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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 26, 1975 News in brief Consul's life threatened CORDOBA (Heuter) Left-wing guerrillas who kid- napped the U.S. honorary con- sul in Cordoba have threaten- ed to "execute" Iheir hostages unless the Argentina government releases four of their imprisoned colleagues, informed sources said. In a "war communique" is- sued here the kidnappers gave the government until 6 p.m. EOT today to meet their de- mands, the sources added. Increase in loans sought OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment will ask Parliament to increase to from 400 the annual limit [or interest-free loans to students, Finance Minister John Turner said Thursday. The amendment to the Can- ada Student Loans Plan, if ap- proved, would be effective July 1. Oil firms seek price hikes VANCOUVER (CP) Spokesmen for two oil com- panies say they will join a third in asking the British Columbia Energy Commis- sion to approve price increases for gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel. Spokesmen for Standard and Shell Oil companies said Thursday there has been no decision on how much of an increase they want. Imperial Oil announced earlier it wants to raise its wholesale gasoline price by 22 cents a gallon. Ethiopians gain over rebels ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Ethiopian troops are gaining the upper hand in heavy fight- ing with secessionist guerrillas to retain key town between the capital of troubled Eritrea province and the Sudanese border, reliable sources said today. The battle for the town, once a guerrilla stronghold but now defended by more than government soldiers, has raged since the weekend with heavy losses reported on both sides. Paris police hunt robbers PARIS (Reuter) Police are searching for two men who got away after releasing five hostages they took in an abortive bank raid. The men left early today the bank where they had taken refuge Thursday afternoon after the raid in which they killed a 55-year-old bank clerk and lost one of their own. Marriage down, divorce up WASHINGTON (AP) The marriage rate in the United States dropped in 1974 for the first time in 16 years while the divorce rate increased for the 12th consecutive year, the government reported today. At the same time, the decline in the U.S. fertility rate slowed and began levell- ing off last year, the health department said. U.S. reviewing army Jew rule WASHINGTON (AP) An admission by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it does not assign Jewish of- ficers to Saudi Arabia has prompted President Ford to order a defence department review of. the personnel policies of other military units dealing with Arab countries. Firemen mop up phone blaze NEW -YORK (AP) Firemen searched a New York Telephone Co. switching centre today for hidden pockets of fire in the debris of a blaze that injured 200 per- sons and caused upward of million in property damage. The five-alarm fire that rag- ed for about 17 hours Thurs- day knocked out telephones, including police, hospital and Consolidated Edison emergency lines. Eight hanged in Singapore SINGAPORE (Reuter) Eight men convicted of murder were hanged in Changi prison before dawn to- day as their wives and relatives, watched by a crowd of 500, wept outside the main gates. Seven of the condemned Chinese and three to the gallows for murdering a Chinese merchant and his two assistants four years ago in a dispute over 120 stolen gold bars. The eighth, a Malay, had been convicted of killing a one-armed man in 1973. Hunting permits show drop RED DEER (CP) Delegates at the annual meeting of the Alberta Fish and Game Association were told today that there was a sharp drop in the number of hunting licences sold in Alberta last year. Information prepared for delegates on the opening day of the conference shows 672 licences were sold last year, a drop of from the previous year. Pickett nominated EDMONTON (CP) Jack Pickett, president of the Alberta Liberal party, was nominated Thursday night by the party to run in Edmonton Calder in the March 26 provin- cial election. Gov't strike curb urged TORONTO (CP) The executive director of the, BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phoni 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Canadian Manufacturers Association (CMA) urged the federal government Thursday to prohibit government-service strikes. Cambodian casualties An injured youngster grimaces in pain while receiving aid as a woman victim lies on the ground following a rocket attack on a market near Phnom Penh's Pochentog Airport Thursday. The attack reportedly killed seven persons and wounded 17 others. Story on Page 1. Alberta buildings found free of radium danger EDMONTON (CP) Two uf the three Alberta buildings checked for possible danger from radiation were free of dangerous levels of radiation and the third has been sealed since 1970, the provincial government announced late Thursday. The inspections involved buildings where radium luminous compounds were used during the Second World War. Few details, of the inspections were made public by John Wetherill, senior radiation officer with the provincial government. Two of the buildings are reported to be in Edmonton, and the third is an Okotoks carpet store where luminous paint was stored. The only radiation detected at the Okotoks structure was produced by the dial of a Bourassa friend denies knowing of wiretapping MONTREAL (CP) Paul Desrochers, a man frequently described as the "grey emi- nence" behind Quebec Premier hobert Bourassa, Thursday contradicted previous testimony at a government inquiry. Desrochers, 50, told the royal commission on construction union freedoms he was never informed of police wiretap evidence of a payoff to secure a public service job. Desrochers, who managed Premier Bourassa's 1970 elec- tion victory and now is vice- president of a national trust company, also denied he prac- tised political patronage in granting jobs at the James Bay hydroelectric site in northwestern Quebec. "Maybe I wasn't duped by my aides, but