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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 19, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta \ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19. 1918 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY TTfT.MJb PAGE SEVESK TtlE SPEAR HEAD BY H. F. QADSBY Somewhere in France. - Marshal Foch and ^before him Field Marshal Ilaig have done the Canadian Army Corps the honor of using It as a apear head whenever and wherever the (hruet was to be true and strong. Not to go further back than two yoiir.s, Ypres, Vlmy, Paschendaele, Amions, Cambral, are all trophies o� a apear h^ad, which Is acknowledged to be the most perfectly pointed In-I Btrument at the lighting front. Ask General Currlo what the spirit ' of thn men is and ho will reply in ! good, round army slang that they ' have got their "tails up." Ask the , nearest Sergeant-Major the same i nuestlon afid he will answer that the ' boys are "full of beans." Ask the : first private you meet what he wants i most and he will shoot back "an ' other crack at the beasts." � All of which means that the spear j head is kept very sharp indeed an* I that it is always on the Job of flnd-. ing Hun bodies to flesh itself in. Be I ginning August 6th and with only ten days' -intermission, the spear , head has been bloo'dlly busy for : seven weeks. It has buried Itself I deep in the enemy's heart, so deep ' and so often that the spear head must be wearing down though its , edge can never be blunted. The spear head went into action at Amiens with one hundred thousand men fighting, and sixty thou-I sand meii in roserve. Flashing back I to Arras, with onlj^'i week's rest between, it has kept thrusting, pushing, , piercing, until now it is in Cam-I bral and beypn'd. My calculation is I t^at the Bpear head has wasted to the extent of seventy thousand men, j which inojfe tliaii, soaks up the reserve and demands new dn-tts if they- are noi; already thtro or on j the way. '^ch Is the price a spear head pays l ^qp'r being spear head. It is gre^i ^ohor but it is a great tragedy, too, in which our best blood ; and our bitterest tears commingle. The spear head has behind it the iron of our fortitude, the refined : gold of our sorrow- the patient ' courage of the dear ones who wait 1 at home in an agony of longing - , and, knowing that, the spear head , goes forward confidently to new vlc-, tories for freedom an^ humanity. I "As long as we stick" the boys j would say to me, "the folks at home I ought to stick." And I told them we j would. : Naturally, the spear head knows � that it is a spear head-what can a apear head think otherwise when It is called ou- to 'do most of the hard jobs-and It is a little chesty about , it. Not only do admiring friends give the spear head to understand I that it is the Anest }lttle spear head I that ever was forged In the red fur-i nace of war, but the spear head knows it itself and makes no bones of saying so. This hassled to feeling between the-Canadian and the Englishman who does not relish b� , ing told that he is next best o\ worse. The Canadian spear head . takes no stock in the English super-j aian whose mettle he has tested, I whose brains he has gauged and j whose very human and definite limi-I tations he has scrutinized at close rjuarters. This is a strictly Canadian apear head and it grows oiore so as . the war goes on. When it comes back to Canada triumphant it will come back wtih shouting and cheering for a country that makes the best spear heads in the world. As becomes a' spear head it is pointed in its repartee ap this little ancedote goes to show. Somewhere In Prance, Private Jones of the Ump-ty Umth Ontarlos, was tying up his sore feet in some sacking cut from the sandbags that bulwarked his dugout. To him comes a British officer, sniffy, sharp of (tongue, patronizing: "Ah, my man, does that Backing belong to yotf? "No sir." "Oh indeed! Do you Canadians take what nobody else would take?" "Well," said Private Jones, and he paused to give his superior officer the cold steel of his blue eyes. "Well," he said, and spat reflectively, "we took Paschendaele." It Isn't that, the spear head is over-tearing or insolent, it's simply that it has to be on guard all the time against assaults on its Canadianism. In fact our spear head has ' fought two wars. One v/ar for freedom and democracy, and all the other Gluts! HAVE A MASS OF BEAUTIFUL HAIR, -SOFf,GLOSSlf,WAIIlf A Small Bottle Destroys Dandruff and Doubles Beauty of Your Hair. noble cauftpg the Allies foiight for, and the other tor Canada and its right to be tMated with as much respect as Serbia or Roumania or any other of the little nations whose seir esteem could not bo trodden on. A spear head is a spear head and not the dog's tall that /certain fusaors over in London, would like it to be The spear head 18 in a fair way to win both its W�rs, although this war within a war-the war of the -full grown son to have his whims hum ored-;^will bear some \ discussing after tlie greater matter is settled. It the spear bead has Its way-and why shouldn't It-Canada will be right there at the peace table, along with Belgium and the other little heroes, carrying what share of the talk accrues to a country that has staked a billion and a half of dollars and half a million men on the great game of liberty. What is this liberty the spear head- has fought for? Liberty for each nation, however small, to work out Its own destiny. Liberty, as Premier Borden sturdily suggested, to make oue own fiscal arrangements and not to be swept oft our feet by those exploiters of Big Business who think the British Empire has been rescued largely to extinguish the commercial independ ance of the Overseas States. When our Spear Head sees Can ada again it will be observed that the paint on the shaft as well as the steel at the point, is brand new Can adian and the iron voice of It as Jt clashes with Round Table opinion will ring Canadian too. Wliat is more there Is In its fusing some fifty per cent.  