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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-TNE LETHimOOt OcMtW -The Herald1------------------------ Family 'Press distorts Vaporub danger' BOSTON (AP) Laboratory tests on how Vicks Vaporub affects mice cannot be applied to humans, says a Harvard University researcher. "The experimental work in animals presented was not meant to be an indictment on the use of Vicks Vaporub in said Dr. Gary Huber in a statement issued through the American College of Chest Surgeons. "All of our studies were per- formed on laboratory mice and the results cannot be directly applied to similar studies in he said. Dr. Huber said he com- mented because "some of the press coverage of the presen- tation of our work on Vicks Vaporub to the American College of Chest Surgeons has been significantly distorted, particularly in reference to the extrapolation of animal work to human disease and es- pecially to deaths in infants." Dr. Huber earlier this week had reported on the research, conceived and performed chiefly by a teen-age prep- school girl, indicating Vicks Vaporub supresses the natural immune defences of mice, mkaing them more suscepti- ble to bacterial pneumonia. QUESTION RAISED Dr. Huber, who said he headed the research, said the data from mice tests are strong enough to raise a serious question about the medicine's effect on man's immune responses. He said the results were enough to cause him to halt use of the medicine by his family. The doctor presented his findings to the American College of Chest Physicians meeting in Toronto. PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT [Pliyid Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS.-8WL The maker of Vicks Vaporub, Richardson-Merrell Inc., said in a statement here that in 68 years of use of the medicine. "There has never been any indication that the phenomenon observed in mice by Dr. Huber in fact occurs in man." A spokesman said the com- pany, which sold million of the medicine last year, believes it "is safe and effec- tive when used as directed in providing symptomatic relief to sufferers of the common cold." Women criticize unions WINNIPEG (CP) The director of the women's bureau of the Manitoba Department of Labor criticiz- ed the Manitoba Federation of Labor here for its failure to champion women's rights. Mrs. Mary Eady told the group's annual convention that unions have done a poor job organizing women workers and eliminating dis- criminatory wage rates. And she rapped the federa- tion for not having a single woman on its executive body, even though nearly 18 per cent of organized workers are women. Mrs. Eady said nearly 40 per cent of the Manitoba labor force consists of women who need and want the help unions can provide. "Through the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the world unionists are grappling with problems and policies to improve the status of she said. "Manitoba should be a part of this struggle." She said the wide disparity in wages between men and women provides obvious evidence that "a great in- justice is being prepetrated against women." LETHBRIDGE FISH 011100 WEDNESDAY DlllUU AT 8.P.M. IN 54 NUMBERS FREE CARDS 3 JACKPOTS (4th. 8th and IN 7 NUMBERS IN THE EAGLES Street North NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at S p.m. JACKPOT m ACKOUT IN 57 NUMBERS OR LESS (Increasing number per week until won) 1st GAME JACKPOT Sin GAME (X) 10th GAME JACKPOT IN 52 NUMBERS FREE BUS SERVICE HOME AFTER BINGO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE Children under 16 not Sponsored by Isdles Auxiliary to Csnsdlsn Leflton Reading tests tagged obsolete VANCOUVER (CP) Elementary school pupils here are scoring lower on standardized reading tests than students did six years ago, but the trend may mean the tests are obsolescent, rather than that children are not learning to read as well. "There's some indication we're slipping in terms of vocabulary, comprehension and says Dr. Norm Ellis, assistant director Mead strong on abortion Leave me Little Red Riding Hood, alias Dalyce Van Cleave, gives the Big Bad Wolf, Kim Hall, a gentle directional during a rehearsal at the Lethbridge Community College. A Thurber Carnival, a series of 14 short stories to be presented by the LCC Harlequin Players, will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the LCC. Tickets are available at Leisters' Music or at the door. spooky sensation By KAY BARTLETT NEW YORK (AP) Shawn Robbins is a nice Jewish girl from Queens. She's also a witch, she says. When she was 8, she told her mother a grandparent would die. Death came the next day. Since then she has predicted airplane crashes that happen- ed and picked winning racehorses. "I don't understand said Shawn, now 28. "Sometimes it scares me. But mostly I'm curious about it." Shawn has studied astrology and palmistry, looked for claimed she in haunted houses and conducted a few seances that scared her out of her wits. The first seance took place in a Canadian rooming house on the night of the Great Blackout. When Shawn ordered the lights back on and nothing happened, she wondered what she had wrought. Prof. Hanz Holzer, a para- psychologist, calls Shawn "a nice Jewish girl from Long Island with excellent psychic powers. That witch business is nonsense." Shawn, however, says sne has proclaimed herself a witch. "A witch is anyone with psychic she says. Shawn supports herself by giving readings at fashion shows at a fashionable Manhattan supper club, and by conducting private readings at apiece. Shawn predicted three years ago that President Nix- on would be involved in a scandal in which the letter "W" would predominate, the California earthquake and a number of plane crashes. She is particularly, fascinated by plane crashes and studies the records. "Out of 50 crashes in one year, 35 crashed in a certain phase of the she says. "You would never catch me on a plane on one of those days." For the future, Shawn has predicted an oceanliner dis- aster in June or July with loss of life. She also sees a separation between Senator Edward Kennedy and his mother and an illness in the Nixon family within three or four months. HELD MANY jobs Shawn has worked as the bass player in a rock band, a guide for the New York World's Fair, a market researcher, a