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The eastern cross country, to as far as Greenwood, Nova Scotia, is next flown. Then upon return to Portage la Prairie, a few more local trips to Dauphin, Brandon, Kenora and Rivers, and the stu dent is ready to fly the instrument rating test. Upon successful completion of this ride, after approximately 120 flying hours, is gradu ation, and those hard-earned wings!
The Commandant of No. 3 Flying Training School is Lieu tenant Colonel R. W. Found, CD, the Advanced Squadron Com mander is Major M. J. Sauder, CD and Major W. G. Rowbotham, CD is the Standards Squadron Commander.
"A" Flight Commander is Major W. N. Russell, "En Flight Commander is Major G. M. Hogarth. In. these flights are a total of 15 other instructors.
Major R. W. McNish, and 10 other instructors, are in charge of ground school instruction and officer development."
Since the days when papyrus afforded the most ancient material for writing, people have satisfied their craving for knowledge by reading.
During the fifth and sixth centuries, the Saxons, when referring to a beech-tree, used the word "book"; Icelandic people, the word "bok"; Danish, the word "bock"; German, the words "Buch" and "Buche"; Slav., the word "buk"; and all were related to the beech tree. So, we see the words "book" and "beech" closely akin, and beechen tablets or pieces of beech bark are assumed to have formed the pages of the first books. Much later, came books as we know them today; a number of sheets of paper, folded, stitched, and bound together on edge.
When settlers came to the Portage plains, books were very pre cious things. Due to the weight of items necessary for survival, very few were brought in. These were, very often, read over and over by either candle-light or kerosene lamp-light, and anyone who could quote words of wisdom from a text was considered 'learned' in the district.
Reading also mean t relax a tion after a hard day of clearing and breaking land, and added a richness to an otherwise dreary existence.
With the advent of radio, and later of television, it might have been presumed that books would lose their prestige. We are happy