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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, March THE IfTHIMDQi HtNALD 3 F Frustrated by 'lack of support9 Brandt 'ready' to call it quits By DAVID R. FRANCIS Christian Science Monitor BONN Speculation is growing here in West Germany of Chancellor Willy Brandt resigning his office. Although the chancellor, disappointed in foreign policy and recently wearied by domestic disputes, denied the charge, the speculation adds a new note of uncertainty to a Western world already deep in a leadership crisis. President Nixon remains troubled by the Watergate affair. Graat Britain's election weakened the country politically. There are questions as to the health of French President Georges Pompidou. The government of Italy is bogged down in scandal and indecision. Canada's government survives only with the consent of a minority party. Several of the smaller European nations have shaky coalition regimes. By comparison, West Germany's government has been a rock of stability, a welcome political fortress on the border with Communist East Europe. Therefore, any signs of leadership difficulties here are observed with considerable nervousness by the diplomatic community. The Stuttgarter Nachrichten has reported that the Nobel peace prize winning chancellor mentioned the possibility of leaving his office three times during final negotiations of a new wage hike for West Germany's striking public employees. Der Spiegel, a news magazine, contends that Mr. Brandt has told his close political friend, Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, that he plans to resign at the latest by the middle of this year. this was quickly denied by the Austrian Chancellor in Vienna. Finally, Chancellor Brandt himself in an interview in the Hamburger Morgenpost denied he has any intention to resign Nevertheless, there remains a suspicion that the Chancellor might have mentioned the possibility of submitting his resignation in private discussions with colleagues. One reason is that government speaker Ruedigar von Wechmar had earlier carefully avoided making an outright denial of the resignation reports. He merely would say when asked that Chancellor Brandt had not threatened to resign in Cabinet meetings or other official gatherings at which Mr. von Wechmar was present. Thereby he left open the possibility that in his exasperation over the high wage settlement won by public employees, the Chancellor might have briefly contemplated resignation. Mr. Brandt's current restlessness seems to stem from a feeling that his political allies have given him insufficient support in dealing with numerous troublesome matters of state. "They leave me all he is quoted by Der Spiegel as having told a confidant. Mr. Brandt put his own reputation behind a wage settlement of under 10 per cent for the nation's more than 2 million public employees. Thus it was personally embarrassing for him when spreading strike action ordered by the government workers unions forced the Cabinet to accept a'wage contract including an 11 per cent nominal hike that in reality is more than that for a large percentage of the public employees. Because West Germany's trade unions generally support Mr Brandt's center-left Social Democratic party, their leaders' strike actions left the chancellor especially displeased. Reportedly Mr. Brandt worries that West Germany could end up in the same trouble as Britain with high inflation, a weakening currency, serious unemployment, and a troubled labor scene. Mr. Brandt personally retains a high rate of popularity (52. per Among West Germans, however, Chancellor Brandt has never been elevated so far into the statesman stratosphere as he has in the United States and other foreign nations. Chancellor Willy Brandt GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H LPre Lethbridge...... 30 25 .03 Pincher Creek 26 23 Medicine Hat 28 17 .12 Edmonton 23 17 Grande Prairie.. 28 22 23 20 Calgary......... 30 24 Victoria 38 36 .05 Penticton....... 39 34 Prince George 25 23 .37 Kamloops....... 33 26 Vancouver...... 39 33 .17 Saskatoon....... 12 4 Regina 18 -3 .01 Winnipeg....... 27 0 .01 Toronto......... 61 36 Ottawa......... 48 33 Montreal 41 38 St. John's....... 9 1 20 .04 Charfottetown 20 12 .13 Frederictpn..... 28 22 .14 Chicago 50 43 .07 New York...... 40 30 Miami.......... 77 68 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat Sunny today with strong west winds gusting to 40, highs near 40 Lows near 25. Tuesday, mainly cloudy, light snow and strong north winds in the evening. Highs 30-35. Calgary Mainly sunny today with strong west winds gusting to 40, highs 35-40. Lows near 25. Tuesday, mainly cloudy, light snow and strong north winds late in the day, high 25-30. Columbia, Kootenay Cloudy today.-Snow over the Columbia district today, spreading southeastward. Tuesday mainly cloudy with a few snowflurries mostly over the Columbia. Highs today in the lower 30s over the Columbia and in the mid to upper 30s over the Kootenays. Lows tonight in the 20s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Partly cloudy with strong gusty southwest winds along 'east slopes today. Becoming cloudy with scattered rain or snow showers and gusty westerly winds most sections' tonight and Tuesday. Colder Tuesday. Highs today 40s. Lows tonight 20 to 30. Highs Tuesday mostly 30s West of Continental Divide Scattered snow showers today. Snow at times with gusty westerly winds tonight and Tuesday. Highs today 35 to 45. Lows tonight 20s. Highs Tuesday 30s. NEW GEHL STACK-ALL A big capacity haymaking system to build the stack and later to move the stack. Makes stacks from 6 to 12 tons. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutte Highway Bon 1202 Phono 328-1141 AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 m-m. March 4. Highway 3 east. Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, mainly bare and dry with occasional sections of ice and hard packed snow. Some blowing snow around Medicine Hat. Highway 3 west. Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and B.C. Boundary, occasional slippery sections and sections of compact snow. Highway 4. Lethbridge to Coutts. bare and dry with slippery sections. Highway 5. Lethbridge to Cardstcm and Waterton. bare and dry with slippery sections. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton. bare and dry with slippery sections. Highway 2 north. Fort Macleod to Calgary and Edmonton, bare and dry with occasional slippery sections. Highway 2 south. Fort Macleod to Cardston and Carway. bare and dry with occasional icy sections. Highway 23. Junction Highway 3 to Vulcan and High River, mostly bare with occasional slippery sections. Highway 36. Taber to Brooks, light drifting. Plowing in progress. Highway 1 Trans Canada east. Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current, bare and dry with occasional slippery sections. Highway 1 Trans Canada west. Calgary to Banff. driving lanes bare with occasional slippery sections. Banff to Golden, mainly bare with light drifting. Motorists are advised to watch for falung rock Revelstoke. continuing. Banff-Jasper light drifting sanding in progress. Golden to of new snow Highway has Plowing and of eatry: Times in Mountain Standard Time opening and closing times: Carway 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Chief Mountain closed; Coutts open 24 h-wrs: Del Bonita 8 a m. to 5 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours. Porthill-Ryiterts 7am. until 11 p.m.; Wild Horse7a.m. to4p.m.; Rooseville7a.m. to H pro. Logan Pass. (Cnada Cwtoms horns moved oae hour earlier Jaa. 8 MOTUM went daylight Marchand asks for explanation SASKATOON (CP) Federal Transport Minister Jean Marchand has asked CP Rail for an explanation of delays in grain transportation, Roy Atkinson, National Farmers Union president, says Friday. Mr Atkinson said the union had presented Mr. Marchand with data on recent delays in grain movement on the railway. Mr. Marchand, in a telegram to Mr. Atkinson, said he had asked CP Rail to investigate and provide a report. "Furthermore, I can advise that'in the next" few days. .Otto Lang (ministervrespon- sifife' foiv wheat board) will be undertaking discussions directly with'the wheat board with respect to an approach to this Mr. Marchand said in his telegram. Mr. Marchand told the union president that when these dis- cussions were completed, he would then respond to the un- iori's request for an emergency meeting of interested parties to deal with the situation. Hanoi now concentrates on rebuilding economy By JAMES M. MARKHAM New York Times Service SAIGON Without excluding the possibility of a military initiative in South Vietnam, North Vietnam's leaders appear to have decided to concentrate their nation's energies on economic development for a period of perhaps two years, according to sources in Hanoi. A recent resolution issued by the plenum of the ruling Lao Dong Party Central Committee urges cadres in the south to heighten the "political increase the effectiveness of propaganda wjjrk" atfd "retaliate" against military strikes by the Saigon side, according to diplomatic sources. But the resolution, drafted sometime after the Dec. 20 meeting of American Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Le Due Tho of the Hanoi Politburo, appears to foresee no major military initiatives for 18 months or two years, sources said. The two-year plan would Brothels report client shortage RENO, Nev. (AP) The energy crisis has hit the world's oldest profession. Nevada bordello owners say the state's prostitution in- dustry is feeling the pinch of the energy problem as gaso- line and diesel fuel shortages keep customers away. Most of the three dozen houses of legalized prostition surveyed by The Associated Press said business is down and they blame the energy shortage. Brothel owners said the re- cent truckers1 strike, which kept many trucks off Ne- vada's highways, deprived them of some of their regular clientele. "Business has dropped to nothing." said the owner of Fran's Star Ranch, located about 115 miles north of Las Vegas. "We've had very few trucks since the shortage." The ranch has its own air- strip for customers flying in on private planes. "We've had one plane, maybe two, since right after said the owner, who asked that her name not be used. Asked whether she had to lay off her employees because of the shortage, she said: "I didn't have to let them go, they left." Another brothel, the Cotton- tail Ranch. 