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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Mrs. Trudeau expects baby year Storm batters Alberta areas MRS. TRUDEAU OTTAWA (CP) Margaret Trudeau Js pregnant and is expected to give birth in December to the first child of a governing prime minister since 1869. The happy news was announced Friday by Prims i Minister Trudeau's office after several weeks of mount- ing speculation. It provided one explanation for the 23-year-old beauty's absence from official trips since late May. Her public appearances may have been curtailed by the pregnancy. At the most recent, a visit to nearby Perth z week ago, she appeared in glowing good health. At that time, Mounties hovered close by to see she wasn't jostled. And the citizens of Perth presented the beaming Trudeaus with a book titled, Stories for Little Children. Situation similar A daughter Mary was born Feb. 7, 1869 to Sir John A. Macdonald while he was Canada's first prime minister. Like the 51-year-old Tnideau, Sir John A. also was in his early 50s and had married a much younger woman. Mrs. Trudeau may accompany her husband on a lour of the Atlantic region from July 31 to Aug. 8, although he said1 early Friday it would be next week before the decision is made. It evidently will depend on how she feels. A private holiday is scheduled later in August but details have not been released. The Tmdeaus were married March 4 in Vancouver. She is the daughter of James and Kathleen Sinclair. Mr. Sinclair is a former Liberal cabinet minister. Margaret and Pierre have not been active socially in Ottawa but this has been attributed to the prime minister's stated desire to keep his private life sep- arate from his p'uDlic life. Mrs. Trudeau accompanied him to the Soviet Union in May. She begged off several functions then and ap- peared jittery at limes. In June she was seen cycling occasionally to shop, with a Mounlie pedalling a short distance behind. The Trudeaus passed up the Ball at Uoiicil Centre disappoiiituig tfk uream of G'iUma society who had gathered hopefully to see the bride. During a political visit alone to Toronto last month, Prime Minister Trudeau opened speculation when he showed a strong personal interest in the ma- ternity award after opening a new wing of the Womens College Hospital. Mrs. Trudeau was not on that trip, nor on subse- quent ones to British Columbia and southern Alberta although she turned up on the last day to join her husband for the Calgary Stampede. The child would be the first to be born at 24' Sussex Drive, offical residence of prime ministers since By THE CANADIAN PRESS A rainstorm accompanied by Supertrain MONTREAL (CP) First tests of a prototype coach of a projected 120-mile-an-hour aluminum passen- ger supertrain were "very engineers for MLW Industries said here. The coach is the first phase of the initials stand for Light, Rapid, Comfortable in both French and English. It is a two-locomotive high-speed train which engineers say could be operating on a Montreal-Toronto run by 1973. The first of two locomotives for the project is to start tests in February, 1972. William Bailey, an Alcan engineer who originated the project in 1967, said in an interview the LRC could shave the Montreal-Toronto run to three hours. Current passenger trains take five hours for the 380- mile trip while the CNE's Turbo made it in four before mechanical problems took it off the tracks again in January. Railways interested Both CP Rail and the CNR have expressed inter- est, Mr. Bailey said. The train's high performance would result from low air resistance because of its over-all low profile, low centre of gravity, low rolling resistance and low weight through the use of aluminum. One of the key features is a banking mechanism in the train's suspension system which tilts the coach to straighten out curves and permit speeds 40 per cent Faster than in conventional trains. The coach's interior is sound-proofed, fully air- conditioned, slightly pressurized, electrically heated and furnished with seats contoured to the shape of the body. hail and winds gusting up to 76 miles an hour caused wide- spread damage in southern and central Alberta Friday night. The Calgary weather office said the peak gusts were four miles an hour more than re- quired to officially register it as a hurricane. The storm, which also knock- ed out the main supply of elec- trical power to Red Deer for about 90 minutes, tore about square feet of roofing and insulation material from a tire factory in northeast Cal- gary. A trailer loaded with lumber overturned near Scott Lake, 25 miles west of Calgary, and a holiday trailer was pitched into a ditch near the city limits. The temperature in Calgary plunged to the mid 50s within a half-horn-, from an afternoon reading of 87 degrees. In the Airdrie district, 20 miles north of Calgary, five ve- hicles collided on Highway 2 during the height of the storm, and RCMP said one person was reported killed. Names were not released. WIDESPREAD DAMAGE In Calgary, a windstorm packing rain and hail caused widespread damage. The wall of a junior high school gymnasium was blown down and part of the roof on a high rise apartment building in the downtown area was blown off. Many houses in the north- west and western sections of the city were left without roofs and hundreds of others suffer- ed shattered windows. The steamship "Moyie" at Heritage Park was grounded and passengers had to be taken off. Television station C F C N's .programming was brought to a halt i'.