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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Canadian bid for Texasgulf goes to court New York Times Service NEW YORK Texasgulf Inc.. obtained a court order Friday baiting for at least 10 days a drive by the Canadian government to acquire effective control over the major U.S. concern, which has extensive mining operations in Ontario. The company announced that a federal district judge in Houston had enjoined the Canada Develop- ment Corp., wholly-owned by the government, from pursuing a tender offer for 10 million Texasgulf shares at It was tha first formal indication of Texasgulfs position on the offer for about one-third of its shares. When it was announced last Tuesday the company said it was "just stunned." Texssgulf's legal action will result in a hearing Aug. 6 on an application for a temporary injunction. Until then Canada- development will be forbidden un- der a restraining order to seek its shares. The Canada Development offer for 10 million shares would, if entirely successful, raise its gulf holdings to slightly more than 35 per cent from 2% per cent. This level, while considerably less than a majority, is seen as likely to provide ef- fective control since more than 20 per cent of Texas- gulf shares are already held by private Canadian in- terests, CDC president H. Ar.lhony Hampson said in an in- terview, he understood from ODC counsel in Canada and New York that Texasgulf management based its application on Texas statute declaring that any com- pany owning minerals rights in the state must have a majority of li.S. shareholders and a majority of di- rectors from Texas. "This is like saying that a U.S. company with a subsidiary in Timmins must have a majority of Ca- nadian said Mr. Hampson. Asked if the move indicated that Texasgulf direc- tors may be opposed to the takeover bid, Mr. Hampson said: "I hardly think that they would have involved themselves in this course of action if that was not tha case." Mr. Hampson said that while directors in Canada normally make a recommendation to shareholders in the face of a big bid they nevertheless remain neu- tral, permitting shareholders to make up their own minds. "It seems that in America the directors make the be said. ''But we made what we considered a fair and rea- sonable offer find we intend to see that the Texasgulf shareholders are given every opportunity to make their own judgment "We made U% offer seriously and plan to pursue It senousls." Earlier (his year, CDC bought Texas- gulf shares in preparation for the takeover bid. The additional 10 million shares would give it about 31 per cent of the issued shares and about 35 per cent of outstanding shares. Inside Classified Comics Comment District.... Family., Local News Markets Religion Sports 20-23 17 .....3 13, 14 8, 9 10, 12 4btt D'you think we made It too obvious, Entertainment 7 TV...........6 .Weather........2 LOW TONIGHT 50. HIGH SUNDAY 80; MAINLY SUNNY The Lethbrtdae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 193 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JULY PRICE: 15 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS- 56 PAGES Rail strike hits; 400 out of work Local men picket CP Rail from left, Stan Helwig, Mike Bihari, Tony Paladino Uncle Louis returns home Submarine for the final time today QUEBEC Stephen St. Laurent, Canada's 12th prime minister, was car- ried today from the Quebec Basilica to the booming cadence of a 19-gun salute and the crackle of a Royal 22nd Regi- ment honor guard presenting arms. Maurice Cardinal Roy, arch- bishop of Quebec, said the pon- tifical funeral mass for Can- ada's second French Canadian prime minister.. The casket, borne by eight red-coated NCOs of the RCMP, 1 killed in accident CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) Seven persons died early today on the New Jersey Turnpike when a moving van veered across the centre median and slammed head on into a camper vehicle, police said. was loaded into'a motor hearse for the trip to Mr. St. Laurent's birthplace at Oompton, Que. He was to lie buried alongside his wife in the afternoon. The coffin, draped, with Cana- dian flags, was carried from the Quebec national assembly to the basilica in a massive hand-carved hearse drawn by six identical brown draught horses. The honor guard, resplendent in red dress tunics and busbies, first presented arms as the cof- fin was being brought to the church. Some 75 honorary pall bear- ers; led by Prime Minister Trudeau, followed the hearse as it descended the narrow streets of the old walled city of Quebec. The honor guard proceeded and followed the funeral cortege in two contingents with the band of the historic French-Ca- nadien Royal 22nd Regiment playing slow, funerial marches. Drums were draped with black crepe and flags were car- ried with black crepe hanging from the poles. Crowds lined the streets as the procession wound through the upper town section of Que- bec City to the basilica. The bells of the church began tolling with the arrival of the hearse and once again the honor guard presented arms as the casket was borne into the basilica. A 1-gun salute was to be fired hy the 5e Regiment d'Artillerie Legere du Canada after the funeral service. collides mtli ship HALIFAX (CP) The Cana- dian submarine Okanagan and a British tanker collided off the Scottish coast eadyjoday. A Canadian Forces -spokes- man in Halifax said there were no injuries aboard the subma- rine which was running sub- merged off the mouth of the River Clyde. There were no re- ports of injuries aboard the tanker Grey Rover. 