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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March LETHBRIDGE A collection of brief book reviews "Sitting Bull" by Alexander B. Adams. (Longman Canada Ltd., 446 pages, The only fault in this book is the title it is too restrictive. This is not a book exclusively about Sitting Bull, but one that encompasses a great deal of history concerning the latter stages of the American Indian's free way of life. The book is populated with men like Crazy Horse, Custer, Marcus Reno, Frank Grouard, Red Cloud and dozens of other men who found their place in history as players in the drama of the west. Sitting Bull is like the dumpling in a stew as far as this book is concerned, he merely binds a good thing together. GARRY ALLISON "The Reinhoid Rook of Needlecraft" by Jutta Lammer (Van Nostrand Reinhoid Ltd., 296 pages, The Reinhoid Book of Needlecraft is a unique volume in which the principal techniques of knitting, crocheting, patchwork macrame and embroidery are just a few of the many handicraft items covered. The various forms of embroidery from counted thread work through Bargello are fully explained and well illustrated with numerous suggestions for their use. Stitches and patterns are supplied in abundance for knitting and crocheting .and many superb ideas are given to encourage both the professional and the amateur craftswoman. Photographs in black and white and color are provided in this highly useful reference book. ANNE SZALAVARY "Canadian Hospitals, 1920 to 1970: a dramatic half century" by G. Harvey Agnew (University of Toronto Press, Dr. Agnew's posthumous book about the history and present complicated relationship of power and financing in Canadian hospitals has the merits of lucidity and breadth of vision. It includes personal digressions, wider historical allusions and some of his philosophical approach amidst details of hospital associations, medical insurance schemes, Blue Cross and health care. Hospital administration and health care are now mazes of realities, theories and different local conditions. Certainly not comprehensive, this is a good personal introduction to either study or general interest. ERIC WILLIAMS "The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars: 1885 to the Present" edited by G. N. Georgano (E. P. Dutton Company, x 751 pages, distributed by Clarke, Irwin Company This is a new, enlarged and revised edition of a book first published in 1968. Only motorcars designed for sale have been included and there are still over makes to be found here, listed alphabetically. There are brief explanatory entries on all makes, accompanied by more than black and white photographs. At the beginning of the book there are 60 color photographs; at the end there is a glossary and index. Truly a splendid book that would be prized by any automobile buff. DOUG WALKER "A Circle of Children" by Mary MacCracken (McClelland and Stewart Limited, 237 pages, Mary MacCracken describes in a chatty way her initiation into teaching emotionally disturbed children. Without any professional training she plunged into a bizarre world inhabited by students who could not possibly work in an ordinary classroom. The children were unusually aggressive, offensive, or hysterical but Ms. MacCracken claims all showed improvement thanks to devoted teachers who devised a personal program for each student. A class load of four to six students made individual attention possible. A worthwhile book for anyone interested in special education TERRY MORRIS "The Needlepoint Alphabet Book" by Meredith and Gary Gladstone (George J. McLeod Ltd., 183 pages, If you aren't a needlepoint enthusiast, you will be when you finish this book. The authors have shown a unique way of creating designs by use of letters and numbers, with a complete explanation of how to get your ideas with a camera and transfer them to the canvas. Techniques include the preparation of the canvas, various stitches, blocking and finishing. Instructions for many projects are given including pillows, boxes, hats, rugs, belts, etc. There are many pages of different types of graphed letters, numbers, and color plates. The thoroughness with which the Gladstones handle this craft make it easy even for the novice to follow. ELSIE MORRIS "One of My Marionettes" by Tony Aspier (Secher Warburg, 154 pages.) Telling one story within another can be an effective literary but somehow it does not quite come off in Tony Aspler's second book (his first was The Streets of Askelon, the story of a man suspiciously like the Irish poet Brendan Shattered by the death of his friend Diana and feeling responsible for it, Mark, the "I" in the book, thought that by writing Diana's story he might rid himself of his guilt feelings. Perhaps his release might have come if he hadn't insisted on sharing his manuscript with Diana's father and thus learning that there were circumstances surrounding her death of which he had been unaware. He was upset to find that, after all, he had not been able to manipulate the story of his heroine's life she was not really his marionette. Perhaps there is more to this novel than is obvious to the casual reader. It makes entertaining enough reading but it seems to lack an emotional intensity that might have made it real. ELSPETH WALKER "Wilderness Women" by Jean Johnston (Peter Martin Associates Ltd., 242 pages, We have read something of the early explorers but rarely have we heard of the first women to break through the frontiers. Eleven years ago, long before Women's Lib, Jean Johnston began a book on the lives of eight of these remarkable women. From Gudrid the Viking, she traces their dramatic histories to the modern Martha Black. Ciming from all walks of life, sharing one common factor, indomitable courage, they prove once again not to underestimate the power of a woman. This book, showing the other side of history is well worth reading and should be on the shelves of all high schools and universities. THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Mortey ELSIE MORRIS Another sign of spring "Reports on: Blood Indian Chief Tipi Circle; The Stevens Rock at Foremost Alberta; Police Coulee" compiled by J. H. Carpenter. These are reports on projects 9. 