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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Touched by the sun The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Photo by Bill GrOenen Rook reviews Exposing the smudge on the red tunics Unauthorized History of the by Lome and Caroline Brown Lew- Is and At a time when Canadian taxpayers appear willing to ac- cept federal and provincial gov- ernment decisions to spend mil- lions of dollars to the scarlet red's 100th anniversary celebra- because the force stands for everything that is hon- est and free in our native the authors of this book step forward and shove 182 pages of eye-openers right through our patriotic blinds. In a year of Canadian smug- ness during which we have scoffed at the illegal activities of American officials in the Watergate authors Caroline and Lome Brown have found enough evidence to indi- cate the RCMP has been con- cealing its own Watergate-type acts for the past 100 years. The authors claim to be put- ting on record a part of history that was left out of school his- tory books and other books written by pro-RCMP authors. I don't expect it was too diffi- cult for them to find contro- versial history of the force not included in previous history books because anything detri- mental about the RCMP cer- tainly didn't appear in print -ior to the sixties for fear of reprimand if not from the force certainly from the public. As I remember my school textbooks always presented the RCMP as a combination of good old England's knight in shining armor and America's Wyatt Earp. Obviously the Browns got wind of the call of the seventies and flapped then- left wings in an effort to board the band wagon that is rapidly circling North America in the form of books and films. The new trend appears set on informing the misinformed that good old teach and the cata- logue of dates and brief explan- ations of our historic past we so willingly packed to and from our place of learning each day led us down a path of naivete where all history makers of yesteryear were good Samar- itans. We are gradually being in- formed that Mr. Ouster wasn't as sweet as American sol- diers aren't necessarily all- American dream boys and poli- ticians can do the shift as smoothly as any con. It hasn't been too difficult for Canadians to accept a revision of some American but to indicate in any way that the RCMP are actually human and make mistakes is an offence against all that is Canadian. Because of their pompous at- titude most Canadians won't likely accept anything the au- thors have written in this book even though it is based on docu- mented material. Who for dis- card present government pub- licity indicating the North West Mounted Police were formed in 1873 to stop illegal whiskey _ _ m _ _ A sion of the force being organiz- ed to assert the authority of the federal government over the native inhabitants of the coun- try. The book also presents evi- dence of the force being used many times to defend corpor- ate interests. Still not about to hide your centennial medallion old Then apply this police corrup- tion tarnish to it. L. W. commissioner of the NWMP in the 1880s faced 137 charges for illegal activi- ties while in office. They in- cluded travelling on railway passes and then charging the public for the price of the acting with falsifying reports and lying to the gov- ernment and influencing offi- cers to oppose a particular can- didate in a federal election. There were complain ts against NWMP members for spreading venereal disease among Indians. Internal mismanagement and dissatisfaction drove some NWMP members to the point of organized protest and virtu- al mutiny. The force sentenced many of its deserters to one year in jail. The book portrays the RCMP as bsing a political force throughout its history as the NWMP. Royal North West Mounted Police and fin- ally the RCMP For in 1919 the RNWMP commissioner made speeches denouncing strikes. the force jailed the edi- tor of a labor paper and ban- ned the paper. The RNWMP also rode through a crowd of strikers swinging baseball bats and later fired their revolvers into the crowd killing two persons and wounding dozens in- cluding bystanders. When the RNWMP finally changed its name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police the old image still remained be- cause of similar police brutality and corruption. In British Columbia in 1935 a picket line of miners' wives was broken up when police or- dered a bulldozer into the ga- thering resulting in several wo- men receiving broken arms and legs. In three min- ers ware killed by police bul- lets and eight others injured when the RCMP attempted to break up another strike in the 1930s. The Regina Riot and the Win- nipeg General where more laborers were are other worker-police conflicts described in the book. The authors claim a full de- scription