Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
People of the south By Chris Stewart Her kitten's purr is like a smile THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley there's one word Mrs. George Kandel can't stand its the word trophy. Nothing an- noys her more than pictures of hunters returning with their loot all in the name of sport. they can call it a trophy is more than I can she said in disgust. down a beautiful animal is nothing but As president of the Lethbridge and District Humane Society she is bom- barding the government with requests to discontinue the use of the leg-hold trap and the slaughtering of seals and is urging her fellow-Canadians to do likewise. Her abhorrence for killing is so strong she would rather freeze than wear a fur coat. As I chatted with this animal benefactor two cats and a dog slept comfortably on her lap and a cardboard box housing a mother cat and four palm-size black kittens rested on the chesterfield Kiddel. her large moody obviously in one oi her more agreeable agreed to be photographed while her 13 year old arthritic dog slept peacefully under the table. Mrs. Kandel's stroking kept pace with our running conver- sation until she was suddenly interrupted by a telephone call from a lady wondering whether the society president could find a home for a preg- nant white cat. With arrangements for pick-up finalized she settled back again with her animal menagerie comfortable on her knee This was a rather quiet day as far as distress calls were she explained. how do you know whether a distress call is fake or she asked. I receive a call I go at because you never know and a delay could be costly Like the day the disturbed by a noise in his discovered 14 orphaned newborn puppies huddled together for warmth two mother dogs had been shot by Mrs. Kandel bedded them down in a clothes basket and commenc- ed regular eye-dropper feeding with the result they grew up to be beautiful dogs with every one of them obtain- ing good homes Some calls require courage plenty of it. If she's called to pick up wild cats she wears three pairs of gloves and generally takes along a metal cat cage with a swinging door. The call to Monarch to rescue a German Shepherd reported- ly hit by a car required the most bravery. She couldn't locate an injured dog of that description but was suddenly confronted by a bark- ing German Shepherd coming straight at her. When she suddenly put her hand out stiffly in greeting the dog stopped sniffed her hand and sauntered off. She recommends this action to anyone in similar circum- stances. have never been she reports happily from the time her own run over by a and in mistook her kindness for another let an animal know you're afraid of she all the while gently stroking the miniature zoo on her lap. doesn't continually housing animals get on your I queried observing another feline strut across the window sill and one crouching under the chesterfield. she when I'm tired and I happen to step on one she does she immediately picks it up and generally speaking I love every minute of it and would probably feel lost without them Her day begins with feeding her pets and putting them out for their morning run before turning to feed her family I wondered too how this frie'ndly housewife ever became Lethbridge's recognized feline Samaritan and what persuasive powers she possessed to attract stray cats not as easy as it she countered. She has often brought home frightened felines who took days to respond to her kindness. Her Feed them and ignore them for the first few days. Just let them whimper or no matter how austere or be- lligerent they and in no time flat they will be purr- ing happily and eating out of your hand your saucer whichever you The cats milling about the room substantiated her theory. They had all been love but soon very glad they did. Her cat population fluc- depending on the number she has been able to place in homes or the distress calls received. Agreeable hus- band George never knows from day to day how many ad- ditions will be waiting for him upon his arrival from or how many pick-ups he will be required to make. Unless his busy wife can find a volunteer driver doesn't pick-ups are left to George or daughter Lynne. I that like her role as an animal benefac- tor just grew. She joined the Lethbridge SPCA when she moved here from Winnipeg in 1942 and was later asked to assume the presidency. The operation seemed too with administration carried put from the Edmonton and in time the group dis- banded. When a cruelty- prevention agency was again considered it was decided local autonomy was advan- tageous with preference given to a humane society rather than an SPCA branch. Mrs. Kandel was named president of the 68 member organization. The in funds remaining from the initial group was used to get the operation underway with sub- sequent costs met through bake quilt raffles and private donations. Coupled with the joy of sav- ing helpless animals Mrs. Kandel has known some per- sonal heartaches like the day her own dog Ursula was struck down by a car in front of their Ninth Avenue home. She felt the loss so keenly hus- band George surprised her by bringing hidden under his coat jacket a part- Pomerainian and part- Chihuahua puppy they named adored by its loving owner and the Kandel's entire animal collection. She views the new animal shelter planned for North Lethbridge as a godsend. When completed the pick-up service instituted for cats as well as dogs is sure to cut down considerably the