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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight near 20? high Thursday near 40. The Lethkidge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOX 1975 VOL. LXVI 14 LETHBRJDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER -27, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTb TWO PAGES Ravaged Nicaraguan capital may have to be 'blown up By KERNAN TURNER MANAGUA CAP) Looters prowled through the nibble left by the earthquake that devas- tated Managua, vultures peeked at decomposing bodies and fires burned today in maoy parts of the shattered Nicaraguan capi- tal. Gen. Anastasio Somoza, the country's strong man, blamed a rash of fires that broke out late Tuesday afternoon on business- men "trying to get _ insurance money for their buildings." "A'lot of businessmen bad in- surance against fire damage but no insurance against earth- quake said Somoza as the blazes lit the sky over the downtown section. Others blamed the fires on looters hoping to hide their ac- tivities from national guard pa- trols. And some of the fires were started by demolition teams dynamiting shaky struc- tures. The troops had orders to shoot looters on sight, but only occasional casualties were re- ported in the confrontations be- tween the troops and those who refused to heed the order for general evacuation of the city. There also clashes be- tween groups of survivors com- bing the ittins for food as well as toot. "We turn into animals when we get so said one man as he ran from a pillaged supermarket. "We'll do almost acvtbiag to get something to eat." The latest official estimate of casualties in the quake Satur- dav was 3.000 to 6.000 dead and up to seriously injured. Rescue workers continued to burn unidentified and un- claimed bodies pulled from un- der: piles of debris. Bodies that weren't burned were buried in common graves. Vultures circled overhead and often got to the bodies before the burial squads. A stench blanketed the ruins as the hot sun hastened decomposition. Aid poured in from abroad as raaay of the survivors began to settle down in villages sur- rounding the capital But a cumber of those who had left the city defied the national guard and returned to try to salvage belongings from what remained of their dwellings, Roads in and out of the city were jammed. Trucks and cars arrived empty and left with loads of goods pulled from the rubble. CoL Frank Simons, in charge of the big U.S. relief program, sd.d there was a big shortage of trucks to deliver supplies to emergency food and medical stations. Simons said the three imme- diate problems .were the com- plete evacuation of the city and the orderly distribution of food and water to survivors. Prinking water was being dis- tributed at key relief stations, but marry of those remaining in the downtown area were drink- ing untreated water. This raised the threat of epidemics. Somcza has vowed to rebuild the city of people on its present site, but one Venezuelan expert said this would be im- possible due to the soft subsoiL "The whole town must bn blown said Ruben Tere- "It would save water and .get rid of all the dangerous buildings." SSftre than 80 per cent of Man- agua was destroyed by the earthquake which struck early Saturday. Police estimated Tuesday that about of 'the city's resi- dents were sdJl in the city, most of them living out in the open. Crash survivors fed on dead to stay alive From AP-REUTER SANTIAGO, Chile (CP) Despair and anger fol- lowed the disclosure that some of the 16 survivors of an Andean air crash fed on their dead companions to stay alive. Official sources oa Tuesday disclosed the cannibal-' ism among the young Uruguayan men during their 69- day ordeal on an icy mountain ledge. A dozen of the survivors staying at a local hotel "were very depressed and went to their rooms imme- diately'' when evening papers appeared with the sto- ries, a hotel employee said. One newspaper used the headline "Cannibalism Jus- tified" with a subtitle asking "What would you have The 15 were among 45 persons aboard a Uruguayan air force plane that crashed in the Andes Oct. 13. Ail of the passengers were either players on a Montevideo rugby team cr fans. The survivors spoke freely with reporters earlier about everything except their food supply. They said 18 were lolled in 