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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, July 19, 1972 Survey claims rising prices offset by higher incomes OTTAWA (CP) Most Cana- dian families have more money to spend than they have had in the past, and should not have any trouble meeting higher food costs during the rest of the year, the agriculture depart- ment says in a summer outlook on farm goods and prices. The survey, prepared liy de- partment economists, says food prices will continue to go up during the next six months, but at a slower rale than increases during the last half of 1971 and tire first four months this year. The adverse effects of rising grocery prices, however, "have been completely offset by a more rapid rise in the level of disposable income of most fam-' ilics in Canada." The department says retail stores boosted prices "quite rapidly" in the last, few months, mainly becai.se of higher meal, dairy and vegetable prices at the farm and wholesale level. "Rising cost pressure throughout the food processing and merchandising industries also contributed to the advance of food prices and th3S2 pres- sures show no signs of slacken- ing in 1972." Despite the anticipated In- crease, however, the depart- ment says adequate supplies of livestock, livestock products, processed fruit and vegetables will keep prices "relatively sta- ble" for the last halt of the year. sneaking a kiss di the slop light. Prices of tropical Imports such as sugar, coffee, tea and bananas are not expected to change much in the coming months. fn I he last 10 years, average disposable incomes have risen more than 100 per cent, but the amount spent on food has risen by less than half that much. As a result, the department says, the percentage of income spent on food has 17 from 23 per cent from that spent a decade ago. While retail food prices have risen by 35 per cent since 1961, farmers have not received a proportionate share of the in- crease. Their prices have risen 21 per cent in the last 10 years. "Because of these circum- stances, many farm families have been hard pressed to maintain or improve their liv- ing standards." They have attempted to help themselves by increasing pro- duction or leaving farms, the department says. The number of farms has dropped to from in 19C1. Farm pro- ducts, on the other hand, rose 45 per cent in Ihe same period. ANNUAL SHOE SALE WORLD OF SHOES BALANCE OF SUMMER SANDALS Now 1 3 Off Balance of Women's Fashion Boots NOW 20% OFF SELECTION OF ODD 'N ENDS PUMPS-CLOGS-SANDALS Reg. 26.00. NOW SELECTION OF SHOES Golden Tan Black Rr'9 A M 28.00. J PAIR I ,99 SELECTION OF PURSES NOW Price WORLD OF SHOES 317A 6lh Street Phone 328-9336 Here's a towards making the best jam in the county. It's so easy with Certo? the natural fruit pectin, and 'B.C! Fruit. Certo makes your jams, jellies and preserves taste so much better, because you boil for only one minute. It's good to know the fruit's fresh flavour doesn't get boiled away. You can also get a bigger yield and a perfect set. Get a good start on the season. Clip the coupon and buy your Certo now. Save on the purchase of one package or bottle of Certo pectin when you give this coupon to your dealer mark ol n.r-.7r.ro I fu.K Lirrulnd. MILKY Dairy Princess Carol Brancrofl, year-old Karen was declared local winner at the Lelh- leff, is shown wilh area contestants vying for next year's bridge research stalion, and is now eligible to conlesl Hie crown. Left lo right are Susan Reli of Taber, and cousins provincial title in Edmonton at Ihe end of this month. Palricia and Karen Boulton of Lelhbridge. Seventeen- Phil Faulds, pholo. Isolated hill people's origin mystifies anthropologists SNEEDWLLE, Tern. (Ren- ter) Living in the isolated hill country of East Tennes- see's Hancock County, of which Sneedville is the county seat, are the last of the Me- lungeons, a mystery people who don't know where they came from. For 200 years, such Han- cock County communities as Snake Hollow, Blackwafer, Little Sycajnore, Vardy and Mulberry have been home to these handsome, olive-skinned people who wandered here from across the mountains in South Carolina rear the North Carolina line. As the years go by, the number of Melungeons left in the hills arid hollows dwindles. The younger ones are leaving their rural homes for jobs in towns and cities. Hancock County's population of in 1900 dropped [a by 1970, according to the United States census. William P. Grohse, a ge- nealogist who lives in the county, estimates there are under 200 Melungeon families left in the county. The oldest of these vanishing Americans is Howard Mullins who, by Ills count, is 110 years of age. His hands are calloused from field work and moonshin- ing and he now is blind. He and his 72-year-old wife live on Blackwater Creek. But the Melungeons aren't as isolated as they once were. Scholars, anthropologists and the just plain curious come into the hills in increasing cumbers to talk