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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Cuba, Canada reach agreement on terms of anti-hijack treaty OTTAWA (CP) - Cuba and Canada have agreed on the terms or an anti-hijack treaty, the external affairs department said today. A department spokesman said the treaty will deal with hijackers.of both airplanes and boats. In general terms, it would require each country to present a suspected hijacker for prosecution in its own courts, or send him back to the country where the crime was committed. A delegation, of officials returned to Ottawa from Havana Tuesday night with, the agreement. A Cuban delegation will come to Ottawa in the near future to sign the treaty, the spokesman said. The Ottawa anouncement came a day after the U.S. state department announced that Washington also has reached agreement with Cuba on a hi- jacking agreement. Canada-Cuba negotiations began in the spring of 1971, long before Washington started its talks last November. Ottawa offered a draft treaty last March, but Havana responded with its own version in December. Sources say the U.S. and Canadian treaties are similar. They are necessary because Cuba, a common haven for North American air pirates, has refused to sign a series of international conventions aimed against hijacking. It has been learned t'h e United States and Cuba are ex-. pected to sign an anti-hijacking agreement by the end of this w?ek. The official time was put at a "few days" by State Secretary William P. Rogers in  Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday night. It is understood this means Satur- day at the latest. Only minor details remain - to be worked out. Even though administration officials have acknowledged an agreement has been reached, no one would discuss the substance of the accord; President Nixon said Tuesday that Rogers will disclose the contents at an appropriate time, but sources said the silence resulted from an agreement with Havana not to disclose details until all procedural matters are concluded. While no official would talk even privately about the agreement, under negotiation since late November, it was learned the last major problem was cleared when a Cuban note was received Saturday. This dealt with the classification and definition of hijackers, and hijacking. The United States, saying it was interested primarily in end- ing terrorism, opposed Including in the agreement any acts not endangering crews and passengers of boats and planes. BROADEN DEFINITION Cuba had proposed that any person who violated a local law in obtaining passage out of one of the countries should be cla-sified as a hijacker, even if it meant no more than stealing an empty craft. VOL. LXVI - No. 55 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14,1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS - 45 PAGES Henderson ose Opposition leader Puzzle in jet crash This is all that remains of the A7 Corsair . Navy fighter jet that crashed into an apartment house in Alameda las;t Wednesday.' The bits and chunks of metal are spread oyer the floor of a hanger of Alameda Naval Air Station where they will be examined by investigators fo determine what caused the disaster. The largest recovered chunk is the twisted jet engine. Gov't optimism draws warning By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - The continued optimism of the federal government over trade relations with the United States in the face of the American government embarking on greater protectionist policies, drew strong criticism from combined opposition parties in the Commons Tuesday. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield warned Finance Minister John Turner and Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie "that there seems little ground for complacency at this time." Max Saltsman (NDP Waterloo) demanded to know if Mi". Turner had made representations to the American authorities and asked them to remove some of their barriers to trade such as the DISC program, now in effect. Mr. Turner said such questions were under consideration by Mr. Gillespie. He said Canada has made representations to the U.S. declaring Canada's support of any effort the Americans make toward more liberal trading arrangements in the world and more liberal monetary arrangements. He said that would exclude any type of export subsidy or investment subsidy represented by the DISC legislation. In Washington President Nixon said Tuesday the 10 per cent U.S. dollar devaluation must be followed by trade legislation to give the government discretion to raise tariffs and some products to protect American markets. Monday in the House Mr. Gillespie indicated that trade talks between Canada and the U.S., including those on the auto pact, are still' stalled. Opposition members at that time expressed surprise and indignation that the negotiations have not been actively resumed. EDMONTON (CP) - James Henderson, a former health minister, has been chosen Alberta Social Credit opposition leader, it was anounced today. The announcement was made at a news conference by Werner Schmidt, elected party leader 11 days ago. Mr. Schmidt, a 41 - year - old academic and businessman from Lethbridge, does not have a seat in the legislature. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the Edmonton Belmont riding in the 1971 provincial election in which the Progressive Conservatives toppled Social Credit from power after 36 years. Mr. Henderson, a 46-year-old petroleum engineer, represents Wetaskiwin-Leduc and has been Inside 'Heard the latest fuel shortage gag?' Classified 26-29 Comics......34 Comment ...... 4 District ... 3, 22, 23 ]] Family ...... 24, 25 Local News .. 17, 18 r� Markets ........ 30 i!s Sports ........ 8-10 Theatres ........ 7 TV ............ 6 Weather....... 2 LOW TONIGHT -5, HIGH THURS. 