Winnipeg Free Press, February 28, 1975

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February 28, 1975

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Winnipeg, Manitoba Strongman Emerges In Communist China Please See Page 59 Winnipeg Free Press Final Edition VOL. 82 NO. 131 20C WITH COLORED COMICS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1975 Sunrise a.m. Sunset p.m. Moonrlse p.m. Moonsel a.m. CLEAR; -10 and 15 Commission Urges O Million In Govt. Grants By DEBBIE LYON Free Press Education Reporter The University of Manitob, may get at least million government grants for 1975-76, the provincial government's universities grants commission told the university's-boaid ol governors Thursday. The commission, during precedent-setting public meet- ing, announced there will be no funds available for new con- struction on the campus for the next two years. It also announced the provin cial government will assume million of a projected mil- lion deficit expected to be in- curred by the university by the end of the 1974-75 fiscal year March 31. The provincial cabinet has authorized the university to borrow up to million to help it meet the deficit. The autho- rization came in an order-in- council signed Thursday. In a meeting room on the third floor of the Tier Building, which overflowed with at least 75 students, the 25-member board, the nine-member com- Please See U OF M Page 4 Rogers Gets Life Chief Justice Queen's Bench of A. Court of S. Dewar sentenced John Joseph Rogers, 52, to life imprisonment Friday for the attempted murder ol Charles P. Gilraine, chief clerk of Winnipeg county court. Mr. Gilraine had his left hand blown off by a stick of dynamite which was concealed in a small electric clock which mailed to the county court office. Mr. Gilraine was not in court Friday for the sentencing. Chief Justice Dewar said he did not impose the life sen- tence because it was an of- fence on a court official but because the offence was an ac lion by a wicked, reckless mind. Please Sec ROGERS Page 4 14 Killed In London Train Smash Doctors Operate On Spot After Subway Disaster Firemen at work inside one of the wrecked coaches of the Lon- d o n Underground train which crashed today into the buffers at Moorgate police say killed. Station during rush-hour, at least 14 persons were By JOHN HAY LONDON (CP) At least 14 and perhaps a score more peo- ple were killed today when a rush-hour subway train smashed into the end of a tun- nel in central station. Doctors performed emer- gency operations in the sooty station while others of the es- timated 68 injured were taken by ambulances to hospitals. Witnesses said at least two of the leading cars in the train collapsed together when the train failed to stop and hit a wall. A third car rode up over the first two, hampering res- cue attempts. Many of the injured brought out of the station more than three hours later were getting blood transfusions and oxygen. Two temporary mortuaries were set up nearby. Police and hospitals issued Reveals Investigations Launched During 1973 By PETER THOMSON Free Press Correspondent Minister i Jean Marchand startled the Please See TOLL Page 5 I Commons yesterday by reveal- TRAGIC DEATHS MOURNED 4 Girls Die Of Exposure STORY DEFENDED Richardson Denies Quotes Quebec Wins Curling Title MONCTON (CP) Quebec's Lee Tobin ended Saskatche- wan's six-year reign as queen of Canadian curling Friday morning by defeating Marj Mitchell and 'her Saskatche- wan rink 7-5 in a playoff to de- cide the Canadian women's curling championship. Both rinks had iinished the nine- draw round-robin cham- pionship Thursday night with identical 7-2 records. By VICTOR MACKIE 'ree Press Staff Correspondent Defence Minister James Ri- hardson flatly denied again in le Commons Friday that he ad made statements attribut- d to him in a Maclean's mag- zine article derogatory to the ndian and Eskimo races' in anada. M a r c i McDonald, an as- ociate editor and senior writer or Macleans who wrote the ar- ticle, rejected the ministers categorical denials on national She said he had statements to her television. made the and that he had made other statements she considered to be much more damaging and did not use them. She said she had quotes from the interview and if necessary would produce them. New Democratic Party Leader Edward Broadbent noted Fri- day that the author of the arti- cle claimed the minister had made the statements. He said they are "clearly racist and discriminatory and the min- ister had cast a reflection on parliament." Mr. Broadbent tried without success to move that Mr. Ri- chardson and the author be summoned before a commons committee for examination." Speaker James Jerome