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Pr Dc Coi Fortuna

Vol. II No. 15 April. 30, 1966 Seven Cents

-.;'' He comes from one of the tiniest
i / islands ,of the British Caribbean
group -- Nevis. Mr. M. Shelford
is making a test, at the magnetic
.. materials division of Standard Tele-
x:"., 'V.'" f phones and Cables in Harlow, Essex,
:."'. L Eastern England. He will return to
his territory with newly-acquired
"- skills
The London Conference This week
Our last words on this subject last
week were STILL TALKING. And so, they
still are, at the end of this one.
Dominica 's Chief Minister launched
Sthe idea that economic aid should be
:' discussed at the constitutional con-
Saference; he soon dropped it. While
S"l"," other delegations clung obstinately to
S. this kite, Le.Blanc departed for the
"'. Colonial Office, to hold discussions on
Dominic a a-lone.
The British Government stood firm
on her initial statement that aid, trade and immigration were not on the
agenda of the conference, and is unwilling to commit herself unilaterally
on further aid while the findings of the Tripartite Survey are as yet
unconcluded. In fact she turned down Sir Garnet Gordon's earnest'plea
that economic matters be included on the agenda. Meanwhile LeBlanc said
"the door has already been closed, now it is firmly locked"; but Dominica
began her one-island talks on Monday last over amendments, to. the associate-
ship proposals and internal self-government matters.
A B.B.C. commentator said at the beginning of this week that 'joint.
morale has nearly disappeared from the Conference'. There was never very
much joint morale, anyhow; the delegations did not approach true federal or
associate standards, and it was obvious that ingeneral it was every man
and every Party for himself or itself, save at rare moments. St. Lucia's.
delegation was particularly upset by the turn of events. On Tuesday
Dominica continued her talks, of which we shall never hear the full story;
St. Lucia and Grenada put up a longer fight for 'aid talks NOW! but caved
in unwillingly and agreed to separate discussions on constitutions chaired
by Parliamentary Undersecretary Stonehouse. St. Vincent gave in earlier, but
got restive and wanted to go home for political reasons. Some delegates
felt that proposed associateship status might 'jeopardise economic aid',
others wondered whether staying on was worth while, St. Lucia up to the
last would not accept 'associate talks with economic talks.
Do small island leaders of today fancy themselves more as economists
than politicians, let alone statesmen? The whole game reminds us of
Auden's famous lines:
'All over Europe are the wicked.uncles
SItching to, boil their children...'
Are the wicked uncles in Britain acting mean over pocket money? Or are
they looking for a sound political set-up, first?

Saturday, April 30,1966

Pane Two. THE STAR

LONDON LETTER by Graham Norton
The Queen's Throne
With traditional splendour, the
Queen opened, thi-s time on her birth-
day, Mr Wilson'sa second Parliament.It
was no accident that the Prime Minis&-
ter paid this graceful tribute to his
sovereign it is well known that he
attaches great importance to the mon-
archy, both as a stable institution in
a turbulent world, and as the symbol
of Commonwealth unity.
High on the list of government pri-
orities, was t.le bringing to an 'end the
illegal regime of Rhodesia. As we, fore
cast, Mr Wilson, immediate ely the el-
ection was over, applied to the United
Nations for further powers. He can
claim success by sea it looks as if
the rebels will not again be sending
a tanker to Be:rra. But by land the
situation is more difficult. How to
stop South Africans providing oil in
road-tankers? The South African gov-
e rnme nt is unlikely to enforce a
blockade along its frontier. Extendirg
the Unit ed Nations blockade to South
Africa, itself would hit sterling hard,
for it provides the gold which floats
the trade of the ster/iing area, and
much of the rest of the free world as
well. And, even higher in the Queen's
Speech came tradeproblems, and there
also, a specific pledge to: maintain the
strength of st erling.
The Conservatives; are said to be pn-
ning to attack hard on the Rhodesian
question. They would be advised to
leave this alone. The government can
certainly claim a mandate for their
policies now. Perhaps, after all, the
Opposition will Ehow discretion; Mr.
Selwyn Lloyd,, strong advocate otf talks
with Ian Smith (and author of many rf-
grettable policies in the past) has.
msved out of the Shadow Cabinet and
onto the backbenches.
Dominica will be interested in the
formal reference to Association in
Her Majesty's S~cech: "Further steps
will be taken to assist my peoples

LONDON LETTER (continued)
There was a stressing of the part thd
planning could play in all this -,
though it was. agreed policies between
employers and labour and Government,
rather than on compulsion that this
was to come,
"The main part" of the steel indus-
try was to be nationalised or
rather "public ownership and contri"
was to be "restored". Mr Wilson has a
way 'of putting things which make his
Conservative opponents look the inno-
The education policy is now firmly
for comprehensive education. House
purchase is to be made easier...and a
host of other minor reforms are en-
visaged, which dould make the lot of
the ordinary citizen a little easier.
It is going to be a long session -
about eighteen months is the forecast.
The Prime Minister,'s aim is, obviously
to settle the public impression of
the Labour party as a just. and caxnul
steward of the national estate.

The 105 piece Philadelphia Orches-
tra under the direction of Eugene
Ormandy, is' scheduled to perform in
Trinidad during May during its up-
coming Latin American and Caribbean

JIn some respects a speech is like a
love affair: any fool can start one,
but toeend it requires considerable
skill. Lord Mancroft.
What might be valuable is an ombuds-
woman: one of those intolerable, in-
terfering, persistent females we all
know who is totally lacking in respect
for pompous males or their carefully
graded hierarchies and smothering
sense of protocol.-Mr Jo; Grimond, MP,
leader of the British Liberal Party.

