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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 30, 1973 'Anthropologist? scours Montana Anybody here seen 24-foot giants? SHOPPER STOPPERS NOW ON Snap-up hot bargains from an inventory of millions of dollars. They're a real steal' "Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went into the daughters of men, and they brought forth chil- dren, these are the mighty men of old 6-4. By TOM TIEDE HARDIN, Mont. (NBA) By his own testimony Rich- ard Arbogast doesn't "read so good" but occasionally he does snatch a sentence from the Bible. Genesis in particular. He's read it, re- read it and come to believe it. Now he's out to prove that it's true. Arbogast is looking for the remains of the "giants." Specifically, he is looking on the Crow Indian Reserva- tion south of here. He says he combed the countryside for miles in every direction before pinpointing the burial grounds of what he insists is a "race of mighty men, just like the Bible says, most of them at least 24 feet tall." Naturally, almost every- body thinks Arbogast is nuts. He says he has already dug down to the skull of one of his giants; he says the rea- son he hasn't dug him all the way out is because the earth caved in. But not many around here can buy that. "Dick is a good says one who knows him, "but, well, his mind sometimes wanders a bit" Crunch The sentiment has put a sizable crunch in Arbogast's exploration. Word around Hardin is that next he'll be looking for the Garden of Eden. Arbogast says he has not been able to raise any money or any sympathy in pursuit of his thesis: "I had a partner once who under- stood. But ever since he died there hasn't been many who take me serious." Doubtless, Arbogast is ser- ious. Nobody, even in this re- mote part of the globe, actively shadow some- thing so preposterous with- out sober beliefs. It began six years ago when Arbogast, middle aged, joined with his "partner1' to start a well-digging business. Despite divining rods and some success, they soon tired of the idea. Says Arbogast: "When I found out he was interested in giants, I told him I was interested, too. So we said, what the hell are we doing looking for They kept their divining rods and went to search for the giants instead. Even when the partner died, Arbogast persisted. Af- ter awhile I kept going for no other reason than to prove I was right." Then, he says, he struck it. "I found this hill on the reservation. I figured if the giants were on the earth in Genesis 6, before the flood, they would have to have taken to high ground. I dug this hole down 15 feet and sure enough I hit one of them. It was the skull. I took this one part out, the'ear part, and the whole damn ear canal came too.'' Alas, a cave-in cut the ex- pedition short. Besides, Arbo- gast was digging on Indian land without permission. De- jected, without funds, "won- dering about my he retreated for two years to a life of walking the plains and moping. Now he's back again, "try- ing to do it right." During a recent meeting with Crow leaders, he said if the In- dians will give him permis- sion to dig again, maybe even help him dig, he will let them have whatever he finds for their museum. No decision Actually, the meeting with the Indians produced no im- mediate decision. But it turn- Looking for remains Self-styled anthropologist Richard Arbogast is searching Montana Indian reserva- tions with the hope of unearthing "giants" who he claims made the footprint, left. ed out to be the most en- coiu aging thing that's hap- pened to "anthropologist Ar- as he calls himself, in months. If he approached any other private land with his idea, the explorer would get the bum's rush. But In- dians are not so absolute as other people. They still be- lieve there are mysteries on the earth Says Crow tnbal president David Stewart: "You know, there have been rumors of giants on this reservation be- fore. Some have reported see- ing men at least 10 feet tall. Another man I know says he has a shinbone that mea- sured four feet. Personallv. I don't really believe in giants, but I have an open mind Some others on the reser- vation are more pragmatic. A Bureau of Indian Affairs official, himself an anthro- pologist, says Arbogast's the- ory is hogwash. "Don't you think, with all the scientists in the world, that if there were giant fossils they would have been discovered by now? I don't mind legitimate ex- ploration on Indian land but this is too preposterous. He has no proof at all.'' Proof For his part, Arbogast says he does have proof. Color slides of something he calls footprints'" The three feet long, are in the form of plaster casts. Arbogast said he heard about then- existence years ago: casts now belong to a Montana state senator. I've asked him if he would help me, but he says he doesn't want to get mixed up in something like this." Dumb dreams? Probably. The weight of history, evi- dence and common sense is against Richard Arbogast. Yet who really knows? There is another Biblical passage the man likes to read. Matthew 8: "Judge not that ye fte not judged For every one that asketh receiveth: and he that seek- eth findeth: and to him that knocketh it shall be open." Go to it, Mr. Arbogast. ON SALE: MAY 3Oth to JUNE 2nd WHILE QUANTITIES LAST! ANNIVERSARY BIG VALUES TWIN SET SAUCEPANS 77 Twin corningware oven set makes Jdeal.serving dishes. 48 56 ounce sizes. White with cornflower design. PRICE SET TWO PIECE LUGGAGE SET 'Escapade' set available in Blue, Avocado and Antique Gold. In- KRES6E eludes: 21' Weekend and 25 Pullman cases. 23 99 SET 7 PCE. FRONTIER COOKWARE Porcelainware cooking set consists of: skillet, 4 qt covered pot, 3 qt. covered saucepan and 2 qt. covered saucepan. SET I ASSORTED POTTERY LAMPS 94 Assorted Yellow, Green, Brown White speckled bases with matching trim on KRESGE White shades. 32 to 36 "tall. PRICE 6 EACH ATHLETIC SPORTS BAG 5 PCE. PLASTIC CANISTERS Coffee, Tea, Sugar, Flour i i Cookie set. Gold, Avocado 'KRESGE White. PRICE Vinyl bag In Black or Brown. Zippered slda RRESGE opening. PRICE POLY STEP-ON CAN KRESGE PRICE 388 -Unbreakable. Won't rust or dent. Easy to clean. Gold, Avo- cado, White. This Saturday In Weekend Magazine Open Daily 9 a.m, to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 pjm: CHARGEX Last letters of a Canadian soldier who died on D-Day. Twenty-nine years ago next Wednesday, Alec Flexer, a 22- vear-old Montreal soldier, died in France on D-Day. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, Don Bell presents excerpts from a moving series of letters Flexer wrote to his parents during his training period, and which convey the flavor and feeling of that time. Hamilton's Born Winner Andy O'Brien's profile of Chuck Ealev, Hamilton's great Grey Cup-winning rookie quarterback whose selr- confessed "flaw" wasn't noticed by opponents Sheer Beauty Audrey Gostlm's colorful photospread of exciting new crushable and washable clothes. A Real Puzzler Rod Dewar looks at the London Timei crossword one of the most challenging of all. Bottled Elephants A look at a new wav of breeding 700 animals Radio Revivals Tam Deachman reports on the current trend to taping and trading famous radio programs of the 30s and 40s. Sunny Day Breakfast Margo Oliver's menu designed to get your day off to a good start, including tempting recipes you ought to try soon. We Get Letters A sampling from Weekend Magazine readers across Canada. The Lcthbridgc Herald ;