Star (Roseau, Dominica). December 21, 1979.

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Mrs Jane Lowenthal,
LibrarianP _
Research Institute for
the Study of Man,
162 East 78 Street,
New York 10021, N.Y. 10
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Editor PHYLLIS SHAND ALLFIt1' _..______


Friday ~ & S~4, 1971


SThee is a erioua and ismiamw thres
hanging over the Iaman, a icl tWrig
basec ttid t lif~of this Islid. It is
icraw thwe rge our i'aders to
Iaty ages to and xz, in which the dan-
eris bilgiaiy described by the Hon.
'SeCetary of the D1ominiM aAMri atirat i
Sac:i~ty. In short, do you want yor ani-
*als poisoned and your vegebues ~ad
water sources oemarainated? If you do
NOT, it is up to yui, the pop~itaioa of
pOagnica, to act qqickiy.

D mnimnica Bectrcity Services
wishes to advise those consumers who
bave not received electricity bills in April
will find the details of the sums due for
*at math included- o their bill for May.
-Dominica Electricity Services offers ir
apologies for any inco venirnce that thbi
(empocary araWemeia'ma9 cause.

Trinidad Ceneral Election
AN\.R. Robinson has withdrawn '
ftorn the'election fight.' Th'
remnants of the ,Opposition are.
lglEstng for a deferred, .oll.

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Ar.thr, St. L'oca, .
boa prwic-sal
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Heavily Defeaed

r. H ert of A.
Dr. Herbert of .A.ML

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A Ilaio proprto'a
ofthe ntam of PMM's
.sporters ere om'itte
ev* thouge4 they ve
pdblished oithe preim1i-
naFy lists.
The Inal lists v er.
Zpsted a fe' days before
piing dayv

wM'f4W'S iW UR PRTY WI/N I S .r. /s

PR*KIER Robert Bradshaw and his Labour Party reiaine' in enttrrl
of St. Kitts by winning all seven seats in Monday's general lectLon;
Anguilla, given an 'oeu' b:' the British Gvernment, jid not -s.:e p-rt
, at all and in Nevis one of the two seats feli to Dr. Wm. Berbert's
People's Action Moveme-t (which most observers expected to "o better
at the ool13.)3Sr e 21,300. citizens, voted. We nave not gt the :'inl
sonstitaenc.-: f ig.res s- :press-tire, 'but Dr. Herbert was defeated anJ
before polling day man- cor.:lai'-ts on registration methods were ;ae.
"uesijy was ieclareo a public holiday in St. kitts in celebration.
The second Nevis seat went to the Nevis Reformation Party.

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Page Two T H E S T AR Friday, May 14th, 1971
-"Thank God for ignorance" This must be the daily thanksgiving
prayer of the.Leblanc Labour Party hierarchy as they consider their past
successes and plan, on this basis, for further ones.
This is the thought which came to me as I read and studied the his-
toric speech ;iade by the President of the Caribbean Development Bank,
Professor Sir Arthur Lewis, on the presentation of thejBank's'Report to
its Board of Governors recently in Antigua. You may read the principal
extracts in the Barbados "Advocate-News" of 24th April.
Because the diagnoses -of the economic ailments of the less developed
Caribbean territories -- and these include Dominica -- are precisely the
ones which the Opposition Party has for years been a't pains to point out
to the people'of this State, let me refresh minds by comparing quotations
from the Bank.President's speech and the Election Manifesto of the Freedom
Party. I truly believe that history will show that the choice made by the
people of Dominica inmits Government last October was a national disaster
for which we hall pay dearly.
Sir ArthUr is concerned that agriculture is "in a bad way". It has
always been pointed out that, for the foreseeable future, agriculture will
remain the basis of the Dominica .economy. Yet the Government in continuous
office since 1961 has, in my view, done absolutely nothing to improve and
encourage agriCulture. Whenever it has spoken in the context of production
-- and this is seldom -- it has always been with -'reference to industrial-
isation, which is such a willL-'o-the-wisp as far as we are concerned. Sir
Arthur states; that
"With the help of British and Ca nadian aid, Government expenditure
has been rising swiftly... Considerable improvement has taken
(< i place in Roads, schools, medical services, water supplies, elec- ,
tricity and airports... However,in the last analysis all such
activity,.. must be maintained by a parallel expansion of the
productive sectors of the economy and here the picture is very
He then examines, the component elements of the economy: "Agriculture is
in a bad way.. In manufacturing very little is stirring. The tourist in-
dustry is the Only lively sector." And yet, as Dominicans will remember,
..the 1961-70 Labour Government would have nothing to do with tourism during
all these year, The Leader even opined that he saw no 'future for that
industry. It wps only after the repeated preachments Qf the Freedom Rarty
that in this year of grace, 1971, the same Government is beginning to
open its eyes to the possibility of -this. In-fact, it is practically
certain that it was Idriven into it by the Barbados-based office of the
British Ministry of Overseas Development which offered a team of experts
to *pinpoint th tourist potentialities, of Dominica, even after the famous
Zinder Report had already done so in general terms. But"I understand that
at a recent meetingof the Labour Party one 'of the speakers stated that
the Freedom Party is against tourism and the hotel industry: it 4is Labour
which favours these Can you believe that? "Thank God for
So the Bresident of the Development Bank, very naturally for a man of
his competence, thinks that the primary hope for economic development must
lie in agriculture and tourism His Bank is actually in the field toolend
money for their expansion.
It had been one of the principal charges made a against the 1961-70
Government tha{. it showed no interest in providing agricultural credit even
as it boasted annually of the-"biggest budget ever" and made enormous Party
politically-orientated expenditures. So if in the near future you see s
government system of agricultural credit instituted here, know that it has
been on the urgent insistence of the Caribbean Development Bank. If, as in
St. Lucia, the amount provided for this service is of the order of $500,000
it is not difficult to reflect that such an amount would certainly have
yielded richer dividends as agti6ultutal credit than a Police station .
(Concluded" on; Page Four)

