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.LK. Media Repreeew:dtive:
Colin Turner (Lpr,.0on) Ltd,
1; ShaftesbIury Ave. .i- Virtute cDuc
I ^y Januair 175 Edi dItor PHYLLIS

Ministers Pay Cut Premier
FAlloing the example of Premirr
Milton Cato (reported in The STAR -
Jnca.3rd), Premior John has-decided to
cut Doiinica's ministerial salaries
and thCt o of Parl.Socs, by ten por
cent. Any ctat a all in Government.
expenditure is welcome, but our ronad-
ors' reactions to this nova were un-
anisously hostile: as fast as moasen-
gors could deliver thom, letters cam
ii~ deriding the insufficiency of.the.
0'avings CSA's Charles Savarina des-
cribos the move as n \mpty gesture.
aimcd'at .capturing l.cal, and Carib-
bean hoadlinas', aiid thinks a more-
moaningful approach would .be to ie-
lio v the Minister -of Home Affairs,
of his residual responsibilities) and
have these absorbed by some othor
Minister. ,
A woman correspondent, BS.*(hor
name 'ias given) wrote a scathing
criticism of 40 10 .cut0 tWhich ve
shall print, next week; both she and
Mr. A. F, Joseph point out that, th
'reduced- poraons will still ,got
-.eitortainmont f8 travelling allowances
fad we know how little those people
entertain. The saving is about,$500 a'
month; ctut oui a Minister, and you
.ive a thousand dollars Most readers
regard it .as a political manoeuvro.


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THE LABOUR PARTY IS AT IT AGAIN
by Worker
The split jin* which'has dogged the Labour
Piny from 1962 when Mrs Phyllis Shand Allfrey
was expelled, seems to be at work once more
but this time from a strange new quarter, Ports-
mouth.:
PORTSMOUTH
That forgotten end of this State seems to be
showing some signs of restlessness and with the
positive news that Charles Savaria and Perry Ai-
cid have declared themselves independent candi-
dates, the Portsmouth end of the.party seems a-
bout to break under the strain of the greatest
challenge ever faced by Labour in Portsmouth.
The first concrete proof of, the new strain
Within the party came out on Sunday Jan. 19,
;75, when Mr Micha'e Douglas.was informed.
that it had been officially decided that helDbug-
las, was no longer the Labour Party's candidate
for the Portsmouth Constituency and that Eman-
utel Martin had be en named as theoffi0cial
Labour Party candidate.
Mr Douglas, who has always prided himself o-
'backing the winning borse', was one of the L.P.,
Executive Committee Members who sided with
the Armour faction in the fight for the leader
ship of the Labour Party following' the" resigna-.
tion cf Mr Leblanc as political leader, (seep.8)


MA.TITINE -
Readers want to know
what Ma Tititiine looks
like. Well, just hike this!


5TAR.PORT5S '
CIrICI0C:t WEST INDICES ON TOP
Tho ftmtch between India and the Woat
Indios came to a protaturo end, on tUhe
second day bocause-of crowd disturbance
and police intervention 'when Grlive
LloyId, the W.I. Skipper, reached his
doublo century to put West Indios in a
cormWanndi-ng position at 528/5, Thore
vits fire in the stands and bottles wero
thrown into the field 40 people injured.


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Page Two TH E. T A January 24, 1975"
Page, Two' T H E S T yA Q75'
'AN ANATOMY OF THE POLITICAL .& ECONi~OMIC CATASTROPHE OF DOMINICA
Part II by Christian M. David, M.A.
The Political Parties are :Divisive Instruments
*The political parties in Dominica are based on a divisive system, and
A8g of the island s political and economic difficulties stem to a substan-
tial degree from this fact. The island is politically divided by a false
class' structurelwithin the political system; thus each political party is
presumed to be oriented to a particular social class. The opposition party
is alleged to have an elite orientation while the labour party is oriented
to the working class.
The significance of this party divisive method within the political system
is enormous, an.d is one-of the most serious dangqersaffecting the island, and
a primary cause of all the political and economic crises in the island. The
opposition party, therefore, having 'been regarded to be elite oriented has
been deprived of the support of the masses who are labour oriented. It
Should be futile to attempt to underemphasize; the gravity of the political
problems facing the island arising from this divisive party political struc-
ture. The opposition party is popularly considered essentially a minority
party of elite orientation and has found it politically impossible to gain'
the majority support-of" the thousands of "floating 'votes" who are not ideta-
logii:alLy committed to the labour party, but nevertheless vote labour simply
to prevent the so-called elite'. party from gaining power, since they
falsely believed that its primary object is to gain political power to pro-
tect the economic interests of a few. It is politically regrettable that
the opposition leadership consistently projected itself as a negative and
destructive political image which as a consequence permitted political powers
to have been:manipulated by the labour party for almost fifteen years and
during which time has brought the island to a complete political and econo-
mic chaos.
The Labour party which professes to represent the working class had dur9.
ing the course of its. administration destroyed the very foundation upon which
working elas: economic "survival depended. Had the political parties not'been
organized on this divisive social structure it is very probable that the op-
position party might have been capabple,'of forming a government during ,these
fifteen years of labour administration, thus giving the people an opportunity
to make a comparative analysis of the policies .of the two parties, and
obviously avoid the severity of . this political and economic
chaos that faced the island. Fifteen years of administration by any one
political party i's more than sufficient time to give some evidence of the
implementation of any viable and constructive domestic economic policies.
*It is no doubt that the labour party administration had not been an in-
spiring nor scintillating one calculated to generate pride in the achievement
of the leadership pf the- political system of the- island, 9but evinced an ele-"
ment of ineptitude and ignominy of the highest proportion,. The labour party
has permitted the destruction of all our-traditional industries which were
the main sources of the economy, of the island-and has not substituted any
revenue-earning industries.
The banana industry manipulated by Geest Industries is in a ridiculous state
and most frustrating to all the banana growers in the island as a whole.
Gees-t Industries, operating in Dominica to purchase bannan grown by the
peoples; of the island, has; by some strange irony, been permitted to own some
of the largest banana estates in the island, cultivating as many or even
more banarna than the average Dominican.
Geest obviously can afford to purchase as many bags of manure as..required
at 620-25 per bag, but how many bags of this manu- can the people of the
island be able to afford when so many of their own bananas are being rejected.
How many of Geest's bananas are rejected-
At no time throughout the history pf this island have the people been
placed in more (L.A cct situation, pejorated by ai- injudicious political
party divisive mechanism, where the peoples of this island are equally divi-
ded on the degree of repugnancy manifested toward the two political. parties,
the labour party have now lost their"grass-7oots"5 support, (contdo. pagg4-







