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

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cjgr Jane Lowenl UioIoneychurch's
Insitrr t' t IG -finest story "The
c of M anV i u, ate Mari Fortg W mage appears
78 Streets CEditr: PHYLLIS SHAND ALLFREY this ime
10021 91 __Ten- c
ioL XV] Fviday March 2, 1973 V-4__

FIjS sets and decor, splendid org-
anizing at top speed, good work, by
Committee, Police and helpers, all
added up to the start of a glorious
Carnival season, despite the const-
ant drizzle beyond man's control,
Some of the calypsoes were extreme-
ly dirty, as usual. Few had rip-.
rousing tunes. Three main topic
were cost of living %) increase
of homosexuality in the State,aud
the fixed topic black vs. white or
black & white Layou River Incident
got its mention.
We rather fancy Mighty Robin's
"'no clothes, no food & no mouey"
a sure-fire roadmarch, though.
the judges named Lord Solo first
and Spark second.
'"Homne Management '
We note that of six real beauties
who made a first appearance at the
opening, four named home management
among their hobbies. A draw for a
wise husband. But do it full-timep,
girls, and you'll find out itb-hM_!
Designers, Qommaetators and fi e d-
ishly busy backroom boys are very
much to be congratulated.The shows
were smooth, man. (4ore to f.-)119
A NEW HOUSE AND LOT containing
3583 sq. ft. at Sofriiere. Lots of space for

expansion, modern conveniences, s ea
beach, quiet location.
No reasonable offer refused.
For further particulars apply to:
Miss Vanya Dupigny
7AiA Roseau.

The parents, brother, sisters and relatives of the
late Mervyn Anthony Hill wish to thank all
those who attended the f u n e r a 1, sent cards,
wreaths or in any way sympathized with them
during their recent bereavement.-

I have been long,
Too long in exile,
And I an torn today
By longings and desires
And shifting recollections.
Henceforth my theme
Can only be
Of the burning wish
For reconciliation.
And I could not
Be judged untrue
If my straining heart beat out
Inarticulate hymns of triumph
In your name. Or yet
If my allegiance has been since
To you. Your waters blessed
Me, and you nurtured me, but
Still I an unfree. Unfree
Because in exile still.
Elwin Lockhart
who writes nostalgically about his homeland is an
Undergraduate at Peterhouse, Cambridge Univer-
sity. We shall say more about him next week,
Mr. John Hutton recoivod a silver tray on
his retiromont from L.Rose & Co. this wook.
Mng. Director W. Pri&o-paviog,visiting the
Stato, signed a contract for the oexpctod
Jan.1975 now dual-parpose factory building.

Popular Favourite
m e8!KR^i. '' ^iffifif~f~frf^

HOW will her
poiate add up'?
We don't know
at press time,
but Kathleen
Telemaque of
Delices won
applause u.
let showing.
* *

Karen Williams
(crowned on
Tuesday) is the
daughter of Mro,
SParis Willia
; and his wiae
nee LewissheIe' a
Sorry no pie."
ture of her
a- ayet.

