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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta RELEASED Clasping hand of his wife, David Johnston walks away from covered border bridge ot lo Wu Friday after being released from 23 months imprisonment by Chinese Communists. .1 .__ anve, doing well bloc in By ERIC WAHA VIENNA, Austria (AP) The Christian church is alive and doing relatively well in most of Eastern Eu- rope at Christmas, 1970, although there is no evidence Communist regimes have abandoned their efforts to make atheism replace it. Religion appears to be holding its own in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania. It is worse off in Bulgaria and in bad shape in Albania, Commun- ist China's only European ally. Students of East European affairs say the Com- munist regimes apparently have decided to tolerate religion among middle-aged and elderly peoples. The Austrian cardinal, Most Rev. Franz Koenig, archbishop of Vienna, has visited Czechoslovakia, Ro- mania and Hungary. "The problem of atheism in Communist states is the smallest difficulty for the he says. Cardinal Koenig is head1 of the Vatican's sec- retariat for non-believers. He indicated that a much bigger problem is the Communist governments' ef- forts to place difficulties in the way of religious in- struction of children. Czechoslovakia and Poland are the two East Eu- ropean countries in which people traditionally are over- whelmingly Roman Catholic. Has many churches Poland has Warsaw alone has 87. Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski, the Roman Catholic primate, will give his traditional Christmas Eve mass at St. John's Cathedral, near Warsaw's Old Town Square. Churches are expected to be jammed, with the faithful filling the streets outside. There will be no loudspeakers for those who cannot get in. "Authori- ties do not allow one source said. For some time now the Polish church and state have been endeavoring not to step on each other's toes. But there is no sign that the which has promised to stay out of is losing its flock. In Czechoslovakia, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches are tolerated as places of worship but pro- hibited from active proselytizing and political activi- ties. Watch and wait Immediately after taking power in 1948. the Com- munists broke the churches' political strength. Like other non-party organizations, churches in Czecho- slovakia have assumed a cautious policy of watching and waiting out the return to Communist orthodoxy in the wake of the Soviet-led invasion in 1968. An anti-church campaign some people expected has not developed on a large scale despite the fact that almost the same officials are in the state religious affairs office now as during the era of Stalinist party cliief Antonin Novotny. Hungary's government has proclaimed religious freedom for the country's Roman Caitolics, about two million. An agreement with the Vatican was signed in 3964. Talk of establishing diplomatic relations has not materialized, however. Joszet Cardinal Mindszenty refuses to leave his exile in the U.S. embassy in Budapest unless the gov- ernment lifts a Me sentence imposed in a 1949 show trial. The Hungarian government pays subsidies to the apparently S2.3 million a year. Since this sum is used for the upkeep of churches as well ns to pay priests, the millions dwindle to small amounts for eacli church and each priest. Mostly Orthodox -j Romania's faithful are predominantly Romanian Ortliodox, headed by Patriarch Justinian. In .Bulgaria, the Soviet Union's most loyal follow- er in the East Bloc, religion seems restricted despito government claims to the contrary. The Communist party chief, Todor Khivkov, said last year that Bulgaria "has not exterminated the priests as was claimed but en the contrary contri- butes to their support." Host of Bulgaria's failliTnl arc liaslcrn Orthodox, with some Moslems ami a smaller number of lioman Cafliolics. Most monasteries have been turned info -sigii'.scring attractions. In Albania, all places of worship were officially closed several years ago. The Austrian Roman Cath- olic news agency Kathpress last year quoted travellers as reporting they saw completely destroyed or badly damaged churches and mosques. Several places of worship are reported to have jcen converted into ball rooms, youth clubs, factory balls and indoor transformer stations. At Elbasan, a lormcr mosque was used as n public lavatory, The Lethlnridgc Hiiilt forecort Sunday 45 "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents LX1V No. 13 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1970 FOUR SECTION'S 68 PAGES Basque sentences may r f- O'U'JL MADRID CAP) The climax of the trial of IB Basque extre- mists appeared to tave been de- layed again today. Tliere was speculation the delay was caused because sentences were being softened following the re- lease o' kidnapped West Ger- man consul Eugen BeiJiI. Defence lawyers recalled to cold, snowy Burgos said [hey expected no word on the sent- ences not until Tuesday or Wednesday. The Basques were tried or. charges ranging from assassi- nation to illegal political asso- ciation. The prosecution has asked tile death penally for six Korea hurls TOKYO (AP) North Korea charged that the United States sent a number of armed ships, including a spy ship, into North Korean waters today. The North Koreans said they "dealt a deci- sive counter-blow at the intrud- ers." The Korean Central news agency also said the U.S. sent warplanes to the spot and fired more than 50 large shells at North Korean patrol boats. The broadcast said nothing about casualties or damage. The North Korean broadcast did not say how many ships or planes allegedly were involved or whether they were American o Korean. Tile North Koeans consider South Korea's armed forces part of "the U.S. imperi- alist aggressor operat- ing under U.S. command. The