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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1974 20 Cents Stonehouse ill, says MP's wife LONDON (Reuter) The mother and the wife of runaway British politician John Stonehouse have cast doubts on his mental health, reports here say. Nicaraguans held hostage MANAGUA (AP) An armed band has seized the home of a wealthy businessman while a party was under way and seized a number of diplomats, govern- ment employees and in- dustrialists as hostages, the Nicaraguan government an- nounced today. It declared martial law. The hostages, including Nicaragua's mayor, are believed to be Nicaraguans. Their exact number could not be immediately determined Two policemen were killed and a number of other persons wounded in the initial attack on the house Friday night, of- ficials said. The secretary of President Anastasio Somoza, who an- nounced martial law, said the hostages included the Nicara- guan ambassador to the United States, Dr Guillermo Sevilla Sacaza. Rose Stonehouse, mother of the member of Parliament ar- rested in Australia after entering the country on a passport in the name of a dead man, said on television Friday night she recognized signs of mental illness in her 49-year- old son. She discounted claims by Stonehouse, a former govern- ment minister who had been feared dead after vanishing from a Miami beach a month ago. that he was being black- mailed. Stonehouse's wife, Barbara, who flew to Melbourne after her husband was found, is quoted by The Daily Express as saying: "He is terribly con- fused. He needs to see a psy- chiatrist as soon as possible." Etiquette expert killed NEW YORK (AP) Amy Vanderbilt, the final arbiter of social etiquette for millions of people, died Friday night in a plunge from a second-storey window of her Manhattan townhouse. Police said Miss Vanderbilt, 66, jumped or fell from the window and apparently frac- tured her skull. An autopsy was scheduled for today. This Weekend TEENAGE ALCOHOLICS The antl drug hysteria has covered up a much worse problem, says writer Susan Carson. Only now is the country becoming aware of the seriousness of teenage alcoholism. Weekend Page 2 A LOOK AT A POET Don't feel bad If you don't quite understand some of John Newlove's poems he says he doesn't always understand what he means when he's writing them. Weekend Page 12 RAYMOND LOSES Despite an outstanding performance by Wally Tollestrup, Raymond dropped a 66 65 squeaker during their 23rd annual Christmas basketball tourament. Page 12 CROWSNEST COAL For 20 years, the people who stayed behind in the Crowsnest Pass waited and watched an entire generation of young people leave for more prosperous climes. But with the resurgence of the coal Industry, reports Al things are on the upswing once more. Page 15 FRAUD IN GOD'S NAME Religious quacks exact cash from the seriously III In a new and ugly con game that Is on the Increase. Page 19 WELDING LASS At first, Connie Marchand wasn't going to have anything to do with the dust and smoke of the welding trade, but now she's well on her way to a welder's career after finishing at course at Lethbridge Community College. Page 27 n Td like to return this. Somebody already bought me a wife for Christmas.' Inside 102 Pages Classified 20-23 Comics 13 Comment 4, 5 15-17 Family 26-27 Markets 28 Religion 18-19 Sports 10-12 Entertainment 7-8 TV 6 Weather 3 LOW TONIGHT 10, HIGH SUN. 40, SUNNY, MILDER BILL GROENEN photo Wind patterns Snow and dirt drifted near these West Lethbridge houses is an indication of the winds residents of the city's newest subdivision must endure. The wind will be everyone's problem for the next couple of days, but will be tempered by mostly clear skies and temperatures reaching 35 degrees, giving city street crews a chance to finish digging out from the Christmas storm. Egyptians discussing arms shipments with Russians MOSCOW (AP) Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy and War Minister Lt.- Gen. Abdel Ghany Gamasy arrived here today "at the urgent invitation of Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev to discuss his scheduled visit to Cairo next month. The Soviet news agency Tass said the two Egyptians were met by Soviet Foreign Lang promises measures to tighten bail control TORONTO The Star says that Justice Minister Otto Lang plans to give judges greater leeway to refuse bail to accused persons under proposed amendments to the 1972 bail reform measures. In an Ottawa story, the newspaper says that Mr. Lang told it in an interview that the part of an omnibus bill of proposed Criminal Code "clarify and emphasize a judge's abili- ty to keep the accused in IRA offer rejected by Protestants BELFAST (AP) Leaders of the Ulster Defence Associa- tion largest of the Protestant para-military organizations, said today they have turned down an invita- tion from the