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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2O THE LEThBRIDGE HERALD Monday, July 9, 1973 West conference most important ever COL. MACLEOD'S GRAVE OVERLOOKS STAMPEDE GROUNDS Macleod grave forgotten during RCMP centennial CALGARY (CP) On the south side of Elbow River the grave of Col. James F. Mac- leod overlooks Stampede exhi- bition grounds from the top of the hill in Union Cemetery, hardly visited by a soul but the occasional blackbird seek- ing rest. At the exhibition grounds, the Centennial of the Royal Cana- dian Mounted Police is a major theme of this year's Calgary Stampede, opened last week by Queen Elizabeth. On Flare Square inside Stam- pede Park, dashing young offi- cers in their scarlet tunics per- form the famous musical ride, and display their proud his- tory of how the West was won in simulated forts to thousands of admirers. The noise, applause and laughter are not heard in Union Cemetery, separated from the Stampede grounds by the river which runs through the city named by CoL Macleod, the second of the North West Mounted Police, which later became the RCMP. The cemetery and the exhi- bition grounds are both on the east side of Macleod Trail, part of Highway 2 which leads to Fort Macleod, one of the NWMP's first settlements nam- ed after the commissioner 90 miles south of Calgary. CAREERS SALESPERSONS Two experienced Agricultural and Utility Sales People Wanted to Sell the CASE Line of Tractors and Tillage Equipment. Guaranteed Wage plus Commission and Car Allowance CALL lethbridge Farm Equipment Ltd. 1263-2 AVE. SOUTH, LETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-4494 SERVICE STATION DEALERS Gulf Oil Canada has outstanding profit opportunities for individuals with initiative. Because of the expand- ing petroleum market. Gulf needs people to lease and operate Gulf Service Stations. Willingness to moke a capital investment in your own business, plus previous experience in the Service Station or related business are essential. Successful candidates con be assured of a good annual income, and will receive extensive training in the sales, service, and business management as- pects of the Service Station business. In addition, a continuous protram of advertising, marketing, and business counselling will be available to Gulf Station operators. For an appointment please Gulf Oil Canada P.O. Box 4444, Alberta. T2T2RI Awsrrt.en Mr. R R. Brown Beside his grave stands flagpole, which has been flag- less since 1870, when the RCMP held a brief ceremony to bury their former commander's grandson, Norman, whose grave is at the foot of Col. Madeod's. The grave of Col. Macleod's wife, Mary Isabella, is beside him. FLAGPOLE FLAGLESS The flagpole will remain flagless and the monument on his grave will remain unmen- tioned during Stampede week, says Insp. R. J. Eentbam, in charge of the local Centennial committee for the RCMP. "There will be nothing done, to my knowledge, during Stam- pede week that will concern the grave or monument of Col. Mac- leod." Col. Macleod with the NWMP in its first year of operation 100 years ago and became its second commission- er three years later. It was he who named one of the western posts Fort Calgarry, Calgany meaning "clear, running water" and reflecting his Scottish back- ground. The second "R" in "Calgarry" was later dropped. He resigned from the force in i860 to become a full-time magistrate in the Bow River area. The former Imperial Army captain studied law and practised it before joining the militia and serving with the Red River Expedition of 1870. The eight-foot marble on his grave is inscribed with these words: Col. James Farquhars o n Macleod A judge of the Supreme Court of the North West Territories formerly commissioner of the NWMP force bom at Drynochi- sle of Syke Set 25, 1836 died at Calgary SepL 5, 1894 This monument was erected by past and present members cf the NWMP force, as a mark of respect for their old com- mander and comrade, and to show their sense of his worth. OTTAWA (CP) The forth- coming Calgary conference on western economic opportunities is being regarded within gov- ernment as the most important federal-provincial meeting ever scheduled. "There is no doubt that it will effect the course of Con- says a source close to Prime Minister Trudeau. "We regard it as absolutely im- perative that we succeed in eliminating long-standing west- ern complaints." Justice Minister Otto Lang has said on several occasions that the conference, featuring Mr. Trudeau and the four west- ern premiers, is "crucial" From it, he hopes for a "new national this time geared to western interests. Sources say the federal gov- ernment has done more prepa- ratory work for the three-day conference than for any other meeting with the provinces. Former cabinet minister Pat Mahoney, who represented Cal- gary South in the last Parlia- ment, has been co-ordinating the federal preparations for the last six months. While Mr. Trudeau maintains the conference is far above par- tisan politics, officials are well aware that any break- through in eliminating western grievances could only assist Liberal fortunes in the West. And with only seven MPs from the four western provinces, the party can use all the help it can get. WANTED OPEN SESSIONS But Mr. Trudeau will be fac- ing three New Democrats and one Conservative when he meets the premiers July and they have political au- diences, too. "This is one reason we pressed for opening says a federal source. "Every- one can see what goes on, in- stead of depending on briefings from the different delegations." Briefings at some earlier fed- eral-provincial meetings have Nuns arrested for praying WASHINGTON