Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 24, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta
A am SERVANT WITH BACKBONE Is Dr. Adam Shortt, Head of \. Canada's Civil Service Commission. HIS NATIVE HAMLET Near London, Ontario, Has Disappeared From the Map - Always a Keen Student. By FRANCra A. CARMAN. TllKHB arc not many men, even Iii this l.ind oC "mushroom"' firo\vlh.�, who Uvod to sec ox-tliiariilsheij the viMf^so in which thi-j-tvnve born. Villages aro u-fually low prowins and udually arc porsl.s-fcnt na well. Kepecially Is thl.4 triu; In the old sotllcd Pi'ovUu:e of Ontario. Yol the tnlo that I am now .tellinK \s oC .such a man. Ho wa.s born In, the villaufi of Kliworth In the vnlley of tho Thame.s, and he is yc-t in tho prime of life. The man is Dr. Adam Shortt, Civil .Scryico Commls-stoner. The village in which Dr. Shorlt saw the llffht was one of Ihe old mill vil-lafios of the. cicpoI,;8Tlm, impartial'judge-such is the way the press I is lieadllningriall referencea to the British Titanic Commission's chair-man, who ,'Is'now In: Canada directing the enquiry into the loss of the Empress of'Jreland.. After the Titanic enquiry due prominence was given to the fact that during the entire questionings the only iime he was aeen to smile -wa6,whcn a sailor, who was asleep at the lime of the collision, explained he Tvas "whacked to tlie side." His stiff face was then said to have cracked into ..laughter^, that was lilte a grim(u:o. There is .i\ltogether too general impression that IX)rd'Mersey, if a Just judge, is cgre-llke and a man of dry rigidity. Otherwise, it .Would be difficult, to account for his universal popularity In the British Isles,'along with the respect for him as tho highest authority on matters maritime that is felt. His career has been notable. A native of Liverpool, n.aulical terms such as "alluvion" or "Jettison" were ci part of. his schoolboy alphabet. Ho absorbed shipping lore with his :irithmetic. In i867 he entered the chambers of Mr. Charles Russell-afterwards tlie late celebrated Lord Russell of Klllowon-as pupil, ^vna chilled to tho Bar three years aflor, and later enjoyed a private practice of almost fabulou.s worth. All this time he was just plain Sir John Bingham. His subsecjuent careei- as president of the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division on the bench is well remembered; also his services on the Parliamentary Commission which enquired into tho Jameson raid. Upon his elevation to the peerage in March, 1910, he had to respond at a Divorce Court banquet given in his honor, and a few of his remarks revealed the real man'. "I think I could count on my fingers," he said with emotion, "tho number of days I have been away froxn my duties on tho bench from ill-health or other causes, but now at 70 years of age, I am tired-not so tired that I feel unfit for any more work, but tired enough to make me feel that in Justice to myself I ought to relax the strain of daily work on the bench." Four yeai-s later, at this date. Lord Mersey is kHI! in harness. That hears reasonable testimony to one of his epigi-ams-much esteemed of lawyers- "I hope I shall still be alilo to do useful work, notwithstanding the ominous assurances of my friends that I look younger every day." Newspaper meri, by the way, need have no fear of this "ogre" at (he Empress investigation. Ijord Mersey has frctiuentiy praised the courtesy of the average reporter and the fali-ne,':S of the press. "Of course," once he remarked, "my judicial nets have been criticized, but no judge should complain of criticism, for a Judge who is never worth criticism is probably never -worlh anything at all. I am reminded of a couversation I once had with Lord Watson. I told him that 1 thought he interrupted counsel's argument too often with his criticisms. 'Eh, mon,' he answered, 'you should never complain of that for I never Interrupt a fool.'" when he was attending high school at Walkerton. Hu was a student while ho was teaching sclinol and putting himself through Queen's by the extra-rural course which has made that university a blessing to so many men, who have liad the zeal for knowledge, but not the financial basis of leisure, �When he was teaching philosophy, he was delving into economics, and when lie was teaching economics he was studyin,g the problem of labor and capital at first hand in Government commissions. Now that ho is a civil service commissioner, he is devoting his evenings to tho investigation of tho history of the Dominion. If he ever takes to historical study as a means of livelihood, ouo may be confident that ho will acquire some new branch of learning as a hobby. As civil sei-vice commissioner, Adam Shortt ia the cynosure of tho eyes of ail politicians and of all civil servants. He is also the head at -n-hich all criticism is directed. He is doubtless human, and consequently he may err. But one does not havo to be a champion of all his official acts to recognize that here is a man wlio Is somewhat of a rarity In our political machinery. Ho is not afraid of the politician, even of tho politician in power. He has back bone. If he thinks he is right he Is not easily to bo moved. Such men aro needed if we are to have an efficient staff of public servants. The principle of competitive examinations may be pushed too far in choosing Government employes, and there must be allowance m.ade for other qualities than come out on a v.