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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Mimcluy, December 20, 1970 U.S. prisoners of war call for end to conflict PHOT POWS INTERVIEWED This pliolo taken from television monitor Cmdr. Walter Wilbur, left, and Cmdr. Robert Schweitzer of the U.S. Navy seated In front of a Christmas tree. Film was made Christmas Day by Michael MacLear of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at a North Vietnamese Prisoner of War camp just outside Hanoi. Dissolves parliament in daring move Ihi takes gamble NEW DELHI (Reuter) Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had Parliament dissolved Sun- day in a daring gamble that general elections a year earlier than scheduled would give her government a working major- ity. The move, not unexpected, comes a year after a split in the ruling Congress party reduced her government' majority in the Lok Sabha (House of the People) to 41, making support from various leftist groups nec- esary for its survival. Since then, Ihe government has had trouble pasing its so- cialist measures, but the final spur for Mrs. Gandhi was ap- parently a Supreme Court deci- sion last week overturning a government decision to scrap the privy purses and privileges of the country's former princely rulers. The court held that the gov- Mrs. Gandhi did not set a date for the election, saying only that the new Parliament would convene before March 31. Observers believed balloting would be held early in March. Chief Election Commissioner S. P. Sen Varma said today that polling in the election should begin Feb. 28 or March 1, All India Radio reported. Sen Varma said the precise election schedule would be an- nounced in about a week. Poll- ing in some states might have to be spread over several days, as in previous elections, be- cause of the distances involved. 300 MILLION VOTE Dissolution o f Parliament came 14 months before its term was scheduled to end and set the wheels in motion for ballot- ing by 300 million voters in the world's largest democracy. The elections will be the fifth s r n m e n t order against the I since independence in August, princes, feued after legislation failed by one vote to get through Parliament, was uncon- stitutional. mil .5 OPTICAL COMPANY LTD. Gary Martift Dispensing Optician 307 6lh St. S. 327-7152 1947, and this is the first time the Parliament has not run its full term. Mrs. Gandhi announced the elections after an emergency meeting of her cabinet and lengthy consultations with her colleagues. She then recom- mended Parliament's dissolu- tion to President V. V. Giri. In her broadcast to the coun- try, the 53-year-old prime minis- ter said reactionary forces were obstructing progressive mea- b' sures such as the nationalization of set aside by the Supreme Court but then rena- setting up of a monopolies commission and the failed move against the princes. She said there were many pressing economic and social problems facing the country. "Time will not wait for she said. "The millions, who de- mand food, shelter and jobs are pressing for action." CITE FATORS Factors believed to have influ- enced Mrs. Gandhi in going to (he polls at this stage were fears of a worsening economic situation, an unsatisfactory har- vest next year, the good show- ing of her Congress party in re- cent special elections and the failure of the right-wing opposi- tion to forge a grand alliance. There came a time when a government had to take "an un- usual step" in its efforts to solve the country's pressing problems, Mrs. Gandhi said. Earlier she told Giri the sole consideration for seeking a fresh mandate was to imple- ment her government's "social- ist and secular policies and pro- grams." Bight-wing opposition leaders told Giri that, as Mrs. Gandhi's government was in a minority, it did not have the authority to seek a dissolution of Parlia- ment. NEW YORK (AP) Two United States prisoners of wai in North Vietnam say in an in- terview with a CBC correspond- ent, filmed Christmas Day, that the war should be ended now. A U.S. defence d e p a r I m e n t spokesman called the televised interview program tm "enemy propaganda film." The two prisoners, both of whom appeared physically fit, also talked about their daily routine and mail privileges the interview, conducted by CBC correspondent Michael Maclear, under the supervision ot the North Vietnamese and televised in Canada and the U.S. Sunday night. Five other PoWs were seen at close range in the film, but only U.S. Navy pilots Walter E. Wii- ber, 40, and Robert J Schweit- zer, 38, both commanders, were allowed to reply to presubmitted questions. Wives of the two men con- their identification but declined to comment on the anti-war views they expressed. Schweitzer's father, Fred Schweitzer of Oreland, Pa., commented: "If I were over there I'd do anything to get out." The interviews by Maclear were filmed following a conver- sation with North Vietnamese Premier Pham Van Dong, whom lie quoted as saying: "I swear to you these men are well treated." Maclear said when he ques- tioned tire premier about U.S. suspicions that the North Viet- namese hold more than the 339 Americans whose names they released in Paris last week Dong reacted angrily. "The Nixon people are scoun- drels, scoundrels to talk Eke he quoted Dong as say- ing. "It's they who have no hu- manitarian feelings by talking like this." Maclear said Dong told him the list, which also included 20 PoWs the North Vietnamese said had died and nine who were released, was a full one and complete." The location of the camp was not disclosed but the New York Times reported that a U.S. offi- cial in Washington said it was the "Hanoi show- place camp where other jour- lalists have been allowed con- trolled visits. Jerry Friedheim, a deputy as- sistant defence secretary, said: Four Canadians ivin sweep money By THE CANADIAN PRESS Four Canadians won prizes o each with Irish Hosp tals Sweepstakes tickets on Per sian War, winner of today' Sweeps Hurdles at Fairyhouse Ireland. Four Canadians wo each with tickets on sec ond-place Lockyersleigh a n seven won each wit tickets on Inishman, who fin ished third. Canadian tickets on the win ning horse, as listed by sweep stake officials in Dublin afte Jie draw lasf. Monday wit! worse's name, ticket number me or nom-de-plume ant hometown, were: Persian 63584 Three-C, Agincourt, Ont.; VAD 66543, Tinker, Toronto; VCQ (8, Mil Mazzei, Willowdale Ont.; WPS 65935. Bingo, New Westminster, B.C. Canadian tickets on the sec end and third horses were listei UUEflR ASURE MEN'S 2-PIECE SUITS Regular Values to LIMITED TIME OFFER SALE STARTS RROW, TOESDAY, DEC 29th UJEflR DOWNTOWN nn FIFTH STREET SOUTH 59353, Caroly, London, Ont'.; EDS 63952, Babe, Merritt, B.C.; WPQ 61212, Our My Son Hick, Mount Hope, Ont.; VAL 57166, AU Set, Snmia, Ont. 52442, A. St. John, Toronto; WRM 66563, Pronto Pal, Caledonia, Ont.; VDE 68570, Acamac, Saint John, N.B.; VEH 65471, Gaby, Vine- land Station, Ont.; TON 66147, Cup of Tea, Ottawa; WNR 53981, Plywood, Toronto; VDK 53805 Swoosh, Calgary. A total of 170 Canadians had tickets drawn on 43 horses. Only 11 horses actually ran. Ticket- holders onnon-startersor horses out of the money win each. "We would of course have no comment on a censored edited enemy propaganda film show- ing only a handful of known prisoners. It is one more exam- ple of the refusal of North Viet- nam lo conduct itself as a civi- lized signatory of the Geneva Convention. Were that conven- tion adhered to, there would be impartial 'inspection and contact direct with the- Po'.Vs, rathe than censored films. "In addition, we continue t be concerned for the prisoner and the missing, not just North Vietnam, but also Soul Vietnam and Laos." In addition to Wilber an Schweitzer, the five PoWs pic hired at close range were iden titled as Lieut. Paul Grodo Brown, Maj. Roger D. Ingva fon, and Lt.-Col. Edison W Miller, all marines; and Lieu M. L. Gartley and Lieut. Wil liam .J Mayhew, both of th navy. The inteFview' was broa by NBC-TV and CBS-TV in th U.S. In the interview, Wilber anc Sclnveitzer said they had read number of books by Americans about the war, had visited var ious museums in Hanoi and ha discussed the war with othe prisoners. 'I know I've had the deepes discussion I've ever had in m life with my fellow prisoner said Wiiber, "and we'v nad to really go the very cor of our feelings on a number o what is it' Where does it lie? Schweitzer said: "I think the answer of course is the war must be ended, and i must be stopped now. inst. got to stop this thing. We've thej and o course we ntust withdraw our ;ot to admit the facts je, and stop the war, roops to stop the war. That'; he position we have to face }nce we do that, the Vietnam ese can solve their own prob- ems. I'm confident of that. I ve'll stop the war and get our roops out. That's what we have o do, and that's what the big ob is." "I of course said Wil- ier, "and as I say I'm terribly concerned about my country End I feel that the future of our country as well as Vietnam and ilk fund climbs Mrs. Maria Sera, 1.00 Kattiy Overes, Coaldale..... l.oc Don McDonald, Calgary..... l.OC A Friend................ 1-00 Don YamaglshI, Lethbrldgs l.OC Anonymous.............. 1.00 Valerie end Murray, Lelhbrldge............. Bradley and Nancy Mead, Lefhbrldge........'...... J. C. Lomond, Brad end Allison Nowcssd, Lomond .i........... 2.00 .rs. Edith West, Enchant 2.00 Debbie and Shelley Woodward, Hillcrest Mines 3.DO Shauna and Stephanie Blair, Ilibridgs S.OO Anderson, Lethbrldgft 5.00 Anonymous, Lethbrldgo 3.00 Harding Girls, Lethbridge............. 3.00 Grade Two end Three of Mrs. Michelsen, Stirling School 4.00 Frank, Hazel and Glenn Carney, Blairmors....... J.OO Caroline, Angela, Sylvia, ber 5.00 B., Lethhridge........ 5.00 B. W. Elfring, Piclure Butta S.OO Anonymous, Milk 5.00 'hora H. Daines, Cardston 5.00 Ar. and Mrs. H. Guy Smalley, Cardston.............. 5.00 Mrs. Bertha Walton, Picture _.utte.................. S.M -ouis M. Soop, Cardston S.CO E. Upfori, Cofeman........ 5.00 D. Adams, Taker...... 5.CO cott and Wcsriey Beck, fOO ncnymous, Lethbridge..... 5.00 H. A. Smith, Coaldale....... 5.00 loug and Elma Mitchell, Galloway, B.c........... S.OO 3ora M. Moreland, 5.00 Irs. A. Bonne, Blalrrnore 5.00 I. Olck Kerber. Lethbridge S.OO i Memory of Dave Martin 5.00 .rtnc Culler, Lelhbridgs 5.00' Steven Stojak, Coleman The Valgardson Children, Lethbridge.............. Anonymous, Lethbridge Membership of Southern Zona of the Alberta Postmaster and Assistants Association Mrs. Vera Lien, Warner Anonyrnous, John "A. Dueck, Lethbridge Grade ?-B Class St. MIchael'i Sch'col, Pincher Creek Anonymous, New Dayton MarparGt Hucultak, Lethbridge............. George Ens Family, Lethbridge............. Audrey Stickel, Lethhridge John Davidson School, Coaldale Mrs. Mueller's Grade Five Class, Central School, Tater ot the exchange of gifts................... M. B., Lethbridge.......... KInette Club ot Vauxhall, Vauxhall............... Garden City Vegetable Growers Association, Magrath................ M. D. McEachern Students, Bellevue............. Students and Siaff, Matthew Halton School, Pincher Creek........... Jaffray United Church Sunday School, Galloway, B.C..... Gladys and Hugh Laldlaw, Cardston....... Remingtcn Construction Co. Lid., Cardsfon Anonymous, Lelhhridge..... W. Borthwick, Bellevue..... Sunnyside School cr.d Community............ Consolidated High School, Coleman......... Total.................. Ji Total to Dale-..........5' 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00 20.00 20.00 50.00 50.00 58.05 77.45 355.00 HOLIDAY HOURS: ClOSED NEW YEAR'S EVE Dee. 31s! ot 7 p.m. CLOSED NEW YEAR'S DAY Jan. 1st, 1971 RE-OPENING SATURDAY, Jan. 2nd at 9 a.m. M1DTOWN RECREATION 325 Slh STREET SOUTH Indochina can not be served b> (he prolongation of tlus war whatever the reasons tha caused it, and I don't feel tha it's necessary even to talk ovei the old reasons as who was wrong, who was right. "It's been proven, as far as I'm concerned, that this war is bad. It's bad. And it isn't going to improve, either our situatioi or the Vietnamese or the Indo- chinese people's situation." "They've got to be left alone to solve their own he concluded.. "We've got our own problems we've got to solve." Wilber said he was shot down over Nghean province in June, 1968, after 20 missions. Schweit- zer said he was on his 12th mis- sion just outside Haiphong when he was shot down Jan. They said they receive letters about once a month and pack- ages about everj' two months and use "a regular form letter" in currespoiiding with their fam- ilies. Hockey club imlrart in plane mishap TORONTO (CP) A chart- ered aircraft, carrying he Sault Ste. Marie Canadians :iockey team, made an emer- ency belly landing at Toronto International Airport Sunday night after experiencing difficul- ies with its landing gear. None of the 20 hockey players or crew of four was injured. The only damage came when Jim Booth, a 23-year-old for- ward with the Canadians, ripped the seat out of his trou- sers in jumping to the runway after the plane slid to a stop. The landing came an hour and 40 minutes after the plane lad tried unsuccessfully to land at Sault Ste. Marie. The aircraft lit the runway there and took iff again immediately to try and laud in Toronto. The United States Hockey cagae team returning lome after losing 9-3 in Thunder Say, Ont1., when the left wheel if the plane chartered from Mil- ardair failed to come down for anding. Rivers delta death may be averted EDMONTON (CP) It may be possible to save the Peace- Athabasca rivers delta from the effects of the W. A. C. Bennett Dam, Al Davidson, as- sistant deputy minister for water in the department of fisheries and forestry, said today. Although conclusive data stUJ is required, he said in a tele- phone interview, "it is not be- yond comprehension" that with nature's help the spring floods that are the delta's lifeline can be recreated artificially and the death of the delta averted. But the federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments must co-operate. Mr. Davidson said much more study has to be done by federal and provincial special- ists but it appears a solution must be found no later than by the spring of 1972 that there must be flooding in the delta by then. Otherwise the changes In the lelta's ecology that now were .aking place as a result of a ack of spring floods would take many years to erase, if they ever could be. 011 details of shooting SAIGON (Reuter) The AtB- ralian army kept strict silence oday on details of a shooting ncident at Nui Dat, South Viet- nam, Christmas Day in which -wo Australian sergeants died. Army officials in Saigon and Dat, where about Aus- tralians are based, refused to n've a detailed account of the hooting in which a third Aus- ralian was wounded. The condition of the wounded oldicr was listed as satisfac- ory by an army hospital at "ung Tau. An Australian soldier has been detained for questioning in connection with the shootings, but the army has not disclosed lu's rank- or unit. GENERAL Weather and road report [9 ABOVE ZERO AT NOON SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET Vanbrook Vaterton ethbridge inclier Creek dmonton 'edicine Hat hicago ew York iami os Angeles as Vegas aris........ xindon...... 38 18 7 -11 31 8 2D 13 22 28 30 36 Brussels.........21 32 Madrid......... 25 36 Moscow......... -0 5 Stockholm....... 25 32 Toyko........... 32 44 Lethbridge Medicine Hat Variable Chinook cloudi- ness today and Tuesday. Winds W20 and gusty except light overnight. Highs 30-35, lows 10-20. Columhiii. today with occasional snow. Tuesday: Cloudy with snow in the morning. Winds brisk from the southwest. Highs today and Tuesday in the 20s. Lows to- night 10 to 15 above. During Christmastime we extend to all our neighbors and friends warmest wishes jor a ivoiulci'jul holiday, GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES COUTTS HIGHWAY PHONE 327-3165 OFFICIAL A5 AT .A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF A MA All highways in the Lclh-1 to Hevelsloko received a iiglit bridge district are bare and dry and in good winter driving condition. Highway 1 Trans Canada Highway Calgary to Banff is in good winter driving condi- tion. Banff to Golden has been snowfall and has been plowed and sanded with a few slippery sections. Motorists are reminded that gccd snow lircs or chains are required when t r a v c 11 i g plowed and sanded and has a I through mountain area, in- few slippery sections. Golden! eluding all ski resort access POUTS OF ENTRY (Opening ami Closing Coults V, hours: Carway 9 a.m. lo li p.m. T. Dd Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Roosevillc, B.C. a a.m. lo i; n.m Kingsgale U 7 24 hours; Portliill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight. Chief Mounla'iu closed, Wildborso, 8 K.W. to 5 p.m. ;