Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, July 21, 1973 THI UTHMIDM HIRALD People of the south Chris Stewart Faith must be lived as well as spoken .The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MCRLEY "Let me see the way a man lives in his own home and then I'll measure his Christianity." This criterion held by Arch- deacon Cecil C. Swanson, 84, is the result of 60 years of gospel ministry in which he has heard more Christianity espoused than actually lived. "What is he says, "is to live the gospel, as well as preach it." The veteran minister, being honored next week by St. Aug- ustine' parishioners at a dinner and with the establishment of a scholarship marking the 60th anniversary, July 27, of his ordination as an Anglican priest, was converted to Christ at 16, in London, England, through the ministry of a Cru- sader's Bible class. At 18 he left his electrical engineering studies at Cambridge to enrol at Toronto's Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto to train for the ministry which took him from the remote Yukon to Ontario and included a previous ten-year ministry at St. Augustine's. His rich, resonant voice (he has won a gold medal in speech) familiar to Canadians, was first cultivated on horse- back through reciting loudly while riding to visit parishion- ers in his summer parish in Saskatchewan. "If the horse's ears went forward I knew I had reached my desired vol- ume, but if they were limp it was a sign he wasn't even listening to my he laughs. A firm believer in the importance of being heard (if you believe you have some- thing important to say) he thinks actor's training is as beneficial to would-be minis- ters as a course in business administration. His capacity for work, his kindness, rollick- ing sense of humor and ability to wring triumph from tragedy and laughter from hurt has en- deared him to all whether or not their views coincide. Archdeacon Swanson was or- dained in Dawson City in 1313 by Bishop Isaac Stringer (re- membered as the bishop who ate his boots, when, without food and overdue on a winter trek he made soup from his He took his bride, nee Enid Schreiber of Port Credit, to the Yukon via Van- couver and Sfcagway, to open the first Anglican mission at Little Salmon, the hub of 500 area Indians, located on the Yukon river, inland from Fort Selkirk and 160 miles from Dawson City and Whitehorse. They tented until he con- structed his house and church, travelled.by canoe, dog sled and toboggan, taught the In- dians to read and write and in 1916 nursed them through an outbreak of influenza only to lose many of them in a second bout two years later. His only regret is that the Indians, once they had learned English, tend- ed to forget own lan- guage. He respected the Indians' courage and honesty. He re- calls meeting a hungry1 In- dian, while travelling along the Ross river, who, though without food for several days, had refused to use the minis- ter's cache in a nearby tree because ft wasn't his. The high tuberculosis rate (believed by some due to eating dried wild game, rattier than cooking it) saddened him. Mrs. Swanson's black hair, braided in true Indian fashion, delighted the squaws who de- scribed her white origin with "Missionary man's squaw him Mamma outside Indian." "The Indians are wonderful people but they can't take city fife or according to Archdeacon Swanson. He views as a backward step per- mitting Indians into bars and claims they were much hap- pier before this change of ruling. "He now feels he is ex- pected to go into the he explains. But despite the- ac- companying misery and seem- ing hopelessness alcohol has brought he has seen amazing transformations when a re- ligious revolution has over- come alcoholism. "After all God is stronger than alcohol." He was a friend as well as a vicar to the Indians of the regions. He found the Indians receptive to the gospel and ap- preciated their insight as ex- pressed by the Indian studying a painting of the crucifixion who reasoned, "He good man not have to die." He had packed his belong- ings and stacked them on the beach believing he was to go on to open a mission at Fort Selkirk, farther west along the Ytikcn, when a purser from a steamer handed him a le 'er stating he was apponrt- c1 to Whiteborse instead. He j -n there over two years pressing a teaching Victoria college. 