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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday Nov.mb.r 25, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HEBAIO 25 THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes Witt the real Dracula please stand up now? 1J ft I I) I I I Laiendar of local happening NEWTON, Mass. Boston College historians, who set out four years ago to find the origins of the Dracula-the- Vnmpire stories say they found evidence of a flesh-and-blood Dracula whose real exploits of horror put OK vampire to STheC' historians, Dr. Ran" Florescu, professor of Roman- ian and Balkan history, and Dr Raymond McNally, profes- sor of Russian history, say the real Dracula was a 15th-cen- tury Romanian prince. Dracula, the real prince, they SA" killed about people dun." his lifetime, most ol them "in 1456-62 when he ruled the Romanian province of Wai- ;ho was portrayed in a poetic ray in the Gothic novel." McNally began checking Romanian, German, Slavic and Russian sources but made little headway until 1937 when he earned up with Fiorcscu. They tramped all over Ro- mania tracking down leads on he prince. They discovered Dracula's portrait in Castle Ambras near Innsbruck, Aus- tria. He was a bull-necked man wi'h a fierce-locking moustache and a jewelled turban. They also found Castle Dracula atop lie Drop-In Centre a 300-foot precipice in chia, just across Wai a- the border from TransylvanU The Coaldale United Church will present the program: a night in Trinidad, at p.m. Sunday. Calmed slides, slccl band music, souvenir display find a live demonstrnticn ofi limbo dancing will hiahiir-ht Ihs evenine. Everyone welcome next week: Monday a.m. Keep fit i -lass under UK direction on the I The annual LDS wild game YWCA i supper will be held Friday, Tuesday: a.m. Practice Dec. 3 at the Legion Hall, Pin- tor the Golden Mile Singers, cher Creek, at p.m. fal Wednesday: p.m. Golden tale telling and enterta.nmeri MUt Singers entertaining at be featured Speaker will Salvation Army bazaar. be Mr. Don Walpev. Thursday: a.m. Prac- The Ladies' Auxiliary to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No 2100, will hold a regular month' lo Lunch will served, and oh'UIreii unc'cr admitted free if mi by parent-. McKillop IICW will Ii-Jld ummnp' sa'o from fi a.m. 13 rwu Sr.'.irday in f'o r'lu hr.'l, 15 Ave. P. on the jtommiidii lachia and parts of Transylvan His favorite mode of deatl was by impaling. He sat his victims on sharpened spikes. In 1462, he stuck Turks and Romanian nobles on spikes in one spit to discourage the invasion of Sultan Mohammed the Great, fresh from his con- quest of Constantinople. Another time he gathered about 1.000 of Ms kingdoms poor sick and aged for a feast in a nobleman's house. After a night of good food and drink he had the revellers boarded up in the house and then burned the place down. And another time he either impaled or burned to death the persons who lived in a village where one of his ene- mies found sanctuary. The search for the real Dra- cula began some 15 years ago when McNally saw the 1931 Bela Lugosi movie classic about Count Dracula, the living corpse who roamed the dim, forested hills of Transylvania sucking human blood by night and holing up to a coffin by "wcNally next read the 1S97 Bram Stoker novel, Dracula, the basis for the movie, and found "a great deal of tme his- torical and geographical fact in the book.'' "I said to McNally recalled, "if the places are real, perhaps the person is rea too. Not, of course, as a vam- pire, but as an actual person Their efforts resulted in a book about Dracula. It was compiled mostly from folklore because documented, historical data about the prince is all but non-existanl. The book is to be published in February. During their research, the two professors literally ran afoul of the so-called curse of Dracula. jn.it, Flcrescu discovered that he could trace his family back to Dracula's younger brother, Radu the Handsome, who was Dracula's most bitter enemy. Radu the Handsome and bis amily are a special object, of he Dracula curse. YSTERIOUS HAPPENINGS "I don't know what to say about the Florescu says. 