work encountered today by the humane society volunteers will continue to rescue strays from outside the city She believes every child should have a pet but only if the child is fortunate enough to have parents who like animals. There is nothing worse than a loving child and his pet continually frustrated by an impatient mother who can't stand house she believes. She feels parents can do much to instil in their children a love of nature arm all animals just as she has done for her own six each of whom own a dog of their own married children always bring their dogs with them when they come for family She pleads for pet owners to have a heart to be responsi- ble and not allow dogs or cats to roam and breed at large and add to the already enor- mous over-population of the animal world. Contrary to popular it isn't best for an animal to be permitted to have one she explains. A spayed pet makes a more sanitary and devoted pet in every way. A neutered male cat will not develop the tendency to get into accidents or dis- turb the neighborhood by cat- howling in the wee hours of the morning. She points out that a nursing mother cat is not immune to as some would but when her kittens are barely two weeks will begin to prepare for her next litter and so the whole weary round starts all over until the owner decides to have his cat spayed. It is because a 'shocking number of pet owners commit the callous crime of tossing out their unwanted kittens and on the assumption that someone else may show the kindness they themselves that Mrs. Kandel and her fellow members are kept so busy. such persons could witness the fate that befalls these deserted their bewilderment and panic the wretched existence they tortured by hunger and until they finally crawl off to die they could never rest she insists. terrified expression we have seen in the eyes of some of these animals would cure the most heartless of ever again seeking such brutal solution to their problem. Our dedication to animal cruelty prevention is renewed everytime we receive a report dogs and felines with chopped- off It's a mission with Mrs. Kandel. Her Christinas cards feature a cuddly pussy and she already knows of one little local girl who will waken Christmas morning to find one of her black kittens under her tree of those in the card- board A kitten's purr is to her like a person's smile warm and meaningful. you rather work with animals than I ventured. she replied. aren't given to back-biting or won't stab you in the back. They respond to your love and offer love in return. If it's a faithful friend you want to choose an animal The times of Jesus Photo by Walter Kerber Mrs. George Kandel Book reviews Drawn-out snippet of history by Gore Vidal dom 431 American history is better known to Canadians than their own according to some of our nationalist spokesmen I'm inclined to think that's an especially so after reading this historical novel of the ear- ly period of the new republic I discovered I knew very little of this history. Aaron the central tigure in this was vice- president during the first ad- ministration of Thomas the third U.S. president He was tried for treason on the charge that he planned to foment the seces- sion of the western states. His acquittal came on the grounds that the treasonable act had not been committed. Interest in such an incident is bound to be high in these days following the to escape of Spiro Agnew from the U.S. vice-presidency and when there is still a strong possibili- ty that the president himself will lace trial. In spite of be- ing an established writer. Gore Vidal will have to credit some of the sales of this book to the luck of publishing coin- cident with current interest in trials of high placed people. The fact is that three quar- ters of the that pre- ceeds the trial is tedious. Granted that it was necessary to give the antecedants to the dramatic it was surely not essential to provide the reader with a feeling that he lived through the whole slow- paced period of time even to route marching on Quebec and living in military camp at Valley Forge. Worse than is the ex- perience of also having to read about the paltry exploits of the interspersed between Burr's story like bad ads in a TV show. in an in- sists that the novel is faithful to history even if not slavishly so. As often as possible he has used the actual words of the principal characters a device he used in An Evening With Richard Nixon with devastating effect. Since it is uihrt ItiA the portrait of Jefferson of Alexander whom he killed in a are probably somewhat distorted. If Vidal is even only partly faithful to history in his characterization of these fathers of the new nation it is apparent that sexual laxness is not a modern development. They were a remarkably lascivious lot. Vidal has it that Martin Van the eighth was an illegitimate son of Aaron Burr as was someone else in the story who shall remain unidentified to leave readers with what little element of surprise there is in the book. DOUG WALKER Sensational no more Culture and Catholic by Emmet McLoughlin J. This by Emmet McLoughlin ex-Franciscan is slightly less than astonishing for the year 1973. It was first published in but by the publishers' someone out there might still be scared of the Pope and the dollar spinners gathered it was time to make another profit on this cesspool of hate. The effort is about the Catholic schools in the U.S. and their destructive effects on American culture. When the work was first it was purely sensation for sensation's sake. But it is nothing less than Emmet McLoughlin and his publisher wants people to believe Catholics have a carefully worked out plan to take over the United States of America. This plan begins in the Catholic schools where American culture is being weakened to the point of decay and when the whole thing is softened up complete- ly and thoroughly Catholic will step in to capture the nation. and here is the they will hand it on a platter to the Pope of Rome. How about that for an idea in According to this will hie done in schools which are overstaffed by un- overworked Irish nuns who teach in overcrowd- ed classrooms using inferior working with out- rageously insufficient funds' Art IVstm ble Catholic parents. Under these he claims the Catholic schools south of the border are producing thousands of who are marching forward relentlessly to take over the nation. he takes pains and pages to point out how stupidly run these same schools how inferior in professional standings Catholic people and how corrupt the entire Catholic church is in America today. Aren't we lucky that Catholics aren't This effort is part of the hysteria press and it is a sur- prise to find a Canadian publisher distributing such meaningless gobbledegook which carries on in absur- dities for nearly 300 pages. LOUIS BURKE Books in brief by Marilyn House of Canada 241 Human tragedy and love are intertwined in this stark novel about a young Indian girl's fight for survival. Hatter Fox is a girl you'll come to identify suffer with and sym- pathize with. Her story is masterly told by Marilyn as she captures Hatter's frustrations and Summers' frustrations with Hatter. It's a unique love not love in the usual sense but love for a fellow human concern for one's plight in life. flABRV Af By the time of Jesus the civilizations of the Fertile Crescent and Egypt had long since declined or disappeared. The culture of Greece had passed its though through the Mediterranean its prestige was high. Rome had fallen heir to the internationalism and imperialism of Alexander the Great. Her power reached from Hadrian's Wall in Scotland to Egypt and the Sahara from the Rhine and Danube to the African from the Atlantic to the wherein Pax Romana carried Roman and government. con- queror of Anthony and effectively transformed the Republic into an empire and a grateful Senate conferred on him the title of Augustus. Roman trade routes reached far down into Asia. Over Roman and seaways moved the fabulous wealth of sculp- ture and pottery. The culture of the civilized world flowed into Rome. and Quintillian were as was the greatest spirit outside who became prime minister of the Roman Empire. Virgil was born at Man- tua. His friend Horace was born at Venusia. and was born Livy in Juvenal in Que- Sallust at and Tacitus no one knows where. The point is that Rome produced but bought her geniuses. Rome produced no religious or cultural genius. Augustus transformed the reorganized its taxation strengthen- ed the centralized the codified the revised the administration under a civil service of former qualified slaves known as patronized the and brought order to Rome with a police force and fire brigade. In Jerusalem the wily Herod cultivated the favor of Augustus and built up the country in splendor and strength. The actual government was carried on by the Sanhedrin under the watchful eye of the Roman governor.. Hostility grew into open rebellion which was fearfully crushed in 70 A.D. with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Later rebellions were abortive. Through the Roman Empire swept a wave of anti-Semitism. It was an age of frightful cruelty. After the death of Herod in 4 B.C. Varus quelled Palestinian disorders by crucifying men. During the siege of Je- rusalem Titus crucified as many as 500 Jews daily outside the walls. When Jerusalem fell Titus took Jews into slavery. It was an age of revolting immorality and' Augustus failed in his efforts to rehabilitate the home. Prostitution was rooted in religion. Undesired babies were exposed for death instead of disposing of them by abortion as is our way. Slavery was part of the Hellenistic culture. Sport in the Colosseum was as stupid as modern football but more brutal as men were torn apart by wild animals and dogs and captives forced to fight one another. The theatre was much like the worst obscenities being performed on stage. Epicurean and Stoic philosophies prepared the mind for a new internationalism and sense of world brotherhood. Stoic teaching that a universal was the energizing principle of the prepared the way for the Christian teaching of the Incarnate Word. The cult of Magna the Eleusinian Mithraism the soldiers' faith and the formidable cult of an Egyptian faith which spread through the Mediterranean teaching personal and also prepared the ancient world for Christianity. The similarity to the modern age is striking. Our age too has its struggle for unity and the growth of world its im- its the Jewish dreams of a independent and the popularity of eccentric faiths seeking reality in religion. Then as now all the world was waiting for the sunrise. SATURDAY TALK By Norman Smith Jules Leger will be himself Jules Leger at Rideau Hall will be as he has been in all his other a quiet man eternally thinking about what's going on and how he can help. Yet in being himself he will likely bring change uie of- fice of the not as a busybody scoffing at tradition but because he is not like his predecessors. Nor are the times those of other