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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY High forecast Saturday 40. The Letttkidae Herald VOL. LXIV No. 1 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PACKS Talks resume in British power strike By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) A glimmer ol hope appeared to- day in the nvtMiay, hii-miu-ruii yuwer blackouts across Britain as unions and electricity management agreed to resume wage talks. But union men warned there would be no reprieve from the candlelight crisis with- out a bigger pay offer. As the light men resumed their the government determined there would be no set- tlement that merely stirred inflation national storm of protest seemed to be building up against union members. Doctors warned that the sudden blackouts, stag- gered from area to area, may lead to "murder" of elderly patients deprived of body heat. The death of at least one heart patient was attributed to power fail- ure while an attempt was made to link up heart equipment. Army engineers rushed emergency generators to some hospitals but these provided only limited power facilities, mainly for essential operations. As the patient "Brits" groped through darkened streets where traffic signal failures caused traffic tie- began to fight back, threat- ening some union men with spraying their cars with luminous paint, threatening their wives with kidnapping and bombs. Farmers were angered as their electrically-heated barns and poultry sheds grew cold. Sprays manure One enraged farmer drove his spreader to a pow- er station at Crewe ajid sprayed the building with foul-smelling liquid manure from his pig yard. Farmer Harold Stewart sprayed the walls and foy- er with the putrid stuff until it ran one inch thick. "Real, ripe stuff it he said. "I made a right mess and a right stink." Stores, bars and gasoline stations refused to serve powermen. A bus conductor at Shrewsbury recognized an electricity worker and told him: "Your lot have put me to a stack of off and walk." Office and factory workers found their work places suddenly plunged into cold meals when they arrived at their darkened homes. Some persons were caught between floors in paralyzed elevators. One apartment bouse was flooded by an electrically- controlled water pump that failed. News broadcasts and telnvU-inn shows were cIiMiiy cut as power control centres switched current from one area lo another to spread the rationed electricity across I he country. Someone hurled a brick through the window of an electricity showroom in London. Power stations re- ceived thousands of abusive telephone calls. The General Dental Practitioners' Association rec- ommended all dentists not to interrupt their appoint- ment lists for power workers made free for treat- ment by their work-to-rule. A Nottingham real estate agent said he wouldn't sell houses to powermen. Bomb threat; against electricity stations and pow- er workers' homes were received in several areas. None developed into violence. "I don't get a hot drink for don't see why they should get a loaf for declared baker Robin Prior, announcing he refused to sell to elec- tricians. In London, housewives said they wouldn't pay the one pound standing charge on electric bills because of the ''enormous inconvenience" suffered. Candle thief fined A candle shortage forced prices sky-high. A judge fined one candle thief 50 pounds, admonishing him for this crime in the current crisis. For periods, the House of Commons had to hold candlelit sessions, with one candle carefully doled out to each senior member of Parliament. "We'll burn this place up grumbled one wor- ried member, recalling the 1834 fire caused by large- scale burning of wooden measuring sticks. The Queen suffered along with the rest of the na- tion as power cuts hit Buckingham Palace, sometimes twice in one day. Some newspaper editions were crip- pled and failed to appear, adding to the general ground- swell of anger. The mass-circulation Sun, which had strongly sup- ported labor unions, hit out at the electricity workers: "People in Britain are very angry about blackouts. They are right to be angry." Now that labor and management had agreed to resume talks, work should be fully resumed, it main- tained. The electricity wage fight probably is one of the most sensitive elements in the Conservative govern- ment's struggle against inflation. After obtaining a 15- pcr-cent wage increase last year, the union is de- manding another increase of about 25 per cent. The state-run Electricity Council has offered 10 per cent and Prime Minister Heath has indicated that his government is fully against any higher settlement. In fact, as talks resumed Heath got a warning from Ins own party right wing to stand steady and refuse to budge, though some newspapers detected a hint of government surrender to end the costly slow- down. At present, the average electricity wage is about a week, which normally is boosted weekly through marginal