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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, December 30, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Former prime minister John Diefcnbakcr, vacationing in the Barbados and away Irom the Canadian winter, says the de- cision to devalue the United States dollar was "courageous and sensible." Diefenbaker described the U.S. dollar value change as the first move toward restruc- turing the world monetary system last reviewed at the Bretton Woods conference of 1M4- Gordon Carton, Ontario min- ister of financial and commer- cial affairs, says he wants more protection for persons paying for charter aircraft flights. Mr Carton said in an inter- view he will be looking into the possibility of Ontario legislation that would ensure that money paid by passengers for charter flights be put in trust until the flight takes place. He paid he favors a scheme that would ensure people get their money back if charter flights fail to materialize and would eliminate the possibility of somebody skipping with the money. Former Teamsters Union president James Hoffa, who was released from prison last week, charged Wednesday that was kept in maximum security for almost three years on or- ders from Washington. "In my opinion, they were trying to break my Hof- fa told the Detroit News in a copyright interview. Hoffa said he was assigned to a job stuffing mattresses which kept him confined in a cage for seven hours a day. A Lt.-Col. Harry K. Vipond, 75, command payfaster of the 1st Canadian Division in the Sec- ond World War, has died in a Toronto hospital. He had been suffering from emphysema for 10 years. Born in Toronto, he was an officer in the British Army be- fore his 17th birthday. After the war he returned to Canada and was a partner in an investment business in Toronto before start- ing his own firm in Kitchener, Out, The state department in Washington dismissed as pure speculation suggestions that Anatoly Chcbotiryev, a Soviet defector who returned home, was planted in the United Chebotaryev, described by ihe U.S. officials as a major in So- viet intelligence, left for Mos- cow two days ago after defect- ing to the United States in Octo her. His departure around spec illation that he was planted in the United States to confuse its intelligence specialists. A Toronto man involved in an alleged hijack plot in Finland says he expects to be home in a "day cr two." Leonard Milne, 43, is being held by police in Helsinki after a United States drline pilot told police of plans to hijack a Pan V, t American World Airways jet in a bid to free a Lithuanian sailor n a Soviet prison camp. Rev. Ernest Long, secretary of the United Church of Can- ada's general council, said in an interview that Mr. Milne, a jlanner for the church, had sent a wire to the external affairs department in Ottawa. He said the wire told of Mr. Mime's appearance in a Hel- sinki court and conviction on a charge of possessing a weapon without a licence. He received a fine. "He said he was likely to be deported in a day or two di- rectly to said Itev- Long. Mr. Milne, travelling to Eu- rope on a British passport, is the church's director of plan- nine assistance. Accusing President Nixon of largely abandoning his campaign promises, Represen- tative John M. Ashbrook an- nounced today his challenge to Nixon for the presidency to give conservative? what he called an opportunity to remind Nixon of those promises. The Ohio Republican said Nixon was elected because he offered change "and it was to be in the conservative direc- tion." Keeping tab on the people Investigation army grows By JOHN BARBOUR EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) Fred Geist toys with his morn- ing soft drink at the drugstore table, his face blunt and neigh- borly. At the other tables the tigators. Some 600 girls are em- ployed by Retail Credit for that purpose, and they work on tele- phones, checking charge ac- count applications with empoyl- ers, other merchants and files. Grasshopper outbreak predicted WINNIPEG (CP) Entomo- logists at the Canada depart- ment of agriculture station here predict a potentially severe out- break of grassshopper infesta- tions in parts of Manitoba in 1972. The department bases its pro- jection on the favorable breed- ing conditions for grasshoppers that existed in the past season, and says egg counts indicate the major problem area is the Red River valley, most of which is moderately infested and sur- rounded by an area of lighter infestation. There is a small area of se- vere infestation between Du- frost and Ridgeville, stretching southeast of Winnipeg to near the United States border. Other lightly infested areas are between Neepawa and Glad- stone, an area east of Brandon and between Holland and St. Claude, near the Spruce Woods Provincial Park. The report said conditions during the hatching period would