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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 26, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta OLD POUTiCAL ENEMIES SIT, ROOM AND WORK TOGETHER Opening of First Session of New Parliament Shows That Canada Has a Real Union Gqvernment-Strange to the Old-Timer arc Some of the Necm�il�(l this wcolv lor the first llmc since the jrciicnil election, nml, jiniiins otlier?, two ohanjros show liow tho line-iip altered nnd how rh.isni'! hav� been briiljrc nic�t skeptical Mls�>urian!^ who their brtath and between Wss--.-.c tevioucos. the onv> in tario, the olhcr in Sinskatchewan. Their .so.tSs on tin- itovornmcnt side look quite natural, for there are no Imbedded visions of their sittlnir on tJie other of tl:o House, berat-inq- Rorvion and all the "pesky Tory crew." Althouch the seatiiij; arraniiemen: of tho Ministcis in the House is a siicctn'^ular affair, eiiually, if not moro ;-:siiirican'., is Wje co-operatiim show mel" Viavcjot MiniFters in iluir offices in the and beyond the I Jlu.seuni. !n llieir admini.sir.itlvc departments, scattercil throughoK the city, eacl; Minister, of course, has Ids own suite of officii, but liuriu.s: the session, the space l|^so limited in these temporary nuanvr.s. that there lias to bo. except in a few cases, a douWins-up. Tho allocation of rooms may he Chans;.'.!, but at the time of writiiiR the foiiowinp examples ot room-mates show ti'at, allhonjrh the days ot ua-restricifcd eatin.c ot foonc of tho aKcrressive, hard-working forces in the old .-vdminlstratloii. Crotlters and Caider! A St. Thomas man, one oi; the mainstays ot the former Conservativo i>arty, now doing business In the same room with :,. . . . , . ,, V. .. i the t.iliera! super-oriTunixer, the man ,Ii,t ami coat, Ia!.s aside his rubboi-s, ^, ,^ ^o^.. stts down_at_a_desk, .and l>epn,s the j s tliink that the lilting knight with the anti-Tory coat of arms, lie who used to hurl his spear in a. r-.ither terrifying fashion at Conservative Jlinisters in this very museum, should now be Hanked by a. Minister who was actually in office under  th^ old Government! It anyone iloubts the cfflcacj- of Billy Sunday's methods of religious conversion, let hiiii forget this controversy, arid find relief in the absolute proof ot politi-ca! conversion caused by the war. ,^nd, remember, wo aren't saying who it is that has been converted, Caj'VcU or Foster! What has jn-ob-nbl.v happened is that they botli have turned somewhat, and, to their sur-/ prise, have found themselves in line with each other. Look Like Old-Timers RDWELL, and Colder look like old-timers, .sitting together. As ii matter of fact, it is -Uii�ir fii-st ap- llo sec Foster and Ballantyne working together in one rooin is not so very sii'rprioing. because one is Minister of ! Trade r.nd Commerce, and the other is a trader and a commercial man himself, and their Interests in com-rnon would nftturally bo considerable. And the Minister ot ' and Fisheries nev^r vras much ot a party man. while Fester. In his later years, has also a'.', been very active iKiliiically. A Strange Mingling BVT take some ot the other combinations: This one of Crerar and Reid, for Instance. Here is a strange mingling, and yet one which' is said to be liappy and harmonious. Crerar, the Westerner, hi.s whole mature life ceritrefi in Iho grain growers of the prairies, and Reid, ex-Jlinlster ot Customs and now Minister ot Railways, an Kusternor, and one ot the men whom the l^iberals used to paint as an arch-poUlleian. U is pleasant to l)e able to sa.v that a gooil many Grits who now know Dr. Reid and bis work betler than ___i_ SINC'K tho appearance of his sensational letter in tho coUlinns of tho T.�ndou Dally Telegraph tho worli^ has been much escrclscd ns to tho real motives underlying tho ro-inarkablo action of tills Influential lirltlsh peer, Mr. F, Cunlltfc-Owcn, writing in the Nciv York Sun, tella us tliat to understand tho mennliis ot tho letter and the motives ot Irs author, personal ncqualntn4ico with niid considerable expericnco ot the Marquis are in Aator, ot tho Royal tJuards, .vounger son of l.ord'Aslor. Lady Ijtinsdowne has likewise been pix)foundl.v impressed by the number ot families on her husbafTO's estates who have given the lives ot husbands, sons and brothers. A leader ot English society-indeed, its most influential leader-sho has been In a posltidu to observe tho cruel havoc Hiado in its ranks by the ^Mr. Cunliffe-Owen then goes on to show that I^ord Lansdowne, wl'.ilo described by many ot the papers, both here and in England, as a. '."ory leader, is In reality a Whig, making horrible rndss of hl.� the campa-ign, and became Iho'bbfect of so much military and cK-lllan obloquy in connection therewith. Left Out in the Cold to savt! tho entire Cabinet from disaster', he had to be shunted to Downing street as Secretary of Slate for Foreign Affairs. There his liolicles gave occasion for much popular criticism. In the summer ot 1915 he was included in the Coalition Cabinet as / Minister without Portfolio, thereby'forfeiting his position as leader of the Opposition in tho House ot Lords, but he was not a source of strength to tho Administration, and when It was reconstituted last winter by David Lloyd' George ho was left in the cold. Xow, whilo Lord Lansdowne may not be i� shining light, he is blest ,wlth a clever., wife, and although extremely opinionated and terribly obstinate, he lias tho good sense to deter to iior advice. It may therefore be taken for granted that .she not only saw his letter before it appeared, but that .she likewise sanctioned its publication. It Is this which in tho eyes of those who know the Lansdowncs gives to it its im-Why should siie have ""al-be issued, to the, press? It Is undoubtedly becauseV she has permitted herself to bj^ swayed by the domestic rather than by the > international conditions of the pro-sent situation. Ijike most of the women of the old territorial aristocracy ot,Great Britain, she logitrds herself as responsible for the moral as well as /the material .welfare of all the people living on her own and on her husband's estates, that embrace 400,000 nore.s. .Some of Iho tenant families have occupied holdings there without Interruption tor several hundred years, and tho attachment" between these folk and^ the lAnsdownes is very strong. I*idy Liinsdowne realizes that the Carlton Club, tho great Tory stronghold, but at tho Reform Club. That the Marquis is still not as much o� ii Liberal as he might bo Jlr, Owen goes on to point out: It must bo admitted, however, /lat while claiming to be a Whig, the viewo and prejudices ot Ixird Txin�-downe are In many respects of the old-fashioned Tories. He protcrs the old to the new in political lite, tis ill .social intercpurse. Ho entertuitis tho same prejudice against changes, described as reforms, as ho does f-ir tho new rich and for the parvonueit. He is indeed a champion and a doughty reprosenlativo ot the old order. "I '* Edmund B. Leroy h Leaving St John Former Torontonian Laments That Maritime Provinces Do Not Hold Best Young Man. WILSON'S TYPEWRITER PRE.SIDKNT "ViaLSON, it Is said, never dictates an Important letter, a siJeeoh. or an International note. He types them' all' with his own hands on n. � that city, retire from active bus'mcss on tho first ot Jlay and return to Hve. Mr. Loltoy was for-merl.v well-known in Toronto, and the Telegraph speaks very highly ot his place as a citizen of St. John during his residcnco there. In tho course of an interview concerning tho Marl-tlmo Provinces, Mr. LeRoy is quoted by tho Telegraph as .saying: "It has been a regrettable fact, I might say almost lamentable, that tlic greatest export ot the Maritime Provinces during the past twenty years has been In bright young men. We have not seemed to bo ablo to develop tho business machinery down hero to keep them at home, and the result has been that, all through Western and Upper Can-oda one constantly eonrcs upon young men, some now in middle age, who nro tho administrative heads of big business houses, whose aliUUles have been lost forever to tho land of their nativity. Then, many of our brightest and best young business minds have gone to tho United Btatea and there assisted In the building up ot great cities and flourishing communities xwhllo their native towns have fallen behind be'pausc ot their absence." That tho Marlltmo Provinces bad given more In brain and ability to their .sister Provinces of Cantida o-nd to the United Stiites than any other portion of Canada, Mr. Leltoy pointed out, and ho reiterated his statement that It was altogether a lamentable fact ihat the Marltline Provinces stood to lose so much Jn a business way ot Iho steady exodus ot their .young men who went to other fluids of endeavor. Ready for Anything "J^O you suppose Gadspur would l