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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY NEAR 80s VOL. LXIII No. 207 it LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 1970 NUT OViSK 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES By JOHN KASTNER TORONTO (CP) Ralph Smith returned Sunday from a quest that took him and six other Toronto-area scuba divers deep into Canada's North on a search for 18th-century phantoms. Mr. Smith, 41, a Port Credit advertising representa- tive, and his companions were trying to solve the mystery surrounding an ill-fated expedition in search of the Northwest Passage in 1719. The search started more than a year ago in the children's section of a library, where Mr. Smith came across the tale of Marble Island, known as "Dead Man's Island." It ended on a sparkling rock island in Hudson Bay, miles north of Toronto, with seven days of ex- ploration and diving in 36-degree water. Mr. Smith and his party brought back a fondness for the North, to color slides and a patriotic message. "People by any means possible should visit our far Mr. Smith said Sunday night. "If we want to hang onto it then go and find out it is we want to hang onto." Found Brick House The expedition members believe they found the true location'of a brick house that survivors of the 1719 expedition built on the island. They were unable to locate the wrecks of the two ships Albany and Discovery that James Knight commanded in lu's search for the mythical "Straits of the Northwest Passa.ge. Knight, an explorer and former governor of the Hudson's Bay Co., was searching for both the passage and for copper and gold mines which Indians told him lined the straits. The seven men in Mr. Smith's party were all scuba enthusiasts, none of them scientists. The Northwest Territories government, celebrating its 100th anniversary this underwrote the expe- dition with assistance from several private companies. Other in the igroup were John Cassan of Port Credit and George Benjamin, Eric Bisley, Dick Brad- ley, Fred Fleischer and Peter Chambers, all of To- ronto. Navy .Showed Up They received a surprise visit one day from a five-man team of Ilbyal Canadian Navy divers who helped their search. The party, which called itself Expedition '70, found two wrecked ships but dated them from the 1850s. The house they discovered was at the opposite end of the island from where it had been believed to have been built and was near 15 graves mounds .of stones the remains of the Knight expedition's crew of 50. Knight had been prepared for a stay of at least two years in the north and had taken building bricks and craftsmen with him. The results of Expedition '70 will be made available to the Northwest Territories government and the Na- tional Museum at Ottawa. Broaden Search For Angela SAN FRANCISCO, Calf. (AP) The search for Angela Davis broadened today after a federal attor- ney confirmed that the self-professed Communist and former university philosophy instructor bought the shot gun that killed Judge Harold J. Haley. The judge and three other men were killed Aug. 8 during a gunbattle that followed a courtroom kid- napping at San Rafael, across the Golden Gate from San Francisco. Miss Davis is charged with one count of murder and five counts of kidnapping, under a California law which holds anyone who aids a major crime as guilty as the direct participants. Jerrokt Ladar, assistant U.S. attorney, said Sun- day a serial number check showed the shotgun was purchased at a San Francisco pawn shop Aug. 5 by the former instructor at, the University of California at Los Angeles. The search for Miss Davis ranged from the West Coast to Birmingham, Ala., and abroad after Ladar disclosed that Miss Davis, 26, had a passport. Early reports about the possible whereabouts of tile attractive black educationist with a high Afro hair- do had included Canada. Ladar said a passport was not needed to enter Canada but would be necessary to go from there to any other country. One report that she had gone to Toronto to stay with the daughter of Leo Clavir was denied by Clavir himself who said the report is "false and slanderous." He said his daughter is in New York City, and Miss Davis is not with her. As the FBI joined in the search on a federal fugitive warrant charging unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, there were other reports that Miss Davis might be in Birmingham, Ala., her birthplace. Maj. David Orange, head of the Jefferson County, Ala., sheriff's intelligence force, said he is convinced that she is still in Birmingham. An informant told officers Miss Davis had attend- ed a Black Panther party meeting in Birmingham last Friday night, he reported. HIT BY ISRAELI JETS Jordanian officials claimed "two flagrant as proof. Israeli government sources responded that the army strong- violations" of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Jordan on holds were attacked because they assist Palestinian guerrillas. Saturday, citing the bombing of the Jordan Army Camp .at Irbid, above. From AP-HKUTERS JERUSALEM (CP) For- eign Minister Abba Eban charged today Egypt is continu- ing missile movements in the Suez canal area in violation of the U.S.