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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 22, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta LOUIS CODERRE, NEW SECRETARY OF STATE Baby Member of Borden Cabinet a Very Quiet French-Canadian. HIS MAIDEN SPEECH Was Made at an Awkward Time -He Has Almost No Political Past. c5 1DE LIQUToT ON MEN AND WOMEN  IN THE FUPLIC EYE By JOHN BASSETT. IN tho dobalo on Iho ArnnltobnQoun-darloH bill a ciulet French-Oann-dlan member mado a speech last Bcssion. Quiot French-Canadlnn members �ro a rarity. As rare as apple blosijomR In niltl-Wtntor ahd aa welcome. Mondou from Yaniaskn, who reaemblea Napoleon only In, Is as noisy .a� Etna in ei-uption. SovlKiiy from Dorchester, who ia like Laurlisr, can pitch words In heated Gaelic fashion as fast ns R. B. Hen->ett from Calgary. And the latter hns been likened to a Kocky Mountain �tream that puts Tennyson's brook to �hnmc, The ouSet calm and subdued orator with the cavalier appear.anco lent to tho face by the curled mou.slachn wns l^oulg Coderro, then member for Hochelaga, which sent him to Ottawa with a majority votapo of 1,873 power. Now ho is tho Hon. Louis canorre. .Secretary ot .State, and JHnlslor o� Mines.  Codorre made his first Important speech at an awkward time of tho day, Jnimedlatoly after dinner reiess at eight in the evening. Parlinnicnlary reputations have been blastod in tho bud hy an Injudicious citeh of the Speaker's eye. If (\ man cnnnot ehooso hl.s anre.'itor.s he Rhould choose a proper time to ndrtres."? the House ot Commons In his maiden speech, lie should catch It In the first flush of conscientious endeavor. That period Is In tho afternoon, when lunch has hiid time to dlsest and the prospect of dinner lends zest to Uiw-mal\inEf. Geo. Bradbury from Selkirk, an honest Covenanter, was wise in his sonera-llon. Ho once addressed tlie House on tho Union Jack at four in the afternoon. He seoursd aiiplause, cabled despatches to Kns'iand, local newspaper praise, and warmed his hands for days at the blaze of public appreciation. That Georh'e was an old I'aylla-inentary habitant. Coderro was only the son of a French-Canadian habitant, which is a distinction with a difference. He Spoke in English. CODERItE spoke slowly, halltnRly, tied cloBOly to manu.scrlpt. But It was In EnBllsh. . And the House eomowhat listened. Paul Lamarche, member for Nicolet, mado bettor con-Btitutional and . ecclesiastical arguments In French. But tho House hardly listened. And Paul Emile Is a handsome boy with merry brown eyes, that dance In his houd like brown trout In a sunlit pool. But Codorro �was like the icadlnp man in a Hoosler romance. No devious turns of phrase, no sudden whisking of attention from one iiolnt to another. A elorlous sustained whole, whose virtue was In its unity. When Coderre sat down there was llltlo applause. But two thliiKS happened, One Minister of the Crown remarked five minutes later in tho lobby to a colleague and friends. "Coderre is a sate parly man." In these days of LnvprKne and Bournssn, sliln-ing models of Gaelic Inconsistency, that was a double-barreled oonipli-ment. JJke Longfellow's arrow and Honjc, th� MUilstcr'H whlaporod sentiment was found-" over a year afterward in tho breasts of others, when a Cabinet portfolio was vacant. Next to the catching ot tho Speaker's eye, which for somo members Is aB oxclUhgr ftB t'le premier catch of the blK league basohaU (fame, there ia tho cutohlns of a Iadv'� "vq. It ha.s its Importance In Connd.a's r'arlUunent. Thoro no BrJUe Intercepts tho undercurrent of glow and warmth which may thrlll'ahd color tho voice of an Won. �iOt((s Coderre. the half-shy, half-spoken manner of taint praise from a warm-hearteil frirl, Im nilifht never have known that (iny-ouo hud noticed iilra. But the pretty fjlri told her father and the father remembered many month.s after, and that with several siibsldlarlea Iieiiied Louis Codorro to find .