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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 5, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, THE KILTS AND THISTLES DO NOT VERY WELL IN FRANCE A Southern Alberta Soldier's Splendid Description of j. Recent Fighting Private H. W. Hewitt of tho 22nd Battalion In -Franco lu a lotter to his Wife fit Kimball, Atbom, Rives an interesting description of recent lighting; In Franco. Ilia letto.- dated August IB, nays: j I am going to start this letter although I know it will be a few days bol'oro I will be able to get it away. I wroto you a couple of days ago after J cftmo out of the big scrap and I know you would be getting anxious. i sent you a latter that I had carried round for two weeks. Wo were mov-lriBf all tho time to the new battle- front and wo could not get^any mail out. Wo havo been resting up a "bit and 'I certainly fael some better. My feet wero so soro and my logs so stiff through chasing Huns that I; could hardly walk, but now they are limbered up again. Wo started off on tho morning of tho 8th at dawn with ft terriblo bombardment from our lioavy guns. Our battalion was in vanclng In front. As one of the loading battalions took'a; certain point tho next one would go ahead until thoy took the* objective and so on. ICach ono was moving at the same time and on our left and right flankB tho country was dotted with advancing troops for miles and miles. .At ilrst it was good going through open hilly country much like around your way, but with a wood hero and there. We had tanks in hundreds and they did great work nmong nests of machine guns. Cavalry also In thousands skirmished ahead of us In parties and wo saw many a gallant charge and many a horse come galloping back riderless. Tho cavalrymen wero splendid. Tho air was thick with planes and they flow low using their machine guns on enomy positions. Some of those fool Huns would stay and work their guns and they gave us great trouble at times, One hour from the very beginning the prisoners started rolling in and wo took many thousands altogether, We should havo killed them all because we notice a difforeuce in the rations already. However, toay came in handy for carrying out our wounded, On tho sooond day lu tho tho rear with several battalions ad- j afternoon it was our turn up in front TAYLOR HARDWARE CO. Lethbrldge, Alberta. r 310 Fifth Street South. Many a Belgian mother could f\\ have these words engraved on , her child's gravestone-"Died of Starvation . Perhaps the child has wasted away with Consumption, or has been twisted into a mockery of happy childhood by Rickets, but starvation is at the root oi the tragedy. What else can be expected (or a growing child whose daily ration is the bowl of soup and two pieces of bread provided by the United States loans to tho Belgian Government? The only hope for the destitute children of Belgium is that we who can afford three meals a day will be moved to pity and send help immediately. Even a small contribution will help to take some child, sinking under its load of trouble, over to Holland, where with good milk, nutritious food, medical care , and loving treatment, he or she may regain health, strength and the wish to live. GIVE-give until you feel the pinch! Don't wait until someone asks you personally. THIS is personal t Make cheque* payable and send contribution! to ' jan Relief fund and bollcvo mo tho going was rough. Wo came to old trenches and shell holes, stunted woods an� ruined villages all thickly overgrown with big thistles and weeds of all kinds. But the hard part was our field guns could not lay down a barrago because- thoy did'not know where wo were. Our planes seemed suddenly to nave disappeared aud all the tanks in front of us wero knocked out of action" And the cavalry of course could not; operate in such a rough section.""'So-, we had to just depend on our rifles; bayonets and'machine guns. We'wore tired to start with as we had gone,12 miles and were carrying extra rations and water. However, wo kept on through a terrific hail of machine gun bullets and' whizz-bang shells and' many a good lad foil to .rise no more.: Wo would duck and run,, for 50 yards and then .flop into some brush or a bunch of thistles and I can toll youij right here that that is no joke whon you are wearing the kilt. On we would go, taking cover in shell holes or any cover that offered and pumped lead into fleeing Huns or machine gunners who opposed us. Our tongues wero clove to the roofs of our mouths it was so Lot and when we reached our final objective I felt that I would have given my soul for one good hiK drink of water. The few drops I had ' wore so precious and 1 only dared to wet the end of my tongue. Our platoon reached the objective which was an old trench, deep and covered with a heavy growth of weeds. Thou we discovered that we were alone as our flank platoons had not made the same headway. Neither had the battalions on our flanks nor the Australians on the left or the French on our right. When Fritz saw this he stopped and came back to counter attack. We counted noses and found that we numbered twenty so we began to take thingB seriously. I had twenty rounds of ammunition left and all of us were a little short too, so I had a picture of Heine getting a little cold stoel In his beer garden. Someone'- got through with some ammunition however and a few bombs and when tho attack came wo stood it off until it was dark and by then (tie other companies had closed up wlt'i us. But wo were still in a salient and getting cnfilago fire from right and left and whon it got dark the enemy made another attempt to rush us, first of c.H laying down a heavy barrage behind us to prevent us getting any support from that direction. However a few of our trench mortarH hud managed to cotuo up aud get busy and they helped us to stave him off again. Tho following afternoon a party of eight of i;h got orders to see what we could do lowarila stopping an enomy machine gun which was working havoc amongst our boys from a position on tho left. We worked our way out 10 whero we thought it was without being observed and we discovered it by hearing the crew talking. We lobbed a few bombs over and then rushed them, killed two, wounded two and took two prisoners. The gun was mounted on a heavy bed piece and as we could not get away with it conveniently wo dropped our last bomb into it and put it out of commission. Wo retired under a fusilade of bullets from other guns further back. Two of the corporals who led the party havo been recommended for the M. M. I am satisfied In knowing that I helped. That night there was a great bulla baloo. , All at once a bomb �burst not far away accompanied by a big German yell of pain. Each side opened up rapid fire, each thinking that the other was coming over. Heine threw up the usual hundreds of flares and afterward when things had simmered down wo .found out the cause of the commotion. One of mir boys with an eye to devilment had gone down a trench that led between ours and the Bocho and set a bomb trap In case the gentle Hun took a notion to give us a midnight call via that trench. Events transpired as expected and I guess that Hun yell was given'when he lost his pedal extremities. However we had a good laugh over it. The "next day I felt that life was not Vorth living without some water, so I started off to get some at a place a half mile along au exposed road. There were too many of us on that road at one time to please Fritz for he began to strafe it with whiz-bangs and machine gun fire from the right. Believe me, I crawled along quite a piece of that road on my hands and knees and please remember that the kilt does not cover the knees. Well, I finally managed to gel* to a dugout which had a well in it and I got eight days water Into my hump and filled my bottles. Then I started to go back, but soon changed my mind for just then the Boche was putting on a strafe on that old road' that a fly could not have got through. So I went back to the dug* out and stayed for two hours until it was all over. That hard stone road was just literally ploughed up Into shell holes for BEDRIDDEN WITH Felt That H* Would Never Walk Again "FRUIT-A-T1VES" Brought Relief. MR. LORENZO LEDUC 3 Ottawa St., Hull, P.Q. "Fruit-a-tives" is certainly a wonder. For a year, I suffere-I with Rheumatism ; being forced to stay in bed for five months. I tried all kinds of medicine but without getting belter; and thought I would never bo able to walk again. "One day while Mug iD bed, I read abouv 'Fmit-a-tivcs' the great fruit medicine; and it seemed just what I needed, so I decided to try it. The first box helped me, and I took the tablets regularly until every trace of the Jtheumatism left me. / have every confidence in 'Fruit-a-tives' and strongly recommend them to every suffererfroni Itheumatism". LORENZO LEDUC. tiOc. a box, 6 for "/), trial size 20c. At all dealers or sent postpaid on receipt of price by Fruit-a-tives Limited, Ottawa, Out, Plan to Speed Up Output Is Discussed-Exemptions for Loggers. (Hogiitored under th� War Charities Act) ,- to your Local Committee, or to Headquarters i 59 St. Peter St., Montreal. 116 D00 yards. However, I /got back alright without having to run for It. At one time we counted 51 enemy planes right over our sector. Some of them would fly low and use their machine guns on us and we-did not forget to give them some in return.  They would also drop bombs on us, but wo took care that our planes were busy elsewhere at the time. Well, we got relieved on^the 13th and are now resting up a few miles back but on the same ground which we fought over only a few days before. It seems strango to bo lollftig around at will in . a place which^Jaw such a hot time, i We captured an imnfenso quantity of | war material including light railways and engines and we are putting them to our own use now. We josh the engine drivers wlien they come by about stealing the railway. Enemy planes como and drop bombs, all round at nights but at the same time our planes are busy in that line over his way end with interest ,added. The woather remains hot and it is the first offensive in 'which the weather has favored us. I may Bay that here as at Pas'schen-daelo we had some of 'the Prussian Guard facing us.. They were pretty game fighters but everything was meat to us. I have lost' some of my best pals this trip. Tho Scout section I ! a in hi lost four out of eight of us, ; three wounded ssrt ono missing, bo-j 1,'oved killcJ. company lost all its officers Dut 01*. Well, I notico from the papers thai, the people in Canada arc much elated over our little show, so I guess we can give ourselves a little pat on the back taking it as coming from them, but we must not forget that honor is also due to the brave boys who fell. They wero heroes all. The air is just about clear once more, being polluted by the stench from thousands of dead Huns, and horses scattered about. They have all been buried now. Most of our fellows are loaded up with souvenirs, revolvers being the most highly prized. Hun officers were greatly surprised at finding the Canucks against them. They said that they thought that v.