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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta London moves to narrow IRA ranks By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (OP) In divesting Ulster Protestanti of their overwhelming political power, the British gov- ernment is in effect attempting to draw moderate Roman Catholics from the influence of (ho Irish Re- publican Army. Tile view in is that only by narrowing tha ranks of IRA followers can the security forces in Northern Ireland hope to contain the bomb-throwers, and gunmen and reduce their ability to paralyse Ihs six counties. To those who suggest that Prime Minister Heath may be merely replacing one threat by another, offi- cials respond with an expression of confidence that the Protestant backlash is unlikely to be as vicious or prolonged as the persistent and widening IRA attack. After all, the Protestants have more to lose. They have over the years not only doraitianted Northern Ireland's politics hut also its economic structure. The IRA drew its slrenglh largely from disowned, low- paid Catholics, many living on welfare payments. In destroying hotels, shops, factories and other es- tablishments, (he IKA may have felt it was destroying structures (hat belonged to the "enemy." Targets limited Protestants bent on destruction would have more limited targets, probably the strongholds in Catholic slums where an invasion would require a well-dis- ciplined and overpowering force. There sfill is some queslion among seasoned ob- servers whether, despite the appearance of large num- bers at parades and meetings, Protestant extremists can rally enough men to carry out major attacks. Behind all these threats of attacks must be tha Protestant view that, if they go too far, not only will they invite a response from Catholic extremists but the possibility of a new alliance between Catholics and British troops. For most moderate Catholics who feel they had no hope or sympathy in the Protestant Stormont re- gime, dismantling of this half-century of power may seem a major victory. It is unlikely that many would be excited by the fact that a British Protestant min- ister is taking over from Stormont but the move may also impress them that a less involved person is pre- siding. And with the British decision to release some of the Ulster internees and the holding of plebiscites about the border with the Irish republic, many of the mod- erates may be convinced that the trend is Ing towards Irish unity, a goal many fervently endorse. ivage goes sour WASHINGTON CCP) President Nixon's economic freeze, success of which could be vital to his re- election chances, is being shaken by a two-pronged as- sault from soaring food costs and balky union leaders. There was no great surprise here when AFL-CIO President George Meany nnd his labor allies quit the board which has tried lo control increases. Meany denounced the whole Nixon program as a bur- den for the working man and a blessing for big busi- ness. Most organized-labor leaders have opposed the freeze from its start. They agreed only reluctantly to take part and appeared to be waiting an appropriate time to pull out. Meany's action came one day before publication of February cost-of-Hving figures which showed the big- gest monthly increase in U.S. food prices in 14 an increase which out average wage ments during the month. Administration spokesmen quickly emphasized that non-food cosLs appear to have been stabilized, but the jump in prices for meat, eggs and fresh vegetables left the cost-of-living index climbing at a rate (hat still spelled "inflation" to many consumers. There are pre- dictions that the food-price rise will continue at least through March, if not beyond. President Nixon's new agriculture secretary, Earl Blitz, has been touring happily in the farm belt, reap- ing voter support from the Republican farm program. Hearing planned But faced with growing consumer discontent, the government's price-control commission has scheduled public hearings to decide whether raw farm currently not under be brought into the control program before they undermine the anti- inflation battle. The fear among Nixon's Republicans is that a com- bination of unpleasant economic developments could slash into the party's appeal to voters in the Novem- ber elections. The president has said that 1972 will be a "very good year" economically. At a minimum, that kind of year would almost certainly require that serious in- flation be hnEtcd, that unemployment be clearly on its way down and that business activity he moving notice- ably forward. The business community is relatively optimistic About prospects, The real, problems appear he inflation and unemployment, problems shared by most Industrialized Western countries to