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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 85-90. VOL. LXIV No. 183 The Lethlmdgc Herald TETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JULY IB, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES Cross feels he's lucky JAMES CROSS FLQ pawn By JOHN LeBLANC LONDON (CP) James R. Cross, CMG an Irish, man of light heart behind the trappings of a British civil service mandarin, can survey Westminster Abbey from his plush office and reflect that it beate the un- certainties of life and death at 10945 Rue des Recollets, "NTl'oMS is still stamped on Jasper Cross's insides, and every once in a while he twitches briefly to the evo- cative jangle of a doorbell. That's because one day the bell rang for him and he spent the next 60 days at 10945, under the gun and _ his fingers crossed while his life was m barter between and his kidnappers of the Front de Lib- eration du Quebec. Jasper Cross a boyhood nickname that has fol- lowed him through his career was the senior British trade commissioner in Montreal who was abducted bv terrorists last October, jerked out of his workaday routine to become a central figure in one of the world s biggest news stories of the time. Won't forget it In a reminiscent interview the first since globe- trotting Cross put his feet fairly permanently under a desk here in March the 49-year-old former prisoner discussed getting back to normal after the long trau- matic ordeal of having his, survival dependent on a day-to-day roll of the dice. "I don't think I'm ever going to put it aside how do you shrug off a tiling like he asks. 'He figures he's lucky to be back wearing his upper- level government uniform of short black jacket, grey pants and furled umbrella. A few days after he was kidnapped, so was Labor Minister Pierre Laporte of Quebec. -porlc v.-as murdered. Cross w.J held ay a less bloodthirsty tui cell and lived to become head of the export planning division of the department of trade and industry and a Com- panion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. The CMG, incidentally, is translated irreverently in the civil service as "Call me God." On Cross, it does not sit heavily. Easy approach Tall, slender Cross is from County Tipperary and naturally has a bit of the blarney, a twinkle of the eye and an easy approach to problems that helped carry him through his FLQ days without losing more than 22 pounds and picking up that minor doorbell twitch. In conversation he's likely to prop feet on desk and wonder why the photographer wants him to button up his coat. He's got a tan from his usual out- doors life gardening and camping and his frame has filled out after running down to scrawniness on the lean diet at 10945. "I've got back most of the calories that I lost on short rations, and I don't seem to have any big psychol- ogical troubles left that won't wear he says. "But I suppose they'll be kicking around in the back of my mind for a while." It would be surprising if they did not. On the morning of Oct. the day's start was normal in the Cross home at 1295 Hedpath Crescent, Montreal. The trade commissioner was finishing up in the bathroom before heading for the office. His wife, Barbara, was in their bedroom with their Dalmatian bitch Holly. Airline strikes begin Saturday MONTREAL (CP) Air Can- ada will be hit by the first of a series of rotating strikes of its maintenance and ground per- sonnel at 8 a.m. Saturday. Mike Pitchford, chief negotia- tor for the International Asso- ciation of Machinists which rep- resents the Air Canada employees involved, announced the decision at a news confer- ence today. He said the union -would de- cide tonight what city or region would be affected by the first 24-hour walkout. An Air Canada spokesman said the airline will try to main- lain normal operations as long as possible, but it cannot make any preparations until it finds out where the first strike will take place. The starting time of the first 24-hour strike would be 8 a.m. local lime in the region af- fected. Mr. Pitchford said the union is not prepared to discuss its contract dispute with Air Can- ada unless the airline agrees to resume talks "without any prior restrictions." In a telegram sent to airline President John Baldwin, the union said bargaining is impos- sible if Air Canada refuses be- forehand to discuss any propos- als that would cost more than a contract offer it made a week ago. The union therefore was not prepared to resume talks unless Air Canada "is free to enter into negotiations witboul any re- strictions on any matter re- maining in dispute." The union says the main is- sues at stake are job security, length of contract, overtime pay and scheduling of shifts. In another telegram to Labor Minister Bryce Mackasey, the union asked for his intervention 'contingent on your ability to persuade Air Canada to resume collective bargaining without any prior restrictions." "It is our iceling that unless Air Canada agreed to lift their restrictions on their negotiations concerning matters to be dis- cussed we do not believe any useful purpose would be served by your department." Brings package Three