Clipped From Pampa Daily News
LAND Or CONTRASTS Colorful, Exciting Haiti Offers Pleasant Tours •jr MURRAY J. BROWN PORT 'AU'PKINCe. Haiti (UPt) -Haiti has to be one of the moil colorful and exciting countries in the Caribbean. It is a laftd of exotic beauty- of gfeen-mantied mountains, crystal-clear waterfalls and primeval jungles, tt is a land of contrasts, of the old and the new, of warit and wealth. tt is also a land of a proud people. For Haiti was the first Negro republic in the New World, with former slaves winning independence in the early 1800s by defeating the armies of Napoleon's France. Taxpayers May Find A Surprise (This Is the first in a serin ol five articles on 1173 Federal IncameTaxretims.) By BURKE HAYMES President Texas Society of Certified Public Acconntaits Taxpayers will find that the biggest surprise in the tax returns this year is the fact that they are easier to fill out. Less detailed information is required on both medical expenses and contributions to charity. Doctor, dentist and hospital payments can now be lumped and the total given without Realization. The same is true of cash contributions for which receipts or cancelled checks can be produced if the IRS requests them. In pre;vious ( years, taxpayers were required to supply Theft there's its unique heritage, a blending of African; French and Weil Indlifi culture* and traditions. As the late President Franco** (Papa Doc) Duvalier once put it: "Haitians are Africans by race, Americans by geography and French by language." Haiti was a popular port- of-call for years but tourism dropped to virtually nothing in the 1940s because of troubles during Papa Doc's regime. But the picture changed after his death in 1971 and the disbandment of his dreaded secret police known as the tonton Macoutes. Since Jean Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier succeeded his father in the Presidential Palace, many of the old fears faded away. As a result, American and other tourists have been coming back by plane and ship—more than 172,000 in the first nine months of 197) for a new record, according to official reports. I visited Haiti with other American travel writers in conjunction with a series of inaugurals by Eastern Air Lines to 13 new island destinations in the Carbibbean. In addition to Haiti, they include Jamaica, St. Thomas, Trinidad-Tobago, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, Aruba, Curacao, Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia. It was my second trip to Haiti—my first was in 1965 for the opening of the Duvalier International Airport. Then I was shaken by the grinding poverty of the people and the atmosphere of tension. This time, Haitians in the markets, streets and elsewhere seemed to laugh more readily and talk more freely, the signs of poverty, however, are still there-in the ragged clothes of young and old and the tumbledown shacks in the slums and the countryside. About 96 per cent of the estimated 5 million population are of African descent. The rest are mainly of mixed African- French ancestry. Roman Catholicism is the state religion but other church groups are active. Most Haitians profess Christianity but without giving up ancestral voodoo traditions. The throbbing of voodoo drums can often be heard echoing through the hills during the night. Port-au-Prince, the capital and main port, fronting on the sea and flanked by mountains up to 7,000 feet, is a colorful city of massive stone and old woot...n colonial buildings, and of ornate gingerbread houses and tin-roofed hovels. There are several top-rated hotels in Port-au-Prince, including the storied Grand Hotel Olofsson, owned by American Al Seitz. But most of the resorts catering to tourists are located in Petitionville, about 1,500-feet up in the cool hills. All have pools and can help make arrangements for the use of golf, tennis and other sport facilities as well as the beach. Large Library KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPD- The new $3 million general library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City can seat 1,200 persons.