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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 59 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1973 PRICE: 10 CENTS fWO SECTIONS - 20 PAGES Fighting upsurge shows no sign of abating in Vietnam New York Times Service SAIGON - The surge in fighting recent up-showed no signs of abating Sunday despite an urgent appeal by the four-party joint military commission for an immediate end to  hostilities. A Saigon military spokesman said there had been no significant change in the battlefield picture since the military com- mission, composed of the United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Viet-cong, issued its appeal Saturday. The spokesman, Col. Le Trung Hien of South Vietnam, placed the full blame for the continued fighting on the Communist, side. In his attack on alleged Communist violations of the cease- fire, Hien asserted that the Saigon forces had halted' all armed flights by military aircraft since the joint military commission appeal was'issued Saturday. During much of toe three-week-old ceasefire, the Saigon government's air force has been flying 100 to 200 tactical air sorties. Such flights are forbidden by the protocol to the Paris peace accord but were defended by Saigon as "acts of self defence." , According to government figures, the cease - fire fighting has resulted in  a total of 7,018 Communist dead and 1,218 government troops killed. The government says 5,588 of its men have been wounded and 913 are missing. The Saigon government said it was continuing to release Communist prisoners of war. It said another 982 were ferried across the Thach Han River near the demilitarized zone to the Communist - held , bank Sunday. According to ths government, this brings the total number of released Communist prisoners to 5,496. The govern- ment says it still holds about 19,000 other Vietcong and North Vietnamese prisoners. Meanwhile, 20 American prisoners of war arrived in the Philippines Sunday night from Hanoi, looking healthy, saluting the flag, and waving and smiling at a crowd of more than a thousand well-wishers. Hanoi released S u n d ay's group of prisoners ahead of schedule as a goodwill gesture, following Henry A. Kissinger's visit there last week. With Sunday's release, 400 American military men and 13 American civilians remain in captivity in North Vietnam and South Vietnam, according to lists provided by Hanoi. They are scheduled under the ceasefire agreement to be released during the next month. China, U.S. move closer together By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING - Diplomats here were reassessing their modest projections of the outcome of Henry Kissinger's visit here yesterday in the wake of the presidential envoy's dramatic late night meeting on Saturday with Chairman Mao Tse tung. The meeting, an extraordinary privilege for a man of Mr. Kissinge'r's rank, was taken by many diplomats as a sign that China is prepared to move toward normal reflations with the United States faster than .most analysts have dared to predict. The prevailing view was that the meeting was designed to demonstrate that any agreements Mr. Kissinger may be carrying home with him after his five days of talks here have the approval of Chairman Mao, whose prestige has been attached to the movement toward detente from the beginning. The substance of such agreements will probably not be known before Mr. Kissinger returns to Washington later in the week after his visit to Japan, but the consensus among diplomats was that they will stop short of the establishment of diplomatic relations - though perhaps not by much. U.S. OFFICE IN PEKING A common vfow wasjthat the agreements will provide for the establishment of a U.S. office in Peking, the 'withdrawal of .the bulk of U.S. forces from. Taiwan and the release|of two U.S. pilots held in Chinese prisons since beingVshot down over Chinese territory during the Vietnam war. Indeed, most 'observers here would be surprised if the agreements amount to anything less, given the remarkable atmosphere of conviviality at the meeting between Mr. Kissinger and Chairman Mao, which took place in the Chairman's lakeside villa in a corner of "the old Forbidden City. The meeting, lasting nearly two hours, was almost twice as long as the meeting President Richard Nixon had with the Chinese leader when the president visited Peking a year ago - and at least half an hour longer than any meeting the Chairman has had with a foreign visitor in recent memory. - The meeting began at 11:30 p.m. after the Kissinger party had attended a concert by China's Central Philharmonic Orchestra, but the 79 year old leader of the Chinese Communist Party was alert'and animated despite the hour. Mr. Kissinger took with him only Winston Lord, a young Harvard educated specialist on his. National Security Council staff - who thus became only the fourth American after Mr. Nixon, Mr. Kissinger and the late Edgar Snow - to meet China's supreme leader in recent years. UNCONSTRAINED ATMOSPHERE In its report of the meeting, the New China news agency said Chairman Mao and Mr. Kissinger had "a frank and wide ranging conversation hi an unconstrained atmosphere," and added to the impression of amic-ableness by quoting Chairman Mao as ending the conversation by asking Mr. Kissinger "to convey his regards to President Nixon." The 'convivial atmosphere thus conveyed was more than borne out by the coverage the event received in the Chinese newspapers and on television, which ran more than four minutes of film on the meeting in a 10 minute feature on Mr. Kissinger" visit. The film showed the lengthy handshake with which the Chairman received Mr. Kissinger and the frequent laughter that punctuated their subsequent conversation in the library of the Chairman's villa. Inside .."VlLnA/v. This is Mr. Turner's office. We'd like some pink ribbon, please.' Classified .... 