The public is hereby notified that,

in the remaining Colonial territories checking of Motor Vehicles and Drivers
to reach independence or aonraother Licences for 1966 in the Colony of
status which they have freely chosen."
The bulk of the speech, was, inevi- Dominica will commence on Tuesday 3rd
tably, taken up with domestic issues May. 1966.
Great emphasis was laid an getting J.V.MULLIGAN
Britain's productivity to increase,to CHIEF OF POLICE &
obtain industrial efficiency and thus TRAFFIC COMISSIONMR
improve the competitive position of
the country in the export field.


Paffe Twoa

Saturday, April 50. @966 THE STAR Page Three


Last Wednesday the Queen's only
daughter Princess Anne broke her
nose while riding her horse in the
Oxford draghunt. -The injury was
only discovered on her return home.
She is now being 'repaired' in a
nursing home.
Popular programme BB3 shocked tele-
viewers with a disrespectful song
about Her Majesty, describing her
as "My Favourite Pin-up Girl". It
w a s t h e l a s t p r o g r a~m m e o f t h e r u n ,
and renewal is doubtful. BB3 also
referred to -General de Gaulle as
"La Grande Illusion... communing with
God''. ; *
BRITAIN: IMr. Harold Wilson has ex-
horted trade unionists to raise
production and help Britain to keep
up. aid 7nd prestige abroad, -**The
average Briton may expect stern news.
in the May 3 budget, since imports
have risen as well as exports.
Indonesia will get 1 million in
economic a id from Britain "as a
humanitarian measure" and provided
she treats :1-l-ysia honourablyy***
TANZANIA: 6,000 prisoners were
released from gaols by P.M.Julius
Nyerere including 24 convicted
murderers, to celebrate national day.
KENYA People's Union led by break-
away politician Oginga Odlinga/weaned
away 28 MPs from KANU, ruling Party,
but several returned to the fold
after Kenyattea ordered a law passed
making re-elections compulsory for
them. *
RHODESIA: Visit of the British P.M.,s
private envoy to Salisbury "to hold
informal talks with lan Sith and
see whether a basis for discussion
exists" caused rage in righting
Rhodesian Front circles, anger in
nationalist African hearts. ..but
satisfaction in the House of Commons.
The move, said both Wilson and Snith,
"should not be taken to imply recog-
nition of Slaith rule." Snith added
that he would not give in "on
matters of principle and would never
renounce 'Rhodesian Independence'".
On Friday, s:ven Africans were shot
dead by Rhodesian Police north of
Salisbury. They were said to have
been 'terrorists'. **-;:
U.No Sec.Gen. U.Thant declared in
London this week that Britain was.
not doing enough over Rhodesia **-

We deeply regret to announce the deat-
of an old friend and wonderful
religious Sister, Mother Mary of
Nazareth, born. Sylvia Dup.igny. Our
thoughts are with her family, both
here and abroad,

Eight young Dominicans are reported
to have been arrested while shoip-
lifting in Guadeloupe, after making
the tour by MV Delgres. They got
away (temporarily) with six gold
watches and a clock some of them
are sa id to have had no passports.

Rev. Francis WoiM Lamb, one-time
Anglican Rector of St. George's,
who also has medical degrees (MD,
iMRCS etc.) continued the course of
first-aid lectures which he is
giving to all interested persons
until 17th May (in Roseau).

Dorothy, not Angela
We thank our correspondent who points
out that it was Dorothy Didier of
netball fame and not Angela, who
lecture d to Eastbourne ( .England)
Women's Institute dressed in costume
-- and incidentally displayed a
stuffed crapaud to her intrigued

COnGRATULITIONiS to Miss Rose Thomas
of Marigot on her appointment at age
28 of Assistant Matron of Princess
Margaret Hospital. She trained in
Liverpool and London as well aas PMH.

VISITING American author James Ramsey
Ullman is now qb Fort Young on a ten
day visit to Dominica. He co-directs
and writes for 'Caribbean Beachcomber
- a 'class' tourist magazine published
in Pue rto Rico. Ullman's books are
popular in our local Library. The
writer told an interviewer that
Dominica was a wonderfully green and
lush emerald isle -- and he enjoyed
her different-ness from the others,.
He thou ght that more restaurants
would be pleasant for tourists and
much enjoyed his river-plunges.
CATHEDRAL PAIR Dinner Dance! an
account of this most enjoyable
Thursday night event will appear May 76,

