EW YO 2:, T STAR
MEW YORK 21,
Virtfute Duce Comnite Fortuna
Editor PHYLLIS SHAND ALLFREY
--Vol, II No. 2 January 29th, 1966 Seven Cents
SSOUND AND LIGHT FESTIVAL -- ANTIGUA
,. ,;' Here is a picture of Cy Grant, who has
Returned to Antigua (birthplace of his
mother) from Britain -- whore he had become
-; -. a television, stage and film celebrity after
giving up a law career. Cy Grant was born in
?6" 'British Guiana. *** And what is "SON ET
.'- "'i LUMIERE", the big show taking place in Ant-
igua today? *** It is the presentation of
History through sound and light -- tremend-
ously dramatic in its effect. The soene of
This pageant, for which an expert team has
S.i ,, flown out and to which hundreds will flock,
.4 -is English Harbour, Antigua, with its sea-
Smen's cottages, 'great houses' and gentle
scenery. Spectators will see Nelson arrive
| -' in the frigate Boreas...they will see his
romances spotlit...and eventually the dock-
yard will blaze and burn up in illumination.
". Nelson said Antigua was 'the spot whore I
; spent more happy days than in any one spot in
thenw ish Harbour was the greatest harbour
.... of the West Indies -- until ships of war
S became too large for it. Today it is a
popular haven for yachtsmen and small craft.
SE MUST BE FREE
'lte must be free who speak the tongue that Shakespeare spake." Uho said that?
Another great poet of the English language, William Wordsworth. And how right he
was, and is! For after all, what is it that binds the countries of the C nmmonwealth
together? Not blood, not race, not even culture (which is so varied in those far-
flung lands): simply and sheerly ENGLISH WORDS. We can all think of other ties;
British justice, for example, and loyalty to the Queen. They are all inextricably
int rlinke d
Since the results of Dominica's general election became known, nervousness
has been apparent in certain quarters lest citizens of this British island might
became the pawns of an authoritarian regime. One of the first liberties which
would come under attack from such a regime would be the Press. Let us make it
clear that we are DEADLY OPPOSED to any infringement of the rights of freedom of
speech and expression, although we know that one way out of such a dilemma is to
be a bit of a clown: as Shakespeare's Fool said, "Invest me in my motley, give me
leave to speak my mind.. ." Although we agree with Daniel Webster, great dictionary
creator, that "liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint" we don't
think restraint of the Press by any politician would be wholesome.
The people of Dominica know already that we are against ENFORCED SECRECY, and
may guess that we would raise a terrible row if the freedom of the Press became
tampered with in any way; our voice is a small one, but it has the backing of all-
lovers of British freedom, of the English language... and of Press colleagues
everywhere. Politicians must be prepared to take criticism; when any Press
criticism amounts to defamation of character or involves a legal misdemeanor
they can,, as indeed we can, bring the matter to the Courts. When the, people of
this land see the number and quality of Press representatives attendant on the
Royal Party, they will realise that Royalty treats the Press with respect and
courtesy. Never let it happen here as in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "I am forbid
to tell the secrets of my prison house."
Page Two THE STAR Sat-2 y, .J nuary 29,1966
LAST WEEK'S LEG. CO. -- OPENING SESSION
Watched by a large crowd of onlookers including many schoolchildren and
,a few V.I.P.s (including His Lordship Bishop Boghaert), the new Legislative
Council of Dominica (of which Labour holds tenseats to DUPP's one) underwent
the customary ceremonial. Hon. Louis Cool-s-Lartigue was re-elected Speaker
for the second term, with nominated planter Hon. Gerard Winston as his deputy.
For the first time; the proceedings were broadcast; flashbulbs popped during
the seating of Speaker,and Clerk of Leg. Co. Doctrove reprimanded the photo-
grapher afterwards. Special seating was arranged behind Inisters to accom-
modate backbenchers, and the opposition side was empty-looking with its
solitary member Hon. Anthony Moise; the two nominated members (second one
being Hon. Arthur Pemberton) sat at the end of the long table.
After a short adjournment for the robing of the Speaker, members were
sworn in one by one, including Ag. Attorney General L.I. Austin. Ministers
took the oath in order: Hon. C.M. and Minister of Finance EO. LeBlanc;
Trade & Production, Hon. N.A.N. Ducreay; Labour and Social Services, Hon.
W,S. Stevens; Communications and Works Hon. able M. James -- wearing : a lar,:e
brimmed white hat and beirge costume; then Minister without Portfolio Hon.
Ronald Armour. There was then a short adjournment while the Speaker met
IH.H. the Administrator Mr. G.C. Guy who, after inspecting the smart white-
uniformed Police guard of honour, entered the chamber to deliver the Throne
This speech started with a brief outline of the Colonial Secretary's new
proposals for Dominica's constitution and G'overnmment' s supporting comments
thereon; this was followed by an announcement that the Tripartite (UK, USA,
Canadian) Survey Mission would visit Dominica on March 26th April 2nd, to
formulate plans for economic viability. An income tax PAYE scheme is to be
introduced in 1967 and pay revisions for civil servants will (said the Speech)
"it is hoped have the effect of providing the country with a reasonably
contented civil service".
