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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Kidnappers accepted by Cuba By CIIA1ILES LAMBEKL1N HAVANA (Keuter) The Cuban government has accepted the kidnappers of British diplomat James Jasper Cross, but observers here feel their presents may be regarded as an embarrassment. The seven French-speaking and their here early Friday aboard a Canadian Forces jet from Montreal, looking calm and relaxed. They were greeted by Cuban foreign ministry offi- cials while Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Brown look- ed on. The Cuban press was allowed to photograph them, but foreign journalists were not permitted to approach the group, among them a little girl and a pregnant woman, which then was taken off into Havana in a small bus. Observers said this exclusion of the International press might indicate embarrassment on the part of the government which during the last two years has been quietly persuading the majority of self-exiled revolutionaries to leave Cuba. The official Communist newspaper Gramna made a point of saying that the Canadian government ask- ed Cuba to accept the separatist group. "The transfer of these people to our country hap- pened following a formal request from the Canadian government to which the Cuban government agreed with a view to realizing the rescue of the British offi- it said. Go to Algeria About a dozen Quebec separatists used to live here, but most of them left Cuba earlier this year by way of Algeria, informed sources said. The majority now are said to be living in French-speaking European countries. As the "first free territory of as it calls itself, Cuba has little choice but to welcome political refugees around the Western Hemisphere. They come from most American countries, especially Argentina and Brazil. But their number, and the possible international complications they create, is becoming a burden for Cuba, which has enough problems of its own. As soon us the four-enginge Yukon aircraft came (o a halt Friday in the light of television lamps, Ambassador Brown went aboard to meet the Canadian foreign ministry officials who travelled with the sep- aratists. The four kidnappers and their relatives then emerged quietly, without any waving or gestures. They looked as though they had left Canada in a hurry- casually dressed, the men unshaven and with only five suitcases among them. Exchange cables Shortly afterward, the Canadian embassy cabled Ottawa to confirm their arrival. The Cuban govern- ment also cabled the news to its embassy there, au- thorizing the release of Cross. The separatists then were taken to one airport lounge to meet the Cuban press, while the Canadian officials were served refreshments in another lounge. The exiles are Jacques Lanctot, 25; Marc Carbon- neau, 38; and Pierre Seguin. Joining them in exile were Lanctot's wife, Louise, who is pregnant; their young daughter; and Lanctot's sister and the sister's husband, Jacques Cossette-Trudel. Lanctot, a fresh-faced young man sitting with his young daughter on his knees, appeared to reply to most of the reporters' questions, speaking in English. Despite the interviews and photographs, the Cuban newspapers, radio and television so far restricted them- selves to publishing the brief official communique on the group's arrival. Observers said the Cuban government appeared to be at pains to play down the event in order to avoid antagonizing Britain and Canada, two of its main non- Communist trade partners. Ottawa gives industry new financial aid By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) Federal government plans were announced Friday to spark perhaps million worth of new and expanded manufacturing and processing industry employing people and creating jobs for possibly twice as many others. Jean Marchand, minister of regional economic ex- pansion, introduced amendments in the Commons to the Regional Development Incentives Act, setting up a three-tier system of grants to new and expanding in- dustrial plants. The bill also provides for new government guarantees for loans to commercial industry other than manu- facturing and processing, including major new develop- ments providing convention, hotel, office and shopping facilities. The nominal cost of the grants plan is million, but on the basis of past experience this should en- courage perhaps five times as much manufacturing and processing investment. The cost of the loan guarantees is not known. Tho government will charge the banks and other commer- cial lenders a fee for the guarantee, and only have to pay up if a loan falls into default. The government's loan guarantees in other fields have generally been successful. Existing incentives provide for grants of up to 25 per cent of the capital cost of new and expanded manufacturing and processing plants, plus up to for each new job created in a new plant. These incentives now apply in all the designated areas of Canada: the Maritime provinces, Newfound- land but not Labrador, virtually all of Quebec except for the far north and the western region around Mont- real and Hull, Que., Northern Onlario, most of Mani- toba and Saskatchewan, southern Alberta, and south and southeastern British Columbia. The Lethbncbe Herald Forecast high Sunday 3d South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXIII No. 299 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1970 FOUR PAGES Kidnap victim returns home Cross tells story of capti By RAY DOUCET MONTREAL (CP) James (Jasper) Cross, smiling but looking pale and tired, flew from Montreal International Airport to London today to be reunited with his wife who has not seen him since his terrorist kidnapping two months ago. In an airport statement before his departure, the British trade commissioner said he hoped to resume a "normal family life' He thanked friends and stran- gers in Canada who had sent messages to liis wife Barbara during his CO days of captivity in a suburban Montreal house. The 49-year-old envoy boarded a Canadian Forces Boeing 707 immediately after delivering his statement and answering re- porters' questions in a packed airport lounge. The plane took off at a.m. EST and was scheduled to land at Heathrow Airport in London about 9 p.m. After that Mr. Cross is scheduled to spend a secluded weekend in the Eng- lish countryside with lu's wife. Wearing a grey suit and walk- ing briskly as he came into the airport lounge, Mr. Cross told reporters he did not know if he would be coming back to Can- ada. He has been senior trade commissioner here for three years and planned to have talks with the British government on his future duties. He talked about the last dra- A LAST WAVE James Cross, British trade commissioner to Montreal, gives a last wave as he boards plane for flight to London today to meet his wife. Mr. Cross is ac- companied by his daughter Susan. RCMP officers stand on each side of the doorway. Mr. Cross was released by his kidnappers Thursday after two months. Nixon launches tough drive on aiiti-iiiflatioii NEW YORK (AP) With a bold new attempt to roll back gasoline and oil prices accom- panied by an ultimatum on con- struction costs, President Nixon has launched the toughest anti- inflation drive of liis administra- tion. Not only did Nixon announcs direct government action Fri- day night to force down the price of crude oil, but he issued a all industry and labor against betting on future inflation. Criticizing this year's big Seven conspiracy suspects seized DUBLIN (AP) Detectives seized seven persons in a raid on a house near the Dublin air- port today, only hours after the Irish government invoked emer- gency powers to deal with what it called a "secret armed con- spiracy." The seven were not identified, and police said they had not been formally arrested. It ap- peared that they had been picked up mainly as a govern- ment warning to extremists. Prime Minister Jack Lynch announced Friday that the gov- ernment had invoked part 2 of the 1940 Offences Against the State Act, which gives police the power to intern any citizen without trial, and that detention centres were being prepared. He said he was acting because police believed conspirators were planning to kidnap leading citizens and (o attempt bank robberies likely to involve mur- der. His action brought an outcry today from opposition politi- cians, newspapers and the out- lawed Irish Republican Army Irish rightists, however, welcomed the move. Ths Irish Independent, a mid- dle-of-the-road newspaper, ac- cused the government of un- leashing "a modern Franken- stein." wage lira-eases in the construc- tion industry, Nixon offered this ultimatum: "Unless the industry wants government to intervene in wage negotiations on federal projects to protect the public in- terest, the moment is here for labor and management to make their own reforms." In his speech to the National Association of Manufacturers here, the president took up a new economic strategy long held in disfavor by his economic the power of his office directly to push down a specific price increase he consi- ders inflationary. jSeen and heard About town TUANIT A J 0 II N S S 0 N providing some free en- tertainment for her kinderg-r- tcn class as she was literally floored by a closet door tiiat flew open unexpectedly Members of the Jalal rock group apologizing for the late start to their Lethbridge con- cert appearance with the ex- planation that the cold weather had frozen then- electric organ. Massive hunt 011 for handits LONDON (AP) Britain's ah- and sea ports were on maxi- mum alert and a massive hunt was under way by Scotland Yard today for three masked bandits who stole (about worth of gold1 and diamonds from an airline truck in (he middle of London Friday night. A spokesman for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said he believes it is the biggest robbery ever staged against his company. He said the gold bullion and dia- monds were being shipped by several clients in the London area and were on their way to Heathrow Airport for shipment to several clients in Amster- dam. Status of ivomeu report may arouse controversy OTTAWA (CP) The long- awaited report of the royal com- mission on the status of women is scheduled to be tabled Mon- day in the Commons. The document appears certain to arouse controversy, coincid- ing as it does with the emerg- ence of women's rights as a broadly-discussed issue, sparked by assorted "women's liberation" groups campaigning for reform on questions ranging from abortion to time off for child bearing. Commission chairman Ann Francis has promised the report will not be superficial or con- servative. It is assumed its re- port will deal with such well- aired topics as children's day care for working mothers, em- ployment opportunities and tha whole range of discrimination by sex. The report has been nearly three years in the making and is being made public in an at- mosphere of legislative change that many women's rights advo- cates regard as promising. Less than a week ago the On- tario Women's Equal Opportu- nity Act look effect, prohibiting discrimination in employment because of sex or marital status. SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS matic day of his captivity, after police had staked out the subur- ban Montreal North duplex where he was held. That was Wednesday, 59 days after be had been forced at gunpoint from his downtown home Oct. S. "They told me at 10 p.m. Wednesday that police knew where I was. The power went out around 2 a.m. "They got me up, took me into the corridor and handcuffed me to a door knob. I spent a rather uncomfortable night. Then nothing much happened until the lawyer arrived about 10 a.m. Thursday." The lawyer set in motion ne- gotiations that led to the release of Mr. Cross in exchange for safe passage to Cuba for seven men, two of their wives and a two-year-old daugh- ter. Of those who held him cap- tive, Mr. Cross said: "I'm glad they're out of the country and away from me." The British trade commis- sioner was held in the custody of the acting Cuban consul in Montreal from Thursday after- noon until the plans carrying the group of seven landed at Havana early Friday. His flight to London came a day after a medical examina- tion and rest in a Montreal hos- pital. LOST 22 POUNDS Mr. Cross, fed a starchy diet with hardly any meat or fish, lost 22 pounds while he was cooped up in a windowless room for 60 days. But liis doctor pro- nounced him 100-per-cent fit physically and mentally before releasing him for the- flight home. Tlie British envoy weighed about 190 pounds before his ab- duction, witnessed by Ms wife who left Montreal for Bern, Switzerland, Nov. 6 to stay with friends and who is due to fly to London today. Mr. Cross said bis captors "treated me with courtesy." "I was never physically he said. Asked if he ever talked with Ws abductors, who claim to be- long to the and now-outlawed Front de Lib- eration du Quebec, he replied: "They were obviously con- vinced and fervent revolution- aries. "I had a certain amount of political discussions with them during the first two weeks, but after Mr. Laporte's death I didn't feel much like talking with them." KIDNAPPED 5 DAYS LATER Pierre Laporte, also 49, be- came North America's second political kidnapping when he was whisked away at gunpoint from his suburban St. Lambert home just five days afler the Cross abduction. The body of Mr. Laporte, than Quebec's labor minister, was found stuffed in the trunk of an abandoned car Oct. 18 at St. Hu- bert, Que., south of Montreal. He had been strangled with a chain that held a religious medal around his neck. In his airport statement, Mr. Cross said that while he hoped to resume a normal life there was one family for "whom a normal life is no longer possi ble." He said in French; "I refer to the Laporte fam- ily. I never met Mr. Laporte, but in the week when we were both prisoners I felt closer to him than a brother. "I would like to express to Mme. Laporte and her family my deepest and most sincere condolences. "Why Mr. Laporte is dead and I am alive, I do not know. I want to pay tribute to this cou- rageous man and to express the conviction that this sacrifice was not in vain." STILL TIRED He began his airport message in English, saying: "It's a wonderful sense of re- lief to be back in the normal world. "If tliere is one tiling that this experience has given me it's a sense of appreciation of the or- dinary simple tilings of life, and mostly the ability to live with one's family and friends and to breathe fresh air." He said he was still "rather tired" and hoped to spend a few weeks in London with his wife to "recuperate and rest." He concluded with special thanks to police, although he re- alized there had been much talk about the way they had carried out the search for him. "I know how hard they worked, about the long hours of work tli at disrupted their own lives and the lives of their fami- lies. "I know it was difficult for them and I thank them from tile bottom of my heart for their