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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta mt lu, Fire chiefs attacked while fighting fires, inquiry told Solzhenitsyn makes plans to return to native land MONTREAL (CP) Fire chiefs battling a fire in the east end during a recent firemen's strike were attack- ed by several hundred missile- throwing spectators, a fire commissioner's inquiry was told Monday. Two of the men, Arthur Boisvert, 47, and Alan Day, 52, testified they required hospital treatment after being struck by bricks and rocks while fighting a fire in an abandoned building. Chief Day told Special Fire Commissioner George Allison that when he arrived at the fire several hundred onlookers had gathered. "I had only been there a few minutes when rocks started falling all around he said. "I was hit by a brick just behind the left ear and knock- ed cold. "When I recovered a few minutes later I saw that somebody had run off with my hose." Chief Boisvert said that shortly after Mr. Day collaps- ed he was hit by about 30 rocks and bricks until he was groggy and paralysed. "They kept on screaming in- sults and throwing rocks even after we were he said. Both were taken to hospital and released about four hours later. Chief Raymond Legault said he believed most of the spec- tators at the fire were striking firemen. "I heard them shouting out such technical expressions as 'pick up your slack, and Kissinger jumps into Cyprus fray WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger today becomes directly involved in solving the Cyprus problem. After landing in Brussels, Kissinger was to meet separately with Melih Esenbel, Turkey's foreign minister, and Dimitri Bitsios of Greece. All three will be attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers' meeting starting on Wednesday. Kissinger twice scheduled trips to Turkey and Greece since the Cyprus situation erupted last summer, but postponed them primarily because of the lack of a government in Ankara. U.S. officials say that while the Turkish political situation remains unsettled, Kissinger has decided to make his move with the existing caretaker government. The officials cautioned against expecting any break- through in Kissinger's brief meetings with Bitsios and Esenbel. He has no solution of his own, one aide said. Rather, Kissinger will be trying to find some common ground, a basis on which to begin negotiations. Kissinger is expected to press Esenbel for concessions since Turkey now occupies more than 40 per cent of Cyprus following its invasion of the island last summer. other instructions I wouldn't expect ordinary citizens to he said. "I didn't see anyone drink- ing but, the way some of them were acting, I imagine they must have been under the influence slashing hoses and all that." None of the fire chiefs who testified were able to identify any of the rock throwers. A policeman at the fire said only three constables were on the scene "and there was ab- solutely nothing we could do." Reinforcements were called in after the two injured men were taken to hospital and about 50 riot police arrived and pushed the onlookers away from the fire, he said. The inquiry, ordered by Quebec Justice Minister Jerome Choquette to investigate a rash of fires which broke out in the city during a firemen's strike between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, continues today. ACCOUNTS INCREASE Figures show that the number of accounts per bank branch in Canada increased from at Sept. 30, 1963, to at April 30, 1974. ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) On Sunday mornings the Stapfer-Strasse has the quiet good order of a Swiss watch. No one strolls its clean side- walks, In spotless repose the playground of the elementary school is empty. A church bell tolls its way up the hill from the direction of the river where even the swans seem to move like metronomes. Inside No. 45, Alexander Solzhenitsyn is well into an- other day in the life of Alex- ander Solzhenitsyn. Seated at a kind of picnic table in the front room, he is going over a manuscript with Nikita Struve, his Paris pub- lisher. Both men rise, shake hands with the visitor and then return to work. The furniture in the front room is simple. Besides the unpainted table are several steel and leather chairs of modern design. Two icons are propped on top of a bookcase. The floor is covered with a mustard-colored carpet. Natasha, Solshenitsyn's wife, leads the visitor into an adjoining room. Shehes on one wall are filled with books Solzhenitsyn had in Moscow, before he was forcibly exiled by the Soviet government. Natasha looks slimmer than when she left Moscow last spring to join her banished husband. She has given up smoking. She appears happy but is concerned about her child. Her gregarious 11-year-old son, adjusting well to the change. The next-door neighbor gives the boy high marks for his progress in learning the Swiss dialect of German. PONDER PROBLEMS Dmitry is old enough to maintain his Russian. But what about the Solzhenitsyns' three young sons? Should they go to a German school? Will they stop thinking in Russian? What to do? To answer the questions is to say whether you believe Solzhenitsyn will ever retuin home. It is the question Na- tasha doesn't really want to look at head on. Solzhenitsyn thinks of nothing else, and at a news conference in his home on Nov. 17 he outlined a program which if it works will allow him to return home and resume his life as conscience- in-residence of his country. The plan is aimed at no less than a bloodless evolution in the Soviet Union that will overthrow the Communist sys- tem. 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Anti-drainback feature keeps oil in system for cold starts. 28R 046 000. series. Reg. to ea. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 four-hour news conference- lecture, the Communist sys- tem in Russia is equivalent to a national sin demanding re- pentance on a wide scale. The aim of Marxian social- ism, which he said has found its perfect expression in Rus- sia, is "the destruction of the individual relations between people these aspects of life of man represent the finest es- sence of man." "Sooner or he said, "we have to break the vicious circle." "If we wait for history to bestow freedom on us it will be too long. History is us. It is up to us to take up the burden. "Our program is a moral revolution for our country (Russia) the specific task is to venture a moral deed. There must be a stop to the support' of official lies my program is this: you don't have to take up arms. You don't even have to go outside. All you have to do is reject lies." Asked how long he thought it would take for his "moral rearmament" program to af- fect the system, he replied: "Either the movement will be launched or not. If it is not, I will be the first to admit that this was not the right way. Or, hundreds of thousands cf peo- ple will participate and the effect will not be measured in years but in months. It would be an avalanche, a bloodless revolution." Two men to trial in TV case Two Lethbridge men charg- ed with possession of stolen property in connection with the theft of a number of televi- sion sets in August and September were committed for trial Friday at their preliminary hearings. Trial dates for Lucian Pizzingrilli and Frederick James Jaworsky have not been set yet. Two other men, Felluccis Potocnjak, and Michael Duane Emard, also charged with possession of stolen property in the same case, are to stand trial Jan. 8. A Coaldale man paid fines totalling Monday after pleading guilty to four charges related to a driving incident in the city on Sunday. Lynn Rowley paid a fine for impaired driving, for leaving the scene of an ac- cident, for intoxication and for failing to produce a driver's licence. Court was told Mr. Rowley hit two street signs and two parked cars before he was apprehended. Court was also told he was given an undertak- ing to appear in court Dec. 18 but came to the police station about an hour after the in- cident, caused a disturbance at the station and was arrested. Insurance hiked, inflation blamed EDMONTON (Staff) Inflation has been blamed for severe losses in the insurance industry in the past five years and it will likely continue to be a factor in increased premiums for the next five years, says an official of the Co-operative Insurance Ser- vices. Ken Nagel of Regina, regional administration manager for CIS, told 350 delegates to the 5th annual meeting of Unifarm Monday the cost of repairs to vehicles and to buildings damaged by fire has gone upward so fast higher premiums are the only way for insurance companies to stay in business. And to make sure any rate increase is justified, con- sumers are protected by the Alberta rating board which must okay all premium increases, he said. Faced with rising insurance costs on al levels, delegates questioned the premium structure for young drivers, passing a resolution seeking lower rates until drivers un- der 25 years are involved in an accident in which they show fault. The delegates agreed that the traditional age category of under 25 years be stricken, resulting in those involved in accidents paying for those ac- cidents, freeing drivers who have accident-fi'ee records from the burden of high premiums. Mr. Nagel defended the in- surance fraternity while sym- pathizing with young drivers. "There is not a simple solution." He said rates for young drivers are set higher because it is a statistical fact that they are poorer drivers on the whole than older, more ex- perienced drivers. Young drivers are an identifiable body from an insurance point of view. On the same vein, the delegates defeated a resolu- tion which called for each drive to be insured for liabili- ty at a cost adjusted to the drivers safety record regardless of age. Another move to reduce in- surance costs for all users was delayed when delegates tabled a proposal for com- pulsory government automobile insurance similar to the program in Saskatchewan. One delegate claimed there are 130 companies in Alberta dealing in automobile in- surance which could be handl- ed through one central agency to save money and cut down or duplication. But the majority of the delegates argued that farmers would be hurt by such a plan because all premiums would likely be averaged, resulting in higher payments for farmers who live in a low risk area when compared to urban drivers. Another delegate argued competition in the insurance industry is good for the con- sumer. Al Gant, regional marketing manager for CIS in Calgary, read into the record his com- pany is continuing to sell automobile insurance, refuting several claims to the contrary. He said there appeared to be confusion among the 200 CIS agents in Alberta who are telling their customers they can no longer insure their vehicles -through CIS. Mr. Gant said CIS sold about 800 new policies in November, close to the 1000 new policies the firm has been averaging per month in 1974. GETTYSBURG NOTED The Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most noted conflicts of the U.S. Civil War, was fought on July and Recreation tax approved STAVELY (Staff) Residents of the Stavely cultural and recreation area approved a two-mill increase on Willow Creek Municipal District taxes in their area for recreation purposes in a vote Monday night. The rural area voted 75 for the increase and 37 against. Town ratepayers voted 84 for the hike and 35 against. Revenue from the tax hike will be used to complete the skating arena and assist the Town of Stavely with operational expenses. Voting took place at the Stavely Community Centre. The referendum was spurred by opposition to the MD's proposed tax hike bylaw. A simple majority was needed to decide the, question. r w UPHOLSTERING Prompt Service Reasonable! MODERN and ANTIQUE FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES 1016 South, PHONE 328-5257 or 327-3037 after 5 p.m. biei rwn w Y TERING ;