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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 25, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta THE HERALD'. YOUNGEST C.E.F. COLONEL IS 23 Ll.-Col. L. Nelles. D.S.O.. of London, Ont., Holds Record for All British Forces. VvENT WITH 33RD BN. 11: is Now in Commnnd of the -'itii Ccinadian Battalion, First Brieadc. _ v'.MX'N. Out. iov-cut!y laiil ij il.iim to till' >li?lliictk>u of' -2--' ;;:ivjii.c. in Ilic pianiisou ot tlio , i(i>ii. >'ir Carliiipr. tlic ' i ( iivtaiii 111 the Uritlsli arm- i if^. Km;,- liroifre liimsdf was niiDi-Oi !i.i I'or till' statrmcnt. I'.ii! with tlic iml'licatioii of llic Kir.q'.-; t>irtlulay lienor list l.oiuloii | l:nT.:Hl tluit she may aiKhttiilly as-j s. :l lior claim to a jicrhai's greater ! lii^tiuctioii; she now has the yoiinp-i r^t lioulcnaat rolonel coiniiiandiiii; a ' Hritish unit in any theatre of war.- j I.:cnt.-roI. I.aiayctto .Nilios, now in , his twenty-third year. (lie roooni of fol. -Voile." i.' o!iP of the hish lishts in Canadian' .'iL-liievoinonl jlnrinj; the war. Col. Xolles was born in I.onilon :j years ago. the son of Mr. .1. A. XcUcs, an Insuratico broker. \Vl;en but a hid out of school he went north on a constnietion panir en^asj-cii in bnildins: continental Railwa eu a special aptitude for organization XKork, and a shill in siipenis- ; ory tasks that was soon recofrnised. with the result that while still in i\ hiM 'teens he was handling bis ^augs GREY, Kditof of the Aeroplane of London, makes the following comment on "the prcatesl air fighters of the war": Some time asso a "little group ot people who wore nil keenly interested in aviation were arguing as to who wa.s the ercate.st air-flghtcr the war has produced. One old-timer said Captain Tmmelmann, another .M.njor Ifawlvor. yet ttnother held out ! for Hittmeister von Richthofen-of course, It wa.s an R. F. C. officer who held that opinion-another again argued in favor of Captain Ball, some one else su.cpi-stcd Captain Itolcke. Then a veteran of some :;r> years ot I age, with a long string of air fights j and sundry victories to his credit, remarked that really it was not fair to pretend tliat any of them was greater than any other. lie held tliat one after another came into inomlnenco and did better Jhan any of his prcdecesscrs partly bo'.'aiise he had better aero- KMUtV^ML. M"^ 1 riv^r\ , i^praiise he had acquired the : _ . , T-, ^1 J J ' accumulKleJ knowledge of those who of railway builders then driving the Said to Be tlever and a Uood ; , , _____ , . . .. . Difference of Opinion As To Greatest Air Fighters The Edilor of the Aeroplane, London, Mentions Harvkcr and Ball, Inunclmann and Von Richthojen, Cuyncmer, and One or T^o Others-Machines Doivned Not Sole Basis of Efficiency. c. ^ Lt.-Co!. Lafai/ctlr \rlh\i. P.s.O. TCHERNOFF NEXT RUSSIAN RULER : the National Tr.uis-:5g,^-[jQj^ j]^^ H^,]^^^ 53',(^ ilway. He deraonstrat- i i i r- i Likely to hollow Lenine and Trotzky. pioneer line throiigli the wiUkrnc-s near Cochrane. The outbreak of tlie war found him in partnership with an elder lioliier in a commission brokers' busin-^ss at Winnipeg. Kcturning to London he became a lieutenant in the ujid Overseas Battalion. From the outset the young officer proved an outstanding liguie In tiie camp. He soon won a coniiiany command and though he had had virtually no previous militiiry expcri- Singer and Personally .Agivceable. I 15y .�S.INO .m.m.mbkrg. N revoUitioiiary times no one can ; had gone before him. and chiefly be-I cause, owing to the enormous growth i ot all the belligerent flying services, there wore more targets-otherwise j -i-j .J victims-to lie found. 1 |j Probably the first pilot to become I r,.-.r: n.S.O, Jle was the Vlrst K. V. C. officer to win the V. CT for n\r-flghting. and many hold that he was the greiiiesi of all Hrltlsh fighting pilot."