Vol.7. No. 4
SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 1977
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De Souza Joking
About Interest Rates
HOW foolish can they get
in the Ministry of Finance?
-Minister DeSouza says that
the Government will now
regulate the interest rates
charged by the banks. Well,
THE National Exectutive
of Tapia will meet at the
Port-of-Spain Centre this
Tuesday January 24 at 7
Letters to all current
members of the Executive
have been forwarded by
The meeting follows a
request by 16 party mem-
bers to Secretary Lloyd
Best that the Executive
summon an Extraordinary
On the Agenda will be:
The Party Budget 1977;
Action for Party Agencies;
and the General Assembly.
the road to hell is paved
-with good intentions.
Of course the banks are
undoubtedly fleecing the
public. Interest on savings
is at 21/2%, and on fixed
deposits 4 to 5%. The best
borrowing rate is never
below 10%, is more often
13%, and for hire purchase_
and other consumer loans,
is way up between 15 and
-Murder, but what is the
choice? The banks are so
liquid that they can only find
use for a small percentage of
their total loanable funds?
I suspect, that they have to
charge penal pwatique rates
on the small turnover in order
to pay for their large idle
And what is the reason for
the banks' inability to lend?
How many people would not
like a little loan to buy R
house and land? To start off
in a little business
Well,the reason is that you
can't get plans passed; there is
no water, building supplies are
short, contractors and trades-
men are almost impossible to
And then the IDC support
THE W.I. selectors will
doubtless be watching the
2nd. round of Shell Shield
proceedings very closely
since both the President's
X1 and the first Test team
to oppose Pakistan will
have to be selected very
There seem to be three
places on the Test team
still up for grabs.
Richards, Lloyd, Murray.
Roberts and Daniel are all
One assumes, in the
absence ofany information,
that Holding will do the
sensible thing and is, there-
fore, not available. The
new candidates for this
vacancy, if vacancy there
is, are Norbert Phillip and
Joel Garner both of whom
have been bowling well
and, of course, Vanburn
Given Rowe's injury and
apparent lack of form and
with no news of Kallicharan
who is coaching in Fiji,
both Allen andl Foster are
in line for the number 4
.. The number 7 slot,
allrounder is now in open
contention because of
Julien's showing in Jamaica.
His innings at Montego
Bay was especially note-
worthy for its cool, level-
headed approach which is
now being called uncharac-
teristic. If it was evidence
of a lasting return to
sobriety then the selectors'
task is going to be indeed
The others vying for
this place are Collis King
and, if he continues to bat
well, Nortert Phillip again.
Finally, there's a place
for a spinner. Neither
Gordon, despite his 2nd.
innings successes against
Trinidad, nor Sevariau
for small business whether in
industry or agriculture, is just
not good enough for every
creed and race to find an
equal place in the world of
commerce, business and enter-
Money is no problem. But
the complete breakdown of
serious government and admin-
istration means that we cannot
spend the money to produce
output at home. Not on
housing, not on food, ndt on
manufactured goods, not even
the services we need in sport
or the arts.
The only choice we have is
to spend on imports.
But what does importation
mean? It means blowing the
oil bonanza to create jobs and
incomes ,for people in Canada,
Continued on Page 9
Jim Allen, Maurice Foster
May Oust Kalli, Rowe
seems to have the goods will not be any surprise
to fill this spot. if, statistically, this week's
We are thus back to the proceedings are an improve-
old contenders Padmore, ment on last week's, when
Holford and Jumadeen in 7 innings, 2,109.rT,3msr
reported to have bowled 54 wickets. aBt
better in Jamaica than his E P_ BFjts
figures suggest. NEXT WEEK: Projections
S on the composition of the
Whatever happens, it President's XI.
A Ivin Kallicharan
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Richardson, Attorney the 3rd Unit for the 'B' Power tourney General is
General. Yes, a doctor Station had been acquired for The Attorney General isa Pa
$5.2m aore than the next best handpicked trouble-shooter, a
once prescribed that the tender "for no additional bene- busy-body selected to raise I
mother should fix the fit in plant or reliability." The some dust in the election off-: I
thermometer to cure her purchase had been made against season.
infant's ague. the advice of the house- Mr. Richardson is expend- IHam
Even as the Senator engineers. able and expendability always,
Minister was being re- The letter hoped that in' politics, above all, knows
ported in the morning T&TEC would work towards its limitations. And more
papers, on the very same "the restoration of confidence secure Attorneys-General have
day, the pages of the and acceptable ethical stand- been employed to make some Visit or p
Press were replete with ard ... . which were ndise and do some unpleasant
mere symptoms of cor- distinguishing features of our whitewashing. t T
organisation." But the bourids.are there. A T1
ruption. In the midst of all this, the corrupt regime can only play 6(
Pan Trinbago In Financial Attorney General is duly with symptoms because you
Trouble. .- And last year's cautious. "1 deal with evidence. can't have forty thieves with- 22 ipia
accounts are still under a cloud. don't look at the background out Ali Baba. ..
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employees police and thief. Mr. Richardson may be operation from the political
The fe InsuranceCo- drunk with power (e.have a bosses. But that evidencee",
S paies, aecrin o Senor mandate to govern ahd we of course, 'he will rlever get.
Minister DeSouza are "circum-
S venting" thework permit regula-
tibns. l-e might have added
that.their methods of doing so
were less direct than many
The Special Works are a THURSDAY JAN. 13, Tobago oil a secret; calls on Mucurapo road. Mayor
source of panic for project ty Council demolition Tobago the Caribbean's Third grants partial relief to Gonzales
formal qualifications for team wrecks squatters' homes in World. $30 interim for 1977 squatters. Bu-ler hopes for
regular" status. But then Gonzalez, Bakers want duty cane crop. Fitz G. Henry marriage between capital and
there is the constant dread on materials removed, appointed new deputy police labour.
resulting from the informal Boundaries Commission list 6 chief. Panday wants tax cuts
qualifications for getting work principles as rationale for new on agricultural tools. Moham TUESDAY JAN. 18.
for' getting promotion, for Boroughs. Cedros fishermen med proposes changes in Re-
getting p romotionay for flee from aircraft bullets. presentation of the People Act. Bomb found in South Cinema
etting pa, r getting l .. Corporal and two others Sheldon Gomes scores double 'Victory at Entebbe' pulled off
he Centrl Bn i sing accused of conspiracy and century against Jamaica. the screen. Police raid city
nk$100,000 and the Central aio. Fir o t racing pools; books seized.
that three workers wrongly halt salvage ork on JU A. SUNDAY JAN. 16. Lottery prizes to be increased
lost their jobs. Which, M ers to "Victory at Spotlight. turned on WASA soo PNM biggest spender in
means that somewhere is a Entebbe' will be searched. in anti-corruption drive. Privy 1976 Elections. Govt plans
Godfather fixing for the small Parents withdraw.children Council judge: Loophole in Con- review of banking interest
fry to take the rap. from "unsafe" La Romain stitution could make for breach rates. Churchmen ai run
The\ Trinidad & Tobago schooL Mayor Shivaprasad says of human rights; AG: freedom around on planned visit to
Electricity Commission reports no hope of ULF victory in may have to be abridged in the Cuba.
through General Manager Leo Local Gov't Elections. interests of the state and the WEDNESDAY JAN. 19.
Martin that among the causes people. Panday says'he is Team named to probe wider
of the recurring blackouts was FRIDAY JAN. 14. ready to talk about corruption Local Gov't powers. AG: we
"plant". Trinidad fishermen draft at Caroni Ltd. Surinam back will clean up society; public
On November 2,. 1975, this plan to sell catches to Vene- Chairman of Labour asked to help in drive against
weekly review carried a letter zuelan firm. Coming lpeal gov- College. Village Councils making corruption; drive not aimed
from 12 senior engineers at erinent elections to be con- bid for representation in only at "mall fish."
TTEC. The letter was addres- tested on existing boundaries. Parliament. Massive blackout hits Trinidad
sed to the General Manager; More houses dmolshed at and Tobago. Unit leaks caused
one of the'signatories was Mr. Gonzales. Venezuelan MONDAY JAN. 17. power cuts say TTEC. light
trawler and crew of 5 held in Police smash smuggling bills may go up soon. Pan
Suppemen t Guyana ban showing of racket in air, sea and land Trinbago in financial trouble.
e Victory at tebbe', Sheldon dragnet. Caricom to draft La Romain RC students to
THE Tapia Supp3 rent planned Gomes slams centu, uniform law on shipping. Gairy hold classes in pavilion. PSA
for the Edition of January 23 ainst Ja cafor Acapulco talks on MFO's invited to serve on board of
will now appear two weeks Guyana Gov't moves to cut Teacher-training. Police quiz
later on February 6. The focus import bill by $100m. No four in Caroni slaying. Trinidad
of the work will be on the SATURDAY JAN. 15. more cesspits in San Fdo after win in tight finish against
problems of the construction .ANR presents 3-hour case for 1977. Jamaicans take first Jamaica. 1977 is Action Year
industry and such related for Tobago self-government; innings points. Senatpr Taitt on Foreign Insurance com-
matters as finance, housing and' accuses Gov't of collaboration PTA's must play a more vital panies says DeSouza.
town planning. with.multi-nationals to keep role. Clamber cans for action Jobs Panic At Special Works.
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SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 1977 TAPIA PAGE 3
I Am Still On
Says Lloyd Best
YES, I on my own scene.
Win, lose or draw, I still
on my own scene. More
than ever now when so.
many people are revealing
their true colours; how
desperate they are to win
elections at any price, in
spite of all the ole talk
-politics and new politics
and the like.
Tapia people will readily
appirciate, in fact, they
will know instinctively,
that politics is not the
same thing as government.
No, politics is not agita-
tion; and politics is not
There will come crucial
moments when we will-
need to whip up our
-crowds to a franzy by
agitation as feverish as we
have seen anywhere in
It is always important
;. and will always be impor-
tant to run the affairs of
the State. In time it will
S become important for
S Tapia to takeover control
o.t.f,.the- Government and
Both agitation and
administration will find.
their place in the Tapia
scheme and make their
contribution to our politi-
My Own Scene
But our Tapia politics is
more than Government, it
has to be more than trades-
union agitation, more than
protest. rebellion and
-Our politics must con-
sist of those activities and
resources which enable us
to service the needs four
people by the impact we
have on the performance
of the Government and
the effect we have on the
functioning of the State.
Every taxi-driver agrees
that you can win a large
minority of seats in Parlia-
ment and yet be politically
as effective as a snowball
Everywhere you go
people are saying that. if
the only resource of the
Opposition is a strike by
the workers, and if their
only recourse in the House
is to boycott proceedings,
then none of the incestu-
ous back-slapping by the
captive press could make ,
the current democracy
And worse. Worse; when
the/ only resource of the
ruling party is spend like
they mad and blow tax-
payers' money, then even a.
majority in the House
FIDEL Castro once hailed Velasco's Peru as the most signi-
ficant enterprise in revolution on the mainland of America.
Could there have been a better testimonial? Yet, today,
Peru has come full circle and the Revolutionary Govern-
ment of the Armed Forces has come to roost with all the
other repressive military dictatorships which are strangling
South and Central America.
Castro can only have been hoping for magic but no
Cuban could ever have' shared that hope. The tortured road
of the Cuban Revolution from 1898 on is as good evidence
as any that you can only reconstruct the colonial civiliza-
tion through long years of apparently futile work based
on your own revolutionary, conceptions. After that, you
can label it socialism, capitalism or anything you care.
Nothing so forcibly demonstrates what a mirage is hot-house
socialism :;as the rapid retreat to conservatism undertaken by
Bermudez in Peru then the formation of the new Revolutionary
Socialist Party. The party is composed of many of the military
officers, journalists, academics and trade-unionists who were once
associated with the Military Government in the days of President
Juan Velasco Alvarado.
Ihe party's Manifesto calls
for a return to the policies of
,What is known as the "first
phase", it demands a full
reconstruction of "peruvian
The coup which in August
1975 brought Bermudez to
d6ffice/followed months of
social anid political unrest.
Waves of strikes and riots
erupted in both Lima the,
capital and the countryside
throughout the first half of
1975 as Peru was reeling under
the impact of international
recession and economic crisis.
Between September of 1974
means nothing at all.
I suppose that if politics
were simply a matter of
staying in office forever,
then possession in truth,
is nine points of the law.
But suppose politics
were instead the Tapia
politics of actually deliver-
ing the demands of Trini-
dad & Tobago, Delivering
water and schools that equip
the, students for living;
making transport and tele-
phones and the utilities
work: creating jobs; pro-
viding welfare; generating
a climate for enterprise,
for effort, for discipline;
urging the arts to flourish
and to nurture our spirit;
building a home that Trini-
dad and Tobago could love;
100% OF SEATS
Suppose! Would even
100% of the seats then be
any use to a bankrupt
Well Trinidad and To-
bago has the experience
now, evidence rich and
full of a majority party
-incapable of governing, of
a minority Opposition
Already we are looking
for- something .else: By
1981 .we will be looking
even more. That is why we
in Tapia are still on our
tf Tapia,is to wjin seats
or gain office, we can only
usefully win them on' our
own particular terms. We
must be able to govern
constructively for Trinidad
& Tobago; we must be
able to oppose construct-
ively without futile con-
and 1975, the cost of living,
index rose by a staggering 26%.
In addition 1975 saw Peru
faced with massive balance-of-
payments difficulties. Her
exports earnings stagnated as a
result of low prices and shrink-
ing demand for her copper and
iron ore; fishmeal exports con-
tinued low with the continued
and inexplicable non-appearance
of the shoals.
Faced with these harsh econ-
omic conditions, the Military
Government under Bermudez
moved in early 1976 to intro-
duce a period of economic
austerity. Bermudez declared
that in all revolutions the first
phase of impetuous improvisa-
tion must be followed by a
period of consolidation and the
elimination of the errors and
the deviations of the first
Throughout 1976. it became
increasingly clearer what exactly
their errors -and deviations
were. On the one hand, the
Government moved to win tllh
support of the businessmen by
providing a whole rangc of
incentives and by dismantling
many of the reforms in the
field of labour legislation and
worker participation which had
been introduced under Velasco.
0 Cont'd on Page 9._
In other words, we are
back to the original Tapia
method; we need moral
resolve, technical compe-
tence, unshakeable com-
mitment; we need capaci-
ous political command.
Let those who wish to
fix-up some Nixonian
gimmicks go and join'some
other party or start some
Other movement. We on
we own scene. and. we.
Fhinksihg there tilfl't t
cows come home.
Tapia will insist on a
politics arid a movement
and a party which 'insists
in turn on changing the
colonial political rules, on
pointing Trinidad & Tobago
to responsible standards.
A victory by the, means
of, so-called realistic gim-
micks is sure to turn out'
no victory at all. '
'.i- if, you prefer,'-hov ,
bel, so ill .ou eown
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real currents in the
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In Special Works
THE annual rumblings and
grumblings in the Special
Works Programme are now
in full swing. The pattern
recurs. Operations are
dosed down for the Christ-
mas holidays and then the
re-opening awaits the
HOW long will the pro-
gramme of Special Works
continue tobe a gimmick?
What I want to know, as
a man in the business, is
whether Special Workers
will ever be truly
What Special Works
people are interested in
knowing is if they will
ever get job.security,
pension? And if not, why
The taxpayers are paying
their 2%% in response to a
promise by the Government
to use the Unemployment
levy to train workers, to
build houses, to provide
- jobs and provide services
useful to Trinidad and
' -Tobago. Those were the :
promises of the year 1970.
When a woman or a man
stays for two or three years
in Special Works, they often
decide to go into a family.
And they enter into contracts
with the bank and other com-
If these jobs are not made
serious and permanent, what
is going to become of people
and their family? How will
people pay their debts if
everybody is to go back to
two ten-days a year?
How many Special Work-
ers voted the Government
into power? Who and who
fought to keep the polling
doors open after 10 p.m. to
ensure success for the ruling
How is it that Special
Works people are treated
without any feeling, without
One newspaper Editorial
Attacked the President
accusing him of inciting dis-
The Government seems to
be doing everything to bring
that about because poor
people in Special Works are
in plenty trouble.
Budget, the release of
funds, the arrival of
materials, the word from a
Godfather, and so it goes.
Last year the axe fell
on December 8. This year
resumption date is said
to be January 19 and 20.
But this year, the reserve
army of labour which is
drawn to the public
trough for ten days at a
time, looks to the Pro-
gramme with more trepi-
dation than ever.
, This year is the immedi-
ate post-election year. And
who needs votes this year,
notwithstanding the Local
The report is that the
regime is going to be
much tighter this year.
Some who got promotion
and other benefits in the
giddy days of the last
campaign have been
warned that those privi-
leges have since ceased to
be operative under the new
jumped up to Area
Supervisor before Septem-
ber may now be dropped
back down in the batting
order to the place of simple
Many who were regarded'
as regular may now be
classified as casual and
become subject to sum-
mary retrenchment Before
time, with three years, you
could become a regular
hand; it is said that the
new rule requires a five-
Windies To Face
AUSTRALIA has proven to be an encouraging tour for Mushtaq's
young Pakistani outfit so West Indies must look forward to a tough
series this meeting Owen Thompson, QRCSchoolboy Cicket
Commentator, sums up the Australian tour.
PAKISTAN has fought
back very well to square
what was a most encourag-
ing series for them in
Australia. They leave
Down Under for thetCarib-
bean with the(r morale
much higher than ours was
after our trip to Oceania a
year or so ago.
Mushtaq's men, after all
the controversy, have cer-
tainly proved a lot to the
world about their cricket-
ing might. Pakistan must
now be ranked among
the world's top cricketing
Going into the Tests after
only one State game, Pakistan
earned an honourable draw
after defeat stared them hard
in the face for almost all of
the first three days of the
Though they faltered badly
against Lillee's pace in the
second Test, they bounced
back nicely in the third to
record their first ever victory
The architects of the victory
were the medium pacers Imran
and Safraz. But one cannot for-
get the efforts of the batsmen
throughout the short series.
