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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALO-Thursdiy, April News in brief Delay angers congressmen IRS chief 'eyes grand jury for Nixon tax case9 WASHINGTON (Reuter) United States congressmen have reacted angrily to Presi- dent Nixon's answer to their request for 42 tapes relating to Watergate scandals and predict that a subpoena may be sent to the White House today. The House of Representatives judiciary committee, inquiring into the possible impeachment of the president, holds a public session to discuss its next move. Republicans were at a loss to explain the motives of their party leader, who announced through White House lawyer James St. Clair that he will supply some materials in 12 days, after Congress ends its Easter recess. There was some speculation that the president, who plunged into a special election campaign in Bad Axe, Mich., Wednesday, may be postponing the issue while hp seeks to improve his battered image. Boyle case goes to jury MEDIA, Pa. (AP) begins deliberations today in the murder trial of W.A. (Tony) Boyle, former United Mine Workers president ac- cused of the slaying of union rival Joseph (Jock) Yablonski. The case goes to the jury of nine men and three women after the instructions from Judge Francis Catania. Nixon aide sentenced WASHINGTON (AP) Herbert Porter, who handled a speakers program in President Nixon's 1972 re- election campaign, was sentenced today to serve 30 days in a federal correctional institution for lying to the FBI in its Watergate inves- tigation. Porter, who will be 36 Satur- day, is the fourth former White House aide who has been sentenced to prison but the sentence was the lightest of any. Algerian leader in U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon and State Secretary Henry Kissinger set aside most of today for talks with Algerian leader Houan Boumedienne in an effort to gam influence with the increasingly important Arab leader. After a morning meeting at the White House and a lunch with Kissinger at the state de- partment, Boumedienne, making his first visit to any Western country, was to return to the White House for a working dinner. Newfoundland taxes raised ST JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Newfoundlanders will pay higher taxes this year because of the Progressive Conservative government's determination to develop provincial resources, Finance Minister John Crosbie said Wednesday while outlining record budgetary expenditures of Mr. Crosbie also blamed spiralling inflation for an immediate increase in the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven per cent and for higher personal income taxes effective July 1 Spring wage offensive in Japan TOKYO (AP) Japanese labor's annual its spring wage offensive, reached its peak today with millions of workers on strike. More than half the country's 108 million people were affected. It was the closest thing to a general strike in Japan's his- tory. The workers are on strike against the railways, subways, buses, taxis, airlines and commercial shipping. Also hit were schools, post offices, telegraph offices, municipal garbage collection, government offices, forestry preserves, the government printing agency and the mint. The labor movement is seeking wage increases of 30 to 35 per cent to counter the soaring cost of living, which rose 24 per cenL last year under the pressure from the increase in oil prices. Terror blamed on young people LONDON (Reuter) The British government blamed young women and children Wednesday for much of the latest Northern Ireland violence and promised severe new security measures. The nature of the measures was not disclosed, but Merlyn Rees, secretary of state for Northern Ireland, said they would bring discomfort to the Northern Ireland community in general. Rees was addressing the Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Saunderson, former colonel in the Ulster Defence Regiment, Northern Ireland'-s militia, and headmaster of a Northern Ireland school. Clarkson, 82. past president of the Canadian Federation of the Blind, awarded the Order of the BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL House of Commons on the latest wave of bombing and shooting. He said: "A most disturbing feature is the large number of incendiary devices which are believed to have been planted mainly by young women and girls and the extensive hijack- ing which, I am informed, was undertaken by very young people, clearly acting on a plan devised by the Irish Republican Army British Empire in 1938 for his work for the blind. Lukomsky, 74, a leading Soviet specialist in heart disease in the field of therapy and the causes of hy- pertension, arteriosclerosis and other cardiovascular disease. Grenoble, Boissie, France's most- wanted fugitive, shot and killed by police at his hideout. Rushville, Ind. Philip Wilkiel, 54, son of the late Republican presidential candidate Wendell L. Wilkie. (IT PAYS TO LEASED LMtlfiQ ITMHI your worfclHQ capital LoMlngptovtdwralUbMlrMMpoftMlonMlowcoM. You JiMt sign contract ONE rtguUr mOMMy IM. Your )MM CMI In cowmgo. Contact KOftMMMKOV, id li BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE LEASING AND INSURANCE DIVISION 2nd AVE., 9th ST. S. PHONE 328-1101 By SEYMOUR M. HERSH New York Times Service WASHINGTON Donald C. Alexander, the commissioner of internal revenue, has asked that the special Watergate prosecutor's office initiate a grand jury investigation into a possible criminal conspiracy stemming from President Nixon's claim of a tax deduction for his vice-presidential papers, well-placed sources said Wednesday. The sources said that Alexander discussed the tax issue privately last week with Leon Jaworski, the special prosecutor and provided him with a list of former White House aides and presidential associates to be investigated. In a meeting with reporters, Attorney General William B. Sax be publicly named Frank Demarco, a California lawyer who prepared an admittedly backdated deed for the papers, as among those cited by Alexander as a potential grand jury target. Saxbe also said that the question of possible criminal involvement on the part of Nixon was for the congressional impeachment inquiry to