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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHB3IDGE HERALD Saturday, July 28, 1973 Franklin disappeared in 1840s Soldiers search Arctic for traces of explorer LONDON, Ont. (CP) Cp cumstances surrounding the dis- appearance of Sir John Frank- lin's expedition in the 1840s while searching for the illusive Northwest Passage still remain a mystery, locked in the moss and glacial rock of King Wil- liam Island. But, after 10 days on the island, 25 men of the 1st Battal- ion, Royal Canadian Regiment, hope they can at least provide some clues. "There's no question that it (the expedition) far exceeds my Capt. Bill Bent- ley said Friday, a day after his return. 'Tm excited about the pros- pects." Three crews of five and six men each set out from home base at Gladman Point and fol- lowed the south and west coasts of the island. Among the items found were a skeleton, two skulls, lanterns, cloth, wood and an assortment of other artifacts. "It (the material) was said Capt. Bentley, 26, of Picton, Ont. "Someone else is going to have to determine it's worth." He said because the items were fojund in the Northwest Territories, they will be sent to Yelbwknife to be studied by "tfce proper authorities." SEARCH CAREFULLY The crews turned over rocks and passed metal detectors over each site for two or three days before moving to the next location. "It got pretty nippy at times because the ice was in and out like Capt. Bentley said. On occasions, when crews were cut off from borne base by the ice, they would have to go on short rations and wait for the Ice to clear, he said. The battalion's expedition was the latest of more than 40 that bare searched for the fate of Franklin and his crew of 134. Searches have been made by British and American explorers, a Unked States calvary officer, the Canadian government, RCMP and the Hudson's Bay Co. Fanklin set out from Eng- land in May, 1845. His two Ships, the Erebus and Terror, were last seen June 26 by whal- ing ships in Lancaster Sound, north of Baffin Island. The first winter was spent in Ice off Beecbey Island and after the thaw the expedition moved to King William Island where it the next two winters trapped in Victoria Strait. RECORDS FOUND In 1854, evidence was dis- covered that showed part of Franklin's party had perished on King William Island. Five years later .records reporting Franklin's death on June ll, 1817, were found in a cairn at Victory Point In 1967, 50 men of the Prin- Pabitia's Canadian Light Persons dulled by stimulant BOSTON (AP) Using am- phetamines to increase alert- ness can be dangerous because of an unexpected drowsiness after taking the drugs, re- searchers said Wednesday. Tins paradoxical finding came In a sJody using a stimulant com- monly fctwwn as Dcxsdrine. A majority of subjects became drowsy and showed decreased alertness within the first hour after taking the drug, but after an hour or two showed effects of alertness and increased brain activity. Infantry found further evidence to show that Franklin had been buried ashore. King William Island is north of Manitoba, just off the Arctic coast between Victoria Island and the Boothia Peninsula. A year after Franklin's death the surviving crew members set off on foot for the Canadian mainland. They perished on the way. Capt. Bentley said he hopes the battalion's findings will sub- stantiate those of others and. when put together, may provide an answer to the expedition's fate. Mini marcher Shawna Clarke is only four feet tall and practi- cally has to run to keep up with other members of the Alberta All Girls Drum and Bugle Band. At age 10 she has played bugle for a year and was chosen over 115 girls to be mas- cot of the senior band which left for Europe Fri- day. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanli Capitol Furniture ftldg. PHONE 328-7684 McAlpine proud of ICCS force SAIGON (CP) Duncan McAlpine took bis feet off the briefing table, sat tip straight and said firmly: "We're going back very proud. I think our boys have really upheld the best tradition of the armed forces. "I'm very proud of the force. Canadians can be very satisfied in the way in which the armed forces operated here." The major-general, who com- manded the Canadian armed forces contingent through six difficult months on the Inter- naitonal Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) in South Vietnam, said he found only "one or two dumkoepfs" among his men. Only one man had to be dis- excessive drink- ing. A tall man with an easy smile who can turn on the charm of a diplomat, the general is im- patient with long meetings. But he sat with three of his senior officers for two hours as he dis- cussed the performance of his men with a reporter. Tte briefing was conducted only days before the Canadians were to leave for home and in- cluded Col. Dan Loomis, the second in command, and Col. Charles Simonds and Col. Rob- ert Screaton, operations offi- cers. The briefing included dis- cussion of the operation of the ICCS, but its primary objective was to discuss the Canadian forces. ENJOYED WORK Thus the general could say, without reflecting on the frus- trations of the ICCS or the Ca- nadian decision tc leave South Vietnam: "This is heaven here. We ran it ourselves. Our people have enjoyed their work." And: "It had a tremendous impact being in a war zone. It's too bad more young of- ficers could not have come here. It was a source of experience and training a test for ail we prepare our- selves for a tremendous training ground." The briefing took in the pe- riod from Nov. 19. "From the military point of view the chief of defence staff has the right to be nrpud of the said McAlpine, who laced his remarks with: "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." CURRIE'S FINE FOODS IEATC OPEN 7 DAYS IEHI a A WEEK and A.M. TO P.M. Fresh 1516 s- BETWEEN THE TWO Produce HOSPITALS Taking an overview of his men and the work in the ICCS, he saw the forces in South Viet- nam as "the Canadian person- ality in microcosm." "We ARE the Canadian per- he said. "In all ways we take the initiative. We have a good sense of humor, we can't see anything improperly done, that is one of our great strengths. "We have been the driving force behind the ICCS." If Canadians had a weakness, it was that they never deflected from basic principles, leaving themselves open to criticism. In telling the truth as they saw it, Canadians split from the old diplomatic ways. Michael Gauvin, outspoken Canadian ambassador who left in the middle of July, was a typical Canadian and bis re- marks bad critics "howling and screaming" at him. "Because we are so direct we can't understand why people view us with suspicion.; We expect to be taken at face value." HANDICAPPED HELPED MONTREAL (CP) Phy- sically handicapped persons visiting Man and His World, Montreal's summer fair, once again are being supplied with transportation around the site on a special train built to ac- commodate wheelchairs. QUALITY DRY CLEANING BY THE LOAD 8 IB. (NORMAL GARMENTS) PRE-SPOTTED AND AFTER-SPOTTED BY OUR ATTENDANT FAST SERVICE -USUALLY HOURS -NO NEED TO WAIT -LEAVE YOUR LOAD WITH US -WE'LL DO IT FOR YOU AND HANG IT UP -CALL BACK LATER INDIVIDUALITY YOUR LOAD IS DONE IN ITS OWN DRY CLEANER Parkside Coin-Op Laundry Dry Clean Ltd. FIRST IN LETHBRIDGE WITH COIN-OP DRY CLEANING 2634 South Parkside Drive For Further Information Phone 327-0811 a.m. to p.m. Except Sundays and Holidays SIMPSONS-SEARS MILK RIVER, ALTA AUGUST 2 LOCATION ELECTRIC You will now enjoy these shopping advantages: PHONE NUMBER 647-3646 AGENT MR. MIKE ANGYAL You can phone your order in (647-3646) or place it in person No C.O.D. charges to pay (you can pick your parcels up at the office) Current catalogues can be picked up if you don't have your own personal copy Exchanges or returns will be accepted Account payments will be accepted Collect long distance calls for orders will be accepted CATALOGUE SHOPPING MAKES A LOT OF SENSE :SHOP BY PHONE FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME DIAL 647-3646 COMMENCING AUGUST 2 OUR SERVICE AND GUARANTEES (SATISFACTON OR MONEY REFUNDABLE) LET YOU SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE EXTRA! THERE WILL BE FREE COFFEE AND DONUTS, FREE PANTY HOSE FOR THE FIRST HUNDRED LADIES AND DOOR PRIZES OF 2 GIFT CERTIFICATES DURING OUR GRAND OPENING AUGUST 2 ;