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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta t The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVII 53 LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13. 1974 10 Cents 56 Pages City hall administrators given 10 per cent cost of living raise City hall administrative staff will get a 10 per cent cost of living salary increase this year. Sixty-two upper echelon city employees not covered by union agreements are affected by the decision reached by city council in a closed meeting. Council also set 1974 salaries of its top administrators. The city manager will be paid community services, utilities, and engineering directors, police chief, director of economic development, city solicitor, and city clerk, Council agreed to pay City Manager Allister Findlay a salary and expense allowance, retroactive from the date of his appointment in October to the end of 1973, equal to that paid former city manager Tom Nutting In addition, time off in lieu of overtime will be limited to five days a year. 13 agree on wider conference on oil WASHINGTON (CP) The major oil-consuming countries today agreed, over French objections, to meet with oil-producing states to try to resolve the world energy crisis, informed sources said here. The agreement came on the final day of a three-day conference marked by deep divergencies between Prance and its eight European Common Market partners over how to insure adequate oil supplies and moderate prices. Three proposals for a communique were reported to have been placed before the foreign ministers. All were reported to have dealt with the central issue of what to do next and how to arrange for one or perhaps two follow-up conferences which would include both oil-producing and the less developed coun- tries. France was reported willing to, sign the final death survey set communique but with certain objections to some clauses, a high diplomatic informant said earlier. This decision was reported to have been reached by Foreign Minister Michel Jobert of France after a one- hour conference with U.S. State Secretary Henry Abducted girl warns; 'Whatever happens to the prisoners will happen to me' Overturned truck like crippled insect Etwood Ferguson photos BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) The father of kidnapped news- paper heiress Patricia Hearst said today it would be "impos- sible to meet" her terrorist abductors' demands for free food for all of California's needy. Randolph Hearst said he will propose a counter- offer within the next two days. The kidnappers demanded by letter that Randolph Hearst make the distribution of free food before they will negotiate for the release of his 19-year-old daughter. The food would cost an estimated million. "I want to get out of the 19-year-old hostage said in an 11-minute recording that accompanied the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) demands received by mail Tuesday. "I just hope you will do as they say. Dad, and do it she said in a record- ing addressed to her mother and father. Hearst is president and editor of the San Francisco Examiner and board chairman of the Hearst Corp. Miss Hearst, kidnapped Feb. 4, said she has a "few scrapes and stuff and a cold, but is comfortable and getting medicine. "I am not .being starved or beaten or unnecessarily frightened." Another voice on the tape said the food and produce would be an "action of good faith" from Hearst, "the corporate chairman of a Fascist-leaning empire of the ultra-right Hearst Corp." The state estimates 2.5 mil- lion persons are receiving welfare benefits in California. The regional FBI agent-in- charge, Charles Bates, said: "This is something Mr. Hearst is going to have to answer.... We are going to do nothing to hassle these people (the We don't intend to arrest anybody until we feel Miss Hearst is safe." A statement by Miss Hearst in the tape hinted that the SLA's ultimate demand in ex- change for her release will be the freedom of two SLA mem- bers now in prison. Being held at San Quentin, they are charged with last No- vember's ambush-slaying of Marcus Foster, Oakland's black superintendent of schools Miss Hearst said tbe two men charged are white, and the men seen leaving the Foster killing were black. She said tbe kidnappers felt tbe former two were bang held only because they were SLA members. "Whatever happens to tbe two prisoners will happen to Looking like a toppled caterpillar, this truck and l semi-trailer lay on the westbound lanes of Highway 3 on the west fringe of Lethbridge this morning, blocking traffic for several hours. Police say the' vehicle, loaded with potatoes and turnips, went out of control and overturned. Driver George Boras, Soviets turn out Nobel Prize author 22T2 20th St S., suffered only minor injuries. Crews began unloading the van in the dark and the highway was clear by 9 a.m. The truck is owned by H and R Transport of Lethbridge. Damage to the unit is estimated at More than 100 feet of highway guardrail was damaged in the mishap. France is expected to abstain from accepting the proposals aimed at establishing a follow-up machinery to prepare for further coherences with pro- ducing countries and less- developed states, the source said. The draft communique was put together at an au-oight -session 'of lower-ranking officials, apparently combining mainly the suggestions of American and Japanese delegations. A French spokesman said there bad been absolutely no change in the position France has on this since before the conference began Monday. Sir Alex Douglas-Home, British foreign secretary, described the conference today as "very but acknowledged that {mammons agreement was not possible on a follow-up. EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government today created a special committee to examine the high rate of deaths in Alberta caused by suicides and accidents Health Minister Neil Crawford named toe University of Alberta's dean of medicine. Dr W C. Mackenzie, as head of the 18- month survey. The province commissioned the study because Alberta's accidental death rate and suicide rate has tended to be above the national average. "There are more than 500 motor-vehicle fatalities each year, an amount out of proportion for the Mr. Crawford said. "These fatalities are a major cause of death in mates Mr. Crawford said the government is also concerned about a constantly increasing rate of death through suicide, especially among young people. Dr. Mackenzie and the seven members of the committee are to collect any information available on accident rates, causes of them, and any sequels to mem. They are to provide recommendations to reduce the number of accidental and suicidal deaths. MOSCOW (Renter) The Soviet Union has deprived dis- sident author Alexander Sol- zbenitsyn of his citizenship and expelled him from the country, the Soviet news agency Tass said today. Soknenitsyn, 56, was flown to West Germany today. The Tass statement said that the Supreme Soviet Presidium deprived the Nobel Prize-winner of "U.S.S.R. citizenship and expelled him from the U.S.S.R. for systematic activities in- compatible with the holding of U.S.S.R. citizenship and which are to the detriment of the U.S.S.R." Simon says fuel crisis long term and hord About town Bob filling the bal- loons for the Winter Games countdown party with helium and expecting them to come down when the net was opened Cent. Jim McKay, city police, ripping the seat oat of his pants early this morning while setting up a Highway 3 traffic barricade by moonlight. she said. She also made a reference to Arab terrorists who "negotiated tbe release of war hostages and left tbe country." "I am with a combat unit that's armed with automatic weapons and there is also a medical team here and there is no way that I will be released until they let me she said. "So it wouldn't do any good for somebody to come in here and try to get me by force The SLA demanded that tbe food be delivered in a one- month period starting Feb. 19 at publicized food markets in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Delano, Santa Rosa, Richmond and other cities. WASHINGTON (AP) Federal energy chief William Simon criticized budget director Roy Ash today for calling the energy crisis a short-term problem and added: "Maybe I should ask Mr. Ash to keep his cotton- pickin' hands off energy policy." Simon was responding to questions about a statement by Ash, toe director of the Office of Management and that the long lines of cars around gasoline stations and other critical problems resulting from the energy shortage will end this year. "The shortages will be here for a king time to Si- mon said. The statement said that bis family "can also leave later." The Nobel Prize author flew from Moscow aboard a Soviet airliner that taxied to a far corner of airport in Frankfurt, beyond the view of waiting reporters. Solzhenitsyn's presence on the plane was confirmed by the airport spokesman. Reporters were barred from approaching the plane "in the interest of Mr. tbe spokesman said. Earlier a spokesman for West German author Hernrich Boll, also a Nobel Prize winner, had said SoUhenitsyn was expected to travel to Boll's country bouse in the Eifel Mountains. These are located between Frankfurt and Bonn on the west side of the Rhine River. Boll's country house in the Eifels was cordoned off by police. Government spokesman Raediger von Wechmar an- nounced that the Kremlin had informed Bonn that Sol- zhenitsyn would be coming there. He said the government is prepared to accept the Soviet writer. Von Wechmar said it was not yet known whether Solzhenitsyn will settle permanently in West Germany. Solzhenitsyn's arrival followed confusing reports about when he would arrive fa) West Germany. Wilii Weyer, interior minister of the state of North- Rhine Westphalia, told journalists the Soviet autbor arrived early today. But officials at Frankfurt airport said later his plane had been delayed. Classified.......90-33 Comics........... 28 Comment District........... is Family.........35-38 Local News.... 13, 14 Markets......... 29 Sports..........23-26 Theatres........... 5 TV................ 5 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT ZS; HIGH TOURS. 35; CHINOOK WINDS Fatal trench 'not shored up9 The trench which caved in and killed an Edmonton construction worker near the Lethbridge Correctional Institution Tuesday was not properly biaced or sloped, a pffpiimimfy investigation shown. Art Baldry, Lethbridge senior accident prevention officer for the Workers' Compensation Board, said it appeared no attempts had been made to shore up the Site of fatal care-in T. B. lanson and Art Baldry, accident prevention officers for the Workers' Compensation Board, investigate. trench at the spot where Claude Roland Morissette, 30, was killed. Two other workers were trapped in the tench when the wall caved in, but were rescued. James Matthews, 18. 403 19th St N, is in "fairly good" condition at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. Horst Hensel, 2f, Edmonton, was treated for minor injuries and released. Mr. Baldry said provincial regulations specify that workers should not go into trenches deeper than five feet unless the trench has been sbored up. The trench in which the men were working was nearly 10 feet deep, be said.____ Mr. Morissette. foreman of the crew laying sewer line on jail property, was the operator of the back-hoe digging the trench He had climbed off the back-hoe and into the trench to help the other workers, just prior to tbe mishap. Mr. Baldry said. The trencb bad crossed another sewer line which had leaked water into tbe trench Tbe water probably contributed to tbe cave-in. Mr. BaMry said RCMP said at least five men. employees of Cam Set Mechanical Contractors of Edmonton, were working in tbe trench when tbe accident oocui i wl. An inspector from tbe department of public works and a local electrician were also working in tbe area One witness said a prisoner from tbe jail was called in to operate tbe back-hoe as the men worked to free the trapped workers Jail officials would not confirm this. liuwcrd. Coroner Dr. J. E McTavish has oideisd an imjuest. ;