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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbridge Herald Third Section August Pages 2940 CAREFVL RITUAL INVOLVED In buying of watermelons a serious matter good By John special to The Herald PEKING If George Gallup were permitted to conduct one of his public opinion polls in it is a fair guess that he would find that the most talked- about topics of the summer have included the upcoming party the reappear- ance of purged pqlitica the increasingly bitter dispute with the Soviet and the excellence of the season's watermelons. Conversations overheard in stores and restaurants since the season began last month have confirmed what the official New China News Agen- cy reported in one of its solemn dispatches from the agricultur- al front that the melon aided by the heavy rains that followed a severe spring is being hailed by the people as the most abundant and succulent in years. Every the season begins with the sudden appearance on the street of gigantic piles of hauled in from the communes overnight aboard tractor- and horse drawn carts. Sales people seconded from the city's vegetable mar- kets take over on the setting up weighscales on make- shift counters and providing spe- cially designed stands for cus- tomers wishing to eat their fruit on the spot. Observation suggests that the purchase of a melon is a seri- ous demanding the most careful consideration. Customers wait patiently in long line-ups for their turn at the and when it comes spend many minutes more in an elaborate ritual designed to ensure that they secure One of the most succulent melons on the pile. PRE-INVENTORY clearance CONTINUES WITH GREAT SAVINGS MEN'S SUITS Now ts the time to befpre the Fall increases come into effect Selection at OFF Balance of Stock OFF By SAMUELSON and SAVILLE ROW SPORT JACKETS AND CO-ORDINATES Wools and Fortrels SPECIAL GROUP AT OFF BALANCE OFF LONG AND SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS Dress or casual In cottons. A fine assortment of shades and patterns. CLEARING AT OFF PRICE SPORTS NYLON FRATERNAL EM- BLEW SUMMER CAPS. and many more numer- ous items all specially reduced to clear SPECIAL GROUP YOUNG MEN'S PANTS STRETCH JEANS. OFF MEN'S SWEATERS are the finest quality knits from our regular ftock merchandise. Clearing at OFF Balance of Sweater Stock at DRESS PANTS Our complete slock of trousers. Including the popular Baggies. All neatly tailored from wool and wool fortrels double' knits. Marked down for htis great sale fi W ALL SALES CASH NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES Bountiful water melon crop 321-5th Street South Phone 327-3730 the salesman himself selects a fruit holding it to his ear as a watchmaker might a squeezes it gently with his thumb. If his expert sense tells him it is he passes it to the who repeats the process. Only when both are satisfied is the fruit placed on the scale for the which is also monitored closely by sides. About half the customers buy a whole paying about six cents a or about 50 cents for a football-sized fruit. Others simply buy it by the making their choice from a read3r-cut' counter and car- rying it to the nearby where they take up positions like so many holiday-makers at a campsite washbasin. At a nickel a It Is a treat tbiat almost everybody can afford. Wispy bearded pensioners crowd in alongside bespectacled government offi- cials and weathered looking with not a word spoken as each concentrates on the delicious business to pausing only to spit the seeds 'down the metal chutes that are provided for the pur- pose. As one would expect from such a remarkable un-selfcon- scious there is not the slightest embarrassment at en- gaging in such a messy business in public. But when a foreigner lines up alongside and buries his face in the there is instant hilarity and a swift gathering of a as though it were as rare a sight as a monkey picking cotton. As they chomp away at their the officials and peasants are continuing a tradition that is as old as China itself. Ancient literature is re- plete with references to the but there could be no more dramatic demonstration of its long established popu- larity than the autopsy that was performed recently on the year-old cropse of a lesser no- Live Yule tree for president WASHINGTON In the midst of a summer heat the National Park Service of the United States has been plan- ning its new national Christmas tree. Spurred by criticism from the the park service has de- cided to stop using a huge cut tree each year for the two-week Christmas display behind the White House. This the agency will transplant a tree from to serve as the permanent national Christmas tree. That takes some p'anning. The a Colorado blue spruce donated by the National Arborist is to be transplanted by flatbed track from in time for planting about Oct. 15. That should give the tree time to adapt to its new surroundings before winter sets in. The park service also must plan the tree's lighting and dec- orations carefully so they will blewoman of the Han Dynasty. The autopsy showed that the woman's stomach was filled with melon indicating that she had eaten melon shortly before her death and that the death occurred during the brief period in late sum- mer when melons are in season. Research scientists in Peking are now attempting to cultivate the to see how melons have changed over the millen- if at all. One firm conclusion that can be drawn from the autopsy is that there has been some re- finement in the technique of even if the fruit itself remains substantially the same. From the care that is taken in the consumption of them these it seems clear that no modern melon-eater one may use the ex- caught dead swal- lowing the seeds. He was all biceps and ten no bully kicked sand in your face while he was around. Yesterday's heroes had a style all their a beer all their Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner. And it's stilt going strong still slow-brewed and naturally aged for old-time flavour. Help yourselfl TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OP LETHBRIDGB ;