Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
8-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 19, 1973 Worth per pound World's smallest horses expensive NEWBERRY, Fla. (AP) On an old plantation in this ru- ral central Florida communi- ty is a herd of the world's smallest horses, too tiny to be raced, ridden or worked on farms. But they're worth up to 000 a pound. "They just stand said Alma Bridges, who with her husband Bob owns 190 kneehigh stallions, mares and colts, all registered American miniatures. Mrs. Bridges said they have turned down an offer of for Gumba. the three-months- old, 15-pound pride and joy of Komoke Ranch "He's just spoiled rotten and we're so Bridges said. Midget horses are worth so much because there are only 350 registered in the United States, the Bridges said. They are under 34 inches tall, smaller than a Great Dane or old English sheep dog. Yet they are perfectly formed, full-grown" horses. "They do tricks or are used in display at Bridges said. "And they're loveable and cuddly like a dog." SOLD TO JAPANESE Mrs. Bridges said they recently sold 40 of the min- iatures to a wealthy Japanese businessman, who is paying just for transportation in order to begin a breeding stock in Japan. "It's a country gentlemen's said Bridges, 50, who sold an apartment business in Boca Raton five years ago and moved to the 400-acre ranch 15 miles west of Gainesville. "I'm not doing this to make a fortune. I've already got it." Tired of city life, the Bridges bought a ranch and began looking around for a profitable hobby. "We started out with eight Mrs. Bridges said "What we hope is to bred down to 24-26 inches full a size she said does not now exist. Meanwhile, the Bridges are selTing their bigger miniatures and keeping the best The smaller they are, the more they're worth, with a 28-incher pegged around Because of their size, the miniature horses don't need much land to romp and are in- expensive to feed and main- tain. "We only open the ranch to serious qualified buyers and then by appointment Mrs Bridges said "We don't have time for people who want to come out and look at little horses." What you for You'd expect to pay for everything you get in a Tip Top Henley suit. For instance, when you feel the cloth. It has body. A 'beefier' kind of feeling. You know it's fine fabric. And when you see the patterns. Striking checks and glen-plaids, stripes, and soft, plain flannels. All, in colours that are very un-loud, very earthy. The kind of good taste you know you have to pay for. And when you try it on, you'll ap- Open a convenient Tip Top Charge Account TIP TOP preciate a sense of meticulous tailoring. Like a collar that sits just right. Broad, smooth lapels. A slimming jacket. Pants that fit, just in the right places. There is a Henley suit for every man. Some are vested. (22.50 extra.) Some are more slimly cut, more boldly patterned. Others, more reserved. Whichever you choose, you'll know you're getting a suit that is worth at least But, the nicest feeling of all about a Henley, is that it costs just Exph losion A rescue crew sorts debris from 42-foot cabin cruiser Trippecanoe, which was destroyed by an explosion at its moorings in the harbor at oakville. No injuries were reported. The yacht is owned by Nigel Puttock, the president of a major producer of lath plaster and drywall. Divers probe ships lost for centuries PERTH, Australia (Reuter) Divers are probing the se- crets of a ghost armada, lost for centuries off the coasts of this state. Hulks of more than a thou- sand ships, including wind- jammers, clippers and gal- leons plying the routes to the Spice Islands of the East In- dies, lie on the ocean floor. Some hold the promise of fabulous treasure, others have inestimable archeological value, while many more may throw light on legends of mut- iny and piracy. But any hopes entertained by latter-day adventures of underwater freebooting have been scuttled by the West Australian state government. All the wrecks have been nationalized. Any booty raised from the sandy graveyard automatically becomes the property of the state and, after its historical worth has been evaluated, goes straight into a maritime museum. STARTED LAST YEAR The museum itself main- tains a marine archeology de- partment which is engaged in the raising of wrecks and their contents. The nine-man team of archeologists and divers, occasionally complemented by university expeditions, first started its mission in earnest last year with ex- cavation work on one of the most famous of the wrecks, the Dutch ship Batavia. The Batavia was one of the hundreds of English and Dutch ships which sailed from Europe around Africa for the East Indies in the early 1600s. Navigation in the 17th cen- tury was ed by the fact that more than vessels were wrecked off the Western Australian coast The unwieldly galleon-type ships of that age were also TIPOFF CALL