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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE Junt Herald- Youth Children's tales in China have heroism twist By TIM PEARCE PEKING (Reuter) The villain's name is Austin and she's an imperialist nun in a black habit running an orphanage financed by Americans in pre-liberation Shanghai. The heroine is Ying Ti, one of the Chinese children who are lured into the orphanage, forced to work for the money- grabbing imperialists and, when they die of ill-treatment, thrown into a common pit. Children's tales in China are nothing if not moralistic, and almosT invariably have as their theme the heroism of a young revolutionary or the sufferings endured by Chinese people before the Communists seized power in 1949. "Before liberation" and "in the old society" are the Chinese equivalents of the "once upon a time" openings of Western children's stories, while landlords and OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. imperialists are the big baa wolves. But they all have a happy ending. Struggle in the Orphanage combines the standard propa- pre-Communist China was a hell on the idea that foreigners were involved in and responsible for many of the atrocities of those days. It is a slim softback with pictures illustrating the plot, and is selling well in Pe- king bookshops for 50 cents. The story is simple but poi- gnant. Austin, the brutal nun, beats Ying Ti about the head with a stick for taking food to a sick friend who has been sent to bed supperless for not finishing her sewing assignment. The friend later dies of neglect, illness and starvation. Ying Ti then discovers that when visitors are expected, Austin mixes powerful spirits with the babies' gruel, so that their drunken stupor will be mistaken for peaceful slumber. Several of them die as a result. The young heroine unites the children in the orphanage and denounces Austin in front of a group of American visitors: "You make us girls work day and night, you bloodsucking devil. You stuff yourself with food and drink on the profits you make from our sewing.'' Austin gives her a severe beating and locks her up, hop- ing she will starve to death, but Ying Ti attracts the attention of people on the street and escapes. Then, in May, 1949, Shanghai is liberated and Austin, along with other imperialists elements, is thrown out of China. A Western tale might simply let the children live happily ever after, but China is more specific: "Under the care of Chairman Mao and the Communist party. Ying Ti and her friends gained their freedom and became the masters of new China." Loving care A week-old harbor seal is enjoying some special treatment from Liz MacKay. Apparently abandoned by his mother on North Render Island, the seal was flown to Vancouver by RCMP helicopter, given penicillin shots and tube-fed to build him up. Chief trainer Klaus Michaelis says the seal is now out of danger and is gaining weight. Calgary girl winning sculler CALGARY (CP) Monica Boettcher spends every spare minute perched inside a single shell at the Glenmore reservoir. The long hours of practice paid off when she won three gold medals in the Northwest America sculling competition at Seattle. Competing against some of North America's top female scullers, Monica won the intermediate single, open single and open single dash and helping her four-girl Calgary Rowing Club team finish third in the 14-crew regatta. "My big goal is to make the Olympic said Monica, an active sculler for two years. "I'm only on the fringe of national competition but I hope to go to Lucerne, Switzerland, with the Canadian team later this year." Monica is one of a small group of female single scullers in North America. She knows of only five or six others in Canada. "Sine sculling is tough because you have to do everything said the high school student. "But that's the big attraction, if you win you've done it yourself. "There's plenty of good competition around if you can find it. LITTLE BOW PROVINCIAL PARK IS OPEN ON A LIMITED BASIS The Park can only accommodate 10% of its normal capacity, which means you could be turned away. Due to major renovations Little Bow Provincial Park is not recommended for use. Upon completion LITTLE BOW will be one of Alberta's finest Parks We're sorry for the inconvenience but it's worth the wait. TRY ONE OF THESE PARKS CALGARY KINBROOK ISLAND CHAIN LAKES iETHBRlOGE CHAIN LAKES WILLOW CREEK KINBROOK ISLAND ALL FINE PROVINCIAL PARKS IN THE MEANTIME WE SUGGEST: CHAIN LAKES Miles West of Nanton WILLOW CREEK Miles West of Stavely KINBROOK ISLAND Miles South of Brooks xllbcrfa LANDS AND FORESTS Thinking about tomorrow .today Canadian material lacking for children EDMONTON (CP) An Edmonton woman has de- cided to take matters into her own hands and fill a gap that she says has long needed fill- ing. ''Like everyone else, Tcom- plained for a long time about the lack of Canadian material for said Evelyn Samuel, a teacher at L. Y. Cairns vocational school. "Finally I realized that somebody had to do some- thing, and why shouldn't it be The 'something' is a Cana- dian magazine for Canadian children. "Some of my friends think I am mad because I have no experience with running a magazine, but it's something I have wanted to do for a long time. "I want my children to know about Canada. My ade 3 child knows all about Japan but not about Canada because the curriculum is not set up that way. "Most children's magazines are American and they ex- pose our children to American history and the American way of life. So where can our chil- dren find out about their own Mrs. Samuel hopes to get a grant or loan to publish at least the first issue. Initially, the magazine will be a quarterly "if it makes it past the first issue." Mrs. Samuel said she wants to produce a "lively, inter- esting and informative maga- zine for children showing the diversity of life in Canada." Her ideas range from well- researched stories on flora and fauna, geography, histori- cal incidents and modern Ca- nadian heroes, to fiction, po- EVELYN SAMUEL etry, humor and recipes for ethnic and Canadian foods. "There really is a lot of material all over the place- in minds, on tapes and in ar- chives. It's just not available to everyone." Mrs. Samuel said she hopes children also will contribute to the magazine. "I think it would be good for them to get out into their town and interview people and learn about the goodness of where they live and who they are." She has been working on the magazine since Feb. 10 and manuscripts and illustrations have been rolling in. "Many people have offered to help with the magazine and I now am sure we will get out at least one issue in September. Once the magazine is pub- lished, there is the problem of distribution. "I am sure most of the ma- jor magazine distributing companies will refuse to dis- tribute it for us until it proves she said. "I would also like to see it in the schools and that means selling teachers on it." M.D. Marvin Fritzler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fritzler. 1803 11th Ave. N., received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Calgary at spring convocation at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium. Dr. Fritzler attended the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and the University of Lethbridge. He will participate at the Foothills Hospital in a residency program, specializing in internal medicine. Local girl offers pen pals Anyone interested in pen pals? There's a young girl in Lethbridge who has too many. Wendy Ibuki wrote a couple of poems a while ago and her teacher at Galbraith School suggested she submit them to a few children's magazines. As it turned out. two poems were published in Children's Own Magazine. Then the letters started pouring inln the mail Wendy, daughter of Ichio Ibuki. 2130 12th Ave. N.. received more than J35 letters from people of a39 ages in Jamaica, requesting that she be a pen pal. Wendy feels she can't handle that many pen pals and is wondering if there are any interested persons in the area who would like a pen pal Anyone interested is asked to call Wendy at 328-3027 I I Sea Scouts plan 60-mile canoe trip If you spy a small fleet of canoes paddling past Indian Battle Park some Sunday afternoon this month, you are possibly witnessing a small adventure. Members of the 8th Lethbridge Sea Scouts have trained through the winter and early spring for a 60-mile paddle from Fort Macleod to Lethbridge on the Oldman River. Under leadership of Scouter Herschel Hanson, the boys gained paddling and emergency skills. A session at Fritz Sick indoor swimming pool taught members what to do in a variety of upset situations. The Sea Scouts also brushed up on swimming in clothes, with and without a lifejacket. and rescue procedures. Four fathers and three section leaders supplement the jour- ney, usually composed of three or four canoes at a time. Most canoes include an adult and all participants wear lifejackets. Overnight camp is made near the Monarch bridge. Supporting Scout leader Gerry Waldern and helper Everett Arkinstall bring the tents, overnight food and fresh supplies for the second day by car to the crews Sea Scouts have been shown how to waterproof their gear for the journey. Personal backpacks and sleeping bags are carried in each canoe, tied to the vessel and covered with groundsheets. For most of the boys the highlight comes just below Monarch when the canoes enter a long stretch of rapids. A six-mile training session earlier taught the crews how to negotiate rapids and rocks in the water. The journey completes work on a canoeing badge for participating boys. In addition to canoe and water safety training, a pre-requisite achievement standing of bronze challenge award and Pioneer Scout badge was encouraged. The Sea Scouts anticipate further canoeing experience during summer months, plus opportunity to learn other water skills sailing, water polo and water skiing. Sponsored by the Lethbridge Salvation Army, 8th Lethbridge Sea Scouts meet Saturday p.m to p.m. at the Citadel. 1302 4th Avenue S. Publishers seek works for Young Canada Book Young Canadian artists are taking the opportunity to have their poetry, prose, art and photography published in a collection of Canadian entitled Young Canada Book, sponsored by an Opportunities for Youth grant. Submissions of works are being sought from students at high scho'ols, youth associations, ethnic and native people's groups and writing and art workshops throughout the country. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 1. The book will be published late this year or early in 1975. Interested young artists and writers between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to submit their works to Young Canada Book, P.O. Box 103, Don Mills, Ont. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner By ANNA LEE BOULTON Kate Andrews High School, Coaldale At last, at long, long last, we are finally out of school. This thought has probably run through every student's head, especially those who have to attend school until the end of June. It seems rather unfair for some students to have to go to school three weeks after the city schools have closed their doors. Why can't all the schools have the'same schedule? Wouldn't it make planning the school year easier? As it runs now, the students at Kate Andrews P gh School in Coaldale start school at the beginning of Septem m. end the first semester at the end of January, start the second semester at the beginning of February and complete the year at the end of June. At Christmas time, it would be nice to finish the semester before the holidays. Then when the students come back they would be starting a new semester. On the other system homework is sometimes assigned over the holidays and it's hard to come back and finish something. June is an awfully hot month. It's easier to work in the heat of August after the holidays than it is to work in the heat of June when everyone, teachers included, are longing to be through with school for the year. Some of the farmers are against having their children return to school in August. They claim that they need them to work on the farm. Some students miss school in October helping their fathers harvest beets. Does that mean school shouldn't start until after all the beets are harvested? By the end of June a lot of the jobs are already taken. The students who get out first have a better chance oi getting jobs because not many have been taken. A lot of the jobs require a person to work full-time for the month of June. The students that are still going to school aren't very likely going to these jobs. Ask any Kate Andrews student how they fee! about their school system. The majority will say they would prefer to be on the system used by the city schools. Suy two, get one free. Reproduction so frue ft can shatter glass. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Fll mull Ham MHH 327-2272 ;