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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta August 1973 THE LETNDKIDOe HERALD 9 Lost continent of Atlantis stays lost By Chtrlei London commentator LOS ANGELES There are tome red faces at Vepperdir.e a wealthy liberal college in California. Look- ng for the lost continent of At- lantis is the cause. The moving spirt behind the enterprise was a 42-year-old Los Angeles Mrs. Maxine a mother of four children who lays claim to psychic insights. The East-talking Mrs. Asher had been interested in the Atlantis leg- end for some years before one of California's periodic earth- quakes knocked a volume from her shelves in 1971. It was a book on and to Mrs. Asher this was a sign from worlds unknown to .begin her mission. With crusading she set to founding the Mediterranean Research Asso- enlisting the support of various amiable academics and promoting her cause through a massive mailing of brochures. Soon she was ad- dressing gatherings of fellow- Calif ornians. simply know I'm going to find Mrs. Asher told her I am psychic. I've been searching out the un- recognized proofs of Atlantis for 12 years and at this time the vibrations are oh God they are I'd like as many of you as possible to with us on our expedition to the beautiful waters off Ca- Mrs. Asher declared she had sold her family's jewels worth of to get the adventure but that was not and she hit on a way to finance the search and make it into academic investi- gation as well. Having enlisted the aid of her former history Mr. Julian a member of the Los Angeles Board of she per- suaded the Pepperdine faculty to award summer school cred- its to students who would pay upwards of to go along. National coverage in the press and on television aroused further vibrations and before long Mrs. Asher's Ancient Re- search Association had more than 100 members. Some 40 of them including two Beverly Hills a few wealthy divorcees and plus a gaggle of students set off for the ancient seaport on Spain's Atlantic seaboard. Why in his dialogues mentions that Egyptian priests once possess- ed written evidence of is- land continent beyond the Pil- lars of Hercules called the heart of a great and won- derful And other leg- ends place it somewhere out be- yond the Straits of before it s an k beneath the perhaps centuries ago. Mrs. Aaber's vibra- tions told her that was the spot. will find Atlantis off Ca- diz because we are finally com bining scientific data with psy- chic she promised the being the discovery of ancient artifacts in the area in the past. Mrs. Asher who seems to have picked up some tips from the writings of Ed- gar another who foresaw the discovery of Atlantis off the Florida coast in the late sixties also re- vealed that the Atlantians were psychic but they became so negative in their thinking that they brought on their own The Spanish ministry of ed- ucation appeared willing to as- sist and sent along a young archaeologist to check on any finds. difficulties began to crop says one returned member of the group. couldn't get proper permits for the Civil Guard kept hanging around with ma- chine and we all sat about twiddling our thumbs. Mr. Nava left to return to Cal- ifornia within two days and never came Ean or no Mrs. Asher dispatched three of her stu- dents on an early morning armed with a map she had a camera and a copy of Plato's dialoguss. They found the spot she had indicat- bat a day's diving turned up no more than a few frag- ments of Roman columns. They drove back to the hotel. When Mrs. Asher called a press conference in Cadiz to an- nounce greatest discovery in the history of the the outlines of an ancient city on the no one was more surprised than the divers. Since her evidence consisted of a sin- gle obscure photograph of two skin-divers holding an indis- tinguishable object under wat- plus some sketches of walls and the Spaniards were unimpressed. Banning any further scuba- officials declared the ex- pedition to be in- and charged that it was a smokescreen for persons who intended to seek personal profit in detriment to the national Mrs. Asher promptly with all the mystery of the lost continent and later turn- ed up in where she re- fused to discuss the fiasco. The deans and dons of Pep- perdine are equally unwilling to talk about their venture into psychic but they do admit the institution is with- holding credit from the students who went along we have all the As for Mrs. she is re- portedly mounting a new this time along the coast of with a new group of students. After she in her irrepress- ible Cadiz was only the beginning of the search. we will find remnants of Atlantis all along the Atlan- tic The vibrations are still strong. Book Reviews Pre-history in pictures Before by Pro- fessor Z. V. illustrat- ed by Zdenek Btirian ford University Press. 