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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WeatKer CO fl COOL VOL. 163. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 1946 10 PAGES T Q {Seven Killed, 41 Injured In Hotel Blast Hang Alone Death Sentence for f te. Adolf Kratz Is Com- muted to Life Sgt. Weroer Sciiwalb, one of three former Nazi infantrymen who were tried individually by the supreme court of Alberta on charges of murdering a fellow captive in the Medicine llat prisoner of war camp on July 22, 1943, lull mount ttte gallows alone in the Lethbridge pro- vincial jail tonight to pay -with his life for the killing of Fte. August Flaszek, a -U-year-old anti-Nazi. The other accused who was convicted of the killing, Fte. Auolf Kratz. will leave this evening for the penitentiary at Prince Albert, Sask., his death sentence having been com- muted to life imprisonment. RETURNED TO CAMP L.-CpL Johannes Wiitinger, 31- J year-old Austrian and the third Nazi tried for the murder of Plaszek, was found not guilty iate last urdav evening and has been re- j turned to a prisoner ?f war camp! for the first tune since lasi OccoDer. day the trio were arrested i by police and charged with, the' killing. Confidentlv expecting to be saved from the "gallows, 31-year-old Echwalb was told late Monday afternoon by Jail Warden Herbert Holt that federal authorities had just issued final instructions to pro- ceed -with his execution on June 26 as scheduled. SCHWALB NONCHALANT "That's all was the non- "U" For "I" Sends Butter Prices Up Richmond, Va, June letter can make a tremendous difference to the .price of butter. John J. Howard, chairman of the Richmond area Price Control Board, reported that in a recent announctinent. of the lifting of price control of bitters, a newspaper in Vir- inadvertentlv substituted the letter "C" for the letter Three hours later the price of butter in the community had soared from 55 cents to a pound. chalani reply prisoner who of the poker-faced had told another captive in a. prisoner of war camp at Nevs, Ont.. after Detective Cor- poral A. R. Bull of the R.C.M.F. at Lethbridge had interviewed him in connection with the murder: ''Should they hang me, I will die as a German soldier." To spare from a- possible restless night, officials have de- cided to execute Schwalb shortly after midnight en the jail's perman- ent gallows. He will be the first prisoner of war ever executed in Canada and the ninth man to hang in the local jail since it went into operation in 1911. Schwalb slept well last night and maintained, a complete silence after wafting. He is to be hanged wear- ing the ordinary jail garb. A jury found him guilty at Medi- cine Hat last March 5 after deliber- ating only one hour and lo minutes. It did not include any recommenda- tion for mercy in the verdict. The jury which tried Kratz 'de- liberated for fiye hours and then reported to Chief Justice W. E. Howson late in the evening on March. '16 mar Itr-RJtjarBoTTfeach a unanimous verdict. His lordship gave the jury further instructions, adding that it had the power to include a recommendation with any verdict reached. After deliberating for another hour and five minutes, the jury declared Kratz guiltv but accompanied its verdict with a strong recommendation for mercy. Appeals by both ScJbwalb and Kratz for new trials were dismissed. KRATZ UNHAPPY Kratz expressed unhappiness when told by Warden Holt that his death sentence had been commuted to life declaring: worse than being hanged." Browder Leaves By Air For US. LONDON, June Browder. former head of the Com- munist party in the United States, left for New York by air today, after two days spent in security custody imposed by the government. A spokesman for American Over- seas Airlines said Browder left Heathrow airport in a Constellation plane. The plane is due at La Guardla field, New York, tonight Browder had been under guard bv British security officers since he ar- rived from Paris Saturday. It was explained previously that he had right by Immigration laws to stay- in England and he was placed un- der guard when there was no ac- commodation on the plane leaving shortly after he arrived. The Left Hand Corner. The Farmer and the Air Above tion