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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta WadMtrfsv, July 21, ItH THI timSMDOI IffiAlD IS After 18 years in exile, Peron heads for spectacular comeback JUAN PERON BUENOS AIRES (AP) Juan Peron, at 77, doesn't lead launghing teen agers through town in motor scooter conga lines anymore. But, after 18 years in exile, be apparently is headed for one of the most spectacular come- backs of modern re- turn as president of Argentina. Peroa is the godfather to 24 million Argentines, whether they love him or hate him. Peron's previous nine years in office were capped by air force bombs dropping outside his door, killing hundreds la the Plaza de Mayor. Even that wasn't enough, and he hung on a few months longer. Finally four days of fighting in September, 1955, forced Fruit farming nice job but income is low OLIVER, B.C. (CP) "I suppose there are a lot of worse things than being a Ron Bennett said over coffee at bis name in the heart of the Okanagan Valley tree fruit belt. "You're your own boss but you sometimes have to be up spraying trees at 4 aju. You have to work as nature dictates." He had been up early that morning moving an acre's worth of irrigation sprink- lers, which must be changed twice a day, every day, from May through Sep- tember. Mr. Bonnett has about 30 acres of orchard, mostly apple with a few cherry trees, most of which he in- herited from bis father. Ron was 12 in 1930 when the family moved from Bock Creek, about 20 miles east, to try fruit farming in the South Okanagan. They bought a farm three miles Bortb of this pastoral com- munity. CANT SUPPORT FAMILY The British Columbia ag- riculture department con- siders an orchard the size of Mr. Bennett's a viable economic unit. But Mr. Bon- nett cannot support his fam- ily on his orchard the family depends on the earnings of his wife, who works as head nurse at the Oliver Hospital A recent federal agricul- ture department survey re- vealed Mr. Bennett's situ- ation is typical of Okanagan fruit farmers. The farmers were getting 4.4 cents a pound for their apples in 1970 the survey said. B. C. Tree Fruits Ltd. of Ketowna, the farmer- owned marketing agency which by law sells all Okanagan fruit except for sales at fruit stands, said the farmers are not getting much more today: 4.7 cents a pound or Was to the fan. Why so little when the price of apples in the super- market is five or six times as much? B.C. Tree Frate said the average return includes tons of apples good only for squeezing for juice or cut up for pie fillings. These poor grades return one cent apound or less to the farmer. For apples that can be sold for eating, there are haiwfling and Wring caste. B.C. Tree Fdts sold fancy 39-pound boxes of Mclntosh medium for S5.40 last fall After marketing charges, storage costs, the price of a shipping container, packing house overhead and labor, the farmer ended up with or about 75 cents a pound. Why not raise the price? The especially from Washington state, where comparable apples were selling for about a box. There is no tariff en ap- ples passing between Cana- da and the United States, so fruit flows freely back and fourth between the two countries. ____ SEEK FREE MARKET The United group, made up of fanners in tin south- ern Oh'vsr-Osoyoos area, wants to supply Vancouver and Western Canada with more fresh apples and do less processing. But ft wants to sell proc- essed apples to a'Washing- ton state earner if be offers a better price than the grower-owned company. Another group, Allied Growers Ltd. of Keiowna, which consists of 10 scale growers, claims B.C. Tree Fruits "cannot cope with the problems that face (be producer today." "They (the company) too complex an organ- ization, and far too ex- the group said in a statement Supporters of the current setup argue that com- petition would cut prices and benefit only a few fanners. "An individual grower or a small group could do bet- ter by selling in nearby markets leaving the major- ity to finance the cost of ad- vertising and promotion and the cost of developing and mamtaminff more c vtMiiit markets, quality control and the basic costs of the said Bill June of Naramata. John Duncan of B.C. Tree Fruits said: "R is not just a matter of moving 1.6 Mon boxes of apples in Brit- ish Columbia and Alberta but rattier moving the six- million-box crop." "Not until the six tnfl- liontn box is marketed, ei- ther on the fresh market or through processing is that job complete To let a few growers cash in on the Vancouver market would be unfair, he said. Lone crash survivor recovering from ordeal PAPEETE, Tahiti (CP-Ren- ter) A 28-yeer-o5d Canadian who have so far found 16 bod- Pas American Airways jet which crashed into the sea near here with 79 persons aboard was reported to be in good con- dition today and recovering from his ordeal. The survivor was identified as James Neifl Campbell of Mada- waska. Out, aiwut 190 miles northeast of Toronto Meanwhile, rescue workers, mho have so r found 16 bod- ies, continue