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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesday, February 28, 1973 Keep 'em coming Amputations Association employee Read Wilson empties a day's mail of more than 100 keys at the association's headquarters in Toronto. Now that Ontario has joined the list of Canadian provinces with multi-year pjates the association expects its key-tag service to be busier than ever. Some of the revenue from the service is distributed to 19 War Amps branches across Canada. Balloon overdue on dust collection By GLENNIS ZILM OTTAWA (CP) - A joint Canada-United States project to collect cosmic dust from the outer atmosphere has been carried away on the prevailing winds, but scientists still hope to get their dust-only now twice as much. The project to collect dust-s i z e micro-meteorites was launched Jan. 29 in Australia, using flve-storey-high funnels being towed below huge atmospheric balloons 65-feet in diameter. The balloons were to circle the globe from Australia over the tip of South Africa, then South America and eventually Wholesale food price index up OTTAWA (CP) - Pushed by higher food prices, the wholesale price index jumped 12.3 per cent in the 12 months ending in January, Statistics Canada reported yesterday. Vegetable products showed a wholesale price increase of 18.7 per cent during the year and animal products rose 16.6 per cent. The general index stood at 336.4 in January, up from 28.3 in December and 299.6 in January of 1972. The index is based on average prices in 1935-39 equalling 100. This means it cost $33.64 in January to buy what $10 bought at wholesale in the five-year period before the Wecond World War. What the $33.64 bought in January could be had for $32.83 in December and for $29.96 in the first month of 1972. The statistics bureau set the January vegetable products index at 288.4 compared with 280.7 in December and 242.9 at the start of 1972. Figures for the animal products index were 405.2 last month, 392.2 the previous month and 347.6 in January a year ago. There were higher prices in January for grains, potatoes, livestock and poultry feeds, sugar and tobacco, the bureau said. Prices rose for livestock, fresh and cured meats, fishery products and fresh milk. SINGER GIVES UP ' JUAZAEIRO DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) - Crooner Waldick Soriano has a song line that goes I'm not a dog. During an outdoor concert, a dog walked on stage wearing a sign that read I'm not Waldick Soriano, news reports said. Soriano was not amused, and insulted the audience. A brawl ensued and the singer fled to his hotel. be carried by prevailing winds on the 20,000-miile journey back over Australia-in 25 to 30 days. Romeo Wlochowicz, an astrophysics engineer at the National Research Council, Monday said the first balloon fooled all the experts and made its trip in 19 or 20 days. Ground tracking stations, not manned all the time, started looking for the U.S.-Canada balloon about the end of last week but found only the second and third balloons of the series. These balloons were carrying other U.S. and Australian experiments. "For a while we thought we fcad lost ours," Mr. Wlochowicz said in an interview. "Then we found it had travelled faster than we expected and it has been identified as passing over South Africa now." So scientists here and at Dudley Observatory in Albany, N.Y., hope they'll be able to recover the balloon on its second tour over Australia. The scientists need micro-meteorites from between 80,000 and 100,000 feet up so they are not contaminated by other earth particles, Mr. Wlochowicz said. NEED HUNDREDS The micro-meteorites, so small that hundreds could be placed on the head of a pin, could provide information about the formation of the earth and planets, he said. However, scientists need them sufficiently large to determine the chemical composition, which will give the information about their formation-and possibly that of comets, asteroids, gas clouds and even the sun and planets. Large enough is between 50 and 200 microns-about 1-25,000th of an inch, he said. They can be collected only in the outer atmosphere because they either burn up or become ccntaiminated as they get closer to earth. And it is difficult to obtain these by shooting rockets through the atmosphere because they get battered. Also they need to be collected over long periods of time to get enough. Mr. Wlochowicz said this balloon and sky-funnel method was designed to overcome these problems. The 50-foot funnel portion was designed by Dudley director Curtis Hemenway and Mr. Wlochowicz designed and built the eight-pound dust-bin at the bottom of the funnel which will trap the cosmic dust and be parachuted back to earth at the end of the orbits. "We'll be keeping a closer watch for it (the balloon) next time," he said. Due dale for dust collection from space now is about March 12-unless the prevailing winds slow down. Men's. Boys', Youths' RUBBER KNEE BOOTS Rugged, heavy duty, waterproof black rubber with red sole anil top trim. Located in Zeller's Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive. Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Telephone 328-8171 ;