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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, April 12, 1973 THE lETHBRIDGf HERALD 31 NOTHING ESCAPES U.S. BORDER PATROL Not even on the vast distances of northern Montana prairies By STEVEN P. KOSENFELD HAVRE, Mwit. (AP) The Prairies of Northern- Montana, a deep freeze in winter and an oven in summer, are so vast that it would appear an army could move through unnoticed. That area Is one of the back- yards of the United States Bor- der Patrol, an agency of the justice department that is as at home in a hobo jungle as on an old rum-running route. While antelope, small game, tumbleweed and dry soil free- ly cress the four strand, barb- ed wire fence that separates the United States from Can- ada, agents of the patrol are on the job day and night to see that humans travel only through custom ports. In fact, officials of the Mon- tana Idaho district of the im- migration and naturalization service say illegal immigrants from Mexico are a greater pro- blem in Montana than unau- thorizzed entries from Canada. Raymond G. Hoffeller, of Helena, district director, said Mexicans were retured tc their country from his two- state region in a recent 12- month period. CHEAP LABOR He said transporters ship the illegal immigrants to sheep ranchers and sugar beet grow- HAL BOYLE By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: You had to be a masochist to submit to tattoing before the invention of the electric needle. The tatoo artist did his work with sharp pointed sticks and wooden mallets, just as sculptors use ham- mers and chisels. Sometimes it took several days to com- plete the design on the suffer- ing victim. Be wary of letting yourself be hypnotized by an amateur. Under the spell of an unscru- pulous hypnotist, people have been known to commit crimes or withdraw their life savings from banks and hand them over to the persons who put them in a trance. The highbrow name of the black rat is rattus rattus. Any deviation from the normal taste of food puts rats on the alert. H they are upset in even the slightest manner by it, they will not eat it again. This is why. when poison is put in food set out for thenv the first dose must be lethal. Rarely indeed will they take it twice. ___ REINDEER VERSATILE What is nature's greatest all-purpose animal? The rein- deer is a prime candidate. Pulling Santa Claus through the sky on his sleigh is merely a seasonal job for the rein- deer. They supply Laplanders with meat, cheese, milk and winter clothing. They also provide them with their hides are used as tents with transportation. Even their antlers and bones are utilized to make tools. Quotable notables: "Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alco- hol has taken out of Winston Churchill. Headstrong: The w o o d- pecker is the champion feath- ered driller. It can beat .its beak against a tree 20 times a second for almost an hour at a time and dig holes more than a foot deep. These cranial vibrations would prob- ably kill any other bird. If you would like to know how it feels, clench a nail in your teeth and try to drive it in and out of a backyard elm. K that proves too easy, try an oak. Worth remembering: "There was one nice about polygamy. If a man mamed two sisters, he didn't have to break in but one Folklore: The tapping of beetles in the wall of a home is a forewarning of death. Rain follows when swallows sfciin close to the ground. You'U have bad Fuck for two years if a stremse ral Mils yoor canary. Babies with feet have a high T.Q, It vas Henry C. Link advised. "H you want to make a man your enemy, tell him simply, are wrong." This method works every time." deductible WASHINGTON The United States Internal Revenue Sarvice rated Toesday that expenses for abortions, va- secSonjies and birth-control pills are tax-deductible. An IRS spokesman said the decisions were made by Uie ffiS technical staff without "taking into ac- count moral questions." He said the ruling on abortions would apply to "legal" abortions in clinks offices and hos- pilaJs. ers who seek cheap labor for harvests and shearing. The border patrol is the na- tion's second line of defence at its boundaries, a backup crew for immigration agents. Its operations in Montana are hampered by extreme cold in the winter and a thinly spread workforce. But the harsh winter climate and the co-operation of border- area residents and local law officers tend to balance the scales in favor of the patrol, agents say. Unlike the southern border of the country, where patrol work is just bout 100 per cent en- forcement, Montana activities are 90 per cent prevention and only 10 per ceot enforcement of immigration laws, accord- ing to Melvin Heck, patrol I agent in charge of the Willow I Creek border station at Havre. The chief of that station, Leon E. Edwards, said only one- fourth of the border pa- trol agents in the nation are stationed along the northern border. Edwards' section is respon- sible for a 454-mile stretch of the border between Montana east of the continental divide and parts of Alberta and Sas- katchewan. "The extreme cold handicaps he said. "But it also handicaps people illegally en- tering the country. You can't walk across the plains for ex- tended distances when the tem- perature is 20 degrees below zero. Temperatures in the Willow Creek section range from minus 60 in winter to 110 above in summer. Edward's deputy, E. W. Mincz, says the expansive plains of northern Montana are deceptive. "Looking at it, you'd think a whole regiment could come through without anyone he said. "But it is harder to locate a person in a big city than in the country. When something moves in this wide-open coun- try you know about it." FIRST DUTY While the primary duty of the patrol is to enforce immi- gration laws, agents also check for smuggling when they stop a suspect. Narcotics truffle often follows the path of old bootlegging trails that wind their way through farmland to the border. Draft registers trying to sneak back into the United States from Canada are not a major patrol concern, Mtcz said. "They may be picked up at forts of entry but we don't go out and pound the dirt to get he said. On patrol with Heck a usual stop is at Hobo Jungle near the freight yards of Havre, 45 miles south of the Canadian border. 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