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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 29, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta THE HEBALIT.N f OVERSEAS DEPUn INGERSOLL BOY Col, Thomas Gibson Is Son oi Joseph Gibson, Veteran , ' Prohibitionist. flE WAS AN 'ATHl:eTE Succeeded Mr. Rowell as Legal Adviser of Lake Superior Corporation. Uy ,1. T. KlTZfil3f!ALP. 1;T ut tlio ycjiuiK iithlotlc Ind Olluit J\isl a few years back playcil I'uotbiill, liascball, cilckot anil lacrosse on soiric of Die leniling tiM))).* lit Western Ontario, lias grown coloiul 'I'lioniaa Ciiljson, recently promoted fiorn llio rank of miijor and made Hcputy Minister 6t Mllltia tiver.-c.!3, snccccilinB Colonel Walter (iou-, in the manaslnn nnd handling i>r Ilir afCaIrs ot the Canadian forces ovc ri t-as. Il(jr!i al liipcrsoll tlih'ly-clBht yearo ai,'!'. tliu son of I'ostmaster .loseph C.ll.sf.i: oC that town. Ton\, as l\o Is known tlicro, scocnrcd lila wirly ccliion-tloii tli'j I'lililic schools nnd Col-lf�'.ate InstltMte In that. town. At the ano or fonrtcen ycnis he left In-K'IhdII and ontcn-d Toronto I'niver-Biiy, from which hn sraduatotl with ]!.A. dcprc: at the early age of eighteen year?. lie then entered C&goode Hall, wiierc lie remained for four years In tlio varlons cap.aritles tor which hia line mental capacity best tilted him. J.e.-ivhiB O.sgoode Hall, he returned to lii�er;!Oli, where he entered a law ]iiiitiier.shli> with tlic laic .1, li. .Tuck-sun, who later became Canadian Trades t'ommlsisioner In Leeds, Kng-)and, and who also waa similarly iitii.itud ill China for some time pro-vi(iu.s lo ilia death. This partnership was maintained In IngtrsoU tor about two years, when Tom decided to Iiani,' out a .sliiiiRlQ of his own. This he did witii no small amount of .-suc-ces.s. pntting Into hl.s every effort the energy and straightforwardness that has characterized his life oven to tile most minute detail. Kor three years he continued in the practise of Ills pi'pfession in IngersoU-and llion opportunity knocked at his door in no nncertnin yet .itrangc manner. At tliat time. X. W. Itowell, ICC, was a director and legal adviser of llu; Lake Superior t^orporntlon In Ti)ionto, I'ho great amount of titno Biid e.irc exacted by the affairs of tliU ..oneein, together with his other nii.MrdlMiieous duties, began to tell on Ills lieailli, nnd he necdeal Affairs Has Launched an Ambitious Scheme. FOURTEEN SHIPYARDS Arc Building Boats for Canada al Rale of 250,000 Tons Per Annum. LIKES ACCURACY ^^I^LTHOUGII Sir iirthur Yapp la a firm believer In total abstinence, ho Is a stickler for nccxivacy on the temperance platform. "I was," ho says, "converted to this view at a meeting I attended many years ago.. The lecturer began his address as follows: " 'Every glass ot whiskey a man drinks shortens his life one hour.' "'Question!' shouted a .stout, red-faced chap In tlie gallerS;. ' 'Qiies-tlon!' :"Wcll, . what's youi- tiuesllon, friend?' said the lecturer, "'Did I understand you to say, Sir, that ev�ry glaasi of whUk^y a man takes shortens bis llf� an hour'!' "That's t\-hat I saUi 'ViTiy?' "'Oh, nothing,' said tlie> stout chnp, 'only I've been doing a little mental arithmetic, and I find 1 ought to have been dead about thirlj'-flvc i'ears ago,' *� ---- r.y GRATTAN O'LEARY. -N'NOUNCIOMBNT that Hon. A C. C. Ballantyne will ahortly proceed overseas to take up naval and other maritime problems with Admiralty and shipping authorities In Brltalii comes as no surprise to those with knowledge of tiic splendid work being achieved by tho Canadian Minister ot Naval .\tfairs, or who havo watched hi."; steady advance to power and prestige in tho councils ot Union Govcnimcnt. There Is no harm now in saying that when Mr. Ballantyne first camo to Ottawa he was mostly regarded as a liazardous experiment. .Siispeoted on tlio one hand by Western radicals as a friend of "Bis Business," and coolly scrutinized, on the other hand, by Ontario Tories aa a representative of Quebec and a tormer Laurlerlte, he commanded but little strength, and when added to such stuhborn handicaps w-as the fact that he possessed ncltlier political nor parliamentary experience, it was perhaps little wonder th.'it tho critics, too often superficial In their judgments, should write an underlined interrogation mark after hia name. Klght months of the sternest trial, however, have brought a complete change. For it is no mere bit of c-xaggcration to say that among the most eoi.ipetent observers in Ottawa to-day, tho Min-Ister of Naval Affairs stands In the very first rank ot the Ministry, regarded as one ot the few notable acquisitions to politics in tKa last half dozen years. This verdic* has not been achieved by any evanescent parliamentary triiimiib, or by any popular Innovation laiinched upon the country by ingonljus press agents with blare of iournalistio trumpets. It i.s based upoii a ()Ulot, nKobtruslve record of solid aohieve-uicnt in administration, and it is re-irforcod by a step in pbllcy that betrays tlio work of a politician ot high capacity, str-nigth, and o.-igin-ality. Ballantyne Forced Change As Minister of Navai, Affairs, Mr. Ballairtyne succeeded Sir Douglas Ilazen, now Chief Justice of New Brunswick. An excellent parliamentarian and a gentleman ot culture and great charm. Mr. Hazen was not In any sen.se a vigorous administrator, and while he conducted his department ably and honestly, his regime was not distinguished by any notable advance. Thus It was that for three years after the outbrealc of \var, with ocean tonnage be.ioming almost essential to victory, Canada's shipyards remained tragically silent, producing scarcely a ship, A foolish belief that the war would soon be over, combined with financial timidity in launching upon ship construction at a time when plant and ma-terials were high, kept our yards idle, and only unrestricted submarine warfare, with (lie threat ot German victory, brouglit a cliange. Kven then Canada did not do as much as might have been expected, contenting herself with being banker for the Imperial Munitions Board, witli tlie result that until very, recent date all ships under construction in Canadian yards were contracted for and at tho Instance of Iho British Government. It wiia loft tor Mr. Ballantyne to foroo the decision upon his Cabinet collongues that the tinio.had come fyr Canada to embark upon .shipbuilding hs a permanent, national enterprise. 'X'horo were seemingly. In-suriiiountabio obstacles to be over-como, many serious difficultioa to bo ivelghod and considered, butthe Minister ot Naval Affairs nbvo'r faltered until ho had Government sanction t'ov nn iimbitious schemo of ship con-stijUotion calculated not alono to pldy ail important part in conciuor-Ins tho slibhiarino menace, but to miiko ' Canada In after-war years onb of the great mercantile marine nations ot tho world. Under this ijuijeme, tormulat^ed on sound business: IlnOS, fourteen Canadian shipyards, with an annual capacity out-Init of .250,000 tons, are being sup-Plliid by the Canadian Government with all the ships they can build, and, as early as this comingr fall, sh^s o'f ^000 tons-tho largest over built; iii. Qaiiada-will bo ready to talfW tiiB _\VAiei-. Owned by Canadian People l^l4^f'''h''S6 ships will be btillt 'with'Canadian' money, will Ve und�K.^ii)imcllan register, ati4 owned outriiriit by the Canadian pi|ipp;ie. Th� kinist'er Ot Naval Affair* points out that, QUite apart front' .what th�y will achieve In defeating the sub-marino  peril, lUey will help ' when the war Is over to maintain Canada ill tho strong position to whieli,' In the iiast four yetirEs, islie has attain- Hon. C. C. Biinanlyna WHO'S TEAGLE? IS OFTENASKEDNOW He Was Living in Toronto When They Made Him Standard Oil President. UNKNOWN TO PUBLIC Tremendous Industry Helped Win Him Big Position at the Age of 39. ed. "With a mercantile marine to carry our >'.oal trade, to carry the products ot our farms and factories and mines, a mercantile marine on tlio Great l..;ikea and on the .