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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THE LETHBHlDOe HCÄALO — Frldty, Jinuary 11, 1»74 Nows In briof Freak storms lash Britain LONDON (AP) - Freak storms swept Britain today, leaving a trail of damaged homes and blocked roads. At one Welsh village of Mai-Itreath police reported 80 p«r cent of houses had been damaged Roofs were tom off, chimneys blown down and windows shattered.    - In Ireland, heavy rain and high tides flooded the centre of Cork, the republic’s second city. Gales disrupted ferry services and, stopped all fishing around the coast. Along Britain’s east coast, special watch was kept for any sign of a tide surge like that which broke sea walls in January, 1953, and drowned more than 300. Chileans granted passage OTTAWA (CP) - All 55 Chileans given refuge in the Canadian Embassy in Chile after the Sept. 11 coup d'etat have been granted safe-conduct out of the country by the Chilean government, the external affairs department announced Thursday. But only 48 of them want to come to Canada. They and their dependents—106 in all—ar^ to arrive in Toronto Saturday among 152 refugees being flown ab^rd a Canadian Forces 707. The department said the seven others given safe conduct will fly directly to their other desired destinations. Yellowhead upgrade near CALGARY (CP) - Alberta IS close to signing an agree* ment with Ottawa which would provide a $32 miUiwi grant to upgrade the Yellowhead highway system, Industry Minister Fred Peacock said Thursday. The agreement would provide for upgrading the highway to Trans-Canada highway standards, he told a Progressive Conservative constituency meeting. Rome offices bombed ROME (AP) — Three explosions in quick succession early today heavily damaged three buildings in downtown Rome housing offices of companies owned by International Telephone and Telegraph Co. Police reported that leaflets found on the scene said: “ITT has organized the coup d’etat in Chile and it is made up by Fascist and reactionary elements.” A fourth explosion in a suburb slightly damaged a truck belonging to a small telephone line maintenance firm. Five smaller bombs exploded today in Barcelona, and at the Spanish consulates in Turin, Italy, and Zurich, Switzerland. They were apparently thrown by extremist protesting the sentencing of a Barcelona student radical to death. Propane blast kills four WEST ST, PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A propane storage tank exploded in the middle of a group of apartment buildings early today, heavily damaging two. Authorities said at least four persons were killed and nine m ured. Offic als said the explosion Pneumonia hurts Bing BURLINqAME, Calif. (AP) Singer Bing Crosby, in satisfactory £onditio^at a hospital here, is suffering froin pneumonia^ that has called an ablcess in' his left lung, his doctor says,. The 69-year-old entertainer was cheerful despite a fever of about 100 degrees and moderate chest pains. Crosby was admitted to hospital New Year’s Eve for pleurisy. Rescue boats aid Aussies SYDNEY (Reuter) -Aircraft and rescue boats moved more than l.Ooo people to safety today as Australia’s worst floods for 30 years swamped vast inland areas. In the biggest operation, three air force Caribou planes , evacuated 160 itinerant cotton pickers from Wee Waa, the worst hit area of northern New South Wales The workers and their families were taken IVi miles by Deaths By The CANADIAN PRESS Parkersburg, W. Va.-H. Sutton Sharp, 70, retired editor of the Ogden Newspapers’ Parkersburg Sentinel. Indianapolis-Frank E. McKinney, 69, former national chairman of the Democratic party, banker and sportsman. Toronto-Harvey J. McFarland, 71, mayor of Pic-ton, Ont., for the last 19years; of a heart attack. Grand Rapids, Mlcb.-Kreigh Collins, 66, cartoon artist who created the newspaper comic strips. Kevin the Bold and Up Anchor. BRIDGE RUG &    ; DRAPES LTD.    i FREE ESTIMATES    : Phone 32S-4722 COLLEaE MALL    ; Domestic plane I fare hike seen occurred as firemen arnved on the scene to fight a fire which had broken out on a tanker truck loading the storage tank. The temperature was six below zero The known dead included three firemen and a woman resident. Six babies Mrs. Susan Rosenkowitz, 25, who gave birth to sextuplets in Cape Tov\fn Friday after a full nine months of pregnancy, is shown in Cape Town earlier this week. The babies were delivered by caesarian section. She and her husband Colin, a Cape Town businessman, have two other children. Economist Ring denies link with Tel Aviv terror boat to a private airstrip where they boarded the aircraft. Houses and shops in the main street of Wee Waa, 374 miles northwest of Sydney, were four feet under water and the food situation in the town was critical until an air force helicopter flew in supplies. Six people have died in western (^eensland and two in New South Wales in flooding over the last two weeks. Madrid-Francisco Capote Marcia, 48, former chief editor of the Spanish news agency Cifra. Baltimore, Md.