Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, September 4, 1973 THE UTKflRIDGE HERALD 15 Honesty pays off Gus is now a land owner By LEO QUIGLEY Regina Leader-Post INDIAN HEAD, Sask. (CP) Gus Thompson spent 51 of his 65 years as hired man, friend and attendant to the late Richard Copithorne. Early last week, as the result of a Supreme Court of Canada decision, Gus became a land owner. It took three years and a Supreme Court judgment, but Mr. Copithorne's promise to his faithful friend was finally made good. "The simplicity, humility and honesty of Gus were plain and I believe him Mr. Justice Wishart Spence said In awarding Mr. Copi- thorne's estate to the former hired hand. Gus now is the owner of sections of some of the finest land in Saskatchewan and a bank account of undetermined size. The Supreme Court decision was made on the basis of Gus' testimony and the testimony of witnesses who said they had heard Mr. Copithorne promise his entire estate to Gus if he would continue to work for him. Mr. Copithorne's brother and several nieces and nephews received nothing in the judg- ment. Mr. Copithorne and Gus lived alone in a small two-storey house overlooking the rim of the Qu'Appelle Valley except for five years when they had a housekeeper. "Those were the good Gus said in a recent interview. "K I had it to do ali over again, I'd get he added, surveying the clutter of unwashed dishes on the table. When Catherina, the house- keeper, died in 1935, Mr. Copi- thorne'had her buried in one of three plots he had purchased here about 40 miles east of He- gina. Gus said he assumed the other two plots were for Mr. Copithorne and himself. But when Mr. Copithorne died in June, 1970, his relatives had him buried in the nearby town of Wolseley. "That wasn't what he want- Gus said, "I'm getting used to not hav- ing him around now. But for a while I'd come home to check on him like I always did, and find the house empty." He used to check on his friend regularly. Mr. Copi- tlirone was crippled by rheuma- tism and the effects of two ser- ious farm accidents. Gus was born in Elm Creek, Man., and first came west in 1921, working on a threshing crew south of here. It was then he met Mr. Copithorne and in the spring of 1923 went to work from him on a permanent basis. Mr. Copithorne already was, suffering from rheumatism. In 1928 he was caught under a piece of farm machinery and never fully recovered. During the Second World War. Gus decided to join the' army and go overseas. But the day before he was to pick up his uniform, Mr. Copithorne was thrown from a horse. "The neighbors said: 'Gus, you can't leave him said Gus. "So I stayed, and never did get overseas." Mr. Copithorne spent the summer of 1942 in a cast and while in the hospital he made out a document, leaving Gus his entire estate. But in 1969, after Mr. Copi- thorne became seriously ill, the house was broken into and a deed box containing the docu- ment was stolen. "Dick always figured the box would be Gus said. "So he never bothered making up another paper." Gus indicated he might use some of his new wealth to build a new house at a spot he and Mr. Copithorne once selected. "There's running water and electricity, and then I could have a flush toilet." Honest Gus The Supreme Court of Canada last week awarded Gus Thompson, 65, of Indian Head, Sask., 800 acres of the best farm land In the province and a large bank account from the estate of his former employer, for 51 years of service. The judge believed in Thompson's honesty when he said it had been promised him. UNIVERSAL COMBUSTION CATALYST INCREASES ENGINE EFFICIENCY REDUCES FUEL CONSUMPTION REDUCES MAINTENANCE COSiS REDUCES AIR POLLUTION! The product which is now designated CV 100 was originally conceived and developed by a team of research scientists as a chemical combustion improver. CV 100 is not to be confused with detergent type additives used in many gas- olines today, or with Tetra-ethyl lead (TEL) anti-knock compounds. METHOD OF APPLICATION 1 ez. to 10 Imp. (12'i U.S.) gallons of fuel prior to tank fillup or 1 imp. gallon to 1500 Imp. (1900 U.S.) gallons for bulk tanks. (DO NOT overdose, as this wastes material and does not increase benefits.) Users report these benefits from using C V 100 Universal Combustion Catalyst. Fuel savings of 15% or more dependent on driving habits and unit con- dition. improves starting characteristics and performance. Dramatic reductions in Air Pollution, esp. in stop and go driving. it More than doubles spark plug life. Reduces or eliminates combustion chamber build-up and attendant pro- blems. it Reduces or eliminates hesitation, and surging problems in 72-73 cars. -Ar Allows satisfactory operation of any 1972, 1973 vehicle on unleaded or low-lead gasoline. itr In recreational vehicles with 2 cycle, 4 cycle or rotary type engines; the benefits listed above are very pronounced. ALBERTA DISTRIBUTOR: Calgary crime rate up 15 per cent CALGARY (CP) Crime and traffic accidents in Calgary rose substantially last year compared with 1971, the city police department says in Its annual report released last week. Major crime rose by 15 per cent. The highest increases were in wounding, up 88 per cent, frauds, up 28 per cent, and major theft, up 20 per cent. "This, unfortunately, has been the pattern since Police Chief Brian Sawyer said. There were 20 cases of non- capital murder, attempted mur- der and manslaughter last year, compared with 14 in 1971. .A major crime which showed considerable decrease was sex offence, down 27 per cent. "Crime ID Calgary Increased much more rapidly during 1972 than did the Chief Sawyer said in his introduction. "While the population rose by 2.0 per cent, major crime was up 15.1 percent." The number of traffic acci- dents reported in the city in- creased by 19.6 per cent compared with in 1971. However, fewer people were killed or injured in traffic acci- dents last year. There were 36 killed and injured last with 42 and for 1971 respectively. But property damage in traffic ac- cidents reported rose by million to The police department had 711 uniformed and 94 civilian officers as of Dec. 31, 1971. The department's budget for the year was or 8.7 per cent of the total city budget. France has unique reactor AVIGNON, France (Reuter) A high-flow nuclear reactor, the first of its kind in the West- ern world, was put into oper- ation at Marcoule, near here, Friday, sources at the French energy commission say. The only other reactor of this kind in operation is in the So- viet Union, where it has been working for the last year. The 250-megawatt high-flow French reactor has been de- scribed as a super-generating j reactor. French scientists say this new type of reactor will be an ideal replacement for all existing re- actors in the 1980s. French scientists said that in one enriched uranium reactor a tcii of uranium equals in value tons of coal. 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