varying degrees. Nixon has never had organized labor's support, al- though he managed to pickup a highly visible follow- ing among hard-hat construction men and other blue- collar workers. The latest attacks from George Meany and com- pany should do Nixon little immediate harm, since ha can picture himself defending the nubUc interest against labor "bosses." Malta pact near LONDON (Reuter) Prime Minister Dom Mintoff of Malta arrived in Jjondon today, appar- ently to sign a new defence pact ajid stop the withdrawal of Brit- is h land, sea and air forces from the Mediterranean island, Mintoff is scheduled to meet British Defence Secretary Lord Carring ton to sign the agree- ment five days before Britain's March 31 dead- line for completing the evacua- tion of its forces. It will signal the end of a bitter Aiiglo-Mallese row which erupted soon after Mintoff be- came Malta's prime minister last June and ordered Britain to pay a bigger rent for the mili- tary bases or gel out. Mintoff flew here in an RAF Comet and was accompanied by British High Commissioner Sir Duncan Wafson and a team of Maltese officials. But as he left, British with- drawal from the island moved into its final stages and was or- dered to continue until an agreement actually is signed. The embarkation of 900 Royal Alanne aboard the commando carrier Bulwark will go on as planned, a forces spokesm an said. Dom Mintoff will be joined by Edgar Mmf, the Crown advo- cate-general, who for more than a week has been drafting the new bases agreement with Brit- ish defence ministry officials. Thousands pf cheering people spilled into the streets Friday night as word spread that a last-minute agreement appar- ently has been reached. They ignored government attempts to dampen their enthusiasm. DEADLINE NEAR With the deadline for the with- drawal of the last British iceman only a week away, many people believed until Fri- day night that the island's 372- year association with Britain was about to end. Execution threat made BUENOS AIRES (AP) The threat of execution at noon Sim- day hung over abducted Italian industrialist Oberclan Sallustro today after the Argent in D gov- ernment rejected a demand to free 50 jailed guerrillas. Sallustro, general manager of the auto firm, was kidnapped Irom his car Tuesday by leftist terrorists. His abductors said Friday the execution will be carried out un- less 50 prisoners are released and "transferred lo Algeria or some other country" and mil- lion provided to buy books, smocks and shoes for school children. Seen and heard About town CK1ER Maxine Whitcroft v slowly sinking into soft, slushy snow after breaking a new trail Randy llolfald presenting Marlcne Roeiofs with a baby cup complete with lid after she spilled sev- eral plastic clips lull of cof- fee Ken Matheson -stumb- ling into a door after paying more attention to some pass- ing girk. ONE MORE TIME, FRANKIE Jubilant Conservative Premier Frank Moores dons the salt and pepper cap of Newfoundland" singing star Harry Hibbs, who performed af Moores' election victory celebration in Corner Brook, and offers to sing "The Block Velvet Band" in honor of defeated Liberal leader Ed Roberts. (CP Wirephoto) me man hits CALGARY (CP) A south- eastern Alberta fanner and a Calgary sales clerk were among Uic major winners to- day fc..ju'ing the running of the Lincoln Handicap, on the Irish S is based. John Sultz of Irvine, who also drives a school bus, won 000 with a ticket on Sovereign Bill, winner of the race held at Doncaster, England. His nom tie phi me vrss happy. Fred Quigley, 21, planning lo get married in June, collected as Dowdslown Charley finished second, throe-quarters of a length behind the winner, "I never bought a ticket be- fore on said Mr. Quigley, adding he heard the news while listening to an, early morning radio program. TRYING TO KETfKE Friends of 'Mr, said he has bec3i "trying to retire" and has tried to sell two sections of his land south of Irvine, near Medicine Hat. "He's had to do some moon- lighting to make ends meet. he can use said a friend at the town's general store. THE LUCKY OXES The names ami addresses of the winners are John S, Sulz of Irving, AUa., Bob Allan, 1177 Bloor street, Ont.; Abe Dyckc, Hit 1, Mission City, B.C.; Easton, JB75 Victoria St. Belleville, CM.; A. Abraams, 34 Merlin Hd., To- ronto; Ivan Duhickyj, 135 Hes- peler, Winnipeg; Lena Ilnmelhi, 333 MacTnLyre East, North Bay, Ont.; L, Nomberg, 450 Glen- grove Ave. Toronto, Bob Petrin, 1707 Alberta Ave. Windsor, Ont. Folfovring are the addresses of the second-prize winners: R. M. Glade, -1036 Lodge Ave., Victoria; Bernie Lessard, 244 B e 11 e v u e St., Peterborough, Ont.; F. W. Quigley St. Calgary; J. Cubbage, 77G Pape Ave., Toronto; E. A. Tnnes, 423 Radisson, Longueuil, Que. The addresses of third-prize winners are; F. Smith, 214 Scruple Ave., Winnipeg; L. S, Norman, II Shea St., St. John's, Nfld.; Guigi Palermo, 559 Dufferin Si., Toronto. Woman orders champagne to cool nerves PARIS (Renter) Jewels worth six million francs were stolen from a Portuguese woman passenger at Airport today when she put down her handbag on a ticket counter and turned her back for a minute, police said. The handbag, which also con- tained francs in cash was stolen from Cecilia Lopez Pina of Lisbon. Police said the jewels were not insured. They said Mrs. Lopez Pina or- dered a bottle of champagne to calm her nerves and left on the next plane for Portugal as scheduled. Ex-editor killed FLOIIENCEVJLLE, N .B. (CP) A former entertainment editor of the Winnipeg Tribune, Frank Mbrriss, 66, and his 71- year-old wife Patricia were killed in a ear-truck collision near here Friday. Landslide victory Tories ride high at ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) Frank Duff Moores succeeded Friday in doing what no Pro- gressive Conservative party leader had managed to do in nearly a quarter-century of, Newfoundland provincial poli- tics. He trimmed the Liberals for a clear-cut majority victory. In the province's eighth gen- era! election since joining Can- ada in 1049, Premier Moores' Conservative government scored a resounding victory that should end the political turbul- ence set off by last October's indecisive vote. Final standings: 1972 33 9 0 42 1971 21 20 1 PC Liberal New Labrador Total The Conservatives ijeld tlieir traditional ground and broadened their victory with solid gains in long-standing Lib- era! ridings, including the Pla- centia East seat that former premier Joey Smalhvood won Oct. 28. Mr. Smallwood, the only other man to serve as New- foundland premier, was not a candidate in this election, the first he has missed since lead- ing the province into Confedera- tion. His 31-year-old successor, Ed Roberts, was obviously disap- pointed as he told reporters: "The people have spoken and that's that." APRIL SESSION LIKELY The 39-year-old Mr. Woo res, whose entire 18-man cabinet was re-elected, said he expects the legislature to sit about April 10. He called the election March 2 with party standings in the 42- seat house at 20 PCs, 20 Liber- als and vacancies. The re- sult was not a party vote, tho premier said Friday night. Rather, it was "a vote of con- fidence in individuals who have been really slugging it out and want to do a job." It was also an historic elec- tion in a province that had never given any party but tha Liberals a majority election vic- tory. Prominent Liberals who lost their seais included former highways minister Harold Slarkes in Green Bay and for- mer education minister Hubert Kitchen in Harbour Grace. The Conservatives' share of the popular vole was about 61 per cent, by far their best show- ing in the eight elections since Confederation. BURGESS BOWS OUT In all, the PCs gained 11 scats from the Liberals and one from the New Labrador Party. Among the defeated wag Tom Burgess, who was elected as New Labrador Party leader in Octc6er but ran as a Liberal Friday. Patrick Canning, the only Liberal survivor from the 1W9 election running this time, lost to a Conservative in Placenfia West by only 10 voles. Hugh Shea, who bolted the Conservatives after being elect- ed in St. John's South, joined the Liberals but lost, the nomi- nalion there and switched to Harbour Main, where he ran as an Independent Liberal. He was badly bealen. In Placcntia, East, where Mr. Snrallwood won by 838 votes in October, Conservative Fintan J. Aylwanl defeated Liberal Michael JIaher. Hopes raised for Irish lull CCP) The British government's decision to im- pose direct rule on Northern Ireland has raised the strongest hopes in two years for a lull in tlie fierce violence of Ulster, But the hopes, expressed ui London, Belfast and Dublin, are etiJl from becoming firm ex- pectations. A huge bomb Wast in Belfast Friday, coming only hours after the new initiative WFS announced, was a grim re- minder thore will be no easy peace. But Friday night and the early hours today marked oce of tlie most violence-free pe- riods in Northeri) Ireland since the current campaign of terror began in Commentators here and in Belfast interpreted Ite unusual respite as possible basis for optimism. The cfamlesline Iri.sTi Hepiibli- can Army now appears split whether (o call a truce PS a result of the Conservative gov- ernment's moves. Early Friday, the IRA's Prov- isional army council in Dublin Stifd Ihe orgfmuation rot declare a inice but early today, tbs IRA's northern council said the will stop, (it least temporarily. Objcrvers contend that the northern council's view is likely to prevail. Prime Minister Uonth said in a television broadcast lo (be na- tion Friday night: "The people of Northern Ireland mnst now put the pnst behind them. Now only they cnn take tlie decision to live together in peace." The major danger now facing British authorities is that Ulster ProtesUnnts, ring they bave been betrayed by WostminMcr, may take violent action on (heir !HA New baby bonus V fCP) The govern- ment's new "baby bonus'5 plan would double benefits (o familie., improve them for more families, re- duce them for families and end them for fami- lies. The information came Tridny as Welfare Minister John JMunro started second-reading debate on the government's proposed family income security plan. It would replace family and youth allowances. He made only passing refer- ence to last year's quarrel, ap- parently resolved, with Quebec over who should have priority in the family-allowance field. Mr. Munro told the House ear- lier this week that a federal for- mula gives the provinces lim- ited power to decide who should get what and how much. It had received "a favorable reaction from the Quebec government" and h- expected negotiations would be successful. The onset of second-reading debate was another signal that the rift has been healed. The bill drew some criticism from opposition MPs Friday although it is not expected to run into serious trouble. HOW JT WORKS The new plan would replace two c u r r e n t systems which apply to 7.5 million children and youths. The existing family al- lowance plan provides a monthly cheque of 56 for all children under 10 and S8 for clu'ldren 10 to 16. The youth al- lowance is monthly for those 16 and 17. The new family income secu- rity plan would pay maximum benefits of monthly for chil- dren under 12 and S20 monthly for those 12 (o 18, subject to family income The income floor for maxi- mum benefits would be for families witl: one chila. The floor would rise S500 for each additional child, allowing maxi- mum benefits to a family with two children and an income of three children and an in- come of and so on, In another direction, the al- lowance would decline for each S500 above the income floor. Thus a family with, one 'We'd like la adopt a baby child under 12 and En Income ol would get a monthly cheque of 513.45. The formula would provide for allowance cheques as low as 42 cents a month. A clause in the bill provides no payment where it work out to less than 55 a year. Mr. Munro said a family with an income of and one chiid under 12 would be ineligi- ble for an allowance. So would a family with on income of find a child aged 12 to 17. The income level could rise higher where more children are involved. And a family with an income of a year and 12 children would get the maxi- mum allowance under the slid- ing scale. tees on Connolly OTTAWA (CP) Blunt words for U.S. Treasury Secre- tary John Connally and a dia- logue on economics changed th3 tone of Prime Minister Tni- deau's two-day visit (o Ontario Friday in its final Iiour. "Wifli friends like Secretary Connelly, who needs Mr. Trudcai] said on a Hamilton television hot-line refer- ring to the chief antagonist fac- ing Canadian negotiators in the deadlocked Canada-U.S, trade The issue arose when the moderator of the CHCH pro- gram said President Nixon commented that Washington's About British troops ara prepared to join the al- ready in Ulster if further trou- ble breaks out and authorities say another now serving with NATO forces in West Ger- many, cntild be recalled si any time. Uncertainty about what tac- tics the IRA will adopt over tho next, week also is causing con- cern. The depth of Protestant anger was evident in Belfast Friday where shipyard workers left the job to parade through the city after being told of Head's initiative. friends seemed h ard e r bar- gainers than her enemies. "I didn't think we were tovigh to get along Mr. Tnideau replied, "But that bit about negotiat- ing think we feel the same way. "Ever since last August when they brought in these very tough measures against tfieir friends and enemies we felt that with friends like Secretary Con- nally, who needs enemies." NOTES U.S. MOVES Mr. Tnkleau was referring to a package of moves the United States announced Aug. 15, in- cluding imposition of a 10-per- cent surcharge on imports and pressure on other industrial countries to raise values of thei r currencies and rod uce their holdings of U.S. dollars. In his remarks about Mr. Connally, Mr, Trudeaii said he does not know whether the sec- retary Mill be with President Mxon on the president's April 13 15 visit to Ottawa, Mr. Connally was vs-elcomo; the government would give him a drive "or take him for a ride." .10H-V CO.VALLY Heart transplant patient dies CAPE TOWV John Montgomery, Smith Africa 's llth heart transplant r-.ntJent, died in Creole Sehuur hospital ;