Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
'SUNN? HiGH FORECAST SATURDAY 75 The Lcthbridgc Herald VOL. LXV No. 193 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES SEN. THOMAS EAGLETON Eagleton's credibility questioned By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) The American public may decide it doesn't care whether Senator Thomas Eagle- ton had mental problems in the past, thus allowing Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern to keep him as vice-presidential candidate, but other questions about the Eagleton disclosures are likely to remain. The most persistent question being asked here ia this: Docs Eagleton's initial decision not to reveal the mental breakdowns, even to McGovem, undermine his credibility and cast doubt on his judgment? The answer seems certain to be that it does, al- though the extent of the damage is less easy to gauge. McGovem and Eagleton left the implication Tuesday that they were volunteering the information of their own accord, in the hope that their candor would out- weigh unfavorable public reaction to the news thai Eagleton had undergone psychiatric treatment and electro shock therapy in the past. However, subsequent revelations and analyses ap- pear to have undermined Uieir position. Most damaging was the admission that Eagleton had been asked before the nomination whether there was anything embarrassing in his record that Me- Govern should know about and he had said there wasn't Feared exposure Yet Eagleion and Ins wife discussed his mental history as a potential liability days before he was of- fered Ihe vice presidential role, and he admits to hav- ing lived for years in fear that it would be revealed. And the McGovem-Eagleton announcement was ap- parently made only after several reporters had already gathered evidence about the menial treatment, and Ihe news seemed on the verge of being published. Eagle .on's colleagues in the Senate, both' Republi- can and Democratic, have been generous in their praise of him since the revelation and seemingly unan- imous that his menial Ireatment should not weigh against him as a potential man who, the columnists arc fond of saying, stands a heart-beat away from the presidency. But almost none has addressed the problem of Eagleton's credibility and Ihose politicians who have discussed it tend to want Ihe young senator from Missouri lo slcp down. Another question which follows from the Fagleton slory goes to the heart of the process for picking a vice- presidential candidate. Al present, his selection is entirely up to the presi- dential nominee and the choice is often made aflcr hasty calculations of "balance" and availability. Cities, homeowners promised tax relief Militant dockers bring shipping to halt in U.K. By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON-Relief is com- ing for financially hard-pressed residential property owners and municipabties, The Herald learned today from Municipal Affairs Minister David Russell. Legislation will be presented at the spring session of the legislature next year to take some of the financial burden off the two groups, he said. Lethbridge city council will discuss a brief Monday to be submitted to the government as part of the input into the new legislation. The brief will go to a legisla- tive task force chaired by Roy Farran (PC Calgary North The Lethbridge brief, drafted by city finance director Allis- ter Findlay, won't be made pub- lic until Monday. However, it is believed to contain suggestions as to how municipalities can get a larger share of the lax dollar and ways to create better lines of communication between the various levels of govern- ment. Mr. Russell said in a tele- phone interview municipal gov- ernments in Alberta and resi- dential property owners have been hit hard by rising costs. "We have two he said, "provide relief for the res- idential property owner and give the municipalities more of a tax base." Among proposed changes will be elimination of the 30-miIl education tax from residential property and withdrawal of the provincial government from some tax areas, leaving munici- palities wilh more room in which to work, Mr. Russell said. The minister said Alberta au- thorities are also studying a system of "income lax crcdils" that would rebate money !o lax payers according to their ability to pay. Similar schemes are in New charges levelled at senator