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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta I'lUDAY, OCTOIU'.n 10, 1019 i fir: r. CANADA'S MAIMED MEN RESTORED AND AT WORK Many Soldiers. Who Returned as Invalid Cripples Retrained in Special in.Belter Positions Than Before the War. (Uy Sir Jamea A. LougheeJ in New York Sun) (Second Article) Tho medical ot ILe depart- mt'nl do 1101 ejjj with merely medical anil surgical IrefUmcnL nod too provld- iUK'of artificial limits and opiiliaiicea, but. an oulslJo nursing scrvicb has been established for the purpose of following uy such have been discharged from Ibe hospitals, with a view to seeing to U UiaL home treat- ment, which has been prescribed. Is being properly carried out and that the conditions under which the pat- tculs jire living arc conducive lo tlitlr permanent euro. Tho most serious of all Hie problems LtrfcaCLitcU ia lhal tcmccniiiig the dls- ublet] maij. The pliystailly arc catinlilc of taking tare ot Ihemsclvcs and face the future on their own merits, but the man who has been wounded and maimed Is handicapped. Many ot DJCSO .have become so dis- abled thai they cannot hope to resume former ocruimtEong. To only provide Ihe'sc men with an allowance by way of pension would a fiord a solution, bul sutlj a method -would'have Jwo lidd features, h'lrsl. the individual would become-a mere dependent; sec- onj, Ihe country would be deprived of iho services of a productive worker, find both conditions would result In lowering Ihc social standard nnd caus- ing ait economic loss. These men arc paid pensions. It Is true: hut the purpoic is, in a measure, La offset, the physical handicap and Lo amiillfj' such amount as may DC earn- ed so thaV a comfortable competence will L? sccurc'il. It nils felt Hint these men jnupl he taught that only In raro cases does a man become BO helpless that he is unable lo perform any work. .Tli M a the phti of industrial retraining! was and men were ;nlvi5- cd as lo new cut a Lions that could be. follouei by. tlicm, having due regard to their mental and physical capabili- ties and Ihc decree of disability 'aus- tainc-rl Jn each "indivirJual rase. No Standard for Procedure Here arose an unprecedented condi- tion. There was no previous experience on- which to hase n standard directly apuliqibJo-lp Ihe peculiar needs of nadiatia.1 But Canada Is essentially the land of Ihc pioneer. Her clLlttm sold- 'Jers laarned quickly to minster and operator Lhe'atrnngc and dreadful wea- pons of njDdprn iyar. ;To apply Iho Eame intelligence and energy to rccon- EtructiniL anU development In peace, therefore, Rliould not present any greater difficulties, )ViLli tliis the new organiza- tion became permeated and Ihc.vocat- ional branch Is now, dualins success- fully ft-ith Ide iiniianal condition: A-s already explained, while the for- mer members o( Ihe forces are In Insti- tutions under direction of Iho depart- ment, ward occupations nrc provided tor Jhose who, on account, of (heJr In- juries, are conflnetTla their beds or lo Ihe hospiUi ivartlg. They are taught handicraft work of Yimous kinds. This Trork'ls not meant lo train the man (or earning a-livelihood, bul is encourag- rather because il diverts his mind from his disability and tfvea him light exercise. In thle way IL aEShUa won- derfully in the soldier's recovery- Then follows occupaliona! Hierapr, conducted In Lhe hospitals. This is in- tended mainly lo help IP the cure of tha patient, Lut U often -serves Iho groundwork for a course In Indualrla! retraining. now the patient may be In condition to resume bis former occupation or lu take up come new calling [or-which ho la fitted. If so In- jured as a result ol war service that he cannot follow hts previous occupa- tion or trade Ibe YOU at tonal branch uf the department will train him In a new occupation. For this purpose vocational schools have been establish- ed throughout tho counlry and full ad- vantage has been taken ot eiletlug technical schools and the applied science departments of tho various Canadian universities. Some Trained in Shopi Moreover with a view to training men directly in Uie Industries they in- tend to follow, arrangements have ticca mad a ivjlh many jn4uslrlal Bauliallona throughout Canada, more than of which co-operate with the department. In offering practical Instruction under tills form of appren- ticeship. A groat adrdnlsga of this method Fa that It Invariably secures immediate employment [or tho at the expiration of Ills Instructional per- iod, for by that time he baa'learned the peculiar jneUjoda ol Hie ah op aud has become more useful lo that plant because of the training ho received there. The period of instruction, averages sir and this can bo inereaeeJ In special case5. This may ho tbougbt too brief; but It must he remembered that Uio rain brings an adult mind to his new work and receives the ben- efit of an Intensified course ot Instruc- tion, Iho ordinary apprentice of minor age spends a long period in gathering hts knowledge, frequently In' a nap-hazard manner. Tho diversified character of the training offered will be realized lyhen il is stated that instruction Is being offered in more than 300 trades and callings. By iceauB of a follow up it has been ascertained thai 95 per cent of those who have been granted indua- Irfat retraining courses by tho vocat- ional branch have hecn successful. and have b ECO mo self-supporting'In. a new trade or occupatlon. Allawance Rates Liberal an ei-nieniber of the forces is undergoing retraining, baUi ho and Ilia dependents are In receipt of piiy and from the Government. The'Canadian rates of allowances arc moro Il'beral than those in olber al- lied countries. The comparison Is a.3 follows: (Single Men Without Dependents Per Month. Canada ......'..............ISfl.OO 23.6C Australia...... ('43.80 iNeWi.Zealand. United Slates_______........ 65.00 Marred Wives' Par moDlh. Canada..................... England 36.49 Australia 51.31 United Stales 75.00 The1 work of retraining iha disabled soldier Is new never having oeeri un- dot-taken before the great European svar. The organization was cslnbllah- cd- under war coniJJtlons and tho sys- tem is In a constant process of devel- W1NCARNIS gioesNew Health to all who art DON'T let your life I i ill WweiTBU quKily bnap Mck row old- be Clouded by in- different heallh. Don't let y ill-health slcal your good looks. Don't remain weak, or anncmic, QI nervous, or run-down. Don't juffer need- lessly. Gclwcll llieNVincarnia quick, aure and safe uuei the i bici la your eheelt. l well- p new life Whicimii crrilct, Bul, rmrn- bcr, only WIDUHUI CM rat thii KW hcifih, finly wtite rour meney ud tomato alyloa. But you caifnol pass Judcraent on the Style smartness, IJic leaclicr quality itml the measure of good service -vc olfcr until you havo Eccn our stock featuring 1'cojilc, more Ihnn ever, nrc appreclalinE (he Jacl that qualtly Foolwciir la osscnllal, partlcdlarly In these days when xoort Short aro a scarcity. There ia no floor shoo or heller ralue than "U'nJkaver.V We nrc certain'that you- KilV.adm'inJ our Knit __ ;