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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wtdnmdiy, January 22, 1975 Indian branch budget hike rapped CALGARY (CP) The department of affairs is increasing its staff and ad- ministrative expenses while telling Indians there is less money available to them for education and self develop- ment programs, the director of the Old Sun Community College on the Blackfoot Reserve 45 miles east of here says. Ken Bradford said the department plans to increase its Alberta budget by just 5.5 per cent for 1975-76, and that much of the money which had in the past been spent for education will be channeled into administration. "That kind of increase doesn't even cope with inflation, let alone the pressure that is on post secondary he said in a speech. Christmas all over again VANDERHOOF, B.C. (CP) It was Christmas all over again yesterday for four Vanderhoof boys who finally became official owners of 240 they found in September, 1973, on a municipal dump. Tod Millard, 8, John Thiessen, 11, Malcolm Evans, 13, and Danny Wiebe, 11, said they had no definite plans for spending their shares but said the money probably would be placed in a bank. The attorney general's department ordered Jan. 1 that the money be turned over to the boys. The children had given the money to the RCMP. Disposition of the funds was not possible earlier because Mrs. Blanche Kozy of Vanderhoof laid a possession claim on the basis that the money came from the home of her late husband which had been demolished and hauled to the dump. She failed to prove the money came from the house. Mr. Bradford said the department will spend J118.- 000 for curriculum develop- ment for Indians attending school on and off reserves. "That's the kind of thing that the Indians want to work on themselves on the reserves, they don't need it done out of Edmonton. That money is being taken away instead of being used on grass roots education." He said a request for a budget increase for the com- munity college so that staff members could receive a cost of living pay raise was re- jected because a department official said pay increases "apply to federal civil ser- vants. You will have to tighten your, belts." The college was founded in 1971 and is affiliated with Mount Royal College in Calgary. Mr. Bradford said that in 1971 Alberta had the lowest number of native college graduates just 14. Since formation of the college more native people are applying for department funds for post secondary education. He said the department, rather than being pleased at the renewed interest in education, is upset by the increasing numbers of would- be students. He said department of- ficials don't know what to do with the 400 or so applications it receives for post secon- dary education assistance because most department workers are used to only receiving 40 for an entire year. less than 10 per cent of the department budget is spent on education, and most of that is spent for administra- tion and civil service salaries. STAGE EXHIBITION British carpet manufac- turers staged a special exhibi- tion at the British marketing centre in Tokyo and are par- ticipating in the Toronto interior design show. ALBERT SCHWEITZER OF LAMBARENE 3-PC. BATH SET A-GRADE CSA APPROVED This fine set includes a 5-foot bathtub, a oval lavatory basin and a reverse trap toilet (not a cheeper washdown toilet) This all adds up to TREMENDOUS SAVINGS and GREAT VALUE for your dollar. COMPARE AT WAL-LITE BATHROOM WALL KIT Modernioze today with the dp-it-yourself wal-lite tub enclosure kit. 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This month, on the centenary of his birth, Schweitzer is no longer much written about, or discussed or even remembered. His idolaters and his would-be debunkers have ceased their squabble over the dead man whose life had been so controver- sial. All this is a pity because Schweitzer's life-work and ideas seem still more relevant to the decade since his death (later in 1965) than they were to the decades before. In much of the writing on Schweitzer, especially that by English people, one notices puzzlement, even unease, about his personality and career. For example, was he German or French? As a native'of Alsace, which changed hands in 1870 and again in 1918, Schweitzer spent half his life as a German and half as a Frenchman but in culture and character he belonged to the former. Paris he once described as "a biggish provincial town" and he felt more at home in Berlin or Bayreuth, where he began his book on Bach after listening to Tristan. Later in life, Schweitzer shocked some of his pacifist friends by saying that he had much enjoyed his national service in the Prussian army. But Schweitzer was no chauvinist; indeed the strongest influence on his life and thought was Geothe, in whose former Strasbourg lodgings he lived as a student. Like Goethe, Schweitzer was a polymath and he excelled as organist, repairer of organs, musicologist, doctor, theologian, author, and farmer. Friends disturbed Why did a man with so many outstanding