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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Papers rap, praise royal pay increase IJ.V HAllOLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) says Uie Queen in Uia Tory-supporting Daily Mail cartoon, "We'll be able to afford a turkey for Christmas." "Extra money by the bucketful for the royals, not a penny extra for the says the Communist Morning Star. The monarchy "serves us well and should oe given "secure financial says the ever-loyal Scotsman, its sentiment echoed by The Times and other well-established newspapers. The roaring flood of comment was unleashed by Parliament's select committee report recommending Uiat the Queen's household pay be doubled to mil- lion a year from the current million, the first major boost in 19 years. Big increases also are proposed for all the other members of the Royal Family with the exception of Prince Charles, who draws an independent income from Duchy of Cornwall revenues. Will rush law Tire government now will rush to enact the neces- sary legislation in lime lo bring increases into effect by Jan. J. A bailie royal looms in Pariiament as Labor members dig in to revise the traditional way of paying the Queen and her functionaries for ah1 the trappings of maintaining a monarchy. Labor left wingers may even splil wilh the party leadership to demand stripping the Queen of all her alleged wealth. And indication came from Labor lefl- winger William Hamilton in the select committee who described the pay increase as "the most insensitive and brazen pay claim made in the last 200 years." The report was made public Thursday. Critics maintain the Queen should dip more into her own private funds to help pay for her special style of living. But all the speculation that her wealth is in the neighborhood of some million has been roundly condemned by her functionaries as a gross exaggeration. One hanking official recently suggested her per- sonal holdings that, is, aside from Uie palaces, jew- els, art collections, horses and other continuing po- sessions may be worth no more than million. While the parliamentary straggle may enter cm the question 01' what portion of the royal costs should be borne by the public, the general reaction suggests the Queen will get her increases though there may be closer scrutiny of her accounts in the future. The select committee suggested royal trustees be appointed to review the state of the Queen's treasury every 30 years or so. The Labor members in the com- mittee narrowly missed out on a proposal that her vast: retinue be turned into a government department whose accounts would be inspected annually, as any other part of Uie civil sen-ice. May renew struggle Labor is likely In renew its struggle on that point In the House debate. While most papers described lire requested hi- fi-eases as the Queen's Ihe governmenl allow- ances are mainly to cover Ihe cosl of entertaining royal visitors and maintaining royal establishments, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor CasUe, Sand- ringham and Balmoral. Royal parties alone cost about last, year. The laundry bill came to and stocking Uie roy- al wine cellars took another About 475 persons are on the royal staffs and on occasions the Queen has to dip into her personal funds to meet wage increases. In addition to the cost of maintaining the Queen, the. public treasury also pays out millions of pounds for the royal yacht Britannia, the Queen's own flight of planes and all the capital and maintenance costs pf the royal palaces and other buildings. Under the committee's recommendaUons, allow- ances tor tire Queen Mother will rise to a year, up Princess Anne will gel up and a boost to after marriage. Princess Margaret's allowance will increase lo from and Ihe Duke of Gloucester, Uie Queen's 71-year-old uncle who has been ailing for many years, will get up While comment rolled freely on the Queen's treas- ury, her private secretary. Sir Michael Adcane, sug- gests that, she has one of the toughesl jobs in the country. She can never enjoy a holiday completely di- vorced from affairs of state. Even when she buys a new hat, she has lo keep Uie public and her job in mind. Theoretically above the law, she slill has to pay government faxes on her 475 employees. Sire has to properly taxes on Sandringbam and Balmoral and custom duties on things she brings in from abroad. Viet Cong proclaim Chrislmas ceasefire SAIGON (AP) The Viet Cong radio today pro- three-day ceasefires in Vietnam for Christmas and New Year's and a four-day ceasefire for Uie Tct lunar now year holiday in mid-February. The southern allies also are expected to declare ceasefire, but for shorter periods, and to withhold the until just before the holidays for se- curity reasons. Tin1 South Vietnamese government sen) a squadron nt helicopters In Cambndia today to help extricate rc- Irr.