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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Return to work by West rail workers short-lived EDMONTON (CP) A brief return to work by non-operat- ing railway employees in Ed- monton collapsed Tuesday as picket lines returned and rail service was again interrupted. A 66-hour strike was sched- uled to end at minight Monday and most workers did return. But officials of Canadian Na- tional Railways and CP Trans- port said that the majority of non-operating employees were back on strike at noon. At 1 p.m. the situation ap- peared normal in Lethbridge. Lo- cal strike committee chairman Dave Rossieter said the 135 striking employees in the Leth- bridge region started back to work at midnight Monday as planned. A CNR spokesman said a similar situation appeared to be spreading through the west- ern strike zone. Non-operating employees at Vancouver, also scheduled to return to work at midnight, stayed off the job to- day. Union officials blamed the walkout on layoffs imposed by the railways, which have-been hit by a series of rotating strikes by the association of non-opeating railway unions. The railways "have refused to start up operations fully and so they are intimidating the workers by said Hugh Critchley of the Canadian Brotherhood of rail, transport and general workers. The CNR described the situa- tion in Edmonton as "heated." A spokesman said trains are moving, "but it is only a mat- ter of time before they stop." The brief return to work al- lowed CP Rail's morning pas- senger train from Edmonton to Calgary to depart. Several freight trains also left the city. Operating employees such as train engineers and switching crews did not cross picket lines established by the non-oper- ating employees. A CN spokesman in the Man- times said rail service to that area will come to a bait today because of the Quebec walkout. The last train, for the dura- tion of the strike, from Mon- treal to Halifax, left here at p.m. EDT Monday. CN's Ocean Limited anl Scotian pas- senger trains to that area from Montreal were cancelled. The companies announced cancellation of train services from Montreal to all points in Quebec, In addition to New York City and Ottawa. The non-operating employees, including signalmen, con- ductors, clerks, porters and oth- ers, are asking a pay increase of 53 cents an hour in the first year of a two-year contract and an additional 13 cents in the second year. The 53-cent increase amounts to a 13.8-per-cent raise for the average worker who now earns an average an hour. The companies' latest offer was a two-year contract with a seven per cent increase in the first year and a 6.5-per-cent In- crease in the second. Also dis- puted are pensions and job se- curity. The province-wide strike, an- nounced Monday by Richard Smith, chief negotiator for the Association of Non-operating Rail Unions, comes shortly''after a 66-hour walkout in western and north- ern Canada and a 48-hour strike last week in Ontario. Hardest hit by the strike are commuters who use Ca- nadian National and CP Rail commuter trains in Canada's largest city. Stopped by the strike are 764 freight runs by both companies. Montreal police assigned 'ad- ditional patrols in anticipation of traffic snarls, municipal transport authorities prepared to use extra buses, and addi- tional buses were scheluled from Montreal to Toronto, Ot- tawa, Quebec City and the lower St. Lawrence region by Voyageur Inc., an inter-provin- cial bus company. Trucking firms planned to use every additional piece of equip- ment to move cargo to and from the port of Montreal. PLANE SOUGHT FOR VGANDAN By THE CANADIAN PRESS KAMPALA President Amin of Uganda has cabled Queen Elizabeth requesting her as bead of the Commonwealth to send him a special plane and Scottish guards to fly him to Ottawa for the Commonwealth conference. The telegram was sent through the acting British high commissioner. In the message, Amin said he wants "to brief the Queen and her government" about matters of mutual interest and how be has transformed Ugan- da into "a truly black man's country. "I feel my presence at the conference will be of great benefit to said Amin. The Ugandan leader also proposed that talks on relations with Britain should be held in Ottawa. The Ugandan leader said he wants to pass through London after Ottawa for further talks if necessary and "see his old British friends." Others arrive with less fuss, hassle By THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA Representatives from 31 otter Com moiuvealth countries, most of them heads-of state, -began arriving today with their entourages for the first Commonwealth heads of government meeting on adian soil: Providing an extra dash of splendor to the city of peaceful g-een parks and grey stone buildings will be the presence of Queen Elizabeth who also arrives today for her second Canadian visit this year and to meet with tbe visiting government leaders. The Commonwealth leaders, who have attracted TOO journalists from around the .world, begin discussions Thursday. .The meeting concludes Friday, Aug. 10. Trade and the world's shaky money situation likely will be prominent points of discussion for tbe leaders, whose countries account for one-fifth of world trade, rhe people they represent about 860 million or roughly one-quarter of the world's population con- trol almost one-fifth of the earth's land area. An unofficial count shows about 22 Commonwealth members are sending their heads of state, prime min- isters or presidents, to the meeting. Most of tbe others are sanding cabinet ministers in charge of their official delegations. One of the most notable absentees is Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India. Airs. Gandhi, in Canada earlier this summer, is sending foreign minister, Sardlar Swar- an Singh, in her place. Most of tbe Queen's time will be spent in audi- ences, receptions and