JVIastoids. Penicillin and New Old Age Pension Plan Be Discussed OTTAWA. June Minister Claxton. replying in the commons yesterday to opposition requests for increased old age pen- j sions. indicated that efforts will be made in September to have the provinces agree to a new pensions plan. Mr Claxton said that he has sug- gested that provincial .ministers re- sponsible for old age pensions and their deputy ministers might find it possible to meet federal authori- ties here Sept. 16. The old age pen- sion plan proposed in the federal brief to the Dominion-Provincial conference would be discussed, but the government would not feel tied to the plan put forward at that time. In the brief, the federal govern- ment offered to pay a pension of S30 a month to ail persons over 70 and to pay one-third of the cost of pensions to needy persons between 65 and 69. Cost of the pensions would be paid for out of a social security tax which the government proposed to collect. The minister made the statement during study of his department's estimates. Mr. Claxton said he had invited the provinces to indicate matters they feel should go on the agenda of tfie September meeting. "Then we shall examine the regu- lations and take into account all the representations _that have been made in this committee and in the he said. He also disclosed that legislation will be introduced this session to make statutory the So a month in- crease in pensions provided for by order-in-council under the War Measures Act. BLACKMORE'S PLEA TTohn Elackmore (S.C.. Leihbridge) urged that the government consider paying Sao a month as a pension to persons over 65 years. Mr. Black- more said the "way we treat our old people is a reflection on the rest of the people in Canada." No one could live comfortably on a month, the maximum now paid to persons over 70. Mr. Blackmore said he was dis- turbed by another thing and that was the tax structure which took from everyone almost every cent. It was impossible for anyone to lay anything aside when the coun- try's financial policy requirements took almost every dollar in taxes. Because of this fact, some provision should be made for aged people. Close Alaskan Air H.Q. July 15 EDMONTON, June VK Alaskan division head- quarters of the United States Army Air Forces headquarters here July 15 and appointment of Col. Wil- liam Jones of El Centre. Calif., as Twister Rips Its Way ThrbughFortFrances Calgary Seeking Varsity Facilities CALGARY. June council decided Monday evening to held a joint meeting" -jrith the school board To exolore the pos- sibilities of establishing junior university facilities in Calgarr." AM. P If. R. Morrison, urno in- troduced the necessary motion, esuraated that about 400 vet- erans and 350 other students would the classes if they were established. "Only a fav- ored few could afford to go to Edmonton." he Twelve in Hospital, Mostly Children, and i Damage Done by Brief Falls Also Suffers by Sudden i Houses Razed, Trucks and Autos i Tossed About Bumper Crop Possibility Tops: i WINNIPEG. June j Police and firemen are shewn above searching the rubble left after an explosion in the basement coffee shop of the Baker hotel in Dallas, Texas, N where seven persons were killed and 41 injured. The explosion is said to have occurred m a re- frigeration unit. Bodies Of Crash Victims Robbed CLAIM ARMY DESERTERS LIVING IN MOUNTAIN HIDE-OUT ARE RESPONSIBLE heaviest general rains this season, worth, millions of dollars to Can- i ada. fell over the western grain i crop during the weekend. The; showers brought relief to some areas ia near-drought condition, and sup- plied others with considerable re- serve moisture for the next lew FRANCES, Ont., June es- tiraated initially at possibly more, was counted today in this northwestern Ontario town of about after a ripped and blasted its way through it and irs sister city of International Falls, Mian., across the U.S. border. Twelve ten of them children from the same family, were in hospital. As far as could be established in the confusion that stiil existed 20 hours after the storm, no one had been killed. Undertakers reported no bodies had been brought to them. Residents said the number in- jured was surprisingly few in view of the material dam- age done. were