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October 17, 1957     The Billings County Pioneer
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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER ALL'S WELL--AND THEN TROUBLE A VICTORY SIGNAL is flashed by diver Norman Ream 50 feet below the surface as he rises from setting an unofficial world's record of 370 feet for lung diving, at Avalon, Catalina Island, Calif. The photo was made by a news photographer with a special camera. Moments after the picture was snapped, Ream suffered an attack of the bends aud wa= r'.shed to a shore hospital (InternationaD Whooping Cranes Soon to Fly South Through Dakotas The last wild flock of whooping lgoose, and yet in the past many of cranes will soon be on the move [them have been shot by hunters again. Their fall migration from I along the flyway. The adult whoop- Canada o Texas will be eagerly ling crane is a large, white bird, watched all along the migration |with a red crown on his head and highway. Aerial surveys conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Service in the vicAnity of Wood Buffalo Park, Northwest Territories, indicate that some of these rare birds are already concentrating in the Sass River area in preparation for their 1,800-mile journey southward. For years these carefully guarded birds have com- manded the attention of the entire continent during their dangerous fall migration. Every year the heartening sight of a few newly hatched cranes accomoanying their parents on the migration have stir- red renewed hopes that ,the birds can be preserved from extinction. This year the Canadian authori- ties have already observed three young cranes which were success- fullT hatched this summer. These young birds raise the known total of wild' whooping cranes to 26: Once egain the cranes seem to justify the faith of authorities that fchey can maintain a good population level as long as losses during their mi- gration can be kept at a minimum. The greatest danger to these birds will be from the many hunters who crowd the flyway during the duck hunfing season which corresponds to the whooping crane migration period. During the past few years the cooperation of sportsmen's groups, state and national conserv- ation officers, and private citizens has helped to keep the loss to a minimum. Their slogan is: "Do Not Shoot at Any Large Whi*e Bird." The National Audu)on cie, in conjunction with the U. S. fish and wildlife service has conducted a research project on these rare birds, The birds do not migrate in one large lock, but as small groups and individuals. Those birds which did not nest, or are too young to have mated, usually migrate ahead of the family groups. These fir mlgrartts usually ap- pear in the Dakotas in September Parents with young travel more slowly, stopping to feed and rest .along the way. The last of these family groups/'nay still be along the flyway during early December. No one could possibly mistake a whooping crane for a duck or a jet black wing tips. It stands about three and a half: feet tall. The young cranes are us-, ual!y a brownish color, splatched wih a few white markings. Their i call is similar to the sound of a bugle or a whoop. They feed along river edges, marshes, and ponds during migration. The migratory route extenfis ac- ross the states cd North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Okla- homa, and Texas. People wRhin these areas are asked once more to i watch for these birds, and to give: them safe passage through their states. These cranes are the last rem- narts of a fine and noble species, part of America's great naturaI heritage. They are rigidly'protected at their summer nesting site in Canada, and at their win/cering grounds at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The safety of the birds during their migration is a major factor in their preservation. Mandan Leads (ND Cities in Traffic Record The American Automobile assn., has cited Mandan for having steer- ed through 15 years of city traffic [without any pedestrian deaths. 1Vartdan heads 11 North Dakota cities which have been commended by the association. Other cities and the number of years they have avoided a traffic fatality are as follows: Grafon, ] 12 years; Napoleon, nine; Valley: City, six; Jamestown, five" Devilsl Lake, Oakes and Williston, four;: Carrington, three; and Bismarck! and Dickinson two years a:] The city of Fargo received special citation for "cooperation for pedestrian protection and con- venience" in 1956. Fargo placed 13th among 209 cities in the 25,000 to 50,- 000 population group. 