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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 12, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1918 the LCTHBRIDOr: DAILY HERALD PAGE The Devil and the Deep Sea By H. F. GadBby Somowhero-Sn-mld-Oc^iin suppDHB" sulci the Protoasoi', edging up to mo "It is permissible tor ono geii-llBnian to tell apotUor tluit he is ntrald Oi: torpeclooa." Wo shook liands upon it. ' . And yqt the Prote^sor, who is. a son ot, tile-Old Land-^-^thougfit Oanadlan-ized theSe many years-wag making his customary summer trip "Over homo" spite of all the German U-boats between Jiell and Montreal. To iiavo done less would be to admit that Britannia did not rule the waves, which, as eur old friend Euclid sajrs, is absurd. The Professor was simply not letting tlio war interfere with his habits and ways of life-that was the ICnglish of it. He did his bit when he snapped Ills fingers at the German submarine menace, incidentally taking his life for sixteen long days against the perils of the clear and timpU. It U a. plmaamnt, permtihant, monay mak�r in thoat-andi�f^h�mmM-whynotyourat^yT War Relief Ors�ni�ktlon> .thnrachout tha AlUad coantrlaa an utja> Auto KnTttors' with wonderful raaqlta. On� or two of tbaaa fatt, rallabla maohtnea In tacb dJatitet (an do aura wark than fifty radlai hand knltUiiB. ' .. ' More Sock* the Urjeat Call It Ii your Patriotic duty to anawer it-now-*nd you onjvida youraeli with a sood inconto makar at '.loma wttH tlia Auto Knittar, no mattar whara yau llya. WriittodavforfMpartievlantwlotinBiottamp, � andttt-uikat you and vour familu c�n rawmtaft , honu and a�fyr Patriotia work. Auto Knitter Koiiery (Canada) Co., Limited Dapt. 7SA 607 Collage St., ToMDto, 0�t. as tall as a min'utu. "Haye you ever been torpfedoed?" I asked. "No" he chirpod "hut I dearly hope I shall bo." Can you beat It? On what literature has that young mind boon reeding lo wax HO dauntless? "Of course,'' said the Professor one sunny afternoon when we woro Inclined to look on the bright.side oC things "This Oerman submarine campaign 1b impersonal. It's not you and me they're after. It's tonnage." "At the same time" 7 replied "The last thing I want to see la a low, rakish periscope ,ln the offing. The more. offish It li, the better I like It. You offer me cold comfort .ProfesBor, when you say that the one hunrtred and seventy pounds deadweight which I contribute to the general disaster will be regarded merely as excess tonnage." "Ijast night" said the Professor "a shoep-volced tenor got up in the lounge and bleated a thing called "Baby Mine.." 1 think the captain ought to put a stop to it. One may mention babies when women and children are present-that's all right- but not mines. They have no place In pollto company. They are a painful re-min-der" added the rofesaor who will have his joke. "We are beset by painful reminders," 1 chipped in. "The lifeboats swung outboard, the life belts worn everywhere except In bed, the two howitzers at our bow, the four point seven at our stern-all these are reminders that wo live on the crumbling verge ot a great tragedy. How I hate my life belt! I drag it aboiit with me like a bad conscience." "Don't slang the life beit," said the Professor. "It Is made of the beat material available-Kapok-ten times as buoyant as cork. It is cut in the latest fashion. The high ruff neck gives it a fifteenth century effect and the hump on the back makes me feel like Richard III on Bosworlh Field. Moreover it is as good as an overcoat on a cold night and from what I notice on this ship it does not interpose any obstacle between the V. A. D.'s and their flirtations with the young lieutenants." "True" I murmured "the life hell is the one best bet. Lifeboats may capsize or be smashed lo pieces but your life belt is always with you-or ought to be. When I go lo bed at night I do three things. I sleep in my underclothes and I put my trust In God and my life belt under the pillow." "Humph" said the Professor who is a confirmed cynic "Are you sure that is the exact order?" This darkened ship" I complained "making night