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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ...rtMORE (CN- AnnounccmentiiGH by the 80, creation Boar__________ 201 The Lethbridgc Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 16 PAGES Claim Soviet Mercy Planes Snooping WASHINGTON (AP) The Soviet Union disguised military aircraft as civilian planes and apparently col- lected radar and photo-intelligence data about U.S. military bases and North American coastal areas dur- ing mercy flights to Peru last month, U.S. defence sources reported. The sources said these judgments were based on routes flown by the planes and photographs and ground observations of Soviet and AN-22 transports re- fuelling at a base operated by the U.S. Air Force and Navy at Keflavik, Iceland. The Russians said the flights were to ferry emer- gency supplies to earthquake devastated Peru. Pictures show the planes were equipped with radar boosters and wing antennas that experts said usually were found on military rather than commercial type Kussian planes. Also, ground observers reported seeing camera ports closing as Soviet planes landed at Keflavik after making wide, sweeping approaches that gave a broad view of the base. Overflew Base An AN-12 Pathfinder plane bound for Peru also was reported to have tlown over the Kindley Naval Air Sta- tion in Bermuda, an important U.S. Navy anti-subma- rine base. Defence sources said a closeup view of the Soviet aircraft oh the ground at Keflavik indicated they had been dressed up ratter hastily to look like civilian aircraft by painting on the insignia and markings of Aeroflot, the Russian international airline. However, the AN-12s had gun turrets in then- tails. The AN-22S, huge planes somewhat comparable to the American C-5, had windows in the nose which ex- perts said could be .used by bombardiers. This was the first indication the Russians consider- ed AN-22s a dual purpose plane for use as transports and possibly as bombers. Sources said the radar boosters could be employed either for navigation or radar mapping. They suggested the Russians took the opportunity presented by the mercy flights to get good radar refer- ence mapping information of some of the North Ameri- can coast line. One stop en route to Peru was Halifax. In Halifax today a defence department spokesman said Canada's national defence headquarters had "no comment" on the Washington report. On July 31 the same spokesman said the Canadian forces had no report of Soviet planes flying low over military bases in Eastern Canada. That comment followed a statement to reporters by Barry J. Grant of Oromocto, N.B., that he saw a "Rus- sian spy plane" make two passes at the town of Oro- mocto, near Fredericton, and the adjoining Gagetown army base. Mr. Grant, described as an author and amateur plane-spotter, was quoted by the Fredericton Gleaner as saying the recent reported crash of a Soviet relief plane in the North Atlantic was a "falsehood" to ex- cuse spy flights along the eastern seaboard of Canada. The plane was reported by the Soviets to have disappeared July 18 with 23 aboard on a flight from Iceland to Halifax en route to Peru. Search planes found no trace of the missing aircraft. Moscow Talk Feather In Hat By PETER REHAK BONN (AP) Foreign Minister Walter School's talks in Moscow ended with the earmarks of a West German foreign policy success that should give a boost to Chancellor Willy Brandt's government. Before signing a Soviet-German treaty hammered out in 11 days of talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, Scheel apparently won some domestically significant concessions from the Soviets. These concessions should take the wind out of the sails of the strong Christian Democratic opposition, whose barbed criticism of the government's Eastern policy has hurt Brandt's coalition of Social Democrats and Free Democrats. Additionally, Scheel's public exposure during the talks should bring about a rise in the fortunes of the tiny Free Democrats, fighting for their political lives. The text of the treaty has not yet been published. But Scheel's statements at the Bonn airport upon his return made it clear he was able to get the Soviets to accept German reunification as a goal of the Bonn government. "Both sides negotiated with great Scheel said. "I hope that on the basis of this treaty, our reconciliation will) Eastern Europe will come nearer. The agreement opens good possibilities in many areas. "Implanted in the security of our alliance and our friendship with the West, we now have opened a gate- way to the East. Through mutual renunciation of use of force we have reached a way of living together which leaves our right to self-determination untouched. 'We did not leave the Soviet government unclear about our view on the necessity to solve satisfactorily the Berlin question. We formally declared that the treaty would not be put into effect as long as such a satisfactory agreement is not reached by the Four Powers. "Our right to self-determination and our national goal of German unity is beyond doubt." Sclicct said (he (re.'ity accepts Ihe present borders of Kostcnt ISuropc, but does not stand in (he way o[ possible changes at some future negotiations. Middle East Peace Tempo Quickens From Eculcrs-AP TEL AVIV (CP) As the ceasefire along the Suez canal entered its third day today, Reuters news agency quoted Is- raeli sources as saying an unex- pectedly rapid solution has been found to procedural arrange- ments for the proposed Middle East peace talks. Foreign Minister Abba Eban of Israel planned flying Wednes- day to New York to see Gunnar Jarring, the United Nations me- diator charged with arranging indirect negotiations with Egypt and Jordan, the sources said. Jarring has been conferring in New York with Israeli and Arab envoys. The sources said substantive issues dealing with future bor- ders and the withdrawal of Is- raeli forces would come next, in Jarring's talks. At a five-hour session Sunday, the Israeli cabinet heard a re- port from Lt.