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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 19, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta fflB HEEJiLD.'^.v, CANADA HAS ABLE LABOR MINISTER Hon. Gideon Rober|son a Labor Laader of the School ^ of (jpmpers. IS SANE AND LOYAL He Is Proving to Be a Tower of Strength to the Government. PAGE ABOUT PEOPLE By M. GnA^TTAN O'MAnY. rlTH a wavQ of socUil and Industrial unrest rolling over the cDUiitiy. threiilonlni; economic imralysis and wnr effort as well, Hon. Gideon R^jcilsoti, ropro-sontatlvo of labor in tlio Cabinet, (a proving a lower of strenBlli at Ottawa. For the past wcojc or two Mr. Kobortson ha;;, in addition to his other duties, been acting Minister of Labor (Mr. Crotlicrs belnsr on a mission In the west) nnd the viKor which lie has Infused Into the work of this department, the tact, firmness nnd ."ioUd common sonso ho has displayed III dealing with dospciately delicate situations, not to mention tlio quite notable success he has had In unravelling- seemingly liopoless tantfles, niarli him out as perliaps the strone-pHt pcr.sonality that lias stepped into the Labor Department since Its creation, ten years aso. �\Vhen Siij Robert Borden first appointed Mr. Kobortson to the Senate, Canadian labor, daspitQ tlio shoutings HOW 'TRIUMPH" WAS CAPTURED And Converted From ai i-Fi^h Trawler Into*a Hun Coiii'*: merce Raider, I Hon. Giifeon RoVciison of thp orthodox Government press, wcro not overly pleased with the selection. In the firs� place he was of the independent labor school, hold-s^ine aloof somewhat from that class of labor orKanjzation which comprises tiie Trades and Labor Con-trrcss, and, in the second place. It was an open secret In Ottawa that other men then nnd still holding high rank In the Canadian labor world aspired for the honor. Mv.- Hobertson, however, did not permit this undisguised antagonism from his own class to interfere with his advocacy of their lause. The first word ho uttered on the floor of the .Senate was In defence of the rights of labor, and so con-i>nclng wero liis ni^uments, so fair ind moderate his mdJirier of present-' Ine them, that even among those who tould not SCO eye to eye with him- the Upper Chamber has its goodly share of champions of capital nnd vested rights-ho was respected for his moderation, for his transparent lincerlty and for his absolute free-lom from the mere tricks and preten-ilons of tho demagogue. Enemy of Ignorant Isms So strong Indeed had become ills position in the Senate that the I'rime Minister, In Incorporating la-tor into his new Cabinet, simply louW not ignore him; this despite ihe fact- that the more radical wing )f tho laborltes both secretly and (peniy denounced Kohertson as a nere tool of~Hve Conservative party. As a Cabinet Minister, iiowover, Hobertson has been tho tool of no larty or party loader. As tho reprc-lentative of labor in the Ministry, Utose wiio know sometiilng of wliat li-anspircs behind tlio scenes in Ot-'jiwa knfiwn that ho has been a stur-|y, If fair, champion of tho rights of lliose ho ropresonls. As the first real iibor leader to sit In Cabinet council, iho. first Cabinet Minister to possess liceVhand knowlodgo of what labor loth needs and wants, he has been a (owcrful leaven toward bringins- the Bovernmeni toward liie striking of a tilrer balance between employers, and imployes. And slowly, but none the uss surely, ho is winning tho com-ilote confidence of. Qnnadlan labor, rlnnlng it, too, without inviting hos-fility or suspicion from capital. For ihllo labor is beginning to recognize ii him a sincere, though conservative, idvocate of Its cause, employers\ap-ireclato him a� a labor leader ofXthe i;omper8' mould, a friend of the iegit-inato aims of the worlcing classes, lut a sworn enemy of ,Soclailsm, Bol-hovism or of any other ism that Iirlves upon ignorance and seeks to ,eatroy tho logitlniato fruits of iiiorgy,'Industry and enterprise. From being a telegraph operator )t a modest wage to being one of llioi foremost members in a Govern-lient charged wl|h conducting Can-\da'8 sharoMn tho mightiest war in ilstory, is a far cry, but Senator Robertson has not been spoiled,by his narvolous transforniatloii. It was laid of Kelr Hardio that ho hated tho lalaco because ho remembered the lit. That Is tho impression ona^gets if Gideon Robertson as he still hingles with the crowd In a down-own lunch, instead of accompanying lis Cabinet colleagues to tho more tumptuous repasts of the ' Rideau ;iut). THE CHANCES ARE. I^F the averag3 man had his llts to live over, he would probably taake more mii3takt3 ^thuu evnr. 