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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Saturday, March Judge Sisson's last trial Through no lault of their own. Lethbridge residents were denied the 'opportunity to watch a TV drama Thursday night which had an unapparent "local interest. An episode of the CBC Tdrama anthology, The Play's The Thing, .concerned the murder trial of two young Eskimos at Spence Bay in the mid-1960s. This was the last trial presided over by Judge Jack Sissons, who is well- iremembered in Southern Alberta. The -documentary drama was entitled The Kxecutioners and it was written by .Farley Mowat, based on Judge Sissons' and on newspaper of the trial. Mr. Sissons was Chief Judge oi '.Southern Alberta and had been in tor nine years when, in 1955 (jit the age of 63, he was appointed as the Jirst judge of the Territorial Court of the .Northwest Territories. The court was -established July 1, 1955, with Supreme status. The 11 years during which Judge -Sissons lived and worked in the Arctic ''provide enough material for many TV "documentaries. He understood the between age-old Eskimo 'traditions and modern law and he .i-stablished the precedent, over some ,.strong opposition, of taking justice to the instead ot bringing them out of .the Arctic to courts ot justice in Edmonton or Ottawa. He believed they should be tried in familiar surroundings and before juries which had some .understanding of the land and its people. The judge held court, therefore, in many remote northern outposts and the trials over which he presided provide a glimpse of problems of cultural conflict and arctic survival and have a headier sense of drama than most TV courtroom tare. Of subordinate interest is the fact that the Spence Bay trial marked the first time a woman sat on a jury in the Northwest Territories. Judge Sissons had been able to get the jury rules rewritten and a woman teacher from Pelly Bay was included on the jury which tried the two Eskimos. CBC radio has in the past produced programs based on the judge's sxperiences in the north. However, considering the strong interest in northern development and native rights and the possible combination of adventure and social comment inherent in those experiences, it is surprising that they have been relatively untapped by television. If CBC is interested in doing more, it had better hurry. An American company is reportedly investigating movie rights. Meanwhile, although the local television station has not carried the Play's the Thing series and therefore could not show the Eskimo trial episode, there is a strong possibility that CB'C will rerun the series in the late summer in a Sunday time slot and then it will be shown here, since local Sunday night programming is from the national network. If the production is worthy of the material it may stimulate viewers to ask for more. WEEKEND MEDITATION Loyalty, the missing virtue felsus. the great Roman critic ol Christianity, said that no robber chieftair was ever treated more scurvjly by followers than Jesus by his "disciples. True enough "They all forsook hirr ;ind fled Peter, whose name means a rock denied him. Judas betrayed him Lazarus whom ho raised from the dead, never showec up at the trial. One of the most movinp I sentences Jesus ever spoke was the nighl before his trial at the last Supper "You art those who have continued with me in my trials What a pack of cowards they turnec out to be' Jesus was not fooled. He said would all forsake him and leave him alone Bui Jesus knew they would come back. OnK Judas would not become a saint of the church Poor Judas' No man served Charles I or any king with 'more devoted loyalty than the Earl ol 'Strafford When news was brought to hi? prison cell that Charles had signed the bill of 'attainder which meant his execution. 'Strafford bitterly remarked. "Put not your faith in princes Napoleon could have said ol his followers also that he was betrayed by his friends He had put his brother Joseph on the -Spanish throne, his brother Louis on the 'throne in The Netherlands, his Marshal on the Swedish throne, and other relatives in places of power in Europe. But -even his wife as well as these powerful friends" would desert him. Napoleon's mother remarked bitterly to his wife. "You .could have climbed out a window." meaning. she could have escaped to Napoleon's side she wished. Loyalty is a lovely virtue, the basis for other virtues and the best values of our civilization. As the late Dr. Fosdick was fond of saying, loyalty is the basic condition of liberty Liberty and loyalty are differenl sides of the same shield. You cannot have one without the other. Liberty is to be free from something and loyalty is to be mastered by something. St. Paul has been described as the freest man the world has known, perhaps the only truly free man the world has known, but he called himself the bond-slave of Jesus Christ. Congratulated at the ease of his playing, the freedom of his technique and expression. Paderwewski groaned. "But you don't know at what cost that freedom was obtained! "Discipline was an essential prerequisite to the expression of his genius. "Madame, before I was a genius I was a drudge." It is amazing to find the chosen three disciples Peter. James, and John disloyal. Peter could have followed Jesus into battle, but it is quite true when he says. "I do not know the man. "This is a type of character he can't understand: a man who will not fight! James and John wanted the chief placed in the kingdom, when Jesus became king. They did not understand that the greatest place in the kingdom was the place of service. Jesus said that he himself came "not to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many." A place in his kingdom could only be had by men of the same character as himself. To give rather than receive was the motive of his life and must be that of his followers. These were heroic natures, the disciples. Take "doubting Thomas." as he has been called. He was dismayed when Jesus determined to go back to Judea to rescue Lazarus from death, yet he urged the other disciples. "Let us go with him that we may die with him." They only turned cowards when they became confused, bewildered, and realized that Jesus was going to die. determined to die. They simply did not have faith enough to follow where they could not understand. Not yet did they trust him enough to.give him their blind, unquestioning loyalty. One of the popular hymns has the words. "I'll go with him. with him. all the way." Are you sure? Peter was sure too. Rare is such loyalty. Do you have it? r .S.M. PRAYER: O God, grant me such loyalty that I shall neither be a coward nor a hypocrite. "Seems they thought we'd be paying the million beef subsidy to housewives..." U.S. view of ammonia plant Reprinted from the Farmland News Editor's Note: At a press conference in Calgary on March 15, two companies, Alberta Ammonia of Calgary and Farmland Industries of the U.S., announced plans for a million fertilizer complex within 20 miles