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Editor -PHYLLIS SHAND ALLFREY
On Saturday April 22 the one-man
Commissioner who inquired into. the
events and disturbances leading up
to and concerning events at the House
of Assembly on Dec.16 last handed in
his report to the Premier.
The public is waiting for this
report. In fact, the populace and
particularly the people of Roseau
are tired of waiting. Certain random
and loosely put-together notes (none-
theless taken down n ishorthand)were
made by the Editor of this newspaper,
.particularly at the last session;and
smce of these notes will be seen on
pages two and three. She was not the
only listener who took a keen inter-
est in all that was said.
These notes might not have been
published had Government issued the
Commissioner's report in its entirety
as soon as it was studied. They may
not and cannot tally precisely with!
the Commissioner's report: So let us
see it for ourselves
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"VoL Xy No.. 17 Friday, May 12, 1f972 Te Ces
TIED OF WAITING "TO Ts siBi Swi.si
Friday, May 12, 1972
THE ERSKINE WARD OiME-MANX COMMISSION OF INQUIRY (on Dec.16)
SAfter having interv ed a large number, of persons and returned
to his home island (Barbados) for some weeks, on April 19th & 20th
the Commissioner resumed his inquiries. Among those interviewed was
Speaker/Editor Eustace Franc s, who. reiterated in the main his evid-
ence given in Court, adding several expressions of opinion ("the
crowd was not hostile but was led by agitators" "twenty well-trained
Policeman could have had the situation under control").,,On Thursday
April 20, the Editor of the STAR took shorthand notes of some of
the proceedings. Minister Patrick John (Communications & Works) had a
Mr. John, speaki-g on the public meeting at Lindo Park, Dec. 15,
said that many speakers had "preached violence to a certain extent".
Lestrade said that the time had come to get the Premier..out and that
'on the morrow I will present the Premier's head on a platter'. Mr.
Ward (aade) "Jointhe Baptist's head on a charger?" In a reply to the
Commissioner, "P. John said "Yes, there were invitations in speeches to
the public to attend the Assembly meeting. (But he "didn't remember
any published notices inviting people to go to the House"). He referred
to the proclamation of Sept. 23 and said that "in December by another
proclamation Government having decided to dissolve the Town Council
wished to avoid disturbance at public meetings. So there was another
proclamation. The Freedom Party held no meetings during that time (of
On Dec. 16th, John said he arrived at the House at 9.50. He was
greeted by many people shouting "LeBlanc and his Ministers must go."
The people had been vexed since the Grenada Declaration, He didn't
enter the House. He met Inspector Pierre and remained outside until
Supt. Philbert & Mr. Blanchard told him that the Premier wanted him
at HQ to discuss a letter, sent in by the Council of Churches asking
Government to withdraw the Bill. In the Government release later the
Premier said he had withdrawn the Bill on an undertaking from Roseau
Town Council that they would cooperate with Government AND IO OTHER
CLAIMS WOULD BE MADE FOR PAYMENT: (Our caps.- Ed.)
Commissioner: "The release didn't say that. ... Has not the
Roseau Town Council a certificate of title for the disputed land?"
In this lengthy interview Mr. John went on to describe how the Lab-
our Council was in power in 1969. No resolution had been passed about
the land, but the Council began clearing the site,. He said thatihe
Cabinet Secretary had been asked to write the Council refusing to pay
a price-of 20 cents per sq. ft. for the markpt-site land. John:"The
Cabinet refused to pay anything. The market would serve the people of
Dominica in general, not just the people of Roseau."
Ward: "Was the/ Attorney General consulted?"
John: "He is a Member of the Cabinet,"
Ward: "Yet the Council had a legal claim because the land belonged
John: ,"The plans were approved-by the Town Council."
Following this there was a statement by Mr. John that an interim
commission would take over the estates of the Council. Mr. Ward noted
"You can only dissolve Council for a period of 12 months.. And after..?"
He asked if it was a fact that the present Council had made an offer
that payment for the land need not take place immediately but over a
period of 10 years at a price to be negotiated. "Is that correct?"
Mr. John: "Yes." He went on to talk about the roads take-over,
injunction and subvention. "I discussed the roads takeover with
Scobleand Sorhaindo. They complained that Roseau Roads were bad un-
der the Labour Council, but most of our roads in Dominica are in a bad
state, not only in Roseau." (Our underlining Ed.)
(Continued on Page 3)
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Friday, May 12, 1972 T HE S T A R Page Three
ERSKIiE WARD COMMISSIOI, O -OFiLQUIRY ... Continued from column 1
from -.l IVMr. Johlu spoke of ex- With short shrift, some of the
pensive plans for a stadium at provocative Acts were gone through
pensive plans for a stadium- the Aliens Landholding Act with
Windsor Park (on which there were t amendm induced afte
no direct communications between its three amendments induced after
Govt. and RTC, he said). Hie declar- firm representations had been made;
G t hat BAC was the market dec and its five per cent license fees.
