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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ____Thuorfoy, April 11, 1972 THE IETHBRIDCE HESAID 25 Soldiers shot for cowardice Lake Louise issues overplayed LONDON (AP) A Erilisl! writer's plans tu document an obscure chapter of the First World execution of 300 British soldiers on charges of cowardice and been complicated by an official 100-year secrecy rule. The ban means (lint details of the courts-martial of the exe- cuted men cannot be made pub- lic before the next century. William Moore, military liisto riai. and former journalist, said today the secrecy rule would not prevent completion o( his> book, The Thin Yellow Line. He said he would base the work instead on interviews with diors and officers who saw the men die by firing squad. One reason for enforcement of the liiiii is thai relatives of the executed soldiers are still living and many arc unaware of the circumstances of the mens' deaths. Some believe the sol- diers died in action, Moore said. He says many of those shot were young ami never should have been killed; under modern conditions they would have re- ceived psychiatric treatment. Moore said the British high command realized firing squads were no deterrent to cowardice, and by 1918, soldiers were re- ceiving trifling sentences for of fences that earlier carried the death penalty. The death penalty tor deser- tion was abolished by the army before the Second World War and little has teen published about the firing squads of I he First World War. A defence ministry spokes- man said details of all court- martial cases arc kept with the public records office and sub- ject to the 100-year secrecy rule. Most public records are kept secret only 30 years. MANY BOATS The number of fishing boats In Norway is estimated at CALGARY (Cn Knviron- mcnt.il issues involving ttie pro- posed Village Lake Louise pro. ject arc "overplayed and a red says s'truiin Robert- son, chairman of the hoard of Village Lake Louise Ltd. The Toronto attorney said In a leleplione interview Wednes- day that the recrea- tional project had the federal government's approval at each planning stage. Village Lake Louise hired ecological consultants Vis. Ian Cowan of the I'm-1 vcrsity of British Columbia and James Thorsell to assess what might be the impact of visitor beds in the area. "The place is subject to In-1 tense use right now." Mr. Rob- i erlsou said. "AH we're doinrj building beds there." Dill liahen, manager of the company, said be agrees with Alherta Environment Minister Bill Yurko that an environmen- tal impact study is essential. "But there's no way to scien- tifically assess the Impact unlil you get something said Mr. Balicn in an inter- view. Village Lake Louise Ltd, is owned 50 per cent by Imperial Oil Ltd., which Itself Is 69 per cent controlled by Standard Oil of New Jersey. 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