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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY Forecast high 40-45 The LetHbtidge Herald VOL. LXJV No. 44 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS SNOOPY'S BACK HOMI AGAIN Six-year- old Snoopy the cat is admired by Dennis and Evelyn Cook at their Oildale, Calif., home yester- day after Snoopy apparently walked miles to get home from Chickasha, Okla. The cat was lost 3 months ago after being taken to Okla- homa by the children's uncle. Cheers, jeers for Trudeau By GERAHD McNEIL OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau's ac- tions at the Commonwealth conference in Singapore drew cheers from the Conservatives and jeers from the New Democrats on his return to Parliament Mon- day. Mr. Trudeau himself seemed satisfied with the re- sults of the conference. If it had helped avert a gen- eral racial war in Africa, it was worth it, he said. He still felt Canada could survive without the Commonwealth, "but not nearly so As an as- sociation, it was probably the envy of.other nations, he thought. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield congratu- lated Mr. Trudeau for "playing a part in preventing a breakup" of the Commonwealth on the issue of British arms sales to South Africa. The danger isn't over, Mr. Stanfield said. Ten- sion and resentment remained among some members and Canada should continue to seek the trust of all sides to keep the association of 31 countries strong. Criticized by NDP New Democrat Leader T. C. Douglas slammed Mr. Trudeau for watering down the Commonwealth dec- te'ation of principle presented by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. A Canadian amendment had "rendered meaning- less" a clause which would have prohibited arms sales to countries that practise racial discrimination. Mr. Douglas also said the arms-sale issue itself had been merely shelved when it was given to a committee. Mr. Trudeau reminded New Democrats the gov- ernment has spoken out publicly and privately against such sales. In his statement to the Commons, he said the value of the conference lay in increased comprehen- sion ratter than in persuasion. "In Singapore it quickly became apparent that the future of the. world will not necessarily be de- termined in accordance with European he said. Canada had a duty to influence events at such conferences if it was able to. "This duty does not flow from some vague in- ternational role to be played by Canada. Canada must act according to how it perceives its aims and inter- ests." It was in the Canadian interest that a general racial war in Africa be avoided. And if -the Singa- pore conference had reduced the chance of such a war, it was worth it. Mr. Trudeau remarked upon Canada's "enviable reputation" in the countries he had visited. This reputation placed upon Canadians a respon- sibility to rid their country of racial, regional or linguistic prejudices, which were "belittling." Creditiste Adrien Lambert (Bellechasse) remark- ed sourly on the number of interest-free loans Mr. Trudeau had handed out in Southeast Asia. Canadians are needy too, Mr. Lambert said. My goodness, you don't think the Queeris bra strap shoivs? OTTAWA (CP) The Queen's portrait on the new Canadian ?20 bills does not show a brassiere strap and will not be changed, an indignant deputy secretary of lire Bank of Canada said today. Herbert Richardson said in an interview he has heard several people make the claim that a bra strap is showing on the Queen's shoulder in the bill portrait. "This shows ignorance of the steps that are taken and the care shown in the preparation of the por- trait. My goodness, tho Queen would not wear any- thing unsuitable and the people around her would make certain that no indiscretion escaped her notice." What some people believed was a bra strap was simply part of the Queen's gown. Spacemen on course toward moon Docking system trouble overcome HOUSTON (AP) Apollo 14's quiet astronauts, hurtled on course today toward a rendez- vous with the moon, their once balky docking mechanism no longer a bar to their attempt to land in rugged lunar highlands Friday. _ On the remote chance the two ships could not link after the moon exploration, astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell were prepared to walk in space from the lunar module back to the command vessel for the return trip home. The three spacemen settled down for a 10-hour rest period shortly after 10 a.m. EST today following an uneventful night in which they monitored systems, recharged batteries and gener- ally relaxed for the big days ahead. They were more than miles from