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The Ottawa Journal TtuJmtmmtAMtdung Company tf Ottawa. Limited. mons. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11; 1942. Ave Atque Vale, i . i At the Conservative convention in Winnipeg, Mr. Meighen has announced his' conclusion to withdraw from political life, j , ' The retirement of Arthur Miiqhin from the political scene in 'this-country is a disheartening thing from the standpoint of the public in terest. For there is no man in this country ' better qualified still for public usefulness. Mr. Meighen has all the qualifications in greater or less degree; and one qualification in the extreme. He has the wide general knowledge, the specific parliamentary knowledge and experience; he has been twice prime minister,' and a parliamentary leader for long. And he has the gift of supreme' expression. ; !: '' " :! i Nevertheless, we lose him- in our public life ' while he is still in the vigor of his days.- In part, this is due do the fact that in the First World War he became personally identified 'with the j introduction of conscription, which created in the Province of Quebec an antagonism to him which has never died put; and in Dominion politics a leader must J for success be acceptable to Quebec. The antagonism was unjust; Mr. Meighen was noj more responsible than his colleagues for the introduction of conscription but rightly or wrongly jhe got the chief blame by the isolationists in Quebec. Later, strangely enough, he! alienated some in the Conservative party by his famous Hamilton speech in which he advocated what should have placated Quebec (but did not), namely, that Canada should not enter war, even on the British-side, .except after a reference to popular vote. This was a negation of - representative government. Finally, his comeback was defeated in South York last February by a C.C.F. candidatedefeated principally, we believe, because the Ontario Premier, Mr. Hepburn, came in to support him. We imagine that many of the Liberals of South York took that opportunity of showing resentment at Mr. Hepburn's attacks on Mr. Mackenzie King, andj so voted for. the C.C.F candidate. But perhaps the mass of the Liberals wanted to defeat him anyway, fearing him.. Mr. Meighen resigned from, the Senate to contest that election. The defeat left him with- : out a seat in Parliament, and although the Conservative party held to him as leader,- the posi- ' tion was anomalous; the defeat also must have meant a sore personal hurt and discouraged him greatly with public life. . I' For thirty-four years, Arthur Meighen has j been one of, the great figures in the Canadian I public scene. An Ontario boy (Perth), becoming a lawyer, and moving west, he was elected to the House of Commons in 1908 for a Mani-Cfca constituency, Portage jLa Prairie. He speedily made good in the House; was appointed Solicitor-General in the Borden regime in 1913; Minister of -the Interior in 19l8, and when Sir Robert Borden retired in 1920,- Mrj Meighen became Prime Minister. Defeated in 1921, he was back again as Prime Minister in 1926. Defeated after a short term, he suffered a temporary eclipse, due partly perhaps to the hapless Hamilton speech, being replaced by Mr. Bennett as leader, of the Conservative party.!; On' Mr. Bennett's . ensuing victory, Mr. Meighen reentered the jfron ranks as Government leader in the Senate and Minister without portfolio. After Mr. Bennett's defeat and retirement, Mr. Meighen became leader of the party' again. Then resigning from, the Senate, he met defeat in' South York last February for the House of Com Well Mr. Canada's. .Meighen steps down the loss is Our public life in the Dominion .now loses one of the wonderfully of complete abundant vi which in its noblest of our citizens, a man of acute mind, of the highest ideals, integrity, of finej presence and gar; and a possessor - or speech. clarity of expression: and: force of delivery is almost unrivalled by that, of any other public man of recent times. ; Mr. Winston Chuk chill is a- master of epigrammatic phrase and picturesque presentation; Mr.' Meighen's oratory is of, a different class but each in his own sphere is, we think, unrivalled by any other public man In this or any. other country. To even compare . with ' Churchill in any degree as an orator would be high praise; but Meighen compares highly. So we say that the retirement of such a man as Arthur Meighen from the political scene in Canada is a 'disheartening thing must be disheartening ti all who uninfluenced by partisan or political bias think only of Canadian welfare and of the 'reasons we should have for pride in our common country. With thisj conclusion we seem to Jiaye to say in sorrow to Arthur Meighen politically, who retires of his own accord to the! loss of all of us, Ave Atque Val Hail and