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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta COLDER FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 5 BELOW The LetHbridqe Herald uxv NO. ;i l.ETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES an artillery blasts Dacca From AP-REUTEH Indian artillery began blast- ing military targets today in Dacca, where the Pakistani army in East Pakistan appar- ently plans a last stand. An air and" sea bombardment set fires raging in the main port of Chit- tagong, Indian military spokes- men said. An Indian spokesman re- ported he had a message from the International Red Cross in Dacca, the East Pakistani capi- tal, saying "the highest East Pakistani government officials" had resigned and sought Red Cross protection. The spokesman reported the Pakistani army had refused to MERCY FLIGHT Police constable Edward Walters (right hands a kidney transplant con- tainer to Cpl. Donald MocDonald at Downsview Airport in Toronto this morning for a flight to Winnipeg. The kidney was flown to Winnipeg, where a lerjm ol specialists was waiting at Winnipeg General Hospital to perform a trans- plant operation. Former FLQ pals MONTREAL (CP) Pierre Valliercs' denuncia- tion of terrorist tactics in favor of political action through the Parti Quebecois has brought criticism from a former ideological comrade and only terse statements from the party. Political activist Charles Gagnon said that Val- liercs's decision lo "put himself on the bourgeois side" must have arisen from "personal rather than political reasons." He said it showed "an extraordinary ideologi- cal confusion." Politically it makes no sense because nothing has changed since September when he said that there was no alternative to armed Gagnon said In an interview. Vallieres disappeared last September while free on bail pending trial on charges of seditious conspiracy and counselling to kidnapping and murder. A note on paper bearing the insignia of the Front de Liberation du Quebec said at the time thai he had gone into lu'ding "because there are more important things for a revolutionary lo do in Quebec that to submit in- terminably to fake political trials." Transplant operation attempted WINNIPEG (CP) A team of surgeons at Winnipeg General Hospital were to attempt lo transplant the kidney of a To- ronto man into a patient with a non-functioning kidney today. The kidney, donated by the family of 23-y e a r -o 1 d Fred Faris, who died of injuries re- ceived in a car crash, was brought here by a Canadian Forces jet early today. The hospital would not iden- tify the recipient and said it was hospital policy not to give the name, sex or age of the pa- tient. A spokesman for the hospital said the operation was not an emergency in the sense that it was a life and death matter for the recipient to get a kidney fast. He said speed was neces- sary because a kidney could only be sustained alive for sev- eral hours after it was removed. Mr. Faris, an apprentice steamfilter injured Sunday, died early today. Another of his kid- neys was sent by commercial jet to Montreal. The flight to Winnipeg took about two hours and the recipi- ent was waiting in the hospital for the kidney to arrive. The spokesman said the patient, who not in hospital at the time, was informed early today that a kidney was available for trans- plant. Cuts FLO tics First word since then from the author of White Ni2gcrs of America came Monday with publication of a H7-pafie handwritten document delivered to Le Devoir saying he was cutting ali ties with the FLQ and hailing the Parti Quebecois as the only "real alternative" to the current Liberal government in Quebec. Valliercs saw the Parti Quebecois as "the provin- cial force, for political strategy in the struggle iw liber- ation" of the Quebec people. Gagnon disagrees. "I recognize thai the PQ is the only recognized poli- tical force working toward the independence of Quebec, but I don't agree Ibat people should go with without considering its program and he said. "The solution is no more the FLQ that the PQ. It is an organized worker party or revolutionary organiza- tion that has to be built by Quebec workers." Lcvesfjue comments llene Idvcsque, Parti Quebecois leader, said in a brief statement that Valliercs has apprcnlly made a "roiiragemis gcsliire." Lucid refloclion had Ixv-n brought lo on 'the. sterility ol armed agitation, and especially the fact that il can be sol off only with the complicity of a regime whoso sole lasl hope is repression." Camilla Laurin, PQ logilature leader, said pcbli- riMion of Vallieros's stalcmenl, is "a happy liiniing point in Quebec's history. "1 hope lhat. Valliero's slatemonl will lead to a general repudiation of violence as a means of achieving jocial cbanyr in ijilebec. "The oxlMing m'W uill In find nther M.ipciOTit.'