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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FOMCAST HtGH TUfSOAY 45 The Lethkidge Herald VOL. LXI1I No. 108 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, 20, 1970 HUCE NOT OVER It CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES 12 Sailors Feared Lost In Storm-Tossed Sea JOHNSON WASHINGTON (Reuters) The disclosure, after iix years at secrfcy, that former president Johnson launched an air war in Laos in 1964 which reached a peak of 500 raids a day appears certain to touch off a new dispute in Congress over U.S. military in- volvements overseas. Disclosure of the air war was contained in a partially censored transcript, released Sunday, of Octo- ber bearings by the Senate foreign relations subcom- mittee on U.S. commitments abroad. The Iranscripls also disclosed that 200 Americans have been killed in Laos since 1961, a much higher figure than the 27 deaths acknowledged by the Whits House. The transcript revealed that the air war launched by Johnson over and above previously disclosed air raids on the Ho Chi Minh trail through Laos began in June, 1964, with air strikes to protect Laotian recon- naissance planes, and developed into large-scale tacti- cal air raids to support the royal Laotian government Information Limited .Ths exact number of air raids Isuched was not given in the transcript, but defence and state depart- ment officials did not dalknge a sUtemaat by Senator Stuart Symington (Dem., Mo.) that 379 strikes were made in a angle day' late in 1965. Other well-informed Senate sources said the strikes reached 500 a day earlier this year. Under pressure from senators worried that the United States was becoming involved in. another, Viet-: nain, President Nixon finally acknowledged., the air" strikes last May. He erapflfeaied'that they were'con- ducted at the request of [the Laotian but gave few details.- i The subcommittee testimony is eipected to provide new ammunition for senators opposed to military in- volvement without congressional consent and also will stiffen opposition in Congress to any aid for Cambodia, now trying to evict North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops from its soil NORTH SYDNEY, N.S. (CP> Twelve men were feared lost in the sitting of two ships in the storm-tossed Cabot Strait off Cape Breton today. The CNR ferry Patrick Mor- ris, which had sailed ahead of schedule in an to find survivors from a sunken fishing vessel, later weot down herself. Four of the crew of the ferry and the captain and seven crew members of the seiner Enter- prise are missing. The ferry began taking on water'after ing herself to attempt to pick either survivors or bodies .from Missile Threat Seen NEW-YORK (AP) Defence Secretary Melrin R. Laird said today the United States is erally'at the edge of prudent risk" in postponing decisions on major new offensive nuclear weapons, to give U.S.-Russian arms limitation talks maTimiim chance for success. Claiming a steadily rising Russian missile threat, Laird said bat "if the Soviet strategic offensive buildup continues, :tbe risk to our nation will become too great to sustain without major offsetting actions." In major speech prepared for the 70th annual meeting of The Associated Press, the Pen- tagon chief expressed hope.for success at the strategic arms limitation talks-GALT-whicb have just opened a hard-Sar- gaining phase in Vienna. But Laird rejected arguments that the United States should, at -the outset of the 'negotiations, unilatenllY' hold; up, impending 'depkiymat of multipleJ inde- reentry vehices and expan- sion of the Safeguard missile anti-balist'c missile system. place to resolve these is- sues is at the conference table with the be said. the fishing craft, the Enterprise. No dear explanation for the ships' sinking was immediately available, but waterfront aources here said the storm one of the worst of the season. Winds up to 70 miles an hour, high and Minding taow were reported in the area. Forty-seven of the ferry's crew were picked up by other ships, most of them by the Ger- man trawler Rhine Ohr. .The CNR said four of the crew were Names were withheld. Whereabout of Capt. Roland Penney, 54-year-old skipper of the Patrick Morris, was not im- mediately known. CALL FOR HELP The tragedy began to unfold late Sunday when the 100-foot Newfoundland-based herring seiner1 Enterprise got into trou- ble in the highseas about 10 miles off the northern tip of Cape Breton. Her calls for help sent several ships to the area. The Patrick Morris, due to sail early today for Port aux' Basques, NfW., requested per- mission to sail early to join the rescue effort, which continued throughout the night. PLANS INVESTIGATION' In Ottawa, Transport Minister Don Jamieson said he would order an immediate investiga- tion into the sinking of the ferry. Missing from the Enterprise are Capt. Olaf Olagaard and Bruno Cervie of Vancouver, Zamia Doiroa of Caraquet, N.E., and Blanchard Collin- shaw, Charles Abbott, John Hansforth, Lovefl and Wilson Green, all of Isle aux Moris, Nfld. The CNR ferry Anfcrose Shea Beaded in here with an injured stewardess. Birdie Cole suHered !a severe head cut when she feU ship. Russians Refute Mideast Policy Switch Report IOST IN STORM The National ferry Patrick Morris sank in a storm today off the northern Cape Breton coast. Cuban Invaders Sought We need a Hate Bin to stop iriiulti... Mountains where Castro himself fought a two-year guerrilla war before toppling dictator Fulgen- cio Batista in 1959. DENOUNCES INVASION The Cuban premier, who also is Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, said !he invasion was carried out by "a group of mercenaries coming from the United States, equipped with modern automatic weapons of the Yankee army." Denuncing the invasion at- tempt, he said: "Bandit activi- ties are part of, the imperialists' plans to obstruct and hinder the suga? harvest." The harvest, lAidi planned to a by July, this week ach- ieved tons, lagging ser- iously, behind scnednle'. Famed British Crimebuster Dies At 57 LONDON (Reuters) Detective Chief Superinten- dent Tommy Butler, The Grey FOT of Scotland Yard who tracked down Britain's Great Train Robbery gang, died in a London hospital today. He was ST. Butler retired Dec. 31, 1968, less than two months after he captured Bruce Reynolds, last of 15 men want- ed hi connection with the 1963 robbery of the Glasgow- fo-London mail train, which netted then Butler was admitted to London's Westminster Hos- pital last month, suffering from a chest ailment. Butler took over case five days after the rob- bery and twice postponed retirement to slay on the trail. The only one of the gang still on the run is Ronald Biggs, who escaped while serving a 30-year sentence for his part in the robbery. Butler caught Ronald Edwards in 1966, then two years later recaptured Charles Wilson near Montreal. Later in the same year lie arrested Bruce Reynolds In the English resort town of Torquay- and saw him to 25 years in prison. Praised By Criminals As of Bailor's death spread through London's underworld, one of the men who had feared Butler for 30 years said: "Mr. always called him 'Mister' was a hard man but straight. He was a gentleman.1'" A colleague at Scotland Yard once described him a walking criminal records office. "He had a phen- omenal memory for (aces and could melt into Ihe back- ground in a pub and sit there matching faces to crimi- nal record files." It was this ability to melt into the background and his uncanny Instinct that earned him the nickname The Grey Fox. His police career began at 22, Four years later joined Ihe criminal investigation division and four years later became a detective sergeant. Within 10 years be was detective chief superintendent, In com- mand of all detectives In wat London, Says Henderson Claim Absurd HAVANA (Reuters) Cuban forces today hunted a heavily armed band of anti-Castro in- vaders who landed in Oriente province Friday the ninth anniversary of the defeat of the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs in- vasion. A communique issued by Pre- mier Fidel Castro said the in- vaders came from U.S. territory and landed before dawn Friday, at almost preciesly the same time that the ill fated Bay of Pigs invasion by more than Cuban exiles took place in 1961. Cuban setters have dashed twice with. the invading force, whose total number was not an- nounced, killing two of them, capturing three aad suffering casualties of four tiled and two Toucded, the communique said. Cuban authorities have issued no further news since Castro dated April IS, appeared Sunday _ in the newspaper Juventud Re- ff fpffj In ftrfef belde. But observers here were KVU L'1 surprised that word of the uwa- ties have issued 1 of the invasion W flOOpWlff LOUgll s communique, i o v sion was released before it had been defeated. 1 Units of the army, mountain militia and frontier guards were continuing their hunt in a moun- tainous region near the mouth of the Yumuri River, about 125 miles from the Sierra Maestra EDMONTON (CP) A re- cent claim by Federal Health Minister John Munro that Al- berta was overcharging Ottawa on the cost of medical services for Treaty Indiana was de- tcribed Monday as absurd and Irresponsible by Provincial .Health Minister James Hender- son. "Mr. Munro claimed that the federal contribution to.Alberta of per family exceeded the medicare cost of service to a Man Charged In Stabbing CALGARY (CP) Douglas Norman MacKelvie, 24, of Win- nipeg was charged with at- tempted murder today after a woman was stabbed e i g bt times Sunday. Stella Cross, 64, was in good condition in hospital and was