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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FOMCAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR FIVE ULOW The Utlibridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 26 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. WEuNES.OAY, UANUARY 12, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 46 PAGES Smallwood expected to relinquish reins PREMIER SMALLWOOD On Thin Ice SI. JOHN'S, Nfld. (OP) Premier Joseph Srnallwood may announce Thursday whether his Liberal government will resign in the wake of a Newfoundland Supreme Court ruling that strengthened Progressive Con- servative claims to victory in the Oct. 28 provincial election. "We'll be ready to form the government in a day or Conservative Leader Frank Moores said Tuesday night. Health Minister Edward Rob- erts, a candidate for the Liberal leadership to be decided at a convention here Feb. 4-5, said the situation would likely be dis- cussed by the cabinet today "and I have no doubt we'll do the right and proper thing." Chief Justice R. S. Furlong and Mr, Justice Arthur Mifflin were unajiimous in their deci- sion that Conservative candi- date Ed Maynard be declared elected in St. Barbe South, thus assuring the Conservatives of 21 of the 41 legislature seats. The Liberals, who won 40 seats, had asked UK court to set aside Mr. Maynerd's election in the northwest coast district on the grounds a judicial recount was not comptleld because 105 ballots were missing. COUNTS ON BURGESS Mr. Moores said he was still counting on the promised sup- port of Tom Burgess, New Lab- rador Party leader returned in Labrador West, to help him in forming i government. Mr. Burgess, who planned to fly to St. John's today from his home in Labrador City, said he had "no comment whatsoever on the current political situa- tion." With Mr. Burgess' support, Mr. Moores could have a one- man majority in the 42-seat house after appointing a Speaker. Mr. Burgess said in Novem- ber he would support the PCs while remaining a member pf the Labrador party. But even if Mr. Burgess had changed his mind, the Conserv- atives would call the house into session within 10 to 14 days after forming a government, Mr. Moores said. "Hopefully t h e legislation would be such that they (the op- position) wouldn't vote against the PC leader said. He added, however, that if the Liberals wanted another elec- tion and defeated him in the house, would suit me fine an awful lot better than it would them." Mr. Smallwood said earlier his government had the right to retain power until the St. Barbe South dispute was settled. "Mr. Smallwood has uo alter- native but to resign as quickly as possible Mr. Moores said. "For two months he has been standing on thin hasn't even got that to stand on now." Transport Minister Don Jamieson, in St. John's for a visit, also said he expected the government would resign. Mr. Jamie-son, Liberal MP for Burro-Burgeo, is the only New- foundlander in the federal cabi- net. FRANK MOORES He's Ready Powers jockey for influence in Bangladesh By CY FOX Canadian Press Staff Writer Now that Sheik Mujibur Rahman is safely Installed in his Bangladesh presidential quarters, the manoeuv- ring has begun among major foreign powers.for maxi- mum influence over the future of the strategically-sit- uated new state. Already East Germany has joined India and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in recognizing Bangla- desh. And reports say the Soviet Union will probably fol- low East Germany in extending diplomatic recognition to what until recently was the Eastern region of Pakis- tan. The East Germans are traditionally a vanguard country as far as Communist economic involvement in developing regions of the world is concerned. Egypt and Chile, with its Marxist president, are among the countries where East Germany maintains a strong presence. Yet the affairs of he Indian subcontinent are a complex matter. Consequently, despite the strains placed on Soviet relations with West Pakistan by Moscow's pnvlddian policy in the Indo-PaWstani war last month, the Rus- sians don't seem to have abandoned all nope for a future improvement in their relations with President Bhutto's new government at Islamabad. Grateful to India Mujib Mmself has acknowledged his gratitude to India for that country's decisive rote in the expulsion of West Pakistani forces from Bangladesh. Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Indian prime minister, has I standing invitation to visit the Bangladesh capital of Dacca and India will Inevitably have a big political and economic role to play in the new state's development for some tune to come. In any case, the Indians, reluctant to sacrifice the spoils of their victory over the Pakistanis, will prob- ably insist on playing this role without allowing their relations with Bangladesh to look like a major coun- try's mastery over a neighboring satellite. Yet Mujib himself would hardly acquiesce in a sat- ellite position, especially since his 75 million people are flushed with national pride and the newly "liberated" country abounds in far-leftist groups anxious to cap- italize on these popular feelings. The Americans have remained relatively detached from all the jubilation surrounding Mujib's return to Bangladesh via New Delhi. But even Washington, though siding with China in diplomatic support of Pakistan during the December war, is certain to realize that Mujib's Dacca govern- ment is the most moderate one that can be hoped for under present circumstances. Thus American aid might eventually be forthcom- ing for war-torn Bangladesh despite the continuation of coolness between Washington and New Delhi. So far Mujib's main channel for relations with the non-Communist world has been by way of London, which remained neutral throughout the diplomatic storm generated by the war. For this reason, Britain may emerge as a perma- nent bridge between Bangladesh and the Western world at a time when several Communist powers are jockey- ing for pride of place in Mujib's homeland and through it for increased influence over the Indian subcontinent as a whole. PITTSBURGH (AP) Cow manure one of the most plentiful and least appreciated of all farm products may be a future source of marketable crude oil under a process developed by scientists at Uie United States bureau ot mines here. "Animal wastes are available in such abundant supply that it's like having an oil' well that would never run said Dr. Herbert Appell, a chemist working on the project, Ho estimates that about two billion tons of the waste are available in the United States each year. Appell said demands for fuel may force the meth- od developed at the bureau's research, centre into full- scale production within a decade. He said preliminary studies shoiv the return per ton of manure would be 40 to 50 per cent, meaning that about two tons of waste would make about a ton of oil. The animal waste project Is in offshoot of re- search which began there three yeara ago to find a process to convert coal to oil. Chemists coon found that the process for that conversion could be done with ordinary household garbage. Cow manure from a near- by farm was the next substance to be tried. Appell snlet the process simply is a speed-up ot nature, UB latter method tttiat ndltaM of ytan. CHARGED WITH MURDER-David Wilfred Todd, left, is escorted by detectives at a Toronto police station after being charged Tuesday with non-capital murder. The 38-year-old truck driver was charged after his wife's body was found In a home freezer. Mrs. Grace Evelyn Todd, 34, Is shown inset. New Malta offer sought by U.S. LONDON (CP) The British government says the United States and other allies of the North Atlantic .Treaty. Organiza- tion can pay Malta more money to keep 'the Russians out of the Mediterranean island's bases, but Britain isn't going to in- crease its offer. "We would not want to stop any of our NATO partners offer- ing the Maltese more a government spokesman said Tuesday, "but we ourselves have no intention of doing so." Dom Mintoff, Malta's Social- ist prime minister, has given Britain until midnight Friday night to pull its troops and their dependents off the is- land. He wants million a year rental for continuing to supply Britain with military fa- cilities and has hinted that if Britain doesn't pay up someone else will. The Russians and neighboring Libyans have been mentioned. Britain and its NATO allies offered 5217 million, which Min- toff rejected. But the U.S. is re- ported to be sounding out the British and other allies on a compromise offer of mil- lion. With .the British ready to leave rather than pay more, some reports said President Nixon of the U.S. was worried that a British withdrawal would leave Malta open to Soviet influ- ence, and that this would weaken the West's position in the Mediterranean. In Washington, the state de- partment declined to comment did not re- port Uiat the U.S. is prepared to propose that the NATO allies in- crease their offer for the use of the bases by million. There is fear in London that if Mintoff's departure deadline stands and British troops stay on past it, there may be trouble. Irish cabinet ministers get guns for protection BELFAST (AP) Guns are being issued to cabinet minis- ters in Northern Ireland so they can defend themselves and their families from terrorists. The decision was made after B senator was murdered in his home last month. An Ulster government spokes- man said cabinet ministers who want guns can have them in their homes or cany them in their