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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, January News in Oil millionaire dies Manitoba digging out after fierce blizzard CALGARY (CP) Eric Lafferty Harvie, Canada's best known oil millionaire who was instrumental in starting -Alberta's oil boom, died in Calgary General Hospital Saturday after a long illness. He was 82. With a personal fortune once estimated at million, Mr. Harvie became renowned throughout Canada for his philanthropic ac- tivities, particularly in the areas of western Canadian culture. Selassie ofi'ered asylum ROME (AP) Italy's premier says his government has ofi'ered political assylum to deposed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Premier Aldo Moro, reply- ing to an inquiry by an Italian senator, said the Italian government has pleaded "in a discreet but firm way" with Ethiopia's military leaders on behalf of the 82-year-old former emperor. Power workers walk off REGINA (CP) Saskatchewan Power Corp. (SPC) employees who walked off their jobs Saturday voted Sunday to stay out, despite an by Premier Allan Blakeney that they return to work before the province passes legislation forcing them to do so. Premier Blakeney, at a hastily-called news conference following an emergency cabinet session Saturday, said the legislature will meet Tuesday to pass legislation ordering the workers back to work. Mrs. Thieu charges asked SAIGON (Reuter) Op- position groups today petition- ed the South Vietnam Supreme Court for the prosecution of the wife of President Nguyen Van Thieu for alleged involvement in illegal land deals. They claimed that Mrs. Thieu bought state-owned land in Long Khanh province east of here for a low price in 1972. No damage from quake PASADENA, Calif. (AP) A moderate earthquake centred off the coast of Southern California has stirred residents but caused no apparent damage. The California Institute of Technology Seismological Laboratory said the quake registered about 4.7 on the Richter scale. Dr. James Brune, a professor of geophysics at Scripps In- stitution of Oceanography, said the epicentre of the quake was 18 miles off San Clemente Island and 55 west of San Diego. Young NDP'ers plot course VANCOUVER (CP) The British Columbia Young New Democrats (YND) spent much of its three day weekend convention plotting a course for its own resurrec- tion in spite of a rejection by provincial NDP leaders. Membership in the YND has dropped to about 200 from about 400 three years ago. Burning tanker towed away BRAVE PEDESTRIAN TRUDGES THROUGH SNOW-CHOKED WINNIPEG STREETS Ex-detective's charges 4a bunch of garbage' WINNIPEG (CP) Condi- tions in southern Manitoba be- gan returning to normal today after the worst blizzard since March, 1966. The storm brought all but the most essential outside ac- tivities to a halt. It also contributed to the deaths of at least two persons. While more winds and drift- ing snow were expected in some areas early today, the weather office was predicting a return to temperatures as high as 15 degrees above welcome change from the weekend's weather. More than seven inches of snow fell on southern Manitoba between late Friday and early Sunday, accom- panied by winds of 60 miles an hour or more. Northwestern Ontario had up to 17 inches of snow in some areas. During the height of the storm, transportation of most kinds was virtually non- existant and six Manitoba communities were without power. Six young persons lost in northwestern Ontario during the storm were found by rescuers. Four 15-year-old boys who headed across Lake Wabigoon early Saturday were found by a helicopter 12 hours later near Dryden, Ont, while an 18-year-old couple trudged through snow for seven hours before being found by police. Hundreds of motorists stranded in both Manitoba and northwestern Ontario took refuge wherever possible. Others were not so for- tunate. A CNR switchman, was killed Friday when he was struck by a train while working at the company's Symington Yards in Winnipeg, a Winnipeg resident suffered a fatal heart attack while shovelling snow, and a young Winnipeg girl missing since Friday had still not been found late Sunday night. As in 1966, however, the blizzard seemed to bring out the best in people. Radio and television stations abandoned much of their programming to convey requests for assistance, and Emergency Measures Organizations handled about a thousand telephone calls on their own. Hundreds of people delivered medicine to the sick and food to the handicapped. "It was beautiful, just beau- tiful, the way people respond in situations like one police officer said Saturday. "Too