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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER KJMCAST HKJH so TKe Lettibtidge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 109 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1970 SECTIONS 30 PAGES Nixon Signals Wider Viet War Disengagement Viets Marched Into Teeth Of Gunfire SAANG, Cambodia (AP) Cambodian riflemen marched a group of Vietnamese civilians carrying a .while Hag into the feeth of Viet Cong automatic weapons fire today at the order of a Cambodian gen- eral. Reuters news agency said there, were more than 90 hostages. The Vietnamese were told to ask Hie Viet Cong in this village 18 miles south of Phnom Penh to go away and let them live in peace. The Viet Cong opened up on the group, wounding at least two of the Viet- namese. Gen. Sosthene Fernandez, military comander ot Cambodia's Second Military Region, told reporters: "It was a good way to discover where the Viets have their automatic weapons. Now. we know where they are so the mission was an extremely fruitful one for us." Buses brought the Vietnamese to Saang, the nJ- lage on the Bassac River which the Viet Cong took over Sunday. The Cambodians said the Vietnamese were residents of Cambodia who bad volunteered to Jtatt some sense" to the Viet Cong. Prayed On The Way The Vietnamese were mostly Roman men, women sAd children.'' Many" prayed as walked up tie road. A young seminarian wfaojield flag bamboo pole'was asked if he was really a volunteer. He shook his head and said he and the others had been rounded up in four villages. Many of the older 'women sobbed as they- moved. Some fingered rotary beads. In the middle of the afternoon the grcpp set out on a road leading from the last Cambodian position through no man's land to Saang. Every 40 yards the group stopped and appealed to the Viet Cong by. a portable bullhorn. They also planned to distribute leaf- lets in Vietnamese and Cambodian. When the group reached a bridge just before the first structures in Saang, the Viet Cong opened fire. The Vietnamese and reporters with them scattered into banana fields as Cambodian troops answered the Viet Cong rounds. The Vietnamese and the reporters were caught in a crossfire. SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (Reuters) President Nixon signalled wider U.S. disen- gagement from the Vietnam war by announcing Monday night he will bring home 000 troops in the next 12 months. But at the same time he warned Hanoi that it would be talcing grave risks if its troops jeopardized the safety of the remaining U.S. forces while the withdrawal is taking place. '________________, Nixon, speaking in a televised address from the Cali- fornia House, said he is confident in the ability of the South Vietnamese army to replace U.S. forces in the front lines. STALEMATE AT. PARIS The U.S. withdrawal rate, be- tween now and next spring, be disclosed, will take place at an average rate of men a sKghter faster than the pace in three previous with- drawals totalling more than men since the "Vietnam- ization" program began in July, 1969. But the president sprang a major surprise by committing himself a year in advance in- stead of for shorter periods of three four months. While stressing that no prog- ress had been made at the Paris peace talks over the last lour months, Nixon said: "The decision 1 have an- nounced tonight means -that we finally have in sight the just peace we are seeking." His announcement meant that. troop levels wiU have been' dropped under his admmistra-' tion' by men by neit April or May. Since the highest authorized troop ceiling was when Nixon entered the White House, the new effective ceiling after the puUout ,will be men.' MILITARY REBUKED White House officials dropped .remarks designed to suggest that'the president had brushed aside reservations by the joint chiefs of staff and Gen. Creigh- ton A'orams, the U.S. com- 'inander in Vietnam, who has been urging him to go slow and delay the next troops drawal.. Asked if Abrams had ap- proved the president's new plan, the officials replied that it was not easy to persuade military leaders to believe they .were as well off with fewer troops than they were before. White House, officials said that the new program is irreversible under foreseeable conditions. APPEALS TO SOVIET Nixon coupled word of his new withdrawal plan with an appeal to the Soviet Union to co-operate to settle the Vietnam war and turmoil he said was caused by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese military activity in Laos and Cambodia. PRESIDENT Nttptf waru HaMi Crawl To Safety The general said most at the Vietnamese crawled to safety. Later in the day, 10 of the Vietnamese were thought to be missing. The general said the Viet Cong had about two battalions in. Saang and were bringing up more men by motorcycle. It is the closest they have got to Phnom Pert. An English-language newspaper, the Saigon Post, said the Cambodian government was asking all Viet- namese living in border provinces to "temporarily leave" Cambodia to avoid being mistaken for Viet Cong. At least 600 Vietnamese residents of Cambodia, and perhaps many more, have been killed since Prince Norodom Sihanouk was eyerlhruwB last month. The government says they were caught in crossfires be- tween government and Cambodian troops, but foreign observers generally are convinced that they were the anti.