Saturday, April 30., 1966 THE STAR Page Four

Women are not permitted to. be ordained in the Anglican Communion: but by
the death of a gBntle little lady last Friday, St. George's Church, Dominica,
lost one who was considered by her world of the Church to be the unofficial.
(and permanent) curate of the Parish.Miss 1Margaret O'Brien, affectionately
known as "Miss Juju", was the unobtrusive filament binding past and present
Reectors-, so- varied in their personalities and practices, into a. long con-
tinuity, We have ourselves heard an Anglican Priest, when asked for some
procedural aid in parish matters, reply to his enquirer: "Just ask. Miss
O'Brien, Shenows all about it."
Her life was a long devotion, but it surprised most of us to learn that
she was eighty years, old when d died; those of us who knew Miss Juju when
we were young thought of her as a permanent fifty, no' more. Her indefati-
gable ministrations and her sensitivity (for example, she always noticed
when a newcomer to Church had no hymnbook, and would quietly tiptoe over
and offer a substantial hymnal); her/ong face, that of a benign Christian
lamb; her great woolly brown dog who learned how to, behave reverently
during service (he was a. legacy from some passing Rector); her sweet old-
maidish clothing and hats, like something out of Jane Austen (one o.f whose
characters she might well have been), and her low precise voice, remain in-
delibly in the mem-ories; of her congregation of friends, The sternest ren.rk
we ever heard her make was: "he's not our style."
We believe that Miss Juju first came into Church affairs through three
devout Anglican sisters of olden times the English Misses Show, to. whom
she was a. fathful employee and friend. 'When, after rn.y years, the
"youngest" Miss Shew died, leaving Miss Juju a little property, and freedom
Sto devote he r life to something more than the care of another spinster,
the Church was the beneficiary. At least, that is the story as related by
someone of Miss, Juju's generation.
An English poet and frankly we hesitate between Rudyard Kipling and
A.P. Herbert in assigning authorship once wrote a poem about Jane Austen
beginning: "All glory, laud and honour
Unto England's Jane"
While taking part in the funeral service for Miss Juju last Saturday
afternoon, our thoughts strayed once from the formal hymns and we translated
the lines: "All glory Laud and honour
Unto Dominica's Juju."
Laid to rest beside her mother in her purple robe with white lace (looking
itself like a vestment, covered with flowers) we think Miss Juju would have
approved of everything except a little bad language from a gravedigger- But
we did not entirely approve for in our opinion, Miss Juju should have had
a grgvd beside Canon Bolton, Administrator ilahaffy and Sir Henry Nicholls,
right in the shadow of the Church she m adored and served and every single
Anglican should contribute to her monument. And where were all the English-
born parishioners whose Church Miss Juju had given all her time to uphold?
Not one of them was in evidence. Perhaps thW did not know about her: she
was always so modesto Her modesty and piety are her epitaph.
The :,zinger Af-fair The report ofr n Tashkent Earthquake On Tuesday a
investigation into, the relations of severe earthquake racked Tashkent,
Canadian Cabinet Ministers in the Soviet-Asian city of over a million
Diefenbaker Government with Mrs Gerda inhabitants where, the India-Paksisthan
Munzinger, German voman arrested inW, treaty was signed just before. Mr
Berlin as a Soviet Spy, revealed that Shastri's death, Hundreds ocf peqle
she had known the one-time As,,ciate were injured and some were killed.
I.;inister of Defence and another Cana- Centre of the earthquake was under
dian ex-Cabinet Minister, She had pre- the city.
viously been charged with immoral
earnings and petty theft. Rome Pope Paul received Foreign
Minister Anidrei Gromyko of Russia at
Please note that our registered tele- the Vatican on Wednesday last.
*graphid address is STAR D.OMINICA

At the Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Banana Growers Associa-
tion held at the Carib Cinema on Monday 2pril 25, the following nominees
were elected to the Board of Management for the year ending 30 April 1967:-
Mss.:s., R.F.Armour Jr.,J A.I.E. Pugh, T. Bruney, Stafford Shillingford,
J.A. Alexande r and E.B. Henry. Chairman: Mr. Stafford Shillingford.
Before the election of 'he Ba-rd, comments over prices during past and
present years were elicited. Climax of the meeting was when objection was
raised by a member (and this was backed by Branch. resolutions)over the
20% windstorm damage insurance fee and other shortcomings of the WINBAN
assessment and payment of benefits schemer, a alleged,
The Chairman in his opening address stressed the imperative need for
the banana industry to be placed on a fully competitive basis. He pointed
out that the British Government had made it clear, in the-moat unequivocal
terms, that it was no longer prepared to subsidize the inefficient growers:
in these territories, discussing means whereby growers could improve their
methods of cultivation in order to double and treble their yields. He dealt
with the insurance query and compared it with motor vehicle insurance in
which everyone must pay appropriate amounts in order that vehicles may be
The Chairman also commented on the huge expansion of the cost of Leaf
Spot control since the hurricanes, which could lead to bankruptcy unless
radical changes in the financing of Leaf Spot spraying operations could be
While voting papers were being prepared, Mr. J.Bernard Yankey of the
Agricultural Dept. gave,,an interesting talk on banana agronomy. Production,
he said, was several limited by primitive techniques of the maerity of
small growers, pointing out how run-down plantations (despite frequ'est use
of fertilizers) produced a large proportion of underweight stems.
Mr. Yankey appealed to all growers to concentrate their efforts at intensis
fying methods of cultivation rather than extending the area under cultivat-
ion, thus raising productivity levels anmd ensuring the survival of the
Resolutions were also passed requesting the Board to stock various
fertilisers other than the 11-11-35 Ixture ordered by the Association,

A report on the D.B.G.A's annual report will appear in the STAR next week,

Specialist Wizard
The visit of Ear, Nose & Throat
Specialist Kenneth A. Iicn il of UWI
College Hospital was a real revel--
ation. The Surgeon packed into a
few days of exhausting work a tre-
mendous number of examinations and
operations. On Sunday last, his arriv-
al datehe was at P.M.H. until after
midnight cxrining patients from all
parts of Dominica who had never before
had the chance of such p ecialist
attention. Mr. McNeil
had to extend his stay until `ridEay
and pefroemded nearly 4C o operations,
some of them highly delicate. The
Specialist,his wife (a trained iurse
who aided him) and his anesthetist
Dr. diva of Ceylon were honoured at
a Government House Reception last
Tuesday evening. We join with the
grateful patients in thanking the
McNeil team for coming here.