Pageu [hr---e fI---.~r-- *Altf~ydsy Jnuzry 4 97


STATE OF DOMiNCA
TITLE BY REGiSTRATION ACT.
Schedltle of Application for Certificate of Titla and Notngs
thereon and Caveats for week ending t tt -day ot januryt19p T
Dattc Requeed Person Presenting Nature of request wheth-
Ser a Certficate of Title of
Noting the" ton or CaveaC.
^w r.Ti ii i iii *ilj-i- ~ iiri -* -*r ii~~m'lTr-^Ilr'~r^~- l~rr"'


Request dated Ronmmiel
17 6 74 Lawrence
Presented by his Solicitor
9 1 75 M.Eugenia
at 12,,30 _.m Charles
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Application of Rom
mel Lawrence for
the issue of a first
certificate of title
in respect of a poer
tian of land known
az a Roaidential Lot
at Pottersvi lo in the
Parins of St George
containing 209
square feet and bouin;
died as flows.


North Land of Mtthew Garraway and Elizabeth East
Eliot Avo;!eve .- South Land o AEn PAiter- Wes zhi
Caribbean Sqe.
urM nnluM ~ l~angBc-.Mi^f.\ri^iit[r N^^^~ a^^y,~affi^pXagtjat^^rr


5 d 2dzQ for weS.k end 9 1i8t0h day rf Jaanury i97o


Request dated Floronzine Resqvutl for tha issua
25th October j Magloire of a First Cettificate
974 y by hr Solitciior of Tidle in respect of
Presented 'Vanya D)jr.j..:ry a, portion of land in
51dti January the'Parish of St. John
1975 |lowh as Lot A of
L, Champ e t-,.- 's eo.-
taining 20 acres 3
roode 34 .-i-Aieo a nd
bounded a, f'.;l's 9.-
North arnd Est, by Cafet' West by Destine Estate n-
Soutrh East.t By lard of Butcon Magloira,
Mj9w*aa<8m-iwiaW-fcrf- ---miiWfcr


R1iueaPit <&ud a Ena Euigene ;
the 14th day of by her &Solicitor
January 1975 <-.',I. A.M
Prnsentesd Dupigan y
the 15th day
of January
1975
MiJL2(5.AJA---we----.


Request ;" the i~Is
of a First Certifidate
of Title rin select kof
a portion of iand at
Morn~ Daniel in the
Parishof St. George
in the State of Domni
nica*containing 1.530
acres and bounded as
.-d', *c' .-


North East by a Ravine separating Ir frnm Slad of Achifle
Plisrd sopuh East by land of Cecil jaIes Souch by
a Public Road separating It from Goodwill Estbte Norih
West by iand of Oliverjohnson


Request dated'
the 6th day of
January 1975
Presented
the 15th day
of January
1975
at 1 if GR Fm


Raphael
Felix
by his SoSicitor
Cilrnm A.M
Dupigny


North E ft by a Public Road-. Saouh V
oad- Wce by lard of Vaughsn Davi


ReeRe oet atdJ Jonathan
th, 13iS day of Daucreay
January 197 Iby his Solicitor
Pvsednt'ad Cilna A.M
the 15th day Dupigny
of January
1975
a lLID- U_


Request for the isie
of a F;rst Certificate
of Title in respect of I
a portion of land at
Marigot in the Parihl
of St. Andrew in their
State of Dominical
containing 1974i
square feet and bour
ded as follows:-
stt by a Public f
s and jame Sylvaestar


Request for t4hi isvBe
of a First Certificate
of Title in respect of
a po-tion of land a.
Weacy in the Pariah
of St. Andrew in the
State of Dominica
containing 0.546
acres and bounded as
follwa::.


