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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbrtdge Herald XLVII-298 LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1974 15 Cents PRINCIPAL GEORGE CASTLES INSPECTS DAMAGE School to re-open in spite of fire Classes are to resume at the fire-struck Wilson Junior High School Wednesday or Thurs- day or Friday even though one wing of the school is expected to be out of use until next fall. Public School Superinten- dent Bob Plaxton, after view- ing the damaged area this morning, said smoke damage to the north wing of the school should be cleaned in time for a portion of the school's 720 stu- dent population to return to classes Thursday. The remainder of the students should be back in school Friday he speculates. He hopes all students in the school will continue to be able to attend classes at the school despite the loss of seven classrooms and three special- ty instruction areas for the remainder of this school year. The science, drama and arts instruction areas were destroyed and seven other classrooms can't be used until the southend of the wing is reconstructed. Rather than move some of the student population to an- other school, Dr. Plaxton said the school will likely utilize the gymnasium and library as teaching stations. The effective work of the fire department in containing the fire to one end of the wing saved the shop area and gym- nasium, two of the more ex- pensive areas of the school, the superintendent pointed out. The school offices also received some fire damage but no school files were destroyed Kissinger Mideast talks at 6make or break' point New York Times Service WASHINGTON Foreign Minister Yigal Allon of Israel arrived yesterday for crucial discussions with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger that American officials believe may largely determine whether Israel and Egypt can make further diplomatic progress and move the middle east closer to peace than to war. Given the precarious situa- tion in the Middle East, Kissinger is approaching today's meeting with Allon with extraordinary caution. He told a news conference Saturday that he felt very strongly that "this phase of Middle East diplomacy should be with a minimum of public declarations." One aide billed it as "make or break" for Kissinger's step-by-step mediation efforts in the Mid- dle East. Israel and Egypt have publicly expressed interest in negotiating through Kissinger a further accord in the Sinai Peninsula to follow up last January's historic disengage- ment agreement. But the Arab summit at Rabat, Morocco, when the conferees accepted the Palestine Liberation Organization as the "presentative of all the Pa .-..tinians, the United Nations General Assembly's granting of diplomatic status to the P.L.O. and substantive differences between Egypt and Israel have up to now delayed the start of new ex- changes. The emotions fanned by the Rabat conference and the general assembly on behalf of the Palestinians have died down, and Kissinger now believes the moment has come to push for a "second- stage" Israeli Egyptian agreement. What he needs and hopes to receive tomorrow is a proposal from the Israelis that will give him enough flex- ibility to work out an accord thorn anri ITcrvn. jj, tians. Officials here have noted with satisfaction a series of signals from Israel last week, including a press interview by Premier Yitzhak Rabin, in- dicating that Allon would be armed with a plan that should make further Egyptian Israeli agreement possible. The Americans were said to expect that Israel, which had previously insisted on regarding the next accord as a "political would accept Egypt's position that it be called another "military provided that it included some political aspects. Blaze started in three separate places Arson suspected in school fire By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge fire officials suspect arson in a general alarm fire that raged through the south wing of Wilson Junior High School 20th Street and 9th Avenues N. this morning. West winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour sent flames shooting 50 feet in the air and for more than two hours the 60 firemen at the scene had trouble con- taining the blaze. Flames could be seen several blocks away. Report of the fire was received at a.m. and all available men and units, including five pumper trucks and two aerial trucks, were called in to fight the fire. Fif- teen firefighters responded to the call, but they were soon reinforced. First report of the blaze was said to have come from someone en route to work. Fire officials said the blaze started in at least three separate places: in the south wing, where most damage was done, and in the gym- nasium, at each side of the stage. The blaze was finally brought under control about 7 a.m. but firemen were still at the school at a.m. The audio visual, arts and science rooms and equipment were destroyed and at least seven classrooms are out of use. The south wing and cor- ridor connecting to the north wing were gutted by fire The south wing is gens-rally used by Grade 7 students. Most of the roof in the south wing collapsed in the blaze. The two fires on the stage in the gymnasium were un- related to the main blaze in the south wing, officials said. One fireman said the wooden beams run under the stage floor from front to back and would have had to burn out the entire stage floor to connect. The fireman said he was in the gymnasium earlier to check for smoke and could not see flames on the stage at that time. A few minutes another fireman checked the gym and saw flames on the stage floor. The curtains caught fire and fell. Fire Chief Ernie Holberton said the fire "is of a suspicious nature" and the fire department is calling two investigators to Lethbridge from the fire commissioners office in Calgary to assist in the investigation. Water and smoke damage is said to be extensive and reached, in part, to the north wing of the school. But firemen kept the blaze from spreading to the north wing. No serious injuries were reported but Deputy Fire Chief Jim McKenna said a few firemen came out of the building coughing heavily from smoke inhalation. "We have no idea of the es- timate of damage but the cost involved is going to be high. It's a bad Deputy Chief McKenna said. The insurance value of the school, not including the contents, was put at and fire officials said it might be a day or so before an es- timate of the damage can be made. The school, with about 720 students, was built in 1960. It is believed this fire is the first suspected case of arson in- volving the Lethbridge public school system. Rhodesian black groups