Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
DEATH TOLL REACHES MANY IN TRAGIC FIRE Amusement centre burns flames pour from seven-storey hotel Isle of Man The death toll in the fire disaster on this British island soared to 50 today as rescue workers pulled more charred bodies from the burned-out sbeU of a vacationers' fun palace. Police Chief Frank Weedon Said his men had reports of 53 persons more than the number of bodies so far recovered. Many of the were children. Eyewitnesses told tales of death and panic. Parents ran through the smoke and flames screaming for their children. Other ptpple were trampled un. derfoot in the panic that fol- lowed explosions and searing flames. Police said the blaze may have been ry c1-'ld playing with matches on an out- side balcony where there was a miniature golf course. Nearly 100 persons were taken to several of them seriously injured. Eyewitnesses said there was a loud explosion before a sheet of flame swept through the summer entertainment centre which was one of the major at- tractions on this island between England and Ireland. The evening entertainment had just began. About persons were dancing in the en- joying the amusement arcade or lounging in the sauna baths. Some fled with their c'othes on fire. William who was dancing with his wife in one the lounges when the alarm I1 were about 200 other People smashed because doors were locked Isle of Man ter Youngsters on roller- skates trying to scramble to safety and frantic parents call- ing for their children were among the scenes of hor- ror and destruction described today by eyewitnesses to a fire that roared through an enter- tainment centre on this holiday island. At least 50 wome nand children are known to have died. Elizabeth o n vaca- tion from saw some children on roller- skates unable to run out. The emergency doors were locked and people started smashing An official of the entertain- ment centre said he thought the fire was started by a child play- ing with matches. But another witness said the fire started in a slot machine. Sam a vacationer froni lot of people had to kick their way out of the building through glass panels. I saw one man with his hair on fire and his coat melted off his back and running with a young- ster in his PANELS IGNITE Transparent plastic panels in' the two-year-old modernistic building burned a film from the First World War of a Zeppelin another wit- ness said. Wyn manager of the centre's sauna smoke the build- ing and then the flames came rushing up towards us. I dashed into the sauna and told every- body to get out. then suddenly a sheet of flame shot across our floor level. I managed to get out through an emergency exit down some side stairs. I don't know if the people in the sauna got out. They were in their un- A woman who owns a shop in the building went dashing for the exits. I was knocked down in the rush. I was flat on my stomach and people were trampling over me. There was a kiddy underneath me. I managed to get her out people in there. Suddenly we heard someone shout that there was a and we made a dash for the exit. The whole of the exterior wall was blazing. would be a miracle If all of those people managed to get Many people were hurt as they were trampled in the mad ruh for the emergency exits. People outside sobbed and screamed that their relatives were still trapped inside. More than 100 firemen and every firefighting unit on island were brought into play. They had little effect on the flames. Firemen said they could sea the bodies of victims lying on the inner terraces of the lion built only two years ago. The walls of the centre were constructed of pyramid-shaped acrylic panels. The roof was of a similar but trans- parent to let in the sunlight. It had been described as the biggest covered entertainment centre in Europe. VOL. LXVI No. 198 The LethbrUge Herald AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS TWO PAGEi Spending controls tightened By THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA With the economy and government rev- enues soarinc Vr Ivgner than expected. Finance Min- ister John Tunr anno.aiced' tighter controls on government spending while predicting a lower-than-ex- pected budgetary deficit. Describing a 12-per-cent- growth in the economy fai the first quarter of this year as rate that's physi- cally impossible to Mr. Turner told report- ers the federal government will set an example by trimming expenditures. The government's posture would continue to be ex- but it would be a rate allowing the economy to plane down to the long-term growth pat- he said. In his February he predicted a an- nual growth rate of seven per cent. In the light of this could be exceded. he it appears government reven- ues will be about higher than the bil- lion he predicted in February. Although expenditures are being revised upward by some million over the original tl.e originally-predicted million budgetary deficit is ex- pected to drop to about the minister said. The improved budgetary coupled with a cut in government is expected to reduce to- tal 1973-74 cash over and above to billion from the billion predicted in Febraury. No specific spending programs were singled out for cutting. Mr. Turner said is not going to have his own particular program accepted in Sources said ministers of departments already are running into stiff opposition when they go before the treasury board for spending approval. In the wake of Mr. Turner's -innouncement the grip on the purse strings would become tighter. The minister said the changes relieve market pressures by another Departmental of- icials said they should have a slightly moderating ef- fect on inflation. Inside 22-26 'Ha really misses his dog.' Classified Comics Comment 4 District 3 Family 21 Joan Waterfield 11 Local News 6 Markets 19 Sports Theatres 1 1 Travel 37 TV 10 Weather 2 Workshop LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT. WARM Crash debris removed A Delta Airline work crew cleans up debris of their twin-engined DC9 from Logon International Airport at Boston after ihe plane crashed Tuesday killing 88 persons. Federal investigators combed through the wreckage for the past two days in search for cause of the crash. Prince Philip praise Commonwealth .fl_ By KEN POLE OTTAWA The first meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in Canada began Thursday after Prince Philip and Prime Minister in separate praised the flexibility of the 33- nation organization in an in- creasingly-structured world. Prince speaking to the Canadian said the Com- monwealth offers genuine op- portunities for peaceful co-oper- ation despite its lack of politi- military and economic power. he either taken for granted as a sort of quaint tra- ditional or it is dis- and heard About town TJEPUTY MAYOR Cam Barnes remarking on the efforts of a Herald pho- tographer city that camera-clicking