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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 29, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta , *AGE EIGHT THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 29i 1918 '' >? � *fl** f him had been In one ot those ter-ible woods of Plcardy. We had a treat deal to say, � but somehow sl-'ence was better, silence tilled with ibughts. After some time he began to tatt. told me how his battalion had been EMDIflONIS GOING TO MA Government at Ottawa Sending Instructions to That Effect- A Year's Service OTTAWA, Nov. 29.-The Canadian eicpedltlon to Siberia is going forward to'Its destination. The government has so decided, and instructions to that end will go forward. Since the armistice was signed tliere have been doubts as to its effect ou the expedition, and cables with the war office have been exchanged. On the strength of advices which � � ------ still > ? ? ? ? !Ut Off. Howj they htd held on to an i ^^^^ ^^^^ received, the force still i,,dships . idvanced post" for tw;a > ? > THE 31st OF OCTOBER, 1914 . Memories of the Battle of Yprcs. > : ? ? > ?; (By a Survivor, in the London Times) i We came up from the Aisne with a ' singular niiseonreption of what was, before ua in Flanders. W^c told our- i pelves that tlie war would soon bo over now-optimists now ns ever we were In the Old Avmy, after all our trials of Mons and the Retreat-that it would be an easier coiintry to fight in, a welcome chungo after ail those limestone hills, where every rock and jiine seemed to hold its tale of tragedy, and that we were ufearer the enemy's country, and would soon be into it. We found later on, before the month of October was done, that our ot the Aisno Valley were had beep there two day.s, and wcro to docldo Whether.Ave would stay and, aicross it. About a mlltibaoki coming blown up like balloons. Two sergeants | be captured, or take the risk of run-1 into the open, I came on the tr6nch ubW ran in, like men- out of the rain, \ nud stood for a while panting. Their : henVy boots crunched on the broken glass that lay littered all over the ;dle scene lie, until posr ror iwo nays; no maua _,_,_tnlne vivid, made it all live for "^i"|g I could see the remnant of;P"eari, weight about 1700 Ibs^ 1 Black/GeldlQS. age 19 years, weight about 1000 ' V lb*-':'-' . 1 BaytSeldiiiga, age 10 year*, weight about 1100 lbs. , 1 Grey Fitly Colt, coming 3 year*. 1 Black Gelding, coming 2 years. 1 Bay Filly Colt, 6 months eld. 1 B�y �eJdlng Colt, 6 months old. 1 Black Gelding Colt, 6 months old. 3 Cow* (expected to .calve next spring.) 2 Spring Caives.^ 6 Pigs. 1 Gas Tractor, type C Mogul, 20 h.p. 1 P. & 0. Plough, with 4 breaker bottoms. 3 Gas Drums and 1 Oil Drum. 1 8-foot Frost & Wood Binder. 1 Monitor Press Drill, with marker. 1 Frost & Wood Mower. 1 Hay Rake. . 1 e-Horoe Potato Sprayer, .1 S-hbrse two row Cultivator. 1 4-hor8e Dowden Potato Digger. ,1 Disc,Harrow. 1 l-horse Cultivator. 1 Sulky Plow. 1 Walking Plow. 1 2-�ection Lever-Harrow, 1 Magnet Cream Separator. 1 Churn. 1 Wagon. 1 Wagon Rack. 1 Spring Wagon. 1 Sleigh. 2 Granaries, 12x14, capacity 1,000 bushels each. Harness and other things too numerous to mention. All the machinery is new or nearly new. TERMS CASH All will be sold without reserve as Mr. Rozier has purchased a ranch and is going into the pure-bred stock business. XT^ZIER Propjrietor GEO. P.- PORTER Auctioneer LONDON, Nov. 29.-The Berlin government, according to a news dispatch fron-, Copetihagen by the Exchange Telegraph Company, has sent a telegram to\t(ie former German emperor demanding the formal abdication of himself and the former orown prince. WELCOMED PERUVIAN CONSUL LIMA, P6ru, Nov. 28.-Senor H. Tosa, the Peruvian consul, \vha fled from Iquique, Chile, during the disorders there lust week, arrived in Lima today. There were no manifestations on ihe part of the Peruvians, and a crowd ot about 100 per ning out into the opon and sharing! which was being hastily manned to the fata ,(}.t the two sergeants. It was 11 terrible decision to be called upon to ninko. Tho temptation to stay with- flbor. -Ssvernl .shells hesi>atteved jthO"! in the shelter ot thosG walls was well l)ouse witli shrapnel, and wo .went down into the cellar.  ' . , ��: It was clear now that disaster' was threateiilng us.-Nothing coulfl live on tht3 road and I saw our men breaking back in scattered parties across tho fields. Tho merciless fire pursued them there. I grew anxious about the tate o� my -sergeant, -who was to havo followed mo from our late abode. The other two sergeants, who had been back to get ammunition sent up, decided to try again to rejoin. It was in my mind to go with Ihom as far as my old dressing station, which had not been hit siAce I left it. Accordingly, I we all three repaired to the hack door ' of the cottage and prepared for tho rush. The two of them ran out, when a shrapnel burst and killed them on the spot. I jnyself was saved by the door post. I caught one ot them by the coat collar and drajnrert bin) in>^'''�5, but he was already dead. A little later my sorgeant came gallupi.ig ^ across, and, seeing the dead body in sons welcomed liim. It is reported ' the doorway, thought it was mine, that anti-Peruvian .demonstrations . He passed through the cottage to tho high IrroslBtible. ' Uiit it -had to be faced, and we Tan* out ot tho back door. At last'we reached the