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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - October 5, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE TT?EL^B THE Ll% TIIBFUDGE DAILY HERALD How Uncle Walt Mason Managed to 'Come Back One phicnl of the most vital autobioprn-storlcs that has appeared In � long tlm** comes in (he current i.�suo of tho "Amoricin Macazino" from the pen of Walt Mason. Tho prose poom* fine situation:^ Hut my virtuous rc solves n^ver l;>sied longer tball l-wo or three work?. | 1 would rnuip myself with a Rood ! ?= it If of clothes, and purple mid fine ' linen, nnd heroine obatrmdvcly res-poc table, and then ot n guddon thero won id come a gi oat Ion shut for the mane wp* cottimr grav. In thos* hal-:-?'^ saloon and The company oi ; p'o, to who drank not wiselv but tot. .von Lays most ncw.^nper men ^iV0,j; nm, :heu poof! away would f|v puriial to the flowing bowl,.The young;nu ino excellent resolutions, and I'd man who refused to look rpou the � wnko up fumr fie.e morning in a livery v.-iiu- wan cnnfidoivd effeminate. In � M�Me. to find that, my raiment was in f SATUtlDAY, OCTOBER 5. 1018 of Walt Mason are known tho C'on-ifart. tUoro was a Fnpersthious belief. I'hp P�w�*h�P. and I eouUln't rometn   � ... � h*�r whether it was Wednesday or the. tinrnt over and it is most interesting to learn that Mason is a Canadian bv . birth and that his career has been' Olio long, heroic si niggle. However.1 lot the poet of EiMporia tell it him-1 self. in m'wspapi r office*, that on*1 could- n t he a good reporter unless he was a j,ood "mi\er," and ho couldn't lie a r.ood ni^xer nnles. - Many French soldiers were killed or injured when a German airplane bombarded a hospital at Challonn on the night ot* Oct. 1-2, At the time of the raid. Herman prisoners w�ve being sheltered in the cellars of the hospital^ Writing to Deputy Marline, of the department of the Mame. Premier (.'lemeneeau declares that "the hom- grorcrs and eoa! dealers in verse, and throughout my newspaper earner I employed the (alent I udlso rim finitely. 1 always could write verse as easily porla. with my extra shirt and my I know I can't, pel by with any pone, t $1.R5. Umporla has boon a tender j foet that thU chastening of tho spirit nurse to me, and I expoct. and hope, to is KOod for nie, so ! remain In Km-as prose. The rhyme4* form Ihemsel f potter around under her ancestral elms porta, ves in my head as fast as I can write J until .loo Dumm calls for me with hU motor bourne. Since I have a sunipttiou* autotuohile with all modern Improvement*, and Home- them doi.-n. 1 am never ntuek for a ) six-cylinder rhynu\ If there is a word In any cor- ', prosperity overlook mo 1 have receiv-lMmes when I am juuntlttg along tho nor of the language that will rhyme j ed flaUorim: offers from Chicago and'road I begin to fool that the sunrises New York-even from London. i Hut i ami sets somewhere in my neighbor* | little old iMnporia is good enough for hood. Then I sou a landmark that   . me. The people hero know me for inv weare ovo*- JSmporia. Kansas, to bc.Kin at tho bottom and work up. 1 was forty*flvr years old. and my Bssetr consisted of tho hand-me-downs *. wore, an extra shirt. ?l.'k"> in money, Mid an old pony and hupcy. 1 had no munition, and no confidence jri the tufurr; rvcryThinp oi that kind hail hem licked out of mo! and the only thitiir I was conscious uf was a pro- found discouragement. The bottom bad fallen out of the planetary system, so far as I was concerned. I was not tho victim of a cruel j world, or a stony-hearted society. 1 ' �was the victim of my own folly. I haii ppet t all tho be?