-ilini; CiMiihiirtian forces nn the northeastern front. Mililun .-mircrs in Saigon said 2-1 to Ttfl holicoplcrs 1'hr, to riiilil gimships wrrr, airlifting the i in their withdrawal to safer defensive poH- Minis The Cambodians, under heavy North Iwo lowns this week in the worst M'lback fur I ho Phnom Penh government in the 20 (if lh.- Cambodian war. IK' Cain'notiian command tried to play down Uie reverse, issuing a communique which said that its forces had withdrawn (nun Ihe towns of Haray and Koinpung Thm.'tr lo "reorganize defensive positions." is fid norMx-asl. of I'hixim Penh and Koiuionc 'Jlmi'ir is six railo.i north of Baray, The Lethbridge Herald HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 35 "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern Price 15 Cents VOL. LXIV No. 301 "LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER FOUR SECTIONS 76 PAGES fuu.SCale iiwimon War intensity FROM IlEUTER-AP The India-Pakistan war loday mounted in intensity as India launched a full-scale invasion of East Pakistan and also threw its air force and navy into the attempt to drive out tire Paki- stani army and establish the Bengali nation of Bangla Desh. Heavy fighting was reported along India's borders with both East and West Pakistan, and India claimed the capture ot several towns in the east. In the west, India reported it had repulsed attacks by the Pakistanis in several areas, in- cluding Ferozepore, Hussaini- wala and Akhnoor, and that at least 18 Pakistani tanks had been destroyed. The Indian air force also struck at Pakistani airfields in both east and west, after a night of Pakistani air strikes into India- Pakistan announced that its army had been ordered to strike as deep as possible into India as a result of what a spokesman called a "massive allack on West Pakistan borders." Indian planes flew 170 sorties loday over strategic targets in East Pakistan, and destroyed 14 Pakistani planes, an Indian air force officer said. The planes were destroyed in dogfights and on the ground, said Air Marshal H. C. Dewan of the eastern command. Ten of the planes were Ameri- can-supplied F-86 Sabre jets, he said. The others were three light spotter planes and a tur- bo-prop. Radio Pakistan claimed thai 36 Indian planes had been de- stroyed in air combat and by ground fire over East and West Pakistan. On the western border, the radio said "Pakistani forces have effectively halted Indian advances and have made con- siderable tactical gains into In- dian territory." "The most serious aggression War at a glance KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuter) Pakistan officially acknowl- edged it was at war with India loday and a government spokes- man said the army had been ordered fo strike deep into India. An extraordinary issue of Ihe Pakistan government gazelle published in the capital of Isla- mabad early today spoke of "continuance of the in the course of an item listing articles considered contraband. President Yahya Khan in a broadcast beard outside Paki- stan today said "war has been forced upon us." ACCUSES INDIA HONG KONG (Reuter) China's acting foreign minister, Chi Pcng-fci. accused India today of continuing to expand its subversion and armed ag- gression against Pakislan with the support and encouragement of the Soviet Union, the New China news agency reported. Chi was speaking at a Peking reception given by the Mauri- tam'an ambassador on his coun- try's independence "Recently, because of the daily intensification of India's subversion and aggression against Pakistan, the tension on the sub-continent is becoming even more serious and causing increasing the agency quoted Chi as saying. PLANES EXl'LODE DACCA, East Pakistan (Reu- ler) Two Indian planes, a MiG-21 and a Sukhoi 1. nose- dived into Dacca airport peri- meter today and exploded in huge fireballs after being hit by Pakistani gunners during at- tacks by waves of Indian planes. The Pakistan high coronand said seven Indian planes had been downed either by ground- fire or in dogfights with Paki- stani Sabre jets over East Paki- slan. Bui as Indian airstrikes con- tinued, there was no indication from the command of Pakistan air losses. CAPTURE TOWNS NEW DELHI (neuter'i In- dian forces have captured sev- eral lowns in easlem areas of East P a k i s I a n and heavy Gen. Franco marks 80th birthday MADRID (AP) Gen. Fran- cisco Franco is going into his Mill year today. Still the No. 1 power in Spain, ho has given no sign that ho plans lo step aside soon. In fad, he indie-ales ho expects to bo around for ;i while "While HIP I kf'ps nlivp and a mind, I will ronlinuo to rule and fight for the unil> and grandeur of our Franco told a rally in his honor Oct. 1. Tile health of the five foot (hrce-inch general seems good for a man of 7il. He is reported to