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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, February 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 35 million novel 'family history' By ERIC PACE New York Times Service NEW YORK tittle, Brown, the Boston publishing house, has contracted to pay Norman Mailer million for rights to his next novel, publishing sources said this week. The reported sum is the highest known pre-publication payment agreed to for a single unfinished work of fiction, several publishing executives said here. Roger W Straus, Jr, the president of Farrar, Straus Giroux, said, "It's crazy, No comment was immediately forthcoming from Mailer, who was understood to be motoring in Massachusetts. A senor editor at Little Brown, Lamed G. Bradford, said, "I don't want to tell anything about the contract." And Mailer's literary agent, Scott Meredith, said "it would not be in my client's best interest to discuss the details at this time." But it was understood that agreement on final provisions of the arrangement was reached last week, although the main contract was signed last November. Technically, the million sum, to be paid in installments, is a minimum guarantee against future earnings from the long, untitled work. As planned now, the book is built around a series of portagonists who are descended from one another. "A family from ancient history to future it was said, with the ending aboard a spaceship The parts that Mailer has already written are said to be set in ancient times and in modern New York. Mailer has been working on the book in various places, it was understood, and he plans now to retire from public life to devote himself exclusively to the novel for the next few years Accordingly, the publishing sources said, Mailer wants to forestall the temptation to delay, for instance, by doing magazine articles and other lesser projects along the way while at the same time he wants to ensure a fairly steady influx of cash. The high amount he reportedly is to be paid reflects a publishing-world trend in recent years toward spectacular payments to star novelists at the expense of beginners and lesser-known writers, who are relatively neglected by the industry. But large sums have become commonplace to Mailer, the author of such novels as "The Naked and the who is the country's most publicized literary lion. His annual income is understood to have been at least about for the last five years and his earnings from his recent biography of Marilyn Monroe, are expected to amount to more than all told. Mailer has already written almost words of the forthcoming novel, one publishing figure reported. Electric power restored for residents of Jasper JASPER, Alta. (CP) Power has been restored to this resort community of about following a lengthy power shortage caused by a Police seek 'maniac9 ALDERSHOT (AP) Police have launched a manhunt for a "maniac" who snatched a seven-month-old baby boy in the street then battered him to death and hurled his body over a fence. A detective told reporters: "It's as though the killer had a grudge against the poor little chap. We must find this ma- niac." The baby's body was found an hour later near a rail track 500 yards from the shop. fire Wednesday at the town power plant. A spokesman for Alberta Power Limited said power was restored to residential and business areas shortly after noon Thursday. By early evening, power was extended to outlying areas, including the Jasper Park Lodge and the Marmot Basin ski area. The spokesman said full power will be available for weekend skiing at the Rocky Mountain resort. Mobile equipment brought by truck, rail and aircraft to this community about 230 miles west of Edmonton was used to restore the power. ONE UNIT SAVED One unit at the destroyed plant was saved and it was joined with others from McBride and Valemont, B.C., two from Hay River, N.W.T., and one from Edmonton. In addition, two units were flown from Rainbow Lake in northern Alberta to the Cana- dian Forces base at Namao on Edmonton's northern outskirts and carried to Jasper by truck. Long-range plans to rebuild permanent facilities ate being considered, the spokesman said. Consideration would be given to linking Jasper with the provincial power grid. Temperatures dropped to about 15 degrees overnight and residential areas were supplied with power on a rotating basis. The hospital and three downtown buildings received power steadily from a 600- kilowatt generator The fire developed when a hose from a tanker truck un- loading fuel sprang a leak. The fuel spread to the generators and was ignited. Waiting for the food giveaway This was the scene in the Hunter's Point sec- tion of San Francisco Friday as people lined up, waiting for the start of the giveaway food pro- gram set up at the instruction of Randolph Hearst in an attempt to get the freedom of his kidnapped daughter Patricia. Herbicide damage in Vietnam may take 100 years to heal By JOHN W. FINNEY New York Times Service WASHINGTON The American use of chemical herbicides in the Vietnamese war caused wounds "to the ecology of South Vietnam that may take at least a century to heal, the national academy of sciences has concluded. The herbicides, according to an academy study, caused "serious and extensive damage" to