to hill people with such names as Mullins, Collins, Coins, Gibbons, Bow- lin and Bell. Various theories have been given as to the Melungeons' origin. The first Melungeon to set- tle on Blackwater Creek was Vardy Collins, who was born in 1766. The Melungeons don't refer to themselves by that name. Many families, now inter- mixed with non-Melungeon mates, simply know the name as a bad word which their white neighbors once used to frighten their cliildren: "Bet- ter be good or the Melungeons will get you." They don't know whether the name originated from the French word "melange" the Afro-Portu- guese "mclungo" (shipmate) or the Greek "melan" Melungeon children show no hereditary mixing. They arc cither dark or fair. Recently an Israeli sclmlar visited the area and was con- vinced that the olive-skinned people had Jewish ancestry and fled ages ago to escape persecution at home. Grohse likes lo believe the Melungeons were of Portu- guese or Spanish ancestry, firohsc, a German, sell led in Ihe area because he married t h c grcat-Rrcnl-Rrc.-il-grand- dauRhler of Vardy C'ollin.v Martha Collins, also a de- scendant of Vardy Collins, now a Sneedville hank execu- tive, leans lo the Phoenician theory, that these ancient mariners were lost from ships in Ihe Mediterranean during storm nnd ended up on Ameri- can shores. Some scholars licllcvc they were Moors, such ns Shake- spenrc's Othello, fleeing the wars via Iho soa and settling in Portugal. All seem to agree lhat the Melungeons migrated here from the U.S. East Coast, whether their beginning was from shipwreck following mu- tiny, survivors of the lost col- ony of Roanoke, remnants of Herando Dcsito's expedition in East Tennessee or the last of the lost tribes of Israel. Mrs. Msttie Collins, 93, knows only that "my people came from across the wa- ters." Melungeons' English names merely add lo the mysterious legends of these hill people. Melungeons love to talk about hard times and priva- tion, particularly since limes aren't as hard today. Now there are telephones and elec- tricity. They no longer live in log cabins with dirt floors. The older ones recall that years ago they worked all day in farmers' fields just for the food they ate at lunch. They were excellent moonshiners, but that is mostly in the past. And they no longer make gold coins which they used to take inlo Sneedville to buy provisions. But it's just as much a mystery where they found the gold as is the Me- lungeon name itself. Summer practice HALIFAX (CP) Linda Ann Campbell of Halifax, 1972 Atlan- tic Provinces' senior ladies fig- ure skating champion, has set a rigorous schedule of summer practice in her bid to represenl Nova Scotia in the Canadian championships in Vancouver in January, 1973. She plans a nine-week training grind, skat- ing seven to eight hours a day six days a week. NOT SERIOUS SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Judge David Selby told a Senate divorce inquiry about a woman who married the same man four times. The judge said he ad- monished her: "I've heard o: many people who don't take their marriages seriously, but I think that it is a very serious matter when people don't take their divorces seriously." liiiiiiiiii Family Living Family workshop planned TORONTO (CP) A work- shop on Ihc family, on whether it is doing its job, will be held in Winnipeg in November by the National Council of Jewish Women. The focus will be on the Jew- ish family in Canada, but organ- izer Marjorie Blanksfein says discussions will be concerned with what is happening with the family generally, as well. "We will look at it as a total group and how we as mothers are reacting to what's happen- ing and try to see what we can do about strengthening the fam- ily in whatever form it takes. "There doesn't seem to be any way to transmit values to children except through the family, and it doesn't seem to be doing as good a job as it was." She says there is little infor- mation available on the Jewish family in Canada, and council hopes to set up an information bank. The conference will be led by professionals and attended by about 100 delegates from council sections and by people from Jewish communities where there are no sections. It is hoped delegates will go home and set up similar confer- ences in their local areas. FEMALE CADETS GANDEH, Nfld. (CP) New- foundland may get its first fe- male air cadet squadron. Affili- ation with an established squad- ron was discussed at a meeting here at which 91 girls between the ages of 15 and 21 turned up. SIMPSONS-SEARS Big Savings on Winter Wear Hey Girls, Teens, too save big money on warm winter coals, jackets and snowmobile suilsl Here's a sampling of the many styles to be found in a variety of fine fabrics and fall colors. Girls' 7-14. Teens' Coals: Reg. lo now just 9.99 to 16.99. Jackels, Suils: Reg. lo now just 5.49 lo 16.99. Girli', Taeni' Coor DopL STORE HOURS: Opon Doily o.m. le p.m. Thundoy and Friday 9 a.m. la 9 p.m. Village. Telephone 926-9211 ;