1 was difficult to leave ths the region be and his wife had grown to love and where they were prepared to spend their lifetime. He hated to leave his friends and bis faithful husky dogs his con- stant companions on his count- less treks over snow-covered tundra. As a college professor he ex- perimented with learning tech- niques in his English, French and history classes and found those pupils assigned eight page essays on such topics as the Reform Movement in Great Britain and Europe's Napole- onic campaign passed with ex- cellence. Instead of dozing through Shakespeare he had his pupils dramatize the plays. Evenings were spent praying with his students for the safety of relatives endangered in the war. He served as rector of the Metchosin Anglican church, 18 miles southwest of Victoria until his 13 year appointment as curate of Vancouver's Christ Church cathedral. In 1322 he was appointed rector of St. Augustine's. He had con- vened a Vancouver Indian ex- hibit of artifacts admired by Lethbridge physician Dr. R. G. Westgate, who, upon learning of a pending vacancy in Leth- bridge had recommended the Vancouver curate's appoint- ment. During his 10 year local ministry the original church on 8th Avenue was moved to its present location at lltfa Street and 4th Avenue and the rectory constructed. In addition to his pastoral duties he served on the school board (when the city's population was a mere as padre to the Moun- ties and preached at St. Paul's mission on the Blood reserve where he formed many fast friendships. He was named dean of the Vancouver cathedral (where he had earlier served as curate) following eight years as rector at Calgary's St. Steven's Angli- can church. He performed marriages in Vancouver alone, with as many as 402 weddings in a year (often as many as 10 on a single Satur- day) as well as 90 baptisms and 129 funerals. He cautioned the prospective brides at what was dubbed "the marrying church" that even a 10 minute delay could upset the day's tight "marrying schedule." He puts strong emphasis on Chris- tian marriage. "Marriage was originally for the hallowing of the union for the creation of a Christian home. But so many couples don't create a home. I have had so many girls come to me crying 'I don't even know this man.' (Especially war brides who married hasti- ly before fiances went overseas.) He feels the same marriage strain is being ex- perienced by today's working couples. In Vancouver be introduced the noon-day Lenten services where busy business people could stop at midday to reflect on'the Easter message, and the popular Evensong, a Sun- day night hymn-sing broadcast from the cathedral and climax- ed by the rector's timely ser- mons. His keen sense of humor (often captured by the Van- couver press) providing the balance in the rigorous sched- ule of this civic-minded rector and city chaplain was particu- larly observed at the annual civic service, when, noting the City fathers sitting soberly in the front pew he announced. "When I see the mayor and council I am compelled to pray for this city." Among his close friends were former mayors Fred Hume and Gerry McGeer, both now deceased. He recalls Mr. McGeer's bril- liant address on Abraham Lin- coln delivered at a civic recep- tion honoring the men of a visiting American warship when he reported incidents in the late president's life un- fsmiliar.to even his own coun- trymen. Only the rector knew of Mr. McGeer's admiration of Lincoln and of the costly col- lection of Lincolniana in his rumpus room. He realized the hundreds of expected mour- ners at the late mayor's fu- neral couldn't be accommo- dated in the cathedral so be installed a loudspeaker out- side. Every man in the crowd of out-of-doors removed his hat when the rector began to pray. He was appointed archdea- con of Toronto east as well as rector of Toronto's St. Paul's 2.800 seat cathedral in 3953. At age be declined his nomi- nation ss bishop of the Cari- bou as he felt ft a job for a man in his forties and had earlier decined an appoint- ment as bishop of the Yukon because be felt he lacked the required administrative abil- ity. "A be laughs (there are 28 hardworking Anglican bishops in Canada) "should answer letters 'promptly and listen to fools gladly. They, along with ship's captains and judges are the loneliest men in the world." Officially retired, the spry archdeacon, a member of Cal- gary's Christ Church at Wil- low Park, busies himself with parish duties and this spring and summer has been back at St. Augustine's filling in until the newly appointed rector ar- rives. This long-time Mountie padre, and grandfather of former Stampede Queen Carol Burns, described the MounHes as "ministers of God" when be addressed this year's unique Sunday morning Stam-. pede Inter faith service at- tended by and that same afternoon, as padre for the Southern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers' Association com- forted those bereaved and challenged them to "fit into the pattern and make Alberta great." His wife passed on two years ago. He has three daugh- ters, Mrs. W. S. Armstrong, Mrs. C. V. Burns and Mrs. C, Parke all of Calgary, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Reflecting on his colorful ca- reer, he "When I was a young man of 35 I used to say that I was half way through my ministry. Now I feel I am only beginning." His enthusi- asm substantiates this. "God must satisfy my mind as well as my be went on. "He is the living one the final one." Though influ- enced by such Bible teachers as Dr. R. A. Torrey. and Char- les Spurgeon (he came to Con- ada armed with books of Spurgeon's sermons) he said, "I have learned no one could be Spurgeon, except Spurgeon himself. Christianity must be through