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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THt LtTHiRIDQE HEHALD PfMcy, OctoMt II, 1974 Amsterdam trams accept cherry fare AMSTERDAM (AP) Au- tomation has turned the Am- sterdam streetcar conductor, once renowned for his folksy humor, into a plainclothes en- forcement agent who stalks non-paying riders on the city's transit system. The conductors went out in Dominica popularity growing ROSEAU Sooner or later, most repeat visitors to the West Indies get around to deciding which island they like best. For some it is Dominica. Not a popular choice, perhaps, for this one possesses no white sand beaches a top of the list ingredient with the majority of tourists when choosing an island. But its natural attrac- tions include just about every thing else, often in awesome proportions. Dominica it shouldnjt be confused with the Dominican Republic; they're quite different is a 300 square miles piece of mountainous jungle set smack in the middle of the eastern Caribbean between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. French blood flows in the veins of many of the people here, but the island today is British (now a state in association with Great Britain) and the official language is English. It is only quite recently that Dominicans decided they would like to get some of the tourist action, and to that end the government has been providing incentives for the construction of new hotels The number of hotels is still small when you make a com- parison with islands like An- tigua or St. Lucia, but the variety is surprising. Here you can get accom- modation overlooking a black sand beach, on the bank of a swiftly flowing stream, in what at one time was a fort in town, in the hills, or on a plan- tation. You get more rain in the hills the plantation house where we stayed for awhile is 1.100 feet above sea level but it is cooler there at night, .and if you are high enough you'll find the need for a blanket or quilt to sleep com- fortably. THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport. CiliZBnship. I D. and ViSJ PHOTOS Upstairs Suite E 303-5th So 328-9344 1969 to be replaced on the Dutch capital's 200 trams by automatic ticket vendors and bright yellow punching ma- chines. The new system de-' pended heavily on the honesty' of the city's commuters, many of whom flunked the test. City transit officials esti- mate that Amsterdam loses two million guilders (about annually in unpaid fares. First the problem was tack- led by uniformed inspectors who worked in pairs and ed slightly under three per cent of all .passengers. Plainclothes men were in- troduced experimentally last year and the detection rate .went up to 4.8 per cent. They work in teams of a badge when and go through a crowded tram much more quickly. City transit spokesman Jan Freeke said problems started right after introduction of the automatic system. "It's fun- on a train don't see the inspector as someone who hunts down peo- ple without tickets. It's an accepted method of control. But it was different with the trams." Another problem, said Freeke, was that people miss- ed the wisecracking con- ductors of old, who buttered up the old folks and flirted with the girls. Freeke said these problems been overcome and the control system is now vir- tually trouble-free. Most of- fenders simply pay the auto- matic fine, which is ex- trac.ted on the spot. The control system also traps a large number of for- eign visitors, who get con- fused by automated ticketing despite conspicuously posted signs in England, French and German "About 30 per cent of non- paying riders are Freeke said "The controllers recognize their confusion and often allow them to avoid the fine by buying a regular ticket. But then there are wily Amsterdammers who carry a 10-mark bill and claim to be Germans if they are caught" Despite the diminished cor- diality of the new ticketing scheme, Amsterdam street- cars are still good for an oc- casional laugh. Crowded trams sometimes empty mysteriouly from one stop to the next when a controller steps aboard. One Amsterdammer tells of an early-morning meeting be- tween a controller and a pas- senger who had spent a night on the town. The rider stepped aboard a streetcar with a smile on his face and a bag of cherries in his hand. "May I see your asked the controller "I don't have replied the citizen. "I spent the last cent I had on this bag of cherries." Then the citizen had an idea. "What is .the fare in he asked. The two men eyed each both breaking slowly into grins. The controller scratched his chin. "That will be six cherries, sir. Passport Photos Weddmgi Picture Priming Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve, S- Phone 328-0222 VISITORS ENJOY MORSE-DRAWN CART RIDE AT SHERBROOKE VILLAGE Tiny Atlantic coast village restores tranquil golden era Nova Scotia's "golden age" is coming to life again in a tiny village on the Atlantic coast of