165 miles north of Las Vegas, also has been af- fected by the gasoline short- age. end, one diplomat noted, as president Nixon's prescribed term was coming to an end. Despite his'current political 'weakness, the North Viet- namese are thought to be extremely wary of the American president. ,Tbe economic policy speech was delivered on Feb. 4 to the North Vietnamese National Assembly by Le Thanh Nghi, a politburo member and vice premier. The choice of the 63-year- old Nghi to delier the major address was something of a surprise. According to one informed diplomat, it ti appeared to reflect- thef- politburo's desire to underline to a war-weary people its intention of "building socialism in the north." At the same time, this diplomat said, the choice may have reflected disappointment at Premier Phan Van Dong's aid seeking mission to the Soviet Union last year.. As the head of government, Dong was widely expected to deliver the address to the national assembly's fourth session. Nghi's speech, while makjng the customary predictions of the eventual "liberation" of the south, concentrated almost entirely on economic matters and painted a rather bleak picture of conditions in the north. The vice premier also dwelt at some length on postwar "social problems" such as hoarding, Mack marketeering and theft of state property. According to one visitor to Hanoi, North Vietnam's economic managers last year ordered a "census of state property" that had been scattered throughout the countryside during the American air war. They were reportedly shocked at the extent of theft. At the same time, according to this source, managers have begun to talk of "regulating" the so-called free market that supplies most Hanoi residents with their daily food needs as well as cracking down on the illegal black market that stocks such things as ban bearings and transistor radios. One Hanoi analyst warned against concluding 'that the new emphasis on economic development and reconstruction mean that North Vietnam's leaders had abandoned their 30-year struggle to unity Vietnam. In order to remain poised to capitalize on any sudden shift in the "balance of forces" in the south and to keep pressure on the Saigon government the North Vietnamese have shown no signs of demobilizing sections -of their army or short- changing units in the south, analysts say. Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the 62-year-old defense minister has not been seen publicly for five months and is widely believed to be ill with cancer or viral pneumonia, according to reports. Some accounts say he is now in the Soviet Union undergoing treatment. Some Hanoi analysts believe that the architect of victory at Dien Bien Phu had been fading in importance before his disappearance from public view, but his apparent iB ass highlights a major unresolved problem of the Hanoi leadership: Hs own elderliness The average age of the 11-man politburo is 64. and no heirs apparent or proteges are in sight. MOSS USED Irish moss, gathered mainly on the shores of Prince Edward Island, is used in the chemical and paint industries, and as a stabilizer in certain foods. Indians9 plight could lead to 'confrontation' CALGARY (CP) Canadian and United States Indians may soon resort to confrontation if their situation does not improve, Vern Bellecourt, national director of the American Indian Movement "Attitudes towards Indians have not changed since the hanging of (Louis) Riel and many Indians are finding that they can only express their frustration through confrontation." he said in an interview. Mr. Bellecourt was returning to the United States following an AIM rally in Edmonton. The AIM leader said conditions for the American and Canadian Indian are almost parallel. "The infant mortality rate is three-to-four times higher than the national average. The Indian's life expectancy is only 43 years and almost 75 per cent of our people are affected either directly or indirectly by alcoholism There also has been a continuous violation of treaty rights affecting things like land ownership and border freedom of passage across the Canada-U.S. border, he said. Protests are planned along the border this spnng because of the federal government's refusal to honor the Jay Treaty which gives Indians duty-free border access. He accused the United States government of condoning massacre in Viet- nam while at the same time calling Indians "insurgents" because they stand up for their rights. The occupation in 1973 of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reserve in South Dakota, which was instigated by AIM, did not start out as a violent act, he said. "We were only claiming the land that was rightfully ours. It was only when the Americans reacted with such force that we were forced to resort to violence to defend ourselves." He said AIM is concerned with the "religious rebirth of Indian dignity and pride "Many Indian people were put off with AIM because the American press only concentrated on the violence at Wounded Knee not on the causes of the uprising. Now that more Indian people understand what we are trying to do they are with us." Mr, Bellecourt. who was indicted following the uprising at Wounded Knee, accused the U.S government of mass political persecution against Indians. British election results LONDON (CP) Here is a detailed breakdown by parties of seats won in the British general election with standings at dissolution in brackets: Labor Conservatives Lib- erals Ulster Union- ists Scottish National- ists Welch National- ists Independent Labor Ulster Dem. Unionist Irish Republican Labor (2) Alliance Social and Dem. Labor Speaker (non-voting) Vacancies Totals In the last Parliament Ulster Unionists voted with Conservatives. In the new Parliament they will vote independently. Open Tonight DON'T LOOK FOR TROUBLE ON YOUR ____ INCOME TAX To get the full lion's share of those legal deductions, look no further! Just take your tax return to H R BLOCK. There's an office near you. Trained prepar- ers will tame your taxes. H R BLOCK-A good place to place your con- fidence. 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