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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October 24, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD JOHANNESBURG (AP) The motorist's explana- tion was straightforward: "The other man altered his mind, so I had to run over him." Another driver described his accident this way: "A pedestrian hit me and went under the car." Yet another conceded that at least some of the blame was his: "I badly misjudged a woman cross- ing the street." The three statements were entered on insurance claims in South Africa, where auto accidents are no laughing matter for those involved, but some of the claims that land on the desks of insurance assessors provoke a chuckle or two. "I blew my hooter horn Ex-spy manages hotel TORONTO (CP) Frans Schultzman, war- time British spy, ex- waiter, now a hotel manager here, might be a character created by Somerset Maugham. Instead the late British writer cost Mr. Schultzman his job as manager of the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. "Raffles Hotel stands for all the fables of the exotic Maugham once wrote. Mr. Schultzman, who began as a waiter at Raffles after the Second World War and progressed to manager, wanted to use the phrase in the hotel's promotion. Mr. Maugham consented but declined an invitation from Mr. Schultzman to make a return visit to Singapore as a guest of the hotel. Suddenly, eight years later, the author of Of Human Bondage decided to take up the offer. Mr. Schultzman said he was delighted but the new owners of Raffles vetoed the idea. Maugham was rich enough to pay for his suite, they said. "I was left with no option but to said Mr. Schultzman. "My last act at Raffles was to pick up the tab for Maugham as my personal guest." The 58-year-old Mr. Schultzman was born in Java of Dutch parents and until the Second World War lived in Vienna. "After the collapse of Prance I joined the British, working as an undercover agent in Italy. Most of my work mere was counter- intelligence, spying on known German spies." RECEIPTS HIGHER Despite fewer perfor- mances, box office receipts at the Vienna State Opera were million for the 1972-73 season, more than for the previous year. Accidents provide chuckle but it would not work because it had been is the way one claimant described an im- pending crash. "The other car ran into mine without giving me any warning of its intention to do complained another. The other drivers were equally imaginative in "ex- plaining" their accidents, says an article in The South African Chartered Accountant. CAUSES VARY Some car owners attributed damage to their vehicles to animals. Others blamed inanimate objects: "Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collid- ed with a tree that I haven't got." Some cursed their absent-mindedness: "I thought the side window was down but it was up as I found when I put my head through it." A few cited mysterious causes: "My car had to turn sharper than necessary owing to an in- visible lorry." Many pointed a finger at pedestrians: "I knocked over a man. He admitted it was his fault as he had been knocked over before." Lunatic logic was tended by others: "1 collided with a stationary bus coming the other way." "To avoid a collision I ran into the other car." "Sue suddenly saw me. lost her head, and we met sideways." The other guy was often said to be at fault. Mostly, however, things seemed to get out of control for a combination of reasons. Riding high in fashion... comfortable corduroys Sears m m v j 999 Trim fit slims with a trim savings of Reg. 11.99 Soft-like-velvet, mid wale cotton corduroy... from Czechoslovakia. Western style pocket, belt-loop waist. Brown. Sizes 30 to 40. Dry cleaning recommended. Your choice: pant can be finished "plain" or with 2V2" cuff. Super slims with a savings of Reg. 12.98 You'll save 20% on every pair. Here's a mid wale cotton corduroy, cut for a lean ribbed looked... imported all the way from Czechoslovakia. With fashionable high-rise waist, wide belt loops, pouch style envelope pocket. Super fit slims in burgundy. Sizes 30 to 38. Your choice: pant can be finished plain or with 2VZ" cuff. Sears Q99 "PS HOCERN SHOPPER 1 00 ISI ST TOUR TOUN Need it now? Get it now with a Sears All-Purpose Account at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery -Simpsons-Sears Ltd Store Hours: Open daily from 9.30 a.m. lo p.m. Thurs. and Fri. a.m to 9'00 p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 ;