'ej\ew,'i'" By DOROTHY HENIIION. . Halifax, Aug. 27. N less than tv,'o hours from the time tlio commander of the German U-boat sighted the Halifax trawler �'Trlumpli" oft tills coast on Tuesday, August SO. he had Captain Myhro and his crow prisoners on board, nnd converted the trawler from a fish harvester to a commerce raider, equipped v/lih at least two guns, a. wireless ajiparatus' and scoroi^ of bombs. Capt. Myhre Rave the following interview to your representative' "We left Portland Saturday, August 20th, nnd reached our destination, the middle grounds. Tuesday morning. Ail oC a sudden the submarine, which I should say was !iSO to SOO feet long, came to tho surface about three or four miles away, and f|red a sliell over our bow. '*l"he shell fell near the trawler and the explosion caused such an uphe.-ival of water that It .Tlmost swamped the vessel. The submarlno steamed up to within 300 yards of us. IMeanwhile niy crew had gotten into the boats; and the enemy bockoneu us to go alongside of tho submarine. This wo did. Thereupon they used tho trawler's boats for taking their own apparatus on board the Triumph-Including boxes of ammunition, wireless apparatus, mines, bombs and two guns -^whlch I Kliould Judge wcro three pounders. They made four trips from their U-boat to tho trawler with supplies. This occupied two hours. They put about twenty of their men, ajl Germans, on board, Tlie Hun crew immediately commenced to throw overboard tho trawlers material, audi as fish, trawling gear and everything movable that they did not need. . Their engineers nt once started getting steam up, and they steamed away. "We wero on the submarine while all thlii^ was gojng on. They kept one of our boats nndMeft us two. Into which our twenty-one men were put. The submarine captain told us to make for the shore as best wo could. In rowing away we were rowinj^ a.rounil his bow, v. hen lie started the engine .and acted as though he Intended to rani us. Tho back water of tho speeding submarine nearly swamped us. This caused, great merriment on board the submarine. As a matter of fact. Instead of being fifty miles, as the submarine captain falsely told nio, I knew wo were 1^0 miles from Halifax, and only sixty or seventy miles from Canso. Consequently we headed for the nearest port. After rowing between 30 and 40 miles we fell in with the schooner A. Hubloy, partly .owned' by Mr. Boutlller, of tho, National Fish Company. This schooner took us on Father, Mother, Daughter, and Grandchild of Roosevelt Family Tr was Wordsworth who wrote "the child Is father of tho man," nnd verily -*� In this happy gathering of tho Roosevelt family It Is ."io. This great Amei-ican family are the proud possessors of a .service flag v.ith three stars shown in the photo in the hands of Richard, Derby, Jr. Three sons wlio are fighfing democracy's cause over.seus. One, Quentin; has already given his life, another, Arcliie, lias been wounded. The third star is tor Theodore. .Tr. The group is composed of Theodore Roosevelt's grandson, tho baby of Arch,ie; Theodore Roosevelt, Captain ArcViio's wife, Richard Derby, Jr. Mrs. Hooaevelt and, baby Edith Derljy on her mother's, Kthel Roosevelt's, lap. FAMOUS FRENCH DUELLIST DEAD Thomeguex, an Old-Fashioned Swashbuckler, Passes Away at the Age. of 72. -:- ^ A D'ANNUNZIO LIVES FORARTANDWAR He Who Is Taken Alive Is a Traitor, Says Italian Poet. LLOYD GEORGE SAVES HIS SOUL He Keeps His Own Counsel as to Program for Coming Election. T Capt. MyJirc, of ihe 'Triumph:' board and Into Canso." Tho submarine captain asked mo If remembered the sinking of tho American Cruiser Snn Dlcgo. He said that that warship was torpedoed and not mined, and that it was his U-boat that had also sunit the Hattie B. Jennlng.s.' Stamping his foot on tho deck and looking downwards, he said, "he had tho captain of that vessel down there." Ho appeared lo bo much amused in reading reports of how many times his own submarine had been rammed and sunk by vessels arriving at /American ports.- Continuing his .story, Caeu-tain Myhre said. "I was amazed to BOO two largo stationary guns fired on deck-one forward and one aft. These guns wero at least eighteen feet long In my estlmnllon, and looked to bo capable of handling a cruiser. Tho Hun -ililpper said he was throe mont^is out, and that he was going to stop anotlier two months � In order to annihilate tho fishing fleet on tho banks, and he would be no Trussian officer It he did not succeed. ^ Among other things taken from tho 'Triumph" by the U-boat commander was a batch of BjJston, Now �yprk, Montreal nnd Toronto papers, iviilch were read with great interest by the PICTURESQUE figure and a famous name has been removed from "Parisian life, and the newspapers announced it in a single