Brltlah-bom - the bronchos, as we knew them -and this is Canadian too, as much Canadian as the native metal. When the spear head comes back our pol itlcians must be prepared to be Canadians first, last and all the time. Nothing less will satisfy a spear head that knows at long last what- It is aiming at. Meanwhile if we have a separatej Canadian Army Corps at the front' which earns Its own glory and bears its own blame, does its^own work and takes Its own credit, faces its own dangers . and garners its own rewards, put it down to the credit of the spear-head which thrust out and about for Canadian rights and did not quit thrusting until it had got them. When Sir Arthur Currie took over the Corps it was hinted to him that he would be wise to confine his efforts to training' and discipline, leaving, as one would infer, the tactics, strategy and "active handling of the Corps to a wiser War Office. But that did not suit Sir Arthur Currie. He Insisted on supplying Canadian common sense, with results which -wverybody admits are highly creditable. A,a it turned out the spear head had a very useful quality of brains inside. Nor did training and discipline suffer. At the beginning the Canadians had a 'name-unwarranted as I think-for lack of discipline. What the British saw was really lack of reverence-lack it into the Australians, but i am bound In justice to uot down here what one of the younger British statesman told me one afternoon In a fireat access ot candor. "The Canadian organization," he said, "Is the best organization at the front. It is as far ahead ot the Australian organization as this war is ahead of the Napoleonic wars." In some ways our spear head ro-mlfids one ot a great big school boy. It has a giant's mind for war but a school boy's mind for prizes and medals. Its one weiiluiRss Is ducora-tiona. But perhaps :i .'^iic-ar liead has a right to a few rll)boii.s. A .ipear head will do for ilbbonn what it wouldn't do for money. It is an amiable' falling ot huniun nature that; It.s/glory must be aJvorli.scd. Measures havo been taUnn ]iiic.]y to dignity curtain deconitiojis wliidi had got too common, by add ing a bur to them for distinguislic;! coiiduct on tho field. It is till! I>ar that distinguishes the herocf from tlio pikorf), Abolish tho bar-nnvRr! What kind of peacv. dot-,= t)io .spear heurl want? Not a peace ot compromise or negotiation. A peace of dictation, witli the, Alliesf as dicta-tor.s and tho figliting grnerals at tho Htiito.snipna' elbows. A peace that will nib the Icusoii Into tho ITun- not pcrhupB to fight one's way through to Uorlin, but a lltllo devastation along the Rhine-the. same mndicino France and Belgium had to swallow-tlien a triumphal marcii of the army, flng.s flying and bands playing, to sliow tho German people that freedom win.'s and the ICaiscr is a two-spot. It. |.'. GAD.SBY. ; I�r PAIN EXTERMINATdR Pain ? Hirat't wUI stop it! - badt, tootbacbe. mraciM, �w^lan Joints, lora thidat aiTtSK patoT ' - fulcoiapUintt. Have abottlatai the boase. AUdealer,iiirwiiteo8. HIKST RMtBDT COMPAlitT.H�mntam C^aail* When Canada s to Pay There is no more certain way of making- money than by loaning money at interest. -^provided the security is good. -provided the borrower is known to be able to pay the interest as it falls due and to repay the principal on the date specified. When you loan money to Canada you know beyond all possible question your money is safe-the security for the loan indisputable. Canada's war debt per capita is the lowest among the nations at war-her wealth per capita, enormous-her resources, so great as to be almost beyond reckoning. And all the resources of Canada are behind the Victory Loan 1918, which will be open to the Canadian people for subscription within a few days. Like the Victory Loan 1917, it will be welcomed by all loyal Canadians.:- -as an opportunity of proving that we are determined to fight on to Victory with our dollars, as well as with ournnen and our guns. -as an opportunity of placing our earnings in what is at once the greatest of causes and the safest of investments. -as a loan in which there; is absolute certainty that the borrower will repay and equal certainty that the interest will be paid every six months. The security is so strong that ngne can question it^for it is safeguarded by all the wealth that Canada possesses-by all the developed resources represented by her combined industries and by all the untouched resources of her mines, forests, lands and fisheries. When you invest in the Victory Loan 1918, you will become the owner of a Victory Bond. That Bond is Canada's signed pledge of repayment-a pledge thgt Canada is in honor bound to redeem- and, in wealth of resources, abundantly able to redeem. Get ready to do your share in buying Victory Bonds liMuad by Cabuda'a Victoiy Lo*n CommtttM in co-pperation with the Minister qt FmtDcC of the Dominion of Cuiada, ss ;