\tlanlio and I'acitlc to act as feeders for our State-owned National Transcontinental Railway system. .Mr. Ballantyne believes that Canadians, with aolid national reaourccs to work upon, -ind with the confidence and experience and enterprise gained during the war, may reasonably look without fear to future bloodles.s battles tor commercial supremacy. And not alone in the realm ot commercial strength does the Mliii-stcr ot Naval affairs believe that a merchaiit marine will prove to be a national asset. As a .source ot national pride and ot Canadian patriotism and self-reliance, he believes that It will bo inestimatilc. Few who have studied the maritime history of Canada will Cluarrel with that belief. There waa a time, far back in the early slxtiea, when Canada-little, undeveloped Canada-stood third among the na-tiona In point of marine tonnage. In thoso days, Canadian ships-the old romantic liarques, brigs and bvlgan-tlnes-aailed the seven seas and tho Canadian ensign '.vas proudly carried to every port in the world. The advent of tiio steel industry saw tho square-riggers strike their flag to the modern ocean greyhound, and witli their passing tlicro went also Canada's position among sea-faring nations. To-day, however, the stool industry in this country Is in full development, for the firal time In history, steel plates, essenti.al to ship eonstruetlon. are to be turned out In Canada, and under tho supervision of a great bii.slnea.s administrator, we have embarked upon a program whlcli liromines to restore to us the proud position once held among those peoples whose atrongth and progress are written in their pow^r upon the seas. General Foch Is But a Little Man He Likes a Cigar, and Is Ver^ Frank and Seldom Caustic. FRANK H. SIMONDS, in describing Gen, Foch, the generalissimo ot tho allied armies, 'writes; "On Die battlefield of the Mnrno the victor, following tho Napoleonic I custom, bestowed upon his moat sue-|Cessrul lieutenant a title! Joffi'e could not name tho general >vlio had |delivered the decisive thrust. Count of La Fere Champonoiac or Duke of St. Gond. He could not even make jhlm a iiiarsbal of Franco, sinco he was not himself a marshal, but ho could and did name Foch "the first strategist ot Kurope,' and after nearly four years Ihls remains the highest dlstlncilon ot the soldier who has now been summoned to command the allied armies In a new battle ot the nations and in a situation still threatening a auprema disaster. ;'Physically Foch Is a little man, his inches arc about those ot Napoleon's, and ho has Grant's fondness for tho cigar. Llko Joffrc, a southerner, ha has a frankness of speech which hia old commander ban never displayed. Unlike Petain, his words are rarely caustic and ho has inado frlenrls [among all his alllbs. An old man, close lo seventy, yet younger than Clomciiceau, ho was sllll handsome when the war began, but the strain has rotirked his fuoo and only his eyes [reveal an unshaken spirit, "Just before tho War a visitor aak-|od his view i>t tho old quarrel between tho offensive and tho defensive. 'War,' ho responded, 'is not a (lueatlon ot ono system ov another. It IS a matter of common senao.' And 'at tho Marno ho attacked Incessantly, |whlle at the Yser he stood firm (against all attack. To-day, at; tho Somme, ho is waltlne' again, but some day ho will utrlke, and perhaps It will bo thp iaHt ]f>lorf ot (be war, jas Ills was tha. last' .blow at the IMarne." ' .. ' � A DASHir^Q ADMIRAL |Tyfwl�ltt ;(;pronovm9ecjl "T�rrltt"), C. iB., D.S.O., R.N., had been promoted :to K.C.B., and so become "?,\r Regin-|ald." Well, now he ia an iidmlral--and on ot the mu.st popular In llio ,nav}'. W'\lt1':r clakk tkagi.e, who, after living in Toronto for several years, recently returned lo tiie l.nited Stnto.s to become president ot tlio Standard Oil Company of .New Jer-soy, the world's greatest oil refiners, -was quite Unknown to (lie public beforo receiving his big appointment. He Is only 39 .years