Mrs* 6ane LowerAthal,
Research Insti tute fo2
ithe Study of lf1n,
162 East 78 Stret,,
ew York 10021, .
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08/5 .,7-Cr '., W.I.
Vol. 9VY No. 13S
Vi|tJP9-- ue T 'oVUa oCrtn
Editor PHYLLIS SHAND ALLFR-,. '
Friday, April 14, 1972 ..
This is the 'sphere in which the
Dominica Government has failed most
lamentably; but recent for the
first time they admitted one fail-
are: "our present system of demo-
orAcy is failing" Mr. Armour to
village councillors. "I don't know
who is to blame whether it is us,
the Opposition or 'the people them-
selves..." One or two recent re-
marks by the same Minister have a
changed if not conc ilitory tone,
when not exactly threatening. For
example, in the release about 'in-
creasing hostile and injurious
attacks on tourists, visitors and
law abiding citizens said to be
'pursued by certain groups and in-
dividuals in the State", he tkce,
on the Premier's behalf a firm
line against those who injure min-
ority groups in our society. Good.
Many people kAo that some -Minis-
ters of Government have spoken both
publicly and privately with extreme
derision about so-called strangers -
to be blunt, white people. Some of
these people cannot .reply, But when
in 1971 the said Minister Armour
made a public speech stating in ef-
fect that the STAR Editor (he namd
her) having no children of her own
(a lie) adopted only Caribs on acc-
ount of their straight hair,and nev-
er had Negroes in her house (see sgp)
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ST. VINCENT GOVT. COMBAT
The Cato Labour Party and Joshua's People'
Progressive Party drew 6 6 seats this week i the
13 member Legislature, with ex-Minister J. tMitcbhe
the odd iaderaendeInt a crisis of uncerttacny deve-
loped and Governor Sir Rupert oh a a a r d ed
governing powers to Cato's group on Weteas day.
since then Mitchell has joined forces with Josh!i;
giving P.P,P. a majority of one seat
Mitchell resigned from the L.A last month,.'.
was Minister of Agricuilre) and made a staterme
(Concluded oan Sapplent 1)
FANTASTIC PIgsNZa '
After dWveloping the usual love
/hate relationship with my last
ar, a Viva. I decided to sell and
I bought the new 1256ce Firenza
I received it on a Tuesday gave
t a quick check-over a Wednlie
day and travelled down to Corn-
wsal on the Thursday. We Wpsnt
ba gloriat days the-e a n d
arrived home having covered
2020 miles, The car averaged 36
mpg. ~sed one pint of all and had
a thousand mile service. We had
sheet" comfort travelling in the
ear and handling was effortless.
Th neegi well only one
word, terrific. The car, Fantaesc.
ffiders1 drr RE. Hewea
nI "00 a
V'Uf-. .. b!
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Page Two T H E S T A,. Friday, April. 14, 197.
A GOOD PROJECT by Androcles
It.isn't often that I get opportunities for showering deserved
praise for contribution to the economic and socialrdevelopment of our
community. When I do, I grasp them with both hands :,.
Today I consider that the Dominica Agriculturai Barikatfig Board
should receive praise and kudos for its initiative in putting -on the
market local ground and roasted coffee under the brand name "Cafenoir".
It is really good stuff and its flavour evokes nostalgia of a happier
Dominica. A good deal of local coffee berries formerly went to waste
while those of us-who know the true value of Dominica coffee regret-
ted the loss. Now, it seems, coffee producers will get something out
of it and the consumer even more because of"a welcome .produ'e. This
is an economic contribution of merit. Not like the kind of Govern-
ment propaganda stuff with whigh Radio Dominica and certain broad-
sheets abound. An experienced person'-- for whom, of course,' the
propaganda is not intended --- is able to differentiate the wheat from
the tares. This effort of the DAMB .is a genuine contribution to econ-
omic development and I offer congratulations. '
Talking about this, however, leads me to a .speech'made by Mr.-Les-
lie, the representative for Portsmouth in the.House of Assembly, wvhen
a branch of the DAMB was formally dpenqd in that- town. Mr. Leslie:
sought to give the impression that the'purchase of local produce,:
including ground provisions at the point of. production is something
- new whtch has been instituted by his Government. This is untrue (why
is it that Shoe men are so allergic to trutht. Way back in the 'fif-
ties, this scheme was in operation and there were weekly purchases at '
places like Salisbuty, Bagatelle, Marigot, Wesley, Woodford-Hill,
Rosalio, etc. The object then was to reduce the cost-.6f-living by *
retailing such produce at approximately the cost of production, in-
cluding transport and purchase expenses This scheme was .in existence.
