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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Friday, February News In brief Biggs' wife plans divorce Soviet author will likely live in Scandinavia SYDNEY, Australia (AP) The wife of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs is planning to divorce him, it was learned here today. In a Brazilian interview with the Sydney Daily Mirror, which flew her to Brasilia to see her detained husband, she said: "He asked me if I loved him enough to let him stay in Brazil as the husband of Raimunda and the father of their expected child. "I had to say yes. I don't want him to spend the rest of his life in jail in England." Biggs, 44, has been reported as saying he wants to remain in Brazil with his Brazilian girlfriend Raimunda de Castro who claims Biggs is the father of her unborn child. There are reports that this could frustrate British moves to have him extradited to complete the 30-year jail sentence imposed for his part in the million British train robbery in 1963. By ROON LEWALD COLOGNE UP) Alexander Solzhenitsyn left West Germany for Switzerland today to take up the life of a wealthy best- selling author in Western Europe. After two nights in the rural West German village of Lang- enbroich, Solzhenitsyn and his Swiss lawyer boarded a train for Zurich. The lawyer, Fritz Heeb, has been working for the last five years on Solzhenitsyn's behalf with publishers in Europe and the United States. It was not known how long Solzhenitsyn planned to stay in Switzerland. But Heeb has indicated that the author prob- ably will settle in Scandinavia. The Paris newspaper FranceSoir estimates the writer has amassed at least million in royalties from the publication of his books outside the Soviet bloc. Heeb has said Solzhenitsyn told him two years ago that he wanted his royalties used for humanitarian purposes inside the Soviet Union. But at that time the writer thought Soviet law protected him from ex- pulsion. Solzhenitsyn talked by tele- phone with his wife in Moscow after he arrived Wednesday in West Germany, and they had another conversation Thursday night, friends said. But there was no indication when she and the rest of the family would join him. FAMILY CAN LEAVE Tass, the official Soviet news agency, has said his family can join him "when they deem it necessary." But friends in Moscow said Mrs. Solzhenitsyn has not yet applied for permission to leave. The family includes the couple's three sons, Mrs. Sol- zhenitsyn's 11-year-old son by a previous marriage, and her widowed mother. Friends of the family believe the Soviet government will let all of them leave. The friends in Moscow gave this account of the treatment the author received after he was arrested at his apartment Tuesday: The police took him to Lefortovo prison and took the clothes he was wearing, a bag of clothes he had brought with him, the sheepskin coat he bought during his Siberian exile in 1953-56, everything in his pockets and his wristwatc'h. "It was just like in his book The First Circle, only that was at Lyubyanka (Moscow's most notorious not one friend said. The police then told Sol- zhenitsyn he was charged with treason, a charge punishable by death. He refused to sign a form acknowledging that he was acquainted with the charges, and said only that he would not co-operate in the in- vestigation The writer also refused to eat. Then at i.p.m. Wednesday he was presented with the de- cree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet cancelling his citizenship and expelling him. Solzhenitsyn broke his silence to say he would not leave without his family. Deputy State Prosecutor Mikhail Malyarov replied that the family would be permitted to follow him and that his library and archives would be shipped to him. He was given his wristwatch and a suit of the kind issued to discharged prisoners, driven to the airport and put aboard a flight to Frankfurt on Aeroflot, the Soviet airline. But eight po- lice escorts isolated him in the first-class compartment, and he was not told his destination. 4The greatest wife' INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) Amidst the classified ads in the local newspapers Thursday were the usual "Roses are red and other Valentine love notes. One, however, drew second glances: "To the Greatest Wife in the World. With Love Richard and Kenneth." Julie Eisenhower ill. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Julie Nixon Eisenhower was in satisfactory condition today after emergency surgery to halt internal bleeding from a ovarian cyst. President Nixon's daughter was in surgery 44 minutes Thursday night at the Indiana University Medical Centre where two gynecologists re- moved a benign cyst. Mrs. Eisenhower, 25, had come to Indianapolis for an editorial meeting of the Saturday Evening Post, where she is a assistant editor. Dr. Cory SerVaas, wife of Curtis Publishing Co. board chairman Beurt SerVaas, said Mrs. Eisenhower became ill during the meeting Tuesday and was taken to their home. "She spent a restless night at our house and by Wednesday noon she was in extreme pain." Dr. SerVaas took Julie to Dr. Sprague Gardiner who found substantial internal bleeding and had Mrs. Eisenhower admitted to hospital. "At first we thought it was an ectopic Dr. SerVaas said. "But we found she had a benign ovarian cyst. Dr. SerVaas said the oper- ation should not affect Julie's ability to bear children. President Nixon remained at his Key Biscayne, Fla., home. Police fire on strikers FORT DE FRANCE, Marti- nique (AP) One man was killed and three were injured when police fired into a group of about 100 demonstrators during the second day of a general strike, officials said today. They said four policemen were-injured, two seriously. The trouble started last week with a three-day electrical workers' strike. This led to a general strike, and Wednesday trouble broke out between demonstrators and police in the streets of Fort de France. Thursday, police were out to prevent demonstrators armed with clubs from calling plan- tation workers away from their jobs. The firing broke out when the two forces met. Colonel threatened BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) Argentine Marxist guerrillas have threatened to kill a captive army colonel in a new act of defiance against President Juan Peron. The People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) said Thursday the colonel, seized during an attack on an army garrison last month, will be dead within 48 hours unless the army publicly reveals the fate of two of their men. The two men were captured during the seven-hour assault on the garrison in which at least five persons were killed. The colonel, Jorge Ibarzabal, is deputy commander of the garrison. South Korea protests attack SEOUL (Reuter) South Korea protested to North Korea over what it called a "serious, deliberate armed provocation" by a North Korean gunboat which sank a South Korean fishing boat and wrecked another today. Seoul said the North Korean gunboat took the wrecked boat, Suwon No. 33, to the North after sinking the trawler Suwon No. 32 off Paengnyong-do island. It demanded the immediate return of the ship and its crew. South Korea said the North Korean action was a "flagrant violation" of the 1972 joint rapproachment declaration which banned any military provocation by both sides. He couldn't help it CALGARY (CP) Clarence Gary Calliboo didn't Hey How About Our BIRTHDAY PICTURES? KWIK KOLOR COLLEGE MALL PhoM327-4M4 "Same Day Service on your Color Pictures" KWIK StERVICC dt nOW VUGWIM WnlMMiaK Mi I Mnrphft C In tit want to, but he couldn't help it Calliboo, 30, of Vancouver, was given a two-year suspended sentence in the Alberta Supreme Court Thursday for possession of counterfeit money and passing it to Calgary police. He was taken into police custody last Aug. 25 for failing to pay a 1305 speeding fine. Police found IMS in his wallet, so the fine was paid and Calliboo was released. That was the beginning of his of the bills were found to be forged. Defence counsel L. L. Ross said Callihoo "had no intention to pass counterfeit money on the police" and that was why be was taken into police custody. Ross said Callihoo believed be got the counterfeit bills from the sale of his television. Hunger strike MOSCOW (AP) Three Jews began a hunger strike in a Moscow apartment today to protest the Soviet government's refusal to let them emigrate to Israel. Prof. David Azbel, 63, spokesman for the group, said they are resorting to "this most common form of protest for political we consider uui selves political Election expense law coming July 15 Happy to be back Cpl. Jean Lepage of Edmonton is on the telephone Friday morning at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont., following his return from serving a 3Vz-month stint with the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Middle East. There were 55 men from Cairo and six from Cyprus whd returned. Cpl. Lepage said he was looking forward to his 24-day leave. His wife is to have a baby at the end of the month. Fined for selling fuel to regulars, angry operators may close stations WASHINGTON (AP) An- gered by fines for catering to regular customers and a federal price freeze which they say cuts profits, some United States service station operators have closed their stations and others have threatened to shut down. Some stations were closed Wednesday and Thursday in Connecticut and a majority of gasoline retailers in the Tlde- water area of Virginia appeared ready to begin a four-day shutdown today. Protests there and in other states showed strong opposition to a ban on special sales to regular customers and to the federal price freeze which operators say is strangling profits. Seven gasoline retailer groups meeting in Fresno, Calif., representing of the state's service station operators, said they will take a "vacation" March 22 unless they are granted a gasoline price increase. The 300-member Southern California Retailers Association said it is planning a shutdown of service stations Feb. 24. About service station dealers in Washington and Oregon told the federal government they will pump their tanks dry if their demands are not met by midnight Monday night. SEEK PROTECTION Spokesmen for the Evergreen Service Station Association of Washington and the Oregon Dealers Association said the demands included more police protection, a minimum increase of five per cent in gasoline allocations and authority to raise prices. Federal energy chief William Simon, invoking the Emergency Petroleum Act of 1973, has directed service stations to treat all customers alike or be fined Max Victor, executive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations, said the federal -order amounted to "telling dealers to forget about good will and, in many cases, to forget a clientele he's worked for years to build up." Meanwhile, in a move to alleviate gasoline inequalities from state to state, the Federal Energy Office (FEO) is sending teams into many of the states to verify gasoline supply data. After making sure it has the right figures, the agency will decide how to shift supplies around to eliminate inequalities, FEO Deputy Administrator John Sawhill said Thursday. A number of states and local governments, faced with long waiting lines at service stations, have imposed forms of gasoline rationing. Other areas report few supply problems. Sawhill said the question of federal gasoline rationing re- mains under study. Now the Cariboo wants out of B.C. Trade deficit cut to half '72 level VICTORIA (CP) An Independent Republic of the Cariboo has been proposed, less than a month after businessmen in Fernie, B.C. said they'd been ignored too long and asked to join Alberta. Alex Fraser told the British Columbia legislature Thursday that residents of his central interior constituency are fed up with legislation put through by the New Democratic Party government of Premier Dave Barrett and want out. He said his constituents want an exemption from the Land Commission Act. which he said "transferred all land controls from locally-elected officials to NDP party government automobile insurance and property assessment amendments. "If the government win not recognize these requests for exemptions from these stupid socialist laws, the Cariboo citizens will have no alternative but to leave the jurisdiction of the government of B.C. and operate on their said Mr. Fraser. Outside the house, Mr. Fraser said