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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HOT FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY "VoETiIxv Thelethbt PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 38 PAGE'S For children Ulster war deadly game Hope fades for quick end to British dockers'1 strike LONDON (Ileutcr) Hopes are fading; (or an end this week of Britain's rational dock strike, now In Us 13th day. A committee representing port unions and employers met again Tuesday to consider the main issue in the guarantees in the face of rapid modernization of cargo-han- dling broke up just More midnight without making a statement. It was U> meet again today In a bid to find a solution that would persuade the dock- ers to go back to work. Council says to Westbri II) Kl) BLANCHE of The Associated Press BELFAST Northern Irclar.d's children of hate killed a British soldier Monday night, They stoned his scout car in Armagh, smashed him on the head with a brick, and cheered as he died when the car crashed. They bombarded an ambulance thai came to res- cue another injured crew member in the car. Two policemen went down bleeding under- the hail of stor.es. The army officer leading the troops who confronted the teen-age rioters was hard put to restrain his men from wading into them. "I was sickened by the cliildren's he said. "It all seemed like a game to them." "The incident must surely have horrified all but the most insensitive in this William White- law, Britain's administrator in Northern Ireland said in a statement. "Nothing can more clearly illustrate the enormous responsibility which parents have at tho present timo to ensure that their children must he restrained and made aware of the frightful consequences of their ac- tions in a situation of great seriousness." For Northern Ireland's children, the playground has become, the battlefield. Often the youngsters of tho Protestant and Roman Catholic ghcttoes are the front- line troops. Hardened troops Three years of sectarian shooting has transformed the innocent games of cowboys and Indians into a deadly game of street warfare. In the Roman Catholic ghettoes, the boys have be- come hardened shock Lroops .'or the Irish Republican Army gunmen. They are sent out to stone and launt troops and lure them into the sniper's sights. They are experts now. When the soldiers sweep in to disperse them, they vanish down side streets at a pre-arranged signal, leav- ing the troops in the open for the hidden gunmen to pick off. The children, ranging in ago from five to six to teenagers, regularly face the crippling rubter bullets the soldiers fire from riot guns. So disdainful are they that the rubber bullets are highly prized as battlo trophies. They reckon the biggest clanger Is from the baton-brandishing "snatch squads" of troops who race into Ilia mobs to grab their leaders. To the Roman Catholic children, [he IRA gunmen arc heroes. J In Protestant areas such as Belfast's tough Shar.k- hill district, killers from the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force arc the idols. Make bombs Ttm Roman Catholic children learn liow In make nail bombs, scoul for the gunmen, carry messages from the IRA's command and learn avidly the lan- guage of hate and abuse. In "Free the guerrilla stronghold in stormed by the troops last week, the Roman Catholic children spat their de-fiance the soldier's faces and (fire tit army trucks with their hare hands, One todclNT was seen lo scramble onto an armored car and spit into Ihc driver's (ace. In a recent riot in a Roman Catholic district of Belfast, a seven-year-old staggered Ixjhiwl a barri- cade a milkman's delivery basket full of milk- Ixjtllc gasoline fire-bombs, lie hud helped to make I hem. For ninny Uriti.sh soldiers Ihc children are more ffforlivc than the gunmen. "I hair Ihc kids most of a British Tommy wild. "Yon can'! shool tliom, can you? Jiul I'd love to hrat the hell out of I'd lovo it even more if 1 could gel my hands on their UrL'hir.s in the grim Hclfast slums have known lilllc else hut Ilie hatted and suspicion that has simmered ixjtwccti Ihc two religious communities for years. Defy everyone Children on both sides roam I he streets in wild gangs defying police and priests. Soveral children Imvc died in Ulster's Uiree years of agony. Many have Iwcn injured. A M-ycar-old Roman Catholic was blinded as he played soccer, lie was hit hy a rubber Imltet fired by troops ;it rioters nenrhy. Parents nrc frightened. 'Hie case of GcrnarlcUe, 1IT Is typical. She is a chirpy blonde moppet who lives in the Andcrsonstown district of Belfast. She loves the (hat swirl outside her door, "f cannot conlrol her al snys her molhor. bnfi- Rwr] nnd jumpy from I ho violence and constant fear her seven children Mill get luirl. "ricmadelle honr.i tho soldiers coining, and she's off to shout at them or pick tip stones for her brothers lo throw. She'll gel killed one Hut for every one of tho baby-Faced rioters, (here is a child who is frightened by the orgy of shooting and rioting. The.se nrc nervous wrecks, rjfrnid even lo go into Hie streets lo play. Doctors report many burst into (nars when they hear thunder. They think it is a bomb. First lots to go on sale in Sept. By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer The first 57 lots in Wcstbridge will be advertised for sale Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, city