The Speech was largely taken up in its first half by agriculture and
marketing (Dominica's economy bp,' based nearly 95% pm agriculture); it
stressed the increased efficiency required in the production cf bananas, since
.despite the production increase of 15% in 1965 over the year 1964, money paid
to growers had decreased by nearly twenty per cent per ton. Continuation of
a citrus development programme, increased livestock production and encourage-
ment of pork raising were also mentioned; also research into growing "Irish
potatoes" (so far imported). Still in the air are a lumber industry and
sulphur mining, but the Coir Processing Plant (aided by United Nations techni-
cal assistance board), oils and fats factory with local capital# and pumice
mining (U.S. capital) had been launched. Government's interest in develop-
ing the hotel industry, tourist development, sale of crown lands to waiting;
applicants, the pioneer grant to Messrs. Eric's Bakery "to enable -them to
enjoy certain tax concessions in respect of the manufacture Of biscuits";,
the Mobile Library' Service, Canadian help with the Goodwill school and with
Do:-inican trainees in Canada, led up to art, culture and sport, In one of
its more bromidic sentences, the Throne Speech stated: "It is proposed to
encourage the formation, of a cultural group -... dedicated to the develop-
ment of art and culture ,ith emphasis on local art". Good manners are to be
encouraged: officially by the undertaking of a 'Courtesy Month'.
On page 12 the subject of Health was reached. Extension of the Portsmouth
Hospital, improved facilities at P.M.H., and provisions for the treatment of
deserving cases abroad, the need for better nutrition and possibility of the
appointment of a Nutrition Officer, an echo of the WHO Environmental Sanitat-oh
programme inaugurated in Federal days, Labour Legislation to bring Dominica
into line with I.L.O. conventions; a resumption of' the I.L.O. manpower Survey
inaugurated by Mrs. Allfroy as Federal* Ministet of Labour (this time undee
IMiss Alice Shurliffe, an expert in this field); Contributory scheme for
retirement benefits for private employees. insurancene of wor-kers who undergo
increasing risks in this island during increased industrialisation.. a Youth
Employment Service for informing the young about careers and giving them
vocational guidance, als helping them to find employment... (contd. page 3)
Saturday, Jani.a'ry 29, 1966 THE STAR Page Three
LAST E.TGT'S LEG. CO. Opening Session (contd.)
All these include the training of a Craft Worker and boarding scheme for neglected,
orphaned and delinquent children. Then comes mention of the item placed first
on the Labour Party's manifesto: Roads. The great strides achieved and the
$141,421 from C.D & W. funds for continuation of the La Plaine-Delices Road; the
Bagatelle-Petite 3avanne road work-in-progress and the further grant of'$50,000
for the Hatton Gar.den/Salybia Road (again C.D. & W), as well as the 1-0,005 for
the road to Petit,: Soufriere (same source) and an application for $30,000 CD&W-
for continuation of the Colihaut-Dublanc Road are all listed, together with
.;1271,747'CD & W for additional road construction equipment and sums of
over :,50,000 (Trafalgar) and +17,681 (Tete Iorne)pipe-borne water supplies,
The Colihaut School (to be completed shortly) and Savanne Paille school (work
well advanced), and telephone installations in the northern & N. Western districts
are noted; a new dial tone telephone service is in project and should materialize
in the near future.
The blessings of Almighty God were then invoked.
BARBADOS SCH-OOLCHILDREH TO GET FOOD
lashington January 7. Food will be provided to school children on the island
of Barbados to help improve nutrition and school attendance, the Agency for
International Development announced.
TWEEDLEDUM ANID WTEEDLEDEE (modern version )
by ROSE 0.
Eddydum and Eddydee
Resolved to have a scrimmage:
For Eddydum said Eddydee
Had spoiled his nice new Image.
Just then blazed down some twinkling stars
Pink as a splash of sorrel,
Confusing both those Commissars
Till they forgot their quarrel,
MINORITIES IN A DEMOCRACY
By Humayun Kabir, Minister of Government, India
.. One very interesting feature is that while, on the one hand, the spread of
democracy and education.tend to weaken some of the social implications of language
and religion, on the other hand, politically they are becoming more powerful. They
are becoming more powerful because there is a new awareness that if we want something
from the state, we have to press our demand for it. In the present context of the
-iLhin social, political and economic situation, the state has to take the major
in-itiat-ve in the reconstruction of national life. In almost every region, the state
is playing a direct role in the spread of education, but then, the creation of facilitic,-
is not koepi.ng pace with the demand for education. Nor is the opportunity of util-
ising that education growling as fast as is necessary. We have today the phenomenon
of a vast number of people who have gone through the educational process, and yet are
not socially useful. Many of them are unemployed; some are almost unemployable. This
is the more unfortunate, as at the same time, there is the demand for more trained
and educated personnel. '*** It is not an exaggeration to say that the dissidents are
the salt of the earth, provided they remember that they are dissidents in terms of
quality and not dissidents merely because of birth. The existence of minorities is
a condition for the survival of democracy. It may be a political minority, but it
must stand for progress and change. In the years since independence India has been
able to create conditions where minorities based on birth are steadily converted into
minorities based on intellect, based on politics, based on economics, based on cultural
interest. Thereby we ensure the preservation of all the minorities, and also assure
the progress of democracy in our country.
Saturday, January 29, 1966 THE STAR Page Four
WORLD RENOWIOT IN DONInICA ... (continued)
A Conjectural Dilemma- By VANZ LEBLANC Our song-lovers would be impatiently
hungry to get their autograph books
Don't expect me to comment at'thi signed by Elvis and the Beatles, at
signed by Ethis and che Beatles, am
stage on the two cricket matches, ,both least. They might be sports-lovers too;
equally viQtoriously achieved, between. wouldn't sports amateurs themselves be
Dominica and the Empire Club of Barbados. over-anxious to have mementoes of the
No; I thihk our commentators did this two Bests? And what of our photograph-
most effectively, especially the new- rs? They too would be ardently keen
comer to the booth. So it would be on pinning down a lasting personal
like beating a mosquito to death with 'shot' of admirable personalities.
a cricket bat; not as Sobers did, but Sports reporters and journalists would
just as Don Weekes did on Sunday. Further- want to know what the reception was at
more, our. sports reporters are capable all four corners. Would our radio
enough; and I think it would only be serve us?
fair to them to let them say the oppos- Consider the chaos, the confused
ite of what they had said in their state of certain minds, the restlessness
previous reports (Dominica beats Bar- of-highly emotional ones -- the neglect
bados, Barbados beats Dominica)! of the schoolboy to study on that day --
But an interesting national dilemma and the indifference of the teen-age
was suggested to me by someone who asked girl to her regular chores at home on
what it would be like if the Beatles that out-of-the-ordinary afternoon.
