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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY Forecast high Wednesday near 15 The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LX1V No. 10 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES arms sale By JOHN BEST OTTAWA (CP) The Canadian government has examined data on the Soviet naval buildup in the Indian Ocean and concluded it does not justify the risk to Commonwealth unity involved in any British decision to sell arms to South Africa. That, say authoritative sources, is a fair inference to be drawn from continuing differences between Prime Minister Trudeau and British Prime Minister Edward Heath on the arms issue. Before his meeting with Mr. Heath here last week, Mr. Trudeau was given an intelligence appraisal of the Indian Ocean situation prepared in the Canadian de- fence department. Mr. Heath's government has cited the Soviet naval threat in the ocean and on the Cape of Good Hope sliipping route around the tip of South Africa as a valid reason for lifting Britain's six-year-old embargo on arms shipments to the white-supremacist republic. It has not yet taken a final decision, however. In a lengthy discussion the British leader and Mr. Trudeau failed to resolve their differences. Some sources said they didn't even "dent" them. Canadian officials refuse even to hint at what was in the intelligence report. But it is believed in line with published accounts, which tell of a Soviet force of eight to 14 fighting and support slu'ps, and growing. The British government itself has spoken of a Soviet Indian Ocean fleet consisting of a cruiser, two destroy- ers, two submarines and associated vessels. At least one of the warships is believed to carry guided mis- siles. The fleet is assumed to be augmented by Soviet fishing trawlers with intelligence-gathering equipment. Britain sees the Soviet presence as a direct threat to its lifeline to the Persian Gulf and the Far East. As Mr. Heath told liis Ottawa press conference, the Cape route around the tip of South Africa bandies more than one-quarter by value of all Britain's seaborne trade, and a large part of this volume is oil. The British see the buildup as part of a worldwide maritime surge by the Soviet Union, challenging West- era domination in many areas, most notably the Medi- terranean. Mr. Heath maintains that South Africa's co-opera- tion is necessary to help counter the threat on the Cape route. He says Britain has an obligation to supply South Africa with naval armaments under the 1955 agreement permitting Britain to use the base at Simons- town, South Africa. Concede point Canadian officials concede that a big point of dif- ference between Ottawa and London may be founded in distance. The Canadian government might view the situation differently if it sat where Mr. Heath and his ministers sit. But the view here is that Britain's so-called "obliga- tion" under the Simonstown agreement to sell South Africa arms is strictly inferential. The original agree- ment, as published, made no such provision beyond a commitment by South Africa to expand its navy over an eight-year period between 1955 and 1963 and to buy the requisite frigates, minesweepers and seaward de- fence boats from Britain. The Heath government's position is best summed up in a House of Commons statement last July which noted that two years previously the Labor government re-negotiated the Simonstown agreement to transfer major responsibility for security in the South Atlantic region from Britain to South Africa. Then, said the statement, that government refused to allow South Africa to buy the equipment it needed to carry out its added responsibilities. Mr. Heath's Con- servative regime now proposes to correct this policy. Canada's approach has been to keep pushing with British leaders the question of whether fulfilment of the Simonstown design is worth endangering UK future of the Commonwealth, since some non-white members say they may pull out if Britain goes through with the arms plan. Obviously, Canada would like Britain to decide it is not worth the price. Americans boost 1971 oil imports WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon issued Tuesday a proclamation increasing 1971 oil imports by some barrels a day, much of it from Canada. The proclamation made a ser- ies of adjustments in oil import regulations which have been in effect since 1959. From the Canadian view, much of the proclamation was somewhat anti-climactic in that greater oil imports from Can- ada in 1971 had been announced earlier at the United States-Can- ada ministerial meeting in Ot- tawa last month and in Nixon's Dee. 4 speech in New York on the U.S. economy. George A. Lincoln, director of the Office of Emergency Pre- paredness, said Tuesday that Seen and heard About town WIVES Margaret Hoselton and Terry McColl learn- ing the hard way that hus- bands Gordon and John are cribbage and whist sharpies Unidentified woman at 5th Ave. and 13th St. N. seen parking her car, walking to a fire alarm box with a letter in her hand, pulling down the alarm box handle, standing there with a stunned look, then taking off lickety-split for her car with the unmail- ed letter still in her hand. Stanfieldi Canada in mess OTTAWA (CP) Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield said today the government has plunged Canada into an "eco- nomic morass" and raised the "horrible prospect" of little or no improvement in the unem- ployment situation. He said at a news conference that not only has the govern- ment allowed hard-core unem- ployment to increase, it also permitted the "new and terrify- ing phenomenon" of increasing unemployment among young people. The Conservative leader said he and his party will concen- trate in 1971 on trying to per- suade the government to stimu- late the economy. Behind the "smooth words and smug face" of the govern- ment lies the reality of an eco- nomic ir.ess, Mr. Stanfield said. On other topics, Mr. Stanfield said: will do his best to per- suade retiring Ontario Premier John Robarts to enter federal politics. Trudeau government was trying to force Quebec to vote federal Liberal or separa- tist Parti Quebecois. This was why it was so important for the to offer Quebec another federal option and "Doy, you better pray we suc- ceed." 