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THE STAR
I!EW YORK 21, N. Y,, ,


Virtue Due Comite Fortuna
Editor PHYLLIS SAND ALLFREY

Vol. II, No. 8 'March 12th 1966 Seven Cents

GOODBYE TO THE CURIBBEAN
'Her Majesty the Queen says hail
.".and farewell to some of her newly-
S. met friends in the Caribbean.
in ,When -the oueen flew into London
S. A ai a airport last ionday and drove to
uckingham Palace, she was greeted
4 by an official welcome party headed
reant by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Reporters said that the aQueen was
d sun-tanned and smiling.
Sow she is back with her two young-
". es~t children, and everybody hopes
that she will enjoy some restful
home-life before the excitement
r of the forthcoming general election
Cuch tr ,ou,-, we enjoyed her presence
in .. p among us, it is good to l- know that
.e. ..'-..).O er iajesty travelled bach safely
A" .: aned arrived well.
--- --.---.;--. --.
TI-T THOUSANDTH BABY
On Wednesday IMarclh 9th, a nine-month-old baby boy from Riviere Cyrique was
brought in by D. .O. Dr. Wolfson to the Infant Jesus Home for malnourished
children. He was the tnousandth baby to be admitted to the Home for care and
treatment. The Nuhrsing iome for Infants was opened by Sister eIary ]Aicia, Social
Worker, in July 1960 and was operated tinder the capable direction of Irs.Aileen
Pringle, S.R.N., S.C.IM., until the last weeks of 1965. Since 1960, efficient
and devoted care has helped many underprivileged children in Dominica, and on
occasion. it has saved the lives of the more fortunate, too. Of the 1,000 babies
admitted, only thirty dicd: or 3.3 per cent! -Is that not a rewarding record,
for which we should congratulate every organiser and worker of the Infant Jesus
H-omne, past and present?
The little ex-patients can now be found in most villages of the Island,
enjoying health and happiness. The Home gave them a foundation of health; but
it is up to us all to see that they have a sound future in a prosperous and
promising land. If the Home had not existed, Dominica might have lost the
greater part of a thousand young citizens.
We offer our sincere congratulations to the Home, the babies, and the staff.

Consider and Advise
We have received from the Chief Minister a copy of the Draft Constitutional
Proposals for Dominica, a short-form version of which has already been reviewed
in this paper, We are now preparing a memorandum on this 76-paoe document; this
will contain cormients on the subject of referendum, among other things; and will
examine Sir Crantley Adams' com:~ent on the Proposals (see page 5 of this issue).
But as we said before, a lot will depend upon who carries out the
recommendations which are finally accepted.







Saturday, March 12, 1966


P age Tw (ESA


DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE
IN DOMINICA
By Our
Commonwealth Industrial Adviser
continuedd)
DEVELOPMENT
5, Spring Mattresses: the cost of a
mattress usually doubles on its jour--
.ney from Overseas, due to Ihigh frei-
ght costs, and it therefore lends
itself to local manufacture mainly
on this basis. Plastic and Rubber
foam mattresses and cushions are also
interesting on the basis of freight-
age*

4a Stock Holding: one of the greatest
problems faced by manufacturers and
their overseas; customers is that o f
ensuring continuity of supplies, due
to the elapsed time taken to produce
and deliver in economic quantities.
To s me extent this also applies
even in home markets, and is now


as well as employment; and it would
form a base to offer major overhaul
facilities to the other islands for
engine-rebuilding, etc. Furthermore,
the necessity to have supplies of
replacement spares, readily available
would be an inducement for the man-
facturer to take advantage of tlhe
stock holding proposition.
A further development of this could
be the production of caravans and
motrised caravans for the U.S. market
based on imported chassis (at such
time when timber and plastics become
available locally). The advantages
in this would be lower labour and
freight costs.
6, Electric Bulbs: a product that
suffers from high freight and damage
insurance costs which can now be pro-
duced economically in a small unit
to supply the relatively low demand
of the Caribbean area.


being counteracted by firms providing. 7. Pottery: this would be initially
s ock-holding and transport facilities low capital project, producing a
in an area for a number of different high quality product-aimed at the
customers. By this means a manufact- tourist trade, and also for supplying
ure can obtain lower transport rates new hotels and-establishments where
(because the goods are delivered iT there is considerable demand for
one large consignment) and the cus- special designs. Some coarse clay
tomer benefits in that he can reduce is available locally, but china clay
his stockholding when deliveries can is in any case subject to low freight
.be effected in smaller quantities at rates so that costs would compete
more frequent intervals. The various with imported quality china.
islands in the Caribbean, and perhaps Providing there is a basis of suit-
the smaller Central American states, able talent, especially amongst wom-
could benefit if these methods were en, this would be a very pleasant
applied (with Dominica as the dist- project to carry through as it pro-
ribution centre (Ednote after the videos work of good character,
building of a depp-water harbour.))
The v iiety of products suitable to 8. Boat Yard: side by side with the
this is limitless -- from drugs to formation of the timber and plastics
motor spares, from packaged foods evenlndustries would be the formation of
to packaging materials, with which to a yard to produce Fishing and Pleas-
repack the consignments. In fact it ure cnaft. Improved design and work-
Pould be said that a venture of this manship of fishing vessels for the
type provides virtually a branch o f fishing cooperatives and the provis-
Ie home factory within easy reach; on of mother boats for deep-sea
Scan also progress to local mnu- work would be a desirable step -for
facture once the turnover warrants it.the I.D.C. to undertake. After con-
solidation of the yard, an active
5, Vehicle Assembly: in 1965, few sales campaign could bring business
Land Rovers were allocated to Dominicafrom neighboring islands, and also
ex-factory, but no doubt some were perhaps from the U.S.
imported reconditioned, ex-W.D. There
seems no reason why such recondition- (next week Textiles & Technique)
ing could not be carried out in Dom-
inica with vehicles obtained direct Tender, Juicy, Succulent,
from the War Department or from hire
and second-hand firms abroad. This SYLVANIA-FRESH CHICKENS
would provide an expansion of skills ARE T P S


TE'STAR


Page Two,.







