Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, February 11, 1972 THE LETHBRIDOI HERALD 5 Margaret Luckhurst People of the south 30 Members of the Macleod clan look to 1974 OTHER DAY I perched gingerly on the edge of a beautiful rosewood chair which had originally stood in the an- cestral home of Colonel James Farquharson Macleod far off on the Isle of Skyc. It's a long way from the lonely Hebrides to sunny Al- berta and a lot of history goes along with that chair and oili- er similar curios and household items now scattered among ihc Macleods' descendants or in western museums. "Oh, relax, we still use the chair all the the pres- ent owner Mrs. W. E. Everson (nee Nora Macleod) advised me, somewhat surprised over my awe at such an honor. But of course I couldn't' relax for I regarded this favor with re- spect, something akin to peo- ple who boast of sleeping where George Washington slept, or us- ing the same dishes Marie An- toinette used when she said "let them eat Mrs. Everson, grandniece of (lie famous North West Mount- ed Police Commissioner has in- herited not one, but two such chairs as well as many other interesting antiques from both sides of her family. For on her mother's side (the Sherlocks) her great grandfather was a sea captain and picked up beautiful objels d'art on his many travels. On the Macleod side of the family, Mrs. Everson's grand- father and Colonel Macleod were brothers. "My father was Mrs. Nora Everson Photo by Ed Fintay Book Reviews A history of a great soldier "The Great Duke" by Sir Arthur Bryant (William Col- lins and Sons Ltd. 451 pages, f REAT generals have gone out of style these days when wars have become in- glorious confrontations. But in the time of the British Empire, soldiers were still regarded as heroic, and the men who led them to victory were extended the accolades of the nation without reservation. Wellington, the man who beat Napoleon at his own game, was and still is, in certain quarters hero wor- shipped by millions of his coun- trymen who saw in him their saviour. He was the epitome of the splendid: courageous offi- cer, the master military tacti- cian, beloved by the men in the ranks, respoclcd by his cers and feared by the foe. Tracing Wellington's early career in India, Sir Arthur fol- lows him through the great campaigns in mid on to Waterloo. viewing him always as Noihnhr did. "Hie most flawless commander known to history who, almost alone among great, captains was never defeatcd." He concentrates his attention almost entirely on the Duke's splendid military achieve- ments buttle plans are care- fully outlined, complete with pen and ink sketches of the troop positions, so that even Books in brief Him: A Oiriliou Ks- Ullio Tnlr" by .linncs Mot- ion (Ixuigman Canada M pages. rplIIS is a gripping story from the days before the Eskimo took to living in houses, about a boy who was saved from starvation by two wolves. About half the book consists of drawings by the author whii'b capture the moods of the story exceptionally well. A (inn little book. the most non-military of read- ers can understand it's all about. Although he mentions very little of Wellington's pri- vate life, the moral forces which motivated lu'm, emerge sharp and clear. He was a hu- manitarian, who viewed strict discipline, not as an end in it- self, but a means to cut down on casualties, to prevent ex- cesses, and to ensure the fight- ing spirit of an army drawn from the rabble of England's slums. A quote carried in the pre- liminary pages of this splendid biography is apropos. Private Wheeler of the 5Ist Foot has left this testimony. "If England should require the service of her army again, and I should be with it, let me have 'Old Nosey' to command. Our interests would be sure to be looked into; we should never have occasion to fear an enemy. There are two things we should be certain of. First, we should always be as well supplied with rations as the na- ture of the service should ad- mit. The second is we should be sure to give the enemy a damned good thrashing. What can a soldier desire England's most gifted histo- rian gives us Wellington as absorbing and inspiring mili- tary biography as you are likely to find anywhere. Re- member though, that the em- phasis is on the military and if battle plans are not for you, you find certain aspects of this book somewhat tedious, Sir Arthur's gifts as a colorful, a 111. h e n tic historian notwith- standing. JANE E. HUCKVALE. A specialist work "The Social Passion: Hcli- gion anil Social Reform in Canada 19H-2S" hy Richard Allen (University of Toronto Press, .185 pages', sn.50'. PRESUMABLY the year 19231 was a convenient cut- off before the era of the great depression when the concern for social reform