darker with Us closed ports and doused lights. It gets on my nerves. I have a gone feeling at the pit of the stomach. "It must be torpid liver." "No" said the Profes.oor. "I have the same thing. The mesenteries shrivel-the duodenum whammles, "It's not torpid liver. It's torpedo liver, A good old Anglo-Saxon name for it is fear. It's a popular disease on this boat. We're carrying enough fear this rvoyage to sink the ship. La'st night a man told me that he was in loVe with two women at home and preserving a good average. I don't think a sin like that ought to be allowed aboard. It overloads us." "Do you find" I asked "that a door slamming wakes you up in the middle of tho night that a bigger wave than usual slapping at the keel causes your heart to beat faster, that heavy ,footsteps on the boat deck start you fumbling for the light, that--? "No need to go further?" chimed in the Professor "the symptoms are the same with all ot us. A periscope in every ridgy wave against the skyline, a torpedo wakein every crest ot foam. It certainly does gel one's goat. Once upon a time the sailor believed In the Flying Dutchman. What he dreads now is the Sneaking German beside which the sea serpent and the octopus are mild as gold fish." The other night" I volunteered "I went up on deck. I saw what I took to be the white comb of a torpedo. It did not fade away as waves usually do. However nothing came of It and I decided finally that it was the Hon. Newton Wesley Rowell swimmliig home in the midst of his favorite efe-ment." ' "Forget politics" was the Professor's gruff comment. "There's a war on." Sometimes we sought doubtful comfort froin' the First Mate. ' "This ship' he said "has nine lives. We're up to the ninth right now. We've been torpedoed eight times-six of 'em in the Mediterranean. The Atlantic Is pie compared to the Mediterranean -but it's no sweet job at {hat. This old hulk has been through a lot. Once we brought the wounded Ijpme from Galllpoll. They died all over the ship-went west a hundred a day. Tlie place is full ot ghosts. , I hear them some times at night. The wind in the rigging you know." "Of course" I ^aid "our troubles will be,all over when the destroyers meet ug." "Ovsr!" he snorted.. "Just beginning, you mean! Destroyers! Humph!" The First Officer spat violently. "They get you both ways. When they come out to shepherd you in they practically say to the Hun "Follow me it you want to find 'em." And when they go back alter shepherding you out they say to Fritz "Here they are- �ic 'em!" One fine evening in mid ocean-just at the spot where Adnairalty wireless had warned us that we should find him-the Q boat on our port bow opened out on a distant shadow. The range was ten thousand yards and the periscope was not visible save to the sharp eyes aboard the mystery ship which cut loose at It witli bait a dozen six inch. guns. 3ome thirty shots were fired In the space of five mlnueg. Those were iiroart gunners aboard that American ship as our Firit Ofllcer was constrained to admit'; Moreover she was a ship of gre^t importance as wfcg plain when four Anierican destroyers took her in charge oiT the Irish coast and sped off with her on some other myet'er-ious errand. Fritz as I said before met us in mid ocean and when the Professor came tumbling up from his interrupted dinner all ha said was "When my grand children ��k wiigi^ I dl^ jti Great War T''i^/i'tij^ly "1 'ran the People's Forum Cominunlcatlon.3 under tlil.i heading must bear the slgnaturoB ot tha writers. NO VETERANS AS STRIKE BREAKERS Editor Herald; Sir: Please allow me Hi)aco in your paper lo contradict n sliilemenl that returned veterans are being used as strike breakers at the Lolhbridge freight sheds. Wo would like to inform tho public that there is not one returned veteran at the present lime employed at tho freight shed, or any other p)av.v In live city where men are on strike. Thanking you, I remiiln your?, THOS. LONG WORTH, Preaidonl. gauntlet in the midrtlo and at both ends." What .surprised u.s all wa.s tho calmness of the great momenl.. Trembling at imnginery danger everybody stood up bravely to the reul ono. The seasick people forgot tliut they were sick and the well people hailed tiie excitement as a welcome relief to the monotony ot a long voyage. 