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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta IS THE UIHBSIDOl HHU1D FiWoy, Manh 20, 1979 HOME OF THE WEEK DESIGN No. 253 HOUSE: 1257 SQ.FT. Beards Banned Beards have long bete ban- led in world armies. Soldiers were ordered to shave since about the third century B.C., iut not for reasons. Yhisiers gave a handhold to an eoemy in close fighting. "Old The small British expedi- tionary force in France at the outbreak of World War I in .914 was called "The Old emptibles." The name stems rom en alleged sneer of the iaiser at England's "contcmpt- ble little army." This attractive split level could be built on a 60 ft. flat lot. A lot with a natural slope would be ideal. There is an op- tional full basement under the living area. AU rooms are large for a house of this While not indicated on the plan, an optional washroom could be lo- cated in the lower area by eli- minating the closet beside the laundry. Construction is a pleasing combination of brick veneer and frame. Details for electric heating are included on the blueprints. lA-T. HOMOGRAF COMPANY OF CANADA 40 JARVIS AT KING E., TORONTO 1. ONTARIO. Please send me further details about how to obtain standard builder blueprints for Design No. CH-253. Or enclosed please find for which send me the new Design Book entitled "Second ban and Country Homes Designed For Canadians." NAME ADDRESS (Lett.) Chinese Grass Cloth Chinese grass cloth is made from a vegetable fiber, ramie, which is grown chiefly in Chi- na and Japan. One of the toughest of vegetable fibers, it is well-adapted to many indus- trial uses, can be mixed with silk or wool In woven goods er can be made to resemble a low- grade linen. Feather-Eating Birds The grebes, aquatic birds not' able for their agility in water, eat feathers. As a general rule more than 50 per cent of the contents of a grebe's stomach consists of masses of feathers Do-lt-Yourself Antiquing Kit Boon To Ref inishers By MR. FIX Antiquing as a method ft re- Knishing old furniture (or un- jainted furniture) is an eld :cchnique that Is enjoying a new craze. Instead of assembl- ng the various materials your- self, they are now assembled [or you in special kits. Not only are'all the materials included you are furnished with ex- Iremely easy-tfrfoltow inslruc- lions. The big difference tn antiqu- ing is the use of an opaque base coat of paint. The grain later simulated. This is unlike the use of clear stains and varnishes where the original grain is allowed to show through. Because of this difference it is not necessary to remove the original paint or varnish. The antique finish is applied right over the oW finish and can also be used on metal, plaster, hard- board and other materials. The kit offers the advantage of allotting the purchaser to know exactly what the finished result will be like. There is no miring, involved and a sample chart indicates the effect you will get. The sets are designed to give you a wide range of two-color combinations or a natural lock- ing wood-grain effect. The kit will have at least two cans in it, sometimes three, 'he larger can will contain a coat. This is opaque and u dull or satin finish. The base t provides the proper color Kckground. It can be whtte for an antique white took or it may Bird's Sight Bird's have developed powers of sight to j remarkable degree. Probably they surpass all other creatures in excel- lence of vision. birds can see clearly both at shorter and longer distances than man. Antique Spatter Finish Putting i spaller finish on an antiqued piece of furniture is as easy aj a flick of the wrist, according to the Cana- dian Paint Manufacturers As- sociation. It's j-ist one of many effects you can get with antiqu- ing kits, simply by varying the way in which you apply the toner. Here's how it's done: Use a stiff bristle brush an old toothbrush is fine. Dip the bristles of the brush into the paint. "Spring" the brush with your fingers to throw a fax spray of toner over the under coaling. Don't load the brus] too heavily with toner you'll have splotches, not spatters. some deep blue, red, etc. The second and smaller can contains a glaze coat. Tnb is ranslucent and the base color show through it. The color be made to vary by wiping off more or less of the glaze. The total look of the finish can also be affected by wiping off nore glaze in some areas, al- owing more to remain in oth- ers. In the woodtone kits there is a second can of glaze to apply after the first one is dry. This makes the wood-grain effect more realis- tic. The base coat is brushed on and allowed to dry. Then the is applied, also with a brush and while still wet it is wiped off with a piece of iheeseeloth, also supplied. This leaves streaks of the glaze be- hind. Steel wool also is sometimes used for a final wiping, but cau- tion is required. Shake out the steel wool to remove the fine, loose particles in it Otherwise these will remain beh'nd and make the finish rough. The new finish can be coat- ed with varnish if an especially durable surface is required. Surface preparation for an- tiquing is minimal. Old pain1 and varnish need not be re- moved. It should, however, be dulled to provide tooth for new base coat. A light going O'er with sandpaper or a sur- ace conditioner will cut the Any s'Jrface should be clean and free of old wax, oil or any other polish. (Newspaper Enterprise ASM.) WORLD ALMANAC FACTS The shrew has a reputa- tion for its bad temper. The high metabolism rate of the shrew's body tissues creates a ravenous appe- tite, The World Almanac lays. The tiny mammal eats about three times its weight daily. Shrews range in size from two to tuc inches in length and are mouselike in appearance. One variety produces a poisonous venom that can lull a rabbit. W YOUR GARDEN By Charles Young, F.R.H.S. SWEET PEAS TEfHILK there is probably not quite the interest in Sweet Peas among flower growers that there was many years ago, it is still one of the" most popu- lar Dowers grown. It is easy to grow, hard to beat as a cut flower, has a perfume loved by all and produces a wealth of bloom all summer lor.g. For many years the Spencer variety was the main one grown, ar.d even today it is hard to beat for show purposes, but in southern Alberta it often cannot take the hot weather and often goes off bloom dur- ing the heat of the summer. For such areas some of the heat resistant varieties by Cuth- bertson or Zvolanck are bet- ter. Of the multi-flowered types I think that Galaxy are best. These were developed by Zvol- k for the Burpee Company. There are also dwarfer va- rieties which require less stak- ing than the standard varieties and these are certainly worth trying. At time It was the prac- tise of Sweet Pea enthusiasts to dig very deep ditches. I my- self have dug a trench B feet deep, and I must say the re- sults were spectacular, but no- body digs that deep any more. Eighteen to twenty-four inches is all that anybody digs nowa- days ar.d even that is r.ot ne- cessary for just ordinary sweet peas. If possible, plant in well- drained soil that warms up quickly. Give them as much sun as possible and plant in rows running north and south, giving protection from strong The Coin Corner PEDANIUS D10SCORIDKS The fourth in a series of 50 medals honoring famous men in medical history is dedicated to I'cdanius Oioscorirlcs, first great pharmacologist and bot- anist of note. The first three honored such men as Hippocra- tes, Galen ar.d Dr. Benjamin Rush. Concerned chiefly with plants and their possible contribution to medical science, Di- oscorides, a Greek, did most of his research in Rome (luring the first century later, ho joined the army of Kmperior Noro in onlcr to travel to for- eign lands to search for new and unknown forms of useful plant life. His r-sler work, "De lini- versa Medicina." (.'ctailed (he medicinal properties cf more than HO plants and remained Ure medical profession's phar- macopeia (or mare than n thousand years. Abrarn Belskie, innovator of life-sized, latex medical models for leaching, h-is been selected to produce the portraits anil verse scenes for the medical series. In the obverse portrait, Belskie depicts his subject as he may have appeared to the early Romans, but the reverse shows a copy of Dioscoriiles' manuscript and two plants val- ued for their purporlcd medi- cinal properties Ihe rose and the oleander. Also shown in the centre ol the design is an unguent vase from which the men of medi- cine dispensed their curative ointments. Medals in the "Great Men oi Medicine" series all measure IVi inches in diameter and are available in two compositions Iric bronze, issued in an unlim- ited edition, sells for S3.50 each while (he silver, numerically numbered (o S.KiO sell. for each. A few of the silver edition are still open to subscription through James Harper, I'rcsi (tailial Art Medals, 10 West National FW., Knglcwood, Olu'o winds, especially from the north and west. While Sweet Peas may be .ilanted right in the garden, nuch belter results will be ob- tained by starting inside any ime now. Some Sweet Peas lave very tough skins FO soak n warm water over night and hose seeds which have not be- gun to swell should have the nicked with a knife or a ile on the side opposite the scar. It is at the scar that the irst sign of growth appears and it is important that this area be not injured. Plant about inch deep in a very porous mixture and keep reasonably warm until the sprcut appears, when the plants should be put into cool er conditions (w to a and out into the cok Tame as soon as it is possible to do so. As Sweet I cas havi >'ery deep ar.d extensive root systems they should be plant ed in deep flats. There are spe- cial peat pots available whic are about 5 inches deep ant these are ideal. They are quit hardy and can be set out ii the garden about the first weel in May as a rule. When sellini out in the garden give eacl plant a cupful of a phosphorous rich starter solution. If the soi is ferlile, they do not require groat deal of fertilizing, but if a fertilizer is given, use a com plete or.e that is rot too rich i nitrogen. Do not fertilize during we cold weather and this will hcl to minimize buddrop. Aphid are just about Uie only insec pest that bothers them and thi is easily controlled with Mala tbion. Once Sweet peas hove start (xl Lq bloom, the flowers slwul be picked regularly and neve allowed la go to seed. This w; ensure continuous bloom i summer. t Mr. M. J. n. _ I hare bee Browing plants un.'lcr a cent lights and have been to that white light is not tb best for plants. Ans. This is true. Plan make, best growth under a ligl that is rich in the blue ar.d re cr.cls of Ihc spectrum. tensity and duration of light ries from plant lo plant. Any question or problem gardening or special topic yo may wish (o havo dfilat wil will be answered by sending stamped, self-addressed enve ope. to Mrs. J. Enns, 3224, Mo ley Trail, Calgary 11, Alberta How do you build a telephone company? We started out a desire 1o fill a particular community and business need, to provide Albertans with the best possible telephone servico at the lowest possible cost, Our province reeded a system of modern telephones 1o aid its prospering economy. Of course we had to obtain the physical necessities for tiie system: cable, switching microwave towers, and lha phone that hangs on your wall or sils on your desk. Then we had to find people to fit all these things into place. Technicians, engineers, girls who knew how to smilo their voices. Today we've an organization of people, an investment of 420 million dollars, an integrated communications service that adds 85 million dollars of gross revenue to Alberta's economy yearly. We met every challenge provided every type of communication service you needed, Now, we're looking to the future! carrying out a continuing program of research and development that will continue to provide Albertans with the finest possible communications services. We know our reason for being In business, YOU! ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES ;