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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta wmor Forecast high Wednesday near 10 The letkbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 302 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1970 PRICE NOT' OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES TESTIMONIAt FOR TOMMY Mayor Andy Anderson, left, and former mayor A. W. Shackle- ford, right, help Tom Ferguson through many good-will cards he received at a retirement dinner Monday. The testimonial dinner given Mr. Ferguson by the Civic Administrative Associ- ation was attended by about 90 city employees, aldermen and former city officials. Mr. Ferguson, retiring at the end of the year after 25 years with the city, was city clerk from 1946 to 1967, when he was appointee! city manager. He has been acting as advisory assistant to the city manager since Tom Nutjing's. appointment to that post in August this year. See story page nine. Spain shaken by Basque trial ease BURGOS, Spain (AP) The trial of 16 young basques in this northern city has shaken the Spanish government more than any event since Gen. Francisco Franco gained control of Spain at the end of the civil war in 1939. Six are charged with plotting the murder of a pro- vincial chief of political police. The other 10 are ac- cused of terrorism and membership in the underground Basque separatist organization What is happening in Spain, the land of 23 million tourists a year, seemed unthinkable a week ago. But Uie trial is pushing the government steadily toward a dilemma whose solution appears more difficult by the day. The Basque case has opened wounds which were closed for 31 years by the regime of Gen. Francisco Franco. "I heard the same kind of arguments from the left and right before the civil says a Spanish journalist. Nobody even mildly suggests another civil war is in sight. But one fact is obvious: the advancing age of Franco and his inability to run the country as he would have 20 or even 10 years ago. On his 73th birthday, Dec. 4, he was forced to de- clare a state of emergency in one of the Basque prov- inces and suspended the inhabitants' civil rights. Everybody, opposition and pro-government, seems to be inching forward as the general retires from au- thority. Six days ago, most Spaniards seemed more in- terested in moving further into the consumer society, buying cars and apartments and getting closer to Eu- rope. There was little interest, in the Basque trial and little knowledge about its participants. But the nation was stunned into awareness last Tuesday night with tile kidnapping in San Scbatian of the West German consul by ETA, the secret Basque guerrilla organiza- tion. ETA threatened to kill Consul Eugene Beihl if death sentences come out of (lie military trial. The prosecution is expected to ask death for six and prison terms totalling 752 years for the others. Two of the accused are Roman Catholic priesls and three are women. Most are ETA members. flic trial ignited demonstrations, bloody clashes with police and strikes not in support of basque separatism or ETA but as a protest that the trial is unfair. Only one Spaniard in 50 is Basque. But the exampla of Basque activism against Madrid centralism appears to have caught imaginations elsewhere. If death sentences arc given Basque retaliation is expected. If not, what will the military do? In the middle is the Spanish population, waiting to see if the clock will move forward or back Trainin an for OTTAWA (CP) On-the-job training for 240 Blood Indians at a trailer and sectional housing plant located on their reserve at Stand Off, near Lethbridge, Alta., was announced today by the Indian affairs department. The plant was established by a corporation representing the 4.500 Indians on the reserve and eventually will be owned com- pletely by them. Kainia Industries Ltd., which put up million of operating capital for the plant, has en- tered an agreement with the government to help train the In- dians in the manufacture of trailers and sectional housing- The training will cost an esti- mated Of this, the company will pay and the government the remaining Christmas in Cuba postponed HAVANA (Reuler) Christ- mas in Cuba will be postponed until July, Prime Minister Fidel Castro said Monday night. In a radio and televi- sion speech, Castro said that the holiday season, like last, year, was being postponed so that the sugar cane harvest would not be delayed. He said that the best time to harvest the sugar cane crop was from November to May. Castro, who set a quota of seven million tons this season, said once the harvest is com- plete, then everyone can cele- brate Christmas. SHOPPING DAYS 'TILL CHRISTMAS beet support price set for Alberta growers OTTAWA (CD Agriculture Minister Bud Oison today an- nounced a deficiency payment of for eacli standard ton of sugar beets produced by grow- ers in the 1969 crop year. The support price for sugar beets, grown mainly in Mani- toba, Alberta and Quebec, was a standard tor., the amount of beets required to pro- duce 250 pounds of sugar. It will be the same for the 1970 crop. Producers in Manitoba and Alberta have received part of the -a-ton in- terim payment made earlier this year by the agriculture sta- bilization board. Cheques will be sent to grow- ers after final information is ob- tained from sugar beet associa- tions and the sugar plants, prob- ably by the end of this month. Britain suffers labor unrest arts quits influen Tory PREMIER ROBARTS LONDON (CP) An unoffi- cial protest strike affecting a variety of industries today com- pounded the headaches caused by electrical blackouts as Brit- ain continued to suffer the con- sequences of its worst attack of labor unrest since 1926, the year of the general strike. The blackouts caused in many parts of the country by the slowdown at power stations throughout Britain were even more widespread than on Mon- day, the first day of the elec- tricity employees' work-to-rule. The extra upsets today re- sulted from the one-day strike launched by militant trade un- ionists in protest against the Conservative government's bill for reform of labor relations. Communists and other leaders of the strike, who predicted that between and one million workers would come out, said operations at London's Heath- row Airport would be hit by the stoppage, in addition to the ex- pected paralysis of such major ports as Southampton and Tyne- side on the east coast, A number of wholesale food markets, schools and car facto- ries also were affected by the strike. Britain's national newspapers did not appear as a result of the support 'given the protest strike by some printers and electri- cians in London and additional complications in Manchester. In the capital, where long- shoremen have joined the strike, a big march was planned for the day as a gesture of hos- tility towards the Labor Rela- tions Bill. The power employees are working by the book to support their demand for a pay raise. They are asking the national- ized Power Authority for about more a week, wrhich would give them a basic wage of about 572. The government has made a "final" offer of Millions of Britons temporar- ily did without lighting, cooking and heating facilities, televisou and other amenities. Hospitals and police had to use e m e r g e n c y genera. re. Large areas of London, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh were darkened. PUFFING AWAY Carolyn Agger, wife of former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas and a member of a local law firm, puffs on a cigar during a recenf Vvfash- ington party. She has been smoking cigars for years. Government to create ministers of state 'It's Mr. Khrushchev's No problem OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau today gave for- mal notice of legislation to cre- ate ministries and ministers of state in the government. The notice on the Commons order paper also said the num- ber of parliamentary secre- taries, now 16, will be increased to the number of cabinet minis- ters with 25. Parliamentary secretaries re- ceive a year on top of their regular pay of an- nually as MPs. The bill would create an envi- r o n m e n t department which would take over some of the re- sponsibilities of the resources department. Fisheries Minister Jack Davis is expected to be the first environment minister. This would establish the separate portfolio of postmas- ter-general, now absorbed in the communications department. This will make Jean-Pierre search for envoy kidnapped in Brazil tiiii n mo DE JANEIRO (AP) >Yllll lUJUtt As troops and police searched today for the kid- rrrrAWi rrpi Pwferal nappcd arabassador lo OTTAWA (CP) leaerai an report health officials today reported circulated that his captors were no problem with mercury con- demanding the release of 68 to tent in canned tuna fish in Can- ada, but they said further inves- tigation will be undertaken. A spokesman for the Food and Drug Directorate said fur- ther study is necessary because tests in the U.S. revealed unsafe levels of mercury in one brand of the fish. He said the FDD had ana- lysed eight samples of canned tuna in the last six months, in- cluding imported and domestic brands, and found no reason for concern. The acceptable limit of mer- cury is 0.5 parts per million. Most of the Canadian tests stowed less than 0.2. The federal Food and Drag Administration in the U.S. said Monday that the producer of the brand in question, Grand Union, has agreed to withdraw the cans from retail shelves. Sam- ples taken showed 0.75 parts of mercury per million. 70 political prisoners. The report came from a source who said the demand was made in one of two docu- ments purporting to come from the kidnappers. The documents were in the hands of the police, and they refused to make public what they said. Ambassador Giovanni Enrico Bucher, 57, whose wealthy fam- ily owns a chain of resorts hi Switzerland and Italy, was seized Monday in the Rio sub- urb of Laranjeiras. His police bodyguard was shot three times; one bullet hit his spine and paralysed his arms and legs. Witnesses said seven men and a woman blocked off the ambas- sador's limousine with two cars, ordered the driver to the floor- board and shot the guard, Helio Carvalho de Araujo, when he resisted. Abandoning lire two blocking cars, they hustled the ambassa- Cote, minister without portfolio responsible for the post office, the en- title him to a parliamentary secretary as well. Communications M i n i s t e r Eric Kierans will continue in that post. The notice did not say how many ministries of state will be established. Mr. Trudeau has previously announced that a ministry of state for housing and urban af- fairs will be formed. It will be under Robert An- dras, now minister without port- folio responsible for housing. Ministers of state presumably will rank somewhere between ministers without portfolio and ministers with and get as much salary as the a year on top of their salary as MPs. TORONTO (CP) John Ro- barts. 