cars. Police marksmen ore training some ot the oppo- sition members of Parliament sharpslwoting at a private firing range near Belfast, sources said. The death toll of Northern Ire- land's violence continued lo mount today as the outlawed Irish Republican Army thrust on with id to Northern Ireland under the rula of the Irish Republic. YOUTH FOUND SHOT A youth about 16 was found dead in a pool of blood at a house in the IRA Belfast strong- hold of New Barnslcy Park. Ho had been shot between the eyes. Some sources said he had been awaiting a visit from an IRA "disciplinary" squad. The IRA has a tradition ot dealing mllilcss punishment to members or associates who con- travene its tough codes of alle- giance. But a statement from UK Bel- fast IRA said toddy the youth's death was an accident. It of- fered no other explanation. It was lire 209lh violent death in Ulster since the fall of 1969, udttn third tbUyoir. Farm bill now law after long fight Deep freeze sets in Operation deep freeze is In full progress. The weather office is main- taining a blizzard warning which includes continuing sub- zero temperatures and blowing snow for the Lethbridge area. The temperature will go no higher than five below today and will fall off to about 15 be- low tonight. The weatherman sees nothing In the next couple of days to budge the high pressure ridge extending from Siberia through Alaska and down past southern Alberta which is responsible for the cold. SCHOOLS CLOSED The storm lumbering east- ward across the Prairies today after a brief visit to British Columbia brought blizzard con- ditions to central Alberta. A number of rural schools in the Red Deer area were closed because buses were unable to get through d e e p 1 y-drif ted snow. Winds In the area gusted to nsarly 50 miles an hour over- night and temperatures dropped to 30 degrees below zero in some areas of central Alberta. Fort Chipewyan and Fort Mc- Murray in the north reported more than 40 degrees below zero early .today which, with a wind, had a chill factor of 65 below. Saskatchewan was expected to escape most of the storm's force, however, because pre- vailing winds were driving it south as it moved east. It was expected to drive into the north-central United States later today. In Manitoba, the picture was clear and cold with little snow on the ground. MONTANA SHIVERS CHICAGO (AP) A storm packing hurricane-force winds and heavy snow whipped across the western .mountains and northern Great Plains today. Travel warnings were posted from Washington state to Ne- braska, while blizzard warnings covered most of Montana. Heavy-snow warnings extended as far east as Minnesota and WiMxinsin. Sustained winds of 100 miles an hour ripped through western Wyoming and gusts with over 100 rocked Livingston, Mont. A failure in telephone micro- wave system blacked out com- munications of all sorts across much of Montana as the storm moved in Tuesday, keeping much of the state from hearing blizzard warnings. OTTAWA (CP) After nearly two years before Parlia- ment, the government's farm products marketing bill became law today. Mr. Justice Ronald Martland, acting as deputy to Governor- General Roland M i c h e n e r, granted royal assent In the Se- nate chamber as senators and MPs watched. About 85 MPs appeared for the brief House sitting called for the ceremony. The House, re- cessed since New Year's Eve, will sit again Feb. 16. A new session of Parliament is to begin the next day. New government for Bangladesh DACCA (AP) Sheik Muji- bur Rahman gave up the presi- dency of Bangladesh today to become prime minister after or- dering a parliamentary govern- ment for Asia's newest nation. Mujib, named president by other Bangladesh leaders while he was a prisoner in West Paki- stan, issued a provisional consti- tution Tuesday night concentrat- ing governmental power in the hands of the prime minister. The presidency became largely a ceremonial office. The constitutional order pro- vides that the parliament will be made up of persons elected a year ago to the East Pakistani state legislature and to the Pak- istani National Assembly that never met. There was no indica- tion when the new parliament would meet, but Mujib became prime minister as the urftiW- lenged leader of the majority party. TlK 51-year-old Mujib was sworn in as prime minister 51 hours after he returned to Dacca from nine months and two weeks of captivity in West Pakistan. PRESIDENT NAMED Abu Sayeed Choudhury, a for- mer who was the Bangla- desh representative in New York and London last year, was sworn in as president. In adopting the parliamen- tary system, the fledgling state will have a government similar to neighboring India. Bangla- desh officials insist, however, they have not decided whether to apply for Commomveath membership. In the general elections in De- cember, 1970, Mujib's Awami League won 298 of the 310 seats in the provincial legislature and 167 of the 313 seats in the Na- tional Assembly. Neither body was1 ever convened. This led to civil war in what was then East Pakistan, culminating in India's liberation 'of the territory and the establishment of Bangladesh as an independent nation. Seen and heard About town C TORIES about marijua- na eliciting from cham- ber of commerce manager Wilf Bowns concern about his "going to pot" Master Warrant Officer Bruce Mar- tin experimenting with spe- cial snowshoes for a winter campout Jim Alcock finding his way around in a small car after guiding a farm truck around all sum- mer. The Senate gave its passage to the farm bill Tuesday night. After months of committee study and debate, the Commons finally passed the bill early in the morning Dec. 31 after an all-night sitting. It immediately went to the Se- nate, which passed the bill on to its banking committee. The committee held hearings New Year's Eve and en Jan. 6, and sent it back to the Senate un- changed. HIT BY CONSERVATIVES The upper chamber passed it Tuesday night after Senator Or- ville Phillips (PC-Prince Ed- ward Island) called it nothing but political the bill and you have nothing but dreams for the future. The bill authorizes establish- ment of a national marketing board for poultry and eggs. Other commodities could be covered by boards with the ap- proval of producers and provin- cial governments. The last of t long line at Con- servatives who battled the bill in Parliament, Senator Phillips said the legislation would do nothing for the farmer, would build barriers to new farmers entering production, and could lead to production quota sys- tems that were unjuit and might be politically allocated. He accused Liberals on the banking committee of weaseling their colon to vote for the bill. They had been MarHnized Into supporting the bill by Senate Government Leader Paul Mar- tin, he charged. AGREES TO MEETING Earlier, Senator Martin had agreed with the suggestion ol Senator J. C. Halg toba) that the government leader and other senators meet Commons leaders to try to pre- vent a recurrence of the timi squeeze senators felt in their de- bate on the government tax bill. The government bill's passage by its Jan. 1 Implementation date. That gave the Senate less than a week to study the huge bill between the day it was passed by the Commons and Christmas. 45 die in cold PATNA, India (Reuter) At least 45 persons have died of ex- posure in a spell of cold weather that has gripped the eastern India state of Bihar, of- ficial reports said Tuesday. The deaths were almost entirely among street dwellers. FAILING The condition of King Frederlk of Denmark deteriorated further today and he appeared to be slip- into unconsciousness at Municipal Hospital in Copen- hagen. A medical bulletin said the 72-ycarmld monarch, who was taken to hospital Hays urn aflcr a heart attack, was "somewhat weaker" Ihls morning. 'If both sides are whiti, what are they fighting Chretien saves bankrupt Indians EDMONTpN (CP) Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien has agreed to save the Indian Association of Alberta from bankruptcy, n member of his staff said Tuesday nlghl. John Giaccia, assistant dep- uty minister, said the associa- tion will receive a loan and "additional monies to keep It operaling." Mr. Chretien made the deci- sion after meeting in Yellow- knife, N.W.T. Tuesday wiUi of- ficials of the association. dttftnooM el opinfon there might have been, all the people have agreed that they should sit down and do tlicir yelling across Hie table but avoid public confrontation. "There will be otlrer differ- ences but everyone seems to be in that spirit." IN RED Indian association treasurer Los Hcaly said earlier tills week the association was about in debt, most of which was owed lo 70 employees whose Jobs were terminated Dec. 30. "Creditors have told us we have a week either to pay or be able to give some indication of when we can or they will take legal action." Federal funds had been cut off since November and this was followed by tire resigna- tion of association president Harold Cardinal who cited per- sonal differences between him- self and Mr. Chretien. Mr. llealy. who said "we have no olhcr alternative but to declare uld the association hopes to start a new relationship with the de- partment of Indian affairs "and not continue the disagree- ment between the minister and Mr. Cardinal." A new presi- dent, Clarence McHugh, hai been elected. Mr. Giaccia said the associa- tion will act as a political pres- sure group representing In- dians in Alberta but will abide by Mr. Cardinal's decision to remain dissociated from pro- grams among the Indian peo- ple. ;