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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETMBHIDUt I Ask Andy A COBRA Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to John David age of Franklin New for his ques- tion Does the king cobra really build a The king cobra is a vei build a nest7 The king cobra is a venomous snake with a fear- some reputation When poised to strike with hood without a doubt he appears to be a most fearsome aggressor naturalists suspect that he is a rather peaceable character who would rather keep out of sight In any both the male and female king cobras are excellent parents Their precious eggs indeed are in- cubated in a warm nest and both parents stand guard until the newly hatched youngsters are ready to go The various large and are warm climate snakes of India and Southeast parts of the Mid- dle East and all but the san- diest stretches of Africa The king cobra is the largest of all poisonous snakes and may reach a length of 18 feet By he is said to be a rather lazy character who prefers to dream away his days in the shade of a dense tropical forest As far as his snakey relatives are he is a deadly menace For the king cobra is a snake eater since snakes are not all that sometimes he regards even a smaller king cobra as a suitable item on his menu He is a though possibly by accident you would think no cannibal can be trusted near the children But as we is full of surprises It so happens that the king and his mate are the best parents of the entire cobra clan After an elaborate she selects a suitable nesting perhaps between the exposed roots of a giant jungle tree Then she loops her snaky body to drag in piles of leaves and other debris believe it or the nest becomes a two-story affair She lays her eggs in the lower which is com pletely sealed from the upper chamber where she stays coil- ed during most of the incuba- tion period There are 18 to 20 large brown speckled all over with darker brown Incubation takes about two months. Dur- ing much of this when the irritable female stays coiled above the the nervous male stays on guard in the nearby shrubbery. This is the time when the mighty king cobras really earn their fearsome reputations Suppose a person acciden- tally walks near that precious nest If the male is on guard he prepares to strike but not without warning With a lot of loud hssing he rears the front one third of his body straight up from the ground Umbrella type ribs open out- ward to extend the flaps of skin that form his horrifying hood If the intruder comes witnm six he flings himself forward and strikes his deadly bite The dutiful parents can depart as soon as the eggs hatch Their 20 inch youngsters are well able to take care of themselves Adult lung cobras wear drab olives and browns The youngsters often arrive wear- ing fancy bars and chevrons in black and yellow or buff Already they have their cobra venom and know how to use it In the peppy young king cobras are said to be far more aggressive than their parents Questions asked by child- ren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask P.O. Box Huntington California 92648. Chronicle Publishing Co. Hinds leaves news bureau REGINA The Leader-Post has announced that Mel legislative bureau will leave the newspaper Dec 31 to become head of Saskatchewan govern ment information services Mr Hinds came to Regina from Lethbridge where he was city hall reporter and later city editor of The Lethbridge Herald Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H OOREN c TIM Chlrtqo TrlbWM Both vulnerable South deals NORTH K .1 7 3 A J 8 1 0862 A 10 WEST EAST AS 9 4 9 5 Q 10 6 2 0 A Q .1 7 .1 0105 AKQOK4 7fi532 SOUTH A Q 10RG2 K 7 3 v K94 A J Tho bidding South Wosl Nnrth East 1 A 2 NT Dhlr 3 A Pass Pass 4 A Pass Pass Pass Opening King rf A Competilinn in the nndion is a two-rdfiod weapon At times it ran drive the oppo- nents too or permit you to find a cheap sacrifice against an opposing game. On other it may give awny thereby permitting declarer to mako .1 c'inirart by means of .in unusual piny Kasl West were employing the UmiMial Two No Trump Convention Instead of its nat ural an ovcrcall of two no trump was a form of dodhle shouing length in the minor suits North dou bled to show a good and when three clubs was passed round to him he leaped to four spndes on the strength of his excellent trump sup poit West led the king of won hy dummy's ace and two rounds of trumps were drawn Had there been no opposition bidding. South might have tried the heart finesse That would have resulted in his de- for after w.nnmg the queen of hearts East could shift to the ten of permitting the defenders to three tricks in that suit had heard the auction West promised length in the minor so he had to he short in hearts the fi nesse rated to and South wanted to keep East off play to prevent a lead thru his king of diatnovd1 After a moment's declarer found an elegant Inscr-on loser to insure his contract Me cashed the king and di o of hearts and then led the ten of clubs from dummy discarding a heart from his hand West w in I he queen of clubs but was caupht in endplay He either had to lead a dia- mond up to rWlarer's or pive South a and sluff h A 011 Id allow declarer to a'd a diamond from the hand while niffing in dummy. Either declarer would lose only two diamonds and a club Nnlf ciecl.ircr s line would succeeded even if West held a ihrd hi'.irt West could exit vu I but then decUirer would ruff East's queen selling up dum- s jack fir a diamond dis- c.iM -PI ftnild le.ich Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon 111 ABNER DEC. 12 Your birthday High skills emerge from your determined struggle against limitations and competition Sacrifices made early in the year are fairly readily recouped near year's end Relationships require steady thought as to what response your actions invite Today s natives are sensible often astonished to find they've pioneered a new style or work method simply doing what seems logical ARIES 21 April Avoid any show of temper Where you care about allow ample time for a second taking nothing for granted TAURUS 20 May You are almost certain to pick out something to upset yourself about today Realize what you are doing and calm down GEMINI 21 June Expect little or no co- operation Urgent