Asif Iqbal stands out. He
averaged 78.25 and scored 313
runs including two centuries one
of which was a match saving
The consistency of opener
Majid Khan also has to be
complimented. Then Sadiq,
Zahedr and Mushtaq also
gave a good ;account of
The great disappointment
was Javed. Miandad when you
assess him in the light of
.what he promised. His best
efforts were 54 in the first and
60 in the final Test.
Of the medium pacers, we
have now learnt how
dangerous they can be. It is
no mean achievement to mow
down Australia twice in the
same game as cheaply as was
done in the third Test.
Young Iqbal Quasim with
his haul of twelve wickets
was the only spinner to make
any real impression. Mushtaq's
leg-spinners did little while
Intikhab was apparently not
good enough to make the
It is the method of the
Pakistani fight-back that
marks them out; we also
scored a single major victory.
The series suggests that
Mushtaq has a side with
great fighting spirit.
S This was most clearly
revealed in the ,fact that
there was little squabbling
in'the team after the defeat
-in the second Test. They were
able to sink their differences
and come out victorious in
the final Test. This augurs well
for their West Indian tour.
The Pakistan team arrive here
on January 28. The tour opens
in Antigua on Feb. 2 and the
first Test begins in Bridgetown
on February 18. The Team
comes to Trinidad after
Carnival to play Trinidad
and the West Indies
IT seems that the Aussies
now have some problems.
Evidently their batting
strength and depth have
been reduced by the
recent loss of lan Chappell
and lan Redpath.
Their bowling sorely
missed Jeff Thompson over
whose career a big ques-
tion now lies.
In the absence of Thomson,
Gilmour and Walker proved
far less effective than they
did against us last season. But
Dennis Lillee rose very well to
the occasion and scalped 20
Pakistanis in aULl.llee was
chiefly responsible for
On the basis, only 30
people in the whole of
Laventille will pass the
These are the fears
that are going the rounds
on the Projects as people
wait for Opening Day to
get a share in the action.
BIGGEST bone of con-
tention in Special Works
1977 is the newly created, r
post of Inspector.
charged to inspect, all
projects from day to dayL'-
in order-to promote
production and efficiency .-,
-.and t-.elimninateamal-., .-/ '-
.practice.,: i -:y
At Sea Lits, thde'zn"
or so police stationed at -'
the Special Works Area ,
Office are now on a go-slow.
They oppose the appoint-
ment of a certain-security
guard from the Docks as -"
'Inspector, in charge of '
security, in command of
the regular and the
special officers stationed
in the yard.
Australia's victory in the
second Test and showed what
a truly great fast bowler he is. ;
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SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 1977 TAPIA PAGE 5
THE failure of the strong Combined Islands team to
take full points in their opening game against Guyana is
a mild setback for them. But it does not yet seriously
impair their chances of winning the Shell Shield this year.
For the moment, it merely increases interest in
their clash with front-runners Barbados carded for
Kensington Oval in April.
In last week's game, a
masterly 150 in 230 minutes.
with 21 fours and a six not
only left the underprepared
Guyana batsmen with a very
difficult task but also enhanced
Jim Allen's chances of selection
for the first Pakistan test.
Then Norbert Phillip, who
had contributed 51 to the
Islands 350, took 5 wickets for
43 runs and with Grayson
Shillingford grabbing 4 for 52.
Guyana fell 7 short of the 201
required to avoid 'the follow
As no fewer than 7 of the
Guyanese batsmen had been
out caught, confirming the
*fears about their unprepared-
ness, it seemed that Guyana
would go the way of Jamaica
and be routed again in the
Fredericks failed for the
second time and, with Phillip
getting 3 for 22, Guyana were
precariously poised at the end
of Saturday's play.
They led by a mere 18 runs
and had only 6 second innings
wickets left. But Willett (0-64),
who had had only 12 overs in
the first innings, could not
produce the magic of Holford
in Jamaica; and the Guyanese
rallied to declare at 37-5 for
Shivnarine (101) scored
Guyana's first century for the
year and West Indies reject
Baichan added a solid 63 to his
1st innings 49.
Skipper Shillingford decided,
i- ;'against going for broke and'his
team finished wtih 59 for 2
having been set 219 to get in
about even time. Guyana thus
earned themselves 2 points
A CRICKET School for
Youths is to be opened in
Tunapuna by Cecil "Coach"
Rampersad. The school
will be in two sections for
ages 11-j5 and 16-19.
Classes will be conducted
at Honeymoon Recreation
Ground beginning- January
29 and continuing every
Saturday and Sunday from
9 to 11 a.m.
Persons interested in
these coaching sessions are
invited to come to Honey-
moon on the: opening day
at 9 a.m. or to contact Mr.
Rampersad at Gibbs Rd.
(off El Dorado Rd.) as
Active in cricket coach-
ing for over 16 years,
Coach Rampersad told
Tapia that he felt the time
had come to put his Wcs
Hall experience at the
disposal of the Tunapuna
area in a more systematic
way than before.
He said that what cricket
now needs is a variety of
different programmes at
different ages, in school
and out, private, corporate
'The important thing is
to experiment and to driaw
the -lessons from every
kind of cffor.t."
more than seemed likely at one
Guyana's next outing is
against Barbados in Barbados
in a game that may well be a
high-scoring affair. The Guy-
anese bowling is likely to come
in for some harsh treatment
from Greenidge, King and co.
The Guyanese middle order
showed mettle in the second
innings and Fredericks, whose
two innings so far have only
produced 14 runs, is not
unlikely to make a big score
against fast bowling on a fast
Besides, the whole team
will have three outings under
their belt by Friday as the
Gillette Cup fixture against the
Combined Islands was in
Antigua on Tuesday.
The likely result seems,
therefore, to be a draw although
Barbados must be in with a
chance of pulling off another
- Over in Jarrett Park, Jamaica,
the homesters came from
behind to take first innings
point from Trinidad. Indeed,
for a while on the last evening,
they threatened to take full
Sheldon Gomes at last
vindicated the selectors' confi-
dence in him with a splendid
That he scored 213 with 24
fours is less important than
the fact that his 403-minute
occupation of the crease was
broken by stumps on the first
day with no obvious effect on
his concentration. :
,There can no longer be any
doubt hlat he has the big-time-
Following the dismissal of
Ron Farria (1) and Larry Gomnes
(14) for 29, Thea Cuffy (42),
the other in-form batsman, and
new opener Sagram (40) had
steadied the Trinidad innings
with a stand of 83.
Then Gomes, ably assisted
by first Murray (46) and then
Julien (77), saw Trinidad to
what was confidently touted
as a match-winning total of
Julien and Bartholomew
were not expected to held
any terrors for the Jamaican
batsmen and they did not.
However, the much vaunted
three-pronged spin attack of
Inshan, Imtiaz and Jumadeen
did not impress either, and
from 44 for 1, Jamaica went
on to amass 563 for 9, the
injured Laurence Rowe not
being required to bat.
Skipper Murray ring the
changes, switching bowlers,
ends, tactics, tout bagai, all-to
no avail. His Opposite number
Maurice Foster forced the W.I.
selectors to reopen his dossier
with a superlative 234 punctu-
ated by 32 fours.
Foster and Richard Austin
(131) batted almost through-
out the day building a partner-
ship of 308 between them
before Austin departed after
337 minutes at the crease.
And though Foster left with
his team still 52 runs away
"from 6 points, neither the
"glorious uncertainties" nor
Murray's astuteness could
That at 439 for 2 there was'
still a slip to accept Foster's
lob is a tribute both to Juma-
deen's tidiness and Murray's
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EAST SEASON STARTS
THE East St. George Colts Cricket League will start the
1977 Season on Sunday February 27.
The competition isopen to clubs from St. Josepr to
Arouca the whole of the Tunapuna Municipil' Area.
Clubs wishing to take part are. invited to"contact either the -
President of the League at Freeman -Road, St. Augustine or the s
Assistant Secretary at Gibbs Road, Tuna:una.' ,
Regisration closes on February 17.'Specia incentives will be
awarded to clubs and players.
Officers elected at the Recent Annual:General Meeting are as
President Tangwell Rajah
Vice President Newton George
Sec/Treasurer Cecil'Coach' Rampersad
Asst. Sec. Sita Rampersad
P.RO. Ivan Sawh
Committee Members W. Walter
U a ....,
After Round Onei T
The vast young Corbeau beat his wings last September,
By October he was running along the coconut tree branch,
on the tips of his toes;
Soon he was airborne winging over the sandy beach,
almost amused by his fleeting shadow,
Then he slowly edged towards the sea and was over the shallow,
buffeted yet born up by the wind.
Flying over deeper water was-sheer exhilaration,
Not too far out yet, but flapping madly, even daring to
go nearer to the water.
Then in January he came closer to shore but was still confidently
By April he was far less totally confident, but closer to
But still wonderfully airborne, for the first time in years.
He travelled far, confidently close to shore, experiencing
new, wonderful, relaxing sights, homeward
May was the beginning, a spark, of heaven, and wings now beating,
exhilaratingly, fanned that spark in his
He went through some physical trial, born aloft by his mind,
his hope and love. And all,was well.
And then one day he found himself flappmg madly, worried and
cowardly afraid --
SAnd in June he crashed He crashed into the watery, murky
S- -. .. abyss;
And began to sink, cold suffocating, complete .annihilation :
before his eyes.