Farewell. The! Farmers' Goal Is Set. For the first time since the war started Canada's huge agricultural industry knows exactly what ii expected from it during the next Meeting in Ottawa this week. the Ministers of Agriculture for the Dominion and ail provjnces, .together with jtheir officials, and representatives, of farm organizations; set up goals for every needed farm product, decided what share jot the goal each province could produce. Increases over even the lush production of the list season are being asked for most farm products, with, wheat the notable excep tion. I , : A tremendous task has been set Canadian farmers. For three years now they have steadily increased production till the 1942 harvest of almost all farm crops made new, Canadian agricultural history. For 1943 even more food must be prodiced it all requirements are to be met, this' in tb face 'of the worst labor shortage Canadian farmers have ever known. Older men and women on the farms of Canada are doing a wonderful wartime job. s ; "V The fact should not be lost sight of, however, that '.the goal set for, 1943 food production at this conference were goals, something to shoot at, 'and there'' is ho guarantee that this huge required production can be achieved. Nature has a way of jtaking a band in farm production and labor is an important factor. Speaker 'after speaker at the conference emphasized the need tor: greater consideration .: for farm labor, especially on dairy farms, under .Selective Service,' and expressed grave doubts that production could be Increased unless labor conditions on farms were improved. This waf a dominant theme throughout the meeting.;, . , ; Canada is producing food for her pwn civilian requirements, for armed forces at home and abroad, for export to Britain and other. 'Empire countries : and to an ever-increasing degree, for prisoners of war, our own in Germany. We have contracts! with Britain for large amounts of : food, bacon, cheese - and eggs mainly, but with powdered milk a factor. These are the very articles which people in Canada are also demanding in j ever-increasing quantities, and which they have got during the past 12 months at the expense Jpf our exports. We failed in our contracts with Britain as far as bacon and eggs were concerned because ' the domestic market wanted more than it had ever consumed. ' . This latter factor is one not generally recognized by the Canadian consumer, nor by some of our officials and those engaged in the food business for that matter; There is talk of buttes shortages, for instance, when for two or three months Canadians- purchased more butter than they ever did i their history before. We pur-chased'mofe eggs than ever before and the contract with Britain went short as a result. , The same is true of bacon. .There may come a time, and that very Soon, when Canadians will have to draw in thelrfbelts a little, be told they simply cannot buy all they want' simply because they have the money to make the purchases.; What About Property Owners They Are Citizens Too! The rentals -branch of Prices Control has made tome new and drastic rules concerning the use house-owners' may make of their own properties. ' ' . ' When a house occupied by a tenant is sold, the new owner if he wants possession of the place, must give the tenant at least a year's notices-end he Icannot .oust the, tenant in any circumstances unless he can satisfy the Rentals Court that he 'feeds'! the property as a' resi'y dence for himself. ' " - As to 'houses generally .it has been the. rule that a landlord Icould evict a tenant by giving three months' notice if he required the accommodation for himself , a relative or an employe. This is tightened up the tenant can be evicted only if the owner "actually' needs the home as a residence for himself". ; (That is not all. From this time the rent "of any- housing .accommodation not previously rented" must be! set by official authority This applies to new : houses and to reconstructed premises, and it is set out that the rental will be the common ate for the locality as of October 11, 1941 that "considerations of cost, value or operating expenses are ruled out"." ; That is,, the citizen who puts up a house or converts his third floor into living quarters has not the least right to fix its Rental, and the cost of the reconstruction will not be taken 'into account.' .Obviously nobody will do anything about his attic in such circumstances. ' . It is a fine thing that tenants should be protected, and Mr. Donald Gordon explains that the new rules were necessary to end widespread evasions of the Regulations. It is not so good that owners should be increasingly and painfully restricted In the' use they may make of their own properties. ' ' .T , No doubt rentals offtciaurand courts have the best intentions, want to be fair to everyone, but