Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE August News in brief Vietnam base attacked SAIGON (AP) North Vietnamese forces attacked the strategic Plei Mei base camp in the central highlands Sunday for the eighth successive day, South Viet- nam's military command reported A communique said radio contact had been lost for more than 24 hours with one of the camp's outposts, manned by about 35 defenders The com- mand said the outpost was hit by 200 shells, but that a number of defenders "still held out" at the Chu Ho out- post, about two miles south of the base camp. Pope sends condolences VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Paul has sent messages of condolence to Kurt Waldheim United Nations secretary-general and Canada's Gov -Gen Jules Leger on the death of Ca- nadian troops while serving with UN peacekeeping forces in the Middle East and Cyprus. The Vatican said today that the telegrams were sent by Vatican State Secretary Jean Cardinal Villot in behalf of the pope Army backs Mrs. Peron BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) The army high command was to meet President Maria Estela de Peron of Argentina today to assure her of their support after discussing a series of guerrilla raids on army and police posts Sunday. Military sources said at least three guerrillas and two policemen were killed in the co-ordinated attacks in central Argentina by the out- lawed Peoples' Revolutionary Army. It was the worst out- break of guerrilla violence since Mrs. Peron assumed power on the death of her hus- band six weeks ago. Syrian military shuffled The ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian President Hafez Assad shuffled his country's military command today. bringing in as chief of staff the head of the Syrian team that negotiated last spring's Golan Heights disengagement agree- ment with the U S State Secretary Henry Kissinger. Maj.-Gen. Hikmat Shehabi, in his mid-40s, headed Syria's military intelligence service before Assad promoted him from brigadier and gave him the army's top post He replaced Maj.-Gen. Youssef Shakkour, chief of staff during last October's Middle East war Guinea-Bissau to join UN LISBON (Reuteri Por- tugal was tu appear before the United Nations Security Coun- cil today to support Guinea- Bissau's application to join the UN as an independent country, tree from Por- luguese rule. However, Portugal's UN Ambassador Dr Jose Veiga Simao, will be unable to tell the council that his own government has already recognized the African republic. Aerialist to try Niagara BUFFALO (AP) The French aerialist who made history last Wednesday with a high-wire walk between the towers of New York City's World Trade Centre now has his eye on Niagara Falls. Philippe Petit, 24. told a Buffalo newspaper he would go to the falls today and try to arrange for an aerial walk over the rushing waters. He did not say when he might attempt the walk. Youth may be released TORONTO (CP) A tele- vision reporter recently re- turned from Mexico says re- cent publicity may result soon in the release of a Canadian youth from a Mexico City prison Dennis Mclntosh, a reporter with the CTV network, said Sunday night that arrangements are being made for the release of Gordon Ar- nold, 21. of Edmonton after a charge of importing an ounce of marijuana to Mexico was reduced to possession of the drug. Indians fight in B.C. BURNS LAKE. B.C. (CP) RCMP were keeping a close watch here Sunday following several evenings of distur- bances and fights between local Indians BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Dissention between members of the Cree tribe and the Carrier tribe has been building for some time, an RCMP spokesman said Sun- day. He said it broke into the open Thursday night, with fighting and bottle throwing on Highway 16, the main street of this community about 140 miles west of Prince George, B.C. Light Up Your Face with... SENSATIONAL COLORS FOR EYES Two new ways to add beautiful, glowing colors to your eyes are with these new products. Shade, line and do it with our easy-to-use products. CREAMY POWDER SHADOW TRIOS in three combinations. Each, EYE SHADOW CRAYON comes in six frosted shades. Each, nriERLE noRmnn cosmETic Gifts Wigs Perfumes "College Mall Phone 328-1525 Oil spill cleanup called 6snow job' Welcome home Cpl. Brian Meister and wife, Rachel, are reunited. Wounded corporal says he'd return to Cyprus NAMAO, Alta. (CP) Cpl. Brian Meister came home Sunday, his feet heavily ban- daged as a result of shrapnel wounds suffered during a mor- tar explosion in Cyprus last month, and said he'd gladly return to the war-torn island. "I'd like to go back there now." he told reporters mo- ments after his arrival at this Canadian forces base just north of Edmonton. "I'd real- ly like to if I was fit." The 31-year-old corporal, who spent four months in Cyprus, was smiling and relaxed as he answered reporters' questions in the hangar here before being driven to University Hospital for treatment. But his biggest smile came when, about five minutes after arriving in the hangar. his wife Rachel and he were reunited. With his wife at his side, Cpl. Meister described the in- cident in which he was wounded. "It was July 20. about 2 p.m. the first day of the fighting. I was on patrol and a mortar shell landed about eight feet in front of me. "I got hit in the legs and feet. Some (shrapnel) hit my knee. some went in my left heel and tore it off and my right foot still has (two) mor- tar fragments left in it." Cpl. Meister, a commu- nications specialist who was working as radio operator in the headquarters' commu- nications division in Cyprus, said he was in severe pain after being hit by the shrapnel. HALIFAX (CP) The oil cleanup crew and equipment were to be flown out of Saglek in northern Labrador today following a week-long mop-up of a spill of gallons of diesel fuel. As the crews prepared to leave, there were charges Sunday by Brian Davies, ex- ecutive director of the Inter- national Fund for Animal Welfare, that the public had been "handed a snow job" about the cleanup and there was still evidence of fuel in the water. Mr. Davies said he flew around Saglek, 125 miles south of the northern tip of Labrador, Friday and noticed oil in the water around the spill site brown string-like patches of oil" 300 miles south. He said in a telephone inter- view he did not see any major Transit strike hits Toronto TORONTO (CP) The first transit strike in 22 years hit Toronto this morning as Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employees prepared picket lines around TTC of- fices to back demands for higher wages and improved working conditions. Leaving downtown workers scrambling for other ways to reach the city centre, the walkout paralyses the 100 buses, 150 trolley buses, 100 streetcars and 410 subway cars normally serving the city's two million residents. The strike also affects the people from outlying districts serviced by the TTC- owned Gray Coach buses which connect with major On- tario centres and Buffalo, N.Y.. special tourist buses and feeder buses to GO Tran- sit commuter trains between Hamilton and Oshawa. More than 1.1 million people use the transit system daily, with about 70 per cent of all downtown workers relying on the system. The strike also coincides with the opening of the Cana- dian National Exhibition and the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and spokesmen say the two tourist attractions will be bad- ly hurt. Last year more than 3.5 million people visited the exhibition. Ehrlichman says Nixon was "aloof from aides SEATTLE (AP) As presi- dent, Richard Nixon purpose- ly remained aloof from dozens of middle and lower level White House staff members and only rarely socialized Prairie mishaps take six lives By THE CANADIAN PRESS A three-year-old boy who died when he became tangled in saddle apparatus while try- ing to mount a horse was among at least six persons who lost their lives in ac- cidents on the Prairies during the weekend A Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m. Friday to mid- night Sunday night, local times, showed Manitoba with one traffic fatality, Alberta with one traffic death and the fatality involving a horse, and Saskatchewan with three traf- fic fatalities. Brian Schryvery of the High Level. Alta., district died Fri- day night when he was dragg- ed about a mile by the horse after becoming tangled in the saddle apparatus. The acci- dent occurred near his home in nuttnern Alberta. Clara Alexis, 29, of the Alex- is Indian Reserve, was killed Saturday when the car she was driving left the road about 15 miles from Drayton Valley, 60 miles southwest of Edmon- ton. with his top aides, says John Ehrlichman Only two or three times in the little more than four years Ehrlichman was a top aide to Nixon did the Nixons and the Ehrlichmans get together so- cially, Ehrlichman says. Ehrlichman added in an interview Sunday that Nixon's relationship with his then- chief of staff H. R. Haldeman was about the contacts during the working day but only rare private social get- togethers. "That was not because of a character flaw necessarily, but because of his sense of what the relationship ought to be between the president and his staff." he said. Ehrlichman also said Nixon, who Friday became the first president in United States his- tory to resign, had little con- tact with middle and lower level White House staff. "We talked about the desir- ability of his just going out and going in and out of offices and saying hello to secretaries and dropping in on staff but Nixon re- jected the idea, Ehrlichman said. "I thought the decision was a mistake." Ehrlichman resigned his White House post as chief do- mestic affairs adviser to Nix- on on April 30, 1973, amidst the then growing Watergate scandal. Ehrlichman is awaiting trial in the Watergate cover-up case and is appealing a conviction in the Ellsberg break-in case. He said Sunday that Nixon "surely must be very unhap- py" now. "He's had a very personal defeat in Washington in a political sense and he's an in- dividual who doesn't like to lose." "It's been my experience that losing does not put him out of business, so to speak, doesn't down him for long. But certainly I'm sure he is what you would call a bad loser." slicks and was unable to deter- mine if the oil was from the spill. The fuel was spilled last weekend and about gallons were reported to have run off into the sea. The rest was either burnt off or collected and put in a storage tank. Dr. Clinton Edmonds, regional director of the en- vironmental protection ser- vice, said reconnaissance was being made of the patches Mr. Davies had seen and he ex- pected a full report on them today. Kenora Indians shoot at workers KENORA. Ont. tCP) A local building contractor said Sunday night he and a group of men including two members of the provincial police were fired upon earlier in the day by a sentry at the Indian-held Anicinabe Park. Laurence Mover, who was removing building materials from a site adjacent to the park about p.m., said an Indian sentry within the boun- daries of the park challenged him and the other men and told them to leave. He said the sentry gave the group a count of three to get out of the area and when no one moved at least one shot was fired Mr. Moyer said one of the policemen said the shot was fired at thpm and they quickly left the area without returning the fire. The police officers ap- parently were armed with revolvers, but they did not return fire. No one was hit. A police spokesman, when asked about the incident, said he had been instructed to re- lease no information but that the report is being investigated. Town police con- firmed that "an incident" did take place and a statement is expected today. Montreal subways still idle MONTREAL (CP) The city's subway system was ex- pected to remain idle today as Montreal Urban Community Transit Commission (MUCTC) officials prepare to launch contempt of court charges against Montreal Transport Union leaders fur ignoring a back-to-work in- junction Lawrence Hanigan, MUCTC chairman, said commission lawyers will present arguments in Quebec Superior Court today to show that union leaders who represent striking garage and maintenance workers vio- lated an injunction ordering the men back on the job Paperwork will keep Nixon busy SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) Massive correspond- ence and paper work will oc- cupy Rirhard Nixon in coming days, in addition to whatever Watergate turmoil might lie ahead Three principal assistants are working with the former president here at his oceanfront retreat in his tran- sition to private life. In ad- dition, he has met with two close friends. The Presidential Transition Act provides Nixon with staff support for six months. Mam tasks are to handle corres- pondence remaining from the end of Nixon's presidency and to arrange for movement of his voluminous presidential papers. The assistants also are han- dling liaison with the new White House staff of Presi- dent Ford. The three top aides with Nixon are his former press secretary, Rogald Ziegler, former appointments secretary Stephen Bull and military aide Col. Jack Bren- nan. Several lower ranking assistants from White House days also are here along with Dr Walter Tkach, Nixon's personal physician in Washington. The staff is working at the office compound formerly called the Western White House, located on a coast guard facility adjacent to Nix- on's 26-acre estate. Under the Former Presidents Act. Nixon is en- titled after the six months transition to nearly annually for support of an of- fice staff An aide said this of- fice likely will be quartered at the former Western White House He also said there will be a presidential library to house Nixon's papers and me- mentos, although a site has not been determined Quebec language bill will MONTREAL (CP) Premier Robert Bourassa says he believes Quebec's of- ficial language legislation could survive a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada, as requested by Premier Richard Hatfield of New Brunswick. Speaking on a program broadcast Saturday on radio station CJAD, Mr. Bourassa said that after consultation with experts "it was. j..lear that there was no problem" concerning the constitutionali- ty of the legislation making French Quebec's official language. Mr. Bourassa said his government was waiting for further developments before taking any action and that he had "no idea right now" who would represent Quebec before the Supreme Court n the need aros. Premier Hatfield told a news conference Friday in Fredericton that he had written to Prime Minister Trudeau saying some sections of the legislation appear to infringe on language provisions in the British North America Act and on powers held by Ottawa "in common for the people of Canada." He said the Quebec legisla- tion strikes at the "spirit of Confederation 'Landslide baby9sees brothers after 17 years VANCOUVER (CP) "Now that I've found my brothers I'm not going to lose them said Selma Murray, 18. Selma, only survivor of a landslide in Prince Rupert on Nov. 22, 1957, was reunited with two of her three brothers Friday and was planning to meet the third one Saturday. The brothers, who are triplets, were in Van- couver at the time of the west coast landslide which killed their parents, John and Merle Murray, brother James, and four other people. Selma, then 18 months old was rescued by truck driver Lee Intermela, who heard her cries. Friday Selma and her brother Peter Duncan arrived from Victoria to meet brother Paul Scott of Coquitlam. The brothers are 19 years old and had not seen one another since they were babies. Peter and John were brought up together in Madiera Park near Vancouver by foster mother Mrs. John Duncan, John lives at home and Peter has been attending school in Victoria. Selma and her adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs (leorgo Schuman, live in Flin Flon, Man., and are in British Columbiajto meet Selma's brothers, her rescuer, ana anyone else connected with the slide. "I've been looking forward to this for a long Selma said. "I came out to find my brothers and to see the scene of the slide." Selma said she learned when she was about nine that she was the only survivor of the landslide and that she had three brothers. Her aunt, Mrs. Schuman, had kept a scrapbook with pictures and clippings about the slide and gave it to her then. .She said after she heard about her brothers she dreamed for years of seeing them. Mrs. Schuman said the family knew the brothers were in foster homes somewhere in B.C The reunion of Selma and her brothers began in Prince Rupert where a reporter on a Prince Rupert paper investigating the Jan. 22 avalanche west of Terrace wondered about the whereabouts of the only survivor of the 1957 slide in Prince Rupert. It was discovered Selma was in Flin Flon. The two foster mothers of the boys read about Selma and each wrote to her saying the brothers would like to meet her. Selma and her parents had planned to come to B C. this summer on a trip and a reunion was arranged.