10 and 11 of the Lethbridge Centre of the Archaeological Society of Alberta They include text, maps and photographs that make a lasting recu.d of the archaeological sites investigated. The first two are included in a booklet being sold for while the second one. which contains a large number of photographs and is a contribution toward commemorating the arrival of the North-West Mounted Police to Southern Alberta in 1874. is'sold for They can be secured by contacting Jim Carpenter. The local members of the archaeological society are to be congratulated for the work they do and the fine records they keep. DOUG WALKER "Maigret and the Bam" by Georges Simeaoa (Harcovrt. Brace, Jovaaovich Inc., distributed by Loagmaa Canada Limited, Translated from the French by Jean Stewart, this is a new version of the Simenon book originally published in England as Maigret and the Dosser. Admirers of Simenon will welcome another of this prolific author's tales, particularly now that be has announced his intentions to write no more. This story is an especially warm and friendly one, displaying much of the compassion expressed by Detective Maigrel for the down and out person. ELSPETH WALKER "The Road to Yesterday" by L. M. Montgomery (McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., 251 pages, Fans of Anne of Green Gables and other books by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery will welcome this new collection of stories, discovered only recently by the author's son. Reminiscent in style of Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea, these stories are concerned with acquaintances of Anne and her family in and around Glen St. Mary, P.E.I, (not Avonlea, as the cover blurb The publisher's foreword "dates" the stories as fitting into the immediate pre- Second World War period, but this is not entirely correct. Any real Anne enthusiast will recognize the clues to the ages of Anne's children and will realize that most of the 14 stories fit into the Anne of Ingleside and Rainbow Valley period, which was prior to the First World War. The last few stories seem to take place before and during the Second War. Anne and Gilbert and their family enter into each story in non-participating roles, and are made to seem paragons of every possible virtue, which only succeeds in making them rather unlikeable. This will be a disappointment to those who feel that Anne is almost a personal friend. Presumably. L. M. Montgomery didn't prepare these stories for final publication; hopefully, she would have eliminated some of the superfluous references to Anne had she done so. Despite these faults, the stories are entertaining, and certainly L. M. Montgomery fans will not want to miss this book. JOANNE BOWREY "Walking in the Wild" (Funk and Wagnalls, 362 pages, distributed by Fitzhenry and Forty years of experience in the woods and mountains, desert and seashore, as backpacker, hiker, canoeist and camper lie behind this volume. Robert Kelsey, author, is a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, Wilderness Society and American National Parks and Conservation Association. He has backpacked throughout North America both alone and accompanied by his wife, Teddy, and four children. Do-it-yourself gear for the outdoors, sample menus, firelighting instructions and tips on comfortable sleep are all included. Clear line drawings and black and white photographs illustrate the book. A list of food and equipment suppliers is provided. Good reading for anyone preparing for summer adventure. NOEL BUCHANAN "Diner Agatat He Clock" by Madeleiae Kaminaa (McClellaad aid Stewart Limited, pages, Madeleine Kamman, born in Paris, and educated at the Sorbonne displays her outstanding culinary talents in this volume of easy recipes aimed at the career woman whose time is limited. Suggested dinner menus along with recipes for a variety of meats, vegetables and desserts and a comprehensive preparation schedule make this an ideal book for both the woman at home and the woman on the job. ANNE SZALAVARY "The White by Velda Johnston (Dodd, Mead Company, Here is a novel of suspense guaranteed to keep you glued to the pages till the end. The sensitive heroine, Jen- nifer Langley. a New York career girl, returns to the beautiful Florida island to catalogue family possessions she would later inherit. Confronting her when she arrived was a maze of demanding questions. Complications arise as Aunt Evelyn's coldness puzzles her. What was Amy Warren, believing herself a "white witch." doing on the island? Relating any more of the plot in this tense suspense would destroy the impact of an exciting finale. Romance weaves a tender thread throughout the events as the warm, tangy setting provides a flourishing background. Enjoyment will be readily experienced from the reading of this mystery novel. If relaxation coupled with light reading is on your agenda I would recommend this book to fili the spot. EMILY BURKE Photo by Bill Groenen revolution in which the non- whites decide to end all oppression) the excesses of any group pushed to the limit become understandable, at least. To anyone who cannot fathom the other side of ANY racial conflict, I definitely recommend this book. JOANNE GROVER "A Dream Deferred" by Elver Carim (Loagmaa Canda, Enver Carim has written well of a subject he obviously knows a good deal about, for one would have to be very close to the situation to write so deeply about race relations in South Africa. Carim, a non-white, tells both sides of the South African story to some extent although he naturally colors the non- white side with more understanding and feelings. After one has read the book which describes a mythical "The Court of the Stone Children" by Eleanor Cameron, (Clarke Irwin and Company Ltd. 191 pages.) Eleanor Cameron has added another delightful children's book to her long list of others. The Court of the Stone Children is a fantasy centering around the supernatural. Nina, who is a rather lonely child, finds solace in visiting museums. In this particular old museum she finds a friend named Dominique, who is actually the girl in a priceless painting hanging in the museum. She enlists Nina's help in finding out what really became of her father 100 years before. The Court of the Stone Children is actually a court of stone children that resided in DonunKraes garden in France. These children were carved by an old family friend and depicted herself and her friends in that family. They were moved to the United States for the museum and they hold the secret of Dominique's plight I found this a very entertaining book that I would recommends it to children on the Grade levels of six and seven. SYLVIA JOEVENAZZO If golde ruste? "If golde ruste, what shall iren asked Geoffrey Chaucer. The press reports that Allan Williams has accused Premier Barrett of using "vile, foul mouthed, guttersnipe language on a female member of the press gallery. Mr. Williams told the B.C. House that the Premier used a vile, four letter word "not once, or twice, but three times" to Marjarie Nichols, columnist with the Vancouver Sun. Any alleged vulgarity by the premier, however, seems mild when compared with the article entitled "Canticle" in the Christian Century of March 6 written by one of its editors and an eminent religious author, Mr. Martin E. Marty. Mr. Marty introduces a new game of finding a hymn whose first line best described your honeymoon. Taking the mildest example, "Fight the good fight" means to be "off to a bad start." Marty goes on to prove that for spreading filth on holy ground he is as good as anybody (or as bad) as anybody in the business. Just what kind of mind does the man have to take the best loved hymns and distort them to such a dirty use? Just what good purpose is served by such an article in a Christian journal? One might have glimpsed the direction in which Marty's mind was slipping when in a previous issue of Christian Century (Feb. 27) he quoted a ghastly commentary on Kohoutek by the Children of God. One would expect this far out group of freaks to come up with something revolting, but why does Marty give this disgusting and sickening commentary publicity and dignity? There is no more important Christian journal in the world than the Christian Century, judged by its circulation and prestige. One reads it these days with an overwhelming sadness and dismay. Over a quarter of a century ago Alfred Noyes wrote a book entitled "On The Edge of the Abyss" warning that civilization was in mortal danger through its trend to degradation and vulgarity. Sorokin did the same thing in "The Crisis of Our Age." Noyes was concerned with literary vulgarity, Sorokin with the total degradation of social life, of man and values, of art, ethics, and law immersed in sensate culture. He charged that contemporary art was concerned mainly with social sewers, ethics had come to be regarded as a device of the group in power to exploit less powerful groups, while law had lost its moral prestige and become demoted to the status of a device used by clever hypocrites to fool the exploited simpletons. Thus contended Sorokin law had to depend on naked force alone, so modern society lived by the maxim that "Might is Right." "Everything is permitted if you can get away with it is the main moral maxim of our time." Another was that "Money can buy hence money makers compose our aristocracy. Contemporary life justified the pessimism of Sorokin, Noyes, and others. The most gross vulgarity is put into living rooms through television. Can you imagine anything .uglier than "TV advertisements7 The TV Guide for March 23-29 carries a Science Fiction Book Club advertisement in its centre with lurid, red heading, "I have no mouth and I must scream'" The following description is horrifying. But art today resorts to shock for its effects So does poetry, as James Joyce writes, "0 lovely land where the shamrock grows' (Allow me, ladies, to blow my T. S. Eliot describes Sweeney shaving He "Tests the razor on his leg waiting until the shriek subsides. The epileptic on curves backward, clutching at her sides." Similarly "The Exorcist" depicts the demonic in contemporary life. A dark, dreadful horror engulfs man as from the soil and the dark shadows slouch the primeval beasts, and caught in a quicksand of evil and degradation from which it seems impossible to escape, man succumbs to an orgy of violence, boredom, sensuality, and insanity. This is the time of Lent, a time for cleansing and renewal and, since Mr Marty entitles his column "Canticles" take from the Song of Songs the lovely lines, "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away." So may God grant. SATURDAY TALK Watergate, Watergate everywhere Spending 18 days in the United States doesn't at all help a Canadian to guess the outcome of the Watergate affair or the future of President Nixon. The static is