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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FREEZING RAIN FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 35 The LetHbndge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 21 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS - 50 PAGES Alta. Liberal party told to bow out  EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta liberal party was told Tuesday it should bow out "graciously" from provincial politics. The suggestion was contained in a letter to Peter Petrasuk, president of the Liberal Association of Alberta, from Hu Harries, Liberal MP for Edmonton-Strathcona. The letter was a reply to Mr. Petrasuk's invitation to Mr. Harries to attend the association's annual convention later this month. Mr. Harries said he had a prior engagement in Washington. "You mention that the executive will report on the possibility of a leadership convention," said the letter, dated Jan. 4. "Surely, Peter, we Alberta Liberals must move into the decade of the 70s on a more promising note than that. ". . . Federally, the Liberals in Alberta seem to be articulated and functioning smoothly. Provindally, such is not the case. "Why do we need a leader? Where are we going? Surely it is obvious that in Alberta the provincial Liberal party has nowhere to go and should therefore graciously bow from the scene. "In Alberta, the Socreds and the Progressive Conservatives crowd the centre stage and spill onto the right while the NDP occupy the left. To the extent that provincial Liberals can be accused of having any understandable position, it is clear that we are, at best, a transparent plastic overlay.)' Mr. Harries said the provincial Liberals had nothing to offer and should not impose themselves on the people of Alberta at this time. It ended: "With best wishes for a Happy New Year." Flush toilet wastes water NEW YORK (AP) - The flush toilet is "the very symbol of modern civilization," says a United States government official, but it may be a technological mistake because it wastes the diminishing supply of fresh water. And the official asks in the latest issue of Environmental Science, a journal published by the American Chemical Society: "Can modern technology devise a better method of sewage disposal than using scarce and expensive drinking water to transport human waste from the bathroom to the river or the treatment plant?" The writer, saying be is a "self-styled layman" in the environmental field, is Harold H. Leich, chief of the policy development division of the U.S. civil service commission's bureau of policies and standards. "Present approaches seem at a dead end," Leich says. "More sewers for more people; more dollars for more treatment plants, more elaborate techniques of primary, secondary and now tertiary treatment-and still the effluent damages water quality. Is it possible that the very symbol of modern civilization, the flush toilet, was a tragic mistake?" Dry method Leich notes that the Environmental Quality says that waste loads from U.S. municipal systems are expected to nearly quadruple in the next 50 years and offers an alternative to the flush toilet; a dry method of sewage disposal. A dry method, he says, would catch the sewage in a "bio-dcgradable" plastic container and eliminate any offensive sight or odor with a dry powder chemical that promotes decomposition of the waste. Canisters would be tightly sealed and placed outside the building for twice-a-week collection by a special truck. The final stage -would be a trip to the country where the canisters would be plowed into the ground to decompose. "Clearly, research would be needed at many stages to make this new process effective," Leich continues. "What kind of plastic or other material is best for a degradable canister? What kind of powder should be used? Should the filled canisters be sterilized before burial and, if so, by what process? How deep should they be buried in dry soil? - in what soil? Are precautions needed to protect groundwater? How soon can a field be re-used? - to name just a few questions." Claims U.S. monopolies try to control Canada MOSCOW (Reuter) - The sway of United States capital in Canada's economy might seriously affect Canadian independence, commentator Vladimir Grigoro-vich writes in Pravada, for the Soviet news agency Tass. lie says American monopolies have had a firm grip on a number of Canadian industries for a long time and now control at least 8,500 Canadian firms and are dominating in a number of key industries in Canada. U.S. capital controls from 60 to 80 per cent of Canada's processing, oil, gas, mining and metallurgical industries, he says, while the U.S. accounts for more than 70 per cent of Canadian imports and exports. Grigorovich writes that U.S. monoplies are striving to assume complete control over Canada's natural resources, first and foremost the rich water resources and oil and gas. SONNY LISTON AND WIFE GERALDINE Liston found dead in luxury home LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -Charles (Sonny) Liston, former world heavyweight boxing champion, was found dead by his wife in their luxurious desert home Tuesday night. Authorities said he may have been dead a week. Geraldine Liston found her 38-year-old husband's body lying across a cushioned bench and their bed in the master bedroom of their $60,000 home, Clark County sheriff's deputies said. Lieut. Bud Gregg said today there was no suspicion of foul play. An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death. Liston's ring career spanned the years 1953-1970. Once consi- Jewish trials halt MOSCOW (AP) - The trial of nine Jews in Leningrad came to an abrupt halt today. 