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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Uthbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 215 AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS TWO PAGES All rails blocked by national strike Accidental bombing blamed on inexperienced crew New Yojk Times WASHINGTON A senior air force officer says the accidental bombing that killed 137 Cambodians in the town of Neak Luong August 6 was due primarily to the failure of the B-52's navigator to throw a single switch. The who asked not to be also said the B-52 that accidentally bombed Neak Luong was using a technique of finding its target that the air force abandoned six years ago in South Vietnam as The technique involves the use of a ground beacon broadcasting high frequency radio waves on which the bomber fixes as a navigational point. The beacon en- ables the using a computer on to strike at targets in the vicinity. if the navigator does not throw a switch on a so-called the bomb- er zeroes in on the beacon instead of the intended tar- get. This is what happened at Neak the officer 6 aid. The officer said an inquiry by the Strategic Air Command at Eighth Air Force Headquarters on Guam had also established Cambodian government soldiers had placed the ground which he described as bigger than a woman's on a pole six feet off the ground in the heart of the garrison town. should have been put a mile or so away hi the he contended. Lethbridg-e pickets at CP Rail About 160 non-operating employees of CP Rail are on picket duty at four areas of the following instructions of the nation-wide rail strike. Local indus- try spokesmen have expressed fears for perishable food such as now stopped on tracks en route to market. Answer expected quickly RED DEER The Public Utilties Board has prom- ised a quick decision on appli- cations for milk price increas- es and says it does not see a need for a two-price system unless it can be shown to be to the advantage of consumers. Board member W. D. Aber- crombie said there is recogni- tion of the urgency for a prompt decision on an applica- tion by Alberta milk produc- ers to raise the price by a hundredweight to Four Alberta dairies are also seeking an increase of up to 1.6 cents on a quart of homog- enized milk which now sells for a minimum of 33 cents. While an open mind on the Mr. Abercrom- bie said the two-price issue is incidental to the question of price increases. Few laughing today at Journal bomb hoax EDMONTON A gaunt man with one hand hidden in an orange juice can and the other on a battered suitcase full of books sat for four hours Thurs- day in a newspaper library while hundreds Stood in fear of him. Out of police were discussing how quickly he die if they shot him. The man had entered The Ed- monton Journal building and threatened to blow the four- storey structure if the newspaper did not print his se- lection of literary mostly quotations from such philosophers as Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The Journal printed his docu- ment in a but when shown the writings spread across four columns on the front the man sought re- assurance from two radio re- porters that it had indeed been published. This the man said a hoax. It's all a you The intruder said he was that The Journal had not printed any of the letters to the editor he had written during the last 25 years. The Journal published the document under the statement or a Only 200 copies were made and none reached the a Journal spokesman said. The paper said it intends to publish the document in today's editions. Canadians stormed by armed boarders Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News 6-10 23 4 ...18 13 16 Markets 3 Sports 25 Entertainment 11 Travel ......17 19-22 Weather......2 Workshop......26 LOW TON1QHT HIGH SAT. COOL AUCKLAND French sailors armed with clubs and knives swarmed aboard a nuclear protest yacht off Mururoa beat up the skipper and kicked the naviga- tor two women crew members said today. Anne-Marie and Mary were describ- ing how the Canadian ketch Greenpeace HI was seized by the French navy' in inter- national waters last month shortly before France exploded its third nuclear device in the present series. Speaking on arrival here by air from Papeete where the French had taken Miss Home said the one of whom also had a attacked skipper David McTaggart of Vancouver during a 20-second scuffle in the vessel's cockpit. beat him with the they hit him repeat- she said. The Englishman Nigel came up from below where he had been oper- ating the radio and was also hit with coshes and kicked in the side and groin until he was she said. Miss bruised on the said she and Miss Lornie took photographs of the but the sailors threw then- movie camera overboard and seized film in other cameras. She described the attack as brutal and and said she would insist New Zealand take action against France. The ketch with the two women and Ingham aboard was then towed away and McTaggart was taken aboard a French warship to hospital in Papeete. NEW PRESS SET SEPT. 10 The Herald is experienc- ing difficulty getting its old presses to hang on until Sept. after