Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Cup of Milk Fund spills over goal JACK BENNY Jack Benny dies at 80 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Jack Benny, the make-believe miser whose deadpan humor broke up audiences from vaudeville days into the age of television, is dead of cancer of the pancreas. He was 80. His wife of 47 years was at his bedside when he died at his home late Thursday night. Benny's long-time manager, Irving Fein, said the comedian had been kept under heavy sedation because of severe pain. Dr Rex Kennamer, Benny's personal physician, described the cancer as inoperable, Fein said. Benny's career began more than 60 years ago in vaudeville. Decades on radio, television and in motion pictures made him one of the most beloved comics, and he maintained a schedule of personal appear- ances until recently. But his television appearances of late were kept to occasional guest roles and an quent special. Benny's humor as a fussbudget was built with a cast that included his wife, black comedian Eddie (Rochester) Anderson and singer Dennis Day. His tightwad image fostered a classic befuddled by a bandit's demand for "Your money or your life." His anguished reply: "I'm thinking! I'm But in real life Benny was generous and shy. He called himself "surprisingly noting he had remained with his only wife for 47 years and had never visited a psychiatrist. On stage, Benny became the nation's leading booster of his home town, Waukegan, 111., where he was born Benny Kubelsky, Feb. 14, 1894. He was the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Russia who owned a saloon. Piercing off-tune squeaks from his violin became one of Benny's radio and television fixtures. But serious performances on the instrument provided his first source of income. He quit school in the ninth grade to take an job playing in the pit of a local theatre. Often he would enhance his tightwad image by pay- ing a visit to his money in a basement vault guarded by a creaky-voiced old man who would inquire how a long- dead president was getting along in office. Comedian Steve Allen once commented that Benny was "to humor what Arthur Rubinstein is to music. His 'laugh-at-me' posture made him 'straight man for the whole world.'" Provincial centre start next month Construction of a million Alberta government service centre building in downtown Lethbridge is to begin in about a month for completion late in 1976. The three wings of the building will vary in height from one to three storeys and provide square feet of space for the local and regional offices of 14 provin- cial government departments. The centre, designed to har- monize with the new" Lethbridge Centre shopping Gold price hits record LONDON (CP) The price of gold was set at a new London high of ?195 an ounce this afternoon, 50 cents higher than its morning fixing level. Today we have in the Cup of Milk Fund. Our goal was The Cup of Milk is The starving children of Bangladesh will benefit from our readers' generosity this Christmas. Are we pleased? You better believe it! And Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova and the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada will be delighted. The number of donors in today's mail is so great, and the list will be so long, that The Herald will publish it in Saturday's edition. Today's contributions total about Dec. 24 contributions, (the list on Page 2 brought the total to so we now have in the fund. We attempted to make known the desperate plight of the starving children in Bangladesh. Our warm- hearted readers got the message and took it from there. We knew our readers would help Bangladesh look to the future. It is a grim story. But the readers of this newspaper want the truth. The truth about Bangladesh is a report of devastation, floods, disease and full-scale famine. No human misery could be greater. Miracles are still possible. Four cents pays for a cup of milk for a hungry child in Bangladesh. A gift of is enough for a midwifery course for a selected candidate at the School of Medicine of Dacca University, Bangladesh. It takes to equip a first aid room at the crowded Women's Residence, Dacca University, Bangladesh. Yes, modern miracles are possible You should know. You just worked one. The USC has a commitment to ship five carloads pounds) of skim milk powder before June 30, 1975. One carload costs Many thanks to our readers. Your response is magnificent The Uthbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1974 15 Cents Cholera may follow tragic Darwin storm DEAR SANTA IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Bonneville County authorities said Thursday they have one letter to Santa Claus they wouldn't pass along to the North Pole even if it weren't too late. Sheriff Blaine Skinner said the letter was from in- mates of the jail asking for "two-hacksaws, four 12- gauge shotguns, four .38 calibre pistols, one cutting torch and eight horses with saddles and two more horses with sidesaddles." The sheriff said it was found Christmas Day written on the inside cover of a paperback book read by some of the inmates. DARWIN, Australia (AP) Relief officials warned to- day that "hundreds of lives" might still be lost in cholera or tetanus epidemics in the wake of the cyclone that devastated Darwin. Forty-five persons were known to have died in the four- hour storm that roared out of the Timor Sea before dawn on Christmas Day. A police spokesman said he did not ex- pect this figure to increase much, but another official said the possibility of a cholera or tetanus outbreak was a grave problem. Emergency inoculation centres were set up in Australia's chief northern city. Water contaminated by rup- tured sewage lines was the chief immediate threat. Thou- sands caught rain water in pots and pans or crowded into school buildings for emergency rations from the small stocks brought in by relief planes. Medical authorities warned that all water must be boiled before being drunk. Latrine trenches were dug. Tetanus was feared because many of the city's peo- ple were cut by flying glass and debris as Cyclone Tracy's 120-mile winds tore their homes apart. Most houses in the city and rural areas immediately around it were wrecked. An emergency centre official said at least per- than double the previous have to be moved to other cities until Darwin was rebuilt. But a police spokesman said makeshift temporary accommodations were adequate for the moment, and there was no panic. Officials estimated the damage at more than million but said it was probably much higher. had four traffic three drownings snowmobile mis- complex now under construc- tion to the north of its site, will not only provide a more convenient service to Southern Albertans by placing all provincial services under one roof but also add a central government library. Several conference rooms and a cafeteria will be constructed within the building to serve both govern- ment employees and the public. In announcing today that construction is to begin in late January or early February, director of design and construction for provincial department of public works J. F. Hunt says the department may obtain some form of management contract for the project. Such a move depends direct- ly on the results of a survey of the construction climate being taken in the city, he adds. No Herald Wednesday The Herald will not publish Wednesday, Jan. 1. Advertisements for Thurs- day, Jan. 2, must be received by a.m. Saturday. Classified advertisements received by 11.30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, will appear Thursday, Jan. 2. Seen and heard About town Lawyer Doug Maxwell seen with a "Weird Man" comic book in his back pocket in Lethbridge provincial court.. Teenager Leroy Rasmussen sneaking out of his relative ridden home to avoid doing the breakfast dishes, only to find himself washing dishes at his aunt's home following a mooched breakfast there. 39 killed during holidays By THE CANADIAN PRESS Thirty-nine persons died accidentally in Canada during the Christmas holiday period, six of them in snowmobile mishaps. A survey by The Canadian Press from 6 p.m. local times Tuesday to midnight Thurs- day night showed 25 persons died in traffic accidents, three drowned, five died in fires and six were killed in snowmobile accidents. Forty-six persons died in the Dec. 24-26 period last year. With the addition of five traffic deaths earlier in the week, the unofficial traffic toll in Canada this year is Quebec fatalities, and four haps. Nine died on the roads in Ontario and one in a snow- mobile accident. There were four fire victims in the province, including three Oshawa, Ont., children who died in a fire Chrismas Eve. British Columbia reported seven road deaths and Sas- katchewan one. Nova Scotia and New Bruns- wick each had two traffic deaths There was one fire fatality in Nova Scotia and a snow- mobile death in Alberta. Oil break clean-up FORT McMURRAY, Alta. (CP) Recovery operations by Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (GCOS) were in full sw- ing today after a 16-inch pipeline ruptured and barrels of oil spilled into the House River, 164 miles north of Edmonton. The break near Crow Creek was discovered early Thurs- day by monitoring equipment at the plant, 266 miles north of Edmonton and the line was shut down. That trapped feeling Snow-barricaded streets such as the one that trapped this vehicle at 8th Avenue and 11th Street S. over the holidays are now passable, according to city public works personnel. However, almost all the snow that fell and drifted on residential streets during the storm last weekend will remain there at least until Monday. Only a few snow removal vehicles were in motion on major arteries during the holiday break. A few sanding trucks were activated today to ease the icy conditions on the heavy-traffic streets and intersections. Even when the regular two-shift opera- tion of the city's snow-removal equipment tackles the snow-laden streets, most residential streets are not likely to be cleared until the next Chinook. Depart- ment personnel expect the clearing of main streets and avenues will keep them busy until the warm weather hits. Irish exodus now a flood BELFAST (AP) Every month, about persons in North Ireland pack up and head for safe lands, far away from the conflict that has rag- ed here for nearly years. The exodus began with a ARCHITECT'S DRAWING OF PLANNED PROVINCIAL CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDQf trickle when communal feuding broke out in 1969. Now, government officials say, it's a flood and getting worse The reason for the increase in emigration lies in a growing disillusionment among Ulster's 1.5 million who have seen British governments and local politicians fail repeatedly to end feuding between Roman Catholics and Protestants. Many express fear that the bloodletting that has taken about lives will get worse. The registrar-general's of- fice reported that per- sons left Northern Ireland in the year ending last June, an all-time high. Statistics from Commonwealth immigration offices here indicate the figure for 1974 will DC even higher. Canadian immigration authorities said that Ulstermen emigrated to 'What do you mean? You 'orgot my present1' Canada in the first nine months of this year, more than the total for all of 1973. Inside 36 Pages Classified.......26-29 Comics............11 Comment......... 4 19-21 Markets...........32 Sports...........14-17 Theatres.........13 Travel............. 6 Weather............3 At Home.........33 LOW TONIGHT 15; HIGH SAT. 35; CLOUDY, COOL.