15; MOSTLY SUNNY School trustees helpless to prevent vandalism By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Public school trustees say they are helpless to prevent pre-teen vandalism at the Holiday Village shopping mall on Mayor Magralh Drive. Art Batty, president of Holiday Village Ltd-, wrote the board Tuesday asking for trustees help in "clamping down on vandalism" and requesting the board to ask the schools to keen children out of the centre. Mr. Batty also wrote the city's separate school board, outlining examples of destruction: PROFANE LANGUAGE "Profane language has been painted on store walls with spray cams. Children as young as 10 years old are using profane language to customers and to store tenants. "School children using the mall as a hangout are slashing restaurant seats and plastic coverings on equipment, lighting matches and throwing them on carpets, dumping the sand out of ashtrays onto carpets. "Theft is a common occurrence. It is not uncommon t o see children as young as 10 years of age smoking, throwing cigarettes into the fountain and many other malicious acts," Mr. Batty said- Public school superintendent Dr. O. P. Larson said although trustees regret "this trend in the development of society . . . the board h?s no control whatsoever over young people outside the school and off school grounds-" Dr. Lamm said many of the examples listed by Mr. Batty Canada pressed to augment peace *ieam OTTAWA (CP) - Canada has been asked to augment its existing peace observer mission in Laos following a ceasefire expected there shortly, an ex-t e r n a 1 affairs department spokesman said today. The department has been approached by both the Laotian government and Washington with a view to augmenting the International Control Commission which has been in Laos since 1962. The spokesman said the government would have to study the text of the ceasefire agreement between the Laotian government and Communist forces before deciding whether to increase its participation on tha Laos ICC. are acts which young people have copied from adults. "It only serves to make the job of principals and teachers that much more difficult. Their task is further aggravated when parents refuse to support the staff should they impose strict d i s ciplinary measures," he said. Dr. Larson said recent court decisions have tended to support more lenient measures against young offenders. "Control outside of school property rests with the parents concerned - or with whatever police enforcement measures you may wish to impose- "Students are fully aware of the fact that school authorities have no jurisdiction over them when off school premises. The best we can do is try to win their co-operation and goodwill," Dr. Larson said. He said he will discuss Mr. Batty's problem with public school principals in the hope they "may be able to do something which will encourage students to stay out of your mall or to conduct .themselves more properly." Po w s are winging their way home CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) - Twenty smiling United States prisoners of war and a Vietnamese puppy left Clark Air Base today on their long-awaited flight home to the United States. The men departed a day ahead of schedule. Their Star-lifter hospital jet was dve at California's Travis Air Force Base about 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST)- Fortv more PoWs will follow Thursday in two planes. This will leave 80 of the men freed Monday still at Clark and one in Saigon. Two others were flown home Tuesday because of serious illness in their families. Ths cai7i'*e pasrenger was a dog called Ma-co that Lt.-Cmdr. Edward Davis of Leola, Pa., adopted during his nearly eight years in captivity. Officials of Operation Homecoming said most of the remaining men will be back in the United States by the weekend- But doctors at the base hospital where they were quartered reported a few wanted to remain for plastic surgery. Meanwhile, U.S. and North Vietnamese officials met in Saigon to make arrangements for the transfer of 20 more American PoWs who, Hanoi announced, will be released within the next few days. A North Vietnamese spokesman in Saigon said the date for the release has not been decided but the decision is expected soon- Meanwhile, the Canadian civilian prisoner released by the Viet Cong- Tuesday in Hanoi will be flown out "on the first plane available." Canadian Ambassador Michel Gauvin said today in Saigon that this could mean that Marc Cayer of St. Raymond, Que., will be flown out with American prisoners released from Hanoi. in the legislature since 1963. He was minister of health from 1969 to 1971, Mr. Henderson's sharp tongue is well known in the legislature and, he is considered one of the party's better orators. The choice was made at a caucus of 21 of the 24 Social Credit members of the legislature Tuesday. Mr. Schmidt said a number of persons were considered for the job of leading the party in the legislature. It was a difficult decision, but the selection of Mr- Henderson was unanimous. He said he hoped the choosing of Mr. Henderson would heal some wounds opened during the leadership convention. The caucus had ended with expressions of solidarity, he said, end he had received pledges of support from the MLAs. Mr. Schmidt defeated Robert Clark, 35, of Carstairs by 39 votes on the second ballot at the leadership convention. Mr. Clark, a former education minister, had been favored to win. Mr. Clark received considerable support from, party MLAs during his leadership convention- After the convention, some said they were not hanny at having a leader outside the House. Mr. Schmidt said the caucus had not pressured him to seek a seat during a byelection. However, he was upset by news reports which said he had no intentions of seeking a seat. He reaffirmed his view that it would be risky to run in a byelection because the Conservatives would do everything