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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, March 1974 News In brief Turnabout story expected NEW YORK (AP) Former attorney-general John Mitchell has been pictured in government testimony as shrugging off Robert Vesco's pleas for help during early stages of a federal fraud investigation into the latter's financial empire But key witness Harry Sears is expected to testify at die criminal conspiracy trial of Mitchell and former Commerce secretary Maurice Stans that there was a turnabout once Vesco contributed secretly to President Nixon's 1972 re- election campaign. Within five hours of handing over the money April the indictment says, Sears was making his long-desired personal pitch in Vesco's behalf with William Casey, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in a meeting arranged by Mitchell. Sears was scheduled to return to the witness stand for a second day today. i Woman loses sauna suit 3 SANTA ANA, Calif. (Reu- Iter) A mother of seven who ;said that being locked in a sauna turned her into a "sex- 'hungry nymphomaniac" has ;iost her million damage suit. Maria Parson, 46, sued the Holiday Health Spa chain, claiming that the steam burns I she got in the sauna room caused her to develop "ex- treme sexual tendencies." But a Superior Court jury .rejected her damages claim Tuesday. Mrs. Parson said that be- fore the steam-room incident in March, 1970, she was "a devout Catholic mother of seven." But afterwards she proposi- tioned men in local bars. Lawyers for the health spa said the change in Mrs. Par- son's nature was brought about by her husband encour- aging her to go to wife-swapp- ing parties and topless bars. i Selassie announces reforms ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Ethiopia's week of unrest has 'won a promise of .constitutional reform from Emperor Haile Selassie. "said The 81-year-old emperor on television Tuesday he had ordered Prime -Minister Endalkatchew TsMakonnen to convene a within six months -jo work out the reforms. But he made no mention of i demands for higher pay and new labor laws which are be- hind a call by the trades union confederation for a strike of workers starting Thursday. The main reforms mentioned by the emperor were that the prime minister will be made responsible to parliament and that further civil rights safeguards for 25 million Ethiopians will be written into the constitution. "f, u ate mala elects general GUATEMALA CITY (AP) 2- Retired general Kjell liLaugerud Garcia appears to be the next president of Guatemala. --With 80 per cent of the re- turns from Sunday's election jn. the electoral commission Reported votes for Laugerud Garcia, the conservative government candidate; for another retired general, Efrain Rios Mott of the left-of-centre Christian Democrats; and for retired colonel Ernesto Paiz Novales of the centrist Revolutionary party. Heath "squalid nuisance9 f LONDON (Reuter) Former prime minister Heath has survived fris first party test as Conservative leader after his general election defeat, but a discordant note came today from the right-wing magazine The Spectator. In a front-page editorial the magazine called on Heath to resign as Conservative leader. It described him as a "squalid nuisance." Referring to his rebuffed ef- forts to stay on after his elec- tion defeat with Liberal sup- port, The Spectator said he ap- peared a "ludicrous and broken clinging with "grubby fingers to the crumbling precipice power." of his Regal visit announced r LONDON (AP) Princess and her husband, Snowdon, will pay an Official visit to the United States May 2-9 this year. Princess Margaret, who was last in the U.S. in 1965, will go on to Canada. JBilly de Wolfe dies at 67 LOS ANGELES (Reuter) Billy de Wolfe. 67, the tooth- some, moustachioed Comedian of stage, screen and television, died in a hospital Tuesday. De Wolfe, a former dancer who got his start in vaudeville, entered hospital a {reek ago with lung cancer. However, the cause of death was given as a blood clot He appeared in many films, including Blue Skies with Bing Crosby. Lullaby of Broadway and Call Me Madam. He also appeared in several television series and was a frequent guest on television talk shows. Deaths BRIDGE RUG DRAPES FNH UTiMATCS PhOTtt By THE CANADIAN PRESS Toronto-George Monteith, 61. financial director of The Toronto Star's commercial printing services. New York-Sol Hurok. 