-rittcn test. The JUnL-jter and his deputy havo points of view which require' con-sidi.-.ra.tion. But after all, it is quite impcssiblo to "take the service out of politics" unless you havo men' of backbone at the head of the Civil Service Conmiission." ONE ON BRYAN SECRKTAPY OP STATK BRTAN was receiving a visit the other day from his son, William J, Bryan, jr., who is a young Ifi>vyer of Tuscon, Ariz; The younger Bryan accompanied hla father ovor to a Cabinet meatlne one morning, and, at the suggestion of one of the other members, tried his father'a chair. "I wish, you would just remain there right through the meeting instead of your father," remarked Secretary Jo-sephus Daniels, roguishly. '^Why'a that?" naked young Bryan. "Oh," replied Danle.�s, "aliw-ply because the rest of ua might tiicn have a chance to talk." KAISER FEARS "LIFTS" II'' skysoi-opers exusted in Oerraany, Kmperor William probably never would enter one. It has just rome to light that ho declines to ride .'n any elevator outside of those in hi-i own palaces or in a govei-nment buiWing. Tho Kaiser recently signified his readiness to Inspect a ne-sv Invention which had enlisted his interest. When told that it could only be seen on the top floor of a five-storey building in the Unter den Linden, accessible only by elevator or by climbing tho stairs. His Majesty said the Invention would have to be brought to him. It appears he will not enter any elevator of whose absolute safety ho has not unquestionable persnaJ knowledge. The invention therefore was transported for tho Kaiser's benefit, to tho Doeboritz military camp, on tho outskirts of Berlin. It is a clne-raatogrnphlo contrivance, known as "live targets," which enables a person to shoot film reproductions of human beings, animals, aeroplanes, or other o,nimate objects. The Kaiser hoard of "live targets" from Ambassador Gerard. Ho took 300 shots at Do^ber-Itz, and was so delighted with his ex-porionco that he has ordered the apparatus installed in several cadet schools and Jjaval training ships. Don't Be Afraid of Dirt, Says Gifford The Advice of a Standard Oil Man Who Began in Gveralln. IT is commonplace to lol! a young man who hopes to 5nict.'cr.d that he. must work hard and save lii.-j money. But G. H. Glfford, who l.s one of tlia managers for the Standard Oil Company in tho State of New Jersey, adds another element to tho formul.i. "Don't," says Glfford, "be afraid to got dirty." Glfford began on tho c.-iplt.aJ of a 40-cent suit of overalls and a will Ingnesa to abide the po Tied Man ibc officer cf ti-.c law in th-o Indian territory. tj.-niallv the scout becomes a vrvy important personage among the Indians and l.s not mucii loved by them. While they are not usually aver.se to police control, yet they cannot overcome the old idea that the Medicine Man and chief of tho tribe should be the only Indian authority under which they must bend. One of the most enlightened .scouts in tho employ of the force is Eddie Sprins-in-the-crowd, who for short Ih called plain "Eddie." What his father saw at the time of his birth to suggest such, an uncommon name for his child Is not known. Eddio la one of the few Indians of the Blood Reser\-e who gcl.s mall at the local post-office. For some years Eddie has been a subscriber to a Canadian periodical, and while the police affirm tliat he does not read the literature, yet they believe the pleasure of having a magazine come addressed to hin^fclf more than offsets the small subscription he pays for it. Eddie has no aversion to .titling for a photographer. The accompanying photograph .shows him attired in a new serge with bright brass button-s. Eddie has also invested in a new pair of boots. A CLEVER YOUNG MAN OF THE WEST Is Hon. Wilfred Gariepy, New Minister of Municipal Affairs in Alberta. IS A SON OF QUEBEC Has Seen Public Service in Edmonton in Many Capa-cities-A Catholic. ^ ... ' ---'^^^�.1 ' By MAX. McD. (�r> lOGRAI'HY should treat of th9 �IJ lives of those whose worth, socially, n'lorally, and intcllcctu.ally, commands tho inequivoo.il respect of the public which is a discriminating factor and invariably distinguishes tho ring of tho true metal from th� I dissonance of the brass. In the pos-nession of admirable qualities of mind and heart. In holding marked pre-cortcnco as ,a distinguished member iof the legal profession, and in being !