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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 17, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PACE FOURTEEN THE Canada's Food Controller (A Character Sketch by WiUtnm TlBuiar Greenwood) LETMBRIphE DAILY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 17, Ottawa, May 50.-tSpeclal Corros-pondenco.)-Out of the farthest west lias oonie a modern Lochlnvar - to >vre8tle with the food vrobletns ot Canada. fle"8 setting away with it. air \Vllfria l^iirlor. whojH rogll-leacy'oeeniB. �ternal, la h ri^ont,de-hate In tho house *o( oomiuont said that be Iwd never heard of him until he �ppointod food cgntroller. As ft personal "toritlmonr that way not be remarkable. Many able men have been' horn - and reached manhood iinoe 8lr Wilfrid cut his deep notch In tite Shatt pt fame. It n)ay bo sig-nttloaAt, howBTor, that a generation ot taipable men, typified by Henry BrougUton TUomsou, has arisen, wronght faithtnlly and been recognized In local spheres while yet the great laadors of political lr. Hanna, he went to New i'ork to relieve the sltnatton that had be-romi intolerable and wholly out of hand. That was Mr. Hanna's way. Ite had a gift of ch�o.=ilnr the right man. The sugar question ^-a* settled in a day and has remained setre, it hiiita at hfa distinction for he Is no ordinary man judged by the comsDan mean re In use in;Canada. Bignan, adaptability, dar-billty, steadftataeie, atralght-Uvisc H. a. THOIVttON with bead lu the air toward the suil characterise the Douglas Tir. the royal pine of the Pttciflc. xVs with ilie Douglas Fir so with H. H. Thomson YOU ALWAYS KNOW WHBRH TO FIND HIM AND HE GROWS WHERE HB IS FOUND. Some, factious persons profess to liken hlni to a bull trtoose, but the appellsitiou does not ttek In his gentler moods. Yet the buU moose is a bonny fighter when his ire is aroused and his back is to the wall. On that score Henry Brotlghton Thomson may be counted a bull moose. If yon want to snap an intimate pletttre of a tnan on his sympathelic side, fhid out how !>is closest friends address him. That is a fairly accurate index for a human document. In the caso of 11. B. Thomson, without exception those who know him best refer to b!m among' themselves and to hie face as H. H.. as it he were an algebraic expression as for instance la H to the nth power, or a chemical formula like H20 or a symbol like the BQUare and compass lu Freemas-Qjiry. These are tliey who have Been familiar with Uim for twenty-tlve years, and when they recount incidents of his -astonishing career, they appear lo speak as if they were llliiitrmltog the effect of the element H. B. upon other chemical consti-t�ents into whatever combinations his unique personality merged. There le\ always a sort of aloofness, a kind of setting apart, a separating of H. |>B. from aJl other human lugredienta as if whatever he coalesced with vreuia of a surety take on his characteristics. W'lih the exception of Sir Hichard MoBrlde, the best beloved SOB ot the Pacific Province, this paeuliarity. native to British Colum-bti is attached AOlely to H. B., who b4Ue many of thoae marks that won the affection and created the fragrant memories his countrymen have for tbe Prime Minister who has gone before. Not leas likeable, nor less h.u-man; bat more OtbraHer-llke, a rock ia A weary land, a port in time of stonn la H. B. Cinadian Abe Lincoln. Someone hai called H. B. a Canadian Abraham Lincoln, and in phy- Tattle . ToTpm;:. 1916, Dear Chltdran . nai Growiv-upt| Never hnre aiqr feat about these d^nty solid chocolate pieces, they Are M wholesome af..^thejr are delicious, and contain nothing but the best and most expensive cocoa beans, rich cnaray milk, apd telected wagtx. Eat u many u you please- they are the best and purest chocolate cenlection ia di� world. Yours faithfully. The Cowan Co., Limited Neaie Sag.-Dtslgn Pat. 9 .9 LEMON WINE Cold Refreihing Invigorating Lethbridge Brewiiig and Malting Co,, Ltd. slcal contour he unquestionivtly resembles the great I'resltlont before li� began to alt for his rt>cent stfttuoa. He has the height, though ,hls frame i modifies his appearance of hugeness. His shoulders are heavily powertnl. His h5)>d and nock fit Into.thorn to form a torso that would do credit to a champion athlet?.