WAS WORTH MILLION Saving money never looked so good @E> Centre Village Mall Telephone 328-8255 ANKARA, Turkey (Reuter) The telephone rang in a police station and an mknown informant passed on vhat must rank as one of the :r.eatest tipoffs in the history if organized crime. It was a call worth more han million. Speaking in the Arabic- aced southern Turkish iccent, the male voice said hat a truck loaded with 'mal" (contraband) would be ravelling along the Mediterranean coast road )etween the towns of Mersin ind Adana. He gave Mersin Police Chief iesat Akkaya a full descripti- >n of the vehicle and its lumberplate. Police received the in- 'ormation .ip-offs are rife in one night a squad jf men waved down an open .ruck as it trundled along the nine miles east of Mer- sin. They unloaded the crates of fruit it was carrying and pull- ed off a tarpaulin. Underneath oolice found two tons, 257 pounds of raw biggest-ever Irug haul. VALUE STAGGERING Refined, this would boil down to 474 pounds of heroin with the staggering value of something like million on the New York streets. Turkish narcotics detec- tives traced the gang back to the central Turkish city of Konya, home of the whirling dervishes, capital of the Anatolian wheat belt and a stronghold of the socalled Turkish Mafia. The opium had been buried underground for at least five years near Gaziantep, a smuggling centre close to the Syrian border. (Scientists be- lieve raw opium will remain in good condition buried un- derground for up to 100 The opium load was destin- ed for Beirut where it was to be refined into morphine base, the first stage of the conversi- on to heroin. From there it was probably to be shipped to Marseilles. REWARD UNCLAIMED Detectives are still baffled by the identity of the telephone informant. Normal- ly police tipsters in Turkey get one third of the haul's value as a reward. The Mersin informant, per- haps in fear for his life, did not ask for payment. The gang behind the haul are believed to include hajis (Moslem pilgrims to Mecca) and local politicians. Since opium poppy cultivati- on was banned in Turkey last year, drug smugglers have be- gun digging up some of the opium buried underground, much of it in Malatya, in mountainous eastern Turkey. There now is evidence that they are beginning to feel the pressure of a renewed drive by Turkish and U.S. agents. Until recently opium was refined into morphine base in Turkey and usually carried by huge trucks to Europe. "Now the smugglers have reverted to their old practice of shipping the raw opium to Lebanon for a nar- cotics department chief said. vulnerable to storms and cy- clones But fate singled out the Ba- tavia for a particularly cruel death. One of the richest ships ever to sail from Amsterdam, the Batavia was dashed against a reef off the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, 250 miles northwest of here, on June 4, 1629. PASSENGERS MURDERED Even before the wreck there had been a plot to seize the treasure ship and murder her captain The mutineers' ringleader, Jeronimus Corn- elius, immediately went on the rampage, ordering the deaths of 125 men, women and children survivors by throat- cutting, drowning, stabbing with pikes and hacking with swords. Retribution came swiftly and mercilessly. A rescue ship arrived, the mutineers were captured and then hanged from wooden not before the rescuers had in- dulged in some private blood- letting by torturing the con-' spirators and chopping off their hands. The wreck was discovered and searched in 1963 on the an- niversary of its sinking and has yielded coins, navigation instruments, personal belong- ings and pottery including a vase believed to have been il- lustrated by the Flemish painter Rubens In the shallow guano soil of the nearby islands, skulls have been dug up bearing the marks of savage sword hacks. MANY SHIPS LOST The coast has claimed a colorful fleet over the years- Yankee whalers, French and British sealers, Royal Mail liners, rusting tramps, guano barques and pearlers. Despite radar and modern navigation aids, ships still are occasionally lost. In recent years a Liberian tanker, a Greek freighter, a British cargo carrier and Japanese tuna vessels have added to the toll Before the state took con- trol of the wrecks, free-lance divers triumphantly brought up handfuls of pieces-of-eight from the sunken East In- diamen. Some haves since handed over their booty to the authorities. The sea will probably re- main the perpetual guardian of many treasure ships such as the Australia's old- est wreck, .vhich went down off the Monte Bellow Islands, 800 miles north of here, on May 25, 1622. Her remains were found by an expedition in 1969, but al- though the divers found sea- worn anchors and barnacle- encrusted guns, there was no sign of the money or jewels she was carrying or the "spangles for the king of Siam" listed in the East India Company records.