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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 8, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, JUNE 8. 1918 THE LETMBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE NINE RANDOM NOTES OF A COUNTRY SCHOOLMASTER A Dream of a Cou'ntry School. Tho ruluctant Alberta summer la at last, upon UB and as I lock tho acUool bouHo tloor I hoar onn bnretoot tircliln calling to another: "111' Jim! Swimmin' IkiIo! What d'yu say?" It tho boyw con Hianrt the chill at tho water I can betake my-Bdlf to one of my pot dcllghtH, a long, lazy, luxurious sun bath on tho warm Bido oC a fltraw stack. So I atrlko oft across tho pralrlo to ii apodal apot 1 know of and am noon burrowing down In tho fraKrant straw In a fino vantngo spot whore I can look off in ono direction over mllos and mlloB of those flowery meadows "for which tlio speech of England has no name-tho pralrloa,"-to where a faint.dark blur BcroBS the horizon means the metropolis of Lothbrldgo; lojid In the other direction, clothed In soft, blue huzo, rize tho rocUioB. I tall to Im-BRlnlng how I shall enjoy my vacation In tho mountains, and Ho half awake and half dreaming while the heat haze dances and shimmers nbovo the grassy uplands My eye rests affectionately on tho familiar outllnee of my little while painted tempio of learning, standing Eo lonely and solitary on the wide prairies, and ns 1 watch and dream tho bare ugly outlines break, soften, fade away, and there before me on the boat soaked plain, lies fair and bonny, the flchool of my dreams. There Is quito a group of low. com-fortabie buildings, surrounded by trees and shrubbery, all enclosed within a low fence and looking somehow as If It belonged to tho place and had always been there. I have to look twice ut that odd looking fence; It doesn't seem like a prairie fence at all. and then 1 sec that, not only tho fence, but all the buildings also, are built of prairie itone, No wonder they looked so much as .'f thoy belonged, to their surroundings-and what an air of stability and comfort thoy have about them! The colors In the cobble atones give a beauty to the rough walla that no amount of shiny paint could produce, the low roofa of the hulldlnga arc of a red slate, a color which Just repeats the tone of tho red flecked granite. There is a note of bright red also In tho berries of the bauberry bodge which seems to thrive might lly In tho prairie climate. A drive way of crushed hrJck leads from the open gateway where a group of tlourlBhlng blue spruces stand sentinel, to the Inviting doorway of the main, Vulldlng. That must be the Bchoolhouse itself, although it has luoro tho look of a home than an institution. It 1b a bnlUllng of two Uorlos with dormer windows above, �nd tho curtains flapping in the prairie breezes seem to Indicate that there are living rooms above, pcr-hape for the teacher, or for the con-vonicnce of pupils who remain at the ichool overnight during spells of severe weather. Close by the gate, as 1 enter, 1 : notice a cosy house which is undoubtedly a lodge Inhabited by a happy lanltor. The chubby chlldre.n In the jooryard and the little homolike touches about the house and yard leom to Indicate that tho janitor is a year round fixture. A bulletin hoard an the driveway announcing summer sourses in the manual art.s for ,ill :omer8, confirms the feellnB that this la a school which plays an Important part In the lite of the whole community at all times of tho year. To my right, as 1 approach tho ichool, I see two fine Durham cowh teedlng In knee-deep alfalfa, and �ther patches farther on In varying In-;enaItios of green, suggest some prac-'.Ical experiments In fodder plants md grains. On my other hand are tardon plots well laid out and showing a great profusion of both flowers �nd vegetables. By the great tank md windmill beyond 1 see that they will never suffer for lack of moisture, t can easily locate the poultry yard by !ho loud cacchinations of the busy fowls, where a coop of Plymouth Rocks appears to be trying to out-laokle the Rhode Island Rede In the lext pen. I am ready to try for a look at some >t the Inside activities now, and 1 Iraw softly near the door of tho Ichool, which stands open, either to invito the prairie winds to enter, or '.o encourage such .peeping Toms as 4 nyself. Surely this i� no regular yichoolrooin, for there are no Iron ii'amed seats either clan^pcd to the loor or repoBlng elegantly on skids, Jut now I see arranged about the valU a number of desks and ..chairs K a pretty, but simple etyle where itudents seem to be studying or work. Ing just because they Want to be; at \ny rate, no one seems to bo keeping i wary eye on the master, and he, ai fact, Is not watching anyone at III, but passes about among the boys ^nrt girls, more like a companion thaH i task maslier, stopping hero and Uiore lor a word ot help or advice. .The room seems to bo divided by Hiding partitions from the next, which Is the primary departmeut. Here a young lady teacher is play-Ins games with the dilldren. Thero are no formal AaaM here either, but lo'.r tabUa and enwll ohairi. I can see all aorti ol equipment about tho room for play and tun an wall as work. In ono window there i* an aquarium fill' ed with brilliant Japaneia cold fish whose erolutioni are watched wim deep Interest by a haudaome clnna moo colored Angora oat on the alU. In another window Is an obBervatloa hlvo through whose glass sides tho bees can be seen making honey and building comb. A sand table at one side has a map or model of eomo sort In' process ot construction b}^ several of the older children. I Just peep Into the basement where a glance telln me there Is a fine equipment for cooking and carpentry lessons. I hear outside the chink, chink, chink of metol on alone and following ihn sound I run across a group of high ichool boya who are lining a cistern with cement and brick, not without some warm disagreements as to methods. Recess bell taps just hero and 1 am almost caught, for there is a merry rush of children past me to the playground and soon the youngsters are doing amazing stunts on tho swings, bars and rings; and from tho vigor of their assaults It la well that the apparatus Is of steal. The tennis court Is Inveated by a crowd of elders and at first serve thu ball flies Into tho bushes where I am hiding. 