Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Tueiday, Otlobor 3t, K7I-------------------------------------------------------- Halloween meant many By MAIM.ENE COOKSHAW llrraltl Staff Writer Oct. Dl. A special day now as it has been throughout history. The day on which millions of youngsters celebrate Hal- loween, the festival honoring witches, hobgoblins and every- thing spooky, lias, it seems, al- ways had some special signifi- cance. To various cultures and at various times throughout his- tory it bus been a day of cele- brations to some it was a day for human sacrifice, to others a day of luck, and others still, tax collection day. Oct. 31 had its beginning as a special day during the glory of the Roman empire as a festival honoring Pomena, the Roman goddess of gardens. The Romans considered it lucky to carry a pumpkin with them on this day, pumpkin being the favorite fruit of the goddess. The Celtic people mourned on Oct. 31. honoring the death of Lawyers fail to show The trial for a Taller firm charged with remaining open contrary to the town's closing bylaws was adjourned Monday for one week when lawyers for the store and the town failed to appear in Lethbridge provin cial judge's court. The trial, which began a Taber Oct. 23, had been adjourn ed for one week by Judge L W. Hudson to allow both sides time to present further argu ments. The remaining open charg< is the third of its kind to be laid against the Taber 5-een to SI Store Ltd. this year. The two previous charge, were each dismissed after onl; one appearance in provincia judge's court. In setting the new court dat for the completion of the tria Judge L. W. Hudson suggeste to those in the court room tha "it would be well for both coun sels to appear next time." summer in a festival named Samhain. In both Celtic and Anglo- Saxon times, the date marked the eve of a new year, cele- brated witli a lire festival. All citizens were required to put out their hearth fires aud re- kindle them from a sacred fire lit in the centre of the village lror thus privilege, a tax was collected. The eve of the new yeai marked (tie return of herds from pasture, the renewal of laws and the practice of divina- tion (foretelling the future) and its association with the dead, whose souls were reputed to re- visit their homes on this day. VROWUXG DEMONS Since November liters in the irkest and most barren half the year, tnc festival ac- lired sinister significance, )th ghosts, witches, goblins, iries ar.d demons of all kinds n the prowl. Fire rites, divinations, funer- ry practices and masquerades common in an attempt protect crops and herds from le strong demonic influences, races of a human sacrificial te have survived in Scotland nd Wales. EVIL In various parts of Britain -lalloween was thought to be he most favorable time for in oking the help of the devil in etermining the future pros- pects of marriage, luck, health nd death. Tlie children's games of bob- ing for apples began when pples were presumed to be a acred symbol. Anyone who sue ceded in extracting the appls with his mouth would see a re lection oi Ms future spous coking over liis left shoulder SAINTS' DAY Christianity gave Hallowee: s name when Nov. 1 came t celebrated as All Saints Day in 835 A.D. This made Oc 31 "All Hallow's Eve in hono of "hallowed" or holy saints This became shortened to Ha" lowe'en, and later Halloween. Immigrants to the United States, primarily the Irish, in- troduced: secular Halloween costumes that became popular in tlie hie 19th century. Miscliict making by young people often caused severe nnd expensive damage, and the cus- tom of detnundmi; "trick or trvat'' gradually developed. Tile treat has now become expected and the trick is rarely played, although seme vandalism is ex- pected The jack-o-ianicrn bad its be- ginnings in Scotland where a hollowed-out turnip was carved] a demonic expression, with a lighted candle inside to frighten evil spirits. The native pumpkin was sub- stituted when bo- came popular in Ncrth Amer- ica. The name jnck-o-lanlcrn has several origins. In parts of 13ri- toin, it was the nickname for a night watchman. Ireland, the name came from tlie will-o-thc-wisp, a ghostly flame that dots the area at night in damp, marshy places. People believed that evil spirits made the will-o-the- svisp to lure victims towards them. Tile Irish name for the phos- phorescent gas ij Jack tiie said, was the spirit cf a miser who was denied room in lio'Ji Heaven and Hell, and had to walk the cnrlh, lantern in his hand, until the end cf the world. Today, Halloween has lie- conic a disorganized combina- tion of old legends and prac- tices, and while r.dults profess that lite holiday is now strictly for children, they generally The vvill-o-tiic-wisp, (hey lir.ve as much fun as anyone. County groups to advise govt. Three county committees to local municipal member. 100 Copies S3.30 plui tax Instant Print Copy 7269 Third Ave. S letnbridg Smulders heads poultry group Ed Smulders has been elect- ed president of the Southern Alberta Poultry Council for 1972, succeeding Ralph Effler. Ray Bullock was named vice- president with Kay Mercer sec- retary-treasurer. The board of directors fc- the council include Cornelius Vant Land, Bert Donkersgoed, Peter Wiebe, Dick Sabey, Albert Kolk, Arie Visser, Dick Clemis and Art Layfield. advise provincial and federal governments on agricultural de- velopment problems have been formed in southern Alberta. Named to the County of Leth- bridge committee are Doug Miller and Buck Spencer of Nobleford as farm members and Harold Haney of Picture Butto as non-farm member. J. W. Murray of Lethbridge :s the For County of Warner, John Moreland of AVrentham and Dale McKenzic of Warner ara f a r m members, Halph Mill- hacm of Wanicr_Lhe non-farm member and E. F. Pittman of Milk River local municipal member. Named lo (he County of Forty Mile committee arc Merle Col- lins of Etvfikom and B. Gogolin- ski of Orion as farm members, M. J. Simpson of Bow Island as non-farm member and W. G. McFall as local municipal member. AIMS In all three committees, there is representation from the Farm Credit Corporation, the Alberta department of agricul-- ture and the Alberta depart- ment of lands and forests. The function of the committee