�t years of my life with the prodigal sons, holding was-*ail in .wayside inns; and when 1 arrived in Kmporiu I was fresh from an institution in Kansas city whtre pickled people have the ak-ohol boiled out of them, and are supposed to be sent forth a? pood as now. 1 began my newspaper career when 1 was twenty-two years old, H**fort? that, for several years, I had been �wt-ikinj: off Kansas farms, where I n� hi-vf d a reputation as the v.orst hired hand in the state. I had a mania fur writing and was setting down Rents of thought wli�>n I should hnvo n�eeu currying mules or milkiim � ows. And employing farmer.1* don't takn Vindly to literary work. My nm* ain-l>it ion was to do newspaper ^ ork; Mid one winter day I :il>�*nuded from Iho farm and won'- to seek my fo:*run*\ 2 mnn�c;ed to yet a joh a� telegraph *ditor of a Kansas nmrnini: pap**r; a little booth around the corner. Vhere an un-moral eitirm sold tire Vati-r. There we sat until broad day-li�h\ every morninp, tellinp *�ories ] >nd (Uiaffinp the kind nepenthe. And there I acquired a taste for con ; city mi;jii' ilm-n �wore nvruited from ilie saloon kei'pers. and caucuses and eonvent ions v> er*> hold in t he hack rooms (>f pro*; parlors, While tliis theory survived, 1 iu v�r iuid trouble petting eniploymont. 1 drifted around the eounfry from one town to another. I'-Mnp of a liappy-^o. ' lucky (lispo ~-=r^~~~ ^- -z---. ami p.-tr.l in every possible way. In) r(i stood into Kmporia. The next nior  ivmjity that stuck to me until my; nuiiMes u> eMabbsh myself firmly ' was tho evil, or the pood, thereof. Ho-I cause \ sremoil able tt^ pi" a joh wh-m-i^�-r [ wanted otic, it never occurred *o me that conditions miqht chance and I wouldn't have cared if they had. I was known iu all Western ri"u.-i� paner off ices, and ow reason why I coub! always ;nu em.plnymeiK war that [ was "a hep for work" so huip as i lasted. In all my experience I nave known hir one man who �_ould turn out ai mifh copy, day after day. the year round. This was Kd. Tow \ of ih" Atchison "lilnbe." for whom 1 worked for a year and a half. A Prclif.c Producer Some newspaper proprietor'* �* t he statement. I always f.ukled* new job wi*h a virtuous determination to cut tin' ibe foci habit? for pood. 1 was po-inp to turn ov*'if. I-*�t two "r ttire** weeks I would live Hk-- an anchorite and break all hard work recordrh-mauapinp editor wotiid r;ii?e my wapes /very w. ek and take me into his private office to tell mo that if I kept nn my present liei: lie would pive rue the hal'" of h!* kiiiPdotn. and tho hand of his tlauphtor in matriape. or wotds to that effee'v. I had a do/ea �ueh tipper- in the follow in,; Ko'eruary I was shove t-inp snow oif the sidewalks in an Fowa low n to pet the price of a teed and hunk Breaking Good Resolutions I will pive a concrete, instance of tins sort of experience: 1 blow into Oenver. one cold day. str'verinp in a suit (hat would have been considered too patuy in Florida. 1 was penniless and hunpry. and. as t had been sleep-inp in box cars for two nights, I looked like seme'hiup left over from a rummape sale. 1 went to the office ot* the ivr.ver "News" and found .lohn Arkins. wl;o was the editor and proprietor. He knew my reputation, and con-dd* red me so amusinp he lauphed lot an ti'Mir before haudlnp over five d'dhirs. Then he told me I could com :;jhute at -pate rates if 1 wished. I v..i- >impl> overflow inp with pood resolutions. At last 1 had seen the er-� - of my ways, .md was poinp to .ib.m'ion tho hu>k*5 and the swine. nmp 1 reported for work at the "{.la-zette" office, and a small corner \v;m clearod for me in Mr, White's private office. I have said that T had a reputation as "a hop for work."' and I lived up to it now. Work had become a sort or passion with uw\ It enah!ed me to forpet for a while that 1 was forty-five, and dead broke, and start inp iti apaiu the foot of the ladder, in worse shape than when ! first entered a newspaper office. 