- In juUjfy theu- roprmhe Paks plan last stand guarantee the safety of the offi- cials, whose names were not given. A pooled dispatch from Dacca, however, said they in- cluded the inspector-general of police, named Chaudry, and an information secretary, Islam Abel. Defence Minister Jagjivan Ram told India's Parliament "it is our hope that the process of liberating Bangla Desli will bo completed but at consid- erable cost to the Indian forces, killed in 11 days of fight- ing, 502 wounded, 1.022 miss- ing and -11 planes downed. He had no figures on Pakistani losses but reported 113 Pakistan planes were destroyed. DEPRESSION" U.-Gen. A. K. Niazi, Paki- stan's commander in East Paki- .suiii. vowed in Dacca to fight to the last man. Foreign corre- spondents in Dacca reported, however, that his staff was in a slate of "total depression." Fighting on the western front 1.000 miles across India, was re- ported mainly to be air battles. Radio Pakistan made no men- tion of fighting on either front but said Pakistani planes bad raided the airfields at Srinagar, capital of Kashmir stale and at Pathankot and Amritsar in northwest India. An Indian mili- tary spokesman said two Paki- stani planes and an Indian fighter were shot down in dog- fights over Srinagar. An Indian spokesman in New Delhi said some units of infan- try were within six miles of Dacca. An army spokesman in Calcutta refused to give any de- tails of the advance or to say how far Indian troops are from Dacca. UN TRIES AGAIN UNITED NATIONS (CP) The UN Security Council, blocked hy Soviet vetoes in its efforts to end the India-Pakistan war, makes another attempt today to reach agreement on a formula to slop the fighting. Bui Pakistan, without saying why. called the latest proposal by Italy and Japan, tabled Mon- day nip hi, unacceptable. It would create a three-man secu- rity council committee to me- dialc the war. Council memljcrs scheduled private talks, at the suggestion of Chinese Ambassador Huang Hua, on the new attempt during the day before the council re- sumed its mecling. New gas premiums cut find in Arctic for senior citizens CALGARY (CP Panarctic Oils Ltd. announced today that natural gas has been discovered at Krisloffer Bay on Eilef Ring- nes Island in the Arctic. The discovery is the fourth successful gas well for Panarc- tic which has yet to make an oil find. The discovery well is about Ffl mite north oi King Chris- tian Islai'rI. the site of the con- sortium's last two successful wells, and miles north of Edmonton. Charles Hetherington, Pan- arctic president, declined to speculate on the size of the dis- covery or reveal the rate of gas flow. Drilling started on the discov- well Nov. 9 and gas was en- countered during a drill-stem test. The well was drilled under an agreement Panarctic reached earlier this year with four United States firms which gave them first priority in purchasing gas in exchange for a mil- lion loan to the consortium. The companies were Tcnneco Oils and Minerals Ltd., Colum- bia Gas Systems Inc., Northern Natural Gas Co. and Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. Panarctic is a consortium of private companies and the fed- eral government which was formed in to search for pe- troleum in the Arctic. EDMONTON (CP) Al- berta's senior citizens will he relieved from medical care in- surance premiums effective 'We came here to find workT Time Air receives rt Sub sale to Russia Mocked OTTAWA (CP) The federal government has cancelled on grounds of national security an export permit it granted about a year ago for sale of a small re- search submarine to Russia. Bnicc Howard, parliamentary secretary to Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin. told reporters Tuesday the permit was can- celled Dee. I to the displeasure of the Russians. GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) Cily council Monday night gave its support to a Time Air of LeUibridge proposal for thrice daily service between the city and Edmonton. Time Air president W. R. Ross said the company wants [o provide a supplementary service between all major Al- berta centres now served by major airlines. Grarde Prairie now has CP Air service lo Edmonton and Vancouver once a day. Warning to clergy ROME (Rculer) Priests, monks and nuns of Rome were warned Monday nol lo appear in public in non-clerical dress nor to al'end theatres or films nol approved by the church au- thorities. The