Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
fofurdoy, Menmbtr II, fHf UTHMIDOf MUtt Peasant woman has sex appeal for happy Chinese peasant man by EMMETT DEDMON Chicago Daily CANTON, China Impres- sions are really all the baggage a visitor can carry after a three week visit to the largest nation on earth in terms of population one that feeds, houses and governs a quarter of the world's people. The first impression a cau- tious observer must mention, despite the echo chamber quality of the Communist voc- abulary to which he has been Bubject, is that China is chang- ing rapidly. Many times we found policies had been chang- ed in the last three months, six months or year as China "set- tles down" to a pragmatic com- promise wilh the unyielding structures of the Cultural Re- tolution that altered the Chin- ese social structure between 1966 and 1970. The impression that this ob- server hereby discards is the oft repeated statement that China is a puritanical society. Dull in appearance, yes, and sexless in costume, definitely. But not puritan unless hard work is joyless as our Ameri- can ancestors conceived of it The Chinese work and they work with a primitive energy. But they also smile and laugh. And with birth control pills being dispensed in quantities of hundreds of millions, some- one must be able to tell one sex from the other. Few westerners realize that the media have only one pur- pose and that is to serve as an educational arm of the re- gime. The editors at the peo- ple's Daily told us bluntly that they did not consider their job to present the news, but to pre- sent "the correct line" of the government to the people. In 1948, Mao made a speech to the staff of the provincial newspaper, Shansi Suiyuan Daily, and like all Mao's say- They're asking where's Spiro? BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CP) The question was "Spiro when Richard Nixon picked him as running-mate in 1968. Now they ask "Where's Vice-president Spiro Agnew Is moving low on the political horizon this year. Some Agnew-walchers are convinced he's quietly prepar- ing the ground for his own presidential bid in 197G. Oth- ers doubt that he is "hungry" enough to aim for the White House. Agnew and his staff say that he is, at most, "keep- ing his options open" while concentrating on a Republican victory Nov. 7. The crowds that have been turning out to greet Agnew across the United Slates, such as the enthusiastic supporters at recent appearances in Bridgeport, leave no doubt about their own feelings. Banners proclaim "Spiro in 1976" or, In a variation on the "Four More Years" theme of the Republican campaign, "12 More four additional years with Nixon and then eight willi Agnew as president. HAS MUTED ROLE Such demonstrations have been comparatively rare, however, for the reason that Agnew's appearances have been rationed. Compared with the 1968 and 1970 campaigns, when he u'as one of the most visible and provocative fig- ures in American politics, Agnew has been given a muted role to play ths year. His position is in notable contrast to Sargent Shriver's, the Democratic opposite num- ber. Shrlver gets nearly equal billing wilh George McGovern while Republican promotion is focused on "the even Richard Nixon is men- tioned less often than the of- fice he "Nixon-Ag- new" buttons and posters are rare enough to be eventual collector's Items. Shriver maintains a frantic Campaign pace, with perhaps a dozen events crowded into a typical dawn-to-midnight whirl. Agnew makes an aver- age of one or leisurely appearances a day, usually starling his travels well after bre.ikfa.st and of I en finishing before dinner. WATCHES LANGUAGE Most noticeably, Agnew is avoiding the pungent lan- guage and headline-grabbing attacks which had earned lu'm the reputation of presidential hatcliet-man and frightened liberal Republicans into a short-lived "dump-Agncw" campaign before I lie parly convention this summer. During the Bridgeport (rip, Agnew made n 20-minule pitch to an overwhelmingly friendly crowd of includ- ing dozens of hard-hat con- struction workers. Then the vice-president's motorcade whipped around the corner to n hold for a half-hour luncheon speech for service-club members. Agnew Ihen flew Iho 50 miles to New York Cily for ft 10-m i n u I c non-political ad- Hint anprnnvl In be (he extent of his day's ac- tivity. Victor Goll, Agnew's excit- able press sccrclary, says liis boss doesn't feel Ilic need lo sorncl his time "in smoke- rooms, meeting local paople and having long con- versations on Uic telephone." Among reporters who have been consistently In (ho Agnew onlourngc, one sug- gested Hint Aencw would nc- the Republican nomina- llon In if he cnulil Ret it without n flphl. Agnew, who will be 54 two days after the election, is the current favorite of conserva- tive Republicans to succeed Nixon. Son of a Greek immi- grant restaurateur, lormer governor of Maryland and a self-made wealthy man, Agnew has demonstrated sub- stantial appeal among ethnic groups, blue-collar workers, southerners and women vot- ers. In his speeches, however. Agnew carefully refrains from any show of future ambition. In Bridgeport, as elsewhere, he concentrated on the Repub- lican campaign themes of peace, prosperity and patriot- ism. Unlike Nixon, he does not hesilate to mention Me- Govern by name and his at- tacks on the Democratic nom- inee have been pointed and occasionally harsh. Agnew, whose speaking style is often flat and boring, has also been getting some laughs lately out of his oppo- nent. "I ran into a black cat on Friday the Agnew said here, "and he was worried be- cause McGovern had walked across his path." No Giristmas merry LONDON (AP) Britain's commercial television com- panies planned a merry Christ- mas but were told Friday to cut he comedy and bring on the opora. The five companies said they had spent million mil- lion) on pooled programs for the five-day Christmas period. But the watchdogs of the Inde- pendent Broadcasting Authority found the schedules loo fri- volous and ordered the com- panies to revise the programs. The order was unprecedented in the 17 years cf commercial television. The IBA complained of too much emphasis on variety shows featuring pop stars, dancers and comedians. It pro- posed replacing them on mas night with a recording of Verdi's opera Macbeth. Missionaries believed safe VIENTIANE, Laos I API Two missionaries capliircd two weeks aso by North Vietnamese troops in southern Laos are be- lieved alive. One of them is Lloyd Oppel, 20. a carpenter from Cxjurlenay, B.C., and (he oilier Samuel Mallix, 20, a nurse from Ccn- (ralia, Wash. A Uniled Stales embassy spokesman reported (wo Lnl villagers said the two men were seen Ocl. 30, two days after their capture, being led away. The missing men were among rour Swiss Brethren mis- sionaries Uiken when the North Vietnamese capliircd the town of Kengkok early Ocl. 28. The charred bodies of I he other tv.-o, Evelyn Anderson, of Quincy, Mich., nnd Beatrice Cosin, 35, of Fort Wnshakie, Vyo., were found in the burncd- out ruins of n house in Kangkok ivo days later. They had been ied lo a post with electrical vire. Two other Americans, a Swiss md seven Filipinos, working in he small Operation rhood hospital in Kengkok, as- aped. KATS MATE II is not unusunl for a female raying mantis (o eat a mate rnyliif, mantis. ings, it became Instant holy writ and governs all newspap- ers in China today. One sentence tells it all. "The role and power of the ncspapers consists in their abi- lity to bring the party program, the party line, the party's gen- eral and specific policies, its tasks and methods of work be- fore the masses in the quckest and most extensive Mao instructed the reporters and editors. The People's Daily, which pushes the government line, has a daily circulation of more than three million. But in one of those marvelous Chinese patterns of circumlocution, the government publishes a private publication with a digest of wire service news from over the world with a circulation of six million per day, or double that of the newspaper. It is called "reference news" or "for reference expending on how you wish to translate the Chinese. The provincial newspapers have another special function in addition to that provided by the national papers. The provin- cial dailies devote two full pages or almost half their space to letters from readers in (he area, telling who is doing what wrong or demanding im- provements. It struck us that these local dailies are n sort of safety valve in the system, which may explain who no one may take a copy of a local paper out of the country. In fact, when our group interviewed the local editors, they would not even let us touch a copy or pick it up to look at it closely. One final anecdote, I think, will serve to Illustrate many points the qualit of life in China, today, then- friendliness lo foreigners, and their extra- ordinary ability to project a( single point of view to every layer of society. After we lad been served a 10-course dinner of approxi- mately 18 dishes, served in sculpted melons, with the flor- al centerpiece of chrysanthe- mums and roses on each table carved from vegetables, the cook apologized for not doing better, asked for our criticism and assured us they were try- ing lo improve. "We know we have not done well, but we are a developing country and we must try to do the waitress Bald cheer- fully. The key word is "developing" because -that is exactly what China is doing day by day. And if the cook, the waitress and the candlestick maker know It as as the premier, then the odds have to be on their side. no inmuumon CHARGE oftHomc CKTcnnon mend. IT'S ADD-A-PHONE TIME. SAVE S10-ORDER YOURS BEFORE DECEMBER 22 Desk Phone Erteofon INCLUDED IN THIS SPECIAL OFFER: DECORATOR PHONES Add a phone. Add a smile. Add new convenience in color from cool ivory to razmataz red! 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