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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, January News In brief N.B. prisoners protesting DORCHESTER.N.B. (CP) Two hundred and twenty- one prisoners at the federal penitentiary here were refus- ing the leave the recreation building this morning after re- jecting an agreement by prison authorities to meet with a convict committee. A prison official said the men refused to leave the recreation building and return to their cells Sunday night. He said no one has been in- jured and there has been little damage in the recreation building. Thai flood toll at 235 HAAD YAI, Thailand (AP) Flood waters are slowly subsiding in southern Thailand as government of- ficials try to provide relief for nearly a million refugees and to prevent epidemics. The confirmed death toll in the six stricken provinces stands at 235, officials say, but they have little hope for 159 persons still listed as missing. Mexicans to work in Canada MEXICO CITY (AP) More than migrant Mexican farm workers will work in Canada this year at salaries of to an hour under an agreement between the two countries, a Mexican diplomat said Sunday. Alfonso Ballesteros, Mex- ico's consul general in Canada, said travel expenses for the workers would be paid by the hiring companies. The agreement requires that the workers remain in Canada not less than six weeks nor more than eight months. Indian talks bog down GRESHAM, Wis. (AP) .Efforts to persuade Indian militants to end their armed occupation of an unused religious estate have bogged down amid tribal complaints about demands by the proper- ty's white owners. Tribal leaders, who earlier criticized the demonstrators' tactics, scolded the Chicago based Alexian Brothers for not negotiating in good faith. Huge egg surplus gone says CEMA spokesman Majority favors religion PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) A majority of people in the United States still think religion can answer today's world problems, the latest Gallup Poll shows. Sixty-two per cent of those surveyed said they believe religion can answer all or most of today's problems, while 20 per cent said religion is out of date. Eighteen per cent offered no opinion. In a 1957 survey, 81 per cent thought religion could solve the problems of the day. 'Buffer zone' sought OTTAWA (CP) A spokes- man for the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) said Saturday that a multi- million egg surplus ac- cumulated by the producer- run agency virtually has been eliminated. "Our board managers, yesterday I believe it was, assured us that they were on the move and in reality there just virtually weren't any (eggs) said Harold Grossman of Stoughton, Sask., a member of the CEMA management committee. He was commenting after a day meeting of the agency and other agriculture marketing groups. The meeting apparently was called to discuss a 40-million egg surplus, which another CEMA official confirmed last week and which was reported EDMONTON (CP) The University of Alberta board of governors has called for the return of a "buffer zone" between universities and the provincial government. The board, at a Friday meeting, asked for provincial legislation to establish a un- iversities council. The council would not have legal powers like the old universities com- mission, but would hold public meetings and make recommendations regarding matters such as building and construction programs and grants to universities. Economic woes force bank sale Vaccine developed COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Two Ohio State University re- searchers say they have developed what may be the BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL most powerful vaccine ever made to prevent the disease known as "walking pneumonia." Doctors Norman Somerson and Vincent Hamparian said the vaccine was developed at Columbus Children's Hospital on a grant from the U.S. National Institute of Health. The ASSOCIATED PRESS Faced with "probable fail- ure" and a lack of "public the Security National Bank of Long Island has been sold to another New York bank. Security National, of Hemp- stead, N.Y., said in a state- ment Sunday that its troubles resulted from a loss of investor confidence, which the bank said is a result of the general economic decline and the failure of another Long Island bank, the Franklin National, last year. "This gave rise to rumors and speculative, damaging news stories about the bank MIDWEEK SPECIAL! When you buy a Thrift Box at the regular price you get FRENCH FRIES FOR 3 8fl.oz. CREAMY COLESLAW Colonel Sanders and his boys make it "linger lichin' good SVEN ERICKSENS AND PASTRY which caused substantial withdrawals of deposits and seriously impaired the bank's ability to obtain borrowings from its normal Se- curity National said. Banking sources said Security National had suf- fered losses in loans to builders on New York's Long Island, where the con- struction industry is depress- ed following a building boom during the 1960s. Franklin National's failure followed heavy foreign ex- change losses. Its failure was the largest in United States history. The Federal Reserve Board in Washington, which author- ized the sale of Security Na- tional without stockholder ap- proval, said the comptroller of the currency had found "ex- ternal forces and public con- fidence have adversely affected the operations and condition of Security to the point that an emergency ex- ists." Earthquake to be increasing by 15-million eggs weekly. "So while they may have been in storage last week, it's our assumption they're said Mr. Crossmah. "Now, you'll have to check with the individual managers whether this is so or not, but at any rate ...-I would say that by the end of next week there won't be any real surplus that's what you call them." Mr. Crossman emphasized that eggs are a storable product "for some weeks" as long as they are handled properly. But improper storage was the main reason 28 million eggs had to be destroyed by the agency in 1974. The blame for the 1975 sur- plus, which was higher than CEMA expected, was laid squarely with the Quebec egg marketing board. Under the present arrange- ment, CEMA, established in mid-1973, purchases surplus eggs from the provincial boards, In turn, the provinces are responsible for ensuring producers do not exceed quotas. Supercycle Bicycle mechanic Rob- ert Webster of Victoria displays his super cycle which boasts no less than 30 speeds, a radio, a stereo cassette player, horn, signal lights, brake lights, high and low beam headlights, speedometer, drum brakes and an emergency parking brake. Libya boasts of bomb capability PARIS (Reuter) Libyan leader Mouammar Khadafy in art interview published here Sunday said his country will soon be able to acquire the atom bomb. He told the weekly news magazine Le Point: "Soon the atom will have no secrets for anybody. Some years ago we could hardly procure a fighter squadron. Tomorrow we will be able to buy an atom bomb and all its parts." Khadafy also said he believes Libya will be the first country attacked by the United States if it carries out its threat of military interven- tion in the case of an extreme menace to Western oil supplies. kills 36 NEW DELHI (AP) A strong earthquake that shook the Himalayas Sunday killed at least 36 persons in India and caused extensive damage and loss of life in Chinese-ruled Ti- bet, reports reaching here said today. Witnesses on the Indo- Tibetan border said they saw Tibetan hillocks crumble into piles of debris. Unconfirmed reports said that some members of a unit of Indo-Tibctan border police were buried under bunkers that caved in. Former slave, 12L I to re-enact wedding PALATKA, Fla. (AP) Rev. Toby Crosby is plann- ing a special celebration for his birthday Tuesday. He says he will be 121. "When a man becomes 21, his family wants him to g the still spry minister said. "Now that I am 121, I want to marry her again." He pointed to Lulu, his wife of 63 years. She's 89. "He has been talking about this for some Mrs. Crosby said, flustered as any bride. She said he's worried about what she will wear and who will be in- volved in the ceremony. The wedding will be part of a community celebration. Crosby entered the ministry about 75 years ago and built the Lily of the Valley Church of Our Lord of the Apostolic Faith. He still preaches regularly to a small congregation, and on occasion he is a guest minister at other churches. He said he was born into slavery in 1854 on a South Carolina plantation and moved to Florida about the turn of the century. He worked then as a railroad brakeman and in the turpentine industry. He said he learned his philosophy of life at his grand- mother's knee: "If I learned to tend to my own business for the first six months of the year and let other folks' business alone the next six months, that would keep me busy and not give me time to tend to anyone's business but my own." Rebels capture Mekong island PHNOM PENH The Khmer Rouge captured an island in the Mekong River north of Phnom Penh, posing a threat to the Cambodian government naval base at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Spa rivers, field reports said today. About 100 insurgents drove government forces from Oknha Tei island Sunday night, and thousands of refugees fled across the river. Field reports said landing craft took about 500 govern- Greek junta leaders to be jailed ATHENS (AP) Five lead- ers of the Greek military dictatorship were officially charged today with high treason and insurrection and ordered jailed, the govern- ment announced. The charges against ex- dictator George Papadopoulos and four of his close associates carry a possible death sentence. The five men have been con- fined to the Aegean island of Kea since October. Police on the island said they would probably be brought to Athens later today. They completed testimony Sunday before an investigating magistrate, George Voltis, and he and the Athens public prosecutor, Menelaos Koutsakos, agreed on the charges against, them, the announcement said. Charged with Papadopoulos were former deputy premiers Nicholas Makarezos and Sty- lianos Patakos, the former minister of public order and military police chief, Joannis Ladas, and the former intelligence chief, Michael Roufogalis. All were army of- ficers. ment troops to try to recap- ture the island. Refugees said the Khmer Route moved to the island by motorized canoes from the east bank of the Mekong, where they occupied a large stretch seven miles northeast of the capital. Other Khmer Route forces threatened Prek Phneou, a district town seven miles north of Phnom Penh. The in- surgents advanced to within 300 yards of the town's military fuel depot and overran a small outpost near- by, field report said: Soldiers said government forces in the area abandoned one artillery piece mounted on a jeep. They said more than 20 rounds of 75mm recoilless ri- fle ammunition were fired into the military fuel depot and into the town market, kill- ing 11 persons. Four rockets were fired into the centre of Phnom Penh early today, and police said they killed four civilians and wounded eight. Agence France-Presse reported the rockets killed 30 and injured 75. France-Presse also reported the rebels had dropped leaflets into Phnom Penh asking the people to sup- port what they said was their second offensive which would start today. Rockets also were reported fired into the Phnom Penh air- port and surrounding villages, killing five persons and wounding 16. In South Vietnam, more small attacks were reported around Saigon. The South Vietnamese com- mand said the Viet Cong blew up a bridge on a secondary road six miles southeast of the capital and a larger bridge 95 miles southwest of the city on the main highway from the Mekong Delta. The Viet Cong have blown up more than 60 bridges in South Vietnam in three months. Stettler couple found murdered STETTLER (CP) Frightened families in this central Alberta.farming com- munity are banding together for protection against a murderer who brutally killed a couple in their home about 1 a.m. Saturday. Kenneth Leroy Welty, and his wife Betty Margeret, both 45, were lulled by multiple gunshot wounds to their heads and bodies. They were literally ambush- ed by the gunman as they re- turned to their frame farm home after an evening of snowmobile riding. RCMP said the killer stood outside the home and fired at least five high powered rifle shots through windows and walls. The killer made no ef- fort to get into the home and there apparently was no theft involved in the killings. RCMP said Mrs. Welty was killed instantly when she was shot as she stood at the front window of the home. Her hus- band was wounded by subse- quent rifle shots. A trail of blood leading from the living room and blood stains around light switches indicate he tried to find shelter in the bathroom of the home and that he tried to turn off lights inside the home. Before he was killed, Mr. Welty telephoned a neighbor for help, saying his wife had been gunned down and that he was wounded. He was killed when the murderer walked around the house and fired a single shot through a bedroom window. The gunfire smashed cabinets and cupboards inside the home. One bullet passed completely through the building. Armed neighbors arrived shortly after the shooting end- ed but the murderer had already fled. The couple was already dead. Residents of the area said a late model blue pickup truck carrying a white camper fled the area at high speed shortly after the shooting. Stonehouse says he will resign MELBOURNE (AP) John Stonehouse, the runaway member of the British Parliament, said today he will resign from the House of Commons as soon as the Australian government decides to let him live per- manently in Australia. Stonehouse, who dis- appeared in Miami Beach, Fla., last November and was picked up in Melbourne Christmas Eve, seemed confi- dent he will get permission to stay in Australia. "England is a sick Stonehouse told a news conference. "Most of us in politics in Britain are in a game of pretense. We are not lacing up to the real decline of England. "There is a considerable amount of deceit as well as hypocrisy in British politics. I've been just as guilty as anyone with that game." Stonehouse said he dis- appeared in Florida because "I could not cope with the pressure of my combined business and political life." It's half steam ahead for auto makers DETROIT (AP) The beleaguered United States auto industry begins its third full week of production in 1975 with 11 assembly plants clos- ed and workers on layoff. It was an improvement over last week, when the auto mak- ers reported 28 U.S. plants closed and hourly em- ployees laid off because retail sales declines. Only American Motors, the smallest of the Big Four, will be in full production this week. General Motors will operate without four plants, Ford Motor Co. will have three plants closed and Chrysler Corp. is extending another week of shutdowns to four plants. Ford and Chrysler will offer new-car buyers factory rebates of up to again this week in hopes of boosting sales, which have been in the doldrums for 16 straight months. It is the longest auto slump in 30 years. Chrysler's rebate program, now in its second week, offers up to in company cheques to buyers of specified models, and a bonus if designated models are traded in on the sale. The program ends Feb. 16. Ford begins the first full week of a similar plan which provides up to in rebates for the purchase of small Ford models. The promotion ends Feb. 28. General Motors Corp. today joined the rebate parade and announced that it will return payments ranging from to to buyers of its sub compact and compact cars in the United States. The rebates will be made directly to the customer, GM said. GM will have workers on temporary layoff this week. Ford is closing car plants in Wixom, Mich., Lorain, Ohio, and San Jose, Calif., as well as five manufacturing plants this week in moves that will leave workers on temporary layoff. Ford also has employees on indefinite layoff. Chrysler is keeping car plants in Hamtramck, Mich., Newark, Del., and St. Louis, and its St. Louis truck plant closed again this week. About workers will be on tem- porary layoff because of the closings. Chrysler also has workers on indefinite layoff. ;