Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday. 1973 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD-S A sentimental journey to the homeland By Jeanne Herald staff writer Most visitors to go to the Lincoln Memorial for in- if they Americans. If they are they go for insight into what inspires Americans. My rare pilgrimages take to the Jefferson whose dom- ed structure of white marble contrasts with the square massif housing the famous seated figure of Lincoln. Within the smaller the cornerstone of which was laid by Franklin D. Roosevelt in stands a 19- foot-high bronze statue of Thomas third presi- dent of the United States of America and author of the Declaration of Independence. Although the memorial is open on all four interior walls at four quadrants con- tain some of his writings. My purpose in visiting the memorial is simple. I wish to see again these words which are chiseled into the Georgia tremble for my country when I reflect that God is Written nearly two centuries they are oddly reassuring to one who also trembles for her country occasionally. I then like to be inspired by reading the words engraved at the base of the dome's circling the vaulted have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of It is not by and it seems that the figure of Jefferson looks north across the mall and the Washington monument direct- ly at the White House. The most surprising impres- sion of a recent three-week visit home after a four-year absence is the fact that Americans do not act as though they are living through a crisis. Everything seems quite normal. Almost everywhere more concern was expressed over the possi- ble shortage of gas than over the known shortage of integri- ty in the White House. This is a normal attribute of day-to- day conversation. The pace of life was as busy as usual. I walked for two miles along Pennsylvania Avenue from the heart of downtown Washington to Capitol Hill and later about four miles to the Jefferson Memorial and was never beyond the sound of jackhammers and other construction noises attendant upon the building of huge government structures and a much-needed subway. Tourists milled around on the vast steps of the capitol in twos and some of the world's most powerful men strode leisurely from one building to another talking incessantly as they went. My errand took me to the Old Senate Office a few hundred yards from the where I was to meet a friend for lunch. A group of young people was just dispers- ing in excellent humor after an apparent demonstration and inside the main corridor a smaller group of people was collecting behind a rope barrier. One of the guards ex- plained that they were waiting to attend the Watergate hearings. The level of intensity seem- ed surprisingly even con- sidering the fact that the hearings had been going on for a long time and public interest has obviously waned. Seeing events like this in one is aware of the fact that they are part of a more usual and while they may be thought provok- ing and historic they are less disturbing than when seen in the isolation of television news coverage. My many hosts during the trip held a wide range of political views and they were polarized on the subject of Watergate. At one referring to with deliberate my hosts castigated the press for pestering him at a time when he had more important matters to think about than Watergate. They seemed to feel that the political chicanery and illegal manoeuvrings involved were no more than was perhaps for politics and politicians and they preferred to blame Capitol Hill for the problems facing the United States and the media for ex- aggerating them. Although they admitted the president had made bad choices in pick- ing assistants they didn't seem to think that this reflected adversely upon his judgment and ability as a leader. I had known my hosts as long as I have lived. They are hard-working people who would never think of cheating on a tax return or being dishonest in any other way they recognized as dis- honesty. They were involved locally in an admirable number of social programs such as meals-on-wheels and founding a home for discarded children. But politically they were comforted by simplistic generalizations and they believed the president in an excellent TV perfor- he assured them that his withholding of evidence has its precedence in an inci- dent from Jefferson's ad- ministration. They were total- ly and not likely ever to that he had dis- torted history entirely in his accounting of the Jefferson in- cident. On the other another set of seasoned political workers and devout spoke certainly of Nixon's imminent resignation. They felt that he had no other in view of what had been reveal- ed and might yet be revealed about his Watergate connec- tions. They had just come through a state-wide political campaign to elect a governor for Virginia in which their candidate had lost by less than one per cent of the vote and although they were suffering the usual letdown they agreed that it was worse to lose in a as they had in the McGovern than to lose a close election. They were already looking forward to next year's congressional election. I was reminded whether one wins or political action is good therapy for a troubled heart. The most reasoned predic- tion came from my Capitol Hill lunch one of the top senatorial assistants in when foresaw a widespread depression. he was busily at work setting up a Senate sub- committee to oversee govern- ment operations and the general accounting office. He admitted that it sounded dull but pointed out that it will strike at the heart of in- dustry's influence and possi- ble control over the operations of the federal government. I visited two college cam- puses one in western Massachusetts which a daughter is and the other in which I. attended. On an early morning stroll around the New England campus I noticed a bumper sticker which blame me. I'm from alluding to the fact that it was the only state which voted for and a window sticker on a car a few feet farther on which took my breath away momentarily because it was so so idealistic and so right. It was a small round sticker with a stylized tree and it can save the The most relevant incident of the visit to the campus was only a fleeting one. A handsome young black man with an Afro haircut ducked his head in a car window to greet my host who had just retired after 45 years on the faculty at the un- iversity. He was gone before he could be introduced as last year's student body president. When I had attended that un- iversity the typical coed was a southern belle and the most popular fraternity was one which took in only students born south of the Mason-Dixon line and therefore southern Seven years before the Palliser sign went the first barrels of EalliserReserve CanadianWhisky were laid down. Today there is a proud new name together the finest aged Canadian in Canadian rye whisky. Palliser. whiskies that go to make up The new Palliser distillery in Alberta has brought together the skills and the talents of as fine a team of whisky- makers as Canada has ever assembled. Even though our distillery is new and the product we sell is aged the full number of years. Our business began long before we opened our Lethbridge plant. It began with our bringing Palliser a smooth and satisfying seven-year-old. Each year since then we have also laid down for Palliser Colony House Palliser Black Label Palliser Golden Special Look for them at all Alberta liquor stores. See how well we have started a new V tradition of distilling excellence. PALLISER Palliser Distillers Alberta gentlemen. Apparently a silent revolution had been un- dertaken by people quietly determined to set things right. I came home with the ab- surd conviction that it doesn't at least below the international whether Nixon resigns or not. Americans will continue to be what they have always been and do what they have always sometimes misunder- stood in the because they feel a sense of individual because within the limits of their individual prejudices and their under- they care what happens to the world. I would wish the same to my host or any country for that matter that it should have inspiring memorials to its national convictions about its present and its and citizens who care. 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Dull would he be of soul who did not see some radiant hope in a new or who could not share in some way the enthusiasm of Keats' astronomer a new planet swims into his Love of the new is the spirit behind every explorer's the incentive in every original endeavor. New new new discoveries and new friends are perennial sources of joy to the living mind. The fresh promise of a newly-turned sod un- der a spring sun or the white peace of first snow offer something something an- nouncing the advent of whether towards activity or towards a pause in the rhythm of a year. When we read Homer's Iliad or Odyssey we feel for the heroes whose adventures we life is full of new experiences and the world has that youth that made Wordsworth long to glimpses that would make me less and Keats to wander in realms of Many men have longed for what they see as a freshness in ages of the and in shaping new visions and new concrete expressions of those have drawn their inspiration from the past or from what they have imagined it to be. It is ironic that when pedagogues speak of the they forget that this movement in the history of Western Europe was largely the fruit of attempts to restore what was seen as the classical the spirit of Greece and Rome. It was a rebirth of certain elements in the civilization of the Mediterra- nean world. it in some a reaction against certain elements in the then modern world of art and scholarship. And. at least in its Christian the so- called Renaissance was a continuation of the twelfth and thirteenth century renaissance which flowered forth after the shadow of the invasions and chaos of the early middle ages had and builders and artists were able to engage in a renewed creative endeavor. Every real advance in human affairs and every genuine manifestation of the deeper human spirit is a mingling of the old and the new. William Blake longed for the New but he saw it as a restoration of the ancient spirit of the Jerusalem of a symbol of a heavenly city on a renewal of the sacred and the sublime in spite of the Satanic that spread their poison across the English land. The Utopian socialists who set out for new surroundings in the hope of establishing a new social order were imbued with the desire to restore a sound human dimension to political and social life. They were men of vision. they were also men largely unaware of the fatal flaw in the effects of man's primeval fall. Yet they were right in thinking that every as Chesterton is also a restoration. Christians pray that the Holy Spirit will the face of the and owe their identity to the revelation of a New Testament which fulfilled the old but an- nounced the new. No city of the ancient world was more modern than and we all know what happened to it. No leader was more keen to assert the modernity of a scientific age in which evolutionary progress would bring the avant garde to supreme power than Herr Hitler. The first city was notorious for burn- ing Hitler's Germany was fond burning books. Both in their own addicted to change without in the case of change was seen as a process of inevitable domination of the who win the evolutionary struggle. Karl Marx saw the whole of history in the progressivist imagining that evolution would eventually bring forth the socialist order before the final Communist Utopia. Newness and variety are essential elements in human life. We delight in and rightly welcome the fresh the ex- ploring or new realms in any field. But in every worthwhile change there is a core of the the human spirit recognizes that core and while it enjoys the freshness of the new finds stability and meaning in the perennial value of ancient good. Basic principles of human needs never and practical means of fulfilling them change with every new unfolding of the human adventure. But precisely because it is natural to love the new. it is inevitable