Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Beautiful Ruth Ellis last LONDON (CP) - Beautiful Ruth Ellis had a wartime child by a French-Canadian soldier and later ended on the gallows. Now her body is in the news. Blonde Ruth walked down a street of London's Hampstead one Easter Sunday evening with a Smith and Wesson revolver in her handbag. ' That got her into the history' books in a minor way as the last woman to be hanged in Britain, which has since abolished the death penalty. She went to the gallows July 13, 1955, and she is buried in the grounds of London's Holloway prison for women. That's why her spectre has materialized. A new Holloway is being built �ad the authorities want someone to claim her body and bury it elsewhere before the cemetery for executed murderers is paved over. No one has turned up. MEMORIES RETURN But the appeal has brought back memories of glamorous Ruth, who used to pick up such oddments as a racehorse or �1.000 from admirers. At the age of 17 during the war she had her baby from the - unidentified-Canadian serviceman. Then she went out to scare up fun, games and money. She married a dentist but left him a year later after another child had been born. Then rich and casual men be- woman hanged came her profession and her income. "Life was lovely," she told friends after she had been convicted of shooting David Blakely, in advance of Britain's abolition of the death penalty. . Blakely, 25, was handsome. He had money, dressed well, was what is known in London as a clubman and was on the fringe of racing car drivers. "He loved me then," Ruth wrote later. "He adored everything about me. I put him on a pedestal. I was completely faithful." But her lover was not. They lived together for a couple of years and then one night Blakely said he was going out to "visit friends." Ruth went to the apartment of the friends he was supposed to be visiting and found no one there. Next day she followed him out and found him with an arm around a girl. In one more day, she was standing in the shadow of a ASSOCIATIONS INCREASE EDMONTON (CP) - There were 37 cattle feeder associations operating under the Alberta Feeder Associations Guarantee Act during the 1969-70 sea- son compared with 33 in the 1968-69 season. During the season, the feeder association used a total of $14.1 million worth of credit compared with $6.8 million during the 1968-69 season. WEARS MANY HATS LONDON (Reuter) - Sir John Carter, the Guyana high commissioner, probably holds the world record for multi-accreditation-he represents his Tuesday, March 9, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 19 country in seven capitals. Apart from London, he is envoy in Paris, Bonn, The 'Hague, Belgrade, Moscow and New Delhi. Sir John spends most of his time here, and goes abroad whenever necessary. LARGEST MINED The South African Cullinan diamond, which weighed 3% pounds in the rough and when cut produced nine magnificent stones, is still the largest diamond ever mined. RUTH ELLIS ... Body in the news building outside the Magdala pub with her hand on the Smith and Wesson in the handbag. As Blakely and a friend walked to a car from the pub, Ruth fired two shots into her paramour. After he fell, she stood over him and let him have four more. "Now go and call the police," she advised Blakely's friend coldly. There was a postscript to her execution. The estranged dentist husband, obsessed with the idea that he did not do enough to rehabilitate Ruth, banged himself two years later. Good-time Charley lands in court NEW YORK (AP) - Ask Charles Eisenstein how it feels to be a "good-time Charlie." The district attorney's office alleged here' that the answer might include a quick course on how to live the good life on 1380,000 while earning $120 a week as an accounts-payable clerk: Authorities said Eisenstein, 25, embezzled the money over a 2&-year period while working at the GAF Corp. They �aid he wrote out cheques to a fictitious "William F. Harmon," (Hen cashed them. Assistant District Attorney Leonard Newman said Eisenstein was driven to work daily in a chauffered limousine and loaned the driver $20,000 to buy his own limousine. Each car was equipped with a television, a bar, a stereo and a phone, Newman said. In addition, Newman said Eisenstein bought his wife $40,000 in jewelry when they were married last October and they honeymooned in Hawaii. They returned to Honolulu last week with a couple of friends, after the party had made three trips to both Las Vegas and Puerto Rico, Newman said. GAVE TV SETS E i s e n s t e i n was further charged with giving 11 color television sets to friends, loaning them money and keeping an extensive wardrobe, including 33 sweaters, in his modest Bronx apartment. Newman said Eisenstein was in Hawaii when his activities were unearthed, and police searching his apartment found 10 guns, most of them loaded, concealed around the house. The GAF Corp. asked Ei- Seuls group pays hunters to stay home PARIS (AP) - The European Committee for the Protection of Seals has offered to pay Canadian hunters to stay home this season to save the lives of seal pups. The committee said in a recent letter to the Canadian government it would pay full salaries to hunters who stayed at home and also pay for a pro posed program to retrain them for tourist jobs in the hunting area. A similar offer was made in early February by the Interna tional Fund for Animal Welfare, Brian Davies of Fredericton, ex ecutive director of the fund, said the loss in wages for 200 Canadian commercial seal hunters would amount to about $175,000. Mr. Davies said the fund, with 26,000 members in 26 countries, would raise the money to pay seal hunters if Fisheries Minister Jack Davis would agree to abolishing the annual hunt senstein to return from Hawaii to explain the guns, but did not mention the alleged embezzlement. When arrested at Kennedy International Airport here; Eisenstein had a loaded gun in his possession, Newman said. Eisenstein was charged with grand larceny and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon. Former speaker dies in B.C. KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) -Funeral services will be held here Wednesday for Robert Henry Carson, a former Speaker of the British Columbia Legislature who died Sunday at | age 85. Born at Pavilion Mountain ranch near lillooet, B.C., Mr. Carson, a Liberal, represented Kamloops from 1930 to 1949. Ill health prevented him from seeking re-election. He became Speaker of the house in 1947 and held the post for two years. Boyle's Column By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: For your heart's sake, it is wise to be neither fat nor skinny. Studies show that people who are more than 20 per cent overweight or 10 per cent underweight are twice as likely to get coronary heart disease. It is said that nine words do nearly a fourth of the work in the English language. The words are: and, be, have, it, of, the, will, I and you. The Japanese, who will complete a 477,000-ton oil tankers in 1973, now are considering one of a million tons that would be nearly half a mile long. Tankers of 300,000-plus tons, already plying the world's sea lanes, have deck space bigger than four football fields and stand as high as a 15-storey building. Service pays off in any country. A butcher shop in Palma de Majorca, Spain, found patronage increased after the owner started letting mothers weigh their babies free every time they visited the store. UP FOR GRABS Switzerland doesn't need a standing army, because the male population itself is an army. Every able-bodied man between the ages of 20 and 60 is subjected to immediate mobilization in case of military emergency. What is the biggest-hearted creature the world has ever known? Probably the mammoth blue whale, which is also by far the largest animal that has been known to exist. Its main coronary vessel is so large a child could crawl through it. Worth remembering: "Don't worry too much about not being able to take it with you. In one place you wouldn't need it, and in the other you couldn't use it." Life in the old days: Women today complain about how many family duties they have. Refuses induction CHICAGO (AP) - The grandson of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Black Muslims, was arrested here at an induction centre when, they said, he refused to be inducted into the armed forces. Herbert Muhammad Jr., 21, single and employed in a bakery, faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted. But in 13th century Europe, when furs were cheaper than wool, one of the daily chores of a housewife was to catch and kill the fleas that thronged to the household's fur bed covers. Government cities report questioned OTTAWA (CP) - The Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities. has questioned the value of a government report on the state of Canadian cities made public Friday. In a news release Monday, Edmonton Mayor Ivor Dent, president of the federation, welcomed the report which recommends that policies be initiated now to avoid the problems in Canada which now face American cities. But he criticized it for having reduced value because of its failure to deal with social problems and pollution. Local governments, he said, accord the same importance to social problems and pollution that they do to housing, urban transportation and management. All of these factors, he said, "have a considerable impact on the quality of life in all styles and sizes of communities and contribute with equal importance to the fiscal squeeze." The report, entitled Urban Canada-Problems and Prospects, was prepared under the direction of N. Harvey Lithwick, an urban economist at Carleton University here. New drama series set TORONTO (CP) - Thorn Benson, director of entertainment programs for the CBCs English Services division, has announced that a drama series based on the psychiatrist - patient relationship will be scheduled on the CBC TV network next season, five afternoons a week. Slated for a 26-week run, the color series of half-hour dramas, titled The Psychiatrist, will be produced by Michael Spivak's Jaylar Productions Ltd. of Toronto, in conjunction with the CBC. SIMPSONS-SEARS Summer Is On The Way Wide Tread gives extra rubber on the road for more grip in all conditions. Safety Shoulder gives extra tread on shoulders for better steering and cornering. Exclusive Siping provides thousands of hard-gripping traction edges. 4 Ply Nylon for a safe, strong tire that will stand up under severe punishment. Silencer Buttons hold tread open for top traction and silent cornering. 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