Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald MONDAY AUGUST 1973 VOL. LXVI No. 217 TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Smoke front blaze rises in heavy cloud as winds push flames toward Lethbridge firefighters worked for hours to bring scorching inforno under control. StiU no rail settlement Prairie fire sweeps Blood Indian lands FORT MACLEOD Fire Sunday swept across the tinder-dry grass- lands of the Blood Indian 12 miles southeast of here. Firefighters said it ap- pears the fire started near the Healy Bridge over the Belly River. could have gone but the wind slowed straight into Lethbridge said Fort Macleod firefighter Len Tilbe. Two road maintainers owned by the Willow Creek MD bladed a distance of 10 miles to enclose the blaze in a vast cirde. A third road own- ed by the Blood broke down. Firefighters from Fort Macleod and Cardston were joined by private citi- zens to contain the sweep- ing destruction. Grass and some rape- seed stubble burned. Police accept uneasy truce STOCKHOLM A desperate gunman forced the poh'ce and government to accept an uneasy truce today after he tied up four young hostages so that they would die by hanging If sleeping gas was pump- ed into the bank vault where they are trapped. As the drama in a down- town bank neared its fifth day the gunman showed no sign of yielding in his key demand of safe con- duct with his hostages. must realize we are dealing with an inhu- man being who stops at Police Commis- sioner Kurt land Roth told reporters this morning. could hear the girls plead for their lives. Their despair was I tell you. would not like to see these young people that's why we agreed to a truce. Police had drilled holes in the vault ceiling and were preparing to use a special gas that would put the gunman and his hos- tages to sleep in three min- utes. But the gunman bound his one male and three female hostages to the wall with ropes around their necks so that they would strangle themselves if they became unconscious. Inside Classified 6-9 Comics......15 Comment......4 District 3 Family......13 Local 12 Markets is Sports 17 Entertainment 5 TV ............5 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT _.. you relax and HIGH TUES. forget the nil strike.Qaorge LtprLE Bob a farmer six miles south of Fort Mac- helped with his 200 gallon sprayer and small hose. He followed fire de- partment helping to pick up any sparks they missed. Firefighters were seven hours on the job and had the blaze out by p.m. At Blood In- dians saw smoke and alert- ed firefighters in the neighboring towns. Water and chemicals were sprayed from trucks driving along the front. Sweepers followed 800 gal- lon tank trucks to catch sparks and burning cow chips. changed direc- tions about four go- ing to the to the a little bit from the south. it was Mr. iilbe said. He said firefighters had to backtrack. had to look behind us. It would be burning behind you It sent up columns of smoke visible as far as 50 miles away. Firefighters believe the blaze was started by care- less burning of garbage near the Belly Buttes area of the reserve populated by about five Hsaly families. The fire front extended 1.5 to two miles. Flames leaped ahead to cross the bone-dry primed by one of the driest years in the south. But when it hit the rapeseed the blaze was slowed. Commons awaits call BERYL PLUMPTRE Consumers told to ivrite MPs OTTAWA If you want something done about the high food prices get after your mem- bers of Beryl P'.unptre said Sunday. All the prices review board can do is make recommenda- tions to the the board chairman said during the CTV Question Period. I took this job I said I- would not make a report to the government before it went to the She said consumers should call their MPs you can if you're not going to do anything we'll throw you Mrs. Plumrctre said the media also had a job to do in the fight against rapidly increasing prices. the moment I want you to get the publio riled up and say to the govern- Do something about bread and do it Bread prices are expected to increase by six cents next week and jump another four or five cents a loaf in October. OTTAWA Prims Min- ister Trudeau promised today that Parliament will be recalled if last-minute attempts to settle the national rail strike don't work. His at p.m. followed a two-hour cabinet parties still have some- thing on the he told re- I have in consultation with the minis- ter of to call Parliament if it doesn't work out in the next several Asked whether Parliament would be recalled before the end of the day. he said he had bit of flexibility on that but I've a deadline in my own mind and so has Mr. Trueau said the question of federal subsidies to enable tha 11 railway companies to meet the demands of the striking non-operating railway workers was not even consid- ered by the cabinet. question of subsidies is not being discussed by us. It is Embassy bombed in U.S. Supreme Court ruling Status rejected OTTAWA The struggle for equal rights for women suffered a setback today when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that native women who marry non-Indians lose their Indian status. In a 5-to-4 decision the court rejected arguments that be- cause Indian women are treated differently than a section of the Indian Act dealing with status should be declared inop- erative. Under the Indian am ctnutlr frvwn thn Tn. dian rolls after a mixed mar- riage. Indian men however re- tain their Indian status after such marriages. Mr. Justice Roland the said the Bill of Rights cannot amend or alter the British North America in effect the Canadian constitution. The BNA Act gave Parlia- ment the exclusive right to leg- islate for Indians and with it went the right to establish qual- ifications required for Indian he said. WASHINGTON A secretary at the British em- bassy was seriously injured to- day in an explosion. Officials said a letter bomb apparently was the cause. The secretary was sorting mail on the sixth floor of the officials said. The ex- plosion occurred about 9 a.m. Hospital officials identified the victim as 51-year-old Nora Murray and said she lost one hand and that the other was se- riously injured. Police and embassy officials sealed off the building to keep out reporters but employees of the embassy were permitted to go to their jobs. There have been more than 30 such bombing incidents during the last month in London. The secretary-general of the London Stock Exchange and his private secretary were injured Friday by a letter bomb mailed to the chairman of the ex- a matter for the parties to ar- rive at an arrangement.1' He said the government was still hopeful an agreement could be reached but this doesn'L then I will call Parlia- Asked what his personal deadline was for the prime minister said only that it hours from will either from that Parliament has bean reconvened or you will hear from the parties that they have reached an Labor Minister John who left the meeting 10 minutes before the prime as- sured reporters that he would continue to make hirpself avail- able to both sides in the dis- pute. Mr. In a warning to both union and a g e m e n said Parliament would have to reconvsne to im- pose a settlement if the two parties did not make progress in the dispute by today. But the minister optimisti- cally added it was clear both sides were trying to find ground to meet on. Mr. Munro's attempt to inter- vene comes as the Associated Non-Operating Railway Unions rejected company offers Sunday to find a settlement based on conciliation board recommenda- tions. The strike has also created a burden for the airlines. An Air Canada spokesman here said the which nor- mally carries between to passengers a is now handling up to passengers daily. The airline said all its domes- lie flights were with the Atlantic provinces the hardest-hit area. Passengers to that region could wait up to six days. Air Canada also announced it will refuse to carry perishable shipments weighing more than 200 pounds while imposing an embargo on all livestock ship- ments. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said the effects of the rail strike are not yet wide- spread for the country's farm- ers. admitting that the strike disrupting the natural flow of the minister added that many farmers store their crops on the farm until the strike The last public offer by the 11 railways was a seven per cent pay increase in the first year of a two-year contract with 6.5 par cent in the second year. Tourists stranded at Newfoundland PORT aux Nfld. The hundreds of tour- ists stranded by the rail strike aren't telling many Newfie jokes. You don't tell jokes about people who are opening their homes and cupboards for who are organizing dances for the adults and variety shows for the kids. If there's one tiling the tour- ists will remember about their forced stay in this rocky little it will be the hospi- tality of the people. There were vacationers in the town Sunday help- less victims of the national rail strike that has cut ferry service between Newfoundland and the Many of them ex- pressed surprise and gratitude at the efforts made to make their stay comfortable and en- Canada expects benefit WASHINGTON United States negotiators reportedly are set to offer Canada yet another new airline route in what is evidently a final effort to set- tle four years of often difficult and highly complex discus- sions. The move can be expected to further embitter the United States airline largo segments of which are known to believe that as some of- ficials put it United States has taken a real hos- in the route discussions. Midwestern Canadian for would receive a stable amount of new service some by Canadian airlines and some by U.S. lines. Cal- for which is served primarily by U.S. air- would receive Canadian service to west coast cities plus the midwest and New York. joyable as they waited for fer- ries to get them back to homes and jobs. Among these stranded members the Emmett Kelly a small production which had been touring New- foundland. With the help of lo- cal Lions Club tha circus gave a free performance during the weekend. Arthur the Lions pres- said tourists have been just tremendous. They're mostly in good although of course they can't help getting restless. But they're trying to make the best of The Lions Club has sponsored a giant kitchen to feed anyone who is hungry. They also have organized dances and entertain- ment in the community hall. Sunday night the children of tourists staged their own talent show. Another kitchen was opened Sunday in the Canadian Legion hall with the co-operation of the local Kinsmen Club. Mrs. Joyce president of the local Legion and the first woman so elected in New- said about 300 guests were expected today. is a shortage of soms but the shelves in the stores in town are pretty well she said. People in neighboring com- munities had organized a food drive just in and worth of groceries were donated Saturday night to help feed the tourists. and About town PROVINCIAL judge L. w. Hudson after fining a man for possession of marijuana it's not at least it's very expensive Mark usher at his broth- er's asking guests if they had been invited by the broom or the gride.