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*** Q' 'E- EE N and COMMONWEALTH**
Her Majesty, with Prince Philip and
their daughter Princess Anne, leff't
Canada on Wednesday after a 10-day
visit to British olumbia for the
State's centenary celebrations,. .' :
having travelled four thousand miles
and wound up with a banquet in Vic-
toria. They had a fine reception. *
This team visited Dominica for a
week, interviewingvarious people cai
various topics, seemingly with the
objectrof doing in communications
what CARIFTA is trying to do in Tradel
Regional co-ordination is the aim.
A recorded interview with the STAR
editor was made. Other peodpe -(in
various fields (folklore,politics,
culture, religion, sports, news and
voluntary bodies)were interviewed.*


Applications are invited for the 911-1/3
post of Market Superintendent of lhe 1
New Public Market in Roseau, Domin- POMINIC
ica..The selected candidate will ANNUA
have the general superintendence aad' Membe
charge of the market and will be eis hreb n
ponsible for its proper management,
subject to the Market Committee. He Annual G
will be required to attend at the vanced't
market during opening hours; super- the date
vise the collection of statistics, 1971), i
prepare monthly report and be res- fpre die
ponsible for the maintenance of ; Th-e$
proper and accurate accounts., same but
The salary of the Market Superin.e the A
tendent will be in the scale $A100
x 300 6,000 and'the successful can
didate will be appointel."at a point
in the scale-commensurate with his 10th May
ability and experience.
Applications, accompanied by at- THE
least two references;, should be ad- andl its
dressed to the Gefieral Manager, Dom- will
inica Agricultural Ma6keting Board, EN
Roseau, Dominica, to reach him not- n Frid
later than Monday 14th June, 1971,
S. M. G. WHITE C, and

. 909 1/.General Manager "
Over $800,000 of British money is
",Ieing .:pent on the reconstruction
of the Dominica Police Headquarters.
We have had various culturally in-
Sclined persons visit us for our op-.
inions on.what Government could do'
to further education, youth, radio,
'and various progressive causes. We



Foland Hesketh Delsol heretofore
called and known by the name of
.oland Hesketh Joseph a citizen of
the United Kingdom and Colonies by
iirth, hereby give Public Notice
that on the 15th day of December,
770, I formally and absolutely re-
4ounced and abandoned the use of my
said surname of Joseph and further
ihat such change of name is evidenced
by Deed Poll dated the 15th day of
December, 1970 under my hand and
eeal duly executed by me and attested
Registered in the Registry for the
island of Dominica on the 15th, day
i o~l,_-1-

formerly KnuwnL as
Roland Hesketh Joseph.

rs of the Assc nation are
ctified that the date of the
general Meeting has been ad-
o TUESDAY, 25th MAY, 1971-as
originally fixed,(31st May,
s a public holiday and there-
s non.
Tme 10.00 a.m.) remains the
the meeting will now be held-
General Manager.
, 1971. 910 1/1.

.hold its annual
ay May 2th, 1971, at 8.00 a.m
dates must be prompt.
4 .fiROUGH through
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ddd not reply, as we should have done
(and do so now)"you should ask Govt.
to spend that $800,000 designed to''
maintain Sorce and a ruling clique
on those other far more important
matters, not excluding H E A L T H."




