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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Dean testifies 6I hope the president is forgiven' WASHINGTON (AP) John Dean, ousted White House coun- sel, testified today he believes President Nixon was involved in the Watergate affair but did not realize its implications. Dean told "the Senate Water- gate committee he hopes "the president is forgiven" when all the facts are known. Dean made his brief remark about Nixon's part as he began his appearance before the Sen- ate Watergate committee. He did not elaborate on the statement about Nixon, uttered in advance of a lengthy written account of his knowledge of the case. "With regard to the president of the United States, I would like to say Dean said. "It is my honest belief that while the president was involved, did not realize or appreciate at any time the implications of his involvement, and I think when the facts come put. I hope the president is forgiven." Making public a section of his prepared testimony, Dean ad- mitted that he helped manage Watergate cover-UD, and said he reported what he was doing to Nixon's two top aides. ADMITS HE LIED In the same opening com- ment, Dean admitted that he was involved in obstruction of justice, perjured testimony and "made personal use of funds that were in my custody." The latter reference was to in campaign funds Dean is said to have used for his hon- eymoon he said he later reoaid. He said he did not conduct the kind of investigation that President Nixon attributed to him in declaring last August that no one then employed by the administration was involved in the affair. He said he would have ad- vised the president, if Nixon had asked, not to deny adminis- tration involvement because he had told Nixon's two top aides, H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, about meetings in the office of attorney-General John Mitchel where wiretap- ping was first proposed. The ousted White House coun- sel said an aide to Haldeman, Gordon Strachan, had brought files of wiretapped conversa- tions into the White House, and that Haldeman had ordered them destroyed. Dean said he also suspected, but could not prove, that the former presidential counsellor Charles Colson, knew more about the wiretapping than he had admitted. Dean said another White House staff member, John Caulfield, once told him that Colson had ordered him to burgle the Brookings Institution and to firebomb it if necessary to cover up the break-in. Dean also said: -Caulfield told him he had tapped a newspaper man's tele- phone, possibly that of colum- nist Joseph Kraft, on orders of Ehrlichman. had authorized "any means, legal or to keep demonstrators out of sight of Nixon on trips and pub- lic appearances. he worked at the jus- tice department he was used as a courier to deliver to the White House FBI information on for- eign travels of Mary Jo' Ko- pechne, the secretary killed when Senator Edward Ken- nedy's automobile ran off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, Mass., in July, 1969. told him that within hours of the Chap- paquiddick accident Anthony Ulaseqicz, a private investiga- tor employed secretly by Eh- rlichman, was on the scene in- vestigating. He said Ulaseqicz posed as a reporter and asked the most embarrassing ques- tions at news conferences dur- ing the aftermath of the in- cident. aide to Haldeman once said Haldeman ordered 24-hour spying on Kennedy, but this was called off when Caulfield protested it was unwise. top Secret Service offi- cial, whom Dean did not name, Drought him intelligence mation about Senator Georgt McGovern in the spring of 197L Dean said Colson had the infor- mation published. Dean's blonde wife sat behind the witness chair as the 34-year- old former White House began his appearance. It as the Watergate hearings re- sumed after a one-week break during the summit talks be- tween Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Dean did not immediately is- sue that portion of his state- ment dealing with Ms personal conversations with the president last Sept 15 and earlier this year. VOL. LXVI No. 165 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENT? TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Canada cool to pipeline WASHINGTON (AP) The Canadian government "has no strong interest" in the construction of a trans- Canada pipeline to carry oil from Alaska's North Slope, the state depatrment reports. The department's assessment, announced Saturday, came in a letter to Representative John Melcher (Dem-Mont.) chairman of a House public lands sub- committee studying the proposed pipeline across Al- aska. Construction of the pipeline from the North Slope to the Alaskan port of Valdez has been halted by a court order. Environmentalists have boosted the Canadian route, asserting it would be less ecologically damaging than the Alaskan pipeline and that it would bring the oil to the Midwest where it is most needed. NO STRONG INTEREST SHOWN "Our most recent inquiries and remarks by Cana- dian officials give no cause to change our view that the Canadian government has no strong current inter- est in the construction of a Mackenzie Valley oil pipe- the state department said. "Insufficient oil has been found in the Canadian Arctic up to this time to justify early approval ior construction in the face of political, environmental and economic arguments against the depart- ment said. "Negotiation by the United States of a pipeline agreement with Canada does not appear possible at this the department added. RICK ERVIN photo Wind mangles Inside Classified Comics Comment l District if Family Local News 16-19 6 4 3 15 13-14 Isn 't it fun seeing the Queen? Markets 11 Sports 8-10 Theatres 7 TV 7 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 55 HIGH TUBS- 80 SUNNY, WINDY Jim Hudson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hudson who live on a farm about a mile southeast of Leth- bridge, examines the crum- pled interior of an empty 40 by 60-foot quonset building which was torn from its foundation by a freak whirlwind Saturdcy afternoon and tossed about 100 feet. Mrs. Hudson said the building flew end over end, narrowly missing machinery and equipment in the yard. The building, weighing about five tons, was valued at It was a total loss. Pollution disaster feared HULL, England (AP) A tanker spilling oil was yanked off a Humber estuary sandbank by tugs today after she ran aground in thick fog and touched off a pollution scare. Oil slicks that had seeped from the vessel while it perched on the bank since Sunday threatened bird sanctuaries and beaches, the coast guard re- ported. But while fears of a pollution disaster mounted, the trade and industry ministry claimed there were only isolated slicks off shore and the situation was "reasonably rosy." 29 persons perish in flophouse fire From AP-Reulcr NEW ORLEANS (CP) Twenty-nine persons were killed and about 20 others injured when a flash fire, believed to have been deliberately set, swept through a century-old building in the French quarter here housing three bars and a rooming house. Patrons in the second-floor bar, partonized by homosex- uals, told authorities that two men entered the bar at about 7 p.m. Sunday and, after being denied service, vowed to return to set fire to the establishment. A short while later, one of the men was seen entering a men's room in the lounge. Moments late, flames erupted. The blaze raced to the third floor of the building and en- gulfed cheap boarding rooms there. Two other bars caught fire almost immediately. were bodies hanging out of the one fire- man said. "There was blood all over where people jumped.' THROWN OUT OF PARTY The fire department spokes- man said the arsonists had ear- lier been thrown out of the bar where a "big party' was going on. AL least six of the injured were reported in serious condi- tion and a police spokesman said "the death count is defi- nitely going to rise." Many people were reported trapped in the bars and the flop house as flames raged through the building. In Montreal last year, 36 per- sons died and 60 were injured in a nightclub blaze started by three men who tossed gasoline into the building after being ejected. Man sought iii Nixon death plot WASHINGTON (AP) The Secret Service said today an all-points bulletin has been is- sued to all United States police ag encies seeking the arrest of a man accused of threatening the life of President Nixon. The Secret Service identified him as Harold Kenneth Culp and said the threat was con- tained in a letter received June 6 and that a warrant was issued by the U.S. marshal in Miami, Fla. 'Meet people' tour starts TORONTO (CP) The Queen and Prince Philip ar- rived in this provincial capital today after a 14-year absence on the first leg of a 10-day, f o u r-province "meet the people" royal tour. They were met at the air- port after a flight from London by Gov. Gen. and Mrs. Roland Michener, Prime Minis- ter and Mrs. Trudeau and a host of other federal, provincial and civic politicians. First duty, as in all six pre- vious visits Elizabeth has made to Canada as monarch, was to review one of four guards of honor she will Inspect during J-lvt; uajro 111 VllLCZllU. Following that, the royal couple will wind through To- ronto in open cars, allowing an estimated to get a glimpse of the royal couple. agenda includes a visit to Ontario Place, the pm- vincial government's 96-acre tourist playground on the Lake Ontario waterfront, private meetings with Gov.-Gen, Micb- ener and Mr. Trudeau and a press reception. It's considerably lighter than most days on the four-province tour. QUEEN VISITS TWICE If all goes as planned, a mil- lion people will catch sight of their sovereign by the time this, the first of two tours to Canada this summer, ends July 5 at the opening of the Calgary Stam- pede. While Elizabeth is making this trip as Queen of Canada, she'll make the Ot- tawa July 31-Aug. head of the Commonwealth to attend a meeting of that group's prime ministers. Mystery woman has royalty as neighbors TORONTO (CP) A woman will have the Queen and Prince Philip as neigh- bors tonight "mxauso she re- sisted efforts to clear the en- tire 16th floor of the Royal York Hotel for the royal party. The woman, identified only as Mrs. Hodges, has lived for years between the royal suite and the governor-general's suite. She is a mystery to regis- tration clerks. Senior hotel of- ficials who do know her are sworn to secrecy. "No information whatsoever is to be given out on Mrs. said a supervisor. Soviet-American relations seen 011 new track SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) The leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union capped a week of summit