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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Solurdny, Wi THI IfTHMIDOt HWAIB f Fraser Hodgson The night our planned scare backfired TVD3 you ever have a mind- scaring scare tlial you Btill vividly remember? Not jusl the kind where someone jumps out from behind a door and tollers or a yellow wavering light floats toward you from a darkened room that turns out to be the old family one-eyed cat: I mean the kind that makes your scalp crawl till your standing hair lite your cap, a flood of blood rushes to your chest and makes your heart jump and flip over, and a flash runs down your back and legs and roots your feet to the ground. A strong realistic scare affects people in many different ways I'm sure, and you will remember your bad scare in your way, but I remember one I had when I was young, just as clear as if it happened yesterday. I was a few months past six- teen that summer in Ihe early 20s, and got a job for the school nn th? farm of .Jim Maxwell, about 15 miles west of Swift Current. A school pal of mine in town got me the job. one weekend when I was out on his parents farm visiting dur- ing spring work. They wero sort of town farmers, working in the city and trying to farm on the side. My pal Ron Rich- ards would nu'ss a lot of school spring and fall, running out a week or so at a time to do some farming, and I envied him very much being so lucky. Their place was less than a mile west across the pasture from Maxwells, and it was on one of these jaunts that I made a deal with Jim to work that Bummer for ?30 a month. The end of June couldn't come quickly enough, but it fi- nally did, and I caught a ride out with Richards when they moved to the farm for the sum- mer. Jim and his wife were wonderful people to work for, and treated me more like a son than a hired man. Maybe that was because Uiey had no family, or maybe partly be- cause my name was almost as Scottish as theirs. Of course they had a Maxwell car, bought from my Dad several years be- fore, and let me drive it wherever they went. Mrs. Max- well cooked overnight porridge for breaHast, and her supply of scones baked on top of the stove never ran out. First-time visitors were usually confused We planned it all out, and sev- eral days later we pulled it off. It rained one weekend, and with nothing to do but the chores I stayed in and read everything around, and some of it twice. Then Jim gave me a little book to read by Sir Ar- thur Conan Doyle, called The Hound Of The Baskervillcs. I finished it that evening, and if you have read it you'll know it's a bit scarey. It didn't both- er me just then, but a few nights later it sure did. The weather turned hot the next couple of days, the kind that breeds thunder storms. That afternoon I noticed a slow buildup of clouds along the western horizon, but figured it would just be the usual bluster of wind and lightning sometime in the night. I phoned Stan and asked him to come along for a walk to meet Ron, and when I saw him start out from home 50 lie couldn't "rubber" on the phone, I called Ron and told him the plan was on. I met Stan in the pasture lane, and ten minutes later we sat at the line-fence gate to wait for Ron to show up. I thought I saw him move in the nearby patch of Wolf Wil- low jusl as we sat down, and a few minutes later we heard the most unearthly howl from the brush, followed by a sound like a cat fight in a back alley. Ron wasn't an imitation artist, but the setting of darkness coming on and the thunder- storm threat, made his rendi- tion sound pretty blood-cur- dling. Stan jumped up with a startled look and yelled, "What's and without waiting for an answer he took off toward borne on a high lope. Ron came out of the wil- lows and we sat down and laughed about how well our stunt worked, until we noticed the approaching storm. It was time to go, and I Just got started up the lane as it suddenly turned very dark, and I could only see my way by the frequent lightning flashes. Then the light eastern breeze dropped and there wasn't a sound, the ghostly quiet before the strike of the storm, and t stepped along real smartly. The advance blast of wind and dust hit just as I passed be- tween the barn and two rickety old graneries near the lane fence, and the wild howl of a mi the wind grabbed it and sailed it away, my heart flipped over, and the surgn down my back and legs rooted me solidly to the spot. It seemed minutes before I could move, but 1 suppose it was less than two seconds, and headed for the house so fast that no wolf alive had chance to catch me. 'Hie many light- ning flashes lit up the whole country, otherwise I'd have torn down the posts of the zJg- rag gate as 1 went through the barnyard fence. As I slammed the house door behind me, Jim was shutting windows and I asked him if he heard the wolt howl. He hadn't, and the rain hit just then will) a few hail stones mixed in, and I jumped into bed and literally covered up my head. The storm roared and thun- dered quite a while, and I went to sleep as it muttered away in UK distance. The wolf chased me around and through the alkali slough in the pasture, and caught me out near Die barn. I woke up on my knees choking the last breath out of my pillow. It was very nice to lie down and go back to sleep, knowing the wolf wasn't in my bed. 1 walked by the granery next mcraing on the way to milk, and saw my wolf still lying tee. It was a big dead skele- ton of a Russian thistle, with a beat-up jam can for a head. The howl must have come from the sudden wind blowing over n can or bottle in the junkpile nearby, or maybe through a knothole in the shaky old build- ing. A combination of wind and dust, lightning and thunder, can create quite a frightening scene. Next time 1 saw Stan he told me he knew we had something to do with his scare. The three of us got along belter after that, especially when I realized our stunt, had'sort of backfired on me. I've never deliberately set out to scare anybody since. Can you remember a scare that turned out tn be pure im- agination? Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Sold hui why? Dear, Dear! I think it's going to snow visitors were usuaiy and surprised when asked to demented wolf hit at the same "scnitish and Several flashes of light- try and it turned out to be a scone. I drove horses, milked cows, fed pigs, stooked grain, learned to run the binder, and stayed on and missed a month of school to pitch bundles into his little one-horse threshing machine. Two or three evenings a week I'd call Ron on the barb- telephone, and we'd meet the dividing pasture fence, and talk tor an hour or more end practice learning to smoke. Sometimes Stan Waters n neighbor Hd went along, if 1 Invited him, but not very often because we didn't like him very much. We figured he was land of stupid, because he was always complaining about how hard he worked, and how little he got for it. Then he bragged Borne about hunting coyotes m winter, and how he dragged one right out of its den by the tail. Ron and I thought he was stretching it a bit, as we knew coyotes only denned up in the spring for a few weeks, and de- cided we should give him a good scare to see what he'd do. time. Several flashes of light- ning quickly following one an- other showed the tiling writhing along beside the granery, and I could plainly see its grey mangy coat and luminous slob- bering mouth. I'll swear my hair stood up and lifted my cap Photo by Phil Fouldi 'I AST week's feature article in Time Magazine about Canadian architect Arthur Erickson and among other things The University of Lethbridge was personal- ly rather enlightening. Not enlightening in the sense that I learned anything new about the man, his architecture and in particular this campus but enlightening because the very nature of the article and the opin- ions expressed by photographer Gabor Szil- asi and editor Jeffrey James were almost rude reminders. Any person having any kind of direct as- sociation with this institution during at least part of the last four years has been as- sured of a seemingly endless exposure to discussion about its unique new design and how this would be a visual expression of the university's oft discussed philosophy. Such discussion has been to the extent that we not only hear or have heard some nega- tive rumblings from within but also from without. After some exposure to the two Time people who provided some refresh- ing new thoughts, it would appear many of the criticisms are really without without too much thought about an institution that is generating and has generated more na- tional publicity in the past few years than have any six other Canadian universities. Not that it's a competition mind you, but there must be "something there" that we locally have grown apathetically accustom- ed to. Of course, this can't be entirely true as there wasn't a Time Magazine to be found in the city just hours after they were distributed to the local newsstands. Specifically, it was enjoyable to spend day and one-half climbing about the cam- pus with one of Canada's distinguished photographers, Gabor Szilasi, a Hungarian who lived in Canada fifteen years before making his first trip west of Ontario on an assignment for Time Life to get some pic- tures of Arthur Ericteon's creations. He began by "shooting" the Arthur Erickson contributions in Vancouver and then con- tinued on to Lethbridge, a city he admitted never having heard of. For a while 1 couldn't really understand why he was so enthused about this building, like massive thoroughly photogenic sculpture that was so distinctively