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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, Sipltmbtr 10, 1972 LITHMIDOI KIKALD S Hook Reviews Grey Owl: Canadian conservationist The Voice Of One FRANK S. MORLEY "Men of Last Frontier" by Grey Owl (Macmlllin Company of Canada Ltd., 253 "Pilgrims of the Wild" by Grey Owl (Macmillan Com- pany of Canada Ltd., 282 "Sajo and Her Beaver Peo- ple" by Grey Owl (Macmil- lan Company of Canada Ltd.. 208 "Tales of an Empty Cabin" fcy Grey Owl (Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd., 335 Ings with short remembrances or passed-on tales that are both humorous and tragic. Sajo and Her Beaver People is a children's book, but even here the Grey Owl spirit sets It apart. It is a simple tender tale of two children on a quest to re- trieve a wayward pet beaver. I think there is little doubt that the story draws on Grey Owl's own experiences during his long, fruitless search for his two lost souls, McGinty and Mc- Ginnis. It up, you'll none the worse for it. IF there is a bad aspect to Encourage your children to iwvntrr. u io that this saga of the wilds and these books it is that by reading them you come to know Grey -Owl; in knowing him you we overcome with a great feel- Ing of regret when you realize be has been gone for over 30 years and that there will be no more writings like these. What a tragic loss, not only to litera- ture buj. to Canada. (Grey Owl wrote five books, the other be- ing "A Book of Grey but the publishers only sent these four reprints for Grey Owl, his real name was Archie Belaney, was born in England but lived his life in the Canadian wilds, living in the guise of an Indian with his wife Anaharco. These books are a living testimonial to a man who turned from hunting and trapping to a life devoted to the preservation of his beloved ani- mals and of nature in its nat- ural state. Not only did he be- come a great leader in the fight for conservation but in the pro- cess he became one of Can- ada's great writers. It's hard to describe his writ- Ing style he makes words come to life. It's like be was there talking to you, baring his soul, bubbling with warmth. No, Grey Owl is not dead, he lives on in his writings. Men of the Last Frontier, Grey Owl's first book, speaks about a new word, relatively un- heard of in 1931, conservation "The forest cannot much longer stand before the con- quering march of modernity, and soon we will witness the vanishing of a mighty wilder- ness." His love for the wilderness Is not a slick, glossy love, ha .paints nature as it Is, sudden, severe, cruel but under it all Is a feeling for its beauty, its majesty, Its animals. His is a knowledge that comes from a lifetime in the wilderness, both as a hunter and a self-appoint- ed guardian of Canada's doom- ed animals, in particular the beaver. The opening chapter of this book gives the reader an in- sight into the woodsman's life seldom heard about. And from this beginning the book builds, giving a stirring Insight into "the Trail" and the chilling, mind-tearing catastrophe of be- ing lost. But in the end Grey Owl moves on to his real the beaver. Grey Owl had a personal un- derstanding of the beaver. It grew through his years as a trapper and on to his vow never to kill them again and finally culminated with McGinnis and McGinty, Rawhide and Jelly Roll. One must bear in mind that while some of his phrases may sound like cliches they were fresh and new back in 1931 when Grey Owl first set his soul to paper. It's a great book, filled with adventure, filled with beauty, filled with Gray Owl. when they put it down you pick In Tales of an Empty Cabin, the best of these four books, even the preface Is stirring. A series of yarns about tlie wild- erness fills this book. They range from, of course, the "bea- ver people" to a chilling tale of the "nemises." Don't read this llltle talc just prior to going for a walk in the woods. It is in this book that Grey Owl, unbeknown to himself writes his own eulogy "It is notorious that a man's true worth is not usually recoenized until he is dead, and the longer he remains dead the more fa- mous he becomes." There is an unedited letter In tills book that gives a touching and beautiful insight not only into the Indian who wrole it but into the wilderness that both he and Grey Owl loved. You'll know when you read this book that Grey Owl wrole it expressly for you that's the kind ol rapport be has with his 'readers. A tree is a living thing, but dirt you know it has a memory and feeling? No? Well Grey Owl did. You'll look at trees through different eyes once you've read 'this compassionate chapter. And speaking of eyes, have you ever had snow blind- ness? You will suffer that awful affliction along with the author in yet another chapter In this exquisite- book. There Is always a note of sat- isfaction when one completes a not with these books, for upon reaching the last page you realize that, like Grey Owl liimseU, a wonderful experience has come to an end. Though he is gone we can do Grey one service and again we use one of his own lines "we cannot change the course of events, but we may remember" let that he our commitment to Grey Owl, let us never forget him. GARRY ALLISON Soliloquy on spoiled brats reports from Stockholm are hah" presentations of tlio