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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-07,Lethbridge, Alberta 2— THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Monday; Juuary 7, 1974 News In brief Fire claims two brothers Two brothen, lulled Saturday in a fire in their one-storey house at Sioux Lookout, Ont., about 165 miles northwest of Thunder Bay, wer« am<^ at least 14 pw-sons who died this weekend in accidents across Canada. A survey by The Canadian Press from 6p.m local times Friday to midnight Sunday night showed nine died in traf* fie, four in fires and one by snowmobile. The weekend traffic deaths plus 18 since Tuesday increased this year’s unofficial count to 27 persons killed in traffic accidents. The snowmobile fatality increased this season’s unofficial count to 33. Meir’s party weakened JERUSALEM (Reuter) -Unofficial final election results published Sunday with completion of the count of soldiers’ votes cast in Israel’s general elections gave Premier Golda Meir’s governing Labor party 51 seats in the 120-seat    Knesset (parliament). This is six fewer than It had in the outgoing house. It remains the biggest single party and appears almost certain to form a new coalition govem-ment with its former partners— the Independent Liberal party, which holds four seats, and the National Religious party, which has returned' with 10 seats, two fewer than it held in the outgoing Knesset. The main opposition party, the right-of-centre Likud block, gained eight seats and now commands S9 votes in the house. Large crowd mourns Ritter PORT NECHES, Tex. (AP) — Country and western star Tex Ritter was buried Sunday in his native East Texas. Ritter, 67, died of a heart attack last Wednesday. About 750 to 800 friends. relatives and admirers attended funeral services at First United Methodist Church in nearby Nederland. 'The crowd swelled to 1,200 for the graveside services as Ritter was buried in a family plot. Egyptian cabinet may change CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian cabinet reshuffle is expected soon in which President Anwar Sadat will relinquish his post as premier to Deputy Premier Abdel Aziz Hegazi, informed sources reported today. They said the new cabinet, geared to economic development and construction, will be announced after real progress is achieved in Geneva, where Egyptian and Israeli military negotiators are discussing the disengagement of their forces. 'The semi-official newspaper A1 Ahram reported that Hegazi, deputy premier for economy and also minister of foreign trade and treasury, met with Sadat three times during the last four days in Aswan, where the president is recuperating from bronchitis. B.C. accidents kill four By THE CANADIAN PRESS At least four persons died in accidents in British Columbia on the weekend, three in traffic and one in a fire.. In White Rock, IS miles south of Vancouver, Russell Horseman, 59, of White Rock died early Saturday in a fire at his home. Soo Joo Lee, 32, of Burnaby was killed Saturday when she was thrown from a car and struck by an oncoming car on the Port Mann Bridge near New Westminster. Two people died in traffic accidents on Vancouver Island. Robert Ewan Marshall, 16, of Ladysmith was killed Saturday when he was fait by a car south of Duncan. Debbie Laycock, 15, of Victoria died in a two-car collision early Sunday in Victoria. Robert Pepler of Saanich has been charged with leaving the scene of the accident. Crosby in good spirits BURLINGAME. Calif. (AP) — Bing Crosby, in hospital with pleurisy, was reported in good spirits Sunday as he watched a telecast of the annual Pro-Am golf tournament for which he normally is host at Pebble Beach. The crooner's condition re mained satisfactory, the nursing supervisor at Peninsula Hospital said, but Crosby may miss the final round of the 33rd Crosby National Pro-Am, scheduled to be played today. "The doctors have not decided when to release him," the supervisor said. Explosion search continues SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) -Police recovered a fourth body from the rubble of a service station here today while searchers continued looking for possible further victims of an explosion Friday night. identity of the victim discovered today was withheld by police. Students plan .slowdown GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota college students are planning a highway slowdown on the state’s two interstates Friday toemp and it crisis Implications. BltlDGE RUG & i DRAPES LTD. ; free estimates : Phone 329-4722 ^ . COLLEOe MALL    ; LABOR CLUB WEEKLY BINOO Evtry Monday 8 p.m. Cash Jackpot in 50 ............ $500 lOtli Game $200 Blackout in 55 Numbers 11 Games Prize Money ...........$20 ALL GAMES PRIZE MONEY CAN BE DOUBLED ON A BLUE CARD WORTH $1.00 Entry Card $1.00 All Wood Cards 50^ CtiHdran Undtr it Not Bingo will atto b* playad in ttM club room for momb«r« and ttMir Invittd guMta. Muaie Friday and Saturday — Banquaf Faciliti«« Comor 13th St. and and Avt. N. Oil export tax vote tonight By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) ■ That the government has not spelled out its long-term plans for domestic oil prices may be a deciding factor tonight when the Commons votes on the crude oil export tax bill. Today is last scheduled day of debate on the biU and neither Progressive Conservative nor New Democratic Party spokesman are totally pleased with the proposed legislation. It would formally approve the crude oil export tax announced by the government in September and put into effect Oct. 1. One part sets the tax, retroactively, at 40 cents a barrel for October and November, at il.90 for December and f2.20 for January. A second part would give the cabinet power to adjust the rate monthly after Feb- 1, when the rate is to jump to $6.40 a barrel. Basically, the tax is to ensure that exported oil is sold at the current international price, now more than flO a barrel. Domestic oil is fixed at |4 a barrel under an Ottawa-requested voluntary freeze and the idea of the tax is to make up the difference. The Conservatives and the ¡yOP want the bill divided, one part for immediate passage tonight, the other to be set aside until after the Jan. 22-23 federal-provincial energy conference. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield proposed Friday that the government continue Uie tax in its present fonn until toe end of March or until longrange domestic pricing plans are formulated. WANTS DELAY NDP energy spokesman T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands) says the second part of the bill should not be handled until after the federal-provincial conference.    ^ Finance Minister John Turner said final policy will depend on the outcome of those talks between Prime Minister Trudeau and provin- ‘Arab oil cut runs high risk’ dge near the explosion site would likely be reopened to traffic later today. The bridge was closed while highways engineers examined it for possible structural damage. A third victim discovered Sunday night was also unidentified. Joe Rude. University of North Dakota student body president, said students attending the North Dakota Student Association meeting in Bismarck will travel at 5& miles an hour. He said the students will drive two abreast forcing other drivers to drive at the same speed or less. WASHINGTON (AP) ~ Defence Secretary James Schlesinger says Arab countries risk increasing United States public demand for force against them if th^ carry their oil embargo too far. “I think that that is a risk," Schlesinger said. However, the defence chief said he does not believe it vrill come to that because the oil-producing states already have indicated an easing of pressure by increasing the flow to some European countries and Japan. “We should recognize that the independent powers of Nixon curtails candor SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (Reuter) — President Nixon seems to have decided to ignore his critics as much as possible in a new hard-line approach to the Watergate bugging scandal. Signs that he plans to curtail his so-called Operation Candor—launched late last year following allegations of wrongdoing—appear to put him in conflict with VicePresident Gerald Ford, who has urged Nixon to expand the operation. The clearest indication that Nixon has had second thoughts about making the fullest disclosures on Watergate was his rejection Friday of subpoenas by the Senate Watergate committee to produce hundreds of presidential tapes and documents. Ford, in a television interview Sunday, said lie understands there is some reluctance at the White House to continue Operation Candor, designed to emphasize the president’s frankness and honesty. "I hope and trust, despite what I understand with some reluctance at the present time, that the president will continue with Operation Candor,” Ford said. cial premiers and on later discussions between finance ministers. Mr. Douglas says this only supports his arguments for dividing the bill, but Mr. Turner rejects this in favor of what he terms a flexible instrument now. But there were signs Friday that Mr. Turner was coming around to Mr. Stanfield’s way of thinking. “Turner seems willing and Douglas likes It,” Conservative House Leader Tom Bell said in an interview after a caucus meeting. If and when the hill Is disposed of—and there seems little possibility it will not be—the House turns its attention to the companion bill establishing energy allocation machineiy. This would allow the govemm«it to establish an allocation board to implement oil rationing at the wholesale level if the energy shortage reaches crisis proportions. Mexico honors muralist Ukrainian Christmas Thousands of Canadian Ukrainians celebrated their own version of Christmas Sunday, 12 days after the usual December festivities, based on the Julian calendar. Providing a glimpse of the traditional holy supper of 12 meatless dishes are (left to right) Myroslawia Karpiak, Chrystina, Ivan, Jaroslawa, Audrey, Irene and Chris Iwanchuk of Winnipeg. Barge victims ‘^had police record’ VANCOUVER (CP) — The Province says two of three men killed in an oil barge explosion in Vancouver harbor Friday had lengthy criminal records. sovereign states should not be used in such a. way as would cripple the larger mass of the industrialized world,” Schlesinger said in an interview recorded for broadcast on television today. "That is running too high a risk and it is a source of danger, I think, not only from our standpoint, but from the standpoint of the oil-producing nations.” At the same time, Schlesinger said, “the alleviation of pressure” represented by a l&i>er-cent increase in Arab oil output announced last month “is an indication that the oil-producing states recognize their common interests with the industrialized world.” RECOGNIZE LIMITATIONS Although the Arabs did not reopen the oil tap to the United States, Schlesinger is Imown to feel that responsible leaders in ttie Arab producing states