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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Wedneiday, July 25, 1973 Steak dinners behind bars don't sit well with public TORONTO (CP) Steak dinners for those behind bars do not, it is clear, meet with the tastes of many law-abid- ing citizens. Witness the case of Harold Ballard, president of Maple Leaf Gardens, home of To- ronto's National Hockey League team. Ballard is serving three years in Millha- ven penitentiary near King- ston, Ont., for theft and fraud from the Gardens involving Appearing fit and tanned after his first eight months in Millhaven minimum security wing, and attired in latest style, Ballard, 70, was in To- ronto recently on a three-day pass. He called a news confer- ence, announced an player's contract, outlined some of the big deals with which he is keeping in touch from Millhaven, and enlarged on life in "the pen." "to some ways it's more like a motel than a penal in- he said. "A typical meal is tender- loin steak, garden peas, baked potato, apple pie and ice Tenderloin, he said, is served two or three times a week. PAINTS HOST PICTURE "I imagine prisoners eat much better than the average he added. There's also the color tele- vision at two channels now but the prison is going on cable in the gymnasium, baseball dia- mond, rink and wcjightlifting equipment In fact, life at Millhaven, "a place for people to get straightened said Bal- lard, was so good that he looked forward to going back. He also said he feels no guilt over the 47 counts for which he was sentenced. "Any infinitesimal guilt I felt disappeared when I signed the dh-jque paying back the money to the Gar- he said. A TEMPTING TARGET Predictably, editorial writ- ers, cartoonists, columnists and leters-to-the-editor en- thusiasts had a field day. Millhaven "has not done much of a job in straightening out convict Ballard's moral Toronto Globe and Mail said in an editorial. The Telegraph-Journal of Saint John, N.B., said that if Ballard is not being treated "just like any other prisoner, then society as a whole win be pardoned for thinking, somehow, that there must be one law for the rich and an- other for the poor." The latter theme found fa- vor with writers of letters to the editors. Among comments: do I teach my kid that honesty pays? It doesn't." than posing as a homecoming war hero, it would be more to his (Bal- lard's) credit if he practised a little humility if he knows what that word means." disgrace to our Cana- dian penal system." kind of deterrent are his comments to a juve- uile contemplating crime? resent very much. jailbirds eating steak that my hard-working husband is pay- ing lor when he can't afford steak for his own family." Columnist Allan Fothering- ham of Vancouver Sun felt the affair could cost the Lib- eral party "about 20 seats at the moment." Ian Deans, New Democratic Party member of the Ontario 'agislature for Hamilton ".'eniwxnih, said Ballard's comments had caused him "intense and he wrote to the national parole board, Solicitor-General War- ren AUmand and Justice Min- ister Otto Lang. AGAINST PAROLE He told the parole board it would be "a miscarriage of justice for them to consider parole for any person who doesn't understand that he has committed a crime." Ballard's application for pa- role will be reviewed in the fall. Without parole, his sen- tence is due to end Oct. 20, 1975. Mr. Deans urged the fed- eral authorities to transfer Ballard to Kingston Peniten- tiary "where he might get a better insight into the normal penal system." But Scott Young, Globe and Mail columnist, replied that public reaction "has a high humbug content." HAROLD BAIAAttU THE MOUNTIES Written by members and ex-members- themselves. Croivfoofs last days Dr. Henry George of the Narth-West Mounted Police, the appointed medical officer to the Blackfoot Indian Fed- eration, received a telegram from Lieutenant Governor Royal in April, 1890. It urged him to go to the Blackfoot re- serve where the notable chief, Crowfoot, was reported to be dying. Reaching the chiefs huge lodge, be found it guarded by 30 young, fully armed warriors end a huge sentry at the en- trace. But as the doctor was known to be a dose friend of the great chief, he was quickly admitted. Inside Dr. George found 17 stark naked medicine men forming a c i r c 1 e around their prostrate chief. The head medicine man circled the chief, tapping his chest in rhythm with the beating drums outside. The drums and incantations readied a deafening climax snd then stopped dead as the white doctor entered. "Every eye was upon the doctor afterwards wrote, "and every eye and nerve was strained to see and hear what I might do or .say." The doctor placed a ther- mometer in the chiefs mouth, but as be withdrew it, it slip- ped from bis fingers and was broken. Here was an evil omen, plainly reflected in the onlookers' startled faces. Con- gestion of the lungs had set in: a linseed poutitice was applied and a sleeping powder admin- istered. Brandy was offered, but the chief refused it He said he would cot shame him- self before his people. In spite of all his attention, the old chief's condition steadily worsened and on the fifth night when the doctor was trying to some rest, he and Mounted Policeman Tom Lauder and In- dian Agent Wheatly were sum- moned to the chief's bedside. It was obvious to, the doctor that the end was near, but he still had a final message to give to Ms people. "A little while and I will be gone from among you. whither I cannot tell. From nowhere we came, into nowhere we go. What is life? ft is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is a breath of a buffalo in the win- tertime. 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