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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Much at stake I Stricken Gov. hours in Nixon's Mideast trip A news analysis By BERNARD GWERTZMAN New York Times Service WASHINGTON President Nixon's trip to the Middle East is meant to symbolize the emergence of the United States as a major influence in the Arab world, btft even before his Air Force 707 took off this morning, Nixon's mission was caught up in controversy Many political observers, seeing the nine-day journey primarily as an attempted diversion from the impeachment investigation, have questioned the value of the trip and the president's motives in making it at this time It doesn t make much Sen Henry M Jack- son, says "It is more cosmetic and ceremonial than it will be substance." But many diplomats and state department officials have argued in recent days that the journey should be taken seriously as a diplomatic mission because it could have far-reaching consequences for U S foreign policy objectives in the Middle East They believe that through a number of factors, including' Secretary of State Kissinger's diplomatic skills, a move toward moderation in Egypt and Syria and some old- fashioned luck, the United States has emerged from last October's Arab-Israeli war as the leading foreign influence in the area Sensitive time They assert that Nixon's trip can bolster this growing American prestige, or, if he raises expectations that cannot be met or angers the Russians the trip could in the long run prove detrimental to American interests Without question Nixon has chosen a particularly sensitive time to make the trip It could be argued and some of Nixon's critics are doing just that that Nixon would have been better served by waiting a few months before making a Middle East trip The skeptics believe that this journey has been too hastily arranged and that by rushing his attention on the Arab world Nixon runs the risk of upsetting ihe favorable trends developed by Kissinger over the last seven months The critics have charged in private that the proximity to the Moscow journey, due to begin on June 27, could jeo- pardize Soviet-American if the Kremlin decides that it must take a tougher attitude toward Nixon to offset the impression of weakness in the Middle East There has also been a view prevalent in Washington for some time that Nixon had instigated the trip to take advantage of Kissinger's successes and had virtually forced himself on the Arabs and Israelis The facts, however, do not support that presumption The Egyptians openly claim credit for getting Nixon to come to the Middle East Travelling with Kissinger since last November in the Middle East it was impossible not to note the enthusiasm for Nixon voiced frequently by President Sadat of Egypt and by the leaders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel In addition, when he learned that Nixon was coming to the area. President Assad of Syria insisted on his visiting Damascus as well, even though diplomatic relations between the two countries have not >et been formally renewed Invitation pressed The Egyptians made it clear that they were pressing Nixon to come to Cairo The invitation was first extended in January after the Egyptian- Israeli disengagement accord, and renewed every month after that Some Middle East specialists believe that the main danger to the U S policy objectives in the Middle East lies in the area of overly optimistic expectations by the Arab states Kissinger and Nixon behev0 that the tre'nd moderation in the Arab world can be accelerated so that when the time comes for a final settlement with Israel the Arabs will make some territorial compromises in order to bring about a period of peace in the area If that happens, the American role will be applauded again, and Nixon s visit remembered as a step along the road to a settlement But the experts warn, if in the final stages a settlement eludes the two sides and fighting erupts again the United States might be held responsible and Mr Nixon s trip remembered as part of a cruel hoax Queen's uncle succumbs to five-year illness LONDON (AP) The Duke of Gloucester, last surviving child of King George V and uncle of the Queen, died today after a long illness He was 74. Buckingham Palace said the duke died in his sleep at Barn- well Manor, his country home in Northamptonshire The 72- v ear-old duchess was at Barn- well when he died The Duke also is survived by one son Prince Richard, who .succeeds to the dukedom and replaces his- father as eighth in the line of succession to the Ihrone older son. Prince William was killed in a plane crash in 1972 The duke suffered a stroke m 1969 and had been confined to a wheelchair most of the time since then In March. 1970. he gave up the last of his public offices, president of the War Graves Commission, w hich he had held for 33 years Born March 31.1900. Prince Henr> William Frederick Albert was the third son of King George V and Queen Mary He was educated at Eton, entered the 10th Royal Hussars at 21 and served as a professional soldier for more than 20 years The duke's oldest brother, the Duke of Windsor, who reigned for six months in 1936 as King Edward VIII. died in Mav. 1972 His brother. King George VI. the father of the Queen died 20 vears earlier and a vounger brother, the Duke of Kent, was killed in an RAF crash in August. 1942 Their sister, Pnncess Mary, the Pnncess Roval. died in March. 3965 Another brother. Pnnre John died in 1919 at the age of 14 SHERBROOKE, Que (CP) Doctors have indicated they consider the next 12 hours criti- cal for Governor-General Jules Leger, 61, being treated in a hospital intensive care unit here since suffering an "abrupt stroke" Saturday "His condition remains serious for the time being, but he is bearing up Roger Nantel, an aide to the Governor-General, told newspaper men today shortly after visitjng Mr Leger Asked if the Governor-General was paralysed by the stroke, Mr. Nantel said "That is something for the doctors to assess, but I can say that I did notice some movement from the Governor-General when I visited him this morning Mr Leger is conscious and recognizes those close to him A room has been set aside at the hospital for Mme Leger and her daughter, but they have also been spending some time at a motel some distance from the hospital. Mr Nantel said tests are continuing and the medical staff ic expected to meet this afternoon to "assess the situation on the Governor- General Mr Leger was taken to hospital Saturday night only 15 minutes after he attempted to leave a dinner held following convocation ceremonies at the University of Sherbrooke The Governor-General and his brother, Paul Emile Cardinal Leger, both received honorary degrees. When he reached the door, Mr Leger appeared to be in pain and held on to his brother to steady himself The Governor-General then sat down while Dr Gilles Pigeon, dean of the university medical faculty, gave him a quick examination He was then taken to the hospital where several physicians, including Dr Pigeon, Dr Gaston Sauve, Mr Leger's, and Dr Anthony Frechette, Mr Leger's son-in-law, attended him Government House in Ottawa issued a statement Sundaj saying further medical bulletins would be issued if the Governor General's condition changes "While the ultimate seventy of Mr Leger's illness cannot be predicted, his condition has remained stable since his the statement said His brother former Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, administered the church's last rites to the Governor-General Saturday night at the hospital Cardinal Leger had also received an honorary degree Government House said both the Queen and Prime Minister Trudeau were informed of Mr Leger s condition During the Governor General's illness. Chief Justice Bora Laskm of the Supreme Court of Canada will assume his duties Mr Leger was installed as Governor-General in January, replacing Roland Michener The convocation marked the 20th anniversary of the university in this city of 100.000 Vincent Maasey. then governor general, received an honorary degree from the university at its first convocation About 590 university degrees were awarded in the Saturday afternoon ceremony, delayed for an hour because of the late arrival of the Governor-General JULESLEGER The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVil LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1974 10 Cents 24 Pages Nixon people 6stole millions' DUKE OF GLOUCESTER Seen and heard About town New motor home owner Fern Dersch knowing exactly where lo look if husband Paul is needed David Van Home plving the adage "one for me and one for the rest of von" during a steak barbecue. By JOHN M. CREWDSON New York Times Service WASHINGTON A "concerted and concealed" effort by White House officials in 1972 to divert resources of the executive branch to help President Nixon's re-election campaign may have amounted to a criminal "conspiracy to defraud the United according to a draft report by the staff of the Senate Watergate Committee The draft report was circulated to members of the committee on Friday, and a copy was made available to the New York Times It has not yet been made public The report charges that Nixon administration and campaign officials attempted, and sometimes were able, to interfere with the lawful functioning of the government and reward the president's political supporters and punish his enemies According to the Long report, based on committee interviews with more than 150 witnesses and of White House and re-election committee documents, a so- called "responsiveness program" conceived largely by a former White Housse aide Frederick V Malek. attempted or achieved the following political goals The disbursing or "rechannelling" of federal funds for grants contracts, loans and subsidies to groups or individuals who had supported or promised to support Nixon's re-election offei to "Certain individuals" of other government benefits "in exchange for political support, or. at least. political neutrality laying of plans for the solicitation, by government officials and others, of contributions to the Nixon campaign from recipients of federal funds and from employees of the executive branch The "shaping" of government legal and administrative regulatory proceedings "to benefit the president's re-election campaign active involvement of "numerous federal employes." at least some of whom were not exempt from prohibitive legislation, in the Nixon re-eleclion effort The Watergate Committee investigators headed by the assistant chief counsels. David Dorsen and James Hamilton also gathered evidence of an unlawful effort to place political supporters of 1hc president in government jobs regulated bv the civil service merit system, according 1o Ihe report In summing up their findings, the investigators said they had rejected 1he conJenlion that 1he Nixon administration's activities in these areas represented "politics as usual." and charged that they had involved "1he diverting of millions of taxpavcrs" dollars 1o Ihe polilical goal of re- eled ing the president Nixon 'warned'' about cover-up NEW YORK (AP) Time magazine says former White House aide Charles Colson told Watergate investigators that he warned President Nixon about the Watergate cover-up two months before Nixon says he found out about it Quoting "knowledgeable people close to Colson." the magazine says that Colson told the investigators he talked of the cover-up with the president in January and February, 1973 Nixon has said he learned March 21.1973, of attempts to cover up the break-in from former White House counsel John Dean Colson pleaded guilty last week to obstruction of justice in connection with the burglary of the Los Angeles office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist Time says in January Colson "told the president 'Something is going on here that is very wrong There's got to be an investigation "Colson quotes Nixon as replying, 'What do you think we ought to do7' Colson's answer Til see what I can find Time says that by February Colson learned of payments to the original Watergate defendants that allegedly were approved by former attorney-general John Mitchell "Colson promptly warned the president that these payoffs were taking place, Time says "Nixon's alleged reply 'What do you mean9 Mitchell says he's innocent GNP grows 1.7 per cent OTTAWA (CP) consumer confidence in the economy contributed to a 1 7- per-cent rate of real growth in the economy during the first quarter. Statistics Canada re- ported today However, the preliminary report on economic performance during the January -March period also showed a large 32-per-cent inflation component Gross national the total value of goods and serv- ices produced by the grew by 4 9 per cent during the first quarter The statistics! agency re- ported seasonally adjusted that first-quarter production was at an annual rate of 1 billion This means value of lota) production for the year would be that amount if first- quarter performance continues Dunng the fmirth quarter of last year the growth in GNP was 4 4 per cent and real fn was 2 6 per ffrA The continued expansion of 1he Canadian economy con- trasted sharplv with the preliminary estimates of iirst-quartcr developments in the United States, where real gross national product declined b> 1 5 pei cent following three quarters of relatively small percentage increases Statistics Canada said part of the explanation is connected with the energy Mlualion In 1he t" S automobile sales have been hard hit inoiber factor has been a drop in housing sales in the U S while the Canadian industry has been strong. "Consumer spending has been a mainstay of the (Canadian) economic expansion underway since 1971 During the first quarter con- sumer'spending was up 4 4 per cent compared with 39 per cent during the fourth quarter of last year Discounting inflation, the real gain in consumer spending was 2 4 per cent during the first quarter this vear and 1.9 per cent during the fourth quarter of 1973. Here are some of the factors in the first-quarter performance was widespread in spending on durable goods, with an increase of 6 1 per cent Spending on furniture and electrical appliances showed particular strength Sales of cars, which account for almost one-third of spending on durables, was up bv about five per cent was 5 7-per-cenl gain in spending on non- durables with marked increases in spending on clothing on business plant and equipment was up 92 per cent boom in residential construction begun in rnid- 3S70 continued with a 4 8-per- cent Wages and salaries rose by 3fl per cent during the first quarter compared with 4 6 per renl during the October- December penod of 3973 Jog before dinner As if the gruelling pace of an election campaign isn't enough. Prime Minister Trudeau still finds time for regular exercising Here, the 54-year-old prime minister gets in some jogging just before dinner in Hespeler, Ont.dunng an election swing through Southern Ontario, where the Liberals hope to recoup some of the heavy losses they suffered there m the 1972 vote UN to hear alleged brutality to Israelis ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel has accused Syria of "brutal torture" of "Israeli prisoners and says it will protest to the United Nations Syria countered with "charges that Israel mistreated Arab prisoners Each government denied the other's accusations The Israeli government issued an official statement Sundav expressing indignation and revulsion a1 reports from returning PoWs thai 1hev were beaten wilh rubber truncheons and burned with electric lights Fhc prisoners said thev were given poor food and medical irealment '11 is wilh utmost 1hal the government views ihis conduct which violates even international precept, the Israeli statement said Meanwhile President of Svna said in a tele- vision interview broadcast in the I'niled Stales Sundav that his is scnouslv en- deavoring to nave good and normal relations with the United States Palestinian leaders ended a meeting of the Palestine Na- tional Council in Cairo, leaving the decision whether to attend the Arab-Israeli peace talks in Geneva to their executive committee headed n bv Yasir leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization