Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, February 1J, 197J THI IETHMIDG! HERAID 5 Margaret Luckhurst People of the south 30 Members of the Macleod clan look to 1974 OTHER DAY J perched gingerly on the edge of n beautiful rosewood chair which liad originally stood in Ihe an- ccslral home of Colonel James Farquhanion 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 olh- er similar curios and household items now scattered among ii'ie Macleods' descendants or in western museums. "Oh, relax, we still use tbe chair all the Ihe 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 Ihis favor with re- spect, something akin lo peo- ple who boast of sleeping where George Washington slepl, or us- ing the same dishes Marie An- toinette used when she said "let them eat Mrs. Evorson, graudniece ot Hie 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 (th? Shcrlocks) her great grandfather was a sea captain and picked up beautiful objets 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 Finlay Book Reviews A history of a great soldier "The Great Duke" by Sir Arthur Bryant (William Col- lins and Sons Ltd. 454 pages, out of style these days when wars have become in- glorious confrontations. But in tire time of the British Empire, soldiers were still regarded as heroic, and the men who led (hem Co victory were extended the accolades of the nation without reservation. Wellington, tbe man who beat Napoleon at his own game, was and still is. in certain quarlers hero wor- shipped by millions of his coun- trymen who saw in him their saviour. He wa.s the epilome of the splendid; cnm-apeoiis offi- cer, Hie master military tacti- cian, beloved by Ihs men in the ranks, respected by his offi- cers and feared by the foe. Tracing Wellington's early in India, Kir Arlliur fol- lows him through ihf1 great ca.np.TJk'n.s in .iiitl on to Walerloo. viewing him always as did. "Hie most flawless commander known to history who, almost alone among great, captains was never defeated." He concentrates his attention almost entirely on the Duke's splendid military achieve- ments battle plans are care- fully outlined, complete with pen and ink sketches of the Lroop positions, so lhat even Books in brief "Wcill Knn: A rnrihon Ks- Tnlr" liv .laiiu-s Illus- ion (Irfiiiglnan Calliuh Mil.. Rl pages. "THIS is a gripping slory from Ihe. days before the Eskimo took lo living in houses, about a boy who was saved from starvation by two wolves. About half (lie consists of drawing.-; by the author which capture (lie moods of (Ito sfory exceptionally well. A lino litllo book. the most non-military of read- ers can understand what it's all about. Although he mentions very little of Wellington's pri- vate life, the moral forces which motivated liim, 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 frorn Ihe rabble of England's Blums. A quole 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 lo 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 sen-ice should ad- mit. The second is we should be sure to give the enemy a damned good thrashing. What csn n soldier desire more.'" England's most gifted histo- rian gives us Wellington as absorbing and inspiring mili- tary biography as you are likolv to find anywhere. Re- member though, that the em- phasis is on tJie military and if batllc plans are not for you, you ni.iy find certain asneds of this book somewhat tedious, Sir Arthur's pj'ls as a colorful, a 111 h c n tic historian notwith- standing. JANE E. HUCKVALE. A specialist work "The Social Passion: Hcli- gion and Social Reform in Canada 13M-2S" hy Richard Allen (UnivrrsiLv of Toninln Press, 385 pages, JS.Sfl'. PRESUMABLY the year 1921 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 lias produced n very subslan- tial work of a specialist nature. Many of the names and ,sil- nations appearing in I his hook arc (mown lo mn vaguely ;it. least. Cliurnh people of I lip gen- eration inimedialely ahead of me will know them vividly. I was not even vaguely nware that for a brief period in the parly 1920s labor churches flourished In western Canada but I was in familiar territory in reading nlxiut prohibition nnd pacifism. There is fomolhinfi Iroubling nboiil flisrovorinR that Ilin modern halite at justifying so- rial aclion fought earlier in the churches. Yet some ground ohvinusiv has been Tlic icarlinc-ss to label all snrial passim ,is Bolshevist or Communist inspired liai ob- viously diminished from that earlier period. One of Ihe. most interesting parts of this Ixiok is lhat deal- ing with Ihe controversy over the release of (he Rev. Salem Blnral from (ho faculty of Wes- ley College in Winnipeg in Bland mlorprolcd Mils as being duo In his social views but the author, having examined all tlw available evidence, con- cludes that it was an economy measure nnh, a.s tlie college board li.'ifl chimed II i.s ,i gonil illustration of bow Hie social pa.ssion .iivitisod intensely mij- ed feelings in the churches of Iho lime. If is douhlfiil if this book will receive a wide reading but if is a worlhwhilo piece of research and will be welcomed in his- tory and religion depnrlment.s. The price, charged is niodesl in vim of Ihe .sizp. and subslance of the work. DOUG WALKER. older, Norman Mrs. Everson explained, "there had always been a Norman Toruuil in the Macleod family, in (he 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, n retired army officer and father of Norman, Henry and James, had travel- led enough in his army career lo 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 ui Ihe back of lu's 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 elan. 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 sislers were born in addition t o Norman. Henry and James. Although farm life kept all members of the family busy, the time camo when the boys had to be given better schooling than was pro- vided at the little country schoolhouse. In time, the hoys 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 in Manitoba were aling a disturbance so Jim, bored with law, entered the mil- itia. When Louis Riel declared himseh" 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 fust taste of the west. While on duty in Manitoba lie met very lovely girl, Mary Drever, daughter of a pioneer family, and although he had to return with Ihe expedition, he had be- come so enamored of Uie young Mary that they entered into a correspondence which lasted several years. The military life had appeal for Jim Macleod than hunclung 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 Bee his Mary again. The story of Commissioner Jim Macleod is now legend in this area, but lesser known are the stories of members of bis family, and his own personal life. His brother Norman al- though not in the police force, followed his brother Jim out west lo 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 tilings, 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 tiling." Mrs. Everson's father, an- other iVonnan Macleod. son of the Indian agent, was the first manager of the Hudson's Bay store in Lothbridgc. "Leth- bridge wasn't very large then of course, and it was rather rough and wild, in the nature of pioneer communities then that i-s to say Ihe downtown area hp.d its share of question- able characters and goings-on. 1 ivasn'l Iwni here, bill in Nel- son where my father had been sent for a lime That was when the mines in the Koolenays closing down and thero was little business or industry to speak of. Wo returned lo Lethbridge when I was four years old and I've bw.n hern ever since." Colonel .lim Macleod, died nt the age of 57 in 1894 some years before Jlrs. Everson was born. "However I do remem- ber his wife, my Aunt Marv, well. She was a very Ivan liful woman very dignified and with an evcllcnf carriage. And of course 1 knew all their children, my cousins. The last member ol that family died just recently in Calgary." Mrs. Everson recalls her grandfather mentioning lhat the first divisions of (he TWMP did not fare very well under Ihe Dominion government. "They ilirln'l receive any pay for Ihe. firsl Ion or so they were out liero and people often say, well what would Uiey have spent it on if they had got paidV But tliey forget that almost as soon as the polica had their barracks up, the I. C.. 