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

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Volar~leamsl~laCaaar XIVNo 18_~~ rray May _

IE hoped that the new shape of NEWS that this Labour' Goverament is
integration which, intelligent West to provide Ministers with 'protective'
Indian people rightly support would aeooomsaoation is the final straw for the
come in another form, at a oCre population (See p.6). No-one really be-
appropriate time, and without the lives that these men's lives are threat-
taintat words Grenada Declaration' ended, but they propose turning the HMorn
as a heading. But some sort of Pro- into Cap Haitiean W11i they all boy 8il-
ject cnaesent is to be signed by ver bullets? The Queen of england has
(,yaneL 1f alf of Participating jsgt driven in an open oar in a foreign
Keads Qfrivts., and 11 officers country, but these aen huddle beside th
.rawn from certain territories are Police when they venture out.Without @e-
to form a cosaisariat, with Mr F. F option, this is the most fantastic tht:
O,., Harris released from U,. to our rulers have .yet done. Doubtless .the
chair it. CARIFPA is backing all of will enoy Cabinet meetings, private vis-
thiis, and the Govt. of Domainca has its and doiaino games In blissful 'eerlt
..i rffied its approval if the sae
,-,.ber of signatories as in the BUT WHO WILL PAY POR IT t
original Grenada Declaration also
apErove. What staas -s, is their belief that they
BUT the people of the Region are there for life, and that their pol-
have not yet approved. Just to par- itical lives are invaluable,
ticipate in 'the Formula tion of the
National Constittution' is insufficient; SALE! SALE!
the people seat decide first whether SL
they want such a Constitution AT ALL. ot FIRESTONE TYRES & TUBES

of Wesley

He started farming at 17; is now 5o,
married, and the father of 7. Now
his 12 acre land produces a variety
of crops root crops, vegetables, co-
conuts, grapefruit... In the Agricul-
tural monthly Newsletter, Durban
Sa y s "to be efficient, farmers mnst
be prepared to I e a r n and use new
methods of production." and ne
goes in for chickens and cows with
a steady income from milk and eggs.
Durban praises the Agricultural Ex-
tension Officers for their encourage-

(1959) LTD.l Goodwill Road.|

FOR SALE in Rosmu
One wooden structure (4oft x 4oft) for re,+
moval from site. Some good timbsr here.,
Offers -- Call 200oo.

Portsmouth Methodist Church
opens at IX a.m. on

April's Farmer of the Month


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Earlier this year, both Jamaica and St.Vincent held General
Elections. In both countries, the Government at the time of the
Election were Labour Governments, as in Dominica. In Jamaica, the
Jamaica Labour Party had been in power for as long as its Dominica
counterpart has ruled Dominica. In St.Vincent, on the other hand,
the St.Vincent Labour Government had been in the saddle for even
less than the normal term of five years.
The results of these two General Elections are now pretty well
known. Both Labour Governments were turned out of office by the.
electorates of these countries.
The Jamaica Labour Party is the Party of Bustamante, the living
hero and-idol of Jamaica. In the past, and even in this last General
Election, the Party used the name of Bustamante as a magic word to
help it with the Election. In his old and weak condition, Bustamante
used to be paraded through the constituencies at election time so
that the mere sight of him would induce people to vote for the Party
which he founded. Atd, in fact, if there was one person who was
entitled to this kind of magical influence it was Bustamante, He
had really sacrificed himself foP his people at a timewhen it was
risky to stand up for the masses of the people. He even underwent
trial and jail for defending the rights and pressing for the welfare
of the people. Thus if ever there was a leader who was .entitled to
have magic attached to his name, it was Bustamante.
Now Jamaica is a country very similar in its social make-up to
that of Dominica. There is a prepondera nce of peasants and small
farmers, though in the towns there Are also large numbers of wage-
earners. I would say from my own knowledge of the Jamaica peasants
that they are even less- favbured than those of Dominica: their
landholdings are smaller and their fight against natural difficulties
much greater. I would say, too, that they also have less education
opportunities. However, as in Dominica, these people constitute
the bulk of the voting population.
The Jamaicans have it as a matter of policy and principle that
they will not have the same Government for more than two terms --
roughly 10 years, No matter how good a Government appears to be -
even Bustamante Party governments -- the Jamaicans will not have it
for more than two consecutive terms. Their reason is the very sen-
sible one that all power tends to corrupt and the longer the Govern-
ment: remains in power, the more corrupt and'careless it becomes.
Hence'it was widely predicted that the Jamaica Labour Party govern-
ments would fall in the 1972 General Election -- and so it did. But
no one was prepared for the big way in which it was overthrown by
the long-time Opposition Party, the People's National Party, which
had been founded and long directed by another national figure of
Jamaica, the late'Norman Washington Manley. The P.i.P. was returned
as the Government, under the leadership of Norman Manley's son,
Michael with a majority considerably greater than that of the then
ruling JL.P. It-had been proved to the satisfaction of the Jamaicans.
that, as expected, corruption and victimisation had become policies
of the Jamaica Labour Party government and that it had run out of
ideas for the welfare and development of the country, including its
banana industry which, as in Dominica, is of great importance to
their economy. It cannot be denied that the outgoing Government did
things for Jamaic4 during its long term of office. The intelligence
of the Jamaicans tells them that any Government in office for such
a long time, having the resources of the taxpayers at its disposal
and being the recipient of foreign aid, must, of necessity, have done
things, e.g. roads, schools, etc. But they reason that any other
Government would have done the same and perhaps even better. (See p.2)


