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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-21,Lethbridge, Alberta j _ THt LETMBHIOOe MERAtO - Mondny, Jinuiry 21. «74 News In brief Policeman awarded $2000 EDMONTON (CP) - An Edmonton policeman h«s been awarded |2,000 by the Alberta Crimes Compensation Board for injuries suffered while on duty last October. CwisUble Lar^r Letawsky, 26, was wounded in the arm by a shotgun blast white investigating a complaint of a man shooting out of a window. The man who fired the shot at Constable Letawsky was killed in an exchange of gun* hre with policemen. The board was told C«i-stable Letawsky has considerable difficulty using the injured arm and has taken a desk job with the police department. Constable Letawsky wilt receive 11,000 compensation for pain and suffering. $97S for tost wages and $25 for transportation costs. The board’s award, made public during the-weekend, will be reviewed in six months. Flooding eases in U.S. By THE ASSOaATED PRESS Idaho cowboys riding motorboats instead of horses roped stranded cattle and towed them out of flooded areas as most of the northwestern United States returned to normal today after a week of flooding A Red Cross spokesman ui North Idaho said cowboys were towing strays out of swamped areas with motorboats and occasionally gave the cattte artificial respiration. No new major flooding was reported in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Northern California, but the National Weather Service predicted rainshowers for the region today. A helicopter pilot became the 17th remrtea flood-related fatality when his helicopter crashed Sunday. The pilot was flying supplies to persons stranded by floods in Washington. Tricia denies marital rift WASHINGTON (AP) -Tricia Nixon Cox, who has been denying rumors of marital troubles, is spending the weekend at the White House with her young lawyer husband, Edward Cox, There was a family dinner party Saturday night at the White House with President and Mrs. Nixon, Julie and David Eisenhower and the Coxes. Mrs. Nixon’s news secretary, Helen Smith, said Tricia and Eddie Cox came from New York City on Saturday. Tricia denied last week rumors that she and Cox were splitting up. Those rumors surfaced after she spent three weeks in California and Washington away from her husband, a lai^er in a Wall Street firm. Trainmen invite Munro west EDMONTON (CP) -Federal Labor Minister John Munro has been invited here to talk with railway workers about his suggestion that they should consider voluntary arbitration in future contract negotiations. The invitation was issued Sunday in a telegram to Mr. Munro from Jack Pickett, president of the Edmonton Council of Railway Unions. Mr. Pickett said it is essential that railway workers have an opportunity to have some input into discussions on voluntary arbitration. Diseased turtles net damages M0N'7T0N, N.B. (CP) -The New CiuionitK Supreme Court has ruled a Moncton department store must pay f5,701 to two children who contracted a disease after having been given pet turtles bought in the store. Anne McMullin bought the turtles for her children, Michael, 5, and Suzanne, 3, from the F, W. Woolworth Co. Ltd. on Aug. 8, 1968. The children then became ill with a “disease akin to typhoid fever” as a result of bacteria transmitted from the turtles, said a judgment written by Queen’s Bench Division Chief Justice A. J. Cormier. Senator Davey’s father dies TORONTO (CP) - Charles Minto (Scotty) Davey, 73, father of Senator Keith Davey and former production manager at the Toronto Star, died Saturday. Mr. Davey started as an apprentice pressman when he was 19 years old and became press room foreman after 10 years. He worked at the Star 55 years, longer than any other employee, and continued to work part-time until his death. PPCLl colonel buried WINDSOR, England (CP) — Funeral services, attended by the Queen, were scheduled here today for Lady Patricia Ramsay, colonet-in-chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry which was represented at the services by a delegation flown over from Calgary. A Canadian spokesman said it was Lady Patricia’s request that she be borne during the funeral services by soldiers of her regiment. It marks the first time that Canadian servicemen have participated in a royal private funeral in St. George's Chapel here. Lady Patricia, who died Jan. 12 at age 67, was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, the second daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. ~ln 1919 she renounced the title of princess when she married Admiral Sir Alexander Ramsay. It was in 1914, during the time her father served as Governor-General of Canada, that she agreed to the use of her name in the title of the newly-formed regiment. Suez reconstruction planned CAIRO (AP) - The Cairo press reports that recwistruc-tion along the Suez canal wilt begin soon, with plans calling for construction of five tunnels linking cities west of the canal with the Sinai. Newspapers quote Osman Ahmed Osman, reconstruction minister, as saying Egyptian planners will move to permanent headquarters in Ismailiya, midway on the canal and that work on the first tunnel under the waterway will start early next month He is quoted as saying the BRIDQERUQ DRAPES LTD. niHMTIMATIt nMn*»at-47n COUIMMAU. Schmidt says Socreds ready for early vote Watch that first step This horse is having second thoughts about seeking shelter in this barn — an old weatherbeaten structure in the Edmonton area, waiting to be moved to another farm 12 miles north of the city. The land where the barn has stood all these years, was used as a feedlot until recently. Now It is going to be the site for a housmg development. Weekend traffic fatalities take 3 lives in Alberta first tunnel will link the twin cities of Qantara East and Qantara West, on opposite sides of the canal. 'The canal cities of Port Said, Ismailiya and Suez, once centres of commerce, were largely destroyed during Egyptian-Israeli fightittg in 190» and 1970. Once they are restored, at least a million people will be able to move from Uie overcrowd Nil* Valley. Protest JAKARTA (AP) - Mgk than 1,000 students <leinQmlr«tetf at two tndoM-sian universities today to protest the arrest of student leaders daring rtoting in Jakarta tait week. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Three persons who died in separate fires in Manitoba were among at least seven persons who lost their lives accidentally during the weekend in the Prairie Provinces. Alberta recorded thtee traffic fatalities and Saskatchewan had one. Man held after wife’s fatal fall FUNT, Mich. (AP) - A man acquitted of murdering his second wife by pushing her down a flight of stairs has been charged with killing his third wife in an almost identical manner, says Genesee County prosecutor Robert Leonard. Charles Matla, a Flint auto worker, was arraigned Friday in the Dec. 28 death of his wife, Patricia, 42. Police said they found her unconscious in their home Dec. 22. She died six days later. In September, 1970, Matla’s second wife, Winifred, died from a fall down a flight of stairs. He was acquitted of second-degree murder this case. Authorities said Matla's first wife, Marian, died from injuries she suffered in an auto accident in 1966 Matla was driving when the accident occurred In Alberta, Leslie David Zarkon, 20, and Thomas McCusker, 22, both of Banff, were killed Saturday in a collision between their car and a CP Rail freight train near Canmore. ’The other Alberta fatal accident claimed the life of Phillip Joe Durocher, 41, of Sputinow, who died after being hit by a vehicle Saturday near Elk Point, 100 miles east of Edmonton. Mrs. Curtis Moore, 48, died Sunday in a firt at her home in Stonewall, Man., 15 miles north of Winnipeg. An earl^ -morning fire Saturday in Winnipeg claimed the life of Evelyn Delaronde, 9, and a person who has not been identified was killed in a house fire Saturday in San Clara in westcentral Manitoba. , In Saskatchewan, Stanley Bashforth, 19, of Okla, Sask., died after being thrown from a car following a collision with another vehicle Saturday. He was then run over by a third vehicle. The accident occurred near Balgonie, 12 miles east of Regina. At least three persons died in British (Columbia during the weekend — two in traffic accidents and one from exposure. Mrs. Constantina Benias of Vancouver died Sunday when the car she was driving struck a tree in Vancouver. Michael Howard Slang, 20, of Nanaimo, B.C., died Saturday in a two-car crash about 40 miles north of Nanaimo. . Roger Trellenberg, 19, of Terrace, was found dead Saturday in about five feet of snow 150 feet from Highway 16 near Terrace in northern B.C. He was apparently walking with a woman companion early Saturday in windy, snowy weather when they became separated. A passing motorist found the woman and took her to hospital where she was treated for exposure and exhaustion. She did not recover sufficiently to tell police about Mr. Trellenberg until later in the day. By JOSEPH MA CALGARY (CP) - The Alberta Social Credit party does not feel that ati early election is justified but is prepared for it. Party Leader Werner Schmidt said Saturday. "It would be totally irresponsible for Peter Lougheed to call an early election,” he said in an interview at the end of the 39th annual convention of the Alberta Social Credit League. “The premier does not need to renew his mandate at this time and an early election means wasting taxpayers' time and money,” said Mr. Schmidt, who Was re-affirmed as party leader at the convention. “On the other hand, we are ready for an election at any time because the Conservatives are politically expedient." Several Social Credit MLAs said an early election would not be to their advantage. As one of them put It: “The Lougheed people are quite popular now, to be frank." It is because of this that the Social Credit party is readying itself for an election. Ray Speaker, MLA for Little Bow, predicted that an election could be held as early as March. “Depending on the outcome of the first ministers’ enerj conference in Ottawa, Lougheed may announce an election after his return to Edmonton.” Mr. Speaker said. STEERING COMMITTEE A five-man election steering committee was formed at the convention. House Leader Bob Clark said its membership will be announced shortly. The convention decided to postpone the leadership issue until after the next election. Mr. Schmidt wilt continue as party leader but it was agreed that he should resign if he falls to win a seat in the next elec* tion. The compromise was reached when Mr. Clark, who narrowly lost to Mr. Schmidt in the leadership contest a year ago, said the party s most important task is to prepare for the election. “The leadership question should be settled after the next electiOTi,” he said. Mr. Schmidt said he would resign as par^ leader if he loses in the next election. Mr. Schmidt was defeated in the Calgary Foothills byelection last summer and in Edmonton Belmont in the 1971 election, in which the Conservatives ended 36 years of Social Credit rule in the province. MUST WIN SEAT Albert Ludwig, MLA for Calgary Mountain View, said Mr. Schmidt should stay on as party leader only if he wins a seat and the Social Credit party does well in the next election. “To be party leader, he has to prove that he can lead us to success — winning a seat for himself is not enough," Mr. Ludwig said. But Mr. Schmidt said if he founding principles of the Social Credit movement. A series of resolutions ex~ pressing c(Hifidence in Mr. Schmidt’s leadership were unanimously passed by delegates inside the convention hall. Several MLAs who were outside when the vote was taken, including Mr. Clark, said their absence was not planned, Mr. Clark said the convention did succeed in bringing more unity to the party. He pointed out that the convention approved a constitutional amendment that would put two MLAs on the league’s board as full, voting members. Mr. Clark said he has been inviting board members to send observers to MLA caucus meetings. These interchanges will bring the league, wluch elects the party leader, and the MLA caucus closer, he said. Francis Porter of Drumheller, Geoffrey Dawrant of Edmonton, Walter Strom of Bow Island and Elizabeth Sidor of Edmonton were reelected president, first, second and, third vice -presidents respectively. The only new face on the executive was Dale Schlenker of Calgary, elected fourth vice president. Snowplow efforts Hoo late’ KmMAT, B.C. (CP) - A provincial highways spokesman here denied Sunday that the department discriminates against Indians. The charge was made Friday by Thomas Robinson, chief councillor of the Kitimat village, after Hesther Dunca, about four, died earlier Friday. “We spend a lot of money and a lot of time on that road,’‘ said Jake Janzen, foreman for the highways department office. “We did our best to get through the snow but the call for help came too late. He said the office received a call from the girl’s mother about .11 a.m. Friday. Mr. Janzen said a grader operator working about two miles from the village was told to give assistance, but when he arrived an hour later, he was told the girl died about 11:30 a.m. ‘iVo«cy’ snowmohiler took i,500-/ooi super slide SALMO, B.C. (CP) - As Jean-Guy LabeUe slid on his back down a 1,500-foot mountainside Saturday, all he wanted was “to be either killed right away or be stopped." ' Mr. Labelle, 3«, of Salmo, was with seven other snowmobilers at Beaver Lookout, nine miles south of here near the southern Trans-Canada Highway. The group stopped to show a novice snowmobiler the view. Mr. Labelle waled to the edge, but fell through overhanging snow. He said he slid down the steep cliff in stages, first going about 500 feet when he almost stopped on a ledge, but snow falling behind caught him and pushed him further. From there, he slid 300 feet, 400 feet and 200 feet before finally stopping. His companions were unable to reach him, but some returned to a telephone and contacted RCMP, who reached Mr. Labelle with a helicopter. He was treated in hospital for a dislocated shoulder and bruises, but was released later in the day. “I’m too nosey, I think I teamed a good lesson,” he said Sunday.    ' Author Solzhenitsyn ‘ready for anything’ Rioting in Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) -Army troops and police were on the alert today in the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Sinaloa after a week of violence in which eight persons were killed- Two wealthy men remained in the hands of kidnappers in two of the states and a third was rescued over the weekend when police shot his two abductors. The violence started last Wednesday in the Pacific northwest city of Cutiacan, in Sinaloa. Leftist students clashed with police. EARLY ASTRONOMER The first use of lenses to lorm a telescope is attributed to Roger Bacon of England, who died in 1292 wins a sea^, he intends to be either the Premier of Alberta or the opposition leader. Several delegates expressed disappointment in the convention, which they said failed to point a new direction. Mr, Schmidt, they said, was stilt “turned on” to sermonizing on moral principles in his speeches, when the party really needs a new image and such things can be best left to the church. But from the reception Mr. Schmidt got, one delegate