Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
f t vwif ivi ins riRrutbw People of the south By Chris Stewart w Nonagenarian still a Socred enthusiast THE VOICE OF ONE By Dr. Frank S. Morley rather receive my final call at a Social Credit conven- tion than anywhere else on according to 93-year- old Socred enthusiast Mrs. Lillie Ely of Claresholm who travelled by bus to Red Deer to attend this year's provin- cial convention has seldom missed one since She claims Social Credit has been her religion ever since she sat not miss- ing a as part of an Ed- monton audience in 1932 when Major C. H. Douglas ex- pounded his philosophy Upon his conclusion she nudged her husband Jasper and announc- ed firmly Social She's been riding their bandwagon ever since. never changed my mind about says this Women's Auxiliary and League life member. vote Social Credit until I die' I feel it's God's way of wanting man to live in this world It's God's plan for living. It's as simple as that1 I make no apologies for being a Social Crediter Her enthusiasm took her to the national leadership convention in Ot- tawa in 1961 against her doc- tor's orders and when her 88th birthday coincided with the provincial WA convention in Edmonton Mrs. Ernest Mann- ing honored her with a cor- sage She kissed the late Premier William Aberhart so many times she simply can't remember and proudly claims he was the greatest Canadian the country has known She and her sister Violet Ruggles last year at age successfully shared a Travers Dam two-bedroom house with their husbands and some 20 children plus their the Burton without an unkind word spoken or a mean thought nursed had a house rule never to go to bed cross and never to rise she said all kissed each other goodnight and good morning with both Vi and I kissing each other's husband as well as our own morning and night When we were crowded for room some would sleep in the shed or the granary Everything just seemed to fall into she said reassuringly. Is it any wonder Lillie Ely believes that what the world needs is sweet love9 There were Boots and Ruggles everywhere. Together they managed to earn a month to support both families how did Grandma Gray stand the I asked esteemed her as a real Christian woman. We so appreciated her advice and guidance. No matter what happened she assured us God knew about it and He would work out the circumstances for our good One night when the children were worried because some turkeys were missing Grandma set out hunting for them while con- tinually assuring us God knew of their whereabouts. And sure enough they all turned up' What a wonderful legacy we had in her Lillie and Vi planted a huge garden and cared for the children and stock while the men cultivated the land and caught pike in the irrigation ditch The children were kept busy poisoning gophers and gathering stones land was full of both of Lillie They shared everything with their neighbors and passers-by like the Hutterite- she If a Ruggles or Root youngster forgot their school lunch their mothers didn't worry They knew others would share with them. Later Lillie and Vi rented the Travers Hotel on Main Street for five years where they housed their own school- age youngsters plus two two three two Domileskes and five Telsdorfs 24 children in plus a cow and chickens. They fed their menagerie with heaps of hot cakes and homemade bread. The children were assigned to janitorial and supervision duties and throughout the en- tire five years Lillie never had a discipline problem. Had the sisters not devised this ingenious method of housing youngsters close to the school it is likely some children would have had to forfeit the farms were located at such distances from the schoolhouse. A school teacher in Lillie moved to Root and eight children more were born in in March 1917. Her husband had made several earlier attempts to come to the province with Lillie continually oppos- ing the move until one day he announced he was going whether she liked it or not. She decided to join him. Glow- ing letters from Lillie's manager of the H.A Guess ranch at Travers Dam had triggered Jasper's interest. Their arrival in Champion with liv- house fur- nishings and children was the biggest event of the year. Lillie's fame as a cook and sister Vi operated a cook cart during harvest spread rapidly with Olie and Chris Olsen and Kassam Sobb of Lomond hiring her as their cook much to the dismay of her sons Ralph and now employed in mines in the Crowsnest When they notified her they needed her culinary skills as much as the Lomond farmers Lillie rented a huge Coleman house and opened a boarding house for miners and was later hired to operate fhe Empire Hotel dining room. leadership convention when she showed up wearing a hard hat with Gordon Taylor's name splashed across it in red rather than the snowy white Stetson bearing Strom's name worn by her peers. She was branded a traitor and both ca- joled and persuaded to switch her loyalty but Lillie wouldn't budge. know what happens to traitors' They usually get she laughed. the obituary column and see if I get home safely. I'll bet I and went on pumping for Taylor to the dismay of her friends. one has ever heard me say anything against Harry she explained. a fine Christian gentleman but he is no more a leader than a jack rabbit whereas Gordon Taylor was a leader from the start. So I backed She claims Alberta lost Socred government because voters elected men who viewed Social Credit as a personal job rather than a cause. cause meant nothing to she Gordon Taylor is dedicated to the cause and has proved But while Lillie Bly will leave her mark politically it will be her kindness that will be remembered best. Like the time Joe her 44- year-old Irish bachelor neighbor had a stroke while passing her home in his wagon on July 1944. carried him into my house to await the doctor's she he stayed until he passed away three and a half years later after suffering several more strokes. We cared for him and made him part of our family because he had no one to look after him in his need The mystery of Chalk River Her husband Jasper died in 1952 from the results of a back injury suffered in an irriga- tion accident and the follow- ing year she married her former widower Harry father of who had been one of her pupils m Osakis They settled in Magrath and later Harry retired in at Raymond's Ridgeview Lodge. Later they moved to Claresholm's Porcupine Hills Lodge While Lillie and her sister cherished their Happy relationship there was one area in which they competed Lillie had the largest family children to Vi's but several of Vi's offspring had fathered twins. When Lillie's grandson fathered triolets Lillie was as proud as a mother hen With the family expanding rapidly wouldn't dare give a final figure without checking in case another great-great-grandchild had arrived She is reputed to have 29 five great grandchildren and 14 great- great grandchildren as well as 10 living it is becoming increasingly dif- ficult to get them all together for special occasions. This past Mother's Day at a family gathering in Fort Macleod her 10 children were together for the first time since 1932 including Edward and Gordon Root and Nona Jensen of Frederick of Ralph Root of Alta Ray Glen Viola Jessie Lomond and Jack Root of Coleman Among the 34 guests was one of Lillie's 14 great- great Mrs. Angela English of Havre The lively nonagenarian with the hearty chuckle and clear voice was off to still another celebration on June 29th to mark her son Jack's 51st birthday And in her usual generous invited everyone within call- ing distance to come along plenty of food for she announced joyously just as she had done on thousands of previous occasions when her dining room table sudden- ly gained elastic qualities and stretched endlessly to seat every Dick or Harry who came along. The following day she was off to Champion to join a hundred or more well-wishers marking the 25th wedding anniversary of her nephew and his Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ruggles. What surprised me was that this died-in-the-wool Social Crediter was pulling for Prime Minister Trudeau while supporting Socred member Jim Green of Brooks. Her Trudeau backs late William Aberhart's platform of a guaranteed in- come for every afult she said. was declared ultra vires when the late Alberta premier took it to the courts but possibly Trudeau will see it She says she's sorry she can't vote for Trudeau rather die than vote against Social but she's hoping he makes it in order to imple- ment Aberhart's idea. This avid Socred displayed she had a mind of her own har-lr in IQfifi at the PHmnntnn Lillie Root Bly Illingworth Book reviews Dark side of humanity revealed and Gentlemen Lenny by Albert from the jour- nalism of Lawrence Schiller 365 This is the first book that I have read since I was a child that gave me nightmares. No doubt this is because the period covered most inten- sively by the book consists of the years between 1950 and a period coinciding almost exactly with my childhood. Lenny comedian and expressed with abrasive verve both in his nightclub acts and in his chaotic personal life the night- mares and repressions of those hypocritical years He acted them out to their ul- timate self destruction The story of his life is an effective antidote to the currently fashionable nostalgia for the years that gave the world the first rise and fall of Richard the Korean the assassination of John the Cold nuclear juvenile the beginnings of American in- volvement in the bitter struggle for civil rights in the southern and the McCarthy witch-hunt. Yet these troubled years were a time of overweening com- placency about America and the American way of a time of steadfast denial of anything nasty or untamed in the American a time when people were genuinely shocked when someone like the bleached out American audiences a way of reaffirm- ing their own completeness as human beings. Lenny Bruce gave audiences the dark sides of their natures their shadows and something which the other most notorious American entertainer of the Marilyn never quite succeeded in doing The book is excoriating to for Lenny Bruce seems to have lived most of his life on the nightmare of cool jazz tawdry strip bizarre sexual en- and dope. The book effectively adopts the argot of this world in telling his story. At the when Lenny Bruce dies of an over- one feels uneasily reliev- ed that this troublesome life has come to an since it likely would have grown worse if it had continued JOHN BELL Damning indictment Onion by Jo- seph Wambaugh 427 distributed by Fitzhenry Early in 1963 two Los Angeles Ian Campbell and Karl stopped a car containing a couple of Greg Powell and Jimmy Smith. The taken by were forced to give up their guns and to get into their captors' car. Then followed a drive to an onion field near Bakersfield where the four men got out of the car. When Powell shot Campbell the other policeman ran off into the darkness and in a wild race managed to escape. The Books in brief by Barnaby Williams If you want a first class suspense story to read on your try