decisions are that way mainly because of impatient feelings no great rush really exists CANCER 21 July The more you try to hurry things the more resis- tant become those whose cooperation you must have Let well enough alone LEO 23 Aug. Be- ing firm and definite as to what you want does not mean being intolerant Remember that others are considerably more sensitive than you think VIRGO Be considerate of yourself then of realizing that all are under stress this complex day of contrary ex- confusion LIBRA 23 Oct. Asking for too much too soon defeats your purposes There's good news very late or at a respite in un- favorable news SCORPIO 23 Nov. You are full of energy with no convenient way to work it off or redirect it to constructive use it s a test of your patience SAGITTARIUS 22 Dec. Almost any thing you do will be taken by somebody as just great something not to pursue seriously There s no point to an argument CAPRICORN 22 Jan. See what you can do to get a workable budget and schedule of expected for your own information more than any other reason AQUARIUS 20 Feb. Resolve that comments by your associates mean little in terms of your basic self- then see this tense day as one of unselfish ser- vice PISCES 19 March The less you have to do with anything other than your own the better Pass on no however juicy the story The Chicago Tribune Lawrence Lamb DEAR DR. LAMB I have read several times that aspirin may cause bleeding of the stomach I would like to know how one would know if this takes place I take aspirin about three times during a 24- hour period It is the only way I find relief of aching knees I get faster relief if I take them between rather than with food I'm told this is that food of some sort should be taken along with the pills Please advise DEAR READER aspirin can irritate the lining of the stomach and actually burn a small hole If the irnta tion is large it can cause bleeding Other than the indigestion type symptoms some people have from taking aspirin you would not notice anything These symptoms do not mean bleeding either From the small amount of bleeding that usually occurs you couldn't tell it Larger amounts might reveal traces of blood on examinations by your doctor the doctor could see the burned spots by using a special instrument to look inside the stomach I doubt you are planning on that procedure If a large amount of bleeding then you would have findings of severe internal which would include weakness and even shock-like reactions The point most people do not recognize about almost all medicines is that they are two edged swords They can but they can also harm That is why the amount and taking your medicine exactly as your doctor prescribes it is so im- portant This isn t limited to medicines Most of the things we need in life can be harmful in excess amounts Oxygen is a typical example Too much oxygen can cause oxygen poisoning and even death You should take something just before or with aspirin to help protect that stomach lining A glass of milk will or a bit of cottage or other food of your choice It should be more than a glass of water or ordinary li- because many liquids go right through the stomach and won't offer much protection for this problem you are probably right that you get faster relief when you take aspirin between meals without food The aspirin is more likely to be dissolved and emptied im- mediately into the small intestine in this state it is rapidly absorbed -nto the bloodstream Alir ist all medicines are mosi absorbed on an empty stomach You will get a longer and more sustained action. though when it is taken with simply because the ab- sorption process is slowed down and leveled out I don t think people should become unnecessarily alarm- ed about the effects of aspirin in causing stomach irritation and bleeding It is a good medicine and many people really need it for control of pain of arthritis and other con- ditions I do not approve of aspirin without a good reason no one should be a habitual aspirin taker without their doctor s approval A persis- tent problem that justifies regular aspirin also is impor- tant enough for the doctor s attention Send your questions to Dr. in care of this new- P.O. Box Radio City New N.Y 10019. For a copy of Dr Lamb's booklet on losing send 50 cents to the same address and ask for booklet. Fun with figures By J A. H. HUNTER Each distinct letter in this easv addition stands for a par- ticular but different digit It should not be such a problem but what do you make of SPOON. Thanks for an idea to J A McCallum Alberta Yesterday s answer Five rabbits Flashback The CANADIAN PRESS Dec. 1973 King Edward VIII abdicated 37 years ago today in 1936 after a reign of only II months which had aroused high expec- tations Taking the title of Duke of he left the throne to marry twice- divorced American Walhs Simpson He died in France in 1972 1963 Kidnapped Frank Sinatra Jr was ransomed by his father for 1941 The United States declared war on Germany and Italy 1937 Mussolini announced the withdrawal of Italy from the League of Nations 186-4 Florence was designated temporary capital of Italy IF EVER PRINTEP IN A I REFUSE TO AVf MONEf ON IT IF fou FREE AUTHORS COPIED I'LL K SLAP TO TAKE SHORT RIBS by frank o'nul THE WITCH HAS GONE Off AND FOUGOTTEN 1O WHAT THIS IS IT LIKE MILK. HI AND LOIS by dik browna WHAT IT YOU POINT FINGER AT I AM AT IT IM POINTING ALL MV FINGERS BUGS BUNNY THIS BUG SPRAY TH' IZ II NOTICE TH' PLEASANT BLONDIE by chic young WILL YOU MOLD MY BABY FOR A DAG WOOD-- I SAW THE CUTEST OUTFIT' THANK YOU DEAR-- I KNOW YOU'LL JUST LOVE SURE. I'M JUST WAITINJG FOR MY WIFE I WONDER WHERE ME GOT THE ARCHIE by bob monlana I CAN'T YOU DON T ON A A LIKE TAKING FULL AFTER 5TOAAACH WE GAVE YOU GYM THEN BECAUSE MISS GRUNDY SAYS YOu'Ri DROWSY IN CLASS AFTER LUNCH WHAT WOULD VOU SUGGEST you JAKE tK LUNCH HAGAR THE HORRIBLE dik browne OUT RPR BEETLE BAILEY by mod walker NINE BAU. OFF THE TWELVE BAIL INTO THE CORNER POCKET WE DIDNT HAVE MUCH INI THE BUT WE DIP POOL by al capp TUMBLEWEEOS IT WAS A SIR- -AS BIG AS MAN- HATTAN ISLAND DO YOU THINK HE'S SORE ABOUT THE V THE ISLAMD IS DlDVOU DROP THE THE ISLAND9 AS AM' ISLAND- PO ALL HANGMEN TAKE CHRISTMAS WE JIPPET JOCKEYS TRADITIONALLY SUSPENP OUR TKACHEA ACTIVITIES AT YULETlPE FOR A 3- WEEK INTERLUDE Of ;