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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-10,Lethbridge, Alberta 22-THE LeTHiHlDOE HIBALD-Thuftday. Jmuwy 10,1W Ask Andy BANANA SEEDS Andy sends a c«nq)l«te 20> voluiD« set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Joey Biernacki, age 10, ot Niagara Falls, Ontario, for his question; Do bawui have leedi? Yes, a banana may have a few seeds. But they don’t look like much and they don’t amount to anything at all. When you plant seeds from other plants, most of them sprout a new generation of plants that look like their parents. But not the banana, its few dusty Uttle seeds are useless, quite useless. If you plant them and pamper them, even in the best banana type soil, they do nothing at all. By and by, they decay and their goodness is used to nourish other plante. ^ ^ You may not notice the dusty iitUe seeds inside a creamy colored banana — and not every banana has them. Actually they are not meant to sprout new banana trees. The new generation sprouts up from the old roots. The roots of a banana plant are called its rootstock because they do not behave quite like ordinary roots. True, the rootstock soaks up moisture and nourishment from the soil, just below the surface. But it looks like a tangle of thick stems — and, like stems, it sprouts new greenery above the ^und. The banana is classed as a herb because there Is no woody material in its tall stem. After the harvest, the greenery dies down and a new top sprouts up from the old rootstock. This starts as a slender green spike that soon shoots up 14 feet tall, or higher. Actually the shoot is a tight roll of huge leaf stems. The stalk begins to look like a slender trunk and when it gets to the right height, the leaves open like a huge green umbrella. Some of the shady leaves are two feet wide and 12 feet long — and the whole thing looks somewhat like a han^ome palm tree. Now it is time to prepare for the harvest. A thin little stalk sprouts from up there in the leafy green umbrella. It Is dotted with bumpy buds and soon it starts to sag downward. In time, the buds become clusters of yellow blossoms. The peUls fall, leaving rings of mini-banaMS clustered around the dangling stem. Soon these stubby little fingers turn their tips up toward the sky. In this position, they grow to full banana size — and the big clusters are harvested before the fruit turns yellow. When the harvest has gone to market, the tall stem and its leafy umbrella wither down to the ground. If nobody bothers it, a new plant will grow and produce a new harvest about 18 monttai Uter. The M rootstock cw be dug up and transplanted to a a«« home. It also can be aeparated into secUons. If each section of rootstock is planted and tended in suitable soil, it becomes a whole new plant. So when growers want to multiply their banana plants, they forget about seeds because there are none vrorth having. They simply break up an old rootstock and plant the |deces to get more banana plants. Bananas are very fussy about where they live. They originated in warm wet parts of tropical Asia and they refuse to grow in any other sort of climate. Most of the bananas we eat in Canada and the United States are shi[^ from the West Indies, Brazil and Mexico and other warm moist regions of South and Central America. QiiMtiona MiMd by child* ran of HmM nadw« shouM be nwiM to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 7«». Huntington Bnch, CalHomla 92M«. {CepyrigM Chronlcl* PtiMMilng Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER It’s oil and energy now, but it may be water before so long. Each letter stands for a different digit. What is SCARCE? WATER WATER 1 S FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Your birthday today: Introduces a two-year run of healthy growth, maturing processes, broader personal responsibilities, and probably rising earnings to match. Relationships run much stronger, require increasing attmtion and time, so that daily living gets to be somewhat like a kaleidoscope experience. Today’s natives have an abiding curiosity about other people, but generally make very little use of what they learn. ARIES (March Îl-Aprill»): Pending affairs need rechecking, further details filled in. Recent secrets spill out in the course of evening discussions, so casually. TAURUS (ApriUO-May M) : Gentle persuasion comes natural today. You may even be described as charming. You shouldn’t spoil your effectiveness with too many auesUons. GEMINI (May H-June 20): Revisions of household arrangements are likely, much easier to achieve than usual. Have a care lest some hasty word is misunderstood. CANCER (June 21-Jnly 28): Busy yourself with those tasks you’ve been putting off as inconvenient. Short trips, errands are strongly favored, apt to bring beneficial extras. LEO (July Ï3-Aug. Î2); Postpone lengthy journeys; concentrate on moving the heavy chores near at home today. Special effort to collect anything owed you and overdue is indicated. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 28): A prime weekend of personal opportunity shapes up. Close out your work as quickly as conditions permit, without comment, smd move on to JBRA (Sn>t. iW)ct‘ It’s time you reviewed your whole situation from a philosophic point of vievi. taking into account the opinions of friends and technical experts. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Stick with the facts you've already checked out, but proceed to acquire a broader understanding. Ask questions to verify what you think you’re seeing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21); It is your turn to demand recognition. Forthright personal expression along orthodox or traditional lines is most likely to succeed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Expansive is the word for your most promising approach today. New openings exist for your skills; social contacts increase and take up extra time, but are worthwhile. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18); Whatever you’ve been doing, any discrepancy now comes up for correction, perhaps in haste. You might make things worse by hesitation or a stand on pride. PISCES (Feb, 19-March 20): Keep careful notes of promises and, where possible, make no specific comments. Partners, mate are apt to make decisions without complete communication. 