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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wtdnwday, March 6, 1974 'Big meanie'act paid off for tots WHITECOURT (CP) The driver of a kindergarten school bus here says her rule about children not standing in the aisles of her bus paid off last week when her bus was hit from behind by a semi- trailer truck at a railway level crossing. "Thank goodness I always insist that the kids sit down in Schmidt lashes inflation GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) Continuing inflation could destroy Alberta's economy within three years, Alberta Social Credit Leader Werner Schmidt said this week. Mr. Schmidt, addressing a meeting of northern Alberta Social Credit party members, said inflation is the biggest problem facing Alberta. He said "panic buying" and unchecked provincial government overexpenditures are contributing to the nearly 10-per-cent annual inflation rate. "If the inflationary spiral continues it will lead to the destruction of our current currency said Mr. Schmidt. "That would leave the country open to control by outside interests." He said the party will raise the question of inflation during the spring session of the legislature which begins Thursday. the said Adelaine Mitchell, a 20-year veteran driver. "I'm not a big meanie anymore." Mrs. Mitchell had stopped her bus Feb. 28 near a level crossing and had opened her doors as required by law to check for oncoming trains. Operation of the door automatically triggered the flashing red lights at the rear of the bus. Seconds later, said Mrs. Mitchell, the bus was struck from behind and pushed across the tracks and 200 feet down the road. She steered for the right hand ditch but ended up over an embankment perched at a 30-degree tilt. The rear of the bus was destroyed by the impact. The rear emergency door was "all but ripped she said. kids were all screaming, but I told them not to cry unless they were said Mrs. Mitchell, who, along with driver aide Joyce Arthur of Whitecourt, suffered a sprained back. Only one of the 22 five-year olds aboard the bus was injured. Mrs. Mitchell said if the bus had been full some would have been injured in the crash. All of the kindergarten children were seated at the front of the bus, she said. Rudolph Werner, 43, will appear in provincial court March 20 on a charge of careless driving. GOLD MINED At the Anvil mine in Faro, Yukon, lead, silver, zinc and traces of gold are mined. U.S. army doesn't have home for Big J FT. LEWIS, Wash. (AP) Big J is a nine-foot python with a love for children and a history of causing problems for the U.S. army. It all started five years ago. when he crawled into a general's mess. The officer didn't appreciate the dinner companion and summoned Sgt. James L. Johnson, a medic, for an eviction.' A friendship blossomed between Johnson and the evictee. When Johnson returned from Vietnam, Big J came home with him. The army and Big J coexisted until recently when a regulation prohibiting snakes in quarters took effect. The Johnsons decided to move off post to keep the serpent. But when moving day came, Big J couldn't be found. The army searched the house for three weeks. The room temperatures were turned up to make Big J more active and stimulate his appetite. Live chickens, his favorite food were loosed into the house as bait. Nothing worked. Big J was finally located a few days ago in the kitchen where he had found a home under the range. He was reunited with the Johnson family which includes three children who play with Big J. Johnson says the snake is harmless he only hisses at strangers. "We plan to keep him until he gets about 20 feet Johnson said Tuesday, "and then give him to a zoo before he reaches his full size of 35 feet." Johnson, 40, is a native of Barstow, Calif, and snakes have long been part of his life. As a youth he says he used to hunt rattlesnakes. "Mother got upset, though, when I brought one in the house." Official tartan for B.C. VICTORIA (CP) Provincial Secretary Ernie Hall has introduced legislation which provides an official tartan for British Columbia. Mr. Hall said outside the house that the previous Social Credit administration had registered the B.C. tartan Jan. 8, 1969, in the books of the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, Scotland. The provincial government now was simply following that move to its logical conclusion, he said, by adopting the tartan as the official B.C. tartan. Almost swallowed in mudhole Rescuers pull 13-year-old Billy Reynolds from, a mudhole that almost swallowed-him at a construction site in Charlotte, N.C., this week._____________ China feels no thirst for oil By DANIEL SOUTHERLAND Christian Science Monitor HONG KONG While much of the world worries over the "oil China is proudly proclaiming that it has an abundance of oil. "Not only self-sufficient, China now has oil for said the Peking journal Red Flag just a few days ago. Of course, China's oil needs are not comparable to those of fully industrialized countries. China is a country without privately owned automobiles, and the state-owned cars that it does have are relatively few. The world's most populous nation runs largely on leg and arm power, not