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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 40 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 14, 1974 External affairs office suggested for Pearson display By VICTOR MACK1E Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Why is the Pearson memorabilia and the recreation of his study from his Hockcliffe home jammed into two former bedrooms on the second floor of Laurier House? He deserves better. We are assured that this is only temporary. It is a makeshift home for photographs, cartoons, medals, his original design for the new Canadian Hag and the many, many other items that he kept around him in his study in his home where Lester Bowles Pearson. Canada's 14th prime minister spent his retirement years. To preserve these precious items so intimately connected with his career as secretary of state for external affiars and later prime minister, they have been placed in the possession of the National Archives. It has installed them in Laurier House, and opened the exhibit to the public last month. Located on Laurier Avenue East in Ottawa, Laurier House is the former residence of two prime ministers of Canada Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Rt. Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King. That hand- some old brick home is a favorite out-of-the-way spot for tourists to visit when they want to recapture history. There they can walk through the rooms and hallways that once echoed to the footsteps and voices of the two prime ministers and their guests both famous and lowly. Laurier lived there until his death in 1919. Lady Laurier. three years later on her death, bequeathed the proper- ty to Mr. King, Laurier's successor as leader of the Liberal party. Laurier House, as its name implies, is closely associated and linked to the lives of Sir Wilfrid and later became identified with Mr. King. A group of Mr. King's friends headed by Peter Larkin undertook to renovate the house com- pletely for Mr. King, before he took up residence. The hallways and several rooms were fitted with rich wood panelling. Contributions of pic- tures, china, silver and furniture added dignity and charm to the old home built in 1878 and destined to become a focal point for Canada's political life for over half a century. An elevator was installed to carry Mr. King to his attic study where his now famous crystal ball may still be seen. And there too is the picture of his mother complete with the light beside it which he always kept turned on to illuminate her features. The home is closely associated with Laurier and King. But Mr. Pearson had little connection with it except when visiting Mr. King there after he joined the department of external ffairs in 1928. In lasting tribute and memory to Mr. Pearson he deserves a building of his own that could house his many papers, books, awards and medals including the Nobel Peace Prize. His son Geoffrey Pearson, following his father's footsteps in external affairs, says that friends and associates of his father had proposed raising a fund to establish such a centre. But this was discouraged for the time being because the Pearson family at the present time is helping es- tablish the Pearson University at the West Coast. It is Geoffrey Pearson's understanding that locating the study in Laurier House was a tem- porary move by the Public Archives. Long range plans call for something more permanent and a more fitting location. But there is already in existence a more fitting and permanent location, rather than leaving the Pearson memorabilia in Laurier House in- definitely. That location is the Pearson building on Sussex Drive near the official prime ministerial residence. It is the new headquarters for the department of external affairs. Surely off its foyer to which the public can be admitted there could be set up a suite of rooms in which the study of Mr. Pearson could be recreated. What