Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
WARMER The LetHbndge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIII ~ No. 303 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS - 62 PAGES Drinidng laws Cross gives details of kidnapping inquiry head likes his pint By JOHN LcBLANC LONDON (CP)-A peer who calls Mmself "a good amateur drinker" has been named to head an in* quiry committee into Britain's drinking laws, which often drive toitrista wild. "I enjoy the British pub and I enjoy a pie and a pint," says Lord Erroll of Hale, 56, a former Con-scn'ativc cabinet minister, who was appointed by the government Tuesday to run the inquiry. Home Secretary Reginald Maudling, maldng the announcement in the Commons, dcscril)ed the British pubKh4nlcing laws as "arcliaic." Drinking places are clascd for much of the afternoon, tlM hours depending on local authorities' rulings. Organizations such as the British Tourist Association have been clamoruig for a change so that visitors can walk in and have a glass when they feel like it. It's all a hand-down from a long and varied history of the liquor licensing laws. Blame it on Henry Henry VH in 1495 first instituted controls by eit> powering judges to suppress "useless" alehouses, part of a policy of discouraging indoor games such as darts, which (liveried people from archerj-. Tlx? pres'cnt regulations are mainly rooted in measures to curb excessive drunkenness in the 19th cen-tui7. One of the disconcerting features for the visitor is (hat as he goes from place to place, he is never sure when he'll find a pub open. In England, drinking hours vary from county to county. In Scotland, you can get a drink at a hotel-but not a pul>-'jn Sundays. In Wales, evco'ono takes a chance on Sundays. WlKllicr or not pubs open in u particular community is (lccide fiiiLsh Ihr intiuiiTi'. Contest win costs deaf mute welfare .SMOKY L.MvE. Alia. (CP) - A .50-year-old deaf mute was cwl off welfare for three months because ho won $2,1'15 after be discovered Iww to beat the system in a cigarette contest. The welfare department told bin: to come back when his asscsts had boon reduced to $500 or less. Nick Rubuliak, who lives with his crippled brotlicr In tills community, CO miles northeast of Edmonton, was one of the fu-sl to discover l�w to wm money in a contest sponsored by Casino cigarettes. Others in the town won up to $42,000 each. R. W. Pritchard, social development officer for tiro area, said he "felt badly" about eliminating Mr. Rubu-liak's allowance in August "but because of the department regulations 1 had no other choice." Mr. Rubuliak now has been reinstated and is to receive iiis normal allowance of about $80 for December. Mr. Pritchard said in an interview that regulations specify no one is eligible for assistance if he has cash assets nf more than $,i(Ki. Faith helped Mi-. Rubuliak, who leai'ned to read and wTlte dm-ing five years at school in Winnipeg in the 1930s, said ho spent about 11 hom-s studying the contest coupon before his faith hi God l>elped Mm find the formula to uncover ttie correct numbers on the contest card. He says he bought about $280 worth of the cigarettes to win. He used the prize money for a television set and a movie projector. Ho had obtained a movie camera with gift coupons from another cigarette cwitest. Casino cigarettes were inU-oduccd in Alberta in the fall of 1969. Tlie contest coupons said prize-winning entries had to be postmarked no later than July 31, 1970. The company, Iwwever, discontinued the contest on Doc. 15, 1969 by wluch time they had paid out more than .$G00.00O. About $120,000 of the total went to Smoky Lake residents. Several other Smoky Lake residents have filed claims against the company. The contest was based on cards containing a series of hidden niunbers in each package of cigaroltes. To \v.:i, entrant had to arrange the numbers in a specified order by rubbing the cards witli a fingernail to make tlie nmnbers appear. Some of the wimiers discovered that cigarette car-toiw beai'ing a certain registi-ation number contained cards with niuTibers in the same order. They experimented with these cards until they found a wiiming combination. LONDON (CP) ~ James (Jasper) Cross said today he spent "the most terrible nigW of my life" on the day Pierre La-porte was killed while iii the hands of Quebec separatist kid-nappei-s. "When I heard my own death announced on TV at the same time I was afraid my wife \m\A6 be listening," the British envoy said at a news conference. Cross met a battery of reporters in Lancaster House for his first extensive news conference since his release last Thursday. Cross entered the room escorted by his wife Barbara, who was reunited with him on his return to Britain from Canada Saturday. The British trade commissioner in Montreal, giving details of his experiences following his kidnapping by the Front de Liberation du Quebec, said that on the morning of Oct. 5 he was dressing when there was a ring at the front door of his home. A man came upstairs, pointed a pistol at him and made him lie down on the floor. WIFE THREATENED A second man came into the house with a sub-machine-gun and "told my wife to hold the dog or else it would be shot." By this time a third man had appeared downstairs in the Cross home with � sub-ma-chine-gim. Cross said he was taken to a car where a fourth man was at the wheel and was thrown into it underneath a rug. He said a gas mask was put over his face and later he was made to wear a lighter mask while spending 60 days in one room. After his arrival at the apartment where he was detained, he said: "I spent the next few days lying on a mattress but was allowed to go to the bathroom." He said he was handcuffed at the start but after the fu-st two weeks the handcuffs were removed and "I spent much of the day m front of TV." Ooss said that after the death of Laporle, Quebec's labor minister, he asked his captors what they were going to do with him. "They said they