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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta COOLER FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 65-70. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. L-XIII No. 217 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 1970 fRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Forest Fires Crackle In Dry West MOP-UP SPILLED OIL Workmen use a pump truck and hose to skim off crude oil from Freeman Lake, 95 miles northwest of Edmonton. RCMP were investigating the possibility of sab- otage in the spilling of gallons of oil in- to the lake. Russia, U.S. Relations Warm Up By JOHN LeBLANC LONDON1 (CP) The present mood of amiability between Washington, and Moscow has sparked some hope that tension in E.urope may be eased relatively soon. There are expectations in some NATO ..Barters that the, Russian-proposed "European security' confer- ence" may take place next year. But NATO inform- ants say it is surrounded by some major question marks at the moment, not to mention what might crop up in the months to come. When Russia first proposed the conference last year, it was sneered at by some of the major NATO countries, notably the United Stales, as a propaganda device. Now, the word in Brussels is that there is growing sentiment toward taking up the Moscow initia- tive. However, nothing has jelled yet. The U.S. and Britain along with some lesser col- leagues are believed to be in a state of watchful waiting. Push For Talks Several European allies, including the Norwegians, Danes, Italians, Dutch and Belgians, want a confer- ence. West Germany's new non-aggression treaty with the Soviet Union reinforces this stand. Some influential neutrals, whom Russia wants to have in the act, also are pushing for the meeting. Canada's attitude is, in the nuances of diplomacy, somewhat more positive than that of the U.S. It might be described as cautious approval, taking the view that there should not be a conference just for the sake of talking but favoring one if worth-while results seem possible. The feeling among Burssels informants is that Canada will agree to a conference as long as its agenda is acceptable. This is regarded as a big if. One stumbling block could be U.S. insistence on in- cluding for discussion the "Brezhnev Doctrine" which holds that the Warsaw pact military machine has the right to intervene in the domestic affairs of Commu- nist countries when "solidarity" is breached. Internal Affair Russia does not agree to discuss this, taking the stand that it is the business of the Communist bloc only. The same goes for the U.S.-inspired NATO line that "mutual and balanced force reductions" between NATO and the Warsaw pact countries must be promi- nent on the agenda.' The Communist governments are reluctant to grapple with this point but, in fact, some of the NATO allies are not as insistent on it as the U.S. Canada has already launched a reduction of her European forces a cut of about 50 per cent and can be expected to give moral support to UK U.S. on this point. The Americans want to cut down their European strength by about mid-1971 and would like to have some Warsaw pact assurance that it will be matched on the other side of the ton Curtain. Tile semi-annual NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels ia early December should clarify the picture. Money Available For City Plant Alderman Joe Balla said today Lethbridge can feel "fairly well assured that the additional funds that will be re- quired for secondary sewage treatment in the city will be available during 1971." He added that an eight-man delegation from the city had received an extension to Sept. 1 for completion of the sewage treatment plant during talks with government officials in Edmonton yesterday. Faced with cost estimates 'of about million more than ex- pected and an apparent unwill- ingness on the part of the prov- ince to extend the July 1, 1971 completion date, city council Tuesday decided to send the delegation to meet with repre- sentatives of both levels of gov- ernment in Edmonton. FIRST CALL They met with officials of the department of health, the Local Authorities Board, Alberta Mu- nicipal Financing Corporation, the department of municipal affairs and Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Aid. Balla said co-operation with the various officials was good enough that planned meetings with Premier Harry Strom and Health Minister James Hender- son were not needed. The delegation, he said, had been told Lethbridge would have first call on that has not been expended from the million allocated by the federal government to Alberta for sewage treatment facilities and pollution control for this year. CMHC will also investigate to see if any other provinces have surplus funds in their 1970 allocations that could be made available this year. If no money is available from this source, Lethbridge will again be assigned the No. 1 priority for funds allocated to Alberta in 1971. Additional funds totalling nearly mil- lion would then be made avail- able. Awarding of the contract fof construction of the plant, held up while the city investigated ways of obtaining the construc- tion deadline extension and Make-Or-Break Stage Reached In Mediation OTTAWA (CP) Postal me- diation talks have reached the stage where one side or the oth- start making substantial concessions or break off talks. Mediator Thomas O'Connor of Toronto has set Sunday as his personal deadline for reaching a settlement in the 11-month-old contract dispute. Prime Minister Trudeau said last week he would allow the mediator, appointed Aug. 19, a week or 10 days to reach a set- tlement. Mr. Trudeau returns from a Mediterranean vacation early next week. Mr. O'Connor said earlier this week that both sides in the dis- pute agree that talks should be stopped tills weekend if a settle- ment has not been reached. additional funds, should be done in September, Aid. Balla said, although there are still "literally reams" of procedural matters to go through. Actual construction should get under way this fall. Doctor Strike Looms MONTREAL (CP) Quebec's medical specialists, after spending a day listening to descriptions of medical care in- surance plans outside their province, voted Thursday to go as far as holding a strike to change the medical care plan enacted for Quebec. The vote by of the feder- ation's members was 98.5 per cent in favor of taking "all necessary means" to change the legislation. It came at the end of a day's discussion of what Dr. Duncan Kippen of Winnipeg, president of the Canadian Medical Asso- ciation, called "the most explo- sive situation that any segment of the profession has been in- volved in since the 1962 Saskat- chewan strike." Russia-Canada Hassle Talks Slated VANCOUVER (CP) Fed- eral Fisheries Minister Jack Davis said here today the Soviet Union has agreed to a meeting with Canadian fisheries officials in Ottawa next month to discuss problems with Soviet and Brit- ish Columbia fishing fleets. Mr. Davis said he was in- formed by his Ottawa office that Soviet officials would be in Ottawa Sept. 21. It will be the first time they have agreed to such a meeting, Mr. Davis said. Town Faces Danger Compiled From Herald News Services Forest fires today crackled through dry timber regions Alberta, British Columbia and the northwest United States threatening a village and forc- ing officials to ban travel and camping privileges. Fire raging through thou- sands of acres of dry timber, brush and range grass threat- ened the logging village of Ardenvoir near Wenatchee, Wash., today and authorities prepared to evacuate its 100 residents if necessary. Firefighting crews from sev- eral nearby communities were ready to assist in battling the flames if they approached the village. The homes of about 100 other persons are near the village and some residents were re- ported leaving the area during the night. "It's a critical the forest service spokesman said. More than 900 persons were fighting the fire. Since last weekend, when a lightning storm touched off 64 fires in Wenatchee National Forest, acres have been scorched, the spokesman said. ALBERTA SITUATION In Alberta, cancellation of travel and camping within Bragg Creek Provincial Park, 30 miles southwest of Calgary, without a permit effective im- mediately because of the ex- treme fee hazard was an- nounced today by the Alberta lands and forests department. A fire in the Bow River forest reserve, 80 miles north- west of Calgary, was brought under partial control Thursday as crews completed a fire-line around the devastated acres. The fire started eight days ago in mature spruce and pine, valuable lumber stands. TRAVEL BANNED In British Columbia, He- sources Minister Hay Wilh'ston announced a ban on all travel in the Nelson forest district ex- cepting that on public roads. The British Columbia forest service said the action was prompted by the serious forest fire situation in the Kootenay area of B.C. which adjoins the "fire disaster area" in --neigh- boring Montana, Idaho and Washington. REMAIN CLOSED BLAIRMOHE (CNP Bureau) Forests in the Crowsnest Forest Reserve and Bow River Forest remain closed to all public travel today. The forest fire