d-riday, May 19, 1972

Pa e Two


Page Three

-- Frida ..Ma 19 1978

Parisian motorists hooted theirCANCY IN PST OF PIST
car horns in greeting to Britainb Applications are iBrited from
Queen Elizabeth after she laid a suitably qualified persons for
wreath at the tomb of France's appointment to the post of typist
Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc in the office of the Dominica
de Triomphe. Thousands of people Banana Growers Association.
turned out on a chilly morning Applicants should possess at least
to watch the Queen ride by in an G.C.E. "0" level pass in English
open car on the second day of her language and competence in typing
five-day state visit to France, and filing. A minimum typing speed
aimed at cementing relations prior of 45 words per minute is required.
to Britain. entry to the European Ability to take shorthand will be a
Common Market. Since then Her decided advantage but is not
Majesty. and her husband have done essential.
a lot of sightseeing, had a lot T-he salary attached to this post
of hospitality, and their son is dependent on qualification and
Charles flew over to join them. experience. Applications stating
-...A Tage, educational attainment and
GHAiA: Up ,to this week there are employment experience should be
doubts about the final resting-
place of Kwame Nkrumah's bodyThe addressed to General Manager,
Dominica Banana Growers Association
funeral itself took place in Guia shoul rea not later than
Some African Heads of State attenendho hm not late tha
]Oth May, 1972.
TRINIDAD:,"The Roman Catholic Chuch y. L. WHITE,
cannot be silent in the face of May 1 General Manager,
rank injustice," said Archbishop GUYAA: Leadig Pp ingerMiss Joy
Pantin to pilgrims in a sermon at GUYANA Leading Pop Singer Miss Joy
the Fatima shrine. "The Church Thomas lay seriously injured in hos
must stand pp for social justice... ,pital after a brutal attack at her
d up f s jome. No one has yet been detained.
N 0 T I C E
The Central Water Authority invited applications from suitably
qualified persons for the post of Secretary.
SALARY SCALE: $6300 in the scale $6500, $6600 x $360 $7320.
DUTIES: Secretary to Board and responsible to The Chief
Engineer for Personnel and Public Relations. Full
details of duties available for inspection.
QUALIFICATIOIS: At least six G.C.E. Ordinary Level subjects one
of which must be English Language and at least
three years experience as executive secretary
preferably with a corporation or business undertaking
Equivalent qualifications and experience will,
however, be considered.
APPOIiTMENT: Non-pensionable on contract basis for three years
and tetminable by three months notice from eithers
party. -
Subject to all The Authority's Rules and Regulations
for the time being in force or made from time to time.
LEAVE: In accordance with the Authority's Rules and
Regulations for posts of similar level,
Applications in writing, stating age and full particulars of
qualifications together with two (2) recent testimonials should be
The Chief Engineer,
Central Water Authority,
22 Bath Road, ROSEAU,
and must arrive not later than 5th June, 1972.
All applications nill bd treated in strict confidence.
15th May, 1972." .9../

