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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 75-80 The LetMnridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 193 LETI-IBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1970 NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES South Africa Warnings Discounted By STEPI'EN SCOTT UNITED NATIONS (CP) As a hullabaloo erupts over possible British sale of arms to the South African navy, the John Vorster regime is giving the same answer it has been giving for years: South Africa is the anti Communist bastion of the West south of the equator the only dependable and stable ally of NATO between South America and Aus- tralia. In effect, it is saying: Put aside feelings about our racial policies and remember that the Soviet Union and Communist China are making inroads in the new Afri- can countries and the Soviet navy is building its strength in the Indian Ocean. if says that the Cape of Good Hope sealanes are as vital to Europe as they are to South Africa; in fact, South Africa could withstand their loss better than others. South Africa took upon itself the role of defence of the Southern Hemisphere against communism in the last decade. But it had been largely a voice in the wilderness as it cried its warnings about the Soviet naval buildup. The warnings were largely discounted in London and Washington. Some Americans considered Pretoria downright hysterical. Experts said the Soviet lines of support were too long to be a danger in the area. Labor Banned Arms The Labor government of Britain went along with UN resolutions banning arms to South Africa. It de- clined even to give equipment to keep naval vessels in top shape as provided under the Simonstown agree- ment. The great ally of South Africa was the British Con- servative party while in opposition. Calls for a reversal of Labor government policy were frequently made by Sir Alex Douglas-Home, now foreign minister in the new Conservative government and the man who recently started a new storm by annumcing that Britain is considering sale of arms to the South African navy. His reasoning-was that the sealanes are essential to Britain, particularly ES Middle East oil comes around the Cape. South Africans have been amazed that the non- Communist world has not seen the danger. Vorster said'last year that his country was pre- pared to fight alone to defend the sea route on her own behalf and on behalf of the rest of the world. He said the Communists realized the importance of South Africa in relation to the sea route.' Would Suffer More North America and Europe would s'uffer even more than South Africa if the route was closed by Soviet submarines, he said. "We should suffer, but our economy is so far ad- vanced that we should be able to keep going for a very long time." Pretoria says Western Europe would lose the 40 per cent of its oil needs that is shipped around the Cape, mostly in supertankers, now that the Suez Canal is closed. It would also lose food. Even if the Suez was opened, the presence of a large Soviet fleet in the Mediterranean would make the Cape route safer. Putting together several statements from South African officials and newspapers this Red peril emerges: Soviet fleet can use harbor facilities in Somalia and Aden, where there is a Russian harbor master. island of Zanzibar, part of Tanzania, is a "Communist stronghold." The Communist Chinese are building a naval base at Dar es Salaam on the Tan- zanian mainland. Soviet Union and China are attempting to gain influence among new African states, hoping to cut Africa from east to west and isolate largely white- controlled' southern Africa. In this regard Congo Braz- zaville has a Marxist government and there is fear of Chinese influence in Tanzania, with only the Congo- Kinshasa dividing the two coastal states. trawlers, "spy boats" to some, patrol the African coast. Other vessels arc stationed in mid-Indian Ocean. Cape sea routes are "teeming" with Soviet submarines. Effort Failed South Africa failed last year in efforts to interest Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in a south Atlantic de- fence alliance. It seeks South African involvement in NATO. Commandant Gen. Rudolph Himestra said recently that it is "stunning" that the NATO powers do not realize the extent of the threat of Soviet hopes for world domination. "The fact that Russia has began to overflow its walls necessitates a review of Atlantic alliance strategy. "In the whole area from Australia to South Ameri- ca, South Africa is the only fixed point offering naval base facilities and a stable industry and government." The Financial Gazette of South Africa said recently that the Cape sea route is a vital lifeline of NATO. "How long will it be before the Soviet