this eastern Canadian province. In historic Sherbrooke Village, population 350, several buildings are being painstakingly restored to recapture the spirit of this gold rush town of the 1870s. Its tranquil setting today on the St. Mary's River belies the frenetic atmosphere of the 1860-80 period, when 19 mining companies flocked to this- peaceful timber and shipping town in search of gold. The gold rush days are gone, but Sherbrooke still can offer the visitor a wealth of ex- periences, aside from the attractions of the historic village itself and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.' Nestled on the bank of one of the finest sport fishing rivers in Nova Scotia, the village borders some of the province's finest hunting areas. But it's the restoration pro- ject that brings more people to Sherbrooke every year. Still uncompleted, the village has a double appeal for today's visitors: they can watch the actual restoration taking place and admire the buildings already finished. One of the most impressive is.the stately courthouse, a two-storey wooden structure with a gabled portico sup- ported by four Doric columns. Built in 1858, it is still used by the villagers. TEAROOMS, Delightful Renova Collage, once a private citizen's home, now serves as a tea room call- ed What Cheer House! It's named after a Sherbrooke inn of the 1840s. Delicious home-made as fish chowder made from a 100 year old recipe, baked beans, beef stew with dumplings, and mouth- watering desserts are serv- ed in this cozy atmosphere by gaily costumed waitresses. Similar costumes- all in the style and fabric of the mid-19th century are worn by the guides who show visitors around the village. Every rural community had its general store, supplying residents with food stuffs and general merchandise, and serving as an unofficial com- munity hall. Sherbrooke Village was no exception, with Cumminger Brothers General Store fulfill- ing these roles for more than 100 Although only a few items are sold now, it's still a gathering place primarily for tourists and provides the perfect backdrop for dis- playing artifacts of the last boatbuilding shop upstairs adds one more dimension to village life of 100 years ago. PRETTY JAIL Sherbrooke'. Village boasts one of the prettiest jails the visitor will ever encounter. From the outside, it looks like a typical family home of the 19th century, with a large cathedral window on the se- cond- storey, just over the front door. Even the interior belies its intended purpose, as the lock- up rooms are separated from the jailkeepec's quarters only by a communal hall, and there's a homelike at- mosphere to the cells. Antiques abound throughout the house, including a spinning wheel and carved wooden beds with handcrafted quilts. An antique wood stove is still used for baking biscuits and preparing lunches. Other buildings, such as the schoolhouse, two churches, woodworking and blacksmith's shops, a Masonic Hall, and sawmill, transport the visitor back to another era and complete the picture of a 19th century village. Sherbrooke Village is ex- periencing another revival in fostering a return to handcrafting. One of the busiest spots in the village, the handcrafts workshop teaches the methods used in the' 19th century, often from designs and materials of that era Countless villagers have received instructions in various handcrafts since the program began in 1971, and now are selling their finished products in the handcraft shop. Featured are woven items, quilts, afghans, mats, tea cloths, mittens, socks, dolls, jams and candies, doll furniture, candle holders, and metal and wood products. Sherbrooke Village is located on Highway 7, along the scenic Marine Drive, about 120 miles from the provincial capital of Halifax and about 40 miles from the Highland Games centre of An- tigonish. Dial-a-friend. Zenith 6-6O14. Just call us toll-free from anywhere in Alberta. Or ask your travel agent to reserve a room. That way when you stay in Calgary, youll stay with friends. Downtown Calgary. 9th Ave. 1st St., next to the Calgary Tower, Ghent has Middle Age link Another marvelous example Of the contrasts that Belgium offers in abundance is the city of Ghent. This old new city that preserves its link to the Middle Ages, also has flourishing modern environs. It's Belgium's fourth largest city >nd second Port situated at the confluence of the Rivers Lys and Scheldt and is connected to tire North Sea by a 21 mile canal. Two of the world's most .priceless works of art, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan Van Eyck and The Conversion of St Bavo by Rubens are to be found in the Cathedral of St Babo. Herald- Major airports vulnerable WASHINGTON (Renter) Eighteen major West Euro- pean airports are highly vulnerable to Arab guerrilla attack because of lax security OT proximity to terrorist ac- tivity says a United States govei iment survey. The survey, by the Federal Aviation Administration