earth, travelling about miles an hour. There was little air-to-ground conversation, prompting Mis- sion Control Centre to comment at one point that "It is difficult to say whether they're awake or asleep." ASK RACE RESULT In one exchange, Apollo 14 asked for the results of a car race at Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday. The crew could be for- given for not knowing. The Porsche team of Pedro Rodri- quez and Jackie Oliver won the race while the spacemen sat op. a Cape Kennedy launch pad, waiting for a cloud bank to pass so they could start their lunar voyage. Apollo 14 shifted to an on-tar- get course Monday night when command module pilot Stuart Roosa fired the big main engine for the first time. The 10-second burst manoeu- vred the spacecraft off a path that would have approached to within miles of the moon. Now it will zip within 69 miles at a.m. EST Thursday and Roosa once again will fire the, engine to go into an orbit rang- ing from 69 to 195 miles above the surface. Later Thursday the astro- nauts will drop the low point of the lunar orbit to an altitude of 11.5 miles before Shepard and Mitchell separate the lunar lan- der Antares for a Friday morn- ing descent to the hilly terrain known as Fra Mauro on the eastern fringe of the dry Ocean of Storms. RELAXED IN SPACE The three astronauts spent a quiet second day in space, mon- itoring systems and relaxing for the big days ahead. The suspense over whether Shepard and Mitchell would be able to land ended Monday when Apollo mission director Chester Lee said: "We're proceeding with every intention of making lunar land- ing." LANDING SITE Cross indicates where the Apollo 14 lunar module will land on (lie moon Friday in the rugged Fra Mauro highlands section. The largest lunar feature visible is Cone Crater in upper right portion of the photo made by a Lunar Orbiter. The Canadian won't be cut OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian transport commission or- dered the Canadian Pacific Railway Monday to continue daily operation, year-round, of its transcontinental passenger train, The Canadian. But it said the railway should put sleeping and dining car services on a paying basis or drop them. Subsidies for dining car losses will be ended next year and those for sleeping car losses shortly after. For long-term policy, mean- while, the ruling proposes the "rationalization" of the money- losing transcontinental services of hot'- CP Rail and Canadian National Railways, the Crown- owned line. The commission intends to un- dertake a comprehensive study of both services as soon as CN can calculate the losses of its Super-Continental. The aim will be to develop one basic passen- ger service healthy enough to justify continuing subsidies from ths federal government. ANGERS UNIONS The ruling, signed by commis- sion president J. W. Pickersgill, brought an immediate, angry reaction from spokesmen for unions which have been fighting any reduction in services of- fered to rail travellers. "The commission has done a magnificent job of setting the stage to foist the obligation to provide passenger service en- tirely on to the back of the tax- payer through the Crown-owned stated an official of the United Transport Union. He also said the commission was in effect inviting CP Rail to eliminate sleeping and dining cars by stating that subsidies for the services would be ended. At the headquarters of the Ca- nadian Brotherhood of Railway and Transport Workers, how- ever, a spokesman noted that union president Donald Secord has already recommended that a single transcontinental service be established. The transport commission's ruling follows its decision last June to reject an application by CP Rail to scrap The Canadian. The railway stated the Mont- real-Vancouver service lost million in 1968, sleeping car services losing million of the total and meal services another million. strong- man Maj.-Gen. Idl Amin dis- solved Parliament today and assumed all executive and legislative powers in Uganda himself. The 48-year-old gen- eral who seized power in a coup eight days ago said he would rule by decree. An an- nouncement by Amin said he would appoint a cabinet of ministers. Mideast zone bristles By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel and Egyptian defences along the Suez canal were re- ported bristling with reinforce- ments in preparation for the ex- piration of the six-month-old ceasefire at midnight Friday night. Israeli observers said Egypt has moved up troop reinforce- Seen and heard About town CURE sign of spring an orange tree covered with blossoms in Art Diet- rich's yard Jen Angus happy to get a call from her 