65. impressario. who brought the Soviet Union's greatest per- formers to the foremost concert halls of North America. Skerbmke, QM. J S. Johnny Bourque, 79. former cabinet minister in the Union Rationale government of Premier Maurice Duplessis. Town flooded This is an aerial view of Ste. Clothilde, P.O., 75 miles east of Montreal. Rising water and ice from the Nicolet River Tuesday flooded several homes and set two cottages adrift. Liberals easily survive vote of non-confidence OTTAWA (CP) Despite universal opposition criticism of its economic policies, the minority Liberal government Tuesday night fought off the second non-confidence motion since the new parliamentary session began last Wednesday. The New Democratic Party, true to its promise to support the Liberals at least temporarily, voted against the Progressive Conservative motion, giving the government a 129-to-109 margin of support. A breakdown showed 98 Conservatives and 11 Social Credit for the non-confidence motion; 101 Liberals and 28 New Democrats against. Grain car purchase considered Herald Ottawa Bureau Canadian government is looking into the possibility of purchasing additional hopper cars for the fast movement of wheat, Justice Minister Otto Lang, who is responsible for the Wheat Board told the Commons Tuesday. That was one proposal being considered among other measures to bring the transportation system up to the point that the delivery of all grain produced in the prairie region could be assured, said the minister. He was replying to questions raised by Jack Murta The throne speech had made mention of the importance of the Canadian grain rail transportation. He said the government should view favourably the request from the Wheat Board to buy more hopper cars or rolling stock for the movement of grain. Mr. Murta said the minister has indicated for some time now that the government was looking at the situation. He wondered when it was going to take action. Mr. Lang said the govern- ment has been dealing "more urgently with the immediate situation." He explained that to buy more hopper cars would not accommodate or improve the present situation. Last Friday, the Liberals and NDP voted together to crush a Social Credit non- confidence bid 125 to 83. That motion condemned the government for not taking "effective and immediate measures to stop the increase in the cost of living, which seriously affects persons on low and medium incomes." The Conservative motion said simply that the House had no confidence in-the government. Before Tuesday's vote, Fi- nance Minister John Turner admitted that inflation is Canada's main economic problem, but said it is caused by world-wide commodity price increases. He boasted that the Canadian economy "is the envy of the world." A real economic growth rate of 7.1 per cent in 1973 was "the greatest expansion Canada has experienced in 17 years" and helped to create new jobs. This had brought the average unemployment rate down to 5.6 per cent from 6.3 per cent in 1973. Despite inflation, he said, "real disposable income of Canadians per is the income available to them to spend or save after payment of direct taxes and after discounting the impact of by 6.8 per cent." Federal tax cuts and in- creased social assistance benefits had contributed to the increase. But Marcel Lambert, Con- servative finance critic, blasted the government's economic record. Mr. Lambert (Edmonton West) accused the Liberals of using Alberta's petroleum in- dustry, which produces 85 per cent of the country's oil, as a whipping boy. Ottawa had imposed a voluntary oil price freeze at the producer level, apparently to prevent "windfall profits to those who are exploiting the resources." But this raised a question. "I intend to ask the minister of finance why he and his ad- ministration do not move in on the gold mines of Ontario and Quebec, which have the major monopoly on the production of gold. At today's prices, if there aren't windfall profits in gold, then the whole situation is Nixon vetoes energy bill WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon today vetoed emer- gency energy legislation, saying it would result in reduced energy supplies, longer lines at the gasoline pumps, minimal reduction in gasoline prices and "worst of all, serious damage to jobs in America." Anticipating the veto, the Senate scheduled a vote on overriding it later in the day. Nixon said it was "with a deep sense of disappointment" that he sent back the bill with- out his approval after Congress had worked on it for almost four months. "Employment would go up and incomes would go as a result of the bill's proposed rollback of domestic crude oil prices, the president contended. 'Barrett lied9 Liberal charges Restytes like real hair, heat resistant and fuzz-proof, 1 year manu- facturers quality guarantee, and featuring the latest Innovation 4 WAY STRETCH WEFTINO. Just 3 of the many avaflaWe fTlERLE nORfnflfl COSMETIC BOUTIQUE "3 A 35, VICTORIA (CP) The 10- day-old chicken and egg war in the British Columbia legislature was given new impetus Tuesday when Liberal Leader David Anderson charged that Premier Dave Barrett and Agriculture Minister Dave Stupich deliberately lied to the house. He said he was making the grave charges because opposition MLAs had been unable to discover the truth of the affair in any other way, either by asking repeated questions of both men in the legislature, asking for civil servants to testify or demanding an independent public inquiry. "I have no alternative but to accuse the premier and minister of agriculture with deliberately lying to this said Mr. Anderson. When such charges are made, the speaker or committee chairman presiding over MLAs almost always asks that it be withdrawn because in parliamentary terms, it imputes a motive to an MLA. At the fall session last year, Bob McClelland Cries for help heard Saturday in a remote wilderness area