North by l!nd of Foter joseph- South East by a Public
Road-West by land of Ferdinand Beniamln
4oQnt. -rwxJ eumn


ii


[Raqueat date l Maurice R
Ith 6th day of Jameu Cbarle of
January 1975 by his Solicitor of
Presented Cilms A.M A
1tho ISth day Dupigoyi kn
of Jiiairy l To
1975
t. 10.30 .m. St


equeat for the issue
a First Certificate
Title ifh respect of
portion of land
own as a lot at New
wn in the Parish
St. George in the
ite of Dominica
ninia 20


square feet Sad bound.

Norih East by land of Felton Roinson South East by
Crown land.- Sourh West by Cornwall Street.. Ntrth
West by land of George Casimlr
hb~ -P ,zg k tf ;s 2a-h day o' january :974
--- -, Y ~ M~ rr~I-I--
SRqueis dated Augustuas Requeat for the issue
tne 17th day of tnBnnis of a First Certificate
January 1975 by his Solicitor of Title in respect of
Presented the Cilmn A.M a portion of land at
20th day of Dupigny Salisbury, in the Pa.
January.1975 rish of St. Joseph in
ae 22.00 noon the State of Dom-inica
-*----- a- containing 44067
square feet and baur-
ded a* foivws:a-
North EiNt ib/ isd of Theresa Vldal* South East by land of
ivan Albert- South West by land of Nell Louis North
% ..... (i # quast for tls issue
the t day a ia of a First Certificate
ate 4uary 9r5 by oli of Title in respect of
Jarnuaryd he aby c I a portion of land at
PreI.ntedye p Mj c.Fill Pichein in
-;:" day of uapigny Athe PamrNh of St. Pa-
January 1975 trick in the State of
wat 1 -p.. __Dnninica conrta inin,?


I 2.036 acres and bourn4d a flewS:.
I th by land of Claris Pacqueoe South by i~nd Cf Fagan
SiohR v:lie -- East by lnd of F.igan jchr, villeand Cyril Lafleu
W est by a rviY e separating it from land of Ralpih Regire


eqluet dated Dolores Benoit Applcation of Do!
S75 peraonae repre nree Benoit az perso
-. ..'- d asentaivse of El nal representative of
2 1 75 mira Benoit Ehnrra Benoit for tho
t 11.45 s.m. by her Solicitor iAsue of first certifi
M..,-en i sa.t e of title in r*
Charlet pact of a portion of
land at Sibouli i. the
,~g. of Pointr Mich! in he Pasish of St Luke

North By snrds of Rose Girtud and Medora Wlii~tms
South 8y lands of Virginia Winston and Merril Serrant
East By a public road and iands of Alban ino.Phtillp
VWett By lands of Claude Gregolre & the Roseau Polnte
Michel Road.


registrar's Office,
Roseau, Domnlnta,


EPHRAIM F. GEORGE&
Registrar baf Titles


NOTE: Any ptrsor vwo dne(r to objetr. iW the inuilig oV .'
Cer;ifica3tof title on the above appllcatiorsmay enter a Caveat
in the above office within six weeks front the date of the First
appearance of this schedule ;n the STAR Newspaper published
in this State or frorn the date when the notice prescribed by
law was last served on any owner or occupier of adjoining
land in respect of which the appllcatiu-F s made.


The general public is hereby noid-
fied that I have not given George
Ehaan James, any permission what-
soever to sell, mortgage, or have aly
thing to do with any property or any
thing belonging to me in Dominica.
I will not be responsible for any
B debts contracted by the said George
SEthan James,
S(signed) Samuel E, James.


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PAGET F~OUTR T HE ST A R ~ iaJnay2,1