He cried, and flapped his new-found wings in the strange element; -
The very element he had. evolved from, had struggled free from
in his shelL
He gasped and'choked, surfaced torturingly briefly, wondrous
Sank and rose, and sank and rose again, much more down than
Terrible times these were, unrebated by salty scents and tastes.
And then he found a footing; found, I say, like i-ow a soldier
finds his footing on an assaulted beach.
A horrible fight it was; but what a feeling of some hope!
But still some salt remained, tingeing his tongue and not yet
out the water.
Regret and strength dogged his torn, ragged and weary half-
corpse; a bleeding brain.
And then a huge, long-expected, and under-prepared for obstacle.
which he had hoped to fly over, loomed
in his path.
And total confusion set in. He climbed with all his strength,
arid yet half-heartedly, fearfully;
And after balancing and tottering, fell again, into a swirling,
half-hidden maelstrom, the damage worse
And he was beset with weariness and loneliness, and sank, sank,
he thought, .never to rise again.
How could he live, be free acain; tell me, tell me! To rise
and breathe wrong?
This is what he thought, and thinks. He is still trying, and
it is January again.
Anthony Malcolm Milne
He contemplated a walk around
the building again but decided
against. the idea. After all he was
human. On the previous turn he
felt an urge to have that Carib
but funds were low. He'll save ii
for Johnson. Spencer twirled the
toes of his left foot in his brown
socks savouring the thrill. His
foot was alive. Mechanically he
reached-into his shirt pocket and
removed a cigarette from his ten
pack and stuck it in his mouth
He refused to light it. Bogart in
that movie ne*er lit a cigarette.
He had dames doing that for him.
Wish I had a woman to light this,
Spencer mused. His face broke
South in a smile as he caught him-
self in fantasy. The airport clock
said 7.15. Fifteen whole minutes
again. Time really taking she
own sweet time to move.
A flash back to the past ... to
Johnson. How long was it? Let's see.
Bailey won the best band with Back
to Africa in '57 or was it '58? Anyway
Johnson left right after that. Over-
fiffeen years now. We ain't getting
any- younger. Johnson is just as old, as
--me, he reflected. He knew .Johnson'
ever since the old days at Clarke
Street Primiary School. After that they
S were together at Piccadilly High. Ah
wonder what ever happen to James. .
James Layne was the third party of
the trio, Spencer, Johnson and James,
the terror of Sachel Lane. Now.John-
.son Briggs was coming home after.
It was really by chance that he
was at the airport tonight. Yesterday
he was passing through the Lane
taking a short-cut to the pan yard
when he saw old Ma Briggs.
"Ay, ay, is that you Spencer?"
The old woman had greeted him. She
now walked in an arc posture, her
sight allegedly as bad as her posture.
She recognized him; she still remem-
bered all the children who played in
the sandy yard.
"Yes, it's me, Ma Briggs. Ah
"You hear Johnnie boy coming
."No, Ma Briggs. I ain't hear a
word. When he coming?"
"Tomorrow evening at half past
seven. He coming in on Panam."
"Well look at my crosses, eh.
Johnson coming tomorrow! Ah never
see nothing so. And you know is just
by.chance ah pass this Way today."
"It's flight 694F. He write and
"Ah glad. Ah go go meet he at
the airport. He go be surprise."
"Ah go be real thankful for that.
You know Mavis is working' late this
week. The whole day ah wondering
who go go and meet de boy. You
know it nice to have somebody meet
de boy. You know it nice to have
somebody meet you when you get off
de plane. Spencer you a real godsend,
yes! God bless you."
Panam Announces The Arrival
Of Flight 694F. Arriving From New
York Bermuda And Barbados Pas-
sengers Will Disembark At Gate 5.
It took a second for Spencer to
'get back to the present. This is it. She
said 694F. He knew the number by
heart having repeated it to himself the
Whole morning. He hurried. offto the
stairs. Ah wonder if ah go recognize
he. Of course I will; nobody changes
Spencer made his
way up the stairs two at a time. He
was panting hard as he darted in and
out of the crowd. The arrival and
departure of planes was a big event.
At every announcement huge waves
of flesh moved tothe gallery to withessi' L
the event. to wave farewells. It was
not an uncommon sight to see even a
ground steward abandon' a customer
and make for the gallery. Immediately ,
afterwards;one would hear:-' That.was X.
a. good take- off.: Airrarice
know how to take off, yes"' n 'ot
"BOAC is the best iri landing." 'Nah,"'i
I think we are the best." Every landing -
or taking off of a big plane, the small
ones didn't count. Every movement
of the huge birds brought debate,
comment. The crowd was at,-the.
gallery now to witness the landing of ,
Panam 694F. Spencer was not-able to
see from the back of the rapidly
gathering crowd. He saw a space in
front and in his anxiety to secure the
prize pushed his elbow in the mam-
moth bosom next to him.
"Ay, ay Mister. Whey wrong-
"It's an accident lady. Ah
"Accident? You can't trust
nobody these days. She exhaled her
pent up irritation,.turned her eyes
skyward. Spencer nevertheless moved
ahead conscious of a hundred eyes all
looking in his direction.
.He noW had a good
view. The plane was already on the
ground. He tried to form his own
private opinion of the landing but the
influence of the comments around
himn prevented this. The passengers
were now making their way to the
terminus building. Spencer's eyes
moved swiftly in every direction like
those of a chicken hawk, scanning
each of the passengers as they made
their way towards the arrivals lounge.
Some of the passengers (the seasoned
ones, most likely) waved toward the
gallery although they could not dis-
tinguish faces. The people alongside
him. It family no doubt, started waving
excitedly. This was perhaps their first
rivalal' They had come outi in the
- ~-ll...rs~-c--v---c- I
sweltering heat dressed in their finest.
The dominant colour of the garments
of the female members was Solo
orange; the men were decked out in
tie. The small bow-tied youngster of
the family started an impromptu jose
greco on Spencer's freshly polished
"Ah sorry, Mister. Ah really
"If you touch me shoes, again
you go be really sorry.Think this is
- jour vert?"
Spen e r ignored' the
boy and scanned the crowd. In truth
he was. just as excited, as- the little
boy. life after all is centred around
people and then things although those
. who emphasized the latter often
thought they were the most success-!
--Then he saw Johnson or was
this Johnson? This person was fatter
and s-eemingly shorter. No, that could
not be he. He looked again and this
time espied the small scar on Johnson's.
left cheek. It was definitely he.
Spencer, mouth agape, looked at this
man who up to this point had just
emerged as the star passenger attrac-
tion of this evening's arrivals and, for
that matter, departures too. Oh God,
looka mas! he thought. The crowd
buzzed. Immediately Spencer became
very conscious of his obligation to
keep'a straight face and not to go.
along with the ridicule of the crowd.
After all, in a few minutes or perhaps
in arr hour, if the officialdom at' the
airport holds true to form, he would
be seen by this very same jeering
crowd, heartily greeting his friend.
Johnson was wearing a three-
piece maroon suit with tangerine
cravat tangerine shirt. He held his
head high and with great pride. His
brown glossy shoes danced in the
light, hi the left hand he held a steel-
grey leather briefcase. At this sight
Spencer had to give way to a slight
grin. The fellas, he, Johnson and James
included, used to say that most of
those guys you see walking down
Frederick Street with briefcases only
carried their lunch in them. But that
was by the way and long ago. Un-
doubtedly people do change! On the
crook of his right hand a grey overcoat
was neatly draped. At the end of the
same hand Johnson clasped a stick. The
stick was larger than a conductor's
baton and professionally lacquered.
This one had a gold coloured top
which reflected.the light in the same
manner as did the shoes. His mouth
ended in a pipe. Whew, he must be
feeling hot for so in all that getup. It
was the hot season and even at night
the temperature still hung in the
eighties. Tonight there was hardly a
breeze.-Spencer was impressed; John-
son was hot stuff.
J h n SO n disappeared
from view into-Customs and Immigra-
tion. It would be a while yet. The
crowd was now hurrying back to the:
main hall to greet the travellers.
Spencer fell in, walking slowly,-fasci-
nated and intrigued by the thought of
Johnson' apparel. He had not expected
to see him looking like that but then
again he did not know what he had
really expected. So deep was he in
thought that he hardly heard the wild
ribald chatter going on around him.
Johnson had created a small uproar.
It was being suggested that Johnson
was a government official from Gre-
nada or perhaps a visiting dignitary
from another of the small islands.
Spencer did listen to the loud com-
ments of two youths near by.
"You see that fella with the
short walking stick?"
"But how! And a pipe too. And
-- W NE
the threads. ."
Both of the youths burst out
laughing loudly and uncouthly. Even
without exposing himself Spencer felt
embarrassed. He paused on the steps
to allow the loud mouths a distance.
As he reached for a cigarette he was
accosted by a passing youth with wild
hair and flared trousers.
"Mister, gimme one nah."
Spencer offered the pack almost auto-
matically, Surprise flashed on the
youth's face; then he quickly took
"Thanks." Spencer did not res-
pond, so engrossed was he in his own
thoughts, Normally he would be wary
of these cigarette bandits but Johnson
had him confused. How he change so!
