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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HSRALD Frluoy, May 4, 19.3 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEANE DIXON SATURDAY. MAY 5 Your birthday today: Dra- matic events sprinkle the cal- endar, centered mostly on jour efforts to overcome na- tural limitations. Today's na- tives often hold secret ideas and methods that would be profitable and helpful if put to general use. ARIES CNIarch 21-April Mark this as a day for Lnsight, successful solution of intellec- tual puzzles, productive study in your chosen field. TAURUS (April 20-May Short-term money can be a nui- sance depending on what you've done lately. Early hours are one way, later hours are alto- gether different. GEMINI (May 21-June Your sales capability is again at peak. Think success, person- al independence, feeling the eternal light of the soul shin- ing. CANCER (June 21-July Be alert, willing to enter fresh contacts on an even, give-and- take basis, and not overly ser- ious. LEO (July 23 Aug. Pur- sue business dealings that you can't perform easily during the week. A bit of luck on finan- Ask Andy cr: GYMNOSPERMS Andy sends a complete 20- set of the Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Jan Hulsey, age 14. of Avondale Est, Georgia, for her ques- tion' What arc cpmnosperms? This topic introduces us to the classifications of the plant world. More than spec-j IBS arc known and some ex- perts suspect that the total plant kingdom may include half a million different species. The known species are classed in major divisions, which are subdivieded into smaller and smaller related groups. About 500 plants are rated as gymno- sperms because cf their special seeds. In the plant world, success depends upon the development of seeds, plus their protection and dispersal The first and the simplest plants belonged to the sea, perhaps two billion years ago. Perhaps 420 million years :ame club mosses, ferns and norsetails that multiplied by casting countless minuscule >pores on the breezes. Seeds were invented more :han 300 million years ago and for ages all of the seed- bearing nlants were gyrrmo- ,perms. This botanical term merely means "naked-seed" jlants. A good example of a symnospcnu is a cone-bearing j Christmas tree This method of production, protection and dispersal was so successful that the confiers have changed very little. A confier bears male cones that produce pollen and larger :ones that produce female sells. Fertilization depends on Jie wind to disperse clouds of oollen. A few grains reach and fertilize female cones. The coni- fer is called a gymnosperm be- cause the naked seeds are ex- posed on the inside of the scales that form these cones. When the seeds are ripe, the cone turns upside down and they fall to the ground where a few may establish new trees. Some 500 of the original gym- nosperm species have surviv- ed to modern with few changes. However, the best was yet to come. A new breed call- ed the angiosperms arrived, brining all the flowering plants, trees and shrubs that now ad- orn the earth, the term angio- sperm means "covered-seeds." It refers to seeds that are pro- tected inside pods, cases or fruits. The first of their kind arrived about 150 million years ago. The earlier, and still success- ful gymnosperms rely on the breezes to fertilize their naked seeds. However, this is risky and clouds of pollen are wasted. The flowers of most angio- sperms bear both male and fe- male cells. This is less risky and more economical. fc V HI Of the 500 surviving gymno- sperms, bout 350 are cone-bear- ing trees and shrubs. The 150, 000 or so angiosperms account for about half of the modern plant species. They rely more on insects to pollinate their seeds and most insects arc at- tracted to pretty colors and sweet perfumes. This, of couase, explains why the angiosperms display their seed cells in flow- ery, fragrant blossoms. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Bot 765. Hnntington Beach, California 9264S. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) cial details may add to your resources. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Spending for its own sake de- feats its purposes. Career and commercial activity must not encroach on the tender care you offer loved ones. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Morning presents a hard choice. Count relative merits, choose quickly and get on with what- ever it is. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Once you get the day's early chores out of the way it's a pic- nic of a day, for any sort of fun, games, or your favorite sport. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec, Speaking your true feelings brings an agreeable echo, com- forting companionship. While cooperative moods abound, enter a joint project. CAPRICORN' (Dec. 22 Jan. Open your eyes to the beauty of your surroundings there is something great, even in the worst of places, and surety you are not there. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Go it alone, in pursuit of your own creative projects. Your at- titude stirs others, and for the moment leads more to talk I than co-operation. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Take a deliberate pace "with routines, so there's a thorough job with time for