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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY MID 80s The Lcthlnidgc Herald VOL. LXIV No, 189 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FR ULY 23, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Sudan coup leaders condemned to death HE'S THERE SOMEWHERE All you ran see is his foot over the saddle but there is a Meer wrestler about to upend the steer in front at tolhbridge's Whoop-Up Days rodeo. At the led 1he hazer shouts encouragement to the wrestler as he makes his move. From AP-REUTER CAIRO (CP) The Sudanese radio reported a leader of the short-lived pro-Communist coup in Sudan, Maj. Hassem El-Atta, and three of his top aides were executed today by a firing squad. But an aide to president Jaafar El-Nimeiry said later by telephone that the sentences had not yet been carried out. Nimeiry was restored to power by army units Thursday after being overthrown Monday. A radio in Khartoum, the Su- danese capital, said he had ap- proved the death sentences, handed down by a court mar- tial. In addition to Atta, those re- ported condemned were Col. Abdul Moneim Mohammed Ahmed, commander1 of the 3rd Armored Division; Lt.-Col. Osman Hussein, commander of the presidential guard, and Capt. Muawiya Abdul Hay, a member of the seven-man rebel junta. There was no confirmation by Omdurman radio or by Arab news agencies of a London re- port that a fresh outbreak of Firebrand Ross Thatcher dies ROSS THATCHER anti-socialist REGINA (CP) W. Ross Thatcher, who for years dedi- cated himself to a fight against the forces of socialist-type gov- ernment to which he once be- longed, died today at his Regina home, apparently of a heart at- tack. His death at the age of 54 came exactly one month after his defeat .-t OK polls by his mightiest foe, the New Demo- cratic Party. "For 21 years I've been on the destructive side of govern- he said in 1964, the year he became premier of Saskat- chewan and ended a 20-year reign by the NDP's forerunner, Interesting election in the works EDMONTON (CP) Premier Harry Strom of Al- berta' has called an election for Aug. 30, and Progressive Conservative Leader Peter Lougheed says it is going to be the "most interesting in decades." Mr Strom, who announced the election Thursday, said he had the date in mind "for a long and his Social Credit party will "go with confidence to the people." However Mr. Lougheed, at a news conference, said the premier should not be loo confident because "for the first time the outcome is in doubt." The Social Credit, in power since 1935, had 54 seats at dissolution and the Conservatives 10, after two byelections and two members changed parties. There was one vacant seat. Since the 1967 election, redistribution has increased the number of seals in the legislature to 75 from 65. Of the 10 new seats, five are in Edmonton and four in Calgary where the Conservatives have traditionally shown their greatest strength. One other factor in the election next month is that IB-year-olds are eligible to vote for the first time. The Conservatives and the New Democrats, led by Grant Notley, hope to gain a measure of support from this new group of voters. PLAN FULL SLATES Social Credit and the Conservatives, each with <2 candidates nominated so far, plan to field full slates. The NDP has nominated 51, and hopes to reach 65. The Liberals, led by Bob Russell, have nine. Official nominations day is Monday, Aug. 16. Premier Strom, 57, will be seeking personal en- dorsement as premier for the first time. He took over as premier when Premier Ernest Manning retired in De- cember, 196S. At a news conference after lire announcement, Mr. Strom said development, the economy, government spending pollution control, protection of the environ- ment and a voice for Ihe West will be election cam- paign issues. The same things appear on the Conservatives list of issues, which also includes adequate highways de- velopment, methods to control the costs of government, greater use of public hearings on controversial legis- ation and protection of individual privacy'. Mr. Notley has challenged his counterparts to a face-to-face campaign debale. Asked if he favors a debate involving leaders of the four contending parties, Mr. Lougheed said: "There arc only two contending parties I'm prepared to debate with the leader of the other at any time." _ One spaceman alive NEW YORK (AP) Business Week magazine says it has learned that one of Ihe three Soviet cosmonauts who died in lire Soyuz 11 mission "reportedly was alive. but unconscious, when rescue teams reached Win." The magazine did not identify which of the three cosmonauts it referred lo. It credited its information to "high Russian scientific sources." business Week said Ihn Soviet. Union! blames the death of Ihc cosmonauts on a sudden loss of cabin pressure. But the magazine said reports circulating in Moscow said all three men were "in extremely bad physical shape when ordered to return to earth alter nearly 24 days in space." United Stales space offic.ils were said by Business Week lo believe that the poor condition of the Russian cosmonauts "must have been a major, if not n deter- mining factor, in their inability lo perform re-entry op- erations properly, including hatch-closing." Cowboy program packs 'em in The first chuckwagori and rodeo events headed the agen- da Thursday night