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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ins Rabin shooting permits taboo OTTAWA Blueberry growers in New Brunswick wiii not be issued permits to shoot robins on their Environ- John Diefenbaker called on the government to end the shooting of robins Blueberry farmers in the 11 been ment Minister Jack Davis says. Mr. Davis said his staff is uMf tn issued federal permits to shoot recommending other w a y s to Uat Qn thelr crops discourage the robins such as makers or bird calls One grower said he shot birds last year dears GASOLINE EVERYDAY LOW PRICE 479 Regular 529 Premium V Use Your Simpsons-Sears Charaft Gallon Being invited to tea in China singular honor China This idyllic village is known best as the birthplace of Chairman but at least of the visitors who have parsed this way recently will remem- ber it most fondly for the hos- pitality of another father of a peasant family that lives By JOHN special to The Herald beside a deep and fertile valley formed by the neighboring hills. It is no part of Mao Yuan- yang's job to entertain foreign- but the distinction was soon forgotten when we met him wheeling his barrow along the road that winds beyond the village. Falling into conversa- we found ourselves invit- ed to visit his home and what followed was the happiest moment of our visit to Shao- shan. It was nearmg dusk of an early summer's and we had taken leave of our official guides to walk along amid the natural beauty and tranquillity of the village. To the the sun had spread a purple canopy out against the so it was in that towards the that we chose to wander. Past the department store and the vehicle repair the road headed out among the rice pad- stretching like a green carpet to the hills. With the last of the light most of the peasants had already made their way but here and beneath cone-shaped straw small children could be seen hard at weeding. The was all but deserted. Now and then a lone bicyclist would pedal his tires hissing in the moisture left over from an afternoon but otherwise we had nobody between ourselves and the hills but two distant one a man wheeling a barrow and the beside him. a child. Quickening our u.e j eventually caught up. The I pleasant while the dwarfed by a straw hat almost as big as gazed at us in toothless wonder We fell to mostly about simply and discovered that the father and son. were returning home after sel- ling the family's three pigs to the butcher The man had some and it did not take after we had identified ourselves as Canadians from Betbune's he ex- claimed for him to invite is home for slipper we had a prior to eat with our but happily ac- cepted when he suggested that we come for a cup of tea in- stead. NOT COMMONVLACE Such a simple thing as a spontaneous invitation to visit j a stranger's home might seem commonplace to somebody who has not lived in that it is in a land where great care is taken to regulate foreig- ners' contacts with ordinary can best be gauged from the fact that no similar in- vitation had come our way in more than two years Mao Yuan-yang. for so he had introduced led the on down the road for an- other half mile or then turn ed off along a steep and muddy path that headed up into the hil's. Not far the path gave onto a cluster of substan- tial mud-walled and i was before one of these that our host halted. In style and in the home was much like that in which the Chairman was across the other side of the vil- lage mustard with a bare earth floor and a thatch- ed looking out across fertile gully to a pine- forested ridge on the other side. 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After a five-year stint as a common soldier in the southern city of he returned to the village in married a girl he had known since settled down RELATED TO MAO With the family's chickens scratching at our feet and the oldest of the boys mischievous- ly puffing at his father's cig- oui nost on to tell us that he was a member of the Shao Yang Production Team of the Shaoshan Production Bri- and that his with a red star over the was once the team's canteen. Apart from working in the rice participating in local militia training and tend- ing to his small private Mao told us he found time to raise which he kept in a pen at the back of the house. In this he could supple- ment the family's meagre in- as well as promoting the common interests of the team. both as a source of' meat and of are a' major factor In Chinese pea- sant life. Chairman Mao him- self has described the pig as natural fertilizer and urged peasants to breed as many as so it is a rare family that has no pig. The Mao larger than breeds three at a buying them from the state as piglets and selling them back when they have grown large enough for slaughter. In addi- tion to the cash realized by the sale to for a healthy the family earns extra cotton ration and a spe- cial grain allowance for pig fodder. The doing their share supplement the fodder allowance by collecting weeds and other unwanted to it is as much a busi- ness as it is for their who guffawed at his guest's suggestion that the children might develop a sentimental at- tachment to the and be reluctant to see them go to slaughter. In where 60 per cent of the villagers go by the family name of there are said to be no living members of the Chairman's immediate family. But it seemed sensible to before setting off on our walk back to the whether our host was in any way related to the Chairman- Well he he but the link went back many gener- in that many vil- lagers were related to the Chairman's family. Speaking for he had never seen the great since the Chairman's last visit to Shao- shan. his first in more than 30 came in when he was doing his service in t h e PLA. On the road to Shoashan Mao Yuan-yana and his son ;