road, down either side: of which a deep ditch ran. This was all full ot men running, majiy of thoni woituded. I stumbled over one lying dead. In places it was obstructed by^ telegraph wires fallen check the enemy. I had,to leap across it-a curious gensatlon, with all the tense-strained faces In^l^e it, and tho rifles across the yu^pet ready tu blare forth their Halt! All this was but  small part of tho battle, but the personal- experiences ot intll�ldu�lB In �fent itfalrs bulk largely .in Interest, ;a8 the mind of others is very often hotter able to grasp them than it is.a conspectus ot the whole turn ot events, and thla must bo my apology ior relating it. continue in Santiago and Valparaiso. that gave us light at nights for two whole days. 1 remember how in my dressing station 1 tended wounded men In the farmyard with no other light. But we left it at last, and marched away one dawn over the dim fields by small bridle-tracks and lanes to that position on the Mentn road, Just east of the towers of Ypres, which the most of us were never to leave alive. * The Old Army. One night we lay in a wood that embowered a fine chateau. It was an uneasy time. Shells came; whizzing into it intermittently; some of our own heavy guns-64-pounders: we thought them heavy in those days-were crashing out beside us. An airplane flew over the treietops above us, dropped two stars, and departed. A few seconds later a crackle of rifles hurst out and' ttic machine came crashing to earth in one sheet of roaring flame. A wild' cheer followed. There was I something awful in it, for we were ', not so inured to war that we could ; forget tha^ the occupants were human beings likia Ourselves. It is a thing which has not been much considered, how the Old Army! went Into th'ls was as into a new ex-1 periencelji human lite; they were pi-1 oneers in. a-vast and terrible unknown ' country; it .-was they who had to es-. tabWsh in men's minds the right for, war to_eiiist. They had not merely! to think, but to do, the unthinkable.; Millions have'; trodden in their steps ; since, biit'ail k^ more or less to what thfey >ww foredoomed. I think I mayjsay^there wis no thought i in the mii(d8; ot the officers at least,' of the Old aVrray but td die. They j only cpunte^iiiow they could die most expensively-'.;''?We knew from the days we left thej^^s^res of England that the ; Expeditionist Force was a sacrifice H I'itid doiaid be n^tftin/f else. How won-i^i derfully it^wrdngbt from this knowl- r edge its Mstorjr will tell.. That w6od was crossed by shallow ditches dug for drainage, and now, as night fell, we deepened them and roll- i ed ourselves in our blankets at the bottom. Next morning we left the wood and went on up the Menin road to the trenches ot Gheluvelt. It was a couple of days later thit the 31st of October broke, and no one can forget that j dawn. There was a presage of crisis � in the air. The' night before it had i j gone round that the Kaiser had sworn j that Yprea should be his by 5 the next ' , evening. I had a dressing station in i 'a small isolated house standing in aj by-lane oft the main street of G-helu-' velt. Soon after daybreak a high-explosive shell crashed Into it. It struck the pantrjr, which ..was an outhouse built on, and there expended its j main force. I awoke with a shower of brick dust and mortar falling all : round nie, and the air stifling with pungent smoke. I had been worn out by lieav-3' work the day before. I went to the doorway, and, standing there, I became aware that a ghastly procession was filing down the road. ! They were tlSe wounded dribbling i back. Some were limping, some stag-1 gering; some hobbled with the help of a comrade's arm; I saw some even; crawling. Then a few came carrying I stretchers with inanimate burdens. I A Race For Life | It was not yet full daylight, and I ; seemed to be gazing at the pliantasy I of a dream. In front the roar of rifle ' fire rose in one mighty union like the swelling of the sea. A high explo�ive burst suddenly over my head, and the concussion was like the bearing down of a gigantic hand. I back6d -within I the door, and' several more burst round the house. Then there ensued :in appalling explosion, and tiles and bricks seemed to rain round us. A "Jack Johnson" bad landed in the little patch of cabbage garden alongside the house. As the place was clearly marked but for destruction, and no wounded were coming in, as they were all Itqeplng to the road, I; decided tn abaneron it. It waf no easy � matter. It meant a run ot at least a' furlong across a motley stretch of } cabbage patches and fowlhouses un- j der an irregular fire- of shrapnel and , rifle bullets all the way. However, we i were no good where wo were, and It: looked like death either way. I had j marked a row.of'miners' cottages on! the side of the Menin road, and for; the midmost one of these I now made my dash. As I ran I thought to feel every moment the sharp sting that told of my finish. I thought, oddly enough, of some old races at school. When I dashed into the cottage, the door of which was open, I could scarcely believe I wag still alive. But there was worse to follow. The enemy was now shelling the road furiously, and, venturing to look out of the front door pt the cottage, 1 saw a dreadful litter-of dead men and horses. A horse near by that had been blown up had spread the road with a sheet of crimson. Just by llK!