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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 75-80 VOL. LXHI No. 215 The Lcthbridqe Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1970 t-SlCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Battles Lines Drawn In j Car Fight By LOWELL McKIKGAN DETROIT (AP) At last, the battle lines are drawn in the fight between the American auto indus- try and its tough foreign competition. With the introduction last week of Ford's Pinlo, the American auto-makers' strategy is clear: They're building cars that look like smaller versions of stand- ard American cars but which aim to match or surpass the imports' most desirable traits: low initial costs, economy in operation, ease in parking, few planned style changes. The main target for the rcini-cars now unveiled by Ford, General Motors and American Motors is the familiar Volkswagen Beetle. The American entries are all longer, lower, wider and roomier than the Volks which sold cars in the United States last year, most of them the little two-door Beetle. Prices are not set yet but the U.S. minicars are expected to be slightly more expensive than the Volks, whose base cost is about GM is predicting sales of and Ford predicts the same for the Pinto. AMC says it sees sales of for the Gremlin in the year ahead. Against the American challengers, the Beetle is still the shortest 158.7 inches, narrowest Gl inches and highest 59.1 in- ches. Chrysler In Race Chrysler Corp. won't have its own sub-compact on the market for at least another year. But in January, 1971, Chrysler will offer two foreign-made cars of about the same size as the Ford Pinto. The Dodge Colt will be built by a Japanese affiliate and the Plymouth Cricket by an English subsidiary. The Volkswagen is the primary target because it is the leader of the imported group which sold a total of cars in the U.S. last year. However, at the Pinto unveiling last week in Las Vegas, Henry Ford n said the main competition would come from Japanese cars, because they have "good styling, good quality." Other top sellers among the imports last year were two entries from Japan, the Toyota and Datsun West Germany's Opel sold here by Buick 161, and Italy's Fiat Imports and domestic intermediates and compacts account for about 30 per cent of all new cars sold In the U.S. and the imports account for nearly half of these. The Vega is the only one of the sub-compacts of- fered in multiple models two-door sedan, two-door sporty coupe, station wagon and panel truck. The Gremlin offers two- and four-seat models. The other cars are all four sealers except the Vega panel truck which comes with one seat, two as an option. Many Options AH four competitors can be equipped rath optional air conditioning and semi-automatic transmissions. Nu- merous appearance options such as carpeting are offered by all manufacturers. The Volkswagen people claim only about 25 miles a gallon of gasoline for their Beetle, but.have pub- lished reports from.owners who claim 30, 40 and even 50 m.p.g. In city driving, 25 miles a gallon seems about right. The new American cars also claim gas mileage in the 25 m.p.g. area. All four cars are equipped with air-pollution-con- trol devices. The Volkswagen is driven by a 57-horsepower, four- cylinder engine which is mounted in the rear. It is air cooled and is quite dependable after years of refine- ment. Tne American cars all have front-mounted engines. The Vega, with a GM-developed four-cylinder alu- minum engine built near Buffalo, N.Y., develops from 90 to 110 horsepower, depending on the carburetor and camshaft used. Ford's Pinto offers two four-cylinder engines: 95 horsepower standard with the automatic transmission and 75 horsepower standard with the four-speed man- ual transmission. The four-speed transmission will ba offered later with the larger engine. The Gremlin is offered with a choice of two sis- cylinder engines. The smaller engine develops 135 horsepower and the larger 150. There is also a choice of three-speed standard or automatic transmission. The American manufacturers are stressing ease of service, making do-it-yourself manuals available to ex- plain many normal maintenance and repair operations. Volkswagen docs this, too, giving its buyers a tool kit, a manual, and a pair of gloves emblazoned with the VW symbol, Fighting Erupts As Peace Talks In Suspension Mayor Magrath By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Palestinian guerrillas and Jordanian security men battled in downtown Amman today, with one guerrilla reported killed and three civilians wounded, L e b a ne s e demon- strated against guerrillas in the Biblical city of Sidon and in Bei- rut. The Middle East peace talks at United Nations headquarters in New York were in suspension after an opening round Tuesday that brought no indication of any movement toward a com- promise. The cause of the Amman street battle was not learned Postal Hopes Jolted