Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY Ik WARMER FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 80-85 VOL. LXIII No. 19G LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1970 ffllCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS SECTIONS 16 PAGES Stirs PRESIDENT NIXON WASHINGTON (Reuters) A major row ex- ploded Monday following President Nixon's comment that Charles Hanson, on trial in Los Angeles in the Tate ritual slayings, was guilty of eight murders. The president made tho surprising statement in a Denver news conference at the end of a 10-day west- ern trip, when he said the hippie leader "is a man who was guilty, directly or indirectly, of eight mur- ders without reason." The legal world was stunned that a have made the statement with At- Lorney-General John Mitchell standing at his side. In Los Angeles, Judge "Charles Older was expect- ed to rule today on a defence move for a mistrial be- cause of the comments by Nixon. And the defence accused the president of using the trial "for his own personal law-and-order issues." Releases Statement In a hurried statement written during the flight back to Washington Monday night, Nixon said: "The last thing I would do is prejudice the legal rights of any person, in any circumstances, "To set the record straight, I do not know and did not intend to speculate as to whether the Tate defendants are guilty, in fact, or not. All of the facts in the case have not yet been presented. The de- fendants should be presumed to be innocent at this stage of their If defence lawyers manage to make a case for a mistrial against Mansoa, 35, who with three of his girl followers is accused of seven murders last Au- gust, the reverberations could constitute a serious poli- tical blow to Nixon. Worried administration officials hoped the storm would blow over quickly and be excused as an un- fortunata slip of the tongue. The presidential statement on Manson occurred shortly after Nixon arrived in Denver for a meet- Ing with state and local law enforcement officials. He lectured reporters on the danger of glamoriz- ing and glorifying criminal dements like Manson. The president said Manson was being portrayed as a rather glamorous figure in press accounts of the trial. Then, apparently carried1 away with his theme, the president made his charge. Alarmed By Reports White House press secretary Ronald Ziegler, alarmed by news agency accounts of the president's remarks, quickly assembled reporters for a clarifica- tion. He said "there was no intent to impute liability to any accused." He conceded Nixon should have used the word "alleged" and, when asked if he was retracting the president's statement, replied only: "I think I've done that." Mitchell, however, said he did not believe there was anything for the president to retract, adding: "I don't believe the president made a charge or implied one." Press and radio networks earned live pick-ups of the president's words about Manson, ensuring that the defence lawyers can point to substantial press pub- licity in contending that their client's case has been prejudiced. The eighth "murder" Nixon referred to presum- ably was that of musician Gary M. Hinman nf Malibu. Manson is charged in that slaying last summer along with Miss Atkins, Glorify Criminals Nixon said in Denver he is concerned will! "the altitudes that are created among many of our young- er people and also perhaps older people as well, in which they tend lo glorify and lo make heroes out of Ihose who engage in criminal aclivilies." "Tlus is not done intentionally by Ihe Nixon said. "It is not done intentionally by radio and television, I know. It is done, perhaps becausa people want to read or see lhat kind of iiory." Nixon in lu's law-and-order talk, referred to a "very good western" movie he had starring John Wayne. "I wonder why it is that Ihe westerns survive year nfler year. A good western will ouldraw some of the other subjects. Perhaps one of the reasons is the good guys come out ahead in the westerns; the bad guys lose." Deputy press secretary Gerald L. Warren sub- sequently was asked to cile specific newspaper ac- counts or television-radio broadcasts to which Nixon took exception. He said he could not supply that information. Alberta Official Under Fire EDMONTON (CP) Alber- ta ombudsman George Mc- Clellan today was said to have "glaringly" flouted the law un- der which he operates and that he had been guilty of neglect of rluly. Colin McLaurin, former Al- berta chief justice, made the statements in a recent report made as a government-ap- pointed commissioner into the case of an Edmonton real estate salesman. Mr. McLaurin was appointed by the cabinet April 28 to look into the report of Mr. McClel- lan on the expulsion in 1964 of R. J. Philipzyk from the Ed- monton Real Estate Co-Opera- tive Listing Bureau Ltd. WRONGFULLY EXPELLED In his report, Mr. McClellan said the man was wrongfully expelled from the bureau, part- ly because the government should not have allowed it to incorporate, and that Mr. Philipzyk should be.paid dam- ages by Uie government. The commission, after seven days of hearings in June dur- ing which Mr. McClellan