American flag, a cler- t, then the conduct of a number gyman's Invocation, and the Involvement of the president, politics, religion, School's out IP the right, of members of Team Canada both on and off the Ice was disgraceful and they should have been shipped home very quickly. Nev- er have Canadians had the need for shame so much as in the dismal story of Team Canada. Canadians had a good name in Europe, but some of these "athletes" have dragged it'in the mud. Much of the blame must be laid at the door of the management and coach, who should have exccrcised far more discipline and control. The only good thing emerging from this wretched affair is the realization that those people who complained about deterioration of hockey into a fighting, boarding, holding, slashing brawl were right. Possibly there will be a return now to the old game of skill and skating. Tha contrast between players from Canada and that of a Communist country is sad in- deed. Fur one who hates communism with all his heart, is comes hard to confess that Ihe Communist country had not only better players but players who were belter characters and had the makings of better citizens. Ironic, isn't it? What has happen- ed to Canadian youth? For one thing they have been detached Irom their religious roots. Every Sunday morning you can see coaches leading youth astray by insisting on hockey-soccer-base- ball-or basketball practice. If a young per- son wants to be on a team, he can't at- tend church. So these athletic leaders raise a pagan generation. Their responsibility is the more serious when, according to The Christian are rapidly be- sports are commingler! to express creed of Viiice late coach of Green Bay Packers, "Winning is the only thing." Secondly, a famous story tells how tailors fooled a king into believing that they made him a suit so fine that it could only be seen by superior people. A boy broke the spell by shouting that the king was naked. Now a headmistress of Felix- stowe College in Suffolk, England, with 320 girls between the ages of 11 and 19, dares to lell youth that they are naked with- out manners, grace, and discipline. After 30 years teaching, Miss Elizabeth has written a book, "The Vulnerable Gen- eration" (Coward, McCann, and Geoghe- from which the September Rolarian has adapted an article. She expresses the view of many when she suggests that with exceptions youth is undisciplined, their dancing clumsy, their music a raucous noise, their clothes a mess, their hair- styles hideous, and their behavior often ob- scene. Miss Manners is sick and tired of hearing the browbeaten older generation pouring out adulatory slush about the young and watching them lick the boots of this "Undisciplined Generation" of teenagers. Yesterday a young, intelligent told me that tliis permissiveness was very hard on children, made them neurotic, destroyed education, and made learning difficult for children who wanted an educa- tion. She traced classroom chaos back to the lack of authority in the home. So "Team Canada" proclaims, "You coming the dominant ritualistic expression made us what we are today; We hops of the reification of established religion in the United" States" (and By means of airplanes flying overhead, march- ing bands and semi-nude girls forming re- gusting kind. you're satisfied." There are fine athletes, decent and charming young people, but Canada is spawning too many of the dis- Villifying ourselves (Reproduclion of painting by E. F. Hagell) Miro ventures into Irish vortex TIOCKEY aside, Canada can take con- we put our heads down and go for the na- siderable pride in our performance tional gut. during the series with Russia. We have shown that we can beat the U.S.S.H. hands down when it comes to self-criticism. It is doubtful that there has ever been such a resounding triumph of freedom ol speech over the controlled press of Com- munist Russia and Socialist Sweden. Can. Pilgrims of the Wild Is a book In which Grey Owl realizes his dream for his "beaver people" and sees them in safety for the remainder of their almost hu- man lives. This book is mainlv about the beaver. McGinty and McGinnis, like two small chil- guilly. dren will win your hearts as they won Grey Owls with their mischief and misadventure. Though not quite up to the high standards ot his first book, Grey Owl's humanistic style still makes for great reading. There's a tale about a Christ- mas so basic that the sheer beauty of it will touch you deep- ly. It's a Christmas far re- moved from today's commer- cialized extravaganza. It's a Christmas where Grey Owl and his wife have nothing, not even the traditional Christmas mu- sic, save the wind in the pines. Grey Owl, so named for his nocturnal habits and not be- cause he likes owls, reveals his deliverance trorn being a bea- ver trapper to becoming a con- servationist. He relates the cleverness and human-like ge- nius of the beaver (this would seem to be in contradiction to a recent article in an issue of T''e Herald Weekend maga- "Through the Dark and Hslry Wood" by Shaun Hcr- ron (Random House, 206 D is back. Shaun Her- ron's protagonist, the arch-enemy of sacred cows like the secret service he onca worked for has turned gen- tleman farmer. With his dearly beloved wife Eva (Herself) and his two-year-old son Michael, he has become a gentleman