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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 30 The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 14 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1B71 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES New U.S. bomb used in Vietnam By BRIAN SULLIVAN PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two scientists who visit- ed South Vietnam in August said Monday the United States Air Force is using a new bomb that is so intense it kills everthing within a radius of feet. The bomb, which produces a mushroom cloud, was developed primarily for "the- instant creation of clear- ings- in dense jungle which can be used as landing zones for assault the scientists said. But they added they had learned the weapon has been used as an anti-personnel weapon. They said they received confirmation of UBS from a high official in the U.S. embassy in Saigon. They said they were told by the air force the bomb was used two or three times a week. The report to the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting came from Dr. E. W. Pfeiffer, a zoologist at the Univer- sity of Montana, and Dr. Arthur 11. Westing, biology department chairman at Windham College in Putney, VI. Went for group The two men said they visited Vietnam on a mis- sion for the Scientists Institute for Public Information, a group based in New York whose current president is Margaret Mead, the anthropologist. Pfeiffer and Westing said most information about the bomb, referred to as a "commando vault" and "an explosive is not classified, but they said the air force is being quiet about its use and does not mention it in official communiques. They quoled a senior air force officer, at a brief- ing in Saigon in August, as saying: "It's such a dev- astating weapon we hate to give it much publicity." A film showing the bomb exploding was shown to them, the two men said, but they said the air force refused to provide (hem with a copy. The scientists said they obtained a copy elsewhere and released two photographs of the mushroom cloud effect of the con- cussive blast, at about 30 seconds and about one min- ute after detonation. Resembles N-blast Four or five times during their visit, Pfeiffer ant) Westing said, they heard military men refer to the weapon, "It's the next best tiling to a nuke." In {heir report, the two scientists said the weapon "provides a concussive blast surpassed only by that of a nuclear bomb." in an interview before his formal pre- sentation, said the bomb creates a "lethal zone" cover- ing of 75 acres in which everything, trees, wildlife and any humans who might be there, is killed. An injury zone extends beyond the lethal radius by another feet. In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said the bomb has been used for some time and there has been no secret about it. He declined to discuss the blast range but said one kilometre, or feet, is "way off." The bomb's concussion effects serve to knock down trees and other growth which otherwise would require "the insertion of personnel and equipment prior to helicopter assault." he said. The weapon is designated the BLU 82-B general- ourposE high explosive concussion bomb, 4.5 feet in diameter, more than 11 feel long and weighting pounds. Within a thin steel case are pounds nf a dense blasting agent made up of ammonium nitrate, aluminum powder and a binding agent, the scientists said. The bomb is delivered under ground radar control by a C-13-OE aircraft and is floated to the ground by a parachute from altitudes of to or more feet, they said. The men said it is being used mostly in South Vietnam, but they also said they learned it has been used in Cambodia and Laos. The bomb is detonated just above the ground, si- multaneouily at both ends to create a radial concus- sion, which leaves no crater but blows away all trees and other obstructions even in heavy jungle to create a clearing about the a football field. Nigeria plans en on corruption LAGOS, (Renter) Nigeria is about to crack down sharply on corruption in an anti-crime campaign that already has dealt severely with firmed robbery. Early this month, the head of slate, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, announced thnt a decree would be issued short- ly on combatting corruption. It would empower the government to investigate people known to have enriched themselves dishonestly and to deal swiftly all cases of corruption. The move could have ominous portents for the cor- rupt. In August, irmi, I he government, faced with a crime wave .'iflrr Hie end o( 30 months of civil war, issued a decree ordering public executions for armed robbery. Special armed-robbery tribunals were sel up and more than no persons have been publicly executed since then. In October, however, the government decided that I ho tribunals shauld now Ire presided over by High Court judges. of corruption have dealt with by tiro coin-Is mid several persons have been freed on legal liTlracalilios. The government now wants to climinalo the long process of court trials so that offenders can bo dealt with as swiftly ns armed robbers. India to use Pakistani civilians in PoW deals MAYOR LINDSAY presidential hopeful Lindsay v enters race MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York, a Republican until last August, announced today he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. "I have decided to seek the he said, "and I will begin that effort in tho Florida primary." The Florida primary is March 14. Lindsay attacked the Nixon administration for ignoring the needs of ordinary