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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Poland's new rulers fret over unrest By CY FOX Canadian Preti Staff Writer Unrest in Poland continues to keep the new leaders ef that Communist country in a worried frame of mind denote number of measuw already taken to attempt to tranquUlze the discontented masses. The newcomers to Communist party supremacy now have reversed the move to higher consumer prices which set off violent demonstrations of dissatisfaction in Poland's Baltic ports just before Christinas. They also have instituted wide ranging purges of party officials on the local level, aiming to replace fol- lowers of former general-secretary Wladyslaw Gomulka with alienated from popular feeling. Edward Gierek, Gomulka's successor in the all- powerful post of party secretary, arrived in office with the reputation of being a tough, pragmatic Communist His appearance at the top was followed rapidly by a variety of steps designed to bring the party more in line with mass demands for a better deal on the con- sumer front. Producing results The protesters in the Baltic ports became less demonstrative and it seemed Gierek was producing the results many observers predicted would flow from his brand of leadership. The policy of returning retail prices to then: pre- Decmber levels was carefully mapped cut by Gifirek, who gave credit to Soviet aid for his ability to give Polish consumers more retail leeway than they recieved from the unpopular Gomulka. But lately there has been a strike by textile work- ers-many of them women-in the central Polish city of Lodz. And reports are circulating of unrest in the Warsaw region, too, particularly at a major textile factory there. A trip by Gierek to a farming community near Poland's frontier with the Soviet Union led to addi- tional reports that either the party secretary was plan- ning talks with Russian leaders or was himself con- cerned about the situation in what hitherto was re- garded1 as a trouble-free area of the country. The possibility at present is that Poland may be in for kind of internal tension which resulted in the rise of liberal forces in Czechoslovakia four years ago and which ultimately caused the Russians to dis- patch tanks and troops against the "pro-bourgeois" ten- dencies unleashed by Alexander Dubcek. Russians ivatching The Russians, with memories of that crisis still fresh in their minds, are closely watching current de- velopments in Poland and presumably are ready to take drsstic action again if they consider the pro- Moscow government to be on the brink of breakdown or defection. But the Brezhnev Kosygin partnership in ths Soviet capital also has taken precautions at home against the kind of consumer discontent which is caus- ing the Polish Communists so much trouble. Ostensibly at least, the new plan covering future economic programs in Russia gives increased promin- ence to the development of industries turning out con- sumer products such as cars. This shift in Soviet domestic policy together with the changes pressed through in Poland over the last two months show that even monolithic Communist gov- ernments no longer feel themselves capable of ignor- ing Western-style demands by their subjects for more of the luxuries of life. By HAROLD MORRISON GENEVA (CP) The United Nations wheat conference agreed today on a new three- year wheat trade and food aid convention after the Soviet Union withdrew its objections to European Common Market par- ticipation. While the Soviet Union still Insisted it does not recognize the Common Market as a coun- try, it agreed to a compromise which gives the Common Mar- ket the attributes of a country for signing purposes. The wheat convention is a bare-bones convention under which the 12 exporting and 49 importing countries or parties pledged to maintain the spirit of orderly marketing but yith no obligations on maxinwin or minimum prices or obligations on quantities to be sold and pur- chased. The agreement, to be known as the Wheat Trade Convention, also maintains the existing ad- ministrative machinery of the International Wheat Council which will continue to collect in- formation from member coun- tries on production and import requirements. The hope expressed in the convention is that the council may at some future tune find the situation ripe for another at- tempt to negotiate a price- frame pact though1 no time ia fixed for such an attempt. REPLACES IGA Replacing the existing Inter- national Grains Arrangement, Plastic blood bags may be dangerous NEW YORK (AP) A Johns Hopkins medical re- searcher reports that human blood stored in plastic bags can pick up potentially harmful chemicals from the plastic. Dr. Robert J. Rubin, associate professor of envi- ronmental medicine at Hopkins' School of Public Health, said the increasing incidence of a condition called "shock lung" in the United States and South