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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Watergate grand juries prepare for Indictments soon WASHINGTON (AP) Courtroom activity connected to the Watergate scandal if expected to quicken during the first months of the New Year. Special prosecutor Leon Jaworui Jas in- dicated that the Watergate grind juries are ready to consider a substantial number of major involvements" this month and next. The conspiracy-perjury trial of former attorney-general John Mitchell and two others in the Vesco campaign contribution case is scheduled to begin this month in New York. The sentencing of Egil Krogh, head of the White House plumbers, Is expected in a number of weeks. Krogh has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate therights of Daniel Elteberg's psy- chiatrist. The two Watergate grand juries in Washington-soon to be Joined by a third-have been investigating the break-in of Democratic party headquarters and the subsequent cover-up, as well as illegal campaign contributions, the ITT and milk-fund cases, the Howard Hughes contribution and dirty campaign tactics. Jaworski said in a statement Monday: "Although investigations in various areas within the special prosecutor's jurisdiction are con- tinuing, including the review of White House files, the presentation of evidence to the grand Juries has progressed to the point that hi January and February these bodies will be i in a substantial number of major in- volvements." It is known that targets of the their variour investigations iocli Nixon aides and ini Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, mbach and Charles Colsoa. juries in I such former tes as Mitchell, H. R. Herbert Kal- Ehrlichman, David Young and convicted con- spirator G. Gordon Liddy also have pleaded not guilty to state indictments in Los Angeles in connection with the rifling of files of Dr. Lewis Fielding, EUaberg's psychiatrist That trial hai not been ichodulcul In addition to Krogh, sentencing also a pending in the cases of three former White House or re-election committee aides who plead- ed guilty to one count each of i______ in return for giving testimony against They are JohnDtan, the former presidential counsel who said Nixon knew of the cover-up; Jeb Magrader. deputy director of the re-election committee who admitted knowing of break-in plans and committing perjury; and Frederick LaRue, a gobetween in payoffs to the Watergate defendants. Appeals are pending in the cases of all seven men who either were convicted of the Wa- tergate break-in after trial or who pleaded guilty andthen tried to withdraw their pleas. To date, eight corporations and one officer in each have pleaded guilty to making illegal cam- paign contributions. One other firm and its chairman have pleaded not guilty and will go to trial. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 17 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1974 32 Pages 10 Cents P." Mine strike biting LONDON (AP) Leaders of Britain's miners and the state-owned coal industry met today for crucial talks aimed at easing the slowdown that has put factories on short work-weeks. "It all depends on the color of the said Mick McGahey, vice-president of the National Union of Mineworkers. "If the coal opart Is not prepared to pay, the miners' action will con- tinue." Coal output has been slash- ed by a because the miners are refusing to work overtime. "It may be necessary to make the overtime ban into a McGahey said. Another meeting was due to try to resolve a slowdown by train driven who, like the ipuwrs, are demanding a pay raise exceeding the maximum allowed in the government's anti-inflation program. 5, slowdowns and resul- reductions; coupl- ed with the Arab have sent unemployment skyrocketing. The Opposition Labor party, meanwhile, accused the Con- servative government of engi- neering an energy crisis for its own political and economic ends. Tony Benn, Labor spokesman on trade and in- dustry affairs, said the government's decision to im- pose week on non- essential industries was a way of cutting the wages of employees involved by 40 per cent Benn said this will ease inflation without the govern- ment having to revert to un- popular taxes The labor MP was referring to the government's order limiting non-essential in- dustries to three days use of electricity each week. The three-day week was in- troduced' tailoring the miners' ban on weekend and overtime working which has resulted in a 30-per-cent drop in coal production. Irish fuss i to continue BELFAST (AP) New shooting and bombing flared in Northern Ireland late Tues- day as guerrillas pledged to fight on in the New Year. One man died as a result of the violence Two Roman Catholic priests escaped unhurt when a bomb was thrown into the parochial house at Mnllavilly near Portadown in County Armagh. Dim party welcomes '74 By The CANADIAN PRESS Economic problems and the energy crisis dimmed celebrations at the world marked New Year's Day Tuesday. Severe winter weather also kept many Canadians at home. In his final New Year's mes- sage as Governor-General, Roland Michener urged Canadians to develop a wanner and fuller under- standing of their fellow man. "It seems that the whole hu- man family is being swept on- ward through uncharted he said in a television statement Wednesday. "What can one do in such