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162 EAST 73 :'
NEW YORK 21, i'.

Firtute Duce Comite Fortuna

Vol. I No. 23

December 31st, 1965

Five Cents

On this last day of the old year, your Editor Phyllis
Shand Allfrey, the Independent LABOUR candidate for ROSEAU
NORTH, wishes her fellow citizens GOOD HEALTH, GOOD TIMES,
towards which she intends (with your help) to play her part.
Notice to Readers: A few copies of our Christmas number
await subscribers at the STAR office. *** Release: The
Dominica Banana Growers Association has announced a tempor-
ary revised contract with Geest Industries, which fixes both
prices and quantities on a quota basis throughout 1966. ***
SPACE pressure only permits us to state under SHIPS AHOY
that M/Vs Sunrise and Perseus (with gen. cargo) and Yachts
Stranger, Gillies & Boundinghorne called here between Dec.
27-30; Vessel Ann T. Williams discharged cement. Editor.

WILL DOMINICA REMAIN BRITISH? Outline Constitution Released

People matter more than anything else even more than roads. '"The United
Nations Gen. Sec. reminded us of this recently. Now we have'in our'hands as New
Year dawns the British constitutional proposals for Dominica, the three other
Windwards, Antigua and St. Kitts. Pending full publication in the STAR, it is
vital to bring certain points to public attention at once.
In view of the serious steps Dominica is being encouraged to take towards
full internal self-government, it is ESSENTIAL that every voter should go to the
polls on Jan. 7 and choose very carefully_ not just a Party or a Symbol but an
INDIVIDUAL of integrity to whom he or she can best entrust the new Government of
a small island which will be virtually independent save for defence, financial
aid and foreign affairs. We are in favour of Independence WITH SAFEGUARDS: this
means a truly HATIOAL Government, taking account of not only Opposition views
before making crucial decisions, but minority wellbeing. Another prime safeguard
would be to remain within the strong framework of the British Commonwealth. But
WHAT SAFEGUARDS CANI THE PEOPLE ENSURE? By their votes, they can put into power
for five years Leg. Co. Members who have a reputation for firmness, justice,
impartiality and fortitude. If they fail to do this, the VOTERS will be to blame
if anything or everything goes wrong. Don't forget the new Government of
Doninica will still have the last word on the newly published constitutional paper,
The Secretary of State said that the proposals "give your Government control
over internal affairs while enabling them to rely upon Britain where Defence and
External Affairs are concernedv'..and a basis for considering afresh the best
method of co-operation with other Caribbean area Governments. YOUR GOVERNMENT?
Yes, yours the one you elect on January 7th. So be careful how you vote: the
Col. Sec. wrote of "subsequent negotiation".
These new proposals would give our Legislature power to make laws on all
internal affairs provided these do not violate certain enshrined basic clauses
affecting H.M.'s.Representative (Governor), fundamental rights & freedoms, judic-
iary (High Court), Public Service, control by Legislature of expenditure, certain
powers vested in the British authorities; also procedure for altering the constit-
ution, requiring a 2/3 majority in the House, to be approved by a referendum of
not less than two-thirds of the total electorate's votes.
CITIZENSHIP would continue to be governed by the British Nationality Act
"unless a territory establishes a separate citizenship" (subject to negotiation
with Britain.) SO WE SHALL REMAIN BRITISH UNLESS AND UNTIL we get a Government
which wants to break away from the Commonwealth.
Tine is precious : put your cross for the future!


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CYRIL VOLITEY An Appreciation
Thp sudden and tragic passing of
Cril Volney came as a terrible shock
td tall his family and to his many
many friends.
To me Cyril represented the West
Indies. When my family and I came to
Dominica, it was Cyril who made us
feel at home, it was Cyril who helped
us to overcome the difficulties every
stranger has to experience on coming
to a strange land. Cyril was boundless
in love and understanding for all his
fellow men, and he had the most wonder-
ful-capacity for making people feel at
home. His sense of humour was unique;
there was always an apt quip on his
lips at every occasion. When he was
Manager of Cable & Wireless, his home
on the hill embraced with him and his
marvellous family the whole of Roseau,
and if ever West Indian hospitality
abounded, it was always to be found
No matter how long or how short
my stay in Dominica is, I shall never
forget this great man, and my deepest
and sincerest sympathy goes out to
Rosio and all her family. I know that
with them she will find comfort and
peace once again.
Anne Woolfson.

