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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, March 20, 1974 It will take months to ease fuel shortage NEW YORK (AP) High prices at the gasoline pump and on the utility bill are not likely to come down, and there won't be much more gasoline at United States service stations for about two months. That is what major oil com- panies in the U.S. said about Monday's announcement that the Arab oil embargo against the U.S. has been lifted. Oil companies and industry leaders welcomed the news, and said it will have a positive impact on areas short of energy. But they also said some shortages and high prices will remain even after oil from the Middle East begins flowing to U S consumers for the first time since last fall's Arab-Is- raeli war. They said it will take two to three months for that to happen. The oil companies said there will be increased gasoline supplies for the summer months and predicted long gasoline lines should continue to subside both as a result of increased supplies and a hoped-for return of consumer confidence. Spokesmen for two oil com- panies warned that energy conservation measures must continue. "The lifting of the embargo is good said the Shell Oil Co. "But it is no sign the nation can revert to historical energy consumption patterns and uses." "One point should be made very clear to the American said Standard Oil of California. "The lifting of the embargo does not mean a return to business as usual. HAVE YOU WRITTEN A BOOK? A publisher's editorial representative will be in Lethbridge in April He will be interviewing local authors in a quest for finished manuscripts suitable for book publication by Carlton Press. Inc well-known New York publishing firm All subjects will be considered including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, drama, religion, philosophy, etc If you have completed a book-length manuscript (or nearly so) on any subject, and would like a professional appraisal (with- out cost or please write immediately describing your work and stating which part of the day (am or p m you would prefer for an appointment and kindly mention your phone number You will promptly receive a confirmation for a definite time and place Authors with completed manuscripts unable to appear may send them directly to the representative (address below) for a free reading and evaluation He will also be glad to hear from those whose literary works are still m progress. Please address, ALAN F. PATER 195 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, California 90212 Tel: (213) 271-5558 Hotel corridor home for Lagos youngster By HENRY S. HAYWARD Christian Science Monitor LAGOS, Nigeria "I had to beg off going to a business lunch the other confessed an American resident here. "It was going to cost a person. That's too steep for me or my outfit." Or take the price of bread. It went up 50 per cent in one day. (Consumers contend the size of the loaf has shrunk by about one- third at the same time.) Milk increased 60 per cent in price. Wheat and flour are harder to buy. With local variations the same can be written from virtually any 'Black African capital as inflation, drought, the cost of imports, and the oil-price boost take their toll. Adding to the difficulties encountered by Nigerians and foreigners alike, however, is the housing shortage in Lagos. Nigerian officials returning from overseas assignments sometimes face six to eight months of living in a hotel room 'with their families before a house can be found. Even then demands for five years' rent in advance are increasingly common. Corridors of one of this city's main hotels frequently resemble children's playgrounds in the afternoon hours. One youngster, asked where she was from, looked at me in surprise. "I live right she said firmly, arranging her dolls by the elevator. Now there is talk of forbidding anyone to retain hotel rooms indefinitely, which may force some individuals or companies to surrender their permanent bookings. High prices in Nigeria are variously attributed to the increasing cost of imports and the drought affecting the northern portion of the country. The housing shortage also may be aggravated by scarcity of certain needed imports, such as cement. Fewer ships, it is maintained, are calling at Nigerian ports due to the world energy crisis. The Lagos port manager reported that only 98 ships berthed there in December, 1973, compared with 136 the same month in 1972. One explanation for this is fueling difficulties in European ports before freighters undertake the voyage to Africa. Ships also are steaming slower to economize on fuel, thereby taking longer to reach their African destinations and making fewer trips per year. Add to this the fact that the cement shortage in the industrial nations means less is available for countries like Nigeria, with fewer ships needed to carry it. Nigeria's exports other than oil also have been hit by the drought. Included are groundnuts, palm oil, and cocoa beans. The result is fewer ships needed to carry exports away. Not that Nigeria lacks the money to pay for plenty of imports. According to the Bank of Nigeria, in November, 1973, foreign reserves stood at over million. That was before the big influx of funds from higher prices for its oil. Some ordinary Nigerians, meanwhile, seem puzzled by their relative poorness amid all the apparent prosperity. "Where is my share of the oil say various letters to newspapers. "My roof still leaks." Since the country's per capita income is per year, such plaints are understandable. The Nigerian drought, which Nigerian youngsters watch kerosene vendor on Lagos street affects 4 million people adversely, is classed as serious. The government is regarded by outsiders as having been slow to react to the problem at first. But now it is doing its best to send in foodstuffs, while drilling boreholes and tube wells to improve the water supply. "The rains stopped two weeks short of a viable crop this one expert noted. "But the government expects to handle all its own relief needs. It has the funds to help the victims to survive and get started again." The government is importing foodstuffs, a move it probably had hoped to avoid, seeing 70 per cent of the population is engaged in agriculture. Orange Juice Crystals 65' IVORY LIQUID 24oz.................. I-W COFFEE MATE FOOD VALUES Kellogg's RICE CRISPIES DREAM WHIP E6G NOODLES Canadian Single Slices. 11b. pkg. MARGARINE PIZZA MIX SPAGHETTI 3i89 Tomato Sauce Catelli. 14 oz. BIG WALLY China still seems anxious to unite divided families Chef-Boyarde 16 02. (Plain cheese) Christie 2 Ib. box. LUNCH MEAT 69' SPAGHETTI SODA CRACKERS Jubilee 12 oz. Franco American 1402........... 20 oz. 1 MIRACLE WHIP 48 oz. 1 25 PEANUT BUTTER FOODS PERCH FILLETS OQC Hi Liner 14 oz........... 59' 99' FISHCAKES CCO Hi-Liner. 12 oz. oka...... W W Hi Liner 14 oz. ORANGE JUKE Minute Maid. 12 oz. BANANA CAKE Sara Lee each. HAMS Whole '-4's or 'Vs. Ib BACON Burns Campfire Sliced. 1 1b. pkg. TURKEYS Easter butterballs. all sizes. Ib. BEEF STEAKETTES CHUCK STEAK CHUCK ROASTS LETTUCE Romaine. Each PORK CHOPS 1516- 327-2044 By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING There have been few better portents for the future of relations between China and Canada than the brown hand-lettered envelope that the mailman delivered to the Canadian embassy here last week. Inside was an application from a teacher in Canton who wishes to emigrate with his family to first of about Chinese citizens expected to seek admission under an agreement on divided families that, was reached here last year by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The. application form, for- warded by authorities in the Southern China city, was a concrete demonstration of what Chinese officials have been telling diplomats here ever since a major new political campaign got under way in the fall: That aroused political passions will not be allowed to interfere with the generally happy state of China's relations with Western countries. The experience of the cultural revolution, when a number of anti-foreign incidents culminated in the burning of the British mission in Peking, has wet some apprehension among .dip- lomats about the potential ef- fects of another major up- heaval. But the indications so far are that the party and gov- ernment leadership are deter- mined to protect and promote relations with the Western world, no matter whatever the strains imposed by renewed militancy on the domestic scene- Progress on the issue of di- vided families is only one of the instances that have persuaded Canadian representatives that the Chinese have no present in- tention of retreating from the commitments that were made when the prime minister visited here in October. Negotiations are in hand for a host of exchanges in the fields PWA warns of charter price jump CALGARY