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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 25, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 14)18 THE LETIIBRIDGE DAU.Y HERALD Old Men, Women and Children Garner French Crop; Men Fight With the Canadian Troops, Aug. 22. -(By Mail from J. F. B. LJvesuy, Correspondent oB the Canadian Press, limited.)-The French people have a wonderful crop and they garner It in tliti same spell of. fino -weather that htta enabled us to reap the full fruits 6t our victory. Hut they garner it vHh old men and women and children. el'i� young women are In the war fac-' lories doing their hit for France. They garner jt wll.li bent hacks and stumbling feet and with the crudest applfajicos. J-}ere and thoro.is a binder and more often n mower, hut everywhere is the swish of the scythe and even of the sickle and women following, binding sheafs with straw plaits, just as did the farmers of Ontario and Quebec a generation ago. There are no blue coated soldiers working in the fiolds of France. They roap silently in other fieldB. Our good neighbors, the French, waro putting oh a little show of their own in front of Roye. One had the privilege to see something of It under guidance- of a charming French Intelligence officer. Iloye lies low down in the valley and from tho first plateau on which wo stand nothing can be seen but the smoke of bursting shells in its high northern quarter whore already the French have won tho railway station. The battle Itself is in progress below us in the marshy tree-studded valley of the Avre, the main attack being directed against the strongly held village of St. Mard-les-Trlot. We can see nothing of It, except for an occasional rocket marking tho progress of the Infantry, signal for the barrage to lift, aud for the explosions of the enemy shells along the trench line running across the opposite plateau, where presumably are massed the French reserves. The Soul of France. It does not matter. In these bright weeks, villages such as these, so recently Impregnable strongholds,' are stormed every day. Of greater interest is the spirit of the French soldier, from whose soul speaks the aVdent voice of France. Our guide is explaining the difficulties of the attack tip the valley, past hidden machine gun positions of steel and concrote, "Wo hardly hoped to Bucoeod here," he says, "but it 1b a demonstration in nid of our advance further south." He is wrong; for later In the afternoon the good nowa comes that the village Is stormed. "Yes, they have given us a tough corner, but then somebody has to have it." "We have called him captain; no, he is only a lieutenant, a simple sol tiler, monsieur, who, at the outbreak of the war, was a wine merchant in Burgundy. 1 had served my three years, of course, and joined as a sergeant. Now 1 have charge of the Intelligence of the regiment," Mis regiment is quartered in elaborate German dugouts. It wan over this very field that the wave of battle surged last March. Only a few miles to the northwest lies the village of Vlllers-Bretonneux, wbere the Canadian cavalry and machine gun brigade made their wonderful stand in those bitter weeks. This is a name to be honored In Canadian history. Tribute to Canadians "You have very gallant men," he said. "You are fresh and full of vigor. We have been at Jt so long we are tired; our hearts'are sad, but now we see before us at last the end and we , will see it through. Alas! for the poor people of this country, I was at Monidtdier then and the women of the town crowded around us, 'Are the Germans coming?' they ask. 'We do not know; but it Is better that you should move out.' Then comes the question, 'What shall we take?' What can they take? Their men and their horsos are all In tho urmy. They take next to nothing. And In a few days the Boche have destroyed everything wantonly, where their shelling has  not completed the ruins. On your way back go and see the ribs of Moreull." We are standing on top of an observation post built by tho Germans among the trees on the side of tho hill. Below in the valley lies a shattered village and its ruined church. "It Is horrible to see all this," one says, "and to think that we in Canada have escaped scot free-only the llv.is or our men." "Ah," he says, "but is not sorrow an added strength to character, a completion of. experience. Shall' we not emerge a stronger nation for it all." We are in a trench, examining a bayonet, a beautiful rapier-like piece of polished steel, "How much more ' artistic you are," one cannot help saying. "This weapon is equally effective as our own, hut what a thing of beauty it is. And your camouflage is art, suiting itselr perfectly to the changing aspects of soil and country; while ours is a monotony of rule of thumb, which hits or misses the mark indifferently, as the case may be." "That may be so." he replies, "but you have your admirable perseverance. To