someone else." And judging from his ity if he were rector of Van- couver's cathedral today (doomed to be demolished, if some have their way) he would be right in the thick of things defending the 83 year old sanc- tuary. ARCHDEACON CECIL SWANSON Photo by Bill GrMMn Book reviews More confusing than complicated "The essential Max Ernst" by Uwe N. Schneede (Thames and Hudson, 403 plates, IS color, 216 pages, cloth, S5.85 paperback, distributed by Oxford University There is a shape, ready to touch and yet disappearing from one's conception of real- ity. It is unreal, it is a dream, it is a product of real thought only by a far stretch of the imagination; it is surrealism. The French poet Apollinaire, originator of the term surreal- ism, defined it the following way: "we mean by it the defin- ition of a psychic automatism which is closely applied to the dream state, a state whose lim- its are exceedingly difficult to fix Max Ernst, born in 1891, was throughout his long life one of the most prominent exponents of surrealistic art since its con- ception in the 1920s. Prior to it he was active in the Dada movement (a protest move- ment in art) that flourished in the post-war (1918) political void and lost its impetus with the resurgence of politics. Dada is "often oescrued as beyond painting, beyond art, with its contributions amounting mostly to bizarre, trivial im- ages, discarding the old at the expense of the new. Dadaism devoted attention to collages (pastings) and frottages (rub- English matador "To Be a Matador" by Henry and James Myers (Clarke, Irwin and Co. Ltd., 295 pages, S14.CO) Henry Higgins is the first Englishman to become a Mata- dor de Tores, (a killer of in the Spanish bull rings. This highest rung of the bullfight- ing ladder is reserved only for the best and Henry apparently fits that bill The book is full of extraordin- ary courage and, in turn, self doubt on Henry's part. With a name that sounds more like an English gardener than a bull- fighter, Henry, who somewhat resembles Pierre Trudeau, relates his trials and successes in an easy, enjoyable style. Bull fighting and professional wrestling seem to have a lot in common, at least as far as char- acters and names are concern- ed. A bullfighter called Na- poleon, and mimicking the style of the diminutive general in dress and actions, is only out- done by "The Gravedigger." He appears centre-ring in a coffin, leaping out ready to do battle with the bulls. This, I am sure, is -where the simularity between the two "sports" ends. Gorings seem to be somewhat of an honor rather than a dis- grace, with a special hospital in Madrid created just for the treatment of bull fighters. All "apprentice" bullfighters and Matador de Tores as well, require managers and backers as many years must be spent paving for the "privilege" of fighting bulls. It is interesting to note that one of Henry's back- ers was Brian Epstein, the late manager of the Beatles. In a brutal sport, where mata- dors are rewarded with the bull's ears or tail for a job well done, Henry comes through as a somewhat frail individual whose confidence seems to go up and down like a thermom- eter. Never having witnessed a bun fight is no drawback in reading this human insight into a man struggling to succeed in one of the world's strangest sports bullfighting. GARRY ALLISON Books in brief "My Favorite Sea Stories" edited by Alan ViUiers (Ltrt- terworth Press. 169 pages, distributed by G. R. Welch Company Ltd.1 Choosing 11 favorite authors from the hundreds of poets and writers inspired by the sea was the difficult choice of Alan VHliers, lover of sailing ships. Included among his choke is quiet Able Seaman Angus Mac- Donald, aoJsor of "Ordeal" the classic open-boat story of the First and Second World Wars and Weston Martyr, pop- ularly known as "Shalimar" who knew every whim of a sail- ing vessel. Also included is Richard LigmoHer, the senior surviving officer of the Titanic, who jumped overboard to safe- ty after lowering the last life boat. Those who Jove the sea and appreciate brevity will be de- lighted with Ojis assortment of salty short stories. CHRIS STEWART bings) and most prominently to photography. As Dadaism marched rapidly to its grave surrealism developed from a literary movement into a new form of art, having names like Picasso, Ernst, Breton, Dali and Miro to shape its future image. Max Ernst's life seems, tike bis art, incomplete. He always goes on to new areas before set- tling on old ones, ever seeking, never finding; from painting to grattage (scrapping off of suc- cessive layers of from sculpture to decalcomania (paint is pressed on to the can- vas with a smooth-faced ob- His paintings show anti-cleri- cal tendencies and idolization of the working class. They an lacking in physical presence, facial details are worked out poorly. His collages are myster- ious and unreal. Ernst seems to convey the image of man being only a flare of the glorious. He sees little good in anything, almost every- thing is bad, a devalued value, a temporary requisite