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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta British researchers hint foreign probe is examining Earth LONDON (Reuter) British researchers will conduct radio experiments to test the theory that a space probe from an- other planet may be orbiting the earth. The joint venture was an- nounced recently at at meeting of the British Inter- planetary Society called to ex- amine dramatic claims ad- vanced by Scottish researcher Duncan Lunan. Lunan has put forward evi- dence be says suggests mystery "echoes'1 or radio signals from earth are in fact messages from an alien satellite that arrived in the solar system years ago. Defending his theory Friday night, Lunan denied putting un- warranted interpretations on purely random effects. The chances that the "ech- oes" were random were "not quite as unlikely as a monkey with a typewriter producing he said. Lunan, a 28-year-old science writer, based his theory on a fresh approach to a phenome- non first noted in the 1920s. This was that certain radio pulses were apparently being bounced back from something outside earth's ionosphere but not as far away as the moon. By plotting a graph of the se- quence number of each pulse against the delay time of the echo, he produced recognizable maps of the major con- stellations in the Northern Hem- isphere. One star misplaced He claims the maps show the stars in the positions they occu- pied about years ago, with one conspicuous exception. This is the double star Epsilon Bootis, and Lunan suggests its marked misalignment is a way cf indicating that this is where the space probe came from. He speculates the probe may be one of a number sent out by a threatened civilization to look for possible colonies. A mostly youthful audience of about 300 attended the meeting. They heard Anthony Lawton, a computer expert and amateur astronomer, outline plans for an international experiment to try to prove or disprove the theory once and for all The plan is to set up radio links between a transmitter near London and a receiver at Stamford, England, and try to duplicate'the echo effects under controlled conditions. At the same time, radio hams around the world would be asked to tune in to the signals. What will test prove? If echoes were heard only in specific areas, it would indicate that they were caused by some sort of natural phenomenon in the complicated layers of electrically-charged particles that envelop the earth. But if they were heard world- duplicated the re- sults obtained in the earlier ex- it will be very difficult to say that the probe does not exist pos- sible, but very Law- ton said. Other possibilities to be stud- ied were that the echoes are re- flections from the moon or from areas where dust has been trapped by the interaction cf gravitational forces of the moon and the earth, he said. Lawton said he hopes to start his experiments about the end of April. i L _ Indian bridge sinking BOMBAY (CP) A vital road bridge in northern India has started sinking. Official statements reported in the Indian press say the Chambal bridge on the national highway linking Bombay with New Delhi, the national capital, has been closed to vehicular traffic following damage to one of its piers. Built at a cost of nearly million in 1960, the Chambal bridge handles a lot of heavy traffic. A good percentage of road freight from the port of Bombay to New Delhi and other northern cities is moved across the bridge. Some government engineers said the bridge may have been damaged by earth tremors. But this is disputed by newspapers like the Times of India of Bom- bay which says that other struc- tures in the area would also have been damaged in this case. One theory is that bandits op- erating in the Chambal's rav- ines may have tried to damage the bridge to slow down the movement of police reinforce- ments. a clown A little blind girl seems logically curious during a recent Shrine Circus performance in Chicago. The young- was one of 500 handicapped youngsters who attend- ed as guests of the Lions Club. Friday, April 6, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 29 Crows Nest income up VANCOUVER (CP) Crows Nest Industries Ltd. of Fernie, B.C., has reported a net in- come of or per share for 1972, compared with or for the pre- vious year. The company annual report showed sales of for 1972, up from for 1971. Most of CNI's income is from its forest products opera- tions, with only com- ing from petroleum and natur- al gas. The company plans to seek authorization for a !r. crease in capital through crea tion of six-per-cent pre ferred shares at a special gen eral meeting of shareholde in Fernie May 7. SEE THE LENS THAT DARKENS IN THE SUNLIGHT (VARIGRAY) OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. CITIES ARE CHANGING A new trend towards a "people first" concept of government is rcpidly gaining a foothold in oil levels of government across the country. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, Susan Carson talks to a new breed of mayor in Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto dedicated to making their cities more livable and less cluttered. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE NOW RENTING "IMPERIAL COURT" 52nd Ave. 6th St. West, CLARESHOLM 33 Unit Townhouse 2 BEDROOM 134 3 BEDROOM 154 Includes refrigerator, stove, drape rods, landscaped, fenced and paved parking. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: B H HOMES (CALGARY) LTD. 2050-10th AVE. S.W., CALGARY PHONE 1-244-2716 IGA THESE SPECIALS IN EFFECT ONLY AT for Quality, Service and Price Satisfaction FRIDAY AND SATURDAY APRIL 6th and 7th CENTRE VILLAGE IGA-LETHBRIDGE MARTENS COALDALE FREE DELIVERY Centre Village IGA WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES PRICES IN EFFECT UNTIL CLOSING, APRIL 7th POTATOES NO. 2 REDS or GEMS BANANAS GOLDEN YELLOW Ibs. TOMATOES CANADA NO. 1 LARGE SIZE Ibs. CHUCK ROAST or STEAK TABIERITE CANADA G3AOE A STEER BEEF Ib. CROSS RIB ROAST TABLERITE CANADA GRADE A STEER BEEF Ib. SIDE SPARERIBS TABURITE AlKRTA GROWN PORK Ib. WHITE SUGAR ALBERTA GRANULATED BREAD (McGAVINS) IGA White or Brown loaves PEASANT BREAD Fresh From Our In-Store Bakery Lwif ii it GRAPEFRUIT PINK SIZE 56's for GROUND CHUCK TABLERITE Ib. PEANUT BUTTER TOP VAIU .00 48-or. tin ;