perseverance." The wall behind the podium from which Mr. Cross spoke was draped with a Canadian flag. Flanking the British diplo- mat were his 24-year-old mar- ried daughter Susan and Peter Hayman, British high commis- sioner from Ottawa. WAVES TO CROWD Halfway up the ramp to tte plane, Cross stopped and waved to those at the foot and to some 300 persons gathered on an inside balcony of the airport terminal. An outside balcony was reserved for newspaper men and photographers. On the plane with Mr. Cross were his daughter Susan, who had gone to Switzerland with her mother Nov. 6 but returned to Montreal Nov. 15, Lord Dun- rossil, British government rep- Jim Davey from Prime Minister Trudeau's off- ice, and two external affairs de- partment representatives. 'Hotu'd you like to be swapped for a kidnapped Pope ends ROME (AP) Pope Paul re- turned without fanfare to his Vatican apartment before dawn today, ending his 10-day mile ecumenical trip to tho largely non-Christian Far East. The pontiff stood in his open limousine in a whipping wind and almost freezing tempera- tares and waved to a small crowd that greeted him at Rome airport. Vatican prelates and minor Italian government officials also were on hand, but there was no official ceremony. As his auto rolled into St. Pe- ter's Square, about 200 persons, including many nuns, held can- dles and torches and shouted, "Viva il same wish for long life that Pope Paul heard in most of the eight stops he made in Asia, the Pacifif and Australia. Trudeau reports details to Britain OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said Friday that the Quebec terrorists' attempt to divide Canada and shake the stale to its roots backfired so badly that the use of violence has been discouraged. He made the statement in a live television broadcast to Brit- ain. The sound was bad and Mr. Trudeau told his British ques- tioner at one point: "I don't un- derstand a damn word." "Terrorists cannot blackmail this the prime minister said in the 15-minute program. Terrorists could kidnap and murder people but they could not obtain their demands. Mr. Trudeau said thai the fed- eral government would have "blown up the country" if it had acceded to the kidnappers' de- mands for the release of 23 pris- oners in exchange for James Cross after Ihe assassination of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laiwrte. The prime minister said there was no doubt or hesitation in his cabinet about proclamation of the War Measures Act Oct. 16. SAYS IT WORKED He maintained the proclama- tion had prevented the insurrec- tion winch was feared in Mont- real. It had brought peace and quiet to Quebec and Canada. Asked how he felt about tha kidnappers of Mr. Cross going free, Mr. Trudeau said he does not feel uneasy at all. His government had made a bargain to let tire kidnappers go to Cuba if Mr. Cross was freed and it had kept this bargain. Mr. Trudeau said the impor- tant thing was that the govern- ment had not under-reacted to the Quebec situation. Kidnappers enjoy flight into exile KITCHENER, Ont. (CP) The kidnappers of British diplo- mat James Richard Cross were "happy and in high spirits" dur- ing their flight into exile Thurs- day night. A member of the crew of tho Armed Forces Yukon that car- ried the seven from Montreal to Havana, Cuba told Friday night of the kidnappers' behavior dur- ing the six-hour flight. Cup of milk fund Help the ones who need most At this time of year, children in Canada spend a good deal of time making out lists of things they'd like Santa to bring them for Christmas. They torn- the stores and pour over pretty catalogues, making careful selections from the beautiful items offered. Cana- dian children certain they won't be neglected at such a special time, and very often their lists are pretty long. But tliere are boys and girls in Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong and other parts of the world whose letter to Santa (if they knew about him) might be quite different. They might say, Dear Santa: We are very cold and hungry. We know the USC will send us food and clothes again this year but it. needs money to do so. Please Sanla, remind everyone in soul hern Alberta that a hun- gry Christmas isn't very easy lo lake, so please ask them to send a contribution to The Her- ald, Lethbridge, right away. This will bring us a glass of milk and some bread, and for (his we would bo very grateful, thank you. Friday's donations total- led to bring the total to date to Objective is Nettie Hryciufc, Fe.-nie I 1.00 J. B. Love, Raymond'....... S.OO Mrs. Ann Finley, Box 307, Picture Sulle, Alberta 3.00 Wcsl Wind FWUA Local J.OO Mrs. Grace Lichjss, Ed and Irene Coleman......... Jim Alcock. Fort Macleod Nee K. Wong, Lethbridge Robert Paterson, lethbridgg Warner Branch of Women's Institute The Fortnightly Club, Lelhbridga Shanghai Chop Suey, Lethnridge............ Avon Representatives of Southern Alberta, District No. 731................ Total TO DATS 5.CO S.OD S.OO J.M 7.00 1000 10.M f 93.M 1.377.21 ;