16-19 Comics ..... ... 6 Distinct..... 3, 5 Family..... .. 13 Local News .. 11, 12 15 . 8-10 ... 7 TV......... 7 LOW TONIGHT 15, HIGH TUES. 35; SUNNY, MILD Leader in gallery Werner Schmidt, (right) ths new leader of Alberto's Social Credit party, and assistant Ed Monsma ponder goings-on from the gallery in the legislature. Mr. Schmidt, a 41-year-old Lethbridge administrator, does not have a seat in the legislature and must map his party's legislative strategy from behind the scenes. Bullet-riddled body found BELFAST (AP) - The body of a young man shot four times in the back was found buried in a snowdrift on the ouskirts of Belfast today. 'We only found him because there has been a thaw," a po-. lice spokesman said. "Only his head was sticking through the snow and we have not dug him out yet in case the corpse is booby-trapped." Police had been searching for the body for a wesk following a series of tips to a newspaper about the killing. The murder raised to 729 the death toll in 3l/2 yesrs� of communal warfare in Northern Ireland. The mailmen were machine-gunned in the back by a gunman believed to be a Protestant. The killer kept pumping bullets ino his victims' bodies even after they fell to the ground. A 10-year-old girl witnessed the slaughter. Before driving off in a car he had hijacked from a Protestant district, the gunman let fly a burst of bullets at a group of persons who had run up to the scene. One man was wo'inded. Across the border in the Irish republic, security was tightened around Prime Minister Jack Lynch after eggs were thrown at him during an election campaign appearance Sunday. WHITE PAPER In Britain, meanwhile, Prime Minister Heath and senior government ministers were reported putting the final touches on a white paper outlining the government's new proposals for the constitutional future of Northern Ireland. Informed sources said the British government will almost certainly retain responsibility for law and order in Ulster, rejecting the demand of the Protestant majority that this be returned to the Stormont parliament which they would again dominate. The white paper is expected to give a greater say to the part of the United Kingdom as Catholic minority in the govern- long as the majority of the ment process but to stress that people wish it, informed sources Northern Ireland will remain.a said. . New disaster hits Soviet aviation PRAGUE (AP) - A three-en-gine soviet jetliner caught on fire and broke apart while landing at Prague's airport today, and an official report said 77 of the 99 persons aboard died in the flaming wreckage. The casualty report, from a V."'.tern airline company, said tfcsce were 14 survivors among the 87 passengers aboard the Aeroflot TU-154 and eight survivors among the 12 crew members. A spot check of hospitals disclosed that between 19 and 22 injured had been given first aid or admitted for further treatment. Without giving details, the of- f i c i a 1 Czechoslovak news agency CTK confirmed the plane crashed "during a landing manoeuvre" and "some of the crew and passengers survived." Ths agency qualified tiie crash as "serious." An investigation commission headed by Transport Minister Stefan Sutka was at the scene, the agency said. The crash was the second air disaster to strike Soviet aviation in the last four months. Last Oct. 13, 176 persons died when a Soviet airliner crashed near Moscow in the worst recorded civil air disaster to date. Fed-up peace teams to act By RAY DICK SAIGON (CP) - The international supervisory force will begin deployment of observer teams throughout South Vietnam Wednesday despite a lack of organization by the joint military powers that has caused "serious problems." The statement was made today by Canadian Ambassador Michel Gauvin, and it is the strongest comment yet from the International Commission of Control and Supervision (CTCCS) about delays in supervising the Paris cease - fire agreement. Referring to the continued fighting in soma areas, Gauvin, chairman of the ICCS, told a news conferance: "... The failure of the parties to the agreement to effect a ceasefire as well as the delay of the Joint Military Commission (JMC) in becoming fully operative has presented the ICCS with serious problems in meeting its obligations." HAMPERED BY DELAY . He said the JMC, which was to have been operating within 24 hours of the ceasefire, did not get into operation for several days. The ICCS had decided to deploy its regional headquarters teams to seven regions, although the JMC was not fully represented in those areas. The U.S., the South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese JMC representatives now are at the regional headquarters and the Viet Cong started to deploy their representatives Feb. 7. Gauvin said there are still no Viet .Cong representatives at Hue, one of the seven regional headquarters. He said the ICCS has been able through its presence in the regional headquarters to deploy mobile groups, and has been eyewitness to several violations of the ceasefire agreement. They had been unable to investigate "for lack of a ceasefire or of agreed demarcation lines between the belligerents and the evident inability of the JMC to stop the hostilities." Sten and heard About town piRST United Church minister Ken Jordan surprised Sunday morning as he approached the pulpit when a small boy shouted, "Hi daddy" ... Rex Little claiming Lethbridge got the 1975 Canada Winter Games because of its symphony orchestra . . . Janice Varzari flinching each time her granny boots squeaked. New farm office to close g; The federal department of agriculture will have an office established in Regina within a week to bring Western farmers closer to Ottawa. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan made the announcement Saturday at a meeting ;in Lethbridge of the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association. Running the office will be George Leith, 49 year - old Wiseton, Sask. farmer and former member of the Saskatchewan legislature. Mr. Leith was Liberal MLA for Elrose from 1964 to 1971. In 1971 he, was an unsuccessful Liberal .leadership contestant. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1972 federal election in the Swift Current - Maple Creek riding. Mr. Wlhelan urged irrigation-ists and farmers to make use of the Regina office. "We want to be informed," he said. "If you have problems and can't get a hold of me, get George and he'll find me. Henri Vandermeulen, executive assistant to Mr. Whelan, said the minister has adopted "wide open doors" policy and won't turn anybody away. "The only problem is it keeps him so busy it's hard to get to him." The Canadian Grain Commission is lucky to get 15 minutes with him now and then in. Ottawa, he said, so when Mr. Whelan makes a trip such as the one to Medicine Hat and' Lethbridge on a weekend the grain commissioners, go along to do their business. Details of the. Regina office will be announced orice it is permanently'''' established The Herald was told. .> Mr. Leith said*he would do his best to bring Ottawa closer to the Western farmers. A problem does exist he indicated whether it is actually geographical, in the mind or both. Prime minister of gangsters dies after heart attack NEW YORK (AP) - For millions, Frank Costello was the shadowy underworld kingpin with the raspy voice and fidgeting hands who testified in 1951 that he was a reformed bootlegger and gambler. Costello's hands betrayed his nervousness, but his televised testimony before Senator Estes Kefauver's crime-investigating committee contributed little to the knowledge about the "prime minisiter of the underworld." The racketeer who survived a gangland assassinatioin attempt and won a 14-year battle against deportation died Sunday in Doctors Hospital at 82. He had suffered a heart attack 11 days earlier. He was reported to have amassed a fortune in prohibition boot legging, slot machines and real estate. Costello opted for obscurity in the latter years of his life, becoming a benefactor of charities and a daily fixture at the mens bar of the Waldorf-As- oria and the steam room at the Biltmore Hotel. He married Loretta Geiger* man in 1914. She is his only sm> vivor. FRANK COSTELLO Body stolen from grave LA ROCHE - SUR -YON, France (AP) - The body of Marshal Philippe Petain, the French First World War mili-. tary hero who collaborated with the Nazis in the Second World, was stolen from its grave on ths Ide-dYeu Sunday night, official sources said today. Liberal hopes ride on Turner budget OTTAWA (CP - When Finance Minister John Turner presents his 1973-74 budget to the Commons tonight, one of the first.tilings he will have to explain is what went wrong with the last budget. The explanation-and the related measures he proposes to remedy economic problems-may well decide the fate of the minority Liberal government. When the greying, 43-year-old lawyer gave his first budget speech last May, he predicted unemployment would fall, prices would not grow as fast in 1972 as in 1971, and the real. rate of economic growth would be "on the order of 6 to 6',u per cent." He was wrong on all the counts. It's going to. be tough enough for Mr. Turner to come up with solutions to these problems, but he has another headache to worry ahot at the same time- the political repercussions of his taxing and spending plans. The' budget is such a key part of government policies that the government would have little choice but to resign or call an election if the budget is rejected by the Conions. The decisive factor in the complex political equation may be cuts in personal income taxes. Observers have speculated that substantial personal tax cuts would induce New Democrats to accept'the other parts of the package. There have been indications that such measures will be part of tonight's budget. Pensioners, at any rate, can count on substantial breaks from the budget. Health Minister Marc Lalonde has promised a substantial increase in the old-age pension-a publicly-announced New Democrat condition for supporting the government. Veterans Affairs Minister Daniel MacDonald said veterans' pensions will go up by about the same proportion as old-age pensions and mentioned a figure of 20 per cent. If that is applied to the basic old-age pension of $82.88 a month, it would mean an extra $16.58 a month. If it is applied to the maximum $150 monthly payment to those needy pensioners .who also receive the supplement, it would mean up to an extra $30 a month. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Trudeau says Canadians will not look favorably at the other political parties if they bring down the minority Liberal government on today's federal budget. "We are going to bring in the best possible budget for the Canadian people," he told television interviewers in Sudbury Saturday. Other parties should see considerable merit in it, but if they do not and an election follows a government defeat, the Liberals would "fare rather well/ ;