that some people will be myopic enough to see shallow tinkering with anti-human organizations as dynamic change. It funny to see unimaginative in- novators presenting their ideas and methods in formal education as revolutionary when what is really needed is a restoration of that human dimen- sion which the whole system negates. change would do away with mam- moth factory stereotyped buildings and adapting curricula. It would get down to the of human the roots from which the sap rises so that ex- cellence and vitality can flourish like fires in the darkness and fog of what Ellul calls La Technique The truly vital and fresh is to be found in a living tradition and in the release of creative energy. It is this which en- through a rebirth of ancient wisdom and expansion of its that variety within unity without which only a dull wilderness of uniformity prevails. In the tradition of as the poet Hopkins said of lives the dearest freshness deep down Me and mine By David He surprised me. I never expected him to say the Of course I had seen it the change from green to amber as we drove up to the intersection. We were in a hurry so I took a chance. I had done that before and he had been with me on some of those occasions. I almost ignored his ex- clamation. His constant use of it had dulled the effect on me. This time was different. He had startled me. You mean the lights back I said. He can not say things as easily as I he said. I I continued understan- dingly. went through on I paused and then when I was com- ing up to them they were green and then they changed I couldn't stop. The road's He had nothing to say to that. Perhaps he did not believe all of it. The lights had been as local writer I had said they but I did not know what their color was when we were into them and turned left in them. I had not looked. Maybe I had not wanted to know. Suppose he had What should I tell him in a I stated to pick up the kids at the pool They've been waiting on He did not try to say anything. 1 went on I said. was wrong. I should've stopped I shouldn't have done it. I could've I had admitted it but forgot to tell him why it was wrong. He was however. He left the lights behind and talked about the police and what they would have had they been there He is only four years old and my youngest son. He might not be able to read and but he does know what green and red lights say to him. I hope they will say the same to me. ANDY RUSSELL New Sasquatch hunter by Don Hunter Stewart 192 Regardless of whether or not you believe the Sasquatch exists this book makes fascinating reading and it may even turn some disbelievers into a position of more open mindedness. For it brings some interesting facts to light in an organized manner something never done before and for the first time airs some scientific opinion. Up until now no scientific interest could be for scientists were under- standably reluctant to put their necks out. They would not even consider going for a look. This fascinating and probing book involves a tremendous amount of individual effort on the part of the writer and his associates. Rene Dahinden has made the search for the Sasquatch his life's work for 20 years. Far from being a as many have he has worked and hunted for concrete evidence of the creature's existence with unswerving purpose and apparent honesty. For generations the Indians of British Columbia and northwestern United States have incorporated the Sasquatch in their legends. Many still accept and attest to their existence in a matter-of-fact manner. As more and more many of them reliable and thoroughly honest have attested to face-to-face meetings with the Sasquatch and have on occasion offered photographic evidence to prove the possibility of reality has begun to tip the scales on the side of credibility. When tracks have been found repeatedly and casts were made of those tracks over a wide scoffers and non-believers have begun to wonder. I have never really taken a position one way or the other. At first I wrote off Rene Dahinden as something of a crackpot at in my own or at worst an out-and-out somewhat commercial and elaborate hoaxer. But evidence to the contrary has caused me to change my mind about this man's character. He is a very hard worker dedicated to his right or shows the kind of staying power I admire. Although my own experience across a wide stretch of what is supposed to be Sasquatch range has revealed I was not really looking for it with any enthusiasm. Then there were those tracks people were finding from time to time. Were they If so no individual could have done for the casts of the tracks came from widely separated places. They would have to have been made by a secret and well organized group with considerable as Don Hunter points out a group dedicated to an expensive and elaborate hoax. Something else bothered me as well as other people. All the photos of the casts and tracks that I have seen showed remarkable similarities. All had flat arches and distinctively shaped details of structure that v.ould be highly unlikely if in- dividuals had manufactured them by one means or another. After tracks 18 inches long in six-foot strides in ground requiring the pressure of much over widely separated locations on rugged would require some elaborate preparations and mechanical aids that would have drawn attention. Furthermore in some locations they would have been impossible. As 1 have never have I seen a Sas- quatch or a sign of one. But then I have only seen two cougars and three wolverines runn- ing free in the wild over 50 even though 1 have lived and worked in their range most of that time. Regardless of what you Don Hunter's story with all its quotes and inter- views of many along with con- siderable makes keenly interesting reading. It is a book that is hard to lay down. If it has done nothing else for it has brought me down off the fence on the side of wondering and the realization that maybe I have overlooked something somewhere. From now on this wilderness wanderer is go- ing to be looking for signs of the Sasquatch like he has never looked before.