Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDQE April News in brief Lewis urged to finish Grits TORONTO (CP) Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield caled on David Lewis, leader of the New Democra tic Party, Wednesday to join him in de- feating the government before it has time to present its budget May 6. Speaking at a Progressive Conservative nesting, Mr. Stanfield said he could not see how Mr Lewis might expect a relevant budget at that time "m light of the monumentally irrelevant one last time." He said he will talk to Mr Lewis about the latter's recent statements that he is reconsidering his party's support of the minority Liberal government. "Keeping the government in office through a new budget makes no sense at all as he (Mr. Lewis) has already de- cided to throw it Mr. Stanfield told about 300 supporters from five Toronto- area ridings. A laskan gas line 'to serve Japan exports' By FRANK RUTTER Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON A Midwestern senator said Wednesday he fears that Arctic natural gas may be routed through Alaska instead of through Canada so it can be exported in liquefied form to Japan Senator Birch Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, expressed his fears in a Senate speech and at a news conference. He also released a letter from United States Interior Secretary Robert Morton which he described as "equivocal" in its response to a request for support for the Canadian route. Bayh also reiterated the claim he made last year that oil from Alaska would be exported. Bayh was a leader in the unsuccessful attempt in Congress last year to route the oil through Canada instead of by the Trans-Alaska pipeline and tankers down the West Coast. "We lost that he said. "But we ought to have learned a lesson." Bayh said that Nixjn admin- istration officials last year in- dicated that they would support a Canadian route for natural gas even though they had opposed a Canadian oil pipeline Last month an international consortium of companies filed preliminary applications in Ottawa and in Washington for construction of pipelines to take natural gas from Prudhoe Bay through Canada's MacKenzie Valley and to markets in both Canada and the U.S. A rival application to pipe the gas across Alaska, liquefy it, and ship it by tankers to West Coast ports, is expected to be filed in Washington by the El Paso Natural Gas Co. this summer. Bayh and 24 other senators, from both "parties, wrote to Morton March 22 soliciting his support for the Canadian route Morton had said almost a year ago that he would like to see a Canadian gas pipeline "as soon as possible." But in his reply to the senators, on April 10 this year, Morton said only that "each application will receive the same even-handed probably through joint studies by U.S. authorities. Morton noted that President Richard Nixon had said the two proposals "may be considered com- petitive." "I am not suggesting changed positions (nor am I ruling them out) but I am suggesting that the state of knowledge in the several disciplines concerned is not Morton's letter said. But Bayh said that there was a "growing effort" in support of the El Paso proposal to run the gas through Alaska. He charged that the oil com- panies intend to sell Alaskan oil for export at a higher price than they could get for it in the U.S. In turn, U.S. consumers would be forced to pay high prices on the international market to make up for the "lost" Alaskan oil. Bayh called it "the great-Alaskan oil that would rank as "one of the all time greatest frauds perpetrated on American consumers." Bayh based his charges on re- ports of a speech made by Pacific Northwest Federal Energy Office administrator Jack Robertson at Spokane last Saturday. The reports quoted Robertson as saying "a large portion" of Alaskan oil "will be ex- ported probably to Japan." However, Robertson in Seattle Wednesday, issued a two-page "clarifying statement" in which he said he had not advocated export of Alaskan oil. He said he had answered a question after his Spokane speech and had responded "specula lively." West German to meet rebels BONN (Reuter) A West German official was preparing to fly to Chad today to help in possible negotiations with rebels holding four European hostages, one of them a relative of President Gustav Hememann. The kidnappers, who claim to belong to the Chad Liberation Army, were expected to let the Chad government know what their intentions are and the fate of the hostages, Dr. Erhard Ep- pler. West German minister for economic co-operation told a news conference Wednesday. He said the kidnappers had radioed this to the Chad authorities. Dr. Christoph Staewen, 47, one of the four held, is the nephew of President Hem- emann. Recovery of dead difficult SINGA