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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE UETHBRIDOE HERALD Thunday, Januarys, 1974 News In brief Shoe strikes Mrs. Gandhi NEW DELHI (Reuter) Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was pelted with shoes at a public meeting Wednesday. It was one of several incidents during a general strike in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. At least six per- sons died. Mrs Gandhi was forced to cut short a speech in Nagpur, 440 miles east of Bombay, be- fore more than persons when the audience started throwing shoes at her. The 24-hour strike was call- ed by opposition parties. They were protesting economic the government's failure to check inflation. Prices in India have risen 24 per cent in the last year. The strike appeared to be al- most complete with bus and train services idle and schools, colleges, shops, banks and factories closed. Kuwait rejects extradition HOME (AP) Kuwait has rejected an Italian request for extradition of the five Arab terrorists who fire-bombed a plane and shot up the Rome airport Dec. 17, foreign ministry sources said Wednesday France will pursue tests Kuwait called the massacre of 31 persons a political crime, the sources said. The decision drew an immediate and strongly-worded reply from the Italian government, they added PARIS (Reuter) Presi- dent Georges Pompidou said Tuesday that France will pur- sue its nuclear tests hi the South Pacific. He also told Australia's new ambassador, David Anderson, he hopes the two countries will renew their ties of friendship and co- operation The French president said on receiving Anderson's credentials that nuclear tests are vital for France's defence. "These tests are juridically legal and it has been scien- tifically established do not cause any harm to man's health and his he said. Ocean rigs in trouble ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuter) The second oil rig to run into difficulties off the northern coast of Scotland hi 24 hours was towed Wednes- day to Stavangar, Norway, because of what Aberdeen coast guard officials said was structural damage to two of the rig's legs. The coast guard said 14 of Transworld 61's crew of 48 persons were transferred to a supply ship before the rig was towed away. An American-owned rig, Transocean 3, listed and cap- sized Tuesday night only a few miles from Transworld 61. None of Transocean's crew was reported injured. Military jet fuel aids U.S. airlines From AP-REUTER WASHINGTON (CP) The United States defence depart- ment said Wednesday barrels of military jet avia- tion fuel has been allocated to commercial airlines. Pentagon spokesman Jerry Friedheim said this is the first diversion of jet fuel since the federal energy office last month said it would need 1.5 million barrels of military fuel to tide the airlines over the high-traffic holidays. The defence department has complained that after obtain- ing the allocation of military fuel, the airlines have not bothered to use any of it. Friedheim said barrels of JP-5 jet fuel made available near Los Angeles airport during the weekend were not used by the airlines, who say there has been no ad-- ministrative mechanism set up for transferring the military fuel. Friedheim also said Presi- dent Nixon and not the federal energy office will decide in future cases what fuel will be allocated to the defence department and diverted from military use. Friedheim said the barrels allocated Wednesday are almost all JP-4 jet fuel, a naptha-based fuel that some airlines had objected to using because it is not as safe as the JP-5 kerosene-based fuel usually used by commercial airlines. MIXTURE SAFE Officials of the Air Tran- sport Association, the trade group of major scheduled air- lines, said JP-4 and JP-5 fuels can safely be mixed in fuel tanks of airliners. The officials noted that Air Canada and Braniff airlines use JP-4 fuel regularly. Meanwhile in New York, two of the major U.S. airlines announced they are taking a combined total of 12 Boeing 747 jumbo jets out of service indefinitely because of flight schedule cuts prompted by fuel shortages. American Airlines said it will ground 10 of its 16 Boeing 747s and Trans World Airlines said it will "mothball" two of the 19 in its fleet, both effec- tive with flight schedule cuts to go into effect next Monday. One other carrier, Continen- tal, had previously said it plans to ground its four 747s early this year. Unorganized land taxes up in B.C. Soviets attack Getting through Family feud kills boy, 13 I1CW book A tanker truck makes it around a recently-cleared cloverleaf on Highway 2 where a major winter storm struck New Year's Day in Edmonton. Winds dropped to about 10 miles an hour Wednesday, allowing highway crews to clear drifts from the road. GUARDAVALLE family feud erupted into a bloody gun battle in this southern Italian town Wednesday, leaving five per- sons dead and nine wounded. Five of the wounded were reported in critical condition. Among the dead was a 