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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Ask Andy FRAGILE OPALS Andy sends a complete 20- volume of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Gregory M. age of for his Why are The various are rated as precious or semi-precious gem stones. They are natural minerals that somehow cap- ture and concentrate the most beautiful colors. All of them are created by the planet Earth from common ingredients in her rocky crust. Precious opals flash fiery sparks that reflect specks of trapped moisture. Geologists rate the lovely opal stones as hydrated silicate minerals. The silicate refers to their main which is a com- pound of two of the earth's most plentiful elements ox- ygen and silicon. Its basic molecule is silicon a package of one atom of sihcone and two atoms of ox-' ygen Hydrated means that the basic ingredient is permeated with moisture Most opals are magical mix- tures of about 90 per cent silica and 10 per cent water. This mixture gives the opal its moonbeam beauty and also its rather fragile character. By silica forms the hardest of the common stones. It is the durable quartz in grit- ty grains of sand and in flinty hard flint stone It is mixed with traces of various impurities that forms the hard glossy agates that come in such vivid floral colors In these quartz the silica molecules are arranged in tight crystalline formation which is why they are hard In the silica molecules are not in crystallized for- mations because they are permeated by molecules of moisture. Under certain con- the trapped moisture can escape This weakens the mineral structure and also robs it of its inner glow. Sometimes an opal loses its moisture when the sur- rounding air is especially dry When heated to 100 degrees C in a closed the moisture in an opal vaporizes and departs opals are rather fragile beauties that tend to crack The earth may create a batch of opals in a region of hot in volcanic or in sediments associated with ancient volcanic activity. The recipe calls for a high concentration of silica dissolv- ed in chemically acid water. The patient formation of opals occurs as the right ground water percolates through rocky crevices. Gradually its silica is deposited with moisture in jellified layers that solidify in the air. These glassy layers or penetrating beams of light .at different angles. This is what gives the opal its inner glow. In some even a pale common opal can manipulate the light to glow with fluorescence. The basic color may be as dark as well water or as pale as milk The quality of an opal depends upon the flashing specks of color trapped inside the glassy stone. Experts now suspect that these mini- flames are sparked by in- finitesimal pockets of trapped moisture. The water content that makes an opal a fragile stone also adds its beauty. QuMtiofw by child- ren of Herald raiders should to mailed to Ask P.O. Box. Huntlngton California 92648. L Chronicle Publishing Co. Boxcar lack plagues Montana GREAT Mont. The chronic problem of boxcar shortage is plaguing the Montana grain and lumber industries again this but the situation apparently is not acute Representatives of both in- dustries said Friday were not getting enough box- cars to meet all their but they are receiving enough to keep products moving to market. Traffic co-ordinator Robert Barnes of the St. Regis Paper Co. at Libby said the mill has a standing order for 14 box- cars a but is getting only five or six. Robert Brastrup of the Mon- tana wheat research and marketing committee in Great Falls said grain elevators could use more box- cars than they are getting Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN T TIM Triton BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS tj. l North-South vulner- as South you 487 063 The bidding has East South West North 1 A Pass 2 A Dble. Pass What do you bid hearts You have Jn opening bid opposite a partner who has made a vulnerable take- out double The one suit he is surely prepared for is hearts We agree that clubs might be a bet- ter contiact on some but there no way to investigate the alternatives Three clubs would not be and a jump to four not forcing- might easily result In missing a 4-4 heart fit p. as South you A7 OAQ54 The bidding has South West North East 1 V Pass 2 Pass 2 0 Pass 3 NT Pass y What do you bid an incurable optimist would envision a slam on this auction and bid four clubs Part- ner rates to have a major por- tion of his strength In the spade and far from being an asset your singleton spade probably is a liability Our vote goes to pus. Q. 3 North-South vulner- able and as South you The bidding'has proceeded South West North East 1 Pass 2 Pass What do you bid diamonds With 40 on there Is no need to hurry surely will bid again Even R slam is not out of the and by leaving the maximum room to describe our we have the best chance to reach the optimum contract Q. 4 Neither as South you The bidding has North East South West i A Pass .1 Pau I 0 Pass What do you bid A sptdei It not our 'Iral choice There la no why we should luppresi our econd suit When we support pades at our next we will live described our hand graph I ally and have put partner In a trong position to po- entlal of the so three itarn geti the top award. Q. 5 East-West vulner- as Sauth you AJ865 O8732 The bidding has West North East South Pass 1 Pass Pass 1 Pass 2 Pass Pass Dble. Pass What action do you A Partner's double is for Is not Inviting us Into the auction. Partner could have doubled one heart for take- out had he desired us to bid He is saying he ran defeat two and the fact that you possess two cards m the enemy suit will come as a pleasant sur- prise to him Q. 6 North-South vulner- as South you hold. AAKfi The bidding has North East South West -IV Pass 2 Pass 2 O Pass What do you bid your good heart sup- port and top you are too strong to bid three no trump might result In your miss- ing a heart slam You have to find a forcing and there Is no obvious one available The solution is a temporizing bid of two despite the fact that you htve only a three-card suit Partner's next bid will further clarify his holding Q. 7 North-South as South you 4KQ VAQJ954 082 The bidding has East South West North 10' 1 Pass 1 NT Pass What do you bid now7 no trump We might not have the point count for this bid. but our hand has tremendous trick-taking potential Partner's bid of one no trump In this situa- tion anil at this vulnerability In- he has some and if he can continue to game he should be able to gather In nine I quite comfortably. Q. as South you V8 04954 AAQU32 The bidding has South West North East 1 Pats l 0 What do you bid dlamondi You have tht values for t Jump raltc to but that bid would leave you badly placed If part- ner's next bid were three no trump Is that the right apot. or should the hand be played In a minor Simply bidding two diamonds would allow partner to describe his hand at a relatively low lever If he pasMS two dia- monds. It ta mott unlikely that yog Your horoscope November 1973 THI UTMOHNDOI HlfULO 17 NOV. ZT birthday Enterprises established now promise to prosper and to attract all the help needed. Even if you ask for you nonetheless gel something. Relationships turn out difficult or inconvenient but well worth all the bother. Today's natives have a gift of often literary are apt to resort to ex treme measures when frustrated. ARIES 21 April Whatever your home is the sort of questions or problems it can pose will arise competing with your work for your consideration. TAURUS 20 May It may seem that nobody agrees with so don't waste time arguing or even trying to be heard. Quietly go ahead with those matters where you can and do control what happens. GEMINI 21 June Optimism in financial matters is apt to be premature. You may save the day by paying closer seeking flaws before they begin to be dif- ficult to deal with CANCER 21 July Material concerns en- counter confusion Watching reactions and you can see what makes others do something to alleviate stress between you and them. LEO 23 Aug. Ad- justment is the key to a successful passage but remember the situation and its changes are a transitory phase. Any problems are tem- porary VIRGO Earning and spending take on an .experimental quality within rather narrow limits. You can learn to be more more precise 'in your calculations LIBRA M-Oct. Take time out to think things over'. Make a deliberate choice of how best to begin today's then stick with it for a diligent cycle. SCORPIO 23 Nov. Step right up and demand what you've an increase or bonus included. Where some question has been try for a definite answer. SAGITTARIUS 22 Dec. i Pause for reflection and to let your intuition point the way. Well meaning friends those of long are full of mis- thus wrong vice CAPRICORN 22 Jan. The consequences of your recent activity come home to perhaps rather abruptly. Start a program to build up physical stamina as well as your material reserves AQUARIUS 20 Feb. Nothing secret is going to stay that way long if you change anything around. Without petty differences can explode into 'major arguments PISCES 19 March You'll be proud of your and tact when this day is done Pace your efforts Follow your own stay out of the schemes of your friends. The Chicago Tribune THAT'S IT. CHAftlE FROM NOW ALL SNOuKwai ADULT SUPERVISION ...REAP THIS. 5MOUI HAASS' NOW KINS JEAMS...A6E BRACKETS.... toft PuSroff A CttSH Of SAT WINS..SOME MWDgRED UNICORN HORN AMD A PlNCM OF SHOULD m CONJURE UP AN EVIL i DIDNT use LIZARD BLONDIE by CMC YOU SAID YOU'D TAKE r ME TO THE S MOVIES rlTOOTlRER BLOMOIE OH --ALL. BUT WAIT TILL I GET A PILLOW T'M JUST LUCKY r HE DIDN'T WEAR MIS PAJAMAS DEETLE BAILEY Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I've