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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta CLEAR j nt> WEDNESDAY 80. ISV33UOJ HOIH The Lctlikidcje Herald VOL. LXV No. 190 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JULY 25, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 30 PAGES B.C. votes Aug. 30 Confident Socreds seek 7th mandate VANCOUVER (CP) With a quavering voice and hands that trembled with excitement, Wil- liam Andrew Cecil Bennett launched. British Columbians Monday down a now-familiar el- ection trail littered with the de- bris o[ opposition parties that foundered in seven previous campaigns. The 71-year-old premier and finance minister's call to the polls on Wednesday, Aug. 30 came as no surprise. Neither did his customary invocation to the electorate to "support the free enterprise, private enter- prise, freedom way of life" by voting Social Credit. At a news conference in the expensively-appointed board room at the Hotel Vancouver that was called less than two hours earlier, the premier was HIGHWAY TRAGEDY One man is dead, another in serious condition and two vehicles were destroyed the result of a head-on col- lision north of Claresholm early this morning. The driver and only occupant of the pick-up truck shown above was trapped in the wreck- age and killed in the ensuing fire. Dikes only protection for millions From AP-REUTER WASHINGTON (CP) The vast network of dikes which protects the people of North Vietnam from the swirling waters of the Red River has become the cen- tre of a now controversy in the United States' war in Southeast Asia. Hanoi lias repeatedly said the U.S. has delibei. bombed the dikes and foreign observers have supported that. case. Most recently, Kurt Waldheim secretary-gen- eral of the United Nations, has said he received infor- mation from private channels that U.S. bombs have damaged dikes in North Vietnam, both by direct hits and by nearby explosions. The U.S., which claims the dikes have not been direct targets but may have been hit in the course of raids on nearby "military" targets, reacted sharply to Waldheim's statement. State Secretary William P. Rogers ordered George Bush, U.S. ambassador to the UN, to meet with Wald- heim "again to point out that the information he has received concerning alleged deliberate bombing to dam- age the dikes in North Vietnam is false as President Nixon stated in his June 29 press conference'" Bush met Waldheim Monday night to voice the U.S. protest. Waldheim appeals Waldheim had made an appeal for the U.S. to slop damaging the dikes. He said that he had no evidence that the bombing was deliberate "but the results are that damage has been done." But there is no dispute over the importance of the djkes to North Vietnamese life. The awesome network has been described by one historian as rising above the river delta "in higher praise of man than the pyramids along the Nile true ramparts of civilization. In 1954, the Red River dikes extended miles and the system has been steadily enlarged since lien, some reports say by as much as 50 per cent. The dikes must be constantly strengthened and raised in height as the rushing waters deposit mil- lions of tons of silt on the river bed. During its flood stage, the Red River's flow can in- crease to as much as 4 limes that of the dry season. Being strengthened As the river crests In late summer, only the dikes protect millions of people living well below water level from disaslcr. Last year a section of the dikes gave way, 'causing the worst floods in a century, destroying crops and forcing Hanoi to import rice from China and the Soviet Union. The pivenimcnl ordered a mighty effort to repair and strengthen the dikes, an effort that apparently is still going on with visilors reporting hundreds at work on tho system earlier tin's year. Earlier In July, French correspondent Jean Thor- fivnl said In a dispalch from Hnnol he saw American planes drop bombs and fire rockets against dikes where there were no signs of military targets. He said the at- tack occurred near the village of Namsach in the delta urea. Tho Pentagon later confirmed that the Namsach nrca had been attacked, but spokesmen said die tar- gets were a surfncc-to-nir missile site, oil storage nreas and n fuel pipeline. They sniil Iho InvRcts might not have been evident to people on Ihc ground and described Iho charge us pronngnmln. Man killed in head-on collision An unidentified man Is dead and a Lcthbridge man is in serious condition this morning at a Calgary hospital following a head-on collision, two miles north of Claresholm on High- way 2, early this morning. Robert G. Holmes, of 114 15th .St. N., the driver and only occu- pant of the passenger car in- volved was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital following the ac- cident. A hospital official reported Mr. Holmes' condition remained serious. He received chest in- juries. The driver and only occupant of a pick-up truck was pinned inside the vehicle, which burst into flames following the colli- sion. RCMP report no identification of the body has been made, but the truck has a Calgary registry. Coroner Dr. John Laidlaw of Nanton has not decided whether an inquest will be held. A Claresholm RCMP spokes- man said identification of the charred body will probably de- pend on an examination of the teeth. U.K. dockmen edging toward major victory By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Britain's striking unions appear to be edging towards a major victory today with indications that judi- cial moves were under way de- signed to obtain the release of five militant