determine whether the infestations are lighter or heav- ier than predicted. Major outbreaks, which fol- low a cyclical pattern have oc- curred four times in the last 40 years in Manitoba. FLORAL EMBLEM The floral emblem of Nova Scotia is the mayflower, or trailing arbutus. THE JESUS PEOPLE. Who are the Jesus People? Are they freols and fanatics, just following the latest fad a return to religion? Or are these young people setting the stags for a sweeping social reform in the Western world? Week- end Magazine takes a look at this growing movement ond how it affects its young adherents, this Saturday. IN YOUR IETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE early patrons tell friendly jokes, Auto insurance calls for an overly energetic with their talk I a u t o m a 11 c check of police and their coffee records. Life insurance requires One, in coveralls, stops by and says cheerfully: "Hi, snoop, where you snooping Fred smiles the question away. He's used to it. He was once a policeman in a nearby small town. Now he is an investigator. Everyone knows him and knows what he does. Fred Geist is 31. He is one of an army of mostly young men and women who look into the lives of their fellow citizens, then- bank accounts and their habits, their neighbors and their reputations. The information they collect is only a small part of the de- tails on citizens contained in the files of government and busi- ness, gathered by dozens of agencies or volunteered by citi- zens in the course of their dem- ocratic lives. The average American makes a living, files an income tax, has a job and a Social Security file. He was in the armed forces, has a dossier in the Pen- tagon and his fingerprints at the FBI. He asks a department store for a charge account and i gets a personal credit file. DATA SPECIALIZED So far, there is no mammoth computerized memory of every good and bad thing he has done. There is no individual Big Brother watching him. But there are scores of little big brothers with their own filing cabinets keeping specialized data, good and bad, on Ameri- can lives. Income and the details of his spending are lodged with Inter- nal Revenue. His bank knows, and sometimes will tell, his fin- ancial worth. Police files record every incursion he makes into the rules of behavior. The de- partment store knows whether he is prompt or slow to pay. The bank that holds his mort- gage and the finance company that paid for his oar know what his reputation is, whether he drinks, whether he has low mor- als or bad habits. In a world that wouldn't oth- erwise know him from Adam, people such as Fred Geist find out who he is. Geist must be careful about derogatory information. "In a small town you don't have to go far to find someone who doesn't like you. I wouldn't have to leave this drugstore to find three people who don't like me." In Geist's briefcase are 18 re- quests for action he will check on in one afternoon. He will talk to neighbors, for- mer employers, bankers, the subjects themselves. If he comes up with one ounce of de- rogatory information be will check with others to affirm it or deny it. If it holds, it and the rest of the profile go into the Wichita branch files of Retail Credit Co., an Atlanta-based concern which controls branch offices, 6.000 men like Fred Geist. LACK FIGURES There are no good figures on how many agencies are in the "confidential reporting" busi- ness. One writer estimates that in the credit field alone there are some bureaus employ- ing agents. That is only a small part of the army of inves- financial information. Prospective employers often want to check the data that job applicants put down on their questionaires. They may also want to know if there is any de- rogatory information hidden in his employment record. Insurance companies are one of the prime reasons that com- panies like Retail Credit exist. Another is that most firms deal nationally today ?nd everyone is a stranger. People move around the country, change jobs more frequently. "The fact that we says H. H. Nichols, vice-president, "enables you to take your good name with you." "People are fundamentally says F. J. Brutzman, executive vice-president of Re- tail Credit. "It is only the rare No identification made on hijacker TORONTO (CP) Police in Canada and the United States still were awaiting positive iden- tification today before laying charges against the man who hijacked an Air Canada DC-9 outside Toronto Sunday night and diverted it to Cuba. Insp. George Wilson of Missis- sauga police, whose jurisdiction takes in the Toronto airport, said it still had not been con- firmed that the man was Pat- rick Critton, 24, a native of the Harlem district of New York. This was the name on a pass- port the Negro hijacker showed officials when he arrived in Cuba. Babysitter and parents showed neglect MASSET, B.C. (CP) A cor- oner's jury in this community on the