Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
People of the south By Chris Stewart Age depends on attitude, not years Saturday, October LETHBRIDGE THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley II seems she stopped out ol yesteryear she's been living in l.ctlihridgo so long her desinty was charted Requiring an escort lor her chum Annie Murdy's wedding ia girl never attend- ed a wedding unescorted in those (lavs' she accepted Cicorge Bruchd's invitation i son ol Brucliet. Nova Scoii.i Iriend ol the Hunly lamily. who had come to I hbndgO iii ino.i to dig lite No 2 shall minei Buggv rules with the young Hruchel in March and reputed to be1 I be city's longest resident i followed, and at in in a December, wedding in SI I'at rick's church the would-be nurse married the young Nova Scotian from Stellerton. who had arrived in Ldhbridgc as a babe of IK months back in UiHli Determined his sons wouldn't be miners i relative's mining accident had frightened him i Antoine Hruchel purchased head of cattle in 1902 and started his sons ranching in the river bot- tom near Kipp. When Dutch settlers moved into Monarch four years later Antoine sold out to a riaresholm cattle buyer (Jeorge then joined the CPR as a brakeman. working between Medicine Hat and Cranbrook where he settled with his young bride. The temperature plummeted lo 62 below and train wheels actual- ly froze to the tracks the winter ol 1906-07. George Bnichet was on the snow plow between Lethbridge and the 'Hat, clearing the track for the Spokane Flyer and had just cleared Ihe slock yards when engineer B e n n v Murgalroyd hollered out. "Wbal's that ahead'.'" Standing silouhetted on the tracks was a herd ol cattle Mrs. Hruchet moved to numerous locations in the east Kootenays' l.ardo county dur- ing her husband's frequent Iranslers. She recalls hiking bevond the timbcrhnc to in- vestigate a liny cabin and I i nd i ng it filled with dynamite. She loved the summers but felt hemmed in with winter's whiteness. When the arrival ol their sixth sun coincided with their move lo a lour bedroom house in Fort Macleod i where they purchased their first Ford can she tmally announced. "I'm going to make a bargain with vou. (ieorge. that we don't move again tor the next live years he shouted. "I want lo be home with my kids Irom now on i His CI'H duties often took him from home for days i He quit railroading in lillli and opened a second band store shipping in Inrniliire by box car 'including all the beds and dressers in Ihe old Pineher Creek hotel i selling them as last as I hey arrived "1 could have sold 10 times as much if I had had it." he recalls lie had ventured into the new furniture field and es- tablished a painting business before being persuaded by Ins mollier I widowed in 19071 to reiiirn to Lethbridge. Once back he enlarged his painting business to include his nine The enterprising Hruchet bov.s built a miniature goll course on the city's outskirts i near LCI and their fourth home i and charged live cents admission Mr. Hruchel purchased I he adjoin- ing house renovating il into suites buill duplexes and purchased the Kosedale apartments with all the boys helping in the painting business Hut there was alwavs lime lor ice hockey and lishini; with proud (ieorge Bruchct accompanying Ins sous to the games i especially when Ihe Native Sons, coach- ed bv son Kdwin. were leal iired i Mrs Hruchel busied herself preparing a serum pi nous homecoming meal 'I never knew how many to expect at breakfast." she said 'Oil iTi when hockey plavers returned with the boys I was unaware they were in tin1 house until morning Once, while returning Irom a liavmond game they stopped lo assist a stranded teacher and unable to gel her car slarted. brought her home lor Hie night I alwavs set the dinner table for 15 i Hruchets plus unexpected visitors) and laid il with an Irish linen cloth lan important part of home training, she believes i Midnight lound her at Ihe sewrig machine turning coals, lengthening pants, tak- ing in skirts and remaking suits to keep her happy brood well dressed When they filed into St Patrick's church. Sun- dav morning, she was proud even-thing titled so nicely and when asked bow she kept her children so well groomed she credited 'ler machine She was up at dawn to bake her twice-weekly bread i alwavs sel the night before i made with potato water and ilireo kiieadmgs Her delicate pie (-lulled overnight in the Indue, called lor halt a cup ol lard, one cup oi boiling water two cups ol Hour and a level teaspoon of baking ponder She her quills with circles, diamonds, squares and triangles and still makes crib quilts lor her ureal. great grandchildren "How did you do it'1" I ask- ed this yon n g-1oo k i ng oci a gena nan. K leven children, eight lines ol clothes and no washing machine until the arrival ol your sixth "I didnl even want one then." she answered. "My husband tricked me into it by asking an appliance salesman to drop one off on trial i hoping she would acquiesce, ol course) and after trying it out I just told him to leave it. "A smooth matrimonial sea a nd a bed o I roses'1'' I queried. "Don't you believe it." she snapped. "There were olten storms like the time Joe suffered severe head injuries when struck by a tree at Waterton and the time 14- year-old Hill broke his arm in a roof fall There was the severe depression when we needed 40 meals a day. plus clothes and lootwear and we never once thought of seeking relief. There were1 the numerous moves, like the one to Van- couver in 1941 when husband (ieorge officially retired, only