council decided Tuesday. Approval of the administration's final recommen- dations for the west side, including a show home scheme, the hiring of new staff and special zoning standards, climaxes "Hi years of preparation based HOUSES STRANDED Houses and collages in the Gronby area, 50 miles east of Montreal, completely jealed off Tuesdoy by flood waters after torrenlial rains overnight. Some occupants of stranded. (See slory page the cottages also were Union leader confident VANCOUVER (CP) Frank Kennedy, president of the Van- couver local of the longshore- men's union, Tuesday night predicted dockers will vote 100 per cent in favor of strike ac- tion in balloting Thursday and Friday. Mr. Kennedy said dockers who attended a meeting earlier in the day gave the negotiating committee of the International Longshoremen's and Ware- housemen's Union a unanimous vote of confidence in their con- tract dispute with employers. The dispute already has slewed poll activity lo a near standstill as the union and the Maritime. F.mployers' Associ- ation remain deadlocked over hiring hall practices. Catholics internment anniversary From HF.UTCtl-AP BELFAST fCP) Gunfire, explosions and massive street demonstrations gave Northern Ireland a tumultuous day of Roman Catholic protest today against British internment pol- icy. The first anniversary of in- lernment without trial in Ulster opened with tho eerie banging of garbage can lids on side- walks. The noisy protest lasted more than an hour until rain dampened it. But violence spread elsewhere. Buses were hijacked in Bel- fast ar.d the border town of Newry. A gang of youths stopped a freight train outside Lurgan and Iwmhardcd it with gasoline Iximbs, British troops sail! they shot two guerrilla gunmen in the McGavern finally running mate Iiy I'F.GGY SIMPSON WASHINGTON (AP> In a prime-lime television unity show, Ihe Democrats have hrndc'd their vice-presidential nomination to Kargcnt Shriver and chewed the ticket's open- ing swings al President Nixon and Vice-President Spiro T. Ag- new. "I'm nol embarrassed to be George McGovcrn's seventh choice for Shriver said Tuesday night after the Democratic national committee added him lo the lickel. "We Democrats may lie short of money. We're nol short of talent. Think of the com- parison and then you can pity poor Mr. first and only choice was Spiro Apnew." The Democrats loved it. "If we have used valuable time in the selection of a vicc- presidcntial McGovern said, "the nation must wish Ihe Republicans had made their choice wilh greater care." Thus the lines were drawn again, this time with McGovern teamed wilh Shriver in place of Senator Thomas Kaglcton o( Missouri, who withdrew last week after disclosing that he had undergone shock treatment, fnr menial depression in the. In Ihc balloting, Shriver was given 2.9M of the committee's authorized 3.01C voles VOTKR FOIl KAGI.ETOV It appeared ho might bo elected unanimously. But then. Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes cast his stale's 73 vr.U'S for lOaglclon, a reminder of linger- ing nnger at his toing pushed nff Ihe ticket. capital, anrt three soldiers were slightly wounded. Several thousand Catholics took to the streets of Belfast at 4 a.m., Ihe hour when the Brit- ish Army a year ago today be- gan rounding up men suspected of being activists of the Irish Republican Army. The "Belfast Symphony" be- gan when residents of Bal- lymlirphy, Turf Lodge, Ander- sunslown and other Catholic areas of Belfast were awakened in the wee hours, by youths blowing whistles and banging lids. Lights flashed on in house after house and residents picked up lids to join the chorus which echoed through the streets of the capital. When internment of sus- pected terrorists was in- troduced and army patrols moved into Catholic areas to pick up suspects, the clanging of garbage can lids was the tra- ditional warning Iiy residents that the enemy was approach- ing. The British Army, which for (lie iast 10 days has occupied Ihc Catholic districts formerly the strongholds of Ihc IHA, maintained a low-key role. Only the sound of an occa- sional army flare being fired into the air rose above the con- stant clatter of the lids. Fears have been expressed recently that the IRA guerrillas would seize on Ihe anniversary to mount a huge display o! vio- lence in Northern Ireland. The British minister respon- sible for Northern Ireland, Wil- liam Whitelaw. Tuesday re- leased 47 more internees, many of them members of the TRA. Internment without trial was introduced last August by the Protestant-dominated provin- cial parliament, which was sus- pended when Whitelaw as- sumed control last March. The latest releases brought to the total freed since his ap- pointment, hut there still nrc another 2B3 men in detention. The announcement was made as Whitelaw held his second meeting in two days with mem- bers of the province's main Catholic parly, and it was thought to reflect his anxiety to show that the talks were mak- hig progress. The opposition group, the So- cial Democratic and Labor party, had previously said it would not talk with'Whitelaw until all internees were re- leased. Whitelaw. who flew io London to confer with Prime Minister Heath, said ho would meet with Ihe SDLP leaders again Friday. There was speculation that they might have made some prog- ress toward an agreement. on a new-town concept. The