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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LXVII 145 The LetHbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1974' 10 Cents 24 Pages Mideast accord signing Wednesday THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian and Israeli generals have reached agreement on all essential points of a plan for military disengagement on the Golan Heights' and will sign it Wednesday, a United Nations communique said today. The communique, issued in Geneva, said agreement also was reached on details for ex- changing all remaining prisoners of war and the return of bodies. The announcement came as Premier-Designate Yitzhak Rabin presented his new government to the Israeli parliament and pledged that Israel will work for peace in the Middle East "but not peace at any price." He said the truce pacts worked out by U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger opened the road to fuller peace talks with the Arabs, but that Israel will keep strengthening its army and not withdraw to the pre-war borders of 1967 as the Arabs demand. "Our policy is he said. "We prefer peace to new military victories, stable peace, a just peace, an honorable peace, but not peace at any price." The 52-year-old former chief of staff said the disengagement pacts worked out by Kissinger between Israel, Egypt and Syria are peace adding "where do we go from here? "The next stage on the road to peace must be between Egypt and Israel" with negotiations by steps toward a full settlement, he said. "As for Syria, there is no place for an interim stage." This was a clear declaration that Israel intends no more withdrawals on the Syrian front and that only a full peace treaty will be considered. Rabin was expected to win confirmation of his government from the Knesset Israel's parliament, even though his coalition has a majority of only two. His coalition is made up of the Labor party which has gov- erned Israel ever since it be- came a nation, the In- dependent Liberal party and a citizens-rights group. Rabin said he will continue Premier Golda Meir's policy toward the Middle East peace negotiations in .Geneva, including her refusal to bargain there with the Palestine guerrilla or- ganizations. rejects the invitation of representatives from the sabotage and terror organizations as participants or he said. "The government will not conduct negotiations with terrorist organizations. U.K. won't abandon Ulster to anarchy Hoisting the flags The Canadian and Fort Whoop-Up flags are raised by Const. Dave Hamilton and Const. Leo Duguay at the 1974 official opening of Fort Whoop-Up. The Saturday opening was also another event to mark the 100th anniversary of the coming of the RCMP to Alberta. In another ceremony Saturday, the keys of Fort Whoop-Up were given to the Whoop-Up Historical Society by the Lethbridge Kinsmen Club. (Picture and story on Page 13.) Labor dispute closes Swift's as strike deadline threatens A major Lethbridge packing plant remained closed today as the result of a dispute between Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. and Local 740 of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers. The 85 employees affected were sent home Friday after Inside Classified........20-24 Comics.............18 Comment...........4 District............15 Family..........16.17 Local News......13.14 Markets..........8.19 Sports............9-12 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather...........3 LOW TOMGHT 40; HIGH TUES. 70; STRONG WINDS. management said they had staged a work slowdown, cutting production by 50-per- cent. Norm Leclaire, business representative for Local 740, said today the union still considered the employees were locked out and pickets were being maintained at the plant. But plant manager Jim Gough said the men were free to come into work to ready the plant for a possible strike Wednesday. Meanwhile. union representatives were flying into Edmonton today to consider the latest offer from a combined negotiating team for Swifts. Burns Food Ltd. and Canada Packers Ltd. Meat cutters have threatened to close two Swift's plants, in Lethbridge and Edmonton on Wednesday. The companies in turn are threatening to lock out all employees in Alberta, and eventually Canada, if the strike against Swift's materializes. If the CFAW representatives from Alberta and outside the province accept the latest offer, the strike could be avoided.' It is understood these are the terms of the weekend offer from management: An hourly wage of an increase from the present base rate of The increase would be 62 cents in the first year and 55 cents in the second year of the 26- month contract. A cost-of-living increase of 1'4-per-cent in 1975 and an extra statutory holiday in 1975 are included in the offer. Apparently the pension plan provisions are fine with the. union but it has not yet succeeded in demands for a dental care plan. There was little meat left in the Lethbridge plant to spoil because of the closure. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan says a lot of people, particularly producers and consumers, are going to feel the crunch if the meat cutters go out on strike. LONDON (AP) The gov- ernment today rejected de- mands to pull British troops out of Northern Ireland and declared that only the army is preventing anarchy in Ulster. "The fact is that without the British army, the forces of law and order could not cope with the immediate Merlyn Rees, Britain's administrator for Northern Ireland, told the House of Commons. Rees was reporting to MPs recalled early from a spring vacation for an emergency debate on Northern Ireland. Demands for withdrawing British troops have increased since a 15-day general strike forced the resignation of the coalition executive of moderate Protestants and Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland last week. Rees said the British government is "firmly against the view that we should pull out quickly" from Northern Ireland and "let the two communities fight it out." More than persons have died in the war between Northern Ireland's Protestant majority and the Roman Catholic community, which is out-numbered two to one. The dead include more than 200 British soldiers. Prime Minister Harold Wilson called Parliament back into session after the collapse of attempts to govern Northern Ireland by a coalition of moderate Protestants and Catholics. The coalition government resigned and the British government resumed direct Ulster a'fter a general strike led by militant Protestants opposed to the sharing of power with the Catholics. Although there was considerable belief in British political circles before the strike that the moderates in Northern Ireland would eventually win out, many of Wilson's Labor MPs, some Conservatives and a