'the crash or died of their injuries within several days, eight more died in an avalanche Oct. 29 and the last three died in November and early De- cember of injuries or undernourishment. Most relatives and friends of the survivors refused to discuss the cannibalism but DomltiJa Paez said the reports the grandest miracle of history-" She is the mother of Carlos Paez. 20. one of the survivors. Cesar Charlone. the Uruguayan charge d'affaires :n Santiago, said the survivors had made a pact" to say nothing until they had all returned to Uruguay. There, be said, they planned to make a joint state- ment. One survivor compared the cannibalism to heart the survivors made to save one person's life; in this case portions the bodies were used to continue a number of lives, Another survivor described the decision in terms of "the sacred sacrament of "Had- we died, it would have been suicide, which is condemned by our the young man was quoted as saying. One of the two survivors who finally hiked down tbe mountain and found help last week. Fernando Par- rado, 23, told reporters earlier that in the first few days after tbe crash, "we maintained ourselves with chocolates and jellies" they had purchased in Men- doza, Argentina, en route to Chile. Asked for more details, he replied: "We are not allowed to talk about food. You must read the Chilean air force report." Chilean police sources said earlier the survivors ate the bodies of five passengers and the country's Andean Rescue Corps Tuesday night said its members. who reached the crash site, found siz cut-up bodies on the sceoe. Diaz did not mention cannibalism, but said: "When we neared- the plane I could perceive the effect of scattered pieces of human bodies, remains wrapped in cloths and they snowed us the corpses which they had covered." WeVe got Korea barley just one more END OF THE ROAD Wafer covered streets end flooded ycrds cr.'d basements offer a recced rcinfaii Christmas c'cy in the Vancouver creo. Above, the rein eroded a reodbed such cs this in The neighboring municipality cf Burncby, ending this vehicle's journey abruptly. Damage from flooding Ss said to exceed millions. (See story on pags- Cattle truck jackknifes into holiday bus; 19 dead FORT SUMNER, N-M. CAP) A truck loaded with caiik jackknifed cars narrow bridge near here and slammed into a chartered bus carrying a Seen and heard About town CECRETARY Connie Pike celebrating a 'second' birthday in a year to qualify for a free cake at a restau- rant Bob Grant wonder- ing whether to spend Boxing Day golfing, raking the lawn or washing the car. church youth group bound for a holiday ski outing and religious retreat. Authorities said 13 were killed. IS injured. The young people were from the Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin. Tex.. Ambulance driver Harvey Sti- ham said the bus "was hit hard enough so that tbe frost end was pushed about halfway through the bus like an accord- ion. It was torn all to pieces." The bus wrecked Tuesday night was tbe second of two school buses carrying the youth group. Another ambulance driver said the scene "looked like a. disaster area." Frank Stanley, a radio re- porter from Clovis. said seats in the bus were born from, their moorings by the impact and the frame of the bus tore 4oose from the body. Seme of the injured weren't removed from the twisted and fused wreckage of the bus for as long ss two hours after the accident. Neither vehicle burned. Traffic was blocked for about siz hours. State police said the first bus passed the easthoand battle track "without incident. The truck then struck the bridge rifling and the trailer swung into the path of tbe bus. The buses were heading for Vadito, a New Mexico ski area near a major Baptist assembly. site. Giorieta. A helping handful fund needs small push of barlev for Korea With the wonderful help of Grades 1 tc 6 of Foremost School (they sent the Help- ing Handful fund for Korean children took a great leap for- ward over the Christmas holi- day to It's unbelievable, but. true, so wonderfully, beautifully true. Y e s. Southern we're just short of the mark. One more big push for hu- manity; let's have one more chorus cf compassion; sing ore more Christmas carol of com- passion for the Korean flood victims. Then our Christmas will be complete. We started with that first dollar donation three