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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, December 30, 1974 News In brief Sirica tells jury to disregard Nixon's pardon Laos rebels free Americans VIENTIANE (CP) Rebel Laotian army troops have freed six of 19 Americans held captive in a northwest provin- cial capital, informed American sources reported today. The sources said three men, two children and a woman were released from the town of Ban Houie Sai, crossed the Meking River to the town of Chieng Khong in Thailand, and were being flown to Vien- tiane. The other Americans in Ban Houie Sai, 240 miles northwest of Vientiane, are expected out "very the sources said. Oil spill mop-up continues FORT McMURRAY (CP) Work crews began burning small patches of oil on the House River in northeastern Alberta as mop up operations following a Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. pipeline rup- ture continued Saturdav. A GCOS spokesman said the oil was burned, under the supervision of the department of lands and forests and the Energy Resources Conserva- tion Board, because it could not be recovered. Bodies being flown home OTTAWA (CP) The bodies of three Canadian ser- vicemen, killed in the Middle East Christmas Eve, are to be flown home Jan. 2, the defence department said Sun- day. Arrangements with the Egyptian government for the transfer are "a long, slow a department spokesman said. But clearance is expected to be given soon for a commercial flight to carry the bodies from Cairo for arrival in Canada Jan. 3. Ford to cut tax surcharge VAIL, Colo. (AP) Presi- dent Ford has been urged by some of his economic advisers to push for a tax cut to bolster the faltering United States economy Ford also was reported ready to abandon his proposed income tax surcharge, a measure he urged earlier this year when he declared infla- tion to be public enemy No. 1. WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica told jurors today in the Watergate cover-up trial that the pardon granted Richard Nixon should not be a factor in their deliberations. Fire destroys old hotel Star-studded funeral for Benny Three of Hollywood's best known entertainers are side, from left, are Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra and among the pallbearers as Jack Benny's casket is Milton Berle. Story of the funeral is on Page 7 carried from a chapel in Culver City, Calif. On the far FORT LANGLEY, B.C. (CP) A hotel licensed for service since the 1870s was destroyed by fire Sunday. No injuries were reported. but witnesses said few of the antiques used to furnish the Fort Hotel were saved from the fire which swept through the two storey, wooden structure. Man charged in extortion Many Canadians planning quiet New Year's welcome X TORONTO (CP) Kenneth Terry Morton, 25, of Toronto has been charged with extor- tion in connection with a threat Saturday to blow up an Eaton's plaza department store unless a ransom was paid. Police said store manager Stephen Stavroff was ordered about 5 p.m. to leave the money beside a nearby bank or the bomb would ex- plode. CANADIAN PRESS Many Canadians are casting aside traditional party hats, noisemakers and liquor-laced festivities and plan to just sit and relax as the New Year rods in Wednesday. Vancouver Mayor Art Phillips is among those who view the frenzy of large gala celebrations with a jaded eye. "I really find the New Year's thing pretty artificial these days and don't go out says Mr. Phillips. He spent last Dec. 31 in As- Chess tournament tied VANCOUVER (CP) Peter Nurmi of Toronto and Grant Spraggett of Montreal share the lead today as they enter the seventh round of play in the 1974-75 Canadian Junior chess championship. Nurmi and Spraggett have perfect scores with five wins and an adjourned game each. Nurmi defeated Rick Stewart of Barnsville, N.B., Sunday but his game with Glenn Morin of Burnaby, B.C., ad- journed. Meanwhile Spraggett beat Jeff Babb of Winnipeg and his game with Brian Nickoloff of Toronto adjourn- ed after four hours. Former Greek leaders charged with treason million in art stolen PARIS (AFP) A collec- tion of 47 paintings by French masters, including Picasso, Gauguin and Dufy, valued at five million francs have been stolen from the Pans apartment of Jacques Cartier, a wealthy American landscape architect. The paintings, as well as nine bronze sculptures and a bas-relief by stolen from the Cartier apartment. Accord averts strike TORONTO plann- ed illegal strike by almost (XX) Ontario civil servants was averted Sunday as the employees voted to accept a 21.5 per cent wage increase in a one year contract. Civil servants in Ontario set FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE OPTICAL DESCRIPTION CO. Wednesday as a strike deadline contract talks broke down for 24 hours last Friday. 25 killed in Canada By The CANADIAN PRESS Twenty-five persons died in traffic and three were killed in snowmobile accidents in Canada during the weekend. A survey by The Canadian Press from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday night local times recorded 31 accidental deaths. KEA, Greece (Reuter) Former Greek president George Papadopoulos and four leading members of his deposed junta were charged Sunday with high treason and carry- ing the death penalty. Athens Appeals Court Judge George Voltis charged them in connection with the 1967 coup d'etat that brought seven years of military rule to Greece. The four others charged were tank commander Stylianos Pattakos and former intelligence officer Nicholas Makarezos, both deputy premiers during the dictatorship; former military police chief loannis Ladas; and former central intelligence service chief Michael Roufogalis. The five have been banished to this island in the Aegean Sea. Treason proceedings against them for their part in the coup were ordered last month by a full session of 80 appeals court judges. The suits named Papado- poulos, a former artillery colonel, former Brig.