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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 19, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta MASSAGE SCHOOL DOES GOOD WORK . Returned Wounded Soldiers are. �  Given First-Class Treatment' . at This Institution. TREATMENT- HELPFUL Twenty-Six Young.Women and,1 Eighteen Returned Soldiers Now Taking the Course. Canadian Women in Revue "Hello Canada" Musical Heroes Many Well-Known Canadian Girls in the Cast-Mrs. Fred Hammond of Toronto Composed the Music- Three Prominent English Actors Assisted. Performance Was Under Royal Patronage, and Was Grande Finale toa,Week of Great Activity in Interest of Blind Sailors and Soldiers. By MYRTLE LEETA CHERRY. ALMOST everyone knows that skillful massage is a wonderful treatment for nil sorts of ailments, but It was not until our wounded men began to come hack to lis in such numbers that Canada realized what England has known since the very beginning of the war-that proper massage treatment is a very important factor in the curing of these men. When this was realized the Military Hospitals Commission acted at once, with the result that we now have, under their control in Toronto, the very first Government school of massage, with Sergt.-Major Kendall in charge and with n class of 46 students enrolled at present. Of this class, twenty-six are young women, and eighteen are returned soldiers. Sergt.-Major Kendall is a returned soldier himself, having been wounded very severely in France, and he explains his present improved condition very much to the massage treatment that was given him. Shortly after he returned to Canada, the Military Hospitals Commission, knowing his professional reputation in England, asked him to take complete charge of this new work in Canada, and so the new school of massage was opened on the 27th of Fehruary at the Whitby Convalescent Home. About a month ago, however, the Whitby buildings were required for the returned soldiers and the School of .Massage was moved to Toronto, because here is the largest orthopedic centre. v As might be expected, no sooner was the need for this class of workers known than the girls of Canada set themselves to fulfil this need, for there are not nearly enough returned, men who are capable of taking up this course. But It is not every girl, chough she be ever so willing, who can qualify for a masseuse. She must be possessed of excellent health and a strong physique; be willing to put in three months of hard study, and be of . a very high character generally before her application is .accepted. All the girls are examined' and interviewed by Dr. Margaret Patterson, and her judgment as to their capabilities Is accepted as final. Many Troubles Cured ARATHER' high standard of education is essential, as the studies are most comprehensive, and would prove almost Impossible for anyone not accustomed to a certain amount of study. So the twenty-six girls who are at present completing the course are of a most efficient type indeed, and should be able to do a great deal of good. Sergt.-Major Kendall speaks extremely well of the eighteen returned soldiers who are also taking the course, and says that while they are, of course, handicapped somewhat by . the terrible experiences they have come through, their grasp of the work is most creditable. As to which secures the best results in actual work, that would be most difficult to say, but a man, so the sergeant-major says, if he is good, makes a very good masseure, while the girl who is a masseuse is always good, and finds the work more easily learned than does the masseure as a rule. There are three'instructors besides Sergt.-Major Kendall! one of whom is a woman, and the course itself lasts three months. The students, however, are not given their graduation diplomas until they have been doing hospital work for one year after the completion of the three-months' training. They are entirely-at the command of the Military Hospitals Commission, and must go to any hospital in Canada in which they are needed. They will not go overseas,' however, as England has been giving this work the importance it~deserveB ever since the first of the^'war, and therefore has plenty of graduates from her own schools- , There Js, needless to say, a very, large field of work for them In Canada, and the}*.will all be Just as busy as possible-Immediately their course,is finished, .They are given a thorough groundwork by Sergt.