to be released later today. Police said the stabbing oc- cured after Hiss Cross and another person refused to give a man a ride downtown. The man jumped into their vehicle end Miss Cross was stabbed when her companion went for help. Mr. Henderson said In a prepared statement. SUBSIDIZE PROGRAM "On the basis of Alberta Health Plan statistics for tho year 1967-68, upon which the Al- berta piemium rate es- tablished, it is estimated that the cost of service win apprad- mate per family per year." He said the federal, govern- ment is not meeting its con- stitutional responsibility to'pay for Treaty Indians' medical ser- vices and that Alberta taxpay- ers are subsidizing the pro- gram. "The absurdity of the federal minister's statements is further accentuated by the fact that after July 1, the federal gov- ernment will be paying Alberta only per year for the medi- cal-hospital premium for reg- istered treaty Indians, as com- pared to a minimum of per family in the province of Ontario. "In view of these fads, we can only express further amazement at the federal min- ister's action in having select- ed Alberta as1 the target for such an irresponsible attack, rather than his home province of Ontario to whom the govern- ment of Canada quietly pays a premium which is 45 per cent higher than that charged by Ihe province of Alberta." Southern U.S. Ripped By Tornadoes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The southern United States was ripped by tornadoes and other violent weather for the third straight day Sunday, leav- ing five persons dead and some 65 injured in Corinth, Miss., and doing heavy damage. About 100 homes and several churches were ripped as the tor- nado roared through the resi- dential section of the northeast Mississippi City of Tornadoes which swept through the Texas Panhandle Frkfcy night andSaturday killed 23 persons. Hundreds were injured by the weekend's fury. Throughout Sunday, tornadoes dipped also into parts of Arkan- sas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mis- souri, Kinds, Kentucky and Florida. Areas of eastern Ar- kansas suffered heavy damage. Hows were unroofed and power lines downed at Nash- ville, Tenn. No injuries were re- ported. EAST BERLIN (Reuters) Fire sick West German children who spent the night in East Germany after their plane was forced down by JUG fighter planes will be returned to West Germany this evening, it wai- announced here today. The official East German news agency ADN reported that the children, suffering from whooping cough, would be taken to the Marienbom crossing point between East and West Germany under medical super-, vision. It added, however, that tin pilot of the private single-engine plane and the father of three of the children, the only other adult on board, would be held for further questioning. The children, aged between 18 months and seven years, had taken off from Lueneburg, northern West Germany, for a high-altitude flight as part of their cure. ADN said the Cessna plane had violated East German air space in the region of Sal- zvredel. After the pilot ignored repeated demands to land, the plane was forced down, the agency added. NO DOCTOR ABOARD It said the pilot had taken the plane up without medical super- vision, with no personal docu- ments or flight papers and with a permit to By only in clear vis- ibility. The weather was re- ported to be cloudy and foggy at the time of the incident. Informed sources in West Germany, however, said Sunday the plane had received special permission to fly at a high alti- tude in the border area, and the flight- schedule had been filed with West German and British authorities. Seesaw Election Battle Nixon May Have Something Up His Sleeve From AP-Reittrs SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (CP) President Wxon will outline his approach to further US, troop withdrawals from South Vietnam in a television-radio address perhaps unveil a surprise or Iwo, Nixon will speak from Ihe western here and speculation has'it tint he will t withdrawal of be- tween and men within the next few months. So far, he has withdrawn troops since Ihe Viet- namization program began in July, and reduced U.S. troop strength in Vietnam from lo in three phases. The last withdrawal was com- pleted April 15, with the over-all of, wiUttml (face July running at an average of slightly more than men a month, Sources at the White House did not rule out the likelihood that Nixon would go beyond mere discussion of troop levels and break new ground in presi- dential discussion at the South- east Asian situation. Since Nixon last took to the airwaves fo discuss the Vietnam war, last Dec. 15, Hie conflict has broadened, particularly in Cambodia which seeks U.S. (trms following a coup that ovtrtbrvw neutralist flovcrnr ment of Prince Norodom Sihan- ouk. The state department