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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 38-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 27, 1974 All face gradual loss of carving detail Totem pole situation critical By STEPHEN WEBBE Christian Science Monitor Alaska's priceless heritage of totem poles is under attack. Wood-destroying fungi are striking at the very heart of the carved columns that bear such impressive testimony to the vigor of Northwest Coast Indian art. The situation is "most says Dr. Joe W. Clark, a wood deterioration expert at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. A great admirer of Alaska's totem poles, Dr. Clark asserts that of some 100 in the state's six totem parks, 20 have been so ravaged by internal decay as to place them in "immediate danger of Decayed remnant of Tlingit totem figure IMPORTANT AUCTION NOTICE Due to the mail strike, you may NOT receive your RITCHIE BROS. AUCTION BROCHURE for the MAY 3rd EDMONTON SALE This sale will go on as scheduled and 100 LATE MODEL KENWORTH-MACK-HAYES TRUCK TRACTORS FORD and IHC DUMP TRUCKS HI BOYS LOW BOYS PICKUPS No Reiervea NO Limits No Buy Backs This will be a tremendous make your plans early lo attend. Brochures available at Rictchie offices. Phone at sale site (403) 424-2717 a.m. Friday, May 3rd CLARK EDMONTON RITCHIE BROS. AUCTIONEERS LTD. 920 Bridgeport Road Richmond, B.C. Phone (604) 273-7564 collapsing and becoming total losses." All, he warns, face a "gradual loss of carving detail" from the action of external decay especially where carving cuts across the grain, exposing the wood to more rapid and deeper wetting. The poles being attacked by the fungus are some of those in the totem parks that were created by the U.S. Forest Service as a Civilian Conservation Corps project just prior to World War II. The fungus, which thrives in the dampness of the Alaska panhandle, concentrates on the older totems. To tackle external decay, which penetrates the tops of figure or crest heads, shoulders, hat brims, "and any other sharply protudingor sharply recessed carving Dr. Clark suggests the "simplest and most practical in-place treatment" is a colorless preservative called pentachlprophenol. It is effective against a wide spectrum of fungi, he says. But he insists that no surface application of liquid wood preservative is sufficient to combat internal decay which weakens poles to the point of collapse. ''A special in-place treatment could be attempted to try to stop existing, deep, interior decay he declares. It is easier said than done, though. Having discovered that fumigation isn't the answer. Dr. Clark feels the "most promising" treatment is one where poles are doused in a fungitoxic chemical solution that fixes itself in the wood and resists leaching out. But he admits that the movement of liquid preservative chemicals through Western red cedar heartwood of which poles invariably were made is "limited." In the past, no one has made much of an effort to preserve Alaska's totem poles, which illustrated legends and served Check battery OTTAWA (CP) When purchasing batteries, check that they will satisfy voltage and current requirements of your equipment, advises the Consumers' Association of Canada. Instructions with equipment will indicate the size and the number of cells required to operate. as lineage crests. The Indians themselves seldom kept them in repair, whenever villages were deserted, they were abandoned to the moist air and luxuriant vegetation. They were on the verge of extinction when the Civilian Conservation Corps salvaged some 200 from deserted villages and restored them between 1938 and 1941. "The best Indian artists of the day were employed along with other Indian workmen to do the salvage, restoration, and recarving of the says Dr. Clark. "A number of the large, old poles were resurfaced by the removal of the decayed material, given surface preservation treatment, and repainted." Others were patched and those beyond repair were copied. But without adequate attention, the poles have deteriorated steadily since the CCC program ended. In the 1969, a field survey directed by Mrs. June Demmert, director of the Alaska State Museum, revealed that only 44 totem poles "all extremely fragile and in advanced stages of deterioration" remained in the deserted Indian villages. Unwilling to lose them to decay and vandalism, the museum mounted a rescue operation and brought them into Ketchikan. Now that the remaining village poles are under cover, what is the best way to preserve those in the parks? "Whether it's in 10, 20 or 50 says Dr. Clark firmly, "they're going to have to be moved indoors as well, if we're to save them" The Haida totem figure threatened by wood-destroying fungi Illegal border crossing results in amputations KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Fermin Chavez is on the road to recovery. The prescription was tender loving care. But the 18-year-old Mexican alien still faces at least another month in the hospital for treatment of frostbite and the brother he sneaked across the border to join has been deported. Young Chavez has been in hospital for the last 12 weeks. SATURDAY and SUNDAY April Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. He has had three operations and has lost all his toes and a large part of his heels. The 18-year-old Mexican youth from Chihuahua City made his third illegal crossing of the border in January to join Oristeo Chavez. 