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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta :VOMEMoPJHE THE WIVES AND THE BABIES THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND the War Means to Many Canadian Woman With Three Babies Striving to Keep a Ten-Roomed House Full of Problem Heroically. --.IVISS W sow VV left By E. M. S. anil children of the "The women "The mothers and little ones of the men at tho front." All these phrases have penetrated our eardrums and stared at us from the headlines of extras for days past un- til they have more or less melted from meaning into s. chord of the, battle sons tliat is shaking the earth.j O-r cars are numb with Us volume The thought of two thousand deserted families, like a blow on the head stuns pur emotions, and it isn't heal- thy. It paralyzes efforts. Just con- sider this question as one wife at a time- Tor instance, in a-top-heavy, flat- fronted rooming house out in tin west side of a city lives one. Yes- terday she sat in n cold kitchen nur- Einff a two-months-old baby girl (she has three of them under and cried because the work had kept her so Ions she wasn't able to get a "last sight of him1' before he went on Sat- urday. She thought the men left from C-------- street, miles from her home, and hurried through her work, dressed the four-year-old boy, and got down there to find that they had gone from the K- street station. and then it was too late to even catch a glimpse of the smoke. A Heavy, Heavy Burden NOW her very '.hin shoulders are carrying the burden of an old ten-roomed'house full of roomers and three one of whom is recover- ing from pneumonia. "There, I've forgotten :liis medir she remembered. Jack, man of the house-was performing as audience-at the annual festival of the nearby playground. a good and has not asked much about his daddy, because he thinks we are going to have him back soon. He scribbled a lot of stuff on _j. paper and was wild for me to post it to his fathei The truly baby is two-months pit! and very pale, but cheerful. She will smile widely and generously for smal 'attentions, such as "This little pig went to market.." but objects Iy to being laid aside on the bed while mother tries to wash up the dishes. The rooming- house is evidently an impossible proposition now, though il was to have made their fortunes whei taken three years ago, so in her spare time (save the mother has this 'week been trying to find racing., or a small" house. The the restless head oC the. 'buby and seeing things she didn't speuk of "I've a brother and a at the front now. I lost w, brother ii the South African War." "Post'" came, a startling shout down the narrow hall, and with bab; dangling over one arm she was at the front door before the echo stopped. She returned with a long envelope, registered, and bearing the Yalear- tier postmark. A bill cropped un- heeded from it as it was torn open, and the film blotted out, leaving her by the kitchen table wiping her fast- filling eyes in order to see her letter from the front. The list is very long, and it's a case of "Hurrah for ould clear through from A to Z, for every third recruit in our contingents 1ms a name- green with shamrocks. They were only fussing about Home Rule for luck of exercise. In a house with a small wife and large family there are seven children, only one of whom is old enough to bring In all but 10 cents a weekly envelope. "I'd go myself if I were a said this small mother, as she looked proudly at a shiny photograph on the antel" of a tall, dark young fellow with a very smart black moustache. As she isn't, she is going out to work this winter, and Canada will just escape black disgrace by seeing that the work is ibsre and is well paid for, and that the seven don't end up in the Juvenile Court or the-hospital.' Then in an immaculately clean lower half- of another rooming house Is the wife of' a, regular reservist. They were just married two years ago, and at present the day's work 'or the. home base or the Empire is to trace. likenesses to its daddy in a 20-inch, long bundle of white, lawn ith crocheted knobs at space a'nd fate. three babies njotns idea BO a small house in very bad condi- a month has been located, and the pneamonia baby and the pale but cheerful baby :wiH' take their chances .with the floor and no plumbing to speak of, while 3addy_ fights for us. This Is a-First case-for tne fund. Would Not Keep Him WOULDN'T keep him tf he is A said the fair-haired into space over :bat kicks out now arid then Lonely! A Lonely Sunday UX0AT was that she "When his work's through he's always round the house, and.I thought I'd go mad with the quietness of it. We haven't an> relations this side the sea.' "Could some of you ladies call on my wife when I'm "wrote one of our men to the secretary of '.the -Canadian Women's Hospital Ship Fund. "She's going lonely when I'm gone.' There are Cupids and hearts and pretty writing floating round tha sweethearts who said roman- tic good-byes at ths train-side on but mere Is grief and life too deep' and stern for word pictures Royal Women of Europe Who Are Suffering With Their People m World's Greatest War CKMN PRINCE55 ZITA. AUSTRIA QUEEN EDZABETtf BCLSIUM- EMPIRE'S HEART BEATING TRUE QUEENJiAKf of ENGLAND' A Canadian Woman Writes of Scenes in London These Stirring Days. HEAVEN HELP US ALL When the News of Dead and Wounded Comes From the Front. r August 10, 1014. By