Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
SCATTEREDl SHOWERS FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 70. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 222 LETHBR1DGK, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 38 PAGES Britain starts new system of currency Uy JOILN LcBLANC LONDON (CP) The penny is dead but it won't lie down. Both the heavyweight penny and Its lighter three- penny companion in Britain's old coinage become in- valid today under Britain's decimalized currency sys- tem, but hundreds of millions o[ them remain in cir- culation. Possessors evidently either figure they will have sonic future value as collectors' have just left them lying arcund. All are supposed to have been turned in to the banks by today, but as of Tuesday officials figured there were these staggering members of the beloved old coins slill alloat: Pennies: 861.2 million. Threepennies: 257 million. Laid end to end, one statistician estimated, the pennies would reach to the moon and still leave some over to come showering down at the foot of ai: astro- naut. Hidden away Supposedly, they are salted away in bags and box- es, jam jars or in old coat linings. The British are great ones for canning old coins and burying them in the garden. In a good many cases, posterity gets rich on them. Every once in a someone spades up a rich jugful of coinage often going back to the Hainan occupation. Decimal currency became the rule here last Feb- niary. Instead of consisting of 20 shillings made up of 240 pence, the pound became divided into 100 new pence, each worth 2 of a old penny. One of the side effects was that "spending a penny" the Britishers call dropping a coin in the slot to get into a pay a lire more expensive. Now it lakes a new penny. But at least clothes repair bills went down. The heavy ones wore holes in pockets quickly. The new pr-nny is about the size and weight of a dime, against the wJd penny's equivalent of a fuarler. A new half- about a lialf the size of the penny. Nest casualty probably will be the sixpence, the ancient and well-loved tajincr Uiat was given R tem- porary lease of life at decimalization and which still pood for a rhort bus ride or a tight-fisted Up. But it is being turned into the banks in millions and may quietly expire before its authorized life runs ouU Sea pollution In Holland gets serious By HUMPHREY VAN LOO THE HAGUE (Renter) Holland is facing a se- rious sea pollution problem involving mercury, says lire latest report of the Dutch Applied Physics Re- search Institute The chairman of a special commitaee of the TNO wliich has made a study of the problem, Prof. H. van Genderen, says the situation is grave. And while public health is not yet threatened, fish- eating animals arc already beginning to feel the ef- fects. Recently 17 dead seals were found off the coast and when examined were discovered lo contain large quantities of morciu'v. In the case of seven it vas assumed mercury was the direct cause of death. The River Rhine carries 70 tons of mercury inlo Holland every year, mainly from industrial waste and domeslic refuse. The highest mercury content is found bi fish from inland waters. In the case of ocean fish, the mercury content is less, the exception of tuna. Mercury in mackrel I has shown that mackerel caught in the Atlantic ocean contain fire limes as much mercury as mackerel caught elsewhere. Van Genderen says that the number of toms, a sea bird, has declined sharply in recent years and an increasing amount of mercury has been found in (hem. A study now is being made iulo the in- fluence that mercury has on Ihe reproductive organs of these birds. Van Gcmlcren, wlio is professor of veterinary phar- macology and toxicology at Ihe University ot Utrecht, said iinnm! consumption of fish by Dutch people could do no harm. Van Gcnrirron's s.iys Uiat ing lo locate his son mid Mrs. Krasnoff since early July, his lawyer, Gerald B. Cliatl- nian, said in Cleveland. SPENT SHO.OOO ON PARKS Officials cf KLM, Ihe Dulrh airline, said Mi's. Krasnoff had spent nearly 5140.000 for first- class lickcls for her grandson and herself. One source rc- jiorled I hey had made 160 cross- ings. KLM said Ihis may be an rv nggfrnlion, but Ihey lind made Ihe (rip on "innumerable occa- sions'" Ibis summer. When flight personnel asked (heir reason for their (rips, they received such replies as "Grandma likes or "My grandson would like lo he a pilol." Airport officials said Ihe two iisunlly arrived in Ainslrulain in Ihc morning and look off about six hours later for Iho re- turn trip lo New York. Gel- fand's lawyer, Gerald Chall- man, said Gelfand's wife died several years ago, and "when the mother died, Ihe child pre- ferred lo slay on wilh the who had oflcn lakcn care of him because ot his father's business obligations. The lawyer said Olfand and his second wife visilcd the boy oflon nnd tho faUier lalked lo him daily. Cli.'illinim said Gelfand knew that Mrs. Krasnoff and the boy planned a (rip to Israel early this summer, but he became worried (he weeks passed and Ihoi'c no word from cilhcr of them." The lawyer said Gelfand tlxm found oul Hint Mrs. Krasnoff wns wilhdrmving large sums ot money from different banks. "This they thought was totally out of character for Chalt- inan said. "She lived very, very frugally." Seen and heard About town ii Oklahoma resi- dent Tom .load telling friends flic joys of berry picknm b.uk homo wisl- ful Nril reminiscing about a fireworks display in Halifax skier Dan MrKlm. doing ski exercises in Ihc re- maining summer wcalh- cr. No Herald Labor Day Monday, bring statutory holiday in observance of Lr.bor Day, The Herald will not publish. Display advorlisers arc re- minded ndverlisomr-nLs for Tuesday, Sept. 7. must be re- ceived by noon Friday, Sept. 3, and for Wednesday, Sept. 8, by a.m. Snlurday, Sept. 4. Classified nd'Trlising re- ceived by ,1.111. Saturday, I .ijpe.ir ir. The Her- Aid Tuesday, Sept. 7. Full news coverage of tho holiday weekend will be car- ried in The Ik-raid's Tuesday Sept. 7, edition.