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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Silk king disappeared three years ago Hunt still on (or missing millionaire By MOIIT UOSGNDLUM CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Malaysia (AP) On Easter Sunday, 1967, an American mil- lionaire with a mysterious past went wandering at this lush mountain resort. They're still looking for him. He was Jim Thompson, the "Thai Silk King." No one has forgotten Thompson here, but the dripping jungles have yet to hint wiry he never returned from his stroll. Rewards of remain on the books, and Malay witch twitch in oc- casional visions. Visitors roaming jungle paths peer through lianas and only half-jokingly explain they're looking for clues. Thompson, a Second World War intelligence officer, settled in Bangkok and rose to fame and riches with the hand-woven colored silk he manufactured. He gathered a priceless art collection, roaming the northern hills. MAJOR EXPORTER When he disappeared, at 61, he had just opened a new plant producing the silk that had be- come a major modern export of the ancient kingdom of Siam. He was one of the best-known Americans in Asia. The last trace of Thompson was the sound of footsteps, thought to be his, crunching on the gravel outside the home here of Dr. and Mrs. T. G. Ling. Ling is a noted Singapore physi- ciam, and his American wife runs the Helen Ling Antique Shops. They had invited him up for a holiday. Theories abound: kidnappers grabbed Thompson but disposed of him when they realized who they had. guerrillas car- ried him off and executed him. mlrky workings of the United States Central Intellig- ence Agency for whom he was rumored to work somehow fig- ured in the mystery. tiger ate lam. sneaked off for a new anonymous existence. The last theory prompted a report from Bangkok recently that Thompson was living quietly in a two-storey house in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. The story was dis- counted there. Many still think Thompson got lost in (lie jungle and just disap- peared. "We really don'f know what said a senior police Food given away by supermarket SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) cheerful confusion on a rainy parking bt, a supermar- ket chain here gave away per- ishable food it valued at more than rather than let it spoil in a strikebound ware- house. The gifts from Lucky Stores were restricted to charities on a come-and-get-it basis. A few in- dividuals in a quarter-mile-long car line were turned away, but the check oh credentials did not seem extensive. More than pounds of ground beef, steaks, chops and roasts disappeared within 20 minutes. So did chickens. Everything else was cleaned out in a matter of hours. The grocery chain operates 170 stores in California. Wash- ington and Arizona, but only 22 stores in this area were affect- ed by the strike of 150 mem- bers of the Office and Profes- sional Workers Union, mostly women. Checkers, butchers and team- sters refused to cross picket lines, however, and Lucky was unable to move perishables from its vast warehouse in this San Francis- co Bay area city. Lucky's board chairman, Ger- ald Awes, 'estimated the food- stuffs' actual value at more than and the retail value at about B.C. considers abortion clinic VANCOUVER (CP) Health Minister Ralph Loffmark of British Columbia said here es- tablishing of an abortion clinic at Vancouver General Hospital is under consideration to re- lieve growing pressure of abor- tion cases at the hospital. The clinic would be set up at the hospital's Willow Chest Centre and tuberculosis pa- ticnis displaced by the change would bo accommodated at Pearson Hospital for the chron- ically ill. "I have instructed my de- partment to sec how many beds could be made available at Pearson and the possibility of opening a floor at Willow for use in treatment of other kinds of Mr. Loffmark said in an interview. officer here, hinting thai an in- vestigation was still fresh but refusing lo say so. "For the lust eight months we haven't had any leads to chock. But for a long time, we would get reports Irora bomohs that they knew where he was. Sev- eral of them got lost selves, looking." CASE UNIQUE Going astray takes no work at all in the thick bush here. A family of five staying at a church camp late in September wandered off a well marked trail and spent a shivering night in the jungle before Gurkha scorchers found them. Nonetheless, police recall no cases of anyone disappearing without a trace. In the first week of Thomp- son's absence, 400 police, sol- diers and rescue workers along with hundreds of v i 11 a g e r s, mounted massive search. They used helicopter and dogs. Aborigine trackers spent days on the trail. Finally, authorities recruited Richard Noone, n British veteran of the area who spent a decade tracking down Communist terrorists during the Malayan emergency. Experts finally gave up, con- vinced that if Thompson were in the jungle, they would have found traces. Tourist post for Doug Evans EDMONTON (CP) Doug Evans, of Edmonton has been appointed director of the Albsrta Government travel bu- reau, Ray Ratzlaff, Minister of Industry and Tourism, an- nounced Sunday. Mr. Evans has been advertis- ing and public relations man- ager for the Edmonton Exhibi- tion Association for the last years. He succeeds E. S. Bryant who has moved to Ot- tawa. Monday, November 9, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 17 Weekend death toll readies 48 liy THE CANADIAN PRESS At least 48 persons died in ac- cidents across Canada during the weekend, 41 in traffic. A Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m. local times Friday to midnight Sunday also showed one person killed in a fire, two drownings and four persons killed in oilier accidents. Quebec had the worst count with 15 deaths, 14 in traffic and one drowning. Ontario reported nine traffic deaths, one person missing and presumed drowned, two persons killed by carbon monoxide poi- soning, one person hit by a train and one person shot in a hunt- ing accident. New Brunswick reported seven deaths and British Colum- bia three, all in traffic. Nova Scotia and Manitoba re- ported two traffic deaths each. Alberta reported one traffic death and one person killed in a fire. Prince Edward Island, New- foundland a n d Saskatchewan each reported one traffic death. The survey does not include industrial accidents, known sui- cides or slayings. Tea, bazaar COALDALE (IINS) A tea and bazaar sponsored by the Coaldale Arts and Crafts will bo held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in a local store. A wide variety of crafts mado by the members will be display- ed. YOUR TOTAL FOOD ANADA GRADE "A" MATURE TURKEYS BILL.! 10-18-lb. average LIBBY FANCY Cream Corn 14-fl. or. iins 4 89" ROUND STEAK TABLE RITE RED BRAND CANADA CHOICE BEEF Full Slice Ib. 79' Ib. RUMP ROAST GROUND CHUCK SIDE BACON ORANGE Tang pkgs. 4 Table Rife, Canada Choice Red Brand, Boneless Ib. Table Rite Fresh Ifa. Canada Packers Maple Leaf or Western Ib. CLOVER LEAF COCKTAIL Shrimp 4.5-oz. tins LIBBY Sauerkraut 14-fl. 01. tins 2 45" TABLE RITE Spare Young Pork Side Ib. 69' BURNS PRIDE OF CANADA Smoked Ham Boneless, fully cooked Ib. CANADA PACKERS Bylhe piece Bologna Ib. CANADA PACKERS Garlic Sausage Ukrainian Ib. Uw Nabob Ccffee Regular, with purchase of 4 Westinghouse light bulbs at Regular Price. 59c Inst. Coffee APPLE JUICE DEANS PORK SUN RYPE BLUE LABEL 48 fl. oz. fins WLMIU Ot I Vllll 14 fl. oz. tins BLUE MOUNTAIN 3 varieties 14 fl. oz. tins IGA FROZEN FOODS PINEAPPLE LIBBY FANCY TOMATO JUICE CAMPBELL'S C SOUP 19 fl. oz. fins CAMPBELL'S CH. RICE OR CH. NOODLE Cnakes Orange Juice Top Volu Cone 12 fl. oz. tins French Fries ALPHA 85c EVAP. MILK for 85C TOMATO CATSUP 10 fl. oz. tins 15 fl. oz. tins 5.1" 89' 39' CHRISTMAS Gift Wrap 3 roll pkg. asst. CHEF BOYARDEE Cheese Pizza 7e Coupon 15.5-oz. Noxzema Bryfcream Woodland 16-oz. pkg. Wests, 7c off 'il 32 fl. oz. bottle OVC Chase and Scmborne, i .49 ..........6-oz. jar S Pks.63c Cadbury, 3 varieties 7-oz. King Sizs, i .69 27c off 5-lb. pkg. I 1.49 10-oz. jar I ___ 3-oz. tube OOC 2for79C CASHMERE ASST. COLORS HALO REG. OR HARD TO HOLD Hair Spray 10 fl. oz. fins 18 fl. oz. bottle ASST. COLORS Scotties Handi Pak, 2 Ply, 100'j 5 881 for 8 roll pack SPECIALS Hawaiian Fresh..................ea. 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