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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR BO. The Lethkidge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 210 LETHERIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 3971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 56 PAGES B.C. diary to he at auction AfONTREAL (CP) A hundred years ago, lhe fledgling government of Canada sent Hector Louis Langcvin, one of the Fathers of Confederation, to re- port on the new province of British Columbia. But his official report did not contain many of the observations on opium dens, gambling halls and prosti- tutes in San Francisco Ihat color a 128-page diary to be sold by auction next month. "It is very different from the official report pub- lished in says Bernard Air.lmann, dealer in old books. "The research value is incontestable, and there is no doubt it should be published as soon as possible in both languages, as an important contribution to the knowledge of the history of Canada and British Co- lumbia. "What could be a greater contribution to the cen- tennial festivities of British Columbia than to listen to the man from He said he has written to B.C. Premier W. A. C. Bennett to inform him the diary is for sale. Saw opium, gambling The small, leather bound notebook, closely writ- ten in pencil mostly in French but with some pas- sages in English, devotes about 24 pages to Uie emis- sary's experiences during an eight day stay in San Francisco a visit with friends and a detective to the Chinese quarter where they saw opium smokers, a fortune teller and a gambling house. Langevin also noted the brothels and commented that the prostitutes were shy because of the presence ol the police officer. He visited the Opera Francais and was appalled by the looseness of morals in a production of La Belle Helene. He wrote: "I am no longer astonished by what is said of the moral disintegration of French society and the neces- sity for exemplary punishment." While Langevin was in the United States, he was a private citizen and could enjoy himself, but when he reached British Columbia, he became the oflicial delegaie of the Canadian federal government. Colorful pioneers Dancing Bill, Gun Boots Sally, Slippery Kate, Dirty Face Pete and Sleeping Jesus were among (he notables of early British C'oHimhia society met by Mr. Langcvin. Another mentioned in Uie diary was a Mrs. Wilson "connected with the family of Emperor of Russia as governess, now living with blacksmith Tomkins, she keeps snloon also ihenlre." After visiting B.C. mines, which were successful "American capital will follow.'1 The Canadian mmi.sier hegnn his career as mayor nf Quebec City M ?cc ?tf- lie was a Lower CaiuHJa delegRte lo the conferences which brought, about Con- federation and became pnstmaslcr-gencral in Lire new govemmenl in He was later minister of public works and was knighted by the British gov- ernment, in 1881. The cgarette test story fj OTTAWA (Ct'i Health hazard analysis or lar and nicoline content among 92 cigarette brands shows four at Ihc lower end of the scale, Ihc health depart- ment announced Tuesday. Viscount filler kings and Viscount king filler men- thols again proved, as in past surveys lo have lowest l.-ir and niculinc content. ICach bad .5 milligrams nico- tine per cigarette while Ihc menthols, at least six mil- ligrams tar per cigarette, had one more than Uie non- Nifjrthol variety. Consols and Craven A regular filters each had nine milligrajr.s lar while the former had .G nicotine and the latter .5. Heaviest concent rations of both ingredients in tests by Dr. W. I1'. Forbes and Dr. J. C. Robinson of the University of Waterloo were in G-Md Crest premium nicotine respectively. Hut Ihc department lofl the amounts blank in its table of Ihc !I2 brands, adding in a footnote Ihat the manulacturer more recent production had sub- Ntanlialry less limn and 1.7 milligrams of lar and nicotine rcspeclivcly. The announcement quoted llpnltli Minislcr John Munrn, liiimelf a heavy smoker, as saving the safest course is lo give up unoliiiig altogether and "elimi- nate dgardlc smoking as a potential hazard lo health." Mr. Mmuo has publicly acknowledged his own in- nbili.v 1.1 iNalurc of the health hazard is not dealt with in Ihc .'111110111100111001 allliougn itin department two years ago look the posiliou before a Commons omnir.iltoo Ihat Milking IMS ,-i proven link wild heart ,ind lung disease. (Sec conl nil nil ing hM I'.ign 23) THINNEST HOUSE This house al 2051 Felicity Slreet in New Orleans may well be the thinnest dwelling in lown. The original building was sliced lo a width of only 