-Gen. Pattakos and former Col. Makarezos as the leaders of the junta. Former Col. Ladas and for- mer Maj.-Gen. Roufogalis were cited as leading members of the junta which seized power after toppling the parliamentary cabinet of veteran politician Panayotis Kanellopoulos on April 21 1967. Fifty retired and 32 serving been charged as responsible for the coup. Among them is retired Brig.Gen. Dimitrios loan- nides, former chief of the military police. Henry tops list of most admired men PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) For the second consecutive year, U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger heads the Gallup Poll's list of men Americans admire most. Rev. Billy Graham finished second in the poll for the fifth successive year. Graham has figured among the top 10 "most admired men" 18 times since the annual list was first compiled in 1946. For the fifth time in the poll's history an incumbent president did not nail down the top spot. President Ford was in third place, the same position as former president Richard Nixon in last year's list. This year Nixon dropped to seventh. There were two newcomers to this year's list, Vice- President Nelson Rockefeller in sixth place and California Gov. Ronald Reagan in ninth. Dropped from the top 10 in this year's selections were consumer advocate Ralph Nader and Pope Paul. In the survey, adults, 18 and older, were asked Dec. 6-9, "What man that you have heard or read about, living to- day in any part of the world, do you admire the Interviewees also were asked their second choice. pen, Colo., listening to the Nit- ty Gritty Dirt Band. "It was the first time I had gone out for New Year's Eve in said the mayor, in Aspen again this year skiing and planning to greet the New Year there quietly with friends. They aren't alone. Many other Canadians, including scores of federal and provin- cial politicians, also plan to see in the New Year quietly. Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and his family are vacationing in the mountains and Newfoundland opposition leader Ed Roberts will be with his family at their country home near St. John's "in front of a roaring birch fire, contemplating even greater success in 1975 than I achieved in 1974." Other public figures, in- cluding Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger and" Prime Minister Trudeau and wife Margaret, have gone to warmer climes. Meanwhile, hotels and nightclubs in major cities still are expecting the usual throngs of energetic souls seeking more uproarious ac- tivities. Prices vary, but Toronto merrymakers likely will pay about the highest in the country. Toronto residents also may leave their cars at home and ride free on city transit from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., courtesy of a distillery which has rented the system for the third consecutive year. Brando sister nixes donation LOS ANGELES (AP) Actor Marlon Brando says he will give all his land holdings in the United States to American Indians, but his sister, who shares some of the land with him, says she will not go along. "Over my dead Mrs. Richard Loving said Sunday about Brando's inclu- sion of the jointly- owned farm he plans to donate. "We are not giving this land away. There is no question about it." Mrs. Loving lives on the 40-acre farm in Mundelein, 111., located about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. She referred to it as "the family homestead." Brando, in listing the land he plans to give away, mentioned the farm in addition to 40 acres of land near Calabasas, Calif., a home in Los Angeles ?nd an apartment development in nearby Anaheim. "I think giving up all my land in America will entitle me to ask others to make a contribution, Brando said Satur- day in a telephone call to The Associated Press. Mideast war threat 'very real' UNITED NATIONS (AP) UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim says the chances of a new Middle East war will be "very real" unless there is a breakthrough toward an Arab- Israeli political settlement by spring. By that time, he said in a year-end interview, the man- dates of the peacekeeping forces run out and renewal will require the consent of Israel, Egypt and Syria. "I think the decision of the parties concerned would then depend on the kind of progress which has been made between now and that Waldheim said. The mandate for the UN Emergency Force separating Egyptian and Israeli troops in the Sinai ends on April 24, while that of the UN Disengagement Observer Force between Syrian and Israeli troops ends May 31. On other subjects, Waldheim said he: with the con- tention of the United States that the Asian, African and Communist members of the UN General Assembly exer- cised a "tyranny of the ma- jority" in the session that has just ended. not expect a cut in voluntary U.S. contributions to the world organization despite adverse congressional reaction to various assembly votes. "Neither the pardon of for- mer president Richard Nixon nor any other case or extra- neous matters should have any effect on your deliberations or your ver- Sirica said in in- structions he read to the jury. After hearing the judge's in- structions on the legal issues in the case, the nine women and three men who have listened to 11 weeks of arguments and testimony will begin the task of deciding the guilt or innocence of the five defendants. The long trial was the climax of the scandal that