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 promissoi-y note for 575 with interest at M 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 ou the elbows with boot polish." In Mrs. Everson's opinion Col. Macleod didn't get a fair shake from the NWMP when np retired to become Chief Jas- lira 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 thev seemed to manage quits 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 ye.ars." 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 tlicre 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 givfl 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 ah1 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 Lclh- 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 ot my big events ot the year was when my father and Mr. Sherlock would go 'first-footin' you know what that is? J. 0. Wilson, one of the earlier superintendents of the RCMP would come along too. We'd go by sleigh, off to visit Mrs. Siarnes 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 lights 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 (he. 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. Ho .started out in real estate in Medicine Hal, 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 Lelhbridge as much as i have done." Mrs. Everson's daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Welch and her fam- ily, live, in town, while lier son and bis family live in Guyana, S.A. where they arc in flic ex- porting business. She visits them regularly and is learning n great deal of what life is like so close lo the efjualor. Tire celebration of the 100th nnniversaiy of the coming cf llw NWMP lo Fort Madeod, which will lake place in ]974, will be of immense intci-est lo all Macleod clansmen, as well a.s (o (lie Canadian nation. "I'm quite sirpvisod really, wlien f llunk of H-linl Ihe have rontributed Ifl western Mrs. Everson said. "I'm sure my grandfather and Uncle Jim and others of Iho family who have been in Iho force did not realize they were Involved in such history maldiig events. I Ihink if they had, we'd have more .sloriw Jo (ell of MIOSP. early flays. I'm convinced tho.ro are still many lhal could be lold, if we only knew about them." Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Noiv that's PERSONALLY, cliches are not a com- that each has its own "market" and pur- mendable communicative form popular but not really that distinctive. At loasl this is the advice offered by my fre- quent source of such kinds of information, the Freidenberg text on creative prose. However I thought the above gem might serve to introduce some thoughts about three rather large career fairs tbe uni- versity took part in this week. In par- ticular I wish to draw attention to the two-day Leihbridge event wliich apparent- ly drew some people to the Leth- bridge Collegiate Institute to see what some 30 exhibitors had to show 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 7 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 parfJcuarly 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 (lie 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 pose seems to be coining to the fore very encouraging. I hope the people from the neighboring Olds College, Red Deer College and Engineering Society displays (to name Ir 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 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 rery acceptable tions about social activities and locations still abound, it is Ihe 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 tlus anahtic approach to life opportunities and the inherent discovery of weakness cf some when applied b cer- tain individuals will cause frustrations. On the other hand, there seems to be an en- couragingly expanding group of persons dedicating themselves In providing kind of informntion ?nrl assr-tance 'ii-'ii will permit good decisions. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLFY 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 mjnd-consciousness." Some modern religion seems sheer com- mercialism. The other night In my eliurcli 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 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 churclies. 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" there 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 of thing could be multiplied many times. Tliis is quite mild contrasted with some "services'1 where the "worshippers" grad- ually strip, 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 readied and then they return to their places quietly and don their clothes. At another "service" they net absolution consisting of flushing of a com- mode by a litnrgist (taped 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 in 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 ia 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. His 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 "sen-ice" 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 tour soils. One girl explained to me that there was Lhe 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 riglit 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 axe doing when they say that theology and wor- ship must become more Have they any truth to convey or are tliey be- ing merely vulgar and emotionally self- indulgent? People are riLslurbed and shock- ed but not fulfilled and given the "peace of God that passes all underslanriing." The anguish of the soul is not appeased and (ha 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- ahead By Walker TTILDA Lyckman was all smiles at the conclusion of llw church service on (lie last .Sunday of Jnnunry. She said she had seen the first sign of spring she bad an nnt cr.iwb'ng ahoiil (lie floor of the church. I was sorry In have lo disillusion tier hiil. Ihe fact is that I sec an mil or two nlmosl every Sunday they hnvc (heir habitation in Uio hnusa of the lord. 1 look forward to seeing the wee creatures week by week. Once an flnt entertained us through a whole sermon by journeying around and around the brim of ilic hat of a lady in front of us. Keith and I keep hoping to foe one touch off n reaction in someone; Elspoth's Ihoughlj, of course, nre on lofl- ler tilings.