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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, May 5, 1973 Japanese chaplain recalls war role By BOB BARR HONOLULU (AP) "We did fight Rev. Hiro Higuchi said, "but I think most of us realize we were only five or six thousand men in eight million.1' "You could have sunk us in the middle of the Pacific and the war would have come out the same way.'' Higuchi, relaxing in his study at the Manoa Valley church, thought back 30 years to the time he swallowed his pacifist beliefs just enough to follow "my boys" into the United States 442iid Regimental Com- bat Team. He remember searching the pcokets of a dead of the grisly duties reserved for a combat chaplain. boy was from Califor- nia, and his parents had been interned. He was carrying a let- ter from them saying their home had just been burned down." It was that kind of war for the Japanese-American soldiers of the 442nd. who had streamed to induction centres in early 1943. determined to erase any suspicions about their loyalty. LIVES WERE CHANGED "The 442nd was the turning point in my life.' state game and fish director Michio Takata said. "What the war really did for me was open my eyes that there wasn't much of a future for me if I were to go back to the sugar plantation." The war was a turning point for Hawaii, too. "The Japanese-American sol- diers, along with the labor un- ions, are most responsible for the social and political thus the economic Hawaii." says Gov. John A. Burns. AS a Honolulu policeman 30 years ago, Irish- assigned to spy on the Japanese-Americans, but spent much of his time ouch- ing for their loyalty. Michio Takata and some other 442nd veterans sit now in carpeted offices. But little more than 30 years ago. they had reached the ultimate in tmemplyment. Even the United States Army wouldn't have them. j There was no time in those numbing first hours after the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, to question whether any ethnic group was waving the flag with sufficient zeal. STARTED RUMORS Niseis, second-generation Japanese-Americans, in the 298th and 299th regiments, along with Nisei students from the University of Hawaii offi- cers' training corps, took their places guarding utilities and manning defence posts. Then the rumors started. Some said local Japanese had cut arrows in the cane fields pointing toward Pearl Harbor. Others said downed Japanese fliers wore McKinley High School rings. McKinley served the "little Tokyo'' section of Honolulu. Still other rumors told of local Japanese deliberately blocking traffic during the attack. Those reports were false, but they indicated the mood of many people in Hawaii and on the U.S. mainland. Time passed before it was realized that the Japanese community of Hono- lulu suffered most of the civil- ian casualties in that Sunday morning attack which thrust the U.S. into the Second World War. If any of Hawaii's Japanese-American doubted they were suspected, they needed only to watch as of their leaders were arrested: 981 were sent to mainland "recloca- tion along with more than Japanese-American from the West Coast. The Japanese-Americans, meanwhile, desperately sought to prove their loyalty. There were "Speak American'' cam- paigns. Pictures of the emperor were burned. Women stopped wearing kimonos and adopted mainland styles. Some families changed their names, taking Hawaiian. Chi- nese or even Scottish surnames. THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD RELIGION Soviets jail Baptists in religious crackdown MOSCOW (AP) A Byelo- russian people's court has im- prisoned four Evangelical Bap- tists in the Soviet Union's wide- ranging crackdown on small re- ligious groups. Other victims in recent months have been a Buddhist scholar who had followers from the Mongolian border to the Baltic and an underground group of Jehovah's witnesses in Lithuania, Latavia and north- western Russia. The sentencing of the Baptists to varying terms of imprison- ment was reported in the Fri- day issue of Sovietskaya Byelo- russia. It reached Moscow on Sunday from the Byelorussian capital of Minsk. The four members of a Bap- Nuns clean up These three nuns, members of the Society of the Love of Jesus, have been occupy- ing a section of St. Mary's Priory, Victoria, B.C., for more than six weeks. Left to right. Sister Mary Josephine Donovan, Sister Mary Agnes Eaton and Sister Mary Lucy Ford. Squabbling nuns seek life of sood works Lutherans flay Africa investments by Canadians Cantata sung CLARESHOLM (Special) cantata Calvary was pre- sented twice recently fay the United Church mixed choral group, first in the church and then again several days later. The 18-voice choir was direct- ed by Mrs. George Goslin and organist was Mrs. Pennm Wiig. Church Chuckles fry CARTWRIGHT 1294 "I don't want to seem critical, but have you ever considered another line of VICTORIA (CP) The bright-eyed nun telks about the need for a return to a life of love and good works while em- broiled in a squabble other members of the same religious order This is one of the paradoxes that emerges from an interview with Sister Mary Agnes Eaton, one of three nuns who for more than six weeks have been oc- cupying a smal! section of St. Mary's while guaids bar them from the rest of the build- ing. The dispute among the Ro- man Catholic members of the Society of the of Jesus, v.hich has been simmering for about three jears. boiled over March 15 when Mother Prioress Leonette Hoesing locked the doors to the priory, pi eventing the nuns from entering. However, one of the three. Sister Mary Josephine Donovan, managed to get in a window and let the other Agnes and Sister Alary Lucy through a back door. Since then the three have been occupying a kitchen and a wing of bedrooms and wash- rooms but are locked cut from the rest of the building. A uni- formed guard stands watch over the premises 24 hours a day. LIVE ACROSS STREET Meanwhile, the other faction. Sister Leonette and three other nuns, have moved across the street into a S42.000 home which they call the new priory. Nei- ther side is talking to the other and efforts by Remi de Roo of Victoria to mediate the dispute have failed The society operates a home for senior citizens and a hospi- tal for the chronically ill. mostly elderly people. At stake is contiol of the society, which was founded in i 1922 by Mother Cecilia Mary, i wiio rated newspaper headlines i in the 1960s when she became embroiled in a controversy with the Catholic Church over the es- tablishment of an animal shel- ter which she runs today at Mill Bay about 20 miles northwest cf here. Tne society has about S500.000 in liquid assets and property orth an estimated SI million. Tiie three dissident nuns, sup- poiteci by Mother Cecilia and one of her assistants. Sister Maiy Julia, claim that Sister i Leonette was not legally elected I mother prioress in 1971 and refused to recognize her j authority. The nuns took their case to i the B C. Supreme Court but the 1 judge ruled that the court had j no jurisdiction in the matter. The ruling is being appealed. 1 DRESS DIFFERENTLY An interview with Sister i Agnes reveals that the battle is 1 a microcosm of the struggle go- ing on within the Catholic Church between the liberal and j conservathe elements. Sister 1 Leonette, tor example, wears I secular clothes, whereas the three dissidents dress in the re- ligious habit "She sajs we are old fash- ioned Sister Agnes said of Suter Leonette. "but we say she is way out left. personally feel that a reli- gion person should have some- thing that idenf'fics her." There is also a difference of opinion as to which direction 1 the society should go. Sister Agnes claims that Sister Leon- ette has taken the society away from its original goal, the care of the aged, and devoted more attention to such projects as family and youth In attempting to w rest control of the society irom Sibler .L.COII- etle. she said, the nuns are hop- ing to restore the community to the life of "prayer, love, sacri- fice and gcod works" to which it was dedicated when the pri- ory- was established in 1901.. Sister Leonette said it was not true that the society was no longer dedicated to tbe care of the aged. "We are trying to up- grade the care of the sick. 'A MEXICAN' STANDOFF' Hugh McMillan, lawyer for the three sisters, said the battle is "a Mexican standoff fight now'1 but lie said the longer the three occupy the priory the bet- ter their case is. If the other side was able to get a legal court order to have the three removed, they surely would done so by now, he said, "but they cant get a court order." He said the only thing the dis- sidents have going for them now is that one condition of holding society meetings is that two-thirds of those who habit- ually live in the priory con- stitute a quorum. This prevents the other side from doing any legal business, he said, because they can'L get the necessary quorum. Mr. McMillan said he had hoped Sister Leonette and her group "would have collapsed by now under all the publicity." Meanwhile, the three nuns are surviving on food brought in to them by friends. They keep busy cleaning their quarters, cooking meals and praying. Both Sisters Agnes and Jose- phine are taking correspond- ence courses from the Univer- sity of Victoria. CAMROSE (CP) The role Canadian financial interest play in the suppression of the people in the African country of Nambia was criticized last weekend at the 12th annual meeting cf the Western Cana- da Synod of the Lutheran church in America-Canada. Delegates endorsed a letter signed by Rev. Donald W. Sjoberg, synod president, which said: "We cannot conceal