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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY forecast high Tuesday upper 30s The LetHbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 31 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES U.S. cities caught in the middle WASHINGTON (AP) - Cleveland may close its police academy. Los Angeles may join New York and Detroit in laying off city employees and Philadelphia probably will cut' back municipal services. Money, of course, is the problem. The largest cities in the United States are caught between rising wage and welfare costs and static income. As a result, officials are warning that the already evident cuts in services may be only the beginning unless the federal government provides a money transfusion. An Associated Press survey of nine cities gives this picture. Boston: Increased veterans' benefits and teacher salaries have boosted the current budget $8 million over estimates while income remains as expected. Seventy per cent of the city's income is from property taxes, which local officials believe to be the highest in the country at $156.80 per $1,000 valuation. City Budget Director Richard Wall sees no way of increasing city income without a big boost in the property tax rate, say by another $30. "Any increase that large will be economically disastrous, but as things stand we see no way out," he said. Chicago: Projected expenditures for 1971 are 6.5 per cent above 1970 while revenues are expected to rise only 4.8 per cent, despite a 17.7-per-cent increase in the property tax. The city plans to hire 500 more policemen and 65 more environmental inspectors in 1971, but Budget Director G. Edward Bedore says federal aid will be needed after that if there is to be continued growth of services. Cleveland: Strikes and economic recession have cut into returns from the city's one-per-cent income tax, dropping revenues ?J.4 million below estimates. Police and firemen got automatic wage increases and the city then had to settle other wage demands, putting the 1971 bill for increased labor costs at $11.3 million, according to Finance Director Philip Dearborn. Voters recently defeated a proposal to increase the income tax to 1.8 per cent, and Mayor C. B. Stokes theatened to cut the city's 13,300-man work force by 3,200, close the police academy and shut down winter recreation programs. Clevelanders would have to carry their own garbage to the curb, he said, because 4 garbage collectors would be laid off. Voters now are asked to approve a more modest tax increase to 1.6 per cent'. Detroit: Tax collections are running 2.6 per cent behind expectations, dui in lar^e measure to the general economic slowdown and the General Motors strike. Meanwhile, arbitrated wage increases for police and firemen have increased expenditures by more than $4 million, or .8 per cent. Walter R. Greene, chief executive assistant to the mayor, says that without increased outside aid he foresees a continued freeze on hiring of new employees except for police and fiealth workers, drastically reduced purchases oT new equipment and the possibility of more employee layoffs. Houston: This Texas boom town is in better shape than most, officials say. Revenues are higher than expected this year, by $3 million. Deficits are prohibited by law. No tax increase is anticipated, and natural growth is expected to swell revenues again next year. Los Angeles: The City of Angels dipped into reserves for more than $23 million in 1970 because of higbcr-than-expected1 outlays, mainly for salary increases and construction of a new city hall annex. The city expects only a two-per-cent rise in revenues this year, while expenditures historically have gone up at 11 per cent a year. New York: The city recently laid off 500 employees and mayor John V. Linday and top officials took a $l,000-a-year pay cut. The size of New York's budget, however-it's $7,700 million not counting construction - makes both actions mere gestures, since they will save only a little more than $2 million. The city estimates its 1970 deficit at up to $30 million- mainly because of rapid increases in welfare. Philadelphia: City revenues are one per cent below expectations, while expenditures are up three per cent because of pay increases and police overtime from a prison riot and its aftermath. Officials foresee a 10-per-cent rise in spending next year accompanied by only a one-per-cent rise in income. Mayor James H. J. Tate is laying off 2,500 non-uniformed city employees. St. Louis: Revenues are down about four per cent from estimates due to the General Motors strike, while city employees got an unbudgeted $2 million increase. The city has in the past suffered cuts in such services as street and building maintenance, recreation and housing code inspection. Many areas are being discussed for possible cuts this year. Chinese language course offered in B.C. schools VANCOUVER (CP) - Students will have an opportunity this year to study the Chinese language in Vancouver schools. The city school board has approved a pilot course in Mandarin Chinese to be offered to Grade 9 students in the fall. The board approved the project with a mention that it might be expanded and offered later in five schools with a substantial Chinese population. Trustee Fritz Bowers