Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
.1. 1 VV The Uthbrldae Herald VOL. LXVII 11 DECEMBER 24 Pages 10 Cents SYRIA BOYCOTTS PEACE TALKS DAMASCUS Syria has decided not to take part in the Geneva peace conference opening an of- ficial source here said today. The source said the conference would lead to endless discussions and weaken and push into the background the basic issue of complete Israeli withdrawal from the Arab territory it occupied during the 1967 war The source also declared that the Geneva talks would fail to resolve the issue of Palestinian rights and would only turn its attention to side issues. He said this conclusion was reached as a result of contacts with Egypt and State Secretary Henry Kissinger of the United States who held more than six hours of talks with Syrian President Hafez al- Assad and Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam here Saturday. Terrorists free massacre toll reaches 36 Library under water Water in the library of Senator Buchanan 7th Avenue in early this mornirfg and rampaged through the school. More and 11th Street reflects damage done by vandals who broke photos on Page 13. ELWOOD FERGUSON photo I Inside Classified 18-21 Comics 16 5 District 15 Family........8. 9 Local News 14 Markets...... Sports 11 7 TV 6 Weather 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. SOME CLOUDS Ottawa just can't now Maritimes are upset CIC petition termed malarky By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer never heard such malarky what a lot of said Aid. Bill Kergan should be filed agreed Aid. Cam Barnes. only one of the things we should be said Aid. Vera Ferguson The item all three were referring to was a petition No Herald Christmas The Herald will not publish Christmas Day or Boxing Dec. 25 and 26. Earlier advertising deadlines for issues prior to and after the holiday break are listed below. Advertisements to appear Dec. must be received at The Herald by 5 p.m. Dec. 19. Ads for Dec. must be received by Dec. for Dec. 28 by Dec. and for Satur- Dec. by noon Dec. 24. Advertisements scheduled for Dec. must be received by noon Dec. 27. the Committee tor an Independent Canada urging council to expand locally- owned as rather than seeking foreign equity investment. can't let that go said Aid. referring to a statement in the petition that foreign-owned or controlled industry will not provide long- term benefits for Lethbridge. can all name firms that have been here for he said. controlled or they've brought a lot of benefits to this Her motion to refer the CIC petition to a Jan. 7 meeting got no support except from Aid. Ed Bastedo. people will never get anywhere with nonsense like he said of the which was signed by 55 persons Aid Vera Ferguson used the petition to ask for a council policy meeting. like to see us meet Jan. 7 at 5 p.m to discuss the ob- jectives of each department as a preliminary meeting to our budget she said. the kind of policy meeting we just never have. is only one of the things we should be discussing and we should discuss each department and where it's go- ing in conjunction with the By THE CANADIAN PRESS East and provincial premiers are warming up for hot debate at the federal- provincial energy conference planned for Jan. 22-23. Nova Scotia's Premier Gerald Regan said Monday the federal government has the major responsibility to the unacceptable energy in the Atlan- tic provinces. He. Richard Hatfield of New Brunswick and Alex Campbell of Prince Edward Island attended a meeting of the Council of Maritime Premiers Monday. all three rejected a suggestion by Prime Minister Trudeau that the provinces re- duce their sales taxes on gaso- line as a means of easing high prices. Premier Regan already has sa'id he will press for a federal subsidy on fuel for the Atlan- tic provinces at the January conference. The three premiers said in a statement Ottawa almost totally ignored Canada east of Montreal in its plann- ing and proposed solutions to the difficult problems of supp- ly and the rising cost of Gasoline and oil prices have risen sharply in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. They get the bulk of their crude supplies from Venezuela. Canada west of the Ottawa Valley gets its crude from the western particular- ly and Premier Peter Lougheed has said he expects further confrontations with nvpr its energy policy. Alberta is opposed to the ex- tension of the federal freeze on crude oil prices to the end of the winter and to the federal export tax on crude. Before proroguing last the Alberta legislature approved a oill to control oil production in the province as well as prices and tax rates Saskatchewan's legislature also is pushing through a bill which would control oil