5-feet lo make way for the widening of an adjoin- ing sfreel- Needless lo say a reduction in rent was in order. Auto companies roll back prices By THE CANADIAN PRESS General Motors and Ford Tuesday rolled back their 1972 pncu increases in Canada but were vague about how long the bargains will last. There was no word from. American Motors or Chrysler, neither of which bad announced 1872 prices yet in any case. Following the lead of United Slates companies complying with President Richard Nixon's freeze on prices, Ford and GM announced that their new-model cars and trucks will sell tempo- rarily at 1371 price levels. A spokesman for Mo- tors of Canada Ltd. said in Osh- awa. Out., that the company would rescind its retail price rn- ci eases until further notice. The increases, announced Aug. 15, averaged S144 or 3.6 per cent over 1971 prices. The rollback at CM would re- duce this year's price of a Chev- rolet Camaro S155 and of a Pon- Mac Firebird 5175, roiius AT mi HATE thaler, in Oakvillc, Ont., Iho chairman of Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. announced that dealers will accept orders for 1972 models at 1971 prices "until the present situation has been clarified." Karl Scott said he had no idea how long the new price policy will remain in ef- fecl. Purchasers of 1972 Pintos, which have been on sale for nbout 10 days, will get rebates of Ihc price increase which now hns been cancelled. 1 orcl announced price in- creases averaging 4.9 per cent on its 1972 models. The Ford and GM paieul companies in the U.S. already had rolled back their price in- creases. They announced Mon- Ulster charges hurled BELFAST (CP) Northern Ireland's prime minister, Brian Faulkner, flics to London today tor talks wilh Ihe Ilrilisli gov- after an official vole of confidence from his own parly foi his handling of Ilic Ulster crisis. An Irish civil righls nrganiza- Imn levelled charges of brulnl- i'y by British troops while rebel foires coiiceulratcd Ihcir fight against Proleslant rule on hit- and-run bombing raids and a chain of armed robberies. A leading Irish organ- JFalinn pledged it wiii bring ihc Ilrilisli capital "lo a hall" nest month with a ilemonslniliou of pi litest against Ihc army "turn- ing. Belfast inlo another My day they would hold prices at 1871 levels for SO days to com- ply with the wage-and-price con- trols announced Sunday by President Nixon in an effort to slop speculation against the U.S. dollar. Seen and heard About town A GING athlete Irv Kraser hobbling around with a sore toe, Uie result of a wa- ter-skiing accident Gil Poncch Jr. bragging about his father's hole-in-one but refusing (o comment on his own golf score Jennifer Fisher reminding her fnends tomorrow is her birthday. Montana salary adjustments must conform HELENA, Mont. (AP) Governor Forrest Anderson to- day ordered all salary adjust- ments lo slate employees must conform to President Nixon's wage freeze. The governor said he directed Doyle Sa.xby. stale controller, to monitor the salary changes of slate employees for this purpose. Benson labels move upsetting Govt. fakes hard line in U.S. battle Floating plan backed LONDON (CP) Britain is reported by informants today as prepared to support any Euro- pean move to float their curren- cies temporarily but would also like to see this move co-ordi- nated with Japan to prevent an unfair imbalance in world trade. The informants said that An- thony Barber, chancellor of the exchequer, has urged Canadian Finance Minister Edgar Benson to convene a meeting of the Group of Ten, the 10 lop in- dustrial countries including Japan, urgently. Benson is current chaiitnan of this powerful forum. Some re- ports suggest that the meeting may take place this weekend in Washington but the informants said Barber urged that the meeting be convened some- where in Europe. In Ottawa, Benson said the situation warrants such a meet- ing. The members of the group in addition to Canada and Britain are: The United States, Japan, West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden. MARKETS STILL SHUT World turbulence and conlu- sion caused by President Nix- on's bombshell decisions to bol- ster the U.S. dollar by tempo- rarily ending its convertibility into gold, continued today with (lie London and many European foreign exchange markets re- maining shut as governments studied how best to realign their currencies and trade policies. One result of the Nixon deci- sions was to strengthen the Brit- ish government's view to join the European camp in building a possible unified monetary de- lence against American pres- sures. Finance and foreign ministers of the six Common