Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
White House admits Nixon talked with Dean about scandal WASHINGTON (AP) The White House acknowledged to- day that President Nixon con- ferred this year with John Dean about the Watergate scandal but said logs detailing the time and place of such sessions would not be provided to justice department or senatorial inves- tigators. Reports published during the weeksnd said Dean, fired as White House counsel April 30, has told prosecutors and Senate investigators that he had 30 to 40 meetings with Nixon earlier this year. Deputy Press Secretary Ger- ald Warren, who earlier had de- nounced the published reports in a formal statement, said in response to a question that "ob- viously there were topics of in- terest this year that would have involved office of counsel." Warren 'said the topics in- cluded Nixon's own Watergate investigation, administration policy on citing executive privi- lege and hearings on the unsuc- cessful nomination of L. Patrick Gray to bs director of the FBI. Asked if the White House had kept logs to detail occasions on which the two men conferred ei- ther in person or by telephone, Warren said staff aides had kept such diaries. p'-iil to he said "the president's logs are not subject to subpoena" and would not be made fcble either to a federal grand jury or the Senate's Watergate investigating committee. He said to supply the materials would be "constitutionally in- appropriate." A reporter suggested that if such logs exist, the White House might have evidence to refute ?r..r bv that he had repeated meetings with Nizin on Watergate. Warren said he was "not go- ing to discuss what may be- come evidence from this po- dium." Asked how the logs could pos- sibly become evidence, Warren declined to speculate. Warren said, in replying to still another question, that Dean "of course was acting as coun- sel to the president" and there an attorney-client relation- ship between them. Warren would not say whether Nixon was among those be consulted before is- suing a statement Saturday tiiat denounced allegations ot frequent Nixon-Dean dis- cussions of Watergate. The earlier White House statement had called stories in the Washington Post and New York Times "part of a careful, coordinated strategy by an in- dividual cr individuals deter- mined to prosecute a case against the president in the press using innuendo, distortion of fact and outright falsehood." The statement addsd: "This manipulation of the press in- volves an unprecedented asar.'lt on judicial and administrative due process. Its objective, stated in the simplest terms, is to destroy the president. We categorically deny the asser- tions and implications of this story." The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 147 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 24 PAGES Montreal target of air wa Ikout Pride of Soviet civilian air fleet crashes From AP-Reuter GOUSSAINVILLE, France (CP) Investigators picked through the wreckage of a So- viet supersonic airliner today trying to learn why the pride of Russia's civilian air fleet crashed at the Paris air show. All six aboard were killed, as as eight inhabitants of this Paris suburb. Another 28 were injured. Thousands of spectators No stampede for truce job SAIGON countries have been mentioned as possible replacements for Canada on the International Commission of Control and Supervision ICCS, but a stampede to land the job seems highly un- likely. The choice will be up to the four parties to the Paris peace United States, North and South Vietnam and the Viet Cong. Those so far mentioned in government, diplomatic and journalistic circles here are Australia. Belgium, Brazil, France, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland. South Vietnamese government officials say no ap- proach has been made to any ountry and none will be made before the next round of negotiations in Paris be- tween Henry Kissinger and Hanoi's Le Due Tho, which begins Wednesday. Diplomats in Saigon say eight of the countries mentioned can be discounted. France has long-term intsrests in Vietnam, North and South, which it is unlikely to risk in the contro- versial commission which inevitably comes under fire from all sides. DON't NEED PRESTIGE Belgium, Italy and Switzerland have minimal inter- est or ties in the area and are not looking for the inter- national prestige which comes with being an interna- tional observer. Austria and Norway would probably find it difficult to provide the necessary number of troops and foreign sendee officers, and Norway is known to have given a cold response to approaches made before the present ICCS of Canada, Poland, Hungary and Indonesia was formed. Japan and Malaysia are in the area and 'are auto- matically interested, but Japan considers the constitu- tional difficulty of changing at least part of its self- defence armed forces into a force which could serve abroad too big to overcome for the moment, diplomats say. Where airliner crashed This was the scene in a Goussainville street minute? after a Soviet TU-144 super- sonic airline, shown in top photo, crashed there on Sunday. The plane went down as it was giving an exhibition flight at Le Bourget Airport, six miles south of Goussain- ville, during the Paris Air Show. Skylab crew awaits word on how to do tricky job Classified Comics Comment District v Family 8 4 3, 5 17 Local News Markets 14 18 3JM_ Sports 7 _ 6 Weather 2 LOW TONicar 'DearMr. fflGH 40, 80; HOUSTON (AP) With pros- pects for a space walk to free a jammed solar panel "looking pretty Skylab's astro- nauts awaited word today on how they might do the tricky job. Making the panel operable could pearly double the elec- tricity in their power-starved space station. If the space agency approves the excursion, decisions on who will make the walk and how the one-ton panel will be released will be up to Skyiab com- mander Charles Conrad, who since Sunday is the world's champion of space flight in to- tal hours logged. "I suspect the commander would want to go out Skylab mission director William Schneider