Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Evidence portrays Nixon as defiant man WASHINGTON Mil- lions of words of new docu- mentary evidence and tran- scripts portray President Nixon as a man and at times as he sought to limit the impact of Watergate on his presidency. But the raw materials of the House of Representatives im- peachment spread be- fore the public this week in two offer no major disclosures about the case against the president. Seven volumes of data were released Thursday. Together with an eighth vol- ume of rebuttal evidence of- fered by the White House and Tuesday's committee versions of eight presidential they do more to elaborate than to alter what was previously known about Watergate. There are these new ele- June 13 days after the Watergate Nixon was told there was a risk more valid or surfacing on the Watergate The president agreed and hope nothing will. It may not. But there is always the risk I'd cut the loss fast. I'd cut it evidence that Nixon discussed the danger of Watergate involvement to himself on March days before the date he said he learned of the cover-up. president's dictated recollection and handwritten notes of the March conversation in which John then White House described the involvement of presidential aides and campaign lieutenants in the break-in and cover-up. jury testimony about the payment relayed the night of March 21 to convicted Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt. That payment was cited by a federal grand jury as one of the acts in a conspiracy to block the break-in investigation. The committee's Statement of Information relied heavily on testimony at last year's Senate Watergate hitherto-fecret grand jury court papers and White House including tapes. It is from the tapes that the committee staff received some of its most significant information. In the Tuesday transcript of a conversation on March President Nixon advises aides that want you all to stonewall let them plead the Fifth cover- up or anything if it'll save the The quotation came in a discussion about the forthcoming Watergate hearings and was omitted from the transcripts published by the White House in April. The same conversation shows the president saying that former attorney-general John Mitchell was arguing that use flexibility in order to get on with the cover- up The White House version had Nixon describing Mitchell's arguing for in order to get off the cover-up And yet another committee transcript of a March tape quotes Nixon telling Dean it was too late to exercise the option of telling hangout road's going to have to be rejected I understand it was Not included in Thursday's mountain of evidence was the grand jury report naming Nixon as an unindicted co- conspirator in the cover-up. The grand jury did not include the report in the material it asked U.S. District Judge John Sirica to turn over to the committee. Nixon has further cause to worry as his lawyer appears to have fallen short in his attempt to discredit Dean's story of a continuing Watergate coverup directed at the highest White House say members of the House of Representatives im- peachment committee. Dean underwent extensive questioning during a nine hour closed session Thursday. His testimony emerged in- some despite the ef- forts of Nixon's James St. to discredit Dean. my opinion he was a damaging witness as far as the president is said Rep. Robert leaves the impression the president is very much behind the different actions McClory said. i The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVII-179 JULY 12. 1974 15 CENTS Pages Surcharge Prairie gas exports Rushing the courthouse armed police pour into building. Prisoners hold hostages in Washington courthouse WASHINGTON Hundreds of heavily-armed policemen ringed a basement cellblock and the United States District Courthouse to- day as a marathon standoff continued with two convicts holding seven hostages. Another hostage was released before dawn. The convicts were demanding a plane flight out of the country. The prisoners. Robert Jones and Frank want transportation to National about five miles and an authorities said. The convicts and authorities began a waiting game within minutes after the hostages were seized about 2 p.m. EDT Thursday in a basement cellblock of the building where the Watergate plumbers trial was being held. The trial was moved to another site today. Radio station WASH quoted the convicts as saying that one of the identified as lawyer Antholy John was ill and that convict Jones wanted to release him. Hurley was said to have a history of heart trouble. U.S. District Judge George Hart told reporters just after 8 a.m. that think time is in our favor but I could be sur- responsible for the five-storey said no deadline has been set hy the prisoners who have asked three a copy of the Washington cigarettes and food. He said the newspapers and cigarettes would be furnished but food would be pro- vided a little later because the building cafeteria was closed. Hart was asked whether he could assure that the hostages were not harmed. He really. Possibly something could have been done to a hostage and we did not know about A relative of one hostage said they were locked in a cell but were unharmed. Four deputy U.S. two justice department employees and two lawyers originally were taken hostage. At one the convicts told WASH by telephone that they