228 102 full color illustra- An immediate impress i o a gained from this volume is that there must have been a subsidy of some books 11x9 with more than 100 full page color numerous other diagrams and all of high just don't sell for any more. The informative written by an outstanding Euro- pean makes this much more than a picture book. Pro- fessor Spinar starts with a very brief sketch of various theories of how life began on this from Kant and to Whipple and the modernists. He subscribes to the general notion of a planet some million years old- and follows the accepted sequence of Pre- Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras.. Each of these is broken into the ortho- with a time scale and a tabulation of the asso- ciated events and develop- ments. For each period there is a group of excellent color illus- in most cases repro- ductions of Burian's fine oil of the imagined land- scape and as they devel- the various forms of plant and animal life. For the Precambrian for only the terrain is except for the last plate which shows how the art- ist believes the first algae might have appeared. The Paleozoic era lends itself much more readily to illustra- tion. During the nearly 300 mil- lion years it life moved from primitive echinoderms and the first trac- es of vascular all the way to the earliest mammalian The American ronmerttal Protwstton Agency has OBSconBumptkm. It rates evwi 1973car sold in the U.S. Here Miiw per Qinon US. Gal. imp. Gil. 28.7 258 BuiekOpel............... 238 DodgsColl............... m Vdksv.jfien 217 Chwrol8lVegJ2300...... 2I.S Fcrd PintoWgon......... 212 208 MndaSedan............. IBS American MoSjn 1BO Ptymoulh Valiant DiV.er.... 179 1T.T Ford Muvericlt............ 163 Marcedes-Benz 220....... 16.2 American MoloriJavelln... 143 Chevrolet Nmn........... 128 Chevrolet Chavalit........ 11.8 Dodge Dart.............. 108 Ford Station Wagon....... 101 Plymouth Fury............ 97 Rolls-RoycB Silver Shsctow. 9 7 Chrysler Imperial.......... 62 Cadillac Eldorado......... 81 t3 35.9 333 29 B 28 1 27 2 26S 2S6 25 8 34 6 226 22 J 22 2 JO t 203 179 101 133 12- is 2 116 11 R 102 75 They found that a Datsurt 1200 goes further on a gallon of gas than any of the others. So If you drive a Datsun save money on and you'H bum a lot less of the fuel that causes mucrsotpurairpoliutlon. V yotiVe or if all you neallY need isaDatJun1200 DATSUN V jpgertious rfevlce DATSUN And you FOREIGN CAR LTD. reptiles and the giant carbonif- erous forests. A dozen or more plates show the the flora and as Burian en- visages them. The Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras are similarly though in keeping with com- paratively greater knowledge of these illustrations are more profuse and somewhat more detailed. It was some time during the Cenozoic era that the earliest ancestors of Man are believed to have according to conventional evolutionary the- and there no indication that Professor Spinar has any reservations about the evolution of Man from earlier primates. This is not a quite it was not intended to be one. A summary of the essential development of plant and animal life over billions of years cannot be more than the briefest synopsis of the princi- ple periods and what each is thought to have contributed. This Is such a and a truly good one. For the non- scholarly who wants a general idea of what his world probably was like in bygone it is difficult to see how this book could be bettered. J.W.F. Books in brief Summer by Alice Walworth G r a h am 296 The Summer Queen Is a nov- el of the life of Edward IV writ- ten by his cousin Cicely Bon- ville. It tells of the early life of his brothers and fam- ily. Also of the war between York and Lancaster and how Edward became King of Eng- land. It is a most Interesting story that depicts the life and pag- entry of 15th century England. It shows how royalty was mar- ried off to ensure peace with different nations. Also how chil- dren were puppets of their power-driven parents. Anyone interested in roman- tic English history would en- joy this book. It is a little slow reading at first as all the names and castles are intro- but later on it proves a very intriguing story. It is also a little sad as no sacrifice seemed too large for them to make to become the King or Queen of England. ELSIE GREY 1102 3rd Ave. South Tlwra more Ihtn 1300 Datsun dealers Cantda and the Unltnd States. Oxford Book of Chil- dren's Uni- versity 407 This is a delightful collection of 332 poems and verses from the Medieval age to the 20th Century. Some are written by world renowned others by anonymous ones. All are great. It is a most varied and amusing collection. The