Saturday, March 12, 1966


QUEEN AND COIMMON4EALTH
The day after her Majesty arrived home,
she decorated a London newspaper photo-
grapher, saying "It was very brave of you"
-- for Herbert Davis, George Medal, crept
alone: a dangerous building ledge towards
a girlwho had just shot a policeman. Davis
closed in and grabbed the weapon; the
next shot-, went wild. ****
Her Majesty dissolved Parliament on
March 10 in preparation for the general
election on March 31. Ministers and M.P.s
have given up jobs and salaries, save
that the Cabinet will act in emergency
under the Queen's guidance.
The Labour Government did not suffer
a single major defeat (says a BBC commen-
tator) although it had at times a majority
of only one or two.
In the I-ouse -of Lords this week, the
Governmentwas defeated just before dis-
solution by 14- votes on a 'no confidence'
notion concerning Defence. ***
The Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Miami
on Weds. to start his trade tour of the
U.S.A. and Canada, and fundraising
for youth charities.
Princess Magagaret (waving yellow roses)
and Lord Snowdon returned to London
from their Hong Kong trade mission *****

INDIA: Police fired upon rioters in
Calcutta after a 24-hour strike and other
protests against the Indian Govt.'s food
policy. 15 people were killed.

KENYA Govt. expelled this week four
Communist diplomats -- tw.o Russians, one
Chinese, one Czech; also two Coni-:unist
journalists -- (Pussian and Czech).
FOREIGN TNEIS
ROME: Pope Paul appointed Cardinals from
Britain, U.S.A., France, Germany, Belgium
and India as members of his new CommissiOn
on Birth Control. Alfredo Cardinal
Ottaviani, Conservative Italian,, was
na-.ed President of the Comuission, with
Cardinal Heenan (Britain) and Cardinal
Doepfner (Archbishop of hir- id) Vice-Prese


READERS' QUESTION TIME
Dear MIadam Editor, I LOVE ITHI A VOICE

I have fallen in love with the voice
of the St. Lucia gentleman broadcaster.
He sounds like an English Duke. Who
is he? Is he married?
"NINETEEN", Roseau.
Reely: We think you must mean Mr. Ken
Archer of Radio Caribbean, whose pleasing
voice is heard daily from that station.
He is not a Duke, and we don't know if
he is married or not! Ed.

Dear Mrs. Editor, HELD CHANGES

Since you were once so much involved
with the DOMINICA IERALD, what is your
opinion of the changes there? I should
be interested in your comment.
CURIOUS, Kennedy Ave.
Reply: Because we were once so involved,
we prefer NOT to comment at this stage.
We think the events speak-for themselves.
All we will say is that we are not
surprised.


Dear Madam Editor, BRITTITA LlTNCHPARTY

How is it that you never say anything
about the rude behaviour reported in
other quarters of a Government Minister
aboard the Royal Yacht? Wore you afraid
to mention this important disturbing
matter?
ater? SERIOUS CITIZEN, Goodwill.

Rel-y: The dreary story, reached us in
various forms some time after the event
and was not reported by our observers
We intend our reports to be firsthand
and authenticated. If what is reported
is true, we agree that the incident of
bad behaviour at a Royal luncheon is
disturbing -- even lamentable and degrad-
ing.

HIGH SOCIETY
Crowun Princess Boatrix of Holland married
39-yr-old German ex-diplomat Count von
r.n 1zJ 1 J I TI t\1." r 11. I* ,, il l .cAI rin A0C a I -


German demonstrators, including nany Jews,
U.S.A.: President Johnson is reported to protested. The civil ceremony was fol-
have given a swift "No" to President de lowed by a religious one. The pair got
Gaulle's demand that U.S. bases and troops t-lause, Ae1 wento; on their honol9oon.
in France be put under French command. Viscount Astor, son of the first woman
Johnson said 'control by NATO or I move M.P. (Britain), central figure in the
U.S. military out of Franco; this stand Profuma scandal, died of a heart attack
is said to be backed by other NATO Ymebers, in the DBahamas aged 59.

BEIRE : Th~e IRA blew up Dubin1 land- Steppin, ashore in Dominica. this week
wtl Lord Carose u(Press Proprietor),
mark .elson's Column last Tuesday. Tons Lord Canrose (Press Prorer),
a ul sand Lord Furneaux, was Princess Joan
of granite e were hurled over several
blocks. nio one has injured Aly lKhan (on1e of the famed Guinness girls
block. o one was injuredndn millionaire).
who married an Indian millionaire).


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Page Four THE STAR Saturday, March 12, 1966


..'L...taw.. BARMITZVAH BOY


but the most glittering one was the
golden gown of Anne Woolfson who also


LOOK Man, d'you know what ecumenical had gold dust in her hair; I danced
means ? Or Brmnitzvah ? Well. the with her and I have still got the
first I knew, it means all religions dust on my best jacket. She told me
getting together, but the second was how sad it was that George Whitehurst
a new one on me. I had to go last and his brother were not there, for
Saturday night to a real smashing the party was held at their house.
fete in Federation Drive. It seemed Poor George returned home to Norfolk
it was some religious celebration Virginia, where he is sick in hospit:
and I 'expected a lot of squares to be All too soon the combo stopped; ii
there -- and they were, but they all was sharp when it played but only a
turned out, to be cats. When I got shadow most of the time. Anyway, we
there I was greeted by a very small filled in vQ th the record-player. It
boy in long pants, looking very smart was an unusual and-gay 'hard rday..'.
and grown up -- and he stayed on the might" Uhich I shan't forget, and I'm
doorstep until every one of his guests sure Peter Woolfson won't. I wish
had arrived. It was Peter Woolfson him the best of luck in the years of
of St. Mary's Academy. his manhood.
Soon after the ecumenism started.
This Barmitzvah is a Jewish thing but
Brother Sullivan was the one who got CARD OF THANKS
up: and explained the meaning of it ll Peter Woolfson says thanks to his
-- how it means that on the thirteen Father and Mother for a woA~defil


birthday Peter became a Barmitzvah
or "Son of The Law", according to an
ancient Jewish rite which means that
he is now a man and responaSUle f o r'
his own moral actions. Bro.Sullivan.
proposed a toast to Peter and.then
"n ^ -^ /ii^ ^ -a /" -r^ i_ -


Barmitzvah Party and to all his kind
friends for the truly smashing gifts
he received on his thirteenth birthd~y.


