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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 90. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 150 TETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 46 PAGES Sick sort of West farm economy in healthy state By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) The prairie agricultural econ- omy is healthier now than it has been during the last few a sick sort of way. Grain and livestock sales are up, fanners have more cash in their pockets and retail sales this year show a substantial increase over 1971. But there is an undercurrent of concern: While record amounts or grain from prairie farms are being moved, the price to the farmer does not, in many cases, meet his production costs. The economic upsurge could be misleading because the cash flowing into (he farmer's pocket does not reflect the net return on his investment of time, labor and capital. E. K. Turner of Rcgina, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool president, says the cash flow will remain good this year and in 1973 but "farmers will end up finding themselves, in spite of handling more dollars, with fewer left over to do the things they want to do per- sonally." "It remains to be seen if the net return will be better than it was during the last year." Cash receipts up Preliminary figures show farm cash receipts for Saskatchewan in 1971 reached almost million com- pared with million in 1970 and million in 1969. In Manitoba last year, farmers received almost million compared with million in J970 and million in 1969, In Alberta, cash receipts in 1971 were estimated at million, up from million in 1970 and million in 1969. A. M. Runciman of Winnipeg, president of United Grain Growers, says the situation is "vastly improved" over the previous year because at that time much of the cash received from grain sales was used by the farmers to repay million they had received as advances on then-unsold grain in storage. E. A. Boden of Regina, Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture president, admits he's worried. "The gross income has come up terrifically during the last year, but the net position still is not good." Mr. Boden says most of the increased income to farmers is being used to pay off old debts with other segments of the prairie economy reaping the benefits. He asked: "But what is left in the farmer's Retail sales in all three Prairie provinces have shown a marked increase during the first quarter this year compared with 1971. It was particularly notice- able in Saskatchewan during March when retailers chalked up a fantastic 54.2-per-cent increase over the previous month. During the first four months of this year.in Sas- katchewan, retail sales jumped 12.9 per cent to million from million during the same period in 1971. In Manitoba, the increase for the first three months of 1972 was 13 per cent. Retail sales in the province, with 1971 figures bracketed, for January were: million February million March million In Alberta retail sales in January increased 9.2 per cent to million compared with the same month in 1971. Jack Robinson of Edmonton, manager of the Al- berta branch of the Retail Merchant's Association, es- timated total sales during the first three months of this year will be up about seven per cent over 1971. Incomes at high Ross Walker of Saskatoon, secretary treasurer of the province's Retail Merchant's Association, says in- comes will "hit a new high this year." "We expect rural Saskatchewan will show very strong improvement throughout the year and rural re- tailers can look forward to an increase in all lines of sales." During the first quarter, sales of tractors in Sas- katchewan vere up 56 per cent over the same period in 1071. SI nart Thiesson of Saskatoon, secretary treasurer of the National Fanners' Union, says Iliis Is not signifi- cant "llio farmers arc In the position of baring to renew some debts in terms of acquiring some new machin- ery which they bad been putting off because of the economic pressures of Ihe last two years." Gordon Horrold of Calgary, Alberta Wheat Ppol president, says the large movement of 800 million bushels are expected to move before the end of created an improved economic cli- mate, mainly for ihose not actually engaged in fann- ing. "The volumes create belter situations for such people as railway and dock workers, in fact everyone engaged in the business of moving the he said. "This has a great effect on the economy but it's one that doesn't get too much publicity." Jack Messer, Saskatchewan agriculture minister, says Ihe improvement in the gross incomes of farmers in the prairie basin, particularly in Saskatchewan, is, obvious. "However, there