decide, and not an issue before Jaworski's office. Jaworski isv known to have concluded earlier this year that the grand jury that sat on the Watergate cover-up did not have the constitutional authority to indict a sitting president, although it was reported in March that the grand jury had determined that Nixon was involved in the Watergate cover- up. Nonetheless, a number of Washington tax experts and former government officials interviewed by telephone depicted Alexander's direct request for a formal grand jury investigation as a highly unusual step that could provide more embarrassment for the administration. One former revenue service official said that such investigations were normally conducted by the special agents of the service and later submitted to the justice department for possible criminal action. "I can't remember the head of the IRS directly asking for the convening of a grand he said. Under the law, lawyers said, the person who signs a tax return is usually held responsible for the return. One federal tax expert noted that the jus- tice department had on occasion prosecuted the preparers of individual returns, but said that he couldn't recall a case involving so many participants. English saddle, western chaps Princess Anne attended horse trials in England Wednesday and made an impression with her clothes as well as her horsemanship. The British press explained she was wearing chaparajos chaps the cowboy style of frilled trousers. Agents may watch store clerks who fail polygraph EDMONTON (CP) Lie detector tests of employees in some Edmonton stores may be followed up by "undercover agents" spying Portable seed plant approved EDMONTON (CP) The first semi-portable seed cleaning plant in the province has been approved for residents of the Fort Vermilion area of northwestern Alberta, Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner and Al Adair, minister responsible for northern development, announced Wednesday. The new plant is a pilot project especially designed for the Fort Vermilion area, where widely dispersed acreages make a stationary cleaning plant uneconomical the ministers said. on employees whose tests indicate guilt, a company spokesman said today. Walter Thornton, general manager of the Edmonton division of Jolly Marts Ltd., said that employees in his city stores one of two groups of local stores reported in the legislature to be using lie detector tests might be put under company surveillance as a result of the tests. "I might put him Uhe employee) back to work and have an undercover agents watch the individual and catch Mr. Thronton said in an interview. "If I just fire him outright, I couldn't get him into court and get restitution." Mr. Thornton, a certified polygraph (lie detector) operator trained in Long Beach, Calif., stressed that the tests were done voluntarily and that "you cannot be hired or fired or subjected to abuse as a result of the tests by polygraph." A supervisor for 7-11 Stores said his company conducts tests on a voluntary basis. The tests were conducted to discover reasons for shortages in the stores and to discover if the employees were responsible for thefts or other store problems. Store employees had mixed reaction to the tests, some not minding them, others calling them "rotten." Valerie Avery, a Jolly Mart store manager, said she and the other four store staff "were all a bit scared of it because we didn't know what it was but it wasn't bad." She said the question of whether the employee will or will not take a polygraph test is right on the store application form. An employee of another Jolly Mart store said the test was "something you don't like to do, but you do it." The employee, who re'fused to be identified, said of the test: "If you refuse to do it, it's like an "admission of guilt." Brad Miller, a part-time clerk at a 7-11 Store, called the tests "kind of a rotten deal... they don't even trust you." Restless Commons fuels election talk OTTAWA (CP) The con- sumer price index jumped an- other notch Wednesday, touching off a Commons row over inflation and fueling new forecasts of an early-summer election. Plans for an Easter adjournment also collapsed as opposition parties disagreed on a motion that would have sent MPs home until April 22. The day started badly for the minority Liberal government when Statistics Canada reported a one-per- cent March boost in the cost of living the worst inflation rate in 23 years. The situation grew worse when Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield demanded the right to introduce an early non-confidence motion as his party's price for a Wednesday adjournment. Negotiations were to resume today and there was speculation that a budget date might be announced by Finance Minister John Turner, clearing the way for an adjournment. Mr Stanfield said an opposi- tion day by late April, or early May, or the presentation of a budget within the same time, would satisfy Conservative MPs. Both would give the party a chance to test Liberal Commons strength in an atmosphere of generally- acknowledged NDP uncertainty over its policy of supporting the government. The budget, under House rules, is followed automatically by a formal budget debate which gives all opposition parties an opportunity to move non- confidence in the govern- ment. NDP Leader David Lewis heightened election speculation Wednesday by repeating that NDP and Liberal differences appear to have grown irreconcilable and by indicating that the NDP may try soon to bring down the government. It takes about two months from the day an election writ is issued until polling day. One NDP spokesman said the party has made up its mind that it wants an election and does not expect the government to produce enough concessions to change its mind. Mr. Stanfield, who celebrates his 60th birthday today, said NDP support for the government appears to be weakening. It might not be too long before NDP MPs sided with the Conservatives in a confidence vote. Mr. Lewis, who pressed Wednesday for new government measures to curb inflation, said later he was disappointed with the response. Prime Minister Trudeau said the government has no firm plans to introduce an excess profits tax or to give the food prices review board