Queen Charlotte Islands has ruled that both the parents and a babysitter show- ed neglect in their actions pre- ceding a fire Dec. 19 in the nearby village of Haida in which five children, died. The jury made its findings after an inquest into the deaths of Karen Leona Bell, 9, Eileen Dorothy Bell, 5, Vincent Rod- erick Bell, 1, and two seven- year-olds, Gilbert Clifford Bell and Peter Charles Bell. The jury said the babysitter showed neglect by not advising a responsible person that ha was leaving the children unat- tended. It said the parents showed neglect by leaving the young- sters in the charge of a baby- sitter for a period of some 15 hours without determining that their well-being was being at- tended to. The inquest was told the babysitter went home in the early morning about 2% hours before the fire is believed to have started and that the par- ents had been in Haida during the time the babysitter was in charge but had not checked at the house. The jury said the cause of the fire was not known but an overheated oil stove in the house was suspected. FILLING UP Nototheniid fish of the Antarc- tic adjust their depth in the water by a special "tank" into and out of which they pump GOBY'S LADIES7 AND CHILDREN'S WEAR 2 1 Plus CONTINUES... With your purchase of 1 Dress or 1 Hot Pant Outfit, or 1 Pant Suit, you can take your choice of 1 Dress, 1 Hot Pant Outfit, 1 Pant Suit, 1 Sweater, 1 Blouse, 1 Skirt or 1 Nightgown of Equal Value or less for only............ WOMEN'S AND TEENS' Sweaters, T-Shirts, Blouses and Skirts OFF WOMEN'S AND TEENS' Winter Jackets and Walking Suits TO CLEAR Price ALL CHILDREN'S Dresses, Slacks, Pant Suits, Hot Pant Outfits, Sweaters, T-Shirts OFF Winner of our Free Draw for Merehandisa was Mrs. B, Clark, 816 7th Ave. South GOBY'S CHILDREN'S WEAR 352 13tk ST. NORTH _ PHONE 327-5687 Insp. Wilson said a variety of charges would be laid as soon as identification was made. He declined to specify all charges but said kidnapping would be in- cluded because it was covered in a Canadian extradition treaty with Cuba. The Canadian Criminal Code contains no specific section on air piracy and the offence is not covered in the extradition agreement. Police in Thunder Bay, Ont, where the DC-9 flight origi- nated, suspect the hijacker may have arrived on flight from To- ronto Saturday night. Detective Zigmund Magdee of Thunder Bay police said a man who checked into a local hotel Saturday afternoon and left Sun- day afternoon was "almost defi- nitely" the hijacker although he registered under the name Wil- liam Paul Ponder. The hijacker, armed with a revolver and a grenade, com- mandeered the plane about 20 minutes before it landed at To- ronto and forced the six-mem- ber crew to fly him to Cuba after allowing the 82 passengers to leave. one who is of such a nature that he is not a good risk." The company commissioned a poll in 1970 to test public opinion on investigations. The results speak for the discretion with which investigations are carried out. In summary, the report said, the man-on-the-street does not feel that his privacy is being in- vaded by business organizations asking questions about him, as long as he is involved in a bona fide business transaction. For most people, the desire for per- sonal benefits far overshadows their reluctance to have certain qualifying questions asked about them...." ONLY FIRE SURVIVORS Richard Maiily, 11 (left) and his brother Christian, 12, only survivors of a farm- house fire that left 11 others in their fnmily dead, poso with autographed hockey slicks presented to them by former Monireal Canadiens player Maurice Richard. The boys, who suffered burns as they fried to rescue a younger brother during the Dec. 2 fire at Mammon, Ont., 25 miles east of Ottawa, are due to be released from an Otlawa hospital shortly. They will live with relatives. WHY HAVE A THIEF FOR A BUSINESS Last year the majority of the nation's retailers have shared as much as two fhirds of their net profit with unknown thieves through pilferage and shoplifting losses. Foto Vu with new space age developed optic electronic equipment custom engineered to individual needs of each busi- ness can prevent up to 80% of all pilferage or shoplifting losses an accomplishment proven in hundreds of retail installations across the United States and Canada. An attractive leave program makes the thief pay for ihe required protection. For Detailed Information Write: SECURITY SYSTEMS LTD. 914 5th AVENUE NORTH, IETHBRIDGE or TELEPHONE 327-4755 old style his style A mighty man was he-with a mighty thirst to match. His style? Lethbridge Old Style Pilsnerl The beer big enough to quench a thirstthat was hammered out of heat and fired in the forge. Beer slow-brewed and naturally aged for honest old-time flavour. Old Style Pilsner: you can't beat it! THAD1TION YOU CAN TASTE FflOM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDCE ;