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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 2, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta sA;i;ui^day. November 2. ms riF-RALI> PAGE SEVElt A Tidy Battlefield DyH. F. Gadsby i^hQn the JoyrMirs of tho'' world Visit ll;e sceasB of the war alter this bloody Armj^gedcioiii la over they will probobly dtvido battlefields Into two Idude--untidy, hideously pocked and yittod one*, like Vlmy. ond tidy ones UlcG Amiens or'Arrag". _ . Our Canadaln part in the Battle ol AmiOD'j covered a Plot ot ^roiind 15 miles long by tlve miles wide-75 squars miles ot Prenol) tenUory re-Jiored o( the ttun opDreasor-and �when I sdW It two weeks Ater the event it had (been neatly brushed and combed and was in good shape to re-calve company. What I liked about it most was Us accessible character- rolling land^ gentle valleys, woods not too thick,  no rivers to wade, few (ranch systemH to cross, JuSt enough shell holes to make it IntGrestliig, and that devil's weed, barbed wire, rolled up and out of tbe way.' It was such a terrain as Wellington might havie enjoyed at Waterloo, firm foothold and smooth going, and at the same tlmo such a terrain as made possible the modemeat enginery of war-tanks little and big. and tbe airplanes hovering low like hawks as they fiircled above the contllct. The battlefield, which begins some t/vn miles yonder side ot Amiens, was in tact, one big wheat field, studdad with hamlets and villages, before' war made ic n battlefield, and it still has that gentle aspect. It does not sear the eyes � and cramp the heart like the niurder-�d landscape of Vimy and Ypres, whore every foot of ground has been killed and rekUled a, dozen times. It had not been No Man's Land very long before the Cermans were driven back. ]f it had been the good brown earth would have looked more like a series of confluent ulcers than it does now. " Over our five o'clock tea. General Macdonald of the second division showed me his little contour map of the action, A very good map indeed-,and' some day^a vivid aoavcnir tor the gen-eral's dec-but It ild nothing more lhan emphasize tiie bird's-eyo '.idw ot the battlefield which was already in my mind. An orderly battleCloId, window-dressed, so to speak, for visitors who can tramp over it now without getting their feet wet, their boots muddy or their breeches torn. 0ndor that placid ifiREATCAMDUtlSnOd , BOBLOPG ;' UNION MAOE f^VERALLS ,'SHIRTS S. GLOVES earth which would fain carry in Its breast nothing redder than a poppy, lie the enaHnguindd bodiejs of many thousand bfave nlen who died for free-ddm's sake, O.anadl&ns alone overwhelmed toixf Hun divisions and "took on" sixteen, Incurring eight thousand caaualtles tii one short week, so that it must have been a battle of proportions, Btit what ot that? One battle in matiy hbndreds ot battles, each with ila tnitiipet tale ot courage! Besides the dodd liiea are decently out of sight. It Was, 89 little Petorkin's grandfather would Siy, a glorious victory-rthe kind of (V,lct,6ry we have for breakfast every niflirrjine nowadays-^, so let it go at that',, Nature h,is forgotten it already-sH* ttls given us a day all blue and gold and Cbimnieriag radiance tor our pllgrliriafife. Let ua look about us. "Here," said Ueut Robert Watt A.b.C. indicating tarp hundred grim, black mouths, muzzling skyward, "are the guns we took." The guns have been taken in many poses. Aeroplane photographs have made themi faitniiiar to the public, but no picture - speaks tike tho sullen silence of these Hun monster.'; who will rave no more. They are of all si^.es, from machine guns to super-howlizftrs. Two-thirds of "tho bag" foil to the Cuhadiaus, but the bigfest one ot all was the prize ot the Australians. I pointed it out to Ueut. Watt, whose-local pride was nettled. "Sheer luck!" he snorted. "It happened to be on their side ot tho railway track." All captured guns aro now under the fmagement of a trophies commia-)n whose duties will be largely simplified by the cards Ibat Tommy leaves behind. "Tho Forty-Second Ontarios took this,""Property of the 10th Royals," "This goes to Toronto" and similar instructions crisp and to tho point. The one thing that, will not happen to captured guns is to beaten Into plowshares or other warful.objects. Th�ir, Will salt the earth with "their messages. Every littlest town In the whole white world that fought for democracy will claim one for an ornament an4 M shrine; and to tell tbe remotest ages what was done in the Great War, and who did it. Somewhere about the mid-' die-ot the battloCiold we glimpsed a mired tank. "Good ground for tanks here," Lieut. Watt oi^plalnijd, "but that fellow struck a Hrf'ft spot." Soft spot! W;oll rather! How. ow. BebemotB had simply wallowed into It, snout down, tall up-Uka a plesios-aunis burrowing! It bad died a bard death too-all red, blistered, shell torn. The tank oroWs work for 12 hours at a stretch In a temperature oi 120 degrees plus petro,! fumes