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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, October 78, 1772 THE HERAID 3 Margaret Lnc.kh urst Setting ge tiled-ah-getting settled! I'm In a beauty salon and a prelty little lass named Carolo has, alas, washed Alberla com- pletely out of my hair. Al- though I've been in Winnipeg nearly two weeks there simply lias been no lime (or primping around shampoo and roll- ers but when a kid deliver- ing a parcel went away from my front door in a stale of shock 1 decided I'd better (io something to pull myself to- gether, Eo the collected dust of my last windy day in Lelh- bridge is now clogging Ihe sink of an impersonal, highly or- ganized, (and complclely naive, considering the dirt I unloosed) hair fixer-upper. Although Winnipeg has been my home for move than tliirly years and I visited if several limes in my years in Lcth- bridgc, I am already grum- bling ahout its rollen streets (worse than Third or Fourth Avenues) it's maniacal dnvers and the lack of friendly warmth found in a smaller city. Just imagine. Yesterday 1 walked down our bnck lane (alley in Lethbridge) and a woman walked right by me without so much as a look in my direclion. If this indifference happens in Lethbridge it's as rare as snow in July all August. Well, whenever, it cevtainly doesn't say much for legendary western friendliness. The Ihing about moving is that the housewife in charge finds memory inevitably fails- Mind you, the professional mov- ers do a dandy job of packing away, in mounds of paper and countless boxes, all dishes, orn- aments, pots and pans and so forth.. But they are not respon- sible for sorting out lingerie, or lowels or all the personal items you know you'll be need- ing right from the time they're hauled into the von to the lime they're unloaded in your new home. I thought when 1 packed the heating pad with the Christmas ornaments that I'd remember what I did with it, It seems to me I established a relationship that was relevant between these items, but I promptly forgot what it was. If I hadn't dropped the box of ornaments i.i a reshuffling process a few days ago, the whereabouts of the heating .pad would have re- mained a mystery until Christ- mas. I also Uioughl I'd been care- ful with my husband's clothes hut he, man-like, picked holes in my organizational process. Since his wardrobe is anything but extensive. I simply put ties, socks and shirts with his three suits according to his fav- orite color schemes. "Where arc my gold socks I wear with my Sunday he wanted to know as we were Book Reviews getting ready for church re- cently. Proudly I explained my sys- Icm, but after arofuliy search- ing, he couldn't find his gold socks. "Well, all my old blue oullil seems to have arrived in one piece so I guess I'll have to wear he grumbled, nut during the offering he leaned over lo me U'ilh some- thing surreplitously hidden in his hand. The gold socks. "Wrong he said, with un- necessary rebuke in his voice. Then I remembered the man had arrived lo disconnect the slove and I'd hurriedly stuffed the socks into any old putket, thinking I'd get avound to them later. didn't, of course, as the result was evinced dur- ing the offering. There seems lo me an allegory in this little situation, but at present it es- capes me. Now I've moved around enough so lhat unpacking and settling usually holds interest- ing lillle surprises. 1 found a tlungamajig inside a dainty teacup, all wrapped up ever so careful-like, but I don't know what it is. It looks like the top of a pen, or a small fixture, bul lo date it's silting on Ihe kitchen windowsill displaced something or other. Ard f don't fool around getting settled cither I know pretty well where everything is lo go and the moving men obliging- ly follow my directions. I usu- ally work up to 11 hours, getting things put away, then get uo early and get going the next day to finish the job. iliiul you, this means minor things like gelling prettied up a bit go by the board and dis- Iraelions, such as visits from the paper boys and milkmen soliciting business are there- fore not too much appreciated. If only they'd wail at least until Ihe moving van pulled away! Even the Welcome W a g o n- ers, cheerful, helpful and Iwau- tifully turned out in with the'1- goodies a mile loo soon. like Ihe first day. I tried to be gracious and charming but it's difficult to cany on a stim- ulating chat over mounds of paper and knowing that by comparison you look like Ty- phoon Tillie. And of course at the height of a political campaign everyone's doorbells are constantly being rung by fresh-faced political hopefuls. When the bell lolled for me, there I was in grub- by jeans, an old man's tattered shirt (I mean a man's old tat- tered smudges on my face and a wrinkled scarf hold- ing my witch's hairdo down. The candidate (whose ident- ity and parly shall remain nameless in order to be just) and 1, regarded eacli other guardedly. "Hello, I said vaguely and without cnlhusi- Attitudes to caste "Tlse Changing Concept of Caste in India" by Sanlokh .Sinjjh Ananl (Vikas Publica- tions, 150 The caste system that still flourishes in India is hardly a major focus of Canadian atten- tion, so it is probable Ihe prin- ciple readership of this book will be academic. Indeed, the work is scholarly, and not aim- ed at a popular audience, That i.s not to say lhat there is nothing here for (lie layman, especially in this ape of hciphl- ened concern with the dir- ections being laken by Mic teeming masses of Asia. If nothing else, a perusal of Dr. Ananf's data will help a reader lo measu.x? the fdilf between In- rt'a's culture and our ovn. To ilhislrntc, a question asked in (he series of surveys reported upon deals with reaction lo "physical by a Ilari- jan one of (lie sects previ- The real welfare bums "Tlip Louder Voice's-. Tlir Corporate Welfare hums." Ily ll.iviil Lcwis (James and .Samuel, pajicrfjack, This is a book ahout who is Ihc money into Ihc >ral treasury, who is Inking il oul and questions Ihc good ihet it does. The system of corporate wel- fare in Ihe form of fasl depre- ciation allowances, I.TX rJcfprals ami outright grants from the rcconstniclion period fol- lowing Ihe Second Wo-Jd W.ir. II had ils merit as a sncrial case at Ihc lime, Mr. claims, but has .since been out of all proportion. The entire book is a retailed analysis ol facts rcln.ing lo this "rio-orf." One example, to il- lus'.rale the poir.l, is that the asm, At lhat point I didn'l even kr-ow who the candidates in the riding were. But Ihe astute young man had sized the situa- tion up a glance. llls your Mother he inquired gently, "If she isn't busy I'd like a word with Now 1 ask you shouldn't a man like that, under any cir- cumstances (jet my vote and yours? Well, my neighbors' anyway. Here Is a man of tact, sympathy and compassion. And probably he'd forgolten his glasses. At any rate I hauled ously classed as untouchable with a basket in which Jood is carried; among the expected responses is "Throw the food away." An obvious problem with studying changes in attitude to- wards caste, or anything else for thai matter, is the absence of a reliable starting point. In 1968 Dr. Anant found that 44.2 per cent of those asked believed that an individual's status is de- termined by his aclioas in a previous existence, but no data CMi'st as lo widespread was lhat belief in say 1950, when Ihc present Indian consti- tution came into effect. It may well be lhat the prime value of this volume will be in its hav- ir.c; provided just such data. Dr. Anar.l has been a of IxjLhhridge for the past sev- eral years. His present appoint- ment is as a professor of psy- cholopv at the University of Lcdibridgc. him In and fed him a limp cup of lea made from a second- hand tea bag (where the tea went I (ion't know but I do know it's not with the Quisl- ings We, candidate and I, cart- ell good friends and I somehow felt nio-o settled In mind and spirit and household. With peo- ple like that campaigning in Ibis country we're sure lo be in Rood hands, even down in the cast nerc. Oh and by the way, I just came across Ihe tea baps a few minutes ago when I returned from the haird, essers inlinilely more respectable r.nd with Ihis story scratched out on tatty bits of paper. They (the tea bags'; were wrapped inside a tea towel inside my best Lea cloth. Now there must have been a reason for my doing lhat and il's quite clear lo me. I'm hoping someone from Leth- briclgc will drop in, anil the tea