Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 27, 1974 · Page 10
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 10

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 27, 1974
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10 North*** ArlcntiMi TIMES, Men., May 27, 1974 Decline And Fall Of Shangri-La Is Almost Complete ^ BALTIT, Hunza (AP) - Shed · tear (or Shangri-La. ' The dtcline and fall as an independent slate ot this tiny landlocked kingdom among the majestic peaks o£ the Karakq- ram mountains on the Pakistan-China border is almost complete. Pakistan's government off! eials say shortly Hunza. which gained a worldwide reputation «s an earthly paradise because of the longevity of its popple, will be merged with Pakistan and its ruler deposed with nothing more than a princely pension. Although Ihe writing of the final chapter which will end 90C years of benevolent feudalism is linge'd with sadness for many of the Hunzakutz peoplt, it is being accepted with a certain He said he had not been officially informed of his late, "hut we are simple people who live in the mountains. We will accept whatever the Pakistan government decides." He added that 99 per cent of the Hunza population still supported him as mir and as a re suit he expected "a lot of unrest" if the merger took place although he had no plans to actively organize opposition to the love. His critics say that the mir overestimates his popularit; and that he has lost support be cause he has failed to react tc the growing demand for change resulting from increased con lact with the outside world. BUILT IN 1957 Before the first rough jee| amount of resignation as inevitable. Some of the young and educated even welcome it. It was the tranquil life of Hunza that inspired James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizon" with its Valley of Shangri-La and monastery whose inhabitants lived for centuries. LAST TO RULE Lt. Gen. Jamal Khan, the mir or ruler sipped tea in the wood- panelled drawing room of his palace looking out on the snowcapped Karakoratn peaks and the green valley below. He acknowledged that he expected to 'be tire last of the dynasty to rule Hunza. track to Hunza was huill alor. the ancient silk route road t China in 1957. the people o Hunza probably had an eve chance of maintaining their tra ditional self-sufficient way o life. Then the inhabitants livec largely off t h e i r own wheat corn and apricots which the riwi for the winter months an rned inio a gruel with pc atoes and flour. Crime wa rtually unknown and the ult mate penally for murder w a SECOND WEDDING A LOT CALMER · DAMAH. Kan. (AP) -- Aides Manny and Leona Hoover were quite calm for their svedding Probably a lot calmer. the conlided afterwards, than thei 12 children. 63 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. "I wasn't nervous. It's th second time over/' said the 78 year-old Manny after the ceremony- at St. Joseph's Catholi Church Saturday afternoon. · ·Manny's first wife died 1 months ago. His bride, wh turned 75 Sunday, had been widow for four years. "We are so compatible i agreed we could have a goo life together," said Lcona "And all the kids were enthu siastic. too." They grew up on adjoinin farms, attended the sam schools and. while marrie couples, had been friends. They will live in Manny's air conditioned home in nearb Bogue during the summer, bu will use Leona's home here 1 the winter so they can easil continue playing in a local p nochle group. They also plan travel extensively, starting wi a delayed honeymoon to Hawa later this year, said Manny. anishmenl. It was a simple nd satisfactory way of life and e Hunzakutz rivalled in age lose of the Caucasus and iso- aled valleys of Equador. Today the jeep route has ecn replaced by the Karako am Highway and it takes iree hours rather lhan the hree days it took to travel by oot from Baltit to Gil git. Im- pored vegetable oils, tea, flour and other commodities are al ering the dietary habis. The number of people living to 100 s rapidly declining. According to the rnir. ther are now only about five or six centenarians, compared to 5 or 60 before the first roa came. An exploding population -from 26,000 in 1964 to 40.000 tc day -- has forced widescal emigration to Pakistan and oth er parts of the world. Money i; replacing barter for trade. Although the old way o( lit rapidly dying, it is on h reality and myths of the pas that Hunza is expected to trad in the future. Since last yea the northern areas of Pakista have been opened to tourists, hotel is being built in Baltit an another hotel is planned. Although the old way of lif is rapidly dying, it is on th ality and myths of the past at Hunza is expected to trade the northern areas of Pakistan have been opened to tourists. A hotel is being built in Baltit and another hotel is planned, to- 1 some of the peace and tranquil"" " " * " [ether with camping sites. VOTE FOR BILL SKELTON for SHERIFF BiH pledges respect and consideration for young and old alike --rich or poor. You will find Bill honest, decent and reliable and available to all the people of Washington County when needed. Pol. Ad Pd. for by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Doss, Fayctteville As one Hunzakut put it. "iW that still characterize ourlperiencing." of life in the face of the :ome of the peace and ranquil- rapid changes we ere ex- For FREE Rides Polls Elect Faubus Committee, Pd. for by Bryan Walker Candidates Distribute Literature To Blacks LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Archie Schaffer III, a campaign aide- to Gov. Dale Bumpers, said Saturday that a card touting the senatorial candidacy of Bumpers had been circulated among blacks in the 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts. Those districts are located in South and East Arkansas. Schaffer conceded Bumpers erred last week when ha sair no special literature promoting his Senate campaign had been distributed to blacks. Bumpers was unaware of the cards, which contained a pic ture of Bumpers shaking hands with-a group of blacks. However, S c h a f f e r sai The message on the can said: "Dale Bumpers worked hard for equal rights as you governor. As your senator h will be available when you neet Sen. J. \V. Fulbrighl. wh also is seekinig the Democrat! senatorial nomination, has pre pared a sheet for distribution t blacks before Tuesday's pr mary election. It says Fu bright has voted for severa programs of special interest t blacks. "We haven't sent out one piece of literature to the blacks and another piece of literature to the whites," Bumpers had said. Schaffer said the governor did not plan to distribute additional special literature to black voters. Tkcn a H way «f bowing what drugs your mart prescription will can for, but whatever you- doctor prescribes, *« can supply quickly. To render oar fast service, we carry over 4,000 prescription dfugs. E. 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