The concert of classical music given
in the St. Gerard's Hall a few days
before Christmas was aesthetically most
satisfying, stirring for many Dominicans
and a handful of Europeans echoes of
Wigmore Hall, London; the Conservatoire,
Paris -- or even Brussels and Lausanne.
Unlike however, the famous concert
halls of Europe were the charming,witty
and innitable programme corments made
bctwcc-n numbers by the violinist Pierre
Lucetto f:oro Martinique. The Professor',
Stwhose idea it was to give a concert
' with iiss Palestrina Christian to help
her tare up her scholarship to England
through the British Council, had little
opportunity to practise, loaded down as
he was with his teaching duties in Ste.
i-Iaric and a series of lectures to
teachers from all over Martinique. In
the event, his playing was superb and
his ebullience overcame the natural
platform nerves of Palestrina in her
first ;olo concert a-pearanceo
'The concert (starting late through,
no fault of the performers) opened with
Corelli's 17th century Folia for Violin
& Pianoforte -- a pleasant piece,played

-AR Friday, D~eember 31, 1965

No Butter on the Violin '(continued)
cleanly and without sentimentality. Hiss
Palestiina followed with the piano piece
of J.S. Bach (made so famous by Dame
IMyra Hess) "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring"
-- unfortunately printed 'Jesus of man's
Joy Desire' and attributed to Bach'a son
J. Bach in the programme. This reviewer
has a pedantic dislike of the use of the
sustaining pedal in the works of Bach,
yet in the largo three bars of chorale,
which is such a feature of this piece
and where the pedal should be used, the
imitation of brass did not quite come off;
the left hand bass repeat of the theme
was excellently done. The next number (by
Fiocco) was for both violin and piano,
another light and charming duet of the
18th century -- this time Italian.
Very delicately played was the Concerto
in G Major by Mozart (K.215), an early
composition; this 'arrangement' makes
the piano do duty for a 30-piece string
and percussion orchestra; Lucette was at
his best but Palestrina had difficulty
with tempo on the lead-in -- a work
which should have had more time for
practice together. The pianist followed
with the finale of Schumann's 'Etude
Symphonique' -- I was pleasantly surprised.
Schumann is very difficult to interpret
(it is not difficult to play the right
notes), and I felt that Miss Christian's
playing gave good evidence that she has
'that little something extra' which more
than justifies her chance to study abroad.
May it be soon! as Lucette declared.
Technically she has a long way to go (and
especially did this show in her fingering
of the arpeggios in the opening), but she
handled the chordal melody with the power
of a man,
The Beethoven and Kreisler were omitted
for lack of practice ,together and, after
the miniature duet by Playford, Pierre
Lucette gave us the Meditation from Thais
by Massenet -- one of the most 'sloppy'
pieces in violin repertoire, but in this
case played with true French realism; as
the violinist said, 'I put no butter on
the violin'. Palestrina played "Valse des
Fleurs"from Tchaikowsky's Casse Noisettes
ballet most pleasingly; then followed a
duet from a Haydn string quartet; the
melodic line taken by the violin, with the
piano filling in for 2nd violin, viola &
cello. The last two pieces were the rather
hackneyed "Sicilienne" by Paradis and
"Malaguena" by Albeniz, both adequately
played if not immensely inspiring.
The hall seated about 150 people who had
come only for the music. This surely is a
sufficient audience to encourage regular
concerts of chamber music perhaps even
the formation of a Music Societyl R.E.A.