different from any building that one encounters even in the major centres in Canada." He was equally impressed by the coulee setting, particu- 3arly after the often confused name for these geographical formations was cleared up. He made a definite effort on foot- to gel to the most advantageous positions on either side of the river to capture what he saw in the campus (and in the process instilled m me a rather deep respect for the deceptive fitness of photographer! mreli as He went about the assign- ment rather quietly and with obvious pro- fessional accuracy. Wten editor Jeffrey James was here In late November last year he spent about fivn hours in the main building, attempting to encounter as much of the atmosphere and as many of the people as he could. On returning to Montreal lie provided soms guidance to Mr. Srilasi as to certain as- pects ol the building which he wished see photographed even the smoke ended up looking rather impressive. Certainly Mr. James' reference to the main building as inevitably summing up the image of an ocean liner riding nver the humpy coulees" was interestingly descriptive. The column and one-half story about the university complemented by tlig full color page of three photographs seem- ed to more than bold their own in rather prestigious company. While it is more than obvious that tns people of this area are quite proud of their home country, there are those who find time to "hack away" for a variety of rea- sons which are not always easily under- stood. Indeed things such as Time ar- ticles give assurance to many and can often subdue the rather negative comments of those who perhaps haven't strayed too far from here often good medicine for stimulating appreciation. The creative eye of Gabor Szilasi did fa- deed enjoy Lethbridge and southern At berta as he continually stopped to snap what he considered to be interesting and photogenic aspects of the countryside. (No surprise to Frank Smith I'm It will be more important as time passes for The University of Lethbridge to be rec- ognized not only for its startling architec- tural achievements but for its academic programs and the abilities of its students and faculty. These are concepti which cannot be photographed but can and are even more effectively evidenced by awards and honors which many at The University of Lethbridge are ning to accumulate. A brief reminder of the Second Annual Film Festival that will take placs nert weekend, Friday, 25Bi (7 to 11 p.m.) and Saturday, 28th (9 to noon; S to S p.m., and 7 to 11 p.m.) at the Yates Centre. It la something Intended for the family. Two hundred films will be at disposal of all patrons who will not be charged ad- mission but who won't be deterred trom contributing to a collection If they can and feel like doing BO. Book Reviews Unitv still the big issue in Canada I TheVoiceOfOne W AAJ. J O t: DR_ S- M( "One Country ed- ited by R. M. Burns (Me- Gill Q n e e n' s University Press, 287 pages, rpHE theme that ties togeth- L er the dozen essays in this book was stated simply in a Toronto Daily Star editorial In 1967 under the headline: Wo must prepare for Quebec's de- parture. It read: "simply prudence now requires us to face the possibility that Quebec may Multi-sided analysis "Nations in Darkness" by John G. Stoessinger (Ran- dom House. SS.25, 198 does a remarkable job of multi-sided analysis in his text, Nations in Darkness. He exam- ines carefully the three most powerful nations of our times China, Russia and the Uni. led States delving into their early contacts with each other and building reasons for tlieir problems today. Air. Stoessinger begins with Chinese American relations. He. explains how China thought of itself as the centre of tha n-orld and the most civilized. Everything had to be Chinese, or il was quite insignificant. China tolerated the rest of tlifl ivorld. The Americans started B f f by respecting China and eventually looked upon that country as a ward to bo de- fended a g ;i i n s t European n-olves like Britain, France and Germany. TlB author leads the. vender through a last, and furious ping- pong game where I ho players not only change rules, balls, hats, costumes, but, also switch sides while they play the game in a rotating circular table ivith two bnls, four balls, eight players, all wearing roller skatos. This docs no! moan that the took is difficult, to road, but. one must be alert. II is fas- cinating to read in addition to being very educational in world affairs. In handling the Russo-Ameri- can relations, Mr. Stoessinger s skill is equally great. The two countries start off like two ice- bergs on the open sea. The ini- tial contacts seem harmless though America comes off bet- ter than the other. Gradually. the icebergs grind into each olher over llxj decades of wor- sening relations until both mon- stars turn turtle on each other, sending out tidal waves which engulf and embroil other na- tions. Curiously, the author ne- glects to discuss Chinese-Rus- sian relations in any depth. It belongs to this book China- America, America Russia. China-Russia. 1 expect it is ona more point in fn-.or of Ihe free world. Authors can get their hands on almost anything or any document tlieir minds de- sire In this case, I expect tho difficulty of getting Russian Bnd Chinese archives proved a problem. There is no doubt that, this book makes excellent reading for the political scientist. Even the serious senior high school student ought to attempt the reading of it. Except for a petty point or two, Mr. Stocssinger's book must be one of the best in the field. LOUIS BUBKE. secede from Canada There- fore we should prepare against the failure of our troubled part- nership with rrench Canada even while trying to salvage it." It was an ominous warning !n Canada's centennial year, a warning that neither the elec- tion of a French speaking prime minister, nor recent ev- ents have done anything to make less threatening. A poll of politicians rehears- ing for the federal election ex- pected this year would more often than not report that "the Quebec problem" is still the prime issue facing the country. This book does not answer the big question of whether Quebec will stay within the federal system or go her own way. What the book does is show how every one of us liv- ing in Canada has some sig- nificant, stake in the question. In an essay called: "Prairie Perspective, j. A. Archer, prin- cipal of Regina campus, the University of Saskatchewan writes Iliat people in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba arc "vitally concerned over Quebec's p 1 a c e in Confedera- tion." Mr. Archer writes that newspaper comment on the se- lection of Pierre Elliott Tru- deau as Liberal leader was al- most entirely favorable. Tru- ricail could "bridge the gap be- tween the two major language groups in Canada." The enthusiasm for Trudoait carried into the WS election but later changed. Mr. Archer writes, because "Prairie peo- ple fool that the f Mora I gov- ernment has not solved imme- diate economic problems and that loo much emphasis is be- ing laid on language and cul- turc and too little on basic eco- nomic issues." llci continued in another port, of the same essay, "Westerners ns a whole have little under- standing of Ihe emotional roots of Quebec nationalism In the Westerner's view, n sep- arata Quebea would probably go bankrupt and end up as a dictatorship of the Right." Yet Westerners sympathize with Quebec expressions of "alienation" and in the final analysis would opt for a united Canada, with some concessions to keep Quebec in. A highly informative and readable essay by R. M. Burns, direc t o r of intergovernmental relations at Queen's University deals with the relation of Brit- ish Columbia to Quebec and the national unity. A delightful snippet from poet Ernest Dowson sets the tone for the B.C. attitude. "I have been faithful to three, Cynara! in my fashion." Books in brief "Fillets ot Plaice" by Ger- ald Durrcll (Collins, S5.95, 191 rPHE title won't attract any readers but the name Gerald Dun-oil will. Those who have encountered him in pre- vious books will be eager to get at this one and won't be at all disappointed. There are five stories in this book, each one more amusing than the last. I don't know what, fillets of plaice taste like but 1 found these literary fillets delightful. DOUG WALKER. "Eagle by ,1. Arch McLrod (Carllou Press, 153 pages, T'HIS is the year of Cana- 1 dian remisccnces and they much needed to flcil) out authentic social patterns in our recent past. In this lil.Uo book Ihe author tells in a fiction- bascd-on-fact manner, the sto- ry of a novel educational ex- periment in a small Saskatch- ewan community half n cen- tury ago. The reflection on life at. the lime will remind many people of the close-knit life of a loss hectic time. A fine gift particularly for Grandma or Grandpa. MARGARET LUCKHUBSff, Prime Minister Trudeau's re- cent crack that B.C.'s Premier W. A. C. Bennett has been a "bigot" in matters of French language rights is only the most recent example that Que- bec is not the only strain to federalism. The book contains an essay entitled: The Maritimes and the Problem of the Secession ot Quebec. It reveals that Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have their own plot brewing for sep- aration and are somewhat cool to the Quebec brand of federal neglect. In the introduction, John Deutsch, principal of Queen's University and former director of the Economic Council of Canada, says the test of this country's ability to stay togeth- er will be our ability to reach ti compromise similar to the 1867 British North