submarines cut tins lifeline which is defenceless except for South Africa's awareness of the danger." Defence Minister P .W. Botha put it another way: "We are the guardians of the gateway to the from Europe around the Cape and we hold this in trust for the free world." THERE'S NO LOOKING UP A view Wednesday from the roof of the RCA building in midtown Manhattan showed a thick blanket of smog and this eerie appearance. Cities from New York to Atlanta continued to be shrouded in an annoying haze as the eastern seaboard experienced one of its more visible sieges of air pollution. Tall building at right is the Empire State building. Russia Is Restricting High Seas OTTAWA (CP) Russia is "dead against" restricting the high seas, an external affairs department source said Thurs- day. He said Russia, which claims a 12-mile territorial sea and fishing zone as does Canada, "frowns upon" anyone making claims to the high seas. Canada, on the other hand, is "very concerned about the fish- erics question" and is interested in making new arrangements beyond the 12-mile zone, the source said. "Any change, however, would come after international discus- sions." Such changes might include treaties for the conservation of fish and the protection of a country's right to fish an area. Concern over fishing rights follows recent incidents on the West Coast where a Russian trawler fleet has been disrupt- ing operations by small Cana- dian trailers fishing, in the area. A group of fishermen have in- vited Fisheries Minister Jack Davis and Tom Barnett, NDP MP for Comox-Alberni, to a meeting in Port Alberni, B.C., to hear their views on the re- cent trawler-troller incidents. Though Mr. Davis will be held up with cabinet meetings, Mr. Barnett is to meet the men to discuss, among other items, a request that Canada's territorial waters he extended beyond the 12-mile limit. The fishermen say they want Five Perish At Air Base C F B GREENWOOD, N.S. (CP) Five children ranging in age from seven to 14 died early today in a fire which de- stroyed a one-family section of a building in the married quart- ers of this armed forces air base in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. The children's parents, corpo- ral and Mrs. .D. E. MacDonald, escaped uninjured. The children were identified as James, 14; Katharine, 12; Janet, 11; Donna, 9; and David, 7. All were believed sleeping in upstair's bedrooms. Corp. MacDonald is a native of Lashburn, Sask. Mrs. Mac- Donald is a native of Moncton, N.B. exclusive fishing rights over the Continental Shelf. They say they need protection following an incident last Satur- day when an unidentified Rus- sian ship sideswiped an an- chored Canadian trailer off Van- couver Island. The incident sparked a" stiff reprimand to Russia by the Ca- nadian government 'Tuesday. It included suggestions that the Soviet. Union agree to compen- sate fishermen for damages and observe proper navigational practices. New Quota System WINNIPEG (CP) The Ca- nadian wheat board today an- nounced details of the delivery quota system effective with the start of the new crop year Aug. 1. General policy of the drastic- ally-revised system, tied to the fed'eral government's wheat- acreage reduction program, was disclosed Wednesday. A major departure from past years is that no general or unit quota is being established Aug. 1 for wheat, oats and barley al- though there are special alloca- tions for needed varieties. Quotas for these grains will be set later in relation to mar- ket requirements, handling and transportation facilities. Un- til these are set, a farmer can- not deliver any of the three grains unless he meets the spe- cial requirements. The wheat board set a goal of a general wheat delivery quota of four bushels a speci- fied acre by the end of the current crop year. Only a hand- ful of points remained on three bushels early today and were expected to be raised to four bushels later in the day, DELIVERY PICTURE These quotas expire at the close of business Friday, July 31. As of Aug. 1 the delivery picture will be: Wheat Five bushels per quota acre of soft white spring at the producers' primary or alternate delivery point. Oats By application to the board, one carlot or a maxi- mum bushels of extra No. 1 feed or higher acceptable to a mill for milling or other pur- poses at a premium to the pro- ducer, effective until Sept. 15. Barley By application to the board, one carlot- (maxi- mum bushels) of malting, pot and-or pearling barley, ac- ceptable to a maltster or ship- per for such purposes at a premium to the producer, no final deadline announced. Rye Five bushels per quota acre to the producer's primary or alternate delivery point. Flax and rapeseed Three bushels per quota acre of each, to any point where space is available. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN SKIRTED cabin hostess Marcia Stroms- moc declaring she needed a new uniform while Mike Cleaver slated his complete satisfaction with her current dress John Vasclenak embarrassed as his wife Bev told friends of his trip through the Haunted House at Whoop-Up Days Mrs. Josephine Merrill admitting that, at 92, she doesn't get around quite as well as she used to but still manages to out visit visiting relatives. Smog Blanket Still Anchored Over New York City Plant Sold NEW YORK (CP) A blanket of hot, eye-searing smog remained anchored over New York City and most of the U.S. eastern seaboard today, and New Yorkers faced the prospect of all non-essential vehicle traffic being banned from some sections of the city. Temperatures in the 90s and wilting humidity have plagued the city for a week and with it layers of dirty air. The situation is not expected to change much be- fore early next week. POLLUTION ALERT New Yorkers already are under a pollution alert. And Wednesday was the 57th day this year when an "unhealthy" pollution warning was issued. Mayor John Lindsay ordered a first-stage pollution alert as the dome of warm air, known as a thermal inversion, trapped pollutants in the air. Incinerators at city housing projects and hospitals were closed down and use of city gar- fa a g e incinerators restricted. The air was so dirty Wednesday that at noon office workers in Manhattan could not see across the Hudson River 400 yards away. MAY BAN CARS Lindsay said that he was con- sidering banning all unneces- sary vehicles from certain areas of the city. The mayor said private vehi- cles could be banned sometime this week if the crisis continued. He urged motorists to form car-sharing pools and to use public transportation facilities whenever possible. The New York health depart- ment reported no immediate' health hazard. Hospitals said there had been no apparent in- crease in respiratory and re- lated ailments. A health department spokes- man labelled the pollution un- healthy under "chronic" and not short-term conditions. It re- quired caution mainly by the elderly and the people with re- spiratory diseases. HAVE DOUBLE TROUBLE New York, North America's largest city, also faces an elec- tricity shortage. Showers came to the aid of the beleaguered power supply Wednesday. Temperatures went into the 90s for the third consec- utive day and for the third day in a row the Consolidated Edi- son Co. reduced voltages. In Toronto, an Ontario Hydro spokesman said exports of elec- tric power to the United States reached peak for 1970. Large office buildings dimmed lights, cut down air conditioners and partially re- duced elevator service. One hos- pital in the city and the New York Telephone Co. switched to their own emergency generating units. In Canada, a blanket of humid, polluted air hung over Toronto today, although offi- cials said the situation was not as serious as in many other North American cities. Montrealers .meanwhile woke up today to their 10th straight day of a heat wave whose high temperatures and oppressive humidity are threatening water supplies and sending fan sale? sky high. All outstanding shares of Ca- nadian Dressed Meats Ltd., Lethbridge and Toronto, have sold to Burns Foods Ltd. of Calgary. According to the announce- ment made this morning by Burns, the two plants which grossed million last year, will continue operations under the present name and no changes in management are expected. Archie Murphy, is the mana- ger of the Lethbridge plant, M. M. Richmond Toronto is the cnmpasy president. n. The Lethbridge) plant was built in 1961 at a 'cost of and had a killing and pro- cessing capacity then for about head of cattle per week. Now, .valued at about 000, the plant can process bet- ter than cattle weekly. Purchase price of the plants was not announced by Burns. Four City Youths Robbed Four local youths were rob- bed of about Wednesday evening by two armed men carrying sawed-off rifles. Rodney Hillman of 706 7th Ave. S., John Faulkner of 2123 10th Ave. S., Gene Martini of 817.12th St. S. and Ron Greg- son of 711 nth Ave. S. said they went to a local motel about p.m. on a pre-ar- ranged agreement to purchase a car. When they entered the motel they were met by the two men with guns, robbed and then locked in the bathroom. Two suspects, Michael Jo- seph McLean and Richard Price, alias Robert Coleman, both of Vancouver, were ar- rested at an RCMP roadblock at Vulcan and returned to Leth- bridge. The two appeared in magis- trate's court this morning and both elected trial by a court composed of a judge and jury. They were remanded in cus- tody until Aug. 5. The Singing RCMP Agent -They Loved The Guy' 'Another day, another WINNIPEG (CP) The RCMP undercover