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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 27, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta WOMEN oPTHE "UORLD-THEIR. WO^a^PLAY 'MODERN MAID OF ORLEANS STILL ~ PUZZLES FRAMl .Claire "Perchaud, French Peas-' - ant. Claims She Was Called by God to Deliver France. PEOPLE FLOCKING TO FATHER'S FARM 7^. Snapshots at the Patriotic Bazaar inTor onto's Big Technical SchoolLast Saturday 65,000 Soldiers Left Photos in! / Village Chapel - Catholic Church Is Investigating. As B n collector of photographs the! latest .lean of Arc tins got the Luisicst matrimonial bureau backed off the map. She is Kronen. a peasant, of course, and her name Is Claire (Vrcbnuil. She is be'.'.cved to be living now with the Daughters! of Wisdom in Paris, where thousands have tried In vain to sec her. Claire s fan)? has spread to the army, and it Is said that'alone the lino of trenches you will find now and then a tiny image of the Sacred Heart-a little print on calico-pinned to the fotds of the tricolor. >'or this modern Joan has not donned armor to lend her j countrymen to batti? with the Hun. I Hers is a more spritu.il mission. A? to that collection of photographs'.' Listen. * � Down beyond the Loire, in the little chapel of the Terchaud farm.' where . 1'lnire claims to have seen her visions a continual procession of country folk arrives from all directions, on foot or in country dog-carts; and by train from Chinon and Angers come town people and soldiers on leave: The floor of the tiny chapel is crowded with bis baskets, and each basket U full of photographs of soldiers. Last March there were thirty thousand photographs. To-day there are sixty-five thousand photographs of sdltSiers. \ What will happen? Early last March all France was stirred by the reported appearance of another Joan of Arc in the person of a young peasant girl named Claire Perchaud. who. claimed ,tnat it-had been revealed to her in visions "th.1t she was ordained to put herself at the head of the French army (as it was then popularly said) and drive out the German invader. ... ( - Church Took Her Up rm7" 1IK interest increased enormously X when the Catholic Church in France, with what seemed obvious h-!:er in the genuineness of Claire lVrvhaud. took charge of herN put Mir in the hous? of these'nuns of l'aris. and. as was stated textually at the archbishopric, began to make "a profound inquiry into all the circumstances of the visions of. Claire Per- I 1 iiaud," And. until" such inquiry .-iioulj be completed the strictest secrecy was enjoined on all her relatives and the cler?y who had inter-* viewed her or might interview her. Claire is described as a typical Peasant girl who helped n'jout the  farm work, as did Joan at Domremy. with the same mystical refinement of face and form of the Maid of Orleans, nnd. like the Maid, known throughout the countryside for hc4 earnest piety. A few months before last March she returned from the fields one day. pale and exhausted, and confided to her parents that she had seen a vision of the Sacred Heart above her. in a blaze of glory. At the same time mysterious voices told her to be up and deliver France from the German fnvaders. 1 The story spread throughout the entire country. Then began the remarkable pilgrimage to the Perchaud farm. People came for miles, on foot, by wagon, by rail, to pray for France, to lay tho photographs of fathers, husbands, brothers, or children fighting for France at the foot of a tiny altar and to supplicate for divine protection of their soldier kin. In time the pilgrimage became (to important that, the local clergy took; notice. The movement had grown up without them, .among the people. Tno,local clergy .had nothing to do with it. Now they saw that it had grown- beyond them also, and thoy deemed it necessary to refer the matter to the Bishcp of Poitiers for investigation. The Bishop" sent a father of the Oblhts community to interview the maid. He returned with n favorable report of her religious sentiments: and hours of questioning hi'l failed to weaken her belief in the vision cfthe.Sacred "Heart and the mysterious whisperings, to be up and deliver France. But she professed humble willingness to watt for fuither guidance as,to what form the deliverance should assume. It was ail very ex-trao'rdfnary. Repeated Joan's Feat f O the Bishop o^Poitiers had Claire brought before him, in presence of a number of other priests. The dramatic scene in which she passed over the vicar dressed in episcopal purple an., picked ou_; the Bishop Barbados a parish priest is too exact a replica of the comedy at Chinon Castle Jn '142S. when tiie Dauphin Charles changed', clothes with the page boy to test Joan; doubtless the Bishop's sense and modesty refused more than, to dress Jike all other priests. In any case, Claire picked him out immediately, though she had never s;en his portrait: and. although a country girl, she adressed him in the orthodox manner. These and similar details (not toUT) weigh heavily with the clergy.  The girl stuck to her story,�and finally she was placed with a wealthy and pious farnjly that she. might be watched and given an opportunity to quiet her mind; hut always she persisted, until finally the clergy .began to regard her case seriously. . ' Nothing of the kirtd has been known in France for. certainly, three generations, and perhaps much longer. You understand, the Bishop of Poitiers must first have deemed the facts sufficient to justify passing them on to Cardinal .Amette: and "the'latter, going over the reports (In alt the solemn circumstances of .MlCLlNEOY MADE WITH ; 6E. QUEEN MARY GETS HER MEAT RATIONS BY CARD JUST AS DOES HER HUMBLEST SUBJECT France at war and the religious-political situation), deemed them imperative to answer: "Send the girl ,to Paris." - Mgr. Amette, Cardinal and Archbishop of Paris, is a-very great personage, indeed. He-must have tnct and wisdom for all France. How deeply he was impressed by this obscure peasant girl and the popular movement growing, so to speak, spontaneously behind' her,, must be judged,, not byru/mors, but by his acts. , It was published, in Paris that Archbishop Amette would -present Claire to President Poincalre. It was rumored that a'certain general had held long consultations with, her, and that another had resigned the Ministry of War because a council of gen-eralsjhad, favored/ (or refused to favor) "he claims of this modern Joan of Arc. The Oid-Fashioned Woman Goes to a Patriotic Tea Sixteen Women Crowded Into One Apartment and Discussed the Possibility That They Might Have to Go to the Country and Farm. ITS WELL WITH THE CHILD fJHE word has Vcoine-^-On the field of battle, dead. . Sorrow is mine but there is no more dread. .\ I"am his mother.; Seis. I do not say, "I'was"; he is, not. was, thy son. 'To-- day - � . \ He rests, is safe, Is-well; he Is at-.' . case From palni cold, thirst, and fever of � disease, And horror of red tasks undone or - -.; ''done. : Now he has dropped the load he bore, � . my son, , ' - , And now!my hear.Vis lightened of all 'fears, ; Sorrow is.-mlne and 3trearas of lonely tears, . -But not too heavy for the carrying Is The burden that Is only mine, not his. At eventide I may.lay down my head,1 Not wondering upon what dreadful bed " Perchance-nay, all-but certainly- he lies; And with the morn I may in turn arise, Glad of the light, of sleep, of food, z now ho"* � � Is where sweet waters and green meadows be And golden apples. How It was he died I know not, but my heart Is satisfied; Newer again of nil my days will one Bring anguish for the anguish of my / .son.  (_ y Sorrow Is mine, but there is no more dread. The word has come-On tho field of battle, dend. -Mrs. Schuyler Van Ren3SClaer, In the Atlantic . By ANNIE GRAY BUTCHER. THE KIND LADY gave a Patriotic Tea last Wednesday and "she wrote and asked me ' to come and pour it. She said she had in\-ited sixteen women, and they all threatened to come. "You better get up your muscle and go," says James. "If she's aimin' to give sixteen women all the tea they can drink she -most certainly will need some one to help her lift the tea-pot. She ought to use a hose." Them's the kind, of remarks James passes when there's eatin' goln' on and he ain't invited.  