production and regulate wholesale prices and transfer legal title to oil rights from private companies to the province. Johnson came to blows' TORONTO An ex- plosive exchange between the late Prime Minister Lester Pearson and President Lyndon Johnson at one stage appeared to approach a climax of physical says former -Canadian am- bassador Charles Ritchie who witnessed the strange en- counter. Now Mr. Ritchie was Canada's envoy in Washington on April Pearson delivered his lecture in Philadelphia calling for a pause in the controversial United States bombing in Vietnam. Mr Johnson invited Mr. Pearson to lunch the following day at the presidential retreat at Camp Md Mr. Ritchie accompanied Mr. Pearson. The lunch was Mr. Johnson seemed busy making many telephone calls' at the table But when Mr. Pearson later asked the president how he liked the the reply of was followed by a private presidential up- braiding on the terrace. only half half leaning on the terrace now was com- pletely silent. The president strode up to him and seized him by the lapel of his the same time rais- ing his other arm to the heavens. KUWAIT The Arab terrorists who hijacked a Lufthansa airliner alter a massacre at Rome airport Monday surrendered to Kuwait authorities today after releasing their Kuwait airport officials reported. The who authorities said killed 31 persons in Rome and live more in treed the hostages in exchange for to an unknown said a Lufthansa Airlines spokesman in West Germany An airline spokesman said there were believed to be 23 or 24 hostages and or three Kuwait authorities said there were three terrorists. The gunmen surrendered to Kuwait's interior and defence minister. Sheikh Saad al Ab- more than three hours after the plane landed at Kuwait airport. The Lufthansa Boeing 737 had flown from Damascus where the plane took on fuel and tood and one of the hijack- ers was treated for a super- ficial head wound The gunmen were taken by security police to an army barracks somewhere in Kuwait It was not im- mediately known what the Kuwait authorities planned to do with them Machine-gun wielding troops ringed the airport and refused to permit anyone to approach the airport terminal where a number of high of- ficials met to discuss the situation Airport sources reached by phone said the gunmen were seen leaving the aircraft with their hands raised above their heads REPORTS DIFFER The report from Lufthansa that the gunmen surrendered after Kuwait officials promis- ed them contradicted statements made by officials here that the gunmen were told that they would have to surrender un- conditionally and they would be deprived of food and water until they gave up. Officials had hoped for the release of the hostages in Kuwait after the Arabs were reported to have told authorities in Damascus earlier today that they would be released After a night of terror at the Athens during which they were reported to have murdered five the gunmen took off with what the pilot of the commandeered Lufthansa Boeing 737 said were 12 hostages Behind them the terrorists left a wounded hostage and the body of one of their vic- tims. The hijackers were reported to have killed the five hostages one by one in the jet at Athens to back up demands lor release of two Palestinian guerrillas held by the Greeks. But only the one body was seen. The Lebanese government refused to let them land in Beirut early today and they put down in the Syrian capital. One of the hijackers was given first aid at the Damascus airport's dispen- sary and the plane took off after a two-hour during which it also picked up fuel and food. The terrorists then flew to where the plane land- ed despite apparent attempts by authorities of the Persian Gulf sheikdom to keep them out. a Lufthansa spokesman said in Frankfurt. The commander of the Syrian air force had appealed repeatedly for release of the hostages in but the hijackers refused. 'Whole airport could have been wiped out' ROME was a massacre. There were 30 but the whole airport could have been wiped out. I am still Mario di was loading luggage on a Pan American jetliner at Fiumicino Airport near Rome Monday when a group of Arab terrorists threw incen- diary bombs into a Pan American airliner and hijacked a Lufthansa jet. were several of all short and dark I couldn't see much more because I was duck- ing and running for my di Grazia said. they set off those bombs. I figured we all had it jet had just been refuelled with litres of kerosene. It caught fire and I pxpected it to blow up any moment. were two or three other planes around us and several tanker trucks loaded with fuel. Just 200 metres away were the huge deposits of litres for the whole airport. explosion of the Pan Am plane would have touched off a chain of blasts and that would have been the end of the airport. Police say there were about three or four thousand people around and airline firemen did a good a quick said airport ground worker Franco 38 where were the much-acclaimed security forces7 was hiding under a van and I saw a policeman next to me. 