(from p. 2)
Their point is that governments, likd individuals, get tired, run out
of ideas and tend, after a long while in office, to take chances with
the welfare and freedom of the people. They have therefore decided
in a kind of general understanding that no Government will be allowed
to be in office for more than 10 years.
In St.Vincent, our close neighbour, when the General Election
was held a month or so ago, the position was that the St.Vincent Labour
Party held 6 seats and the opposition Pe'ople's Party 3 seats. The St.
Vincent Labour Party had at the time of the election been in power
for about 4 years. Yet, when the General Election was held after the
number of electoral seats had been increased from 9 to 13, the labour
Party did not move from its original 6 seats, but the Opposition
Party increased the number of its seats from 3 to 6, and an Independent
candidate, Mr. J.F. Mitchell, was the other successful candidate, It
was as- a result of his throwing in his lot with Mr.Joshua's People's
Party that this combination was able to become the new Government of
St.Vincent with Mr.Mitchell as Premier,
It is to-be noted that after about 4 years rule, the people of
St.Vincent were willing to drop the Labour Party. What were the reasons
for this?
*Mr, J.P. Mitchell, the Independent candidate, who subsequently
became Premier, gives us the answer. Mr. Mitchell had been a Ministerr
of Agriculture in the St.Vincent Labour Government under the Premidr
*Mr.Milton ato, .but Mr.Mitchell gives the reasons why he had to leave
MroGato's Labour Party -- reasons which have a familiar ring to us in
Dominica. He says that Mr.Cato had become arrogant and dictatorial in
his ways and that he was riding roughshod over the rights of the people.
These were charges which earlier had been made by Mr.Ebenezer Joshua,
the then Leader of the Opposition.
Now what is the position in Dominica? Apart from St.Kitts (for
..whidh there are special reasons), this is the only one of the smaller
,islands to hold on to a Government for a period of 15 years when its
current term will have ended. Most of our young people who will then
be exercising the withheld.franchise for the first time will have known
no other Government during the whole of their existence. This is what
makes,Mr.Leblanc's reference and continual comparison with the now
largely historical Baron-Government such an exercise is stupidity,
As I stated earlier, St.Kitts is the only other-small island to
have retained one Party in power for so -- the Labour Party under
Bradshaw and Southwell. But..St.Kitts is an island of wage-earners;
there are extremely few small laadownglfarmers. Now Bradshaw and
Southwell are also the leaders of the Trade Union which represents the
majority of the workers of St.Kitts. Thus to some extent one can under-
stand the long-time dominance of their politics in St.Kitts life.
But what can we say in defence of a similar practice in Dominica?
In the other islands of the Caribbean we have -- let us admit it -
an unenviable reputation for illiteracy and dullness of mind. We are
regarded as a people of particularly low standards. I wonder whether
this explains it.
Mr. W.G. Whitney, Trade Executive of the West Indian Committee,
London,looking into two-way export opportunities
* Mr. J.V. Mullin, Director of Overseas Studies, Bramshill Police
College, here for 2 months to advise Government on reorganisation, re-
staffing, and "re-training" of personnel of the. Royal Dominica Police
force. He is an Ex-Commissioner of Police of Zanzibar and Malawi. *
Mr. I.D. Carter (OXPAI) to implement plans for the construction and
equippSng of 4,,health centres annually, provided family planning is done.

