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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 7S-80. VOL. LXV No. 197 McGovern's leadership questioned lly PKTKn BUCKLEY of Tlie Canadian 1'rcsn WASHINGTON George McGovern's fond hope (hat the United Stales election campaign can get down lo issues now, and get away from personalities, may prove forlorn, McGovern's own personality seems certain to get some added scrutiny because of the way he had ban- died the cliff-hanging, 18-day career of Senator Thomas Kacleton as vice-presidential candidate for the Demo- cratic party. To many observers here, Senator McGovern seemed to make the worst of a bad situation, by first backing Eagleton per cent" and then steadily hacking away from the uproar caused by Kaglcton's belated disclosure that he had a history of mental illness. McGovern's apparent inability to keep lUs own staff under rigid control has raised questions atxmt tho firmness of his leadership. The curious disparities tweeii McCiovern's assurances to Eaglcton and his com- ments to reporters fiave also raised eyebrows. Even the final scene Monday night in the Senate caucus room seemed to lack that total candor which McGovern wants to be the hallmark of liis campaign, with both men saying EagleUm'.s withdrawal was a "joint agreement" when all the world knew by then (hat Eaglelon desperately wanted to stay on. McGovern supporters here feel Lheir candidate was placed in an impossible situation damned for ruth- iossness if he cut. Kagleton off after last Tuesday's revelations, and damned for indecision if he waited to fccc how tlic public reacted to the news. PRKSS 1.KAKS However, the criticism of McGovern has centred more on lha way he and his staff kept leaking hints lo the press that they would like Eaglcton to with- draM-, while giving the vice-presidential nominee enough encouragement so that it made withdrawal ever more difficult. Even after McGovern told his staff to keep quiet, the leaks continued. Ar.d so did Eaglclon's stubborn attempts to avoid being dumped. As Washington Star columnist Mary McGrory wrote: "Eaglcton caught the public fancy. Total, mor- bid fascination fastened! on him as on- a man who to clinging lo a window-ledge while dozens of hands try Eo pry loose his fingers." Much tlic same scrutiny which undid Eaglcton now nwnils his successor on the Democratic ticket. It ought to be enough to frighten any man nway, but the long list of prospective candidates is not reported! to bo shorter now than it was in Miama Beach, McGovern'.s decision is not expected to be announ- ced for several days. This time, hj> prospective running mate Is certain to get a more searching examination than that single question about "skeletons" which was thrown humedly at the last minute to the ambitious young senator from Missouri. Grits try to make example of technicians iiy vie PAHSONS of The Canadian Press the first ca.se of Its kind, tho feder- al government is trying lo prosecute n group of em- ployees for walking off their jolre alter being deemed essential to public safety for V-P xpol Seen and heard About town Tr.l Smith failing !o receive pay- check because centr.nl com- puler misdirected il lo n iiFiinesake m another cily ITarry poodle i'llo hiding for Iwn d.nys aflrr close clip and shavo. From UKUTKII-AI1 WASHIXGTON (CP) Presi- (lonlinl candidate George Mr- (Invorn worked ffuirtly nnd rlc- lilxrnloly today in search of n new virc-pro.sidenli.il nmr.ing male. Scnalor Kdrnuml Muskie of Maine reported to be B( Ihe (op of Ihe list. He was reported to have spo- ken to a number of possible- vice-presidential nominees, lint the n.iino of Mu.skic. vire-preM- rlcnti.nl cnlldittnlc in the IIWS el- ection, was said In foremost. OTTAWA id'l ...icn I'irk- ersgill, one of Coiiarl-Vs mast colorful public figures, is rvsign- ing as president of Ihe Canadian Irntlsport commission effective Aug. 31. While he has hccn transport commission prc-sidcti! since Mr. Pickors.cill is holler known fnr his al Ihe ccnlrc of rounltcss iKililicnl hal- tlos a Irmg-timc Literal cabi- net minister. The peppery president of the transport commission who was, 67 in June, is retiring at lifs own request three years before Iho expiry of his term of office. Associates say lie plans to Iwgin work on a book about his 3S years iu Ottawa as a top fed- crnl cabinet minisler nnd public servant. Prime Minister Tnr- dcau is expected to name a suc- cessor in Ihrcc weeks. Mr. I'ickersgill, who has Ivcn nicknamed Sailor Jack or Jumping Jack al various limes in liis career, himself created Ihn of president of Iho Ir.nspurl commission. lie was Iransport minisfer in ho piloled Ihe Na- t i o n a I Transportation Act Ihrough the Commons. The Act set up Ihe Canadian Iransport commission and Mr. Pickersgill was named to head it. A fidgety person, Mr. Pickes- fill has been called Jumping .lack or "a grasshopper with the hiccups" for his habit of bounc- ing in his seat or leaping lo his feet in the Commons. Others labelled him Sailor Jack because he travelled by boat around his Newfoundland constituency of Bonavista-Twil- lingale while a member of Par- liamenl. While Mr. Pickersgill became Identified wilh Newfoundland, he was born in Ont., and up n Manitoba. He was an outsatnding scholar sweeping through the University of Manitoba and winning an ox- ford scholarship. In !929. he returned (o the University of Manitoba as a lec- turer in history and spont what he has said were the eight most satisfying years of his life. His low pay as a teacher drove him to enter a competi- tive exam for Ihe external af- fairs department II.e had tho highest mark among 200 candi- dates. It is generally agreed that for- mer premier Joseph Smallwowl of vas responsi- ble for convincing Mr. Pickers- gill to enter the Cr.binet p.nd fed- eral politics in KF.TVRVS TO C.AFHNFT the returned to power in J9S3, Mr. Pickcrjgil] returned lo the cabinet as state secretary and government 13ou.se leader, A year later he rnovod lo the transport portfo- Lo. ;