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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta f Wednsiday, May 16, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 They came here from half ivay around the world RICK ERVIN photo Many of the Tibetan refugees at Taber are from Gyantse, 145 miles from Lhasa, the capital city in central Tibet. They fled to India for sanc- tuary when Chinese communists over-ran their country in 1959. Now they can't contact loved ones at home. Miss Kesang Dorje is standing, fifth from left. Her parents cannot speak about Tibet's new regime By D'ARCY KICKARD Herald District Editor Miss Kesar.g Dorje has given up all hope for her par- ents. Yao Kuang, ambassador J'lere for the Chinese People's Republic, has written from Ottawa that her parents can- not be found. It took months for the let- ter to come. The ambassador plenipo- tentiary extraordinary didn't write a long letter. But it was enough to dash Miss Dorje's hopes that felie would some day hear from her parents again. Now she believes they died in some forlorn Tibetan jail. Tibet is a lost country. Miss Dorje says, "It is completely silent." Why can't Tibetans here write to their relatives there? Canadians write to people in East Germany. But an Iron Curtain surrounds Tibet. She came to southern Al- berta in September, 1971. Her arrival here ended a long or- deal of uncertainty and be- ing without a home. Misr, Dorje was 15 when she last saw her mother and fath- er. It was 1959. She said goodbye to them at Lhasa. Her father's name is Wangdu Dorje. Her mother's name is Tsangpal Tseshi. LONG WALK She walked for three months with a party of 38 peo- ple. Only eight arrived. The rest were captured by the Chinese or died on the way. The walk out was exhausting. They tramped through snow and ice, over mountains. saw the she says. "They didn't see us. They had raincoats on. I could see their guns. If they had seen us, they would have shot us." She saw a Chinese com- munist standing next to his tent, holding a gun. There was a small lake and a bridge. He was within shout- ing distance. Her parents may still be alive in Tibet but she doubts it. Still, she doesn't know. She cannot write to them. The Chinese People's Repub- lic could find out for sure. But it's like banging your head against the Great Wall oC China. Meanwhile, Tibetans in southern Alberta continue lo gather and to pray that Tibet will be given freedom, even if it requires violence to win this end. They pray often. Religion is then- life. There are about 70 Tibet- ans working on farms in the Taber-Vauxhall area. Their countrymen are still escaping from Tibet. "The government here is very kind to us but we are concerned with the rest of the people that are suffering in she says. "That is what I says Miss Dorje. She says it is a mistake to think that Tibet belongs to China. "We were she says. "Even our dresses were completely different than the Chinese." Miss Dorje heard her parents were taken to jail after she left. "We want to come, they want (o come one day later. The Chinese came and put them in jail. I carma with my brother. They put the nuns McCormick Thurs., Fri. and Sat. All Seles Final Personal Shopping Only JEAN and SLACK CLEARANCE! AS ONLY RILEY AND MeCORMICK CAN OFFER levis Grape Cords H.i.S. and GWG Cord Flares Uvis Burgundy Cords (student's sizes only) Levis .brushed denim flares (blue and grape) Plus many others too numerous to mention by H.I.S., MALE, and DOBBER. CLEARING AT ONE LOW PRICE____-.................. Riley McCormick "LETHBRIDGE'S LEADING WESTERN STORE" Featuring the largest selection of WESTERN WEAR AND SADDLERY IN SOUTH ALBERTA CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Phone 328-5644 and monks in the temples. They didn't give them food. They said Buddha will feed you. They don't believe in God. We cannot live without religion. Show me where there i? God. said the Chinese. They want to see God." She lived for more than 13 years in India. She lived at New Delhi for three years. She was in a camp at Dal- housie for seven years. She was tutored by a German woman, a Buddhist. INTERPRETER Then Miss Dorje became an interpreter to help the In- dian government with all the thousands of Tibetans in camps. The refugee camps were located at Dehra Dun and Dharmsala. Arrangements were made to come to this country. She and others boarded a plane at New Delhi, flew to Hong Kong and then to Vancouver. It is like a dream now. It happened so long ago. "If I hadn't had my suffering, well, I don't believe it. When I left home I thought we will be coming back in a few weeks but it was not possible." SI11? trained for three years in the Holy Family Hospital at New Dellii and became an assistant physiotherapist. Now she is working at the Southland Nursing Home at Lethbridge. The future is good but her past is best forgotten. 