Vietnam has coincided with wider medical use of "plasticized" blood bags and tubing. Shock lung. Dr. Rubin said, has been particularly prevalent among soliders in South Vietnam who have received blood transfusions in large volume. The reason, Dr. Rubin speculated, may be that the blood given to wounded soldiers is relatively old be- cause of the time involved in shipping and delivery to hospitals or combat areas. As a result, he said, the stored blood could contain high concentrations of chemicals added to substances to make them flexible. The environmental medical expert also said analy- sis of urine from three graduate students chosen at random showed traces of plasticizers despite the fact they had not had any blood trasnfusions. He specu- lated further that these traces could have come from the everyday environment "plastic-wrapped food, especially meats, or airborne molecules which have es- caped to the atnrosphere from such items as plastic car seat covers." Dr. Rubin reported his work in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News, a publication of the American Chemical Society. "Physicians arc reporting an increasing incidence in the United States of shock lung, a condition charac- terized by an impeded circulation of blood in the lungs." the society publication said. It can be fatal. "While Dr. Rubin is sounding the alarm about plas- ticizers in blood bags, the suppliers of these togs have expressed confidence in the safety of these pro- (in weeU? continued, feet July 1 providing sufficient countries ratify it. It wfll run until June 30, 1974. Thus for me first time in many years there will be a free market in wheat next summer. Some commentators predict a price war but both Canadian and United States delegates an- ticipate that there will be no major break in the market which appears to be a bit stronger after the collapse of floor prices in 1969-70. A- number of delegates ex- pressed regret that a more effective agreement could not be reached. But Canadian dele- gate Maurice Schwarzmann, as- sistant deputy trade secretary, said that while the pact is lim- ited in scope, i t provides a framework' for close co-opera- tion of all wheat countries and a framework for marketing and price stability. Sehwarzmann particularly welcomed Soviet co-operation which, he said, allowed the agreement to be adopted by all the delegates'. Austria was the only one of the 57 countries to reserve its position on accepting the new pact. In the accompanying food aid convention, Canada will con- tinue to provide tons of wheat annually to developing countries. But total annual con- tributions by all donor countries will be reduced to tons from the pledged by the wealthy countries under the previous convention. drive in deep trouble SAIGON (4P) South Vietnam's 12-day-old drive against the Ho Chi Minh traU to Laos apparently was stopped cold and in deep trouble today as the North Vietnamese launched heavy counter-offensives against both sides of tie Elements of a United States Hocking force on the South Vietnamese side also came under attack and a half-dozen more American helicopters flying SETS WORID RECORD Anno Hennng, left, of North- brook, III., gets a hug from o competitor. East Germany's Ruth Schleirmacher, after Miss Henning ser a new world record in sprint ipeedskatln j Saturday at Iniell, Germany. She did over 500-metere in 42.91 Ontario NDP boss to lay down law Former judge sentenced to 5 years TORONTO (CP) Frederick Joseph Bannon, a former To- ronto magistrate, was sen- tenced here to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including false pretences, fraud, theft and fraudulent registration of titles, A detective told court Bannon, a former lawyer had de- frauded and stolen from clients between 1964 and 1970. Bannon was ruled unfit, to hold office as magistrate following a royal commission investigation into alleged misconduct in 1S63. TORONTO (CP) Stephen Lewis, leader of ..the Ontario New Democratic party, said Friday he will lay down the law Sunday to his party's radical wing. In an interview, Mr. Lewis said his speech to the NDP pro- vincial council in Waterloo is in- tended to be a strong statement on the "false impression" cre- ated by the Waffle Group. By casting everything into "extreme language and simple Garesliolin man killed on farm Jay Fred Etherington was in- stantly killed Friday when the earth moving machine he was operating rolled over and crushed him on his father's farm 10 miles west oi Clares- holm. The victim was working for Southern Paving Ltd. Coroner Dr. S. J. Cornish has said an inquest will be held, but no date has been set. he said, the Wafflers are helping the Conservatives and Liberals place him on the defensive and are forcing the New Democrats into a form of ideological warfare. "They give enough credence to the effort to stereotype the others impose on us, whether it be a Tory or (Liberal Leader) Bob that it- can become