said, “most of the people at the convention seemed to tike that old approacii.” The convention was attended by 475 delegates, out of about 2,000 eligible. Their average age appeared to lie close to 50 The large numbers of young party members who almost put Mr. Clark into the leadership last year did not attend. Resolutions passed at the three-day convention were basically re-affirming the MOSCOW (AP) - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, denounced as a traitor by Soviet authorities for his bwk Gulag Archipelago, said today the Notley flays oil legislation EDMONTON (CP) - The New Democratic Party offers a positive outlet for western alienation, rather than the blind opposition displayed by Alberta’s Conservative government, Alberta NDP Leader Grant Notley said Sunday, The Progressive Conservative party “too often equates the rights of the West with the well-being of foreign-controlled oil companies,” Mr. Notley commented following a meeting of the NDP federal council in Toronto. He contrasted Alberta legislation which will hand price increases to private oil companies with the Saskatchewan government’s Bill 42 under which 100 per cent of windfall profits wilt be recovered by the public treasury. book has fulfilled his duty to the dead. He said he and his family are “ready for anything.” In written answers to questions submitted to him by Western correspondents, the Nobel Prize-winning author refused to speculate on what the Kremlin might do to him for smuggling his history of Soviet laW camps out of Russia for publication abroad. “1 am not going to make predictions,” he said. "I and my family are ready for anything. 1 have fulfilled my duty to the dead. It gives me relief and tranquility. “This truth was doomed to die. It was being downtrodden, was Ijeing drowned, burned, ground to ashes. But look, it has survived, it lives, it has been >rinted—and nobody ever will >e able to wipe it out.” CHARGES DISPUTED Solzhenitsyn disputed charges that the book has harmed detente between the Soviet Union and the West. It is “not he who tells about committed crimes who brings harm to peace and to good relations among people and peoples, but he who committed or is committing them,” he said. U.S. Congress session ^most critical in century’ WASHINGTON (Reuter) -The United States Congress opens its moat crucial session in more than a century today, faced with the task of deciding whether to remove President Nixon from office. As the S3$ members of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Senate returned t« ttie U.S. cardtai from a month-kmg recess, a new poll by the Gallup organization showed Nixon's popularity rating had slipped again, to 27 per cent—his previous low of last October and two jHrcentage points bekw hi* iWember marli. The congressmen—most of whom stand for re*election this year—must decide Nixon’s future as a result of the Watergate and other scandals, against a backdrop of key economic issues including rising unemployment and fuel shortages. The public opinien polls and soundings by congressmen among their own constituents will weigh heavily on the deci* Sion whether to vote to impeach the president. INDICTED JOHNSON Hie only time the House voted to impeach, or Indict, an American president was in 1666 following the U.S. civil war. The vote was against President Andrew Johnson, but the Senate acting as a court failed to muster the necessary two-thirds vote to remove him from office for allegedly violating a l«w by firing his secretary of war, among other charges. The House judiciary committee, investigating impeachment charges against Nixon, has promised deliver its findings to the full House for a vote in mid or late April. It is widely believed the committee will ask the House to vote for impeachment. During the weekend, a nongovernment organization, the liberal-leaning National Committee for Effective Congress, released a report that said interviews show enough House votes for impeachment. Some congressmen feel impeachment w''- tear the (ountry apa r< "sentati ve Wilbur Ml)    \rk ) one of ¡1C    '^fial House leaders, Sdio ^untry will be better o(i if jNixon resigns rather than have the CMintry go through prolonged impeachment proceedings, OTHERS INVOLVED Two other committees are also investigating aspects of the presidential scandals—the Senate Watergate committee and a congressional tax committee headed by Mills looking into Nixon’s tax returns. Both panels are expected to deliver their own reports for congressional consideration. Nixon and the Congress face challenges of non-Watergate related economic and world issues as well. Chief among these is the fuel shortage with administra' tion energy chief William Simon forecasting a 14-percent shortfall in fuel compared with demand, triggered in part by the Arab oil boycott. Simon, who has said the country may be forced into gasoline rationiiw for the first time since the ^ond World War, is scheduled to be the lead-off witness today before a Senate investigatl . subcommittee trying to f ret out whether the oil shortage has been contrived by oil companies as charged by some congressmen. ;