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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 3, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SERVANT PROBLEM NEVER SO SERIOUS IN CITIES liouschold Help of Any Kind Exceedingly Hard to Get, and Harder Still to Keep, Though Wages are High-Many of Wealthiest' Homes Boast But Two Maids-Butlers .Few. r �HE servant slluntlon liag iicvor bcou BO bad In I'o-ronltt aS'it'Ja now. tlint 1.1 (o any, il hae never been so bad 'om the viewpoint ot thOjinlstpcsa at ' .a lioiise. Servants of any kind arc -Ktiomcjy hard to'^ct-rbardcr bIIU to Uocp. Good sci-valits are worth thetr ^vc^ght In gold-and their weight In j,'0ld Is pretty nearly what they demand anjl commfind hi wages. Prortj (liu point o� vlcy,  ot tho servant things'aro boomlnp. They want more and moro in .^I'aeca and more and itioro in privileges and less and less In work all' the time. So spako a haraeacd "lady ol^ tho huu.se," , the other day. She is a woman born and bred in Toronto, who has lived there all her life.'Sho Is thoroughly abreast of tho servant tilAiatlon, as she' Is of most things / tliat concern tho social polity of tho city. She is by nature no pottN cuated Jeremiah. � But yet tho fore-Koing was her summing-up oC tho /iresent-day domestic servant problem in Toronto. "It is not," she proceeded mournfully, "as' though, ' in comparison , with the number of houses, there was any espoclal demand for servants in Toronto. ITor ono .direction In which Torontonlans, as a whole, ate not ex-travn.trant is i;erfttlnly fho matter ot ^donieatlu help. 1 should think that, In proportion to population and wcafth t^tero jJre fewer servants ro-guircd In Torut!,tB'than Jn almo,>!t any lity in the world-outsldo ItUHfiia, ^^l^ero tlio servants have become the boiisohold rulers and order tl^lr former employers about as they please. The reason for-the' scarcity of servants'.' For one tWng, there is so much other work-particularly munl-,'tloii.s. Olrla seem to like almoat any other work better than domcstu; ser-> lee This is partly for tho same rea- 011 that keeps so many men from /liring out to farmers-they hate to live under Ibe sarto root as their �^juploycr. It .is that, and not any-'.hiiis with regar^l toTaps and aprons .so forth, that they-regard as the i(.ul badge oC-sorvttude. But once I'.n a girl leave domestlo service and go into a factory and she is spoilt Uii- domestic servifte thereafter. This is not because of any Bnobbiahness oil tiro part of mistresses of houses liolila in-Toronto. In'their dealings ' �vitli their servants they aro^ more democratic than are women, similarly pl-aceU, anywhere;else! 3ut manners Which may be Winning enough in the factory cmt)Ioye are Imiiosslble in tho housphold htlo?' In dor HouM� THAT Toronto people do not go in largely for donicatic help Is true enough. The rnajortty of people who can bo^^onsidercd fairly well-pft keep but one servant-nuito a few ot them' keep 'none. Reaily -rich households. ijften . boast but ' two maids, rfhe household staff of one dx the very richest men 'lii Toronto-a man v.'liose.fellows pf.e^luaV raeaps in tho Old Couritfy would have (at any rate, boftre the, war) a staff ot servants totalling at least twelve or flf--Itcl'u-consists of a butler, a parlor maid, a ^housemaid, a cook v>ilii |tii.ri touaid.s {he hounchold cxpenEis, of the Canadian Paliiolic K'.irifl. will 1)0 fiiuiiJ of K'-ncral Jrjici'f^.^f: otc. nil n-.-f-i-.oy, sui-h as .there Is, -1-�- ..; . , -r - Children of the New Toronto Public School Hold a Birdbox Competition 'THrC styles -were many, nml considerable ingenuity was shown In tlie con.struction ot these homoK for feathered friends. Prizes were aw'arded toi^ the first three bt-at in each class. The photos show some ot our tho entrants with their bird houses. Observe the girl with tlie f'ttiffr-d loon. K.W.A.UNIFORMFOR KITCHENWORKERS Tashionablize' Household Work on Farms and Tliere'll Be No End of Volunteers. GOVERNMENT BADGE And a Distinctive Suit Might Tempt Millionares' Daughters From Their Homes. St: iPauI Women and /unfe Men Worfe Together for Red (jxo$,s NcV Co-operative Plan b\) Which Red Cros^ Sell Books of Coupons lo'Junk Dealers, IVIw.Give Them in Pa\)nienl lo Householders-$2,827 Realized From Salvage in.March. 