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Friday, May 19, 1972

Page Four

*r LLg; Fivez^r^^rrr'THE FSTAR- _

Sixth Annual General Meeting
All members of the Dominica Em-
ployers' Federation are asked to note that
the Sixth Annual General Meeting of the
Federation will be held on TUESDAY
23RD MAY, 1972 a t 6.30 p.m. a t the
Fort Young Hotel.
Members are kindly urged to make
a very special effort to attend this very
Important meeting gnd to be on time.
The Agenda comprises:-
i. Confirmation of minutes (previ-
ously circulated).
2. Matters arising.
3. President's address.
4. Discussion and adoption of the
Executive Report.
5. Treasurer's report and adoption
of Accounts.
6. Adoption of Accounts 1970 71.
7. Election of replacements to the
Executive Committee.
8, Any other business.

-School Building Tenders
Tenders are invited for, the construction
of a two storey school on the site of the
old Roseau Boys Grammar School, Great
George Street, Roseau.
Tender Documents may be obtained
from the offices of M & M Stott, Charter-
ed Architects, 21 Hanover Street, Roseau
from 9.30 a.m. 2oth May, 1972. Comrn
6leted tenders are to be submitted at
i,:oo noon, Monday r~th June, 1972 at
the above office.

Tenderers are required to place a deposit
of $ioo,oo ECC which will be refunded
on the return of documents or a genuine

4,4.- /

Notice is hereby given that the st AMnnua
General Meeting of the Roseau Co-operative
Credit Union Ltd. will be held at the Goodwill
Parish Hall on. Thursday xoth Jtne, 1972 com-
mencing at 7.30 p.m. All members and other int-
erested persons are invited to attend. However,
only members will be allowed to take par in the
discussion and vote on any particular fssie.
The Agenda for the Meeting is as follow:
(1) Ascertainment of Quorum.
(2) Taking apologies for absence.
(3) Reading and approval of minutes of I a a
Annual General Meeting.
(4) Dicusaon of Mmtenr ng ft= OIL a -
uses. .
(s) Reports:
a) Board of Direors.
c Treasurer and Aodir.
) Credit Comminatte.
td Un d Supervisoy Co mik .
(6) Unfinished Business,
(7) New Business: Appfopriaion of Sou*l$ W
iso). Romr and esAsum fSm nee.
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or our Produce Dept. on Church St.
Parry W. Bellot & Co. Ltd,- ,,"

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Friday, May 19, 1972

Fiction: MA TITI1M by Cynthia Watt.
On Ti4ay-"morning 1a Titine arose
d Lth an..xtra cheerful feeling. She
tried to remember what had occasioned
this-- oh,-now she remembered--- she
Was again on the warpath--her meeting
was to begin at 5 o'clocki~--
"Hope Baby and Genelia bring plenty
people," she told herself while dressing
around four o'clock.
Titine always liked to have a spread
whenever she.could get the occasion
and she had prepared a load of sand-
wiches, caebe and two buckets of lemon-
ade-- there was enough iceein the fridge
and of course Dominica rum, gin, wine
and Vodka.
"Dey goin to very-tussty an hongry
when we finish all our talking she
said as she finished h'er final prepare.
tions for the meeting. -Chairs; benches
and boxes loaned from Genelia, Baby and
a few other neighbours ~iere placed on
the porch and in the yard.Potted palms
wore scattered all'over, and flowers
and ferns were entwined on the porch
ra'is. A huge bouquet was on the table
centered between the sandwiches and the
cakes which were each covered with a
.bright floral towels
At 5 o'clock the people began coming
in and fifteen minutes later there were
about forty persons assembled;
Titine beamed. "'ell, well, you all
thore tun out. I very glad. Welll"
turning to Reuben, "You is.'de chairman.
Call this meeting to odderl"
Reuben looked around at the gathering
and clearing his throat began: "Well
ladies and genmen we heah to cala dis
meeting to odder -- "What dis meeting
going to odder Reubedf'asked A wizened
man out in the yard, (REuben was on the
porch). "I tot dis meeting was for we to
talk not for it to'odderl"
Reuben coughed, '"ait a minit please
dis is de way all meeting begin. Well,
as..I say we heah to talk about how we
going to force Guvmeht see de fate need
a National Park. Fuas of all we calling
ourself de National Park Lofers."
S"Heahl heahl" cheered the crowd.
'I ;ata lover for sure," said a young
lkWelll dat is one matter done. Genelia
write dat down.. Geneliiais seoretry---
Baby is treshrah ontil we eleck officers.
Everybody who goin join have to pay
$1,00 to enter an after dat every month
you.-pay 50 cent. All who agree raise
han" (Next 0t1 .)