I was naive in my dealings with Desrochers said. He added that any hiring irregularities were "carried out without my knowledge." Before he quit the for health reasons spring, Desrochers was president of both the James Bay De- velopment Corp. and the James Bay Energy Corp, bedroom alarm clock, he said. "The material involved- (a radium-luminous compound) was used until 1968 for painting the dials of aircraft instruments, clocks and watches so they would glow in the dark, "Mr. Wetherill said. "The amount present on a watch or alarm clock is of lit- tle significance although premises where the compound is mixed and used in large quantities could pose a threat to health if the material were to be ingested or inhaled." The Alberta inspections were part of a series of checks made across the country after radiation levels up to 800 times the safety limits were found in the third floor of a Toronto building. The radia-- tion came from a paint spill which occurred while the premises were occupied by a wartime company which painted luminous dials. Village in mourning after four girls die SHAMATTAWA, Man. (CP) -This community of about 400 population was in mourning Thursday for four girls, ranging in age from seven to 11 years, who died of exposure earlier in the week. Dead are sisters Beverly Ann Beardy, 7, Margaret 9 and Sandra Nancy Beardy, 11, and their friend Dorine Lorna Miles, who would have marked her llth birthday Thursday. An official said the four girls, out on a trap line Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Beardy, had decided to walk the 12 miles to Shamattawa, where a tractor train was expected The girls set off for Shamattawa about 10 p.m. Later a search party was organized. Mr. Beardy, the girls' father, found the bodies Wednesday afternoon, about 10 miles from Shamattawa. The girls apparently had become tired and had tried to make a shelter for the night out of spruce boughs. The bodies, with the spruce boughs, were found on the shore of the Echoing River. Senate 4in no hurry' to pass big tax bill By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons finally cleared the way for 1974 income tax rebates Thursday, but Hie millions ot dollars in cheques are not like- ly to start rolling out until at least the second week ol March. Finance Minister John Turner's 287-page omnibus tax bill got final reading and now goes to the Senate where it will be debated Tuesday night. But the Senate is in no hurry to pass the bill, feeling thai the proposed legislation needs what senators are fond of call- ing "a sober second look." The bill, a compendium ol proposals from the Nov. 18 budget, was introduced in the Commons Dec. 20. It took 21 gruelling days of debate to clear all the Commons hurdles, most of them thrown up by the disgruntled op- position. The Progressive Con- servatives and New Runaway ship's fate a mystery HALIFAX (CP) The fate of the runaway ship'Answer, believed icebound somewhere off Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula, remains a mystery today. The ship's captain and crew were not taking ship-to-shore tele- phone calls Thursday night. Four RCMP officers lajided Thursday on the icebreaker John A, Macdonald, within sight of the ship, but their superiors on land were mum as to orders given the Moun- ties. Earlier, an RCMP spokesman at Montreal said the force had been instructed by the Federal Court ol Canada to intercept the ton ship, which left Quebec City during the weekend with no pilot and amid conflicting reports about ownership. A transport department spokesman in Halifax said Thursday night' he under- stands the RCMP contingent is to attempt to board and arrest the ship today, after spending the night aboard the Canadian Coast Guard vessel in the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. However, RCMP at Gaspe, Que., from where the Moun- ties took off aboard a Cana- dian Armed Forces helicopter for the John A. Macdonald, as well as' superior officers at Quebec City, Montreal and Ot- tawa, declined any comment about the four-man group's mission. The transport department spokesman here said he un- derstsr.ds the Mounlies will probably wait until this after- noon to go aboard the Answer. A man identified as Captain Brian Erb of the Answer said earlier Thursday in a radio- telephone interview with the CBC in Toronto that his ship is not physically stuck but is locked in an icefield and un- able to continue to her stated destination of Boston. The John A. Macdonald was reported about 1 'A miles away and in visual contact with the Answer, reported about 45 miles southeast of Gaspe. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Capt. Erb in Quebec City. Capt. Erb, denying any ille- gality in his taking the ship, said he is bound for Boston, where he said controlling interest in the ship is held, in the name of Vitral Navire, S.A. He said the Answer is registered in Panama and he has that registration and a bill of sale from the provincial court in Quebec, as well as customs clearance from Quebec City. Democrats were concerned mainly about six clauses affecting royalties paid to the provinces by resource com- panies. These royalties no longer are tax deductible un- der the new legislation. STUDY CLOSELY The 142-clause bill likely will get Senate approval in principle Tuesday or Wednes- day before it is passed on to the upper chamber's banking committee for detailed scrutiny. How long committee study will take is not known, but Senator Ray Perrault, govern- ment leader in the Senate, and Senator Jacques Flynn, the Opposition leader, say the committee watched the bill constantly while it was before the Commons. There were several dozen amendments by the Com- mons, many of them technical, but all will be gone over by the Senate. Both senators suggested LI would not be desirable for the upper house to pass the bill quickly. The Senate has done this with previous measures, only to be met with a barrage of "rubber stamp" ac- cusations from some the news media. Senator Flynn says the Senate "doesn't want to be pushed while Senator Perrault says "there isn't any tendency for us tc