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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 35 VOL. LXIV No. 10 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAG JOS Milder punishment sought for 11 convicted Russian hijackers From AP-Rcutcr MOSCOW (CP) Defence lawyers for tlie 11 defendants convicted in tlie Leningrad hi- jacking trial appealed to the Su- preme Court of the Russian Federation today for "milder because of the "exceptional circumstances" of the case, an informant reported. The informant, Soviet physi- cist Dr. Andrei Sakharov, a leader of tlie Movement for Lib- eralization in Soviet Society, spoke to reporters and relatives r.f tno Olltsidfi the courthouse after the hearing re- cessed for tlie day. Proceedings will resume Thursday and S'akharov said the prosecution will speak then. Two Soviet Jews convicted of planning to hijack a Soviet air- liner were sentenced last Thurs- day to death by firing squad and nine other seven of them given labor camp terms ranging from four to 15 years. Sakharov said defence law- yers asked the court to invoke Article 43 of the Russian crimi- nal code which provides for "milder punishment than prov- ided by law" when "exceptional circumstances" permit. TRIED TO EMIGRATE Tlie "exceptional circum- stances" in this case apparently are the fact that nine of tlie 11 defendants are Jewish and were trying to circumvent the Soviet ban on emigration abroad, ha this case to Israel. Relatives and friend'- had gathered in the snow oin: :de the courthouse awaiting word on the proceedings. One woman was taken away screaming by two plainclothes- men after she told foreign cor- respondents "They won't let us into the courtroom or out of the country." Two of the Jewish defendants were sentenced to death and the other defendants given labor camp terms of from four to 15 years. All were convicted of treason last Thursday at Lenin- grad. No relatives of the dcfcndr-iits or sympathizers were allowed inside the courthouse. FT, APPROVE PEACE TALKS-Members of Israel's Knesset (parliament) vote Tuesday in favor of the cabinet decision to return to the United Nations ..Middle East peace talks with Egypt and Jordan. Some of those identifiable, clockwise from de- fence Minister Moshe Dayan, wearing eye patch, 1 are: Justice Minister Yaaqov Shapiro; Prime Min- ister Golda Meir; Deputy Premier Yigal In- formation Minister Israel Gallili; Foreign Min- ister Abba Eban; and Finance Minister Pinhas Shapiro, foreground. Canada gears for biggest Arabs prepare for more war of year By THE CANADIAN PRESS Nightclubs and hotels across Canada are rushing through last-minute preparations for what is usually their most hectic, if not most profitable, night of the Year's Eve. Meantime, police and transportation officials also are gearing up for the annual year-end bash. Although police in some areas report a tendency by holiday drinkers to stay off tlie roads this year, police patrols in many areas will be increased. House parlies rank at the top of the popularity polls in the Atlantic provinces with hotel and club dances running a close second. Prices range from a couple at club parties in Prince Edward Island to a couple for a dinner dance at the Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax. A police spokesman said patrols in these provinces will ho increased to lend a hand to people hut won't act as a "taxi service" for those who feel they shouldn't drive themselves. WANT SIX COURSES? In Montreal, the Salle Bonaventure in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel is offering, at S30 a head, a six-course gourmet dinner, half bottle of champagne and Spanish dancers and orchestra for entertainment. Canadian National Railways have reported heavy reservations in (ho province of Quebec and have added extra cars to their regular runs and extra trains to and from the Maritimes. Air Canada also has reported an increase, about 10 per cent above last year. In Ontario, the action planned is much the for a small fortune you can dine and dance in elegance or for a more reasonable fee you can sit at home and greet Use new year on television. Prices at Toronto clubs for dining and dancing range from to S75 a couple. In Winnipeg, most hotels already report full book- ings u-ilh prico.s ranging from 3 modest a couple for dinner and entertainment lo a couple for the c-ame treatment 3 stage play thrown in. House parties and hotel entertainment