old, and bla sucorss In life hns been duo to indiiatry nnd tho careful training ot hia mind In nbsorbiiiij Infinite detail. In Cleveland, whore he was born on Jlay 1, IST.S, both he and hia family were known perhaps as well as any citizen of that community. .Mor-rla B. Clark, a native ot I'higland, who was his maternal grandfather, and -Raio was also one of Cleveland's pioneers, is remembered In Cleveland as tho first jpartner ot John D. Rockefeller. When both wore young men they wore brought together In tho grain trade, and In due time that business was extended so that It Included In a small way the oil trade; small, because that trade was then almost undeveloped.^ Mr. Teagle'a father, who was also ot English birth, became Interested In tho oil business and it was In his father's offices that Walter Tengle as a boy received hia first buslneaa Inspirations and instructions. He entered Cornell University when eighteen years of age and three 5'ears later was graduated with the degree ot bachelor ot science. In his university work the young student spoclalizod tn chomi.stry and was able to gain his diploma in three years, although the prescribed course ia four years. Instead of spending the summer vacation In recreation or Idleness ho entered upon a course partly self-instructed, jiartiy under the tuition of his father, ot business training, lie took a place in tiio offices ot his father's firm. He learned how to keep accounts. He mastered Ihe technical details ot salosmnnshlp and acquired a general knowledge of business activitlea before his graduation. A Periiatent Worker HIS fatlior'a firm found markets through some fifty distributing stations or branches which they eg-tabllRlicd in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. In this .department ot business the young man was preparing himself succesRfuUy to carry on some years later tha distribution in Great Britain and upon the continent ot Kurope and Africa ot the oil roflned by tho Standard Qil Company of -Mew Jersey. At this time, when It U po.i-.slblo to traco back from tho presidency of tho Standard Oil Company of New Jersey the career ot Mr. TcaglB to Its beginning, it is oa-sy lo sec that his progress >Yas duo to Industry, almost Infinite attention to details, skilful and careful training ot hiK mind . llie higli devolopment of Ihe enpacily for organization, and the mastery of all branches of tiio oil business. Shortly after lie wa.s twenty-one years of age he .spent tlio belter part of a year in careful scrutiny and study ot the various departments in tlio oil refinery of his father. Ot his own volition he made excursions to one and another of the verlous branch offices, absorbing and assimilating In a short lime tho business ot selling the (irotiiicts of the refinery. He also visited somo of the large oil-producing fields. When his father retired tram bu.sl-ncsa tho tiriii sold out to th^ Republic Oil Company, amj young Tcagle, who was then only twonty-thrcq, was made vice-president of the company. But those In niithorlty In Standard Oil bad bocn observing the young man, an when he was twenty-five years old ho ^vaa appointed to an Important position In the export department of tho company, which In-\iohod making New York instead of Cleveland his homo. . Says tho Minneapolis Journal; �When he began tho difficult work of distributing the products of the Standard Oil Company upon the continent ot liuropo ho found himself face to face witli many difficult and tnany connpllcatod conditions. In the ten years In which Mr. Teagle was engaged in this department of the comuany'B business ho was for the greater part ot tho tlmo a cosmopolitan, visiting all parts ot lOurope and .\frlca. At horns the company took he*d of lli�> ach!ev�menls of thla young man. At llilrty-tlv� years of aee he a master of the export aepartin�nt. Hit R�Md�nc* in Toronto AFTER the dBclslon ot the Unltert StatflR Supreme Court, which comiielled the disaolullon uC the original Standard OU Cumpuny and Iho 4i'��*'�atiizalion o� the various subsl- ^l.vjriR HARACCA, the lea.ltnft ^ Italian ace, has brought .town his thlrty-.second enemy plane, according to a recent despatch from tho front In llnly. His latest fX-plolt consisted of shooting down the leading nlrpiane of .