armed men came through the front door on the pretext of delivering a package. That was the start of Cross's session with the kidnappers. The end came after an agonizing breath-holding period in which, as far as Cross is concerned, he never was quite sure he would walk out the door of 10945. The Canadian government got tough. The kidnap- pers' demands for a ransom and the release of 20-odd FLQ extremisis in Quebec jails were turned down. Eventually there was a settlement, with the ab- ductors gelling free passage to Cuba. How did Cross, as the pawn, react to the govern- ment's partial turndown? "Just no comment on he says. Obviously, though, he still is not happy about the way he was the ping pong ball in a political struggle that had nothing to do with him. But he has no rancor about his trouble and is in- clined now to smile it off in fact, figures on dropping in for future holidays in Canada. Knew routine Still somewhat mystified as to why he was picked on, Cross thinks it had to do with (1) kidnapping of diplomats is or was easy, and (2) he had a pretty unvarying daily routine in Montreal. "They told later they had been watching me for some he said. "It would be easy to figure about viral. 1 was doing at any given hour. They knew 1 was a man of regular habits." Cross's job now is to push the sale of British goods round the world from a central position here, after a life of considerable world travel with the same aim. He has served in India and Malaya as well us doing two hitches in trade commissioner jobs in Can- ada Winnipeg and Halifax before Ms eventual posting to Montreal. Practically all of his adult life has been in the l.rmle .service. Ho left university lo join the Itoynl Kn- Riuccrs ill J011 owl saw wartime action in the Middle 15.151. Trains grind to stop WASHINGTON (AP) Strik- ers began shutting down today the Southern Railway and the Union Pacific after all-night summit negotiations. The two lines together ac- count for 8.9 per cent of the rail miles and carry 23 per cent of all "ail shipments of farm produce in the United States, in- dustry figures show. Few corn- mutters are affected. The first pickets were re- ported shortly after the 6 a.m. strike deadline at Southern's fa- cilities in Knoxville, Term., and Ashevillc, N.C., and at the UP's headquarters in Omaha. However, negotiations among cabinet officials, rail presidents and President Charles Luna of the AFL-CIO United Transpor- tation Union were set to resume later, possibly today. ISSUES CLARIFIED The extraordinary summit session began Thursday night and included Transportation Secretary John Volpe, acting Labor Secretary Laurence Sil- berman, Assistant Labor Secre- tary W. J. Usery, four rail pres- idents and the representative a fifth rail chief. Silberman said: "We were un- successful in averting a strike. However, we believe the issues were clarified and narrowed." The strike over work rules would make idle an estimated employees on the two roads and affect southern and western states. However, effects of the third major rail stoppage in seven would be felt in various degrees by other railways. Few com- muters would be affected. CPR trains will make fewer stops CALGARY (CP) Begin- ning Sunday, passenger trams on the CPR lines between Cal- gary and Edmonton will run 10 minutes faster and make fewer stops. The single-unit trains will halt only at Red Deer and South Edmonton and will take three hours and 30 minutes for the trip. The new schedule, approved by the Canadian Transport Commission, eliminates load- ings at Olds, Innisfail, La- combe, Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Leduc and four flag stops. The trains will leave Edmon- ton at a.m. and Calgary at p.m. Bricklayers still out EDMONTON (CP) Brick- layers set up picket: lines today at three major construction projects and Ken Thompson, business agent for the striking union, said the lines will stay there _ until this thing is set- tled." About 300 pei-sons were em- ployed at. the three projects, a new city courthouse, a ware- house and a senior citizens high rise. Youlh killed in. camper truck mishap LONGVIEW (CP) Wade Watson Dcpanli, 19, of Colorado, was killed Thursday when a camper truck crashed off High- way 7 near this foothills com- munity, 30 miles southwest of Calgary. Police snid Mr. Dcpaoli was asleep in the camper unit when the driver lost control. Tim homo-huill camper separated from Ihe truck and Mr. Dcpaoli was thrown out. ixon's China visit hailed by Asian allies PRESIDENT NIXON historic move Pakistan may cut C'wealth ties LONDON (CP) The Daily Telegraph says Pakistan may leave the Commonwealth, largely as a result of actions by Canada and Britain, and take reprisal actions against both countries. In a story from Islamabad, the newspaper quotes a govern- ment spokesman as saying Pak- istan is seriously considering withdrawal from Hie Common- wealth because of the attitudes of senior Commonwealth mem- bers. The story says these coun- tries include Canada and Brit- ain. The newspaper says the mili- tary government in West Paki- stan is considering the provision of aid to the separatist move- ment in Quebec in retaliation for the suspension of Canadian