so ov�r-powering that muu not fully trained could be re^idered unconscious in tno hours. As It is ti,,tty are ottea lifted out uuconsciouEi'at the end ot thetr day's trick, with Uielr skins -as black as Coal. They are real nalaniander^, the tank crew, but even k aaUmaiid�r can't stand iip to a German battery, pumping salvoes of five point nine at point blank range. Poor old.behomoth bas got "his! I judged from his remains tJiat have received mora than one direct hit fair in the bowels and that the bean fellows inside have been burned to a crisp. Vour tank may be a little better tban the wooden hors6 of Troy, but it'.H no boudoir at that. "How about the' whippets 7" I asked. "Xs It.true,that,a Wblppet nan cat^|h up with a Germin oolonel, gali lopljig hell tor leather, ind tlattea hlin on'i Uko a pancake?" "That sounds �wide," said Lieut. I^IVET your eyes on this picture of a Belgian mother and child, until you feel the full horror of th^_ situation! Thousands of these orphans, dying of starvation, might. now be jiving' in grenades and bombs "with the stingers taken out" -I have no wish to become an arsenal-but, I accepted a Ge^'man helmet and a German bayonet as being safe and portable. The German helmet Is camouflaged in brown and i^een. ft is tho latest style in German helmets-tbe pickol-haube with the glittering spika^oK.top having been discarded long apo as a dangerous duo for the enemy, It is a heavy belmet-perhaps live pounds beforu a battle and a hundred priund^ when in, flight-and it Is awkward fo wear. Our own helmet has it bfiuion forty ways, ^licing light, conifortjtlile and not unsightly. TMo host thing aliout this Gerbinn belmol; is the dint in the spot wUure ilie Hun forehead would naturally bo. If our idea ot a safe democracy didn't kill him outright it at least kndijked hard at tho front door of his intellect I notice many ot these German helmels doing duly as flower pots outside''our field hospitals and swung in chains they make neat containers for geraniums and such a .sweeter sort of Kultur than anything those helmets harbored before. German shells, searching the woods to our right, cut pur visit to the salvage dump short. It was filaln that Fritz knew just about where his lost goods wero and Ue didn't want us pawing them over. Not wishing tolnjilato iiim I BUBgosted that on our way to Tvoserios whore was a metal dump which, Heinle had left'behind on his way back to Hunsland. - The tnetal dump was a cuilolis dol-lection -truoifUes. � alarm clocks, church bell^i horse shoes; ol/d stoves -evei^tbin^'' meltable for miles around.^ ?tit� must-be starving tor .gun matsrlaj, VHpw the treasures ot that met�l Hump-now in the handssot the foo-hs adfertljied trott time to time with, a big shell. About overy-teo minutes he Would wallop one rtver just to show that he parted wltji that aotal damp with th*'^^greatest reluctance. One half the house which sheltered the metal dump having taken Are, and a thoronghly. dead German under a Tubhlsli heap in a corner doing his best to make the place even more disagreea.ble, I called n halt to further i'eBearcllTftOT �tawd back for dinner. Our-"nloior-a . sunijcum -that a name toi' a ray ot hope tliul Boe.s back on yoU-seized this opportunity to puncture ' a i tire. Sayei-.s was all for a mending iob-it would take' twenty minutek lie Sald*-but into four miles Of front im^. to and the vesper; atrafe closing in 1 declilnd that wp i Could wait-ol" if necessary go on on the rim; �Which was done accordingly-but that is anotbor story. At allevents it was a tidy battlefield and by now It must be safe enough to visit. But don't eat your pie while its smoking. . As 'a^^sbell whined overhftad i happened to-^ay to Lleuten.ant Watt, "This war l8n't:;jfoiatitd Bond �(tba ; Rojral Aca AiuimI EumlMCfmir ba^ IWint tni TlitaccLical will b* hiM thniu|haut Ouuda ai follow.: ?RACTICAIS -May cr Jaa*, 1919, TUEORETICAL$~N�*��l�nAMilTUAb. OFFICIAL PROSPECTUS The Proceeds of thU Loan vrill be nsed for War purposes only, and will be spent vcholly' in Canada THE|MwtSTEa ok Finance of thb Domintom o� Canada, olfera for Public Subscription the Victory Loan 1918 S300,0O0,0O0. 5%% Gold Bonds nrirlnj,- Interest from November I&t, I9I8, and offered in two maturities, the choice of which is optional with the subscriber as follow*: 5 year Bonds due November Ist, 1923 - " 15 year Bonds due November 1st, 1933 i ' i; f rincipaf pay.-ible nif.Ju'ut cliarec at the Office of the Minister of Finance and Receiver Geiieral at Ottawa, or at the Office of the Assistant Receiver General at Halifax, St. John, ChariottetoWn, Montreal, Toronto, Wiimipeg, Regina, Calgary and Victoria. Bonds may be registered ar, to principal or as to principal and interest, at any of the abdve-mmitioned offices.. Interest payable, witlioiit cdarge, half-yearly, IVfay Ist and November 1st, at any branch in Canada of any Ch^tcred Bank. Principal and Interest payable ia Gold '* ' Oenominations: 15*, 95M and $1,9N . . Issue Price: 100 and Accrued Interest * Incomt Return ^Vz% per Annum r Free from%azc3-including any income tax-imposed in pursuance of leftiriation enacted by ttie Psiriiamcnt of Canada. The procEec*.