-i pUico. wliicli even political foes .say ho de.Herved. Didn't Know How to Flirt. BCt Coderro the Honorable it, tho real huru ot "Tin.' .Man Who IJliln't Care," Wonderful to rolali', lit-wa.s wooed, and ho was not inaeniiou.s that he did nut oven know huw to tllrl with those who wanted him lor a Cabinet portfolio, to which-was iii-taclied preutiKi: and scvcuty-five hundred dollars per yuar. A man' wllii too groat a of ids osvn iiuuoil-aiico is not worth a plugged nlckul la anybody. On the wolc foll(jvvhiB tho;;na-tlon ot ihe Hon, F. IJ. Monk, there wis tho umial crop of conjeeturcs. ' "Men � ir.i-npable ot niaklns a slool waiiI'Ml t.) inaUe a Cabinet. To all and'sundryj the Prime il ir.l.ster lent a courteous jarT; But that was ail. lie kept his our. i counsel until the crliicul moment, .md J then announced his man to his I'ntl- j unites the hour o( swearing in, and ! hurried oft to I>luy soil". Ho showed bis wisdom in his preference tu make holes rather than allow others to land him in one. And Coderro left toi Aiontroul tho day following-, a real Privy Councillor, and with the Grc-.n Seal dansiluK to his watch chain. Th6 Hon. Louis Coderre's personal history is .as uneventful us his previous political life. His political tasto.s wore first wholted in small munlclpulilles now absorbed by ^he (jrowing capacities of Alontreal. Ho is a lawyer, with broad view-iioints, which BOinctiines clush with law points. Tho result is popularity with tlie masses, and the nickname "I'umi Louis" among ''i-"! compatriots. lie Is a shining example of tho Rooseveltian phrase "sticjkadoolty.' He was defeated in 190S in Hochelasa, which comprises many French-Canadians and ' more Enfflish. But' he nursed the ronstituency, and now he Is not very rich. Some types of chlld-ror, reiiulro more imrsing than others. He was elected to the Federal House only on Septombcv 21, 1011. Ho did not sivo tho Hansard men as iTIueh work say as another member of the Cabinet, who entered the House ^a.t tho same time and jumped to tho front very quickly. But though Coderro nas his sp urs to win, his fl[l,ends say that when he wins them ho will never ride a hiKh horse. That will again put him in the cnlogary of a safe man, and a safe Cabinet Minister, for there are always two kinds of Cabinet Ministers -those who want to be Prime Minister, and those who mind their own I)ii3l-neas. No Political Past. Lotus CODEliRE has hardly any political past. Ho has oven loss than the Finance Minister from Toronto. The Opposition, will 'not trouble him. He will not add to the c.Ncltenient 6r tho House, aa when Rodoiphe Leniloux began last session to liuns ills hat on the pegs of tho political past of Hon. Mr, Pclletler. Mr. t'oderro has all tho dullness of c(!nslstonc,v, which la not n bad thinf? in a Minister. H� is young, which 's also not had, for It stands in good stead if lie should over have to endure the chills of Opposition. Voung blood then hcl|)s In the wintry blast. Coderro is courngoous. Last sosaloii In llio general scrnntblo for political pat- Ncwspiiper men (Iked hlni ever since-It took courage to tilt at his Minister, and Btrengtli to stand by hl� friend. By such deeds Is he known, and by such deeds Is he Judged. He la one year older than Tom AVhItc, who IB tho youngest member (>( the Cabinet, and has forty-six aum-^ incrs to his doblt account with Father ; Time. i ,' Whcii "Randy" resigned ho forgut f'roRchen. and when Monk resigned, ho forgot Coderro. The son of the sui)--erinlondenl of a Khli> canal oidy du-sin-d a Judgeshll'. but he found him-, self one of the rulers of his country Instead, and tlio nnm most suited tor u judgeship Is in retreat. It is a curious turn of the political fortune wheel. SIR A. QUILLER-COUCH S. m ARTHCIl QtilLLl'IK-COlJCH, the well-known novelist an.l , hi.'Jlorian of delightful Troy Town, who for many years has been an important figure in the public affairs of thO Duchy of Cornwall and the West t'ountry generally, intends to wlthdr.iw from public life. Hofcrrlng. in an interview, to his .