-Richard F. Cleveland, 76, eldest son of former president Grover Cleveland, and a Baltimore lawyer and civic leader; after a chronic pulmonary illness. MONTREAL (CP) - Christian Karl Ring, identified in the House of Commons as a man wanted in connection with Palestinian terrorist activities, denied Thursday ever havit% supplied arms to terrorists. Mr. Ring, a German-bom economist, told a news conference her^ that he came to Canada May 28 on business on behalf of a bant He denied that he had supplied arms to Japanese terrorists involved in the May 3&, 1972, massacre of 26 persons at Lod Airport in Israel. Paul Hellyer, Progressive Conservative member for Toronto Trinity, told the Commons Wednesday that Mr. Ring is wanted for questioning by Italian police concerning the attack on Lod Airport. The terrorists flew to Tel Aviv from Rome, where they apparently had picked up their guns. Mr. Hellyer also said Mr. Ring, who has been ordered de-^ ported from Canada, is wanted by i»llce in Switzerland for • questioning concerning a shooting incident there. “I assume as a responsible man, Mr. Hellyer is not making charges in Parliament which he did not have ample opportunities to validate first,” Mr. Ring said. “It is very easy to slander someone, especially under the irotection of Parliament. I invite the honorable member to urther show his interest by being so kind as to repeat the accusations in court.” Mr. Ring said he has spoken with Italian officials in Ottawa and Montreal who told him they were unaware of his case. “If the allegations were true, don’t you think Italy would have asked for me? Don’t you think Israel would have applied pressure to have me returned to Italy?” Mr. Ring, currently living with friends in the downtown area, said he is appealing a deportation order from the Canadian migration department for allegedly lying during an interview with immigration officials. By BOB DOUGLAS OTTAWA (CP) - Air travellers must expect air fares to rise as rapidly as the cost-of-living in coming years, says R.A. (Sandy) Morrison, chairman of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). Mr. Morrison said in an interview that technical advances will no longer increase productivity enough to keep costs down. He was in Ottawa for an ATAC regional meeting. Fuel and labor costs are increasing rapidly and will probably prompt another Edmonton may seek drivers EDMONTON (CP) - City Hall is considering hiring new drivers or using supervisory personnel to get the strikebound Edmonton Transit System back into operation, says George Hughes, acting chief commissioner. “It’s the last thing we want to do, but citizens are entitled to transportation,” Mr. Hughes said Thursday night after the city commissioners briefed aldermen about the 44-day-old transit strike. During the meeting, the aldermen expressed confidence in the handling of negotiations with Local 569 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers, Mr. Hughes said. The city’s 350 buses have sat in their garages since the 680 bus drivers and garagemen walked off their jobs on Nov. 29. Mr. Hughes said provincial mediators will be asked today to set up another meeting with the union, but in the meantime alternative modes of transportation were being considered. MAY HIRE DRIVERS The question of “alternate service” came up during the meeting with city council, Mr. Hughes said. Suwrvisory per-soiinel “could be used” and the commissioners are “looking at the matter” of hiring new drivers.” Edmontonians bad even more reason to be "sick and tired” of the lengthy strike Thursday morning when temperatures of 30 bdow zero were reported in some parts of the city. School absenteeism climbed to 25 and 30 per cent at some schools as the strike and frigid weather combined to kill some students’ thirst for knowledge. Although volunteers began operating a bus service for senior citizens between their homes and hospitals, shopping centres, and the downtown area, only a handful of elderly people braved the severe weather. Faulkner setback Petroleum delays Irish peace names soon EDMONTON (CP) - The members of Alberta’s new petroleum marketing commission could be named within a matter of days, but it will probably be some weeks before the agency is ready to buy and sell Alberta's oil, says Mine Minister Bill Dickie. BELFAST (AP)-Britain’s program for peace in Northern Ireland has run into another setback less than two weeks after it appeared to be getting off the ground. Brian Faulkner, the Protestant chief of Ulster’s first Pr.otestant-Roman Catholic ANNUAL MEETING Progressive Conservative Association of Lethbridge — East 8:00 p.m. MONDAY, JANUARY 21st MAVERICK ROOM El Rancho Motor Hotel Qu«tl 8pMk«r RtfrMhrnents AH Interestea are Welcome coalition government, has been repudiated by a smalt majority of the leaders of his Unionist party. He is going to the rank and file for support, a move that could split the Protestant faction that ruled the province for 50 years. Ratification of the agreement for a Council of Ireland bringing the North and the Irish republic together for limited cooperation is likely to be postponed. Faulkner, 52, quit Monday as leader of the Unionists after the party countil voted 457 to 374 »ainst the Council of Ireland. The outcome was a victory for hardliners who oppose sharing power with the Catholics. Faulkner moved into new offices on Belfast's bomb-battered Victoria