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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDQE HERALD TuMday, January 22, Ask Andy THE GYPSY MOTH Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Robbie Herring, age 10, of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, for his question: What is the story of the gypsy moth? Every year the whiskery caterpillars of the gypsy moth destroy acres and acres of our precious forests and orchards. For more than a hundred years, experts have been try- ing to wipe out this destruc- tive insect pest. But it keeps on multiplying and spreading. Actually, it does not belong here and in its native home there are certain beetles that keep the gypsy moth popula- tion under control. This is a tragic story of downright carelessness. The only thing good about it is that it taught us a valuable lesson. The gypsy moth was brought to America from France and it taught us that wild creatures should not be taken from their native homes and let loose in a new country. There are laws now to stop that sort of thing. The story of the gypsy moth invasion began way back in 1869, when a French scientist took some French gypsy moths to Medford, Mass. They are tussock moths that can spin silken threads The scien- tist hoped to cultivate enough of them to start a silk-making business. This idea came to nothing. However, obviously through unforgivable carelessness, some of the fuzzy moths escaped and set up housekeeping in the sur- rounding trees. There the fat lazy females laid their eggs. Unbeknown to anybody, numerous hairy cocoons con- taming 400 or so gypsy moth eggs were hidden in fallen logs, in rough bark and rocky crevices. Come spring, the eggs hatched and the neighborhood was infested with tiny gypsy moth caterpillars. Those dark, whiskery caterpillars were famished and devoured all the greenery in the eastern part of town. Only the horse chestnuts and some of the grasses were spared. By early July, the greedy pests were two-inch cater- pillars and at last the leafy banquet was over at least until next year. It was time for the pupa stage. For the next ten days or so, the wretched creatures hid themselves in silken cocoons. When they came forth they were winged adults, all set to lay more eggs to hatch next spring. During the next 20 years, the gypsy moth plague infested forests, parks and orchards As the trees were stripped and stripped again of their leaves, they died. Relentlessly the moths spread through the New England states, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Naturally the experts have tried to stop the spread and wipe out the last of the gypsy moths. They use gummy material to stop the cater- pillars from crawling up tree trunks. They use poisonous sprays, though this is risky. A poison that destroys an un- wanted insect is likely to kill a lot of useful insects that right- ly belong in our trees. One clever device makes some of the male moths unable to mul- tiply but not all of them. At present we do not have a perfect weapon in our war against the gypsy moth in- vasion. Questions asked by child- ran of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) STEEL DEMAND HIGH PITTSBURGH (AP) One of the nation's leading steel executives sees the current high demand for steel continu- ing for the next five to 10 years, but warns that a shor- tage of fuel oil could shut down the industry. Stewart Cort, chairman of Bethlehem Steel Corp., said that without adequate supplies of fuel oil we'd have to shut down.'' In his year-end statement Tuesday, he said he doesn't think the government will short-change steel in allo- cating fuel. Qoren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN e im, Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH Q9S7 AQ 0 J98742 8 WEST EAST 52 A4 10 8 5 2 K t 7 4 0 A 10 6 0 Q 5 4KJ63 SOUTH A K J 10 3 J83 0 K3 A 10 4 The bidding: North East South West Past Pass l 4k Pass 4 4 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Two of 4k. Like detection, winning de- clarer play is often a matter of assembling the clues, mak- ing the necessary deductions therefrom and then coming up with the correct solution. Note declarer's play of this hand. Tho North did not have the required point count for a raise to four spades, his dis- tributional values and excel- lent trump support made the leap to game a Reasonable gamble. The action also had the advantage of revealing virtually nothing to the oppo- sition. A heart lead would have sounded the 'death knell of the contract, but West can- not be blamed for not find- ing it. Rather than risk'j lead that might favor declar- West opted for the rela- tively safe trump lead. East won the ace and returned a trump of dummy's eight. If the king of hearts were Your horoscope lytantDUon WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 Your birthday today: -Coin- cides with a new moon, or con- junction with the Sun exact at a.m. EST. Your coming year has a curious blend of finality. Many things are done for the last time ever. Oncom- ing enterprises are not yet ful- ly developed. Relationships both long-established and new, must all begin afresh. Today's natives are fond of moving from place to place, generally socialbe while preserving individuality. ARIES (March 21-April Your tact with unwelcome contacts must not interfere with your termination of them. Evening hours should be used for a break from regular routines. TAURUS (April 20-May Rounds and rounds of conver- sation solve no problems. Sen- sible, diligent work will. Bring home some surprise token of your affections. GEMINI (May First the rescue of what was tried yesterday, next to get ready for tomorrow. Be will- ing to try unfamiliar methods, new tools. Avoid fatigue. CANCER (June 21-July Review yesterday's record; line up a day of corrective ac- tion. Serious planning shouldn't exclude some lively home life. LEO (July 23-Aug. This is a low point in a monthly cycle, with easier going ex- pected shortly. The simple approach is the soft sell. Avoid any overindulgence in your own pursuit of pleasures. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Any change now implies broader changes later. Survey your household and belongings. Give special attention to your wardrobe with an eye out for a few well- selected replacements. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. It may not be your turn to carry the main burden. Let somebody else do it and take the consequences. Gather good friends for an amusing round of talk. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Distant news tends to un- settle your long-range plans. For some schemes it may be too late Concentrate on the near at hand. Romance is promised for later. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Be quick to set matters right in your day-to- day living. Technical advice should be sought only from those who qualify. Medical checkups are favored now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Those who disagree or follow some other methods are not necessarily malicious. You can learn much by mak- ing comparisons. It's a long day for careful planning. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Return to traditional ideas and means is the most likely phenomenon today. In balance and context, the ex- periment is a healthy one which may last. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Turn yourself out well, neatly and early. Your range of choice in selecting items you want expands. Watch your budget. Romance disappoints you, but there will be another time. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Lawrence Lamb M.D. with West, the contract could not would establish the dia- monds and lose only two dia- monds and a trump. Accord- ingly, declarer applied Mur- phy's Law: "If something bad can happen, it will." He assigned the king of hearts to East and then assembled what information was avail- able to him. East had to have a club honor, for West would have led one had he held king- queen-jack of the suit. East had shown up with the ace of spades and was assigned the king of hearts. Since he passed in second seat, he couldn't hold the ace of dia- monds, for with that card as well he would have an open- ing bid. Declarer's objective was to keep West off play while the diamonds were being set up, to prevent a lead thru the ace-queen of hearts. This goal could be achieved if East held the queen of dia- monds. At trick three, declarer led the jack of diamonds from dummy. East covered with the queen and declarer played low! The defenders could not recover from this master stroke. It would not help West to overtake with the ace, so he ducked. A dia- mond was continued. West took the ace and shifted to a heart. Declarer played the ace from dummy and ruffed a diamond to set up the suit. He entered dummy with a club ruff and discarded both losing hearts on the long dia- monds, thus limiting his los- ers to two diamonds and the ace of trumps. Dear Dr. Lamb Last December I had a three-hour tolerance test for diabetes. It was 303, 281 and 214. The doc- tor told me to lose weight I weighed around 140 on a sugar-free and low car- bohydrate diet and lost about 20 pounds. My blood last February was 139 and in June it was only 100. Now my trouble is I've always been one who has a problem with constipation. I used to eat a lot of bran flakes and prunes, lots of fruit and juices. I had to eliminate these on the diet. So, now I really have a problem. About twice a week I have to take something. I get a lot of gas pains, gas that just seems to go around and around and I can't seem to get rid of it. What can I take so I can have a better bowel movement without taking fruit and bran? The doctor says I have to stay off sweets. I also have high blood pressure. The last reading was 138 over 84. I have been taking medicine for this. But lately, I've had a very slow pulse. I wonder if it is because of the blood pressure medicine? When I take it the pulse is between 55 and 60. I'm 58 years old. Dear Reader Most diets that eliminate carbohydrates cause the kind of problem you are experiencing. After all, the natural bulk in our diet is dependent upon such good natural foods as cereals, vegetables and fruit. These are important to normal bowel function. Some authorities think their Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each distinct letter in this addition stands for a par- ticular but different digit. There's no guessing about this. But you will have to find SONNY. (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer. Jill 12 years (Jack absence leads to many colon problems, including an increased likelihood of having cancer of the colon. So. you have a special problem. I would wonder if your doctor would not be will- ing to try letting you include some cereal and unsweetened fruit and vegetables in your diet as long as you didn't gain your weight back? With your blood glucose sugar level at 100 you are in very good control and he has ac- complished a lot for you. If you can't do that, I would suggest you take a bulk ex- pander to replace your natural food bulk. These should be agar-agar or psyllium seed products. A good one that you can get is Metamucil. These are not chemical laxatives, which I disapprove of because they can be harmful to your bowel function. Your colon will not function normally un- til you have a reasonable amount of bulk in your diet or replace diet bulk with a bulk expander. About the blood pressure. The medicine is responsible for helping to lower your pressure to the levels you now have Those levels are all right. If you stopped your medicine, it might go back up, although some people con- tinue to have lower pressure after they have lost weight. The slow pulse rate can also be from the medicine. However, the rates you describe are all right. I have seen many healthy, young athletes with slow heart rates, even slower than yours. If you still have any excess fat you can identify on your body, you should go ahead and lose it After that, perhaps your diet and medicine program can be changed toward normal Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Losing Weight" booklet. SHORTER HOURS HELP NEW YORK (AP) In- definite extension of a four- day work week for 650 employees of Group Health, Inc was announced Tuesday after a six-month experiment. The tryout for the shorter work week was marked by a drop m the employee turnover rate from 31.8 per cent two years ago to 13.5 per cent RIPIN6 AROUND ALL WW ON THE BACK OP MOM'S 5ICVCLE GIVES PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK... IT 6IVE5 TIME TO THINK MOD T PEOPLE ANP ABOUT LIFE... ANP (jJHAT UOULP HAPPEN IF WE RAM INTO A TREE! SHORT RIBS byfrinko'md -fe: WAND LOIS by dik browne THE GROUND GOLD AND DAMP AND I DON'T WANT YOU TO SIT DOWN AND CATCH A HOW DO VOL) CATCH A CHILL WHEN VOUR SKIN irr TWO DIAPERS, PLASTIC RANTS, THERMAL UNDERWEAR, SLACKS AND A SNOW- O SUIT AWAY FROM THE BUGS BUNNY OUTSII7E TO PICKET YOUR SHOP! 'T IS MV ONLY 1 RECOURSE SINCE YOU REFUSE TO INCREASE MY SALARY! THAT'S TH' REASON YA PIPN'TSETA RA16E...YA CAN'T SPELL! BLONME by chic young THIS IS A _ I ORDERED A WAITER COME BACK A MOMENT ARCHIE by bob montana r DON'T YOU UNDERSTA YOU'RE PUTTING flWF OTTHE FINE. COAAE. RETIREMENT) AND s PLAN, YOU 7 ME IN COLLECT