the inland tropical forests and destroyed 36 per cent of the Mangrove Forests along the South Vietnamese coast. In addition, the report said that there were indications that the herbicides, when used for the destruction of crops, caused deaths among children of the Montagnard tribes in the hills of western South Vietnam. These conclusions were contained in an academy report to the defense department that is to be submitted to Congress within the next few days. The report is scheduled to be made public next week by the senate armed services committee. However, the contents of the voluminous study were summarized for the New York Times by members of the academy, a prestigious scientific group that often serves as an arbiter for the government in matters of scientific controversy. The study was ordered by Congress in 1970 at a time of controversy over the ecological impact of the extensive use of herbicides in the Vietnamese war. At that time, the military was defending the use of herbicides the first time that such chemical agents had been used so extensively in warfare against rising complaints from the scientific community that this new form of chemical warfare was causing long term destruction to the ecology of South Vietnam. Between 1961 and 1971, the United States dropped more than 100 million pounds of herbicides or about six pounds for every inhabitant on South Vietnam. More than 5.7 million acres or about one seventh of South Vietnam's total land mass was sprayed with the chemical agents, which generally were far more potent than the herbicides commonly used for agricultural purposes. The herbicides were used, in large measure, to strip away tree foliage in areas that provided a natural source of concealment for North Vietnamese or Vietcong .troops. However, the herbicides were also used for the destruction of crops, particularly in the highland area of western South Vietnam. Aside from the ecological impact, the study concluded that the use of the herbicides has an adverse psychological effect in turning Vietnamese opinion against the United States. Symbolically, the report said, the herbicides came to be regarded as "an American assault on the Vietnamese land and people." Specialists in all types off ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our Guarantee ENGINES CYLINDER HEADS CRANKSHAFTS WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 Group wants million ceiling on Games spending EDMONTON (CP) The Edmonton Taxpayers' Association, the group that forced a plebiscite on the city's snare of costs for the 1978 commonwealth games, wants the total cost of facilities not to exceed flO million. And the city's one-third share of the capital costs, the association says, should be raised by methods other than property taxation. The association, at a COMING SALES EGLAND AUCTIONS WEDNESDAY, March 13th p.m. CHARITY SALE CARMANGAY SCHOOL THURSDAY, March 21st TUESDAY, March 26th MARVIN DEBOER FARM SALE BARONS THURSDAY, March 28th ANDERSON BROS. FARM SALE DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED NORM TENNESON FARM SALE ENCHANT Other Mies now being listed. Octet etc. to be announced. UST YOlffl FARM SALE EMUY FOR CHOKE MTES CALL TODAY ALAN EGLAND DEANOSEEN Phone 643-2109 phone 739-2195 Carmsngay Turin Uc. 010101 UC.010WS meeting this week, passed a resolution calling for these measures and also asking that the facilities be designed for amateur sports. An amateur sports centre and a stadium with a maximum seating capacity of permanent seats should be built, the association said, instead of the planned stadium estimated to cost million that would later be used for professional sports. The amateur sports centre and stadium proposal should be on the March 20 plebiscite to give voters a choice, the association said. Voters will be asked in the plebiscite to approve city council giving second reading to a bylaw authorizing the borrowing of million as the city's share of the million games expenditure. Eric Reilly, president of the association and the city's most outspoken opponent of the cost, reiterated past statements that the association wants the games, but at a reduced cost. Representatives from the local sports committee, speaking at the meeting, told the association about the need for new athletic facilities. Although the city is only paying one-third of the cost, all facilities will be turned over to it after the games. Ouch! Explorer Scout John S. Jordan, left, of Oaklyn, N J., presents President Nixon with a box of medals representing the Scout oath, law and slogan this week as a group representing the Boy Scouts of America make their 1974 report to the nation at the White House. The top of the box inadvertently closes on the president's Jhumb as he accepts the gift, with the resulting expression. Sears Presents Sight and Sound 74 FASHION SHOW Commemorating The Alberta RCMP Centennial Mon., Mar. 11 8p.m. YATES MEMORIAL CENTRE Music by Frankly Brothers SEARS JUNIOR BAZAAR Adults Students Fashions Modeled By: SEARS FASHION COUNCIL SCARLET and GOLD (RCHPWrro) Proceeds To Tin Sunrise Ranch al you gel the fmesi guarantee satisfaction or money refunded and free Simpsons-Sears Lid. STORE HOURS Open Daily from 9-30 a.m to 5.30 pm Ttiurs and Fn 9-30 am to 900 pm Centre Village Mall, Telephone 328-9231 ;