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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbttdge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, August 17, 1973 PAGES 23-28 NIGHT OUT Cowboys still paint town red on Saturday nights .but oh, those Sundays CAMERON, Mont. He was called a waddie, a buckaroo or a ranahan. He lived with cattle for weeks at a time. He had no radio, no television and no pick-up truck. A saddle was' his home, his pillow and his prized possession. He was, of course, the much- fabled, American cowboy. And while most everything about bis lonely life has changed over the decades, one thing has not: Saturday night in town. Across the west on these sum- mer Saturday nights, thous- ands of cowhands doff their work duds, shower, shave, put en their clean hat and maybe even splash on a little cologne. Then they hop in a pick-up truck and take the dirt road to town for what is referred to as "a little partying." Sunup It involves bravado, boasting, brawling, tall-tale telling and prodigious consumption of al- cohol. It goes on till sunup. It is much beloved. And, the cow- boys claim, it is relaxing. "Whoooeeee, ain't this some Chuck Armitage shouted as he whirled around the dance floor minus his part- ner. Like many persons here the other Saturday night, Armftage was not quite up to an inter- view. But friends said he was the owner of the Blue Moon saloon, ttie largest structure here in what Doc Holliday might have called a one-cow town. Six nights a week Cameron is the kind of town where coyote births would be front-page news. If there was a newspaper. Which there isn't. Cameron is generations away from Deadwood, S.D., Tomb- stone, Ariz., or Dodge City, Kan., where Marshal Earp took on early day cowhands on countless Saturday nights. Today however, the law has the good sense to stay out of this town on Saturday night. Instead, the police sit in their patrol cars waiting for the cow- boys to weave their 300-horse- power buggies down the high- way where to this day there is no speed limit. Prominence Saturday evening achieved its prominence in the west be- cause it marks the end of the arduous, six-day week with days that can begin at 4 a.m. and end around 10 p.m. As Cecil Klatt, head of the nearby Diamond J. Bjanch put it, "There is only once a week that you don't have to work tomor- row." For some people Sunday is a day of worship or rest. But for the cowboys, Sunday is a day of recovery. The Saturday fun officially begins after dinner at 6 p.m. Madfison County's cowhands got a jump on the good times the other week because a local car dealer bought the grub enough beef for a giant barbe- cue as a sort of thank you for past business. Word of the festivities had spread throughout the area. There were even posters in the Long Branch Saloon and Mr. Ed's, competing bars in En- nis, 12 miles up the road. Those bars, which were all but desert- ed the other night, knew their turn would come, perhaps this week. By 8 p.m. the party at the Blue Moon Saloon was well under way. Jeeps, cars and trucks lined the highway while the crowds spilled out of the false-fronted bar into t h e night. Outing John Bausch, a brawny ran- cher who raises 600 head of cat- tle on acres of land 19 miles from, here, had just com- pleted baling 1.500 bales of hay, the vital crop that will carry his herd through the Montana winter. But first he rose at a.m. to move his herd to fresh grass before the heat and flies got bad. "This is our first outing off the ranch all said his wife, Donna. "Out here, you know, work comes before pleasure." She had Cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the ranch all 15 of them. But, she added, "until you ring the bell you never really know how many feet you will have under your table." Much laughter and the sounds of The Montanans two electric guitars and a piano burst through the door. Fif- teen couples were dancing a polka in a space the size of a living room, Foreigners The women wore long dress- es, hot pants or slacks. The men wore plaid shirts, jeans and, of course, hats. The beer and scotch were flowing fast. "Do you know wbat's wrong with this a cowboy told a visitor for the fifth time, "There's too many foreigners here like you. That's what wrong. Why there's even some folk from Californy foreigners." "In the said Tim Gross, a cowhand, "You can fire a cannon down the street and not hurt anyone. But not on a summer Saturday." THE NEW 1974 2 Stroke Endures FROM HONDA SHOWN IS THE NEW HONDA MT 250 Quick powerful good enough to be a honda the MT-250 and MT-125 enduros .now at LETH- BRIDGE HONDA 1 Some manufacturers believe you start with an enduro then, modify it into a moto- cross racer. But the people at Honda proved them wrong with the introduction of the MT-250 and MT-125, just arrived at LETHBRIDGE HONDA. Come in test ride the 1974 Honda two stroke enduros. They promise the best handling and most power for any snduro on the road today. MT 125 MT 250 Try 'em out today at LETHBRIDGE HONDA CENTRE 1117 2nd Aye. S. Phone 327-8889 CLOSED MONDAY Open Thursday and Friday Until 9 p.m. COLUMNIST'S NOTEBOOK By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Life is the weaver and memory of the tapestry it weaves. And what a wonderful tap- estry every human life is. It