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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22-THE LETHBRIDQE HEHALD-Stturday. February It, 1974 Hippies prohibited 'Magic mushrooms9 sought By ERNESTO MENDOZA MEXICO CITY (Reuter) "No Hippies" signs are sprouting in the hotels of Oaxaca as long-haired and bearded pilgrims arrive in search of the "magic mushroom." The hallucination-inducing mushroom, which grows wild in the green mountains around the provincial city in southern Mexico, has been drawing hippies from the United States for many years. "The hippies think that the magic mushrooms are as plentiful as hay over says the Governor of Oaxaca state, Fernando Gomez Sandoval. The hotels' refusal to admit hippies has not discouraged the pilgrims searching for new "kicks." They say the mushroom, long used by Indian witch doctors in ancient rituals, puts them in a psychedelic state in which they hear music and see colors with deepened intensity Four years ago, police cracked down on the hippies and the sale of mushrooms. Troops were called in to round up hippies in Huautla de Jimenez, a former mushroom- paradise village near Oaxaca City, and deport them from Mexico. But the drastic measures only spread the fame of the mushrooms and the inflow of hippies did not stop, although the magic fungi became more difficult to get. At one time colonies of American hippies set up nudist camps beside cascading waterfalls in the lush valleys of Oaxaca and held orgies of magic mushroom munching. Today they have invaded even the state capital of Oax- aca, a city of people fa- mous for its colorful Indian ED KEELING BRYAN WILSON Stately Classics and Radiant Casuals Traditional or Contemporary Wedding Photography has changed.. at A E Cross Studio the difference is BEAUTIFUL A. E. CROSS STUDIO 328-0111 710-3rd Ave. S. markets. Oaxaca City is about 220 miles southeast of Mexico City. Despite the hostile attitude of the hoteliers, the hippies always manage to find a place to sleep, usually a park bench or the home of a poor family. One hotel manager said hip- pies who had stayed in his hotel burnt the carpet and behaved "scandalously." Luis Tarasco, president of the Oaxaca Hotel Association, said: "The only effective way to keep them away is to refuse them rooms in the hotels. Not only are they an eyesore but they do not bathe and they are rejected even by their fellow American tourists." The local Chamber of Com- merce has asked the authorities to take measures to control the inflow of hippies, saying they they set a bad example for local youth. Golden Mile Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: Keep fit 10 a.m. Meeting at p.m. at the centre for those interested in forming a drama club. Players and workers needed. Leathercraft 2 p.m. Tuesday: Singing 10 a.m. Dancing 2 p.m. Wednesday: Potluck 1 p.m. Thursday: Crib tournament p.m. Cash prizes. Saturday: Golden Mile Dancers will perform at the Blue Sky Lodge. Noteworthy: The Golden Mile Singers will be appearing on local television Sunday, March 3, and will also be singing at the world day of prayer to be held at 2 p.m. March 1 in the First United Church. Membership cards for 1974 are available at the centre. Then: are also a few tickets 'left for the centre's tour to Disneyland on April 22. Members are reminded to get their names in for the cribbage trophy tournament as soon as possible if they wish to compete. Ann Landers First woman Two workers pause to watch Roseann McGuire check blueprints at a Tor- onto construction site this week. Roseann, 23, was hired last month by the Canadian Underwrit- ers' first woman to hold such a job in North America. Her job is to determine the fire insurability of build- ings. Just for Lovers Radiant, Beautiful, Vibrant Intimately Yours That "Something Special" Portrait To Have and to Cherish For Ever and Ever From the Engagement Photograph Elegant Yet Delightfully Simple A Message from the Heart to Come and Share Your Happiness Old haunt latest thing in Y's meeting places TORONTO (CP) If there are ghosts in the old building that is 21 McGill Street, they must be happy. Their haunt was built around the beginning of the century as the latest thing in a meeting place for young ladies Since 1911, the YWCA has used it for office space and thousands of young women have eaten there, gone there to swim, to meet, to learn The Y sold it last year