cattle farmer of Donegal. But bulls and cows and the peaceful life are one thing, Mire's talent for getting into trouble, is quite another. It's part of him; he cannot escape. Knowing this, it is with mis- giving that Herself bids him goodbye as he takes off on an Innocent expedition. There's a farmer across the border In Northern Ireland who owns a bull or two. Miro wants to have a look with a view to puchase. what is the temper and the tern- written by an expatriate who perament ot the people, if you has brought what's best from want the feel of it in your his native land to Canada, and txmes, you'll find it here. It's that includes the uniquely col- orful, expressive speech of Ihe Irish, for which there is no sub- stitute. JANE E. HUCKVALE ada's media not only have called our NHL It is fair to say that we left the Russian hockey fans watching on TV utterly ned. Nothing in their training prepared them for the bewildering moves of the Van- couver crowd booing Team Canada1! rough-house antics. The last Russian hoc- key fan who booed the Soviet team boo- players everything from "spoiled brats" to audibly, that is, in public left the "fat millionaire playboys on but have game early, escorted by several large men assessed the entire moral fabric of the na- apparently wanted him to conduct Difficult to understand poems "Emergency Poems" by Nicanor Parra, translated by Miller Williams (New Direc- tions Publishing Corporation, paperback, COMETTMES it can be as much ot a blessing to un- derstand only a smattering of another language as It could be to be partially deaf. You hear nothing but the music ot words without appreciating their un- derlying bitterness or even crudeness. That was my first impres- sion of Nicanor Parra's Emer- gency Poems. Don't jump to conclusions. The poems or "anti by side, in the original Spanish any literature lies in the eye of version and their English trans- I have to assume lallon. To give Miller Williams his the role of the child pointing at the emperor and telling the world that those clothes do not due, he manages to bring out exist and that, ill fact, the em- Parra's revolutionary despair peror is naked." in his English interpretation but that is about all. Translat- tion as deep-down rotten. Neither Tass nor Pravda showed any- thing like the fast passing of judgment, heavy hitting, displayed by Canadian com- mentators. Russian press writers are not in shape or if they are they intend to stay that way. They missed several opportunities to clinic. In contrast, Canadians In every walk of life have risen to me occasion of the Rus- sia-Canada hockey series, to question not only the NHL players' goal (more money) but the goal of the Canadian. way of (more In a critical contest between tne Good Guys and the Bad Guys, it is an open up on Russian decadence when spectacle to see the Bad Guys, cUnd up Nothing turns out the way it whatever you wish to call Item, have Ihe rare ad- vantage of being printed, side should turn out for Miro, This time he's caught in the violent vortex of Northern terrorism, in the brutal, bloody slaughter -rj 1 of the innocent and of the DOOKS 111 The best I can do, therefore, i sto stress lhat Parra's poems ing poelry is the hardest job are a challenge to anybody's im- imaginable and, as I would not agination, music if read in even dare attempt such a ven- Spanish but, in their English ture, I should not judge any- translation, as foreign to me body else's sincere efforts. If ES supra modern paintings, sculptures or pop art which boils down to the fact that I under- stand only the half of it. Per- haps I should quote the last verse of Parra's poem entitled "Honestly I don't know what's going on their team lost in Toronto, for instance but they hung back and let Canadian news and say: "Boy, are we ever the Bad It's a sort of moxy that makes paper, take the play away from them u? when tte for the rest of the series. What were the Swedes doing when our What Is the secret of our domination of world self-mortification? We have great correspondents were showing brilliant form natural talent, granted. Our well-known Herron. a Winnipeg-based Ca- nadian journalist wliose col- umns frequently appear in The Lethbridge Herald, writes a lusty, lurid novel. His soul TVOBODY benefited, at rebels against the mad intoler- morally, from the hoi ance, the fanaticism which sets His is a subtle, dry humor which filters through un- like his description of the beaver as "ambulating sawmills." He peppers his writ- one Irishman against another in a hideous war that brutalizes Us men, ils women and its chil- dren. The dust jacket writer says it is a novel that "fleshes out the headlines of our daily newspapers." An apt descrip- tion of wbat "Through Ihe dark and Hairy Wood" is all about. Miro is courageous, Ingenious and indomilable. In any other scene than that of Northern Ire- land his adventures would seem wildly improbable. But the Belfast of here and now, is a place where ignorance, prej- udice, and religions hatred, combine wilh a streak of what can only be termed insanity (o make the improbable quite be- lievable and probable. It adds up to an exciting and purposeful book. If you want to understand what's going on in Northern Ireland today, what lies behind the civil disorders, "Die the Long by Orlando Patterson. (George J. McLcod Ltd. M.25. 