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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 31, 1974 Ask Andy THE TOUCAN Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Carolyn Balog, age 12, of Lethbridge, Alta., Canada, for her question: What sort of bird is the toucan? His outlandish beak qualified him as one of the most remarkable members of the bird world. Every bird, of course, has a beak used to grasp things and to serve as knife and fork. The shape and size of the bill is designed to cope with the diet of the species, such as meat or seeds. But nobody can explain exactly why the talkative toucan has that gaudy, over- size beak. The toucan belongs to the leafy jungles of tropical America. Where there is one, there are sure to be more, for toucans are very sociable birds. There the gaudy fellows sit among the gaudy boughs, nibbling berries and carrying on noisy conversations. Their favorite work, naturally, sounds like tou can, tou can. However they also have larger vocabularies including kee you tedick tedeck tedeck which they yell at the tops of their voices. The largest of the 37 toucan species measures 24 inches, including his outlandish bill, which resembles a couple of painted bananas. In the smaller species, the bill is often as big as the rest of the bird. Most of them wear basic black plumage enhanced with vivid vests and brightly colored eye patches. All of them are intelligent and very- curious. When tamed they learn to repeat a few human words. When you look at a toucan, you feel sure that his enor- mous bill must be heavy and cumbersome. Not at all. The inside is made of porous material, riddled with hollow pockets. The remarkable bill is very light, however, it is by no means fragile. The outside is a thin shell of very sturdy material and the whole thing is quite manageable, at least to a toucan. Not too much is known about the family life of the average toucan. This is because the usually chatty female suddenly decides to become secretive. She hides her, two, three or four white eggs in a hollow tree. The parents take turns at in- cubating duties and the smaller species hatch in about 16 days. Some observers suspect that several females may share the same nest or, at least, the same hollow tree. The bay chicks are naked and blind and no, they do not have full size toucan bills. They develop more slowly than most bay birds and it is six or seven weeks before they grow any feathers. Their bills are somewhat larger than those of most chicks and reach the proper toucan size when the young birds become mature. atked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each distinct letter in this easy addition stands for a par- ticular but different digit. Almost at sight you should be able to decide what digits must be represented by the letters L, and U. Then get the complete CLUE. CLUE (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: Ruth 24 years, Ann 18. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1874 cnictgoTrlbuni North-South vulnerable. South deals. NORTH 9J42 1065 4AK642 WEST EAST 4Q1083 107 f98653 K 9 A 8 4 4QJ85 SOUTH VAKQ 4QJ732 41073 The bidding: South West North East 1 Pass 2 Pass 2 NT Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Four of 4. Point count bidding tends to emphasize the importance of the honor cards, and often low cards are shown in bridge diagrams simply as Vs. However, the difference between an eight and a nine, for instance, could be all important in the play of the hand. In this hand from a recent team match, one de- clarer was able to utilize his spot cards to best advantage to bring home a close game contract. After similar bidding se- quences, at both tables South became declarer at a contract of three no trump, and both Wests led their fourth-best spade, won by declarer's king. Since that left only one spade stopper, both declarers realized that they would not have time to develop the diamond suit. Any tricks needed for their contract would have to come .from clubs, for thev could afford to relinquish the lead unly once. The first declarer led a low club to the king and re- turned a club to the ten. Un fortunately. West still had a club stopper after winning the jack, so declarer ended up down two. The second declarer that it would make no dif- ference how he tackled thi1 clubs if the suit divided 3-2. After conceding a club trick, he would have two long clubs set up with the ace of spades still in dummy as an entry, if needed. He decided to look into the possibility of establishing the suit if it broke 4-1. A study of the spots in the cluh suit showed that there- was no way to bring in the suit with the loss of only one trick if either defender held a singleton honor-try it if you don't believe if East held four clubs headed by both the queen and jack. However, if West had four clubs headed by both miss- ing honors, there was a chance to hold the club losers to one, providing East's singleton was either tho eight or nine. Having worked this out, declarer led the ten of ciubs, intending to run it if West played low. However. West split his honors, and declarer was home free when East's nine dropped under the king. A ciuh to the seven was captured by West's eight, and the spade return was taken in dummy. Declarer came to his hand with a heart and led his remaining club. Dummy's A-6 were a tenace over West's Q-5, and the marked finesse allowed de- clarer to gather in three more club tricks for his contract. Your horoscope ly Jeam Dixon WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1 Your birthday today: Reconstruction is the keyword in your enterprises this active New Year. New resolutions are superfluous; you've set your pattern some time ago and can't change now. Relationships steadily deepen and you experience emotions you've never known before. Today's natives have the responsibility of administer- ing other people's funds, have impeccable, but rigid memories. ARIES (March 21-April Settle for available materials for your current career pro- jects. Review family arrangements and give them a fresh start. Travel alone and early to achieve desired results. TAURUS (April 20-May Short-term ventures seem promising, but watch facts and figures. Take the initiative socially. Don't take what seems to be news seriously. GEMINI (May 21-June Surprise visitors and social changes are likely. Your career moves must wait while you get people settled and satisfied. Keep your story and actions simple and direct. CANCER (June 21-July Unusual people enter your local scene and bring excite- ment and special opportunity. Real estate or housing problems need solutions; take advantage of familiar con- tacts. LEO (July 23-Aug. Pre- sent yourself with pride and self-assurance; pursue the plans you've made this mor- ning. No matter how low-key, social contact is the important route to follow today. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. You have no other choice but to put on a bold face and de- mand what you've earned. Don't sit around waiting for the perfect moment. Make full use of whatever is at hand. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. You can have a favor at a sub- tle price. Secrets of yours and others surface. Although you don't have the best of circum- stances, you do have time to begin reorganizing and plan- ning. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. You find at least one good ex- ample to inspire you. Extra meditation helps. Speak your mind and build closer contacts with those who are waiting for an answer. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. You're full of somewhat unrealistic ideas and ready to experiment, just like everyone else. Consider costs and get down to serious work as soon as the morning fog clears. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. You've got a lot going for you, including fresh earning opportunities. Take advice from technicians and old hands, but make up your own mind and resolutions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. There are several offers to choose from, but only one serious prospect available. Check your resources and probable expenses ahead. Protect relationships from impulsive moves. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Celebrate a quiet Year's Day with friends. Tne romantic side of your nature is visible, and you may as well recognize it as unrealistic. THURSDAY, JAN. 2 Your birthday today: You are more and more on your own as the year unfolds. A major move is in the works and appears during the last few months. Take precautions not to neglect people you will need later. Reaffirm recent health care resolutions. Today's natives stock their minds with details, have a knack for organizing information coherently. ARIES (March 21-April Morning should be slow- paced. Some speculation is in- dicated in later hours. Your routines unearth a few minor surprises; be prepared to im- provise and willing to ask for help. TAURUS (April 20-May Perk up your outlook. Plan for progressive enterprises and make a calculated ri .k while working toward well-defined goals. Cover your regular work efficiently. GEMINI (May 21-June Indirect channels are the only ones really open today; be prepared for delayed rewards. Sidelines clearly are useful. Let other people carry their share of concern. CANCER (June 21-July You have a break coming. You have a special interest in and possibly profit from old possessions. Gather friends and loved ones for a quiet evening once you've com- pleted your work. LEO (July 23-Aug. Be bright and prompt as you take initiative to get your year started in grand style. Ask that good question to find out exactly where you stand. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Balance your words and deeds and assert yourself. Leisure time is subject to changes and may be spent with relatively new acquaintances. Don't complain. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. You enjoy a victory over a rival by just being yourself and staying busy with routine work. Make sure you have all the proper papers for your property. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. If others lack your level of skill, do it alone. Travel takes you back to old times and issues from which you learn how to manage a current challenge. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Penny wise can well mean pound foolish Concentrate on what you must accomplish and don't waste time on side issues or needless travel. Do some serious study in later hours. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Make the most of today's beneficial influences. You meet unusual people or dis- cover something interesting through a friend. Sign deals once you're sure of details. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Review your budget before mailing final com- mitments on expensive journeys. Consider the details and alternatives. Temporary stress shouldn't lead you to end of long-time relationship. PISCES (Feb. 19-March You discover confidential information, but it isn't com- plete. Indulge the whims of loved ones and other close associates. Neighbors create some stir don't pay atten- tion. SHORT MBS Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Dec. 31, 1974 J857 Ottawa was chosen as the capital on Canada by Queen Victoria. 1879 Thomas Alva Edison first demonstrated the in- candescent electric lamp. 1890 The United States immigration depot at Ellis Island was opened. 1945 Bermuda removed a ban on private cars. Jan. 1, 1975 1502 Rio de Janeiro dis- covered and named. 1801 Napoleon's colonial army surrendered at Haiti to the rebels. 1833 Newfoundland, then with a population of about got its first represen- tative assembly. 1915 Sir Robert Borden authorized doubling of the Canadian expeditionary force to from 1942 Curtailment of Cana- dian car production was an- nounced in the Second World War. KEEPS ORDER Bailiff is a court attendant whose duties are to keep order in the courtroom and to have custody of the jury. DRINKING FROM FOUNTAIN OF Hi AND LOIS YEAH, WORKING ON THAT CAR REALLY WAKES HIM IT KEEPS A PERSON TO HAVE SOME REASON TO JUMP OUT OF BED IN THEMORNINS. SEE YOU LATER. BUGS BUNNY WHAT'S AIUIN' YEK ABOUT THE MOOCHIN' I THOUGHT THAT PARTAKING OF SOME FOOD MIGHT CHEER. HIM BLONDIE WE'LL BE LATE TO THE PARTY DAGWOOD BUMSTEAU YOU KNOW IT TAKES WOMEN LONGER TO GET READV THAN v v PLEASE, PLEASE -WHY DON'T YOU START SOONER? OH, DAGWOOD, YOU TAKE ALL' THE RJN OUT OF BEING LATE ARCHIE OH, DEAR.' I ASKED FOR A SUGAR TWO SPOONS j IS SO OF SUGAR EXPENSIVE WHAT DID YOU I'VE BEEN PUT IN MY BUYING IT COFFEE IN SMALL PACKAGES.' NO WONDER TH E DINNER TASTED SOMEONE GOT IT MIXED WITH SALT AND YOU D BETTER NOT EAT THE BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING... ...UNTIL X CHECK THE MUSTARD HAGAR THE HORRIBLE MO. YOU CAN LJ5E TViEM AND ARE OKAY; i BUT "rbu CAN ONLY TWEM OVER BEETLE BAILEY PUT JUST ONE CUP OF 9lAC< COFFEE, vVOPP Of- THE CHOW AT 1O DOWN ANP COME MERE A LI'L ABNER EVER Be FREE OF THE LIM6ERING MEMORY OF THIS "50IL- ENRlCHER" NAMELY THE I ANT-BRAINED THOUGH HE HE 5TOMBLE ON THE TRUTH ?J-T TUMBLEWEEDS WHAT ARE YOU AUNT HIL-PEGARP? THE 000KS, PEARIE AT THE ENP OF THE YEAR I GO THROUGH MY PIARY ANP TAU-Y UP HOW MANY TIMES I PROFDSEP 10 HIM, ANP HOW MANY TIMES HETURNEPMEPOWN. IN HOPES THEY PON'T PAl-ANCE ;