'J"ho opinion is (lUil" wirlely hi In '�'I'cli-.'; around tlut phr.iKe Ciinnda that ilic J.'.riii.-h i,.,lic\- In i"^''"'- ^'ippiirt,'" Tiiis is practically rijgard t iiluasL-. Thi.- Souaia- vcry much hrld-r than Ih.^ ('aiia.li.in. i''"" -\""waiH-o Hoard pivcs it as p::!'.- in Cireat Lliitaii, :..-,iaialion allow- Itroii.i an Intc r|,ri.tali..|i a.s it frols unco 1.1 paid cm a .--liitinf; jcalc. .mi I""- r.-Kulallons iipiinit. It M frit much fni- a wife and .^r, niiu-h addi- i"''''' ^'OuiUry wishes In dual 111)- , tlonal for racli nhiid. In f'ai.ada a K'l'.iHy wilh .soldiors' do))cndonia. flat rain obtains. lIu- #niunnt. Whilr: wivrs and mothers nro t!is being payable In a woman without ]'"'" f'l'i.�^f'� "t d'jpendents lo children. Similarly in r.-K.-u-d lo wi- p^'iif'b .-^ipalation ailnv.-ancn Is iasucd, dowod n|oiliers, (iii\ lU-itisii nolic-v is ioihi-i' ih-pondr-nis a).-^o iccf-ive con-to compcnsat;- for iho actual finan- I"''''"''""'-'" ""-' '"ii'''"msnm.-ci are clal loVi, wlilln 11 Cauailn tin' .'^taln-lory allowar.co. i.s paid only lo those mothci'.i whose .�;oIo ineaiis h-ruary. Is not only pro.ing a source of revenue for the .\morican Red Cross -but is also ^ cnntinuod means ot livelihood for juid; dealers. � The plan is simply a inolccrago bunlncss \vher*by the Red L'ro.s3 buy and sell books ot coupons for spot cash' and Junk dealers give Individual coupons to hyiseholdcrs lor the vahio of their wastage. Thcso books range lu price from $2.00 to f 10.00- according' to 'the number ot contained coupons-whicii vary in value from i cent to bU cent-:. A white "Jlonor Card" on which a Red Cross is printed .h;is hren rtc-liv_ered .to volun.tory^^VprUM's to every city houschpUloi- who' is willins to contrlbnto di.scarOed arlii-l-s towards the winning of the war. WhiMi the hou.sewife has her wans ready to dispose of, slie hangs tin- card in a window ^vhere it niay'^hf seen b\ a passing collector' of - ix/t.k .wlip. calls and welfc-hs, wltli his steel-yard, scrap metal, rubber.s, rags, bones or paper and tho honsrwito compares llevc, who said, "Labor In Ihis'coun-try Is indepot\dent and proud." Do we here in Canada endorse him when it- Is a question of kitchen labor? No-iv, how arc wo going to recruit kitchen help on, the farms-for'the summer months? How were fruit-pickers recruited last year? 'Why are'girls responding so well for farm work this summer Patriotic reasons? ^Jlost certainly, but we must admit that tho ever alertness of wo-mkn to "welcome a departure from the beaten iiath Is no small factor. Would women haunt the stores - if each season brought the same styles? No, Indeed. It is the change, or In olher w-ords, the fashion, that attracts. So while., ostensibly patriotism is the compelling force in the spring drive to tlie land. Incidentally fashion lias playetl a telling part. Ves, fruit picking, harnessing horses, rijnning tractors, etc., has been^popu-larlzed, advertised and fashlon-abllzed; and with what splenilld results. Tpronto Girl WMUtt "Comfy" Gwdcft Coatam* rrilTRl yonnif liidy was Bnappetl by �^tar Weekly photoRrnpher ut tjio cor-'r nor Ql! S|:,-Clttlr Hvonue and Avonuo Road, where sho was �''bai'i'yinK''on' �\er Rurd'qiilf'itr 111 tljls blilo farmorotlii cogtuiht', mUlrojy ublivlQUiito the liv tereut �^�")ttl.ej).for Iho pagatrii;byf \ " But Kitchen work! Alus. It ' hafi neither novelty nor t'.ppenl, and whoever hcal'd of a'domestic getting credit for her Avork? Jlowover, why not creato an originnl note by �^ll.l!'ln,^' It tremendously I'nslilonalilo and surely uh .such It -will not fall to appeal. Hut who brtivo^ enough to set the fushloii! Why not one from tlio realm of higher education and ono from that loudly despised but secretly envied' lucre bunch? l.ct MIf'.'i Tlevythot, the .alto.sether deiiglitrul'and frlvolo-j.H daughter ot Prof. Movythot, and the Hon. Rynd Baltaporque'^ cnly child volunteer foi- service In ' the. farm kitchen. Olvfl them n uniform that for mn.sl-mum smnrtnoas and pj'iioticubllity.f and minimum cost cannot^ bo improved upon. Next tip tho Sunday 111. to snap them steppliig Into their car. Miss .SnUnporfjuo's of course, to leave for Fnimei- Hurda.snaylos on the Lake Shore, there to bakfs and fry and stew nnd scrulV^Scrub? Su;y not why? Tie V.A.U's scrub and' declare It fasclnatlnfr^nij, it ctliors don't follow In tl*plr wnke, then I'm no judge of. human nature.