Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 23, 1967, Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Free Press Final Edition VOL. 74 NO. 202 PRICE 10c 15c WINNIPEG, TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1967 sun RIMS a.m. Moon p.m. FORECAST' SCATTERED SHOWERS; 45 and 75 Sun Sets p.m. Moon Sets a.m. Johnson Appeals o To Hanoi North Vietnam Urged To Help End 'Bloody Impasse' By CARROLL KILPATRICK WASHINGTON (Special TPNS) President Johnson appealed to the leaders of North Vietnam Monday to help end "this bloody impasse" in Vietnam, the It was the first time president is known to have publicly applied so grim a formulation to the war. His message was contained in a Memorial Day proclamation. At the same time, Mr. Johnson appealed to all Ameri- cans to join in prayer for permanent peace on Memorial j Day next Tuesday. While he said that "we shall continue to resist the aggressor in the president again said the United States continues "to hold open the door to an honorable peace." Mr. Johnson's appeal to North Vietnam was made in these words: Please See LBJ Page o EGYPT BLOCKS SEA ROUTE Middle East War Nearer Nasser Ignores American Warning In Further Provoking Israel By CHALMERS ROBERTS WASHINGTON (Special TPNS) War in the Middle East appeared highly probable Tuesday after Egypt announced Monday night it will block Israel's access to the Red Sea. American officials for the past three days have been saying that the one action by President Gamal Abdel Nasser that could lead to an Israeli attack would be exactly the step Tel Aviv Ready To Fight From AP-Reutcrs TEL AVIV in- terference with Israeli shipping in the Gulf of Aqaba could mean war, informed Israel sources' said today. Officially Israel is saying only that it is standing on a 10-year- old statement to the United Na- tions by former foreign minis-, ter Golda Meir. She told the General Assem- bly" March 1, 1957, that "inter- ference by armed forces with ships of Israel's flag exercising free and innocent passage in the Gulf of Aqaba and through the Straits of Tiran will be regarded i by Israel as an attack entitling j it to exercise its inherent right of self-defence under article 51 of the charter and to take all such measures as are necessary to ensure the free and innocent passage of its ships in the gulf: Crete stands at Expo 67's Auto- Expo Performers Escape Death MONTREAL (CP) Three hi performers escaped death Monday after a motor- cycle used in their act became untracked 100 feet above con- and in the straits." Israeli Prime Minister stade in Montreal. Levi; Arthuf Bucheck, his wife Eshkol held emergency talks i Isolde and daughter Frances with his top advisers todajMind. presenting was expected to call a meeting later in the day. Socreds Bid For 9th Term act during a performance of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus when the machine struck a knot in the high wire. Ducheck, who was driving the motorcycle, was flipped off the machine but grabbed the wire. His wife and daughter, who were perched in a trapeze at- tached to the machine, were left dangling. The motorcycle remained fixed to the wire by a safety link, its trapeze hanging below. Circus employees climbed up a nearby girder and tossed a line to Ducheck, who attached it to the cable, and the two women slid .down to safety. Ducheck .then managed to set the motorcycle back on the wire and drove if to a platform on a support pole. The three performers, who bill themselves as Arthur Cos- mos high wire act, presented their act during a later perform ance without incident. Col. Nasser has now announced. President Johnson was re- ported to be in his White House office when the news arrived. .State department officials, under direction of the under- secretary of state for political affairs, Eugene Rostow went into an evening huddle on what the United States might do. The first step was a warning to Americans against travelling in the Middle East. U.S. citizens m Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Israel were being advised to ieave those countries, a state department spokesman an- nounced. Please See EGYPT Page 9 Port Sealed Off From Roiiters-AP CAIRO (CP) Egypt an- nounced today ii had closed the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli ship- ping, sealing off the major Is- raeli port of Eilath from the Red Sea and trade routes be- yond, heightening the danger of war in the Middle East. But a Panamanian freighter, identified as the 3.5'0-ton Ama- lia, sailed into Eilath harbor at dawn today. It crossed the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the gulf after dusk Monday night. Egyptian President Nasser told airmen at a front-line air base in Sinai: "The Israeli flag will not pass througn Aqaba Gulf and our sovereignty over the gulf entrance is not negotiable. If Israel wants to threaten us with war they are welcome." CVealth Tariffs 'Unfair LONDON (CP) Britain haj come to the conclusion that the 1932 Commonwealth preferential system is unfair and should be revised. Douglas Jay. president of the government's board of trade, said Monday he hopes changes can be made in consultation with Commonwealth partners Under the 1932 Ottawa agree ;nents, the Commonwealth re- duced or eliminated tariffs on trade within the family while maintaining a network of highpr rates on products produced out the association. At that time such countries as Canada and Australia were considered only partially de- veloped and got greater conces- sions in the British market than Ihey provided in their own mar- kets. Now Canada and Australia are considered fully developed ;md they "give us only partia Iree entry for industrial goods while we give them