Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
J2-THE UTIIilRIDGE Mnrtt, 15, 1972 FREE-STANDING WALL Piso has its leaning tower and Beloit, has its free-standing wall. It won't be there long enough to become a tourist trap, however, since it is destined for the wrecker's boll to make way for a parking lot. Nose-thumbing hero thrown out LONDON (CP> Newfound- land-born Lt .-C m d r. Alastair Mare, just thrown out of Malta, is a Tloyal Navy hero noted for thumbing his nose at the estab- lishment. Mars, a much-decorated sub- marine commander in Hie Sec- ond World War, has sued the Royal Navy; been arrested by the Royal Navy and dismissed, Third-class mail not j OTTAWA (CP) Postmas- ter-General Jean-Pierre Cote said here he doesn't consider third-class mail to be junk mail. Without third-class mail- mainly unaddressed circulars- deficits on other classes of mail would rise steeply and perhaps (orce higher rates, Mr. Cote told the Commons communications committee. He forecast a revenue of more than 574 million from third-class mailings this year, and a deficit of 532 million to handle it. But Mr. Cote said the deficit Included assessing costs of ex- isting buildings and manpower to handle such mail. The same costs would have to be divided among other classes of mail if third-class were aban- doned. Only post office competitors in handling third-class mail would benefit from such a course, he said. The minister also said late de- livery of Christmas parcels- some as late as this sulted from dock strikes in other countries. The post office couldn't deliver mail it hadn't received, he said. Gas drilling suspended CAUiARY (CP) Imperial Oil Ud. announced here it has encountered drilling problems in an Arctic well that showed natural gas last month and has suspended drilling. The well has reached feet anil is tn be plugged back- to Hie bottom of casing, f> 070 (cct. Gas was located in two sep- arate reservoir groups when the well was at Imperial said, and those reservoirs above the plug will be tested if there is sufficient time- before the rig is moved prior to spring breakup. The well is Mallik IXiB near the MacKenzie delta, mainly because he tackled higher authorities. His eviction from Malta where he has been writing a hook, seems to stem from the fact that he is again in trouble ith authority. According to information here, lie wrole a letter to a Vi letta newspaper criticial of Dora Mintoff, the Maltese prime min- ister engaged in a dispute with Britain and NATO over the terms of basing defence forces on the island. An irony of all this is thai Mars, from St. John's, Nfld., helped save part of a convoy bound for Malta that was under attack by an Italian naval force at a lime when supplies were critical for that bcleagiired naval base. At the time, Mars was com- manding the small submarine Unbroken which was operating with Britain's lOlh Submarine Flotilla in the Mediterranean. Mars, now 57, became a legenc in the inland sea with some of his exploits. In defence of the vital convoy, be tackled an Italian squadror of four cruisers and eight de- stroyers. Two of the cruisers so badly holed that ttiey had lo Ire beached, The action saved an oil tanker which helped isolated Malta survive a prolonged siege. Mars also was credited with sinking 30.000 tons of enemy merchant shipping during the war. WINS SUIT Mars had his troubles with his own navy. On.being shifted to Hong Kong sfler a tour of dntj in the Antipodes, he figured the navy owed him about When the navy did not come across, he sued. He won, this did not endear him to the brass. Transferred to England after the war. he refused to take up a shore post. A court martial or dered his dismissal from the service, with loss of the usua' financial handshake. In another lawsuit, Mars failed to be reinstated !n the navy but won in sevi ance pay. Collecting this took so long that he had to go on the dole, pawn his Distinguished Service Order double Distinguished Service Cross and Burma take such jobs as driving a furniture van. He also had such varied expe- riences as captaining the yacht of Greek multi-millionaire "stav- ros Niarchos and running SF Lihrral candidate for the Coin mons in 1950 in Windsor constit- uency, where he polled about votes. In between and up to now he has written 10 books, some auto- biographical and some fiction He was doing research for one on Malta, on a tourist permit when he ran heacl-on into the authorities again. Exciting Spring Offer from Woolco! Men's Boys7 Popular Priced Pants for Work or Play! ._ _..- _. 9 AWQDLCO Where else would you find these Young Men's Washable Dress Flares at this in- credibly Low, Pre-Spring Price! 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