each nation its own qualities. To the Hun that of the beast." The Tragedy of War Of a sadder countenance is the French soldier. The tragedy of war has transformed I'V on.ro merry fellow. They lack too the outwarJ smartness of our Jnfantvy. But tiro spirit is there. "On to Berlin," we cry to a soldier in passing. Ho lights up at once. "That is the perfect word, monsieur," be says with a grin. PAGE NINfc 1 nt To Make Teeple's Furniture Shop Your Store We're trying harder every day to please you, to treat you the way you wish to be treated, to carry the kind of furniture you desire to buy-in shprt, to make our shop the place where you feel the most at home--the store at which you prefer to buy. We wish only for your convenience. We couldn't continue in business of it were not for your patronage, so why shouldn't we cater to you instead of trying to have you cater to us? We're not satisfied with merely your desire to come in here; we want to satisfy you after you come in, whether to look or buy. We're looking forward to next week, next month and next year. We are building for the future and the only way to do that is to properly take care of the present. So we want you to always bear in mind that we consider it a privilege for you to come in here, because it gives us the opportunity to show you our merchandise and to got better acquainted with you and you can't come in any too often, regardless of your reasons. ] Dining Room Suite That Aids Digestion Things that are pleasing and agreeable while you eat, aid your digestion. Those that annoy, impede digestion. It is important for reason* of health that your dining room should be as pleasant and cheery, and harmonious as possible. BEGIN WITH THE FURNITURE Clean, straight lined furniture such as this Is best. It is welt proportioned, and in good taste. It Is not over-heavy, yet is substantial enough. It is a fine, clean design that does not grow tiresome. Buy a suite for your family's health, as well as for its beauty and usefulness. DINING TABLE-Clean limbed, straight lined, well proportioned and equipped to do all that is expected of q,0 BUFFET-A handsome piece, simply and pleasingly designed,, capacious drawers and cabinet room, largo handsome top, surmounted by large size British bevel Afe..M:n:or;..;..............38.00 CHINA CABINET-Dainty, simple, pleasing, with lots of shelf room and broad unobstructed glass door and sides to display the china. 2y cjq CHAIB8-A simple, serviceable style, trim, straight line framing, ample seats, soft and genuine leather cushions. Set of five small and one arm. qq BLANKETS-Buy Them Now! An Extra Large Wool Blanket at $9.00 a Pair Wc call this a family special; it's extra large, 60x80 Inches. Made of best selected yarns, very soft, non-irritating finish; finished neatly at ends and has a bright blue border. This blanket Is worth today $12.00. An Extra Quality Wool Nap Blanket at $12.00 A blanket made for service, also of an extra large size, loyely snow white, soft, and fleecy, and It's beautifully finished at the ends. It's hard to say What this Blanket will be worth this winter. Let us show you them more Intimately. UPHOLSTERED ROCKER AND CHAIR Here Is a chair that will proye an acquisition to the living room, finished in satin mahogany. For It is of this rich dark wood that It is composed, the back and seat is covered In shades of olive green, brown and black tapestry of  a fine, soft weave. Chair is Priced at Rocker at ....... $19.50 $20.00 BEAUTIFUL BRASS BEDS In combination buff finish with the new ribbon effect, 2 inch posts, heavy top rail, Hi-inch upright fillers, large flat caps .with husks, high head roil, full drop extension foot end. Finished in best quality English lacquer and ab- �|* p" a solutely guaranteed, at only ... �JO�Ow A particularly attractive Brass Bed, with two inch continuous posts and five 1,i-inch upright fillers, handsomely finished in mirror brass and ribbon trimmed, size 4.6 only and priced {"a aa at only ..................... ? > .�> �> NINE THOUSAND HOMES WITHOUT COAL Declare They Cannot Compete With Eastern Firms-Minister Considering Ottawa, Sept. 25.-Hon. C. C. Bal-lantyne, minister of marine, when interviewed regarding government orders placed with British Columbia shipbuilders for steel whips, stated that it was not a fact that steel ships, similar In size, are being built in Seattle at a higher cost than at Vancouver and that as a matter of fact, the United States government is getting steel ships, somewhat similar In size and equipment, at a lower finished cost than the Canadian government is- getting from the British Columbia steel shipbuilders. Mr. Ballautyne further stated that the object of the delegation that waited upon liim-shipbuilders from Vancouver-was to place before him the fact that they were not able to build ships out there in competition with eastern Canada and to press the minister to take British Columbia conditions