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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta EUNNY fSWiJirasji rm FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 85-90. The LcthbruUjc Herald LETIIBHIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Lands in Vancouver Hijacker seeks cash, weapons VANCOUVER (CP) A United Airlines Jetliner cany- ing an armed hijacker demand- ing million in ransom, gold bars and a small arsenal of weapcms landed at Vancouver International Airport today at a.m. Minutes after Hie aircraft crossed the Canadian border, United officials in the United States confirmed the ransom demand. The aircraft carried no passengers, just crew. V.'hal arrangements were being made was not imme- diately known. However, the plane crew was discussing with air traffic control at the airport the location of a forklift truck on the runway. Dozens of policemen were at the ail-port, on the runways and in the big terminal building. A number of flights destined for and originating from Van- couver were being delayed. Aircraft in the runways were three- reported being wheeled into hangars. in power struggle ROAD MAP IN THE of August'i monlhly overogo of 5.3 thunderstorms hit sou- thern Alberta Thursday night, filling the skies with speclacular lightning bolls and dumping various amounls of rain and hail on the region. The extreme electrical activity was more spec- tacular than anything, but no reports of lightning strikes were received. Lethbridge reported from .01 of on inch lo .2 of on inch of precipitation within a three-mile area. Park take reported some hail, as did Coalhursl which also received up to three quarlers of an inch of rain and Fort Macleod. No crop damage reports havo been received. Bill Graenen photo Ottawa rejects demand for strike Intervention but war tar from over By ROD of Tlie. Canadian WASHINGTON Almost unnoticed by the Ameri- can public, Ihe Vietnam war has ended for U.S. ground combat troops years after the first U.S. marines waded ashore at Da Nang in 1965. Without fanfare in the field or banner headlines back home, Ihe lone remaining U.S. infantry unit mado its last combat patrol last Friday llwn handed in il.i equipment and prepared lo leave. As a writer for the Washington Post observed, his newspaper recorded the event casually in a two para- graph item on page 20 and "the New York Times does nol seem to have noted the occasion at all." The difference between this and past wars, of ccurse, is that although the U.S. infantry has come home from the front Hie war is not over. The force that hit a peak of 5I3.MO men under President Lyndon John- son in IdijO will be cut lo by next September, including advisers, logistic personnel, air crews and other technicians. In addition, however, there remains another 000 7iir force, navy and marine personnel fighting the war from bases in Thailand and Guam and 71h Fleet ships off the Vietnamese coast. iiOMIHXG GOI'S ON Indeed, or. the clay of Ihc last combat patrol Am- erican bombers curried out what the U.S. command de- scribed as Ilio h'.'avicst raids of tlie war on targets In North and Vietnam. AnnUxT of llu1 many cruel ironies of Ibis longest and most unpopular war in American history is lhal as the infantry prepared lo teavc Da Nang, th'i area is under us serious a threat as it was when Hie first troops landed there. More pertinent in the current U.S. election-year atmosphere is Ihe fact the war is about as controver- sial a campaign issue now as it was wlien President Johnson, seeing the Vietnam as his Waterloo, decided against seeking re-election in H'Mt. In the 11 years in which the U.S. lias supplied observers and advisers and then military force, the fighting has claimed American lives, left wounded ;md listed as missing. Hut if the Nixon adrninislration anticipated (hat the ending of ground combat and the resulting decline in American casualties would take the steam out of the war as an election issue, it apparently was mistaken. Washinglon officials had said it would fake three months before Ihe bombing would have an effect, but now five months havo passed nix! some field com- are qunled ns saying there has been lilllo vi'ihlc impact. And the New York Times' Malcolm Hroxvne, in n Saigon dispatch, says tlvnt barring Ihi- elcition anti-war candidate Mcdovern or rnn- grrs.sionsl acliun lo reduce llu> war effort, U.S. com- manders Iherc foresee an indefinite conflict thai could last years or decades. VANCOUVER (CP) Em- ployers and longshoremen's representatives met again Thursday, but no end to (he dock dispute appeared in sight as the shut-down moved into its llth day. Food shortages were still af- fecting Ocean Falls, B.C. ami some other coastal settlements and Pacific Western Airlines scheduled a special flight to Port Hardy, B.C., today wilh pounds of perishable goods aboard a Boeing 737. In Ottawa Thursday, Labor Minister Martin O'Connell re- jected Premier W1. A. C. Ben- nett's appeal for a declaration ol a national emergency. Tho minister said Moral repre- sentatives have been involved in (he negotiations here for sev- eral days. "It is a very serious problem, but I think to elevate il at this lime lo status of a national emergency Is he siaid. No report on Thursday's ne- gotiations was announced, al- though Ed Strang of the British Columbia Maritime Employees Association said "no construc- tive negotiations" had taken place. He said Dr. Noel Hall, chairman of a Federal Concilia- tion Board is sitting in on meet- ings hut in only an unofficial capacity. In Victoria, Resources Minis- ler Ray Williston said the pro- vincial government may bill Ottawa for the cost of flying