!, in that be was not only a fir.st-eUiss fighting man, but was also a splendid organiser and a born leuilcr of men. Jlo commanded a ftill .squadron for some time before he died, not merely a "flight" ot six machines, Quite, early la the war he won his D. .S. O. for his skill In destroying a kito-balloon in I''landPr.s, dpsplto intense nnli-aireiaft fire, tislng llio balloon itself as cover and so "laying a stymln" to tiie guns. Later he received nlso the Legion d'HnniiPur, His V. C. was awarded after a long series ot vh';orie-=. . He met his dvath at the hands of von KIclidiofeii after a prolonged duel durln.!.' which a west wind drove the comhatints far behhur the German lines, s'.^ that when Major Hawker, whose 'n.irhine was outcla.. l'poii t ..rough many not.-ible struggles, win- ; 3^^^^ p^li^^ ^ ,o,, ,5^^ ^^p, n;ng on the field promotion to the i ^, ^p,, ,,i3 ,.,,,,,.1^. rank of major and to the command,.,, ,f ^ 01 a company. .Just before the cap- ^^^^^^ Ji^.tasteful to the re- ture of Vimy Ridge he was ordered ; interests. He Is the Man to Smooth Over Difficult and Delicate Situations. G back to England for training for | u Happened then'one evening some duty as a senior officer. For two months the majo."- tinder- k;sM':ralissimo foch is a favorite theme with magazine ivriters ju.st now. Maurice Leon says of him in the current Re-:vipw of Reviews: "The word 'inspiring' fits Foch � Finnish revolutionists had made ^ party for a few Russian friends who ^p,ci,|i;ply. He has the faculty of in-Helsingfors, . pl^jj^j, ^^p^ ^.^^^ to their highest w-jent a course ot Instruction, gradua- 1 j^.t: arrived ting at the cud of that period into j Tchernoff wis one ot'them'-'.u'Vh-e itl'^i'- '"S^est the in.structional staff under j 1 ^�f 'f"^"'- level. It is said that Just before the pUl army auspices The ctice of : !7,^!!,;t':,t.o?;'rhr,r;i"^^^ �^ Mons-Charleroi Field Mar- : to Boris Savinkotf, who later on be-sp'ice again in .France, or ot con-' came Minister of War .iif Kerensky's tihuanc* as an instructor presented ; cabinet. He was e.ntliusiaatic about itself.,. ' ; Tchernoffs beautiful voice and asked 'i4oadciuarters had use tor him for jf^ 1 hatl ever heard him sing. As a time, but his chance on the battle- j j^p received an answer in the nega-lioivt he impatiently, awaited. Those j ji^e, he promised me 10 see lo it who knew him best. predicted fresh | ^1,^4 Tchernoff should not be allowed li'onors for him; and they caftie in � to depart before be had given us a promotion to �l lieutenant-colonelcy. ; song. aSd'appointment to command of the ' i.,hall never forget the impression Fourth Canadian Battalion, of the , made 'upon us when he sang his First Brigade. first song about the river Volga. His Look at the accompanying picture ^ nielting nor-barltone voice express-ot Col. Nelles ana; yoii will have a j gd the sadness of the Russian plains better appreciation ot his appoint-j a^rf longing for freedom of the raenl lo the command of a battalion.! oppressed people better than any Few would e.xpcct such maturity ot j w-ords could have done. expression in the /face of a youth of! Pleasing Personality 'So. But it's all there, and no one w-ho ! , , , ,. , ,. , . , ^-vNE after another the songs fol- knowa hlra.for hia work in the w.ar, II, ' V_y lowed, sometimes sad," some-(3 surprised that he has won the , , ' , . , \. times humorous, but alwaya beautiful. The Ice was broken, and after this cvi-ning we knew the real Tcher- won the coveted D. S. O. Another young Londoner to receive the D. S. O, In the King's birthday list i.^ Licut,-CoI, Ibbotaon Leonard, of the Canadian Mounted Kltlea in France. Col- Leonard is a son ot F. E. I^onard, a London manufacturer, and a brother of Lieut,-Col. Wood Leonard, commander of the Third Canadi-an Arlillery Brigade, who was killed in action in the battle ot Paa-kchendaele, and who in a brilliant career on the western front had hlm-.--..af won the D.S.O. I'ol. Ibboi.son Leonard Is a gradual' of Upper Canada College, the It. .M. eH." "But, look here, ikoy lliis Is scr-lou,s then. What do you moan by putting out a .sesvlco flag like, thi^t'.'" Ikey grinned expansively and tliicw out hlB hands in a �enerouH gesture, "Veil." he said, "custom- noff. Once his shyness was overcome his sense ot humor, his wit and his artistic accomplishments made him an inspiring personality. Of I all the Russian revolutionary loaders "ot that/ time Tchernoff was one' ot the most popular. i never heard_ any one utter a bitter word against him. His kindness was boundless and his deep sincerity won Lt.