people in the nation and the world, calling the White House now "a club- house for privileged power at home and the parade ground for juntas and generals from around the world." Lindsay said he chose Miami to annuonce his candidacy be- cause of its economic and cul- tural diversity make it a test- ing ground for the principles he will run on. "I am here because my fight the nommbuon begins with tlhis primary and will end at the convention in this he said. DACCA East Pakistan (AP) will use Pakistani civil- ians held hi Bangla Desh as pawns to deal for the safety of Sheik Mujibur Rahman and other Bengalis in West Paki- stan, a high Indian official said today. Shortly before this announce- ment, the first 600 of the Pakistani prisoners of war held in Dacca began moving out by train and river steamer to pris- oner-of-war camps in India. India's special envoy to Enngla Desh, D. P. Bhar, said the plan to seek a swap is still being worked out and has not yet been offered to the Paki- stani government of President Zulfikar Ah' Bhutto. New Delhi gave the Bangla Desh government the green light Monday to hold war crimes trials for Pakistani sol- diers and provincial officials charged with 'slaughtering Ben- galis since March. Foreign Sec- retary T. N. Kaul told Indian reporters at a special briefing in the Indian capital that the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war would not stand in the way. SURRENDERED An estimated Pakistani soldiers surrendered or were captured in East Pakistan dur- ing the two-week war in which India freed the rebel province and set up the Bangla Desh re- gime. Some civilians also are held by the Indians at a Dacca cantonment. They include for- mer Gov. A. M. Malik and other officials. Bbar told reporters that India is concerned for the safety of half a million Bengalis in West Pakistan. They include two Ben- gali battalinas, a large number of dependents and Sheik Mujib, the acknowledged political leader of Bangla Desh. "There will have to be a package he said. "If Mujib is returned, normalcy will come within two hours." In West Pakistan, President Bhutto conferred Monday with Sheik Mujib for the first time but reported no progress toward reconciliation. "All I have to say is that he did not kick me in the teeth, nor did I find it necesary to pull a Bhutto saiii. "We sat and we talked. And we will continue to talk." The sheik was arrested last March when the Pakistani army was ordered to crush the Ben- gali independence movement. After Bhutto replaced Gen. Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan president, he transferred the sheik to house arrest. resume Belfast battles BELFAST (CP) Northern 1 e 1 a n d 's Christmas holiday from violence is over. A flurry of shooting, bombing and burning, and a warning from the British army that chil- dren playing with Christmas toy guns were in peril of their lives, underscored the ending of a two-day unofficial truce. Soldiers garrisoning the em- battled country are sending out thousands of leaflets to parents in main trouble spots, saying: "1? your child plays with a toy gun in the streets he may be killed." Three B.C. residents win top Irish sweep prizes By THE CANADIAN PRESS Five from British Columbia, one from On- tario and one from Nova Scotia each today with sweepstake tickets on Kelanne, winner of the Irish Sweeps Hur- dle at Leopardsfown, Ireland. It was originally reported that only four Canadians held tickets 'How many shopping days till on the winning horse, but a 22- year-old woman in Bowman- wile, Ont., said today she also had a ticket on the first prize. Marlene Syme was not among the ticket-holders announced fol- lowing the draw last week. She said she was advised by cable later that, her ticket was on Ke- lanne, a 20-to-l longshot. Others in the big money: K. W. Johnson. North Vancou- ver, Helen Gilchrist, Ainsworth Hot Springs, B.C., Ronald Emallwood, Vancouver, and Barbara Lantz, Chester Basin, N.S. Three Canadians won each with tickets on second- place Lockyersleigh and four Canadians won each with tickets on Phaestus, which finished third. The winners: Chester Schmura, Matagami, Que., W. B. Tate, Bowmanville, and Ken Scarborough, Ont. The winners: Joe Bujam, Mississauga, Ont., B. lliggins Jr.. Toronto, Mary Kotys. St. Laurent, Quo., and K. C. Jackson, Saskatoon. PARIS (AP) The United States and North Vietnam can- celled the next session of the Vietnam peace talks in simulU- neous actions today. The meeting had been sched- uled for Thursday and would have been the first since Dec. 8. The United States gave the same reasons Defence Secre- tary Melvin Laird gave Monday to justify Die current heavy air attacks on North Vietnam, The North Vietnamese said their cancellation was in protest against the air attacks. The United States and its South Vietnamese allies sug- gested no date for resumption of the talks but said this "does not imply any intention on the part of our side to discontinue the Paris talks." It suggested that the liaison officers of the lour delegations could set a new date. An army officer was being in- terviewed about tlie warning by a British televison crew in Bel- fast Monday when a gunman shot down one of his guards. Millions of television viewers saw the wounded man writhing on the sidewalk. The condition of the soldier, 21year-old Pte. Ronald Madge, was said by a hospital to be "not serious." The buhet passed straight tlirough his chest and out under an arm. Children in areas like Bel- fast's notorious Falls Road scene of some of Northern Ire- land's worst violence in 28 months which has brought 202 been playing a new