overtime work. The average industrial wage in Britain with overtime is about 25 pounds. Following the end of the previous Labor govern- ment's price-and-wagc squeeze, a sudden spurt of price rises was accompanied by heavy wage pressure as unions sought to "catch up" with what, they concluded was a 'loss of purchasing power. The rush for higher the country into a forest of into what the econ- omists described as an inflation flood. The country was not turning out more goods, or even goods at lower costs. Factories were simply paying workers more money for unchanged production. CAUTION! CURVES Mini-skirted Polish police officer directs traffic in Warsaw as part of a govern- ment program to use more women in police work. A series of government tests revealed that women could deal with the Polish capital's motor vehicles "more gracefully and efficiently" than men. Policewomen used to direct traffic (AP) ;in oliti corps of 400 Polish police is armed with little more than tin whistles, winning ways and regulation miniskirts. Each day the pert Polish misses wade into Warsaw's traffic to keep order. The girls are spearheading a plan to use more women in Torrential rain sweeps B.C. coast VICTORIA (CP) Winds up to 60 miles an hour and torential rain swept most of Vancouver Island Thursday night, upsetting ferry sched- ules, knocking over trees and causing floods. A spokesman for British Co- lumbia Ferries said several Vancouver Island mainland crossings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay had to be can- called because of heavy seas. Several minor power failures were reported in the Victoria area. At Campbell River, RCMP reported several basements flooded as storm sewers back- ed up and residents were forced from their homes. Gale warnings were con- tinued today for Juan De Fuca Strait and the Strait of Geor- gia, but the rain was expected to end by noon. The storm also hampered an air and ground search for two Husian seamen missing since Monday on Muchalat Moun- tain near Gold liiver on the west coast of Vancouver Is- land. the police depaitment. A re- cent battery of government tests indicated women could control the Polish capital's motor vehicles "more gracefully and efficiently" than men. Good looks figure high in se- lecting girls. The young women are per- mitted to use any makeup or hairstyles they want, in order to look their best. They have blue-grey uniforms with white epaulettes and wear boots. Just in case of emergency, the girls carry small vials of tear gas. They don't carry pistols. Vhe sight of winsome traftic cops is taking some getting used to. "The other day I was on traffic duly when a driver no- ticed one of the girls re- called. "Staring me up and down, he crashed straight into the back of the car in front." The girls are paid well, compared with the Polish av- erage wage of 2.200 zloties or S9I a month. Their starting salary is zloties and they can earn up to as offi- cers. Dam burst kills 33 COLOMBO (AP) A dam burst oh a central Ceylon tea plantation today causing a land- slide which killed 33 persons, left 10 missing and destroyed several houses. Water from the dam swept through three villages damag- ing bridges and roads. Nixon issues bomb warning to Hanoi From AP-Rculer WASHINGTON (CP) In an expansion of his bombing pol- icy, President Nixon says he will send American planes against military targets in North Vietnam again if troop in- filtration imperils the shrinking U.S.force in the South. In a stern warning aimed at Hanoi, Nixon told his first news conference in 19 weeks Thurs- day night thai if imiitration threatens to intensify the fight- ing in the South as troops wihdraw: "I will order the tombing of military sites in North Vietnam, the passes that lead from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, the military complexes, the mil- itary supply lines let there be no misunderstanding. Although there were heavy air strikes against North Vietnam- ese targets last May and again in November, Nixon's declara- Ottawa incentive program is defended by Marchand OTTAWA (CP) Regional Expansion Minister Jean Mar- chand has roasted those who al- leged a Quebec bias in the gov- ernment's industrial incentive programs, saying the Atlantic provinces and the Prairies have received more incentive money for each of their unemployed tiian has Quebec. Mr. Marchand told the Com- mons Thursday that in Quebec, S32 million had been committed in incentives since the start of the 3'ears S'200 for each unemployed in the province. The four Atlantic provinces had received million, or ?J ,000 for each unemployed. The figure for the Prairies worked out to for each unemployed person. Mr. Marchand was starting debate on second reading of a bill to expand the incentive pro- gram to cover new kinds of in- dustry and new areas. Debate continues on the bill today. Earlier Thursday, the Com- Break is hinted in Laporte case MONTREAL hint that police had discovered new and important information in their hunt for the kidnap-killers of Pierre Laporte was dropped at the inquest into his death Thursday but police reported no dramatic action in the case by early today. Crown prosecutor Jacques Ducros gave the indication of a break when he asked for and was granted a postponement until Dec. 21 of the inquest into the death of the former Quebec labor minister kidnapped Oct. 10 and strangled to death a week later. It was the second postponement in two weeks. Mr. Ducros said that if per- sons scheduled to testify Thurs- day were to tell the truth it Railway service resumed From WASHINGTON (CP) The U.S. government, industry and commuters heaved a sigh of re- lief today following the collapse of a country-wide railway strike after one day. Trains began rolling again today and service was expected to be back to normal by Satur- day night. The largest and most militant union, the Brotherhood of Rail- way and Airline Clerks repre- ser.'ing 200.000 of the 501.000 workers involved in the 24-hour strike, capitulated when con- fronted with the prospect of heavy court fines. The walkout was called off after a federal judge found the railway clerks in contempt and set a fine of a day if Hie walkout went beyond midnight Thursday night. "could hamper the police inves- tigation." He did not identify the wit- nesses, but defence lawyer Ber- nard Mergler said later that the three persons scheduled to tes- tify were Clement Roy, Pierre- Marc Beauchamp and Lise Rose, sister of kidnap suspects Paul and Jacques Rose. All being held-for trial in January on charges of being, or professing to be, mem- bers of the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. Steps taken to release ambassador RIO DE JANEIRO (Renter) Secret moves to free kid- napped Swiss Ambassador Giov- anni Bucher were under way today after the Brazilian gov- ernment bowed to his kidnap- pers' demands for the release of imprisoned guerrillas. Informed sources said the first steps to round up the pris- oners already had been taken and they were being identified icady for an exchange. The government called on the envoy's left-wing tffban guer- rilla captors two days ago to produce a nominal list of the jailed comrades they want in exchange. mons gave second reading and sent to the welfare committee for clause-by-clause study the government's bill to increase the basic old age pension to from and raise the maxi- mum supplement to from S30, The basic pension has risen to since 1966 through two- per-cent living cost increases each year. The bill would abol- ish this escalator for the basic pension, but retain it for the supplement. The pension goes to those 65 and over. The regional incentive bill would extend grants and loan guarantees to service indus- tries. The program, now applies only to manufacturing firms. It would also spread the bene- fits to the Montreal and Hull, Que., regions and three eastern Ontario counties. These additions would leave all of Canada east of Ontario, except Labrador, eligible for in- centive aid, as well as much of the West. Mr. Marchand said the gov- ernment intends to "do much more for Quebec over the next few months. "The reason is that, in rela- tion to the severity of the unem- ployment problem, Quebec is where tbe program has as yet made a relatively small im- pact." The bill would also provide special grants to firms locating in designated areas with plants going into operation before the end of 1973. lion expanded the stated policy on bombing and raised the pos- sibility of increased U.S. air ac- tion over iiie North in the months ahead. Stressing withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam as his cen- tral purpose, Nixon also said Cambodian forces now are tying down 40.000 North Vietnamese troops who otherwise "would be over in South Vietnam killing Americans." WON'T SEND U.S. TROOPS He said he could conceive ol no what- which the United States would again send its own ground forces into Cambodia. The president offered limited ceasefires at Christmas and New Year's but rejected an ex- tended onesided truce by the United States. Nixon, who conferred with King Hussein of Jordan here this week and will hold talks today with Israeli Defence Min- ister Moshe Dayan, appeared to move toward support of Israel's refusal to agree to a withdrawal from occupied Arab territory without binding border agree- ments with its neighbors. He said U.S. policy basically hinged on the UN resolution of November, 1967, calling for an Israeli pullback. But he stressed that the extent of a withdrawal "is a matter for negotiation." His remark ran counter to Hussein's demand in a National Press Club speech Thursday for an unconditional Israeli pull- back, and apparently leans to- ward Israel's position that there must be no pre-conditions for negotiating a peace settlement with the Arabs. FAR APART ON ARMS Discussing other foreign prob- lems, the president said the United Slates and the Soviet Union were far apart at the strategic arms limitation talks in Helsinki. But he thought'the most sig- nificant aspect of their relations were fhat they were negotiating and not confronting each other with nuclear might. He also said that the United States would continue to oppose the admission of Peking into the United Nations, b u t it would continue to seek a relaxation of tensions because communica- tion, and eventually relations, was needed between both coun- tries. On other domestic issues, he said his economic policies are working, the rate of inflation is beginning to recede and an un- employment rate mider five per cent can be achieved even with- out the stimulation of a wartime economy. 