are equal in popularity in Saskatchewan hut in either case party- goers are urged to play it safe on the road home. Prices in most Alberta hotels range from to a couple. Hotel managers are looking for a pros- perous year. "Mouse parties bad tlmir innings a few years ago. There's 3 heavy demand for dining and said hotel CAIRO (CP) President Anwar Sadat will address Egyptians Monday about cru- cial developments in the Middle East situation and the possibil- ity of renewed fighting when the current ceasefire expires, the authoritative ne w s p a p e r Al Ahram said today. He will make the address at a mass rally in the Nile Delta town of Tanta and also will ad- dress rallies in the major south- ern cities of Assiut, Kena and Aswan, starting Jan. 14. The president's decision lo ex- plain his policies to the people comes a day after he ordered E g y p t 's entire governmental machinery to be placed in a stale of readiness for war. He reaffirmed there would be no further extension of (lie Mid- dle East ceasefire after Feb. 5 unless serious contacts were started to implement the UN Se- curity Council resolution of Nov- ember, 1967, which included a call for Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories in re- turn for Arab recognition of Is- rael's right to exist. START TO PREPARE After Tuesday's meetings be- tween Sadat and his cabinet, leaders of the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt's sole political or- ganization, and provincial gov- ernors, the governors started to prepare for a possible renewal of hostilities. They held meetings with mili- tary advisers and other local leaders aimed at carrying out the president's directive that No Herald on Friday The Herald will not publish Friday, Jan. 1, New Year's Day. There will b e a regular edition Saturday. Jan. 2. with full coverage of world and local news and sporting events occurring duriug flic New Year Holiday. Display advertising for. Monday, Jan. 4, must be re- ceived no later than noon Thursday, Dec. 31. Deadline for Tuesday, Jan. 5, is noon, Saturday, Jan. 2. Classified advertising for Saturday, Jan. 2. will be r.c- ccpted until noon, Thursday, Dec. 31. each province should be pre- pared as an independent unit. Premier Golda Meir told the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) Tuesday that' Israel will not make peace with the Arabs un- less it gets "defensive" fron- tiers and retains control of all Jerusalem. But she also said Israel, bol-! stered by new support from the United States, is re-entering the peace nesotiations at the United Nations "ready not only to present our position but also to listen." President Sadat labelled Is- rael's decision to return to the peace talks a "manoeuvre" and then ordered Egypt to get ready for deep Israeli raids after the ceasefire expires. The Knesset voted 77 to 27 and with nine abstentions to re- join the negotiations with UN mediator Gunnar Jarring as the go-between. Race stable horses die in blaze CALGARY (CP) Fourteen thoroughbred horses were kill- ed early today when lire ripped through a racing stable about 10 miles south of the city. Police said the horses were valued at but gave no estimate of damage to the barn which was destroyed. Tlie farm, part of the estate of the late JS'ado Gallelti of Cal- gary, is without telephone ser- vice and no fire fighting units were called to the blaze. Franco spares of m 5HA Killers escape death LITTLE ROCK, Ark. CAP) Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, say- ing he hoped other governors would follow his example, has conunuled to life the sentences of all 15 men on death row in The prisoners were jubilant, but some men in public office were sharply critical. Rockefeller, 58, said his only reason for granting the commu- tations Tuesday was that he was unalterably opposed to tlie death peralty and hoped to "hasten the elimination of bar- barism as a tool of American justice." Nine of the men, tlircc whites and six blacks, were sentenced for murder. Six others, all blacks, were sentenced for raps of white women. The action came two weeks before Rockefeller is to leave office. Dale Bumpers, who will suc- ceed Rockefeller as governor Jan. 12, commented: "I know he acted in accord- ance with his personal philoso- phy. I'm sure he had sufficient information to justify in his own mind the action that he took." CONVICT COMMENTS Albert Harris, 28, a Negro under death sentence in the