hazard rating is "extremely high combustible condition" throughout forests in the area. John Booker, fire control of- ficer, said four small fires broke out in the Crowsnest Forest Reserve Thursday but were immediately controlled with the co-operatior of per- sons spotting the fires. Special permits are required to enter the forest districts. Million Hotel Development Announced 'There's an increase in unemployment- whatever that means! Plans were announced this morning for a million de- velopment at Shoppers' World involving construction of a 160- room hotel. Art Batty, president of Shop- pers' World Ltd., said the 10- storey hotel tower will be erected at the north end of Shoppers' World, replacing the Reds Throw Weight Behind Ceasefire MOSCOW (Reuters) The Soviet Union expressed full support today for the ceasefire along the Suez canal and call- ed on Middle East countries not to let the chance of peace get away from them. In a speech at Alma Ata, cap- ital of the Soviet republic of Ka- zakhstan, Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev said: "It is very important now for the peace forces in the Middle East not to let the initiative in settling the conflict to slip from their hands and not to allow the foes of peace to blow up the agreement reached or use it to cover their aggressive de- signs." Brezhnev said the Soviet Union is profoundly convinced that an end to the conflict "would meet the vital interests of both the Arab countries and Israel." Meanwhile, Israeli forces battled two groups of Arab guerrillas from Lebanon today and reported seven Arabs kill- ed and six Israelis wounded. PREDICTS BREAKDOWN On the diplomatic front, sources at United Nations head- quarters in New York said they expected the Arab Israeli peace talks which opened there this week to go on for months. But an Egyptian spokesman predicted today they would break down before the 90-day ceasefire period ends at mid- night Nov. 5. Egyptian Information Minis- ter Mohamed Hassanein Heikal wrote in his ssmi-official Cairo newspaper Al Ahram that it is impossible for the Arabs to mo- dify their demand for total Is- raeli withdrawal from all ter- ritory captured during the 1967 war. "And I can predict right now that the Israelis will say no when the withdrawal question comes Heikal said. Tivice-Wounded U.S. Veteran Only 15 Years Of Age FORT CARSON, Colo. UP) Walter Lee Martin is a twice-wounded veteran of two tours in Vietnam and is only 15 years old, says the United States attorney's office. Martin of Dothan, Ala., six feet three and 198 pounds, joined the U.S. Army three years ago under an assumed name and went to Vietnam where he was wounded at the age of 13. His'real identity eventually was learned and he was shipped home, says As- sistant U.S. Attorney James Richards. Now, two years later, the army has found that Martin somehow got back into its ranks under another alias. And, Richards said, Martin has been married for four months. Sometime after being sent home, Richards said, Martin obtained the identification and orders of a S.Sgt. Albert Lewis Jr., got back into the army and was shipped to Vietnam where he again was wounded. He was sent to Fort Gordon, Ga., to recover from his wounds. Apparently while on leave from Fort Gordon, Richards said, posing as home to Alabama and married. Early this month, he was assigned to duty with the mili- tary police at Fort Carson. The real S.Sgt. Albert Lewis Jr. was in Vietnam where he re-enlisted and requested emergency leave home. While drawing up a pay voucher for Lewis's leave, the army apparently learned they were paying two S.Sgt. Albert Lewis Jrs., Richards said. The army notified Fort Car- son and Martin was arrested by the FBI and charged with a fraud on the government. Richards said he would re- quest that prosecution be de- ferred and that the probation department recommend a course of action. He indicated Martin may be placed on one-year probation and sent home. One Man's Opinion Clowns In Charge Of Government LONDON (CP) Nicholas Monsarrat, the successful novelist who ran the British Information Services in Can- ada from 1951 to 1956, says in his new volume of autobiogra- phy that Ottawa in the declin- ing years of the St. Laurent government had a "bunch of clowns in command." Monsarrat, who stayed on for another eight years in Canada, living on one of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River makes excep- tions. He praises the achieve- ments of former prime minis- ter Lester B. Pearson, Lionel Chevrier, Brooke C1 a x t o n, Jack Pickcrsgill, George Hecs, Paul Martin, Davie Ful- ton and Jean Lcsagc, singling