NEW MARKETING BOARD


aiy iiue Vione o01 Peter s teachers) Holding its, first meeting this
raised a laugh as he called on him to week was the new Agricultural Market-
reply by saying that the new adult in ing Board set up by legislation as
our midst would have to stand on the a Statutory Body on the recommends
table so that everyone could see him. ation,of Ministry of Overseas Dev-
And he made a good short little speech elopment Adviser Willems. The Chair-
with perfect amposure and spontaneiy": man is Mr. John Bully and other mem-
his parents David and Anne Woolfson bers are: MIessrs. Gerard Winston,
said that he had composed the speech Achille Pinard, R.O.P.Armour, Cecil
practically entirely on his own. Bellot, Huxley Shillingford, Bruce
That Was the end of the formal Robinson, Clem Dupigny, Stanley
stu thoghs I hear er hae to go Pringle and Ag. Fin. Sec. Sorhaindo.
stuff though I hear Peter has to go The Board can buy sell, own property
through a religious rite back in UK. an a t pr e t
There were all the drums and enough and do all things as a private enter-
electronic guitar stuff to broadcast prise firm in the way of marketing
to Mars on the verandah, but the 8- agricytural products (except bananas)
Sand will tcke over the functions of
piece combo was missing. Anyhow we an w take over the
got going with the plentiful drinks theGovt. marketing Deot and Paking
and food and when the band turned up Shed. A committee of four (Messrs.
again we started dancing. Young Bully, Winston, Pinard & Sorhaindo)
Peter got hep with Marylyn Smith and will investigate the assets and staff
showed he could be a cool cat tool position of the Depot and report back
It was a real interesting mixture of to the next meeting of the Board on
peoples and religions, as I think Thursday March 17th.
every person who had welcomed and Emphasis will be on EXPORT, andte
helped the Woolfsons was present -- Board will concentrate first on Citrus
from Sister Ludovicus from the Infant (oranges & grapefruit), coconuts,
Jesus and the Christian Brothers to bay oil and ground-provisions.
Methodists from Marigot. There were It is not yet known how existing
plenty of Dominican beauties there exporters (particularly the Citrus
and the dresses were out of this worldGrowers Association) will fit in.


THE STAR


Saturday, MarI~rch 12., :1966


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.S-turday, March 12, 1966 THE STAR Page Five


CAR IBBEAN


BARBADOS:,


N E W S


S'TP TLTTUCTA


Before he left for Geneva to attend
the Comn:ittee of Experts of the I.L.O0
Sir Grantley Adams gave a huge crowd at
a public gathering in Market Square,
Bridgetown, an assurance that the
Barbados Labour Party would get rid of
Premier Barrow and his Government in
a peaceful way and by means of'the
ballot. Sir Grantley drew analagles
between :i:1.i..i.]h' behaviour and happen-
ings in Barbados; he said that the
increased tax burdens for 'independence
alone' would fall mainly on the lowest
and middle income groups. He accused
the Colonial Office of 'perpetrating
a cruel joke on the 'Windwards and
Leewards, in the new constitutional
proposals, exclaiming: "Imagine
Dominica having a referendum to decide
IndependenceI What kind of Independence
could they have!"
Sir Grantley will have talks. at
the Colonial Office en route to Geneva.

BARBADOS MINISTER CHARGED: Out of
an incident involving a dog belonging
to Capt. George Ferguson, minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries, and a gunshot
wound inflicted upon a youth named
Dennis Clnton on Feb. 19., the Minis
was fined ,100 on Feb. 22 for having
unlawful possession of an automatic
pistol and ten rounds of ammunition;
his lawyer said that he had received
threatening letters and carried a gun
for his own safety. The. unlicensed gun
was handed over, and Ferguson was
reprimanded and discharged. It was
later stated that Clynt-on was being
flown to Canada for treatment.
On Thursday the news broke that
the Mi'nister involved had been charged
with wounding.


ST, LUCIA: The Chief Minister of
St. Lucia, Mr. John Compton, has banned
THE BARBADOS ADVOCATE, arising out of
a report published with sensational
headlines during' the Queen's visit
to that island. It referred to the
listing over of a mock shi- during
a parade before the Royal Couple.
Strenuous denials that the nueen was
ever in danger or that the Royal Pair
were perturbed were made by St. Lucia
Chamber of Commerce and the Govt.
So far as wo know, "France-Antilles"
a leading Martinique newspaper has not
yet been banned by that bi-lingual land,


..... . although their
issue of February 1 published a large
frontpage photograph of the dummy ship
listing some 15 degrees, and above the
picture were the words: "Elisabeth II
a failli etre tuee a Sainte Lucie par
de bateau qui .,'affalait sur La tribune".
Underneath in smaller but still large
print appear these words: "Le voyage
de la Reine d'Angleterre a Sainte Lucie
a failli turner au tragique lorsque
cette Caravelle a menace de tomber sur
le ;dais royal qui abritait la souvoraine,
In oithcr word's, they are saying that
the Queen missed being killed by 'this
boat' which toppled towards the royal
platform. The report sent out by Reuters
correspondent on the spot, however,
did not suggest that Her Majesty was in
imminent danger, nor that H.M. and the
Duke were at all. worr.ied.