demolished -srith the pleasure crafr and launches thsj- housed. Smokestacks and buildings at the Oritano-Minnesota Pulp and Company's min and the J. O. Madieu lumber yard Trere blown down and a tower ovmefi by the Ontario lands anrt forests department toppled, i The Mathisu CotnnanT. -arnica i employs several hundred men. is expected to be out of operation for SO WARNING As the work of Ins crip- pled communication ami pou-fr lines went on through lie Hcht, the full tale of the havoo wronshi by the short-lived mis- lasted onlv three or four unfolded. It came with Ftile Eoarfn? ap from and bi-atirjf at 10 second inter- vals, the grcts averaged SO milro an hour and at times reached 75 far three or four secornU. Weather, comparatively coul earlier, rapidly sot wanner to- wards noon snd reached iln.ost SO iu't before the storm struck at C.S.T. more than a month. The twister also struct at Ister- national Falls but not to the sarse extent although quite a bit of i structural damae-e reported. Only last week a. tornado ravag- ed sections of suburban Windsor S with the loss a' 15 lives. weeks. jo CHILDREN CACGHT A "NATURAL." Of the three prairie provinces. The roof of a dwelling owned by 1 TORONTO.. June Xfanitoba was the most in need of i Dau Mainville on an Indian reser- weatherman today said Monday af- fresh moisture. Although not as ration iust outside the town limits. ternoon's weather in the head of heavy as in Saskatchewan and was lifted off and the walls blown Cw lakes" region a berta, the rain was sufficient to in. His 10 childrer. inside vrere I for the tornado which hit the Fors save crops in the southern part! smick by falling timber but nor e 1 Frances area. of the province, where drought de- was considered seriously hurt al- t Describing a tornado as the re- terioration began lass week. The thoush all wer? brought" to hospital. sutt of 3. cold air rjzass la fertile Portage plains west of Win- nipeg, where the bulk of Manitoba's whear. has been dry all season, re- ceived showers up ro an inch. Bran- don, further west, reported ".03 inches in all over the weekend. Saskatchewan had good rains, as- suring enough moisture for some time to come in moss parts. Elbow, in the south-cennral area, report- ed 1.74 inches. The large wheat areas in the south extending from Swift Current to Eslevan received good general rams. Kuraboldt and The tornpdo twisted houses from their uproot- ed as as two feet in diameter, blew truck and auto- mobilES about, tossed an 18-foot row-boat a block and snapped off telephone and telesrapb poles by the score. Dozens ef persons had narrow escapes from falling trees or firing tim- bers as the entire town was strewn with wrecks ite. Most of as a hot air mass on its border fas- sirs to rise, officials of the Domin- ion meteorolosical of-ice here said weather maps did not show lornado. They said, how- ever, that the twister was not a. surprise since the temperature at BimidSi. Mian_ was SI desrees Fab- retiheit at pjn_ whSe at the same hour it was only 49 degrees at Ksnors. Oat. "Fort Prances lies right between the town was in darkness all j thuse two points." the weatfcerniaa night I said, "and as the warm, h-umld sir Nearlv a half-miie of boathouses mass to the south started to rise. MONTREAL. ;.ne The Montreal Herald said in a. front-page copyrighted news story today that the bodies of 34 Canadian airmen killed in the crash of an R.C.A.F. Lib- erator near St. Donat, Que.. looted of large sums of leave money and savings by anny deserters who lived in a mountain hide-out, "according to informed sources in both Ot- tawa and Montreal." The story said further that the report of the looting first reached R.C.A.F.. headquarters Hint Order Given Himi nate Traitors last August but until the find- ing: of the bomber yesterday no investigation- was possible. The story added; "At least 20 of the 24 crash victims were on leave after long service in Newfoundland, where they had little opportunity to spend" their money. They were taking- their savings home." Wreckage of the bomber, which had been missing since Oct. 20, 1943, on a flight from Gander. Xewf a a n d I a n d. to Rockcliffe. airport near Ottawa, Iccated yesterday oa a mountain peak 40 milts aorta of Dorval, Que. j ports