aid. Canada took the position origi- nally that the civil war which broke out in East Pakistan in March was an internal affair of that country. But earner this month tiie Canadian govern- ment decided to suspend eco- nomic aid to Pakistan and later withdrew export licences for spare parts for Pakistani mili- tary aircraft. Britain has also suspended military aid to Pakistan. The Telegraph says Pakistan Mrs. Blake dies at Montreal MONTREAL (CP) Mrs. Hector Blake, wife of former Montreal Canadiens coach Toe Blake, died in a Montreal hospi- tal Friday. Mrs. Blake, the former Betty Walters of Hamilton, had been seriously ill for the last three years. plans to aid rebelling groups in Northern Ireland as retaliation for the British action. There were also unconfirmed reports that Pakistan would boycott all British products after Aug. 1. 1 had a little grass about an hour ago, And it's gone right to my head.' Trudeau 'very Jiappy9 OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau today described President Nixon's decision to visit Peking as "a very signifi- cant move." He told reporters he was "very pleased" that a dialogue has been established between the United States and China. Mr. Trudeau said there is a growing international aware- ness that mainland China can- not be frozen out of world af- fairs. The prime minister said tim- ing for his own tentatively scheduled visit to Peking has not yet been worked out, though he added he would be "always happy to go there." An invitation for Mr. Trudeau to visit the Chinese capital -was extended through Trade Minis- ter Jean-Luc Pepin when Mr. Pepin was in Peking a few weeks ago. Mr. Trudeau said the schedul- ing of his own visit will not be determined by that of Mr. Nixon, who intends to go to China sometime before next May. "We're not trying to beat any- said the prime minis'.tr. DIDN'T ACT FOR U.S. Canada did not play a role in preparation of the groundwork for China's invitation to Mr. Nixon, Mr. Trudeau said. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Sanada's first ambassador to Communist China, Ralph Collins, did not convey any messages to Peking authorities on behalf of the U.S. government concerning a presi- dential visit. Mr. Collins took up his post some weeks ago, Canada establ- lished diplomatic relations with Red China Oct. 13. Mr. Sharp described the an- nouncement of Mr. Nixon's in- tended trip to Peking "a very, very welcome development." He hoped it would be quickly, followed by a mutual exchange of diplomatic recognition be-, tween Peking and Washington, and by mainland China's entry into the United Nations with a seat of the Security Council. TOKYO (CP) Nationalist China lodged a strong protest today against President Nixon's plan to visit Communist China and a South Korean spokesman term- ed the trip shocking news. But other Asian allies of the United States approved. South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu said he hopes the trip "could constitute a first step to- ward the elaboration of lasting peace for this part of the world." SURPRISES OFFICIALS Tire report reached the Far East in mid-morning and took government officials and the public by surprise. Newspapers rushed out extra editions and anxious callers jammed news- paper switchboards for details. Nixon's announcement sur- prised officials and private citi- zens in South Korea. A spokes- man for the foreign ministry said "it was shocking news." Seoul citizens, many with be- wildered looks, intently read the news on bulletin boards in front of newspaper buildings before the evening papers hit the streets. In Tokyo, the Japanese gov- ernment termed Nixon's an- nouncement a "very good thing." Acting Foreign Minister Toshio Kimura said: "We wel- come the visit as an improve- ment of relations between the United Stales and China." He said his government was in- formed in advance of Nixon's plans. Prime Minister Sir Keith Holyoalte of New Zealand called Nixon's announcement hearten- ing and said: "I hope this devel- opment rail give more depth to recent tendencies on the part of China toward more relaxed re- lations with other countries. Foreign Minister Thanat Khb- man of Thailand, whose country has troops in Vietnam, said Nix- on's trip may help bring peace to Southeast Asia. "It is big news -and important he said while attending the Asian foreign ministers con- ference in Manila. HAIL NEWS Other ministers attending the conference also hailed the news. External Affairs Minister Sir Leslie Bury of Australia, whose country also has a contingent of troops in Vietnam, said he thinks most nations which don't have relations with Peking wUl wait to see the outcome of Nix- on's visit before "making any other moves regarding relations with the People's Republic of China." In M e 1 b o u r n e, Australian Prime Minister William Mc- Mahon said the United Slates was moving in the same way as Australia intended when he re- cently announced moves to es- tablish a dialogue with Peking. NEW ERA Western diplomats in Hong Kong viewed the visit as the be- ginning of a new era in U.S.