Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
WARMER The Lethbridge Herald ^Ar ir *k it VOL. LXIII - No. 303 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS - 62 PAGES Drinking laws inquiry head likes his pint By JOHN LeBLANC LONDON (CP)-A peer who calls himself "a good amateur drinker" has been named to head an inquiry committee into Britain's drinking laws, which often drive tourists wild. "I enjoy the British pub and I enjoy a pie and a pint," says Lord Erroll of Hale, 56, a former Conservative cabinet minister, who was appointed by the government Tuesday to run the inquiry. Home Secretary Reginald Maudling, making the announcement in the Commons, described the British pub-drinking laws as "archaic." Drinking places are closed for much of the afternoon, the hours depending on local authorities' rulings. Organizations such as the British Tourist Association have been clamoring 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 VII in 1495 first instituted controls by empowering judges to suppress "useless" alehouses, part of a policy of discouraging indoor games such as darts, which diverted people from archery. The present regulations are mainly rooted in measures to curb excessive drunkenness in the 19th century. One of the disconcerting features for the visitor is that 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 pub-on Sundays. In Wales, everyone takes a chance on Sundays. Whether or not pubs open in a particular community is decided by a local referendum. Lord Erroll, now deputy chairman of the decimal currency board, said today: "I am not a toff who knows nothing about Britain's drinking habits. It is very pleasant to relax and enjoy a beer or whisky in friendly company. "I have had a drink on trains, in working men's clubs and, in my younger days, as an engineering apprentice, I used to look forward to a pint of beer and a pie at lunchtime in a pub." lie estimated il would Lake about a year to finish the inquiry. Contest win costs deaf mute welfare SMOKY LAKE, Alta. (CP) - A 50-year-old deaf mute was cut off welfare for three months because he won $2,145 after he discovered how to beat the system in a cigarette contest. The welfare department told lun? to come back when his assests had been reduced to $500 or less. Nick Rubuliak, who lives with his crippled' brother in this community, 60 miles northeast of Edmonton, was one of the first to discover how to win 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 the area, said he "felt badly" about eliminating Mr. Rubu-liak's allowance in August "but because of the department regulations I had no other choice." Mr. Rubuliak now has been reinstated and is to receive his 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 of more than $500. Faith helped Mr. Rubuliak, who learned to read and write during five years at school in Winnipeg in the 1930s, said he spent about 11 hours studying the contest coupon before his faith in God helped him find the formula to uncover the 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. He had obtained a movie camera with gift coupons from another cigarette contest. Casino cigarettes were introduced in Alberta in the fall of 1969. The contest coupons said prize-winning entries had to be postmarked no later than July 31, 1970. The company, however, discontinued the contest on Dec. 15, 1969 by which time they had paid out more than $600,000. 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 numbers in each package of cigarettes. To win, an entrant had to arrange the numbers in a specified order by rubbing the cards with a fingernail to make the numbers appear. Some of the winners discovered that cigarette cartons bearing a certain registration number contained cards with numbers in the same order. They experimented with these cards until they found a winning combination. Cross gives details of kidnapping LONDON (CP) James (Jasper) Cross said today he spent "the most terrible night of my life" on the day Pierre La-porte was killed while in the hands of Quebec separatist kidnappers. "When I heard my own death announced on TV at the same time I was afraid my wife would 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 a sub-machine-gun. 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 first two weeks the handcuffs were removed and "I spent much of the day in front of TV." Cross said that after the death of Laporte, 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 group 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 me out alive." At one point in the news conference he showed a trace of anger, suggesting that the press had not fully understood that the communiques which he had issued in confinement were not his own thinking 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 o u g h they changed some words-but he was told what to write in bis communiques. Cross said that escaping was always on his mind but when he added up ail the odds he figured it was best to do nothing. He said he did not plan to re- turn to his job in Montreal but would take up a post with the British department of trade in London after a long holiday. He and his wife plan to spend 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 third day of an electricity workers' slowdown brought on the country'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 (AP) - The House of Representatives commerce committee approved today a bill to delay a United S t a t e s -w i d e railway strike threatened for 12:01 a.m. EST Thursday until March 1. The vote was 19 to 14. But Chairman Harley O. Staggers (Dem. W.Va.) said after the closed-door session that he was not satisfied that the legislation would prevent the strike. And Representative Brock Adams (Dem. Wash) told reporters : "1 think we have voted for a strike. You're just giving it to management. They aren't going to bargain." The bill contained no wage-raise proposal. fell over much of the country into the mid-20s during the night and were expected to stay in the 40s during the day. The power cuts lilt earlier and harder today in some sections of the United Kingdom. At the peak of the morning rush to work, power was cut by an average 31 per cent, in Wales cuts soared 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 turned 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 the normally busy foreign exchange market in London was halted because of the power cuts in banks and brokers offices. Britain's over-all power supplies were cut by 31 per cent during peak-demand periods. This meant that almost one-third of the country was dark during the morning and evening rush hours. The men managing