-Major Kendall and his assistants in anatomy, physiology, . practical massage, orthopedic movements, physical training, and re-educational work. A thorough .knowledge of all the muscles of the body must be literally right at ' yie - student's finger-tips. The text book .used is a new edition of the Book of Massage, by L. P. Despard, and is considered the most perfect of its kind. At the end of the three months' course a stiff examination Is given: the students. * O.VDON' has just witnessed a Canadian Revue which, if not actually "made in Canada," is none the Icfs a Canadian product, as the composer, organizer, and manager are real Canadians, and the actresses -every one of them-come from .the Land of the -Maple. "Hello: Canada" made its first appearance this iFridayt afternoon, under Royal patronage, at His Majesty's Theatre in London. It was the Grande Finale to a week of great- activity devoted to the interests of the blind soldiers and sailors of the empire; St, Dunstan's week it was called, as the proceeds are to go towards St. Dunstan's Hostel, which provides for the after-caro of the j -blinded men. A large Fair was held at Albert Hall on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and .Thursday, when al-. most everybody in the Peerage-was assisting- in some capacity or other; theatres, and bazaars galore throughout the Provinces donated; and one great concerted effort was made on behalf of the Hostei. As a final flourish to the week, Mrs. John Hope, daughter of the Hon. James Duns-muir, a former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, was asked to put on the Canadian Matinee as Canada's share, and Canadians In London did nobly-devoting energy- and money. It was,under the patronage of Their Majesties the King and Queen; the Duke of Connaught, Princess Patri-oia, Princess Louise, Duchess of Ar-gyle, Dowager Marchioness of Duf-ferin. Marchioness of Lansdowne, Dowager Countess of Derby; Countess of Minto, Countess Grey. Mrs. Fred Hammond, who composed the 'music, is well known to To-roritonians as the young widow of the late S. F- Hammond, who lost his life on the Lusitania. Mrs. Hammond has shown almost a genius of musical talent and has given us some attractive melodies of tuneful lyrical quality, which will doubtless prove popular airs. Torontonians In the Cast HE cast was composed of the following Canadians, all well-known society girls, whose work at many strenuous rehearsals was well-rewarded: Miss Diana Meredith, Mrs. Chas. Llndsey, Mrs. Clifford Darling, Mrs. Roy Xordhelmer, Mrs. Herbert Porter, and Miss Adele Gla-nelli were from Toronto. The Hon. Mrs. Redmond, Miss Martha Allan, i IN CANADA? YES-THERE'SWORK A-PLENTY . . . i  ... \ . y y -.-^ . ~  ' Camera portraits by. E. O. Hoppe, London. At This One Place 290 Women and 100 Men Were Served With Eatables. telling "Hello, Canada" should bo a retort. Description of Scenes THE curtain went up on a scene in Montreal-the roof garden of the Ritz Hotel, festive with pretty women, gorgeous in evening' frocks;' and the Englishmen are Introduced to the Popular Pets-a beyy of petite ingenues gowned In creations" by Revelle and Rossiter. Miss Muriel Dunsmuir, by whom the dances were swirl from the floor, dancing Into a living: tableau of Canadian beauty gowned in the gorgeous autumn tints of "our emblem dear." First Since War Began K. E. It WCKE.TTS. who formerly ownetl and managed the Vancouver Opera/.Kousa,.- and . who graciously anJt.^vdfeiils,' directed the entire' af?rtifr.;BruWhave been highly gratified:withl|t|te'-results of his ex-ceUentrperfoi*rjB�t��,' bat it Is a well- M] arranged, did a dance, with Mr. Keys.: kriow_rt -fact thaiitJHrs. Hope's amateur Then followed a charming; scene I theatricals', forM-"whxchV she has at. called "Powder-Puff with the chorus costumed as powder-puffs In fluffy ballet style. In this Miss Phyllis Davis, of Vancouver, well known on the New York stage, was soloist. "In The Dark," was a. novelty with the girls representing- cats in white frocks against a black background! and the quaint little gestures and funny little steps were very descriptive an they escort. Mr. Keys ho^he very early in the morning-. The latter and his friends are next invited aboard a C. P. R. train bound for the Mrs. Stephen White Wilson, Miss Sybil Robertson, the Misses Ives, Miss McDonnell, were from Montreal, and Vancouver and Winnipeg were represented by Miss Godson-Godson, the Misses McBrlde, Miss Muriel Dunsmuir, the Misses Jukes, Miss Troup, Miss Doris Al-dous, Miss Armour, Mrs. Webber, the Misses Carson, Cook, McDougall, Grler, Bunce, Macpherson, Lemon, SIcklemore, and Mrs. Howden, Mrs, Chapman, and Mrs. Max Reid. Mr. Nelson Keys, the noted comedian, of "Vanity Fair," playing at the Palace Theatre, Frederick Norton and Edward Combermere from Sir George Alexander's company, generously gave their services. They were the three Englishmen who,~ as the plot goes, travel to Canada expecting the GILDING GOLD. Q.ILDING refined gold is what peo pie do when they try to polish up the truth with a little agreeablo .deceit* '�-*' Mrs. Bradley i West. This Pullman Car scene was given through'.the kindness of.Mri Geo. McL Brown, European manager of the C. P. R.; and the Hon. Mrs. Redmond (Ix>rd Shaughnessy's daughter) appropriately took the leading role. Later the passengers appear from the sleeping-car in their "Zepp. Suits" (glorified pyjamas)- very up-to-date as the term implies. Then followed a Harvest Scene-a tableau in the wheat fields with the modern girls in smocks and sun'-hon-nets patriotically- answering the call to the land. Miss Babs Macpherson, of Vancouver1, sang: '� "Working for you, dear, I will he true, dear, Till you come home to me," etc. A Calgary danco hall showed very realistic cowboys and cowgirls hav- rough environment of a land of!;lng a huge time despite the fact that ranchmen, and quite unprepared for the variety and charm of the life stretching from Atlantic to Pacific coasts. A play was ro6ently performed in London, called "Tho '�; Land of Promise," which was thought to (five an unfavorable aspect to the life of the Dominion inasmuch as it made as typical an uncultured type. Fortunately it was sharply criticized and withdra,wj), after a, short, run, and the- cowboys were only "boys" pro tem. Mrs. Herbert Porter of Toronto sang "The Call of the West" and/Miss Suzanne SIcklemore danced an Indian wan dance. An octette,of-fascinating crinolined beauties in a garden in Victoria was-, next on the program, when Mrs. Web-' ber-a Vancouver girl who .was ono time on the Gaiety stage-sang, and tho final scone was a forest where the mjipio leaves suddenly away and talned no smkliliime .in Canada, are always' "par excellence." This was the first". Ca^jnn'i theatrical performance attimpte'U'by Canadians in London' sinc>? the -war ;fprte other wad given In liiorjat Brury Lane In aid of the sufferers the Ottawa fhro), and though It speaks well for Canadian adnptlliillty. Mrs-. Hope Is "emphatic in stating that the most generous help haa.heen extended to her from the English, who on all occasions made It possible to:'put on this lorfje production, on radian extensive scale and with, so Hftje expense?. Hfs Majesty's .TheafrjeVwas given 'through the courtesy at Sir "Beerbofini Tree, Mr. Oscar A ache arid Miss Lily Bray-ton, whose stage manager devoted a great deal of time and whose musical authority prepared the music suitably for orchestration. Clarkson's, tho best-known theatrical people, provided the costumes; Hoppe, the well-known photographer, gave complimentary sittings to a nurnhar of those taking part, and the rehearsals wore all held In rooms In the British Columbia. Building; offered by. Sir Richard McBrlde, so the proceeds of this Canadian matinee ought to be most gratifying, and several performances may be given . in Folkestone and Brighton at popular prices. The price of the seats ^at this performance were from 5 shillings to 50 gulfieas. a mitn siax. ,^ man is hopelessly ill when ho falls to make a fuss about any now experiment that'Is tried on him. nvr/jf^jnojiiNN't know. ij^pj.old '"iMf'helor ways that a woman';: "tongue Is an organ without litons. - By CLARICE E. HUNNISETT-T is quite safe to say that since the beginning of tho war. hundreds of the women of Canadian cities, in the spirit of wanting to help, have found themselves working at things, which at another time never would havo occurred to them in their wildest flights of ima gination. Who ever thought to work in a factory whoro the roar and grind of. machinery goes on unceasingly, getting hands In a condition that would havo driven one almost crazy it year or so ago? We never thought to serve behind a counter in an "open-all-night" lunch room for ten hours. Yot that la what we did, and what many others are doing at the canteen in one of the large Canadian monition works.  .....- - When ono of the largo firms start-ed.-to make munitions and the workers, went on in shifts, at' 'different hours, they.' thought It .feould be a good plan to have a lunch room at the pl.-uji where .the Writers could get nourishing food and' hot tea and cof-feeVThey offered to supply the rooms especially: fitted''up and \all utensils, if the T.. W. C./A."would take charge and run a-canteen, the Y. TV. C. A. to get the profits to help them in the different branches: of their splendid work.; The plan was adopted and for some- months a canteen has been open and many girls and women have voluntarily given their services to help make 4t a. success. In the day timej the workers behind-the counter stay five hours-but.those "who "come on at ten o'clock stay the night through We hud never done, anything qulto like this^before, for this, was something different to .serving In a booth at-a bazaar, where things are usually fusaod up with colored crepe paper, and wo wear fancy dresses, sell things they don't want to our friends, who hand over tho money cheerfully, or otherwise, because it is for a I "good cause." This was serving real meals to hungry workers, who had no time to waste and wanted things served quickly. Fivo cents seemed to bo the price of nearly everything on tho longj whlto countor-for Q. plate of roast ueof or headcheese, for two buttered rolls two small cakes, a pleco of pie, or a dish of jam or prunes, or for two rod apples. Tho sandwiches, each ono a meal In itself. In a waxed paper bag, sold for fivo contii, and a howl of delicious tomato soup or a bowl of outmeal porridge, made by orio who certainly know how, could bo .