OTTAWA (CP) The cabinet meets today to discuss the dead- locked postal dispute on a pessi- mistic note caused by official disclosures Tuesday that a con- siderable gap still exists in me- diation talks. Postal mediator Thomas O'Connor issued a formal state- ment Tuesday night with the of- ficial purpose of commending the Council of Postal Unions on its decision to suspend rotating strikes from Thursday to Monday to deliver old-age pension cheques. Closed by strikes today are the main post office and 41 staff offices in Toronto, Cobourg, Ont., Kegina and Thunder Bay, Ont. Service also was suspended by the post office at nine staff offices in the North Bay, Ont., district and Picton, Ont., as well as four in the Saskatoon district and five in the Calgary district. But in the statement, Mr. O'Connor, a Toronto labor rela- tions specialist, also said: "There is a considerable gap that must be bridged to achieve a fair settlement as desired by both parties. Both (negotiating) committees are ably led and are capable of doing the job." The statement contrasts sharply with earlier O'Connor comments made after his ap- pointment was announced last Wednesday. In weekend inter- views he said he hoped the dis- pute would be settled before Sunday and significant progress would be seen by today. The cabinet meeting today is not expected to produce any ac- tion on the 11-month-old con- tract dispute. Prime Minister Trudeau, on a Caribbean vaca- tion until next week, has said he will allow a week to 10 days for a settlement through mediation. Mr. O'Connor has set Sunday as his personal deadline for reaching a n agreement or breaking off talks. immediately. But eyewitnesses said a group of guerrillas on one side of the street and secu- rity men behind a parked car on the other blazed away at each other with pistols and sub- machine-guns. Joint army-guer- rilla patrols raced to the scene, stopped the fighting and made several arrests. It was the eighth such inci- dent reported since the guerril- las vowed to sabotage the cease- fire agreement in which King Hussein of Jordan joined Egypt and Israel on Aug. 7. Following the opening round of peace talks in New York with UN representative Gunnar V. Jarring as go-between, Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah flew to Jerusalem to report to his government. Tekoah's depar- ture was no surprise, having been announced last weekend. Jordanian Ambassador Abdul Hamid' Sharaf returned to his post in Washington, saying he would return whenever Jarring called him back. The third participant in the talks, Mohammed Hassan El- Zayyat of Egypt, remained in New York. HAS NO COMMENT Jarring met successfully Tuesday morning with Tekoah, Sharaf and Zayyat, then held a second session with the Israeli. Jarring, adhering to his usual custom, had nothing to say to reporters. The ambassadors confined themselves to generali- ties or restatements of their government's previous p o s i- tions. The talks at UN headquarters are expected to go slowly for the next month or so, with no progress likely until the foreign ministers of the three countries come to New York for the Gen- eral Assembly in September. Both Tekoah and Zayyat told reporters their governments want "a just and lasting peace." Man Charged At Gleicheri GLE1CHEN (CP) RCMP charged Ed Wolfchild, a 51- year-old resident of the Black- foot Indian Reserve, with non- capital murder after the death Tuesday night of a 42-year-old woman. Police said Lucy Jane Crane- bear, also a resident of the re- serve, died after suffering head injuries. Wolfchild was in a Calgary hospital with undetermined in- juries. RCMP said they are still in- vestigating the case and furth- er details are not available. Coroner Dr. James Waddell ordered an autopsy today. Gleichen is 40 miles east of Calgary. Cemetery Ashes Found TORONTO (CP) Two men searching for scrap metal at the site of a demolished hotel Wednesday found 23 urns con- taining the ashes of cremated persons stolen from Mount Pleasant cemetery June 11. Thomas Wilson and Donald Fisher, both of Toronto, found the urns next to a scrapped au- tomobile and took them to po- lice. The urns stolen by thieves who left a ransom note for which was later in- creased to The ceme- tery offered a reward for the return of the urns. Police said they think the thieves panicked after the theft was made public Tuesday. After the original ransom note, police dropped a fake bun- dle of money from a bridge over a golf course but it was not picked up. Nothing more was heard from (lie thieves alter the ransom de- mand was increased to The urns contained the ashes' of 25 persons. Grab PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. (CP) Three dangerous pris- oners who escaped from the fed- eral maximum-security prison here were recaptured early today by RCMP. The Desjarlais, 28, Douglas Letendre, 26, and Glen Wayne Burnett, caught about 40 miles south of Prince Albert. Details of the capture were not available. They escaped Monday night isith four others who were re- captured within six hours. RCMP used roadblocks, track- ing dogs, ail-craft in their search for the other three. Desjarlais was sentenced to life last September in Edmonton for the 1965 knife-slaying of Ros- alie Johnson at a house party. Letendre also was serving life for the 1962 murder of a Cal- gary service station operator. Burnett was serving five years for an armed robbery in North Battleford, Sask. BACK !N CELLS Three prisoners who escaped from Prince Albert Penitentiary Monday and who were back in custody today are, from the left, Robert Desjarlais, 28, Douglas Letendre, 26, and Glen Burnett, 25. Four other escapees were recaptured Tuesday. Bless Ask Equal Rights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With slogans, stickers and speeches, women liberationists demanded equal rights today in a United States-wide demonstra- tion for jobs, free abortion and 24-hour child-care centres. The National Women's Strike Coalition, sponsor of Strike for Equality, had urged women to stay off the job if possible. The Commerce and Industry Association in New York said it had checked 30 large firms and found a few women had asked for and been given the day off. Figures were not available. All of the women at the asso- ciation showed up for work, a spokesman said. "We're pretty advanced she said. "About 40 per cent of our departments are managed by women." U.S. Skier Falls Into Crevasse LAKE LOUISE (CP) Ste- phen Allan Biorn, 19, of Min- neapolis, Minn., was identified by RCMP Tuesday as the vic- tim of a skiing accident near here, 90 miles west of Calgary. The youth was skiing with two companions when he fell into a crevasse on upper Vic- toria Glacier. His body was recovered. The sponsors, who also urged women to stop performing household chores they consider menial and to take children to offices, timed the strike to coin- cide with the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitu- tion, giving women the right to vote. TAKE OVER SHOW Women took over the NBC Today television show, giving the men who normally appear on the early-morning program a chance to sleep late. At the defence department in- formation office in Washington, some female secretaries posted a series of protest posters made from file folders. They urged that the Pentagon Athletic Club be opened to women and com- plained that in government men are called deputies and women secretaries. On the floor was a trash bas- ket filled with women's under- wear, including a bra, lacy pink panties and a girdle, symbolic of what feminists complain ii the sexiness forced on them. Oil Eggs? That's Right! Missoula Couple Die In Crash SALMON ARM, B.C. (CD- Police today identified a Mis- soula, Mont., couple killed Tuesday in a car-truck colli- sion near here as Mr. and Mrs. Fred Allen Christensen. They were killed when tliier late-model car was sheared in two by a transport truck. OTTAWA when the milking is finished, don't forget to oil the eggs." Oiled eggs? Yes, says the agriculture department. And it isn't to make them trickier to handle or to keep them from squeaking. Eggs oiled the day they emerge from the hen stand up far better to storage and, by preserving albumen quality, can raise the price farmers get for their eggs, the depart- ment says in its latest news release. Albumen is in the egg whites. Albumen quality drops quickly in the first 48 hours of storage after an egg is laid, the department says in report- ing on studies at its Agassiz, B.C., research station. The higher the quality of the whites, the better the egg looks when cracked into a frying pan and the higher the grade it gets when inspected. Producers, by keeping quality up, can earn more money. The department estimates that regular oiling of light oil is earn better than an additional million annually for Canadian producers. SaigonLeader Won't Accept Coalition SAIGON (AP) President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam predicted hei'e in a speech that "the war will end in two or three and said once again he will not ac- cept an "imposed peace" or a coalition regime with the Com- munists. "Those who ask for an imme- diate peace, a peace in neutral- ity, a peace in coalition are just naive or demagogues or henchmen of the underground he_ said. "Bitter experiences in North Vietnam, Laos and recently in Cambodia indicate that the Communists will never give up their scheme of aggresion of the South." He said the "Communists are weakening" and "at pre- sent they are no longer able to initiate big offensives on the South Vietnam battleground." Fire Destroys Air Terminal NEW YORK (CP) Fire burned out the interior of the west wing of the new terminal of British Overseas Airways Corp. at Kennedy International Airport today. Air Canada, a tenant in the building, was not directly hit by the fire, a source said, but air operations were slowed down by the general confusion resulting