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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBniDGE HERALD Monday, December 23, 1974 S.IM9e. I parliament, by mathemati- cian Alexander Lunts and about 45 other Jewish ac- tivists. Ten of the prisoners named on the petition were convicted four years ago in Leningrad of trying to hijack an airplane to escape from the Soviet Union. 15-month-old girl rescued from well MIAMI (API "Hey, little doll baby." a burly policeman crooned as he cradled a 15- month-old girl in his arms after she was rescued from a narrow irrigation well. Onlookers cheered as Amber Noel Peebles, whimpering and clenching her tiny fists, emerged unharmed Sunday after four hours in the shaft. "Something like this makes you think at night when you look in and see your children said fireman Pete Ik-ndricks. a member of a three-man team that dug through coral rock for the girl. Amber wandered away from her parents as they pick- ed tomatoes for Christmas dinner. She fell through a nine-inch wide hole and was wedged in water that came up to her waist about seven feet down the 22-foot well. "I imagine she was plenty frightened. I knew she was walking behind me. I turned around, and she just wasn't there." said her father, Harry Peebles, 21, a sergeant at nearby Homestead air force base. "She has been walking for almost six months now. I let her walk whenever I get the chance." Rescuers used air hammers and hand tools to dig a larger, new hole and tunnel to her. Amber's clothing was secured by a hook so she would not slip farther down the well. "We couldn't chance any- thing falling in from the top of the Hendricks said. "We had to dig under her and then through the rock to her, and with the water table so high here, we had to make sure no water got over her head. We've done this four times before. There's just no other way to do it." Hendricks said the 36-inch- tall girl apparently did not fall all the way to the bottom because of a pocket of air which buoyed her up. "She went into the water to her waist and that's all. She couldn't move because she was in there awfully he said. The uncapped well, half- covered with tomato plants, is in a field where buyers can pick their own vegetables. After a child died of suffoca- tion in a similar well earlier this year, a county ordinance was passed ordering all wells capped or marked. Police said they would investigate to see if there was a possible violation. ;