Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY Forecast high Tuesday near 15 The Lethbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 19 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 20 PAGES Four held responsible for death of Laporte 2 Taber children perish LANDMARK GUTTED - Home and Pitfield Foods Ltd., one of the first food warehouses in Lethbridge, was destroyed in a four-hour blaze early Sunday. Sixty firemen from three city stations battled the blaze in freezing temperatures. No one was injured. Origin of the fire and estimate of damage have not been made Monday morning. See story Page 9. Blizzards strike wide U.S. area AFRAID SHE MAY DIE-Mrs. G. A. Reid of Toronto suburb of Scarborough is afraid her seven-year-old daughter, Patricia, may die because she was given a prescription drug without being warned that fatal blood diseases have been known to follow its use. She was given the antibiotic Chloramphenicol to combat a night time cough last summer by a doctor ot an Ontario resort. CHICAGO (AP) - Blizzards spread a foot-deep topping of white from the Rockies to the Great Lakes and thousands of motorists who expected to get home Sunday night gave up and sought whatever shelter was available. Highways were closed in many states including Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Utah. Long lines of cars were stalled in jft&is or stuck in drifts. Motels were jammed and makeshift shelters sprang up in diners and service stations. A number of airports closed or cut operations. At least six deaths were attributed to the storm, which rode wind up to 50 m.p.h. along a chilly arc that stretched from New Mexico to northwestern Illinois and Minnesota. The blizzard described by veterans as perhaps the most severe in the Lincoln and Omaha area in 25 years, brought travel, business and industry to a halt. The homecoming welcome for the University of Nebraska's Orange Bowl champions, stranded in Miami, was postponed for at least a day. Lincoln got 13 inches of snow and Omaha 10. Totals of six inches were measured in Mo-line, HI., and Chicago. Snow stranded in Concordia, Kan., a high school band en route home from the Orange Bowl. The band left Miami in shirt- sleeves after marching in the Orange Bowl Parade. After their chartered plane was diverted from Kansas City Airport to St. Louis they tried to make it home to Phillipsburg, Kan., in three buses. But the vehicles became snowbound and the musicians had to ride out the storm in Concordia high school. Snow was so deep in Wisconsin it forced authorities to call off a snowmobile race, although 5,000 fans niade the trip to the Milwaukee suburb of Menominee to watch the contest. QU'APPELLE, Sask. (CP)-Two children from Taber, Alt a-, died of asphyxiation in a weekend fire at this community 32 miles east of Regina. Police said Brian Edward Cops, 5, and his two-year-old sister Roxanne, died in the fire Saturday afternoon. The fire started in the lower portion of a two - storey home where the Alberta family was staying. Edward Cops, father of the two children, was able to save a seven-year-old son from the lower floor but heavy smoke prevented rescue of the two younger children who were in an upstairs room. Four other children in the home of Lawrence Fayant were able to escape. Cause of the fire is under investigation and an inquest has been ordered by Coroner W. R. Darley of Indian Head. Parliament Hill almost deserted OTTAWA (CP) - Parliament Hill was almost deserted today as the House of Commons staff enjoyed the final day of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The day after New Year's is a holiday only for the Commons staff, not the public service generally. Only a skeleton staff remains on the Hill today and this was to be further reduced at noon when the electrical power was scheduled to be turned off for four to five hours for the installation of new equipment. Western party formed EDMONTON (CP) - Formation of the Western Canada Party was announced today by Gerry K. J. Beck of Edmonton, a provincial vice-president of the new political party. Mr. Beck said the main objective of the party is to obtain more autonomy for W e s t e r n Canadians' Some of the party's aims are to hold a majority of the Western Canada seats in the House of Commons, to initiate western teamwork in parliament, and to provide a strong influence by the people of Western Canada on national policies. Ernie Lemerg of Maple Ridge, B.C., is the national secretary of the party. The other provincial vice - presidents are Lee J. Powell of Vancouver, G-Tomlinson of Saskatoon and Douglas Ligertwood of Winnipeg- . Cut off fuel KATMANDU (Reuter) -Many vehicles were cut off the roads in this Nepalese capital' Monday after the government stopped the sale of gasoline, die-sel fuel and kerosene. The government charged that India, the main source of fuel for this