agent whose work as the lead sjnger win. a rock group led to a roundup of suspected drug violators was "a hell of a good singer the girls loved him." But the agent for the group, Gus Teague of Winnipeg, said "it seems he made it good as an RCMP officer as well." The undercover agent, who went by the name Andy Tay- lor, performed with the Prodi- gal Sons for about 10 months. His brief career as a singer ended Wednesday when police carried out raids and arrested 43 persons on charges of traf- ficking in marijuana, hashish and hallucinatory drugs. An RCMP spokesman said Taylor "infiltrated hippie and criminal elements as a result of being with the band which played at beverage rooms and hotels around the city." Teague figures the group was taken for a musical ride. "Certainly publicity is good but this kind of publicity no one he said. "They had a hell of a nice group. You try and get book- ings for them now and you can just forget it. "It's unfair to the group. The RCMP should not be allowed to interfere with peoples' liveli- hoods." i Teague said Taylor told him he had come from Vancouver where he had once been a choir boy. The agent was said to -have a voice similar to that of Tom Jones. WANTED TO DUMP HIM Teague said one of the band members had told him recent- ly that the group wanted to "dump" Taylor because they believed him to be involved with drugs. Since the announcement of the raids, one hotel already has cancelled an engagement with Hie group. Teague said the band will try to stick to- gether but he feels bookings will hfl srarfa Herald On Civic Holiday In observance of the Civic holiday, Monday, Aug. 3, Tire Herald will not publish. A full account of the holiday week- end news will be found in Tuesday's edition. Display advertising copy for Tuesday, Aug. 4, must be at The Herald by noon, Fri- day, July 31, and for Wed- nesday, Aug. 5, by a.m. Saturday. Aug. 1. Classified ads received by a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 will appear on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Tremor Rocks Iran TEHRAN (Reuters) At least 40 persons were killed and 70 injured when a strong earth- quake rocked northeastern Iran early today, it was officially an- nounced. Disaster teams organized by the army and the Red Lion and Sun Society (Red Cross) were flown to the mountainous region by helicopter with medical sup- plies and equipment. The quake hit a square-mile area of remote Khorassan province, where more than persons died two years ago in a violent quake. Official reports said tremors damaged roads and bridges leading to stricken villages in the province. The quake was felt over a wide area of the province which is on the Iranian border with Soviet Turkmenistan near Cas- pian Sea. Hunt Widens For Bank Robbers ECKVILLE (CP) -The two armed men who robbed the Ca- nadian Imperial Bank of Com- merce of an estimated Wednesday have eluded police blocks, causing the ssarch for them to be widened into all the western provinces. When employees entered the bank, 30 miles west of Bed Deer, the two men, with nylon stockings over their faces, were waiting for them inside the building. After forcing the employees to open the vault and money containers, the bandits scooped up the cash and other papers and fled. Ths employees were all bound with tape. It was 35 minutes before the police could be notified. The town's only policeman and the bank manager were away on holidays. Coalition Regime Totters Paul Newman Breaks Ankle LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) Paul Newman broke his ankle during filming for his latest movie Wednesday when he tried to start a motorcycle and it "Jacked back." TE LAVIV (Reuters) Is- rael's coalition government ap- peared on the verge of breakup Thursday night following inter- nal disagreement over endorse- ment of United States Middle East peace proposals. The right-wing Gahal party threatened to quit the coalition cabinet, which has governed Is- rael since just before the war with the Arabs, if approval is given to the latest Washing- ton peace overture, already ac- cepted by Egypt and Jordan. The Gahal party, which fa- vors Israeli retention of terri- tory wrested from the Arabs during the 1967 war, rejected a proposal by the majority Labor party that it' stay in the govern- ment even though it may vote against the U.S. plan. Struck By Car Near Cheadle CHEADLE (CP) Mrs. Evelyn Wowk, about 30 of Cal- gary, was killed Wednesday night when struck by a car as she attempted to w'alk across the Trans-Canada Highway 20 miles east of the citv. Nixon On Air LOS ANGELES (Reuters) President Nixon will hold a televised news conference to- night that is expected to pro- vide no major policy pro- nouncements. The conference is scheduled for 8 p.m. (Letli- bridce ;