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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE UTHBRIOGE HERALD Friday, June 29, 1973 Nationwide birthday party RCMP Centennial Review By MARION MORRISON The RCMP Band has an even OTTAWA The Royal Can- adian Mounted Police are known for getting their man. They also get their audience. than the Earliest mention of such group was in 1874 during the great March West, but it was r two years before steps to set up thi This summer, both groups are staying home to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Force. Un- til September they, along with a newly formed Choral Group, are touring Canada present- ing the RCMP CENTENNIAL REVIEW a two-hour enter- tainment spectacle. 1973 nationwide birthday par- ty. ments were hauled in by dog team from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the years that followed, and as additional outposts of law and order were established in t h e Canadian west, other bands were formed. The first official RCMP i Band was authorized in 1938. It was inaugurated in Novem- ber of that year and comprised members from all across Can- has been closely associated with pomp and ceremony. In 1877, one of the original groups played at what was probably the most important event in the early history of the Force and western Canada. The site on the banks of the Bow River, 60 miles east of Fort Calgary, and the occasion was the Treaty between the Blackfoot Confed- eracy, Assiniboines and other Indian tribes with the Govern- ment of Canada. It was a glit- tering event with people present, Indians in their cere- monial attire, government offi- cials in formal dress and the red-coated officers and men of the North West Mounted Police. vision in Regina. Although there have been several other Choral Groups in the past, the current one was formed for the centennial celebration. The RCMP Centennial Re- view will appear in a minimum of one center in every province this summer. While there will be a number of one-day stands, longer engagements have also been booked. Calgary, for ex- ample, will host the Review throughout the Calgary Stam- pede, July 5 to 14 (theme for the 1973 Stampede is "A Sal-. ute to the The Re- view will be in Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition from August 16 to 19. The RCMP Musical Ride and i ada In addition to their miisi. Band, each a permanent cal activities, these men per- branch of the Force, have been i formed active police duties. In- l'" creasing demands on the Band led to its establishment, in 1958. as a full-time unit. Since then the Band has ap- i peared extensively throughout around almost as long as the Force itself. They help keep the old romantic images associat- ed with the RCMP alive. FIRST IN 1876 The Ride is believed to have I Tcf adtau jhe United States. lde the B sprung from the lancer regi-fre tlen -e tn forms in the Review Order of ments of Britain. Brought to Canada by cavalrymen who joined the North West Mounted Dress, under the direction of Inspector W. B. Smith. From the beginning, the Band May, the Band is present i This is a big year for Can- for visits of heads of state to the nation's capital, and per- forms at ceremonial functions all across the country. CHORAL GROUP The 1973 RCMP Centennial Review will also feature a 40- member Choral Group, under the direction of Lloyd Erick- son of Calgary, who also dir- ects the Young Canadians of Calgary Stampede fame. The Group is drawn largely from men-in-training at "Depot" Di- Police (original name of the it was first performed i in this country in 1876. How-; tf i T ever, it was not put on public; Obliterated on s orders display until 1904. Thundering hooves, scarlet- coated riders and the flash of steel-tipped lances present a breathtaking spectacle of pre- cision horsemanship. Once horses played an important j role in the police work of the j Force. Today, they play no part' at all in the day-to-day life of ada's Mounties. On August 30, 1873, legislation authorizing the establishment of a force of 300 men to uphold law and order in the Northwest Territories was passed. In the years since, the RCMP has grown into one of the best known and most ef- fective police organizations in the world. In 1973. they look back with pride on their accomplishments and forward to more years of service to their country. To pet The famous red-cocjied Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride detachment ends its colorful perform- ance by ridinq their all-black horses at full gallop with lances lowered in a spectacular cavalry charge. They perform ihe maze in lower photo. The Ride per- formances are based on early cavalry manoeuvres used at Fort Macleod July 15 in the early days of the force. May 23 was the 100th anniversary of the act of Parliament forming the NWMP, now the RCMP. On Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at Fort Macleod, the Musical Ride will be performed at Midnight Stadium. Tickers are available at Fort Macleod but there are no reserved seats. Nightclub lour Hamburg offers so auracuve nightclub tour in comfortable buses. A drive the downtown area and alone the lakeside avenues is followed by drink at the restaurant in the television tower and visits to various nightspots on ihe Reep- eroahn. Bewnre of drugs when visiting abroad if you arc travelling abroad it would be a wise decision not t.o become involved with drugs, because as a tourist you are governed by the laws and tra- ditions of the country you are Pas s jpdr t Pli o to s visiting, the Consumers' Asso-' Tf convicted for possession in ciation of Canada advises. j Turkey, the sentence is three Canadian officials can do; to