at Whoop- Up Days and lived up to ex- pectations by attracting close to a capacity crowd at the s e a t Lethbridge Exhibition grandstand. The night's slate of steer calf-roping and bull riding drew appreciative ap- plause from delighted custom- ers when Shawn Davis of Whitehall, Mont., one of 150 cowboys trying for rodeo money, achieved a sizzling 81 points in the saddle bronc rid- ing. Bronc riders seldom achieve 80 or more. Whoop-Up Days continued to fall behind last year's record- breaking attendance figures as 15.042 patrons, down from 1970, passed through the turn- stiles Thursday. The fair has shown a de- crease of fa attendance compared to the first four days last year. LEVY DROPPED The beer garden was han- dling land office business Thursday after the Lethbridge exhibition board announced the dropping of a levy for eve- ning visitors. The board said, in a release, the levy was established on a trial basis, but was dispensed with "because of excellent pub- lic acceptance." A first for Whoop-Up the garden will continue to fea- ture the merry strains of the Taber Polka Band tonight and Saturday. Bettors at Whoop-Up Downs slapped down about Thursday for eight races and increased the four-day total to over the 1970 total of Nine races have been sched- uled for Saturday and Whoop- Up Downs will start pro- ceedings at rather than the usual 2 p.m. Whoop-Up Days moved into its fifth day today with the hold- ing of a second Children's Day. Exhibition program FRIDAY p.m.-Taber Polka Band at beer garden Chuckwagon races and rodeo close at ex- hibition grounds a.m. opens SATURDAY grounds open garden opens Youth-a-rama cof- fee house opens Casino opens racing and pari-mutuel b e t- ting Polka Band at beer garden Chuckwagon races and rodeo youth-a-rama open-air dance close at ex- hibition grounds closes Day Day Seven perish in motel fire NEW ORLEANS (AP) Seven persons, one of them a guard who tried to rescue guests, were killed today when fire broke out in a 17-storey motel. Some guests swung down from balcony to balcony to es- cape. More than 450 persons were evacuated from the Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge- Actor's actor, Van Heflin dies after heart attack MAJOR ATTA shooting had taken place around Ihe presidential palace in Khar- toum. Omdurman reported thou- sands of Sudanese surged through the capital immediately after the funeral of 19 array men who died in Thursday's fighting, demanding "death to the traitors death to the criminal enemies of the peo- ple." ______________ Fins grand prize second time PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) Leo Berna has won the grand prize in the New Jersey state lottery for a second time. Winning the first time- Jan. the 67-year-old retired restaurant owner was a one-in-a-million chance, but his wife Eliza- beth said he was always confident he would add an- other prize some day. He did this week. HOLLYWOOD (AP) Actor Van Heflin, whose craftsman- ship brought him an Oscar and a reputation as "an actor's died today, 6% weeks after suffering a heart attack while swimming. The 60-year-old actor died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital where he had been unconscious since suffering the heart attack June 6 in the swimming pool at his apartment. Heflin, whose career on stage and screen spanned nearly 40 years, gained fame as a charac- ter actor mostly in supporting roles. His latest box-office suc- cess was the movie Airport, in which he portrays a disturbed passenger intent on blowing up an airliner. His more memorable movies included Shane, Green Dolphin Street, Battle Cry, and Johnny Eager, for which he was awarded an Oscar in 1942 in the role of a newspaper reporter. Born Emmet Evan Heflin, son of a dentist in Walters, Okla., he moved to Long Beach, Calif, with his parent when he was 7. He majored in dramatics at the University of Oklahoma and took a masters degree at Yale University's theatre depart- ment. In 1942 Heflin married actress Frances Neal, and they had three children, Verna Gay, 28; Cathleen, 25, and a son, Tracy Neal, 17. The Heflins were divorced in 1967 after nearly 25 years of marriage and Heflin told friends later he was shaken by the breakup. VAN HEFLIN Seek tattooed man in sex slayings the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. "Now I have a chance to be on the constructive side." His Literals governed the province for seven years, going down to defeat June 23 as the NDP demolished Mr. Thatcher's candidates 45 to 15 in the 60-seat legislature. The anti-socialist personality of the former premier was a strange transition for the man who was first elected to political life as a CCF member of Parlia- ment for Moosejaw-Lake Centre. That was back in 1945 and 10 years later he turned his back on the parly and later re- marked: "I am opposed to socialism and all it stands for." The firebrand politician who once was ordered out of the Sas- katchewan legislature during debate and who once tried to kick open the doors of the chamber, became Liberal leader in 1959. JOINED IN PROTEST "I joined the CCF in 1941 for the same reasons hundreds of thousands of others a protest against unemployment and because of the promise of a better future which they so con- v i n c i n g 1 y Mr. Thatcher once told an inter- viewer. "But I was never a real CCFer, even in the early days. "Later, when a few radical