- 'an hour as it sufered a power loss. POWER FAILURE In Banff, 80 miles northwest of Calgary, the townsile report- ed a power failure for 20 min- utes, causing a traffic tie up on the main street. The storm also spoiled the final night of the fifth Alberta Boy Scout Jamboree, attended by more than youths in the Sylvan Lake area of Cen- tral Alberta. Tents were blown down and sleeping areas flooded, and two boys were taken to hospital with injuries suffered from fall- ing trees. The Alberta Hail Research Unit in Red Deer said hail damage of 100 per cent would be common in most areas of central Alberta. PLANE DIVERTED HERE In Lethbridge, damage was minor in comparison with only a few telephone wires down and several electrical wires snorted out, the victim of fall- ing branches. Winds gusting to 64 m.p.h. around p.m. blew over a tree onto power lines near Coaldalc knocking both local television stations off the air and forcing the closure of a number of rides at Whoop-Up Days. An Air Canada jet with 70 persons on board en route to Calgary from Vancouver had to be diverted to Lethbridge's Kenyon Field when navigation- al equipment at McCall Field was knocked out of com- mission. In Vulcan, 25 men worked all night to control the smould- ering remains of the Alberta Wheat Pool elevator which bruned to the ground Wednes- day. The 65 miles per hour wind fanned the smouldering building and grain stocks which had not been removed from the site. Laing outlines market prospects Advance payments set for west farmers Seen and heard About town T> 0 0 T H attendant Liz Pavan telling friends she can't get husband Lonis out of the way with all the pretty girls working at the fair Barry Temple claiming he couldn't get a hot tongue or a cold shoulder last week. Trustees abolish use of straps TORONTO (CP) City public schools next term will bn minus one small piece of equipment and should lie happy. The Toronto board of education has abolished tho use of straps. Trustees ruled in an 11-lo-fi vote that children shall no longer be subjected to corporal punishment. Strapping children on Ihp hands was Inn only form of legal punishment permitted. SASKATOON (CP) 'Ad- vance payments to fanners for wheat, oats and barley for the crop year starting Aug. 1 were announced Friday by Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Cana- dian Wheat Board- The advance payment for wheat will be 95 cents a bushel, Mr Lang told a news confer- ence. It will be 50 cents for bar- ley and 35 cents for oats. The rate of advance is related to initial prices and quotas for the various grains with the maximum payment Advance payments are the amount farmers can draw Aug. 1 against future delivery of grain. Mr. Lang used the example of an 81-cent-a-bushel initial price for No. 1 feed barley with a minimum delivery quota of 12 bushels an acre. In this case, the maximum advance for barley would be 50 cents a bushel for 12 bushels or Sudan splits Iraq in dispute BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuter) Sudan broke off diplomatic relations with Iraq today, accus- ing Baghdad of interference in its internal affairs, the Su- danese embassy announced here. A Sudanese foreign ministry statement issued by the em- bassy said the government de- cided to order the Iraqi em- bassy in Khartoum to close down and its staff to leave the country within 24 hours. It also decided to close the Su- danese embassy in Baghdad and bring its personnel home immediately. DUST GET! IN YOUR EYES Harold Mandeville of Lethbridge fights dust, wind and a stubborn calf when a violent wind storm struck the Lethbridge rodeo Friday. The 65 mile per hour winds hampered the calf ropers and only half of the contestants managed a time in the event. Whoop-Up show enters home stretch after shaking off storm effects Whoop-Up Days entered its fi- nal stretch today after brush- tag off the effects of a choking wind-driver, sandstorm Friday night. The storm straight out of the 1930s Friday night turned the fair into a gritty, eye-smarting fog and toppled temperaures in one hour to 64 degrees from 82, but couldn't hold the people back. A total of surged through turnstiles making Fri- day the highest-attended day thus far of the exhibition