Britain's electrical grid switched off whole towns and large areas of major cities for periods ranging from three to eight hours in an attempt to spread out the available power. A neighborhood darkened during the morning could expect to have normal power at night. MANY PLACES CLOSED S'tores and theatres were closed, schools were darkened and Christmas lights were turned off in a checkerboard pattern that often left one side of a street in blackness while Uie other side was brilliantly lit, For many, the power cuts involved only the inconvenience of a cold breakfast and an electric razor that didn't work before they went off to a heated office. But heating industry sources said as many as 80 per cent of the 18 million homes had all or part of their heat cut off. Homes with gas and oil heating systems that use electrical components were affected, as well as those with electric radiators. About 3.7 million homes with coal heating were unaffected. FANS OF PM - Prima Minister Trudeau found himself surrounded by autograph seekers when he spoke Tuesday at a meeting of the Service Club Council In Saint John, N.B. Trudeau urges Maritimers to gear economy to future SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) - Brookings Institution, the U.S. to pay a little more to p Citizen comment is sought on grains policy proposals Bv JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) - Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson said Tuesday the government actively seeks citizen comment before implementing legislation. He gave agriculture producers a month to submit suggestions on the proposed Prairie grains policy. During a speech to delegates attending the first annual convention of Unifarm, an Alberta organization representing more than 30,000 farmers, Mr. Olson said the plan would guarantee the industry as a whole an income equal to the average of its previous five years. Later, during a question pe- Snap election call in India expected By GERALD RATXIN NEW DELHI (Reuter) - Speculation is growing tbat Prime Minister Indira Gandhi may seek to strengthen her power in Congress by calling an election in the next few months. The next general election is not constitutionally due until February, 1972, but right-wing oposition spokesmen predict that Mrs. Gandhi will call an election before March. The Communist party of India, which generally backs Mrs. Gandhi's minority government, is urging her to call an early vote and weaken right-wing forces which they say threaten the country. Mrs. Gandhi, 53, is reported to have told meetings of her Congress party that there are no plans for early balloting. But she has not so far publicly denied the rumors. She told party workers in Punjab and Haryana states recently that they should mobilize themselves for the task of winning voters immediately. But she declined to say whether she had made up her mind to call an election. Watt' riod, Mr. Olson said that by "mid-January time will have run out for us if we are to get the proposal through the legislative process in time for the coming year." Mr. Olson said he agrees consultation between all levels is a "most desirable action before firm policies are formulated" and that there has been a change during the last few years when proposals are made in white papers or by news releases to encourage discussion and "feedback" before laws are enacted. The government recognizes the desire for consultation and the need for participation by agricultural producers in policies which affect them, he said. BLE "You must also recognize that the responsibility for governing does lie with the elected government and that the government cannot abdicate its responsibility for making final decisions." In outlining marketing, Mi*. Olson said there will be a total commercial disappearance of 294 million bushels of all grains during the last five months compared with 150 million bushels last year. During the period Aug. 1 to mid-November this year, wheat sales will be 176 million bushels compared with 99 million bushels in 1969 while there has been a big increase in barley sales to 86 million bushels this year compared with just under 30 million bushels in 1969. "Total exports during this period this year will be 239 million bushels compared with last year's 93 inillion.'' SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau urged Maritimers Tuesday to gear their economy to future demands of the United States market, citing a study that predicted the U.S. will become, a net importer of goods worth $5 billion a year by 1980. He told about 700 service club members from the Saint John area: "Our goal should be factories prepared to manufacture goods of the future, in ways that protect the environment for the future." He cited a study by the Brookings Institution, the U.S. research organization, that predicted the U.S. will switch from a major exporter to an importer. Many of those goods could come from the Maritimes-next door to the affluent east-coast markets of the U.S. But he warned against the noise, waste and cost that industrialization could entail. WILL PAY MORE If guards against environmental pollution mean restricted or more expensive products, he said, "Canadians are .prepared Cup of milk fund Your donation will aid many Recently Dr. Lotta Hitsch- help reach the goal for .1970 of manova, director of the Uni- $12,500. The total stands at $854 27 tarian Service Committee said X^ss * Beverley Goiia that the first objective of the ^bridge^.^ .......... i.oo USC was to feed the hungry, c.a.p...................... 2.00 "At the peak of the hunger ^ ' iM period in Calcutta two years Tedesco, Natal,.......... 2.00 ago, we were feeding 4,000 peo- JftTK' KVM.V:'..\ I.S pie seven days a week. Every Louis vasek, Coleman......; 2.00 ;.,.,_ j;.(IiL,,j. ~T,,..,i A. 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Mr. Trudeau said he would "watch with great interest the decisions which the Maritime people will make" on the issue of union of the three Maritime provinces. "We realize in Ottawa that this decision is first and foremost that of the governments and people of these provinces." Last week a commission appointed by the provinces recommended the economic benefits of union of the three provinces, '''This government will be prepared to support any change- or any lack of change-winch will be to the benefit of the Canadian people." Seen and heard About town VISITING Saskatchewanife Den a West exclaiming to south Alberta host, "The price of butter here sure tears a large piece out of a one dollar bill." . . . Birthday girl lUyra Bell smoking up a storm with a pack of cigars given as a gift by Jiui Dodd.