1974, The Chicago Tribune HAND LOIS IftU jHI* IbMJUAMAA oy qm orowM BUfiS BUNNY SCARCE Thanks for an idea to Miss G. Stirk, Diss, England. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday’s answer: 18 questions. Fire victim identified MORINVILLE (CP) -RCMP yesterday identified Ronald Birch, 51, as the victim of a fire last Thursday on a farm near here, 20 miles northwest of Edmonton. RCMP said Mr. Birch died in a fire which destroyed a cabin on a district farm. He was believed to be a farm-laborer from either Ontario or Manitoba. The cause of the fire was being investigated. DEAR DR. LAMB - I notice you write often about high blood pressure, but no in> formation on low blood pressure. My blood pressure is 118/80. I’m 61 years old. five-five, and weigh 91 pounds. Isn’t that pretty low pressure? I have peptic ulcers and take Soma compounds, Don-natol and Titralac antacid four times a day. Isn't there something I should be taking for low blood pressure? I’m getting dii^ eUs for some reason and BV CHARLES H. GOREN r ItT*, Til* CMuH Noftii - South vulnerable, East deals. NORTH AKQ7 432 1«3 0 J87 «At WEST    EAST 4>5    AAJtllC iyQlÌ 0S4Ì    OK* «K4»«5 SOUTH «Void i? A J1842 0 AQlflSC «73 The bidding: East South West North 2«    s« Pau P**« Dble. Pass Past Pa« - Opening lead: King of «. Thè competitors in the Eu* rOpean Junior Bridge Championship might have been young in years, but they were wise in the ways of the green baize. On today’s hand, the British declarer pulled off a swindle to make a doubled five heart contract that seemed doomed. East and West were using artificial methods. Cast’s two spade opening showed « minimum opening tiid with a secondary club suit in addition to the spade suit. When ,West competed to five clubt. Ul wo 'l AM PlERF^E PERFECT, 7E > VJOPi-0'& . GREATEST ffisCtiiVEs o"— North boldly raised his partner. West's double was mor« out of disapp(Hntment than any firm belief that be could defeat the contract. West got the defense off to an excellent start by leading tiie king of clubs; attacking dummy’s only entry. Declare er wanted to Uke both the heart and the diantond finesses, but it appeared that he was on the table for the first and last time. He was tempted to lead the j«:k of diamonds, for if that was covered, be could get back to dummy with the eight of diamonds. However, that would almost certainly expose him to a diamond ruff. Instead, he cunningly led the seven of diamonds from dummy at trick two. Who could blame East for failing to cover? He followed with the three, and thereby presented declarer with the contract. Declarer played his six of diamonds under the seven, and when the finesse won he was still in dummy. Next came the ten of hearts. Whether or not East covered, the defenders could get no more than one trump trick and one club. Be hone*t-had you been in the East seat, would yo« have played the king of diamonds on the seven? >?"A the cause. DEAR READER - That is not an unusual pressure for a small woman like you. The important questicm is, what Is causing your dizzitiess? There are many causes for dizziness, and it is true that inadequate circulation to Uie brain is one. It Is also true that medicines can be a cause. First on my list of causes for your problem is the Soma compound you aie taking.    , Soma is a good medicine. It will relax muscle spasms and is commonly used for patients with your problems. However, rarely it will cause dizziness. You may well be one of the rare individuals lo whom this occurs. You should go see your doctor, and I would suggest that the first thing to try would be to stop the Soma compound. If it doesn’t correct the problem, he will want to check other possibilities for dizziness. For those few individuals who have dizziness related to low blood pressure, some pressure stockings are helpful. 'The elastic-like pressure helps to prevent too much blood accumulating in the Ir ^ Your doctor is giving it to you because he believes your thyroid gland is no longer producing enough thyroid hormone since your operation. No doubt, most, if not all, of your thyroid gland was removed. This is the usual procedure. If the thyroid gland is rather completely removed, it is essential that thyroid hormone replacement be given. If you didn't take it you would develop problems related to low thyroid function. The thyroid hormone is essential to normal life processes. It enables your cells to convert food to energy for all of the cell functions throughout the body. Send yoor qiettlons to Dr. Lamb, la c«r« ot thU «w-flpaper, P.O. Box 1»! Radio oiTstattoii. New York, N.Y. IMlf. For a copy of Dr. Limb’s booklet on balaaced diet, fend SI ccBtl to the same addreis and ask for "Balanced Diet’’ booklet. Consulate at Calgary? CALGARY (CP) - A con- BLONNE by chic young and in tiiis way helps maint^ good circulation to the brain. Before you get too worried about your blood pressure, I must tell you my pressure is commonly lower than yours. Some people claim I’m dizzy, but I haven’t felt any dizzy spells yet. DEAR DR. LAMB -Several years ago I had a thyroid operation for a toxic goiter. 1 have been taking Cytomel and don't understand tlie effects of this drug or what I'm taking it for. It is inexpensive and 1 lake only one a day. Would you please explain the drug and what it does'* DEAR READER - Cytomel is a thyroid hormone. It is the more active form of the hormone and has a rapid action. sulate of the People’s Republic of China could be established here as the result of efforts begun last fall by Mayor Rod Sykes with the support of the city’s Chinese community.    . Mayor Sykes said in an interview that he understands a new consulate is to be established in Western Canada and the choice has been narrowed to Vancouver or Calgary. He wrote to the Chinese ambassador in Ottawa and to Prime Minister Trudeau last October suggesting a consulate be located in Calgary because of its central location and because its CJhinese community is both large and active, he said, SENTENCED TO BE SHOT BARCELONA, Spain (Reuter) - A young Spaniard was sentenced Wednesday to death by firing squad for killing a policeman. 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