until the Leblance Governtent of 196' took over. That Government:did
not see the value of the scheme and it was allowed to lapse o'6n after '
until revived by the present Goverhment a yeaF r so ago. '-In'the pre-
sent scheme, as far as I am aware, the accent is on export'-"'u :c
Which reminds inb that, according to a"report the Government recently
spent $8,000 to send d battery of official and chosen ones to the U.S. "
Virgin Islands to attend a fair, and promote our -expors., It is ,now
known that the principal 'beneficiary of this trip. atthe expense of
the taxpayer will.be a private-exporter-, not the DAAB,.- It seems to me '
that Government owes a g2eat deal of draWback-to persons liker.Cecil -
Bellot ad ""Baba" 'Butler who at their owin expense developed overseas : .;
markets'for Dominica produce. The.:way ina wh.ch-the Governmehn;t-spends
the taxpayers .'hard-earned income on.pampering its favorites -and;inih
fluencing votes for its Party :is ,something which gets by only because,
our community is riddled with illiteracy and sycophancy.
This last thought leads. me to announ'c-.that over the course of the
last few weeks, I shall be closely scanAing the advertisement sections
of the local .papers to see what is the consequential reaction to the
G everdment's exclusion from its advertisement distribution of the old-
established papers which find it necessary for the public good to crit-
icise at times Government policy. What I want to see is whether private
and commercial advertisers will connive in the Government's evil design
to eliminate such newspapers For when a Government does a thing of the
kind, it is the manifest duty of better-disposed persons to redress the
balance, unless their selfish interests lead them to look only at their
own private promotion; leaving the hindmost to the devil.
(eoncludid on Page Four)
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A GOO D PROJECT by ANDRC
Friday April 14, 1972
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If such a trend is maintained, it may become necessary to draw the
attention of the consuming public to what will be represented as an
unconcern with the ultimate welfare of our community.
What to me looks like an example of such unconcern occurs in a
news item in the "Dominica Chronicle" of 8th April taken from what the
paper refers to as the "prestigious" publication, "Caribbean Report".
Away from the scene, that publication uses some scathing words ("victim",
"sacked") about the Dominica Government's attitude towards "Dominica's
able Tourist Board Chairman Frank Baron." whom it relieved of this vol-
untary post without justification. In other words, this outside public-
ation took a forthright stand on this issue. But did (or does) the
Again, this leads me to yet another item in the pages of the
"Chronicle" under reference: that relating to an alleged recent explosion
at the home of Communications Minister Patrick John. (This incident is
used as a sensational front-page spread in the Labour -organ, but we will
ignore that for the moment). That the "Chronicle" article in question
should begin with the comment "if political implications are proven"
seems to me a commitment to such a point of view without any evidence
that politics has anything to do with the matter. The mischief lies in
the insinuation that this is the work of political opponents which, when
fully reasoned out, leads to the view that Government efforts would like
CoDsidering the matter, especially in the light of the Government
Release on the subject, one must balk at the thought that Mr. John knew
nothing of the explosion until he awoke next morning, but neighbours
over a wide radius were awakened by the explosion. For it gasses more
than strange that in the two alleged incidents of bombingg the homes of
Ministers, the job has been so badly done and been so !'miraculously" un-
productive with inexplicable factors operating in both instances. It
would repay the "Chronicle" to consider whether sympathy-seeking and
blame-imposing stunts are to be ruled out of the reckoning.
COMMONWEALTH OFFICIALS MEET
On April 5 in London, future relat-
ions between Commonwealth countries
and the new enlarged esconmmic area
of the European Economic Community
Were discussed at opening talks att-
ended by delegates from 30 Common-
wealth countries, with W.I.A.S. and
CARIFTA also represented. Problems
of twenty developing lands (invited
to enter into negotions for associa-
tion or trade agreements with EEC )
are also being aired. Arnold Smith,
Oomm. Sec.-General underlined the
Chancellor of the Exchequer's view
that'Britain's entry into the European
Community was not the end of the
'Commonwealth book' but just the start
of a new chapter". The London view
is that the Commonwealth stands to
gain by EEC association "in the long
GUYANJESE STALLHOLDER Pamela Kellman
w eas gent to jail for allegedly murd-
ering another stall-mate, Shirley
Lewis during a quarrel. (On remand).