thas bodies of the victims had j been Icoted. "I am positive that oar parry was the nrsc to visit the scene of the crash." The big Liberator on its way to Donai from Newfoundland had plowed for about 100 feet through deterioration is to be prevented. BRIGHT ALBERTA -PICTURE Rainfall In excess of present requirements supplied Alberta, in the opinion of some experts, with enouxb reserve moisture to last the remainder of the sea- son and to assure a bumper crop. Deputy Agriculture Min- ister O. S. Longman, said crop prospects now are exceptionally bright for most of the province- iui -LW TT trees crowing on the 2.800-footi Alta.. got me pro- mountamsiae before striking the s, recorded precipita- base of a 20-roos rock cliff. Force j aoE of L69 of the imnact was so great; two of I Graiamen generally expressed the bomber's engines were thrown optimism over the bright crop pros POLAND BACKS SOVIETS On Plan Outlaw Atomic Warfare NEW YORK, June atomic development authority pro- the top of the cliff. was loiiad to one side of the wreck. The owners were stili in the aircraft. Some identification tags and of air force clothing were brought from the scene. j IJST OF VICTIMS Personnel missing aboard the WRECKAGE FOUND OTTAWA. June Embed- ______ ded deep in dense undergrowth bomber included- against a sheer chrT, the wreckage nt. L-t. R. F. Rsher. Armstrong. of the ill-rated R.C.AJ. Liberator B.C.; WO. J. A. Barabocoff and which Disappeared in October 1943 PO. j. Ijaaom of Vancouver; with 24 persons aboard, was found i by a search party which slashed a ___ I path through to the site. The 24 MEDICINE HAT, Alta., June 25. an- force personnel were killed in- reference to a rumor stantlv. that a senior German officer, a pn- Air "Minister Gibson said today'! j Howleir pests. With good luck western Can- ada could produce one of the larg- est yields on record, and under- nourished countries could be as- sured at least a portion of their fill next winter. Fit. 2 Coalitionists in Point Grey today endorsed the Soviet Russian plan for outlaw- ing atomic warfare. Dr- Oscar LanRC. Polish dele- gate to the United" Nations At o m i c Energy Coismission. said his government gave full support to the proposal made last week by Andrei A. Grosnyko of Russia. It provided for a "draft con- vention aiming immediate outlawing of the 'production, keeping and use of weapons based upon atomic energy' and also for the immediate destruc- tion of all such weapons in whatever part of the world they may be." BACKS C.S. PLAN posed by Bernard IT. fiarcch. Iu opnosed the Rassian proposal to set UP two separate comminees. the first for exchange cf scientific information, oa atomic dsvelop- j rnents among the United Nations, and the second to be concerned with atomic control. The Australian pian was disclosed bv Dr. Herbert V. Evatt. Australian foreign minister and chairman of 1 the United Nations Atomic Energy i Cctaraission. which, is scheduled to 1 meet in its third session today. PKAVDA ACCUSATION Its disclosure cams doss on the heels ot a ifoscow press attacs on the American atomic policv in which the ofliciai Communist nercspaper Pravda accused the United States of attempting to "atomic soner of war in eastern Canada. had issued orders in 5944 to all burial services would be held at the scene. 63 miles north of Dorval. German prisoners in Canada that Que.. as scon as possible and a calm were to be done away j would be erected there. However, all with, and that all evidence was to the country was so rough relatives i be discouraged from attempt- Registration Will Alexandra Farodi of France earlier diplomacy' as a measure of "erricent told the commission his govern- scnvjns: for world rule." t ment approved "in prmcipls" the' Polish delegate Oscar Large sn- i United States plan for atomic con- nounced he also would present aa trol and for outlawing the atom atomic control proerata todsv, and VANCOUVER, June bomb. the French member. Alexandre i Coalition R. Mac- Dr. Lanee expressed approval of said he was prepared to I Dougall and Leigh F. the parts cf the United States plan some mocificatlons intended were elected to the British Cclum- providing that the manufacture of to provide common ground for cis- bia legislature yesterday with