number of Liberals now are reported in favor of setting a date for Britain to get out of Northern Ireland. The tabloid Daily Mirror, which has a national circulation of more than four million, devoted its entire front page today to what it called Britain's gravest crisis since the British-Frenchi invasion of Suez in 1956. "Britain must now face the most sombre option of pull out the troops and abandon sovereignty over the -province." it said. "Extreme Protestants and Catholics are now joined in an unholy alliance by their dislike of Britain and British troops." One usually informed political source said the government's new formula includes election of a new 29 die in inferno Gov't orders inquiry FLIXBOROUGH, England (AP) me British government today ordered a major inquiry into the Nypro chemical plant explosion that official reports said killed 29 persons and injured 105. All the reported dead were workers at the factory in rural eastern England, but only eight bodies had been recovered by Sunday night because fires still raged over more than 20 acres of the plant site. Damage from the explosion Saturday There was little to do but pray FLIXBOROUGH, England (CP) "This is terrible, said a Roman Catholic priest who walked the streets of this quiet Lincolnshire village after it was devastated by an explosion in a chemical plant. "There is nothing I can do but said Rev. Ken O'Riordan. Flixborough, a village of 310 persons 150 miles north of London, is nothing more than a twisted skeleton of steel and smouldering wreckage today after the blast which killed 29 persons and injured 105. More than persons in nearby villages were evacuated at the height of the crisis Saturday and are struggling back today to their homes, many of them badly damaged, some beyond repair. One of the most tragic stories is that of a giant supervisor, Richard Simpson. He went to work on a friend wfco wanted the night off. Minutes after starting, he died in a cauldron of fire. The girl he was to marry later this year had to be held back by firemen as she tried to force her way into the flames. Harry Stark, married with two children, was working in the area which was to become the centre of the inferno. He didn't come out. Said Laura Stark, his 69-year-old mother: "He was going to help me move to a better house tomorrow." exceeded million. In addition to the chemical plant, about 100 homes in nearby villages were ruined, their roofs blown off, their windows and walls shattered. Announcing the government inquiry, Environment Undersecretary Gordon Oakes said: "Surely dangerous processes and homes must be kept well apart." Leading newspapers speculated that government controls over chemical plants are inadequate, and one paper said the government's chief inspector of factories, Brian Harvey, told its scientists are creating technologies they do not understand fully. Flixborough, a village of 310 persons 150 miles north of London, was declared a disaster area. At the height of the blaze Saturday night, an estimated persons living in the surrounding Lincolnshire villages and fields were evacuated to shelters set up in schools and churches because of poisonous fumes. Housewives wept as they returned to their ruined or damaged homes Sunday The jobs of nylon workers in northeast England were jeopardized by the Flixborough explosion and fire Nypro was Britain's only factory producing caprolactum, used to strengthen nylon for heavy industrial use. The plant was owned by British and Dutch interests The cause of the blast is still not known, but authorities said they believe it to be accidental. The Dutch manager of the works. Huub Beckers, suggested that a spark from static electricity may have touched off escaping cyclo-hexane gas, a gasoline-type liquid used in the manufacturing process. British daily newspapers splashed the story of .the disaster, together, with horrifying pictures of the blazing factory and the remains of the tiny village of Flixborough. The Guardian said in an editorial government investigators should consider whether it was "irresponsibly dangerous to concentrate vast amounts of potentially volatile energy in one tank in one place." "The spark of death." said The Daily Sun in a front-page headline. "Yes, it could happen was The Daily Express headline. Scotland and Wales offered more autonomy Seen and heard About town Jack Hntchinson. Southern director to the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board, claiming he gets so many calls he might have to install a telephone in his tractor cab Andy Van Slays telling his friend Frans Feyter he can't work this Saturday because he is going on holidays when he wins the Elks Club truck- camper raffle. LONDON (AP) The British government offered today a series of proposals for giving Scotland and Wales their own parliaments but suggested that greater autonomy might fragment Britain financially, eco- nomically and socially. A government discussion paper, based on a report by the Royal Commission on the Constitution, outlines seven schemes for Scotland and Wales to have a vastly greater say in running their own affairs. The royal commission ruled out separatism and federalism. Broadly, the central government in London would retain responsibility for major policy matters such as defence and foreign affairs. The regional parliaments would have powers over health, education, finance, trade and economic planning. The degree of power would de- pend on the type of regional government agreed upon. Under one plan Scotland and Wales would be governed by their own directly-elected par- liaments and cabinets of ministers. Thev would make laws and administer their areas, although ultimate power and sovereignty of the Parliament in London would be preserved. This power and sovereignty, however, would be exercised only in exceptional circum- stances and with the agreement of the Welsh and Scottish parliaments. A more modest proposal would retain law-making power for the London Parliament but would have locally-elected assemblies to promote regional participation. Along with the proposals, on which comment was sought from individuals and organ- izations, the government also presented a number of what it called "practical problems." These include how to main- tain present uniformity of services, such as in health and education, taxation and economic organization. Britain has been governed by one Parliament in London since the earlv 1700s. Case refused WASHINGTON (APi The United States Supreme Court refused today to review a lower-court decision ordering a hearing on whether James Earl Ray should be permitted to withdraw his plea of guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. the Negro civil rights leader. Tories would keep Suffield station MEDICINE George Hees. for the HAT such as Winnipeg." said Mr Hecs ;