Gross May Solve 'Gold Dust' Problem in Africa ••ft 12A ntv Telegram Wednesday, Feb. II, 1f*4 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (API — Ever since gold was discovered in 188R, South Africa has been faced' with a growing problem. What to do with the man-made mountains of towering golden sand, the residue of crushed gold-bearing rock, after its glittering wealth has been extracted. The hustling city' of Johannesburg, known as the "Golden City," is often obscured by drifting sand storms as high winds whip across the gold mining sites. The gold-bearing reef which extends southwards in an arc from Johannesburg for a distance of 130 miles, has an estimated 25,000 sand dumps many of (ham containing up to 25 million tons of sand. "It's like living in a continuous sand storm," commented Dr. A. L. James, director of the Chamber of Mines research laboratories, "but we believe we have found the solution by using common grass." Each morning the man • made deserts dome alive with goggled African workers scattering grass seed over the barren sandy wastes. The areas are sectioned off by two foot-high reed fencs, which prevents the sand from drifting and gives the grass a chance to germinate. ftetemh Into the growth of gold mine dumps began four years ago. Four hundred differ- I etit types of grass, trees and i shrubs were planted. Research ! continued until only 14 types of | grass showed any sign of germin- I ating on the sandy wastes. Today, same mine dumps have been tranformed into lush grass- covered mountains, reducing the problem of air and water pollution and allowing adjacent areas to bo developed by industrial and residential concerns. Dr. James said, 'It's an endless task. For each mine dump we cover with grass, others continue to grow, as long as the extraction of South Africa's golden wealth continues. Which it does, day and night. "At one time it was suggested that we sell the sand to building contractors. But who wants 25 million tons of sand, and that's just one dump. We have 25.000 others." Seme of the older dumps do, however, contain a certain economic value. Extracting uranium from them has become big business. But the mountains of sand remain. Industrialists maintain that delicate machinery becomes ruined by the drifting particles of sand. Health authorities are concerned at the pollution of water supplies and food manufacturers are reluctant to build factories within miles of a mine dump, lest their products becomes contaminated with a gritty sand. Consequently, the areas surrounding the mining towns become unsale- able and useless. Grattinfl the treat sandy mountains around Johannesburg is a long-term plan which will take years to complete. Coded the Fireplug* PORTMO'JTH, Va. (AP) — A man with a silver-dipped paint brush has visited all the fireplugs in.this city. But it's all in the name of progress. The Portsmouth Water Department had the old red fireplugs painted silver with color- coded trim. A green-trimmed plug delivers 1,000 gallons per minute. A yellow one offers 500 gallons and red marks a small line with less than 500 gallons. Had Doltot But No Dime RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - An intruder broke into the Cox Motor Co., used the office telephone, then taped a note and $1 to the instrument. "I'm sorry I broke the window to get in," the note explained, "but I had to use the telephone. Here's a dollar to pay for tire There's an outdoor telephone just a few feet from the firm. Trades Improve Kansas City A's •r eoDii LOPAT HILLSDALE, N.J. (AP) — The M*n*t«f, Ktntat City Athletic* Athletics are an improved club, mainly because of the winter trades that brought power hitters Rocky Colavito and Jim Gentile and the fact that a number of our younger players have put in a couple of years in the big leagues. The latter should be ready to pay some dividends. The main problem last year was our inability to manufacture runs. A home run at an opportune time would have enabled us to win many more games than we did. The acquisition of Colavito and Gentile, who hit 46 home runs between them, should supply us with some of that much needed power. We have Mvtral fine holdovers from last year who should be even better this year. Ed Charles has become one of the best third basemen in the league. He was sought by many clubs. Wayne Causey, after proving he can play all season, has' given us a very dependable shortstop and the best hitter at that position in the American League. This gives us a pretty good left side. With Gentile at first, that leaves only second base questionable. Jose Tartabull, In center, is finally coming around to believe he is capable of playing in the majors. He could be an exciting type player. John Wyatt, with two years expereience, is the Bellweather of the bullpen brigade supported by Tom Sturdivant and Ted Bowsfield. Both did real good jobs the last seven weeks of the season. The starting. pitchers, namely Diego Segui, Orlando Pena and Moe Drabowsky, belong in the same category. They did much better in the final weeks of the '63 season. We are hopeful that Dan Pfister could pick up one of the starting berths vacated by the trade that sent Ed Rakow and Dave Wickersham to the Tigers. He has recuperated from 'an arm operation and is ready to go. SANDY PROBLEM — African worker* wearing goggles sow grass seed on one of the dunes of crushed ore left after gold is extracted; another dune is in the background. It is hoped the grass will prevent the constant drifting of sand which now covers Johannesburg and other mining towns with a fine golden dust. A Day in Viet Nam GIs Prepare For Trouble I You ( 1 nn ( Oiini on I Qua I No More* By MALCOLM W. BROWNE Asecfited Prtsi Writer KONTUM, Viet. Nam. (AP)Inside, American soldiers were enjoying beer and a Charlie Chaplin movie at the end of a tough day. Outside, the severed hand of a Viet Cong guerrilla was still dangling from a beam. U. S. military advisory detachments scattered throughout South Viet Nam create strange contrasts. Life inside these compounds Is typically American in almost every respect, and returns to normal almost instantly after any crisis, even a Viet Cong onslaught. A week 'ago, four Communist terrorists Infiltrated Ihe compound lire, spraying build- Ings with machine Run fire and setting off four explosive charges In and around officers' quarters. An alert American sentry, Spec. 4 Gale D. Fllnn of Fowler, Kan. killed two of the guerrillas with his pistol. But ono building burned down and an American captain was wounded. One of the Communists Flinn killed was blown up by his own satchel charge, hit by one of Fllnn's bullets. Pieces of the man landed over a thousand- square-yard area inside the compound. It was nn ugly two niinutes in the life of Tcncza compound. After last week's attack, special precautions went into effect. Americans no longer were permitted to go into the nearby town, of Kontvm except on- duty, and then under guard. American commissioned officers began standing sentry duty around the compound because of the shortage of enlisted men for the job. Grenades and ammunition were put in the latrine, in case someone had to make a stand there. Barbed wire fortifications were tightened up, new sandbagged bunkers were installed, bolts were installed inside dqors, and people began sleeping with their pistols in reach. Trouble or not. the routine of life in a U.S. military field detachment in Viet Nam doesn't change much. Even in outposts where only two or three Americans are serving in the jungle, there normally is a movie nearly every night. Mess hnlls are supplied with American food. There are tape recorders, phonographs, radios and books. There are dart boards and even I slot machines. Bods arc comfortable and food is good. 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