>. man of liigh attainments and dl3� linguisliod r.xpcutive ability, Mr. Gariepy c-lmlicnges .attention as one difitinolly eI:s:iblo for representation in thi.i compilation, while his earnest and upright career and his position as a man of affairs but served to render tl!C more consonant an epi-tomo of hia life history in thi.q connection." So wrote I">r. A. O MacRac, of the. Honorable Wilfred Gariepy, in his history of Alberta. Since the above was written Mi-. Gariepy has mora tlian ctcr won for himself a place on the merit lOll of distlngiiishod 7nen in the Frovlnec of Alberta. In IfllS, he wart the G\icc.essful candidate for (ho I^eglslature an representative for Beaver River, ouo of the northern constituencies of the Province. In' November of last year the sul>ject '> of this brief .sketch was sworn in as'j Minister of Munlcipnl Affairs for ^ Eddie Spri�o-in41ie-0ibtc(l. LAFOLLETTE'S SPEECH COST$10,000 THE day after Senator La Follclte delivered his almost lyvo pounds of speech in the United .States .Seni-te-one pound and eleven o-uncc5 to bo exact-Ren-- ntativc Barnhart, of Indiana, chairman of the House CommltU- .. d Printing, sot up to offer a few figures about the cost of La I'-ollette's extension of remnrkt. Bt-.rnhart was prepared to show that the expense of ])rinting the .spocob in Ihc Congressional Record was nearly $10,00i>, and tliat the tin-iil cost wlien the speech is put into the bound records will reach about ?l3,u00. If every Congressman 'went in for such heavy speeches all tho .same day an issue of tlie Congressional Record, said Barnhart, would cost more than .?T,000,000. In giving these figures, .however, Barnhart qiir.litied by saying. "If my multiplication l.s correct." And iliat broii,sht a laugh from (ho I-Iouse, for on a previous occasion he had read off a lot of figures that ho ba-d accepted from a clerk, and somebody detected an error in lyiul-tiplication of about $30,000. The error mortified Barnhort more than anything that has happened to him .since he entered Congress, for he insists (hat in his school days he stood at tho head of tho clnss !n multiplication and long division, and even in fractions. Not until tho other day was he able to refer to the incident in a jocular way. But whetlier Earnhart's figures aro correct or not. La FoIIette's three hundred and sixty-eight pages, or approximately two pounds of speech, will probably remain the profes.^lonal Indoor speech-put record for many seasons yet to come. Hon. Wilfred Qariepy. Tsc yna Pal: Tne young unijiaman wno nas a price of ?20,000 on his head offered by President Yuan S!ii Kai, of China. Pak has boon h.avclilng a revolution in the Celestial Rejiublic, and is a serious element to the President's pealayod on her. But when he -was leaving she sugs-c-sted (hat he sliould in future sign his telegrams in romo other way. WANTED A BUFFALO i(| UNDERSTAND (hat each 1 United S(ates Congressman is entitled to one buffalo," writes a constituent to Representative Wilson, OS. i Florida. "Kindly ship the buffiUo to me (o roacii here, if possible, not later than tiie 20th of this nionth. I %v:il greatly appre-c'late tl;i5 favor. Y'ou, no doubt, have no iiBe for the buffalo yourself, and I might as well have it na anybody. Let me knov/ whether it will come by freight or express, and if I have to p.ay the charges, It it comes by oxpreEE 1 ought to know a day ahead, .is they could not keep a buffalo overnight in the cxprass office. Thoy havo no provisions fpr taking caro of so large animals. I am not even sure a buffalo could get through the door." rgWuua-j----u.' Alberta, and re-eloctcd by acclamation OS member for Beaver River in December of the same year. Born at Montreal on March 14, 1877, the son of ,1os. II. Gariepy. the young mair was educated at St. Laurent Col�, lege, Montreal Seminary, Ltival Unl�i versity, and finally graduated in l�w, from McGill University, Going to -iLlborta in 18D2, youn� Gariepy -was a.ssociatcd with 4iia ; father in business in Edmonton. IB \ health prevented him from taking ui)>' his chosen profession till 1908, whenii lie began the practice of law undtv, the firm name of Taylor, Boyle, an4|l Gariepy, afterward Gariepy ani' Landry, and finally as at preseb^i Oariepy, Giroux, and Dunlop, of E*. raonton. ^ Mr. Gariepy was an alderman oti his city from 1007 to 1910. He is i dlre-jtor of the Edmonton Chlldron'i Aid ssociety, president of the AIbert� Union of Municipalities; president ot; Edmonton Liberal Club, secretary oC Edmonton Canadian Club, and preslW dent of the French-Canadian Con* gres.^ of Alberta. In'1904 he woe �' school trustee and has been electei' every year since. In 1907 he ttrajl' president of St. Jean Baptisto Society and in 1811 a Grand Knight of th* Knights of Columbus. He is a member of three clubs, Edmonton, Northern, and Canadian, and a Romaa l^atholic in religion. The new Minister has a pleaslnc manner, and on a recent tour ot th�| Province with ether Ministers of thin Legislature ho made many frlendm.' He is brimful of humor, ha� a gatA\ comm.and of English, -and as a plat-: form and .after dinner speaker ia' very fiopular. Mr. Gariepy is married and ha� three sons and one daughter. Hl�: home is at fS7 Hardlsty avenue, Ed-.j-raonton. ^.j-^ -- w CARSON'S FUTURE HAT is to be the.future of-Sir "-^' Unionist Government came into power the Attorney-Generalship would bo his for the asking. He couli| hardly be made Lord Chancellor,-ifor Sir Robert Finlay, who waa Attor> ney-General when Carson waa Sollcl-I tor-General, has the prior claim.. An English political journalist of^ fers this'suggestion: '1.-am told that the Ulster leader Uaa* however, no debire to bo either Attorney-General or Lord Chancellor. Mis ambition lies In another direction entirely. It il am not very much mistaken ha. would like to be-offered the position of Viceroy in Dublin. Whether auch I an appointment Tvquld lead to eom�. .plications is'an open qi)estlon, bnl ' I that it would be an intiBrestiaig ap<*^, pointment hardly leaves ..room for.