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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 27, 1974 Liberal MP behind move for new political party OTTAWA (CP) There is a movement afoot to form a new federal political party and Stan Schumacher (PC says an unnamed Liberal MP "started the whole thing." What has been widely ru- mored as a split of western Progressive Conservatives from their party "is really a potential regrouping of Conservatives and he said in an interview yesterday. Mr. Schumacher said dis- cussions among small groups of MPs indicate that if such a party is formed, it will be a "western-based national party, but not a separatist, kooky conservative thing." Whether the idea goes any further than preliminary dis- cussions held since last fall may depend on whether an election is called in the next few weeks, he said. Conservatives considering the new group would not jeopardize their party by walking out with a possible election just around the corner. "There's dissatisfaction in the Liberal and Conservative parties under the present situation, but that could change with an election or the party policies could change." If the idea goes through, "we could realistically expect about 12 to 15 MPs to join, most of them Mr. Schumacher said. 'Surely by this time next year, something should have happened." The idea around which some Liberals and Conservatives may be congregating seems to be mainly of interest to westerners who feel outside the mainstream of their parties. But Mr. Schumacher said "at least one Liberal from Ontario and a couple of Conservatives from the Atlantic provinces are inter- ested." He would not say if the Lib- eral MP who first raised the idea is from the West. Partici- pation of a Liberal is essential to the development of the idea, Mr. Schumacher said. "I'd be hesitant if I thought there were no Liberals in- volved. It has to be apparent that there's influential Liberals supporting this to get credibility." A government spokesman said he doubts any members of the Liberal party are involved and "anyway, it all sounds like a bunch of rumors to me." One MP who has been men- tioned consistently in talk of a new party is maverick Con- servative Jack Horner (Crow- r AND ZODIAC STUDIOS IN CONCERT featuring FASHIONS by SWEET SIXTEEN Downtown and College Mall and STATUTORY GRAPE 2 Performances Only Tuesday and Wednesday. April 30 and May 1 8 p.m. ATES MEMORIAL CENTRE Tickets and S3.00 available at: Sweet Sixteen Statutory Grape Leister'a Doug's Music and Sports Provincial Residential Workshops RED DEER COLLEGE commencing July 1 st. A wonderful way to advance your musical education, whether you direct, teach, sing or play an instrument. Our 16th annual summer workshop this year in Red Deer with three two- week sessions. Complete dormitory supervision for each session. Junior. July 1st 1O 14jh Green Band Gold Band Grade 7 and 8 sludenis or one or two years playing experience Junior String Orchestra (-our to b years' playing expor.ence Junior Chorus Ages 1 1 lo 1 3 years SESSION II Intermediate July Iblh to 28th Red Band Blue Band Grade 9 and 10 students or three to (our years playing experience Symphony Orchestra hve to rj years playing experience Stage Band By special audition, (or musicians. age 16 and over Band Directors Clinic SESSION 411 Senior July io Aunusl 1 i Concert Band Grade 1 1 and students or 4 or more years' playing experience Symphony Orchestra Minimum b years playing experience Girls' Chorus Mixed Chorus 1 4 years and up APPLICATION DEADLINE. MAY 1st. Brochure and application forms Irom CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF CUITURE YOUTH AND RECREATION GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA 111H FLOOR. CN TOWER EDMONTON WRITE TODAY OR PHONE 424-7327 f-ee per session S'JOUO Out ol province S 1 00 00 CULTURE, YOUTH AND RECREATION GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA Rum running days of 20s recalled Colorful site The Bluenose II, a 143-foot sailing schooner owned by the province of Nova Scotia ties up at the Maine Avenue wharf in Washington Friday. The Washington Monument towers over the ship with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing visible between the ship and the monument. War crimes prisoner Hess release favored by some New York Times Service BERLIN A state of publicity has been stirred here and in Britain over the fate of Rudolf Hess, the last Allied war crimes prisoner, who marked his 80th birthday on Friday in solitary confinement at Spandau Prison. But western officials, most of whom favor clemency for the old man, said they expected the sudden show of interest would only serve to strengthen the Russians' determination to hold the Nazi leader in the four power prison until he dies. Hess was deputy to Adolf Hitler until May" 10, 1941, when, in the middle of World War II, he flew to England on a fruitless peace mission. He has been in jail ever since. A former American Governor of Spandau has violated an agreement