Spencer put a match to his cigarette,
took a long, deep drag until he felt as
if his chest would burst, then exhaled.
He felt a little better now.
With his back against a pillar,
eyes glued on the electronically
operated glass doors, Spencer stood
and waited. As passengers emerged
through these doors- they were
smothered with hugs and flailing
hands. This scene unfolded repeatedly
but there was yet no sign of the man
in the maroon suit. Ah wonder what
keeping' he? Secretly he was glad
Johnson was being saved for last.
"Evenin' Mister Spencer. You
-waiting for somebody?" ,
"Ay, it's Mackie. I didn't see -l
Syou. What areyou.oding here?";
S "Dickson. You know Dickson,
Mr. Turner Nephew. He going' away
tonight. I~ going' away to.America to
* "Yes. I know old Turner. So
the nephew going, eh. Me, ah waiting'
on a friend who come in tonight. I
.-think the plane already landed."
"Okay, Mister Spencer. Ah goin'
Spencer was happy that Mackie
was brief. He felt relieved that he did
not have to go into details about who'"
was this friend. People are so fas' these
swung open again and Johnson step-
ped out. His mouth no longer ended
in a pipe. His face was glossy with
perspiration. He paused to extract a
tangerine handkerchief from his breast
pocket, dabbed his face and surveyed
the crowd. The cloth held to his face
matched, his cravat. For one brief
moment it appeared that Johnson
was holding a towel to his face. John-
son gave a stiff bow to the gaping
faces and started to walk in Spencer's
direction. Has he recognized me?
Spencer doubted that but Johnson was
coming in his direction, directly to
him. Spencer broke free from the
crowd and crossed to meet him, his,
face a wide grin.
"Hey man, Johnson. It's good
to see you." Spencer embraced John-
son in a warm hug. Johnson allowed
himself to be hugged then he held
Spencer at arms length and looked in
"Well, well. It's Spencer, isn't
"Yes, it's me. Ah knew that
_you would remember me. How, marn?"
Spencer was excited and voluble
especially since Johnson had appar-
ently remembered him right away.
"It's been a long time. Almost
.twenty years. I see you losing some
from the top."
Johnson gave him a puzzled,
"The hair man, like you getting
'"Oh yes. It is father thin in the,-
front. You lose some to gain some.
"Thiat reminds me. I have an appoint-
ment for a transplant when I get .
"You mean you going back?
Here, let me take your bag."
"Oh yes, the briefcase; it is not
- cumbersome. Help with this coat too."
Let me see if-Tcan secure my-luggage
from those people. You know, they
want proof that I am from here. Ha!"
Johnson walked briskly towards
a. section marked Luggage. Spencer
trotted along behind struggling to
keep up with him. He was very
conscious of the eyes staring in their
direction: Johnson was aware of them
too and kept bowing his head like a
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IWest Indian Writing
In The Infant Days
IN a very thoughtful and suggestive manner
Mr. C.V. Gocking has raised the question of a
West Indian Literature; while in a trenchantly
written contribution Mr. C.H. Archibald has
exercised the responsible, if sometimes neces-
sary role of literary critic. They deal with
subjects which local experience must have
raised time and again in the minds of not a
few of us. And so in the light of them I pro-
pose to consider the somewhat associated
subjects of Literature and Criticism.
In broadcasting an appeal up and down
the Caribbean for a West Indian Literature, it
seems desirable that there should be some
recognized standard by which one should be
able to gain even a temporary niche in the
West Indian temple of Letters.
It appears to me that such an end might at
any rate be helped, if not attained, by discussing,
even if somewhat academically, the general question
of what constitutes Literature. It may be anticipated
here, by stating that this is just the point where my
two subjects make contact. For, if there is some
recognized standard, there must be some means of
determining whether or not it is reached.
It seems to me that a beginning can be made
and the ground somewhat cleared by postulating of
Literature that it is a vocation.
GREECE OR ROME
The statement will hardly be questioned that
most of the great masterpieces of Literature; have
been produced by persons, who have given their time
to the pursuit of Literature as a profession, shall I.
.-call it. Whether one goes back to the days of Greece.
or Rome, one finds that the writer whose literary
work has endured, and'whose reputation has been
increased rather than diminished by time has generally
been one for whom Literature has been a pursuit or
calling. And 'generally his later productions have
shown marked improvement on his earlier, emphasis-
ing the value of application in the achievement of
excellence. Indeed, if Literature like Painting, is an
art, no argument is necessary to demonstrate that it
must be a progressive one for the artist.
That this observation holds good in more
modem Literature is equally true, even though the
apparent exceptions may be more numerous. The
lesson'that emerges from the contemplation of such a
readily understood truth is that to write what will
endure requires practice and endurance on the part of
If we consider the successful writers of the
18th and 19th Century like Macaulay and Dr.'John-
son, for instance, we find that even their earliest
successes -were conditioned by an earlier whole-
hearted devotion to literary study and pursuits.
PURSUIT OF LETTERS
These literary giants are representative of
literature at its best, and with others, constitute
landmarks indicating the height to which literary
talent can reach. In short, they are the exceptions
whose productions occupy one end of the literary
scale from those occupying the other end of which
they are separated by an almost incalculable distance.
It is, the limit of this other end that it is difficult to
fix, and yet, if once agreed upon, those occupying
-the intermediate region can readily claim the stamp
If the foregoing views have any foundation in
fact, then it is plain that the chances of having a
West Indian Literature of a worthy kind are very
remote, for. the number of persons in these Islands
likely to devote their lives to the pursuit of Letters,
is likely to remain small for many a year if ever such
a calling did prove sufficiently attractive to anyone
with literary tendencies.
When however, we quit Olympus and descend
to the plain where those of moderate literary talent
find ample matter to indulge their taste one is pleased
to confess the possibility that even here and there a
stray author may appear capable of producing some-
thing worthy the name of Literature, even though
destined only to enjoy a temporary recognition.
Perhaps the most likely type of literary writing
that will help to lay the foundation of a West Indian
Literature will be the novel. Of the possibilities in
this direction there can be no doubt, seeing they have
already been exploited by the late W.J. Locke, who
*rote "Ancestor Jorico" out of his West Indian
experience, and Grant Allen in his novel "In all
Shades" to quote only two examples. The want
does not lie in the material, of which there is
abundance but in the author who, especially if he
is to put his thoughts in poetic dress, is said to be born,
an occurrence which is hardly likely to be anything
but comparatively rare in our midst.
When one considers the level of literacy among
West Indians, and the comparatively small number
even among the literate approaching the literary
standard to fit one for the business of respectable
authorship, one can hardly be surprised that success-
ful authors are not only rare, but generally wanting.
LITERATURE AS VOCATION
There is one important factor that is likely to
militate against the choice of literature as a vocation
in the West Indies, and one which cannot be over-
looked, viz., the absence of a sufficiently large reading
public to which local productions will make an appeal;
for it must be a subject of transcendent intrinsic
interest that will engage the attention of the general
public here or secure the support of the British read-
ing public, in order to make any literary venture
possible from the financial standpoint.
In summing up the possibilities of the building
up of a West Indian Literature, while the past has
been without any encouraging-promise, of the early!
corsummation of so worthy a hope, the present, in:
.viewof the wider spread not only of Education, but .
of higher Education,-seems to give definite warrant of
a coming future" when men 'will appear, irresistibly
drawn to the study,and pursuit of Literature as a
vocation ontthe one hand, or on the other'sufficiently
inspired by education 'and the, wealth of suitable
material ready to hand to snatch sometime from the
leisure necessary to the daily round of business or
professional life, to add another name to the all too
scanty list of the Authors of a West Indian Literature.
The close connection between criticism and
Literature is obvious, and yet possibly a little different
in character than is generally supposed.
GRAINS OF GOLD
Orainarily, I fancy, the critic is looked upon as
one whose duty it is to find fault with literary produc-
tions in order to weed out the unfit. But, unless I am
much mistaken, the true function of the critic is to
discover the grains of literary gold midst the generally
large excess of dross, or at least, inferior metal.
The qualities, therefore, which are essential
to fair and proper criticism are not a few nor yet
common, especially in combination. It does not seem
necessary to discuss these qualities here'though it
may be particularly necessary to remind anyone
undertaking this function of the common but oft-
forgotten truth, quot homines tot sententice, for
even among literary critics, minds differ as the men,
to say nothing of the public. Indeed, time and again, a
literary production that criticism would have elimin-
ated has been giving a long life by the consensus of
To come to thearticle in question, in which Mr.
Archibald has subjected Mr. C.LR. James to a detailed
and incisive criticism, though tempered by conces-
sions no less important, it appears to offer three
standpoints from Which Mr. Archibald's discharge of
his task can be viewed.
His purpose is to critize not merely the
manner and the matter which the writer employs,
but the man himself.
Now, it must be admitted, that a man of very
defective character may produce very effective literary
work, and the criticism of the latter should be distinct
from that of the former, unless the author is so mis-
taken as to project his personality across his page, or
unless his personal defects are likely to hinder the
further development of his art. *
With respect then to his criticism of the author
himself, it appears to me that he can only find
justification in the existence of the above-named con-
ditions, with which the author stands charged with
respect to his past performances and his future
Now, I am not concerned to play the critic on
Mr. Archibald's views as expressed in the article under
reference. My object is simply to use it in illustration
of my own views with respect to our local literary
productions. Yet, it appears to me but fair that I
should, in aoing so, even cursorily indicate the appeal
made to me by Mr. Archibald's paper.