(world-admired O.B.E.s!) Pole (world's The rest is for you to conjecture.What
most renowned footballer); Elvis Presley would vou do? Are you one of those who
-(teen-agers delight, screen songster), loves sports more than Pop-songs? Did
and our most exquisite West Indian or you manage to be present on all those
world's- all-round cricketer, Garfield last seven cricket days to see Sdbers?
Sob6rs, all came to Dominica for the Many people did. Many people would
very first time on the same day?To make probably split themselves in four during
this imaginary dilemma more thought- our imAinary dituation...literally?-...
worthy, supposing these four arrived figuratively?
just for an afternoon, and each celebriLy
was stationed at one of the four corners
of Dominica: Portsmouth, Castle Bruce,
Roseau, Grandbay respectively? What
would be the reaction Dominica-wide?
Would you in Roseau allow the people
at Castle Bruce alone to see the first-
hand performance of Pele (something
which thrilled you when you saw it even
om the screen)? Of course you would
enjoy seeing and hearing Elvis in person
-- that I know; but you would be burning
with desire to see Pele in action...
football fans that you are!
Would the people in Portsmouth be
content to know that Gary Sobers was in
Dominica and they couldn't see him?
This great cricketer is someone all our
cricketers and amateurs would like to
watch -- even just to see him. But not
only those in Portsmouth but those all
over our country --- Castle Bruce, and
Roseau particularly... Portsmouthians
would certainly like to see Pole and
3lvis as well; whereas people of Grand-
bay would be thirsty to see the Beatles,
Elvis and Pele in their turn. In fact,
everybody would like to see all four.
Let's face it; and there would be a
traffic upsurge never known before, to
say the least.
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FOR GCE STUDENTS (Literature.)
Of all the poems selected for study
this year, we believe KEATS' "Eve of
St. Agnes" to be a strong favourite,
especially with romantic young girls,
This gives it a good start: and no
wonder. It is a beautiful, sensuous
poem6 The word 'sensuous' is not really
understood in Dominica -- it is confused
with 'sensual'. In effect, it means
that Keats' imagery is so rich and vivid
that it is almost touchable: it is so
real that you can almost feel, smell,
stroke it. Listen to this:
As down she knelt for heaven's grace
Rose-bloom fell-on her hands, together
And on her silver cross soft amethyst,
And on her hair a glory, like a saint...
Keats delighted in the richness of sound,
colour and taste; you may be expected
to quote examples of this. He notices
keenly the elements: cold, warmth,
the surge of music, the contrasting
sobriety of the beadsman's prayers.
Although Keats was more affected by
his beloved Greeks than by Shakespears,
those students who have read Romeo and
Juliet will know how much he has drawn
(subconsciously) from this tale of two
feudal families at feud. (more next wk.)
Saturday, Kanuary 29, 1966 THE STi
QUEEN AND CiC,:,'O ,.,ll T.
H.M. the Queen has graciously approved
the British Govt./Commronwealth
proposal that as from this year' Common-
wealth Day should be celebrated on her
official birthday, June 11th, instead
of May 24th as before.
Programmee of the Royal visit to
Dominica is now published, It lists
the routes and the routine of the day,
contains maps of the island, Roseau
section and Portsmouth, the Dominica
Day Song., and some historical facts.
Blank pages are for royal note-taking.
Her Majesty has approved (says
CanaPress) an Order in Council which
will soon be issued to outlaw the sale
of Rhbdesian Tobacco which in effect
would make both selling & buying of such
tobacco illegal. Meanwhile Dominica's
order of this tobacco.(since our Govt.
did not support the Commonwealth ban
while it was voluntary) is held up in
Holland because of exchange regulations.
H.Mi.S. Dainty will transport Central
Office of Information Press men and
women, with Ir. Douglas Carrocher,
Press Co-ordinating Officer for the
royal tour. 20-30 reporters from
Britain will go to B.G., Antigua,Barba-
dos and the Bahamas; some 13 will visit
the 'in-between islands'. We are told
that no amateur photographers need
apply for permits to take pictures
aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.
"Her Majesty and the Duke of Edin-
burgh deeply regret the passing of a
Commonwealth Prime Minister who was
their friend and whom they held in high
regard": this condolence message
referred to Sir Abubaka Tafawa Belawa,
whose murdered body was found last
Friday after nearly a week of rumours.
Although the authorities tried to keep
it quiet, when the body was taken North
for burial thousands of mourners turned
out to observe the Ioslem final rites.
General Irons remains -n command oi a
CAYNADA: Premier Errol Barrow of
Barbados spoke of 'independence this
year' and of the need for outside
investment in his homeland. The
'Independence Alone' resolution passed
by the B/dos House of Assembly was
passed last Monday by an even larger
majority in the Barbadian Senate.
Meanwhile the Barbados Labour Party
took Barrow to task: for his 'blood
bath' speech, saying that the DLoP.
was tryi-'g to lead Barbados to Indepen-
dence 'through threats and abuse'.
Jesuits are starting a school in
Barbados with classes in economics &
political science & kindred subjects.
