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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 8, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta E VORLD WHY NOT WOMEN IN THE CANADIAN FLYIG^CAMPS?  In England Girls Drive r.F.C. ix Motors and Sidecars, Thus Releasing Men. WOMEN aEsO do THE CLERICAL work AMERICAN Y.M.C.A.LADY HELPERS JOIN IN A CAME OF BA5EBAIJ. WITH U^S. SAILORS, TO AMAZEMENT OF ENGLISH AND AUSTRALIANS Smart Uniforms are Provided for Them-Do Not Wear Streamline Caps. ' H.V KDW. II. ACLAND, l.iiti) of tlio Uoyiil Flying Coips. ^_^ilt; ereat extent to ivfiioli wo-I nu'ii are employed In the Royal A l'')yitiK Corp.s In ICngland, and rilso ill Fi-iiiico, causes one to wonder wliy CHnadlan women are not I'epre-Kuiitcd at �ny oC the largo Canadian training centres.' J'.'very day In To I'lnito we ace scores oE men who looU (inite capable oC "swinging a iiropcl-l(;r" on an aeroplane, driving' the Jt.l'.C.'autos aroiuid the streets; in IhigUiiul snoii work, outsido of the driving oC the lieavie.st trui:;ltH, Is attended to by Urltiah girls. Surely u man -Hiio tan drive u car would be pot at Varnborougli, England, (vould be a great surjirlso to Canadian women. There they would find )iijndrcds of girls who have relieved tlie sjnne number of men for duty In ]''innce, ajid the officers in charge iisseit that the work Is aono Just as rffielenlly as before. Not only ut )''arnborough, but behind the lines In France, women Keep tab of tho hundreds of spare parts that daily are Bent to the various squadrons. The Hoyal I-'lying Corps has a reputation for doing tilings Just a little belter than It is done In tho other branches of the army; Avatch a me-' chanlc saluto an officer and you will notice that. When women were Introduced into the air ser-.'lee those I'oajiopslbie thought that 1o get the best on! of the women they would liavo to have a ^inlform both smart nnd attractive, and yet retaining tho feminine charms of the fairer sex, 'J'huro is no doubt that they succeeded. Ask any returned soldier, who has seen tho dozens of Ciirs with their I'.dr chauffeurs outside' tho Air Hoard office In tlie Strand. The tunics are similar to Iho pfflcers', open at the front. an as scarce nor ^iien .�n much cotton was being used as "rilirr" In Canadi.in clothing. As a niatt'fir of fact, wool Is so scarce and (lie di-mand so pronounced from a military sl-indpoint, that U becomes a patriotic duty, according to 'J'. P.egi-,nald Arkell. manager of the Dominion \Vii\vfrfui Ignorance of children. I iielieve in tho pr,'t.\"er.s of wi'jnien. in the heroic sleeplessne.sR of the wife, in the piou.T ralni nf motlier.s, in tlus inirity of our cause. In the inini.icnlato glory of our flags. r believe In our great p.Tst, in our great present, In our greater future. I bollove In the living of this land nnvl in ll.s dead. 1 believe in hands armed with steel nnd I believe in hands Joined. f beliet'o in n.s, I believe in Clod, -l''rom tho French of Henri "l.ai'ed.'in. NO WASTE IN CANADIAN le CROSS IN FRANCE jSimple and Wonderful System of Keeping Track of Everything Sent Over. ENTHUSIASTIC STAFF. jWho Speak in Highest Terms of Work Being Done by Cana- ^ dian Women at Home. lY Rationing Has Worked Some . Marvels in the Old Country The Queues Vanished Like Magic, to the Dismay of Those Who Liked to Line Up and Grumble-Enormous Reduction in Meat-Eating and No Complaints. An English "Flying Girl" \ N ICnglish girl In Iho uniform sup-piled to women cluuiftonrs In (ho iiuyal l''lylng Corps. Nolo tho smurt bat, tho style of tho coitt, dud tho letters on lliu aleuvu.' By lACICY AMY. experiences of tho first I three or four days of rationed meat and margarine have made tho people of tho rationed distrlc,t- the southern counties of ICngland- rub their eyes. By the simple signing of an order miracles have been effected; n nation has iflinnged its outlook on lite. Tho first and most obvious result Is tho absence of queues. For six weeks queues havo been a part of tiio street Wto. But tho .very first day of rationing dispersed them into idle groups about tho streets. The same women nre there, most of them carrying the same hand bogs and baskets, InorodilJous that Iho habit of months could be so easily broken without a revolution, trustlngthat Provlndcnco will InteAere and restore to thom|| their day's occupation of hugging the doorpost of a grocer or u butcher. The s&cond result, nnd perhaps tho most bewildering, is that we have learned in three or four short days that meat Is not such a necessity to existence. On Monday some of tho restaurants opened, with ii mcntlO'ss menu. Mot a complaint sullied the serenity of tho day. Others omitted