and giving officials resonable hope Stanfield in Giina HONG KONG (Reuter) Op- position Leader Robert Stanfield crossed the border Jo China today for a six-day visit. The Conservative leader was accompanied by his wife, two assistants and three reporters. They were travelling by train to the southern Chinese city of Canton from where they will take a plane for Peking. that the 19TO six-day record of may yet be passed. Friday's figure raised the at- tendance to 74.332 for the first five days, above the same period for 1970. RIDES STOPPED Although the Depression-style wind did not deter visitors, it gave exhibitors pause for thought. Rides were stopped and the high ones, such as that double ferris wheel, remained closed for Uie rest of the evening. About half the midway games went out of business for the night. An estimated persons were in the grandstand watch- ing the chuckwagon and rodeo events when the wind hit about and one-third of them left because of the dipping temper- atures. The infield was at times lost to sight from the grand- stand seas. The fifth day of the exhibition brought in another whopping betting total from patrons of the horse-races. Bettors laid down the highest for the week and brought the five-day total to about higher than last year. All exhibits and games, in- cluding the casino, will close at midnight, in time to let exhibi- tion visitors watch the draws for the bar of gold given by the Lethbridge Jaycees and two new oars by the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club. Exhibition program SATURDAY Polka Band at beer garden Chuckwagon races and rodeo youth-a-rama open-air dance close at ex- hibition grounds an acre. Under previous leg- islation the maximum was for barley regardless of price or quota. SAME RATE Repayment will be made al the same rate as advances. The initial wheat board pay- ment for wheat in the 972 crop year would be a bushel as announced by the fed- eral government last March. The government said the wheat board would purchase a mini- mum of 388 million bushels of wheat, 230 million bushels of barley and 43 million bushels of oats in the 1971-1972 crop year. The figures assumed that be- tween 40 and 50 million quota acres would be assigned to wheat in the crop year. That would translate into a minimum quota of eight to 10 bushels for each assigned acre. The March announcement said initial payment for No. 3 Canada western 6 row barley had been set at 91 cents a bushel and No. 2 Canada west- ern oats at 60 cents- The government said it would accept 230 million bushels barley, meaning a minimum quota of between 12 and 15. bushels ii between 15 and 20 million acres were planted to that crop, and the department estimated that oats quotas would be more than 15 bushels providing between six and seven million acres were seeded. REACTION FAVORABLE Mr. Lang said there has been a favorable reaction to the early announcement of initial prices and quotes and "judging by the seeding surveys conducted re- cently, producers have adjusted planting patterns to conform to the market prospects for the various grains." But he said it was too early to tell how well the new quota de- livery system would work dur- ing the new crop year. The minister gave no Indica- tion of initial prices for grades but the prices are expected to be announced shortly. "We can expect a rising level of sales over a period of time but the line of rise will not be a smooth one, he said. It will be full of peaks and valleys be- cause of our dependence on international market." He estimated Canada could expect to corner about 23 per cent of the market for wheat this year, but warned world trade in grain is volatile. Day ATTENDANCE FIGURES Previous Record Monday (1964) Tuesday (1969) Wednesday............ (1969) Thursday (1970) Friday (1966) Saturday............ (1966) Tliis year's total attendance Six-day record attendance 1971 (1970) U.S. railwaynien off the job WASHINGTON (CP) About workers of tire Southern Pacific and Norfolk and West- ern railways walked off their jobs at 6 a.m. EOT today after negotiators failed to reach a set- tlement in an all-night bargain- ing session. Representatives of the strik- ing United Transportation Union and the national railway labor conference left the bargaining table at a.m. The talks broke off after what a labor department spokesman described as a gruelling eight- hour night session. Intense negotiations had been going on for a week to try to prevent the walkout today. The dispute is over work rules. Workers left their jobs at the Southern and Union Pacific rail- ways July 16. Van Thien bids for Saigoii post SAIGON (CP) President Nguyen Van Thicu of South Vietnam formally announced today 'w will seek re-election to a second four-year term. The 48-ycnr-old former gen- eral made his announcement in a ono paragraph statement He named former premier Trail Van Huong,