form union LUSAKA (Reuter) Rho- desia's four black nationalist movements have ended years of bitter feuding with an agreement to unite and con- tinue the armed struggle against the Salisbury government. BILL GROENEN photos LADDER-MOUNTED FIREFIGHTER AIMS WATER AT WiLSON JUNIOR HIGH SIU inquiry would set bad OTTAWA (CP) An imme- diate public inquiry into allegations that the Seafarers' International Union was influencing federal govern- ment policy through cam- paign contributions would set "a very dangerous and bad Solicitor-General Warren Allmand says. "I find it a very dangerous precedent if a person can get up and make wild charges with insinuations and innuen- Makarios confident of peace NICOSIA (Reuter) Arch- bishop Makarios, who resum- ed the presidency of Cyprus when he returned Saturday from nearly five months in ex- ile, said today he was confi- dent that talks for a settle- ment with the Turkish Cypriots will be resumed. He was speaking to reporters after meeting foreign diplomats in his shell- scarred archbishopric, attack- ed in the coup by the Greek- officered national guard which overthrew him last July. He said "I am confident that the talks will start again, and that I could find a peaceful solution. But it is too early to talk about a date for the talks." do, the press builds them up, there are a lot of questions in the House of Commons and each time that that's done, we have to have a public in- Mr. Allmand said. He made his comments in an interview taped Friday for broadcast Sunday on the CTV program Mr. Allmand said he hadn't ruled out a public inquiry. He reiterated, however, that the government respond- ed quickly to charges by Morton Shulman, NDP member of the Ontario legislature, by ordering a full police investigation. Asked if the RCMP con- ducting the investigation was under the direction of the solicitor-general, Mr. All- mand said there was a long tradition of independence between the RCMP and the solicitor-general's office. Roman Gralewicz, presi- dent of the SIU in Canada, Sunday denied telling a union meeting that Mr. Munro sup- ported the SIU. Mr. Gralewicz was inter- viewed from Montreal on CTV's W-5 program. Earlier in the program, Edward Devereaux, a dissi- dent SIU member, said Mr. Gralewicz told a union meeting in Toronto last January that the SIU, in its tough bargaining stance, had the support of the Liberal par- ty and Mr. Munro. Mr Devereaux also said a senior SIU executive told him last summer that Mr. Munro is "in our pocket." Mr." Gralewicz said the charge was "an outright lie." He said the SIU "never ex- pected anything from anyone" when it donated money to political campaigns. 'Good news. They're worse off than Inside 24 Pages Classified 20-23 Comics .......4 Comment 8 ...13-15 Family Markets ___17 Sports.........10-12 Theatres 7 TV............ Weather LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH TUBS. 45; RAIN SHOWERS. .6 ..3 Greeks reject monarchy, Constantine 'not welcome' ATHENS (AP) The Greeks by a vote of more than two to one have rejected the monarchy for the third time in this century, and the govern- ment announced today that parliament probably will elect a provisional president this week. The final official count from Seen and heard About town Rita Moir, Lethbridge, sporting a button reading "Otto Lang is two four letter words" Magrath Boy Scout Logan Atwood deciding changing baby diapers was carrying the good deed creed a bit far. Sunday's plebiscite was 345 or 69 2 per cent, in favor of a republic and votes, or 30.8 per cent, for the return of the monarchy. Twenty five per cent of the eligible voters did not vote. King Constantine, whp fled from Greece in 1967 after an abortive attempt to overthrow the military junta that had seized power eight months before, said shortly before the vote that he wanted to return to "the home of my forefathers whatever the result." But Premier Con- stantince Caramanlis said Sunday night: "I don't think it would be wise for him to attempt to return in the near future." Other government sources said the former king would have to relinquish all his royal titles and claims before his return could be considered. King Constantine said today in London he "prayed with all my heart" that future developments in his country will justify the Greek people's overwhelming rejection of the monarchy. In a statement addressed to "the men and women of he said' "Faithful to my declaration, I repeat that true normality, progress and prosperity for our country de- mand that national unity must come first" Then he added: "I pray with all my heart that future developments may justify the outcome of yesterday's vote." A spokesman said Constan- tine will make no further statements in the near future. He also said Constantine, his wife, Anne Marie, and their three children will "spend a quiet Christmas" i win T wi j irjLttrt You're great! You really know how to make things hum! The Cup of Milk Fund is going to pass the today. That puts us off to a great start. Thanks a million, Remington Construction Company of Cardston. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Klassen of Coaldale. Some of the letters are very touching. Thanks, Henry, Marlene and Michael Bath of Fernie. God bless you, good women of the Taber Lady Lions Club and Eric and Helen Wilkins of Taber. Thanks so much, Kittie B. Ken of Lethbridge for your wonderful gift. You better believe it means a lot to those hungry little children in Bangladesh. Kaun and Fichten of Elkford and Tern- Lee and Todd Rayman of Fernie, thank you! Sure nice to hear from you kind-hearted people in B.C. Here's a gift all the way from Nanaimo from K. A. Maclure. Many thanks, sir! It's just great the way you people are responding to this fund once again. Thank goodness Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova and the Unitarian Service Committee give us the chance to help these children. You can argue all you want about everything under the sun one thing is certain. People must eat. Children must have milk. With humble hearts we plead for your help. Please help the USC carry on its task of en- ,000 mark couraging self-help and development in Bangladesh The misery there is unspeakable. They are deprived indeed. We must help. How can we say no? We cannot and must not turn our backs on hungry little children. You know, good people, we take a lot out of this world. Life is great here in Southern Alberta and diversions are many. Let's put something back. Here's our chance to send some nourish- ment to those who really need it. Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. Four cents will buy a hungry child in Bangladesh a cup of milk. (For list of contributors see Page ;