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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY ZERO TO FIVI ABOVE The LetlUnidge Herald VOL. LXV No. 30 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES CHRISTENING Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife Margaret leave Notre Dome Basilica Sunday after the christening of their son Justin Pierre James. Shawls protected the infant boy from 10-degree-below-zero weather and press photographers. Three million slaughtered says sheik DACCA (AP) Sheik Mujibur Rahman, the prune minister of Bangladesh, charged Sunday night that "merciless" West Pakistani troops slaughtered three million people during his country's fight for indepen- dence and destroyed everything they could. Sheik Mujib, interviewed in Dacca by David Frost for British television, said former president Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan "killed three million of my women, peasants, workers and stu- burned and looted to houses. It was the "greatest massacre of people in be said. "Daughters were raped in front of their fathers and mothers, and mothers were raped in front of their ions." he said. "I cannot stop my tears when I think of it." Mujib called on the United Nations to try Yahya Khan and his associates "the way the German fascist war criminals were tried. "This was genocide of my he charged. Toll could rise Mujib said he calculated the number of' deaths from reports his Awami League is sending to Dacca from towns and villages throughout Bangladesh. He uid the toll could go higher. He charged West Pakistani troops with "destroy- ing my communications, my industries." "They destroyed everything humanly possible in the time they had." Mujib estimated that 85 per cent of Bangladesh's 7S million people today face starvation. While imprisoned in West Pakistan, Mujib said, he expected to be killed, and during the India-Pakistan war, "prisoners in my cell were mobilized, and I knew they were told to attack and kill me." "Then a jailer took me out of the prison and hid me in his bungalow for two days and saved me. Minister tortured "One of my ministers of the government was tor- tured for 24 days. First they cut off one hand. Then Then his feet, then his ears, then his eyes....' Bangladesh observed a national day of. mourning Sunday, with shops and businesses closed and silent processions through Dacca and other cities. In West Pakistan, the Bhutto government seized control of 11 more industrial firms and said there would be no more nationalization of Industry. In India, Foreign Minister Swaran Singh rejected a demand from Bhutto that India withdraw Its troops Irom Bangladesh and free Pakistani prisoners of war. Singh said, however, he is prepared to have bi- lateral talks with Bhutto. Mickey, Superman cleared JERUSALEM (AP) Mickey Mouse and Super- man have been given official permission here to to Israeli-occupied Arab territory. Israel's military government of occupied West Jordan, tlic Gazn Strip and Sinai announced that Le- banese ami Egyptian comic books including Arabic versions of Mickey and Superman were approved for Import into the Arab territories. Several other Arab publications approved. Service reduced at Lethbridge Air traffic controllers in Lethbridge joined tire nation- vide strike today. This will be followed by a 24-hour walkout Tuesday by the local union of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. However, restricted sched- uled and charter services are still available in southern Al- berta, airline spokesman said. "The strike will be continued until such time when negotia- tions with the ministry of transport are said Ed Snyder, chief controller of the Lethbridge tower. "A 24-hour walkout will be Found dead in cell Henry Philip Whitecow, M, of Brocket was found dead in HCMP cells at Pincher Creek Friday. He had been arrested earlier under the Liquor Con- trol Act. An RCMP' spokesman report- ed Whitecow had apparently hanged himself with his socks. "He apparently tied his socks together and then to the bars on the side of the cell. The hanging was completed when he curled up and lifted his feet off the said another RCMP official. The exact cause of death has not been determined. Results of an autopsy order- ed by Blairmore coroner F. S. Radford are not available and no date has been set for an in- quest. staged starting at 8 a.m. to- said Don MacKenzie, telecommunica t i o n s station manager. Time Airways Is flying to Calgary and Medicine Hat as usual, "but weather conditions today do not permit us to fly to Red Deer and said Richard Barton, Time'i vice-president. RESTRICTED SERVICE Both the Lethbridge Ah- Ser- vice and Fowler Aviation said they are operating restricted services on visual flight rules. Mr. Barton said it is not yet certain whether Time can fly to Calgary after dark due to lighting. The situation is that if weather conditions are favor- able, flight operations will not be hampered during daylight hours. Mr. Snyder said although the air traffic controllers are on strike, designated members will sit in the tower preparing to help in cases of emergency, mercy and search and rescue flights. MAIL SERVICE Mail service shouldn't be too much of a problem. Reports from Ottawa said the post office will use U.S. air- ports for incoming and out- going international mail. "I expect to hear from Ed- monton today regarding the situation of international Lethbridge postmaster Art Lewis said. Normally, trucks are used when air transport is not avail- able. Rescue craft speed to aid of vessel PORTSMOUTH, Va, (AP) A merchant