tbeir search today. Toere was little hope for finding more survivors. "Reschers are still searching the area where the plane an airport official ssid tcdsy "Ttey have only found debris so far." shock, Campbell suffered chest injuries and cuts. He told reporters from bis hospital bed be heard a crack- lag noise before the plane be- gan to go down. He soon found himself in water, surrounded by oil. "AH I can remember is that I was picked up by a fishing be said. "Where are the other The Boeing 707. on a flight from Aockand, New Zealand, to Los Angeles via Papeete, crashed shortly after takeoff, at a point where the sea is about feet deep. The crash area was Uttered with floating suitcases, paper, clothes and empty life rafts when rescue boats and helicop- ters reached the scene, Peron to hurry onto a guayan gunboat tied up for re- pairs. He escaped with his life end, some say, million of dol- lars in a private fortune. He first went to Panama, and then to Venezuela and the Do- minican Republic before set- tling down in Spam in 1960. A string of military and civil- ian governments tried hard to "de-Peronize" the country. HELD LABOR'S LOYATY But for Argentina Peron gone was hardly Peron forgotten. His hold over labor survived. Leftist youths chose Peronism as a unifying banner against mili- tary rule. As the economy slipped and nothing seemed to be working, Gen. Alejandro Lanusse, then president, ordered elections for March, 1973. He ruled that any- one out of the country on Au- gust as Peron couldn't run.. Then, to nail down Peronism once and for all, Lanusse de- dared (bat Peron was free to Asit Agentina if he had the courage. Lanusse guessed wrong. Peron not only showed up for a 28-day visit, but also huddled continuously in smoke-filled rooms with his organization in Buenos Aires and with bis for- mer political opponents. Peron went back to Spain, but when elections came, a 64-year- old dentist named Hector Campora won with a slogan: "Campora to government, Peron to power." Campora resigned this month, paving the way for Peron to be- came president again in new elections scheduled for Sept. 23. Up dose it's easy to sea how he does it. Fatherly, affable, burly and handsome, Peron ex- udes natural charm like an idol of the silent screen. His jokes are quick, barbed and profound. His thick hair is black and his shoulders are broad. He chain- smokes black cigarettes as he always did, drinking as moder- ately as before and eating care- fully but well. He's a 'walker and talker. HAD FASCIST LEANINGS Peron's power base was built up slowly and thoroughly, he was the poor man's champion, and then the conservative's friend and finally a superstar heading an emperor-sized per- sonality cult. His rise started in 1943 after he returned from two years in Mussolini's Italy on an Argen- tine army mission studying bow to apply Alpine infantry tactics to the Andes. A colonel then, Peron joined the United Officers Group, a se- cret society of nationalist offi- cers which was known to be sympathetic to the Natis and the Fascists. The group overthrew Roman Castillo's conservative govern- ment. Peron, to the amusement of brother officers who thought more of him, asked only to be labor secretary., His colleagues soon saw why. Pay raises and labor laws "dignified the as Peron put it, and millions of Ar- gentines were suddenly eating steak and going to the theatre. By late 1915, be was virtual ruler under a figurehead presi- dent. But liberal officers re- moved him as vice-president and threw Mm in prison on an island in the River Plate. But Peron's "shirtless ones" who are still on his side 28 years to the rescue. A general strike iralyzed the country, and workers poured out for a rally at government house. Monte later, on Feb. Peron was elected president. SAFETY RECORD SMOOTH ROCK FALLS, Out. (CP) The bleached kraft pulp mill in this northeastern On- tario town, operated by the Abi- tibi Paper Co. Ltd., has achieved a safety record of one million consecutive manhours without a list-time injury, a company spokesman said. Cardston scouts tour plant Members of the Cardston, Alfa. Aetna Venture Scouts tour the lead and zinc operations of Cominco Ltd. at Trail, B.C. The group is shown with scout leaders Thomas Hall (left) and Robert Lehr (centre) as a Cominco guide explains the procedure of shipping one-ton zinc ingots to market. Air squadron sets a first using parachute system EDMONTON (CP) A Ed- moDton-based air squadron es- tablished a first in Canadian military aviation history last (week when it delivered pounds of aviation fuel to the North Magnetic Pole using a relatively new Low-Altitude Parachute Extraction System The payload, divided into two 44-drum platforms, was deliv- ered to a Canadian Forces map- prng and charting team working in the Bathurst Island area of the Arctic. The deliveries were made July 17 and 19 by a Hercules aircraft from 435 Transport Squadron travelling at about 145 miles an hour four feet above the ground. 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