'Rise and go on RAYMOND (HNS) Success is recognition of one's ability to rise after each fali and go Dr. Mark Dahl of the class of 1941 told 65 high school gradu- ates at Commencement 1973. Commencement e x e r cises were held in the high school auditorium. It was filled to capacity. Scrolls were presented to graduates by principal James Blumell; G. Potvin, superinten- dent of schools for the County of Warner; Murray Holt, chair- man of school committee, Coun- ty of Warner; and Joylane Hill, local school board. The theme for the class of 1073 was "Knowledge is what we learn from others: Wisdom is what we teach ourselves." This, and the thought "every day is a new day" was the pat- tern followed by the Grade 11 students who did the decorat- ing for commencement. Dr. Dahl traced the history of education in Raymond from the days of the first school to the j present education centre valued at more than million. He paid tribute to the teach- ers who had guided so many who had gone on to fill posi- tions of honor and integrity. The three valedictorians: Elaine Gaszler, Kiyomi Nishi- yama and Elinor Schneider, each in turn left a thought for the graduates to strive for in the future. Marilyn Anderson gave the class history, recalling many events for the class. Principal James Blumell was master of ceremonies for the evening. Rev. O'Reilly offered the in- vocation. C. N. Ackroyd, chairman of the Raymond school board, gave the address of welcome. Robert L. Brandley introduc- ed the guest speaker and Kris- tine Pazowski thanked him. Committee for the graduation evening were staff members C. M. Hill, D. E. Miller, R. L. Nielson and J. L. Palmer. Hos- tesses were Nancy Heggie and Michele Taylor. Bandmaster A. G. Erickson conducted the Raymond High School Band. Members of ibt> brass quintette were Grant Erickson, Jeffery Hill, Ronald Hill, Monte Kindt, Glloria Kam- itomo and Norma Wright. Kathleen Holt of the '69 class i rendered a piano solo. A graduation dance followed. VERN DECOUX photo Classy gymnast Betty Fekete of Coleman placed sixth in provincial gymnastic competitions held recently at Sherwood Park. A Grade 12 studenl at the Crowsnest Consolidated High School, she will study physical education at the Univerisly of Alberta. Grciduands NEW DAYTON Dayton Grade n graduands at Warner were Mary Ann Fuller. Gwisn Schoen and Keith Ander- son, and at Raymond, Karen Duell. Joyce Kaupp and Ther- esa Kaupp. BIG ISLAND Greenland, with an area of 840.000 square miles, is the world's largest island. More district on page 19 AUCTION SALE Wed., May 16th p.m. CARDSTON CURLING RINK Having received instructions from Mr. Reid Quinton will offer for sale the remainder of items which were not sold at his previous closing out sale at MARSHALL WELLS. (1) 5 h.p. Rotor Tiller (1) 3 h.p. Rotor Tiller (1) 13 cu. ft. Fridge (1) 19" Blk and white TV (2) Tape Recorders (1) Radio TV Troys (5) Barbecue sets (1) Garden Wheelbarrow Exterior House Paint (Latex and Alkyd) Interior House Paint (tatex and Alkyd) Stucco Paint Red Shingle Paint Machinery Paint As well as many household goods Sale Conducted by TED BLY Auctioneer Licence No. 074840 Does your present rotary mower give a full cut? A 1973 Jacobsen Turbo-Vent rotary assures it! Does your present rotary mower cut smooth? The 1973 Jacobsen Turbo-Vent cutting system with deck-top air vents produces a smooth cut! Does your present rotary mower catch all those clippings? The 1973 Jacobsen Turbo-Vent cutting system means better bagging with fewer emptying stops! Does your present rotary mower clog often? The 1973 Jacobsen Turbo-Vent cutting system with deck-top air vents acts as an efficient anti-clogging device even in damp grass. Can you select a separate walking speed when operating your power-propelled rotary? The 1973 Jacobsen Turbo-Vent power-propelled models feature Pace Command variable speed drive that lets you choose the best walking speed for you as well as the best cutting- speed for your lawn! If you don't own a Jacobsen Turbo-Vent you're probably being cut short! ;v All Jacobsen mowers Bearing this OPEI label !Veet or exceed safety specifics- "on5 Published by the American National Stan- dards institute. 19" Deluxe Push-type 21" Oeluxt Catcher Included Catcher Included A factory representative will be in attendance at Hoyt's Thursday, May 17th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.rn. lo answer any questions pertaining to the Jacobsen Lawn Mowers. Just say "Charge Open a convenient Hoyt Charge Account or use your Chargex! OPEN TILL 9 P.M. THURS. and FRI. NIGHTS! DOWNTOWN 606-608 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 i ;