Friday, May 14th-,- 1971

Friday, May 14, 1971 THE STAR Page y
In discussing agriculture, the Bank Report says that as regards live-
stock prodmet-ien,- "the-most frequent obstacle was the high cost of feed".
It called on the region to' learn to produce its own animal feed. The
Freedom Party'Election Manifesto (1970) had said:
"... a basic factor in the production of livestock will receive attent-
ion, namely, a local source of good quality feed. It is recognized
that scientific work will be necessary to produce an appropriate cheap
feed from local components.and it is. thought that residues from-the ex-
panding coconut oil extraction-industry and the watessof the developed
fishing industry and of citrus processing may, together with the grovw
ing of anY pulses and grains recommended, form the base for a cheap
animal feed."
The Report states:"Way have also in the food industry enormously to in-
crease our .output of vegetables and fruit, and we are anxious to finance
such venturesin these sectors." Sir Arthur added that this was a hard nut
to crack since it was bound up with adequate marketing and processing
On these points this is what the Election Manifesto had to say:
"... steps will be taken to examine on a scientific basis the economic
possibilities of producing temperate and sub-tropical fruit and veget-
ables, e.g. raspberry and peach, on the cool upland areas of Dominica
S for the to rist industry of the region ...
... the Party regards a canning factory as a'high priority on the list
*^ of economic development needs and since private enterprise has not b'en
willing or able to establish' such a factory, this will be regarded as -
: infrastructure. for agriculture and undertaken by a Freedom Party Govern-
ment .-tii useful L. to reproducei a paragraph of the'Election manifesto
which, -I am firmly -of the-opinion, .is bound to acquire added signiificanbe
as time goes qn:. "Much, use will be made of incentive legislation to estab-
lish or enlarge: industries. which would not materialize but for such legid-
lation. It is recognizedd thatit'is. better temporarily to forego revenue if
thereby a new >or larger industry is created ...
'It is.,in this. context that it-is so difficult to understand this Govern-
.ment's refusal or reluctance to -provide all the toentives requested by the
Citrus Growers Association to enable it to .set up a lsage million-dollar
Packing Plant capable of dealing with the grapefruit and other citrus pro-
duction which must be shipped within a very short period in each year. As
a. result of.sunh .Government reluctance,, growers have called a halt to fur-
ther planting because they cannot be sure of having increased production
packed during:the short period that market prices are good. The citrus!
industry is perhaps the local agricultural .industry. :which comes
one of the Bank's criteria of efficiency in industry,-namely, "incorpor-
ation in it of high inputs of .sc.ience".
S- I now wish "ti direct the attention of readers toea;very significant
statement in the address of the Bank President. ,.He said: "Their"(i.e. the
less developed' territories, like Dominica) "agriculture requires to be re-
volutionised in technology if it is to survive in the modern world, and
their small markets; are not the best foundation for extensive industrial-
isation." Please carefully notice the last sentence of the-quotation.
It is; the argument of those who feel that we have no chance in making
any significant headway in manufacturing and therefore even under the CARIETA
dispensation we shall continue to be suppliers of food and raw materials to
industrialised communities, but with this difference, that our outlets will
be smaller and economically much weaker than-,the metropolitan markets whfah
will.lng continue to be the main outlets for the production of both the
more and thailess developed. territories of the British Caribbean, as witness
the teties and heartaches about "ritain's entry into the European Econ-
omiu community. It is therefore di-ficult for me to understand this playing
up to ARIFTA to us. The final question must there re surely be: are we
to gear our efforts to supplying the CARIFTA market red beans, garlic aid
cinnamon, our Government has advised us') rather than to the markets of the'
industrial giants;, the UK, EEC countries etc. where we dispose of our ban-
anas, limes, grapefruit, bay 0o1 etc.? ju dge b the propaganda to which
anas iies,8rai~rrit, b~ao~ et,?lr e wxq a, I pr trban

Friday May 14, 1971
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of Arable Land in the Cockrane Area
Largely Cultivated in Citrus and Banaaas.
:: Approximately 7 Miles from Roseau
and linked by Motorable road.
For further Information Apply to
Eustace H. Francis, Solicitor,
Chambers, King George V Street, Roseau.




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S Page Six T H E S T A R Friday, May 1), 1971