into his favorable consideration and grant a higher price for government ships being built at Vancouver than is being paid in eastern Canada. The minister said that so far he has been placing- orders for government standard steel ships at a uniform price throughout all the steel shipbuilding yards in Canada and this policy the British Columbia shipbuilders object to, alleging that they can-hot compete with eastern Canada yards. The minister is giving the mat-tor his consideration and it will be decided within a few days whether the government will grant British Columbia shipbuilders a higher price for steel ships than is being paid in eastern yards. The minister wan emphatic in his declaration that having taken the necessary action accurately to inform himself, he was In a position to state positively that the prices he was offering to shipbuilders In British Columbia were not lower "than those obtaining on the United Rlatos Pacllic Toronto, Sept. 24.-Nine thousand Toronto homes have reported to the local fuel commissioner that they are absolutely without coal. > ? ? ? ? > > �8> ? ? ? > ? ? > I eants and 546 other ranks. In addition, one medical officer and five ptbet ranks are attached to the unit. Second Canadian Tank Battalion Quietly Organized at i, Petawawa A new regulation regarding the use of sugar has just been issued from Ottawa, and was received in the city last night. It states: "Re sugar to be used by public eating places for the preserving of fruit for future use. Order provides that account nuiBt be kept of sugar for this purpose. It is intended that public eating places may draw on their present allotment to use for preserving and upou receipt of statement he're of amount used for such purpose supplementary certificate will be issued. Thus if they use up four hundred pounds in September and October for preserving out of present allotment, supplementary certificate will be issued to cover such amount and such sugar- be available for ordinary use in November and December, Above does not apply for sweotoning of fresh or stewed fruits for immediate use.','. E CHAIRMAN MONDAY C. D. Taprell, chairman of the Victory Loan for this district was in the city yesterday and met quite a large number of the business men of the city at five o'clock. The purpose of the meeting was to appoint a local chairman and organize the committee but no appointment was made. S. J. Shepherd, last year's chairman is now chairman of tho Cardston district, and will not be available for the local work. A nominating committee composed of the bank managers of the city was named to appoint a chairman and bring in names for a local- committee and another meeting will be held on Monday to receive their report Ottawa, Sept. 25.-The second Canadian tank battalion, which for .pome time past has been quietly organizing at Petawawa Camp, 1b now nearly ready to embark for overseas. The formation of this battalion is another step toward the establishment of a Canadian tank brigade. The personnel of the second battalion has been drawn from artillery units which have been training at Petawawa Camp. A certain number of artillery officers have volunteered for the tank service and application from a number of others have been received from military districts throughout Canada, The second tank battalion will have for its provisional commander M. A. Cameron, an .artillery officer from Petawawa, who will take the unit overseas. Forty non-commissioned officers and men have been specially selected from artillery units with a view to training as officers. They wfti not receive their commissions in Canada, but will bo sent overseas and receive further.training at Bexhill, England, before being granted their rank ns officers. The tank battalion is made up or 90 officers, 41 staff serg- This is the tank unit to which Geo. McKillop, the well known local boy, transferred from the 78th Battery. The above would indicate that he 1b slated for a commission in the tanks, and it is a tribute to bis ability that ha has been chosen. E With the absolute silence which pervades the vicinity of, the railway commissioners, the agitation for a return of the daily service on the Coutts and Cardston branches seems to have come to a standstill. Cardston, Ma-grath and Raymond people are not saying much, but they are thinking a great deal and they will continue to � agitate until the service is replaced. . Travel on the line is very light, And the use,of automobiles is greater than ever. So far the roads have been good for automobiling and the inconvenience caused has not. bee'n as great as it will be later when winter seta in.  Outside the mail and express a great deal of inconvenience is caused by the lack of a means for dally shipments of cream. Some farmers in the district are losing heavily through be* ing forced to Bell their cream locally in a sour state instead of shipping tu� sweet cream to Lethbiidge. 09 ;