AN ANATOMY OF THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE OF DOMINICA
Part II (c.QRn.Jed fr. _) ..and there is wide and general opposition
against the party forming another administration in this island, after
their period of fifteen years of disappointing and non-productive rule.
There is on the other hand opposition against the opposition party, which is
regarded as 'an elite-iriented party hoping to gain political power to pro-
tect the economic interests of a minority class. The peoples of this island
are now experiencing a situation charged with "political high explosive"
threatening the very foundation of the political and economic stability
of Dominica.
It is morally wrong to divide Dominica politically, on a party class
structure, since the so-called "elite class" depends for its very survival
on- the other class, .and that other class depends on the so-called "elite"
to a very substantial degree. It is imperative therefore, that the people
of our island live as one people in unity: we can only develop Dominica by
our own concerted and united efforts, and not by any divisive political
party class structure.
We cannot condemn those, who by reason of their intense ethnocentric
jingoism are protagonists of "Black Powerism" while we ourselves failed to
conforn to acceptable standards that are incompatible with "divisive poli-
tical expediency" within our political system.
The peoples of Dominica needed a new national political party, that will
represent and unite all the peoples of the island irrespective of their poli-
tical ideologies and class orientation. The formation of this political
party has already been announced Its namw is the Caribbean Federal Party.
The problems facing Dominica are far more formidable than party conflicts,
the peoples of this island can no longer sit down and allow their country
to be destroyed by weak political actors.
z Every State is a community of some kind and every community is establish-
ed with a view to some good: for mankind always acts in order to obtain that
which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state
or political community which is the highest of all, and which embraces all
th@ rest aims, and in a greater degree than any other, at the highest good.
Interests of differea groups may be rendered really incompatible by
social order to which they belong. In such cases the obviously best solut-
ion is to modify the social order so that the incompatibility is removed.
THe Future is Bright
The people of Dominica may look back contemptuously at the- very limited
progress made it the island within the last twenty years, but they need not
be despondent, the future is bright for our island.
Dominica has dozens ofher sons and daughters abroad who are college gra-
duates and undergraduates, many of these people love their island and will
some day return home to make their contribution in their mother land. The
future of Dominica depends upon these expertise and their knowledge. We must
create in Dominica the atmosphere to encourage these graduates to return
home. We cannot develop Dominica with semi-literate people. Dominicans are
becoming more literate and more politically astute, which causes a higher
degree of sophistication, and which inevitably initiates a complete reorienut-
ation of our social and moral values, without which the growth of the socio-
political progress will be greatly retarded, and a complete repudiation of
the social structure as envisaged by these pseudo-political actors of the pas'
With these changes in the social structure of the island, the peoples -
could no longer be inebriated or titillated by the anne-risms and political
psychology of the political activist of the past eighteen years, where th6
criterion for political office assumed a personality conflict between oppos-
ing actors, each endeavouring to denigrate his opponent's character, while
the political and economic issues of the island remained untouched.
Christian M. David, M.A.
A REMINDER FROM TIHE EDITOR:
It is necessary to restate from time to time that the views of : any or
all of our contributors are not necessarily those of the Editor and/or the
Publisher. Phyllis Shand Allfrey.


Friday, January 24, 1975


THE STAK


PAGE FOUR






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TO ALL COCONUf GROWERS!
AND COPRA PRODUCERS
NEW PRICES FOR COPRA
The new price of Copra delivered to Domi-
nica Coconut Products is $720.0o pr soU, or
-.1-4. per pound for Grade i Copra.Tbis price
Sequivalent to Ix6 per out before deducting
drying cors.
The new price of $720.00 per ton of Copra
represents an increase of approximately io0%
over a period of approximately one l.) year,
Dominica Coconut Products is discussing
S.he Establishment of a special Fund for share pae
ticipation of Copra Suppliers in the equity of
the Company. All suppliers will qualify for par.
Sticipation in thi special fund, which, when esta-
I blished, will be retroactive from January 4x 975
S Arrangements are being made for a meeting
of all Coconut Growers and Copro Suppliers to
discuss the *bWre participation fund and other
matters such as facilities for purchase and trans-
Spot ofcopra from various locations. A further
Satnnoncemen will be made as soon as plans are i
nalized.
Dominica C c o a u i Products has been
forced to reduce operations to four days per
week because of insufficient supplies of copra.
The factory appeals to all Coconut Growers and
Copra Producers to provide as much copra as pos-
sible so that the factory can resume normal
five day operation.
DOMINICA COCONUT PRODUCTS,
P. NASSIEF,
MUaraging Director.
U .rfl,,tg t..4 pJ


POSITION


VACANT


Temporary position in Book-Keeping
and Preparation of Simple Accounts.
A knowledge and experience in Book-
Keeping is requisite.
Salary to be negotiated.I
Applications are to be forwarded to the
Secretary Manager, The Co-, cpaivet
Citrus Growers Association, 2 r Hano-
ver Street, to reach him not later than
27th January 1975.


ANNUAL GENERAL
MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of j
Astaphan & Co. (1970) Ltd. will be
held a t 65 King George V Street,
Roseau on Thursday, 3o0h January,
1975 at 8.oo p.m.
By order of the Board,
A N. WINSTON,
SECRETARY


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The famous Medicated Skin Care Soap
- Cidal is back, but with a new formu-
la which provides a fragrant deodorant to
keep your skin clean and fresh.