food to Ocean Falls and other towns. He said he believed Ot- tawa had an obligation, hut lhal Hie government would wait until final costs are tallied be- fore making any representation to the federal government. In a separate dispute at the New Westminster docks, about 20 longshoremen refused to un- load automobiles from tiic Ja- seres by Chinese panese ship Canada Mani. Port Manager Capt. W. J. Kavanagh said the men stopped work Wednesday and that no cars were unloaded Thursday. lie said the ship will nol go lo a U.S. port to unload. Pacific Coast Terminals, where the .ehip was being un- loaded, refased to comment on (lie dispute. It is believed to in- volve men who drive Ihc cars from the ship into the com- pounds for .servicing. Officials of tho Longshore- men's and Warehousemen's union in Vancouver accused Premier Hcnnclt of using tho dock dispute for political gain. Don Garcia. Canadian area union president, said Mr. Hcn- nett wants to see Urn dockers ordered hack to work by Ihe federal government only "so the way is clear for him to get re-elected." Tiie longshoremen havo vot- ed 93 per cent in favor of strike action. If a strike is called, five other B.C. porls could be tied up. The issue thai ballooned into Ihc walkout concerns (he assign- ment of a regular work force of longshoremen lo specific jobs on the docks. From APiREUTER LONDON (CP) A p o w e r struggle between Britain's dock union leader and his militant ri- vals was building up today as London longshoremen prepared to vote on whether to continue their three-week slrike. About half the country's 000 dockworkers voted at mass Wheait sale announced OTTAWA (CP) An agree- ment was signed Friday under which Algeria can buy up to metric 18 million wheat a year from Canada between 1973 and 1977. If the total amount is taken, the value of the sale could reach million. The agreement signed by Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin and Algerian Ambassador Dja- mel Houhou. It Is in addition lo the 1970 agreement under which Algeria is buying be- tween and one million metric tons by 1975. meetings Thursday to comply with the transport union's deci- sion to return to work Monday. But at the northern port of Liverpool men decided to follow the line of the militant National Dock Shop Stewards Committee and continue the strike, called in protest against dwindling dock jobs caused by containerization. Longshoremen fear their jobs will he eliminated by inland centres where goods are packed into containers for ship- ment instead of being loaded bit by bit into ships' holds. BIG TEST TODAY The big test in Ihe power struggle between union leader Jack Jones and the militant shop stewards will come with today's vote by the London dockers. Militant floor leaders pre- dicted the London men wmilrl extend the walkout, making it likely that at least half of Brit- ain's dockers would be on wildcat strike when the offi- cial strike ends. Militants at Hull, another major port, also believed their men would vote today to stay out. Airport officials here con- firmed the jet was in a holding pattern over the airport for some time, before finally touch- ing down. The drama started when a man arrived at Reno Inter- national Airport armed with a U.S. army-style carbine, lie hoarded the aircraft just before it was due lo take ofl for a flight to San Francisco and or- dered the 52 passengers and three stewardesses off. The flick deck first officer and flight engi- ordered to stay aboard and get the aircraft ofl the ground. United officials in Chicago said the hijacker asked for in bills and the re- mainder of the million in S20s. He also demanded two heavy-calibre magnum pistols, three sub-machine guns, a flashlight, 20 containers of pep pills, walkie-talkies and s radio that United said would enabla him to monitor broadcasts. Kissinger, Tliien end meeting SAIGON (AP) Henry Kis- singer ended two days of talks with President Nguyen Van Thieu today and flew to Japan, leaving no public hints of what they said to each other. Brief statements issued by the U.S. embassy and by Tnei's office said the more than five hours of talks had dealt with the "general situation" ill Viet- nam and the peace negotiations in Paris. If there were any significant disagreements between Kissin- ger and the South Vietnamese, '.hey were not revealed by tho statements, even though they were issued separately. Fourteen march in favor of capital punishment Ry JOHN HURNS IP Publications PEKING The Chinese wined and dined External Af- fairs Minister Mitchell Sharp in the gram! sfyle last night, sere- nading him with Frcncn-Cunn- dian sonps and filling Ins ears wilh tfcnlle flattery about L'iiiiEulii and Ihc role she plays in Ihe world, After an itrmy band bad given remarkably deft renditions nf such slrjndmxls as AloucHe Vive I .a Cnnadicnnc, Chinese- Foreign Minister Chi rose lo (ell n banquet luidience Canada "is a beautiful country'1 people tl by "indu.s- Irions and talented people." Mr. Chi, host in tho grand sitlon of the Great Hall of the People, was especially fulsomo in hi.s praise of Prime Minister 'My Ontl? ho currins IVOOftflft Siffll QfQiHMf. Hnv Pierre T r u rf o a vi, who iias pledged to visit China as soon as possible after the next elec- he is re-elected. Under Mr. Trudcau's leader- ship, Mr. Chi said, "Canada lias, in recent years achieved considerable successes in safe- guarding slate sovereignly and pursuing her independent for- eign veiled way of applauding the Canadian gov- ernment for stanthr.f! up to tlic United Stales. Mr. Trndeau's ii.'ime cropped up later in tlie speccli, with the schoolmasterly foreign minister declaring tliat the