suffer from Parkinson's dis- ease, but his hands are calm most, of the lime. He hunts, golfs and fishes. He doe.1, not. drink or smoke.. ground fighting is going on along the borders with West Pakistan. Indian Defence Minis- ter Jagjivan Ram told Parlia- ment today. He also said the Indian navy has gone into action for the first time, shelling and damaging airfield installations at Cox's Bazar in East Pakistan. Radicals control China TOKYO (AP) Radio Mos- cow said loday a "large-scale purge" had been carried oul in China and "radical aclivists" are in control of the party and state organs. The broadcast, heard here, said the change of leadership will result in a strengthening of China's anti-Soviel poslure both in domestic and international affairs. The broadcasl also said the activities of Peking's delegalion to Ihe UN will undermine and obstruct international Commun- ist movement against "imperi- alism." Radio Moscow cited recent editorials in leading Chinese publications to support its charges. Anolher Radio Moscow broad- casl said Uie Soviet Union will continue its ideological confron- lalion with Mao Tse-tung's lead- ership of the Chinese Commun- ist party. It. accused China of openly making preparations for war in disregard of a Soviet initiative for peace. by Indian forces along the east- ern border is being held in check by our the radio said. Indian planes staged five raids on Dacca today, resulting in the death of some civilians but there has been no damage of any serious consequences, the radio added. Indian planes, attacking in waves, struck at both the air- port and a military cantonment on the outskirts of the city. Pak- istani Sabre jets took off in pur- suit of the raiders, who were also subjected to an intensive gun barrage. Tire Indian air force claimed to have shot down eight Paki- stani jets over East Pakistan for Ihe loss of Iwo of its own planes. It admitted losing three mere planes on Uie western front. ATTACK PORT Indian carrier-borne aircraft today attacked the East Paki- stani port of Chitlagong, a New Delhi spokesman announced. The spokesman said Iwo gun- boats had been sunk and the planes had also destroyed hang- ars, fuel dumps and other mili- tary targets. As the intensity of the ground and air fighting mounted, India said its navy had also gone into action, slielling and damaging airfield installations at Cox's Bazar, in East Pakistan, and blockading ports in the east. The bitter clashes sweeping the Indian subcontinent brought fresh anxiety to world leaders striving to prevent the flames of war spreading. British Prime Minister Ed- ward Heath was among those reported to have sent messages to the Indian and Pakistani leaders urging restraint. Presi- dent Tito of Yugoslavia also ap- pealed to them to reach a peaceful settlement, and the Vatican announced its readiness to "collaborate" in any peace negotiations. MUCH UNCERTAINTY A big question mark hung over the role of the Soviet Union, which bad a friendship treaty wiUi India, End China, which supports Paldslan, in the conflict. A spokesman for Soviet Pre- mier Aic.xei Kosygin appeared to rule out the possibility of any unilateral intervention by the Kremlin when ha told reporters in Copenhagen thai his country alone could not solve the crisis. INDIAN FAMILY TAKES COVER An Indian woman and Her Iwo children take cover in a homemade shelter during an artillery attack by Pakistani guns across the border against the Indian frontier town of Balurghat Friday night. During the night Indian in- fantry moved against the Pakistani artillery positions as open hostilities between the two nations continued. Possibility of trade pacts at Washington played down C7 JL OTTAWA CCP) Canadian government officials are play- ing down Uie chances of any firm, precise trade agreements emerging publicly from talks in Washington Monday between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Nixon. However, they say, agree- ments in principle may be reached on trade and economic issues that have been vexing re- lations between Ottawa and Washington. In other words, the two lead- ers may place their political slamps of approval on proposed Concessions over on tax changes Kaiser plant swept by fire w' SPARWOOD (HNS) Fire- fighters were battling a blaze today at the Kaiser Resources Ltd. Elkview drying plant. Both the Kaiser and volun- teer departments were fighting the blaze. One Kaiser official said the blaze in the plant, recently modified and improved, was "very serious." H broke out al ahoul fi a.m. loday. By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) A political crossroads of sorts seems to have been reached here this week. By imposing closure on the tax change bill, the Liberals have signified they will make no more concessions to the opposi- tion, specially the Conserva- tives. They say they are