-had for tho samo price. Tea or coffee with mlik, was three cents a cup, or with a small jug of cream- five conts. Pie for Breakfast AFTER being told tho prices of ' things iiml rending our orders for the night from a blackboard, wo stood near Uio soup kettle, which Is kept hot on a llttlo gas stove Immediately behind lite counter, with ltuJlo "  By RATXO KEARNEY. N a Canadian.' weekly paper on May 6/there la an Interesting ar-: tlolo In working In a big munitions plnht; Being the personal experience of H.C. iVory Instructive It Isi � But I nm curious to know WHY Is she so.down.on tho girl who does not "need the money" for going Into mnuftlon work? H. C. herself has i gono Into It, not apparently, for tho money In It, but because sho wants that particular jobi. It mnkeB�her fool better .Inside than other Jobs would do, It. niakos her feel patriotic, and she wants to do that'particular thing. I do ttbt'iblnmo-hervfor-that. if she likes it, a,nd can make good In it, sensible she to' go on trying till sho got It. But let mo-put It straight. Sho Is not doing munition work In preference to any other kind because she needs the money. But because she wants to get the money that sho needs, for doing JUST THAT WORK. If she merely-wonts well-paid employment, she need not wait long for It. Look In any city paper, and you will find column nfter column (to state just one profession) of "Want" nds for houseworkers. Now, ladles of tho factory! If you will Just stop shouting at me till 1 can hear myself think (thank you!) you will see that there is no cause to got so excited, nor yol to bo shocked at the Idea. HousoSvork Is no degradation. Ninety-nine women out qf^ja hundred bind themselves to lt%in the marrlago service. Bind themselves, very often, to work for which they can make no terms, that they cannot leave If they do not llke.lt, If their health breaks down, or they are not well treated, and for which they never receive a stated salary. Stop Blaming; Housemother ET us stop blaming tho Housemother for all the ills that "service" is heir to. Now is tho time that the Houseworker has tho chance to make splendid terms for herself. But let her make them on a business basis. A Munition worker wears a suitable uniform. She has never been known (so far as I am able to ascertain) to ask that sho be considered as a member of the Factory Owner's family. But If-her work is poor, sho does not get the price for It that Is paid to an expert. That is why tho cxport3 get so well paid. That Is also why many girls try really hard to become experts In a factory. Now, If I wore a lone woman, unemployed, who wanted work-and money, I would choose a district that was convenient, and answer somo advertisement at a house that was not too largo, and I would offor tho following services: To take up my Job at 7 a.m., and do tho housework on two floors (or flats), (reasonable^slze). To set tho breakfast tablo, cook and servo breakfast, wash up, and set tho lunch table. My work to cease at twelve. Any good houseworker who understands how to run her Job, could (with a few days' practice in that particular house, just as a factory worker tries out a now machine) do that much work WELL in four hours and forty, minutes. The extra twenty minutes would be spent ovor break fast, that being the time allowed at ,'tho munition plants that I know, for the meal that must bo eaten during the shift. For that service r would ask my own breakfast; a' small, clean L room, to mysolf, with tho prlvetoge of a biith, and four dollars par weak. Oi--for tho sanio compensation, I would "Ring tho clock" at 8.30 p,m. (presuming a house where dinner was not lator than seven), talto charge of tho ohlldron If there wore any) for an hour, get i\nd servo afternoon tea tf desired, or, If tho housemothor woro out, serve and oversee the ohlldron at theirs. Sot tho table, got and sorvo dinner (my dinner or tea bolng allowed, In placo of breakfast), and wash up. If detained after eight thirty-by extra guests, or more olabbrato dinner) overtime would bo paid. But my contract would allow mo to leave as soon after dinner as I had -washed and put away every dish, put way all food, and left the kitchen immaculate. For a family of four or fivo persons, whoso ordinary dinner docs not exceed threo courses (and there must bo many such families in Toronto) this work could bo dona well In the time allowed, and I do not think that there would bo many nights on whloh l icould not leave tho house at Bight 0 clock. In both cases, of course, suitable tools and utensils would have to bo provided. , �\ Would Wear a Uniform ISHOULD Insist on wearing a Uniform and no possible inducements could persuade mo to eat with tho family. 