five years and for traffick- little but insure that the accused ing, the accused faces a pos- rnj' Photo Suppliw Phone 328-0222 has.the services of a good local lawyer. In some instances, Canadian representatives will try to have the Canadian citi- zen deported or convince the judge the individual was un- aware of the seriousness of the j which imposes stiff sentences. situation. But ignorance of the I A prison term of not less than sible 10 years to life term. The maximum sentence received by an American for pushing drugs in Turkey was eight years and six months. Greece is another country law is not often valid excuse. Penalties for possession considered a j two years is given for simple possession, while one can get and trafficking in narcotics range anywhere from a S100 fine and expulsion in the Bahamas to five to 15 years imprisonment or even the death sentence for If you are doing environmental research and need financial support for your project, we may be able to help you. RESEARC The Alberts Environmental Research Trust welcomes applications for research grants from individuals, industry, or educational institutions for research pertaining to environment improve- ment Your research may concern any of a number of directions: from forestry to rapid transit; from recreation to public education; from recycling to strip mining; from industrial development to energy use. Grant applications received before November 1 will be considered by the Board of Trustees and the Grants Advisory Committee before Nov- ember 30 .of each year. Grant applications received before March 1 will be considered before March 31 of each year, Please address your inquiries and eorraspond- ence to: The Administrative Secretary, AERT Post Office Box 2830 Postal Station "A" EDMONTON, Alberta T5J 2G5 ENVIRONMENT up to 10 years for trafficking. Mexico, if you can convince the law that you are an addict then it is not a crime to be picked up with possession of drugs, but if not. possession will get you two to nine years manufacturing and trafficking in I and trafficking three to 10 years drugs in Iran. plus a heavy fine. New attractions offered bv Man and His World MONTRTAL Tyrolean yo- j world to a striking showcase of j pre-Coiombian and Eskimo art prepared by Montreal's Muse- um of Fine Arts. delers. Bulgarian folk dancers, Mexican Mariachas and a Pak- i istani snake charmer will be among the attractions at 26 pa- viiions during Montreal's in- ternational exhibition, Man and His World. June 21 through September 3. In addition to exhibits from Austria. Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, France, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Pak- istan, Switzerland, the USSR and Yugoslavia, the perman- ent successor to Expo 67 will present another dozen cultur- al and historical displays rang- ing from a pavilion of Humor with a collection of the best cartoons from all over t li e A 135-acre entertainment cen- i trc. La Ronde, is contained j within the site and offers rides, games of skill, pups and dis- cctheques which swing until a.m. every morning. Entrance to the grounds of Man and His World is free, but a "visa" costing for cue day or for the entire season is required for entrance to the pavilions. Children under eight are admitted free of charge. Entrance to La Ronde amusement area is 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for young- sters between the ages of eight and seventeen. DISNEYLAND TOUR (July 14 and Aug. 4) 1-i days, transportation and acccmodation Ponderoso Ranch, San Francisco, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Holly- wood and tas Vegas. EASTERN CANADA AUTUMN LEAVES LUXURY TOUR (Sept. 4) 24 days, transportation and accomodation Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Windsor, Chicago, Minnecpolis-St. Paul. TOURS ESCORTED BY STEVE KOTCH REST ROOM, AIR CONDITIONED Book Now Limited number of tickets available NORTHERN BUS TOURS PHONE 327-3536 IETHBRIDGE, ALTA. most Mounties, and horseman ship has been dropped from the training program for recruits. The Musical Ride is perform- ed by a mounted troop of 32 members of the RCMP drawn from detachments all across Canada for a two-year tour of duty. The detachment has its i hea'dquarters in Ottawa and is. i at present, commanded by In- i spector P. J. C. Morin. The I horses, black, three-quar- ter thoroughbreds, are raised on I the Force's own ranch at Pak- enham, Ontario, near Ottawa. Men and horses train togeth- er for four months before any engagements are undertaken. Wheeling through intricate manoeuvres without a mis- step requires considerable skill from both horse and rider. The movements are based on early British Cavalry drills and include the Bridal Arch, the Star, Cloverleaf and Maze. They are performed at the trot and canter to an appropriate musical accompaniment, and are formed by individual hors- es and riders, or by groups in various formations. The Ride concludes with the rousing "Charge" by all 32 rid- ers, spurred on by the sound of the trumpet. ROOTED IN TRADITION Like the Ride itself, dress and equipment are deeply root- ed in cavalry and Force tradi- tion. Riders wear the Review Order of Dress consisting of scarlet tunic, broad-brimmed felt hat a military version of the popular stetson cowboys long, brown Strathcona riding boots, and blue-black breeches with a jaunty yellow cavalry stripe down the side. Ceremonial saddle blankets on the horses bear the fused letters MP, the registered brand allotted to the North West Police in 1887. Horses are also equipped with "Colonial" saddles and white head ropes. Bridles have white brow-bands, secured on each side by brass rosettes, bearing the