there is a distinct impression among ' house-owners that in the official viewpoint the tenant is always righVpor-almost always end the owner a greedy; fellow more concerned with profits. than the! war effort. , For many, years Canadians had been urged to buy their homes, had been told of the soundness of residential properties as an investment But now the courts treat these properties, if they are rented, as a public convenience, and the owner gets mighty; little consideration. .. ' ? After all, jt was not the property-owner who brought about this crisis. The Dominion Government brings thousands of new employes to Ottawa and lets them shift for themselves in the matter of accommodation.; The Governs ment is responsible for the housing shortage, and it is not quite fair that the man who owns a rented house should be made to feel that he is more likely , than not to be a singularly low and unscrupulous type of humanity and always picks a cold and stormy day for putting women and 'children .on , r- the street. Notes and Comment. Somebody ought to invent a moving platform for theaisles of our street cars, so that passengers would-move to the rear, willing or not Or free drinks at the back end might do the' trick. :'' -::yV::.;l ; ' XM--'-'A. H :: Taxicabs, under new rules, are to be used only for "essential trips", not for pleasure excursions. The smaller gas ration and the- wearing 'out of tires will automatically apply the' same rule to private car.: , j! " A new and useful publication has appeared France-Canada, Vol. 1, No. 1, printed in French and English and edited jointly, by the Free French committee ! of Canada and the Fighting France Informs tio l Bureau at 448 Daly avenue, Ottawa. Features- of the first number-are mes sages from General de Gaulle' and Mr.' Mac kenzie King.' THE OTTAWA Sidelights Five Acclamations. , I, Hamilton Spectator.' Mayor William Morrison, K.Cn was again honored with the chief ,magitracy for his eighth consecutive term, five of ' jwhlch were conferred upon him ac clamation. His record' is a unique one. i - 10 For a Trieyele. ' . Bristol Evening Post ; "-Soldier's wife writes: ' In quiring after a tricycle for my son of 'four I was told that it frould be ready in a month's time! that the shopkeeper had already been offered 10 for it and that he would, of course, take the highest ' I would dearly love, to please my child, but what chance would my 2 (which is all the tricycle Is worth) have against that offer? A Perfect Band. The Crow's Nest (Truro, N.S.); Pete Melrose, Stoker 1,1 leisurely- picked up the cribbage "hand", that had been dealt (him. He glanced at it and his eyes widened. A moment later and he turned up another card from the pack and then let out a wild yelL He had a perfect hand! Inj the dear he had received the five of hearts, five of diamonds, five of spades and the jack or clubs. The card he turned up was the five of clubs. With the hand he made a full 29 points.' One iaftvt Voted. , 5 Kingston-Whig Standard. - i . Because of . the fact ithat there was no mayoralty; contest and that the aldermen for five of the wards were elected by accla mauon, a very light vote polled in the Kingston municipal elections. The highest vote polled for -anyone candidate was lj492, which was received by Chairman Halliday of the UtiliUes Commis sion. The tout number on the voters' lUt is 15,408. It is estimated at the City Hall that fewer than 3,000 people .voted yester day, :,;r--?:.: Tebaeee's Bardan. ; - Manchester Guardian. -As a tax-bearer tobacco has a very strong back- Hiaaie-agea men have seen a packet of twenty cigarettes go up . in price from sixpence - to two shillings, and everyone knows that the price, he pays is pure taxation with a smau fractional exception. Yet the demand for tobacco keeps upf The Tobacco -Controller, Mr; A.'H. Maxwell, reported the other day that after a sharp drop as a result of the last tax. increase, consumption has now returned to pre-Bud-get proportions in spite of the slight difficulty still experienced in getting supplies. ; ' Aleaa" Is Omt -' 5' . Edmonton Journal If Canadian people i and Canadian newspapers are allowed to have their way about It the Alaska highway will be known now and hereafter as "The Alaska Highway". Hardly any who have given voice to their views have a good ; word to say for Alcan'4, which is understood to be the of ficial, name given to the project "Alcan , as far as The. Journal is able to learn, is one of those combination words, formed in this instance by the first syllables I of Al-aska and Can-ada. Apparently it was adopted by Washlnaion authorities and the full title,; ac- corauig lo them, is Aican ptaa project' MaaeJiestar Gaardiaa. ,; . ! Tobacco Trade Secrets. I The live largest cigsrelte manufacturers, who together make 80 percent of all cigarettes sold here, have .agreed