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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FAIR FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 25-35 ABOVE VOL. LXV No. GO The IctJikidcje Herald I.RTHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, ]972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES VVALTER WINCHEU engineered big scoops Fast-talking Winchell dies LOS ANGELES (AT5) As they mcl on a New York street, columnist Walter Windicll said. "Mr. Hoover, this is Lcpkc." then lie turned murderer Louis BuchaJler over to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The negotiation of lira surrender in 1939 of BuchaJ- ter was one of Ihe liesl-lmown scoops engineered hy tlie colnmiiist-rodio died Sunday at Ihe Hge of 74. Winchell's at the University of California al bos Anselcs Medical Ccnlrc was altrjbuteri to a proslalo cancer, lie had been confined al Uie centre Nov. 13. VYinchcll lived 5cclusion in recent years, mostly in a L% Anpx-les hotel, and avoided Ihe nipht life, the action and gossip that he had loved for decades. From 1932 until the early millions of Cana- dians and Americans heard Hie nasal, staccato open- ins of his neuscasl: "Good Mr. and Mrs. Anierira and all the ships .it pen: Irl's to His vnicc never lost the pronoiuiccd nf his birth- place, New York City. Delivery i Winchcll punctuated his brisk delivery vith Ihe In- sistent beep from a telegrapher's key. His slangy de- livery had its print counterpart in the three-dotted ;-tyIc of the .showbiz-oriented column he wrote for the New York Mirror and some 800 olhcr newspapers from 1929 (o "He wrote like a man honking hi a traffic jam" was the appraisal of another writer who surfaced in Llifl exuberant newspaper world of the J920s, Ben I i cch I. In a Winclicl] column, a gangster was a Chicago- rilla; liquor was giggle-water; expectant parents were inf anticipating. Tlic short, sharp-featured Winchcll even had a visual trademark; a snap-brim hat which he seemed never lo without. Mis "scoops" became newspaper legend despite Frequent criticism of inaccuracy. Yorker maga- zine once analysed 239 column items appearing in ID-JO. U .said were accurate and the rest partly inaccurate, wholly inaccurate or luivcrifinblo, Hoover was n friend of Winchcll, and in fact vir- tually every body in the public eye for a generation was oilhcr a friend or an enemy of the columnist. He traded jckes wilh President Franklin D. Roose- velt mid used li'.s column to attack President Harry Truman. His opinion of an entertainer could some- times make or break a career. W.-VS KOSTKK CHILI) Vtinclioll was born in Nrw York, Ihe son of a silk merchant who abandoned his and I wo tuns. Giow- mc np in faster hninr.s, Winchrl] wns a iir-Tsbny nt njilii. In vl'iOii lir wns 12, I ho mol.lwr of a neighbor- hood pal got the hoys jobs as ushers in a IhoaLrr. whore wilh a third they formed n signing trio billed as "Ihe little men the big voices." was (Joorge Jessel, win) went on lo a show business career of lii.s own joined a children's act when he was 13 and nfler service in the Kirsl World War Iriod lo make it in vaudeville as n song-and-dnnee man. His .slum business career didn'l, pel. far, linl, nfler showing Irtlenl. al pickint; up hnckslage gossip hn rame. a foi- the Vaude- ville News. From there ho went, lo Iho tabloid New Ym-k Graphic where lie developed his rapid-fire, writing stylo. Wineliell slopped writing Ihe column in shortly nl'cr his .son, W.iller Jr., commilled .suicide. Winuliell's wife, June, died tlw following year in Phoenix, Ariz, penalty tough -Life iii prison OTTAWA (CP) A Criminal Code amendment Uiat would make air hijacking a specific offence, subject lo liTe in prison, was introduced in the Commons today. Aiiullier new provision would extend the jurisdiction of the coin-Is to aircraft that are in flight or "in service" on the ground. Anyone who committed an of- fence alward a Canadian air- craft outside Canada would be subject to the jurisdiction of Ca- nadian courts. The Criminal Code bill spells out two