33, here and seek work. He hitched a ride in a boxcar for a five-day journey north in freezing cold from El Paso, Tex., when he arrived, here Jan, 11, his feet were frostbitten. Oristeo took Fermin to hospital the next day because his feet hurt so badly. They were swollen and half-covered with blisters. Then infection set in, and early in February, surgeons amputated Fermin's toes and removed most of the flesh from his heels. There were also painful skin grafts. TALKS OF SUICIDE When Dr. Hichard Ibarra explained what had happened to his feet, Fermin talked of suicide and smashed dinner trays against the walls of his hospital room. Dr. Ibarra turned to Mr. and Mrs. Iganico Reyes, who had cared for another Mexican youth who lost his feet the same way two years ago. The couple inspired Fermin with the story of the other youth, who now manages to drive a car and can even dance. "He certainly has settled Dr. Ibarra said. "His mental attitude is greatly improved." Immigration authorities say Fermin, who was deported last July and again in October after clandestine crossings of the border, will be permitted to stay with the Reyes couple until he is well enough to travel. Then he will be sent back again to Mexico. His brother Oristeo was deported on March 29 because he, too, had entered the United States illegally. Tours-Tours-Tours SENIOR CITIZENS TOURS _ m RQOO 5Departures.....................From NORTHWEST TERRITORY TOUR 7fift00 (Air W EXPO'74 TOURS Departs July 16-Aug. 17 .........From fcfcV RUSSIAN TOUR 111 fi75 DaoartB end of June...... From A i i W 480 Departs end of June...... From PALMYRA PAGEANT TOUR Departs July Days......From 00 WRITE or PHLNE GOLDEN WEST TRAVEL SERVICE 10812-61 Ave., Edmonton, Alta. Phone 435-6307 cut out for the sea. "I 205 12th Street 'A' South (just north of Elks Club) Phone 328-8422 "MARINER" and "KAiNAI" modular Homes NHA and CMHC approved PREMIER" 14' wide and double wides "SHELBY" and "CRESTWOOD" 14' wide Factory Reps and Finance Reps in attendance Live Broadcast from our sales lot by CJOC and CHEC Radio Si 4T FREE COFFEEI DOOR PRIZES! 1st Prlir A trip lor 2 to "EXPO 74" ct Spokana, Washington. 4 nights and S days. Drawn lor on Saturday, May 5th. Plus 5 other Prizes CITY OF LETHBRIDGE SPRING CLEAN-UP On April 1S74. the City of Lethbridge will commence the annual Spring Clean-Up. Rubbish will be picked up according to and in order ol the zones indicated below; AAPROXIMATE DATES OF PICK-UP- Zone 1 April 29, 30, May 1 Zone 2 May 2, 3, 6. 7 Zone 3 May 8, 9, 10. 13 Zone 4 May 14, 15. 16 5 May 17, 21, 22, 23 North and Eait City Boundariet May 24, 27 South and Wei! City Boundariet May 28, 20 Citizens ol Lelhbridge are asked lo locale burning barrels, con- tainers and rubbish ai the rear ot their properties adjacent to the .lanes approximately (5) days in advance ol the published dales Properly owners who do not have lanes al the rear ol their properties are reuueslred lo telephone Ihe Public Works Department ai 327-2853 between 8 00 A M until P.M. om weekdays to confirm the dale ol pickup at their location Refuse presented for disposal must be easily handled. Where pra- Clical all rubbish is to be wrapped, lied or containerized. The City ol Lethbridge will not remove earth, large tree trunks, branches and roots, construction and building wastes, concrete, concrete blocks Or other similar waste materials Prior to the campaign please Chech the rear portion ol your property to insure valuables are not discarded Immediately alter your zone has been completed burning barrels are to be moved within your proceny it remain In the lane, they will be removed by Ihe City. News items on the progress ol the Spring Clean-Up Campaign will be released periodically through the Engineering Department Ol the City ol lelhhndge The biggest bargain in travel today is the twenty-hour ocean voyage along British Columbia's magnificent Inside Passage. It's one of the highlights of the famous Totem Circle Adventure. You can drive the Circle route to either Kelsey Bay or Prince Rupert; then board B.C. Ferries "Queen of Prince Rupert" for a cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Your carorcamper goes with you... enjoy fine food and state- room accommodations all the way. Send this coupon now for details on the Totem Circle Adventure and a "Queen of Prince Ruperfferry schedule. British Columbia ferries Taawwaaaon Terminal. Delta. British Columbia. Canada. NAME. ADDRESS...... LH4D (MV m ClIM ;