The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 12, 1971 · Page 47
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Consumer's Question-Box ByMARGARETDANA By MARGARET DANA Mover Regulations Q. We will be moving to a new home this fall, and I would like to know if there any laws or regulations that govern what the mover must do, and whether we can demand that he let us know ahead of time what the move will cost. A. The Interstate Commerce Commission put into effect last year some new rules for movers;. Briefly, they are: movers must keep to promises made as to pick-up and delivery dates; all relevant facts (what the mover will not be responsible for and what special things the shipper wants to include) must be disclosed to carrier and shipper before _ shipment date; shipper uana must be notified of any delay in pick up or delivery; carrier must store goods at has own expense if delivered earlier than in contract; carrier must inform shipper on standard estimating form, the estimated cost of move plus amount of money required before carrier will unload (usually cost plus 10 per cent). Insurance responsibility varies in different states. Check this out locally. Skimpy Shirts Q. Where can a man buy a full-cut dress shirt? I can find my size in stores but they are all skimpily cut. Never more than four- or five-inch tails. I feel we men have been quiet long enough. For 10 years shirts and pants have been getting skimpier and skimpier. A. I think men have been quiet too long. If they register their wants at stores, and let the store managements know they want changes "made, and will stop buying until they get action, they would get action. How do other men feel? Canned Food Safety Q. I have a can of smoked oysters, product of Japan, which is probably six or eight years old. Would it be safe to use this product, or should it be discarded? What is a good general rule for how long to keep commercially canned foods? A. The safest rule is that if the can shows no bulges anywhere, and no sign of a hole, the contents would not be spoiled. But the quality, flavor and texture have probably suffered very much in that length of time. Canned goods have been known to keep safely for 30 years, but the contents would not retain their good taste or quality that long. There is no general rule for how long to keep canned foods. But for quality and taste, a turnover of canned food supplies every year at least is recommended. - ^^ • Packers Damage Food Q. While unsacking my weekend grocery store purchases (I visit more than one store), exasperation returned and I shall no longer suffer in silence. Reasons? (1) The slightly damaged 10-pound detergent box let its contents sift all over a pound package of bacon in the same bag. (2) The six fresh peaches were "squashed" — the interior of the plastic bag had lots of juice in it because other items put on top of the peaches had mashed them. Why don't they give every sacker-upper at the check-out counter a training session so as to avoid these happenings? A. Have you talked to store managers about this? Have you urged them to set up the "training" sessions you mention? Try it. If you get no results, write a personal letter to aarence Adamy, president of National Association of Food Chains, 1725 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, D.O. 20006. He is a wise and thoughtful man who listens to what consumers say. All other women who have had the problem reported above might also write and urge special "training" courses designed to prevent food damage in the packing. Paper Towels Q. Recently I heard that it Is unsafe to drain foods on paper towels. Supposedly they contain some kind of poison Please let us know soon, as I am very concerned. A: A study made recently by several university research teams showed that the dyes used in paper products, such as towels or tissues, are not poisonous. Conceivably a company might start a cheap operation without knowing about or caring about safety standards for dyes. But the reputable companies are careful. However, plain white paper, towels are especially useful in the^ totdjen, since without dyes to color them,; they • have somewhat greater absorbency. The heat under which wood-pulp products are made Into paper is an effective sterilizer, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Consumer and Marketing Divls- •ioh. . , .',-'., ; ; , ' •. ;; • (Margaret Dana welcomes opinions and questions on buying and will use them in her columns as rapidly as research and space permit. Personal answers are impossible due to large volume of mail from readers. Send your questions to The Hutchinson News, Box 190 and we will forward them.—Ed.) School Bands Prepare for State F """"'•'•"''» «""••• -««.j«™..wuiurnun,.. ,'ikjwmita.. w.,,, , •••iiiia l iw«!M,>,«aiawKiimiWJtj;A:.: .•?*!