-Seeing Ulm first while ho is sitting at work In his office with his back toward you, yon are struck with his unusual show ot pUystcal Btrenglh, as it you had come suddenly upon ' a giant shot-putter about to make a loss. He gftes rather more to legs and frame than one would expect ot a parlor dandy, but thorp Is no suggestion of ungaln-liness. While his movements calm and deliberate, give evidence of restrained nDr\*ous enoigy. Ho is auro-footed. and has n sliding stride like a man accustomed to footpaths In the open and totting a load. But he does nut look like tho authenticated .pholographs of Abe I/in-eoln. He has the same high cheek bones, almost North American Inr dian in prominence, and an uucom-balile head of dark liair. But there is no shadow of the weight ot tho world In his expression. Keen perception, resolutenets. kindliness, and Irish humor fight for tlrst place in his eyas, that after ail express him better than any-other physical characteristic. They can flash;with anger, and thoy can fair melt you. and that is an Irish osppession. The real H. U. is not far behind those eyes. . A Story Teller. His reputation as a story-teller is reai'nisoent of the legeud of Abe Lincoln. He gets his stories from actual personal experience, and, listening to hlni, one gathers the impression that he has spent twenty-tlve years in British Columbia playing practical Jokes on others and hav-i ing practical jokes played on hlm.^ It ' there was a play boy of the West H. B. can qiialify for the title. One way he has ot recalling the identity of a western town Is to tell the story of what fell before hlni there, or how he �et so-and-so. Wrapt up with such narration is a picture of the town inhabited tfy real human beings ami exuding a personality hU its own. He has several stories tor each town,, and each citizen, and as lio lias been everywhere aud know.s everybody, �his repertoire of stories is voluminous. The native humor of the locality, its picturesque characters, tl\e idiosyncrasies of the people are all touched upon with an appreciative relish, so that an evening with 11, B. sends one home picturing British Columbia in moving and radiant colors, its people all giants of humor, its towns ail perfect, and its sun forever shining. But uuderiyiug all his verba! mean-derlngs and philandering, there is a sense ot just proportion, and a note of serious contemplation of the real business of life. He has Imagination and humor, and. like every Irishman, can be more serious than a saint. Grandfather an Admiral. Thoiigh H. B. was born on the hanks of the River Boyne, yet his grandfather on Jils mother's side was an Admiral in the British Navy apd a dweller lu London. His father was an officer In the British army and sowed through the Indian Mutiny. The family oslute ia still lu H. B.'s hands, the old .Manor House stands as It did hundreds of years ajgo, and is occupied by his two unmarried sisters. His real home, however, Is in Victoria. B.C., where his widowed igcsg mother-keeps the light still burning in the window-against her only son's return from the East, where, she has no doubt, he Is being detained too, long. A remarkable story Is attached to that Old Manor House on tbe banks of the River Boyne. After the battle that fixed William III on tbe throne of England a meeting o( the Loyal Orange AaeocUtkin was convened In .1 room in it, and every year for 100 years, oa the 12th ot July, a meeting ot the asBOCIation was held in the same room, and the ancient regalia exhibited and the jime-honored ceremonies performed, ' as � they were when Jsraeg 11 was slyly dropping the Great Seal of England into the River Thames on his assisted flight to France. H. B. WB8 educated at Bedford Public School in i^ngland that ranks with Harrow as a place ot instruction and Inspiration, as Its honor roll eloquently testifies. Fiwm there he entered a large exporting house in London ofi the Thames, whose ships came In from all around the world laden with merchandise. Until he was twenty-three, he was immeraed in the traditions and the practice of world merchandising, until, fired by the Incoming and outgoing of ocean >car-rler�, he went out to see the great round world, fixing his eyei ever on the west. His objective was Chill, to which country ho was attracted through adventure and an offer from a South American merchant whom he accompanied across the Atlantic. Thla rosy prospect did not materlalUe and in 1892 H, B. Is discovered on a ranch in the Caraboo district ot British Cohimbta. By 1893 he had saved ?300 and had it deposited In a private bank at Kamloops Just two days before the bank failed. That very day, he, who had never'eailod a boat In his Ufa, was engaged e� first mato of a river ateamer and embarked on tha romantic journey of a pioneer In Canada's laat frontier province. At Many Trades. Whatever a strong and willing man could turn lila hand to, ha did. Ho put in a man's day's work at many trades, ranching, tarmlDg, logging, steam-l>oatlnft �ade .general manager. Ho has made a ootable success ot the business, expanding Us activities and es-t&bl'Isbing it on a progressive and profitable basis. Into the community life of the capital of BrltUU Columbia he threw hlinselt joyously and boletervusly, while his public spirit recolvemong