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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, Decemkcr 15, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERA1D 5 'Rook reviews Pictorial review of First World War "Tlit- (ii-rat Halllc-5 of World War I" li.v Jack Wren (George J. McLeud I.ld., 1-" X 472 rpJIIS is a dandy hook! At first, the reaction lo those born after the appalling First World War conflict might bo: "who wants to read about that today, it's as dead as the War of Hoses." But once the reader lias finished the first page, which lays the background leading to events that trigger- ed the mess, one is caught. One also realizes at the onset that national i s t i e temperaments have not changed one iota in the ZOth century and violence can erupt anywhere with very little needed to spark it. Europe, on the threshold of the First World War was still divided into several kingdoms which held people in rigid class structures. Plenty of bourgeois, the struggling middle class, and the disdainful aristocracy were locked in En uncomfort- able embrace with no one wanting to' let go. Aristocratic arrogance in Russia was al- ready brewing up a fine storm, where the Czarist regime, un- knowingly, was living out its last years. The heir to the Hapsburg throne, Archduke Francis Fer- dinand and his wife Sophia were the main characters in the first act of the First War drama. On a visit to Bosnia- Herzegovina, seven Serbian as- sassins waited along the chart- ed route in Sarajevo, the route the royal couple would follow on a state visit. Several of the plotters were spotted and pick- ed up but one had a good posi- tion to take a couple of shots at the couple and did so. with the result that both were killed. End of Act One. Of course, Austrian military officers couldn't take this af- front with the philosophical outlook that crowns and princes were not immensely popular willi the hoi polloi and (ho threat of assassination was part of royalty's job. So retalia- tion against Serbia was plotted although Ibc aging Austrian monarch was reluctant to givo the nod. But Germany's Kaiser Wilhclm got into the act, sup- porting the idea of extinguish- ing Serbia. Russia protested this move, counting on her alli- ance with France for assis- tance, while France glanced hopefully to Britain for her aid. Before "the end of thai, fateful summer, and before the war ended four years later, 28 na- tions and some 05 million men were involved. The book concentrates on the important battles, and the new- type warfare which replaced charges on horseback. At the beginning of the war so anti- quated were weapons that some armies were very little beyond swords and coats of mail. By the time big guns, air- craft and gas were introduced the slaughter in the trenches was imhelif'ahlc. Masses of men were thrown into front lines where gains were often measured only by yards. Of military leaders, few were effi- cient, casually giving orders with little regard to human suf- fering. A Picdmontesc count supported the authority of mili- tary decision and his concept of discipline by slating flatly, "The superior is always right, especially when he is wrong." At the end of the war, most European monarchies had fall- on, Ihf counlries invfilved im- poverished not only monetarily but in terms of human re- sources. This is a fine Iwok, well illus- trated (with 400 photographs, paintings, and maps) and carp- fully It's also fright- ening. Knowing that the Sec- ond World War was waiting in I be wings, the reader asks Why War? Man it seems docs not profit from past experience at least not yet! MAKGAHET LUCKlIUliST. Prescription for overcoming boredom "God, but I'm by Eileen Gudcr (Doubleday Co., HO TPHIS is a book about one of modern life's biggest prob- lems being downright bored. It's not intended for those who may have bouts of bore- dom which can be staved off in a mailer of hours. It's for those who greet every day month in, month out, year in, year out, with apathetic nothingness. Psychologists claim that in cities loday people are becom- ing increasingly indifferenl to one another, pressing loneliness and boredom into average households and average situa- tions so that seeking relief from boring situations has be- come an agonizing goal. Mrs. Guder attempts to offer a solution for personal boredom and the suggestions are direct- ed, for the most part, towards women of middle-life. She analyses the reasons why wom- en become bored and vol- unteers advice on how to cope with these problems. She also takes a poke at Women's Lib and their repetitious complaint that housework is mindless and uninspiring. "Most women would be bored by it (house- work) if they thought about it. And the ones who do fret and complain because cleaning house is dull are themselves, bores. It has to be done (push- ing back