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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE ICTMUOGE HERAID Wednesday. February 24, 1971 Nixon's withdrawal strategy put to test r.y JOHN HIGHTOWEK crucial phase and Hanoi knows i WASHINGTON' -Vio-i it. I lent North Vietnamese counter-i State Secretary William Rog- attacks are transforming the I ers said at a news conference South Vietnamese invasion ofj Jan. 27, that "between now and southern Laos into a crucial test May 1, there is a very critical of President Nixon's strategy of period." U S withdrawal from Vietnam. May 1 normrally marks the Ymajor succes. for South Vi- start of the rainy season, which ctnamese and U.S. first on the ground and the other in the almost certainly make it possible for President Nixon to speed up the removal of American troops, of- ficials indicate. A major failure in the strike asainst the Ho Chi Minn trail, however, would raise serious questions about the stage of the withdrawal program, scheduled for May, since the whole disengagement process is based on the ability of the South Vietnamese army to defend its j country. State and defence department authorities both put out the ad- ministration line Monday that, while disappointed over the heavy losses suffered by the South Vietnamese in one en- gagement, the action is not re- garded as a setback in the brings military activity to a crawl if not to a halt. During the remaining dry sea- son, Rogers indicated, Hanoi would attempt to build up its supplies and manpower for a possible attack in South Viet- nam. In the light of that judgment, the U.S.-Smth Vietnamese deci- sion to invade the trail in south- ern Laos appears to be partly a means of preventing the buildup Rogers warned of. A parallel aim against the background of the earlier Cam-1 North Vietnamese supply lines, bodian operation was to put a i President Nixon stressed this strangle hold on IBS remaining liie-or-death aspect oi iiie threat to the North Vietnamese, as he judged it, when he discussed the attack at his news conference Feb. 15. Speaking of the invasion area, he said: "We expected the North Vietnamese to" fight here. They have to fight here or give up the struggle to conquer South Cambodia, and to ex- tend their influence through other parts of Southeast Asia." Nixon spoke of the action, which began little more than two weeks ago, as if its success were already assured, saying: "The success of this operation guarantees the continued pro- gram of troop withdrawal and PRESIDENT NIXON troop withdrawal during the months ahead." No high official has been trill- ing to speculate on the record, however, about what the results of the attack would be if it were turned back without achieving its objective of cutting the sup- ply trails and destroying area bases. gives the prospect of a greater o v e r -a 11 attack against the North Vietnamese supply lines and base areas. Spokesmen indicated S'outh Vietnamese combat ability was being tested, but implied noth- ing was likely to happen to af- fect Nixon's'withdrawal strat- egy- AREN'T SO CONFIDENT Other officials, however, are by no means so confident. The South Vietnamese ground thrust was regarded as a risky action from the beginning, depending on how the North Vietnamese reacted. Counter-attacks in the last week have persuaded knowledgeable officials Hanoi decided to react with considera- ble power. Moreover, the whole Vietnam- ization program is entering a Four held hostage in wild flight ANAHEIM, Caltf. (AP) A field and the fugitive captured I sisted arrest and one shot was lip flpH nn fnfir fired. fugitive convict was captured Tuesday after kidnapping tsvo i women and two children and, holding them hostage during a i wild flight across the length j of California. Police said none of the hos-j tages was injured. Joyce Elaine Stansfield, a Novato policeman; her son, Robert Gary, 6, and four- month old daughter Suzanna Yvonne, and Cheryl Jean Smith, 23 were kidnapped Monday night in Novato, in Northern California. Shortly before 10 a.m. Tues- day Mrs. Stansfield telephoned Novato police from Bakersfield, about 400 miles to the south, to report release of herself and her children. She said the fugitive contin- ued in a car with Mrs. Smith. Several hours later Mrs. Smith was released at Anaheim, about 170 miles south of Bakers- after he fled on foot. Police said the convict re- Body found in lagoon ST. ALBERT (CP) The body of Cameron Hugh Mc- Gregor, 35, of Edmonton, who was Alberta's second snowmo- bile fatality of the year, was recovered from a sewage la- goon. He died when his machine plunged through the ice of the lagoon near here, five miles north of Edmonton. Mr. McGregor was alone at the time of the accident. Jim Paul, a mechanic at a nearby service station, said it wasn't the first snowmobile to go through the ice there. "The other riders were lucky." The convict, who disappeared from a work area outside San Quentin Prison's