on gasoline. But aside from the fact that their needs are few and their ways frugal, the Chinese have another reason to boast. China's oil production has risen steadily over the past few years. Even those experts who question some of the official statistics released by the Chinese consider the growth rate to be impressive. One Hong Kong expert goes so far as to call it Premier Cnou En-lai was reported to have said ihat China produced 50 million tons of petroleum in 1973. That is about 40 per cent higher than the estimates that most Western experts have come up with previously. But the Chinese fulfilled the agreement and recently signed a new contract with Japan for a 50 per cent increase in oil deliveries this year. This will still come to less than one per cent of Japan's oil needs. But the Chinese oil industry has great potential for growth. Most important of all. GOVERNOR TURNED COP CONCORD, Gov. Meldrim Thomson's limousine has been serving double duty as a state police cruiser. As a result of observations by Thomson and his driver, police Sgt. Henry Bird, two persons were stopped for speeding and three were arrested for illegal possession NOTICE EAST END WELDING Is no longer affiliated with CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. at of March 1st 1974 No More Charges Will Be Accepted By Custom Engine For East End Welding CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd AvaniM South Phone 328-8181 China is believed to have huge offshore oil reserves. In the late 1960's, a report prepared for the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East spoke of the possibility of rich oil deposits lying in the continental shelf off China. The most optimistic assessment came more recently from an American oil executive who said that China's offshore reserves might rival those of the Middle East. At any rate, the Chinese are already producing enough oil to assist them with their foreign policy aims. One of those aims has consistently been to limit the influence of the Soviet Union. VANTA'S ECONOMY MEATS 904 7ft 8. Phoiw 32t-4S45 YNrSucUtts tumor UK SM8B FrMH HMs Your SpMtols For TMs WMk 4. 5. 7. ft. ft. The Chinese may think that if they can steadily increase their deliveries of oil to the Japanese, it will reduce the likelihood of Japan's accepting Soviet proposals for joint Russo-Japanese exploitation of Siberian reserves. The Chinese are not eager to see new Soviet development projects spring up near the northern borders they share with their powerful antagonists. The Chinese are interested in importing sophisticated foreign equipment for their oilfields and refineries, and the Japanese seem to have the inside track in this field. They have provided China with a floating drill rig that is operating in the Pohai Bay off Tientsin. A Japanese corporation also has given the Chinese technical advice on the construction of an oil pipeline in northeastern China. But this may be where the Chinese draw the line. While not adverse to importing equipment and technology the Chinese still stress the importance of self- reliance in all their propaganda media. Japanese and American firms have shown an interest in assisting the Chinese in the exploration and development of their oil reserves. But the Chinese say that they do not want joint ventures or help from foreign technicians. The Chinese think that they were overdependent on Soviet aid and technical advisers in the 1950s and are not eager to repeat that unhappy experience with any other foreigners. Dance record MONTEVIDEO (Reuter) Seven young Uruguayan couples claimed a world record after dancing non-stop for 142 hours. Thirty one couples began the competition last week in a bid to beat the 1956 record set by an Italain couple who danced for 136 hours. Selkirk farmer charged 78' after 45 cattle starve 1.29 1.29 Uwr MC. m AT VANTA? MEATS YOU SAVE. JOW OTHEftS IN SUCCESS A WITH OtO VAWTA'S THIS WEEK. SIDES OF BEEF A1 ft. HMDSOFMEFA1. 1.19 SELKIRK, Man. (CP) Gordon Monkman. 47, a district farmer in nearby Scanterbury, was remanded one week without plea Tuesday on charges of cruelty to animals following the death of 45 head of cattle. He was charged following a weekend police seizare of his enitre herd. The animals died of starvation. RCMP report the remaining 101 cattle owned by are alive and healty. The charges can bring a fine of 1300, six months in prison, or both. Liberal Leader Izzy Asper raised the issue in the Legislature Monday, asking whether the farmer had received a loan from the federal provincial farm diversification program. Agriculture Minister Sam Uskiw said he believed there had been a loan, bat didn't know the amount. Attorney general Howard Pawley refused to answer questions about the incident because it will be coming before the courts. Think hockey's tough today? Not on your slapshot! You should have seen itway-back-when. A real man's game. And it called for a real man's beer. Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner. Slow-brewed and naturally aged for big beer flavour. It's the one thing that doesn't change. Alberta's original Pilsner is still a winner, year after year after year. Try it. You'll be a fan, too. TWADmOH YOU CAM TASTE FROH THE HOUSE OF LETHBmDGE ;