Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, February 5, THE LITHMIDGI HttALO 5 Herald staff A collection of short book reviews "Laura Sccord: the legend and the lady" by Ruth Mc- Kcnzic (McClelland and Stewart, S-1.95, 312 rl1IIE deburJtors liad Uicir day (in tlie thirties) but the discovery of a document in the Public Archives at Ottawa in 1959 firmly re-established Laura Sccord as a genuine Ca- nadian heroine. It took Laura Secord a long time to gain rec- ognition for her deed of he- roism in 1813 when she warn- ed Colonel James FitzGibbon of an impending surprise attack by the Americans at Beaver Dam, and -hen she was nearly shorn of it. This piece of telligence, some contended in tlie thirties, was without great significance by tlie time Mrs. Secord delivered it because In- dians had already given tho warning. 'Die document discov- ered in 1959 one of three written by FitzGibbon makes it clear that Mrs. Sec- ord was the first to give tlie warning. Miss McKenzie has gathered the whole story, in- cluding the controversy, into a readable little book. Giving up the legendary accretion of Laura Sccord driving a cow past an American sentry is lit- tle enough to ask in return for preserving the authenticity of this woman's brave deed. DOUG WALKER. "Goal t e n d e r by Gerry Chcevers with Trent Frayne, (McClelland and Stewart, 211 A GOOD book for the avid hockey fan or for any per- son who is interested in the workings and- background ot any business. The book presents a bit of ev- erything from human nature to cold hard statistics. Tlie cen- tral theme of book ir the working of tlie mind and the actual goaJtending work of Gerry Cheevers as the Boston Bruins head for tlie finals of a hockey season. Through Gerry Clieevers, the reader is presented with pic- Grazing sheep, mountain sentinel Fholo by Wayno M. Strong, Cardsfon Can church decline be arrested? "Who Cares" by Nicolas Stacey (Anthony Blond, S5.95, 304 pages, distributed by Copp man who cares about the moribund state of the Church of England is Nicolas Stacey. Okay, some are likely to say, if he really cares about the church why did he leave the ministry? Well, as this au- tobiograpy makes clear, Nick Stacey hasn't left the ministry he is exercising it outside the church now as director of social services in a large Lon- don borough. He hasn't turned his back on the church, either. When he decided it was time for a cliange after eight years as rector of the Woolwich par- ish, the church simply didn't eeem to want him. Nothing points up the pathe- tic state of the church more vividly than the way its strang- ling traditions and lega-lism prevented an enthusiastic and visionary man from being given leeway to strike out on new paths. Even yet, Nicolas Stacey loves tlie church and the gospel committed to it, and he has ideas he would like to try in an effort to breach the secularism which is putting the church out of business. The church needs men like Stacey. If it cannot stir itself In make room for him again, it deserves to go on dying. Confession is a familiar act in tlie church; but confession of failure is not or was not until fairly recently. It was not the thing to do. Ingenious ways of avoiding facing evidence of failure are familiar to all churchmen. A friend of mine, Double murder mystery "Dead by Colin Will- cox (Random House Inc., 180 pages, fPHIS is a police procedural novel set in the metropoli- tan complexity of San Francis- co, where tlie author "moon- lights ss a retailer of lamps." Homiride Detective Hastings is the disillusioned but morally-sound central figure; and all police figures come complete with set personal problems to belabor the point that they, too, are human. A tru'y enjoyable feature is the fact the story is so unclut- tered. Two major crimes are traced to a satisfactory conclu- sion, but there are few charac- ters involved in each, and it requires littie effort to keep track of each incident. Tho crimes are worked out in contrast. One is the murder of the wayward daughter of an affluent San Francisco family and has its share of drug ped- dling homosexuals and even a gigolo. The other concerns a house- wife at the other end of tlie economic scale, whose drab life is extinguished in a drab mug- ging- Interesting as the book is, it is obvious the author has yet to polish his technique, to re- lain his story thread and to keep a grip on his minor cha- racters. I'm still wondering what hap- pened to tiie housewife's small daughter when that case came to its climax. She was spirited away without explanation and turns up at the end of the book -in a youth guidance centre. All in all it's pleasant read- ing for mystery fans, but it doesn't have much to offer in the way of a challenge. MAUREEN JAMESON Familiar themes "Stone" a novel by Doug- lass Wallop, (George J. Mc- Teod Limited, pages, rpHIS is an interesting story about a young man fresh- ly out of college, working as a bartender in a holiday resort in the summer of 19-11. He is wait- ing to drafled but this is not his only worry. He is deep- ly troubled a bout his father's infatuation with another wom- an and desperately tries to fig- ure out a way lo keep his fam- ily intact so