walls Monday, was identified as Jimmy Dee Harvey, 24, Bee Branch. Ark., who was serving time for car theft. He was a prison barber. Barefooted and in prison den- ims, the man rode away with the women and children as they were leaving a neighborhood party in Novato just before 10 p.m. Monday, witnesses said. Bakersfield is 400 miles to the south. FARM FAVORITE DEAD SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Robert Deacon Doubleday, 60. for 23 years a radio and TV broadcaster over Syracuse sta- tions, died here after a long illness. His country and farm oriented programs made him a household favorite over a large section of New York state. THIS WEEK'S CEILING TILE CLEARANCE 64 Sq. Ft. Per Carton STIPL-TILE Reg. SI4.72 Carton NOW 10-95 J 70 Tile WEAVE Reg..516.00 Carton NOW 11'50 Tile MICRO PERFORATED Reg. Corton NOW 10.25 or 1 60 Til. MAJORCA Reg. SI6.00 Carton NOW or 180 Tile CARRARA Reg. Carton NOW 11-50 or 180 Tile SPARKLING CEILING TILE Reg. 10.24 Carton. NOW 7.95 PLASTIC LAMINATED COUNTER TOPPING Patterns Regular 13.95 Sheet. Qi95 NOW SPECIALS IN OUR RUG DEPARTMENT CMHC APPROVED TWO TONE NYLON Ideal for all traffic areas. SAVE 3.00 YARD. Regular 8.95. 3 Colors Only. If NOW ONLY '95 SCULPTURED KODEL Extra heavy weight. Ideal for those heavy traffic areas. Four beautiful decorative colors. Save SS.OO yard. _ Regular 13.95 Square Yard. QitlO NOW ONLY, SQUARE YARD V CORNER 17th STREET AND 3rd AVENUE SOUTH, LETHBRIDOE REvElSIQKE HAS THE TO PIT VOUfl NEtdS! Suggests reason for jlane crash NEW YORK (AP) Look lagariae says a plane crash lat killed 31 persons, including 3 members of the Wichita State Diversity football team, might aye been avoided if recommen- ations in a government safety udy had been acted upon. The report was written six months before the Oct. 2 crash y Philip I. Ryther, then a employee of the ederal Aviation Administra- on. It recommended tightening egulations governing chartered lanes, Look says. Ryther has since been har- assed into retirement by his su- periors for attempting to go out- ide channels to circulate his confidential and still-unreleased eport, wrote Christopher Wren, Book's Washington editor. The university had chartered wo planes, hired the crews and urcbased maintenance from IB Golden Eagle Aviation Co., which made the school the tech- ical owner of the aircraft. Look says. Because the school was not passengers for hire he plane was permitted to op- rate under the relatively leni- nt rules for private planes ather than meet the stiff de- mands for commercial carriers, the magazine addr. The two planes were en route o a game in Logan, Utah, when one slammed into the Colorado lockies. The second reached its destination but was found to rave 16 safety violations. Six days after the accident he FAA lifted the licences o he aircraft owner and of Golden Eagle Aviation. An FAA spokesman in Wash ngton denied there was an; oophole in the agency's regula ttons. Golden Eagle operate! .arger planes than the charte line's permit allowed, he said and its licence has been lifted 'or the violation. Ph. 327-5777 Candidate in hospitcd nominated KINUSO (CP) Dennis Barton, 31, of Slave Lake, a drug store owner, was nomin- ated to represent the Social Credit party in the Lesser Slave Lake constituency in the next provincial election. For Mr. Barton, it was "as easy as breaking a leg." He was in hospital with a broken leg while the nomination meet- Ing was held. Mr. Barton defeated two oth- er candidates on the first bal- lot. About 900 persons attend- ed the meeting. Present member for the rid- ing, which has been slightly changed under redistribution, Is Social Credit MLA Roy Ells who has announced his retire- ment. Social Credit now have nom- inated candidates in 50 of the 75 ridings. An election is ex- pected later this year. job for Alexander EDMONTON (CP) Gor- don Alexander, general man- ager of the Alberta Construc- tion Association, was appoint- ed yesterday to the board of directors of the Alberta Hous- ing Corporation. Fred Colborne, municipal af- fairs minister, said Mr. Alex- ander will take his S50-a-day position immediately "to help insure adequate housing for all the citizens of Alberta." Mr. Alexander has 20 years experience i n housebuilding, contracting and manufactur- ing. Mr. Colborne is chairman of the housing corporation board of directors which carries out all the housing programs of government. Pregnancy no bar MIAMI, Fla (AP) Preg- nant stewardesses will no long- er be fired but will be granted maternity leave whether they arc married or not, National Airlines announced here. About nf National's 1.100 steward- esses are married. MCEHIONAL VALUE ON BEN'S m A famous Canadian Cotton. Tailored in a blend 0 __ neye n Open Monday and Tueiday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. lo 1 p.m.i Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m to 6 p.m. College Shopping Mall, 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive ;