Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, Ftoruary W4 News In brief ICCS helicopters harassed SAIGON (AP) The Viet Cong said today the South Vietnamese air force harassed three helicopters of the International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) north of Saigon and forced them to turn back from Loc Ninh, 75 miles north of Saigon, where an ICCS team was to observe the release of prisoners by the Saigon side. One of the passengers, Ira- nian Ambassador Assad Khan Sadry, said he saw South Vietnamese planes flying in the area. He said he heard there were some air strikes and bombing in the area. Biggs wife finds future .MELBOURNE (Reuter) Charmian Brent, wife of Great Tram Robber Ronald Biggs, said today her future is in Australia My hfe is here she said after her two sons, Christopher, 1C, and Farley, 6, had set off for school. Mrs Brent, who changed her name from Biggs after her husband fled Australia, flew home to Melbourne last Saturday after having visited him in jail in Brasilia Mrs. Brent was asked whether she will divorce Biggs so he can marry his young Brazilian girl-friend, Raimunda Nascimento de Castro. She avoided a direct reply but repeated what she has said earlier: "I will do anything and everything to help him stay free. I hold no grudges against Ronald. I am not upset by his girlfriend. I am prepared to divorce him if it would help him to stay free." Plane sought in N.W.T. HALIFAX (CP) A Cana- dian Forces Buffalo aircraft this morning was to begin a 'track-crawl" of the flight plan filed by the pilot of a missing twin-engine executive jet in an area around Frobisher Bay. N.W.T. The plane went down Wednesday night in an area about 30 miles southeast of Frobisher Bay An armed forces spokesman said the search operation would involve retracing the flight plan of the plane along a line extending 80 miles from Frobisher Bay to the coast. Bombing ushers election BELFAST (AP) Bombing and shooting ushered in British election day in Northern today, leaving at least six persons wounded. The campaign for Northern Ireland's 12 seats in the British Parliament has been fought on vastly different lines from the bread-and- butter issues in England, Scotland and Wales. Here the fight was over Irish parti- determination of Ul- ster's Protestant majority to stay apart from the neighboring republic, and the aspirations of the Catholic minority for a united Ireland. Revolt cripples Cordoba CORDOBA (AP) Argen- tina's second largest city was all but paralysed today as about 800 rebel police officials held the leftist provincial governor and vice-governor captive in a police communications centre. Right-wing groups apparently supporting the police rebellion were seen carrying out armed searches of leftists' homes Two powerful bombs exploded, partially destroying a newspaper printing press and a judge's home, police sources said. Scattered gunfire was heard in various parts of Cordoba as leaders of a moderate Peronist group threatened a city-wide strike in support of the police. Aborigine grabs hostages CANBERRA (CP) An Australian aborigine held two officials of the department of aboriginal affairs hostage at gunpoint in their office for a time today soon after Queen Elizabeth opened Parliament here. Police rushed to the office and the man surrendered. Earlier, the Queen on her arrival at Parliament House was greeted by- 200 demonstrating aborigines BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL whose chants of "Land rights now" drowned out the singing of the national anthem. The Queen and Prince Philip stood impassively at the top of the Parliament House steps during the demonstration. There was no violence. Korean admiral dismissed SEOUL (AP) President Chung Hee Park fired South Korea's chief of naval oper- ations and his deputy today because of the loss of at least 150 navy men in the sinking of a tugboat. The new gold rush gold dealer displays valued pieces 'Collectors 'flock to American dealers NEW YORK (AP) With most of her life savings in her pocketbook, a 42-year-old waitress joined the growing number of Americans who are lining up at com dealers to buy gold as a hedge against inflation. "I wish I had done this three weeks the woman said, confessing she hardly a numismatist. "But I'm learning." With inflation continuing and gold prices soaring, the city's biggest coin dealers report that Americans are buying gold frantically. By law, Americans can own gold only as collectors. "We can't even handle the volume any said Luis Vigdor, coin manager at Man- fra, Tordella and Brookes Inc., at Rockefeller Centre. "I've never seen a situation like this." At Joel D. Coen Inc., the proprietor closed down for the day Wednesday to sort bags of silver coins amid the clamor of .ringing telephones and patrons vainly seeking entrance to his store. Benjamin Stack, a partner at Stacks Coin Co., termed the situation "madness." Wednesday, U.S. pieces were going for Two days earlier, the price was And just two weeks earlier, it was Vigdor said customers are waiting one to two hours at the rate of a couple of hundred a day just to buy gold. "It's not only he said. "I speak to dealers all over, and it's nationwide." Egg row cackles on Stupich pledges marketing review VICTORIA (CP) Opposition MLAs hammered away at Agriculture Minister Dave Stupich Wednesday for the third day in a row over allegations that the government pressured and threatened the egg and broiler chicken marketing boards, holding up passage of his department's spending estimates for 1973-74. But this time, a number of (TEXACO) his cabinet colleagues came to his support with speeches highly critical of the marketing board system. Mr. Stupich himself said there will be legislation, probably next week, that will bring about changes in their operation. It .vill take the form of amendments to the natural products marketing act, a statute passed several years ago, under which orderly marketing systems involving price-setting and quotas by producer-elected boards were set up for eggs, chicken, turkeys, milk, vegetables, grapes and other agricultural produce. The minister said it will provide MLAs a chance to debate whether the producers, through their marketing boards, should retain total control or whether the government and the consumer should assume certain powers of regulation. Consumer Services Minister Phyllis Young said in debate that the existing marketing boards none of them more than five or six years old are "ossified, ancient, parochial and rigid jeal- ously-held private empires" representing farmers mainly in the Eraser Valley. Opposition members all supported these sentiments, saying they agreed that agricultural production should be dispersed- Alberta Liberals seek new chief By MARVIN ZIVITZ EDMONTON (CP) Alberta Liberals, trying to regroup and become a factor once again in provincial politics, will select a new leader this weekend. Calgary oil executive Nick Taylor and John Borger, a pet- roleum and engineering consultant from suburban Sherwood Park, are the only declared leadership candidates. Party officials don't expect any serious last- minute candidates before the more than 400 delegates elect Saturday the sixth party leader in the last 11 years. The Liberals slipped to one per cent of the total vote in the last provincial election and outgoing leader Bob Russell ran fourth with six per cent of the vote in a byelection last year. The federal wing of the party hasn't done much better and is still recovering from the 1972 election in which the Progressive Conservatives swept all 19 Alberta seats. The man who replaces Mr. Russell, stepping down after three unsuccessful attempts to win a seat in the legislature, will inherit a formidable task. The party hasn't formed a provincial government since the early 1920s and failed to win a seat in the 1971 provincial election when the Conservatives took office. The Liberals were the main opposition to the Social Credit government in the 1950s, but their strength has dwindled slowly. They won three seats in the 1967 election, but one member resigned to run federally, a second'died and Bill Dickie, now mines and minerals minister, defected to Watergate indictment expected WASHINGTON (Reuter) Major new indictments in the Watergate scandal are expected to be issued today or Friday, perhaps naming former top aides of President Nixon. H. R. (Bob) Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, the presi- dent's two former chief ad- visers, may both be charged with federal crimes, their lawyers say. The new indictments in the Watergate case will be issued by special prosecutor Leon Ja- worski, who took over the investigation last October after Nixon fired the original independent prosecutor, Archibald Cox, for insubordination. Legal observers believe there is no possibility of President Nixon himself being charged with a criminal offence. Strong quake CATANIA, Sicily (AP) A strong quake jolted volcanic Mount Etna and the city of Ca- tania at its foot before dawn today. The tremor shook Europe's tallest and most active volcano from its top to its lowest slopes washed by the Ionian Sea. It was the latest and strong- est in a nearly daily series of tremors during the past two months. the Conservatives. Mr. Taylor, 46, is founder and president of Lochiel Exploration Ltd., a Canadian- controlled oil and gas exploration company. He has been involved in the party since the 1950s, has held a number of executive positions and twice lost federal elections in Calgary Centre. Dr. Borger, who holds a doc- torate in biochemistry, is a relative newcomer to policitics. The 39-year-old former offensive centre with Calgary Stampeders of the Western Football Conference has been active in the party for about two years and was defeated in Pembina riding in the last federal election. The campaign has been quiet, with emphasis on personal contact with delegates and speeches at constituency meetings. Delegates will get a chance to evaluate the candidates at a question-and-answer session several hours before balloting begins. DIFFERENT STANDS The major difference between Dr. Borger and Mr. Taylor appears to be their stand on the relationship between the federal and provincial wings of the party. must) work as the Al- berta Liberal party to try and elect federal and provincial representatives or (we will) remain divided as we have in the says Dr. Borger. Mr. Taylor cautions that the provincial wing can't depend on the federal wing to put it into office. Hearst food program resumes SAN FRANCISCO (AP) People in Need organizers are hopeful of avoiding more vio- lence when they resume a food giveaway designed to lead to negotiations for the release of kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst. Between and persons were expected to line up at 11 distribution sites in the San Francisco Bay area for free groceries today, said Ludlow Kramer, Washington's state secretary who organized the giveaway. Kramer said he is confident the operation will run more smoothly than the initial food distribution last Friday, marred by confusion and violence at one distribution point in East Oakland. The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) says it is holding hostage the 20-year-old University of California student abducted from her apartment near the Berkeley campus Feb. 4. Kramer said the sacks to be distributed will contain two chickens, fresh fruit and vege- tables and canned and pack- aged goods. Galley freed from house arrest COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) For the first time in nearly three years, Lieut. William Galley is free to come and go as he pleases and to choose from thousands of civilian job offers. "I feel I could be useful to the 30-year-old officer told District Court Judge Robert Elliott on Wednesday before Elliott ordered Calley freed on bail. But the lieutenant was not required to post bail. He was released on his own recognizance. Elliott said he would hear at a later date Calley's challenge of a court-martial verdict which found him guilty of murdering at least 22 civilians at My Lai in March, 1968, during an army sweep through the Vietnamese village. Calley was sentenced to life in prison, but the term was re- duced to 20 years. The judge said Calley should be freed from house arrest at his apartment at nearby Fort Benning because he presented no danger to himself or to society. Calley left immediately under military escort for the small apartment where he has been confined for 35 months. A court source said Calley chose the military escort be- cause he had received a threat. The source declined to elaborate, however. Gas station line shorter at mid-year WASHINGTON (AP) -The Federal Energy Office (FEO) predicts the United States gasoline shortage will be as tight at mid-year as it is now. but service station lines should be shorter. John Sawhill, deputy administrator of the FEO, told senators Wednesday that if the Arab oil embargo continues, the gasoline shortage in the next quarter will be about the same as the current 15 to 20 per cent. If Arab oil starts flowing again, the U.S. shortage within 90 days would be four to eight per cent. Sawhill said the shorter gasoline lines he expects will make rationing unnecessary. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives passed and sent to the White House emergency energy legislation authorizing President Nixon to impose rationing. But Nixon said in a speech to a Young Republican group in Washington he will veto the legislation. The bill "will result in longer gas lines and would lead to compulsory he said. "And that we're not going to have." 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