rIdaM-- ----- M a rc 2 _197______ _____________-'-

Reprinted from BOUZAILLE LA An Editorial by Fr.Edward A.Alexander
S" U T A D D I R T
S "I will join the competition but I know qpite well it will hurt
Dem lousy kaisoians who can only think and sing dirt,
De officials should be serious and -make it plain to de lot
.Dat we should keep carnival-clean and get rid of all de smut.
Ref: C est ani la boue, la boue, la boue, la.lsue, la boue
ces bougres la ka chantay,
C'est pour-yon moun cro.iire 'en dedans -yo ani tini saletay,
Gouvelment, police, l'eglise, avec teacher
Anous faire kaychose pour fini avec malpropretay cala."
This first stanza and refrain of my calypso gives the tone of what
I want to say today. There is too much. smut and dirt in carnival, and
it is time that something is done about it;. and if something must be
done., all, yes ALL right' thinking people should act.
What are you grumbling about? one may ask. I am grumbling about
the downright dirty and nasty songs we hear around carnival time. If
anyone. thinks that I am crying out too loud, he can come down to, St.
Joseph anytime this week to hear the filth that is sung. on the streets,
hiring what is called Carnival Practice. Those doing such things claim
that they are holding a. permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs, but
I just cannot, believe that the Ministry can permit such NASTINiESS.
And What about our friends the calypsoxians? Some of them just
will not compose something unless it has something about "pumping",
"injecting", cookingng, and the. like. The. answer that only the evil-
minded sees evil in calypsoes, is rubbish, for some .of-tt a. alypsoe's
that we. hear have. nothing else in them but, FILTH. If we want to follow
Trinidad in organising carnival, let us follow them all the way, at
least 'in what is good. .Sparrow, Kitch, Duke, Chalkdust, Cypher, etc.
sing about events and situations, why can't we do the same? Domcan
Timbers failed and left Dominica, no one sang about it. December 16th
1971 never got a mention .at Carnival two months later. Will someone
sing'the praises of the late. Augustus Gregoire this year? Will the
S.M.A* problem be remembered? And Layou River Hotel 'Commerce'... well,
I-'heard that someone is thinking .of it, but how many will put the
Castle Bruce affair in verse and sing it. on stage? But we will hear.
things-like thole. me tight',, sock it to me', 'don't touch me so and so',
etc, etc...
We are asking Radio'. Dominica to be a. little more selective in their
choice. of calypsoas, following the example of Radio Trinidad and 610.
In Trinidad the calypsonians may sing some out of the way things in their
tenets, but' one never hears them .over the air. I distinctly remember
listening to a show over Radio trinjidad a few years ago when the
announcer said: "What is being said on stage is not fit for a radio
audience, therefore we, give you some music from our studio." We must
agree: that some of the songs that we hear-over 590 are not quite healthy
for- many ears and minds. Many people disagreed with our 590 Radio
announcers for letting us and the world hear aver Radio Dominica last
year some raw songs from the streets.
Again there are many who think that on the two Carnival days one is sing. anything, to say anything, to insult anyone, to abuse
anybody. The police should begin -making an example of a few so that
people. understand. In Trinidad people are brought before the. courts for
singing dirty songs or adding their own dirty words to existing 'one. In
1965 the police, even .provented-a band from playing 'Archie' because 'of
.wo-rd substitution,
Carnival is made for the enjoyment of all, but there are some who
make it their distinct duty to enjoy it. at the expense of others. We
are. appealing' then to all who are- able to help, to do something. Among
them are the Police, the Churches, the Schools, the organizers of the
different carnival shows, and certainly our.Radio station. All of us
can do what is in our power to make carnival cleaner.


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~il~ch 2.

Friday, March 2., 197 T H E

N 0 T I


The Green Market Price for bananas has increased by another 2 to
91 per ton with effect from Monday 19th February, 1975. This is
equivalent to an increase in the local price of 0.4280 per 1b., all of
which will be passed to the grower. This means, that for the shipment
of week ending 84th February 1973 and until further notice the grower
will be paid. 3.6 cents per lb. for bananas sold at boxing plants.

The following price schedule will apply until further notice:

Bonuses in cents per lb.



26t-h February, 1973 V. E. WITE

At Boxing 'Plants
At Buying Pointr

Basic Price
' per lb.

2. 0

Foam &








"''Fiction :



"Eurilla.I Ma. .Titih6 called out,
.."today Monday you know,- an I have, to
go -ous-E of Assembly; You bettah get
up an see about de brekftiss. I not
missing de House- today., not' fbh nottin!
S eating, no answer, Ila Titine con-
tinuead: ,"Erilla -1 you heah I Wake up I
Waka up, mpn I- I: already -a Genelia to
come an. stay wid Sonny, an she agree.
You an Steare can go down'de beach, -,,but
I.goin Hoipe of Assembly; you heah?"
After breakfast was over and. Eurilla
and Steve pad. left for the beach,
Genelia arrived.
'Raie Titine I how you do?. Way papa4.
you ready already. wee I Uay-de odders?
Way. me Soniy?" and going intoiithe bed-
room tqob.-up the child
"You gdo n agree wicd me Genolia?"1
. Titina d.. "I. doan mine db good tio;.
myself f, .an Idoan mine looking after
Sonny., but ._ not, goin to! baby-sit when
it have, House of Assembly. I like my
politick, an nobody, nobody tell you
going stop iie I I wan to. oeah:.foh myself
what., goin :on. ; De'.radio.-tollin you dis,,;
ai tellin you dat, but you .know Genelia','
.. she bowed down her head closer as...
though there wore spieo listening, "I-
believe d61 does .ctii in do tapa, an let
ua hoah wat day want us to hoahi. I. doan
sa day doin it," her voice sank lower,
but I believe day doin it."
Ganolia. nodded her head.
"I trink you righlit" you know. I heah
plohty.people sayin so."
"An look again, Eurilla wi3o. eighteen in June, an she will-not, able to
vote. for "nex- olckshun 1 I call dat a.
shamo. .Smart day siart-4 I I asorry I.