told reporters Sun- day. Schneider said space agency officials planned a day-Ion? meeting today at the Marshall Space Flight Centre. Huntsvillc, Ala., to discuss the potential for success and dangers involved in the repair job. They were also to discuss the possibility of extending the scheduled 28-day mission as much as 10 days to make up experiments lost because of low power. COULD COME WEDNESDAY Schneider said the salvage at- tempt could come as early as Wednesday but there will be no hurry because "we'd rather do it right than rushed." Conrad, Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz scheduled medical, earth-resources and solar-as- and heard About town rjATHOLIC Central student Mark Campbell refusing to accept an award for dra- matics "because of the way caterpillars are being treat- ed in Walt Disney movies" Friendship society's Annie Cotton requesting tile on the new friendship cen- tre's floor surface to save her feat from the torture of performing an Indian dance on cement. tronomy experiments today, their llth day in space. In the major medical test late today Kerwin, the first physi- cian to fly in space, was to en- case the lower half of Conrad's Larry Popein new coach of Rangers NEW YORK (AP) Larry Popein will replace Emile Francis as coach of New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, it was announced to- day. Francis will remain as gen- eral manager. Popein, who played centre for ths Rangers for six seasons, moves up to the New York job from. Providence of the Ameri- can Hockey League, where he doubled as general manager- coach last season. Before that, he was coach of the Rangers' Central League farm club at Omaha. body in a cylinder from which air would be evacuated. The study concerns the effect of weightlessness on the heart and blood vessel system. Later, Conrad was to ride a bicycle-type device while Ker- win checked heart rate, respira- tion, blood pressure and body temperature. Conrad passed the world space time record at a.m. EDT Sunday. The mark had been set by former astronaut James Lovell, a four-time space veteran whose nickname is Shakey. "Holy Christmas! You mean I finally passed Captain Conrad replied when told of the record. U.S. dollar Roman Catholic priest charged COVENTRY, England (AP) A Roman Catholic priest was charged here today with helping to run a local unit of the out- lawed Irish Republican Army Rev. Patrick Fell. 32, an as- sistant priest at All Souls Ro- man Catholic church here, was remanded in custody until next Monday. watched Sunday as the four-en- gine TU-144 exploded during an exhibition flight. It was the first reported crash of a supersonic civilian airliner since the Soviets began their program in the mid 1960s. The plane has a maximum cruising speed of miles an hour, 2.35 times the speed of sound. A French-British consortium has built four Concorde super- sonic jets, and the latest ver- sion made a demonstration flight just before the TU-144's. TRYING LOW PASS Witnesses saw the Russian plane make a low-level, sub- sonic pass before the grand- stand for a touch-and-go ma- noeuvre, then go into a steep climb with the wheels still down. Pilot Mikail Koslov levelled out just below the cloud cover. The TU-144's nose dipped, and the 210-foot plane went into a dive. As it neared the ground, a piece of the right wing broke off. A tongue of flame gushed from the plane as it broke apart. Part of one wing crashed into the courtyard of the townhall, and flying debris ripped the roof off 30 houses and plunged into a school building. A boy playing in front of his home had his head cut off by flying wreckage and a chunk of metal weighing several tons hit a gasoline tanker, detonating it and setting houses on fire. Local officials, who have tried to pressure the government into banning supersonic airliners from an airport being built nearby, blamed "those who per- mitted the organizers to hold an air show in such but Armed Forces Minister Robert Galley said the show, a major showcase for French ana foreign aircraft manufacturers, would continue. Experts said it would be a long time before the cause of the crash became known. Andre Turcat, a chief test pilot on the Conccrde, said it is essential to find out what made the nose of the plane dip after the climb. Observers in Moscow said the crash must have been a stun- ning blow to Soviet aviation of- ficials and may have set the TU-144 program back. The plane was scheduled to go into service in 1975. MONTREAL (CP) Nine morning flights were cancelled today by Air Canada after machinists here began a 24-hour walkout at 7 a.m. EDT. A spokesman for Air Canada said extra supervisory person- nel would be called in to help with maintenance of aircraft after members of the Inter- national Association of Machin- ists (IAM) called their second walkout within 48 hours. More cancellations among the 87 flights scheduled to leave here today were expected, he said. Officials would try to keep as many flights as possible in service although supervisory personnel "place an accent on protecting long-distance flights." WGGOGu czzbczcezccynllS At the same time, both com- pany and union were ready to- day to start their fourth straight day of mediation talks. Air Canada spokesman Paul Casey said Sunday, after the third day of talks ended, that there has been "some progress made, but they haven't dis- cussed the money question yet." Discussing the rotating 24- hour strikes begun by the members of the International Association of Machinists Mr, Casey said the deci- sion to give 24-hour notice of each strike, but only two hours notice of their locations, leaves the company "waiting for the other shoe to drop." The first 24-hour strike, called at Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary Saturday, resulted in the cancellation of two flights. Mr. Casey said Air Canada can probably operate in a nearly normal manner in all but the biggest centres. SUPERVISORS ARE READY "Each station has its super- visory personnel ready" to step in on baggage-handling and maintenance tasks, he said. "It's just a question