SINGA, Bah (Reuter) Indonesian troops launched fresh ground and air searches today in an effort to recover the bodies Of 107 persons killed when a Pan- American airliner crashed into a mountain in northeast Bah Monday. Bad weather and the moun- tainous jungle defeated the first attempts Wednesday to use helicopters to bring down those bodies already spotted by ground rescue teams. A rescue operations spokes- man, speaking from this village two miles from Bali's northern coast, told reporters the cliff had a slope of about 80 to 85 degrees. The remains of 43 victims have been recovered and other1 bodies have been spotted in deep ravines. Brandt aide held for spying BONN (Reuter) One of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's three personal aides. Guenter Guilleaume, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of spying for Communist East Germany, the Bonn security police group said today Mr. Guilleaume, a middle- aged official of Mr. Brandt's Social-Democratic party, had worked in the chancellor's personal office for four years Federal public prosecutor Siegfried Buback, who ordered the arrest, said in Karlsruhe today Mr. Guilleaume had admitted being an officer of the East German People's Army and an agent for East Berlin's ministry of state security. Mitchell, Stans trial ending NEW YORK (AP) The fate of John Mitchell and Maurice Stans. described by the government as men who sat at the head of government and thought "they were above the goes to the jury today Judge Lee Gagliardi was to instruct the panel of nine men and three women as soon as U.S. Attorney John Wing con- cluded the final 90 minutes of his summation of the govern- ment's case against the first present or former cabinet offi- cers to face criminal charges in half a century. For nearly four hours Wednesday, Wing summed up the government's contention that Mitchell, former attorney general, and Stans, one-time commerce secretary, conspired to obstruct a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of financier Robert Vesco in return for his secret cash donation to President Nixon's 1972 re-election cam- paign. Agnew draws catcalls, applause WASHINGTON (AP) Former vice-president Spiro Agnew drew applause when he arrived at a local sports arena for a concert by singer Frank Sinatra Catcalls from the crowd of about persons were drowned out by clapping Wednesday night as Agnew and his party made their way to seats near the stage at the Capital Centre in suburban Largo, Md Agnew, a one-time governor of Maryland and county executive of Baltimore County, smiled and waved at the crowd. The evening marked the first time since his resignation that Agnew has appeared in public at a large gathering. SC wants guide for Alberta CALGARY (CP) A series of public hearings to determine the course of Alberta during the last part of the century was urged Wednesday by Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader in the legislature. Mr. Clark, addressing a group of business men, also suggested that Albertans keep a close watch on current legislation being formulated to govern the province's oil production. But he said the major decision for Albertans involves the quality of life they want in the province. The hearing on the general course of Alberta could be held across the province during a four-to-six-month period, he said. "This way we will get the best advice, and I think the most significant and meaningful contribution from Albertans." The results of the hearings should, among other things, establish guidelines for industrial growth, he said. Kennedy ends visit to U.S.S.R. MOSCOW (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy completed a one-week visit to the Soviet Union today and said it convinced him there can be progress on such major Soviet-American issues as arms control and extension of detente. Kennedy said he met Wednesday night in a Moscow apartment with a group of Jews who want to leave the Soviet Union. "But I won't talk about it (the meeting) he said. The senator supports a Senate move to deny tariff benefits and preferential credits to the Soviet government until its emi- gration policies ease up. He said his talks with the Krem- lin's leaders didn't change his position. Nationalists win in Egypt links Khadafy to attack South Africa CAIRO (AP) Egypt today linked the Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy with an abortive attempt to overthrow President Anwar Sadat it says was made last week. Quoting "reliable the semi-official newspaper Al Ahram said the alleged leader of the plot, Ibrahim Abdullah Sariyah, visited Tripoli last summer and discussed with "formation of command organizations inside Arab countries to carry out illegal acts of sabotage." Sariyah was arrested after an attack on the Military Technical Academy April 18 in which the government said 11 persons were killed and 27 wounded. The government said Wednesday that the attack was to be the opening stage in the overthrow of Sadat. Al Ahram said 70 persons were arrested in connection with the attack on the military academy. Deaths Lot Abbott, 78, half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello; of cancer. JOHANNESBURG (AP) South Africa's white minority has given Prime Minister John Vorster and his Nationalist Party five more years in power. Incomplete returns from Wednesday's general election gave the Nationalists 87 of the 171 seats, the United Party 38 and the Progressive Party 6. Most of the results still out were in rural districts that traditionally vote Nationalist. She bought Bob's tie Irene Severson of Toronto plants a big kiss on the cheek of Conservative lead- er Robert Stanfield Wednesday night after she bought one of his ties in a fund rais- ing auction lead by auctioneer Ted Henwessey. Irene said she bought the tie because "I really love Bob Stanfield." Some rental purchase plans 4cloud cost of borrowing' EDMONTON (CP) The supervisor of consumer credit in Alberta has warned that some appliance and furniture sales dealers use rental purchase plans to get around Driver runs down his good Samaritan MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) On a winter night in 1973, state trooper Kenyon Lassiter saved the life of Kenneth Ray Barton, 33, of Gantt, Ala., after his pickup truck crashed and he was near death with a severed artery. Lassiter stopped the bleeding, radioed for an ambulance and sent Barton to a hospital five miles away. The trooper filed a drunk driving charge against Bar- ton, but a judge reduced the charge to reckless driving. Barton was allowed to keep his driver's licence. Last Friday night, Lassiter, 51, had stopped a speeding car and was walking back to his patrol car when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck that swerved off the road on the wrong side. The driver of the truck didn't stop, police said. Subsequently charged with manslaughter was Kenneth Ray Barton, 33, of Gantt, Ala. He is free on bond. laws demanding disclosure of the cost of borrowing. D. E. Koewn, in his annual report tabled in the legislature Wednesday, cited the rental purchase plan as a new twist in questionable lending practices. "This practice is evidence of a form of bait and switch advertising." Consumers are led to believe they can rent-to-buy furniture and appliances at low monthly costs. "Offers were initially made through advertising suggesting consumers could obtain goods economically by way of Mr. Keown said. "In fact, the consumer was enticed into purchasing merchandise through entering into credit agreements." The agreements hide the cost of financing, Mr. Koewn said. Legislation passed last year made it mandatory to reveal the cost of financing. On other matters, Mr. Koewn said the easy availability of credit "has provided an immediate need for sound credit practices and adequate information." Anesthetic use could be curtailed EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's health minister says he is prepared to study a ban on the use of anesthetics outside hospitals. Neil Crawford told the legislature Wednesday the suggestion by Dr. Ken Paproski (PC Edmonton Kingsway) deserves consideration. The suggestion by Dr. Paproski, a medical doctor, followed a coroner's jury verdict that a 15-year-old Edmonton girl died after oxygen and nitrous oxide lines on her dentist's anesthesia machine had been crossed. Dr. Paproski played a role in efforts to save the life of Wendy Lotnick. He happened to be in the dentist's office at the time the gas line mix-up occurred and massaged Wage claim 'value 3 judgement' EDMONTON (CP) Labor Minister Dr. Bert Hohol says it's a value judgment to claim there is a widening gap between the starting salaries of men and women employed by the Jji :g Alberta government. Roy Wilson (SC Calgary Bow) used the S term "widening gap" in ij: the legislature S Wednesday S Government statistics tabled in the legislature :j; s h o w e d the w a g e S: disparity between a v e r a g e 8 salaries for males and S females is increasing. S New male employees Jj last year were paid a -S week more than the average wage offered first-year female .J: employees. In 1972. ff males started at an S :S average of a week iji: more than females. S: for native manpower EDMONTON (CP) A grant in support of the Alberta native manpower development project was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Labor Minister Bert Hohol and Al Adair, minister for northern development. The project, soon to be incorporated as the Alberta Native Development Corporation, was established last fall as a joint venture of the Indian-Metis associations of Alberta. The grant complements initial funding provided by Canada Manpower. U.S. may ease European nuclear posture BRIDGE RUQ DRAPES LTD. 321-4722 COLLCOI MALL By JOHN W. FINNEY New York Times Service WASHINGTON Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger is planning on reducing the sizable stockpile of nuclear weapons in Europe as well as cutting back on the number of atomic-armed missiles and planes kept on alert. To the European allies and the Pentagon, according to associates, Schlesinger has begun pressing the view that the United States has more nuclear weapons in Europe than it can effectively use. He also is known to believe that the United States is in effect encouraging an atomic exchange by keeping so many planes and missiles on a nuclear alert. At Schlesinger's direction, therefore, the defense department is headed for the first major revision in its nuclear posture in Europe since it started stationing nuclear weapons there nearly 20 years ago. The Uniled States has about nuclear warheads in Europe a figure that high- ranking defense officials believe in retrospect was an arbitrary reaction to military and political pressures Starting in the mid-1950's, the Eisenhower administration with the academic support of Henry A. Kissiner, then a Harvard professor came to the conclusion that tactical nuclear wapons provided a way of offsetting Soviet superiority in military manpower. This concept found ready support in the joint Congressional Atomic Energy Committee, whose members saw, among other things, greatly expanded production of nuclear weapons, which consume relatively large amounts of fissionable materials, as a way of expanding Atomic Energy Commission activities in their home districts. As analyzed by Schlesinger, the original military considerations that led to the build-up of nuclear weapons in Europe have been overtaken by events or were based on mistaken assumptions. Although some of the allies still cling to the notion, Schlesinger does not believe that the nuclear shield permits a significant reduction in conventional military manpower. His argument is that large conventional forces are still needed to make an enemy concentrate its forces and thus present a potential target for nuclear weapons. Schlesinger also believes that while the nuclear shield remains an essential ingredient in the strategic posture of the Atlantic Alliance, it has become increasingly unlikely that either side will resort to nuclear warfare now that the Soviet Union has reached rough nuclear parity with the United States. her heart on the way to the hospital. The girl died 14 hours after the incident. Dr. Paproski said anesthetics should only be allowed in hospitals where drugs and trained personnel are available if something goes wrong. Outside the legislature, Mr. Crawford said the suggestion was not unreasonable, but added it may be possible to devise other precautions that will allow continued use of anesthetics in the offices of doctors and dentists. He said one possibility would be implementation of a recommendation by the coroner's jury that gas lines should be made so they could not be interchanged as they were in the Lotnick case. Mr Crawford also said that regulations are being prepared to govern installation of gas lines in Alberta hospitals to prevent a recurrence of a switched line incident that was linked to several deaths at a Sudbury, Oni., hospital. The cabinet is expected to approve within a few weeks regulations requiring any new gas-line installation or modification in a hospjtal to conform to the latest Canadian Standards Association standards. Mr. Crawford said the Alberta Hospital Services Commission would have to be notified and "would then have the responsibility to check on installation and modifications." Mr. Crawford plans to investigate whether national standards could be developed for hospitals so hose couplings could not be interchanged. Kennedy backers fading out BOSTON (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy has suffered a dramatic dip in support for the 1976 presidential nomination among Democratic party leaders, according to a survey by the Christian Science Monitor. The survey published today shows that only 38 per cent of the 103 state party chairmen and national committeemen who responded see the Mas- sachusetts Democrat as a front-runner for 1976, compared with 77 per cent who considered Kennedy the front runner in a similar survey which drew 98 re- spondents last November. The Monitor says Watergate was the biggest factor in Ken- nedy's slipping popularity. Democratic leaders who have changed their minds seem convinced the party needs a "Mr. Clean" as a candidate and that Chappaquiddick will rule out Kennedy as a contender, The Monitor says.