waassn s dro dat'day when de Bill pass.
As: you know Stove do jus come a=n '
doo have to sthy home an mine Gonny,
for he an Eurilla to go an enjoy dom-
self. But not today nunh I An. I so
glad you help'mno out." Embracing --
Genalia again, ."X'bu is: a real. fron I"
The toting. of the car horn re- -
clai.od herfrom: heor embrace.'
"You goin in do car?" Gonelia.
inquired surprisodly. "Is only dro,-
so*. (kM Titino.alived within walking
distance. of Govt. headquarters.)
Titiho laugod amusedly.
"rIknoJi isonly. deroso,. but you
know iLr.eady when.. I.doin t. ing I
doin it in style I "
Rwub9nts voice- could be heard call-
ing ....
"Titino1' hurry Up nunh.. Do police
an doea goin- alroddy, an it look as if
1xt will have.,plenty people. "
"I coming Reoxiben," Titino swoer.od
giving z. last glanco in the -big mirror
across the room, and hastily powdeoiing
her faco, snapped her handbag dhut,
and hurried down the stops to the car
whore Roubbon ias waiting patiently.
She was soon at the Assombly room
and taking her seat,. glanced around.
It was the first time since Assembly
meetings [wre being hold there that
she had gone. S.ho was panting ..tho climb
S"Messioehrs was Titinots inward
comment, "day .auro fix up dare gran.
If I dodoen know it was de House of.
Assembly, I. would say is. a. new
aathodral day buil. Look at do
oappet'. Enhbon mi larjan qui daypan-
say I "'-

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FuTHE STAR FrdT Mac 2 1973R

High in the hills on the windward coast of the island, where rain-
laden clouds. blow off the Atlantic and hang in drippy dampness on the
mountainsides, villagers hack their gardens out of the virgin forest.
They grow bananas, pla.intaina and ground provisions today, but in years
gone by those gardens were filled with bay. trees, cassava and little
plots of sugar cane. Those were the days when every village. had to be
self-sufficient. A time when there were no roads and the capital of
Roseau was a big strange town connected to the windward coast only by a
thin ribbon of a path. It wound up and down over mountain spurs, through
amll rushing streams and passed The Lake. It was a tortuous highway
through Dominica's backbone but it linked the island together.
It was in that setting, sometime in the. nineteen twenties, when
village life was; based on work, church and rum that George. Michel began
to make his garden way up in the slopes above the village of La Plaine.
Even before the early morning sun had tinged the rough Atlantic waves
with pink light George would be on his way to his garden. Fording
stream after stream, climbing the stoop-sided valleys, along the muddy
.tracks and down the natural staircases that tree-roots, provided he made
his way deeper into the virgin hinderland. For days he had been clear-
ing his new spot of land -- battling with the towering, trees and under-
growth from early light until the whistling frogs' and .insects began
their evening symphonies. The axe he carried on his shoulder was
wrapped in dry banana leaves for safety. It was sharp (and it had to be)
for the huge Gommier and Chatonier trees he had to fell had trunks like
The sun was we'll in the sky as: he sunk the blade of the axe into
his first tree for the day. He was a young man and slim, but every
stroke of his axe rung with power, the sound of each blow echoing down
the deep valleys towards the sea. Planting was the only thing, that
George kaew. The crowded village school had never attracted him.
Nature alone had taught him and they knew each other well. The earth
had absorbed his sweat and blood and he had reaped its harvest. He knew
when the eOrth was tired, when it wanted rest and he had moved on to a
fresh sptOo
By midday the trees he had cut lay like scattered matchsticks upon
each other, The handle of his axe was slippery and his body dripped
with sweat. Light brown. chips of wood clung t.o his dark brown body,
The sun beat down through the noonday sky with a heat' that stilled every-.
thing except the lone woodcutter on the mountainside. As one. tree-fell
he moved to, another. He. wiped his hands but sweat kept pouring. He
gripped the axe tighter as- he felt Ut; occasionally slip from its 'target
High above his head he lifted it and down it came soaring through the
still air, down deep .into the still tree. Up again he swung it and down.
;p, and down,
"Rest Brother' George" said the sun on his back.
"Rest Brother, George" said the Zoonday forest.
"Rest Brother- George," said the sweat-damp earth beneath his feet. "Rest"
Up went the axe above his head. The sweat on the blade glistened.
Down came the axe., down like a slow wave on a sandy beach. George saw .
the axe slip out of his hands. Saw' it slin on the bark of the tree.
Sqwa the. blade turn towards his head, towards his stomach, towards his leg.
The blade glistened with his sweat, glistening like the sun on the sea.
ana then, as the sea at sunset glistens Me3, the blade was glistening
with his blood.
The sun stood still in a. death-blue sky. :There was no pain or may-
be too much pain to feel. For- a long time. George lay still. His past.
and future swirled before him at double 6poeod The he felt his leg begin.
to.twitch. He looked dowi. There was blood on his leg, blood on the
emathl, blood, an dry dead leaves. He slithered like a snake to the small'
ajoupa. 4e had built, took his old shirt, wrapped it round his leg -and
tied it secure with wild vines and banana trash. ( Contd. on page seven)