badge of the Force. Lances were issued to the North West Mounted Police in 1874 for the great March West, mainly to impress the Indians and satisfy their love of pag- eantry. The lance is eight feet long, and has a chrome-plated steel point, a white above red cloth pennon affixed immedi- ately below the lance point, a bamboo shaft, white leather sling, dark brown leather grip and chrome-plated steel butt. The first Ride to go on dis- play in 1904 consisted of an of- ficer and 20 non-commissioned officers and men. They per- formed in Manitoba and Sas- katchewan. Highlights in the history of the Musical Ride include at- tendance at the Coronations of King George V, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II, and at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. Splendor of the 1890s restored in old Warsaw By JAMES NELSON- WARSAW (CP) The gas- lights are burning again in the heart of old Warsaw, where horse-drawn carriages roll through the cobbled streets. The old town square is ringed with fine restaurants. This is the part of Warsaw that Hitler ordered obliterated in the Second World War. All that remained were a few foundation stones in the rub- ble from which the Polish au- thorities have restored the splendor of the 1890s. Away from the old town, modern edifices line the broad avenues, but they have been kept low so the historical re- construction will not be over- shadowed. What impresses the Western visitor is the amount of money and ancient skills de- voted in a Com- parable restoring the past. It could scarcely have been done as a tourist attraction, since tour- ism is only beginning in Po- land and Russia. It is clearly an effort by the peoples' republics to perserve their niche in history. Another thing that strikes the visitor is the Americaniza- tion of Eastern Europe. The black-dressed woman wearing a black babushka has receded into the background. Girls wear short skirts, me- dium-high heels, and colorful dresses. Young man wear wide-cuffed strides and plat- form-soled shoes. RESTORING PALACES In Warsaw, work has begun on rebuilding the royal pal- ace, which is to be restored to its decorative the capital of a country that has abandoned royalty. Outside Leningrad the sum- mer palace of the czars, burned to the ground and robbed of its treasures by the Germans, is also being res- tored. Reconstruction in Len- ingrad alone is costing a re- ported million a year. The fountains have been turned on again among the gilt reprod- uctions of classical statuary. In old Warsaw, the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox cathedrals swarm with Satur- day night crowds on their way Tilden founder dies in Montreal Sam Tilden, the man who de- veloped a three unit car-rental franchise into one of the larg- est world wide car rental com- panies died recently in Mon- treal. Tilden founded Tilden rent a Car in 1953 and developed its growth to the point where ths company now has more than 300 locations. to or from dining and ttse theatre. In Leningrad most of the churches have been con- verted into museums, but so too has the stock exchange. The black market in hard currencies flourishes openly. Any cab driver will offer you 70 zlotys for twice the nor- mal rate of exchange. MAY POSSESS DOLLARS It is no longer illegal for Poles to have dollars, and they can spend them with no questions asked state-run shops for the tourist trade. One guide who helped mem- bers of the National Arts Cen- tre Orchestra here on their European tour this spring was just back from a two-week holiday in England, which she paid for from her dollar tips. In Russia, the black market is still illegal and tourists are cautioned against any attempt at dollar dealings. One could quickly land you in jail. A trimly-dressed young Russian said Ms friend wanted to buy a Japanese- made collapsible umbrella in the dollar shop, but only had rubles. Would a tourist ob- lige? He was politely turned down. He might have been a provocateur. Within reason, the tourist can wander freely around downtown Warsaw, Leningrad or Moscow without a guide. An interpreter is essential, however, for any shopping or dealings with the post or tele- grap offices. A tourist, therefore, is well advised to go de luxe class, for which the Russian Intour- isl charge includes the serv- ices of an interpreter for six hours a day and of a car and driver for three hours a day. Manitoba to study tourist potential of Indian reserves WINNIPEG (CP) A four- year study of the tourist po- tential of Manitoba Indian re- serves is to be undertaken by the provincial and federal gov- ernments, Tourism Minister Larry Desjardins announced. The study is to analyse po- tential resources for outd o o r recreation and provide guide- lines for using these resources to develop needed, additional tourist facilities and to improve the economic base of reserves. The study, to cost in the first year, will be made available to Indian bands, the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood and to provincial and federal agencies involved in assissting native people. THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY toy, mail mt o brochure Hvtfwoy FOR A CHOICE IN RATES AND CABIN RANGES BOOK NOW! CARIBBEAN CRUISES wilt be available from both MIAMf and VAUCOUVER on 14 or 34 day MIAMI DEPARTURES January 26, February 9 and February 24, 1974 VANCOUVER DEPARTURES December 20, 1973 and January 23, 1974 For more information and contact A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave. S. Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 All enquires welcome ..Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Ample. free parking ot. rear. of. building ;