53, today announced his resignation as Conservative pre- mier of Ontario, one of the most powerful political positions in Canada and one he has held for nine years. The resignation is effective at a leadership conven- tion to be called later. EXPECT 7 CANDIDATES First announced candidate in the field is expected to be Mines Minister Allan Lawrence, 45, who scheduled a news confer- ence for later in the day. But the leading candidate in what is expected to be a field of at least seven contenders will be William Daws, 41, minister of post from which Mr. Robarts launched his own leadership campaign to succeed Leslie Frost in 1961. Mr. Davis is one of four ycur.-zer members of the cabinet thought to have an edge in the leadership race. The others are Mines Minister Lawrence; Mu- nicipal Affairs Minister Darcy McKeough, 37. and Provincial Secretary Robert Welch, 42. Also mentioned as potential leadership candidates are Health Minister Thomas Wells, 40; Energy Minister George Kerr, 46, and Bert Lawrence, 47, minister of financial and commercial affairs. Mr. Robarts has been consi- dered perhaps the most influen- tial of the provincial leaders. He was the fourth Conservative premier since the party started its 27-year reign. IN POWER SINCE 1943 As head of the party which has been in power since 1543 in Canada's richest province, the premier of Ontario packs a big wallop in dealing with Ottawa and tlie other provinces. That position of influence has led observers to believe that Mr. Robarts could have any post he wishes in the federal Progressive Conservative party, not excluding the leadership if Robert Stanfield were to step down. Elegant dresser LONDON (Reuter) Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, long-haired symbol of rebellious youth, now is rated one of the most elegant dressers in show business. At least that's the view of the Brit- ish magazine Tailor and Cutter, considered the m e n's wear bible. Its latest issue carried a recent picture of Jagger wear- ing a natty suit and fashionable frilly shirt. Railway dispute talks collapse GIOVANNI BUCHER dor into another car and drove off, a fourth car trailing behind. One of the two getaway cars was later abandoned at a beach. WASHINGTON (AP) A country-wide railway strike Thursday appeared inevitable after negotiations collapsed early today. A union leader said the walkout will be called even if Congress grants President Nixon's request for a 45-day delay. "We must said Presi- dent C. L. Dennis of the Broth- erhood of Railway Clerks, larg- est of four AFL-CIO unions rep- resenting nearly workers in the wage dispute. Dennis said his union is ready to risk jail terms, fines and pub- lic pressure to win its demands. Dennis spoke after a late- night; bargaining session called by the labor department failed to produce an agreement or a voluntary postponement. Nixon, in asking Congress to order a postponement, said a strike would impose a hardship on the American people. He said if Congress orders an extension of bargaining tima and no settlement is reached by Jan. 23, lie will make new rec- ommendations to Congress. The four unions rejected the biggest wage offer in rail his- tory, some 37 per cent, or an hour over three years for workers now averaging from to They said work- rule changes demanded by (lie railways in exchange for the wage offer would eliminate thousands of jobs and sharply increase the workload of re- maining employees. Cup of milk fund Homeless people need your help Seen and heard Vietnam, one of the world's most troubled areas, has be- come the most recent recipient of humanitarian aid given by the Unitarian Service Commit- tee. The contentious war. which has now been raging for five years, has left a deep scar on a country which has to struggle for economic survival under the host of conditions. Today there are thousands of home- less people roaming the war- torn streets. Families are sep- arated and children orphaned. The USC has established pro- grams to aid in rehabilitating a shattered people, the most unfortunate of whom are the aged and the very young. Canadians can help by do- nating to the USC. Send Cup of Milk Fund donations lo Tho Herald, Lethbridge. So far has been donated to- wards the objective of Monday's donations: Anonymous 1.00 A.A.K., Lethbridge 3.00 Mr. rind Mrs. Alfred Glciive sr., Blairmore 7.00 Mrs. R. wilcccks, Lelhbridge ?03 K. Tallmans, Taber....... 3.00 0. Thomas, Green Acres Lodge, Lethbridge 5.00 Anonymous............. 5.00 Mrs. A. Kress, Uelhbrldos s.M Maldi Bryant. Lelhtx-idgfi.............. SI. John's ACW, Pincher Creek Mrs. J. L. Dobek, Bellevue Glenroy L. West, Cardston Walter F, Baker, Turin..... Anonymous.............. Roya! Hotel, Tabcr Lelhbridge Pasl Honored Royal Ladles Assoc Elks Cluo, Lethbridge Mr. and Mrs. George Fosler, Lothbridge....... Lelhbridge Y's Meneltes Club Anonymous.............. Alfred Darbv, Cardston Total TOTAL TO DATI 5.00 S.OO 500 5.00 5.00 5.00 10.00 10.03 18.00 20.00 30.00 J 153.M f About town "17ETERAN poker player Tom Ferguson being presented with a poker table by his fellow-workers and wondering "how you people ever got the impression I could use something like this" IWyni Bel! keeping her ride to work waiting whik she debated whether to bother going in on her birth- day. ;