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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta inE Searching for hideouts An Irish police sergeant makes a careful search of an abandoned farm building in the wild border country, near Swanlinhar. Many such empty buildings, just south of the border with Ulster, could house terrorists or contain arms. Sears Girls' squall jacket and pants >99 Save S1 here! Reg S3 99 Water-repellent nylon cire squall jacket Fully lined with cotton fleece Hooded for added protection Has drawstring hem elasticized cuffs, pockets Hand-wash with care Navy, red' gold S. M. L Flared plaids Great-looking pants in long- wearing woven cotton. 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The subpoena seeks tape recordings of 42 conversations involving the president. Committee Chairman Peter Rodino (Dem. N.J.) has denied reports that anything short of full compliance might resulted in a contempt vote on the part of the full House. He said he is determined to avoid a head-on constitutional confrontation with the White House. There is the however, that anything less than full compliance with the committee's demands might be interpreted as obstruction and might in itself become one of the grounds for impeachment. Rodino has already set in motion a schedule expected to chart a clear course toward the impeachment vote. Thursday, Rodino and his committee meets to consider the presidential response to the subpoena for the tapes. Also up for discussion is whether to narrow the inquiry, dropping some of the 53 charges under consid- eration. The committee meets again May 1 or 2 to decide on proce- dure for hearing of evidence. Also set for this meeting is a decision on how wide a role the president's lawyer will be permitted. The full 38-member com- mittee will get its first look at the evidence May 7 in closed briefing that might take up to 10 days. Nixon is not expected to give in fully or gracefully to the demands of the impeachment to those of a followup subpoena from Watergate in- vestigators seeking tapes of 63 conversations. He is expected to respond to both subpoenas, but the betting is that his response will be less than full and possibly will include the offer of transcripts of selected sections of the requested material. Giving weight to this possi- bility'is a fresh public- relations campaign reported by the White House and which is said to be ready to coincide with the president's responses. Some experts predict the campaign will be an attempt to convince the public that Nixon's response has been comprehensive and conclusive. Up to now, the White House has been accused of a strategy of delay, a strategy which has been partially successful in that it has forced Rodino and his investigators to make their plans without any clear idea of whether requested material would be available as evidence. The cost, however, may have been high. A call by Republicans for fairness toward the president has been diminishing, possibly in ratio to the diminishing of Nixon's popularity and influence among the public. As this unity dies among Re- publicans, so does the party- line division once counted upon to prove that the inquiry was nothing more than a partisan vehicle. Mining industry opens all-out attack on new British Columbia legislation VICTORIA (CP) British Columbia's mining industry has launched an all-put attack on the New Democratic Party's proposed Mineral Royalties Act, which calls for a super royalty on windfall profits. The industry mounted its at- tack after the act, known as Bill 31, was given first reading Feb. 19. It has been increasing in intensity ever since with mining leaders airing their views in almost daily statements and speeches and in newspaper and radio advertisements. With opposition parties al- ready joining in the attack, Bill 31 is expected to spark a prolonged and heated debate when it comes up for second reading at a still unspecified date. The B.C. legislature resumes Tuesday following an Easter break. The main task of defending the legislation will fall to Mines Minister Leo Nimsick, who contends the proposed royalties will do no more than guarantee the people of the province a fair share of non- renewable mineral resources. The bill provides for a two- part royalty levy to be paid be- fore any profit is made. Under the first, a mining company would be taxed at the rate of 2Vz per cent on the net value of its production, with the rate rising to five per cent in 1975. 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Of particular concern to the mining industry is the dis- cretionary power given to the government in a section of the bill which allows the cabinet to set the basic value of a mineral "from time to time." With the government allowed to alter the basic value upon which the "super royalty" is based, the industry says no mine can forecast its financial results and that this will lead to a decline in new mine development. "Unless the government is bent on destroying the mining industry in this province, Bill 31 must be revised so that the industry will know precisely what it has to pay and the amount must not be says a brief to the government from the Mining Association of B.C. The industry is also highly critical of the "super royalty" which, it says, does not allow for increased production costs or inflation and therefore takes "excessive" advantage of a mine's good years. Under the present system, mining companies use the Kennedy frightened of slaying HAMBURG (Reuter) -The newspaper Bild quotes Senator Edward Kennedy as saying he will decide by the summer of 1975 whether to run for the United States presidency, but that he would be frightened of assassination if he became president in 1976. Asked whether his family wants him to become president, Kennedy is said to nave replied: "My God, no. After what happened to my two brothers (John and Robert) they are very frightened." Asked then whether he is also frightened, he is quoted as saying: "Yes, if I am honest. But if I worried too much about it, I could not function any more. I would be mad, however, if I completely ignored the danger." profits from the good years to conduct exploration projects for new mines. With the government creaming off much of these profits, the industry says mining companies will direct their exploration dollars else- where. Mr. Nimsick in a statement earlier this month, said the government collects royalties on the production of oil and gas and on timber in the form ,of stumpage fees, and the government should not be deprived of its right to collect royalties on mineral resources. Of the super royalty, Mr. Nimsick says only that mining companies make extremely high profits when prices are high. "We say that the people of British Columbia should share in this rare good for- tune." The minister also notes that the bill contains provisions to cushion the mining companies against times of low prices un- der a formula that would re- duce the 2Vz-per-cent royalty when the price received by the company falls well below the basic price set by the govern- ment. It provides for a reduc- tion of one-half per cent when the price is between 10 and 20 per cent below the base level and a one-per-cent reduction when the price drops by 20 per cent .or more below the base level. The minister has received support for his cause from the United Steelworkers of Amer- ica, the major union in the B.C. mining industry. The union says the mining company spokesmen have been exaggerating the effects of the Mineral Royalties Act. The government has also in- troduced legislation quadrupling the royalties on coal mined from Crown- owned land. But because the effects will be mainly felt by one major com- Coal new Coal Act is not expected to create as much fuss as the Mineral Royalties Act. The new coal royalty system allows the cabinet to set royalty rates for coal but specifies that they may not be less than a ton for metallurgical most common type of coal pro- duced in B.C. Royalties for thermal coal must be at least 50 cents a ton. The current royalty on coal is 25 cents a ton. LEO NIMSICK ;