1 Informants in Moscow said relatives were told by the court that the hearing was postponed a week because one of the defendants was ill. But Max Leon, Moscow correspondent of the French Communist newspaper L'Humanite, said he learned the Soviet government has decided to halt prosecution of Jews. The Italian Communist party newspaper L'Unita carried a similar report. The Soviet government sometimes uses correspondents of Western Communist papers to leak information. The court martial in Leningrad of a Jewish officer in the Red Army continued for a second day, however. The government charges that the officer and the nine civilians took part in a plot to hijack a Soviet airliner to Sweden last June so some of the Jews could emigrate to Israel. Nine Jews and two Gentiles were convicted in the plot on Christmas Eve and face long terms in labor camps. dered the strongest of all heavyweights, he won boxing's most cherished crown with a stunning first-round knockout of Floyd Patterson in Chicago Sept. 25, 1962. Liston defended his title twice. He knocked out Patterson in another one-round victory and then lost the crown in a seven-round defeat by Cassius Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, Feb. 25,1964. FELL HARD Gregg said Liston apparently was undressing to go to bed when he flopped straight back with such force that a rail of the bench was broken. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Gregg said other clothes were found nearby and that an un-fired pistol in a holster was on the dresser in the upstairs bedroom. A fingernail file was on the bed under Liston's 6-foot-l body. The split-level home in the Paradise Valley residential area two miles east of the Las Vegas Strip has a swimming pool and is next to a golf course. Gregg said Mrs. Liston found the body between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. after she had returned from St. Louis, where she was visiting her mother. Gregg said Mrs. Liston left Las Vegas Dec. 26, and after she was not able to reach her husband by telephone, returned home. The television set in the bedroom was still on. RC bishop sentenced to death YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) - Most Rev. Albert Ndongmo, 44, Roman Catholic bishop of Nkongsamba, was sentenced to death today by the Yaounde military tribunal. Msgr. Ndongmo was accused of taking part' in a plot to assassinate President Ahmadou Ahidjo. Two others also were sentenced to death. If Ahidjo does not commute the death sentences, the bishop and his co-defendants will be shot to death at a public execution. �If the truce lasts any longer, we'll forget Oil tanker tire claims five lives SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) -Five men were killed and four others injured early today when fire broke out in the crew's quarters of the 15,000-ton oil tanker Irvingstream while the heavily-loaded vessel was berthed at an oil terminal at the east end of Saint John, No collapse seen of Ith LONDON (Reuter) - Prime Minister Heath said today the Commonwealth could survive the departure of some of its members over the South African arms issue. But the situation need never arise if differences of policy between member countries are respected, he said in reply to questions in a BBC interview. The interview, broadcast in the BBC's world service, was recorded before Heath left for the Commonwealth conference in Singapore, at which his arms-for-South Africa policy is seen as an explosive issue. Heath said he is prepared to listen to other Commonwealth members at the talks beginning Jan. 14. But consultation does not mean there is a right to tell Britain what her policy should be. The announcement on Britain's decision will be made in Parliament after the Commonwealth conference, Heath said. NEED NEVER ARISE At the end of the interview, Heath was asked if he felt the Commonwealth could survive if a certain number of members left over an issue like South African arms. Heath replied: "Oh yes. But obviously this is an entirely hypothetical question, and if we adhere to the real basis of our Commonwealth, which is that we respect differences of policy between countries, then the situation need never arise." H.e thought his previous talks with most of the leaders of the Commonwealth have led to a much greater understanding of the reasons for limited sale of British maritime arms to South Africa. Heath said he saw no conflict between membership in the Commonwealth and British entry into the European Common Market. Heath also reported good progress on Commonwealth arrangements for the defence of Southeast Asia and said these would be settled at a spring conference in London. SNAPPY WELCOME RAWALPINDI (CP) - Nearly 16 hours of jet flying across 10 time zones brought Prime Minister Trudeau to a snappy military welcome in this sunny West Pakistan city today. The temperature was 70 and the streets were decked with flags for the occasion. The temperature was 14 degrees and snow was on the ground when Trudeau made a refuelling stop at the Canadian base at Lahr, West Germany, nine hours earlier. Trudeau was met at Chaklala Airport by President Yahya Khan who is also army chief. Pakistan has been under martial law for nearly two years but a new National Assembly soon will start drafting a new constitution. Prominent rancher George Ross dies GEORGE ROSS heart attack victim One of North America's best-known ranchers, George Ross, 48, president of cattle ranches covering 273,000 acres, died in a Medicine Hat hospital Tuesday following a heart attack. He was president of Lost River Ranches at Manyberries and Milk River which graze 6,-000 head of cattle. Mr. Ross, a member of a pioneer south Alberta ranching family, was a member of the board of governors of the Western Stock Growers Association, of which he recently served as president for three years. He was a member of the Senate of the University of Leth-bridge and chairman of the fed- eral government's Ministers' Advisory Committee on animal research and veterinary science. He helped organize the Canadian Cattlemen's Association about five years ago and was the association's first manager. For the last four years lie wrote a weekly column in the Winnipeg Free Press called the Lost River Ranch. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, a son and daughter, and two younger brothers, Jack and Walter, of Lethbridge. The latter is president of Time Airways. Funeral services have not been completed. Trudeau hits headlines in British newspapers LONDON (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau hit the headlines in The Evening Standard today. , The Beaverbrook newspaper g top display to the Ottawa report in which Trudeau warns that Britain's proposed sale of arms to South Africa poses a danger to the Commonwealth's future. The Standard also prominently displayed its own London story saying that Prime Minister Heath leaves for the Far East in a mood of "savage candor." Heath is reported to be bitter because some Commonwealth leaders have been more outspoken in their public criticism of the arms proposal than they have been in private exchanges with him. They also have been slow in Govt, dips fingers in lotteries pie By THE CANADIAN PRESS The provincial government announced plans Tuesday to put a 10-per-cent tax on the gross revenues of lotteries in Alberta, including the $200,000 sweepstakes planned1 for Calgary and Edmonton. Attorney-General Edgar Ger-hart said operators of major lotteries have been told to calculate the taxation in their 1971 budgets. Legislation to introduce the taxation is expected at the next session of the legislature which starts next month, he said. The minister was speaking shortly after exhibition associations in Calgary and Edmonton announced, they will each' sponsor a $200,000 sweepstake this year based on a thoroughbred horse race. First prize in each race will be $100,000. Tickets for each sweepstake will cost $2.50. Mr. Gerhart said the new taxation will apply to major sweepstakes and lotteries "down to a certain size." The cut-off point had not yet been determined, he said, but the taxation was not likely to apply to such events as local bingo. Tickets for the exhibition association sweepstakes will be sold throughout Alberta by qualifying organizations such as service clubs and charitable groups. They will receive a guaranteed commission of 20 per cent of sales. complimenting Britain on aid for the developing countries. Heath is likely to take the attitude at the Jan. 13-22 Commonwealth conference in Singapore that from now on Britain will put its own interests first in all international dealings, the newspaper said. The Guardian reported in an Ottawa dispatch that Trudeau is believed to have'made detailed plans with Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere ou how to face the arms issue. "Mr. Trudeau clearly accepts that he has an important and even crucial role to play at Singapore and has prepared his ground methodically," Guardian correspondent Clyde Sanger reports. Most British newspapers have concluded that Heath will strongly defend his intention to supply a limited range of naval and other equipment to South Africa. Hospital cuts hack TABER (HNS) - Taber General Hospital will reduce its 1971 operating budget by more than $40,000 through voluntary and forced reductions in its staff. The saving in staff reductions was found necessary by the hospital's board of directors .following receipt of notification that no increase in provincial funds could be expected during the coming year. In preparation of the 1971 operating budget, the board decided that six staff positions which had become vacant during the past year and were not filled should be deleted. On staff at the end of November were 87 full-time and 20 part-time employees. * The board also directed that five positions be deleted, and five other positions reduced to part-time or to lesser qualified personnel. Staff members holding these 10 positions have been given three-months notice. TOPS 'WORST DRESSED LIST' - Italian actress Sophia Loren has been named worst dressed woman of the year 1970 by outspoken fashion designer Mr. Blackwell. Miss Loren is shown wearing various costumes during the year. At left, she wears a midi on arrival at the f aris airport and a micromini as she walks with actor Marcello Mas-troiannl during filming of "Jhe Prlesfa Wife." in which th�y both star. Seen and heard About town    fURLING enthusiasts Tom Adams, Bob Fcnton, Jack Innes, Dun Maclean, Bill Mathcson, Boh Johnson and Ken Wolosyn contemplating the forthcoming Western Canadian Newsmen's Bon-spiel in Banff and rehashing the events of past bonspiels for an awe-struck newcomer . . . Muriel Jolliffe first being "rained out" when a water pipe broke then "smoked out" when a fire occurred while she had classes under way in the Bowman Arts Centre . . , ;