S. G.,B. Giraud
The story is in perspective,
Its moralXintensely clear*
Unchanging and repetitive,
There it-is year.after year.
Cain killed Abel,
And kills him every day.
He'll still kill Abel,
Though epochs pass away.
The story is so true:
It has changed the man I was;
The next Cain might be you.
Is the Brotherhood of Man a farce?

MA TIfIlE (from column 1 i)
All hands'were raised as all the
crowd wvcr mutual friends of the
promoters, then began a lengthy dis-
cussion and elections. Eventually all
decided that theywere going to start
planting trees in whatever available
space they possessed around their
"But,"'said one, "when all dose
tree grow, you doan think Guvment gbing
goin say tbo much tree in de town an
make town council cut dem down?
Titine bridled. "How dey can do;
dat when dey already try to cut down
Town Council an' fail?"
A younger member suggested that
they send a delegation to the Premier'
to talk things over.
"I tink'dat a cultivated ideal" replied
another. "We gain cultivate ourdelf )
good an proper. An'if little schoolboy
can have interview, we muss have it too,#
Soon they wore being served with
refreshments. Quite a crowd of people
had gathered;in the street arid around
the neighbourhood, peeping over the
"Dat Titine always having a party"
said one. Then nudging Ancind (who
was beside her)she.said sylly, "you
shore'wishin you an Titine deeden make
Meanwhis Titine was in her element,
her meeting was a huge success and she
was goihg to 'be a very important
person in'.he' own right.
GOVT,. RLIJAE: Because of threats made
on the lives of IIinistersGovornment has
considered.the necessity of providing
their w-th. accommodationon te usual
conditions, where required, in a pro-
tected area, preferably at Morne Bruce.
It can be rugalled that a bomb thrown
or placed in te. porch of the tor .ra
Street residence of the Min. for Comm* &
Wo ks lHn.atri Fi last month
exploded w,:L-e L e .E-n~isTer was asleep
i the house9 of the Dep.Premier... state
to robellious action threatening the
front page).

... a fused stick of dynamite was found ii
ments made by certain elements could lead
safety of Ministers. (See our comments on


Page Six

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Dominica, May 11th Owing to the
arrival of refugees from Martinique
on Thursday last, his Nonour the
Administrator deemed it advisable
to despatch a vessel to the channel
to render assistance to boats which
may have been coming here. Mr.
Madgwick having kindly consented to
loan one of his sloops for the pur-
pose, Mr. C.A. Seignoret, Senior
out-door officer at the Treasury
was requested to go as Government
representative. With a favourable
breeze the sloop left here on Friday'
morning, and was able to fetch very
near Martinique. As no boats were
seen, however, the vessel returned
to her moorings during the night,
Much anxiety.was felt for Mr.
Seignoret when the sloop left port,
and we are pleased to learn that he
is none the worse for so unexpected
a sea trip.

The continued arrival in Roseau,
and parts of the South East, of
refugees in boats from the northern
end of Martinique, was to be ex-
pected, and we are glad to say that
these unfortunates have met with a
very kindly and sympathetic recep-
tion at the hands of the people of
Dominica, both. in Roseau and else-
where. In every way, by acts of
charity, food, shelter and clothing
have not been stinted, and both
Government and people are doing all
that is possible in the circumstanceE
to relieve their distress.

Chief Officer Scott, taken at
Fort-de-France S/S Koruna, by Cap-
tain Carey, arrived here 6 o'clock
on afternoon of 9th reports as fol-
lows:- Ship arrived at St.Pierre
6 a.m. 8th.' About 8'o'clock loud
rumbling noises heard from mountain
overlooking town, eruption taking
place immediately, raining fire an4
ashes, lava rushing down mountain
sides with terrific roar, sweeping
trees and everything in its course.
Went at once to forecastle head to
heave anchor. Soon after reaching
there terrible downpour of tire like
hot lead fell over the ship, followed
immediately by a terrific wave which
struck the ship on port side heeling
her to starboard, flooding ship fore

Page Seven.


