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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta -THE LETHBRIDOC HERALD Tuesday, April 1t74 News In brltf Argentina buys Candu reactor OTTAWA (CP) Argentine government representatives signed today for a million loan to buy a Candu nuclear reactor, the fourth sold abroad by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. The Export Development Corp. loan covers 90 per cent of Canadian goods and services for the project. Tomas Alva Negri, Argentine ambassador to Canada, headed his country's delegation at the ceremony. Alastair Gillespie, industry, trade and commerce minister, and Energy Minister Donald Macdonald represented panada. Lawyer fears Hearst dead SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Lawyer Vincent Hallinan says the silence of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) rein- forces his fear that kidnapped Patricia Hearst is dead. Hallinan is one of three trustees for a J4-million fund pledged for a food giveaway if Miss Hearst is freed unharmed by May 3. "The longer it goes, the more I fear that she is Hallinan said in a news conference Monday. "The fact that I haven't heard from them since my statement is, I think, a rather bad omen." In an earlier statement ad- dressed to the SLA, he had sought to arrange with the kid- nappers for a meeting between Miss Hearst and her family Messmer wants to run alone PARIS (AP) Premier Pierre Messmer asked the three Gaullist candidates for president of France to step aside today so he can be the sole .contender, and one of them did within less than an hour. Edgar Faure, president of the National Assembly, said he no longer v.arued to succeed the late Georges Pompidou as president of France. Firebombs destroy Ulster shops ARMAGH (Reuter) At least nine shops were destroyed by firebombs in the mam shopping centre of this Northern Ireland town. Firemen from all over Northern Ireland fought the blaze, believed to have been started Monday night by about 15 incendiary devices planted by guerrillas Firebombs which went off in other parts of the town were put out quickly. Hundreds of families were evacuated as the shopping centre fires raged, causing damage estimated at several hundred thousand dollars. The only casualty was a fireman slightly injured by falling masonry. Flooding slows traffic in Sask. NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. (CP) Flood waters have started flowing over three highways in this northwestern Saskatchewan area The water was reported flowing over various points on Highways 104, 155 and 224, although it was not deep and has only slowed traffic. The water is coming from runoff in ditches and fields nearby. Safety belts could cut fatalities OTTAWA (CP) Traffic deaths on the Easter holiday weekend could be reduced by about 30 per cent if use of safety belts was mandatory across Canada, says fhe Canada Safety Council. The council said Monday it estimates 50 to 55 persons will die on Canadian roads between 6 p.m. April 11 and midnight April 14 the Easter weekend. This total would probably be cut to about 35 if seat-belt use was mandatory. Legislative librarian named EDMONTON (CP) D B. McDougall, a 36-year-old native of Saskatchewan, was appointed Monday Alberta legislative librarian. Mr McDougall replaces Eric Holmgren, who has accepted a job at the provincial archives The legislative library primarily serves Alberta MLAs and civil servants with research facilities. Mr. McDougall was raised in Rosetown, Sask., and Regina. Stettler oil spill repaired STETTLER, Alta. (CP) About barrels of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline Friday about seven miles north of here, officials said Monday. The oil congregated in a slough and was being pumped back into the line, the Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. main pipeline to Edmonton. The line was repaired and returned to service Monday morning. Gulf officials said the break was caused by a crack in a weld joining two pipes. Western Canada Lottery unveiled WINNIPEG (CP) The Manitoba government's proposals for a Western Canadian Lottery with top prize money of were unveiled Monday by Recreation Minister Rene Toupin Mr. Toupin told the legislature that the governments of Manitoba and her sister provinces to the west hope to begin the new scheme about June 1 and hold the first draw around Thanksgiving Day next fall. The joint lottery will replace the Manitoba Golden Sweepstakes as well as lotteries conducted in connection with Klondike Days in Edmonton and the Calgary Stampede, 'he said. Ethiopian rebels give up town ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Troops which took over the city of Harar, near Ethiopia's Somali border, have returned to their barracks, the Ethiopian news agency reports. It said the troops of the 3rd BRIDGE RUO DRAPES LTD. Phwwm-4722 COLLIMMAU. Army Division, which occupied the local radio station on Sunday in protest against the continuation in their posts of what they called corrvpt officials, were back in barracks and that Harar had returned to normal. Meanwhile, in the capital, municipal workers demonstrated, calling for the dismissal of the mayor, Wolde Giorgis Workenih. It was re- ported Monday that he had resigned but there was no official confirmation. Forged Wilson letter was burned LONDON (AP) A property dealer claimed today that under threats of violence to himself and his two children he had burned a letter reported bearing Prime Minister Harold Wilson's forged signature. The disclosure was the latest development in the "land deals" affair which dominates British newspaper headlines and which Wilson has denounced as a "pretty seamy, squalid press story." The prime minister told Parliament Monday he had known since 1967 that Tony Field, his friend and former aide, was engaged in a property deal but assured MPs he was not personally involved in any way. Scotland Yard detectives are investigating claims by Ronald Milhench that he received a letter in connection with the property transaction bearing Wilson's signature. The signature was subsequently tested by handwriting experts engaged by The Daily Mail newspaper and found to be a forgery. The Daily Mail obtained photostat copies of the signature and of the notepaper Wilson's personal House of Commons which it was written. Milhench told reporters he destroyed the letter several weeks ago and told two Scotland Yard detectives this when they Interviewed him last week. He said he received two telephone calls early last month demanding that the letter be destroyed and threatening him and his two young children. "I felt that in the interests of my children that the letter should be destroyed, so I burned he reported. Milhench, 32, purchased several parcels of land at Ince- in MakerfieW, in England's industrial north, from Field. Wilson failed for the most part to quiet the British press with his statement in the Commons about the land deals. The Daily Mirror, which supports the Labor government, was an exception and reported in a headline: "Lands deals row: Wilson calms his party Most other newspapers were critical. Rail line upgrading a possibility HeraM Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The new hopper cars being ordered by the Canadian government to haul grain will be built accord- ing to "the requests" of the railways and if some railway lines have to be upgraded to carry the heavy "I withdraw my candidacy in response to the appeal of Pierre he said in a statement. "But if all the other candidates stay in the running, I shall revise my attitude." It now is up to Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing and former premier Jacques Chaban Delmas to decide which way to move. Nixon's 'summitry' dismays Europe PARIS (AP) The French press and radio reacted with anger and indignation to President Nixon's "funeral summitry" last weekend, but admitted that Nixon's meetings with foreign leaders after the memorial service for President Georges Pompidou underlined the continuing leadership of the United States in Western Europe. The newspaper Figaro says French officials found Nixon's behavior "a display of Hohol seeking action Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta Labor and Manpower Minister Bert Hohol Monday said he is serving notice to provincial arbitration boards to speed up their decisions. Dr. Hohol said that boards were taking six to eight months to make decisions. He said the lack of speed was frustrating both labor and management. The manpower minister blamed lawyers who took on arbitration responsibilities as the culprits. He told a sub- committee of the legislature that the department of consumer affairs should not react too strongly to criticisms from the legal profession. The committee was told lawyers were critical of the time it took to register companies in Alberta. Outside the committee, Dr. Hohol said, "when the lawyers want a decision in two weeks and I can't get one in seven months, something is out of balance." He said he will inform the board of industrial relations that he will not be granting any extensions to boards of arbitration in future except under exceptional circumstances. Dr. Hohol accused lawyers of taking on a public job but retaining their priorities of private practice. Delays in decisions were caused by lawyers pleading off their duties to meet other commitments, he said. supreme lack of tact." The conservative daily ran a cartoon showing Nixon enthroned, his feet resting on a black-edged death notice, receiving homage from kneeling, barefoot Europe. But Figaro adds: "It is undeniable that Nixon, with his political genius, marvellously succeeded in taking advantage of the paralysis to which the tragic disappearance of Georges Pompidou has condemned French diplomacy." After attending a requiem mass for the late French president, Nixon received leaders of Britain, West Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, Denmark and Italy at the U.S. ambassador's residence. On several oc- casions he also plunged into sidewalk crowds to shake hands and trade banter. Last tribute The Very Rev. T. E. Downey (right) of Ottawa and Rev. Arthur Allerton of Schomberg, Ont. officiate at graveside ceremonies during funeral services for Canadian artist A. Y. Jackson at Kleinburg, Ont., Monday. Jackson, last of the original Group of Seven painters, was buried on acreage attached to the McMichael gallery, which houses the largest single collection of the artists' work. (See story on Page Bob not afraid Ho expose frauds' Independent probe favored for mishaps Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Establishment of an independent body to in- vestigate transportation acci- dents, including air accidents, in Canada is favoured by Transport Minister Jean Marchand. He told the house Monday he would prefer to have an independent board in such cases rather than one that was under the direct jurisdiction of the federal transport department. He said that when new transportation policy is introduced "this would be part of it" Later he said he has submitted a memorandum to cabinet on proposals for revising the Canadian government's transportation policy. The question of investigating accidents was raised in the house by J. M. Forrestall Dartmouth- Halifax He pointed out that a DC-8 overshot the runway at Halifax on the weekend. He asked if an investigation had been launched into the accident. Mr. Marchand said a team of investigators from the transport department is in Halifax now trying to ascertain what happened. Mr. Forrestall said there is mounting public concern over the number of transportation accidents across Canada. He said that because of this concern the time had arrived to remove from the jurisdiction of the transport department the responsibility for investigating accidents affecting all modes of transport. He suggested an "independent body" was needed so that the general public would not be confused with an apparent conflict of interest. Mr Marchand agreed. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling toJd a legislature sub- committee Monday that his department is hesitant to expose fraudulent practices until a court deals with them. "I'm not hesitant at all to expose a fraud but I think that fraud can only be exposed after it goes into the Mr. Dowling told the sub- committee He said that in the department's first year of operation, it had referred 93 files to the attorney general. Of those, 34 had not been proceeded with and four were before the courts. Other cases were still pending and some companies involved had gone out of business, he said. Mr. Dowling was being questioned by Opposition Leader Bob Clark, a frequent critic of the department. Mr. Clark had asked if the department felt a responsibility to tell the public about price gouging if it saw indications of it. Earlier, Mr. Dowling told the opposition leader the department was "not out to embarrass in its monitoring of food prices across the province. The department through home economists monitored 51 items in 21 communitfes Its second monthly survey was to be tabled in the legislature today, Mr Dowling said. He said his department assured anonymity to groceries participating in the survey Mr. Dowling also told the committee his department is considering reducing aid to the better business bureaus as part of an attempt to balance grants to business and consumer associations. Aid was being increased to such groups as the Alberta branch of the Consumers' Association of Canada, he said. Asked by Grant Notley, New Democratic leader, if an increase of for miscellaneous groups was not "rather Mr. Dowling said it could be increased depending on demand for funds. The minister said the Public Utilities Board was re- organizing its procedure for accepting briefs to reduce costs to consumer groups. He also told the committee that real estate representatives will face tougher examinations under legislation to be introduced in the fall. "They (the industry) feel there are an awful lot of people getting into the business who aren't as qual- ified as they might he said. will be Transport Minister Jean Marchand promised the commons Monday. Opposition members sug- gested the government wfll have a lot of spending to do if it is to "upgrade" all the lines in western Canada needed to carry the heavy hopper cars. "A heavy investment will be required in view of how the lines have been run Bill Knight (NDP Assiniboia) told the house. The total purchase price of the hopper cars was asked by Gordon Towers He also asked if the Canadian National Railways and CP- Rail would be requested to assume a portion of the total cost? Otto Lang, minister who re- ports for the Wheat Board, said the government has decided to purchase the cars. However a tender call has not yet been made so there is no confirmed purchase price available. He said the order will be placed by the government. Mr. Towers suggested it was in the best interests of the Canadian people that the two major railways be asked to as- sume the costs. Doug Neil Jaw) said there are reports that the hopper cars are too heavy for rail beds in the western provinces. He said they could cause further deterioration of railway equipment He urged the government to ensure that the new hopper cars are the correct size and weight for the rail beds. Transport Minister Marchand said "I presume that if some hopper cars are built they will be built according to the request of the railways. And if the rails have to be upgraded, they will be upgraded." Mr Knight enquired if the government has come to an agreement with the railways for the paying for the maintenance of the hopper cars already purchased by the government in addition to the new cars to be ordered. Box car named OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment has hired a man to coordinate the allocation and movements of rail cars, Transport Minister Jean Marchand said in the Commons Monday. Mr Marchand, replying to a question from Lome Nystrom (NDP said the official will be introduced in Ottawa Wednesday at a national conference of key railway officials and shippers. The conference will discuss a shortage of rail cars for movement of grain, lumber and other commodities. Mr. Marchand said March 14 he was inclined to support the idea of a coordinator, sug- gested in the House by John Diefenbaker, Al- The co-ordinater would have power to tell the railways where to allocate rail cars for the movement of different goods Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Cardinal McGuigan, 74, former arch- bishop of the Roman Catholic archdioces of Toronto. SOVIETS DEFT AT GIVING HISTORY 'NEW LOOK' MOSCOW (AP) History has been rewritten again in the latest volume of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia. To find former Soviet pre- mier Georgy Malenkov, still alive at 72, you need the 1954 edition because his name has been scratched from the cur- rent roster. Mao Tse-tung suffers worst from Soviet history's new look. The reader might wonder whether the entry on page 041 refers to the same man described 20 years ago in the encyclopedia as an "out- standing Chinese politics! and state figure, prominent Marx- ist theoretician, experienced leader. The new work criticize Mao for "petit bourgeois nation- alistic and left-sectarian" revisionism and says his were apparent early in his youth when he "approved many theses of anarchism." The "good" Mao of 1954 was praised for having "put an end to the false line of the leftists" in China's Communist party during the 1930s. The "bad" Mao of 1974 is attacked for having purged these now described as "figures fighting for proletarian and inter- nationalistic views." Closer to home, the reputa- tion of agronomist Trofim Ly- senko is partially deflated. As a protege of Stalin, Ly- senko claimed to have found a method of changing heredity through environmental in- fluences, earning him a men- tion in the old encyclopedia as an "outstanding Soviet scien- tist, biologist and agron- omist." Considered a quack by the trained scientific community, Lysenko denounced his det- ractors to the secret police. The, new version reduces him to a mere "biologist and agronomist" and notes that "a number of the theoretical drafts and proposals sub- mitted by Lysenko did not re- ceive experimental con- firmation and practical use." ;