A Ma Story THE CHANGE by Cynthia Watt
When we last heard of Ma Titine, she was preparing for her Easter
devotions and bon temps. Ancine and herself had an organised excursion
S with a truckload of friends to Mero, and enjoyed themselves to the full.
You know howj,often holidays happen in our State...
SMeanwhile ,Pat Nathaniel Edward, Minister of Go ernment, was,.still
confined to his hospital bed, and still nursing his anger over the pair
S of pants which George had sent him; the Doctor even suggested his leg
S pain was imaginary, and asked if he had been frequenting any Yogi-man.
Lying on his.back groaning lightly and gazing out of the hospital window
in private ward at the sky and mountains one Saturday morning, Hon.PN.E.
,. decided thata change was needed. With an expected large increase of
salary, he wpuld pursue a new course and become a cultured man. Away
S with cheap paper-back editions, West Tndian calypso records and such-like.
He was from now on going to buy classical pieces even if they bored him
to death, an4 he hadi asked his draw up a list of e vating
books. No sham plastic flowers, not even soap-pcwder free ones, would
decorate his home* It would now be graced with red anthuriums, and he
would pay from his first raise of salary a fair sum for a real hand-made
oil painting by someone well-known. He would tone down on loud shirts
arEl3 go in for Nehru-type pleated national dress, as befitted his lofty
position. He was engaged in jotting cultural suggestions in a notebook
when a visitor was announced. It was Ma Titine.
She flounced in, dressed in a flamboyant flowered minij with an
Afro hair-do and black leather sandals. Her barrel-sized earrirg danced
against her cheeks, and her many bracelets jingled and jangled.
S"Way, way, how tings goin boy?"' Titine greeted him, fairly bursting
with health, happiness and good will. In company, he was "Mr. Edward",
S but privately they were still equals.
"So-so, Ti tine. What are you and Ancine doing tomorrow?" (For he ex-
pected to be discharged, and wanted the ladies tb cookhim something nice.)
"Hea yoa mean? She not tell you we having another big excursion? Bon
S temps for so...Goin to spy out Carib Village' Sorry you cannot come."
Ma Titine found P.N.E. a bit subdued. At the end of the visit he
said.jto her: "Oh by the way, Titine, I have some lovely plastic flowers
at home, in my bedroom, in the drawing room and in the pantry. Tell Ancine
to give you all of them. They will make your place look prettier. George
was so kind to think of me and you are a real good friend, so it is you
alone I would give those flowers to; you know how much they are popular.'
Now Ma Titine was no fool, but as she was in a hospital room, she
smiled affably, although feeling a twinge of anger. Imagine him offering
her his damn plastic bouquets when she already had enough cf her own.
Although unlettered, she was a very sensible woman and knew that it was
George s insulting present that was at the back of it all. But she amiled
and said: "Sure Pat. I'll take them, with many thanks."
When Ma Titine reached her home, she found Ancine awaiting her there.
"Way you been,Titine? I here waiting nearly an hour for you."
"Oh I go and see Pat. I pass by your home" (this was untrue) "but
you wasn' dere, so I go alone. By de way he tell you to give me all de
lovely, plastic an wax flowers at his house."
Ancine jumped out of her chair as though a wasp had stung her bottom.
"WHAT! Pat tell you to tell me to give you my flowers? Oh ho' is dat all-
you doin behind my back? As Garge not here you trying to take my man from
me'. You want to be Minister friend You....." Acd Ma Titine boiled cver.
"Remember is at my Modder home he did eat when he a small boy? All of us
S was poor but you was wus' Woman, get out of my house befo I put han on
, you." (Look out for the next installment)

Friday May 2~, 1971 THE

Refuse beggar i
e se ev I.18


St. Kitts

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: This
morning I saw an old woman
rooting in a refuse bin for
There is no individual
garbage collection here only
lidless oil drums dotted hare
and there along the street, and
pile- of rotting refuse$ to which
you must add your own.
Periodically an aging garbage
truck moves about the town,
and men walking alogside lift
up the litter with shovels and
The old woman was
barefoot. Eke very many, and
dirty. like very many. Perhaps
they have only the one
garment. Tall and gunt, he
was a scarecrow figure in the
soiled bedraggled print dt4e
that hung loosely and
crookedly nearly to her

Her head was decently
covered with a plaid kerchief
tied in a bow at the back, in
the locate way, and on it a dirty
old straw hat. This was a better
garbage bin than most it's
emptied'every day, and stands
just across the narrow street
from the food store. It is not
attended by the dreadful
cdours that make you hold
your breath in so many parts
of the town but it's garbage
all the same.

The old woman paid o
attention to the people passing
in and out of the food-stoir
with their' arms full of
groceries. She was beat,
groping with a terrible
intensity. through the steamy
contents.of the garbage drum.
In the shade of a nearby
tree, perched on the wall that
separates street and, Square,
two pink-cheeked young men
with curling hair and beards
who looked from their
carefully expensive 'poor boy"
rigs to be college students on
holiday: perhaps visiting,
perhaps local for there is still
'wealth here sat laughing
land talking as the sun threw
leaf shadows on their bare legs.
I think they were local boys,
home for the mid-term brea'.,
for- outsiders would at leasi
have noticed the old woman,
and I ve observed that the

more afRPeat youth here
simply don't see human
misery. St' there all the time,
and after all, rooting in garbage
pais is probably a hobby with
old people.
And I did I do any better?
Did I offer help, as on human
being to another?
No ... No. I have learned,
alas, not to. ;t have earned to
walk by- on the other dde of
the road, with downbent head.
Beggrs are so many here that
when you give you're a marked
person forever after. They
follow yoa into the stores, into
the post-office, they wait for
you to come out of the bank.
They beat on your door, even
at night.
If you give to one, others
.spring up with outstretched
hand. Finally, hating yourself,
you imply shake your head
and hurry on Had it been in
any other quarter of the town,
no consideration on earth
would have prevented me. But
this was only a few yards from
my own front door. and after a
while you get desperate.
So I passed by. with averted
face, on the other side of the
These pitiful old people
would break your earth. When
you go down iato the town on
any errand, you must run the
gauntlet of beggars. Most of
them are gentle and diffident.
They'll s mile at you
tremendously and say
"Good-orniang. mistress,"
And you smile back and pas
on youz way. with a bright
"Good-moAring! in return, till
you realize that what they
really are saying is "Please help
For these old people are
utterly indigent. A kind of
Social Security schepe has
been set up in the last couple
of years, but it is for the
coming generation of old
people. For those who are old
already, there is nothing.
Thc proud ones who will
not beg. root in garbage pails.
Humbler spirits stand along the
sidewalk and say
'Good-morning, mistress."
And you learn to hurry on.