genie called the army sand. Youngsters, sometimes only five or six years old, have pounced on army patrols, blast- ing away with plastic weapons. One common toy is a replica of a Thompson sub-machine-gun which makes a machine gun- like noise and flashes in the dark. At least tliree times during the Christinas holidays children playing "ambush" narrowly es- caped being fired at by soldiers who thought they were terror- ists, the army reported. ADVERTISED FOR HER DATES Parents takeover husband search Resume hunt for three missing men JVo Herald Saturday The Herald will not publish New Year's Day, Saturday, Jan. 1. Display advertisers are re- minded that advertising for Monday. Jan. 3, must be at The Herald by noon Thursday, and for Tuesday, Jan. 4, by noon Friday. Classified advertisements to appear Monday. Jan. 3. must be received by I p.m. Friday. Complete news coverage of the New Year's holiday week- end will be can-led in tiie day, Jan. 3 edition. FERNIE, B.C. (CP) A search resumed at dawn today for three men missing in bush country near this mining town in southeastern British Colum- bia. The men left a logging camp 40 miles southeast of here last Wednesday, saying they hoped to make it through heavy snow for Christmas. A search was started when they failed to ar- rive. Searchers found three ve- hicles, including a bulldozer, behind two snowslides on San- day but there was no trace of the men. An RCMP spokesman specu- lated Monday night that the three had stopped to check the first slide on foot and then had been buried by a subsequent slide. Missing were Pearson and Darryl Barrett, both be- lieved to residents of Cran- brook. near Femie, and a man from Pincher Creek. His name was withheld. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) If pretty Ellen doesn't get a hus- band soon, it won't be her parents fault. When the 25-year-old blue- eyed blonde returned from a job-hunting hip to New York recently she discovered her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Haneles of South Miami, had been busy in her behalf. Spe- cifically, they had taken out news paper advertisements seeking a prospective son-in- law. The ads read: "Pretty Jew- ish teacher's impatient par- ents seeking Mr. Right 25-32 for daughter 25, unbeknownst to her, interested in dancing and tennis." "I was recalled Ellen, who quit teaching this year. "I was really resent- ful." "It's not that I don't meet fellows. After all, any fellow who had anything going for him would look at tlu's ad run by the parents and figure they have a reject on their hands." But she has since calmed down. "Mv parents meant well for me. And it can't be worse than a blind date." So far, Ellen has dated one of the more than 30 men who responded to UK ads and says he was "like an average guy." She has several others lined up for dates, she says. Haneles said he placed the ads because his daughter was returning home with no boy- friends to greet her and ha didn't want her going to bars and discotheques in search of companions. Nixon, Brandt start talks KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (Reu- fer) President Nixon and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt meet today to plan strat- egy for improving relations with the Communist world without damaging the Western alliance. Their goal during two days of talks at the president's villa overlooking Biscayne Bay is to harmonize then- policies aimed at eliminating the last vestiges of the Second World War and the cold war that followed it. PM Tucker Resigns HAMILTON, Bermuda (CP) Prime Minister Sir Henry Tucker of Bermuda resigned today saying he felt leadership of the British colony should pass into younger hands. Sir Henry. 69, has been a member of the Bermuda House of Assembly since except for a brief period in 1948. Trudeau's decide on Justin Pierre as name for baby PROUD FATHER Prime Minister Trudeau passes out cigars to reporters and cameramen as he arrived at the Civic hospital in Ottawa Monday to visit hix wife, Margaret, who gove birth to a baby boy Christmas day. OTTAWA The Christ- mas-day baby boy of Prime Minister and Margaret Trudcau will he named Justin Pierre. ''I had ideas alxnit the baby's said father Trudcau, while passing nut cigars to re- porters and photographers as he. entered tho hospital In visit his wife Monday. "But my wife did too, so we've mimed him Justin ho said. "I'm r.f.-.iid he looks like me." The. baby, born in Ottawa Civic Hospi'tnl at p.m. Sat- urday, weighed s i -p o u n d s, Moth wife and child ore rrporu''! KASY BWTIl Mr. Trudoaii said tho Satur- day birth was an "oasv one" {or his wife, with no complications. ''I wish my wife was Mr. Trudeau said when report- ers barragcd him with questions concerning his wife's condition. Was lie horn with much hair? "About as little as lie said. Mr. Trudeau spent about five, mi miles with the reporters be- fore leaving thorn at the front do.ir to join his wife and child. There was no following him. Security has bron extra light since tht Mrs. Tru- dcnn entered hospital Saturday, At one photographer and a reporter have escorted from Die fourth-floor area of the hospilal when1 Mrs. Trudeau and the baby arc resting. Tills was tlw first official word concerning the baby nnce a brief announcement Saturday night by the prime minister's press secretary that the baby had been bom. and heard About town T TTTI.E .Iiulio loll- ing her mMkr that the Trudeau baby camn "Justin time for Christmas" Vis- itor I.PP Skiftnn asking if Amoricnn money is good in Canada anymore Han McKiin wondering how to continue his successful snow riaucQ ocrforniiincft. ;