which they will no longer be needed. The new offset press will be put into full operation Sept. 10. A major gear which syn- chronizes the two old press- es broke making it impossible to print two sections at once. Rebuild- ing the damaged gear would take several days and machinists are doubt- ful even if it would last. Replacing the gear would take even longer. The decision has been made to hobble along with one as was done Wed- Thursday and to- day by printing one section at a time and hand-in- serting one into another. This move means earlier news deadlines per- later home delivery. We ask our readers to bear with us. While we cannot switch over the entire paper to offset printing until Sept. some sections will be produced in this manner in the interim because of the current emergency. We also draw our read- ers' attention to the fact that seme pages have been rearranged because of the doubled printing time. MONTREAL Non-op- erating railway workers have brought rail service across Can- ada to a halt Thursday night _with a national strike. The big question the federal government's unanswered today. The after al- most a month of regional strikes which failed to win their contract launched the nationwide walkout at supper saying it will last in- definitely. The strike leaves more than employees of Canadian National and CP the larg- est two of the 11 railways in- out of work. Labor Minister John whose personal mediation ef- forts early this week failed to break the deadlock in had about an hour's warning of the strike. An official in his office said the minister was not saying until he has a total assessment of where everything is The last two national rail in 1966 and were ended by parliamentary back- to-work legislation after less than 10 days. The non-ops union said Thurs- day Judge Alan B. Gold's 15- day attempt to mediate the dis- pute is He was expected to hold at least one meeting today with the parties involved but there was no optimism that he would find any last-minute solution. He met both parties Thursday. Wages have remained the stumWing block throughout and an indication of what was of- fered and demanded during the last two weeks came from vari- ous sources following the na- tional strike announcement. The railways had offered seven per cent increases in the first year of a two-year contract and 6.5 per cent more in the second year. Richard chief negotia- tor for the Associated Non-Op- erating Railway said a higher settlement was during mediation but added was not a firm He said the suggestion was 32-cent hourly increases retro- active to Jan. 1 and covering the first eight months of resumption of negotiations in September on a new two-year contract and arbitration at the end of this year on all items not settled by then. was an insult to our in- telligence and he said. The railways said the non-ops had turned down a company of- fer of increases totalling 17.4- per-cent in three stages over two years. Earlier sources in- dicated the unions in Ottawa talks this week before Mr. a settlement that involved an S.S-per-cent in- cents an hour on the average wage of the first year of a two-year agree- ment. The sources said second- year terms would be sent to binding but with a guarantee-the second increases would not be less than 27.5 cents an hour. Mr. Smith said the unions' Lakers win N.B. Leth- bridge Lakers bounced back into the fight for a semi-final berth in the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships today by blanking Prince Eward Is- land 5-0. Al Ferchuk hurled the shutout. The Alberta champion Lakers lost their first two games 4-0 to Manitoba and 1-0 to New Brunswick. decision to call a national strike was made with but there was alterna- tive.'' He accused the railways of locking out many thousands of our members and having gone out of their way to antagonize and in- timidate could in railway cars As much as million worth of baef processed in Lethbridge packing plants could rot in rail- way cars stranded by the na- tional non-op rail workers a city food workers un- ion spokesman fears. Grain cars loaded and ready for shipment to the terminals at Vancouver and Thunder Bay have been frozen by the na- tional strike. far as CP Rail is con- the railway is shut- said company spokes- man Fred Draper of Calgary. Norm business agent for the Canadian Food and Allied Workers Union which represents about 500 meat packing plant employees in Lethbridge and Medicine told The Herald CP Rail must service refrigerated cars containing the meat or it will shrink and literally rot. A CP spokesman in Calgary told The Herald refrigeration cars do not need daily servic- ing. He said they run on gas motors and CP will endeavor to keep them operating. Mr. LeClaire called the situa- tion and would be a bloody disaster if that meat rotted in view of the national One Lethbridge meat packing plant laid off men Thursday and others say they will follow suit next week. Swift Canadian plant man- ager Jim Gough said between 30 and 40 workers are out of work bscause of the strike. The layoffs were necessary because the series of regional rotating strikes seriously ham- pered movement of livestock to