Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
SHOWERS WEDNESDAY NEAR 75. FORECAST HIGH The Let lib ridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 167 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1972 PBICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 38 PAGES Irish diehards efy ceasefire BELFAST (AP) Diehard guerrillas defied an Irish Re- publican Army ceasefire order early today and threatened for a time to shatter what many politicians see as Northern Ire- land's last chance for peace. Gunmen of the IRA's national- istic Provisional wing, which or- dered the truce, continued shooting for about an hour and a half after the midnight cease- fire came into effect- But security sources believed Steaks sizzle on Nixon griddle? By ROD CURH1E WASHINGTON (CP) After several days of core- fully-orchestrated speculation, the White House an- nounced Monday that President Nixon is lifting all quotas on meat imports in the battle to halt rising United States food prices. At first glance, it had the appearance of a rather daring move, but many observers soon were suggest- ing it was pretty much ot a hollow gesture. Out-and- out cynics stamped it as a smart election-year ma- noeuvre with which Nixon could demonstrate his con- cern over food costs without actually antagonizing the generally Republican farm vote. As the Washington Post put it, the price of beef- steak is becoming a "symbolic test of the Nixon ad- ministration's ability to control food prices." However, neither Nixon nor his economic advisers claimed the action would result in cheaper meat prices. The best they seemed to be hoping for was that.it would head off the predicted stampede of large-scale price increases, particularly in beef and pork. Ever since Nixon's new economic policy took ef- fect, a glaring loophole has been apparent in the ex- emption from the price freeze of raw agricultural prod- eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables and the like. The thinking was that because of the vagaries of production, weather and other factors it was impos- sible and maybe unfair to freeze such prices. But with continually increasing food prices threat- ening to throw the whole wage-price freeze program out of balance, Nixon has been under considerable pressure to act. He started the wave of speculation himself last week by suggesting he was considering lifting the meat import quota. Other sources suggested the administra- tion might go even further, imposing a temporary freeze on meat and some other farm prices. Nixon, in his announcement, suggested indeed that he might be forced to take such firmer action in the future but for now he was simply lifting temporarily the meat import quota, at present set at about 1.2 billion pounds for 1972. Imports of Canadian meat are not covered by quotas. But the immediate reaction was that the move wouldn't help much. For one thing, it might be months before any in- creased flow of imported meat, mainly from Aus- tralia and New Zealand, hits the supermarket counter. Also, as Nixon himself recognized, there is a world- wide shortage of meat and export nations, already at- tracted by high prices on the European market, may not fall over themselves trying to rush deliveries to the U.S. Canadian reaction At Ottawa meanwhile the high price oE beef in Canadian and United States supermarkets has been at- tributed to the common problem of production not keep- ing pace with rapidly-growing consumer demand. But despite the inter-related Canadian and U.S. beef markets, his action is expected to have little effect on Canadian beef producers and will not spur the Ca- nadian government to equivalent steps. In interviews Monday, spokesmen for the govern- ment and the Canadian Federation, of Agriculture fore- saw little change in Canada's beef supply-demand re- lationship, i Harvey Cudwell, executive assistant to Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson, said the government is not plan- ning any new measures to encourage beef imports or stimulate domestic beef production. "The best stimulation is a good he said. The high price of premium beef was a "consumer since cheaper forms of beef and cheaper meats were available. A trede department official said the U.S. removal of quotas will apparently "have a minimal effect on since Canada was not a party to any oi the voluntry quotas agreements. CABINS FLOODED Tourist cottages in the Rocky Mountain foothills 45 miles west of Red Deer were flooded whert the Clearwater River overflowed ils banks. Severe has been predicted for the North Saskatchewan River and ils tributaries because of abnormal rainfall during the weekend. (CP Wirephoto) It's for real signs ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Bobby Hull, the leading aclivo scorer in the National Hockey League, signed the first half of a contract today that will give him million to serve as player and coach for Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Asso- ciation. Flood-swollen rivers crest EDMONTON (CP) Resi- dents of low-lying rural areas along the Pembina and North Saskatchewan Hivers were warned today to move cattle and machinery to higher- ground while a few city dwel- lers were advised to get out of their homes. A spokesman for the provin- cial water resources branch said flood waters on the Feni- Pound hits skids on money market LONDON (AP) The British pound dropped to in terms of United States funds today, a devaluation of 4.6 per cent, after the London foreign ex- change market opened for the first time since the govern- ment's decision last Friday to let the pound float. The U.S. dollar strengthened elsewhere in Europe. The pound opened at and later cased to Dealers said the market was busy, but more with inquiries than with trade. They reported relatively small amounts were changing hands. The dealers said the picture would probably be cleared Wednesday, when most ex- changes on the Continent re- open. The opening of the London ex- change market tor the first time since the