Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Juno IS, 1970 BEIRUT. Lebanon (AP) King Hussein of .Ionian, a pis- tol-packing monarch with a taste for fast cars, has said about his turbulent reign: "I often feel like the central char- acter in a detective novel." The latest his con- frontation with the Palestinian Arab may be the most of all. But Hussein has been around for a long time, has been in haz- ardous spots before and says confidently: "I fear only He has been king of his trou- bled country for half his 34 years and is no stranger to dan- ger. He has escaped assassina- tion attempts by bomb, bullet, poison drops. and acid in his nose one shot. It richocheled off a medal on his chest and Hussein was unharmed. That gave the king the legend of "Barak" or good luck. His loyal Bedouin followers adore him for it. Hussein prides himself on his ability to use all the weapons in tlic Jordanian arsenal, from the guns in his American-supplied I'alton tanks to the cannon in liis F-104 Star-fighter Jet planes. He has sometimes manned an anti-aircraft gun against raiding Israeli planes. targes The latest bid was on Tuesday when Arab guerrillas blasted away with machine-guns at his motorcade outside Amman. The king said one bodyguard was killed and five wounded. Inde- pendent reports said he was slightly wounded himself. Short but with a muscle- packed frame. Hussein is athletic type who loves the out- doors but hasn't had much chance to r'elax since the six- day Arab-Israeli war of 1967. WEARS REVOLVER Nowadays he almost always wears his khaki supreme com- mander's uniform with a heavy British-made revolver strapped to his waist. No one doubts he can use it effectively if need be. Hussein's baptism of fire came when he was 15 and his grandfather, King Abdullah, was assassinated in Jerusalem. The assassin turned his gun on the young prince and fired PICTON, Out. (CP) C. P. Reid, principal of Queen Eliza- beth public school, said here, charges that students at the school have received unusual and cruel punishment are "ri- diculous." Said Mr. Reid in a telephone interview: "We reject all charges and consider most of them ridiculous." The charges of cruel pnnish- Stores Stay Open TORONTO (CP) Etobicpke borough's municipal council has voted to allow stores and indus- tries to stay open July 1, Do- minion Day, without prosecu- tion. Last week, East York bor- ough council ruled that stores staying open Dominion Day were liable to a fine. Mayor True Davidson affirmed at the time, "Almighty God still rules in East York." WILL PRESENT PROBLEMS HAMILTON (CP) Hamilton ll be the centre for a cross- Canada Survival Day Oct. 14. Pat Doran, one of the organiz- ers, said Survival Day Mill be the culmination of the efforts of anti-pollution groups from Van- couver to Prince Edward Island to collect a dossier of specific problems that demand solution. The dossier will be presented to ment wei'e initiated by Robert Bates, a Picton merchant, who said that his son Donald. 15, was beaten with a reinforced plastic hose. Mr. Bates also said that his son and c'.her students were forced to chew gum laced with pencil shavings. POKED IN STOMACHS Other unusual punishment, Mr. Bates said, included stu- dents being poked in their stom- achs, forced to pick up pennies which had been thrown on the floor and having test tube hold- ers clamped to their ears. Mr. Bates has withdraw his four children from the school. Crown Attorney Richard Sheehy meanwhile said that po- lice have received a petition signed by 18 students who also said they received "unusual treatment." The charges were discussed Friday in the Ontario legisla- ture and both Attorney-General Arthur Wishart and Education Minister William Davis said they have asked for a report on the allegations. Mr. Bates said he complained to the board May 27 and notified police. He said he was told by police that there was insuffi- cient evidence to support crimi- nal charges. The investigation was re- opened this week when police received the petition by the stu- dents. Of noble of his family are direct descend- ants of the prophet Mohammed went to school at Harrow, England, and later, Britain's famed Sandhurst mili- tary academy. Today he is equally a home in Saviile Row suit or a check- ered red-and-white Bedouin headdi'ess. His hobbies are driv- ing, water skiing, sky diving and, above all, flying. WON DRIVING TROPHIES He is one of the most skilful racing drivers in the Middle East and there are 11 silver tro- phies in his study to prove it. Hussein is one of the most ap- prcachable monarchs in the world, but still shows a trace of self-consciousness when sur- rounded by crowds. At frequent news conferences in his Amman palace, he speaks I in excellent English in low tones and invariably shakes the hand of every correspondent present. Hussein is married to Prin- cess Muria, the former Tony Avrii Gardner of London. They have two sons and twin infant daughters. They live in a mod- est farm house 15 miles outside Amman, from which the king often commutes by helicopter' to work at Ins palace. Hussein was once asked his wife felt about the risks sur- rounding him. "She takes the dangers very he replied. "She has never urged me to ab- dicate." But Hussein's dark eyes are often heavy with the responsibil- ity of his position, and he is sub- ject to fits of depression. This is when he particularly likes to go off for an afternoon's flying or i visit with his beloved Bedouins. 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