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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 45 ABOVE The letHbridge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 11 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO .SECTIONS _ 20 PAGES Polan posmca remier shak French terrorist released from 30-year term FOREST OF MONEY Each Christmas tree branch carried by these children from tho Kradle Koop Nursery has attached to if a contribution to The Herald's Cup of Milk fund. The 35 children, all under six years of age, brought in a total of Mrs. Jean Staudinger, who runs the nurs- ery, said the money is collected through the year in a piggy bank. The nickfes and dimes brought by the children are augmented by contributions from the staff. Civil servants get green light Poland riots splash off many ripples Dy JOHN LeBLANC Cendisn Press Staff Writer Poland's Hols in the Baltic ports have splashed off ripples hi all directions. Not only has Polish Communist boss Wladyslaw Gomulka been toppled but there have been these ma- jor repercussions: 1. Red China has started picking on Russia again after an interlude of quiet in their long border and propaganda feud. 2. There now are some fears that the Polish crisis may result in the Warsaw pact countries slowing the pace of East-West negotiations leading to relaxation of tensions in Europe. China was quick to jump in, through a Maoist newspaper, by accusing of sending troops into Poland to help crush the riots. Peking accused Russia of "colonialism" and warned that its action could result in turmoil elsewhere in Europe. What China hopes to gain from this is prob- lematical, except perhaps a minor propaganda win. In Europe, Albania is its only ally. Certainly Mao can't hope for many converts in Poland. The net result can be only to exacerbate Husso-Chinese relations. On the diplomatic front with the West, Poland oc- cupies a vital position in Soviet strategic policy. Not only is she a large country but she is a main line of communication between Russian territory and East Germany, where up to 20 Russian divisions are sta- tioned. Now the Russian undoubtedly will want to wait until the Polish internal situation has simmered down before yielding any progress in talks over the future of Berlin, which is an implacable condition of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization before it moves further toward a rapproachement with the Iron Cur- tain countries. Western concern There also is some concern on the part of the West that continued turmoil in Poland could cause fmlher delay in the slow-moving strategic arms limita- tion talks between Russia and the United States, anoth- pr keystone of improved East-West relations. A third source of worry is that Gomulka's suc- cessor-Edward Gicrck-fiiight support East Ger- many's hard line in foreign affairs and share its ex- treme caution in any negotiations which could lead to tension-lessening "detente." However, Western diplomats sec Gierek as a far better choice from this standpoint than Gen. Mieczslaw Moczar, the hard-line interior minister and secret po- lice clu'ef who has been reported ambitious to succeed Gomulka as party leader. Moczar went to the Polish Politburo in upheaval. Diplomatic experts regard Gierek as a tough and independent politician who will not become the puppet of Moczar. He is looked on as a pragmatist who will buckle down to trying to solve Poland's festering eco- nomic problem. Whether he can do this and quieten Ihc still-seething profesls over living costs, only time will tcLL EDMONTON (CP) Alberta civil servants will be allowed lo participate ill a symposium on the W. A. C. Bennett Dam's effects on the Peace-Athabasca rivers delta, it was announced today. The announcement was made jointly by Premier Harry Stronr and the symposium's or- ganizers at a news conference. POLITICAL EXERCISE Organizers had said the con- ference, to be hsld Jan. 14 and 15 in Edmonton, might be can- celled if civil servants were forbidden to give their data at tile meeting. Last week, Health Minister James Henderson called the conference a well planned Christmas ceasefire in effect SAIGON (AP) The Viet Cong's Christmas ceasefire went into effect in South Viet- nam early Thursday while South Vietnamese paratroopers were engaged in an operation against Communist troops in Cambodia. The ceasefire took effect at t a.m. South Vietnamese battle- fields were reported quiet. A ceasefire declared by the Saigon allies goes into effect at 6 p.m.-5 a.m. EST Thursday. Hours before the Communist stand-down, S'outh Vietnamese paratroops pushing deeper into Cambodia ran into a North Viet- namese force and called in jet bombers and artillery. political exercise and said the government "would not allow a couple of civil servants to put their necks on the chopping block.'' Today's announcement said members of His symposium committee regret that civil ser- vants have become embroiled in a controversy and concur that they should not be in- volved in the poh'tical aspects Of the delta problem. Mr. Strom said the civil ser- vants will he allowed to give technical data to the sym- posium but will not act as chairmen as was originally planned by the committee. The government also has accepted an invitation to send an elected representative to the meeting. Organizers say the aims of the symposium are to reach conclusions on the effects uf die dam on the British Colum- bia end of the Peace River, identify ways to reducing its effects and study possible fur- ther research projects and their financing. LA PAS (AP) The Bolivian government today released French revolutionist Regis De- bray and five other guerrillas who fought with Che Guevara in his abortive attempt to foment a peasants' uprising in 1967. Interior Minister Jorge Gal- lardo said the 30-year-old French writer, Argentine painter Roberto Eustos and four Bolivians were taken to Chile by a Bolivian military plane. They had been in a military prison in Camiri, in southeast- ern Bolivia. Debray and Bustos ware serving 30-year terms. The four Bolivians never had been tried. All were captured in 1967 by the army forces that killed Gue- vara. BEGAN WITH CASTIiO The Argentine-born Guevara, who won his revolutionary spurs in the mountains of Cuba with Fidel Castro, began his hit-and- run Bolivian insurrection in March, 1867. He was wounded and captured by Bolivian troops in October of the same year. Guevara was re- ported executed by an army fir- ing squad shortly after being taken, although there have been several conflicting versions of his death. REGIS DEBRAY Debray and Bustos were cap- tured by troops in April, 1967, after they had visited Guevara's jungle camp. Debray claimed he visited the camp on a reporting assignment for a magazine. U.S. wants peace in Middle East Vietnamizalion program, Rog- ers said. He rejected North Vietnamese insistence that there was no un- derstanding respecting U.S. re- connaissance flights over the North. He said understanding was not the same as agreement, but insisted it was clear that Hanoi understood that the U.S. intended to continue such fligliis after the bombing halted Nov. 1, 1963. 'Women's Lib is one thing, but this is WASHINGTON (AP) State Secretary William P. Rogers said today the United Slates "is prepared to play a role" in guaranteeing a Middle East peace settlement and would con- sider participating in a United Nations peacekeeping force. At a news conference, Rogers also blasted North Vietnam's re- lease Tuesday of prisoner-of- war lists as "a contemptible manoeuvre for propaganda purposes." North Vietnam released the names of 339 U.S. MOlia'CHi TCClS all named included the names of 20 dead and nine lUlCiei' SltU'lll previously released on what it called an official list of prison- ers of war. Rogers denied that in his lat- est statements on bombing North Vietnam President Nixon had signalled any intention to resume broad-scale bombing of the North. He had only declared his determination to protect U.S. forces as they are with- drawn from the South under the WARSAW (AP) Jozef Cyrankiuwicz stepped down today as Poland's premier, it was announced at a meet- ing of the Sejm parliament, lie was moved to the ceremonial office of president, succeeding Marian Spyclialski. Cyrankiewicz was succeeded by Piotr Jaroszewicz, who has held a depuy premier's post for the last 13 years. The changes were announced by Poland's new Com- munist parly leader, Ed- ward Gierek. Spyclialski, (M. resigned from tile Communist party leadership Sunday along with Wladyslaw Gomulka who ran the country for H years. Jaroszewicr, 61, is a veteran of Polish politics and a leading economist. TAKES PART OF BLAME Cyrankiewicz, 59, told the Sejm: "I believe on the ground of my long experience tliat I should not retain my position in view of the recent events which I could not prevent." The dropping of Cyrankiewicz came in the wake of bloody clashes over increased con- sumer prices and economic dis- content which has resulted in many deaths and hundreds of persons injured. Gierek told the parliament today that the government would "freeze" all prices for at least two for sea- sonal goods like milk, eggs and vegetables. He also promised that in- dustrial consumer as television sets, refrigerators and washing go down in price further as produc- tion costs are lowered. The government will also as- sign the equivalent of S300 mil- lion to improve the situation of low-wage families with many children. He said these wen? the most immediate measures the gov- ernment was able to take at the present time. The last strike, on the docks at Szczecin, was reported end- ing today after Warsaw radio JOZEF CRYANKIEWICT. Step Down Seen and heard About town reported that Gierek's regime had revoked the declaration of emergency the government is- sued last Thursday. JVEWLYWED Jack Ciffcn temporarily forgetti n g his wife Susan's new name and asking for "Miss Hooper." Albi Caiman informing friends she's the only person she knows who knows all the Christmas car- ols around, and wondering she can sing them for Hanuk- kah Jerry Korchinski showing skills at cartooning as he did a strip on Santa's helpers Wally Walrus and Otto Owl. MONTREAL (CD-Canada's largest city reeled under a slashing snowstorm Tuesday that battered motorists, crip- pled traffic and left at least one man dead. The second major snowfall in a week, the storm ripped through Montreal with biting winds up to 30 miles an hour and below-zero temperatures. No Herald Cliristmas The Herald will not pub- lish Friday, Dec. 25, Clirist- mas Day. There will be a regular edition published Sat- urday Dec. 26. Display advertising for apt 000 Monday, Dec. 28, must be received by noon Thursday, Classified advertisements for Saturday, Dec. 26, will be taken until noon, Thursday, Dec. 24. Babey, Smith S Vietnam Reds offer to call of f war PARIS (Reuters) North Vietnam and the Viet Cong said today they are ready to end the war if the United States pledged now to pull out its troops from South Vietnam by next June 30. This was the first time the delegates of Hanoi and the Viet Cong had gone so far as to say they would end the war if the Americans agreed in advance to