ed that BOWAC was the market con- "A person not born in Dpminica and
tractor and Miss Charles was a Dir- "A person not bee inord inarily reaid-
ector. Reverting to the lack of co ent in the State continuously for
munications between disputing part a period of seven years or more"
Mr.ard rem.ark.ed- fo-llow.i-,ng-.-aa period of seven years or more"' is
ies, Mr. Ward remarked (following a an alien- A 19. 9 proviso provided
description by John of talks between an alien" A 1969 proviso provided
the Premier, theChaber o Com hat the childrenof all persons
Mr. Cosy Harris and Bishop Bowers): born in Domrnica whether born in
"These people met the Premier but Dominica or not shall for the pur-
"These people met the Premier but f this eneued
both sides in .this dispute never oses of this ordinance be deemed
met? Weren't they all available to belong to Dominica."
and in Roseau?" "But you have no citizenshiplaws"
"Local Government comes under th asked Mr. Ward.
sLocal Government comes under th "We follow British laws Citizen-
Premier's portfolio," said Mr.John..
"You cannot take away the rights ship has not been legislated for bvt
of the people without giving them there is provision in the Constit-
compensation. The Roseau Town Coun, ution for this when required."
cil is a statutory body," said Mr. The Ag. A.G. said o the contro-
Ward at one point. versial Banking Act: "This legisla-
"I don't agree with you," said tiol: has not gone through yet. It is
Mr. John. "The Privy Council cannot still under study. It is not devel-
prevent the Government from dissol- hoped yet. There are no confiscatory
ving the Council," He did not think provisions." One of the listeners
Miss Charles's 1tter to overent muttered: "But it had its first
t~i Che arlersa lEtter to Government reasing:"
"Your Government mightn t be in Speaking of the Grenada Declara-
office forever M '" said Mr. Ward, tion it d the subsequent' resolution
"I cannot dee it possible to tar in the House, the Ago A.G. said:"It
out the Dominica Government" John was not a treaty by alny meaas."
"Meanwhile since December i6th' Then we arrived full circle at the
over three months have elapsed and question of Roseau Town Council
no attempt has been made to battle property
the matter," said Erskine Ward. The Commissioner declared: "This
S. question of Town Council property
TRe Ag. Attorney General came on is one of the most difficult quest-
the scene sparsely armed with notes iohs I have ever come across.... I
on various controversial acts, some ask myself, 'is it in accordance
of which Mr. W4r4 had discussed in with natural justice? It is a dispute
camera with Minieter Thos. Etienne, between the Government of Dominica
whom he said he found a useful in- and the citizens of Roseau. But
formant, contrary to prediction. He the Government of Dominica is not the
asked the A.G. for certain documents citizens of Roseau. .. body has
which were not immediately available. given this matter the consideration
The Ag. A.G. Mr. Matthew said the it deserves. It was a very good,
Seditious Publications Act of .1968 thing (addressed to the Ag. A.G.)
caused an outcry against certain that you didn't pass the dissolution
sections. He did not have the Act in Bill. It raises very difficult legal
its original draft form. "I didn't questions which could be very cost-
look at the Act in the light of our ly...In one document Cabinet des-
Dominica Constitution," he admitted cribes itself as "the supreme legis-
in a reply to Mr. Ward. Turning to lative authority. This is not true.
his animated audience, the Commniss- The document is loosely worded. In
ioner said quizzically: "Having been lyT opinion you would be wise to pay
a journalist nearly all my life I for the land rather than indulge in
have sympathy with the Press but: litigation,.' And the Commissioner
not on this job." (Next Column)..let drop this gem of advice:
remember,impeachment is not obsolete.",
IT HAPPENED ON ASCENSION DAY -- SEVENTY YEARS AGO: by ANDROCLES
Ascension Day 1902 fell on Thursday, May 8. Thus we have just.
passed the seventieth anniversary of the most horrible natural disaster.
suffered in the Caribbean. Many people living today remember' the horrors
surrounding the tragedy in Martinique: loud reports, sky phenomena,
boatloads of burned and stricken refugees and finally the scene of un-..
paralleled destruction at St. Pierre, when it became safe to visit what
was up to that time considered the most beautiful and advanced city
in the Lesser Antilles. Our local newspapers of the time followed the
shocking event closely,
Reproductions from the "Dodinican" and"Dominica Guardian" of May. 1902
Martinique, May 3rd-- La Montagne Pelee, which since 1851 has been
inactive, has within the last eight days developed alarming activity.
Yesterday it belched tremendous volumes of smoke and at midnight flames
issued from it, accompanied by rumbling noises. At 5.30 a.m. flashes were
again visible and similar reports heard. The inhabitants of Precheur
and St.Philomene, situated at the foot of the mountain, are all leaving
*those districts owing to the smoke and the quantity of ashes thrown
frgm the crater. St. Pierre is, this morning, covered with a layer of
ashes about 1 inch thick and.appears as of enveloped in a fog. The
mountain is invisible owing to the dense smoke issuing from it. Great
consternation.prevails, especially as the ashes are still falling.