1 was a superfluity in the "Gazette" office; there was no real place for rue. a place had been ma ie. jusi to pive me a ehaneu, and of cours" the w:\pes were small. Making Good in Emporia Hut I wrotf. p.i mm h stuff th^ print-or? wore i:i i panic; and I was at my joh by sunrise, and worked at it in the eveninp by larnpl'pht. After two or three weeks Mr. White came home, and I'll never forget his hearty greet- with another, ft bobs up in my mind ] without, effort. _ .............. The verse I wrote for the "tla/etto" j nm- TIle People hero know me for j my weary eyes bohohl ten years ago, was printed with a border around it. , sluffr" Pi'ophet I am, ami won't j when I had only.one extra shirt, and and caused some comment. So I wrote j aHmv me to pet swtdlod up with false j 1 quit trying to look like Washington another on Monday, and a third on j Pr�lo. When I }iepfn to reel import-! crossing the Delaware. Such tilings Tuesday, and so on. The verses he- ant- !im' realize my hat 1.4 too! are good for me. for 1 don't want sue- !nj small. I meet Carl Kicker of Harry j cess to give me the idea that I am not came a featureyof the fi;-.*f page. Vevor again " said 1. in ringing tones. > inp. [ had never seen him before. the hut h^ acted as though I were long-lost Charlie. Hoss. "You've he�n writ inp wonderful stt:ff Walt." lie cried. "Come up to my liouse tonipht. I want to have a talk with you." I went, and we had the talk, and my wages were raised, and 1 was assured or approval tnmi eterpymen anu mer- . that there was a place for me on tho eh an? p-.nce-i. a*.i�l invitation^ to ev- ; "Uar.ette" as long as I wanted it. Tills erythinp � was a balm in (Ulead. nae ii:.y Mr. Atkins called mo into! A heart-hreaKiug time ioi'nn%>ii. In his private office for a heart-to heart j my days of riotous living I lind piled talk. Cirst. hrt gave me an order for ; up a mountain of debts. They had a s'jit '>f ilo'Jies. no p:m e l.iuit set never troubled me when 1 had boon 1 l:o* a Inrr.hle hnl! room in a r two Mr. Adams added something t-> my pay. That was more than eight years ago. and he has been at the parne trick ever .-ince. 1 have never had to ask him to add a dollar to my pay. H*� keeps on increasing ihe stipend with untiring generosity, and at the present time he probably pays me more than any other man j ever received from rhyme alone. 1 small. I Poach, or someone else who knew me i a false alarm; uo I remain iu Km when I had only one extra shirt, and I 'porla. �tmt lr t i i .1 t 1 i t Utl t: t Makes scrubbing quick and easy. Don't wear oat your back and your te; Just let Old Dutch clean your per, Tile, t * t, 2*r Oil Cloth, Linoleum, Wood Floors \ i t It BLUE RIBBON and exphCned that this was a present. J staying with flagons; but when my i creditors heard that 1 was working and earning money, they came down on me, not as single spies, but in battalions. There were lawyers and bail-ifis and collectors hot on my trail all ji t'ne time, ami I saw that it would take ! me ninety-nine years to pay them all, and the weight ofTii-jcourasenient oppressed me again. Had it not been for tho cheery sympathy of Mr. White in those dreary ' day-. I'd have given up trying. His sympatic wasn't the easy stuff that . raltar. Thrones might cranible and I exhaust? its*1 ii in words, in fact, ho \ dynasties crash, hu' my resolution? .never talked about my worries; but 1 f would ri.