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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Mondiy, April 15, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOB HERALD -10 1 I Weather vanes targets for collectors By JACK MINER Christian Science Monitor BOSTON. Mass Interest in Ameri- can tolk art is reaching new heights Nowhere is it greater than in the very specialized area of weather vane or weathercock One measure of the growing interest is rising prices for good examples of the native craftsman's art. Weather vanes that went lor to a decade ago now range in price from to As the price of vanes climbs, so do the efforts ol those who would pay no price in acquiring good examples of weather vane art. One curious owner recently went outside to discover why a helicopter was hovering near his house The moment he stepped out, the helicopter whirled off with a rope damaging below a weather vane on the end. Apparently no barn, church or house roof is too slippery for such nimble-footed thieves. Across the nation weather-vane owners are-reporting thefts to police The weather vane is truly art for the people and by the people Early makers of vanes often the colonial farmer using his own barnvard forge or woodshop modelled their vanes on the subject with which they were most familiar The farmer picked such subjects as barnyard denizens larger stock horses, cattle, swine, household pets, and wagons. Others who wanted to embellish town houses, stables, businesses, and the like ordered familiar less rural subjects such as coaches, sulkies, steamboats, sailing ships, horse-drawn fire engines, whales, cowboys. Indians, and fish. Early colonial weather vanes were made of light wood Many of them have long since decayed, or met their end as fuel for stoves. Later craftsmen turned to copper, tin, brass, lead, and iron which they cast, molded, stamped, and snipped into weather vanes The weather vane was especially important for early New England farmers and shippers who predicted the weather based on wind direction. Weather vanes were not a North American invention. For centuries castle owners in England and the Continent had used the pennant to determine the wind's direction. The oldest vane still in use is one believed to have been made in 1355 It still swings to the wind atop a church spire in Devon. England. The name weather vane was coined in early times when weather watchers used a flaglike strip of cloth to show the vagaries of the wind The old English word for flag was "fana From "fana" came vane. Many early vanes featured a rooster or cock, an early pagan symbol commemorating the rooster's unflagging service in hailing the sun's daily rising. Later a papal decree accepted the cock as a Christian emblem associated with Peter's repentance: "Jesus said unto him Verily I say unto thee. that this night, before the cock crow, thoust shalt deny me thrice" (Matthew 26 34) Early New Englanders settled along the rockbound coasts and were dependent upon the sea for much of their livelihood It was natural that they should want to know about the "backing" and "veering" of the wind, which suggested changes in the weather to come. For this reason New England became a centre of early weather-vane art t But many other colonials wanted the weather vane, and soon early artisians were fashmioning highly crafted vanes from one end ot the colonies to the other. The aesthetic dimension quickly joined more mundane utilitarian considerations, and weather-vane art bloomed. Prices of colonial weather vanes were relatively low reflecting sim-l ply the costs of labor and materials in- volved. Today these increasingly scarce items can be incredibly expensive. One "Statue of Liberty" vane displayed at a recent antique show had an estimated value of But the highest price ever collected is believed to be paid earlier this year to an Ashley Falls, Mass., man for an 1865 Admiral Farragut weather vane. Another example of just how far a buyer will go to get a rare weather vane was the case ot a nine-foot-tall Tamany vane that sold for more than ten years ago. To get ownership of the mid 19th century painted copper Indian figure, the buyer also had to purchase a five-story building on which the vane was situated in East Branch. Long Island. After the wea- ther vane was acquired by the Museum of American Folk Art in 1963. one antique dealer offered for the vane. Sudden infant death probed by researchers WASHINGTON (AP) A group of medical researchers says it has found that sudden- infant-death syndrome may be caused by a chronic deficiency of oxygen in the blood. The cause of sudden-infant- death syndrome, sometimes called crib death, has long mystified medical experts and often leaves parents of the victims stricken with guilt that something they did killed their baby. Studies by Pennsylvania State University doctors indicate the infants do not die suddenly as had been widely believed but instead are victims of a chronic ailment that might have existed undetected for months. If doctors can find an accurate means of identifying such newborns, there is the possibility they can be treated and their deaths prevented. As a result, Dr. Richard Naeye, a Penn State pathologist, and Dr. Richard Lendeberg, medical examiner for the city of Baltimore, are searching "for clues in the infant brain. They hope to find a brain-connected respiratory defect that permits the blood oxygen deficiency to develop. Naeye said, however, that research results which clinical physicians and newborn infants' parents can put to use are not near at hand. Naeye said the aim is to identify factors in the infant that make him a high risk for crib death. "Then we'll know which children to direct our clinical attention to if we are to prevent this he said. Sudden infant death syndrome is the biggest killer of babies in the United States between one month and one year of age. Estimates are that such deaths occur a year. Death usually occurs during sleep-without any warning. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I was shocked at your advice to the mother whose 10-year-old child was still wetting the bed. You said, "Take the boy to a doctor and find out if there is an organic problem. And don't be surprised if there isn't, because nine out of ten cases of bed-wetting are due to emotional problems." Then you went into your old song and dance about "professional help, blah, blah, blah." My son is now seven years of age For years he woke up every morning in a drenched bed. I was going to take him for counselling when a friend suggested a doctor, who had helped her child. He claims almost all cases of bed- wetting are due to small bladders. This doctor put my son on a medication and took him off all liquids in the late afternoon and evening. Within a few weeks the bed-wetting stopped completely. Please tell people about this wonderful new drug and stop giving them that nonsense about emotional problems Happy Mother Dear Mother: I did not print the name of the drug because some darned fools would go out and buy it in spite of what I'm going to tell you. That drug is used to treat people who are mentally ill and in a state of depression. Expanding of the bladder is considered one of the "undesirable side effects." My consultant on this matter is a professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the world's most distinguished kidney specialists. He had this to say: "I hope that mother will get another medical opinion at once because the course she is following can be extremely dangerous If the child has a bladder problem and takes a drug that expands his bladder, it could cause the- urine to back up into the kidneys and create a condition that might result in kidney failure." Dear Ann Landers: About five years ago, after several screaming arguments and tearful scenes (once I attempted my husband and I were divorced. Even though we had a very stormy marriage, we missed each other a great deal and our children missed their daddy. After about six months we decided to remarry..Well, it isn't working. Things are back to where they were fighting as usual and the house is in a constant state of turmoil. Money is a problem. I am very skillful at shoplifting but have been lucky so far. I see the same characteristics in my oldest daughter that I hate in myself. My mother didn't like me and I have the same feelings of hostility toward my little girl. Our children (we have four) don't deserve this. If I were an alcoholic, I'd know where to go, but I have no idea where I can get help for these marital and family problems. Please give rne a name, a phone number, some place to go for help, and the courage to go before it's too late. Louisville Dear L.: You need counselling and you need it desperately. Your letter reveals that you are depressed, suicidal, a kleptomaniac, and probably in an acute state of panic Call the County Mental Health Society and ask for an appointment. Write to the National Institute of Mental Health for literature and guidance. The address is 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20015. Look in the phone book for Recovery, Inc. Attend the next meeting. If you know a sympathetic clergyman in your town go to see him even though you don't belong to his parish. I'm suggesting a variety of alternatives and hope you'll try at least one. And good luck, dear. Discover how to be date bait without falling hook, line and sinker. Ann Landers's booklet, "Dating Do's and will help you be more poised and sure of yourself on dates. Send in coin along with a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope and your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, Illinois 60654. The unique Mercedes-Benz 450SE Geii up to 25'r bctler mileage lhan domestic sedans, and has a higher resale Plus a turning circle equal lo meVW Beetle and 50 significant elements AboutS Ask our about the heauli- fulK and arrange tor a test dm e PRO-MOTORS 1520 2nd South, 328-8117 Courts recognize claim of Manitoba farm wife WINNIPEG (CP) Katie Kawalchuk, of Oakburn, Man.was successful in her application to claim a half interest in a farm titled in her husband's name. Chief Justice A. S. Dewar decided in Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench that Mrs. Kowalchuk did more than the house- keeping jchores and there was no evidence she received or expected wages. The crux of her application was that since 1938 she was jointly responsible in working a mixed-farming operation with her husband Frank Kowalchuk, irom whom she has been separated since 1967. The chief justice ruled the evidence was clear that the farm was acquired, improved and operated during the period the Kowalchuks lived together by a joint effort of both people. He ordered that Mrs. Kowalchuk is entitled to an undivided half interest in the farm lands and machinery from a sale of the farm. Both Mrs. Kowalchuk and her husband would be free to bid at the sale. INATROMAN CWL elects executive St. Basil's Catholic Women's League have elected Ina Troman of 1118 18 St. A. N.. president for the coming term. Mrs. Troman is the mother of seven children and has been active in the CWL for many years, serving as vice- president and secretary in previous years Elected first vice-president was Lyla Swanson; second vice-president, Wilma Valer and third vice-president. Laura Winters Other officers include Peggy Bennet. recording secretary, Verdella Lalonde. corresponding secretary and Margaret Chumik. treasurer Guests of honor at the annual meeting were Rev. Gaston Marien, CWL director: Margaret Scherer, diocesan president and Cpl. Berny McKeever, RCMP, as guest speaker Homemaker By BARBARA L. MYTROEN District Home Economist in Training Are you shy when it comes to using color in your home? If you keep in mind a few simple color facts, you can use color more effectively and in turn create the well decorated home you've always dreamed of The color wheel is composed of primary colors, secondary colors, and intermediate colors. The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are created by mixing equal amounts of primary colors Secondary colors include orange( a combination of red and green (composed of yellow and and violet (a mixture of blue and Intermediate colors are produced by mixing each primary color with its secondary-color neighbor. There are six of these: yellow- orange, yellow-green, red- orange, red-violet, blue-violet and blue-green. If the color wheel is split vertically down the center, it is divided into warm and cool colors The warm colors are red, orange and yellow. They're friendly, stimulating colors that enhance rooms with northern or eastern exposures. The cool colors blue, green, violet are more quiet and soothing. They're good in dining rooms, bedrooms or dens. Color terminology is very important as well, Hue means the same as color. Value is the darkness or lightness of color. Intensity is the brightness or dullness of color Shades are hues to which black is added: tints are hues with the addition of white. Finally, follow these five steps to a perfect color scheme: 1. Choose few colors. The best color schemes are based on a few well chosen, so don't use all your favourites in the same room. 2) One major color. Pick one predominant color, and use several supporting colors to round out the scheme 3) Let black and white spark your scheme. The colors you use will look even more colorful if you sprinkle them with some highlights and shadows. 4) Offset large areas with small accents. Don't let your color proportions get monotonous. Use color'big but remember to use it small, too. 5) Repeat colors. Any hue good enough to be seen once should be repeated. LISTERINE MOUTHWASH 99 ;