to exchange their . secret .blending formulaej Mr. A. H. MaxweU, - the Tobacco Controller, told the press that at the request of. the War Transport Minister the concerns had worked out a "zoning ' scheme which would save 12,000,000 ton-miles of rail; transport or 48 percent of the present annual mileage. By . manufacturing each other's cigarettes they would be able to supply particular areas from the nearest fsctories. I - Mr. MsxweU insisU that the public will not notice any difference. There is no intention of re ducing the number of brands or of producing a "utility -cigarette". Pipe" tobacco is not yet included in. the scheme, but further steps are under discussion. . - . , . " - Lessen ef Sacrifice. " . People (London), The-1)ody of a young group captain of the R.A.F. was cast up by the sea on the English coast and the local officer of the Minis try of Labor helped, to carry it to the mortuary. - , J One. thought fiUed the ofliciars mind. This man had given his life for his country at a time when man earning big wages were prepared to leave work of national impor tance locally so that they might have a comfortable time at home. He invited four of the men who were most -Insistent in their demands to be allowed to go to their homes up country to come with him and ; see what other' people were doing in the war effort ne took them to the mortuary where the Injured body of the young airman lay. . . , The sight of the dead airman Immediately brought out the best in the men, who decided they had no real cause for complaint and said that they would see there wis no more grumbling. . I The employer subsequently re ported that these men were now the best workmen he bad in his establishment and , the output of ships, which has always been good from , this particular port has increased considerably. J&V-- JOISRNAL Rrom a Window la Fleet sWeet MOPSYf- Wrlttea ss Tki Jtanul't UmUm BwmsJ LONDON, Decjll, i42, . i' (By Air Malt) A tfe-BORNE troops will play a .Vital role in this war, glider pilots are drawn from Army personnel but tralnedhby R-A.J, instructors. .All -are volunteers, some, officers but inosi of them from 'the ranks. Medical and educational standards are much the. same as for R.A.F. pilots. Ibut glidfr , pilots remain soldiers and wear khaki uniforms. . ! Iifithe Elementary Flying Triin-' lng ..School they learn to fly light power aircraft including night flying. This is the stage during which unsuitable men are! weeded out At the Glider Training School they ; learn to fly on tow. when to cast off the tow rope, the best position in. relation to the sup-stream of the "tug"; They also leant perfect landing approach. There is no -second chance with glidefs. Night gliding, low altitude release, formation gliding; "live" loads! and controlled dives form part jof the curriculum. Ballastiis usually substituted lor a5 ;"livVt load, but the machine is of the troopi-carrying class, and has dual control. ; r v ? . ' f-'!.1 : A clider beina noiseless, in structor and pupil can talk freely. After, about ten trips, the pupil makes his first solo flight At this iine iuu carries a paracnie. The pilot receives his "wings" on completing this course, Snd all non xmmissioned pilots fake sergeant's rank. There is ja finil advanced stage, with more ambitious flights and. tows up! to .130 miles.? Many ' of . the instructors were members of the London Glid ing Club. Others are Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealaaders. , What Gliders Can De. j RELEASED a 10,000 feet up,: a glider can travel 30 miles and comein hedge-high at 170. m.pjt. It U not easily destrucUble, being made? of -wood, with no engine; bombs or fuel. It is not a hlglijy finished weapon, making probably only one operational journey, and mass production is eap. 4 iJ cheap. lit greai aavaniage is ui ianq ing of a compact body of men iq small space ready to function 4 a, fighting unit . In action, of course; both tugs and gliders need fighter escort The speed of the tug ' when j towing is reduced by only about 12 m.p.h. Gliders are air-borne before the tug ; leaves the ground. Our gliders have ah undercarriage : which can e be droppfd after take-off and are equipped with a strong skid like ship's keel. . ; - !j - v.;.i!f The glider lands by manoeuvring cross-wind to a few hundred feel above ground, and it turns into the wjnd, using - full flaps, andJ does i- steep dive untu ju above the ground. Gliders can achieve "hedge-hopping"; at very low levels. The Hotspur .1 Is the best known British glider, and the Hotspur II, a mid-wing troopf carrying gilder of wood,? it mads by several aircraft companies even including furniture makers. Its cost is about 1.600, normal towing1, speed 00 m.pJi., and land! ing speed about 80 m.pJu j; Oer Paratroops.! Fwas Leonardo, da Vinci in the . ...