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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta lolurday, October 24, 1970 THE LETHMIDGE HIRMD 29 Fording Coal Plant Construction Continues NATAL, B.C. (HNS) The steel of Folding Coal's new preparation plant is rising amid the winter's first snows about 35 miles north of Natal. And huddled less than a mile away ars 'the neat rows of bunkhouses accommodating 375 construction workers. A recrea tion room and commissar complete complex. No readily visible from the camp but within easy distance from it, is Fording Coal's strip mine scheduled to start producing ir 1972. Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Jean Munro, age 14, of South Portland, Maine, for her question: What kind of bird is an ani? Spanish explorers borrowec the word ani from Portuguese explorers who learned' II from the Tupi people dwelling along the Amazon River. We do not know its original meaning. But the Tupis used it to name certain shiny black birds thai flock together hi the native for- ests. Zoologists classify them as relatives of the cuckoo a bird with a poor reputation as a parent. This stigma does not apply to the anis. Far from it. These birds have some original ideas that earn them a top rat- ing in the department of child care. The anis are New World birds of South and Central Am- erica, the West Indies and the southern fringes of North Am- erica. Most of them are the size of jaybirds, though the great ani is larger. There are three recognized snecies, all wearing glossy black plumage that tends to glisten in the sunshine. Their most unusual bills are designed, for coping with a diet of insects. Instead of being wide, as in most birds, the two sides are compressed to make them hi'gh and narrow. The bill of an ani is an arched blade, and very sharp. The character of the ani is also unusual. Many birds are socially minded and share much of their lives with flocks of relatives. But none are so food of community life as the sociable anis. A flock of 10 to 20 birds share every aspect of life. During the day, they fly very close together, following every swerve of the leader. Now and then they rest, perch- ed close together on the same bush. Should an intruder walk by, together they flop and flap lazily back on the wing, squawking their Ugh pitched cries. At dusk, the friendly flock retires to roost, huddling together in a close cluster in a favorite bush. Many other birds prefer a similar sort of life until the time comes to pan: off to raise their individual families. This is when the anis prove their most unusual feature. The par- ents do not raise separate fam- ilies. Every member of the flock helps to build one large OWN A PROFITABLE Kampground Become a successful mem- ber of KQA, largest interna- tional system of deluxe, family campgrounds. Cash in on the booming reation field. Modest invest- ment brings instant cash- flow and strong earnings. Proven operating methods. Choice Canadian areas still available. Write: KOA (Canada) ltd., Dept. I, 614 6th Ave. S.W., Calgary 1, Alberta, for free Information. community nest, a rathe shaggy affair; of sticks perche in a bush. All the females maybe 20 of them, lay their eggs in the same nest. All the anis, male and female, star the duties Of incubating th eggs. And later, all the adul anis share the duties of feedin and tending the communit nest of squawking chicks. Cer tainly no ani chick can com plain of being lonely or de prived of adult attention. The anis are classified in th Family Cuculidae, which re lates them to the cuckoos. Thi may seem strange, for the Eu ropean cuckoo is well-known to be a parasite parent, Srn lays her eggs in the nests o other birds, placing her chi' dren out for adoption. The cuckoos of North America d not do this at least not verj often. But those charming ani do more than their share to re- deem the .cuckoo family reputa tion in the parenthood depart ment. Andy sends a World Book Globe to Lisa Roye., age 15, of Louisville, Kentucky, for her question: What in the world Is a googol? It sounds like the sort of in vention you would expect from a smart younger brother. Am this is just about the size of it Edward Kasner was teaching a few math tricks to his nine year-old nephew. Naturally Ihis led to a barrage of ques Sons, such as what is the big gest number in the world' Since there seemed to be no satisfactory answer, the young student invented a stupendou: lumber of his named Us invention the googol. He accomplished this feat by mak- ing use of a math gimmick called the power of ten. The trick is to multiply number by a string of 10s and ihe cunning device is written in figures of two sizes. It may be a normal-sized 10 with a smal 3 up where its right ear shoulc je. In this case, the 10 is mul tiplied three times and the an swer is A googol is 10 to :he power of 100, or one plus a string of 100 zeros. This enor mous number is bes'ond the im- agination but the googolplex is a googol times larger. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronical Publishing Co. 1970) BOOMS BOOMERANG LONDON (AP) Supersonic :est flights over Britain by the Anglo-French airliner Concorde lave brought 194 claims for damages before the defence ministry. They include a de- mand for 5s 6d (68 cents) from a Scotsman for a tube of glue recause, he said, the plane's su- personic boom brought down his stick-on ceiling tiles. The claim was met in full. Sub-Contractor INSTALLERS Required by Bl SIMPSONS-SEARS For DOORS and WINDOWS DRAPERIES and RODS ROOFING ALUMINUM SIDING EAVESTROUGHING Contact Mr. J. Able 328-9231 Main townsite for the perma- nent employees, probably about 300 when construction is com- pleted, is 20 miles away at Boivin Creek where trailers have been moving in for the last two weeks. Few permanent families have moved in so far, but about 25 trailers, including five 1100- square foot .double wides, were being established on the site. Sewer and water are being laid on and power was expected to be in shortly. The school site is convenient- ly close by and first two of four portable classrooms are expected on site soon. Land is being cleared nearby also for permanent homes although none have lieen started so far. It was stated at the site that up to 90 trailers may be occu- pied on site within the next month or so. The road to Fording Coal and .particularly to the new townsite, now to be known as Elkford, is being' improved steadily by the department of highways. Much of it has been widened and gravelled, but most of it is still a narrow winding track, with speed re- duced to about 25 miles per hcur. Overland Gas Line Likely EDMONTON (CP) The decision by Humble Oil and Refining Co. to suspend studies of icebreaking tankers trans- porting oil from the Arctic strengthens the possibility of an oil line dawn the Mackenzie Valley, says Scotty Cameronj a spokesman for the Independent Petroleum Association of Can- ada. Mr. Cameron said an over- land gas line is "pretty well assured" once the obstacles to the Trans Alaskan pipeline sys- tem are cleared. Humble Oil said movement of oil from Alaska's north slope to United States markets is commercially feasible, but pipeline transportation appears to .have an economic edge at present. The company said it will concentrate efforts on pipe- lines. Mr. Cameron said the move will have no immediate impact on Canadian oil policy. John Proctor, manager of the Canadian Petroleum Associa- tion, said the announcement will in' "no way" affect ex- ploration programs laid out for the next two, three or four years. Nixon, Agneiv Rapped WASHINGTON (AP) Dem ocratic National Chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien say President Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew an preaching the politics of fear ii an attempt to mask the failur of their administration. In a speech to the Nationa Press Club here, O'Brien sai failed to establis one real national goal, unles it be the election of Repubh cans next month and his own re-election 24 months from now." In an attempt to cover up the Republican administration' failure to deal with the so eiety's urgent needs, the Nixon-Agnew "combination ha managed to drag into th arena of politics into th scramble for votes virtua ly every note of discord plagu ing our O'Brie charged. Referring to what he calle "the politics of fear" by the late Senator Joseph Me Carry, O'Brien said: "We hoped we had fina! ly outgrown such national aber rations, but now, we are bese once again by the politics o fear. And this time the pract tioner is not a single, dema gogic senator, but a carefull orchestrated team of the high est office-holders in the land. With the two-party system and U.S. society hanging in the balance, he added, "The art