uncomforta- ble." He said "it's legitimate for a party to engage in a tough spir- ited internal debate" but that debate has reached the point that the party could be dam- aged and could1 lose sight on "wib the real enemy is." Mr. Lewis said he is confident Hie majority of the party favors his stand but his speech is not designed to purge the party of Wafflers. "If the party rejects it (his well, that's up to he said.. "But it will be an important speech for the partly internally and should set the tone for how I, as a leader, hope it behaves." in support of the South Vietnamese were report- ed shot down. BASES UNDER SIEGE The fighting was the heaviest since the South- Vietnamese entered Laos to cut North Vietnam's principal sup- ply network. A South Vietnamese ranger position overlooking a main ar- tery of the trail was overrun with heavy losses, a military spokesmen said, and two ranger patrol bases nearby remained under siege for a third succes- sive day. An American adviser on the South Vietnamese side told As- sociated Press photographer Rick Merron: "The rangers are holding on by the skin of their teeth." Field reports said more than 50 Saigon troops were killed Fri- day and today, more than 500 wounded and 26 missing. South Vietnamese field com- manders estimated 600 North Vietnamese troops were slain under an onslaught of artillery fire and air support by U.S. fighter-bombers and helicopter gimships. The U.S. command reported two attacks on U.S. positions north of Khe Sanh, on the South Vietnamese side of the border, and acknowledged the loss of two more'helicopters. A spokes- man said five Americans were killed, 14 were wounded and three were missing. U.S. B-52s struck inside South Vietnam for the first time in nearly two weeks. The eight-jet bombers at- tacked a North Vietnamese buildup threatening U.S. forces just south of the demilitarized zone. In another attack in the north- ern sector of South Vietnam, the old imperial capital, Hue, was shelled for the first time in more than six months. South Vi- etnamese headquarters said three .Soviet-made 100-pound rockets fell into the city and de- Btroved two houses, killed two civilians and wounded seven. World's first lockout set for military officers STOCKHOLM (Reuter) The Swedish government declared Friday night what is believed to be the world's first lockout of military officers. It is scheduled to start March 3. The announcement followed a series of work stoppages and lockouts in Sweden which al- ready have paralysed rail serv- ices, educational facilities, wel- fare aid and the country's legal apparatus. The officers are members of the Professional W o r k e r s' Union, which represents a wide range of state employees and Is the union most involved in var- ious stoppages over pay de- mands. A spokesman for the Military Officers' Association was quoted as saying that if troop com- manders are kept out of mili- tary bases, conscripts will sim- ply have to be sent home. The government move brought an immediate protest from the chief of the armed forces, Gen. Stig Synnergren, who urged the cabinet not to let the industrial conflict spread to Sweden's military defences. Rancher is fined in unusual case Jury rules out drug overdose PONOKA (CP) A coroner's jury, inquiring into the death in hospital of a murder suspect, ruled out the possibility of a drug overdose. The six man jury ruled that Bruce Henry Lambert, 27, of Red Deer, died of aspiration pneumonia following vomiting and seizure at the Alberta Hos- pital in Ponoka. Yacht found drifting empty WILLEMSTAD. Curacao 'AP) Bjorn Christian Lota's 29-foot yacht Frilo has been found drifting empty in the Atlantic Ocean. Authorities said they have no clues to the fate of the 51-year-old Danish-born Lohr, who set out Dec. 31 on a solo At- lantic crossing. Lohr sailed from Plymouth, England, Dec. 31 and called at Comma, Spain, several days later. He has not been heard from since. Harvey Hassard, a rancher from Eagle Butte, 45 mffles southeast of Medicine Hat, was fined a total of. in magis- trate's court in Medicine Hat this week in a unique case of involving gun-setting. The case arose from the kill- ing of six elk five cows and one bull. Apparently the elk were get- ting at an unfenced haystack on Hassard's ranch. Hasard set a trap at the stack using two double-barrelled shot- guns, spring set with series of cords and pulleys. The guns were set on posts about 10 feet from the stack. As the elk walked around the stack, they would trip tha string attached to the trigger and get the load of shot at the shoulder level. Five of the animals were dead when an informant advised fish and wildlife officials at Medicine Hat. The sixth animal was found with a broken shoulder and festering wound and had to be destroyed. Hassard was fined on a charge of spring-gun setting, and and costs for letting the meat go to waste. A third charge of hunting during a closed season was