broadcast charged that the ships intruded into North Korean waters east of Chaw- gjon, about 15 miles north of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. "This meticulously prepared is said "clearly exposes once again to the world's people how persistently the U.S. imperialist aggressors arc resorting to armed povoca- tions to ignite a new war of ag- gression in Korea." The defence department in Washington said "there were no United b'lates forces involved in such an incident." Mao turns 77 HONG KONG (Renter) Chairman Mao Tse-tung turned 77 today, hut as usual there was no sign of any official celebra- tion in China. uf the defendants and prison terms totalling more than 700 years for all 16. The lawyers were summoned to Burgos to check the 73-page trial record. Tile 16 lawyers were expected to sign the record, technically opening the way for word on the sentences at any moment. But most de- fence lawyers said they did not think they would be called to heai' the sentences this week- end. The likelihood of clemenc" in- creased Wednesday when the Basque terrorist organization ETA released Eugen Beihl, the honorary West German consul it had kidnapped in San Sebastian Dec. 1. The ETA had warned that Beihl would meet the same fate as the Basque defendants but said it was releasing him because his abduction had served its purpose, "at elast for the moment." Tne trial and the expectation of death sentences set off anti- government demonstrations, brought pleas for leniency frosi world leaders including Pcpe Paul, and brought on the worst crisis the Franco government bad faced since the end of the Spanish civil war in 1939. GOVERNMENT MOVES The government dealt with the mounting tension by declar- ing a three-month state of emer- gency in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa, decreeing an emer- gency measure allowing police to hold arrested persons for up to six months with no charges, and organizing pro-Franco dem- onstrations. Nearly 300 persons have been arrested since the trial began. Brooks man is killed fixing tire BASSANO (CP) T. Kame- ara, S3, of Brooks was killed Thursday night when hit by a car while assisting a motorist to change a flat tire on the Tratis-Canada Highway. Mr. Kameara, a tow truck driver, had stopped to help Gregory 01 a f s o n of Calgary who suffered minor injuries. Bassano is 70 miles east of Cal- gary. Battle rages in Jordan BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) King Hussein's army and Pales- tinian guerrillas battled fiercely for the second day straight today to control a strategic ter- rain of hills in West Jordan, a guerrilla communique reported. It claimed guerrillas have beaten back an overnight tank assault by the army on guerrilla strongholds in the heights over- looking the town of Salt, 15 miles northwest of Amman. Tlie Jordanian government claimed Friday night the army overran the heights and ex- pelled the guerrillas from their strongholds just 10 miles from the ceasefire line with Israel. The guerrilla communique said fighting raged unabated into Ihe early hours of today and that guerrilla commanders were unable yet to count casual- ties. The government statement said two Jordanian soldiers were killed and two wounded in the clashes. nds rman 'BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER West German consul Eugen Beihl, left, talks with German television executive Albert Gaum, right, in Wiesbaden. Beihl, who was by his Basque kidnappers in Spain, said his liberation was the best Christmas present he ever received. Cup of milk fund Boxing Day not too late for milk fund donations Boxing Day is traditionally set aside for giving gifts to er- rand boys and postmen, al- though this is a practice that is not followed by many people today. For most people today Box- Follow the example of the residents of the Devon Nursing Home who, although many of them have restricted incomes, managed to collect for chil- dren who rely on the Cup of Milk Fund for their milk. Total to data Objective S12500. after the hustle and bustle of Perhaps it is time to revive the old Boxing Day tradition of giving gifts to the less fortu- nate. Although postmen and delivery boys may no longer fall into this category, there are people in the world who would appreciate even the smallest gift. NOT TOO LATE The Herald's Cup of Milk Fund provides a means for the people in our affluent Western society to share their gifts tiiis Christmas season with hungry people in other parts of the world. Through the Unitarian Ser- vice Committee, the money collected is distributed to chil- dren who have never had the advantages that are an accept- ed part of the North American way of life. Boxing Day is not loo late. There is still time to send a contribution to the fund. Find bodies of Reds at old MOSCOW (Heuter) The re- mains of Soviet men, women and children have been found at the site of a former Nazi death camp near Simfero- pol on the Crimean peninsula, the official Soviet news agency Tass announced Friday. Seen and heard Porpoises join U.S. for duty in Asian war About town row associates presenting Claude Boul- (011 with a Christmas hamper and a book of suggestions on how to play the "bushing" game (it lias cost him the last months for coffee for fellow drinkers) Porky Edwards entertaining a large group with lu's favor- lie F AF Christmas jokes Wendy Rasinusscn gloating about the new snowmobile she gave herself for Christ- mas to go with her two-week holiday. The many of them riddled with bullet holes, bones, dentures, and remnants of footwear and found in the last two months during excavation work ordered by a Ukrainian government mission. Tass said. Pyotr Tronko, deputy premier of the Ukraine, told a news con- ference in Simferopol that pris- oners in the camp, situated on the land of a present-day state farm, were massacred on the night of April Camp guards