initial phase will involve strictly single family house de- velopment, hut City Manager Tom Nulling said indications point to early development of multiple family units. He said it will take between 1 and M months to get Westbridge "off and running." One of Mr. Nutting's first ac- tions now will be to "shop around" for architects to sub. mit new, innovative house de- signs to be used for six show homes in the subdivision. Coun- cil made it clear local archi- tects would be involved. The show homes scheme was not easily accepted by council. Several council members said they were reluctant to see the city getting into the "business of building houses." Some even questioned whether the city had the responsibility of "molding people's as Alderman Vera Ferguson put it. Mr. Nutting and Erwin Adderley, executive director of the Otdman River Regional Planning Commission, con- vinced council the show homes would provide much-needed al. ternative house designs for prospective buyers. 'Tho general public doesn't have iho opportunity to expe- rience different designs in Leth- bridge, since SO to SO per cent of the designs come from one Mr. Aderley said. The city will buy the plans for and 'turn them over" on a lender basis to local builders who will put up (lie houses on specified lots, keeping them open for public view at least six months. As an incentive lo keep Ihe homes open, the builders will not have lo pay for the land until the six-month period is up. A landscape architect and de- sign draftsman will be hired to work specifically on the West- bridge project, but will he in- corporated into ousting city functions. Ten thc-'sand dollars was approved for their salaries lor the rest of the year. Another 55.000 was approved for casual, staff and projects promotion. it Boy killed after falling from truck CALGARY (CP> The Cal- gary police commission is look- ing for another man to head its 70fi-man police force following the withdrawal of American Charles R. Gain from the ap- pointment. The 43-year-old chief of the Oakland, "Calii., police force withdrew Tuesday night be- cause of the protests raised in this city of over his na- tionality. He was selected Aug. 1 over 80 other candidates from Can- ada, the United States and Brit- ain and was to have taken over Sept. 4 from retiring Chief M. J. (Duke) Kent. However, from the day his appointment was announced there was constant pressure to pi event him from assuming the post. Most of tho complaints centred on the fact that the commission had not hired a Calgarian, or at least a Cana- dian. Chief Gain's withdrawal was announced Tuesday night by J. E. Prothroe, police commission chairman, shortly after city council passed a resolution say- ing Calgary's police chief must be a Canadian citizen. STAYS IN OAKLAND In Oakland, Chief Gain said he had withdrawn from the ap- pointment because of feelings iiy Calgary aldermen that a Ca- nadian should have the job. He said he plans to stay as police chief in Oakland. In Calgary, Mr. Prothroe said Chief Gain had told him. he had decided to withdraw before council met to discuss the "Ca- nadian" resolution because of intense nationalistic feel- ings he has experienced at our Meanwhile. Aid. Barbara Scott, a member of the five- msn police commission, an- nounced she would resign as a commissioner. My ex- pectation is that other mem- bers of the commission will do so too." Hales offers lo resign TORONTO (CP) Altorney- GiMieral Dalton Bales of On- tario has offered to resign over his controversial ownership of land near the proposed new in- ternational airport at Picker- Premier William Davis said today. MILK RIVER A nine-year- old Warner boy was killed Tu- esday when lie foil from (lie 'box r.f a pick-up track driven by his father. John Hofcr was pronounced dead on arrival at Border County Hospital in Milk River. The mirhsp occurred on High- way 4, one mile smith of Warn- er.'The dead child was the of Mr. and Mrs. David Hofcv of Warner. Lethbridge coroner. J. E. McTavish said no inquest would be held. Seen and heard About town ii I ETHBRIDGE visitor Sue Campbell mistaking a well-hnoiMi local smell as sl.unk Bill Brown on the phone for five minutes lea'.iziii" he was talking with the wroiif: party Ken Nr.il trying lo figure cut who planted'black ink on his tele- phone. Lethbridge lawyer named O chairman of college board 1'ir- {'immunity C'lMcge hoard of governors is again nearly complete, fallowing the appointment Tues- day of three new members, in- cluding local lawyer Cob Babki as chairman. Ken Riley was appointed for a (ine-je.ir term to replace 11 rooks as faculty representa- tive and Mrs. J. R. Gunn of Stirling fills the position left va- rant by ,lim Anderson, who re- signed lasl spring. Mr. Babki, a part- ner in Rice, Marlxsin and Bah- ki, is a native nf and former LCC student, lie is the youngest person to be appoint- ed chairman of the board. .Ic- romo Hohbins. the former chairman, was not reappoinlfd. The community college-typo institution is most important in advanced education today, Mr. Babki says. "Wo have to con- vince people that 51) per cent or iwl-high school education should be through community colleges." Mr. is a former Leth- bririge Herald reporter. Still to Iw appointed is a stu- dent representative to replace Jean Broh for a one-year term. board members r.re Don Livingstone. Gladys Redforn, both of nnd Joe Ctiotnany, of Tabcr. ;