rape of a white woman eight years ago, said after hearing of his reprieve: "Long as a man got life, he's got a chance." Larry McGuire, superintend- ent of tlie Tucker prison farm that houses death row, said the 15 men were "very elated, very happy" at the news. State Representative G. W. Turner of Pine Bluff said he had heard Rockefeller's mes- sage to the convicts and "now I'd like to have his message to the victims." State Senator Olen Hendrix of Prescott said he was shocked, declaring: "I've always felt that the people who heard the evi- dence and tlie presiding judges should know more about how to handle a sentence than a chief executive." Seen and heard About town Christmas present received by Mrs. W. II. (Olive) Collison as she held a perfect 29 cribbage hand in a game Christmas Day playing with partner Herbert SchNciminit against the team nf Mrs. Grace Wil- son and Mrs. Marion Sclilic- mann Bruce Harrow fall- ing to the floor, v.ith a col- lapsed piano stool under him, just as he got. to "we see theo rise" in the National Anthem. creates chaos PARIS (Reutcr) More than 20.000 Frenchmen got an unex- pected day off today, penned in their homes by snowstorms that brought chaos to France in the last 48 hours. The cold snap, which first hit the country just before Christ- mas, is known to havs claimed at least 10 victims, two of them Tuesday in the southern town of Montelimar where snow brought down the roof of a military mess hall on stranded travellers sheltering inside. Southern France was one of the worst affected regions. As many as cars were re- ported stranded on blocked and icy highways on a single 25-mile stretcii of the highway linking Paris with the south. Southern England was hit by blizzards. Commuter trains in the London area were disrupted when slush froze on points and electric rails, and weathermen warned that the whole of Brit- ain was about to be struck by a vast snowstorm coming from the continent. Almost all roads in northern Italy were covered with snow or ice. About 200 skiers have been trapped in three small resorts south of Milan since Sunday. Elsewhere in Europe, parts of S p a i n 's Mediterranean coast had their first snow in 20 years. Southern Spain, normally a win- ter refuge lor northern Euro- peans, shivered. Trudeau may to Russia, MADRID (Reuterl Gen. Francisco Franco to- night reprieved six Basque nationalist guerrillas con- demned to death by firing squad. Franco acted after receiving pleas for clemency from governments and heads of state in various parts of the world. His gesture appeared to take the steam out of pending riots and demonstrations, both by Basques and by sympathetic political groups. _ The commutations came a few hours before the beginning of the Spanish Holy Year, a reli- gious event that occurs each five years. The sentences were imposed for murder and banditry. Franko quietly defused the most explosive crisis since the end of tlie Spanish civil war in 1939. The decision also represented a victory for liberals in his cabi- net. Lt.-Gcn. Tomas Garcia Re- bull, commander of the Burgo military region, had earlier con- firmed the death sentences. Bowing to world opinion and to the economic and political realities of Europe, tlie 78-year- old general reduced the nine death sentences levied against the Basques by a military court martial in Burgos to 30 years imprisonment. The official announcement that tlie aged Spanish leader was saving tlie youthful Basques came after Franco met with his cabinet for the second straight day. 40 buried iu Israel rock slide BEERSHEBA, Israel CAP) A rock slide crashed through the wooden roof of a dining hall at a border farm settlement today, burying about 40 persons. Hospital -attendants said several persons were killed. The landslide was at Neot Hakikar, south of the Dead Sea just west of tlie Jordanian bor- der. The dead and injured were evacuated by helicopter. Nine of the victims were brought to hospital in Beer- sheba. None was seriously in- jured, attendants said. Neot Hakikar has been a fre- quent target of Arab guerrilla attacks from Jordan. TORONTO CCPl Tlie Jew- ish Labor Committee of Toronto has called for a demonstration today 'in front of city hall to pro- test the penalties imposed on 11 persons convicted of attempting to hijack a plane from the So- viet Union. Of of them were sentenced to death and the remainder to a total of 105 years in labor camps by a Len- ingrad court