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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lt i HBRiDOe i UMday, February News In brief More border strife expected BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Iraqi sources predict more fighting between Iraqi and Iranian forces along the border between the two countries. Both armies were reported rushing reinforcements to the frontier in the wake of two clashes in the last 10 days. Iran, a Western-oriented kingdom whose army has been equipped largely by the United States, and Iraq, a leftist republic with close ties to the Soviet Union, have been uneasy neighbors for decades. Now the two oil-rich countries appear to be competing for influence over the oil sheikdoms along the Persian Gulf. U. K. businessmen offer to buy off miners LONDON (CP) In a move Conservatives fear will embarrass their party in the general elections, a businessmen's group has offered to subsidize Britain's coal miners temporarily if they end their strike. Leaders of the miners' union said they would study the offer at a meeting today. The offer came from Godfrey Bradman, a director of the London Mercantile Corp., who said he is raising a fund from businessmen and financiers. It would pay the miners an extra a week in addition to the raises of to a week the National Coal Board can pay them without violating Prime Minister Edward Heath's anti-inflation ceiling. Bradman's fund would make the payments in anticipation of the increase above the ceiling that a special pay board is expected to award the miners. But the government refuses to set up the board until the miners go back to work. Heath's Conservative government, which called the election for Thursday, Feb. 28, in an attempt to rally support against the miners, believes Bradman's plan won't work. And it feared it would have an adverse effect on the party's election chances. One mine union official said that it showed Heath "does not command the confidence of his own supporters in the business and financial communities." In a move to improve the election chances of the Labor party, Heath's chief opponents, the railway engineers decided Monday night to call off their slowdown in support of wage demands. Union leader Ray Buckton said the move was requested by Labor Leader Harold Wilson and "we will do all in our power to get the re- turn of a Labor government." There was strong reaction to the Conservative threat in its election platform to cut off welfare benefits to the wives and children of strikers and force the unions to take over the support Heath sid union leaders must accept "their responsi- bility for their fellow workers and their country." But Wilson said this would mean the families of workers on legal strikes would be treated worse than those of men who absconded or were sent to prison. In the collieries, the second day of the strike passed peacefully Monday with pickets maintaining a low profile. Two leaders of the miners in Nottinghamshire, Len Clarke and Communist Joe Whelan, said they had received anonymous death threats over the telephone. Philippine rebels subdued MANILA (AP) Govern- ment forces have driven Mos- lem rebels from the airfield in Jolo and regained control of most other disputed parts of the capital of the Sulu islands, in the southern Philippines, reliable sources reported today. There was no official con- firmation of the report But a message asking for relief sup- plies was received in Manila from the Roman Catholic bishop of Jolo. Bomb bursts at army college LITTLE CHALFONT, Eng- land (Reuter) A 50-pound bomb exploded outside British armed forces staff college today, injuring about 10 persons, two of them seriously Two hours later there was a second bomb explosion on the college grounds, 30 miles west of London, but this was believed to have been deliberately set off by explosives experts. After today's first blast an army officer said it "blew in a wall or two" and injured about 10 persons, including some civilian staff. The college has about 90 stu- dents from the three services. There was no immediate in- dication on how the bomb got past the college's security staff, but police said it was not placed in a car Following the first explosion, an anonymous phone call warned of another bomb and the area was cleared for two hours until the second explosion. Arson suspect remanded WINNIPEG (CP) Herbert Wray Williams, 21, of Winnipeg was remanded one week without plea Monday on charges of arson and criminal negligence in connection with a Jan. 18 apartment building fire that claimed nine lives. Williams was retained in custody and will undergo psychiatric examination and have legal aid appointed. He faces nine charges of causing death by criminal negligence, 20 charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and two counts of arson. The second arson charge relates to a Feb. 9 rooming house fire in West Winnipeg that caused extensive damage but no injuries. Rocket barrage kills 139 PHNOM PENH (AP) The Cambodian military command reported today 139 killed and 46 wounded in the BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES PhoiM 