*e were in front of Arras. So we had been but we made a quick move from there which was part of the success of our operations. We are now waiting for the next move. Wo know :not whether it is in again or out for us. Whatever it is I ! trust that my past good luck still hoids. Above air 1 hope that our other three boys have, come through this last scrap safely. I had a visit from Harry Thompson of Lcthbridge on the 13th. It is good to see a face from your old home town. Since beginning to write this letter our big guns in front of us have been giving Fritz an awful gruelling. Also there have been several air fights and enemy planes have crashed to the ground before bursting in flames and our planes have also brought several balloons down in flames. I saw a while ago that W. A. Buchanan of the Lethbrldge Herald was over here but 1 did not have tho pleasuro of seeing htm. You might please send this letter on to Dad and if ho likes he can show it to the Herald as I remember they used to like to hear from Leth-bridgeites out here. Give my regards to all friends in Lethbrldge and toll them that all the boys are optimistic about the war ending soon. If it does not, why then we will just keep on pushing until the last one has put up his hands and squealed "Mercy Kam-arad." I am still hoping to >get my leave soon as I feel the need of a little relaxation after eleven months without missing a trip into the line. This modern warfare business is such a strain on tie nervous system. August 17th. Today I had occasion to walk over another part of the battlefield of a few days previous. In a small valley which at present conceals a battery of very active guns I came across a newly made grave and on it was a rough cross with the following inscription on it-Two Unknown British Airmen, killed in action, August 11th, 1918. R.I.P." A few yards away was the burnt remains of their machine, where it had crashed to earth. Getting on to higher ground we see the usual line of observation balloons at various 'intervals for miles. Out of the clouds dives an enemy plane and spurts a few shots of his machine gun into the nearest balloon. Before it bursts into flames and begins to drop which is only about 10 seconds tho two observers in it have jumped with their parachutes into space, being carried along and swayed in the wind and gradually reaching the ground about a mile away behind a small wood. By this time'our anti-aircraft guns and M. G.s were making that Hun wobble some up in the blue but to our keen disappointment he got' clean away. The foxy creature either had one of our planes or else his own with our markings on. However later that evening we had, the satisfaction of seeing one of his balloons come down just opposite to our front. Today I went through my exam, passed and got the badge of an efficient, scout, a large gold Fleur de lis. Victoria, Oct. ',.-An important consultation, as I he result of which British Columbia may bo assisted very materially in ils wish to place its natural resources at the disposal of the British government, took p'Jace at military headquarters between Registrar Lennie, Major Taylor, of the munitions board, Victoria; Colonel Edwards, C.M.G., Canadian representative on the Imperial munitions board; Major Kay of the Imperial Flying Corps, and the British Columbia military authorities a.s represented by Major-Gen. Leckie, G.O.C.. and other officers of this district.. The conference had to do with the discussion of arrangements whereby exemptions might be granted men now -working in the spruce logging camps in this province, with a view to speeding up the output, which is now regarded as vefy essential to one of the most important branclies of the army. Up to the present, it has been recognized as one of the greatest difficulties in. its production that no guarantee of exemption has been given the men who Are employed in logging spruce if they come within the operations of the Military. Service act. No details of the conference were given out other than that the matter was satisfactorily arranged. Gray Dort Motor Cars Advance Rumely Engines \ Sharpies Cream Separators GIVE US A CALL ALLEN JACK OPPOSITE LETHBRIDGE HOTEL PHONE 1844 A NEW ROLE FOR SEED WHEAT SALES Winnipeg, Oct. 4.-The board of grain supervisors today cancelled a previous order and ruled that on street wheat bought after today and subsequently sold for seed no carrying charges shall be paid by the board, except in the case of street wheat sold for seed to tho Canadian government purchasing commission. , On street wheat sold for seed to any person, firm or corporation other than the commission, carrying charges, if any, shall be invoiced to tho purchaser. The price of wheat fur seed shall not be more thun that fixed by the hoard, except, for registered seed wheat and wheat bought direct by one farmer from nmother. SASKATCHEWAN NEEDS HELP Regina, Sask., Oct. 4.-Premier Martin will make nn official appeal to those who signified their willingness to help in the harvest field at the time of the June registration to make good their promises. Local committees will select aud distribute the volunteers. Tho province in still short 2,000 harvesters. Manual Labor is at a Premium rpHE demand for labor exceeds the supply-labor is at a premium. Employers of labor, therefore, are looking for mechanical equipment to make good the shortage. The motor truck has already proven itself a con-server of manpower. In your delivery department fewer men will be required if ydu use the Ford One-Ton Truck. It will release labor for productive work and at the same time improve your delivery. A body suitable for your requirements is easily obtained and attached.� Price (chassis dnly) $750 F. O. B.Ford, Ontario Lethbrldge - Warner Ford Garage, Dealers -A. P. Veale, Dealer. -Z. N. Skouson, Dealer - - Raymond Taber Motor Co. Ltd., Dealers, Tafrer ;