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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 28, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, JULY 2R, 1017 THR LETHBniDGE DAILY HERALD Canadians Getting Plenty of Rest from Trenches Now PAGE NINE Cj�lJ..�.T.c.*U. IQIMTt, IMUI XTURES FOR SALE All bar fittings ami mirrors in the bar at J>thbrUle Hotel. Suitable for \unvh counter or restaurant. APPLY J. H. LEE ROOM K>. DOMINION BLOCK I Acndemic Public ;inil KiKli School Oratlcs. Depart M mental and 'M Marticiilation Examinations. L AOLLEGI Commercial Hook-keeping Stenography Typewriting L Household Science CALGARY, ALHEKTA High-Class Residential and Day College for'Boys and Girls, Young Men and Young, Women. -.RAIiL TERM eonunorices September 10th. Write for Calendar and College Literature. Uov. 0. W. KEItBY, B.A^ D.D., Principal-' Expression Dramatic Art & Physical Culture. Music, Piano, Vocal. Fine Art-China, Painting, Metal Work, etc. Canadian OvorHen* Correspondent.) Canadian Headquarters, Franco. July 28.-til Borne of the commentn on conditions hare at. the front there are t" bo found statements which Indicate a greater lack of knowledge concerning those conditions than ona would naturally expect after almost turtitr| years of war. Millions of letters have bean written homo by young Canadians serving In France and PTandors. The information in many of these lettors is negligible. Sometimes there is a disposition to draw the longbow, us In a recent case where a man far from the front, engaged In sorting salvage, assured his homo folk that between shelling and dodging liosche bombs, he was having a lively time, hut one got accustomed to it after a while. In still other cases of which I have heard young fellows In daily peril ignored that side of their life altogether out of a chivalrous desire to lessen the strain upon the loving mother to .vhoni their letters were sent. Notwithstanding these reticences and exaggerations, enough exact Information should have filtered through to correct the false idea that Canadian soldiers, or any others, hold their lines for long periods without relief or rest beyond the range of the enemy's guns. In the earlier stages of the war,~w.hen Germany's available man-jjowor was much greater on the western front than that of Prance and Britain, It wns necessary to keep the infantry in the front line, that Is, actually holding the trenches and liable to attack at any moment'of the day or night, for periods of two weeks at a time. In support, still well within Held gun range, it was not uncommon to keep battalions for a month or more. There was one period during .which all Canadian battalions In the line and in sapport were subject to all the hagards of war for sereral months, without any rest periods. Only the urgent necessity of those days justified the subjecting of large bodies of men to such an incessant strain. As the use ot artillery Increases and guns of heavy calibre are brought forward to smash trenches and other defenso positions the need for more frequont rest periods for the men holding the line increases also. Seldom now are they kept in the front line trenches for more than eight days. Often an even shorter "tour" is arranged. Sometimes an ontire.division after a trying time, is taken back to rest billets for longthy periods of recuperation. Rest billets are a sort of terrestrial paradise for the men who are lucky enough to spend a month in them. One is awakened there long before reveille by the horn of the small boy or girl who soils "latest Angliees papers, m'sieur. tuppence each.' The voices of women and children are heard again, and the voices of guns,' if heard at air;, are Imtva faint nimbl'ei in the' distance-a noiso Insufficient to disturb the nerves of the most "jumpy." It must not be supposed that rest \ billets are places where all pla,y and i no work make Jack Canuck lazy. He i is kept in condition by physical drill, bayonet instructions, musketry exercises, and vlatti to the rlfie ranges, or perhaps at the mortar or bombing school. He is Bl�en opportunity for shower baths, such as cannot be provided nearer the front, and, If specially fortunata, may even be able to have a swim in running water, or convenient pond. Whatever their rest duties the men In reserve or In rest billets have a good deal of leisure, and are built- up impldly by lorgolting about the front for the time; and bo-coming absorbed in sprtrt and amusement. Baseball and tho cinema arc the supreme .delights of our Canadians. They have also adopted the KugUsh idea of travelling concert and dramatic companies which vary the cinema programs by occasionally putting on original plays or operettas Many well known concert singers and uctora are in the ranks and among the holders of commissions besides amateurs of distinction. Tho concert company of one corps will occasionally visit the entertainment centres of those adjacent to it. There is oven more frequent intercourse among the divisions. The names of these troups aro delightfully conventional. Big posters may invite the passer-by to visit the "Tykes," which means that a Yorkshire company holds tho board; or to see the "Very Lights," or.-to accept the hospitality "Hum Jar�," or listeu to the "Whlz/.-Bangs." Much talent is devoted to the writing of original sketches for the entertainments - and everybody from the general in command down comes in for a bit of their satire. Tho girl parts are immensely popular and always bring wild applause to the young bare faced lads who take them, aided by the illusion produced by borrowing some feminine apparel from some friends across the channel or from the villago belle. "Ain't he a peach," Ms the Jtighest compliment which can be paid to a soldier actor who dons the petticoat. It may interest the girls at home to know that the cinema girls, though a poor substitute for their own sweet selves, are always welcomed, loud cheers and audible evidences of appreciation such ao one occasionally hears owning from the veranda when the moon is at the full and the daughter of the house is entertaining company greet the ladies of the cinema, and while they stop runaway trains, divo from tremendous heights or ride hitherto unbroken horses the war is a very poor second In the, minds of the onlookers. Sports are also followed with enthusiasm not only by the troops in the back area but well up toward the front. Not very long ago I saw a hotly contested ball game on a bit of laud subject to frequent gun fire, and on which the enemy airmen were liable at any moment to drop bombs. Sport has done almost as much as patriotic ardor to steady the nerves of the empire's Hons for the great ordeal of war. The recreation and sport organization services have been Incalculable value in making and keeping the men fit for duty in' lessening the amount of mischief idle hands are prone' to do in the field as 'Well-as at home.^ >, INSULT TO U. S. j London, .Inly -The Daily Chron- I lcle's parliamentary correspondent j describing the peace debate, in the j house of commons, says Honor Law's 1 military tone drew from Philip Sijjiw- j don an Impassioned speech which  called forth many angry cries of pro- ! test. "Characteristic of Hnowden's i perversity of mind," says I lie corres- ! pondent, "was his reply to the query, J 'why did America enter the war'.1' Ills : answer was, 'ask the capitalists and financiers of tho Pulled States.' This ; monstrous innuendo, so dishonoring to President Wilson, was very keenly : resisted by the house.'' I Co& of Funeral Goods Will Not Be Increased in Lethbridge In an endeavor to protect you from the big advances In the cost of funeral good3 we have purchased an enormous stock of high rjrncle goods prior to another advance in prices, effective June 20th, which places us in a position to furnish you with modern goods at exceptionally low prices. Your patronage solicited. Give us a ctll and we will Gave you money and at the same time give you a service you will appreciate. MacKay oi MacKay UNDERTAKERS PHONE 1802 THIRD AVE. & EIGHTH 8T. 8, OUT OF TOWN ORDERS PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO . ?1 ? �! t|� ?J� THAT'S THE POLISH' 77 SHOE POLISHES \Q$ -BLACK-WHITE-TAN- 10$ F. F. Dalley Co. of Canada, Ltd. Hamilton, Can. cKro'iii Our Own>on Xobleford, July 27.-The picnic arranged by the teachers and officials of the Sunday school came off on Wednesday and a crowd of over GO parents and children made their way by automobiles in tho early afternoon to the river bottom south of the town. On arriving there the youngsters were soon in the water and having n good time. Races for the children wore also run off during the afternoon, after which light refreshments were served. A baseball match between the ladies and gentlemen took place in the evening and there is no one who is prepared tp say just what the exact score wag, as all had a different figure a.nd even the umpire when he, gave one wai threatened with a ducking in rite river by the ladies so naturally he said notru ing, so there you are. After this excitement a start w^19 made for home, where all arrived fairly well tired about 8 o'clock. The ladies of the village and likewise the gentlemen who are interested are reminded that the regular monthly meeting ot the Red Cross Society will be held In the Nobleford school hotiso next Wodnosday tlje lat of August. All are urged to attend this meeting, which will commonoe at 8 p.m. Notices have been posted in tho village that tho elevator belonging to the Alberta Farmers Co-operative Elevator Co. will be closed all next month. Tho Rev. W. C. and Mrs. Marsh passed through hero on Wednesday on their way to Saskatchewan where Mrs. Marsh is going to pay a visit so as to got her health restored from her recent severe illness. Work has been commenced op the now elevator that is being erected for tho United Grain Producers.. The" foundations are all in and by the' time that tho crop is. ready the elevator will be open for business. This elevator will give us a line of 5 uJl reiujy for work. The hulk ot last season's crop has now been shipped from here and the elevator men are getting ready to handle another large crop this year,' The farmers of this district'have received notice that there >y,JU .bp H meeting hold at BaronB on Saturday afternoon to discuss tho price ol wjioat and the government's action in fixing o price. It is expected that there will be a large attendance frbjn these pa,r'ts. '. ... Ope of our bachelors ban just . point oj ihipmtnt Sub/ft to chant* without notict WHY DOMINION TIRES ARE GOOD TIRES DOMINION TIRES present four features that make them distinctive in Canadian tire construction:*- First-�n Economy in greater mileage. S6C0Ad-in Pleasure -in smoother riding. Third -m Convenience -in freedom from tire troubles. Fourth- in Satisfaction -in having tires that give such service. DOMINION "NOBBY TREADS" are the most economical in the end, just as they cost more at first. They are "the Aristocrats of the Road" as far as smoothness and comfort are concerned; are as nearly puncture-proof as any tire can be, and give a mileage that sets the long-distance record for Canada. DOMINION "CHAIN TBEADS" with their anti-skid cup-shaped links, are worthy of a place on any car, no matter how luxuriously appointed. In their price class, they are the recognized leaders, and acknowledge no superior at any price, except Dominion "Nobby Treads". DOMINION TIRES are always the best tires to buy. Canadian Consolidated Rubber Coi limited HEAD OFFICE  MONTREAL � SERVICE STATIONS THROUGHOUT CANADA ;