Martinique, May 4th A very anxious morning was passed here yester-
day. Thanks, however, to a sea breeze from about 11 a.m., the situation
appeared better, but as the breeze died away at sunset, a large quantity
of ashes again began to fall# and the mountain and environs presented
a most dismal spectacle causing much alarm as to what the night would
bring. nothing, however,happened, and this morning,although everything
is not quite serene, the aspect is decidedly encouraging. Lesseccite-
Martinique, May 5th The Usine Guerin, situated about two miles from
St.Pierre, has been completely destroyed by lava from the volcano. It
is reported that about 150 persons have disappeared, including M.Eugene
Antigua, May 7th All day from different points noises as of guns
have been heard, apparently from the south and southeast. St.Kitts,
May 7th Reports as of big guns being fired-out at sea distinctly
heard here since about 2.50 p.m. St.Thomas, May 7th Distant reports
as of cannon.heard about 2.30 p.m. today.
St.Lucia, May .8th- The steamer Roddam which left here yesterday for
Martinique returned at 5: p.m. today nearly wrecked, Captain seriously
burnt and 17 of the crew-dead. She. reports the town of St.. Pierre and
its inhabitants totally destroyed and all the shipping in port. The
Quebec steamer Rorima, is mentioned as lost with all on board,
a g *
St.Thomas, May 9th.- Information from St.Lucia reports that the Royal
Mail Steamer Esk was unable to-get near St. Pierre last night which ap-
peared to be totally destroyed by fire. For 5 miles from St.Pierre the
steamer was covered with ashes and the darkness was impenetrable. A
boat was sent in as near as possible, but no living person was seen on
shore, nothing but flames, St. Lucia, May 9th Reports first receiv-.
ed here estimate the loss of life at Martinique at about 40,000.
St. Thomas, May 9th With the deepest regret, the Company have to
announce that a schooner arriving at.Dominica from St.Vincent via Mart-
inique has brought the sad news of the loss of the cable ship Grappler...
she being the first to perish by the eruption. (Continued on page 1n )
TH E- S8T AR
Friday May 12, 1972..
Page Four ,
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Pag Six THE_ STA Friday, May 12, 197211-~-
MA TITIThES CULTIVATION
by Cynthia Watt
One Thursday morning "Ma Titine was
handed a letter from Eurilla by the
Postman, Titine was putting the
finishing touches to a funeral breath.,
and" Reuben, Baby and Genella ~tree
standing by waiting- fo r- the yide to
the Cathedral. Eurilla's letter
pleased her mother,, all Zave the last
lines~, which provoked Titine ii-to
a pW ag off .some white frangipani by
accident. "Na, now that you are a
PUBLIC FIGURE you must 'beoin to get
more cultivated and culturead..."
"Is not cultivation I 'ias in biy nine
right now?",.' Titine thrust the wreath
into Reuben's hands and 'reached up
for her black. shiny hat. "Geoelia
said brightly: "Titine, you di hi'str
something .about planting rees..."
"Oh yesI" Titine broke in,takding
her seat beside Reubbn. "Youi soe dat
big enpty space I have backi6 f de
house? I did tinking of maJkli' a Ikit-
chen garden, a bigger *oYne dAn' de one
I have' side de Idtchen self, but I want
to do soiaet-'ing special. Pe~nity people
have flower garden.... i goin' to
plant some'nice tree dee'eo'- flamboyan',
fran ipani. a cherry tree', a orange
:tree, cocoat an' big ipar-i-tree, even
gloricidiaS' The car moved off slowly.
Ba~b laughed. "You mean you going'
start 1IL Titine Home Park?"~'
"Well," retorted IMa Titino, "if
GuiVent doan wan to make a lfational
Park for de state I will'riak-oe haie to
show ie Police how I 'love. tree'. I
love'to see plenty tree an' flower
bush, but dem? What Shy care? Dey only
getting' deT-ioutside friendsL to out
down tree an' Garge. tell me dat he
boss say all where dat civilize' have
National Park; Guvment here have
national song, 'national flag, national
day an all dat, why dey doaii have
National Parki Is because dey so ignor-
ant doy t ink Windsor Par-k a Batan$i6
Garden is national jaar'kT All you know
what I goint proposed Leo call a
meeting a. my home on Saattiday....
!Saturdayl" wailed Genelia, "1Titine
you crazy... Saturday is na'rket day
and'in de night is dance at Palm
Grove.,. at Manicou.,." V -.
"O.',, O.K." said Titine,, "uell nex'
Tuesday afternoon... we -.11- have dis
meeting at home." She'turned to Baby.
"Invite all who you canl, Baby i- --
(Continued on ne::t column)
Genelia smiled. "An' you too
Genelia,an' we will talk an' make
plan for us to force Guvment see
&e ate need a National Park...
So i~e will call ourself'De National
Park Lovers.' what all-you think "
Genelia replied, "Dat a real
good cultivated idea Titine' I
will make all who I can get come
to our meeting. We will make de
STAR print card vo' leaflet an' all
tings like dat for us to pass rout'.
We will be a real club enh?"
Reuben sighed, "So Titine, you
all doan even ax me to join you-all
like a partner. I goin' to only be
a member. Is men not in it?"