Friday. March 2.--1973 '


Page Four


Schedule ff Apfic;ti.n fr eficat of Title and Noting
ther*on and Cavts for week ending 17th day of February, 1973.
-a7hdy fFbuay 9.

a ,

Requ st dated I Fedilia Thomats
the 6th day of anee Nicholas
February, i
1973. i by her Solicitor
Presented the !
16th day of C ilma A.M.
February, 197 Dupigny

Request for tho issue'
of a first Certificate of
Titlf in respect of a
lot in Pottersvillei
in the Parish of St.
George, in the State
of Dominica, contain-.
ing 587 square feet
and bounded as fol.

Nor:h by land f Emanuet:. .. East by the Strst; *
Sou?-h by land of C-therine Cockrane:. West by land of
Peterran N'choldd.

SDate'Requested Person Presenting Nature of request wheth-
er a Certificate of Title of
1 Noting thereon orCaveat,
Requesi dated' Athene Request for the issue
the 21st day Idiline of a'First Certificate
of February Shillingford of Title in respect of
1973. by her Solicitors all that portion of
Presented the iAlleyne & Co. land in the tow., of
22nd day of per Brian G.K. Roseau mn the Pariah
February 1974 / Mleyne. of St. George conta-
at II.16 a.m. ining 1069 square
----_----------- feet and bounded as
Norch.East Estate of Joseph Jullen South-East King
George V Streat Souch'West Upper Line Northr
West Estate of Joseph Julien.
| ^40lt1#nu.QA V^ .aiteoyir,'t'"^;

Registrar's Office,
Roseai. Dominica,

Page F.-

Acting Reffitrar <;f ithc.i

NOTE: Any person who desires to object to the Issuing of a
Certificate of title on the above application may enter a Caveat
in the above office within six weeks from the date of the First
appearance of this schedule in the STAR Newspaper published
in this State or from the date when the notice prescribed by
law was last served on any owner or occupier of adjoining
-land in respect of which tlie_ aglicacion Is made.

Request dmted I Hypolite Request for the issue
the 18th diy of Clarkson I of a First Certificate
January, 1973. Parillon of Tidtle in respect of a
Presented the !by his Solicitor portion of land know
S15th day of Cilma A.M. as a house lot at Coli-
February 1973 Dupigny haut, in the Pariah of
:at 10.45 a.m. ; St. Peter, in the State
t. ....... ...... ......-- of Dominica, contain.
ing 1596 square feet
and bounded as f4ol
North by land of Tyrilie Gardier. East-by land of Rosle
& Kenneth jno Baptiste; South by Felcfit Public Road;.
West by land of Lewis Parkinson Pard ion.

Schedule of Application for Certificate of Title and Notings
thereon and Caveats for week endi24th day of February. 1973.