prime minister "has ;tll along active in promoting Ihe development of relations be- livcen China and reference not only to his initia- tive in seeking diplomatic rela- tions, but in visiting China II) years ago and laler co-autlior- inj! n book about his ences. "We .are looking forward lo Iliis visit of great importance to tlie development of friendly re- lations between Cliina and Can- ada.1' Mr. Chi .said, to one of several rounds of applause from Ihe Ififl Canadians present. Apart from applauding Can- ada's role in defending her own sovereignly, Mr. Clii praised her support for "the jnsl posi- tion of many small and me- dinm-M7rd countries in protccl- inK their marilinre resources iiiul defending their rights over territorial policy that finis Ottawa at odds "All this has for Canada a high reputo inter- nationally." Mr. Chi said. Seen and heard About town I TANDY-MAN Doug I'opp, happy with the job lie did eovering his garage stucco wire, only to discover he did it alt backwards C'lirisline II r a a t wondering what was growing through her front door, wi.s shocked to discover it was p pumpkin plnnl Sadie (Cookie) flilclirist a visitor from Scot- Innd in unfamiliar surround- ings recycling a tea hag. David William Threinen, 24, charged in the death of Angela Huemcr, tfi, of Lethbridge did not appear in provincial judge's court today, but M city residents picketed the court's entrance with signs In favor of the reinstatement of capital punishment in Canada. The protest, originally sched- uled to coincide with Threinen's return from the Alberta ]lospi- tal at Ponoka, following a 35- day examination period, was organized by Rudy Langhofer, lil, of-606 J7th St. N. He said he had been Angela's friend. It was announced earlier- this week that doctors required more time to complcle Ilicir examination. The pickclers, who included Air. and Mrs. Joachim Hucnier dead girl's parents car- ried signs reading such things as "capital punishment is a must for Canada." Mr. Langhofer said lie had slartcd organizing the protest a "couple of weeks after ray friend got killed. A group of 10 persons met In Gait Gardens shortly after 7 a.m. today, distributed signs and took their posts on the side- walk In front of the entrance to the provincial judge's court at the city police station at about 8 a.m. Only four other persons join- ed the protestors at the police station. "For a town with a popula- tion of more than per- sons, more should have turned out. Maybe some were concern- ed 7 a.m. was a little early to meet, others may have lieen afraid of having their pictures taken, but if they were really concerned about what we are trying to do they would have said Mr. Langhofer. He said he felt most of those at the protest were in favor of capital punishment "mostly be- cause of Angela's "The re-instatement of capi- lal punishment in Canada w'i't help Angela, she is gone, it could prevent other such deaths in the future. "I believe in an eye (or an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I feel if a person takes another person's life stops another from living then that person has no right to said Mr. Langhofer. Mrs. Helga Huemer said the government spends so much money, "why can't build good hospitals so the public can be protected, especially our kids. "We send so much money to other countries, why can't we clean up the mess at she said. Police and court officials re- fused comment. Shortly after the pro- testers ietf the police station to march on a predetermined route; north on 4lh Ave. to llth St. S-, then east on lllh St. S. to (ith Ave.. then west 6th Ave. to 5lh St. S. and finally return- ing to the police station. The protestors followed Hie circuit twice. Mayor skeptical that goven ment will implement financing report Commercially zoued land, vvliich is left undeveloped while value poos up, should he more heavily laxpcl, Mayor Andy Anderson says, Commenting on the provin- ei.il lask force report on muni- cipal provincial financing re- leased Insl week, Mayor And- rrsnri said a higher )ax on such properly would provide some incentive to the owner to de- velop his land. However, (here Is no such recommendation in the inlcrim report. It riocs urge R lax credit system for all properly owners to offset Ihe education tax levy on property, Under (lie system, a basic income tax deduction of up to for ur- ban and S150 tor rural property could be declared on provincial income tax. The mayor agrees wilh most of the report's recommenda- tions, but. says he rlooxi't Ihink the provincial government, will nccept them, If the government adopts the proposals, I hero will have lo lie some juggling in the municipal mill rate, but properly (axes could be stabilized, the mayor coys. Elimination of the municipal assistance grants which the re- port filso recommends provid- ed tathhririgc. with (his year. That revenue would be losl to the city and would have lo he raised by other means, he added. Civic expenditures rios- pilals nursing homes and social assistance would, taken over by Hie province, if the report is adopted, leaving some city tax revenues for redistribution, Hie .said. The mayor also agrees com- mercial and industrial enter- prises should pick up part of the difference, through an in- creased property tax. A limit should bp ret, however, on the amount of lax charged to small businesses, he said. One recommendation the re- port docs not make concerns the existing system of Increas- ed taxation for property im- provements. Thfl mayor sup- posts if the tax assessment was on the land, rather than improvements to build 1 n ps, taxes would stabilize and would provide an incentive to reno- old ;