on absolute secrecy about all that passes at the prison, in West Berlin's British sector. To write about the Nazi leader. Excerpts from the book by Eugene K. Bird, a retired United States Army Colonel, began appearing this month (April) in Der Spiegel, the West German news magazine, and in German newspapers. PUBLIC PLEAS Their appearance coincided with public pleas for Hess's release in London newspapers by Lord Chalfont, a minister of state in the former labor cabinet, and by A. J. P. Taylor, the British historian. Bird's book, titled "Prisoner No. 7" for the numeral by which Hess is known in the prison, is scheduled to appear in England and in Germany later this month. An American edition, by Viking Press, is scheduled for May. Six other major Nazis who were sent to Spandau by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal in 1946 have since been released. Some, such as Albert Speer, Hitler's armaments minister, served their full time; others, sentenced to a life term like Hess, were freed with the RUDOLF HESS consent of the Soviet Union because of ill health. But the Russians have rejected all appeals for clemency for Hess. Evidently considering him a living symbol of victory over Nazi germany. They have also indicated they wish to keep their share of four power rights in West Berlin by maintaining a military presence at the prison. The four wartime allies take turns each month in sending a detail of 45 soldiers to guard the Spandau complex. ONLY PRISONER The a year it costs to run the 600-cell institution, where Hess is the only ORGAN RECITAL Mon., April 29 p.m. Trinity United Church 220 20 St. Fort Macieod Barry Waterlow Organist At The HAMMOND "H" CONSOLE Sponsored by THE PIANO CENTRE 313 7th St. S., Lethbridge Phone 328-2663 Admission Charge Everyone Welcome prisoner, is paid by the West German government. Bird, in a telephone interview, said he had originally planned to postpone publication of his book until after Hess's death or his release. But he changed his mind, he said, because he felt "somebody should speak up for the man." The American served on the prison staff from 1964 to 1972 when he was removed for breaking regulations by taking a tape recorder and film cameras into the building to interview Hess. Bird said he felt it was a duty to history to record the Nazi aide's life. He said his book was "the story of a man who helped start a war, then tried in vain to stop it and now lives in virtual solitary confinement." As described by Bird, Hess is made to follow a daily routine that is strict but without physical hardships. "The worst part is being alone all the he told the American. He rises at a.m., does an hour of calisthenics and then has breakfast in his cell. Normally he is allowed only the use of a spoon, but he is given a knife to butter his bread if a guard is present. After cleaning his cell and making his bed, Hess sets out for an hour's march through the prison yard, generally making 28 rounds. He has refused to work in the tree- lined yard because he says, such work is but he has taken to feeding and watching birds. Every time he re-enters the prison building officials search him. Hess has lunch in the cell, like all meals at and can take an hour's rest afterward. He spends more time in the yard in the afternoon and has his evening meal at 5 p.m. Later he has several hours to read in the library of more than volumes put at his disposal. At 10 p.m. he must hand over his reading glasses and the lights are turned off. REPORTS ON CRIME DETROIT (AP) Almost 80 per cent of businesses in Detroit were burgled or robbed in 1972, says a million survey commissioned by a U.S. justice department agency. Many of the crimes were unreported, the report says., The survey, based on interviews conducted by census takers, says there were serious crimes during 1972 in Detroit, while police recorded only By RORIE SMITH CP Correspondent TRURO, N.S. (CP) In 1925 they were selling Black Diamond rum in Jamaica for 17 cents a five-gallon keg and this was the basis of Laurie Spears' decision to become a rum-runner. There was prohibition in much of North America and Nova Scotia was governed by the Temperance Act of 1918. So he shipped up 600 kegs of rum an average trip for a gallon or a keg. Laurie would stand his three-masted schooner Beat- rice off the Nova Scotia coast to await the arrival of the "locals" in their small boats to collect the illicit liquor while the schooner's hands kept an eye peeled for the po- lice. He retired from rum-run- ning in 1933 after an eight- Oil firms cut gas credit-card LOS ANGELES (AP) With profits booming and supplies short, U.S. oil companies are cutting the credit card agreements that helped make "go now pay later" the call of the road. The bank type credit card is flatly rejected at many gas pumps, and paying for motel rooms, dinner or rental cars with gasoline credit cards is getting harder. At the same time, the oil companies are slimming down their own accounts. "We're not aggressively going for