CIDAL contains IRGASAN and is also
rich in Lanolin to make it o n e of the
smoothest, gentlest soaps around.
Obtainable in Toilet & Bath sizes


THE DOMINICA DISPENSARY


00 LT.D
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Friday, Janary 24, 1975


BUSINESS AND AGRICULTURE
Although W.S. Stevens' "Retrospect
and Prospect" reflected many of my
views, especially with regard to
schooling in Roseau, I must criticize
him strongly for his attack on L.Rose
& Co., and for using that misleading
phrase "grape-fruit magnates."
Mr. Stevens writes as if certain-
Dominica grapefruit growers are Gieek
millionaires. He has attended sesfa
ions of the Citrus Association, and
when all'the emotion, passion and
confusion of those meetings has died.
down, he must realize the predicament
all growers are in large and small.
He himself admits that the Citrus.
Grower has not yet received a penny
for fruit shipped over three months
ago. He knows the problems.-at the
packing plant; the historic incom-
petence of the Marketing B~ad, He
knows the peril of the "debit, note."
And if he were not a politician he
would probably admit it,
In comparing the L.Rose.price to
the hucksater trade, Mr. Stevens is
trying to make two different avenues
of production into one. Rose's fruit
are bought in bulk for the juice
trade; the huckster's buy and sell
individual fruit, and the huckster
and the grower are the best of friends
And as for the "poor undernourished
children" I know only too well that
they exist, but that does not ex-
plainwhy they play football with
rejected grapefruit on the Goodwill
Sw.nnsr h; or why people crowd into
Roseau and leave the land.
Like everyone, I have my complaints
about Gecst and I was disappointed at
the Rose's price. But I would not
say that I am being exploited. Condi-
tions in Britain are bad, and if the
British don't want to eat bananas or
drink grapefruit juice, I cannot force
them to do so, and neither can Rose's,
As a farmer I try to make the best
of the situation. And that, as Mr.
Stevens should know, is what business
and agriculture is all about.
AGRICOLA
B AN A N A S PRICE UP
The Green Market Price of bananas
in the United Kingdom has increased
by 5 to 148 per ton with effect
from 20th January, 1975.
The price to the Grower will be
6.25 cents per lb at Boxing Plants frr
shipment of week ending 25th Jnal. un-
til further notice.


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D. A. W U 's CABLE
The Domini@a Aalg tfed Workers'
Union has despatched a telegram on
Wednesday 22, to the General Secre-
tary of the Working People's Union in
St. Kitts in support of the Water-
front strike for Recognition and
against political favouritism by the
said Union, i.e. "Silver Lining
behind darkest cloud."
The two-page DAWU letter in this
issue is a paid insert from the
Union concerned. EDITOR


WATIERidPR01iT & ALLIED WORKERS UIUION:
LIAT Manager MacDonald of Antigua lost
out and- "redundunt employees" were re-
instated, Manager's work permit only
extended temporarily to September,


POLICEMEN ARE GOOD FRIEND
by Hugh Lawrence
I remember as a tot of about thbrse
years, I used to run in. and out at
the Colihaut police station, as cvU
one-storey home was just opposite the
flat building. The policeman- in
charge must have been one Jude. At
no time can I recall that he ever-
roughed me up or even prevented me
from playing in his office. It is
also possible that he saved my life
from drowning at the river that flow-
ed very close by.
I still recognized him years after
as a corporal at the St.Joseph police
station. I learnt to play a.harmon-
ium by air through the kindness of
the late Corporal Uriah Samuel who
was always willing to open the once
Anglican Church where I used to prac-
tice, The following is something I
read in one on my Readers Digest,. and
which I think should be of interest
to your readers and the public:
"From Professor to Policeman l For
some time as a professor of crimino-
logy, I found myself troubled by the
fact that most of us who write books
on the police have never been police-
men ourselves. Yet members of the
academic community such as myself
have often been quick to find fault
with the police, From incidents in
the news, we have fashioned stereozyp-
ed images the brutal cop, the dis-
courteous cop; what we do not see are
the thousands of dedicated men and
women police, struggling against al-
most impossible.odds to preserve our
society and everything in it that we
cherish, HL,
c -- H LY


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DOMITICA KlL..J2l .T E- S', US ICiT (E-A:T)
28 K-ennedy Avenue, P.C. iBox 137, RFoseau.

Ref: M2/2 CASE 110.19/74 21st. January, 1975

The Pernanent Secretary,
Ministry of Hone Affairs,
Government headquarters ,
ROSEAU.

Sir,
Banana ordersrs' Spaiathy Action

Following our telephone discussion at about midnight on Wednesday, 8th.
January, 1975, what we consider a panic release from the Dominica Banana
Growers' Association, ascribing blae, by implication, to DA'.TJ if growers'
fruits were not all accepted at the Doxing Plants an-" a letter dated 15th.
January, 1975 addressed to you by the Director, Geest ndcUstries(TI)Ltd.
have been brought to our attention.