-e triumphant above the wreck � knew he understood them, and he let j of matter. \ me know he was ready to help mo out i in any way, at any U.ii'\ Hut he pre-� ferred to see me work out mv own + | salvation. It was by manifesting his 'confidence in me that he kept me u> Then he told me that my stun' prom-i-'-d t b > \>f value to the n.tpT>r. and ;f I would behave my.-'elf and abandon th.i? �-onducL w!iihenn. my future was as- Mired. The 'News'- didn't quarrel over wage.w when it found something it i wanted. I assured Mr. Arkins. with ; tear* in my eyes, that my good re>oUi-jt on� were like the laws of the Mode* �and the Persians, cid also had a strong family resemblance to the Hock of Ciib- A "One-Shirt" Democrat. It is ten years sime I came to Km- m-^^^^^^^^^^ *k t A ifou get real tea value when you buy this brand, and its delicious flavor costs you nothing extra. Blue Ribbon Tea-grown Britishers Britishers. GREAT WAR VETERANS' ASSOCIATION  IN THE MAJESTIC THEATRE, LETHBRIDGE Sunday Oct. AT 9.00 P.M. Silver Collection in Aid of G.W.V.A. Fund Undertaking IMPROVED METHODS are adopted by uk as soon as their value Is firmly established, in the performance of our duties as Undertakers and Licensed Embalmers Alt modern aids approved by science or good tasto are in use, aod we have no heiitation in claiming that we can give the beat uervtpe at the most reasonable cost, OLDEST ESTABLISHED FIRM IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. WI MANUFACTURE CASKETS I **(;o and ire* voar suit of elothes," (said Mr, Arlons. 'and eomo around to-| morrow ['-ady fur r�e;ular work." 1 went fi^rtli and not the suit of | clothe-; I don't remember what hap-, pejied aft'-r that. Two or tliree days ; later 1 woke up at Ojrd'Mi. t'tah. and 1 ;have n.-w-r known why 1 went there. ; or how I pot there. I A Change of the TirT>-� This wa�> busy 1 ! didn't r;o::ce it. The old superstition � that a reporter should be a good mixer. | and h*nee u competent drinker, hud idled tho death. A red nose was no I longer a recommendation when one ! applied for a job in a newspaper of-i fice. So, when, at the ripe age of j forty-fh-e. I found myself in that ( j bleach'ng Institution at Kansas City., i I slowly reaKzed that I waa worae j i than down and on*. 1 was a bark ' number, a han-bemi. And I no longer ; had the resiliency of youth. I waa ; fueling very old and humble and -use- \ I wrote, to editors everywhere, des-| erihing my cirenmatanceK, and offer- ( i ins to work for any old wage that! t would assure, me a place to ?lecp and 1 j a meal ticUet. 1 went to a daily news-\ pap*er in Kansas City and offered to ! write the whole editorial page for twelve dollars a weel:. Hut there was j nothing doing. My reputation for unreliability was again*) mo. Those I wore hi kening days, when every mall brought replies from editor;!, eiplaln-iug why they couldn't give me work, kindly trying to let me* down easy. Thero seemed to b� no place for me anywhere. Then one weary day I picked up an old magazine und road an article by , William Alien White. It was a good article, so full of humor and klndll- ! ' ness that I thought ho was a man who ! might understand. So I wrote to him, ; asking If he couldn't give me lomo | little joh on his newspaper, to carry me along until I could get goipethlug Seise. - 1 In a few days I would have to leave �tho boiling out institution, and had no ! place to go. Mr. White was in Color-jado, and tay letter had bean forwarded to him, no there was a delay in getting a reply. Somehow, [ had counted ; on a favorably word from him, and as | day after day went l.y, and the mall ; brought nothing, my hopelessness he-I camp absolute. Then, when I had the mark. 1 admired him so much, and was so hungry for hi^ approval, that 1 was determined to make good