- l'\'ishionnHe kitchen work; Advertise kitchen work; Popularize kitchen work; and tliere wlir be no dearth of volunteers. Tn this way you AviU awaken among girls a broader realization ot their patriof-Ibm. A diatl'ictlve uniform 1 would urjte, by all means, and why not a aovernment bestowed burtgo >\'ith that the Wcftrer Is a rtiember oB that latest and ultra-fasUlonablc linti-io-tlo relief organization-Tho Kitchen War Auxiliary. Homeopathic Costume �printed on the bad; ot her honor-] card. Thb-bargain is then closed, by [^ho" purchaser banding over to the vendor tho value afrroed upon-In coupons-wfilch she pastes on her card as vouchers for money wiileh she has, i^idireclly, contributed io tho Red Cross. As conditiony govern tlio value of second-hand furniture, .stoves, shot;s an'd clothing, the vendor nnd pur-cliase� must make tlieir own terms of sale for which coupons are tilso used In settlement. Satisfactory All Round COLLECTION of junk is continued by the dealer, at his own expense, until he is rt-ady to ' di.spo.sc of the" goods'at various mariteta with which he ia tamillar. A margin of profit Is allowed on the listed articles for llie man's e.-i-pojise of handling the goods-and to give Ijim tlie privilege- of earning a living for his family as well as his horse. Tho Red C'ro.ss tako absolutely no risk-all rosiionsibllity ot buyiiiff, carting and selling is assumed by'the dealer in junk who, because of being trained to the biisi-ncaSj knows tho marUelablo .value of wnstago nnd that which may bo used to advantage. Tho Ju/ik man l.s cldontly making good at present in St. Paul because ot the demand tor scr,iip' iind tho lumber of people who are'cirariiig out accumulations ot montlis-In some instances, the hotirdings ot years-for the sake ot helping the cause. ^ By hanging an honor card in the kitchen window, ono morning of last week, we cleared tlio cellar of newa-papcr.s. old iron nnd butter crocks, lu oxcliango for which three 25 cent coupons made tho Red Cross 7,' ccnt� ti^iher. AVhat the collector profited by iil.s sale ot the junk is an-ollTCr story but everybody was, apparently, well sa^iHfiort with the transaction. The price of -ivasto paper has gone down a few cents, the man advised us, because ot noma department stores saving, for this j.co-operntiye plan as much as a ton ot wasitc paper and boxes .a day. Other Cities Take Up Plan TflE public Is rctniested to take , down to the Salvage Department some few things which are not on tlie^ peddler's list-one ot which is worn out electric bulbs. Tin foil, ot which few families have sufficient on hand to make a sale worth while, taken in small ciuantitles, by children to Public schools, then delivered to tlie Red Cross, was-piled so hlgb ill one. window that two mc^j wore i has been tak.^i from ili.-m hy the i'""' ''""f''--''- 1" 'l'-''""*: "P""" rations frotn ih.eso the board Is r.--i-e,=t.ii-ilv niurh , strieter than In con-slderin^r claims from nioihoj-s. Reasons for Refusing Allowance TlllsllK are very many clas^5-s in whic^i f-'nanclal hardship has 111 c n eaUHrrd hy iln- enlislmont oi a .�^oii, hut In v.iii.h the eirgumstauu .-s ;do not Jiistif.v tlie pi*antlng o' �-.'t'- enlistmcnt ot their . render assistanCH where sopara-pcinJenls-wn e.s' an- of tlie allowance. It is paid to wiilo'sved motliers prf>\ided the sons j.-ho have enliste.l were" or larc their sole support, 'i'lie policy iii.'i'Ot enlisted. respect of wives admits of lit lie con- I -l- .'Soldier, in respect of whom th troversy. The deeii-ions of the .Sep- |n|)plicatioii i,s made, ha,s not n.s-aratloii .Mlov.a nee I'.oard in regard to wldowetl mothers, however, arc The fciounds for refusing separation allowance to widowed niothcrs ma;.' he briefly .statii^l as follows: 1. IJu.sbnnd of Applicant lU'lng anil not ineapaeital"d. L*. .�\iipllcaiit has sub.staiitlal niean.s of her own. .'!. .Vpiilieaiit lia.s olbrr able-bodied, single sons at;ed IS or over who have howyer, somctlmi's ci-itici-/.ed. Many i.-lainis from sueli dependents are rejected. igned aiiv ot his iin.v. T). .