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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Ask Andy EMUS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Joe St. Jean, age 12, of Coventry, Rhode Island, for his ques- tion: How does an emu differ from on ostrich? You might mistake the Australian emu for a smallish cousin of the African ostrich but zoologists classify them in different orders. The emu is classed with the helmeted cassowary, who hides himself in Australia's forests. The ostrich is the only bird with only two toes per foot, which is one reason why he is classed alone in an order of his own He also is the world's largest living bird but the emu ranks in second place. The stately ostrich may stand eight feet tall and weighs up to 345 pounds. He stands with his skinny, four- foot neck erect and looks like what he is the Largest Living Bird The emu weighs about a hundred pounds and may be six feet tall However, he tends to slump, which makes him look shorter than he is The ostrich, though unable to fly, never misses a chance to spread and display his handsome wings. The emu's little wings are hidden in his shaggy brown feathers. These big flightless birds may occupy neighboring homes in a zoo. But in the wild their habitats are a world apart. A few centuries ago, several species of ostrich roamed through most of Africa Now the sole surviving Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS April 6, 1974 The Mormon Church, also known as the Latter-day Saints, was founded 143 years ago today in 1830 at Fayette, N Y by Joseph Smith Unpopularity among local residents caused a series of moves to new places over the years and the sect ended up in Nauyoo, III, eight years later. The Church moved again in 1845 after Smith was shot in a not, and crossed the Great Plains to Utah Mormon beliefs are founded on the Book of Mormon, a document Smith claimed he had received wntfen on gold plates after a series of visions in the 1820s 1944 Solon Low became Canada's federal Social Credit leader 1886 Vancouver was incorporated. 1851 The Canadian government took over the post office 1528 Artist Albrecht Duerer was born. 1199 Richard I, the Lionheart, was killed in battle. species lives mainly on the plains. A few caituries ago, several species of emu lived in Australia and on the nearby islands. Now the sole surviving species keeps mainly to the central plains of Australia. Though not closely related, both are ratite, non-flying birds The word "ratite" means "raft" and refers to the blocky-shaped breastbone. -Most birds have keel-shaped breastbones, angled like the keel of a ship, to support their large, powerful flying muscles. However, even if the ostrich and the emu had keel breastbones, they could not fly The heaviest'flying birds are around 40 pounds. The big rattles would be grounded on account of being overweight. Aside from looking very much alike, the ostrich and the emu share similar life' styles. Both roam around in large family groups, seeking every available type of food. When in a hurry, they can race long distances at 40 miles an hour Both birds raise their chicks m hollows in the ground but they have different ideas about family life. The male ostrich, adorned with magnificent black and white plumage, may have one or two or three wives. The brown females of the family all lay their eggs in the same hollow nest, which may be nine feet wide Then one female shoos the others away and takes over the brooding while the male stands guard. The emus separate from the flock m pairs and the male prepares the nest. Both parents have shaggy brown plumage, though the female is slightly larger than the male. After she lays the eggs, she leaves and he settles down to keep them warm for two months One ostrich egg is big enough to make an omelette for a sizeable family. It is six inches long and weighs two and a half pounds. An emu's egg weighs about a pound and a half which is big enough to make a birthday cake for a baseball team Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1974) TIME FLIES PETROVARAEIN, Yugo- slavia (AP) The 270-year- old clock on the ancient castle overlooking the Danube here keeps the exact time although it has been repaired only four times in its history The clock has a curiosity the big hand points at hours and the small hand at minutes. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN 1174. Tkt CMUM Triton WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. 1-Both vulnerable, as South you hold: 48 VAJ6 OAQJ 4K10732 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 Pass l 4 Pass 2 Pass 2 4 Pass y What do you bid now? Q. 2 Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: OKQJ924K5 The bidding has proceeded: South West North 1 0 Pass 1 Pati What do you bid now' Q. As South, vulnerable, you hold: 452 CARS 4 3 OAQS8 4AS The bidding has proceeded: North East South West- Pass Pass 1 V Pass 4 ;