- niainland China relations that could materially reduce world tensions, but they warned against undue optimism. Outside of Asia: U N Secretary-General U Thant said the move "opened a new chapter in the history of in- ternational relations." The British government, which has had diplomatic rela- tions with Peking for years, welcomed N i x o n's announce- ment ana said it was informed in advance. The Soviet news agency Tass reported today wiihout com- ment President Nixon's accep- tance of an invitation to visit China. EFFECT CAMPAIGN In the United States mean while Nixon's announcement that he will visit Peking within 10 months at the invitation of Premier Chbu En-lai of the People's Republic of China to seek a normalization of rela- tions between the U.S. and China was welcomed. The Nixon journey is expect- ed to have an impact on the 1972 presidential campaign in the United States and may have an influence on the search for a negotiated peace in Vietnam. Now it is more widely as- sumed than ever that the administration will not chal- lenge the bid this fall for ad- mission of mainland China to the United Nations. The visit was arranged last weekend by Chbu and Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Nixon's ad- viser on national security af- fairs who made a secret stop in Peking during a 10-day trip around the world. The president's unexpected announcement was .made on television and radio. U.S. cuts off Pakistan, Greece WASHINGTON (Renter) The House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, moved by congressional concern over social conditions in Paki- stan and Greece, voled Thurs- day to cut off all further eco- nomic and military aid to both countries. The move was a setback for the Nixon administration and the most dramatic action taken in Congress to exert pressure for change in the two countries. While the House committee action was only the first step to- ward cutting off aid, supporters of the move were hopeful it would be upheld by the House as a whole and by the Senate. In the case of Greece, how- Gang snatches patient Seen and heard About town II ITY RESEARCH officer Jim and Fanny lloplins enjoying a joko about Jim's current limp .lack Unsworlli wondering if Charlie Van Home qualifies for the half-century class at the horse show, and the com- petitor's wife assuring ficr- ald Thompson he wr.s I.lsn Itollslc complaining Hint it's even loo hoi. (o gel nn all- over sun tan oo her balcony.. BELFAST (Reuter) An armed gang of Irish Republican militants burst into a heavily- guarded hospital here today and snatched a wounded patient as nurses watched helplessly. One of the gunmen broke the hnspl'.-.l's smirity by donning n wlu'te doctor's gown, walking calmly inno the ward and then producing a sub-machine-gun from under his coat. The gang of five men were believed to be members of the militant provisional branch of (he outlawed Irish Republican Army and the wounded man a comrade captured in a bomb in- cident in n Unman Catholic part, of llclfnst this week. A car drew up oul.sido the Royal Victoria Hospital in the heart of the Catholic part of Belfast. The five gunmen scrambled out, entered the building and tied and gagged two security guards. Apparently acting on in- side information, they made their way lo the ward whore their comrade was under police guard. The bogus doctor then held up tlte police guards with his sub- machine-gun and called his four colleagues, also armed, who trooped in. One of the policemen was re- ported to have been slightly in- jured When he resisted. The pa- tienl was carried out. by Ihc men. The wounded man tad boon in the thigh during his cnp- tum was reported to have lost a leg. He and his rescuers clambered into the waiting car and drove off. Security forces immediately threw a net around the city and roadblocks were set up on all highways leading to the Repub- lic of Ireland where the gang was expected to try to smuggle the patient. Thursday, Prime Minister Brian Faiilkncr told the people of Londonderry, where some of the mosl violent and bloody clashes have taken place involv- ing Catholics, Protestants and British troops, that they could have social and economic bene- fils, or they could have riol and Ilio fruits of iniuiT nnd (loath." cannot have he said. ever, Congress left a loophole. It would still provide the aid if President Nixon says in writing that it is in the overriding secu- rity interest of the United Stales. COMMITTEE DISMAYED The committee's 17-to-6 vote to cut off funds fof Pakistan cli- maxed a week of mounting dis- may in Congress at reports of suffering and starvation in East Pakistan and of repression there by Pakistani government forces. The halt in aid to Pakistan would not apply to money pro- vided to help victims of civil strife there. The administration has asked for million for Pakistan this year, although it said the money would not he spent until the situation in F.ast Pakistan returned to normal. The ]7-io-2 vote to suspend aid to Greece underscored the U.S. dilemma of whether to provide economic help to one of its staunchcst allies while it disap- proves of that country's mili- tary-backed government. flic administration is report- ed lo Ire seeking a sharp in- crease In did to Greece, lo million from million. ;