been putting off writing this letter lor some time now out of fear I'm afraid of what might be wrong with me The problem is much too complicated to explain in but I am a almost 18 Recently I dieted and lost 20 to 25 pounds on my own I paid attention to nutrition and proper but I wasn't under medical supervision. I have absolutely no idea if the loss of weight has anything to do with my but I'd like it known that I haye been on a diet while this was happ- ening I haven't had my menstrual period for over six months i I'm not I've become depressed and my legs and soles of my feet hurt so much sometimes I can barely walk. I don t know what is wrong I've not mentioned this to anyone yet Right now I just want to know what to do If I were 45 years I might believe I was going through the but I'm only so I'm worried that it might be a disease or possibly a type of cancer. I'm doctor please write and tell me what is wrong I'm so scared and worried I can't sleep half the and I feel like crying or something. Dear Reader You are pretty good at making a diagnosis Probably most of vour problems are related to that do-it-yourself diet program you have been on There are a lot of problems caused by dieting I'm one of the strongest proponents for staving slim and preventing but not by measures that can and will destroy your health The longer I write this column and see the convinced I am that most of public hasn't the foggiest idea of how much trouble they can cause themselves with ill-advised diet programs. Unfortunately some of these programs are advised on a nationwide scale. In 1950 Dr. Ancel Keys and his group at the University of Minnesota studied healthy people by putting them on a 1600 calorie diet. They lost weight and lost their sexual in some their hair fell out. There were per- sonality very much like you now describe Almost Pun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER there were eleven of you girls and eleven men at the said Ann. bet it was Sally shook her head. were no unmarried she replied. none of the married folk could and the number of men who couldn't dance was the same as the number of married Hardly a How many of the girls could Friday's answer Doug's share all seemed irrit- able and old before their time. That is only the beginning It took six months for most of them to regain their after starting on a high calorie diet and rehabilitation program Mind all of these problems occurred while eating 1600 calories a day ol a pretty good no doubt much better than the one vou have been on Those sore feet may well mean a deficiency. And. semi-starvation-can lead to slopping menstruation The first thing I would ad- vise is that you begin at once to eat a good nutritious in accordance with your appetite Then see a doctor to be sure you don't have any other problems I would that with a nutrition program directed toward regaining vour plenty of and protein that you could regain your old zest for living in a few months I hope letter reminds many others that food is the source of your energy and health. If voii want to keep health and you are smart to stay off those diets Send your questions to Dr. in care of this new- P.O. Box Radio City New N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on the send 5 cents to the same address and ask for booklet. -a-gallon gas price possible WASHINGTON -The price of gasoline could rocket to a gallon in the United States early next year if a stiff tax is imposed and price controls two Nixon administration energy of- ficials said Friday. Duke director of the interior department's oil and gas and Mike general counsel for the White House energy of- said the price is possible Both also raised the possibility that it may take too long to get a gasoline tax through Congress to help with the fuel shortage. The Nixon administration is considering a federal gasoline between 20 cents and 40 cents a gallon on top of the present four cents a gasoline rationing to conserve supplies and dampen demand. concerned about the Ligon said. the time it takes to get a tax through I'm not sure we have any but to impose rationing. Both officials appeared on a local tejevision show to give their views on the energy crisis McKevitt said he expected the crisis to last two more years and Ligon added. or more BV STOPPED UP I CAN'T HAGAR THE HORRIBLE dik brownt EPIC-- WANNlA A ARCHIE bob montiN ARCH BE LATE.' AS SOON AS BETTY FINDS OUT I'M TAKING TO THE BALL THEFISHT ARCH SOLD ME A HARD SEAT TO THE TO COME. HI AND LOIS by dik WARNED YOU NOT MAKE A COMPLAINTS HOW DID THAT HAPPEN WHO COMPLAINS ALWAYS PUT ON A COMMITTEE NOW YOU'RE HEAD OP THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE BUT ALL I SAID I WANT TO RESION FROM THIS BUBS BUNNY U'LAMER AH NEEDSH0OMTOGOMMIT A 95 WEDDIN'.T AH BEGINS BY DANCIM' TH1 WMAD SCENE' FUM M-at FA PIG TIED TO EACH LAK3-WHILE BLACK RUFE I ISA-TAKIN'POTSHOTSAT ;