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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 5, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta VOMENcPlHE WO�LD-THETK VOKK^PLAY^ Red Cross Supplies Falling Behind-Workers Scarce Canadian Women 1 Letting Up On I Red Cross Work Many Power Sewing Machines Idle for Want of Workers at University Librarv. ) SUPPLIES RUNXIXC SHORT OF DEMAND i\'civ Calls Continually Made by' Doctors and i\ urges al the j Front-Chance to Help. i i A By .TICAX i NO nt a. t:rno liko tins,"! mounio-n tk>> Jady in j rhanro a.f swcUi::p mapl*  Jtiiiis in iIn* chill April wind. 1 Some Canadian Women Doing Us Discredit, Hundreds' are Doing Magnificent Worlf in London, But a Ferv are "Joy-Riding." WAR DISCOMFORTS LESS FELT IN ROME MANY WOMEN IN OUR WAR OFFICE Do Most of the. Work in the S. A. and A. P. Branch at' Ottawa, THEY SIGN CHECKS And Handle the Correspondence Relating to Separation Allowances and Assigned Pay. tal. But Food Is Scarce and Coslh. R Ladies of the Hospital Supply Association at Work in University Library Building in some places over grass already i toes herself and talked out in meeting misfinp with preen-anil in others �-li>"ut 11 later, over a tncvinc lino of l;hnki-ckv.l fig-urt-.- fringed with the gay colors of Convinced that there wns a German j Henderson. . "One of them argued their midst, she. finished oft the i with mo that 'they never made compresses no largo before.' Yes. I said. "Why. that was all right," 'mushed Miss Henderson when she heard ot it. "The poor woman was just fol-women's and ctulu ten's clothing. ; '..-.wins instructions We told the wo-Th--y were a section of Canada's best i men who couldn't knit tho Kitchener on then- wav to "tnuninc .-amps fur-!1"1'' to I''lst'il tlx- sitlehe.* and send titer' cast."' and their 'women folk"'"01" �" u* "ml w� wonW � 1 U t! twaa'i'.-.c a whit*-* i\v> thoir wero1 men .As tk*-y �:rmih!�?tI. : exorrtt'de military stridt * heir . bewilder-hI lit � trtissinirs. and so :\\\ \ slchi Jenvinc an achh in th'- April sunshine. side?, hroa th-dry-pyod. and in-id? in that u^iain th� i ?. half liftine � work mi- >i tho ooio-iT* LCrideirdy tt :h-'tn ti> tho church in- � association Issuing that "high ex- iled Cross workt-r tiny as a sicln issuio It as sh-? breathes isn't work to her any longer. "With the newsboys on our streets shrieking out extras and victories; with tho insklo pa heavy with casualty lists*, and with the hospitals A over of isseo out ir em.rtir.ess the women i of the I'niversity llcsr-.tal ' Assoctr.tion working in the Library i Ruildinc turned hack from tho win- ! dows with wet eyes. their fin- , gers were fired anew to their tasks i They had  touched again the motive power of their work. Machines whirred, seams were run up. nr.'i shirts that had oefore been refractory now adjusted themselves automatically before eyes that were seeing notiiincr nearer than the battlefields ' of Europe. "Yes." repeated the lady In charge, "it is true. Canadian women are ' p.-isirc n� jus�t a little on Red Cross work, hut how th-"-y can reasonably do it v.-e don't understand. There never was such need for supplies. I imagine they think we have huse 1 warehouses full of supplies on hand, j Machines Standing Idle ; �at,-s, batulaptes, and so on. ^'ork may also be taken home. The association, which is self-sup Shorter Sock for Trench !r p -om hotos: ranks. find It so hard to is." commented Miss noon.- i.)n Moll- T' By miss nos.vMirr.'D nour.TBEin. HKRB are throe clliea In Kurope which I consider BtirpRss all others for their beautiful flower.�-t mean the flowers sold In the streets-and th?y are-Ttome. Brussels, and Odessn. N"o( havlnp boon In Brussels since the war he-ffan, I oannot sny how It looks now. but can anyone lmnirino anything beautiful In connection with tho Germans? Those who visited the Belgian capital will rerjjll the forte Namur and Its many flowor-seljers. I heir baskets filled with bloom, londlne; .filch color to the soane. But Ijetler still-the Cirnnda Plnce with Its exquisite architecture and its rows and rows n( port'.:;;:, had sent to January. 1317. j (lower booths, their brilliant hn�s ad-j OC? cases to tho Xo. 4 tlonnral Tlospl tal at Salonica: 7'J'l cases to the Can adiau Hed t'ross Soclet\". seven cases to the Secours Xational. and (" cases factory-tnado bandages to the Canadian lleil Cross. Tin-so were hospital tipplies, while |u stiisk-al supidles tl1.