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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta High forecast Sunday 45. e Herald * ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 78 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1971 PRICE 15 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS - 74 PAGES 1$0Q fans evacuated 40 fire fighters battle blaze levels Lethbridge Arena THE AFTERMATH: FLAMES WERE SO HOT THEY MELTED STEEL GIRDERS v 4 SEARING-HOT FLAMES ROASTED THE ARENA FOR MORE THAN FOUR HOURS -Photos by Walter Kerber Found guilty of Laporte murder Rose given life sentence Launch search PARIS (Reuter) - Police launched an intensive search today for the kidnappers of 21-year-old Elisabeth Chenevier, released unharmed Friday night after her oil executive father had paid $90,000 ransom. Elisabeth, a psychology student, returned in a taxi to her Paris apartment and told reporters she had never seen the kidnappers. "I always had my eyes blindfolded, absolutely all the time," she said. Elisabeth, sixth of the nine children of Jean Chenevier, head of British Petroleum's French subsidiary, was snatched Monday night as she returned home from choir practice. She said he was overpowered as she parked her car in the underground car park of her highrise apartment building. A blanket was thrown over her head and she was driven away. MONTREAL (CP) - Paul Rose was sentenced to life imprisonment today after being found guilty by a Court of Queen's Bench jury of the noncapital murder of Pierre Laporte. Artist dies PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (API - Rockwell Kent, as often condemned for his politics as admired for his art, died today in this northern New York city. He was 88. The outspoken artist had been in failing health for some time. Kent was something of a modern-day Renaissance man, with accomplishments in lithography, farming, poetry, architecture, exploring and the breeding of Great Danes, as well as his The jury, which began deliberations briefly Friday, entered its verdict soon after resumption of court proceedings today, winding up the seven-week trial of the 27-y e a r -o 1 d former ' teacher. Rose is the first of four persons to be tried in the kidnapping of the Quebec labor minister last Oct. 10 and his strangulation death a week later. The seven-week trial just concluded dealt with the non-capital murder charge only. The other three-Jacques Rose, 23, Paul's brother, Francis Simard, 23, and Bernard Lortie, 19-are to face trial on similar charges at a later date. Rose took the verdict calmly, as though he expected it. As he left (lie courtroom between two policemen his parting comments vera: "Vive le Quebec libre, vive le peuple Quebecois, nous vain-crons." When the 12-man jury filed into Court of Queen's Bench shortly after 10 a.m. today, Mr. Justice Marcel Nichols asked: "Are you ready to continue your deliberations?" The jury foreman said: "We have reached a verdict." The decision came after the foreman Friday had asked that deliberations be postponed until today because jurors were too tired to continue. That request came after the jury met for 25 minutes Friday. ' In translation Rose's comments in English were: "Long live free Quebec, long live the Quebec people, we shall win." Rose would become eligible for parole after serving 10 years of bis life term. . Britain returns young soldiers By LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer A spectacular blaze Friday night levelled the 49-year-old Lethbridge Arena in about 90 minutes. Some 1,800 hockey fans watching the hometown Sugar Kings trailing the Edmonton Maple Leafs 2-1 early in the third period escaped unharmed in what Lethbridge fire department officials termed an "orderly exit." The Sugar Kings have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Alberta Junior Hockey League semi-final. _ The remaining third period of Friday's game will be played in T a b e r tonight at 8 o'clock. Flames raged through the old wooden structure. The roof collapsed 20 minutes from the time the blaze was reported. The cause of the fire, which broke out in the southeast corner of the arena, has not been determined. Several minor injuries occurred during the fire. Capt. William Short of the fire department received burns to one hand and his face. He was treated at hospital and released. Wishart Aicken of 505 13 S't. S., watching the fire, collapsed and was taken to St. Michael's General Hospital. He has head cuts and an injured knee and is being held in hospital for observation. HEAT INTENSE The heat from the blaze was intense. The 40 fire fighters kept several streams of water playing on the engine room area of the arena to keep the giant ammonia tanks from blowing up. Fire fighters had to soak their clothes with water to keep them from catching fire. Most windows in the north side of the Elk's Club, next to the arena, were broken by the searing heat. The aerial unit of the fire department was badly scorched. From REUTER-AP BELFAST (CP) - Britain will withdraw about 170 troops under the age of 18 from Northern Ireland after the killing of three young off-duty soldiers this week. The order, to take effect as soon as possible, was announced Friday night by Defence Minister Lord Carrington. One of the three murdered soldiers was only 17, a second, his brother, 18, and the third 23. Tensions were high in Northern Ireland this weekend with fears of violence by Protestants seeking revenge against Roman Catholic districts. Leave was cancelled for most of the 8,000 British soldiers on peacekeeping operations here as the hunt for the murderers continued. The demand for severe reprisal measures