-initalcd Middle East ceasefire. At the same time, Eban ac- cused the United States of fail- ing to acknowledge Israeli evi- dence of these movements. At a news conference, Eban said the ceasefire agreement demanded the "strictest level of precision" in determining ad- herence and "I cannot agree that it is immaterial whether missiles were moved up into the forbidden zone 12 hours before or 12 hours after." Israel has provided the U.S. government, as author and guarantor of (he ceasefire, with "precisely defined" evidence of Egyptian violations, Eban said. Referring to comments by Defence Secretary Melvin Laird Sunday that it was not possible to determine whether a cease- fire violation actually occured because missiles may have been in when the ceasefire went into effect at midnight Aug. 7, Eban said: "Israel has lodged complaints showing transgressions took place not only immediately after the ceasefire, but continue to be made." Entire Bomb Force SAIGON (AP) The United States committed its entire Pa- cific force of B-52 bombers against the new North Vietnam offensive today in the northern- most provinces of South Viet- nam. Nearly 100 of the big bombers dropped some tons of bombs on Northern Vietnamese supply and staging areas on both sides of the Laotian bor- der. The raids were the heaviest in two years in the sector. In- formed sources said clouds pre- vented any accurate assessment of the bomb damage, but sev- eral secondary explosions indi- cated hits on ammunition stores. The U.S. command ordered the B-52s out in full force after attacks Sunday on seven south- ern allied bases guarding ap- proaches to the populous coastal lowlands of Quang Tri and Thua Tlu'en provinces. The U.S. command also an- nounced that three American helicopters were shot down on the Laotian side of the border Saturday. Headquarters said one American was killed and two are missing. North Vietnamese gunner's late Sunday slammed nearly 200 rounds of rockets, mortars and recoilless rifle shels into five southern allied bases along the so-called demilitarized zone. It was the heaviest attack in that region in more than a year. At the same time, the North Vietnamese for the eighth day kept up attacks on two bases- O'Reilly 25 miles south of the DMZ along the Laotian border. Casualties and damage were reported light over-all, but one South Vietnamese artillery base four miles south of the DMZ .was hard hit. Seventy rounds from mortars slammed into it, blowing up an ammunition dump. A score or more South Vietnamese troops were killed, and as many more were wounded. The U.S. command said sev- eral Americans were killed in the other shelling attacks. OTTAWA (CP) As postal negotiators discussed new positions today, more than workers from Quebec City, to--Calgary were on rotating strikes. The post office said mail was not being delivered in Quebec City, the city of Toronto, Willowdale, Out., London, Calgary and 22 Ontario points between Bracebridge and Wawa. The Northern 0 n t a ri o districts included North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sud- bury and Tirnmins. Drury Day in Tor- a negotiator for the Council of Postal Unions said just before talks will the treasury board resumed at a.m. The treasury board presi- dent, responsible for the government side of the Plumbers Defy Government Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN A BEMUSED Chan Went- worth wondering how to treat the friendship that sprung up between her c s r and a cow, as the cow stopped the car on a farm road to lick one headlight, then the other five-year old Frankie Elsye pleading with his parents to buy a school "so you can tell the teacher I'm old enough to go" with neighbor hood friends Drew, direc- tor-actor in Your Own Tiling wondering how to direct re- hearsals around the absence, due to illness, of both fe- male leads, Nerve Gas Ship Sails ABOARD HARTLEY (AP) A rusty surplus Liberty ship carrying a cargo of nerve gas and several rabbits wallowed through the Atlantic under low today, headed for a water grave 282 miles east of Cape Kennedy, Fla. The LeBaron Russell Briggs is scheduled to be scuttled in feet of water Tuesday, carrying with her to the bottom 413 steel jacketed concrete vaults containing more than nerve gas rockets. The way for the controversial disposal of the deadly gas cleared Sunday when Florida Gov. Claude Kirk and the Envi- ronmental Defence Fund said they were abandoning a court fight against the army's plans to rid itself of the rockets. They claimed the gas represented an extreme danger to the ocean en- vironment. Czechs Refuse Border Entry MUNICH (AP) Czech bor- der guards refused entry to persons wanting to enter Czechoslovakia from West Ger- many at the weekend, Bavarian border police reported today. Those denied entry included students, persons born in Czech- oslovakia but not resident there, journalists not accredited to the country, lawyers and priests. Police linked the bans to the forthcoming Aug. 20-21 second anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw pact powers. Restrictions are expected to last until Aug. Vt. VANCOUVER (CP) An of- ficer of the plumbers' union said Sunday the union would call a limited.strike today in defiance of British Columbia government attempts to settle the construction dispute with- out further work stoppages. Union Spokesman Jack Fish- er said between 20 and 30 plumbers would picket three Vancouver-area plumbing con- tracting firms even if the con- tractors decide to continue ne- gotiations suspended last week when the union rejected a con- ciliation recommendation from Deputy Labor Minister William Sands. Labor Minister Leslie Peter- son has warned that a strike or lockout would be illegal, leaving unions or firms liable to fines of up to and individuals liable to fines of up to "We can strike at a.m. said Mr. Fisher. "That's when our 72-hour