Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 30, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta
MANY BUSINESS GIANTS WORKING FOR BRITAIN The Old Country Is Lucky in Having Many Big Practical Brains at Her Disposal-In Addition to Those at Home, They Came Back From All Over the World. M' U. RONAH LAW recently ns-tonlshod pooplo In tlio Old Country by his statements us to the number of business men now assisting the British Government, JIo claimed for tho Ministry of Munitions, for Instance, that it comprised "a body of business men more competent, I believe, than Is to be found In any industrial undertaking In this country." The Clothing Department of tho War Office has now assisting it "sorncthlng lllto 100 men who were In business before," he said further. And again, "The War Office havo had helping them, and have helping thorn to-day, men who could not be bought by any salary tho House of Commons could possibly give them. Take, for instance, Lord nothermere In the Clothing Department, or Mr. Weir, who has undertaken tho position of General Supervisor of Contracts." Many groat British business men are now working for the nation. Horns of them wero already familiar to the British public betoro they took Sidelights on Men. and Women mihe Public Eye office; others wero known as names; Hot a few wero quite unknown out-nido their particular business circles. Mow many people, for Instance, know unytljing of Mr. Andrew Weir, tho canny Scot from the "Iang toon of Kirkcaldy," who Is now Surveyor-General of Supply at the War Office Me Is the head of a big firm of Glasgow shipowners, Now ho Is a member of the Army Council, and by his Bhre\yd business methods is helping to save the country �1,000,000 a week, it is reported- The Chancellor of tho Exchequer has at his right hand as Financial Hoeretary of tho Treasury Sir Samuel Mardman Lever. To the consternation of politicians, he is not an SI.P., but ho is a first-class business man, and his earlier work at the Ministry of Munitions saved Britain "many millions of pounds," as Mr. Montagu himself testified. Before the war Mr. Lever-ho was not knighted then-was the principal of the biggest firm of accountants In the United States, but being English by birth he camo homo to "do his bit." Industrial Giants AIX shipping ts now controlled by Sir Joseph Miiclay. "You havo called me In six months too late, but 1 will do my best," he Is reported to havo said when taking office; nnd lio H dealing brilliantly with a complex nnd difficult situation. He was a man to bo reckoned with on tho Clyde - "What will Maclay do though?" his business competitors always asked themselves-but beyond the bounds of Glasgow ho was not ( well known. He Is often mistaken for Lord Morlcy. Sir Eric Geddes, who after transforming the railway transport service In France has now gono to be Contrpller of the Admiralty, has had nn Interesting career. He has been a lumberman In the Southern States of America; operated tho Baltimore and Ohio Railway; run railways In India; nnd was assistant general manager of tho North-Eastern Ralt-way till the outbreak of war, Tho head of the Air Board is Lord Cowdray. Tho fame of &. Pearnon and Son, the great contracting firm, Is world-wide, -and Lord Cowdray is its president. He hns personally directed tho many marvellous; engineering feats which it has carried through in Mexico, in Canada, and in this country. The Inventions De. partmcnt of tho Ministry Munitions is under the control of Sir Ernest William Molr, who lsi a partnor in the Pearson firm. His record of achievements Includes three Incidents: Was in ch'nrgo of tho southern cantilever of tho Forth Bridge; was resident engineer of the Hudson River tunnel, New YorU; helped In the construction of the Blackwnll tunnel, the Great Northern and City Railway, nnd the Admiralty harbor, Dover. Trade Directs Flag Is nn emperor of commerce. For some years he sat In Parliament, but Westminster disappointed him. Quitting politics, ho npplled his restless activity and business genius to wider conquests in tho realms of commerce, and when, at the cull of his country, ho took his present post ho was tho head of a great colliery alliance employing between 2R.00O and 30,000 men, and a director of forty companies. The new President of the Board of Trade, Sir Albert Stanloy, Is bc-lloved to have paid one shy visit to tho House of Commons since he was elected M.P. Ho brings American business training and experience to tho trade problems, having been for twelvo years the manager of electric railways In America before ho camo back to England-he was born in Derby-to become managing director of tho Metropolitan District, tho Central Railway, London, and other transit companies. Lord Rothormore, to whose work as Director of tho Army Clothing Department Mr. Bonar Law paid so glowing a tribute, is a man of great business capacity. He is president and principal founder of the Anglo-Nowfoundland Development Company, which Is bringing prosperity to the oldest colony, and more recently, as a relaxation, he founded the Sunday Pictorial, which has a net sale )f over 2,000,000 copies weekly. For many years, until he and his brother, Lord Northcllffo retired from the Amalgamated Press, he was joint director of this business, the largest publishing company In the world. Mr. Kennedy .Tones, M.P., the Director of the Food Economy campaign, Is another man who made his fortune In newspaper enterprise. Ills I strenuous effort largely helped in the | early days of the London Eevonlng News nnd the Dally Mail. Later bo j devoted his business experience to a reconstruction of a huge London store. Sir Alfred Mond, the First Commissioner of Works, whd commandeers hotels, tills,the parks, or erects Government offices as though by the wave of a magic wand, made a million as a chemical'manufacturer. The old motto "Trado follows the Flag" Is amended In this crisis. Trade directs tho Flag. FRANK BEER IS A USEFUL CITIZEN He Has Done Good Work on the Ontario Unemployment Commission. ROUND TABLER, TOO Came to Toronto Because P.E.I. Population Had More Distinction Than Density. H' By ARTHUR HAWKES. EKE is a patriot who is and a politician who Isn't. His character reflects the spirited ferment though nut the froth which belongs to .Ms name. G. Frank Beer Is often described as a prominent Toronto Liberal, and occasionally as one of tho Toronto Liberal leaders-a rare and modest npostolatc. There ate vnrying degrees of prominence and of leadership. Mr. Beer does not aspire to leadership. Nor does he covet prominence. Ho likes to show the faith that is In him by his works. Ho acts, therefore, where the public usually neither sees nor hears, nnd he does it always with tho most scrupulous regard for honor. That cannot always be said � of party treasurers, Buch as Mr. Beer has been. Mr. Reer Is one of the commissioners of tho Toronto-Hamilton highway -a concrete Instance of service which Is performed for the sake of the service, and not becauso there is publicity, or pecunloslty, or patronage In it. He colleagues with George Gooderham, a concreted Tory, if ever there was one. Ho fraternizes with Sir John Wllllson when there is something extra-Willisonian to be done. Mr. Beer was on the Ontario Unemployment Commission, of which Sir John WilUson was chairman. That commission performed a vast deal of meritorious toil-hard digging, hard thinking, nnd hard writing. For It Mr. Beer studied all sorts of literature, including reports on NEW N.B. GOVERNOR A BUSINESS MAN Hon. G. W. Ganong Is Also a Politician, But Not a Glad-Hander. ROSES ARE HIS HOBBY Except for a Little Motoring Gardening Is His Only Pastime. T TOLD BY JOHN WARD GOOD story is told concerning Col. John Ward, M.P., the hero of the Tyndareus episode, when the men ot his regiment, taking pattern by him, stood lined up on the deck of tho mined transport nnd sang song after song while the ship slowly settled down beneath them. When Col. Ward, then a sergeant, was licking Into shape tho raw recruits for his famous navvies' battalion, his method of Imparting Instruction, though not always according to the drill book, was simple, direct, and efficient. Once, for instance, ho was In charge of a squad at musketry. "This," he said, "is the bayonet boss, and this the bayonet bar. Boas and bar-you can easily remember that; where you get your money, nnd where f�U spend it." The sqTOd grinned sheepishly. But they understood-and remembered. Sarah Bernhardt, World-Famed Actress and Patriot JLTME. SARAH BERNHARDT, the most picturesque and famous figure, that ever appeared on tho stage of the world, in her most recent photograph. She looks' considerably younger than seventy-two, despite her serious illness. To Mine. Bernhardt's already largo collection of honors, medals, and decorations, another war medal of gold Is to be added. The medal Is a duplicate of decorations presented to Marshal .lot'frc, President Poincalre of France, and former Premier Vivinnl. The medal is a, commemoration of the. entry of the United States Into the war and was conceited by the. American Fund for French wounded. Mine. Bernhardt is one of the very few women to bo presented with the Legion Honor decoration, network in behalf of French war reliefs has earned for her a reputation equally as great as her actress fame. This is one of the (cw recent photographs of Mmc. Bernhardt who has just recovered from a serious Illness and is still convalescent in New York City. Frank Beer. Mrs. Helena Hill Weed J)AUGHTER of the Connecticut Congressman, who by her clever defence of herself' and her twelvo sister-suffragettes has won tho admiration of the court and all members of the bar, who followed with interest tholr trial for "obstructing trr.fflc". In front of the White House recently. This ardent suffragist took upon herself tho duties of counsel, and won great favor with the lawyers by Iter skilful cross-examinations, Mrs. Weed never studied law in her life, but Bho certainly made things hum some in tho Washington court room. Despite her strong defence, the suffragists wore adjudged guilty nnd fined twenty-five dollars apiece. Two of tho ladies pa|d,. the other eleven electing to solve three days in'jal!, lbs alternative. Mrs. Weed was'ono MAN WHO WAS CHRISTUS IN PASSION PLAY NOW SOLDIER Anton Lang of Far-Famed Ober-Ammergau, in Bavaria, Has Been Called to the Colors by the German Army Authorities. A LORU RHONDDA, the President of (ha Ifopai QovSEiWent Board, (byttjo Wpma.iv> .part*;ta, th� capital. 'l>ort Arthur, s, Immigration which It is not polito to mention in somo political company. His place on that commission was not fortuitous. He had given much at tentlon to tho subject of bettor Iious hit; for the poor, and headed the company which has built many excellent dwellings which rent reasonably to families which are the backbone, tho bands, and the best character of tho nation. He had his eye more on the comfort of the tenant than most landlords have. He Doesn't Advertise THIS sort of endeavor never brings out the brass band, but it goes into uplift as surely as water goes Into bleached calico, Frnrj� Beer is a Liberal, but he Is not u Free Trader. Free trado has been tho broken wing of the Liberal party in Ottawa over since 189G. Beer and the Bible are immemorial bulwarks of the Tory party in England- Boor and Protection are active ingredients in tho Toronto Liberalism which leavens the Ontario Unemployment Commission'' and the Toronto-Hamilton Highway Commission. Mr. Beer is a Round Tablor. Ho Is a Prince Edward Islander, He came fto Toronto because P.E.I, had more distinction than density in its population. He was in tho business of manufacturing habiliments which become quite visible only on washing days-a good line. He might have become very rich. He knew a way of high living better than that. Public service is Its own reward, oven to a man who knows that he Is no orator, and is therefore content, on exciting occasions, with bearing a hand at votcB of thanks. , Mr. Beer has just been appointed on a special committee, national in ^cope, to dcnl with the Canadian fish problem, with tho � object of giving tho popple nn ample supply of fresh [water fish at rtaassmble prices. Mr, liter's colleagues aye Mr. R. Y. Eaton NTON LANG, twice the Chrls-tus ot the Ober-Ammergau Passion Play, has "found his Gothscjuane," says a Copenhagen despatch to tho New York Tribune. Despite his unique, position of almost monastic Isolation, ho has finally been called to the colors." His name has been mentioned in despatches earlier in the war as taking part in the struggle, but these reports have been later contradicted. This one appears on the authority of the Berlin Tageblatt, whose news is dated Augsburg, Bavaria. The Copenhagen journalist adds; "Horr Lang has hitherto seen no service, though it was several times reported that ho was killed in the war. There were rumors that he was serving with a ski corps in the Vos-ges, nnd that he had lost his life fighting in the Champagne. But while ho is only forty-two, and many men past his age labored with the Land-wohr in the trenches, tho military authorities let Lang be. \ "At first the war did not much move Ober-Ammergau, remote as tho little � village has always been from the things of this world and wrapt up in its great religious festival, celebrated with scarce an interruption since the twelfth century. In the beginning Lang continued his trade as a cotter, or builder of the tile ovens which are part of every Bavarian peasant's home, "But gradually a cloud of sadness gathered over the village. There were partings-young men leaving for the front, and, by and by, men not so young. Then camo tho news of death to several cottages and the return of cripples. But the call for Kanoncn-futter (cannon-fodder) kept up, and finally somo of the Passion-Flayers were taken-among others, he who had played John the Baptist, and lifted the waters of the Ammer upon the head of Chrlstus. "The cloud of sadness settled upon the village. It became hard even to live. The peasants, never prosperous, found even eating a luxury. No one wanted (lie ovens any