-unti'mpiated retlrment, "CJ" said: "i have had twelve years of public lUr, and am getting to the age. 1 think, when u man should retire on tlio |ihll-(isdphic life. I want to get out oi tin" hurly-burly and looli at it from ;i distance, so that i maj' have Iclsuro lo write down some conclusiions I have con\p- to, wiiieb can bo exl'ressed nnirt' freely by a retired nian, becau.'so, In the ffrst pla.ce, ho will not bo Sii.spected of having any iJartlcnhir axe to grlml. | and secondly, he can talk without lon-.-promlsing his own political fi-icnds." COWAN'S MODESTY THE lato "Jim" Lister, wlio, after u strenuous political career, ended his days na a member of the Ontario Bench, wns the authority for a story at tho expense of his friend. Muhlon K. Cowan, K. C, ono of the leaders of the Canadian bar. Additional point Is lent to tho Incident by Mr. ilahlon li. Cowan, K.O. tho aggressiveness and pugnacity which are leading characteristics of Mr. Cowan's professional eiiulpment. Tlie story goes that one ot the first cases accepted bs' Mr. Cowan when he!^'^"''*'' men claimed that It was posstblo (or them to make themselves invisible.' " 'That la still possible, madam,' said Mr. Humphry Ward, in his grave, sad way, " 'Possible for a man to make himself Invlsiblrl' tho Indy cried. 'How on earth can he do IVI' " 'By marrylnir ii colebrated wife,' was tho reply." THE NAME OF SMITH APLAIN �oundlngr. name Is sometimes a valuable as.. .Esse.'. County claimed the modorato ,___,�_____ re whillng uway a dreary autumn - evening. Complying with the request, the reporter glancud at the bit of cardboard. .-Vs he did .so, his eyes opened wldo with astonisliment. Then an incredulous look crept over his oouiiton unco. Novon was known tor miles around, not only ntj a captain of extraordinary An Old Sea-Going Captain at Caiiso Often Thinks of Him. Mr. J. 0. Hat on. No airs about him, mind you. Just chatted with us as If ho were oi\o of ourselves. "Ho didn't say who he was, and wu didn't ask him, After tjiat, h* oanie down every day. He played all klpds of games with us, and before we-knHjii)jnti itlfir she ha.d askpd for an lntf;e4iieUoa, fronv h�r {|ih*f. But Hi� two'li^cldent*, a$ inalgnlfipant at th� mojn�nt M.tlis frl�i1,,ppti�to'.which Napoleon atc iiio night.tioforo Water-loo, made history In TjouIs Oodon-o's life. Not to him on the nislil of lils first speech cnnio, flatulent rialtork's from friends. He left thi' clTumlu'r Mnidat scanty ajiplniise. and but for out by nmbltioUK ones as good prey, I "'JlUly. ''"t " ti"od all around man perhaps you miftht liavo. He's a friend, .see mo.' but tho Government thought otherwise. I of Hlorllng worth and Integrity. Ids of mine. Used to bo anyway, W'ant toi "I think ho has some kind of a store Ono of tho board Journeyed to Ottawa and tyid the M.ntstor of Marino and Fisheries that If a certain inan were appointod a harbor maB^er, that he and one of his colleagues would resign. Mr. Coderre mot tho Hurbor Comaii�,8lcin�r that imia day. who toW -him what had happened m: Qodarro told a reporter, wjio was his frlepd. When it appeared In a Montreal naws-Pdper the Collowiiig day, the Hon. Rodoiphe Lemieux asked the Jtinister of Jl'urlnu and Fhiherles If It was true. 'J'lu- reply ^va� ufrii-Uil. but bring .to .\\iii> dliiliiUiallc, bia (''i-i-i'. looking rifilil ID till' I'.n'ii-iy. .itaicd llnii ihi' Hicii-y Mas tiui-, .�i,>i \iv lia'l :iokl 111'.- '.-ijilUlll.^Slvii'.'i' in nuvistiij:*. said the writer, "I should home was at tho rocky coast-l^pund hoar how I met hltn?" there," vlllngo ot CuiiBo, whore dally tho A ro.idy aBsant being given, Noven "Yea," trivgody and humor of life on the coc- produced a clay pipe that ' ��cn think he htts." tiiieiit beyond tho ocean first renchea better day.-^, filled its larire bowl to. "Oil!" the Ciiptaln br�atli^d a Big'i Cana �n old chiip at CansQ wlw ofton thlnkd of him and hopes to gijt, up hl� way some day. TJe �ure irifl �nv ; Vl/ i.i .i,. thntlf>�enotherg.meof| W whist and a right warm welcome ioqu*, whs pi'.-i