them out from a House of Commons that otherwise struck him as "not a very high-class establishment." Chevrier, Claxton, Pickers- gill, Martin and Lesage were former Liberal cabinet minis- ters and Lesage later was premier of Quebec. Hees and Fulton were Conservative cabinet ministers. Canadian politics and politi- cians on the whole impressed Monsarrat as "a murky lot" but he does not identify the "clowns." This second volume of auto- biography, published here Thursday by Cassell under the same general title as the first is a four-Letter Word ranges from the wartime service on corvettes, which gave him material for his best-seller The Cruel Sea. to the end of his stint in Ottawa. His reflections on the Cana- dian political scene continue: "Scandals abounded, of the most deplorable kind; they were briefly paraded, lapped up by a sanctimonious yet cynical public, and then shrugged off and forgotten. Immorality only meant two things, sex and drink, the twin undoubted crimes.. Most disconcerting of all, if a politician were caught doing something which in Britain at least, would drive him out of public life forever, he almost always popped up for re-elec- tion next time, smiling the smile which only a hide like a rhinocerous could muster. "Canadians seemed to have an iiiborn horror admitting affection for a he writes, observing that the country seemed trapped be- tween its "Calvanist plea- sure-is-wrong outlook" and its French-Canadian "hard-line Catholicism which saw wickedness behind every hem- line." As for the "g r o te s q u e" drinking laws, MonsarrBt re- flects that these did not slop people- drinking but merely gave them "awful drinking habits." "Even in civilized he recalls, there was a "bot- tle-killing tradition" before dinner-parties, and "the tend- ency of one or two of the male guests to finish dinner face downwards in Ihe baked alaska was accepted as unfor- tunate but inevitable." former Town and Country Foods store. Application was made to the city today to rezone the prop- erty from one commercial des- ignation to another to allow the development., Shoppers' World is also seeking closure of 4th Ave. S., east of Mayor Ma- grath Drive, to provide addi- tional parking. The company has been work- ing on the plans for three months, Mr. Batty said, and initial groundwork was con- cluded this week. He hopes to start construc- tion Nov. 1 with completion slated for June L Mr. Batty said a major inter- national hotel chain will oper- ate the hotel and also a large beer parlor located at the south end of the existing complex. One or two tenants, including the A and W and LaKay's Ladies' Wear, will have to be moved for the tavern. The hotel is expected to cost about million with the bal- ance being spent on renova- tions to the existing facility and a facelifting. Other features of the pro- posed complex include: lounge, dining facilities, coffee shop, banquet and convention facili- ties for persons, wedding reception rooms, commercial sicnple facilities, swimming pool, professional offices, radio station, bowling alley, refresh- ment facilities, boutiques, drug store, bank, hardware, barber shop, hairdresser, a new bake shop, shoe shine, wigs, ladies and mens wear and others- The hotel will have a base of about 125 feet square with the tower located at the north end of the property. Rooms will look north and south. The swimming pool is expected to be located at the second or third storey level. Mine Sale Announced CALGARY (CP) Dffiing- ham Corporation of Honolulu has acquired Canmore Mines Ltd. by an exchange of shares. Founded in 1886, Canmore Mines is a closely held com- pany which produces anthra- cite and bituminous coals for the world market. In the company's last fiscal year, tons of coal were taken from the Rocky Moun- tains northwest of Calgary with most being shipped to Japan. Natal Man Held For Stabbing MOOSE JAW (CP) Alex- ander Middleton, 47, of Natal, B.C., today was charged with two offences of attempted mur- der in a stabbing incident Thursday night. He was re- manded into custody for one week. Mrs. Lillian Middleton, 27, of Moose Jaw was in fair condi- tion in hospital today after re- ceiving chest wounds. Ray- mond Lauttanus, 48, was re- ported in satisfactory condition in hospital. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN lover Brian Erno on his wedding day, holding up a picture-taking session with his wife Mary Ann, wondering if he had fed the dog Mike and Nadine Barfuss wondering which day to mark their new son's birthday, since he was born "either a minute before or after midnight, depending on whose watch was fast" 8 ;