Date Requested Person Presenting Nature of request
whether a Certificate
of Title of Noting
thereon or Caveat.
Reous t dated NIHy Request for the isuea
29t Septem- b Henderson of a First Certificate
bar, 1972. i of Title in respect of a
byher Solicitor portion of land known
Presented 19th as a lot at Ber.klta,
February 1973 Vanya Grandbay, in the
at 3.10 p.m. Dupigny Parish of St. Patrick,
.. . .. ... ... :.. ... ... .. ..... -. n t. S ta t e o f D o m i-
nicA, containing 1160
Square feet and boan,
jdd as foflows.:-
On the by lind of StlotH Andrew, On the
South. Fast by rlnd of Sinmia Andrew, On the South-
'West by nrid ot joseph Alexander and Sinrita Andrew,
On theNorth.Wet by 4ard o Ray Foutaine-.

March 2, 1t973 THE STAR



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Read: Psalm 103:1-14
e f found them sleeping. . And said unt temin
. rise and pray .. . Luke 22:4S, -16
And they heard the voice of ihee I. om CGod walking
in the garden ... . G si 3:8
'rT is said that King Richard Ill went out one night aI
twilight. to check up on bi.-. troops. Presently he came
upon a sentinel fast asleep at his post. Without a
moment's hesitation. King Richard stabbed the man in the
heart, and left upon his breast a piece of paper on which
he penned the following stern inscriptIon; "I found this
man asleep, and 1 left him so." Such is the swift, heart-
less justice of man! Wnat a contrastt to the attitude of
patience and tenderness exhibited by our previous Lord in
connection with-his sleeping disciples, and all of us who
justly deserve severe punishment. While (te! is ;,...yvs
quick to dispense His love an!l blessing, He is "met:ifui
and gracious, SLOW TO ANGER" (Psa. 103-8) --when
He execuies His justice. Philip raun to preach (Acts S:30);
the father in the parable in Luke 15 ran :to pardon; the
seraph flew to purge (isa. 6:61; but in jiil;gnent G*
WALKS! (Gen. 3:8).
When Adimi sinned in the garden God did not leave man
alone to perish in despair, but came walking to meet hi.s
poor fallen creature that He might offer him the hope of
redemption. Spurgeon imagines God saying, "Adamn, where
art thou? I am come to find thee. Wherever thou niuyest
be I will look for thee,'till the eyes of My pity see th*e.
I will follow thee till the hand of My mercy:'reach;-, thee;'
and I will still hold thee fill I bring thee back."
Oh, sinner, will your heart respond to a God who not
only loves so much that He runs lto bring you the fjood
news of salvation, but also, drags His steps when it is
necessary for Him to display His holy justice'. While there
is still time --- repent, believe, and be saved! ----H.G.B.
H. G. Bosch
Depth of mercy, Can there hc
Mercy still reserved foi me?
God is love, I know, I feel;
Jesus lives and oi es me still. -,:. \VesIle
THOT; "Anchor yourself to the love of God, then shorten
the rope by faith.. 0 192 by Radio Sibio C*i
Used by permission and shared with
you as a paid advertisement by the
St. Joseph Baptist -Church.
Rev. James- L. Van Hecke, Pastor
Further help available upon request

Residential, Agricultural,
Retirement Lots, p
Hotel Sites Beach Lands, j
Investment Property,
Offices and Stores.
Contact : Peter Mallalieu
Agencies & Insurance Brokers Ltd.,
P.0 Box 70,'Roseau, Dominica.
Telephone: Office 3124
Home 3269