Friday, December 31, L965




14 Aftermath of Christmas

By A.W. 2. Aftermath of Christmas By Newman

Christmas cards hung up in the most ,. This Christmas was called 'quiet' at
attractive ways, trees still glowing Police IHadquarters insofar as major
with multi-coloured lights and covered crime was concerned. But in Roseau the
in artificial snow, garlands of tinsel sounds of revelry and dancing made it
and paper adorning most living-rooms unquiet in a festive sense. On Tuesday
and a sad lack of outside decorations, morning however a brawl at a dance on
especially the planted tree still Williams Estate near Pond Casce resulted
awaiting its blossoms of light: all in five injured persons-: taken to P.M.H.
these and many more sights are visible : Martin Durand (no connection with the
during Christmas-time this year. Sad- Martin Duran .of Cork St.) with cutlass
ness as well as joy may have hit a few wound on head, is alleged to have slashed
people, but the spirit of Christmas \ St.Louis Esprit, Eden Mellow, Layment
triumphed and now we all await the Christopher and Donald Cornville the
coming of a new year. last two being discharged after treatment.
This year we were granted an extra In this quiet Christmas there were
fete day and most people used it to go many cases of drunkenness, several petty
out of town. The Atlantic made up for thefts, and four minor road accidents
not producing traditional snow by being (no road injuries reported). Church
more fierce than usual, her high break- services were in general well attended.
ers topped with white foam, white
horses galloping towards the shore. TELEPHONE OPEPRATORS, Dominica.
Lots more people used the extra day to (The Forgotten Crew Editor)
dance mor;cRoseau now boasts of more
S.Telephone operators in Dominica are
places to dance in, though we still of t e cases: 1st, 2nd and 3r. n
of three classes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd. In
cannot say that we are spoilt for choice. of la s pad u d
The end of a year is always a time view of small salaries paid up to date
forlooking bac, but as the great and of long-standing petition for increase
for looking back, but-as the great emoluments, the Gardner-Brown
painter Gauguin once said of Tahitians of t r te Gwn
(among hom he had lived for a long Report recommended that Telephone Operat-
(among whom he had lived for a long
time), the average West Indian doesn't ors be paid the following salaries per
think of either the past or the future annum:- $1392 x$8-4 -- $1560/
but always of the present. I thihk $1560 x $96 $2p40/
that this is a good philosophy. 1965 $2040 x $120 -$2280/
was a year of many happenings and the Head Operator: $2400 x $120 $2880/
depressing items seem to jump to mind A local committee appointed by Govern-
first and foremost, wars and more wars, ment slashed the scale as follows:-
the death of one of the greatest 01200 x 60 1620
Englishmen who ever trod this earth 01620 x P96 2208.
Sir Winston Churchill; but on a bright- Head Operator: $1l24 x $96 -- $2208.
er line the further conquest of space, The Revision Commissioners also
though many people may not think that recommended that all operators on the
this is such a good thing. But as Central Switchboard, as also all Super-
long as there are lands and space to vising Operators in the rural Exchanges,
conquer, man will always try to attain should be made Class I, while all others
the achievement. So live for the be made Class II. This recommendation
present, and my one and only hope and was totally ignored.
resolution for the New Year is PEACE. Thus the Labour Govt. of Dominica
A VERY iHAPPY ITEU YEAR TO ALL. completely disregarded the Commissioners'

Thanks to aid given by L.Rose & Co.
and the Dominica Hospital Appeals Fund,
children treated at Princess Margaret
Hospital may now lie undisturbed by
flies and mosquitoes. The Govt. has
thanh-le the donors for their Sonerous
gift of flyproofing.
BaEatelle-Petite Savanne Road
On his last lap of the old Government
lion. ir. Didier drove up the Bagatelle
P/S Read ith his Prin.Soc. this week.
Surfacing of the road will start Feb.

recommendations concerning Telephone
Operators, and accepted instead the local
committee's report, which was sent to the
Secretary.of State for final approval.
Recommendations on behalf of Hospital
Maids and Nurses were also interfered
with locally. (Contributed)
Our comment: Before receiving this
write-up, we heard verbal accounts of the
mean Christmas some Substitutes, Tele-
phone Operators and members'of Hospital
Staff were forced to endure, while others
around them were better treated b Govt.


Page Three

THE STAR Friday, December 31, 1919



By Kristyan S.
Scene: Lagoon district, Charlo, a charitable and understanding but poor fellow
approaches three gentlemen near a 'Carbrway'. These three provoking, well-off
characters call to him (just to make a joke of him) for a drink,

1st MAN
1st MAN
2nd MAN

1st MAN

1st MAlN
3rd ;L,:

2nd MAN

3rd MIAN
2nd MAN
1st MAlN
2nd MANI
2nd MAN

1st ThLIT

3rd F-'T

1st MA:IN

1st ILAN
2nd MAN
3rd M'LAN
3rd AN

3rd MAIN


Merry Christmas, Charlo.boy.
Wha' have I got to be merry at Christmas? My toe?
Ah I've never seen you so damn disgusted before.
I must be. Toomanny people are ill-use.
How ill-used?
Confoundidl You nay not fin' enny unpleasantness in Krismas b'cos
it brings you sweet tidins ---
An' a tine to be merry --
Yea; merrymen is your main concern. What about do poor...destitute...
inmates...dose sick in hospital...dey not wort enjoyin' it, chl
But --
No' Dey kannut... for dey kannut affode.
Krisnas is nut always a time to be merry. It is a tine for --
Prayers. Dey pray ennuf. God help dem in one way, but people like
you must do de res'. (Gazing around) See the pe'ples houses, dey
glass like do sky above. Dese people are in de spirit of Krismas.
But mel (thumping himself) Look a me, I look miserable...Krismas en'
for people like me.
What do you mean by ---
You know exackly wha' ah nean. People like'you...(pointing
at each one) ant you ---
Are not te poor...sick...inmates...and destitute fed?
Indeed dey --
Then -
Axe me on wha' dey are fed.
On what, then? provokinglyy)
On herbs.
Poof' Herbs?
Wha' else you gie dem?
I do not work for den. I earn my living' by de swet of my brow; I
kannut afford to make dese lazy people merry,
You is a uncivilize...unculture beas'.
You call 'in beas'?
Ya, I call 'in beas', and truly he is one. One dollar from his
pocket won' nean a dan'.
One dollah given one dollah less.
One beggar today (pause) dis Krismas (pause) multiply to millions
by de nex' five Krismases. You can afford to decrease dis surplus
poverty and hungriness. You unjus'.
Unjust! Whoat is justice and justification today? Every man... looks
to his own ---
Ev'ry man of such karakter is a brute...a pagan...a follower of sin.
An I to blanc for the condition of the people? Nol Blame your God.
I blame you.
Carnt you' Gawd pervide?
Isn' He a deliverer?
NoJ a Brother.
Brother? (harshly) Bahl Ah won' stan' heah tolerating you insults.
How dare you call dese belly-crawlin' creatures my brothers? (Pause)
My another 1nade only mne (forcefully)
Gawd gave you life.
Gawd gave me life' Well: Gawd gave me life. (laughs) Ain't that news?
(The two others join in the joke).
(speckin: loudly to draw their attention). One day, you'll corse
yousel' for living' in dis abominable state o' ignorance. You shall
axe for pity...mercy, but it will be too late (louder) Too late shall
be the crY. (This last is all they have heard: they are perplexed).

Page Fourr

Friday, December 31, 1965



1st MALI
2nd MANU
3rd MAN
2nd MAN

1st MAN

1st MAN
3rd MANT

2nd _ANT
3rd IMA;T
1st MAN
3rd MAN

2nd MAN

.2nd IMAN
3rd MAIN

1st MAN

1st l L.TT
lt MAN
Ist 'T: 1
3rd MANL
2nd MLAN
1st 1MAN

Cry: Who shall cry?
YOU shall cry.
(teasingly) For what?
For your ignorance.
An' wha' about me?
Your voices shall be heard, but not answered.
Wise suggeshun by a poor fool.
(Pitingly looking at a ragged old woman who approaches then): See her,
she needs sumfing...possibly not noney...Clothes ---
Give her yours (boisterously)
I have.given. I have no more to give.
(raucously) Steall
T'would be for a werty cause.
(The old woman joins the four men).
Sirs, please, please (stretching out her hand) please help ole grannie.
Gottout! You witch.
HAI Hal Hal (gaily)
(Suddenly broken down by the sight and looks of the old wonan, puts
his hand in his pocket and draws out a fifty cent piece): Here, that's
my smallest change.
Hey! Wha' camzinto you? You gone loco!
No, I have wealized dat not only Gawd can help dem, but we too --
Re-conciliated, sort of?
You nay put it so.
(He is stopped as he says): Here num -- (while drawing out the only
twenty-five cents which remains in his pocket).
No, Charlo, is only that you've got to your name. (He plunges his hand
into his own pocket and draws off a dollar bill). Take this E' --
enjoy yerself, ole lady.
May Gawd bles' yer, an' be wid yer always.
Dat's nuffing.
T'anks, IMun --
An' He will be wid you, too. (Turning to the 1st Man:) How do you
Da sane. You expected a change. Nol I neveh change. Only two
weeks ago some little lads called, time after time, wid some Y.C.W.
paper connemorating Charity Week. I didn' give den nutting.
An' so...
I shall continue givin' den absolutely nutting.
Hell... your destination is well known.
Are we-all not going' to continue wid our serenade?
Ohzo. I am going' to my wife an' children.
I an going' to get ready my.suit for Krismas Eve Mass.
Poor fools! (He walks away).