EAS'iTE CARIBBEAT: six British
territories met this week (the four
Windwards, Antigua and St. Iitts) to
consider the new constitutional proposals
together in,St. Lucia. Chief Minister
E.O. LeBlanc of Dominica attended.
During his absence and that of two
other Ministers, Mrs. Mable M. .James
acted as C.M. -- first woman to do so
in any of the West Indian islands. She
is the new minister of Communications
BRITISH GUIANA will receive aid from UN
Development Programme of $5 million
BG dollars electrical power develop-
ment and forest industry. B.G. Govt
are putting up over a million dollars
for the schemes,
BAHAMAS: the Bahamaian dollar is now
stabilised at seven shillings sterling
since the change from sterling to
decimal system. New notes will be out
BRITAIN: Sunday Jan.25 was the first
anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's
death. Commonwealth countries have
raised about ~5 million for his memorial
fund (fellowships & scholarships); and
a fine Ist-day cover was issued at the
Dominica Post Office as from Mon.24th.
SAN D..11 CO0: Prov. President Garcia-
Godoy has ordered the transfer of 34
army officers from both sides of last
year's civil war -- to posts abroad.
Most of the old military Junta officers
refused to leave, but rebel leader
Col. Camaano accepted a post as military
attache in London. The move was meant
to ease tension and stop acts of vi lence
DAKAR: Artists from Trinidad, Jamaica
and Iartinique will be much in evidence
at the first World Festival of Negro
Arts to be held in Dahar, Senegal, from
April 1. The U.S. Committee for this
festival is arranging the participation
of several American Negroes. President
Johnson applauded the work of the U.S.
Committee. From Martinique, Professor
Lucette (musician) and other creative
and interpretative artists will be
BRITAIN: the British Labour Party won
the Hull by-election by a majority of
5,000 a big increase from the 1,000
majority of the general election.
SOVIET UNION's new Ambassador to
Britain is Mikhail Smilovsky, a career
diplomat once posted in Washington.
JAMAICA: A Dental Faculty for UWI is
being urged by Jamaican Dentists, since
McGill University is closing its doors
to West Indian dental students now.
B.C. : Cheddi Jagan's Opposition has
decided to boycott thec Queen's visit.
Page Six THE STAR Saturday, January 29, 1966"
-WTartime Anecdote THE SPIRIT PO.ITRAIT by Phyllis Shand Allfrey
S She;was once the kind of person I used to run into by accident in cheap London
resteuruints, I don't quite know why she made a craypn sketch of my head, for I was
very much alive at the time. Perhaps she was only practising on a living model;
she was also rather poor. At any rate I paid a pound for.it, and my friends, seeing
it framed in ivory in my bed-sitting-room, declared that it was very spiritual. The
sketch pleased me as much as tho personality and purpose of the Artist diverted me.
I hoped to meet her again, perhaps because of that quality of unwordlikne's (she had
told me that she was psychic), combined with the capable upward sweep of a strong
forearm and the shrewd appraisal of blue eyes -- that curious combination of an
artistic woman on the make and a mystic.
She said amusing things, too. She told me that once she was in a railway car-
riage with four paratroopers as alike as quadruplets, but all she could think of
was how exc isite the Pegasus motif in turquoise on wine-red looked on the sleeves
of their battle-dress. She added that they fed her on chocolate biscuits all the
way to Southampton, and were 'perfect gents'.
Then I next met her, it was again in a dingy caf. She was sitting alone at a
table for two, eating healthily. I was pretty hungry myself. She smiled, address-
ed me: "Hullo, Phil J", and I sat beside her, enjoying the way her silver hair out-
lined a youthful face. "Dra..rn any spirits yet?" I asked. For that was her I i fe-
purpose. She was getting into training to make portraits of the departed. Once in
a rash moment while I was posing for her she had confessed this aim. She hoped to
bring comfort to the bereaved by making swift impressions of their lost ones as &ey
materialized at pschic sessions -- for a modest fee of course.
"I wish," she said with r/sigh, "you took me seriously." And I felt ashamed a
a bit callow. "I think I might," I said, "if I believed in the whole thing. Bu t
I've never been to a seance -- I've never even investigated this psychic business.
Perhaps I am sceptical because of my ignorance."
"You look so sensitive." (Now what did she see in my face that my friends had
missed ?) I leaned cross the spotty table and asked her to take me with her to one
of the meetings, and this she consented to do in her usual kind manner. She would
take me tomorrow; but there was a shade of doubt in the invitation. Hier eyes ask-
me to behave myself nicely, and mine promised instantly to do so. After all, it
would be a new experience, and I was not entirely boorish.
I waited outside the well-bred house in which the seance was being held until
I saw her approaching, and we walked up the front steps together. People were shak-
ing hands with each other in a pros.perous-looking hall, and my artist friend found
a moment in which to point out one or two personalities to me. "That is Major Daw-
son. His twin brother was killed at Alamein. And Mrs. Brierley: she lost a little
daughter in the bombing east spring. The tall dark man over there is Sir Char e s
Tewitt. His wife died recently. The lady in the red hat ..." B3ut I could not hold
all the names in my head. I only vaguely made a note that Sir Chaples was the host
and the lady in the red hat was the medium. Although the introductory conversation
was not melancholy, the place reminded me of an undertaker's parlogy. Presently wye
removed to another more attractive room and assembled around a table. There w as
a circle of soft light, and plenty of shadow. I gave myself wholeheartedly to the
proceedingS. I gazed at the faces of the bereaved, feeling UTke an inte.rfper and
a swi-e. But, most of all I concentrated on watching my artist fried as well as I
could in the dia.oss she sat four Chaira away frQom a:e. I was impressed and abash-
ed. Every now and then her pencil trembleo, applying itself to the white se fa 0e.
