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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, November 8, 1972 THE ISTHBRiDOl HERALD 51 A on New York's 43rd Street By TOM TIEDE NEW YORK (NEA) It was a gloomy early evening in the city. Rain. Bit of fog. Chill. Ugh. The muggers were out mugging, the subway doors closing on the riders, the booz- ers bumming loose change on Ihc corners. Five thirty p.m. Midway through the rush hour. Two million people avoiding each other on the way home. Honk. Rush. Pandemonium. I was on Eighth Avenue, ap- proaching 43rd Street, picking a cinder out of my eye, circling a watchdog which was out walking its owner, and I almost halted their homeward rush. To look. And to, Gad sakes, right here in nasty New York, laugh. One fellow put down a New York Times, nudged the frog on the paper, then stroked it on the back with his inuckle. Another man, carrying a brief case, sat down on a fireplug, completely delighted. Somebody else sug- gested, soberly, like the Jewish mother she probably was, that maybe should go to the hot dog stand and get something because who knows how long it's been since it ate? Lord, the look on the people's faces. Bright. Pleasant. Human. stepped on it. The frog, I mean, j c o n c e r n. Compassion. Shop I had to catch my foot. A frog.! clerks came out of their stores. On the sidewalk. Really. A frog, i Restauranters left half-finished You know: Croak, croak. It j to grab a peek. One hap- was outstanding. Kind of py cnap picked the hog up, brown, big bulb eyes, hunched j it around as if it was up rear legs about three family then placed it gently inches long, I calculated, which hack on the newspaper. "It is a whopper, especially on 43rd he said. "I never Street where any size frog [eii a frog before. I thought question about it, a damn whop-1 (hey were wet you know; I Per- mean I read it. Slimy he isn't. I stopped. So did it. We look-; NO This frog is definitely dry." at each other as if to say. Grinning, astounded, the man mutually, and never mind how stuck his hand out and showed you talk with a frog, what in it The hand that car- God's name are you doing here j rjeti (ne frog: it was dry. on the sidewalk? Nobody knew where the frog REASON had come from. Moreover, no- I mean, actually, T had a; body seemed to care much, reason to be there, although i There is no pet shop in that right now I can't think wiiat; vicinity of 43rd Street, there is it was. But what about the frog? j no children's nursery, research You don't see many frogs on i clinic, nor. actually, even 43rd Street. In fact, in the memory of those whom I've asked, there may never have hcen a frog on 43rd before. Not a tliree-incher anyway. A whop- per. Croak, croak. iNot to men- tion bleep. This is not to ray. of course, thai there are no animals in New York, especially reptiles. Tiiere are hirds in Park, in miniskirts. There are .snakes on Wall Street, in Pierre Cardin suits. And the monkeys in the Bronx Zoo have a choice many homes except for the tcn- aments above the stores and one large hotel. But no matter! the mystery. The gal next to me was content to view it a mir- acle: "I one time saw a squirrel up on 81st Street where I work. Next to Central Park. I clean this lady's house. Tuesdays and Fridays. But I use to be a Central school teacher until I got mar- ried. Now I can only work part time. The squirrel came out of the park and jumped up on a trash can. I thought squirrels j time watching a variety of oth-; onlv ate nuts cr forms through the bars. No. f think. reflection, that if I it had been left up to other than fate that small crowd on 43rd Street would have stood all night marveling at the frog. telling stories, shaking their The woods here, to be sure are full. Still, a frog on 43rd Street? "It's a said a man who stopped beside and. for the first time all ncads in amusement. But, sad- perhaps, genuinely smiled.: predictably, the spell soon "Whose is it broke Not mine. I said. We looked around. Not anybody else's either First, a dog came to sniff. One of those monsters on leash- es that protect the owner and By this lime several people ferrorizc the public. And if that I wasn't enough to frighten the frog into warts, the dog owner started prcclding the creature Is sine I lei workers will break a way VANCOUVER (OP) with his foot in an attempt to it lo lump. Some other' lamebrain in and the tun became almost cruel. This Lynn upset the crowd, part of which j Williams, district six roprescn- began to break up for the sub- for the United Steel- w.'iy stations, part of which lin-1 workers of America, raid here i gered on to argue with the j Ilial despite some .setbacks, frng-bailers. Inevitably, tern-1 lie doesn't feel workers al Co-; ncrs erupted. People took sides.; minco Ltd. will le.-ivc the steel-1 Philosophies were publicized.! workers to set up Ilicir own And the frog on 43rd Street was union. forgotten. Mr. Williams, who represents all of Canada west of Quebec said in nn interview at the union's annual British Cnlum- bia-Yukon conference that "our nation is a vital, important Ca- nadian institution, and I am sure our members in Trail real- ize that." Some workers ,nt Cominco's operations in Trail, Kimberlcy and Benson Lake, all in B.C.. have voted lo set up their own union, railed Hie Canadian Workers Union. The new union is exnceled lo apply soon for certification lo represent some Comineo employees. l.asl mnnlli, another union, It began to rain harder. Five forty-five now. The streets still jammed. Honk. liush. Pandemonium again. j I watched as the frog, ignor- ed, jumped off the New York i Times, toward the curb and into j the street. I made a quick dip' lo grab it, but missed. Hop. It bounded into the traffic. I saw one car miss it. I saw another car pass directly over it. After that I couldn't see it. nt. all. When the light changed I searched the street for some- tiling squashed, hut found noth- ing. I searched tltc other side of (lie Aluminum Smcl-llhe avenue but found nothing. and Allied Workers Union, j Strange. It didn't die. but it won Hie right lo represent t.tiOO didn't survive. I left then. I employees nl the Alcnn Ltd. walked down 43rd lo my destin- nl Kiliniiil. IVC. The j alion. And 1 never saw another workers had hccn represented I happy fnce Ihc whole way. by the USWA. j (Newspaper Knlerprlsc Assn.) i SIMPSONS bears Just listen and you'll be convinced this beautiful stereo is for you. Deluxe digital clock rao'io Reg. 59.98 d-large leaf type numerals. Illuminated for night viewing. Slide rule band selector. 2 hour sleep switch lets you set radio to play up to 2 hours before shutting off automatically. 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