their basic demands. If the U.S. government acted in tliis way "the parties would immediately enter into discussions for a total cessation of the cruel war now in progress in Hanoi's chief negotiator, Xuan Thuy, told the 96th session of the stalled Paris peace talks. Previously, the had said it would be ready to discuss a ceasefire only if it obtained a promise of total U.S. troop withdrawal. The United States rejected that offer on the ground it would not be restricted in peace negotiations by pre-conditions laid down by the other side. HEVEUTTO.JUNE30 DATE Last week the Communist delegation at the Paris peace talks culled on tlie United States to propose any "reasonable dale" for a withdrawal. Tlie United States rejected the proposal, contending that the setting of any deadline for a troop pullout would permit the Communists to "sit on their hands" and refuse to negotiate. There was no the Communist side as to why it had gone back to the June 30 dale. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binli, leader of the Viet Cong delegation, quoted the president of the National Liberation Front, Nguyon Huu Tho, as saying that the guerrillas also are ready to end the in the session, tlie United States delegation called on North Vietnam to break tlie deadlock in the peace talks by opening discussions on a ceasefire and the prisoner-of-war issue. "We urge you to join us in a genuine discussion of these questions as a way to break the impasse at these representative David K. E. Bruce told Hanoi. S a i g o n 's chief negotiator, Pham Dang Lam, warned Hanoi and the Viet Cong that after the departure of U.S. and allied troops, the South Vietnamese government forces would continue to fight unless a political settlement was reached with the other side. push An official of World Health Organization said recently that half tlie world is starving and the oilier half dieting. It's probably a commentary on the unequal way tlie world's benefits are shared that1 fund over the lop statement is already out of more than 400 pounds of gar-date, for another official in the bage each year, medical field stated this week It's not an unusual sight for 70 per cent of North Americans personnel of the Unitarian Ser-are obese. He also said that the >'ice to see children average household throws out JLSEtrbJSt the EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Harry Strom today an- nounced the appointnrcnts of Dr. Stuart Smith and Paul Bsbey as members of the new- ly-formed Environment Conser- valion Autlwrity. Dr. Smith has been director of fish and wildlife for the de- partment of lands and forests since 19S6 and will resign from that position before assuming his new duties. No successor has been named. Mr. Babey has been promi- nent in Alberta farm organiza- tions and has just completed a term as president of Unifarm. lie was vice-president of tho Alberta Federation of Agricul- ture until it amalgamated last year with the Farmers' Union of Alberta to form Unifarm. The two who will te paid a year, will join authority chairman Dr. Walter Trost of Calgary on the om- budsman-type agency. Busiest hangman in the world PRETORIA (AP) The busi- est hangman in the world is in Pretoria Central Prison. South Africa accounts for about half the legal executions among countries whose records are made public. Most of those hanged are blacks, or non- whites. At least persons were hanged in the period 1911 to ]9G8. So far as can be deter- mined, 85 were while. More than half of these execu- tions have taken place since 1953. The current rale is about 100 a year. Fresh interest focused on the issue when two whiles, a 34- year-old nrolbcr of four and a jobless miner with a back- ground of mental instability, were hanged Nov. 13. They were c o n v i c t e d in separate trials, the woman of poisoning her husband and the man of slaying a young leachcr. Mi strong opposition to the death penalty is evident. The only public opinion poll held on the matter indicated Ihat 71 per cent of those older 'ban 35 who were questioned fa- vored retention of tlie death penalty. SEVERE CRITIC Barend van Niekerk, a law professor a t Johannesburg's Witwalcrsrand University, is (he hangman's severest critic. "South Africa is responsible for 90 per cent of all judicial ex- ecutions hi the Western he says. Helen Suzman, the only mem- ber hi parliament representing the weak Progressive party, has urged a halt lo legal executions. Until she spoke oul, the subject had not been debated in parlia- ment since the old Union of South Africa was formed 60 years ago afler the Boer Wai'. Justice Minister Pelrus C. reiser says: "I do not liave UK? slightest doubt that, should the death penally be abolished, there would lye an enormous in- crease in serious crimes.. Courts may mete out the death penalty for rape, robbery, .itlempted robbery, housebrcak- ing or kidnapping. Four years ago this range was extended to include almost any damage to public or private property, finding some morsels of food. LET'S PUSH FUND One excellent way to help is lo send a donation of money to the Cup of Milk Fund, in care of Tlie Herald, Lcthbridge. Tlie USC will see to it that some of the children in under-developed lands will get staple items such as milk and bread. Let's all cut down on our own food bills this week, and in so doing cut down on our waist- lines. The money we save can be put to good use for people who often do not got one square meal a day much less three. Send your contribution in today. get behind lite cam- paign and push it over the top. Total to dale: Ob- jective; SHOPPIE DAY 'TILL CHRISTMAS ;