to return to Lethbridge the following year His slight heart attack plus Hie doctor's advice to lind a lower altitude sent them back to Vancouver with husband (ieorge building IMS wile a new home in an attempt to coax her to stay, lie would point to the ocean saying. Look, (here's water as lar as vou can see." and she'd reply. "I'd rather see solid ground With (ieorge's recovery hurried hack to l.elhbridge and at Mr. Hruchel built the1 .'i4-unit Hluebird motel on Third iLethbridge's tirsti which lie sold six years ago. "Fellow has to retire sometime." jests this former separate school trustee and long time member of the IVmmican Club (he joined at 21 in I'KMii. I'laques marking their 50th. liOlh and (551 li wedding an- niversaries from the Queen. I'ope Paul and the (iovernor- (ieneral and a large family photo are among the prized mementos gracing Kdna Hruchet's home. In addition to her 11 children she has grandchildren. 27 great grandchildren and two great. great grancliildren. Her fami- ly consists of sons Irvine. Leonard. Lawrence, (ieorge and Arthur and daughters Clara and Monica (Mrs Ber- nard Noel i all ol Lethbridge as well as Dennis and .Joe in Vancouver. Bill in Calgary and Kdinund in Albuquerque. New Mexico. strong believer in paren- tal example she wants to see daily catechism and Bible reading encouraged in the schools She opposes divorce and feels quarreling couples could find happy solutions if they adhered to the Christian lait'li. I Edna Bruchet Photo by Walter Kerber Book reviews The spokesman of the Right "The Buckleys: A Family Kxamined" by Charles Lam Markmann (William Morrow Company, 364 pages, distributed by George J. McLeod All 10 ol the Buckley children grew up sharing an ardent belief in the conser- vative creed and the Catholic faith but the luminary in their midst is William F. Buckley .Ir Because of Bill's brilliance he gets the bulk ol the atten- tion in this book and the rest Ins brothers and sisters are treated as bis satellites Bill Buckley is editor of National Review, author of a ndicated column and a number of books, host of a TV laik snow, perennial favorite of Ihe lecture tour and through all this, the recognized spokesman ol the Right. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor ol New York Cilv and then subsequently got his brother .lames elected to the I1 S. Senate Few people are the equal ol Bill Hucklev in the command ol language and il is a brave soul who will tangle with him in deb.ile My lirst thought, then, in picking up this book was thai the author had a lot ol nerve in tackling his sub- led Hul he proves equal to the challenge, not only does he tellingly at Buckley and his philosophy but'he shapes up manv line sentences that should wring admiration from W 1111 a m F even i f acknowledged only reluc- tantly Markmann remarks on Ihe s i r a n g e i n c o n s i s t e n c y between an espousal of an ex- treme free market philosophy and adherence to the Catholic lailh. characteristic of the Buckleys. He says "believers in the philosophy of the free market are concerned realh only with the most primitive form of the survival ol the fittest. The freedom that they would preserve, for example, is the freedom. when one works for a barely living wage, to provide un- helped against illness, emergency, and old age: to retrain oneself, when half one's working life is over and the free market has made one's trade obsolete, tor a new occupation: to combat the oppressions of large cor- porations by buying stocks in them and taking part in stock- holder democracy this is a philosophy ol purely material values, regardless of the religious vestments in which the theistic among its adepts attempt to cover its sores." II it seems an exaggeration to suggest that Buckley would ever propose so preposterous a thing as that the poor should buy stocks to rectify their con- dition then note what be did sav in a column written in He had visited Watts, the black ghetto in Los Angeles, alter the upheaval there and asked ''Why don't the oppressed buy shares in Stan- dard Oil'1" Markmann says (lie Buckleys "simply do not understand what il is to be poor or why the poor do not slop being poor While Markmann obviously doesn't subscribe to Buckley's beliefs he has considerable ad- miration tor the man. Several times he refers to the fact that lie is charming, likable and friendly He also notes that despite a jarring insensilivity to the feelings ol others ap- parent in his writings. olten docs generous and considerate things and "is man enough to be unashamed of tears" he wept at the time ot the Birmingham massacre. The thing that Markmann linds most disturbing is the wav Buckley will employ reprehensible means lo lurlher his high moral cause. Like some other intellectual conservatives Buckley, when conlronled with the indecency of the means he employs, will deploy intellectual dis- honesties and short-cuts which he denounces in his adversaries. No admirer ot (he incum- bent t' S president. Markmann finds it a mystery I hat a man with Buckley's in- tellectual equipment could over have taken Richard Nix- on seriously He calls Nixon a "shoddy opportunist He savs. "one cannot believe that any middling intelligent person could be surprised at any shoddiness in a man whose whole career was one last-minute opportunism, coupled occasionally with desperation, and whose in- tellectual apoge was the Rose Bowl football games." It is interesting to know that Ihe wav William F Buckley Sr was able to put silver spoons in the mouths ot his children was by getting into Ihe oil