„ ; . , 'in'wtk'MnHBnni BUHLER RURAL HIGH SCHOOL band practices for march Sept. 18. High school marching bands all over the state are doubling their practice time these days to prepare for their march down Hutchinson's Main Street during the State Fair. The fair begins Sept. 18 and 106 bands have notified Chamber of Commerce officials they will participate in the parade of bands. Many more will probably sign up before the opening day. Fifty bands are scheduled to march Saturday, Sept. 18. They include: Abilene, Arkansas City, Attica, Belleville, Bison, Bogue, Buhler, Burr Oak, Claflin, Concordia, Copeland, Cottonwood Falls, Dexter, Ellis, Fowler, Hartford, Hays, Hill City, and Howard. Jamestown, Jewell, La Cygne, Lewis, Madison, Manhattan, Mankato, McCracken, Morland, Mulvane, Ness City, Nickerson, Osborne, Paloo, Paradise, Pawnee Rock, Peabody, Phillipsburg, Plainville, Salina (South High), Shawnee, Scandia, Towanda, Tribune, and Yates Center. Fifteen bands are scheduled Monday, Sept. 20. They are: Assaria, Bennington, Bucklin, Bushton, Cheney, Conway Springs, Esbon, Glasco, Haven, Holyrood, Hope, Langdon, Miltonvale, Protection, and White City. Paradise Lost Lewis and Clark Land EDITOR'S NOTE - We all learn about it in high school history. The Lewis and Clark expedition, an epic of exploration; the first American eyes to look on a land of wealth and beauty of wonder and wilderness. But now, their legacy of paradise is lost. And what has been gained? AP Newsfeatures Writer Jules Loh retraces the trail in this distinguished, vivid and troubling journal of nature, a nation and its people; of human nature, its feats and follies. By JULES LOH AP Newsfeature Writer "To Meriwether Lewis, esquire . . . "Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude & longitude, at all remarkable paints on the river, & especially at the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands & other places & objects distinguished by such natural marks & characters of a durable kind, as that they may with certainty be recognized hereafter." One wonders what sort of hereafter the prescient Thomas Jefferson envisioned for his country when he wrote those instructions in 1803. Lewis and Clark followed their orders precisely. Were they to retrace their route, of discovery today, however, they would with certainty recognize precious little of it. It was wil- .derness then, all of it, from the 'Misseuri to the Pacific, and the natural landmarks and remarkable points they noted in their journals were numerous and spectacular. But durable? 'Agitated Gut Swelling' Consider rapids: "I deturmined to pass through this place," William Clark wrote, "notwithstanding the horrid appearance of this agitated gut swelling, boiling & whorling in every direction...." Today people at play pass through that once wild and horrid place on water skis, the agitated but long since inundated by flat, slack water behind Bonneville power dam on the Columbia River. Or islands: "A beautiful little Island well timbered'is situated about the middle of the river," wrote Lewis when he reached the Great Falls of the Missouri. "In this island on a cottonwood tree an Eagle has placed her nest; a more inaccessible spot I believe she could not have found: for neither man nor beast dare pass those gulphs which separate her domain from the shoref." Today that island is a treeless, joyless employes' parking lot, wreathed in the acrid smoke of an Anaconda Co. smelter and easily accessible, the churning gulf having been plugged up and paved over. Not even the most ardent preservationist would suppose the land could or should remain, in the 165 years since Lewis and Clark completed their expedition, a primeval Eden. The very reason President Jefferson sent them on their journey was to open up the wild continent "for the purpose of commerce." Smokestacks and Power That they did. Smokestacks and pawer lines and shopping centers all along the route manifest the destiny America perceived for itself. A 20th century American, aroused, as Lewis and Clark were not, over the deteriorating quality of a finite environment, can find no better example of man's treatment of nature's resources than to re-examine the route of those two explorers. They saw the land new and wrote down what they saw. The modern traveler sees the land after it has felt man's band, sometimes brutally, sometimes gently. Lewis and Clark entered a kingdom of nature. They viewed it with awe and acknowledged with reverence how much about it they did not comprehend. In just 165 years, their heirs, swept forward on a technological tide undreamed of since Genesis, have made that natural wilderness into an empire of man. At man's gain, or simply his gratification, they have reshaped nature at nature's expense. Now man finds himself with so little left of nature that words like "recycle" enter his vocabulary. He chose to supplant a river with a lake; what will supplant the lake when its use is spent? 