already recognize the embargo against the U.S. has reached the point of diminishing returns from a political standpoint. Associates say he is optimistic the embargo will be relaxed or ended, although he is uncertain how soon. In one way, Schlesinger viewed the Middle East crisis as benefitting the U.S. military estabfishment by restoring some of the standing it lost with the American public as a result of the Vietnam war. "The entire evolution of the Middle Eastern conflict has been in the direction of making people appreciate more the reasons for which the United States maintains a defence establishment,” he said. Insurgents crippled PHNOM PENH (AP) -Cambodian government ar-' mor and infantry forces have killed more than 100 Khmer Rouge insurgents in four attacks on a large rebel force five to seven miles northwest of Phnom Penh, military sources said today. But the officer In charge of the Investigation by the National . aid Sunday he knows nothing to indicate happened aboard the barge. Harbors Board police sail anything iU _ ' ..    _ Sgt. Robert Sharp said that until there is definite evidence to indicate otherwise, the matter will be treated as an accident. The Province says the barge attendant who was killed, John Campbell, 46. of nearby Deep Cove, was on parole, due to ex* pire m 1976. llie new^per says files show he nad been sentenced to eight years for drug trafficking, and three years in January, 1970, for possessing stolen goods from a safecracking job here while on parole from the drug sentence. A second victim’s name has not been officially released. He was a 65-year-old man from suburban Burnaby, apparently owner of a cabin cruiser tied up at the barge when it exploded, and possessor of a criminal record dating back to 1942, the newspaper says. He was placed on the RCMP’s list of most wanted men in 1954 after escaping from Oakalla prison and was recaptured in 1956, the newspaper says. Also killed was Edgar Oscar Attard, 17, of Burnaby, reported missing by his parents a week ago. Identification of the dead was made by dental records and scraps of clothing on the charred bodies. The 94-foot barge was one of five in Coal Harbor providing diesel fuel, gasoline and stove oil to pleasure boats and small commerci^ vessris. It had a total capacity of 54,390 gallons and carried about 46,000 gallons of the assorts fuels at the time of the explosion.    ^ , Fire department and NHB officials said any number of things—static electricity, escaping gas fumes or a fire on the pleasure boat—coidd have triggeiM the explosion. The twisted skeleton of the ouming barge was towed to a beach by Captain Howie Keat of the 56-foot tug Lawrence L after a line was placed on it. The action prevented spread of the fire to nearby fuel barges. Plane crash kills 11 JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) ^ “1 couldn’t even scream. I tried to scream, but notliing came out.’* said a young nuui who raced to the wreckage of a commuter plane. The crash killed 11 persons and Injured six. Authorities said the dead included Mrs. Richard Mayer, 42, wife of the publisher of the Johnstown Tribone-Democrat; their 11-year-oW son, Richard; and their niece Susan Imhoff, 13. The Air East twin-engine turboprop was on a scheduled commuter flight from Pittsburgh with 15 passengers and two crew aboard when it dipped a bank of awroach lights Sunday night while trying to land at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, officials said. The Beechcraft 99 then soared over a highway and slammed into the top of a steep embankment 100 yards short of its assigned runway. Authorities said they can’t explain what caused the commuter plane to clip the lights. “It was a matter of five feet and he would have been clear,” said Warren Krise, and Air East official. “Right now we have no idea what happened.” Nicolas Maydak, 19, the youth who said he was unable to scream, and three other young men from Johnstown were driving m the hi^way below the embankment moments after the crash. They climbed to the site. HELP SURVIVORS While one went for help; the other three pulled victims clear of the wreckage and covering those alive with whatever they could find. The crash occurred shortly after dark in 20-degree temperatures with vislblUto of two miles, Krise said. 'There was no hint from the pilot of anything wrong with the aircraft, nor was there any indication of a malfunction with the approach lights, he said. The National Transportation Safety Board, Civil Aeronautics Board and state police have begun an investigation. The airport has been the site of two recent crash-landings. New network TORONTO (CP) - Global Television launched Canada's third English-language ’TV network service to more than seven million people across southern Ontario when it began programming at 6 p.m. EST Sunday. MEXICO CITY (AP) -President Luis Echeverría has ordered the highest funeral honors for David Alfaro Siqueiros, the last of Mexico’s three great muralists. Siqueiros died Sunday of cancer. He was 77. ’The president ordered that the body lie in state for 24 hours at the Palace of Fine Arts in downtown Mexico City, an honor usually reserved for heads of state. Burial will be at noon Tuesday in the Dolores Cemetery at the Rotunda of Illustrious Men. Siqueiros, a veteran of two civil wars and a Communist for 50 years, died at his summer home in Cuernavaca, 30 miles south of the capital. His wife, Angelica, was with him. Echeverría, who visited Siqueiros a week ago when his condition was worsening, said in a statement that the artist in his works had “collected with great vigor and conscience of his time, the dynamic currents of revolutionary thought, nourished with the advanced social thought of jur revolution. ...” 