said: "It's ridiculous that we haven't recognized the Chinese community earlier. They have made grat contributioas to our community." The course will probably be offered at Britannia senior secondary school - and offered later to the other schools. The course was proposed after a citizen urged the board to start one for the 40,000 Chinese in the city as well as for those who wish to learn about the language and culture of the world's largest single ethnic group. Dr. J. H. Wormsbecker, assistant superintendent of secondary education, said that if the Chinese program works out, Japanese may be tried, Canada backing compromise plan SINGAPORE (CP) - Canada is backing a compromise declaration of Commonwealth principles after conference officials failed to reach agreement on the Zambian code during the weekend. With the crucial debate on the South African arms issue about to break out Tuesday at the Commonwealth conference, a committee of officials was still wrestling with three versions of the proposed declaration of principles. "It's a matter of about five words," one conference source put it as the committee worked all weekend to reach agreement on a set of principles which could be acceptable to both Britain and the African members. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew called today for a special meeting of Commonwealth leaders in a bid to break the apparent impasse. Neither the original Zambian declaration which would commit members to denying any assistance to racist regimes like South Africa nor an Australian amendment which would eliminate the 'denial of assistance' clause were winning the necessary support. Canada, Guyana and one unnamed member have therefore drafted another form of words which they are hopeful may win the support of the heads of government when the item is debated Wednesday or Thursday. NO BACKING DOWN But official sources here do not expect either the British or the African members to back down on their fixed positions regarding the possible British sale of arms to South Africa. Everyone is anticipating a stormy debate Tuesday morning when the agenda item on southern African issues comes up. It may be, as one conference source put it, "a thunderstorm that clears the air" or it may be proljvc.tri vi: toe next iiam in the security of the Indian Ocean. But, as one delegate said, "there isn't a snowball's chance in hell of anyone changing their view" in Tuesday's debate. TRUDEAU SPEAKS Monday's session, devoted to world economic problems, saw Prime Minister Trudeau make his first intervention in the debates. Midway through the afternoon session Mr. Trudeau spoke for 10 minutes without notes in response to questions raised by some of the underdeveloped members. He said he hadn't spoken before because he felt the general debate should be ended quickly so the delegates could get down to the critical items which could be discussed more informally. Trudeau reviewed Canadian aid programs, indicated how they had been changed to benefit the less developed, and urged the view that aid alone is not enough if it does not lead to ex- panded trade for these countries too. He urged a strong international trade agreement, said Canada was supporting the preference scheme of UNCTAD, and defended Canada's textile restraint policy as a necessity caused by the restraint policies of the United States and the Common Market. Rich becoming richer Singapore meet told From Rcuter-AP SINGAPORE (CP) - Commonwealth leaders turned from politics to economics today against a background of simmering African discontent over the proposed sale of British arms to South Africa. Within the Commonwealth prime ministers' conference itself, heads of government ranged over trends and problems in the world economic situation, with most speakers underlining the ever-growing gap between the developed and developing nations. Foreign Minister Swaran Singh of India noted that the average annual earnings of the people in the developed world now is running at $1,650 a per- il bout 13 times more the developing coun- Russia will replace Arab material losses Mystics see happy ending to conference SINGAPORE (Reuter) - The mystics of Singapore, where fortune-tellers have an entire section of the telephone book, are predicting a happy ending for the issue-packed Commonwealth conference. And another popular prediction among the clairvoyants of Chinatown here are that two bachelor prime ministers--Edward Heath of Britain and Pierre Trudeau of Canada, 51-will be married before the year is out. Emergency may be extended ST. JOHN'S, Mid. (CP) -The state of emergency in this city of 100,000 could be extended to 6 a.m. NST Tuesday if snow-clogged streets are not adequately cleared by tonight, deputy mayor Leonard Stirling said today. Mr. Stirling, who declared a state of emergency Sunday night after an intense storm dropped 23 inches of snow on eastern Newfoundland, said he will announce a decision later today. Meanwhile, all roads in east-e r n Newfoundland remained blocked and search parties were using snowmobiles in a hunt for two persons missing since Saturday night when the storm began. Ground and air transportation remained at a standstill. A stafe of emergency was in effect at suburban Mount Pearl and at Marystown on the Burin Peninsula. Winds, which reached 