As regards the author, some only of whose
literary productions I have been able to read several
of Mr. Archibald's remarks, seemed but the echo of
the impression made upon my. own mind. Truth to
tell, I read Mr. James sympathetically, for I enjoyed
the author's language in its smooth and easy flow
and almost looked ana hoped for the appearance of a
star in the firmament of West Indian literature. Un-
fortunately the shadow of the Author too often
flitted across the page, and not always when. his
features are at their best.. Again unfortunately, the
main-subjects on which he promises to entertain his
readers in the future are such as demand treatment
by an unbiassed mind, for many of us who have given
much thought to West Indian Political affairs have had
a wider/and more practical grasp of the part they
have played in the life of these islands, than couldbe
conveyed by the most impassioned denunciation of a
system, estimated from its debit side alone. Audi
UNBIASSED CRITICISM .
SI must not, however, pursue this line of thought -
any further, but pass-to my real purpose. With respect
then, to'rriticism of-.our local:lite- y' efef6 t~ f
which 1 have generally taken an interest. I have felt;. '
whether justifiably or not, that there has always been
too great a tendency to pass the most flattering.
enconiums on almost every kind of writing produced
locally. The resilt'follows that readers having secured '
a copy of some much praised publication, and finding
no warrant. for such mistaken, even if well-meant
commendation, are unwilling to be misled a second
time to the loss of that author and possibly others
as well. I fancy' it was this departure from the con-
ventional type .of criticism to which we have been so
freely treated that arrested my attention on-reading
Mr. Archibald's paper. It wouik have been far easier
and by far more pleasant to select only the attractive
elements, extol them duly or unduly, and then. pro-
phesy smooth things for the future.
Such criticism as that to which Mr. James
was there submitted, would scarcely have been neces-
sary if it were applied to the occasional writings of
one otherwise occupied, with no intention to bid for
standing-room among the producers of literature. But
when literature is to be pursued-as a vocation, that is
to say when the public will be likely to be treated to
recurrent efforts from the same pen, the natural ten-
dency in those who are interested is, to give greater
heed to virtues and defects alike, whether in estimat-
ing present achievements or calculating the future
prospects of a writer.
It is at times difficult to estimate which does
a writer more harm a too flattering or a too severe
criticism. The former does not make for his progress
and offends lis readers who know; the latter is sure
to offend the writer but is more likely to be helpful,
I hope I have not obscured the point I am
seeking to make. It is that if we are to have a West
Indian Literature we must, in the interest alike of
the writer and his readers have a healthy, honest and
fair evaluation made of what the public is aked to
buy and read. In short, if we- aspire to have a Litera-
ture of our own, then we must also have competent
and unbiassed criticism of the contributions inade to
it criticism wlich, on the one hand, will enable the
writer to observe how his writing is likely to appeal
to his literary constituency, and on the other, serve as
a reliable guide to many would-be patrons who, while /
always ready to purchase satisfactory literary wares,
have neither, time nor money to spend on anything'
hardly worth the reading.
Dr. S.M Laurence
Volume: .l;No.. 3.March 1933.
HELLO PEOPLE, my
name is Fillis and I am
helping out my brother
who has to undergo an
operation to remove his
stones. Or his gall. Or
something. I really can't
Anyh6w, I will be with
you for the next three
weeks and I hope that you
enjoy what I have to say.
Not that I really care
because I am not getting
pay for this anyway.
Well from the start let
me say- that I am not no
Letter from Fillis
journalist or anything like
that But between you and
me I don't think it matters
I used to read what my
brother used to say and I
really don't know how they
could let him continue
writing in the paper.
Personally I think he was
a waste of time yes. Half the
time you can't understand what
he trying to say and the other
half of the time he bringing
some stale, stale old joke. As
Sparrow say, if my head was
bright I would have been a
But anyhow I going to try
my best. These days is each man
man and woman for theyself
yes. Any of you ever stop to
study how bad things is for
women in this place. The
man and them they have
around these days they not
worth a damn.
If you is a young girl is you
to ketch. Them young boy
these days they poor, they
dirty, they don't have no
manners and they stupid to
besides. Is no wonder so much
Lost Magic of Military Socialism
On the other hand, all during
last year, the Government
moved with even more repres-
sion against striking or protest-
ing workers, farmers, and
fishermen. Journalists and aca-
demics were jailed or deported
with increasing frequency and,
within the armed forces itself,
all elements formerly associ-
ated with Velasco were system-
S atically purged.
An abortive counter-coup
in July gave the regime an-
opportunity to impose a state.-
Sof emergency throughout the
Country. Under this cover the
:: Government vhas- been ,assidi-
S .ously unearthing all manner'
of fiendish plots and intrigues.
-'.The idea that the militant
opposition are by definition
criminal has become official
doctrine. By the end of last
year a spate of killings involv-
ing the police gave warning
that the regime was prepared
to deal harshly with active
opposition to its policies.
JIthe field of its Interna-
tional relations too, the Gov-
ernment has turned its gaze
away from the socialist and
progressive Governments so
carefully courted by Velasco
and' its friendliest relations are
now with Chile, Bolivia and
Brazil where the military
regimes have long become
Paradoxical as it may seem,
the reason why Bermudez and
the conservative army elements
have been able so swiftly to
convert what was once thought
to be a unique experiment in
socialist revolution into just
another repressive military dic-
tatorship lie in the very
methbds employed by Velasco.
As favourable as the Velasco
experiment was viewed by the
international Left, and as un-
deniably progressive as many
of his reforms were, the fact
remained that by the end of
1974, when the crushing econ-
omic problems were beingefelt
throughout the country, sup-
port for Velasco within Peru
itself was almost non-existent.
Was it a, case of easy come,
The fact is that Velasco's
attempt to construct "Peru-
vian socialism" and to create,
"a new Peruvian man" was a
confusing mismash ofeconomic,
Political and social 'policies
which 'Won fewv friends and
SIn the economic sphere, for.
example, the regimes declared
intention to command and
control the country's basic
industries was realized to a large
extent. It took control of the
fishmeal industry," a major
share of mining and metal
refining and all petroleum
refining and marketing together
with a host of essential ser-
But all along, the regime
continuously asserted the need
for major private economic
activity to encourage which it
provided generous tax incen-
tives, tariff breaks, extensive
credit facilities and other
measures to encourage the
growth of private enterprise
all of which only served to
entrench the traditional pri-
Politically the policies were
just as contradictory and even
more significant, the declared
purpose was to destroy the
traditional political system
dominated by special interests
and to replace it by one of
In its first aim it was emi-
nently successful. It succeeded
; From Page 1
in Britain in the USA, etc.
So if the banks are charging
high rates of interest on con-
sumer loans for cars and
stereos and other imports,
they are actually helping Trini-
dad & Tobago.
By slowing down borrow-
ing, they are helping. us while
they duly help themselves.
That is the price of the.failure
of the Government to prepare
the way for full steam ahead
in industry, in housing and in
So even if the Central Bank
got more power, there is
nothing in the world that Mr.
Bruce could do.
Meanwhile the Banks are
do-do-ing sweetly. And all the
rest of Trinidad and Tobago
kilkaytaying for so, under the
pressure of these iniquitous
rates of interest.
friend of Peru's military Govt
Siunriermining if not destroy-
ing almost all organizations
school girls have to friend with
big married man.
But between you and me
that is nopuse either. I remember
I went out with a married
man the othemight He pick
me up at the comer in a brand
new Toyata so I telling myself
I going to have a good time.
You know this son of a bitch
take me theatre and by me
one measley bag of popcorn.
And then he had the brass-
face to drive me up to the
lookout for what I don't know.
Well from the time he park, I
start to scream and bawl till
all the people in the other
cars come out to see what
goin on. Well my man start up
he engine and pull out like a jet
So I only had to laugh when
the Express say they had a
"Man of the Year" competition.
politically influential prior to
The end result was that in
spite of one of the most im-
pressive schemes of agarian
reform ever undertaken in
Latin America, in spite of the
worker participation programs,
and its extensive educational
reforms among its other achieve-
ments, the Government suc-
ceeded in mobilising opposition
to itself while destroying any
possibility of serious organised
resistance to" a conservative
Now the very steps which
Velasco took to ensure little
opposition fo his radical pro-
I tell you is a good thing
Hasely Crawford win gold
medal yes. And even now I
still feel that that don't belong
to Trinidad. What we ever do
for the boy.
But just suppose that
Crawfie didn't win no gold
medal. Who you feel would
have the man of the year?
Well child, I beat my brains
from pillar to post and I can't
come up with one single name
yet That is how bad thing is.
But let me warn you right
now that I am the Judge and if
your man can't please me then
he can't make.
Anyhow I done for today
yes. I don't like to write no
long, long set of thing. I will
see you nextweek. Bye, Bye,
grams are those which are
facilitating the swift demise of
Yet, a good number of the
progressive reforms have per-
haps become too stable to be
lightly interfered with.