I decided to go. ,tt wouldn't be no great job for me to navigate a teapot, If that would help her out any. I been engineer on a tea-pot so long I could take out a certificate. "What'll I wear?" says I, natural, Just like a woman always does when she gets an Invitation to anything from a wake to a-weddjn". "Well, it depends;" says. James. "If you're goin' to pour that tea anything like I. seen you pour tea sometimes you better wear a pair^cf overalls." All them sixteen women came to the Tea. They was all thin ladies except one. Seems like you don't get-) an invitation to nothin' in an apartment if you ain't thin, a� a rujo. I don't mean "like a rule"-not that thin. But the PLUMP/LADY was so popular the KIND LADY just had to [have her, so she left out two thin ladies so the PLUMP LADY could come. The KtND LADY,had borrowed two antique chairs. She's crazy about antique things; -she's awful fond of me. My! we did have a nlco visit. Nobody sang'or recited, and we didn't look at no photograph or post-card albums or relics. Wo wasn't bored ,a bit; we Just talked nnd, knitted. Sometimes two of us talked to each other, sometimes three or four of us talked together-oil together, and sometimes tho whole crowd talked to, at, and about each other. And when all else failed wo'talked to ourselves. What did wo c'aro so long as we talked. Beats nil what women taNt about these days, One woman said she heard that tho Government was goin' to make city women ;go on the farms to work, "And to think," says..the SUFi FRAGE LADY, "that women's votes helped to put that GovernhTfent In," Then they said things about tho Government. They folt it was part their Government and they could say what tl-.ov lilted about It. They talked just like the men-oxcont for the adjectives. 1 never heard tho llko of It, __., _____- "Will we have to wear uniforms?" says the PLUMP LADY. The SUFFRAGE LADY thought we would. "Then I'm exempt," says the PLUMP LADY. "Imagine me a Potato-soldier in a pair of rompers." Wo didn't like to. Chaperon to a Cow THE ROMANTIC LADY In the purple dress said she wouldn't mind actin' as chaperon to a cow If she could find one named Poppy. She thought Poppy was such a nice, dreamy,^ restful name. There ain't goin' to bo nothin' dreamy or restful on farms next summer, unless It's Pigs. The" LADY FROM WINNIPEG said she was goln' right home. If she had to work on a farm she wasn't goln' to work on one where you stubbed your toes against a lino fence every time you turned around. She'd rather work on one where It took three days to get from the front gat,e to the back gate. Tho PRETTY LADY tolU . the OTHER PRETTY LADY that she -was so good at Bridge she ought to bo, able to shuffle turnips, I guess �no meant "Scuffle." THE MANICURE LADY said she thought a lot of us ought to volunteer to pluck sheep, wo was need in' wool so bad. If she's plucky enough to pluck a sheep there'll bo.some (un on that farm. THE PRETTY LADY wanted to know if there would bo an ngc-llmlt, and ,the SUFFRAGE LADY assured her there would. And every one of the/Ladles said It didn't matter what tho/limit was. they was over it. Ttfat'll just show you what tho war has driven women to. Times has chunged. THE KIND LADY road a letter from her uncle In thexCountry.. Ho suid he heard that City People was goin' to keep Pigs-in their back yards, and he had a young Pig he wanted to find a good home for. They wished that Pig on tho MINISTER'S WIFE. She didn't need a pig, or Want a pig,,or like a pig. Sho didn't know wnere she was goln' to keep It unless It was in 'the bird cage or the fountain PEN, but beln' the Minister's wife she pouldn't refuse. Ministers' wives Is like that. You can wish anything on them-even a Pig. How to Seat the Folk* HEN It was time for Supper I wont Into tho Kitchenette to help the KIND LADY. Wo argued for ten minutes about whothor we would cfeat the company/ up against tho wall ,or �lose up to the table. I was for seatln' them up around the table. That long-distance oatln' never mado\o hltwlth me.:But she was classy and. wanted to seat them back against the.wall. There wasn!t room for discussion In the .kltolion-etto, so wo wont Into tho dlnln' room to view the sccno of action," And wo saw- right strulght wo could have It both ways. In fact we'd havo