'Shoot at they want to kill us I but he shrugged his shoulders and stayed under cover. 'It is impossible to stop them They are all he a wounded Italian policeman left behind at Athens airport by the guerrillas told an Italian embassy official today that there are three women and a child on board the seized plane. The policeman. Giro was shot in the guerrillas' terror attack at Rome in which at least 30 persons died. The hijacked plane left Rome with 13 hostages aboard. The Rome hijack massacre may lead to a world pilot the president of the Australian Federation of Air Captain J. said today. would not be surprised if pilots around the world stop he said situation is so bad that when 1 go to work in the morning I cannot guarantee my wife that I will come a Trans Australia Airlines warned that the death toll from hijackings will get worse unless governments outlaw hijackers. This latest hijacking is an indictment of who have repeatedly refused to take action against he said. U.K. fears new terror campaign LONDON A car bomb exploded in London to- day injuring at least 40 per- two of them and damaging buildings and shops nearby. The went off as office workers were pouring into government buildings in the street where the car was park- ed a few hundred yards from the houses of Parliament. Eyewitnesses said the car exploded in a sheet of flame which scorched other vehicles parked nearby and blew out windows along the street. The blast was heard over a wide area of and brought fears that the outlaw- ed Irish Republican Army has begun a new campaign of terror against the British capital Police said Scotland Yard has received reports that a number of leading members of the violent Provisional wing of the outlawed IRA have travelled to London from Belfast during the last two weeks. Rescue workers said most of those injured in today's blast were suffering from bruises and shock. We're halfway to our goal Seen and heard About town j OSPITAL patient Father LI Frank McCarty getting a bouquet artfully arranged in a chamber pot Mayor Andy Anderson presenting silver trays in recognition of 25 years of service to Police Chief Ralph Michelson and S. Sgt. Bill Brummitt and saying it's a rare occasion when a person gets to summons two policemen. The Cup of Milk Fund passed the in its drive to the total Today we have in the fund. Let's move Let's get cracking on this We've got one week to go until Christmas. We've got one week to raise Then we'll send 1.3 carloads of powdered skim milk to the hungry little children in Bangladesh. Here are three things to bear in St. Augustine's Anglican Church junior choirs will sing at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Woolco Shopping Mall to raise the Cup of Milk firefighters of the No. 1 hall are re-opening the USC clothing depot for fairly clean and the Buck Krispy Christmas Ex- travaganza for the Cup of Milk will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Yates Memorial tickets available at Leister's and the Statutory Grape. Thanks a Cubs of the 6th Lethbridge for raising for the fund. These fellows conducted a bottle drive Saturday to help get some milk to children in Bangladesh. The donations 'are pouring in. There were nearly 3Vz pages of contributors today. We wish we could thank each and every one of you per- sonally. We must mention the First Baptist CGIT girls. They ducted a wake-a-thon and sent to the Cup of Milk. That's pretty darn nice. Thank Neighborview Farms Ltd. of Foremost. Thank you so Anne's Catholic Women's League of Blairmore. Each and every one of those dollars you sent will buy 33 cups of milk. Thank Mrs. Mollie Sanderson of Fort and Mrs. Hazel Davidson of and Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Gregory of Lethbridge and the Alvin Ondrik-Family of Pincher Creek. Hera's one from Family Who B.C. Here's 165 cupfuls of milk for the hungry little children of Bangladesh from Cheryl and Jodi all of Fort Macleod. Thanks very much for realizing the need and for doing something about it. We are grateful. The children are even more so. We are pleased to be moving on to our goal the nagging thought it is not it can never be But the children are reverently hum- ble with thanks. Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova of the Unitarian Service Com- mittee knows their gratitude. She has seen these hungry lines of refugees. Write Cup of Lethbridge or else Christmas will be a sham.