1 know Just what an upsetting practice that Is I As tho family that I work for happens to be mine, 1 havo to do it. How often I would be glad of twonty minutes alone with a 'book! And what a saving of time and trouble it would he if I worn allowed to stay In tho kitchen and wash up my pots without waiting for them to got cold( and "sot" Ccourso I always put soda and water in them, but it's not the same, thing). Meals outside of working hours, would be taken away from my work, just as those factory klrls tako theirs. My room and one meal, would be worth five dollars a week to me, so thero I am with nine por In cash (It's equivalent) for a five-hour day. In fact, I should have (depending on my strength and energy) six' to eight working hours loft mo, in whloh (with workers of all kinds so muoh In demand) I should sopn bo ablo to add another six, seven or eight dollars to my weekly earnings. Perhaps I could get Into a Munition plant as well, after all! Possibly you think I would not bo welcomed in tho homes of which I speak? I just wish that I was a free woman for jlong enough to go out and provo It. And wh^sn I had proved-to my employer's satisfaction, that I was an expert-I would raiso my prices. I could afford to. H. C. says that sho KNOWS by bitter experience, that thero Is unemployment in Canada, Of courso, thero Is! If you decide on doing just ono kind of Job-you may havo to wait for some time for tho ono that suits you. I know a job that I want myself, that will Just bo the Job to suit mo. But Tin unemployed In IT no far, becauso thoro is only ono of tho kind within my radius: and jUBt at present it Is completely and competently filled. It may como my way some day. Meantime, I do not walk the streets looking for another job,' I do something clso. My hands are full of useful work (Interesting, too), and nobody is "grinding the faco" of this poor Patriot at present. and bowls nil ready awaiting customers. The-soup looked so good wo Imagined every tlrqd worker would want It. But our first customer wanted only brown broad and butter and a cup of tea. Wo were disappointed In him. < Soon tho muni tlorK workers camo in-girls with big blue aprons covering their dresses and capo set . at every Imaginable angle. People alwayB want what you haven't 'got. Along would como a girl-pick up her tray, covor It with a paper table napkin, then look along tho countor and ask for anything sho could see we didn't have. When wc hopefully suggested, p. bowl of nlco, hot soup, sho would ask: "What kind?" Hoarliy? it-waB tomato, sho would look too dlsgunted for words. But, of / courso, there wore thoso who liked what wo offered. Somo camo back to tell us how good they had found their lunch. It did seem strange to soo people eating roast beef with catsup, and plo at threo o'clock in tho morning, and wo watch'od with fascination a man who loaded his tray with cakes, pie, and ohooso sandwiohes for a five o'clock hreakfortt. When not nerving at tho countor wo modo sandwiches, cut bread, and meat lo replenish tho plates, and thoro wnH always a ncnvi.pot of soup to ho started. At thtt.bnf'k- of tho serving room was n,'n-opening whore every so often a. blackened face would appear. This wiiHWhei'e 'the men from j tho factory crime to,"Bct a puit of tea or coffee, which they usually carried uwivy with them, or perhaps they! bowl of por- would stop and"cat ridge. After the first few hours time seemod to go so slowly that wo kept listening to our wrist watch to find if It had stoppod. Wo thought how good It would bo just to havo a comfortable, ploeo where wo could sloop- sleep-sloop. But thoro was {our hours' work ahead of us,- so wo went ahead and norved more porrldgo and soup-though tho smoll of ; tomato soup had suddenly becomo hateful, and wo had decided that wo didn't want to eat over again, At oiglit o'clock the helpers for tho early part of tho day camo to rqllovo us. Wo were rather glad to soo them -though, altogether we had enjoyed tho oxperlence-tor we had helped to wait on two hundred and ninety ^��� men and nearly ono hundred man. hot philosophy. jjot weather philosophy is alway.i offoctivo excopt In hot weather. TOO BIG FOR HIM j^t Mount Pleasant, colored man camo Texas, a into tho puhllo office and ' Insisted that somo ono should talk for lilrrr. Upon being told that ho would have to do rin own talking ho.approached tho telopiiono, took down tho receiver, and after turning It over two or threo times and examining It carefully, said: "Dohh, All don't hollove Ah kin get du{ flali t'lng in mnli 'motif." ;