bad this kind of spirit can't be shown all the time." With only snowmobiles on the road most of the weekend, there were few traffic ac- cidents. The storm forced the post- ponement or cancellation of most social, athletic and entertainment events in the area during the weekend. It also delayed the official open- ing ceremonies of Winnipeg's downtown convention centre until Tuesday. About 100 persons spent most of the weekend at Win- nipeg International Airport, where drifts up to 12 feet high shut down air traffic and cut the airport off from the rest of the city. Nearby areas of Saskatche- wan and the United States were just as severely affected by the storm. Weekend mishaps kill 5 Albertans THE CANADIAN PRESS Two car train collisions in Southern Alberta during the weekend accounted for four of the seven accidental deaths reported across the Prairies from 6 p.m. Friday to mid- night Sunday. A survey by the Canadian Press showed one other traf- fic death in Alberta and two fire deaths in Manitoba. No accidental deaths were reported in Saskatchewan. Three men from, the Stony Indian Reserve were killed Saturday when their vehicle was in a collision with a CP Rail train at a crossing on the reserve west of Calgary near Cochranei The victims were Alfred Labelle, 36, Charlie John Simeon, 33, and Samual Laurier Baptiste, 41. In the other car train mis- hap, Garvin Leroy Reid, 26, of Calgary, died when his car was in a collision with a CNR freight train Friday night at a level crossing in southeast Calgary. In Edmonton, Herb Shires, 58, of Edmonton was killed Saturday when his car went out of control on a downtown street. Nine year old Curtis Daniel Bone and 15 year old Richard Miles Davey were killed Saturday in a house fire at Reedy Creek, Man., about 45 miles southeast of Dauphin. Half of Canada sees grim year PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Fifty-six per cent of the Cana- dian public predict a "troubl- ed year with much inter- national says a Gallup Poll, international sur- vey. Thirty per cent of Canadians queried in a study predicted peace while 14 per cent were undecided. DURBAN, South Africa (AP) A German deep-sea salvage tug began towing the burning Greek tanker Scapbay away from South Africa's east coast today to avert a major oil spill. The Scapbay was carrying tons of fuel oil when it caught fire Sunday after an explosion in the engine room. Coast guard officials feared the drifting vessel might run aground or explode again and create a major pollution crisis. EDMONTON (CP) The head of the RCMP drug squad in Edmonton has strongly denied allegations by a former drug squad officer that RCMP drug squads in Edmonton have used entrapment. S. Sgt. Gus Buziak told Ed- monton radio station CHQT in a copyrighted interview Sun- Vietnam fighting continues day night that the charges by Jim Hunt were "a bunch of garbage." S. Sgt. Buziak said that in his 17 years as a plainclothes detective he found no evidence of the procedures outlined by Mr. Hunt. Mr. Hunt was quoted on the CTV news program W5 Sun- day night as saying he knew of PHNOM PENH (CP) Heavy fighting continued to- day around the Mekong River town of Neak Luong as Khmer Rouge rebels manned a two week old blockade along the waterway, the last major sur- face supply line to Phnom Penh. All roads into the capital haye been cut for some time, and river convoys from Saigon have been halted since the in- surgents began their cam- paign Jan. 1. Injured woman waited six days for rescue Rent deposit lid set VICTORIA (CP) Regulations issued Friday un- der the provincial landlord and tenant act say landlords may require tenants to pay up to a half a month's rent in security deposits beginning Jan. 20. The regulations say only those signing new rental agreements will be required to pay the deposit if asked by their landlord. Social contract blasted LONDON (CP) The British Communist party has launched a campaign against the social contract concluded last year between Prime Minister Harold Wilson and British trade unions. In a pamphlet 'published Sunday, the party charged that the social contract has aggravated Britain's social problems. Star staff accepts pact TORONTO (CP) Employ- ees in The Star's editorial, cir- culation, advertising and busi- ness departments were ex- pected to be on the job as usual today after voting Sun- day to accept a final company proposal. The workers, members of the Toronto Newspaper Guild, voted 674 to 361 in favor of accepting the proposal despite a union recommenda- tion that they strike. There are employees in the bargaining unit. U.K. Chrysler shortens week LONDON (AP) The Chrysler company in Britain, a subsidiary of the U.S. auto giant, went on a three-day work week today because of a slump in car sales. More than workers at the company's plants in Scot- land and England will be af- fected by the production slow- down, a Chrysler spokesman said. Deaths BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL THE CANADIAN PRESS Montauban, France Baron Jean-Louis de Portal. 