SPICES IN THE AIR
Another conference taking- place
in London is the 50-countries meet-
ing on spices, in which Trinidad,
Jamaica, Grenada and UWI are taking
The role that spices have played
through the centuries (once they
were much used for the embalming of
corpses), to their used in the mod-
ern kitchen will be given in a paper
by U.S. delegate F. Rosengarten on
the use of spices and herbs from
the year 2600 B.C.
"WEST INDIAN SOCIETIES"
We shall be reviewing this finely.
documented work by David Lowenthal
(Oxford University Press) 4.50, in
a forthcoming issue. So just one
quote from the introduction: "'In-
tegration in the U.S. must be prim-
arily an act of the white majority,'
writes a recent visitor to the W. I.
in the Caribbean, where the majority
is black, Integration-feels closer.'"
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PROIOUNCIATION- CLASS IAICTED
by S.J. Lewis- .
The above heading (as spel..')-is-taken
'fron'a recent issue of the Advocate
In that paper reference i_'as i ade by
a correspondent to certain.words as be-
ing mispronounced on the local (Barbado
The writer offfredcl hei 'u~-uestion
for having "a class to pirbhooe gram-
matical speaking and better pronoun-
ciation(?)" As tiis bubject'lias always
interested me, I may"be-hllob'ed the re-
peating of certain English 0ords I have
referred to in the local-press, as vio-
lating correct pronuhciatbioi. -Some of
those words heard over the radio sta-
tions- were: .. --
r'ealise; comparable; interesting;
vehicle; indicate-; f6-ri-sm; apologise;
primarily; veterinary; meteorological;
series; statutory; circumstances; com-
Here follows anint'restiing examine.
tion question from a Toxt Book on Eng.
liBh which bears on the subject of bet-
Show which syllable bcars"hio-lmain
stress in-each of the..followingi-
S T A R -'. Friday ,- April 14, 972 ...
The moruntain-towiers above us as we
speed across Poinite Ronde along the
dusty but-iiJnificent stretch of'road,
which despite political boastifig,
reminds us,' sone6ihat shamefully, t
3) because-"of thihsoverseas aid fe-are
atill-eohondiicilly a crown of colony
par excellence. .
We leave the'Leeward coast as we
grind up the stony Syndicate road,
The air c0ols gradually and the dry'
brush of'the coast turns to the gre-
ener secondiaryforcst as we pass neat-
fields of :gapefruit and finally bnter
the' prou~dluxuriance of the virgin
rain forest, Here the road ends,
The gitidel"hopjsoff the truck, takes
a swig of ruii hands me the bottle ard.
glances tofbrds the slopes above as a
fighbtr would look at his opponent
before' th6 Tiirst round. Pairots' shriek
as they nove '- clumsy flight across
the morning sky ..-
"Garcon!'I snrry I forget my gunh"'
grins the __uide. I chuckle with him
sympathetically, but personally I am
glad that the gracious creatures
would -not.-be shot---today at-.lbast,
pbligatorus lamentable ; v6hlicntily;
ludicrous; meditated;- dctiltory;' irre- The -lowir section of the track to
vo'cably dynasty;:propagate; formidable; Diablotihi winds between towering'trees
amplify-..ontribute, .-. that ris- like the pillars of a gothic
A - .-..-... cathedral.' The ground is bare except
.P&., And what do you say, readers? or seedlings anhd dry leaves while the
ga-ribbian or Carib-bcan? Eu-rqp9yan footprints'of wild pigs dot.muddy areas
or-'iopean? bf thj pathi. "fispsoof mist float- between
-- -- ..'.---- the treo sG" s c clamber up'the-soe~6Hid
ridge where th foliage thickens and becomes shorter. Iihhe l upl th forest
becomes more gri~1dlaid. twisted until we have to b6nd on ll-f ours and-squ6bzo
between the moesscov-red limbs that at certain stages become a puzzled mixture
of roots and branches'locked around each other.