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May 14,P 971

btA Wfrte (-W.I.) LTD.

naE Q mrcaupm in ie6-.omm*ifts to PBO
oeabtmween the ages of 17 8a4 22.
TSuccfutl &applicaoa will be wEa
dv two years utaiing werseass bcfne take P
bic in hc Campany's i

An ieat who' atwi be iatm, ewie d randeWs
dSqiwnlest qsmhoiuld are acceptabLe,
esl poakeace wiB eiven to better quaiHied.

Appiesatq ~who wai be interiewed actd .s
Kptku ade aaIQ tests, should write gvia f
de~lll~r~iriribcqf~a tftx to:


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m"Tn IssUa
The t&ied pf Goverment of Dmr a-
Trteniary B*- dodon Thurday 8th AprOL
19731 t a savnsge disouat rate of i..-w* ad a*n
avera eder fia of &s. 34c. The veravg
The tJal amot taeretoord at od 734>5,o
Slguainst the otalr tbount allotted in the sum bof
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di (enat *brl

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Fiu.ale Secrmay.
6A Miy, 1971.

Who Iowm a pewritr and is always
winig to learn, ss employment
Anayoe invested: le write to
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Page Nine

able team of visitors to Dominica The makeshift bridge at Copt Hall,
was a party of six led by CARIFTA which I cross frequently nowadays to
Gen.-Sec. Mr. William Demas,fresh deliver my column to the Editor in
from the debates on E.C.M. in Holl- person, seems to be in its death
and. In a full programme, they saw throes, although they yanked out a
a considerable cross-section of the few loose boards and replaced the
populace, starting with the Press, splitting old ones with loose new
.Our "starred" questions in a longish ones. It vibrated to such an extent
interview were (a) why was-no member that some non-pious folk have been
ofT he Oppbsition listed on their known to whisper a prayer before they
agenda' They gave us to understand, begin the crossing. What about the
that they eschewed politics and made railing that was partly knocked down?
arrangements through ruling Gcvts. A new road is in the process of
(b) Why had so many of the cheaper being built in the same Copt Hall
items of food (corned beef arid sar- bridge area. Can-we expect a new-
dines, for example) disappeared froP bridge and something that two vehicles
the little retailers' shelves and can .negotiate? Or should we look fcr-
from the people's tables? They took ward to the same/ 'lack of foresight'
note, and said they'd look into it. that Dominica is noted for? It's the
They had come here, said Mr. Demas, route to Island House and Morne Pros-
to talk to business, Unions, tudent5 per, both in the Armour constituency.
Chamber of Commerce and upper forms it that we are accustomed to
of schools, and seemed confident plod along like donkeys, come what
that CARIFTA wouldd cement regional- mayt
ism "littleby iittle"'l better than There are all kinds- of excuses for
the .old form of Federation. Members the water problem. Now it is being
of the team included Ed.Carrington blamed on landslides. But mcst of thee
&Sam Martin (Trinidad) Prem Arjoon these are man-induced landslides'.
of Guyana and Fitz Dowers of St. oon we'll be hearing that the land-
Vincent, with Public Relations man slides are caused because the Fatima
Victor Hinkson in attendance. On shrine was removed. That's as good an
the, higtt befre- they left the men excuse as the other ones we hear.But
held an informative public meeting looking forward to my water bill'.
at Dominica Grammar'School, and had, Mrs. Rama has reluctantly agreed to
final discussions with Govt,officials give me time off to serve my prison
before taking off on Tuesday. sentence, because I'm not going to
Spay for something I never received'.
Mr. Norman Leach, Under Secretary, I rather ad ire the prison Warden and
Overseas Development Admin., came to am already arranging to wjkokff my
Dominica for a 'brief visit last sentence in his vegetable garden.
week and was entertained by the' dep. And back to Rockaway Beach.I don't
P.M, who seems to Te doing all the think it's anybody's business what
social honours nowadays. you do on your moonlight picnic, but
Barbados-born Mrs. Barbara Nurse, how about leaving the place reasonably
Vice-Chairman of the Western Hemis- clean?tEMpty beer bottles, paper plates,
phere Quides Committee, a world body, underwear, and some unmentionables.
visited to have a leon at the new I had a hard time explaining to my
HQ which is'steadily taking shape, kid why he couldn't play with a cer-
.and to meet as many as possible of tain item he had picked up under a
Dominica's 700 Guides, and the 30 coconut tree.
officers who give voluntary service But before lines are up, let me
to the movement: Mrs. A.Robinson, say ".You were, and are, great,Anthea."
Mrs. J. Osborne and Mrs. Bascomb are,
with the devoted.Hon.Sec. Mrs. Ted forptkeepingthe flame alight through
Boyl and Mrs. Rose Johnson,responsible the years. More on Guides next week.


Friday, May 1U, 1971

I, Page Ten THE S T A Friday, May 14,1971
The following extremely important letter was received asmentioned on._
front page, from an experitnned farmer and agriculturit of- Dominica,--.
.La Haut, Dominica
Dear Madam, May 10,.1971.
I was horrified to hear a release from the Dominica Banan'a
Growers Association read over WIBS Dominica recently, 'which stated th.t
the Association was about to start a program of .sprayi~g banana cultiv-
ations with Aldrex in order to control the bannana bore. The release
went on to warn farmers not to use grass from the fields'in question for
feeding livestock for at least fourteen days after .sprying hbad been com-
pleted, I cannot help but wonder whether the powers that be who have.
taken this decision to spray Aldrex in such vast quantities (and the
quantitiesacnmst be vast if they are really going to spray all. the-banana
cultivations in the island)using, I presume, a mist blower) have given
any thought to the possible consequences of this action.
Aldrex is a dangerous insecticide whose. use .has 'been forbidden
entirely in several countries including the United Kingdom. Not only is
Aldrex (a chlorinated hydrocarbon) highly toxic (poisonous) to humans,'
and in fact to. living creaturesagenerally, but it is one of the most res-
\, idual (lasting) of the agricultural insecticides.
Quite apart from the.considerable dangers to human life and property
that can result from the indiscriminate use of this chemical, literally
millions of insects, most of them harmless to man, and many of them very
beneficial, will be affected. Hundreds of birds, crapaud etc. will eat
these insects, and they will also be affected.
There ist.bound to be considerable run-off of the chemical into -our
S rivers, particularly where a small stream flows for several miles through
S a valley withi-banana cultivations on both sides. This could kill fish a$iE
other creatures that live in the water. Enough of it could harm people
who drink the''water,
SConsider a team of sprayers working high up on a hillside on a'windy
d'ay. No matter ho. careful they are, there, is bound to be a. lot\ of spray
S being blown by the wind and falling hundreds of yards from where the men
S are working* This spray can fall on roof tops from-whic' people collect
drinking water.' It can fall into vegetable gardens and I;nto fruit such as
tomatoes, anrid.leafy vegetables such as cabbages and lettuce. Most of this;
insecticide will- end up by being eaten* The mango season is just starting.
The skins of some mangoes are sure to be coated with Aldrex under this
scheme. It is no use saying that we do not eat'mango skins. How often are
mangoes peeled with a knife,' or washed, before they are eaten? What is
true of mangoes is -true of sugar cane and a host of other things that we
eat. Children will be the most affected. Livestock-may eat poisoned grass
along way from a banana field.
Because Aldrex has such residual properties it will stay around for.
a long time doing damage. Anyone who cares to take the trouble can go-on
for,hours thinking of ways"that this insecticide will find its way into
our bodies.
The people who have initiated this program cannot be so uninformed
that they are not aware of the fears being expressed in responsible,
scientific circles, of the dangers of the build-up of this class of chem-
ical in our bodies. They cannot be unaware of the worldwide concern being
expressed for our ecology, and the havoc that has been caused by the in-
discriminate use of insecticides. I hope they have realized the dangers
faced by the men who will be doing the actual spraying, and'have made
arrangements to provide them with suitable protective clothing. They are,
I hope, aware that this type of chemical is, if anything, more dangerous
when absorbed through the skin or inhaled, than-when it is swallowed.
Now,- Madam, 'I do. not, want to be labled an alarmist, or to give the
S, impression that I am ?.against the use of agricultural chemicals. On the
.contrary, chemicals have an'r.extremely important part to play in modern
Scientific agriculture... (C`oncluded on back page p.a)
a .

J 'i''Y' -e "?' 3'*p~a*

Frida May 14th 1971



Chief of Police
and Police Head-
quarters admin-
istrative block

Passport &

Apartment former-
ly occupied by
Passport and Im-
migration Section.
at the Governnmit
Building in High
House No. 30
Bath Road close*
to Windsor Park.

Licensing(vehicleE House No. 30
drivers etc.) and Bath Road close
Traffic to Windsor Park.
Criminal Inves- House No3.0 Bath,
tigation Section Road close to
Windsor Park.
H 19/15/64
3rd May 1971. G 69, 896 2/2
You have seen the injury to my
knee from a fall due to cat'ssly
patched potholes in the Copt Hall
Road. The way Government is having
our roads mended is very dangerous,
They.'put a top dressing of fairly
large-size chippings; which do- not
bind .in with the colas'. Cars skid
on this loose:'surface and persons
walking onthe road like myself are
. liable to have serious falls.Might
I suggest that the surface ought to
be swept clear of the loose chipping
remaining, after a thorough rolling.
Miss Beverly Downer 17 of 26 Erthig
Rd.Belmont,Port of Spaln,Trinidad
would like penpals iterested in
dancing,pops, movies, art, stamp-
.collecting and corresponding,
Any young reader with similar tasks?