is making me Francis Burr r e c o v e r ing from surprise after receiving word from England that his aunt is now 101 years old Harry Paquad watering a flower to wear to his sister's wedding in two weeks. missed as irrelevant in the modern context. To suggest that the Commonwealth has no function and no influence is simply to display a lamentable igno- A group of about 40 Asians ejected from Uganda last year by strongman Mi managed only a few weak jeers when the Ugandan delegate's limousine arrived. Uganda Foreign Minister P. 0. Etiang was the last delega- tion head to arrive. He flew to Montreal on a commercial air- liner and transferred to a Cana- dian government aircraft for a flight to the capital. The main topic at the first of the all of which are was nuclear testing. A spokesman said afterward that the issue was raised by Prime Minister Norman Kirk of New who suggested a dec- laration supporting the moral principles of the partial test ban treaty. The spokesman said there was considerable discussion on the topic but he would not elaborate en the reservations expressed by some nations. He said it was suggested that the declaration would strengthen the preamble to the 10-year-old treaty not signed by limits testing to underground. New Zealand has loudly pro- tested France's continuing gram of atomic and nuclear tests in the South Pacific. MONTREAL Suspen- sion of the Canadian National ferry service between North and New- foundland is the of a company lockout of 60 ex- press employees at N.S.. a spokesman for the strik- ing non-operating railway em- ployees said today. Richard chief negotia- tor for the Association of Non- Operating Railway said in a statement CN had been warned that lockout at Syd- ney would endanger the ferry He said an understanding be- tween local union and company officials that no employee at Sydney to displace workers with during the 48-hour strike by non-ops in the Atlantic prov- inces was over-ruled by CN headquarters here. Mr. Smith said locked-out Sydney employees with suf- ficient seniority moved to North Sylney to displace workers with less seniority. This is a stand- ard seniority policy at the rail- he said. displaced North Sydney workers have retaliated by picketing the docks and pre- venting the ferries from loading and Union leaders would do their best to persuade members to remove picket we ho'd the CNR entirely respon- sible for what has A CN spokesman here said No Herald on Monday The Herald will not publish a provincial holi- day. Display advertisers are re- minded that copy for ads to appear August must be received by a.m. Saturday. Classified ad- vertisements received b y a.m. Saturday will ap- pear in the August edition. comment on Mr. Smith's state- ment would have to come from its regional headquarters at N.B. Shortly after a.m. ADT CN officials at North Sydney announced ferry serv- ices between the Cape Breton Island port port aux Bas- had been sus- pended. The railway said there would be no sailings from North Syd- ney until 7 a.m. while the first ferry will leave Port aux Basques at p.m. Sun- day. At this time of four fer- ries which carry trucks anl rail cars nor- mally churn across the 100- Cabot Strait. But due to a 48-hour selective strike in the Atlantic region wliich began only passen- gers and private cars were to be handled by the non-operating union workers. When the strikes against 10 Canadian railways began last union officials promised ferry services in the Atlantic provinces would not be af- fected by the strikes. Ferry service between the mainland and Prince Edward Island was not affected by the North Sydney shutdown. Railway strike hits Maritimes By TOE CANADIAN PRESS. Rotating strikes against 10 Canadian railway companies hit the Maritimes in a pouring rain that left the first pickets drip- ping wet at 6 a.m. Atlantic time today. Picket lines were set about 25 minutes at CNR express and freight offices in Moncton. and St. Nfld. More than non-oper- ating employees of the company were scheduled to join the 48- hour walkout in the Atlantic last area in Canada to be hit by the rotating strikes called by the Association of Non-Operating Railway Em- ployees. The unions are in- volved in a labor dispute with CP CNR and eight smaller lines. About other employees who are not involved in the strike will be affected by the There was no indication of pickets at the ferry terminals that link mainland Canada with its two island provinces. Under an agreement with the non-commercial traffic destined for Prince Edward Island from New Brunswick and to Newfoundland from Nova Scotia was not to be af- fected by the strike. Com- mercial traffic will not be allowed to use the services dur- ing the however. A union spokesman at Mon- cton said isn't a wheel turning on a rail in the unfriendly Alaskan oil pipeline block fails Incentives considered EDMONTON The Al- berta government is consider- ing the possibility of including exploration incentives in its new natural gas Mines Minister Bill Dickie said Thursday. Mr. Dickie said the govern- ment is studying the possibility of royalty holidays for new gas discovering and a cost-al- lowance system which would allow producers to discount processing and gathering costs before paying royalties. WASHINGTON Envi- ronmentalists were defeated in another major effort to block the Alaska oil pipeline as the United States House of Repre- sentatives followed the Senate's lead and approved building the 789-mile system. The House voted 356 to GO Thursday for the de- spite the concern expressed on the floor in nearly 10 hours of debate over oil on land and in coastal waters. Opponents of the Alaska line has supported a pipeline through Canada. Minority Leader Gerald Ford startled some con- gressmen when he referred to Canada as foreign govern- ment that could be He later explained that he re- gards Canada as but believes that if radical eov look over their it might shut off the pipeline. Principal backet's of the pipe- line say major disagreements between both houses still stand in the way of final passage. don't look for a long drawn-out but there are Representative John Melcher said after the House vote. broad ranse of the Sen- ate affecting all types of rights of way on public flies in the face of tht House Melcher said. chairman of the in- terior subcommittee which put the bill led the fight for it on the floor. He probably will be a member of the House- Senate conference committee wluch will begin meetings after Congress returns from its Au- gust recess. The bill permits the interior secretary to grant rights of way in some circumstances in ex- cess of the 50-foot maximum provided by the Mineral Leas- ing Act of 1920. It limits this authority to oil and gas unlike the Senate which sets up new procedures for granting rigbls of way across federal lands for all transportation and transmission purposes.