-i Teuton -sqiiad-lon. -Major Liaracca was nlao recently decorated with tho Gold -Mili-iary .Mei'al diary companies into absolutely Independent corporations, there ifcm^d to be .oerious doubt.s nj! to the opportunities for maintaining the old and aocurlng new business for the Standard Oil Company of Now Jersey. Tho company was not a great producer of oil. About 90 per cent, of all Ihe oil which It marketed waa bought from oil-producers. It had estnbli.slicd some ot tho world's greatest oil-refining plants In New-Jersey, but there were appreheuBjons lest because of the dls-jolution of tha Standard Oil Company it might be found diftiouit to operate these plants to their full capacity. Thus Mr. Teagle spoke to his fellow directors, s.sylng that he feared there might be a rruxterlal curtailment of tho company's forelfn business. Thereupon, one of the directors, speaking halt humorously, halt serloual.v, said that there was the Imperial Oil Company ot Canada, and if Mr. Teagle felt that he would not under the clianged conditions find bis time occupied why didn't he associate himself with that, it being a subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. On the Instant, and with Intuitively accurate judgment, Mr. Teagle said: "I will," and became identified as chief executive of the Canadian company. Meanwhile, he retained his active connection with tho ivork ot tha export department ot tho Standard Oil Company, and he was in ISurope when the war began. 'Xlils instantly chanfeod the plans of the young man. and he found It expedient to return to the United States. He again took up the work of the Imperial Oil Company, making his homo In Toronto until summoned to New 'Vork to enter upon his new duties as head of the Standard Oil Company ot New Jersey. Mr. Teagle has now taken a Toronto man. -Mr. Victor Ross, financial editor of the Globs, to be assistant to him In his Now 'Vork office. Lord Derby Might Have Been a King The Throne of Greece Wai Offered to His Grandfather in 1864. rj^HH Kofi of Derby, that Munl, round-faced. Jovial 'ariitocfitt who was recently appointed British Ambassador In Paris, la a iMraonal friend ot moat royaltlea, and one of BHtaln'a richest peers. The history nnd romances of I.,ord Derby's famous family-the Stanleys -would fill volumes. It dates back to many years beforo Thomas, second Baron Stanley, was created first Earl of Derby by his stepson, Kln� Henry Vll.. in 11S3. T-iord Derby would have been Kiilf of Greece to-day If hi* grandfuthtr had agreed to accept th* Ihrent and crown when they were offered to him by the Ureekt In 1S�4. But to th* dignified Stanley hit hlstorlQ Mrl-dom v.-as mora to b� ch�rith�4 than a European throne, Concei-ninr thiy same Carl of Derby, by tho way, a tood alory ia told Illustrative of the hauvhty 4I(-nlty which he coupled with hii kindly good-nature. The Earl w�� suffering from gout, and a certain merchant, anxious to win favor and material for an advertJaement, aant Ixird Derby a caca of wine with a letter to say that it would cura his gout, The wine waa raturnad with the following curt nota: "Tha Eari of Derby presents his compliments to Messrs. -, but prefers his gout to their wine." . THAT OXFORD DRAWL am F. E. SMITH, durlns hia vUit to the ,i;hited States, bad just finished a speech to an entlmslaatlc audience. Ula )i�arars had. been oUarine4 by hl� Oxford drawl, i A� )i� wu� l�*Vinf th* hAll,'a fair Aniei'i-ijan aald to hlin, iwililhih'. ."iSay, air Smith, w* did Juat Igvej-our twang!" An AttopUnt Accijcnt xrir Utile si*t*r, agad t�vr, iirbeD �^^wonslnif out one Oayjwith my oilier Hlnter naw a dead sparrow. "The prior little tiling," �|ie iialil, "I guess nn ueroplan* ran ovfr It."-Mra. Mc- .C'oral's. 30 Nairn avenue, Toront* ;