Names and phrases were being mzaaired, but I missed all the technicalities; I was
too busy trying to believe in the belief of my artist friend. Once I glancedat the
Major and Sir Charles. They too were concentrating bitterly. The trouble was I
couldn't take it seriously. If I could have slunk out, I would have done so. Instead
I drained myself into the leather chair and longed for the seance to be over? an d
afterwards I felt that if I had missed anything it was entirely my own fault.
continuedd on next page)
Su~turday, C I 9, 1G83 T~ 7,09
(We are i, debtod to the PrograucEr. of e
the -ueen's Visit for the descriptions I
of the dances given blow) i
MAelee Royale E
This Miedley of folk dances begins
with a Carnival 'allying Call, during d
which the dancers enter and take their
places for-"La ,onde", a popular ring
game from the country; this gradually
gives way to the graceful "Mazurke", .
adapted from the European Mazurka in
French Creole days,
Ifext, in sharp contrast we have the
*"Manbaylo" in which the dancers delight
in a display of African verve a relic
of slave days, still danced on moon-
light nights by the young people in the
more remote parts of the island.
The i.edley ..,oyale encb with a repet-
ition of the .'allying Call as the dancers
The Belle Aire
The Bel-1e Lire is Dominica's most
distinctive dance. It was brought Tby
slaves from Africa but shows traces
of modification, influenced by Carib,
Spanish, French and Engiish ideas.
Accompanied by songs on current
events (or the drudgery of work) the
Belle Aire was traditionally danced
bare-footed in the moonlight on festive
occasions including Church feasts. It
is still,popular in the country districts.
There are three types of Belle Aire;
The Juba, The Belle Aire Sauter and the
TlE SP"IT FC.-ITj.AIT (con,),
iki-Ti. The Juba io .danced by a nma
snd female partner ho seen to Qchfall
;he one to outdance the others the Si
.s a challenge between dancer (or'da.
ind drummer in a vigorous, frenzied m
:entg the Riki-Tiappears to be a mat
lance, generally performed by three
(but .never by. married women).
Great concentration and skill is
by the drummer who must follow the d
contrary to usual practice.
ONLY T1E- DAYS LEFT
SYLVANIA'S )LTH ANNIVERSARY SAIE
JI TH EVEsY PU CHASE OF
SYLVANIA FRESH CHICKEN:--
Yo.a et another one at Half-Price'.
Get yours ats- Marie Klaram
idondesi re s Charles's
Royer's Vic's Supernarket
Dechausay (Goodwill) Delsol's
!:co tr's Sylvania Shop
This celebration.ends Tuesday night'Feb.1st
TIPf4IAL 2JO.D, 11109.CSU
by Phyllis Shand Allfrey
Out in the starlight of Belgravia, I noticed that ay artist friend looked
spent and bemused. "Surely there are photographs, which night be helpful?" 'I
rashly suggested. She was offended. "Photographs? Iut it is the now we seek,
and not the past image! Didn't you notice that there were no photographs at
that house, for instance? Sir Charles destroyed them all."
I did not see ry acquaintance again for many months, and to be truthful I
had not thought of her much between-whiles except to wish her well in a perplex-
ed w.ay; then somehow or other I received an invitation to a fashionable recept-
ion. As I stood absently giving up Wy coat I heard her voice of greeting behind
me1 "Zullo, Phil!" -- and she materialised, looking blithe and mondaine, with
real rubies in her silver hair. I hastened to speak to her -- with her usual
friendliness, she seemed pleased to see me. "Did you ever finish that spirit
portrait?" I 'ascke her, observing the hallmark of success on her appearance.
"It ceased to be necessary," she said, and her eyes twirled as she was
joine,- by a tall attentive, familiar figure. 7e were'all three swept forward
by the throng, and a monctonous voice announced
"Sir Charles and Lady Tewitt ..."
iSAYiTGS OF 1965
"I have to put off the date of zy death" --- Bertrand ,ussell
Saturday, January 29, 1966 THE STAR Page Eight
RED CROSS, DO: ii ICA BRANCH DOMINICA CHAMBER OF CCiEi -C'E
On Wednesday Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. H.H. The following officers were re-eloc-
the Adrinistrator carried out the annual ted'at the AGM of the Dominica Chamber
inspection of Red. Cross 'Voluntary Aid of Cornnerce on January 25:-
Detachments' (V.A,D.); this took place Mr-.-L. Cools-Lartigue, President; Mr.
near the Branch HQ in the yard of the L.O. Green, Vice-Pres,; Mr. A..-. L.
Ministerial Buildings on High St. Eight Williams, Sec.; Mr. George Gabriel,
members of the 'Mlen's Detachment were. Treasurer and Mr. A.L. Emnanuel, Member
on parade under Cormiiandant A.Riviore, of Executive Comnittee.
and fifteen members of the Women's do- The President spoke of the stagnation of
tachment under Commandants Miss G.Davis business and its revival at Christnas
and Mrs. A. Christian. Also present time, thanking members of Ex.-Co. and
were Mrs. Lorna Robinson, Director, others for advice and co-operation*
Mrs. C.Fadolle, Dep. Director, ~-.