the he said. Canada which oper- ates the largest livestock slaughter plant in Lethbridge. will be laying off one complete shift of about 65 Mr. Le- Claire said Canada Packers relies heavily on rail transport to move its finished products. Canadian Dressed Meats owned by Burns Foods is expected to lay off 40 to 50 about half its staff. Alberta Western in Medicine a subsidiary of is also affected. Other Lethbridge industries affected by the strike are Elli- son Milling Co. and Catelli a major supplier of pasta foods for macaroni and spaghetti. Western Canadian Seed Pro- cessors Ltd. in the the largest rapeseed crushing plant in will be affected to some according to com- pany president Hugh Michael. Mr. Michael said the most immediate effect is the delay of shipment of product to the customer. Dowling moves to battle costs EDMONTON Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling today announced governm e n t measures to help Alberta citizens on fixed income fight the rising cost of living. Mr. Dowling announced a new benefit program for senior citizens that will cost in excess of million. All Al- berta citizens 65 years and old- er receiving old age security and their dependents are eligible. Under the new plan optical services and dental care and medical and surgical appliances will be provided. Optical services and materi- als include glasses and repairs to glasses. The dental as- sistance program will cover such things as extrac- dentures and bridge work. hear- ing orthopedic shoes and wheel chairs are some of the medical and surgical applianc- es which wiH be covered. In addition old age security who also receive the guaranteed income will receive an ad- ditional per month. Mr. Dowling said the govern- ment is looking for more ways to assist senior citizens but de- clined to elaborate. He said the three pronged benefit pro- gram and the direct assis- tance plan will be put into ef- fect just as soon as possible. Mr. Dowling also announced increases in the minimum wage. Effective Oct. A1-. berta's minimum wage for per- sons 18 years of age and over will increase to per hour from the present and to per hour effective April 1974. The minimum wage for stu- dents employed part time will also be increased from per hour to on Oct. and to per hour April 1974. Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer announced his depart- ment is moving forward with plans to establish throughout the prov- ince as another means of help- ing lower the family food bill. He said farmers markets are viable alternatives to the large supermarkets when it comes to fresh and wholesale food at lower prices. and About town PHOTOGRAPHER T i m Mailings asking fellow workers to save burned out light bulbs for his dark room Bill Havinga retrieving his favorite hockey stick from his tomato patch where had been using it for a stake. SHOULD BARTENDERS BE FEW AGREE By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer A 14-year-old girl is served alcohol in a then wanders away into wintry countrv fields. She is found frozen to death three days later. She is seven years below the legal drinking age of the time. An inquest rules alcohol was a major con- tributing factor to her death. pie pile out of a into an automobile and seven die as a result. Two drunken drivers meet each other on a Southern Al- berta highway. Six die. There are a depresslngly large number of such cases in coroners' files throughout the province. One such file belongs to Fort Macleod Dr. T. J. Walker. That file leads him to say he province made venders o fal- cohol liable for the damage or injury caused by custom- ers who leave their prem- iseis in an overly-intoxicated state. Ontario makes sellers of al- cohol liable for injury and suicide committed by their customers while under the in- fluence. A provincial commit- tee has recommended Alberta do the same. tion in seen them selling it to people in the ALCB when they could barely stand up. feel if a man leaves a bar or other public place and has obviously been served liquor while grossly the proprietor should stand with him in court the next morning and be charged jointly as a con- tributor to this person's But who can say where a per- wlrether he wouldn't have man- aged it anyway even if refused A senior police official says making bar operators liable for actions of customers is too dra- stic. They would go out of busi- ness. Operators would be too afraid to serve he says. Bar manager Ed Phillips of the Alexandra Hotel in Leth- bridge says respon- ''We are neither babysitters nor social workers. People should be able to take care of their own affairs. can't say to a guy only one drink an hour because that's the legal limit for driv- Other bar managers say it's hard to judge if someone has .had a lot to drink at another bar. One drink in their bar is enough to send the drinker over pretty hard to nail It down to one says Plainesman Hotel bar manager Bob McLaren. Assistant bar manager at the El James says he can only hope to rec- ognize the extreme cases. But he says proprietors should be liable for allowing underage drinking even though girl of 14 can look like 20 nr.A nnn f.t Oft lilra 1A ;