this first novel Lenny Bruce erupted into Barnab.y Williams. It's r aruMir an A open view. Lenny Bruce's comedy from the pieces reproduced must have titillated and shocked his audiences rather than amus- ing them. Now that they are no longer very they do not seem particularly fun- only grim. As well as titillation and the routines must have orovided about an airman of Charles who agrees to steal 20 fighter hire and buy an aircraft carrier to assist a small African country. He has his problems as one would some very ruthless Russian agents. A very exciting tale that convinces the reader it could be true. TERRY MORRIS criminals were soon captured and then followed the longest court case in California history which did not end until 1970 himself a Los Angeles tells the story of the murder and its immediate aftermath in gripping fashion. The characterization of the two policemen and two criminals which precedes the murder is also attention holding. But then the book bogs down in tedious detail about the trials and the psychological collapse of Karl Hettinger. I nearly gave up on the book in the second half but having finally finished it I can see that it achieves a purpose. It provides a damning indictment of the legal profession and of officialdom in police departments. The behavior of the trial lawyers leaves the reader full of disgust and frustration. The insensitive treatment of the policeman at the hands of his superiors is almost unbelievable. If Wambaugh succeeds in getting people to think about such things and demand change he will have performed a fine service. This book has been compared to Truman Capote's Cold Blood. It is of the same genre but doesn't sustain interest as well throughout. Yet Wambaugh's book may prove to be the more influential in the long run. DOUR WALKER On the 125 miles northwest of Ot- on the Ottawa is an unbelievable sign inviting the public to visit the Chalk River Nuclear courtesy of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Five miles off the highway you are given a guided tour through one of the most mysterious buildings and the most dramatic passages of world history. Once it was sealed off from the fanatically but now the manager of the information centre says there are few just those protecting some patents. Chalk River was chosen for nuclear ex- perimentation because of the cool the comparative proximity to research and university and the sparse population in the area since the reac- tion of the experiments was still in doubt. To the delight of the scientists pollution has been carefully controlled and made negligible. In every way the development has been a probably the most thrilling episode in Canadian and a glorious hope for even if the failure to control its uses would endanger the human race. It a tragedy that India should so brutally have abused Canadian faith by diverting Canada's generosity to manufac- ture a bomb. Canadian possession of rare resources of uranium enabled her leadership in nuclear research Only the Belgian Congo had large sources of the raw material Canada's indebtedness to Dr C. J presi- dent of the National Research is beyond payment It is startling to know that the development of atomic energy in Canada as late as January depended on a gift of from Lord Melchett and Canadian Industries It was not until the mid- dle of that Mackenzie King first learned about the research into the atomic Chalk River had its first construction in 1944. A year later the first reactor built out- side the U.S. went into operation Today Chalk River has a world-wide reputation as a nuclear research centre employing 2400 per- sons Most of them live at Deep about 10 miles a delightful townsite specially planned for with excellent fishing. Today the information centre in- forms you Chalk River Laboratories include two of the finest research reactors in the NRX and three small reactors. and a tandemn Van de Graaff a beta-ray mass electron multi-channel pulse electronic and a variety of research tools When NRX was the American direc- tor of reactor L R. reactor of most advanced design and performance is in NRU was more versatile than NRX. aimed to serve diverse in particular the production of uramum-233 and plutonium for research and produce coblat-60 and other radioactive nuclides for the treatment of as well as be industrially useful. The story of ZEEP Energy Experimental developed in which led to NRX Research reads like a fairy story and was made possible only by the most brilliant team of international scientists ever and but the extent of Canadian par- ticipation from every point of view made the final result a Canadian triumph. One of the very greatest contributions of C. D. Howe to Canada was the encouragement and develop- ment of the nuclear program. Canada urgently needs energy and her needs for the production of electricity increase by 7 per cent annually Despite the fact that Canada has half the fresh water of the she has only three per cent of the potential hydro power of the world and her power needs will possibly increase from 40 million kilowatts in 1970 to million kilowatts in the year 2000 A survey I960 predicted that Canadian power needs would double by 1980 The importance of the program can also be estimated by the fact that Canadian industry participating in the nuclear program has an annual business volume of more than million and it is es- timated that it will reach a billion by 1980. Chalk River is proud of its production of cobalt-60 for beam therapy used by Dr. Johns and Dr Watson in University replacing x-ray equipment. This