"No, no" Titine replied quickly,
"you is going' to be de bissies'
man in dis society, I can tell you,
You will be de President man?*
"Me Reuben bawled, "me de
PreSident? you wan' de Psnmier to
finia ba wid me' Garcon President
bigger man dan Premier, an' Zou
going' make. .Reuben President.., "
"Doan be damn fool Reuben,
Titine retorted, "you goin' be
President of de National Park LoVers!
"I radda be Treasurer if is
business I doing said Reuben,
He had been so full of thoughts
about finance that instead of follow-
ing the funeral procession he had
turnoel the car right on Freedom Street'
and found himself outside the Co-op-
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UIN SOOKOOYAN QUI PASS CILTPPE
by Verieux Mo-rillon (Part ii)
Maytin stooped down and cah-ht every
word the other boys said. He had left
just before Oso suggested a gane of
cricket. Already a plan had formed
in his mind. He was.going to foo! Oso
and Coco. He decided Lha on Friday
night and Saturday night hle 'ould dress
up lile some kind of "sooldyani" and
watch the boys until they had gone to
the savannah to wait for lhin g:randcmother
then he would make hi .entrance and
imitate his grandmother's Voice' to fool
the boys; luckily -for hin lh- wac a
natural ventrilo 'quist. :,;. idea was
simply fantastic to Fou-.Foui
When Oso and Coco were finiched..play-
ing they went home. That night Oso's
parents noticed that he wasccting
strangely, but they juct thought it was
a bad quarrel'that had broken out bet-
ween the boys, They could i'evcr guess
what was happening. NTo ITever,'
Friday night came extra quic2_-y for Oso
and when:'t came he realized :that the
time was almnut ripe for hir to. play
his role, He went over to Coco's home
to meet him and they bhot2 i nadc their
way to the savana h, Oso cciryiag some
sand. ,Then they reached the savannah,
Oso began putting sand in the f6i'.r cor-
ners of the savannah. This;i- 'do no the
boys sat in a corner of the .savannah
waiting,; Suddenly tlihey saw a figure
entering the savannah, It w.a' black with
something like wings,' and' a b cak almost
like that of a chicken'but bigger. Oso
knew what he had to do,.. '1c6.~6tup and
went towards the fir:ure sa~ ing'.oudly
"If you want me to let you go,you have
to count all de grain of sand in de
corners of. de.savannah."
"Hat haa hal" 'the thing' laughed'.
The laugh was exactly liio' 1-1a John's,
"All you tink all you can kotch :ile,"
continued*the thing' in Iha John's voice
"'lever happen." It thon 'turned and went
away. The boys then'hurriedc home.c
"You see," Coco said, "I :1now youi
could t'do it. "
"Okay, Iwe will see you hole. it tomor-
"You will see)" Coco acid confidently.
The next night when Oso's oiother
went out, Coco care to eoot him.
T2 I E T A R
ge was well- equipped with his penknife.
Both boys a:.ain rent to the savannah
and sat waiting forf the "sookooyasi" to
make its appearance. Soon enough,
there -w-as the. 'ldAc thing entering
far fx:on the boys,' but coming towards
them. Coco '-sood uip, opened his pen.-
knife and drew a cross in a circle and
stuck the peihnife in the centre.
Nothing happened; but the- thing kept
approachinj- them. Coco then took off
his shirt' Fuicjly and put ibton in the
wron. side. 2he thing still kept
coming closer and closer and Coco grew
afraid; lie d _A. in a frightened voice
to Oso, "Osoo, I '-raid. I cannot stop
it and it coi-ig/ for us."
"Let it cone and I will show youwhat ,
I can do." aai 0..oo bravely.
When'"the thinr'" 0ot close enough
to them, Oso apve it, two successive
punches in 'the tonach. When he heard
the familiar cry of "you-Fou," who was
not much of a figliter, he called to
Coco telling hiim who it was. Both
boys began beating'up FouwFou in their
anger, ITho-n t".ey wore through, Fou-Fou
went hone cryin; th li itch that could
not escapee this last time
A SPECIAL APPEAL '
to you parents to ask your children
to respect the property of others:.
1. Boundaries for lots are tampered
With, and'this causes quite a bi
of.bother, and very often expense,
E2 Stones are 0lunrg on fruit trees
which hot oniyu destroys the fruits
but endangers life and limb." '
3. The Presbytery garden (St.Joseph)
seemes to be favorite target for
-the youisaters. The fence is re-
paired. oaly to. be destroyed again,
4- MOST IMPORTAIT.....* LET SbTEEPII G...
DOGS iIE ... The children take
a delight-in-teasing the dogs at
the Presbytery. Some go out of
their wary to ad so* The parish
priest will' no.t be responsible for
any damage done to anyone who
teases the do-a.
PLEASE WART. yUiR CHILDREN.
-(Fr.' Aleoanider "in BOUZAILLE-.a.)
And the sane warning is valid for
other parts of the country, and not
just round and about presbyteries:
Incident i. the Parish Priest of.
St.Jose oh (FT.Alexander) expects to
be in England front July-December and
asks his paio.ihioners who have rel-
atives in U, to take him their
names : addresses, if desired. ***"*
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June Sat xoth $2.50
July Sat Ist Ut0-o
July Sat i5th hM0
Aug Sat 5th ';$.o
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THE SCEIIE *** by R A M A R E D E _S V.I E WS -
People are saying that things are Madam, The --Vietnam Struggle
now exceptionally quiet, too quiet. first.