Market countries will meet at Brussels Thmsday and il appeared they may agree on a joint floating of their currencies as a temporary measure. Informants said Brit- ain would be prepared to go along with such a decision. Chaos prevailed on Tokyo's slock and foreign exchange markets again today as bank- ers and traders faced the pros- pect of Japan having to re- value or float the yen. MXON BARNSTORMS Meanwhile, President Nrxon, on a whirlwind six-state cam- paign-type trip, sought public support today for his tough new economic policies through sacrifice by both workers and businessman. A theme sounded in New York Tuesday night that it is essenlial for Americans to tighten their bells if inflation is to be halted is expected to be invoked again and again by Nixon as lie visits five states in the next two davs. By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) The federal cabinet met today to form a delegation which will go to Washington Thursday to seek an exemption for Canada from (he United States import sur- charges. Acting Prime Minister Milch- ell Sharp told reporters that the U.S. government has agreed to meet a Canadian delegation at 2 p.m. EOT Thursday. The U.S. delegation meeting the Canadi- ans mil be headed by Secretary of the Treasury John Connolly Finance Minister E. J. Ben- son, who officials say will likely go to Washington with the Cana- dian delegation, returned to Ot- tawa at a.m. today after cutting short a European holi- day. ile said (lie American an- nouncement of 10-per-cent sur- charges on a wide range of im- ports, and the suspension of U.S. trading in gold, was "very upsetting." As he entered the cabinet SIR KEITH HOLYOAKE PREMIER McMAHON Troop withdrawal plan announced CANBERRA (Reuter) Prime Minister William Mc- Mahon announced today that most ol Australia's troops would be withdrawn from Vietnam by Christmas. At almost the same time, Prime Minister Sir Keith Holy- oake announced in Wellington that all New Zealand combat troops in South Vietnam would be withdrawn "by about the end of this year." Holyoake told Parliament that the decision had been taken after consultation with the gov- ernments of South Vietnam, the United States and Australia. In Canberra, McMahon told the House of Representatives that only some military training and advisory- elements will be remaining in South Vietnam next year, "if they are wanted and if satisfactory arrange- ments can be made." Australia has two baltalions of troops, plus other army, navy and air force units in South Vietnam. Current forces are 6.000 strong, following a peak in 19G8. Mediation also announced a reduction in the period of the active draft for Australian men from two years to 18 months. The number of men called up each year would remain un- changed at Army helicopter explodes in air P E G N IT Z, West Germany (AP) A U.S. Army transport helicopter with 37 men aboard exploded in the air today near the Grafenwoehr training area and there were no blown survi- vors, the army -eported. Strom too busy to meet Indians EDMONTON (CP) Premier Hany Strom has advised the Stony Indians that he is loo busy wilh his election campaign lo meet with them in a dispute Ihat could result in an attempt to establish toll gates on the Trans-Canada Highway. The band council had tele- phoned an invitation lo Uie pre- mier asking hun to meet wilh Ihem today on the Stony Indian reserve which straddles the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Banff. Mr. Sfrom's office Stiid (he premier sent the council a tele- gram Tuesday slating that it was impossible for him to nl- lejicl Iho meeting because of long-slanding rnnipaign com- mitments (or (lie Aug. pro- vincial election. "We'd be prepared lo meet with you at some mutually con- venient dale following Ihe, elec- the telegram snid. The Sillily I il u 111 11 a ImvL- threatened to erecl .1 loll gate on Ihe Trans-Cniuida Highway whoic il passes through Ihcir reserve and charge 25 ccnl-s il cnr unless Ilicir grievance with the government is settled. They have named Friday, Aug. 20 as the deadline for set- tlement RIGHTS IN QUESTION The grievance centres on the council's request for control over mineral rights on their re- scrvci 40 miles west of Calgary. Three years ago the band signed over the MO acres re- quired in Ihc widening of Ihe Trans-Canada Highway and was given 13.500 acres elescwhcrc as compcnsalion. Now. the Indians say, the gov- ernment will not grant them mineral righls on Ihc new l.ind. The council said il. had been lokl Ilio government will rrljiin ripbl.s on Iho nc-ir bnd while the Indians arc lo rclain control of mineral rights under the