linef '"I'homcgeux is.dead." This'is the laqonio and brief no-, tics that Parisians read with the sorrow and syinpatliy with which they would have read the story of a brave "ace's" death in .battle. It seemed as if it wislied to appear quite small in the,midst of the pages of daily heroism. Before tho war It would have been a sensational event in Paris life and the Boulevard..3 would have been moved by it in the days when "Pari-slanism" and "Boulvardler" retained their ante-bellum meaning. To-d.iy these terms are \>ut anachronisms and Thomegeux, the last of the bold and chivalrous sVordsmen of France, passed away, eclipsed by tho chivalry of a later day. Thomegcux, Swiss by birth, but French by choice, was callod^the "musketeer," although he had nofi the outward exterior of one. He had tried ail his life to fuse the dashing chivalry of a Dumas hero with the middle class modernism of an honest tradesman of tho Sentier quarter. All his romanticism had taken refuge, from a physical point of view. In his hair, which w.a^ thick and soft, and hung from his head like a lion's mane. His Chivalric Idea ND all  tho time it was the chivalric idea that haunted his brain. Ho Wanted to rido Uirough the world on a fiery horse, his body clad In shining armor, and show off his gallantry to princesses. This was Thomegcux, who fought duels that made him tho talk of continents. Ho ch!illcn!5od the celebrated Prof. Pinl. defied tho scientific swordsmen of every court in Kurope and b.v mere daring-even recklessness-outfought every advers.iry'Tie met. He possess-oov.-!n Thomegcux |ilmself admitted he iiad novcr dreamtof. Tho quiet and peaceful death of this knight errant oontrjisls very markedly with his tumultuous existence. In the days of Louis XIV. Richelieu would have handed this tierce duelist over to the exec itloner. In the .'�ilrd Republic Thonieffeux ivlll simply be remembered as a good fellow-and Thomegoux -n'ould wish it no better. i6 H A' E who in taken alive is a traitor to tho allies," cried Gabriele. l)-.\nnunzio, as implacable in war as he is In his art! It may be said of Goethe that he � gave speech to Iiis -oountry. It may .be said of Gabrlelo D'Annunzio that he jjayo to his country a triple tongue of fire. The magic of his genius has penetrated to the very roots of his language^ ho can talte words, words, \?^ords, and make them blazing diadems of thought, or conjure up with them subtle moods, airier iiian springtime zephyrs; or touch the soul with a nameless horror, infusing nightmare into the lieart and brain of the reader-and set them to the grand sweeps of passions that send men to the battle line and death in the name of the Latin Genius! For D'Annunzio only two things exist-Beauty and Conflict. Art and War are the two things worth while. No great artist lias ever been a pacifist; there is no battlft hymn of peace. Ail isCw.ar and beauty-this world belongs to the warrior and the artist. Art, according to D'Annunzio, is tho supremo adventure of tho Intellect. Great artists are marauders. There ara no shut doors, no forbidden routes to a Shalcespeare, a Blake, a Balzac, a W.agner, a D'Annunzio. The latter In his superb egoism declares that the world exists for him alone; that all that has been heard, seen, felt, known, are only colors for his palette; that the world has only meaning in so. far as it can be written about, sung about, put to music or eternised on canvas. By T. P. O'CONNOR. LOXDO.V, Aug. 2i. HE same of bridge has become almost a factor in all the human affairs of ICui-ope, even in v.-artlme. Even Cabinet Ministers forget their political worries for n few hours dally in playing a few rubbers in their clubs. Officers of the German iiigli command were found by Herbert C, Hoover, when ho was saving the Belgians from starvation, -ivhlling away long hours at bridge, confident of tho automatic woriclng without their pushing of their perfect military machine. Tliere is no sucli weakness in tlie case of Lloyd George, who remains scornrully ignorant even of the names of tho cards and takes his pleasures in playing golf, or it that fails in ppttnrlng around the small garden of his new house at Walton Heath, except on Sundays, when his Nonconformist friends will not allow iiim to play golf and he has to find recreation In listening to a Welsh sermon, which he - confesses Interests him more than any drama, or in singing Welsh hymns, �\vhich ho finds a. convenient outlet for his CeUio emotions. �, "-^'his is written as a parable, after tho mode of the .Scriptures, to iljus-trato tho pi-esent stage of the war and the prevalent English temper. First, It embodies the mood of In-tenso relief which followed the panic-stricken anxiety of a few months ago. The cool sunshine of an exceptionally dry August floods London with a delicious light, harmonizing with the sanguine feeling that the tide of war has definitely turned. Through the papers come daily reports of a new victory and sometimes moving and tlirllling tales of the heroic resignation of tho French population, on one hand, when fleeing from AmleHB,/ and, on the other, when returning: to their once more rescued homes. 