Street and said he would build a new political base among the moderate members of the party. He vowed to remain at the head of the new coalition government, known as the Northern Irish Executive, which began operating. Jan. 1. Faulkner kept the suj^rt of 18 of his original 30 Unionist backers in the new provincial Assembly, which resumes sessions Jan With the support of 27 members of the Catnolic-based Social Democratic and Labor party and the nonsectarian Alliance party, the coali- round of domestic fare increases within two months, he said. The fare boost would likely be 10 per cent. The 33-year-old executive vice-president of Transalr Ltd., a Winnipeg-based regional airline, said that fuel prices for his airline have jumped 17 per cent in the last two months alone. ‘The general indications are that we can look for approximately a 100-per-cent increase in the price of petroleum as it finds its own level.” The federal government had held down the cost of Canadian petroleum but eventually it would reach parity with international petroleum rices. He said that airlines benefit* ted from steady advances in aircraft design which helped improve productivity and keep costs in line. But, there was no new technology coming up which would limit cost increases. While management might improve through use of computers, that would not be enough to deal with costs. Mr. Morrison said the cost of borrowing money has increased up to 30 per cent in the last five years. Wage increases through labor agreements were about eight per cent annually. “From an operating cost standpoint, the airlines are going to have a very challenging year,” he said. Lawyer to offer ^startling* word VANCOUVER (CP) — A British Columbia witness whose identity will not be made public at this time will offer "startling evidence” at the Feb. 4 renewal of Alberta’s inquiry into the insurance business, shareholder’s counsel Edward Duncan of Edmonton said Thursday, “This man has come forward voluntarily. We hadn’t even known of bun,” Mr. Duncan said. “He has evidence and documents that may very well alter the course of the investigation, pertaining to the transactions between Cosmopolitan Life Assurance Co. and Seaboard Life Insurance Co. in 1969 and 70.” Mr. Duncan, who spent two days here interviewing the secret witness, said the evidence will indicate B.C. shares much of the responsibility for the $5 million shareholder loss in the collapse of Cosmopolitan, P. A. P. Holdings Ltd. and other companies associated with them, through failure to act in the critical months of September to December, 1970. The hearing, which began Nov. 19 and continued for two weeks until its adjournment to February, has nearly 50 witnesses to hear, 20 of them B.C. residents. Only four were examined in the first two weeks. The mystery witness, Mr. Duncan said, will be first on the stand when the inquiry resumes, because of the vital nature of his evidence. ORAL SURGEON REJECTS DENTURES tion will have a majority of 14 seats over 32 other unionists The minority is united by dislike of Faulkner and o|^ position to sharing power with the Catholics. But it is split into several factions over where to go from here. Meanwhile, the underground guerrilla armies keep at work, the Catholics of the Irish Republican Army demanding a united Ireland, the Ulster Volunteer Force pledged to maintaining Protestant rule. SHOOT UP VILLAGE The guerrilla war finally reached the sleepy coastal village of Ballintoy late Thursday night when terrorists shot it up and bombed the hotel. Ten persons, including several women, were wounded in the blast that badly damaged the hotel, police said. Gunmen, believed to be IRA guerrillas, fired shots just before the explosion, but there were no reports of any gunshot casualties. The IRA had been blamed for bombing two other tourist hotels in the province earlier this week. Three bombs Thursday damaged Belfast Magistrates' Court, a warehouae and the Belfast-Dublin rail line, the fifth time the line had been blown up in the last few months. NO casualties were reported. TORONTO (CP) - An oral surgeon said Thursday he called off an operatioh to remove a woman’s teeth and replace them with dentures minutes before the operation was scheduled to take place when he found the dentures were made a denturist. Dr. Gerald Baker said he told the woman, who already had been given a preoperative sedative, that he would remove her teeth but refused to handle the denturist-made false teeth. “I would be completely abrogating my responsibilities to the patient if I went ahead with the work in this regard," he said. He said his task involved ensuring that the dentures fit and added that he had no way of knowing to whom the woman would complain if something went wrong as a result of ill-fitting dentures. "I really feel very bad for the patient but I just feel strongly about the issue . . . I’m not prepared to accept what is not legal in the province.” James Lorah, husband of the patient, said they came from Vancouver seven or Strategy changes WASHINGTON (AP)-In a major strategy change, the targets of some U.S. long-range missiles have been shifted from Soviet cities to missile bases, command centres and other military sites. The