It appears that all groups have retindduestion is wh. did the United stas ,
to the briefing.room. sp bo th .. orh in
stop the bombing; of he o.Torth in. 960?
Major business concerns are tight-Was it because of 'tie several demontra.-
ening their purse strings for what tions of icc citizens., or pressure an.dc
they anticipate to be a depression. criftjasn front the various countries? TI
Money is almost out of circulation, my opinion it" :asc the biggest mistake,
casg aren't selling, employees are getifor the :eason t-ha'' it allowed the cor-
ting laid off.. munists to reorganiisu themselves in "fl
strength to ttacL, ohe South at its .con-
Whoever is responsible for the strength tio mett.cl theo Sou.th at its con-
vllage"l close to the infirmary venient time. h:y sliould the south have
village" i y to suffer so bierly? Is it because no
should either arrange for toiet of them a Christians? The fall of the
facilities for its inhabitants or do a xi on the
something to alleviate the night soil quasngtriProvsnce ald the advances ona ho
others oeemn --to Lt.a coimunist8, a majac
problem. Business concerns in the ces to .ta
success or vic '-?t, but-tha -cannot or
area are furious at the gauntlet of should not lhomir tbe S. t$o conltiue
shit their employees have to negotiate helping her noihbour in their legitimate
when they report for work in the morn- ru le '
iUgs. struggle, .
Russia ancd Ihina a:-e continually L.
People are expecting a response giving all sorts of help to the North,
from the S.M.A. authorities to the al- but who shoul."ihelp the South? Should
legation in another newspaper that a they be.left alone? God forbid.
youngster was kicked by one of the The two bi,;et communists. countries
brothers. still have tlirc.- problec~s. Today wfe see:.
The public. i~ still awaiting. h ussia amasainG thouanda of.t iops inl
Tn he. ls- sil'aaiting the he'-. border wit-tn China. President- Hi:xon'
facts concerning the change (?) in the l great-hero and -ho hi'. fully commt ed,
VW, -- Who.... ray is te _a great hero and uh6 is gu-y committed,
,VW dealership, Who really is the dealex'ust' continue bonbin- thbh North and :the
A notice in the papers would clarify whole of it took Lt its inh bi'tan'
th. situation once and for all, o n .d' Russia.-fr .y.
flee away a 'Jiy. and Russiautok Uceley.
Why was the re-surfacing job on I say to the south 'inonuard Christian
Federation Drive brought to an abrupt soldiers mna-chilih as to wars yes it is
halt? Like all other projects it ,war, so fighton, ohe day the' ide will
started off with a big bang and then turn." We shall"have to wait and see -'.
fizzled. and continue to pray that one day' these
sufferinG peoplQe -will be delivered.
I hear that a tidy sum of money has .. .
o:een earmarked for the painting of Iu,;h Lawrence.
murals in the. new Police Headquarters. oseau
Really; I would like to suggest scenes
depicting the negres marons smashing
the chains of bondage..
.A C.QMPLIMENT TO ANDROCLES
Just a short note tb cfmiplirment"
Androcles for what I thought was "an excel-
lent description of the Black Pow0er I
and many others subscribe to. It' is not
ever to be confused with the crim.inLal,
ignorant and anti-white variety that a
trol,-making few practice, in Dom-nica.
.anover Street,,,. Roseau.,
*,S"* Simiilar compliments also go out 'to
'Anthonry oekhart for another Good article
on the same subject.
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Madam Editor. Two Sad Wicked Lands
In my boinionf Ireland/Eire and Viet-..
nam are thei two saddest and wickedes-"
lands in the" obrl'd. Wars are bein#.w'~ied
there, for cauods'c~ uppo'sd to be just,
religion and anti-communism' respectively,
but all that. cones 'out of it is killiAgr
not just' of army meh but of civilians,
women and' children.
From' iy CGhristian point of. vier. i is '.
sheer devilrr fobr 'a Protestant t.o ,-ilL..a
Catholic in Iroeand and vide Versai And""
it is devilIry for country t. pre't;ehd;:,.,
to be saving' poor'_iqorant peoplean'd- .,
then smash'them all to death and dias-. .
aster. WILL TIHY NI'EVER'STOP?
Woman Teacher, Roseau.
THE S T R
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Friday May 12, 1972
Page Ten T HE S T AR ... Friday, My 12 1972
T 0 R S'A L E IT HAPPENED 01 AXHCENTSION DAY 1902
COIriR "VANTI REGISTATIOI .-1~O. 1468 . by AIDSROCLES (from p.4)
Offers-- to .