T 0 T I C E
NOTICE
BUDGET' IEETIN1G OF THE DOMINICA
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

It is notified for general information
that the Meeting of the Legislative
Council to consider the 1966 Budget will
be held at the Court House, Roseau, at
2.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 22nd Mhrch, 1966.

M.:..1:rs of the public are hereby
invited to attend.
M. C. DOCTROVE
Acting Clerk of Legislative Council..
G.0. No. 23


FILf ABOUT SIR LEARIE
The life of Sir Learie Constantine,
famous Trinidad-born cricketer and
welfare'worker for the 7Iest Indian
peoples, is being featured by the B.B.C.
in a 50-minute documentary television
film; filming starts this month.
When Sir Learie returns to Nelson,
Lanes., where he is a Freeman of the
Borough, he will get a "welcome home"
reception (he is now in Nigeria on a
Commission). The producer of the film
has a particular interest in it, as his
daughter and Loarie's daughter Gloria
went to school in Nelson for some years.
The film will involve a running comment-
ary between Sir Learie and a young South
African writer,


c( continued)








Page Six THE STAR Saturday, iarch 1?, 1966

Short Story DEATH OF A WEST ITTDIAN By Phyllis Shand Allfrey

This is a true story, and all the characters in .it are real; I hope they will
forgive its shortcomings, for it is written in a time of grief. In the first
place, the title may be wrong; this story ought actually to be called THE LEG.
It'is a tale of the inanimate, and probably the most important inanimate thing in
it, beside the hero, is a broken-down artificial leg --- which somehow or other
(so strange and wonderful are the things of life and death) became the symbol of
a great courage, and something more.
When Twotone the rascal pup saw me getting out of the old car with a leg under
my arm, he started to bark. Like all dogs in 6ur island, he does not like legs
and feet -- they spell danger to him. This leg, for all that itwas a broken-
down old thing, looked like a true leg, fit in shape of foot and calf for a shapely
and beautiful woman. And indeed that is the sort of woman to whom the leg belongs,
she having.lost her own in a traffic accident some few years aback. It even had a
stocking on% and a shoe. So Twotone barked violently; and his Master looked up,
but not in surprise...rather in resignation; he knew instantly that I had brought
the leg for him to fix. He pushed aside his papers and took the leg into his long
white hands -- the hands of an engineer, an artist.
"So Edith wants her leg fixed," he said solemnly. And he went into the old
barn to look for his tools, followed by Twotone, who tracked down master and the
mysterious leg in noisy terror. After a minute you could hear hammering and filing
and barking...it sounded as if the old barn was being torn down and rebuilt at last.
'lI won't fix that ole leg for you just now," said David to Edith last week,
his usual twinkle in his eyes. "For if I fix it soon you'll want to be getting
up and wearing yourself out, after I took trouble to find you a nice girl to help
so you could enjoy a rest with the new baby." So it was that the old leg stood
propped against a wardrobe while Edith rested and the jealous baby-before-the-
last tried to drag the newborn infant out of his crib. "Itll fix it when you are
strong again. Plenty of time." And David laid the infant safely in his mother's
arms.
"And imagine," he had said jokingly only a few weeks before, "imagine those
stupid people in England sending a pink and white leg over for a West Indian
woman. I returned it back to them right away. Even the socket was the wrong size.
Imagine what foolishness, what a disappointments"
To many people it came as a surprise to know that Edith had only one log. The
way she walked on the old contraption, it just looked like a bad limp -- no worse
than any ordinary break. And to see her swinging around, earning money at the
hospital for her children, running her home, attending chapel (for David was a
lay-proacher), and hunting for her pen to write:.letters with (for she was quite
a scribe) or for her sewing-machine thread...who could believe in any disability?
Twotone stops barking: there is a silence; R is cutting a piece of leather,
massacring a school satchel to reinforce the many-times patched upholstery of the
log. I stand and watch him, "'.i:.t does Edith want with this leg, right away?"
he asl-s uneasily. "Oughtn't she to stay still?"
"She wants it to stand on so that she can go to the window and see them
carry David away," I say. He mutters, :;' 1.. ." and gets on with the job.
Both of us have abandoned our routine work for the day. After all, it is David's
death day, and David was our friend, our very good and loyal friend,
If in this story I call David a Vest Indian rather than a Dominican or even
a born villager of Thibaud, it is because he could never be insular and to my
enduringly federalist mind it is a proud thing to be a 7.'est Indian. I might just
as well have called David a citizen of the world, since he was no respecter of
arbitrary divisions. He had already sampled life as it is lived in Antigua, Jamaica,
Guadeloupe -- I don't know whore else. On R's birthday he gave him a present of
a Now Testament: that wars his manifesto. I could call David a Nonconformist, too;
came to think of it, that's exactly what he was. So it would have pleased him
heartily that the greatest gathering of nonconformist people ever seen around the
town of Rosoau attended his funeral.






Saturday, March 12, 1966 HE STAR Page Seven-

Short Story DEATI OF A W-EST INDIAN (continued)

Standing there in the packed congregation with Billy Graham hymnbooks in
our hands, which of us in the plain airy chapel can name the many sects and
churches represented? The Minister instructs us to sing joyfully. We obey.
Edith is sitting with her children, and if she can sing like that, why -- so can
we. Such a funeral I (at least) will never attend again: right there in the
heart of all that nonconformity are the orthodox, the members of the 'big
religions'...Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists...and above all the poor
labouring men and women: David's friends. That's why the funeral had to be
at 4.30 p.m., "after working hours," said Edith.
iKock, knock, knock. The rivets are going back into the reinforced leather
leg. Time is creeping on. The flowers have to be cut for the wreath, nobody
has eaten. That was one thing wrong about David: he did not realise that time
was his enemy, and he never ate enough to give his slight body .ballast against
overwork and weariness. That's probably why a brute of a big dumper hurtled him
over the tarrish verge and down the precipice, "I got to finish the job first,"
was his favourite, his fatal saying. We once heard him reproach a young Anglican
priest: "You're committing suicide by smoking, Reverend "I David was a great
planner against eternity. Shockingly defeated in a town council election, he
declared to R: "I'll be in Log. Co. if it takes me five, ten years!" And when
his candidate, for whom he was the bravest and most indefatigable of managers,
suffered a similar ignominious defeat in a general election, he began planning
the very next day for the five-year come-back campaign. AI! an optimist, he
rushed around seeing ,Ministers, determined that his candidate would at least 9gt
nomination, feeling dashed not only when he failed but because she said she
would have refused anyway. He reported his post-election talk with the C.M,:
"He told me I could get a lot of political knowledge from you." David added
with his boyish smile, "but I wouldn't bleed your brains to advance my interests-"
We will leave the sentence unfinished, since David (although he never used
strong language or strong drink) was extremely forthright.
While I reflect on these past matters, Twotone starts barking again. That
is because R has picked up the leg and is bringing it down for my inspection ,
"A makeshift job," he says, with a craftsman's critical grudging. "But at
least Edith will be able to stand by the window." He hastens to take the
precious ramshackle object down to her home.
It is difficult to make a good wreath when your hands are cold and your eyes
are watery. Only last week, weren't y'ou saying to R, "well, as long as people
like David still exist in Dominica, the struggle is worth while..."? But at
last the wreath is made: it looks beautiful. And the tiny bunch of flowers from
our David, who dearly admired the older David (his school-bus driver of by-
gone days) is tied and inscribed. R has put on his dark mourning suit and his
black tie; incongruously, I wear a:-.black-and-white Paris dress which was too
late for Her Majesty's visit, and a very old hat, with the thin and lovely
gold bracelets David and his wife, out of their poverty, gave me for Christmas.
We make the descent...
But what is happening in David's home, the rented house of which he was so
clearly the cornerstone and chief? It is bursting with people of all ages,shades,
religions and sizes; the overflow is standing in'the street, that street which
has so recently witnessed the departure of another wonderful West Indian. And
Edith, the brave and gcod wife, is standing upright on her one flesh-and-bone
leg and her mended leather leg, giving a funeral oration. She is praying,, and
she leads in song. She bends, she-kisses the leathery face which had once
housed the spirit of David Lotang-- Her children do not cry. Hardly anyone cries,
although eyes are burning with unshed tears. ho could break down in the face
of such courage? The coffin is closed. The daring traveller is making his last
journey. Edith emerges limping from her home, surrounded by children and by the
Pastors of the Nonconformist fraternities which had so inspired David in his
independent thinking. The streets are thronged with silent watchers as they
never were for any general election. It is the triumph of the animate over the
inanimate. The white American Pastor says, looking down on the coffin "of his
brown brother, "O Death, where is thy sting?"







Page Eight THE STAR


THE GHANA SENSATION
Since we last reported on the move-
ments of ex-President :D.r.uii-,L of Ghana,
who had hopped-from Peking to Moscow and
thence to Mali, in an attempt to gath-
er Pan-African forces behind his pro-
posed comeback, after a big welcome in
Guinea where virtual leadership'was
conceded to him in that country,
the following extracts from'an edit-
orial in the BARBADOS BEACON caught
our attention.
"In a series of articles in the
Trinidad Daily mirror on the Rise and
Fall of iNkrumah, the famous author and
historian, C.L.R. James, gives a most
enlightening, penetrative and interest-
ingaccount of Nkrumah's handling of
affairs in Ghana and of the various
factors leading up to his Decline and
Fall. No one is in a better position
than ,r. Janes to tell the story, as
he enjoyed a close relationship of 25
years standing with Nkrumah and knows
at first hand what he is -writing
about. !That he has to say about happen-
ings in Ghana should be read far and
wide, especially in an Area such as
this.
We understand that the defenders
of Nkrumahism, who would like to see
more of it in Barbados, are saying that
what has happened in Ghana is the work
of the 'foreign Imperialists' .Of course
one expects that sort of stupidity
front such people. They have a plaster
for every sore, even though this out-
moded plaster is an insult to and slur
on the Ghanaian people who fought so
valiantly for Independence and supported
3flumah up to the hilt. As rir. James
states: 'the way _in which his enemies
have got rid of him shows that there
h'.d boon accumulating in various sect-
ions of the population a great deal of
antagonism to him...'
So far as Nkrunah's attitude towards
the Opposition and concepts of Govern-
ment are concerned, James states:"iMrst
pf all, Nkrumah had the greatest con-
tempt for what in democratic countries
is known as the Parliamentary opposit-
ion.' A parliamentary opposition, he
said, was a luxury which only wealthy
and advanced countries could afford.
Jhat is needed in Ghana was that every-
body should devote himself to develop-
ing the country and building the new
nation. Nkrumah used toisay this
openly,-and it was a conception of
government entirely and utterly false.'
James adds: 'It is not a question
of conflict between rivals for power


Saturday, iMarch 12, 1966

IN MEMORIAL
DAVID LETANG
Porn in Thibaud Vil3age 27 Dec. 1929
killed in a vehicle accident near Laudat
On -March 7th, 1966.
He was a Christian
a civic-minded Dominican
a devoted husband, son and father
a conscientious worker
a true West Indian and loyal friend.
He is already gravely missed by many.


CARD OF THANKS
Mrs. Edith Letang, her children and all
those relatives of the late beloved
David Letang who are resident in Roseau,
Thibaud, St. Kitts and England, thank
everyone who has in any way given help,
comfort and consolation to the family
in their bereavement.
--- --- -- --- ---- -- -- -- -I-- ---~~J
S.' (continued)
as so many who shout Democracy believe.
In reality, the concept and practice of
democracy is very difficult for people
who are just starting it. The new rulers
believe that as long as they have *a
majority in Parliament they can do any-
thing. In Britain the politicians know
that theye is a long tradition of demo-
cracy, the politicians know that they
cannot overstep certain boundaries with-
out bringing the whole of government into
discredit and unloosening dangerous
currents among the people.'"
Efter observing 'Ministers now flout
the law of the land as well', the BEACON
editorial ends up: One thing is however
clear. The people are not asleep...they
showed in unmistakeable manner that they
are thoroughly opposed to Nkrumahism in
any form or fashion or to any lesser or
greater degree in this island. This
is most heartening at this trying period
in our history.'
WE WISH THE ...iU COULD BE SAID ABOUT THE
PEOPLE OF DOMINICA! But can it? **


From THE PRESS By A.J. Liebling
"Freedom of the Press is guaranteed only
to those who own one."
A quotation from Heywood Broun: "The
pattern of a newppapermants life is like
the plot of BLACK BEAUTY. Sometimes he
finds a kind master who gives him a dry
stall and an occasional bran mash in
the form of a Christmas Bonus, some-
times he falls into the hands of a mean
owner who expects him to live on potato
peelings... "






THE STAR

POETRY


For G*C.E. STUDEITS: English Literature
ABT VOGLER -- by Robert Browning
We now come to the most difficult of
the poems set for this year's O-level
GCE examination.
Why is it so hard? "Because its
abstract, like some pictures," said one
bright student we once encountered.This
does not mean that Browning's verses have
the formlessnesss' sometimes associated
with abstract art. Far from it: his
stanzas are strict, have a definite
rhythm, and if you read them aloud (as
you should, to get the harmonic feeling
of the poem), you will find that they
have the resonance of organ music --
for remember, Abt Vogler was not just a
composer: he was an inventor of a snall
portable organ which, although as small
as a child in height, compressed into its
width over 800 pipes. So you have the
inventor and the creator in one great
creative personality; and Brorning was
always excited by the ideal of the drea*
tive artist;: his marvellous poems "My'
Last chesss" and "Andrea del Sarto"
are about painters. Here, however, he
sides with the musician against the
painter, sculptor and writer:-
"It is all triumphant art, but art in
obedience to laws,
Painter and poet are proud in the
artist-list enrolled --
But here is the finger of God', a flash
of the will that can,
Existent behind all laws, that made them
and lo, they arel
And I know not if, save in this, such
gift be allowed to man,
That out of three sounds he frame, not a
fourth sound, but a star,

THE PRESS
We are indebted to A.J. Liebling's
book "THE PRESS" for the following
interesting quotations:-
"I think that anybody who talks
often with people about newspapers now-
adays must be impressed by the growing
distrust of the information they contain.
There is less a disposition to accept
what they say than to try to estimate
the probable truth on the basis of what
they say...** What you have in a one-
paper town is a privately owned public
utility that is constitutionally exempt
from public regulation, which would be
a violation of freedom of the Press.
As to the freedom of the individual
journalist in such a town, it corres-
ponds exactly with what the publisher,
will allow him."


Page Nine


ABT VOCLER (continued)
But what, say the impatient students,
is it all about? It's not enough to
say that it is about the greatness of
music. Quite so4 And your notes give
you a clue: "It is Browning's creed
that nothing good is finally lost".
This is-the most DATED of the poems
on the 1966:;GCE list; for it is a fact
that Browning might never have written
this poem in the Twentieth Century. For
what agonizes the composer and creator
is that his greatest performance is
unrecorded, impermanent; today a tape-
recorder would have captured the mar-
vellous strains for posterity. Abt Vog-
ler feels he may never repeat such a
performance; he says:-
"Well, it is gone at last, the palace
of music I reared:
Gone and the good tears start..."
But Someone has heard his compositiOn
and fixed it irrevocably ig time and
space: That someone is God 'the ineffable
Namet. The poet says: "There shall
Dnver be one lost good! He feels
he has failed, because he may never
repeat or entirely record that tremen-
i"ga performance; but adds...
"And what is our failure here but a
triumph's evidence
For the fulness of the days? Have we
withered or agonized? ...
Why rushed the discords in but that
harmony should be prized?"

Ho feels he has failed to capture the
eternal beauty, which earlier he had
litened to the upward building of SolouLo.
palace built by armies of slave-angels-
but he decide "I will be patient and
proud", "sliding by semitones..." he has
found his resting place:"C am.jor of this
life". Probabl-: this poem will only
fully be understood by those who know,
play and understand muai-o4Afar morolearned
critic than this reviewer once said,
"Abt Vogler" reads like a combination
of Bach and Brahms, and some people
can't take either of them." When
Browning writes of the'sliding by semi-
tones' and sinking to the minor (key)
from the heights (of achievement) to
the common chord, he is voicing the
artist's resignation at a gradual descent
from some consummate work into the
ordinariness of mediocrity. It is inter-
esting to see how he thinks of fingers
asbuilders pressing the keys to make a
great temple of sound, and he uses some
strange words, like 'protoplast' and-
'rampired'.A big,hard poem, worthy of
a little extra study.


