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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta CLEAR FORICAST HIGH THURSDAY 25-30 ABOVE The LethbridW Herald ? * * ? ? VOL. LXIV - NO. 33 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS-42 PAGES -Walter Kerber photo SLOSHING AROUND-Sean Ryan, 7, of 1709 17th Ave. sloshes his way home from Agnes Davidson School. "I'm okay, but. my reflection is kind of wet," he's probably thinking, as he reflects on the weather. It changes so fast these days it's hard to keep up with if One leg is a little damp but Sean couldn't care less. He's probably skating on that puddle by now. New disease discovered OTTAWA (CP) - A new disease lias been added to the growing list of hereditary disorders of the body's chemistry, a research team reported here. It nearly cost the life on several occasions of a young Dutch immigrant boy living on a dairy farm in Quebec's Eastern Townships before scientists at the Montreal Children's Hospital brought it under control. For the present, the disease is being called iso-leucine catabolism or alpha-methyl-beta-hydroxy butyric aciduria, because it is marked by an excess of this amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of the body's proteins. Several times the young boy was taken to hospital in the kind of coma that seemed to be typical of diabetes. But it wasn't diabetes and various tests failed to fit known diseases. Because he lived on a farm where a wide variety of chemicals was available, some of them poisonous, he was considered a possible poisoning victim at least three times. Finally, gas chromatographic analysis of his blood started the scientists along the track to the new disease. Through this method of analysing every chemical element present in blood and urine samples, they concluded it might be a form of amino acid disorder. The excess acid was identified and tests on the boy's parents established that they also secreted the same material in urine, although not to the degree that produced the dangerous symptoms in their son. The dangerous symptoms, including coma, followed cold or fevers in the boy, leading the researchers to conclude that his body was able to handle the abnormal metabolic function in ordinary circumstances but not when his temperature was elevated. As a result, they have been taking steps like prescribing acetylsalicylic acid, a common constituent of painkillers which also helps control fever, and reducing the diet content of leucino of which the amino acid is a breakdown product. Postal strike Benson: Better days ahead begins for Canada's unemployed LONDON (CP) - Britain's � m LONDON (CP) - Britain's first nationwide postal strike began today and union officials said support for the stoppage among their membership appears to be 100 per cent. At Mount Pleasant post office In London, billed as the world's busiest sorting office, 2,000 men were out. A number of non-striking women operators in the telephone system, a service operated in Britain by the post office, carried on working despite hostile shouts from pickets at exchange buildings. But national and international telegram services run by the pest office fell silent after the strike took effect at midnight (6 p.m. EST Tuesday). Signs of bitterness between management and union representatives indicated the strike may be a long one. As Britons braced for the consequences of the walkout by 230,000 employees, 'there were fears of more disruption to come on the country's troubled labor front. Leaders of a union representing engineers and firemen employed by the nationalized British Railways threatened action to back demands for substantial pay increases covering their 30,000 members. Only about a dozen employees turned up today at Electra House on the banks of the Thames, the busy centre of Britain's international cable traffic, after the postal strike began. Overseas news traffic was not affected. No new discussions were immediately scheduled. Post offices stopped accepting telegrams and postmen began sealing the slots of mailboxes Tuesday a few hours before the strike began. Almost half the nation's 47,000 telephone operators were expected to stay away from their switchboards. The rest are part-time, non-union workers or members of the National Telecommunications Staff Association, which is not on strike. At London's inland telegrams office, an operator said he could accept only life-or-death messages but couldn't guarantee their delivery. Automatic dial telephones, Telex and international-leased wire services were not affected. SERVICE EMBARGOED Mail service to Britain was embargoed in Canada, the United States, France, Spain, West Germany, Australia and Japan. Mail pickups ended through Britain with the day shift Tuesday, but by midnight there were backlogs of 3.5 million pieces in London, 250,000 in Birmingham, 150,000 in Glasgow and 115,000 in Belfast. Big corporations cranked up private postal systems, ferrying foreign mail to France for posting. The first courier arrived in Paris by plane with 30 letters. Others