Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 - THI MTHBRIDGI HERAID - Monday, January 4, 1971 -:- Government to probe soccer game disaster From AP-REUTER GLASGOW (CP) - A stampede of soccer fans killed 66 persons including two Canadians and left 145 injured Saturday at a game between the long-time Scottish rivals, Rangers and Celtic. The tragedy, called Britain's worst sporting disaster, was followed by demands for an overhaul of safety measures at British soccer stadiums. A government investigation was scheduled. Flags flew at half mast in Glasgow today. In the disaster at the end of the annual match between the Glasgow rivals, the Rangers and Celtics, hundreds of fans stumbled and fell down a concrete stairway outside the park, crushing those at the bottom of the pile. Most of the 66 victims were suffocated beneath a tangled mound of humanity when crowd-control barriers col-lapsed. Others died before reaching hospital. Witnesses said the tragedy occurred when Rangers fans among the 00,000 at the game began leaving in the closing seconds, thinking their team had lost 0-1. But Rangers scored a goal to The Canadian victims at Ibrox Park were David Mc-Pherson, 30, of Edmonton and his eight-year-old son, Nigel. McPherson, a welder and centre-half for Edmonton Scottish in the Inter-City Soccer League, took his wife Stella and two sons to Britain for a Christmas visit to his wife's parents near Liverpool. They went to Glasgow to visit his parents. His wife and a one-year-old son did not go to the game. Uncle finds body of young nephew By HUGH DAVIDSON GLASGOW (CP) - A brother of David F. McPherson of Edmonton told today how he found the body of David's young son Deposit for beer bottles EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta Liquor Control Board announced today that a refundable deposit of 30 cents a dozen has been applied to imported beer, both bottles and cans. Chairman Peter Elliott said the deposit, identical to one that already exists on domestically - produced bottles, is designed as an anti - litter move to keep the containers from being tossed aside. Mr. Elliott said 93�J per ceqt of domestic beer bottles are returned and re-used an average of 10 times. There was no re-useable feature for the imported bottles and cans but the deposit would allow them to be collected and destroyed. The deposit will add 30 cents to the price of the 13 brands of imported beer sold in the province, half of which are sold in cans. Mr- Elliott said there has also been an increase in the price of about half the brands of imported beer because of a change in the method of calculating the board's markup. Meanwhile, Highways Minister Gordon Taylor said a bill to be introduced at the next session of the legislature will put a deposit, probably two cents a container, on non returnable bottles and cans containing soft drinks. Mr. Taylor said the proposed legislation will parallel that of British Columbia. 307 6th HALE OPTICAL COMPANY LTD. Gary Martin Dispensing Optician 327-7152 at the bottom of a pile of dead and injured but failed to find the Edmonton man in the crush that killed 66 persons at Glasgow's Ibrox Park Saturday. David McPherson, 35, and his eight-year-old son Nigel died when trapped during a stampede in a stairway exit from the park, jammed to capacity with 80,000 watchers. The Edmonton McPhersons- including wife Stella and their year-old son Ross-had come to Glasgow among dozens of Scot expatriates to celebrate Hogmanay-the traditional Scottish new year-and see the soccer game between Glasgow's Celtic and Rangers teams. McPherson also was visiting his parents. David McPherson's wife, Stella, is English born. She stayed at home here with her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James McPherson, while David and James J., went to the game with their twin brothers, Andrew and Stewart, and young Nigel. BOYS START OUT Near the end of the game-before a last-second tying goal by Rangers sent early leavers surging back up the stairway-Andrew and James made their way toward an exit-down what was to become in moments the stairway of death. As they neared the bottom, they heard screams behind them. "When we looked around," James said today, "a mas of bodies was tumbling toward us like a huge wave. We managed at that moment to duck suddenly under a railing and get to the bottom of the steps. "Then we doubled back and tried to pull out some of the injured. We must have helped to drag out about 50 people, some already dead. "Then I lifted more people from a heap and found Nigel lying underneath. The little chap had gone. We