is a story in but in Dr Ivan director of the London clinic of the On- tario Cancer have passed the pioneer stage of radiotherapy and have entered the era of of preci- sion and exact The variety of uses of radio-isotopes to a laymen appears endless and utterly fascinating The destruction of salmonella in egg the technique which eliminated the Curacao the change of the properties of textiles by sterilization of surgical sutures and other hospital the treatment of delicate and other uses point to the limitless value of nuclear ex- perimentation A whole family of nuclear power stations exists in including Bruce Nuclear Power Development on the shore of Lake Huron in Bruce On- Pickering Nuclear Generating Gentilly Nuclear Power Station near Trois and more are on the way. Nuclear power is still in its infancy. Jews in the Soviet Union By Norman editor of Saturday MOSCOW Exactly what is the situation of Jews today in the Soviet Begin with history. Anti-Semitism has a history of a thousand years in this part of the world. Even though the Soviet constitution outlaws discrimination against minority prejudice against most of it on the level of everyday has not been eradicated. This has not prevented Jews from making the most of the educational opportunities available to them As a many of them have earned important positions in industry and government. In proportion to their total Jews have been able to achieve better jobs and higher average income than any other minority group in the Soviet Union. In the last year or Jews have been experiencing more economic and social difficulties than they had previously known These problems are largely connected to Israel and the general emigration situation. Any understanding of the controversy over emigration from the Soviet Union to Israel must begin with the fact that Soviet laws have always prohibited emigration. An ex- ception was made for Soviet Jews several years ago on the grounds that Israel was an ethnic homeland. Many Russian citizens have regarded this exception as preferential treat- ment for Jews and have manifested their resentment in various ways. Even more significant is the fact that heads of university departments or science laboratories or government bureaus have ceased hiring Jews for important giving as their ex- cuse the fact that they think it wise to fill the openings with qualified personnel who are not apt to create costly turnover problems. This situation has produced something of a chain reaction. Some Jews who had had no intention of leaving the country are now applying for exit visas because ol the present difficulty in finding new jobs. But the greater the the greater the economic pressure on those who stay behind. At the time the Soviet laws were changed in order to permit Jews to emigrate to government officials thought it only fair that Jews should be required to pay a departure tax covering the free education given them since Soviet society would no longer receive any benefit from its investment in that education. The fact of the tax produced widespread protests in the outside es- pecially m the United with which the USSR was seeking improved relations the tax was rescinded. The removal of the departure tax has not solved all emigration however. The process of applying for a visa is still cumbersome and in many cases unpleasant. Many Soviet clerks and functionaries who interview the applicants regard emigration as proof that a citizen is lacking in and they tend to be officious and unco-operative. Even some Jews have left Israel in the past year. How many more Jews would like to leave tne Soviet There has been a con- siderable reduction in the number of applicants in recent largely the result of the unsettled conditions in Israel produced by the war Another factor is that letters are being received from Jews in Israel emphasizing the difficulties of making the ad- justment to a new country. Jewish leaders in the Soviet Union now estimate that not more than to instead of the hundreds of thousands involved in earlier es- timates would still like to emigrate to Israel One of the interesting side aspects to the situation is that there has been something of a black market in permits to emigrate. Hundreds of non-Jews have falsified records of their or have claimed marriage to Jewish or have tried to pay money under the table for exit permits. Ac- cording to available only a com- parative few have been able to get through the net. ON THE USE OF WORDS By Theodore M Bernstein Youth-yak. Ask a lad whether he wants to give up his girlfriend and the answer might well No Not said but uttered with like a drawn-out wail. Most likely the expression is a contraction of no way and has the same emphatic sense as introduce some on your whatever that and the later on your yourself into a fearful the situation can be taken care No problem. A reassuring slang expression reassurance in slang is a relative is no sweat. The which has been with us for a few years and is still appears to be a telescoping of no need to my no need to get Decimate. the word decimate means to take a tenth part of. But we need not always be completely literal. By extension decimate is also properly used to mean to destroy a goodly part as pest decimated the cotton plants in the northern part of the the word should not be used as if it were a synonym for an- which means to put out of existence altogether. Nor should it be used in this explosion decimated a tavern in the City Hall At the very least the word should be applied only to things that can be reckoned by number.