'No Turning Back' As Meriwethar Lewis pressed westward, beyond the last buffalo trail, he came to a point in his expedition not unlike the juncture America has now reached in its march through history. To paraphrase the thought Lewis confided to his journal: I have' come so far I am committed; there is no turning back. I can only continue, and pray I keep my wits and do not lose my daring.. .. The Lewis and Clark expedition began in St. Louis, at the mouth of the Missouri, May 13, 1804, ascended the lower segment of the river and arrived at what is now Sioux City, Iowa, on Aug. 20. "The water excessively rapid, & Banks falling in," Clark noted early in the voyage. This was the wild Missouri of song and legend. The mighty water highway for a westering nation. The treacherous stream whose hidden snags and underwater logs, called sawyers—a name immortalized by Mark Twain's mischievous lad—stove in and sank no fewer than 441 steamboats before the railroad ended that romantic era and began another. The Missouri. Too thick to drink and too thin to plow, by the measure of farmers along its banks who, as regularly as spring, lost acres of croplands to its brawling floods. The restless Missouri, meandering between bluff lines 15 miles apart, changing its course with such caprice that part of Iowa is now on the Nebraska side. The lusty, wide Missouri of frontier folk song. "Away, you rolling river!" And today? The Missouri of 1971 would inspire few to song. It is a tame river. Diesel towboats passively ply a well-buoyed channel between St. Louis and Sioux City hauling shapeless barges. Where Lewis and Clark saw trees four feet thick snatched into the current by the roots, levees now keep the riverbed in one place. The U.S. Corps of Engineers has sliced away the wickedest of the river's bends, making shortcuts. Strewn inland along both sides of its new, shorter course are two dozen crescent- shaped lakes, ox-bows as they are called, where children in orange life jackets putt around in aluminum boats. Geographic Precision In fact, the Corps and nature together have made it well nigh impossible to locale with certainty the lower Missouri campsites that Lewis and Clark set down with such geographic precision in their journals. The riverside bluff where the explorers held America's first official council with Indians west of the Mississippi can still be found, however. It is not at Council Bluffs, Iowa, as might be supposed, but about 20 miles north of there. Th» sil/e is farmland now, rich, rolling fields of corn, neat white houses under shade trees, plump Hercfords grazing, a scene off a Sweet Lassy Feed calendar. "The nil- is pure and hclthy so far as we can judge," commented Clark in 1804. And so, today, it remains. But don't go near the water. The lower Missouri, tame enough at last for factories and canneries, warehouses and slaughterhouses, to lurk in safety along its stabilized banks, is—did any suspect other- wise?—pollulod. Industry is the major offender. Individual citizens in cities and towns along the river—Jefferson City, Kansas City, Atchison, St. Joseph, Omaha, Sioux City and points between—began cleaning up their part of the mess years ago, long before ecology became a parlor word. As astonishing as the scarcity of identifiable Lewis and Clark landmarks along their route is the apparent lack of detailed knowledge about their truly remarkable expedition among Americans at large. Grave Markers Have Changed With tombstones, it's often a case of buy now, die later. Although it is considered a grim subject by many and hardly a topic recommended as dinner part conversation, many people do, in fact, purchase their own grave markers while they arc still in good health. "It's largely a matter of finances," Charles Wagner, of Wagner Memorials, 202 North Poplar, says. "They know it's an expensive proposition and they like to know it's taken care of ahead of time so their families won't have to worry with it." The average cost of a tombstone, or monument, as it is called in the trade, is $609. Preference also is a consideration. Most relatives of the deceased have no definite ideas about how the grave marker should be designed when they arrive to choose ono, Wagner says. But many people who purchase in advance do so because they know precisely what they want on their tombstones. Horses Included One couple has arranged wi'h Wagner for their tombstones to bear engravings of the hoacl and name of their favorite riding horses. Others choose designs of flowers and leaves and some prefer simple stones with only their names and birthdalc, with space to record the date of death. Styles in tombstones have changed in the past 70 years. Many old tombstones are ornately carved, and often topped with figures of Biblical characters, angels, flowers, or birds. Most of today's tombstones are uncluttered and sleek. "It was a status symbol than, just as it is, to some extent, today," Wagner said. "Those old stones were aJl hand carv- ed and expensive. Today, our carving and engraving is all by machine." Among the stones displayed outside Wagner's office is the figure of a large dog, carved from limestone. It was carved by Lurlowe Howard in 1909. Howard was 11 at the time, and the dog was his first carving as an apprentice stone-cutter. The boy, who was killed in World War I, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Howard, former owners of the memorial firm. "It was part of the condition, when we bought the firm, that we take care of Lerlowe's dog," Wagner said. "I hope soon to mount it on a pedestal in our display area." Ornate Monument Skolch by Thorn en Hart Bcnton 'Hills and river Cliflx. , . .exhibit most romantic appearance.'—-Lewis Wagner with Lnrlaive's dog. 4 + > . Page 9 The Hutchinson News Sunday, September 12,1971

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