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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbrldge Herald LXVIi-293 LETHBRIDQE. ALBERTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1974 15 Cents Tories promise to block redistribution U.S. TO SELL GOLD j WASHINGTON (AP) The United States will sell 3 two million ounces of gold, valued officially at 184.4 million, from its government-held gold reserves, Treasury Secretary William Simon said today. Simon also said the government will not ask for a postponement of the right for Americans to buy gold after Dec. 31. Si He said the government gold will be sold at a public auction on Jan. 6 and that sales will be in quantities of 400-ounce bars. xj OTTAWA (CP) The Pro- gressive Conservatives vowed Monday to block a plan to re- distribute and add Commons seats, and the government ac- knowledged that the proposal may now be doomed. Official notice of the Con- servative intention was given in the Commons by Walter Baker, deputy House leader. A few minutes later, Liberal John Reid said in an interview the redistribution bill might not meet a Dec. 31 deadline "Yes we're very said Mr. Reid, parliamentary secretary to government House Leader Mitchell Sharp The move appeared to be part of a series of Conservative filibuster attempts that meant the House probably would sit through the usual Christmas recess. Mr Reid said filibusters ap- pear to be in the works on the bill to provide the oil export tax and the subsidies to im- ported oil consumers, another bill to establish an export development corporation and the redistribution bill The word filib- speeches to delay not mention- ed by Mr Baker But other Conservatives said last week they would fight the re- distribution proposal to the death. John Reynolds nabyRichmond-Delta) has said any means, including a filibuster, c M K used by British Columbia and Alberta Conservatives to stop the bill They believe it would enlarge the Commons excessively without giving their fast- growing provinces adequate representation If the bill does not pass by Dec 31, the present system of redistribution will continue under a rule adopted 18 months ago when all-party study for a new system began Outside, the House, Mr Reid repeated his contention that the Conservatives reneg- ed on an agreement to pass the bill quickly. He blamed this on "lack of leadership." He and Mr Sharp both said no procedural methods such as closure be used to have the bill pass. However, some limit might be applied on the petroleum tax bill debate, Mr Reid said. Ethiopia seems Leaded for explosive civil war LONDON (CP) Britain has appealed to the military government ot Ethiopia to protect the life of former emperor Haile Selassie as the African state edges towards an explosive civil war Government sources here say their concern for the 82- year-old deposed ruler has been conveyed to Ethiopian representatives at the United Nations but so far no satisfac- tory reassurance has been forthcoming. The foreign office has also joined the council of the Eu- ropean Economic Community in expressing disgust at the recent slaughter of 60 soldiers and politicians in the Ethio- pian capital of Addis Ababa. But sources say that while the government's aim is the prevention of further losses of that of Se- lassie, who is being held by the now are also growing in official circles that civil war is rapidly becoming unavoidable. The roots of conflict m the northeast African state he deep in history and involve the interests of the United States, Russia, some of the Arab countries and Ethiopia's the Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. Israel says Egypt making missile pads on Suez Canal THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel accused Egypt today of digging "earth channels" on the east bank of the Suez canal and said they were the kind used for launching mis- siles. A military spokesman said Israel filed a complaint with the United Nations Mayor's executive committee disbanded The mayor's executive com- mittee was disbanded Monday without ever having met, despite a defence of its pur- poses by Mayor Andy Ander- son. City council voted 6-1 against the il! tated com- mittee on a motion by Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson. She missed Monday's meeting, but her motion was put forward by Aid Vaughan Hembroff. Only Aid. BUI Kergan voted against the resolution, saying he would like to see the matter tabled until terms of reference for the committee were brought forward. Mayor Anderson told coun- cil he didn't really care what happened with the committee, but attacked criticisms of it in the press and elsewhere. "I object very seriously to the inference that I am ramm- ing things down peopls he said. "I resent the inference m an editorial in the press that seemed to indicate I was try- ing to cover up something or was attempting to do something in secret." "I thought I had made it plain that the committee would have no he said. New aldermen would not be overlooked, he added, with ap- pointments made to the com- mittee on a rotating