warning came from Cardinal Angelo Dell'Acqua, Uic vicar of Rome, in a circular demanding an "ex- ample of austerity" from the Roman clergy. attempt foiled PONOKA (CP) Paul Jo- seph Cini, charged with the hi- jacking of an Air Canada jet last month, escaped from a mental hospital Monday nighl but was captured about two hours later. Police said Cini, 27, escaped from the maximum security wing of the hospital, where he has been undergoing psychial- ric examination since he was remanded on the charges Nov. 23. He apparently escaped about 7 p.m. and was found by police walking on Highway 3A about three miles south of the hospital about 9 p.m. "He was glad to see a police spokesman said. Temperatures in the area were about 20 degrees below zero. Cini. who has not entered a plea, was arrested afler Hie Air Canada DC-a was hijacked on a night between Calgary and Kcgina. The hijacking included two landings at Great Falls, Mont., before the hijacker was over- powered hy the crew of the air- craft as if was returning to Calgary. Jan. 1, Premier Peler Loug- hccd announced today. Under regulations of the Al- berta Health Care Insurance Act, all residents aged IS or over will no longer lie required lo pay fur medical costs. In addilion. the cabinet has ap- proved a premium exemption from optional services such as drugs and other procedures. The dependents of senior H- lizens alto are included in the revision. "We estimate that the cost of this change will involve be- tween SG lo S8 million annually or under one per cent of the current year's operating expen- diture the pre- mier said. Health Minister Neil Craw- ford said the action would ef- fect loo.000 Alberlans about 9.32 per cent of the population. The present medical care premium for an Albertan earn- ing moie than a year is a year, including optional sendees. NEW PRIORITIES Mr. Lougbecd said the ma- jor change "confirms new pri- orities for our government by giving highest priority lo our senior citizens in formulating policy, and we believe that in these times of inflation the se- nior citizen is entilled to pri- ority wherever posible." Mr. Loughccd said the finan- cial commitment wil! require the abandonment of certain existing programs, "not involv- ing senior during the next few months. He did nol elaborate but said although Hie programs have "some desirable lealures, upon assessmenl have not shown that they rate a sufficiently high priority to be continued at this time in'light of our difficult and tight financial position and dangerously escalating hospital costs." "file financ'rl implications of this action are not an over- all increase in operating expen- ditures, but the senior citizen program will replace existing programs which have a lower priority." Mr. said (he gov- ernment had considered retain- ing the premiums for senior citizens in a high-income bracket but this proposal was scrapped because only a few persons would be affected. Administration costs would be high and such a move would require a means test, he said. Abandonment of "certain existing programs" would not mean layoffs in the civil ser- vice "but there may be rcas- signments." Charges laid in big h RED DEER. (CP Charges were laid against, seven Ameri- cans Monday after FiCMP said they had more Ihan fiOfl pounds of hashish valued at million. It. was believed to he one. of the largest hauls in North America. (.'barged ere. Michnol W.une Overstrcct, Danny Kay Kenneth Frank Scavcrns, David Cooper Randall, all of Denver, Colo., and all years of age; Barry Edward Hovel, 22, of Lakowood, Colo.; Daniel Richard Owen, XI, of Denver, and Rarry Robert. Levy, 23, of no fixed address but. believed to Ir a Colorado resident. They VTO remanded in custody lo Dee They dunged in Edmon- ton with illegal importation of the drug believed to have origi- nalcd in Afghanistan and which wns shipped to a non-exislcnt SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS Edmonton firm via Frankfurt, West Germany, and Toronto. The a r r o .s t s ended whnt RCMP described as a "lengthy" investigation and (lie final mo- mcnis about a.m. Monday involved morn Ihan fill officers and vehicles The drama .slarled Friday night when four large melal trunks arrived at the Edmonton International Airport, miles north of here, hilled as East In- dian arlifacl.s. (ill.ARIlKl) AT 1'KMIOI.I) Six of I he accused were ar- rested in the Penhold area and a seventh was picked up in a dmnilinvn Ednionlnn hotel Two suspects worr oaplurod afler 8 high-speed ear, near Innisfail, about 12 miles south of Red Deer. K C M P Insp. T. S. Vcnner lold an Edmonton news confer- ence no shots