'The general temper is to ignore tho details and to justl/~\'-rH watch the gigantic arrivals of Amer- W nals like ihe Westminster His Brother's Image "yo. (his i.s not Oener.nl .loiin J. Persuing liack in America again from France, iHit it is .Tolin J.'s hro-tiic-r, .Tamer. PershiiiR. James Por.shing in a ti-avoling salesman for a clotliing firm. Ho is almo.st a dead imago of hi.s famou.s lirnthor, .ind i.s ."^omotinies mistaken for him. 7t i.s iiiinece.s.sar.v to .say that JamqH Persiiing tinds i.": easy now-�-i-d.-iy.s to .sell a bill nt. good.s-, nnd his firm declares that he is-,".';Qm'e" sales-Jii.-in. James Persliing i.s youiiEcr than hi.s hrotlior John l>y four yoar.s. yet, the, two look about the same age. Ho ha.s one .son in the army, and a younger one is expecting liie call. "I am going to France myself in a few weeks." .say.s Pershing, "cliiefly to break my brothci-'.s silence. Th,e man who can keep silent in four different languiige.'; sometimes needs relief from hiis own thouglits." PERSHING A MAN OF FEW WORDS Listening Is His Favorite Stunt, and Everybody Talks :f; .... But Him. HE is A HARD DRIVER A Good Story Is Told of How His Quick Results Aston- _> ished French Engineers, H lean soldiers and to think only of tho now definite If not early victory. In a limited sense war Is less an obsoBslon than similarly domestic politics. Judging from the papers, you might think the exultation over tho succ'ess at tho front had reduced all English political life to absolute stagnation. Most all tho unofficial politicians have left London for the golf courses or the seaside, and of-fici.als who are too busy with war worlc to'-leave remain at their desks and become daily more thinner and more yello-w of complexion; but underneath all this there goes along steadily and silently preparations for tho coming political struggle of tho fjoneral election. It is his first and last tenet-the world for Art's sake. All Is loot to him. And tho Great War is only a branch of Art. He,, is a mental .Tristocrat and will never be beloved of tho mob, al-Ithpflgh the heroic superman of Italy. "He loves the strange, tho abnormal, the' Bxeoptional, Ho would rip the veil from Isis, if he could find Isis or tho veil. lie knows that adventure is better than truth, for the first tliriils, while tho latter slays. Gabrielo D'Annunzio Is the essence of tho I.,atin Genius-a soul of flame and steel: a vibrating. Intoxicated Imagination that creates suns, hells iinC chants that are demonic and transfigurnting. in war or in peace he^is the stuff out of which posterity fashions Immortals. REAL FOLK IN FICTION THRIFl QHE was comely and a widow, and, ^ moreover, sho was Scotch. She mourned Macintosh, her lato husband, |~for elBhteen months, and then from a crowd of suitors choso honest, homely Mnclntiro tor her second, "I'm no guid enough for ye, dear!" he whispereft "What for did yo ohooso me oot o' sao niony?" "Ah, wool, ye see, your name's Jfac-Intirc." ' "Yes, but-" began tho hewildered suitor. "An" ye ken," finished tho widow, "all my linen's marked 'MacL'-that's .J^Wh}', Donald.". T ORD R0SE3ERY is tho Lord Lln-Ilthgow of Moriey Ptoberts' novel of that name, and that distinguished Irishman, Mr. William O'Brien, M.P., is the Kennedy Kohnn of his own �work, "When Wo Were Boys Together." It is generally allowed that Mrs. Asquith was tho original of one of th.-j leading ' cliaracters in E. F. Bon-son's "Dodo," and that tho Duchess of Rutland figures in one of Mmo. Sarah Grand's books. An old nonagenarian parish clerk, probably now dead, figures in Marie Corelli's "God's Good Man," and-Rudyard Kipling la confessedly "Beetle" in "Stalky and Co." In Hardy's "Tess of the D'UrbervlI-les," tho brilliant Cuthbert Clare, brother of Angel Claro, who is at Cambridge, and later a professor, is tho Right Rev. Handley Carr Glyn Moule. tho present revered Bishop of Durham. � ' - Lloyd George's Objects LLOTD GEORGE Is a man of in-tehso concentration, which usually isol.atea him from all subjects except one, and, that, the battlefront, with its fluctuations every second, is sufficient to produce that Isolation. But his restless mind always is intensely Interested in polities, and the master of all Its strategy Is never ^o Isolated