will he to advise government matters pertaining to the Small Farms Development Pro- gram, agricultural credit, pub- lic land disposition and rural development. Th3 non government mem- bers will serve a three-year' Attempted murder trial ordered Gerard Bjerke of Lethbridge was committed to sUmd trial Monday on a charge of at- tempted murder following a preliminary hearing b e fore Provincial Judge Skip Mac- Donald. Following his com mitt al to trial Mr. Bjerke was released on cash tmnd. The hearing started term re-appointment will with a successful me lion by defence counsel Terry Huzil to prohibit publication of the pro- Witnesses during the prelim- inary hearing included K local doctor, three police officers and a passerby who had been in the vicinity of the alleged in- cident at the time it Mras be- lieved to have happened. The a 11 e m p ted murder charge agauist Mr. Bjerke re- sulted after Helen Iledgrove, also of Lethhridge, was wound- ed in the leg Oct. 15 by a close range blast from a shotgun. he reviewed. All ccmnvtlees were appoint-. ed in consultation with the Can- ada dX'partmert of agric ,'turc. r oreigii influence' av This Wnllboard .s completely fmhbed. No WITCH witch has moved ahead with the times. A pot and a stove, however old they may be, still surpass the ancient method of fire and cauldron. As far what's cooking, that's a secret till tonight. Or maybe she let Canada have a tasls of her sorcery a day have occasionally upset the history of naticns in thejjast. Happy Halloween. Rick Ervin Photo From beauty The first witch came out of j .strange combination of early ;ligious celebrations and an nreqnited love. In ancient Celtic times, Oct. 1 was thought to have a mys- significance, and on this ay evil spirits and demons ad unrestricted power over 1 the inhabitants of earth. One of the festival's rituals ncluded the lighting of bonfires mown as beltane fires to rep- esent the Dnidical worship of he sun god. Whoever received he charcoal blackened bit of cake cooked at the fire became 'the beltane a term of great reproach. About the time of the annual celebration, a Druid priest was deep depression because his romantic advances townnl a beautiful Celtic girl had been continually refused. She was a girl who "plaguec (he hearts of many young men" and refused- to choose from her suitors, treating them with the same frusfrating in difference. The enraged priest matters so that at the annua Vigil oE Saman, she was select ed the beltane carline. Cursed at the vigil, she wa ordered lo leave the society o humans forever. She stood between the tw res and laughed her defiance, ut as the evil incantations ere flung at her, she reached ysteria and broke into the ackle of an old woman, Her h eauty gave way to wijkled skin and a shrunken ody. Her hair turned white and er robe black, and a dog that ,lone had dared to Approach ier turned into an evil-eyed cat. While the terror stricken crowd stared, Saniaii the Lori of Death appeared, and hand ed her a long black stick. Shi straddled the stick, rising in tha air, circled the fir seven limes disappcarin. into the uigiit. Her annual visits on Hallo- ween night are her sole returns lo the human realm. Work starts on new apartment Work has started on a 12- uite bachelor apartment build- nsr at 2127 Palm Road, east of College Mall. A building permit was ssued to Holger Frandsen De- velopments Monday at city The building, which could be he first of several in the area, s scheduled for completion in Minority government or not, the Committee for an Indepen- dent Canada is upset at the po IS tic al pa ilies avoided j the "foreign influence" ques- JOTI during the campaign (rail. Bob Tarleck, Lethbridge CIC chairman, offered a taste of wh at any rulin g government will get he took a last minute sUb at the Trudeau government for its treatment on the white paper on foreign investment in Canada. The CIC, a stauch non-politi- cal nation wide organization dedicated to the restoration of the economy into Canadian h ands, wi 11 be pressing its case most energeticaJly to the next government of Canada." Mr. Tarleck during a post- election interview said Liberal .larch. Each suite will have a two- led sleeping area partitioned "rom the living room. Suites vill have a floor area of 450 ;quare feet and will be air con- ditioned. The partly furnished apart- ments will rent for between and per month plus electricity. election reversals were the re- sult of poor economic strategy. Four killed A single car mishap shortly alter 6 p.m. Monday resulted in the death of four caltlc, about damage (o the car and no injuries (o the driver. The accident occurred on Highway 36, two miles north of Wrentham, when Coutts collided with a herd of cows as they were crossing tho road. Two of the cattle were killed instantly and two had to be shot by the RCMP when they arrived at the accident scene. Loan okayed for Magrath sewage plant Magrath has been awarded a federal government lo an for for the construction of a sewage treatment plant. Bud Ol5on, federal minister of agriculture, in making the announcement, said the work will include construction of out- fall sewage lines, a tank in- stallation of aerobic equipment in a lagcon to help break down sewage. He said money spent for work ,I 1 completed before March, 1975 allowed a 25 per cent forgiveness grant. Also, 25 per cent of the interest of the loan will be forgiven to the date of completion of the project. The amount of forgiveness is about Magrath firm receives grant Tanner Building Supplies of Magrath has been awarded a regional economic incentive grant for Federal Agriculture Minister find Olson said (lie industrial incentive grant help in the capital expenditure [or expansion lo the sash and door factory in the town. He said tiierc will be 43 per- sons employed during peak sea- sons and 30 during slack sea- sons. READ THOSE SIGNS A driver about lo enler a o comptele stop, al the marked stop lino if them highway marked by a yield sign need nd slop, but must al ihe intersection. This picture is iho 14th published in yield tho right of way to all Irafflc en ihe high-way. A conjunction with Ihe 1972 safe driving campagn sponsor- driver faced a Stop sign must bring his vehicle to cd by the Lethridge city police.