were fired al- though one of the men arrest- ed was armed lie whd the flight plar, nf the AIM e r v eglsU'l eil indicated Denver as its des- tination, bill it probably was heading for an uncontrolled airstrip where it would not have bad to clear customs. lie would provide no details, bill said the men found a way to avoid Canadian customs in- spection at Edmonton. More arrests may bo peml- he said The :irre-l od uro all Ivlii vi'd nl ColorjiH United States may its currenc ANGRA DO H E R 0 I S M 0, Azores (AP) President Nixon and France's Georges Pompi- dou agreed today to work for a devaluation of the United States dollar and revaluing of other currencies to achieve a realign- ment of Uie Western world's ex- change rates A joint US-French statement said the two presidents reached "a broad area of agreement" on measures necessary lo achieve an early settlement of the inter- atla monetary crisis "In co-operation with other nations they agreed to work to- ward a prompt realignment of exchange rales through a deval- uation of the dollar and re-eval- uation of some other curren- cies." said a statement issued at the conclusion of the two-day talks here. The agreement could mean an end to the international mone- tary crisis. Devaluation pf the U.S. dollar would mean a now price for it in terms of gold. Since the 1930s Washington has said an ounce of gold is worth Meantime, the free market price of gold has reached around S43 an ounce. Devaluation would not mean that the dollar had any less value in domestic trade in the U.S. The main effect would be in dealing with central banks of other countries, many of which maintain hoards of dollars as reserve currencies. With other principal curren- cies trend has been upward in such currencies as those of Japan and West Ger- effects on trade could be beneficial all around. At least (hat is the hope of gov- ernments and their banking au- thorities. The statement also said the realignment of money parities "c o u 1 d be accompanied by broader permissible margins of fluctuation aroi'Jid the newly-es- tablished exchange rates." It did not specify any figures for the possible new parities." WAIT AND SEE TORONTO (P Canadian business spokesmen say they will have to wait for the details before assessing how any devel- uclion of the United States dol- lar will affect Canada. The key is where I he Cana- dian dollar winds up in relation to the U.S. dollar. This is a pol- icy decision the federal govern- ment will have lo take. Seen and heard Abouf town 1 ETHBRIDGE Sugar King hockey coach John Chapman not on friendly terms with his dog. It seems man's best friend ale man's best plate his false teeth an electric department truck backing into safety of- ficer Bill Falconer's station wagon after he had announced plans for a defensive driving course for city emplovi-ps. Cup of Milk. Fuud to save There are some things we we don't talk about in Uiese Cup of Milk Fund stories. We stay out of politics. War is hell and never mind if India is the world's largest democ- racy with China in the north easily qualifying as Hie leader of I he world's fpit-on-dcmoc- racy forces. Pakistan has been the scone of a terrible struggle. For one reason or another millions of refugees are suffering. Tragedy seems unable to find its own natural level in East. Bengal. The latest in each an- nual disaster is always sur- passed by slill another. Will India's victories in this nil-mil war case Ihc suffering nf lilllo children lined up Frankly, we cannot answer this question. Every war seems to breed new wars. Hatreds are renewed and peace be- comes as elusive as ever. Hut if this is true, so then is the spread of goodwill. THANK YOl'. llll.l.Y This is ju.-l one gooil Id Mlpp.iri The Herald's Clip nl Milk Fund lius We're going lo send Canadian skim milk pnv.dsr lo India and we know it will get to starving children. Thank you Billy Beattie, Grade 4 pupil of Senator Buch- anan He wriles: "I would like those people lo live, not die We also have nice loiters from his fellow pupils Joyce. Scroggie. Shelly Tu'oter, Ross Rohnet end Tracey, who says: "The two Grade 4 classes have saved S18.10 for the pnor chil- dren in Pakistan. With the money wo saved, all logether i! will make over cups of milk. I hope this will sa ve many children from dying." We .so loo, Tracey. Exchange envoys TOKYO (AP) China an- nounced Tuesday il has estab- lished diplomatic rolr'.ions with Iceland. The official Xcw China nrus agency s.'iid the agree- ment to exchange ambassadors was signet! in Copenhagen last V.ednc-iiay Iceland is I ho 7.1nl emnln In estahli'h diplomatic relations wil.h Peking. ;