to forget all about politics. He has three objects at the moment. Tho first is to win the war: the second Is that Lloyd George shall win It and that he shall be Premier for several years after the war and control tha whole v�ork of social and political reconstruction that ^must follow. Only two problems confront this program when it shall get to election, which. If occurring now, would certainly give him the Premiership; secondly, on what program will ho aslc tho confidence of the country? Both questions aro worrying all political parties, and both aro trying to force his hand. This is called "the saving of his soul." Tiie same words have different meanings in different p,-irties. A Liberal like C. P. Scott, tho only Liberal Journalist who still hangs on to Lloyd George by skin and teeth, and other Liberals interpret- the "saving of Lloyd George's soul" .is keeping him to tome shreds, at least, of the old Liberal doctrines, such as Homo Rule and free trade, wliilo tho Tories mean to foreo him into tho abandonment of both. Protection, long discredited ana overwhelmingly defeated at all last three general elections, has gained an enormous now strength slnco the war beg.in, especially through tho now universal conviction that trading is a part of German warfare against tho world, with military Instead of trade mo-thod.s. Within the last fortnight a new force in favor of driving Lloyd Gecrgo Into protection has come with tlio arrival here of a large delegation of colonial Journalists, wlio come from countries where protection is the creed of all political parties, and preferential treatment by tho mother country is the clamorous demand. William Morris Hughes, the Australian Premier, already has set the colonial pace by speeches which have aroused tho Liberals to violent anger by denouncing ail free traders as anti-British and, in offeot, pro-Germans. At a banquet given to the colonial Journalists last week I heard a New Zealander shout amid cheers that free trade was dead. The Manchester Guardian, as the chief organ of the great city where free trade was born, treats Mr. Hughes as a tub thumper with no real knowledge of economics, ai d unkindly reminding h'in that his own Australia excludes the goods of tho mother country In |rcturn for her generous ndmisslon of all -VuRtralian goods without tariff, and finally askii whether Australia will accept'Imiicrial free trade. Thus Mr. Hughes, who is a." Welsh as Lloyd George and with something of tho same gift of rhetoric appeal to the passions of the nation in time of war, lias become the centre of tho wiiolo iioliticai campaign and is one of tnc forces which unconsciously, and perhaps to Lloyd George'.s embarrassment, forces the'fiscal policy into one of tho issues of the election whicii will bo fought. His Promises Vague THER stauncli free trade Jour-Gazette ask !v5-kward questions .regard-ing liow this new system,' which would place the British Empire within a ringe^d fence against all tho world. Is reconciled with tho interests of our allie.�, esptchilly Ametir ica. Remonstrances, although not yet uttered by tho allied Governments, appear occasionally In tlieir Journals, and tho W.ashlngton correspondent of the London Times already raises a � note of alarm relative to the effect of American opinion. The ilorning Post, tho Chief organ of the Tory Bourbon.?^ nays no heed to this or to other aifflculties confronting Lloyd George and shrieks aloud every morning for his head or his surrender. Lloyd George keeps his own counsel, and when forced into speech is sparinp- of words put into promises in tho vaguest language. His problem is to try to make the best with both worlds, and while getting the Tory support retain a.s many as possible of those of Liberal principles. It will be seen that the soul all the political parties are trying to save for themselves is very elusive. In the meantime, what lias become of Herbert C. Asquith, formerly Premier'.' Is he dead or is he sleeping? So far as his own attitude is concerned' tlie, question remains an unanswered riddle. He plays his golf in tho mornings and passes the evenings among his innumerable friends. His omnivorous reading, his knowledge of the classics and modern literature and his easy, idacid temperament mako him an Ideal table talker, but when earnest political friends visit him. anxious to build electioneering platforms or organize meetings; they lind Mr. Asquith irresponsive and wary. Tho detached old politician turns tile conversation to tho architecture of tho days of the Georges or to the literature in tho day of Queen Anne. The zealots go away disappointed , either young or speaker. '^Hns_peac_o .been cleciar_ecl?^',.l-_ !oia. ;