possible to defeat a new leader. He did intend to run in the next provincial election and would consider a byelection if it appeared "viable." Gordon Taylor, 62, of Drum-heller, a cabinet veteran, has offered to consider resigning his seat if the new leader urgently needed to seek election. Mr- Henderson said he did not seek the position and considered himself a voice of moderation. He hoped any infighting resulting from the convention would be over. The new opposition leader will receive a salary of $35,500 a year. Mr. Schmidt would collect this if he had a seat, but because he is outside the house he can't receive it. There h?s been speculation that the opposition leader will pav part of the salarv to Mr. Schmidt, who has resigned his $22,000 a year position as academic vice - president of Lethbridge Communitv Col'ege. Twenty - one of the 24 Social Credit members of ths legislature were at the caucus meeting. Missing were former leader Harry Strom, who is vacationing, E. W. Hinman of Card-ston and C. K. French of Hanna-Oyen. JAMES HENDERSON tawa atnes OTTAWA (CP) - The government seemed to breathe a sigh of momentary relief Tuesday as the latest U.S. monetary shakeup appeared to leave the Canadian economy unhurt. But Finance Minister John Turner cautioned it could take the United States 10 years to sort out its trading problems with the ether big trade blocs, during which Canadian business will "face a very tough, competitive fight." He told reporters Washington wants to win an international monetary agreement that will dispel its persistent balance of payments deficit. ' If the 10-per-cent devaluation of the U.S. dollar announced Monday did not succeed, Washington would turn to other methods. For the trade war that might ensue, Canadian industry would now have to "clear the decks for action." He reiterated that the corporate tax cuts first introduced in the budget last May 8 were aimed at helping industry meet world competition. Those cuts are expected to reappear in the budget he will bring down Monday. For Canadian producers, sales to the United States- nearly  70 per cent of all exports-should not be hindered, and sales to other countries should be easier because Canadian goods would be less expensive. Adjusted dollar sinks LONDON (AP) - The United States dollar, adjusting to its 10-per-cent devaluation, dropped to a record low in Switzerland and Japan today. It fared better in relation to the currencies of other major countries. In Japan, where the yen has been freed to find a level above the 10-per-cent rise provided by U.S. devaluation, the dollar was again under pressure and sold at 270.8 yen. Last Friday it took 301.1 yen to buy a dollar. That was the last day of trade before devaluation. The change represented a 13,7-per-cent increase in th?> value of the yen in relation to the dollar. The Japanese state bank stepped in to buy an estimated $235 million in order to absorb some of the pressure on the dollar and keep the yen from rising higher. Japanese businessmen fear a high-priced yen will unbalance their booming trade and prosperity. On the Zurich exchange tha dollar opened at 3.4475 Swiss francs. Later only 3.3925 francs bought a dollar. This represented an its-percent dollar devaluation from previous parity with the franc. The dollar declined during the day on the Frankfurt exchange but still closed well above the new official parity of 2.9003 West German marks. The price of 2.9360 marks represented a dollar devaluation of 8.89 per cent in relation to the earlier parity. Market prices nosedive NEW YORK (AP) - Stock market prices took a nosedive today as investors reassessed their initial enthusiastic re-soonse to President Nixon's plan to devalue the United States dollar. Tha Dow Jones average of 30 industrial stocks was off 12.79 points to 983.97 at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, the blue-chip indicator soared more than 21 points in the first half-hour of trading but then pulled back for a more modest' gain of some five points. New B.C. lieu I.-gov. named S�en and heard About town JgRNIE ? * HOWE, one of the LCC students in on the weekend toilet seat caper, remarking, "This is easy. At home in Saskatchewan, you have to take the whole house to steal the seat" . . . sign on auditorium wall in First Baptist Church says, "if you were to btand trial as a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?" OTTAWA (CP) - Walter Stewart Owen of Vancouver has been appointed lieutenant-governor of British Columbia, the prime minister's office announced Tuesday. Mr. Owen, to be sworn into office March 19, replaces Lt-Gov. J. R. Nicholson, who is retiring for personal reasons. The new lieutenant-governor, the 22nd since B.C. entered Confederation in 1871, is a Vancouver lawyer who has been in U.S. moves to heal wounds with bomb-battered North WASHINGTON (AP) - Hanoi and Washington announced today they plan a joint economic commission to develop economic ties between North Vietnam and the United States and to consider post-war reconstruction of the bomb-battered North. This was the only concrete new element in a joint communique issued following the departure from Hanoi Tuesday of Henry A. Kissinger, national security adviser to President Nixon, who spent almost four clays in the North Vietnamese capital practice since 1928. He has served on a number of international conferences on law, including the Commonwealth law conference, the International Commission o f Jurists and the International Bar Association. Mr. Owen served as president of the Canadian Bar Association in 1958-59 and has been a member of the association's council for more than 30 years. Lt.-Gov. Nicholson was appointed July 2, 1968. He announced at the end of 1972 that he would retire from the post as soon as a successor could be found. The position of lieutenant-governor carries an annual salary of $18,000. WALTER OWEN ;