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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, April a, 'Pendulum of lawless ness swinging back' Without law there's nothing EDMONTON (CP) James Valentine Hogarth Milvain al- most became an electrical engineer. But at University of Alberta he made friends with some law students, liked what they did and switched his ambitions to law. Today, the 69-year-old former lawyer is chief justice of the Al- berta Supreme Court's trial division. Born in the Livingstone district about 100 miles south of Calgary, the son of farming parents, he graduated with a law degree in 1926, practised in Calgary for 32 years and was appointed to the bench in 1959. He has seen his share of changes. For example, he noted that since his appointment to the bench, there has been a large increase in the number of crim- inal cases. He attributed the increase to "a lawless spirit in society." "Society just seems to believe the end justifies the means and if you want something, take it." PENDULUM SWINGS BACK However, the pendulum is swinging back as people "realize without law there is nothing." can't live a civilized life without law any more than you can play a game without rules.'' Mr. Justice Milvain is adamantly against the idea of computerized sentencing. "There are no two cases exactly alike, mainly because there are no two people exactly he said. "This is why complete uniformity of sentencing is impossible. "I would rather see a judiciary that has some discretion to be lenient where that seems right." He said laws and sentences sometimes leave something to be desired. "They are made by man and none of us believes himself to be perfect When sentences are wrong, there are appeal courts, he said, and if a law was wrong, the onus was on society to elect people to Parliament who would change them. CHIEF JUSTICE J. V. H. MILVAIN Portrait of Patricia Hearst; Eaton's Housewares Fair has delicious values! Dutch treats and fancy foods. Beautiful china, crystal and glassware. Something special for everyone. Come to the Fair today! A C H Seetusee Glassware Great value during Eaton's Housewares Fair! Ten serving dishes and decorative pieces of- fered at low prices! Pick a centrepiece as a brightly colored accent for your dining table, coffee table. Add it to your shelving unit or kitchen table for a warming touch. Or give Seetusee glassware as a gift. It's priced right in time for the wedding season that will soon be here! Each piece.of this made in Manitoba glassware has a pigskin backing for added interest, a modern tone. Select your collec- tion from these pieces: A. Large Round Bowl B. Medium Round Bowl C. Divided Tray E. Square Bon Bon P. Square Bowl (M70) G. Scalloped Bon Bon H. Oval Scalloped Bowl J. Round Mini Bon Bon (M96) K. Square Mini Bon Bon Chinaware, Second Floor EATON'S Use your Eaton Account. Credit Terms Available Buy Line 328-8811. Shop Eaton's Wednesday to Naive, strongwilled By LACEY FOSBURGH New York Times Service HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. In the last few weeks before she was kidnapped, Patricia Campbell Hearst selected china ware and silver patterns at Tiffany's for her forthcoming marriage. She augmented her miniscule wardrobe of blue jeans by buying a black 'Gatsby Style' strapless dress to wear to her sister's coming- out party and made cinnamon rolls as a treat for her parents one weekend at their country estate. The 102-pound Berkeley art student was described by her closest friends and relatives as having "a joyous childlike but more than anything as having a strong, self-willed personality. They pictured her as content to look forward to living a peaceful existence in which she would pot plants, grow vegetables, get married, have children, buy antiques and be happy. She was not, as one of her closest friends put it, "the rich little society girl sweetheart." Bored At least up until 62 days ago, the friends said, she would have been "totally bored" by something like the group that calls itself the Symbionese Liberation Army and that says it kidnapped her. She intensely disliked rhetoric and stridency, especially in women, and had no sympathy for "true they said. She never read newspapers, was so apolitical she knew nothing about Salvador Allende in Chile and was about as unlikely a candidate for S.L.A. membership, according to her prospective mother in-law, as Queen Elizabeth or Pope Paul. Yet this was the same 20- year-old girl who surprised the world and certainly her family and friends by saying, in a tape recording released three days ago, that she had voluntarily chosen to abandon her old identity and become instead the revolutionary fighter "Tania "It just isn't said an anthropology student, one of her closest friends, who did not want her name published. "It sounded like it had been rehearsed a million times. I've talked to her every day for two years and (on the tape) she sounded totally unnatural, too bland, too deadpan. It was just not the way Patty would say it. She simply did not mean it." Afraid Similarly, the girl's father, Randolph Apperson Hearst, president and editor of the San Francisco Examiner and chairman of the board of the Hearst Corporation, her mother, a two-time member of the California Board of Regents, her sisters, her cousins, her friends and her 26-year-old finance, Steven A. Weed, all agree. As Weed put it recently in a three hour interview: "For the first time now I'm afraid for her life. She may even be dead already. Before I was optimistic and thought she was basically all right. But now I'm pessimistic. We all are." What frightened them, he said, was the specter of the emotional and physical duress that preceded her making of the tape. "I imagine, he said, "that her sanity is being pushed to the limit." About the possibility that she had, in effect, been brainwashed by her captors, the anthropology student's husband, a freelance writer who was another of Miss Hearst's most intimate friends, said it had been his all along" that she might be "converted." Apolitical "Patty was so totally he explained, "so sheltered and naive. She was even shockingly ignorant of her family background and had never seen 'Citizen Kane' or read 'Citizen Hearst.' She was just a blank slate and from the very beginning I though that she might be susceptible to a flip-flop kind of conversion." This may be so, says Weed, "and I don't give a good goddam if she's been politicized." "I just do not believe she'd refuse a chance to at least come out and talk to he added. "That is just not the way she'd be, and that's why I'm so frightened for her." "I've known plenty of girls that were more beautiful than he said as he pulled at his red mustache, "and more intelligent than her, but none with more character. She's everything I ever wanted." The story ot Patricia Campbell Hearst or at least what is known of her until she was carried away in her bathrobe screaming on Feb. 4 is, in part, the story of her ambivalent relationship to the Hearst domain of wealth and newspapers, publicity and prestige Didn't care Her friends all described her as simply not caring that she was a Hearst. They said she was clearly not a snob or a braggart and was liked and respected by almost everybody she met. But she got a month from her trust fund and carried many credit cards in her father's name. The a month Berkeley apartment she shared with Weed was furnished with antiques she had acquired from the Hearst estate and it had, as one friend put it, "a veneer of elegance and affluence." Yet, in 1971, she did not have a coming-out party and refused to be a debutante. At the time of her kidnapping some of her casual acquaintances who never knew her last name were surprised to learn that she belonged to a famous family. Miss Hearst, wno was born Feb. grew up with her sisters and all their nurses and servants in a 22-room house here in Hillsborough, a wealthy suburb of San Francisco. The middle daughter, she is often described these days as Hearst's favorite. Whether that is true, the 5-feet-2 inch tall girl, with long golden brown hair, blue eyes and lovely skin, was certainly beguiling and her friends said she had the kind of healthy, slightly antagonistic, but always affectionate relationship with him a girl often has with her father. Favorite? She chided him about his newspaper and told him it was only for senior citizens. According to all reports, her contact with him was more friendly than it was with her mother, a very religious, southern woman who, reportedly, infuriated Miss Hearst for often being what she considered was too passive. Since 1969 when she went to a girls' private school here where Weed taught math, Miss Hearst, at 15, had a crush on him. Then a hip, radical Princeton graduate six years her senior, he is now a graduate philosophy student at Berkeley and until "all this" happened, he envisioned a pleasant academic existence for himself. Turning point Becoming romantically involved with Weed, in the spring of 1972, may have been a turning point in her life. She began to drift away from childhood friends and acquired new friends, teachers, graduate students., all of them at least eight years older than she Through Weed she learned to smoke marijuana and use psychedelic drugs "moie than as one friend put it, "but less than casually." Perhaps the most concrete thing about Patty Hearst that emerges from the interviews is that she seems to have escaped the "angst" and alienation that has marked so many young people today She had a composure and confidence people her age rearely have. Some friends attributed this to a "sense of place" she acquired from being a Hearst, others said it was just simply inner peacefulness. Not lonely Would this girl respond emotionally to the intense revolutionary rhetoric of the SLA.' Would there be any emptiness or longing in her it might fulfill? Weed and other friends, asked this, all said no. As one, the free-lance writer, put it: "She wasn't lonely. She didn't brood. She wasn't vulnerable. She was, I mean, she is, strong and has a tremendous sense of herself. I never thought of her needing anything, really, just going on, getting happier and even more sure of herself." Staying in Calgary? Stay with friends. Traditional Calgary hospitality starts with us. So the next time you're headed our way call Zenith 6-6014 from anywhere in Alberta for reservations. It's toll free. Or ask your travel agent to reserve a room. Isn't that friendly? Downtown. 9th Ave. and 1st St., next to the Calgary Tower. ;