strike notice expires. There will be a strike even if we get notice of negotiations." If the union does not receive notice of negotiations, he said, all plumbing contractors who are members of Construction Labor Relations Association would also be struck. The ac- tion could involve 94 firms and about 400 plumbers. "There will definitely be a strike against these companies if the CLRA doesn't contact us about negotiations. If it takes a strike to get them to the bar- gaining table, then they'll get a strike." Meanwhile, the CLRA and b r i c k 1 ayers' representatives were to meet today in a new round of negotiations aimed at settling ths dispute, which has gone on since April 14, when construction unions were lock- ed out. The lockout lasted until July 27, when the provincial govern- ment ordered the lockout ended and the men back to work. Some other unions involved were to meet with CLRA offi- cials later this week. On Friday, the carpenters union, largest in- the dispute, reached agreement with contractors. Three other unions also have turned down settlement propo- sals. .Space Craft Launched MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet Union today launched an un- manned space probe to explore the planet Venus. Tass said the spaceship, which it called the "automatic interplanetary station Venus would "continue the ex- ploration of the planet Venus, which was carried out earlier by Soviety automatic stations." It said the spaceship was launched at a.m. a.m. EOT) and together with the final stage of the rocket car- rier was put into an interim or- bit of the earth. negotiations, is C. W. Drury. The walkouts came after a weekend meeting between the Council of Postal Unions and 22 union zone direct- ors. The directors endorsed the stand of their negotia- tors. Besides Hie more than workers out on rotating strike, another are not working because of suspension of postal service by the post office. This means that about 25 per cent of the country's postal force is not at wprk today. More than postal work- ers walked off their jobs at 7 a.m. MST today halting mail service in Edmonton, Calgary and all smaller centres ia the northern half of Alberta. A spokesman for the council of postal unions in Edmonton said 48-hour walkouts were in force in all the smaller centres and will be for an initial 24 hours in Edmonton. "We started with 24 hours here, but it might be extended. We don't know yet." A postal official in the Leth- bridge main office told The Herald today that all the men are on the job and there is no word of imminent work stop- page. All departments of the Medi- cine Hat and Red Deer post offices are also functioning with no slow down of regular service. Pressure From Reuters-AP The United States put pres- sure on Israel today to stop complaining of ceasefire viola- tions and start peace negotia- tions with the Arabs. And the main Arab opponent of the U.S.-proposed talks, guer- rilla chief Yasir Arafat, warned that his forces would fight any crackdown on guerrilla activity by Jordan, one of three coun- tries which agreed to take part in the talks. Arafat said Sunday four bri- gades of government troops were ringing Amman in prepa- rations for a new crackdown on the guerrillas. "But we shall turn Jordan into a graveyard for he told a graduation exercise ot guerrilla fighters in the Jordan- ian capital "Amman shall he a Hanoi of the Middle East." Michael Prentice, Reuters correspondent in Washington, said the Nixon administration now is expected to reject Is- rael's claim that there is indis- putable proof the Egyptians have violated the Middle East truce by moving Soviet missiles closer to the Suez canal. Defence Secretary Melvin Laird broke U.S. silence on the Israeli charge when he said Sunday that it was impossible to prove or disprove that there were violations hi the first few hours after the ceasefire went int) effect Laird seemed to i n d i c a t e American impatience with Is- rael when he said he did not be- lieve it served a useful purpose to have a long, public debate as to what took place in the cease- fire zone in the 12 hours before and after the truce began. Negotiations To Be In U.S. 7 forgot to post the ransom note1' UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Gunnar Jarring, the UN Mid- dle East mediator today will confer with Egypt's peace nego- tiator in hopes of getting sub- stantive Arab-Israel talks under way within a week. The Egyptian diplomat, Mo- hamed H. Al-Zayyat, arrived in New York during the weekend for his first meeting with Jar- ring since the UN peace mission was reactivated. Informed sources said Al-Zay- yat brought with him detailed proposals from President Nas- ser to present to Jarring for submission to Israel. It was understood that a key element is Egypt's demand that Israel withdraw from all territo- ries seized in the 1967 war it a peace settlement is to be achieved. Al-Zayyat was also scheduled today to see UN Secretary-Gen- eral U Thant, U.S. ambassador Charles W. Yost and delegates of Russia, France and Britain. It was expected that Yost would discuss with the Egyptian representative Israel's charge, still unconfirmed from inde- pendent evidence, that Egypt vi- olated the ceasefire by moving Soviet-built missiles nearer to the Suez canal. UN and U.S. officials continue to believe that neither ceasefire nor the peace initiatives will collapse, although progress to- ward the bargaining table has been slower than expected. One matter has been settled: The negotiations will take place in New York. ;