that he can go Jo war with the knowledge that he is not givinp his life in vain. Tliese two Ihemcs keep run- ning through the whole story and seem to lie marring Stone's first encounter with mil Tlx1 only lime he finds relief from them is when he is drawn Into the casual yet bizarre sex- ual experience with a female guest. The characters of Iliis novel are well drawn. The college boy Jeffrey S'tone, so superior to the mining town high school graduate Shirley wlro is trying to unload her problems onto him; the thieving Charlie, a fellow-bartender who has or- ganized his sex life in con- veyor-belt style; Lizzie, the black liousemaid, so concerned about her status, and many more that make up the hotch- potch of American society. Although UK problems youth had to face .10 years ago ap- pear to be similar to those of today, they have now, like a sickness in a more advanced singe, acquired a much larger dimension. GERTA PATSON, who visits all denominational assemblies in his ecumenical office as a Bible Society socre. tary, tells of an annual meet- ing where the Sunday School report created consternation. It showed a decline in children attending Sunday School. The brethren couldn't believe it; they refused to accept the re- port; the committee was sent back to do another study! Nick Sbacey's big mistake may have been that he made public con- fession of failure. Stacey's confession was pub- lished first a few years ago in the London Observer and then was widely reproduced throughout the world I read it in The United Church Ob- server. It was his confession of the failure of his strategy to penetrate tlie apathy of the people who lived hi the parish of Woolwich. That story is part of the autobiography under re- view. One reads the story in anticipation of success. So much enthusiasm, such careful pianning, such an outpouring of love, such enormous invest- ments of time and energy would seem to make failure impossible. But after four years, Etacey and his team de- clared this strategy of trying to revitalize the church to be a failure. Then, instead of being depressed, they took another tack which after an additional four years wss also found wanting. For all the candidness about failure. Nick Stacey stands out in this autobiography as a rather successful person his detractors might say this is due to bias on the part of the au- thor. I think it is due to hon- esly an honesty that refuses to indulge in false modesty. The things that were attempted and achieved bespeak a man of ability and considerable at- tractiveness. I have the feeling that Nick Stacey would trade all his ac- claimed successes tes Olym- pic racing (in the company of Roger Bannister and Chris his journalistic achievements (the world-wide distribution of his story of Uie failure of a mission is but one his pioneeering of a scheme for providing housing for the poor, his lecture tours (one of them to Canadian pri- sons) for a sign of the re- vitaiization of the church. Au- tobiographical though the book is, it is really aimed at prod- ding those who could still do something lo arrest the rapid rletiiik1 of (he church speci- fic-ally tho rhiirrh of England. No doubt Stacey realizes the rampancy of secularism may prevent his book from being widely read. He is probably prepared for most pople to say "who if Ihe hook is sug- gest ed as worth reading. What will hurt is if the reigning ec- clesiastics their thouldors: DOUG WALKER. ture of hockey's greatest ma- chine and the rrjan who made it work. Humor Is not lacking from the book and the little oddities of one man's life and how lie lives it only adds lo the readability. RIC SWIHART. "Little Stories" by Leo Tolstoy, illustrated by Krika Klein, (Aurora Publishers, Inc. 11! pages, is a delightful book of short stories for the very small ones lo be read aloud to or for the beginner reader. The print is very large and each story has some simple teaching of love and decency. What is so remarkable about this book are its illustrations. They not only delight the eye but more so the heart, for to- gether with the stories they create a vision of that remote and peaceful peasant life of Europe where nationalistic hatred and materialistic val- ues have rushed by without leaving any imprints. GERTA PATSON. "If You Want To Sec Your Wife Again" by John Craig, (Longman Canada Ltd. 223 TTTOS is a light suspense story easily read on a mean day when there is no- thing else to do. The plot re- volves around a trio of unsuc- cessful media people who de- cide on kidnapping a friend who, through marriage, has struck it rich. This they figure will bring in a pile of money which will take the strain off their limited resources, thus al- lowing time for creative work without financial presssure. The story is reminiscent of the kidnapping of a wealthy Toronto girl a couple of years ago which the kidnappers de- scribed later as "just a lark." Written in rakish prose which reminds me of some other au- thor but I can't think who it's often funny, but equally of- ten the writer strains too hard for his wisecracks. Nonetheless it's better than most mysteries on the market at present. MARGARET LUCKHURST. "Levkas Man" by Ham- mond Imies (William Collins and Sons, 317 pages, T REMEMBER an erstwhile local book reviewer wiio had a pernicious habit of classi- fying all adventure stories as "rattling good yarns." Levkas Man fits- admirably into this category. The human relationship at its foundation is bizarre a kind of love-hate situation existing between an ancjent eccentric anthropologist and his "adopt- ed" son. Action and there's lots of it takes place in Am- sterdam, Malta and Greece and on the high seas between. Plenty of suspense, mystery, violence and color in the Innes tradition. He's a past master at tlie game. JANE HUCKVALE. 'Political Leaders of Latin- America" by Richard Bourne (Knopf, 310 pages, 510.95, dis- tributed by Random House of Canada CIX well known persons in Latin America are dealt with in tlu's book: Che Gue- vara, the stateless revolution- ary who once was Fide! Cas- tro's associate in Cuba: Al- fredo Stroessner, the military president of Paraguay; Eduar- do Frei Montalva, past nresi- dent of Chile; Juscelino Kubit- schek, past president of Brazil; Carlos Lncerda. governor of the Brazilian state of Guan- abara (the city of Rib de Ja- and Eva Peron, wife of a former president of Argen- tina. In tlie summary, the au- thor says, "Eva Peron with her shrill demagogy and her pri- vate vendetlas; Eduardo Frei witii his sober, intellectual ap- peal to an electorate; Stroess- ner with his toughness and in- dustry; Che with his Utopian vision; Lacerda and Ktibit- schek contrasts in excite- ment and political coolness: such personalities represent the great diversity in Latin Amer- ican politics. Richard Bourne is a corrcspondnet for Tlie Guardian in Mancliester. DOUG WALKER. tures the ages-old life styles of these people who have been living there for generations. The starkness of tlie island, the rugged beauty and the relcnt- lessness of the weather, re- minds readers of many parts of the prairies, only instead of being surrounded by the for- midable seas we have miles of beautiful prairie which become bleak and formidable when a blizzard is blowing. This is not a gripping book, but it does tell a tale of life in the remote island. Here too though, life is changing. The young people are rejecting the traditional life of their parents and are turning to the cities. The question is left, what will happen to Papa Stour in the future when it is deserted? MARGARET LUCKHUHST. "Do You by Joan Walsh Anghuid (Longman Canada Ltd., 26 pages, rpHIS is a little book, ac- tually a medium-sized lit- tle book. It's smaller hi both size of illustrations and story length than bigger little books such as "The Little Prince" but bigger, with technically better illustrations than the small lit- tle books such as "Thanks For Being You" pubn'shed by the American Greetings Corp. Simply told in words and deiicate drawings and colored illustrations, this book offers consolation is the knowledge that all of us are only small individuals in this big world. But through love each of us is important. "For the heart is its own world, and in (hat world you are important." This book is intended for young readers since it advises young people that they can be- come any of a number of things when they grow up. But it is also for adults who enjoy the wisdom in fte simpli- city of the world of children. GREG McINTYRE. "Wilfrid Laurier" by Bar- bara Robertson (Oxford Uni- versity P r e ss, S3.50, 160 J AURIER's life has been J well documented in his- tory texts but tlie author makes his personality come alive in this little book. As Canada's first French prime minister, Laurier's term of office evi- denced that even at that time there was conflict between the French and non-French ele- ment in Canada. Tlie author does justice to Laurier's politi- cal clout, liis brilliance as a speaker and the legacy he left. MARGARET LUCKHURST. "The Book and Life of a Little Man" by Frederick S. Mendel (The Macmillan Company of Canada, 163 rPHE man who started Inter- continental Packers in Saskatoon in 1940 at the age of 52. having fled tlie menace of Hitler in Europe, here remi- nisces about his life. He tells of his early years in Germany where he learned the meat business from his father; of ser- vice in the army which he de- tested; of building a meat packing empire in Europe in association with the Poels of Holland; of an addiction to horse racing that nearly cost him his life on several occa- sions because it caused him to linger on, and return lo, territory; of a later enthusiasm for art; of the struggle to re- establish in Canada. The book reads well due as he acknowl- edges to tlie help of Canadian friends. Towards the end it be- comes scrambly as he flits from philosophizing to family to the state of his health In golf to his ranch to people in Saskatoon. DOUG WALKER. "l.ikr a Manlle Ihr Sra" by Stella Shepherd, (Clarke Invin, S'.fid, 1S2 AN interesting account of a lay-missionary and his wife, who for several years ministered to the scattered people on the island of Papa Slour in the Shetlands. The au- thor, who taughl the few chil- dren of the dwindling families, recounts with good word-pic- "America's Asia: dissent- ing essays on Asian Ameri- can relations" edited by Ed- ward Friedman and .Mark Selden (Random House: 438 pages, rjpVELVE brilliant y o u n g scholars engaged in Asian studies examine American post Second World War policies and tlw academic orthodoxies which have led to U.S. involve- ment and mistakes in Asia. It all adds up (o a critique after the cvenl, and the im- plied warning thai the Western world should not continue lo judge Asia by ils own stan- dards. An excellent reference book, dispassionate" in ap- proach, extensively research- ed, dedicated lo the "further- ing of Ihe critical spirit and hu- manitarian purposes which in- formed the founding of the Conuniltee of Concerned Asian scholars." JANE HUCKVALE. Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Aedes and friend TPHIRTY SIX days ago a significant appointment came into effect at The University of Lelhbridge and considering the attention given tlie departure of tlie university's first president Dr. Sam Smith, the event passed almost without notice, publicly that is. Tlie enthusiasm generated by completion of the main building some ten days ago and the nearly total occu- pancy of Ihe new campus further distract- ed from this occurrence, and while the sit- uation created the kind of non-publicity preferred by the individual in question, this person's story has been and continues to be an interesting the fol- lowing A native of Kingston, Ontario, the sub- ject of this column commenced studies in medicine at Queen's University as an un- dergraduate. He was 18. His interest shift- ed to biology and general studies with the subsequent completion of the degree BA at about the same lime Louis St. Laurent be- came prime Employment during these undergraduate years was as a research assistant in ento- mology with the Canada Department of Agriculture Field Stations, culminating in appointment as head of Ihs entomology section of the Northern Laboratory in 1950. With the support and encouragement of this same government department he con- tinued studies and received the degree Master of Science from the State Uni- versity of Iowa, department of zoology in 1953. Summers were spent as researcher in charge of tlie entomology lab in Church- ill, Manitoba. The year 1953 saw his mar- riage to the former Dorothy Kathleen Brown, a distinguished graduate of the Uni- versity of Toronto (BA, MA in Botany) and that same year he entered doctoral studies at Cornell University. For p. brief period following completion of his PhD this' individual worked as a physiological ecologist with the entomology division of tlie Canada department of agri- culture. It was during these years he con- tributed a great deal of important re- search to' the study of a number of in- sects, notably the moth, silverfish and com- mon Aedes mosquito. Between 1956 and 1964 he was appointed assistant, associate and full professor in the department of zoology at the Univer- sity of Toronto, and ultimately to the po- sition of dean of Scarborough College of that university. At this point his concern for the development of effective and effi- cient educational institutions began to take him away from direct involvement in teaching and research, as he became deep- ly involved in the executive and adminis- trative aspects of education. In January 1968 he was the only "out- sider" invited to lake part in an evalua- tion conference at The University of Leth- bridge, undertaken by lire faculty and ad- ministration after only six months of ac- ademic operations. He encountered a uni- versity sharing a campus and attended by less than 700 students. There were about 70 faculty members, with a group of ad- ministrators and support people all of whom are now referred to as the "found- ing" staff. He was exposed to some excit- ing academic and campus development plans and apparently acquired more than a parsing interest as less than five months passed until he returned to the city as the first academic vice-president, with major responsibility for academic program, fi- nance, physical plant arid campus plan- ning. Since coming to Lethbridge he has as- sumed an important role in local as well as provincial education, including the Uni- versities Co-ordinating Council, the Worth Commission on Educational Planning, the Universities Commission Steering Commis- sion on Academic Master Planning (Chair- and the Human Resources Research Council. National commitments exempli- fied by this recent completion of a term as a director of the AUCC were continued in 1970 when ho accepted tlie chair of tha AUCC Committee on New Learning Media. In 1971 he was appointed to the board of directors of tlie Service for Admissions to Colleges and Universities. Slightly more than one month ago, on January 1st, the man described here be-' came the second president of The Uni- versity of Lethbridge and it was his pre- decessor Dr. Sam Smith who stated, "Let me note quickly that tlie enthusiasm I con- tinue to hold for this institution, and will hold for the rest of my life, applies just as intensively to my endorsement of the wisdom of the selection committee of the board of governors in appointing Dr. Wil- liam E. Beckel as president. in antici- pation of my departure from tlie pres- idency, I can only assure the university community, and the that I feel strongly that the most impor- tant and positive step that has been mads in the history of this institution to date is the appointment of Dr. William Beckel u president Now a familiar personality to many at the university and in the community Dr. Bill Beckel has accepted the chief execu- tive position of the university at a when financial crises and the immediate fu- ture hang rather unpredictably in front of exciting possibilities inherent with the new campus and its innovating academic pro- gram. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Age of the new barbarians "OUSINESS must have a declares Mr. J. Lawrence Dar.pier, tlie new president of the board of trade. Now that will be the day, Mr. Danpier! Surely your tongue must be long stuck in your cheek. If business has a conscience it is (lie best kept secret of tlie age. The other day a new head of a firm that had been taken over walked into the office of a department manager who had been twenty years with tlie firm and at three o'clock advised him that his office had to ba cleared by five p.m. He had a fine busi- ness record, was of irreproachable morals and dedication. Thy story could be repeat- ed a thousand times. Go to Bermuda and see the firms with an office and secretary established there as holding companies in order to avoid taxation in Canada and tlie United States. Or go into the shops about you and see how the idea of service is disappearing just as it has in Communist countries. Business has no conscience be- cause the corporate mind can have no con- science. Profit is the only criterion of suc- cess. Suburbia has been described as the most terrified segment of America, populated by insecure and alienated people desperately trying to adjust to their technological en- vironment and become docile, politically and scientifically conditioned human ani- mals. As Lewis Mumford says "Now that religion is no longer the opium of the peo- ple, opium (pot, hashish, heroin, LSD) is fast becoming the religion of the people." Family and social life are increasingly de- moralized while political life operates un- der a conspiracy of secrecy so that Pro- fessor Harold Urey, whose research was largely responsible for tlie discovery (if heavy water, was not permitted to observe the metJxxls tlie Dupont Company used to produce this water. Tlie American support of Pakistan in its genocide of Bangladesh tried to justify it- self as an act of political strategy but from every moral point of view it was un- justifiable. Hero was one of the greatest ads of population destruction in history even more devastating than the Russian purges in Georgia, Lithuania, and Estonia and the German destruction of the .lews. The consciences of men are hardened agains! all humane consideration the use of weapons which aim at indis- criminate destruction, directed not only against military objects but against whole national life, against the total pro- ductive capacity of the enemy nation, against factories, railways and homes, ing helpless children and old folk, destroy- ing hospitals and wiping out the most no- ble and irreplaceable achievements of civ- ilization. The concept 'of total war which Is the fi- nal plunge into total barbarism has been depicted in the concept of violence pre- dicted in Marinetti's proclamation of 1909 which was a forecast of this century of total war, Fascism, and barbarism. One sees such insane horror in the work ol art- ists who disfigure and distort the human image or in tlie sculptors who distort the human body into degraded and savage shapes without loveliness or grace. In for- mer days artists delighted in showing the human figure at its best, but today tlie prominent artists show vulgarity and tiality in the exaltation of tlie grotesque. Tlie same violence, of course, pervades mu- sic and all life until the graffiti and ob- scenities of the lavatory walls become best sellers and one cannot walk in safety in an evening down an American city street. Civilization is fighting for its life today. In international affairs it is an alternative between co-existence and non-existence. In tile social and economic field men must make a determined effort to transcend thsir animal existence and break out of the prison house of depersonalized tech- nology. There is something insane about a society that spends thirty billion dollars to put a man on the moon while millions have a subhuman standard of living. There is something insane about a civilization which in the United Slates spent ninety- five million dollars in 1909 on advertising, by 1929 one billion one hundred and twenty million dollars, by 1951 six billion five hun- dred and forty-eight million and the amount has been going up astronomically ever since. The subservience and con- formism in society Is beyond understand- ing. One can understand Ihe murder of AM by Cain, but one cannot understand the bovine placidity that accepts dealh, a total death, before UK barbarians without a feeling of anger and rebellion, ll.iltfr likened himself to n somnambulist who wont Ihe way destiny sent him with no more control than a sleep walker. Multi- tudes live today as if driven by blind ne- cessity.