for a temporary existence. Yet his art, despite its organized con- fusion, appeals, although in a strange way. What about the man who paints human figures that are hard to recognize as such? What about him who creates suggestive orgy flavored works? What about his full breasted woman with tiuninu- tive bird beads or monstrous distortions being intertwined in an accumulation of confusion totally unacceptable to special- ists in art, culture and moral- ity? Max Ernst, rebellious and foil of contradiction maintains bis art "does have the ability to chant my accomplices: Ow poets, the pataphysicians and a few illiterates." He can honest- ly be proclaimed master of his art Although obscure, he has helped shape surrealistic expression and given it a digni- fied, although sometimes objec- tionable place among UK arts. My general impression of tha book is one of excitement, de- ducing that surrealism at times seems to be more confusing than complicated. "The essen- tial Max Ernst" is essential for the student and lover of sur- realism. The reproductions are excellent, so are the accompany- ing explanations. HANSSCHAUFL Is paradise any better? That genius pianist, Paderewski, once re- marked, "Anyone who takes up piano with a view to becoming a professional pianist has taken on himself an awful burden. But' it is better than the drudgery of giving pianoforte lessons. The one is purgatory, the other is bell." la desperation Paderew- ski turned from teaching and studied for two yean under Lescbetizki in Vienna prac- ticing is hours a day. Thus genius is made. This July at the Victoria Summer School of Music I have seen plenty of industry, but nothing of the purgatory or hell that Paderewski describes. To the contrary. The atmosphere bare is relaxed and happy. Every morning the former Canadian Olym- pic track star, Ernie McCullough, now a philosopher professor in Saskatoon, con- ducts an astonishing variety of setting-up exercises from jogging to yoga, swims at the pool, plays water polo and tennis, and gives golf instruction. Every weekend there is an excursion or picnic and Saturday eve- nings there is a concert for friends and parents. After only five days together the orchestra gave a spirited performance with a Vivaldi Concerto for two violins, the original version which is rarely play- ed. There was also a Bach Concerto for two violins accompanied by the string or- chestra. Young prodigies gave piano com- positions by Bach, Brahms, and Kabalev- sky. It was all very refreshing and sur- prising. There are over 40 students, ranging in age from eight years to 19. Ernie Mc- Cullough plays a violin in the orchestra along with his three charming children. Students have come from New Zealand, Venezuela, New England, Newfoundland, western United States and me western Ca- nadian provinces. Their serious study is evidenced by the fact that in the 11 years of its existence the school has produced at least 25 artists who have achieved eminence in the field of music. This is not surprising when you consider that Dorothy Swetaam is probably the best piano teacher in Canada today. Her services as an ac- companist have been sought by the most prominent artists such as Thomas L. Thomas, Betty Allen, Neil Rankin and a host of others. Clayton Hare, another rtaff member, is a former musk professor from Boston University and the University of Maine, and was dean of music at the Uni- vesity of Portland No other teacher has produced so many distinguished violinists in Canada and the United States. For many the summer is a wasted sea- son but here it is a happy experience as well as a magnificent opportunity to achieve mastery at the piano or violin, as well as ensemble playing. The students reside at the fine St. Michael's University School with the kitchen staff staying on from the repular season so berth accom- modation and food are excellent. No city in Canada is lovelier than Victoria, with mountains, sea, oaks, and glorious flowers, (especially at the famed Butehart's gar- dens) adding to the enjoyment. From the dining room wall a painting of Mrs. R. A. Brown, a dear friend of for- mer years, looks down. How she would have enjoyed this lovely group of young musicians. When Aristotle was asked why he enjoyed the company of young people so much, he replied, "That is a blind man's question." Yes. It is the question of a deaf man also, for music streams from every room. One hears so much of the way- wardness of youth but it is hard to'be- lieve that finer youth ever lived in any age than these. If you are lucky enough to be in victoria, August 3rd, you can hear these young geniuses 'for yourself Newcombe Auditorium. Or drop in and visit the school. It will do your heart and soul good. RUSSELL BAKER Tricky isn't it? When the proposal for President Nixon's visit was first made nobody told the president. President Nixon was famous for disliking especially in China, and Henry Kissinger knew that if he ever learn- ed people were sitting around the White House discussing visits Hke that, he would blow the lid