'The other two members of the triumvirate of Mexican muralists were Jose Oemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Orozco died in 1949 and Rivera in 1957. Transit stop in 40th day EDMONTON (CP) - Talks were to resume today in an effort to settle a transit strike which is in its 40th day — the longest Edmonton has been without city buses. It is the city’s third transit strike but the first which has occurred in winter. The previous strikes were in 1919, when there were street cars, and in 19*9, when the city was without bos service for 15 days. The last meeting was held Friday but failed to resolve the dispute. Mayor Ivor Dent had expressed confidence prior to that meeting that a solution would be reached during the session, but did not comment following the talks. Skylab 3 crew making scientific contribution CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuter) — The Skylab 3 crew, originally disappointing in their performance, probably Irill make a greater scientific contribution than their predecessors. The three astronauts got off to a bad start on their 85-day mission. They were slow, made many mistakes, showed little enthusiasm or humor, and remained silent for long periods despite urging from space administration ground crews, scientists and doctors. One difference was in the personality and spaceflight experience of the three commanders who have occupied Skylab. 'The first two, navy Capt. Pete Conrad and navy Capt. Alan Bean, were spaceflight veterans and outspoken men with energetic drive. But S^lab 3 commander Gerald Carr is not an extrovert. He had no prior space experience and said before the mission that he did not intend to drive as hard as Bean did in Skylab 2. His space companions are William Pogue and Edward Gibson. SET FAST PACE Bean’s crew gave a performance hard to match, saving the multi-million-dollar Skylab by erecting a sunshade to protect the space station and repairing a solar panel wing to provide sufficient power. After Bean, Dr. Owen Gar-riott and Jack Lousma recovered from motion sickness, they worked almost ceaselessly and provided vivid, enthusiastic descriptions of the sun, spiders and earth-resources studies. The flight controllers admitted that they had prepared a heavy schedule for the Carr crew, expecting they would learn as quickly as the others and react similarly to the unique environment. Flight director Don ^Kldy has admitted: “I thinn we overschednled them ... I feel like it was more or less an error on the ground’s part... once we cut back to a recognized pace, we could see the crew’s efficientcy improve." Officials also have conceded that the Skylab 3 crew had new medical experiments which they were not sufficiently trained to conduct and that they had immense housekeeping chores. Their original flight schedule was extended to 85 days from 56, forcing them to carry more Deaths CANADIAN PRESS Bridgewater........N.S.- Rev. Charles Hugh Whitteker, 73, prominent Lutheran clergyman and first president of the Canadian Lutheran Council, Alexandria, La. - Polly Mason, 118, a former slave, bom when Franklin Pierce was president of the United States. Mexico City - David Alfaro Siqueiros, 77, a Mexican muralist, jailed several times for political activities related to his communist beliefs, of cancer. Fort Simpson, N.W.T.-Albert Faille, 85, gold prospector who journeyed through the Nahanni Valley, called Headless Valley bccause of the mysterious deaths of prospectors preceding him, and, who, until recent years, lived Spartan existence deep in the bush. He never discovered gold. Vienna-Bela Illes, 79, Hungarian Communist writer, author of Carpathian Rhapsody, the Battle of Vigszinhaz and other novels. tondoH-Sir Denis Brogan, 73, author and historian who was Britain’s chief academic expert on the United States. Chkag« - Vincent Starrett, «7, one of the world’s greatest authorities on the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes. food, film and other equipment than any of the other crews, and to find storage space for it in the space station. WERE FRUSTRATED The crew felt pressure from flight controllers, became frustrated, fatigued and un- ^o^e complained: “With no time even tor mental preparation, let alone getting the experiment ready, there’s no way we can do a professional job.” Carr said: “I thought we made it plain to people that we did not plan on that kind of pace”—such as maintained by the previous crews. “You've got to go for endurance.” Pogue, who made a major mistake by trying to hide the fact that he had vomited early in the mission, said later in the journey: “I tried to operate as a machine and I was a gross failure. Now I’m ti-ying to operate as a human being.” Last Saturday, chief astronaut Donald Slayton praised the three men for their “outstanding performance.” llie crew now is operating efficiently and in a bright mood, especially in gathering details about the comet Kohoutek. This information could change the theories of how the universe and life was created. The Carr crew may be making the greatest contribution to sciéittific data and insight into Uie psychological and physical affects of living in space. The LARGEST ASSORTMENT of imported styles| LETHBRIDGE in omcAi «tscaimoN co ;