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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - November 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATTUOAY, NOVEMBER Jl, 101R 1-rtK LVri'IBRTDOE OATLT HEMAI.n PAGE SEVEN7 On Holy Ground. By H. F. GADSBY P. M. DRAPER IS III ii they plHnMvl hrsivr Milieu tin.-valiantly rultivnt- iv.'i �� nVt which was tin: H'ir ."Tap the i 'anndliins bail to take. It i' .1 strep overlooking 'bo eountry for miles allium) I low our men e%er Ion'., Ii III the faio of that withering storm of shot ami nhcll 1 cannot con- reive |l m i>'t!r( bin bniK brown "sausage" bal-ionn ronldn't �et in-ar enough outline in make bis observation.1! worth v hi-. One supposes that In po.i'-o-t lines Vimy Kbit;' was a pleasant I'Icardy upland of Mulling fields and croon ori'bards with sleepy villages srril-ti-rod hen- and there. Now all the trees ari' gone, tho houses arc ohliter-a'i'd absolutely and tho plare is as bare as your hand If. Ik worse than j bare H in seame I anil pitted with i Ilia: hideous disease railed war. It In { n innvnlh"(l and agonizing earth, I fosu-tl an I rimmed by the mail fury | the gunn. Here are no mere lilt-I I"-- ati'l ."hell holeH- yawnlnc erat-j i ath"i-. and mountainous upheav-wlili sodden trenches meauilerlnp ti'tough the winli1 and the ciiHt n.'i nits of battle lying everywhere alio'.ir. The prophet had It In his. eye �li"ii he spoke of the abomination of de-nUMou. It Is a tortured chaos overrun now with thistles, much i: ass und that devil's chickweed --barlii-.l wire. '! nev t�l) me that .Viiturc will lie l-.ii.-l to this murdered '-arth -that tin rains will i-unm and w.nh tho soil i nit.i tho nh'-ll holes and that In four ji'ji'i the land will recii porati; ami b- yielding fru'ts In then- seanonn. 'f'ii'-i,. bo even thoio �ii� say Hint th'-.,. senretl and blasted fields Willi I.- aioio fertile than ever because j th. shells havo broken up tho plow j S" � and tho brave hoarts that mould | or iiiirterneath make a rare Vi !ture will bp n tlirllllnK oeeupalion for ingio yparn aftor the war -ko fitnff"d Is tii� earth with dead shells ami uuiletonatcd bombH. It may look )i'ii;ru any terms of peru-o which did , not Include (iermun labor battalions j for thin iljnRcrous soil. tho nion � who sowed death now reap it. hoi I tbi I lima do the spa-In work until tho I iii-iilif.eil earth will tolorato plounb ' e:i : barrow wjtnout blowini; tint farmer  bead off. to vlow Vimy or Vpret or any other sitone of devastation hi to ru-Kret that this war shows sIkhs of ce.Miiur before the allies have sltmh-od ncioaa the faro Of Germany a aear hs widn und lonff a(d deep an F.>en coiiiinios for the labery the Hun haw let looao upon Ifcem? When I Haw It. Vimy was n quiet �n. lor but it was a menaiinj; oulet. 'i Ii- iinli'nde was tlii'oiised The s.-!#m i) inuttiired. Soldiers wore busy :��\:iiK loatls and rails to food the riiljp' for now ellorls. Whenever ihey dim tdry turned up nantiness din-roloratnd skulls worn a common inci-�l.-nt.* Vimy RidRe may be holy rround for democracy but it Is a holy Ri'onnrt that hart lieon shot up time and again and tho kooiI home I earth In one vast eharncl pit. ! The roads lire Kcrnened with inntR j from Clorman eyeH but the. mats arc tattered and torn and I havo an i;n-i easy fe.uliiiK 111:1.1. the Iluu inif;htjan 'easily pot. our car if he thought itj|tl I worth the bother. HhellH do come and Ko-like the flees on David llarum's ilziK Just enough to Ituep u.i from howling. Our own grlnniiiK troRlo-dylos are all about tiieir duK-outs in the face of the ridRo, their kuiih t-iinionfliiKei) with all rorts of artful dlsRObiCs. They welcome the. vlwltor In their own cordial way -cuttlnK loose with a ten point nine Just to see them jump. Making Ihem Jump is an old Joke and I*have Rnt. over it. Iouk ac,o. On/- tahcs, a Joke from ones friends Willi cood Ri-fn-e but when the 11ti 11, who i- not slow a: repartee, turns the joke on us why thai i- an-oilier matter. I cm: both ai. I hear the. Joke coniinc; and I pet n.~ .'at away from the point, of il as pmsibl' . Vimy ItlilRe is n tracic spot whirl: i jirob-ably the reason why our cunnct.-- have such a keen si'iimi of humor. The Doolie was doing a unnd deal that afternoon. For Install''" bo wis setidlnm over a ^tis .shell ever and anim which meant pnltltii; on our box respirators. The lx)X respirator clips, over your none and shnve.s a rubber K"K between your i-eth. Vnu �atinotl '�ireatho as riKbt hygiene dictates - through your nose -and a-> for talk-ln�: you cannot do it at all. What you do is curse Inwardly-very much Inwardly. Ordinarily one eur.os under his breathe but not. with a box respirator. -Your breath |s too busy elsewhere. It is providing tho necessity of li'e. peacefully, steadily, and It has no time for luxurious like our. (ntc. And after all that discomfort not on4 gas hIioII cainr us. The iloche was ]iott!nc at tho battery down below. Ills general sense of direction wan Rood but. he did not hit tile mark. The battery did Itf work Impertnrliahly -its coumku that of cold blood, not of hot endurance, but of action. Somehow or other a Iluu shell coming towards yon always has n more stirring effect than a friendly shell koIiik away from you. Of course their music Is the name - a hum, ji wail, a roar-such Is their funeral nnrch. Some hurst, white, some black. "It just depends," says Lieutenant Watt, "on what kind of plumes you want on the hearse." Meanwhile, ] viewed with pleasure our shells as they made their sonorous way toward Lous. I couldn't seo what (hey hit but I could envisage the black havoc they made. I had a' fierce di-IiKlit ill the thoitKb'- "tat we were KfttinK back at the Hun, onto see his hellish work - no matter how liitb- you have throbbed for tho war j before - and you are � Hun hater i.