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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FAIR FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 25-35 ABOVE You LX The Lethbridge Herald I.ETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, ]972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES WALTER WINCHEU engineered big scoops Fast-talking LOS ANGELES (AP) As they met on a New York street, columnist Walter Windicll said, "Mr. Hoover, this is Lcpke." then he turned murderer Louis (Upko) Buchalter over to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The negotiation of the surrender in 1939 of BuchaJ- ter was one of I he best-known scoops engineered by the columnist-radio newscaster who died Sunday at the age of 74. Winchell's death at. Uic University of California at Lof Angeles Medical Centre was attributed to a prostate cancer. He had been confined at the centre since Nov. 19. bad lived seclusion in recent years, mostly in a Los Au.celes hotel, and avoided !he night life, the action and gossip that he had loved for decades. From 1932 until the early millions of Cana- dians and Americans heard the nasal, staccato open- ing of his newscast: "Good Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships ,it sen: Id's go to press." His vnicc never lost the pronomiccd acc'cn! nf his birth- place, New York City. Delivery slangy Winchell punctuated his brisk delivery the In- sistent beep from a telegrapher's key. Ills slangy de- livery had its print counterpart in the three-dotted s-.tyie of the showbiz-oriented column he wrote for the New York Mirror and some 800 oilier newspapers from to 1969. "He wrote like a man honking In a traffic jam" was the appraisal of another writer who surfaced in tho exuberant newspaper world of the J320s, Ben Hecht. In a Wincbcll column, a gangster was a Chdcago- rilla; liquor was giggle-water; expectant parents were mf anticipating. Tlic short, sharp-featured Winchcll even had a visual trademark; a snap-brim hat which he seemed never to be without. His "scoops" became newspaper legend despite frequent criticism of inaccuracy. New Yorker maga- zine once analysed 239 column items appearing in 1WO. It said were accurate and the rest partly inaccurate, wliofly inaccurate or unverifinblc. Hoover was a friend of Winchcll, and in fact vir- tually everybody in the public eye for a generation was either a friend or an enemy of the columnist. He trader! jckcs with President Franklin D. Roose- velt, and used his column to attack President Harry Truman. His opinion of an entertainer could some- times make or break a career. WAS KOSTHK CHIU) was born in Nrw York, I be son of a silk merchant who abandoned his wifo and two MHI.S. Grow- inc up in faster hnmr.s, Winchcll a at nglii. In 1909, vl'.en lie was 12, tho rnol.lier of a neighbor- hood pal got the boys jobs as ushers in a theatre, whore, with a third they formed a signing trio billed as "Ihe little men the big voices." Tin1 pal was (ioorge .Tosscl, who went on lo a show business career of his own. Winchcll joined a children's act when he was 13 and afler service in the First World War tried lo make it, in vaudeville as a soiig-and-dnnee man. His .show business career didn't got. far, hul, showing talent, a! picking up backstage gossip ho Ixv- camc. a rr.porter-photographcr-adman for the Vaude- ville News. From there ho went, lo tho tabloid Now York Graphic where he developed his rapid-fire writing style. Winchell slopped writing Iho column in shortly nl'UT his .son, Walter Jr., ('ommilled .suicide. Winohell's wife, June, died tlx> following in Pboooix, Ariz, penalty tough -Life in prison OTTAWA (CP) A Criminal Code amendment that would make air hijacking a specific offence, subject to life in prison, WES introduced in the Commons today. Ajioilier new provision would extend the jurisdiction of the courts to aircraft that are in flight or "in service" on the ground. Anyone who committed an of- fence aboard 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 o( another passen- ger to a place oilier than tlis 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 to 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 be 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 with the outbreak of air piracy in recent years. Britain battles back (CPl Electricity cuts continued lo black out homes and factories across Britain today and threatened to raise the jobless total above three million despite the prom- ise of an end to the coal miners' strike. Despite a rush to get coal sup- plies to power plants by truck, train and ship, the central elec- tricity generating board warned it would be "a long uphill battle to restore full supplies of elec- tricity." In the meantime, nine hours a day of power blackouts, contin- ued and factories remained on a three-day week. More man- power layoffs due today were expected to raise the inent total from 2.8 million on Friday to more than three mil- lion, the highest since the De- pression years of the 1930s. leaders of the miner's union agreed early Saturday lo rec- ommend acceptance of a 20- per-cent pay raise for their monitors. They immediately called off the pickets that have kept coal supplies from reach- ing generating plants through- 3ut the six-week strike. Ballots wont out to the miners today on the proposed pay set- llemenr. They were expected to vote Wednesday. Acceptance would permit a return to work tiext week. F.von with the return of the miners next week, it will take three In four weeks to gel power production buck to normal. KXl'nCTIM! WOII.SK As fuel supplies to power sta- tions resumed, tlie government of Prime M i n i s t o r (iklward Heath braced lo moot an ex- ported epidemic of demands for much higher pay from unions claiming that their member' fllso merit special consideration. The first new demand could como Thursday when leaders ot railway unions will resume no- fin! iat ions for "substantial" pay increases for their mem- bers. MP charges corruption in tvife killer release OTTAWA (CP) Conserva- tive MP Eldon Woollianis said today the release of Yves Geof- frey from St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary Dl-'c. 2-1 smacks of "absolute corruption" and an independent inquiry is needed in the case. Geoffrey, who had served 14 months of a life sentence for strangling his 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 bas been launched. Mr. Woolliams, MP for Cal- gaiy 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 to be writing a book: "How to mur- der wife and marry your mistress." Lenethy strike 111 Hy TITE CANADIAN PRESS The strike of airport techni- cians continued to hamper com- mercial air traffic across Can- ada today as it entered its 171h day with no apparent end in sight. In Toronto, an Air Canada spokesman said up lo 60 flights would be cancelled today. Seen and heard About town TRUCKER Albert Kaza- ..koff slipping on ice while at the same time tell- ing his wife Parlcia that last night's R n o wfall wouldn't hurt road condit ions Betty Taniwa mad at herself for buying ice tea in anticipa- tion of drinking it while tan- ning at Henderson Lake. Three perish in slide at Jasper JASPER (CD Three men died and one survived a foot fall in a snow avalanche Saturday on Mount Edith Ca- vr.ll. Two of (ho dead men's names have been released. They are Jim Carlson, 20, of Hinton, and Christopher Smith of Edmonton. Peter of Edmonton, is in hospital with a broken ''We've pot lo call people and (ell he said Sunday. "We've got hundreds of people calling us cvenr hour or so Jo chock on the status of their flights. "We're working a lot of over- time.'' Bad weather conditions over the weekend didn't help mat- ters. A Wizard at. Montreal Satur- day sharply reduced operations and actually dosed the 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 Air spokesman in To- ronto said his airline's opera- tions were behind schedule but managed to get through the weekend without a cancellation. PREDICT LOIVG STRIKE Meanwhile, leaders of tho of the International Brotherhood of Electrical pre- dicting a lengthy strike. Mem- bers want a 24-per-cenl wage in crease over 24 mont lis and have rejected a conciliation board offer of a 15.5-per-cent in- crease in a 28-month contract. The federal government has told the union the conciliation board offer was the last, prcmpt-ing predictions of the long strike despite the fact the union has no strike fund and pays no strike pay. Average wage for a lechni- Cbn is about sio.OOO a year. Union members maintain radar, navigational and commu- nications equipment at commer- cial airports. AFTER YOU, SIR President Nixon and Chou ffn-lat appear 1o 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 hinese join eace marc PEKING (CP1 President Nixon opened his dialogue for peace with China's leaders today, held his first meetings with Mao Tse-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 L leaders, meeting for tho first and justice in which all time s and frank men stand together." discussion lasting CO minutes, (iovl, purchases Eddy silo laud OTTAWA iCP) -The federal government will pay the I1'. H. Eddy Co. of Hull million for -14 acres of land on the Ottawa River r.uli.imonl Hill, Urban Affairs Minister Ron an- nounced in the Commons today. The company will soon begin transfer of ils pulp and paper operalions to another .site near Hull without loss ot jobs for any ol its employees. ilia rent thing, wlat liio world hopet Nixon said if ho and Chinese leaders can find cominon ground to work together, "Uic