from the fire, Nun Recruiting Scandal Grows LONDON (AP) While a Vatican newspaper tried to de- flate a growing scandal over re- cruitment of Indian girls for Roman Catholic convents in Eu- rope, a British newspaper pub- lished new reports implying that church officials in India had profited from the traffic. Mother Madeleine, head of pur Lady of Providence convent in Hampshire, told The Daily Mirror she paid apiece for 10 novices to Rev. C. V. Puthen- pura, who operates a training institute for girls in southern In- dia's Kerala slate. The mother superior said she believed the money was for the girls' air fares and expenses of their preparation in India. The Daily Mirror reported an- other B r i t i s li convent, St. Lucy's, at M e d s t e a d, paid Father Puthenpura each to have five novices sent from India. Airline officials in London es- timated a one-way tourist class ticket from India to England via Rome would cost a maximum of The scandal erupted Sunday when the London Sunday Times reported that European con- vents short of novices had "bought" more than In- dian peasant girls for to each. The Vatican admitted that "problems" had arisen in connection with the recruiting and said the practice had been suspended hi July and an inves- tigation begun. In an attempt to counter the unfavorable publicity, the Vati- can weekly magazine L'Osservatore della Domcnica pulled its Tuesday edition back from the presses to insert pic- tures and interviews showing that Indian nuns are happy in Europe. Father Puthenpur told a re- porter in India that his institute had sent nearly SCO "middle- class" girls to European con- vents in the last four years. His archbishop, Benedict Mar Gre- garious of Trivandrum, denied there had been any profiteering on the travel money, An amendment to the zoning bylaw that would have in- creased the density standards in C-8 commercial zones along Mayor Magrath Drive failed to negotiate second reading at Tuesday's meeting of city coun- cil. Only Deputy Mayor Rex Lit- tle and Alderman Camm Barnes voted for the amend- ment. Aid. Little said he was con- cerned about the concentration of development in the city and that it was time that Mayor Magrath Drive was recognized once and for all as a service strip. PRESSURE ELSEWHERE He stressed that if concen- trated high rise commercial development is not allowed on the Drive, there would be in- creased pressure for it in other parts of the city, possibly along Scenic Drive. Aid. Barnes, referring to a proposed 10 storey motor ho- tel on the Drive that had ini- tiated the amendment, said that the city needed this type of development. The city is grow- ing, he said, and needs more facilities to handle the tourist trade. The question of just what con- stitutes progress was brought up by Aid. Vera Ferguson. She said she was not in favor of progress for its own sake and that the city should be planned with some thought for the qual- ity of the environment. Opposition to the amendment had been voiced Monday night by Erwin Adderley, executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, who reiterated objections made previously to council. Mr. Adderley's object ions were contained in a report pre- pared at council's request when a special meeting was held in June to discuss increasing the density standards, thereby opening tie way for high-rise development. The proposed motel applica- tion by Henry Homes Ltd. is on Wednesday's agenda for the Municipal Planning Commis- sion, as it has been for some months. Approval by the commission Is conditional on re-zoning of the property, which council fail- ed to pass. Plagued Cars Back In Running CHICAGO CAP) One of five electric cars entered in the 1970 Clean Air Car Race, plagued by mechanical difficulties between Cambridge, Mass., and Detroit, was back in the running today as it headed for Champaign, HI., rath a field of 35 other en- tries. Most of the internal combustion vehicles except for Cornell University's electric en- left Ann Arbor, Mich., by mid-morning. A car entered by the Univer- sity of California at Berkeley was stranded in Ann Arbor with mechanical troubles and four other electric entries poked along between Batavia, N.Y., and Detroit. Twenty cars in the modified internal combustion category received perfect scores for the first leg of the race, a cross- country test to find a cleaner automobile engine, the race in- formation centre in Chicago re- ported. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN of former city resident Judy Barnard repeating the "my how time flies" routine when Judy visited the city this week and announced she would be go- ing into fourth year univer- sity this fall Friends of her brother Byron extend- ing congratulations on his musical success as a top piper on the U.S.-Canadian northwest coast Gerry llei-bnt having doubts about her co-workers ever making this column because "it would take a whole page to tell all the funnies about them" ;