Saturday, March 12, 1966









RHODESIA EXCHANGE CONTROL IN AND OUT
On the request of the British Gov- Chief Minister Edward 0- LeBlarn
ernment, the-following statement is left the island Wednesday for a meet-
published for general information:- ing of the Executive Committee-of
"It should be clearly understood by the newly formed Caribbean Broadcst-
all persons and bodies, whether public ing Organization only to find, after
or private and whether inside or out- he had left, that the meeting had been
side Rhodesia, that the present illeg- postponed *** Away all this week in
al regime in that country is not cap- Jamaica the Annual Business Meet-
able of incurring legal obligations on ing of the U.W.I. Council was Minister
'behalf of the Government of Southern of Social Services W.S.Stevens ***
Rhodesia and never has been so capable.Colonial Office Forestry Adviser W.E.
Any person who lends money or other-Logan spent three days here on gen-
wise gives credit to or to the account eral forestry matters and particul-
of the illegal regime, or any agency, early on the framing of an agreement
or purported agency thereof, does so relating to the exploitation of our
entirely at his own risk. He cannot timber *** Dr. John Dacre, Medical
expect to have recourse, for the sat- Superintendent, Barbados Mental Hos-
isfaction of his debt, against any pital, spent three days here in order
security which the illegal regime may to acquaint himself with the environ-
have purported to make available mental conditions of patients sent
When constitutional government is re- to Barbados from time to time for
stored in Rhodesia, the lawful Gover- treatment. *** A "Debrett" of titles
nment will not be bound to accept re- spent three days in Dominican wateM
sponsibility for any obligations which this week on board the yacht "Idalia"
the illegal regime may have purported Princess Joan Aly Khan, two Lords
to incur, and it cannot be assumed anda an Earl.
that it will meet them. Such okligat-
ions include any authorities for the U.S. SUPPLIES SEED
purchaseof foreign exchange to, disclrge
debts icurred by any resident of Rho- The Managing Director of the new
desia to persons or bodies resident firm Sylvania Feeds Ltd., Mr. Bruce
outside Rhodesia." (Govt.release) Robinson, informs us that the United
States Department of Agriculture in
It will be recalled that Dominica Puerto Rico (at Mayaguez) is supply-
was the only Commonwealth country to ing three types of specially develop-
continue trading with the Smith regime ed corn seed, suitable for dry, mod-
after U.D.I. ium and super-wet tropical conditions.
****:***** ISylvania Feeds iill supply the seed
The United States has informed Henry to planters with a guarantee to buy
-C. Hooper, the agent of the "Rhodesian the crop. The varieties used are
Information Office" in Washington that such than when dried a useful sized
he has no "official capacity" in that grain for pulverization is obtained.
country. (U.S.I.S.) Fertlizing is a 'must',but 100 worth
of ferblizer produces 300 worth o f
corn.
THE DOMINICA HERALD It is understood that sales of the
Mr. Edward Scobie has, after ten shares in the new public company,I.E.
months, resigned his position as Editorrequests for allocation, are brisk.
of the Herald: Mr. Leo Charles has also
resigned as reporter ****;,** It is BEST FLOWER GARDEN
understood that Mrs. Stafford Shilling- A competition for members of the
ford has,through her solicitor, request- Dominica Flower Gardens Association
ed an apology from the Proprietor, Mr. only will be held from July 1 to 8
J. Margartson Charles, and the Editor for the van Goest Challenge Cup -
(presently Mr. S.S.Lestrade) to be judged on best large and small
printed in two successive issues on the flower gardens. There will also be
front page in respect of an article a Flower Show on July 10, in which
alleged to refer to Irs. Shillingford. non-members may participate, to e
A sum of money and solicitors costs are held at the Convent High School.
also requested. Otherwise, legal action Copies of the Rules can be had
will be taken. from members of the Gardens Committee.


Saturdayi March,12, 1966


THE: STARI


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Saturday, March 12, 1966 THE STAR Page Eleven

TJO DEAD UMMI4NGBIRDS

Last Saturday morning an unusual hoarse might have been observed making its
spasmodic way down Federation Drive. It was a jeep, and between the driver and
the solitary mourner (a small boy) lay the corpses, wrapped in a dasheen leaf:
two irridescent humming-birds, so young that their ruby broast-feathers were just
beginning to show. They lay there like jewelled twins, their tiny claws curled
under, their long beaks and green wings stilled. The driver of the jeep was
engaged in calling upon the parents of the boys who had hunted down those birds
with catapults, to ask them please not to allow their sons to des-troy song-birds
and hummingbirds.
Now it is a fact that hummerss" are becoming rare in parts of Dominica, and
if we are not careful.. they'will retreat farther into the uplands, perhaps ending
up, like the Diablotin-bird, by becoming extinct. Song-birds are fast vanishing,
too. Who has seen lately the rossignol, the grieve, the tropical, the moisson,
the pippcrite, the titine, the cuckoo-miawk? Perhaps the cheeky sucrier and the.
sissizeb have better survival prospects, since there are more of them. And when
the birds are eliminated, will we have to resort to sprays to keep down insect
pests entirely?
The boys who killed those hummingbirds wore just being young sportsmen;
they meant nothing wrong; but they certainly didn't need bird-flesh for lunch,
since they cane from solid families.
In the good old latter days of Doc Picholls and his younger medico friend
Doc Thaly, song-birds and hummers were seen and heard all over Roseau. Those two
gentlemen carried on a campaign to preserve the lovely feathered creatures, even
-seizing slain specimens to be stuffed and displayed in the (then). Victoria Museum,
so that both islanders and visitors could see our many varieties of rare birds.
iow, what wi th little boys and cats, the birds are gettingg fewer and fewer. Iould
it not be better 'to hunt rats instead?

There was a timie :,hen roast bird of any lind wa:: an important item of diet.
That was in Dominica's meatless days. This writer noticed the lack of birds in
her nr tal town when she arrived back. in 1955; people told her that they were
being : killedd and oaten, and that the only escapees were the hummingbirds, which
had hardly any flesh on their delicate bones. So she wrote this poem...

FUGITIVE U 1;iTi.-EIRD
No bird stirs in the aromatic dark
No bird skins
and night wheels hotly on unfeatheord wings
with scrape and cark:
of crickets, frogs,
famished pariah dogs
and all the o-ther restless brindled things.