Dorival (Matron PMH) Mursing Supt.;Mrs. AUCTION SALE
B. Harris, welfare Officer Fol-
lowing inspection, .Ir. Guy presented TO BE SOLD on the instructions of
Service Awards to 12 nmeinbrs, adding a Louis B. Dolsol, registered proprietor,
three-year bar to their awards. (1962-64) at 13 Grant Lane, Goodwill on Tuesday
Ir. Guy commented that the last par- the 15th day of February, 1966 at 3pm.
ado he had attended at the Society's .'.'one lot known as lot M 290 at 18 Grant's
in 1965 had been larger. Having tender- Lane, Goodwill containing 3729 square
ed his congratulations and hopes for feet with building thereon comprising
the future, ihe trusted that there would 3 bedrooms, living room, toilet, bath,
he a larger rally marking the Queen's children's room, pantry, kitchen, and
visit. After being d t Dir- garage.
ter bein te Dir- Dated the 27th day of January, 1966.
sector, H.H. withdrew, and after an
equipment inspection by the iNursing J.R. RALPH CASIMIR
Superintendent, the Parade was dismissed. Auc
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SRoe au. 1 3
E TERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION
ElXAMINATION JUNE 1966
University of London
All entries for the above examination should reach the Education
Department, Roseau, not later than 11the February, 1966. Late entries
cannot be accepted.
Entry fee per Candidate 9 ,7.20
Subject fees (additional to entry fees) for
each subject offered -
Advanced Level t!7.20
Ordinary Level 12.40
SOral Language per subject -
Ordinary Level :;2.00
Practical Subjects per subject -
Advanced Level "'2.00
Local fee, 4O0 of total amount of entry fee and subject fee.
Application forns which can be obtained at the Education Department
n*ust be submitted with Lirth or laptismal Certificate attached.
77/66-2/3 Ag. Education Officer.
Page Nine ... STAR Saturday, J.anuary 29,196"
LOCAL .NEWS O R L D N E W S
The Typhoid Story. Last week the STAR ,
Thavin-g heard authoritatively what, the
health lopo-sition in Dominica was') ;.. sued
a gentle: warning to readers:, boil -youi
water for drinking." Do not let your
children drink fromany.pipesdurihg-
this dry spell., No' mention was mmhde of
the dread word 'TYPHOID. Meanwhile,
scare headlines-about the spread.-of
typhoid appeared in Trinidad and Barbados
papers. Probably if the Government of
Dominica had told the people the truth
EARLY, such scare headlines would not
have appeared. -'Meanwhile, a.D.G.S.
schoolboy died in hospital and the
rumours were at work again. WThat we
really need (since Government has not
denied that there, are sporadic cases of
typhoid in Dominica) is the statistical
position, and a little advice from the
Ministry of Health. Such matters cannot
be kept secret from the public indef-
initely. Releases telling the people
that things are not as bad as they have
heard are not sufficient to allay fears.
The Labour Commissioner willrbceive
and process applications from 'practising
Trade Unionists' for two Group Training
Programmes in Labour Union1 leadership
offered by.the Government--of Canada.These
programmes will last four and five
months, and should be applied'for before
Feb. 1. Cambridge Leaving certificate
and two or more years Union experience
are anticipated. Contact Dept.of Labour.
DGSEaster'Term evening classes commenced
on ,Monday Jan. -17, Book6.coing was added
to the courses.
T-TO- MII:FISTERS AJTAY: Hon. IT.A.-. Ducreay
to attend the Oils & Fats Conference
which o-ocned on Thursday last; (advisers
Mr.Jenner Armour & Mr. Haynes Byant);
also Hon. '.S. Stevens to attend the
stone-laying ceremony of the Permanent
buildings of the.-new College of Arts
and Science, U.U.I. Both events took
place in Barbados.
CIIAIRiA; of Central Housin-: "Ion. Mrs.
NM.MI. James was appointed Chairman of the
Central Housing & Planning Authority as
frQm Jan. 17.
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If your friends all think- you boring
And in your company start snoring,
Become a reader of the STAR
And hear them say how clever you aro.e
united States: Seven tho~uscad million
dbllrs for the war in Viet. 'Iam.-- more
thda half the United States budget --
'was voted by Congress last week.
British"Fordign Secretary itchael Stewart
andi Defence Minister Denis Healey arrived
in Washington.for talks. Britain reported
anxious to cut armaments spending.
Coloured' Cabinet Minister of the U,S,
Govt. .obert C. Teavcr,58, 8, took up his
post as Secretary of H6using .and Urban
ROME: Pope Paul said last Sunday that
a miracle would be necessary to bring
about Christian Unity but "perhaps the
hour is near". The Pontiff asked for
prayers during the years 'annual week
of unity' which ended last Tuesday.
SOVIET UWiIOT: Because a young American
who had been imprisoned for crossing
the Soviet border from Torway lap-t.,:-.;
September committed suicide by ,cu;.ti,;llg
his throat in a lavatory of .a train-,,
taking him to a forced labour camp, the
U.S. Government has ordered a complete
investigation throu h its Ioscow Emblassy.
'The young man, book salesman i ',:,'comb
Mo tt, was convicted of nte ring. USSR
illexlay% without Asa. ..
S. 'T1ZERLAN D: The towering peall of Mont
Blanc wrecked a low-flying Doeing 707 and
killed 117 passed, ers, including the
top Indian Atomic Scientist and other
Indian experts. Mrs. Gandhi described
the loss as irreparable.
*FRANCE: The French Cabinet ordered a
complete reorganisation of the Police
Service -as a result of the kidnapping
and alleged murder of Moroccan Opposit-
ion leader Ben Baka in Paris. A major
scandal ensued and many high ranking
Police officials lost their jobs.
SC(i'T' AFRICA: After Prime Minister
Verwoerts declared thathe would not
openly support Rhodesia because of Brit-
tish trade relations., but would not stand
in the way'of 'private assistance', a
gift of 80,000 tons of gasoline was
subscribed to Rhodesia by .S. African
BRIT,AIN reported last Sunday night that s'
she' wbas shaping plans for worldwide
'boycott of Rhodesian tobacco in a new
move to topple lan Smith's rebel regime.
Tobacco is Rhodesia's biggest earner of
Page Ten THE STAR Saturday, January 29,1966
SCOTSMEN CELEBRATE IN DOMINICA. by A.W.
