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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FORECAST WEDNESDAY 90 VOL. LXIII No7l72T The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JULY 7, 1970 t'BICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 16 PACKS Jittery China Experiences Good Times By ERNESTO MENDOZA HONG KONG (Reuters) China's preparations for war have increased its prospects of living comfortably in peace. The economy is on the upswing, after the tumult of the cultural revolution, partly due to all-out efforts to increase food and defence stockpiles in view of the Sino- Soviet border dispute. China had a good harvest in 1969. Total industrial output is believed to have equalled the 1966 record, and foreign trade recovered from two slack years, Western analysts here say. A growing sense of order and purpose can be noted in agriculture and industry, with the emphasis on rural development. For the eighth year in a row, China reaped a good grain crop last year, estimated at between and metric tons, nearly equalling record yields of 1958, 1964 and 1967. In wheat, a metric ton equals 36.7 bushels. Move To Country The mass movement of city-dwellers to the country, which became government policy in 1968, has reduced the enormous problem of producing and transporting food for urban areas. Chinese efforts at self-sufficiency, which has put mil- lions of people from the cities to work growing their own food, will reduce wheat imports, save foreign cur- rency and speed the pace of rural change by seeding the naturally conservative countryside with literate people and new attitudes. Under Peking's current "agriculture first" policy, numerous small factories and electric power stations are being built instead of fewer large Most of the small factories will produce chemical fertilizers, farm tools and farm machinery. The elec- tric power is for the small workshops and for use in irri- gation and drainage. Policy Reversed This backs away from the Soviet practice of giving priority to heavy industry, a policy which was adopted by the Peoples Republic of China in its early years. China's foreign trade in 1969 totalled U.S. exports totalled and imports In value, wheat from Australia, Canada and France was China's top import, followed by steel and nonJer- rous metals. Japan had the biggest share, 16 per cent, of China's trade. In Europe, West Germany remained China's leading trading partner. SISTER'S HABIT is fishing. Sister Michael of the Presentation Sisters' convent in Australia has been interested in fishing since early childhood. It isn't unusual to find her wading through tha surf near Brisbane, trying ot land a big one. Mailmen Sent Home CORNWALL, Ont. (CP) Postal employees in this com- munity were told to go home Tuesday because a rotating strike in Montreal left them "with nothing to do." Arnold Major, president of the Cornwall local of the Canadian Union of Postal Employees, termed it a "lockout" but post office officials called it a "sus- pension of operations." Charles ,St. Germain. Ottawa district director for the post off- ice, said he had no choice but to order operations suspended until the strike ends in Mont- real. Montreal workers walked out at 6 a.m. EDT in a series of ro- tating strikes which hit areas across Canada last month. Other Quebec communities which were hit included Hull, St. Jerome, Shei'brooke and Granby as well as communities in the Laurentians. But Mr. Major said 127 bags of mail are in Cornwall and the 58 postal workers could have handled them. He said the fed- eral government is "trying to starve them (workers) out." In Ottawa Monday, action was taken by the government which would allow the closing of some post offices until a settlement is reached. Fourteen district directors, each responsible for up to offices, were instructed to rec- ommend closing offices if they feel huge backlogs of mail have made adequate service impossi- ble or if rotating strikes else- where leave men with nothing to do. Mideast R At Crisis P Protestants Disrupt RC Service From AP-Renters CANTERBURY, England (CP) Protestant militants disrupted a Roman Catholic service today at Canterbury Cathedral, shrine of the Church of England. Cathedral officials said 000 Catholics turned out for a pohh'ficial mass in the grounds of the Anglican church at the invitation of the dean, who call- ed it "a friendly ecumenical gesture." The Protestant militants, led by Rev. Ian Paisley of North- ern Ireland's Free Presbyterian Church, recently elected to the British Parliament, first demo- slrated outside with chants of "No popery: No popery" Then some moved to the altar dur- ing the service shouting, "Be- Police said one of them threw a silver chalice into the air as police grabbed him. A security force escorted var- ious Protestant demonstrators from the scene, but there were none arrested. QUEEN VISITS ARCTIC The Queen is shown a pair of Eskimo mukluks made from sealskin during her visit to an Eskimo settlement at Resolute Bay on Melville Island in the Canadian Arctic. The Eskimo woman seated on the ground is working on another mukluk. Press Left Behind On Royal Tour Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN PITY HALL employee Roger McMullin padding around the office in socks, but no shoes, after sunburning lu's feet Ivan Meyers of Coaldale recounting the story of the young boy who phoned the vet to come and take care of his sick father Shorty Hurst, retiring after 15 years with Uie city abandoning his plumbing inspector's outfit and coming to work decked out in white shirt and bow- tie. TUKTOYAKTUK, N .W .T. (CP) The Royal Family crossed the Northwest Passage Monday in a gruelling second day of their Arctic The day ended with all but two of the 71 members of the press following the tour trapped in Tuktoyaktuk. The air force Hercules that carried the press to the Arctic seaport broke down, and they were unable to return to Inuvik, 75 miles away, with the royal party. Efforts to find alternate trans- portation failed and the pros- pects for r.ejoining the tour ended for the day when fog rolled in over the small local airport. The day began for those on the tour" at Frobisher Bay by the time it ended, the Royal Family had been on the road for 20 hours, including the loss of three hours as they passed through three time zones. Medicine Hat Man Killed MEDICINE HAT (CP) An- drew Dietelbach, 66, of Medi- cine Hat was killed in a traffic accident Monday night eight miles northeast of here. Police said Mr. Dietelbach's car struck the rear of a truck parked on the side of the high- way three miles north of the junction of Highways 41 and 41A. The Queen and Princess Anne travelled about miles by air, visiting an Eskimo village at Resolute and flying on to Inu- vik before the last event of the flight to Tuktoyaktuk to see the midnight sun. As it turned out the sun was hidden behind clouds over the northern sea. Prince Phillip and Prince Charles flew about miles, also taking the Frobisher-Rcso- lute-Inuvik route, but making a 575-mile detour by ah- force Hercules to see Panarctic Oil Ltd. exploration sites .on Mel- ville Island. The Royal Family travelled from Inuvik to Tuk, as the na- tives call it, in two Twin Otters owned by the RCMP and the other by Imperial Oil Ltd. The press piled into a huge Hercules with Mounties and some tour officials, who also spent a sleepless night in Tuk. The temperature 41, a stiff breeze was blowing off the Beaufort Sea, and it was raining as the Royal Family rode through the bumpy streets of Ulis hamlet of 600. About 500 of the year-round residents are Es- kimos. Chained sled dogs snarled, barked, wagged then: tails and put on a great show f the vis- itors. Children earned through the streets jid the two station wagonr car- ried the royal vis'n'i i and six trucks in the 3, The visitors wore liie parkas given them Sunday at Ffobisher Bay, where they began their tour. 'This must be Frobisher Bay Captain! We have a harpoon in oar starboard Looters Ravage Negro Section Of U.S. City ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) Fire-bombers and looters rav- aged a predominantly Negro district of this seashore city for a second night Monday and po- lice estimated damage at up to Shot To Death At Night Club MONTREAL (CP) Gia- como Poccetti, 28, victim of two attempted murders in the last two years, was shot to death outside a night club early today. No arrests have been made. 500 Prisoners Reported Detained In Stone Cages SAIGON (Reuters) Ameri- can writer Don Luce said today he recently accompanied two U.S. congressmen to a South Vi- etnamese island prison where they saw about 500 parsons, in- cluding women, detained in "stone cages." Luce, 35, who speaks Viet- namese and has lived here 11 years, said the prisoners were hungry, and showed "ob- vious signs of having been beaten many times." He said he went to the island in the South China Sea with Congressmen Augustus Hawkins (Dem. and William An- derson (Dem. members of a House of Representatives fact-finding committee. They were accompanied by Frank E. Walton, the U.S. chief public safety adviser in Viet- nam who advises the South Vi- etnamese on prison matters. Luce, who has been prominent in humanitarian projects in Vietnam and is widely regarded by U.S. officials as a pacifist, issued his comments on Con Son Island prison in the form of a nine-page report. Luce described how the con- gressmen and himself, followed anxiously by Walton and the prison's chief warden, Col. Ngu- yen Van Ve, found a narrow door in a prison garden leading to Uie cells known in Vietnam since French colonial times as "tigers' cages." The location of the door. lead- Ing into an alley, was discov- ered by Hawkins, who had feigned interest in vegetables growing nearby. He said Ve told the congress- men, after they had asked to enter, that the door to the alley was always locked. "Then miraculously someone came to IJic gate from the oilier side to see what was the mat- he said. "He opened the door and we slipped through. There before us were the tiger cages. We climbed to the top and looked down on to the prisoners hud- dled in the cages, flncc four in each cage." Luce -said after leaving the alley they were confronted by Walton who allegedly told them they should "mind their own business and not interfere in Vi- etnamese affairs." Luce quoted a congressman as replying: "But this is our business. The United States gives considerable aid to these prisons. "Several American boys are being held prisoner in North Vietnam. I hope they are not being treated the same way as the prisoners I have just seen being treated here." Luce said Con S'on was South Vietnam's largest prison island, and official U.S. figures placed the June, 19VO, total at prisoners. He said: "The tiger cages are small stone compartments. In- side each cage is a wooden bucket for sanitary purposes which is emptied once a day, Soviet Crews es Under Fire By Reuters The Middle East conflict was at a new crisis point today following an Israeli disclosure that Russian crews may have fired missiles at Israeli jets and Soviet per- sonnel may have been killed in fighting. The disclosure was made at a news conference Monday night by Israeli Chief of Staff Hayim Bar-Lev, who indicated that Soviet crews may have fired SAM-3 missiles at Israeli planes. He said he believes Soviet personnel may have died during Israeli bombing raids on Egyptian SAM-2 batteries ranged behind the Suez canal. SEE CLASH AHEAD Lt.-Gen. Bar-Lev stressed Is- rael's determination to maintain its stand along the Suez canal front. He said Israeli jets have nol attacked any SAM-3 batteries which are farther away from the canal front on the far side of a missile network set up mid- way between the canal and Cairo. But he said Israeli pilots re- ported at least two rockets, which appeared to be of the more sophisticated SAM-3 type, were fired at them. Observers in Tel Aviv noted Israel's declared determination to maintain its air superiority along the canal, coupled with the new Soviet involvement in the SAM-2 and SAM-3 batteries, could lead to a collision between Israeli and Soviet forces, espe- cially if Israeli planes were hit by SAM-3 batteries manned en- tirely by Soviet personnel. The observers said it was be- lieved that Soviet pilots might be ordered to defend the SAM-3 sites. Israel already has charged that Soviet pilots are flying operational missiles over Egypt.. DIRECT CHALLENGE The Tel Aviv report on sophis- ticated SAM-3 missiles being "ired at Israeli planes was seen in Washington as another dan- gerous spiral in the Middle East situation. Some U.S. officials regard the introduction of Soviet pilots and missiles into Egypt as a direct challenge to the United States and part of Russia's global pol- icy of expanding its influence wherever possible. The Nixon administration has turned on a major propaganda show in the last week trying to swing American public attention BELFAST (AP) Prime Minister James Chichester- Clark of Northern Ireland sharply denounced today the clandestine visit to his tense province Monday by the Irish Republic's external affairs min- ister. "I am said Chi- chester-Clark, "that the foreign minister of any state should show such a lack of courtesy as to visit Northern Ireland with- out reference to me or to the Northern Ireland the more so in the present very serious situation. "I cannot regard such a visit as helpful and I deplore it." External Affairs Minister Pat- rick Hillery, who also is Ire- land's deputy premier, said he made his unannounced visit to the riot-torn Falls Road area of Belfast to "relax tension" among the Roman Catholics there. A source close to the Northern Ireland government said the Irish Republic government is "obviously trying to get United Nations intervention by making this into an international inci- dent." CALLS IT 'TRESPASS' to the threat of a great-power confrontation in the Middle "This is a trespass East. SEE POWER SHIFT The administration is con- cerned that Moscow may have started a program to radicalize moderate Arab governments, es- tablish control over oil-produc- ing nations, and be seeking to turn the Mediterranean into a Soviet sphere, thus disrupting the world balance of power. The U.S. aim, apparently, is to include the Middle East in a general settlement of outstand- ing differences between the United States and the Soviet Union. White House officials said last week that the Russian military presence in Egypt may have to be met by direct Israeli action -'--mid it escalate. Rail Strike BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) The United Transportation Union went on strike against Baltimore and Ohio railroad today in a dispute over the elimination of firemen's jobs. eigner into British territory and is against all political conven- the source added. Britain today accused Hillery of a serious diplomatic discour- tesy in making a secret visit to a Roman Catholic area of Belfast. Hillery's manoeuvre was ex- pected to enrage Northern Ire- 1 a n d 's dominant Protestants. They were expected to regard it as a symbolic assertion of the republic's claim to the six northern counties, whtsh were split off from the 26 Catholic- dominated counties to the south 50 years ago. Rev. Ian Paisley, the militant Protestant evangelist, called the visit "an unwarranted interfer- ence in tlie internal affairs" of Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Hillery said he would ap- proach the British government on behalf of the Falls Road Catholics, who complained that British soldiers looted and 'wrecked their homes while they searched for arms after fighting last weekend. Reed Boat Nears Barbados In Atlantic Crossing Bid BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Reuters) Ra 2, the papyrus reed boat in which Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl hopes to prove that ancient Egyptians could have crossed the Atlantic, was reported Monday to be about 300 miles off the Carib- bean island of Barbados. Tiie explorer's wife, Yvonne Heyerdahl, said the raft may arrive here this weekend. "If the Ra does come to Bar- bados. I expect it would be here around she said. Mrs. Heyerdahl, who is in daily radio contact with her husband, said a United Nations Caribbean fisheries develop- ment project ship met the drift- ing Ra last week. The ship gave fresh fruit, veg- etables and ice cream to Heyer'- riahl and his crew "and they were all very pleased and in fine shape." Heyerdabl's first attempt to prove that the ancient Egypt- ians probably sailed to the new world centuries before Colum- bus, end.cd in failure last year when Ra 1 was battered and broken by stormy seas. The cuiTcnt voyage began at Safi, Morocco, in May. ;