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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 15 ABOVE The Lcthkidge Herald TETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY. DECEMBER n, 10 CENTS E SECTIONS 36 PAGES Millionaire's autobiography may be hoax By JAMES R. NORMAN NEW YORK (API Is the upcoming "autobiog- raonv" of Howard Hughes an authorized account of the elusive mmti-miffionaire's life or to it an elaborate mystery that has surrounded Hughes during the tot S yeaJs of his seclusion from the public eye envies book which McGraw-Hill will publish March 27. McGraw-Hill announced earlier this month that it tlie right, to a Hughes ,nanu- hours of that announcement, a spokesman f I Chinei Air pirate successful lodge in jetliner hijacking turkey, MM, fc collaborator. The publisher promptly denied the denial. Web of intrigue In the three weeks since the initial announcement, a web of intrigue has been spun around the book. Some of the threads in that web: -Hurried conferences between officials of McGraw- placed to a man idenitified as Howard Hughes, who is repo.ted lo have denied the authenticity of the book, statement by a Time reporter that he is con- vrac-d the voice at the other end of the line was indeed Ilugnes, but that he also is convinced "beyond doubt that the back if authentic. -Complete official silence by executives o ML- Rraw-mnari Life magazine which has contracted to publish part ot Hie work in three instalments. No publicity given Mao on birthday TOKYO (AP) Chairman Mao Tse-tung. leader of the Chinese Communist party and one of the world's oldest surviv- ing Marxist revolutionaries, turned 78 Sunday. The anniver- sary passed without any indica- tion that official celebrations were held in China. As of early today, neither the official New China news agency nor Radio Peking, in broadcasts monitored in Tokyo, had men- tioned (he birthday. Chinese Communists dislike publicizing private lives of party and government leaders. All recent indications have been that Mao is in good health after an active and troubled year. !F to Hughes In interviews with The Associated Press, toll li- vine and Time reporter Frank McCulloch, the last re- publicly known to speak to Hughes m 1957 before he went into'seclusion, said they are completely con- vinced of the book's authenticity. McCulloch confirmed he was put on the toe after Chester Davis, the general counsel of the Hughes Tool Co dialed a telephone call to an unknown McCulloch said "to my best belief" the vo.ce at the ether end was that of Howard Hughes. McCulloch refused to divulge the content of the telephone call, saying the man at the other end d the line had told him at the outset that what was to be they understood the voice told McCulloch the book was not authorized and not authen- tlC' McCulloch. however, says he is convinced of the authenticity of the work. Irving in a separate interview, said the publisher has "incontrovertible proof from several sources of the authenticity of the book." He declined to go mo de- lail but various individuals close lo the project said Hughes had sent an 11-page handwritten letter to a high official of McGraw-Hill attesting to the manu- Ecript's authenticity. The sources said leading handwriting experts baa examined the letter and concluded it was written by Ore same man who mote a letter to Hughes Too] Co. officials ordering them to fire Robert Maheu. the man Hughes had hired to run his estimated Ne- vada gambling empire. The earlier letter, addressed to Davis, Hughes Tool's genera] counsel, and to the company's vice- president, Frank W. Gay. was accepted as evidence last year in a judicial determination that Hughes did indeed mean to fire Maheu. A source who insisted on anonymity said Davis had been appraised of the material in McGraw Hill's hands. Efforts to reach Davis at his New York office for comment were fruitless. But a spokesman for Hughes Tool Co., who said he was telephoning from Los Angeles on behalf of Davis, reiterated the firm's denial of the authenticity of the Irving. 41, said that despite reports that Hughes had secluded himself for four years in Las Vegas, begin- ning in and for a year more in the Bahamas, Huohcs, in fact, has been Iravelling widely during that In-ing said he held almost too tape-recorded WF- r-inns will-, Hughes during sis or seven meetings of lengths varying from a day lo several weeks. Forgotten war veterans have pal in Sir Billy UWDON (CP) F.mbillCTcd Canadian war veter- ans barred from benefits by regulations, are looking forward to a happy Christmas. thanks to the. gener- osity of Sir Billy Riitliti whe. served wilh the Cana- dians in Ihe First World War. The one-time Toronto office boy, who made a for- tune in British holiday camps, quietly advised the Ca- nadian War Veterans Association of Britain that he will double his annual contribution lo "This is a tremendous gesture, of great benefit to the hundreds of needy said Col. Victor Jone.s, the association president. Some nf the velerans, bed-ridden and paralysed, are eking out a precarious existence, phvsii-iiilv ur.ahte In comply with Canadian pnvenmicnl ropulnliims that demand Mial those who served in the. forces spend ft least one year in Canada before they can tnU ve.le.r- nns' allowances with them abroad. Over the years, the association pleaded with the government lo ease the regulations, especially for eld- n-lv or disabled velerans who fought in Kuropo during Ihe' i-iul Second World Wars and then for one reason or imolhcr remained in Itrilain. "Vietnam veterans protest NEW YORK (Reuter) Six- teen Vietnam war veterans staved barricaded today in the ISfrfoot Statue of Liberty, over- locking New York harbor, as of- ficials apparently made no el- fcrt to force them out. The veterans, protesting against the war, entered the statue, one of the city's mam tourist attractions. Sunday night ano' hid in an arm which has- been closed to the public for several years. TORONTO (CP) An Air Canada DC-9 jet returned to To- ronto from Cuba today, leaving behind a quiet, self-possessed hijacker who said he had "a mission to fulfil." The hijacker, brandishing a gun and a grenade in either band, commandeered the air craft as it prepared to land at Toronto International Airport Sunday night and forced Ihe crew of six to lake him to Cuba, after 82 passengers, unaware of the. drama, disembarked. In Ottawa, the external af- fairs department said the hi- jacker identified himself to Cuban officials as Patrick Crit- ton and said he was a native of New York's Harlem district. On his flight from Toronto to Havana, the hijacker in his early 20's passed the time by showing the four stewardesses a picture of Ms wife and young son. He avoided talking about his political views and made no further reference to his "mis- sion." He told the crew he "had a job to do" and added he would "never see his family again." DESCniBB SEIZURE The story of bow Ihe man seized Ihe plane flight K2 from Thunder Bay. Out, to Toronto, was told early today at a news conference at a Toronto motel attended by four of the six crew Donald Glen- denning 42, of Winnipeg, First Officer Richard Hugh Reid. 33 of Winnipeg and stewardesses Helga Weterings, 28. of Toronto and Ruth-Anne Snell, Zl, ot Woodstock. Onl. The other two stewardesses, Virginia Harnadck. 21. antl Jeanne Keldson, 27, both of To- ronto, were resting. ullpfTPfl The DC-9 left Thunder Bay i> Cgi] gCllCC aUCglU HOXG KONG (Reuterl Tha Chinese foreign ministry ac- cused Indian troops and aircraft of intruding into Chinese terri- tory, Pekmg radio reported today. A protest note lodged with the Indian government said that Dec. 15, eight Indian soldiers crossed China's border with Sit- kim to carry out reconnaissance, for several hours, the radio said. On the same day. one indian aircraft flew into Tibet, also for reconnaissance purposes, it added. "The above acts of intrusion seriously encroached u p o n Chinese'territory and airspace." the radio quoted the protest as saying. "Therefore, the Chinese gov- ernment lodged a strong protest with Ihe Indian government and demanded that Ihe Indian gov- ernment immediately take effective measures to prevent any recurrence of sueh the said. Today's protest over border violations was the second made hy China against India this month. Dec. 16, the Chinese issued a statement that Indian troops had intruded into Chinese terri- tory across the Sikkim border 11 c'c. DEATH PLUNGE An unidentified man is seen lumping from on upper floor of the burning Taeyonkak Hotel in Seoul Christmas day. One-hundred end 57 guests in the hotel died in the blaze. Egyptian army carrying out big mauoeuvers TEL, AVIV (Reutcrl The newspaper Maariv says that the Egyptian army is carrying out large-scale manoeuvres. Seme of the units, using spe- ciai amphibious equipment, are engaged in water-crossing oper- ations, the newspaper's military correspondent says. Some observers in Tel Aviv described the scope of the exer- cises and the timing as signifi- cant in view of war threats re- cently made by Egyptian lead- ers, but reports from the Israeli side of the Siiez canal said no special activity was observed in the canal region. Cyclone rips city BRISBANE, Australia (Rcu- tev) _ TowTisvillc, Queensland state's second largest city, is operating on emergency power following one of the worst cy- clones to