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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, November 9, 1970 THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD 17 Silk king disappeared three years ago Hunt still on for missing millionaire By MOKT ROSENHLtmi CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Malaysia (AP) On Easier Sunday, 1907, an American mil- lionaire with a mysterious past went wandering at this lush mountain resort. They're still looking for Mm. 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. Eewards 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 locking 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 gathsred 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 Siain. He was one ot the Americans in Asia, The last trace of Thompson was the sound of footsteps, thought to be his, crunching on the gravel outside the tome here of Dr. and Mrs. T. 6. ling. Ling is a noted Singapore physi- cian, and his American wife runs the Helen Ling Antique Shops. They had invited Km 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 liviBg quietly in a two-storey house in tlie Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, The story was dis- counted there. Many still think Thompson got lost in the jungle and just disap- peared. "We really don'? know what said a senior police officer here, hinting thai an in- vestigation was still fresh but refusing to say so. "For the last eight months we Mven't had any leads to cheek. But for a long time, we would get reports Irom bomohs that :hey knew where he was. Sev- eral of them got lest thorn selves, looking." CASE UNIQUE Going astray takes no work at all in the thick bush here. A Food given away by supermarket SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) cheerful confusion on a rainy parking lot, a supermar- ket chain here gave away per- ishable ibod it valued at more than rather than let it spoil in a strikebound wars- 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, hut the check on 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 atld the retail value at about 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 GurWia searchers found them. Nonetheless, police recaU 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 1 1 a g e r s, mounted a massive search. They used helicopter and dugs. Aborigine trackers spent days on the trail. Finally, authorities recruited Richard Nooitt, 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 U' Thompson were in the jungle, they would have found traces. Tourist post for Doug Evans EDMONTON (CP) Doug Evans, 31, of Edmonton has been appointed director of the Alberta 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. Weekend death toll readies 48 By THE CANADIAN' PRESS At lost 41! persons died in ac- cidents across Canada during the weekend, 41 in traffic. A Canadian Press survey from f> 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 ins hunt- ing accident. New H r u n s w i c k 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 (HNS) A tea and bazaar sponsored by Coaldale Arts and Crafts will bo held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in a local store. A wide variety of crate mado by the members will be display- ed. IIBBY FANCY Cream Corn 14-fl. or. (ins 89" GRADE "A" MATURE TURKEYS long plc 4 ClOVER LEAF COCKTAIL Shrimp RUMP ROAST GROUND CHUCK SIDE BACON Table Rite, Canada Choice Red Brand, Boneless Ib, ROUND STEAK LIBBY Sauerkraut 14-fl. 01. lint TABLE RITE RED BRAND CANADA CHOICE BEEF s Mapla U8f ,b Nabob Ccffee Wests, 7c off OVC il 32 H. oz. bottle ff Chase and Sanborne, ee Robin Hood 48-oz, Regular, with purchase of 4 Westinghouse light bulbs at Regular Price, Mb. pkg. Garlic Sausage Spare Ribs 69' King Size, 27c off 5-lb. pkg. 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- tienis displaced by the change would bo accommodated at Pearson Hospital for ihe citron- icaily ill. "I have instructed my de- partment to sec 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. Loffmxrk said in an interview. I APPLE JUICE BEANS PORK