six months basis. The executive committee, he said, would reduce the number of ad-hoc committees of council. All levels of government have executive committees and some have been given a great deal of authority, but this committee would have no power to act on its own and would report to council, he said. Emergency Force and that UN observers have sent a team to check the area. Under the disengagement agreement signed in January, Israel and Egypt were to re- frain from installing long- range artillery or missiles within 18 miles of the ceasefire lines. Israel protested repeatedly in 1970 that Egypt was violating an earlier ceasefire on the canal by building pads for Soviet-built missiles, but the complaints were not acted upon. When the 1973 war erupted, the Russian-Egyptian mis- siles inflicted heavy damage on Israel's forces In Paris, Israeli experts stayed away from the opening session of a conference on standardizing educational statistics at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization It was the first opportunity the Israelis had to show their displeasure with the decision at UNESCO's general conference to bar them from the agency's regional groupings, condemn them for archeological digging in Jerusalem, and authorize co- operation with the Palestine Liberation Organization The current troubles began nearly nine months ago when a socialist revolt, led by the army, began stripping away the absolute power wielded for nearly half a century by Selassie. Moving with the coolness and skill of practised gamblers, the soldiers finally deposed and arrested him Sept. 12. The peasants, the vast bulk of Ethiopia's population who revere the emperor despite being kept in virtual serfdom for hundreds of years, were gradually educated to the ills of the old regime and pacified with promises of a brighter tomorrow. Late last month, the mili- tary's governing council aban- doned its painstaking political card game with savagery. Fifty-seven prisoners, mainly former Selassie supporters were moved from a detention centre in the middle of the three dragged from hospital a nearby jail and machine-gunned to death in groups of 10 The mass execution was or- ganized by Maj. Mengistu Haile Manam, now chairman of the 120-man council. The fear in British circles, and presumably in other Western capitals as well, is that the violence now will spread into the Ethiopian highlands and intensify the Entrean rebel campaign. Meat graders join strike Three federal beef graders in Lethbndge today joined their Calgary and Edmonton federal grain inspectors, in a strike for more money. Glen Gaskell, a poultry grader, said only beef graders are involved, though other graders and inspectors are un- der the same contract. A news report from Calgary said four meat graders in Red Deer and one in Medicine Hat were planning to join the strike Wednesday. He said four meat graders in Red Deer and one in Medicine Hat were planning to join the strike Wednesday. East may be facing grain, flour shortage RICK ERVIN photo Jonathan L. Magnussen Jonathan wasn't your average seagull, for he hac! higher ambitions. Every morning he would lace up his CCM webs and take to the ice at Henderson Lake. Day after day he would patiently practice figure eignts and double axels. But all the other gulls thought Jonathan was just a dumb turkey. "He's skating on thin warned one skeptic. "I'll bet he gets cold opined another. "Is he ever chortled a third. Inside 24 Pages Classified......18-21 Comics..... 6 .13-15 Family Markets 22 Sports......8.9 Theatres.... .7 TV .........7 Weather 3 'Under the Emperor's old clothes' LOW TONIGHT 30; HIGH WED. 40; CLOUDY, MILD. Mills 'young man in old man's body' NEW YORK (AP) The Tidal Basin Bombshell says her friend Wilbur Mills is "a young man in an old man's body But the stripper repeatedly denies that the chairman of the House of Representatives ways and means committee is her lover However, the woman, for- merly nicknamed the Argen- tine Firecracker who dances professionally as Fanne Foxe, had trouble Monday making clear just what her relationship is to Mills. She tried valiantly during a news conference, interviews and at a preview of her strip act Miss Foxe also showed some confusion about whether she fell, jumped or was push- ed into Washington's Tidal Basin at 2 a m. last Oct 7, and how the congressman got the cuts on his face that night. "I didn't hit Mr she told a news conference "Well, maybe I she reconsidered. "But it was an accident. He got in my way." ClitS OTTAWA (CP) Warnings of grain and flour shor- tages in Eastern Canada because of the strike by federal inspectors increased the pressure on the government Monday as mediation talks to end the dispute continued. But Treasury Board President Jean Chretien, whose department bargains with the employees, told MPs at a Commons committee meeting that the time was not npe for parliamentary action. _ J.F Blakney, chairman of the Canadian National Millers Association, said in an interview Monday that the strike, coupled with one earlier this year by ships' officers on the Great