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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBHIDGE February News in brief Province buys Welwyn Manor EDMONTON (CP) The provincial cabinet Wednesday approved a special warrant for to buy Welwyn Manor, a home for multiple- handicapped children at Wetaskiwin, 40 miles south of here. The price includes chattels, said Bruce Rawson, chief deputy minister of health and social development. He said Helen Peters, current owner and administrator of the 46-bed facility, will leave when the changeover is completed next month. The provincial government began an investigation into Welwyn late last year after complaints were received from staff and former staff about alleged mismanagement, inadequate diets and poor staffing policies. Rose Kennedy had stroke WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuter) Mrs. Joseph Ken- nedy, 83, the mother of the late president John Kennedy, suffered a very mild stroke and was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital here, a spokesman said Wednesday The spokesman said a small blood vessel in the brain rup- tured, but did not result in any complications. The hospital said Mrs. Ken- nedy was resting quietly and would remain in the hospital "for at least a few days." Mail embargo lifting TORONTO (CP) Part of a mail embargo imposed earlier this week at Toronto's central post office may be lifted today following consultation with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, a post office spokesman said Wednesday. "We have consulted with the union and have agreed to hire emergency short-term staff on a round-the-clock basis to move the mail, said relation officer, as the main jr Ed Roworth, post office public station went through a second day of accepting only first- class mail and daily and weekly newspapers. Skiers 'triggered avalanche9 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) Dr Heinz Lapprell, 57, of Munich, one of two m- jured survivors of an avalanche that killed a Montreal man during a helicopter ski tour near Valemount, B.C. on Sunday, claims the slide was triggered by members of the ski party themselves. Or. Lapprell said Wednesday from his hospital bed that the avalanche was set off when the last of three groups apparently decided to take a different route down the slope than that followed by the first two. "We followed the same path to the bottom that has been taken by the group before he said, "and stopped there to watch the third group come down behind. "Apparently this group decided to try and take a new trail down the slope, and about half-way down began traversing across a very steep hill. It was their cutting action through the deep powder that triggered the Dr. Laprell said. Atlanta editor abducted Forming minority government Premier Golda Meir announced Wednesday she will form the first minority gov- ernment in Israeli history. The National Religious party refused to resume its role as junior partner to Mrs. Meir's Labor alignment because she refused to tighten reli- gious requirements for Israeli citizenship. However, the government is assured of majority support for its peace negotiations with the Arabs. Soviets Crushing' visas for Solzhenitsyn's family ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -Reg Murphy, editor of the Atlanta Constitution, has been abducted by a group calling itself the "Revolutionary the newspaper said today. Murphy, 40, has been missing since Wednesday night when he left his home BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL with a man who said he wanted to talk to him about a news story, his wife said. There have been no demands, but there were indications that a followup telephone call was expected. William Fields, executive editor of Atlanta Newspapers, which publishes The Con- stitution and Atlanta Journal, said the newspaper received a telephone call Wednesday night. Fields issued a brief state- ment which said: "Reg Murphy presumably has been kidnapped. MOSCOW (AP) Alexander Solzhenitsyn's wife says she and her family have been promised quick approval of their application for exit visas to join the exiled writer in Western Europe. Natalya Solzhenitsyn said Soviet authorities also told her that "in principle" her hus- band's books and papers can be taken to the West. Solzhenitsyn said in an interview earlier this week that unless he can get the research materials he assembled for the "historical novel of revolutionary times" he began with August 1914, he would have to abandon the multi-volume project. He said in that case he would write about the Soviet present. Mrs. Solzhenitsyn said she conferred Wednesday with Col. Sergei Fadeyev, chief of the Moscow passport office, and other officials there. They gave her the visa applications to fill out, but she said she has not started work on them yet. One reason is that the forms ask where the emigrant wishes to go. Solzhenitsyn, who has been staying in Zurich, Switzerland, with his Swiss lawyer, Fritz Heeb, has not decided where he will make his home. She said Fadeyev told her the Lenin Library would have to authorize the export of her husband's archives and that descriptions would have to be compiled of what the books and papers contain. The Easy Choice. The smooth taste of quality that is unmistakably Seagram's. Four children killed in fire PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. (CP) Four young children from two families died Wednesday when an apparent explosion and fire destroyed a mobile home on the Kitwancool Indian Re- serve. RCMP said the blaze was caused by a faulty oil furnace, which blew up while the mother of two of the children was a few feet away making babysitting arrangements with a neighbor. RCMP said Mrs. Vernon Smith rushed back to the trailer and opened a door to find her five-year-old son, Vernon, standing in the doorway and grabbed him. He was the only survivor. Cosmopolitan inquiry finishes second phase Seagram's FIVE STAR Canada's largest-selling rye whisky. Bknded boulcd by Joseph E Seagram A Sons, Lid., Waterloo, Onl, EDMONTON (CP) The attempted expansion of an Al- berta conglomerate into British Columbia was compared at a public inquiry this week to Alice's mysterious growth in Wonderland. But Alice survived, while P.A.P. Holdings Ltd. and its related companies died, taking with them the investments of disenchanted shareholders. The inquiry under District Court Judge Roger Kerans, which ended its second phase Wednesday and adjourned to March 4, has been told the conglomerate collapsed when it pledged all its assets to an unsuccessful bid to buy N. W. Financial Corp. of B.C. Most testimony in the last three weeks of hearings dealt with circumstances of the pur- chase attempt, particularly with loan transactions, but witnesses also had bitter words for government. Don Oaks of Burnaby, B.C., a marketing director for Cosmopolitan Life Assurance Co after Cosmopolitan merged with Seaboard Life Insurance Co. of Vancouver, said the Alberta securities commission impedes the success of insurance com- panies by preventing them from raising adequate capital. He said the commission shakes confidence in the in- dustry by sending RCMP fraud squads to question shareholders about insurance companies under investigation. Dr. John Lampard of Cal- gary, a former Cosmopolitan director, testified that a primary factor in the companies' collapse was the difficulty in ascertaining the requirements of the Alberta and B.C. governments. He said the B.C. superinten- dent of insurance added condi- tions not originally required for the Cosmopolitan- Seaboard merger in 1969, making the merger horrendoasly difficult James Warr of Edmonton, provincial registrar of com- panies, acknowledged an annual report of P.A.P. listing more than SO shareholders, the limit for a private company. But he said his office took no steps to investigate this excess because it was six to eight months behind in examining annual reports. David Elrix of Vancouver, a former agent for Seaboard, which is still active, testified the BC. government could have prevented the conglomerates breakdown if officials had needed warnings that poor management was bringing the companies dose to insolvency. Judge reserves decision on Calgary trustees9 raise I CALGARY (CP) Mr. Justice H. J. Macdonald reserved his judgment Wednesday, saying the case before him is extremely delicate and his decision could have widespread repercussions across Canada. The case he referred to was an application for a judicial determination of the right of the Calgary public school trustees to raise their honoraria to their current levels. The application was made by Leo Vladicka, a Calgary petroleum engineer. Mr. Vladicka's lawyer, William McGillivray, opened the proceedings by saying his client represented all the Calgary ratepayers who oppose the pay increases. Three thousand Calgarians signed a petition last month opposing the increases. William Code, lawyer for the school board, questioned the right of Mr. Vladicka to represent the public. He also said courts are not the place to decide the issue of trustee honoraria. School trustees, Mr. Code said, are given the power to set their own honoraria under the School Act. At a Dec. 12 meeting, the board increased the trustees' honoraria to a year from The chairman of the board received a larger increase, to from I Lang plans incentives to hike grain delivery SASKATOON (CP) Financial incentives to entice prairie farmers to deliver more grain will be announced Friday in Calgary, Justice Minister Otto Lang said Wednesday. Mr. Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, said in an interview he plans to make major announcements on initial payments and an adjustment payment at a meeting of farm writers in the Alberta city. The comment followed his speech to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture annual meeting during which he said he expected to make "several important announcements within the next 48 hours or so about the over-all grain situation." Mr. Lang intimated an adjustment payment would be made on grain delivered during the current crop year, with an additional increase in the initial price paid for grain delivered between now and the end of the crop year July 31. At the same time he told delegates the initial prices for the coming 1974-75 crop year usually announced about March will see a "small increase" for barley, with the initial price for wheat and oats maintained at the current level. Fanners receive the initial payment when they deliver their grain to the elevator and, following the end of the crop year, receive a final payment based on the return received for the grains in the market place. Mr. Lang said the adjustment for the current crop year is necessary to try to resolve the "immediate problem of encouraging fanners to deliver so the Wheat Board can have the assurance of supplies in pursuing markets." Mr. Lang said farmers concerned about income tax problems will be able to defer the 1974-75 initial price to the 1975 taxation year. He also said the government "should take steps" to ensure that the final payment for the 1973-74 crop year will "not be paid sooner than Jan. Last year grain producers received the final payment for the 1972-73 crop year in November and December and this affected their income level for the 1973 taxation year. Farmers must deliver gram now rather than hold it and "risk the possibility that the Wheat Board may have to back off from sales because of a lack of Mr. Lang said. Three killed CRANBROOK, B.C. (CP) Dorothy Holmgren, 22, of Creston and Lorna Johnson, 23, and Donald Still, 30, both of Cranbrook, were killed Wednesday when their car skidded on an icy stretch of Highway 40 miles south of this southeastern British Columbia community. Patrick Mahon, 24, of Cranbrook was in hospital in fair condition. Maryland demands more fuel NEW YORK (AP) The state of Maryland has filed suit against federal energy chief William Simon and 20 major oil companies in an effort to force them to increase the state's monthly gasoline allocation. "All we're asking for is our fair said Maryland Gov Marvin Mandel. He said the situation is critical in the state and that industries may have to close if workers can't get gasoline to get to their jobs. The action came Wednesday as authorities in 20 states, in- cluding Maryland, worked to decide how to distribute a one- time bonus gasoline allocation given them by the Federal Energy Office (FEO) for the rest of February. Commenting on the Maryland lawsuit, an aide to Simon said the FEO acknowledged Maryland's problems in including it among the 20 states to receive the bonus allocations. "But we recognized that other states were in short supply and some of them were in even worse shape than the FEO spokesman said. 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