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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2O THS IETHMIDGI HERALD Tutidoy, Junuory 25, 1972-------------------------------- General Franco at 80 still Spain's top man MADRID (Rculcr) General Francisco Franco, supreme ruler of Spain for the past three-and-a-half decides, has entered his 80lh year without any indication thai his grasp on the reins of government may be weakening. Neither age nor the fresh stirrings of political opposition GENERAL FHANCO Firm Grip seem about to dislodge him from the dominant position he has held since 1936, when a civil war embroiled the nation. The war began mth a revolt among army officers against the Republican government of the day. Gen. Franco rose to the leadership of the nationalist rebels, but it took three years of bitter fighting to defeat the Re- publican cause. Now, after months of specula- tion that at last the Gnudillo (leader) was about the step down, Gen. Franco has roundly told the nation at the start of 3972 that he mil continue ruling "so long as God gives me life." LAWS CHANGED A few months earlier he had overseen the enactment o[ laws allowing lor the separation of the roles of chief of state and head of of which positions he at present the designation of Prince Juan Carlos of Bourbon as UK future king of Spain. At the time of these two moves, both instigated by Gen. Franco himself, it was widely believed that they would be complemented by the appoint- ment of Vice-President Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco as prime minister. The way would thus have been paved for the Caudil- lo's retirement. That eventuality still remains over the horizon Even farther out of sight at the start of the new year is the possibility of a multi-party polit- ical system being allowed to de- velop in Spain. Three times in as many months Gen. Franco has stressed that the National Move- ment, the only recognized politi- cal group in the country, would continue to be the sole channel for political thought and action. RUMBLINGS OCCUR However there have been some rumblings underground. In November, some 300 repre- sentatives of the clandestine Spanish opposition, ranging from Communists to Monarch- ists, held an unprecedented meeting in Barcelona and pledged to join forces to fight the Franco regime. A series of illegal strikes by workers impatient with the gov- ernment-controlled sindicatos (labor unions) and by university students demanding a bigger say in their education have rippled Qie otherwise calm labor scene. And an unusually bitter if ob-, lique, debate between Roman Catholic churchmen and govern- ment officials, including Franco himself, has shown that church- stale relations are not at (neb- best. The Basque region of northern Spain has been a particular focal point of restiveness. Priests there have protested from their pulpits against the appointment of a non-Basque as bishop of Bilbao. Workers have staged sit-ins to back then- claims for higher pay, while the Basque national- ist group, Basque Land and Lib- erty, has boon involved in bank hold-ups and bombings. This militancy has not gone unanswered. The government pushed through new laws em- powering its officials to take summary action against alleged subversives, including the levy- ing of steep fines without re- course to trial. Despite these developments, the sporadic rumblings have done little more than shake the surface of Spain in the '70s. As 1971 ended, Gen. Franco was able to report lhat the nat- lional economy was healthy, thanks in part to the accumula- tion of record gold and foreign exchange reserves. PREDICTS SUCCESS He also predicted the success- ful fulfilment of the third devel- opment plan, a master project that seeks to put Spain among the world's leading industrial- ized nations by the end of the decade. Meanwhile Spain has been making slow but significant progress in opening itself up to the world. Internationally-minded F o r- eign Minister Gregorio Lopez Bravo made a point in 1971 of travelling far afield, and plans to continue doing so this year. One immediate effect has been met with the number of trade pacts with East European coun- tries. The question of Spanish entry to the European Economic Com' munity or of forming an asso- ciation with it, has aroused lively debate. During an official visit to Madrid, French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann pledged to champion Spain's Former communications min- ister Eric Klcrans said in Ot- tawa the Liberal government should be returned to office. He refused to say, however, whether he would accept any invitation to rejoin the cabinet from which he resigned last April. Interviewed on the CBC tele- vision program Encounter, Mr. Kierans said he receives more ERIC KIERANS won't run attention from the Canadian people now than when he was a minister. He said he would not run for Parliament at the next elec- tion, expected some time mis year. Former prime minister John Diefcnbakcr said in Prince AI- More and more people have discovered the Shoppers Drug Mart way. Have you? Last week we filled prescriptions in all our stores SHOPPERS DRUG MART Open every every owning and o.very Sunday bert the federal government's announcement of a new two- price system for wheat is proof that "in an election year all things are possible." He pre- dicted in an interview that an April election will follow. c Ron Bastard strolled his bald head in Toronto and said be is not worried by talk of an im- minent shuffle in Prime Minis- ter Trudeau's cabinet. "I'm sticking the minister of consumer and cor- porate affairs told a local Lib- eral association. "The prime minister is de- termined to keep me in the cabinet because he's determin- ed to demonstrate that the length of a person's hah- is a matter of personal choice and has nothing to do with his tal- ent or ability." Wallace Smith is en animal lover, and it has cost him his general welfare payments at Streetsville, a small commun- ity just west of Toronto. Mr. Smith, 57, a truck driver unemployed the last three years, shares his house with seven dogs, four cats, four rab- bits and a guinea pig. For the last two months he has been involved in a running battle with town officials who, he says, have refused to pay him welfare until he gets rid of the animals. Mr. Smith s-aid the town's mayor. Hazel McCaffion, won't sign the welfare cheque "be- cause she thinks I'm going to use the money to buy food for my animals." Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine has overtaken Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachu- setts as the top choice for Uni- ted States president among Democratic voters, a Gallup poll shows. While Kennedy has repeatedly said he is not a candidate for president in the November elec- tion, he had been the leading choice of Democrats for his par- ty's nomination. A month ago, tie was seven percentage points ahead of Muskie. Now, Muskie is favored by 32 per cent of Democ rats and Kennedy by 27 per cent. The decline in support for Kennedy could indicate that he has finally convinced some Democrats at least that he is not under any circumstances in- terested in his party's nomina- tion this year, observers be- lieve. Don T h a i n, a 26-year-old Pouce Coupe teacher who walk- ed from Edmonton to Dawson Creek in north eastern British Columbia last year to finance a trip for his pupils, is at it again. In April, he plans to walk from Mile 220 on the Alaska Highway to Mile Zero at Daw- son Creek and claim the world record for non stop, long dis- tance walking. The U.S. fiipieme Court hrs :iet the conviction of lirv. James Groppi (or contempt ot Iho Wisconsin Arscmbly. In n 7-to-O iimng the court said the militant Roman Cath- olic priest was unconstitution- ally denied a chance to pre- sent a defence. Father Groppi and about demonstrators tied up the legis- ature for half a day Sept. M, They were protesting cull In welfare programs. SIMPSONS-SEARS Hosiery Clearance All these items hove been reduced by one- third or more for o fast clear-out! Ladies' Slippers Reg. to 99C to O.OO Great assortment of arlon mule slippers and stip- perettes in many stylet and colors. Knee Highs Ren. 89e to 5VC to l-OO Girls' ond ladies' banlon knee highs in fantastic fashion shodei. Girls' Tights Reg. 1.44 Girls' sizes 7-14. Wonderful pattern and color assortment. One Size Panty Hose Reg. 49e 4 for 1.33 Young- Miss Bikini slyl. ponty hoi. fiti 70 to 90 Ibi. Shades of honey beige and him 'o brown. Ladies' Pantyhose 2 for 1.33 Reg. 99c Sites small, medium, Forge ond extra large are available in honey beige and hint 'o brown shades. Ladies' Pantyhose Reg. 49c 4? far L.OO Size large only in honey beige and hint 'o brown colors. These items sn sale throughout this week Jan. 25 through Jem. 29. Aquamarine Shampoo and Rinse Reg. for Set of 10-oz. shampoo and 4-oz. ereme rinse in the delightful Aquamarine scent by Revlon. iMuly and Health Bohby Orr Hockey Skates Reg. Rally Skates featuring the Montreal ond Boston colors (blue on red or black and alto standard black. Sizes 4-9H. Sporting Goods Beret and Scarf Set Special O.99 Ladies' knit scarf sei in navy, gold, rtd, green or black. la Garbage Bags 3.99 Jusr Simpsons-Sean own polyethelene bogi. Each 26" x Package of 100. Heuiiwarti Boudoir Lamps Reg. 10.99 Boouiiful boudoir lamp hos marble which leadt up to a bran bulb holder. Dainty prlimi. Ladies' Dress Clearance JUST EACH A fashion array of dresses directly ou1 of our new spring eoto- logue. Smart spring styles and colors in fabrics to suit Arnels, Forlrels, Voiles and tinen blends. Good size range including Misses', Juniors', half sizes and maternity sizes. Regular catalogue values up to Ladies, Dress Department Ski Jackets Reg. Washable or dry cleanable. Tough, durable ond windproof providing warmth wilhoul weight. Sporting 24.99 Aluminum Toboggans Reg. 5.99 Durable yel lightweight, bull] to lost. Poly vinyl hand and tow ropes. Rust-proof, non-warping. Sporting Goodi Ladies' Half Price Coats 32.50 to Reg. to Fantastic value on these beautiful winter coats priced for a clearance. There it certainly one just for you. Ladjfli' Coats Price Hockey Sticks Bobby Orr or Sherwood. Asst. sizes. Left or right. Reg. 74e Reg. 1.49 Reg. 99c Reg. 1.74 Reg. 1.24 Reg. 1.99 Sperling Goodt Balsam Plus Rinse Reg 29 1-99 17-oz. by Lady Patricia. Balsam Plus helps put back the body qnd strength your hair is missing. Beauty and Health One Size Pantyhose Pkg. of 3 3P-1- Comfortable pantyhose in hint a' brown ond honey beige. Hosiery Boys' Flare Jeans Reg. 1.99 Groovy flare jeani have 2" bell loops and front patch pockeis. Sizes 12-16 available. Boys' Wear Bamboo Plate Holders Reg. Set of 4 holders in assorted colon to go with any shade or pattern. China end Gloiiwarii 117-pce. Socket Set Reg. Ideal for anyone who wonts to learn the tricks of the do-it-yourself tradti. Hardware Ladies' Accessories Clearance One-third or more off on all these ladies' accessories items. Acrylic and Mohair Scarves Reg. to l.UU to Long, warm winter scarves in several colors, pal- terns and styles. Silk and Acetate Scarves Reg. 9Bc to Good selection oF long, small and squart icarvei in an assortment of styles ond colon. Ladies' Hats Reg. QQ 1 O DO to yy to oo Furs, fake furs and felts to choose from in many styles and colors. Ladies' Handbags 12.99 Vinyl, genuine leather and some straw. Good style ond color selection. Ladies' Knit Vests Reg. 1.99 Sleeveless vests hove button front closure. Sizes S.M.L. Blue, turquoise, bone. These items on sole throughout the week Jon. 25 through Jan. 29. Hair Spray Assortment Your Choice 10 oz. Lady Polricia. 10 oz. Aqua Net. 8 oz. Miss Breck. ADORN HAIR SPRAY. 6.3 oz. Reg. 66c oz. Miss 1.13 Glitter Pantyhose Rig. 99C Beautiful, fashion pantyhose that glitter gold. Sizes S.M.L. Hoiiery Wilkinson Razor Blades Reg. 7Se fo The blades with the super sword edge for a super close shave every lime. Beauty and Health 14-2 Copper Wire 9c Reg. lie ft. NMD-7 wire is perfect for re-wiring or to wire. With ground. Electrical Mechanics' Tool Box R.g. 7.49 Crofliman designed ihli tool box to ktep tool, saftr and handler. Hardware Quality Cosls A7o More at Simpsons-Scars STOKI HOURS: Open Dally a.m. la p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. la 9 p.m. Centre Telephone 32I-9J31 ;