short weeks ago. We've almost climbed a mighty mountain. Let's make it to the top. Let's have those final dona- tions. Send them today. If you've been so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, if you've kept putting it off. if you want tn but. rever seem to. now is the time to make your contribution Thank you Otto Fritz of Leth- bridgs. Your gift will feed a Korean flood xictim for 120 clays. Your gift will help so much in the war on sorrow, sickness, affliction and death by hunger. Thank you, Audrey Stickel, Jim Danielson and famiiv. Mr. and Mrs. .J M. Holtorf, Earl Douceiie. D. Platcon, Xo. 3 Fire Station, all of Lethbridge. for your fine gifts and your ef- forts to be just. Thank you. William Cross Child. Jr.. of Slandoff. for join- Ing the wonderful company cf Canadians determined to push the work of the Unitarian Ser- vice Committee of Canada to greater heights. What gives our dreams their daring is that they can be real- ized. Thank you, Raymond 4H Beef Club for your wonderful gift. We've got to buy food for hungry Korean flood vic- tims. God grant their eyes may never see another flood like the flood of August. 1972. Help them overcome their sorrow: help them rebuild: lead the Korean chilccen to self-help and self- reliance. Send us your gift today and send carloads of bar- ley to Korea. The USC awaits the grand gift from southern AJberta. Lift up your heads. Turn toward the light. Help us to do on earth what is done in heaven. We can do it. together. So come to the counter or mail your gift to Korean chil- dren today. It's the Helping Handful Lethbridge Herald. Just one more push and we'll make it. (For list of contributors see Page 'Mike' Pearson OTTAWA (CP) Tbe condi- tion of former prime minister Lester Pearson continues to deteriorate and he now has lap- sed into unconsciousness, his doctor reported today. Mr. Pearson, flows' back to Ottawa from Florida ChristTias Eve when his condition sud- denly worsened, is suffering from cancer of the liver, said Dr. P. M. Burtoa. "I don't we can say ex- actly bow long Mr. Pearson can live." said Dr. Burton. The 75-year-old former prime minister is being treated at Ms RockGiife home. Mr. Pearson, the relaxed and likeable public servant who later became external affairs minister and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize before be- coming prime minister in 1S63, underwent surgery for the re- moval of an eye tumor in 1970. "The cancer has now spread to the liver." Dr. Burton said. Until today, tbe illness had not been publicly specified. Mr. Pearson had been teder treatment for several weeks be- fore Christmas. He and Mrs. Pearson then Sew to Florida for a planned three-week holiday with friends. It was disclosed Tuesday night that the former prime minister had returned to Ottawa. Christinas Eve. FAMILY PRESENT His daughter Pat. Mrs. Wal- ter Hannah of Toronto, and his son Geoffrey, now teaching at the University of British Colum- bia although still a member of the external affairs department, have since arrived here. When the latest recurrence of the illness first became public last month. Mr. Pearson was reported suffering from fatigue connected with the -writing of his memoirs and his duties as chancellor of Gsrleton Univer- sity in As chancellor., be was in- volved in university convocation exercises last fall and, after his illness was reported, a spokes- man said he planned to resign his post and concentrate ail his energies on his memoirs. Tbe first volume, entitled Memoirs, has already been published. It covers his Me from 1SS7 until 3SJ3. The book was well received by crit- ics and was listed No. 2 last week on the Toronto Star's list of best-selling cos-fiction books in Canada. Mr. Pearson has completed 2 second volume of memoirs, not yet published, and is reported to have reached the year 1964 in third and final volume. near death NINE CANADIANS GET BELATED YULE PRESENT VIP bus service a flop Greyhound Bus Lines' non- stop Lethbridge-Calgary Ed- monton VTP bus, will make its last ran Jan. 3. The service, in effect for years, has not been paying its way so will be discontinued, a Greyhound spokesman said. The service may be resumed, however, in the summer for an- other trial period. The Lethbridge-Calgary run was not bad, the spokesman said, but even it didn't pay. The Calgary-Edmonton section was the biggest money-loser. The VTP bus left Lethbridge at a.m.. arrived Calgary at 9. in Edmonton at p.m. It left Edmonton at and arrived back in Lethbridge at p.m. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Three people from Western Canada won about S116.500 each today with Irish Sweepstakes tickets on the horse Captain Christy in the Irish Sweeps Hurdle at Leouardstown near Dublin. Eileen MeHor of Duncan, B.C.. K. M. McLeoo of Van- couver and R. T. Dczois of St. Boniface. Man., sll had tickets on Captain Christy. Top prize money in the race is aid. on the basis of last week's currency market, the prize money is about 500 for first. S45.500 for second and for third. Five Canadians held tickets on second-place Comedy of Er- rors. They are Ken Fuller of market, Out.: Ena Jordan, To- ronto; Jean ParringtorL To- ronto: Beg Ward. Shehando- wan. Ont: and an entry signed Bennett and famiiv. St. George's Nfld. Don Robb of Port Hardy, B.C. held a ticiket in the third place finisher, Srendon's Road. An earlier cable from Dublin indicated a Bronte resident held a ticket on the second place horse but this was not con- firmed today. The sweepstakes paid shout S575, to those who drew the 10 unplaced horses, plus Eardboy. who was withdrawn shortly before the race. Truman begins final journey ExBEPEXDENCE, Mo. For the final time. Harry Truman today travels the half mile from his home to the pres- idential library that bears his -And the country he led from war into the eMS of uneasy peace will have a day of mourn- ing Thursday to commemorate the man whcse dearest wish was to be known as "The people's president." Pochard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, and Lyndon B. Joipson. the 36th, were to be at the library today to bid. farewell to the Bur mostly the honor of pay- ing last respects is reserved" for close family and friends and the ordinary people with whom Tru- man so strongly identified in bis S3 years. There will be little of the pag- eantry of other state funerals for the former president who died Tuesday. keeping with Mrs. Truman's wishes, once- elaboraie plans were scrapped for rites with simple dignity. A memorial service is to be held in. Washington's National Cathedral within a week after Cc-ngress reconvenes Jan. 3 for the dignitaries who could not be accommodated here. Mrs. Truman, daughter Mar- garet and her family, and close friends were to be at a private service in the Carson funeral parlor this Then a motorcade was to take the coffin in a direct route from the mortuary, through the streets of Independence that Truman had walked so often to the library to which he devoted many of his retirement years. Midway on the route is the Truman home, a modest Victo- rian mansion, that looks as it did more fen 100 years ago ex- cept for the fence erected dur- Judge charged CALGARY rCP) Mr. Jus- tice Harold Ri-ey of the Alberta Supreme Court was sumjnos- Saturday to appear in court en a charge ci impaired driv- ing, police said Tuesday. Police said the charge against Mr. Justice Riley is to be heard here on Jan. 26. The judge faces another, similar from an earlier in- cident ing Truman's presidency. There, at the busy Inter- section of Truman Boad and Delaware, -the motorcade was to pause briefly and begin the leg Truman had walked so of- ten, past the homes of neigh- bors who knew Harry Truman and Bess Wallace as children. A catafalque was placed in the lobby of the library before a 60-foot mural depicting ''Inde- pendence and the Opening of the West" and it was there that people could come to sav fare- well The" wreath-placing visits o! President and Mrs. Nixon and former president and Mrs. Johnson a day before the burial was planned as the course best for Mrs. Truman and in defe- rence to her wishes for as simple a funeral as possible. No Herald New ear's The Herald vill not publish New Year's Day. Jan. f. Reg- ular editions will resume Tues- day. Jan. 2. Display advertisers are re- minded of fee fcHowoig dead- lines for copy. Ads to appear Saturday. Dec. SI must be re- ceived by noon for Tuesday. Jan. 2. by Friday noos: and for Wednesday. Jan. 3 and Thursday. Jan. 4, by a.m. Saturday, -Dec." 50. Classified advertisements re- ceived by a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. w-31 appear in the Tu- esday. Jan. 2. edition. SAf won't stop taMifff ;