used private boats or the channel ferries. A printing company sent a carrier pigeon to a branch office with microfilmed memos. It didn't arrive on schedule, and its handlers believed it was taking shelter from squalls. But other experts noted that it is the pigeon mating season. Policemen back on the beat NEW YORK (CP) - New York policemen were back on the beat today, but the pay issue that sparked their six-day wildcat strike remained unresolved in the courts. Justice Irving Saypol of the state Supreme Court was scheduled to begin the second day of the trial to decide the pay claim today, with the possibility still open that patrolmen could go ouv again if the city appeals his decision. At issue is the question of pay parity between the patrolmen and sergeants. Under terms of the old contract with the city, ll>e Patrolmen's Benevolent Association contends that each man is entitled to $2,700 in back pay. The patrolmen claim that under their old contract they are entitled to $3 for every $3.50 earned by sergeants. They filed suit when sergeants won a raise in arbitration. The slate's highest court ruled last Thursday it could not decide the case on the facts presented and ordered' the trial. EDGAR BENSON . . . Fights Back OTTAWA (CP) - Finance Minister E. J. Benson told the Commons Tuesday the government has set the stage "for a substantial improvement in production, employment and real income," with current fiscal and monetary policies. He attacked Opposition Leader Robert Stamfield for urging tax cuts that would cost the government up to $1 billion without directly helping the poor or the unemployed. The Commons defeated 108 to 89 a Conservative motion deploring the "abysmal failure" of the government to stimulate the economy. Mr. Benson gave no indication whether the government plans to introduce further policies to expand the economy and reduce unemployment. COULD BOOST ECONOMY But he said current policies, introduced in the December First break comes in Ford walkout WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - Negotiators for the United Auto Workers Union met today to study a new contract offer by Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. aimed at ending a strike by 14,000 union members. Union negotiators, with only a few hours sleep, met in committees. ' The prospect of master talks with the company hinged on the results of these meetings. The UAW's 14,000 members in five Ontario cities went on strike at 1 a.m. Tuesday. The f irst break in negotiations came early today when the company and union reached a tentative agreement on a contract for 467 salaried workers. Those workers vote today on the agreement. Ratification could mean a return to work Thursday. The salaried workers bargain separately from the hourly-rated workers. FOLLOW U.S. PATTERN The tentative agreement, negotiators said, is patterned after the agreement reached by the company and its non-union salaried employees in the United States. It calls for a 13-per-cent wage increase in the first year of a three-y/ar contract and three per cent in each subsequent year. The union and Chrysler said Tuesday they would create a joint six-man committee to discuss the proposal, under which 40 hours would be worked in four days with three consecutive Highways closed in north area EDMONTON (CP) - Freezing ram and wet snow hit west-central Alberta Tuesday, closing three highways and contributing to a fatal traffic accident. One person was killed and three others injured when two cars collided at an ice - covered intersection 10 miles west of the city. Their names were withheld. In Jasper, 240 miles west of Edmonton, police halted traffic east and west bound from the town and national park officials closed the Banff - Jasper Highway because of a snow slide at Rainbow Lake. Later RCMP re - opened Highway 16 but were cautioning m o t o rists against the treacherous conditions.' days off, instead of the present five days work with two days off. UAW President Leonard Woodcock said such a shortened work week might be the remedy for the "problem of absenteeism in this industry." John Leary, Chrysler vice-president for administration, said the third largest automaker was willing to explore the matter, commenting, "Some management people say it stops absenteeism." Guerrillas drop their opposition By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The semi-official Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram said today Palestinian guerrillas had dropped opposition to a peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict, but a spokesman for one major commando group denied it had done so. A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said in Beirut, Lebanon, that the PFLP "continues to oppose all efforts for a settlement and continues to believe that the only way to liberate Palestine is through armed struggle." The spokesman made clear, however, that he was speaking only for the front and not for other guerrilla groups. The PFLP spokesman labelled the Al Ahram report of a change in its position