13- year-old boy, authorities said. Police said the battle was in three stages, starting in the main square of Guardavalle, a town of in the poor and underdeveloped Calabrian region, and shifted to the countryside. Police said the feud began with a dispute five years ago over ownership of some land near the town. Mamie Eisenhower ill WASHINGTON (AP) Former president Dwight Eisenhower's wife, Mamie, has been admitted to Walter Reed Hospital for a routine checkup, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday. The spokesman said he doesn't know how long Mrs. Eisenhower, 77, will remain in the hospital. Prince Charles joins exercise SINGAPORE (Reuter) Prince Charles arrived here today from Britain to take up his duties as lieutenant in charge of communications aboard HMS Jupiter, a ton frigate. The prince will remain in Singapore until next Tuesday, when the ship will join three or four other vessels in exer- cises being conducted in the South China Sea. After the exercises the Jupi- ter will put in at Brisbane, Australia, briefly before heading for Christchurch, New Zealand, where the Srince will arrive at the end of anuary in time for the last few days of the Com- monwealth Games. The prince, who has been a full lieutenant since last May, is expected to remain with the Jupiter until the summer. Washington vehicles pile-up ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) Wind-whipped snow resulting in zero visibility ap- parently touched off a involving 40 vehicles on Inter- state 90 near this central Washington town Wednesday, the state patrol said. No deaths were reported, but Kittitas Valley Communi- ty Hospital said it treated eight persons One of them. Peter Dodson, 29, of Spokane, was listed in critical con- dition. Troopers said wind blowing across higher elevations caus- ed snow to swirl over the highway reducing visibility. A state patrol spokesman said sheriff's department employees had- picked up 30 stranded motorists. Some found their own accom- modations, others were assisted by the Red Cross, which set up emergency facil- ities here. Some were being given warm clothing, food, and lodging at a senior citizens' social center. Mexican visit planned OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp will head the Canadian delegation at the second meeting of the Canada-Mexico ministerial committee Jan. 28-29, it was announced Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie, Finance Minister John Turner and Agriculture Deaths THE CANADIAN PRESS Washington-Charles Chip BoKlen, 69, former am- bassador to Moscow, of cancer. Harry James Shields, 86, a pioneer in modern anesthesia. WoodbrMge, Grace Hewson Knight, 88, one of the first four women lawyers in the British Empire. She was a graduate of Osgoode Hall law school and was admitted to the bar in IMS. Minister Eugene Whelan are also expected to join the meeting, which follows the committee's inaugural ses- sion in 1971. The external affairs depart- ment did not release details of the planned meeting. But increased investment and transfers of technology are likely to be major topics. Kon- stantin Vershinin, 73, former Commander-in-chief of the Soviet air force and one of the survivors of the Stalinist military purges of the 1930's. Naihville-Tex Ritter, 67, veteran country music star, of a heart attack. WashiifUw-Ralph Block, 84, reporter, movie producer, and government official. RCM, Nev.-Errat Lobban Cord, 79, maker of the classic Cord automobile, aviation pio- neer, and multimillionaire. MOSCOW (Reuter) Writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was under the threat of possible prosecution today following a bitter attack on him by the official Soviet news agency Tass over the publication in the West of his latest book. Tass accused him of sending the history of Soviet prison publication abroad as "a New Year pre- sent to the i enemies motherland" and said that the Nobel prize-winning author hates the Soviet Union and the Soviet people. The volume itself, Gulag Ar- chipelago, is "an anti-Soviet political the of- ficial agency said in language reminiscent of descriptions of the works of writer Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel who were jailed here in 1966. Sinyavsky and Daniel were accused of anti-Soviet ac- tivities and one of the main charges against them was sending their works abroad for publication. Both now are free and Sinyavsky was allow- ed to emigrate to France last year. USED BY 'ENEMIES' Tass commentator Sergei Kulik, who mistakenly described the new book as a novel, said it is being used by "the enemies of detente" to try to revive the cold war. The Tass commentator said that in the book the writer went further than ever before in slandering the Soviet system by praising the pre- revolutionary rule of the Rus- sian czars and saying that the Germans were kind to the peo- ple of Eastern Europe during the Second World War. All these accusations might figure in anv formal charges which might be presented against Solzhenitsyn, observers here said, but it is still thought unlikely that the authorities will start major criminal proceedings against him. Bus talks progress EDMONTON (CP) Mayor Ivor Dent said late Wednesday night that he is en- couraged by the progress of talks between city represen- tatives and the spokesmen for striking transit workers dur- ing an eight-hour meeting. The two groups scheduled a meeting again today. The bus strike began Nov. 29 and negotiations appeared stalled until last week when the provincial labor relations board brought the groups together. The provincial ac- tion followed an application by the city to halt the strike and impose binding arbitra- tion upon both sides. Blood stapler gift rejected OTTAWA (CP) A proposal to present visiting Chinese doctors with three Canadian-developed blood-vessel staplers ap- parently has been rejected by the health department. U.S. cuts Thai force BANGKOK (AP) Sources said today the United States has been quietly withdrawing nearly more troops from Thailand, reducing its force in the country to about men by the end of the week. The sources also said the U.S. is shipping home about 25 EP-66 electronic-warfare jets from the Korat Air Base 165 miles northeast of Bangkok. The plane was used in Viet- nam for electronic sur- veillance and jamming ra- dars OUT-OF-WORK INSURED Unemployment insurance has been part of Canada's social and economic life since 1940. The four Chinese doctors, who started a 10-day visit Wednesday, are regarded as world leaders in limb reimplanatation, a procedure in which the staplers sometimes are used. Dr. Walter G Waddell of Ottawa, an organizer for the visit, said in an interview Wednesday the health depart- ment appears to have rejected the idea, possibly because the gifts would establish a prece- dent for giving lavish memen- tos to foreigh visitors. The device threads the blood vessels through a bushing and then camps them together with staples smaller than the head of a pin instead of the standard needle-and- thread procedure. The Chinese do not use suturing instruments in their reimplantation techniques. Rather they join blood vessels and nerves by hand stitching. In a two-day visit to Ottawa next Monday and Tuesday, the Chinese doctors are to see the suturing instrument demonstrated as well as films and slides of the instrument in use during operations. Speed limit bill signed SAN CLEMENTS, Calif. (AP) President Nixon sign- ed into law Wednesday legislation that would deny federal highway funds to states which do not lower speed limits to 55 miles an hour within 60 days. Nixon estimated the measure will save the United States barrels of fuel a day. An Associated Press check of all the 50 states Wednesday indicated there will be little foot-dragging in complying with the law. Nixon also signed a measure Wednesday establishing machinery for reorganizing seven bankrupt railways in the Northeast, Mideast and Midwest with federal loan guarantees of billion and subsidies of more than million. Watergate trials wait WASHINGTON (AP) Counsel for former presiden- tial aide Dwight Chapm asked Wednesday for a one-month postponement of his trial on charges he lied to the Water- gate grand jury. In a motion filed in United States District Court, lawyer Jacob Stein said he needs the additional time to prepare for the trial originally scheduled to open Feb. 10. In New York, the trial of former attorney-general John Mitchell and former com- merce secretary Maurice Stans was postponed again Wednesday, this time because Mitchell's lawyers are busy elsewhere. They are accused of ex- erting influence in behalf of Robert Vesco, the fugitive financier who is a codefendant in the case, in return for a secret cash contribution. Taxpayers will foot flying athlete bill OTTAWA (CP) After some confusion, a decision has been made to send Canada's Commonwealth Games team to New Zealand on an armed forces Boeing 707 at a cost to the taxpayer of about It took intervention from Health Minister Marc Lalonde to clear the flight for the Canadians going to the Games in Christchurch Jan. 11. The team consists of 148 persons, including coaches, managers, chaperones and medical staff. It was not clear Wednesday whether the same plane would bring the athletes back. Arrangements for the flight were made at a time when Canadian air carriers were contemplating a reduction in charter business as a result of the recent bilateral agree- ment between Canada and the United States. A spokesman for the Air Transport Association of Canada said Wednesday that if the government wants' to help defray the transportation costs of athletes it should do it through paying for air charter, not by using armed forces planes. He said there are aircraft available for charter and airlines would like the business. The confusion over policy came some time ago when the health department, responsi- ble for national Canadian sport, asked the defence department to fly the athletes to New Zealand. The defence department agreed but routinely sub- mitted the request to the air transport commission. The commission rejected it because such a flight would go against established govern- ment policy which says com- mercial transport should be used when available. Then Mr. Lalonde told the commission that the cabinet some years ago had made a policy under which the armed forces could be asked to provide transport for national teams, such as Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams. An official in his office said Wednesday the cabinet deci- sion was bolstered by another about a year ago which said the armed forces should assist in the development of Cana- dian sport where possible. A transportation commis- sion spokesman said that on hearing of the cabinet decision the commission reversed its rejection and allowed the flight The defence department will pay the cost of the 20-hour flight which will con- sume about gallons of fuel an hour, much of it picked up on stopovers in Honolulu, Pago Pago and in New Zealand. The department said it is not known whether the armed forces will be asked to pick up the Canadians, which would cost another The aircraft will leave Tren- ton, Ont., Jan. 11 and pick up Western team members in Vancouver. VICTORIA (CP) Owners of undeveloped and commer- cial property in unorganized territories in British Colum- bia face increases of as much as 250 per cent in their tax assessments this year, a government spokesman said Wednesday Many notices mailed by the provincial government last week contain increases of between 25 and 250 per cent, he said The spokesman said the average increase on commer- cial property is about 50 per cent, while recreational property assessments are up anywhere from 20 per cent to more than 200 per cent. The unorganized territories are outlying areas not incor- porated as communities under provincial legislation, and their taxation is administered by the provincial government. The spokesman said there are two main reasons for the changes. One is changes in the assessment equalization act passed during the spring ses- sion of the B.C. legislature The second is an extreme in- crease in land prices during the past two years. Farms and residential property won't be affected by the increases because legisla- tion limits their assessments to no more than 10 per cent a year. The changes last spring removed this protection for property other than farms and houses Provincial tax surveyor Jack Moore said assessors in the unorganized territories were told to bring assessments up to half of the market value of the proper- ties Mr Moore said that in some Rockets strike PHNOM PENH (AP) Eight persons were killed and 37 wounded as Khmer Rouge rockets hit Phnom Penh late Wednesday night and today, officials said. Seven rockets landed in the Cambodian capital today. One hit near a crowded taxi stand a block from the central market. The others exploded in a residential area and near the Cambodian army head- quarters. The military command said six rockets were fired into the city Wednesday night but only one caused casualties. It ex- ploded under a house in a slum section, killing one person and wounding seven. Phnom Penh now has been the target of six rocket at- tacks since Dec. 23. The mis- siles are fired from the other side of the Mekong River northeast of the city, and Cambodian planes and ar- tillery have been attacking the area. instances, especially on waterfront recreational property, the past assessment was not more than 20 per cent of the market value To bring these assessments up to the 50-per-cent level required assessment increases of 250 per cent. Tex Killer Cowboy singer dead at 67 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tex Ritter, a towering figure in country and western music, is dead of a heart attack at 67. Ritter collapsed while visiting a member of his band at the Nashville jail Wednes- day night. He was taken to hospital where his doctor said he died of a heart'attack. Ritter went to the jail to visit Jack Watkins, locked up Tuesday night on a charge of failure to pay alimony. The biggest hits for the soft- spoken Ritter were the movie theme High Noon, Wayward Wind, You Are My Sunshine, Boll Weevil and Hillbilly Heaven. Among Hitter's 78 film credits were starring roles in such movies as Sing, Cowboy, Sing, Marshal of Gunsmoke, The Old Chisholm Trail and Song of the Gringo, his first film. He also had television roles in westerns such as The Rebel and Zane Grey Theatre. SANG MOVIE THEME Although Ritter did not ap- pear as an actor in the film High Noon, a western suspense thriller starring Gary Cooper, he sang the haunting ballad that played throughout the movie. Cooper won the 1952 Oscar as best ac- tor for his role in the produc- tion. Ritter's interest in politics led him into the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee in 1970. He was de- feated by Representative Wil- liam Brock, who went on to unseat Democrat Albert Gore. JAMES D. PATERSON, B.A., LL.B. _ AND GERALD P. OFFET. B.A., LL.B. 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