circumstances? How should one live7 I feel impelled to commend the warm human concern for others... as an an- tidote to the cold materialism of the computer and as assure road to a happier life." Michener, 73, retires Jan. 14 and will be succeeded by Jules Leger, ambassador to Belgium. The Governor- General held his last New Year's Day levee at Govern- ment House Tuesday Prime Minister Trudeau was "hopeful" about Canada's economic outlook for 1974. "We're looking at growth now; we're looking at in- vestment intentions and we see that they're good and he said on television. Inside Skimpy gasoline supplies and severe whiter weather kept many Americans home for a relatively quiet New Year's Day. But were were the customary parties, parades and football bowl games to welcome the start of 1974. In Rome, Pope Paul wished thousands who gathered in St. Peter's Square a happy new year and said that economic worries should not displace concern for the problem of world peace. "Such things like price in- creases and driving bans are nothing as compared with world peace the pontiff said at a New Year's mass. New Year's was an official holiday for the first time in Britain. But because of power rationing as well as tradition, it was business as usual in many department stores and factories. Britain began a three-day work week Monday to conserve energy and some firms had to operate Monday through today. Millions of Japanese wel- comed the Year of the Tiger with visits to shrines and tem- ples. The bad weather together with a near-total shutdown of gasoline stations in some areas of the United States was credited with discouraging highway travel and thus lowering the accident death count. VJ New Year baby Eric Harvey Linda greet the new year about two and one-quarter hours after the boy became the pity's first baby of 1974. The seven-pound, eleven ounce baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Harvey of Picture Butte at p.m. Lethbridge boy waits 20 hours The first baby of 1974 in Lethbridge was born at p m. Jan. 1 almost 29 hours after the first in Canada was born in Calgary. A seven-pound, eleven-ounce son, Eric, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ross Harvey of Picture Butte at St. Michael's Hospital in Lethbridge. In Calgary a seven-pound, seven-ounce son was born to Mr and Mrs. Guy Lewis of Calgary at one second past midnight. Staff at Holy Cross hospital in Calgary insist the baby was the first in Canada despite claims made at a Montreal hospital that the first was born there at mid- night They reason since the military consider 12 midnight is technically 2400 hours, a new day begins a fraction of a second after that tune. Therefore, they SAV ibe Montreal baby was actually the last baby born in 1973 Edmonton's first baby a six-pound, four-ounce boy, was born at five minutes after midnight in the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The boy, as yet unnamed, is the first child of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lackner of Edmon- ton. Ottawa wants 3 oil pie sliced OTTAWA (CP) The federal government will try fti an agreement with the by which the in- creased value of western Canadian oil on the inter- national market may be shared across the country, Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald said Tuesday. The agreement, to be sought at the meeting of first ministers hi Ottawa Jan. 22- 23, likely will be "a form of taxation" to 6e im- plemented when the freeze on Canadian oil prices is allowed to lift at the end of thtpresent 'heating season. j? A possible federal" proposal might be an excess prof its tax similar to that being con- thffUnitea by President Nixon announced Decs vl9 that he a. windfall pro it tax to Congress when it reconvenes eaHy this monOi; The proposed tax would 1 range between 10 and 85 per. cent, to be imposed on oil sold at more than 35 cents a barrel above the price of oil last May IS about a barrel. Mr. MacdonaW denied he has indicated the levy would be an income tax charged against oil companies, rather than a form of sales tax to be imposed on anyone producer or provincial government benefiting from rising oil prices. The preferred path was "some form of taxation com- he said, rather than a direct income tax Mr. Macdonald said the con- ference would discuss ways of distributing the extra revenues to be gained from rising prices of western crude "We have to work out how much should go to the producer, how much to the federal and how much to provincial governments In Calgary, Hans Maciej, Alberta manager for the Canadian Petroleum Association, says the shift from the export tax to a wind- fall profit tax could be a positive move in so far as finding new oil reserves in Canada is concerned Mr. Maciej said if the government applied the tax as a true profit tax and allowed the industry to avoid the tax by reinvesting its earnings in oil exploration and oil sands development, the proposal could help provide new oil reserves. "If it allows the industry to reinvest these profits, it will be quite different than the current federal export tax which simply siphons money out of the oil he said "It certainly would be better than the export tax which, if oil prices rise so the tax reaches 50 a barrel, the government will be taking 5 billion from the industry an- nually that could be reinvested in finding new oil Reduced gas supplies cut road m NEW YORK (CP) The meant fresh gas- way for United States motorists, but government officials say stiff price increases may be im- minent. "The situation should im- prove considerably today and said Anthony Ip- polito, an Automobile Club of New York official. Gas allocations are delivered at the beginning of each month in most cases, and he said many stations have at least part of their January allotments. New York City police were keeping an eye on stations in case motorists commuting to work for the first time after tht four-day holiday caused traffic jams. Charles Binsted, of the Washington-based National Congress of Petroleum Retailers, said he expects Dayan to meet Henry SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan will confer with U S State Secretary Henry Kissinger in Washington on Friday A presidential spokesman said Dayan and Kissinger will consult "on ihe Geneva talks with emphasis on the subject of disengagement of forces Golda manoeuvres to keep Israel coalition power toU you Should him Classified....... 28-31 Comics...........26 Comment........4 District............19 Family.......20-23 Local News Markets........27 Sports.......... 10-13 Theatres........7 TV................ 6 Weather.......... 3 LOW TONIGHT U, HIGH THURS. II; MOSTLY CLOUDY Kohoutek in sight HOUSTON (AP) Comet Kohoutek, an exclusive show for the Skylab 3 astronauts for several days, should become visible to careful earth viewers after sunaet tonight. The comet has been ctoee to tnewn for IIMMC than a WMR and the bright solar light it impieHMt view JERUSALEM (AP) Pre- mier Golda Meir's Labor par- ty and its traditional ally, the National Religious party, to- day began the manoeuvring necessary to put together a new coalition government for Israel. Although the soldiers' ballots from the ceasefire lines are still to be tallied, un- official returns from Mon- day's general election in- dicated Mrs. Meir may be able to line up members of the Uf-member Knesset, the Israeli parliament, for a ma- jertoof It. im include 90 Labor is, 11 members of the il ReUgJow party, five Literals and three members of ultra- orthodox religious parties af- filiated with the Labor alignment, the leader of the National Religious party, Michael Hat- ani, said be will insist on matton of a "national unity meaning inclu- sion of Labor's chief op- Machine guns rattle THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian and Israeli forces clashed twice today in the Go- lan Heights with machine guns and artillery, a Syrian military comminiqie At the same time, Israeli and Egyptian negotiators were back in Geneva for farther tain OH men! of their forces OR Suez front. In the Golan Heights fighting one soldier was shot and several engineering vehicles were destroyed, the Syrian corn- nMitone said. The Syrians claimed to nfftr no tones in the clashes on the fluitteni and central sectors Then was NO humeiUate Is- position, the right-wing Likud bloc, which demands that Israel r.etain all Arab territory captured in the 1987 war. However, Labor leaders view this demand by Hazani as a bargaining ploy only. They are confident that he will abandon it in exchange for their agreement to stronger raUgtous legislation. In the 'returns from the civilian balloting, Labor got 41.9 per earn of the .vote, the socialists' smallest showing in Israel's yean as a itate. ,indst stations to reopen today because {they "have gotten their January allocations or will shortly." Oil companies were given the go-ahead Monday to increase gasoline prices 1.5 cents a gallon. Federal Office officials said ty that prices may be about 10 cents a gallon higher by March. The forecast of higher prices may have headed off several planned protests by service station operators. In Springfield, Mass., and Portsmouth, N.H., gasoline retailer groups announced plans last week to shut down or limit customers to worth of gas to protest federal price controls. But the Automobile Legal Association said a survey of 100 stations in Massachusetts showed only seven plan to close in protest. Another 26 said they didn't have enough gas to work their pumps A spokesman for the New Hampshire group said the pro- test was called off In Oregon, the department of environmental quality is asking motorists to turn off their engines while waiting in line for refuelling because of complaints about air pollution near stations One man who lives near a service station complained he had been unable to stay in his house for three days because the air was so bad, officials said Most gas station operators took New Year's Day off, even though some had gasoline In Milwaukee, Wis the American Automobile Associ- ation said sub-zero weather created a "tremendous volume" of distress calls from motorists Those out of gas were out of luck. The AAA said "of all the stations available for service, only one was open for the sale of gasoline." Cold weather and snow storms in the Midwest com- bined with the fuel shortage to keep motorists off the highway Tuesday. The result was fewer traffic fatalities. By 1 a.m. EST today, 396 deaths were reported Likud, red ny Menahens Begin, mnM 9t 1 WHICH gvi per cm oi we vote and was to line for SI IpHN i and hMrd About town DavM Vaa postpon- ing his diet for one last whirl at a local smorgasbord Wffly Dewil observing Dutch tradition by giving her neighbors oteboten pastry on New Year's Eve ;