Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on April 3, 1954 · Page 17
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 17

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, April 3, 1954
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PAGE 16 SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 3, 1954 Looking Around FROM THIS POINT OF VIEW Just in passing, Tucson school officials and a building contractor are at odds over the acceptability of a door he installed in,a new school, From the way they're going round and round about it, better make it_a revolving door. * * * * Onwrd and Upward in Tucson: An automobile stopped for a pedestrian in a Stone avenue crosswalk, It was Saturday midafternoon a week ago for the record. The car's license number was C-38655. It was a lady driver--not just a woman driver, as the term is usually used; this one was a lady. Now if some men drivers would just be gentlemen, * * * * A newsy little tidbit went back to the Cleveland Press from Tucson while Cleveland sports writers were here with the Indians. Based on the Citizen's daily weather poem (on our one rainy day, of course), the item said: "They write poetry in the newspapers about the weather, 'You see the clouds above us, not variable or thin? They mean, at last, God loves us, that rains have come on in.' . . . The weather is just as bad." * * * * Butter prices finally dropped this week when government supports were curbed. No doubt if margarine sales are hurt too much, the next step will be to get the government to start buying surplus oleo. Just in passing, we like the recent cartoon somewhere that had a grocer explaining butter to the customer, "Well, it looks and tastes something like oleomargarine." * * * * Headline of the week: "Barkley Back In Politics." "Dear Alben" is going to run for the senate in Kentucky and bourbon politician^ reportedly are overjoyed. Not so one Kentuckian sojourning in Tucson.' He said disgustedly that if his fellow Democrats in Kentucky return Barkley to office he'll move to Tucson permanently. * * * * Outlaws . . . badmen . .. gamblers. The words bring to mind raw, rugged chapters of Tucson's turbulent early days. Starting next Tuesday in the Arizona Album on the Citizen's editorial page, Chapter IV will cover "Outlaws, Badmen, Gamblers." Watch for the pictures and stories of some of this area's notorious historical characters. , * * * * Progress report: "Chinese Wall"--NONE. Schools--Another elementary school, John B. Wright, opened this week at East Linden street and Columbus. And its name is carried in large block letters on the clock tower. Fourth Court--Action to establish fourth superior division expected to be taken by board of supervisors next week. Community Center--NONE. City Election--Campaign winding up for Tucson city-wide general election next Tuesday. V»TK^^^ ^X^«^O^I^X^V^X^I^X^WJ^V?TV^^^^^^^^ ^-*^X! f The Life Of I FATHER KINO DEATH TO THE APACHE The military were now deeply in Padre Eusebio's debt. He had erased all doubts as to the integrity of the Sobaipuri Indians In 1C97. He was truly vindicated from the venom of his enemies on the morning of March 30, 1698. On that eventful day some 300 Jocome, Suma and Apache, fresh from a victorious raid at Co.cbspera, stopped at the Sobaipuri village of Santa Cruz de Gaybanlpltea on the Babocomari river. Here they burned the 'twenty five small huts and .forced the natives into, the adobe'fort which had been built at Kino's insistence in 1697. One of the besieged escaped and summoned help at Quiburi which lay some two miles north. Captain Coro rallied his warriors and they swooped down on the marauders. El Capotcaei, leader of the Apache, soon realized that the Piman forces were too strong and called for a parley. It was decided that each group choose ten of its most valiant fighters and that they stand toe to toe and do battle unto death. The last man would decide the victory. What a sight »t must have been! Two war bedecked tribes standing silently watching two lines of ten men kill one another. One By one they fell, and the god of victory touched Coro that day. The enemy turned to flee. A battle ensued and some 300 enemy fell to the poisoned arrows of the Sobaipuri. ' . News of the victory reached Kino and the'military and they went on an Inspection trip. With the victorious battle verified, all 'of Sonora was jubilant and Kino labeled the hero of the day. His enemies gnashed their jteeth and the Father Superior was beside himself with jealousy. Kino realized opportunity when- he saw it. At Remidios a beautiful statue was to be dedicated. He called in the Sobaipuri warriors in full war regalia and paraded them before the awe struck Spanish. It was his day and he made the most of It.--By Dr.-Charles C. DI Peso. Next Saturday: California b Not an Okay, Mom, Get Out Of That Sack! By : Inquiring Reporter The Question; Do you think a wife should get up in the morning and prepare her husband's breakfast? The L o c a t i o n: Northeast corner of Stone avenue and Congress street. The Answers: Mrs, H, B.