wanted to go to but authorities .would not confirm this' demand. By JEFF CARRtJTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Modifications to the controversial federal export charge on refined products will be proposed later this month by the National Energy Board to Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. as an indirect result of the inactivity of the govern- ment during the past few weeks of election cam- a government deci- Meatcutters to vote on proposal WINNIPEG Alberta Labor Minister Bert Hohol says a proposal he sub- mitted for settlement of a five week old lockout at three Alberta meat packing plants has been approved by a policy conference of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers. The proposal is subject to ratification by CFAW members and a vote will be conducted Monday and Tuesday. About employees of Swift Canadian Co. Canada Packers Ltd. and Burns Food Ltd. have been locked out of the Alberta plants since June 5. Wages and length of contract have been the major issues in the dispute. Terms of the proposed settlement were not disclosed. Dr. who made the an- nouncement Thursday night after several days of negotiations has been assisted in the talks by Robert chairman of the Alberta board of industrial and W. H. Dickie. Mr. assistant deputy minister of labor for was appointed mediator by the Alberta government several weeks ago. Company and union officials in Lethbridge told The Herald today they had not heard details of the proposed settlement. Police strike in Baltimore BALTIMORE Baltimore was reported calm early today after a night of burning and looting. oc- curred after city police joined a strike by municipal employees. Eyewitnesses said dozens of stores had windows smashed and merchandise stolen dur- ing the night. Many shopkeepers stood all- night vigils inside their armed with shotguns and -pis- tols. Off-duty high-ranking police officers and plainclothes policemen donned uniforms to cope with the emergency. Several reports of store owners firing at looters were received but no injuries were reported. In one a store owner mistook a policeman for a looter and fired several shots at him. He missed. busy all week ex- tinguishing fires in piles of un- collected garbage left by striking sanitation fought blazes in various parts of the city all night. Dental care promised EDMONTON The provincial government will begin paying for all dental treatment for Albertans suf- fering from cleft palets and hare Neil health and social development minister announced today. Believed to be the first such program in it will pay for treatment retroactive to Jan. 1 and is expected to cost the province between and and then approximately a year to deal with the anticipated 40 to 50 babies born with the problems annually. Seen and heard About town Environment Minister Bill Yurko telling members of the regional planning commission they'd get better service from the provincial government if they elected Conservative MLAs organ player Bill Van Waardhuhen refusing to play in a marching band. sion to' change the refined product export charge won't be made in time to affect July exports. And it might not be made in time to affect part or all of the exports during another important month for gasoline exports to the U.S. A number of major Prairie gasoline refineries and motor gasoline have al- ready complained to the NEB that Ottawa's extension of the a barrel export charge in May to refined products made from domestic crude oil has virtually eliminated traditional Prairie exports of some 1.5-million barrels a year of motor gasoline to the U.S. There are now indications that some exporters of fuel oils in southern Ontario are also feeling the pinch from the two-and-one-half month old export charge. As a result of the com- the NEB reportedly is proposing to change the fixed charge on all refined made from domestic crude but not im- ported to a schedule of charges. The charges would vary from month to month depending on the particular middle dis- tillates such as heating and heavy fuel depending on the region of man- B.C. or Southern and de- pending on the volatile market conditions in the U.S. NEB experts have suggested that trying to keep pace with the changing market conditions in the U.S. might turn out to be im- especially if the government decides to stick with a monthly review of the export charge. The export charge on refin- ed products was announced early in the year during a Commons committee by Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald as part of the but never federal oil bill. The new export charge was designed to prevent oil com- panies from exporting refined product made from domestic crude and escaping paying the federal export charge on crude oil now a barrel. the NEB con- firmed that a new temporary system of allocating crude oil exported to the U.S. among U.S. buyers goes into effect Aug. 1. Under the new the U.S. in effect over from the NEB the onerous and sometimes politically- sensitive task of deciding who in the U.S. gets what share of the slowly-declining quan- tities of Canadian oil being ex- ported each month to the U.S. Mid-West. Until the end of the the NEB has agreed to allow the U.S. to establish percentage allocations using U.S. federal import licenses established once a on May 1. A more permanent arrange- probably also related to the annual U.S. import