to ivivo It both ways. If we soutod ^hom hack against tho wall their knees would bo under tho tablo. And if'*we w sot them up close to tho 'ahlo their backs would be up against the wall. So that was settled. I wouldn't like It to go no further, but tho KIND LADY didn't have no table-cloth on-her table. I didn't know she was so hard up. There was just tho baro tablo with a few mats nnd a lookln'-glass in the centre, with a vase of yellow flowers on it. I asked her what.kind of flowers they was, for they looked queer to me. "Oh, they're camouflage," says she. I knew a lot about flowers, but 1 never heard of camouflages. I smel-lod them. I saw right away sho was only jokin'. Tney wasri't no camouflages, they was paper flowers. Jt took mo a long time to figure out what tho lookin' glas3 was for. It's to increase the food supply. When there's plates of food set around it, it reflects them, nnd makes them look twice as much. It's a good scheme-especially for afternoon v teas. It's a good thing though it can't reflect tho thoughts kof the folks around tho table. Wouldn't they bo queer reflections? They'd be bits of; Heaven, nnd bits of France: other gtttherin's around other tables, with other folks, somo gpnc for a while, some that we'll never see on earth again, no matter how our hearts ache for them, j There'd bo lost youth and lost loves, and hopes, and ideals darkenin' It's silvery depths. It's a good thing It could only reflect tho lights and the flowers and the good things. Dark reflections never done nothin' no good. Won't Be Asked Again IDUNNO as I'll ever bo asked to pour tea ngaln. Not but what I pouted it. There um't nobody can say I didn't. I poured it into tho tray and into my lap and over the PLUMP LADY. Tho tea was hot, but .we. didn|t,jump. , That's ono thing, about a "crowd In an apartment dinin' room, you don't jump In �units no matter what happens-you can't. You might have room to shiver a little, but that's about all. If a chill starts to creep over you, It's* blocked half-way. Wlien I got the tea/coaxed Into tho cups I had an nwful time grnpplin' for sugar. Them pinchers ain't got no blto to them. I saw plain, why the KIND LADY naked mo to pour the tea. It was to savo the sugar. I done it. Thoro wasn't no one got more than ono lump, some didn't got'nono. If I'd had to put'two" lumps in each of thorn saucers wo wouldn't havo got started till dark. Them dadics knew*thoy was goln' to be late gettln". homo to dinner so they started tcllln' each other excuses, thoy could use. Most of them excuses -was badly scuffed. This has. been a hard winter on excuses. Most of tho nqw and original ones was used-up at .the .exemption tribunals, patriotic teas nnd knlttln' clubs took a lot more, and-lodge nights just about finished the. rost. Looks-like we'll havo to ^conserve on excusos and use reasons" -Instead. That'll make a lot of talk. Reasons ain't half us handy as excusos. At halt �past five fifteen men started ringln' tho telephone Some of the ladles told us what their-husbands said over tho phono. Some didn't. They said thoy didn't use that kind of language. Ono,lady said hor husband told her to stick with the oats till sho got enough, bocauso ho was pollBhin' off everything ho could lay "Ills hands onV.and thoro wouldn't bo nothin' loft for . hor. Another'man called up'hl's wife'.',and asked,hor if she was wc6k-enainr Svith the KIND LADY. She started for home at a lively gait, but befopo she got to the door ho called her up again and said sho might have1 said .good-bye, boforo sho loft homo 'forever. > When the KIND LADY'S husband got homo all the ladlos loft but two. The KIND LADY couldn't got rid of them-they was^rolatlons. ' I got homo seven minutes bofo*� James. I Jrled to look like I'd been'! slttin' on the doorstep w.nltln' for him for. throe hours, as I brought out the cold macaroni. I knowed ho couldn't prove nothin' on mo. No man .can't toll hy the look on his .wife's face whothor It's patriotism, Inzlnosn, or late arrivln' ^hnt kept hor from cook-in1 meat. Not by ho means ho can't. WOMEN JOURNALISTS VISIT WEST FRONT No, Thoy Didn't Go to tho Front-lino Trenches, But They Went to Cnnailinn Headquarters nnd Saw and Heard a Lot, of Inter* estiug Things. By FLORENCE McPHEDRAN. | URELY tlia weather man mii.it I havo approved ot tho Canadian women Journalists' trip to France. With tho slnglo exception of ono rnlny day In Paris, tho sun novcr censed to rihlno upon us during our cntlro visit there, -nnd tho hard frost mndo of the, roads perfection. In tho general summing \\y> In- tho "votes of thnnks" I shnll certainly Include the weather man. At 2.30 p.m.. In tho best, of spirits and In great excitement, for, In frict, we were leaving "officialdom" behind, and woro to have a Utile relax-atlon n_yer tho arduous past four days, wo climbed Into our car, nnd after winding through picturesque, streets, slipping over quaint llttlo bridges nnd climbing two mountains in miniature, wo found ourselves skirting tho top of a declivity that sloped down to the sen. I do not doubt that our big grey limousine, filled with cfvllian females, nnd In care of a staff officer, attracted much attention and specu- " lotion as to who wo might be and wjhera wo were g"olng. We kept on till we drew up In front ot an Interesting old chateau, nnd were received by two pleasant staff captains, ono from London. Ontario, who enmo over with a'battalion I was personally much Interested In, as. wo had seen much of the officers and their wives when in Folkestonej| and the other from Edmonton. Tea at Canadian H.Q. INTERIORLY tho chateau was' something of a disappointment and rather dtiU and dreary. Tlfo general had not as yet returned from whatever mission ho was on. and "wo amused ourselves by indulging In, a new gamo with billiard oall.s, whilo the staff captains entertained us with seveial songs. Wo woro told that thero was a casualty clearing station a mile or two beyond, and our hearts yearned to see it ut closo hand; wo wondered darkly It our ctmiiffcur was "bribable" and could' bo Induced to make a dash for It while waiting for the general, when the- door opened nnd tho general himself stepped In. I watched him narrowly while introductions were' being gono through, and decided that he was diffident but dependable, shy but sincere, cor-  dial nnd courteous, and that nn tho Canadian representative at II. Q. Canada's interests might safely .lie entrusted to his care. "Realizing how Important )vcre his duties, 1 had anxiously nwalted this moment and my patriotically induced relief was great to find a man of his calibre acting-so to speak-as tlio buffer state bqtweon Canadians nniLG.II.Q. We chatted Informally for n few moments before the hugo lire blazing In tho great hall, when tea being; almost immediately announced, wo were delighted to-find it. too. was to bo of the most informal order, and Instead of/ being handed round was set in tho oak-beamed dining-room, whero your correspondent, as tho only mnrr well nnd had broken 110 promises or jumped no hounds.- things would ho much easier, and that he hoped this would ho only one of the mnny similar trips that wo might make, as ho fully realized the Importance of propaganda.work from the1 women's standpoint. - . � Women \ Correspondents PERSONALLY, I bollevo. that at tho very "first tho general did not think favorably of our schemes, but, like all big mon. ho was open to conviction, and once' convinced, ho did not. approve of. half-way measures. It was gratifying to hear frpm him that in all probability we she 'd henceforth be recognized as tho official Women Press Corrospondonts for Canada, and bo tho fortunate possessors of tho first otflclnr.press button presontcd: to Canadian wo. men . In this war; apart from � th3 personal satlsfnctlpn .such nrllstlfiction would give, was that of the satisfaction for our respective pnpeis, who were so patriotically paying for this pioneer endeavor and nt whoso suggestion tho : rcqu�st.N had been made, . 1 1 � This food conservation Is a great" lnhor-savln' device for women. Jnmos was hurt wlion I told him I 'mlgbt have had a pig and refused ttr Ho said 1f I'd been thlnkln' of him I'd havo taken It. Ho said It was real stylish to keep a pig now. And. '.besides a-man gets lonosomo In ltls homo; he needs congcnlnl company. Rut I diinno ns I'd want to have that pl6 on my hands--] got Jiimer ;