The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
9__TUB LETHMIDOE HERALD Wodnosday, January 2 1974 News In brief Toboggan mishap kills boy By THE CANADIAN PRESS A five-year-old boy, killed when the toboggan he was ing crashed into a Toronto park bench, was among at least 12 persons who died ac- cidentally in Canada during the 36-hour New Year's holi- day period. A survey by The Canadian Press from noon local times Monday to midnight Tuesday night showed that at least six persons died in traffic acci- dents, two were killed in fires, one drowned, one died in a snowmobile mishap and one died in an accidental shooting. CP's unofficial count show- ed that at least 3.4M persons died in traffic accidents in 1973. So far in 1974, five per- sons have been killed in traffic accidents. The snowmobile death brought to 32 the count of fatal accidents involving snow- mobiles so far this season. 331 take polar plunge VANCOUVER (CP) A record 331 swimmers braved the chilly waters of English Bay in the annual New Year's Day polar bear swim. Urged on by a crowd of more than the swim- mers, 41 more than the pre- vious record set in 1969, ran or tip-toed into the 45-degree water and swam 100 yards to a marker buoy. They got little relief when they emerged from the sea. Water arid air temperature was identical. One of the oldest swimmers was 77-year-old Bill Powell of Vancouver, who said the afternoon plunge was his sec- ond of the day. "I always go in around 9 a.m., winter or Mr. Powell said. been doing it for 20 years. Feels good." Unitarian goal achieved (CP) The Unitarian Service Committee of Canada announced Monday that its 1973 Christmas cam- paign raised its biggest fund-raising success since 1945. The agency had set a target of in money and gifts-in-kind Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, executive-director of the com- mittee, said the money will allow continuing support of 124 projects in 13 countries and also allow the launching of several new projects in the fields of community development, vocational training and family planning. U.S. speed limit fixed SAN CLEMENTS, Calif. (AP) President Nixon has signed a bill which sets a U.S.- wide speed limit of 55 miles an hour, the Western White House announced today The president also will sign a bill intended to rescue bankrupt railways in the northeastern United States, the announcement said. The speed-limit bill is a modified version of legislation Nixon sought as part of the ad- ministration's effort to cope with the energy crisis. The president had proposed a speed limit of 50 m.p.h. for cars and 55 m.p.h. for trucks, but Congress settled upon a uniform 55 m.p.h. limit. Geneva talks give Jordan opportunity By PAUL TREUTHARDT AMMAN, Jordan (AP) The Arab-Israeli peace talks at Geneva give Jordan a welcome but danger-fraught Fair trial doubted for Meier VANCOUVER (CP) The lawyer for John Meier, Water- gate witness and former How- ard Hughes aide, said Tuesday he had serious doubts his client could get a fair hearing in Nevada on income tax eva- sion charges. Mr. Meier, 40, who now lives in the Vancouver suburb of Tsawwassen, is expected to provide revealing information in testimony before the United States Senate Watergate hear- ings that, in the words of asso- ciates, will force President Nixon to resign. Mr. Meier is a long-time friend of Mr. Nix- on's brother, Donald. In a written statement Tues- day on behalf of Mr. Meier, who has declined comment on the contents of his testimony, lawyer William Stewart listed incidents involving the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other agencies that "simply would not occur in Canada." Quoting his client, Mr. Stewart said Arthur Blech, personal accountant to Presi- dent Nixon, was also Meier's accountant until 1971. "These income tax returns prepared by Mr. Blech are the subject matter of the in- dictments in the U.S. said Mr. Stewart, and in 1971 Mr. Blech told Mr. Meier he could no longer represent him "as he was receiving pressure from the White House." chance to regain the rich and populous West Bank territory lost to Israel in 1967. King Hussein is anxious to seize the opportunity to reassert authority over the oc- cupied land, but worried that negotiators might want to carve an independent Palestine out of what he still regards as part of his realm. His fight to keep the area under his Hashemite crown has forced him into a parallel policy with Israel, which also is battling Arab demands for Palestinian autonomy there. Israel fears a Palestinian state would be internally un- stable, a focus of outside interests and a potential trigger of new Middle East ex- plosions. Some Western of- ficials in Amman share the Israeli