were too late to save him. I couldn't hold back my tears. "I tried frantically to find David but there was no sign of him. It was terrible." James said he tried to revive Nigel with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation amid the shambles of dead and injured but it was hopeless. Relatives said it had not yet been decided today where and when David McPherson and his son would be buried. tie the game and fans halfway down the exit stairway turned around and tried to get back into tho stadium. The crowd barriers broke as they pushed back in and hundreds fell forward In a heap of bodies. Graphic and horrifying accounts of the disaster continued to dominate the national press today. FALLING ALL OVER' "People were falling all over the place," said Clive Mitchell, who had gone to the match with his son John, 21. "I passed out, and when I came to a policeman was holding me. I had been buried under a pile of bodies. "I saw my son lying next to me, lifeless. Then I passed out again." The Dally Mail, under the headline "This need not have happened," Joined other newspapers in accusing British soccer clubs of ignoring an official government report on crowd safety published two years ago. "This tragedy is due solely to the complacency and inertia of the authorities. Nothing else," said The Mail. Most football stands are hope* lessly ill-designed, with precipitous steps and bottleneck exits." The Daily Sketch commented: "Most clubs spend more on buying one star player than they spend in a whole season on building stronger crash barriers and improving their grounds. "By comparison with the best all-seat stadiums on the Continent, Britain's grounds are cut-price cattle pens where human safety is an optional extra." TALKS SET Eldon Griffiths, Britain's minister for sport, scheduled talks* in London with advisers including Sir John Lang, whose 1969 recommendations for safety improvements have not been fully carried out by the 92 British major league clubs. Gordon Campbell, secretary of state for Scotland, was reporting to Prime Minister Edward Heath and his cabinet' after a visit to Glasgow. Authorities in Scotland were preparing their own judicial inquiry. A committee headed by Lang had recommended various steps to control soccer crowds, including division of standing room into sections with separate exits, equipment to control the flow of fans in and out of the grounds, replacement of standing room by seats and inspections by local government safety experts. The Football Association introduced a code of safety measures at the start of the soccer season. English clubs complied with the rules, but Scottish teams are still considering them. The manager of the Rangers, William Waddell, said Glasgow city engineers and police had inspected and approved the stairway at Ibrox Park, which he described as among the safest stadiums in Britain. SAYS LAW NO HELP "No legislation could cover what happened at Ibrox," said Secretary Denis Follows of the Football Association. "I think it was a sort of act of God." Denis Howell, minister for sport in the former Labor government' said: "On the whole, Britain has been negligent in its sttitude toward soccer crowd safety."*But with only 12 of the G2 league teams showing a profit, Howell added that "the government would drive the majority of clubs out of business if it insisted they pulled themselves up to standard." Ho proposed that money for improvements be raised by levies on soccer bets. ow try a gentle laxative STAY-FRESH PACK FAMILY LAXATIVE ' USIO 0V MILMON� SIHCC 1��0 from the maker of Turns.** It's called Nt because it's Nature's Remedy. The Turns people, as you would expect, know a great deal about sensitive stomachs. That's why they make their laxative only with vegetable ingredients. So, m brings easy, effective, overnight relief, nj's gentle action works while you sleep without disturbing your rest There is no letdown, no uncomfortable after-feeling. Try Nature's Remedy, a gentle all-vegetable laxative. Regular or chocolate coated. to tonight, tomorrow alright THE FIELD OF DEATH - At floodlit Ibrox Stadium in Glaigow, Scotland, bodies of victims are laid out alongside the goal after 66 soccer fans ware crushed and mutilatod in the stadium Saturday in Brtiain's worst sports disaster. Scores were gravely ln|urod. STAIRWAY TO DEATH - Officials examine the damaged crush barriers Sunday in Glasgow's Ibrox Stadium where 66 soccer fans died Saturday. Tho disaster occured on Stairway 13 of the Scottish stadium. Holiday death toll reaches 70 12-year old boy killed by cougar LYTTON, B.C. (CP) - A 12-year-old