more fitting location than in the Pearson Building! And what better locale for Mr. Pearson's Novel Peace Prize medal and scroll, than the ex- ternal affairs building. Some people in government have raised objec- tions that it would attract too many tourists to the Pearson Building, which they say after all is the external affairs building. But surely Washington has the right idea where many of its imposing edifices have exhibits off the main foyer or just inside the main entrance of interest to the public. Mitchell Sharp who has just stepped down as secretary of state for external affairs, says the idea was never raised with him. He concedes it is an intriguing one. Perhaps his successor External Affairs Minister Alan MacEachen will take the matter under externalese for "think about take steps to move Mr. Pearson's study and his treasured memorabilia into its rightful place: the Pearson Building. CAPITOL FURNITURE and CARPETS SPECIALS ON CARPETS FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES NOT ALL ITEMS EXACTLY AS ILLUSTRATED C.E. DeJAGER We at Capitol, in order to Serve Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, The Pass and Fernie Area better, are expanding our show room and display space. Also we intend to carry stock in large quantity. As we have too many lines of supplies we are going to clear our stock. Here is your chance to save on many items. We cannot advertise all items, so we invite you the customer to come and look for yourself and meet our sales staff. n K 7 PIECE KITCHEN SUITE 1 TABLE 36" x 48" x 60" Walnut 6 CHAIRS Gold Cover Reg. SALE 2 TONED Gold, Red, Bronze, Green REG. 6.95 sq. yd. SALE SQ.YD. 100% NYLON RUBBER BACKED SHAG Assorted Colors REG. 12.95 sq. yd. SALE SQ.YD. NYLON SHAG Heavy Traffic, 4 colors REG. 13.95 sq. yd. SALE gf SQ.YD. 3 TONED LOOPED CARPET NYLON Gold only REG. 7.95 sq. yd. SALE SQ.YD. PRINTED PATTERNED RUBBER BACKED NYLON KITCHEN CARPET Assorted colors REG. 8.95 SALE SQ.YD. PIECE BEDROOM SUITE Walnut 60" Dresser and Mirror Chiffonier Headboard SALE......... NITETABLE EXTRA! B NYLON COLONIAL RUGS 67" x 103" Oval REG. 47.50 SALE ROOM SIZE AXMINSTER RUGS Red, Green, 9x12 REG. SALE [M' SPANISH BEDROOM SUITE Triple dresser, chiffonier, and queen size headboard. REG. SALE PANEL BEDS Walnut REG. SALE 5 DRAWER WALNUT CHIFFONIER REG. SALE sJildp i PIECE CHESTERFIELD and CHAIR Nylon Cover Cover Floating Spring Edge SALE......... SINGLE DRESSER and MIRROR REG. SALE TRIPLE DRESSER and MIRROR Walnut Reg. SALE 3 PIECE BEDROOM SUITE Panel Bed Double Dresser and Chiffonier Walnut REG. SALE 3 PIECE BEDROOM SUITE Panel Bed Single Dresser and Chiffonier Walnut REG. SALE 1 i DOUBLE DRESSER and MIRROR Walnut REG. SALE n CREDIT PUNS AVAILABLE! 100% NYLON 2 TONED SHEARED LUSTRE YARN CARPET Static control with Brunsmit. 4 colors: white, beige, red, gold. sq. yd. 4 O95 SALE................ W Sq. yd. 3 PIECE BEDROOM SUITE Panel Bed Triple Dresser and Chiffonier Walnut -s SALE Jf ALL PICTURES and LAMPS DISCOUNT 2 PIECE SPANISH CHESTERFIELD and CHAIR Black Vinyl REG. SALE WESTINGHOUSE 20" COLOR TV REG. SALE 2 PIECE CHESTERFIELD Nylon, assorted colors REG. SALE S 1 26" COLOR TV WESTINGHOUSE Automatic Picture Control Automatic Fine Tuning REG. SALE WESTINGHOUSE 16' CU. FT. REFRIGERATOR Frost free, white REG. C'A Sif' ,.Jj. PIECE KITCHEN SUITE 1 Walnut Table 36 x Chairs, REG. DELUXELAZYBOY RECLINER Assorted colors REG. SALE 19" BLACK WHITE TV REG. 179.95 WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC RANGE Fully automatic REG. SALE 3 PIECE CHESTERFIELD 2 Chairs and Chesterfield, Vinyl Cover Chestnut REG. W1" f'i SALE WESTINGHOUSE AUTOMATIC WASHER White, Heavy Duty, 5 Temperature Combinations REG. SALE S WESTINGHOUSE DRYER White, Heavy Duty REG. SALE 23" BLACK WHITE TV CONSOLE Westinghouse SALE POLYPROPYLENE SHORT SHAG Assorted Colors. Heavy Traffic. REG. 12.95 SQ.YD. SALE SQ.YD. PETS LT 326 5th Street South Phone 327-8578 9. u Thurs. and Fri. Nights ;