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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Pioneer spirit faces challenge By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) The pioneering spirit that opened up the West is about to be given a new save some of the blighted neighborhoods in cities of the United States The basic idea would have been familiar to 19th-century settlers in both Canada and the U.S. who were given 160- acre quarter-sections of virgin Western land if they agreed to occupy and farm it. The modern-day homesteader is being offered an abandoned house, either free or for a small sum, if he agrees to move in and save the house from rum. The idea, still in its infancy, appears to be catching on with a rush among municipal hous- ing authorities all over the U.S. as yet another potential weapon against the spread of decay in the country's urban cores Wilmington, Del was the first to get a program off the drawing board and into tice. Baltimore is only a step behind and Philadelphia has just named a committee to work out the details of its pro- gram Each city that has adopted an urban-homesteading plan has been flooded with in- quiries from housing officials and citizens elsewhere, asking for specific information about its plan. Coun Joseph Coleman of Philadelphia, sponsor of that city's legislation, explained his program recently on a syn- dicated radio program that was widely heard in the U S and Canada. We've had dozens of people writing from alj over, including people in Toronto and Halifax who heard the Mabel Williams, the councilman's ad- ministrative assistant, said in a telephone interview. So far, the federal govern- ment is staying aloof A spokesman said the depart- ment of housing and urban development is "watching this carefully." but has no im- mediate plans to duplicate the program for the hundreds of thousands of housing units owned by federal authorities. Congressional sources say members of the Senate and House have not proposed legislation on it yet. The homestead plans vary from city to city but all are no- table for their caution. Dozens of "miracle" housing programs have been tried in recent years, only to 'founder in practice, leaving behind more decay and more bureaucracy In Wilmington, some houses have fallen into the city's hands because of failure to pay city taxes. For a start, only 10 were dis- a lottery among 100 others will go out in similar small packets until the program proves itself The Wilmington homesteader agrees to bring the house up to city building- code standards and to live in it for between three and five years After that he is free to rent, sell or continue occupan- cy. The cost of restoring each house is expected to run be- tween and de- pending on the initial state of the house and the amount of do-it-vourself work the homesteader undertakes Many of the new programs will include arrangements for low-interest loans from local banks or government agen- cies, as a means of luring low- income families The city of Philadelphia owns 1.200 of the more than abandoned houses there and is stepping up its foreclosure process to bring in more houses before they deteriorate. Councilman Coleman hopes to limit the homestead program at first to about 50 houses in areas where urban blight is not widespread. Baltimore is keeping its ini- tial list to 10 homes, to be of- fered at a token each. The city owns about 600 houses, out of 5.500 abandoned throughout Baltimore Wednesday, September 26, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD-41 Special risks? not at Lloyd's Joey Smallwood, 72, former premier of New- foundland, is talking about returning to politics. He said he will come back only if he would be pre- mier again, in a recent interview at his home, 40 miles west of St John's, Nfld. Here, Smallwood thumbs through a copy of his autobiography to be published Oct. 5. He may be serious By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) Dancers can insure their toes, bearded men their prized face-loliage, whisky distillers their sense of smell someone, somewhere in the London insurance market, can be found to take on the oddest risks. Most of the offbeat in- quiries, in fact, end up in the 340-loot-long Underwriting Room oi Lloyd's, the famed old insurance market which started in a Georgian coffeehouse and now handles more than million and billion in premiums every year. Although there are some 300 independent companies out- side Lloyd's some specializ- ing in unusual fields like ecclesiastical insurance, works of art or the weather most of the "one-off" com- missions come to Lloyd's because the big companies, with shareholders to consider, are unwilling to take them on. Lloyd's underwriters 7.000 of them in 300 syndicates are more able to quote, say, on the risk of someone produc- ing the Loch Ness monster to claim a prize, indeed, they had a lot of fun drawing up specifications of the monster lor that policy Lloyd's, which took the brunt of the million then about million insurance on the wreck of the Titanic in 1912, and reputedly was in- volved in something like million of the losses on the 1906 San Francisco earth- quake, will cheerfully quote lor such things as insuring a marked Pacific salmon against getting caught in a Nanaimo. B C fishing contest. Their enterprising un- derwriters have insured a troupe of performing fleas, a belly dancer's navel, the beards of 40 Derbyshire club members and actor Oliver Reed's eyebrows he was shaving them off for a movie role and claimed that if they grew back too big they would affect his appearance and earning power. Underwriters live up to their name by doing just that they write their name un- der the amount of risk they are prepared to back with their own cash A broker may approach several un- derwriters before he amasses the required amount of cover Risk of financial loss to the insured person is always the major factor involved in policies. Thus, a broadcaster who tried to insure his newl> regained sense of smell was turned down it wouldn't affect his earning power, in- surance men said. But a per- fume maker and a whisky dis- tiller obtained similar policies VOTE "NO" ON CRIME GIVE THE UNITED WAY Thanks to you its working This Saturday in Weekend Magazine Holland does it again! Amazing-6 tulips from one bulb Herald in Spring with a fanfare of glorious colour. A few bulbs planted now lets you gather an armload of lush red tulips in April. So beautiful they were named after Holland's most famous bulb garden- keukenhof. Pkq of 20 Mixed bulbs 99 Reg. 2.29 The Battle Of The Major oil companies are conducting costly studies with a view to building a natural gas pipeline through the Mackenzie River valley, and conser- vationists are arming themselves to fight the pro- ject. Fred Bruemmer travelled through the area and reports this Saturday in Weekend Magazine on the arguments in favor of the pipeline, and the damage it could do to the fragile Arctic ecology. Also In Weekend Ernest Hillen visits a roping school in the West where students, interested in a career in rodeo or ranching, learn to rope, wrestle and tie calves. Audrey Gostlin presents a colorful fashion feature on new-season nightwear for men and women. Greg Clark tells about the time he and his friend Cooper were startled by a news bulletin but happily discovered that hearing isn't always believing. Last but not least, Margo Oliver offers these hand-me-down recipes she picked up at the PEI Centennial: Thimble Cookies, Great Grandma's Potee, Sultana Cake, Scripture Cake. It's a great reading treat this Saturday in your Weekend Magazine. The Lethbrulcje Herald Sears Huge selection of quality Dutch bulbs at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee aavHwacvon or ntofiey relMnoeo tna dtliwry Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Think ahead to Spring flower time, then think of Simpsons-Sears. We have everything you need. c-Hyacinths. 10 for d-Bulk Tulips. 10 for Choose from cottage, darwin, darwin hybrid, parrot, lily, early, double early, red emperor, peony flowered and rock garden tulips 10 for f-Bonemeal. To prolong life of bulbs, 10 Ibs So Mixed colors Bulbs "a cm pkg h-Rose collars. Protects bushes from frost. Pkg. 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