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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDOE September Monkey business SANGAMON COUNTY, ILL Sheriff's from a local animal collector, but where the chimp deputies attempt to curb chimp and dog on a county picked up the dog is unknown. Police finally captured roadway. The chimp and a boa constrictor escaped the runaways. Bengalis relinquish luxuries as inflation devours salaries New York Times Service CALCUTTA, India M. K. Sen Gupta recently faced a difficult decision: should his 2- year-old child be given milk every day, or should it be given to his 73-year-old father, who is a diabetic? "I couldn't afford to give both of them said Sen Gupta, an educated 31-year- old Bengali who makes about' a month as a clerk. "I thought about it a long time "The baby is getting the milk Devdas Pathak, 47, is a clerk in the auditing branch of the state government and he also earns about a month.. The economic problems of the last year, he says, have given him many sleepless nights. "After food expenses and bus fare and my son's tuition, I have 48 rupees (about for the movies, for cloth, for medical expenses, for guests." said Pathak, sitting with his wife and son in their apartment. "We've never been hit so hard before. We can't afford to see friends, to buy books or magazines. I used to take eggs, toast and butter for breakfast. Now I only take toast." The Bengali middle class a special group that gives Calcutta an indomitable vigor and animation is poignantly, and perhaps brutally overcome by the worst inflation in India's history. Food costs are swallowing up 70, perhaps 80, per cent of the budgets of most middle-class Bengalis. The cost of virtually every item of food eggs, milk, sugar, wheat, biscuits, vegetables, cooking oil has at least doubled in a year while salaries remain static. The Bengalis are not merely upset about the cost of food but about a way of life, a style that is fading because of the economic crisis can I afford movies, how can I entertain visitors at my home for dinner, how can I buy the newspapers that I want to asked M K. Das Gupta, a typist and father of three who earns a month. "Everything has gone beyond what a man like me can afford. Bengalis like fish. We had fish once a day. Now we have fish once a week Bengalis are often stereotyped as talkative, sophisticated, temperamen- tal, a bit self indulgent and perhaps fanciful. If Punjabis are acquisitive, if Gujaratis are superb businessmen, if Kashmiri Brahmins are ting- ed with self righteousness, then the Bengalis are often ex- travagant intellectuals. In middle-class Bengali homes one often finds works by Shakespeare, Tagore, Norman Mailer and Walt Whitman. "The problems are terrible in middle-class homes and there are tremendous ten- said one long-time resident here. "You have the problem of education, which is so important here. More and more people with aspirations can't afford to send their children to English language schools. "This is a major sacrifice because children's careers loom so large he said. A change from English to Bengali schools means a change of vocation, a change of direction, a lowering of what your children will achieve." In subtle and melancholy ways, inflation is jolting many lives. "We would sacrifice our food to go to a said Gourkishore Gosh, a jour- nalist. "But if you go to a wedding you have to take a sari for the bride, or perhaps bangles or earrings." "Six months back we could do he said. "But now prices have gone up 40 to 60 per cent. People aren't going to marriage parties. People have stopped entertaining, have almost stopped seeing each other. People are having to adjust to a new kind of life." Firms give higher raises to fight inflation effects NEW YORK (CP) Corpo- rate managers in the United States are digging deeper into record profits in an attempt to appease employees faced with double-digit inflation. This year, many companies will offer merit raises, or merit and general raises com- bined, of close to 10 per cent, says Business Week magazine. double-digit inflation roars ahead, corporate com- pensation executives are finding it increasingly dif- just to make employees happy but to keep them from turning downright the magazine says in a survey. The average boost in hourly earnings this year is 7.4 per cent and employees are losing ground because the consumer price index in the U.S. has jumped a stunning 11.8 per cent in 1974. The U.S. labor department says that real earnings of American workers are down 4.6 per cent since Jan. 1 alone. Kenneth Foster, corporate manager of compensation of Xerox Corp., said that this is the first time in his 20 years in the field that the rate of in- flation has been more than the percentage of increases pass- ed out as merit raises. Last year, a survey by the American Compensation Association of several hundred companies in 22 states found that pay increases averaged 5.6 per cent. This year, the average increase will be 9.3 per cent for the same companies. Companies that had been giving 10-per-cent to 15-per- cent pay boosts to outstanding workers may be handing out 20-percent to 25-per-cent increases in future. "Companies that make con- sumer price index adjustment in employees' pay cheques and try to give merit raises as well are already handing out doubledigit Business Week said. Home off the range. The next time you Ye heading for Calgary, call our toll-free reservation number first. Zenith 6-6014. Or ask your travel agent to reserve a room. 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