-Vpplii'ant derived r \pplii'ant derived no support, or only slii;'-it support .from the soldier prior iii enlistment, and circiim- Mar.y allowances paid to such depcn- [stances lia\o not changQil since eii-deiita liiivc beem discontinued. jllstmont. . What Is "Sole Support"? U.X'rir, the middle of 1!I17 soptir-ation allowance was gniiited to ] shovelling it out )lke coal. Into boxes. |,i uidowed mother on the stren.^tli ot In the other window, old number j;, ccrtiucate from a clergyman iSig-plalcs ot automobiles were stacked .,irying that the soldier son was his and a printed card advertised tlie j mother';; .sole sfipporl. Clergymen ot all denumin.'Uioiis seem to have ijiv-en tho phrase "sole support" the broadest poasllile iivlerpretaiioii. 'J'hc Canadian Patriotic I'uiid bruuglil to the attention of the Militia De[iart-ment man.\' cases in which such cer-tlfliatcs ot sole support had heen given without the least Jiisiiticatioii, and 11 became obvious that hundreds of women were receiving separation allowance to which,' under the rcjju-latlons, they were in no sense entitled. With the advent of tlie Separation Allowance Hoard, however, stciis were.talcon to remedy this slate ot affairs. Instead ot a certificate Istating, In sencriil terms, that the api/iicant is sole'ly ileiieiulent 'upon her enlisted ,son. the hoard requires a vers^compleie statement of fact to passers by that the plates are worth 101 cents a pair to the Red Cross. The use of the store is donated. Mr. Smith, together with two ot the other threo workers] are giving voluntary service in tho officii woi-k which lb practically all that Is required in this method ot saving waste. For tlio nast month, they have been taking in, n-om the sale of coupon books, an avenigo-of $150."00 a day. and these coupon books are printed In lUrgo quantities at a cost of 1-1 cents each. Some other cltiec are already adopting the plan-and Calgary Is one of tlicm. A profit of $282".3C ^vas realized through the sale ot co-operative salvage coupons, at St. Paul, Minn., during the iVionth ot March. Presence of Mind ,V(t the burning of a provision shop the crowd helped themselves frcd.v* One niiiii grasped ti hiie'a cheese as hla^share ot the plunder. Ri;;ing up -with it, ho found himself t'avc to face with a policeman,. and with His admiralilo incsenco ot mind put tho plunder into the officer's arms, saying: "Vou liad belter take care ot that, policeman; or some one will be walking off with It." JUNK COUPONS USED BY ST. PAUL RED CROSS - \ WORKERS A NrORVOUS old boau costiimcr's and^saki: entered a "I V'anl a little help In tho .way. of a .imggcs-tlon. I am going to tlie French.l studontd' masquera^o bal) tp-nlifhtk and'I vi'M^t a distinctly orlginnl costume-�omot.hins-,I can bb'qulto surii' no one else 'will wear, What can you auKBcat?" Tho costumoii looked  blm over attentively, bestowing jspcclal notice on.hla gleaming, bold, ai*i>shlninK lioad.' . "Well, I'll tall you," lie said, llVoughU'ully.^ "Vi^hy don't you siin;ar your Ttead aild go tm u PJU'iC'-ajiSaii � , Didn't Matter to Him _\^.\" Irl?:limnn occupied a barber'.s chair, and he was drowsy. His eyes could not he kept open and lii'3 head rolled aliout and dropped over his'SliouIder and down upon his chest I in a way that ryade shaving a difficulty for the knight of the lather and a dangerous one for the patient. .At last the barber said gently, but flriii-ly: "Looko; here, sir, I can't possibly shave yon unless you hold up your liernl." To which the response was iiiade with drowsy Indifference: "Well, thin, cii't my hair. That-Got Him T .\DV Conductor (to pasaengpr .who is monopolizing more than Ijl.s, shiue of room in the car)-Move up, there, plejise. The passenger unconcernedly continued to spread out. "Will yon move up and maka room for the other'passengers, please?"' lint the passenger was still Indifferent. Conductor (ifa .-i last resort)-"Can tiny passenger toll me the German lor 'Move ui),' please?" Germans Gas British'Women at the Front MAHESB two British women are ntiw In a T.ondon hospital recKverlng from the cffetlB of being gassed by the Germiviis. ^ They bad gas masUa �� th!a British offici.'il pliotograpii show.s, but had not time to don lliom when � Caa shell burst in their dug-out. Known as the "Women of Pervyso." these two amUulaiico drivars lived at Pervyse, hut 500 yards from tho Oerinaa Unv�.,u.mn,tlH;y.. were ^eut to .'.'Iji.mMy.". �'!-.�y^.i;.-.,.^&Lgb'>'.^!tl'l':i'. ' -:-^"^-' " .1- �'�.V'; ;