years. Each Governor-General brought to the task his own skills and attitudes and the last three Canadians all made great contributions. In no sense of let's consider what appear to be the unique qualities Jules Leger the variation in degree of the qualities all have shared. He is a man of thought rather than but his mind is never still and his delight is in getting others to think and act. His method is not to say what we will but to get the best available minds weighing the facts and forces that should determine what should and can be done. The fruits of Jules Leger's inquiring mind in Canadian domestic and foreign affairs over the past 33 years have never been known to us. The policies and decisions he and his colleagues have been instrumental in forming have been announced by prime ministers and often in possessive pride bordering on thelt. we don't and will never know for he is not that kind of a man. what policies and decisions and ministerial vanities he has aborted. I often think the public overlooks the valuable restraining or even negative influence of the truly able civil servant on the mad schemes of new and old ministers in headlong rush along a single But though we don't know his role in detail those who know his work say his mind is one of our best. The joke goes that a governor-general is not paid to think. Mackenzie King wanted almost to lynch Byng for doing just that. Some Canadians doubt that the Queen should have a represen- tative here at all. In England they've given a lot of thought to this. They have killed kings and queens and princes for doing too much and too they have hired them from abroad and banished them to they have grown both the best and. wnrst a I hnmp We might consider something that Walter the great British constitutional has said on state the matter the sovereign under a con- stitutional monarchy such as three the right to be the right to en- the right to warn. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no The governor-general has fairly frequent talks with the prime minister and with his separately and otherwise. He has talks with high senior civil ser- heads of government provincial and municipal officials. Consider the value of the Bagehot might give the governor-general in such talks. Jules Leger has a mind that can listen and question with equal and exquisite dis- and there are few broad challenges facing Canada he has not had to directly or in- directly. Another observation of Bagehot's fits the course of a long reign a sagacious king would acquire an experience with which few ministers could The long in Jules Leger's case is the sum of knowledge and judgment ac- quired in dealing with the problems of governing Canada for 33 years. He has learned the hard way not only the art of the possible but of the im- possible. He also knows about their rights and strengths and failings and the value of their homespun hunches against the of the so-called experts. Canadians I come to realize that Jules Leger the erudite civil servant does not rule Jules Leger the son of a village storekeeper and brother of a man of the church. His ways are simple and his philosophy his humor his twinkle mischievous. It will be interesting to see how these personal qualities get across to a crowd an ex- ercise he has never given thought But he will not is one of his distinctive qualities. Jules Leger won't boot the Grey Cup ball further than the prime and not because of I im- agine he'll rarely wear court if ever. I suspect the pageantry of troop reviews will move him to ask whether he need disguise himself as a though he will not be offensive about it for he knows well that arms play a role in peace. In all I he will tend to be a very civilian a poor target for Gilbert and Sullivan. But though some pomp is allowed quietly to slip off into the or to be burned off in the fiercely realistic noon- day sun of I believe we will find the office of governor-general will acquire new relevance to replace it. Jules and Madame I feel have accepted this assignment not out of desire for what they know to be an honor but in devotion to their sense of duty. Both of aristocrats in mind and in will look discerningly for ways to' better Canada. They will do that not just because they know that would be the Queen's wish but because they feel that in Rideau Hall they also represent Canadians. Constitutional experts may quibble about but let them quibble. The ways open to such a couple to listen and speak for Canada to help us see Canada whole are not mysterious or intrusive. In ad- dition to the subtle influence Jules Leger might have in government see how much wider is their To Rideau Hall in a and to Their Excellencies when they are moving about Canada the Vaniers and the Micheners did so come people of influence in all things far- age. Many of them come to report and to seek en- couragement. How in character for Jules Leger by polite question to plant in their minds how they might broaden or sharpen their work. How easy for him to en- courage the filling of a to discourage a low priority by suggesting new directions. And how easy for him in subsequent talks with govern- ment people to be a watchman with the time and brain to report good and ill as he finds to and to It will not be a new for from Massey on it has been finding its way out of the well- intentioned festoons of vice- regal tradition. But it is a role awaiting still another injec- tion of the kind of personal caring and plain com- mon sense I believe the Leaers will give it and us.