business. In 1949 he ac- quired large exploratory territories in Saskatchewan and Maybe we're helping the Buckleys "to lead the lorces of light in restoring Ihe old. good order." This is a highly readable and perceptive study, well worth the time it takes to read it DOCG WALKKR BOOKS IN BRIEF "Twist, Wiggle and Squirm" by Laurence Pringle, (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, 33 pages, The young naturalist should find much to interest him in this book about earthworms. Author Laurence Pringle tells about Australian worms that are twelve feet long, how worms survive winter, how they live and mate, what they eat and who eats them. This is another of the Let's Read and Find Out Science Books, and maintains the high standards we expect of this excellent series. TERHY MORRIS Should the dying know? I'hilip Crowe on the staff of St Martin's hospital. Birmingham, in an article in the British Weekly, asks, how much should a dy- ing person be told. Here is a husband whose wile is dying of cancer and both keep up a hollow optimism. Finally the ward sister per- suades him to go in and talk to his wile about it. "How long have you known about the wife asked "About six months." he replied. "Whal a terrible burden for you to have had lo carry on your was the wife's response Yet I have known cases of strong men who. when told that (heir case was hopeless, went completely to pieces. Others of strong faith accepted death without fear One woman could hardly wait, she was so confident of meeting her husband. I remember a man who lelt the same way. expectant of meeting his wile A woman begged me not to tell her if her illness was latal. as she would rather hide behind a veil of ignorance. This is a common altitude. "Welcome. Sister Death." said Francis of but there are few saints. Job speaks of those "who long for death, but it cometh not: and dig for it more than for hid treasures: which rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they can find the grave." Kcclesiastes also "praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive." and thought the greatest boon would be not to have been born. Hut as Goethe said in Faust. "And yet. methinks. 'twill be confessed That Death is never quite a welcome guest I knew a man who during long sickness prayed for death, but when it came he was in an agony of tear. The ancient classical writers are burdened with the lear of death. Horace wrote to a friend. "Alas not piety nor tears can halt the inexorable passing of (he years." For moderns it is taboo in conversation. A direc- tor of the British Broadcasting Corporation in listening to over (500 broadcast sermons say: that only one had anything to say about death Kmil Brunner. great Swiss theologian, say: that it is an axiom with .modern man. "If you are dead, then you are dead." Yet it is im- possible to say to a dying man. "Be resigned. You have had your day. done your work, hac voiir share ol the sun and the fun. What happens now is not important. "The more a man has lived, like Lord Beaverbrook lor ex- ample, the more he wants to live and hater death. The great Russian philosopher. Hcryaev. held that death was the source of every evil, indeed was the ultimate, only evil. Will Durant says that modern man frantically tries to ignore the lad thai nature means to kill him and will succeed in the end Gilberlsen and Wangensteen (in The I'hysi- cian and the Cancer I'atient i in answering the question "Should the doctor tell the patieni I hat the disease is cancer'1" say HO per cent of patients would like to fie (old Hut the majori- ty of people who have cancer recover It i: seldom right to tell a patient he cannot recover Miracles do happen Loss of hope shortens life. Why shorten it needlessly'' Indeed. HO or !IO per cent ol doctors report that they rarely if ever tcl! their patients that their disease is terminal To tell them (fiat they are seriously ill is another matter Then they can make all necessary material and spiritual arrangements Sometimes there is something the patient would dearly like to do and would bitterly resent not being told the I.ids No one should take a rigid, unvarying attitude ol "always" following a certain course One Hung is certainly true, that patients should not live in the tear that the doctor is holding back the dreadful truth Many a patient has told me. "I'm sure they found more than they are telling me." It i.1- loo bad there is not more co-operation between doctors and clergymen. Do magazines have a future? By Norman Cousins, editor Saturday Review-World In travelling around. 1 meet many people who ask if I think magazines are doomed. II Life and Look couldn't survive, they say. what chance is there for the others? Generally products die because they can't find enough customers. Such was not the case with Lite or Look. Both magazines were at the peak of their circulations when they ex- perienced their greatest difficulties. The reasons are not shrouded in mystery. First, magazines, like newspapers, are the only products manufactured that are sold to the buyers for less than the cost of manufacture. Second, the cost ol finding new subscribers now exceeds the cost of paper and printing for many magazines Third, postage costs during the past two years have increased at six or seven times the average rate of in- flation Despite all these negative factors. I believe that magazines will survive as an important medium ol communication. But we will probably see some changes in the ways magazines do business. We may even see some changes in the types of magazines that now enjoy