'psychiatrist' in England (who also happens to be her hus- band) outdoorsman and author Andy Russell delight- ed that the first printing of his latest book is 'sold out' in New York. ments, thousands of mortars and heavy artillery pieces, hundreds of tanks, anti-aircraft batteries and other advanced equipment. The Egyptians also have built what appear to be ramps lead- ing into the canal, presumably for use by amphibious forces at- tempting to cross the canal by boat or pontoon bridge, Israeli newspapers report. THANT OPTIMISTIC At United Nations, Secretary- General U Thant reiterated to- day that he is cautiously opti- mistic about Middle East peace negotiations and issued an ap- peal for continuation of the Middle East ceasfire. Egypt has said repeatedly it will not agree to another exten- sion of the ceasefire unless UN envoy Gunnar Jarring reports progress in the peace talks which he has been holding with representatives of Egypt, Israel and Jordan at UN headquarters in New York. Jarring has made no such report, and the talks, while continuing, appear to be in the exploratory stage. Despite Egypt's insistence that it won't extend the cease- fire under present conditions, observers in Beirut expect the truce to continue on a de facto basis. Israel already has said that it will not fire first. UNDERTAKES CAMPAIGN However, the Egyptian gov- ernment has underatken a cam- paign to convince the world and its people that hostilities may resume along the canal after six months of silent guns. Iran threatens unilateral action on oil prices TEHRAN (Reuter) The threat of unilateral action by Iran on oil prices loomed here today following make-or-break talks between international oil companies and Persian Gulf producers on the producers' de- mand for more money. Negotiators for 22 oil firms had a 90-minute session with delegates acting for six gulf Iraq, Saudi Ara- bia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and no agreement was announced. Then, an Iranian government spokesman announced that the Shall of Iran would address an extraordinary session of the two houses of the legislature Wednesday amid speculation ha might make an important an- nouncement on oil. Informed sources said the Iranian cabinet already had drafted a law along the lines ap- proved by Venezuela in Decem- ber whereby the government unilaterally increased its tax on the revenue of oil companies op- erating there !o 60 per cent from 52 and fixed the posted price of exported crude oil. Today's talks were considered crucial because of a special ministerial meeting here Wednesday of the 10-nation Or- ganization of Petroleum Export- ing the six gulf stales with Libya, Algeria, Venezuela a n (I hear a progress report on the negotiations. Heart surgery for Montana classmates MINNEAPOLIS' (AP) Harold Feldt, 46, and Charles Heath, 47, were high school classmates in Glasgow, Mont. Both Montana residents underwent heart surgery Jan. 20 at St. Mary's Hospi- tal to correct similar prob- lems. Feldt and Heath will be discharged at the same time Friday. And they will return to Glasgow on the same train, Prince leaves for Pacific LONDON (AP) Prince Philip left today for a mile tour of Commonwealth is- lands in the Pacific. The Queen's husband will attend 50th birthday celebrations of the Royal Australian Air Force be- fore returning home in April. The prince was at the controls when his jet took off for the Panama Canal Zone, with re- fuelling slops scheduled in Ice- land, Greenland, Canada and tin Bahamas, Silence cloaks Laos invasion From While a news blackout pers- isted in Saigon and Washington, the Japanese news agency Kyodo said flatly today that South Vietnam had invaded southern Laos with the support of United States air power. The Nixon administration refused to break its official si- lence despite the fact reports of a major invasion of Laos was about to take place have been floating around the U.S. capital for several days. Today, Kyodo reported from Saigon that between and South Vietnamese troops, including airborne forces, began operations in Laos before dawn. The Japanese agency, quoting reliable sources, said the U.S. Air Force was providing backup support, but no American ground troops were involved. TOLD OF BUILDtiP In Washington, Senator George Aitken, ranking Republi- can in the Senate foreign rela- tions committee, said the state department told him of a U.S.