say we'll pass it sight un- seen." Richardson denies racial statements OTTAWA (CP) Defence Minister James Richardson denied Thursday that he made unflattering statements about Indians and Eskimos. The statements were attributed to him in the March issue of Maclean's magazine. He.made the denial in the Commons after Wally Firth (NDP Northwest a Metis, ob- jected to parts of the magazine article. Mr. Richardson said the accusation should be directed at the author of the article, not him. "Those are not my views and there were many other in- accuracies in the article as well." The Maclean's story said: Discussing the fate of the Indians and Eskimos, he (Mr. Richardson) will suddenly puzzle, "I mean, what did they ever do for Canada? Did they discover gas? Did they discover oil? They didn't even invent the wheel. Why, when we came here, they were still dragging things around on two sticks." "I think he owes our people of Canada an said Mr. Firth. He said the ex- plorers never would have gotten anywhere without the help of the native people- After the minister made his reply, Stanley Knowles (NDP- Winnipeg North Centre) said Mr. Richardson had not actually denied the statements attributed to him. "I just did deny them in the most categorical and definite replied the minister. Outside the House Mr. Firth said he is not satisfied with Mr. Richardson's denial. U.S. 'wrongfully' bars men from coming home Hargrave denounces appointment Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A usually mild- mannered Conservative backbencher yesterday angri- ly denounced the appointment of a deputy minister of agriculture who has no agricultural background. Bert Hargrave (PC-Medicine Hat) said he was impressed with the new deputy minister's credentials in finance and government ad- ministration, "his background suggests a complete absence of any experience in agriculture." Hargrave also wanted to know if the appointment had been discussed with Agriculture Minister Whelan. WASHINGTON (AP) The United States government was accused Thursday of wrongfully barring per- manently from the U.S. thousands of young men on the presumption they gave up American citizenship to avoid the military draft. The American Civil Liber- ties Union (ACLU) and the United Church of Christ Centre for Social Action made the charge at a joint news conference- It came a day after The Associated Press quoted justice department and im- migration and naturalization service officials as saying many men in Canada and elsewhere are being excluded even for a visit. Henry Schwartzchild of the ACLU said: "Draft violation charges were never filed or have been dismissed against many of them." "But the immigration ser- vice makes the extra-judicial determination that they left to avoid the draft and therefore can never be given a visa to come back to this country, even to visit their families. "Some or more Ameri- can men have become naturalized Canadians since 1970, according to Canadian government sources." Rev. Barry Lynn of the church group said "many are considering citizenship in the very near future" so the prob- lem could become larger. The immigration service is barring the men permanently under a section of law which says Americans who have be- come citizens of another coun- try are excluded if they go abroad to "avoid or evade training or service in the arm- ed forces." Mr. Lynn told the news con- ference: "In general, the American legal system demands proof for charges which stigmatize the person involved or which prevents anyone, American or foreign national, from receiv- ing all the rights and privileges to which he is en- titled. Biologists tighten rules on genetics research INSTALLATION ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS 32I-SI73 By VICTOR K. McELHENY New York Times Service PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. An international conference of biologists decided Thursday on tighter professional stan- dards governing research in so called "genetic engineering." The new guidelines, rare to man while opening the door to many experiments Intended to bring benefits in medicine and agriculture. The proposed rules have moral force only, but they were devised by a large frac- tion of the world's scientists now working with powerful new techniques for trans- planting genes, the chemical units of heredity, from one type of living cell to another. Scientists from 16 nations, including the Soviet Union, attended the conference, although more than half the participants were Americans. The conference's conclusions are expected to provide I blueprint for regulations to be written in the months ahead by government health research agencies around the world. The safeguards designed to prevent the escape of poten- tially harmful organisms from the laboratory are intended to replace a volun- tary deferral of some kinds for genetic engineering research which went into effect lilt July. The deferral was proposed by, a group of American biologists, led by Dr. Paul Berg of Stanford University, who was the chairman of the conference. Like the new safeguards, the deferral was a rare event in a scientific tradition that has resisted the ruling out of specific lines of inquiry as a violation of intellectual freedom. The decision of the conference followed four days of struggle by more than 100 biologists to balance the potential hazards and benefits of the new techniques for manipulating genes. Using enzymes to break up or stitch together pieces of the gene containing chemical called D.N.A., the scientist! can insert genes from com- plex cells such as those of set urchin eggs Into simple, rapid- ly dividing cells like bacteria. By doing this, scientists seek to build up large supplies of particular genes they want to study. They also hope to use simple organisms -like bacteria some day to grow substances such as human growth 'hormone for in- dividuals who lack the ability to produce their own. The scientists agreed Thurs- day, that, for now, there are some classes of genetic engineering experiments in- volving dangerous viruses that they can see no safe way to perform. ;