as an "hallucination." Seen ond heard About town    BIRDWATCHER Mrs. Jack Williams spotting the season's first robin, beside her home on Parkside Drive . . . Trade talks being quashed in Fort Macleod minor hockey after Harry Hoek-scma's pee wee team finally defeated teams coached by Bob Hart and Iggy Fieg-er . , . Julius Mohzahn claiming constant nagging will eventually make champion ticket sellers out of Don and Norm Davis. budget and earlier, could accelerate the economy to capacity by the end of the year. The budget forecast a deficit in 1971-72 of $570 million. New Democrat Leader T. C. Douglas accused the minister of raising "the old bogeyman" of a lack of funds to combat unemployment. With the economy going at full steam, any deficit would be recovered even with lower tax rates. As it is, the country is losing $i billion a year through lost productivity by unemployment, Mr. Douglas said. Mr. Benson agreed with Mr. Stanf ield that tax cuts would stimulate the economy without an immediate inflationary effect. But he said tax cuts would not help the unemployed and the poor, who do not pay taxes anyway. IMPACT QUICKER The government's policy of direct payments to lagging sectors of the economy has a quicker impact on unemployment without the risk of renewed inflation, Mr. Benson said. The minister cited as examples the $150 million in loans to the provinces designed for immediate make-work projects, giants to the Central Mortgage and Housing Corp., aid to shipbuilding and the shoe industry and regional incentives to eastern Ontario and the Montreal and Hull, Que., areas. As a sign of the government's success, Mr. Benson cited unemployment statistics showing that the seasonally-adjusted rales for the last three months had been kept below the September high of 6.9 per cent. The December rate was 6.6 per cent, or 538,000 unemployed. He also repeated reports from several authorities, including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, predicting an economic boom by the end of the year. Tlie Opposition, Mr. Benson said, had been "totally devoid of any sound policies or programs for dealing effectively with earlier problems that plagued our economy and they are bankrupt of sound ideas in respect of our current needs." Opposition MPs had engaged "in a frantic scramble to outdo each other in their demands for massive tax cuts and increased government spending without the slightest consideration for the severe damage that could be inflicted on our economy if their proposals were adopted." Commonwealth breakup stalled SINGAPORE (CP) - Britain agreed to continue consultation with the Commonwealth on the controversial arms-to-South Africa issue today, while sticking to its insistence on the right to make sales to the South African Navy if it considers it necessary. The agreement was embodied in an accommodation worked out in two days of hard negotiations in private leaders-only dis-cussons of the Commonwealth conference. The agreement apparently at least temporarily ended a threat of a Commonwealth breakup. .Prime Minister Trudeau told reporters mid-way through today's session that the Commonwealth is "still very much in one piece." The accommodation calls for an eight-country study group-including a reluctant Canada- that will consider "factors affecting the security of maritime trade routes in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans." Prime Minister Trudeau said rfter the second six-hour private meeting of the conference today that the accommodation "restores a decent measure of agreement to disagree." He said Britain still has complete freedom: of action and that the study is not binding on anybody. TRUDEAU NOT HAPPY Trudeau reluctantly permitted Canada to become a member of 'Says he's from Marlboro Country!' Water-iii'the-moon theory advanced by scientists SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) -Several scientists studying lunar rocks and soil brought back by Apollo astronauts say they believe the moon has water. Dr. Albert E. J. Engel, professor of geology at Scripps In- Age of Aquarius may be on hand this week CRANFORD, N.J. (AP) -The Age of Aquarius may be on hand. Friday, Jupiter will align with Mars. Neptune and An-tares won't be far away. Prof. PatrJck J. White, director of the William Miller Sherry Observatory at Union College, said Tuesday that the alignment occurs once every three or four years. stitution of Oceanography, told a news conference Tuesday the moon may contain large quantities of water trapped in rocks. "In fact," he said, "most of us geologists are betting that the moon has water." Dr. Harold Urey, 1934 Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of heavy hydrogen, supported the idea. Recent evidence, he saM, indicates parts of the moon are considerably more dense than the satellite as a whole. "Water underground," he added, "would explain this very neatly." Additional support for the wa-ter-in-the-moon theory came from Dr. Gustaf Arrhenius, prc-f e s s o r of oceanography at Scripps, who said certain minerals he and his colleagues found in the lunar samples are much like hydrous, or water-bearing, minerals found on earth. U.S. air power employed in Asia WASHINGTON (AP) - Defence Secretary Melvin R. Laird said today American air power will be employed throughout Indochina and contended this falls within United States congressional authorization. "As long as 1 am serving in this job, we will continue to use airpower to supplement the South Vietnamese forces in Cambodia," Laird said. "We have this authority spelled out in congressional authorization." Questioned at length during a news conference on the American air role in the current Cam- bodian-South Vietnamese drive to reopen Phnom Penh's lifeline to the sea, Laird said he didn't want to get into the semantics of the problem. He said U.S. air support has been used all along in Cambodia since the Cambodian incursion by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces in June and that it will be continued. The dispatch of American helicopters to aid the anti-Communist offensive in Cambodia comes tiVz months alter President Nixon declared "no U.S. air or logistics support" would be used to aid South Vietnamese fighting in Cambodia. Now, however, U.S. helicopters operating for the first time from 7th Fleet ships off the Cambodian coast have been providing firepower and logistic support-ferrying supplies and aiding in communications-for the Cambodian-South Vietnamese force battling to reopen the highway to the sea. Nixon, in a television address barring U.S. ground personnel and military advisers from Cambodia, said: "We will conduct-with the approval of the Cambodian government-air interdiction mis- sions against the enemy efforts to move supplies and personnel through Cambodia towards J>outh Vietnam and to re-establish base areas relevant to the war in South Vietnam." The South Vietnamese, Nixon said, would remain ready to block re-establishment of the Viet Cong's border sanctuaries cleaned out in May and June by U.S. and South Vietnamese troops. "Most of these operations will be launched from within South Vietnam," Nixon said. "There will be no U.S. air or logistics support" the committee and rejected bids that Canada take over the chairmanship. The other members of the group are Britain, Australia, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Malaysia and Jamaica. Commomve a 11 h Secretary General Arnold Smith of Canada said the committee will meet in London as soon as possible. It is considered that the committee's work could continue for months. Meanwhile, Trudeau, notwithstanding his reluctance to join the committee, proposed that it broaden its scope to cover the question of the sale of arms to the Portuguese territories in south Africa. These territories are Mozambique and Angola. Trudeau is reported to have urged the conference to recognize the need for the study to cover the over-all future of the whole African continent. He is reported to have warned that unless the Commonwealth takes a long view of Africa's problems, the members might in 10 years be faced with a "Vietnam or a Middle East" situation on that continent. He warned that such a situation would be of danger to the whole world. He mentioned this to reporters when he said that the committee will provide time for a long-term look at the problems of Africa. British Prime Minister Herfi made plain that Britain's ha is will remain untied even while the committee is at work. Clear tracks after 'Pass collision CROWSNEST - Two Canadian Pacific Rail freight trains which collided head-on Tuesday four miles west of here were expected to have been cleared from the tracks by noon today. J. P. Bohan, 44, of Cran-brook, B.C. was killed in the accident. He was engineer of . the 94-car eastbound freight. L. D. Swinarion, 22, also of Cranbrook and a train crewman riding in the caboose of the empty eight-car westbound freight is in Natal, B.C. hospital with a cerebral concussion. His condition is listed as serious. Two other trainmen were injured: Allan MacDonald, 49, a conductor, and Gary Marlow, 23, are in the Natal hospital in good condition. C. A. Campbell, engineer of tlie westbound train was treated for minor injuries and released, and J. R. Zmaeff, another trainman, was not injured. The four were also from Cranbrook. CP Rail officials have not yet determined the cause of the collision. Trudeau takes out lovely Chinese girl SINGAPORE (AP) - Canada's prime minister and most eligible bachelor, Pierre Trudeau, took a break from Commonwealth summit debate for some hard rock dancing with a 23-year-old Chinese banker-model, nightlife circles reported today. Trudeau's partner was Quek Li Lian, a sociology and political science graduate of tho University of Singapore. She now is an officer with the First National City bank and works part time as a photographic model. She is 5-foot-3 and, objective observers conclude, lovely. Miss Quek and Trudeau were in a party of five at the Spot-Spot, a strobe-lighted discotheque in the Canadian delegation's hotel featuring a shaggy-haired Australian rock group. ;