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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Fraser Hodgson Jelunfnc, ftbruory If, THI IfTHMIDOl HHtALD The night our planned scare backfired TJ1D you ever have a mind- scaring scare tlial you still viridly remember? Mil just Uio kind where someone jumps ouL from behind a door and Hollers or a yellow wavering light floats toward you from a darkened room that turns out lo Ijo Ihe old family one-eyed eal: I mean the kind that makes your scalp crawl (ill your standing hair lifts your cap, a flood of blood rushes to your chest and makes your teart jump and nip over, Mid a flash runs down your hack and legs and roots your Jcet to the ground. A strong realistic seare affects people in many different ways I'm sure, End you will remember your bad seare in your way, but I remember one I had when I was young, just us clear as if It happened yesterday. I WHS a few months past six- teen that summer in the early 20s, and got a job for the school Jinlirtay; rm Mi? farm o[ Jim Maxwell, about 15 miles west of Swift Current. A school pal of mine in town got mo the job one weekend when 1 was out on his parents farm visiting dur- ing spring work. They were sort of tomi farmers, working in the city and trying to farm on the side. My pal Hon Rich- ards would BUSS a lot of school spring and fall, running out a week or so at a. time to do some farming, and I envied !rim vciy much being so lucky. Tlieir place was less than a mile west across the pasture from Maxwells, and it was on one of these jaunts lhat I made a deal with Jim lo work that summer for 530 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 nnd his wife were wonderful people to work for, and treated me more like a son than a hired man. Maybe lhat was became 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, end Jet me drive it wherever they went. Mrs. Mai- weQ 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 and surprised when asked to try her "Scottish 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 fo pitch bundles inlo his little one-horeo threshing machine. Tiro or three evenings a week Td call Ron on the barb- CTTH telephone, and we'd meet st the dividing pasture fence, Bad talk for an hour or more end practice learning to smoke. Sometimes Stan Waters n neighbor Hd went along, if I Invited him, but, not very often because we didn't like him very much. We figured he was land o[ stupid, because he was always complaining about how We planned it all out, ami sev- eral days later we pulled it off. It rained one weekend, and with nothing to do but the chores 1 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 finislred it that evening, and if you have read it you'll know it's a bit scarcy. 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 so lie couldn't "rubber" on the phone, I called Ron and fold him the plan was on. I met Stan in the pasture lane, and ten minutes later we sat at tlie line-fence gate to wait for Hon to show up. thought I saw him move in the nearby patch of Wolf Wil- low just 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 o[ 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 Ihere wasn't a sound, the ghostly quiet before the strike of the storm, and I 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 demented wolf hit at the same rims. 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 (ill (lie Miiirl grabber] it and sailed it away, my heart flipped over, and the surgo down my back and legs rooted me solidly to tlic spot. It seemed minutes before 1 could move, but 1 suppose it was less than two seconds, and I headed for the house so fast that no wolf alive had clianco to catch me. The many light- ning flashes lit up the whole country, otherwise I'd have torn down the posts of the piig- 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 wolf howl. He hadn't, and the rain hit just then with a few hail sloncs mixed in, and I jumper! into bed and literally covered up my Tile storm roared and thun- dered quile a irliile, and I ivent to sleep as it muttered away in the distance. The wolf chased me around and through the alkali slough in the pasture, and caught me out near the barn, I woke up on my knees choking the last breath out of my pillow. It was vei-y nice to lie down and go hack (o sleep, knowing the wolf wasn't in mv bed. 1 waltel by the granery next mcming on the way to milk, and saw my wolf still lying Uierc. It was a big dead skele- ton of a Russian thistle, with 2 boat-up jam can for a bead. The howl must have come from the sudden wind blowing over n can or bottle in the junkpilo nearby, or maybe through a knothole in (he 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 slier thai, 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 scaro that turned out In be pure im- agination? Dear, Dear! I think it's going to snow by Phil Fouldi Book Reviews Unity still the big issue in Canada some about hunting coyotes in winter, and how he dragged me 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. "One Country or ed- ited by R. M. Burns (Me- GiU Q n e c n' s University Press, 287 pages, leme that ties togetti- 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 lo face lira possibility that Quebec may Multi-sided analysis "Nations in Darkness" by JohnG. SlocssinRcr (Ran- dom House. SS.25, 19S G. STOESSINGER does a remarkable job of multi-sided analysis in his texl, Nations in Darkness. He exam- ines carefully (be three most powerful nations1 of our times China, Russia and the Uni. kd Suites delving into (heir early contacls wiUi cacli niter nnd building reasons for tlieir problems today. Mr. Stoessingor begins with Cluuese American relations. Hn explains how China thought of itself as the centre of Ilia norld nnd (he most civilized. Everything hnd to bo Chinese, nr it was quik' insignificant. China loloralcd the rest of Urn world. The Americans starlet! B f by respecting China and eventually looked upon that country as 3 ward to bo de- tended a g n i n s I European ivolves like BriUin, France and Germany. Tire author leads the. render through a fast and furious ping- pong gnmo where Iho players not only change mips, balls, tints, costumes, but also switch sides while they play Ibo game in a rotating circular table nith tivo h.ils, four balls, right players, all wearing roller tkales. flu's docs iml moan (hat the book is difficult lo read, hut one be. ulcrl. II is fas- cinating to read in addition in being very educational in world affairs. In handling tlie Ilusso-Aineri- can relations, Mr. Stoessinger's skill is equally great. Tlie two countries start off like ice- bergs on the open sea. The ini- tial contacts seem harmless though America comes off bp.t- (er lhan the other. Gradually. Ihe icebergs grind into each odicr over the decades of wor- sening relations until both mon. Biers hn-n turtle on each other, sending out tidal waves which engulf and embroil oilier na- tions. Curiously, the author ne- glects (o discuss Chinese-Rus- sian relations in any depth. It belongs to this book China- America, America Russia. China-Russia. I expecl il is onn more in fi-.or of Ihe free world. Authors can get their lumds on almost anything or any document their minds de- sire. In this case, I expect dm difficulty of pelting liussian nnd Chinese archives proved a problem. There is no doubt that. hook m.ikcs excellent "iding for the political scientist. Even (he serious senior high school student ought to atlempt the reading of it. F.xccpt for a petty point or two, Mr. Slocspinger's' bnok must be one of the best in Uio field. LOUIS BURKE. secede from Canada There- fore we should prepare against the failure of our troubled part- nership with French Canada even while trying to salvage It." II was an ominous warning fn 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 ot 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 slay witliij) the federal system or go her own way. What the book does is show how one of us liv- ing in Canada has some sig- nificant stake in the question. In an essay called: "Prairie Perspective. ,1. A. Archer, prin- cipal of Rcguia. campus, the University of Saskatchewan wrilcs that people in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are "vitally concerned over Quebec's place in Confedera- tion." Mr. Archer writes lhat newspaper comment on the se- lection of Pierre Elliott Tru- deau as Liberal leader was al- most entirely favorable. Tru- ricau could "bridge the gap be- tween the (wo major language groups in Canada." The. enthusiasm for Trurlc.'ui carried into the 1WF; election but later changed. Mr. Archer writer, because "Prairip. peo- ple (ncl that the federal pov- enunenl has not, solved imme- diate economic problems and that loo much cmpliasis is be- ing laid on language and cul- ture and loo IHUc on basic eco- nomic issues." UP continued in another part of the same essay, "Weslcmcrs as a whole, have little under- .slnmlitig nf (.he emotional roots of Quebec nationalism In (he Westerner's view, n nralfl Quebeu would probably go bankrupt and end up as fl dictatorship D[ 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 H. HI. Burns, direc t o r of intergovernmental relations at Queen's University deals will] the relation of Brit- ish Columbia to Quebec and the national unity. A delightful snippet from poet Ernest Dowson sets the tone for (he B.C. attitude. "1 have been faithful to three, Cynara! in my fashion." Books in brief "Fillets of Plaice" hy Grr- nld niirrcll (Collins. S5.95. lilt rJ'HE tille won't, attract any readers bul the name Gerald Diirrpll will. Tliose who have encountered him in pre- vious books will be. eager (n get at this one and won't be at all disappointed are five stories in this book, each one more amusing than tlie. last. I don't know what, fillets of plnice laslc like but I found these literary fillets delightful. DOUG WALKER. hy ,1. Arrh McLroct (Cnrllon Press, 153 pages, nrillS is the. year of Cana- dian re.misccnccs and they are much needed to out auUiml.ic serial pal torus in our m'cnl. past. In this lit HP book the author Iclls in a fiction- bascrl-on-facl. manner. HIP slo- ry ot a novel educational ex- periment in a small Saskatch- ewan community half n cen- tury ago. Tlie reflection on life at the lime will remind many ivoplp. of Ihe close, knit, life of a less beci.lc lime. A fine pifl particularly for Grandma or Grandpa. MARGARET LUCKHUBSff, Prime Minister Trudeau's re- cent crack that B.C.'s Premier A. C. Bennett has been a "bigot" in matters of French language rights is only tho most recent example that Que- bec is not the only strain to federalism. The book contains an essay entitled: Tlie Maritimes and the Problem of the Secession of Quebec. It reveals that Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have then: own plot brewing for sep- aration and are somewhat cool to the Quebec brand of federal neglect. In tlie introduction. John Deutsch, principal of Queen's University and former director of the Economic Council of Canada, says (lie lest of this country's ability to stay togeth- er will be our ability to reach n compromise similar lo the Wi7 British North America Act. The common interests that, lead to the BNTA Act. says Mr. Deutseh, were: security against the threat (if 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 tion and settlemcn'. of the empty lands of Ihe west, and a row political framework need- ed to overcome fl deadlock be- tween French and English speaking people. The time has come for the new compromise. Mr. Deulsch note.1; that tlw Rt.rcngtli for R new political- eeonomic framework (or Can- ada could come from our gill feeling of unity. Ho quolcs Pi- erre lilliott Trmleaii who must have felt (his strength ill his travels: "I know a man whose school could never (each him patriotism, but who acquired that virtue when be fell in his Ixine.s the vastnrss of bis land, and the. greatness ot those who founded it." GRliQ MdNTVEE. Focus on the University By MICHAEL SUTHERLAND Sold oul., (ml why? 'I AST week's feature article in Time Magazine about Canadian architect Arthur Erickson and among other things The Univci-sily 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 beeausa the very nature of the article and the opin- ions expressed hy 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 Hint 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 o[ 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 (hat it's a competition mind you, but there must be "sometliing 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 UK city just hours after they were distributed to the local newsstands. Specifically, it was enjoyable to spend 3 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 Erickson's creations. He began by "shooting" the Arthur Erickson contributions in Vancouver and then con- tinued cm to a city be r.dmitted never having heard of. For a while 1 couldn't really understand why he was so enthused about this building, lite a 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- Jarly after the often confused name for these geographical formations was cleared up. He made a definite effort on foot- to get to the most advantageous positions on either side of the river to capture what he saw in the campus (and hi the process Instilled hi me a rather deep respect far iho deceptive fitness of photographers such as He went about the assign- ment rather quietly and will) obviouj accuracy. Wlcn editor Jeffrey James was hcvr In late November last year he spent about fivs hours in the main bmlding, attempting In encounter as much of the atmosphere and as many of the people as he could. On returning lo Montreal lie provided guidance to Mr. Snlasi as to certain as- pects, ot the building which he wished to see photographed even the smoke slacks ended up looking rather Impressive. Certainly Mr. James' reference to thi main building as inevitably summing up the image of an ocean liner riding over (lie humpy coulees" was interestingly descriptive. The column and one-half story about the university complemented by the full color page of three photographs seem- ed to more than hold their own in rather prestigious company. While it is more than obvious that lire 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 end can often subdue the ratlrer negative comments of those who perhaps haven't strayed too far from here often good medicine for stimulating appreciation. The creative eye of Gabor Szilasl did hi- deed enjoy Ltithbridge and southern At herfa as he continually stopped to snap what he considered to be interesting and photogenic aspects of ttie countryside. (No smprise to Frank Smith I'm It will be more Important as time passes for The University of Lelhbridge to be rec- ognized not only for its startling architec- tural achievements but for its distinctive academic programs and the abilities of Its students and faculty. These are concepts which cannot photographed but can and are even more effectively evidenced by tfw awards and honors which many i.t The University of Lethbridge are begin, nine to .iccumulste. A briet reminder of (lie Second Amwal Film Festival that will take placs weekend, Friday, 25th (7 to 11 p.m.) Saturday, 2Gth (9 to noon; 2 to B p.m., and 7 to Ii p.m.) at the Yates Centre. It is something intended for the family. Tiro hundred films mil be at the disposal of all patrons who will not be charged ad- mission but who won't be deterred from contributing to a collection If they can tnsJ feel bis doing BO. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY The new-time religion (2) Duke Ellington played the Jazz Mass at the historic Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City he dramatized the appearance of a kind of music in the church. Not only a new kind of music but also dancing has re- turned lo 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 ot 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 Ihe 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 lax purposes. The young people, however, seemed to enjoy the so-called music greatly though the words were un- intelligible for the most part. '.Vcrr.hip undoubtedly is changing to fit this age of immediacy. This generation has licen described as "Tlie Now Generation'' who want what they want wlien they want It. They bve detached from Iradition 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 wlw inherit poods for which tliey have not worked, this generation holds their inheritance very cheaply. They don't know anything about the hard times of the thirties and the de- pression, but h.ive lived in a sliellcrcd stale where every need Li met, R society ri social welfare, frea nodical rcrviccf, and unemployment insurance. They ei- as a matter of right, a life without struggle and as far as1 possible without work. They are very patronizing to the former generation and as anyone knows who had had discussions wiUi 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 sec the alienation and escapism among them. They do, however, have great confidence in their own goodness and self-rightness with de- tachment from all selfishness. There has alway been a generation gap but never one as frightening and wide as that ot today. The early Christian church is said to have out-thought, out-lived, and outrdied tlie pagan world, but 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 tho emotions gurgle. Roger Ortmw'er of the National Council of Churches' Department of Church and Culture describes a wor- ship service where a rork combo played, scripture was read and streamers, bal- loons, paper plales, and a variety of noise- makers went Uuwigh the air through Uro entire service. While Oitmayer preached his sermon, people we.rn reading news items aloud nnd the combo went on. Stu- dents who were not olbeniise engaged did 8 snake dance tlirough the aisles. I have seen services where tlie chief ob- jective was the casting out of demons. Sometimes a "worsliipper" would vomit on (Jic carpet right in front of tlie communion table. Healing is definitely part of tha "new reformation." One. dccidcly good tea- lure of the new-time, religion i.s th.it it ba relevant and have, some effect in life. (To be continued.) ;