11 might have been gunnery practice-trying out the ballistic qualities of our ammunition- so coolly did everybody lake it. The V. A. D.'s-bless their hearts-were not alarmed one little hit. Tliey clapp6d their hands and said "How jolly!" When I came up from my cabin where I had been reading "Wild Beasts and Their Ways" I found the Q boat pounding away at a wilder, more devilish beast tlian any mentioned in Frederick Courtenay Selous' pages. The lurking monster had submerged. I could not have seen it in the halt light anyway. However there can be no doubt thai the Q boat got Fritz because he did not bother us afterwards. What's more there can be no doubt that he was there to get because he despatched a piece of evidence in the shape ot a tor))ed(j which our stern gun nailed at two thousand yards from the ship. The torpedo broke water just long enough for the mate's keen eyes to spot it. A fine shot that, when you consider what zig-zagging a twelve knot convoy must do to dodge a forty knot torpedo! Our zigzags made the Grand Chain look like a straight line. When I approached the Mate with words of praise shortly afterwards he said "It would have missed us auy-way." "Still" I said "there was something in our tears after all." "Well" smiled the Mate "soDiOtimes something happens." yfc medium brnnil high tne is pojiular with many mm ulw ',uaiU n roomy wiclc-fitliti^ rhor. Bb.icher: hUick or brcr.on Icalhers, $'5 lo !^jo The High Cost of Whims ' I ^HE United Slates GovcrnmciU has foundit necessary to i.ssuc I .strict orders regulating the styles of shoes. Why? Because the high cost of fads imposes a burden all alony the line- upon manufacturer, dealer and consumer, and ujion the Govern- ment itself. Such action ma>- be avoided in Canada, if you-th.c consumer-will co-operate with the manufacturer in reducing the demand for extravagant styles-if you will buy prudently, for service rather than for effect. To do this will be a direct benefit to you. You v.ill get better and longer service, more comfort, and your shoes Avill be quite as neat and attractive. You will need fewer pairs of shoes in the course of a year. More than that: you will help lo cut down necdlcs.s extravafraiicc, to reduce superfluous stocks on the dealers' shelve;, to keep pric-cs dnr.n, ;ind lo release essential supplies of leather for our forcp overseaf. A.H.M. War-Time Selecfiorjs offer Special Service Value for Men, Women and Children. Ask your dealer /or them. AMES HOLDEN McCREADY 1.imitkd "Shoemakers to the Nation" ST. JOHN MONTREAL TORONTO When you buy Shoes tookfo, WINNIPEG r.DMONTON VANCOlT/ER -this Trade^mark on every sole tha: -^^^j V Thanksgiving in Canada should tnoA certainly not be limited to one day. We have only to think of the splendid record of our soldiers, of the sure defeat of Prussian militarism and of the assured welfare of the Dominion, and we will give thanks every day and all day. As individuals, too, we should "count our-blesisings". Here in the midst of the most terrible struggle the world has witnessed, : we are enjoying comforts unthought of 20 years ago. No one, 20 years ago, even dreamed of a razor where you could replace in a few seconds an edge that had been slightly duUed by hard service with another edge of perfect keenness- Gillette Safety Razor Shaving is now a JOY, where it used to be a JOB. Gone are the days of honing and stropping, operations which sometimes improved the shaving edge, and sometimes failed, as your chin showed afterwards. We have letters of Thanksgiving from the men in the trenches, full of the moSt cheery optimism-and there are days when the Gillette furnishes the only bright spot in the day's routine. Any dealer will be glad to show you an assortment of Gillette Razor Sets. Decide today to purchase a Gillette for your own daily benefit, or that of a friend "over there". Ei't GILLEnE SAFEH RAZOR CO. of Canada, Limited. Office ua Ftctor;: 65-73 St Akuidtr Street, MONTREAL, ;