6-POINT SAFETY PROGRAM SET FOR HIGHWAY EMPLOYEES A preliminary six-point develop- ment program is being designed by the division of Public Safety for internal use vnong all state high- way employees, according to High- way Commissioner A. W. Wentz. Dale D. Dory, Employee Safety Co- ordinator with the Safety Division will have charge of the program. The purpose of the program is to establish a workable procedure for promoting safety precautions among state employees and within state- owned, operated facilities, Wentz said. The development program will cover: (1) utilizing an accident report book to assist in determining the actual cause of all accidents; (2) instigating a program of in- eencive awards to be presented m- nuaHy to persons earning them; (3) a series of bulletin boards for information and safety suggestions located throughout the various fa- cilities. Each of seven livisions will have a safety coordinator assigned. (4) Monthly reports showing total number of man-hours lost and num- ber of accidents will be computed to determine the accident frequency rate. This report will form the basis for future safety programs. (5) The existing Safety manual , ( CHESSMAN HAS VISITOR AS HE AWAITS NEW TRIAL CAROL CHESSMAN, convicted kidnaperrapist who Iman, who won fame and wealth as an author while was sentenced to death in 1948, gestures at the[in death row, is seeking a new trial because f photvgr2-her in Los Ageles jail who photograped] what he maintains was an incorrect transcript at i=. ::: 1 ,':s '::::t.'r. :.!rs. Frances Couturier. Chess-  his original trial (International Soundpltoto) will be rewritten, brought up to date, and distribute to all persor/ concerned; (6) a concentrated first aid in- struction program will be started. All first aki Xits will be checked periodically. It is expeCted that the seven division safety coordinators will be appointed before the end of Oct- ober. 0P I 00LooK I ANOTHER GIRL IN THE FAMILY MAKES IT ELEVEN MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM BESTON, of Morristown, N. J. and their 10 children, aH girls, are shown with tim latest addition to the family, another girl The infant's 10 sisters had all hoped for  boy in the family, but each one now Insists that the new arrival .will fit in perfectly. (Interttonal Soundphoto) NEW SERVICE TO SCHOOLS AND SPORTSMEN The game and fish department has begun a new service to schools and clubs throughout the state this i fall, announced John Hewston, pub- lic relations chief. A library of some of the depart- ment's best radio programs is be- ing built up. The programs are re- corded on magnetic tape at a speed l of 7 inches per second. Ech runs, abort 15 muutes. In addition, in-i formation of other types not neces- sarily used on radio programs will l be recorded for use in Schools and! at club meetings. ! RANK,AND-FILE SEEK BAN ON TEAMSTER ELECTION ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING 13 nak-md-flM 1%ra- I the tmlon. The New York Teamsten eharged that ster Union member= are shown at the Supreme ] the Miami convention was rigged to elect James IL Court building hl Washington after asking the [ Hoffa. Left to right are: Godfrey Schmidt, Thomas court to block the election of new top oleers of ] J. Dodd and Sheldon g. Kaplan. (international) LIST MOST COMMON fowl cases. F ,tinting on a refuge and GAMELAW VIOLATIONS [misrepresentation in obtaining a North Dakot Game Wardenlhunting license each accounted for .-:----- - -- ------"..'-:---:--;- I I0 violations. Fourteen violators pmKea tip  game aria rzsn law [were apprehended for shooting het violators during the 1{}56 season, ac-I pheasant& cording to tt H Spltzer, chief war " " "l Big game violations were listed den for the game and fish depart- as improper tagging-18, hunting or men. During the 1956 hunting, fishing and trapping seasons a total of 283 violations were detected. These con- sisted of 48 fishing infractions, 11 boating violations, 7 traling laws broken, and 217 hunting violations. Those considered hunting violations were further broken down to in- clude 97 as general violations, 56 in uplind game bird hunting, 33 In i big game. hunting, and 31 associat- I ed with waterfowl hunting. I The use of an artificial light m I hunting Was the most frequent vio-J lation observed. This infraction ac- counted for 32 eases. It is against! the law to ,use an artificial light: in any fY=Pe of hunting except in! the taking of raccoons. In coon hunting a flashlight not to" exceed two cells capacity is legal. Hunting without a license wa., the cause of 25 court cases. Exceed- ing the bag limit accounted for 23 i upland game bird and 19 water- 'NO BREATHING' shooting deer during closed season- , and shooting protected big game- . Hunting from a vehicle account ed for 8 general violations and hunting while under the influence of alcohol resulted in 7 convictions. The majority of the trapping vio- license (3) and in closed season (2). Boating infractions were operating without proper life preservers (7) and in a reckless zrmnner (4). Twelve of the fishing law vio- lations were fishing without a lic- ense. Fishing in closed areas ac- counted for 8, using illegal bait 8. possession of undersize northern pike 7, and using illegal equipment 5. Various other violations account- ed for he remainder of the cases taken to court. Sportsmen are re- minded that gam e and fish lws are for the benefit of all sportsmen as well the wildlife involved. Re- port violations of these laws Lm- mediately. FOR 18 HOURS CMARLES J. DOWNEY, 52, says "Life's wonderful" in New Eng- land Center hospital, Boston, fdllowtng an eight and one-half hour heart operation. Downey was 'rozen" down to 8T-degree body temperature for 1 hours, and a mechanical breathing ma,. chine breathed for him for 18 hours, believed the longest a ma- chine has been used for such a purpose. His wife sits beside him. The Downey8 live in Springfield, Mak (lntmmattmlal$