Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 'HE UTH8R1DGE HERALD SoluiJoy, Mcich 17, 1973 First white woman on record to travel source of Amazon By JUDE TUIUC licrnhl Sloff Writer A long awaited dream came true for Marion McLay once she reached Peru and the head- waters ot the Amazon River. "I'm on record as being the first woman to make the river trip on her said Mrs. McLay, adding "I think it was one ot the most wonderful and amazing adventures in my liletime." During on eiglit year stay in the South American country, Mrs. McLay travelled exten- sively. "Tho country Is an example of extremely poor, literally non existent intercommunica- tion. "The regions we travelled through were as different in language, culture, traditions and food as was possible. I made you think you were in an entirely different country alto- she said. Initially, Mrs. McLay began her journeys from Talara in northern Peru where she ani her husband were living. An offer from a Hollywooc film maker to join his crew fo the duration of a project, too Mrs. McLay into the back country and newly explore territories. "We travelled as far as could by jeep, did a lot of wal ing, and worked from sunup sun d o w commented ilrs McLay. "We lived and worked wil the Indian people, and wci to many of their villages. "They are simple, happy and people who aro poor, ut willing to offer anything ey have with a generosity I aven't seen equaled." Mrs. McLay said the oppor- unity to travel down the Ucay- li River, a source of the Ama- on, had intrigued her for ears, and was originally neanl to be a group venture. "Mr. and Mrs. Ed Maovis, another lady and myself had lamied to make the trip to- explained Mrs. Mc- jay, "but when we arrived al he' port, we found the boat had rammed several days be- ore and was lied up with xiirs. "The one couple couldii'l vait, and the lady chickener. out at the last minute, so I vent off on my own and board ed the Queen of the sho said. The length of the trip was expected to be anywhere from 'our to ten days, depending on the condition of the river on any given day, said Mrs, Me Lay. "Depending on the amount o rainfall in each region, the wa ter level might be too high fo safe navigation, or might com up suddenly during the day." She explained that the rive course ran close to the banks allowing for sightseeing at close range. "There was so darn much lo see, from pre historic tur- tles, to huge butterflies and foot-wide flowers. At night, we docked and wild go into the villages to risit with the people, sing, ancc and often barter fur sup- Mrs. McLay added that in ne small jungle stop, she saw was believed to be one of :ie seven lost cities of FA Dor- do. The buildings were absolute- y magnificent. They were >eautiful polished marble. No one in the village knows who ivcd there, what happened to .horn or where the first people camo from." The diet on the boat consist- ed of three meals of beef, Deans and rice. "Nothing' else was allowed, jasically because of health hazards. But we got used to that diet for the four and a half days we were oil the river." The trip ended at the Port of the Amazon, Iquitos, where the Ucalali branches into the main- stream of the great Amazon. Mrs. McLay concluded, say- ing that the problem of condi- tioning lierself lo the lifestyle and pace of Peru and its people was "no problem whatsoever." "What was she said, "was returning to this country and trying to fit back into the treadmill and the rush going on around me." family life by MAUREEN JAM1ESON BILL GROENEN phcto Pre-Incan relics Treasures from a distant past grace the home of Marion McLay, who recently re- turned from an eight year adventure in Peru. Mrs. McLay is shown hiding a modern Peruvian creation xithbridge Auxiliary to Shvini lospitals for Crippled Children vill be held Tuesday at ).m. at the home of Mrs, J. A Vorrie-, 529 20th St. S. All Shrin ers wives welcome. St. Michael's Hospital Ladies Auxiliary will meet Monday a p.m. in the nurses' residence Members are reminded t >ring two articles of baking fo Ihe bake sale to be held th following morning in the hos pilal lobby. The Leihbridge Handicraft Guild will meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Ihe Bowman Art Cen- tre. A good attendance is re- quested. The regular meeting of the Women of the teoase No. 323 will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. Hostesses will bs Estelle Spackman and Alico BIrtscoe. Deputy Grand Regent Hilda Cove of Medicine Hat will be guest. A potluck supper will bs held in her honor at p.m. Members ara asked to make usual contributions. The Women's Auxiliary to 10 Lethbridge Municipal Hos- ital will ho'.d the regular neeting Wednesday at 2 p.m Ihe lounge of the nurses' res- dence. Arrangements for the esscrt card party to be helrl larch 27 wili be finalized. A ood attendance is requested. Tha regular monthly meeting )f the Multiple Sclerosis Soci- :ty will be held in the aux- liary hospital Wednesday at :30 p.m. A special program las been arranged. Lunch will served and a good atten- dance is requested. The regular meeting of tlie M a j o r Burnett Past Noble Grands' Club mil be held Tues- day at p.m. in the Oddfel- lows Hall. The auxiliary to the Devon Nursing Home will hold a gen- eral meeting Monday at 8 p.m. All interested persons welcome (o attend, The Letlibridge Old Time Dance Club will hold a dance tonight at p.m. a t As- sumption School, 24lh St. and 14th Ave. S. The Country Cou- pics Orchestra will be in atten- dance. Everyone -welcome to e n j o y an evening of fox trots, circle two-step