-r . . .... r . ... t: jbu century wno iirsi nao v parachnte idea. Thomas; Mastyni. n Englishman, designed, a para chute in 1777. But M. Blanchard, Vrenieh aeronaut, made the first successful .descent in 1793. Before the lasi war, Major Thomas Bald4 win,. an, American, designed the first unbraced silk - parachute and originated the vent which steadies descent and diminishes shock. In the last war, however, the; barachutsi was ' almost entirely a; safety measure for air pilots or ob- servatitai balloonists. The Russians were the first to get the idea; of using it as a means of attack.: Nearlyfien years ago their army: manoeuvres included parachute: troops.Fi The Germans exploited! that ideja in Poland, Norway, Holland and Crete. British paratroops use semi-automatic parachutes which begin to open within a second of leaving the 'plane. They: way. are normally , dropped as low as from 200 to 1400 feet .and their major role is to act as a spearhead in battle, capturing key positions. They undergo a severe medical test, and most of them are single men between the ages of 19 and 32.1 They include athletes, acro bats, tradesmen; of every kind, and: men from professional and academie life; : They must - be quick-witted, I good map ' readers, know the stars, and their training includes foreign languages. , . Expert! and Tough. LL paratroops are weapon perts, with a high standard of marksmanship. They j undergo a strenuous course of special exer cises. ! Ankle muscles are harden ed by skipping and jumping. The force of a parachute landing is equivalent i to a standing" jump from a ten-foot walL l These jumps are i- practised eventually with ' the eyes shut The paratrooper also jumps, both backwards and forwards, from lorry' travelling at 13 m.p.h., and all exercises are practised in dark ness as well as in, daylight. The technique of landing and falling in full kit without injury , is taught and 'a fully trained parachutist can land on his feet and fire his auto matic simultaneously. The para troop ; course includes ju-jitsu, hand-to-hand combat long marches across unknown country, and f swimming rivers with - full equipment. -: I 'v '' -"Wv V-; The. final stage is 'plane jump? ing by teams of two, four, six and ten men., Quick- succession of jumps ensures close formation on the ground. Men must learn to land "soft" in high winds, and quickly spill the air out of their parachute to avoid being dragged across country at 40 m.p.h. Our men take about two seconds on the drop, They wear boots soled with crepe rubber,, ankle gaiters and special knee pads, with a rubber- lined steel helmet. n;-:.- M..E. 8. C. '- ''." piESE Initials1 stand for Middle cast Supply Centre. . They represent a hitherto untrumpeted example of vision and efficiency. M.E.S.C. reviews and co-ordinates the joint resources and civilian requirerrtents, including raw ma terials for war j industries, of the Middle East territories. , . It was set up 'by the British Government in April, 1941, and its ambit includes Greece, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, , TransjOrdah, Cyprus, Aden, Syria, and Lebanon, Iraq, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, British somauiand, and Ethiopia. For certain purposes Turkey and Malta, ' as well as British East Africa, are also included. ME.S.C has therefore, to attend the needs of 80,000,000 people in j an area larger than Europe or the United states.-; -,.( ;-'.. !' At first its personnel was en tirely British, but early this Sum mer the U.SA. sent a representa- uve in the person of Mr. Fred erick Wlnant brother of the Amer ican, i Ambassador in t London. M.E.S.C. is the instrument for securing action throughout the Middle East on supply policy as a whole except for most "military upyucs yuu mci. it nas worjsca miracles, and will achieve still greater ones in the domain of pro ductive development r, Ottawa In 1917 trm Th Inml f bwratkar. IS, 1S1T. J AMES BEARMAN, a. Carleton county pioneer, for many years a' resident of Bell s Corners and one of the founders of Britannia Methodist . Church, died at his home, 114 Carting avenue, aged 88. .t.-V. ' . v-c;--: - With' an official 25 below; Ot tawa had the coldest mid-Decem ber day in its history. -j I -.v: : King George and the Prince of Wales t were; contributors I to .the fund for the relief of Halifax ex plosion victims. V i '';) British 'forces : under General Allenby -entered Jerusalem, from which the Turks had fled. V - Peace negotiations between Ger mans and Russians were .under By Gladys Parker iDARN ittheceNstbbsome- ( IMIN6 WP0MG WITH THIS SKATING, J mm, THIS IS THB SIXTH TIME pS--lVg SlIPPEP ! , Other Views EAKLT SHOPPING. . Brockville Recorder and Times. Early Christmas shopping- is mora sensible -i this .'year than ever because of 1 war-depleted sales staffs in many stores and stocks of goods ' that are not al ways too plentiful. Shopping on foot - is i also being recommended by many merchants "to save gas oline, ease the load on, transpor tation facilities : and 1 send you heme with color' in your cheeks'. "Carry ihome all the parcels you canand "buy only necessities' are other hints for current Christ mas shopping. ' OUGIN OP THE gPITFIKE. '-.. ' London Spectator. ', ? . 