~i~niilolr Msrtt ?Q 1 Q'13

^ar-ensi. Day (from nnl 1)

aft, sweeping away both masts,
funnels, ."boats and everything on
deck at once. He covered himself
with a.ventilator standing nearby.
Downpour of red hot stones and.,
mud began, accompanied by total
darkness over the ship. As Boon'
as downpour subsided, he endeavoured
to assist thQse lying about the
deck injured, Some fearfully
burnt. Captain came to him scorchedd
beyond recognition, and ordered..
the only boat left to be,lowered
but this being badly damaged, could
not be lowered from davits. From
that time nothing was seen of the
Captain, Was told by a St,Kitts.
man that Captain was seen by him
to jump overboard. He.followed
him'in" the water and succeeded in
getting him on to a raft floating
near by,,where he died shortly
after. Gave all help possible to
to passengers and others lying
about the deck in dying condition,
most of whom complained of burning
in the stomach. About 3 o'clock.
in the afternoon French man-of-war's
boat came alongside and he passed
over the side about 20 persons *
mostly injured, himself and other
survivors taken to Fort-de7-rance.
!| s F r. Alexander in
I2M- SOUGOUYANT Bouzaille- la.
LXast week I said that many chris-
tians in Dominica live as though they
never, heard the words of Jesus.;
If they did', we would not find over
doors and windows of housed all types
of wAird signs and symbols,. scissors
opened and "ailed sand from the sea-
shore, etc., All this is useless bother,
all ttlis is believing in things which'
are either indifferent or'unchristian,
when all we need to combat evil natural
or supernatural is trust in God and
in his .hrist,
All -;hs because of the so-Called
SOUCOUYAITTS, human night bird's, vampires2
blood suclhers who get paid by -'he devil
for pints of blood, human or animal.
They fly w-ith the help of lights vaying
in intensity. They are generally, old,
de credit, illiterate women, removing
their sIin at night to do 'ti~'work
using their flabby breasts as wings.
(Continued on p. 9)

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Dom-Can Timbers Ltd., the following vehicles
which are in good running condition and have
been repainted:


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Pickup Truck Reg.* 2906 $5,ooo.oo
Bronco Reg. 3062: 5,0oo.o00
Bronco Reg. #895 $,200oo.oo

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Oi between the hours of 7.30 a.m. to 4.30 pm
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Mr. & Mrs. Tyrell Alexander, Mr. & Mrs.
Claude Hurtault, Ruskin Cuffy, Mrs. Andrea
'Ross, Phillip Alexander, McDonald Alexander,
Albert Alexander, Joan Alexander, and the entire
Cuffy Family, wish to thank all those kind per-
sons who sympathised with them on the death of
their Viola Dever who died on the 9th and was
buried on the xoth.


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For details and appointment to view,

