Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2-THE LETHBRIDQE February News In brief Communists seek rice crop SAIGON (AP) North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops have inflicted heavy losses on South Vietnamese forces in the Meking Delta, field reports said today. Much of the fighting in Viet- nam in recent weeks has been in the Mekong Delta where government forces and Communist troops are battling for territorial control and the rice harvest. Heavy fighting has been re- ported for more than a week along the southern edge of the Plain of Reeds, about 50 miles southwest of Saigon, where up to North Vietnamese troops trying to seize the rice crop have been engaged by 000 government troops. Writer to receive prize STOCKHOLM (Reuter) Alexander Solzhenitsyn will come here to receive his Nobel award for literature at the next prize giving ceremony on Dec. 10, the Swedish Academy said Monday. Dr. Karl-Ragnar Gierow, secretary-general of the academy, said the exiled to Soviet author had written tell him this. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the prize in 1970 together with a cash award of about which was placed in a Swiss bank for him. He declined to come to receive the gold medallion because he feared being refused re-entry to the Soviet Union afterwards. Hijacker feared 'control' PHILADELPHIA (AP) Samuel Joseph Byck, the would-be hijacker who killed two persons last week before killing himself, believed American government was trying to gain "complete control" of its citizens, says a letter he wrote to newspapers. "Now is the time for inde- pendent minded citizens to take back their government before the government takes complete control of us Byck wrote in letters to two Philadelphia newspapers. "I, for one, will not live in a controlled society and I would rather die as a free man." The letters were mailed Fri- day, the same day police said Byck killed two men and wounded a third at the Balti- more Washington International Airport. He finally ended the hijack attempt by shooting himself, police said. Freighter wreckage sighted ROME (AP) Wreckage of a missing Liberian-flag ship was been sighted off Sicily but no trace has been found of its crew of 29 men, the Italian navy ministry said Tuesday. The freighter Sea Gull, owned by a Zurich-based company, has been missing since Feb. 17 when it informed the port authority of Augusta, Sicily, by radio that its journey was being delayed by a huge storm. The Sea Gull, owned by the Seagull Shipping Company, was skippered by Bernard Battude, a Frenchman. The crew included three Yugoslavs and two Italians. The remainder were from North African countries. Balloon search continues WASHINGTON (AP) National Meteorological Centre estimates that missing adventurer Thomas Gatch had to ditch his balloon Light Heart in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles from the African coast. Meanwhile, rescuers contin- ued searching the sands and sea of Africa for the balloonist. Gatch, 47, striving to become the first man to cross the Atlantic in a balloon, was last sighted Thursday morning by a Spanish freighter two-thirds of the way across the Atlantic, drifting at an altitude of only about feet. Soldiers seize Ethiopian town ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Troops have seized control of the northern Ethiopian city of Asamara, said reports reaching here early today. The soldiers, apparently led by junior officers, have closed the city's roads, the reports said. The reason for the revolt was not clear but the reports said it appeared to be a protest over pay rather than against the government. Sammy Davis in hospital MIAMI (AP) Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was listed in BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FHEEESTIMATM PttOM 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL satisfactory condition today in a Miami hospital with what was diagnosed as "a mild digestive system disorder." Doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital said Davis was undergoing further tests and "would probably remain in the hospital for some time." Davis, 48, was taken to the hospital Monday. Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the Park Late Rural Elec- trification Association will be held in the Monarch School Wed., Feb. 27 p.m. Power company will be in attendance. Eight killed in mishap Eight teen-agers who were joyriding in a stolen station wagon were killed Monday night when the vehicle plunged down an embankment into a creek near Oakville, Ont. The demolished vehicle is shown after it was towed up the 200-foot embankment. Story, page 1. Quebec independent rejoins Tory camp OTTAWA (CP) Roch La- Salle, who walked out of the Conservative party 'three years ago to sit as an Independent MP, rejoined the party today and increased its Quebec representation by 50 per cent. "And we're very happy to have Roch LaSalle said Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield. The 44-year-old MP for Jo- liette quit the Conservatives in May, 1971, complaining about the party's attitude toward Quebec. He said then he felt out of place in the predominately English- speaking caucus. Hearst family wait frustrated HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) A fourth week of anguished waiting has started for the family of kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. "There is nothing to do and it is frustrating, just said Jay Bosworth, son-in-law of Miss Hearst's father, newspaper executive Randolph A. Hearst. "We feel she is still alive and healthy." The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) has not replied to an offer of another million in food in exchange for the release of the 20-year-old University of California coed. Hearst and a Hearst family foundation already have made million in food available for California's needy. The distribution, scheduled to resume today, was