British-Caribbean Association
Newsletter No. 9 of the British-
Caribbean Assoc. is full of most
interesting news. Leonard Smith
MBE JP is the Hon. Sec. aid Mrs.
Felicity Bolton (whose visit to
Dominica will be recalled) is Sec+
r.etary. The letter gives a list of
all national organizations interested
in non-discrimination and in the
welfare of Caribbean peoples.
Among members and friends mentioned
are new member Baroness Gaitskell
(widow of Hugh Gaitskell, whose
fight for racial epqality and human
dignity will be remembered) ;Lord
CLambell of Eskan ( Lr Jock of Bookers"
LacQl Molly Huggins ('writing a book
on her experiences); C.L.R. (Nello)
James, whose 65th birthday was
honoured by the literary and art
world, and a 'birthday fund' started
by George Lamming


Page Five

Sat~urday,, Aril 30, 1966

Short Story THi BINDING TIDE by Cherubim
It was summer: my wife Brancesca, the children and myself, after a long
period of planning, left our home in the busy industrial town of Bedford,
for Birkenhead a town in the estuary of the Mersey River, opposite Liver-
pool. I had carried all my fishing equipment because, of what I knew about the
lovely firing resorts on the banks near the docks; but Birkenhead was more
commercial than Bedford. Flour, flour milling by-pro ducts, cosl. machinery
and metal goods, these are the chief exports, and, on the docks, stretching
for miles and miles are enormous shipbuilding docks,
We arrived there, four days afterwards; making stops at Leicester, Derby
and Manchester.
It was late, so we staycad in our lodging reviewing the 'summer equitable
spot' which our friends, the Gistes, hsd booked for us. We could hear the
tiny billows pattering like footsteps-on-galvanized metals on the bylks and
some overtime workers, clearing used iron and ore away.
"This place was once p hamlet," the landlady gave us to understand. "But
it developed rapidly after the establishment of dsip-building yards by John
Laird in 1824. It was/n the Laird yard that the Confederate Privateer
'Alabana' was built. The'docks at Birkenhead were opened in 1847, and con-
sititute part of the port of Liverpool." She talked like a history book,
The hours rolled on until satisfying and refreshing airsof night made
me sleep in deep slumber. In the morning when I awakened, I stretched my
elongated, thin body, bringing my long hands to the ceiling, It was Satur-
day, and the busy neighboring city of Liverpool welcomed almost half of
Birkenhead's 144,000 inhabitants.
My wife with the two children, Joanna and Peter, had gone topping; I
checked with the branch office of my employers. PoC. Wise, a good-looking
gentle natured, thick checked man, demanded that I keep off the docks. "So
yer'ore en holiddies," he said. Therefore, after Mass the following day, I
took the family in the small Capri car loaned to me for private use, and
went visiting the Benedictine Monastery, founded about 115o. The old walls
and ruins made a lovely sight, especially in places where the wild creepers
decorated old monumental stones and heavy pillars Cpativated by these
S Benedictine ruins, we strayed off some miles, heading downwards NW to the
Cheshire Plains. Suddenly, we heard a loud cry from some helpless attacked
girl and rushed in its direction. The woman, a young, beautiful blonde in
her mid-twenties was lying almost naked on the weeds near the Plains. She
was speechless, so we waited until she revived and pulled her clothes to-
gether. She asked "Yer all are stra'ngahs?" "Yes," I said, "We are holiday-
ing in Birkenhead".
"Yor're far outta Birkinhe'd" she murmured softly, "Ah'll putya on yer
waey. But how did yer git here?" She astoni hed us by saying nothing of her
plight yet.
"From our shack" I started, "vwe can sec the walls of the Benedictine
ruins, so, we headed straight to it; entranced by its beauty....we drifted.
Once we get to our car....we'll be allright,"
"Yer gonna neid a guide w'en yer go visiting such historicall ruins. Es-
pec'lly ...the docks and the mons'tery."
"Why?" I asked, and she simultaneously cried "WHY' Hadn't bin fer yer,..
I'd be dun in."
"You mean---------"
"Uh-huh" she replied.
After making acquaintance, Miss Constance led us back to our car; upon
persistent suggestion, she agreed to spend the night at our lodgings.
Peter and Joanna were very happy to have someone who knew the place tell
them about it. "Only last week someone was "dun in" in the docks. "No'body
pay'd fer dis cunnin' aict." FPracesca immediately called the children to
dinner. The horrible story reminded her of events, 'back home'.
"It is very bad telling the children about such incidents. It causes a
lot of mental disturbance" she told Constance.
I stayed up with Constance till ten, learning of the dangerous docks,
and some supplementary tales of Birkenhead's history. Early next morning,


Satutrday,~ April 30, 1966

Page Six

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Saturday, April 30th, 1966 THE STAR Page Seven

I was taking Constance. to her own flat when I enquired about the incident
she was relating t o the kids.
."A y'ung. eBes' I"dian by thenameof Dennis Yusil was murdered an' berrid
in thea dQ.cks. I hung my head in s rrow: incidentally, the .25 Cal. Feather-
weight ----9--shot Nerette Panther slipped from my coat pocket
- ".!Why'd yer carrie a gun?" she adked, seared. I simply made no rgly. I
whirled my car across the square and headed for the docks, where all .the men
and women were read busy at their jobs, Turning round and round like a
goose vhich had lost its young. A tall, thin faced man with a hard grim
c1eek-bone ca lied me to his attention, requesting that I 'gittout'. I
walked up to him and introduced myself. "Baring-Gould's/he name"' he replied.
"Know anything about a young man named Dennis Yusif?" I a& ed him, and
he willingly replied "Yea, but he dis'pear'd some days agoa."
Constance a uld help; I knew it from the way E e talked; she was like
most dock-women gossippers and flamboyant newsbearers. We met occasional-
ly, and found ourselves 'going places'.
Francesca soon be gan complaining; we had had no quarrels since we got
married and every day, I asked God to protect us, but suddenly I didn't
care a damn with what she said. She was an emotional, seductive lady who
could be qo&ite vindictive when aroused. I had to be careful and, the best
way of avoiding trouble with Franz was by keeping away from Constance.
Furthermore, Franz persisted that she should accompany me wherever I went
or else I was to go. nowhere at all. It really wasn't this forced national
strictness which ke pt meffrom Constance but my love and affection for the
Things we re getting tooa"off" so I made up my mind, and to do the job I
needed Constance more than any other, I phioned her late one night and made
a date for t he following afternoon, hoping that Franz would understand.
Meeting Constance asplanned, we journeyed to the docks.,Unperturbed, we
paced along till the break of day.
The setting sun on that summer's- night, was like a mixture of 'good and
evil'. The heavy red cloud signifying the state ofAell and its horrific
beauty ... the heavens, the blue sky abovd. The wild wind blew, unfolding ,"
stream-like hair of the beautiful goddess, I gazed upon her white body and
upon my dark brown skin and, turned away. A feed ing of inferiority filled
my life for the first time. Like a miracle, dhe disclosed with tears rolling
down her rosy cheeks "Ah live yer."
As the wind blew, like a ronado>...she charged into, my arms. The magic cf
her kiss was like ecstasy, for the first time in my life, a kiss had driven
off my normality; like a hungry lion, I kissed and kissed.her, almost wish-
ing to devour the fair lady.
"That man who tried to kill you on the plain; who was he2" I asked,
pushiAg her tenderly from my clutches.
"William -i!iiten, "
"What do you know of him?"
"A swindler ...roigue...murd're..o" ,
In that moment of anxiety, confused by two important events, I walked
off ... straight to the C.I.D. office, leaving Constance on th/docks. P.C.
Wise was in on duty.
"What's wrong?" he adked.
"Over-burdened," I replied,
"Work ...or love?"
"Both, as a matter of fact, I am just from leaving a gal on the dock
"On the docks?"
"What's so funny about that?"
"She's dun," he replied solemnly. "Got the phone call ten minutes ago,
I aspectt the squard car anytime."
The police squad returned with theonly evidence an old ROSCO .22 hair
trigger, adjustme nt and improved hammer-vest revolver.
"Th'is thing is importtid from Germ'ny," Wise remarked. "Not meiny common
folks keipe and hold one. Some swindeler must, have grabbed it from a
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Page Sight THE STAR Saturday,April 30, 1966

DAKAR Festival of Negro Art,
Aime Cesaire, Vice-President of the Arts Festival Committee declared in
the Martinique Press that he had been chosen for personal reasons and not
because he represented Martinique. The Committee, he said, had not the power
to choose the artists who participated. Martinique, he added, was neither
an independent country nor a land with internal,self-government, and could
not be invited to send delegates as she was regarded as a cd.p-rtment of
France. Any artists from Martinique would had to be chosen by France, a
state of affairs which would continue until a new order came into being,
Martiniquans must realise the absurdity of these regulations."We have no
name and no legal position," he said* "It was because of this that I got my
compatriots together (including artists )' more than ten years ago."
Cesaire repeated the international success already achieved by his tragic
drama "Roi Christophe" at Salzburg and Paris before massed Dakar audiences
Famous Negro-American poet Langston Hu ghes said "By bringing Negro
artists together on this scale, I think the Festival has achieved its aim.
Ne ver before have so many artists of African descent cometogether in one.
place at one time..."
Informed commentators said that "Traditional African art was still far
ahead of the 'progressive section' of the Negre art on display. 28 tribal
dances* from Sierra Lanne alone, all difIrent and none derivative, fascin-
ated onlookers. But while the Negro progressive artist is ignoring old tra-
ditional roots far the most part, some of the best Western art has been
strongly influenced by it."
Professor Higgins
Here is a perfect example of how not to say goodbye: "Is now I going" .
Unless you are a poet, the only sentences beginning with is are questions.
Now Dominicans, unlike Cockneys and Jamaicans, do not drop their 'h-s', but
some of them drop their 'g-s'. This is probably a snob legacy from some:
hunting fishing' and shooting' types who impressed the population in the
dim past. The only way to get over it is to practise all words ending in g
like this: goinguh, seeinguh, dolinguh, and so on. It sounds rather silly,
so do, it in secret; The cure can be quite rapid.
These are -three misused words: lend, watch, and call. Have you heard
people mix up 'the words lend and borrow? "He had lend the book from me."
-(The speaker means borrow) "Can you borrow me de broom?" (She means lend).
As to watch, you can never watch at anything. When a little boy says "don't
watch at me!" hei-ntends to say "don't look (or stare) at me. "I was watching
at de kites." Why not looking or gazing? You can watch over someone, or just
plain watch t hem, but please. not watch at! Lastly, we were horrified
to see on an examination paper in a primary school (gQ graphy) set by a
teacher:"How was the place called?" Of course the teacher meant what was
the place named.
So...Is now I goin', or rather, I am going now... till next lesson.
Barbados Dr Kenneth Standard of Bar- Rare Jade for Queen Mother who was
bados has been made Head of the Dep.t cheered by thousands of New Zealanders
of Social and Preventative Medicine lining rain-soaked windswept streets
of U.W.I. He is a U.W.I. graduate. when she made a ceremonial drive to
Jamaica has appointed a commission of the Town Hall last Tuesday. The Prime
Inquiry to investigate the conditions Minister, Keth Holyoke welcomed the
of the nursng sergitbe there, after Royal visitor, who was presented
many months of unrest among nurang with q leather case of coffee spoons
staff, with handles finished in green stnaes
New Zealands rarest type of jade.
Britis.h NI.P,{.1'rtotg 1**Gen dd Gaulle
32 Labour M.P.'s have called upon the British Government to start urgent
talks towards putting an end to the. Viet N~m war. They moved a critical amen-
"Aent izi the HQiV ^-?A** O-a le GTaule .poka r in a British cross(C
channel Hovercraft and said af~tr'.arda "Itt's wonderful".

Short Story (continued from page seven)
sailor or someone."
" "William," I uttered, pressing my fingers. on my lips.
"Saye dat agin'" Wise remarked.
"William Win-sten," I said slowly.
"C'uld b' he. He.'S dun fo;r meiny murder caises... including your fellow-
Sman Dennis; dat's if its. a ROSCO ..,,mind yer."
We went to the docks searching, there was a small fire in a boathouse,
the police squad fenced up the criminal, and ha ndcuffed him. Some good lad,
by the grace of God, had phoned my wife and she appeared just when P.C. Wise
pulled out the ROSCO .22 6-shot revolver from his pocket.
The o;.pression on my face was that of an angry bull.
"I knew thatt" Wise stated. "Thai't's why I ordered yer to git yer wife."
Francesca bound her hands in mine and gripped me firmly.
"It's over" s-he said.
"Uh-huh;" I replied, "We could have a happy holiday now that Dennis's
murder case is solved..." I did not peak of Constance.
T a i k e y e r P C W i s e da o u t e d a s t h e v a n~ s e n g i n e g a v e a k i c k Y e r e
on vacai-tion...not on dutie...".
As the glittering moon disappeared under the clouds, I kissed my wife
gently on her lips, and started the engine of Capri 1966 plane-shaped model,
saying softly to my partner-for-life;
"To-morrow, we're gonna visit the old walls, just you and me;; the child-
ren will be safe with the landlady."
o laughedd, then drove to our holiday home.

Essy Competition
A prize tour to, Martinque next July, lasting eight days, is; offered to
thr winnerof an essay competition organized by the, Caribbean Friends Club
of vMartinque. Title of the c-s52/ i5O) be "MY EIGHTEENTH YEAR", and com-
petitors should be between. 16-20. The essay may take the form of a short
story, and girls, are eligible as well as boys. The entries, which tho.uld
be 900-1000 words long, should be handed in at the STAR Office by May 25th
in sealed envelopes; marked MARTINIQUE ESSAY COMPETITION. On that date
Professor Lucett.e will be. coming to; Dominica to do. the judging. The: stories
should be written in English, but any entrant preferring to- write in
French may do so;, Points will be given for style, imagination, and local

In July a party of 20 Martinique: students and possibly also a student
party from Guadeloupe will be visiting Dominica, and the prizewinner will
accompany the Martiniquans back on an all-expense paid visit as the guest
of the C.F,..

Mrs. Edith Letang wishes through this: The St. itts Democrat accused the
medium to express heartfelt thanks: to Labour Spokesman with the headline
the Staff of Princess Margaret Hospi- "What nonsense What Humbug2" The
tal (not forgetting Kitchen Staff & leading article refers to a Government
Orderlies) for their gift collection of St. Kitts advertisement printed in
of 62.68 to assist her and her child- the London Times about St. Kitts Invest-
ren in their time of trouble, and to ment Possibilities. The Spokesman had
thank especially Mr. R. Peter (Steward) stated "some exaggeration is allowed...
ond Mrs Gabriel (Telephonist) who and the Democrat attacks also misleading
prompted this wonderful action. Advertisements ao the Daily Telegraph
said "we must get tough with advertisers
:: ::: : : : ::::::- : :::: :- ::.:-: ;.;:: : who mislead the public "

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Saturday April- 30thq 1966


PageTen HE TAB.Satuday Aprl 30196

Dear Editor, Historical Societjy

In reference to your issue of Sat-
urday 16th April in which you state
t hat there is no Historical Society
in Dominica, I wis h to inform you
that this is- not entirely correct,
There is no island-wide Historical
Society as such, but there, is certain-
ly the Dominica Grammar School His-
torical Society. This So-ciety was
Sounded on the 3rd of December 1965.
We have not been in the public lime-
light, but we have had two successful
terms of activity. During the Michael-
mas Term last year we had a number of
meet ings'. At one Mr. Ed Scabie
talked on "The Importance of a His-
torical Society". "Dies Dominica",
a tape commemorating Dominica Day,
was played td the students.
Enclosed is a copy of our Eilr'j
Termi pro gramme, (This included talks
by Mr J, Johnson, Fathe r Proesmans
and Mr E.C. Loblack. Ed.)
Incidentally, our activities have
been given some publicity in the
/ Dominica Chronicle. We are presently
Preparing our Mid-Summer Term Pro-
gramme and shall forward a copy to;
you* Horsford Nicholas.,
D.G.S. Historical Soc.