of Lethbridge. Farmland Industries is a federation of farmer co-operatives. It has its own newspaper, "Farmland News." The following article was featured on the front page of the issue dated March 15. Much has been said in Alberta about the project. We thought our readers would be interested in the view from the other end of the proposed pipeline. IN A "Hands-across-the border" transaction that should eventually ease, if not eliminate, the fertilizer squeeze facing Midwestern farmers. Farmland Industries and Canadian officials have announced tentative agreement on an anhydrous ammonia project costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Plans call for construction of four ammonia plants in the province of Alberta, two of which would be on stream in 1976. with the other two to be under construction at that time. Each would produce 1.250 tons a day and the product would be channeled by pipeline into positions to meet the needs of Farmland member-owners. It would be the largest fertilizer complex in the world. Production of just one of the four plants would equal that of the new Farmland plant at Enid. Okla. Farmland officials, headed by President Ernest T. Lindsey. and representatives of Alberta Ammonia, Ltd.. announced the agreement in Calgary, the queen city of Alberta, which has been described as the Houston of Canada because of its emergence as a mecca for oil interests. The project is aimed at assuring Canadian interests maximum return on the utilization of its raw materials while at the same time meeting the growing fertilizer needs of farmers served by Farmland. "By undertaking this action." Lindsey said, "we hope to provide American farmers with a timely and economically competitive source of fertilizer to increase food production, which in turn will help alleviate the predicted food shortage throughout the world. This project, in utilizing Canadian and American equipment and supplies, also will assist in generating more favorable economic conditions in the respective countries." Lindsey recalled that at Farmland's last annual meeting in December, the board of directors had challenged the regional anew to become more basic in the raw materials required in the manufacture of farm supplies to assure its member-owners the necessary production tools. The Canadian venture, Lindsey pointed out, is a response to that challenge. Natural gas supplies for such industrial purposes as nitrogen plants are on the wane in the United States, hence the turn to Canada. Warren Dewlen, vice- president of fertilizer for Farmland, said the Canadian supply should go a long way toward making Farmland self-sufficient in meeting its members' requirements. He pointed out that Farmland's present fertilizer plants those at Hastings, Neb.; Dodge City. Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.: Fort Dodge, la.; and the one to go on stream soon at Enid. still be producing at maximum levels when the Canadian ammonia starts flowing to Farmland storage points. While the proposed plants will be owned by Canadian interests. Farmland will be retained by Alberta Ammonia to handle the construction, management and operation of these plants. The estimated investment in processing facilities and pipeline, including working capital, totals about million. This includes the four 1.250-ton-a-day ammonia plants, and a 1.200-mile ammonia pipeline from the plant site near Lethbridge. Alberta, to a tie-in point with existing pipeline facilities in northcentral Iowa. Alberta Ammonia will be responsible for financing these facilities in co-operation with Canadian and American banks. However. Farmland's improved cash flow this year as well as its marketing potential are the key factors in making the entire project economically feasible, according to Lindsey. Natural gas producers, headed by Great Basin Petroleum Ltd.. Sulpetro Ltd.. and Canadian Western Natural Gas. Ltd.. will be financially responsible for the development of natural gas reserves, gathering systems and transmission pipelines to the plant site. The gas producers tentatively have committed 100 billion British thermal units (btus) of gas a day for 15 years "to be delivered to the ammonia complex for the first two ammonia plants. (One thousand cubic feet is the basic unit of measurement for natural gas. When burned, it yields about one million btus.) Gas for the other two plants also has been committed. Lindsey said Farmland has agreed to market the output of the ammonia plants and to provide the downstream storage units and facilities to handle the ammonia on an "as-produced" basis. To compensate Farmland for its commitment to this project. Farmland member- co-operatives will receive an assured supply of ammonia at competitive prices. Indeed, these are boom times for the fertilizer industry, and projections of ammonia usage show it increasing faster than new facilities are slated to become operational. "In view of the.demand for natural gas as an energy source and U.S. government regulations currently restricting the use of natural gas for other purposes, it would appear that U.S. and Canadian production of ammonia will be below demand for several the joint Farmland-Alberta Ammonia statement says. At the Fertilizer Institute's recent meeting in Chicago, it was stated that world fertilizer consumption projections to 1980 show that 100 new 1.200-ton-a-day ammonia plants are needed to meet the world's nitrogen consumption requirements, or to provide adequate world food supplies. The fertilizer complex at Lethbridge will be about 100 miles south of Calgary, a city of 450.000 persons. While still important as a ranching hub. Calgary has experienced an oil-fed boom in the last 20 years. It's become a centre for worldwide oil exploration. Calgary oilmen and equipment now show up in the North Sea. the Persian Gulf, in Southeast Asia and South America as well as in Canada's own McKenzie delta 1.400 miles north of the city. All this has followed the development of the Leduc oil fields 190 miles north of the city. Calgary's population has tripled in the last two decades. THE CASSEROLE "Wouldn't yon like a white elephant to back-up your beaver when mommy's Foreign ownership of Canadian newspapers is illegal, but one. the Red Deer Advocate, was English owned before the new law came into cifcrl. The U.S. is not so sticky. The Thomson newspaper company of Canada owns 47 American dailies, making it the second largest U S. chain. Montana is not a large oil-producing state but its potential is good. Higher prices have greatly stimulated exploration and drilling activity. A price of a barrel has been offered in northeastern Montana, in the Sweeigrass Hills area, so close to Alberta, the price has risen from an average of about a barrel less than a year ago to an offer of about for new discoveries. At the new prices the Great Falls Tribune estimates that an average 20.000-barrel well "which isn't much of a well" will pay for itself. Urban migration is sending waves of concern through Japan's Economic Planning Agency