He wish for the records and in particular for better clarification
to the growers, whose overall understanding and s3ypathy for the Anchorage
Hotel workerst cause surprised even ourselves and for which we shall be for-
ever grateful wie wish to reveal what we know to be the facts as follows:
1. Geedt Dominica, sone time before DA-.U initiated its sympathy action
received a telex request from Spalding to the effect that everything
possible should be done to permit the ship to sail from Portsmouth
Dominica, on Thursday 9th. as she was urgently needed for work in Barry,
2. Geest Dominica then informed the Banana Association that it (the
Association) would not be Grante: any concession during that reception;
so if fruit was late fror the .oxing Plants, the Association should
expect then to be shut out i!
3. At 7?oodford I-ill, I"r. Didier, before the reception, is reported to
have instructed that only fruit that would ce overrrade for the next
reception (16/17 January) should be harvested as the ship would be
arriving full.,
4. On TDI-,-cy th.January, when Geest Estate workers went out to
harvest at 'loodford Hill, ir'. idier told a cutter, h-ewlett Jack, in
the presence of our Chief Steward, that he was to harvest fruit only
from fallen stems and when -ewlett sought clarification, ir. Didier
told him to "take only what can-:2t wait for next reception."
5. Later on that day, r!. Didier prevented Se:ister Jereiy from harves-
ting as accustomed by telling hin to take "only what break and what
overgrade." Seuister cut about 160 bunches.
6. In his letter to you, the C-eest Director co-plains, at paragraph 2,
that on the "9th. instant the) *t -e could only cut a small mount
of frit for delivery....and that "as a result, for this week's
(17/18 January) cut (they) will have at least 700 stens overgraded at
(their) ;states, which will have to be rejected."
7. le do not want to believe that the Director (like the Association's
top official~ has engaged in deliberate misrepresentation. W.e prefer
to believe that he was not properly informed, because we know that on
the last day of the reception (17th.January), when one Field Supervisor,
Cauille Thomas, was sent to nake sure that no fruit was left unharvested
in his area Section A, 1:z -T.Tj17 ? III 48 STliSS, SCI 3CF "ETICTH ,302 0CiI
TIEIT SIDE3 JHE ALSO -IT1~! that t:.e sane Camille Thonas the previous
week was reported to have been instructed by 1.r. .!addell at Toodford Hill
that he should harvest only fruit that would not be able to wait for the
following shipment as the ship was already filled.
G. Cn the morning of the 2th(Thursday), harvesting was in progress for
about one and one-half hours when the workers at Portsmouth Estate were
stopped by ir. Drigo.. Our Iorthern Area Crganiser was on the spot.
9. In the light of the alove, is it not quite clear that both the DBGA
(which has failed froU the word go, to effectively represent the real
interests of the growers) were jointly bent on covering-up a Dlanned
shut-out of fruit ? Thank God, the growers did not deliver the fruit
that was originally estimated (700 tons) they would have delivered.


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And in the light of what went on at the Geest Estates, is it not deliberate
mischief for the Company to complain that DAITU's sympathy action would be
,responsible for the loss of at least 700 stens of bananas at the Estateo ?
AND HAVE THE C0.2L11Y SULMIi0D Ti-B GUTTS T OET YOU Tj T TEY DID,
IN FACT, SOPFE SJUC LOSS ?
If they have so confirmed, will you please ask them to deny that only
38 stens (some thin) were gathered from Section A, .Joodford Eill, on the
17th,. and -to. ask then to say how nany were lost in the other sections and
at Portsmouth ?
10, 'Jhile .you are seeking these answers will you also ask the Dominica
banana Growers' Association to answer the following:
(1) Did all Boxing Plants complete processing fruit on time for delivery
to the Depots on January 8th and 9th last as we told you they would ?
(2) Tlas Doninica's quota for that period higher than that of the other
islands ?
(3) Did the other islands load nore than their quota ? If yes, who
authorized then to do that ?
(4) 7Jere 80000 boxes of bananas shut-out at Long house on the 9th or 10th?
If yes, why ?
(5) Is it true that a second ship cane in to Portsmouth but as it was
filled with general cargo for the islands, it left 8,000 boxes of
fruit behind ?
(8) Since the DBGA, in its release of Oth. January, 1975 can be interpre-
ted to mean that any loss of fruit resulting from DAJl's action was
DAJU'S responsibility, will the DBGA'now issue a releasetelling .the
growers why the 8,000-box shut-out and who is responsible ?
(7) If JIITAIT is responsible, wrlay not Geest and is DEGA not also respon-
sible since it is part of .!Ii DAIl ?
(8) :7hat is the Association :hiding from the growers as far as its rela-
tions with Geest are concerned ?
(9) -Ihy. did the Association not advise growers to cut light because
Geest did not expect to be able to lift all our fruit ?
(10) Lbr. Permanent Secretary, it is time that the concerted attempt at
discrediting DATJ which tries to be C'TST FlD FAIR, be stopped by
all concerned, including government. The latest act of discrimina-
tion is obviously the clam)-down on Radio Dominica since it has
failed to give any or at least as much publicity (T'iO DiULL DAYS) to
our reply as was given to your letter threatening prosecution for
illegal strike action.
(11) Having given the lie to Geest's and the DEGA's connivance and their
attempts at blaming DAT.U for it (one official told us that it only
happened that our action was takLen at a tine when other circumstances
nade it unfavorable (sic 0) for us) we now look forward to govern-
ment standing by its threat to prosecute for illegal strikes after
the 13th. January, 1975 02 P~DVE BEYII0D TE .. JDC'7 C A DOUBT HO1T
D3EP IS ITS OUTJlEIAS A DISCEI:IIATIOT AITD CC'i''-TTT LY H1:7 UIFIT IT
1S TO :Trj.:;T TEE IIITT:I13TS CF EAL 71TC LABOU. SiTiC7 ITS ACTICIS
AGAINST D ETU L iBES SECO. CLLrLY TEAT ALL C-EIL (TOT) EAT
-ESPCIALLY TZOSE Ji:O -iLCITG TC DA.U.

