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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, April 26, 1974 Portugal's future uncertain tONDON (CP) Portugal's uncertain future now hinges partly on the reaction of the bulk of the country's military force, long deployed in dissident African colonies, to the swift military coup at home. If these men, many of them disenchanted with military service in general and African duty in particular, line up be- hind the new leadership, then its control of the country would seem assured. But most of the senior officers in the 13-year anti-guerrilla campaign, particularly in Mozambique, are known to be ul- tra-hawkish advocates of the old guard Portuguese estab- lishment, bound to resent the overthrow of the clique that has held the country firmly in hand for 50 years. Several observers even suggest that these officers might look to white-ruled South Africa and Rhodesia for aid should they decide to attempt some form of challenge to the author- ity of the coup leaders. Reaction feared The governments of the two countries are reported alarmed by the Portuguese developments, apparently fearing that any relexation of effort against guerrillas in neighboring Mozambique and the other territories of Angola and Portuguese Guinea would embolden African nationalist guerrillas in their countries. Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith said recently the Mozambique security situation held the key to Rhodesia's well-being in the battle against guerrillas attacking from bases in Portuguese territory. Among theories to emerge from the confusion that follow- ed Thursday's dawn coup was that the Portuguese military establishment in Africa might try to hold out in Africa against the new leadership and perhaps even establish a government in exile loyal to the old guard. If they succeeded in cutting off vital supplies of sugar, nuts, gold, diamonds, bauxite and other goods to Por- the coup leadership might find it difficult to maintain Portugal's wobbly economic strength. Even Gen. Antonio de Spinola, hero of the African cam- paign whose controversial book critical of Portugal's policy there caused the current unrest, has conceded that the colonies are vital to the country's economy. Instead of a military solution, he proposed a sort of federation under which the colonies would be largely independent although linked with the motherland The coup came against a background of growing, although largely submerged dissatisfaction with both military and civilian life. Various reports indicate that many Portuguese now live abroad, particularly in the European Common Market coun- tries where the standard of living is far superior, not to men- tion increased freedom from government restrictions In Portugal men up to the age of 45 must undergo four years of compulsory military service. Military duty in Africa is unpopular among many of the soldiers. Military costs take up about half the government's annual budget but military pay and living conditions are poor in relation ;o civilian jobs More recently outspoken criticism of government policies also has emerged from the ranks of priests and bishops, university students and middle class professional groups. Elections have long been pretty much of a farce in Portu- gal, with millions denied the vote on grounds of illiteracy Science Council feels money pinch OTTAWA (CP) The Sci- ence Council of Canada, in fi- nancial trouble for the first time since it was set up in 1966, can't afford to do a vital study on resources conservation, members of Parliament were told Thursday. Dr. P. D. McTaggart- Cowan, the council's executive director, told a Commons committee the conservation study is vital in light of energy and commodity shortages and the need to make more intelligent use of resources. Plans for the study "have been sitting on a backburner" since last fall because the council hasn't enough money to attract the best research brains, he told a committee examining the council's proposed current budget of Dr. McTaggart-Cowan also made available a report show- ing that the council's budget had increased less than 25 per cent since 1969. The increases only covered rising salaries, he said The council, which studies scientific and social issues independent of government interference, felt a financial pinch last year but the government did not comply at that time with a council request for more money, he said Inflation had cut into the council's budget. Also affecting the council's financial position was the government's one-year-old "make-or-buy" policy under which more government re- search projects are farmed out to industry and university scientists. Estate of Ira (Lefty) Leflar Acting on instructions of the administrator of the Estate of the late Ira (Lefty) Leflar, we will offer at Public Auction, antiques and miscellaneous items in Stavely Skating Arena Saturday, May 4 Commences at a.m. Terms, Cash AUCTIONEERS Crowe Warren Cooper Phone m Canada they (IT 8 to 10 Three pair per pack tt (Hosierydept) PKG. 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Summer comfort with these 5x6 web con- struction chairs Accented with matching plastic arms Green or Tangerine (Furniture dept) EACH O CHAISE LOUNGE. 5 x 15 web construction lounge matches the chairs Plastic arms Colors of Lime or Tangerine EACH QaV9 VINYL RUNNER. 27" wide runner Ihnt is ideal for entry ways Clear clealed ribbed design 7Q (Floor coverings) lin. ft. soles. Various colors and patterns 100% NYLON BROADLOOM BY OZSTE. Rubber backed carpet for indoor use only Ideal for kitchen, rumpus rooms, bath- rooms, etc. 12 It wide rolls paue.ned in Maltese and Pebble designs______ aq.yd. Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to 9 p.m. Wa Raaarva The Right To Limit Quantities COLLEGE SHOPPING MALL 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive DEPARTMENT STORES A DIVISION OF THE F.W. WOOLWOMTH CO. LIMITED SATISFACTION OR MONEY REFUNDED' IS OUR GUARANTEE WITH EVERY SINGLE PURCHASE ;