1 feel Its rough texture brusii my cheek and start up-frightening almost out of her wits an af-foctlonato and en(]uiring bo.ssy who had discovered a alrungo animal's neat in llie straw stack. Over the prairie the aun is just setting, throwing the moimtains Into black relief. 1 look tho other way-yes, there stands my little white house of opportunity, austere and lonely as ever-but see, as 1 look tho setting sun lights up the western windows with a flare of rosy gold-is It a promise? tho men of the navy had done In the present war! VI6W8 were aliown of Oormnn suh-marlnen sinking lirltlah merchant ithlps and allowing the men to escape as best they could. He told of tho working of th" Navy League, and the way in which thoy Intended caring for the widows, children and dependents'of the sen. It Is expected that every family will have repreBentallvos In the league. Thb commlttoo formed will commence at once to canvass for mcinherghip, realizing the great debt Kio people of tho Woat owe to the Sailor Hoys. s Paris, Juno 8.-A dIsp.Tloh last night to Le Tompa from the Sp;mlali border saya the nowapapor I'.laol loarna from a private aonrco that ihn naval officer commanding tho port of ralaiuua LEAGUE, RAYMOND Raymond, June 5.-^( meeting of tho Navy League of Canada was held in the opera house here last evening for the purpose of organizing a branch of the Navy League of Canada. Thero was a large committee at' tho gathering, and the following officers and committee were chosen: Riley Weaver, President; C. B. Strong, Vice-President; S. P. Kimball, Secretary; Thomas Gould, Treas.; Committee, Slyron Holmes, Rev. Hugh Mathe-son, Arthur Dahl, Archie Robins, J. Ci. Allred, Mrs. Walter Rouse, and -Mrs. G. T. Wrido. J. A. Irvine, Sec'y.-Treas. of the Provincial Division of tho Navy League, was present and delivered interesting and Instructive addresses on the British navy. Mr. frvlne told of a sailor's lite at sea and showed a large number of pictures illustrative of the training of young men for the navy, the great guns of the vessels and the way In which the large shells are loaded, also submarines, torpedoes, etc. He also told a great deal of what Ottawa. Juno 8.-If doiivniy of cars containing food stuffs be not accoptod by a (.onHlgtiee, the niihrays urn now roporlinK the clrcuinstaiices promptly to the Cnnaiia Kood Board. To flnte approximately alx hundred such coses liuvo boon Investigated and doalt with and in some instances 11 has hnon found that conslgneea arc refusing to accopt shipments becauKo ot a falling market. ' Unwarranted refusal to accept shiP' monls means delay, which, in the case ot perishables may re.Hult in waste, and the food board is prepared, in cases wlioro it finds such refusal la not justified to cancel or suspend the license of such consfguee. The production of graphlto across the border last year lucreaBcd to If, 000.000 pounds. If you are looking for substantial home and one that will literally pay for the buying, I have a proposition in a class by Itself. A nlno roomed residence standing in two lots 52x125 (lot adjoining sold tor ?3,000.00), substantially built and so arranged as to allow for renting of at least 5 rooms without slightest inconvenience. Three splendid sized rooms, with kitchen and porch on ground floor; upstairs, 5 good bedrooms and bathroon, all private. Nice front lawn, barn easily convertible into garage at rear. You can draw $75 per month and at the same time have ground floor entirely private for own use. In a few years tho Income will pay for your house. You can handle this proposition with $2000.00 The balance on your own terms. The price will surprise you. UNCOVERE has hnon arrested at the rnciueat nf ono of tho ftllln Every car of wheat we can move to tlie seaboard is a stepping stone to Victory and Peace. Order your coal today for your own sake and the sake of the Allies. ' , Every car of Alberta Coal is Government inspected. ORDER COAL Government of the Province of Alberta JOHN T. STIKUNG, Fuel Administrator for Alberta. H FARMERS AND RESIDENTS IN RURAL TOWNS. When a 100% sanitary toilet, conveiilenc* can' be had In your home for the convenience of your wives and ohliareji, arp you golug to continue to uttUice (he uiiaaultary ! nutslda closet. If luierested, wrlt� for our; leaflet oti Kuusltne Toilet system. THE KAU8TINE & GENERAL SUPPLY COMPANY, LTD. Calgary and Lethbrldge Distributors for Albortii, Sas-kiitcliowaa nnd B. C. Last Importation of Percheron & Belgian Stallions & Mares This Spring are Now Here THIS LAST SHIPMENT OFFERS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SECURE A FULL BLOOD PERCHERON OR BELGIAN STALLION. THEY WILL SOON BE PICKED UP/SO WE ADVISE ALL INTERESTED TO SEE THEM EARLY. OUR PRICES AND GUARANTEES WILL PROTECT YOU. We abo have for Sale 20 Head of Good Work Horses and some Good Young Shorthorn Bulls R. F. DYCiERT AH Stock now at Farmers' Feed Barn, Lethbridge 917? B3D 25 ;