The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 14, 1979, Image 9

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THE BATTALION Page 9 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1979 Folk medicine researched United Press International PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Old- timers used to take used motor oil and mix it with sulphur to cure “the scratches.” Those troubled by cold sores of the mouth simply chewed on yellow root. There are other old cures that abounded in an era when clinics and doctors weren’t available, and John Eilertsen wants to know about them. The Point Pleasant resident is working on doctoral papers at Par kersburg Community College, and issued a plea for help in his research of outdated cures. Results of his research will be shared April 5-7 with people who attend Heritage Days-79, a campus festival. “People learn by their mistakes and by their successes and home cures reflect the traditional stored knowledge and wisdom of our past generations,” Eilertsen said. “The study of folk medicine offers us an understanding of, and ap preciation for, the life styles and struggles of past generations. It gives us a perspective of the ideas, knowledge and values that were deemed worthy enough to be passed from generation to genera tion.” Among the cure-alb learned to date: — Making a dog inhale smoke from burning shoe leather to cure distemper. — Using pine pitch to seal wounds and prevent infection. — Applying the inside of a strip of slippery elm bark to a boil to “draw it out.” — Giving catnip tea to a teething baby. Eilertsen says there were many other “remedies” he’d like to hear about from West Virginians. He also wants to know how people in the old days doctored their animals. will be attached to the LDEF. The LDEF itself will be ejected from the space shuttle in the Earth’s orbit. Courtesy photo &M prof to send experiment on first regular shuttle flight nimp. rather mix* Ian - JResearch expected to help scien tific balloons fly higher and longer 11 be conducted by a Texas A&M jgineeron the first regular flight of espace shuttle. Materials from which high- litude balloons are made will be sed to the earth orbit radiation vironment. They will be above istofthe earth’s atmosphere from of 1980 until spring, 1981. [After 6 to 9 months exposure, hai rs that jn films, tapes and lines will be trieved by the shuttle and studied itra oil Dr. James L. Rand for degrada- pricei n of mechanical and radiometric iperties. ibmpli ‘We expect to gain data to sup- oid- bother National Aeronautics and ng fuel energy Space Administration programs in volving flight of extremely high- altitude, scientific balloons, ex plained Rand, professor of aero space engineering. His experiment, designed by aerospace engineering senior Elaine Wagner of Dallas, will be mounted with others aboard NASA s Long Duration Exposure Facility. The LDEF bearing the Rand- Wagner experiment will be in the shuttle cargo bay on the NASA craft’s first operational flight. It is expected to be launched about Au gust, 1980. Requiring no manipulation while in space, Rand’s passive experiment will occupy one-third of one of the LDEF’s 38- by 50-inch experiment trays. Up to 76 trays will be bolted to the facility in “billboard” fashion. With all experiments tested and aboard, the 30-foot-long, 14-foot- diameter polygonal sluminum facil ity will be placed in earth orbit about 345 miles up. Rand, who has performed re search in high-altitude balloon de sign, performance, shape and stress analysis, said polyester, polyethylene, nylon and Kevlar films, tapes and lines will be tested in the earth orbit environment. “At extremely high balloon al titudes, oxygen content is differ ent,” the engineer added. “The oxygen occurs in very small amounts there, but it will affect balloon ma terials in ways we Heed to knpw.” Present balloon missions of two days are common. Keeping a balloon-borne payload aloft four days is the current limit. Develop ments in materials thorugh studies such as Rand’s are aimed at 60-day and more missions at 25 miles and higher. Such flights would allow longterm studies of the upper atmo sphere and deep-space radiation sources whose emissions never reach the earth’s surface. NEED MONEY Well t WIN 410 by SU birnl’ting yoOP name Toio +he new TA M U Womens Chorus. Stop by the Vocal Music department at ^asement^ Rm. 003 and suomi "t - your idea. W« l| contact the wTnner %ank shows little gratitude chen honest man returns xtra $75,000 in account nil suk ■xico’s ith a li inies. j| irs. Cm itil Frii a romi ned foiij tli the Iress ti United Press International )ALLAS — George Killick has a newhat unusual problem: his k won’t take back the $75,000 it takenly put in his account, lillick says he planned to try once re Tuesday to surrender the ney to Republic National Bank if bank doesn’t chase away the s media again. |T want to get rid of it, it’s hecom- |g a real pain,” Killick said Holiday. I! f'fltilliek’s predicament began when been ordered off the premises. That made Killick angry, so he turned around and went home without giving back a single cent. “Hey, I want to give it back, he said, “but I want to give it to the president of the bank (with the media present). Killick also sees a bit of irony in his situation — the bank had refused him a loan three days before he re ceived his bank statement. [bank statement arrived Feb. 5 j he found an extra $75,000 er- [neously had been added to his ac- f it hi« not ilii| S' the red ‘^fc'What a neat deal, I love this,’ I )bv101 fught at the time,” Killick said. 1 1 lut I wanted to be honest and re- iU P : turn it.” d ne " sfcrst h e withdrew the money and itssiu I, ((j n a certificate of deposit so he ild segregate it from his own ids. Then, he cashed the certifi- e into 750 $100 bills. Shinkinghis tale a humorous one, tipped the news media on his ns sent the money to bank cials Monday. 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