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Village Councils ( col.'-I
I2E SOUCOUYAT (Frpa p. 7). rt t ','nco'.n-tao wth the.people,and
that intimate relationship enables them
They can normally t avel lon gdistanceq to ascertain the .needs of their corn-
it is even said tha4 one left Dominica munity, whatever they may ben abd how
for England where she stole a lovely best to assist in providing for them."
robe of Her Majpsty: Queen Victoria, It also suggests that th4 people of the
Closing all doors and windows is no community be brought together frequent-
problem for the SOUCOUYAI, she can ly, to discuss problems. In this par-
squeeze herself'through the smallest agraph we oee a picture of social har-
hole or crevice. The signs and opened mony and good relations between people
scissors above the. shutters are supposed and Council.- Having served myself on
to 'tie' the SOUCOUCO~1T and prevent a Council for six. years, I am well able
her.from leaving the premises before to give an account of what Village
being caught. So ip the sand on the Councils-in this State are like.
doorstep. The SOTUCOUYANT is supposed In recent years, Village Councils
to count every grai4 of sand before are headed by a so-called Commissioner
leaving, which meanp that she can be responsible to the Premier's office;.
caught. Yet we neve .hear of anyone they have often become the centre'of
catching a SOUCDYUrAM in this fashion, frustration and social disharmony div-e.
in fact no one has caught and presented iding communities rather than bringing
one of these creatures to the public, people together. This has caused grave'
concern in the Eastern aditrict of
An unfortunate rpnans was found .Dominica, especially where a Chairman
sometime ago in a ravine with her ski pledged his allegiance to promoting the
burnt; very recently another poor lady Party image. In many parts of the North
was taen to the hospital with a the same has been experienced. -
slashed abdomen; both -these people This is quite contrary to the provis-
became the object of great ridicule ions laid ;down in Part II of the Const"
and scorn1. the former even by her own itution and Powers of Village Councils,,.
relatives. They were branedad with the and-because of these divisions the prop-
title: SOUCOUYANT,. 1hy can't someone er working and development of communit-
catch one of these creatures red-handed ias ate sot back, In the responsibility
.and present her to us? of Village Councils-is included water,
Well we must come to' the conclusion electricity control, public b&ths, cem-
that sand and scissorss affair isn't eteries and graves, sanitation etc,
very effective, or that all this It is however interesting to note
SOUCOUYAIT stuff is a big joke. that while there'is so much talk about
What is your verdict? Villa-e Councils, very little recognit-
SOUCOUYANT or no SQUOUYAI T.. why ion is given to them, particularly if
should all this worry us? it is clear that a certain district does
Do we believe in Christ or not? Did not favour the party in power.
he not say these words: The clear instance is Castle Bruce.
DO NOT LET YOUR DEARTS BE TROUBLED.. Its Eastern sector, known as "Jalousie"!,
.... has been brought to Government attent-
ion since 1965 -- but to date this,.
by E O.AB O. VSai'dI major road (formerly the coastal road)~
-by OoA, ,. Saidderson
Since more and mpre importance is isin a most, serious condition.
being placed on Vil.lae Councils, and Another xristn.g r ll is, the constant
Suite a lot of noise is being aired as drive to do away with all respectful,
to the number already existing, it is honest, intelligent people in favour of
important for us to examine the funda- the opposite; consequently the rural
mental principles intended for them, development programme brings us no fur-
I have been studying a booklet en- their. Yet Local GOvt. Seminars (said
titled "Parish Councils" prepared in to be of a high level) are run yearly.
England (where our Local Government with mh al: but no implementation
personnel claim to be trained.) I -. i1Pmenta il no e a th somo rpeopd o
should like to compare the principle who have had the Most expensive courses
of this book wi t the administration 'in Social Developm nt,.ae making a cpn-
otribution to SQcpca das harmony, People
of Councils here. can only- ive what they have, A diplo-
In part I of the .booklet, one reads .ma is aw eaCe of the com leio ofn u
fIn the rural areas the Council has assgnlmen .ut Is no certiicate .o
good dharacter, O.A.G. Sanderson.

