Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
TORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 50-55. ALBERTA" WEDNESDAY, AITOL 19, 1072 I'KICE NUT OVER 10 CENTS TURKIC SKCTIONS K8 PAGES Trudeau a to chiefs OTTAWA (CP> Prime Min- ister Trudeau meets Governor- general Roland M i c h e n e r today, probably to soy happy 72nd birthday, possibly lo end the 28th Parliament. The regular weekly meeting belween Ihc two comes amkl speculation that Mr. Trudeau will ask tho Governor-General to dissolve Parliament, then set a June election date. The announcement must be made in April if the election is to be held in June. And while Mr. Trudeau has discouraged (AP Wirepholo) "SHOOT AND THE KID GETS IT I" Fugitive Robert Mark Lueder, 22, holding a loaded pistol at Ihe head of bis Iwo-year-old son, shouts "shoot me and the kid gels to polke who hod guns training on him in Brigantine, N.J. Lueder, followed by his wife, Catherine, sur- rendered after three tension-packed hours. FBI charged Lueder, who lives in Brigantine, on a federal indictment in o Portland, Ore., robbery. Soviet swindler sentenced lo face firing squad WASHINTON (Renter) North Vietnam's mas- sive spring offensive against the South has left Pres- ident Nixon facing a major military and political di- lemma -whether to continue flic withdrawal of Ameri- can troops from Vietnam. The White House has hinted that Nixon may hall Ihe pullback for the time being to see what develops on Ihe battlefield. This is a presidential election ycnr and Nixon hopes lo win another four-year-icrm. But any long pause, in the carefully-programmed rate of troops withdrawals rould affect his chances. Public opinion generally has been relatively slow to assert it-self over the North Vietnam offensive and the U.S. and South Vietnamese response to it. There has Iran no great expression of public alarm such as followed a similar Communist offensive in 1068, Some commentators conclude from this that the public is satisfied w-ith Nixon's latest actions, at least that it was up to the most recent bombing raids on Hanoi and Haiphong. Sharp divmon Bill sharp divisions arc evident in ihc U.S. Senate and the Democrats arc almost certain to nominate an opponent, against Nixon in the November presidential election who is pledged lo outright U.S. withdrawal in return for North Vietnamese release of American pris- oners of war. Nixon, his critics say, has recommitted the U.S. In Ihc war with his decision lo build up the U.S. Navy off Vietnam and to increase the number of planes able lo bomb Communist forces. While Nixon may want to continue reducing the American presence, they say, he cannot do so if North Vietnam continues its attempt to crush the South Viet- namese government of President Nguyen Van Thieu, or if the South Vietnamese get into serious military trouble. Supporters of the president say the offensive is a desperate last fling by North Vietnam and is certain to lie mi.slirii by Ihe Soulh Vietnamese v.ilh the backing of American air power. In that event, they ex- pect Hanoi In sect a peaceful settlement. MOSCOW (Renter) A So- viet swindler who coult! afford to hire a banquet room and dance hand (or late-night par- ties has been sentenced lo face the firing squad by a court in the Urals city of Sverdlosk, t h c newspaper Trud reported today. The paper said Nikolai Sekl- sov, 52, laid on one of his ex- travaganzas for official audi- tors, who turned a blind eye to glaring irregularities in bis accounts. As a buyer tor local restaur- ant suppliers, Sekisov classi- fied fruit as second-grade or worec, paid farms accordingly, but sold the consignment as t o p -c 1 a s s, Trud said. It mentioned sums involved In Ihc fraud totalling more than hut indicated that the entire amount was much greater. Seventeen oth- ers linked with the affair were brought to least one of them received a 15-year sen- tence -and four local trading officials were dismissed. Earlier this year, a Soviet collective farm chairman was sentenced to be shot and 2'J other people were imprisoned for a fraud involving nearly 900 tons of cotton. QUEBEC (CP) Thirteen union leaders from Charles LeMoyne Hospital in Montreal were sentenced today to six months in jail and fine each for contempt of court. Mr. Justice Georges Pelletier of Quebec Superior Court also imposed a S50.000 fine against the union representing the hos- pital's employees. The union representing Ihe hospitals nurses was lined SIS.BOO while the professional services association was fined 53.800. The alternative to the line is another six months in jail. FACE GOVT. ORDER Meanwhile, leaders of the 200.000 striking Quebec public service employees, facing ttie posibility of provincial govern- ment legislation forcing the workers back to their jobs are willing to return to the bargain- ing fable today. Union oficials showed little enthusiasm for a new govern- ment offer Tuesday and the government today awaited the labor leaders' formal reaction to the latest pay proposals be- fore deciding on ils next move. By GUF.G McINTYRE t'ter.ihl Staff Writer EDMONTON The morato- rium on Hutierite colony ex- pansion will last until fall when Ihe government will decide whether to abolish the Com- munal Properties Act. the min- ister of municipal affairs said yesterday. Members of n special legisla- tive committee lo study alter- natives lo the act have not yet been appointed, however, said David Russell, Mr. Russell refused to be pin- ned down in the legislature by Art Dixon (SC Calgary Mil- licani as to whether the gov- ernment wants lo do away en- tirely with laws governing the of Hutteritc land holdings. MAY VIOLATE BILL Observers conjecture that the Communal Properties Act may violate the new government's proposed Alberta bill of rights. Mr. Russell said only that the committee will make rec- ommendations about the act will be debated by Ihe leg- islature, possibly in November, and "the matter should be de- cided at that time." In December the minister dismissed the communal prop- erties board and put a freeze on Huftcrite land dealings. The Communal Properties Act, introduced by the former Social Credit government, pro- hibits Huttcrile colonies being established within lii miles of each other and limits Iheir All land bought by Huilcritc colonies must be approved by the communal properties board under tlie law that has been temporarily suspended. Tories win major vote LONDON (AP) Parliament voted 281 to early today against holding a referendum on whether Britain should join the European Common Market. The House of Commons also rejected by 301 votes to 272 a demand for a general election on the issue. Tlie votes were a triumph for ttic Conservative government and for Opposition Labor party rebels such as former deputy leader Roy Jenkins. Jenkins and otiier prominent pro-European Labor MPs had re- signed from Ihe parly leader- ship in protest at, pulling Euro- pean membership lo a popular vote. LONDON (CP) Lord Widg- ery in his report on the Bloody Sunday clashes lhat look 13 lives in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 30 concluded that the British soldiers in- volved were shot at first before themselves opening fire. Bui the report of tlie Widgery tribunal, marie public today af- ter three weeks of hearings, said that while some soldiers showed a high degree of re- sponsibility, the firing by others "bordered on the reckless." Tlie report on the Jan. 30 civil rights procession that end- ed with the fatal shooting of 13 civilians said there would have been no deaths "if those who had organized the illegal march had not thereby created a high- ly-dangerous situation in which a clash between demonstators and the security forces was al- most inevitable." However, the report also said that "it the army had persist- ed in its 'low-key' attitude and had not launched a large-scale operation to arrest hooligans, the day might have passed off wilhout serious incident." Widgery, lord chief justice of England, was appointed by Prime Minister Heath's Conser- vative government to serve as a one-man tribunal with pow- ers to investigate the deaths and to assess responsibility. Tlie 13 victims were the larg- est number killed on a single day in nearly three years of strife in Northern Ireland. The loll now stands at 303. A BIT OP J'EACH The funeral Tuesday of IRA chieftain Joseph McCann brought a bit of peace lo North- ern Ireland afler 72 hom-s of hard fighting between IHA gun- men and British troops. Only one incident was reported dur- ing Ihe night: An 18-year-old girt was wounded in lite hip when hvo shots hit the car she was driving. She was not seri- ously hint. McCann was shot by soldiers Saturday, and six persons died in the wave of gun battles that followed. the Idea, even some Liberal Ivlijs expect a June election. ]f Mr. TnicJoau lias dt'drlcd upon one, they inay gel the news this morning ;it their weekly taucu.s meeting. Any subsequent public announce- ment most likely would come fchortly after 2 p.m. ICST, the Commons sits, Mr. Trudeau's regular mceling with Governor-General Mic-licMier is usually at G p.m. EST IJLIL :i Govern men I House spokesman sairl "there coukl bo Jasl-niinute Mc'unuliile, Mi'. Tiudemfs of- fice lale Tuesday denied that a news conference coniiecled ivilh an election lie'd today. The denial came after wort! that Len Marehand Cariboo! had advised Ills riding to expect an announcement about a prime ministerial news conference with an election as a probable topic. Mr. Mai cliand, in Quesnelj B.C., later issued a denial. Adding fuel to the speculative fire was the regular monthly meeting of the Liberal political committee. Its lunched in the parliamentary restaurant Tuesday but a gov- ernment source said things might not have been so public if a surprise election call was. planned. Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet weren't ruling anytlung out in a series of enigmatic replies dur- ing the Commons question pe- riod Tuesday, AVheti George Hees (PC-- Prince Edward-Hastings) asked v.1 hot her new industrial produc- tion programs are planned, Mr. Trudeau said any programs vonltt he announced in the. House, "it the House, of course, is sitting." Finance Minister John Turner again was non-committal about a telling Mi-ira-', Lambert West) he is ''weighing the economic and human factors'1 lief ore making a decision. C'ommitnH'nt to bringing !n a spring budget p r e s u in a b 1 y would rule out a spring election, 'Here conic kiditappers course I Ily AYIIK WAl.l.KNSTEIX TEIj AVIV (Renter) The customary tanks, guns nnd marching soldiers will be missing from today's celebration by Israel of the 2-llh anniversary of its independence. Instead, the street will he filled with free open-air shows and singing and dancing. A modest offshore naval display and a parachute drop will be the only reminders of the big military parades of past anniversaries, liven the usual air force flypast has been omillcd. Israeli leaders reflected this mood of peace and comparative optimism in statements Tuesday on the tvc'ot the anniversary. In his message to Ihe nations, President Shazar declared: "We may see ourselves today as much closer to dialogue with the Arab countries than in tlie period immediately after the six-day war." And Prime Minister Oolda Meir called for Egypt, Jordan and Israel to "sil, discuss, quarrel, sit another [lay, another week, another month and finally, be- cause we all want to live, to reach agreement." Kags flew at half-staff and memorial services were held a; military cemeteries Tuesday, which was ob- served as liemcmbrance. Day (or Israeli soldiers in action. No baseball TV tonight TORONTO (CP) The Na- tional League baseball game in Montreal lonight between Iho Expos and New York Mels will be televised in Canada only on the CBC's French-language net- work. "Indications from the union are there won't lie any prob- lems." a CIJC said today, "but you never know until Ihc game begins at K p.m. EST." CBC coverage of National Hockey league games and other live sports cvcnt.s has been disrupted since January hy rotaling strikes tiy 2, MO mcm- bnrs of the National Association of Rroadcast Employees and Technicians. Arrangements lo cover NHL playoff games were made with the private CTV network. But CIV said today it wil not tele- use tonight's ball game. Thci e. is no national CliC. radio cover- age. I'roni HEUTF.K-AP HOUSTON (CP) Apollo 16 mission commander John Young and his crew closed in on the moon today in their space- craft which will sweep to within 81 miles of the surface before swinging into orbit in prepara- tion for man's fifth lunar land- ing. The command ship Casper passed out of the earth's field of gravity1 early today1. It's main rocket engine was lo he fired this afternoon lo brake its veloc- ity to enable the three astro- nauts to sweep into orbit and set Hie stage for Young and Charles Duke lo land their moonship Orion on Thursday afternoon. Young and Duke made a final check of Orion, its equipment and systems, Tuesday night be- fore they and Thomas (KoiO Mattingly, the command ship pilot, settled down for an eiglit- hour rest period. The starl of Ihc period was delayed one hour because Mat- tingly failed to screw a nut light enough on a syringe he. was using lo inject chlorine into their water system. This over- sight was quickly corrected. The astronauts were right on target. Their course was so pre- cise (hat. Mission Control an- nounced a mid-course correc- tion scheduled (bis morning had been cancelled. The decision ciime shortly after ihc astro- nauts awoke from the eight-hour sleep period. BKGIN COUNTDOWN Young, Duke and Mattingly awoke an hour early today to begin their own countdown for Ihe engine firing that would thrust them into orbit. About miles from that alien world. Mattingly used a camera equipped with special film and fillers lo take pictures of the moon. They were scien- tific photos to obtain informa- tion on the lunar atmosphere and radiation emitted from the surface. 'Tiie sun is very, very close fo Ihe moon and it's difficult to horcsight on Ihc Mal- tingly reported. Bill he said he. was able lo complete the assign- ment despite Ihe brightness. The astronauts zipped through ,1 so called "twilight zone" in which tho gravitational influ- ence of the earth and moon is equal at a.m. EST. They were miles from home and miles from the moon. SAIGON7 (API North Viet- namese MiO fighler planes and shore patrol boats attacked United Stales destroyers shell- ing tile coast Wednesday, and two of the boats were possibly sunk. Ihe U.S. command dis- closed. It said one of the MiGs was shot down and one U.S. ship was reported damaged in the sea-air battle. T-'onr U.S sailorr. were listed as wiundctl. Fireman dies at Calgary CALGARY (CP) A fire- man died loday while fighting a fire burning in the downtown Beachcomber Restaurant. Tlie fire starled about a.m. just after the restaurant ciosed and is believed lo have orig- inated in the air conditioning system on a iower floor. The dead fireman was re- ported overcome by smoke. His name was not released. Mansfield arrives TOKYO LAP) Si'iialors Mike Mansfield, ami Hugh Scotl arrived Tuesday in Peking for a three-week visit to China, Pe- king radio said. Mansfield, the. U.S. Senate Democratic major- ity leader, and Scott, the Repub- lican leader, were accompanied by their wives. inns es >.'ASTLE. Pa. UP) Senator lOrlmund S. Mu.skie told about J ,FiOi) pen pie aL a Demo- cratic party fuml-raising dinner Tuesday niglil liiat eight giant corporations m the Unite ri Stales paid no federal income taxes in one of the last two vears. fefrk to reform an eco- nomic system which pads the profits "of huge corporations while millions of Americans suf- fer the pains of unemployment and the Maine sena- tor said. Muskie, a candidate for his party's nomination in Ihc Nov- ember presidential elect ion, r-.aid Mir eight firms lie referred I" lire Wi-'Unrn I'apcr Co., r.S. Klpcl Corp.. Alcoa. Kt.wlarfl Oil of Ohio, Allied Chemical. Re public Steel, Steel and Bethlehem Steei Corp. U.S. Steel denied s i m i 1 a r charges last month, saying it paid million in U.S. and foreign income taxes for the year 1971. YVeslvaco said its 1971 income was derived mainly from foreign sources and its large U.S. at S7.6 from "ex- Iraordinary costs incurred and standard tax credits earned in 1971." VANCOUVER (CP) Just a few weeks ago officials in the Vancouver otfice of the Cana- dian transport commission were wringing their hands and gnash- ing their teeth as grain ship- ments from the Prairies stacked up in one of the worst bottle- necks in Canadian railway his- tory. Today's a differcn! story. Everybody is smiling at tlie commission office and pointing to figures (hat indicate mere grain is going lo be through V a n c o u v e r in the present fiscal year than ever before. The reason for the jubilation: in the week of April Ca- nadian National Railways ami CP Rail delivered more grain to port facilities Ih.-.n in any other week in whopping 838 cars a day. W. K. Beaton. Brain traffic co-oniinnlor. said tile first week in April also saw a record e-s- labli.shed, 813 cars. But it stood only seven days. Mi1. Heaton now says he feels a lol better about Ihe winter of Prairie discontent that saw lit- praliy dozens of s h i p m e n I s stalled by mudslides, mountain jiv.ibm-hcs, terrible weather and an unbclieveably heavy snowpack in the Rockies, TAUGHT SOMETHING "It was the worst winter in living memory, but ii has taught us he said in an interview Tuesday. "H has shown the railways, govern- ment and the grainers that a problem exists." The problem, he says, could be solved through effective win- terizalion of the rail lines through British Columbia and he reasoned that ensuring an imin- teruplcd flow of rail traffic would be cheaper in Ihe run than the astronomical costs of such a project. VITAL l-'.LKMENT 111 jinv long-range planning, the railways arc the crucial ele- ment in improving grain ton- nages. Mr. Beaton acknowl- edged that the railways haven't boosted their grain shipping rates since the turn of the cen- tury, but added they have failed to prove, their assertion that has prevented them from mod- ernmn.i their equipment. "They are carrying a bushel of wheat selling for at Ihe same rate that they moved a bushel selling at M cents back in Ihe Dirty he said. "Rut at no trine has the com- mission confirmed or denied (ho allegation thai building new cars lias ceased to be worth- vhiie." Mr. Dealon said his nwn vie i' Is that (lie railways are continu- ing lo make money on grain. "You've only lo look at CP's record lo sec that grain traffic has buoyant in the years iihen the ratio of operating cosis to oariiings. lias been most favorable." Seen and heard About town A 1P.LIXT: hostess R o n n i e II n i I r y experiencing drr-s pi nn a to fs.1. liill ISi-iim- mitt kick.s are women ?ome arc cnsicr tu gel around than others Del. Insp. Cilcn Mirhelson saying he'd almost rather face a bank holdup man than speak at Monday's commer- cial security seminar.