Page Eleven

--I y- A .. t .T r 1 7


bS V I l VY 0

It is published for general'infor
nation and guidance of the public
that the undermentioned Police
offices in Roseau will be transfer-
red from their present location at
Police Headquarters on King George
V Street and Government Building op
High Street. From Tuesday May 4,
1971, the following offices will be
operating on the temporary premises
indicated below:-

Dear EaiTor, Botanic Gardens
I have.been rereading John
Spector's history of the Botanic
Gardens and was very much pleased
about it, as in a back issue it did
not please me at all to note Mr.
Jones' laurels being bestowed oA
Mr. Harcourt. I felt like answering
and remembered immediately that my
deceased sister Imelda, the writer,
would not have hesitated (had she
been alive- ) to correct that great
error. Another topic she surely
would have written about is that
of the Samoan trees: I was simply
shocked at the idea of desiring to
chop down such beauty, remembening-
afternoons during my school days
which were spent under those trees
with the Faithful Virgin Nuns; we
were interned, Imelda Henrietta and
myself, and those nuns used to chat
about the fine trees with their
boarders. The very spelling of the
trees in the papers is incorrect;
if my memory is not at fault, it
should surely be the "Samoan Tree"
and not "Saman Tree" as printed.
Now back-to Mr. Jones and J.S patr
whose account is correct to a."T".
Mr. Jones whom we knew personally as
children,was a lover of children;
he used to chat with the nuns who
accompanied our afternoon walks,and
would give us fruits. The Station in
those days abounded with all kinds
of fruits. Every tree had a label
well-attached to the front of the
tree-trunk. The back of the Station
was a:nursery filled with many
edible fruits. and species of plants.
One special .fruit which I have not
seen since,Mr,;Jones' day is the
*"Karambora", a nice yellow fruit
with facets.. In.those times the
Gardens were kept up like Kew Gar-
dens in England,- unique in the W.I.
Islands. Thus readers will note
'that Mr. Harcourt met the table well
laid and prepared, then sat down to
enjoy the meal~ Jack must have his
John Spector was perfectly right
to refer back-even to-Drs Imray,whose
contribution .to the hidden botanical
treasures.of this land in conjunction
with his friend and associate Sir H,
Alford Nicholls used to be forwarded
to.the Directors of Kew. Dr. Imray
sent a topographical sketch of Domin-
ica toDowning St. ih'18488
MARION PETER, 'Portsmouth.

V J. vv

Page Twelve T H E S TAR Friday, May 14,1971l
** S*T*A*R*S*P'*OR*T*S* ******* STOP POISONING OUR LAND from pnae 1
St. Vincent .manes goaA Start:Irging If our economy which is based-,on
Shillingford won the toss at Victor- agriculture is to:' develop in- thw
ia Park Kingstown and put St.Vincent it must for us to survive, then we
in to bat on a placid matting wiclet will have to learn to use agricultur-
hoping to rattle the young openers al chemicals, but we must learn to use
Saynes&Jlack with the pace of Gray- them properly. They are not some sort
son Shillingford and Norbert lhillip. of magic potion which is going to cure
However they put on 62 runs before all our ills and make up for our shob
Jack was run out for 26. Allen was -comings, past and present.
caught in: slips b.Phillip, for one, te'e very same residual properties
but by lunch (with Bute in) it ,was that make Aldrex dangerous if improp-
108/2. After:lunch in this, Goodwill early used, make it ideal for certain
match, Irging tried the spinnerscrLa- functions. If banana' planting material
3 rocque and Anthony, & Doctrove who is soaked, in a solution of Aldrex be-
quickly got 0. wicket, that of Bute fore it is~planted, it will be pro-
(c.& B.) for 27 and Findlay (lbw-l).tected for many months from the attacks
Brown then joined Haynes,who was of the banana borer. If the aanana
on 69, and by tea the score was fields have been properly cared for,
198/4,* After tea Haynes completed and field-sanitation attended to in
his century with a fine 4 off Dpc, the manner it should have been, one
trove. Taking the 2nd new ball,Gray applications of Aldrex around the base
son Shillingford had Haynes slipp of the mat per -year will keep the bor -
for 107, -.and Sparrow Duncan c.wkt ers under control. The chemical is
(Gregoire) for one. Play closed at. used when and where it is needed to
261 for 6, Brown n.o.60 Blades n.o. do a. specific job. It is not sprayed
6, extras 32. Bowling: Grayson S/f. over the whole countryside in the hope
8/27, Phillip 1/69,Doctrove 2/81. of hitting a few borers.
The keenness of the fielding was One can be reasonably certain that
a tribute to0 the 5 newcomers sel- banana cultivation$ that are so heavily
ected among the 17 of the State teai infested with borers- that anyone'in his
E.Anthony,a leg spinner(Emeralds) right mind would consider spraying them
U.Zamore,legi spinner (Saints),styl-with Aldrex, using: a mist blower, have
ish batsman;- 15-yr-old L.Sebastian a great many other things, wrong with
(DGS ,P.Casimir (Celtic) offspinnerthem as well. Even if one did succeed'
and T.Bertrand from Portsmouth.The in killing all the borers, these ban-
full team other than those mention-ana Iields' would not become economic*
ed includes V.Elwin,B,Charles, J. I repeat. The chemical is not a magic
Kentish,H.Elwin and D4 Defoe* (Cas- brew that: will transform neglected,
imir could not be released from his uneconomical banana cultivations into
work by Geestsb. Many' Were disapp- profitable "'~sh pieces overnight.
counted that in-form all-rounder This operation is going to be ex-
Joffre Faustin was not picked adterpensive and is.,going to do much more
his brilliant knock of 44 n.o. in harm than good.,
the final trial. Our most important industry is in
LEAaUE'WFEKEEND MATCHES: Gardens serous- trouble. It is going' to take
Celtic U v, Emeralds; DGS at home some hard thinking and a lot of hardL
v Blackburns. work to rejuvenate lt\ But rejuvenate
WAS IG MACHINE FOR INFIRMARY: at it, we must, or we perish.
a short function -recently a fine This last attempt on the part of the
gift washing machine from Mrs Van Banana Growers Association to find a
eea wg peen to the Infirm- short-term, easy-way-out solution for
Vy .r quez a long-term problem seems to me' to be
Sa classic example of the kind of think-
TONIGHT at SISSEROU HOTEL 8 ing that has, brought the banana i1-
D I N N E R at 7.50 tonight: dustry to the sorry state it is in
RESERVATION: Phone 3111 o_____ur truly, ANTONY ..AG
SNO 0 C VER CHAR GE CEES and Zo lae forprint-
ing this week.* weer a port
Ataphan & Co. have launched th7 b World Union of Catholic Women's Day.
first ever Company Magazine in Printed & Published by th Propriet r
Thii SaWe To~po toRoeview it bert Alkf re of M111 eoase ntO s
This- State.We hope to review it. at 26 Bert E A R oseau mi ,W.nes.
a. hd.ioaeau UbImin baAW. noe~s*