and occasional square dance. The staff nurses of the LMH will hold a meeting Tuesday at p.m. in classroom 1 of the nurses' residence. T ATE last night I stepped out of my car on to the grass verge. "Watch wtero you're put- ting your great monstrous feet, if. you snapped a huffy little voica down arour.d ground level. I bent over and found an Incredibly ancient little man in cocked hat and leather apron leaning against a dead dandelion. He was dressed almost entirely in green. "Would you be a lepre- I enquired politely. t "Faith and he said, to prove he was Irish. "What are you doing so far from Iwme? It's a'most St. Patrick's day, and isn't that pretty special for you peo- ple? "Thai's perfectly he a d m i 11 e d, "but a terrible calamity has befallen me people. Soma nasty, big business tycoon moved in and cornered the market on shamrocks. They've all been shipped over to America and sold at a most exhorbitant price to Ihe O'Mal- leys, M a h o n e ys, Kearneys and McGintys on the City oE New York police force. "Ireland on St. Patrick's day without a single, soli- tary shamrock to its name! Oh the sliamc of it all! "As a matter of fact, that's why I'm here. His majesty, King Brian, the greatest leprechaun who ever lived, has appointed me official "shamrock searcher. "The honor of me country rests entirely on me own head. It's a terrible respon- he sighed. "By the by, would this be Tibet, "Not I said. "Ac- tually, you're a wee hit course. Anyway, why Tibet? "Not that it's any of your business, he said, "but I did hear there is some very interesting plant life at the foothills of Mount Everest. I want to check it out for shamrocks. "If you'll kindly direct me to the lower slopes, I'll be on me way. I've got to be homa by dawn." He'd been so preoccupied with his pressing national problem, he's given no I bought lo his own personal danger. I reached down and picked him up, staring him straight in the eye. Now when you catch a lep- rechaun, it is absolutely es- sential to keep your eye on him at all times, otherwise you'll never get hold of his crock of gold. If ho can trick you into taking your eyes off him for even a hundredth of a sec- ond, he's home free. Under leprcchar.n rules, Ira can then vanish at will, taking the secret of his golden hoard with him. Ho pretended he didn't know 1 knew his secret and spent several precious min- utes trying to get me to blink. I refused lo be sidetracked. "What about Ihe 1 asked. He changed his tactics. "Now you're a kind-looking he smiled. "You wouldn't ho wanting to rob a poor old man of his hard- earned life savings and sea him starve to death at your very feet now, would laying on the blarney for all I'.e was worth. "Tell you what, I'll strike up a bargain with he offered 'generously. me a patch of shamrock, and not only will I find you a fine, upstanding husband, I'll give you live goklcn sov- -and you'll be leav- ing me without a penny to me lie lied. I carried him across the road and down into the cou- lees, to a spot where tho clover was just starting to peek through the ground. For a moment he forgot himself and looked overjoy- ed. Remembering our bar- gain, he rearranged his face in a manner befitting his pre- vious misery. "Well, I suspose it v.ill have to Ira muttered, "but it will take all me fairy pow- ers fo bring it into leaf by dawn. "But I'm a fair man and a generous man and a mm of me word. Here's your three h3 said mag- nanimously, pocketing the' other two. "Put them under your pil- low tonight and you'll dream of the man you're to marry. I pointed out that I was al- ready married. "Would you be throwing me gift back in me he cried indignantly. "In that case, you'd better hand me back me and hopefully, he stretched out his hand. I put the coins carefully into my wallet and glanced at my watch. It was just on midnight. St. Patrick's day, already. The leprechaun swept irp tlie clover in a little gust of wind and took off in an east- erly direction, towards Ire- land. I walked homo and popped the golden pieces under my pillow and dreamed my Willyum was the jolly green giant wading through a val- ley of miniature shamrorfcs. Wlien morning came, I reached under my pillow and pulled out three round, flat, smooth, shiney stones. You know, I hate to sound like a racist bigot but if ever you decide to make a deal with a little green leprechaun, do get it all put down In writing. CASH BINGO TONIGHT, O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A 5100 Blackout Bfngo played for till wen every Saturday plui Jackpoli JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Cards for ?T.OO or 25c each (Locoled Nexl >o No. 1 Fireball) F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th SI. N. Every Saturday Night af 8 p.m. 5 Cord) la, or Each Three 7 Number Games JACKPOT Free one Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money Children under 16 not aJTawtd Meet Mrs. Mary Kormcm Interior Design Consultant, At Eaton's On Monday Mrs. Mary Korman of Calgary be in our furniture deparlment, second floor, to advise you on your inlerior design problems from 10 a.m. fo 5 p.m. on Monday. Mrs. Korrnan, the former Mary Hegan of lethbridge, graduated wilh a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Mani- toba. She is now a teacher at Moun! Royal College, Calgary. If you are interested in interior design be sure to see her. Sho is In Lethbridge to attend a home renovations course the YMCA, EATON'S Blfi I-49 DAY COMING TUESDAY! Watch for it! Wait for it! It's the Eaton Sale everyone waits for. Check the big full page ad in Monday's paper.