language used is easy to understand and the few 01 d Englisn words have their mean- ings explained at the bottom of the page. Some poems have a lesson to humorous experiences to and pray- ers and graces to learn. Some are just delightful nonsense. The selection is excellent. At the back of the book the authors and sources are with an index of authors and first lines and familiar titles of poems. In this way you can leek up authors and find out a Httle about their lives and the poems they have written. It is most Interesting to note that some of the best poems are written by authors who had little or no education. They were gifted with a talent for writing. I found the poems very re- freshing and am sure children and adults alike will find this book a pleasure to read. RIJ5TK Canadian Concerns By Peter local writer In the past few there has been a great deal of talk and writing about the need for interest in things Canadian. This has with keener awareness of the inroads of American influence in every sphere and with a well grounded ear that a Canadian identity is about to be extinguished if Canadians remain apathet- ic the economic and pressures which threaten it. for the vast majority of peo- ple in this the set of issues in- volved in this awakening is reduced almost wholly to fear of an American in the form of politico-economic domina- tion by an America whose expansionism has been severely checked by international and which has for long appear- ed to regard Canada as its Some Canadians do not appear to care about identity so long as colour TV and Carribean vacations are still so their concern does not exist at all. For many the problem tends to resolve itself into securing sufficient Canadian ownership and investment in industries to withstand the economic power of the United States. But concern with Canadian identity can- not be limited or even dominated anxiety to have Canadian capital instead of United States capital. The forces of stan- dardization in technological society are such that corporation capital everywhere destroys identity and true culture. Certain- it may be an improvement to have more Canadian but it should not be forgotten that Canadian capitalists are just as rapacious as their exemplars across the border. The current food-price crisis illus- trates the nature of the exploitation which big conglomerates and profit-worship al- ways inflict upon the ordinary folk whom they have at their mercy. The dull uniformity of urban life every- where is an inescapable product of indus- and the forces which destroy local variety and community have long been at work in Canada. Historic buildings disappear every small farms are re- garded as ghost-towns multi- local literary and firtistic efforts lack the fertile soil of historical and government and schooling all rush to consolidate with a Bismarckian ruthlessness. Here in the few people appear to care about the rich background of Eastern few appreciate the role of Irish and Scottish settlers and their descendants in developing a country which is an admirable blend of pioneering and high European traditions. Even fewer concern themselves with French many Albertans the young ex- hibit the prejudicies of their scorn even Catholic people being repel- led by the past fervor of the faith which brought the best in Quebec civilization to flower. Many people here prefer the flesb- pots of Las Vegas to wandering through the multi-hued and history-haunted regions of this immense and fascinating land. Com- ing closer to I find that If students I meet for the first time in ma- triculation classes even know the names ol major Canadian poets and includ- ing the most significant of the prairie nov- Frederick William Grove. Some re- member some vignettes of Canadian liter- ature from anthologies used in earlier but even this is decreasing as tha excellent readers which once blended the best of English work with the best of the Canadian have been replaced by more eph- emeral material. In developing interest in Canadian liter- ature and in major questions of Canadian I find that a blend of journalistic fiction and poetry can be effective even in a brief period. in any without being use of material drawn from the actual en- vironment of students encourages more viv- id and original writing. It was to participate In a new graduate program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education this sum- mer led by Roby Kidd of Canada's leading adult educators and pioneers of Ca- nadian involving research and seminars in Canadian Concerns. The work of the Canadian Studies group in Toronto promises to be very and its collaboration with the Canada Stud- ies Foundation and the Symons Commis- sion is one of the most enriching develop- ments in