move, made over the last few months, is intended to give the option of responding with less than all-out nuclear war if Soviet Union should try limited “adventurism," as U S officials call it, in Europe or elsewhere. Middlemen up bread costs WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government says rising middlemen costs, not record farm prices for wheat, have accounted for most bread price increases since huge pin sales were made to the mviet Union 18 months ago. Bakers have said that huge wheat exports are siphoning off U S. merves to such an extent that bread prices may soar to |1 for a 24-<Hmce loaf if shipments are not curbed until the new harrest is ready. eight months ago and did not know of the disagreement In-'-Ontario' between denturists and dentists. Mrs. Lorah said she entered northwestern general hospital Wednesday, received shots of penicilin and a preoperative narcotic and was waiting for the anesthetic when Dr. Baker informed her of his objection. Meanwhile, police raided another denture clinic in Toronto Thursday and confiscated business evidence. It is the sixth denture clinic to be raided in eight days. ‘125,000 comes too late* MINNEAPOUS, Minn. (Reuter) — An old soldier, member of a battalifHi of blacks vrtw wrongfully received dishonorable discharges 67 years ago, sadly accepted a cheque for f25,000 Thursday. “It has come too many years too late," said Dorsie Willis, 87. He was a member of a U.S. Army black battalion which was blamed for a shooting incident in Brownsville, Tex., In 1906, when about 20 men rode through the town at midnight, firing into homes and stores. Witnesses said the riders were blacks, member of the unit stationed outside Brownsville. Military investigators failed to discover exactly who was to blame but the 168 men of the battation were dishonorably discharged. A 1972 investigation resulted bi the exoneration of all the men and President Nixon ordered that survivors each receive $25,000 in compensation. Willis, who retired seven years ago as a shoeshine man, was the only survivor found. Bremer ‘flops’ at education VANCOUVER (CP) -British Columbia education commissioner John Bremer has been “a bit of a flop,” Premier Dave Barfett said Thursday. “He’s been a bit of a failure,” Mr. Barrett said during a Vancouver CBC television interview broadcast early today. Asked if Mr. Bremer will be dismissed from his $28,000-a-year post, the premier said: “You can interpret it any way you want. “He’s been a ... it’s been a bit of a flop. We’d hoped that out of that kind of dialogue we'd get, some kind of direction. We're assessing taking other steps.” Mr. Bremer has emphasized informal operations since beginning work last spring at recommending educational changes in the province. Felled trees slow Cambodia advance 'From REUTER-AP PHNOM PENH (CP) -Communist-led insurgents today felled trees to halt a drive by government troops trying to push them back from the international airport just outside Phnom Penh. After about a mile the government forces, who had been reported making steady progress since their operation began Wednesday, ran into the roadblocks and dug-in guerrilla positions. Military sources said 157 trucks left Phnom Penh today Thursday for Kompong Som. Trucks carrying ammunition began arriving in the capital during the night, and officials said a convoy was en route with rice, salt, beer and other foodstuffs. Government troops broke a two-month Khmer Rouge blockade on the supply route last Sunday after weeks of stiff fighting. Meanwhile, South Vietnam accused Communist troops today of forcing some 12,000 South Vietnamese prisoners to work on construction of a North Vietnamese supply line in the south. The South Vietnamese chief delegate to the Joint Military Commission with the Viet Cong, Brig-Gen. Phan Hoa Hiep, told reporters in Saigon he would protest to the International Commission for Control and Supervision. Shooting spree rattles Delaware DOVER, Del. (AP) - A man who police say murdered four persons in a shooting spree across the state Thursday was systematically killing witnesses against him in a drug case, a state official said. Ronald Hoffecker, 30, to face a probation hearing today in a drug-related case which could have ended in a prison sentence, also died in the spree of violence. Police said they believed he had shot himself in the head after his car spun out of control at the end of a hlgh-sp««d police chase. At the end of that chaw, one woman in his car was dead and another wounded. Earlier, three persons had been shot and killed, another wounded and a mman taken hostage in violent incidents at three homes in Dover and Camden. The spree of killings was a "systematic killing of witnesses” by Hoffecker, said Deputy Attorney-General Joseph Hurley. Hurley said his office had learned that Hoffecker bought a box of ammunition Thursday afternoon. Earlier, state police spcdces-man Angelo Citro had said of Hoffecker: “He knew eVleryone he shot.” Police had theorized the killings were drug-related. Police said Hoffecker was convicted in I97l of a dnig-sale cliarge. He had been ff«e on iHiil since being charfed with possession of drugs and firearms and threatening a police officer In late November. ;