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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Stories don't jibe State of emergency declared in Laos .1 nalitilv tiwlav and til NIXON'S RELATIVES ON WElFARE-Pres.- dent Nixon's first cousin Philip Milhouse and wife Anna, photographed in their Grass Volley, 'Calif., home, are welfare recipients who re- ceived help from the embattled Cahforma Rural .Legal assistance program. They receive monthly payments of welfare and social security. Milhouse's father and Nixon s mother were brother and sister. JVo strategy for solving Irish" iness By HAROLD MORRISON Canadian Press Staff Writer The crucial element in .the Ulster riots is that the commanding authorities have no over-all strategy for curing the deep-rooted troubles that threaten to sicken the six counties for years to come. Every idea that has been raised and every hope that has been encouraged suddenly collapse as periods of deceptive calm give way to new waves of violence. The use of troops demonstrates that persuasion by other means has failed. Reinforcing those troops em- bellishes the argument that the power of civil govern- ment has ended, and that Ulster must be ruled through military occupation. Ulster Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark de- scribes the latest outbreaks of violence as "a trial of strength between extreme Republican elements and the security forces." He maintains that this "ugly thing" holding the community to ransom will be de- feated. He does not make clear how he intends to de- feat it, though it is apparent from experience that it cannot be defeated through the ballot box. Many involved Force seems to be the authorities' only answer. The argument among officials is that the troops and police will finally root out the riot ringleaders and jail them. But they are not sure who the ringleaders are. The commanding officer has named five alleged members. But from the size of the commotion and the skilful or- ganization of clandestine weaponry, it is apparent that many persons are involved. The depth of this organization is demonstrated by the banding of children to tease the troops and throw bricks. The children are being taught to hate as then- fathers were taught to hate and the presence of masses of trcops is unlikely to lessen that hatred. Ulster authorities are hoping that staging of a gol- den jubilee exhibition next spring might divert the deep-rooted division between Roman Catholic and Prot- estant to the larger horizon of Ulster's welfare and survival. But some observers fear the exhibition may merely heighten the crisis. So worried are some officials that they may urge that the exhibition be quietly ditched and the jubilee recalled as just another episode in an unceasing war. New military trend on Japanese horizon OTTAWA (CP) Canada should carefully avoid any kind of military entanglement with Japan, Pro- fessor Gilles l-nlande, director of Ihc University of Montreal political science department, says. Prof. Lalande warned the Commons external af- fairs committ-re of a trend toward remilitarization "on the horizon" in Japan that could prove an upsetting factor for the Pacific region. Without giving names, he said that some external affairs department officials are advocating closer military ties between Japan and Canada, In a later interview he said they are at the level of heads of divisions. Mr. Lalande's view is that Canada should seek to play a neutral role in the Pacific. As a former external affairs officer, he spent six years in Japan. He was with lire department from 1952 lo 1960. WASHINGTON (Reuter) A credibility gap over Nixon ad- ministration denials and televi- sion news reports today trig- gered questions over whether at least a handful of American troops is involved in clandestine operations inside Laos. One news report came Thurs- day night from correspondent Howard Tuckner of the Ameri- can Broadcasting Co., who was with South Vietnamese forces thrusting toward the Ho Chi Minn trail inside Laos. Millions of viewers saw a man described as an American ba- thing in a stream with two South Vietnamese soldiers. Tuckner said the American- Identified by the South Vietnam- ese as a U.S. into the bush when the television team approached him. The report also showed the body of what was described as an American dressed in the uni- form of a South Vietnamese air- borne officer. It said the South Vietnamese reported the man was an American adviser. TOLD OF ADVISERS From Khe Sanh inside South Vietnam, ABC correspondent James Farmer said he had been told by U.S. Green Berets that at least four U.S. advisers were operating in Laos. The Columbia Broadcasting System also said one of its cor- respondents had reported that U.S. helicopters Hying into Laos often carry Green Beret offi- cers, some dressed in South Vi- etnamese uniforms. The.Associated Press quoted official sources in Saigon as saying U.S. reconnaissance teams were operating in Laos, on intelligence missions, as they have been doing for several years. (The Viet Cong delegate at the Paris peace talks charged Thursday that 10 battalions of U.S. combat troops were fight- ing alongside the South Viet- namese in Laos. The U.S. said the charge is nonsense.) White Bouse spokesman Ron- ald Ziegler said the ABC report was being investigated. But he also renewed assurances that the administration is abiding by a congressional ban on the use of American ground combat trcops and advisers in Laos. U.S. TOLL RISES At Saigon, twenty U.S. air- craft were reported today to have been shot down or crash- ed from unknown causes in In- dochina, 19 of them supporting South Vietnamese campaigns in Laos and Cambodia. At least 16 Americans were reported killed in the crashes. The toll for the last five days was one of the heaviest for U.S. aircraft since the American op- eration in the A Shau Valley in April. 1967. The U.S. command gave some idea of the magnitude of American air support in the Laos campaign by announcing that U.S. helicopters flew 500 missions across the border Thursday. VIENTIANE (Reuter) A state of emergency has been de- clared in Laos, effective today. A communique published by the official Lao press today said that after the weekly cabinet meeting Thursday the govern- ment had decided to declare a state of emergency in the whole kingdom. The communique said the government decision was dic- tated by recent military devel- opments. It added: "It is possible, this is what the Lao people hope, that the new situation which has just been created will lead to an agreement among the big powers to put an end to the war, the consequences of which are unforeseeable should it con- tinue longer." It said: "This sudden and un- expected penetration is a fact whose development may affect the military situation in Laos and compromise even further the Geneva agreement to which the people and government of Laos remain attached." The communique added, how- ever, that the government felt the South Vietnamese thrust into Laos "though contrary to the Geneva agreement is the consequence of the violations which North Vietnamese troops continue to commit in Laos." Meanwhile, Pathet Lao leader Prince Souphanouvong appealed to the Soviet Union and Britain to take action to halt the U.S.- backed South Vietnamese incur- sion into southern Laos. In an urgent message issued by the Pathet Lao news agency today, the leader of the pro- Communist Laotian faction de- scribed the thrust as "the most blatant sabotage of the 1962 Ge- neva conference." The Soviet Union and Britain are co-chairmen of the Geneva conference making Laos neu- tral. The people of Vientiane ap- peared to be observing govern- ment advice against panic. They went about their business calmly today and there was ne sign of unusual military activity in the capital. "The Associated Press said the decree, signed by Premier Souvanna Phouma, put Gen. Ouane Rathikone, commander- in-chief of the armed forces, in charge of national security. This gives him precedence over civil authorities. FLQ seditious plot charges thrown out Leif Erickson's sou killed SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) Leif Erickson's 24-year-old son was killed Thursday when a car collided with his vehicle while he was making a U-turn here, sheriff's deputies said. William Leif Erickson was dead on arrival at hospital. The other driver was not held, depu- ties said. He suffered minor in- juries. The father, 59, is a well known stage, film and television performer. He stars in the tele- vision series High Chapparal. ICC hands tied NEW DELHI (AP) The In- ternational Control Commission on Laos, faced with numerous and apparently insurmountable obstacles, is unable at present to help restore peace in the em- battled Southeast Asian king- dom, official Indian sources said today. These sources made their as- sessment after reading reports of the "informal" meeting held by the three ICC dia which is the chairman, Canada and Vienti- ane Thursday. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp of Canada called for the meeting after South Vi- etnamese troops supported by U.S. planes and artillery, en- tered southern Laos. "The Geneva accords that set up the ICC in 1954 presupposed a situation in which there would be a ceasefire and occasional one high-ranking In- dian official said. "What we are faced with is a total state of war and an occa- sional ceasefire. "The ICC is not capable of tackling the he said. Lethal pottery jugs to be picked up OTTAWA (CP) Three- hundred and sixty pottery jugs that contain extremely danger- ous amounts of lead have been distributed to Canadian stores, the consumers affairs depart- ment said Thursday. The poisonous lead, which can be absorbed by food and beverages on contact, could cause serious injury and even death if ingested over an ex- tended period of time, a de- partment spokesman said. The pottery containers, sold by Holt Howard Canada Ltd., Toronto, are to be picked up from stores by company sales- men. SHE'S BEHIND PAY DEMAND-A knicker-clad woman posts on her posterior her opposition to the British govern- ment's offer of eight per cent to the striking postal work- ers. She wos one of many taking part In a London rally supporting the strikers' pay claim. The postal workers' union is demanding a 16 per cent raise.______ Bonn police uncover plot to kidnap Willy Brandt MONTREAL (CP) Mr. Jus- tice Roger Ouimet today quashed charges of seditious conspiracy against five well- known Quebecers detained under the War Measures Act. They were accused of sedi- tious conspiracy advocating the overthrow of the Canadian and Quebec governments between Jan. and Oct. But Mr. Justice Ouimet found the period of time too long and found fault with the wording of the charge. He said it is impos- sible to conspire to commit an offence by committing it. The accused were labor leader Michel Chartrand, Law- yer -Robert Lemieux, author Pierre Vallieres, former teacher Charles Gagnon and broadcast- ing producer Jacques Larue- Langlois. Chartrand, president of the Montreal council of the Confed- eration of National Trade Un- ions, was sentenced to January by Mr. Justice Ouimet to one year for contempt of court. The five are also accused of membership in the .outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec, but trial on that charge has been adjourned automatically day by day since the seditious conspiracy proceeding began Feb. 1 Mr. Justice Ouimet, going over arguments presented by the defendents in their motion to quash, found that their ar- rest, detention and arraignment under the War Measures Act was "perfectly legal." The judge's ruling quashing the charges was greeted by a mild stir of clapping among the some 20 spectators in court. Proceedings had been ad- journed until today last Tuesday when Gagnon presented the lat- est of the motions in Court Queen's Bench, stating the charge did not specify the crime he committed and therefore should be dismissed. "It is not sufficient to state the offence in the Gagnon said. MICHEL CHARTRAND BONN (AP) Police have uncovered a plot to kidnap Chancellor Willy Brandt and Minister without Portfolio Horst Ehmke, the Frankfurter Allge- meine Zeitung reported today. The newspaper said Brandt and Ehmke were to be held hos- tage until leftist lawyer Horst Mahler was freed from a Berlin jail. He is being held on suspi- cion of being implicated in the escape of a man accused of at- tempting to set fire to a Frank- furt department store. There was no immediate offi- cial comment on the report. The newspaper said police found plans for the kidnappings in the last few days while searching for the missing man, Andreas Baader, in the Frank- furt area. Brandt was to be kidnapped while taking his daily walk near Bonn and Ehmke in Ms Stutt- gart electoral district, the re- port said. They were to be held in the Taunus Mountains near Frankfurt until Matiler was re- leased. Police have been searching to Baader and those who freed him since last year. Wednesday night, two sus- pects shot their way out of a po- lice trap in Frankfurt. They were Astrid Proll, daughter of a Kassel architect, and Jan Carl Atting suffers WILLY BRANDT SAIGON (AP) Lon Nol, Cambodia's ailing premier, has suffered a relapse and will be flown to the U.S. Army's Tripler Hospital in Honolulu this week- end, reliable sources said to- night. The sources here said Lon Nol was stricken earlier this week, rallied and received visitors, but later suffered a relapse. Quebec teachers call truce MONTREAL (CP) Nearly all of Quebec's primary and secondary school students were back in their classrooms today for the first time since Jan. 25. The return was made possible by a 24-hour trui> called by teachers who have been protest- ing against pay cuts resulting from government reclassifica- tion of their working qualifica- tions. out of worti OTTAWA (CP) Expansion Minister Jean 'Mar- chand said in the Commons Thursday there may be as many as now unem- ployed in Canada. Speaking in the budget de- bate, he said that he hopes some day more accurate statis- tics on unemployment will be available. Not because, he added, that he believes there are fewer than unemployed but that there are perhaps or even Mr. Marchand said he would not try to minimize the unem- ployment picture. His aim was to try to obtain statistics which showed the actual picture. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfieid said later in the de- bate he was glad Mr. Marchand had insisted on the importance of obtaining more accurate, fig- ures than now available. Mr. Marchand went on to brand opposition proposals for fighting unemployment as "right wing and reactionary." He singled out opposition suggestions of a tax cut and reinstatement of the winter works program for a particular attack. The suggestions have come mainly from the Conserv- atives and New Democrats. Seen and heard About town JOHN McCUTCHEON guaranteeing the cold weather was over Hngh Peck, member of the Corps of Commissionaires, getting a parking ticket Dr. Jim 0 s h i r o double crossing his limcheon companions by or- dering dessert after they had said they didn't dare do so in his presence Colleen Wince dyeing her hair green for Ugly Day at the Lcth- bridge Community College Winter Carnival, Consumer prices index advances OTTAWA (CP) The con- Mimcr price index moved ahead in January to 130.3 points from 129.S in December, reversing a steady-prices trend of the pre- vious five months. Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported today that the index, based on 100 points for 1961 re- tail prices, rose by four-tenths of one per cent in the month to a point 1.6 per cent ahead of a year earlier. The index was 12R.2 a year earlier. Food prices, which had been OD a downward trend sinco last summer, led (lie general ad vance. The size of the advance from December bad been exceeded only three times in the last 20 months, including the inflation- ary period of late 1969 and early 1970. The bureau said the clothing index declined in response to midwinter sales. The health and personal care component re- mained unchanged. The food component led the advance which the bureau said was partly attributablo to sea- sonal advances after four months of food-price decline. However, the average level of food prices remained 4.1 per cent below their peak in August, 1970. The housing index continued its upward movement in Janu- ary due to higher shelter and household-operation prices, the bureau said. Tobacco and alcohol in- creased, mainly in response to higher cigarette prices. Higher newspaper subscrip- tion rates pushed up the recrea- tion and reading index. The transportation component in- creased. In the food-price increase, the bureau said that restaurant meal prices rose by three-tenths of one per cent and the level of prices for food consumed in the home was up four-fifths of one per cent. The index indicates that n shopping list valued at in 1961 had risen to by last July, declined to at the end of last year and was last month. Trapped man found alive From AP-REUTER LOS ANGELES (CP) Gaunt and purple, a 68-year-old dietitian was found alive after being trapped ior 58 hours after Tuesday's earthquake tore the veterans hospital where he worked apart, killed at least 60 persons and did more than million damage to a wide area of Southern California. Some good news was in the making for about evacu- ated residents of the San Fer- nando Valley. They may be able to return to their homes, which lie in the spillway of a dam cracked by the earthquake. At the same time, police pre- dicted huge traffic jams today on roads leading north of this city of as residents set out to leave on a four-day holi- day weekend over freeways shattered by the quake. The main northern outlet, the Golden State Freeway, was split in parts by the quake and ce- ment overpasses crumbled. Po- lice said detours had been worked out around damaged sections of tho rood, but warned of delays ot up to five hours to motorists, ;