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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-07,Lethbridge, Alberta aO-THE LtTHSfllDQt HERALD — Mondiy. Januwy 7. 1S74 African farmers pray for fashion changes OUDTSHOORN, South Africa (R«ut«r) — Fum^ around thia iun>scarched South African town don't cast tbeir eyes to the sky and pray for rain. They look to Western Europe and pray for a change in women’s fashions. For Oudtshoorn is the centre of the world’s largest ostrich • fanning industry, and A revival of the feathery fashions popular in the West before the First World War would be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to local breeders. THE BETTER HALF As it is, the Oudtshoora area now produces some 120,000 pounds of feathers a year from the 60,000 birds herded like cattle on 170 ostrich farms dotted around the arid countryside. With top • quality plumes bringing as much as $117 for 2.2 pounds, the feather industry is a muUi-milUon-dollar concern and since ostriches flourish in a dry. sun* drenched climate, heavy rainfall is the last thing the breeders want. ~ It is not only the feathers By Barnes "When I osked the boss for o roise, all he did was play back o tope of whot 1 said about him at the Christmas party." House ^missing'’ SPRINGVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jam^ Hughes reported the vacation house he was building was missing. Authorities found the remains of it in the town dump. "We found what’s left of it, which isn’t much,” Sheriffs Deputy Frank Wittich said last week. “Just a few old pipes and ends of boards. AU the fixtures are gone and what with the fuel shortage, most of the good timber went pretty fast." Hughes, who lives in Lancaster, near Los Angeles, drove to this community of 1,000 persons in the Sierra Ne* vada foothills to work on the home. He found it missing, along with numerous pipes and beams he had stockpiled nearby. Wittich said neighbors reported having seen workmen methodically dismantle the house two weeks earlier. “We haven’t found out how it happened yet, but it looks like some kind of mistake— someone contracted out to have a house demolished and they got the wrong one. And now no one wants to admit it. ” that the farmers sell: The birds’ flesh is turned into “biltong,” a South African dried meat delicacy, while the skins provide fine leatlier for shoes and handbags. The intestines and blood are used in cattle feed and surplus eggs — 24 tmies the volume of chicken eggs and strong enough to stand on — are sold U) bakeries. GRUESOME KEEPSAKES In addition, ostrich feet are turned into lamps and cigarette lighters, to be sold as gruesome souvenirs to the thousands of tourists who flock to Oudtshoorn each year. Taking all this into account, the local breeders’ association estimates that a'lully grown bird—and some stand nearly nine feet high—is worth about fl35. But this is a far cry from the boom days of the industry at the start of the century when feathers ranked after South Afncan gold, diamonds and wool in export value. Those halcyon times began in the last quarter of the 19th century. By 1880, the ostrich industiy was reaping greater profits than any other type of South African farming. The boom grew until the pesJt year of 1913 when 1,023,000 pounds of feathers were escported, worth the quivalent today of Ï257 million. But then came the First World War, and stern, utilitarian fashions took the place of self-indulgent fineiy. SELL AROUND WORLD The Oudtshoorn industry collapsed as spectacularly as it had arisen and remained depressed for many years. A slow recovery came gradually, until now the industry is firmly established and feathers are sold all over the world, primarily to the U.S., Japan and Australia. The ostriches, which once roamed wild over the rugged landscape and were hunted down for their meat and feathers — a somewhat dangerous activity since a kick from one of the creatures can easily kill a man — now graze behind barbed wire and are slauf^tered in the local abattoir, capable of processing 2,000 birds a month. Jewelry saves lives I Mary Ann Scherr (left) associate professor of jewelry and metals at Kent State University, designs jewelry, with technical assistance from electronics engineers, that monitors vital body signs. The silver pendant worn by an unidentified model. (right) IS an air pollution monitor which warns of danger-laden air and is equipped with a face mask and 10-minute supply of oxygen. I Silver pendant monitors air pollution Jewelry designed to save lives MIAMI (AP) - Mary Ann Scherr designs jewelry to save lives. Her silver pendant, for sufferers from respiratory ailments, monitors air pollution and comes equipped with a face mask and lO-minute emergency oxygen supply. A fiiigreed bracelet contains tiny sensors to keep track of the heart beat of coronary patients. A small light blinks in time with the wearer’s pulse and a warning buzzer goes off if there is ft rapid change in beat rate. TOe bracelet even has a compartment for storing medicines. M». Scheer, S2, is an associate professor of jewelry and metals at Ohio’s Kent State University who has some of her work on display at a Miami art gallery. She calls her designs body-monitoring jewelry. "If we can monitor astronauts hundreds of thousands of miles away from earth, why can’t we monitor ourselves?” Mrs. Scherr said Thursday. Mrs. Scherr started her careeer designing cars for the Ford Motor Co. She also has worked as a technical illustrator, a navy char-tography director, sculptor and designer of children's toys, games and furniture. She developed her ewelry designs with c<H>peration rom electronics engineers. WANTED TO HELP “I had been designing jewelry for ages and then got the idea that it could actually help people, rather than be just decorative, she said. “I know heart patients who are scared to death half the time because they can’t tell whether they are sick or well.”    " Mrs. Scherr says she is working on a necklace which would monitor heart beats and print out readings in color. She said she is negotfating to have the body-monitoring designs manufactured commercially and estimated the transistorized bracelet and pendant would cost between f300 and each. The bracelet is about four inches wide, the pendant about the size of an address book. The Jewelry is a good idea, says Dr. Eugene Nagel, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Miami Medical School and thephysi* cian m charge of training Miami’s rescue squad. “A monitoring bracelet might warn them (heart patients) to pick up the phone and tell their doctor about their condition," he said. itTHE FUTURE IS NOW ff INTERNATIONAL BIG BROTHER’S WEEKJANUARY 6-12,1974BE A BIG BROTHER A BOY NEEDS YOUl 500 Boys in Lethbridge and District Need a Friend NOWJOIN BIG BROTHER’S ASSOCIATION (Lethbridge and District) New Members Urgently Needed - BOTH MEN AND WOMENCome to th* Public MMling — January 9th at 8:30 p.m. IN THE RED CROSS BUILDING (7th AT*mM and 12th St. South) And Hear John Gogo — Once a Little Brother FOR MORE INFORMATION PHONE 327-1700 or Write P.O. Box 844, LethbridgeTHIS ADVERTISEMENT IN ASSISTANCE OF BIG BROTHER WEEK SPONSORED BY:•    Anglo Dltlrlbutort • Automatic Eloctric • Collogo Morcury • Canadian Woatarn Natural Gat • Hurlburt Auction • Svon Erickson’s Rastaurant•    Packard Madlcal Suppllaa • PahuIJa Construction • Stubbs Pharmacy • Vallay Faadors • Tho Lathbridga Harald • Art Williams Aganclos•    Contra Villago Mall Morchants Association • MacloocTs Family Shopping Contra * Eaton’s Lothbrldgo * Zollors County Fair • TImo Airways V, RRC ;