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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, February 14, 1974 News In brief Oil consumers VIENNA (Reuter) A senior official of the 12- country Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says the Washington oil conference may produce "unpleasant tensions" between oil producers and consumers. Abdul Amir Kubbah, acting chief of OPEC's information department, criticized the decision of the conference to set up a coordinating group to prepare for a later meeting of consumer and producer countries. "This is an unfortunate development which is likely to produce very unpleasant tensions between producers and Kubbah told a reporter. "I look on it as the beginning of ganging-up against the oil producers by the United States through international co-operation among consumer countries, in the face of French op- position." Venezuela sets deadline CARACAS (Reuter) For- eign oil-company holdings in Venezuela will revert to the state within two years after the new government is installed next month, President-elect Carlos Andres Perez says. It was the first time that Perez, speaking to the head of the Venezuelan Journalists' Association, had set a deadline for carrying out his campaign pledge to nationalize the oil industry before oil concessions here expire in 1983. The main foreign oil com- panies operating in Venezuela are Creole, an Exxon subsidiary extracting nearly half the total Venezuelan production of 3.3 million barrels daily; Anglo-Dutch Shell; Mene Grande Oil Co., a Gulf Oil subsidiary; Sun Oil; Mobil and Texaco. West German strike ends Exile and host FRANKFURT (AP) More than two million apprehensive public service workers went back to their jobs today to end a three-day strike that crippled West Germany's mass transit, garbage collection, postal services and airports. One million union members will be called back to ballot boxes shortly to approve a compromise settlement giving them an 11-per-cent across the board pay raise with a minimum f82-a-month increase for the lower income brackets. Public service employers originally offered 9.5 per cent or the union's demands were 15 per cent, Expelled Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, left, and his host, West German author Heinrich Boll, talk to villagers Wednesday after the Soviet author arrived in Langenbroich. Solzhenitsyn plans to stay at Boll's summer home. Chinese officials take Trawler faces fine boots to Beethoven again VICTORIA (CP) -The Jap- anese trawler Koyo Maru could be fined up to if summarily convicted of fishing in Canadian waters, a federal official said Wednesday Fisheries department spokesman Bob Mclndoe said the trawler was expected to arrive in Victoria today, escorted by the fisheries protection vessel Tanu. The Japanese vessel was arrested Tuesday night by a Canadian destroyer after a Canadian tracker aircraft spotted it fishing in Queen Charlotte Sound, 20 miles inside the Canadian fishing zone. Jack Benny turns 80 TOKYO (AP) Chinese au- thorities took another swipe at Beethoven today, and this time they really hit below the belt. The official Peking People's Daily lumped the German gi- ant's music with the effusive, romantic tone poems of Italian composer Ottorino Respighi and said both were "weird and bizarre reflecting the nasty, rotten life and decadent sentiments of the bourgeoisie." It was Peking's second attack on Beethoven. Observers said the party newspaper apparently is trying to discourage those Chinese who, after years of being forced to do without, would like to hear the Western classics again. Western orchestras have had successful appearances in China recently. Neither Beethoven nor Res- PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) Jack Benny, the world's oldest 39-year-old, turns 80 today. "Jack doesn't want a big thing made of an associate of the comedian said. "He just wants to let the birthday pass quietly." Benny will be filming a tele- vision commerical today in Palm Springs. On Friday, a small celebration is planned with close friends, including Gov. Ronald Reagan, George Burns, Milton Berle, and their wives. Benny's only comment on being 80 was a line from his night club act: "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Wilson urges joint coal strike talks Biggs9 wife in Brasilia RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Chairman Brent, wife of British train robber Ronald Biggs, was holed up Wednesday in a hotel in the federal capital of Brasilia, Brazilian press reports said. Biggs' wife slipped away from Rio a day after she arrived, eluding the press and avoiding the commercial airlines, the Brazilian Globo network said. She checked in at the Eron Hotel Wednesday afternoon to wait for an opportunity to meet with her husband. Biggs is under a 90-day preventive arrest, pending a solution to his case and awaiting possible extradition to Britain. Immigration racket reported SYDNEY (Reuter) Australian Immigration Minister Bert Grassby called in police today to investigate charges that immigration officers were involved in a multi-million-dollar illegal immigration racket He ordered the inquiry following a television interview Wednesday night in BRIDGE RUG PRAPES LTD. coucocauu. which Solon Baltinos, secretary of the New Settlers' Association, said there were illegal Turkish migrants in Australia. Baltinos alleged that immi- gration officers had accepted bribes in a racket worth million. Disapproval ROME (AP) Italian Communists have expressed cautious disapproval of the Soviet government's treatment of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. So