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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Oppel: treated was in camp By DAVE SHNAIDER The Canadian Press COMOX, B.C. Missionary Lloyd Oppel returned home Sunday to his fsmily after being "tortured psy- chologically" and treated "badly" during five months internment in a Communist prisoner of war camp in Indochina. The 21-year-old missionary thanked God and the Canadian government for his safe return, refuted earlier news reports ha called them about his imprisonment, and was whisked to hospital to see his father and ailing mc'Jier. Suffering himself from malaria. Mr. Oppel said he would stay at hospital until he was "a little bit better." After that, he said, he would be "more than happy to more fully elaborate on my story and what exactly did happen to me in Laos and North Vietnam." Mr. Oppel was taken prisoner Oct. 28 near Keng Kok in Southern Laos, where he was helping to build a mission hospital. It was reported then that he was captured by Pathet Lao guerrillas and kept imprisoned in Laos. But in a brief statement to reporters Sunday night he termed those reports ''hoaxes propagated by the administration of North Vietnam." The statement came after he was reunited with about a dozen relatives and close friends who met him when he stepped to the tarmac at the air base here, about two miles from his frame town of Courtenay. He stepped from the Canadian Forces Buffalo air- craft which brought him from McChord Air Base in Washington with a small Canadian flag under one arm and the other around his brother Fred, 30, who leapt lip the gangway to meet him. Despite his illness, he appeared healthy, was smartly dressed and sported a large mustache. He exuberantly hugged his sister Susan, 32, brother Neil, 40. and adopted sister Marion, 10, of whom the family said he was fondest. Oppel said he wanted to refute earlier published reports of his capture. "Number one, I was captured by North Vietnamese Tegular soldiers. I was not captured by the Pathet Lao." "Secondly, I was interned in North Vietnam. I had never been interned in Laos. "Thirdly, there was a rumor going around that I not a prisoner of war. I was told I was a col- laborator with American imperialism and was treated as an American. "And I might say I was proud to be treated as an American, with some real men.'" He was captured with fellow missionary Samuel Mattix of Ceatralia, Wash., while the two were driving a truck and "ran right into a lot of North Vietnamese." The two were working with an organization called Christian Missions in Many Lands along with two missionaries whose charred bodies were found in the burned-out ruins of Keng Kok. Mr. Oppal told reporters at McChord Air Force Base in Washington that he learned of the deaths of the two women, Evelyn Anderson, 25, and Beatrice Kosin, 35, through news reports. Their bodies had been found tied to stakes inside a hut. In Washington meanwhile, a survivor of North "Vietnamese captivity he believes mere than 100 United States airmen were killed by angry militiamen and civilians after their planes were shot down. "Well over 100 men were seen on the ground alive but never reached the prison Air Force Col. James H. Kasler said in an interview. "We know that in the bombed areas an awful lot of men were killed by the militia. The Xcrth Viet- namese civilicns were pretty irate.'1 45. of Indianapolis, Ind., credited regular North Vietnamese troops with rescuing some U.S. troops from lynching. Inside The 1973 Ag Expo opens Tuesday leth- bridge ExhibiJicn Complex. This spring, organiz- ers hove ploughed new ground wish expanded OgrJculiurc-relaied displays. Fashions, farm pro- ducts, machinery and iivesJock wiJ! oil be en display. look in Chinook, endosed wish ioday's Herald, tor en advance preview of Ag Expo; a report on Alberta Drug Commission ocJivijies and o portrait- of Tec-ia Schmidl, wife of the new Social Credit feeder. Classified 16-19 Comics.......31 Comment......4 District 3. 12 Family 14, 35 Local Xcsrs 9, JO 'Maritcts......J3 Sports 6-S Theatres......5 TV.........5 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH TUBS. 55; MILD 1needs Joan. Get me the nearest Herald VOL. LXVI No. 95 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, APRIL 2, 1973 10 CENTS rWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Instruction resumes teacher Deloy Wight ends a three-week break for Grade 11 physics class of Kate Andrews High School in Coaldole. Davy decision deferred EDMONTON (CP) A 35- year-old surveyor who says he was Alberta's first '-political prisoner" had his say in court, but now must wait at least a month before Chief Justice J. V. H. Milvain of the trial divi- sion of the Alberta Supreme Court delivers his findings. F. J. E. Davy told the inquiry that ended Saturday he was held for 35 days without cause in the Alberta mental hospital to teach him a lesson. He said government officials had been annoyed because of his two- year battle to get compensation for industrial accidents. Government officials told 10-day inquiry that they told Mr. Davy said he was go- ing to kill Labor Minister Bert Hohol and John Packer, an un- successful candidate for the New Democratic Party in last fall's federal election. Mr. Davy, who conducted his own case, testified that he never threatened anyone directly. Any fear of him re- sulted from his "cut-and-thrust verbal argument." The inquiry was ordered by Premier Peter Lougheed. who told the legislature allegations by Gordon Taylor, Social Credit Meatless U.S. week off to stood start By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Spaghetti, macaroni, chicken and seafood topped the Sunday dinner menus for thousands of Americans on the opening day of a week-long meat boycott protesting high prices. Most meat markets were closed Sunday, so it was hard to judge whether housewives were crossing beef, lamb and pork off their shopping lists. President Nixon announced last Thursday night that a ceil- ing on the price of all beef. pork, and lamb was to go into effect today. But leaders of con- sumer groups said the boycott will be held anyway because the ceiling came too late to be effective. Although some New York res- taurants reported patrons ask- ing for more meatless dishes than usual, a spot ''heck of rey- tauranis in the Chicago area showed most restaurants doing a booming business. "Right now we've got a wait- ing line of 20 minutes, and I've seen a lot of steaks going by.' said Frieda Msrianos. service manager at a Chicago restau- rant where the best steak costs A random sampling of Detroit Hostilities thwart plans of peace team SAIGON (Renter) HosUI- :iies at a government ranger camp 50 miles north of Saigon continued today to thwart plans by an intci-national team lo investigate South Viet- namese allegations of ceasefire violations there. The South Vietnamese and the Viet Cong's Provisional My assignment seemed simple enough: Buy some horsemeat. serve it up for a familv dimcr and report. "Give me the 1 said and lefl En Carroll's J and H markc! wilh v ft of bora alwnit Hirer poiKirK i flopped o.T on the viay home for a of wine and The firsi thine I vhrn ITIV Lane, slid the of fH? plaslic Ihe a peculiar, s the there was ihe appear- IV on red vJih ncmc of of beef. It seemed lo nave no fat at all. H looked somewhat like liver, and seemed to qui- ver vfaen slapped down on Jhe counter. Lane prepared the horse- meat according io Carroll's suggestion: Pan-fried in frui- ter with salt and pepper. For good measure she added some diced carlic and onion and a shot of wine. Cooking intensified thr aroma and T found it inrrp.as- ingly offensive. Lane <-aid she liked the smell. screen1 pert to tell the tvo children what tiiey v.-erc eating until they were done. WIFE LIKES MEAT Lane servrd the frif-d mcal steaks with rice and green beans. She found the meat delicious. "It's every bit as good as she said through a mouthful. "And you know- something? It goes dmvn a belhna lot easier, knowing the price." The kids gohMed a-wav. They finished their meat and asked for more, which is 7 rprl