- Vietnamese campaign which the government has whipped up. U.S. Editorial Bill Pressed University President Flees UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) president of Penn- sylvania State University fled from his home early today after protesters threw (tones at his house and other campus build- ings and set at least fire fires. OTTAWA (CP) Fisheries Minister Jack Davis said today Canada would not appear at the Irtemational Court of Justice in The Hague if any nation con-, tests Canadian claims to fishing'' jurisdiction in waters enclosed by proposed new closing lines. He added that his department would also use these closing lines to hold up development of swch things as offshore oil drill- ing until pollution control mn- iures are taken to ensure safe---------------------- Tfeffisberies closing lines are' KaHspell Man designed to protect Canadian Breath Tests Ruled Out A Calgary District Court ruled Monday the federal breathalyzer-legislation was in- valid in a decision binding- on all tower courts and police forces in Alberta. Lethbridge city Police Chief James Carpenter said today his department wiU continue to use the breathalyzer under the pro- vincial act, which states a breathalyzer test ca n be re- quired by police and used as evidence hi court. It cannot serve as conclusive evidence of itself, however. Attorney-General Edgar Ger- bart said he will suspend pros- ecutons on all charges under, .federal amendments to the Criminal Code related to com- pubory breathalyzer t.e st in g and UK .03 per cent blood-al- intoxication lirinaple. Tiie ruling, by- Judge E. R.; Tavender of Calgary, does not use of the'breathalyzer provisions of the provin- cial Highway Traffic Act bow- ever, the attorney-general said. Calgary Police Chief Mai- cotm Kent said he will ban use of the breathalyzer completely "until we get further .direction The direction will probably eome in May, .when the Su- preme Court of Canada bean legal argument regarding the validity of the compulsory breathalyzer tests. The decision in similar to one last month in the British Columbia Appear Court which would probably be fol- lowed by all district and magis- trate's courts in the province. NOT PROCLAIMED The amendment to federal legislation regarding the' use of the breathalyzer arose after ft was learned the Privy Council in Canada con- sisting of the cabinet did not proclaim a portion of the amendments to the Criminal Code passed by Parliament. The myfroclaimed portion 5s believed to refer to a re- quirement that a canister of breath be given to the accused person for independent analy- sis should he choose to have it K analysed. SPACE SIHPBt Apollo 13 lunar module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr., gels in forty 01 he in the lunor lander during infra-vehicular activity. This photo wai taken from 16mm.color movie film released by NASA in Houston, Tex., today. No further information accompanied the release. No Gut In Bus Service As Council Backs Down Chastising ftself for "hasty city council rescinded its order to curtail evening bus service as of May 4, and will possibly reconsider the situation during the summer. Alderman .Steve Kofch and Vaughn Hembroff opposed the reconsideration. Council; received a 49-name petition froni people' living on 7th between 9th and 1ltlr: avenues and several letters of complaint, Basking mat: but ser- as it is''at 'present.' Most letters expressed omxi n (hat groups including children and senior citizens would suffer because they could no longer at- tend evening functions without provision of late bus service. "If these people are willing to pay for it, then H's their de- commented Aid. C. W. CbJcbester. Aid. Vera Ferguson, who op- posed the bus service cutback from the beginning, said coun- cil "in its haste" had not con- sidered the effect of decreased bus service "on Ihe people wbn need it most." City Manager Tom Ferguson termed the existing bus service "an' expensive luxury" and pointed to several smaller cities that have curtailed or complete- ly halted their evening bus ser- vice, including Red Deer, Med- Seine Hat, Moose Jaw and many Ontario communities. Aid. Rex Little said he was disappointed in the strong pub- lic reaction against a money- saving move from city council, but added since so many peo- ple wanted the service contin- ued, be wanted it continued. "I still don't think the city can afford he said, "but the peo- ple want the service." :Ald. Kotch, whose.bier mo- tan calling for an in-depU study of the entire.transit system .to determine be feasible to operate' it only during peak (to and from work) hours, said he was "shocked that Aid. Little would be swayed by only 103 or so people." "They've signed the petition and said they represent the whole city, and they that means the whole city wants boj- he said. "I've seen too many petitiora and I'm not stayed by them at the alderman- said. "Most of the people whfl sign petitions do because' they have belter to do." Rent-To-Income Housing Scheme OTTAWA (CP) A new renl-to-incbme scheme for Hie tenants'of public reflect more closely the realities of the cost of living and the housing a s an- nounced today by.Robert An- dras, minisfcr of bousing. Mr. Andras told the Commons that' a revised renl-lo-income scale has already been proposed to the provinces and their initial response "indicates substan- tial measure of agreement with (he objects we are euJeavmlug to achieve." The federal presence in the provincial jurisdiction of hous- ing is the result of funds sup- plied by tha Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. Mr. Andru said federal commitments for the low-income housing pro- gram viTere for construction of units in 1969 and units in 1970-Uie total repre- senting 75 per cent of all pro- duction in the last 20 years. and Dr. Eric Walker and his wife left their campus home when rocks crashed through some, windows and hit the porch, a university spokesman said, New Cabinet ada has historic claims. At present, Parliament is debating a bill on territorial seas ind fishing zones which will give the Canadian government power tn draw the closing lines. Mr. Davis said the bill wUl be 'passed as quickly as possible, EDMONTON (CP) A Mon- tana man was one of eight per- sons arrested in the city Mon- day night on drug charges. Bruce 20, of Kal- Ispell, Mont., charged with pos- session of hashish, was (o ap- pear in municipal magistrate's court today. State Of Diphtlwria Emergency Claims Lives Declared In Montana PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Reuters) The .Trinidad and Tobago government today de- clared state of emergency fol- lowing weeks of Black Power demonstrations through the country. Police announced the arrest of 10. persons, including George Weekes, president general of the Oilfield Workers Union, who strongly supported the Black Power demonstrations, and Black Power leader Clive Nunez. Backs Canada For Austria Castro Lashes Out At United States (AP) confirmed cases of diphth- eria, one involving the death of a 59-year-oM man, were re- ported Monday by Missoula health officials. They said an- other person died last week with symptoms similar to diphtheria. Health officer Dr. Kenneth Lamport said two-business es- tablishments, both taverns, were closed and disinfected Sun- day night by health department workers. Lampert said a thin) man died last week with Ihe ear- marks of the disease but tht health office was awaiting con- firmation that diphtheria the cause. NEW YORK (CP) The Times says the United Stales has rejected "with unseemly sharpness" Can- ada's bid to extend its control over the Northwest Passage to prevent pollution of Arctic waters. The Times was commenting in an editorial on Ca- nadian plans to set up shipping safety-control zones of as much as 100 miles wide and lo extend Canada's territorial sea io 12 miles from three. "The special circumstances existing in this Arctic region offer a compelling argument for Canada's uni- lateral action in asserting a broad pollution protection The Times says. "It is in the interest of other stales the Unifed States included to follow Can- ada's lead and lo apply similar standards to other areas of the seas on an international Although stating that it is "unfortunate that Can- ada felt impelled to act The Times says that Ihe United Stales "instead of antagonizing a good neighbor, should bo co-opcraling with Canada to achieve common goals through intemaUmal 101100." VIENNA CAP) The Austrian government resigned today, pavng the way for in- stallation of a new all-Socialist cabinet, The Conservative cabinet headed by Chancellor Josef Klaus handed in its resignation to President Franz Jonas, Incoming Chancellor Bruno Kriesky announced a cabinet lineup which included a 32- year-oW finance and two women. 14 Inches of Snow CORNER BROOK, NfM, (CP) Some roads and rail- roads in western and nofhern Newfoundland remained closed today after 12 lo 14 inches of fell Sunday and Monday. For Stirring Up Trouble PRtMIER CASTRO Fnnn HAVANA (CP) Premier Fidel Castro charged Monday right that President Nixon has ordered the Pentagon lo send mercenaries into Cuba. Speaking at the funeral of five soldiers killed in clashes with counter-revolutionary forces in Eastern Cuba, Castro said: "Nixon has now assigned the Pentagon, sadly known for its criibes in the world, the organi- zation and recruitment of mer- cenaries for new aggressive plans our country." Castro dma Cuban troops and militia contin- ued to hunt in the Sierra Del Purial mountain range for forces which landed In eastern Cuba Friday. Castro these forces came from U.S. lerrilory and he warned thai they would suffer worse defeals than (he Cuban exiles, backed and equipped by the United Slates, which con- ducted the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. ilt was Castro's most outspo- ken attack on Ihe United Slates since early 19W. He claimed aita to UA speaking openly on radio and television of new landings. He sakt the present invaders are "mercenaries who from the country which spread crime throMghout Ihe world." The invasion Friday, look place on the ninth anniversary of the Bay of Pigs landing in 1961. In Miami, U.S.-based Cuban exiles said they have sent two groups of invaders to challenge Castro's reginve and lhat their forces to carry oa kOC CMUM0L Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TJNIVERS1TY OF LETH- bridge professor Paul Lewis rrunling the country- side for green slime in rural streams for pollution sam- ples and fir.dinj some good ones Bob Provlck and Chris Branch arriving on time alter travelling miles while their host arrived lafe aflcr travelling only 140 miles. Anne Lees finding night driving- difficult wilh on. ;