continual and depressing. It does give the idea, however, that the majority of Americans do not think the president will be impeached. I suspect most of them think he should be, but that's a different matter. Some almost violently critical of him feel the precedent of ejecting presidents could be bad for democracy in what is becoming a pretty volatile and headstrong country. Some who say Nixon should in law be impeached fear this would leave government in such chaos under an untried Gerald Ford that the cure would be worse than the present shame. Still others who feel he should be thrown out are fearful of the possibility that impeachment proceedings would finally be turned down in Congress and a country- divided would be ruled over by a man swollen to arrogance. That variety of opposition to impeachment finds itself in strange harness with millions who think their president or party leader can do no wrong. These include those who say he was victimized by his staff; the Democrats have been and would be as guilty as Nixon is said to be of scullduggery and dark tricks; the country is full of people who cheat the income tax laws and that half the American diplomats in all history have been named to their posts for having made financial contributions to their party; the president didn't rob the treasury, no one was maimed or murdered, and hasn't he and his family and friends suffered humiliation enough already? About the only feeling common to all is the earnest wish the matter would go away, some way. any way, but away. It is eerie in this flag-waving country to see metal plates on automobiles urging that Nixon be shot It is impossible to watch CBS or NBC news programs or read the papers without being involved again in the latest great American tragedy, either by ballgame technique of the box score of the latest plays for and against or hearing of earnest public men saying still again that the time has come for America to Everyone agrees with Nixon when be says, as he did. "one year of Watergate is enough." but for opposite reasons. Some would end the enquiry and keep him in; some would throw him out and keep the enquiry going to clean up the mess and mystery. Me? I think be should resign, said so when John Dean testified last July and more so ever since. Any time I talked with an American the comment came up that we "Britishers" had the right idea of Parliament being able to throw a leader out without all this trouble. "It's sure time for a change here but we can't change for three one moaned. Even then, it would be the party they'd throw out not the man who has pot the party where it is today. There is genuine debate as to what warrants impeaching a president. The constitution says: "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." President Nixon has asked that before he turn over any more documents his questioners should define more precisely what are grounds for impeachment. His accusers assert that the constitution is definition enough, as surely it would be in British law where it is recognized that to define things too closely is to leave too much out. The United States attorney-general said the other day that the president was "no different than any other citizen" when it came to the duty to report immediately any information he received about the commission of crimes. The New York Times dug out the declaration of President James K. Polk in 1846 that the House "could command the attendance of any and every agent of the government, and compel them to produce all papers, public or private, official or unofficial, and to testify on oath to all facts within their knowledge." Against this President Nixon draws the extreme cartoon that the enquirers have no right to draw up a U-Haul and drive away with anything they want. And so it goes, and somehow the president does seem to convince a number of people that 'thorough inquiry into his affairs will work against his proposition that "the United States and the whole world needs a strong American president able to take unpopular actions... to take the strong, right decisions." Against that trie president of the American Bar Association says "The president should furnish all information requested by the House Judiciary Committee, and I don't feel any evidence is subject to presidential privilege, presidential privacy or even national security." It is a tragic spectacle not only to friendly neighbors but to the American people themselves who are under immense emotional strain. To despair of their President is ill enough for a people who like to canonize their presidents; to decide that the best thing they can do is leave him there is to border on despairing of their country. They were telling me that. They'll pull through one way or another, but it is a rough passage. Perhaps the number of jokes popping into the otherwise gloomy discussion is the best sign, such as the one of Nixon dreaming he had a talk with Lincoln, who counselled him he was working too hard and should try taking his wife to the theatre. Out of the picture By Dong Walker I listened in amazement, at the supper table one night, when the boys took their mother to task for neglecting her responsibilities in our home. "You spend so much time out coffeeing with the neighbors that you don't even get the washing done." Keith said to Elspeth. "I have been waiting all week for my pants to get laundered." he complained. Then Paul joined the assault, in a rare show of agreement with his brother, and began to berate his mother for something else she failed to do. "Oh, it's not so bad I began in a conciliatory way. "You're out of the picture." Paul said interrupting me. only home for meals and don't know what's going on ;