vessel which plucked four seamen from the stormy Atlantic i-'i standing by as coast guard rescue craft speed to the aid of the IJberian tanker Plym some 200 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, N.C. The Jacksonville arrived Sun- day night and picked up the four after the Plym radioed it was taking on water in 10- to 15-foot seas and 45-mile-an-hour winds. Frozen switches may have caused train crash LARISA (AP) Workers were clearing Greece's main rail link to Europe today of the wreckage of two passenger trams that collided in northern Greece Sunday, killing 18 per- sons and injuring SO. Officials opened an investiga- tion to determine why the south- bound Acropolis Express, loaded with holidaying Greek workers from Germany, crashed into another passenger train bound for Salonika 125 miles to the north. There was speculation that the trains were on the same track because switches were frozen. Bad weather closes road VANCOUVER (CP) The' highways department said Sim- day night the Rogers Pass sec- tion of the Trans-Canada High- way will bo closed until at least Monday becauo of bad weath- er. The Rocky Mountain rood link between British Columbia and Alberta was closed earlier Sunday for avalanche stabiliza- tion, Continuing heavy snow and high winds forced the overnight closure. All flights grounded in controller strike OTTAWA (CP) Air traffic controllers went on strike today, grounding nearly all flights within Canada. The walkout went ahead as scheduled despite nego- tiations by representatives of the federal treasury board and the Canadian Air Traffic Control Associa- tion. TALKS RESUME Hoping to beat the strike dead- line, the two Bides met, with a mediator almost to the last min- ute but were unable to reach a settlement of their three-month contract dispute. J. R. (Dick) Campbell, presi- dent of lie Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Association, said at a.m. EST: "We are going on strike because we have no contract." Mediator Noel Hall, saying that substantial progress bad been made In three days of in- tensive bargaining, said con- tract talks will resume this aft- ernoon. Mr. Campbell expressed con- cern that the government would recall Parliament to pass back- to-work legislation. MOST TRAFFIC STOPS Commercial air traffic is all but shut off by the strike. As the result of an .agreement between the union and the government, however, 136 controllers are to remain on the job. Emergency and northern sup- ply flights are to continue and the union has agreed to handle mercy flights to remote loca- tions. In return, the controllers are to be supplied with cargo' mani- fests. The provisions apply spe- cifically to airports at Edmon- ton, Winnipeg and Goose Bay, Labrador. The itrike will have no Im- mediate effect on the Nation- al Hockey League schedule, a league spokesman laid In Montreal today. All three Canadian NHL teams Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leah mi Vancouver Canucks ire within easy reach of United States airports. Many air travellers attempted to beat the strike by advancing their reservations to Sunday from later in the week. Ottawa International Airport was crowded Sunday night by those hoping to obtain standby seat- ing. In Vancouver, Pacific West- ern Airlines applied to the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board for per- mission to land charter flights from Europe at Seattle or Grand Falls, Mont. The airline has about 250 charter passen- gers in Europe. Earlier, U.S. authorities refused Canadian Pacific Air permission to move its base for overseas operations to Seattle from Vancouver during strike. U.S. airlines with flights into Canada have made arrange- ments to fly passengers to the border airports and transfer passengers to Canadian destina- tions by bus. .Meanwhile, flights between New York and Europe which normally are guided part way across the Atlantic by the Cana- dian controllers are to be re- routed by way of the Azores and Spain. Plane passengers seek alternative The thousands of persons who me Canada's airlines daily sought other modes of transpor- tation today as a strike by air traffic controllers virtually closed down the country's 116 airports. For many, the alternative was a flight connection at a United States point. In southern On. tario, several airlines chartered buses to take passengers to Buf- falo or Niagara Falls, N.Y. The strike went into effect at 4 a.m. EST. Talks between the federal treasury board and the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association were expected to re- sume at 3 p.m. A spokesman for the Cana- dian National Railways said no additional trains or cars were needed immediately "but that could change at any time." HANDLE EMERGENCIES All but 136 of the fers left their jobs. The 136, by agreement, will stay on the job to meet emergency situations. In the meantime, the postal departmental Ottawa an- nounced that arrangements are being made for international air mail from Canada to be flown from United States airports. The post office said domestic mail would be moved by bus, truck and train. It said international airmail will be flown .from one of four U.S. airports. Seattle will take mail from Vancouver. The mail from Win- nipeg, Edmonton and Calgary will go via Chicago. New York will handle mail from Montreal and Toronto and Boston, mail from Halifax. Air Canada in Montreal re- ported that two planes were stranded overseas, one in Vi- enna and another in Frankfurt. REROUTE FLIGHTS At least two European airlines are routing their passengers to Canada via