other official functions with Com- monwealth heads of government and their delegations meeting in one of their irregular sessions. Although she will make some public appearances here, this visit contrasts sharply with one a month ago to Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Alberta where an estimated 13. million people saw bar and Prince Philip on a tour packed with public ap- pearances. A tour organizer said the visit "is not a Water- gate" and much of tbe Queen's activity wifl be out of the public eye. Tbe three days wi'I be largely taken up with pri- vate audiences with Commonwealth leaders at Govern- ment House. Prince Philip will bs more in evidence. He is scheduled to tour tbe Royal Canadian Mint, open a youth hostel, present new colors to tbe Royal Canadian Regiment's third battalion, make two speeches and open tbe three-day Irniternational Equestrian Association horse hials at Jokers' Hill near Toronto. He also will hold private meetings and make pre- sentations associated with his youth development awards plan. Inside Classified 14-36 Comics 38 Comment 4, 5 District 3 Family 33 Local News 9, 30 Markets 39 Sports Entertainment 8 TV --8 V O Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT WED. 99. SUNNY HOT- The Letftbrtdae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 195 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JULY 31, 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS FWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Parting is such sweet sorrow Canadian officer and Vietnamese friend Haldeman gave okay to 'black projects' WASHINGTON (AP) H. R. Haldeman today acknowledged that be approved a cam- paign budget for "black proj- ects" last year, but said be isn't sure what tbe projects were. There was no elaboration, but previous testimony to tbe Sen- ate Watergate committee has been to the effect that the term was used to describe political sabotage and campaign tricks. Haldeman, former White House chief of staff, said he doesn't recall being told of a campaign intelligence Tax board halted i at Nixon estate New York Times Service SACRAMENTO The Cali- fornia Board of Equalization refused today to order an in- vestigation of the property tax assessment on President Nixon's estate at San Cleznente. The investigation bad been soogfat by William Beimstt, chairman the five member board. But his request was met with indifference and opposi- tion from the four other mem- bers. After about 30 minutes of dis- cussion. Bennett, admitting he had lost, said: "apparently it is the sense of this board that the Orange County supervisor or STmecme tfcere wiU do scme- ihing. But I want to say to you that if they do back in a month and bring it op aeain.'' He referred to his insistence that the assessments be investi- gated because the total invest- ments in the property to be about million, tbe property taxes are based on a "full cash value" assessment of million. Tbe price paid for the prop- erty by Nixon in 1969 has been placed by a White House an- nouncement at million. The White House also said the president had personally spent in improvements. In tine last six weeks, the general services administra- tion said it had spent cm improvements that ranged from secret detection de- vices to insure the president's security to changes in the land- scaping and tbe interior of the bouse. Nixon acquired the house in 1969. Not until last May did he make known the fact that he had borrowed from Ms friend. Robert Abptoalp, o-rv er of aerosel spray can valve patents, who is a muJti-mfllkui- budget, allegedly related to the Watergate wiretapping. He denied testimony of a for- mer aide, Gordon Strachan, who said Haldeman ordered him to destroy a memo men- tioning that budget and other politically embarrassing docu- ments shortly after tbe Water- gate break-in June Haldeman said be became aware, shortly after tbe break- in, that tbe White House was in- volved in raising money to pay legal fees and family support for the defendants in tbe wire- tapping case. But he said be didn't make any moral judgments about that, didn't approve it or dis- approve it, and isn't sure that the fund-raising would have been embarrassing to President Nixon if it had become known earlier. Haldeman began answering questions after telling the Sen- ate Watergate committee Mon- day that he listened to White House tape recordings that re- fute the testimony of John Dean, ousted White House coun- sel, about two key meetings be- tween Dean and Nixon. Today Haldeman disputed tes- timony by Dean. Strachan and former attorney-general John Mitchell. HaWeman said Mitchell didn't tell him about the "White House horrors" that Mitchell said he, Haldeman and John EhrJkh- maij, former presidential ad- viser, all tried to keep from the president's knowledge. HaJdeman said he didn't be- come aware of three of those activities obi recently. Canada troops returning home VANCOUVER (CP) The Canadian troops which helped make up the four-nation Inter- national Commission of Con- trol and Supervision in Vietnam arrived back hi Canada today. The 244 officers and men came home aboard two Cana- dian Armed Farces jet air- craft, landing at the llth Air Movements Unit here to be welcomed by a brass band, senior military officials and scores of relatives. The Canadian government sent about 280 persons to Viet- nam last January to man Can- ada's delegation to the Inter- national Commission of Control and Supervision A few civilian mained today after the depar- ture of two Canadian Armed' Forces transport planes but Canada is no longer a part If the ICCS. About half of the ci- vilian personnel had left earlier and most, of the remaining civil- ians and mffiEary observers left today. The few remaining be- hind will clean up adminis- trative duties. The Canadians' stay was also marred by the death of Capt Charles Laviolette of Quebec who died April 7 when his heli- copter was shot down by the Viet Cong and by the detention of two Canadian officers by the Viet Cong for 18 days. Capts. Fletcher Thomson of Ottawa and Ian Patten of To- ronto were detained by the Viet Cong June 28 and freed only after intensive negotiations be- tween the Viet Cong and the Ca- nadians here. Canadian officials later sharply criticized the Viet Cong treatment of the Canadian officers. Today's departure was emo- tional but low-keyed. A few minutes before 8 a.m. Saigon time, Chief WO James Jackson of Ottawa lowered the Canadian flag from the ICCS Sickness improves for trio HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) The Skylab 2 astronauts, still strug- gling with motion sickness but pronounced on the mend, hoped to finish tidying up their space lab today. Because of the continuing Ul- ness. a space walk was post- poned another day until Thurs- day. Skylab commander Alan Bean, Jr. Owen Garriott and Jack Lousma managed to work steadily Monday. The three are taking stomach-soothing medi- cine. Ftor the first time since the planned 59-day mission began Saturday, tbe three ate most of their food and no vomiting oc- curred. "Generally speaking, even-- body feels pretty good until meal and it gets pretty tough Beau said. "But if you can gel through meal time, you're OK." Most of today was to be spent pulling tiimsrs a-way and dealing with some troublesome, but rot dangerous mechanical prob- lems. Mission officials said fre Sface v.-alk might have lo be put off yet another day. depend- ing on tbe astronauts' condi- tions. compound at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base. "We shall treasure this flag as a symbol of what we tried to said Maj.-Gen. Duncan McAlpine, chief of the Canadian military contingent. A South Vietnamese army band played Auld Lang Syne and the South Vietnamese cnief military negotiator, Lt.-Gen. Pham Quoc Thuan, shook tbe hand of each Canadian. Several Vietnamese girls, who had been friends, secretaries and drivers to the Canadians, as the men left. There were no Viet Cong rep- resentatives at the airport as the two Canadian military transports departed. One was bound for Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Trenton, Ont. Tbe second was headed for Van- couver, Winnipeg and Trenton. k Tight around Belfast BELFAST (AP) The new; Northern Ireland legislative t sembly meefe for the first time today with one-third of its mem- bers vowing not to co-operate with the moderate majority. Security around the legate- live building in Stormont Castle on Belfast's outskirts was tight. 85 DEAD AS JET CRASHES BOSTON (AP) A Delta Airlines DC-9 carying 90 per- sons crashed and disintegrated in landing at Logal International Airport in heavy fog today. Po- lice said it had reports 85 per- sons died. Only two survivors were re- ported initially by Masachu- setts General Hospital An eyewitness said the twin- engine plane crashed on a run- way about feet from the edge cf the water at the busy airport that juts into Boston harbor. Sate police said it appeared that the jet struck a seawall at tbe approach to the airport. A state police spokesman said there was a break in tbe foot-high wall, indicating the aircraft's landing gear had struck it. An observer said personal ef- fects and parts of bodies were strewn all over the runway. PLANE BREAKS UP He said the plane, arriving on a flight from Burlington, Vt.. seemed to have disintegrated on impact. He said the largest portion of the plane he could see was a 10-foot portion of tbe fuselage. No Herald on Monday The HercJd will not publish Monday. August 6, a provin- cial holiday. Display advertisers are re- minded that copy for ads to appear Tuesday, August 7, or Wednesday, August 8, must be at Tihe Herald hy noon Friday. Ads for Thursday, August 9, must be received by a.m. Saturday, Aug- ust 4. Classified advertisements lecehed by 33.30 a.m. Salar- day will appesr in Ihe Tues- day, August 7, editxa. troops continued an ..____launched 10 days ago to prevent the Irish Republican "Army and Protestant ex- tremists from unleashing a wave of violence. Trouble flared briefly in Lon- donderry early today when Ro- man Catholic mobs stoned troops who moved in to remove makeshift barricades thrown up to mark the first anniversary of tbe storming of IRA strongholds by the army. People's Democracy, a Ro- man Catholic civil rights orprc- ization, planned a march on Stormont today. Offi- cials expressed fear that either Catholic or Protestant guer- rillas would use the march as cover for an attack. But the greatest danger to the assembly, on which the British have pinned their hopes of re- storing political stability, prob- ably will come from within. Twenty-seven hard-line Prot- estant members announced Monday a "campaign of non-co- operation" and said they will not share power with the Catho- lics in the mixed Protestant- Catholic cabinet that tbe 78- tnember assembly is supposed to choose. Because tbe Protestants out- number Hie Catholics two" to one, the Catholics have been shut out of all previous govern- ments. The key point in the British government's peace plan for Northern Ireland is to give the Catholics a share in tbe executive that the assembly will elect equivalent to their nu- merical strength. The Protes- tant militants ted by Rev. Ian Paisley and William Craig want the return of the former all- Prctestant government. The assembly was elected a month ago to replace the Prot- estant-dominated parliament that governed Northern Ireland for 50 years. Tbe British gov- ernment suspended it in March. 3972, after nearly three years of communal warfare between Protestants and Catholics and imposed direct rule from Lon- don. and About town WETIRED RCMP officer Taol Herch claiming he liked sw jm in the river only the gravel didn't scratch his belly Olr Kraft re- porting the first harvest of wheat lias summer... Doane Madscn reporting small tomatoes on his potato vines. ;