By now the strange beauty of the upper forest is 'coming tiring and'at
every rise ws anticipated the summit only to crawl! into t1he open to see another.
ridge looming through the'iicst.above us. Eventually someone at the head of the
party sights the top; As wic'caso our backs and pecr above the stumpy moss- 7
covered Kaklin trocs) thorc, some yards away.and slightly above us, is ~ small
flat area of rock appearing at intervals through the f iiirling mist. So, after
over three hours of walking and cold strenu. ous climbing tt are at the top,"
but- hick clouds blaik ll- view of.anything up to a few yirds in front of us,
'fe-3 a tinge of iisappoint uiont as I stand on the cold slab of rock; I hadi .
expected something ioro'ipfressive to crown the tbwerin :'head of this sovereign
mountain of my island hbme. With the mist linging around me and covering
everything, I could'-be anywhere, on a plain, on the coast, or in a large
white room of nothingness.,
Then suddenly as the' ipcy find sweeps across the ridge, hissing through the
cold crippled elfiA woodlaiid, the clouds tear apart.. -A curtain of vapour
twcista upwards into' the sI"ky'and then for a'brief swroopof time the south'of
Dominica-is spread at my feet: Scotts Head, Roseau, St.Joseph, Salisbury,,
Colihaut. ---------- ---- --agap n Pg Eg --
(Concludin paragraph on Page Eight)
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The fourth test match ended in
yet another draw, with only 10
wickets falling in three innings.
W.I. first innings was closed 365/7
by Gary Sobers as soon as Alvin
Kallicharan (lOOn.o.) got his cen-
tury. In his debut match G.Green-
idge got 50. Successful bowlers for
N.ZA were Taylor 3/105, Congdon 2/8(
and Cunis 1/61..
N.Z.' innings was highlighted with
a record opening stand of 387 by
Glen Turner (259) and Terry Javis
182, which sent a series of records
tumbling, falling short by 27 if
breaking the world record (413).
Congdon declared his innings closed
at 543/3 the highest score at
Bourda. Congdon was 61n.o. and
Hastings 18n.o. Howard got 2/140 and
W.I. in their second innings rea-
ched 86 for no loss! Fredericks 42n.
and Greenidge 35n.oi
CASTRIES,ST*LUCIA: Dominica and St.
Lucia gained first innings holiours
in thqir 2 day under-niheteen trial
matches against St.Vincent and
Grenada respectively (10-11 April).
'Saturday night, St.Rita's of '
Pointe Michael outplayed Hills-
borough Coronas in their Netball
match to win 19-10, For St.Rita's
Barbara Abraham scored 11 goals.
In the second play of the evening,
Dials won their first match for the
season when they scored 26 goals to
Hillsborough Senrritas 10. Sonia
Dechausay 15 and-Riviere 11 got "
On Tuesday night Hillsborough
Senoritas; scored a 33-18 victory
over Hillsborough Coronas. The
second match saw C.H.S. Jr. com-
pletely thrashed in their match
against Olympics when at the end
scores stood at 7-54. For Olympics
Dorothy Didier got 45goals,.
BASKETBALL RESULTS Fri.nilGht 7th:
1st Match CarQni 51 Gails.-44
2nd Match D.G.S. 38 A.C.S. Royals
Wednesday 12th: 1st match ACS Royals
2nd match-'S.M.A. Gails 64-"S.M.A.
11ara 6 Tonihn-( 14tl) D wl take
on U e s .an a Z u0 11 H p ay e
S T A R Friday, April 4,- 972
DIABLOTIIT .-by LI.IL (from p. 7) .
Immediately th6 entire victory-that
I had not felt'rus~ ed into my soul.
Even when the curtain came down once
again on nature's brief performance
the memory of that glimpse alone suf-
fieiently kindled and set aflame tle
satisfaction thaWat I had really conquered
the immovabi5 mass of strength that
POLITICAL TRIALS FINES FUND
Readers will learn with pleasure
that the amount aimed at has al-
most been raised. The sum of
$.800 has already been received
against the target of the esti-
mated 02000 required and this has
been achieved in 6 days. Thus
the fines of the heroes and hero-
ines of 16th December, 1971, will
be paid, together with the hotel
expenses of the two West Indian
o Q.C'a who defended the first case
and who gave their services free
in the cause of freedom.
The sponsors of the Fund, in
the name of all those persons
tried and fined, hereby express
thanks and appreciation to all
donors. The promptness of the
community in raising the required
sum is a lesson and a warning -to
those persons bent on curtailing
freedom of the peo~e1 of Dominica.
