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May 20, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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? ROGER LAWSON of Cole Road provided this pictorial evidence of what young tom cats do'while they're out all night -- they siphon gas, that's what they do! This tiger apparently has a tank in its tummy. Showing "PEANUTS" 7:30 p.m.- Reed H.S. Aud DANCE REVUE--8 P.M. School Gymnasium ART SHOW 6 P.M.--9 P.M. Basement of Faith Lutheran Church- 7th & Franklin 10:00 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m. -- 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Junior Parade Paul Bunyan Logging Sports 5 Loop Field Art Show - Ba of Faith Lutheran Church ? :iI ?, !! raveler econ is on on ~- Her second visit to Taiwan during her cul-rent around-the-world freighter cruise took Peggy Kneeland of Union on a south-to-north dissection of the island as contrasted to an east-to-west crossing on the first visit. A short trip to ttong Kong sandwiched between the Formosan calls, in a letter mailed from Kobe, Japan, postmarked May 7, received by Mason County friends last week she noted that her ship tied up at Kaohsiung on the southern end of Taiwan, from where she trained to Chong Hwa, famous for having the largest Buddha in the Orient. "it sits high on a hill overlooking the agricultural plains," she wrote, "and it's said the red light in his forehead can be seen 20 miles away, like an air beacon. It is a most imposing sight as you comc near Chong Hwa. "The three-hour train ride was delightful, the country-side magnificent, the truck gardens laid out like a picture with the ever-present rice paddies, whether terraced or not, forming the divisions between various vegetables. "Most of Taiwan is so mountainous that all arable land is utilized no matter how small the area. Thus we saw tiny, well-kept gardens right along the tracks. Before approaching Chong Hwa we crossed the Tropic of Cancer. After visiting the lovely Buddha we drove on to Tai-Chung for a nice Itttlch l:n~l~t~' starting' into the hills and mountains to Sun Moon Lake. As we climbed we left the tropics and went into the sub-tropics.., sugar cane, pineapple, hops, grapes, tangerines, sisal, bamboo forests, banana plantations which run way up into the mountains, all these separated by the beautiful rice paddies. There were hundreds of mushroom houses along the way, too, made of rice straw in the form of quonsets, plus field-after-field of asparagus, generally bounded by vibrant oleander or brilliant hibiscus. These farmers have to be born artists. Mushrooms and delicate white asparagus (both canned) share the No. 4 export of Taiwan. Textiles (apparel and footwear) are No. 1, other leaders are electrical appliances, bananas (nearly all to Japan), camphor and citronella... 100 kilos of citronella boils down to two kilos of oil for your mosquito problems, the rest is used for fuel. "As we neared the end of our 2% hour bus trip we entered the tea country, again beautifully terraced plantations amidst evergreens, blue spruce, etc., indiginous to the northwest, even Oregon grape. Suddenly we came out of a narrow pass to see the breath-taking view of Sun Moon Lake. This is high in the mountains in the middle of Taiwan. In the middle of the lake is a small i~ltand, cone~shapea with toR$ 1~, lrip back• Luckily w~ its fiat top no bigger than a were a bit early, so thegutde~reol~ double tennis court• planted with cypress and bougainvillia. The Chinese name defeats me but it means Pearl of Taiwan for it exists in the exact middle of the island and divides the southern round end of the lake from the northern moon-shaped half, thus Sun Moon lake. "The hotel is a favorite of Gen. Chiang, very lovely old Chinese style, each room with a large balcony overlooking the lake. The dining room on the top of the four stories commands a sweeping view of the water and of the temples and pagodas dotted here and there within view. The grounds are immaculate. "The next morning I watched the sun come up over the lake, having been tipped off to the beauty of the changes of colors before the sun actually hits the lake. It was all I had expected, and as the sun hit the gold on the temples and pagodas they seemed to be momentarily on fire. Soon after, we took a boat trip around the 19 miles of the Sun section of the lake. This took us to an aborigine village which was so reminiscent of some of the early Polynesian villages that we are restoring on the big island of Hawaii• There the people live as they wish without pressure to change. "We hated to leave after an early lunch but the train for Tai Chung left at 2:30 and we had a MEMBERS OF THE Veterans of World War I recently presented Mayor Frank Travis with a framed copy of the American Creed to be hung in City Hall. The presentation was made by A. R. Rodewald, District Americanism Chairman for the WWl Veterans. Left to right are a representative of the WWl Vets, Travis, Rodewald, and City Commissioner Glen Watson. us to see the nearly finished Laughing Buddha that will be Tai Chung's answer to Chong Hwa's Buddha. He is eight stories high and the minute one sees him it's an instant giggle.., big, fat tummy with a button the size of a large window, round, of course, and the drollest expression. "That town, as in most of the rural cities, has thousands of bicycles and motor bikes. Evidently Taiwan is second to Denmark in this respect. When one realizes that the average living wage is $30 (US) per month it's obvious that few can afford automobiles. The small, locally-built taxis cost $4,000 (US), a locally-built bike $20, Japanese-made $40, British $75 and up. "Agriculture predominates the island but lack of manpower is the farmer's problem for with the system of forced education the young people seek more education after the 9th grade or jobs in the cities. However, there is a happy relationship between the government and the people, and the soldiers are sent out without cost to help harvest the crops. The government takes care of their lodging and food. The people and their towns are very clean and happiness pervades everywhere• They are all disciples of world peace and constantly pray that they may regain their beloved mainland China from the present Communist regime. At the moment table tennis is a dirty word in Taiwan. "I was with two guides for all the meals and many times we dined in typical Chinese restaurants rather than in the western hotels. Not only was the food wonderful but the conversation most stimulating and edifying. The two guides have been on the Oriental Rio (note: the freighter on which Mrs. Kneeland began her trip last December. She transferred to the Oriental Carnaval after a six-week stopover in Durban, South Africa, and will complete her trip aboard the Carnaval in San Francisco early next month) so we became good friends during our 2~/z months voyage• To say that I was spoiled and pampered is putting it mildly.., accommodations fit for a queen and always with them on the trains, planes, etc. "The Goddess of Mercy towers over the harbor of Keelung (note: another Taiwanian port at which the Carnival called) as does the Christ of Corcovada over Rio, but no one may photograph her at the present time because the harbor is under martial law. So now we are en route to Japan." Page 16 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 20, 1971 In zaar winner will or "i wee el Jues sel I pr merc sale eac wee o