predominantly Roman Catholic Irish Republican Army (IRA) to enter into peace talks. A UDA spokesman said the invitation to meet with Seamus Twomey, a much- sought IRA guerrilla leader and former IRA commander in Belfast, was made Dec. the IRA announced a Christmas ceasefire custody" when the judge suspects the accused will repeat the offence when re- leased. The bail reform measures have been criticized by some law enforcement officials as too liberal to prevent repeated offences or disappearances while on bail. Minister Andrei Gromyko and Defence Minister Andrei Grechko The Russians have offered new arms shipments to Egypt if Soviet military advisers are permitted to accompany them, and the timing of the trip plus Gamasy's presence in Moscow indicate thai military issues will be a prime topic. However, all mention of Brezhnev's trip to Egypt, Syria and Iraq disappeared from the Soviet press today, indicating to some observers that he might be having se- cond thoughts about it. Traditionally, the state-con- trolled press precedes any major trip by an increasing flow ot articles on the subject, and this has been the case un- til recently with the Brezhnev trip. Tension builds in Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Prospects for an early end to the protracted conflict over Eritrea appeared slim today despite an assurance by Ethiopia's military rulers that they were still striving for a peaceful solution. The Eritrean Liberation Front (ELFi has been fighting the Ethiopian army since Eritrea, formerly a federal state with a large degree of autonomy, was made a province of Ethiopia in 1962. Ethiopia's ruling military council announced Friday night that it is continuing efforts at the highest level to end the conflict by negotiation. A council spokesman said talks were under way, but declined to say who was party to them. Reports from Beirut, however, quoted ELF Secretary-General Osman Saleh Sabbi as saying his movement is determined to continue fighting for Eritrea's independence. Sabbis was reported as saying his organization, now equipped with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons as well as artillery, is ready for war rather than the guerrilla fighting of recent years Friday night's statement by the military council denied that there have been clashes between secessionist rebels and Ethiopian army units, and accused foreign news media of exaggerated reporting. Asmara, capital of the province, has been in a state of high tension since Sunday when rebels described as "unidentified bandits" in the council statement threw hand grenades into two crowded bars in the city centre, killing six people and injuring 40. Asmara residents said the sound of automatic gunfire has been heard almost every night since Sunday. The city's population has been observing a self-imposed curfew, with bars and restaurants closed after dark and the streets deserted Informed sources here said early today the military council was planning to send a high-powered delegation to Asmara, but the purpose of its visit was now known. Seen and heard About town Ian Mandin's three year old daughter offering "Honey" as her dad's name in response to a quizzical salesman Wayne Pinkney preparing for a trip to Vic- toria to pay off a dinner bet lost by choosing the right team at the wrong time last Grey Cup. Japanese straggler found in Indonesia TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Reports that a Taiwanese man who who fought with the Japanese army in the Second World War has been found in Indonesia have created problems for his remarried wife. Indonesian air force spokesmen announced Thursday that Teruo Nakamura, 57, had surrendered to an air force team that spotted him naked and living wild on Morotai Island south of the Philippines. Japanese authorities in Tokyo identified Nakamura as a Takasago tribesman from Taiwan who was trained as a guerrilla fighter in the Japanese army and sent to Morotai in 1944. Records also showed that Nakamura had married Li Lam- ying before joining the army. A policeman in Taitung, south of Taipei, informed the 56-year-old Li that her husband had been found. He quoted her as saying, "I am glad to know he is still alive, but I dare not say anything before my tribe holds a meeting on this matter." The policeman said Li had married another Takasago tri- besman, Huang King-mu, 72, after Nakamura had been missing for many years. Letters oppose raise for MPs The Canadian Press Although members of Parliament must decide hov, to vote on giving themselves a pay increase some of their constituents are determined to have a say in the decision. Of 836 letters Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau received from Dec. 16 to 20. 