Katharine Leslie. ESE are days in which one finds to .ccncsr.trate oa work of any hind. The very air s promise-crowned. One- does not now what an hour may bring forth f disaster or success by land or sea. me lives, as it were, upon the side f-a volcano, arc minous of horror and death. With an army gathering in Belgium, and the leet none hut the Admiralty knows there may be a frightful battle t any moment. There is a "brooding .orror upon .everyone; for, whether uch a'battle'bring victory or disas- ter, one can only mourn the appalling slaughter, the tragic sacrifice of so many human beings. One taJks of the war and nothing but the.war. There is nothing of in- terest but tne -war All things fall back into -insignificance before mis when our married men leave for the dreadful thing that has overtaken the front. "Just when the little codger of the world. One tries getting- mterestm' 'Good-toe old to of Othcr things and begins WrECFTTi? PRESIDENT oft i the only way a crowded city can offer its thanks or shout its delight in the bravery of Its soldiers. Or again it an regiment having also its. pipers who lead it through the crowd ed King's Boad. Ail in khaki with heavy kit upon each back. Tho res: ment marches proudly past, Us pipers with crimson faces, playing the pipes that are adorned with' greeii floating ribbons. Seasoned soldiers ;hese, also brown', and all thew and sinew. They, too, are off for the front, but none knows' the Hour of their 'departure, nor the end Ot their journey. A great mystery wraps the doings of f eet and arm> many troops- were saj that trains "VLRSING of aii} "ori for in 11 m> in the field -only date from tho very' end of the 18th century Till then medical attendance was never available till the day after a battle at the earli est, antl tho wounded man w is either carried to the rear by iv comrade or left where he fell. It was a Frenchman, Baron Larrey, who introduced a ays tfim of field hospitals in 179? jindj encouraged by Napoleon, his system was, soon brought to a high state of. efficiency The modern ambulance system began during .-the American Civil War, and it was greatly developed during -the Franco- German war very picturesque and.delighted group as they to--take orders from one of their ofiicers'near Wcstmia- ster Cathedral to say that the girl to be left behind is very much in evidence, and it is mother, wife, and sweet- heart who find supreme interest about the barracks in these first Man> a fuithe flays of the war, .tear brushed having the blinds down. .At night sob is heard by tha passer, by.-, and ER TV tere t ng now.' 'The bachelor.will miss you clear To" fight another day, But the married, man, 'e says, 'No 3 wants you out of the way Of Tm an'. 'Er It, An' 'is road to Ms farm or the sea, 'E wants to finish 'is little bit An' 'e wants to go 'ome to 'is tea. Tes, It an.; 'Er an 'Im, Which often makes me think The married man must sink or swim An'.'e can't afford to sink." even one's self, in anything else; and in one or two moments the talk goes back -to this terrible and all-engros- sing subject. Every one has war maps, and the. only, thing looked at are .these maps and the newspapers. The newspapers are things of "dread and fascination. Every edition is eagerly bought; the bulletins are j anxiously scanned', and the most cor- rect, the most. conventional person does not wait for the privacy of home in which to read the latest news from the Everyone reads where he stands. Groups gather "and eagerly glance the shoulders of readers do the same. Glancing down the beautiful street that runs from the Westminster Hall, past Whitehall, past Downing street, past the French Embassy, past Scotland Yard, the "whole" long distance thronged- with newspaper readers. Every 'bus is crowded with.readers. Even in the private- motors and the taxis, the owner or passenger has1 his eyes glued to the war news. Drawn Into Streets. THljS it is that one is drawn out into the streets of London One cannot concentrate on any work, even shut up in :a small roam- alone. Breaking upon the familiar rush and roar of the streets, comes the scream of: bugles arid-the f.hrob of drums. One of the regiments off to the front! Who can sit stolidly while that thrll- of the Wives Left Behind fi5HS fltfW children to provide for ind is endeavoring i.., _ Her name I ling martial music passes7 There Is not a drop of Wood-in one's body that noj respond. Away books, pens, paper, such idle stuff! Shall our soldiers go away to be killed pro- tecting their homes and we''sit at some wretched pot-boil- ing task? Out into the street in.time to see a Scotch regiment, brown, bronzed, splendid fellows, every inch of them men, swinging past to the shrining of their pipes. Behind them all the waggons with ammunition and impedimenta of war and the .great horses coming Into their own Import- ance again as they pull the heavy gun carriages over the asphalted roads. All ths traffic of !the great streets held up as they motors, car- crowds all slopped to see-the brave fellows off to. their, country's .rights on ;i foreign soH. Cheers, waving pf hats, wild enthuai.asm for the moment, rrtike pntls tin enthusiasm largely- m-ide up of [adroirdllon, affection, gratitude. Jt is they were .quietly xrausparted, none knew whither. Lord'Kitchener is riot the man to give picturesque nevvs items to ths No Shouting or Boasting. ER TV19 1-ondon i more i ng place to be m in these