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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD January 22, 1975 More sticks than carrots Countries wary of U.S. trade act Police solve mystery of vicar WASHINGTON (CP) The Soviet Union's abrupt decision to renounce its 1972 trade agreement with the United States is the most chilling reaction so far to the new U.S. Trade Reform Act, but it is not the only adverse response from abroad. Second thoughts about the bill signed by President Ford two weeks ago have been sur- facing as well in Latin America and Europe. As printed copies of the 100- page measure have gradually become ail the last-minute changes approved by Congress when it rushed through the bill before adjourning in original pleasure among foreign trade officials has been replaced by sobre reflec- tion. While it is still too early to draw up a balance sheet of foreign reaction, the view is growing that the final version of the Trade Reform Act con- tains more less than anyone had previously imagined. Canadian reaction is cautious. Canadian diplomats have long been wary about some of the twists Congress might impose. They now appear apprehensive about the negative features of the final bill while welcoming the psychological lift that the new law provides for future trade talks. The Soviet Union's renun- ciation, announced with "regret" Tuesday by U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger, came because Moscow refused to accept a trading relationship which Congress insisted be firmly linked with Soviet emigration policies, particularly as they affected Soviet Jews'. Kissinger had tried to reconcile the Soviet and congressional views with some nimble diplomacy, meeting secretly with Soviet representatives while warn- Newborn baby gets pacemaker LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) A pacemaker has been im- planted-in the heart of a new- born baby, called by a hospital spokesman one of the youngest patients ever to receive the battery-powered life sustainer. "It's just been one miracle after the other down there at the said the father, Clay Dixon. "Ten years ago she would've died. I never would've imagined a thing like this could happen." A temporary pacemaker was implanted in the heart of Alisa- Marie Dixon during ex- ploratory surgery on Jan. 11, the day after she was born. A day later she received a per- manent one. "I'm sure Alisa is one of the youngest ever to get a pace- said Karen Krantz, a spokesman for the Long Beach Memorial Hospital children's medical centre. The baby, born in nearby San Pedro, suffered from a< heart blockage and a variety of other congenital heart defects. She was what is call- ed a "blue baby." The baby' was reported in stable condition in the hospital's intensive care unit for newborns. "The doctors told me about the problems and said it was rare for a baby to survive the surgery they had to said Dixon, an 18-year-old unem- ployed San Pedro factory worker. Doctors said Alisa's heart couldn't beat with a normal rhythm because of a failure of her electrical impulses to reach the lower chambers. Heart drugs may not prolong life CHICAGO (AP) United States study of two drugs widely used on persons with heart disease has found no evi- dence to indicate that they prolong life. The drugs, clofibrate and niacin, are prescribed for per- sons who have had heart at- tacks and have been thought Hostages released SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Three of four persons taken hostage by two gunmen gain- ed their freedom early today and showed up at police head- quarters, police said. The fourth was missing and believ- ed still with the two fugitives. Ruth Rosenbaum and Police Capt. Paul Harvey apparently we're unharmed, officers said. Police Sgt. Larry Hosteller was beaten about the face, of- ficers said. They said he was left bound in a car but manag- ed to start it and steer it with his knees to the headquarters. Lucinda Sherman, the fourth hostage, was missing. It was not clear if Harvey and Mrs. Rosenbaum had been released or escaped. The two policemen had volunteered as hostages after the gunmen robbed the Rosen- baum department store and took the women hostage. Miss Sherman was an employee and Mrs. Rosenbaum the wife of the owner. Police said the gunmen and their captives criss-crossed northern Indiana, first in a van provided by police and then in a car. At first they were tracked by a police helicopter, but officers said Harvey called in asking that surveillance units be called off and a car be brought to a specified location. Police said the robbers had held four other persons hostage before authorities agreed to their demands for a van and safe passage. The pair, described as in their early 20s and armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a re- volver, entered the downtown store shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday and ordered store Irving Rosenbaum, his wife, two other employees and a customer to lie on the floor. to reduce the chance of recurrence by reducing the level of cholesterol and other fatty substances in the blood. The study sponsors warned, however, that its findings should be considered only in relation to its subjects, all se- riously ill persons. The study, sponsored by the U.S. National Heart and Lung Institute, also found that clofi- brate causes some un- desirable side effects, including loss of sex drive, gallstones and heart problems not related to the original dis- ease. Patients taking niacin also had an increase in heart prob- lems not related to their origi- nal heart disease, skin prob- lems, urinary and gastrointes- tinal problems and arthritic gout. The patients were divided into three groups. One was given niacin, another clofibrate and a third a placebo, or inert milk sugar pill with no therapeutic effects. The mortality rate in all three groups was about the around 25 per cent. The study involved 53 clinical centres and male patients, ages 30 to 64, who had suffered myocardial in- farction. Almost all who sur- vived were followed for at least five years, and some for more than eight. The results were reported in the Jan. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Jeremiah Stamler of Northwestern University medical school, who headed the project. Physician president EDMONTON (CP) Dr. Alex Omelchuk of Edmonton Tuesday was named president elect of the Alberta branch of the college of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Omelchuk, a 1962 graduate of the University of Alberta, will assume the presidency in 1976. Dr. E. I. Ghitter of Wetaskiwin will serve as the college's Alberta president this year. ing Congress not to push too hard. Congress insisted, however, that the United States not make trade concessions to the Soviet Union unless it got "assurances" that the Soviets would relax their emigration policies. Alter, mulling that over, Moscow decided the conditions were unacceptable. The Latin Americans' ire has been aroused by a last- minute decision by Congress to refuse preferential low- tariffs to developing countries which join price-fixing cartels or expropriate American businesses. Venezuela and Ecuador are members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and thus stand to be excluded from the tariff benefits. Several other Latin American countries have supported their protests, with a threat to boycott a meeting of Western Hemisphere foreign ministers at Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March. In Europe, meanwhile, re- ports indicate that Common Market trade negotiators are predicting a long, frustrating and potentially futile round of talks on world trade, partly because of the dangerous state of many national economies but also because of restrictive clauses in the U.S. trade act. The Europeans particularly object to provisions that re- quire congressional approval for a variety of concessions that U.S. negotiators might be expected to make in return for matching concessions from American trading partners. A bad taste still lingers on European palates from the failure of Congress to approve the whole range of concessions negotiated in the so-called Kennedy Round of trade talks in'1964-67. The :next round of trade negotiations is scheduled to start in Geneva Feb. 11. In the present climate of economic gloom, with widespread sentiment 'developing in favor of trade protectionism, there is little hope in Washington or elsewhere that the trade nego- tiations could or should proceed quickly. Most observers feel the cur- rent round will essentially mark time, awaiting both a recovery of the world's economic picture and the: results of the' 1976 presi- dential elections in the United States. At that point, they feel, the way may be open for a bold advance toward more liberal world trade. LONDON (AP) The Agatha Christie-like mystery had a plot as thick as the murder on the Orient Ex- press. It happened on the London to Brighton express Tuesday when' alarmed passengers called in police to investigate the case of the vanishing vicar. The passengers told police that a clergyman had dis- appeared from a first-class compartment in mysterious circumstances. A young man on the train had been seen talking excited- ly with the vicar as the train left London's Victoria Station. During the hour-long jour- ney, a train door was heard to slam. Shortly after, the young man was seen walking along a train corridor carrying the vicar's black trilby hat, pas- sengers attested. Police seized the young man as he left the train at Brighton, dragging a heavy, trunk. The train was put out of ser- vice while police called in fingerprint experts and a search of the London-Brighton tracks was ordered. But the plot crumbled 12 hours later when a porter at a station along the route told police of a slightly tipsy vicar he had seen leave the train and climb aboard another, taking him back to London. The suspect, a 24-year-old computer programmer who would not give his name, was released. "The police thought I push- ed the padre out of the train, but I'm certainly glad they believed my. he told reporters. He said he was taking the trunk to Brighton for a friend and got involved in a heated discussion with the vicar, about religion as they both waited for trains at Victoria Station. When he boarded the Brighton train, the vicar came with him, meaning to get off before it departed. "He had been drinking and we were so engrossed in our conversation that we did not notice when the train said the young man. "The padre said not to worry, he would get off at the first stop. But he left his hat be-1 hind and I kept it, thinking I would hand it in to the lost property office at Brighton." Police later traced the vicar and found him safe and sound, said a spokesman. Beef grades may change The Alberta Cattle Feeders Association will be asked to demand supervised grading and weighing of cattle car- casses at major meat packing plants across Canada to protect the pocketbooks of producers. At a Zone 1 meeting of the association in Lethbridge Tuesday 13 members un- animously passed a resolution to the annual meeting in Ed- monton Jan. 30 seeking controls on packing plants which apply their own grades to certain cattle and pay producers at a lower price. In all plants, a federal government appointed grader checks all carcasses for meat color, thickness of rib eye area and fat cover thickness to determine whether it is an A, B, C or D carcass. Depending whether the animal in question was a virgin bull, heifer (female) or a dairy-type animal, packers have been denoting such animals for their records and because they are less desireable for the retail market, pay the producer less. A special meeting has been called in Ottawa Feb. 19 to review the entire cattle grading system, introduced three years ago by then- federal minister of agriculture Bud Olson. The Meat Packers Council of Canada, representing the packing industry, is expected to seek changes to the grading system which will make room for the virgin bulls, heifers and dairy-type animals. Members of the cattle feeders association decried any moves to "further com- plicate" the grading system, demanding packers follow the government grade assigned and pay the producer accor- dingly. Chris Mills, secretary for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association in Calgary, told the group it is also time to stop crying the blues because of increasing government "intervention" in the livestock industry. said cattlemen have to learn to rethink this traditional stand. "They (government) are he said. "They are not going to get out. Mr. Mills said government is now a partner in the in- dustry, and, although not dominant, must be dealt with in a fair and equitable at- titude. 8 healthy alternatives to potatoes and carrots. A healthy alternative to regular price. 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