is not going to be an impression- able improvement for many fanners as far as net in- come is concerned." A. M. Runciman, president of the Winnipeg-based United Grain Growers, says there will be no improve- ment possible in the net return to farmers as long aa grain prices on the export market remain at their present low level. He also emphasizes that large stocks of grain in Canada help keep the prices down. "As long as we arc in the position of holding a bit- lion bushels of wheat in Canada, how can we expect prices to firm? It ia almost like guaranteeing they won't." World police probe lone survivor of airport massacre By RICHARD JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Confirmation has come from Solicitor General Jean-Pierre Goyer that the RCMP Security and Intelli- ence Division, Interpol and possibly other police authorities are investigating a three-month slay in Montreal recently by the lone survivor of a three-man Japanese massacre-squad which shot to death 24 people last week at Tel Aviv's Lot! Airport. The young terrorist, Kozo Okamoto, captured and under Sniper kills soldier TIGHT-BEAKED DISAPPROVAL Jeff Bandura, 15, holds oil-covered bird caught in slick originating from spill at Atlantic Richfield Co. refinery at Cherry Point, Wash., near U.S.-Canada Wirephoto) McGovern wins crucial vote By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Senator George McGovern captured the crucial California primary today to cap a four-pri- mary sweep that takes him a long way toward winning the- Democratic presidential nomi- nation. Though the race turned out to he closer than expected, the South Dakota senator won a clear victory over Senator Hu- bert Humphrey in their battle for Californias 271 delegates to the Democratic national conven- tion. Along with victories In New Jersey, New Mexico and his na- tive South Dakota, the triumph vaulted McGovern's delegate total past the 900 mark in his drive to reach the needed to capture his party's presiden- tial nomination. Humphrey, however, ap- p e a r e d to have done well enough in California to stay in the race and encourage those Democratic party leaders and labor chieftains who have been cool to t h e McGovern candi- dacy. With 53 per cent of the vote counted, McGovern had 47 per cent, Humphrey had 38 per cent. WALLACE THIRD Gov. George Wallace of Ala- bama, a write-in entry, ran third with five per cent. Six other candidates split the remaining ballots. Before the California outcome was settled, McGovern had won the day's three other primaries. He captured a solid majority of the 109 New Jersey delegates, swept the 17 of his native South Dakota without opposition .and took New Mexico's first presi- dential primary in a tight race with Wallace that gave each nine delegates. California, however, was the big prize. Both McGovern and Humphrey had predicted the winner would capture the presi- dential nomination. BELFAST (Reulcr) A Brit- ish soldier was shot dead today second army victim of sni- per fire in two days in this Northern Ireland capital. The army said he was hit in the Andersontown district, a Catholic republican stronghold, and taken to hospital where he died. A 22-year-old private was shot dead in Belfast's Catholic Bally- murphy district Tuesday. Doctors today were trying to save the life of a 45-year-old pri- vate in Northern Ireland's part- time army, the predominantly Proteslanl Ulster Defence Regi- ment. He was shot Tuesday by a sni- per while riding in a Land Rover just outside Londonderry. The sporadic violence came in spite of peace moves which, it was hoped, would bring quiet to troubled Ulster. interrogation by Israeli authori- ties, was in Montreal between some unspecified date last Nov- ember until this last March 4. The HCMP are probing for possible links between the 24- year-old Osaka-bora extremist and the terrorist Quebec Libera- tion Front, Mr. Goyer disclosed Tuesday under questioning in the Commons. There was the suggestion among some Parliamentarians that the RCMP may be digging for a three-way tie-in which could involve the FLQ, the Jap- anese terrorists and the Pales- line Liberation Front. For it was the Arab terror or- ganization in Lebanon which has taken, and even welcomed, responsibility' for assigning the three Japanese gunmen to the Tel Aviv slaughter. And Monday in the Commons, former defence and transport minister Paul Hellycr ques- tioned the government about FLQ terrorists, trained in the Lebanon camps of the Palestine Liberation Front, having re- turned to Canada. External Affairs Minister Sharp brushed off Mr. Hellyer's questions with the reply that he hadn't heard, didn't know, and for reasons of security, wasn't going