chance for world peace is im- measurably increased." "Let us recognize at the out- set we have had great differ- ences at times in the past: we have differences today neither of us will comprom- ise our principles. But while we cannot do this, we can try to bridge them so that, we may be able to talk together." TO EXCHANGE VIEWS Premier Chou preceded Nixon to the rostrum at Hie banquet and said the visit provides an opportunity for normalization of relations and exchange of views on questions of concern. "Tills 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 Sates and Chou added. "The American people are a great people. The Chinese peo- ple are a great people. The peo- ple of our two countries have always been friendly to eacli other, but owing to reasons known to all, tlie contacts be- tween the two pesples were sus- pended for over 20 years." Now. "the gates to friendly contact have finally opened." Cliou proposed the establish- ment cf relations on the basis of five principles lie laid down at the Banduung conference in 1955 in Indonesia. They are: Mutual respect for the and territorial integrity of nations: mutual non-aggression: non-interfer- ence in internal affairs; mutual equality; and peaceful coexist- ence., HOPE TO START ANEW Chou noted that Nixon said on his departure for China that the United States and Peking have differences. He added: "We hope to gain a clearer insight, into the Ameri- can way of thinking. "And with this a new start can be made in relations hveon our two countries." The unexneel'cd meeting Iwoon President Nixon end Chairman Mao, almost, immedi- ately after the president had landed at the start of his eight- day visit, caused a 90-mimitc delay before Nixon's session with Premier Chou. White, Ilouso Press frvretary Ronald Zicglcr the two but refused to give any details. The president ajid the chair- man met in Mao's residence near the Great Hall of the Peo- ple in T i e n a n m i e n Square. Nixon was accompanied by his special adviser on national secu- rity, Henry Kissinger, the man whs) lasl year made a secret flight to Peking to arrange the presidential visit. Mao was accompanied by Chou and by the woman deputy director of protocol, Wang Hsi- yung, who is reputed to be Mao's niece. She was a member of the Chinese delegation which went to tlie United Nations when Peking was admitted last year. N'ixon, wearing a grey check suit, afterwards walked with Chou up the steps to the south entrance of the m n n o 1 i t h i c Great Hall of the People for the second meeting. They stopped at the polished bronze doors and posed for photographs. Later. Chou was host to presi- dent and Mrs. Nixon at tho ban- quet in the same hall. Such ban- quets are a feature of the pro- grain of eminent foreign visits to Peking split the wcrld Communist movement but Pravda made no com- ment. The Communist party news- paper printed a Tass report on the president's arrival in Guam, which noted that it was an American base from which planes took off for bombing raids on Indochina. Nixon's arrival in Peking was reported in one sentence by Tass news agency without comment. GENEVA (AP) The Eu- ropean Broadcast ing Union said today it bas received a last-minute request from tho East European television services to be hooked into telecasts on President Nixon's visit to China. They will he r o 1 a y e d from Vienna to Prague and from there to all European countries ex- cept Albania, China's only Eu- ropean ally. for ''tlie dauntless spirit and cc'jrnge with uhich have withstood onslaughts and massive attacks frrni a pow- erful nation.'' en obvious ref- erence to the United States. Eoih Peking and the Xixon administration supported Pak- islan durirg Uic recent India- Pakistan NEW HE LHI (AIM Prime Minister Indira G.wl'ii expressed concern about Prevalent Nixon's inn !o Peking and fnid India will reject nny Chinese-American pact that "sooks lo dictate trnns to Asian countries." In a sjwech, Mrs. (iarnlhi alho praised tho Victnamesa PEKING (Renter) The arrival corcmony for Presi- dent. Nixon today was domi- nated by huge red posicr- bcsros wish white Chinese let- tering at Peking airport, sccu on television around the world. One said: ''Make trouble, fail; make trouble again, fail a.qain: that, is (ho logic of im- perialists and all reaction- aries wcrld over in deal- ing with the people's cause and they will never go this logic. This is a Marxist law." The oilier wikl: ''Fipht, fail: njT.'u'n, fail their victory: that is Iho lopic of the people- and they, too, will rr-ver go ap.iinst this Ineic. Tin's is another Marxist A q u o t .1 t i o n from C': Iho, arrival apron, each cn.u.'H'U.T mounted on a largo board to ni.iko tho message: "Prole- I a r i a n s, frppnv-Td peoples and oppressed nations of l.h< world unite. ;