-^ wool. Eeav'e or. until cotd. tin-l if ' till five in'tlte the water is clear, dry the wool ami.-lay the convert i:- are Mrs. llenson | they lia\'e sent l.^oo i-ases to tho knit it; if not. continue until the i an.! Mrs. Or. Sumarl Johnston. On ! t.ospttal at Salonica and I.IJO casus water is clear j Wednesday tie y are Mrs Franklin j to French hospitals through tho Can- 1 lov.ev.-r, the srenuino Catiadian I .U-lmston and Mrs. n-jbert-son, and on adian Red Cross Society. Packing Parcels For Our Prisoners in Germany J By ADEbE >L GIAXELLI. I'ST ttow prisoners of war are especially claiming our attention, the pravity of the food pro- m iu German;-" necessarily mak- Splendid Organization of British and Canadian Red Cross in London Has Headquarters in Massive London Building Seized From Germans-Chickens kept on Roof and Pigs in Yard. ing one ask, "And how fare our poor means to convey Information to Ger-| Prisoners?" 'many. And so all sort* of eatables' A tour of the lartje buddinp now were pierced and destroyed by the j occupied by th.^t hive of industry censors. A Rain only the prisoner I whoso crf-'auir-tion is called the suffered! Central Prisoners of War Committee; And so, not bemoaning the less of' is an event ot lively interest to any- 'the persona! link, the people have ac-cne. To those especially personally ; cepted the new regulations, and it I interested in the welfare of our pris- j would be wiser if the Canadians oners in enemy countries, it is some- would conform with better crrace. ' thinK more-for it shows the exact For parcels are still coming from � AX'T they see that for every - modus operandi by which the men are 'Canada for prisoners of war, necessi-btillet or shell we send we j supplied with more than the mere ne- j tatinp the unpacking, examination, must send Red Cress supplies to 'cessities of life; it rives proof that the 0nd repacking by the Canadian de-Red cross Association have devised [ partment. who he ce taken over the the most efficient means of providing 1 responsibility from the post-office, for the comfort of each as an indl- j Whereas it is so preferable, as well vidual; and. above all. its books ' n_s necessary, that the money, no mat-show that tip to the present at lea.^t ; tor how little, should be sent to our the majority of the parcels sent have j prisoners of war department for pur-been received in pood condition. ;ehasinp;. espionage: It -i farmyard converted into Chi}keris on the Roof T HERE hou.h hen-;horn >rd of and filled from oases bel >>'.:{ traveled on, sr.T 'C one e.:ii! r is a Many be.luiif'n! lo hoo.s with a rmtrhty roo-vr as ! the rc.-.lni. i jw rclsa stipn m very dutifully l^y a iiu.;:.-ity ot fit?* per -jay for ;::�> Hostel Tnis uniuuo '"inte;tsive tannine;" stunt �u.s tit- iic.i of Ea-'.y Fairen is m vh.irKe of the Hostel it neetioa wit.ii tho IX-iu. ami ^-'iio a--' � .! as my miide. , Voluntary workers compose the j st;imi> the Pa reels Officially except the ty;.ist.s> of j are there and then jmt i By MA It V M. MI'Rl'llY. dWS of flies, hundreds and thousands of them, piled up or 77icin in Any Other AUied Capi- \ "lflly H,'rM hy n k''-'"m jof officient yuiiiiK ladies--thcse coiull-tlotis, as found In branches of the Militia. l>epnrtment, are Impressive. They speak of the immensity of Urn work ot condui-tlntf Canada's expeditionary forces. Tho Central Registry, tho Record Office, both hur.y, wlUi tho hum of continuous Industry. In a vary rpilet corner of one ot the lai-Ro offices occupied by the Separation Allowance and Assigned Pay Branch of the Militia Department, I'lazn RulUllmy, Ottawa, are nine younc ladles constantly writing. They are slcnlnc; cheeks! Miss Genevieve. Dougherty and elRht assistant sign and countersiRn all checks issued by the Separation Allowance and Asslcnod Pay Oflce. Most of them are done by uslnfr a soi-iptoRrnph. which, as Is commonly | known, consists of four fountain pens on a flexible frame nrranRod so that four checks are sbrned tit one operation. The largest number so slfined by one clerk in one day Is S.'JSO, accomplished by Miss Miry Tier. Tho Individual daily average is siitthtlv over li.(Kin. These women who slt-tn arc especially authorized by tho Finance Department and tire bonded. A staff of thirty-one women prepare the check records for the Auditor-General. These records ,tlvo the check number, the soldier's name, and the beneficial y. An average of forty lodgers a (lay is handled by this staff, with ab-iut :'.f>0 accounts to the ledpter. The S.A. and A.V. Branch handles the accounts of every 'Canadian soldier on active service overseas whoso beneficiaries are in Canada, or rnlher, not In England. Both the seperatinn allowances- the amounts the Government pays to the benefice' rh-s of men who are away on their country's service-and the assigned \>ns-that portion of the ding- so much to tho splendid old buildlnRS In the Square. Odessa, too, though a modern town, hns street after street of flower stalls, and the acacia trses, which blossom so profusely each sprirg-llme, make it a city to be remembered for Its flowers. But Rome, surely It Is almost too blest, with beauties? I heard rrom London recently, dirty, dark, ami cold, but troo'l old T/ondon. "R Is colder here than ever, so I am onvyinir you the Italian sunshine and tho (lowers, which are as plentiful as ever, l suppose, on the Spanish Steps, which must be somewhere near where you live-." Yes! Every mnrnlnir 1 ;ro to my window to see the flowers. Just opposite my vision, at tho foot of the to the monnstry above. In front of the flower stalls the fountnin plays as precaution, copying the addresses on In the cardboard boxes- From there the ho>: was siid alone; a chute which -�xter.r.od marly the lonirth of the room and on either si-b- ot which sit packers-a few verv old men amotur ' , the -iris-who. as the box passed old slone steps lradltic >U> them, put in crtnin articles from j tr.ivs at their side which arc kept \ behind and so the vinzrM ,, spawn, and ithcrlnt,' Its con- I "so.u u> bats as it wit-t.' finally lo be check- ) the baekixround of masonry Is e\ en | ed carefully, packed, and ti�*d. It is ' ,,ore riotous with color. because i ""o'bl" thai all workws here have to 1 h ,m, war man advertlse- [ possess a certllicato umler the ceti- i . , i j sorship. I merits are posted, and the sun Is no a i , ! soldiers' salaries which they desle;-i to-1 hot to leave the flowers uncover- , ,triU. ^n]\ i,, banded over by the i ed.-so the Intftc white cotton umbrel- | Oovertuneut to their beneficiaries-officials, who. ,, i'as nro up to tiroteet them. ! are dealt wi'h in this branch. For i save time and labor, sort, check, and i Romo 18 c'"''l"''r ",!ul an>' ot,lor | this purpose about T,M clerk's are ne- Post-Cffice of Its Own  w'm'i A I"'-I�'X1.VG is a room staffed by i con- ; �\ rost-offire Rome, is cleaner than any other Thev jron""'- bllt 11 ls tno women who clean j CPSSaryi or, of whom are women. correspond Perhaps we haven't appealed enouph. hut it is true that for every r.ino eases of supplies our hospitals could use there are only 2,onn available. See those empty . machines- And they are run by electric power, too. so a woman can't excuse hcrseir b.--ause of not l.einc- stronir." We looked in silence at the row of at l-ast fifteen idle motor sewimr t no lany attendance. in post btifrs 1 the streets here, and because here Is Vatican, Rome Is unmolested by itul tlie^city Is brlirht at I the The Canadian Prisoners of War. An "adopter" Is a person who pays | Tea is provided for 3d. at the Ilos-Department of the P.ed Cross, so ably ; a regular contribution towards the j t(_1- "hi'h is part ot the 'op floor ,,,,,,,,�} tl)P, nt tbe nuKe ,ps ;-ana?ed by Mrs. Rivers-Bulkeley and; SUPply of food for n ^peciHed prisoner ! T^Z>?Z 10'' V. .VD/s',' w h o /i v ( I . \' . . . . liuartercr! at Canadian Red Cross-of war. The name of the donor is j then- ",,, charge of Lady Farr-n, headquarters !n Co'-kspur street, con- 'written on the label of any parcel; wife of the late Sir Richard 7-'arr"" ^rZ^y'^ ..........- ......... ....... -~............ ---- ..........................--------...... . r.P.vii.;- h,.r five vf:iret' w-rvll'l- lte(li,.|,,l .,,1,11.1---- .... - . - *P� ->'-^"  in^h,. not so br-ht as (n peace times, The' w-irit of' jmckint; is done by var- j J^nlZn^uV* ,P,T l,n>' ar0 ,1e8-. ! for economics are considered. Yet one and "rYfv.'^lvf up ^he tn^'v'l^nl r^T^ ,V"'k' U'C surplus gutters ope:,, and no policeman will from '.'.y u. T oft-times in rwiilar!" n"13 aro sent by the various | COme to fine one's misdemeanor-not 'allied associations in connection with retfinients. etc., and also bv a certain number of larfre shops which are authorized to pack special boxes under tho rules on presentation ' of permits. ito Sir Richard l-'arrc.