Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THI IETHBRIDOE HERALD Thunday, July 13, 1972 One of Canada's greatest crime riddles Elderly couple believe they can identify Mad Trapper of Rat River VANCOUVER (CP1 An ilderly couple here arn con- rinced they know Ihc answer lo one o[ Canada's greatest crime identity ot Ihe Mad Trapper of Rat River. The Mad Trapper was the nickname given in 1932 to a man who defied the RCMP for 54 days in a 150-mile cvoss- country chase in arctic w e a t h e'r from Rnl River, N.W.T., lo Eagle River in the Yukon. During Uic chase, Ihe man. believed by police to be named Albert Johnson, en- gaged in four shool-outs with the Mounlies, killing one and wounding two others. The Mounlies finally cor- nered Johnson on Eagle River and the trapper died fighting Feb. 17, 1932. He carried no papers and for 40 years his Irue identity has 'wen a mys- tery. But it's not a myslery I" Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Benson of Vancouver. "The Mad Trapper was the man ve knew in Vancouver in 1927 as Albert 80- year-old Mr. Benson said in an interview. lie producer! a photograph of the Johnson he knew, taken in a Vancouver garden before the man returned to his trap- lines and vanished forever from the Bensons' life. Mr. Benson compared it with an RCMP photo taken of the Mad Trapper after he was killed. "That's the Johnson we lie said, and his wife, Helen, added her agreement. In 1927 Mr. Benson owned a shipyard and it was a boat that brought him and Johnson together. 'Johnson and his partner, who was French-Canadian, had put a deposit down on a fishboat and they asked me to look it he said. Mr. Benson said he advised Johnson not to buy the boat. "I asked Johnson lo the house because I felt sorry for he recalled. "Johnson and his partner, whose name Draft science inventory By JEFF C'AimUTIlEItS OTTAWA The federal gov- ernment has launched the be- ginnings oE a national, compu- terized inventory' of science in Canada The National Science Library here has created a "Who's Doing What in Canadian Sci- ence" on computer. At the mo- ment, it includes only federally- funded research in universities. Bui it has been learned that the federal science ministry has recommended to government that the computer inventory be expanded to include all research and researchers in Canada in Ml sectors gov- ernment, industry -and other re- search wild both public and private support. The recommendation, which some sources say could lead to the creation of a National Data Collection and Resource Utiliza- tion Agency, seems to be a di- rect result of a major recom- mendation of the Lamontagne Special Commiltee on Science Policy. The federal science ministry has also recommended the gov- ernment start a national science recommendation of the Lamontagne committee made in January. The not-so-humble beginnings of the national science inventory envisioned exist r.ow at the Na- tional Research Council in the form of the Information Ex- change Centre UEC) of the Na- tional Science Library. The IEC was completed ear- lier in the year and is currently being used only by federal agen- cies funding u n i v e r s i t y re- search. Its existence has not been publicized outside of govern- ment to date, according Lo Nati i nal Science Library Director Dr. J. E. Brown. The names of research pro- jecLs and research scientists in universities funded federally have been collected on a com- puter file in Ottawa. The file includes research pro- jects in medical and social sci- ences, as well as in the physical and biological sciences. In recent weeks, the IEC com- puter system has been able to provide one federal agency with a list of scientists expert in ger- iatrics, the science of aging. Ajiother agency asked for and received wilhin hours a list of all university projects to do wilh pipelines in the North. And the National Science Li- brary computer was able to pro- vide yet another agency with a quick statistical breakdown by province and by universities of all federally-funded university task that would have been next lo impossible wilhout the computer system. Properly used, such a compu- terized national inventory of sci- ence in Canada would allow the government lo co-ordinale iLs science activities belter. The Lamontagne committee severely criticized the govern- ment for its lack of co-ordina- tion in many areas of science. The government is also ex- pected to use the computer in- ventory, as it is expanded, to evaluate the productivity of sci- entists, laboratories and science pobcies and to see if certain Marks and Spencer has Canadian link By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) Marks and Spencer, the huge chain store which is linking up with the People's Department Stores of Canada in its first such venture outside Britain, is one of the w o r 1 d '5 best-known business names. Britain's 23rd largest com- pany by turnover, it has grown in 78 years from Michael Marks's penny slo- gan was "don't ask the price, it's a a network of 249 stores throughout Ihe coun- try selling Ihe famous St. Mi- chael brand of clothes and a selected range of foodstuffs. The company's turnover