public favor. Many of my colleagues in the com- munications field say that large, general magazines will probably continue to have a rough time but that special-interest magazines ought to prosper. By "special- interest" magazines they have in mind not just periodicals devoted exclusively to such subjects as sports, health, science, business or education, but any magazine appealing to an audience of well-defined tastes. The "sur- vival" categories would probably include regional magazines such as Sunset or city magazines such as New York or Chicago or high-quality, high-priced periodicals appeal- ing to affluent and well-educated audiences. The porno, near-porno or "slick skin" magazines represent a special case. At the moment, they are the leading newsstand sellers But the "slick skin" magazines, which have had a phenomenal success in re- cent years, are worried about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that gives local com- munities considerable freedom to make their own obscenity regulations. Many of these magazines are now banned from the mails because of (heir nude displays. The long-term future lor Ihe "skin slicks." therefore, appears to be somewhat uncertain The special-interest magazines have natural advantages in the present market, but I believe there are other basic factors that have a strong bearing on their future. Certain practices ot (he industry have become uneconomic and unworkable. These practices are common to both mass and special-interest periodicals One such prac- tice is Ihe cut-rate subscription The theory behind cut-rate introductory oilers is that readers will renew at hill rate. Actually, most people who subscribe at reduced rates don't renew at the regular rales, if they resiibscribe at all The result is that circulation maintenance has become the most cosily and precarious aspect ol magazine publishing This problem figured largely in the demise ol Life. Look and The Saturday K veiling Post But many small magazines, including those in the special-interest category, also find themselves trapped by competitive practices into offering potential subscribers the magazine at only a fraction of its cost. Adver- tisers are supposed to make up the difference But it is unreasonable to expect advertisers to pav 70 per cent or HO percent of Ihe total cost of a magazine product One of the consequences ol cut-rate sub- scription olfers is that they have spewed a vastly prolitable industry 1 refer lo the in- dependent magazine subscription agency. It capitalizes on the woes ol magazine publishers bv going directly to the magazine- reading public and offering two or three magazines lor the price of one. and renewing existing subscriptions at cut rate. The publishers, who are bedeviled by the expense and the difficulty of finding new subscribers, welcome this business, even though the agency frequently remits less than 10 per cent ol the regular subscription price II magazines are to.survive, therelore. they are going to have to develop a economic structure Vs usual, no one wants to run (lie competitive risk of being the first to put brave news policies into effect Mv guess, however is that before long a tew magazine publishers will depart from unworkable traditions Inevitably, the rest will have to follow A lost art? By Chris Stewart, Herald Staff writer Would irate speeches, protest marches and even walk-outs occur if the annual Canadian Thanksgiving was abolished? Or would Canadians wink at its demise as merely the passing ot an out-moded. irrelevant tradition the day of the fruit-bowl centrepiece, when corn stalks and. wheat sheaves flanked the church altar and families gathering around the festive table hear the patriarch give "thanks." It was the recovery of the Prince of Wales i later Kdwarcl VII i that sparked Canada's hrsi Thanksgiving in 1872 Five years later, in Sir John A. Macdonald. proclaimed Thursday. November 6th as a national harvest celebration. It continued on that day until just 20 years ago when it was changed to the second Monday ol October (although not lixed by proclamation until The Pilgrim Fathers in America marked the first Thanksgiving Day in 1621. Nearly 170 years later, in 1789. Presiden( George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving and it was Mrs Sarah J Hale who influenced President Lincoln, in 186.1 to set aside the late Thursday ol November for the annual event The thankful person doesn't need a special day to say thanks He's thankful every day not just on Thanksgiving. But it is on this day Canadians say "thank you" collectively and it is as Canadians value this opportunity that thev guarantee their youngsters won't grow up asking "Thanksgiving, what's thai0" Thankful'' How could Canadians be otherwise'' Since its first Thanksgiving Day a century ago Canada has emerged from a fledging handful, facing the vast unknown, to become a wealthy nation with unsurpassed living standards, unparalleled beauty and un- limited opportunities But are Canadians as thanklul as their forefathers who initiated (he celebration'1 Or are (hey care-less tin- appreciative just like the child who gets loo much and forgets to (hank his benefactor IMol entirely wasted By Doug Walker When Sherry Clark drove up to his house on Saltirday attcrnoon he was amazed to sec me laboring with a paint brush at the front of our house. "That's a terrible wav to waste a beautiful day." he called down the street to me. "You're right." I agreed emphatically, but I haven't entirely wasted the day I played 18 holes ol golf before I started (his business."