mention o� meats, but were prepared to. supply them on demand. And nt one large restaurant not a single request was made. Tho big- restaurants, . liko Simpson's, where meat used to be the meal and the business n�ii accepted It thankfully, served only, scores with meat whoro oneo It was thousands. It Is estimated that only' five per cent, of tho diners in resliiurants called for meat during the first two days, and almost all Oil flierne were bachelors. Thoso v.'ho know tho volume of meat ordinarily ponsumed in England will find it hard to believe. Four Meat Couponi Daily TIJI^ rca.son Is not hard .to' find. Four coupons look V[Cry small for a week's rations, and tho restaurant diners determined to leavo their moat ontlng until tho craving had to bu satisfied. Monday, following, the I'heavy Sunday eating, (Mionted no terrors it> tho absl^hier: ^ Jiulf when tho abstliiencQ fiontlnued through tho next dijjjf perlorco (Tuesday la'n meatless day) nnd tho "country s,UU ' remulnod. meat tdirlvellcd In Imiiurt- quirerl where tlio meat so suddenly. . 'I'he only plai e in T^ondon n der some form of ratlonir..^' rp.Mtauraiit of the lloiii.e if nions Iho sourii-.s of all J^'"... .\ day of angry ((ueries In tli-will alter that. fifteen times. During tho first IS months of the war there w.is made In Ihigland alone sufficient khaki to wrap around the globe five times. In other words, the allies have made since tlie outbreak of hostilities approximately 375,000 miles of khaki cloth of nearly a yard wide. This has been an unprecedented strain on the Huppl,v of wool, and acconnt.s In part for the increa.se in Canadian .sheep values from about Stl.,'0 per cwt. In IHU to $1-1.no, the price sheep are bringing at the stock yards this week. or this enormous amount of wool being [tiilU.cd for .-ioklier wea,~ there is a \ery ."mall i.iercentago that returns to the v.oollcn mills to be torn to iileocH and used over a.gn1n as tile Islioddy. When civilian clothes are from Sheep raisers nre making larger profits this year tlian in any previous period of Iho sheep industry. Yet there was never a time in Ontario when this industry held so precarious a condition. The outlets for Canadian wool nre the United States and F.uropcan markets, the home consumption being very limited owing to the fact that there are no "combing" machines In Canada, nnd as a result the worsted mills num-bir only three. Other mills In Canada utilizing wool now number only UK compared wltii 270 inlSti!), nnd 240 In ISSr.. during which time the-demand for wool for home consumption has Increased about 70 per cent, and the foreign niarkot opportunities increase o\'er UOO per cent. In I'unada we are .short of wool and woolens. The outlook Is serious, and nccormng to Mr. Arkell will eontlnuo until peace is declared, to increase in gravity . So scarce is wool .-vt the pre.sent time that It Is possible nnd In fact pro-babl Hv Fl.OnENCK McPHEDRAN. SO.MUWHERK I,V FRAXCK. OI;r correspondent's one Idea In crossing the Channel was to wrko simply and directly of the riritish (especially tho Canadian) women's war effort in France, to bo able, it possible, because of the great distance that separates tho women of Canada from the war centre, to visnalr\s an evidence ns to their expedition in getting out articles Indented for. I glanced nt an idont. the articles of which were to go to a casualty clearing station some 50 miles up the Hues, and discovered upon close oxaminntion that the goods had been delivered a tew hours after being Indented for. Hot ootfee and nocoa for the men just out of tho trenches Is another feature of Red Cross endeavor. Many times have I heard from bo,^�a In hospital In End-land their spoken gratitude for this piece of thoughfulnesa' of the Red Cross and Y.M.C.A. workers., tiVe received our first insight hero Into "the no army waste" methods In France, and tho constant use of by-.proUucts; empty jam bottles are sold for a franc (20 cents) � apiece, all necessary materials that liaye to be bought are bought In either! England or Paris, wherever thoy can he secured to the best advantage; thev have their motor repair shop, and n" repairs are done on tho premises, the commanding officer's office having a fronk Amprlcan nmhulanco that could not bo.otherwise nsed. Spotless and ComforlaUe FINALIA' we visited the mens' quarters nnd found everything, spotless and comfortable. Ono thing that struck iia everywhere wo went ;Jn Franca was the thoughtfulness ot the officers for their men, and It largely explains the iinlgua success ,ot what Is called "Canadl.an discipline," that camaraderie that exists between officers and men, arid oxoltea feuoh wide �!oii>mftnt Atf)Qfif H>� ;