Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
I THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, November 19, 1972- A tale of two towns WHEN DOES FEUDING TURN TO BARBARISM? MALACHI CLARK Merely a statistic one of more than a million Americans criminally crtecked every year. By TOM TIEDE MAHANOY CITY, Pa (NEA) Though Hie reasons are lost in time, there has always been bad blood between Mahanoy City and nearby Shenandoah. Tht towns, lour miles apart, embedded among long aban- doned coal banks, have [elided since anthracite was king here and the Molly roam- ed from place to place looking Icr grief. Years HID quarrel was more alcoholic than vicious i Miners gathered in theiv re- spective pubs on Saturday nights to plot raids on the city down the road. More recently, the argument has been one of excess rivalry: When the two town football teams meet, for example, some businesses lock their doors, buses drive the football teams direct to the 50-yard line and even then hell busk out in the wee after-game hours. TOUGH Residents have accepted the situation, if not with agreement at least with understanding. This is, they explain, tough country. "There's nothing for people to do we get our movies, for instance, a week before they're shown on late night TV." So a little banter, a little brawling. So what? Even the police usually keep out of the way. The other night, however, the Shenandoah-Mahanoy City feud erupted again with a violence that left many here shocked and sickened. "It wasn't just says a worried resi- dent. "It was animal. It goes too far, I say, when a man's almost killed." The man is Malachl Clark, 53, one-time bootleg coal oper- alor now for hire as a house- hold handyman. He lives, as do many of the other resi- dents here, in town, on Centre Street, inside a frame building which houses, at times, six kids, four grandchildren, a gi- ant tapestry of the Last Supper and statues of Joseph and Mary which he recovered from a demolished church. "Mai." says his wife, "is a very reli- gious man." AWAKENED A few Saturdays ago, just before midnight, Clark was wakened from sleep with some distressing news. Has eldest boy was in trouble down the street. Troublemakers from Shenan- doah, part of a regional conven- tion, had approached the son In a bar and threatened liim. The boy beat it into a phone booth and called his father for help. Clark, groggy, wondered what good he could do, yet had; no choice but to act as peace- maker. The father found the son I Davey's Cafe, a block and half up Centre Street, a com bination bar-restaurant wit curtains halfway up the win dows and a neou sign proclain ing "Bavarian Beer." Clar was unable to determine whi was at fault in the argument and didn't care. He got tin boy, left the cafe and header quickly for home. JUMPED Half a block away a ma jumped Mai Clark from out 0 the shadows. Three men joine Man. When fully operational Cerny expecu to produce mice, ralj and guinea pigs annually for research purposes. Glacier eagles again gather for fish feast WEST GLACIER One of Montana's great wildlife shows is now taking place in Glacier National Park, It's the annual gathering of bald eagles. Count Thursday in a small section of the park along lower McDonald Creek and the Flot- head's Middle Fork was 287. A week ago there were 206 birds, two weeks ago 180 and on Oct. 19, 61 an increase from ten the week before. America's emblem b ir d a many with six foot wing-spreads art attracted (o the feast pro- vided by spawning salmon in McDonald Creek. This year, Glacier's manage- ment has designated viewing areas for seeing the big birds. There is a vart-age point reached from the Quarter Circle Bridge Road near the mouth of McDonald Creek. Another good spot is the bridge at Apgar whore a ranger is on duty week- ends. Visitors are asked to not walk along the shore since il disturbs the big birds. Tliis year, Dave Shea, who has worked seasonally in Glacier for seven years, is preparing his master's thesis on the "Manage- ment-Oriented Study of Bald KaRlo Concentrations in Glacier National Park." It's for n degree in resource conservation at the Univcrsily of Montana School of Forestry. Shea's study concerns caglo hchavior, oaglo and other wild- life, population dynamics, his- torical information on eagles nnd salmon, nnd recommenda- tions of management practices to ensure protection of the birds. Shcn feels that Glacier In November nttrncls nliout 10 por cent of (ho wintering eagle population In the contiguous United States. Record count was 373 on Nov. 20, 1969. Information on eagle numbers prior to 1939 is sketchy. That year saw about 37 eagles counted. Kokanec lhat bring the eagles were first introduced in the Flathead River drainage in 19IG. The fish about a foot long return to spawning beds from whence they came three and four years ago. After spawning tl'.cy die, and provide food to: the hald eagles. There are numbers of ducks about. Shea said lhat he'd seen an eagle get a coot once, but that the big birds found an cosier time gelling fish. Grizzly and black bears in Glacier haven't catching fish as is the case in Alaska. However noted in recent years is presence of grizzly tear along McDonald Crock during the salmon spawning. Shea said he'd seen three grizzlies this fall and that the bears arc "essentially nocturnal." There are too many people around during the day. The National Scciclv formerly credilcd Monlana with having 139 bald eagles including (limit 15 in Glacier. The figure lias been revised to 209 for stale. Glacier's annual eagle conven- tion will attract more eagles than arc known to he in tho states of Montana. Idaho and Washington combined. Ifcnco local thought is Hint many of I ho big birds must como from British Columbia. Most bald eagles nre found In Alnskn nnd Itrllish Columbia. Mystery continues lo lie how ono bird Iclls another nlwut tht cnlrnOD least In Glacier.