new credit card said an Atlantic Richfield spokesman, while an Exxon official said his company's credit rating requirements "are more restrictive today than they were two years ago." A Shell official said card renewals will no longer be automatic for customers who have a history of difficulty in paying or who use their cards infrequently. "Costs and marketing conditions have changed said a Shell spokesman in Houston, Tex. "We don't have to work quite as hard at selling gasoline." By restricting credit cards the oil companies may also save money. Though the finances of credit card operations are secret, it is known that all major oil company credit card divisions lose money because of bad debts, card theft and service charges. Atlantic Richfield stations across the United States will stop accepting American Express, Bankamericard and Master Charge credit cards next month. Shell's agreement with Master Charge ends May 1. Texaco cards no longer pay the bill at Hertz Rent-A-Car and at several motel chains, and Shell and Mobil say they plan to end similar agreements- Like Texaco, they cite high administrative costs. PACKS A WALLOP The strongest commercially sold alcoholic drink is Polish White Spirit, which is 160 proof. year career that began the day he returned home to Triiro from the United States to find there was a big de- mand for rum. He recalled the heady days of smuggling in an interview on his 70th birthday. EVER GOT CAUGHT It was on land that one of the crowning escapades of his career occurred. "We had some liquor down at Tantallon but we couldn't get it through to Truro. We had to come through Halifax so we bought an old hearse. "I dressed up as a minister, we got hold of a couple of mourning cars and drove right through. "I was sitting up front and the police never stopped us. (L. H.) Nicholson, he was the deputy commissioner of the Nova Scotia police, even sa- luted us." He never got caught bring- ing in liquor himself although he was aboard one boat that did get nabbed. "A cutter came out of the cove at Tantallon. They fired a machine-gun right across our bows: took the works." But Mr. Spears said it was relatively easy to elude the police. On leaving Jamaica, a smuggler only had to have his hatches sealed after giving a false destination. That meant that the boats could call at a Nova Scotia port and claim they were in transit. As long as the hatches re- mained sealed there was nothing customs officials could do. POTATO BALLAST When a transgressor was caught, the cargo was con- fiscated, the smuggler fined and the boat sold at public auction. Of course, often the rum- runner would show up at the auction and buy back his boat. Kingston was a small fish- ing village in the late 1920s and "we'd take seed potatoes down with us as ballast and sell them off when we got there." The rum-runners had ship- to-shore radios even before the police could afford them and by 1927 had powerful die- sel engines. They could also afford to live well aboard ship. "We had the best of every- thing. We had the best cook money could buy and there was always a ladle of rum that anyone could help themselves from." CPAir adds new daily trip OTTAWA (CP) CP Aii will add a third daily flight tc its Ottawa Vancouver service starting April 28, the airline announced today. The additional flight wil add 200 seats to the service linking the capital will Toronto, Winnipeg. Calgarj and Edmonton. The dailj evening flight from Ottawa will stop in Toronto and thei go directly to Vancouver. CP Air provides the onl; service between Canada am the Orient. The new flight wil provide connections with thi three weekly departures fron Vancouver to Tokyo and Honj Kong. Disneyland, Grand Canyon. May 11, from 16 days transportation and accommodation. Reno, San Francisco Fisherman's Whaii, Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm. Disneyland. Palm Springs. Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. Expo Bob Spwclal, Mty 25th, 5 dayi Expo 3rd, 5 Tour. Junt 27 days, transportation and accommodation. Washington. D.C., Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Coco Beach. Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Walt Disney World, Pensacola, Nassau in the Bahamas, Orleans. El Paso. Texas. Juarez, Mexico, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Expo 74 Spokane (2 Expo Krlt Krlttottarion Special, June 19th Sdayl, Expo Harry Btlafontt Special June 27th, S days Expo Liberate Special. July 1st, 5 Eastern Canada Tour. July 7th, 23 days, as lew as Montreal, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island. Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls. Expo MornionTsbernacto Choir Special. July 15th, S days Expo Jack Denny Special, July 2Sth, t days Disneyland and Expo Tour, August 1st. 17 days Eastern Canada Autumn Leaves Tour, Oct. 1st. 23 days, as low as...................................... 1O35 Prince Edward Island, Halifax. Ottawa. Toronto and many more. NORTHERN BUS TOURS LETHBRIDGE, AUTA. PHONE 327-3536 329-4474 ;