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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY NEAR 20 ABOVE VOL. LXV-No. 42 The Lethbridge Herald I LETHBHIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES BOMB SITE An hysterical mother is helped to an ambulance by policewoman and an ambu- lance man carries her baby following blast when bomb exploded in parked car in Belfast City Centre. Police uncover bodies in Bangladesh COMILLA (Reulert Between and bodies of Bengalis killea by the Pakistani army are be- lieved to be buried in and around Comilla garrison, 100 miles east of Dacca in Bangladesh, a police officer said. Sub-inspector Fazlur Rahaman, in charge of the in- vestigation, said 700 bodies have been found in less than a week Digging is continuing and at least and per- haps as many as bodies are expected to be found, he said. The officer's statement came shortly after the Bang- ladesh news agency reported that, during a search for arms in UK Khilna district to the southwest of Dacca, police uncovered the skeletons of about persons described as the victims of mass killings by the Pakistan army. Senator sees graves Uniled States Senator Adlai Stevenson Jr., who two days ago was shown mass graves in the Comilla and Ohittagong areas, told a news conference in Dacca -that terrible atrocities had taken place. He described them as "without precedent." Army officers and eyewitnesses in Comilla garri- son, now occuppied by Indian troops, said the 'bodies found so far are those of people killed by the Pakistan army during a period beginning last March and ending in December. Mansur All, a bootmaker, said he saw 30 to 40 per- sons shot. Afterwards their bodies were soaked in gaso- line and burned. Lt.-Ool. Rajinder Singh of the Indian Army said Hiat when his troops moved into the garrison 100 miles southwest of Dacca mid-December dogs and crows still were picking at the flesh of unburied bodies-. Class devices dangerous OTTAWA (CP) Government studies show that some students are being exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation from devices used in schools as educa- tional aids, the health department said here. The department said 20 cold cathode x-ray tubes and more than 200 other radiation-emitting devices are used in Ottawa-area schools. Tests on a sample of these devices showed that most did not have necessary safety features. "Some types, particularly the cold cathode x-ray tubes, are inherently dangerous unless properly shield- ed and the department said. The cathode x-ray tubes are used in science classes to demonstrate the properties of x-rays and electronic beams. The department said equipment in Ottawa-area schools is presumably typk-al of eq'.npment in schools across UK country. Blaze away at eclipse PHNOM PENH (AP) Scores of Cambodian soldiers blazed away at an eclipse of the moon with automatic weapons Sunday night. One person was re- ported killed and at least 50 wounded. The soldiers were trying to drive awny Reahou, n mythological monster that supposedly eats the moon during an eclipse. Elsewhere, amateur and professional astronomers in western Europe and parts of North America observ- ed a full lunar eclipse early Sunday. A lunnr eclipse occurs when the earth passes be- tween sun and the moon, casting the earth's shadow across the moon. Sunday's eclipse began at a.m. MST and lasted 37 minutes, A heavy cloud cover obscured Hie eclipse over much of, north-eastern North Amerlo. Pakistan pullout removes block RAWALPINDI (AP) Diplo- mats in Rawalpindi believe an avalanche of countries now will recognize Bangladesh in the wake of Pakistan's quitting the Commonwealth. Australia and New Zealand led the way today. President Zulfikar All Bhut- to's decision Sunday to take Pakistan out of the Common- wealth was interpreted as a face-saving measure, to express displeasure with countries that recognize Bangladesh without actually severing diplomatic re- lations with them. A department spokesman in Ottawa External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp would make a.statement on .-Bangla- today. In meanwhile For- eign Secretary Sir Alec Doug- las-Home said today Britain will recognize the nation of Bangladesh in the very near fu- ture. Bhutto said he was quitting the Commonwealth because Britain, Australia and New Zea- land were planning to recognize Pakistan's former eastern wing. But he added: "We are pre- pa.-ed to have excellent bilateral relations with Britain and other Commonwealth countries Today, Bhutto flew to Peking with an entourage of about 60 military, political and economic aides for his first visit with China's leaders since he re- placed Gen. Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan as president. As the foreign minister who re- versed Pakistan's anti-Commun- ist foreign policy in 1963, he was assured a warm welcome in the Chinese capital. Pakistan's departure from the Commonwealth removes a major obstacle to membership in the group for Bangladesh. But by maintaining diplomatic relations with Britain and other Commonwealth countries, Bhutto probably assures contin- ued economic assistance for his government. BREAK WOULD HURT A break with Britain would strand hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis living there and also would endanger trade pros- pects. Trade with the entire Commonwealth accounts for about 35 per cent of Pakistan's 'exports and imports, which total more" than billion a year. the Pakistani president said relations with other countries which recognize Bangladesh will not be broken off automati- cally, but each case will be de- cided on its merits. Telephone press line clear or is it? EDMONTON (CP) In a press release from Alberta Government Telephones, the following paragraph ap- pears: "ACT will be introducing pulse code modulation (PCM) systems in certain areas of tile province. In laymen's language, this means that digital facilities will be used to facilitate data transmission." Clear? 'Welcome to the New apartment burns to ground ST. ALBERT (CP) A new 36-suite apartment block valu- ed at burned to the ground in an hour early this morning. The building containing all two bedroom apartments was to have been opened for occu- pancy today. Cause of the fire is unknown, but RCMP said they do not suspect arson. St. Albert is eight miles north of Edmonton. IRA vows vengeance for British killings LONDONDERRY (Reuter) British troops were accused of mass murder and threatened with ven- geance killings today after 13 civilians were shot dead as an army action against Northern Ireland civil rights protesters exploded into violence. Meanwhile the Irish Republic is withdrawing its ambassador to Britain as a result of Sunday's shooting, the government announced today. And in London Bernadette Devlin, fiery Northern Ireland member of Parliament, physically attacked British Home Secretary Reginald Handling in the House of Commons. She appeared to strike Maudling about the head and pull his hair before fellow members of Parliament dragged her off him.. The struggling Miss Devlin was then escorted from the chamber. 16 WOUNDED Sixteen other persons, includ- ing two women, were wounded in the shooting Sunday. Civil rights leaders said the troops opened fire without pro- vocation, but an army spokes- man said at least 200 shots were fired at soldiers L. snipers. One British soldier was wounded, the army's only casualty. Early today, a spokesman for the Official wing of the out- lawed Irish Republican Army said his organization will kill as many British soldiers as possi- ble in reprisal. At a hastily-called news con- no doubt that the parachute bat- talion opened up only after they had been fired on." He suggested that those who died might not have been killed by British troops. Both the rival Provisional and Official wings of the IRA in Londonderry's Creggan bousing project called for an immediate general strike throughout North- ern Ireland until the funerals of the shooting victims have taken place. Loudspeaker vans toured the Bogside Sunday night advising all residents to stay indoon today with closed blinds in sup- port of the strike call. SAYS LYNCH The killings provoked strong protest from the Irish Republi- can premier. Jack Lynch. He described Sunday's events as "unbelievably savage and inhu- man." Early today, a series of bomb explosions rocked the crowded centre of Belfast, only hours after the IRA vowed vengeance for the deatts. VICTIM A casualty of the shooting In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, lies on the ground covered by a iheei. Tories split on sellout of? land to Americans BEHNADETTE DEVLIN attacks minister ference here, the IRA spokes- man said: "There will be re- prisals without any shadow of doubt." Tha incident, the worst yet in- volving British troops in North- ern Ireland, resulted in the highest single death toll since 15 persons were killed in a Belfast pub explosion in December. The firing began when British paratroops stormed into the Roman Catholic Bogside area in an attempt to arrest youths who were hurling stones and nausea gas canisters at an army barri- cade. An army spokesman said that as troops passed the Roosville Flats, an apartment project, shots were fired and acid bombs thrown at them. He said troops tired only at identified targets. Bernadette Devlin, civil rights campaigner and member of the British Parliament, who was speaking to demonstrators when the shooting broke out, said: "It was mass murder by the British Army." "This Is our Sharpeville. We will never forget she said, referring to an incident in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960 when police fired on un- armed demonstrators, killing more than 200. Maj.-Gen. Robert Ford, com- mander of land forces in North- em Ireland, said in a television interview: "There is absolutely Finance ministers meet Getty says take it easy in dealing with Turner JASPER, Alta. (CP) Tak- ing a militant stand on eco- nomic matters is no way to im, press the newly-nppointed fed- eral finance minister, Don Getty, Alberta minister of inter- governmental affairs, said Sun- day. Provincial finance ministers, who started a two-day conter- puce with Finance Minisler John Turner today, sliould try not to alienate the new minister, Mr. Getty said in an interview. Mr. Turner moved to finances from the justice portfolio in a cabinet shuffle Fridny, Mr. Getty said it Is too early lo say whether Mr. Tumcr'i position towards the provinces will be any different from that of his predecessor, Edgar Ben- son. There are certain areas in federal-provincial economic re- lations that Alberta is unhappy with, said Mr. Getty, but the province planned to put its case in a reasonable way. The meeting probably would be n "happy meeting whm conflicting areas would be dis- cussed." The finance ministers meet four limes n year mid this meet- ing is (he one at which Uw 11 participating gorcinmentg ex- change noles en plans for tha coming fiscal year. Also on the agenda are a re- view of health cost-sharing pro- grams, a discussion of the fed- eral winter employment pro- gram and a study of the techni- cal difficulties involved in collection .vrcenurls m n d o necessary by tax irform. Alberta treasurer Gordcn Miniely has said vherc also w'll be talks, at the specific request of Alberta, on replacing shared costs in post-secondary edu< a system of federal tax-point al- location. EDMONTON (CP) Ideas ranging from denying Ameri- cans the right to buy land in Alberta to a more blunt ap- proach to Ottawa will be studied by the Progressive Conservative government. The ideas came from the party's three-day convention which ended Sunday. Many of the ideas came from seminars in which members of the leg- islature discussed issues with lay delegates. Premier Peter Lougheed said he foresees the seminar as an important tool in his de- sire to keep close to the con- stituency level rather than op- erating from a "bureaucratic tower." YOUNG TORIES WORRIED Convention officials in charge of the seminars said there was a preoccupation by many young Conservatives with concern about Canadian independence from foreign in- vestors. In one discussion group, in- volving Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely, the partici- pants voted with Mr. Miniely abstaining to deny U.S.-con- trolled Imperial Oil permission to build a multi-million dollar resort in Lake Louise. "I'm against such exploita- tion of our parks anyway, but why in God's name should we allow Standard Oil of New Jer- sey who own Imperial lo do asked one seminar par- ticipant. Another delegate read an ad- vertisement from a U.S. maga- zine offering for information on how Americans can bi'y cheap crown land in Canada. The delegates were told the Lougheed government is com- mitted to bring in legislation preserving crown land pur- chase to Albertans and other Canadians but many partici- pants wanted such laws to go further: total prohibition of land and major business pur- chase by Americans. BALANCED PROGRAM Mr. Miniely and others ar- gued for a "balanced" program which would permit Alberta to grow and develop secondary industry with outside capital, but preferably with some form of Canadian incentives that would make Canadians invest more in their own country. In another seminar on Can. ada-U.S. relations, the same split on how to preserve Cana- dian identity developed be- tween younger and old Conser- vatives. "Look, we need said one. "I'd rather be poor and be a Canadian than sell out our country to tha countered another. Mr. Lougheed said the ideas will be weighed, but not necessarily adopted as policy. On the question of the Impe- rial 0 i 1 development an- nounced last week, he said he could not see the party taking the same stand as delegates. All the points made at the seminars now go to a caucus committee. Mr. Lougheed said the government has a respon- sibility to "not let the ideas Montreal guards return to work MONTREAL (CP) Prison guards who occupied several provincial jails Sunday returned to work early today after Quebec Justice Minister Jerome Choquette promised that nego- tiations on a new contract would resume Wednesday. The occupations, which begsr. at Bordeaux jail here Sunday morning and spread to other provincial institutions in the Montreal area and other regions of the province, lasted about 18 hours. A hastily arranged meeting between Mr. Choquette, Solici- tor-General Roy Fournier and the guards' union produced agreement about midnight Sun- day night. All jails were operating nor- mally early today, a spokesman for the guards said in an Inter- view. The guards began a work-to- rule campaign Saturday in Montreal at the Quebec Pro- vincial Police dentention cm- ire, Bordeau jail and the Tan- guay jail for women. They occupied the three jails Sunday morning and were join- ed later in the day by guards at the dentention centre in Waterloo, 60 miles southeast of Montreal. Waves of U.S. bombers pound North buildup Youth killed on birthday TAWATINAW Fcdim was killed Sunday, his 19th birthday, when his cnr collided with n parked vehicle on a district road ncnr here. Tawaltiuw is 55 mild north of Edmonton. SAIGON (AP) More waves of United States B-52 bombers pounded North Vietnamese troop and supply buildups today along a 200-mile stretch of South Vietnam's western border, from the demilitarized zone to the central highlands. They were the heaviest raids there In lour months. The air attacks came as Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the U.S. Army chief of staff, told a Saigon news conference tnnt North Vietnam is preparing for a multi-phase offensive next month In South Vietnam just, bclo" the demilitarized zone and in the central highlands. The South Vietnamese com- mand reported that its air forco destroyed three North Vietnam- ese tanks Sunday just inside Ihe border, about 32 miles west- northwest of Kontum. Seen and heard About town JJOBBYIST Harry who crashed a model airplane and sank a model ship, turning to wine making Don Aos breaking into n small wooden box in his basement and finding love letters from nn old girlfriend Student nurse Wrncly Bowman wondering where to give a patient a shot. ;