types of offence, all opening offenders to a life sen- tence: hijacking, which in- cludes seizing control of an air- craft; holding anyone on board for ransom; or forcing diversion of the flight, for reasons includ- ing transport of another passen- ger to a place other than tlm next scheduled stop. the safety of an aircraft in flight by an as- sault on board; actual damage to the aircraft; bringing aboard anything likely to endanger the flight; damaging any air navi- gation facility; or giving false information, PROHIBIT WEAPONS Bringing on board any civil aircraft a firearm or an "explo- sive substance'1 without permis- sion of the owner or pilot would be an offence subject lo 14 years in prison. Under the proposed new law, the pilot would have the status of a peace officer and any inter- ference with him while he was doing his duty could result in a two-year jail sentence. The changes would bring Ca- nadian law into line with new international agreements t o deal witli the outbreak of air piracy in recent years. MP charges corruption in ivife killer release OTTAWA (CP) Conserva- tive MP Eldon Woolliams said todyy the release of Yves Geof- frey from 551. Vincent de Paul penitentiary Dec. 2-1 smacks of "absuhile corruption" and an independent inquiry is needed in the case. Geoffroy. who had served 14 months of a life sentence for strangling liis wife, was re- leased on a 50-hour leave Dec. 24 to marry Carmen Parent, his old flame. After the marriage, the pair fled and an international search has been launched. Mr. Woolliams, MP for Cal- gai-y North, was replying to a Commons statement in which Solicitor -General .Jcan-Pierro Goyer blamed the release on "bona-fide error" rather than impropriety. Mr. Woolliams said an inquiry Is needed to establish the facts. Mr. Goyer appeared lo be writing a book: "How to mur- der your wife and marry your mistress." AFTER YOU, SIR President Nixon and Chou En-lai appear to be having reach- ed an impasse as to who should go first as they arrived for a meeting in The Great Hall of The People in Peking, ixon proposes inese eace marc Britain battles back (CPl Electricity nils continued lo black out homes and factories across Britain today and threatened lo Ihe jobless total above Ihrec million despite the prom- ise of an end to the coal miners' strike. Despite a rush lo get. eoal sup- plies to power plants by truck, train arid ship, the central elec- tricity generating board warned it would be "a long uphill battla l.o restore full supplies of elec- tricity." In the meantime, nine hours a day of power blackouts, contin- ued and factories remained on a Ihroe-d.-y Wore man- power layoffs due today were expected to raise the ment total from 2.8 million ou Friday lo more than three mil- lion, the highest since the De- pression years of the IMOs. leaders of miner's union agreed early Salurday lo rec- inninciul acceptance of a 50- per-cent pay raise for their monitors. They immediately called off the pickcls Ihat havo kepi coal supplies from reach- ing generating plants througli- 311! the six-week strike. Ballots went out lo the miners today on the proposed pay pet- llemeni. They were expecied lo vole Wednesday. Acccplanee. would permit, a rcluni tn work next u-eclc. Even wilh the return of Uitf miners next week, it will take three lo four weeks lo gel power production back lo normal. KXI'KCTINd WOII.SK As fuel supplies lo power sta- tions resumed, tlie government of Prime M i n i s I e r Heath braced lo meet an ex- peeled epidemic of demands for much higher pay from unions claiming Ihat their member" nlso special consideration. Tlie first new dcnwnd could como Thursday when leaders ot railway unions will resume ne- polialions for ".substantial" pay increases for Uicir mem- bers. Hy THE CANADIAN TRESS TTie strike o! airport techni- cians continued to hamper com- mercial air tralfic across Can- ada today ns i( entered its 17th day uilh no apparent end in sight. Tn Toronto, an Air Canada spokesman said up lo GO flights would be cancelled todav. Seen and heard About town 'T'RUCKER