To date, 125 persons have con-
tributed sums ranging from 50
cents to $100. Assuming the con-
sent of donors, any surplus over
the fines and other expenses in-
curred in connection with the
political trials will be turned
to the funds of the Dominica Free-
dom Party to help it continue its
fight for maintaining freedom. in
'(Issued by the Dominica Freedori
Party -- 14th April, 1972)
STARSPOnTS -. C.Ic'ET: Aprl '
results uill Tdeternine the Windwards" side
(Youth) 'to play against Leewards, then a
Comb I.ladrid- -cihde w ill be "picked for- the
B & H Tourbriaen.t Dar~gdos, .ii~T-ytr'dad'
Guya ia, Jaraica.-.t barbadbs. (Details later).
LEAGUE CRICKET: Dlackburns had a Ist inn.
knock of 126 against Spartans (in'reply
,52/3.) IEDALL: CS beat St.Martins 21-1-9.-
A"- .DIALS overpowered BARCLAYS EAGLES.. 3 .-
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ON THE. aNZ HUMAN. RELATIONS (from p.1)-
';.-.. .. .. this speech, duly .reported.at the
Glad to be back fa ,. a eg vaca-time, evoked seven pages of pass-
tion and here goes ......... ionate rebuttal from the Allfrey's
People are not impressed with a adopted daughter of Negro descent.
receAii ~ot i~A ir ea whiWch We didn't publish her remarks.then,
eks the'ai~ the. 'public in re- preferring to treat the misleading
'porting to hdPplid e "certain ele- ministerial words with contempt.
ment'S" in the doimnunity who make But here now is a part of.what this
things rough ':foor visitors,particu- fine spirited girl .wrote:-
larly white' bneste :They say that .
atnet: of these "certain elements" .'This.is the year 19.71 when as
are employed in: the Ministr ies a Minister Ronald Ar'mour should be
with. some even working in thePrer. prepared to challenge the world. A
mier.e Office. .It would appear thn world which has become one of.-tech-
that-the .-pe W .eg possible for is -nology, permissiveness) racial
.suing-the releaseshz ou1d first tidyhatred, and unemployment, drug, auicts
-tp theithouse." .-.:.- (and man's advancement in science -
People are also asking who, ighi H tple man s landing again on the
want to kill the Minister of onmmu. Mocalon But worst of all people be-
Tcations. I. don't have the answer ing at loggerheads with their
butagain' "they y tha it may people 4,. think of Biafra, Pakis-
hV' been ruse to get special an, Northern Ireland and South
protecio le e premier. cYou Vietnaa Oh the world is so full
know, having police guard 24'hours o6f ig' talking topics, a Minister
Jut .remember'now, "they" said; I should endeaVotr to think in a big
da-,t. : manner.. Instead pf making a per-
'- Took i6ut for some major changes sonal attack on a mother and her
in.the. aui6m6tiv. field' as f' as children Armour should tell the'
dealers are, con erned. More at thii young how to care for their chil-
point, I cannot" say, but eveit's dren so that one doesg"t come
should prove "VEILLY INTELLESTING." across what I saw:when I '.id nur-
Ife you didn't .get a isuimmonis for'sery nursing gt the Infant Jesus
'The 16th December bases y6u couidi~'"" Nursing.Home. Sometimes in England
'.'ill get one for the evening of I am-taken to task for the short-
15 December.' Wi- ll that was what- comings of my birthplace, the state
some people-would have liked td hap-ofr the streets, our lack of histor-
pen. I hear that the CID even has alical value, no proper national park,
.tape recording ofpartsyof .fc.itize da ithe little vandals who follow
talk" given by a certain. young: man. the tourists.
'If they do, they shouldn't use' only Ronald Armour should encourage
that sentence to prove;,their..case; is young attractive wife (as they
after a l there ia a verse in the re from .the North here the Black-s
Bible which tays"h.there is. no od", e in the.majorit to adoptalso
But who really reads that out.of,: one or two poor underprivileged ;
coitextS .. ... children. He should practise what
.My favorite bridge i lo ing al1e preaches. He owes the State and
its ratings soon.. I wont'e ale toPeople of. ominirc something, but:
'dt my'thing's at.. am Grove ,or to ,not me. All my: education and chances
visit the (STAR) 1iGtreys. ''o t cane' through my white adoptive
,abadonment of therncles deo I come home on holiday next
p.-t~o' U TO [ ' J coe o o to thed
^ rao o t., an nd.'fiter nc~ s dt th ear., let any. Minister sa I am not
'Jiipons and tells hi- Cathe i ter." nia Allfrey and see where they
r- '-'Although Sir Rupert. Jolih,Governdr, et .T A. .