of how well they can cope.'' So far, the union has made no comment on progress of the talks which began under the su- pervision of government-ap- pointed mediator Roy A. Galla- gher Friday. The talks, apart from wage issues, include a demand for a four-day work week and resolu- tion of bilingualism classi- fications by the company. IAM spokesman Mike Pitch- ford said Thursday the decision to keep the locations of the strikes secret is designed to keep Air Canada from reacting effectively. "Air Canada, with 24-hour no- tice that a strike will take place in a particular region, could nullify any effects the strike could he said. Ex-Brink's workers draw jail terms SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) Two former employees of Brink's of Canada Ltd. were sentenced to 3Va years in prison tcday on charges of stealing from the company. The employees, Leslie Jamas Dcminey, 32, and Melvin Ed- ward Downs, 37, pleaded guilty to charges of theft when they appeared in court last Wednesday. Ernest William Barker, 41, who pleaded guilty to a charge of possession cf stolen money daring the earlier court appear- anes, was sentenced to 2Vz years in jail. A fourth person involved, Katherine Jeanette Craig, 21, appeared in court in Toronto last week and was sentenced to one year in jail on a charge of possessing stolen money. Dominey and Downs surren- dared to police in a week after the theft occurred April 21. Information they gave to arresting officers led to the capture of Barker and Craig. During the court appearance last Wednesday, Crown prose- cutor James McNamee outlined how the crime was committed. He said the Brink's vault was locked by Downs on Friday, April 21, and its timing mecha- nism set to reopen at midnight when the two men returned to stuff the money into plastic gar- bage bags. The vault was then resealed and set so it would not open until 4 p.m. Monday. They left in Dominey's car and in Downs' vehicle, both of which were abandoned in the city for their families. They then met Barker and left in his car for Toronto. The first inkling of the theft came Saturday when Mrs. Dominey received an anonymous telephone call tell- ing her where she could find the fami'y automobile. David Wright, lawyer for Downs, said the Barker car was stopped for a routine check by RCMP as it left Saint John. Up to that time the theft had not been discovered. John Barry, lawyer for Domi- ney. said his client was shaking as" the RCMP checked the car. He said Dominey told him that he had wished ths police would catch them so he could return to his family. All but if the stolen money was recovered by police. at new lows Tories unsure how thev will vote LONDON (AP) The United States dollar plunged to new lows on nervous European mar- kets today and the price of gold soared to record highs. The U.S. currency fell to 3.04 Swiss francs in Zurich, 2.61 West German marks in Frank- furt and 4.2550 French francs in Paris, all new lows. Gold shot up an ounce in London to a record high of in U.S. currency. In Zur- ich, the metal was selling for also a new high there. Deealers said markets were "very reacting stronely to rumors and specula- tion. They blamed dollar weakness in part on Washington press re- ports that former White House counsel John Dean had said President Nixon was consulted frequently on efforts to cover up the Watergate bugging af- fair. OTTAWA (CP) The 107- member Progressive Con- servative caucus still isn't say- ing exactly how it will vote on the government's controversial corporation tax cuts. Questions on the subject remained in the minds of the Sunday as they emerged from a three-day weekend think session. But Sinclair Stevens caucus spokes- man, said the party voting stance will be announced in the next day or two. The caucus, which hasn't had an extended brain-storming ses- sion since before the general election, was clear on some other matters, however. A communique issued as the meetings ended said the coun- try shauld have a national power system and the Bank of Canada possibly should de- centralized to meet regional needs. It also scored the Liber- als on housing policies and raid Ottawa must accept more re- sponsibility in this field. Mr. Stevens told reporters the caucus wants a clearer in- dication from the government on how it plans to review corpo- rate tax legislation after next April 1. Finance Minister John Turner brought the tax measures be- fore the Commons last week and Conservative Leader Rob- ert Stanfield indicated he may support them. WOULD CUT TAX The measures would grant manufacturing and processing industries a pins-percentage- point tax reduction. Mr. Stevens also said the caucus rejects the traditional concept that economy can be directed solely through cen- tral fiscal and monetary meas- ures. High interest rates on bor- rowed money might be suitable in Ontario, but could harm the economy of less-wealthy areas such as the Maritimes. This was why the feasibility of de- centralizing the Bank of Canada should be considered. A'so, the Conservative mem- ber? agreed that with intelligent economic policy, Canada can decide its own economic future. "We accept as a basic prem- ise that Canada today is a ma- ture country, and need not be treated as an economic satellite of the United States, as is present goovernment philoso- said the communique. The national power system would give all Canadians first chance at electricity at min- imum prices, said Mr. Stevens. Surplus power during low-use psriods in one province could be transferred to meet peak de- mands in another, taking ad- vantage of time differences. Absent at the caucus was dis- cussion on the touchy issue of bilingualism which may spbt the party. Prime Minister Trudeau has a resolution before the Commons asking MPs to re- affirm the principles of bili- ngualism in the public service. Mr. Stanfield is seeking to have the resolution made law and has called on his party to sup- port the government on this oc- casion. However, some Conservatives have indicated they will vote against the government. The vote may be held Tuasday night.