-Shelton, 3208 Romero rd., housewife: Why, certainly. A man who has to go out and work needs good nourishment Mrs. Shclton Mayor and it's up to his wife to make sure that he gets it. . Morloy J. Mayor, winter visitor from London, Ontario, Canada, tavern operator: Men have to get out and work and earn a living. If a man is willing to do this for his wife, the least she .can do Is to prepare a good breakfast for him and. see that liis day starts off as pleasantly as possible. Knrl Lane, Rillito, chemical worker: It seems to me that's part of her job. A woman who isn't willing to 2et her husband's hreakfast Lane Mrs. La Bonte Is · Just sponging off him. I haven't a wife. Maybe I expect too much, Mrs. Lois La Bontc, 1132 W. Alameda St., waitress: Definitely, no. And particularly not If she also has a job. At my house, everything is split on a 50-50 basis. We both have jobs and we both share the housework. We like it that way. Mrs. Levan Bell, 430 E. Lester St., dress shop employe: It seems to me that getting her husband's breakfast is only the proper thing to do. It just doesn't seem right to me for a husband to get his own breakfast and do other things like that around his home. I'd feel ashamed of myself if I weren't willing and glad to get up in the mprning and pre« pare breakfast for my husband and myself. It doesn't require Mrs. Bell Guthrie a great deal of .'effort and It starts the day on 'the right note. ' . ' J. H. Guthrie, 449 McMillan dr., salesman: I don't think a wife has so much to do around the house the rest o'f the day that it warrants not getting up and preparing her husband's breakfast. , What would happen if her husband told her he was going to stay in bed Instead of going to his job? It amounts to the same thing.' · . ' ' E. C. Hintz, 4516 E. Lester St.. engineer: If .she Isn't incapacitated, I. think she should prepare breakfast. · . · My wife and I usually'get brpov.fn»t tr^othpr. hut that is Hlntz Mrs. White- because we enjoy doing things together. We just like itMhat. way. . . Mrs. Bonnie White, 1410 E. water St., housewife; Personally, I wouldn't, think of not getting-up and preparing my, husband's breakfast. : · I feel this way 'about it: He's tne . wage earner and brings home the bacon and It's my Jot)' to cook it for him; Any wife that's worth 'her salt wouldn't' even · think about letting her husband get his own breakfast WAY OUT WEST WITH ESTHER HENDERSON April 9 is Poetry day and we are Stuffing this Piinata with odds and ends from.the pen of Sharlot M. Hall who perhaps got more of Arizonsi into her poems than any other woman. When Sharlot Mabridth was 12 (in 1SS2), she and her parents, in two covered wagons "drawn by four horses each," hit the Santa Fe Trail from Kansas to Yavapai county, Territory of Arizona. "I rode a little Texas pony and drove a band of horses." The metre was suggested by the turning wheels of tlic big wagons used in the old caravans, the middle rhyme being the chug of the huge wooflcn brake-blocks, to the regular rhythm of which I listened often. Here is a line or two from her SANTA FE TRAIL That long gray trail of dream and hope, marked mile by mile with graves that, keep On every barren hill and slope some stout heart . lost in dreamless sleep. President Theodore Roosevelt, in his message to congress in 1905, advised that Arizona and New Mexico be admitted into the union as one state. Mrs. Hall's resulting poem caught the feeling of the residents here in those days. When she first heard of the suggestion, incredulous, she sat down and wrote "Arizona," finishing it "by 11 o'clock that night." It was printed and a copy put on every congressman's desk in Washington and was read'from the floor of both houses. The poem was credited with ; doing much toward influencing the congressmen who later separated . the two states, and has been included in various collections of patriotic ..and political verse. Unit her? . . . And Her proud eyes dim with weeping? No! Bar your doors instead And seal them fast forever! But let her go her way-Uncrowned, If you will, but unshackled to wait for a larger day. In the opening issue of a new magazine, pinchhitting for Joaquin Miller, she explained more of the feeling in these two lines from THE WEST For men, like the grain of cornfields, grov small in the huddled' croivd; And weak for the breadth of spaces when a soul may speak aloud . . . She explored every facet of the Arizona sha knew, taking her tales from the older pioneer* from little people and great ones'. She sang "The Song of the Colorado" as fluently as she told the stirring tale of "Two Bits" -- the horst; that won an Indian battle. She told of "The Pines of the Mogollones" said the "Prayer of the Half Breed" and "The Mass for Mangas." Mangas Colorado was the dread Apache chief who startled the priests at San Xavier by showing up for mass to repay a debt to a padre and said: "Padre; the boy you stopped to draw From the puma's jaws makes good his debt.-" The chief brought his tribe of warriors to do obeisance and Man by man his men heaped up The pile till it grew to the Virgin's feet; Skin and girdle and beads that hung Like jewelled buds in the pale mesquite .... With wine and incense the padre straight Said holy mass for their heafhen souls. Later she said of the frontiersman's creed: O, life is a game of poker An,d I've played it straight to the end; But the last chip's down on the table And I'm done with the game, my friend. The book containing most of her poems ("Cactus and Pine") was printed in 1924, is now out of print and difficult to fina. Any of you know more about Arizona's poet? --Pinata Prop. tombstone Street Scene A sheeted figure lay on the gaming table in McKissick's saloon when word got ' around the recumbent corpse was "Blue Dick" Hartman, a trigger-quick fighter feared by everyone. When the early mine shift arrived to view the remains and eulogize the corpse, the thoughtful bartender passed the hat. Then one stalwart uncovered the face for a last look-and the staring 1 blue eyes suddenly winked! Dick jumped up to the bar. with the hat roaring, "Set 'em Up for the house"; thereafter the cheering crowd, and Dick, drank up the funeral fund. By then, the second mineshift arrived so Dick returned to his shroud in hopes of repeating the joke. First visitor, however, was one Joe who hated the gunfighter and, thinking him