Friday, April 14, 197i

Suplmn TH STARILI5~-~- -- ----

One Wonders

Dear Editor, One often wonders
why freelance writers to newspapers
(paid or unpaid) correspondents,
columnists and active journalists
in this State are quickly forgotten.
We hear from other parts of the Com-
mdnwealth that journalist so-and-so
was this and that, and his or her
most appreciated articles are quo-
ted at public and private functions
articles and letters are often re-
viewed or parts extracted.
In Dominits when such talented
persons go to the land of the un-
known their journalistic art and
educational theses are buried un-
gratefully by those who have bene-
fited by the works of their pen.
Nothing is now said of Dominica's
great Cassandra .~$grave Edwards,
of Dominica's 'John Squire ,Rev.
Belboda,and our Ripley W.W.Wyllis
Just to mention a few notable
scribes. Are not their works val-
uable? Do Dominicans feel that
those men might even posthumously
be awarded some sort of medal or any
form of appreciation, like some
,pseudo dignitaries?
What are we thinking and doing
to raise the journalistic and news-
paper standards of this State?The


raising of standards can only mat- V2112 SHORT TERM VISITORS?
erialise if those dead talented Miss Anne Hewitt (on UWI staff
writers are remembered and our pres- from next Oct) came here to0 promote
ent ones given a square deal by establishment of a school fcr the
Press and public alike. Deaf and to recruit a prospective
JOSEPH CHAMBERIAIN NOBODY, teacher fcr deaf education. The Min-
North. istry of Education & Health' is asking
BAD LNGUAGE -. fc~i names of all deaf children.Give
The use of indecent language in these to your district head teacher.
the public is all the go now. The Professor J.J.M. Figueroaof UW
youths have absolutely no respect fc Dept.Education arrived for shcrt-
tie elderly and schoolgoers, but term consultancy on education plans.
make use of their tongues as they .....Mr. F.E.L. Carter CBEB Overseas
wish with nothing or nobody to stop Audit Service D.G. came in for talks.
them. CWT Light, Calibishie. NE3S SHORTS: CARIFTA QUEEW Anthea
-----RG sTFIH CAUGrHT-- Mondesire called on the Premier,w&s
rep sIt CAUHTs guest at a Home Affairs -i!ty Thurs.
A northern reporter states that on.. ..Miss Mereen Mesmin won a tr to
May 5 a giant swordfish weighing New York in A nl ate npptitfI'
2,300 lbs was caught in the Marie: .Zthe Captain-fisherman got injured
Gallante channel by a Vieille Case and was taken to Portsmcuth Hospi-
fisherman and towed ashore in two tal-i The fish was sold at 50 a lb.
parts. Whilst battling with the huge and not at control price.-Contrib.


Dear Edit, I read with keen in-
terest "The Contribution of the
Church to the Development of Dominica"
by L.A.Rcberts B.Sc.Econ.Lond.
Would Mr. Roberts give the com-
munity of Dominica some practical
hint as to how to discharge itself
of what he calls the Community's
responsibility of having published,
at the earliest date, Father Proesmanb
"History of Dominica".
In doing so Mr. L.A.Roberts would
indeed render the Community a signal
service. LOVER OF DOMINICA,Roseau.

of Sheffield has taken up a 2-year
appointment as School Dental Officer,
stationed at Rs eau Health Centre.
Mr. Vin Lawrence of 4miaica, U.N.Ad-
viser on Youth, will be here until
June helping to solve youth'problems*
of the State. He recently addressed
both a country-wide conference and
the Chamber of Commerce, to whom he
spoke on 'Youth and the Business-
man', urging the provision of job
opportunities for youngsters by the
private sector in partnership with



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