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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta 34-THC LETHBMDQE HERALD-WidnHday, Januwy 2», 1*74 Few doubt Gov. Wallace will run for new term NEW YORK (Reuter) -Governor George Corley Wallace, who crovmed a blick homecominc queen at tbe University of Alabama recently, is the same Wallace who almost 11 years ago totd his followers: “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” There have been other changes in Wallace’s life. When be recently received a standing ovation from the Southern Association of Black Mayors—an organization which did not exist 11 years ago—he spoke from a wheelchair, the result of an attempt on his life in Maryland duriog a 1972 presidential primary. The other major change is the fact that tbe governor has run in presidential primaries—and won many. In the early 1960s the small, sera] Wallace appeared destii follow the footsteps of other Southern governors who captured national headlines brifs-ly by blocking schoolbouse doors to N^o children, then dropped from sight. Yet in 1968, running on a third-party ticket, Wallace captured 12 per cent of the national vote. OPPOSED BUSSING In 1972 his attacks on the bussing of school children to achieve racial integration had President Nixon paying close attention to his strategy and erappy ined to Democratic candidates lean* ing more to the right than they would have liked. Can.he now, from a wheelchair, run a natiooal cam-paiM? And, if be tries, bow will he handle tbe race issue? To re-emerge on the .national scene, the governor, whose state has passed a law allowing him to succeed himself, must win decisively in 1974. Few doubt that he will run. He looks fit as he comes into his office daily in the afternoons. And, most important, bis aides for months have been raising campaign mmey. At present, State Senator Gene McLain is the only other declared candidate and is given little chance. 0< more immediate concern is a highway funds scandal, in which the governor’s brother Gerald has been linked to a deal which allegedly involves (100,000 paid to a phoney machinery company on the basis of state purchasing orders. RACE ISSUE CRUCIAL But there is more speculation in the state over how WaUace will handle the race Issue than over how he will handle the funds allegations. He has weathered scandals before. Wallace has never played on white racial prejudice at the expense of other issues. In Ranch sign warns crocodile rustlers FALMOUTH, Jamaica (AP) — Rustlers don’t visit Ross Kananga's crocodile ranch. A. sign at the gate warns: “Trespassers will be eaten.” Kananga started his ranch four years ago on 350 acres of mangrove swamp on Jamaica’s north coast. He has a herd of 1,217 crocodiles. The place is called Swamp Safaris, and tourists can visit it. But Kananga’s main business is exporting the skins. “Crocodile skin sells for f2 a pound and a whole good skin gets $450,” Kananga told a visitor as they sat on the veranda of his rambling frame home on the ranch. Tucked in his waistband was a revolver, insurance against I becoming a crocodUe’s lunch. Kananga comes from Florida where the crocodile is nearly extinct because of skin hunters. The World Wildlife Fund reported recently from Switzerland that 13 of 21 crocodilian species are seriously “One day I was cleaning out one of the pits and that croc came out of the water after me. Now, usually they stop after a few feet. But this one was unusually aggressive. “The pen was surrounded by an eight-foot chain-link fence. I grabbed for it, but the fence just came right down. Luckily another guy was nearby and he pulled me out. But the croc tore off my shirt." Kananga’s hands are scarred with crocodile bites. “But at least I still have all my fingers.” His legs and face bear other scars. 1958, four years after the Supreme Court ordered school desegregation, Wallace made his first Did for the state house and hardly mentioned race at all. He lost to State AttorneyGeneral John Patterson, who ran a more tradititmal Alabama campaign and rumor had it that Wallace vowed then he would never be “out-segged” again. Since then Wallace has used code words, easily decoded, for tbe race Issue. In 1972, when he won bis bid for governor, he did not attack the integratim movement in Alabama. He attacked the Supreme Court, which ordered desegregation, the federal courts that implemented the orders and the press and national politicians who supported the orders. ATTACKED 'BLOC VOTE' In 1968 he popularized the “law and order" battle cry, which appealed^ to voters shocked by Vietnam protests, campus demonstrations and, of course, race riots and demonstrations. In 1970, running in his own name after his late wife Lur-leen’9 brief tenure as governor, he bore down on what he called the “bloc vote”—a phrase which even sounds like “black vote” in the Southern dialect—and voters knew he was calling upon them to maintain white ballot-box supremacy. Immediately prior to this race Wallace had been showing signs of bowing to the realities of a 26-per-cent black vote in Alabama and changing his tone on the race issue. Then he was out-polled in the by Gov. Albert Students renew political action rewer, a liberal by Alabama standards. Wallace won the runoff by pulling out the stops on the “bloc-vote” issue. If the Republicans still are reel* ing from Watergate in 1976, if the Democrats have not recovered from the carnage of the McGovern campaign, if the energy crisis has put the “man on the street" actually on the street—out of his car and out of his job~then the basic Wallace speech, an attack on a sinister, expensive and bumbling "big government,” may find a receptive national audience. Going along for the ride Eight-year-olds John Grubbe and Frank Hattenschiler of Stratford, Ont., appear to have an oversize companion as they slide down a mound of snow. Actually, the girl Is part of a billboard behind the snow. Collectors^ request Commemorative stamps cut OTTAWA (CP) - The post office has announced it is reducing the number of 1974 commemorative stamps to 33 from ^ in response to collectors’ concern that Canada planned to issue too many stamps this year. Postmaster-General Andre Ouellet said in a statement the revised program includes a new seven-cent stamp, a new eight-cent commemorative stamp and changes in the 1974 Olympic Games stamp series. The seven-cent stamp, to be issued-April 8, will feature late prime minister Louis St. Laurent, not included earlier in the series of stamps featuring former prime ministers because he was alive when the series was issued. An eight-cent commemorative stamp to honor William Hamilton Merrit on tbe 150th anniversary of his founding of the Welland Canal vrill beTissued Nov. 29. Instead of issuing the 24 Olympic stamps announced earlier, three stamps will be issued on April 17, with two issues of four commemorative eight-cent stamps in March and September. The March 22 stamps will feature four designs on one sheet showing Canadians participating in hiking, bicycling, swimming and jognng. The Sept. 23 issue wm feature skiing, snow-shoeing, curling and skating. JAKARTA (Reuter)' - Indonesian students, once a powerful force in the nation’s politics, are stirring again. In 1966, thousands of students storming through Jakarta streets helped bring about tbe fall of President Sukarno. They had allies in the army units led by General Suharto, who had put down an abortive attempt at a Communist coup the previous year. Now students take to tbe streets, in limited numbers so far, to protest against the policies of President Suharto’s government. The government has reacted calmly so far, contenting Itself with warnings that demonstrations are officially banned and detaining two or three demonstrators for usually brief periods before releasing them. Demonstrations have been banned since the end of 1971, when Suharto threatened to use the army to put down protests which threatened the country’s hard-won stability. Targets of protests then ranged from high rice prices to a plan by Mrs. Suharto to build a ^.6 million tourist playground called Indonesia in Miniature. FOCUS ON ECONOMY In the last few months the fragmented student movement has concentrated on the government’s economic policies. Small groups of students, with names such as The Debt-Paying Generation, Anti-Luxury Committee and Mobilizers of the Indonesian Young Generation for the Future, have staged small demonstrations against foreign investment and aid policies particularly. They say excessive foreign investment is harming local businessmen and that high dependence on foreign aid will saddle the countiy with huge debts in coming decades. Students also complain of corruption and say ^e gov-eminent’s development program is not bringing relief from poverty for the mass of the archipelago nation’s 130 million people. ' Japan has been singled out among Loreign investors for criticism. In mid-December students draped a Mtioaal flag over a huge Toyota sign ...... itbuild- atop Indonesia’s I ing, a Japanese-Nilt office and hotel in Jakarta. There have been many protests against the gulf between rich and poor and the luxurious way of life of many Indonesian businessmen and officials. The government has taken notice of some of tbe criticisms, and several Jakarta newspapers have come out with sympathetic editorials. Tlie government recently announced easier credit terms for small businessmen and pointed out that under 1^-term government policies, foreign companies ^rating here must eventually hand over their business to Indonesians. It argues that capital and technical Aills from abroad are needed to develop the country’s potential wealth and spe^ expensive programs for social justice. Religion is an explosive issue in a countiy 90 per cent Moslem. In September, about 500 Moslem students raced into the parliamentary debating chamW in protest against a marriage bill proposed by the government and seen by many Moslems as a further move to secularize the state. Program for wheat expanded WINNIPEG (CP) - 'Ibe Canadian Wheat Board has expanded its contract program for Glenlea wheat to allow farmers to grow as much as ISO acres of the crop this year. The wheat board said tbe expansion of the program from its original liimt of 50 acres was made in response to requests from fanners and also to ensure that maximum amounts of tbe utility wheat are seeded this year. HIGH FOOD BILL Crocodiles are still found in Jamaica, and Kananga, in his late 20s, says controlled farming is the best way to save them. While he kills crocodiles for skin, others are being hatched to replace them. Kananga’s crocodiles devour 6,000 pounds of assorted meat every week. “Horse, cow, chicken, dog. It’s all ground up together.” Each January, Kananga and his helpers go into the swamp at night with flashlights and guns to harvest crocs. "When people come here, I show them how dangerous crocs can be and also how gentle,” he says. “I can call one and he will come to the edge of the water and put his head on my knee. “Now, that croc there almost killed me'one day,” Kananga said, pointing to a pair of eyes peering from the middle of the main pond. "He's still after me.” . Kananga walked out to the end of a board over the pond. The board is used to call the crocs at feeding time. “I don't even have to call this one,” be said, as the crocodile slid below the surface and headed for the board. Kananga dangled an arm over the water. Tlie pond boiled up under the board and 350 pounds of crocodile shot into the air, its jaws snapping at his hand. Kananga quickly pulled it away. 200 students off to India OTTAWA (CP)-Upto200 students and young professionals leave for London Jan. 21 to launch an expedition with other Commonwealth citiseni overland to India. The external affain department said yesterday travelleri, from nMtt of the provincet, will undergo'10 days of pr«paration m London with British, Malaysians and Singaporeans before starUng the trek. CHKETAH DIFFERS The cheetah differs from all other cats in having non-retractilc eiawi. Buy your Olympic Lottery tickets where you see this sign 1 St pnz®’ .Lottery Canada Loterie Canada banlcs and retailers ;