days of stress and.strain. "The quiet UL tjie crowo3 in tho str Is very impressive. There is shouting- The English are not boasters, and they abhor brag "and bounce. They are taking this war very, seriously. They make up their minds for tho worst, they hope for the beat They riot only hops for pray, for the best. Wonderful to see the vast floor of St. Paul's'.filled on to notice the number of men so manj of them in for the moment's departure! Thrilling and uplifting to hear the chanting and singing of the familiar and beautiful prayers, litany, .and anthems. The seraphic voices of the" boy singers soaring up into 'the with Its notile Stevens mosaics, and sweetly echoing in the far aisles and arches, wliile the' organ" throbs arid vibrates under the master hand of the The same great throngs of worshippers at the historic Abbey The same well-filled, pews in all the churches and through the air swept by the fresh wind from sea' and country, breaks the solemn Sabbath bells The exquisite chimes and the tinkle of the lesser bells from chapel and meeting Over the whole city -a wonderful -sky- oft many a tender word and trembling grobd-bye-is said through tho rail; ings of ;tbe barrack's grounds. It! is all very pathetic, this aspect of the tragic is .to come Hearen help us all. 1 AN IMPORTANT PART AT i social recent'i ence ivas mide to the cruolti with which the beautiful girl wound the heart of the., young -man, when Miss Alma Gluck, the opera singer was reminded of. an incident along Some time ago f Gluck said a h ecstaticaul "I am so glad I have charming girl'met a youth of her ac- quaintance In front a store and fluttered up to him as though he were the Nearest thing on earth. Oh, Sir Snu ed the fair one. met I am going, to, give a musi cale iveek and I wint j on to take part' You know a lot about music, don't you9 Well I know a Httle ibou.. it "Miss modestry.responded the'young an..' part .wilKyou want me take? 'Let .thoughtfully return- ed a sweetly innocent way I think i should much ike to Im e j ou to turn the es of :he music at the piano masses of dazzling white cloud'piled mountains the divine blue, and give place to flying rain clouds' as Jhey break "in showery then -the sun, again and always the'fresh cool breeze-1- itself a agent. Work ot the Boy Scouts. THOSE who have never war or preparations for war have within the last two -weeks, seen with lively interest'how things .are'done. Ships of all kinds and Bizes have been commandeered by the.Govern- that one had mean' to sail on .we're-taken over. The railways become Government posses- sion at short noticed Horses of'all .kinds, breeds, shapes, sizes were annexed by tho authorities, motor vehicles of all descriptions were re- quisitioned. "My mother's', horses hftve all writes a friend from Canterbury, "and wo. have been notified that our cars will be taken So and not a word of ill-natured protest, frqm humorous and amused comment upon, the-.ex- igencies j it Is to the boy scouts'every where at work, looking seriously Im WOMEN REPDAOE '.3TBN. N France and Rirsia thousands oC iv omen are replacing the meji vho have been called to arms in ones and as house porters They are even, acting as tram conductors Bishops Were Once Great Fighting Men Bishop of London Has Gone to the Front London Rifle Brigade. THE Bishop of London his t lined tho sanction of his Metropolitan' to go with the- London Rifle Brigade wherever it may b called over weeks; Timi was, of course, when bishops wer. groat fightint, men tad in thu in of the Middle they often let Infi.Germany. There have been some military bishops o: London- in past n'so. Perhaps th 11 never get in it he add- ed If you d like to me anything from America, ma'am, mo -A" rifle. THE AWAKENING O By R. C. BEADE. UR cherish qd hope __ Comprised a wider scopb, _ Aimed it i loftier go, U more noble far Than old barbaric flaunts Andk mailed and. martial vaunts Of Wan It Is our destiny .To garner said ;.we, 1 Qrovy rich with all tie New World a Increase- Let sword and bacyorict rust! iWe'lioltl ouraelv iuj-trust For Peace. "r :'i Thus dreamed we, knowing not V.We ;ire to shell and shot, 'AndjghockT of by race predesti- nate. To share an (Empire's fight. Our duty is, our right. Our Fate. flushed, hi the lap of Peace cliildlike ease, "WHen'lo! long-still efl ancestral SpoKe. _" .To arms! to arms! they cried., Flamellke, our martial'pride Awoke. With blood-pledge of our stalR' War's chalice now we drain. communion Wlth'our tfreat Heroic pasi. !Wc, loving for peaco 1 ight until war shall cease A.t list. 'CHANGE. was a widow and had bur ed husbanus leap] >ear and she went to inspect tho graves of the departed ivith tile man had paid hei marked In jcare gone b> After contem-, platuig them in mournful silence for a time she turned to her com- panion and sighed Shure Pal mo ould lo e >ou night have been in that rov now if ho4 only had a little more cour 1 age portant, the 'little fellows, an d all doing good' looking? out for spies, watching1 bridgeo and roads doing messenger work on bicycle and generally belntf most useful ad- juncts to tho War Office. They lave day and night duty and work n groups under a scout1 master, or in twos and threes. Already they ook brown and seasoned and manly saw a group of them HtH after and a scout mnsier, all mounted on wheels, wltn blankets for night fastened across their shouldrr, going to post, They ware Queen's Own Marching ;