Tie repeat, sir, let justice be done though the heavens may fall as TLAE
AND JU"TICE will ensure Law and Order.



Yours faithfully,
.DOIMia.IICA AIfiAL.ciTED TI0EZO.S' UITInl,





GENDALB SECE3TAUY.







Friday, January 24 THE


CANDID COMMENTS by W.S.Stevens
Premier John Cannot Meet the Village


of Marigot?
jarigot people are constantly pre-
paring to meet Premier John. After
all, Marigot is he largest village
in .Dominica. Mr4 LeBlahc wanted to
make it a 'town. -t has a hospital
(in a di-lpidated condition), a Police
sub-station, a-.MagistVate.! Court,
more telephone renters than any other
place Roseau excepted, a Branch Bank,
exports more bananas thanany other'
village and contributes more in reve-
nue and in the utility of electric
current than any-other single village
in the State. Yet Premier John has
not yet seen fit to meet the people-
of Marigot.
It is, however, widely rumoured
-that Premier John visits a private
home or two in Marigot by night dis-
cussing votes over refreshment. Well,
Premier John, Marigot has kept steady
in this politics business since 1961
including two latter occasions when
the odds were against her and four
sister villages; were supportingMr.
LeBlanc'a Shoe Party.
If, Mr.Premier, you are afraid to
meet the people of Marigot you may
please yourself. Every lack, broken
engagement or misgiving is noted. If
you finally decide to come, Marigot
will want a straight answer as to when
you propose to appoint the Commission
of Inquiry into the Banana Industry
passed by' the House of Assembly in
late 1974.
More U.K. Money for Feeeda
Roads.
This would be comforting to hananan
producers if a sum was set aside sole-
ly for -labour. But it appears that
most of the money is to purchase
equipment manufactured in Britain or
Canada. If the Dominica Government
is to put up the money for labour,
farmers struggling on bad roads do not
have much hope. All this needs clari-
fying. Will the Minister for Communi-
cation and Works come out and clear
the air?
Why should Dominicans, on big pub-
lic issues, have to depend solely on
rumour and unfounded conclusions?
WE WANT THE .FACTS. -.W.S.S.
SORRY, Mr. Steven's reply to Mrs.
Honychurch's; letter of last week is
far too long for inclusion in this
is ue.


I


Fiction MA TITI'E Cyiithia Watt
"Genelia%" Baby catapulted into
Genelia's living room, "guess wat de.
lates I heah?"
Genolia shook her head.
"Well, as I was jus goin to do my
shopping I heah.Ancine tellin two
frenis how -Titine go to Haiti to make
obeah on hah. Den.she show dem hah
hair an she say a big plait come out...
so. she go an look...an dey tell hah is
Titine vwukkin obeah on hah."
Genelia's eyes opened in aston6sh--
ment. "Of all the..." she stopped, e
"You mean to -ay Ancine is up to her
old tricks again? Trying toomake
Titine get herself in trouble!..know-
ing Titine has a very hasty temper."
"An dat not all," Baby continued,
"she say.,."
SShe was interrupted by a loud. honk
from a. car. The honking continued and
both of them ran to the window.- -Inma-
gine their surprise to see Ma Titine
waving gaily to them. And they thoudit
she was in the U.S.A*!
Just arrived Titine hailm them,
"see you later," and with another load
honk she was off.
Baby was still standing at the
window, mouth agape.
'"Well," Genelia laughed, pulling
her back into the room, "that's'not a
ghost...that's a big surprise."
That evening after all the news '
and all the presents had been shared,
the three ladies sat sipping their.
rum punches.
"A little more rum in mine please, ,
Genelia," Ma Titine said, "That's one
thing I missed over there...no good
rum like ours. Remember I always
wanted to drink, champagne, sherry,
muscatel,,..,all the fine drinks that
one sees advertised...well, I had
quite enough of that in iNew York...I
was simply dying for a taste of our
good old ru=." She had drank off her
punch while speaking. Handing her
glass to Baby she said,"Another strong
one Baby." She sighed. "It was fine
in New York but it's good to be home,"
Baby handed her her drink and then
1;egan relating Titine what dirty stor-
ies Anc.ine was spreading about her.
.-"Ohji' Ma Titine exclaimed, "I have
no time to worry about Ancine...So, I
see that Hakim Gordon has won the fismt
bout. His lawyer must be proud of s
this success. I had to admire Hakin
.Tor the way he persisted..,all those
1'ours in the old Registryl


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Page iht THES T A riday. January, 24,. 1975;
S9*T*A,*R*S*P*O*R*T*SS Morchriston Madam, ine in
FOOTBALL For the first time in bmi- .... Kindly allow a space in your
S football, an offseasofn league columns to publish this prayer made
nicats footba 'llbaoffseasonlegue by :a mighty Labourite. It reads:
was organised by Harlem Rovers for, "A m y L. I rR
the New Town Savannah, and 9 teams "A P R AY E R
south of Roseau are, cormpetigei "0' God of Heaven and Earth who in
The Official opening match was thy infinite, wisdom saw fit to bestow
played between Cornwall Street and FREEDOM upon mankind, teach us to
Lower,' Victoria Street Saturday 18th write and speak the truth at all times.
Cornwall Street won 6-2 with brothers .Hep us to be sincere and honest in
Brian and Randy Peter and Dave Wilson all'our deliberations. Deliver us
whilst Herminus Emanuel scored Victo- from incapable, unable, 'wicked rulers
ria Street's both goals. The follo- like L..,A., ..,P... and their'iRi-
wing Sunday, Bath Road completely' terate stooges like -.,L,. ,AS.8
overpowered Victoria Stars to defeat ,.., and others. May their cabinet
them 10-14 On Thursday, Domfrlit continue to split like the Tower of.
Rovers defeated Pte.Mjichel 5-1. Babel.
Meanwhile another offseason league Let their n-ames be a warning to
is being organized for the Windsor generations yet unborn, and let them
Park, and -to date 10 teams from wither in the operation of their
Roseau, Pottersville and Goodwill wickedness. May Thy prophetic punish-
have agreed to participate. 'The .' ment remind them "No evil kingdom
start is scheduled for February 15. shall last forever," Protect us from
CRICEET In the Augustus Gregoire Lea- the evils of both aliens and native
gue match played last weekend, besides nationals in authority. May their
endless rain ox both playing days, political prosperity vanish like the
Gutter Crowns still managed to force wind 'and help men like C..., E... and
a win in their match against Smarta-fs young S.. to acknowledge that they.
gained over 20 pts in the match. A have joined the band of Polka-Gangster
daring decla ratton by Gutter Crowns politicians,
captain Hubert John Baptiste (Lo6tot MIay we never surrender to promoters
paid off handsomely. Scores were: of lies, theft and deceit, for "man
Gutter Crowns 119 & 98/3 decl. ASol- shall not live by bead alone". Bring
omon 38, R.Cuffy 50 and V.Titre 34 us back to our-senses and let not the
n.o. P.St,Valle 3/26. Smartians 118 local obeah word LABOUR deceive and
& 85. VAlleyne 9 and R.Oliver 27, dominate our minds. Let us seek truth,
M.Hill ,(7 wkts.) and ~.Zamore 5 peace, love and FREEDOM for all with
wickets in different innings, the Freedom Party or others, never
The match between: India and the West1 to look back on that dirty shoe; for
Indies; came to_ mature halt on th our salvation 18 of God. AMEM."
sec~onad day at a 875 West..I.dnies batting .. ,
LABOUR PARTY AT IT AGAIN-?,p.1) (fr.col,1) Mr.Martin. Premier John,
Mr.Douglas was-also active in te claimed, knows nothing about the
establishment of the Progressive La- manoeuvrings of the party members at
bour Party, the breakaway branch Portsmouth .
headed by wyr eot u Arhour, bro
headed by Lewyer Jenner. Armour, bro- A special Ex.-Comn. Meeting of the
the f former Deputy Premier Ronald Labour Party was scheduled for 23rd
Armour, Mr.Dougla s ithe brother- 19 to discuss the matter.
in-law of M[r.Ronald Armour. Follow-
ing -lWoe trial&eulsion of e Amo whatever its outcome, there can be no
ing the trial&expulsion oP the Armorsdoubt that the Labour Party is: heading
from the ruling Labour Party, Mir.
Douglas somehow managed not oinly to for yet another split with the older
retain his membership in the Labour members, most of whom are from the
Party but to retain his seat on the North, doing battle with the younger
Executive domrmittee as "ell. newly recruited members from the South.,
The move to edge MrDouglas out Mr.Douglas own position may remain
'in the balance for some time as. it is
has been described as a local move by in the balance for s ime as it is
fellow Labour Party Executive members going tobe difficult for him, or any-
-spearheaded br Emanuel Martin himself one,else, to decide in advance which
with the active support of Minister is. the winning horse. -WORKERPor tnctb.'
ZIA aP LDT MHEr.Clem B.P.ATfred
Earl Leslie (Portsmouth Parliamentary 0T.r IntEPEsienT Mr. lem E.P.Alfed
Representative). a close friend of de t oAnos r .ar.eis
Printed and Published by-the Propriet~r R.E. Allfrey of Copthall Mill House
at 26 Bath Road, Roseau, Dominica, West Indies.