Published at the Hespeler, Ontario Plant of Dominion Woollens and Worsteds, Limited
SGT. JOHN UNGER
Killed in action August, 1944.
PTE. RONALD LAMB
Died of wounds received in action, on October 19th, 1944.
They gave their lives so that we who remain will build a better world for those who follow.
For something dearer, and for you!
Think in what cause we crossed the
Remember he who fails the challenge
Fails us too.
Wren Bugler Adds New Note To Old Refrain—Buy BondsHow often do you, who comb the fleece, spin the yarn and weave the cloth, ever think of our raw material other than in terms of bulky bales bearing mysterious markings and symbols? We revere the inventors of basic textile machinery and marvel at modern improvements but how much credit do we give to those rugged gentlemen who, since the beginning of time, have striven to improve sheep and its wool for specific purposes. While the shepherds tending their flocks by night on the hills of Bethlehem heard “the good tidings of great joy,” sheep raising was a thriving industry. Centuries before, old Abraham had “prospered in the Lord” through his great flocks and herds. The ancient Babylonian spun and wove in his humble home. The arrogant Roman flourished his gorgeous woolen toga—his summer lightweight or his winter heavyweight. In the beginning, the sheep was covered with hair. His wool was merely a soft down next to the skin. Through the years, breeders gradually eliminated the hair and developed coarse wool and fine wool types of sheep. Eventually each country had its own strains and each strain its own colorful history, its peculiar users and its loyal supporters. No sheep, however, has had a more interesting past than the Australian Merino. His ancestors came from Spain. The Spanish Merino was the outcome of various fine wool sheep brought in from Asia, Africa, Greece and Rome by the Phoenicians hundreds of years before Christ. Gradually, the flocks became migratory, always travelling with the seasons. Constant movement developed hardiness in the strain. Constant warmth resulted in fine long fleece since it caused the body oils to penetrate to the very tips of the wool fibres, keeping them fine and pliant and preventing breakage from dryness. So valuable did these sheep become during the eighteenth century that to take one out of the country was punishable by death. But smuggling was rampant. In addition, most of the European royalty were related to the Spanish king and were not loath to ask for these bearers of the “golden fleece” in return for political favours. Eventually Merino blood found its way into the flocks of Europe. It is said that one flock of three hundred sheep obtained by the Elector of Saxony in 1765 produced, under the excellent care of a Saxon shepherd, the finest fleeces the world has ever known. The Spanish Merino was introduced into Australia in 1764 by the first man to cultivate land in the Colony, a Captain McArthur. He had been astonished to see the influences of climate and herbage on the fleece of some coarse-haired Indian sheep he was raising for mutton. Today Australia has more than a hundred million heads of sheep and many of the flocks have maintained their identity for over a hundred years. And so, when you speak of top, of yarn and of cloth, think occasionally of the sheep and his background. Think, too of our Canadian experimenters who labor unceasingly to produce good wool in spite of the intense fibre-breaking cold of our climate and who succeed amazingly well. And where does the Merino fit into their plans? One of the most successful strains they have produced is a cross between the Romney Marsh, a hardy sheep of true British origin and the French Rambouillet which is the direct descendant—you guessed it—of the Spanish Merino.
Ambassadors of the Seventh
Karl Homuth introduced Capt. G. E. Jackson and Leading Wren Purvey who assisted at the opening of the Seventh Victory Loan Campaign.
D. W. & W. ENLISTMENTS
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RECREATION CLUB NEWS
Musical Society Dunks
With the lifting of restrictions on coffee, one of the lost arts was revived at a recent practice of the Musical Society, that of dunking doughnuts in coffee. From what we can gather the evening with one of the most successful so far. Everyone present enjoyed the surprise feed put on by the committee in charge.
With six practices gone the organization is beginning to show the result of their endeavours. Some employees are still backward about turning out to these practices. You are all welcome It is hoped to be able to put on a concert in the near future, so if you are not already in, turn out next Wednesday, before it is too late.
Did you ever see a dream walking? Well we did. Yes, it was at the Hallowe’en dance. The evening started off very quietly, first a highlander turned up, then it was a little old lady, then Santa Claus, after that came a most peculiar creature, then a stream of characters came representing past, present and odd situations.
Prizes were given at the grand march. Kay Peters took the best lady’s, George Bailey the best man’s. Alice Oliver for the funniest lady’s and Fred Humphreys and Ernie Hartrick combined to take the funniest man’s.
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HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
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Ralph Tanton surveys his handiwork. View full image.
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