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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - November 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 0, 1918 U\,i IKIUIHiK DAILY fiMi.W.O On Holy Ground. '"he lull popUm by the roadnido thin out-tlio highway becomeH gap-toothed. Presently thorn are only the blasted skeletons of trees-presently no trees til nil. We drive through a murdered valley - N'euvllle Saint--Vnast ami Houc.bc/. stnrlc in the hud-�hlnc -coyting at lust by a shell blistered Tint to foot, of Vlmy. I'-frmi tlio west Vlmy Hidge In si penile line-u hog's back wo would cull i\ but from Die east which was the Hide HCrap the Canadians had to take, it is ii steep overlooking the country for miles around. How our men over tool; it In the face of that withering storm of shot and shell I cannot conceive. It. seema Incredible thai men should heart that wave of death anil win through. And yet the simple fact emerges-they did It. The Canadians not only took Vlmy Kldgn but In certain sheltered nooks of it tliey plnntp.d pettitoes which our brave allien, the j'oriiiRuesn ure now valiantly cultivating. Vlmy Ridge was taken because It was ncrossnry in our business. An long us the Uoclie had it he could rake us villi his fire, detect our every movement, .see almost what, wo were, thinking When 1 pilgrlincd to it one sunny August afternoon, :he Uorhe was still watching from hens but he saw u� through a glass dnrkly. I mean that IiIh long-brown "sausage" balloon couldn't got. near enough our lino to make his observations worth while. One supposes thai In peacetimes A'imy Ridge was a pleasant Plcardy upland of smiling fields nnri green orchards with sleepy villages scattered hero and there. Now all the trees arc gone, the houses are obllter-a'ed absolutely and the place is as - bare as your hand. II is worse than bare. It Is seamed and pitted with that hideous disease called war. It is 11 convulsed and agonizing earth, tossed and churned by the mad fury of tho guns. Horn am no mere hillocks Mid shell holos--yawning erat-i i-h r.ithor, and mountainous upheaval* with sodden trenches meandering thiough the waste and the cast abouts of battle lying everywhere about The prophet had It In his eye when he spoke of the abomlnntlon of desolation. It i:.-hed for something less precious tn do the watering These have bodies that are dead, but their souls go marching on and tho harvest they plant in pausing is freedom. When this (lolgotha of a Vlmy Knluti Is smoothed out it will look an I lilVe It, very much like .Southern Alberta, a dim, rolling prairie, until the trees grow again when It will be cony J'icardy once more. Hut agri-i allure will be a thrilling occupation for (onto years after the war-so stuffed is tho earth with dead shells and undetonated bombs. It may look like a trifling detail hut I would not. .sign any terms o! peaco which did not Include Herman labor battalions for ihlf dangerous noil. Let the men who sowed death now reap It. Let tlie Huns do tho spado work until tho mollified earth will tolirate plough and harrow without blowing tho farmer's head off. To vlow Vlmy or Ypres or any ti'iior scone of devastation Ik to re-.grot that this war show* signs of ceasing heforo the allies have slashed across the fare of tier many u 'car as wlrto and long and deep as Kranco ami Belgium hate suffered. V.Tint indemnities can indemnify thoao stricken countries for tho i:iisnry tho Hun has let loose upon thnm? When I saw It. Vlmy was a unlet i�etor-but' It was a menacing ijuiut. The solitude was thronged. Tho si l*nce inuttbred. Soldiers were busy milking roads and rails to feed the lidgrt for new efforts. Whenever they dug they turned up nastlness- ills-colorated skulls were a common Incident. Vlmy nidge may he holy ground for democracy hut it Is a holy ground that has been shot up time and again and the good homo Insure Against Spanish Influenza Our policy covorg all sickness. .PayB weokly Indemnity. Makes provision for hospital expenses, at is tho most liberal policy you can buy. A "Minima*" beats all others. $25.00 Weekly for AU Sickness Seloct and Preferred Classes $1N.0() per ywii- with a 10% Bonus. GUARDIAN INSURANCE CO. OF CANADA All policies guaranteed by (iuardlan