253 least trren- dous human suffering brought about by the slave trade in North America. This book ex- plores not only the suffering of the slaves themselves but the inner turmoil and the soul- searching of the whites wlw owned them. It is a brief glimpse at an age long past, but an age we dare not forget, lest it rear ils ugly head once more. The book is certainly not a classic, but it isn't a waste of time eilher. It is informative and enjoyable reading and its fictitious people come to life throughout Ihe book. One's emotions are touched. The quest for freedom by one slave, when finally realized, was a hollow shell of his ex- pectations. Was slavery really better than the "freedom" some of the blacks knew? At least as a slave he had no doubl as to bis place. GARRY ALLISON Williams claims that Parra has "redefined the poem in such a way as only a few have or that "Aristotle was not more challenged by Hume, nor Aquinas by Calvin" and thus forces us "to come to poetry with new I should not challenge him anymore than the emperor his new clothes in Andersen's fairy tale for fear of being considered unfit for my job as a reviewer. However, since the value of Either give me some help Or a bullet ir> the head." Yes, to the call for help. Defi- nitely "No. thank you" to the bullet in the head. EVA BREWSTEH Pleasure in perennials in shooting down Team Canada as a bunch of boors? They were agreeing with us, that's what. What a pitiful display! They didn't belong in the same press box with our chaps. Our sparkling record of sell-denigraiion was not confined to sports writers. It was a team effort. Political commentators, fashion columnists, church editors and util- ity men like me all conlribuled to the ag- onized reappraisal of Canada's status as a nation. Not even the Americans, with tlidr experience in villifying themselves over Vietnam, can touch us Canadians when national inferiority complex keeps us in superb condition to savage our own tail, at the least provocation. But we have some- thing more, something more, something let's call it desire. Yes, we Canadians are ready to give thai all-important second effort, in hauling our- selves down, And though this nation of 22 million Inevitably lost its myth of hockey suprem- acy, at the hands of a nation of 230 million, there is one national pastime at which we remain No. 1: breast beating. Beat !t, Canada. (Vancouver Province Feature) "Perennials" by James Un- ilcrwood C r o c It e 1 1 (Litllc, Brown anil Company Ltd., 160 Tiogcs, ANOTHER volume in I ho Time Life Encyclopedia for garden hobbyists Iliat will answer a lot of questions and will find appeal among many gardeners. It shows, in a pleasant man- ner with drawings and beauli- ries of showy color photo- graphs. You'll find useful, easy to fol- low diagrams demonstrating proper techniques for soil prep- arations, planting, mulching, clc. and there is a special chart on pests ami diseases wilh in- formation on how to control them. Propagating plants In several ways, the best use of fertilizers, Another roud section complete The Great Falls Tribune ful color pictures, perennials in, disbudding for bloom and win every sliapc and color. For any- body who is planning to reno- vate his or ber garden, (his is a book to dig into for ideas The book slarls with the plan- ning on paper of a border in easy to follow illustrations. the help of a chart you can plan height, color and flow- ering season so there will be flowers from early spring to late fall. The possible results of care- ful planning appear in a se- fcrcover are some of the many features. Then there Is a 69-page en- cyclopedia, b e a u t i fully illus- .Iratcd in walercolors by Allia- nora Kosse. In this section, de- tailed descriptions of 126 differ- ent species are presented. Even the most unbolanical- minded gardener will have much pleasure out of this well- done book. TOM LAST Editor's note: The following may be of more significance If It is remembered that Ule late Art Baalim of Lethhridge spearheaded the Sunshine Trail project, the development of a good highway link letween Great Falls and Lethbridge. WITH formal opening September 22 of 21 miles of new highway on Interstate 15, the Conrad area had reason to cele- brate. The occasion helps to offset some of the disappointment which the commun- ity felt with the unexpected curtailment ol the ABM program in the spring. Two other 1-15 projects a segment north of Vaughn and 7.7 miles ex- tending north and south from Power, cm main to complete a four-laned highway from Helena to the Canadian border. Thest are the widening of existing segments >l Cascade and Brady, and reconstruction ot the Teton and Marias River segments. All of this is expected to bs done by 1974. These are vital links in the main capiUl- lo-capltal highway from Helena, Mont., lt> the provincial capital at Edmonton, Alia. A high type road between the two capital! will go far toward cemcting friendly rela- tions between these good neighbors of Northwest It means more tourists will be coming this way, as more and more residents of the U.S. come in search of a little interna- be finished this fall with favorable weath- tional flavor made possible by good roads er. This will mean only four projects re- and the easy border crossing at Sweetgrass, ;