the U.S. officials of British Overseas Airways Corp. and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said passengers could get from U.S. points to Canada by bus or train. Passengers who missed flight In Montreal slept in lounge chairs. House may be recalled OTTAWA (CP) Parliament may possibly be recalled to order striking air traffic con- trollere back to work, a spokes- man for Transport Minister Don Jamieson said today. "There is a the spokesman said. "But goodness knows what the morrow will He said that if there is a pro- longed halt to all air traffic, Parliament had a responsibility to step in. J. R, Campbell, president of the Canadian Ah- Traffic Con- trol Association, has already ex- pressed concern about the possi- bility of an order by Parliament to resume work. ON STRIKE Air I rattle Controllers walkout Monday morning ot Toronto International Airport. Rhodesian mobs go on rampage From AP-REUTER SALISBURY, Rhodesia (CP) African mobs set fire'to cars and wrecked beerhalis in black sections of the industrial city o[ Gwelo during the night, appar- ently in'anticipatibn of the ar- rival today of the British com- mission weighing public opinion toward the agreement between the British and Rbodesian gov- ernments. The rioting lasted until 4 a.m. No were reported, but a number of Africans were be- lieved injured by rampaging crowds. Rioting Africans burned three European-owned cars, stoned others and looted a bakery, po- lice sources reported. Police on foot and in helicop- ters patrolled Gwelo, 300 miles west of Salisbury, to prevent in- timidation of blacks on the way to work today. Many firms in the city of reported their African workers stayed home. BLAMES YOUNG The manager of trucking firm blamed the young wing of the African National Council, which opposes the settlement reached in November OB the grounds that it recognized Rho- desia's independence without putting the black majority in control. Two members of the commis- sion led by Lord Fearce are 'scheduled to begin canvassing reaction to the settlement in Gwelo Tuesday. The agreement provides that it will not go Into effect unless the British deter- mine it is acceptable to a ma- jority of Rhodesians. Seen and heard About town TTNWISE Tom Obermcyer really in the dog-house after he crawled in to spread hay for his dog and then couldn't get back out again Scott Borland buying a water bed and his friends spending all evening blowing it up Herman Hann turn- ing taxi driver when a lady opened his car door and got in while he was stopped at the Monarch-Nobleford highway intersection. Dockmen resume strike SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The International Longshore- men's and Warehousemen'! Union ordered pickets to United States West Coast ports today, resuming a strike by union member. The Nixon administration has warned it would ask Congress to intervene and direct a settle- ment of any renewal of a walk- out that shut West Coast ports for 100 days last year. Benson in Israel TEL AVIV (Reuter) Fi- nance Minister E. J. Benson of Canada arrived Sunday for a week's visit to Israel at the invi- tation of the ministries of fi- nance and of foreign affairs. Benson will meet Israel's finan- cial and economic leaders and will tour the country. Last hitch overcome in Newfoundland Smooth takeover in prospect ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Frank Moores appears headed for a smooth takeover of the Newfoundland premier's office Tuesday when Joseph R. Small- wood's Liberals are scheduled to resign after almost 23 years in power. The last known hitch to for- mation of Uw province's first Progressive Conservative ad- irinistration since Confederation m 1949 was removed Surday night when Tom Burgess, New Labrador Party leader, finally made up his mind to sit alone. Mr. Burgess, who promised after the Oct. 28 provincial elec- tion to support the PCs in form- Iflf a fmraoittt, changed bli mind last week and for a period was considering switching his legislature vote to the Liberals. But Mr. Burgess said Sunday night he would not oppose for- mation of a Conservative gov- ernment and would sit as a New Labrador Party member. "I will vote as my conscience he said in reference to individual pieces of legisla- tion and issues. PCs HAVE 21 SEATS The election gave the Con- servatives 11 scats, the Liberals 20 and tile NLP the Labrador West scat. Premier Small wood delayed his government's resignation to awall the outcome of a acrica of recounts and legal moves aris- ing from the accidental burning of 105 ballots from St. Barbs South election night. He announced his intention to resign after two Newfoundland Supreme Court judges ruled a Conservative was elected in the northwest coast district. Mr. Burgess told a news con- ference Saturday he would with- draw support of the Conserva- tives because Mr. Moores bad refused to live up to promises given him after Ihc election. The NLP lender said these promises included i cabinet post, gasoline tax exemptions for Labrador residents, more roadi and better medical MTV- Ices for the residents of lha province's mainland sector. MAKES STATEMENT Sunday night he telephoned a slalcmcnt to city newsrooms, outlining his decision to sit under his parly's banner and reaffirming his decision to 'wilt draw support of the PCs. He admitted In a subsequent Interview that he had held dis- cussions last week with some Liberals but declined to nanw them. But Liberal part? sources said earlier Sunday night Ihnt any decision by Mr. Burgess to. sup- port the Liberal parly would Mt make any difference. ;