government freed tho pound last Friday was watched for some indication of the future course of the British currency. The last official rate on the pound was and there have, been predictions it would settle at ?2.40. the rate before the de- valuation of the U.S. dollar last year. All other European exchanges except Zurich remain closed until Wednesday. The Zurich market has not closed during the crisis. Finance Minister Takeo Mi- zuta of Japan said the Tokyo foreign exchange market proba- bly will reopen Thursday. The Swiss government or- dered sweeping restrictions on foreign investments today to close the door to speculative money seeking a haven in Switzerland during the crisis. The Swiss also announced that they will not join in the plans made by the Common Market countries to prevent devaluation of the Italian lira. The other five Common Mar- ket Germany, France, Belgium, the Nether- rands and at a crisis meeting Monday in Luxembourg that their national banks will buy lira when neces- sary to keep the exchange rale on the Common Market's weak- est currency within the limits set by their spring agreement. Meanwhile, Canada is stick- ing with ils current interna- lional dollar policy despite un- certainties generated by tho floating of (he British pound, Finance Minister John Turner told the Commons Monday. He said Canada's dollar will continue to float as it has since June I, 1970 until there is "mora stability in the interna' tional monetary picture." bina, 60 miles northeast of Ed- monton, would be at least as high as the 1965 flood level wlien there was "tremendous damage" to thousands of acres of farm land. The Pembina, a tribulary of the Athabasca River, is on Ihe northern limits weekend rain which has produced minor flooding of low-lying areas on tributaries oC the North Sas- Saskatchewan River. Officials said today the flood- Ing might not be as severe as expected earlier although tho rivers were stilt rising. The North Saskatchewan was ex- pected to be about three feet lower than the previously-an- ticipated crest level and tho Pembina about a foot lower. The crest was expected to last six to eight hours on both rivers. At Edmonton, the North Sas- katchewan was expected to crest at about 3 p.m. at 33 feet, four feet higher thau Monday night when flood warnings were in force to residents of river-flat residenlial districts in the city. OIL VUELLS HIT Mike Namchuk, a fanner In the Draytpn Valley district about 60 miles southeast of Ed- monton, said several oil wells in river valleys along the North Saskatchewan, particu- larly, were oul of service. Farther south, flood waters on the Clearwater River began to recede late Monday. Tha high water disrupted district roads, forcing evacuation of several groups of campers, and flooded camp grounds and farm land, about 70 miles west and southwest of Red Deer late Sunday and Monday. Hull, the 33-year-old left winger who scored 604 regular season career goals for Cliicago Black Hawks in the last 15 NHL seasons, appeared at the first of two scheduled news conferences and was presented with a million certified cheque by Gary L. Davidson, WHA president. Hull, with speculation circu- lating for at least seven months that he was negotiating with the WHA, had flown to St. Paul on a chartered plane with Winnipeg club officials, and was to return to Winnipeg later in the day to sign a contract that will pay him million during the next 10 years as player and coach of the Jets. Hull's wife, Joanne, and their three oldest Jr., Blake and on hand at the signing, along with Ben Hatskin, Jets' president. TO STAY' "People will realize that wa are here to said Ed Fit- kin, assistant to Davidson. A WHA spokesman said tho BOBBY HULL million Job certified cheque from the leaguo was financed by Prop- erties Ltd. The spokesman said that Hull's contract with the Jets and the league eventually Mill bring him a total of mora than million with his share of income from endorsements and novelties distributed by .WHA Properties, which is subsidized by the league's teams. See earlier story on Page P. Provisional "police squads" en- forcing the ceasefire flushed out rebel gunmen in an effort to emphasize their may even have shot it out with the hardcore terrorists. British troops claimed they Ml a gunman in a clash around an observation post in the Cath- olic Ardoyne sector of Belfast about an hour after the cease- fire began. Other atlacks on troops we're reported after mid- night. Mobs rampaged through the Duncairn Gardens area of Bel- fast, a no-man's land zone be- t w e e n rival Protestant and Roman Catholic areas. They set nutos on fire end stoned troops trying to disperse them. Eight children were wounded when gunmen opened fire with sub-machine-guns on clashing rival mobs children near there earlier. Most of the. wounded children were Protes- tants. The shooting came during the end of a ferocious four-day of- fensive which continued right up until midnight. Gunmen killed a British sergeant only two min- utes before Ihe deadline in an ambush in east Belfast. Two soldiers were w'ounded In a bomb blast just one minute be- fore the truce was supposed to start. In all, eight other persons died in that offensive, which. Provisional leaders admitted, was planned to ram home to Iho British that the truce was called from a position of strength. The o f f e n s i y e ended with shoolings, bombings and bank, raids to fill IRA coffers before the ceasefire began. A soldier and a policeman were gunned down in the last phase of tha onslaught. The s 1 a y 1 n g s brought Ihn death loll in the three years of bloody sectarian fighting in Northern Ireland lo 387. Vintage aircraft wing way west SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (CP) Vintage aircraft partici- pating in- a race from Belleville, Ont., lo Delta, B.C., wero scattered across Northern Ontario today and officials knew the locations of only two of the nine machines. Those two are on the ground at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The others are cxpecled to arrive there later today. This is the breakdown of plane locations; Two arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Monday and are awaiting the arrival of No. 496 orbits MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet Union- launched the 496th un- manned earth satellite in its top-secret Cosmos program Monday, Tass reported. The of- ficial government news agency said the satellile was sent into an orbit ranging 121 to 213 miles from earth. 