became al- most universal among church- men. The other terminal for this study does not seem quite so clear. Nevertheless, having chosen his period, the author has produced a very substan- tial work of a specialist nature. Many of the names and sit- uations appearing in this book- arc known lo mf vaguely nl. least. Church people of the gen- eration immediately ahead of me will know them vividly. I was not even vaguely aware that (or a brief period in t.ho early IWOs labor churches flourished In western Canada but I was in familiar territory in reading about prohibition and pacifism. There is something troubling about discovering that I ho modern battles of justifying se- rial action were (ought earlier in the churches. Yet some ground obviously has been gained. The readiness to label all social pa.ssion as Bolshevist or Communist inspired has ob- viously diminished from that earlier period. One of Ihe most interesting parts of this book is that deal- ing with Ihe controversy over the release of the Rev. Salem Bland from the faculty of Wes- ley College in Winnipeg in 1017. Bland interpreted this as being due lo his social views but the author, having examined all tlrc available evidence, con- cludes that it was an economy measure only, as the college board had claimed. It ih a good illustration of how the social passion amused intensely mix- ed feelings in the churches of the lime. It is doublful i( this book will receive n wide reading but if is a worthwhile piece of research and will be welcomed in his- tory and religion departments. The price charged is modosl in view of Ihe size and substance of the work. DOUG WALKER. older, Norman Mrs. Everson explained, "there had always been a Norman Toruuil in the Macleod family, in the early days, as well as a James Farquharson, and a Henry it was one of those traditions." The Macleod clan had lived on Skye for generations. But Martin Macleod, a retired army officer and father of N.onnan, Henry and James, had travel- led enough in his army career to understand the limitations the island presented in those days of the middle 1800s. He had served in British North America in 1814 and had been impressed with Canada, and had in the back of his mind emigrating there where his family would possibly have broader opportunities. Although they were sad to leave their family home the Macleods did not dwell upon breaking away from the clan. Getting settled in a new and different environment would oc- cupy their thoughts in the fu- ture. In Canada the family settled in Aurora, Ontario, where five more brothers and sisters were born in addition to Norman. Henry and James. Although farm life kept all members of the family busy, the time came when the boys had to be given better schooling than was pro. vided at the little country schoolhouse. In time, the boys were enrolled at Upper Canada College in Toronto. Following this young Jim entered law school, graduating from Os- goode Hall in 1860. It was about at this time that the Metis hi Manitoba were ating a disturbance so Jim, bored with law, entered the mil- itia. When Louis Riel declared himself head of the Metis gov- ernment and executed Scott, the Canadian government, de- cided to send out a military force to Fort Garry to put down signs of a rebellion. Thus Jim Macleod, who volunteered with this expedition, had his first taste of the west. While on duty hi Manitoba he met very lovely girl, Mary Drever, daughter of a pioneer family, and although he had to return with the expedition, he had be- come so enamored of the young Mary that they entered into a correspondence which lasted several years. The military life had mora appeal for Jim Macleod than hunching over law books, so that when, in 1873 formation of a police force was recommend- ed to the Canadian government as a possible way of ousting wliiskey traders from the west, Captain Macleod (as he was then) once again volunteered his services. He had liked the look of the west, and besides, it was one way of getting to see his Mary again. The story of Commissioner Jim Macleod is now legend in this area, but lesser known are the stories of members of his family, and his own personal life. His brother Norman al- Uiough not in the police force, followed his brother Jim out west to become the first Indian agent at Fort Macleod. "One of my great regrets is that I did not keep a lot of rec- ords and other data which would be of interest to histor- ians Mrs. Everson ad- mitted in our interview. "I kept a lot of grandfather's tlu'ngs, of course, but many items have become lost, or loaned and nnt returned, and now I'm hazy about stories I've heard, dates and places and that sort of thing." Mrs. Everson's father, an- other Norman Macleod. son