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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta January 22, 1974 THE LETHBRIDdE HERALD Fraser Hodgson The bygone outdoor privy It is really rather a delicate subject, but one that is a fact of all life. The outdoor privy is seldom discussed in mixed com- pany in the parlor, it is just sort of ignored, and though everyone needs one fairly regularly, it is just passed over and around. The outdoor privy has been obsolete in the larger towns and cities for many years, but small places and farms had them till shortly after the Second World War. Rural electrification was the main reason the change came about, as CALLED AT 327-32O3 Ed Bauer For All Your Printing Needs 327-3203 3284.111 5th Ave .ind 7th St S Let'ib'idqc Herald Bldg In The Pass Call VERN DECOUX Blairmore farmers and people in small towns could put in electric water-pressure systems and Hush toilets. But there were a few years while the powerline poles slowly advanced when some looked for an alternative. They wanted the toilet but not the cost of a private lighting plant. A customer drew my attention to a notice in a farm paper for a pail-a-day indoor toilet, and they wanted dealers. We were having trouble finding anything to sell in the farm machinery line. The com- pany was loading us up with battery cables, electric stock proders, jacks, and a lot of stuff usually sold by automotive supply houses. They were trying to keep their sales volume up while machinery was scarce, and I suggested they could sell corn flakes and aspirins. Then I got the wild could help by selling pail-a- day toilets. The company in Win- nipeg was glad to grant me the agency, and I ordered 3 and installed it in a farmer's spare bedroom. I had a little trouble with the first one, but after that it was clear sailing. It was hard to find three inch threaded pipe and elbows for the tank outlet without paying a new price until an old building was torn down in town and I got plenty of used pipe and fit- tings. The 50 gallon septic tank was set up in the basement, and the stool directly above, with a four inch stovepipe vented out through the roof. It worked the same as any other sep- tic tank system, and we sold and set up a dozen or more the first year. A customer informed me his tank was leaking in the cellar. I almost fainted; what could be wrong? The chemical bacteria action had quit, and the tank was almost full of solid material, what a mess. The tank had rusted through in a dozen places, so the customer had to fall back on the old outdoor standby. He wasn't very happy, and I didn't get much satisfaction from the pail-a-day company either. They said we must have some enemy chemical in our water, but agreed to send me another tank free. It was far from being free, not only because we had to pay freight, but I had to go out and change it. That may not sound too serious, but remember that thing weighed over 600 pounds, and it was down a narrow stairs so had to be emptied first. I didn't eat properly for almost a weelC and was told two weeks later I still smelted like a distressed toilet struck by lightning. Then another customer came in with the informa- tion that his tank had pin holes along the top, and the escaping gas was pretty smelly and would burn with a nice blue flame when set afire. I told him he was flirting with dynamite, that sewer gas was used in some cities to run diesel engines, so he better quit trying to light his basement with it. That was the end of my sales pitch for pail-a-day toilets, and rural electrification was fast coming in anyway. One thing I learned was to stay in my own field, and not try to branch into the plumbing and septic tank business. As I said before, toilets in any form bring unseen difficulties, and I learned a valuable lesson trying to make an old in- stitution into a comfort station. It was a very aromatic experience. National grain fuss 'unfounded' REG1NA (CP) A live- stock producer in rural Quebec who pays f3 for a bushel of barley and then comes home to read about one Prairie farmer selling barley to another at 40 cents a bushel understan- dably feels discriminated against. That feeling of dis- crimination, said D. M. Lock wood, first vice- president of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, is a major factor in the controversy over national feed grains policy. The feeling is also un- founded, he said in an interview. Ontario and Quebec live- stock producers too often compare unusual Prairie distress prices with the prices they pay for small- lot purchases of processed feed grains. "There is too much of this comparing apples and oranges." Besides transportation costs, the Eastern producer has to pay extra for purchasing in small lots and for getting a custom mix that adds other ingredients to the feed Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING WISCONSIN ENGINE Salas and Service Centre CRANKSHAFTS Custom Engine Parts Ltd. I 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 grain, Mr. Lockwood says. The other distortion com- es in the so-called distress sales, which Mr. Lockwood says represent less than five per cent of total feed grain usage. RARE Although distress selling has all but vanished under current strong demand, prices of 40 cents a bushel were commonly reported during last year's surplus. Farmers in need of cash had to sell grain at less than cost when the Cana- dian wheat board could not take it. ENJOY SOFT WATER TODAY! NOTHING TO BUY Culligan Portable Exchange Service System requires no electricity or drain. 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