It is two days afterwards; the lst AN is at hone; the Church bells toll harmon-
iously. His wife, brother, daughter and son are almost ready to leave for Church.
1st MAN Isalen, where are you going ?
ISALENE To Church.
It MAN I thought you didnr bodder --
ISALENE I didn't, until yesterday.
slt MAiT (going to his refrigerator'to got a bottle.) Where are all dose bottles
o' run,,.brandy I had store in dis place?(harshly)
ISALENE I gio den to de poor. Dey needdit. When we retorn ah shall buy
you more to -keep here if you two frens call which ah believe is not
quite possible unless you follow dem an' go to Church.
1st MAN Dey going' to Church? (regretfully and astonished)
1st MAN (With tears popping' from his eyes) I an goin'...please...wait for me!
(As he bathes and dresses, for the first time in his life he sings carols).
(Concluded on-page Seven)



Page Five

Friday, December 31,1961

H.M. Queen Elizabeth II asked all true
Commonwealth citizens in her Christmas
day speech to go on fighting for peace.
She said: "We may never have it com-
pletely, but we will certainly achieve
nothing unless we go on trying to remove
the causes of conflict between peoples
and nations." Appearing on television
and radio in Britain and other inter-
linked countries as the spoke to Britain
and the Commonwealth, the Queen added:
"Good will towards men is'not a hollow
phrase. Good will exists, and when
there is an opportunity to show it in
practical form, we know what wonderful
things it can achieve. *** To deny the
Christmas message is to admit defeat
and to give up hope. *** It is a reject-:
ion of everything that makes life worth
living and, what is far worse, it offers
nothing in its place." Her Majesty
continued: "In fact, it is just because
there are so many conflicts in the
world that we should re-affirm our hopes
and beliefs in a more peaceful and more
friendly world of the future."
The Queen referred again to "the
tragic fighting, hatred and ill will in
so many'parts of the world... Because
of this, cynics may shrug off the Christ-
mas Message as a waste of time, but
that is only the gloomy side of the
picture: there are also brighter and
more hopeful signs... We must have dreams
and ambitions for peace and goodwill,
and they must be proclaimed." She hand-
ed a special bouquet to the young Over-
seas volunteers (some of whom are among
us here in Dominica), calling them "the
most practical demonstration of good
will" and "a new army on the march which
holds out the brightest hopes for all
Even Rhodesia, the shadow of which
crept over the Queen's speech, received
copies of this broadcast address in time
for Christmas, In Dominica, however,
no copies of the script were available
tl-rou 1- the P.0o,0.'s office up to Dec.
30, COur quotations come from Trinidad.

: Only ten per cent of Commonwealth
countries (of which Dominica is a frag-
mentary part) are NOT co-operating in
the ban against Rhodesian tobacco, declared
Commonwealth Secretary Bottomley this'
week. "With 90% imposing a total ban, we
expect the others to fall into line by
early 1966," he said, describing the
recalcitrants as "lagging". "Effect of
this ban will be the collapse of the
Rhodesian tobacco industry upon which the
economic basis of that country largely
depends," he added.
SMeanwhile a total oil embargo by the
U.S.A., following.Britain's lead, with
full co-operation from France and Italy,
is now in force, and the Royal-Canadian
air force is helping the R.A.F. to air-
lift oil to Zambia in huge Hercules
transport planes assisted by civil air-
Wet Barbad sJ Four inches of rain fell
in Barbados on Christmas day.
Antigua: Writs have been filed on five
members of the Antigua Labour Party for
alleged offences in connection with the
recent general election there, A Ministe:
of Govt. and the Speaker are involved,
British Information Services Chief Darvall
is now making his final tour of the
Eastern Caribbean before retiring from-
this area.
In Thinidad, Opposition D,L.P. leader
Capildeo has appealed for a 'Ministerial
coalition" and objects to three members
still retaining their seats although not
now belonging to their original sponsoring
Although Most of the Commonwealth is in
favour, Australia has turned down Nigeria'"
suggestion for a Commonwealth Prime-Min-
isters' meeting on the Rhodesian- crisis,
saying (thro gh Prime Minister Menzies,
Conservative) that they "didn't like the
idea of the Commonwealth
In Rhodesia, petrol rationing is in forces
motorists are limited to four gallons a wk:-
This cripples travel, distances being vast

The 900th anniversary of Westminster North Sea tragedy: Eight men were still
Abbey, since the 11th century the missing after prolonged search when a Brit-
scene of English coronations was solemnlyish drilling platform collapsed and sank
observed last Wednesday, when Her in the North Sea 40 miles off the-English
Majesty the Queen, as first pilgrim, coast. British Petroleum was in charge of
laid a tribute of roses-on the shrine operations in the search for underwater
of ling Edward the Confessor, The oil. Five out of 42 men were at first
ceremony was attended by representat- known to have died, many more feared lost.
ives of three Churches the Arch- A British nuclear power station is now
bishopof Canterbury officiating, and producing more electricity than any other
supported by Roman Catholic Bishop and power station in the world -- 550 thousand
Free Churchmen. kilowatts.
~*.* ** ,.-* >:<*** s*** *****