From Saturday April 30-Saturday
May 7, 1966, we are. observing in the
Eastern Caribbean Boys:' Brigade Week,
and we are appealing to all well-
wishers of the Movement and indeed,
all who love to see, in our coi'L.'_fni-
ties, worthy efforts e ing made to:
mould and fashion the character of
our young men, t o, make contributions:
towards the work of the Movement,
The Boys' Brigade was founded on
the 4th October 1883 in Glasgow,
Scotland by Sir jiilli':-,i A. Smit h. As
early as 1892, the first Company in
the Eastern Caribbean, and indeed in
the whole of the Caribbean, was organ-
ised in St. Vincent. Today, there are
16.8 companies and 89 Life Boy T.:: ..iL
with 848 officers and leaders and
7080 boys, and this number is increa.-
ing every year. In Dominica, we have
three companies and three teams with
fourteen office rs and leaders and
153 boys, in Roseau, Marigot and
We s l ey


will remain OPEN all day an
So you can get. your tender
and enter the. 2200.00 PRIZE DRAW
at Carib Cinema Monday Nite.

Winning numbers will be published in
this, newspaper next week. You do. not
need to be present at the drawing.
First Prize $100,00 worth of grocerie,
Second Prize 50,00 worth of groceries "
Third -Prize; 25o00 worth of groceries
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Prizes:
05,00 worth of groceries each
(each having numbered wing-tags) are
VIC'S in Goodwill or Dechaus'ay's.
Royer Market Mondesire' s
Charles Self-Service Karam's *
Delsol's and always at SYLVANIA SHOP
in Lagon.

B:;,s' Brigade (contd,)
The boys of today will be the men
o.f tomorrow, and then the discipline
and character training acquired
through the years;,of training will be
there to steady them. Training the
boys to become useful responsible
Christian men is our task in B.B.
-We need your interest and your supp-
ort. Ca n you help. us? Will you
help, us?
You are invited to, make your con-
tribution, if one of the officers or
boys calls, on you; or you mgy choosse
to send your antribution direct, to.
the President:
The Revd. Michael I.N.Dash,
Methodist Manse, Marigot.,

Cherubim: Foreign writers about
the West Indian scene often 'guy' our
didiict; in this week's short story
a young writer who has never been to
England 'guys' the Lancashire accent
as he hears; it
Graham Norton: our printing and proof
reading of this distinguished writer's
article on the Throne Speech (p.2) do,
him-less than justice, and call for an
editorial apology. Norton, who is the
Membership Sec. of the British Carib;
bean Association, will visit Dominica
in July *********** ** *'*

Sa-turday,, April 30 1966


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Page eleven

Satuday Api 0 96TE SA

"...Wake me early, Mother dear, for
I'm. going to be queen of the May..."
the poet's name escapesme,, but one
can just imagine the little girl at
her bedtime being excited at the
thought of the morrow's happenings.,
Just picture a flaxen-haired child
crowned with a garland of spring
flowers be ing the centre of attrac-
tion, She w uld probably lead the
beautiful pattern dancing around the
maypole. Attached to thefole are dif-
ferent coloured ribbons, each piece
of ribbon is held by a. dancer, they
all move around the pole. weaving,
patterns in and out offcedecked may-
pole. This dance is still held in
modern times in many towns and vill-
ages all over Britain but apart from
this celebration, which has developed
into a traditional dance, no holiday
exists on May 1st in the UoK.
May Day, sometimes called Labour
Day, is observed all over Europ.e, In
many countries, especially those in
the Uomnunist block, the day is cele-
brated by a parade of strength 1 cld
power. In Moscow on this ay each year,
the people are treated to a show of
new and fearsome weapons which are
flaunted around the town, watched over
bythe full. co uncil of ministers of
the Kremlin, The direct opposite of
the old-fashioned May Day celebrations
of older and gm tler days.
In line with t he sweetness Of fre
month, it is. traditional in Eranc.e for
a lovely little flower which is made
up of tiny bell shaped white petals
embedded in a nesj of green leaves ad
called 'Lily of the Valley'. This
flower has all the essence of this
beautiful month of May for to pass a
bed full of these d-_ arling flowers is
a treat t o the sense of sell as
well as beauty to the eye. These little
bell formed blossoms seem to ri ng in
the full sweetness of spring and a
foretaste of the. warmth and co lour of.
summer, The Lily of the Valley is sup-
posed to open its eyes on iTy 1st, that
is if the winter months haven't been
too unkind to dela3 its birth. In
Britain, this flower grows in many a
garden, but it is a dicey matter as
to whether it will blossom forth as an
English spring can produce near frez-
ing tempe ratures but the roads and
lanes usually furnish an abundance oc
May blossom, such as hawthorne in all
shades of white, pink and deep red,

also. the beautiful pink almond
blossom. But like the spring they are
too short lived,and even if you pick
them to keep their beauty in your
home, they don't last long either,
The hawthorne, though lovely, is
supposed to be unlucky if picked and
brought into the house,
May is a truly romantic month,also.
popular with the sang writers, "a
moon in May" is just as idyllic as a
"moon in June", so greet her in any
wsy you think fit, e other by music
and dance, or by the beauty of May
flowers or even by the unorthodox
"guns. and drums",


The attention of the public is direc-
ted to the Botanical Gardens Rules
S.R.&O. No.19 of 1932 with special
reference to Rule 13. VEHICLES -
Those persons who- contravdne this rule
are asked to take notice, that parking
cars off the main carriage, ways is
thereby prohibited. At present and
until further notice the grass drives
are closed to wheeled traffic.