L' it were in me to do it. And all the time the fle>hpots were calling. If I quit work for an hour T could hear the march of the prodigal sons, and yearned to he with them. A Fund cf Rhymes. There, was a day ivheu tie* managing) editor wanted a stickful uf stuff in a' hurry to fill a corner on the front' page. It wa-i a Saturday, and 1 sat ' down and wrote a little rhyme in prose form, urging people to go to church next day. I had be�%n writing such little rhymes tar years. When working for the Atchison '�('.lohe'* 1 used to write the advertisements of � 1 " � � y -t - .....- 1 �---......�-- Smell Pill Smell Don Sfltell Pric� Never-Failing Remedy for Appendicitis Indigestion, Stomach Disorders, Appendicitis and Kidney Stones are often caused 1�vGall Stones, and mislead people until those bad attacks of Gall Stone Colic appear. Not one in ten Gall Stone Sufferers knows -what is the trouble. Marlatt's Specific will cure without j.>aln or opcr- ation. For Sale at all Druggists. Recommended by J. D. Higinbotham & Co.;^Limited, Druggists. Lethbridge, Alta. J.W. MARLATT&CO Sfil ONTARIO ST, TORONTO Orff # I Sound Teeth Have a Direct Bearing on Your Health and h Appearance K you do not value ^our health, of which your teeth are th'' active guardians, surely then you have some regard fur your look* and personal appearance. What is metre attractive thuu u ?et of sound well-kept teeth and on the other hand what Is more repulsive than illkepi, decayed and missing teeth. A foul, offensive breath also is the nl-mo-st Invariable accompaniment of hndly decayed teeth, What holds you baeU from the denfht? Mrejid or pain. Then let us reassure you. s We Practise It Is a Gentle Art. ; Richards ade American Dentistry PHONE 363 Nelson Ott Blk, 4 Doti from Lethbridge Hotel, Lethbridge CALGARY EOMON ETHBRIOGE, ALBERTA FICE-115A EIGHTH AVENUt OFFICE-3 CRI3TALL BLOCK, FOR C0NSTIPAT1 ON beve etood the test of time, furcly vegetable. Wonderfully quick to banish biliousness, heedach*, Indiuettton end to dee* up e bad complexion. G�aul�r beer* tlrnatura \ r r r nkvw croc ft PALE FACES Generally Indicate  lack of Iron In the Blood Carter's Iron Pills Will help thia condition What Doctors Use for Eczema I as T. 334 SIXTH STREET 6 Fetterly PHONE 561 A soothing combination of oil of Wintergreen. Thymol, and other healing ingredient* called D.D.I). Prescrlp-' t iun in now u favorite remedy of skin | HpeciaihUH for utl nkfu diaeasm ��wt distroaBlng skin dis- ;� long, giuieroui letter, telling me to j oases.-- -J. D. Higinlmtham & Co,, Ltd.. I go to Kmporia and make mynelf use- ( druggists, Lethbridge,-Advert, jftil until h(i veturnad hamQ. and then, t we'd discuss ways and mean.', togeth* � er. I i believe that wan tho gladdest hour of my life. You have to be down .and out and well stricken in years, and ashamed that you aro alive, to understand tho Joy of having one more j chance. r And so. one October evening, as tho j sun was .slowly .sinking .behind the solitary horseman rz pushing his jad* LkmidWaab Let's Stop Leak! western hills, a might have Leon ANCHOR-DONALDSON LINE POPULAR SERVICE Canada to Glasgow For full Information apply to Agents or Comoany's Office, �7Q Mair Our Community's rnoney belongs to iMt should be used for the improvement of our town and for the good of v country. Are we allowing it lo leak away? And are we doing anything tolcover the l^aks? Can't we put home trade to work? There is a workman J can stop the leaks. The too| he uses is Mutual Patronage. We farmers an&crchants should get together ^ . - - * r as Masters and use this powerful agent to s the resources of this town and this country. the leak that is fast draining akes co-operation. That's all. ;