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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Communist Britain? 'Mood so strange anything is possible' .f an nf unreahtv to Britain these sultry possibility, as did a full-page analysis in LONDON (CP) Gen Sir Walter Walker, a retired NATO commander-in-chief for northern Europe, predicts on television that Britain may go Communist by 1980 unless it wakes up Col David Stirling, a city stockbroker who was a major in the Indian army and an aide-de- camp to a top Second World War commander, says volunteers from all over Britain are flock- ing to join his own and Walker's Unison organization, which aims to keep essential ser- vices going in a general strike Plans for such a contingency have been going on secretly since a coal miners strike late last year caused power cuts and half-time work in factories and shops Walker, a brisk, white-moustached 61, has been organizing a network of volunteers from his Somerset farm, allocating "control areas" and signing up men and women willing to fly planes, provide foodstuffs, drive ambulances and per- form other emergency services Stirling said the appeal has had "a tremendous response, people are worried about the way things are going "I've just had a call from a man with a herd of beef cattle who says he can feed a division if need be Stirling, founder of a semi-secret, commando- like intelligence corps attached to the British Ar- my, has been forced by leaks to a left-wing publication to admit prematurely the existence of Great Britain 75, which he had hoped to keep secret for some time The organization would counter militant strikes by airlifting technicians by helicopter over picket lines at power stations and other essential installations This groundswell of middleclass discontent gives an air of unreality to Britain these sultry summer curious throwback to the emotions of 1926 when middle-class patriots, as they saw themselves, drove trains and manned buses to break the nine-day general strike Unreal or not, the editor of a highly respected business magazine says the mood in the country is "so strange almost anything could happen Even The Times has published three articles within a month speculating on the possibilities of a military coup in by Lord Chalfont, former Labor defence minister All in varying degrees discounted the possibility, as did a full-page analysis in the serious Sunday newspapei, The Observer But the fact that such a topic is being seriously dis- cussed would have seemed fantasy a year ago The groups speak of the need for a national leader, but say they would not take any action until approached by the government for help in a strike emergency. When asked if he thought either a Tory or Labor government would be likely to ask for such help, Stirling said "By that time, we may well have no government at all (See other story Page 11) The Lethbridge Herald VOL LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 1974 20 CENTS 72 Pages Grain meet cancelled as useless Compiled from Canadian Press VANCOUVER An uneasy pease settled over the grain handling industry here today as both sides await the threatened picketing and lockout set for Monday The 550 members of the grain workers union do not normally work a weekend shift Union spokesman Henry Kancs said pickets will go ,_, up at United Grain 1 anker regulation scorched No change in power rate seen A Calgary Power Ltd application for a 4 1 per cent surcharge to its rates to be charged for three months won t affect city residents bills says Oli Erdos city utility director The surcharge would be absorbed by the electrical department if approved Said Mr Erdos Friday Unless there are drastic changes somewhere we don't see an increase in city electrical rates before 1976 Mr Erdos said A Public Utilities Board hearing on Calgary Power s application for the three month surcharge to take effect Oct 1 starts Monday A Calgarv Power spokesman said Friday the surcharge is re- quired in order to recover a loss in revenue which occurred during the first three months of 1974 when the final rates as approved by the utilities board were not in effect The surcharge would be refundable he added, if as a result of applying the surcharge the com- pany s year-end results show that the allowable rate of return set by the board is exceeded The net cost to the consumer (outside Lethbridge) will be about two per centjOT October Novemb< the pany oficial said Electrical rates were last increased by the city .n 1973 by about per year Cyprus threatens guerrilla warfare WALTER KERBER photo A flash of scarlet An enthusiastic crowd of packed the Ex- hibition grandstand Friday night to cheer their favorite chuckwagon and the RCMP Musical Ride The men in scarlet and the chuckwagon racers make their last appearance at the Ex tonight at 7 p.m THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Greek-Cypnot presi dent of Cyprus today threaten- ed TurKey with guerrilla war against its invasion troops if a solution to the Cyprus crisis is not forthcoming Turkey warned that such a campaign would create "a dangerous and grave situation" and "delay the demilitarization of the island and peace The exchange of threats came after Greece rejected renewing the tripartite Cyprus peace talks at Geneva Foreign Minister George Mavros said Greece will instead back a Soviet pro- Rocky indicates quest for presidency not over SEAL HARBOR, Me (AP) Nelson Rockefeller refuses to concede that his acceptance of the vice-presidential nomination at age 66 has end- ed his long quest for the United States presidency, citing world leaders who governed in their 70s and 80s When a reporter asked whether he thought he would be too old to run for president at age 72 in 1980, when Ford would be ineligible, Rockefeller replied "Did you ever know Golda Meir' Konrad Adenauer' I knew them well Great people" Mrs Meir resigned last year as Israeli premier at the age of 75, while Adenauer was West German chancellor into his 80s Rockefeller's aides have said he will not challenge Ford in 1976 The man elected United States president was William Henry Harrison, who took office at age 68 in 1841 and died a month later Dwight Eisenhower was the oldest to serve in the office, leaving at age 70 posal for an 18-nation confer- ence Greek-Cypnot President Glafkos derides met in Athens today with Greek President Constantine Caramanlis to discuss the fate of Greek-Cypnots refugees Caramanhs promised that Greece will cover the needs of the estimated Greek- Cypnots who have been dis- placed from their home by the Turkish invasion and are seek- ing refuge in the south The Soviet proposal for a Cyprus conference would br- ing together all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council plus Greece, Turkey and the Cypriot government There has been no Turkish reaction to the proposal Moscow made Thursday and Soviet UN Ambassador Jacob Malik backed up Friday by consulting in New York with other Security Council members Mavros rejected a return to Geneva Friday after conferr- ing with Greek Premier Con- stantine Caramanhs, Defence Minister Evanghelos Averoff- Tositsas and Cypriot Presi- dent Glafkos derides Inside Heard the good news we VP taken Famagusta1' Classified Comics Comment Family Local News Markets Religion Sports Theatres TV Weather Weather LOW TONIGHT 50, HIGH SUN. 75; MOSTLY SUNNY 30-35 26 4, 5 22-24i 19, 20 28, 29 12-14 16, 17, 27 7 6 3 3 WASHINGTON (CP) Interior Secretary Rogers Morton in a strongly worded letter, accused the U S Coast Guard Friday of a serious error in failing to call for double-bottomed tankers on the Alaskan oil route down the West Coast of Canada Reacting to recently- proposed Coast Guard regulations, Morton wrote "The department of the interior believes that the regulations' failure to require the incorporation of double bottoms on all new tank vessels entering the Alaska oil trade represents a serious error which may adversely affect the environment of Alaska, Canada the northwestern United States and indirectly, the entire world for decades to come The new regulations which would apply to all new tankers and barges used in traffic between American ports state It should be noted that double bottoms beneath the cargo tank area are not proposed nor are they prohibited While all studies ascribe varying degrees of effec tiveness to double bottoms as a means to reduce accidental oil outflows in grounding casualties, this reduction is duectly related to the in- dividual ship involved Birth control plan opposed BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) A United States proposal for a slowdown in the world's birth rate to avert widespread starvation is runn- ing into strong opposition at the United Nations World Population Conference The U S delegation warned at a conference committee meeting Friday that the world 'may be able to manage today and next year on food, although only at a minimal dietary level for a substantial percentage of people 'But what of 10 years from now, or 25 years9" Several delegations from Third World and Communist countries countered that social-economic development, not population expansion, is the key issue Gun battle, man's death puzzle police KERROBERT, Sask (CP) A nine-hour gun battle between police and a Kerrobert man ended Friday night with the man dead and police puzzled as to why RCMP said they went to a farmhouse near this com- munity, 110 miles west of Saskatoon, looking for a man who had been brandishing a ri- fle in the town They said they were greeted by Darrel Mitchell, 28, who threatened them with a rifle and held police off for most of the day Police said he was finally forced out with tear gas and apparently ran around to the side of the house and shot himself Police said they fired no shots Fluoridation plebiscite possible this fall up at Growers Alberta Wheat Pool and Pacific Elevators Monday when layoff notices take effect Layoffs issued Saskatchewan Wheat Pool do not take effect until Tuesdav when it will be picketed and Burrard Terminals has not yet laid anyone off so it won t be picketed said Mr Kancs Elevator operations slowed to a crawl this week at the apex of a slowdown which began in the spring and has already cost the wheat board million to million in demurrage charges The likelihood of Parliamentary intervention to end the nine month contract dispute increased as Labor Minister John Munro and Otto Lang minister in chaige of the Canadian Wheat Board sent these telegrams to grain company heads The ministers said In view of the notices of layoff m effect with respect to employees of West Coast grain elevators it would appear unproductive to pursue discussions commenced last Tuesday in Saskatoon theie is no point in meeting on Monday unless you are prepared to give consideration to the implementation of the recommendations of the conciliation commission were accepted by your employees We have made it quite clear as has the prime minister that the government will legislate the recommendations of Dr Neil Perrv the inquiry commissioner if necessary costlv work stoppage can be avoided by your acceptance now of recommendations which will eventually prevail and we are at a loss to understand whv would subject the Canadian economy and Western gram producers to an unnecessary and very costly disruption of the flow of grain in view of the government's clearlv announced intention Perry report recommendations call for gram handlers to receive a 52 an hour increase over two years The proposed contract also would include a cost of living adjustment clause and a -non contributory pension plan Gram workers voted 75 per cent in favor of the recommendations but the companies rejected them on grounds their implementation would be too inflationary Companies have estimated the total increase at 61 per cent The gram workers previous contract expired last Nov 30 Fluondation could become an issue in Lethbridge this fall for the fifth time since 1957 The latest request that a plebiscite on fluondation be held in conjunction with the civic election Oct 16 comes from L C Matheson, city den- tal officer His request will be con- sidered by city council Mon- day along with another letter from Patrick D Fmmgan, chairman of the fluondation sub-committee of the Alberta Dental Association, also urg- ing a fluondation plebiscite Fluondation plebiscites were defeated in the city in 1957, 1961, 1965 and 1967 In the first three plebiscites the percentage of voters for the measure were 30, 53, and 43 per cent respectively A two-thirds majority was re- quired in the first three plebiscites In 1967, the first time a sim- ple majority could determine the outcome, fluondation went down by to votes with 51 per cent of the eligible voters casting ballots on the issue In 1971 a petition signed by 1 000 people calling for a fluondation plebiscite to be held with the civic election was turned down by council And in January, 1973, coun- cil rejected a motion by Aid Steve Kotch that a fluonda- tion plebiscite be held the following month Aid Kotch's attempt, which got no support from his fellow council members, came after the provincial government an- nounced it would longer provide free fluoride prescrip- tions after April 1, 1073 Council was later told it would cost the city J36.000 to install and a year to operate a fluondation plant to provide the one part per million of fluoride in city water In his letter, Dr Fmmgan says he also believes the provincial government can be persuaded to pay for installa- tion and maintenance of flundation equipment City council can order that a fluondation plebiscite be held, or can be forced by a petition signed by property owners and heard About town Jenny Wagenvoort drawing a wolf whistle from an appreciative male and replying "Thank You" Dougie Irwin, 6, catching "poisonous grasshoppers ;