is a pageantry of heydays and grey days, tremulous mo- ments and dull years, idle dreams and transient agonies that seemed perpetual while they lasted. Compare a million of these tapestries. They all have a sameness to them odd pat- terns of spiteful hates, lonely lusts, lovely joys, grudges and forgivings but no two are exactly alike. Each memory tapestry has a subtle pattern of ite own that makes it sepa- rate from any other. Life has woven you an ex- tensive memory pattern if you can look back and remember when Lydia P i n k h a m was a household name, and a bottle with her picture on it was on the shelves of more U.S. homes than any other prod- uct. There were about as many people who ate peas with a knife as there were people who had become too high- toned to do so. Practically every small town had a speech-making atheist whose favorite crowd- drawing trick was to bold a dollar watch aloft and cry, "I dare God if there be a God to prove his existence by striking me dead within the nest minute." God usually was looking the other way much to the disappointment of the bystanders, who all hopefully waited for the blasphemer to be annihilated. About half of a houstinfe's energy in summer seemed to be spent in fighting or trying to get rid of houseflies. For getting rid of them on the front porch, there was nothing better than an agile old man in a wheelchair with a wire fly swatter. A mother had to serve bis- cuits or cornbread at every else what would the menfolk and kids have to sop up the bacon grease or gravy with? Only rich men or dudes had a shirt laundered after wear- ing it just a single day. There were more husbands In America who slept in their underwear than in pajamas. It was fun at family reun- ions to listen to the grownups tell mellow tales about what life had been like when they were young. Their childhood seemed to have been much more thrilling than the one you were living. A juvenile delinquent was a kid who tried to hit songbirds with a slingshot. A good neighbor was a lady who lived next door and al- ways had a cup of whatever you needed to "borrow in an emergency. Those were the days re- member? 'Old lady still inspires passion PARIS (NBA) Once she was the tallest structure in the world, feet high and visi- ble from 30 miles away. To- day she is fast being dwarfed by the skyscrapers which have mushroomed around Paris dur- ing the last 10 years. Still, three million people a year tourists, school children and Frenchmen from the prov- inces visit the Eiffel Tower, now as ever the pride, of Paris. More than 400 people man the "old as tfcey call her, year in and year out, helping visitors ascend, descends sur- vey, photograph and marvel, and supplying them with food and drink, postcards, paper- weights and other souvenirs. The most important of the tower's vital functions rests in the hands of 63 black-uniformed men with T. E. (Tour Eiffel) embroidered on their collars. They are in charge of her four elevators. At each morn- ing, their chief, a former soldier from Corsica with a Napoleonic air, blows a shrill Wast on his whistle and assigns the day's duties. Many of the employees are old pensioners whose job is to pick up discarded tickets and paper wrappings outside the steps and elevators. The first platform of the tow- er is crowded with souvenir shops, snack bars and stands which are leased from the City of Paris, owner of the Eif- fel Tower since 1890. Two sisters, Madeleine Bre- ford and Yvonne Venneney, are in charge of all the souvenir shops which bring in about three million francs a year. They employ 50 people, includ- ing saleswomen and men who lend the telescopes "We never feel hemmed commented Madame Breford, "rather do we feel as though we own the horizon. The second platform b occu- pied by Madame Struck who has been there since 1936 and who, with her son Charles, op- erates the photo stands. "We photograph couples In front of the giant panorama of Paris and the tower. Otfoen come up here to buy the hu- morous pictures and postcards which are celebrated all over the world. This year we have seen an incredible number of Japanese." French television and radio crews occupy space on the third platform, which also boasts a small snack bar, souvenir shop and photographer. Only half the visitors ascend to the third and last stop. Before air pollution, you could pick out landmarks 50 miles away with the help o: telescopes. Now, the best time to view the panorama below is about an hour before sunset. "REAL TREASURE" CAN BE YOURS with Whltt't SEE TOUt LOCAL tULtt HIM AlOUf THE SUPH-SINSITIVI mi frttl Dttnttr, Designed for Mom9 Dad and the The CO1NMASTER M is lolid-statc Transmitter-Receiver, liglit-weignt, for cue of handling operation. Cold. Silver and Copper nuggtts, rings, coins, jewelry, guns, strong boxu and other meulfc foil MORE INrORMATION, TOUR HILDER'S TV MUSIC 310 9fh ST. S. PHONE 328-4224 A diet of dust, beef and beans sure gave a man a leathery thirst. And the best way to quench it way-back-then was Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner. It still is. For nearly half a century we've brewed it slow and easy for honest, old-time flavour. It was his style then, it's your style now. Round up a couple tonightl TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE ;