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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-12,Lethbridge, Alberta Peoghhftke loulh    Hy Chris Stewart Some people seem lo have the knack S«turday. Mnwwy 12, 1974 - THE LETHiHIDOl MlBAtP S THE VOICE OF ONE —By Dr. Frank S. Morlev Somehow Mrs. Agnes Liuh always finds herseff “in tlw driver’s seat" despite her repeated protests. Her organixational ability defeats any intention of sitting back and merely enjoying group membership and anyway she detests just going along for the ride, so to speak. Give ter a job to do and she’ll give it everything she’s got. She believes a job worth doing is worth doing well and practices this philosophy in everything she does. Even when she protests with her familiar, “No way!” she in* variably winds up with top executive positions. Wtien she turned up at the pre-election meeting to organize a civic campaign for Miss Lillian Parry she hadn’t intended to become campaign chairman for the city’s first lady alderman but when the candidate announced her preference for Mrs. Lush, somehow this spirited woman just couldn’t say no. When she and her hard-working committee canvassed every Lethbridge home on Miss Parry’s behalf the candidate topped the polls. She recognized the need of a women's auxiliary to the Galt Rehabilitation Centre (now converted to the Galt museum) and began sharing this interest with friends. The result? She ended up spearheading the orgam-zation (as president, too) as well as serving as a volunteer at the centre several days a week. She played bingo with the patients, served afternoon tea and fed those tmable to feed themselves. She managed to scrounge from a B.C. friend, a giant Christmas tree for the centre’s main hall and from the local Rotarians smaller trees for each floor as well as persuading Jobey Leweiyen, then Eaton’s groceteria manager, to act as Santa Claus. As honorary president to the atixiliary of the newly-built Auxiliary Hospital she initiated the popular Sunshine bags, the colorful four-by-four-inch containers distributed to churdi groups and women’s organizations in an annual fund-raising effort and penned the catch enclosed, ditty, “A penny for every day the sun shines.” She was busy counting iiags for distribution to the Southminster United Church when she suffered her first heart attack whch temporarily curtailed her volunteer work. Mrs. Lush displayed the same zest in every group she has headed. In 1951 as president of the Lethbridge Ladies’ Curling Association her winning rink captured the grand aggregate award at Medicine Hat, She displayed choice plants in her sunroom while president of the African Violet Association and paid as much as a dollar for a single leaf to start a new plant She pushed for improved legislation while president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Conservative Association and when she learned of a deficit while teaching Sunday School at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church staged a capacity-crowded benefit concert which wiped out the entire debit. Her AllNations’ tea was equally successful. This mother-of-two-daughters (Mrs. Garth Pilling of Lethbridge and Mrs. L C. Zerr of Calgary) found time in her busy schedule to belong to the Pemmican Club, engage in amateur photography, paint, play regular bridge, bowl and golf. Probably her greatest contribution to the city was her enthusiasm for gardening. As president of the Lethbridge Horticultural Society (she was made a life member in 1967) She shared her love of flowers with hundreds of novice gardeners. This resulted in the permanent beautification of yards and boulevards as well as filling the summer air with the delicate scent of roses. Roses are her specialty, particularly the Floribunda, derived from crossing a Polyantha and a Hybrid Tea Rose. Her late husband, Tom, licence inspector for Lethbridge for 40 years, preferred the fragile lemon-eolored, pink-edged Peace rose. The 150 rose bushes blooming in her manicured garden were admired by visitors from both sides of the international border. She won numerous first prizes in the city’s flower shows before being named judge at the weekly competitions staged Friday nights in the lobby df the Paramount Theatre. Sh#i^óte a regular horticultural '«4^0)» for The Herald, offering advice on growing flowers, especially roses. “The average Canadian family is spending an increasing number of hours out-ofdoors,’’ she wrote, “and for this reason it only makes sense to beautify your grounds with roses. Nothing gives more gratifying results than liberal planting of this lovely, versatiie plant.” “A beautiful and fragrant rose garden provides more year-by-year pleasure than most other hobbies. From early June until the hard frost of autumn there is daily excitement and enjoyment in watching the dainty buds develop into flowers of exquisite form and beauty.” Then she would go on to describe the different varieties and the care each required. “The rose bush ha:> an anchor root with lesser feeder roots running beneath the surface. If you cultivate too de^ ly you will ruin them. Give ^m a good Soaking about once a week, preferably with the nozzle off the hose,” she recommended. She offered expert advice on the purchasing, selection and planting of roses and maintained “there is absolutely no excuse for a rose bush doing poorly if it is properly planted." Is it any wonder she was dubbed the Queen of the Roses, a title stilt accorded her by many long-time Lethbridge residents? She describes the many varieties with such accuracy you would think she had just consulted a rose catalogue. She credits her horticultural interest to her happy childhood at the family’s thatched-rooi Trinity Cottage, in Kent, England where the partridges and pheasants nested in the nut trees and holly hedges edged the property. She was born Agnes Marshall Wright in Rutherglen, Scotland (near Glasgow) and moved to Kent at the age of five. She sailed for Canada aboard the Empress of Britain with her mother, Catherine and the three other Wright children to join her father Francis Gardner Wright whot had emigrated to Lethbridge two years earlier to <become engineer at both the Numbers Six and Eight mines. Unsure of the family’s arrival time and having made repeated unsuccessful trips to meet the train he had retired for the night when Mrs. Wright and her weary youngsters arrived at the height of a February blizzard. Finding no husband waiting at the station Mrs. Wright hailed a horse-drawn taxi, secured her straw valise on the roof (later whipped off by the wind) and made her way to the Wright home on 13th Street North, then known as “Little Wigan" where she awakened her husband. Mrs. Lush recalls her mother’s horror when she spotted the pot-bellied stove in the centre of the small living room. She remembers her mother’s suspicion of merchants at the numerous cross-Canada whistle stops whom she feared might miscount her English currency. It was in Medicine Hat young Agnes had embarrassed a peanut vendor by hollering, “Oh, monkey nuts'” at which the polite salesman merely smiled knowingly. She married Thomas Lush in 1919 at the Presbyterian church manse. He had emigrated from London in 1905 and then served as a gunner in France during the First World War. They built their present home at 140S Tenth Avenue in 1922 on what was then the prairie edge. “I drove my golf ball from our side gate right up Tenth Avenue across what is now Mayor Magrath Drive to Henderson Golf course and never passed a car en route,” she recalls. Just prior to her late husband’s retirement in 1957 (he passed away in 1970) this vigorous woman was appointed Hi Neighbor supervisor for Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, a role which included calling on as many as 100 homes a month, organiza-ing a Hi Neighbor branch in Medicine Hat and supervishig hostesses throughout the area. "I loved every minute of it,” she recalls. ’’Throughout all my ID years of calling on homes I met with only one refusal.” Her secret? Her enthusiasm for Lethbridge, of course She carried her zeal to every new household. H she found newcomers apprehensive she impressed them by reciting all of the city’s benefits and had the knack of convincing them they had chosen the best city in Canada in which to locate. It was this quality that moved Cliff Cross of the Buckhom Dude Ranch to urge her to become ranch hostess the day she and husband Tom dropped in after Ashing near Pincher Creek. “No thanks.” she answered when Cross fressured hei, but upon earning his hostess had resigned she agreed to stay. Husband Tom returned to Lethbridge to get her belongings and visited her on sub^uent weekends. She supervised the staff, the buying, cooking, cleaning and food service for as many as 100 dudes a day many of them famous personalities from foreign countries. During her second summer she introduced matching staff uniforms, smartened up the table settii^s and gave the ranch the finesse distinctive of her own impeccable taste. Mrs. Lush’s busy career, dwarfing that of mo^t women, is even more remarkable when one realizes it has been interrupted by numerous surgeries requiring 14 years of periodic hospitalisation in both Edmonton and Lethbridge. She also shattered her right hip while in hoipital necessitating the use of a cane and she suffers from nerve damage in her right hand but that doesn’t deter her from being president of the Golden MUe Singers, practicing with them each Tuesday moming and participating in all their public performances. Of course she said, “No way!” to the nomination but they elected her president anyway. She headed up the introduction of floor-length black skirts and long-«leeved white blouses for the women singers and business suits, white shirts and black bow ties for the men. Inactive in her senior years? “No way!” answered this woman who can remember riding on the city street-car’s first run. Try making an appointment with her and you’ll find her schedule as crammed as that of a top executive. If she has any spare time after midnight she may telephone the Nitecaps, a call-in radio conversation program in Salt Lake City, to express her views to listeners around the world. But it is doubtful she would find time for such diversion during the day. Her gardening now is limited to the single trailing plant gracing her sunroom but her interest in roses is as keen as ever. Whether its Hybrid Teas, Grandiflora or Floribundas she can describe them with accuracy — the deep pink Charlotte Armstrong, dark crimson Charles Mallerin or the vigorous Ena Harkness. She knows roses like the back of her hand According to the Rose Queen “there is no magic spell or short-cut in the production of good flowers. Like children, if they have comfortable homes, good food, loving care and protection against disease they will flourish and repay you a thousand times over.” As far as community work goes she tears the day of the volunteer is almost over since government agencies have taken over but wonders whether the warmth and enthusiasm of the volunteer can ever be matched by paid personnel. Mrs. Agnes Lush Book reviews Unusual device in handbook “Beyond the River and the Bay” by Erte Ross (Hurtig). Professor Ross's book is a novel approach to historical geography. It is a selfconfessed scholarly ‘spoof’, supposedly written by a fictitious author, Ian Alexander Bell Robertson, in the form of a handbook for prospective settlers in the Red River settlement in 1811. Using this unusual literary levice, Ross has drawn on a variety of 18th and early 19th century sources to provide a picture of physical and human geography of Rupert’s Land on the eve of the arrival of l.ord Selkirk’s colonists. The arrival of the first agricultural pioneers in Canada West marked the beginning of the end of the era of the Indian and the fur trade. The vast region which drained into the Hudson’s Bay had remained for many centuries virtually unscarred by the hand of man. Canada West in 1811, still in its natural state, is a starting point for modem studies of the geography and history of the region, The great explorers of Canada West — David ’Thompson, Daniel Harmon, Peter Fidler, Samuel Hcame and Alexander Mackenzie had completed their discoveries and their journals by 1811. Tlte final struggle between the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company was at its height. This is an interesting attempt to enliven the subject for the general reader. Scholars are apt to be very conscious of the anachronism, both of style and of content. Robertson (or should we say Ross) only uses source material such as diaries, notebooks and journals that would have been available by 1811. He makes extended quotations from later edited versions of these sources, and other unpublished material. However, the general reader is not likely to object to this or to the 20th century style of writing the narrative. What is more disturbing is the discrepancy between what Ross says he will do and what New McGee book “The Turquoise Lament,” by John D. MacDonald (McClelland and Stewart, $7.95). As fans of escapist fiction are probably aware, John D. MacDonald ranks among the top authors who are unpretentious enough to give readers a lot of adventure, mixed with homespun social comment And if MacDonald is a top story teller, Travis McGee is a popular and unseemly hero This is the first Travis McGee book published in hard cover and the story Is well The Gulag Archipelago Why is the Gulag Archipelago creating such a sensation? This new book by Aleksandr I Solzhenitsyn, just published in Paris by the YMCA-Press, will not be published in the U.S. until next April, but Harrison Salisbury of the New York Times has already written a review which, with comments, takes up most of a whole page of a newspaper. Salisbury calls it an explosive work, exposing an “aUnost unbelievable” system of police terror and suppression throughout the entire Soviet Union, a system that involves arbitrary arrest, torture, executions, and terror camps, spanning the last SO years, which make the Spanish Inquisition lo<ric adolescent and the Nazi inhumanities beni(^ by comparison, exceeding the oppression of the czarist regime by as high as i,ooo to one. What is there about this to create a sensation? In his book on the inside of Russia Gunther documented the fearful slaughters of Lenin and Stalin. Countless books since then have described the slaughters of the peasants, the liquidation of minority groups, the oppression of dissent, the supremacy of the state over the law, the resettlement of the Lithuanians, Latvians, and Esthonians on the borders of China, and the bestial police methods narrated by Sol^enitsyn. Why get excited about what everybody knew or should know? Because everybody does not know it, or knowing it will not recognize it. Canadians and Americans are frightening in their complacency to communism. It is a tragedy that McCarthy went on his witch-hunt against Communists because it has made a desperately needed, objective, sensible resistance to communism most difficult. ’The fact that McCarthy was an evil and stupid man does not abolish the fact that Canada is going Communist at a dangerous speed. For example the materialism which Marxists claim is fundamental to communism and inevitably leads to communism has become a way of life for most Canadians. In the second place the book is important because it insists that Stalin's methods and purges were not a departure from the Communist system, but were part and parcel of a total Communist policy. For example Stalin did not invent the massacre system, but inherited it from Lenin, only Stalin practised it with greater ferocity and bestiality. Solzhenitsyn’s book makes it clear that the cold-blooded ruthlessness which reaches the remotest villages of Russia did not cease with Stalin’s death, but continues today. ’This is not said to under-rate the achievements of Stalin and Lenin. Lenin’s purge of the pieasants netted approximately seven million massacred, while Stalin’s purge of 1937-38 by a conservative estimate liquidated eight he has actually done. Only a few pages of the book are in fact a guide for settlers about the proposed area of settlement, the land sold to Lord Selkirk by the Hudson's Bay Company in the vicinity of the modem city of Winnipeg. Ross does an excellent job of producing a readable and generally accurate picture of conditions in Canada West in the early 19th century. The text is supplemented by nine maps, a number of interesting illustrations of the period and a good basic bibliography. This paperback edition is at a price that many interested individuals can afford ERNEST MARDON million people, but other estimates by reliable men run as high as 23 million. Never bad such a terror been inflicted on any people, ’hie whole history of communism in Russia has been one of insatiable massacre and sadistic suppression and brutality. No one can read without a sense of despair the disasters communism has inflicted on the Russian people, as for example the fearful casualties inflicted by the famine of 1930*31, so directly attributable to the agricultural chaos caused by the liquidation of the kulaks and collectivization of farms, producing a suffering and starvation passing human comprehension. In the third place the book is important because it is written not only by a patriotic Russian, but one of the very greatest of contemporary Russians, a man of international reputation, who has already spent seven years in Russian prisons and faces death in writing his book. Moreover he carefully documents his book, involving over 200 former prisoners in the work. It would be hard to doubt the integrity of the man. He risks not only his own neck, but the safety and future of his wife and children. It has always been a policy of Soviet police to punish the family so that anyone with a motive for revenge would be securely out of the way. In Russia a human being is an animal, perhaps a superior animal, but the Western idea of the sacredness of human life is ridiculous to them. This attitude is becoming all too common in the West, another evidence of the growth of Marxism. Perhaps the world will be impressed by the story Solzhenitsyn tells of his loss of faith in communism ending in total disillusionment and despair that the Commumst system can reformed. An evil philosophy must bring about an evil system. A group of students and writers travelling on the continent of Europe three years ago were much impressed by the conversations between Christians and Communists. Similarly a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church looks on Chairman Mao with adoring wonder. Visitors to Russia babble about the progress conmiunism has made with “tockward” Russia. Nothing has done more to retard Russian progress than communism. In the 1890s Russia was in the forefront of progressive nations. It is perfectly easy to prove that under communism Russian literature, art, music, farm production, and science declined and today does not come nearly to the heights possible without communism. This is a very great evil and must be fought with a true and superior faith and democratic techniques. Of this there is little sign at the present. People are asleep. Manna and a new moon By Doug Walker, staff writer Immanuel Velikovsky, who is to be honored by the University of Lethbridge for having established the reliability of folklore and for giving an impetus to novel interpretations of ancient literature, inexplicably failed to report what happened to the moon during the upheavals caused by the comet Venus at the time of the biblical Exodus. It is a serious oversight because the moon actually died and was bom again at that time. The Bible records that in the days of Joshua the sun and the moon both stood still (Joshua 10:14). Several centuries later the prophet Habakkuk (3:11) showed that the memory of this startling ev^nt was still alive. The biblical wording is not to be taken literally, as Velikovsky indicates, because the ancients did not realize that the sun is stationary. What is meant, then , is that the orbiting bodies came to a standstill. Dense clouds, that created the darkness spoken of at the time of the Exodus and by the Old Testament prophets, protected the earth from the calamitous results of being stopped in its orbit and rotation. But the moon apparently was not so protected and being closer to the sun it melted. John Hey wood (1497-1580) in his famous collection of ancient English lore has a line that says “the moone is made of greene cheese.” Even those who held an open mind on the constitution of the moon gave up the green cheese option when the American astronauts kicked up dust on the moon and brought back rocks from its surface. But Heywood’s piece of folklore probably referred to the moon's constitution pnor to Its dissolution whereas the dust and rocks belong to the new moon shot off from the comet Venus. When the old moon stopped its wandering (Milton, in II Penseroso) it literally melted and rained down on earth to be called manna by the Israelites Velikovsky proposed that manna was carbohydrates precipitated out of the dense clouds surrounding the earth. But in this he is surely mistaken. A hitherto obscure and puzzling bit of folkore provides an independent witness to manna being moon cheese. The cow that jumped over the moon was doubtless one of Moses' cows that acted skitterish when encountering the strange sub- stance and finally jumped over the manna (moon) There is another more direct reference to manna being a moon substance which Velikovsky, despite his great familiarity with the Bible, missed. When Moses gave his final blessing to the children of Israel he reminded them of “the precious things put forth by the moon” (Deuteronomy 33:14). Modern translators, eg. Moffatt, Smlth-Goodspeed, and the Revised Standard Version committee, deliberately sought to obliterate this direct testimony but it is blessedly preserved in the King James Version. The frequent mention of the moon in the Bible is itself an indication of the great impression made when the old moon dissolved and was replaced by a new one. 'Hiat event actually occasioned a cult of new moon worshippers. The prophet Isaiah spoke sternly against new moon observance (1:14), as did Amos, Hosea and Ezekiel. That Jews, fiercely loyal to the worship of Yahweh, should have been lured away to the worship of the new moon is the strongest kind of evidence that the old moon must have died and been born again. Other ancient writings also bear testimony to this remarkable occurence. The temple tanffs from Ras Shamra (3.48) call for a special offering m connection with the new moon. Nor was it only among the Semites of Canaan and Amurru that the new moon was adored. Horite texts contain references to the moon as welt A careful tracing back would probably reveal that a central motif in many religions — that of resurrection after death — had its origin precisely in the long obscured event of the dissolution of the old moon made of green cheese and the appearance of a new moon It is unfortunate that the astronauts have disclosed the new moon to t>e so singularly barren because the rich symbolism of new life IS somewhat attenuated thereby. Nothing, however, diminishes the excitement of rediscovering truth in folklore and finding that the Bible is mare reliable on historical detail than many modem people have thought it to be In arriving at this conclusion we have our mentor Immanuel Vehkovsky to thank worth the honor of being packaged between the unaccustomed cardboard covers. As usual, once you start reading MacDonald's latest, you read through television programs, supper, the news, bedtime and halfway into the night. A simple-minded killer, the beautiful young woman, under-sea treasure hunting, and pages of McGee's philosoi^y of how progress Is destroying that part of life worth living combine to make this one of MacDonald's best WARREN CABAGATA Car pools can save gas From The Great Falls Tribune A constructive proposal about saving gasoline has been advanced by the Montana Automobile Association. TTie association, through it^ executive officer, Thomas E Mooney, said it wilt be glad to serve as a clearing house to help .Montanans interested'in the car pool program Local offices of the auto association in Great Falls, Helena, Billings and Missoula will par-tidp«te. A person interested in saving gas by par-tidpMting in a car pool cm phoK the auto association office in one of the four cities, giving his name, address, phone number, place of employment and the hours and days he works. Automobile association personnel will make the arrangements for the car pool details. The association is making a commendable contribution to the national drive to save gas. Motorists who join the car pools also rale a bow. They also will save money and probably make intcresUng new friends. ;