'h-eld C'a-o in power fbr: a day 'or so, a As you have seen', the rot inhuman
'-e ttio-'by 6 PPP: elected" members ahd relations was not. stamped on early. by
.'iicbli agreeing' thit Josiua would Govbrnment; but. We are glad. that ,the
step down in Mitchell's ftvodur (as '' threat to tourism and pressure from
Premier) brought this diStasteful J."L.--'-axi-drivers and others has caused a
electoral farce to a close pro tern. healthy reaction.
Fiction M" A TITINE Ii COURT Short Story by Cynthia Watt
"Titinel Titine! Hurry up... time to go. Today is big time day
you know."' It was Reuben the driver chuffing at the door in Titine a
'new' car. Titine struggled into her h1ot.pants. "I'll give you a
driving lesson every day Court sit, on de way home," said Reuben.
The little courtroom was.packed when they entered, but they
eventually managed to squeeze against the back wall.
"Mine! Titine break my bones-weel I heah one crackle" (Laughter fan
someone in front). Soon the little Magistrate with a mixed accent
from overseas took his seat. Excitement could be felt trembling from
shoulder to shoulder. The two visiting Counsel for the:Defence, also
from overseas, held forth on the legality of the charge and its pres-
entation. Well satisfied with the1:first days proceedings, Titine
drove home without a fault.
Next day excitement mounted higher. First witness was th Comm-
issioner of Police, who made the complaint on advice. Then followed
a rota of Policemen.
"What bisniss is dat nuh?" Baby lisped to Titine, who was sitting
in front of her this time. "Dey deff or dey bline nuhl Public invite
to House of Assembly, when dey u.ome de Govment say is political meethlng
"Sshh:" said Titine, 'catching 'the cold eye of a policeman. The
little lady clerk rapped out: ."Ord~.:11i"-
"Are you objecting to'their attending the House of Assembly?"
the handsome Defence Counsel asked the Magistrate through a witness.
After quite a lot of contradictory evidence by the witnesses,
mostly policemen, Court was adjourned. The Magistrate didn't look in
a hurry to give a decision. A big .:oke came later when a man from
Fond Cole was asked,:what he sawin the House and (instead of replying
obediently 'I saw all the seats fullt')he said "I saw a white lady lay-
ing the table 'and I saw Ma Umphrey,"
Titine and'Baby, joined by -.Qeelia, drove home in state. "Way,way!
Papa me bagai' Look lies. Dey not ashame? Is tomorrow will have
,people...we mus' go early, about half-past seven." So they arrived
at the prescribed time, people entering the yard in numbers... a.bit
of grumbling (the door was locked) then presto ini and at 7 minutes
past nine the Magistrate took his seat. After hours of tense listening,
at last came the moment... "CASE DISMISSED!"
A jubilant but fairly quiet crowd ieft the Court House.
"Garcon," said Genelia, 1 like to heah dose two lawyer speak,
dey good... way., way."
"you: Aid heah'?aboca say he push de gate wid he belly?"
"Is.shake shake when one Police dontradick annoder"
"Oh boy I could married wid' de yoing Jamaican QC!"
"No, I like Dear Jack',".'retorted'Baby, dimpling. "An' Mister
Beausolejl. Is fat man I like."
"Eef I didn' have Garge, "said Titine almost regretfully, "is de-
fair-skin Alleyne wid de beard I' choo-sin'. He done o.k."
"All-you, oly talking, talkin.'Mai' look 'drinks here like glo-coco.
She tok a deep swig, "Man look Ancine'" and she waved out of her win-
dow. "Wanta dri k?" Ancine threw her a look of pure hatred.
"Nobody doan ast me who I like,,' said Reuben morosely.
"De..blue-eyes dat:bawlin 'order'," mocked one of the women.
"No,", said Reuben with ani.air of fierce loyalty. "Is Miss Charles."
They had another rouqd on that; and the night dame, then the. .next
day and the next; "Bim-bam-bong. Win two lose one. Even so it go. But
dey (Titine meant the Government) intended to win all. So is we win in
de enn. You see dem try to make.John Chamber 'accuse his fren? Is vex I
vex to heah dem call him stranger. And he married wid one of us."
Bim-bam-bong. At thea final session Titine was so exhausted and so
elated that she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, and put
the car in second instead of reverse; she hit a tree right in the adj-
acent courtyard, and one of the very policeman who had given evidence
came along with his notebook and-said: "It's your turn next in Court."
Friday, April 14, 1972