Now, instead of facing demolition, it is full of decorators, painters, carpenters, turning it into the latest thing in clubs for women. Isabel Beveridge, founder of Twenty-One McGill Street, -says it is geared for the business woman or housewife who would enjoy having a place downtown to meet other women, take a friend or a business acquaintance to lunch, take a course, get some exercise. "I like to think I've started it for philosophical reasons, but I don't think people like to be told they're doing something because they need it. "I was in the investment business. I missed working with intelligent women and talking to them. Dear Readers: This will be a first I have never before cut my readers in on a three-way correspondence, but today's the day: The following letter was sent to me by my good friend, and a principal psychiatric consultant, Dr. Zigmond Lebensohn of Washington, D.C. Dear Eppie: I very much appreciated your printing my letter on homosexuality and your gracious comments about it. I have already received several letters as a result of that column and am happy to say that most of them have been laudatory. A few took sharp exception to my statements, however, and I herewith enclose a real lulu, with my answer. Since you are much better at this sort of thing, I would appreciate any suggestions you might have for dealing with angry mail Yours Below is the letter to Dr. Lebensohn: Dear Dr. Lebensohn: Most of the letters published in Ann Landers' column are sickening, but yours on homosexuality was the worst. Homosexuals are SINNERS. They are society polluters who violate the laws of God. Only spiritual illiterates consider they have an obligation to be more understanding and compassionate toward unrepentant sinners than our Divine Saviour Himself. Homosexuality is vehemently condemned in the sacred scriptures. Therefore homosexuality cannot be categorized as anything but SIN Mrs. M. D. Of Seattle members of the clerj Sincerely, Zigmond Lebensohn, M.D. Dear Zig: Your letter to Mrs. M. D. was beautiful. You don't need any help from me, or anyone else. Thanks for sharing this correspondence. POULTRY WRAP Poultry should be wrapped loosely when it is stored in the refrigerator, tightly when it is stored in the freezer. Dear Mrs. M. D.: I read your views on homosexuality with great interest. Since I am a physician and a psychiatrist, I do not profess to be an expert at diagnosing "SINNERS." I will leave that to the theologians and to the consciences of the people involved. I would like to remind you that the sacred scriptures to which you refer also preach the value of understanding, compassion and the love of one's fellow man. It might surprise you to find that some of the men you most admire or whose writing, music and paintings have given you the greatest joy, may have been homosexuals. I hope you will give this matter some thought and possibly discuss it with some NORAH HAWN Auxiliary installs new officers The Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Gait School of Nursing recently installed Norah Hawn as president for 1974. Other officers include Doris Oliver, first vice-president, Helen Anderson, second vice- president; Joan Lowings, recording secretary; Margaret Sutherland, corresponding secretary; and Cannis Verlinden, treasurer. Doris Oliver is in chargfc-of publicity with Vina Alexander, buying; Gladys Price, Chapel; Barbara Banfield, hospitality, Chris Saunders, phoning; Millie Robinson, baby pictures, and Joyce Andreachuk, projects. To Wedding Portrait Tenderly Speaking of Your Love For Each Other. What a Wonderful Way, to Tell, Those Both Near and Far This Is the Most Wonderful Day of Your >Jfe And We Have Told the Story So Often With Glowing Portraits Stately and Regal Formate Casuals and Intimate Moments Held for AH Time in a Portrait And Now New and Exciting Presentations Money Saving Packages to Include the Engagement and Wedding Announcement Portrait Exclusive invitations. So Delightfully Different So Many Thinga Have Happened in Wedding an Exciting Invigorating Experience Aek Any Bride and Qroom Who Proudly Diaplays A Wand Presenting a Beautiful Image Keeps Us In Business 1224-MAW.S. 327-2f73 Tatar 223-2402 "WEDDING DAYS' Mr. Mrs. Douglas Gibbons (Nee Susan McMahon) Lethbridge For that Once in a Lifetime Truly Fine Portrait Make Your Appointment At Now Featuring Heavy Oil Painted Backgrounds ;