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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Army eroding Irish gangs By HAflOLD MOBISON BELFAST (CP) The British array's double- strength patrols and terror tactics are slowly eroding the morale and organization of Belfast street gangs. While Irish Republican Army leaders deny army claims that the back of the IRA offensive has been broken, there are wliispered acknowledgments among Roman Catholic militants that the army has become loo strong and brutal. In the back streets of Catholic ghettos, men still wait in darkened alleys for the signal to snipe at patrol- ling troops. But instead of having to contend with one military vehicle slowly moving down the rubble-strewn streets, snipers are faced with two armed troop trucks working as a team. Lying flat on a pitch-black rooftop, the sniper may aim at (he lookout soldier at the back of the truck but if he fires, the lookout on the second vehicle following can quickly spot the source of fire and shoot back. In a number of such street battles, the snipers have come out second best. More damaging to the militants is the pressure of army squads searching for arms. Surprise swoops in darkened, terraced, slum housing can take place at any time, but more often in early morning when street gangs have taken to lied. Tommies terrorize Without so much as a knock, soldiers smash open the front door and roar out orders as they race through the darkened home. They force men from their beds and drive them outdoors with only the barest clothing. While (he men are ordered to lie flat on the ground troops scour the little houses for weapons. Army spokes- men agree with women's stories that their furniture has been overturned, clothing scattered, rugs torn, and even floor boards pried loose in the search for petrol bombs, rifles, pistols or other weapons. The men driven from their beds are in many cases ordered to the local army base or police station for questioning. Some men say they were beaten up by the troops and kicked while on the ground. They maintain their homes have been brutally torn apart with vases and glassware from shelves along with pots and pans and olher kitchen equipment. Terrorists tired The army maintains that such damage cannot al- ways be avoided and that repairs will be made to dam- aged property. But the effect of such raids is that the life of the suspected militant has been disrupted. He lias lost lus sleep and he may not be full of pep when Ihe next street attack is called. These raids are increasing and the army's tactics are reported to be rough. Thus, although (he new IRA chief in Belfast, Joe Cahill, told a clandestine news conference Friday that the core ot tbe IRA is still intact, the view even among those sympathetic with the IRA a that the British army Is scoring a tactical victory, and the IHA lacks gen- eralship. Snipers plan irore attacks and militants talk of a new war, but the morale in the ghettos is deteriorating. Snipers still active Sporadic disturbances continued. In the Cavchill area ot Belfast, terrorists fired bullets at a policeman from a passing car, but missed. In Ntenry, a predominantly Catholic industrial town wbere some of the week's worst burning incidents and bomb clashes took place, shops and factories closed after a motorcade with loudspeakers drove through (he centre warning workers to go home. Most complied. Cahill is one o[ the most hunted men in Ireland. Tbe British army named him in February as one of five IRA leaders wanted most. Three of the five were arrested belore the internment policy was put into effect Monday and are serving prison terms on gun charges. The fifth, like Cahill, has evaded the security net. -ix Natural gas cars on road BOSTON (ATI "Vou could set your face right next lo the exhaust and not see or smell a (Jnited Stales government inspector said of low-pollu- tion cars being put into use by the General Services Administration. "These cars are about 95 per cent said Robert W. Kelly, an automotive inspector for the GSA, Eleven of the vehicles powered by liquid nat-, were put into sen-ice recently by the GSA .i.ral rial's call for Ihe apcncy (o convert all nf its vehicle across Ihn U.S. within the next years. Eipli'y-niiiB more are, expected to be ready here within a few months. The fuel system, however, still is al best distance from the public market. Under the Clean Air Act of 1970, manufacturers arc required to produce a virtually pollution free auto by 1976. But auto-makers have said it will be impos- sible to mass produce a subslitule for the internal com- bustion engine in that time. Detroit ivalches "Deli-nil is wiilcliing Ihis experiment said Robert 1... Kunzip, adminjflralor. "Perh.ins De- troit uill foii.r. up wii.h something similar, or Iwtter.'' 'flip- piviM-nmrnl. cars have Ilicir liquid natural gas Moral at degrees liclnw zero in an insulated 20-R.-illon lank in Die trunk. The gas cosls the govern- ment about IB ccnls n gallon, Ihe same price it pays- tax-free for regular gasoline. Mileage is nbout the same ns regular gnsollnc, but there 'a no lead in Uio fuel nnd loss ivonr on the engine. Cost of Ihe unit and installation, however, is the problem. The price o( the lant, lulling ami carburetor adapter is aboul J7M. Inslallalion lakes Iwo men a day, adding another to Renewed pressure on dollar NEW YORK (AP) The be- leaguered dollar came under re- newed pressure abroad during the past week as the European money market reacted to a call for the dclldr's devaluation by a Congressional subcommittee. Efforts by the United States Treasury Department to mini- mize the importance of the sub- committee's proposal failed to sfem a run on dollars in foreign financial capitals. In Frankfurt, the dollar re- peatedly sank to new postwar lows against the West German mark. To steady the value of the oollar, the central banks of Britain, West Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland bought in excess of two billion U.S. dollars, financial observers reported. As pressure on the dollar mounted, the U.S. asked Inter- national Monetary Fund Thurs- day to widen the band within which foreign currencies are al- lowed to fluctuate from their de- fined par values to three per cent from the present one per cent. The effect of the proposal, economist said, would be to stem some of the massive cur- rency flows that have been dis- turbing international currency markets in recent years. STEEL HIKE DELAYED Although the Nixon adminis- tration's handling of its cur- rency problems sparked rela- tively little controversy in politi- cal circles, its management of the rYmestic economy came under heavy fire. Terming N i x o n 's economic policies a "total pres- idential hopeful Sen. George McGovcm E.D said they would be the major issue in next year's election cam- paign. Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D. Wash.) who is frequently men- tioned as a possible contender for his part y 's nomination, called the administration's anti inflationary program a "dismal failure." From the steel industry, where sharp increases in wages and prices have threatened lo undermine the administration's fight against inflation, came a surprise development. Bethle- hem Steel Corp., the industry's second-largest producer, said it would defer for two months an eight per cent price rise on cold-rolled sheets. Although the company de- clined to explain its actions, ob- servers attributed il to de- pressed market conditions. If other producers were to follow suit, it could dampen inflation- ary pressures in an important prort-Kt category. Cold-rolled steel accounts for about 18 per cent of industry shipments. CHRYSLER TRIMS HIKE In another development on the front, Chrysler Corp. an- nounced it was trimming the size of its price increase on 1972 models to approximately 4ii per cent from five which was the increase announced by General Motors Corp. Evidence of continuing strength in the consumer sector of the economy came in the form of news that retail sales last June were eight per cent above a year earlier and 1.3 per cent higher than in May. Since December, retail sales have been growing al an annual rate of over ]7 per cent, the Com- merce Department said. Citing Japan's refusal to lift quotas on about 40 types of im- ports, the White House said it would invoke rules of the Gen- eral Agreement on Tariffs and Trade either seek compensatory larifl reductions from Japan or make retaliatory moves against Japanese prod- ucts shipped to the United States. WORM FIGHTER Farmer-pilot Keilh Hastings prepares to take off and continue Ihe spraying bottle against billions of army worms that ore destroying rapeseed crops ccrosi ths- prairies. hour for battling worms NATO allies out of Malta By Tinr NEAVES MAIDSTONE, Sask. (CP) Pay is high and so are the risks for Keith Hastings, a farmer pilot in the battle against the Bertha army worm now demolishing Sas- katchewan's rapeseed crop. Mr. Hastings risks his life every time he takes off and is paid about an hour. He sometimes thinks he's over- paid. Piloting a single-engine air- craft equipped with worth of spraying equipment, Ire helps spray crops in this district which calls itself the rapeseed capital of Canada. Previous spraying was con- fined mainly to the farm he operates with two brothers near Lloydminster on the Sas- katchewan-Alberta boundary 40 west of Maidstone. Mr. Hastings, who learned (o fly N years ago, started spraying on his own farm about four years later and until this sprayed a max- imum of acres a year. COVERS ACHES During Ihe last week he has covered more than acres and there's enough left to keep him in the air anohler twi weeks. A quiet-spoken bachelor, ho said that some days when weather conditions are ideal fl'irl the is level fcrls he's "overpaid, but Mien on other days we may well he underpaid.'1 Duruig the current rapeseed crisis in Saskatchewan, farm- ers are paying the