DA COSTA ;.&-.MUSS-N (DOIII'TICA) LITMIT ED 6 -: Poinhela-ir'r May 9th The
P. 0. BOX' 10. Suchet reports tha at I p.h. yester
day the town 6f St.Pierre 4ias in fla
ST. MARYtS ACADEMY LETTER (fr.Supp.iii) Endeavours wore nade to save about 3
The problem is one of Eduication persons"i'n;b'r'-or less burnt who were
and when it is solved the school can taken firo An board vessels in the
continue'to work as an"iiistitute 'of harbour... ITcapb" 6f bodies were to'b
learning. An institute"whiich could seen on the wharf, d it is believe
turn the pupils of today ''nt"'men who that not a single person in the town
should think for, themselves"iH the at the noe-l.ht e f'he catastrophe cou
future,, and not as a pool from which have escaped. "The Governor and hiis
future votes, or innocent followers wife and tlieb'Colonel and his wife we
can be sucked,... at St.Pierre, and It is quite .pr.oa
S*T*A*R.S *P*0*R*T*S by Morchriston
CRICIET: -.. ...
II1' a practice match at -the Gardens
last ireecend I.Shilliiigffrdi' team
beat a team led by Ioio6r-r Phillip.
Scores in the match vere I.Slhilling-
ford XZ 190 and 199.- I.Shillingford
114. B,Charles-32,, J.Fucstin 33, C.Doc-
trove 30 and'G.Shillih-Cord'2Sn.o.. N.
Phillip 3/30,'G.Lafond /10,-J.G. Joseph
3/83 and 6/89, K.Lauient"2/46 and 2/34
an'd MIAllan'2/20. ITorbcrit Phillip XI
193 and 158, M.Leblanic-70,. G,.Williams
26, II.George 26n.o. and .Pl.illip 73:
C.Doctrole 7/50 and 3/52, D,Defoe 2/25
and 2/30, G.Shilling brd 1/26 and 3/27.
The thirteen from which the team to
play St.Vincent is to'"6e picked from
consists of: I.Shillingford captain,
V-.Elrin. L.Sebastin, -L .El'ici-'e.e, B.
ChlarI6s,- J.Faus tin "q Philip;, C Do
brove, G.Shillingfordr-K.Lauiret, J.C.
Johephs,, D.Defoe. and D .Arahai. Teamr
maaager is D.A.S .As Sedretary Ir.Doin-
ETBALL : 'In last Satiurday nigh-'s fea-
ture" match, Be-Sure Dazzlers were coam-
pletelyy overpowered-by Ilillsboaoough
Specials, (favourites "'or"tlie champion-
ship this year).. Scbres iere Specials
33 to Dazzlers 7; Lily Warrington 1,8,
Judith James 15.1 "
In the other match S#ia!;d'c'.o of Pte.
Iitbhele defeated CII udyai 25-21 in
a-!Zeen en counter wit li B.Abrahai 16 for
St.Ritab; Gemma Fin6ol 12,, NTadia Karam
9-ascoring for CBS Jrs" .
'Tuesday night Hillsborough 6Cronas
beat the' improving ,(IS Juniors.. Scores
Coronas 30,, C,H.S Jr. 15" or Coronas,-V,
Dickson and J.Josel~h15 gbals each. J.
Finol' 11 for Juniors. Last night
(Thursday) Dials defeated illsborough
Coronas 25-7 in a slow a an inspiring
game. Sonia Dechausay a~nd Sonia Riviere
scored Dials goals.~ A practice match
took place between B.Eagles & St.Ritas.
that they have perished. ,(They did Ed)
-oaini ca, Ilay 11th Boats arriving'
here repor~"'tiat iany people are losing
their lives i'n~ crossing the channel
from Martinique. (More next week).
DEATH TAP- by "Con"
The Fond Cole stretch has been a
complete 'death triap', claiming the
lives of several" children and adults.
Added to- this'"grave situation is the
increased rate of motor accidents
within the 'years, the last recorded
being some three Weeks ago when two
cars met in a head-on-crash one
ending up on' its hood and both drivers
(Messrs.- Enoclh and'Georges) being hos-
pitalizeda. The Fond Uole stretch is
-a sure 'death trap' and nothing up "to
now has, been done to minimise the risk
foor een the pedestrian, particularly
school childr'eniwho walk to and front
school each day.
With 'the De6p Water Harbour talks
now im progress,' to suggest a pavement
or cide wial'i iru-.aelately the road'is
diverted would surely be an asset.
The road cigns posted up on this
stretch seemn only to have been placed
there as a monunent-- a forgotten
monument" nean'Tilae frequent police
patrol and -"SPEED TIRAPS" are certainly
important*. putting a policeman at" the
intersection of the PWD garage is by
no means a iasteful idea. This WIbUn
minitelse the extent of traffic hazards
and the freaquint accidents there.
Even as I started Sf to'hand in this
note on Vedsv a.ri. early, a Land
Rover and a private car were in colli-
sion when a trucz .pulled out (at the
same dangerous p*- intersection Fond
Cole stretch) 'j 's- se***r$'* *
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EDUCATIOi and FACT by John Spector
Education in the Commonwealth (i.e. English-speaking) Caribbean is
a subject presently arousing passionate letters from groups of U.W.I.
students from all the campuses. Most of them are addressed as appeals
to the Premiers. and/or Education Ministers in their own islands and the
motive power and drive is supplied by adherents to the more vociferous
and unthinking members of Black Power movements. The strange thing is
that none 'of them can get down to fundamentals nor realise that, in the
greater part, what they are asking for is what their fathers and mothers
were advocating and planning ten or more years ago.
Twenty years ago ALL textbooks in use from Primary to University
level were prepared and printed in Britain, Canada or the U.S.A. The
General Certificate of Education had no subjects of pure West I;ndian
content (e;.g. History or Geography), yet the Public Service Commiss-
ions, Employers and Schools had to select their educated staff on the
basis of G.C.E. or Cambridge Local results. C-radually things are
changing, but the University Schools Curriculum Committee advisedly
started at the bottom with West Indian Readers and other books for Primary
Schools. Secondary Schools' textbooks (other than W.I. History and
Geography are still awaited. The lower forms of some of the Secondary
Schools are still being taught "English Language" (i.e. Analysis and
Parsing etc.) with textbooks incorporating religious examples of the
controlling sect: Black Power advocates would probably like these re-
written (for Dominica in patois?) with a Marxist/Maoist flavour vili-
fying the wicked white man who kept their great-great-grandparents in
slavery. Unfortunately few histories stress the point that, up to a few
centuries ago, the accepted thing to do when you made a military con-
quest was to destroy the cities of the vanquished, plough salt into
their fields, enslave the able-bodied and put the rest to the sword. On
this basis one can be reasonably sure that at least half of the present
living population of the world has an ancestor who was at one time a
slave, regardless of skin-colour (the black Berber pirates roamed the
Mediterranean in the 16th to 18th centuries capturing white Europeans
for their slave trade).
The letters flying about (many of the signatories are sons and
daughters of the "elite of Roseau" as they satirically describe their
own parents, and are as near-white as Damn-it themselves) on the subject
of the S.M.A. troubles are so ill-informed as to be ludicrous -- as no
doubt the Minister of Education himself realises.
Firstly, -the "affaire Bellot" had nothing 'to. do with Afro haircuts
per se -- at least 100 boys at the school sport neat, 'clean, well-gromed
Afros: despite repeated warnings Bellot's did nxot meet these specific-
Secondly, children under twenty-one have no 'inalienable rights'
except that of the vote -- next time there is an election after an enum-
eration, Parents or Guardians are still legally responsible for all
other of their children's actions until their twenty-first birthday is
passed. Sorry if this offends some of you lads and lasses but that is
Thirdly, the 'body of students' I saw never marched to Government H.Q.,
they shambled, not even showing their placards until they arrived at the
building. As for the "cordon" of police, the three policemen normally
on duty surely have been instructed not to let squads of boys walk straight
up to the Premier's office -- in FACT some 35 went through the streets
(on the sidewalks) as a body, the remaining 50 filtered through to H.Q,
singly: 85 out of 430'
Fourthly, the students who sign their names to these letters should
not have to refer to our "black dignity"; both Government and Opposition
are bent on upholding HULMANi DIGNITY regardless of skin coloration,and
Dominica is ruled by men with dark skins,
Fifthly, the meeting referred to as. a PT.A. meeting was no such thing.
Parents and Guardians, as the persons responsible for the students,
Friday. May 12, 1972
Cnnlemnt (----- ii)
were asked to meet in the Goodwill
Parish Hall to discuss with 3ro.
Estrada the whole position and to
give their views. Of the some 15
parents who spoke, at least half
were of "the poor section of the
Society". These were the ones who
agreed most fervently with the Prin-
cipal (they had most to lose). At
least 800 parents and guardians were
filling the Hall to capacity, which
first had to be emptied of teenagers
who had been attending a Catholic
Mission Meeting, iO STUDENTS WERE
During the whole of the meeting
teenagers, some from SMA and CHS, -
others from elsewhere, tried to force
their way into the hall and kept up
a continual barrage of noise (even
throwing rocks on'the roof which
nearly started a panic).
Sixthly, none but the mildest of
disciplinary measures have been
taken against any of the pupils --
I call them pupils not students,
since at the time of writing few of
them are studying; from the first
form to the sixth perpetual rudeness
and indiscipline towards teachers is
the order of the day. It is the
teachers and parents who should be
petitioning the help of Government.,
It is and has always been the
rule in British and Commonwealth
schools that the two top forms
should receive privileges above
those of the lower forms. In return
for such privileges, the older and
brighter boys (or girls) should set
an example of pride in their appear-
ance, white or black, dignity, self-
discipline and studiousness. I fear
that the present unrest in our sec-
ondary schools will result in a woe-
fully poor crop of G.C.E. '0' and
'A' level results this year: will
these boys and girls get good jobs
or will they carry bananas? or per-
haps they will just hang around
'Four-corners' and drift into a state
of criminal anarchy. Poor children,
poor parents, poor guardians, and
for good measure, poor teachers!
I end with an observation of cold
comfort.for all. The world has, in
a big way, got itself into a mess:
the grown-ups: are responsible: for
the first time in world history,
youth is on a world-wide scale. ques-
tioning the wisdom of their elders:
perhaps this revolution of youth
(Black Power is only a small part
HORROR. Sso20R- OF THE WfEEK
...The relentless bombing of North'
Vietnamese cities and South Vietnam
strongholds of the Viet Cong, as well
as the rmininig of TNorth Vietnamese ports
to deter or bl6d up shipping
President ITio:n' decision to do
these things in a last bid to wih" the
war at whatever cost has stiffened
opposition by Deoncrats and caused
countless denon~trations in the U.S.A.