'Yes, therms Santa Clans' woman ill HUDSON, N.Y. CAP) Vir- ginia O'Hanlon Douglas, the woman who, as a child, was told "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa is in fair condi- tion at Columbia Memorial Hos- piati, a spokesman for the hos- pital said early today. For Mrs. Douglas, 81, tlu's is her second Christmas season in hospital. Authorities said the frail woman, admitted in Octo- ber, is suffering from the gen- eral problems of advanced age. When she was eight, Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the old New York Sim to inquire about San- ta's reality. Francis P. Church's reply, in the form of an edi- torial, became a Christmas classic. MASKED man doesn't wear a Halloween mask for fun. He's an undercover agent for the lane Inleragency Narcotics Team in Unilcd Slater, and puts on the mabk when poinling out persons hs bought drugs from, Russian sub base in Cuba WASHINGTON (AP) White House spokesman Ronald Zieg- ler says the Nixon administra- tion doesn't know yet if Russia is building a submarine base ill Cuba. imports from Canada, now lim- ited to barrels a day, would be increased by barrels to a new authorized rate of barrels. Tills a r r e 1 increase had been the figure recom- mended earlier by Lincoln's off- ice. In addition, importers unable to USD their quotas or "tickets" for other foreign oil may apply them to imports from Canada. Nixon had announced this new arrangement in his New York speech. In practice, Canadian imports will effectively be limited to pipeline and transportation ca- pacity. This was the only limita- tion mentioned in the Ottawa ministerial talks. But Nixon also as well as over laud. North turns over list of U.S. war prisoners STEPS DOWN Solici- tor General George Mc- Ilraith resigned from the cabinet today for personal reasons anil Prime Minister Trudeau announced that lie will be replaced by Jean- Piurre Goyer, MP for IVIont- rcal-Dollaril. WASHINGTON (AP) Sena- tor Edward M. Kennedy (Dem. Mass.) said today North Viet- namese diplomats in Paris have given to a Washington lawyer a list of the names of 368 Ameri- can prisoners of war. Kennedy said the names, de- scribed by the North Vietnam- ese as an official prisoner list, were turned over to John Nolan, lawyer formerly with the United States justice department. Hanoi has previously released through U.S. anti-war groups the names of 339 U.S. armed servicemen it says it is holding. The U.S. defence department lists 378 men as probable pris- oners of the North Vietnamese. There was no way immedi- ately to compare the names on the new list with those given out previously. Kennedy told a news confer- ence he docs not have Hie list of names. He said Nolan, who does, is returning to Washington with it. The senator said he sent Nolan to Paris in response to the invitation from the North Vietnamese. Kennedy said he docs not know whether the list is a com- plete one. He said the list given Nolan also includes the names of 20 men identified as Ameri- can prisoners who died in cap- tivity, and nine men released. It lists the date of capture, date of death or date of release, he said. Nolan received the list at a meeting today with North viet- na accuses HONG KONG (Heuter) China accused Russia today of sending troops into Poland to help crush workers' riots and warned the Kremlin that inter- vention could stir up turmoil ia tile rest of Eastern Europe. The Chinese statement pub- lished by the official People's Daily was Peking's first com- ment on the week of trouble in Poland's Baltic ports and Sun- day's resignation of party chief Wladyslaw Gomulka. C h i n a 's Communist pally newspaper described Poland under the Gomulka government and Czechoslovakia and other East European states as "pow- der kegs that can explode at any time." The People's Daily attack rep. resented China's strongest blast in recent months in the simmer- ing war of words between Mos- cow and Peking. It came at a time when both countries have made moves to normalize their bitter relations recent exchange of ambas- sadors for the first time in four years and an announcement three days ago that both sides had signed a protocol on ship- ping along the rivers forming their common border, scene of armed clashes last year. MAV RESIGN There were rumors in War- saw today that Premier Joseph Cyrankifiwicz, once credited with helping to bring Gomulka to power in 1956, may resign or be made president, a purely ceremonial post. Nothing has been said offi- cially but the current president, Marian Spychalski, is not ex- pected to keep the position much longer. Warsaw state radio revealed for the first time today that Wroclaw, formerly the German city of Breslau, had been hit by a strike. The broadcast said: "The crew of the railway yards promised to work extra hours to make up loss of production due to a strike last week." Plane flights and telephone links to Gdansk, first scene of bloody clashes, were restored today. Officials said planes were also going in to Szczecin, another riot-hit town, but phones are not operating. A Western sourcs in Gdansk said in a telephone conversa- tion that a dusk-to-dawn cur- few was still in force but there were no more tanks in the streets. V- t'rx? W4 iAi Man held for bank robbery Ralph John Weber, 42, of Lethbridge; was arrested at about 6 p.m. Sunday in Calgary by RCMP and returned to Leth- bridge where he was charged with the