spray pi- lots an acre and they admit it is money well spent if it can save the ?50-an-acre crops. But Keith Hastings' flying skill is only one item the pay- ment covers. There's the cost of his aircraft, its equipment and the operating costs. Add insurance costs? "For- get he said. "I don't even try to get in- surance and if I rack the sir- craft up, I'm out about "Even life insurance costs me an additional a year in premiums because I'm a spray pilot." The prims attributes of a good spray pilot include good judgment, reflexes and sight. FLIES LIKE ROCKPILE "Many people don't realize just what is involved and it's just Me flying a rockpile when you take off loaded with 40 gallons of spray." Wind is tricky when you're flying between five and eight feet above the top of a crop on a level field. "But the power and telephone lines are the main hazard, followed by rough terrain." Two flyers have been in- jured in six power-line inci- dents tliis week. Mr. Hastings covered 150 acres Monday night after ar- riving at the small air-strip adjacent to the North Batlle- fDrd-Lloydminsler highway just west of Maidstone. Tues- day's flying covered 800 acres and another 320 were covered Wednesday. High winds held up flying Thursday night after 470 acres had been covered. Tuesday's spraying involved ninr hours in the air after a 5 a.m. start "and I was really tired by noon Wednesday." However, Mr. Hastinngs said he now is getting into liis stride an dis feeling "really good.'1 By CARL HARTMAN BRUSSELS (CP) NATO al- lies arc reconciled to losing their naval headquarters on Malta, but are hoping the Medi- terranean island's ports and air- fields will not be given to the Soviet Union. The main basis for that hope is money offer made by NATO to the government of Prime Minister Dom Minloff. Mintoff insisted last June that NATO remove its headquarters, and the organization said Fri- day it will comply. It is ex- pected to move (he naval head- quarters to its main command centre at Naples. Mintoff meanwhile, is negoti- ating with Britain for higher rent for its use of a naval and air base on Malta. Britain has been paying Malta million a year for the base. With help from the other NATO allies, the British in- creased their offer to mil- lion a year. The way also was cleared this week for the 14 other NATO countries to grant Malta aid in- dividually. How much, Western diplomats said, would depend on Mjntoff's behavior. STILL SHORT But the total would fall far short if tile million a year he for continuing to let NATO decide which countries may or may not use the island as a r ilitary base. Malta also is reported to be negotiating with Libya, its neighbor to the south, for use of Hie naval facilities. Western dip- lomats say NATO would not stand in the way of an agree- ment unless the pact permitted Soviet use of Malta's military facilities. MalU was an important base for Britain and the Allies in the Second World War, but NATO official.; say now they no longer consider the island vital. The Soviet fleet already has use ol a number of ports in the eastern Mediterranean but so far has no western Mediterra- nean bases. However, officers of the U.S. 6th Fleet have warned that a land base for Soviet planes in the western end of the sea would pose a major threat to NATO dominance in the area. 490 fires burning VANCOUVER (CP) Hundreds of forest nu- merous they were bumping into one burning in British Columbia today. The total acreage scorched ap- proached the million mark. Dry electrical storms were threatening, and with the would come new fires. Nearly men lined the rims of 490 fires Friday, added by 250 bulldozer's, 20 water- bombers and other aircraft. Close to half were working in the Kamloops district where 221 fires covered acres. Fresh blazes, equipment breakdowns, a serious helicop- ter shortage, blinding clouds o[ smoke, mounting winds, grilling heat and the forecast of more of the same made for a grim day. Forestry officials said the sit- uation in most areas was criti- cal. Additional problems have been created by many fires joining up. Mainly clear, hot weather was forecast to the middle of next week in the south and central interior of the province, where the picture was worst. Meanwhile, cash and clothing continued to flow into a relief Fund for about 60 persons letf homeless Wednesday when fire swept through an Indian reserve and threatened to wipe out the village of Lillooet. MOST CROSSED IVER Only three houses were left standing in the Lillooet Indian band's Rancharee reserve. There was no general evacua- tion, but many residents scram- bled for lie safety of the oppos- ite bank of the Eraser River before flames veered off from the village, in the Fraser Can- yon 120 mlies north of Vancou- ver. That fire covered about acres Friday and although there were no serious signs of it spreading, a forestry official said there was still some dan- ger. No more VANCOUVER (CP) The Gastoira district here tonight gambles that