primeval chaos) and the best way to keep a little untidiness from turning into a gigantic mess is to attack it ev- ery day better be bored for a 'short time each day than for an entire Saturday. Of course, if your schedule -keeps you away from home five days a week so you have lo tackle the house on Saturday then you must. There is no job, no pro- fession that doesn't require some routine work which we all think of as drudgery. I've read a great deal the last few years about how dreadful it is that women must be frustrated by routine in their lives (espe- cially at home) and it all strikes me as nonsense. Doc- tors have drudgery, lawyers have drudgery, businessmen and teachers and public offi- cials and dancers and actors all have drudgery. The frustra- tion we feel is largely the re- sult of refusing to face reality." The author prescribes reme- dies lo help cope with people who have adverse effects on others they meet the soul shrinkers who delight in putting one down; the snobs and name droppers, the conversational bores, and so on. She also ar- gues that a large part of the youth cop-oul culture stems from intolerable boredom. To overcome boredom Mrs. Gudcr says one has to find meaning and purpose in life and she proposes the best way to succeed in this is to adopt the Christian ethic and truly follow Christ's selfless exam- ple. This turns one from being and inner directed person lo one who is completely outer- dirccled, sharing life's prob- lems with others. If Ihis is done in joy and with Ihc spirit Christ espoused, then boredom is ex- orcized, she claims. But she qualifies this theory by men- tioning regretfully that people, parliculary Ihe young, are lurned away from Chrisl be- cause Ihe church itself is stuck in "spiritual slush." This book is good for what it has to say about boredom, but I'm not sure her prescription is a cure-all. MARGARET LUCKHURST. Car enthusiasts like art buffs "Automobile Quarterly's World of Cars" by Ihe editors of Automobile Quarter- ly (E. P. Dlllton, 12" x 223 pages, 528.50, distributed by Clarke, Invin and Com- pany ONE reader of our book re- views was mildly disap- proving of the fact that I re- cently commented on three automobile books when there are so many more important things being written about than cars education, for instance. 1 intend to review a book on education soon but judging by the interest expressed in the three automobile books 1 sus- pect it will not be amiss for ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS IELOW WHOLESALE CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS ON BRANDED LINES OF GENERAL ELECTRIC, SUNBEAM, PHILIPS, WEAREVER, ETC. FOR MOM SUNBEAM Model HMD-5 5 SPEED HAND MIXER In avocado and gold Suggested retail 21.98. Below Wholesale Price 15.99 FOR HER SOtARAY DEIUXE SET 'N CURL HAIR SETTER With 20 roller! Sugg. Retail 29.95 Below Wholesale Price 18.97 FOR MOM 3-PIECE GIFT SET WEAREVER ALUMINUM In burgundy, bronze, gold and avocado. Sugg. Retail 29.95 Below Wholesale Price 19.97 ALSO 5-PCE. GIFT SET Sugg. Retail 59.95 Our Price 39.97 For the Rcc Room STACKING STOOLS Sugg. Retail 5.95 Below Wholesale Price 2.98 OR COSCO CARD TABIES From 19.50 to 25.95 AND CHAIRS Sugg. Retail 19.95 OUR PRICE 14.97 NOMA 7 LIGHT INDOOR LIGHT SET Sugg. Rcloil 2.59 Belo Wholesale Price 1.43 GENERAl ELECTRIC MODEL FS14 STEAM OR DRY IRON Sugg. Retail 16.35 Below Wholesale Price FOR DAD OR MOM GRAND PRIX LUGGAGE ladies'21" Weekend OR Men's 21" Short Trip Sugg. Retail 42.00 Below Wholesale Price 25.97 M TOY CLEARANCE Save up to 40% OH OUR SUGG. RETAIL PRICE ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS FOR DAD PHILISHAVE Standard model wilh Mitrogroove floating heads. EiECTRIC SHAVER Sugg. Hrtail 21.95 Below Wholesale Pricp 426 6th ST. S. PHONE 328-6661 OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. me lo draw attention to still another one first. For those who are interested in cars this is au eye-popping book. It contains color photo- graphs of over 200 of llic world's "in o s t beautiful and exciting and interesting cars." Along with the photographs there arc 28 articles about par- ticular makes and models of cars. These articles van' in style and length and they have obviously been written for the car nut. The M.G. TC, for in- stance, may he "a sports car but T don't even know what the letters stand for or when and where it was manufactured and 1 didn't find out by reading the article. There are sonic interesting things to be learned oven by the devotees, 1 suspect. How many people, for instance, know that Canada's first auto- mobile was produced by a jew- eler in 1867 in Stanslcad, P.Q.? Mr. Taylor's original steam carriage was rediscovered in Ittfif) and has been restored. hoevw heard of a Pungs- ask the editors. The answer is, few there is only one Iniown survivor of this make of car. The price may seem high fo some. yeL art books come at I ha! price and for car huffs the pictures and text of this book be valued as highly as a book of paintings fo an art con- noisseur. Book publishers try lo provide for all kinds. DOUG WALKER. Fishers' must "Streamer Fly Tying ant! Fishing" by Joseph D. Bales Jr. (Gtwge M. McLcod Ltd. pages. A DEFINITE addition to the serious fisherman's li- brary. A well written book which in- structs the fisherman on how to check the construction on com- mercially prepared streamers and how to construct his own. Extremely clear and casy-to- follow illustrated instructions make building an ideal bait- fish simulation a simple task. Many color photographs and prints enable the sportsman to know the most successful color schemes (patterns) oC stream- ers to use in both salt and frc'-h walrrs. Tf you already are a si ream- er lying artist and fishing ex- pert Ihc bonk is m; ro- If you arc rn enthusiast, but. only an amateur it is an reference source. If like pood fishing nar- inn and excellent trdvnirnl advice this is a LARRY BENXE'lT. brief "Knl.rrt's Hull's nf Order Krrl" f .Mm-rmv piiprr- li.-u'k. piijjrs, ilislri- linlnl hy (icni'gc .1. .Mcl.rmli. t IX the rover cif Ihis bonk Ihc claim is mmlr Ilia! Ihis is the only authorized paper edition of the manual on par- liamentary law. It is n ropro- rtiuiinn of (he edition and has a forward by Henry M. Robert 111 which provides a shin! history nf the work ns v c'l a v.ord nf advice on using the nuiniiiil but not UK> assiduously. nows Tribute to Ralph, J. Bundle The Washington Post rrilEHli can hardly be a land in which Ihc death of Ralph Bundle will not he mourned as though he were one of their own. lie rose beyond nationality until in a true sense he was a ciltzcn of the world, with all mankind his constituency. His was Ihe noblest service to which a man could Ire committed the sen-ice of peace. All bis life, it seemed, was a preparation for that service, an education in the arts of conciliation and rapprochement ana the promotion of understanding, the essential stuff of diplomacy. He learned as an American how to mod- orate the implacable mistrust of racial an- tagonism. It seems quite fair fo say that the UN achieved its highest usefulness and effectivenes in the lime when Ralph Bundle painstakingly worked out an Arab- Israeli agreement on the Island of Rhodes that preserved an uneasy peace in the Middle East for the tetter part of two de- cades and when he headed Ihc UN's suc- cessful effort to prevent the spread of civil war in the liberated Belgian Congo. Like another great leader of his race, he had a dream of a United Nations capable of keeping tho -'ui'l i'f elo- quently of il when accepting his Knbc! Peace Prize in Though he was a man nf peace and man of reason. Ralph Bimche a man capable of boiling indignation a! the injustices and discriminations inflicted upon Negroes in America. He in the best meaning of the term, a militant cham- pion of human equality. He served lhal cause most conspicuously and perhaps most effectively when he declined an offer by President Truman to make him an Assist- ant Secretary of Stale. He declined the offer, he said quietly and articulately, be- cause he did not wish to subject his wife and children lo the indignities of segre- gation thai then prevailed in Washington. His slalemcnl stung the conscience of the country and roused it as no amount of ranting or violence could have done. Ralph Bimche was a genlle. learned man of action. He achieved much in the long years of his service to pi-ace. And he left a legacy of hope in the depth of his be- lief in Ihc perfectibility of man. Brave idea oi retirement The Toronto Globe and Mail IT is possible to congratulate Dr. Rob- ert McClure not just on being 71, but on being so very much alive at 71 that he feels compelled to open a new chapter in his life. One might say that the problems of leisure have not caught up with Dr. McClure and the indications are that they never will. The prospect of leisure in the jungle of North Borneo, in a hospital catering to tribes whose people were once headhunt- ters, is a slim one indeed. But in leaving for tin's remote spot, we are sure he an- ticipates nothing but hard work. He in- tends to spend two years at the mission hospital, in one of the most difficult coun- tries in the world. His decision to roll up his sleeves will call to mind, for many Canadians, the sim- ilar decision of Paui-Emile Cardinal Le- gcr. who immersed himself in the battle against leprosy, polio and other diseases among the natives of Cameroon, following bis resignation four years ago as Arch- bishop of Montreal. The question as to why prominent churchmen like these should subject themselves to the rigors, frustrations and stresses of field work far from home, probably has no simple answer. Perhaps