and the pretty cloth will be ready and waiting. So please do any lime we'll be glad lo see you again. highly mechanized extractive industries require per ncl new job created. Manufac- turing requires per net r.cw job. Yet the most generous go lo the extractive re- snjjrce sector. fn the light of rtcent unem- ployment statistics Mr. I-ewis rineslions the logic of .llloiring high depletion allowances to mining and oil sectors when in Isrl Ihe thinEJ being depleted belong lo all Canadians. No such provisions arc made for miners ivbcn (he seams run Dili. Tho main Ihrust of Ihis book Ihc lin.in.sl Ircalmcnt accord- ed individuals as compared to corporations a case of loo many living loo high off Ihc people. CHARLES BUIJERT Gelling ready for Halloween Pholo by Elwood Ferguson Albertans in federal arena "Who's IVho in Federal Pnl- Hlcs in Alberta" by E. G. Mardon (Univcrsily of bridge, 109 pages, Tills slim volume should have been an invaluable reference for the serious student of fed- eral politics as i'. perl a ins la Alberta. It should have achiev- ed an importance that far ex- ceeds its size. Unfortunately, however, the book suffers from sloppy writ- ing, sloppy ediling and even sloppier proof reading. Conse- quently, it is riddled with .in incredible number of mistakes 2nd discrepancies thai reduce it to almost a comedy of er- rors. Some are trivial and merely annoying. For example, former prime minister Lester Pearson is re- named Leslie; Senator William Asbury Buchanan of Lcthbridgo becomes William Asnbury Ru- chanan; the Canadian Parlia- mentary Guide, on which much of this hook is baaed, is re- filled Die Cnnnriiiin Parliamwi- tal Guide and Alexander Ruth- erford, first premier of Alber- ta is listed as having been born in Olhers are more serious and puzzling and seriously lax the credibility of Ihis For example, Senator Ed- ward MicJjpnor of Hod Dcor ffathcr of the governor-general) is listed as havinp served in ibe Senate unlil 1W8 at Ihc be- ginning of Ihe book, but unlil 10-15 later on. The author stales in 1947. Senalor Pat- rick Burns of Calgary is said to have been the firs! non-political appointee lo the Senate and is listed in one section of Ihc bonk as an Independent but in an- other as an Independent Crm- .servalive. This, in ilsclf, could have been forgiven hnd not tho author slated in another see- lion (hat Senator James Glad- stone was Ihc only Independent Conservative ever ,'ippoinlof! from Senator Ernest Manning's rc-- tircmenl from NIC premiership of Albcrtn i.s varioiislv and ns is Harry Strom's assumption of power occurred in IWI'; Lclhhrklgc MP Ilcai.e Gun-- lock's first election to Parlia- ment ts li.slwl as 19-18 it is 1938; Frederick Cnssplman. MP (or Edmonton East in the: early Is listed both as a Liberal and a Conservalive in different pails of the hook he ivas a Liberal; finally, there is no Eg- bert a son of a former lieu- tenant-governor serving as a justice of Ihc Supreme Court of Alberta, at this lime. The auth- or is probably referring to Gor- don Egbert, a former justice, who died ahout six years ago. Cut Dr. Mardon uses the pres- ent lense. The book is also confusing in of her clifcrepancics and omis- sions. It is most effective when MIC author slicks to facls and stalls tics and refrains from pol- itical punditry, of which Ihere is too much of a tendency to- wards the end, especially. Notwithstanding all that, liowever, this work (Joes pro- vide an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of the politicians who have served Alberta in var- ious capacities in the arena since IP05, accompanied Indian thumbnails "The Dancr People" written and photographed by Iticlinrd Erdoes. (Random House of f'p.nadn Ltd., 218 pages, rpHE IJOOK thumbnails the history of the Plains Indian from their speculative begin- ning; through their peaceful ex- istence on I heir vast plains; through their various wars with (he whites and into their pres- ent day problems. It i.s easy, uninvolvcd reading with num- erous photos depicting Ihc past and present day life ol Ihe ln- dinn. Each chapter deals with a separate fucct of Indian life, nnd while none pels loo deeply involved, they are inform alive. The of rings' by [he In- evolving of the horse; Ihc buffalo. Ihe walking