January 25th, as all good Scotsilen know. Burns Night, when all Scots gather
to drink their national drink (please note that a native of Scotland is "Scots" -
"Scotch" is whisky) and eat haggis which is a mixture of sheep's offal and oatmeal
cooked in the sheep's stomach; it is brought in to the assembled company on Burns
I:tight to the skirl of the bag-pipes with all due ceremony.
Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, wrote at the end of the 18th century
and died young at 37. Strangely enough the English poets of a decade or so later,
Keats, S1zllJy and Byron also died in the prime of life. I know that any Sc6tsman
will blanch to hear Burns compared with an English poet! He was born in Ayrshire,
son of a farmer. He was mainly self-taught, since he could only go to school
when his father could spare him from the land. He read all the literature he could
lay his hands on and soon found that his way was with the poets and not with the
Highly romantic, his poems are often about his loves -- Highland Mary, Bonny
Lesley, Nany and Jean (Jean was his wife) and many others. He planned at one time
to go to Jamaica but settled in Edinburgh. His prolific poems are written in
beautiful Scots dialect and can only be read really accurately by a true Scot.
Many of the words have to be translated to the foreigner but the beauty is there
through the lyrical sound of the words, even to those p'orsdns to whom the full
meaning may not be clear. I must quote in full one of his two best known poems
which appear in nearly every anthology of verse; this has been set to music:-
0, my luve's like a red, red rose Till a' the ses gang dry, my dear,
That's newly sprung in Junel And the rocks melt wi' the sun!
0, my luve's like the melodic I will luve you still my dear
That's sweetly played in tune~ 'r_.i... the sands o' life shall run.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, And fare thee weel, my only luve,
So deep in luve an I, And fare thee weol awhile
And I will luve you still, my dear, And I will come again, my luve,
Till a' the seas gang dry: Tho' it were ten thousand mile.
The -other "To a Mouse" is most expressive but much longer and full of dialect
/ it starts -
tWee, sloekit, cow'rin' tim'rous beastie,
0 what a panic's in thy breastie! ..-......
I wish I had roon to print more of these lovely verses, but up on the Morne
on Burns Tight a small number of people got together for the express purpose of
rcadin;, and quoting his verse, though most persons were too shy to give full jus-
tice to the poetry. Robert Burns was, however, well and truly toasted in the
drink with which he himself was so familiar but which unfortunately hastened his
prca-iatLre end of a heart complaint. It was a pity that the traditional haggis
couldn't be obtained but minestrone and hamburgers made an excellent substitute.
A braww, bright, moonlight nicht" was had by all!
A BOY'S PRAYER
A little boy attending a junior school in Roseau is used to offering up a
'free prayer' each night, following his formal intercessions which begin with OUR
FA'THE, Last Monday evening his free prayer, reported by an elder sister, was
"0 God, don't just make 'me a good boy but make me a clever boy so
that I can go to Grammar School or Academy soon. But after I reach there, stop me
from drink-ing dirty water so that I don't catch typhoid and die."
The following night, the boy had a pause for reflecting, then began the same
free prayer in even stronger terms. He ended up:
"...stop me from drinking dirty water so that I don't catch typhoid and die,
but only cause the murderers to drink dirty water and die, like Miss says. AMEN."
LEADING GUIDES .jARUDD: In a ceremony at Government House, Mrs. Guy, wife of H.H.
the Adlministrator, presented the laurel leaf to Mrs. Marguerite Bascom for
'outstanding meritorious service' since 1932 (she is Ag. Island Commissioner);
and the oak loaf to Mrs. Althea Elwin, District Comm!issioner, Roseau, for
'unusually good service', in the presence of the Guide Council, Guides and Brownies.
Saturday, January 29, 1966 THE STAR Page Eleven
CT'iT.--TG OF WINBAN MEETING IN ST VINCENT
Extracts from the speech of the IL.'i.;' President, Mr. D.A.Henry
"Mr. Chief Minister, I trust that you will not sue me for trespass, if I
ossay the opinion that in order to survive aGovernment should have the ability
to move with the times and to meet needs as they manifest themselves.
May we now ask ourselves the question "what are the three most far-reaching
developments of our time?"
First The rise of Communism with its threat to the very foundations
Second The rise of the Racial issue into being the most fundamental factor
in world affairs and
Thirdly The rise of'a vast world of new Nations who are all struggling to
create political stability out of the chaos of colonialism and
economic growth out of poverty.
Sir, we are now on the threshold of Internal Independence and will soon
be taking our own place as islands in the sun.
The U.K. has offered us a New Constitution on torms that are most evolution-
ary and vital from our point of view. Broadly speaking, we shall be a nation-State
in association with Britain with full internal autonomy and with the British only
exercising responsibility for Defence and External Affairs. I think I might
pause here to point out that this is something much more than full internal
self._. -overnment with which many people are confusing it...
In this period .of rapid change, in this time of relentless challenge, do we
have those qualities .of adjustment, those characteristics of the 'adaptive
society' so requisite to meet the acceleratin-' rate of change which is the over-
ridin" characteristic of our time? The danger lies in complacency, selfishness
ignorance and irresponsibility... ...
This proposed arrangement with the U.K. has changed the picture completely
and introduced the factor of finality which is of grave concern to the Banana
industry and, indeed, the whole agricultural section of the Windward Islands.
The hour is now here for our respective Governments to exercise great vision
and foresight in negotiating the final arrangements.with the U.K. This will be
the time for hard bargaining: tomorrow might be too late ....
The bait of internal Independence unaccompanied by some form of economic*
integration vis a vis the U.K. markets would be a snare and a delusion destined
to enslave-the peoples of these islands in perpetual poverty. I hope I have
made this point as forcefully as a non-politician.canj ....
It seems that nothing will make sense unless we get noaror together, Inter-
island jealousies and distrust must go' We:mu'st get to like and know each
...Special arrangements should be made to aid and protect our agricultural
crops, a fortiori these arrangemennts should not be subject to sudden reversal
without our Governments having a say. Surely, hurricanes are bad enough, ....
I molak no further apology for agitating your minds in this direction because, as
I have already said, banana business is your business: and y.ubusiness is
And by God's Grace, may this country one day encompass the whole Caribbean
Community and become a vast and splendid Monument, not of oppression and terror,
but of wisdom, peace, racial harmony and of liberty upon which the world may gaze
with admiration forever and forever!"
DOMINICA BANANA GROWERS ASSOCIATION
At the DBGA special general-eecting held last Monday to hear a report by Chair-
man Stafford Shillingford-on WINBAN's failure to obtain financial support from
HM. Government during the past 9 months' negotiations for continuance of a
subsidized price adjustment scheme, it was stated that until the banana industry
was fully on its feet with subsidies in lcan times, it would be unable to compete
in world markets when Britain drops her imperial tariff barriers. "Savage compet-
ition by Jamaica"had created abnormal conditions for Windwards banana sales in UK.
Mr. Shillingford outlined alterna-Lives agreed with Geests which offered stability
and some measure of planned development, stressing the need for better padding
of banana trucks and greater care in handling fruit to avoid rejects. Without
qualityy Control,, some Cost Control and higher yields per acre, we were doomed.
Page Twelve THE STAR Saturday, January 29, 1966
S T A R S P O R T'S TREBLE
Cric ket Sa
The Fourth England/Australia Arsenal
Test Match began at Adelaide yesterday. arsenal
England'won the toss and took first strike lacpol
Sh 1 fi ld r r TT
on a wicket which the groundsman predict-
ed would help the seamers in the first
hour or so. The prediction proved cor-
rect and McKenzie (originally dropped for
this match but reinstated when Allan was
injured) and Hawke were immediately among
the wickets. McKenzie bowled Barber
with an inswinger and Edrich was magnif-
icently caught off Hawke by Chappell at
slip for 5. Barber failed to get off the
mark. Barrington and Boycott resisted
for a while, but Boycott went for 22
caught off McKenzie, Cowdray joined
Barrington and they set about.restoring
England's fortunes. Their partnership
prospered for some time, but was broken
just when it belan to look threatening.
Cowdray was run out for 39 and soon after
Barrington w-7t- lbw to Talters' for 60.
Smith was most subdued and was eventually
bowled by Veivers for 29. It was left to
Parks ('!-) and Titmus (32 n.o,) .to give
England some measure of respectability,
and at close of play they were 240 for 9.
McKenzie has so far captured 5 for 4L.
Dramatic Jamaican Collapse
Nearer home in Antigua, the combined
Leeward-Tindward team, after being kept
in the field all day ThursdayJamaica's
openers were rewarded Friday morning by
a collapse all out before noon. Teddy
Griffith (brother of Empiir Club Manager
Harold) scored 150 in 4-1 hours, while
Foster got 41 and Ron Hadley 49 n.6. at
stumps -- 264 for 3. The Island's field-
ing was above average but catching left
much to be desired. Freeland, Laurent
and Cilbert were steady, but Pierre off
targer on the first day yet on Friday, 19
runs only were put on for the loss of 7
wiclkets, mainly due to Frocland: 11.50 am
283 all out,
As we go to press (4.20 p.m.) the score
is 172 for 5, CG sham (1I) and Hector (2).
Foster and Iatthew were bowling and the
foll-oing Leeward/Windward batsman were
out: Harris (31), Elwin (14), Skillingford
(53), John (40) and. hillip (4). Foster
and Matthews- had each taken two wickets.
For football pool. fans, Starnports
starts a now service thia wook. Wo will
give our best 16 matches for tho Treble
Chance pool very Saturday.
le 1Ze .
CHANCE I T..1. for
turday, Feb. 5th
Queens Park Rangers
SATURDAY, Jan. 21: MV Hornsdeich from UK
gen. cargo; MOON: MV Helicon from 'Erope
gen. cargo incl. fertilizer for 0loseau &
Pt/mth; MV Iovelist from UK, 59 tons gen.
cargo; TUES: MV Atlantic Sun from North
with frozen fish etc.; MV Irpinia. from
South, 11 passengers from UK, embarked 26
for return:i:ED: MV Themis, gen cargo; SS
Flandre from G/lou-oe I: Europe, landed 2
from UI and 9 from G,/oupe; THIURS: MV
Brunsland to load bananas for UK; MV
Del:'ros fro1 G/loupe 14 passengers.
FRI: MV St Andrew M gen cargo from B/dos.
Fogarty Anatole To Die
Just after 7 o'clock on Thursday night
Mr. Justice Louisy put on his black cap
and sentenced Fogarty Anatole to death
for the murder of police corporal Eli
Thomas on December 4. The jury' had del-
iberated for 35 minutes and the prisoner
received their verdict "guilty" impassive-
ly. Anatole appeared in Court in a spot-
lose- white shirt, knife-edged' jockey
trousers and not a hair out of place. He
was defended by young Barbadian lawyer
"1obbyi Clarke whb did his best with a
tale of accidental stabbing with the knife
Anatolo had in his'hand because he w4as
just cating his food.
At the time of the murder, Anatole was
on bail awaiting trial for wounding a
policeman during D.D]. Carnival. By using
abusive language to Constable Dolsol he
drow attention to himself, Dolsol was
beaten up., Anatole armed himself with a
cutlass: and knife-- a petty thug became
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