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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY High Saturday 30-3S. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 22 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES Big Federal cabinet shuffle in the works By PAUL JACKSON Herald OtUwa Borean OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau is likely to announce a major cabinet shuffle within the next few and some of the changes could come as quite a surprise. Mr. Trudeau already knows he will probably be faced with the task of replacing three ministers after ROUNDUP TIME IN AFRICA Joseph Ken- nedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy of New York, usei his horse to herd a roan antelope Into a game preserve as he joins members of the East African Wildlife Society in o massive roundup pf wild animals in the Ithanp Hills, 50 miles from Nairobi, Kenya. The society undertook the roundup effort of wild game to remove them from heavily poached areas. Prison pegged for limbo SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) The frowning for- tress of San Quentin Prison has been pegged for abandonment by the end of 1974, following nearby AI- catraz into the limbo 'of criminal history. Gov. Ronald Reagan announced Thursday that the' population of the grim, buff-walled prison on San1' Francisco Bay would be cut to or less in the next year as a start of phase-out The prison has known murder, all manner of vio- lence and cunning escapes which have given its name a dubious world renown since it was established in 1851. An outbreak last summer sped the closing de- cision. George Jackson, a black revolutionary convict, was killed along with two trusty prisoners and three guards Aug. 21 in what stale authorities describe as an es- cape attempt. After a special study, the state corrections board recommended closing both San Quentin and Folsom state prisons. The study terms the prisons "not se- cure or safe" and recommended construction of small- er facilities. The new state budget, Reagan said, would include funds to plan new maximum security facilities. But the chief deputy director of the corrections department Stutstnan, said be did not anticipate a new prison site, Just expansion elsewhere. San Quentin began as a rat-infested old ship's hulk, beached on San Quentin Point about 15 miles north of San Francisco. to hold criminals of the early Gold Rush years. The first building was erected on the 40-acre site ta 1852. Addition of buildings during the years brought the rated capacity to felons, but in the 1930s it held nearly men, and less than a year ago its ob- solete cells were home to nearly Today it has including 99 men on Death How, awaiting execution in the apple-green, octagonal gas chamber which has stood idle since 1967. Among the mostly faceless ranks of the condemned such names as Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, convicted assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; Charles Manson, convicted mastermind of the gory 1969 Sharon Tate Blayings in Los Angeles; and the newest resident John Unley Frazier, convicted" slayer of five persons on a suburban Santa Cmz mansion in 1970. Cat and mouse business CARACAS (Keuter) The Pied Pipers of Coro, a newly-formed company, plan to bring tens of thou- sands of cats and mice to Coro, the quiet little capital of the Venezuelan mountain stale of Falcon. The city of inhabitants is jubilant because cat fur is expected to be the basis of a booming new industry. The more mice can bo bred to feed the cats, the more cats can bo kept at the new Pled Piper's cat farm. i The new company plans to a cat population of at least nnd some mice at the farm by (he end of the year nftcr beginning with some cals and mice in January. The Pied Pipers made up of four doctors and a banker i- said they o'iscovercd that a cat pelt sells for 50 cents on tlie United States market. SELL CATGUT Cat pit is sold In hospitals for surgical stitching, nnd nlso used for the strings of guitars and otter mu- sical Instruments. The rails will be fed on mice and the mice will eat the moot of the slaughtered cats, says one of the company's owners. New government draws blasts EDMONTON (CP) Muni- cipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell said Thursday further discussions with Alberta mu- nicipalities concerning a million ceiling on oil royalty grants will be held Jan. 20. He was replying to criticism of the government since word was released Wednesday that municipalities would have to work within the same grant budget that was handed down ]att year by the previous Social _ Credit At that time, the Progressive Conservative exposition now the government had severe- ly criticized the reduction in oil royalty grants from one- third of total revenues to million. the meeting (on Jan. the municipalities asked the government for clarification of certain points, namely the for- mula for individual municipal grant allotments and whether the formula will work within, Or in addition to, the sum men- Mr. Russell said in a news release. He said that 1973 must be a belt-tightening year financially. At another news conference Thursday afternoon, Premier Peter Lougheed refused com- ment on the matter, other than to say Mr. Russell was work- ills toward an approach toward municipal grants that took a long-range view and that dis- cussions o n municipal needs were still being carried on. He said reports to the cabi- net by the committee that look- ed into municipal grants had suggested higher grants this year. Coal strike looms LONDON (Reuter) The first official national coal miners strike in 4G years Is due Co hit Britain at midnight Satur- day night. The country's miners complain that some of their weekly wages are lower tlian the welfare payments they would get if they were out of