this field. Perhaps an increased emphasis on un- ique Canadian themes and Canadian ex- pression in every provided it is not narrowed down to neglect of the excellent whatever its will help to bring about a revival of those spontaneous efforts which gave to Canadian higher education in the past a distinctive character. It was the Ca- nadian experience that brought forth the wonderful work of St. Francis An- in co-operatives and adult educa- the literary riches of Christian humanism cf Quebec and the many other initiatives that made this coun- try a home of the teaching-orient- liberal arts university. Li a period when the autonomy of every education institu- tion is such a revival could produce some interesting enterprises. With- out Canada will hardly escape the man- agerial tyranny that stifles freedom. ANDY RUSSELL When the wind runs ivild WATERTON LAKES PARK It is the warm chinoolc winds of winter that keep the snow off the wild game ranges and makes cattle ranching much easier in what is normally the deep snow country of southwestern Alberta. It can be 40 below zero with deep snow blanketing the ground a time when the land is gripped in the iron cold fist of and men and ani- mals alike exist in a stark game of en- durance with the elements barely manag- ing to hold their own. Then in a few short the wind can shift out of the north- east into the warm and the temperatures lifting as much as 80 degrees. At such times the change is a change that can wipe out the snow in two or three days if the Chin- ook but if the warm spell is of short it can also be very damaging. Such a quick change of temperature ac- companied by fierce winds that reach vel- ocities of 80 to 100 miles per hour scorches the trees of mountain and lower foothill slopes. For when a tree goes into its sap is immobile and natural dehydration is not replaced by moisture from the roots. The frost turns it to ice and on a cold morning one can stand and listen to it snapping in the limbs and trunks. This does not hurt but when a warm chin- ook wind comes howling down off tae they thaw and dry out. K the wind persists long a great deal of dehydration a drying process tak- ing moisture from needles and limbs that cannot be replaced because the roots are still frozen- under an insulating blanket of snow and earth. During the winter of 1972-73 this was so that the needles of the conifers turned red in spring and the willows and cottonwoods did not leaf out normally. Many thousands of trees were killed and the scars of this unusual condition are still visible. Fortunately Chinook winds are not al- ways so fierce and when one comes in Feb- it is usually of sufficient duration to take most of the snow without doing any- thing but good. But such a thaw in Janu- especially during a cold is often short-lived and Is sometimes accompanied br rain. This freezes on too of the frosty snow in a glassy crust that can cut tha legs of -game and domesic stock making it very difficult for them to feed. When we used horses in the old I remember having to wrap the shins of forelegs in burlap to protect them. During such con- ditions in the winter of 1M647 thousands of pronghcrn antelope their legs cut to ribbons on a glassy crust on deep snow. Such a crust can sometimes cause un- expected complications difficult to antici- pate. Years when a two-foot blanket of new snow was topped by such a layer of ice-glass an eighth of an inch I had a startling experience. There were few phones in those days and important messages were often relayed from one ranch to another when conditions were tough. Such a message came from a a man by the name of Butcher of British who lived on the next place up the valley. I proceeded to deliver it on skis. Cross country skiing was excel- lent and in no time I was at a gate on top of a hill directly over his house. But when I was getting through the one ski came off and before I could grab it shot over the brow of the hill. Removing the I carried it down and in due course arrived at Butcher's door. His answer to my knock was unusually gruff and when I entered it was to find the place an utter shambles with broken window glass and scattered bits of food all over the floor and Butcher standing in the mid- dle of it. He had been eating breakfast by the win- dow when my ski came hurtling through it narrowly missing wiping his breakfast dishes off the table before glancing off tha stove and coining to rest against the oppo- site wall. Naturally Butcher was a bit put out and apart from being somewhat amazed. I was a bit astonished myself and was stumbling through some kind of when he stopped me with a wave of his band. could be a lot he said. might have been riding the damned And then we'd have had p. frightful mesa to clean ;