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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, 14, THS LETHBRIDGC HERALD 35 'Commodore' Darcy's ship comes in with a fortune By BETTY WORTHINGTON HONOLULU (CP) Gene Darcy runs what might be termed the world's most ex- clusive junk shop. It's the Sore of the Queens, stocked with gold, silver, bone china, linen and nautical gear. Darcy is an imaginative California designer who quit a job to gamble on a belief. He believes that young and old, rich or poor, have the collector's bug. At the age of 46, he ex- panded belief into action and became a millionaire in four years. When the city fathers of Long Beach, Calif., purchased the transatlantic liner Queen Mary in 1968 to turn it into a convention hotel and tourist attraction, Darcy was com- missioned to redesign the eld ship. He says now he was "apalled" at the beautiful in- terior of the queen of the seas being ruthlessly dismantled. He saw merchandising pos- sibilities in what was being thrown away but his sugges- tion that the stripped equip- ment be preserved and sold was disregarded. He resigned. Against the advice of his he borrowed and bought the discards and set up the Store of the Queens. He now has a moan store on New York's Fifth Avenue and a travelling store constantly on the road. Just now, his travelling store is set up in a Honolulu hotel and he told in an inter- view what happened in Cali- fornia when he opened his first one with the Queen Mary's memorabilia. Sixteen thousand people- not a few of them Hollywood movie up. The sale lasted three days and he took in Dean Martin bought a half- dozen Royal Minton chamber pots for use as ice buckets for champagne. "I wish I had a million of Darcy said. He says he sold President Nixon six bathroom taps from the Queen Mary for each. One has been mounted and, Darcy says, bears the inscrip- tion, "to turn on a few peo- ple." The ex-designer went on to bigger and better things and has been dubbed "commo- dore" of four nations. He has purchased items taken out of tha French Liner's He de France the ill-fated Normandie, which burned at her pier in New York Oty early in the Second World War, the Liberte, the Queen ill-fated ship, now a burned-out hulk in Hong SS United States and many other famous ships now vanished from the world's oceans. In the store here, crystal- Wore glasses sold for each, heavy crockery demi- tasse cups from the Norman- die at each. Each purchase carries a certificate attesting to the au- thenticity of the article. Stewards' white dinner jackets, linen serviettes, crested notepaper, menus and life preservers sell fast. Darcy has held sales in Ten- nessee and Texas, in Pitts- burgh and almost every major city in the United doesn't 'plan to take his travelling store to Canada. "I have paid United States duty on most of this he said. "There is no way I can go to Canada and pay duty again." Gene Darcy Is a big man with a friendly smile. Who wouldn't smile when his ship comes in with a fortune? MOUNTAINV___________________ 'SOD UNDERGROUND WATER SERVICES SODDING LANDSCAPING UNDERGROUND SPRINKLING For mere information contact ROSS NIELSEN LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA PHONE 328-0924 Smithsonian Institute keeps eye on catastrophic world happenings By WILLIAM SCALLY WASHINGTON (Reuter) .Tn the autumn of 1969 butter- flies invaded Trinidad, giant snails infested Miami and globules of sticky spider bing floated across Missouri "causing general consterna- tion." The three events were among scores reported to the Smithsonian Institution's centre for short-lived phenom- ena. Through a network of world correspondents, the wildSand recreation A 14-day outdoor experience in July or August, m the Canadian Rockies, fea- turing activities such as hiking backpacking horsemanship frail riding wilderness camping skills and survive! fire craft canoeing archery and leader, ship training in outdoor studies, in- cluding geological history and boitic zones identification of native ani- mals and birds plant collecting conservation and man's im- pact on the environment. For details contact- SCHOOL OP CONTINUING EDUCATION IETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA centre keeps a watchful eye on strange, often inexplicable and sometimes catastrophic happenings on earth. A collection of reports made to the centre during the first four years of is 1968 to been pub- lished by the institution under the title The T'ulse of the Planet. A report on the Miami snail plague