Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE LETHBftlDOE HEftAtD TwOtday, July 1O, 1973 A short story By Elsie Morris Aunt Minnie and the heavenly punch 'Theresh Mishter Capbell. Alishy get another glass.9 Aunt abhorrence foe drink was equalled only by her passion for charities. Her latest crusade was for a Half-way House for repentent alcoholics. "You have only to look at that ne're-do-weU next door to see where the evils of drink will lead she had ex- pounded as she got out her receipt book. Mr. Campbell, oblivious to her condemna- tion rocked contentedly on his rickety porch consuming his daily pint of cider. "Come, com Father teased, "You're just annoyed localise be won't give you a donation, or is it because he hasn't offered you a "Not a drop has touched my lips MI fifty-eight years and never she had scornfully. STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 Because of Aunt Minnie, Mother, herself only a mod- est drinker, concealed all evi- dence of the evil potion in our home. So as not to offend the .ab- stainers she always made two bowls of punch for the bridge club. We always look- ed forward to this event for it meant some for us the next day. "You children may finish off the punch in the green she told us one hot afternoon on her way out. "Don't touch any in the cry- stal she warned. "That's for adults only." To say Mother's punch was delicious was an under- statement. The remnants of the misty lime sherbet float- ing over the tangy fruit juice was ambrosia itself, and to sip it outdoors under the blue sky and fragrant apple blos- soms was sheer bliss. "Urn, heavenly'" Alice murmured ecstatically, tak- ing her first sip. We were thus indulging our- selves when Aunt Minnie sailed up the walk. "Mother's at the ex- plained Alice "She'll be back SOOT "Unless she meets a I added. "You know Mother." LITTLE JOHN: fully automatic combus- tion toilet, designed to provide a reliable and convenient sewage disposal unit. A super-heated flame converts human into essentially odorless vapor which is exhausted by natural draft through a flue. ALL LITTLE JOHN needs is a fuel supply (propane or natural gas) and a double wall vertical exhaust for installation. It requires no electrical power, no water supply and no special fireproof material around it. Ideal for campers, cabins, trailers, construction sites, picnics, golf courses, and all outdoor activities. LiTTlE JOHN starts a high speed burning cycle each time the seat lid is lowered. The average burn time is 15 minutes. Allow 5 minutes cooling time between burnings. COMBUSTION TOILET HUMAN WASTE DISPOSAL NEEDS NO ELECTRICITY, WATER, CHEMICALS OR PLUMBING Uses Propane or Natural Gas CONTRACTORS CONTACT US FOR QUANTITY PRICES! Distributed fay 6. H. BAXTER SON (1968) LTD. 3274543 PHONES 327-6446 528 6th Street South LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA T1J 2E2 Elsie Men-is has been writ- lag short stories in her spare time for about m year. She her family reside at 1918 21st Are. S. Hnsband, Terry, is a teacher at Fleet- wood-Bawden School. She has two children, David 9, and Sara. 7. Mrs. Morris about two or three hours a day writing during the winter months but man- ages only about an hour a day during the summer. "What's that you're drink- ing? Aunt Minnie asked, seating herself on a lawn chair. "Heavenly quipped Tommy, handing her Ms sticky mug. "Want "Don't mind as I do after that long walk." Alice glared at him. "Who wants to drink from your grubby cup? I'll get you a clean one, Auntie." "Don't give her any of I said, eyeing our rapidly depleting pitcher as I followed her in "You'd think I didn't even know how to serve grownups, smart snapped Alice, reaching for the crystal bowl She emerged a few minutes later carrying a small tray set with a floral napkin and a tumbler full of punch. Aunt Minnie's taste confirm- ed its goodness. "Would you care for anoth- er asked Alice sweet- ly. "Well now, it's a pretty hot day. I don't mind." Aunt Minnie finished off the second glass. "Want some piped Tommy. "There's lots left." Alice jumped up before be had a chance to grab the glass. "I'm serving she whispered fiercely, re- turning with a full glass. Aunt Minnie's face was growing red and her speech was getting slurred. Before she had a chance to finish her drink Alice was al- ready bringing out another. "Tberesh Mishter burbkd Aunt Minnie waving her glass at our neighbor on his porch. "Alish, get another glass." Alice drained the last of the punch and we watched Aunt Minnie, glasses in hand, cross the yard to Mr. Camp- bell's. Minutes later her reso- nant voice mingled with gig- gles about a Half-way "Hough" for drunks floated over our fence and we could see Mr. Campbell fish into his pocket for some bills. When Mother arrived with Father, her startled expcsi- sion fell on Aunt Minnie staggering through the gate weaving her way homeward. "To think that I used up half a bottle of gin in that murmured Mother. Added father wistfully "And to think that I poured in the other half." Reports from 4-H clubs LETHBRIOGE-COALDALE By Debbie Vasetenak The Lethbridge Coaldale 4-H Beef Club held its monthly meeting June 4 in the Coaldale United Church. The meeting was called to order by President Pat Boul- ton. Gary Tokariuk and Robbie Bodie led the pledge The last calf tour for club members was held June with demonstrations on proper meth- ods of clipping, washing and showing a calf. A club debate highlighted the meeting. Mary Machielse. Chris Hranac and Janet Corey repre- sented those in favor of city life in a debate with Alison Coyne, Deanna Owen and Marilyn Ker- tesz representing those favor- ing country living. McNALLY By Rotf Janhsen Janet Russell called the meet- ing of the McNally 4-H Beef dub to order with Deanna Jar- okosky leading the pledge. The majority of this business at the June meeting revolved around arrangements for the July and sale in Leth- bridge. The club held a competition and calf judging show for mem- bers June 30. CANADIAN FRONTIER USEU BELMORE'S ALTAMONT COUTTS, ALBERTA Vintage Cars, Airplanes, Tractors, Machinery, Guns, Rocks, Pioneer and Collectors Items, Rare Antiques, Wildlife. Something of interest for everyone, quote "Everything from a postage stamp to an oil rig" 6 ACRES OF THE UNUSUAL Coffee Shop, Souvenirs, Camper Facilities Tourist Information Now Open to Serve You 7 Days A Week April 21 October a.m. to 9 p.m.