70 miles an hour in gusts Sunday, were dropping although in some areas drifting continued heavy. FRANCE HONORS HITCHCOCK - Puckish Alfred Hitchcock, the noted producer of suspense films, proudly displays the Legion of Honor on his lapel. At right is Henry Langlois, director of the French film library, who presented the medal during a ceremony in Paris. (7.S. widens role in Cambodia zone SAIGON (AP) - American fighter-bombers attacked antiaircraft missile sites in North Vietnam Sunday for the third straight day, while in Cambodia the government claimed its forces recaptured the key Pich Nil pass in their drive to reopen Phnom Penh's highway to the sea. The U.S. command also announced an expansion of the American role in Cambodia. It said ships of the U.S. 7th Fleet and American helicopter gun- ships are supporting the highway campaign by more than 13,000 South Vietnamese and Cambodian troops. The attacks in North Vietnam were made against SAM-sur-face-to-air missiles-sites 16 and 46 miles north of the demilitarized zone and 14 to 17 miles east of the Laotian border, the American command said. Air Force F-105 fighter-bombers fired three Shrike missiles at the two sites, but the command said the results were not known. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Soviet President Nikolai Pod-gorny has pledged that the Soviet Union will replace Egypt's "material losses" if another war with Israel breaks out and also will improve living conditions in the Arab nation. Podgorny told a cheering crowd of 5,000 shipyard workers in Alexandria Sunday that his country would "bear any material losses to help Egypt repulse Israel." With Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he took a special train from Cairo to the Mediterranean port. Podgorny and Sadat, making his first visit to Egypt's second largest city since he became president, spoke near what appeared to be two huge oil tankers Soviet engineers are helping the. Egyptians to build. Sadat again expressed gratitude for the Soviet decision an-i nounced during Podgorny's visit to assist in village electrification. ,. - The semi-official newspaper AI Ahram said Sunday the project will cost more than $270 million. It said the Soviet Union will provide all the equipment and technical knowledge and will also help in reclaiming 300,000 acres of land. NEW WRANGLING Meanwhile new wrangling was heard among the Palestinian guerrillas, with Yasser Arafat's Al Fatah, the biggest guerrilla group, threatening to use armed force against leftist rivals calling for the overthrow of King Hussein of Jordan. Kamal Adwan, Al Fatah's chief spokesman, denounced Dr. George Habash, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as an adventurer who had doublecrossed the resistance movement. "We shall prevent any attempt to divert the Palestinian revolution from its essential goal of fighting Israel, even if we have to use armed force," Adwan said. son, or than in tries. "It is little comfort to the economically and socially underprivileged to know that they are winning the fight against poverty, when they witness the rich becoming richer even more rapidly," Prime Minister Keith Holyoake of New Zealand told his colleagues. Prime Minister Errol Barrow of Barbados complained that the new nations are suffering especially because the industrialized ones keep hoisting shipping rates. This has been a big factor in the increased cost of goods and commodities. URGES AGREEMENT Singh urged the need for world agreement on commodity prices of crucial importance to most developing Commonwealth countries. And he called on Prime Minister Heath to abandon planned changes in Britain's policy toward the import of Commonwealth textiles- changes which he said would make it harder for Commonwealth countries to sell their manufactures in Britain compared with sales in the European Common Market area. Speakei after speaker voiced fears that Britain's entry into an enlarged Common Market, despite Heath's promises to safeguard their interests', will penalize their countries. "(British) entry should be made painless for developing Commonwealth c o u n t r i e s," Singh said. "The bridge over the English Channel should not become a bridge of sighs." Later Singh told reporters he still has hopes that Britain, faced with almost total opposition of the Commonwealth, will abandon her plan to sell arms to South Africa. "Otherwise," he said, "sev-, eral countries will begin reas-l sensing the relevance of the Commonwealth;" � /Asked if India would be among those countries, he replied: "We will consider this, too, in the light of the circumstances of the time." While the Commonwealth leaders met for their fourth working session of the nine-day conference, two Russian navy ships, one of them outfitted with extra radio equipment, anchored today two miles off the Singapore waterfront, reliable sources said. It appeared that the equipment on the smaller of the vessels could be used to monitor the flow of diplomatic cable traffic into and out of Singapore. The two ships were earlier described as support craft for the 19,000-ton Russian cruiser Alek-sandr Suvorov with 1,000 men aboard and the destroyer Blesti-uashiv which passed Singapore Friday on the way to the Indian Ocean. Ship leaks oil after crash SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two 10,500-ton tankers collided in heavy fog under the Golden Gate Bridge early today and the coast guard said one of them was leaking oil into San Francisco Bay. The Arizona Standard impaled the Oregon Standard- both owned by Standard Oil of California-with 40 feet of her bow, the coast guard said. Malaysia's ivarring frogs in another bitter clash PENANG (AP) - Malaysia's warring frogs hopped to another bitter clash Sunday, leaving 50 dead and wounded in a mysterious offensive after two months of truce. Witnesses said the battle took .place along the Ipoh highway about 150 miles north of Kuala Lumpur, five miles from the battlefield where hundreds of frogs died in November. The frogs assembled in two camps at about 2:45 p.m., the witnesses reported, and 15 minutes later about 500 met head on. According to Chinese legend here, frog battles portend disaster. After the war in Nov-years-raging floods washed over much of Malaysia, killing at least 70 persons. In 1969, a frog war preceded violent racial riots that killed hundreds in Kuala Lumpur. Seen and heard About town e   UOCKEY stars turned eaters Clark Robinson and Barney O'Sullivan offering to do dishes at the Pincher Station diner after they saw a cute dish drier . . . Choir leader Willy Dewit offering to play for a bantam hockey team only to end up having a hot dog with Clara Tillsley . . . Teresa Jones, 16, enticing mother Jean to play Barbie dolls after watching Hamlet until 2 a.m. Sunday. Terror grips small U.S. town ?i 'We're going to get rich people' CHARGED - Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Stewart 1.. Udall, shown at Ills desk in Washington last year, was arrested Saturday on a shoplifting charge which he said was an innocent mistake involving 90 cents worth of cigars at a McLean, Va., chain drug store. Plane crashes ZURICH (Reuter) - An IUyu-shin-18 airliner crashed near the airport in this Swiss city today and first reports said there were only three survivors. BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - "We're going to get all the rich people, every damned one of 'em, and then they're going to have to deal with us," a victim quoted one of his kidnappers as saying. Wayne Cliavis, one of eight persons abducted in this little town in northern South Carolina's rich tobacco belt, says the terror began Saturday night with this declaration by one of their kidnappers. Two Negro men carrying puns and black militant literature made their way from house to house gathering up victims and forcing them into the Cliavis f a m i 1 y's Volkswagen bus. The escapade ended at the home of the third family with an exchange of gunfire. One of the kidnapped women, the wife of slate Senator John Lindsay, was critically wounded, as was one of the abductors. Two nren were arrested. The abductions began at the home of Chavis, a Bennettsville barber. Dina Chavis, 13, answered a knock at the door and was met by two men with guns. Chavis said one of the men commanded: "Don't nobody move, or we'll blow your bead off." After the kidnappers took a pistol and $12 from Chavis they herded all sue members of the family into the minibus and tied them up. The kidnappers then drove to the home of Sen. Lindsay ,who was away. Mrs. Lindsay was knocked to the ground and with her six-year-old son, David, forced into the minibus with the Chavis family. 1 he bus next stopped at the home of state Representative T. E. Cottingham. No one was home there. Mrs. Lindsay was forced to accompany the two men to tin house next door, the home of former state representative James F. Lee. Mrs. Lee answered the door and the men forced their way in. Lee and his 10-year-old dauglv tor were watching television in the basement and the men went down there. Police found Charles Leonard Scales, 22, of Bennettsville wounded at the Lee home. Gro-ver Bennett, 23, of Charlotte, turned himself in to police Sunday night. Both were charged with kidnapping, robbery, burglary and assault and battery with intent to kill. Firms could be sued iu pollution case WASHINGTON (CP) - A representative of the United States government gave the opinion before the U.S. Supreme Court today that a Canadian company could be sued along with U.S. companies in a pollution case. Peter Strauss of the solicitor-general's office said toe Canadian company should fall under U.S. jurisdiction the same as a sniper firing across the border would be subject to the courts of the "violated" country. If a Canadian, he said, fired across the Niagara River and killed an American the U.S. could charge him within U.S. jurisdiction. The case was similar, he argued, whether a rifle bullet or pollution was transferred across the border in a crime. The suit is estimated to involve $8 million against Wyan-dott Chemicals Corp., of Michigan, Dow Chemical of Midland, Mich., and its wholly-owned subsidiary Dow Chemical of Canada at Sarnia, Ont. The purpose of today's hearing is simply to decide whether toe U.S. Supreme Court will accept jurisdiction in the case. Ali has baby NEW YORK (AP) - Ali Mac-Graw, star of the film Love Story, gave birth to a son here, a spokesman for Paramount Pictures announced. The baby weighed five pounds 11 ounces and was named Joshua. The actress is married to Robert Evans, a Paramount executive vice-president ;