last week. In Montreal, six rabbis met Tuesday with officials of t h e Soviet consulate and presented a formal protest. While the rabbis met with consulate officials, a three-day vigil protesting the sentences continued outside the building. In Winnipeg, about 250 mem- bers of the city's Jewish com- munity crowded the plaza in front of city hall Tuesday night for a protest demonstration. Eabbi Abram Steinberg, chair- man of tlie western region of the Canadian Jewish Congress, read a telegram being sent to Prime Minister Trudeau. It asked the government to In- tercede in the Soviet action. CHARGES 'FABRICATED' "The charges against the 11 accused were fabricated by the Soviet authorities in line with their systematic anti-Semitic campaign of destroying tlie Jews in the Soviet Union and its satellite spokesmen for tlie Toronto com- mittee said. Bandit killed in sliootout at Montreal MONTREAL (CPi One bandit was killed and two others injured today in a wild shoot-out following a holdup at a west-end branch of the Bank of Montreal. Police said at least 50 shots were exchanged between four bandits and police waiting out- side the bank after noticing tlie gang cruising in the area. spr OTTAWA iCP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau will probably visit Paissia sometime in the spring, his office announced today. No dates have been set. Mr. Trudeau bad postponed a state trip to Russia in October because of the Quebec kidnap- ping crisis. million stolen NEW YORK (AP) A 140- pound safe containing more than million in securities was stolen Tuesday from the Rabi- nowitr and Son bottle distribu- ting firm in Brooklyn, police re- ported. One defective com- mented: "I didn't tliink we had that much money in the pre- cinct." Lynching reports draw skepticism Famed stetson hats nearing end of trail PHILADELPHIA John B. Stetson Co., manufac- turer of famous hats since 1865, announced Tuesday it will slop making liats in early 1971. Norman Karps, executive vice-president, said: "Despite the diligent efforts of management and the loyalty of our customers, the severe decline in the use of hats has made it unfeas- ible to continue the production of hats in our large Philadel- phia plant." Thus, the modern male's dis- like of hats will bring an end lo the Stetson hat, long identi- fied uiili tiit; rich 'njsioiy of the American and Canadian West and worn by ranchers and oil millionaires among others. At one time the Stetson firm employed workers at its Philadelphia plant, but (oday only 300 work there. Other plants are in Danbury, Conn., and New York Citv. GDANSK, Poland (API More Ui.ui a wore of militiamen wero beaten up in the recent Polish riols. by a Communist of- ficial's count, but reports of lynchings drew skepticism today in this area. A 17-year-old youth declared he saw 10 policemen hanging from trees at the height of dem- onstrations against price in- creases imposed by the govern- ment. "The crowd went mad be- cause of the brutality used by tie he taid. Oilier Gdansk citizens said in effect: "We have hoard rumors about but it was to have occurred in Gdynia." In thai city the story was the reverse. People there said: "We thought it happened in Gdansk." There was no official com- ment. Tadcusz Kuta, a member of tlie Communist party committee in Gdansk, gave this account of events here: "On tlie Monday, when the marches hpgaii, we wanted to avoid clashes at any price. Even the traffic police were wiUidrawn that day in order not to enrage the crowd. "However, the next day was different. The demonslralors fired party headquarters and police had lo reply with tear gas. A mob also attacked the police station. One policeman was heavily beaten up and even then fellow policemen didn't use firearms to save him. "All in all." there were 26 mi- litiamen seriously beaten up in Gdansk and Gdynia, and we don't know for sm-e whether they will live or not." The five-storey party head- quarters was burned out. Work- men arc removing debris there. The main hall of the railway slation also was severely- dam- aged. It is officially admitted fix policn cars verc burned, Pension increased fpr eX'presidenfs WASHINGTON' (API Tha U.S. Senate Tuesday night com- pleted congressional acfion on a bill raising the pensions of for- mer presidents to a year from S25.000. The new pension level would be equal to the sala- ries paid members of the cabi- net. The vote was unexpectedly claw, 36 to 35, ;