said giant African snails, introduced to tha area several years earlier, had proliferated over 400 acres in the city, devouring any form of green vegetable they could find. The snails have no natural enemies in Florida and repro- duce at an alarming rate, the report said, noting that the life span of a snail is about five years and that each was able to produce 400 to 600 offspring a year. KILLED WITH POISON To fight the plague, state of- ficials baited the area with poison and killed 17.000 snails by the end of 1969. The report warned that the snail popula- tion had not been eradicated and that "another outbreak or re-infestation of snails re- mains an annual threat." No emergency action was apparently required in Trini- dad, where large swarms of butterflies seemed confused by abnormal weather and hatched in great numbers. A St. Louis invasion came from an unusually large num- ber of balloon spiders. The fe- males of this species lay their eggs in webs at the tops of trees to be carried away by the wind. On the afternoon of Oct. 8, 1961, "erormous numbers of eggs wafted across St..Louis the report said. "At the height of the inva- sion, the air over the city was filled with the webs at a dens- ity of almost one per square foot." CURIOUS CATALOGUE Other reports that flowed in to the centre at Cambridge, Mass., were of 71 volcanic eruptions, 86 earthquakes, 51 oil spills. 40 fireball events, 15 meteorite falls and 137 "eco- logical events including major animal mortalities, migra- Held recipe for Drambuie EDINBURGH (Eeuter) -An 89-year-old woman who held the secret recipe for Drambuie, the scotch whisky liqueisr, died here. Georgina MacKinnon, who was chief of the family Dram- buie business, kept the ingredi- ents in her head. But the writ- ten recipe is held ia the vaults of two Scottish banks. Legend says the redpe was given to an ancestor of Mrs. MacKinnon by Bonnie Prince Charlie during his visit to the Isle of Skye after the 1745 rebel- lion. tions. infestations and popula- tion fluctuations, major vege- tation mortalities and major pollution events." Prom the 300 original corre- spondents recruited by the centre, the number has grown to more than in 150 coun- tries. Daily cattle price hike predicted WANTED SCRAP IRON NOW PAYING MORE FOR ALL TYPES OF SCRAP METAL Form Industrial Anything Made of Iron! COPPER BRASS RADIATORS BATTERIES CAST IRON Truck Carloads Truck Scales Magnet Grant Service National Salvage Company LIMITED NEW LOCATION 206 33rd Street North Phone 328-1731 "Scrap is Our Business" RED DEER (CP) Bud Hughes, supervisor of the Al- berta dairy branch, yesterday predicted a rapid price in- crease for dairy cattle in the near future. J Mr. Hughes said Canada is expecting orders of dairy cattle a year from the Mexican government for the next five years. Local dairymen drew num- bers at the exhibition grounds to select cattle from 41 pure- bred dairy heifers that arrived recently from Ontario. Mr. Hughes said he has orders for 300 additional dairy cattle. a SOUTHERN ALBfcfiTA BUSINESS SAMPLER. IETHBR1DGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Invites applications for ACADEMIC VICE-PRESIDENT EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION Applicants should possess at least a Masters degree and have a varied background of administrative experience. Administrative experience in business and educa- tional institutions will be a definite asset. RESPONSIBILITIES Will plan, organize and adminls. ter, under the direction of the President, the total educational program of the College. Implement poli- cies, procedures and programs related to these ac- tivities. Assist in interpreting the programs of the College to the community end other interested groups. SALARY Salary for the above position commensur- ate with qualifications and experience. APPLICATION DEADLINE April 30, 1973. APPLICATIONS Interested persons should apply for the standard Application for Employment form toi The Director of Personnel iethbridge Community College LETHBRIDGE, Alberta Centre Village SUPER SAVERS ONLY AT CENTRE VILLAGE IGA IN EFFECT MOM. and TUES. APRIL 16th and 17th JOLLY MILLER ORANGE CRYSTALS PKG. OF 4 OZ. PKGS. GRADE A URGE EGGS HEINZ PLAIN, KOSHER or POLSKI OGORKI DILLS 64-oz. jar........ NALLEYS POTATO CHIPS net wt. pkg. BANANAS GOLDEN RIPE CASHMERE BATHROOM TISSUE SWEET TREAT CRUSHED PINEAPPLE 14 FL OZ. TINS SILVER.WOODS ICE CREAM Assorted flavors gallons DISCOUNT on all MEATS (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE FREEZER ORDERS) ;