boy was killed by a cougar Saturday in the Lytton area, about 109 miles northeast of Vancouver. Police said the boy, Lawrence Wells, was playing near his home with his two sisters when the animal came out of nearby woods and attacked. The girls fled and called to their father for help as the cougar attacked the boy. The father shot the animal but the boy was dead when his father reached him. By THE CANADIAN PRESS At least 70 persons died across Canada during the New Year holiday period, 40 in traf-fice accidents and nine in snowmobile mishaps. A Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m- local times Thursday to midnight Sunday also showed 10 persons died in fires, 10 in miscellaneous accidents and one in a drowning. There were 39 accidental deaths during the New Year holiday last year. Alberta has three dead In traffic accidents, one in a fire and one shooting death. Two-y e a r-old Donna Spring-chief died in a fire at her home in Calgary Saturday. CP Rail freight crew unhurt in derailment BOSTON BAR, B C. (CP) - A CP Rail freight train left the rails in the Fraser Canyon Saturday night about 20 miles south of here. Two engines and 24 cars were derailed but no injuries were reported. Work crews were sent from the lower mainland and Kam-loops to the spot where the westbound freight left the tracks. Meanwhile, traffic was resumed Saturday on a CP Rail line north of Cranbrook in eastern B.C. where 3H cars of a loaded unit coal train were derailed Thursday. Canadian Jews protest Soviet Union restrictions OTTAWA (CP) - Busloads of Montreal and Toronto Jewish people packed Parliament Kill Sunday to demonstrate 4,000 strong against repression in the Soviet Union, Originally directed against the Leningrad trials of 11 people Cup of milk fund grows John and Eleanor, Ferni� . t H.S.W.......... P. SlefrHd Family, Lelh. ... Anonymous, Lelhbrldga . . Colleen Carmlchael, ileth. .. John and Eleanor, Bellevut . Kathleen Colllngs, (Paper-Michael, Jackie, Bobby Colllngs, Box 403, Blairmori Carl Wcstmon, Lathbrldge Mr. G. Wlogman, Forf Mae. Michael, Jackie, Bobby Colllngs, Cardston ..... Anonymous, Lethbrldge .. . Anonymous, PIncher Creek . John Donald Read, Leth. .. . Anonymous, Hlllsprlng ..... Anonymous, Warner . . r. Uyt-Ja, P.M. and Patron of Iron Springs Post Office Municipal Hospital Cafeteria LethbrldBi............ TOTAL 1 TOTAL TODAT1 1.00 1.00 J. 00 3.00 2.00 2.00 3.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00 10.00 10.00 15.00 20.GO 22.04 34.45 144.4? t. lt!,JH.4� convicted of planning to hijack a Soviet airliner, the demonstration turned out as a mass protest against restrictions on Jewish life in the Soviet Union. The death sentences imposed on two of the Leningrad prisoners have been commuted to 15-year terms in labor camp but for one placard carrier at the demonstration "Commutation is no Concession to the Innocent." External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp told the protesters they had staged an "impressive demonstration" that would not go unheeded internationally. "It will not be possible for anyone to point a finger at you and say you did not stand up for the prircln'o'! in which you believe," he said. The demonstrators then went by bus to the Soviet embassy to deliver a petition signed by thousands of Canadian Jews and sympathizers. A single youth was detained briefly by police for causing a disturbance but waa released without a charge. Walter Henry Olson, 58, of Calgary, was killed Friday w h e n the car he was driving left the highway and crashed into a ditch about 25 miles south of Red Deer-Francis Littlechiild, 23, of Hobbema died following shooting incident Friday and two Hobbema residents have been charged with criminal negligence in connection with the incident. Brenda Seath, 8, was killed Thursday evening when struck by a car near her home in Edmonton, And Ernie Field of Fort Resolution, N.W.T., was killed Thursday when struck by i car on Highway 2 near Ellers-lie, 10 miles south of Edmon-ton. Three seek Ont. Tory leadership OTTAWA (CP) - Bert Lawrence, Ontario minister of financial and commerical affairs, today announced his candidacy for leadership of the Progressive Conservative party of Ontario. His announcement at a "hometown" news conference brings to three the number of candidates seeking the provincial leadership. Education Minister William Davis and Municipal Affairs Minister Darey McKeaugh are the other two candidates who will seek the leadership at the party's three-day convention in mid-February. Plane debate goes to new congress WASHINGTON (AP) - The Slst Congress, its early accom-plishments largely overshadowed by frustrations of the post-election session, has passed into history, only 10 days before a new House of Representatives and Senate take over. Procrastination in the earlier months and refusal to gear its horae-and-buggy machinery to the space age created a session-end impasse which long hours and long talk could not overcome. Adjournment came Saturday afternoon after the Senate agreed to a House-passed resolution shifting the debate over the luperiKmc transport plane to the 92nd Congress. During the two-year session, the annual salary of congressmen rose to 142,500 from $30,000. Swept under the rug In the hasty adjournment cleanup were such major proposals as welfare reform, a far-reaching foreign trade bill, increases in social security benefits and payments, and proposed constitutional amendments dealing with women's rights and presidential election reform. MAY REVIVE SOME The 92nd Congress convening Jan. 21 with more than SO new faces may revive some or all of them. But they must run the entire legislative gauntlet because all legislation not passed died with the 91st. The 9lst Congress enacted many landmark laws, Including laws to: Seal hunt dates to be set shortly OTTAWA (CP) - The fisheries department said today jt will announce opening and closing dates for the annual Maritime seal hunt "well before the end of the month." A department spokesman said in an interview that the season on harp seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off the coast of Newfoundland traditionally has run from about mid-March to the end of April. A quota of 200,000 seals was established in June by the International Commission of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries. The quota is to be divided equally between Canada and Norway, with Norway taking all of its seals from the Front herd off Newfoundland, and Canada taking half its quota from the Front herd and half from the Gulf herd. In addition, Canadian landsmen are expected to take another 40 - 50,000 seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The land-based hunters are not restricted by a quota. The department spokesman said the quota, in use for the first time this year, is designed to protect the seal herd from being over-harvested. -Ban cigarette advertising from radio and television, effective Jan. 2. -Curb drug abuses, including authority for narcotics agents to search private homes without knocking on the door. -Eventually eliminate air-polluting emissions from automobiles and to penalise industries and shippers who foul the oceans and rivers with industrial discharges. -Curb organised crime and help local law enforcement officials fight crime on the streets. -Extend for three years established farm programs and limit, for the first time, subsidy payments to $55,000 a crop to producers of wheat, cotton and feed grains. -Extend for five years a civil rights law designed to protect voting rights of Negroes and, for the first time, lower to 18 years the age of eligibility to vote in elections for federal office. -Block nationwide rail strikes on two occasions and give rail workers a 13.5-per-cent wage increase. A separate measure cleared the track for guaranteed loans for railways in financial difficulties, mainly the giant Penn Central system. -Create an independent federal agency operated by a nine-member board of governors to run the post office department and fix postal rates. -Make family-planning services available to anyone requesting them. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIESjl* nil lii-ii.l Weather and road report 1 ABOVE 19.Aft 1 A ZERO AT ",WVNOON SUNRISE TUESDAY 8:28 SUNSET 4;4� H L Pre Lethbrldge .......13-14 .. Pincher Creek ....13-11 .02 Cranbrook.......14-19 Waterton ..- .....16 1 .. Medicine Hat .... 9-9 Vermilion....... 0-20 .01 Edmonton....... 9-23 Jasper .. ....... 6-12 Banff........... 6-19 Coronation ....... 6-14 .05 Calgary......... 12 -11 Peace River ...... 2-24 .. Grande Prairie ... 0 17 .. Rocky Mtn House . 14 -19 .. Edson........ . 14 -17 .. Victoria......... 35 24 .. Penticton...... ..27 11 .. Prince Rupert .. ..39 36 .05 Prince George .... S -3 .. Kamloops.......21 6 .. Vancouver ....... 35 24 ,. Prince Albert .. .. -4-16 .02 Saskatoon .. .. .. -2 -16 Yorkton......... 6-12 .01 Moose Jaw...... 0-16 Regina .......... -2-18 North Bay.......24 19 .04 Brandon ...... ... 1-17 Winnipeg .. ..... 8-17 Kenora .......... 9-13 Thunder Bay ... ..13 10 The Pas......... 0-12 .01 Dauphin ......... 0 -10 ,01 Toronto.......... 35 30 .15 Ottawa.........28 13 .. Montreal........ 25 6 St. John's........ 35 32 .03 Halifax .......... 29 24 Fredericton ...... 27 23 .02 Charlottetown .. .,30 27 .10 Chicago...... ... 36 33 .82 New York...... 41 32 Miami.......... 74 72 .03 Los Angeles...... 57 37 .14 Las Vegas....... 38 25 .. Rome ... *........ 36 46 Paris...........21 31 .. London .......... 27 34 .. Berlin.......... 1 14 .. Amsterdam ...... 24 36 .. Brussels......... 23 32 Madrid .......... 25 37 .. Moscow ......... 7 12 .. Stockholm....... 27 30 .. Tokyo.......... 33 42 .. FORECAST: Lethbrldge Medicine Hat - Today: Sunny. Tuesday: A few clouds. Winds occasionally W20 and gusty over the foothills. Lows 5-10 below. Highs near 15 above. Columbia Kootenay - A few clouds, clearing this afternoon. Mostly sunny Tuesday. Cold. High today and Tuesday 5-15 above. Lows tonight 5-15 below. Women driving in wrong lane are killed Bus strike at coast VANCOUVER (CP) - Bus service in Vancouver and Victoria came to a halt early today as some 1,800 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union began a strike to back wage demands. Pickets went up around bus operations of the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, the Crown corporation that operates the public transit system in the two cities, following completion of overnight runs Sunday. The buses normally eerry about 200,000 persons daily- 170,000 in Vancouver and 30,000 in Victoria. The union, asking for a 20-per-cent wage increase over two years, has rejected an offer of 13 per cent over Uie same period. Bus drivers now earn $3,75 an hour, mechanics$435. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Three Indiana women travelled 20 miles in the wrong lane of a four-lane expressway south of Indianapolis before they met a tractor-trailer truck and a sta-tionwagon carrying an Illinois family of six. The tractor-trailer rig Jack-knifed and avoided the southbound vehicle but the statlonwa-gon, driven by Edsel Singleton, 32, of Elk Grove Village, 111., and the misdirected auto collided head-on. Singleton, his wife and three children and the three Indiana women were killed. The eight deaths made it the worst traffic crash of the three-day New Year's holiday weekend in which 431 persons die/1 on U.S. highways. Heavy snow and blizzards from New Mexico to the Great Lakes hampered driving severely during the final 24 hours of the weekend. Monsoon toll 17 KTTALA LUMPUR (Reuter) - The monscon death toll In Malaysia rose to 17 Monday as floods spread across the region's eastern states forcing villagers living on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur to evacuate. Police said more than 31,000* per-, - ...... sons were forced to leave their hours; Porthill-RykerU 8 a,m At a Savings That's �ehlen widths what yaw gal with lehUn rramelttt tteel bullcffntt, Cvrvtt l� economy king. Utility modett In 38' to 4t* u----- 4,|y mM||| f�r groin storage h) 40' wide. ttfttfhtwall glvet mere elbow with added ttrength - 7W �* rvgotlon. Utility model and train storage model - both (n W and 82' widths, Town and Country has flat roof. Idtal for gar* 9*, tool shoo, milking parlor.. 9" cornige> lion, galvanised tool or ptaittt color coating. Come in toon lor full inform- GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES'" Court! Highway - LETHBRIDOE - Phone 327-3 US OFFICIAL AS AT 8:00 A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF A MA All highways In the Lethbrldge district are bare and dry with the exception of the following: Highway 2 from Cardston to Carway - long drifting sections which are moderately slippery, plowed and sanded. Highway 3-west from Lund-breck to the B.C. boundary is mainly snow covered with drifting snow, has been plowed and sanded and is moderately slippery. Highway 1 - Trans Cnnnrla Highway - Cn'gary to Banff is bare and dry and in good driv- ing condition. Banff to Golden received a light snowfall and has been plowed and sanded. Golden to Revelstoke received a moderate snowfall overnight and has a few slippery sections. Banff-Radium and Banff-Jasper highways are lightly snow covered and have been plowed and sanded, however there are occasional slippery sections. Motorists are reminded that pood snow tires or chains are requlrrd whan traveling over any mountain road, w!f. h Includes ski-resort access roads. homes. PORTS O* ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times): Coutts 24 hours: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST. Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; KooseviUe, B.C. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate, B.?., 24 to midnight. Chief Mountain erased, I Wildhom, a.m. to I pm.