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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRJDQE HERALD TutMtay, October 22, 1974 Owner gives dog account in bank CALGARY (CP) Eight-year-old Peppi Herron is believed to be the only dog in Canada with a chequeing ac- count. Peppi, a white poodle owned by retired oil company president Bill Herron, signs his che- ques with his right the authorized signature on file in bank records. Mr. Herron opened Peppi's bank account four years ago. He can't remember why he did it but believes it was be- cause the dog was winn- ing so much money from him at gin rummy that he felt Peppi should have somewhere to put it Since then Peppi has been stamping his paw print on cheques, paying his veterinary fees, city licence fees and his bills at the Poodle Parlor. "He doesn't have a lot of money in Mr. Herron said. "It's usual- ly just a token amount." While Peppi's cancell- ed cheques are returned his monthly statements, some banks and firms he deals with can't resist keeping a record of the transac- tion. "Several places have made duplicates of Pep- pi's cheques, framed them and hung them out on the wall." Peppi travels with his owners stayed at all the best hotels in Canada and the United States." The Herrons once managed to fly Peppi cabin class on a schedul- ed flight to Ottawa be- cause he sat so still the stewardesses thought he was a stuffed dog. In keeping with his social standing, Peppi has an outfit for every occasion. His favorites include a red knitted snowsuit, a buckskin coat to wear during the Calgary Stampede, a red woollen overcoat with its money pocket, and a leather collar handtooled in Mexico and finished with sterl- ing silver. "He did have a coat with little guns in it, but children stole them from the Mr. Herron said. Automobile plant robots outnumber rest of staff Farm leader's tour cancelled by illness OTTAWA (CP) Cesar Chavez, president of the United States-based United Farm Workers has cancelled a cross-country tour to ask support for the union's grape and lettuce boycott, the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) said Monday. Mr. Chavez, who was to start the tour Tuesday in Sydney, N.S., is in a California hospital suffering back pain and exhaustion, a CLC spokesman said. But the spokesman said some events connected with the tour which was to end Nov. 12 in Vancouver, are to go ahead as planned. Dolores Huerta, first vice- president of the union, is to be in Montreal Oct. 25-27. Richard Chavez, a union vice- president and brother of the president, will address the On- tario Federation of Labor convention in Niagara Falls, Oct. 29 and attend a rally at the Toronto headquarters of Dominion Stores Ltd. Nov. 2. Gilbert Padilla, secretary- treasurer of the union, is to speak at the university of Guelph Oct. 31. Handicapped artist By JOHN CHADWICK SKOEVDE, Sweden (Reu- ter) Robots outnumber hu- man beings at the new Volvo plant here by 400 to 60 and do the hard work leaving the hu- mans free to decide output. With uncanny precision, the waist-high red robots pick up a car engine block, move silently off to the first section of the assembly area and stop by the side of the worker. After a few twists and turns of power tools as further parts are fitted, the robot moves on with a flick of the starting handle to the next point. When assembly is com- pleted the robot glides off with the finished engine into the testing shop, where it selects the first vacant test position and stops there. Afterwards, it makes its way back through the maze of machines to the starting point and joins the line of robots waiting their turn to pick up another engine block. The secret of the precise movements is the robot's electronic "brain" and a sys- tem of magnetic tracks built into the floor. Volvo, Sweden's biggest ex- porters, developed the ma- chines at a cost of about 000 each as a way of taking the drudgery out of assembly line labor. Men and women hold 50 per cent each of the jobs in this assembly shop, another stage in the Swedes' search for the perfect working environment. The workers, many of them immigrant Finns and Yugo- slavs, work in pastel-shaded surroundings. Large picture windows look out on to well- trimmed lawns and sound- proofed rest rooms are fur- nished in modern Scandina- vian style. This whole plant was plann- ed in close co-operation between bosses and the fac- tory floor. The workers collectively de- cide what level of production to aim for and can vary the pace at different times of day. The plant is assembling 480 engines a day and man- agement is satisfied. The workers have two man, one relay any com- plaints to the management. One of them is 21-year-old Leena Rokkimainen, a Fin- nish girl who came to Sweden four years ago and now earns about a month. She is happy about working at the plant. "It is much more she said. "You don't have to stay in one place all the time. We move around and do ail the different jobs." South African Peter Keen, the project engineer, who came to Sweden to do a tem- porary job 14 years ago and stayed, said: "We do not de- sign engine parts especially with women in mind. The parts are made so that they can be assembled with the minimum possibility of error by all kinds of workers." Several employees inter- viewed, including middle-aged mothers and girls in their late teens, started at the plant with no experience and are do- ing fine. Mykola Bidniak, 44, of Toronto, lost his hands and an eye in an accident when he was 15-years-old. That hasn't prevented him from becoming an accomplished artist. 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