In New I x::ico 'tiwo students were 'shot
by police in an an.iti'-ar encounter;
Europe ishnaiily fiercely anta&goistic
to the new 'araults; and in Nebraska
anti-war' GSenatior George MGovern iwon the.
Democratic primary (against Sen.Ilubert
Humphrey-)' this ireeck Nixon is supposed
to visit the Soviet Union soon. (Mlay 22),
MICHAEL' 'MAlEYl STOPS LOTTERIES
Jauaica: PriLe' Q Minister Manley told
his Parliahlent' that the National Lo'ttery
would 'be errina'e;d. It had been started
Years ago ~by the prieviois Governme=it.
In 3 months frbo- Jiine 1 the whole tuning
will be stdpp'ed, Mr. Manley said. It is
run on a Aweekl~y basis' with public draws
on television and ,20,000 first prize.
Mr. Manley said: -q.'e have talcen into
account increaaSiib reports that indicate
that this lottery'- is having adverse'
effects upon the youths of the country.
We are also of the view that the lottery
is not an appropriate instrument of
economic development." *
Every action and piiblic statement 'made
by lMr. hanley since he took office has
increased our respect for -him. Ed.
READER'S VIE-1 On Ti-othy Fire Fund
Madam,. I a1 i::lad that you and nahy
generous Jpe6le will not let my -old
friend Timothy.r'g to his grave penniless
and neglected. M ay I suggest that all
Officer c sicub'ors of the honourable
Order of thlicritish Empire might play
their frater-nal part -by giving a doiat-
ion. And' I hopo that Her Majesty the
Queen will through her Representative
here restore t'o M1r. Timothl-he medal
which was lost in the flames.
-- LOYALIST, Goodwrill
So far at least three
Members of.: he Oirder I ave come forward
t con "ift nd we understand
Ug^ ^^P^^^ t ^^e toreg
bring forth a better way of life;
but I fear that like the phoenix it
may rise from the ashes of anarchy
or atom bomb.
Friday, May 12. 1972
ST. MARY'S ACADEMY, ROSEAU, DOMIhICA. 12th May, 1972
The following let ter was received at Press-time from the Lay
teachers of S.M.A. P. Henderson, B. Bruney, E. Royer, L. Didier,
J. James, H. Shillingford, E. Newman and L. McIntyre.
"There have been countless situations in man's history where two
groups confronting each other over a particular issue, have attacked
each other mercilessly, each believing their particular ideology to
be the right one. The results usually ending in a conflict where it
seems men have lost their reason,
Such is the situation at the St. Mary's Academy. It is necessary
in such times of crisis, to get down to the root of the trouble instead
of playing with the by-products which the real issue has created. Such
idle magnification of the mere results, does little but aggravate the
situation. News sometimes has a propagandering effect on the masses,
stirring them to defend or attack a doctrine, a different nationality
or another race. It is lamentable when the masses probably don't
even'know why they are fighting.
We the undersigned lay Members of the faculty, believe that working
at the S.M.A. gives us an insight into the cause of the situation, and
we can then probably recommend steps that can be taken to resolve it.
The students like youth all over the world feel that they should
enjoy a more liberal form of education. The Administration of the
school on the other hand, struggles to maintain a disciplined climate
which it feels is necessary for its educational policy.
Let us deal with the latter point of view first. If the educational
policy of the school is not relevant to the needs of the State then it
is the duty of the Government to do something, to establish a definite
policy of Secondary School Education. Such a policy could be the guide-
lines. by which a government owned school, a government aided school
or even a private school, could function in Dominica. This is the
time for action. Building action and not the repetitious patching up
of antiquated policies.
A school must have discipline. Students at Secondary School level
may not I'xesssarily know what is best for them. And the authority
which a teacher has should be able to force a boy to do things which
may seem disagreeable to him; but may be for his own benefit. Teachers
are human and can easily overdo things, especiallyb'discipline, if such
a teacher feels that his authority is threatened; and "Student Power"
like all unrestrained powers shows signs of becoming corrupt.
The students feel that the rules of the school are oppressive. It
is perfectly true that student's work can be affected by too much dis-
cipline, His imagination and creativity could be stifled. Some stu4
dents could be even affected psychologically by the over-domination of
A compromise therefore is the only answer to such a situation. A
government inquiry by qualified Educators, with the co-operation of the
Teachers, Parents and pupils of the school could restore the equilibrium
We appeal for understanding especially as the situation worsens. The
students have already demonstrated their disregard of- authority by com-
mitting acts of vandalism in the school. Teachers naturally tend to over-
react in such situations. In the meantime little Academic work can be
achieved in the school. Dominica cannot afford to lose a Secondary
school at this stage. It is necessary therefore that the issue is solved.
It is unfortunate that the issue has been portrayed as a racial issue,
a religious issue and a political issue.
(Final paragraph on back Iage 10)
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