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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDOC HERALD Thursday, October 31, 1974 50 miles to gallon of gas V Cheap car inventor's aim VANCOUVER (CP) A local inventor is working on a car that has a top speed of 70 miles an hour, will get at least 50 miles to the gallon, and is designed to be the cheapest 'car anywhere. Blythe Rogers has been working for about a year on the experimental three-wheel motor car with a plastic body, dubbed Blythe's Spirit. Along with three associates, he has developed a steel pro- totype that has already been successfully road-tested in the city and at a nearby auto race- way. "We tested it against a To- yota Corolla and on the -straight it had about the same acceleration, but on the cor- ners, the Spirit was much he said. "It out- corners anything I have seen. "It is incredibly stable, un- like many three-wheelers, and it doesn't nosedive." The Spirit has a mid-engine with rear-wheel drive and it is difficult to upset because of a low centre of gravity, he said. It weighs 700 pounds and is eight feet, six inches long. It's a two-seater with a hatchback cover and gull wing doors and room behind the seats for two children. The plastic body has no-rust features and the car has a per- ipheral bumper offering all- round protection in collisions and a three-point rollbar to shield the occupants. Fixed fibreglass seats are protected by clip-on up- holstery and the steering wheel and pedals are ad- justable. The prototype is an inter- national vehicle, with the wheels coming from England SACRIFICE MUST SELL 1974 CADILLAC De VILLE loaded, low mileage. PHONE 329-3220 and the tires from a German subsidiary in Ireland. The en- gine was made in Austria for a Canadian snowmobile com- pany, the steering wheel came from Italy and the headlights from France. Mr. Rogers hopes most of the components will eventually be made in Canada. Working with him are Miles Fenton, an English racing car builder; Murray Tonkin, a for- mer Ford stylist; and Peter Heaster, a sports car mechanic from B.C. There have been 77 three- wheel cars marketed since 1900, but none has gained wide acceptance. But before the Spirit can be widely accepted, Mr.' Rogers will have to devote much of his time to financing its development. "I went to Ottawa in January to get and was told to go back and ask for a lot more." He thinks that federal assistance in the form of a grant from the Program for Advancement of Industrial Technology might be available, but only on a matching basis and the Spirit backers have nothing of their own to be matched. The B.C. Development Cor- poration sent back a form letter saying it was not interested but the department of industry, trade and com- merce has offered to pay 60 per cent of a market research study. Mr. Rogers said the market is there, adding he has had in- quiries from a number of prospective purchasers. Termites used in gold search SINGING HELPED EASE DEPRESSION YEARS Leading Canadian play comes to Yates Nov. 7 TEN LOST YEARS, which comes to Yates Centre, November 7, is a fitting stage tribute to the man who originally set about to docu- ment the Canadian Depression, a journalist with the remarkble ability to draw out simple poetry from every- day people. He is Barry Broadfoot. One day, a couple of years 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, you'll stay with friends. Downtown Calgary. 9th Ave. 1st St., next to the Calgary Tower CP back, Barry Broadfoot was crossing the Georgia Strait from Vancouver to Victoria with a copy of the American author Studs Terkel's book, Hard Times, in hand. When he finished reading the book in his hotel room, he suddenly threw it against the wall. he said to himself, "if you can't do better than that, if you can't do 10 times better, you deserve to be COMPELLING BOOK And that's how TEN LOST YEARS, the compelling bonh that was to capture the im- agination of Canadians and to become the basis for the deep- ly moving play, got its start. Broadfoot, who grew up in Winnipeg, was just a youngster when the bottom fell out of the market in 1929. But, he says, he is still affected by it to the point of slapping his wallet several times a day to make sure it's still there, and convincing his wife to save leftovers from meals. The depression had been on his mind for a number of years, and if anyone were capable of telling his fellow Canadians how it was, it would be Barry Broadfoot. He broke into the newspaper business when at age 16 he went to work for the Tribune. Then, as is no. un- common in the business, began to roam to the Vic- toria Colonist, Vancouver News Herald, Edmonton Bulletin, east to the Montreal Gazette, and then the United Press International in Montreal, Calgary and Van- couver. After 29 years in the business, he walked in to the Vancouver Sun where he was a feature writer, and quit. Scraping his money together and bolstering his funds with a grant from the Canada Council, he packed up his Sony tape recorder and headed out for a trip across the country. He picked up hitchhikers, hung around bars, visited farms and small towns and talked to everyone he met old enough to recall their ex- periences during those bitter year. RECORDED STORIES "The Dirty ex- claimed one man. "Just put in your book that you met Harry Jacobsen and he's 78 years old. Might I say I never took a backward step in my life until that depression whipped me, took away my wife, my home, a section of good land back in Saskatchewan. Left me with nothing. Write that down." Now in its fifth printing, Broadfoots's book has topped the sales mark. Meet a proud Canadian. Your first taste will tell you why we're proud of Royal smooth and mellow flavour. In fact, in actual taste tests, Canadian rye drinkers preferred its character and quality to one of the best-selling brands Make the Royal Reserve discovery yourself. Royal Reserve. By Cortiy. ROYAL RESERVE P.S. Use our new back label to show that you're a proud Canadian too. detailed taste test results write: Corby Consumer Services, 1201 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal 110, Quebec. SALISBURY, Rhodesia (CP) Termites are being used here in the search for gold. The man behind the termite mining theory is an ex- perienced miner, Bill West. He takes samples from the antheaps that dot the coun- tryside. Then he examines them under a powerful micro- scope for traces of gold or other minerals. By systematic plotting of termite mounds and using a complicated mathematical formula to assess the size of deposits, West evaluates the gold from each termite mound. The theory behind use of termites for gold prospecting is simple. Termites collect grass and wood for food, building mounds and burrowing down the cracks beneath their sub- terranean homes for vital wa- ter supplies. The termite has no diges- tive system of its own. It de- pends on a certain type of bacteria to perform the func- tion for it. Early in its life it is in- fected with the bacteria so that it can exist on a diet of dried grass and wood. When freshly hatched, it feeds on mushrooms grown in the mound. The mushrooms, in turn, need warmth and humidity. Large quantities of water are required for this and for the mud which is used to make foraging tunnels. But because the .mound must be ventilated, there is considerable moisture loss and the termites are con- stantly searching for water. This search can take them more than 300 feet under- ground. As they burrow, material excavated from the tunnel is carried back to the mound. Thus, traces of underlying minerals find their way to the surface. The theory is not new. Herodotus, writing about 450 BC, tells how Indians located gold in the desert by using anthepas. West believes that many of the ancient gold mines found in Rhodesia were lo- cated by sampling anthills. Many of these mines are at- tributed to din unknown race predating the African popu- lation. Several mining companies here are experimenting with the system as well as Rho- desia Tribal Trust Land De- velopment Corporation (TIL- A TILCOR spokesman said results of the experiment are not yet conclusive. A number of sites have been in- vestigated at considerable depth, but so far no mine has resulted. But he said the method defi- nitely has merit. Once a site is decided on, conventional mining methods have to be used to see if the- gold is there in commercial quantities. Thus far six sites have been investigated. Four were un- successful while a decision has yet to be made on the re- maining two. TILCOR is using the ter- mite theory in its sampling of Kalahari Sands in an area about 200 miles from Sa- lisbury. Career SALES PERSONNEL with opportunity for advancement. SERVICO CENTRE 33161st Ave. S. Company Benefit Program On the Job Training Apply in Person When you build with Beaver you can be sure you're getting quality. Corby. Good taste in Canada since 1859 Please rush my personal copy of BEAVER'S 1974 HOMES CATALOGUE. I understand it's free and that I am under no obligation. NAME ADDRESS CITY ......................PROV.............................. TELEPHONE............. OCCUPATION D Plan to build in 1974 DI own my own lot. D I will require financing Mail Coupon toe Jack BMVOT Uimtar Co. Ud. BIN. RM. 730-1001 Strwt N., AIM. 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