dock leaders from Pentonville prison in the next day or two. These men were jailed for contempt last Friday. Official Solicitor Norman Turner, a judi- cial figure, announced a deci- sion to apply to the Industrial E e I a t i o n s Court probably Wednesday to get the men out of jail as demanded by the dock unions, supported by thousands of other workers. It will be up to Sir John Don- aldson, court president, to de- cide whether the men should be Shoot-outs echo through Belfast From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) British troops combed Roman Catholic strongholds of Belfast today, seizing 16 suspects, confiscating weapons and fighting seven gun battles. There were at least 20 other shootouts during the night, ap- parently between Roman Catho- McGovern attacks Nixon CUSTER, S.D. (AP) Sena- tor George McGovern said Mon- day that the Nixon administra- tion is secretive, elitist, and is pursuing a fruitless policy of begging and bombing in North Vietnam. The Democratic presidential candidate, here for a vacation and a series of campaign plan- ning meetings, also attacked the president on these points: for refusing to reveal the names ot all his campaign contributors, for the administration's reln- lionship with big business and for partisan politics by State Secretary William Rogers and Defence Secretary Melvin Laird. OF former Ircnsiny secretary John Cnminlly, he said: "I'm not sure what he is Repub- lican or Dcmocrnt, fish or fowl." Speaking nt a news confer- ence on tho terrace of the Syl- van Lnkc lodge near here, tho South Dnkoln senator snitl of the list of unnamed contributors to Nixon's re-clcdion effort: "I suspect that Mini's the eli- tist operation. I think you'll find handful of major contributors there, perhaps the board of directors of ITT, some of the companies that have been help- ful to the president, perhaps a grateful board of directors of the Lockheed Corp. These are the kind of elitisls that we think ought to be brought into the open." McGovern said he had no per- sonal knowledge that officials of International Telegraph and Telephone or Lockheed had con- tributed to the Nixon campaign. But "I Ihink it's a reasonnhlo surmise" Hint they have con- tributed, he said. lie and Protestant guerrillas, and a young Protestant was found dead after one of the fights. This raised the con- firmed death loll in three years of communal violence to 472 in Northern Ireland. The most spectacular incident was a shooting near the city centre. Three men fell wounded when they were sprayed by ma- chine-gun bullets fired from a passing car. Troops in armored cars moved into the New Lodge, Markets, Ardoyne and Turf: Lodge areas. They ran into sni- per fire and a barrage of nail bombs and on one slreel fired tear gas bombs to disperse a crowd of 200 youths throwing stones. The troops ripped up barri- cades in the New Lodge, Ar- doyne and Divis flats section, longtime trouble spots and strongholds of the Irish Republi- can Army. One steel and con- crete barrier that had been boo- by-trapped blew up when the soldiers dismantled it, but no- body was hurt. For the third straight night soldiers also patrolled the Bog- side and Creggan areas of Lon- dondciTy. the IRA strongholds known as Free Dcrry, but (hero was no resistance. released. Informants indicated earlier that Sir John may consi- der that the men had spent suf- ficient time in jail to "purge" their contempt in refusing to obey a court order to stop inter- fering with container traffic In Britain's docks. The official solicitor is inde- pendent of the government and is charged with safeguarding the rights of defendants before the courts. Amid indications of fresh ac- tivity to get the men out of jail, about striking union members marched through Lon- don streets shouting their sup- port of the militant leaders. They halted In front of Penton- ville prison and later dispersed after some of the demonstrators pushed and shoved into a police line, knocking down some of the officers. No one was hurt. The 'jailing of the men led to dockers paralysing Britain's ports amid the spread of sym- pathy strikes threatening to bring the country to the brink of catastrophe. Turner's intervention came as auto and aircraft workers downed tools and at least more miners, airport workers and truck drivers announced plans to join the growing walk- out this week. Seen and heard About town pOUR YEAR OLD Trent ..Filthaut asking his fath- er "when can we stop at the Japanese Garden and get some Auhrey Teal lecturing young volun- teer workers: "Your genera- tion questions and thal's Ihe good thing about it. Our gen- eration accepted what we were told and mosl of II was true nnd that's the good tiling about it." brisk, businesslike and Impa- year despite a commanding ma- tient with reporters. The news jority in the B.C.. legislature. David Anderson, newly-e- conference was over in 25 min- utes. He refused to box himself in- to an early campaign commit- ment, but did promise that if Social Credit gets back into of- fice, he'll complete "a full long that may be. There had been widespread speculation in the province that the premier planned to resign within a year or so of the elec- tion and hand the reins of power to a younger successor. Social Credit's campaign, he said, will start and a big newspaper advertis- ing drive for funds will start in the next few days. "Look in your daily news- papers and you'll see where to send your he advised reporters. The Social Credit leader also unveiled a 37-page campaign brochure entitled, A Personal Report from Ihe Premier, 20 Years of Now the Kelowna Charter. This