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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, March 4, 1974 Glider saves gasoline TORONTO (CP) Elmer Bahnt, 50. a design supervisor with the Ontario ministry of transportation and commu- nications, has found a novel means for saving fuel while flying his two-seat plane. "Mr. Balint, co-founder of the Provincial Motor Gliding and Soaring Association, owns Canada's only effect, a glider with an engine. He said on a round trip last summer to Banff, Alta., his plane consumed only 44 gallons of fuel, an average of about 113 miles to the gallon. In his RF-5-B Sperber plane he has flown to a height of four miles, Mr. Balint said. The plane takes off under its own power, unlike gliders without engines, but once sufficient altitude is gained the engine can be shut off and the plane soars in air currents like a pure glider. "You can fly truly like a bird in a motor he said "When conditions are suitable for soaring you don't even need the engine. Even birds don't flap their wings all the time to travel through the air." "I have often managed to do more than 400 miles on less than four gallons of Mr. Balint said. "Using the engine alone you get about 35 miles to the gallon and cruise around 100 m.p.h. Mr. Balint was a fighter pilot with the Royal Hungarian Air Force and now lives at Blackstock, Ont. D-Day museum proposed PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) Got any used tanks, artillery, assault craft or, above all. a Second World War assault glider? If you have, Ken Barton will probably be glad to hear from you. For this ancient British seaport city is planning a me- morial museum to the men who died on both sides when the Allied invasion fleet set out for France on D- 6, 1944. Said Barton, who is Ports- mouth's director of museums: "This is the ideal place. We're trying to get all manner of military relics of those days." The museum is being fitted up in old Fort Widley, originally built to protect this naval stronghold from possible French invasion Straight from the artist's mouth Tatoo artist Rick Modelings of Edmonton is probably his own best has tatoos on 80 per cent of his body, including the inside of his lower lip. He says everyone has a different reason for getting a tattoo, and often the reason isn't clear even to the person getting decorated. Gulag Archipelgo tops Soviet black market list By VINCENT BUI5T MOSCOW (Reuter) Mos- cow's unofficial second-hand book peddlers have already chosen the best-seller of 1974 for the city's black market. They say it will be Gulag Archipelago, the latest work to be the dissident Soviet novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, which reviews the history of labor camps in this country from the time of Lenin up to Stalin's death in 1953. Solzhenitsyn, whose other major works are banned in the Soviet Union and who was expelled from the Soviet Writers' Union in 1969, has been officially branded as a traitor for publishing this last work abroad. The main problem for the tolkuchka (second-hand mar- ket) in books in Moscow will be getting enough copies to meet a fraction of the black- market demand. When Russian-language copies do filter strict frontier and postal in- black-market price is likely to be high. Book pedlars, who operate outside hotels and the many second-hand book stores, know that in past decades it has always been the forbidden book which tops the poll. CARNATION FOODS COMPANY LTD. Carb.wry, Manitoba has an opening for a Second Class Operating Engineer for Steam Generation and Refrigeration Plant to act aa Shift Engineer on rotating ehifta. Top Wages, Usual Fringe Benefits. Town and District features excellent year round Recreational Advantages. Contact Don Proven, Chief Engineer Phont 206, fcOO am. p.m. When Boris Pasternak wrote Doctor Zhivago in 1957 he was called "something less than a pig" by one high Soviet official for publishing .it in Italy and threatened with deportation. But Doctor Zhivago soon headed the Moscow black market's best-seller list at many times the original price. Book pedlars reckon that a work in heavy demand and procure will sell for at least 15 times the original price. Black marketeers usually station themselves near a state second-hand book store and intercept customers tak- ing in books for sale and valu- ation. They offer more money or ask what else the owner has at home he might sell. __ Conversely, if someone badly wants a book he can place an order with the black market. The pedlar only needs a telephone number and a time to most Moscow numbers are he will get in touch after a check through black-market re- sources. OLD BOOKS POPULAR Russian books of almost any kind printed before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution are prized editions which today rarely reach the black mar- ket, though they are on sale in state second-hand shops. Reports in book form of the Stalinist purge trials in the 1930s of such former leaders as Nikolai Bukharin still are eagerly sought. Bukharin, principal figure in the 1938 trial, was shot. Out of sheer curiosity many- Russians want to read what- ever is banned by the govrn- ment. or is hard to get. There is an old Moscow joke about a father who finally gets his son to study the classics by having his secretary type them up and telling the boy they are underground publications. All the famous dissidents in Soviet Ba- bel, the great short-story writer of the Osip Man- delstam. the poet who per- ished in a labor camp: Yuri Olesha. who satirized the bu- reaucrats: Mikhail Zosh- chenko. who parodied the So- viet way of life, have been churned over in the Moscow black market. SEEK WAR MEMOIRS Memoirs of Soviet marshals such as Zhukov and Rokossovsky also still find an eager market because the Russian reader may look for LUNCH HOUR SPECIAL! From Noon P.M. Chinese Dinner I95 Chinese Dinner 3 THE HOUSE OF WONG 2S4-13B1 St. North or 327-0174 some information here about the conduct of the Second World War which he will not find in official reports. Yevgeny Yevtushenko, once the angry young man of So- viet literature and now more of an establishment figure, became a pillar of the black market when his poem about the Nazi extermination of Jews in Kiev, Babi Yap, fell into official disfavor. For Solzhenitsyn, demand among the Moscow book black marketeers is nothing new. His earlier book, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which described the horrors of labor camp life and was published in 1962 under Khrushchev, has become an illicit collectors' piece. Prices for his Gulag Archi- pelago are likely to top the list for some time to come. This is a book which Soviet security authorities will make strenuous efforts to keep from the public. Fireman on U.K. stamps LONDON (CP) Britain's fire-fighting services have been recognized by the post office with a new issue of stamps. Britain has had public fire- brigade services for two cen- anniversary to be marked from April 24 by a special -issue of stamps depicting fire engines through the ages. They will be in horizontal format, priced at 8 and 10 pence. Details of special issues an- nounced by the post office begin with one in February showing the horse chestnut, only the second tree to be featured on a British stamp. In July famous figures in British history will appear, notably Robert the Bruce to mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish king. Other famous Britons will be King Henry V. the victor of Agincourt. and Edward the Black Prince. Stamps marking the cen- tenary of the birth of Sir Win- ston Churchill will be issued on Oct. 9 at 3'i. 8 and 10 pence. This will be the first time that a commoner has featured on more than one issue of British stamps. The British post office will not neglect to commmprale the postal services themselves: the Universal Postal Union was formed 100 years ago. The centenary will be marked June 12 with a set of four horizontal United Kingdom stamps. They will depict various methods of transport of overseas mails in the last century. PROPOSES CONTRACT PARIS