dead, exclaimed, "Blue Dick's a yeller-livered, black-hearted sk'mk, I'm dang glad somebody pluggec^iim or I'd a done it myself!" Whereupon, Blue Dick sprang from his shroud and took off after Joe. When last seen, the "corpse" and Jot were two lively specks on the horizon. This is one of those tales of the west--it didn't happen in Tombstone --but it might have. Tombstone was that kind of a town. The famous Banksia Rose tree Is In bloom; its fragrant benuty outlasting all the Dicks and Joes that ever shot up the Old West. Drive south on SO, 74 miles. Camera data: 5x7 Deardorff view, Goerz D«gor lens, Eastman Super XX film, G filter, l/20th at f.29. Today's Citizen Mac Schweitzer Works Among Arizona Indians If you saw her herding sheep for days at a time or driving her pickup truck through a blizzard on the stark Navajo reservation, you might never guess that Mac Schweitzer is an artist. Yet this young woman 1s one of the southwest's leading painters of the desert, its animals and its people--especially the Navajo and Hopi Indians, She just happens to believe that she must know and understand what she paints, and it'goes'deeper than scenery and costumes. Mac's vital interest and intimate knowledge of these Indians, for instance, ..Is such that though she came to Tucson only seven' years ago, anthropologists and regional historians are enthusiastic about her work because of the sound ethnic interpretation of the Indians. Art critics and gal- 'ler'ygoers, .are enthusiastic because of the beauty /and sincerity of the paintings. Mac herself passes lightly over the years before she came to Tucson. She says she "never painted anything worthwhile u n t i l then" though she did attend the Cleveland Art institute on. scholarships, had her work shown in important museums and won several awards. Coming .to Arizona to paint was a lifelong dream, for long before she saw it she knew somehow she would be in tune with, the desert. Mac and her 9-year-old son,'Kit, now have a home in the Tucson mountains where they both paint and both look forward to easily - do for the Indians. She has seen the . effects of the tourist who looks'on the reservation Indians as so many curiosities, but now after her -three years--summers and winters-of trips to the northern Arizona Indians she is considered so much a friend that she is Invited to stay with Indian families, is offered their horses for trips into the canyons, and even receives letters from them in anticipation of the next trip "in June at full moon time." The Indians are pleased that Mac cares enough to learn their language, to understand their problems and to share many of their experiences. Mac, on the other hand, i feels certain she has learned ; a great deal from their very : real values, their simplicity, the virtue of being inconspicuous, the joy of making and giving away, their creative ingenuity. She thinks she is not as eager to show her own paintings now, believing that she is more anxious'to please herself in her art than .she'used to be. "We've even learned to live more simply and to care more for things we can make than those we could buy-and that's very handy for an artist." Mac belongs to the 231 art gallery and the Tucson Fine Arts association here. She is represented in the permanent collection's of the Dallas and Boston art museums and recently had an exhibition at the Arizona state museum. Mac's mural of the games of various tribes Message From The Modern Rible For all the peoples walk each in the' name of its god, but we will walk in the name o] the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4,'5 Dennis The Menace --Citizen Photo Mac Schweitzer the trips (whenever Kit is .vacationing from may be seen at the new YMCA building where C n n f M - l I l tn t h a M - H F I l m n m m * » * . ' " . . S . * . ° school) to the Navajo country. When Mac is with the Indians, she seldom they don't like the idea. Neither'does she push herself or her friendship on them. She usually paints and lives in a storeroom just-outside the village area where-.the Indians now feel free .'to come to visit her', to sip co'ffee and talk and to watch her pajnt--sometimes even to ask if she would like them to be. models. Sometimes now they suggest paintings to her and occasionally an Indian will like'one so much he will trade something for It--jewelry or a drum, for instance. (Mac also'trades for practical, things here at home-^a set of tires a ; doctor's bill, etc.) She wears clothes simiiar to . Indian women's clothes while on the reservation --alike enough to make her inconspicuous and yet' not exact -enough 'to Make lier seem to "break into" the tribe as do some visitor's. . . . . Often at tribal dances she stays in;:the truck rather-than "break the spell" as, outsiders can it is. extremely popular. Just now she is working on a project which .. Tom Bahti, a Tucson artist and Indian arts and crafts expert, are making a map of Arizona and New Mexico reservations stressing the outstanding contemporarj; designs of. the different tribes . in sand paintings, weaving, embroidery, pottery and jewelry. ' . ' '·· It has been a matter of much research, for they are using .designs which are not only good art but are unusual.and not widely known. Many have never before been published. Another local artist, Robert Spray, is silk-screening the maps this week. . - . " · ' ' . . . . - ' · · Later the same idea may be a'pplied to ancient designs. For as Mac says, "It's, all a part of the desert right along with the mountains and the small animals .and ijthe horses and the people. . , And the more/you can understand; about it,, the 1 ...more you want to do."--By Byrd Stanley. . . . 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