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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, September 3, 1974 Catalytic converters may cause pollution ACT scheme creates manpower problems RALEIGH, N.C. (CP) Studies have confirmed that the catalytic converters on many 1975 automobiles will cause an air pollution problem of their own, an Environmen- tal Protection Agency official said Monday. The converters will be standard equipment on about 70 per cent of the 1975 cars in the United States in order to English villages boast odd names LONDON (CP) It all be- gan with a letter to The Times from a man living in Piddletrenthide, a village in West Dorset. But then a Mr. Moore, liv- High diver sets record, hurts back FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) A 26-year-old professional sky diver seeking to establish a world record for high diving was sent to the hospital with two crushed vertebrae after the dive. Mike King, 25, of Fort Lau- derdale jumped out of a heli- copter from a height of between 155 and 160 feet Mon- day and landed in eight feet of water in the Intracoastal Waterway here. King said he knew imme- diately on hitting the water that he had been injured. King was presented a cer- tificate and plaque by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, which verified his dive as a world record. However, the Guinness Book of World Records notes that a stuntman named Terry leaped from a hydroplane into the Ohio River at Louisville, Ky.. in 1921 from an alleged altitude of 310 feet. And Guinness also listed a 250-foot jump by Sarah Henley in 1885 off a bridge in England but said her dive was cushion- ed by her dress and petticoat acting as a parachute. Canada gives grain to Bangladesh OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment is giving Bangladesh million in wheat and S5 million in rapeseed to help overcome recent flood damage, the Canadian Inter- national Development Agency has announced. The wheat is in addition to the agency's regular 1974-75 food aid allocation of million tc the South Asian country. Canada has provided million in rapeseed and rapeseed oil in the last two years, and the agency is work- ing on projects in Bangladesh to help that counliy increase its own production. It is also contributing 000 to the League of Red Cross Societies for flood relief in Bangladesh. India and Nepal. Large-car market not dead DETROIT 1AF> The popularity oi small cars ga.Mii.nt shoatdgc continues. but recent United States sales figures show the large car market is not dead yet. Just seven ir.omhs agv small tars took a record 54 per cent of the U.S. market while big s were gathering dust in dtalej lots. Invtntoiies of gas-guzzlers were double those of small cars, and the auto companies staged a spate of contest? aimed at perking up big-car sales. Small are still .st-limg well and arc expected to ac- count for almost hall U.S. sales this year. But the big cars have won bar': of their Last rrjoTilh mediate size r cent of the- V- -ry --.V-V products ing in London's wealthy May- fair district, thought he smell- ed a rat. Was there any such place as Piddletrenthide? He asked in a follow-up letter. It certainly didn't show on any of his maps. That was too great a chal- lenge to be left unheeded by Trevor Jones, a member of the West Dorset district coun- cil. Indeed there was a Piddlet- renthide, he responded. In the same region, there was also a Toller Pocorum, Sydling St. Nicholas. Whitchurch Cano- nicorum and a Ryme In- trinseca, to name but a few. Could anyone, he asked, match West Dorset for the haunting quality of its village names? Digby Meller of Somerset thought he could. That county, he wrote, could boast a Wyke Champflower, Chilton Cantelo, Huish Episcopi and Upton Noble, "all within a few miles of my own village, Galhampton-Near-Yeovil." meet federal air pollution standards. John Moran, director of EPA's million study of auto emission problems, said the study confirmed that the converters will produce emissions of sulphuric acid. Moran and his colleagues have found the converter- equipped cars give off .05 grams of sulphuric acid per mile in a fine mist from the exhaust systems, while cars without converters give off no sulphuric acid, Moran said in an interview. He said the sulphuric acid emissions can develop into a health hazard in two years. The problem will affect peo- ple with respiratory ailments in areas which have many vehicles. He noted the EPA does not require the converters. It has, however, forced auto manufacturers to build cars that meet air-quality stan- dards passed by Congress in 1970. Moran said all General Mo- tors cars and most other U.S. models will have the converters this year. The converters change carbon monoxide and other hydrocarbons to water and harmless gases. But they ap- parently also cause sulphur and water in gasoline to com- bine with oxygen to produce acid. He emphasized that "nor- mal, healthy people will not be affected" by the amount of sulphuric acid involved. Oddities in the news CHICAGO (AP) A man angered by a small puppy that jumped on his wife shot and killed the dog and its owner, police said Thursday. Police said Harold That- cher. 28, was walking his three-month-old, six-inch-high puppy past the home of Clar- ence White on Wednesday when the dog ran over to the White's front porch and jumped into Gladys White's lap. There was an argument, po- lice said, and White went into the house, returned with a .38- calibre pistol, and shot both ihe dog and Thatcher fatally. White, 40. was charged with murder and held without bond pending a hearing. his appearance before the court here Thursday for being drunk. The magistrate in this north England city let him off. MUNISING, Mich. (AP) In Spain, matadors occasion- ally are allowed to cut the ears from bulls they have killed with style and grace. In Munising. the dogcatcher is being asked to cut the ears off dcgs he destroys. The proposal was made by a member of the Alger County board of commissioners. The commissioner said he thinks the ear-cutting scheme is a sure way to keep tab on the number of dogs being de- stroyed by Earl Rowley, the dogcatcher for the Upper Peninsula county. Rowley is paid S3 for each dog he kills, plus the cost of boarding the animals before- hand. This week. Rowley pre- sented a S488 bill for 53 dogs he says were boarded, tran- quillized and killed with chemicals during June and July. Under state law. a dog must DC held for seven days before it Lei: bt, killed. (.'oniTiiidsioner Merit Si. Martin said Rowley should be required in the future to sub- stantiate his claims with ears. SAN FRANCISCO