power to roll back price increases. Both are longstanding NDP proposals. Ian Ball committed for trial in attack LONDON (Reuter) Ian Ball, accused of trying to kidnap Princess Anne, was ordered today to stand trial at London's Old Bailey courthouse. The committal order came at a four-minute preliminary hear- ing, the fourth held since Princess Anne's car was attacked by a gunman while driving to Buckingham Palace March 20. Ball. 26, faces six charges. Four concern the shooting of two policemen, a chauffeur and a passerby in the battle round the 23- year-old princess's limousine. The other two charges are concerned with the attempted kidnapping. Ball was said to have "assaulted Princess Anne and attempted unlawfully and injuriously to imprison her and detain her against her will in some secret and private place." Wilson's secretary says conscience clear LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson's long-time personal secretary, a central figure in a political storm over property deals, says her conscience is clear and she has no intention of resigning. Marcia Williams told The Daily in an interview that she and her brother in- vested money in waste land that was eventually cleared of slag and sold for industrial de- velopment. With her share of the profits she said she bought a house for There has been no suggestion that Wilson was involved personally or financially in the land deals or that the transactions were in any way illegal. But they have Vegetable price rise predicted TORONTO (CP) Retail prices for canned and frozen vegetables might increase by 20 to 30 per cent by autumn, a processing industry official said Wednesday. Garnet Nix, president of the Canadian Food Processors Association and of the York Farms division of Canada Packers Ltd., said the biggest factor behind the possible increase is higher prices negotiated by growers. "The growers say they have alternate crops, like grain, corn and soybeans, where they can get big Mr. Nix said. "They say why should they grow vegetables for canners that pay anything less per acre." Canned fruit prices also will be higher because tin cans, sugar, fuel and labor cost more, he added. 8 Kirby commission counselled g 'Divorce matters belong in family court' CALGARY (CP) The Kirby Commission inquiry was told Wednesday the Alberta family court system has been under review for so long "it is suffering from paralysis by analysis." A submission by family court judges told the inquiry's final day of hearings on the administration of justice in the lower courts their courts must change in the future to become more wide ranging in scope and function. "Alberta has the best foundation on which to build a unified family court Judge Marjorie Bowker told the commission. A unified system, incorporating both juvenile and family courts would provide uniformity by ensuring that the proince's 11 family court judges would be specialists working only in that field. "All family court judges are operating in total isolation. We have got to strengthen the system on a provincial basis." The proposal outlined in the submission would make the family court a division of the court system "just like the Appellate or Supreme Court, but not necessarily in the supreme court building." "The staff and auxilliary services should be self contained in facilities adequate for our said Judge Bowker. The concept would require specialized judges as well as expanded legal and auxilliary services for people who require the services of the court. Judge Bowker said, "information and intake facilities" where court councellors can interview people to determine if family court action is necessary should be expanded. She startled the two-man commission by suggesting family courts handle all matters relating to divorce such as alimony and maintenance. "The uniform family court can't come into existence without resolving the constitutional issue. While most matters the court would deal with come under provincial jurisdiction, divorce and matrimonial matters are said Judge Bowker. raised a political storm because Wilson's Labor party has sharply criticized large profits from land speculation. Opposition politicians now say Wilson's own staff was in- volved in the kind of deals their boss was criticizing. Mrs. Wilhams's brother, Anthony Field, served as a Wilson aide when Wilson was leader of the Opposition. Field worked for Wilson without salary but conducted some private business affairs from the address of Wilson's private office at the House of Commons This, too, has come in for criticism. Mrs. Williams said there was nothing wrong with her business transactions. "I shall not resign from my job as Mr. Wilson's private Mrs. Williams said, my conscience is clear." Some Labor party politicians have demanded her resignation Among other ihings, she controls Wilson's appointments list and advises him on political matters. In her interview, Mrs. Wil- liams complained she has been hounded by the press, received obscene letters and had her car broken into. B.C. house holds up rent bill VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia legislature adjourned Wednesday until April 23, despite failure to give final approval to legislation imposing an eight- per-cent ceiling on rent increases. Approval in principle was given to the Residential Premises Interim Rent Stabilization Act but Social Credit members refused to give permission for final reading. The move accentuated what has been characteristic of the session, which began Jan. 31 a lack of communication between the government and opposition. Both Opposition Leader Bill Bennett and Liberal leader David Anderson said there was no real need for the recess other than to fit in with Premier Dave Barrett's plans for a two-week tour of Japan, which begins Saturday. "There is no reason for the recess except that it fits the personal travelling schedule of the Mr. Bennett said. Mr. Anderson described the premier's tour as "a three-dollar-bill junket" organized around the premier's desire to play rugby in Japan. Conservative leader Scott Wallace, however, said he approved of the break because the legislature has been sitting for some long hours. "If we didn't have that break, I would have another kind of he said. ;