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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Natives comprised 80% of city population In 72-73 By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Native persons accounted for nearly 80-per-cent of admissions to the Lethbridge Correctional Institution in 1972-73. The institution accounted for a third of all admissions of natives to provincial jails for the year ending March 31, 1973, the corrections branch said in its annual report released Friday. Of admissions to the Lethbridge institution, 1.052 were Indians and 66 Metis. "The number of people of native ancestry committed to our institutions continues to decrease, with admitted during the year, a decrease of 588 from the previous year and a continuation ol the trend which commenced in. the report said. Native jail populations had climbed to by 1969, the report said, and have been rapidly dropping since. "All institutions reported a decline in the numbers of native people admitted, although Lethbridge Correctional Institution and Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institution continue to receive the greatest number of admissions." The report said the Lethbridge institution, a relatively small one, accounted for about cent of all admissions of native people. Statistics in the report suggest offences are realted to alcohol use. It says 748 persons admitted to the Lethbridge institution made "intemperate1' use of alcohol. The combined total for five institutions was only persons judged to be intemperate in consumption of alcohol. "It is a matter of Solicitor General Helen Hunley said in an interview. "I haven't done a statistical review but I wouldn't be surprised if many of the crimes are related to alcohol. "When you find a large number of incarcerations due to alcoholism, you know there are social problems, native or white." But Miss Hunley also suggested more persons could be kept out of jails if judges would find alternative penalties to incarceration. She said she is interested in the concept of fines being workeh1 off in some community project as an alternative to jailing. Miss Hunley also said the government wants to expand its native court counselling program to reduce native jail populations. The report said male prisoners were admitted to institutions during the year. There were 678 women admitted to Fort Saskatchewan. The figures represented a substantial reduction in male offenders admitted, down from in the previous year. Women offenders increased slightly from 535. It said a decline in daily average populations was creating a "much better atmosphere" in the prisons. But it warned that previous drops in admissions had been followed by sharp increases. "The current decline in population is probably attributable to recent legislation such as the bail reform act and section 84 of the liquor control act, which provides for dealing with intoxicated persons without court appearances. However, increasing crime rates and population increases will no doubt continue to increase prison populations in the future." The branch also said it faced serious staff recruting problems. It said it was difficult to determine the causes but that a study was under way. Staff has declined to 734, 63 employees below the set establishment of 797. Drowned, then drifted over cattle owned by Harley Seward of Welling million art heist sets record From' AP-REUTER BLESSINGTON, Ireland (CP) Millionaire Sir Alfred Beit admitted today that his priceless art collection had virtually no security protection when a gang of armed raiders burst into his country home and stole 19 paintings in what was appar- ently the biggest robbery in history Irish police mounted a coun- try-wide search for the gang of four youths and their leader, a brunette-girl who spoke with a French accent and screamed slogans like "capitalist pigs" during the raid Friday night. Political prisoners released From AP-REUTER LISBON (AP) Portugal's new military government re- leased the first political prisoners early today. The ruling junta announced that 77 prisoners were released from the Piniche military prison and Caxias fortress near the Portuguese capital. Thousands had waited outside the prisons through the night Gen Antonio de Spinola and his six-man junta ordered a search of police headquarters where an estimated 200 to 400 political police were believed hiding out. Crowds armed with bottles and other objects were held back by troops and traffic was diverted from the aiea. Spinola on Friday dissolved the directorate-general of security, a traditional political power centre. The directorate was the only branch of the old regime that had refused to surrender. The government kept the Spanish border closed to departures. The Lisbon- Madrid train was stopped at the Spanish frontier. The unofficial death toll in the military revolt that began Thursday rose to seven with (he report of a policeman killed by a sniper. S Spoprraddiccc gunfire con- tinued through the night. James White, director of Dublin's National Gallery where