ruled that the words attributed to the minister did not come under any definition of He rejected the motion. The Progressive Conservative J. R. Holmes (Lampton-Kent) tried to introduce a motion re- quiring the minister to provide proof he did not make such statements or publicly apolo- ize. The unanimous consent for such a motion was not forthcoming. Mr. Richardson said he re- gretted the words that were' used in the article as much as any member in the house. "The words were not he said. "They do not express my feelings about the native people of this country. Later he said "I didn't utter those words or anything resembling t h e sentiment contained in those words." See RICHARDSON Page 5 SHELLING HEAVY Cambodian Army Loses Key Posts PHNOM 'PENH (AP) The 200 Injured In Blaze NEW YORK men searched (AP) a New Fire- York Goof Over Seed Seen By MIKE WARD Free Press Staff Writer An executive of the Brandon- based A. E. McKenzie Co. Ltd. owned by the Manitoba gov- ernment said Friday that someone made "a goof i n accounting projections" which made million loan necessary a authorized TODAY Business Report Provincial News 28 Classified 31 to 41, 43 to 50 Comics 28, 29 Deaths 6 Finance 16 to 20 Jumble................ 35 Movies 26, 27 Sports 51 to 5S Television 23 Women 22 NEARLY EVERYONE READS THE FREE PRESS City Total Wednesday by provincial cabi- net order-in-council. It brings to S3 .million the money granted to the firm dur- i n g the past six months through the Manitoba develop menl corporation. The executive, who request- ed his name not be published said, "Someone has goofcc and, frankly, lo me it all seems very suspect. "From, what I understand the company got off on the wrong track when it came to projecting figures for the new year. The cost of packaging was not included. "Now, how can you do a project for a year and have the right cash figure, but omit something like seed packag- ing? It bothers me. I am not happy with the answer the firm has given." Industry Minister Leonard Evans of Manitoba said Thurs- day night he would neither con- firm nor deny there had been a accounting error. He said he recommended a loan because, as he understood it, the firm needed working capital because there was a high demand on its resources. Please Sec Pago 4 Telephone Co. switching centre today for hidden pockets of fire in the debris of a blaze that in- jured 200 persons and caused upward of S10 million in prop erty damage. The five-alarm fire that raged for about 17. hours Thursday'knocked out telephones, including police, hospital and Consolidated Edis- on emergency lines. As toxic fumes, caused by burning polyvinyl chloride ma- terial used as cable insulation, poured out of the 11-storey fa- cility at Second Avenue and 13th Street, 147 patienls were evacuated from the New York Ear and Eye Infirmary across the street and hundreds of resi- dents were forced lo leave their homes. "This is the worst disaster in terms of service in the history of the New York Telephone said George Kennelly, an assistant vice-president. The switching facility was de- stroyed. At least four nearby hospi- tals and several police stations lost telephone service, as did the police department's emer- gency number, 911. Service on 12 exchanges was fired during the person was killed heavy attacks that began dur- ing the night and continued today. Some swam the river and others were picked up by navy boats. It was the closest fighting to Phnom Penh since the early days of the insurgents' dry- season offensive that began Jan. 1. The insurgents broke through the government lines during the night, and occupied half the village. There was hand-to- hand fighting with five gov- Please See CAMBODIAN Page 5 Cambodian army abandoned two key positions today five miles northeast and 12 miles west of Phnom Penh after heavy shelling and ground at- tacks, military sources and field reports said. Government troops fled from Tuol Leap, 12 miles west of the Cambodian capital, and Prek Luong, five miles northeast of the city on the other side of the Mekong River, Both positions have been iso- lated for months. But military analysts said the fall of Tuol Leap opened the way for the Khmer Rouge insurgents to push closer to Phnom Penh airport, west of the city, where a U.S. airlift is delivering the only sizable shipments of am- munition and rice to reach the besieged city. Field reports said the rebels also attacked three besieged outposts 15 miles west of Phnom Penh. Rocket and artillery attacks on Phnom Penh and the air- port dropped off slightly, with 12 rounds night. One and six were wounded, mili- tary sources said. About 500 government troops pulled out of Prek Luong after into a major issue here. The death of four young girls near Shamattawa, Man., from exposure earlier this week has plunged the community of about 400 persons into mourn- ing over the tragedy. Their bodies were found abtut 5 p.m. Wednesday about 10 miles east of the community on the shore of the Echoing River. Dead are: Beverly Ann Beardy, 7, Mar- garet Beardy, 9, and Sandra Nancy Beardy, 11, daughters of Gordon and Sara Beardy of Shamattawa, and Dorine Lorna Miles, who would have been 11 Thursday, daughter of Edward and Mclta Miles of Shamatta- wa. The RCMP said the four left Shamattawa about 10 p.m. Monday, possibly because they had heard a tractor train would be arriving in the com- munity shortly and had gone to meet it. The police said their bodies were found by Mr. Beardy, who with a party of men from the community, was searching for them. Don Settee, a government worker in the settlement of 400, about 400 miles northeast of Winnipeg on Gods River, Please See 4 GIRLS Page 5 ing he hud initiated investiga- tions into Hamilton harbor and St. Lawrence dredging contracts in January, 1973. Later he advised reporters that the St. Lawrence investiga- tion had not been launched until a later it appeared there were irregularities in the Hamilton harbour operation. With Prime Minister Trudeau and Labor Minister John Munro bolh absent from the House it was Marchand who, along with Solicitor General Warren Ali- mand, answered the continuing Conservative probe into a threatened scandal that has al- ready brushed three govern- ments. Trudeau departed Wednesday on a 12-day official visit to 12 European common market countries after refusing to ac- cept Munro's preferred resigna- tion from the cabinet. Please See MARCHAND Page 5 Boycott Turning Into Major Issue By RONALD KOVEN WASHINGTON TPNS) Treasury (Special Secretary William E. Simon called off joint conference with a visiting Saudi Arabian minister Thurs- day as the Arab boycott of United States companies that deal with Israel was turning Your Problems Similar To Ours, PM Tells Dutch By DAVID MacDONALD .Prime Free Press Staff Correspondent Uyl. Minister Joop den the 450-square- served by the disrupted in block area Fifth Avenue and the East River and from Please See 200 Page 5 THE HAGUE, Holland Prime Minister Trudeau opened his European campaign of friendly persuasion by tell- the Dutch that.they share Cana- da's elephant-and-mouse rela- .ionship with a powerful neigh- bor. Speaking at a dinner in his honor in an ornate hotel that might have come straight out of the page's of a Somerset Maugh- an Raffles novel, he told Dutch "We are both Influenced by the fact that we live next to very strong and powerful neigh- bors. We are trading nations. We are nations of a smaller size that have to make sure that their point of view is carried by persuasion rather than force. Mr. Trudeau was referring to The political uproar over the boycott raised the question of how far the Ford adminis- tration can go in developing a "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia, the world's lead- ing oil exporter. Finance and National Econ- omy Minister Mohammad Abal-Khail was here for .the first full meeting of the Saudi- U.S. joint commission on eco- nomic co-operation, set up in September, along with a joint security commission, to pro- vdde a structure for the cial relationship." The first day of the two-day meeting Wednesday coincided with the hearings at which Sen. Frank Church, (Demo- issued a Saudi version of the Arab League's boycott list of U.S. com- panies. Meanwhile, President Ford called for a review of defence department policies about the assignment of Jewish officers to Arab countries. This fol- lowed testimony before Sen. Church Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers has acceded to Saudi requests that Washington not send Jewish personnel to take part in the corps' extensive public-works Strikers Agree To Remove Lines BY THE CANADIAN PRESS A strike by federal blue' collar workers entered its 12th day today but postal worker in at least two centres agreec to remove picket lines tempo rarily. About 250 postal maintenance workers at Toronto, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada voted Thursday to remove picket lines today at the city's main terminal where about 50 per cent of the nation's mail is handled. Another inside postal workers who were laid off as a result of the maintenance workers' strikes, also voted unanimously to return to work today. They had said the layoff was illegal. "The place is full of John Potts, a spokesman for the workers, said following the "There is mail there and we're willing to said John Potts, a spokesman for the workers. "They can send us home