-Col Ihliotwi Leoii'unl, yj,.S,0. line much used by the marquess. So one day he put three ch'.mncy sweeps, each carrying a bag ot soot, into the compartment v.here his Lordsliip was seated. J^ord Waterfoid, however, was equal to the occasion. When the train arrived at- its dc.Ktlnution he took the sweeps to the booking- office, liought them each a first-class ticket, tipped them a sovereign apiece as a rccomponsc for having lo take an unnecessary .iourney, and .ient them back down the line, sacks and all, each one in u septirato tirst-olass carriage. (luit of him, Hcribbllng out an ad-veriisomenl asking for apidlcants for the position ot proofreader, he sent it up to tl'.e compo.dng room. Klrangc to say there were no applicants. He ,'icnt up a second tidvcrti.scmcnt; still no response. This went on for .several days. At lasl some inquiries v.oro made and it was discovered thai the old proofreader h:id simply taken the |.;ecaullon of marking onl j.tho udvei'tisetiicnt on the proof as It went through, tind in consequence the ad never uri|icarcd, .Mr. Robertson rather admired tli^. man lor his nerve than condemned' him for his action, and tlccideU to retain him on his staff. the respect of every one. No sacrifice for the cause was ever known to have frightened him. Tchernoff had often that sad, ab-tient-mirided look' we notice in people who live in the vicinity of death, but we soon found out that he observed everything ai'ound him much better than people whose lite had been the normal comfortable one."' " Tclicrnott's Importance as a re-A'olulionary leader reals upon the fact that ho Is a speciaUst in the difficult Russian land question, on which he has written several valuable works. His s.\mpalliies are all on the side ot the peasants and against the big land owners. When lis becnipe Minister ot Agriculture In Kerensky's Cabinet he bad to fight the landlords as his bitterest enemies, though he personally is the most lovable of men, Htirlng the last eight yuar.s Tclier-noff lived mostly In Paris, where he was an active member ot the Central Committee of tiie tSociallsl Jtevolu-tlonary party. After the March revolution he went back to Russia, It 1.1 difficult lo prophesy, btit it The Heal Herbert Hoover A Little Story Which Throm Light on the Emotional Side of the U. S. Food Controller. W' HF.V one hears too much about ii ninn, It becomes hard to think ot him as a human being rather than an Institution, Herbert Hoover is so much an' Institution In American life and such a liy-word in the talk of our neighbors across the line that it Is interesting to get a glimpse ot him as a man with a life and personality of his own, Vernon Kt'llogg, who knows him well, tells about him in the Atlantic :Monthly: "He ri-ad.inet secretaries, premiers, lie was patient ot form where form was obligatory. But In realities bo dealt with each as man to inan. Ho presumes reasonableness In his antagonist. Tlib higher the authority and more able the man who ha.s to he convinced, the more con-lident is Hoover ot the outcome of the meeling. "He also has an cni�ti�I(I the chulrmaiisbli) ot tho Hoard ot Miinag'h'H of Knox Pipsbytcrlan Church, ami to bis efforlK Is due 1:0 .'�mall Jjhiire of the credit for tliu Brig.-Gen. D. Fouloio 'J\JKAli of the aviation service for the American F.xpeditlouary Forces, has been apprflnted eom-inanuor or ihe r.w service ot tho first army. General Foulois was one of the first officers of the ir, S. army to study aviation, and was the second tirmy officer to fly in a heavier Hum air miiphinc. In IDDII be was selected by Orville M'riglit as l:.is passenger in the first army lest flights. Hi'? career has been spectacular and his rise from the ranks meteorlce. Ho served as a private In tho Porto IJic:(i (�ampalgn in ISilS, in the Phllliplnes and on. tho Mexican border In It'lC, i-oulols is well-known for his c.\-traordlnary coolness, skill and daring. FOCH A THINKER AND A DOER,TOO Has the Two Great Qualities Seldom Found in One. Man. VISION AND ACTION In His Case Self - Confidence Never Becomes Uvcr-^iC^' adventurous. gTF-PHANF LAUZ.ANNE, , one of tho most famous of Fi'onch newspaper editors, gives this description of the qualities that make General Foch a great general: The qualities which make Ferdinand FocU remarkable are tiualitlcs which exist in''maoy other men, of every race, wlio are not rcmarkablo at all. The thing which Is remark-� ublf is merely this: That in lilm qualities e:,ist side by side which ordinarily, so experience has led us to believe, would be contradictory ot cucli other-which, in the parlance ot tho ehemist, would neutralize each other, as a blended base and acid do. What are ihese qualities? Two: First, Ills great and comprehensive knowledge of Hie science and art ot war; that enormous technical equipment which puts all the tools ot his work at his comrAand, simplifies every professional problem to its essential elements, and made the Germans themselves long ago recoKnIza him, in their own gracious words, as "ono of the few Ktrateglsts ot the first class among tho entente allies." .Second, lii.s superb moral qunlllyot unwavering confidence in himself, In his armies and in the worth, nimoslj the sHcredness, of tbe^cause he figjjt.s' for. The ocquirPniPiit of giiat l:iiow-ledge along any line icmis to produce the thinker rather than tlic do.-r. 'I'lm wise mar. aces, and foresees, so iniich that he often lucks confidence to lako action, / A Man of Vision O.V the other hand-us observation teaches us every day oC our Uvea-the man of supreme and nBsertlve self-confidence is constantly in danger of being overadventnr-oiis, 1 suppose It Is because the conse- (juencea of u blunder of acHoii arc so splendid financial position In which | much Jiioro visiblo at once than those the church finds Uself today. He has a'KO held the position of trea-Mui'oii Tor the Reform Aw.soclutlon for many years, but. never at any time did be lay hImseU' open to ii chaige r^Ji^Sl^Uer';;'i^;;'"!;l^:^,y�''^t'^th;-^^-oH before yo, leap," for ciulct, non-argum.-.'iitatlve kind, and �0 . this Ih due no .doubt a. great ot a blunder ot inaction that far inoro of the proverbs which are humanity's condensed common sonso counsel prfidenco than advise anil urge ad- dc'il if his popularity, 111 "bis doiupMllc lite the new mayor lias ahvnj-s proven himself a model husband and father, and his wll'e aiiil one son and one ditugbler now liliare. with the family head the hdn-ors S.I generously accorded l>y a communiiy of uoinn thirteen lliou-saiul soula. or nomewhat . stocky build and with plain rimmed glasscF-llio mi-ostentiitiouH kind that hook on behind the cars-ICelth Webster, In eitlier ills Sunlay or week-day ololli"S, might. eiiHilv be passed over as plain "f'ltl/.eii Webster," hut It requires only one giunce Into tho stpfidy eyes to 'renlh^o Hint in the person ot tho unasKiimlng little owner there is a serious, hnslnofis-llke Inilivhlual w'lth n. purpose in llf'j. When the venr's work Is rp-vlev/pd Keith Wnbster will rhnk wnll no with his proilocBssors, W- S. Middlidiro, ;i', T. 'rhompson, Jvlnttlipw Kennedy, ,laineH IMcLauchlan, John Ml i-iu.ikcr, 1011'jn I.Pinon, K. 1), Llllb' anil the others, ' whnsn tianios nro not known in the noHflcal and �'''.i;nibUc t'U'clcs-oC the Dominion. Instance, lie that as It may, Foch, It seems to me, has that remurkiiblc combination of knowledge and faith-tluit blending ot the quality which bi'ecds vis-Ion, foi'cslglil and precision, with the quality wliii.'li breeds vigorous impu-llfiice, which creates a tlghtlng man. And HO ho Is at once a commander iviiil a lender. That rmioncllement o[ ountraillc. tnrlcs, that blending of oppusltes, appears constantly throughout his car. cor, nowhei'B more clearly than In his-greatest military success, when, as cominander ot tho .Vliilh Army In mil, ho broke tho enemy centre mid comiicllcd tho doflnllo .ubaiidonmont: ot tho long planned and oberlshed (lermaii prDpi'iim of a li'lumpliiuit advance on I'nrls, 'WhaJ lio did there D.'fhiblted Ills posHossion ot two (liliigs-a, Hpoudiii ability oC manoeuvre and a monil'j beyonU ull jii'iilse, ;