left-wingers from British Col- umbia joined us in the House of Commons, my position became unbearable I crossed the floor because I believed in Lib- eral principles." After crossing the floor, Mr. Thatcher tried unsuccessfully at re-election as a Liberal in Assi- niboia but was beaten twice by his former desk-mate, Hazen Argue, who ironically followed Mr. Thatchsr later to the Lib- eral party. A former hardware merchant in his father's store and a cattle breeder, Mr. Thatcher was born May 24, 1917 at Neville, Sask. He was married in 1937 to the former Adrah L. (Peggy) MeNaughton of Moose Jaw and they had one son, W. Colin. STE. MARTHE, Que. (CP) Police continued their search for a tattooed man and his stocky companion Thursday fol- lowing funeral service for the two young victims of a brutal sex slaying here last weekend. About 1.000 residents, many Tokyo jolted TOKYO (AP) A sharp quake jolted Tokyo and sur- rounding areas early Friday but there were no reports of damage or casualties. Seen and heard ATTENDANCE FIGURES 'Cabinet-shuffle time, men. When {he music flops, those without a chair arc out'.' Prcvlons Record 1970 Monday (1964) Tuesday (1969) Wednesday............ (1969) Thursday (1970) Friday (JMO) Saturday............ (1966) This year's total attendance Six-day record attendance 19T1 (1970) About town T ATE arrival Wally La- mont rushing to get into a ball game and forgetting to turn off his car engine, which idled for two hours Heather DcArmond, six, real- izing the "Uirill that comes once in a lifetime" by finding six four-leaf clovers in her own back yard Ken Chrislcnscn trying unsuccess- fully to get a rise out of the dummy Moimtie in a city hall Whoop-Up Days display. angry and some weeping openly, turned out for joint services Wednesday in nearby Cap de la Madeleine for Carole RECOVERED Marchand, 13, and Chantal Cote, 12, found shot in the head Saturday near this village 95 miles northeast of Montreal. The girls, who disappeared Friday during a blueberry-pick- ing expedition, were buried later in a cemetery not far from where their bodies were discov- ered in dense bush near here, four miles from their Cap de la Madeleine homes. An autopsy showed that Car- ole had been raped before death. Quebec Provincial Police said Wednesday they were looking for Michel Joly, 23, and a sec- ond unnamed man in connection with the double slaying. Joly was described as danger- ous and possibly armed. He had several tattoos on iiis back, chest and arms, including one of a nearly-nude woman and the inscription Hate Love. Airline hands over dummy ransom SYDNEY, Australia (Renter) Police arrested and ques- tioned five men today after a domestic airline handed over what appeared to be at Sydney airport to prevent their planes from being blown up. The extortion money in fact consisted of Australian bills wrapped around wads of paper and added up to only cash, police said. The fivn arrested men in- cluded two South Africans and at least one Australian. A police spokesman said n woman had handed a bag con- taining the dummy ransom to a man later identified as a 24- year-old South African, at Syd- ney's Mascot Airport. The man had then boarded a Brisbane plane. Police hoarded the jot min- utes later nnd escorted away two men. Onn was later re- leased. They also seized a brown leather bag containing clothing and a .38-calibrc re- volver, the spokesman said. The other four men were arrested in raids on suburban houses. Authorities recovered a suit- case containing the apparent which Ansett Airlines Chairman Sir Reginald Ansclt ordered paid after the last of several threats against his firm was made. Anscll said the bomb threats had been made in a scries of letters to the airline beginning in June. At first, lie said, the writers demanded but in a final letter received Thurs- day they asked "a very much reduced amount." Afler the payment had been made according to written in- structions, police staked out Mascot Airport. Two face trial in belting sheets ease EDMONTON (CP) Jacob Fabcr and Simon Pak, both of Edmonton, have been remand- ed to Aug. 25 for trail on charges of unlawfully selling bolting information sheets. They pleaded not guilty lo Ihe charges when they appeared in court Thursday. T shocks Strom EDMONTON (CP) Premier Harry Strom said today he was "deeply shocked" to hear of the death of former Saskatchewan premier Ross Thatcher. Mr. Strom said in a statement he counted Mr. Thatcher as a close friend and associate. "I feel Saskatchewan has lost a dedicated public servant, one who was really working for the people of Saskatchewan, and I'm extremely sorry to hear of his passing." In Ottawa Prime Minister Tnideau said today it was with shock and a sense of deep re- gret that he learned of the death of Mr. Thatcher. At Prince Albert, former prime minister John Diefcnbak- er said Mr. Thatcher was "far from well" just before the cam- paign for Ihe June 23 Saskatch- ewan election. "But he carried through the election campaign with courage and dignity." In Regina, Premier Allan Blakeney paid high tribute to- day to his arch rival and pre- decessor. Mr. Balkcney said the former Liberal premier worked at a pace which spared neither his time nor his health. "Decisive in victory, energet- ic in office and gracious in de- feat, Mr. Thatcher will long lie remembered for his role in Ihc modern history of .Saskatch- ;