of police brutality dur- ing the 1930s would fill an en- tire book so they just described the major police attacks on strikers. A more likely explanation of the authors failure to supply more information on police bru- tality during tha strikes and of other incidences of corruption in the would be their time in order to have the book on book stands during the RCMP's centennial celebra- tions. The authors do an excellent job of presenting the reader with another version of the force's first years of operation and not too bad a presentation of the police brutality in the 1920s and but from that point on it's a flop. The latter part of the book documents RCMP involvement in two re- Biblical copper mines Copper by Bcno Rolhenberg aud S23.50. 248 dis- tributed by Oxford University Reference to the Bible is slight in this which makes the title somewhat mis- leading. In spite of traditional associations of King Solomon with the as the general editor of this series of books on archaeology point the great Hebrew king is probably most eminent absentee from the archaeological Author Rothenberg makes one enigmatic observa t i o n about the bearing of his ex- plorations on the Bible. He says that the discovery of an Egyp- tian presence at Timna in the thirteenth century raises many problems. be require reconsideration of the factual foundations of current Bible interpretations and his- torical concepts regarding the But he fails to say why. I suppose that since the Egyptians were mining in the Arabah the Hebrews would not have as completely eluded them as the Bible suggests. Yet most biblical interpreters allow for a large degree of embellishment around a relatively slight his- torical event at any rate. Aside from the disappoint- ment that so little in the ar- chaeological investigation prov- ed to have relevance to the this is an interesting report. It was discovered that copper was mined and process- ed at Timna over a period of 6000 years from the fourth mil- lenium BC to Roman times. Timna is in the about 19 miles north of the Gulf of Elat-Aquaba. As usual in this the book is beautifuly put together with copious drawings and photo- graphs in both black and white and color. All archaeology buffs would find this a rewarding book to examine. DOUG WALKER cent cases of police action that resulted in unnecessary but that is about the extent of their investigation into RCMP activities of the last 30 years. Even though the book's con- tent weakens at it still provides enough impact to shock those of us who studied the chocolate-coated history of the RCMP. Most of the abuse tossed in the direction of police forces in recent years has been aimed at the city police forces across the nation with the RCMP usually remaining at a distance smell- ing as fresh and innocent as the wild Alberta rose in the minds of the public. This book slightly wilts the force's rosy but it certainly doesn't destroy m y opinion that it still is one of the finest police forces in the world. the authors will convince some people that -the RCMP is made up of human beings who make mistakes rather than some fairytale heroes who are beyond the realm of wrong-doing. The RCMP might also dis- cover that it is much wiser to reveal one's mistakes and then set out to correct them publicly than to deny them. Secrecy can lead to suspicion and then dis- trust if first released in books like this one. JIM GRANT Episodic pot-shot at way of life of by Kurt Vonncgut Jr. lienry and Whitesidc 294 This is pretty far out even for an author who made his mark as a writer of highly imaginative science fiction. The which is referred to only to assure a certain cereal company that no slight k in- makes a little more sense after reading the but only a little. The same can be said for the if 'story' is the proper it might be more accurate to call it an epi- sodic pot-shot at The Great Amrican Way of with in- cidental characters. It may be that there is some- thing too subtle here for non- especially those who aren't sure that what champions like for breakfast is of vital concern to the rest of the world. That doesn't of that Vonnegut hasn't much to or that he isn't saying it in his usual remark- able way. it's that sneering at middle-class Amer- ica is getting to be pretty old and it just isn't like Vonne- gut to join a even as a very conspicuous member. Those who don't like Vonne- at least in this may wonder if he isn't getting a bit carried away with issuing a avwl AvaMlv for pronouncement on the times. On the other hand those who do like him and this latest venture may well increase their number will find this a highly at times hilar- jumble of percep- tion and antic wit. A brief but quite impressive flirtation with the best-seller lists shows either that there is a surprising number of Vonne- gut or that the off-beat title of this book made a great number of people curimis. Many of both types will suspect that Vonnegut is pulling their but enjoy the way he does it. J. W. F. A Mailer nightmare by Norman Mail- er. J. McLcod With the exception of the ex- traordinary photography includ- ed in this 270-page Norman Mailer's controversial effort is nothing short of unadulterated crap. It is a struggle to get through the first few chapters as the innocent Marilyn Monroe is traced through childhood to early adolescence to young wo- manhood. Interwoven by Mailer are ir- relevant comparisons of Mari- lyn Monroe and the young Rich- ard Nixon. Who T.-ipe like this is hardly worth the time to retch your way through Mailer's superficial prcse. The one-time Pulitzer Prize winner can't even write a interesting A simnle bioeraohv. Let's get rid of hitch-hiking One of the boys Involved in the recent- ly discovered sadist-sex mass murder In when asked if he had any advice to give young people to avoid such Don't Hitch-hiking is described as world's most dangerous Anyone thumbing rides or giving hitch-hikers a ride is asking for. what he or she gets and that is probably plenty. Its quite a gam- ble and perhaps you'll be lucky. On the other hand you may be like the Syracuse University Karen a happy 18-year-old who adver- tised on a campus bulletin board for a trip to her home in West Long Branch. A man whom Karen described to her Mends as named picked her up and neither has been heard of since. Communities report the incidence of sexu- al assault has increased spectacularly in recent years and half are hitch-hikers. In cases of murder of teenage college stu- more than half are hitch-hikers. When California State University found that from 80 to 100 women were raped while hitch-biking from San Diego to officials put in a jitney service. And not more than one in three cases of rape are reported. Of course the driver takes the greater risk. He exposes himself to rob- and violence. A large proportion of hitchikers have venereal disease and a majority have lice. Just why anyone should consider he is under any compulsion to provide a free ride to this army of dirty beggars is hard to say. He pays his own way across the why should not others do the Some time ago Banff had a fire to the west of the town. A horde of these poor specimens of human- ity were in town and they took them out to fight the forest fire. They were so useless that they had to be transported back to Banff to get them out of the way. Most American states have laws against hitch-hiking. Douglas Anderson related with vast Indignation that when hitch-hiking back to university at Denver police gave him a five-dollar ticket as a first offend- er. A police officer unhappily says that such swarms of kids are on the road that they are impossible to but he adds that he has warned his 14-year-old daugh- ter that if he catches her hitch-hiking he'll break her thumb. Hitch-hiking Is described by tourist guides as styte of Most guides have strong warnings against but then go on to tell the best way to go about it if you laws differing in different countries. In for it is all right to hitch-hike from the but you'll get a ticket if you hitch-hike from the street. The French are still frightened by the scare of the sixties when terrorists robbed and murdered drivers. The Vagran- cy Act can catch you and you must have visible means of support.. While officially disapproved in you can get round the hitch-hiking problem by joining a High Club called Provoya and find out if there is anyone going your way who could give you a lift. Hitch-hiking is most dangerous in and but saf- est in Western and Northern Europe. Hitch-hiking is essentially but It is one of the characteristics of the age trying to get something for try- ing to get a free ride in life. it is understandable if drivers take for granted that hitch-hikers are immoral. But it is the poor driver who 3s to be pitied. What a chance he SATURDAY TALK -By NORMAN SMITH A national town hall Anyone who can grapple their way through the entire Mailer nightmare is a better man than Gunga Din. Those authors of previously published Monroe now squaring off against Mail- er in United States cer- tainly seem to have a case. Their case is not one of ordin- ary as has been but one of personal humiliation at the way Mailer has distorted their original words and blended them with his dog's breakfast attempt at a three-pound novel. count This book can be appreciated for two the excellent photographic studies of Marilyn Monroe from her childhood days to her peak and fall and as a cover for a severe and irre- parable stain on the family coffee table. HERB LEGO This is a piece about an old railroad station that was sentenced to be torn stone from stone in 1970 so as to remove the gash of railway tracks from Ottawa's face. Be- they it was a hulk and a mon- strosity. Today it is not only relaxing or preening itself on having efficiently and imaginatively staged this month's Commonwealth Confer- ence but is sharpening its wits and facil- ities for the 1400 meetings it will in the coming 12 months. 1400. In Its five conference rooms and numerous lesser meeting rooms it can embrace at the same time almost any. thing that official man wants to talk about. Last February for on that one day it was used for 10 different ranging from foreign unemploy- ment insurance and farm to the National Capital health and welfare and agriculture. I have said for the com- pulsory common denominator of all its meetings is Chat they be held under federal auspices. But despite that the conference centre has a gave a human dimension to political exercises. The objective is that all who work in it deal not with statistics or theories but with man's his aspirations and his labors. What nonsense Is this I'm that a doomed railroad station becomes sub- limated to serve' man's hopes and I'll try to explain. the National Film Board has tam- ed the cavernous rooms and corridors of the old building by its superb collection of photographs of our land and and them in immaculate taste and A walk through the station is a walk through meeting its people at work and in joy and grief. It is also a panorama of the beauty and awe of Canada's hills and its farmsites and its cold. Lorraine gifted head of the board's still pho- tography has in this latest of her many great contributions to the film given us a unique chance to see ourselves as we are or can not as through a darkly. Jean Sutherland the dir- ector of the National Gallery lent her own daring and sense of fun to the challenge of putting heart-beat into these vault-like precincts that hitherto had been moved only by the rumble of trains and the cry of the gateman with the Irish accent North Bay But the photographs and other works of art are not vain or nationalistic. They could and admired by a delegate from The Gambia the or from for they were of and of which we all though in different vests and vast- ness. The primary for of John de Visser's red soil and green fields and blue sea of Prince Edward are as is the isolation ol its farm- house set agaMnst the sea. It seems that the photographs and paint- and the Quiet restraint of offices and seeks to create what F. R. Scott called his printed In the film board's exquisite souvenier book of photographs presented to the Common- wealth conference delegates by the Cana- dian government. This later to be published will I sus- a collector's item. It is a mood or creed which will serve well in the conference whether the meetings be of countries or of municipalities or of labor or in- dustry. I say meetings not We have had too many sections of society or of geo- graphy. We all know the wider tha more comradely feeling we get towards our when we stroll through a good art gallery or listen to great music. Will not a meeting held In an atmosphere of good taste and broad horizons tend to pro- duce a like a lessening of The way the government has put the old station to use must delight those like Dr. Joe Gilhooly who were opposed from the be- ginning to the view that the building should yield place to more greenery and ah- at the city's heart. The hall Is not only not a monstrosity but a new of warmth and value. an efficient and imaginative con- ference centre In the capital Is essential Parliament itself must continue to be tha place where the big decisions are debated into legislation. But a nation needs a placa to specially in this age of in- creasing demand for for get- ting for all bodies and areas to hear and be heard. Where better than in the capital which perhaps tends to grow And if our conference centre can attract more and more International meet- ings will not this increase'our own know- ledge of world affairs and perhaps im- prove the quality of our influence on Having been on the Union Station beat as a reporter years ago I see the station somewhat the coal-begrimed place where the down-and-oirts were allow- ed to sleep off their sadness in the waiting the scene of emotions when troops went and came when victorious hock- ey teams were when a governor- general's coffin was slowly pulled out of the station. I remember when the board of transport commissioners dozed in their of- fices and in that then gloomy corridor to the hotel now alight with I found an entirely nude girl aged three and carried her to Lost and where her mother stood In tears. But now Davis and Lafrance and Lor- raine Monk and Archibald Lampman and other great figures in Canadian arts and letters have made of the old station an art gallery and a Canadian town hall. brass and copper doors it has at Its cere- monial an awninged verandah onto the Rideau and the softly-fin- ished oak desks and panelling of yester- year. Let the people come to use it from all points east and from all hemis- pheres and all ;