x T AR.-dtqMrh i

Herbs Local and Wild
These are a few of the many wild. t
herbs that are used for medicinal
purposes: -
Tabac Zombie: This is excellent for
treatment of stomach pains resulting
from fevers and chills taken atthe
onset of flu or colds it is effect-
ive: in dissipating temperatures. It
is in appearance tall, leaves lance-
olate, alternate, slightly hairy,
and the bush is spindly in appearance
Pain Killer: (Morinda citrifolia).
I do not know what the local name of
the plant is, but it. grows in dry
waste places I have seen it. on
the road to Soufriere along the
cliffaide and also between Belfast
and Hillsborough along the cliffs.
It seems to like dry sunny places in,
poor soil. It has very large leaves,
shiny green, which reportedly are
excellent for soothing pain by
wrapping them over the afflicted
parts: there is some substance ..;.
'from the leaves which acts as a-
painkiller. The plants are also
distinguished by their large fleshy
fruit which look somewhat like sour-
sop, although they are not edible,
and not used for anything as far as
I know. It is the leaves of this
particular shrub which act as the, *
pain reducing agent.
Asclepias: In St.Thomas they call
this Kittie McWanie. In Haiti there
is another name for it. This small.
flowering shrub, with red flowerets
with yellow stamens is poisonous to
livestock. It grows in waste and
rich soil in the country, i.e. one.
does not normally see. it too near
the coastal areas. There is medicin-
al value in. this herb as a, poultice
said to treat ringworm4
Gros-Tete: (Ueonotis nepetaefolia)
(Hollow Stalk in St.Thomas) This is
a distinguished shrub which when
dried is used in floral decorations,
and when green the: leaves are used
as a tea for fevers and foliage when
boiled is supposedly good for prickly
ZEb a Femme: This is a small ground-
cover with yellow flowers found in
the country places along roadsides,
or in large open pastures where there
is plenty of sun it is used as a.
successful groundcover in the Virgin
Islands and Florida, (.coat .next ec.)

IWe quote

First Mandate"
horo threeoo stanzas from a
long poom by ERNEST MERRILL.

HERBS... as it does not require
a lot of rain, and is excellent for
use where grass is not desirable.
It is, however, a purgative of a
very strong nature, and is used by
women to cleanse themselves intern-
ally after childbirth. It apparent-
ly causes loss of birth in sheep
and cattle if they are allowed to
graze on it.
Some of these descriptions are not
very complete and for added
information a good guideline is
Graham, B.Sc.

Wo want a poom that speaks about
Black pooplo"to Black people
a. poom thaLt speaks about
our hard working women
in our tropical rivers
doing their lhundry,j
a. poem that speaks about
Black children sleeping in one room
under leaking roofs,
a poem tlat spoas. about
Black. parents.
no,.: having sufficient money
in an .afl~nit 6ooi0ty
to give' thhir3 children
a pr-por di't
before soncihn' theli to bad,
a. poem thla spoaka. about
our children ahid our parents.
s3moteiies eating boiled groon. baxinan
with swoot oil to quit
their hunger..
We want' ~ Plem that speaks about
the. lata, "O' Cold Water,
two. Leaking pipos,
a. poem that spoala about
ottr mothors scrubbing-
wh3ft filthy floors-
a poem t'hlit spodalsa about
our mothers sitting'
on rag-y bods -
in squalid room
nursing .thoir- hungry children.
We want a poom that speaks about
our worried Eftiorz,
looki2 Eat 'iHoir. hunGry oahildrracn.

p. wha-E ht JL-. giv.e than
f.or-..T irorw fa .
the next morning. '