to ask the RCMP about it. But Tuesday, Mr. Goyer was more forthcoming. Calgary North Conservative MP Eldon Woolliams asked the Solicitor General if Kozo Oka- moto recently had been in Can- ada and in touch with the FLQ. It was "subject to an in- replied Mr. Goyer, and went on to assure Mr. Wool- Hams that he would make a statement, following completion of the investigation, "if it is in the public interest." At a press conference in the 'corridors of the Commons fol- lowing conclusion of the daily question period m the House, Mr. Woolliairis said there was plied, "but we all know now ____________ that the RCMP is investigating ason to believe that the Japa- a possible connection between terrorist had come into the terrorist organizations." Not coincidentally, Transport Minister Don Jamieson, under questioning both inside and out- side the Commons confirmed that suddenly, in the last very few days, security at Montreal's Dorval International Airport has been like never before. And that is "extremely tight" with personal and baggage- searches of all passengers boarding el Al and Canadian Pacific Airunes jets for Tel re nese Canada without a visa and for at least part of the three months he was here, had stayed at Montreal's Airport Hilton inn. These were points to cause concern, suggested Mr. Wool- liams. "For one he charged, "it demonstrates again that al- most anyone, kook, criminal or madman can get into Canada. Even without a visa. "And for he contin- ued, "Kozo Okamoto's presence for an extended period of time at the Montreal airport motor hotel indicates an interest in in- ternational airlines. "What was he doing there at the Hilton, who were his con- tacts and whom did he meet? "And if he were still here, might he not be involved with friends he is said to have in the But did Mr, Woolh'ams have any hard evidence of a link be- tween Kozo Okamoio and the FLQ "No, not he re- Aviv and Middle East points. After a thorough body search and a close scrutiny of all bag- gage, passengers are being es- corted by RCMP guards to tha boarding ramp. Seen and heard About town "pINCHER CREEK MLA Charley Drain somewhat creaky after a bicycle ride, but determined to get a 10- speed and a pair of spurs "so I can spur it up the hills" Frank Konrad claiming his new ice cream dispenser Sheryl Williams may be small "but she sure is strong enough to fill the cones." 4No hope in helF for trapped miners More wheat sold OTTAWA (CP) Canada has sold 11 million bushels of wheat, worth about million, to Bra- zil, Otto Lang, minister respon- sible for the Canadian wheat board, announced today. The new sale, equivalent to metric tons, completes purchases by Brazil under a long-term agreement negotiated two years ago. The agreement called for maximum purchases of one million metric tons over four years. With this sale, the maximum will have been reached in three years. Mr. Lang's announcement did not indicate whether another long-term wheat-sales agree- ment with Brazil is contem- plated. The grades of wheat to be shipped under the latest sale are No. 4 Northern wheat and No. 1 and No. 2 Canada Western Red Spring wheat. All ship- ments are to be made from St. Lawrence ports between June and October. Constitution vote is close GREAT FALLS Returns were coming in slowly at press lime in a close vote on a new constitution for the State of Montana that included ballots on legalization of gambling, abolition of the death penalty and elimination of the two- house legislature in favor of a one-house assembly. If the total constitution vole Is defeated. Ihen none of tha separate issues will be passed. Tile constitution vote late Ibis morning was incomplete at 119 in favor and against the new law. Montanans were voting in fa- vor of legalizing gambling by a wide margin. The incomplete tally was in favor and against. The major effect of legalizing gambling would likely be an immediate sanction of the lot- teries and bingo that now must be kept private. Montanans were voting more than two to one to retain the death penalty. The ballot that would have made Montana that second state, behind Nebraska, with a a unicaraeral appeared heading for defeat. Voters were lo retain the two-house system and 244 in favor on the one-houso at press time. Opponents of the single house assembly argued that it would create too much authority in the hands of representatives and the two-house system acts as a check on bad decisions. Opponents of the present two-bouse system, however, ar- gued that a single system would be more efficient, and the two-houses the senate and the house of representa- tives only cause "buck pass- ing." A special independent 100- member convention took two months earlier this year