from you our shame in the face of the role which Canadian financial interests continue to play in the of the basic per- sonal and national rights of your people, a role which serves only to establish more firmly the Illegal occupation of your country by the govern- ment of South Africa." The letter will be sent to Lu- theran leaders in South West j Africa. MANDATE South Africa was granted a mandate to administer the af- fairs of Nambia, formerly South West Africa, after the First World War. South Africa was supposed to relinquish control of the terri- tory several years ago but has refused to do so despite repeat- ed requests of the United Na- tions security council, the gen- eral assembly and a ruling by the International Court of Jus- tice at The Hague. Canadian companies which operate in South Africa include Massey Ferguson Ltd., Alumin- ium Co, of Canada Ltd. and Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd. Tim Smith, a Canadian -work- ing with the United States Na- tional Council of Churches in South Africa recently criticized Canadian firms for paying blacks in that country poverty- level wages. Delegates asked the 1974 con- vention of Lutheran Churches in America to investigate their their investments in com- panies which may be involved in the Nambian struggle. Rev. G. W. Luetkehoelter of, Edmonton was re-elected secre- i tary of the synod, while Rev. j Phil Hink of Leduc. Edwin Hir-j sekorn of Millet, Karen Nord-' gaard of Calgary and Rev. Frank Schmitt of Vancouver were elected to the executive board. tist splinter group called the In- itsiativniki (Initiativists) were accused at their trial of not reg- istering their congregations' with the authorities, giving reli- gious instruction to minors, forcing them to attend services and urging disobedience of So- viet laws. The charges were almost identical to those against nine Jehovah's Witnesses sent to la- bor camps earlier this month after a trial in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda. They were also similar to the accusations made by the state against the Buddhist scholar, Bidya Dandaron. He was sen- tenced to five years in a labor camp after a December trial in the south Siberian city of Ulan Ude. Four associates of Dandaron were declared insane and in- carcerated. Seven others, mostly teachers, lost their jobs. Another was expelled from graduate study at Leningrad State University. Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites you to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sun- day night at p.m. over CHEC radio. The Christian Reformed church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. 'A' North in the city. Services at 10 a.m and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially. Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1509-29irj Street So. H. P. NIKKEI, Co-ordinator Phone 345-3335 School Service NO EVENING SERVICE CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St S. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor: Rev. T. Royeroff Bible Class and Sunday School Service Service BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19 Street North pastor: MANFRED TAUBENSEE phone 328-2045 School (German and English Classes) Worship and Lord's Supper CANTATA by the Grace Baptst Church, Medicine Hat "We preach Christ the Power and Wisdom of God" Martin Bros. Funeral Homes Ltd. (2nd GENERATION) Serving South Alberta for over half a century (1922-1972) Presents THE SUNDAY HOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD SENIOR CHOIR Director: LINDA LANGAGER Accompanist: CAROLYN SAUNDERS SUNDAY, MAY 6th to 10 a.m. and p.m. to 12 Midnight CJOC-TV CHANNEL 7 THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 812 3rd Avenue South 703 13th Street North 2nd GENERATION FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE COUNSELLORS FOR PRE-ARRANGEMENTS {Authorired by the Alberta Government Security Commission) THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M. CORNEV, JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Service Both services conducted students from the Bcrean Bible College. Caigarj. Fellowship Hour after evening service. I study ij WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME SPECIAL BIBLE STUDY THURSDAYS p.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church For Information Phone 328-3257 1714 14th Ave. South "Listen to 15 p.m. Sunday" NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH The Evongelical Church In Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. PASTOR: V. SCHORR School Wor- ship Service (Nursery Provided) Service EVERYONE CUKWALLY WELCOME. HI EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR-REV. H. J. JOST-Phone 327-6113 School MISSIONARY SUNDAY Allan Douglas from Prairie Bible Institute Bert Kamphuis from "Operation Mobilization" ;