of the British Columbia interior have led to renewed hope in the search for three Kamloops men lost on a flight from Prince George to Kamloops Feb. 15. Walter Ladoski. a farmer from Loon Lake, reported to RCMP late Sunday that he thought he heard cries for help while working with his two sons Saturday in an area between Loon Lake and Hihium Lake, about 80 miles northwest of here. RCMP have attempted for the past two days to check the area by aircraft and helicopter but have been hampered by a series of snowstorms. An RCMP spokesman said no information was given out until late Tuesday because they did not want to give false hopes to the wives and families of the three missing men. A 13-day search in the densely forested rugged terrain northwest of Kamloops ended Feb. 28 without success. Meanwhile, the search for an aircraft with eight persons aboard that disappeared Tuesday on a flight from Prince Rupert, B.C.. to Eden Lake on the Queen Charlotte Islands was to resume early this morning. A spokesman at the rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria said that last night two helicopters traced the path the plane was to have flown bat found nothing. minister, other than to say "it was as expected. We discussed economic development of the west and the Saskatoon western pre- miers' conference." "He had some questions about our development prior- ities and wanted some response about it. We also talked about the broad field oT energy but I can't get any more precise." Asked whether a settlement of the oil price issue was close because of the telephone dis- cussions set for later in the week, Premier Lougheed said "that isn't the case." "These were only exploratory talks but they have been useful." Asked if he thought it significant the prime minister met him Monday and Saskatchewan Premier Allan Blakeney a day later, Premier Lougheed said "Alberta and Saskatchewan are entirely different situations." "Saskatchewan exports a greater percentage of its oil than we do, so I don't think there is anything wrong or suspicious in the prime minister choosing to meet with Mr. Blakeney and I separately." He said he expects it will be four to eight weeks before changes in national rail policies are seen in response to western demands for more equitable rail transportation costs. Arms 'hidden aboard aircraft' AMSTERDAM (Reuter) Two young Arabs who hijacked a British airliner to Amsterdam and set it on fire claim that the arms and explosives for the operation were hidden in the plane by accomplices before they boarded, police said today. In separate statements to police interrogators, they told how they were ordered by a Palestinian organization to hijack the British Airways VC-10 on Sunday and force it to Schiphol airport here, where they set it ablaze. "The men said they had in- structions to sit on the third row near the window and the Maj. E. Gerritsen. chief of Schiphol airport police, told reporters. "They had been told that their arms were under their seats and they did indeed find them there. "Five minutes after the plane took off from Beirut (hey had checked their arms, which were hidden between the life jackets and the seats of the chairs. They consisted of two hand grenades, two pistols and two fuses. Memorial service for crash victims that he heard the Liberal chief differently, but that if PARIS A me- morial service to the 316 vic- tims of Sunday's air crash was to be held today under the trees of Ermenonville forest where a Turkish airlines DC- 10 crashed in the world's worst airline disaster. The service was arranged as the difficult process of identifying victims went ahead, along with an inquiry into the cause of the crash. Investigators believe an ex- plosion occurred aboard the huge, wide-bodied jumbo jet shortly after it left Paris. Bui they are still seeking evidence as to whether sabotage or technical failure was responsible Relatives, who have arrived here since Sunday, are expected to attend today's service, to be held only yards from the crash site. Name of the only Canadian known to be among the dead was released Tuesday night. She was Isobel Wilkinson, 90, who had been living in Sheffield, England. No information was immediately available on her Canadian background. The inquiry commission, mainly French and Turkish but with United States and British observers, will not meet again until March 35 to discuss their preliminary findings. Meanwhile, it has formed six working groups to study aspects of the crash. it might be more than a year before the commission's final conclusions are published. One vital piece of evidence, the cockpit voice recorder which records on tape (he last half-boor of conversation in the aircraft cockpit, is still missing. Investigators already have found the blade box recording the plane's speed and angle of descent and the pilot's contacts with Orly air control. Police and army sections are continuing their search for debris, sweeping the flat agricultural land from a point nine miles from the crash scene where the first pieces of debris and bodies were found. Tests were being conducted on parts of the DC-10 to see whether there are any trace of explosives. ;