The continued agitation of
many sectors of the society
may be a demonstration that-
the real problem is not right-
wing or left-wing policies but
the absence of a Peruvian
ideological framework'to rally
the vast majority of the people
to sustained and disciplined
endeavour -,- a lack that dic-
tites the survival of authori-
tarian and military rule.
" ..-I ..
,,,UII. T J. ,IMUmHn i I, II 1 Imritp r t-,J.-#
PAGE 10 TAPIA SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 1977
a I [ II I II_
From Page 7
"So you ain't staying?" he
pursued Johnson with a question.
"No. This is just a holiday, my
first real holiday since the continent."
"Europe. I also did some Scanda-
navian countries." Johnson continued
in a whisper. "Well, let us deal with
this primitive rabble. These officials!
They feel they can deal with everybody
"These days they strict, strict.
People always sneaking in and out of
the country. Don't worry, ah know
one of the baggage clerks. It easy once
you know somebody."
"I doubt that it will be necessary.
However, if things get uncomfortable
I will beckon. Wait here."
with the heavy coat on his arm and
watched Johnson enter the Luggage
lounge. But life real strange, yes. Ah
would ah never believe that this the
same Johnson from Sachel Lane. He
even talking' different, like them
tourists. Ahreally won't ah.believe it if
ah didn't see it with me own eyes.
They went out into the lobby
which was now practically deserted. A
small group of people in the Gift
section scarcely gave a glance at the
two men. Johnson had been a short
sensation. Spencer felt something
heavy in the coat pocket but sup-
pressed his curiosity to ask at that
moment. Johnson carried two maroon
suitcases with numerous airline stickers
plastered on their aides.
"Think we can find a porter?"
"Someone to assist with the
"It's not far to the car. And
besides them people does only want
to work for tourists white people.
They feel we ain't have no money.
You take the coat; give me a suitcase.
The contraption is just over there,"
said Spencer indicating the general
direction of the car with his head.
"It's a old fifth-hand but it takes me
around. Gotta have some sort of
transport these days," Spencer con-
tinued, "she's over they. See the
white Vauxhall with the green
stripes. Looks okay, eh?"
"Hold the grip while ah get the
keys. We have to lock up everything.
Last week a fella ah know park he
brand new Datsun by Globe. He went
2.30. You know when he return the
radio and grill gone!" Spencer laughed
as he recalled the incident. "They say
it have a gang teefing cars and selling
parts to the companies. It's a real
"True. Larceny is on the up-
swing. In New York it is notorious.
That's why I never bothered to buy a
"You mean you ain't have one
of those big cars! Spencer was aghast.
"It is not entirely necessary.
Public transport is adequate and
Spencer tried the starter. The
car coughed. He tried- it again.
Another loud cough. "Look, don't
play the fool, nah," Spencer admon-
ished the car. He tried again and the
engine responded. A huge cloud of
black smoke oozed out the back.
"You have to talk to she
rough at times, but she's a good car."
"How long have you had it?"
"Oh, four years this September.
No major repairs either," Spencer
said with pride.
F Or while theydrove
in silence.' Spencer switched on the
radio. It was a government pro-
gramme. He switched it off. "All the
gov'ment do is talk, talk. That all
everybody do these days. Talk, talk,
and more talk."
As they moved along the high-
way Johnson saw lights -in far away
houses; they were moving too quickly
to see much of anything. He took
his pipe from the leathe pouch and
started filling it methodically.
Spencer gave "an occasional glance in
his direction but concentrated on
the road. A cool breeze came in
through the windows bringing with
it the smell of burnt grass and tilled
"The island has not changed
much. I still see a lot of open
spaces, familiar sights. Are you still
in the Service, Spencer?"
"Yes, man, ah still with them.
Salary, so so; everything so dear
these days and jobs hard to get.
What is it like in New York?"
"New York? I don't stay in
the rotten apple. Too many hustlers,'
lots of them from home here too.
Im out West. It's not too bad out
there. Of course it was tough in the
beginning, but that's true of any
place you go. You won't believe the
things I had to go through. Let
nobody kid you, America is for the
strong. Things are real cool now, real
"Do you ever think about
coming back here? For good, I
Johnson smiled. "Sometimes
one -thinks about here especially
when Carnival time is around. But
that's it. I don't think I can adjust
to the whole scene again the en-
vironment and the culture. I think
like an American now," Spencer
smiled too. He was thinking that
Johnson even sounded.like one, the
ones he knew from the movies.
I Continued on Page 11
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THE care of pregnant
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great advances since the
Revolution in 1959.
According to a Prensa
Latina Feature, Story,
Castro's new-Cuba claims
to be the third-ranking,
country in the Americas in
obstetrics and gynaecology,
outdistanced by only
Canada and the U.S.A.
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In Cuba today the maternal;
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THE Tunapuna Constitu-
ency Party of Tapia will
hold its first general meet-
ing for 1977 on Tuesday -
Venue of the meeting
is 91, Tunapuna Road.
Chairman Alfred Wafe is
expected to call the meet-
ing to order at 7.30 p.m.
And General Insurance Agents
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SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 1977 TAPIA PAGE
SFrom Page 10
They had reached
the outskirts of the city. A prolifera-
tion of neon lights, cars, buses,
trucks, gasoline fumes, traffic signals.
Spencer slowed the car to the pace of
"Let's stop by Balgobin's for a
"Fine. I'm somewhat parched."
The car turned off into a side
road and continued for a while. It
came to a stop in front of a white
building. Johnson read the sign:
Balgobin's Inn Of Happiness. A juke-
box up at its loudest was belting out
the latest hit. Above that noise, the
babble of drinkers. Two men were
gyrating their bodies at the entrance.
Singing was heard as Spencer turned
off the engine and as his feet picked
up the rhythm he began to beat a
tattoo on the floor of the car.
"Jesus! That tune sweet for
so!" Spencer began humming in
unison. "I think we better lock up
the car. You know how them fellas
so around here." Johnson heard
Spencer's voice as if in a maze. He was
intently studying the broken and
cracked plaster, the half-painted wall,
the' apparently unsanitary atmos-
phere. Thefront of the building had
a splash of cream paint marked with
hand prints, mud splashes and
'slogans. Near the entrance a group
of people formed a circle around a
short fat woman carrying out a brisk
business of black ,pudding and
boiled corn cooked in salted ;meat.'
Spencer caught the distinctive aroma
and was immediately transported
back to Sachel Lane.
"Ay, ay it's Lord Hailes, yes,"
one onlooker commented as the
-two men entered the crowded bar.
Spencer smiled good-naturedly. He
was growing accustomed to these
comments about his friend. Johnson
pretended "that he did not hear.
Inside a veritable
fete! Women at the tables with the
men, the air thick with cigarette
smoke, voices, thick with booze. A
couple of women flitted between the
tables; they were servers who felt the
minutest pulse of the room the
guardians of the "inn of happiness".
In the lilac glow of the fluorescent
light Johnson noticed three men
sitting at the bar wearing cowboy
hats. Two' of them sported dark
shades. Amazing! I'can hardly see,
and these characters have on dark
glasses! Spencer has brought me to
the underworld for sure. He clutched
his briefcase closer to his body.
Pointing to a corer table,
Spencer said, "Why don't we sit
"No. It's too near the juke-box
I won't even hear myself breathing.'
"Okay, over there then,
although you'll hear the musicdfrom
anywhere. They keep the volume up
The two men sat down, John-
son placing his briefcase at the foot
of his chair where it rested against
his leg. He leaned backwards upright
in his chair, his eyes moving around
"Whey you drinking Johnson?
We drinking' cane these days."
"Rum is fine by me' What
about the family? I was so absorbed
by the trauma of returning that I
neglected to ask before."
"They so so. Ma Briggs can't
see so good these days, poor soul.
Your sister Mavis working late this
Sek; that's why she ain't come. Ah
s see Lanky now and then."
"Yes. Mama writes. Actually,
Mavis writes for her. Lanky has
gone his own way. But what about
"Me? Well ah still a half-
bachelor. Cindy, you remember
Cindy. Well she have two for me
But it really good to see you man.
You looking good." One of the
servers came by and Spencer
"Yes. Whey you want?"
"A half. Vat."
"Ay, ay, like you rockerfellah
tonight," Agnes smiled showing a
deep dimple and white teeth. A
fine specimen. Her skin was smoother
than Johnson's briefcase; her shining
eyes almost distracted one from a
formidable rear. Agnes was fully
aware of her prime asset for she
walked emphasizing it. Spencerfol-
lowed Johnson's eyes and smiled.
Johnson stared, eyes rigid as if in a
trance. One of the cowboys at the
bar also was following Agnes'
motion. For sure he knew all her
moves, had all her nuances down
pat. Agnes appeared oblivious.to the
'stir she created.
As Agnes put the bottle on.
the'table Johnson caught a wisp of
perfume. He remembered wildlyl, '
flowers and his mind surged. He
looked at the face. Agnes returned
the look with interest. Challenged.
Johnson-had to do something; he
found his wallet.
"Mister, like you is a stranger
here. Everybody know how much for
a half," Agnes said loudly. Johnson '
was peeved. Spencer came to the
"That's Johnnie boy. He just
come back from "Merica" Johnson
was angry. He disliked being referred
to as Johnnie boy; he had abandoned'
that name ages ago. Spencer con-
"He's Ma Briggs first. You
know Ma Briggs?"
