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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 60 "k if VOL. LX1II No. 151 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 1970 rUHCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Israel Stands Postal To Benefit In Talks Latest Battles Foreign By IAN MacDOWALL BEIRUT, Lebanon (Renters) In the short run at least, only Israel stands to benefit by the bitter fighting of (lie last few days betweeen Jordanian troops and Palestine guerillas in and around Amman. Experience of past crises between King Hussein and commandos shows that the diversion of guerrilla energies to fighting other Arabs and the pressure of urgent political problems on the fcdayeen leadership tlu-ows operations against Israel out of gear for some lime afterward. What the long-term effect on the fight with Is- rael will be depends on the new balance of power in Jordan resulting from the clashes of the last four days. Observers here said that, while the ceasefire agree- ment reached between the king and commandos early today was still unenforced, it is impossible to gauge the pattern of relations between the two sides. Cuts King's Power But two factors indicate that the king's authority will be seriously impaired as a result of the week's events. First is the fact that in a series of pitched bat- tles, the commandos denied his troops control of the city centre and, some reports said, captured his in- terior ministry while successfully resisting army at- tempts to seize their strongholds in the refugee camps. This is the most dramatic demonstration yet of the king's inability to control his' own capital. The second factor is the yet unclear but definitely Iraq in achieving the cease- fire agreement announced after a meeting early to- day between the king and guerrilla ciu'cf Yasir Arafat. Iraq was represented by a powerful group of min- isters and army commanders at the talks in the royal palace. And their arguments in favor of a peaceful solution were backed up by the presence of Iraqi troops serving in Jordan as part of the eastern front. Hold Balance Of Poiver These troops, who hold a balance of power in the country, are reported to have clashed with Jordanian units Monday night in defence of the guerrillas. Given the radical character of the Iraqi govern- ment and its outspoken militancy against Israel, ob- servers here believe that if Baghdad is acting as peace- maker it would be on terms which would commit post- crisis Jordan to a tougher line against Israel. The commandos have charged that reactionary Jordanian they have listed them as in- cluding close political and military advisers of the king, including members of the royal the clashes in order to suppress the resistance move- ment with1 a view to obtaining a peace settlement with Israel. In the light of fragmentary reports from Amman today, it seemed that the transformation of Jordan into a fedayeen state had moved a significant stage nearer completion, with consequences impossible to predict for the future of the Palestine cause. OTTAWA (CP) Treasury board and postal union negotia- tors have delayed today's sched- uled bargaining meeting, saying they need more time to prepare their positions. Spokesmen for both sides said the delay was mutually agreed on and they will meet at a.m. Thursday rather than at p.m. today. Meantime, both sides will caucus separately to prepare future bargaining strat- egy. During Tuesday, when both parties met face-to-face for 2'.i hours, it became clear that the government's program of wage restraint leaves treasury board and the unions with little room 1'or a compromise. Union leaders came out of the meeting verbally picturing themselves as front-line war- riors in labor's battle against the wage restraints. And C. M. Driuy, president of treasury board, also made it clear that the government consi- ders the dispute a vital test of wage restraint on which it can- not yield. In an interview, the minister said the government will risk long-term damage to the post office to uphold the six-per-eent maximum it has requested on wage increases this year. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Fighting still raged today in Amman despite an early-morn- ing ceasefire between King Hus- sein of Jordan and guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat aimed at ending the fighting between their forces in Hie Jordanian capital. Meanwhile, a band of extremist guerrillas held 82 for- eigners hostage in an Amman hotel. Guerrilla r e p ort s reaching Beirut, Lebanon, said a Jordan- ian armored unit moved back from the Jordan River front with Israel today and shelled a refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman where several guerrilla organizations have their head- quarters. Guerrilla spokesman also said one of their supply bases and two of their posts were under By THE CANADIAN PRESS More rain and cool weather were forecast today across fire- scarred timbcrland in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta, but precipitation was expected to be light and accompanied by light- ning in some cases. More than men contin- ued battung 69 fires in Alberta and 90 in Saskatchewan, while Alberta forestry officials faced the threat of new fires hi the tinder-dry Rocky Mountain foothills. Lightning has been responsi- ble for most of the fires that have ravaged timber in north- era areas of both provinces in the last two weeks. Most blazes now are considered under con- trol. Rain Ml Tuesday night and early today in scattered areas checking tie speed