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL artillery and rocket barrage that hit the southern part of Phnom Penh Monday. Reporters counted at least 200 wounded in the city's hospitals, and the military command said the death toll might go higher Fires caused by the shelling reduced hundreds of homes to ashes Police and rescue workers searched for more victims in the debris. Before dinner conference President Nixon talks with West Germany's Foreign Minister Walter Scheel, left, Monday night, prior to a White House dinner for representatives of the 13-nation energy conference. On Mr. Nixon's left were Trade Minister Mitchell Sharp and Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Masayoshi Ohira. Edmonton approves million budget EDMONTON (CP) City council Monday approved a capital budget for 1974 of about million following several revisions and an unsuccessful bid to reduce the budget to million. The busget, which compared with capital spending of million in 1973, includes an expenditure of million for initial construction work and land acquisition for a rapid transit line in the northeastern area. The million northeast Post-hockey beer cost student his life I line is to be completed by 1978. Council previously approved its million operating budget Feb. 4 but the setting of a mill rate was still weeks away until the question of provincial government grants is resolved. Council accepted a recommendation from its economic affairs committee that the source of financing for the million be changed to debenture borrowing from government grants. This was intended to have the city speed up work on the project while commissioners continued to "vigorously pursue" more grants for the line from the two senior governments. EDMONTON (CP) Daniel Robert Scott White, 19, and three other University of Alberta students decided to go for a beer after a hockey game Saturday night. The decision cost White his life. He was mortally wounded shortly after midnight when he was shot in the back while sitting in the cab of a truck in a south side hotel parking lot. Sunday, city police charged James Allan Wright, 21, of Edmonton with non capital murder in connection with White's death. Bill Farquhar, 19, one of White's companions, said the shooting took place a few minutes after the four students left the hotel tavern. "A guy came up to ask if we could help prevent a fight in the parking said Farquhar, a second year engineering student "Then I saw this guy holding a I got into the truck and started it up Dan got in beside me. "Then I heard a shot. I turned to my right and Dan had fallen down." White, a second year arts student, played junior football for Edmonton Huskies. I Throne speech Feb. 27 Strike difficulties mounting in Germany ALL TIMEX WATCHES I I r t OTTAWA (CP) A new session of Parliament will be opened with a throne speech Wednesday, Feb. 27, the government announced Monday. The Commons resumes 'a day earlier, after a six week recess, to end formally the old session which began in January, 1973. The government had said earlier it planned to have Parliament prorogue one day and start a new session the next, but had not announced it FRANKFURT (AP) 'West Germany's public service strike brought mounting problems as it went into its second day today and Chancellor Willy Brandt's government appealed for reason on both sides. Strikers have crippled commuter services, disrupted some telephone communications, left overfilled garbage cans along unswept streets and halted health inspector services. Skippers of pilot boats walked off their vessels, practically closing down the North Sea port of Hamburg and the Kid canal, a major shipping lane between the North and Baltic seas. In two towns schools were closed by janitor strikes. The unions late Monday night rejected a government offer to raise low income pay by about 10 per cent. But union and employer representatives agreed to go back to the negotiating tables today in an effort to end the nationwide strike. Following an emergency cabinet meeting, Brandt's government asked both sides to "act responsibly in this difficult situation. Mary Quant Cosmetics i Estee Cosmetics Fern's Chocolates Coutts Cards A ram is for Men English Leather Dr. Scholl's Sandals LAKEVIEW DRUG LTD. Counsel flays failure to answer pleas for help 1017 Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 328-5509 CALGARY (CP) The failure of medical authorities to respond to a mother's repeated pleas for help is the crux of a medical malpractice suit involving brain damaged Banff, girl. Alberta Supreme Court was told Monday. James Redmond said, in ranting op the plaintiffs case, that "it is the case of a mother who knows her child is slowly suffocating, who does all she can to get help, bat despite that a tragedy occurs." The million suit, launched by Mr. and Mrs. Viejo Tiesmaki on behalf of their daughter Teija, names three doctors, four nuiacs, the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and the Banff Clinic as defendants. From the beginning of that evening 13 years ago when Teija stopped breathing long enough to suffer brain damage, Mrs. Tiesmaki recognized her daughter was ili, Mr Redmond