8 hostages freed by rebel convicts McALESTER, Okla. (CP) About 300 prisoners left the riot- ravaged Oklahoma state prison under guard today but about 000 remained inside holding 11 THE WESTERN CONFERENCE: EVERYBODY GAINED A LITTLE By STEWART MacLEOD The Canadian Press CALGARY There was no shortage of disagreements as the participants weighed the successes of the just concluded western economic opportunities couference, but there appeared to be a unanimous opinion tha4 nothing had bean tost From the beginning some A news analysis skepticism surrounded the meeling, called by Prime Minister Trudeau to combat western alienation, and no doubt some skepticism remains. But no one has written it off as a failure, and none of the heads of government seem to have lost political ground. Mr. Trudeau had little politi- cal ground to start with, since his Liberal party has only seven of the 65 seats in western Can- ada, and be bean! many allega- tions that the conference was cabled partly for fence-mending purposes. He denies it strongly. "Sure I would like to win more seats in the West but this has nothing to do with the conference." Apart from all the initiatives proposed by the federal govern- ment which Mr. Trudeau says will run into hundreds of mil- lions of dollars, the fact that 13 cabinet ministers came from Ottawa for three days also con- tributed to the prime minister's goal of creating a greater fed- eral presence in the area. And many of the federal proposals advanced during the three days were designed to maintain this momentum at the official level. NOTHING TO LOSE Since his expressed determi- nation is to involve the West more in the derision making process, thene- was c'early no ground to be lost as te sat down with the four western pre- miers listening to regional prob- lems before a television audi- ence. And on the other band, there appears to be a unanimous cry that the four premiers all acquitted themselves well. Nona of them appears to have suf- fered from the exposure. "It's a game for a federal official said in reference to Mr, Trudeau's facing four premiers of opposing political stripes. "But the score won't be known for months, perhaps years." Apart from the political impli- cations there seemed little doubt the carefully managed program produced a plus for the West Starting with the con- troversial transportation issue, and aiding with the unani- mously praised banking issue, each province gained ground, in the form of new edu- cational institutes, agriculture programs, resource develop- ment or decentralized financial And all political leaders agree ground was gained in braWn" lines of communication and understanding. Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan was generally disappointed that more progress has not been made, but in 3oofc- ing toward a passible belter foundation for Confederation, he added: Perhaps we built bet- ter than we knew." PROGRESS QUALIFIED Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta said the conference made "useful but qualified that wilh his disap- pointments, including alleged lack of understanding by the federal government "___We won't know for sjme tone to come how much pro- gress was said Manitoba Premier Ed Schreyer. And Premier Dave Barrett of British Columbia summed it up by saying "all in all, nothing has been lost." White the conference failed to solve afl well-aged grievances, such as the touchy freight-rate question, many problems were faced, some were salved and some explained. "We know more of Wie West, of its problems, and of possible lines of said Mr. Trodesu. He thought the meeting would nol bare "any large on his party's po- litical fortunes in the West After tear gas was fired into UK compound, the group ap- proached a gate of the prison and asked to leave. They were told to move single file through the gate and were ted to a fenced-off area where prisoners not involved in the riot were held through the night Eight hostages were released by prisoners earlier after Gov. David Hall made contact with the insurgents. Two prisoners were killed during rioting Friday and at least a dozen buildings were de- stroyed by fires set by the pris- oners, prison officials said. Two guards suffered stab wounds. Gen. David Matthews, state adjutant-general, said: "It looks like the rough stuff is over." He said negotiations were continuing but that they hoped the heavy violence bad ended. National Guard troops and other law-enforcement officers from around the state ringed the prison, where fires raged through more buildings this rooming. Officials said the hostages were not being hew at one spot in the prison but were spread tiiroughoot fiie complex, mak- ing it more difficult to attempt a rescue. In Ihe meantime about 500 rirfing prisoners of Rome's grim Queen of Heaven jail, de- manding prison and other re- forms, sacked the buflding dur- ing the night, burning and smashing everything in sight. The prisoners were still in control of the wrecked buMng today and attempts to bold talks vitti them were met with amuse and voDeys of stones, Mr Ues and By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Almost 400 CP Rail, CP Transport and CP Tele- communications employees in the Lethbridge region were out of work as of 6 a.m. today for three days as a rotating strike by the Associated Non-operating Railway Unions rolled west. About workers are involved in Alberta. Dave Rossiter, local strike committee chairman, said pickets have been established at strategic loca- tions and that they won't be lifted until the rotating strike ends at midnight Monday. Four pickets were located at the CP Transport of- fice, two at the Alberta Stockyards, six between the railway station and CP Telecommunications, two at the 1st Avenue S. entrance and two at the rear entrance to the roundhouse. Mr. Rossiter said tiiere are about 135 actual strik- ing non-operating employees in the Lethbridge region affiliated with five unions. Henry Thiessen, strike coor- dinator at the Calgary head- quarters, said another 250 em- ployees in three unions in Leth- bridge are out of work because of the strike. The unions on strike in Leth- bridge include the Brotherhood of -Maintenance Away Employ- ees, United Telegraph Workers, International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers, Brother- hood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Han- dlers, Express and Station Em- ployees (BRAC) and the Trans- portation and Communication Division of BRAC. Non-striking unions in Leth- hridge include the United transportation Union, Brother- hood of Locomotive Engineers and Saopcrafts Union. Mr. Thiessen said the strik- ing union is prepared to make arrangements if CP Rail or Ca- nadian National Railways makes a request to move grain. He said the organizers would make arrangements with-: fee picket lines to allow grain trafer to move to terminal SKYLAB FUEL LEAK REPORTED Mr. Thiessen said the ar- rangements would be made "because grain is the backbone of the economy. "We're not trying to hurt the people our fight is with the rail companies." He said by agreeing'to move grain, the union would be able 'to avert government interven- tion. Mr. Thiessen said more men would also be called off strike duty to help clear up a train wreck near Yahk, British Co- lumbia. Earie Olson, public relations representative for CP Rail in Calgary, said trains enroute to Calgary when the rotating strike action was called for Al- berta, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Ter- ritories were still moving. He said they would be stop- ped in Calgary until midnight Monday. Supervisory staff at CP Tele- communications in Lethbridge are maintaining functional equipment Afr. Olson said Telex equip- ment will be serviced and the broadband telephone service through the microwave system and the private wire teletype service is being maintained. And trains mafcfag up the Royal American Shows midway will move on schedule Sunday to Regina for that city's Buf- falo Days celebration under an agreement worked out between CNR management and the striking rail unions. There bail been concern ex- pressed the buge midway would be stranded in Edmon- ton at the end of Klondike Days, tonight. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Three American astro- nauts reported a possible fuel leak in their Apollo spaceship today as they stalked the Sky- lab laboratory which is to be their orbital home for a record 59 days while they study the sun, stars, earth and man. "We got some kind of spar- klers going by the right-hand commander Alan Bean reported to Mission Con. trol three hours after the astro- nauts were launched toward a rendezvous" with the unmanned apace station. "It looks like we're driving fast through a added Jade Lousma. "Some particles look like pieces of frost, others like fine rain." MMfon Control said fe- struments on the ground in- dicated a drop in helium and propellant in one of four sets of small jet steering engines on the side of the Apollo. "We'd like you to secure that the control centre told Bean, Lousma and the third as- tronaut, Dr. Owen Garriott. The astronauts shut down that jet engine system and Lousma said the "snowstorm" dis- appeared after that NO DANGER Controllers said they would study the situation to determine possible corrective action. It was not immediately clear what effect a possible fuel teak might have on the mission, but such a leak would not put the astro- nauts in any danger. The incident occurred shortly after the astronauts executed the first of six engine firings needed to track down the sta- tion. 'The burn was on Bean reported. The astronauts started man's longest planned space journey on the power of a Saturn 1-B rocket and immediately began a pursuit of the big Sky lab station. QIM IMQra About town "MOTORISTS on University Road narrowly missing IT of L's "slow moving freight train'" Ken Range while be was showing off a new jogging outfit hid- den Tncey Davis impatient- ly telling searching sister Sharon. "I'm up in the tree." Could coded message have saved Laporte's life? TORONTO (CP) The Star says friends of the late Quebec labor minister Pierre Laporte have disclosed that the day be- fore bis Oct. 17 slaying in Mon- treal in 1970, they partially deciphered a coded message that could have saved his life. The newspaper says in a Montreal story the message concealed in a letter that Mr. Laporte's kidnappers allowed him to write to Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. Tha story says Mr. friends said they bad unravelled the code sufildentiy to indicate the general area where he was being bdd by toe ter- rorist Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQX They claimed that police did not follow up tha lead properly. The story says: "Angered at the manner in which Laporte's name has been linked with organized crime in recent weeks, some of his clos- est friends and associates ap- pear to have decided to break the sdf-imposed silence they have observed since the Octo- ber crisis." The newspaper says Mr. orte's friends toM of their grow- ing conviction that much more could have bsen done to save the labor minister ;