armed robbery of the Canadian Imperial Bank Commerce in Warner Oct. 23. He is scheduled to appear in magistrate's court Tuesday at.2 p.m. Weber was arrested after an extensive search in Alberta, B.C. and the Northwest Terri- tories by RCMP, assisted by other police forces. The Warner bank was robbed of by a man brandishing a sawed-off shotgun. Roadblocks set up at the time failed to slop his getaway. n a rn e s e representatives to Paris, Kennedy said. T001C LIST TO BIll'CE The senator said Nolan read him the list, and took it lo David K. E. Bruce, chief U.S. negotiator in the Paris peace talks. In addition, Kennedy said he telephoned Stale Secretary Wil- liam p. Rogers and also called the White House, although he did not speak directly with President Nixon. "I have no way of knotting at this time the accuracy of that Kennedy said. He said the invitation came in response to a letter he sent June 23 to Ton Due Thang, pres- ident of North Vietnam, asking that the prisoners be identified, that they be permitted to send and receive mail and that the ill and wounded be released through a neutral nation. Kennedy said he did not know the identity of the North Viet- n a m e s e representatives with whom Nolan met. GAVE OUT COPIES He distributed at a news con- ference copies of a telegram signed by Mai Van Bo, head of the North Vietnamese mission in Paris. It invited Kennedy or his au- thorized representative to meet Bo in Paris before Dec. Nolan, Kenndey said, was one of the negotiators involved in the release of prisoners cap- tured by Cuba at the time of the Bay of Pigs invasion attempt, during the administration of the late President John F. Kennedy. 'Pop, tell me again the neat way Santa makes an South Vietnam to free PoWs SAIGON (Reuter) South Vietnam announced today plans to release at least 30 North Viet, namese prisoners-of-war nexf month. Cup of milk fund Magrath children donate to fund THE UTTtEST FLYER The band had stopped playing but little Steve Trafton, 3, wearing his dad's flying helmet, went right on marching. Steve was on bond at Alameda Air Station in Alameda, Calif, to welcome his dad, Lf. Will Trafton, 26, home from the war in Vetnam. Chile nationalizes copper industry 2 SHOPPING DAYS SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuter) President Salvador Allende signed a draft bill Monday night providing for nationalization of the c o u n t r y 's giant copper mines and said that the Ameri- can owners would be paid com- pensation. The bill goes to Congress today and is virtually assured of passage since the country's largest single party, the Chris- tian Democrats, have expressed agreement in principle with the ruling Marxists that the copper industry should be nationalized. The bill would mean an extra million a year in revenue lor Chile. "This is not aggres- sion against the North Ameri- can people or against the United States Allende said. "We are going to pay com- pensation to the concerns." ATTACKS U.S. FIRMS AUendc said the government will continue to sell copper, Chile's main foreign currency earner, to traditional markets in Europe and the United States. Allende attacked the two main U.S. mining corporations in and Kennecott that between 1930 and 1969 about million worth of copper left Chile. Ward system for Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) City council approved a ward sys- tem for electing aldermen in the 1971 municipal election. The system, approved by the electorate in 1968, divides the city into four wards. Voters in each ward will elect three ald- ermen but the mayor still will be elected at large. in the past all aldermen were elected at large. Can we make it this year? Can we reach the objective of for the Cup of Milk Fund? If we can't, it will be the first Lime southern Alberta has let the Unitarian Sendee Commit- tee down. There won't be much milk for them to distribute to hungry children in Korea, In- dia, Hong Kong and Vietnam. But while tlie donations are not as quick to come in as they have been in other years, we are convinced that we will eventually go over the top of our objective. Yesterday we received a money order in the amount of S20 from the children of the Magrath United Church Sun- day School. A note enclosed asked us to direct it to "less fortunate children of the world." In our report the other day No Herald Christmas The Herald will not publish Friday, December 25, Christ- mas Day. Regular editions will he published Saturday, Decem- ber 26. Display advertising for Sat- urday, December 26. must be received no later than noon. Wednesday, December 23, and for Monday, December 23, by noon on Thursday, December 2-1. Classified advertisements for Saturday, December 2fi, will be taken until noon on Thursday, December 24. we mistakenly listed Nellie and George Dau as living in Letli- bridge when it should have stated Blairmore. We are very sorry Mr. and Mrs. Dau, for these kind people are pension- ers and Mr. Dau says they "give to everything." Keep the money rolling in. We must not let the USC down. The need is as great as ever. Total to date: List of donors on Page 2." 100-year-old U.S. circus being sold o LOS ANGELES (AP) The 100-year-old R i n g 1 i n g Bros.- Barnum and Bailey Circus is being sold to a toy manufactur- ing company. Elliot Handler, chairman and chief executive officer of the toy firm. Mattel. Inc.. and Trvin Fo.ld, circus president, an- nounced the agreement in prin- ciple Monday subject to ap- proval of directors of both com- panies. Under the agreement. TCoy Hofheinz, operator of the Hous- ton Astrodome and owner of Houston Astros Nalional League baseball learn, and his circus partners, Irvin and Israel Feld of Washington, D.C., will re- ceive Mattel stock valued at J'47.6 million. The circus was established by 1'. T. Barnum and Singling Bro.s.-Hannim and Ba: ley Combined Shows in 1919. ;