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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta PARTLY rlonnv HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 65-70 The LetKbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 175 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES WALLACE LEAVES HOSPITAL Afier a 50- day stay at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Ma1., Governor George C. Wallace, a viclim of a shooting while election campaigning, is shown on his woy to the Democratic National Con- vention in Palm Beach, Florida. Wallace will make o short stop in Montgomery, Alabama, on the way to the convention. (AP Wirephoto) No probe planned in smear By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau and Solicitor- General Jean -Pierre Goyer agair indicated in U.e House of Commons Thursday that they did not give much credence to an article in Maclean's magazine that smears the B.CMP. Mi1. Trudeau told former prime minister John Die- fenbaker Albert) that the government was not considering setting up a royal commission to in- vestigate the charges and thereby clear the RCMP's name. Mr. Goyer, who previously told the Commons he had not read the article, told Les Benjamin Lake Centre) he had now read enough to realize that it was composed of generalities and that some com- ments made by the writer, ex-RCMP corporal and a 14-year veteran of the force Jack Ramsay, appeared lo be simply untrue. Again, the solicitor-general indicated that if any specific charges were brought to his attention he would then see if there was any concrete basis for investiga- tion. Later, when Mr. Benjamin asked whether the soli- citor-general had made any attempt to contact Mr. Ramsay, Mr. Goyer replied: "I'm not going to go fish- ing every lime somebody shows me a line and a hook." He also indicated Mr. Ramsay had made no at- tempt to see him and point out any specific charges. In the article and in a number of interviews, Mr. Ramsay has charged that morale is low in the force, suicide rates are high, there are severe cases of heavy drinking and that RCMP members perjure themselves In order to get against native people. The charges have been denied. There has been no supporting evidence revealed from any source to back them up. Outside the Commons he pointed out Lhat the charge about extremely high suicide rates was nonsense. Be- tween 19S7 and 1971 there were only three suicides in the man evidence that the suicide rale was a limes higher lhan for the population in general. Mr. Goyer, who has on occasion been criticized for allegedly trying to downgrade the force, has taken the opportunity over this issue to praise it. This has put some Western Canadian MPs, who usually praise the force mid crilicize Mr. Goycr's actions and comments on it, in a tricky position. Deeply distressed Thursday, Mr. Uiefenbaker loir] Ihe Commons mem- bprs of the form arc. "deeply dislressed" by the article nncl uanl l.hi> opportunely In having an invcsligalion. He also took a swipe at Maclean's editor Peter Newman- who he snid supported, the article "and who has Ti ionnl a notorious one for being a writer of fiction." That was a culling remark about the anli-Diefcn- bnkcr book Mr. Newman wrolc entitled Renegade in Power. Mr. Goyer slood firm on his stand that the article was not worth provoking an investigation unless spe- cific evidence, fame, up. Bui. hr did say that (born van ;i rnnliniiir.g allrmpl. lo Hint Ihc force al- vays measured up lo I he "aspirations of Canadians" and dial, members of Hie force enjoyed basic rifilils. A bout of heckling then crupled in Hie Commons with shouts of "Go, Goyer, Mr. Gnycr took ndvanlago the shouLs by point- ing out Hint "Go Goyer" wns his federal election cam- pnign slogan and it helped him win n majority of about IM.OOO villos. After healing off the opposiiion allnck wilh that ttiinniciil, Hie vigorous questioning toon fizzled oiiU Consumer price index rises Living costs continue climb By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) Food on tha dining room table cost a shade less last month, but it cost tha average family more to keep a roof over its head. Statistics Canada reported today the over-all consumer price Index, a reflection of the cost of h'ving, rose to 130.5 from 138.3 in May, based on 1961 prices equalling 100. The index a year ago was 133. Grocery store prices declined last month, but restaurant meal prices rose, pushing the total food index up. The drop in the cost of food served at home was barely cost in May cost only ?13.32 In June. The change in the over-all index was too small to be mea- sured in terms of the purchas- ing power o[ the consumer dol- Doukhobor women fool officials VANCOUVER (CP) Five Sons of Freedon Doukhobor women granted