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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta NIXON'S STATEMENT LEAVES MORE QUESTIONS UNANSWERED WASHINGTON Presi- dent Nixon's latest Watergate statement has left behind it un- answered questions. Among things Nixon did not answer in his spsech and state- ment Wednesday night ha didn't demand an accounting by liis campaign di- John who swore he would have told the president about a cover-up if asked. he didn't directly ask his former John whether anybody was involved in the wiretapping besides the seven men who were indicted and later convicted. he didn't follow up on a telephoned warning from for- mer acting FBI Director Pat- rick less than three weeks after the that men on the White House staff were trying to confuse the in- vestigation. -Why he didn't ask the FBI or the justice department to in- vestigate which he says first came to him from Dean last March 21. This included allegations that other campaign officials were in- volved in the that money was paid to the silent that oelmency was discussed with one of them and that another was attempting to blackmail the White House. he first learned of the 1972 break-in at the office of Daniel Elisberg's and why he delayed for more vnan before allowing the information to go to the judge in the Pentagon papers case. Nixon has promised to hold a conference sometime be- fore Labor Day. Some of the unanswered questions may be addressed then. Nixon proclaimed his own in- nocence once again. He re- peated his earlier denials and broadly' rebutted and down- graded Dean's sworn accusa- tions against him. But in his 28-minute and the brief that ac- companied he offered no blow-by-blow account of the wiretapping and cover-up. Ke said he is too busy being president to upon an endless course of explaining and recognize that this state- ment does not answer many of the questions and contentions raised during the Watergate Nixon said in his written brief. has not been my intention to attempt any such comprehensive and de- tailed Here is what Nixon said about some of the principal figures in- volved in Watergate. the sum- mer of I repeatedly asked for reports on the progress of the Nixon said. report that I received was that no other than the seven who were sub- sequently were in- volved in the Watergate oper- Two of those seven were em- ployees of the Nixon campaign committee. Yet Nixon didn't ask campaign director Mitchell about it. said Dean was ordered to investigate any White House involvement in the wiretapping and reported through other staff members that there was none. Nixon said he believed and told it to the country on Aug. two months after the break-in. Yet Nixon didn't talk to Dean face-to-face until Sept. day the seven were indirted. gave me no reason at that meeting to believe any oth- ers were Nixon said. But by all the presi- dent didn't ask who else might be involved. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 208 AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES Was Canada misrepresented to By THE CANADIAN PRESjS WASHINGTON The chairman of a congres- sional subcommittee has questioned whether Congress can rely on the state department for objective informa- tion following allegations that the department de- liberately distorted Canadian reports affecting the pro- posed Alaska oil pipeline. Congressman John Melcher was questioning Julius a deputy assistant secretary ol before the House subcommittee on public lands. denied ths department deliberately withheld information that might have weakened the case for approval of the Alaskan oil route. He said delay in providing Congress with the Ca- nadian government's position on an alternate Canadian route was caused by initial confusion on Canada's posi- tion and a goof during transmission oi the clarified Canadian report Melcher suggested since the administration favored the 5-billion trans-Alaska the department had been on the by requests by the house of Representatives and the Senate for informa- on the Canadian position. Katz don't consider this was being put on the Questioning touched on the fact that a Canadian policy statement delivered to the U.S. embassy in Otta- wa and forwarded to the slate department differed in one paragraph from a similar statement delivered by the Canadian government to its embassy here. Melcher insisted this discrepancy should have been made known to Congress July 7 along with the full re- port and that state should not have waited until it got the official word from Ottawa. He said to provide that paragraph put the state depsrment in the pcsiion of perhaps being over- zealous in supporting its own in favor of the Alaska route. Rejecting that Katz all times we sought lo present-honest informa- tion as soon as it was received. We did not distort tha Canadian position. When they changed that position we immediately transmitted that change to Tn his formal Katz said remains our best judgment that an Alaskan pipeline could be in operation at least three to five years before a Mackenzie Valley decision to or to license the contrac- tion of a Mackenzie Valley oil pipeline will be one of truly momentous import for the government of Canada. social and economic implications will be so great and complex that the decision will be one of the most difficult and most important decisions ever taken by any Canadian government since Canada be- came a nation.'' Inside 'It's Mrs. Nixon. She's just found a list with her narrte on Classified 18-21 Comics......26 Comment 5 District 15 Family 17 Local News 14 Markets 23 Sports 11 Entertainment 7 TV.............. 6 Weather........ 2 Youth........8 LOW TONIGHT HIGI- FRIDAY SiXDWERS Liquor pricing settled Mainly because of meat Baxter Latendre of stands behind the and get 500 pounds of meat for less than 50 cents a steer he bought for last month which he's fattening pound. His problem is to get the rest of the family to re- on the family lawn. It's grown from 600 to 800 gard the steer not as a pet but as a money-sav- when it reaches he'll have it slaughtered ing meat counter. Rail dispute mediation talks shaky OMAR BRADLEY has surgery LOS ANGELES Omar the only five- general in the United underwent emergency surgery early today for in- sertion of a sieve-like device to prevent recurrent blood clots from moving to his lungs. The general's wife Kitty said in a statement after the oper- general has survived surgery. His condition is but the prognosis is very was taken to hos- pital Monday for treatment of blood clots in the lungs. Bradley commanded the U.S. troops which landed on the beaches at Normandy on D- June and fought on to victory over Nazi Germany. After the war he served as the first chairman of the Joint By JACQUES HAMILTON MONTREAL The dis- pute between Canadian rail- ways and their employees reaches a critical point with all but of the non-ops involved in regional strikes and with me- diation talks at the make-or- break point. The regional the most recent of which began at mid- night Wednesday in Ontario east of Thunder now cover all Eastern Canada. Until 4 p.m. local times to- when non-ops in the Atlan- tic provinces are scheduled to return to there will be no rail movement east of the Lake- head. Workers in Quebec are not scheduled to return until 6am. EDT Friday. Both union and railway sources made it clear Wednes- day that the talks under the su- pervision of Judge Alan B. federally apoointed were close to the breaking point. Sources on both sides had before the announcement that talks would continue they expected the talks to col- lapse Wednesday night. guess the judge had one last ace to play and they prom- ised to take a look at a un- ion source said after the an- nouncement. Richard chief negotia- tor for the Associated crating Railway said after Wednesday's second set of talks the situation is near a turning point. One informed railway source said that today a very im- portant day and it nay be the end of responses to the judge's Judge Gold made the pro- details of which not been Monday. He said then that it merited atten- tion. He declined all comment Wednesday ascent to say he will meet management again today. The non-op negotiations were noun cements that the two other rail unions are nearing strike positions. Leaders of the Shopcrafts Federated Trades union rejected a conciliation board recommendation as a and called for a strike which could take their members out in three weeks. The otlier dispute involves the members of the United Transportation Union who man Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Watergate summary WASHINGTON Here are the highlights of President Nixon's speech and prepared statement Wednesday night on the Watergate Personal Involvement Re- peated that he had no prior knowledge of Watergate break- in and was not aware of cover- up. The thorough and aggressive inves- repeated reports said no persons other than seven subsequently indicted were in- volved didn't learn until March 21 others were involved and that there had been cover up. Elisberg he first learned of break-in March 17 rather than March 21 as he said previously. Executive not authorize for Watergate defend- ants. Presidential Tapes Con- fidentiality is will continue to oppose releasing White House tapes. Political il- legal acts committed in 1972 U.S. election pledged to ensure that such abuses are not repeated. By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer In the midst of consumer out- cries over rising the Al- berta Liquor Control Board will stop changing prices on exist- ing deputy chairman K. E. Baker said today. The board will no longer pass on price changes to customers all stock purchased under the old prices has been Mr. Baker said. The price changes were due primarily to fluctuating ex- change and a world shortage of certain which have suppliers to pass on numerous price in- he told The Herald in a telephone interview. The new policy could go into effect as early as Sept. i. Consumer Affairs Minister Bob who criticized the of increasing on-shelf as when'car- ried out by said he concurs'1 with the pol- icy change. Until -ALCB has changed the price on all stock as soon as stock at a new price was shipped to the store. Mr. Baker under that sys- pries decreases were also passed on to the public on old stock purchased at a higher price. In past years prices were changed only once a year. the rapidly acceler- ating prioss charged by sup- pliers now makes that system Mr. Baker said. The board may have to make changes in its computer pro- gramming to initiate the new policy. The Herald reported Monday numerous price changes in Lethbridge liquor stores. The situation was discussed in cabi- net Tuesday. On Wednesday the attorney- whose department is responsible for the board's op- held discussions with ALCB officials. will just be a matter of adjusting and trying to keep the public said Leth- bridge downtown liquor store manager Sidney Ashrrwl is going to be more diffi- cult in a way because we can only get so many cases in our storage area. We will have to keep new stock there pow until we have completely sold out of the The store will let old stock deplete but will make sure there is some new stock on he said. coming in and buying a certain brand are an- noyed when it is out of stock. It shouldn't be a real prob- Customers at Alberta liquor stores recently complained when they found bottles bearing and sometimes dif- ferent price labels. The annual change was ap- propriate relatively sta- ble liquor but ly escalating prices charged by suppliers now makes that sys- tem the board said. Strong protest made on Expo withdrawal By VICTOR MACKBE Herald Ottawa Bureau A strong protest against fne Canadian govern- ment's decision not to have a pavilion at Expo '74 in Washington has been made Wed- nesday by a British Columbia member of parliament. John Reynolds in a letter sent Wednesday to Prime Min- ister Pierre Trudeau of the federal gov- ernment to support Expo '74 in Spokane will just not be allowed by western Canadians. A posi- tive statement from your office is required eViovn laffAr In I prime minister is one of several protests emanating from the west over Canada's decision to bow out of Expo '74. In the as it neared its summer recess last Randolph Harding Kootenay voiced his disappointment over the deci- sion. He directed a question to the then acting prime ininister External Affairs Minister Mit- chell Sharp. He asked why Canada at this late date had decided not to participate in Expo '74 after in- dicating to the official of the Expo organization that a Cana- dian pavilion would be con- Mr. Sharp replied ques- tion was considered very care- fully over a period of recent weeks. We came to the con- clusion that the Canadian gov- ernment had higher priorities and limited resources and this was one of the projects that would have to be Mr. Harding protested that a Canadian pavilion would gener- ate favourable publicity in tha United States for this country. He said only a modest mil- lion was involved and appealed to the cabinet to reconsider its decision pointing out that if con- struction of a pavilion is to take place it must take place Markets are in turmoil By THE CANADIAN PRESS. A federal government an- nouncement of meat export con- trols has left livestock markets across the Prairies in a mainly because livestock buy- havej adopted a cautious wait-and-see attitude. This attitude was apparent again Wednesday when the president of a major meat packing plant cautioned con- sumers about reports of planned price cuts. Perlich Bros. Auction Mar- the only agent to have a regular sale scheduled was expecting to sell 200 to 300 animals. Tony owner of the said about head had been expected fot today's sale. He said most of his cus- tomers were encouraged to hold back their animals for one until the market picture finds a stable level. The Calgary Public Stock- yards held a sale Wednesday and trade was fairly active with lower prices said Mr. Perlich. don't know the demands of the buyers or the price they are willing to he said. asked our customers to hold off bringing their ani- mals to the sale today and to wait for rext week's Lebanese jetliner hijacked TEL A.VTV A Leba- nese jetliner carrying 120 per- sons from Libya to Lebanon was hijacked today over the Mediterranean and forced to land at Lod Airport here. Edmond dirp' eral of Beirut said the Boeing 707 carrying 110 passen- gers and 10 crew members was hijacked by persons on over the Mediterra- nean. is pointing a gun at my head saying he has seized the plane and ordering me to proceed to Lod the pi- lot's last radio message Ghosn reported. The plane landed at Lod Air- port under escort of two Israeli fighter said Israeli author- ities. and heard About town 0UTDOORSMAN Chris Anton refusing to go tenting with friends in case their bad camping hab- its rub off sixteen-year- old Craig Murray wistfully watching his parents drive his first car while he waits fftr hie tn ;