America Act. The common interests that, lead to the BNA Act. says Mr. Deutsch. were: security against the threat of an ex- pansionist American govern- ment, the promotion of inter- regional trade despite prob- lems with the United Kingdom and the United States, promo- tion of growth by r-ansporta- tion and settlemcn'. of the empty lands of the west, and a new political framework necd- rd to overcome a deadlock be- tween French and English speaking people. The time has come for the new compromise. Mr. Deutsch notes thai strength for n new political- economic framework for Can- ada could come from our gut feeling of unity. Ho quotes Pi- erre Klliott Tnidcau who must have felt this strength in his travels: "1 know a man whose school could never teach him patriotism, but who acquired that virtue when he foil in his tancs the vastnoss of his land, and the greatness of those who founded it." GREG McffllVEB. -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY The new-time religion (2) WHEN Duke Ellington played the Jazz Mass at the historic Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City he dramatized the appearance of a new kind of music in the church. Not only a new kind of music but also dancing has re- turned to the church so that Jerome Mur- phy said, "If we left it to the Spirit, there would be nothing in the churches but Jesus and dancing." There have been innumer- able experiments using the dance in wor- ship in very conservative churches, for ex- ample an Indian student, Ronnie Sev- quiera danced the Lord's Prayer at a mass in Neerland, Holland. There is also much drama-liturgy with much effort at audience involvement. One suspects that there is exploitation of the Christian faith. Recently a group came to this town of Whiie Rock and in the church itself sold their tapes and records. They got a sizeable collection judging from the plates which they scooped up and car- ried away. The sponsoring religious body was left without a nickel for all its efforts and on the second occasion, at least, the money was not even counted. One wonders what check is kept on the collections for income tax purposes. The young people, however, seemed to enjoy the so-called music greatly though the words were un- intelligible for the most part. Wcrshi" undoubtedly is changing to fit this age of immediacy. This generation has been described as "The Now Generation'' who want what they want wten they want it. They also live detached from tradition and as much as possible from contem- porary culture. Some of them show this contempt for modem culture by being as dirty as possible. Like all people wto inherit poods for which they have not worked, this generation holds their inheritance very cheaply. They don't know anything about the hard times of the thirties and the dc- pression, but have lived in a sheltered state where every need is met, a society ti social welfare, frea medical FraviccF, and unemployment insurance. They ex- pect, as a matter of right, a life without struggle and as far as possible without work. They are very patronizing to the former generation and as any-one knows who had had discussions with groups of them they know all the answers and it is almost impossible to teach them anything. They have lost faith in all authority, including science, and it is very sad to see tha alienation and escapism among them. They do, however, have great confidence in their own goodness and self-righlness with de- tachment from all selfishness. There has alway been a generation gap bul never one as frightening and wide as that of today. The early Christian church is said have out-thought, out-lived, and oufrdied the pagan world, bul today there is strong distrust of thought, and religion is danced, clapped, sung, stamped, or expressed in some bodily form and contact, a biological and physiological rather than psychological and mental expression of faith. To many observers it seems just a case of knocking the bungs from the barrels and letting the emotions gurgle. Roger Ortmayer of the National Council of Churches' Department of Church and Culture describes a wor- ship service where a rock combo played, scripture was read and streamers, bal- loons, papCT plates, and a variety of noise- makers went through the air through tha entire service. While Ortmayer preached his sermon, people wera reading news items aloud and the combo went on. Stu- dents who were not otherwise engaged did a snake dance through the aisles. I have seen services where the chief ob- jective was the casting out of demons. Sometimes a "worshipper" would vomit on the carpet right in front of the communion, table. Healing is definitely part of the "new reformation." One dcciricly good fea- ture of the new-lime religion is that it bs relevant and have some elfect in life. (To be continued.) ;