more. Lang found his trade gone. Ho made use of his early talent for wood-carving, and got work outside the village in a neighboring furniture-factory, returning every evening to his wife, who wns Mathildo Rutz, once the Madonna of tho summer spectacle, "Those who have visited Ober-Ammergau lately say it is like a haunted town, struggling to survive on its memories of the past. Thoy say there will never bo a Passion Play again, that the spirit of it Is lacking as well as the cast. Of all those who made It famous, Lang was almost tho only one remaining. And he, harassed, depressed, and lonely, was still nursing his dream of a pilgrimage to tho Holy Land after peace had returned. "Instead, he pas been called to tho colors." By WILLIAM LEWIS EDMONDS. HE lion. <;. W. Ganong, who w.-i< the other day sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Is not of tho type of man usually sehctcd to fill gubernatorial thrones, In nppr;)r:)neo he is what he is: a business man, being president of Ganong Urns., Limited, of St. Stephen. N.l!. For three Parliaments, beginning with ifii.'G, he represented his home constituency, Charlotte county, in tiic House of Commons. But although he is an active politician, never sparing himself when the interests ot the Conservative party are at stake, yet lie Is not of the forward nnd "glad-hand" type. He has got any amount ot persistency, for when he sets his hand to the plow, either in politics or In business, ho never turns back. lie follows the furrow to the end, whatever the end may be. Neither does be make a noise about what he is doing. Being ot a,' quiet and retiring disposition he prefers to keep pegging away without tooting his horn or permitting anybody to toot it for him. As a business man Mr. Ganong has met with more than the usual measure of success, ranking among New Brunswick's wealthy men. And now his political efforts havo been rewarded by his elevation to the Lieutenant-Governorship ot his Province. Social ambitions Lieutenant-Governor Ganong has none. His ambition lies rather in the direction ot cultivating his business and his roses, and spending his evenings in tho quiet of his home, with his wife and his books. In the cultivation of his roses he has been as successful as in the cultivation of ills business, and it is a moot question in which he takes the most pride. His intimates, however, think that roses have the call. At any rate, rose cultivation is his hobby, and, except for a little motoring which he does when he can spare time trom it nnd his business, is his only pastime. Even golf has so far hid no attraction for him. Generous With Wealth WHATEVER tho reason may have been-whether it was business, roses or native modesty- Mr. Ganong was not at all disposed to accept the Lieutenant-Governorship when it was offered to him. But as not once since Confederation had a Lieutenant-Governor been selected from that part of the Province strong local pressure was brought to bear upon him, and on that ground ho finally accepted. Possibly another thing that hnd somo influence upon him is tho fact that there being no official residence for tho Lieutenant-Governor at Frederlcton, the capital, the ocpupant of tho office only needs to reside there during the session of the Legislature. Tho rest of tho time ho can reside where ho likes. Lieutenant-Governor Ganong will not therefore be separated from his beloved Gen. Enoch H. Crowdef ^yiio is directing the draft for tho American Army. roses In St. Stephen when they most need his attention and he their company. Lieutenant-Governor Ganong, who is Cti, lias for many years taken nn active interest in practically all movements having for their object the Industrial development of his Province, and with that end in view he has drawn liberally upon his own wealth, feeling that thereby ho is only doing his duty. It is because of this character that his elevation to tho gubernatorial chair is particularly acceptable to the business men of New Brunswick. They lcel that his influence will be potent when ways and means of developing the industrial life of the Province are receiving the attention of his Ministers. In his home town and county, Lieutenant-Governor Ganong is a sort of Father of Israel. In his benefices ho is liberal, and since the. outbreak of the war he has given much of his time and his means to tho Patriotic Fund. People In difficulty or In trouble seek his advice and counsel, and becauso of his sound judgment and integrity he has become something approaching a public official for the administration of estates. There is only about one important thing that the new Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick lacks, and that is children. ROYAL