work, and they demand a 47- per-ccnt increase in basic pay. The bitterness the miners feel about what they regard as a raw deal hit home Thursday night when they rejected a gov- ernment invitation to meet offi- cials at mining headquarters in London for talks today. Their rejection of the ministry of employment tnvilation was an unprecedented step in Iho history of Britain's govcrn- nwot-hbor relations. Earlier Thursday, Roy Far- ran, Progressive Conservative backbencher for Calgary North Hill, said the decision to re- tain the ceiling was "humiliat- ing and emnarrassrag." He said Edmonton and Calgary should have been consulted fully before UK budget was an- nounced. Robert Clark, education min- ister in the former _ Social Credit government, said the government should at least grant "a slx-per-cent increase to account for inflation." Edmonton mayor Ivor Dent questioned Mr. Russell's belt- tightening policies, saying: "The municipal belt has been pulled so tight it will only fit the neck, and I call that strangulation." Former premier Harry Strom said the Progressive Conservative parry's stand was "totally inconsistent" with that taken toward the municioal grants question during the 1971 session of tlie legislature. In Lethbridge, Mayor Andy Anderson told The Herald the city hadn't planned for a lift in the ceiling this year and ex- pects the same grant as m 1971, which was Here, the municipal assis- tance grant goes into the gen- eral revenue of the city affect- ing a reduction in the mill-rate. the federal election ex- pected later this year. LAING THROUGH Public works minister Ar- thur Laing has already an- nounced his intention not to run again in his Vancouver south constituency. The 68-year-old MP was appointed public works minister in I960. He has also held the Indian affairs, northern development and nat- ural resources portfolios. Energy Minister Joe Greene is not expected to run again. Mr. Greene, MP for Nragara Falls, is still suffering the ef- fect of a stroke. It is. known that following an earlier heart attack Mr. Trudeau tried to persuade him to quit the com- mons and accept an appoint- ment to the Senate Finance minister Edgar Ben- son is also believed to be con- sidering retiring. After months of exhausting work on the tax reform bill topped with bat- tling through an economic cri- sis both nationally and interna- tionally, Mr. Benson is under- stood to want a rest. Ose unexpected change could come in a move by External Affaire Minister Mitchell. Lang, also minister responsible for fi-j wheat board, has been acting energy minister. He might be a natural choice to replace Mr. Greene. Another possibility is Pal Mahoney, parliamentary secretary to Mr Benson. The Calgary South MP has had his eye on the finance portfolio, but haDing from Al- berta he might well seem a natural choice for Mr. Greene's post. Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien could also b- in for a change. Some native group spokesmen want Housing Min- ister Robert Afidras to take over from Mr. Chretien. While Mr. Chretien has dedicated himself to doing a good job in Indian affairs, its controversial history and Mr. Chretien's feud with former Indian Association of Alberta leader Harold Car- dinal may mean it is better all round for Mr. Chretien to change portfolios. OLSON MENTIONED In any cabinet shuffle Trans- port Minister Don Jamieson win probably figure prominent ly. Partly because he has man- aged to stay out of trouble, the affable Mr. Jamieson is held in EDGAR BENSON wants rest Sharp. It Is said on Parliametit high regard in the Trudeau ad- Hill that Trade and Commerce Minister Jean-Luc Pepin would delight in getting the external affairs portfolio. With his bub- bly personality he would ob- viously be a good man for the job. Where does this leave Mr. Sharp? Obviously, most moves would seem like demotion. But it Is possible' that Mr. Sharp might take up the reins of the finance department again. It is a tough job to han- dle, but one Mr. Sharp has proven be can do. Who would take on the trade and commerce post if this hap- pened is anybody's guess right now. Manpower Minister Otto ministration. He has been men- tioned as being a possible re- placement for Mr. Benson. Ex- cept, for the fact that Mr. Tru- deau may want to replace Mr. Laing with another member from British Columbia, the public works portfolio could fall to him. So could the manpower .portfolio If Mr. Lang moved into energy, or to housing. If that should happen, it to quite likely the wheat board re- sponsibility will be handed to Agriculture Minister Bud Olson. Mr. Oinra is rated as having done a capable, If not outstanding, job in agriculture and he would seem the ob- vious choice to take on the wheat board responsibility. MITCHELL SHARP switch seen Dead man lived double liie -two wives split fortune LOS ANGELES (AP) Half of the million estate of the late Juan Vargas will go to his widow, Mildred The other half goes to his widow, Josephine. Vargas, a Peruvian-bom businessman and importer, led a double life for 24 years without either family being aware of the other. The existence of the two Los Angeles households be- Nixon, Sato ponder Okinawa question came known when Vargas, 64, was killed in an automo- bile accident July 13, 1969. Superior Court Judge Rob- ert Kenny ruled Thursday that the two widows should equally share Ule estate, because the bulk of Vargas' fortune was made in the last 20 years while they were both married to him. Vargas married Mildred in 1939, and Josephine in 1945. He had three cliildren by his first wife and four by the sec- ond. CLEMENTE, Calif. (Reuter) President Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato, with differences over China apparently behind them, will try to reach agreement today on a date for the rever- sion of Okinawa to Japan. As they approached the end of their two days of summit talks at the western While House, agreement between them ap- peared likely also on establish- ment of a "hot line" between Tokyo and Washington for in- stant communication in case ot emergencies. The United States is hoping, loo, that the president will win from Sato wide-ranging trade and tariff concessions so that the United States can export more to Japan and reduce an expected ?3 billion trade deficit with il this year. 104 killed 1BIZA, Balaeric Islands (Ren- ter) Ninety-eight passengers nnd six crew members died when an Iberia Airlines Carav- clle jetliner crashed into a mountain at the southeast end of this Spanish Mediterranean island today. The two leaders conferred Thursday for hours on a whole array of world problems and continued their discussions at a dinner session at the presi- dent's villa overlooking the Pa- cific. Both State Secretary William Rogers and Treasury Secretary John Connally told reporters that as a result of the talks U.S.-Japanese friendship had been maintained and would con- tinue to be maintained. 'It's a cabinet meeting. There's been another leakl' JOE GREENE Eick man Kosygin attacker jailed OTTAWA (CP) Geza Ma- trai, 27-j'ear-old Toronto store clerk, was sentenced to three months today and put on two years probation to avoid politi- cal demonstrations, for assault- ing visiting Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin here Oct. 18. Provincial Court Judge Thomas Swabey said that dur- ing the probation Mattrai, a Hungarian immigrant, must not approach any embassy or visit- ing dignitary. While the judge was reading the terms of the probation a spectator called out that this was a "political court." Kosygin was attacked as he was walking with Prime Minis- ter Trudeau on Parliament Hill. Influenza victims warned EDMONTON (CP) Non- prescription drugs being taken by persons to ease the symp- toms of colds or influenza may do more than good, Die registrar of tlie Alberta Phai- maceullcal Association sayji, Donald Cameron said in an interview the danger lies in the fact such drugs might mask the symptoms of a condition which requires treatment by a physician. "The drugs might be making person feel okay but lie might be tatter off If be felt worse. Then, at least, he would seek medical attention. "Many times, if you'd gone to a doctor in lime, you'd bo alive, or nl tame or at work, rather than in the hospital in an oxygen tent." Dr. Robert Clark, executive- secretary of the Alberta Medi- cal Association, agreed with Mr. Cameron but said people shouldn't run to the doctor for every little complaint "like the sniffles." "Wo expect that people will judgment" Dr. Clark said persons with cold or influenza symptoms which persist for "three or four days" should bo av.'sro compli- cations might be developing. "And that goes double" for those with heart trouble, asth- matics, the elderly and tho young. Mr. Cameron was critical of drug-s ales promotions de- scribed as "so I'loasingly pre- sented and nicely phrased they lead people to believe such druas irs the whole answer to the Condon cold." Bomb scare spreads By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Police found bombs in banks in New York and Chicago today hours after anonymous warn- ings to news media that bombs had been planted in nine banks there and in San Francisco as part of a plan to free "political prisoners." Bombs were found and deacti- vated in safe-deposit boxes at three banks iu lower Manhat- tan-branches of the Marine Mid- land Trust Co., the Manufactur- ers Hanover Trust Co. and the First National City Bank. Police bomb-disposal squads and firemen in Chicago waited until time locks routinely opened safe-deposit vaults be- fore removing bombs with deto- nators without incident from First National Bank of Chicago and Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust. A locksmith had to be called to drill through a lock box to re- move a bomb at Northern Trust Co. "It would have made an effec- tive said Police Capt. Kenneth O'Neill after the bomb was removed from the Marine Midland branch at 140 Broad- way in New York. Robert Daly, New York's dep- uty police commissioner, said all three bombs found In that city were active and would have killed anybody in the bank vaults. Airliner hijacked to Cuba TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A Pa- cific Southwest Airlines jetliner was hijacked from Los Angeles to Tampa today by a man armed with a shotgun and a woman carrying a baby who then took off for Havana, Cuba, in the same plane after waiting two hours for a craft capable of flying to Africa. FBI agents said the pilot of the hijacked Boeing 727 indi- cated at liftoff be was headed for Havana. The sudden, unannounced de- parture came after the plane was refuelled for the second time while the FBI considered the hijackers' demands for a larger plane. Aboard with the hijackers were 10 PSA employees ordered to stay on board after 134 pas- sengers were ordered off the plane at a refuelling stop in Los Angeles. stolen in airport robbery MONTREAL (CP) A mail- truck robbery at Montreal In- ternational Airport Dec. 21 netted thieves more than 000, police said Thursday. Earlier estimates were that only was involved but police said Thursday they have discovered another in negotiable bonds was contained in the 83 mailbags taken by five armed men who hijacked Ur truck. Seen and heard About town YEAR OLD Michciic Kimolo deciding to place an advertisement in the news- paper for a patient, good looking man with no taste in food for her 24-year-old un- married sister Nnomt Keith fiobin, director of con- tinuing education At' tlie Lcth- brldge Community College, commenting on large enrol- ment In the heavy duly equip- ment course wil'i, "tlie weather better not cold or we're going to move a bock at of mow." ;