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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Freed Watergate principals begin 'living again' WASHINGTON (AP) Freed from prison alter serving only part of their terms, John Dean, Job Stuart Magruder and Herbert Kalmbach began today what Dean's wife called "living again." The three men, key figures in the, Watergate scandal, headed and Kalmbach to California and Magruder to Bethesda, being released by U.S. District Court Judge John Sirica, who reduc- ed their terms to "time served." A spokesman for the Watergate special prosecutor's office said Dean and Kalmbach were continuing to co-operate in in- vestigations, but that Magruder's co- operation no longer was needed. "I'm just shocked. I'm still said Dean's wife, Maureen, at their home in Be- verly Hills, Calif. "Mother called and said, 'John's free! John's I'm just so ex- cited, I can't wait to start living again." Dean, Kalmbach and Magruder were freed Wednesday after serving four, six and seven months, respectively, of their sentences for guilty pleas to felonies in the Watergate scan- dal. Dean, 115, former White House lawyer, began serving a l-to-4 years term Sept. 3. Magruder, 39, deputy director of former president Richard Nixon's re-election cam- paign, entered prison June 4 to begin a term of 10 months'to four years. Kalmbach, 52, who was Nixon's former personal lawyer and a Nixon fund raiser, had served six months of a 6-18 month term. Dean and Magruder were the first to dis- close to prosecutors the genesis of the break- in and bugging of Democratic party head- quarters in the Watergate complex of offices and apartments, as well as White House ef- forts to hide high-level involvement. Dean became Nixon's chief accuser. All three were prosecution witnesses dur- ing the Watergate cover-up trial, which con- victed Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrljchman, former attorney-general John Mitchell and campaign official Robert Mar- dian of helping in the cover-up. The four are awaiting sentencing. Magruder's wife, Gail, learned about his release from a neighbor, who rushed to her car as she returned from shopping. "You're kidding she cried, and burst into tears. _ She ran into her house, emerged and tied a yellow ribbon on a tree in her front yard, ap- parently thinking of a popular song in which a freed prisoner asks his lover to "tie a yellow ribbon 'round the old oak tree." "Thank God, I'm Magruder said. "I have no plans. I did't expect to be out by now." The Lcthl'ricKie Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1975 15 Cents Can anyone spel apel? SYDNEY, Australia (AP) "Eny more sed Dick. "I alredy ate sed Jane. Is the English language redy for enything like this? Yes, say members of the Australian Teaching Federation who approv- ed the first step Wednesday in a program of spelling reform. The federation hopes to convince school systems throughout Australia to teach children a more phonetic way of spelling English. The first step is to replace the sound however it is spelled, with the single letter "e." Said becomes sed, any changes to eny, utc. Later changes to be submitted to the federa- tion for approval will simplify the spelling of other sounds. "How can we justify the frustration suffered by so many young children as we prop up and maintain an archaic and stupidly complex system of writing the president of the Tasmanian Teachers' Federation, C. R. Barnfield, asked the national federation's conference in Sydney. Lebanon, Syria sign mutual defence pact From AP-REUTERS Lebanese Premier Rashid Solh denied today a report in the Beirut newspaper Al Yom of extensive Syrian military aid to Lebanon, including the stationing of one or more squadrons of MiG21 and M1G23 jet fighters in Israel's northern neighbor. However, a Lebanese infor- mation ministry spokesman confirmed Al Yom's report that Presidents Hafez Assad of Syria and Suleiman Fran- jieh of Lebanon signed a mutual defence pact Tues- day. The spokesman said the pact was "strictly confiden- tial" and he did not know the details. Al Yom said Syria also would provide Lebanaon with tank mounted SAM6 anti aircraft missiles, shoulder fired, heat seeking SAM7's and "surface to surface missiles of Soviet make to hit enemy warships which may violate Lebanese waters." "Syrian fighter'planes will probide Lebanon with air cover and will go into action at Lebanon's request when Israeli planes are detected in Lebanese the report said. Shimon Peres said Monday Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon have been reinvorced by Palestinian troops from Syria armed with sophisticated missiles. He said Israel would consider any attempt by the Syrian army "to take a foothold" outside Syria's borders as "the start of a confrontation and the ex- tension of aggression." Syria reacted angrily today to Israeli Premier Yitshak Rabin's proposals for a separate settlement with Egypt. Damascus radio said Israel was trying "to disman- tle Arab solidarity." Assurance sought for Venezuela oil CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Canadian Energy Minister Donald Macdonald will try to get solid assurances for con- tinned supplies of Venezuelan oil at a meeting today with Valentin Hernandez, Venezuelan mines and hydrocarbons minister. Macdonald arrived here Monday on a week-long of- ficial visit mainly to hold talks with government officials regarding Canada's oil im- ports from Venezuela, currently preparing to nationalize its huge petroleum industry. The administration of Presi- course of this year. Earlier this week, a Venezuelan mines and hydrocarbons ministry of- ficial said that Venezuela is willing to continue supplying Canada with oil after nationalization. Ford boost to jfijjc Winter at last A Southern Alberta cold snap will continue tonight through Saturday. But snowflurries such as the one above in Blairmore, experienced Wednesday, should slack off. The flurries dropped six inches of snow through the Crowsnest Pass but the department of highways says snowplows and traffic prevented any serious buildups. Temperatures in the Lethbridge area, which dropped to 11 degrees below zero Wednesday night, will drop to 15 below tonight. Highs Friday should reach zero to five degrees above. 'If King doesn't stop adding to his diary we'll never get anyone Inside 24 Pages Classified........20-24 Comics............18 Comment.........4.5 13-15 Markets ...........20 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 Youth ..............8 LOW TONIGHT -15; HIGH FRI. 5; SUNNY, COLD. WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford is giving "intensive consideration" to a South Vietnamese plea for additional U.S. funds, his chief spokesman said today. Press secretary Ron Nessen repeated Ford's pre- vious assertion that the appropriation voted by Congress for South Vietnamese aid is inadequate. He said Ford feels the same way about the level of aid to Cambodia. Nessen would not say __ how much additional aid Ford may seek. "The de- tails and exact dollar fig- ures have not come to his desk for he said. State department press offi- cer Robert Anderson said Wednesday that Ford and his advisers have the supplemen- tal assistance requested by South Vietnam "under in- tense consideration." The Ford administration asked for billion in mili- tary aid to South Vietnam for the current fiscal year. Congress authorized bil- lion, then cut the amount to million. The administration has been quietly preparing to intro- duce a million supple- mental request to restore the cut. Congress similarly has cut military aid for Cambodia in half compared to authoriza- tions for the past year. Ammunition, artillery and aviation fuel have been on short rations since the Com- munist offensive that toppled NORTH BAY, Ont. (CP) Searchers combing the ruins of an explosion-flattened building today found the body of an eighth victim of a Wednesday afternoon blast that destroyed the office- apartment structure in down- town North Bay. Police said they believe this accounted for all the persons known to have been in the two- storey Barry Building before it was demolished. Phuoc Long, Vietnamese. say the South The explosion followed by fire that sent flames shooting 150 feet into the air injured 38 through burns and others hit by flying debris on the eight re- main in hospital today. See photo on Page 2. Gov't studying hazard of Yellowknife arsenic Province supports college in tax dispute with city Lebanon, a noncombatant .dent Carlos Andres Perez is in the -four wars, never has permitted stationing of another Arab government's troops on its soil. Israeli Defence Minister Freight rate appeal to be heard Friday expected to present a draft bill to congress next March calling for the nationalization of foreign oil holdings in the country's three million barrels a day oil industry. Perez has said that the state takeover of the oil industry will be completed during the OTTAWA The first step in appeals by the two major railway companies of the year-end decision in freight rates by the Canadian Tran- sport Commission will be heard by the Federal Court of Canada Friday morning in Ottawa, the court of appeals confirmed Wednesday. In a motion seeking per- mission to appeal before the Federal Court and filed this week, CP Rail and Canadian National Railways are attempting to challenge both the CTC's interpretation of the law and the commission's jurisdiction in that matter. CP and CN are also request- ing that, in the event an appeal is allowed to proceed later in the month, the period during which respondents and other interested parties are allowed to prepare their arguments should be shorten- ed to only a week. Seen and heard About town Cafeteria employee Shirley 'Sceretan complaining her coffee and cigarette were "working out equal" and she would have to go back to work sooner Don Remington boasting his wife's oven is big enough to bring compliments from his HutteritC friends. The city's tax dispute with Lethbridge Community College has taken a new turn, with the department of municipal coming down on the college's side. A letter signed by Terry C. Roberts, assistant to Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell, read at Wednesday's board of gover- nors meeting, said the depart- ment believes the science building is tax exempt. It quotes a section of the Municipal Taxation Act ex- empting all property held by a board of governors of a public college under the Colleges Act with cer- tain exceptions. "The department believes that it is clear that the exemp- tion is not destroyed simply by the fact that a portion of the building is being rented to another says Mr. Roberts. "Nor is there a provision which states that the building must be used for educational purposes in order to maintain exemption." College president C. D. Stewart said LCC has filed an appeal against the tax bill. The city last month billed the college for in taxes on the LCC science building. The city is claiming the building as taxable because most of it is rented to the provincial environment, education and agriculture departments. OTTAWA (CP) Govern- ment officials will neither confirm nor deny that the health department has withheld publication of a study indicating high rates of sickness and death in Yellowknife are possibly related to arsenic from nearby mines. "We're looking at the situ- ation and will be in a position to comment said a health hazards bureau spokes- man. "I can't tell you what short- ly means; it could be tomorrow or it could be...." Asked to confirm the exis- tence of the report, he said, "I'd rather not say right now." Calls to other spokesmen were fruitless, resulting in re- ferrals to more officials who, in turn, referred questions to others. Health Minister Marc Lalonde and others were "in a meeting right now." The report on the Yellowknife arsenic, which comes from gold mines that use it in refining processes, came Wednesday from the CBC radio show As It Happens. The network said the study, made nine years ago, was never released. Villagers fear Israeli raiders New York Times Service BINT JBAIL, Lebanon The lonely, potholed road that runs along Lebanon's southern border is a trail of fear and bloodshed for the villagers and farmers who live here within sight of Israel, This large commercial town is one of 20 border villages strung out along the road from Naqura, on the Mediterranean, to Merg'uyun, in sight of Mount Hermon. The only real authority is the Israeli army. The border is a region of military operations that Israel says are designed to prevent infiltration by Palestinian guerrillas, who have carried out recurrent at- i tacks on settlements in northern Israel. But it is the villagers and farmers of southern Lebanon, a poor region without much political influence in the capital, who are paying the price. At Taibe, a village northeast of here, a night patrol of Israelis, crossing two miles into Lebanon, killed four men, including a father and two sons, and blew up four houses. Hussein Sharafeddin, 14 years old, whose father and two brothers were killed, said he hid with his mother while Israeli soldiers fired on the house and then blew it up. The boy, with a head wound wrapped in bandages, said that his father had gone to the door last Thursday night when he heard noises. "When he opened the door an Israeli shot he said. "My brother Abdullah went to help him and was also shot. Then my brother Falah took a gun and fired out the window. He was killed too." ;