forced Nixon to resign the presidency less than two years after he was reelected by one of the largest margins ever. The grand jury that return- ed the cover-up indictment last March 1, also named Nix- on, then still president, an unindicted co-conspirator. The five defendants are for- mer attorney-general John Mitchell, former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, former assistant attorney-general Robert Mardian and Kenneth Parkinson, one-time lawyer for the Nixon reelection com- mittee. All were charged with con- spiring to obstruct the investi- gation of the Watergate break-in. All but Mardian were charged with obstruc- tion of justice and Mitchell, Haldeman and Ehrlichman also were charged with lying to the grand jury and the Senate Watergate committee. In addition to telling the ju- rors not 10 be influenced by the Nixon pardon, Sirica said they should "not draw any inference against any party because a particular prospec- tive witness may not have appeared." The jury has heard testimony from more than 80 witnesses, about 30 whom were called by the prosecutors. All five de- fendants testified. Prairie weekend accidents kill six By THE CANADIAN PRESS Three persons who died Sun- day in a traffic accident near Langenburg, Sask., were among at least six persons who died accidentally on the Prairies during the weekend. A Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m. Friday to mid- night Sunday showed four ac- cidental deaths in Saskatchewan, with Manitoba and Alberta each reporting one traffic fatality. In Saskatchewan, a two- vehicle accident near Langen- burg, 125 miles east of Regina, killed Bruce Walton Eckhart, 22, and 18-year-old Kenneth Friesen, both of Yorkton, Sask. Thomas William Turner, 63, of Bin- scarth, Man., also died in the mishap. A 55-year-old Prince Albert man, Joseph Caplan, died Saturday when a brick chimney fell on him while he was surveying the smoulder- ing remains of a school house 12 miles east of Prince Albert. In Albert, Peter Cameron, 22, of Edmonton died in a head-on collision Saturday near Ponoka, about 55 miles south of Edmonton. Manitoba's lone fatality oc- curred near Cranberry Por- tage Friday night when a truck driven by Victor Daniel Yakiwchuk, 28, overturned on Highway 10. Angolan independence talks set for Jan. 10 Time names Faisal 1974 Man of the Year NEW YORK (Reuter) King Faisal of Saudi Arabia has been chosen Man of the Year for 1974 by Time magazine, which cited the Saudi monarch's role in quadrupling the price of oil and his power to raise or lower oil prices in the future. "Throughout 1974, Faisal's actions about oil prices and related matters touched in various degrees the lives and pocketbooks of virtually every human being on Time said. LUSAKA, Zambia (Reuter) The Portuguese govern- ment and the three Angolan guerrilla movements will hold independence talks in Por- tugal Jan. 10, one of the Angolan nationalist leaders said Saturday. Jonas Savimbi, head of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola said the talks will take place somewhere in Por- tugal but not in Lisbon. He declined to elaborate. Savimbi also said he wants the constitutional conference to agree on the formation of an interim government in Angola by the end of January, as well as elections and independence for the West African territory within the next nine to 12 months. The interim government would be composed of members of all three libera- tion The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola and Portu- guese officials, he said. It is believed such a govern- ment would be headed by a Portuguese high com- missioner as is the case at present in Mozambique, due to become independent next June 25. Savimbi said the three liber- ation rivals for hold their own summit before the constitutional conference to agree on a common platform in their negotiations with Por- tugal. Your generosity will save lives BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phont 389-4722 COLLEORMALL Lethbridge Herald readers have shown a genuine concern for the starving children of Bangladesh. Readers have donated to the Cup of Milk Fund. Who benefits by it? Thanks to God and the good people in this corner of the world, the little hunger stricken children of Bangladesh will benefit. Your goal this year was which you have now exceeded by virtue of your good will during this Christmas season. Many, many thanks to the organizers and artists who took part in the Buck Krispy Cup of Milk Concert at Lethbridge. You raised Our deepest appreciation to the thousands of people who helped us reach and surpass the objective. At the higher milk prices, it takes to match 1973 exceeded your goal last year and you have exceeded your goal this year. Millions will die because help cannot reach them. many will be saved because you caught the spirit of Christmas. Thank you all, so much. Among those who gave are: Anonymous ...................2.00 Donna Waldern, Lethbridge... 5 00 Anonymous ...................5.00 Anonymous............... 10.00 1000 10.00 Mike Obngewitch, Lethbridge Anonymous.............. Judi Walker, Lethbridge ......10.00 Anonymous 10 00 Bonnie Michaelis, Lethbridge IQ.OO Mr and Mrs Harry E. Machaelis 10.00 Lorn and Lisa Vair, Lisa Latham, Diane Parker Christmas caroling, Bobby Vair and Darcy Latham donation .............12.97 Anonymous................15 00 Anonymous .................22.00 Granum Canadian Girls In Training...................30.00. M. Toth and Family, Picture Butte ..................100.00 Anonymous.........160.00 Buck Krispy, Lethbridge..... 481 00 Total J12.J7 nnunyiiiuus............... lu.uu Tntfll t 019 givings Of You Joanne Scholdra, Lethbridge... 10.00 Total to Date ;