against the Irisli Republican Army, suspected of the killings despite denials from the army's leaders, was strengthened Friday when workers from Belfast's shipyards marched in protest against the murders. The 5,000 workers from the country's largest employers, Harland and Wolff, called for the internment of all known IRA leaders. Men of Belfast's sprawling shipyards tied up traffic and drew crowds of onlookers on their march. FROM BOTH RELIGIONS Spokesmen said the marchers were both Roman Catholics and Protestants, who often have clashed in the last two years. The murders have been condemned by every section of responsible opinion in Northern Ireland, where the street warfare between Republican terrorists and British troops sprang out of a campaign by minority Roman Catholics for equal voting, housing and working rights. Additional fire coverage pages 15, 16 The department called out all1 off-shift men. Six pumper units poured thousands of gallons of water on the fire and sprayed adjacent buildings to keep them from bursting into flames. The arena was built in 1922 at a cost of $23,000. Originally it had natural ice. Artifical ice was installed in 1937. A major renovation costing $170,000 was given the building in 1965. Plans called for $105,000 to be spent on the arena in 1975, for concrete bleachers and dressing room areas. , HOCKEY HOME The arena was "home" for several hockey clubs over the years, including the Lethbridge Maple Leafs of the late 1930s and 1940s, the world champion Maple Leafs of 1951, the Lethbridge Native &\>ns junior club and in recent years, the Sugar Kings. Thousands of youngsters used the arena through the years for minor hockey. Ice follies,. wrestling, dances, stage shows and carnivals have also been held there. The arena's seating capacity was about 2,400. No official word has been given regarding possible replacement of the structure, or cost of replacement. Bill Brown, city parks and recreation director said Saturday some announcement will likely be made early next week. It's the fourth Alberta rink to burn in the past few years. Ta-ber, Medicine Hat and Drum-heller lost arenas by fire. All three locations have new rinks, with the latest opened in Medicine Hat last fall. It seats 4,200. Premier Meir ,s#ggests joint peacekeeping force r^By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS * Premier Golda Meir of Israel has suggested a joint yiiraeli-Egyptian peacekeeping force to keep the Sinai demilitarized and reduce the possibility of armed attack on either country from the peninsula separating them. Such a force would have to include Israelis, Mrs. Meir told the London Times in an interview publishedKFriday. But she Agreement in dockyard dispute near OTTAWA (CP) - Tentative %;'tVeement has been reached on a oO-month contract for federal government dockyard workers in Halifax and Esquimau, B.C., the treasury board announced today: The agreement would cover some 3,000 workers in both cities. Final acceptance of the terms is subject to ratification by members of the federal government dockyard trade and labor council. A special ratification meeting is scheduled for Halifax Sunday afternoon at the Stadacona drill hall. A similar Sunday meeting is being arranged at Esquimalt. said the Egyptians would be welcome. On Israel's peacetime borders, Mrs. Meir said that Israel must retain Sharm el Sheikh, which controls the Strait of Tirana at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel also would keep the Golan Heights of Syria and all of Jerusalem,- she said. She said Israel does not want Egypt to return to the Gaza Strip and does not want a separate Palestinian state on the Israeli-occupied west bank of the Jordan"River. The Soviet Union accused Israel of greed in its border demands.and of piling up "one obstacle after another on the road to peace." The government, newspaper, Izvestia, denounced in an unsigned editorial what it called Israel's appetite for Arab territories occupied in the 1967 war. Arctic oil pipeline inevitable OTTAWA (CP) - Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien told the Commons Friday an Arctic pipeline is inevitable and that he will meet oil company executives within two weeks to lay down the conditions by which the line could be built through the Mackenzie Valley. He and Energy Minister J. J. Greene will meet the presidents of the seven firms developing oil reserves on Alaska's north slope at Prudhae Bay. The Mackenzie Valley pipeline is the only alternative to the trans-Alaska pipeline, which would supply giant supertankers running from Valdez, Alaska, down the British Columbia coast to refineries in Washington. Seen and heard About town    T ETHBRIDGE Community College President Dr. C . D. Stewart proudly displaying pictures of his new family to University of Lethbridge President Dr. Sam Smith-an animal farm full of new animals . . . Shirley Wilson enthusiastically working on a new anti-pollution project ... a take-out business near the Lethbridge Arena doing landslide business during last evening's fire. Bill to reduce legal age given first reading EDMONTON (CP) - The legislature gave first reading Friday to a bill which would reduce the legal age of majority to 18 from 21. It provides that any Alber-tan reaching the age of 18 can vote in any election, enter legal contracts, marry without parental consent, consume liquor and generally assume the responsibilities now given to persons 21 or older. Attorney-General Edgar Ger-hart said most sections of the bill would come into effect when the current session of the legislature ends. Portions involving entering into contracts likely would become law about July L ;