-n,! The contents of of j as follows: moved om workrooms." continued the) lady in ehnrg?. "We had to so o-ver to the Biolocical Building for awhile I when the T'niversity ran out of coal. Rut now we have our old rooms back badly In need of workers, j prisoners, whereas the central, committee look after nearly 41,000, not1 Including 3.SOO civilians, who are dealt] I with in another department, or In-I B furnish to every British Indian prisoner ot war in Germany. Turkey. Bulgaria, and Austria, whether mill-tarv or civil, a supply of food and clothing sufficient for the needs of i " who" ''PPorclS are keP{ i And perhaps it is because some wo- ''y t,,e ln,Uan Sold,�rs* Fund' men think the 'I'ni'.'ersity Hospital Supply Association' just supplies the t'niversity Hospital. "In reality we finished that work-some time nvo. and finding that the hospitals tit the front foold pet their supplies more quickly and safely direct from the Red Cross than by �sending us their orders and waitiner. we have been sending all our work, as other associations do, direct to the Canadian Red Cross Society." The Kitchener Toe ! control and despatch is done by this Jl'ST as the -flghthiB. .part of the {branch of the Rod Cross and Order machine learns by mistakes, and 'of St. John, and the necessary funds is constantly issuing new orders j guaranteed. 45 Pounds Per Fortnight L'T be it understood. that, all prisoners are provided hy t.he Committee with three .standard pur-eels of ten lbs. each every fortnight \" The committee have undertaken to j addition to thirteen lbs. of bread. The value of these pom-Is, is woven shillinsfa each and If the ro|-itl.-6 rr adopter cannot plve this amouut, :t is made up by the, fund, wni'o inure be ord M'e.ii. While this minimum weight of -15 playing her five, years' service Red j cial additions are made for Cross* bad^e arid my remarking on! hospital. '*""" 1 tin beef. m,-n in under new conditions, so the healing part of the machine Is constantly Issuing new orders and discovering new needs.  � "We keep step with the booklets issued by the Red Cross Society," said Miss Henderson, secretary of the University workroom. For Instance, there is the Kitchener toe. Elkelts illustrious godfather, It is mystoidous and highly difficult, but nothing else Is qi'b.o as pnod. ThlH is the notice Issued to all wobbly women-folks who would fain slip in by easier ways If more lumpy withal. "The Kitchener toe ls THE toe. u you jdo not know how to do it, please come in and/et us show you, for wo would rather do teat than have to vip a lumpy toe." This insistence led to an timuHing incident in the Ladles' Aid of a smali town church recently, Tho work inspector was polng over a bundle of socks sent in, and was horrified to find tho inside of ench too carefully fastened with a minute safety pin fining all sUtee-n, of tho laqt gltchea, | every man from the 1st of December, j lbs;"",2 bs. for packing) is Re i.lan-1318. onwards til! the end of the war. j dard amount, a maximum weiffiit I The work is done under certain r-on-' ot 60 lbs- ic allowed, glv'ng ;.-.-,,,,, ,,____., ,, ,. i for extra parcels of luxurl3� ^hiiii , unions imposed by the War Office ! wi, bfl dea,V,uch:ol being nnglccte/1. But an. outstandintar item of in-tereHt is the hugo flock of buildings accommodating: these officers. In prewar days, recently built and occupied by a German firm of automobile maknrs, it wa� not of the. first places -raided by tho Government. Their assiduity wa� well rewarded, for it was found that the roof wna a miniature stronghold of cement, supported by enormous glrderu and appropriately built for the placing of large suns. J was taken up en that flno roof and saw with '.iy own T The New Parcel Laws HE new regulations, not allowing or "ndoptorn" � to send parcels (except to officers) are the result of careful investigation. It was found that literally thousands of food parcels were ruined In transit for want of skilled packing.. Loving hands had unwittingly sent off packages of food j and comforts,' typifying much self-sacrifice, but so incongruously wrapped together that In the rough-and-tumble of the post papers hurst, string gave way, arid the contents of numberless parcels were mixed In an inextricable Jumble upon the flour- a sight enough to make angels weep -and who suffered?\ Tho prisoner! Also there were cases In which quite innocent but Ignorant persons had concoalod in loaves and othor eatables private messages, and enemies rnusfiuerading as adopters of oyes the unnecessary ma.