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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Y i SUNNY HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 65 VOL. LXIII No. 152 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1070 PRICE NOT OVEK 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES By CY FOX LONDON (CP) Jordan and Lebanon have long been flashpoints for violent friction between the leftist commandos fighting to liberate Israeli-controlled Pales- tine and the relatively conservative governments which constitute (lie official centres of authority in both Amman and Beirut. In Beirut, government men are as worried about the guerrillas who attack Israel from Lebanon as they are about the threat of further assaults on Lebanon by the dcvastingly powerful Israeli forces. In Amman, King moderate as Arab rulers the object of deep suspicion on the part of the guerrillas. They speak darkly of "imperialist lackeys" active in the Arab world and obviously regard Hussein, one- time proponent of a compromise peace with Israel, as representing a conservative tradition hostile to their vision of a socialist-style revolutionary state in a Palestine purged of Zionism. The commandos in Jordan are sufficiently power- ful to rival Hussein for control of the official state power. Get On With Job But weak and hamstrung as the king may be, some observers suggest that such guerrilla leaders as Yasser Arafat of Al Fatah would be happier to get on with their anti Israeli crusade than to tackle the complex job of governing Jordan with its people. Arafat, however, represents only one of many guerrilla groups and the others compensate for their smaller numerical strength by loudly voicing views con- siderably more radical than those of the pragmatic- minded Fatah leader. In Amman, youthful guerrillas have always tended to swagger in trigger-happy style, although such be- haviour is bound to alienate native Jordanians and to provoke some of Hussein's regular soldiers. At tlie sleek, American-style hotel where journalists and other foreigners were made hostages in the latest outbreak of commando feuding with Hussein, manage- ment and guests are accustomed to seeing armed guerrillas soliciting funds in the bar and spacious lobby. One report said Hussein, whose authority is severe- ly circumscribed by the strgenth of. guerrilla units in his country, became angered by the commando kid- napping of an 'American diplomat and decided on an effort to show where authority really lies in Jordan. Second By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) "We miss you a Fleet Street newspaper told its unhappy readers in a poster as a national newspaper strike went into its second day today with little to indicate that settlement is in sight. A second round of pay talks1 aimed at ending a deadlock that threatens the survival of some of the weaker papers opened at the Trader's Union Congress today. Prime Minister Wilson said that both sides have "a strong desire to bridge the gap that remains." But among the deserted printing presses, in maga- zines and on television, the question being asked is whether Fleet Street can survive this struggle with- out drastic change. A printers' union, inilating the strike, wants a 25- per-cent pay increase. Publishers, saying that to meet this demand would be suicidal, offer five per cent and there is some indication that both sides may be edg- ing towards compromise on this one issue. But publishers fear that other unions will attempt to "leapfrog" the settlement the printers, supported by the engravers, may obtain. They want all newspaper unions, including journalists and compositors, to par- ticipate in tiie bargaining and accept the terms as binding. Becomes Vole Issue The strike has become a political issue. Conserva- tive leader Edward Heath maintains there would have been no strike if Wilson hadn't backed down from proposed legislation to reform the unions and include a cooliug-off period before strikes could IK called. Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe says the newspa- per industry is choked by "appalling restrictive prac- tices but rather than tackle them, the union prefers to deprive the cation of its national newspapers." Lord livers, chairman of the Liberal party cam- paign, says possibly three nationals may fold. One television commentator suggested they may be. The Guardian, The Sketch and The Times. But the Times is backed by heavy resources and though it continues In Uvc meney. it may In- in better position lo sitr- vivo than some; other A communications magazine, Campaign, says the national press is, in effect, ".in out-of-date product, manufactured by out-ot-datc processes, run by out-of- date managements and unions, in competition for reve- nue and audience attention with a newer, sleeker and still basically richer medium, television." It reported a number of traditional newspa- per advertisers are switching to TV and since they must sign contracts for at least eight weeks of TV showings, newspapers will be deprived of some earn- ings for at least that period. Tlie Weekly suggests that the national press must and if the cost is too lire should help. ALEXANDER KERENSKY short rt'ign Ex-Russian :emier Rates Hiked On Homes For Aged EDMONTON (CP) Tlie Alberta government has raised the ceiling on rates that can be charged for accommodation in old people's home by ef- fective Aug. 1. The raise, approved by the cabinet Wednesday, was made following a series of requests from individuals, foundations, and municipal governments for a review' of fees in light of in- creasing costs of operations, a government official said. New maximum rates in old people's homes will be: for res- ident Albertans, a month in a double occupancy bed- room, a month for a single occupancy bedroom; for non- residents. S85 a month for double occupancy, single occupancy. Ray Speaker, social develop- ment minister, said in a letter to foundations running the homes in Alberta that they look at other means, such as more efficient operations, to reduce costs before resorting to a rate increase. FBI Probes Death Of Millionaire FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Fed- eral agents joined police today in investigating the shooting death of William E. Thoresen III, a millionaire gun collector. In jail, booked for investiga- tion of murder, was Tnoreson's wife, Louise, 33, who ran to a neighbor's home Wednesday saying: "Bill has been shot. Call an ambulance." By THE CANADIAN PRESS Leftist Arab guerrillas threat- ened today to blow up two ho- tels in which 58 foreigners are being held hostage if Jordanian troops continued shelling Pales- tinian refugee camps. The threat by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Pal- estine involved one hotel in which persons were being held and another in which 22 were under detention. Canadi- ans were reported to be in both hotels. The report on the guerrilla threat to blow up the hotels came from Dennis Neeld, Asso- ciated Press reporter in Amman. In Beirut, Lebanon, Reuters news agency quoted a spokes- man for Al Fatah as saying heavy artillery was shelling the southern sector of Amman. Nceld said there was re> inde- pendent confirmation in Amman that the Jordan army was shell- ing refugee camps tcday. In Beirut, Lebanon, however, Western diplomatic sources said there were reports today of some tank fire on the camps. Palestinian sources there said tanks were shooting at anything that moved in the streets around the camps. The hostages were held Tues- NEW YORK (AP) Alexan- der Kerensky, Socialist premier of Russia briefly before Lenin's Bolsheviks took power in 1917, died today. He was 89. Kerensky, who headed Rus- sia for months before losing out to the Bolsheviks, had been in hospital since April. He leaves two sons, Oleg. and Gleb, of South- port, both in England. OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment's farm marketing bill was marched from the Commons to the House agriculture tee Wednesday after the opposi- tion agreed to limit debate on second reading But before the bill received second reading, the government and the New Democrats de- feated a Conservative motion which would, in effect have killed the measure. The Conservative amendment, In the event cf a nation- wide postal strike, a Prairie Province mail system will be implemented by the postal workers union in order to pre- vent further disruption of the mail sendee. Dal Winters, president of the Lethbridge postal work ers union said that the union in this city will meet after details of the new postal service are received from Calgary. "Our contract expired October 1 of Mr. Winters said. "We surely should have ar- rived at some suitable agree- ment by now. However, if we have to go on strike it will be very hard on postal workers for we have no strike fund. If the government forces us into a strike, we may be able to function within a separate mail agency." Special mail rates are being considered for pensioners and welfare recipients by the plan- ning body of the postal work- ers union if the new agency Postal goes into effect. Robert Keniplon, president cf the Calgary postal workers union said today that details of the rates to be charged on mail and the means of its distribu- tion will be finalized at a meet- ing of postal workers Sunday. "By setting up a separate agency within the existing gov- ernmental framework we will be putting the pressure on Post- master General Kierans to either call a strike or arrive at suitable Mr. Kemp- ton said. "The postal workers do not want to strike and we could have pulled the whole country out of service weeks ago. The 'scavenger-type' mail service set up in various cities cannot begin to give the service of trained postal workers and by forming our own service we hope to put them out of busi- ness. Not only that, but it will force Mr. Kierans to announce whether the post office has a franchise on mail or not." moved by Jack Horner (Crow- foot) was defeated 10F) to 55, nine Creditistes voting with 46 Conservatives for it ana 17 New Democrats with 82 Liberals vot- ing against. The legislation would provide for a national farm products marketing council and national marketing agencies. The council, comprising be- tween three and nine govern- ment appointed member s, would advise the government on the establishment of marketing agencies and hold public hear- ings on the merits of establish- ing each agency. The