Albert koff slipping on ice while, at the same time tell- ing liis wife Parlcia Hint last night's s n o wouldn't hurt road conditions Betty Taniwa mad at herself for buying ice lea in anticipa- tion of drinking il while tan- ning al Henderton Lake. Tliree perish in slide a I Jasper JASPER (CP) Three men died and one survived a foot fall in a avalanche Saturday on Mounl Edith Ca- vell. Two of the dtad men's names have been released. They arc .lim Carlson, 20, of Hinton, and Clirisloplicr Smith of Edmonton. Peter Ford, ,'iTi. of Fdmonlon, is in hospito] a broken ''We've pot lo call people and loll Ihcm.1' he said Stmday. "V.'e've pot hundreds of people calling us even' hour or so !o cliock on the status of their flights. "We're working a loL of over- time.'1 Bad weather conditions over (he weekend didn't help mat- ters, A Wizard at Montreal Satur- day sharply reduced operations and actually dosed tho airport for PO minutes to allow for snow removal. At least 40 Air Canada flights were cancelled out. of Ot- tawa and Montreal Saturday. A CP Aii' spokesman in To- ronto said his airline's opera- tions were behind schedule but managed lo get through the weekend without a cancellation. PREDICT LONG STRIKE Meanwhile, leaders of tho 2.200 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical pre- dicting a longlhy strike. Mem- bers want a 24-per-cent wago increase over 24 months and IKIVO rejected a concilia IJnn offer of a 15.3-pcr-ccnt in- crease in a 28-month contract. The federal government has (old the union Ihe conciliation hoard offer was the last, prompting predictions of Ihe long strike despite the fact the union has no strike fund and pavs no strike pay. Average wage1 fnr a techni- cian is about S10.000 a year. Union members maintain radar, navigational and commu- nications equipment at commer- cial airports. PEKING (CP) President Nixon opened his dialogue for peace with China's leaders today, held his first meetings with Mao Tsc-tung and Chou En-lai, and ap- pealed to them to join him in "a long march" toward universal peace. "Not in lock the president said in reply to Chou at a banquet in the Great Hall of the People, "but on different roads leading to a common goal a world structure of peace leaders, meeting for (ho first: and justice in which all timc had a aml frank men sland together.'' discussion lasting CO minutes, (iovl. purchases Eddy silc land OTTAWA id1) -Tlit' federal government will pay the K. U. Kddy Co. of neighWing Hull nnllinn for -1-1 acres of land on the Ottawa River opnc-vU- r.irluimrnt Hill, Urban Affairs Minister Ron an- nonncc.'l in Ihp Commons today. The company will soon bepin transfer of ils pulp and paper npcT.'ilions lo nnolluT .silc Jlull loss ol jobs for ;wy o[ employees. th9 rent thing, wiitit (no wwld f topes Nixon said if he and Chinese leaders can find common ground to work together, ''the chance for world peace is im- measurably increased." "Let us recognize at the out- set we have had differ- ences at times in the past: we have greet differences today neither of ns will comprom- ise our principles. But while we cannot do this, we can try to bridge them so Ihat. we may be able to lalk together.'1 TO EXCHANGE VIEWS Premier Chou preceded Nixon lo the rostrum at, Ure banquet and said the usit provides an opportunity for normalization of relaUcins and exchange of views on questions of concern. "This is a positive move in conformity with the desire of the American and Chinese peo- ple and is an event unprece- dented in the history of rela- tions between the United Suites and Chou added. "The American people are a great people. The Chinese peo- ple arc a great people. The peo- ple of our two countries have always been friendly to each othor, but owing to reasons known to all, the contacts be- tween the two peoples were sus- pended for over 20 years." Now. "the pales to friendly contact have finally opened." Chou proposed the establish- ment cf relations on the basis of five principles he laid down at the Bandmir.g conference in 1955 in Indonesia. They are: Mutual respect, for the and territorial integrity of nations: mutual non-aggression; non-int orfcr- enco in inlcrnal affairs; mutual cqnalily; and peaceful cocxist- rncr., HOPE TO START Chou noted that Nixon said on liis departure for China that the Tinted and Peking hnve differences. He added: ''We hopo lo pain n clearer insight, into the Ameri- can way of thinking. ''And wilh this a new start ran be made in relations be- twpon our two countries." The unexpected meeting Iv.vcn President Nixmi r.nd Chairman Mao, almost immedi- ately afler the preridenl. landed flL the start of his ciglit- day visit, caused n 90-mimitc delay be-fore Nixon's session uith Premier Chou. HWLSO Tress Secretary Ronald Zicglcr wid tha two but refused to give any details. Tlie president the chair- man met in Mao's residence near Uie Great Hall of (he Peo- ple in T i c n a n m i c n Square. Nixon accompanied by his special adviser on national secu- rity, Henry Kissinger, the man last year made a secret flight to Peking lo arrange the presidential visit. Mao was accompanied by Clicu and by the uoman deputy director of protocol. Wang H.ii- who is reputed lo be Mao's niece. She was a member of the Chinese delegation which uent to Uie United Nations when Peking admitted last year. K'ixon, wearing a grey check aftenvards waIked with Chou up (he steps to the south entrance cf the monolithic Great of the People for the second meeting. They stopped at the polished bronze doors and posed for photographs. Later. Chou host (o presi- dent and Mrs. Nixon at the ban- quet in the same liF.Il. Such ban- quets are a feature of (he pro- gram of eminent foreign visits to Peking find (he welcome given In the American president, was otherwise pointedly sub- dued. In what observers saw ss a clue lo China's hard-line posi- tion on the issues of Indochina and Taiwan, Ihe Chinese in the slrcels virtuslly ignored tlie mo- torcade which carried the Nix- ons from Iho cirporL to their yellow-brick guest house. Visit seen part of deal to split Communist bloc MOSCOW (Renter 1 Mos- cow Radio branded President Nixon's to Peking today as part of a deal lo split the Communist movement but Pravda m ade no com- ment. The Communal parly news- paper printed a report on the president's arrival in Guam, which noled liial it was an American base from which planes took off for bombing raids on Indochina. Nixon's arrival in Peking was rejxirted in one sentence by Tass news agency without, comment. GENEVA (AP) The Eu- ropean Broadcasting Union said il has received a Insl-minulo request from tlie East European television semccs lo hooked into telecasts on President Nixon's visit lo 'Hiey will be r e 1 a y c d from Vienna (o Pr.-iimo and fmin there lo all Easl I-'ui-c-iwan countries ex- cept Albania, China's only En- alh. NKW DELHI (AIM Prime- Minister liuiir.i Gnn-'l'ii expressed cont'cni lo.i.iy about PnviJcnl Nixon's inn !o Peking and faid India will reject nny Chinese-Amorienn pact thai "seeks lo dictate terms lo Asian countries." In a Mrs. (Jamlhi altio praised Iho Victtmmcso for ''the dauntless sprit and cciirape with have withstood onslaughts and n-.assivc attacks a pjw- en'nl naLion.'1 obvious ref- erence lo iha Uniird Slates. Peiiiiig and Xixon r.dniinistraiion supported Pak- durirg iJie recent India- Pakislan PICKIXG (Renter 1 Tlie corcmony for Presi- dent Xixon lodny domi- naled by huge red posler- hc.'ivos wilh white Cliincsc let- tering at Peking airport, seen on television aiound the world, One said: ''Mnke (rouble, fail; mnke trouble agnin, fail again: ihal. (lie Ingic of im- prnahsis and oil reaction- aries Ilio world over in deal- ing wilh I lie people's cause .nrd they will never go ngainsl. this logic. This is a Marxist law." The oilier .saiil: ''Fight, foil: figlil apiin, fail their victory: is Ihe logic of Iho people r.nd they, too, will nrver go .ig.iinsl legit1. Tin's is MnrsisL A u o I ,1 t i o n from j'ao Iho. arrival apron, c.icli cn.u.irlcr nio'.intod on n largo board to m.ikf Iho message: "Prole- I a r i a n s, people5 and opjiresscxl nations of lUUlC. ;