Lakes, would mean bread, pasta and flour shortages. The association represents millers who process 99 per cent of the country's flour. Shortages, in turn, would re- sult in higher consumer prices and layoffs in the flour milling industry, he said "We have only 50 per cent of our winter requirements in eastern Mr Blakney said "The other 50 per cent is at Thunder Bay or back of there The grain strike by 222 gram inspectors, which began Nov. 23, has halted all shipments in Canada The inspectors en- sure the quality and sanitary condition of grain. As the strike continues, the Great Lakes shipping season is shrinking The season ends Dec 17 and ships must leave Thunder Bay by Dec 12 Mr Blakney said the railways could not handle the volume of grains involved. Another .varning to the gov- ernment came from Gaston Clermont Gatmeau) who told Mr Chretien at a com- mittee meeting that a director of a local co-operative predicted feed grain shor- tages The co-operative director said feed supplies were suf- ficient only for another 10 days If the strike continued for that time, there would be a very tense situation. Mr Cler- mont said Mr Chretien said Faiua- ment may be asked to deal with the strike if there are problems for the country but the employees had the legal right to walk out and now was not the time for action by the Commons The government would do its best to move grain in due time, he added Mediation talks under Tom O'Connor of Toronto con- tinued Monday but a union spokesman said little progress had been made. While the talks proceeded, meat graders in six Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington, Ont Winnipeg, Calgary and remained off their jobs along with the gram in- spectors. defence spending LONDON (AP) Britain announced plans today for a billion 2-billion) cut in defence spending during the next 10 years, aimed mainly at reducing commitments in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malysia The move was due to British financial woes But Defence Secretary Roy Mason, announcing the results of a nine-month review of de- fence policy in the House of Commons, called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization "the linchpin of British security" and said NATO "will remain the first charge on the resources available for defence He said that means Britain will concentrate on contributing land and air forces in the central region of Europe .-id air forces to the eastern Atlantic and Channel areas, and to the general defence of the United Kingdom in its immediate approaches to attend Games Prime Minister Trudeau has accepted an invitation by the Canada Winter Games committee to attend the February event in Lethbndge, it was announced today Although the exact date of the prime minister's visit has not yet been determined, it is hoped he will be in Lethbndge for the official opening, the announcement said. Health Minister Marc Lalonde, who made the final decision as to where the games would be held, also will attend with his family. He is an avid skier Seen and heard About town Superintendent Ralph Himsl playing the part of a radio an- nouncer to describe proposed advertisements the separate school board will run Ap- ple pancakes and huckleberry syrup helping Don and Kathie Smith wake up after a big steak dinner the night before. Bottle-bust charges expected Charges are expected to be laid today against a 12 year old Picture Butte youth whc Sunday smashed hundreds oi bottles after breaking into the community's liquor store The incident was reportedlj an attempt by the youth to cal attention to family alcoho problems. RCMP investiga tion indicates the youtl himself had been drinking the night of the break-in Dollar can buy 25 cups of milk We're not asking you to walk in the shadow of death this Christmas. We'll tell you about death, about the little children who are dying in Bangladesh. But we want you to be kind and hopeful this Christmas, hopeful that many children will live because the people in Southern Alberta are kind You can get down on your hands and knees and cry your eyes out over this calamity It won't do any good. Send a dime to the Lethbndge Herald's Cup of Milk Fund. That will buy cups of milk for a hungry child. Send a dollar. Wipe the fear and dismay out of your mind and send a dollar. That will buy 25 cups of milk for a little child in Bangladesh Hard to realize, isn't it, that children are dying as we go about our own affairs, preoc- cupied with the happy preparations for Christmas. What will I buy dad? What can I get for mom? Better to ask yourself, "What can I give my little brother in You know the answer. You know he is your brother. Isn't that what Christmas is all abouf Perhaps you feel a trifle sil- ly about sending a small gift when thousands are dying each day Let's keep the hope alive. Together we can do it. Your goal is You can do it Send your gifts to Cup oi Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald, P.O. Box 670. The Unitarian Service Committee will send cups of milk to some children who need il most Contributors' list on Page 2 ;