-Gen. Y i t z a k Rabin, the Israeli ambassador in Washington, who was ex- pected to return to the U.S. with Eban. QUIET IN WEST As the d i p 1 o m a 11 c tempo quickened, an Israeli army spokesman reported silence on the western front, with Egypt- ian forces along the canal ob- serving the ceasefire which came into effect at midnight Friday night. But Israeli troops facing Syria, Jordan and Lebanon remained vigilant after a day of clashes with Palestinian Arab guerrillas strongly opposed to the current peace bid. Guerrilla attacks on villages near the Lebanese border led to the first retaliatory air raid Sunday by Israel across the frontier since the ceasefire. Le- banon is not included in the U.S. peace plan. In Amman, the Jordanian capital, machine-gun battles broke out between the Arab Pal- estine Organization, which sup- ports Egypt's acceptance of the ceasefire, and the Marxist Pop- ular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which opposes it. Both sides said one child was killed and nine other persons were wounded, and each blamed the other. The Associated Press said that the Israeli cabinet meeting Sunday came amid reports of strong government feeling that the United States had failed to guarantee Israeli interests in its campaign to put over its cease- fire proposal. Uruguayan Execute From AP-Heutcrs MONTEVIDEO (CP) The Tupamaro guerrillas executed American police expert Daniel A. Mitrione because the Uru- guayan government refused to release an estimated 150 politi- cal prisoners as ransom for him and two Other kidnapped foreign officials. Unconfirmed reports circu- lated that a second bsdy had been found, but the police said nothing. Mitricne's body was found today bound and gagged in a bloodstained stolen car parked on a city street. He had been shot twice in the head. The local radio station was the first to report the execution and police later confirmed it. The U.S. embassy later an- nounced that a positive identifi- cation had been made by a friend of Mitrione. The car in which the body was found was left parked at an intersection in a poor residential section. The car was an old KILLED IN MONTEVIDEO-The arm of U.S. diplomat Daniel A. Mitrione (inset) lies on seat of car in which his body was found in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday morning. Mitrione was executed Sunday by urban guer- rillas following the capture by government officials of the guerrilla leader. Train Toll Rises Exchange Students Killed In Crash BILBAO (Reuters) Spanish authorities were still trying today to identify the mangled bodies of 33 persons killed Sun- day night when two trains col- lided head-on. Official reports said 136 per- sons were injured, 29 seriously. Earlier reports had put the death toll at 43. Rescue teams worked throughout the night to free the dead and injured from the tan- gle of twisted steel and splin- tered wood. The collision took place just outside the beach town of Pen- cia, about 12 miles north of this northern industrial city. The train from the seaside resort smashed into another leaving from Bilbao on a single-track line. Rail officials said that there was an apparent signalling error. The crash came less than 24 hours after a bus carrying Dutch tourists plunged off a bridge into a canal near Seville Sunday morning. At least seven persons died and 17 others were injured. The train crash was Spain's worst rail accident since a Mad- rid-Barcelona train with wooden cars caught fire in 1965, killing 30 persons. LIMA (AP) Forty-nine young American exchange stu- dents returning from the Inca mins at Machu Picchu were re- ported killed Sunday in the crash of a Peruvian airliner. The department of civil aviation said 99 of the 100 persons aboard died, making it Peru's worst air disaster. Only the co- pilot survived. Construction Workers Back On The Job Q'JEBEC (CP) Construc- tion workers began returning to their jobs today following the passage Saturday of tough legislation by the Quebec na- tional assembly aimed at end- ing a province-wide strike. Officials of the Confederation of National Trade Unions which represents most of the workers had 'recommended the return to work although CNTU President Marcel Pepin described the legislation as a "bludgeon law and a toma- hawk law." The emergency legislation was presented Friday by La- bor Minister Pierre Laporte at a special session of t h e na- tional assembly called to deal with the strike. It provides for fines of up to a day on union .and management officials if the strike was not over by today and prohibits strikes and lock- outs ii. the construction indus- try. Several other Americans were aboard in addition to the stu- dents spending the summer in Peru under the sponsorship of International Fellowship Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y. But their exact number was uncertain. Officials said the tour was an optional part of the vacation program during which students participate in organized activi- ties while staying with their host families. The company president, Mildred Brown of Buffalo who was vacationing in Port Colborne, Ont, left today for Peru. The student victims were from New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, Maine, Wiscon- sin, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois and Pennsyl- vania, the company said.. Peru's worst previous air crash occurred eight years ago v.'hen 97 persons died in the crash of a Varig Airlines plane near Lima, Calgary Areas Without Mail CALGARY (CP) The downtown business section and parts of north Calgary were without mail delivery today as workers went on strike at post- al station B and letter carrier depot 1. About 100 workers were in- volved in the walkout, part of the national rotating strikes. Postal service in the city has been disrupted for the last six days. 'How can we carl oat spending with a child and three seraanls to Greece Releases 500 Political Prisoners ATHENS (AP) The Greek military dictatorship today an- nounced the release of 500 politi- cal prisoners and said it was part of a "new liberalization policy." George Georgalas, the gov- ernment spokesman, told his weekly press briefing the "Com- munist including 22 women, would be freed in three stages within the next two weeks. Get New Offer OTTAWA (CP) union officials announced Monday Uiey have received a new con- tract offer in negotiations with the federal treasury board. Neither side would reveal the contents of the new offer and arrangements for a further meeting between them will be made after the unions have studied the terms. Spokesmen for the Council of Postal Unions refused any com- ment, in line with te wait-and- see attitude expressed before they entered the meeting at treasory board headqoarters. Presentation of the new offer followed widespread speculation last week that the government would soon take the initiative in the stalled postal negotiations. American-made mcdel which had been stolen Sunday. Besides being bound and gagged, the body's eyes were covered with a bandage. It was dressed in a blue suit and mapped in a blanket. Witnesses who saw the body before police took it away said the hair was black. This appar- ently made first identification uncertain. Milrione, a tall, heavy-set man, had white hair. TheTupamaros apparently dyed it to facilitate hiding Mi- trione during his captivity. PRESS SEARCH Meanwhile, more than troops and police searched for the three kidnapped men and made more than 100 arrests. Those arrested included nine suspected members of the Tupa- maro guerrillas and a doctor believed to have treated Mi- trione, of Richmond, Ind., for his earlier bullet wound. Local radio stations received several anonymous telephone calls telling of Mitrione's death shortly after noon Sunday, the time a Tupamaros communique had said the 50-year-old adviser to the Uruguayan police would be killed if the government did not free all of its political pris- oners. But no trace of the American's body was found, nor was there any communique from the Tupamaros announc- ing liis execution. The telephone callers also said Mitrione's execution would be followed by those of other two hostages: Brazilian Consul Aloysio Mares Dias Gomide, 41, and Claude L. Fly, 65, an Amer- ican agronomist employed by tile Uruguayan government. Fly's wife, in Montevideo, re- ceived a letter from her hus- band Sunday. He wrote: "Please don't worry. I am well. Pray for me and wait. Go home, they are feeding me. Help me please. Always my love, Claude." Mitrione and Dias .Gomide were kidnapped July 31. 'Fly was lured from a laboratory Friday by men claiming to be bodyguards assigned by the government. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN BOATING ENTHUSIAST George Robinson taking an unexpected dip in the Highwood River when his new rubber dinghy proved to be less stable than he had an- ticipated Sheryl Penning- ton managing to spill paint on her blouse while holding a tray for "painter extraordi- naire" Peter Mainzer Visiting optician Larry Kohls baching for only one day and already missing his wife's cooking. Churches Pray For Rain SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Prayers for rain were said Sun- day in hundreds of churches in drought-stricken eastern Aus- tralia where sheep are being sold for less than the price of an ice cream cone. Roman Catholic Bishop James Freeman called for prayers for rain every day this week in all the churches in his diocese as millions of sheep face death by starvation, and farmers face bankruptcy. Prayers for rain were also said Sunday in many churches of other 'denominations, al- though there were no general directives. Within hours of the start of the bishop's week of prayer, a few drops fell in his district of Armidale, New South Wales, and skies were overcast. But there stiil was no sign of a downpour and the week of steady rain that is needed. Three million sheep are esti- mated to have died in the parched outback of the states of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. NICKLE PER SHEEP At Cleve in South Auslralia, sheep were sold last week for five cents a head. At other sales in New South Wales, many sheep are going unsold and some graziers say they will have to shoot them to prevent them dying slowly in pain. John 0, Volgsr, who farms near Boonah, south eastern Queensland, said: "The main object now is not to produce but to help our stock survive somehow." "Jany farmers arc hand-feed- ing stock although this is un- likely to last more than a few weeks, as reserves become de- pleted and cash runs out. WOOL PRICE LOW "It's just not economical to keep weak sheep said a farmer at Moree, New South Wales. "With the price of wool clown'to its lowest for 22 years and no sign of the drought end- ing, some of us are giving up hope." Many fanners have already walked off their mortgaged farms to seek jobs in the cities. CPR Veteran Dies In B.C. VANCOUVER (CP) Fu- neral services will be held hers Tuesday for William Manson. 78, retired regional vice-president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, who died sud- denly in Victoria Saturday. A 48-year veteran with Ihe CPR, he retired in 1957. IVo Men Perish In House Fire TULLIBY LAKE (CP) George Lee Bruneau, 25, of Tulliby Lake, and Hector Lloyd Desjarlais, 18, of La Corey, died in a house fire here. Tulfihy Lake is 140 miles east of Edmonotn, near the Alberta Saskatchewan boun- dary. EEE-ARDED Raymond Presnell, 61, of Banner Elk was the centre of attraction at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association. To form the beard, Presnell took the queen bee from a hive and piuced her in a tiny box on a cord around his neck. Then he poured hundreds of bees from the hive on his face and shaped them into the beard with his hands. Do they sting, lie was asked. Presnell replied, "No, but they sura get itchy." ;