Page Six


Friday, December 31, 1965 THE STAR Page Seven



Surely, you must already have asked yourself how is it that the price of
bananas is so low lately -- lower than it has ever been.
Here is the answer: In the past there has been a Price Support Scheme. When
prices are high, a part of the price paid to the producer is kept back and put
into this Fund. The British government also made a large contribution towards
the Fund. WThen prices are low, especially during the winter season like now,
some of the money from this Fund is drawn out and added io the price so that the
producer gets a higher price than he would otherwise have got..
A previous Price Support Scheme ended earlier this year and a delegation
went to England in mid-year to negotiate for another similar Scheme to take the
place of the first one. The delegation was composed of representatives of the-
Windward Islands, and Dominica was represented on this delegation by Mr. N.A.N.
Ducreay, Minister of Trade and Production of the present local Labour Government.
The delegation pressed the British Government for assistance on a scale which
the British Government considered much too high. The British Government offered
the delegation a sum smaller than what it had asked for.
and left England in a huff. The Dominica Labour Government APPROVED and supported
Mr. Ducreay's action. The result is that there is NO PRICE SUPPORT FUND now to
ASSIST BAiNANA PRODUCERS *in the very low price which they are now getting.
The Government of St. Lucia, dependent (as we are) on bananas, has realized
its error and are now subsidising the low price to four cents. Incidentally NONE
of the other WINDWARD ISLANDS pay an export duty, let alone a surtax on bananas
This notice is intended to show the people of Dominica the kind of thinking
that is typical of the Dominica Labour Government.
Let them deny what is publicly stated here if they can.

1st MAN (Putting on his coat) There was a beggar two days ago who axe us for
money; ah didn' pay heed to her cries -- ah wish-ah could see her,ah
feel like givin' her sumfin'...
ISALENE Gie it to de Church. SCENE III
CHARLO and his two newly-made friends, their wives and children, are standing under
the choir balcony, praying with open hearts...when suddenly, Charlo is tapped on
the shoulder.
CHARLO (surprised) OhI It's you.
I1st MAN Yea.
CHARLO i-niediately passed the news softly across. Everyone is astonished but also
delighted. After Mass the four families meet outside.
1st MAN You know sumfin' (they all reply 'No') I am going' to spend de heart-
iest Krismas in my life dis year. Merry Krismas to you all,
especially Charlo!
(They all depart, each man with his wife and children en route for home).
1st 1MAN (Looking backwards) An' you-all mus' come to my home later. I have a
roasttid turkey...One roast pig... and because my wife have givven
my liquor to de poor, which so pleases me, I'll buy more. Don' forget
(THEY ALL answer:) Right away:
1st MAN (grinnin- amiably) Don't forget... don't forget... don't...

Page Eight -THE STABR Friday, December 31, 1965

Longford's First Message
A message front the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Earl of Longford -
"On assuming office today as Secretary of State for the Colonies I should
like to say how much I am looking forward to playing my part in the manifold
tasks which lie before us in the 32 dependent territories, Much has been achiev-
.ed; much remains to be done. It will continue to be our aim to lead to independ-
ence those territories which want it and can.sustain it But whatever the final
goal, be it independence or some kind of voluntary continuing, association with
Britain, we must.contiiue to work out the future for the territories in consult-
ation with the governments and peoples concerned. I hope to be able to make as
many personal contacts an opportunity permits.

SAs the new Secretary of State I send to you my personal greetings and good
wishes for 1966,"

Goodbye From Greenwood
eA telegram from Mr. Anthony Greenwood, former Secretary of State for the Colonies,
and now Minister for Overseas Development :-
"I am glad to have the privilege and opportunity over the last 14 months of
contributing, as Secretary of State, to the continuing process of the political,
social and economic development in those territories for which Britain still has
responsibilities. I have been fortunate in being able to visit a number of ter-
ritories and to study both progress and problems on the spot. I have enjoyed and
learned much from- many meetings with representatives from Overseas here in London,
both individually and at meetings and conferences. Durin! the year the affairs
of territories as diverse as South Arabia and British Guiana have been matters of
deep personal concern to me but my abiding interest has been to work patiently
for a future for each and every territory, whatever its circumstances -- a future
which would satisfy the aspirations of the peoples concerned and would enable them
to live in freedom and in harmony in whatever relationship they chose to have with
us in Britain.
I am now going to take charge of the lMinistry for Overseas Development where
I shall of course continue to have in thp future a deep and practical interest in
the dependent territories.
I am deeply grateful to all my friends and colleagues in the Colonial Office.
and in the territories Overseas for all their support to me in what has been a
most exciting, arduous and w-orthwhile task."