said. She saw that Teija was having trouble breathing and repeatedly expressed concern to the doctor and hospital staff. But Or. Ian Wilson, who was treating the girl, did not see the seriousness of the matter and the hospital staff did not recognize until too late that she was choking, he said. Mrs. Tiesmaki went home the night of Oct. after repeated requests by the hospital staff and realized on the way there that "no one was accepting the fact her child was choking." Her urgent phone call to Dr. Wilson sent him to the hospital. "If be had been there three minutes earlier, Teija would have been saved." The doctor might have been in a position to observe the girl's serious condition and perform a tracheotomy that would have permitted her to breathe, he said. Earlier testimony described the girl's present mental capacity to be that of a one or two-year-oM baby. The trial is continuing. Truckers flood marketplaces with food, goods WASHINGTON (AP) Produce and meat were pour- ing into United States marketplaces today as the movement of freight by independent truck drivers returned to nearly normal. There were continued reports of holdouts who were not in favor of ending the violence-marred shutdown. But they were in a small minority. US. auto-makers reported the men they were forced to lay off or put on short shifts because of a Lebanese position shelled TEL AVIV (AP) An Israeli town came under rocket and small-arms fire from across the Lebanese border early today as tensions increased along the frontier, the Israeli military command said. No casualties or damage were reported in Megulla. The command said Israeli artillery briefly shelled a Lebanese army position on a hill overlooking the town, in the belief it was the source of the firing. "Terrorists did the a spokesman for Israeli command said. The incident occurred one day after Israel formally com- plained to the United Nations about two guerrilla forays from Lebanon into Israel last week. Israel said two Israelis were killed and another wounded in the ambushes. Last spring and summer, Is- rael often sent raiders deep inside Lebanese territory to punish the guerrillas or clear out their bases. The guerrillas remained generally inactive most of last year, except for a brief period during the October war. There was stepped up fighting Monday on the Syrian front. A three-hour artillery duel left two Israelis, a mother of three and a policeman, dead. Israeli officials said three of their vil- lages on the Golan Heights were hit Syria said it had shelled eight villages inflicting heavy casualties. Meanwhile, the Israeli gov- ernment announced the revival of an old plan to build a new Jewish city near the pre-1967 truce line on the heights. The plans call for ground to be broken next month for a city of persons. Plans call for it eventually to bave a population of The announcement came as Syria is demanding a 12-mile Israeli withdrawal from the heights as a condition for entering peace talks. breakdown in parts deliveries during the strike were back on the job Monday. Production was described as normal. And others among the persons temporarily laid off by the shutdown over fuel prices and freight rates went back to work. Truck traffic was described as being between 80 and 100 per cent normal in the areas hardest hit by the strike. A few scattered shooting incidents were reported. Several of the smaller groups of independents reversed their rejection votes Monday, and others scheduled new votes for today and Wednesday. One strke leader in Florida predicted many of the drivers who have returned to work will go on strike again. He said the six-per-cent freight- rate surcharge granted drivers is not enough. Meanwhile, the truckers were replenishing the supplies of meat, produce and industrial parts that dwindled during their shutdown. Spokesmen at major market centres warned that consumers still may be faced with higher prices and short supplies for several days. Biggs says t he's broke BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) British train robber Ronald Biggs says he has spent his share of the million which he and a group of 14 others netted from the Great Train Robbery in 1963. "I am completely broke, and don't know how I will be able to pay all my Biggs said. "I hope my friends are starting a fund-raising campaign in Rio de Janeiro." Biggs did not say how much was due him from the robbery, a world record for a single robbery, nor how he spent the money. Biggs. 44, talked to the Brazilian and foreign press at a federal police headquarters Monday. He is under an exten- dable 60-day sentence pending an extradition request from Britain. Bigg's wife, Charmian Brent, left Australia today for Brazil. She told the Sydney Daily Mirror: "I have heard nothing from him, the police or the Brazilian authorities. I've got to go for my peace of mind. Surely he can't have rejected me after 14 years of marriage." Biggs said after his arrest he wanted to continue living in Brazil with a Brazilian woman who is pregnant by him. Biggs's wife changed her name legally after he left her in Australia four years ago to escape capture. VALENTINE YOtTIWFHFl ;