agencies would be estab- lished fcr interprovincial or ex- port purposes for all farm prod- ucts except grain and dairy products, already covered by legislation now in force. CHARGE DELAYS The bill was i n t r o d u ce d March 17 and since then govern- ment members have suggested the opposition was filibustering the measure to prevent it from reaching committee, where amendments can be proposed and witnesses heard. But opposition spokesmen Wednesday accepted a proposal by Privy Council President Don- ald Macdonald to limit debate and send the bill to committee. Mr. Macdonald assured the opposition that amendments would not be ruled out of order in c o m m i 11 ee on technical grounds and that interested or- ganizations would be allowed to appear. In the final two hours of de- bate, opposition speakers re- sumed an attack on the bill for not including a specific guaran- tee that farmers would be rep- resented on the council and na- tional marketing agencies. day night by a band of 40 guer- rillas who occupied the Ameri- c a n -o w n e d Intercontinental Hotel. Later another group occupied the Philadelphia Hotel, about two miles away. Tlie front told the hostages Wednesday they would be re- leased but the decision was re- versed when, a guerrilla leader said, the army resumed shelling the camps. Some of the non-Western hotel guests were allowed to leave Wednesday. Two American reporters also get away but the remaining hos- tages include more than a dozen correspondents. The new crisis in the Jordan- ian capital came after King Hussein said the situation is his country was "improving rap- idly" after the three days of fighting between his armv and Palestinian g u e r r ilia s. Amman radio had said "normal King Hussein Wounded SAIGON (AP) VW troops attacked a f-'.nrh Viet- nam vii'age of Da Nang early today, killing a', least 70 to 75 civilians and wounding about 85 others in two hours. United States military sources said. The number of dead and wounded was expected to rise as rescue workers dug through the wreckage cf the hamlet. Survivors said the Viet Cong invaded Ba Ren hamlet behind a mortar barrage that set fire to many houses, then ran through the streets "shooting anyone they saw" and hurling grenades into homes and civil- ian bunkers. The toll was expcrtcd to rise as rescue workers dug through the ruins of nearly 200 lr.i'.s. In addition to the civilian cas- ualties, one U.S. msrine was re- ported killed and 11 wearied. Tfcy were part of a combined action platoon of marines and Iceal South Vietnamese militia stationed at a highway bridge just north of Ba Ren. and a small Viet Cong force attacked them as the main units hit the town. The platcon is reported to have killed 16 Viet Cong and captured one. BULLETIN BEIRUT, Lebanon (Reuters) King Hussein of Jordan was slightly wounded and three of his bodyguards were killed when Palestinian Arab guerril- las ambushed his motorcade Monday at Suweilah, west of Amman, travellers reaching IVFrvTBeiiPS1 here from Amman said Thurs- day night. Scot Sights o Loch Ness life had returned completely" although there were reports of sheeting even before the threat to blow up the hotels. "We shall do our utmost to bridge the gap and bury dissen- the king said in another broadcast appealing for peace. "The members of the armed forces and the guerrillas are our sons." In a broadcast at noon his in- terior ministry urged all Jor- danians to return to work, indi- cating that there was still con- siderable disruption. OTTAWA (CP) Negotia- tions in the postal dispute re- sumed today over "mini pack- ages" of demands assembled by both sides as the latest manoeu- vre in the deadlock. The 2-1-hour pattern of rotat- ing strikes, after missing a day W e d n e sd a y, erupted again Firemen Receive Big Pay Increase Tlie International Association of Firefighters, Local 237 have been awarded an arbitration board settlement calling for a wage increase totalling an av- erage of ?122 a mouth by May 1, The three-man arbitration board gave raises affecting 64 members of the union amount- ing to seven per cent retroac- tive to Jan. I. 1970. seven per cent Sept. 1, 1970 and six per cent May I. This means a wage increase for a first class fireman from in 1969 to 5610 retroactive to Jan. I. 1970. SH33 Sept. 1 and S692 May I. 1971. The contract will remain in force for a one year period and any subsequent year ending Dec. 31 unless cither party gives notice in writing in the last three months of the term of agreement. City Manager Tom Ferguson said the important change, oth- er than wages, involves class- ification of pay according to Ilir work lining done by any cf men, The settlement reads "pro- vided that should officers be so used they shall be paid at the rate of pay for the actual time worked in tlie temporary posi- tion." The men will be paid for the work classification accord- ing to the wage settlement. Sickness and accident bene- fits provides extended cover- age to 26 weeks at 85 per cent of gross salary and a further" 26 weeks at per week pro- vided the employee turns over insurance payments to Ibe city. The city pays towards the premium payments for the in- surance policy. Categojy increases resulted in the rate of pay for a fire prevention