landlocked Himalayan kingdom, had cut off supplies Friday, when provisional trade arrangements expired. President Nixon on TV tonight WASHINGTON (AP)-Presi-dent Nixon will hold an hour-1 o n g TV-radio conversation with four broadcast journalists tonight. The broadcast will originate live from the basement-floor library of the White House at 7 p.m. (Lethbridge time). FBI and Canadian police have 'cozy arrangement' TORONTO (CP) - A former FBI agent said Sunday the RCMP and Vancouver police have been taking United States draft dodgers in Canada back across the border at Blaine, Wash., "for a long time." William Turner, interviewed on the CBC television program Weekend, described the action by the FBI and Canadian police forces as a "very cozy arrangement." He said FBI agents are permitted 72 hours to enter Canada to try to convince draft dodgers and deserters to return home. Mr. Turner said he had visited Vancouver on a number of occasions for this reason. Often, when he was unable to find the person he was seeking, Canadian police would later track down the person "and shove him across the border." ALBERTA BOY KILLED- Eight - year - old Nigel Mac-Pherson, with his father, David Fraser MacPherson of Edmonton, were among 65 soccer fans killed when steel crowd channelling barriers collapsed after a game Saturday between Celtic and Rangers. See story Page 2 Building wrecked by blast From AP-Renter AUCH (CP) - An explosion wrecked a business-residential building in this southwestern French town today, killing 16 persons. A dozen persons, some of them from buildings next to the badly-damaged four-storey structure, were taken to hospital with injuries. Windows in a quarter-mile radius were shattered. The building included three floors of apartments. A police official said the explosion, which caused the entire back half of'the building to collapse, probably was due to a build-up of gasoline vapor of a garage which occupied the ground floor. Record toll TOKYO (Reuter) - Japan's traffic death toll last year reached a record 16,765 "which was 508 more than the previous high in 1969, the national police agency announced Monday, MONTREAL (CP) - Brothers Paul and Jacques Rose, Francis Simard and Bernard Lortie were all found criminally responsible, in a coroner's verdict delivered Monday, for the death of Pierre Laporte. The Quebec labor minister, kidnapped from his home Oct. 10 by members of the terrorist Front de Liberation du Quebec, was murdered Oct. 17. His Btrangled body was found hi an abandoned car trunk near an airport hanger at St. Hubert, Que. Judge Jacques Trahan, acting as special coroner, said evi-d e n c e at the frequently-adjourned inquest indicated that Mr. Laporte died a violent death. He said the four men, Paul Rose, 27, Jacques, 23, Simard, 23, and Lortie, 19, should be held criminally responsible. MONTREAL (CP) - Two police witnesses testified today Francis Simard said in their presence that he and brothers Paul and Jacques Rose strangled Pierre Laporte Oct. 17. A statement attributed by police to Simard was read in court by Corporal Jacques Gaboury of the Quebec Provincial Police and corroborated by Constable Marcel Vigneault. Constable Vigneault said Simard had the completed statement "in his hands for long enough to read it" but refused to sign it. The statement, read at a resumed inquest into the kidnap slaying of the Quebec labor minister, said Mr. Laporte was kidnapped Oct. 10 by the Rose brothers, Simard and Bernard Lortie. But Lortie left the hideaway bungalow in nearby St. HuSert shortly after Mr. Laporte cut himself deeply in three places while trying to escape through a window Oct. 16. The statement said Lortie did not return. "All three of us, Paul Rose, Jacques Rose and I, strangled Laporte with the chain he was wearing," it continued. DIDN'T USE DRUGS "At the time of the kidnapping or at any other time none of us used drugs, tranquillizers or anything else," it said. "Jacques Rose, Paul Rose, Bernard Lortie and I abducted him." The kidnappers snatched Mr. Laporte in front of his home on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Montreal and took him to the bungalow on Armstrong Street in St. Hubert, some seven miles away. Later the same night, Oct. 10, Simard went to Montreal and stayed with Francine, the statement said. The three put the body in the trunk of a Chevrolet used in the kidnapping in suburban St. Lambert and the Rose Brothers drove it to a parking lot near the St. Hubert airport, the state-men added- Hamilton coach gets new job CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -Joe Restic, coach of Hamilton Tiger-Catsoftbe Canadian Football League for the last two seasons, is the new head coach at Harvard University. The appointment was approved by Harvard's athletic board and the Harvard Corporation. Restic replaces John Yovic-sin, Harvard's winningest coach who said last spring that 1970 would be his last season because of doctor's orders. Soviets tried to frame Canadian PROTEST TRIALS - Young protesters hold up a chain and placards as they demonstrated in front of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa. About 4,000 people showed up on Parliament Hill and then went on to the embassy to deliver a petition asking restricions on Russian Jews be eased. WASHINGTON (CP) - A former Soviet secret police agent has told the Senate of a plot to seduce two secretaries ot the Canadian embassy in Moscow and ensnarl a Canadian diplomat in a compromising love affair. But all the plotting came to nothing, he testified, in that the schemes failed to bring the Soviets any valuable secret information. Yuri Krotkov, who appeared before the Senate committee under the name of George Kar-lin, told in recently-released tes- timony of schemes designed to compromise foreign diplomats from a number of countries by supplying them and their wives with a stream of attractive bed partners. He said "there is a colossal institute of co-opted Soviet girls" kept for diplomats, as well as handsome Russian men used to form romantic liaisons with women attached to embassies in Moscow, including the wives of ambassadors. Karlin told how the KGB-Soviet secret police-"spent a lot of money and energy" In a plot against "two. young Canadian cypher girls" at the Canadian embassy. At the end of a long story about how attempts were made to lure the girls to a spccially-rented dacha, Karlin commented that "all that operation failed and nothing was approached." When a Senate committee consul suggested to Karlin that that was "because of good security," Karlin replied: "I would say they were all right, these Canadians. They were bunxan, good, but they were well instructed, I guess." The three volumes of testimony was given over several days of secret hearings by the Senate subcommittee on internal security in November. Actually the references to Canada take up a small fraction of the total. Karlin said he was a Soviet' playwright, screen writer and radio correspondent until he defected to London in 1963. He said he was "co-opted" or recruited by the KGB in 1946 while a correspondent for Moscow radio. It said Simard followed In another car, a white Acadian. After abandoning the car with the body, the three went to suburban Longueuil in the Acadian, abandoned it "and went to Montreal by bus." "We went to stay with Fran-cine Belisle, who was ignorant of the whole affair. The statement said Simard learned of the Oct. 5 kidnapping of British diplomat James Cross during a trip to Texas with the Rose brothers and their mother. On the way back to Montreal "I bought wood and pistol grips to modify M-l rifles." This was unknown to Mrs. Rose. In Montreal later Simard bought two M-l rifles which he shortened and modified with the pistol grips, tlie statement said. "We were the Chenier cell of the FLQ: Jacques Rose, Paul Rose and me, with Bernard Lortie as standby." They considered Mr. Laporte "responsible for Quebtc's problems," the statement continued. Jacques, goateed and wearing a blue shirt, was argumentative and even refused to give his name. "Look it up in your bureaucracy-it's No. 54," he said, citing his prison number. At one point, as Jacques argued, Judge Trahan snapped: "Would you please shut up." All three witnesses left the courtroom under police escort, shouting separatist and other slogans. Jacques yelled in French: "Long live Quebecers, Long FRANCIS SIMARD Live the Lapalme boys, Long live the workers of Quebec." Burly Paul Rose, wearing a brown sweater over a blue shirt and with hair dishevelled, strode into tlie courtroom crying: "Long live the FLQ of the 1970s." Simard, wearing a wrinkled grey shirt with shirt-tail out and a triangular rip at the back, entered the court with his fist raised and shouted "Vive le FLQ, Vive le Quebec libre." "In the 1970s we fought the establishment," said Paul. Judge Trahan cut him short and said he hoped members of the bar were not responsible for tlie behavior of the three. Both the Rose brothers said they wanted to be represented by lawyer Robert Lemieux, who himself is being held in prison on a charge of seditious conspiracy. The Front de Liberation du Quebec has said that separatism is only one step in a revolutionary road to a new society in Quebec. FLQ members have espoused Seen and heard About town CEAMSTRESS Racliclle Sato's gift for her fiance Lloyd, a hand-made tie, turning out to be three inches too short on both ends . . . Helen Dahl kidding Allied Aits Council members she would ding them for a $30 speeding ticket she received hurrying her daughter Nola to a panto-mine rehearsal . . . Louise Selk confirming the "regular" feeding times for new daughter Laura are two, six, 10 and two, except for most of the time when she eats at 5:23, 8;37, 11:01 and 3:18.