in the Cabinet. WOULD BE GOOD MAN J. G. O'Donoghuc Is Good on Jokes, and on Justice, Too. ����si-,- t-^ff ravf*1",' worn] wtr- O'BRIEN IRELAND'S STORMY PETREL He Has Often Retired From Politics, Only to Return. Hy AUTHUIl 1IAWKKS. next Minister or Labor- maybe. An Ottawa correspondent has mimed him as tlio man to pull the laboring onr in tho next Conscriptionlst Government. Stranger things havo happened than that a lawyer should succeed a lawyer in that difficult post. Mr. Oo-thors ban not been a whirlwind of a Success in bis present office. Ho didn't want Mackenzie King's portfolio. But lio did want to be In the Cabinet. Mr. O'Donoghuo docs not Want It. either; for It is easier to be on good terms with organized labor if you remain where you are not liable to be verbally shot at than it Is1 In a place where, tho slings and arrows of discontented fortuno are suro to como your way. To have a reputation of being sympathetic with labor nnd to have been legal adviser to labor organizations, including the Dominion Trades Congress, might mako pome parties suspicious of what you think, and extra-suspicious of what you are likely* to do. But Mr. O'Donoghuo hns been equal to every Hltuatlon that ho hns been thrown up against, and if his country calls J. O. will go, an.'t chance the brick-hnU. But not ns a Iamb goes to the slaughter, nor as a sheep to the shearing. Mr. O'Donoghuc is Irish by nature as well as by name, with more than a soupcon of French In his makeup. Ono of bis grandparents wan French-Canadian. His versatility more than bis visage betokens that same dasli of Gallic blood in his veins. Tho subject of those few remarks Introduced himself to a great assem- TWO YEARS IN JAIL While a Prisoner He Wrote a Novel Which Was a Success. O' J. G. O'Donoghu* My as; John Patrick Aloyslus O'Donoghuo, and raised a laugh by the intensity of his Identification. Of roursc, his namo Is not Fatrlck, and it is not Aloylslus, which rhymes with delicious-I mean the way he Ituvc it and not the way it Is regularly spelt. Ho loves to display hi3 Irlshry-in which lie is like unto the man who bad so much modesty l.nat lie was compelled to brag about it. Urged Food Controller TO this guide, philosopher, and friend of labor a little candor Is not a dangerous thing. If it were you may bo suro ho would not bo (supporting conscription when practically nil the leaders of tho movement which pays him counsel'* feoa are against it. He wnrnts the conscription of wealth as; essential to n fair mobilization of man-power. Ho believes wa are going to get it. A few weeks ago John rat rick Aloylslus was down thoro on n, deputation which presented a war policy to the Premier, which included tho appointment of a Food Controller and bigger levies on accumulated wealth. Mr. O'Donoghuo has a Judicial mind. He has been on many boards established under tho I.omloux Act, which ho has redrafted for the Trados �Union Congress. .His work has always Impressed tho representatives of tho employers as absolutely fair-minded and suffused with that sympathy for tho less opulent party to the dispute which Is Invariably an aid to ultimate Justice. A man can joko, oven when ho Is searching diligently for justice. Mr. O'Donoghuo in good on jokes and Justice, too. Ho can admit a mlstako with as good grace an ho can tell a story on somebody else. He docs not laud hlmsolf for being free of prejudices-a species of solf-credit which nearly always belongs to tho highly bigoted mind. Mr. O'Donoghuo has not stopped growing, though his hair 1h silvering fast.- Ho has perception and common sense, which in politicians .'s tho uncommon sonso, He Is no Tory, I la is a Liberal, plus, In 1008 he run e Labor candldato in South Toronto against Claude Mucdonell, another NTS of the most distinguished and interesting figures in Irish politics is Mr. William O'Brien, M.P. for Cork City, whose retirement from tha British Parliament Is spoken of. , Tills is not the first time that Mr. O'JSrlen has withdrawn, from Parliamentary life. Hitherto his resolution has always broken down after a year or so. Ho has sought, escape from politics in all parts of tlio globe, During one of his periods of retirement ho disappeared so completely that oven his political friends had no idea of his whereabouts. Tho clue to his secret hiding-place was given by a well-known author, -vho, returning from Venice, mentioned quite casually that ho had seen Mr. O'Brien walking across tho Itialto. A man of transparently honest pur pose, inexhaustible energy, super abundant enthusiasm, Mr. O'Brien compels the admiration even of those who do not agree with him. He is known in the House as tho "Stormy Petrel," and his active and exciting career shows that he has always lived up to his nickname. A Journalist by profession, ho has been prosecuted nine times on political charges, and has spent more than two years in Jail, Wrote Novel in Jail WHILE a prisoner ho wrote a novel, "When Wo Were Boys Together," which was r.ifrrcnt success. This is what tho author himself says: "A few months' literary work in prison enabled me to earn a larger sum-over �1,500-than I had drawn from a newspaper editorship in eight years. They aro welcome to shove mo in jail again." It would appear from Mr. O'Brien's experience and other notable cases on record that the immediate proximity of prison walls is on excellent stimulant for the,,author, in embryo. . ... . When a "jail-bird" the member for Cork City went through a rather distressing experience. Ho Buffered the indignity of having his breeches stolen. The Government having cast him into 'a deep and dark dungeon, ordered that ho should wear prison clcthcs. This the "Stormy Petrel" flatly refused to do, declaring that he would undergo any punishment rather than don tho "broad arrows." In the dead of night an official stole in and purloined his breeches. Edited a Paper BUT oven then O'Brien did not give in. Ho still declinec1. to put on the prison garb, and until outraged public opinion and the persistency of brother M.P.'s brought about the restoration of tho abducted pantaloons Mr. O'Brien was "trewles3." During the Farnolllto struggle in tho 'eighties, O'Brien was in the thick of tho fight. Ho was then editor of "United Ireland," which h-t, hiia his life. To Sibert was assign* d the joli of building the, Gnlun lucks and dam, the successful accomplishment of which hi now numbered nenong the engine* ring marvels of the age. A .story is told of General Goethals which crcdi(;- of tho Dover patrols, was acting as Chief of tho Intelligence Department in the Benin Expedition in IS!)", he sufferud severely from tiie attacks of a peculiarly vicious species of mosquito, which swarmed in well-nigh incredible numbers in the dense bush through which the British fotce had to cut its way. Ono day In particular his face was so swollen and miffed up through the bites of those venomous Insects that he could hardly see out of his eyes. During the noontide halt a despatch was brought to him by a native runner. Bacon held the paper close up to his eyes, and then some distance away, but ho could not read it cither way. He turned to an Irish orderly who was standing near: "Read this for me, my man," ho said. The man shook his head. "01 can't, r.oor," ho replied. "Ol'm as Ignorant as yerself, sorr." DR. PAGE HOMELESS J)R. PAGE, tho American Minister in London, is housed in a qulto modest way (for an Ambassador) nt Grosvenor Square. Tho official headquarters of thu Embassy aro in Grosvenor Gardens, but It is non-residential, being in effect little moro than a glorified sulto of offices- As a matter of fact, the United States Government has never taken much lntorest in the housing of its Ambassadors, nnd when Dr. Pago first arrived In London, in 1013, ho had to find rooms nt a hotel llko an ordinary tourist. Soon afterwards ho sot out one night to see tho sights of tho metropolis hy moonlight, and while strolling slowly round Trafalgar Square ho was accosted by a suspicious policeman, who Inquired his name. "My namo is Page," was the reply, "Well, what nro you doing wandering about hero? Hadn't you bettor go home?" "Home!" exclaimed tho doctor, with mock solemnity, "I have no horns." "No homo!" reiterated tha puzzled policeman. "Thon who are you?" "Oh, I'm only tho American Ambassador," replied Page sadly. INQUISITIVE MP.'S JJOW extremely inquisitive some British M.P.'s have been of recent months Is revealed In an interesting little Parliamentary Handbook recently Issued. During tho session | which ended just before Christmas, Mr, Glnnell put no fewer thnn 809 questions to Ministers. Mr. J. M.I lloggo i=i next on the list with 600. It will surprise few peoplo to learn that the. man most frequently under fire was tho representative of tho War Office. Tills was Mr. Tonnant, who, when Under-Secretary last session, answered 2,111 questions on tho floor of tho House. Mr. H. W. For-ster came next with 1,085, Mr. As-quith third with 1,652. Mr. Samuel, tho ex-Homo Secretary, answered questions numberng exactly 1,200. Few. porhaps, suspected that Mr. Walter Long talked moro during the session than anybody else, As a matter of fact, ho heads tho list, having spoken 229 columns of Hansard, Mr. J. M. lloggo coming second with 219, and Mr. Asqulth third with 202. less powder patent to their Government years ago. His brother was the late Sir Hiram Maxim, but tho two did not "hit it off" very well together, r.o they seldom met. Some thirty years ago he marrlod an English lady, a^.d they liavo a beautiful home in one of the suburbs of New York City. good Catholic who does not revel in public bitterness or prlvato rail. If he should entor a .union Government thero will ho no difficulty In finding him u scat -.perhaps in Toronto. MAXIM'S NEW ARMOR JN spite of his tlireo-scoro years, Mr. Hudson Maxim, tho famous American inventor, is full of new ideas. Ho has Just oomo along with a torpedo-proof armor for ships which, ho claims, will mako the U-bonts useless. - His sentiments have always boon vigorously pro-British, and the Huns have never forgiven him for refusing to sell his smpke- Admiral Sims H1 WEALTHIEST AUTHOR pROBABLY the wealthiest living novelist and playwright is Sir Tames Barrio, who recently celebrated his flfty-Blxth birthday. Sinco tho war ho has subscribed generously to all war funds, and has, Incidentally, run a hospital "somewhere in Franco" nt his own expense. Quiet, very