he said, represented the basic platform of the parly and copies of it will be mailed to "every household in British Col- umbia" before the election. The Kelowna Charter, re- leased by the premier last month, promises: an increased supplementary allowance t o senior citizens; higher social as- sistance benefits for the handi- capped, mentally disabled and elderly; an increase in the mini- mum wage; job training through an employees' subsidy system; creation of a B.C. de- velopmenl corporation and elimination of succession duties and gift taxes. Mr. Bennett has promised a fall session of the B.C. legisla- ture if Social Credit is returned to power to implement the charter. The session, he said Monday, would be held subse- quent to Oct. 21. Leaders of all three opposition parties were quick to pounce on the premier's will be 72 on Sept. his long stay in office by stating that one issue during the campaign will be the need for change, Dave Barrett, leader of the New Democratic Party, said the Social Credit administration has rested on its oars over the last SALT talks 'better be productive' WASHINGTON (AP) De- fence Secretary Melvin Laird says that if the second round of the SALT talks fails to limit of- fensive nuclear weapons, the United States should abandon its defensive-missile treaty with the Soviet Union. "I would believe that would be the only option Laird told the Senate armed services committee Monday. He said he hopes the strategic arms limitation talks are re- newed before the end of the year and that they move toward equalizing the number of offen- sive missiles between the two superpowers. lected head of the B.C. Liberal party, said "we feel that the public view is that it is time for a change." The same statement was uttered by Progressive Con- servative Leader Derril War- ren, who added he felt his party would make sizeable gains in the election. Nominations close Wednes- day, Aug. 16. All four parties now represented in the legisla- ture plan to run full slates of candidates. To date Social Credit has nominated 29, the NDP 50, Liberals, 36, Conserva- tives 31, Communists two. The Communists also plan to nominate four or five candi- dates in the Vancouver area and three independent candi- dates have expressed their in- tention lo seek eleclion in var- ious ridings. Hellyer switches to Tories OTTAWA CP) Paul Hell, yer, once a senior figure in T r u dc a u government, an- nounced today he would seek nomination as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the next federal election expected this fall. Mr. Hellyer resigned as trans, port minister in 1969 in a dis- pute over federal housing poli- cies. He later bolted the federal Liberal caucus to sit as an Inde- pendent member for Toronto Trinity and subsequently formed his own political move- ment called Action Canada. He told a news conference today most Canadians would prefer the movement to be al- ligned with an established politi- cal party. "In reaction to this feeling the national advisory coun- cil of Action Canada has now decided that the most effectiva way to pursue implementation of policies of opportunity is tlirough' the Progressive Con- servative Party. "Consequently we will urge Action Canada members to fol- low this course." __. the way. Did we bill Canada for the oil we sent lo their Distillery construction gets underway in city J J Construction of this city's largest single industrial devel- opment, a million distillery of International Distillers Can- ada Ltd., got under way this morning. Concrete for the project's base is being poured, Igor Bi- kov, the project engineer for Stone and Webster Canada Lid of Toronto said. More contracts will be issued (o local contractors shortly, ha added. First stage CDiislruction in- volves square feet of building, including (he distillery and for bar- rels of The distillery, scheduled for completion by next August, will initially use bushels of southern Alberta corn. This will increase to BOO.OOO bushels producing two million gallons of proof liquor by 1976. Weather, restrictions have eased water demands Demand for water In Lclh- bridgc has not been exccsivo because of cool damp weather so far this summer. Earlier this year, sprinkling restrictions were Imposed bo- cmiso it wns feared heavy wnlcr later could lend to cviticnl shortages. However, so far wntcr sup- plies haven't been severely taxed said Randy Holfcld, city engineering director. "Our greatest ally has been Ihe weather." The public hns co-operated with restrictions, he said. Even- numbered houses may water Inwns Monday, Wednesday nnd Friday, while odd numbered houses limy wnlcr Tucsdny, Thursday nnd Sntiu'dny. watering up lo 6 p.m. Sundays. Special exemptions arc made for new lawns and shrubs. Sprinkling restrictions were Imposed this summer, for tho first time In some years, be- cause water trcntmcnt equip, mcnl Is nol able lo clean wnlcr fust enough for pcnk demand Mr. Holfeld snid (he wnler treatment plnnt Is lo be doubled There are no In upicllj tat with otlnr Im- provements, there should be no need for sprinkling restrictions next summer. Reslricllons (his summer hnvc "Inken tlio peak off de- mand for ho said. Exlrn daylight hours In Ihe eve- ning this year nlso contributed 1o demand for wnter its people sprinkle lawns Inter nl night. Without water restrictions, of- feared the 4.5 million gal- lon water lower and under- ground reservoir nt Mayor Magralh Drive could not bo kopl full. The reservoir Is drawn from during heavy water use In Ilia daylimo nnd refilled during low water use at night. Water restrictions hnve al- lowed UK reservoir to kept filled. ;