just intended to taunt the police," he said. Cross said that as far as he knew the kidnap gix)up consisted of four men and two women. "I can't say the names of all of them," he said. Cross said he wanted to issue thanks to the governments of Canada and Quebec, "who in a sense broke the law for me," the government of Cuba for accepting the abductors, and "finally above all the police who found out where I was and brought mc out alive." At one pouit in the news conference he showed a trace of anger, suggesting that the press had not fully imderstood that the communiques which he had issued in confinement were not his own thinkuig but that of his captors. TOLD WHAT TO WRITE He said the FLQ allowed him to use his own words in writing to his w i f e -t h 0 u g h they changed some words-but he was told what to write in his communiques. Cross said that escaping was Bhvays on his muid but when he added up all the odds he figured it was l)est to do nothing. He said he did not plan to re- turn lo his job In Montreal but would take up a post with the British dcpailmcnt of trade in London after a long holiday. He and his wife plan to stwnd Christmas in Bern, Switzerland, with British Ambassador Eric Midgley, where Mrs. Cross had been a guest during the latter part of the Montreal crisis. A persistent question was whether Cross believed the Canadian government was right in rejecting the demands of the FLQ. He said he had wrestled with this question repeatedly and had come to the conclusion there was no other course which the government could have followed. Electric strike cripples Britain LONDON (CP) - Millions of Britons went without heat and light for up to eight hours today as the tliu-d day of an electricity workers' slowdown brought on the counti7's deepest blackout since post-war fuel shortages 23 years ago. Freezing weather threatened the health of many of the old, young and sick who depend on electric heating. Temperatures Rail strike delayed WASHINGTON (XP) - Tlic lloii.se of ncpre.sonlativcs com-jnerce conimillpe a p p r o v o r\ today a bill to delay a United States -w i d e railway strike threatened for 12:01 a.m. EST Thursday until March 1. Tho vote was 19 to 14. But Chaimian Harley 0. .Staggers (Dem. W.Va.) said after the closed-door session that ho was not satisfied that tlie legislation would prevent the strike. And Representative Brock Adams (Dem. Wash) told reporters: "1 think we have voted for a strike. You're ju-st giving it to management. They aren't going to bargain." The bill contained no wage-raise pro|X)sal. fell over much of tlie country into the mid-20s during the night and were expected to stay in the 40s during the day. The power cuts hit earlier and harder today in some sections of the United Kingdom. At the peak of the morning rush to work, i)ower was cut by an average 31 per cent, in Wales cuts soaj'cd to as high as 40 per cent. An electricity board official said: "The situation can only get worse." Tens of thousands were late to work again today when traffic lights and rail signal lights were tiu-ned off. Freezing fog on dark London streets made for treacherous driving conditions. Office workers in some London skyscrapers took one look at the "not working" signs on SHOPPING DAYS 'TILL CHRISTMAS the elevators and went back home. Currency trading on tlie normally busy foreign exchange market in London was halted because of the power cuts in banks and brokere offices. Britain's over-all power supplies were cut by 31 per cent duruig peak-demand periods. This meant that almost onc-thu-d of the countrj' was dark during the morning and evening rush hours. The men managing Britain's electrical grid switched off wlwlc towns and largo m-eas of major cities for pci'iods ranguig from three to eight hours in an attempt to spread out the available power. A neighborhood darkened during the momuig could expect to have normal power at night. MAN^' PLACES CLOSED S'torcs and theatres were closc' young g. a sirane, Taber......... lo oo diu-ing their most formative i'^"^'' '^,�H"''.I^,'if........ ISSS '^,1 i. j. Adel, Leihbrldge....... 10 00 years. S. Berkhaug, Lethbrldgo ... . 10.00 If vou haven't made a con- Maloretle Restaurant, tribution yet to the Cup of Milk Mr and Mrs. Gene Mah, Fund, won't vou stop and drop Lethbridge ... 10.00 .' , ., . ' . Anonymous, Leihbrldqe, ,. . 10.00 one in the mail, in care of Hie Mr. e. wiikins, labeV, jooo Herald, Ulhbridge. Do it to- wu^^f. o. Button, ucttibridgo . km^ day, and your contribution will toui >o Dat� iM-y lo pay a little more to preserve tiie envii-onmcnt that is bo essential to our e.-inity." llie prime minister was opU-niistic tliat U.S. markets ^^-ould remain open to Canadian goods "through re t e n t i o n by the United .States of its post-war Ub-ei-al trade policies. "llie groups in Ihc U.S. now most actively pressuig for prot-e c t i 0 n i s t policies-and I'm speaking mainly of the labor im-ioas in the goods producing ui-dustries-mil represent an Increasingly small nmiibcr of Americans." He was presented with a silver rose liowl, a rubber sou'wester hat and a crate of lobster and ix;tumcd Uie fa\'ors by signing a batch of autographs. Mr. Trudeau said he \\'Ould "watch with gi-cat intei-est the decisions wliich the Maritime people will make" on the issue of union of Uie three Maritime prox-inces. "We re.ilize In Ottawa that Uiis decision is first and foremost that of tlie govei-nments and people of tJicse provinces." Last week a commission ap-pointed by the provinces recommended the economic benefits of union of the throe provinces. "This goveniment will be prepared to support any change- or any lack of change-which will be to the benefit of the Canadian people." Seen and heard About town AnSTTrNG Safkntchcwani'e Dofta Wo-^t exclaiming to south Alberta host, "The price of butter here sure tears a large piece out of a one dollar bill." . . . Birthday girl IVIyra Bell sniok-ing up a storm with a pack of ci-gai's given a.s a gift by Jim Uodd.