of the Indian agent, was the first manager of the Hudson's Bay store in Lethbridge. "Leth- bridge wasn't very large then of course, and it was rather rough and wild, in the nature of pioneer communities then that is to say the downtown area had its share of question- able characters and goings-on. I wasn't, born here, but in Nel- son where my father had been sent for a time. That was when t b e mines in the Koolenays were closing down and tliero was little business or industry to speak of. We returned 10 Lethbridge when I was four years old and I've been here ever since." Colonel Jim Macleod, died at the age of 57 in 1894 some years before Mrs. Everson was born. "However I do remem- ber his wife, my Aunt Marv, very well. She was a very tifiil woman very dignified and with an rM-cllenl carriage. And of course 1 knew all their children, my cousins. The last member of that family died just recently in Calgary." Mi's. Everson recalls her grandfather mentioning that the first divisions of the NWMP did not fare very well under the Dominion government. "They didn't receive any pay for tiie first Ion months or they were out here and people often say, well what would Uiey have spent it on if they had got paid? But tltey forget that almost as soon as the polico had their barracks up, the I. G. Baker Co. came in and set up a store, and other merchants weren't far behind him. Some- where in all my stuff I have a receipt for a police uniform a promissory note for wiUl interest at 24 per cent! With the poor man only making about forty cents a day it would take him quite a while to pay for it. "I recall, also, mention of the fact that when an official (I've forgotten his name) came on an inspection trip from the east, Col. Macleod's own uni- form was so threadbare he had to cover up the bare spots on the elbows with boot polish." In Mrs. Everson's opinion Col. Macleod didn't get a fair shake from the NWMP when he retired to become Chief Jas- tice of the North west Terri- tories. "He never got a pen- sion from the she re- called, "and when he died rath- er young, it must have been very hard for his family to carry on, but my Aunt Mary was a remarkable woman and they seemed to manage quite well." In her youth, the Macleods often visited Waterton Park in the summer. "I believe the force camped down there every summer, for a number of years." Mrs. Everson recalled. "It wasn't nearly as developed as it is now of course. I re- member when there was an old steamboat sitting there it was there for years. 1 wonder whatever happened to Mrs. Everson doesn't share the sentiments many Albert- ans have for Kootenai Brown. "I didn't like him at all." she stated firmly. "He used to give- me ginger chocolates which 1 detested, and told me to go out to play. Then he'd try to flirt with my aunt. I remember his wife, an Indian woman, as be- ing a rather pathetic little per- son. No, I didn't like Kootenai at all and I fail to see whv he's been made such a heroic figure." Lethbridge, Mrs. Everson re- calls, was a pleasant place to grow up in. "The old timers are going now she said somewhat sadly, "and a lot of the stories of early Leth- bridge are going with them. I do enjoy getting together with some of the older ones town still for we invariably start 'remembering "As a child I remember one of my big events of the year was when my father and Mr. Sherlock would go 'first-fpotin' you know what that is? J. 0. W'ilson, one of the earlier superintendents of the RCMP would come along too. We'd go by sleigh, off to visit Mrs. Stames first. It was very ex- citing! "I recall too when the power house burned down. I got a spanking for some reason or other that night, and when the h'ghts went out well, I was sure it was because I'd been bad. In those days life was eas- ier and less busy. Dad helped build the first curling volunteer labor in those days, and my mother was the first music teacher in town. She also played the organ at St. Augus- tine's church." Mrs. Everson's husband who died eight years ago was a Norwegian from South Dakota. "He graduated in engineering from the university of North Dakota in 1909, but never prac- ticed his profession. He liked Canada, especially the west, and decided to settle here. He started out in real estate in Medicine Hat, then came here to International Harves I e r. Later he went on his own, ranching, and one thing and another. He had a busy life and loved Lcthbridge as much as 1 have done." Mrs. Everson's daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Welch and her fam- ily, live in town, while her son and his family live in Guyana, S.A. where they are in tire ex- porting business. She visits them regularly and is learning a great deal of what life is like so close to the equator. The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the coming cf the NWMP lo Fort Macleod, which will lake place in 1974. will be of immense interest to all Macleod clansmen, as well as lo the Canadian nation. "I'm quite sir-prised really, when I Hunk of what the Macleods have contributed to western Mrs. Everson said. "I'm sure my grandfather and Uncle Jim and others of the family who have been in the force did not realize they wore Involved in such history making events. I think if they had, we'd have more stories to tell of those early days. I'm convinced there are still many that could be told, if we only'knew about them." Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Noiv that's fff PERSONALLY, cliches are not a com- mendable communicative form popular but not really Uiat distinctive. At least this is the advice offered by my fre- quent source of such kinds of information, the Freidenberg text on creative prose. However I Uiought the above gem might serve to introduce some thoughts about three rather large career fairs the uni- versity took part in this week. In par- ticular I wish to draw attention to the two-day Lethbridge event which apparent- ly drew some people to the Leth- bridge Collegiate Institute to see what some 30 exhibitors had to stow and tell about the many kinds of post-high school activities that will confront the present group of high school students upon grad- uation. Very simply I wish to make three points of commendation which are perhaps in- dicators of something much bigger than the fail's themselves. Basically the events were so effectively organized the exhibitors just had to be there the schools and their people did the rest. The detailed scheduling of buses, film showings, lectures, display locations and so on was practically without flaw. If you can visualize several thousand people congregating in one fairly large building over the space of a few hours without major disruptions, someone has done a lot of homework. To these people parlicuarly the LCI hosts, thanks. Any discussion of the numbers in atten- dance must include mention of the impres- sive parental involvement. It seems that as much as the students themselves, par- ents are actively attempting to understand the bewildering array of post-secondary al- ternatives facing young people. Third. There seems to be a noticeable tempering of the competitive nature that used to permeate or even prevent any re- lations between the exhibitors. The idea that each has its own "market" and pur- pose seems to be coming to the fore very encouraging. I hope the people from the neighboring Olds College, Red Deer College and Engineering Society displays (to name b-1 a few) gained as much from my attempts at assistance as I did from theirs. A few years ago you couldn't real- ly expect the kind of total involvement that came through at these first of the twelve career fairs planned for the prov- ince. It was not too long ago that the sep- arating walls of the various booths were merely symbolic. These important issues aside, the most impressive thing about the whole opera- tion so far has been the critical nature in which many of the Grade 12, 11 and even 10 students are looking to their fu- tures. Although the very acceptable tions about social activities and locations still abound, it is the queries about post- graduation fee structures, and intellectual value that really impress. The fairly often-espoused concern about preparation for graduate study, overall fi- nancial commitment and specific applic- ability of studies indicate a real an interest not taken to the old "this is what you will take" philosophy. These things, packaged with a growing realiza- tion of the importance of individual worth in a successful culmination with academic technical attainment point dramatically to a needed understanding of the situation confronting the high school graduate who really wants to find out "what's happen- ing." Certainly this analytic approach to life opportunities and the inherent discovery of weakness of some when applied to cer- tain Individuals will cause frustrations. On the other hand, there seems to be an en- couragingly expanding group of persons dedicating themselves to providing the kind of information and asir-tance ih.'ii v.ill permit good decisions. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLEY ______________________________11 The new-time religion new-time religion appears to be "Back to Baal" rather than "Forward to Christ." Something that haunts every minister is the danger that he may be out of step with his times or resisting the Holy Spirit. He also is distressed that the mod- ern church has become largely sedentary, sitting and listening to sermons, prayers, and scripture readings, only casually in- volved in the hymns. Also there is the dan- ger that only the mind is involved and not the emotions, that the church has been trapped in what D. II. Lawrence called the "cul de sac of mind-consciousness." Some modern religion seems sheer com- mercialism. The other night in my church a group of young men sang and played, the' words and music being utterly unin- telligible to me, and in the middle cf a program sold their records and tapes, walk- ing through the pews and down the aisles. They had scant respect if any for the communion table and baptismal font shov- ing tilings around to make way for their instruments. Yet in contrast to the older members all the younger people enjoyed the thing immensely. To me it seemed self- indulgent and senseless. All this seems very mild compared with "services" that I hear about in other churches. One "service" for example had prayers for Mrs. Murphy's dog, continual interruptions of UK reading of the scrip- ture with inane remarks, a sacrilegious ob- servance of the Lord's Supper, and utterly formless worship and disregard of tradi- tion. At another "service" Uiere was some unintelligible singing and a discussion group. A man who had come to the church for comfort because his wife died that week got up and walked out. This sort cf thing could be multiplied many times. Tliis is quite mild contrasted with some "services" where the "worshippers" grad- ually strip, write graffiti on one another to gel rid of resentment feelings, then with wild shouting and cacophonous music be- gin to pile on top of one another until a point of exhaustion is reached and then they return to their places quietly and don their clothes. At another "service" they act absolution consisting of flushing of a com- mode by a liturgist draped in toilet pa- per. Many "services" are characterized by clapping, swaying, and even shouting, danc- ing, and hugging. In other "services" ob- scenity is used, obscenity hi action and in words with sometimes blasphemy. I mean people saying unspeakable words. The most disturbing element is what passes for spontaneity but it is actually a lack of dis- cipline, order, and in many cases decency. The Abbott Primate of the Benedictine Or- der, Rembert Wheakland who at forty-four Is the youngest man and also the first United priest ever to head ilie world's old- est order of Catholic monks, watched with- out disapproval a group of girls dancing around the altar to the beat of tom-toms during a mass. H i s comment was "The early monks created the Gregorian chant so today someone should be capable of creating something else." His affection for African theology has probably led him into a liking for primitive forms of religious ex- pression. In other "service" girls In bikinis went through the act of plowing, shoving some plows along the aisles through the con- gragaiion wherever possible, others spreading manure excrement and others throwing seed on the congregation, while the minister confessed that he was a hard or an unfruitful soil. The whole thing was meant to represent a parable of the four soils. One girl explained to me that there was the necessity of shock, that shock was a vital element in the new religion and that people had to be shocked into aware- ness. Undoubtedly she is right that it is ne- cessary at times to be radical, to over- state a truth to make a point, and even to distort reality. But is that what they are doing when they say that theology and wor- ship must become more Have they any truth to convey or are they be- ing merely vulgar and emotionally self- indulgent? People are disturbed and shock- ed but not fulfilled and given the "peace of God that passes all understanding." The anguish of the soul is not appeased and the heart remains restless. Truly the church has neglected the emotional involvement of the congregation and the urge to dance is a legitimate expression of religion, but both emotional and intellectual integrity and discipline are being sacrificed. (To be con- Ants ahead By Walker TT1LDA Lyckman was all smiles at the conclusion of church service on the last Sunday of January. She said she had seen the first sign of spring she had spied an nnt crawling about tile, floor of the church. I was sorry to have to disillusion her hut the fact is that I sec an or two almost every Sunday they have their habitation in (lie hmiso of tie Lord. I look forward to seeing the wee creatures week by week. Once an ant entertained us through a whole sermon by journeying around and around the brim of the hat of a lady in front of us. Keith and I keep hoping to one touch off a reaction in someone; F.lspeUi's thoughts, of course, are on loft- ier tilings.