the scene of a riot last week can be transformed into an occasion as innocent a toddler's birthday party. Pot or booze have no part in the plan of conciliation. Instead, the street-party menu will include hot dogs and rolls, pounds of waterrce- lon, of soft drinks, doughnuts and 200 bushels of popcorn. A crowd ot up to was expected lo respond to the Ttm'te just missed Astronauts not recovered Mid-east in trouble BEIRUT, Lebanon (Renter) Jordanian and Syrian forces slood face lo face across Iheir Iwrdtr today and reliable re- ports from Damascus said Syria is pouring rrinforconir.nls into Ihr latest Middle East trouble Herii-y column.', ot tanks snrl artillery units were seen moving up to the border and deploying againsl a possible surprise nl- lack, the reports said. Tanks, nrlillory nnd aircraft have gone into action in the last llirce days, wilh each side ac- cusing (ho nlhrr of sUirliiiR Ihe righting. The clashes followed a Syrinn accusalion Hint .loi-dan tried lo liquidate the Palestine resistance movement during military operations last month. Syria closed ils land [rentier with Jordan July 2s. and (lien Thursday night broke off all re- lations with King Hussein's re- gime and closed ils airspace to Jordanian plnnos. Fighting broke n'lt Wrdncsd.iv hut so hr has Ivcn confined In shelling duels, quick forays ncross the fronlicr ami, Friday, strafing runr by Syrian fighters against a Jordanian mililnry post. The use of planes, watched by Reuters Amman correspondent Mohammed Allallah, implicnlcd Syria dircclly in Hie fighting, since the commando orgnniza- IJous liave no aircraft. The only falnlity reported so fur Is a Syrian soldier who died la Oxtint clash. HOUSTON (AP) A week after their space voyage the Apollo 15 astronauts still have not recovered from all the ef- fects of their 12-day moon trip, a doctor says. Dr. Charles A. Berry, chief physician for the astronauts, said at a news conference Fri- day that the crew is not and never was "in any medical dan- ger." Bui, Dr. Berry snid. naiiis David R. Scott. James B. Invin and Alfred Al. Worden showed a dramatic deviation findings ol past voyagers. "Things were all going in a pattern and now suddenly these Ruys don't fil the ho said. Berry also said Scoit nnd Irwin both suffered spells ol ir- roRular heart beats while on the moon's surface. He jiltribulod this to extreme fatigue and snid It was Uic first lime such Irrcpi- had occurred tbe ]962 earth orbit flight of John Glenn. moon flights. Both missions have planned schedules similar to ihjse of Apollo 15. WAS DIZZY Dr. Berry also reported that Invin suffered from dizziness while in space and after Apollo 15 splashed down in the Pacific last Saturday. 7 T The physician said the irregu- UlOW IIJJ UVUIl larilie., were withheld from Ihe como-one, come-all invitation extended by (he Gastown Mer- c h a n t s' Association, whose members are caught in a squeeze of open hostility be- tween police and the Jong-haired young. Gastown is a former skid road area near the waterfront which has been restored in recent years into an attractive enclave of specialty shops, cafes and cabarets. It has also become a gather- ing place for the hippie crowd and a busy marketplace for il- licit drugs. Last Saturday, violence flared when police moved in on a gath- ering that was protesting meth- ods used in crackdown on drug trafficking. Nearly 80 ar- rests were made. City hall has not only ap- proved plans for the party but has issued a permit for eilough slreel room for Ihe tlwusands to gather. Police commissioners and al- dermen will dine at a Gastown restaurant prior to the party. public because flight surgeons wanted to get more dnla. Dr. Bern- said the deviations from pre-fliglit stand- ards are so small that (Jiey nor- mally would not be detected and were found in the extremely precise study ol Iho health of men in space. Dr. Berry noted that Apollo 15 was longer than other moon flights. Scott and Invin spent moro time on the moon's sur- face nnd nil throe spacemen had heavier work lords. The rcsulling medical find- ings, he said, may force changes in tho (light plans ot Ajolloi IS ud 17. tin romalnjflj NEW DELHIA (AP) An In- dian freight train and an ambul- ance were blown up today by mines planted by Pakistani agents, in Eastern Assam slate, the govcrnmcnl radio reported. The radio said the train, carrying food to East Pakistani refugees, struck a mine about JO miles from the border with East Pakistan. An Indian ambulance travel- ling on a road parallel to the train tracks also was blown up when il hit mines planted by s.ilwlcurs, Ihe radio said. Three persons on Die train were seriously injured, Urn re- port added. Seen arid heard About town T-TEEL CLICKING Jack DcWiUdoing the "broom dance" at a surprise 13lh "Cdding anniversary parly Friday the 13lh trail rider Gloria McKim re- gi'clling Ihe pack mule slie ridden had to leave with Uic horses husband Dim McKlm still saying the mule was the best horse of UK bmeiv ;