to draft (ho proposed new con- stitution. WANKTE, Rhodesia (Reuter) Rescue workers and mine of- ficials today lost hope of saving any more of the hundreds of miners still trapped in the gas- filled Wankie Colliery. "They haven't a hope in a grim-faced miner said at the pithead. The temperature o f the flames was hundreds of de- grees." Rescue work was halted early today when two further explo- sions in a ventilator shaft vir- tually sealed the fate of the men by a massive blast Tuesday. The explosions today poured clouds of poisonous gas into the three miles of tunnels in which nearly 450 men were entombed Tuesday. The blasts were be- lieved to have been the cause of, a fire in the shaft. It was origi- nally feared that 468 miners had been trapped underground, but the mine disclosed that there had been a number of absentees from the scheduled underground work force. Only eight of the men have been pulled alive from the dev- astated mine and three bodies have been recovered. CAN'T DO MUCH Howard Vaughn, senior public relations officer for Anglo- American Corp. owners of the mine, said there is not much rescue workers could do until the gas level in the shaft is re- duced. "All the rescue workers were forced, to the surface earlier this morning when the methane level in the shaft became too he said. "There has been no rescue attempts since then." Attempts were being made to repair the mine's main fans so that rescuers can draw off the gas and get back into Ihe shaft. So far there has been no con- tact wilh the trapped men. If workers can get the fans work- ing later today, they can start drawing off the gas and the spe- cialized teams can resume dig- ging through the rubble block- ing the shaft. All the rescued men, including a white engineer, have been taken to hospital with severe shock and multiple injuries. COUNT 428 TRAPPED Mine officials later issued a statement saying that a total of 428 miners are still trapped below the surface. Dief re-elected SASKATOON (CP) John Diefenbaker has been re-elect- ed chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan campus here, the university announced day. It will be the former prune minister's second three year term as chancellor. He was the only nominee. The term begins July 1. Pilots boycott countries sheltering plane hijackers i. ____________________ CASTING HAY ON OILY WATERS High school students help spread ihousands of bales of hay along tho waterline at Crescent Beach near Vancouver in effort to catch oil spilled from a Liberion tanker at Cherry Point, Wash. Between and gallons went into woler and much of it carried north along more than five miles of shoreline exlending from White Rock, around the Ocean Park point to Crescent Beach and on into Mud Bay. Mayor William Vander Zolm of Surrey municipality said Tues- day the situation under conlrol, oddinj cleanup likely would go on for rest of tht week.. Wiwpho10) WASHINGTON f API Amid hinls they might clear the skies of commercial airliners for a day, United Stales piloLs have begun boycotting countries thai shelter airline hijackers. The Airline Pilots Association said Tuesday its mem- bers will not fly to Cuba or Al- geria or any other country which has refused to prosecute or extradite hijackers. A n association spokesman said the boycott also will extend lo airlines in other countries which serve Cuba or any of the Middle Eastern countries which have given airline hijaackers refuge. The spokesman said that a 24-hour refusal to fly on all U.S. airlines anywhere is under con- sideration as a means of show- ing how seriously the pilots arc taking the hijacking problem. WRITES TO NIXON In a letter, association Presi- dent John J. O'Donnell notified President Nixon Tuesday that he has directed pilots of 36 U.S. airlints holding contracts with the union to begin the boycott. O'Donnell said he has asked leaders of other U.S. unions to see that servicing and ground maintenance of the aircraft of such countries also is with- drawn. He said the RO-country Inter- national Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations, meeting in Ixmdon nest Thursday ud Fri- day, has been urged to jobi In. 0 'D o n n e 11 also called on Nixon to bar from the United Slates the aircraft of countries that permit or condone air pir- acy. O'Donnell said Federal Avia- tion Administration figures show 450 airline passengers and crew members have been mur- dered by airline criminals around the world since air serv- ice was begun. He said U.S. airlines have boen victims of 147 hijacking as- saults by 193 persons, of whom 107 are still fugitives. So far this year, he said, more than U.S. passengers and crew mem- bers have been forced to go along in 18 hijackings. ;