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Friday, March 2, 1973




-Friday March 2. 1975 T H E S T AR Page Seven
THE PILGRIMAGE by Lennox Honychurch from page four
Lying on the ground he fashioned two rude crutches out of forked sticks
and pulled himself up. Only as he rose and began to hobble down the
hillside did pain start beating through his body like the Jouba rhythms
of a Tambu drum.
The. precipitous mountain paths swung backwards and forwards before
his eyes. The rushing water of the wiv.-s boat against him and the
shafts of sunlight through the trees pierced his back. When the even-
ing clouds turned orange ho realized he was only halfway there and it
was well into the night before he stumbled into his mother's house at
La Plaine. and fainted on the rough wood floor.
Hours later George's uncle hacked off the lower part of his
nephew's damaged leg. Everyone had agreed it was the only thing that
could be done. The village midwife, surrounded by crowds of people,
applied boiled soursop leaves and coconut oil on the gaping wound. The
parish priest mumbled" the Last Sacrament over the youth. But George
was strong, he would have life; yet. From the other room of the house
cam, the wailing prayers of his mother, shrill above the confusion of
the crowd. She lay panting before a small shelf cluttered with religious
statuettes and pictures in front of which a small candle spluttered.
-"Holy Father help my son", she screamed in patois. "Jesus, Mary
and Joseph have mercy upon my soul'!"' From the dark corners of the room
came murmmurs of sympathy.
"A doctor can help," came a woman's voice.
"But we don't have doctor," said another.
"Is only once a month," came the chorus. "But Roseau have."
The old woman rose swaying to her feet "Well if is only Roseau
that have doctor, I going to Roseau. Even if I die on the way I have
to save my son."
"But Ma Michel you can't go now," said a dark' shadow, "Is too lateV'
"A spirit will hold you on The Lake road," came the refrain.
"Papa God, I going to Roseau," she shrieked. "And nobody going to
stop met"
She lurched towards the wall where a picture of Jesus, the Sacred
Heart aflame, hung crookedly against a jagged post. Sweeping it off
its hook she thrust her thin fingers deep into the crack between two
boards and pulled out a small bag of doins shoving it deep down between
her sagging breasts. Pushing k large straw hat over her madras-tied
head she flung her way through the crowds and into the yaTv,
Her son's leg had been wrapped in banana loaves and left on the
kitchen roof to be disposed of next morning. Before anyone could stop
her she had slipped the bundle into an old crocus bag and was making her
way out of the village.
A strong night breeze swept in from the Atlantic as she made her
way beneath the dark canopy of loaves near. the uanary river Black
waves pounded the black sand of Bout Sable bay as she started climbing
the first of the many mountains she would have to cross that night. Up
and down the deeply corrugated landscape past the Windward villages of
Morne Jaune and Riviere Cirique, down towards Rosalie and up to Grand
Fond. The hard clay road of the coast changed to mud and volcanic rock,
the trees were. taller, it was darker and colder. After Grand Fond there
were no houses, only the deep dark calls of the sleeping jungle and the
clinging mist of the elfin woodland. She prayed aloud. A solitary
woman, the bloody leg of her son balanced on her head, climbing through
the rutted backbone of a, sleeping island
At Freshwater Lake high above Roseau, Ma Michel could sense the
night-time noises changing rhythm. At the village of Laudat a cock
crowed, near Copt Hall estate she saw the sky begin to lighten. On the
long dusty road through Bath Estate she passed labourers from Roseau
beginning their early morning tasks. "Gena n vent vini Woscau," they
.omVnu2ed mockingly among themselves. When the bells of the Roseau
Cathedral struck nine Ma Michel was sitting in the shade of the Doctor's
verandah waiting for the surgery to be opened. (Concluded on page nine)


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Fiday,. March 2. 1973 T HE STAR Page Nine
THE-PILGRIMAGE by Lennox Honychurch from page seven
As the last notes rang out over the huddled rooftops of the town
the green jalousie door rattled and the doctor stepped out onto the
cobbled sidewalk. He. was a short light skinned little man stuffed tidily
into a. white cotton suit and waistcoat with a. gold watchchain hanging
across his chest. Small dark eyes darted behind metal-rimmed spectacles.
"Well who's first?" he said breathing in deeply and looking dowa
Market Street. Ma Michel got up slowly and followed him through the door
Her bare feet felt strange on the highly polished floor and the room
seemed very large.
"And what is wrong with you?" said the doctor from behind his desk.
Ma Michel looked puzzled.
"Sa qui fe ou, madame?" he repeated loudly. Ma Michel drew the leg
out of the bag and began her story.
"I bring it to you," she spluttered in patois, '"because they say
doctors nowadays can do all kinds of things. They giving people things,
to daink and it saving them. Give me a. thing so my son can walk on two
legs again. Something to drink, something to rub..." She dropped onto
her knees in front of the: doctor, her hand~ beating against the smooth
wood floor. The small man looked out of the window onto blood-red
b bouga tmillA .
"Madame I am not God," he said slowly between his teeth. "Maybe in
England they can do things like that. But this is Dominica, a small
place in a big Empire. Maybe God can help you, but I am a busy man. I
would advise you to throw that leg away."
Ma Michel stumbled out into the simmering, West Indian sun and turned
towards the Cathedral. "Even if man don't have pity, God will have,-
she mumbled to herself. The cool shadows of the large cathedral wel-
comed her, the quick sprinkle of holy water on her brow and the stiffly
opened arms of saintly statues gave the old woman comfort. The build-
ing was empty except for one or two whispering figures bent in prayer.
Ma Michel sanki;to the floor in front of the small side altar of the
Sacred Virgin.
"Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee..." Ma Michel's rosary
shook between her thin fingers, Hall Mary. .Hail Mary.4.Hail Mary...
Dark rosary clicking in dark hands, dark red blood drying, on dark red
tiles. It was a long time before she stopped and stood up. She turned'
to go and then paused. Pushing her hand into the neck of her dress she
pulled out the small bag of money and' placed it next to the stained
bundle that lay before the altar.
"Holy mother your son suffer on the cross., Now I am like you because
my own. son suffering too." Silently she walked out of the cathedral.
By midday a strange story was being whispered behind the half shut
jalousies of Roseau about an obeah womai from the country who had sold'
her soul to the devil for a man's leg and two pounds in coin placed at
the feet of the Virgin Mary.
High on'the Lake Road an old woman in a large straw hat and torn
stained dress was making her way towards La Plaine.

C A R N I V A L : the Grand Opening Show (from p.1)
Monday's opening of Carnival Dominique '73 at Windsor Park was as
attractive as the excellent souvenir programme though the show itself
was marred by a drizzle of rain. There was a restive audience for the
speeches by H.E. the Governor and Mr. Christian, but the Mayor of Roseau
Mrs. Annette St. Hilaire was accorded an enthusiastic reception. Of the
fiv& steel bands, Camp Londonderry's Harmonettes were the most powerful
rhythm-makers:. In Tales from Carnival Past, the .Dimanche Gras Ghosts
drew a lot of laughter from the crowd. The moment all had been waiting
for the first appearance of the Queen contestants went well as each
was spotlighted in turn. Glamourous trouser-suits were the order of the
e.vening. On this first judging in casual wear, the crowd's money was
clearly on Kathleen Telemaque. It was worth while catching a cold just
to see Kathleen and all the other lovelies' B. Re

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CRICKST: Coab.Is, vs. Jamaica
On the Arnos Vale, St. Vincont, wicket
(which was taking apin) Combinod Islalds
made a fair start against Jamaica with
a total of 226, made up chiefly from the
bata of Irving Shillingford 52, L.Sargduat
49 and N.Phillip 60. Barrett 3/59, Leevy
3/44 and Domc 2/34 did voll for Jamaica,
who wore 6 without-loss in the final over
of the day.
Leeward Islands gained let innings lead in
Antigua against the Aussice (214 against
192) and had thom for 235 in the 2nd with
200 runs to win and half a day's play --
alas rain wahed out an exciting possibility
Willot was the. downfall of the Auasios
with 4 wickets each innings (total 15 in
two matchesJ). G.Chappoll 68 &58, Stackpolo
48, Jennor 441 Corriotto 81, Sargoant 44,
Allon 43. ** Atstralia are now playing
Barbados at Konaaington Oval. B/doa 238/6,
Greenidgo 86 n.o. ** ingltmd vore 186/2 at
tea, in the first test against Pakistan.**
The Guy/'!Trinidad Shell Shield match saw
Gwyaia 3/1 2 on thoir home pitch. Froderiec
81, Camaheo 144, Daichau 60 n.o. Lloyd 35a
Trinidao defeated 8 wickets at
P Oval. B/dos 2.36 & 214 (Murray 50, Lash.-
loy'89: Jamadoon 6/50, Inshnu Ali 3/59.
Trinidad 360 & 92/2 (Doryck Murray 50, Joey
Caror 81, Julien 82 n.o.s Padmore 4/80 and
Holford 2/21 in 2nd innings.)** Jamaica
sufterod an innings & S6runs dcfot froim
Guyana at Bourda -- Jamaict. 323 & E8 (Fosts
118-- 3rd century in SS .atchos this Jbar-
Pinnock 92: Lloyd 3/34, Gibbs 4/5b & 4/39
collymoro 3/79, Glasgow 4/23. Guyana 458
for 9 docl. (Fredericks 69, Kallicharan 135
Kanhai 92).
LiAGUis. Saints ran their points up to 50 in
3 matches by defeating DOS by an innings &
85 gaining 17 points. Spartans have 4'1 pta
in 3 matches. DOS all out for 3D (Sobastian
14). Saints decl. at 241/7 (Larocqueo C. 84,
Norbert Phillip 48, McD.RIoborts 25 noo. In
the 2nd innings Sobastia. scored 98 out of
137 total: bowling Phillip 7/21, 5/29 nnd
Defoo 3/12,. 3/34.**Celtica U. defeated Pte.
Michal 174 & 222 again 55 & 28 --
Caroni Cardinals snatched a 59-54 win in tl
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all the way. The aon' t Windsor Park
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