'Who decided on the Spitfire? While Lord Castlereagh's fiUal loyalty i in submitting that his father 'Lord" ! Londonderry, ' was largely responsible for introduc ing the fighter aeroplane which sav ed Britain can be appreciated, the claims of another Air Minis' ter must not go by default because he happens to be away in Africa. Surely it was Lord . Swinton who adopted as the standard fighter the Spitfire j that won the Battle ', Of Britain. I . To ; that ' decision more than any other the salvation of this isiana was cue, i .-. CBC MONOPOLV. . Toronto Globe and MaiL ,' Put it this way: Supposing; the Government assumed a monopoly in newspaper publishing, financed by the people's pocketbook, issued a newspaper and distributed it to every borne, requiring each householder by law to pay an annual subscription fee, and forbade the use of its columns to any one dis agreeing with its policies. Would mis not be a. parallel of the radio monopoly? : With radio used thus, is gone. There is no freedom of speech. Freedom of thought is frowned i down. 5 We are dominated by totalitarianism. ? . Are the newspapers and inde pendent public men going to per mit .this condition , to continue? Or will they rise up and fight for the freedom that is even now in its last gasp? 1 l MX. BRACKEN. Winnipeg Tribune; ; Before : the Conservatives and before Mr. Bracken's Progressives there lies a shining opportunity of national service in the war ef fort and in . the reconstruction after victory, 1 Community of thought between progressive Con servatives and Mr. Bracken is evi dent. It is equally evident-that Premier Bracken is the one leader who can successfully head a Progressive-Conservative party can- able of providing a real alternative to the present Government - ;With a dynamic middle-of-the road program, cutting clean '- be tween" the reactionary caution of uie uoerais ana the bureaucratic socialism of - the CCF., Premier John Bracken as leader would be Canada'a man of the hour. - Jt would be a tragedy if the national interest and the evident desire of so many delegates were to De in waned because of a fail ure, to work out mere matters of procedure. ; t .t f IAN'MeNAVGHTON. y 3. B. B. writes in the . T 1 tmi .. .'. ; i unaqn iiunes. ; By the death In action f Tm McNaughton Canada has lost a son or unusual promise. Quit apart from his technical skill as a pilot which ; stood -out even among a group .of brilliant young Canadian airmen! (his promotion to squadron leader was announced In the early SnrinO. he showed qualities which the rising genera tion, u u is to play 1U part worthily in Post-war CanadV will snr Jy need. ' j --; -j a----, First - he possessed a aounil judgment 1 altogether beyond his years. Secondly," he possessed great tenacity of purpose,, admirably exemplified j by his deter mination that once having ferried a 'plane over to this country he would stay here and fight' Permission to do this was eventually granted entirely owing to his own exertions -and quiet persistence. Thirdly, he .possessed that most priceless of qualities, whether in peace or in war utter reliability, which caused him to stand like a rock ( amid the ahiftmg sands of circumstance. What he said he would do he did, down to the smallest detail. To these --characteristics must be added. ; an intensely sympathetic and lovable nature, salted with a healthy sense of humor deliriously dry and; at times caustic. No paragon of virtue was this young man he would have snorted at the very idea but just an out standing type of Canadian. FRIDAY,. .DECEMBER'.!!, 1M A Matter , , For Sir Lyman To Decide' ALTHOUGH, be. is' approaching: . his' 78th birthdajr; Vm and the fates have dealt kindly with Sir Lyman Duff, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, a circumstance reflected in 1 brilliant intellect and a fine judicial mind which embrace with absorbing interest the! moving scene of these; days. His retirement from! his exalted position is expected early in the New Yea; but suggestion persists in Ottawa that be may be persuaded to postpone for a little while longer the temptation to lay aside the Important duties of the high office which be has filled, with such distinction. While the younger members of the legal profession did not come into personal contact with' Mr. Justice Duff when be was in British Columbia, the older generation remember him not only for his fine personal qualities but also for an apparently inexhaustible fund of ripe judgment on which all