has said the arms request is under study. The Nixon administration also has taken an interest in a state- ment last week by Jacob Malik, Soviet ambassador lo the United Nations, that Indicated possible Russian Interest in the new Ge- neva conference to lake up the entire Indochina situation. How- ever, Malik fold a ABC-TV News Saturday that "convening a conference is unrealistic UN pnwnt BOGOTA (AP) Former dic- tator Gustavo Rojas Pirilla held a slim lead today in a seesaw battle with official can- didate Misrael Pastrana Bof- rero for the presidency of Co- lombia. As the final results Irickled ing, Pastrana, backed by the governing National Front, held the lead briefly at the one stage of official poll. For much of the morning, however, Rojas had appeared the victor, thanks to divisions in the CoJBcrvau've-Liberal coali- tion formed 13 years ago to end his dictatorship. As the1 gap narrowed, Rojas (old supporters that they must be vigilant, "because the gov- ernment Is going to rob the elecUon." Pastrana said he was waiting for "definilive" results........ Fears arose that a defeat for Rojas on Ihe basis of govern- ment figures would touch off disorders in Colombia. RIGHTIST TRAILS The unofficial tabulation, witi 95 per cent of the vole counted, had showed the 70-year-old re- tired general ahead of Pastrana by votes, Rojas bad votes, Fa sir ana moderate leftist Beli- tario Betancur and rightist Evaristo Souris A victory for Rojas would be a major setback for the divided National Front and President Carlos Llcraz Restrepo. Both BeUmcur and Sourdis ran as breakaway canuVrtd nuui the Niticml By THE CANADIAN PRESS The Soviet Union hastily cor- rected Monday an impression that a statement by one of its press attaches means a change in Soviet Middle East policy. A foreign ministry official in Moscow said Soviet foreign pol- icy in the Middle East is un- changed and "Pus fully applies to the existence of the state of Israel." The spokesman was com- menting on remarks attributed to George Suhothov, Soviet press attache in Amman, Jor-. dan. Reuters news agency quoted Suhothov as telling a news con- ference, "the Soviet Union sup- ports the creation of a demo- cratic state o! and that "Soviet policy supports any struggle aimed at overthrowing any racist slate based on reli- gious fanaticism, such as the state of (Israeli Premier) Gokli Meir." AID OFFERED Reuters said that the press at- tache also offered military and economic aid to Jordan. His reported remarks could be read as an announcement that the Soviet Union, after two years of cautious reserve, is throwing its support behind the Palestinian Arab guerrilla fight- ers. They generally, demand the end of the state of Israel and creation of a Jewish, Moslem, Christian state of Palestine. Yuri Viklovo, the foreign min- istry's press department chao- cellor for Middle East said in Moscow.that be did not have the text, of Suhothov'i re- marks. "But department convinced tbzt Amman based on a a mistake "be- cause a representative of a So- viet embassy could not rcakt such a POLICY UNCHANGED "As far as policy of the Soviet Union in the Middle Eact is concerned, it remain on- changed. This fuHy applies to the question of the eristencf of the. state of Israel." Reuters said from Amman that Suhothov's news conference was called to mark the cente- nary of Lenin's birthday. But it also was clearly timed to take maximum advantage of- the Middle East visit'of Joseph Sisco; United States secretary of state, which pro- duced striking new evidence of Palestinian Arab power and led to a rift in Jordanian-U.S. rela- tions. Reuters gave this account 'of the Amman news conference: Suhothov told the news confer- ence that Russia supported the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, and backed Ihe proposal for creation 'of an Arab state in Palestine under United Nations resolution calling for the parti- tion of the former British man- date territory, because "it wanted to rid Palestine of the British." But now, he said, "the Soviet Union supports the creation of m democratic slate in Palestine." Cancellation of the planned Sisco visit to Amman because of anti-American violence here Wednesday, in which the em- bassy was attacked and the cul- tural centre was burned out, convincingly demonstrated Pal- estinian power, observers said here, and Heard ABOUT TOWN AFTER BUYING overbad springs for his pickup truck, John Van Sloys won- dering if it would not be bet- ter to remove from the truck box the three huge cement blocks he had been using for better traction During the coffee break at the Family Sen-ice meeting, Bill Llngard doing justice to Ihe dough- nuts and being named "dough- nut by Slan McDon- lid, Fishermen Freed HAKODATE (Reuters) The last Japanese fehenren hcM in in repa- triate! to this northern pew port dty Monday, ;