a.' atomic combs shall and that cussion based oa the United States large majonty over "j ijUlilija SvOP ____- __________- two C.C.F. existing bombs shall be disposed of prosram. indicate was made Mon- day during the tnal of Sgt. Major Bruno Perzenowski. The accused is one of four Nazi captives charged with the hanging ing the trip. The aircraft caught fire after the crash and only the tail assemblv. the rear of the fuselage and engines House Decision Lacge went down in i in the United voting was hght m the tradition- be wiilinc to stop making bombs Nations Secuntv Council on his ally Conservative rsding. but early. and would dispose of its atcmic demand for a" U-N. "areas liaison officer here for the Alaskan i of a fellow prisoner Karl Lehmann. j did not bum. section, continental division of the in tht Medicine Hat internment j Sc_c-n. Ldr. Harry Cobb of camp on September 10. 1944.- D.-Sgt. J. W. Stanton, branch said the search party beat' meet estimates come before the of j Edmonton, under cross examination their way to within 15' feet belore i house. U-S-A.AJP., was announced todav fav Brig.-Gen. Dale V. Gaffney. Gen. Gaffney and members his staff are being assigned to new j by G. E. A. Rice, defence counsel, duties elsewhere but Col. Jones will i said that such a rumor had spread remain here and likely will have a j and he had heard it. Sgt. Stanton staff of 50 army personnel and -aid he had nothing to substantiate some civilians. j the rumor. j As well as his duties as liaison Sgt. Wslter Wolf. Sgt. Major Wiih i BIG PLANE CRASHES the years and over is expected to be de- R.C.A.F. accident investigation' cided shortly when labor depart- spotting it from the ground. DISCOUNTS LOOTING three-member constituency was cail- ward a prooosal to set up s m after the recent deaths of committee to draft plans for at master i Wednesday. AUorney-General R. L energy control. its refusal to approve Dr.-Lasge's provincial Progressive Conservative The Australian plan appeared resolution bv which it would cail The cards were issued following a.nd J. A. Paton, also a Con- to lean loasrd the United States' upon every member of the Ciuted. the national registration of 1940 i servaoye. Both uere coalition sup- program calling a supreme con- Naaons 10 rupture diplomatic rela- officer between U.S. Air Forces and Mueller and Sgt. Major the Northwest Air Command of the j Biisch are the other three Heinrich i scheduled i R.CJV.F. in northwest Canada, Col. i to face the court at tne conclusion I Jones will have under his direction, of the present hearing. HAT a land owner has title to! group mafcinS experiments; D.-Cpl. J. M. Campbell. nas Canadum ,j0rth_j on the stand when the afternoon i _ T _-.-, ion o Sqdn. Ldr. Cofab discounted re- j which formed ;hl bass for the war- f time military call-up. The oues- j tion now arises as to whetiier 'they __ are to have a permanent place in BUT PASSENGERS S.VFE i the I'-fe of Canadians and there is I a sharp difference of ommon. Some hold the view that the little slips IAUU wvmci iitto- titiC i --.i.'U T as much of the air space above wnn Loran jn his property as its use and enjoyment requires is the impor- tant ruling mace recently by the United States supreme court.' The court also ruled that repeated in-. yasion of such air space by low fly- manently the air route through ing airplanes is akin to trespass Edmonton for servicing the re- west and sub-polar regions and session opened, continued Pith! which t based in Edmonton. 1 identification of photographs taken The continental diirsion of the kim on Sept. 12. 1944. curing! Air Transport Command of the inve-iigazion of the h; plans to maintain per- MEXICO CITY, four-engined plane of the Mexican. Aviation Company crashed ioday a mile from the end of the runway bat none of the 42 passengers or fonr crew members had more than minor porters. trol factor Their election filled the only two eventually vacant seats in the 43-mernber legislature and Premier John Han's' coalition administration new has 37 supporters. The C.C.F. partv has 10 members, the other is a Labor candiates >cs- j have proven valuable i for purposes of idenUSca'tions. Oih-, ers regard resnsiratlon. as a form of by-election were Mrs. D. G. regimentation ar.d are