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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California • 341

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World's Best Fathers? Continued from page 12 i Dads help kids grow i I i i -l it A S-V 'A I I 'I .1 interfere as long as the child was just angry and was enjoying his own anger. But he knew how to listen too, for no sooner did he hear the telltale sob of fatigue than he was there to pick up the youngster, shake off the water and comfort him. For Manus fathers there was no conflict between being strong and being tender. Manus fathers taught their sons how to handle canoes, how to shoot straight with a bow and arrow, how to throw a spear and how to catch one. In the old days, the Manus men had fought without shields, and a man had to dodge or catch the spear launched at him by his enemy in another canoe.

Manus fathers taught their children how to do the things they thought were good and enjoyable. Perhaps even more important, they taught them about the things they did not like in their own society. This is not true everywhere. In some societies generations of parents teach children that they ought to like the very things which they themselves detest. But this was not the Manus way.

A harsh world Although the Manus society was the most advanced one in the Admiralty Islands, it was far from ideal. It was a harsh world, and for many generations it remained unchanged. For, despite the fact that the people of Manus Island realized there were things wrong with their society, the tribe was so isolated from other civilizations that no new ideas were available. Then Europeans discovered the Admiralty Islands. Ships brought traders and missionaries and government officials.

During World War II, the Americans came a million of them and the Manus men watched how these strangers behaved. Because their fathers had brought them up to be strong and capable and sure of themselves and had taught them a little divine discontent, they were able to make discoveries. They recognized the superiority of some American things: planes, tanks, bulldozers, and hospitals; the way people of different races wore the same uniform and earned the same pay; what the American army spent to save a single life. And they were able to change. The young men whose fathers had taught them to Continued on page 18 YOUR PERSONAL "FLYING CARPET" Step into it, press a button, and off you.

go to market, to a friend's home, or to your job. Take off and land anywhere. Plug in to any electric outlet for recharging. They're working on it! ORE POWER TO. YOU! America's independent light and power companies build for your new electric living Tomorrow's higher standard of living will put electricity to work for you in ways still unheard of 1 The time isn't too far off, the experts say, when you'll wash your dishes without soap or water-ultrasonic waves will do the job.

Your beds will be made at the touch of a button. The kids' homework will be made interesting and even exciting when they are able to dial a library book, a lecture or a classroom demonstration right into your home with sound. (Some of this is happening already.) To enjoy all this, you'll want a lot more electric power, and the independent electric companies of America are already building new plants and facilities to provide it. Right now these companies are building at the rate of $5,000,000,000 a year, and planning to double the nation's supply of electricity in less than 10 years. America has always had the best electric power service in the world.

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