the paintings often were exhibited, said they were worth 5 million Beit, 71, met reporters today still nursing a head wound suffered when one raider hit him with a pistol. He stressed he would not pay a ransom to get the pictures back The girl gang leader tricked her way into Beit's 200-year- old country mansion 15 miles southwest of Dublin by pretending her car broke down Patrick Pollard, 15- year-old son of Beit's butler, opened the door for her and was grabbed as a hostage by other gang members. Beit told reporters security amounted to an alarm bell system surrounding the paintings. The bell rang in the local police station which was closed at the time of the raid. The paintings taken were among the most valuable of Beit's collection, including works by Jan Vermeer, Franz Hals, and Peter Paul Rubens Lesser and more modern paintings were left. The girl leader of the gang knew her art, Beit said. "A large number of the pic- lures are insured for certain he added "I am not prepared to say for security reasons which ones are insured." Breit, whose family made millions ot pounds in diamonds and gold in South Africa, gave his account of the raid- "I was seated with my wife ;n the library at p.m playing gramophone records when three men led by a woman and brandishing revolvers burst in. One man stayed outside. They ordered us to get down on the floor. "Get down, get down' one of them shouted and when I looked up I got a knock with the butt of a pistol on the back of the head." The girl leading the raid had used the French word "voiture" for car. One of the raiders spoke with a Northern Irish accent. The gang forced the butler's son to show them where the paintings were. "She was the leader, I am convinced She knew what she was Beit said The raiders took down se- lected paintings and removed I rames. The LetHbrldge Herald VOL. LXVII 114 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1974 15 Cents 96 Pages Spring storm mixed blessing for South By DAVID B. ELY and MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writers The violent storm that ripped through Southern Alberta today disrupting telephone service, electrical power and highway travel also brought millions of dollars worth of moisture to drought- wary farmers. About inches of moisture has fallen since Friday in a mixture of rain and snow in a storm that the weather office in Lethbridge says resulted from a situation almost exactly like the one that created the massive April snowstorm of 1967. A Calgary Power spokesman reports that wet and weary linemen worked through the night to restore power to many areas in Southern Alberta. Particularly hard hit were the Cardston and Pincher Creek areas where most residents were without power this morning. RCMP said this morning highway travel was not recommended, with a heavy layer of slush covering most highways throughout Southern Alberta. Highway 2 near Parkland was reported blocked by snow for a short time Cars off the road was a common sight throughout the south, police said, including one RCMP highway patrol car that slid off the road while en route to a minor accident near Welling. No serious traffic accidents were reported by RCMP or Lethbridge city police But despite the downed power lines and sodden highways, the storm was like an injection of adrenalin to Southern Alberta agriculture The situation before the storm was getting desparate. says Sherry Clark, regional director of the Alberta Department of Agriculture. "It was a to-plant-or-not- plant situation to many Mr. Clark said. "Many farmers were doubting that the crops they had already planted would germinate." Although the wet snow could result in some calf losses, the moisture is also a boon to the cattle industry, he said. Fodder supplies were getting low and pastures were extremely dry. The storm makes all the difference in the world." Mr. Clark said. RCMP reported that radio communication between Lethbridge and Cardston. Pincher Creek and Medicine Hat detachments was out because of the storm. In Lethbridge. city police were relaying emergency calls to the fire department because the fire department's regular emergency lines were out. Ken Anderson. Lethbridge repair supervisor for Alberta Government Telephones, said wet cables were causing problems all over the city, especially on the north side Repair crews had worked ail night, and more were called in at daybreak, he said. Ted Wilson, meteorologist with the weather office at the airport, said the same conditions that resulted in this storm caused the 1967 storm that dumped several feet of snow on Southern Alberta. The basic difference between the 1967 storm and today is temperature, he said. Most of the moisture fell as rain because of the much warmer temperatures Friday and today "If it had been colder, this would have been 30 inches of snow." he said. Discrimination claim to be investigated Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta Human Rights Commission will investigate a claim that a Cardston girl, Shelley Burt, was being prevented from completing an exchange visit with a black Nova Scotian student, Jean Whyet. Vincent Cooney, acting chairman of the commission, said Friday that the commission has been asked to investigate by the Nova Scotia Rights Commission Storm victim gets pull treacherous slushed Highway 5 southwest of Lethbridge RICKERVIN pnoios Inside keeping with CBC policy, the following program has been cancelled.' Classified........24-29 Comics .....36 District .........15 Family.......33-35, 38 Local Sports...........21-23 Theatres......... 