opposed to it. lormer member of the _, i legislature North Memoers o. the commons w.ll' and George Ishervrood have an opportunsry to express their followers: William Smith. ran and subject to legal redress. This important ruling all" came about through aa important case over chickens. A chicken of course qairemenls of bases in Alaska, Gaffney said. i A small maintenance crew will i cnbcd m detail The condition of I likely be kept here to assist R.C.A.F. t the body as he found n. is constitutionally adverse "NONE-FOR-RUSSIA" 5.693: Smith 414: McAllister (L- I) 309. j to shelter when a hawk appears in the sky overhead. It appears that the chickens o. Mr. and Mrc. Thom- as Lee Causby, poultry keepers on woiiid emerce tions pth Franco namediate- as the international '.T and completely. NEWS BULLETINS CALGARY BEER WAITERS GO ON STRIKE CALGARY. June beer waiters went on strike this afternoon. Pickets were reported patrolling outside at least two of the down-town hotels, Tbe strike followed a. break-dowa of negotiations between Hie Bevewse Dispensers Local 265 (A.FJU) The waiters walked out for one iimultaneous as some {jeer parlors i closed. BUS WRECK -Tbe death list in tbe naming wreck of a. chartered bos reached ei-ht today as one man died in 3 hospital 16 hours after the bus carrying SpokaneX Western International 07 U.S. Would Withhold U.N.R.R A. Funds Eliible Meda! and the French Croix De I vejugatlon took place. Lehmann's i WAotTrvr-rrkx- T 7i, IflAr Guerre. knees were about three inches from A WASHINGTON. June 2o.- tjp, requinng the oresident to seek j Jjj J945 E trou arot h1 M.V a small farm near an army airport The case is in North Carolina, were so fright- v v j lne case A the fioor, and his was wedged A "Roce-for-Russsa" tag or. shis trough appropnate c country's final contri- obtain admission of American cor- annels1 between two vertical "nes buuon to the United Nations Re- respondents to recipient countries. ue; Admini5tra. "Apparently we did not so far baseball learn down roonnWinside high in the Cascades. George Ljdcn of Tensed, Ida., a pitcher, was the eighth, He died of head injuries and boras. TWO ROBBERS GET S44.000 I.V BAXK HOLDUP POCGHKEEPSIE, X.Y_ June robbers todar held UB two messengers of the Merchants Bank and Trust Company and escaped in the ctiy's largest bank robbery in recent The boldap occurred as the messengers were I the monev from tbe bank to the post office, OTTAWA June C5-f-Se-.er.tv-wlxvIPEG DIES OF s per cent of those eligible voted tvsXX-i Waller, 58. shortl after he distinctive national flag within four weeks and it is protection of air-age farmers. This decision, while not affecting Canada, maintains the rigMs of farmers in cases certain to increase, in number with the spread of larger ably learned last night. THE LEFT HAND (Continued on Page possible the question may be settled before the end of the present session, it was reli- to modernize Chinese agriculture. i In parts of Honan province, Chin- .j. .j, farmers who until recently knew only the primitive methods of their forefathers are using tractors effi- ciently under the supervision of Chinese and foreign technical ex- perts. They tned before but failed to i in? used." to the United uv-i, j -inf, nnai s- ban the use ox Unitea States funds states allotment in cour.tnes which refused ,to give fund ,s Deluded in a deficiency ap- Amencan press and radio repre- pronriaiion bill scheduled for house sentatives free access to U.N.rtJl.A. i consideration late this wee's. It Finally they settled for a provision tnbution to There were votes cast and 59.063 ballots were re- jected out of that total. Saskatchewan had the largest percentage turnout among the prov- inces with 85, NOVA Scotia the low- will bnns; this country's total con- j est with "2. The Yukon w ith 64.; 'was actually the lowest o! all. NEWSPAPER! wfll close Jnns 38 was announced closing is applic- able to elementary, intermediate and high schools. DEATH TOLL IN TEXAS HOTEL BLAST NOW NINE DALLAS, June death toll of the Bafeer hotel explosion mounted to nine here today with death of W. C. Reed, 65. of Grand Prairie, Texas. Reed died early today of severe burns suffered in tbe Friday explosion which killed eight sitters and injured 38. iWSPAPLRl ;