-vcr ! afterwards. ! I'p hero on tho ridce. wo are In tha I heart of what mice wen* the Docho j trenches and defences. It Is a j;IiaM-| ly Ci'lientia. It Is hard RoitlK over tho I lirfRKi'd, ochreisb earth, full of debris, duds, splinters, twists of wire, shell holes, pits and craters. You dodge trotn one hummock to another carefully taking cover and avoiding i-ky line*. It is no use getting killed unnecessarily. Hesides there nr.- enough wooden crosses around bore already, not to mention the brave fellows who were overwhelmed whore they '-food and have no crosses to make them unknown graves. The earth i i lull of these lost and brave heroes. Tho place is Halted with our bravest who lio where they may not be found .until {.lii/lgiuent Day. A thousand of so I more lucky people, tho graveyard to i my right but the weather Is doing Its ; work- the crosses sag, the tin tags ! are displaced. I'resently they too, will bo forgotten. Though war has stabbed this ground time and again, reslaying the slain, it has spared a graveyard or two to I'liiphaslze the fact that the whole field is Aceldama. This other wHdornoiu spattered over with weeds und iioppfes Is one inclusive sepulchre. The dead are everywhere, Vimy Hidgi) is a grave's castle of corpses blown away Into heaps and pile.* and musses in every direction- i the earth a thin clonk of mudi rottenness There Is .in oppression of ovi! about It evil not fully exercised, l./'iis is not far away. Tho evil spirit waits to revisit the scene of hit crimes. Kverything Is cleaned up but the sense of festering evil remains. The dugouts, smile nf them no doubt used as advanced dressing stations!, have a stale stench of blood and death. Vimy is not so dead aa the Sonimi! the bones arc baro but the hones aro not dry. Some day this, griu-somo' landscape will smile again. Vimy Kidgo will diniplo as of yore. Only the wooden crosses will remain--and not many of them--to tell of the groat tragedy. When Unit swoet, sad, chastened day arrh-es 1 would wish 10 sou Vimy Kidgo again-but not liofore. Ottawa, Nov. 7.--U Is understood that the prime minister will leave at early date for Kngland to take part, the preliminary discussion.-; re-iipe/.tltlg the terms of peace and to represent Canada'in connect ion with the pence conference. Ho will have the assistance and ndvie.unli liu iii-ls, tip. depn rt merit of agriculture today announced In Us Nov/'tnlmr crop report, giving the preliminary esi j mate of the crop. : : : : ? > ? > : : : : ;  DIFFICULT TO GET CABINET IN SPAIN. Marl rid. Nov. t' ffmso has asked c. tie Mf)*ianones lo f i"'ry. Th" latter b King unit A Alva rn u a min-prfinils..d ! !�'. C,. f-'oisi.-r purchiihlns a;-the vendor'.-. : in charge of and su pi-rv i.-i ton and C.ilg; resigned, lie will be cut. of nil liquors for itore-! and will also b�.-the bonded warehonse the stores In Kdmoti- to reply by noon toda- NEW VENDOR OF LIQUOR Kdiiionlon, Nov. V. It. I!. Douglas, if Fdniniitoii. has bc-'-n appointed gov- rnraent of Honor in place of KENYON CO. ACQUITTED. New York. v:iv. fi. The C. KenyoB Compiinv and six Individual defend anl � were aoi|iilttoi.I by a jury In the ire I.ii  WAR AND THE SUGAR BOWL 4 � > Canadian restaurants are not permitted to Klvo their customers all the HUKar they ask for. Manufacturers and confectioners havo also been put undor Btrlct sugar rations, anil could not well get below their present mini-inum. Why should people at home oi-pect to get It? When all the people in private homes get down to tho level of restaurants and sugar manufacturers, tho shortage will ho fully mot.  What is suuco for the goose is sauce for the gander." Two pounds n month -the limit- means six spoonfuls a day.-Cauaift I%o>l Hoard, HfR. Minnie Scott. Cochran^ of William T. Cochrane St. (lied after a lengthy lllunit. �as, Georgo O'Koefo, polio* magistrate, of Ottawa from 1889 Jo 1947, died | after a lengthy illuoss. !I3 it V/hen the war is over and won, -when the war worn soldiers come back to Canada 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;- ';1 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 -I can claim a full share in the glorious Victory because 1 did everything I could" -Or, will you have to slink shamefaced and con science-stricken away from the cheering crowda to your own mean solitude ? If you buy Victory Bonds-the duly of to-day- now-to the limit of your ability with every dol.'ar you can raise-then-and only then-can you say: "I have done my best" Ismtd by Canada's Victory Loan Committee, iu co-operation with the- Minister < 1 1-mauce dI the Duminu.u of C�na�la 77 / ory ponds 2 ;