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Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News — Tuesday, February 14, 1967 — Page Flv# Getting the Bugs Out of Travel Abroad Quarantine Inspectors for the United States Department of Agriculture have their hands full trying to keep foreign plant and animal pests and diseases out of the United States. Stationed at seaports, international airports* and border crossings, throughout the country, they inspect baggage and vehicles against invasion by unwanted visitors. THE YjDUNG COURE, fop felt was saw rfce eomofieo seedlings and Irish shamrocks they were bringing home from Scotland were free of insects at diseases. They wen —but in the soU around them inspectors foand cysts of golden nematode, which attacks tomato and potato crops. The lady with the suitcase in the picture abate was not so innocent. Returning from Hawaii, she tried to conceal mangoes in her baggage, but they were sniffed oat by an alert inspector. Mangoes often cany a seed weevil -and ether pesis not found on the mainland. UNWELCOME HOPPERS that jumped out of an air pas-; senger's small zippered bag m a Honolulu airport led inspectors on a merry chase before they were caught and destroyed. The insects were an Asian species not found in the Ui Even Hollywood is not .immune to being the source of bringing m dubious stars other than foreign acting imports. A quantity of Spanish moss brought into the United States from Mexico recently to be used as a movie prop, lower right, was considered suspect by inspectors. Fumigation was necessary as a precaution against possible pests on the moss. NEW YORK (AP) - Science has raised the possibility that if people can learn to hibernate the average human lifespan might be increased from 70 years to 1,400 years. The reason: some hibernating animals naw live 20 times longer than other creatures that weigh the same but don't hibernate. Do you know what fruit product is used most often in the American home? Well, it's coffee. Here's potentially bad news for victims of rheumatism. Some meteorologists believe increased solar activity has made the earth's climate progressively warmer and drier since 1915. Now they feel an impending eduction of solar activity will make the weather colder and wetter for the next 30 to 45 years. So, better buy your heat pad now. Quotable notables: "The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence"—Thomas Wolfe. How long can you live without eating?. In Britain 13 obsese patients took part in a total fasting experiment under medical supervision. One, a 54-year- old woman weighing 264 pounds, went without food for 249 days and lost 75 pounds. During the entire period she was fed only noncaloric liquids and vitamins. Another endured total starvation for 236 days. Both patients remained active healthy—and every few hours or be burned to death by the furnace of his on metabolism. Worth remembering: "If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average." Fourteen U.S. presidents never saw military service. But can you name six presidents who served in two or more wars? There were George Washington, Andrw Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, U.S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Fiji Islanders have figured out an easy way to catch fish. They tie a piece of narcotic weed to their line and dangle it in the water. When the fish nibble the weed they get so drowsy they can be plucked out of the water by hand. It was Kin Hubbard whs observed, "A true lady or gentleman remains at home with a grouch same as if they had pneumonia." 'Goldflow': A Critical Problem BUSINESS MIRROR By JOHN CUNIFF AP Business News Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - Solid gold really doesn't flow, of course, but the "goldflow" will be one of the nation's most persistent and serious probems this year. The apparent contradiction isn't the only one that relates to the brilliant, malleable and scarce metal that is amost uni- versaly accepted as payment for purchases and debt. You must question man's judgment about the value and power of gold, for instance, when you view it stocked in subterranean vaults, seldom admired, seemingly never used for anything constructive and seldom made into anything but 28- pound bricks. The goldflow — the movement «f gold to and from the nation's vaults — will nevertheless, be one of the big stories of the year. "The United States supply is diminishing and therefore our prestige is at stake. Gold is power. Here, greatly simplified, is . the background on this continuing story: Before the 1920s the United States literally was on the gold standard. A person could really trade in his paper money for gold. The paper, therefore was good as gold and much lighter and easier to handle. There were several disadvantages. One of these was that commerce could expand only as fast as gold could be found and mined. This was absurd, for the gold supply depended on mining rather than on the demands of trade. Most countries abandoned the gold standard, including the United States in 1934. We called in our gold coins and certificates. We stopped redeeming paper money in gold. Instead, we settled on a formula: We would maintain only a percentage of gold for the money we printed. The gold then became more sybolic. To limit the money presses, we established a legal ceiling. Trust now reposed in the Treasury. Because we could print much more money than could be redeemed in gold we could now vary the amount of paper in circulation so as to meet .our needs. We didn't have to wait until it was mined. Gold, however, continued in international trade. Any foreign nation still could cash in $35 for an ounce of gold. Since we guaranteed this, most nations continued to use the dollar bill. They had just as much confidence in it. Some nations developed a surplus beyond their needs, however. They converted. We paid in gold. In fact, if any nation thought it couldn't convert — if it lost confidence in the dollar — international trade would be a mess. How did foreigners get this surplus? Ironically, the great wealth of the United States had something to do with it. Since we have plenty of money we spend a lot, much of it abroad. We leave our dollars there and take home goods. Tourists traveling in Europe contribute to this outflow. American corporations building new plants abroad are partly responsible. Foreign aid, of all things, contributes. Our military commitents make a huge impact. In other words, when we ceive from abroad we incur a balance of payments deficit Dollars accumulate abroad. They can be cashed. Right now we have more dollars abroad than gold in our vaults. How do we lessen the problem? First, by selling more abroad than foreigners sell to us. Then by decreasing our payments abroad, maybe by cutting military spending or by asking companies raise money overseas rather than shipping it from the United States. And finally by attracting more, foreign investments. Simple in theory, difficult in practice. The problems are tough and the consequences are big. Too many dollars abroad might mean that the dollar will decline in value reactive to other currencies and to gold. If we don't maintain our promise of $35 an ounce our prestige diminishes. Prospectors probed the Glacier National Park area in the early 1890s A boom town called Altyn sprang up, complete with post office, two-story hotel, several dance halls and seven saloons. Time has erased all signs of the town. About a million viruses could fit into a single red blood cell. hungry. Speaking of food, a wild male tiger can gulp down from 40 to 70 pounds of meat a night, but in a zoo he is usually rationed to about 14 to 16 Pounds a day. The world's most voracious eater, however, is the fe- NEWS BRIEFS PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa's tourist industry continues to grow. Fofo Sunia, director of tourism, said 667 tourists visited the South Pacific island in January, rocious shrew. Thin tiny animal j compared with 461 in Decem must eat his own weight in food Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. president to be born in the United States. ber. LOS ANGELES researcher says (AP) "good - A hot meals will provide the sense of well-being"' for astronauts on future flights lasting years. Dr. Howard E. Bauman, an official of the Pillsbury Co.,'said "the foods will have to be a bit thicker and certain safeguards will be necessary." He said his firm has learned how to put 25,000 calories, representing 44 different and nutritionally balancd meals into a "medium-sized box." He added that the box would feed one man for 10 days, and could be stored for years. LOS ANGELES, (AP) - A teacher of airline hostesses, who guided 48 Iowa postulants through a charm course, says the nuns' response was similar to that of regular candidate for stewardess job. Mrs. Mavis Kimball coached 200 student stewardesses in gracious behavior for Continental Airlines last year. Recently she and another air- line instructor were Invited by the Sisters of Charity of tha Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa, to give prospective nuns a four-day poise class. The course emphasized good grooming, skin care and general etiquette. BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A Saturn second-stage moon rocket has arrived here for captive firing tests, following a 4,. 000-mile, two-week trip by barga from Seal Beach, Calif. The rocket's first stage, tested at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's ground test facility here last ecember has been shipped to Cape Kennedy, Fla. The second-stags tests will be held in March. PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dr. Lawrence Adler, a Pittsburgh heart specialist, told a luncheon audience that persons most prone to heart attacks are overweight, shorter than 5 feet 8 and an only child. Asked whether "an only child can reduce his chanches of having a heart attack by asking his parents to have more children?" Dr. Adler replied, "Statistically speaking, I'd have to say yes." MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - One hundred Cech technicians will spend a year working in Cuban nickel and copper mines, Havana radio says. AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Gov. 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