- South Vietnamese buildup near the Laotian border preparing for an important operation. He said the Nixon administra- tion "has given us to under- stand they're preparing for a massive attack from the north." He said he was told all this last Friday by the state department. He said he also was told that the congressional ban against U.S. ground forces into Laos would be respected. Today, the pro-Communist Laotian Patriotic Front sent an urgent message to Britain and Russia, the co-chairman of the Geneva convention which guar- anteed Laotian neutrality, in- forming them of an extremely dangerous situation in the coun- try. The message protested heavy American bombing in Laos and the massing of American and South Vietnamese troops along the border. Nixon returned to Washington from a Virgin Islands weekend to face charges from Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, and the North Vietnamese delega- tion in Paris, that the U.S. now has decisively spilled the ground war in Vietnam over into Laos. Kosygin charged "an outra- geous invasion of the southern provinces of Laos is under way." Unemployment peak reached OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau returned to the Commons Monday to battle questions and accusations -from opposition MPs, outivycd 14 (he current levels of unemployment. He managed to take, some of the steam out of the original on- slaught by assuring the Com- mons that the seasonally-ad- justed unemployment rate has likely reached its peak and "will decline in the next few months. But that didn't quell the wrath of Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield who wanted to know what new job-producing pro- grams the government planned to implement immediately. No such measures are planned, replied Mr. Trudeau, appearing cocky and alert for his first day in the Commons this year after attending the Commonwealth prime minis- ters' conference in Singapore. Outside the Commons, the prime minister said the unem- ployed can draw unemployment insurance while they wait for the economy to improve and new jobs to become available. RAPS PM Meanwhile, in another part of the interview room, Mr. Stan- field was telling another knot of reporters that the prime minis- ter was talking sheer nonsense. Mr. Stanfield, whose attacks on unemployment have been gaining momentum in recent weeks, said it must be remem- bered that December figures showed a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent, representing people out of work. Many of those un- employed did not qualify for un- employment insurance. Mr. Trudeau said the govern- ment had told Canadians 18 months ago that inflation could be beaten through the use of monetary and fiscal tools corn- fa i n e d with co-operative re- straint in all parts of the pri- vate sector. However, he added, some ele- ments in the private sector had nof shown the proper restraint and unemployment had climbed as the government tightened fis- cal and monetary controls, feating inflation, "Wo said we ivoulcm't lack courage because of a fear that unemployment might result if we didn't get co-operation." The government had 'relaxed its fiscal and monetary pro- grams last March and again in June, September and Decem- ber. In the Commons, Mr. Trudeau said absolute numbers of unem- ployed would likely increase through January and February but the rate, when seasonal fac- tors are taken into account, would likely fall below 6.6 per cent. Creston hearing closed CRANBROOK, B.C. (CP) Preliminary hearing of Dale Merle Nelson, 30, of nearby West Creston, charged with eight counts of non-capital mur- der in the deaths of five chil- dren and three adults Sept. 5, opened in camera Monday in provincial court. Judge David Lunn of Cran- brook brought in the no-public- ity ruling for the hearing at the request of defence lawyer Micky Moran of Castlegar, B.C. Crown prosecutor Leo Nim- sick said he has about 35 wit- nesses and about 40 exhibits. Nelson was arrested the day after the mutilated bodies of seven persons were discovered in two farm houses in the Cres- ton Valley area of southeastern British Columbia. Chrysler workers walk off the job DETROIT (AP) Some white collar workers went on strike today against the Chrysler Corp.t when negotia- lors failed to reach agreement on a new labor contract after an all-night session. Chrysler and the union agreed Jan. 19 on a new three-year con- tract for UAW produc- tion workers and have been meeting since then to get a con- tract for the white collar em- ployees. Chrysler has offered to match 13-per-cent wage increases awarded salaried workers at Ford and General Motors but "in a form that is unacceptable lo the a union official said. Wages for the salaried em- ployees at Chrysler range from less than to more than In Windsor, Out., a spokes- man for Ilia UAW said the strike ako involves some 600 office workers In ijansda, 550 of them In Windsor. ;