of the fires and helping spotters locate blazes previously hidden by dense smoke. Manitoba To Change Liquor Laws U.S. Embassy gave sec- J BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) Jordanian artillery was shell- ing all areas of Amman inhab- ited by Palestinian Arabs today, a spokesman for the Al Fatah reported here. He also reported scores of including women and children, in a 40-minute bom- bardment on Al-Wahdat refugee camp, where the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has its headquarters. The spokesman said that by this afternoon more than 100 shells had been fired into Al-Taj refugee camp as fighting be- tween troops and commandos raged on for the second straight day. Tte shelling followed ings by the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Pal- estine that it would not be re- sponsible for the lives of 31 Americans, Britons, and West Germans1 held hostage in a city hotel if there were further at- tacks on the refugee camps. All Wednesday Amman Radio broadcast an announcement of a ceasefire agreemenl concluded by King Hussein and Yasser Ar- afat, head of Falah and of the Palestine Liberation Organiza- tion, in early-morning talks at the royal palace attended by a powerful Iraqi delegation. But the ceasefire call was ig- nored, as were repeated radio appeals1 for calm and a return to normal. artillery, mortar and tank at- tack. Guerrilla sources in Damas- cus said that although the fight- ing today was widespread it was not as intense as Tuesday, when from 50 to 100 persons died. One of the hostages in the Jcrdan Intercontinental Hotel Was a son of former' president Camillc Chamoun of Lebanon. Another was Associated Press correspondent Dennis Necld, who reported the hotel was held by the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a small terrorist organization which has frequently rejected Arafat's leadership. Necld said a Popular Front spokesman said Tuesday night that the Jordanian army was bombarding Palestine refugee camps around Amman, causing many deaths. The guerrilla spokesman said the safety of the hostages could not be guar- anteed if these attacks contin- ued. Neeld's report apparently was sent before the broadcast an- nouncement cf the Hussein-Ara- fat agreement. Communications with Amman were sharply cur- tailed. The hostages in the Interconti- nental included 14 Britons, three West Germans, 14 Americans and the Lebanese. All were reg- istered at the hotel. Neeld said the hostages were free to do as they pleased insids the hotel and none was ill- treated. REPORT NOT CLEAR Amman R a d i o 's announce- ment cf the Hussein-Arafat agreement left one important point unclear: whether Hussein was giving the guerrillas a green light for operations against Israel or whether tile commandos had agreed to cur- tail their raids. INGENIOUS POOL Their Inventiveness spurred on by 85-degree temperatures, fhese youngsters In the rural community of Limehouse, find a cool solution. By using a pump and a bucket, they create a mini-pool Jn which they can take turns dipping. LONDON (AP) The party is such a hot fa- vorite to win the British Elec- tion June 18 that belting has slumped. Bookmakers explained the paradox today when they an- nounced their latest odds on the major parties: Labor now is 1 to to win and the Conservatives are 7 to 2 S2 to win 7. "These are really unbelieva- ble odds." said Ron Pollard of Ladbrokes Bookies. "It's really made it a no-betting contest." OTTAWA (CP) Consumer Affairs Minister Ron Basford hinted today at direct federal intervention to bring down retail dnig prices if co-operative ef- forts with the provinces fail to work. "However unple a s a n t it might be to intervene more di- rectly in the market place, it may prove necessary, in order to meet the paramount objec- tive lowering of excessive he said. "Needless to say, it would be preferable to cure the ills of the market place through vol- untary co operation, imagina- tive streamlining of techniques and broad competitive forces." Mr. Basford made the state- ments at a closed meeting of federal and provincial govern- ment officials. A text of his statement was distributed out- side the meeting. "I am convinced that the level of prices for prescription WINNIPEG (CP) Manitoba legislature gave sec- ond reading and approval in r T--II principle Tuesday to a bill pro- Member Killed posing broad changes in tile province's liquor laws. T> TI 11 The bill, introduced_by Harry Stray .millet OUT TO LUNCH-Along with Toronto's first hoi weolher Tuesday came the office workers of tile Toronto Dominion Centre. Everyone is en- couraged to sit on Hie gross and enjoy the lunch- time music provided by local musical groups. Being out must be in. Shafransky (NDP Radisson) was aprroved by a 37 to 8 margin, in a vote which cut through parly lines. Among the changes proposed by the bill are the extension of bar and cabaret hours to 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. respectively, on Sun- days. At present, these esta- blishments close at midnight on Saturdays. The bill would also enable the issue of dining room liquor li- cences for hospitals, sanitari- ums and old age homes, and allow sale cf beer by the glass at sports events. WASHINGTON (AP) An American staff member of the U.S. embassy in Amman has been killed in the fighting rag- ing over that Jordanian capital, the state department reported today. A spokesman said that reports from witnesses indicate that "he was caught in a crossfire in lu's home." Press officer John King told a news conference the man's iden- tification was being withheld until his family in the United States had been notified. 'Boards, boards. Get Demonstrators Take Control Of Hotel Beverage Room; Drink Free Beer your picket boards minimum vol- OTTAWA (CP) Opposition MPs gave the government's bill to overhaul the Canada Elec- tions Act their reserved ap- proval in the Commons Tues- day, but promised to offer amendments when the bill is given clause-by-clause sludy. The House also passed the government's bill extending Ca- nadian control over Arctic pollu- tion to 100 miles offshore. The bill was later given first reading in the Senate. The bill on electoral regula- second reading, SASKATQpiV (CP) Be- tween 250 and 301) young peo- ple took control of the down- town Bessborough Hotel Tues- day night and served them- selves beer after management closed off the taps. It was lire .second demon- stration at the publicly.owned Canadian National Railways hotel this week. _ The demonstrators, protest- ing the hotel's new rulings on appearance and dress, stood on tables, taunted polico ant. tore w i n d o w s from tlcir hinges in the barroom. City police and RCMP were on hand but made no arrests. A police spokesman said no police action could be taken unless requested by the man- agement. Shortly after the young peo- ple marched in the hotel about 8 p.m. CST George McCabe, hotel manager, or- dered the bar shut down. But the crowd, which overflowed into the lobby, helped them- selves to pickled eggs, opened the beer taps and formed a beer U'ne. At one point a loud speaker was brought in and was used to shout insults at the hotel management. The demonstrators left at p.m. promising to return for a "sleep-in" tonight. Monday night about 290 young people invaded the bev- erage room and the liquor lounge after some persons were ejected for not conform- ing to dress regulations. City police Supt. Jack Wood said such protests may make the provincial government re- verse its April decision to lower the drinking age to 19 from 21. Mr. M c C a b e, who sat quietly in the beverage room during the demonstration, has said hotci patrons have ob- jected lo youiiis un- washed hair and dirty clothes drinking in the barroom. "There's an unhealthy group in the beverage room and I intend to clean it up. be said. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN rjAlRYMAN Slim Tit f en getting laughs at Ki- wam's with the line "do unto udders as you would have udders do u u t o you1' Deputy-Mayor Hex Little going all out to be early as he arrived for a bus tour of sugar beet farms last Satur- day, four days, two hours and 11 mirailcs early for the tour which left at B a.m. today Itus lioinliough becom- ing a "father" six times in 24 hours the family poodle had five puppies and his wife made him tile proud father of; a daughter. ing age in federal elections to 18 from 21, allow parties fielding at least 75 candidates to place their labels on the ballot, prov- ide a system of proxy voting for prospectors, fishermen, mari- ners, students and the disabled, and extend the vote to public servants working abroad. John Gilbert Broadview) voiced approval for the lowered voting age, but sug- gested that young people should earn their right to vote through mandatory public service. A cit- izenship test would follow. Barry Mather said provisions for proxy voting should be extended to other groups who may be absent from their homes on election day. PLAN EXPENSE STUDY Government House Leader Donald S. Macdonald said a study of legislation on election expenses, proposed by Roland G o ri i n would be started by a special Commons committee before the summer recess, expected at the end of June. The Arctic pollution bill re- ceived unanimous Commons ap- proval after unsuccessful Con- servative attempts to include a of sovereignly in bill. Northern Development Minis, tcr Jean Chretien said the una- nimity of Commons approval of the hill strengthened Can- ada's stand on Arctic pollution control in relations with the United States. dnigs is too he said In reporting en a just concluded survey in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancou- ver. STUDIED 19 DRUGS Mr. Basford said the survey of 19 commonly pres c r i b e d drags at 10 drugstores in each city shows "that more competi- tive pi'actices could lead to significant reductions in prices." He said the consumer affairs department .will maintain close scrutiny over price lists as well as through existing statis- tical indexes. Mr. Basford told the meeting iliat recent steps to weaken patent protection enjoyed by some drugs had resulted in re- markable results in lowering drug prices. The federal patent commis- sioner had issued licences to import 29 patent protected dnigs, mainly those in greatest use, particularly in hospitals. One such drug, diazepam. a tranquillizer, now was being quoted at a suggested retail price 30 per cent below a com- petitor. Newspaper Strike Stills I ory oices LONDON (CP) With the British election only eight days away, a newspaper strike si- lenced some strong Conserva- tive voices loday. But the Tories set out to make campaign capi- tal because Fleet Street's first all-paper walkout in 15 years happened tuider a Labor gov- ernment. Prime Minister Wilson inter- rupted his campaigning to meet Tuesdav with representatives from Britain's nire national newspapers and (he printers' union which is demanding a 25- pei'-cenf pay raise. The talks failed, and for the first time in history the papers shut down in the middle of an election cam- paign. The election is Thursday, June 18. ;