Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Forecast high Thursday 40. VOL. LXIV - No. 81 The Uthbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS - 48 PAGES UJ5* claims iceberg in T-3 murder By ROD CURRIE WASHINGTON (CP) - The U.S. government has claimed for legal purposes a manned iceberg in the Arctic Ocean is the same as an American ship and the government therefore has legal jurisdiction to try Mario J. Escamilla, accused in the so-called "T-3 ice island murder." In a memo filed before a court in nearby Alexandria, Va., the government said the U.S. has maintained a weather-station on T-3 almost continuously since 1951. Therefore, the island, or "tabulai iceberg" as the memo calls it, should be regarded as a U.S. ship since it was occupied by a U.S. agency and flew the American flag. Last October defence lawyers filed a motion with U.S. District Judge Oren Lewis asking that the charge against Escamilla be dismissed on grounds an ice island is not part of the "high seas" as defined by Congress. Congress has .said U.S. courts had jurisdiction over crimes committed on U.S. vessels and aircraft that are in international waters or airways. The defence contended that if the law was intended to include ice islands it would have said so. Fought over wine Escamilla, 33, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is accused of murdering Bernie E. Lightsey, leader of the 19-man team of weather researchers, last. July 16. A navy investigator testified at a preliminary hearing last. August that the death apparently occurred during a dispute over ownership of 15 gallons of raisin wine. Judge Lewis has not yet set a date for argument on jurisdictional questions, but the trial of Escamilla, who is free on $10,000 bond, has been set for May 5. Last summer LeRoy Batehelor, one of Escamilla's lawyers, said he could see the case eventually going before the International Court at The Hague or before a nation-possibly Canada-claiming that T-3's position is within its territorial waters. Escamilla was flown from the Arctic to Washington's Dulles Airport and thus came within the jurisdiction of the Alexandria court, T-3 is a 28-square-mile, 150-foot-thick ice slab that drifts through' the Ardic Ocean. At the time of the incident, it was estimated to be about 325 miles south of the North Pole. Chinese spies work on us OTTAWA (CP) - Establishment of a Chinese embassy here recently will mean the location of more agents in Canada, RCMP Commissioner W. L. Higgitt said here. He was asked by Harold Stafford (L-Elgin) whether he maintained his 1969 position that the new embassy would mean an increase in subversion. "That was not quite my statement," Commissioner Higgitt replied before the Commons justice committee. He said he had been asked at a news conference whether a mainland Chinese embassy would result in more agents in Canada. "The obvious answer had to be yes." When Mr. Stafford pressed the point, Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer intervened to say an improper picture of relations with Communist countries shouldn't be developed as relations were excellent. Asks about Russians Mr. Stafford asked whether Mr. Higgitt thought the threat of Soviet espionage had increased or decreased, The commissioner replied that this was a value judgment but he could say it was less than it had been at times in the past. Mr. Stafford asked whether Mr. Higgitt is aware of the Praxis Corp. which he said had been given $68,000 in federal funds to promote dissent. At the poor people's conference last fall in Toronto, Mr. Stafford said, the corporation had been the organ-izar and the conference had passed controversial resolutions, including one indicating support for the FLQ and its demand for release of political prisoners. "Certainly I'm concerned," the commissioner said. "I am as concerned as every Canadian is." Later David Orlikow (NDP-Winnipeg North) noted that Stephen Clarkson, a Toronto Liberal, is on the board of Praxis Corp. PFAA on the way out OTTAWA (CP) - Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson indicated this week that amendments aimed at gradually eliminating the Prairie farm assistance program will soon be placed before Parliament. Discussing the matter in the Commons miscellaneous estimates committee, Mr. Olson said there is no relationship or conflict between the agriculture stabilization program and federal crop insurance. But he said that with implementation of the stabilization program, many western farmers felt the assistance program should be gradually eliminated. The stabilization program would never be a substitute for crop insurance because they served two different purposes-production and protection, Government hikes grant to Alberta homeowners $25 increase election hint GORDON KERR . . . new wildlife director Government to announce appointments Dr. J. Donovan Ross, minister of lands and forests, was to announce in the legislature today the appointment of Gordon Kerr, a native of Coleman, as the new director of fish and wildlife for the province. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim.Kerr, long-time residents of the Crowsnest Pass. Mr. Kerr succeeds Dr. S. B. Smith, who was named to the three-m a n Alberta (Environment Control Authority late last year. A graduate of the University of Alberta, with a master's degree in biology, Mr. Kerr was regional wildlife biologist at Lethbridge during the early part of the 1960s. He left here to take over as chief wildlife biologist for the province. A former Lethbridgeite, Grant. Campbell, who was regional wildlife officer here at the same time as Mr. Kerr was the biologist, is to be named administrative assistant to Mr. Kerr. EDMONTON (CP) - Premier Harry Strom rekindled speculation of a spring provincial election Tuesday in the legislature when he announced a $25 increase in the provincial homeowners grant. The premier has indicated he intends to call an election this year but has given no indication of the date. He said in the legislature Tuesday the homeowners grant, introduced in 1966 at $50, will be increased to $75. ADDED BENEFITS There were added benefits for persons on the old age pension and the guaranteed annual income supplement. They will have their rebate increased to $150 from the present $100. The increases are effective this year. The grants are made to municipalities by the province. The municipalities, in turn, make the payments by cheque to homeowners. Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader Peter Lougheed said many people would be disappointed by the Social Credit government's announcement because no consideration was given to persons renting accommodation. Mr. Lougheed also said the measure did not provide full relief for pensioners and that Viet Cong forces advance in Laos HAM NGHI, Vietnam (AP) -Repeated North Vietnamese onslaughts are driving the South Vietnamese out of their bases in Laos and back toward their border with heavy losses, U.S. helicopter pilots reported today. "They can talk about helicopter mobility all they want, but from where I'm flying there's only one way to describe it-retreat, and a bad one," said one pilot. Another called it a rout. In the last five days the South Vietnamese have abandoned two of their four fire artillery or fire bases south of east-west Highway 9, retreated 15 miles and now are about 14 miles from the South Vietnamese border, the pilots said. A third base, Landing Zone Brown, appears doomed. "Sure, they've knocked out quite a few enemy supplies and maybe even cut the Ho Chi Minn trail in one or two places," said one pilot, but they haven't stopped the enemy from moving men or supplies, and they're taking a hell of a lot of casualties." Radio Hanoi said the Communist command in Laos has ordered all its troops to "pursue, trap and annihilate the U.S'. and Saigon puppet troops." Seeks re-election SEOUL (AP) - President Chung Hee Park was nominated Wednesday by the Democratic Republican party he heads to seek a third four-year term in an election to be held in the last week of April. The current term of the 53-year-old former soldier expires June 30. the basic amount for all homeowners should have been increased to $100. Mr. Strom said his government made the decision following two years of study of requests that property taxes be relieved of costs'of education and "other services to people." NECESSARY STEP The premier said the province is opposed to levying new taxes and regards as a "necessary step" a recent move to set provincial grants to municipalities from oil and natural gas royalties at $38 million. He said the new government policy on the grants to municipalities, introduced during the current legislature session, will not be changed. The government "sees no purpose" in referring the matter to a committee or holding hearings. "The responsibility of budgeting is the prerogative of the crown and the government must assume responsibility for its fiscal policies." Previously, the province distributed one-third of royalties to municipalities and the abandonment of this policy resulted in requests for hearings from municipal associations. In a radio interview later Mr. Strom said Alberta's homeowners probably are better off than British Columbia's although their homeowner grants are less. He was asked if this did not c o m pare unfavorably with B.C.'s rebates of $160 to homeowners, which may be raised by that Province's Social Credit government to $170 this session of the legislature. Wheat exports climb OTTAWA (CP)-?anada, shovelled a substantial amount from her bursting grain bin during the first six months of the cur-rent book-keeping year for crops, exporting 207.5 million bushels, Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported today. In the comparable August to January period last year, exports of wheat totalled 137.2 million bushels. This year's exports also crept above the 206.1 million bushels exported on an average during the last 10 years. Total estimated supplies of wheat in Canada for the 1970-71 crop year declined 13 per cent to 1,340.2 million bushels from the equivalent August to July period in 1969-70. Wheat supplies available for expert and carryover are expected to reach 1,165.2 million bushels, 14 per cent below the 1,355.2 million in 1969-70. Seen and heard About town TOYAL SCOT Frank Barrow, snorting over St. Patrick's Day today, saying people are divided into two groups: "Those who are Irish and those who are glad they aren't" . . . Maxine Higgins telling Reno Lizzi he'd reached the go-go age, but the gone-gone stage . . . Diana Oudshoorn turning out to be the top scorer, with two points, in a Grade 5 basketball game (Final score: 2-0). WARM AND WET - Normal temperatures are expected for most of Canada according to the 30-day outlook of the United States weather bureau. Heavy precipitation is forecast for much of Eastern Canada. Build A-plant HAMBURG (Reuter) - The world's biggest nuclear power station, costing $220 million and producing 1,300 megawatts, will be built near the mouth of the Weser River in northwest Germany and start operations around the end of 1975, it was nsounced Tuesday, THE MINISKIRT WAS PURPLE - Accompanied by a sheriff's matron, Angela Davis arrives at a San Rafael courtroom with a smile and wearing a purple miniskirt. The 27-year-old UCLA philosophy instructor and block militant is charged with murder, kidnap and conspiracy in a gun battle In which four persons died last August. Britain accepts demand for crackdown on IRA From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) - Britain has accepted the Northern Ireland government's demand for a tougher crackdown on Irish . Republican Army guerrillas, informed sources said today. An urgent review will start at once on the British army's manpower and material requirements in the embattled country. Decisions are expected in time for Northern Ireland's prime minister, James Chichester-ment Thursday. These developments emerged after urgent talks in London Tuesday between Chichester-Clark and Prime Minister Edward Heath. A sign of the military importance of the talks was the presence of Britain's top soldier, Gen. Sir Geoffrey Baker, chief of the general staff, and his Northern Ireland commander, Lt.-Gen. Harry Tuzo. The outcome of talks could mean a considerable strength- Penalty phase completed in Tate murder trial ening of British forces in Ulster, the sources said. The Northern Ireland premier also is thought to have demanded a massive round-up of terrorists and internment without trial. The British government is reluctant to extend the scale of its operations in Ulster because it is feared that harsh measures against the IRA could turn the uncommitted majority against the police and British security forces. Chichester-Clark faces a critical vote of no-confidence March 29 in the Ulster Unionist Council, his party's grassroots organization. LOS ANGELES (AP) - The defence and prosecution have rested their cases in the penalty phase of the Sharon Tate murder trial. Only final lawyers' arguments remain before the jury makes it decision: life imprisonment or death for Charles Man-son and three young women. Superior Court Judge Charles Older told the jurors Tuesday he estimated the case would be given to them in one week. The jury, which convicted Charles Manson and three women co-defendants of murder-conspiracy Jan. 25, must decide whether the sentence will be death in the gas chamber or life behind bars. The jurors, released from their home-away-from-home at the Ambassador Hotel early in the penalty phase, will be sequestered again for their penalty deliberations, the judge said. The defence called 29 witnesses in the penalty phase Queen Juliana visits daughter MONTREAL (CP) - Queen Juliana of The Netherlands arrived here Tuesday night for what a Dutch consulate spokesman said was a strictly private visit with her 24-year-old daughter, Princess Christina. after calling none during the trial itself. The state called three (fitnesses. It had called 84 in the trial. Testimony in the penalty phase ended Tuesday as the trial entered its 10th month. Manson did not testify but the three women each took the stand during the penalty phase, admitted participation in the killing of Miss Tate and six others in August, 1969, and swore that Manson, 36-year-old hippie-type clan leader, was not involved. Nixon's daughter to marry WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending the secret that nearly everyone has known for weeks, President Nixon has announced his daughter Tricia will marry Harvard law student Edward F. Cox in a White House ceremony June 5. The president and Mrs. Nixon made the formal announcement Tuesday night at a party that was a three-way celebration- the first lady's 59th birthday, St. Patrick's Day and, of course, the engagement of his 25-year-old daughter. PM Gandhi elected to lead party NEW DELHI (AP) - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was unanimously elected the undisputed' leader of her ruling parliamentary party today and the head of the next Indian government. The 440 members of both houses of parliament belonging to the Congress party took just 14 minutes to fulfil the constitutional formality of choosing a leader.