ENGINEERS fj*0 read that the Duke of Zaragoza dravo the engine of Mr. Gerard's train from Madrid to Corunna is to be reminded of the wide appeal made by the footplnto to royalty and tho aristocracy. Readers will recall the manifold, paragraphs devoted to similar exploits of King Alfonso. King Albert of Belgium also indulged In tho happy days of old in this regal hobby. With American plutocrats engine-driving is a recognized pastime. The Goulds and the Vnnder-bllts possess gorgeouB private train?, which they sometimes handle themselves. Mr. Roosevelt's daughter Ethel is said to possess a speed record for an amateur driver. She drove an engine for thirty miles in less thnn an hour. A British duke, the lata Duke of Suthorland, had a similar hobby. He was one of the suite of King Edward when, Prince of Wales, he made a tour ot India, and it was his one amusement to drive the royal train, clad In greasy trousers and a red shirt. of the eleven to choose jail. Upon t m 4 , -, MjoJr rolonso they wero royally feted !or Toronto, and Mr. F. S. Wilsy ,of J A HARDY ANNUAL gENATOR CHAUNCEY M. DEPEW is famous as an after-dinner speaker. Well, here Is a De.pow story. In the course of a few remarks at n fashionable dinner he told how a certain manufacturer, left practically alone in his factory through a lockout, was represented as pointing to the office clock over his desk and saying to his friend: "There are only two hands In my office that never strike." ''Whereupon," snld the Senator, "the clock struo two (too;" After the dinner one of Senator De-pew's friends came up and congratulated him. "Your speech was great," he said. "That story about the clock is a daisy." Tho Senator beamed. "I think it Is pretty good," he said, modestly. About five minutes later another friend camo up who was not so eulogistic. ^ "Chauncey," he. said, "I think that story about ths clock better..,every tints I hear it. I think to-mlwht was the fiftieth time." ,f - is'. Is a daisy," expostulated Mr. De-pew. The other laughed. "You ought to study botany.Chauncey, and you'd learn thnt a daisy Is a hardy annual." And thereupon the Senator subsided. CARREL'S ROMANCE J)R. CARREL, who was recently rc called from voluntary work in France to organlzo. the United States Ambulance Corps, Is one ot the most famous surgeons America has ever produced. A Frenchman by birth, Dr. Carrel is still in his thirties, although lie owns a practico which is said to bo the most lucrative In the world. Fortune camo to him in disguise. He wan for a number of years leading practitioner in a small French town, but the unmerited persecution he suffered from the pompous mayor caused him to leave the "Land of tho Tricolor" and socle fame elsewhere, lio landed in Canada an unknown man, but went to Chicago, nnd attracted the attention of Mr. Rockefeller, who gave him. tho opportunity for the experiments which1*1 Wave made ".Why, m. Newall says Ufct story I bint world-i'amona,-' J--.--' ~v -' �-y'tfr'.Tfrir1!"^1 � 1 <''�*-� -----... . , v. WAR'S GRIM HAND HAS FALLEN VERY HEAVILY ON SIR MONTAGU ALLAN Only One of His Family of Four Children Left to Him, and She Is Nursing in France. UPON very few of tho notable families of Canada has tho war put so heavy a hand as on that of Sir Montagu Allan of Montreal. When the Lusltanla went down off tho coast of Ireland ho lost two of his three daughters, and his wife, was Injured. On Monday week official word was received In Canada thnt bis only son. Flight Lieut. Hugh Allan, had been killed while fighting Huns in France. Thus a family of four has been reduced to one-tho sole survivor being Miss Martha Allan, who went to England in tho fall of 1914, and has since been engaged in nursing there and In France. Lady Allan Is head of the Canadian Red Cross In London, and Sir Montagu is connected with tho Canadian Pensions Board in London. The whole family being overseas, no ono but servants have occupied palatini "Ravc-nscrag," ono of tho show places of Montreal, for the past two years. Situated on Pine avenue, on the slopo of the mountain overlooking the city, it is ono of Canada's most gorgeous homes. Even now its conservatories am open every Saturday for the delight of flower lovers,,; Sir Montagu is the son of Sir Hiigli Allan, one of the founders pt the Allan Line, which was taken over some time ago by the C.P.lt.,' but which still retains its name. Besides being president ot the Merchants Elr Montagu Allan. Bank,'Sir Montagu la a dlrsotor of a dozen qt Canada's big corporations. He is sn enthusiastic horseman, having on more than one occasion an� nsxed. tho Toronto Queen's Plate. Hs Is in the. millionaire class several times over, and has given luras don* dtiBM.'Jt'o.VuMte charities.