did the Belgian Communist party. LONDON (Reuter) Opposition Labor party Leader Harold Wilson proposed today that all three party chiefs give up a day's campaigning to make a new effort to settle the national coal strike. He suggested a conference Friday headed by Prime Minister Heath. Representatives of the Union and the management would be invited to meet with the three party leaders. The object would be to reach an agreement on a basis for immediate negotiations to end the strike. With voting in the Feb. 28 general election only two weeks away, Heath asked Wilson Wednesday night to join him in an appeal to the miners to call off the five-day strike while they present their case for higher pay to the government appointed independent pay board. Wilson told a news conference that Heath's move was clearly a political ploy. He said of his own proposal: "I suggest we make the whole day available and be prepared to sit as long as necessary." pighi, who died in 1936, were identified by name, but the People's Daily referred to three of their works: Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. The Chinese who admire Western music are reported to have argued that works without a title are politically neutral and can be played safely. The People's Daily replied, as it has before, that "bourgeois music with or without a title is an in- strument serving the bour- geoisie in seizing and consoli- dating bourgeois political power." Such reasoning is a serious matter in China. The great Cultural Revolution of 1966-69 began with an attack on a play, broadened into denunciation of the Peking Opera and ended up involving millions of Chinese, from the highest levels down. Soviet Mars probe overshoots target MOSCOW (Reuter) The Soviet interplanetary probe Mars 4, launched last July, shot past the red planet because of the faulty functioning of one of its systems, Tass news agency reported Wednesday. But a second spaceship, Mars 5, was reported to have gone successfully into orbit around Man Tuesday. Tass said Mars 4 had ap- proached the planet on Sunday, but was not put into orbit around Mars as originally planned. "Because of the faulty func- tioning of one of the systems on board, the braking engine was not fired and the station passed the planet at a distance of Tass said. It added, however, that the probe had taken photographs of the planet and that Soviet scientists later hoped to receive information "on the physical characteristics of outer space on the station's route." Nixon back in friendly South KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) President Nixon has returned to the South where he has found some of his most receptive au- diences, for his first stump speech of the year as part of a continuing effort to overcome his Watergate handicaps. Nixon was featured speaker today on the dedication program for a pioneering automated health care centre at Ce- dars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami. It was his first public appearance outside Washington since last November. The president, staying at his home here for what is billed as a weekend business trip, will do more stumping Monday, joining Governor George Wallace in Huntsville, Ala., for an Honor America Day rally. Mrs. Nixon here with her husband and daughter Tricia Cox, told reporters in Washington Tuesday night that more trips are in the offing. She did not elaborate. Abandoning the Spartan travel arrangements of a commercial airliner that marked bis trip to California after Christinas, Nixon flew to Florida aboard Air Force One. He also used helicopters to ferry to and from the military airfields he used. Before leaving, Nixon took his twice-delayed annual medical exam. His physician, Dr. Wal- ter Tkach, said Nixon's "health and physical stamina is excellent" Rosenberg footnote: Harry Gold dies in obscurity Margo Oliver Weekend Magazine's food editor explains how lo bring ordinary meals Jo life wiih the good taste of carrots, turnips, and other root vegetables. In this Saturday's issue. The Utkbridge Herald By ALDEN WHITMAN New York Times Service NEW YORK Harry Gold, who served 15 years in federal prison as a confessed atomic spy courier for Klaus Fachs. a Soviet agent, and who was a key government witness in the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage case in 1961, died 18 months ago in Philadelphia without any public announcement, the New York Times has learned. Gold's death occurred Aug. 28, 1972, in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia. He was 60 years old. Gold, according to his death certificate, died during a heart operation. He had worked in the hospital as a clinical chemist for Dr. loulios lossifides. the chief pathologist Dr. lossifides said Wednesday by telephone that Gold had suffered from a heart condition for several years Augustus S. Ballard, Gold's lawyer and confidant, also confirmed the death. Interviewed by telephone Wednesday. Ballard said in explanation of the secrecy surrounding it, "the poor bastard was hounded all his fife, and his brother (Joseph) was sick of it." Ballard said that there had been "no deliberate attempt" to hush up the death. He said that a death certificate had been filed and a will probated, "but nobody picked them up." Gold's brother was unavailable for comment today. Joseph Gold is six years younger than Harry Gold. A civil service worker for many years, he is a decorated veteran of the Second World War. Shortly after his death, GoM, a bachelor, was buried in Bar Nebo Cemetery by his brother, and a tombstone was erected that reads "Harry Gold, Dec. Aug. 28. 1972." A few close friends and members of the family attended the funeral. The fact of Gold's death was turned op by accident last August by Alvin H- Goldstein, a writer-producer for Ihe National Public Affairs Center for TV in Washington. He was then preparing a television documentary on the Rosenbergs, who were executed in 1955 for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Goldstein said Wednesday that, after conducting a routine obituary search, he had placed an advertisement in the New York Times in early July, 1973, requesting anyone who knew Gold's whereabouts to get in touch with him. A week later, Goldstein recounted, he received a phone call from a woman who refused to identify herself, but who volunteered that Gold had died in Philadelphia the previous August. Goldstein said that he then obtained a copy of the death certificate and of Gold's will, which was dated Aug. 24.1972. He visited the cemetery and subsequently attempted to ask Joseph Gold for an explanation of the secrecy surrounding his brother's death. The brother, according to Goldstein, refused to see him. Goldstein said that he kept his information to himself because he had wanted to disclose it coincident with the release of his since completed 90-mimite documentary, "The Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg." This is now scheduled to be made available to 241 public television outlets on Feb. 25. Bell "needs higher return than requested' OTTAWA (CP) A United States economist said Wednesday he believes Bell Canada needs an even higher return than it is asking for if the company is to restore investor confidence in its stock. J. Rhoads Foster, a Washington, D.C., consultant, was testifying at a Canadian transport commission hearing into a Bell application to increase rates for several services. Mr. Foster was being ques- tioned on his 135-page report prepared for Bell and presented at the hearing. Dan Burtnick, a lawyer representing the Ontario Government, picked over details of the report in occasionally testy exchanges with the economist, who painted a dark picture of Bell's financial position. Ontario is one of more 100 organizations or individuals listed as intervenors in the hearing, expected to last several weeks. Mr. Foster said Bell and electric utilities in North America have not since 1965 had earnings allowing them to compete favorably with alternatives available to investors. Joint meeting about oil expected May 1 WASHINGTON (CP) The conference of 13 oil- consuming countries has ended with co-operation on the upswing, Canada and most other participants satisfied and France's foreign rela- tions a little the worse for wear. Machinery was set up to prepare for a joint meeting with the oil-producing states, possibly by May 1. Steps are to be taken to ease the financial burdens of meeting short- range needs. The United States, Canada, Western Europe and Japan agreed to develop "a com- prehensive action program" including shared conservation and research efforts as well as allocations during emergencies. An apparently satisfied U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissin- ger, the chief architect of a cooperative approach, came close to predicting after Wednesday's windup that oil prices would come down, not to pre-October War levels but to a point considered fair by the Western users and the Middle Eastern producers. And French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert, near the centre of a storm for most of the three-day session, said he did not think the differences between France and the other Common Market countries would have "too great an effect on the future of the Community." FEARED FOR UNITY For a while, it had seemed to some diplomats that French objections to a joint course and to the creation of new co-ordinating and working groups threatened the survival of the Common Market as a vehicle of western unity. American initiative, Kissin- gers' in particular, won the approval of France's eight Common Market partners, thus breaking their unity on this particular negotiating front. In the end, France signed the communique while dissenting from several key provisions, including preparations for a conference of consumer and producer countries "at the earliest possible opportunity." Kissinger said his impression was that France would participate, but Jobert sidestepped the issue when the question was put to him at a separate news conference. "Some believe the conference should be held this way, we believe in another he replied. "We shall see." Injunction request denied MONTREAL (CP) A Quebec Appeal Court judge has ruled that action on an application for a permanent injunction to halt work on the James Bay project will have to await the outcome of appeal from a temporary injunction granted Nov. 15. Mr. Justice Albert Malouf granted the temporary in- junction in November at the request of Indians and Eskimos in the James Bay area and ordered that work stop on the project. the James Bay Corp. ap- pealed and the Appeal Court ordered that work be permitted to resume pending its ruling on the appeal. Wednesday, Mr. Justice Marcel Crete of Appeal Court denied a motion from representatives of the Indians and Eskimos fighting the billion hydroelectric development which asked permission to proceed with the permanent injunction request submitted earlier to the Quebec Superior Court 70 MftMTMt II ft Precipitations Near normal month Near normal temperatures are forecast for Southern Alberta during the balance of February, ac- cording to the long-range weather outlook of the United States Weather Bureau. Precipitation is ex- pected to be below normal. ;