CUSTER, S.D. (Reuter) Senator George McGovcrn has decided to ride out the storm surrounding his vice-presiden- tial running male, Senator Thomas Eagleton, despite mounting pressure to drop a man now admitted to have had "lells in Ihe hospital for n e on s exhaustion, sources close to McGovern said today. The decision followed a fresh Eagleton's record included an arrest for driving while under the influ- ence of the sena- tor himself branded a "damna- ble lie." McGovem "has confidence in Senator Eagleton." his press secretary Richard Dougherty said Thursday night, asserting "there has been no change in Senator McGovem's position." McGovem went on to ban al! bis slaff from commenling on Ihe controversy. Syndicated columnist Jack Anderson alleged Thursday lhal Eagleion, 42, had been arresled in Missouri for drunken driving. The senator, campaigning Ha- waii, promplly denied it and said the accusation "reeks o f politics." Eagletoh said he was fined S35 for speeding 10 years ago. Alcohol was not involved and he had no olhcr charge on his record, he added. effect In Manitoba and Ontario, he said. Roy Farran said in an inter- view today that his committee will hold meetings In Septem- ber and October wilh repre- sentatives of the 700 munici- pal, school, hospital and district councils in the province. "There will he no public hear- ings, he said, "because we know the problems already. What we're trying to do is find acceptable alternatives. It's a matter of finding the besl solu- tion in hard dollars and cents terms." Submissions from the public ore invited. They should be sent to the task force on municipal- provincial finance, care of Mr. Farran, 604 Bowlea Bldg, Cal- gary. The task force is to submit its report to cabinet by Dec. 15. Assault on IRA coming? BELFAST (CP) Another British troops are being sent to Northern Ireland amid speculation that a big offensive against the outlawed Irish Re- publican Army may bo launched soon. The extra units include three infantry battalions from West Germany. The reinforcements, the larg- est, since the army began opera- tions in the province three years ago, started arriving Thursday and will raise British military strength in Ulster to 2] a record. In addition, the locally-re- cruited Ulster Defence Regi- ment, a part-time force, has be- tween and men. Announcing the extra troops, the defence ministry in London, said that following the Bloody Friday IRA bomb attacks on Belfast a week ago, British ad- ministrator William Whitelaw had declared "nobody could be in any doubt that very resolute and determined action must be taken against those responsi- ble." The Bloody Friday blitz killed nine persons and injured 130. During the last week British troops have been carrying out search-and-arrest operations, seizing large quantities of arms and explosives and rounding up almost 150 IRA suspects. The army is known to have concentrated armor near Lon- donderry, provokijig speculation that an assault may be contem- plated on the barricaded IRA strongholds in Ihe Bogside and Creggan quarters of Ihe city. In the past, has ruled out an invasion of the Bogside or Creggan because it would endanger women and children. In East Belfast, rival mobs of Catholics and Protestants stoned each olher and set fire to a tavern just before midnight. The mililanl Protestant Ulster Defence Association drew back from its announced intention lo cut off power supplies of fuel oil and electricity to Calholic areas of Londonderry, controlled by Ihe IRA. The UDA said it had cancelled the blockade because of hardship lhat might be. done lo Protestants living in Ihe areas. WAR MEMORIES This plane is an 85 per cent scale replica of a SE5-A First World War fighter. 11 was built by Dan McGowan and C. R. Goguillot, both of Van- couver. The plane was constructed using pictures as models. It flies at about feet altitude at 100 mph. If has no radio and is powered by an 85-horsepower engine. The plane passed through lelhbridge Thursday en route to an experimenlal airshow in Wis- consin. -Phil Foulds Pholo Hanoi propaganda duped Vietnam war critics-Nixon By CAYLORD SHAW WASHINGTON (AP) Counter-attacking in the war of words over U.S. bombing o[ Norlh Vietnam, President Nixon says his critics have been duped by Hanoi's propaganda and Seen and heard About town J ETHBRIDGE resident J Casey Scliciirkngcl dem- olishing an old building in Coalhurst and discovering a 