hit the northern Aus- tralian coast. A middle-aged man and an 80-year-old woman died in the cyclone, which dam- aged at. least 50 per cent of Ihe. proa's houses, occupied by 70.00H people. Sunday about supper time with many people returning home from' Christmas. Everything on the 850-mile flight was going smoothly until the plane began its approach to Toronto Interna- tional Airport about 20 minutes before landing. The hijacker, a slender man with fine features, walked into the galley near the front of the aircraft, handed Miss Keldson a note, pulled out a gun and told her to take the note to the cap- tain. The note said: "Think. We have fragmentation grenades and a .38-calibre revolver. Take me to the captain, we are going to Havana. Tliis is no joke.'' "Jeanne (Miss Keldson) did what she was told." said Mrs. Weterings. "The hijacker waited a few- minutes, then went into the cockpit." The hijacker, who had pro- duced a grenade in addition in gun, crouched behind lira co-pilot's seat. "He spent most of the time crouched behind my seat.'1 said First Officer Reid. Both the first officer and the captain said they were too busy preparing for the landing at Toronto to think much about the hijacking. Captain Glendcmiing said: "I didn't particularly like it but you d o n "t have much choice." The plane landed at Toronto at p.m. While Ihe passen- gers disembarked, the hijacker remained in the cockpil. When they had left HIE plane, he told the stewardesses to pull down the window blinds. Hotel fire claims 157 lives SEOUL, Korea (Reuterl Police questioned the owner and manager of the burned-out 22- storey hotel in which 157 per- sons are known to have died and said today they would seek warrants alleging negligence. The hotel owner, Kim Yong- san. was one of nine persons- two of them city government of- ficials-being hVld in connection with the Christinas Day inferno. It was the vrcrsl hotel blaze in history. Officials said the count will go higher if charred substances found in the Taeyonkak Hotel proved to be human bones. Bodies of H9 persons were taken from the hotel Sunday. Rescue workers said some were found in elevator shafts and oth- ers had to be pulled from bath- tubs. Another 38 persons jumped or fell to their deaths as the fire raged Saturday. Hotel officials said 203 guests were registered at the hotel Christmas Eve. Two hundred Tradeau baby history maker OTTAWA fCP) Margaret Tradeau Christmas night be- came the first wife of a Cana- dian prime minister in 102 years to bear a child while her hus- band was in office. The 23-year-old daughter of former fisheries minister James Sinclair of Vancouver gave birth lo her six-pound, n'ne- ounce ron at p.m. The en- nounci'T'ienl ol the birth by Peter Roberts, Prime Minister Money still 'rolling in' for cup of milk fund Cup of Milk, 1971. is still growing. The campaign is over, letters and donations are still cnming. The appeal is ended but our gratitude will linger a long, long time. Today the fund stands at Kll -'heller than S2.000 over Ihe lop. It speaks well for south Albertaus anil our friends in southeastern B.C. Thank yon W n Myers Si-licil Tabor, Milk !''-lly M n MrF.neh- rrn Klemen'.ary School, Oclli- MrE.-H'hern pupils plavod M.ltevball In raise says Desnunoy, student council secretary. .1 M. Oshiro, principal, Dr. Iliimmnn School, Taber, writes ab ml. pupils selling copies of (he school In raise Nursing home patient Dan Ilaignault passed up the sweets for a week and sent. cents. Thanks, Dan! HHAU-Y SOMETHING Students of Crowsnest Con- solidated High School are really something. Film Club, Mod Squad. Christmas Concert, and Decorating Committee nil sup- ported the cause. The Crow will be lalking about this for a long lime lo come. Mrs. .Ine hlnnnard ol l.und- breck ruffled a Clinsl.mas cake. With the help nf Mr. Timnu'r- inaii and .lerry, Denis Wicks, hubby Joe. nnd sons and Joe, raised "I got (he idea of the raffle while doing my Christmas link- said Mrs. Slann.ird, add- "May peace soon fill the hearls of'all mankind." .laniec Ixymard, Grade 6 teacher. Milk River Elemen- tary School, sends S15 raised journalists" who sold copies of Iheir school paper to boost the fund. jrsT We plan lo read the. Milk Di- ver Elementary School Grade Six lioview right through from cover lo cover and we think tlm stories, cartoons and page lay- ouls are just grand. We mn.M thank the Newman Club. U'libridgr for enrolling, .is well as and Rlaisc Marklinper of Raymond and the. pood people who we.rn spurred by Ihe songs lo donate. Bobby Butler of went collecting in frigid weath- er lo fill an envelope wilh cash. Yes sir, we'll romembor this (Sip for a long, long time. Trudeau's press secretary, said: "Mrs. Trudeau end the boy are both in good health." No name for the boy has yet been announced. At least one news photogra- pher was escorted from the fourth-floor area of Civic Hospi- tal where Mrs. Trudeau and the baby are resting and all in- riuiries are referred to Ihe prime minister's office. The. last child born to a Cana- dian prime minister in office was Mary Macdonaid, Feb. 7, 1869. She was born to Agnes Mac- donaid, second wife of Sir John A. Macdonaid. Prime Minister Trudeau, now 53. caught (lie world off guard March 4 when he and Ms wile. were married secretly in North Vancouver while he was sup- posed to be enjoying a western ski weekend. While he was known at thai time to be dating the fourth of the five Sinclair girls, much more was made publicly of his other among them a number of international celebi i- MCT IN SOUTH SKAS Mr. and Mrs. Trudcau met in the Sotilh Seas in 1967 when he still was justice niinisler in the. cabinet of prime minister ter Pearson. Afler the. marriage, exuded t.o create a whole new level of social whirl in the the. Trudeau's sr.Uled down to a quiet existence with only n few exceptions. Her last public appearance, was at Irie Liberal paily Chri.sl- mas party here IB. and thirty-five hotel employees had been scheduled on shift at 10 a.m. Christmas Day. when police said propane gas ex- ploded in the building's second- floor coffee shop and started the blaze. At least Id Japanese, an American, r Chinese and an among (he dead. Police fair there could be others when more of Ihe victims were identi- fied. TO SliRK WARRANTS Police said they would seek court warrants against Kim, and the head manager, who were being questioned on suspi- cion of causing the. eight-hour fire by negligence. The fire left almost nothing of Ihe "two-year-old ?B.8 million Mructure' except the frame. Nearly 1.200 firemen, police and soldier? fought the blaze. They were aided by a dozen helicop- lei's. Platypuses hatched at Sidney zoo SYDNEY. Australia '.API Two platypuses are believed to have been hatched at Syd- ney's Taronga zoo. the second time the animal has bred in captivity. A spokesman at the zoo said it will be three weeks before the births of the unique Aus- tralian animal can be con- firmed. But "all the signs are he reported. "The mother Is feeding after stay- ing on eggs for almost two weeks. This indicates she Li suckling young.-' 'Hie only previous birth of a platypus "in captivity was in Melbourne 28 years ago. _. Actor dies HOLLYWOOD rAPi Actor Robert Lowery. 57, who played in scores of films in the 1930s and 1940s in roles ranging from newspaper reporter to gangster, died Sunday at his Hollywood apartment. Friends of the actor, who bore a striking resemblance to Clark (iable. said he collapsed and died after complaining of feel- ing ill Saturday nigbl at a res- lauranl. Cause of death was not immediately known. Lowery was married and di- vorced 'from actresses Jean Parker and Barbara Farrell, Frigid iveathei sets new r i'. r i Cold nvalhcv hovered over western Canada Sunday after setting record lows on Christmas Day. A moderating trend was t o move from Ihe north in the next day or so but (he weather forecaster at Edmonton said today it will still be cold and only' comparatively milder. Rccc-ni lows for Clirislmas Day were set at 1.1 Alberta communities and two in Sas- katchewan, breaking marks that had stood for seven years and one that, went back to In Alberts, Peace Rivjr and Fort Chipev.yan in the north reported 'IS below zero. The tempera lu re in Lethbridgo f'hri.-lmas day w.is in below. Uranium City'in Ihe northwest coiner of Saskatchewan that province's cold spot will) 42 beinw. TOP IIONOHS MRiiiloha, Saskatchewan .ind Albcita were clcsr and cold Sunday. Kiisiill. 120 west of took tup honors for the cold spot, in Al'vit.i Sunday with 51 below. In Sas- katchewan, most regions had lows beiween 30 and 40 and in Mime northern Manitoba areas it was below. The Christmas day low in .j-iper. Inwn sin miles f.f Edmon- ton, was 27 below compared with the previous low sei ui 1937 of IS below. Edmonton International Air- port. 13 miles south of the city, recorded 39 below Christmas Day compared with the pre- vious record ot 24 below in 195-1. Record cold weather also WDS reported in British Colum- bia where it was expected continue wilh even lower tem- peratures predicted. Seen and heard About town Alfie Tnlrs- en trying to explain alxnil Ihe "slorehes" that lie bought hk p.irenls as a Christmas arc storks in disguisn Nellie Sanderson being forced to lake pills for her high blood pressure caused by watching lier grandsons Ivnn. Hill. llviiii and Smll play hue-key fur the time. ;