Assuranco Co., . my right but the weather is doing Its. work-the crosses tag, the tin tag* 1 are displaced. Presently they too, j will be forgotten. Though war hat j stabbed this ground time and again, I reslnying the slain, it has spared aj graveyard or two to emphasize the | fact that the whole field U Aceldama. � This other wilderness spattered over j with weeds and poppies Is one Inclu- 1 sive sepulchre. The dead are ever/-. where, Vlmy hidge Is a grave's castla 1 of corpses blown away Into heap* and piles and mnsaos In every direction- the earth a thin cloak of much rottenness. There is an oppression of evil ubout It-ovll not fully exercised. Lens Is not far away. Tho evil spirit Halts to revisit the scene of hie crimes. everything Is cleaned u? but tho sense of festering evil remains. The dugouts, some of them no doubt used us advanced dressing stations, have a stale stench of blood and death. Vlmy is not so dead an the Sommc- -the bouts are bare 'but th>� bones are not dry. Somo day this gruesome landscape will amlle again. Vlmy Ridge will dlmplo as of yore. Only tho wooden, crosses will remain-and not many of them-to tell of the great tragudy. When that sweet, sgf, chasteWl day arrives I'would Wiih to see Vlmy Kidge again-but not before. Ottawa, Nov. 7.-It is understood that, tho 'prime minister will leave at a�: early date for Kngland to lake part In the preliminary discussions respecting the terms of peace and to represent Canada in connection with the pence eonferetn. the assistance and George Coster and Slfton, who will Hi' at n later date, as :.� ies permit. Hon. C. .1 ceed to Unglaiiil for : Lloyd Harris, chalrn dlaii war eo/iimf.'.si'i.'i Crank. Jones, vice.i i war trade hoard.- Ii-C..M.CJ., representing of agriculture, and ( of the department i. fen.se, and L. V. I 1; partment of external accompany and as i ister in his mission The prime ri b-.ier and the minister of labor h confeired with the ptcsidetii Trade:' and Labor rongress a.- to selection of e. labor t >'pt'e."rna ;ive nc.compHiiv tle> prime minister am! Draper, scrrviary of Die Tiade- J.abor roupj ess. h.'i:- been Sa-ierte! III.I' purpose DIFFICULT TO GET CABINET IN SPAIN. er. resigned, lie will !� agent of all liquors for = stores and will also h-.' the bonded warehouse  the storey in Rdmon- MaM-.'i. Nov. for: so has a "Keif be Mominone'. t :-:lr\ The lalte: ! icpl noon IfIn U. CORN PRODUCTION dep;.riii..-ni. t Washington. Xm. s. '1 It. >>., ' Hon litis year will be : 'a !> =  d':- hols. tin. department "f 1' 1 't" titday iitinonni ed in ii" wi;; al.-'ii leport. giving the pr prine inin- j mate of the crolb proiiin - --- NEW VENDOR OF LIQUOR Kdiiiontoii. Nov ~, II, Ii Douglas, of Ivlmoiiton. has been appointed gov ertimeut \eudor of liqunr in plye of K ENYON \ew \ o, 1 .'�.St Company ami si; ant i were w unit f teiieral court lien i"- o;' (onspirai.v ACQUITTED. 11 1 lie C Kenyon individual defended b, a jury in the las; night on charg to defraud she gov eitiiii day. - CuMfe Paod Board. I of Mrs. Minnie Scott Cochrane, wife William T. Cochrane, St. Thomas, died after a lengthy llluoss. Oeorgo O'l^eefe, police magistrate of Ottawa from 18�9 to 1917, died ufter a lengthy Illness. \\ VMS LSI J�tl\ m g4g>; ^) ft 3 Q i'iTT �1 - r mm i./y at will usayr When the war is over and won, -v/hen the war worn soldiers come back to Cnnaaa and home, - when the cost is counted, the cost in precious lives, in the limbs, eye-sight ancf shattered health of our noble fighters in the battle lines-the cost in money, in sacrifice and in self-denial- What part will you have played? Will you have the right to cheer and say :- "I did my best-I saved and denied myself-I lent every cent I could rake and scrape to help my country and our fighting boys -1 can claim a full share in the rjlorious Victory because I did everything 1 could" -Or, will you have to slink shamefaced and con Gcicnce-siricken away from the cheering crowds to your own mean solitude ? If you buy Victory Bonds-the duty of to-day- now-to the limit of your ability with every doi.'ar you z-then-and only then-can you say: can i'i "I have done my best" Ivsurd by Canada's Victory Loan Commilte*, in ro-t>rtrraliou with thr Minister of 1'manic ol the Dominion of Canada 1003 2939 ;