officer being adjust- ed to the same monthly rate as for captain. The pay rate of the office manager and a mechanic will be adjusted to the same monthly rate as a first class fireman. The firefighters representa- tive, Hoy Jamba, dissented with the board's findings and therefore the settlement is ;i majority award. across Ontario and in a few western Quebec centres. There was no comment as bargaining resumed despite the latest tactic of packaging de- mands. However, there were no indi- cations Wednesday night that the manoeuvre could cause a sudden settlement of tile dis- pute, which has dragged on for nine months without any real discussion cf the key wage and job security issues. Instead, both sides were dig- ging in for protracted haggling that some observers [ear could last through the summer. Early today the post office re- ported postal workers began 24-hour rotating strikes in smaller Ontario centres. Nei- ther Toronto nor Ottawa was in volved in the walkout-s. Another 130 postmen were re- porl.ed off the job in the Quebec post offices of Pointe Gatineau, Ilawkesbury, Buckingham, Ga- tineau Aylmor and Hull. Council of Postal Unions, representing the c o u n t r y 's postal workers, was gath- ering support for its fight against the government's wage restraint program from otljcr labor Tliure were no new gestures f.iwards n n'.mprcmife from the treasury board, wliicli bargains for Ihp government with the postmen. Edmonton Mayor To Head CFMM HALIFAX (CP) Mayor Ivor Dent of Edmonton today was elected president of the Ca- nadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities at the feder- ation's annual meeting here. Mayor Dent succeeds Mayor Allan O'Brien of Halifax. INVERNESS (Reuters) When the tourists bloom in Scotland, can the Loch Ness monster be far behind? Coinciding with the begin- ning of the annual tourist in- vasion, which it usually does, a new sighting of the famed Loch Ness monster was re- ported Wednesday. Nessie, as the fabled beast is known to locals, was re- ported on the prowl by Clem Skelton of nearby Drumnadro- chit. "About 50 to 60 yards off shore I saw a small, black oval shape at the head of a he said. "It was about five feet long and three feet wide and moving about two knots due west." Skelton said he watched the monster for about two min- utes and tried to flag down a passing motorist to share his sighting but the car drove on. "I am quite sure what T saw was the Skellon said. 'I've got It! We'll send everyone a Director Quits YELLOWKNIFE (CP) Ted Horton. director of infor- mation sendees for the North- west Territories, has resigned because of poor health, it was announced Wednesday. Mr. Horton, 62, was in hospi- tal in Edmonton undergoing surgery for a lung ailment. HALIFAX (CP) Robert An- dras. minister responsible for housing, said here Wednesday he will recommend to fed- eral cabinet, a forum fcr feder- al-provincial-municipal consult- ation on urban affairs. He said he will csk the prov- inces whether they will agree to CALGARY (CP) ROIP were to a search to- day for David Hanson, 21, who walked away from a work- camp Wednesday near the Spy Mill J'lovincia! Jail. llansen. not considered dan- iL'ornu.s, .7 two-year for fargciy. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN layne nnl'nek. "Marilyn Shearer, fliaiim- .Skeitti and M.iry Adair. saying they wore only following instructions when they filled their land- lord's car newspapers and wrapped his d'.nie bucgy in toilet Alderman V a u g [i a n liemiin'.'f Curtly taking (he ho', cos- tume prize at city council meeting with his snappy tur- tle-neck T-shirt and shorts en- semble Ming won- dering why she didn't make the bowling column with hcv rajc 12 game. a formal framework, within which the three levels of gov- ernment would meet to discuss federal policies and actions af- fecting the cities. The discussions would help co-ordinate federal policies and actions and provincial-munici- pal needs. Mr. Andras told the annual conference cf Canadian Federation cf .Mayors and Mu- nicipalities, He said he would leave the question of a department of urban affairs "hanging in the air." A forum for federal-prn- vincial-municipal consultation was "a higher, more important immediate requirement." One urban discussed earlier at a seminar. The housing crisis was caused by the unsound financial base of Canadian municipal! A. B. Cnmpbell. of Tcr.'-ilo's metropolitan coun- cil, sakl. KKKI) If municipalities were on a found financial basis, land could bo serviced much faster and more homes could be built. Con- sistent federal and provincial programs and an even flow mortgage money would also help case tlie housing situation, 'lire federation passed a lution asking for federal legisla- tion to give owners occupying their own homes an income-tax credit equal to a certain unspec- ified amount of property taxes, or to allow ilum to consider a certain amount cf property taxes as a deductible expense for income-tax purposes. Towns Hit By Heavy Rain Storm ALTONA, M..n. H'P) Streets in Altona and Gretna were flooded and ficMs in bv farms in.'hcs e: fell during He storm iv the- i here! 70 miles south of early Wednesday causing pov.or failure.-, touns and (leaning i basements, mclu.'lmf.; ;