11 said the craft was orbiting the earth every 89.6 minutes. Teacher group will study Worth report EDMONTON (CP) The berla Teacher's Association has established a committee to study the Worth commission report on Alberta education, it was announced today. The committee has asked cals and its specialist council1: to prepare comments on the re- port. Seen and heard About town I VANCOUVER transplant George Stockton hoping lo keep his finger out of a tin can squashcr built for eco- logical reasons, claiming his finger isn't dirty Larry McDonald pulling up a four- foot-high fence so his next- door-neighbor-to-be would be discouraged from putting up a seven foot fence Robert Daley reporting for work in one blue sock and one brown sock. Indian band account dwindles HAY LAKES, Alia. (CP) About million belonging to the Slavey Indian band, left in trust with the department of In- dian affairs, has dwindled to band manager Simon Waquan said Monday. Mr. Waquan said oil royalties, swelled the band account to million about four years ago and the chief and council gave the district office of the depart- ment power to spend the money in the interests of the Indians. The district superintendent convinced the chief and council to spend about on a re- servoir and water system. Mr. Waquan, a Cree accountant, said in an interview. "All the white people living oa the reserve and hired by the Indian affairs teacher's residence and tho white p e o p 1 e's have running water, toilets and all that goes with a good water system. "It's been paid for from tha band fund." All the Indians gol, he said, were pipes enclosed in boxes from which water could be drawn. "That's the water system Iho Indians got. There are four oE these boxes on this reserve for 800 Indians." The band also was advised that an aircraft landing strip on the northwestern Alberta re- servo would provida income through charging landing fees and by providing jobs for Indi- ans who could clear the site, said Mr, Waquan. WEEDS ON AIRSTRIP "About was spent lo build it from the band fund. It'll never be used. There must be four feet ot grass and weeds growing on it." Another was spent for lighting the landing strip "but no one knows where those lights are." Mr. Waquan also said another was spent from band money to extend a department of forestry strip was too short. Don Cardinal, northern vice- president of tho Indian Associa- lion of Alberta, said in an inter- view that band funds were used for road construction jobs. The province repaid the band for constructing a portion oE highway near Ihe reserve. He said thai on one job, tha Indians were convinced that band funds should be used be- cause people from the reserve would he employed. Bob Roddick, legal adviser for the association, said the band was advised lo build a sawmill which cost The mill, he said, lost last year and that was a good year. Mr. Waquan said he is trying to sort out how much money lha department of Indian affairs should pa; back to the band, NO HERALD SATURDAY The Herald will not pub- lish Saturday, July 1, Dominion Day holiday. Display advertisers are re- minded the deadline for re- ceiving advertisements to ap- pear Friday, Junj 30 is noon Wednesday, June 28; ads for Monday July 3 edition must be in by noon Thursday, June 29, and for Tuesday, July 4 by noon Friday, June 30. Classified advertisements received by 3 p.m. Friday, June 30 will appear in the Monday, July 3 edition. Full coverage ot the holiday weekend news scene will be tarried Monday, July 3. the other seven. At least four ot the planes, delayed by fog, landed at Gore Bay on Manitou- lin Island. The other three are at unknown locations. STUNT PILOT IN RACE One oE the two planes lo ar- rive here Monday was a 1947 Taylorcraft whose owner is Ross Swaim and pilot Dennis Danford, both of Kamloops, B.C. A SeaBee, owned by Richard Bach, aviation writer of Long Island, N.Y., is being piloted by Chris Caglc, a motion picture stunt pilot who flew planes in the movie Blue Max and other piclures. Cagle said there will be tro- phy awards in two categories. One is for the first plane to arrive in Delta. The other is for the plane that accomplishes the most 1927-type off-airport land- ings such as in farmers' fields. They plan to arrive Saturday, Some planes have radios but will not use them. The idea is to fly by visual pilotage and dead reckoning, Cagle said in an in- terview. Pilots will steer by compass and by watching the highways and rail lines. Once the pilots leave the Sault they are allowed to reach Delia any way they choose. Some will go via the United States and some by way of Canada. Their word will be taken on the num- ber of off-airport landings. liOYLE SENTENCED United Mine Workers Pres- ident W. A. (Tony) Boyle, 70, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined (oilay for making illegal I i I i c a I contributions with union fiends. rejects j censure UNITED NATION'S (AP) Israel rejected a United Nations Security Council resolution Mon- day night- condemning it for raids last week into Lebanon, calling Ihe censure "an affront to Ihe victims of Arab terror atrocities and a travesty of jus- tice." Israeli Ambassador Yosef Te- Icoah said the resolution "be- longs in Ihe morgue of history" and "might have grave reper- cussions on the Middle East sit- uation" if it encourages ists to continue their atlacks. It was the sixth time in years thai the council has for- mally cont'emncd Israel for strikes into Lebanon in retalia- tion for attacks from Palestin- ian guerrillas based there.