'If no one's found guilty, does that mean we're not really dead. Cup of milk fund Youngsters save pennies to help Accuses some of being racists Trudeau blasts separatists Letters from our j'oung read- ers indicate how sympathetic and interested children are in the 1970 Cup of Milk Fund, and they all want to see the objec- tive of go over the top. One letter we received said: Dear Cup of Milk: My brother's Sandy and Sean and OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau accused certain separatists of being racists on a radio program Thursday night, but he did not name them. He was answering questions from listeners on a phone-in program broadcast in Ottawa and said he had arrived at his conviction about some separa- tists by listening lo some of their speeches. Without describing the entire Parti Quebecois party as racist, Mr. Trudeau nevertheless said many of its members practise "a very right-wing and reaction- ary adding that many others arc not racists. The prime minisier said a na- tionalism of the left pays atten- tion to all men whatever their language, race or religion. In reply to a listener's ques- tion, Mr. Trudeau said he docs not equate Quebec separatism with violence. "There exists a democratic party in Qubeec which advo- cates the independence of the province. It does this without recourse to violence, except the verbal violence used by its lead- ers. "These men should make more rational proposals. But all this is only a detail." But there is nothing wrong with wanting independence by democratic means, he added. However. Marxists, socialists, leflisls. rightists gather in "a party which often lakes the form of racism." Led to comment on the cost of armed forces sent to Quebec during the kidnap crisis in Octo- ber, Trudeau said it repre- sents a small amount compared lo federal government spending in health and welfare of all sorts. Asked to comment on unem- ployment, the prime minister said cverv just society has to find a way It solve Ihe problem no matter how much unemploy- ment there is. It is impossible for a free and democratic society to eliminate all unemployment completely, he said, because in our political system the government cannot force a person without a job to work at something he does not. like. SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS I have been saving all our pen- nies since summer time and we have enough for cup's of milk. I hope tliis will help the hungry children. Erin Russell Cole- man, age 7. Erin and her brothers had saved Thank you very much Erin and please thank your brothers for Uieir thought- fulness, loo. Another letter came from Mrs. Russell's Grade 5 class, Central School Taber. Dear Sirs: Please accept tlu's for the Cup of Milk Fund. Our Grade 5 Junior Red Cross Club sold donuts to raise the money. May children somewhere have a happier Christmas. Yours truly, Cam- eron Letli, secretary. Children's groups and or- ganizations of all types are anxious to help the Unitarian Service Committee save lives in countries where food is scarce and life very difficult. Their generosity is certain to put the objective this year over the top as they have done in former years. Total in dale List of donors appears on page 2. Herald marks birthday The Lelhbridge Herald today starts its 64th year of publica- tion as a daily newspaper. Dur- ing that time it has not failed to publish a regular edition. The Herald was started as a weekly newspaper in 1905 and soon thereafter was purchased by the I ate Senator W. A. Buchanan. Two years later it was established as a daily newspaper. It w a s published by the Senator until his death in 1954. In 1959 Tlie Herald joined the newspaper family known as FP Publications Ltd. Other members of this group now in- clude the Toronto Globe and Mail. Ottawa Journal, Winni- peg Free Press. Calgary AI- bertan. Vancouver Sun, Vic- toria Times. Victoria Colonist and the Free Press Weekly Prairie Farmer. Seen and heard A MWl IUWII jyjUSCLEMAN' Gordon Mat- kin secretly confessing tilings aren't quite what they used to be after giving a demonstration on how to climb a dangling rope IiijO'id Schcftcr enjoying a predicament of Sister Anna Stmnpfhauser who locked all her car doors from the out- side then discovered the mo- tor was still running Ted lierlando coming to the rescue to provide a pair of I he necessaries for shoeless Bill Slyner. ;