338 opposed the proposed salary increase, which was reduced to 33.3 per cent from the original plan of 50 per cent following public reaction. None of the letters favored the proposal and some called the increases "revolting" and "unreason- able." Last Friday, when the House of Commons prepared to recess until Jan. 22. the prime minister told MPs to go home and explain the propos- ed salary increases. While some MPs interview- ed this week said they were spending much of their time at home explaining the increases to their con- stituents, Stanley Knowles. NDP house leader and MP for Winnipeg North Centre, said he did not have to explain his opposition to the increases He said he has received about 500 letters from across Canada, all opposing the increase. Dr. Vic Railton, Liberal MP for Welland, said he received only two telephone calls and two letters but the message was clear. "The general concern of those I did receive com- munications from was that 50 per cent it was deserving or look- ed like he said. Hugh Faulkner, secretary of state and Liberal MP for Peterborough, said he believes there will be less public opposition to the pay increases since Mitchell Sharp, privy council president, has introduced an amendment giving a 33.3-per- cent increase. The MPs now earn a in salary and in tax-free expense allowances. A 33.3-per-cent increase would raise salaries to and expense allowances to for a total of Tom Cossitt, Conservative MP for Leeds, said he will vote against the bill unless it is changed, adding that the public might support an increase tied to the cost of living. Max Saitsman. NDP member for Waterloo- Cambridge, said he received 50 to 60 letters, all opposing increases. He said he is getting less criticism from constituents than other MPs because he opposed increases from the start. No Herald New Year's The Herald will not publish Wednesday. Jan 1, New Year's Day Advertisements for Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday. Jan. 4. must be received by noon Tuesday, Dec. 31. Classified advertisements received by a.m. Tuesday. Dec. 31, will appear Thursday, Jan. 2. Darwin trying to shake frontier image By IAN STEWART New York Times Service DARWIN, Australia The cyclone that shattered most of Darwin on Christmas Day struck at a time when this northern city was striving to shake off the rough frontier reputa- tion that had clung to it since its founding in 1869. Today, as the evacuation of the homeless con- tinued more than half of the city's peo- ple will be evacuated by Jan. 1 there were new government pledges that Darwin would be rebuilt. Thus, the old frontier town, which was also flattened by a cyclone in 1897 and heavily bomb- ed by the -Japanese during the Second World War, has a new chance to become a model city. Many here these days were recalling the devastating Japanese attack of February, 1942, that has been described as Australia's Pearl Harbor. That raid was carried out by 242 Japanese planes, and it killed 243 people. The attack produced panic and a mass flight of civilians and servicemen and was subsequently investigated by a royal commission. Darwin, capital of the federally administered Northern Territory, was subjected to 58 more raids up un- til November, 1943. The city has always had a frontier image because of its early history as a tropical outpost for pearl divers, gold seekers, buffalo hunters and adventurers from around the world. In the days when most commercial planes were propeller driven, Darwin was the jumping off point for virtually all overseas flights. For residents of Sydney and Melbourne, the hot, humid city seemed, after an eight hour flight, almost as remote and alien as Jakarta and Singapore to the north. Darwin is miles by air from Sydney and miles from Melbourne. Darwin has grown in recent years at a faster rate than any other Australian city except the mining community of Mount Isa, in Queensland. The discovery of uranium and other important mineral deposits in the Northern Territory, the expansion of the beef industry and the develop- ment of a shrimp industry were responsible for Darwin's growth in the fifties and sixties. The population increased from in 1945 to in 1961, and it was about when Cyclone Tracy struck. Darwin was founded as a settlement called Palmerston in 1869. The name was changed to Darwin in 1911. The settlement was built on a peninsula jutting into one of Australia's finest harbors the original reason for its existence. When the settlement was flattened by the cyclone of 1897, a visiting lay preacher told the residents that the storm was a reminder from Providence that they were a very sinful people. The Northern Territory Times responded in an editorial saying that "Providence leveled all of the places of worship and didn't leave us with a square foot of church to pray in." The discovery of gold at Pine Creek to the south of Darwin produced an early rush of drifters to the settlement on the Timor Sea and led to its reputation as a brawling boozing com- munity. ;