going to drive Uirough all the legislation they consider necessary to help their cause in the next federal election, expected in 1972. For their part, the Conserva- tives gathered for a policy con- vention lo shape Uieir election programs. Party morale seemed liigher than at any time since before the 1963 election. Convention at- tendance was far tetter Uian expected when Ihe date was set months ago. Good morale is the willing- ness of party members lo hard at pre-election organiza- tion in every federal riding. This was the week when both Liberals and Conservatives yanked up their socks and began the next election cam- paign in earnest. settlements worked out on soma issues in talk between officials during the last month. Or they may agree on ways lo break out of deadlocks on other disputes. Those Issues and disputes cover trade relation in automo- tive products, defence material, energy resources and govern- mental assistance for exporters, plus a range of so-called irri- tants such as currency ex- change, tourisl spending limits and copyright rules. Ottawa sources stress that lha Trudcau-Nixon talks will deal more with tlie generalities of fu- ture the chance that a measure of agreement on particulars may surface in the end. That line on the eve of Mon- day's meetings shows a shift from the understood position earlier in the week. Tories to discuss foreign investment OTTAWA (CP) Foreign in- vestment may be the irjost con- troversial item at. the Progres- sive Conservative parly's na- tional policy convention starting Sunday. But Uie discussion topics cover a broad range in studies launched mere than two years ago to establish a platform for the next general election, ex- pected next year. By Uie Ume tire last spoken Tuesday, Conservative Leader Robert .Stanfield should have a clearer idea on three main points. Cup of Milk Fund grows is helping out SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS Today Ihe Cup of Milk Fund will reach the mark. Thank you Monarch Beaver Club: thank you Fourth Pack Brownies; thank you Warner Women's Institute; and thank you Air. and Mrs. South Albcr- la for all your wonderful dona- tions. Believe it when we say every IXMIMV counts. If every IjCth- hridfie Herald reader put a dol- lar in an envelope tonight and M-lll 'I lo Ihr Tup of Mill; Fund, Mhlmrlcr we'd g" mor tho. top in a day. This would lw great! Bill par! of this drive, a very im pnrt.-irl part, is the idea oj children helping children. know they want to help and will help if someone gives them a little direction. Children have already come The Herald. More will come. And every child who comes In the be can help mata tlun campaign just tint much more meaningful. We're gelling lelters, too, and they really are thoughtful and sensitive. Today we heard from Miss X of i'abcr who wrote: "I'm a high school keep this donation anonymous and thank you for letting pie help. Keep up the Christian thing it's the Jesus thing to Miss X also writes; "It is people who belong to an or- the Cup of Milk Fund Ih.-il inakr others glad In lw alive and encourage others to h.-ive faith in men, some- where, no matter how bad the disaster, someone is helping TlKink you for the. cn- conr.'hionicnt. One measure of tire strength and the goodness of a people, can be found in their desire to give voluntarily and for ihe welfare of others. Let's gel that carload of Canadian skim milk pow- der on the way to India. Seen and heard About town '1TY police inspector Max gelling two rolls of loilcl. papiT as Run rlenning rqnipmcnl from Frrrt n.issdl of the FBI .lark Milfnril explaining to an ar- dent Toronto Argonaut Ian that Uie Arfos would have won Ihe Grey Cup if Calgary Stampeder qn.irlerh.'iek Jerry Koelmg had "braked" his ami several anonymous teachers contemplating a .strike and wondering if they would ho allowed bad; in Ihe lo catch un on ROUIO Tvorlf. Frank landslide survivor buried EDMONTON (CP) Funeral services will be held today for Hryhorcy Topolnicky of Fdmon- (on, a survivor of the 1903 land- slide al Frank, Alia. Mr. Topolnicky, who came to Alberta from the Ukraine in 1IS7, died Tuesday. He was 83. He was a miner in Frank, near the Crowsnest Pass area, when the disaster occurred. Sixty-six persons died when 90- million of rock fell, cover- ing a s'liinre mile of the town under feet of rubble. Mr. Topolnicky sol up a farm in the Wosiok district in 1910. lie was a member of Lire Wos- tok council for II years and was elected Reeve in QiiinI; dies LIVERPOOL, ttnpl.ind (API A h.ihy boy, one of quintu- pled horn to a Luerpool lionse- wife Friday, died (n hospital today of respiratory difficulties. A sister is critically ill, the hos- pital .Tiill. M.-ikvii'ty Hospital said Ihe other three girls and a doing "very nicely." The five were Itorn lo (Ir.'ico Brown, 35, wife of a IVI-ycar-ukl talcs executive. ;