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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Court denies property rights Farm wife discusses plight By JEAN SHARP TORONTO (CP) -Circum- stances have turned a slender, quiet-spoken farm wife into a crusader for women's rights. Helen Rathwell said in an interview that she agreed to appear at a panel on property .law Monday and will be on a CBC broadcast Friday to discuss her plight in the hope she can help other women. "The way I feel about it, if it will help anybody at all, I will do it. I have daughter and I'll probably have granddaughters, and it will affect them." A court has denied Mrs. Rathwell half interest in the farm in the Timpkins district of Saskatchewan that she worked on during 24 years of marriage. Mrs. Rathwell says she sup- plied the down payment for the first half section she and her husband, Lloyd, bought in 1944. From then until when she left, she says she worked outdoors as well as in the house, contributing to the farm. She says she has been told the decision might have been different if she had held a job. MRS. C. M. CRANSTOUN Executive installed by IODE The Dr. F. H. Mewburn QBE Chapter of the IODE recently marked its 44th year of operation in Alberta and locally held an election of officers for the 1974 term. Returned as regent for her second term of office was Mrs. C. M. Cranstoun, with Mrs. L. G. Steele as first vice- regent and Mrs. D. W. G. Sutherland as second vice- regent. Secretary is Mrs. E. V. Langford and Dorothy Church was named as treasurer. Counsellors named include Mrs. A. P. Baines as 'head counsellor, assisted by Lila McKenzie, Helen Owen, Maxine McNeely and Lillian Tenney. The Dr. Mewburn Chapter has a membership of 43 active and three honorary members and spent 282 volunteer hours of work for Red Cross blood donor clinics; as well as assisting with the heart fund and poppy day drive. Included in the educational services this year was a creative writing project which encouraged children in Grades 1 thru 6 to produce stories. The best were printed in booklet form and copies placed in school libraries. "I feel that a woman's job is in the home, with her children. How can you work outside the home when you haye small She says she will appeal the decision, handed down by Mr. Justice Disbery of Queen's Bench Court in Swift Current. Mr. Justice Disbery found no agreement between the Rath- wells as to her having "any proprietary interest" in the land purchase. Mrs. Rathwell says she has borrowed the money to carry the legal fight to a higher court. "A farm woman can keep a business running. A farmer's wife is really his partner." Mrs. Rathwell says her hus- band spoke as if he recognized their partnership. "The judge says there was no written agreement, no con- tract." She says she and her lawyers assumed she had a case, in spite of the federal Supreme Court ruling against Irene Murdoch, an Alberta farm woman in a similar situation. There is no divorce involved in the Murdoch case. "I didn't really think her case applied, that they would use it." Mrs. Rathwell now works as a clerk in a hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle. Mr. Rathwell lives in Kelowna, B.C. Their son is renting the farm, valued in Mrs. Rathwell's statement of claim at between and She says she wants half of it, and would work it with her son. Mrs. Rathwell says from 1968 until February of this year, she got a month support payment from her husband. "You just try to raise three teen-age daughters on that. I worked. I clerked in a store for an hour." The payment has been raised in a separate court action to a month. Their divorce is expected to be final in two months. Mrs. Rathwell says she has had letters of moral support from men, from women and from women's groups from every province. She also has been asked to make other public appearances. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: What can I do about a man 74 years old keeps abusing me verbally and calling me unprintable names because he is now imagining things I did when I was a young girl? We have been married for more than 50 years. There is absolutely, no truth to his filthy accusations. I am a respectable person who deserves a little dignity and peace of mind in the evening of my life. My husband was a notorious skirt-chaser in his younger years. Could this have something to do with it? I am at a loss to understand why he insists on going into these rages. His mind is perfectly, fine otherwise. These name- calling episodes are the only symptoms that he is not ail there. Please advise. Wash., D.C. Dear Wash.: Sounds as if the ex-skirt-chaser's conscience might be bothering him and he is conveniently transferring his guilt to you. Tune him out as you would a bit of nonsense on the radio or TV. Don't attempt to defend yourself or waste energy on denials. Accept the fact that in this one particular area he is bananas. Dear Ann Landers: I am a faithful reader and I agree that people should get professional help when they feel they aren't able to cope. But don't you realize that most people can't afford it? I am the mother of five children. I know I need to see a psychiatrist, but I keep bumping along, doing the best I can because there's no money for "professional help." Millions of others are in the same situation. I hope you believe me because this is the way it is in the real world. Jersey Shore Dear Jersey: I receive thousands of letters every week from "the real world" and I do believe you. But I am baffled that a reader who describes herself as a "faithful reader" would not know that I have addressed myself to this very problem dozens of times. Here is the CLEARANCE SALE ON BESTLINE PRODUCTS OF CANADA ZTUL PURPOSE CLEANER O75 ..............NOW alb 8H-7 HAIR SHAMPOO 485 I LIQUID FLOOR WAX 485 I UiMKY COMPOUND C20 10 Ib. Rao, W AUTO SHAMPOO 450 ............NOW I CARPET SHAMPOO O20 iqt Rag. am All Products Are In Limited Quantity For Froa Dalhrary Phona 320-S400, 4 p.m. to p.m. TORONTO (CP) Two Toronto cancer researchers have found and photographed what they suspect to be a human leukemia virus. Dr.W.M.MakandDr.A.F. Howatson of the Ontario Cancer Institute reported their work to the Toronto Biochemical and Biophysical Society Saturday. They showed photographs taken under an electron microscope of particles found in cells taken from leukemia sufferers. The photos are the clearest yet taken of such suspected virus particles, showing structures characteristic of known animal leukemia- causing viruses, they said. The two researchers stressed that they still lack the final proof of a human leukemia virus. They now are trying to find out if the particles they discovered are biologically active and can transform normal cells into leukemia cells. SAY JiOft INFECTIOUS Dr. Mak and Dr. Howatson also said that even .if leukemia is found to be caused by a virus it will not be an infectious disease like measles or polio. The leukemia virus in animals gets inside the nucleus of the cell and behaves like a gene. The two researchers said two centeries of stady have produced no evidence that the disease can be passed from one patient to another. In reporting their work, the Toronto researchers said they used the work of U.S. scientists as a starting point U.S. medical investigators' had discovered a special enzyme that was believed to be characteristic of a tumor virus. The Canadians believe the major significance of their findings is that it provides researchers with "preparations of virus-like particles of human teukemk origin in relatively pare form." answer AGAIN. There are many places a person with limited (or no) financial resources can go for professional help. For the names of these places closest to your home, write to the National Institute of Mental Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. There are hundreds of County and State Mental Health Associations eager to help. Look in the phone book. Also look for Recovery, Inc., The Family Service Association, and The Catholic Charities. Good luck and get going. Don't get burned by a "line" that's too hot to handle. Play it cool with Ann Landers's guide to "Necking and Petting What Are the Send your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, Illinois 60654, enclosing 50f in coin and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope. 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