"Everybody know Ma Briggs,
Spencer. Well ah never would ah
believe ah would ah see the day."
Agnes lifted her hand to her mouth
at the same time giving Johnson a
"It's two an' a half, Johnnie
boy," she said, smiling. This familiar-
ity again annoyed Johnson. He
produced an American ten-dollar
note and noted the impressed look
on her face.
"It's all I have now. No
opportunity to get it converted."
"That's okay. What's a half
among old buddies. I'll pay."
"Here Agnes." Then aside to
Johnson, "Want some meat? It's
always good to eat when you drink.
The old people always said it good
to have something in dey to soak up
"Allright. Nothing too extra-
vagant though. Ma and the family
must be waiting."
"Sure. Just this half, some
chicken and we gone." With that
Spencer downed a large one, refilled
his glass and held it up the purple
"For the good times. Welcome
home." Spencer tossed the glass to
his mouth. When he removed the
glass from his face it was empty. He
grimaced, then coughed.
"Hmmm. The real thing."
Johnson put down
'his glass after, one sip ana said. "Can
I get a coke? It's a bit too strong for
me, straight." Spencer's eyes searched
for Agnes who had already spotted
his drink comfortably and poured'
Sh lmself another. They went into,,
Another half. Johnson loosened his
tie and produced his pipe. The cow-
boys burst into laughter. Johnson
was intimidated by that bunch so
he just fondled the article. Spencer
rose wobbily and made his way to
the music machine which had been
allowed to rest for a few seconds.
Johnson was now rivalling the cow-
boys in becoming conversant with
Agnes' moves; he was becoming quite-
appreciative too. "I think we should
stay," he murmured to the glass.
The music boomed again. It was not
too loud. Spencer's choice was
apparently a hit tune. The roon"
gave an approving sigh and a couple
of fellas started to dance. Spencer
too danced his way back to the
"Listen Spencer. I think after
this half we should go.'
"Anything you say man."
"No, seriously. After this we
go go. Okay man?"
"Allright we just knock off this
half. Can yo-- drive? Hey man, like
you born with a gold spoon in
your mouth. Agnes, she like you,
man. She say you look like she
type. You kinda serious but she still
like you. Try a thing, nah."
"Yes, she's kinda special. I
like her too. A light fling would be
cool. Ah say, this rum is good good.
Ah feeling' a bit drunk. It's a long
time since ah drink good rum. Must
take some back for them fellas on
the job. They go really taste good
liquor!" Handing the bottle to
Spencer he added, "Take one. It
getting late late."
"Okay Johnnie, one for de
road. Agnes next time, eh?
Johnson nodded. "Yes, a rain-
check for Agnes."
The old Vauxhall
laboriously made its way up the
incline. Johnson held his head out of
the window, fresh air caressing his
swimming brain. Spencer manouvered
the car expertly around a pot hole,
around a sharp bend and then they
saw the light in the house. They
were up waiting, Ma Briggs and Mavis.
"Like they waiting for you."
"Are you coming in for
"Nah, man. Ah can't make, ah
have to work early in de morning,
We have a new supervisor, a gradu-
ate. He bad,for so. Ah don't want
to get on he.badder side."
The car came to a standstill,
near a stand pipe. Mavis was'hurry-
ing down: the gravelled pathway to
the car. The two men took the lug-'
: gage out of the back seat. Mavis' ws
upon them. A word to Spencer and
an embrace of a family united.
Mavis was' sAiling" but .her eyes'
-were full. Johnson allowed her to
take his coat and briefcase; he was
looking up towards the porch where
Ma Briggs was standing. Shelooked
bent but her face shone in -the light.
Her shadow spread down't~hle steps
towards her son. Johnson, turned to
Spencer. Spencer had already returned
to the wheel, Johnson thought of
shaking his hand but changed his
mind. Johnson went over to tfie car
arid peered through the window his
hand resting on the door.
"You sure you ain't coming
"Nah, it is late Johnnie boy.
Ah go see you tomorrow. Spencer's
mind was on sleep. He started the
car, waved to Ma Briggs and was
already backing out the path as
Johnson shouted: okay man. Thanks
a lot. Tomorrow we go lime."
In The Making
Cuban Motners-to-be in pre-natal training
AT the 18th Latin Ameri-
can Congress on Obstetrics
and Gynaecology, a Com-
mittee was set up to estab-
lish a Caribbean and Cen-
Association (ACAP), tc',e
based- in Havana in the
It is-hoped that the new
organization will help to
increase efficiency in the
care of pregnant women
and newborn babies
throughout the Caribbean
The Association'aims to
promote a more systematic
exchange of medical infor-
mation and technicians -
ACAP could lead to a
pooling of the regional experi-
-ence including the results of
almost thirty years of wqrk
originally centered at the Uni-
versity Hospital of the West
Indies at Mona, Jamaica and
now expanding to the maternity
hospital under construction at
Mount Hope. in the Tunapuna
Municipal Area. Trinidad
PAGE 12 TAPIA SUNDAY JANUARY 23, 1977
UNLESS Central pull
something out of left field
and upset East in the final
round of the Texaco Cup
series, the trophy seems
unlikely to change hands
By virtue of their first
round win, East are
two points ahead of North'
from whom they salvaged
them last weekend.
South came fairly close
to losing outright for the
second successive week
but they managed to take
first innings points off
Next time out, North
oppose South and East
Central. With the likelihood
of both North and East
taking full 'points from
their weaker opponents,
East seems headed for a
narrow two point victory.
Last weekend, there
was little batting for the
Trinidad selectors to
True enough, there were
two half centuries in each
match and five more bats-
men got into the forties.
Yet the only two inn-
ings .really worthy of note
were Richard Gabriel's 95
out ,of 185 in North's
0 From Page 5 -
Jumadeen bowled very tidily
throughout and his figures of
55-19 93-3 show just how
superior he was to his wrist-
spinning companions (even
allowing for the differences of
style) whose figures read 62-
10-185-3 (Inshan) and (Imtiaz)
When Trinidad batted again,
we lost 4 wickets for 51 runs
(through a mixture of bad
luck and bad batting) and had
Larry Gomes not been drop-
ped by Sevariau off Gordon four
runs later we might well have
returned from Jamaica with
However, though we lost
Comes at 65, skipper Murray
and Julien pushed us past the
score needed to make Jamaica
bat again and forced Foster to
agree to call a premature halt
to the game
Not' counting Tuesday's
Gillette Cup fixture, we'll next
be facing the Combined Islands
at the Queen's Park Oval.
Even if the wicket does help
our spinners, as it usually does,
the opposition seems able to
score a big total whereas we
lack the wherewithal to get a
lot of runs quickly-against that
particular bowling line-up.
One can, thus, immediately
dismiss our Skipper's pre-
departure boast about taking
full points from both our home
games, "glorious uncertainties"
-Indeed, we'll be lucky to
get as many as we got from
Jamaica if the Islands are
strengthened by the inclusion
of both Roberts and Richards
as is being reported.
first innings and Claude
Phillip's 75 out of 165
in the second.
On the whole, bowlers
were far more successful.
In South's first innings
Mungroo captured 7 for 73
while Sham Jumadeen and
Arnold Oliver had match
figures of 51-20-82-7 and
In this game Central
declared at 208 for 9 and
saw South, who lost their
fifth wicket at 205, fall for
Set 147 to get for vic-
tory, South were reeling
at 86 for 6 in their second
innings at stumps.
In the second game,
George Ramoutarsingh had
match figures of 7 for 73
for East and for North
Waz Hosein bagged 8 for
99 in 33 overs.
The feeling is that
skipper Pascall Roberts
erred in not introducing
Hosein (who has been
having a good season so
far) into the attack in the
bowled three times as
many overs in the East
second innings and ended
with figures of 26-4-74-4.
The team for Friday's
game is therefore unlikely
to be changed. Still, if
Faria has failed again in
Tuesday's Gillette Cup
match he may well lose
his place to Gabriel whose
95 was quite impressive
and who is no stranger to
Shell Shield cricket.
Then too, there's talk
about Sheldon's injury
keeping him out of the
Combined Islands game
but even if he is unfit,
D'Heurieux and not
Phillip is the likely replace-
failed to get among the
wickets in a big way last
time out and so our speed
department remains severely
Perhaps, then, the most
significant feature of last
weekend's games was the
fact that the East selectors
deemed it necessary to
recall "veteran" Alvin Cor-
neal to lead the team in
the absence of regular
skipper, Prince Barthol-
That he alone contri-
buted just over 20% of the
427 runs East scored in
their two turns at bat is
neither here nor there.
It does seem a sad com-
mentary on the state of
the game in the country
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as a whole when not one -
single youngster of the
many that live in the
Eastern quarter of the
island is thought to have
the wherewithal to captain
the zone's team.
Alvin himself, is of
course, indicted as well for
he has been coach to
many of the youngsters
whom he was recalled to
Would it not have been
wiser and, in the long run,
better to insist that
Pamphille or Almandoz
skipper the team with
Corneal himself as coach
Or is there more in the
mortar than jst the pestle?
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