were- permitted to draw without aunt ., j ". -""v Victoria, of course, has a pe-dal interest in and regard for the chief of Canada's highest tribunal: it was in this city that he. laid the foundations I for the career which has carried him to the high est plnacle of the calling of his choice. Erom the middle of the final decade of the last century as a member of the firm ef Bod-weU It Duff until his appointment as a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in. 1904. he practised in this city, hie ele vation to the Supreme JCourt of Canada two years later reflecting an arresting tribute to the enviable reputation he had won for himself. The country he had served with such outstanding abil ity and distinction .paid its finest compliment to his record when it invited him in 1933 to the exalted position which he would now like to vacate for the leas strenuous ' task of writing his memoirs. The prospect of his retirement however, causes The Ottawa Jour nal to wonder if the nation's gratitude for the work of this emi nent and intemationally-ienowB-ed jurist would be best reflected in a request to a man en the eve -of the attainment of his 78th birthday to. continue to bear the heavy responsibilities and exactions inherent in the post ef Chief Justice of the Supreme Court The point obviously is well taken; and if Sir Lyman feels the urge and has the; mclinatiop to commit his wide experience on the bench, his intimate under- - standing of Canadian .life ia a3 lis mooos, to the , wrtttm word, there should be some hesitation in applying an official persuasive ness to which his; high sense ef public duty might compel him to succumb. We agree with the Ottawa newspaper j that this Is a matter : His Lordship should be allowed to decide lor himself. . Sir Lyman has held high office ' during two major wars and dur ing an interregnum which" has been marked by numerous poUfa- : cai, social and economic vicissitudes, i In his earlier years he participated in the Columbian and Western Land inqury and ably - conducted British Columbia's case . in the Pcadman s 1 Island trial both noteworthy "pioneer" issues at the turn of the; century. In 1903 he was counsel with Ron. Edward Blake, K.C., representing Canada before the Alaskan Boundary Commission, one of the his toric cases in international arbi tration.' Shortly before, his elevation to the position, he now occupies he ably acquitted himself as chairman of the; Royal Commission on transportation, " With such a background, there fore, it is small wonder that Sir Lyman should desire to draw on his broad experiences and leave to the land he has served so faithfully and well an Intellectual epilogue to enrich Canadian literature in general - and ' Canadian jurisprudence in particular. Lighter jVein Marooned in a country station. two passengers got talking. "Yes, I was once ja grocer's assistant- earning S10 fa week, re marked the younger man. "But like so many others, jl fell ia with a gambling crowd land "Yes, ! yes, I know", said the . other sadly. "You were tempted to take money that did not belong to you.! , ? - : "Oh. no? I won enough la a month to buy the shop." : . : So Why Envy the Reeve? YfITH Br bra C. B, VuIiml la ia Tr (Oai.) the end of this year the trying and humorous' experiences. seW'of the Leader will have .. served his native municipality tor ti m toct b fe. eight years, two as councillor and mo(t superhuman man. if he is .iv rwvt. Wt shall always to clease everyone, ! which isnt carry pleasant memories of those possible. Our latest j request was years, in which we have been in to collect a cltixen's debt as if the service of our fellow citizens, we haven't enough trouble coW and if in your opinion, we have .lecting our own. Another experi-irivan vou a semblance of good ence was our lot sometime ago. government that la pur reward tor when, because we refused to show services rendered, t - ' a ciuzen isvonusro. at um - ; To most citizens the position la pense of the taxpayer, we lost looked upon as an honorary one, his friendship.; but to us, it has been anything but These are only aj few of the that; we felt it was a duty, how- trials and tribulations which the ever poorly; transacted, and one head of s municipality haa to beer, we owed to the loveliest village in all because he is trying to serve the county. It is not a position his citizens as a whole end not to be envied, taking much time individually. However, wtuui we that should be devoted to our own give up the reins of government, business, along with the heart- either by defeat or retirement our arhea of trvlna to finance village conscience will be clear,, ia the affairs so that taxation would not fact that we feared neither triand be a -heavy drain on the purse of nor foe and did our .duty by the our citizens. We have had many majority 01 citizens. . t: i