widened highway. A tribal spokesman said Ihe band is dissatisfied with (he ar- rangement and is "Inking back Ihe l.ind under (he Trans-Can- ada Highway." The Albcrla govciiimcnl has said il docs unl plan lo change jls position. Attorney-General Edgar Ger- blocks the highway will be ar- haii has said that anyone who rested. damage suit is thrown out CALGARY (CP) The Al- berta Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed a SI suit against Premier Harry Strom designed lo slop strip-mining on Mount Rundlc near Ihe entrance to Banff National Park. Mr. .Justice II. V. Riley said in dismissing the case Ihat Ihc courl does not legislate past government regulations and it does not conduct government business. The court's function is lo in- lerprct Ihc law, he lold Cal- gary lawyer Alfred Harris v.'ho had brought Ihe sril. Tin- suit, in addition to seek- ing token damages, sought lo have strip-mining slopped on Mount Hundlo iml.ll the public had a chance to decide on the issue. Mr. Strom was represented by William McGillivary, who moved lo slrike out Ihe appli- cation on the grounds that it was frivolous. He contended Mr. Harris had no grounds for bringing ihe aclion before Ilic court. Mr. Juslicc Riley spoke about Ihc naming of Premier Strom as th" defendant. "I think that is he said, adding that he had no al- lern.itive hut lo slrike out Uie action. Ile tcld Mr. Harris tli.-.l if he lakcn action against the environmental authorities ralh- er than against the premier Iho suit might have, slood. meeting, Mr. Benson said he didn't whether the U.S. government had agreed to meet the Canadian delegation. But a few minutes later Mr. Sharp said Washington had agreed to the 2 p.m. Thursday discus- sions. NOT A THREAT Mr. Benson side-stepped ques- tions about hov.T lough Ihc Cana- dian Eland would be in protest- ing Uie s u r c h a r g e s. Asked whether Canada would retaliate with tariffs against American goods, he said: "It's not a threatening mailer al all." "I think il is to the benefit of the United States that the huge Canadian market remain avail- able." Earlier, during an airport in- terview following his arrival back in Ottawa, the finance minister said [hat Canada wouldn't just be "making a plea" to Washington. Canada approach Washington as an equal in North American trade. "The United States action really cannot work to the bene- fit of the United Slates so far as Canada is Mr. Ben- son said. "II may well under- mine their ability to increase their exports to Canada. "You don't make a plea for these things. We are a strong, independent country, and we will deal with the United States as an equal. "Quite apart from pleading, we will point out to them that this might very well undermine the Americans are trying to do, to become more competi- tive." COULD HIT EXPORTS Mr. Benson said it Tras natu- rally a great concern that one- quarter of Canada's exports to the United bil- lion out of total sales running to about S12 be hit by extra duties as high as 10 per cent. "But I don't think the whole of the Canadian economy is going to be upset. "It's hard to measure the ef- fect on unemployment, but this does affect one-quarter of our sales to our biggest customer, and unemployment is already too high in this country. But they have more unemployment more they are trying lo stop it." Mr. Benson said he is still worried about the high value of the Canadian dollar in interna- tional exchange markets. It has risen since Sunday's announce- ment, but Mr. Benson believed the U.S. action will "lend to sta- bilize" Uie Canadian dollar. Mideast merger looms DAMASCUS (AP) Presi- dent Amvar Sadat of Egypt ar- rived in Syria today to ratify the final draft of a constitution that will join Egypt with Syria rnd Libya in a federation Sept. J. Sadat welcomed at the airport by President Hafez Assad o[ Syria and Col. Muammar Kad- dafi, the Libyan leader, who ar- rived Tuesday night. Several hundred spectators chanted a welcome at the air- port. It was the first visit by an Egyptian leader to Damascus since 1961 when President Gamal Abdel Nasser was wildly acclaimed. Egypt and Syria were federated al the lime but the union laler broke up. Sadat, mindful of the failure of the last federation, is ap- proaching Iho new venture me- thodically and painstakingly. An R2 man staff preceded him into Damascus. Syrian and Egyptian Com- munist.; came oul publicly today in support of Ihc projected fed- eration, lo avert a Sudanese-style anti-Communist crackdown. Declarnlion.', of support came hard on Ihc heels of press re- ports Ihat llu three govern- ments planned sweeping purges of anti-union forces in llwir ;