said ha could not testify under pro- visions of the Ombudsman Act, found Mr. Philipzyk was "rightfully that no government compensation should be paid, and that no changes in provincial legisla- tion or the bureau's bylaws were necessary. Mr. McLaurin said a section of the Ombudsman Act re- quired the "ombudsman shall not, in any report made under the act, make any comment that is adverse to any person unless the person has been given an opportunity to be heard." He said the ombudsman's re- port on Uie Philipzyk case was a "biased, unfair and inaccur- ate document." Tliis was Mr. McLaurin said. "An ombudsman must pos- ess qualities of perception, fair-mindedness, caution and tolerance, without which his activities can amount to a pub- lic danger." Mi'. McClellan declined com- ment on Mr. McLaurin's re- port. Mr. McClellan, a -former RCMP commissioner, was ap- pointed to his position in 1967, the first such official appointed in North America to protect citizens against officialdom. er nurnc els To Pholo By Ed Finlay CAR ENGULFED IN FLAMES Dwayne Fiedler of Calgary died Tuesday morning of burns suffered in a crash at Bonanza Days stock car races at Exhibition Track Monday afternoon. Fiedler's car exploded and burned before the driver was able to get free. He was laken to hospital and died after being transferred to Calgary. Auto Racer Dies Israel After Car Burns British Troops Target BELFAST (AP) A wave of riot and bomb attacks spread over Northern Ireland early today as (lie Roman Catholic minority stepped up their cam- paign against the British Army. Twenty-five soldiers were in- jured by rock-throwing mobs in Belfast, the provincial capital. Troops replied with wave after wave of tear gas1 and repeated baton charges, This was B e 1 f a s t 's sixth straight day of riot, and was in- tensified by crowds impassioned by the funeral of a 19-year-old Roman Catholic republican shot by troops during a riot Thurs- day. Dwayne Fiedler, 25, Calgary, became Southern Alberta Auto Racers' first fatality Sunday at the Leth bridge Exhibition Speedway. Eyewitness reports say Mr. Fiedler apparently lost control of his "B" class stock car on Czech Beauty Seeks Asylum NUERNBERG (AP) Kris- tina Hanzalova, Czechoslova- kia's entry in last month's Miss Universe contest, at Miami Beach, Fla., has asked for asy- lum in West Germany. The gov- ernment office for refugees said the 20-year-old Miss Hanzalova, Miss Czechoslovakia of had approached the office for asylum several days ago while on a private visit to West Ger- many. one of the track comers during the main event. The car over- turned, exploded and burned. The exact cause of the ex- plosion and fire Is still un- determined. Mr. Fiedler was taken to Lehbridge Municipal Hospital and later transferred to a Cal- gary hospital where he died early Tuesday morning. A Lethbridge hospital official said death could likely be at- tributed to multiple first degree body burns. Southern Alberta Auto Racers' president, Bob Helmer, Lethbridge, said this was the first serious accident in the club's history, dating back to I960. Budge Actor Crashes HOLLYWOOD (AP) Actor Rod Taylor told police head- lighls from an automobile blinded him, causing him to drive his Rolls Royce into a concrete abutment in the Holly- wood Hills. Taylor, 40, was treated for minor facial in- juries. Queen Mother Marks 70Lh Birthday LONDON (Reuters) Queen Mother Elizabeth, one of Royal Family's most active and be- loved figures, celebrates her 70th birthday today with a parly at Buckingham Palace. About a dozen members of the Royal Family and more than 100 guests will attend the recep- tion, A widow for 18 years, tho Queen Mother has continued to nUonrt innumerable public en- gagements.and serves as patron or president of more than 300 charities whose fortunes she is reported to follow with great in- terest. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN OTROLLER- TURNED hitch hiker 90-year-old Ivy Buckwcll accepting a ride from friend Jean Swi- liart and sayir.g "Take me to your leader, for lea" Seven-year-old Kevin JFunler becoming real fan of the Lethbridge animal shelter af- tef it was able to find a new home for his pet rabbit Morris Caiman congratulal- his daughter AIM on catch- ing her first one- pound rainbow trout. From AP-Reuters JERUSALEM (CP) Israel has told the United States the withdrawal of its forces from Arab territory occupied in the W67 war "will be determined iii the peace agreement" with the Arab states, Premier Golda Meir announced today. Informing the Knesset (par- liament) of her government's detailed reply to Uie U.S. peace plan, Mrs. Meir made it clear that no Israeli soldier will be withdrawn from the present ceasefire lines until a binding agreement is reached. "The ceasefire lines will be replaced only by secure and recognized boundaries in a con- traclural she said. The mention of fhe word "withdrawal" in the Israeli reply is believed to be the first time it has been officially men- Honed by the Israeli govern- ment. The government coalition lost Us second largest group of sup- porters as it easily defeated a iKKonfidence motion by a vote cf 64 to 5 over its acceptance