off the whole project. This, of course, would have endangered Ms chance to be re-elected, which was a lot more important than whether Chiang Kai-shek got bis feelings hurt. Kissinger, therefore, decided to go ahead and set up the visit without involving the president. Wearing an ill-fitting red wig provided by the CIA, Kissinger flew into Peking to dis- cuss the trip with Chou En-lai. He said a lot of Americans with bills wanted the president to visit China so he could be re- elected. Otherwise America would fall un- der the sway of George McGovern, who was soft on women's liberation. Unfortunately, President Nixon was such a devout that he would blow the whistle on the whole idea and provoke damaging publicity in the media if be learned that he was involved in visit- ing China. To get around this problem, Kissinger itsked Chou if the Chinese would go along with an idea which Howard Hunt had come up with while rummaging through some psychiatric files. Chou said tc stop right there. He didn't want to be associated with anything that had been dreamed up by Hunt. It would probably involve sending Gordon Liddy to China wearing an ill-fitting Nixon wig pro- vided by the CIA, Chou said. Kissinger said that was right. Chou said forget it. China wanted the real Nixon or none at all, be said. If Nixon didn't want to come, he said, America would just have to put up with women's liberation for the next four years. Back in Washington, Kissinger conferred and shredded with H R. HaWeman and John Efaruchmaa. He told them that it might be best if be went to the president, told him about the China trip and asked him to consider it, HaWeman and Ehrlichman protested that this would be a terrible mistake. There was no point in involving the president in matters of mis sort. Besides, he had im- portat things to think about. Then one night Kissinger was telephoned by a man named John Dean. It has only, been within the past week that President Nixon has learned he was actually in China last year, and he is said to be furious, atbough not at Professor Kissinger. Once Dean entered the picture, White House paople say, Kissinger obviously bad no choice but to follow orders. Instead of throwing Kissinger out of the window as he should have done as soon as the word "Peking'' was mentioned, Dean ordered the professor to arrange for the trip at the soonest possible point in time. Details are still vague about how Dean managed to manoeuvre the president inno- cently through the long journey, which in- cluded several state banquets, conversa- tions with Chou En-lai and a meeting with Chairman Mao. One rumor has it that Dean tricked the president with a story about inspecting some real estate for a pos- sible Asian vacation White House. Another has it feat the president was told he was actually in Taiwan. With Dean'.; ingenuity it would have been child's play for him to deceive the pres- ident into beUevng that Chou En-lai was actually Chiang Kai-shek, that Mao Tse- tung was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and that tire great wall of China was part of the Taiwan Disneyland. In any event, the president is so alarm- ed by the discovery of the China visit that be has ordered a full investigation to find out where be has been and whom, if anybody, be has seen during the past two years. He is said to suspect that be may even have gone to the Soviet Union, thanks to the perfidy of John Dean. Professor Kissin- ger is reluctant to trouble him with the facts of the matter. The president is a man with important things on bis mind. Who's mental? Frcra The Winnipeg Press Psychiatrists working in Belfast say that the integrating force of public disorder has done a world of good to the mental health of the province. People witb nothing etee to do find rioting, murder and tbe dismem- bering of neighbors highly recreational as long as the neighbors belong to another communal group and not to their own. This is not surprising nrws. !t is said that professional football has kept a num- ber of men of violence from lives of vio- lence off the football field. Presumably therefore we ought all to be grateful that the slum dwellers of Belfast have found what we used to call "integration" when we meant a sense of general well-being. On the otter hand, the psychiatrists are worried that when tbe happiness of blow- ing the legs off office girls dining in pub- lic restaurants passes away, peace is al- most certain to bring a major mental health proKera to Ulster. This is a fascinating thought It sbouM teadi tbe rest of the world that things are never what thsy seem. The rest of the wnrW was under the impression thai Ul- ster already had a serious mental health problem and that people who Vew one another up end kified to 800 people were somewhat less than staWe. We taww now from Ore studies of these. psychiatrists that life is never as simple as it appears. It may yet prove to be tbe only true visw of life, that those who kill toeir neighbors are in belter thape than those who help them. But who wants to telieve it?