and members German special service security units together with recruits from among the local population carried out the killings as Soviet army units approached the city, he said. In all. some people were killed at the camp, he said. Tass called for the extradition of those responsible, who it said were s'till living in West Ger- many, so that they could face trial in the Soviet Union. WASHINGTON (A P) Porpoises are swimming in South Vietnam waters in a "surveillance and detection" experiment, Hie U.S. Navy says. A spokesman infiicalctl porpoises were among those trained by the Naval Under- sea Research and Develop- ment Centre, San Diego, Calif. Details of the Vietnam pro- ject are classified, he said Friday. A slatemcnt from Vietnam naval headquarters disclosed only that "an exper- imental navy unit lias been established lor (lie purpose of i evaluating surveillanco and detection system using por- poises." The San Diego Union, mean- while, reported there were three porpoises being trained by a (cam of 15 navy men in Vietnam. The paper said: "Porpoise? sent secretly to Vietnam can retrieve missiles, guide lost, divers back home and distin- guish between the paper said. Authorities have refused to disclose what they hope the mammals will acompiish in Vietnam, but porpoises havo been used extensively in other I military experiments. In 1966, naval scientists pre- dicted (hey cuuid "some day be used in detecting submar- ines, mines and underwater missile installations." Other possible uses worn also suggested: enemy harbors on sabotage missions. as scouts for submar- ines. lost frogmen back to U.S. ships. Porpoises even carried mail and other items back and forth between deep sea under- water laboatories duing tiie Sealab II and III "Man in the Sea" programs. 60-cejut murder trial ends KAMPALA, L'gamln (Rniitcr) Three men hired by a woman for CO cents to kill lier husband were sentenced to death yesterday. The high court was told that one of the men con- fessed to the crime and had said the woman hired them alter her husband threatened to Kill her and her three children. The tasband later was found strangled, Six die iu fire at Blind River BLIND RIVER, Ont. (CP) Police have been imable to identify the six victims of ,1 fire which destroyed a Iwo-slo- rcy frame house here late Fri- day night. A provincial police spokes- man said today several bodies were badly burned and positive identification would not be made unlil later today. Police suspected that an overheated stove caused the fire. Police said all victims were adults. The Itouse was owned fey Victor Vachon. M. From AP-Rentcr BIARRITZ (CP) Eugen Beilil, the West German honor- ary consul kidnapped by Basque separatists in Spain was re- united with his wile and c'l ighU er today at this resort in south- ern France. He flew here in a West Ger- man air force plane from Frankfurt, where he told of his 24 days in captivity on televi- sion. His Spanish-born wife and 29- year-old daughter met him at the plane's ramp. They had come here from Spain for the reunion. The family will go later to West Germany where Beihl is scheduled to undergo medical tests and spend time with his family in southern Germany. Then he plans to go back to San Sebastian, Spain, where he was kidnapped Dec. 1 by the Basque separatist organization ETA. The kidnappers warned that he would meet the same fate as 16 Basques tried for murder and terrorism in the Spanish city of Burgos. But they released him before the verdict was announced and said his ab- duction had served its purpose, "at least for the moment." AVOIDS REPORTERS At the Frankfurt airport, Beilil avoided reporters by rid- ing under police escort to the aircraft in an airport bus. Mrs. Beihl said in San Sebas- tian that she could not sleep during the night in anticipation of the reunion. "Christmas Day this year was the happiest one in my life, and I'll never be able to forget it no matter how long I live." Beihl was freed Christmas Eve after officials of ZDF, a West German television net- work, negotiated with the ETA and sent two emploj'ees to an undisclosed location to pick him up. CALLED FAMILY Beihl spent the night, at Wies- southern West Ger- man city where he arrived safety hot before a brief telephone talk with his wife and daughter in their San Sebastian home. He told them: "I am terribly tired, but very happy, because the nightmare has passed." DESCRIBES RELEASE Beihl said he was startled when the door opened Thursday and three men entered wearing masks and armed with pistols. They gave him special glasses to block liis vision, the 59-year- old German said, and told lu'm he would be freed in half or three-quarters of an hour. "I didn't want to believe It be- cause they had told me so often before that I would be freed. I didn't believe it until I was taken out of the house and driven away." He said he protested when his captors gave him sharpy worded orders, telling them: "I have suffered enough. I don't need any more threats." "I assured them Uiat I would not bear a grudge against them if they gave me my Beilil said. Beihl said he had no idea where he had been held, but be- lieved the room was an attic. Millionaire disappears in Toronto TORONTO (CP I Police, sn far have been unable to find any trace of Abraham Jacob Wolfson, 65, a South African millionaire who disappeared iu Toronto a week ago. Mr. Wolfson came here from Port Elizabeth to arrange the sale of an apartment block lie owns. He was last seen Dec. IP leav- ing the office of Toronto lawyer Herbert FruiliiNin. Mr. Friiil- man called police after the mil- lionaire did not turn up for an appointment last Friday. A search of his rented apart- ment showed no sign of a stru- gle. His glasses and some busi- ness papers were left in the apartment. Mr. Wolfson's wife, convalesc- ing in a Cape Tmvn hospital from a stroke, has not been in- formed of his disappearance, ;