alloca- tions system of should come into effect at the end of the year. I 73-YEAR-OLD TART SAYS I SHE'S GOING STRAIGHT 111. Sarah says she's going to walk the straight and narrow instead of the streets. turning no more says Baby a happy hooker for 53 years. of having a friend in my place I've got a she says. where my business is now. I'm writing my should scare a helluva lot of big and. I've known plenty of them in my she said. you can tell 'em that Baby Doll won't use their real Baby Doll said she was going legit after being arrested again this week for prostitution. Police said she propositioned an undercover agent at her home. She is out on bafl. Several weeks ago a similar arrest gained her national attention when she paid her bail and said. never too old to practice the world's oldest The story attracted Todd a New lawyer. He's now collaborating with Miss Cowan on a book of her life. jx 1 Cabinet shuffle widely expected By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau's majority victory in Monday's election is widely expected to be followed by a major cabinet not all ministers expect it immediately. could be 10 months says one minister. He bases his prediction on the fact that many ministers are in the process of preparing important which could be disrupted by a shuffle. And in order to institute a general Mr. Trudeau would have to make room at the such as in the external affairs portfolio. Observers feel it is unlikely the prime minister would push aside the present Mitchell at this stage. Demotions don't come easily to ministers who have been in the cabinet for 13 the prime minister has never been prone to de- mote ministers. Mr. of could always ask for a lighter work- load. The external affairs minister is regarded as the key player in any cabinet shuf- fle because this is the senior portfolio behind the prime and if this were vacated other ministers could move a some could be moved and there would be room for one or two new members of cabinet. There has been long- standing speculation that Finance Minister John Turner will be the next external af- fairs after successfully surviving the thankless finance portfolio for 30 months. But Mr. Trudeau's choice may not be automatic when the time comes Other long-serving such as Privy Council President Allan MacEachen. are known to be interested in external affairs. And Mr. MacEachen played a whale of a role as gov- ernment House leader during the last minority and could easily qualify for a new high-profile position. Justice Minister Otto who has also shouldered the heavy responsibility of the Ca- nadian wheat board through some difficult also could qualify for a more glamorous position. 'Here comes the New Democratic Inside Classified.......22-25 Comics............18 Comment...........4 District............17 Family Joan Waterfield.....9 Local Markets ..........19 Travel.............27 .5-9 Weather............3 At Home ..........10 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT. SUNNY. WINDY. French boycotted CANBERRA Prime Minister Gough Whitlam boy- cotted the French Embassy's National Day reception today to emphasize Australian ob- jection to French nuclear tests in the Pacific. Government officials said Whitlam stayed away also be- cause of Australia's legal ac- tion against France in the International Court of Justice at The Hague to stop the test. Whelan suspects DES issues linked Ont. Eugene federal minister of said Thurs- day he is that United States investigations into the possible dumping of Canadian eggs on U.S. markets and the Cana- dian ban on importing beef treated with the growth for more diethylstilbestrol may be connected. a U.S. agricultural source had said earlier Thursday that it was unfortunate the investigation into possible egg dumping came at a time when beef talks dealing with the four-month-long beef embargo were un- der way in Ottawa since the timing might suggest a possible link between the two issues. In an interview Mr. Whelan said his suspicions arose out of a recent statement by Earl U.S. agriculture which threatened if Canada did not work out a solution to thf beef problem. Some of the beef raised in the U.S. is treated with which has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Mr. Whelan said he is not surprised by U.S. investigations into the alleged dumping of Ca- nadian eggs on U.S. markets. type of investigation into any dump- ing of a commodity is done all the he said. COULD MEAN SURTAX Mr. Whelan said that if an investigation does show there is dumping of Canadian eggs on the the U.S. will then a sur- tax on the Canadian products to protect American Bufwhile the investigation is going the U.S. cannot stop the importing of nor can they levy any sort of he said. Mr. Whelan also wondered why the U.S. was threatening retaliatory measures against Canada's refusal to accept American-produced beef which has been treated with DES. He said threats of retaliation should not be aimed exclusively against since many of the 23 countries to which the U.S. sells beef imposed a similar ban. Mr. Whelan said that many American con- sumers now are demanding DES-free beef. Mr. Whelan said he is optimistic that something will be worked out at meetings between U.S. and Canadian exports. The meetings are trying to work out a system for the entire North American market that will not be injurious to Canadian beef Mr. Whelan said.