Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 1HE lElKBRIDGt HERMD Wednpitlav, Seplcmbor 6, 1972 The hallowing of King Henry VI By PATRICK O'DONOVAN London Observer LONDON Henry VI was not of the memorable kings of England. In fact he was a liltle, 'pious, simple minded, inef- fectual Icing who died the vic- tim of ambitions that he did not share. It is true, however, that his utter devotion to God made him rare among the long list of British monarchs. Indeed it .has now been sug- gested publicly and strongly, that he should be raised to the nltars of the Church. This is to say that he should bs declared a saint by the Pope and by this made a formal intermediary between God and man. The suggestion is an old one mid is perfectly serious. Five Popes have already considered the matter and were unenthu- siastically willing, but it lies vath the leading prelates of the Roman Church in England to put the case forward. They are not enthusiastic The only possible explanation for this sudden revival of ar pld and moribund cult, Is thai it is an act of assertion b) those ecclesiastical conserva lives who detest and resist al the new changes within th Roman Church. For, even in his own 15lh century, there wa omctlung old fashior.cd about lis gentle man and undoubted ing. The business o! making a aint is the registering of letter at a post office on an normaus scale. It i> ex- ensive. It involves a considor- ble jungle of red tape and pious civil servants. It oes not change the silualioii of lie dead, man at the other end. t is done for the comfort and ncouragement of the living. It .s seldom without political or laUonalislic implications of.j ome sort. i SAINT A truly devoted nation like hat of the Irish, which had neither political influence at e money for curial 'ees, nor any recognized na- ional identity, has literally had no saint since St. Lawrence O'Toolc, the Bishop of Dublin, was canonised in the 13th cen- tury. Henry's story can be told simply. His father, Henry V re- conquered Francs. He was one of the massive kings, a great general who brooked no opposi- tion at home or abroad. He was a sort of fanatic who envisaged a Europe united against the in- fidel Turk. He saw religion in the clash of swords and the [lowing oi the blood of his op- ponents. His son reduced this Joubltul splendor to kneeling before the tabernacle ami the conversation of learned priests. Henry VI was bo-n in 1421. He became king r.t the age of just over U months. He was married to a dom i n eering Franch woman, He was, as a result of his father's conquests and marriage, the titular King of France. But the French heir ap- parent, Charles VII, though singularly unattractive, had roan of Arc to put him on the hrone. Henry lost oil of France except the town of Calais, and this putative saint very indirectly, responsi- ble for the death of this St. Joan who heartened the French o beat the English. Which is odd. In addition there was a singu- larly vulgar dynastic war in England the point of which was who should be king. This was the War of the Roses wliich was no romantic that a take-over bid in high finance except that the high partici- pants were dressed more ex- quisitely than at any time be- fore or since in history and tended to kill one another ii the flesh. Henry's lot lost ant Iimry was murdered in the Tower of London. is not quite all. He ounded, with love, Eton Col- ego for the poor, which is now n England for tho egregiously and the superbly welt con- icctcxl. He also founded King's College in Cambridge. Many ireat kings have left less en- luring and useful monuments. REVERED When he died, lie was shovel- led into a grave in Chertsey Abbey in Surrey. And because, I think, o; the fact that he did no positive kingly harm, he be- came an object of a religious cult, almost at once. Statues were put up to him in church- es. Guilds were named alter liim. His body was moved to the great royal chapel in Wind- sor Caslle where it still lies. And the monks of Westminster Abbey, the usual burial place of lungs, demanded the relics as their own. For after his death the ports of miracles began. His nephew. Henry VII, wantac him canonised, but being a parsimonious and Welsh usur pc.1, fot'nd the papal fees to< high. His son, Henry VIII, involved in the Reformation and dropped the idea. THE FACE OF CYPRUS BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER Common cause for divided Cyprus By GEORGE DOKSEY for NBA) NICOSIA, Cyprus There are not too many areas of agreement between the Greeks and Turks of Cyprus. Blue-bereted United Nations solders still enior-j an umasy peace bsiween the two commun- ities as they have for eight long years now. Negotiations be- twesn the two carros in one country arc in thsir fourth year without irty accord in sight. Bu'. when it comes to protect- ing their farm animals from disease, Greeks and Turks have found it possible to lay down their differences and work to- gether. A significant example a project to strengthen the island's veterinary services. In- ternational experts supplied by the Food and Agriculture Or- ganization (FAO) with financ- ing from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are teamed with seven counter- part officers selected by tba Cyprus government, four Greek cypriots and three Turkish Cyp- riots. "There is no says Drs. 