Amended Schedules

Due to the dry-dock'ing of the Federal :'alm in January the following
amended schedule will operate: -


Federal Palm Jan. 5 Federal iaple Jan. 5
(terminates St. Kitts) Federal Palm Jan. 9
Federal IMaple Jan. 19 Federal Maple Feb. 2
Federal Palm Feb. 2

The normal schedule is expected to be maintained through to April
1966 when a similar amendment will be made in respect of the Federal


Fiday, Doecnber, 31,- 1965 THE STAR Page Nine

By George Whitehurst

The other evening I went to a hole in the wall -- or should I say a
vacant lot -- to be exact, I went to Trader John's: a new supper night club
made over from the old slave cell block dating from 1754. I walked down a
narrow alley, met a man who wanted two dollars. "For what?" said I. He explained
that to enter I had to purchase four tickets for two dollars -- which entitled
me to four drinks. I figured that if the drinks were halfway decent I couldn't
go wrong. So with tickets in hand I headed for the bar.
"Yes, sir, whattle-it-be?"
The fact that I was asked what I wanted as soon as I came up startled me.
I an used to using my elbows and having a drink served to the guy who yells
I told him what I wanted and stood waiting for one of those small glasses
half-filled; instead, I received a good-size glass with an adequate amount of
"All this for fifty cents?" I thought to myself. This is great!
Pleased with my two dollar investment I began to see what the rest of the place
was like. Where was I? Truly this was the West Indies -- there were banana
plants, trees, coconut leaves, bamboo fences and soft lights. There was a dance
floor in the shape of Dominica surrounded by plaid-clothed tables and chairs.
After greeting many friends, it was time to redeem my second ticket, which was
promptly honoured by Trader John himself.
In the far corner, music began. It was the Silver Tones. I had hear
them before -- fair and noisy; but that night they were mellow. It's difficult
for any band to adjust to the atmosphere of a small night club where people
are eating and drinking, talking and dancing. They did it beautifully -- "an,
they were sweet and cool."
Miss Connie came out to sing. There are some women who look better after
each drink, but you could see this girl was lovely even before you had your first
one. She could sing too. This seems a good place to develop some local talent.
I hadn't noticed that my glass was empty, but there was a waitress at my side
"May I get you a drink, Mr. George?"
Now this girl had been trained. She didn't ask if she could get me
another one, which would sound as if I had come early and was having one after
the other. The way she put it made it seem as though I had just arrived and
wad having my first. Anyway this was how I justified my third drink.
Everyone was having a ball. The music didn't drown out the conversation.
The food was good and not expensive; the lighting gave you a feeling of being
alone together or with the group -- as you preferred; and the service was
Very little money was spent to create this night club, I'm sure.You should
see how hard work and imagination changed an eyesore of a vacant lot into
a delightful place to spend an.evening. My hat off to a job well done.
I don't remember what happened to my fourth ticket, but my friends told
ne I must have used it, because I was having such a good time. You will too,
even if you take your wife along.


On Sunday December 26th strong gusty winds and heavy seas lashed the
island of Grenada. Some of its effect was felt as far north as Dominica, but
in several Grenadian parishes damage. to bananas and other cultivation as well
as landslides were suffered. Many small boats slipped their moorings during
this gale, and a power boat refused to put out to their rescue. Only one of
si: scheduled airflights touched down at Pearls Airport, leaving many stranded,
particularly racing fans due to attend the races in Trinidad.

Page Ten THE STAR Friday, December 31, 1965

S T AiS P0 RT S Starsports continuedd)
BoBoxing: Nigerian Dick Turpin 'regained
1965 has been/a good year for local aor-
men. It started on a rather dismal note the iddleweight crown when he outpointed
Joey Giadelloand Emile Griffithtook on
when our football team was badly thrash- J Gidelloand Emile Griffithtook on
ed in rStucia and with the news of all comers in the Welterweight Division
ed in St#-Incia and with the news ofa
Patrick/Lawrence having his contract and defeated them all.
with Mddlesex County Cricket Club Back to Cricket, the West Indies retain-~
with ddlesex County Cricket Club
ed the unofficial World Championship whpne
erminated they beat Australia by two matches to 1
"Very little cricket was played in
ery little cricket was played in in a closely contested series. One high-
Roseau this year. There was only the
arens wicet available, and bause light of the series was the highly contro-
Gardens wicket available, and because
the Windward Islands Goodwill Tourna- versial articles written by Australians
ment was advanced April; it mant Norman O'Neil and Wally Grant about the
ment was advanced to April; it meant
4 e1 t wa advanced to A i it me n T- 4. 4. suspect action of Charlie Griffith.During
that most clubs had but one match before suspect action of Charlie GriffithDuring
the current series between Australia &
the Dominica team was selected.Despite bte Asrl .
the Dinica team ws selected.esie England, O'Neil has not been included in
these disadvantages, our boys carried .
all before them in St. Lucia. It was the the ustralian team, and it has been
rumoured that he is out of form. I wonderA
first time that Dominica had won a
tournament away from home since 1938 The second Test match between England &
tournament away from home since 1938 L 4m
when we lt te Le d I s and Australia started at Melbourne on Thursday,
when we left the Leeward Islands and
began playing in the Windwards The Australia again won the toss and batted
began playing in the Windwards. The
lion's share of the credit must go to all day on a perfect strip. At close of
our young Captain Clem John, who led the play they had scored 278 for 4. Simpson
our and Lawry opened the innings and were
side like a veteran. Individual perform- and Lawry opened the innings and were
ances from Irving Shillingford, Kaleb hardly trouble a t
land attack. Simpson was out ofproper
Laurent, Clayton Shillingford,Jerome
ouoit d C.ygustus Gregoire did much t touch after his long absence from the game,
Mollo afdd Augustus Gregoire did much to He & Lawy put on 93 for the first wicket
ensure the team's success. The Windward L pt o 9 f t f c
Is s tm to Au a be before he was caught off Allen for 57.
Islands team to play Australia bore awry went on to score 88, but Benge was
evidence of the high standard set by bowled by Jones for 5. Cowper produced
our boys. No less than seven were the brightest batting of the day: cut and
selected on a team comprising thirteen hooked with effortless ease, and at close
players, was undefeated with 90. Meantime Booth was
The Windward Islands acquitted them- trapped LBW by Jones for 23. For England,
selves well against the might of Austr- Brown & Allen were the only successful
alia, and after the match, Bob Parrish bowlers with two wickets apiece.
(Manager, Australian team) told me that
in Laurent, Sardine, John and Shilling- OBITUAR Y
ford the Windwards possessed potential On Christmas morning in Portsmouth, the
West Indian players, death occurred of Mr. Tyrel Michael
In a rain-ruined match just completed Bertrand, noted businessman and druggist,
in November against the Leeward Islands, long active in politics (he was Member and
none other than Everton Weekes had high later Chairman of Portsmouth Town Council),
praise for Laurent and John. also represented Northern Dist. from 1947-f
At Football, Spartan ran away with 51 on Leg. Co. Mr. Bertrand was active
the championship mainly due to a well in sports lawn tennis, cricket & football.
drilled defence. Carrington in goal, he was President & Treasurer of the St.
Strachan and Skeff John at full-back, Michael Society for over 30 years. A keen
and Casimir at half-back did much to lover of music, he led and organized carol
blot out their opponents' raids. *** choirs. He was a devoted Roman Catholic.
Dominica did better than it has ever The funeral service was conducted by the
done in the Popham Cup Competition held Dean of Portsmouth, Rev. Fr. Morne.A very
in St.Vincent in November.Beating Gren- large crowd attended from all parts of the
ada for the first time, our boys came Island, among them Hen. and Mrs. Stevens,
very close to bringing the Cup back home. Hon. Earl Leslie, Dr. Armour, the Deputy
They made St.Vincent fight hard for a Chief of Police, the Ag. Labour Comm., etce
victory, despite injuries and a hotly HE LEAVES TO MOURN HIS LOSS his wife,
disputed penalty. Octavia Bertrand, his children:Twistleton
Overseas in Boxing, Cassius Clay success- of H.M. Customs, Hubert & Sylvia (students
fully defended his World Heavyweight of Accountancy & Law respectively in U.K.,
title against Floyd Patterson-and re- Mornlight Phillip, Milton (Elec. Engineer
mains the undisputed champion, no matter in St. Vincent, and Emmanuel, PWD Surveyor;
what the World Boxing Board has to say. also his sisters in St. Joseph. R. I. P.
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