delayed until Thursday so that high- quality food could be given out in a "dignified" manner. Meanwhile, SLA members Joseph Remiro, 27, and Russell Little, 24, pleaded not guilty in the murder of Oakfand School Superintendent Marcus Foster last November. SLA messages have hinted BOAT for SALE-20' CABIN CRUISER Completely equipped wilh IS Gallon Fuel Tank 100 h.p. Motor Dual Axle Trailer 7 Mile Air Horn Electric Motor Lift Ruse Running Utes Moveable Spot Ute Sleeps Four Interior Utes PRICED FOR QUICK SALE! PHONE 328-6752 that their ultimate demand in return for Miss Hearst's free- dom might be for the release of Little and Remiro. Kidnap 'inspired' art theft LONDON (CP) A top offi- cial said today the London mu- nicipal government will not meet a telephoned demand for million worth of food to ransom the Vermeer painting stolen from a suburban mu- seum. A telephone caller told a newspaper Monday night that the 17th century Dutch masterpiece The Guitar Player would be destroyed unless food worth distributed within 14 days to the poor of Grenada. Scotland Yard said it believed the Patricia Hearst kidnaping inspired the art theft. Tourists captured TEL AVIV (AP) A busload of American Jewish visitors to Israel went astray on lite Suez canal today and was captured by the Egyptian army, the Israeli military command announced. Officials said 26 persons were in the group. The officials said the bus carrying the Americans fond raisers from the United Jewish Appeal got lost in the Sinai desert east of the canal and drove accidentally into a zone held by the Egyptian 2nd Army. Vermilion report held 'to protect innocent' But he told a news conference today the party has changed since the 1972 general election. There were new, younger voices and a much greater understanding of the problems existing in Canada, particularly in Quebec. Mr. LaSalle told a reporter Monday he believes Quebec MPs now can play a satisfac- tory role within the party. Rumors of a reunion have been prevalent for weeks and several previous meetings with party officials are believed to have taken place. There now are 109 Liberals, 105 Conservatives, 31 New Democrats, 15 Social Credit members, two independents and two vacancies in the 264- seat Commons. Mr. LaSalle first ran as a Conservative in 1965. He was defeated, but won Joliette in 1968 by 172 votes in a tough battle with a Liberal opponent. MPs return to their desks today for the first time since the Commons recessed Jan. 11, and will end a marathon session that lasted more than 200 sitting days. EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government kept under wraps a report on pollution of the Vermilion River "in order to protect the Environment Minister Bill Yurko said Monday. Mr. Yurko released the report one day after the Alberta Fish and Game Association awarded him a Students munch dog food KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) A University of Rhode Island professor teaching a course in sensory evaluation of foods has fed dog food to a volun- tary class. Fourteen students and a short-haired hound named Ju- bilee showed up. The students normally sample cheeses, ice cream and other dairy products in a course designed to develop food-testing skills, said Prof. Clifford Cosgrove. He gave this account of the session: Three different types of dried dog foods were tasted, along with a crunchy type of cereal marketed for human consumption. The four prod- ucts were ground up to give them the same look and tex- ture, and students sampled each two or three times. The students could not de- tect which of the four was the human food, and a common brand of dog biscuits was cho- sen most often as the best tasting of the samples. Jubilee did not indicate a favorite. He ate all the sam- ples given to him. Chemical analysis of the dog food most popular with the class showed it had three times the protein contained in the same amount of corn flakes, twice as much fat and about double the calories. "snow job award" for keeping the report secret. The association charged feedlot operators are the main source of pollution along the river. Mr. Yurko said he would have released the report if he had been specifically asked to do so. A letter from the Vegreville Fish and Game Association, which conducted the Vermilion River survey, asked Mr. Yurko for a release "from our commitment" not to release the report until the minister approved it. Mr. Yurko, in a letter dated Oct. 26 21 days after the Vegreville association's request said "I am unable to grant your request." Copies of the letters were released by Mr. Yurko Monday. He said the report was "an interim document" and said "more factual, detailed information over a longer period of time was needed to determine the exact extent of the pollution problem in the Vermilion River." He said government departments are conducting scientific investigations in the area but have not released any conclusions. The Vegreville association released 20 aerial photographs taken over the river last spring and summer. The photographs are the basis of the group's report. Most photographs show cattle enclosures which allow animals to wander along the river banks or which allow their wastes to enter the river through run-off water. In one, a mass of what appears to be manure has been shoved over the bank of the river. In another, the feedlot adjoins the river and cattle can be seen standing on discolored ice. The report also blames municipal sewage from the Town of Vegreville, garbage dumps and a car dump as contributors to river pollution. Although not all feedlot operators are polluting the river, said the association report, enough are doing so to warrant the government reducing or eliminating access from feedlots to the river and a ban on the use of frozen rivers for stock watering. Barrett denies egg interference Alliance office bombed BELFAST (AP) A terrorist car bomb exploded today outside the Belfast headquarters of the middle- road Alliance party, a partner in Northern Ireland's coalition administration. The blast badly damaged the building and hit a score of stores and offices, British army headquarters reported. Several persons were injured slightly. The nonsectarian Alliance joined the moderate Catholic- based Social Democrats and Brian Faulkner's Protestant- based Unionists in forming a provincial executive that took office Jan. 1. The IRA's Provisional wing has vowed to wreck the coali- tion. Militant Protestants have made similar vows. VICTORIA (CP) -Premier Dave Barrett denied Monday that he interfered with the British Columbia egg marketing board or ordered it to back away from court action against an egg producer. He told Liberal leader David Anderson during question period in the legislature that he did not give the board directions. Mr Anderson asked the premier in the house if the premier had told the egg marketing board in a 1972 October meeting in Mr. Barrett's office to "substantially reduce their financial claim" against Sy Kovachich of Tabor Lake, B.C. Meanwhile two former board members have sworn affidavits that Mr. Barrett did order financial levies against Mr. Kovachich be reduced. Mr. Barrett told Mr. An- derson the board was not asked to do anything. "I suggested that they were acting like children and it would be far better for their industry if they got together with their lawyer. They did get together with their lawyer and settled the he said. REPEAT DENIALS Later, in an interview, Mr. Barrett repeated his denials. "I did not order them to do anything. I have not ordered them to do anything. "I refuse to shoot until I see the whites of their eyes... it's no longer a yolk. "I have given no orders to the broiler board, the egg marketing board... the chess board. I don't get to file checker board, sideboard or the headboard." William Brunson, of Shawnigan Lake, former egg marketing board chairman, and John Unger of the Chilliwack area, a former board member, charged in their affidavit that Mr. Barrett did order reductions. They said a meeting took place in Mr. Barrett's office Oct. 26, 1972, shortly before the board was to commence court action against Mr. Kovachich, an egg producer. The court proceedings were to recover about in board levies. He paid in an out-of-court settlement. B.C. plans real estate inquiry VICTORIA (CP) Attorney-general Alex Macdonald wound up two weeks of debate in the British Columbia legislature Monday on the government's proposed billion budget with the announcement of an investigation into the real estate business and a promise that "honesty in government" legislation is forthcoming. At the same time, spokesmen for the opposition Liberal and Social Credit parties criticized the budget for diverting funds to various business ventures of the government and for the heavy load of debt it places on the shoulders of each British Columbian. Regarding the real estate probe, Mr. Macdonald told the legislature that he will decide in about a month whether the investigation will be carried out by a legislative committee, the law reform commission or a special royal commission. Canada Council told Alberta feels arts discrimination By JAMES NELSON CALGARY (CP) Members of the Canada Council ran head on into their first case of western alienation during the first day of their tour of Western Canada, discussing the arts and social sciences. The first question asked Andre Fortier, executive director of the federal grants giving council, was why does so much money go to Quebec, and so to Alberta, in support of the arts. He replied that the arts are older, bigger and more costly in the east. Quebec, he added, got about 30 per cent of Canada council arts grants, while Alberta drew only about four per cent. But the council was determined to help Alberta more. It actually gave more grants to the province's artists, writers, musicians and pei formers than they had applied for. EXCELLENCE The council, Mr. Fortier added, should not be just a quota distributing The council tries to support excellence in the arts, and encourage the arts where it can. Now, he added, the council is working on a five year plan for wider dissemination of the arts. To start with, one or another of the ballet companies from Eastern Canada will come west every year. At a public meeting in Calgary's Jubilee Auditorium, the council was asked how much was awarded to artists "in Liberal Quebec and in Conservative Alberta." Mr. Fortier said there is no evidence of discrimination against Alberta. John Prentice, chairman of the council, whose home is in Vancouver, said the council supports the avant garde in art, but has to be cautious about doing so. If it riles parliament, it has difficulty getting money. MONEY LIMITED Mr. Fortier said the council would like to support all the new theatre and other arts projects started under opportunities for youth and Local Initiatives Projects grants. But its money is limited, and the council has to be selective. It sent a brief to the government on the need for continuing aid. The council also submitted a brief to the secretary of state department with its recommendations for a new performing arts policy. The policy has been under study for more than a year, and it may still be several months before it is announced. Mr. Fortier said State Secretary Hugh Faulkner submitted a policy to cabinet. But there wasn't money available to support it. "I hope the secretary of state will be able to talk about it in a few months. If nothing happens, we are going to have big problems. But we have hope." During the discussion of Alberta grants, council vice chairman Guy Rocher, a university of Montreal professor, apparently became annoyed at snide references to Quebec. Quebec, too, had a problem, he said. It needed financial help in the promotion of all the arts, working in a language foreign to nearly all of North America. machine.