nearly 100 per cent free entry in Jay said in a luncheon speech Please See C'WEALTH Page 7 Arson Suspected In Blaze At Least 50 Are Dead In Fire i (From Reuters-AP) BRUSSELS (CP) Arson was suspected today as the cause of a fire that destroyed two department stores in the heart of Brus- sels and killed at least 50 persons. But the toll was expected to go much higher as rescue teams combed the smouldering ruins for bodies. The Associated fress report, d about 200 persons missing, tfith three bodies recovered. Reuters news agency gave an unofficial figure of at least 50 dead based on a fireman's re- port that he discovered more than 30 bodies huddled in the wreckage of the five- storey Innovation department store. No official death toll was available, but Belgian Prenrcr Paul van den Boeyants told reporters when he visited disaster Mnday night: "We must unfortunately expect ss- veral dozens of victims." Please See ARSON Page 5 Brink's Truck Robbed Thieves Wield Mackine-Guns In Holdup ABINGTON, Massachu- ;etts (AP) Cash total- ling some was stolen' today by robbers wielding machine guns who seized a Brink's, Inc., armored car outside a bank. The estimate was made by Frederick L. Lincoln, an assist- ant vice-president of the First County National Bank of Brock- ton. Reginald Cole, bank presi- ded, earlier had said, "conserv- ative estimate" of the loot could be as munh as Included in the loot, Lincoln said, was in cash picked up from the Campbello branch of the bank. He said it repre- sented Monday night receipts at Raynham Dog Track. The, truck was seized by three masked men when' it stopped outside a bank.branch. Cole said one guard and a bank employee got out of the truck and entered the bank to Please See BRINK'S Page 5 By ED SIMON EDMONTON A Social Credit administration that has held power since 1935 bids for an unprecedented ninth term of office in today's Alberta elec- tion. Its leader, Premier E. C. j Manning, who'became Canada's j youngest cabinet minister when William Aberhart appointed him provincial secretary and min- ister of trade and industry at the age of 26, took over on the death of his chief in 1942 and is fighting his seventh election as premier. At 58, Mr. Manning has not yet progressed the full distance from political prodigy to elder statesman, although only two other men elected in the original Aberhart sweep Municipal Af- fairs Miiister A. J. Hooke and Edmonton MLA William Tomyn are candidates today. He wound up his campaign Friday night with a character- istically vigorous attack on his opponents and a plea to all supporters of free enterprise to unite behind Social Credit and keep out planning and a state society." Continued Please See ALBERTANS Page 7, Million Visit Expo By THE CANADIAN PRESS Two royal visits, a fiddlehead festival, a a centen- nial sports festival, trips to the cottage, crowded highways, and fireworks earmarked Canada's Victoria Day weekend as a fes- tive occasion. The Dominion Drama Festival finals opened at St. John's, Nfld., 600 students presented a music program on Parliament Hill and Expo 67 packed them in. The world's fair had more than visitors during the weekend. Air Canada reported that traffic boardings at Mont- real Sunday totalled Please See MILLION Page 7 2 Support Local Man's UFO Report By HUBERT BEYER Steve Michalak, who claims to have touched two unidentified flying objects (UFOs) north of Falcon Lake is still recovering from shock at his home at 314 Lindsay Street. "I've lost 12 pounds in the last two days, .and I've been laughed at, but I thought it was my duty to report what I had the 50-year-old Mr. Michalak said in a telephone interview Tuesday. Mr. Michalak also said he received two telephone calls from two people who said they had seen similar objects in the I same area Saturday. "They said they didn't want the publicity and didn't want to be laughed at. But they des- cribed the objacts to me and I came to the conclusion they had seen the same thing." Suffering from chest burns he claims he received from the heat emitted by one of the two objects Mr. Michalak, 314 Lindsay Street, wasn't talking Monday. Mr. Michalak described the two objects as about 35 feet long, eight feet high with a three-foot protrusion on top. Resembling stainless steel, the objects, he said, gave off a glaring red light. Mr. Michalak's son Mark, 19, in an interview Monday, said "Father says he watched one of the two objects, which had landed, for about half an hour and then cautiously approached it. He was surprised to find no welding and no bolting on the craft; he said they were the most perfect joints he had ever seen; and father should know, he's a mechanic." When he was close enough to the object, Mr. Michalak report- edly saw a door open, emitting a brilliant violet color. Noises of air hissing into or out of the craft were clearly distinguish- able. Please See UFO BURNS Page 9 Leap for life Israeli President Asks PM's Aid By JOYCE FAIRBAIRN OTTAWA (Staff) Israeli President Zalman Shazar has called on Prime Minister Pear- son to exert all the pressure of his long diplomatic experience to restore calm in the Middle East. President Shazar spoke with the prime minister for more than one-half hour. Monday during the course of his state visit for Canada's centennial. Under the Israeli constitution the president, who is a former newspaper editor, is not permit- ted as head of state to make public statements on political matters concerning the govern- ment. The burden of Mr. Shazar's conversation with the prime minister was relayed to a news conference by Gershon Avner, the Israeli ambassador to Can- ada. He said the president's re- quest to Mr. Pearson was "that Canada and the prime minister in person, with all his long years of experience in Middle East problems, might do every thing possible to restore to the fullest extent the arrangements which did bring 11 years of quiet on the frontier." Truce Clashes Kill 12 SAIGON (Reuters) Twelve southern allied troops were killed and 14 wounded in the first 12 hours of today's 24-hour truce in the Vietnam war to mark Buddha's birthday, a U.S. spokesman said. The spokesman said there were 20 of them significant since the govern- ment-called truce started at midnight. The Viet Cong called 48 hour truce started at dawn Monday, but there were several sizable clashes reported Monday. Holiday Accidents Kill 86 By THE CANADIAN PRESS Sixty-two traffic fatalities were among at least 86 accidental deaths reported across Canada during the Victoria Day holiday weekend. The total was well below last year's record death toll of 129, including 79 on the nation's highways. A survey by The Canadian Press from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, local times, also showed 13 persons drowned, one person strangled and one killed in a fire. The Canadian Highway Safety Council last week predicted the traffic death count would sur- pass last year's figures while the Canadian Red Cross pre- dicted at least 25 persons would drown across the country. Quebec had 28 killed, 24 on the highway, two in airplane crashes and two drownings. Ontario reported 23 dead, 16 in automobile accidents, five drownmgs, one in an air crash near the end of the main run- way at Toronto International Airport, and a five-year-old girl who strangled when her coat caught on the limb of a tree she was climbing near her home. Please'See HOLIDAY Page 9 Chinese Refuse Protest PEKING (Reuters) China's deputy foreign minister walked out when British Charge d'Af- faires Donald Hopson tried to deliver a protest Monday night, against orders to close the Brit- ish consular office in Shanghai, informed sources said here to- day. As Hopson's protest was be- ing translated, the Chinese offi- cial, Lo Kuei-po, stood up and walked out of the room. The deputy foreign minister accused British Foreign Secre- tary George Brown of using "shameful imperialist lan- guage" and taking an "unrea- sonable rude attitude" towards Chinese diplomatic representa- tives in London last week. Please See CHINESE Page 7 PLANS TV MNK TO PARIS Quebec Swings IKktil By ALAN HARVEY PARIS (Staff) Quebec, and France Monday foreshadowed a major advance in their new "cousinly" co-operation involv- ing educational television pro- grams by telecommunication satellite, travelling fairs, train- ing of nuclear engineers, an inside view of French economic planning and a joint study group for eachway investment. often at odds or plainly indif- ferent, have moved from initial planning into the realm of solid achievement. Mr. Johnson spoke quietly but seemed moved as he told reporters these past few days marked the realization of dreams he nourished 38 years ago as a student fighting for French-Canadian rights. He ap- peared to have favorably im- The detailed program an- pressed French ministers, nounced in press Conferences at: Of the joint projects disclosed the French foreign office and by j Monday the most cherished Premier Daniel Johnson at Quebec House marked the end of a five-day visit characterized on both as truly cordial and productive. The two countries, appeared to be the decision of France and Quebec to work together to beam French radio and television programs to Quebec by satellite. The prem- ier said he stands ready to help finance the satellite program if necessary. Asked whether Quebec's action might upset the federal government which has exclusive jurisdiction in broadcasting Mr. Johnson said he thought Ottawa would be interested in helping. Aware that his visit was closely watched to see whether Quebec was breading on Ottawa toes or France playing one off against the other Mr. Johnson said he intended no "aggres sivity" towards :the central government. It was learned too that senior French officials Please See JOHNSON Page 7 Features TODAY Kennedy Round Will Create New Climate 8 Miffed George Knudson Pastes Up U.S. Open 26 TOMORROW New Era In surveying TODAY'S INDEX Classified 30 to 41 Comics 14, 15 Deaths.................. 21 Finance 16 to 18 Jumble 32 Movies 13 Sports 24 to 28 Television 1Z Women 19, 20 ABC Circulation City Zone 90.316 Total................... 123.85S NEARLY EVERYONE READS the FREE PRESS Teacher Loses Case OTTAWA (CP) A suit against a Winnipeg school board by a teacher who slipped on a piece of apple in a classroom was dismissed today by the Su- preme Court of Canada in a 4-to-l-decision. Only Mr. Justice Wishart F. Spence favored the claim by Mary Isobel Thiessen against Winnipeg school division No. 1. He would have allowed general damages plus any spe- cial damages for the teacher's fall. But the other justices sided with Mr. Justice Roland A. Ritchie in upholding decisions by the Manitoba courts dismiss- ing any claim against the school. The accident occurred in Janu- ary, 1962, in a classroom at Grant Park School 'after students had eaten lunch. Students were told to put crumbs or refuse from their lunches in the waste bas- kets. Caretakers went to the rooms after lunch and before classes resumed to empty the waste baskets and pick up any refuse near them. Evidence at the trial was that the teacher slipped on a bit of apple which had been left on the floor and apparently was over- looked in the cleaning. Mr. Justice Ritchie said mak- "ensuring that every morsel of apple was cleaned from every floor" of rooms used for lunch was "too strict an interpreta- tion of the duty which an em- ployer owes to its employees."