of the U.S. pcF.ce plan. The right- wing Gahal party qiu't the gov- ernment over the and did not participate in the vote on the motion proposed by the small, ullra-nalionalist Free Centre party. CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. (AP) Hurricane Cclia smashed this city and nearby towns Monday night ami today before battering its way into Mexico, still virile and destructive. At least 18 persons died as Celia swepl from Cuba into the U.S. coasl of the Gulf of Mexico and then into Mexico. No one could count the injured here, and the shocked Corpus Christi survivors made no immediate effort to ssscss the huge mone- lary losses. Some (owns were virtually wiped out in Hie 145-mile-an- hciir peak winds here, buildings were destroyed and show win- dows popped slivers of glass into the streets like shrapnel. Four were known dead and a fifth was presumed drowned here. Celia caused one death in Cuba while she still was only a storm. On Florida's coast, 12 persons were drowned because of undertows and rough waters spawned by the hurricane. SETS OFF TORNADO About 250 miles northwest of Corpus Christi on the Mexican border, Celia set off a tornado in the Del Rio-Eagle Pass sec- lion lhat destroyed a barn and trees. Rains of 4.25 inches fell in the area. Streets and bridges were awash in Eagle Pass. Celia's winds were docked at 89 miles an hour at Del Rio' today, well above hurricane ve- locity of 75 miles an hour, but weather bureau'refused to maintain the label of hurricane because the wind was not sus- tained. There was an almost com- plete blackout of communica- tions and power in Corpus Ttjiritiff Vnn Christi and surrounding areas. uf There were unconfirmed reports r1 7 of up to 200 persons injured in Aransas Pass and another 200 hurt in Corpus Christi. The storm struck Corpus Christi at the height of the va- cation season. Thousands of windows were blown out, and shattered glass littered the streets. Palm trees were smashed, light standards top- pled, power lines felled and autos were overturned. Boats were blown out of the marina. "It's a said Mayor Jack Blackmon. The communities across tho bay were hurt worse. "Ninety per cent of !he build- ings are said city mana- ger Gay Walker at Aransas Pass, a town of From Ingleside, Municipal Judge Troy Kizer said: "This place is practically wiped out." City officials said looting started in Corpus Chrisli before tile winds died down. A small detachment cf National Guard troops sent into the rain- drenched city was quickly en- larged lo 200 men. Blackmon declared a 2J-hour curfew. As darkness fell and the rain subsided, the city that de- scribed itself as Hie Sparkling City by the Sea was without electricity, telephones and water. BUILDINGS WINDOWLESS Hundreds of business build- ings including banks, stood win- dowless and vulnerable. W a y 1 a n d Pilcher, Corpus Christi's director of public safety said persons were staying in 14 shelters in various parts of the city. Senator John Tower (Rep. who arrived just before the hurricane struck, requested President Nixon to declare the Coastal Bend section a disaster area. "I don't think I've ever seen .such devastation in an urban area since the Second World said Tower. Pooch Eaten MANSEAU, Que. (CP) An unidentified man who complained that his dog was lost last weekend has been told by police that hungry visitors at the Manseau pop festival ate the animal. "There is no point in look- ing for an officer told him, "they ate him." SOVIET SHIP SLICES INTO FERRY LIKE AXE Amateur Movies May Tell Story 'Signal Moscow. We got tint tlau sieieP VANCOUVER (CP) Home movie buffs may provide Uie besl evidence of what really happened when the British Col- umbia ferry Queen of Victoria r.nd the huge Soviet freighter Sergey Yesenin collided Sunday killing three ferry passengers. The amateur movies came lo light Monday as three investiga- tions opened into Ihe accident and [.-oslic Pe- terson said preliminary reports show turn by tho frcigher as she entered Active Pass may have caused the crash.' Eight oilier ferry passengers were injured when (.he freighter sliced an ugly gash in the side of the ferry carrying (526 passengers and a crew of 50, Mr. Peterson said Uie Sergey Ycscnin, carving n Canadian pilot, may have approached the western entrance to Active Pass at loo sharp an angle, causing freighter lo swing wide into the pass and collide with tho ferry. All-. Peterson said ho under- stands there were no pleasure crah ill Sic area which cur- tailed Uie frcighlcr's mancciivr- abilily and home-movie sequ- ences shot by Ed Johnson of New Westminster confirm this. Ann Hammond, 31, o[ Victoria was fatally injured and her sev- en-montli-old son, Pcler, was killed as they sat in their car, Sheila Taylor, 17, ,of Allcndalc, was silling in UK enclosed sun deck lounge. Her legless body was found later on lop of a car belmv. B C. Ferry Aulhority gators viewed Mr. Johnson's film Monday and I lie depart- ment of transport inquiry was lo hear representatives cf the Russian freighter today. Meanwhile, HCMP fear Uio death toll could go higher as ferry passengers arrived a t tlicir destinations and missing persons were reported.