Scotch, perennially meditative, there Is a charm about tho creator of "Potor Pan" that is indescribable His stories aro legion. Tho following is worth repeating. A certain theatrical "star" fell ill, nnd his understudy was suddenly culled upon to play the part. The understudy, scorning false modesty, despatched telegrams to all tho critics and others interested in the drama, informing them that ho would bo appearing that evening. In tho afternoon Barrio was at a certain club frequented by dramatic critics. "Did any of you receive a telegram from X. to-d�y?" ho usUcd. They all had. "What did you do?" Thoy had not answered it, of course. ; Had Barrio re pi 1*0} "Ye's," said Bnrrie. "What did you sond?" "1 wircdr "IhiiuM for the WA�alog'!" THE RAILWAY O.C. IJMTK head of tho Railway Construction Department of tho British army in Fiance, Mr. J. W. Stewart, is a millionaire and tho greatest builder of railways in the world. A Scotsman and devoted to tho land nf his birth, ho made up his mind to seel: fame and fortune In Canada, and Inr.ded In that country with only a few shillings. Ho got work on a farm, and then, finding employment on a railway, acquired a knowledge of engineering. Eventually he became a partner In the great American firm of Foley and Walsh. From his quiet, unassuming ways It would never be imagined that ho wns one of tho most energetic and forceful personalities 5n the Empire, and ono of its greatest organizers. POTATO MILLIONAIRE |bf_R. J. W. DENNIS, who has been appointed British Potato Controller, belongs to a remarkable family. His father, Mr. W. Dennis, the son of a Lincolnshire laborer, Is now, nt the ago of 70, a millionaire. Ho started with seven acres. To-day, with his clover sons, he farms some 12,000 acres in various parts of England. Tlio Dennis estate comprises twenty miles or light railway and a telephone system which enubles all foremen to receive their orders direct from tne head office. The prosperity of Lincolnshire & duo In a great measure to Mr. W. Dennis' enterprise and I ingenuity. -- ^ ~-- - INVENTED THE TANKS rjMJF, honor of knighthood which was recently conferred on Sir William Trltton, managing director of Messrs. Foster and Company, tho well-known agricultural' machinists or Lincoln, England, for the success of bis creative faculty In producing tho famous "Tanks," has been well earned. It will bo remembered that when tho "Tanks" first came out many distinguished men claimed to havo invented them. Sir William Trltton's career has been highly successful. Some years ago he was sent by Sir George Glbbs of Magdeburg, in Central Germany, to bring up to clato works producing agricultural machinery. Afterwards ho v/as appointed managing director of Foster's, Lincoln, and invented the endless chain track as a means of overcoming tho difficulty of devising machinery for Iho ivnter-logged rlce-flelds of tho Dutch East Indies, AMUSED THE KING fJM-113 King and Queen had an enthusiastic reception when they visited tho Western General Hospital nt Liverpool recently. Ono man, who had been first wounded at Mons, told the King that hu had been visited attcT that battle by Lord Kitchener, who had said: "Well, well, bullet wounds don't matter much nowadays!" "But they ain't good for your 'ealth, your Majesty," said the veteran, while the King ami those around Mm laughed.' '� The upshot of it all was that the Germans and pro-Germans In the United States fried their hardest to wreck Admiral Sim's career, but of course without success. A regular giant of a man. standing over six feet In height, "straight as a dnrt and ns lissom as a hazel wand," Admiral William Sowdeu Sims is a splendid type of the American naval officer. Ho graduated with honors In 18S0 from tho Annapolis Naval Academy, obtaining his pass out In the quickest possible lime. Strict in Discipline IS hurry to qualify as n full-fledged naval officer, and so get away from Annapolis, however, was not, he has since confessed, duo so much to his love of learning ns to his disgust at the irksomcness of the discipline there, which, judging by his account, must have been Spartan In Its severity. Tho possession of money by a cadet, for Instance, was regarded as an of-fenco meriting expulsion. Smoking was strictly prohibited, no intoxicating drink was allowed oa any pretence whatever, and only one short leave of absence was granted In the middle of the four years' course. At Annapolis the future admiral he-camo known as "Sloggcr Sims," owing to his prowess at baseball, a faot which recalls the following nnecdott. When home on his ono and only leave after two years of moro or less lini'd work, young Sims was gently taken to task by his mother. s "I'm delighted to hear of your success in the baseball team, William," sho said, "but you must remember that there are other things in life besides baseball." "Yes, mother, I know," replied the young' cadet; "but, hang it all, I am afraid I'm too light for football or rowing." Might Be Better ^ " JJON'T you think you have a ffooa mamma to spread such nice largo slices of bread with jam?" asked little Ethel's grandma. "Oh, I don't know," replied the little miss:1 "she'd be.a heap sight goodor if (he'd y let me spread the jam myself,",.