^ of rlic Loan will be used for w^r purposes only, includinil the purchase of t^in, foods;ii!T.'>, munitions and other supf^Ites, and will be spent wholly in Canada. Wyment to bcmade as follows: S , 10% on application; 30% January 6th, 1919; / ' 20% December 6th, 1918; 20% February 6thi 1919; 31.16% March 6th, 1919. The la.st payment of 31.16% covers 30% balance of principal and 1.16% representing accrued interest at 5J^% from November lit / to due dates of the respective instalments. _ , , A lull half year's interest will be paid on May 1st, 1919,,imaking the cost of the bonds 100 and interest. Subscriptions may be paid in fullatthe time of application at 100 without interest; or on any instalment due date thcreatter together, with accrued interest at theVate of 53^% per annum. j This Loan is authorized under Acl: of the Parliament of Canada, andjwtb principal and interest are a charge upon the Conaoli-, dated Revenue Fund. ' i  ' Tht Amount of this issue is $300,000,000, exclusive ot the amount (if any) paid for by the surrender of bonds of previous issues-The Minister of Finance, however, reserve.* the right to allot the whole or any part of the amount subscribed in excess of $300,000,000,./ Gonversioni Privileges Bonds of this issue will, in i he event of future issues of lilce maturity, or lonecr, made by the Government, during the remainiaf period of the War, other than issues inaiie aliroad, Ive accepted at 100 and accrued interest, as the equivalent of cash for the purpoao al subscription to such issues. ) Payments All cheques., drafts, etc., covering instalments, are to be rhacje payable to the Credit of the Minister.of Finance. Failure to pay any instalment-when due will render previous payments liable to forfeiture, and the allotment to cancelation. Subscriptions must be accompanied by a deposit of 10% of the amount subscribed. OfBctal Canvastsrs will forward subsei-iption* jor any branch in Canada of aax Chartered Bank will accept subscriptions and issue receipts. . i Subscriptions may be paid in full at time of application at 100 without interest; or on any instalment due date thereafter togethw with accrued interest to time of maldng payment in full. Under this provision, payment of subscriptions may be made as follows:- If paid in full on or before Nov. I6th, 1918, par without interest, or 100%. . � i hi ) if regaining Instalmcnrpafd^on'Mar.' 6th',' 1919,' bSance of 30% and interest,' ($31.16 per $100.)  i Oenominaiion and Reigisiratioii be issued indenOminations Bearer Ijonds, with coupons, will be issued in denominations of $50., $100., $500., and $1,01)0., unS^iaj; be registered as to principal. The first coupon attached to these bonds will be due on May 1st, 1919.  Fully registered bonds, the interest on which is p^id direct to the owner by Government cheoue, of $50., $100., $500., $1,000., $5.000.. $10,000., $25,000., $50,000.. $100,000., or any multiple of $100,000. Payment of Interest A full half ye.i'r's interest at th� rate of 5>ij% per annum will be paid May 1st, 1919. Form of Bond and Delivery Subscribers must imiicate oiitheir application the form of bond and the denominations required, and the securities ao indicated will be delivered by(the bank upon jiayment of the subscription in full. ^^iy \ Bearer bonds of this issue will be available for delivery at the time of application to subscribers desiroui; of raaicing payment in j full. Bonds registered as to principal only, or fully registered as to principal and interest, will be delii'cred to subsdribersmaking paynSent' in full, as soon as the required registration can be made. Payment of all instalments must be made at the bank originally named by the subscriber. Non-negotiable receipts will be furnished to all subso'ibers who desire to pay by iiistalmentf. These receipts will be ezchangeablo at siibscriber's bank for bonds on any instalment date when subscription is paid in full. . Form ol Bonds Interchauj^eable Subject to tlie ^ynient of 25 cents for each new bond issued, holders of f ullv registered bonds without cotipons, will liave the right to convert into bonds with coupons and holders of bonds with coupons will iiavc the right tcf convert into fully registered bonds without coupons, at any time, on application to tlie Minister of Finance or any Assistant Receiver General. , Forms of application may be obtained from any Official Canvasser, from any Victory Loati Committee, or member thereof, or from any "branchy in Canada of any Chartered Bank. Subscription Lists will close on or before jSovember .16th, DarjjrniBm o� Fimancb, Otx*.w*, October 28th, WIS. Behind the Gun the Man - Behind the Man the Dollar Make Your Dollars Fi^ht the Hun 141 I U PLAND PRAIRIE HA -ROCK BOTTOM PRKCES-- Patterson, McKinnon & Bell Union^nk Buildini .4i � >'� . Lethbridge 150577 ;