reservations. Hussein's tough stand also is explained easily: The West Bank was the most fertile part of Jordan, square miles that used to yield up to 35 per cent of Jordan's farm produc- tion and more than 40 per cent of Hussein's revenues. Barring a breakdown in the Geneva talks Jordanian and Israeli military experts will sit down in January to start negotiations on disengage- ment of forces. Essentially, this means an Israeli pullback. Authorities here say that as the Israelis withdraw, Jorda- nian civil administrators, and presumably police, will return to their duties, watched by United Nations observers. MEIR'S CONDITIONS Premier Golda Meir has made it clear her Israeli gov- ernment could live with a re- turn of much of the territory and its residents to Hussein's control, provided: border is altered to eliminate Jordanian bulges that jutted into Israel before the 1967 occupation. retains a string of strategic settlements on the frontier. area is demilitarized. Cancer kills diplomat Bohlen WASHINGTON (AP) Charles (Chip) Bohlen, a top- level diplomat and recognized expert on the Soviet Union who came in for some dis- favor during the McCarthy era, died Tuesday. Bohlen, 69, died of cancer at Washington Hospital Centre, his doctor said. Bohlen served four stints in Moscow and was ambassaeor from 1953 to 1957. He was so fluent in Russian that he was able to explain the rules of baseball to Soviet dictator Jo- seph Stalin. Denmark freezes prices Occupant freed Severed limb surgeon on tour COPENHAGEN (Reuter) Premier Poul Hartling an- nounced today a two-ftionth freeze on prices and profits to help the government tackle Denmark's serious economic problems. The motion will be put to the Folketing (parliament) Jan. 8. Hartling did not reveal the full extent of his plans economy, although he is''ex- pected to propose big cuts in public spending, especially in the social and cultural sec- tors. Ambulance personnel work to free a woman from a wrecked vehicle following New Year's Eve's only in Lethbridge.rFour personsjwere slightly injured as one car madei-litm tiJhi in front of another sit 9th N. Driver of the other car was charged with impaired driving, the only such charge laid by city police New Year's Day. ___ CANADIAN FURRIERS JANUARY FUR SALE NOW nothing brother' irks Nixon's sister-in-law tlw la purduM your IMW fur Pur prfcM win bo rtolng dratlotty BUY NOW AND SAVE MINK PAW JACKETS January MUSKRAT PANT COATS Sato Pricod from PERSIAN LAMB COATS MUSKRAT JACKETS (DYED) ftroy Sato Priced From MOUTON LAMB PARKAS ALDERWOOD MANOR, Wash. (AP) Mrs. Edward Nixon, President Nixon's sisterin-law, says she's stay- ing home trying to teach school and raise two children while her husband is "off be- ing paid to do nothing." With those words, Mrs. Nix- on shooed away reporters who were checking reports that her husband received a con- sultant's fee of to find out where the Nixon family wants a presidential library built. "I don't want any she said Monday. "While he's off being paid to do nothing, I'm here alone. "I'm trying to teach school and I've got two kids and let me tell you, it's tough. I could tell you about what he did, but I'm not going to." Leonard Firestone, head of a tax-exempt foundation formed by friends of the presi- dent to build the library, said Monday in Los Angeles that Edward Nixon was paid to find out where the Nixon fami- ly wants the library. Edward Nixon, 42, lives in this Seattle suburb, but he could not be reached for com- ment. His wife told reporters she considered the story about her husband's consultant fee "an invasion of privacy." Mrs. Nixon said the founda- tion paid her husband, who is a trustee, a month for 14 months beginning in December, 1970. She said it "folded in August." However, Firestone, the tire and rubber magnate, said the foundation still exists, although the library site is not top-priority at the moment. Landing plane crashes into home From AP-REUTER TURIN, Italy (CP) "It was foggy. I was in the front section. 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Spain swears new premier MADRID (Reuter) Carlos Arias Navarro, the tough former security chief, was sworn in today as Spain's new premier, succeeding Luis Carrero Blanco, assassinated almost two weeks ago. Arias, 66, knelt before the chief of state, Francisco Franco, and swore allegiance to the fundamental laws and the principles of the National Movement, Spain's only per- milted political organization. The ceremony took place at Franco's Panto Palate on the ovUkirts of Madrid. By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING -A Chinese geon who has won worldwide renown for his success in reat- taching severed fingers left here yesterday with three other specialists in limb reimplantation for a three- week tour of Canada and the United States. They begin their 10-day Canadian visit in Montreal to- day and move on to the United States on Jan. 13. The tour will give specialists from other countries their first opportuni- ty for extended discussions with the Chinese surgeons, who are acknowledged to be among the world's leaders in the field. Previously, knowledge of their techniques has been lim- ited to what a handful of vis- iting doctors have been able to glean during brief tours of Chinese hospitals specializing in the field. The surgeons will begin their Canadian tour at McGill University, where they will participate in an international symposium on limb reimplan- tation. They will also visit Ot- tawa, Hamilton and Toronto before flying on to the U.S. portion of the tour, which begins in Washington and moves on to Boston, Louisville, Dallas, San Fran- cisco and Salt Lake City. The group includes Dr. Cheng Hsu-hsi, a 43-year-old surgeon who won inter- national acclaim 14 months ago when he led a team of sur- geons who successfully reimplanted a young woman's right foot to her left leg. But the focus of attention is likely to be Dr. Chen Chungwei, a 45- year-old specialist who has developed a potentially more useful technique for reat- taching severed fingers. In an interview before leav- ing the Chinese capital on a flight to Paris, Dr. Chen said he understood that surgeons in other countries, including the United States and Australia, also have succeeded in reat- taching fingers. But it is generally acknowledged in the medical world that Dr. Chen's team were the pioneers in the field, and have more ex- perience with the techniques than surgeons elsewhere. Beginning in 1966, Dr. Chen and his colleagues at the Num- ber Six Teaching Hospital in Shanghai have reattached 270 fingers on 165 patients. The success rate, measured by the number of fingers that regain normal or nearly normal func- tion, is better than SO per cent and nearly S7 per cent of all patients have regained func- tion in at least one of their fingers. Recovery wwally takes frrurn months to year. The technique involved, mrcrowrfery, is ex- However, his contention that Russia and the United States could learn to live in the same world brought at- tacks by conservatives. WI.an President Dwight Eis- enhower nominated him for the Moscow post, the late Senator Joseph McCarthy (Rep. Wis.) led the opposition. The McCarthy-led group linked him with what they called appeasement policies during the Truman adminis- tration. Eventually, the nomi- nation was confirmed. Bohlen began his 40-year diplomatic career in 1929, serving first in Prague. He first joined the Moscow em- bassy staff in 1934, shortly after the United States recognized the Communist regime. His first important assign- ment came when he was chosen President Franklin Roosevelt's top interpreter at the wartime Tehran conference. tremely complicated. Work- ing with the aid of a microscope, surgeons must rejoin blood vessels and nerves that are minute. Time is critical, as delays can cause blood clots or anorexia, a condition due to inadequate bluod How. So far, the sur- geons have not succeeded in reattaching fingers that have __ been badly damaged.but they Alberta announces have succeeded with jagged cuts, cutting away traumatiz- ed tissue and reducing the finger length. Even these cases have been known to regain considerable manipula- tive ability. Sergeant surrenders SEOUL (Reuter) An army military police sergeant who held about 30 persons hostage in a railway station coffee shop in Taegu, southeastern Korea, sur- rendered tonight after a 30- hour siege, radio reports said. The 26-year-old sergeant, apparently angry over a repri- mand by a senior officer, kill- ed one man and fatally wound- ed another when he took over the coffee shop Tuesday night and fired bullets into a crowd of customers. Two others were in critical condition today. EDMONTON (CP) Queen's Counsel ap- pointments for Alberta, which include Edmonton West MP Marcel Lambert, were an- nounced Monday by Attorney- General Merv Leitch. As well as Mr. Lambert, those appointed from Ed- monton are: Duncan Reynolds, Glendvn Acorn, Alexander Andrekson, Alan Cooke, John McClug, Peter Broda, Peter Savaryn, Arnold Blakey, Roderick McLennan and Edward Wachowich. Calgary appointments are: Miles Atkinson, William Code, Everett Costello, Robert Dinkel, Ernest Hitchinson, Melvin Lomas, Jack .MacPherson, David Mason, Patrick McCaffery, Jack Ma- jor and Russell Dixon. The other appointments were Peter Power of Red Deer, Robyn Sloan of Stettler, William Sisson of Peace River and Elmer Logan of Grande Prairie.