17 TV..............16 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH SUN. 60; CLOUDY, WARMER It'll be a while before mail's moving normally OTTAWA (CP) It will take several days to get the mail moving normally again after the 12-day national strike. Ed Roworth, a post office public relations official said Friday. Mail will not be allowed to enter Toronto from other parts of the country until the backlog is cleared, he said. Huge oil profits claimed by Sawhill WASHINGTON (AP) Oil companies are making a profit of a barrel on some Arab oil that costs 10 cents to produce, says U.S. energy chief John Sawhill. As U.S. oil companies continued to report huge first- quarter profit increases, Sawhill told reporters Friday that a large portion came from producing foreign oil the Arabs withheld Company profits on some Saudi Arabian oil soared in one year to from 79 cents. Sawhill said Post office officials here said that within a 50-mile radius of Toronto there is the equivalent of 50 full boxcars of mail awaiting delivery Top priority went to the delivery of pld age pension cheques and other social service cheques such as unemployment insurance, welfare and family allowances. Montreal workers gave, enthusiastic approval to the compromise agreement reached with the help of special mediator Eric Taylor and began returning to work early Friday. The walkouts began in Mon- treal April 11 in a dispute over management' action against employees urging a boycott of the postal code. The trouble escalated into a full-scale conflict over government automation and job classification plans Seen and heard About town Marlene Marshall deciding golf is not her game, the golf poles are bigger than she is Coral Becbdholt wondering if she could manage as wife, mother, sales clerk and student all at the same time Flood warnings went 'unheeded' The widespread flood damage in Saskatchewan this week could have been prevented, the former chairman of the Regina-based South Saskatchewan River Development Commission said Friday C. D. Stewart, now president of Lethbridge Community College, says he and other water resource experts warned the Saskatchewan government during the early 1960s that flooding was inevitable and precautionary measures should be taken. The spring flooding that followed a winter of exceptionally heavy snowfall caused "several million dollars damage" this week in Saskatchewan, with Regina, Moose Jaw and Lumsden receiving the brunt of the swollen waters. The precautionary measures suggested by the water resource experts would have cost the province between and million compared with the several million dollars the raging flood waters will cost the government this year, he said Dr. Stewart says he advised then Premier Ross Thatcher to support the diversion of the Qu'Appelle River around the community of Lumsden, 18 miles north of Regina where severe floods also struck in 1971. The diversion project, when first suggested, would have cost the province about million Today, dike-building and sandbagging alone are costing about a day for men and machines to protect the town of about As flood waters still threaten the Lumsden community, flood prevention and damage costs continue to mount. The Saskatchewan government was reluctant to spend million on flood prevention for a town as small as Lumsden in the 1960s because it would have been politically unpopular to spend money on flood control when the province was going through a "dry" spell, Dr. Stewart claims Me says everyone is willing to spend money to help out people affected by a disaster but they're not so willing to support the cost of preventing the disaster The water resource experts also advised the Saskatchewan government in the 1960s to build a reservoir to prevent flooding in Regina by the swollen waters of the Wascana Creek and Lake The reservoir and precautionary measures of flood prevention for the Moose Jaw area would have cost between one and two million dollars when first suggested, Dr. Stewart estimates. He compares the costly lack of foresight in Saskatchewan to the serious drought has predicted for the Lethbridge area. "There is every indication that we will a dry period" and "I am convinced our planning is not going as it should to be able to cope" with the forecasted water shortage, he maintains "I suggest if we don't do some long-range planning we (Lethbridge) will be in conflict with the St. Mary's Dam" for water Meanwhile, the state of emergency declared when floodwaters threatened northeast Vcgrevillo last week was withdrawn by Mayor Virgil Friday nighl ;