tho public men of Bj'lllsh Oolflmbia n. B. takes a vi'omlnent place and oxerts an Influence that cannot be gainsaid. He has the prestige of pronounced business success, bsaed on knowledge and ability, so that whatever he engages in finds ready accoptanco and popUlar support. British Columbia was not surprised that he Ijccarae Food Controller, for It had long ago taken his measure as a man ot capacity to organize and do iblngs swiftly in ft comprehensive way. As Food Controller H. B. put.i his faith In tho piiopie of Canada, sincerely believing that thoy will do voluntarily what other people may have to ha compelled to do. Starting with the certain conviction that foot^ will win tho war, he has .aimed to Instill Into every man's .liolnd tho con-copllon that food control is an Individual effort, and that If all Canadians were food controllers, then food control In Canada would b� perfect. Ills favorite saying is that every Canadian should discipline himself with ; food, conserve, substitute, produce. What each '^cltlsen can savo in wheat, beet apd pork. If multi- plied by tho total number ot citizens, would enable the Allies to be fed without dread of starvation. AND THAT IS THE REASON FOR FOOD C0.\-TI10L. It that objest'Na achieved, nothing else matters. How He Handled It. Ho saw early that food was a first class nuinition ot war, and that Canada, the Cnitod States, tho United Kingdom and tho Allic,s were vitally interested in the successful working out of any world wide scheme of food conservatiou and production. It wart necessary, liierefuru, lo >;�tauiiBli fiindttmental and uniform principles of administrallou If Canada and this L'nited States were to moet *lio war needs for^food of tho United Kingdom and tho Allies. His close association Willi Mr. Hoover, during Mr. Hanna's regime, had taught him to respect the United States Food Administrator as ono ot... tho world's greatest executives. Ho was also Impressed with the fact that what tho L'nltod States was doing regarding food should also ho done by Canada, in cordial co-operation, thus lessoning tha friction and Increasing otfi-dency. So having precipitated tho principles of adminlsfration from the known facts and needs, 11. 13. and Mr. Hoover, controlling the, two /food boards of America, work on definite linos toward one common object- TO SEE THAT FOOD IS OISTRI-BUTEiJ IJQUlTABbY IN BOTH COUNTRIES AND THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE AU LIES ARB GIVEN FULL, DINNER PAILS, H, B. thinks- In terms of world trade. Be has the power to visualizo the food ot the worJd from Its source to lla ultimate consumption. Wheat to the ordinary man may moan only the pralrlo provinces. Wheat to H, B, brings up a picture of Australasia, India, Russia, the UnUod atatos. Can- ada and Argentina, rcploto with tables of crop returns, sliipping facilities and comparative distances from L/iv-crpool. Tho available v.-orld supply ot wheat is iwliat Food Controllers/| think about, Thi'i is the cosmopolitan trader's view, aiii^ ljcl'oi:o the war is over t:anada and the United States will havocroali;il an army ot trained men who will know the avonues of ^�orki coramcrcn liku tho oniinary man knoiv.'i tlio sti-oets of his own city. With tbo liQlp of siwh men, it will 1)0 possible to proRocuto road-.iiistnient after tbo war on a scalo commnnsurato with tho trade opportunities. The leUor.s 11. R. might, well bo stumped *on the Canada Food Board, for Ilia personality permeates the whole department from the aatuto chlot oE Hltttr, to Willie, tho precocious office ijoy. His unflagging industry, sure giasp of every pliaso of food, and old Avorld courtliness, turn a government bureau Into a modern place of Ijiisinoss v/hore service to tho public Is tho first consideration, Tho Canada Food Board ia a trium-virato, a band of throe, consisting of ' _i___ Henry B. Thomson, J. D. McGregor and the lion. C. A.. Dunning. If'or my own part, because ot his great reserve torco and strong character, H. 1!. Thomaoa reminds mo most ot Atli-D,s, Count do la Fere In THig-THRl'lE MUSUKTRERS. Lot J. D. .McCrcgor, the Director of Farm Labor on tho Canada Food Board be Ptir-UioR, whom hc^ recalls In both hlH build and lempnramcnt, and the Hon. C. A. Dunnin/r, D'Artaguan, tho cnre-troo blade from Cascony, but picture II. 13. Tho'mson as Athos, who was both gentle and wise, whose friends wore the real men of the land, and Whose chlotest loves were homo and country. ' ' , HVliliam llamar Greenwood, EXCHANGE PHIS0NER8i Berne, .May 17.-An agreement has been reached here between Germany and Italian commtssionei's In rsffnrd to the exchange of sick and crippled prisoners of svar and tho management ot prison camps. It will be submitted for oonflnmitlon. ^ �oi END'S Women fly to Eho'a when Headache$ threaten ;