,Saturday, April 30, 1966

Page Twelve THE STAR Saturday, April 30, 1966


iSON Sunday night, Promoter Rupert NOTICE TO BANANA GROU.ERS
Jones staged what proved to be the most
exciting programme ever seen in Dominica BORER CONTROL
Before a big crowd every fight of the
A recent survey of the extent of Ban-
4-bout card was packed with excitement. A recent urve o te tent of an-
tana Beetle Borer infestation in Dominica
G. IIenederson and M. ,Marie, students of
St. IIary's Academy, oened the evens shows that the Beetle population has
St. ilary's Academy, opened the evening 's
entertainment ith a two-round bout woi, up heavily since the island-wide anti--
entertainment withk'a two-round bout won i
,borer campaign undertaken by the Associa-
-by Henderson; there were no knockdowns,borer cam gn undertaken b the
tion after the 1963 hurricanes.
:but both boxers showed good style. The
second bout was between S.Xavier (Young The damage to cultivation by the suo-
Joe Louis) 167 lb. and G. Bernard (Kill- cessive windstorms from november 1965 t o
er the Kid) 179 lb. Bernard, very agile February 1966 has further aggravated the
for his size, gave Xavier a boxing les- borer problem. The fallen and uprooted
son over three rounds: both men were ery banana trees left lying in the field for
game, but it was obvious that they had many weeks have provided ideal conditions
not done much training. for the rapid multiplication of the beetle.
In another 3-round bout, I. Lestrade It is, therefore, urgently necessary for
knocked out F. Augustus in 1 minute and all growers to undertake control measures
44 seconds of the 3rd round. There was immediately.
too much holding in this one, but Lestr-
-, To encourage growi!ers to combat'borer
ade was always in command. The main To encore .s to
-bout between Roy Cobra, 15 Ib, and Lu- infestation in their cultivations, the
bout betwVon Roy Cobra, 1-5 lb, and Lau-
.dat., 160 lb., .:as as exciting as was ex-,Board of management has decided to ~SUE
dat 160 Ib. as as excitinn as was ex- O OF
pected.. Cobra, givinS away 15 lb., show- IE O V GALLON OF I-S0ETIG-
.ed superior ringcraft and would .have won BA
had he possessed a left jab. Laudat car- '- t
ried the fight to Cobra who was content ASSOCIATI'S STOCIS. The quantity of
_Aldrex e-mulsion available for such free
to wait for his o-poncnt and then counter- Aldrex emuln ae f, sh
S f distribution is limited to one thousand
attack;, From the first bell- they fought -
h, g n ad t g i (1,000) gallons and issues will be made
hanmer and 'Con-s, rvinv-; and taking pun- .,
,lu i-) i4 on a "F first Come First Served" basis.
ishment in turn until the end; spectator on a
howled at the end half for Cobra and The free issue to each grower will aso
half for Laudat to be named winner, The be limited by the amount of his banana
referee and one judge save the edge to acreage.
Laudat (the winner), the other judge
mado Cobra ahead. A.D. BOYD,
The success of the evening's prograime 29th April', 1966 General Manager.
was a triumph for Mr. iupert Jones, whose
efforts to make boxing a leading sport in 1/2 ---- --------. -------
Dominica deserves every encouragement. :s t afr*s:p *o r*t s* cont.
S680 by Irving Shillingford: a savage square
Griffith's Double Crown ,
--- -.. cut of his will live long in the memory
On the international scene, Emile Crilf-of those who wore privileged to watch,
fith outpointed Dick Tiger to win the while his driving was a joy tobohold.
Iiddleiweight Championship of the horld Pierre, St. Hilaire and Mellow all bowl-
at iadison Square Garden on Honday night, ed well. Of the 'new boys', Vincent
Griffith, who is also 'elterwTei1ht Champ, Elwin got a sound 25, but he is obviously
became the third fighter to win two titLes:not yet ready for international cricket:
The other two are Sugar Ray Robinson and Jules grafted his way to 43, but his
Carmen Basilio. According to the rules, survival was due more to luck than tech-
Griffith automatically vacates his former unique. Jno. Finn was a disappointment-
title. The result of the fight wais hotly and should be given more time to develop.
disputed by boxing correspondents, many Henry Elwin's partner has yet to be found
of whom thought Tiger had won, and it is hoped that one or other of the
::* *:: : :: : :: ::: : candidates will show his ability in the
Cricket: 2nd trial starting today. I was most irm-
THE first trial match was played pressed by Vidal's batting in the second
at the Pootani.o Gardens last weekend, and innings.
it showed the sclec-ors rnoLthing that thevy -Fi- { tT ,T -usi' y.. ---.-- .
"rin-td o ,. publsihed .,c_.: A llfrey,
did not know bo.fore the gat.o. The high- proprietor, of St. Aromont, Dominica, at
light of the match was n fine in:'i ngs. of 26 Bath Road, Roseau, Dominica, '.I.