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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 40-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 21, 1974 Seat belts compulsory for police TORONTO (CPi Almost 12.000 uniformed members of the Ontario Provincial Police have been instructed to use seat belts while driving on duty. Commissioner Harold Graham says. But the directive, issued last month, allows certain ex- ceptions to the "buckle-up" rule. Policemen will be allowed to use their own discretion in situations where a prisoner is being transported or when approaching the scene of known or suspected danger. Commission Graham said he hoped other citizens would follow the police example. DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-O821 23! I2c STREET NORTH Britain's future looks gloomy LONDON (CP) An extensive newspaper investigation into the attitudes of all classes in British society has disclosed an apparently stunning lack of confidence in the future and in the country's entire political leadership. In a three-part series, reporter Graham Turner writes in The Sunday Telegraph that "even though they (the British people) have been fed on a diet of crisis for the last decade, they still sense that what lies ahead is of a very different order from the alarms that have gone before." Some of the most startling comments reported in the Conservative-supporting newspaper came from Lord Robens, a former Laobor government minister and one-time head of the National Coal Board. "Unless there are said Lord Robens, a director of the Bank of England and Times Newspapers Ltd., "we are on the verge of bankruptcy or a great economic disaster. "At the moment we are hastening towards a major depreciation of the currency of which the consequences, if nothing is done, would be the final bust. We are almost at the stage of the Weimar republic before Hitler. "The political consequences of that are a dictatorship of left or right. I wouldn't care to say which it will be but, in trouble, I think we tend to turn more to the right than to the left." In general, the newspaper found an immense gap, bitter- ness and misunderstanding between the working classes and the trade unions and their employers and holders of great wealth. 6 New food crisis in India attributed to inflation (London Observer) NEW DELHI For people in affluent countries, inflation means cutting down on luxuries. In India, it can mean death by starvation. Deaths of people who can no longer afford to eat are indeed already being reported from All-out effort pressed to track down monster Refugees ride to safety Riding aboard farm tractor and trailer, refugees flee the town of Famagusta, 3Ii-0ut enort to track heading for the safety of a British base at Dhekelia. Turkish forces overran Fama- the Loch Ness Monster, gusta, a coastal town on the western shore of Cyprus. Durrell. author of the best- LONDON (Reuter) British author and naturalist Gerald Durrell has thrown the weight of his international effort? track Sears M lecturer's Cle Boys G.W.G ians and Cor Special Clearance of G.W.G. Pants made of 11% oz. denim or corduroy. Perfect for the youngsters for school. Sizes 8-18. Cords color of Beige, Navy, Loden, Green, Lt. Blue and Green. Enjoy it now! 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 selling My Family and Other Animals, makes the plea in his introduction to The Loch Ness Story, latest addition to what amounts to a. whole library of books about Nessie. "It seems he says, "that all the research to date has had to be done vir- tually on a shoestring by dedi- cated amateurs." Backing, when it comes, is usually from America or other foreign sources, while "the disbelieving ranks of British science" look on petulantly. Durrell hopes that this latest book will prod British authorities into providing financial support for an all-out effort to find out exactly what does exist in Loch Ness. First, though a law must be passed affording complete protection for whatever it is that lurks in the lake. The new book, by Nicholas Witchell, is essentially a review of all the evidence that has accumulated since the day in 565 when Saint Columba reported encountering a "water monster" in Loch Ness. Witchell believes that despite the sometimes half- baked attempts to track and identify the science is at last homing in on it. Most of the evidence suggests that Nessie is. in fact, a type of plesiosaur, a marine dinosaur thought to have been extinct for millions of years. And there is almost certainly a whole family of them in the loch, says Witchell. Some of the most exciting evidence is emerging from a continuing research program, using sonar equipment and underwater photography, mounted by the Academy of Applied Science, of Belmont, Mass. Photographs they took in 1972 clearly showed what appears to be the flipper of some giant creature gliding past the camera. The academy's 1973 search was thought to have been a washout. But in a "stop press" section to his book, Witchell reports that examination of the sonar charts shows that on 12 occasions a large, moving ob- ject ventured into the sonar beam. This should have set off the underwater camera. But the camera failed to is thought the intense cold of the water congealed oil in the equipment. The academy is planning a much more sophisticated at- tempt with better equipment and hopes for final success are high, says Witchell. In the meantime, leading scientists in the United States, including staff members at the Smithsonian Institution, are making further analysis of the 1972 pictures. outlying districts of Assam. There is more than enough food to go round in India. It's just too dear. In West Bengal the price of rice, at three rupees a kilo or eight pence (sterling) a pound, is now more than the daily wage for landless laborers. These are a third of the state's population and they don't manage to work seven days a week. Calcutta railway platforms are jammed with destitute refugees from villages as they are in times of drought. Inflation is a new and different kind of drought. In theory the government protects the poor by providing rations through its "fair price But inflation has crippled this distribution system. With costs as well as potential profits soaring, farmers are reluctant to sell their food to the government at "fair The government has the painful dilemma of either offering more and making inflation still worse or holding down the price and getting no foodgrains for feeding the poor. This year the government expects to procure from farmers only half what it procured seven years ago a time when India produced 30 million tons less food than today. Some of the deficiency is made up by costly imports. Under these pressures the ration system has all but broken down. Food riots have broken out in the South Indian state of familnadu although it is a surplus rice state. Farmers and traders are smuggling rice out to other states wiiere the price is still higher. In Calcutta Members of Parliament belonging to the ruling Congress Party have reported that in some districts "hundreds of men, women and children roam the countryside, looting food from affluent Sleeping giant Tired polar bear takes time out from amusing tourists to catch a few winks on the jagged bear pen rail in Vancouver's Stanley Park zoo. ;