he was serious about his proposal because Cariboo residents want it "Leave us alone and we'll look after our own revenue and expenditures and do quite he added Meanwhile, The Golden Chamber of Commerce voted Thursday night 46-to-2 in favor of a resolution calling for secession from British Columbia to Alberta. About 200 people attended the C of C meeting. The resolution indicated strong economic and cultural ties between the community and Alberta. The C of C executive said the B.C government has constantly ignored the East Kootenay district. By BUD JORGENSEN OTTAWA (CP) A healthy jump in sales of Canadian goods to countries other than the United States helped cut the 1973 trade and payments deficit to almost half the 1972 level, a report Thursday from Statistics Canada showed. A preliminary report of for- eign trade and balance of pay- ments showed a deficit of 1331 million for 1973 compared with a 1623-million deficit for 1972. Canada had sizeable trade surpluses for both years but these were more than offset by deficits in the non-trade area, which includes such items as interest and dividend payments, tourist spending and freight costs. A major portion of the jump in offshore sales-Japan and several European countries rank after the U.S. in foreign during the fourth quarter. "There are indications that the largest relative increases in merchandise exports occurred in trade with Japan and with the United Kingdom, with moderate growth rates of exports to the United States and the European Economic excluding the United the Statistics Canada report said. The gain in offshore sales left the combined total of trade and payments almost in balance for the fourth quarter as Uie quarterly deficit was a modest million, not adjusted for seasonal variations. By PETER LLOYD OTTAWA (CP) The federal Election Expenses Act likely will come into effect July 15, says Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Marc Hamel. He said the process of setting up the electoral machinery needed to administer the new act is going well, but there is little chance it will be ready before mid-July. The act received final Com- mons approval Jan. 3 and royal assent Jan. 14. Under terms of the legislation, proclamation can come no later than July 15, six months after the assent ceremony. In an interview Thursday Mr. Hamel said much of the necessary work on the Canada Election Act, about 400 pages, is complete but final publication of the new version probably will not come before the end of March. The expenses act limits spending by canadidates and their parties and places controls on contributions. It also provides for public money for political parties and new election broadcasting regulations. PARTIES HELP Mr. Hamel said he and his staff have been receiving "beautiful co-operation" from the political parties in trying to prepare for implementation of the act. In years with no election, registered political parties will have to show their financial records to Mr. Hamel and his staff within six months of the end of each fiscal year. Following elections, both parties and their candidates will have to submit audited reports. Mr. Hamel said because these reports will be audited, they will not place a heavy burden on his staff. Between four and six permanent staff members would be needed to administer the day-to-day aspects of the election act. This figure likely will be ex- panded during elections, but much of the work stemming from violations, real or alleged, of the act will fall under the jurisdiction of a commissioner appointed under the act. Mr. Hamel said he expects to name the commissioner July 15 at the same time the act is proclaimed. The commissioner will decide whether complaints related to election expenses are justified and will be responsible for initiating any court action. MUST DEFINE TERMS Some of the terms contained in the act still have to be de- fined for administrative pur- poses and many complicated forms have to be drafted, he said. Because of the delay required before proclamation, any election or byelection called before that date will not be governed by the act Mr. Hamel said this means that the byelection in Battle River, the Alberta constituency left vacant with the death of Conservative MP Harry Kuntz last November, will not be affected by the act. That byelection must be called before July 15. Under its provisions, candi- dates will be limited to spend- ing for each of the first 000 voters in their ridings, 50 cents for each of the next and 25 cents for each voter over Parties will be permitted 30 cents for each voter. Candidates will be reimbursed from the public purse for limited postage, travel and auditing expenses. Mines kill two U.N. soldiers CAIRO, Egypt (AP) Two Finnish soldiers with the United Nations peacekeeping force were killed and seven others were wounded by mines in an unmarked minefield in the UN buffer zone west of the Suez canal, the Finnish embassy reported today. The embassy said four of the wounded were in serious condition. A Finnish captain was slightly injured Thursday when he detonated an anti- personnel mine in the field. A group of Finnish soldiers rushed to his rescue, and their vehicle bit an anti-tank mine, killing two of the men and injuring six others. An embassy spokesman said he did not know whether the mines had been laid by the Egyptians or the Israelis. But reports of the incident in Israeli newspapers said the minefield was Egyptian. Saint John longshoremen make pact SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) Representatives of Saint John longshoremen and the Maritime Employers' Association early today reached a tentative agreement to end a strike which has tied up the water- front since Feb. 1. The agreement, details of which were not disclosed, will go before the membership for a vote Saturday morning. The MEA, which represents 18 shipping companies using docking facilities here. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FflCE Phont32t-4722 COLLEGE MALL CORRECTION SUN MINI POSTERS M THE BEE HIVE NOTICE THE TIME LIMIT FOR RECEIVING PETITIONS FOR PRIVATE BILLS EXPIRES ON THE 25th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1974. w H MacOcmaW. of the Legislative Assembly Province o1 Alberta ;