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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 20, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta SIR GEORGE BURY BIG RAILWAY MAN Keeps a Clean Desk and an Open Door in Front of Him. JOINED C.P.R. AS A BOY Started Under Lord Shaugh-nessy When the Latter Was Purchasing Agent. AXADVS latest knight of the Crall Sir George Bury, traces his frpeotacular advancement in t!ie O.PR. service to a lucky clinic? made when he was a more lad. Being enthused -with the ro-nwull; possibilities of railroad life, he discarded the parental program of an illustrious career at the bar, and went one day to look for a Job at the C. P. R. offices in Montreal. It was in the early eighties when the bijr transcontinental was In an embryo stage. At the time Aroher Baker, the general superintendent, wanted a boy; so did Tom Shaughnessy, the new purchasing agent, Just imported by Van Home from Milwaukee. Though he didn't reaHze it at the time, It was Just as if some powerful magician had ottered young Bury the choice of one or other of two careers and his whole future depended upon the selection. To all outward' appearances the Job in the srrperlntendeofs office ires title more advantageous. Baker was reputedly a much easier man to work for than Snaughnessy, and a position tn his office would undoubtedly prove a greater "cinch." Hbvwer, destiny wined that the lad should pick as his first "boss'* the man who could eventually do most for Mm, Though lie mlpht have had either position, he chose to begin his career in tie purchasing' agent's department. There can be -no doubt -that George Bur^a early association with Thomas Shaughnessy helped materially in his subsequent advancement through all the grades of ser-j vice to his present position as Crown Prince of the Immense transportation system. The boy suited, the man; he was dependable, alert, resourceful, and ambitious to please. And, above all, he was not content to know but one department of railroad work. Shorthand he was familiar with when he started in. He presently learned telegraphy. Then, from knocking around in shop and ruiindhouse, he mastered railroad r.::cpanics. The intricacies of train iteration followed. Presently'ie was a recognized expert in all that, con-i'vrne:l the operating end of a rall-r.:>:ul, and preferment came as a Just rrrosniiion of ability. Thorough and Approachable HE has been pretty well all over the system in one capacity or another and has had to handle-many trying experiences - snow slides, strikes, freight congestion, wrecks^ and the thousand and one troubles that render a railroader's life one continuous succession of emergencies. After a few years under Mr. Shaughnessy, he was promoted to be private secretary to General Manager Van Home. Then, about 1890, he was gazetted assistant superintendent at North Bay-his first taste of authority. From North Bay! he -was eent to Fort "William; from there to Oranbrook; then back to .North Bay, and eventually to "Winnipeg, each change spelling greater' power and Increased pay. Thirteen years ago be waa appointed! general superintendent of the Lake Superior Division, hie first bis job. Promotion followed to the position of assistant general manager of western Hnes and then, on the retirement of 'Sir William "WOryte, six years ago, he became vice-president and general manager, His removal to headquarters in Montreal Is recent history. Two habits illustrate Sir George Bnry's-character. It is his custom to keep a clean deal: tn front of him and 3idelihtsioi^Men. and IWome^to ; Sir George Eury. an open door beside htm. The first typifies thoroughness; the second ap-proachnblUty. He is known as a man who gets things done. He hates procrastination either In himself or in others and numerous are the stories told of how ho has cured employees of the habit of putting off. Once he actually had a car door carted Into a man'sjJffice and propped against his desk as a reminder that the fellow had neglected to fix it up. "When ha came down from "Winnipeg to succeed the late David Mc-Wcoll in Montreal, he upset the decorum of the denizens of the "Windsor street offices by insisting on keeping his door open, so that he could bo seen and spoken to whenever necessary. And because he observed this principle himself, he expected others to do the same and frequently made tours of the various offices to see that everybody was on the Job. Sir George Is personally the essence of neatness. He dresses with excessive care and is never comfortable unless his surroundings are spick and span. He exhibits remarkable energy and despatch In handling his work and is keenly observant of all that is passing around him. As an expert railroader, in every phase of the subject he has few peers in his day and generation. MEN WHO HAVE REFUSED PEERAGE Mr. Asquith Followed Example of Other Famous Men. QN his resignation, Mr. Asquith is said to have refused a peerage. In doing so the late Prime Minister was only following the example ot several other famous men who have refused to accept honors and decorations. Gladsone is, of course, the most notable Instance of modern times. Thomas Carlyle refused the G.C.B. with his usual Irreverence, remarking that if he accepted people would inevitably describe it as the Grand Cap and Bells. Of Fox the story is told that, on some one bringing him word that the King was anxious to make him a peer, he remarked, despairingly, "Great heavens! has it come to that?" One of the most interesting refusals was that which came from Lord Melbourne when Queen Victoria offered him the Garter, one ot the most distinguished orders in the power of the British sovereign to confer. Melbourne was, of course, Queen Victoria's Prime Minister, when the Queen was quite a young girl, and between the two there exlsted'a picturesque relationship, somewhat like that of father and daughter. He was, however, ever respectful and, if frank, none the less precise. So, in declining the Garter, he wrote: "The expense of the blue ribbon amounts to �1,000, and there has been, ot late years, no period at which It would not have been seriously inconvenient for me to lay down such a sum." GREATEST FRIEND OF BRITISH BLIND HEROES SIR JOHN AIRD A RETIRING MAN General Manager of Bank of Commerce, Just Knighted, Doesn't Advertise. WAS BORN IN QUEBEC But He Is of Scottish Descent and Has Typical Scotch Temperament. it OHN AIRD was born In Can-T ada-In fact, in the Province J of Quebec-but ho is of 'typl- { cally Scottish temperament, Just as [ he is of Scottish descent. He is of Scottish parentage on both sides. He is a hard-headed, cool-headed man of business, of somewhat rugged exterior, but compact of sterling virtues. He is a man who, when he has made up his mind. Is not easily deflected from the way he has chosen. He can, too, make up his mind quickly, and act quickly." Such is an estimate of the recently-knighted general manager of the Bonk of Commerce Imparted to The Star Weekly by a Torontonian singularly well placed for making the estimate. It Is understood that the knighthood conferred on Sir John Alrd was given to him as an appreciation of the very valuable services he has rendered to his country during the war. It Is known that he has been of the very greatest assistance to Sir Thomas White, the Minister of Finance, in the extraordinary financial operations rendered necessary by the war. He has given, gratuitously and ungrudgingly, of his time and financial ability to this service. "Few people have any idea," said the Informant before quoted, "of the hard work he has done In this connection- And It has all been done with such an entire absence of all ostentation. That, again, is thoroughly symptomatic of the man. 'He does not advertise.' But he is a man of genuine worth nnd strong character-in every way a citizen of whom we can be proud." Long Service in Btuik SIR JOHN AIRD started his business career as a railway man. But in 1878, when he was twenty-three-he is now sixty-one years Andre Tardieu TTEAD ot the permanent French mission in the United States, Is a business man of keen decision. He will decide what supplies shall go to France nnd, with the representatives of the allies, arrnngo the difficult problem of the shipping.  old-ho entered the Canadian Bank of Commerce as a clerk, and has remained with that bank, in one capacity, or another, ever since. Ho soon became one of the bank's inspectors, and, later, was made manager at Seaforth, returning subsequently to Toronto as assistant manager of the Toronto branch. In 1908 he was made superintendent of the Western agencies, with Jurisdiction over all the bank's branches situate in the district between the Great Lakes and the Rocky Mountains. Ills work in that post was of such an outstanding character, and marked by so much success, that he was brought to the head office as assistant general manager In 1911, and, four years later, on the retirement of Mr. Alexander Laird, he succeeded to the general [managership. \ Sir John Aird In his younger days was noted for his proficiency in our national game. He was a contemporary in the lacrosse field with Sir Hery-y Pellatt nnd the late Ross Mackenzie. Ho has three daughters and two sons, both of the latter being in the flying service, one attached to the army and the other with a naval battalion. In June, last year, the elder son, Lieut. John Aird, underwent an operation for appendicitis in an English hospital. The younger son, Lieut. Hugh Aird, was formerly a well-known Varsity hockey player. DAVISON A MAN OF PUNCH, MAKING U.S. REP CROSS JUMP Partner in J. P. Morgan Company Hustling Things Along-No Decision Can Wait for To-morrow. E Sir Arthur and Lady Pearson OIR ARTHUR AND LADY PEARSON, greatest friends and workers for the " rolief of the war blind. Sir Arthur Pearson, although blind himself, has been the chief worker for tho relief of the blind in Great Britain. He has established and la directing schoolB in London where the blind soldiers and sailors are taught useful trades despite the'affliction. He has shown the "light" to the blind and has made happiness posslblo to many of those who thought,' when stricken, that their good days were over. Lady Pearson is the; aid and helpmate who has made the work of her husband so succesbful. K^_�fiV&*}� 8SS�PR.Ha&Sfl"M HUM* f