medical leave from Kingston Pelitentiary in May simply "beat the system" with a hunger strike, the head of the medical team that rec- ommended their release said Thursday. Dr. William Araodo, chief physician at the Ontario peni- tentiary, said in a telephone in- terview that he and other doc- tors who examined the women during the long fast decided they "could not sit back and let them die In Victoria Thursday, Altor- Tey-Gencr.i' Leslie Peterson re- leased text of a telegram sent July 1 to Solicitor-General Jeane Pierre Goyer naming four of the women as being in- volved in recent disturbances in the Grand Forks, B.C. area. He asked that they be return- ed to Kingston, where the five were originally serving arson sentences. Dr. Amodo said the five had been released after they had become very weak from not eating, and described them as fanatics "who are willing to die for their cause." Dr. Amodo said the five started to eat again when they learned -they were to be releas- ed "and by the time they were home they were almost in the pink of health." "It's quite simple, they sim- ply beat the system." lar. It remained at 72 cents, In terms of what a dollar bought In 1961. The Index, based on 1961 con- sumer prices equalling 100, rose by only about half as much last month as it did in June during the previous two years, the sta- tistics bureau said. Housing include the cost of shelter and house- h o 1 d for about one-third of the total index, while food prices account for about one-quarter. Statistics Canada said the higher housing component of the Index reflected higher prices for FILING SLANDER SUIT Noah Dietrich, left, filed a million slander suit against billionaire industrialist Howard Hughes Thursday in Los Angeles. Dietrich, Hughes' former business associole, alleged that Hughes sland- ered him during a telephone news conference held last January. (AP Wirephoto) Toronto Mafia existence known TORONTO (CP) Jus lice Secretary Allan LawTence of Toronto assured the public Thursday that police have long known of the existence in To- ronto of a Mafia cell known as the Siderno group and are maintaining surveillance over it. Mr. Lawrence also said the group has attempted at times to achieve monopolistic con- trol over all syndicated crime in the province. But "as far as we know" none of the so-called organized crime groups, including Siderno, has been able to achieve a mono- polistic position, although they continue to try. He did not name the other groups, but said they were all Proposed north rail links ahead of time for Chretien -VANCOUVER (CP) North- ern Development Minister Jean Chretien has suggested that a new rail route to the Yukon proposed by Transport Minister Don Jamieson may be ahead of its time. In a statement released here to news media in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Mr. Chretien said the rail links out- lined by Mr. Jamieson at a news conference hern Tuesday could be more expensive to freight shippers than the Yukon's existing rail outlet, the While Pass and Yukon Route. Mr. Jamieson said the Bril- ish Columbia Railway, now be- ing extended northward to Dease lake, would be the main link in Ihe proposed roule lo ex- lend as far north as Dawson City in in years. In his Flalo.mnnt. Mr. Chre- licn, whose includes responsibility for the Yukon, welcomed the development of northern B.C. that is predicted by extending B.C. Rail to the Yukon and said he looked for- ward lo an eventual link with Canadian National Railways. However, he added: "At Ihe same lime I want to emphasize the immediate re- gional need to examine Ihe eco- nomics and practicability of extending the existing White Pass route now serving the Yukon so as lo improve its use- fulness to the Yukon and the national economies. "This roule represents the shortest one for Yukon min- erals now heing mined lo their ultimate destination overseas. Its extension would improve the economics of transportation in the central Yukon and would probably result in new mines being opened up." engaged in sophisticated opera, tions involving extortion, nar- otics, counterfeiting, stolen se- curities and other rackets. But unlike in the novel, The Godfather, he s a i d no single crime king has emerged, nor did there appear to be any at- tempt by the various groups to achieve supremacy over the others. Mr. Lawrence was comment- ing at a news conference on a published report that the Sid- erno group, apparently a code describing its members who came here as immigrants from the Italian port town of the same name, has established it- self in the city as a powerful, active crime syndicate. ON IT' Mr. Lawrence said the "pub- lic should be assured" that all Ihe information about Siderno in the published report, "plus a lot more, is known and we are working on it, and attempting to control it." The minister refused to com-1 ment on claims made in the re- port that police knew the names of the leader and Siderno mem- bers. He also would not discuss any other details on the grounds it would prejudice police intelli- gence work. "It's not the gathering of in- formation that's the Mr. Lawrence said, referring to the role of the committee. "It's the connecting up of that infor- mation into hard evidence which can be utilized to obtain convictions." Mr. Lawrence said there had been prosecutions "in some cases" of these organized crim- inal elements, but would not say if any had involved the Sidenio group, he would say only in a general way that the prosecu- tions involved bankruptcy pro- ceedings, stolen securities and narcotics. new houses, higher rents, higher home-owner repair charges and higher telephone rates in On- tario and Quebec. Higher prices also prevailed for sewing ma- chines, electric frying pans and electric stoves. The transportation Index, which accounts for only one- eighth of the total index, re- fleeted higher train fares, higher inter-urban bus fares in Ontario and Quebec and the new cash-only bus fare system introduced in Edmonton. The price of food in super- markets and other stores, bought for home consumption, was actually a shade lower last month, but higher restaurant meal prices pushed the food index up by one-lenth of an index point. Clothing prices declined mainly because of June sales, but higher prices prevailed for laundry, dry cleaning and shoe repair services. Among the smaller compo- nents of the over-all index, the health and personal care index dtclined because of lower prices for toilet soap, razor blades and cleansing tissues. Higher prices prevailed for phonograph records, bicycles and black-and-wlute television sets, sending the recreation index up a tenth of a point. The tobacco and alcohol index rose three-tenths of a point because of higher tobacco taxes in New- foundland, higher bear prices in Nova Scotia and some higher liquor prices in Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Alberta. The price indexes are based on a monthly survey of more than 300 consumer goods and services, selected on the basis of the 1957 spending habits of urban, low-income to middle-in- come families. Weekend rain spell forecast If it's rain, It must be Fri- day. A large low-pressure system from the Gull of Alaska has al- ready started moving into the region, lo make the weekend miserable. Showers and thundershowers are on tap for this afternoon and evening. There will be brief sunny periods Saturday allowing the rain which fell to- day to evaporate and form more clouds, which will in turn cause more rain, probably un- til Sunday. The highs for lojay and Sat- urday will range from 05-70 de- grees while the low tonight will be 45-50. Sunday will be much tha same. However, there Is one faint glimmer of hope. If the wind blows hard enough in the after- noons, it may d r y things out and cut off (he moisture supply lo the clouds. But don't count on it. Smallwood near bankruptcy over stock deal investment By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Former premier Joseph Smallwood of Newfoundland said today he has been virtually bankrupted by the purchase and sale of a sub- stantial block of British New- foundland Corp. stock. He said he and associates purchased the undisclosed num- ber of shares while he was pre- mier, about eight years ago, and that he paid for his portion of the purchase by borrowing heavily from the Bank of Mont- real. "The interest on that loan was Commons to adjourn for summer OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons has made it official that it will adjourn for the summer Friday, providing the back-to- work legislation for St. Law- rence River ports has been ap- proved. The House agreed to Ihe mo- tion, proposed by Prime Min- ister Trudeau, after Liberal House Leader Allan MacEach- en inserted a clause assuring passage prior to adjournment of special legislation ordering longshoremen back to work in St. Lawrence ports. The motion calls for reas- sembly of the Commons Sept. 28, unless an emergeny re- quires parliamentary action in the meantime. Some MPs, how- ever, believe a general election call will come before Sept. 28. a hell of a he said In an interview. "I couldn't afford to hold on to the shares and they were sold wilhin Ihe last year. The sale proceeds didn't cover all my costs and I am still paying inlerest on the loan." Smallwood, 71, said he hopes lo get himself out of debt as a result of two books he is writing about his years as premier. He said he hopes to be out of debt by 1975. He was commenting on a royal commissioa report which named him as one of three shareholders in a company which owned buildings rented to the Newfoundland liquor com- mission. The report, issued last Wednesday, also stated he pur- chased shores in Brinco at the lime Ihe Smallwood government was negotiating with that com- pany in connection with the har- nessing of Churchill Falls for hydro power. "That stalement of me being a shareholder in a company renling a building to the liquor commission is a damn Smallwood said heatedly. "I have denied that emphatically and categorically. It is simply a smear. There is no evidence of that whatsoever." As for Ihe purchase of Brinco stock, he made the investment not at the lime of negotiations in 1952, but 12 years later. "I was making public Stanfield on election speeches to Rotary Clubs and other institutions urging the Newfoundland people to buy the he said. "I wanted the Newfoundland people to share in the potential profits. "I told them to buy the stock and not sell it right away. They should lay it aside and their children and grandchildren would bless them for it." Smallwood said he didn't know how many shares he bought but It was "a substantial block." He borrowed the money from the Bank of Montreal and the bank kept the stock as secu- rity on the loan. He said he intended to keep the stock but found the interest charges too heavy lo carry. The money realized was insufficient to cover all the bank charges and Smallwood said he is still paying money to the bank to cover the ouslanding interest. "I still think Brinco will eventually show a very substan- tial increase in value but my borrowings from the bank ar most ruined me. I couldn't keep up the payments. In effect I am bankrupt, not legally declared, but practically so. soft-sell "Have a good weekend KINCARDINE, Ont. (CP) Opposition Leader Robert Stan- field barnstormed western On- tario Thursday, heading for the next federal election with a po- litical soft-sell. On the first leg of a three-day drive through the region, Ihe Progressive Conservative leader repeatedly cautioned audiences, tongue in cheek, that the trip has nothing to do with politics. But he declared in n television interview the country is in a "pre-election phase" and pre- dicted an election in the fall or whenever Prime Minister Tru- deau "has the courage" to set a date. PATRIARCH DIES Alli- enasoras I, lender of Hie world's 250 million Orthodox Christians, died early Friday, tile patriarchate announced in IsLiiiliul. The ecumenical patriarch was 8fl; lie had been a major force in Ihe movement towards Cluistiao unily. (AP Seen and heard Abcut town Y i SIT on IUAUK VA.N fivvivinp nl Hip Henderson linko nonl S p.m. to cool off a lillle too laic for swimming Parryl II c 11 e. r wearing out tho floor around the cof- fee table In anticipation of his wedding Saturday Police conslable 1'rcd liar- slirnin saying ho knew if would rain hecau.sc he just watered his lawn and garden. Campbell choir City singers triumph in ANNE CAMPBELL LLANGOLLEN, "They shrieked with delight." Thai, according lo a Canad- ian who accompanied Ihr-ni, was. tho rr-arl.inn Thursday nf the Anno Campbell Singers nf Lclhbridpe lo their firsl-plaro triumph in the youlh choir div- ision of Ihe famed Llangollcn Kisleddfed. It was their second first-place win in as many visils lo tho feslival. During Ihcir first, vis- it in Ihe Ldhhridgc group took firsf-plncc honors In Ihe senior female choir class, Thursday. In fad. wns .1 sood. day for snnlheni Alberla at the festival. The Teen Tones of Medicine making their ilebnl. in International compoli- (inn finished (bird in the. junior choir roinpclifion. A choir from Manchester, Eng- land, finished second. The Lcthbridge 'singers' ag- gregate mark of was good enough lo beat 17 entries from in countries. But judging, never- theless, was close. Third-place Medicine Hat finished with 175 lioinLs. More than spectators wilnesscd tha Lethbrldsa vic- tory in this small Welsh town. Wednesday, the Campbell singers came second in a com- ]ir-lilion fur choirs wilh a mem- bership of than !5 voices. Medicine. Hat's Teen Tones made a good showing In (ho open division lor female choirs, where tlfjy finished fourth. Of the Lcthbridgc group mostly high school girls be- tween Hie. ages of IB and 21 the judges said: "Their im- pressive suslaincd lone gave great beanly." The Campbell singers, who havo won a myriad ot awards since their formation as a church choir in are dir- celnd by Mrs. Anne Campbell. II is Ihcir second visit lo fho Welsli fi'slival; Ihe first was in The choir of 37 girls, will re- lurn home July 26, aflcr a brief lour of Germany and The Nclh- crlands. Tho Medicine H.it group Is composed of nhout 40 teenage liiflh school girls is dire-clod by Adole Armstrong. It will return home July 27 aflcr a lour of England and Wales- ;