1030 newspaper from Herpo- genbosh, Holland the home lown of his visiling cousin, Gijs Gricndt Slancla Bitango and Helen Corazza stepping up lo the microphone to sing along with entertainer Morris Iliga at a city tavern Maurice Marshall sailing his new catamaran the hard way with the mast Inward Ihe lake bottom. should recognize that he has held in check "the great power lhal could finish off North Viet- nam in an afternoon." He also told a news confer- ence Thursday that congress- men who vote for end-the-war resolutions are signalling the Communists lo stall in peace talks at a time when "the chance for a negotiated settle- ment is betler than it has ever been." The president stopped short of denying thai any U.S. bombs had damaged North Vietnam's dikes and dams, but singled out United Nations Secretary-Gen- eral Kurt Waldheim for seizing "upon this enemy-inspired prop- aganda which has taken in many well-intentioned and naive people." The state department said Wednesday there had been slight ajid unintentional damage to Ihe dikes, and Nixon said Thursday ''if damage did occur we are making every possi- ble efforl lo see thai it will not occur again." Nixon made a spirited defence of his Vietnam policies, setting the stage for continuing debate in the presidential election cam- paign which he predicted would be "ciose hard-fought right down to the wire." One major campaign Issue Is Vietnam, and Nixon indirectly took Democratic c a n d i.d a I e George McGovern to task fop saying he would halt the bomb- ing immediately and bring all U.S. troops and prisoners of war home within 90 which Republicans say hurt U.S. peace efforts. "The fastest way to end the war and the best way to end it is through negotiation." the president said. "We would hope that public figures in their com- ments will not do anything to undercut the negotiations." Nixon said U.S. negotiators have made "a very fair offer" lo end the war, but that Hanoi is hearing Congress say "in ef- fect: 'We will give you what you want regardless of what Ihe president has so why not May be Chinese break official silence Thus, while Ihe presidential nominees undergo a scrutiny that would be thought unpleasantly meddle- some in countries less obsessively curious (lian t h e Unilcd Stales, Ihe vice presidential nomination may fall on someone virtually unknown to cither public or politicians. The choice of Eagleton was no more unprecedented In that respect than Richard Nixon's decision lo pluck Spiro Agnew from the Maryland governor's mansion in limn. 'Hie American volcr's altitude toward ment.nl div nbllily has probably maliircd substantially in recent decades, but few analysis would assert that Eaglclon's history will make no difference at all lo voters. On the contrary, the consensus is thai it Incvllnbly damages Ihe McGovcm campaign. However, Senator McGnvern may In Ihe end lie under pressure lo drop Kaglclon less in fear of a hostile volcr rcaclion lhan hccnu.se of a piiinful reassessment nf Hie oilier issues raised hv Ihe timing of Eaglclon's disclosures. 'Lin Piao dead; plotted to kill Mao' By JOHN IIOGKHS ALGIERS (neuter) Pe- king's year-long silence on tho fate of Mao Tsc-lung's dis- graced heir-apparcni., Lin Pino, rnded today when Ihe Chincso rmhnssy in Algiers wns quoted us paying that Lin Piao died in a plane crash in Mongolia Inst .September after nn aborlivo coup. The Algerian government newspaper El Moudjahid snid members of the Chinese cm- hnssy had staled that tho G4- year-old former defence minis- ter died last Kept. 12 as he fled towards Ihe Soviet Union after trying "to assassinnlc Mao Tse- It published a remarkable and lengthy statement about Lin Piau said lo have been made by embassy members. At tile same time, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported from Poking Mint Chairman Mao lold Iwn foreign statesmen recently I hat Lin Piao died in a plane crash in the wake of n failed bid to take power. In Paris, n Chinese embassy spokesman said when asked about the newspaper reports loclay: "Yes, I confirm Ihese re- ports." He declined to .say any more. HHOI'1'KI) KHOM SIGHT Lin Pino, officially designated .Mao's successor In I3BO, when he was described as Ihe party chairman's closest comrrde nrms, dropped mysteriously from the Chinese scene last summer. Since Mien, (here, have IKVII reports of his death in Ihe piano crash hut never any official con- firmnUon. The Algerian newspaper de- scribed Ihe Chinese statement here as Ihc first announcement of Piao's death from "an ofti- cial Chinese personality." The Globe and Mail Peking rorrcspondenl. .lohn Hums, snid nulhorilalivc diplomatic sources in IJie. Chinese capital had learned that revealed thn plot, lo replace Ihc civilian lead- ership with a military dictator- ship lo Ccyloncse Prime Minis- ler Sirimavo Bandaranaikc and French Foreign Minister Maur- ice Schumann. The Chinese embassy slate- nienl in Algiers, given lo two El Moudjahid reporters, said "Lin Pino died on Sept. It accused Lin Pino of making many errors, of arrogance and of trying lo "hoodwink tho masses." UNMASKED PLOT Ills nim, it snid, was "taking over i'le lead- ership of Ihc parly, the govern- ment, and Ihc army." The statement raid Chairman Mao unmasked the plot and tried lo rehabililale Lin Piao but the heir apparent "at- tempted a coup d'etat and tried to assassinate" (lie chnirnian. "After his plol was foiled, ha fled on Sepl. 12 toward Ihe So- viet Union on a plane which crashed in Ihe People's Repub- lic of tho statement said Reliable reports In Hong Kong this year said a Chinese plane, widely believed lo have liccn a B r i 11 s h -b u i 11 Trident jet, crashed deep inside Mongolia en Sepl. 12 and that nil military air traffic in China was restricted (or several weeks afterward. LONDON (CP) A national dock strike thrust Britain into a new boul o! labor turmoil today. Tht government promised "im- mediate consideration" of emer- gency moves to head off an eco- nomic crisis. More lhan 150 ships were Idle at ports in England. Scotland and Wales in a longshore Btrike over job securily. Employment Secretary Maur- ice Macmillan expressed "deep regret7' at the longshoremen's action, which he said could only divert ships lo Continental ports and lose more British dock jobs In the long run. In a statement to the House of Commons, Macmillan said the government was giving "imme- diate consideration lo the action that may be needed to protect the interests of the economy and the consumer." He did not elaborate, but the government is known to have drawn up plans for declaring a stale of emergency. The event- ual use of Iroops to move essen- tial supplies has nol been ruled out. Any extended dock strika would imperil the foreign trade earnings by which this island nation lives and drive down fur- ther the already weak pound sterling. CONCERN OVER PRICES There also was concern about possible price rises for imported food. Stores already were re- ported pulling up prices for Im- ported fruits and other staples like Danish bacon. The strike is in effect a con- official union the dockers' wild- cat walkout last Friday to pro- test the jailing of five picketing comrades. Representatives of the longshoremen ordered the men to stay out after reject- ing e union-management plan to compensate and relocate dock workers displaced by the in- creasing use of containers. Labor party leader Harold Wilson and the chiefs of the dock workers' union urged ac- ceptance of the plan. The rejec- tion was attribuled to the anger generated by the imprisonment of the five longshoremen and determination to make the Con- servative government's new la- bor-relations law unworkable. The jailing of the five pro- voked a chain of sympathy strikes and the threat of a one- day general strike next Monday. The longshoremen were re- leased Wednesday, and the workers went back to their jobs everywhere but on the docks. NO LANDSLIDE Longshore delegates rejected Wednesday by 38 votes to 28 with 18 abstentions peace pro- posals drawn up by Jack Jones, general secretary of the giant Transport and General Work- ers' Union, port employer Lord Aldington and Iwo rank-nd-file dockers. The proposals called for sub- stantially-increased severance pay for men leaving port work voluntarily for more con- tainer work to go to dockers. Lord Aldington and Jones planned to meet today to see if they can find a way to satisfy the men. Sadat spurns Golda's offer CAIRO (CP) President Anwar Sadat has rejecled Is- raeli Premier Golda "Ucir's ap- peal to join her peace talks, saying lo accept would be tnnta- niounl lo surrender. "We say from behind our trenches tiial we will not sur- Sadat said in a broad- cast Thursday night. "We will not accept the fail accompli which we are being requested lo accepl." Wacky. Pierre here. Hawr do you call en elsction?