talents decide to serve as a doctor outside a little town in Africa? This question disturbed Schweitzer's Strasbourg friends who told him that a "general does not serve in the front line." It has disturbed cer- tain later critics of Schweitzer Who hint, even state, that he sacrificed his family for the sake of perverse selfmartyrdqm. Little is known of Schweitzer's intimate life but the charge that (like David Livingstone) he destroyed his wife's healthJias to be reconciled with the fact that she lived to be seventy five. His daughter loved Schweitzer and went to work at the hospital after his death. Like him, she enjoyed the work of relieving sickness and pain in Africa. Many journalists who had interviewed Schweitzer later turned round and accused him of craving publicity, or "backing into the limelight" by disappearing to Africa. In fact Schweitzer attracted little publicity for the first. 70 years of his life and was never met by journalists on his returns to Europe. The main cause of his great exposure late in life was the opening of a scheduled air service from Brazzaville to Lam- barene after the Second World War. From then on Schweitzer's hospital attracted not only just journalists but earnest religious cranks, pacifists, silly debutantes, and disgruntled heiresses, most of whom were received with politeness and hospitality. But did Schweitzer really want these people to come? Many journalists are inclined to say that if a famous person refuses to see them he is" stuck up but if he agrees he is athirst for publicity. For most of his life, Schweitzer was out of step with the modish popular moralists who dictated ideas. During the First World War, which convulsed the world during his early years at Lambarene, Schweitzer took neither, side, and neither side cared about him until the French in 1917 had him shipped back to Europe as an enemy alien. In the escapist Twenties, Schweitzer became well known as an organist and a theologian but his work in Africa was regard- ed as mild eccentricity. He was best known in Germany until the rise to power of the Nazis whom Schweitzer loathed both because of moral revulsion and his Jewish wife. Culture hero However, Schweitzer could not endorse the Left, least of all the Communists whom he accused of being behind the African "human leopard societies" that murdered people with knives like that animal's claws. Always supicious of politicians, Schweitzer kept out of the 1940 war between the Free French and the Vichyites, who fought a battle at Lambarene. Even the hospital was hit. It was not till 1945 when Schweitzer had been in Africa for more than thirty years that his theories and his quired universal relevance and urgency. Two events that year shocked the conscience of the world more than any others in history. One was the discovery of the abominations committed at Dachau, Belsen and Buchenwald. The other was the atomic attack on Japan. Perhaps we are still too close to these things to appreciate just how much they changed our thinking. They meant an end to a faith in science, progress, human perfectibility, human betterment, even human survival. Schweitzer's retreat into Africa, his pacifism, his hatred of ideology, his distrust of scientific advance made him an obvious hero to post-war youth. His cult was especially strong in countries like Germany and Japan where guilt and suffering from the war were strongest. His great age and the airline to Lambarene made Schweitzer increasingly interesting to the newspapers, who fed and embellished his legend. He became a supporter and some said a dupe of th? Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and other peace organizations that flourished during the fifties. He won the Nobel Prize, using the money to build a leprosorium and an extension to his hospital. Even this period of intellectual approbation did not survive till Schweitzer's death. Better relations between the United States and Russia took the urgency out of the peace movement (without removing the danger of war) and young people took up other causes. One of these was the liberation of Africa, and here Schweitzer was seen as an obdurate reactionary, at best a .paternalist and at worst a racist. He never employed an Africa doctor, never allowed Africans to sit in his presence, and always addressed them as "tu." He distrusted African politicians and thought the apartheid system salutary to South Africa. This attitude might be most fairly described as old- fashioned. The Gabon was a colony for the first 40 years that Schweitzer spent there and it was not thought proper to treat Africans differently. Schweitzer was not a hypocrite for he did not pretend to look on Africans as his equals. However, unlike many South Africans, he never came to dislike the blacks. With his love and respect for nature, his loathing of technology (he cheered when the only two cars in Lambarene were wrecked in a head-on his scorn for the vulgarity of modern industrial society, he must be regarded as a pioneer, of today's environmentalists and ecologist, (he would not have liked the ;