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PLAY PART Another instance where ani- mals are playing a part in bringing men together is the ambitious government-sponsored mixed farming program the word "mixed" meaning that a farmer shall raise a certain number of animals and grow fodder crops in addition to oth- er more traditional crops. Both Greek and Turkish farmers are participating, sometimes side- by-side in villages of mixed population or more often on a sort of separate-but-equal basis in the all-Turkish and all-Greek villages. Since 1967, the World Food Program jointly spon- sored by the United Nations and FAO, has supplied a heavy infusion of feed grains. With the WFP subsidy, the fanner can obtain feed grains at less than half the price he would have lo pay on the open mark- et. Georghios Joannides, an en- thusiastic young animal hus- bandry officer with the De- partment of told me that 20 per cent of the farmers in the program are Turkish. The figure is significant, since only about 18 per cent of the island's people are Turkish. Proof of the broad extent of Turkish participation is found at Ayios lacovos, an isolated village of 400 people, all Turks, at the foot of the Kandara hills 19 miles north of Famagusta. The village president, Hassan Djemal, tall and hard-muscled at 42, has been in the mixed farming program himself for the past three years. He said that 9C per cent of the village's shepherds are in the program. They represent 27 of the 80 fam- ilies of Ayios lacovos, the oth- ers being chiefly cereal or tobacco farmers. LIFE CHANGES Like the Greek farmers interviewed, Djemal reported that the program has signifi- cantly changed his life for the better. In three years he has increased his flock from 100 to 140 sheep, bought two calves, built a barn and holding pen, bought a new house and at the same time managed to get out of debt. He is sending his 15-year-old daughter to secon- dary school; he himself had not gone heyond elementary school. All participants in the pro- gram arc dryland farmers who previously were at the mercy of the elements. The mixed farming program, among oilier factors, is a form of income insurance. Forage crops can survive the dry years better than wheat and barley, and animals require less water than crops. Thore may be a less tangi- ble benefit from tho program, too. In the hopeful words of Moustafa Gassum, 50; a rough- looking, heavy-set Turk, "A program like tliis, where we sit side by side in training ses- sions, where we know we are getiing equal treatment the same subsidies, the same ser- vices from (he government well, this may .help to bring the people ol Cyprus together apain." (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) U.S. develops boat lo fight oil slicks SEATTLE (AP) The U.S. Navy said Monday it has devel- oped a small boat to combat oil slicks in harbors. The 13th naval district head- quarters said the 25-foot, self- propelled boat can operate in one-to two-foot waves at a speed up lo three knots and can harvest up to gallons of oil an hour from an oil slick one millimetre thick. The craft, built for the navy by the J. B. S. Scientific Cor- poration of Burlington, Mass., was launched at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bre- merton Monday. A navy spokesman said that two articulated sweeps on the bow are capable of cutting a 13- foot-mde swath through an oil slick. The oil is concentrated in front of a four-foot-wide endless belt and carried down Ihe belt to a collection well. There It is pumped into storage tanks aboard the boat. Teaching staff PINCHER CREEK (Special) St. Michael's Roman Catho- lic School District Ko. 18 o! Pinchcr Creek will have lha following teachers on staff for the 1972-73 school year: Lucien L. Oullellc, principal; Roland C. Cote, vice-principal; Annetle Audibcrt, Larry J. Bon- erti, Mrs. Mabel Bonertz, Mrs. Francis Brudcr, Gary Burns, Carl Dancek, Ralph J. Draper, Mrs, Alberta Ernes, Mrs. Mar- jorie Haugen, Miss Isabel] Kcrr, Michael Kilcommons, Mrs. Annie Robertson, Robert E. Schmidt, Mrs. Bessie Schoe- ning, Mrs. Virginia Schrempp, Joseph V. Tai, Miss Faye Trod- den, Dale B. Wentz and Mrs. Bertha Yagos. SOME maintenance man finds himself with a spectacular view as he works on a reconstructed version of H.M.S. Bounty, harbored at St. Petersburg, Fla.