for the year ended March 31, 1972, was million (SI.2 including million million) in exports. It has been exporting to Can- ada (or a considerable time, said a Marks and Spencer spokesman, and the decision to form a jointly-owned company The Canadian store chain, which is controlled by British financier Jim Slater, has 41 out- lets in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. The first two or three St. Michael shops in Can- ada, described by Marks and Spencer as "experimental small are expected to open in Ontario in the fall. The late Lord Sieff, who joined Marks and Spencer in 1915 and whose brother J. Ed- ward Sieff now is chairman of the firm, once said that the store's guiding principles of providing good value for money and establishing trust between employers and staff were based on the strong Jewish religious beliefs of founder Michael Marks. In the same Interview, Sieff outlined his own belief thai men can make money by making their fellow-men "materially happier, healthier and freer, and in Ihc process the society in which they live and work and types of research (such as basic research) are justified in cer- tain instances. It could also be used to iden- tify areas of expertise in Cana- dian science, as well as areas of weakness. I don't remember, had been trapping in the Northwest Territories and when they made some money they quit and came down south to get into business. 'He told me he was from Karlskrona, Sweden, and I don'l know how old he was when he left but he'd been to school Ihcre and done his army service before he left." HELD BIG GRUDGE After failnig to get a ]ob or buy into a successful business, Johnson and his partner fi- nally decided to return to trapping in the Norlh. 'Bui he wenl back wilh a big said Mr. Benson, who said he never heard from Johnson again hul learned thai he and his parlner had splil up in Edmonlon. Grows alfalfa under bed EDMONTON (CP) Derek Fox doesn't expect to gel rich from Ihe unique little farming venture he started last winter. His chief goal is to enlighten more people about the value of eating organic foods. Mr. Fox's farm consists of or- ganic alfalfa sprouts which grow in a specially-constructed box in his bedroom. The sprouts are harvested every five days and are bagged, labelled and delivered to eight city health food stores. The stores charge 50 cents for each one-ounce bag and pay 39 cents a bag to Mr. Fox's company, Mother's Little Helpers. Mr. Fox had been growing sprouts as a hohby for about a year when a health food mer- chant suggested he go into busi- ness. The market for sprouts is growing, says Mr. Fox, but it's still small and unpredictable. And, like other Canadian farm- ers, Mr. Fox occasionally finds himself with a surplus. "Nol many people in Ihe cily know what organic alfalfa sprouls are." GIVES FOOD AWAY To help educate people, Moth- er's Little Helpers sometimes gives away one-ounce bags of sprouts and supplies stores with handbills describing the back- ground of sprouts. "With sprouts as an integral i part of a person's diet it is pos- sible to m a i n I a i n oplimum health, especially during the winter when it is almost impos- sible to buy an adequate supply cf organically-grown, u n p o i- soned citrus fruits and green says the handbill. The company distributes an- other handbill which exolains how to grow sprouts and also offers a grow-your-own kit for sale. Alfalfa sprouts, which taste vaguely like raw peas, aren't easy to grow, says Mr. Fox. A careful balance of heat, mois- ture and light must be main- tained. Mr. Fox says he'd like to re- tire to the country and starl or- ganic farnung on a larger scale. According lo RCMP records, Ihe police chase began when some Indians complained lhat a man named Johnson had been springing their traps along Rat River, It's a story the Bensons don't believe. 'I'm sure Johnson was an honest Mr. Benson said. 'I tliink the Indians didn't like the competition Johnson was giving them and told a false story to the po- lice." The Bensons have great ad- miration for Johnson's endur- ance in Ihc chase lhat cap- lured Ihe imaginalion of the world. All Ihe lime he was Irailed by Ihe Mounlies, Johnson Iravclled on snowshoes weigh- ing 10 pounds each, carried a heavy pack and snared rsb- bils and squirrels for food. i FACTORY CLEARANCE DRAPERY SETS FOR Campers and rf QQR Trailers From ASSORTED CUSHIONS and MATTRESSES AC for Compere and Trailers From 495 1 DUCAN INDUSTRIES LTD. 443A 10th Street North, Lethbridge 378-7765 Phone 327-8331 Open Thursday and Friday 12 Noon lo 9 p.m. Salurday 9 a.m. lo 5 p.m. with a Canadian chain may I prosper may move a tiny step forward lo the gales of Zion." have arisen because "Ihe Cana- dian market is a good customer of ours." CAN HELP1 Many Canadian tourists, as well as cross-channel visitors from Europe, return from trips lo Britain laden will] men's women's and children's clothes from "Marks and a s Bntons call il. GOING TO WORK PORT ELIZABETH, South Af- rica IAP) A hearse driver was fined S100 and given a sus- pended jail term for going 68 miles an hour in a 37-mile-an- hour zone. 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