'I am Romanian and naturally I am superstitious. I cannot say what I believe. But there is something there." The first time Florescu tried to climb to Castle Dracula he ly meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Eagles Hail. Hostesses will be Flora Meyer, Pennv Donaldson, Edna Brown, na Ncis, Annie Grcchelo. Eliz- abeth Hartwich. Worr.cn arp asked to take their Nabob in an out tice for the Golden Mile .Sing- ers. p.m. Binso. coming events: Dec. 15: Christmas party m Soulhminster hall. Tickets for supper must be picked up by Dec. 10. Dec. 18: Christmas party for patients at Raymond Hospital, at 2 p.m. in Southmtoster hall. Donations of cookies, squares, coupons. _ etc will be appreciated. ________ Members of the LA to ANAF arc asked to place thr-ir name" VOLUNTEER SQUAD 1 m Christmas party or to phone an executive member '.own Tau Chapter, Beta Siqma Phi, held a successful cocktail party at home of Mr. and Mrs. Lr. vrence prior to the Beta ball. PREVENTS .STEAMING To keep your bathroom mir- rors fron- steaming up. rub them with glycerine from time to time. OTTAWA "'I'1 r '-n ll.c ix.irc ur.ii-.. pump- M'irlniu sr.id in lr-o MO--1 of the inv.'.i-. v.ere 15 to 21 ihi' M'-nd ro.-o sieaiiily thujirih the IWK. Mrs. i-wiipluim-d fiat the i: spundinr only on tan'.ily-pbnmnK I r-diier.lton compared tn mil-1 lion en (ha roval commission en Gerard to Tr a HE port Wnisier Don .iamicson. said r. major confir- cnce will be on family planning in February, bringing tof.-lher ISO from pro- vincial welfare and citi7nn's proups.___ "If you hod any compaisiort, you'd r.end trial anemic looking ramburger to Cross fcr n blood trcinsfusion MONTREAL (CP) Police in suburban Brossard have set up a 210-man emergency volun- teer snowmobile squad to help them during severe snowstorms this winter. One of the snowmo- biles in the squad will be equipped with a red flasher and a radio and will pull a special- ly-designed stretcher. didn't uncle, hip. make it because his George Florescu, fell ruvine and broke his The uncle has been in as early as Tho will be belt' on V, duc--viay. D3C. 1 at p.m. Thero will be a regular nl'i time dance in Fort Mnrli'od Elementary School on Salir- clay. Beginners lessons from 3 p.m., dancir.i! from RUMMAGE SALE! 5ATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27th COXING ROOM OF CIVIC CENTRE U'l'J ir- OCOQ Sponsored by: IS AttXANDES GAIT CHAPTER OF I.O.D.E See the Exciting WEEKEND SPECIALS! cit ihs EDUCATIONAL TOY FAIR (Hnxl to Bonk netn Zallc, NOAH'S ARK AND 24 WOODEN ANIMMS Ren. 16.00. Spetial FAMILY TREE MOBILE Keg. 2.50. Special DOLl CRADLE, strong birth 'mod, i" Winmpeqi Reg. 5.50. Spetial MARBLE RUN 1 O.OU Rag. 14.00. Spetial CHILDREN'S ART SET 2-50 Rng '1.00. Special A large election of ADVENT CAlENDARi Prices From 70s up hospital since. The next time, Florescu made it to the castle, but im- mediately he became ill. "I don't think I was ill, exactly." he says. "I think I was just very, very tired." A friend of the McNally-Flo- rescu team who photographed the castle promptly became ill. The first three curators ot the castle, after it was identified as Dracula's died mysteriously shortly after beginning their work. Ann Landers ,d Sdv ta Buffalo who didn't like the medical care her husband received He almost died following a sloppy operation. She wanted to know what she could do about it. From the tone of her inquiry I strongly suspect that he wanted to sue the doctor. Your suggestion that she contact the Sity MecHctal Society was ridiculous. That would be like a case of racial discrimination to the Ku Klux Wan. I have read vour column for years and generally your advice is sound, but you really fell on your face this time. By any chance, is your husband a doctor? -Disappointed In DEAR BOSS- Last things first. No, my husband is not a doctor. Obviously, he isn't a lawyer eithsr. You are right my answer was a bummer. I should have advised the woman to see an attorney. Thanks for writing. DEAR ANN LA.VDERS: Yesterday 1 was looking out window and saw four of UK neighbor children standing around a small tale in the ground which they had just dug They were havng a "funeral" for a newborn baby kitten Mat d-d not survive. I was horrified when suddenly one of the little bovs (about 6 years old) came out of the house with a butcher knife. He stabbed the dead kitten several times and seemed to be enjoying himself immensely. T was sick all evening. Where docs a child get such ideas? Should I tell his mother? Greenvilee Mother DEAR MOTHER: Where? Probably from television. By all means tell the brry's mctter. She should have this infor- mation so she can keep an eye on him. Maylw next he'll decide he wants to do the same thing to a live kitten or his little brother. Please send inquiries and requests to Landers Reader- mail Department, Chicago Sun Times-Daily News, 401 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, 111. 60G11. 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