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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 46 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 14, 1974 Lumberjack glamor appeal lost Machines replace crews HINTON (CPi It takes a supreme effort to pro- vide the North Western Pulp and Power Ltd pulp mill in this west-central Alberta community with the raw wood it needs each year The mill requires cords of wood annually, but finding the men to harvest the wood is becoming more diffi- cult The glamor of being a lumberjack or woodcutter has apparently lost its appeal As a result, North Western is replacing manpower with machines If all the wood used here every vear could be turned into lumber, it would build 000 houses." says J D Clark, the company s woodlands manager A large part of the wood harvested from North VV estern s forestry reserve is not suitable for lumber More than 10 per cent of the wood brought to the mill, 180 miles west of Edmonton, is either standing or fallen dead wood, suitable only for pulp. The better lumber harvested is fed into the company's year-old stud mill North Western has been ex- perimenting with equipment to automate forestry operations and reduce back- breaking labor. The first of five feller-bun- chers has been added to the woodlot The machines, which resemble draglines, can grab up to 70 feet tall and cut 'through trunks 21 inches in diameter with one blow The feller-bunchers, worth more than each, lay the trees in bunches where they can be trimmed either by men or power saws or by machine, then skidded to nearby logging roads "We have just developed a flail to strip branches from felled trees Mr Clark said The machine, developed at Hinton, consists of a rotating drum on the end of a bulldozer blade Sections of 20-inch, heavy link chain are welded to the drum The chains swing out and knock off branches as the tractor drivers move along the fallen tree The company hopes to cut almost half its timber with the new equipment Ivan Sutherland, general manager of the mill operation, says a strong market for pulp is keeping Hmton's largest industry operating smoothly and offer- ing possible expansion in the near future MENINGITIS KILLS BRASILIA (Reuter) Bra- zil's meningitis epidemic has killed more than 1.000 people since of them children under 14, the federal health mimstn said Thur- sday I I j I Soldiers on parade Army cadets in all shapes and sizes line up for inspection as a new day begins at Camp Ipperwash near London, Ont. Final parade for these lads will be August 17. Saves5O Sears Stretch-stitch better button ni fty knits. Build es. Mend ragged Kenmore zig-zag does it all! And so much more! A great big value. A great little price. 149 88 Reg Portable this is __ best value Now you can sew all the new fabrics you've been wanting to try. Your Kenmore stretch-stitch zig-zag takes on knits, crimps and even swimsuit fabric1 You can zig-zag, embroider, baste, sew buttons, darn and patch Easily' With stitch length and width dial controls, built-in automatic blind hemmer. 2-position drop-feed and darning release Lever-type reverse, au- tomatic shut-off bobbin winder, hinged presser foot and light. Head and control 206 281 221, portable case 206 291 001 In a Mediterranean-style console. Spanish Oak finish Formica top and work area Handy door tray and imprinted ruler. 44 x work area Head 206 281 221, cons 206 291 073._________ Available from coast to coast in Canada through al1 Simpsons-Sears stores and selected catalogue sales offices, this very special offer is the smcerest effort Simpsons-Sears can make to bring you merchandise that combines fine quality with the lowest possible price 4 days only Enjoy it nowi Use your All Purpose Account At Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee Satisfaction or money refunded. Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p m Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 Hong Kong suit bargain unthreading By MICHELE KAY New York Times Service HONG KONG The Hong Kong suit, long con- sidered one of the world's great bargains, has gone the way of inflation. Many Hong Kong tailors still offer the dis- criminating traveler painstaking work and expertise that delights and satisfies the most fastidious and :g demanding dresser but relatively few tourists today are taking advantage of this service S Whereas 50 per cent of visitors to Hong Kong seven :g years ago invested in at least one custom made outfit, :g only 13 per cent did last year, and the current forecast points to a further decline. The reason is simply that a g Hong Kong suit is no longer the buy it once was Local tailors are prone these days to reminisce g nostalgically about the days when travellers par- 8 ticularly those from the United States rushed off to the tailor shops immediately upon their arrival in this x: British colony. They would eagerly order several suits, g: one or two sports jackets And perhaps a few pairs of slacks The prices were excellent, the work was exemplary V and the service rapid (some tailoring establishments boasted of being able to deliver as many as 200 suits at 24 hours x While some of the service and expertise has remain- ed virtually unchanged, inflation, rising rents and A wages and two devaluations of the dollar have forced many tailors to put down their needle and thread in search of more lucrative occupations g Price increase g Others have been forced to increase their prices j significantly, often doubling them Their products now j: are priced as high as the ready made suits available in the major American and European department stores and specialty shops j: Rents in the popular tourist areas have increased by S 17 per cent over the last year and by 40 to 57 per cent over the last three years Similarly, wages were boosted by 17 per cent, and inflation has accounted for ;i another 16 per cent increase in costs j What's more, the American tourist today is finding j: that his dollar does not stretch as far as "it used to, dollar devaluations have reduced its spending power in j Hong Kong by about 35 per cent As a result, the better known and more reputable tailoring establishments insist they cannot meet their i costs unless they charge to for winter suits and to for summer outfits In contrast Four years ago, when tailoring was still a booming business here, a custom made suit ranged in price from to for summer weight garments and to for suits of finer English made winter cloths Anxious to maintain their business and keep their prices down, smaller shops have merged and have es- tablished joint workshops The same cutters and sewers service as many as five or ten tailoring shops This innovative solution has been only partly successful The tailor has been able to keep his overhead and therefore, his prices down to more interesting levels, but he is no longer able to maintain the degree of quality control and personalized service demanded by his customers Consequently, his work does not hear the stamp of excellence on which Hong Kong originally built its tailoring reputation Tourist complaints Travelers who have selected a tailor largely because he offers a better price have recently complained of poor workmanship and finishing coupled with the use of shoddy materials. A bargain tailoring in Hong Kong, shoppers have dis- covered, today invariably means an inferior product The word spreads and the interest in a Hong Kong made suit wanes Another offshoot of rising wages and the decline in orders has been the reduction in the quantity and quali- ty of the labor force. With fewer hands available, the 24 hour suit or even the 48 hour suit is no longer a reliable possibility Another problem is that tourists remain in Hong Kong for an average of only three days Thus, unless they place their orders the instant they arrive and devote a considerable percentage of their time in Hong Kong attending fittings, the suit will not be ready on time Some tailors will promise to mail the completed order but this alternative has rarely proven staisfac- tory Shipping takes months, and too many tailors have found it is easy to forget the order altogether once the tourist is miles away The Hong Kong Tourist Association records an average of 300 tailoring complaints a year, most of which are for nondelivery, and countless more are believed addressed directly to the tailors Empress violinist dies in 79th year VICTORIA (CP) Funeral services were held Monday for William F Tickle, a violinist whose trio entertain- ed several generations of tea drinkers in the Empress Hotel's lobby. Better known as Billy Tickle, the chubby, genial musician was 79 when he died at home on Friday. An active member of the Musicians' Union, he played for a time in the Victoria Symphony and led the hotel's dance band in the Crystal Ballroom through three decades into the 1950s. He was probably best remembered for the quiet strains of his trio that formed a genteel backdrop to high tea in the hotel's front lounge, where a little bit of England remained alive amid high backed armchairs and potted palms He charmed tea drinkers for 32 years with pianist Malcolm More and cellist Bert Rotten, both close friends who still live in Victoria. After the hotel terminated their contract the trio continued to play together, entertaining elderly patients in hospital and on special occasions at government house, residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Born at Workington, Cumberland in England, Mr Tickle came here 60 years ago He is survived by a brother, James, two nephews and two nieces ;