*Friday. Mav 19,- 1972


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S*T*A*R*S*P*O*R*T*S .by' M-orclriston
CRICKET; qt.Vin e _i~- '.T7;1inia winners
The 4 day match, t.Vincent v. Dom-
inica ended two minutes before close
on tlhe third day, with St.Vincent
winning by 14 runs.
Scores in the match were St.Vincent
167 and 199, M.Findlay 40, Cato 26 and
46, S.Greaves 25, Hayes 30'and 26: G.
Shillingford 2/14 and 1/251, T.Phillip
3/31 and 1/29, D.Defoe 3/27 and 3/14
K.Laurent 1/34 and 5/62', C.Doctrove
1/22 and J.C. Joseph 1/31.
Dominica: 158 and 194; L,.Sebastien
45'and 38, B.Charles 53, I.Shillingford
30, N.Phillip 70 And K.Laurent*22:
wi.cets'; Bute 3&2, Donadie 33S K.
Phillip one. Greaves 14 and N.Duggan
1&21,. The St,Ltcia/Grenada match at
Queen's Park Grenada ended with a 3-
wicket victory for St.Luoia. Grenada:
227 and 136, Joseph 112 and 36, Harbin'.
54 and Williams 44.
St.Lucia: 168 And 198/7,'Stewart 49
and 54, Alfred 37, Frates 23 and 26
and Iuricette 26. Rothman 40-over.
matches played after the four day mat-
ches resulted in St.Luccia beating
Grenada by 4 witswsa (G 5ada 144 St,
Lucia 147/6) and St.Vincent beat
Dominica by 53 rune (St.Vincent 148,
Ddminica 95). A St.Lucia v. St.Vincent
final decides the knockout Rothman cup.
In the five aside team series, ,-
Hillsborough Senioritas draw St.Ritas
of Pointe Michel 17-17. Hillsborough
Coronas draw St.Martins school 21-21
and Olympics defeated Barclays Eagles
30-24. Dorothy Didier scored 21 for
Olympics and Joyce Pascal 24 for Eagles
Last night CHS Juniors defeated
HIillsborough SenoritaE 22-1-7 and Dials
beat Be-Sure Bazzlers,1-11
Acknowledged, with g-rateful thanks,
the following gifts: $5 lion. A.
Hoise; a bed Major & Mr.s Thompaon;
$30 Mr. Cecil Bellot, MTB.E ..
There is still time for well-wishers
to help this fire-victim; at Press-
time we acknowledge gratefully $10
from Mr. & Mrs. Aurelius Marie of
all aboard for Grandbay, -Sun. June
llth. Don't forget to wear something-
green the Freedom colour*
Printed & Published by the, Proprietor
R.E. Allfrey of Copt Iall ill House
at 26 Bath Road,'Roseau, Dominica,
**************eceas-ss*s:- .s

The Wai-tukubuli group in its
first major' ef6rt since the Rondo
Dance troupe's vyiit, presented a
revival of "La Vie Dominique" to
an overflow audience at the Portsmouth
Government Primary School last
Saturday night.
Along rith well received presenta-
tions by La'Belle Theatre, Siffleur'
Montagne Chorale and Kubuli Dancers,
the show starred local talent in the
form of the Portsmouth Secondary
School Dancers and- Northern Calypso-
nians "ThunderstogZlp" and "The
Entertainer"',1972 Calypso King "The
Spark" added an extra measure of
enjoyment in a grand finale with his
fellow songsters.
Wai-tllkubuli wishes to thank all
performers and donors for their gifts'
of time, talents, money, refreshments,
transportation and accommodation.
Also Portsmouth Women's League and
teachers and pupils of the Portsmouth
Government Schools for their assis-
tance, and the People of Portsmouth
for their kind expresAion of apprecia-
tion. Proceeds from this show go
towards payment of the travelling
expenses of the Rondo Dance Troupo
(still in arrears). Thanks, everyone.'
by Collins F. O'Neill,
"Goodmorning Hiss Millie" was well
put over by the DGS & WHS Dramatic Club
at Wesley High School on Weds. night
before a crowded, appreciative audiences
The play opened on a 9-day wake, with
neighbours and friends on their knees
praying. (I'll give you a summary of
the plot next issue). The role of Iiss
Millie was played by Sonia RivierO.
Celsus (who had the audience. tensed up)
was played by Roger Atherley: his Dad
was Newton Rivier4. Among other players'
who did a good-job were Eadle Alexander,
Roslyn Farrell, IIhr'garet Peters, Allie
Louison,. Albun Ackle, Allan Moses,James
Fabien, Irving Knight & Michael Denjamin
The play was written and directed by
Alwyn iDully, who deserves full common-
datiBn for his masterpiece, which must
not be shelved and forgotten, but ought
to reach wider audiences.
CHURCHES INT OUR STATE: A letter appeal-
ing for the last Sunday in May each yar
to become a day of Prayer for our State
will be published in full next week.
*..We must apologise to the Girl Guides
As"oc. Link Secretary for having lost
until this week her excellent account of
THIN~IN DAY observation in Dominica.

Friday, May 19,. 1972


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