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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ARMER Forecast high Wednesday near 30 above.- The Lethfrridge Herald * ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 38 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY, 26, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 22 PAGES Church head's swan song DR. R. B. McCLURE ... Full-time Job By R. J. ANDERSON NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (CP) - The retiring moderator of the United Church of Canada said today the position should be a full-time job, there should be a period of preparation for it and, as in any club, there should be a Nb. 2 man ready to step in. Outspoken to the last, Dr. Robert B. McClure delivered what he termed his "swan song" to the 24tih general council. He made no attempt to review his Vh years in office but in an apparent reference to criticism within and without the church to\;hjj|ptely-expressed views on many topics, he said to ;S/^�|ch prepared for delivery: "Let me apolo^ze for any offence I have given people during my term of office." Dr. McClure, first layman elected to the highest post in the United Church, did not elaborate on his remarks nor did he when, in expressing his thanks to the press and radio for co-operation extended to him, he said: "All the way across Canada, with one unpleasant exception, I have found the media interested in representing the concerns of the church to their audiences." Served abroad Dr. McClure for 45 years served first the Presbyterian Church then the United Church as a medical missionary in China, India and the Middle East. He returned to Canada in 1968 and was elected moderator. He declined the $16,00O-a-year salary that goes with the positdon and served full time on the equivalent of his church and old age pensions-less than $4,000 a year. During his term of office he travelled widely across Canada, to him almost a new-found land after living abroad for most of his life, and he commented outspokenly on what he saw. Many in the United Church felt he stepped' at times outside the province of moderator. Dr. McClure, 70, is retiring to Southeast Asia where, he has said, he plans to turn his surgical skill to treating victims of leprosy. Until the time of his farewell address, there was doubt that he would be able to deliver it. He has been ill in his Toronto home with malaria and late Monday, church officials said, had a temperature of 104 degrees. Address short Perhaps because of his illness, his address today was one of the shortest of the many he has made during his term of office. He will be succeeded by one of five ministers nominated for the position and of this he said: "My hereditary modesty and my sense of dignity of this court prevent me using the current terminology, but I should like to join the 'bleaters' and protesters. "I should like you to give serious consideration to having a moderator-elect for this office. Nearly all service clubs and most' organizations are able to avoid the last - minute - election - and - take - office-inrmediately method that we revere so deeply and demonstrate so dramatically. "The moderator's office, even if he is to be a mere figurehead, deserves a better deal. There must be a better way. "May I strongly advise that the job should be a full-time job and this is all the more reason for a suitable period of preparation for the office. I feel that with the utmost sincerity we offer the incoming moderator a gold-handled buggy whip when what Is needed is a four-barrelled carburetor in this jet age." Dr. McClure thanked United Churclimen for their response to the recent One Day's Pay Appeal tor foreign aid. As of Jan. 14, he said, it totalled $2,196,197, "a marvellous response." Black Friday scenes LONDON (CP) - Chaotic parliamentary scenes reminiscent of the 1956 Black Friday in the Canadian Commons boiled up at Westminster Monday night as Opposition Laborites revolted against the government's intention to invoke a debate "guillotine" to its hotly-fought Industrial Relations Bill. About 40 Labor members- mainly left-wingers on the back benches-stormed the floor of the Commons at one stage and protested so loudly that new Speaker Selwyn Lloyd, unable to make himself heard, suspended the sitting for 15 minutes. The last time a similar incident happened here was during an uproarious debate in the 1956 Suez crisis when the House was suspended for 30 minutes. Coincidentally, this was just about the time that Opposition members in the Canadian Commons threw the House into disorder with a rebellion against the Liberal government's move to apply closure to debate on its controversial natural gas pipeline bill. Next year, John Diefenbak-er's Progressive Conservatives evicted the Liberals, campaigning heavily on the theme that the Liberals under Louis St. Laurent had "trampled on the rights of Parliament" by cutting off debate on the pipeline bill. Labor spokeswoman Barbara Castle, spearhead of the Opposition's assault on the legislation, charged that Prime Minister Heath was "hellbent on dividing" the nation. But the guillotine was approved at 5 a.m. today by 294 votes to 252, a government majority of 42. The bill establishes cooling-off periods before strikes, makes labor contracts legally enforceable and prescribes heavy fines for wildcat strikes in defiance of such contracts. Despite loud opposition from Labor, the government's majority in Commons assures that it will be adopted. 36JJ00 out of work EDMONTON (CP) ~ Alber-ta's unemployment total in December reached 36,000 or 5.7 per cent of the province's labor force, David Swimmer, federal manpower and immigration department economist, said today. It was the highest percentage since 1966 and the total number of people out of work was 2,000 more than in November, Mr. Swimmer said. The November total of 34,000 represented a sharp increase over the October figure of 23,-000 or 3.5 per cent of the labor force. Natural gas substitute technique developed NEW YORK (AP) *- A new method of making a substitute for Natural Gas has been announced by a United States subsidiary of Britain's largest engineering and construction firm. The method involves the domestic production of substitute natural gas SNG from imported naphtha, a material obtained from crude oil distillation, said Power-Gas Corp. of America, a subsidiary of the Davy-Ashmore Group. Power-Gas said the SNG would be competitively priced with imported liquefied natural gas, with a cost of 64 cents to 69 cents per 1,000 cubic feet. The company added it could have production plants in operation by 1973. Cost was estimated between $1 million and $20 million. Capacity was estimated at 100 million cubic feet to 250 million cubic feet of manufactured gas a day. Power-Gas also noted that the gap between U.S. supply and demand in natural gas is expected to widen increasingly in the 1970s. By 1975 some observers are predicting a daily shortage of perhaps 10.000-million cubic feet of gas, the company said. Backstrom goes to Los Angeles MONTREAL (CP) - Ralph Backstrom, veteran National Hockey League centre, today was traded by Montreal Canada ens to Los Angeles Kings in return for two players and other considerations. In exchange for Backstrom the Canadiens obtained centre Gordon Labossiere from the Kings, along with defenceman Raymond Fortin, Development fund plan draws support Fire bylaw decision pending The city's new fire bylaw, minus the section dealing with open fires, is to come up for approval Feb. 8. Council Monday approved a recommendation from Tom Nutting, city manager, that the open fires regulations, which would include banning burning barrels, be deleted from the bylaw and be given separate study. Still included in the bylaw is the section related to the sale and setting off of fireworks and firecrackers. No date was set for consideration of the section on open fires and air pollution generally. Mr. Nutting's report suggested it may take some time and a considerable amount of debate by both council and the public to work out standards for the control of emissions into the atmosphere. Red spacecraft writes history MOSCOW (Reuter) - The So-viet Union disclosed today that its latest Venus probe had become the first spacecraft to transmit information from the surface of another planet, FOUND GUILTY - Three members of Charles Manson's hippie-style clan leave a los Angeles courtroom just after being found guilty, along with Manson, of first degree murder in the savage slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others. Left to right: Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins a nd Leslie Van Houten. Death or life in prison? ' LOS ANGELES (AP) - The jury that convicted Charles Manson and three women followers of first-degree murder in the bizarre Sharon Tate slayings meets Thursday to consider the penalty: death or life imprisonment. The prosecution said it would demand death in the gas chamber. The penalty trial, required by California law, will bring new testimony and the chance to recall witnesses heard during the trial's seven months. Meanwhile, court sources here feel there is little likelihood the sentences ever will be carried out. It has been more than four years since the last execution in California, where the state legislature is awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the death penalty constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." Chief defence counsel Paul Fitzgerald said the verdicts were expected, and the defendants were somewhat resigned, which explained their decorous behavior Monday, contrasting sharply with emotional outbursts earlier in the trial. Manson, 36, shaggy-haired chieftain of a wandering hippie-type tribe, still managed to get in a punchline after all verdicts were read. "I think they're all guilty," he said of the jurors, then shouted at Judge Charles H. Older: "We're still not allowed to put on a defence You won't outlive that, old man!" KEPT OF STAND Counsel for the accused declined to let the women take the stand for fear they would incriminate themselves trying to clear Manson. As the jury prepared to deliver its verdict after 42 hours 40 minutes of deliberation spread over more than eight days, the three women, Susan Atkins, 22, Leslie Van Houten, 21, and Patricia Krenwinkel, 23, shuffled into court smiling and chatting among themselves. The defendants were charged with 27 counts of murder-conspiracy in the August, 1969, slaying of the blonde, pregnant actress and four visitors to her hilltop mansion, and in the killings a night later of a wealthy market owner and his wife. The prosecution said Manson ordered the killings in hopes of starting a race war he felt was predicted in a Beatles song, and that after the war Manson expected to take control of the world. The women obeyed Manson's every command in robot-like fashion, including his orders to kill, the prosecution contended. STABBED ACTRESS A parade of often colorful witnesses told of the women's part in the murder mission, how Mies Atkins stabbed Miss Tate, then tasted her blood; how Miss Krenwinkel stabbed through victims' bones and later declared that her hand hurt; how Miss Van Houten told of stabbing a victim already dead and finding that it was "fun." The seven-month trial was laced with lurid testimony about sex orgies and drug use at the Manson family's communal home, the Spahn movie ranch. Rose picks legal adviser to help ready defence MONTREAL (CP) - Paul Rose chose Ont., 210,000, 228,000, 226,000, up up up 2.4; 1.8; 1.3; London, Windsor, Sudbury, 124,000, up 1.6. Winnipeg, 545,000, up 2.1; Re-gina, 141,000, up 0.7; Saskatoon, 128,000, down 0.8; Calgary, 387,000, up 3.2; Edmonton, 449,000, up 2.7; Vancouver, 1,012,000, up 3.3; and Victoria, 189,000, up 2.7. The 19 metropolitan areas comprised 48.9 per cent of the total population last June 1, compared with 48.8 per cent a year eaiier. Seen and heard About town    r'lTY Utilities Director Oil Erdos rushing off to pay his utility bill before he had to cut his own power off . . . Aid. C. 11. Chichester apologizing to Aid. S t c v c Kolcb. for missing an appointment and Steve admitting ho wasn't there either . . . Carpenter Frans Feyter, asked if he had ever made a coffin, replying, "Sure, and it's all ready for the first customer who doesn't pay his bill." ;