Those pricks of stars which dive and cling to bark
like lamps aprowl
seeking lost birds, light only on an owl Now only the enchanted songless lark,
which has been stark the small one, the feeriquo,
reduced to bones flesh finer than beak,
round coalpot stones; hummir and fusser, darting untrapped spark-,
never did hunger pay so dear for fowl. will rise at dawn
as bird from .lawn:
In the _ccordion-l.a9.jpa s. mistaken for a rioth in citrus dark.
doves lato1le 1 moaned for alms... .,;, .:..,;, :. i;:,:::: ::: ;:






Saturday, IIarch 12, 1966


rl S T A R S P 0 R T S


cos, have backed experience rather than
taking a :;amnble on youth Dynoo can con-
sider himself a very unlucky nan to have
boon passed over in favour of Carew with
a best batting performance this season
of 2. The touring party is well-balan-
cod and should do well no matter what the
conditions may be in England. The only
weak link could be in the opening depxlrt-
mont. uIunto has not yoe found hiJs tooudc,
and Carew is a doubtful starter. cllorris
has shown, not for the first time, that
he is a solid batsman under 7'est Indian
conditions: the big question inark is --
will he report his 196. failures? Another
hangs over Chlarlioe Griffith's bentt arm
ac-tion -- will it pass the scrutiny of
-he iEn:lish umnires?
I al glad to sce that ocssrs. Gconez,
Worrell 2: Co. have decided to omit the
incapacitated Kinr and substitute Cohon.
Iy choice was Edwards of Barbados, but
perhaps I hey decided the Bajan quotf was
filled. The two most prol:'ising bat-ting
prospects, Lloyd and Shillingford, though
not selected were, I am sure, given a lot
of consideration. Their chance will be
sure to come if the Most InCdioes-tour Idia
and Pakistan later this year.
Another Tame Draw
The second Tost Titch between England
and i.Tow Zealand onded in another draw.
The weather intervencd on several occas-
ions, and a result was always out of the
quest ion0. The third and final Tost starb-
ed on Friday. At close of pla:7 ew Zealand
were 256 for 6 (iJnclair 103 n.o., aond
Longdon 61-,),
John .it; LasL Shows :'norm
In 'h1e mlatche bet ween Conbin0e5 JIsl .nirSs
and 3 r. Cuiana, Cle Johin scored a fine
69 in the second innings, BenjainJ.n got
58 and the Islands were all out for 251,
leaving B.G. to score 121 for victory.
They reached their target before lunch on
the last day for the .losc of 4- wickets.
Final scores: Combinecd Islands 176 (ITHan-is
61) and 251 (John 69, Denjamin 58); )r.
Guiana 306 (Butcher 98), and 121 for I:.


greatest performance ever for a British
Club by beaiine Benfica of Portugal in
Lisbon on Wednesday 5 1. *,Lhey had won
their first match in Manchester by the
odd aoal in five, and most of their sup-
porters were pessimistic about their
chance in Lisbon. The stars were Best,
Law ,and Charlton in attack and Crealand
and C:rea~ in defence.
Cricket: Combined Islands v. Trinidad in
St. Lucia Utcp Press score (Combined
batting) lwin run out o, arrs 0,
Shillin"ford 61, ;Hector 1-, Gresham 8,
John i,2 n.o. and Gilbert 5 n.o. ywith
score at 181 for 5 at 2.2_0_p.m.
T ..LE CITA l *..'i

*Black-burn/L e ds: "ewcastle/Chelsea:
Tott.Spurs/Aston Villa: Bury/Wolves:
Crystal P./Precston: Lcyton O./Portsmouth:
ristol R./S.,ansea: Exeter//Mansgield:
Gilli inigamiScunthorpe : Pe terborouighi/Q.P..
Badford C./,'arling ton : !frexhami/Ba3adford:
Clyde/iDunfermaliine/ Morton/Dundee:
Fall-irk/Aberdeen: Forfar/'ueen of South.
-' -- ---- -'- I
LATEST ITEi'S: Ghana; President Selkoue
Tourd of _uinea in a speech as I'Tirumah
stood by said he would send troops to
invade Ghana and restore ITkrumah to pxoer.
;'I f the 'C.S. can invade Vietnam,- we can
do likewise" he declared. General Ankrah
of Ghana replied 'Let them try". Earlier
he had s ated that INrumah had left Ghana
with no currency reserves and that :;:12--M
were needed to set the country on its feet,
Rhodesia: BriLtish and other warships are
rpatrollin'" Hiozan.bique water% to intercept
a tanker with oil for Smith's Rhodesian
regime *c;Doninica Sloop pacific missing
since February on trip with citrus to
Antigua, returned safe from Puerto liico
after refuelling and new sails supplied
by U.S. comstiruards **** Mr. Matson Rolle
in hospital with broken leg after 200ft.
fall in dumper truck, when IIr. David
Letan, kill.ed. His broithle- Ashleo unhurt
. Printed and Publbished by Robert E .Allfrey
Proprietor, of St. Aroment, Dominica, at
26, Bath Road, Roseau, Dominica, B.U.I.


Paso 'L'welcve-


THEe STAPR


-- The fight for the f.'orld Heavyweight
Selectors Spring Surprise i e o r d a ei
-ee r ---.----n-- Championship between Cassius I _ay and
Speculations ended when on Wednesday Ernie Terrell is off. Terrell has re-
thoe rest Indics Selection Connittee an- fused to fight under the present contract
nouncod the team to tour En:land. T h c and asked for more, the demand being re-
seveitcen are: Sobers, Hunto, Nurse, Las- fused by the promoters. They now ho-pe
lley, Holford, Branker, Allan, Griffith to match Clay wi th Canadian Champion
and Hall (Barbados); Kanhai, Gibbs, But- George Chuvallo a meaningless bout,
chor and Soloion (B.G.); Ilcorris, ITon- since bfth Clay and Terrell have beaten
driclks and Cohen (Jamaica); and Carew of him convincingly.
Trini dad. The bif surprise is the choice
S, Football:
of Carew. The seloctors, tcaling no chan--.,
can Maches tr7 TT ed K-rl mrv- teir