dismissed. FIRST IN ALBERTA Bill McDonald, wildlife officer at Medicine Hat, said the was, to his knowledge, the first of its kind in Alberta. He said the usual procedure when elk are bothering ranch feedstocks is to'have the fish and wildlife department set out zon guns. A zon gun, using ace- tylene, produces an intermittent load bang, scaring the elk away well out of the area. In colder weather, wildlife officials wfll go to the area and shoot rifl.es into the air to scare the animals out of district. Fencing haystacks Is also dons !n many ranching areas to pre- vent the elk and other wildlife from getting at the feed. The case was heard in Med- icine Hat Thursday before Magi- strate E. W. N. McDonald. Truck lockout move in the back "Another bloomin' load ofRollt-Royce Only elected king installed D KUALA LUMPUR (AP) A new king was installed today and the Malaysian Parliament reopened after a 21-month sus- pension. Sultan Abdul Halim Shah. 43, is the fifth and youngest king of Malaysia, a country which says it has the world's only elected He will be king for five years. VANCOUVER (CP) Most of British Columbia's trucking industry was shut down Friday by a lockout, and a move by At- torney-General Leslie Peterson to get the wheels rolling again was termed by a union leader as "the worst stab in the back ever prepetrated against a trade union" in B.C. Three moves came in rapid succession Friday, starting with a strike at noon by about 50 of the province's teamsters against McGregor Warehouses in Vancouver. The Automotive Transport As- sociation, which represents about 80 per cent of the B.C. trucking industry, then imple- mented an earlier threat that "a strike against one will mean a lockout by all" and called upon member firms to lock out the teamsters at the completion of the Friday shift. Mr. Peterson intervened im- mediately, giving notice in the provincial legislature of a mo- tion which would order resump- tion of normal operations if the strike-lockout is still in effect Tuesday. Ed Lawson, head of the Teamsters Union in Canada, then issued his "stab in the back" statement said the attor- ney-general's move "signals the end of free collective bargaining in the province." Air squadrons off to Jamaica EDMONTON (CP) Two Edmonton based air scwadrons are to leave this weekend to provide support for a Canadian armed forces exercise in Ja- maica next month. The exercise Mill involve troops from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, at Gagetown, N.B. Power struggle in guerrilla camp Seen and heard About town ALDERMAN Vaughan 1 A broff filling in for Growth slows TOKYO (Reuter) Tokyo had its smallest post-war popu- lation growth last ad- ditional persons, giving the world's largest city a popu- lation of at the end oil 1070. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Palestine Liberation Army moved openly today to unseat Yasir Arafat as leader of the Palestinian resistance movement, touching off the big- gest internal power struggle in the guerrillas' history. Brig. Abudulrazzak Yahya, PLA commander-in-cliief, made public demands that Arafat's ruling central committee be dis- solved and that all guerrilla or- ganizations be brought under the PLA. Yahya's demands came in notes published in Damascus and Beirut today, a few hours before the 27-man central com- mtttea vu to begto nutting! la the Syrian capital on the grow- ing momentum towards a peaceful settlement in the Mid- dle East. President Tito of Yugoslavia is returning to Belgrade today from Cairo with the blessing of Soviet Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev for his one- man Middle East peace mis- sion. He is expected to inform President Nixon immediately of the results of his week of dis- cussions with Egyptian leaders. "We hope that your talks in Cairo and your future contacts will constitute a further step forward in the role you under- take for peace in the Breibnev MM tin YugoslaT. leader in a message published today by Cairo newspapers. DELIVERS MESSAGE The message was delivered Thursday by Vladimir Vinogra- dov, the Soviet ambassador to Egypt. Tito was reported also plan- ning more exchanges with the leaders of Britain, France and the Soviet Union and is sending his foreign minister, Mirko Ti- bavas, to Moscow. An active peace-seeker in the region since the 1967 war, Tito has been in touch with the Big Foui- leaders in recent weeks and ended his talks Friday night with President Anwar Sadat In Cairo's Kubbeh Palace, YASIR ARAFAT Hem- filling in for the city's mayor at a recent meeting and referring to his position as "the third team" city manager Tom Nul- ling in good humor as he wondered whether the new boxing and. wrestling bylaw covered domestic disputes. India candidate etabhed to death CALCUTTA. India (Renter) Hemanta Basu, former West Bengal minister and candidata in next month's state assembly elections, was stabbed to death in a street today, police re- ;