it is woven into their characters of the same material that shaped them as lead- ers at home: a burning energy and a dis- regard for personal coir.fort. For Dr. McClurc particularly, the chal- lenge is a familiar one. He has spent about 43 years of his life engaged in medical work in (lie Far East, including Cliina, so be has some idea of what he is getting into. Almost with relish he notes that this is the only mission hospital in North Bor- neo and that il lies about 90 miles by river into the jungle from the coast. "Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of Dr. McClurc was quoted as saying after stepping down as the first layman moderator of the Unilcd Church of Canada. "But what is retirement anyway? It's doing what you want, rather than what you have lo do. Well, 1 want lo work with lepers." We have no intention of arguing (ho point. our r The Ottawa Citizen vad A proposal, made in a purvey tabled in the Commons by Public Works Minis- ter Laing. that the United States be asked lo pay 85 per cent of the cost of paving the Canadian section of the Alaska High- way, should be rcjecicd. The argument that American tourists ac- count for most of the tralfic is irrelevant. Tlie fact remains that a Canadian highway should be improved by Canadians. If we can't afford Ibc million cost of paving the Canadian section, we should let it re- main gravelled unlil we can. National pride is, of course, one factor. The other is the potential benefits which Canada can get from a paved road, both ns a lure to tourists, and as a fool in de- veloping northern resources. If the ywlen- tial is big enough, we should pave, but not until then. ART BUCHWALD The old Nixon at Camp David WASHINGTON President Nixon was working in the library at Camp David on Phase III of his economic game plan when the old came out of the fire- place. "Oh, it's you." President Nixon said, slightly annoyed. "What's this 1 hear about you going to Commie the old Nixon said. "It's no secret." President Nixon said, "Tire whole world knows about it." "How could you do this to the old Nixon cried. "I've fought the Commies since 1 was in Congress. 1 sent Alger Hiss lo jail. I smeared Helen Gahagan Douglas as a ficd. I made speeches against the fellow Iravelers in America. And now you've destroyed everything." "Dick." Uie president said, "it's a whole new hall game. There are 800 million Chi- nese people and they're now in our league." "Why do we have lo play ball will) their.'.'" Ihe old Nixon asked. "We haven't played with them for years. Do you know what I would have done if a Demo- cratic president announced he was going to please lower your voice. You'll wake- up Ihe secret service men." the president said. "Things have changed since you were in charge. You sec, the Chinese have Ihc bomb. It's hard to ignore someone when they have Ihe bomb. If we can build a bridge between America and China, il. will ghc the. Soviets something lo worry "I uas going In speak lo yon alxiul the old Nixon said, "I understand you're going to Moscow, too." "Thai's correct. I will go to Moscow sometime ader 1 go lo Peking.'' "Let me go lo the old Nxion bepwd. "I'd like lo get Khrushchev in the ki'chen again and really give him a piece ol my mind." "Wick, 1 don't know how (o break IhiJ lo you, bul Khrushchev passed away. Be- sides, IK hasn't been in charge for several years. There is a whole new team there. They have a good defence, and they have a very lough line." "Okay, so let me go in your place. I II point out Uie difference between their lousy system of government and our great capi- talist society." the old Nixon said. "I don't think it would have much niean- ning, Dick. The purpose of my trip to .Mos- cow is to build bridges with the Soviets so the Chinese have something lo worry about." "You've pone the old Nixon cried. "The only thing the Commies understand is strength. You have to nuke 'cm. before they nuke us." "Dick, it's easy to say that when you're not president of the Unilcd Slates. But I want to go down in history as Ihe man who gave America a generation of peace "You amaze me." the old Nixon said. "I never thought I'd sec Ihe day when a Nixon would he talking peace wilh Godless Ccmmunisls." "Ixwk, I'm very Hi." president said. "Is there anything else you wanted to "Yes, there is. Ifow come you let IIw American Bar Assn. sliafl you on your Su- preme Court ''I dmi'l knmv ynn'rr lalking about." the Prr.sidcnl said. "11 was al- ways my intention to appoint Powell and liehnqilist lo Ihe court." "Who are you kidding? This is me, Tricky Dick, you're lalking lo. You cane up wilh some of the most mediocre can- didates in the country, and I hey ran all over you. looked worse lhan Ihe New York Giants againsl the Philadelphia Kaules." The president's face wnil red. "You sure know linw lo hurt a guy." (Toronto Sun News Smurl ;