again but it'll be very embarrassing and they'll be doing it illegally." Small businesses plained that mail have corn- disruptions ITUiJ _ Dutch concerns about West Program in Saudi Arabia. Germany's economic influence Please See PROBLEMS Page 5 White House press spokes- Please See BOYCOTT Page 7 By ROSS H. MUNRO Globe and Mail WASHINGTON Hoc- key player Ralph Back- strom is claiming his hair styles are tax deductible because they are "neces- sary to create an image before fans at games and for televised games." Backstrom and 15 other Canadians playing profes- sional hockey in the United States are petitioning the U.S. Tax Court to allow tax deductions for items which the U.S. Internal Revenue Service doesn't consider quite necessary for further- ing a hockey player's ca- reer. Besides the image- enhancing hair styles, the players want to deduct such expenses as golf clubs and greens fees, swimsuits, canoe trips and the liquor and food they served to coaches, teammates, sports reporters and "selected fans." Filing their 1971 and 1972 income tax returns, the players deducted the costs of a wide range of sports and recreational items be- cause "petitioner is re- quired by his employment contract to appear at train- ing camp in good physical condition." The petitions were al- most identically worded. All 16 players are repre- sented by Los Angeles at- torney Charles Abrahams, In pursuit of his goal of keeping fit, Backstrom in- formed the tax court that among other things he spent S120 on golf balls, on tennis balls and on a sweatsuit. He treat- ed his golf clubs as a capi- t a 1 investment, claiming they depreciated by in 1972. His boxing gloves also depreciated in value by according to his return. Each of the 16 players claimed he spent money on liquor and food for parlies ''to promote his image with fans and team." Backslrom charged off just more than a year for such parlies but Dale Rolfe of Detroit Red Wings de- ducted for a year's entertaining. The IRS permitted the players to deduct the costs of such items as hockey as- sociation dues, "trade jour- nals" and trainer fees. But Please See HAIR Page 7 are slowly strangling them. Michael Lyons, the alliance's regional representative, said most other PSAC federal em- ployees also were to return to their jobs throughout the Met- ropolitan Toronto area. But he said picket lines were Please See STRIKERS Page 5 Strike Hurting Image By STEVE KERSTETTER The Canadian Press Canada's reputation as a ma- jor grain exporter, already badly tarnished, is declining even further as rotating strikes by members of the Public Ser- vice Alliance of Canada (PSAC) continue. A spokesman for the Canadi- an Wheat Board said Wednes- day that grain movements in ,he West have been disrupted jy the contract dispute bc- Please See STRIKE Page 4 Sharp Defends Trudeau Decision By RON CLINGEN Free Press Correspondent OTTAWA Prime Minister to Mitchell Sharp, his stand-in for the next 16 a good move last week in appointing Denis Hudon as deputy minister of ag- riculture. And if he did not consult Agri- culture Minister Eugene Whe- lan about the move first, he didirt have to, the Acting Prime Minister suggested in the Commons Thursday. Mr. Whelan offered no com- ment but outside the Commons he was quick to point out that he had been consulted and agreed the decision was a good one. "I'm very oplimislk about Mr. the agriculture minister said. "Give him a chance to perform." Insisting Mr. Hudon will do "extremely well" in his new post, Mr. Sharp had advised Parliament appointments o f deputy ministers are the "prerogative" of prime min- sters. LOOKING FOR A .MOTORCYCLE? This want ad under Motor- cycles (87) 7J HONDA 250 MT, firm. Phone 888-3822. is among the hundreds of bargains in today's classi- fied section. No matter what you need, shop and save in Free Press want ads. When Mr. Hudon was named to the key agriculture post last Thursday, his Jack of experi- ence or apparent interest in ag- riculture sparked apprehension within the department that he had been assigned as a hatchet man to revamp the department. Mr. Whelan described the rc- Please. See SHARP Page 4 Hudon Posting Rapped OTTAWA (Staff) A usually mild-mannered Conser- vative backbencher yesterday angrily denounced the appoint- ment of a deputy minister of agriculture who has no agricul- tural background. Bert H a r g r a v e (PC- Medicine Hat) said he was im- pressed with the new deputy minister's credentials in fi- nance and government adminis- tration, "his background sug- gests a complete absence of any experience in agriculture." Hargrave also wanted to know if the appointment had been discussed with Agriculture Minister Whelan. Please See HL'DON Page 5 t ;