singer-guitarist, a writer and a seller of flowers. She has also put in Wedding invitations purloined LONDON (Reuter) "Fat Stan" Flashman, self-styled king of Britain's ticket scalpers, is quoted as saying he obtained and sold in- vitations to the wedding of Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Philips. Flashman is quoted by the Sunday People newspaper as Saying: "I obtained the in- vitations in a straightforward way from people on the guest list. I 'can't tell you their names, it would be unfair." Flashman is further quoted as saying that his contact has an important post in a friendly embassy "and I haven't the slightest doubt that the people he has supplied with tickets are of the highest integrity and background and will not look out of place among the royal guests." A Buckingham Palace spokesman says the claim was being taken "with a big pinch of adding that the in- vitations alone are not enough to get the holders into the Nov. 14 Westminster Abbey ceremony. Also required by the guests are special identifica- tion cards which have not yet been sent out. OBSERVES ANNIVERSARY The Canadian Opera Com- pany celebrates its 25th anni- versary this season. duty on the unemployment line. When she worked for a small advertising company, she kept telling her colleagues the company would not be there within a year. She was half right. The company was merged with a larger one. When she worked for Bristol-Myers as a market researcher, she entertained executives by predicting monthly sales figures for the products, sometimes to a fraction of the percentage. Shawn's powers don't always work. There was the day she told a young woman named Shirley that Friday appeared to be the best day in her entire life. "Shirley was mugged on the subway and subsequently was late for work. They had been looking for an excuse to fire her anyway and so they did. Then she went home to her apartment and found an evic- tion laughs Shawn. "When I'm wrong, I'm dead wrong." NEW YORK (AP) Dr. Margaret Mead told represen- tatives of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American Sunday she is "100 per cent against but added: "For the present it is a necessary evil." "I think that abortion is necessary as a back-up against our failure to protect and educate young women, our failure to provide contraception to anyone who needs or wants it, and our failure to provide people with enough to the anthropologist told federation volunteers at the end of a four- day annual meeting. "I am in favor of a society where no woman has to turn to abortion as a result of these Dr. Mead said. She said the federation's ad- vocacy of abortion had produced adverse reactions to the organization as a whole. "The goal of this organiza- tion should be to prevent the births of unwanted children and to see that no more women need abortions. We should not be promoting abor- tions as a way of life." Dr. Mead said. "To argue for a woman's right to an abortion is ab- she said. "Women have a right to institutions which will see to it that they never have an unwanted child." "This women's lib argu- ment that women have ex- clusive rights to their own bodies isn't valid if the woman is married and sleeping in a double she said. Emphasis on brith control in countries where people were starving was misplaced, she said. "People who don't know where their next meal is going to come from are not interested in planning for the future. They have to cope with their present." of planning and evaluation for the Vancouver school board. Similar patterns with greater scoring fall-offs have turned up in most North American cities, and many educationists report that the standardized tests created decades ago were not ed for the kind of language skills more recently emphasized in elementary schools. The recent trend has been away from using a single text- book, remembering details of a story and memorizing the meanings of new words. Instruction has concentrated more on finding reading material appropriate to each .child and encouraging pupils to think and talk about what they have read. POPULATION SHIFTED One factor in the decline may be the flight of affluent families to the suburbs increasing the main city's proportion of children from poorer families and non- English speaking immigrants, thus lowering average vocabulary and comprehen- sion scores. Another factor fewer "failures" was suggested by Al Blakey, president of the Vancouver Elementarty School Teachers' Association Pupils are not kept back as often as they were 10 yerars ago, but are moved up- wards throughout the school system with their age group. Thus the average age per grade is lower, more poor readers are staying in school and the typical class registers a lower reading level. VESTA has urged new kinds of tests for what now is being taught. More co-operation between teachers and researchers is needed to develop measurements attun- ed to the times, Mr. Blakey said. WeeWhimsv John Obtess will be sent the an for his quote. Send child's quotation lo this paper HELP US TO The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toyi, Household Effect! Call 32B-2B6O For Pickup Service OR LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. AFTERNOON BINGO .MOOSE 3 Ave. North 5 Money DOUBLED Weekly Jackpot Prizes Free Cards SPONSORED BY THE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE No Children Under 16 Allowed Everybody Welcome________ From Paris for 1974 i his naif-length skirt in Marine Gabardine was presented in Paris during last week's showing by Saint Laurent of his spring-summer collection for 1974. The outfit is topped with a polo shirt and cardigan. UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH BINGO- TUESDAY, OCT. 30th 8 p.m. EAGLES HALL 13th Street N. No one under 16 Years Details Announced at Bingo ACRYLIC 154" wide, solid shades, Reg. yd. Yd.............. 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SIXTH CONDUCTOR Elmer Iselef, beginning his 10th year with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, is the sixth conductor of the 7-year- old singing group. Winter is Coming! FASHION BOOTS High ones, low ones, lined or unlined, ties, zippers, slip-ons. Choose the style and color now MRRflNJQ WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth Street South ;