22. had been barricaded in his family's 30 room chateau for two years with his mother, sister and the body of his father, who died in 1973, of in- juries after a police assault on the chateau. VENTURA, Calif. (AP) Barbara Wilson lay injured at the bottom of Wheeler Gorge for six days. Temperatures dipped to freezing and there was or water. She says that at one point a passerby refused to call for help. "I have a strong desire to live and I guess I did by the grace of the 46-year-old divorcee told police Sunday after she had been lifted 500 feet to safety. The gorge is in a wilderness beside Los Padres National Forest. A teen-ager had heard her screams and summoned res- cuers. She told police that two days earlier she thought she was going to be rescued when a .passerby worked his way part- ly down the gorge after hear- ing her calls for help. "But the man said, in effect, that anyone who drove that road deserved anything he got and that he didn't want to get policeman Al Goldberg said the woman told him: She said that hope began to fade after the man left, because she lived alone and no one knew her travel plans. The woman told police she was driving along twisting California 33 about 120 miles north of Los Angeles when she pulled to the side of the road for a rest. She said her foot accidental- ly struck the accelerator pedal and the car bolted off the road and came to rest on its roof 150 feet down the steep face of the gorge. She crawled outside the car, not realizing how steep or deep the gorge was, and slipped down another 350 feet to the bottom. An injury to her knee made it impossible to work her way back up the rugged gorge. The only comfort she had was a rubber floor mat from the car to sleep on when temperatures fell as low as 32 degrees during the period. The teen-ager, Dean Her- man, 15, said he was out with a group of friends hunting for targets to shoot at when he heard the woman's screams. One went for help while the others lowered themselves into the gorge. cases where the RCMP had actually been responsible for the spread of heroin by bring- ing drug pushers to places where there were no drugs. He said that the imported pusher was not arrested, and only the buyers were taken into custody. Mr. Hunt said he has been personally involved in this procedure with several members of the force from Calgary and Edmonton. Mr. Hunt also told CTV that some drug squad members in Vancouver traffic in drugs, beat people, steal, commit perjury and use entrapment. In Victoria, the assistant commissioner for the RCMP in British Columbia had no comment today on Mr. Hunt's statements. Asst. Comm. Ernie Willes said he will comment on the statements Monday after he sees the program W5 on the CTV network Sunday night, on which the charges will be made. Mr. Willes also said he will reveal why Mr. Hunt was dismissed from the RCMP. Syncrude said mainstay of Alberta's economy Smoker warning changed VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia cabinet has approved changes in the wording that appears in cigarette advertising warning smokers. The notification, applicable to printed advertisements in British Columbia, conforms to one recently approved by the federal government. It will say, "Warning: the Department of National Health and Welfare advises that danger to health increases with amount of smoke avoid inhaling." EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government has made the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project the mainstay of Alberta's economy, Alberta NDP leader Grant Notley said Saturday. "It is an unbelievable ad- mission of incompetence when you make the develop- ment of one plant the centre of your industrial strategy for a year and a Mr. Notley told the NDP's provincial council meeting. He also claimed that rapidly rising costs of the Syncrude project in northeastern Alberta were part of an attempt by the Syncrude con- sortium to raise the price of oil. "Syncrude wants to pressure the provincial and federal governments to increase the oil price from a barrel up to the world price (of over a "The increasing price of construction is to justify a higher price of he said, urging development of the oil sands by a federal provincial crown corporation. Mr. Notley said the Progressive Conservative government of Peter Lougheed had been "bam- boozled and conned and kidd- ed and out manoeuvred" oil companies. by Recent programs to aid the oil companies will cost a minimum of million in 1975, and the government has placed no restrictions on how most of the money is to be used, he said. Only about million was earmarked for ex- ploration in Alberta. Sixty-one per cent of those asked in the United States were also pessimistic. The study showed only the British are more pessimistic than Americans about chances for world peace in 1975, with 69 per cent of the Britons polled predicting trou- ble ahead. In the United States, 29 per cent said they think 1975 will be a "peaceful year, more or less free of international dis- while 10 per cent had no opinion. In Britain, 14 per cent of those surveyed predict peace, while no opinion was offered by 17 per cent. Those queried in Spain pre- dicted international disputes over peace by a 45-to-19 per cent margin, with 36 per cent offering no opinion. Those surveyed were.asked: "Which of these do you think is likely to be true of 1975: a peaceful year, more or less free of international disputes, or a troubled year with much international Soviet spacemen begin experiments in orbit MOSCOW (Reuter) Cosmonauts Alexei Gubarev and Georgi Grechko were well into their first working day of scientific experiments today aboard the orbiting Salyut-4 space station. How long they will stay in space has not been announced; but some observers believe they may be preparing the ground for a much longer mis- sion by a second crew, perhaps aiming to rival the United States record of 12 weeks on Skylab. The two 43-year-old cosmo- nauts, blasted into space on Soyuz-17 on F'riday night, made an apparently pinpoint docking with Salyut Sunday the minimum of fuel was said to have been ex- pended. "A fantastic Gubarev told ground control as Soyuz approached the gleaming white Salyut, lit by the sun's rays 195 miles above the earth. They doffed their spacesuits, transferred into the 25-ton spacelab, activated its systems and looked over the equipment in has been in space for two dining and retiring after a 20- hour working day. Evicted baron dies of gunshot wounds MONTAUBAN, France (AP) Baron Jean- Louis de Portal, 22, died in Montaubari hospital Sunday of injuries suffered in a police assault on his family's ancestral chateau. De Portal had been barricaded in the 30-room chateau La Fumade for nearly two years with his mother and sister and the body of his father, Baron Leonce de Portal, who died in 1973. Jean-Louis was shot in the abdomen through a closed wooden door early Saturday while re- sisting police entering the chateau to end the long siege. Police said the assault was ordered after Jean-Louis shot and slightly wounded two farm workers ploughing in a field on the 380 acre estate. His mother, Baroness Anna Marie de Portal, 50, and his sister, Marie-Agnes, 23, were brought to the hospital after Jean-Louis died. Police said the two were placed in psychiatric care. They were earlier charged with resisting the police and spent the night in nearby Toulouse prison. Jean-Louis was the last male descendant of a navy minister under King Louis XVIII. Baron Leonce lost control of the estate shortly before his death, when it was sold for about one- eighth its true value at a public auction held to meet tax bills and other debts. His family lost a long court fight against the sale and the three barricaded themselves in the austere chateau in defiance of an eviction order. To symbolize her defiance of the authorities, the baroness rejected official permission to bury Baron Leonce on the estate and instead sealed his body in a lead coffin and kept it in an upstairs room. 'In April, 1974, a Toulouse court issued a final eviction order. But police hesitated to storm the chateau because of the fear of bloodshed. The new owner, M. who bought the chateau and 380 acres of rich farmland for only about the 1974 crop under police protection. But this year, neighbors said .the baroness warned that "there .would be blood" if farm workers entered the fields. Friday afternoon authorities said Jean-Louis -shot and slightly wounded two farmers. The public prosecutor ordered a raid. Police said that before forcing their way in they knocked and waited for 30 minutes. But the only answer they got "If you want us, come and get us." They said they heard Marie Agnes yell to her brother: "Shoot! And as they carried out the young baron, police said he whispered: "If I get out of that, I'll get you." One policeman was slightly wounded in the pre-dawn assault. ;