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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Oppel held church services with other war prisoners CLARK A1H BASE, Philip- pines (AP) Two young missionaries captured in Laos, one a Canadian and the other an American, held re- ligious services regiiarly with other prisoners, Ihc escort of- ficer who accompanied them on their (light from Hanoi re- ported today. Lloyd D. Oppcl, 20, ot Campbell River, B.C., and .Samuel A. Mattix, 20, of Cen- tralia, Wash., were among 10 prisoners of war freed by the Communist Pathet Lao in Hanoi and flown to Clark Air Base. "On the plane they talked about their Christian expert- among said Col. Dick "They said they held regu- lar services with others in their group." Oppcl and Mattix both wore moustaches and looked in fairly good shape as they lelt f-e olans. Otroel put his right hand over his heart to honor the American flag a few feet away. Tile two missionaries, mem- bers of the Christian Mission in Mary Lands, were captur- ed in the village of Kingkok, in southeast Laos, liist Oct. 23 when Pathet Lao forces over, ran the area. Two American women missionaries working at a hospital with them were killed. MET BY ENVOY Abel said a Canadian diplo- mat who flew with the Am- erican plane into Hanoi drove into I he city to a Palhet Lao office for the freeing of Op- pel. He was Frank Clark, charge d'affaires of the Can- adian embassy in Manila. "Mr. Clark said the traffic was. very i very heavy and they took close to an hour to drive to downtown Abel said.' "Coming back they made belter time. There was an in- terpreter and another man in the vehicle. "He met a Mr. Phanouvong at the office and had lea and also vodka with him. They met in a well appointed room with couches, chairs and a table." After Oppel was handed over to Clark's custody, they returned to the airport, and the nine American PoWs were then handed over in the airport terminal building. Abel said that on the flight from Hanoi Oppel "waj great, just outstanding." "He seemed to have a very close attachment to the U.S. people on the aircraft." The Canadian will undergo medical checks at Clark with the other prisoners and then will fly to Canada, he said. Artificial prosperity era ends The Leihbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 91 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY MARCH 28, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 46 PAGES By FATHERS SAIGON (Reuter) Uniled Stales soldiers took their final leave of Saigon Tuesday night and ended a decade ot artificial prosperity for Soulh Vietnam when bargirls could earn more than a cabinet minister. There was no riotous merry-making only groups of soldiers quietly taking their Vietnamese girl-friends out to dinner before spending their last 24 hours in Vietnam confined lo barracks. The thousands of bars which once littered Saigon and lined main roads leading to all American camps are closed or pulled down. Some bargirls have taken to the streets. Others are looking after their fair-haired children fathered by U.S. soldiers when nearly half a million American troops were in Vietnam at the peak of the U.S. military commitment in the 1960s. The number of Vietnamese-American children is not known but government officials estimate there are lens of Ihousands living with then1 Vietnamese parents or grandparents or in orphanages. Thc departing Americans also leave behind huge numbers of unemployed Vietnamese many of whom made their fortunes working for Hie U.S. military es- tablishment and its civilian offshoots. AID CONTINUES The millions ol dollars of aid which the Jnitcd Stales pumped into Soulh Vielnam has nol stopped yet. But the free-spending American decade in Vietnam, which saw every luxury commodity from canned caviar to television sets and hi-fi equiment slu'pped to Vietnam for off-duty troops, is over. Post-exchange system wliich had a shop in every U.S. camp and gave rise to the biggest black market in Asia was dismantled during the last 12 months. The decade of U.S. presence in Vietnam saw Saigon, the capital, swell to four million inhabilanls from half School closures may be forced Moderates block road i trying to starve out militants nears end Beggars, maimed war veterans and ragged child- ren still clutter the city to approach any foreigner who WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. band of armed Indians demand-passes by. But the days when a family kept a crippled (ueutcr) _ Indian moderates ing a better deal from the U.S. child on the street because lie was the besl bread- nave ousted members of the government, winner are over, like most ways for the South Viet- American Indian Movement south Dakota Senator James namese to make easy money. (A.I.M.) leading the occupation Abourzek, who has been in When the last U.S. soldier flies oul Thursday lliere of this prairie hamlet, appar- close tou'ch the situation, will be little evidence remaining of his presence. ently clearing the way for a the moderaics want a peaceful end (o the four-week- meeting with the government in Restaurants in Saigon have begun to pull down old siege. nearby Rapid City today. American flags and are replacing them with pennants A less-mililanl group of Og- A.I.M. IS OUT of the four countries of lhe Internalional Commission lala-Sioux is reported to have Meanwhile, lawyer Ramon of Control and Supervision Canada, Hungary, In- taksn command hi lhe historic Roubideaux said in Wounded tlonesia and Poland. settlement, seized Feb. 27 by a Knee: "We could have this problem earlier if it wasn't for the shenanigans of A.I.M., but A.I.M. is out of it now." Koubideaux said thai at the pesce talks today the two sides will discuss a possible investigation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs existing treaties between the government and Indians, the removal of Oglala-Sioux tribal President Richard Wilson, and the suspension of tribal government. Federal officials at the scene said they understood that Dennis Benks and Russell Means, two militant leaders of A.I.M., left Wounded Knee two days ago. The Iwo led the takeover ot the hamlet four weeks ago to protest conditions at lhe nearby Pine Ridge Oglala-Sioux reservation. Wounded Knee was the scene of the last battle between Indians -and the U.S. Army in a battle termed a massacre by historians. BEING KICKED OUT OF Indians charge discrimination By JIM GRANT again fouled in its attempt to courage him from honoring said. "I now live 24 miles Herald Staff Writer obtain a building. llie agreement. from the city." The Lethbridge ccfminu- Mr. Keewatin signed an "I don't know what we'll The society thought it was nity was charged Tuesdav agreement with Hugo Mucl- do now, we had the deal all hard trying to rent a house with discriminating against ler of 424 13th St. N. to rent arranged and set up for pre- for native people, Mr. Indian people by the director a building attached lo the sentation lo the municipal Keewatin, but it seems even of the Lethbridge Native Muellers' Old Country Sail- planning commission on more impossible to rent a Friendship Society. sage Shop. said Mr. Kee- building for a group of na-watin. kicking natives The agreement called for lie im.s in (ilc jntcr. out of homes, hotels, bars, a monthly rent of on When informed of the in- cs "f the'citv to have aMth-you name said Mike which lhe Friendship soci- cidenl, Aid. Bill Kergen, f ?e s L to ffif the n Keewatin. "Now It looks like ety was to make the first MFC chairman said "We'll B wc they're trying to kick our so- payment April 1, the day do what we can. I know it right out of the city." they were scheduled to move puts the society in a real Tom Nutting, city man-, into the building. Mr. Kee- bind." ager, says the problem of The lease on the society 3 watin pajd to Mr NM. finding a centre end of February. Since then "My husband made lhe MFC meeting today. {m 11 has been unsuccessful at deal with them and I didn't v obtaining another location know anything about K .w a "It is high time we al-becausc of this city's "be- says Mrs. Musller. H s situations like this tliat tempted a permanent centre neath the surface discrim- make Indians militant. Soon that will help resolve the Mr. Keewatin "f was mad when I found as you mention native, pea- conflicts between societies." charged. out because my sister might pic inmk of drunken Indians, he said. "It is time we now be moving from Creston, meet and develop plans for "Nobody will openly admit B.C., to start up a store in s drunks in all races. a permanent facility of mcd-they don't want natives in that building. If she doesn't We know of the problem and ern construction that will their area, they just file pe- then we'll knock out one wall are (o some'tag scrve native )ribes lilions and put pressure on alKi make our business big- about bu.1 without a cen- soutnern Alberta as well as influential haid Mr. ger." Ire our society is helpless. have ils doars onerl ,0 na. Keewalin' Mr. Mueller told the soci- Society members claimed People." The Municipal planning eiy that he must talk to liis !''at the city should be try- Mr. Kecwatin claimed tha commission tm-necl down tho v.ife about renting the build- integrate the natives city will have a lot of social society's present office loc.v jng as a location for a new urhan Wo not disrate- problems this year if there tion "because it was not suit- society centre, said Mrs. grate llicm. isn't a Friendship Centre to ed for temporary use as a Wctzel. ui hav m-voi- thc needs of rnigranl centre." ?-t. oil native workers. "So we suggested he phone crimination lh's: The old house Is one ol six wife while we Wetzel. I lived in Mou- The migrants were in the old Central School she added. "His daughter taI1a unl11 ls67 and we ditin'' ky the centre willi employ, area west ot the Civic Cen- put the call through and Mr. nave discrimination prob- mcnt information as well as tre lo bo moved lo make Mueller said il was fine wil'n Icms llke we face tiere- counselling and social enter-room for a new senior citi- his wife." Frank McDonald, a native lainmcnt P35' years-zens development. Mueller was very social with the John The society stands to lose "That's what they lold pleasant while making thc Howan1 Society, said he a grant worth as much as said Ill's. Connie Wetzel, sec- deal with the society mem- thought tho situation was in federal funding il retary of the Native Friend- bers bad in Hegina but he claim- they don't obtain a building ship Society, "but the real ed it wasn't nearly as diffi- by April I. reason is that a woman pe- "He even gave Mike a cult to rent a home for a na- tilioned the neighborhood to said Mrs. Wetzel. live Ihere as it is in Leth- Knows of a prevent us from using the Mr. Keewatin c 1 a i m e d br'd6C' said V. building as a cenire, somebody must have "talk- "I even had lo give up try- have the money to pay for On Monday the society was ed" lo Mr. Mueller so to dis- ing lo get a home hs the urges ban on limiting EDMONTON (CP) Social Credit members Tuesday urged the government to ban the hunting of hen pheasants in Southern Alberta. Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) said the birds are being decimalcd by hunters. Mr. Speaker said the problem of hunting hen pheasants is "serious" in southern AJ-berla and American hunters are flocking in to shoot the birds. There is a one-bird-a-day bag limit, but lie said this is most often ignored. The legislature passed a mo-lion asking for figures of the hen pheasant population which is expected to produce some guide. car plates in offing EDMONTON' (CP) Drivers in Albsria may Ix able lo purchase personalized lice nco plates at extra cost, the legislature was toW yesterday. Highway Minister Clarence Copithorne said his department is considering such plates and that if they were introduced, motorisls would have to pay a good dea! more for them than ordinary plates. Dy HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer A major drop in enrolment at Lethbridge public schools could cause closure of some city schools, or increased bus- ing of students within the next two years, local trustees were told Tuesday. Dr. Gerry Probe, personnel director for the public board, released figures on all public schools showing an over-all de- cline of students, during the pasl 10 years. Only two schools listed by Dr. Probe ore now operating above capacity. Seven other schools are under capacity anywhere from nine to 535 students. ENROLMENTS LISTED School enrolments listed b y Dr. Probe (with capacity in Lakeview, 550 (510, up Fleelwood-Bawden, 500 (780, down General Stewart, 133 (210, down Allan Wat- son 377 (330, up Gilbert Paterson, 275 (810, down Hamilton Junior High, 650 (800, down Wilson Junior High, 716 (780, down Gal- braith, 500 (510, down Westminster, 311 (450, down Current enrolments were nol released for George McKillop (capacity 330) and Agnus Dav- idson (capacity Gilbert Paterson, which is be- low capacity by 535 students, has projected a further student drop of more than 75 pupils by 1975. "Serious consideration must be given to eliminating the ele- mentary portion of Paterson in the next two or three years. "If this is dine, Pata-son could accommodate all junior high students living in the Lakeview Dr. Probe said. Despite the enormous drop in attendance at Faterson, local aldermen have approved spend- ing on the building for joint community-school use. Civic officials hope lo estab- lish a family community centre at Gilbert Paterson. Total cost of the projecl is about BIETH RATE DROPS "This levelling off, or no growth enrolment, has been caused by a sharp drop in the birth rate during the past few years. "Government policy on school buildings states no new classroom space can be built in Lethbridge until 00 per cent of existing classroom space is being Dr. Probe said. Dr. Probe listed five possibil- ities lor fulure school years: "Lakeview School be- comes a Grade 1 to 4 school with Grades 5 and G lo Allan Watson. Gasoline pricing system favored "Allan Watson will ;r have Grade 7. no "Gilbert Paterson will lake more junior high pupils from Ihe Fleetwood Bawden area. Students now attending Hamilton in the area to ba taken over by Paterson will re- main at Hamilton from Grade 8 and 9. ''Hamilton Junior High will take Grade 7 pupils from the east west rail line north to 5th Avenue North in addition to the existing south atten- dance area. Those students now attending Wilson Junior High in the area lo be taken over by Hamilton will remain at Wilson for Grades S and 9. "Elementary school pu- pils east of 13th Street north and south of 15lh Avenue North to the city limits will be bused to George McKillop and West- minster schools." Trustees will await more in- formation on Dr. Probe's sug- gestions before any change in school mage is approved. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Industry Minister Fred Peacock told The Herald Tuesday he'd like to take the voluntary "guideline" approach to controlling the pricing of gasoline in Alberta. NDP leader Grant Notley in an interview rapped Mr. Pea- cock's approach as unlikely to do anything significant to cure the current difference in prices for gasoline charged by oil companies. The issue arose in the legisla- ture when Art Dixon Calgary Millican) said lie has had complaints from service station operators that they are charged higher prices for gaso- line than some o[ the larger merchandising companies that sell gasoline as a small part of their business. I1ETA1LERS COMPLAIN The Automotive Retailers As- sociation in a brief to the pro- vincial government last year asked government to impose a standard price for gasoline at the refinery level. The association complained that the oil companies were discriminating against the brand name service stations by "dumping" surplus gas to non- brand dealers. Replying to questioning from JL-. Dixon, Mr. Peacock said in thc legislature he has circu- lated a questionnaire to major oil companies requesting infor- mation about gasoline custom- ers, volumes sold and prices. He said the questionnaires will be ready for analyses by the industry and commerce de- partment by June. The minister said he will invite representatives of Uis oil industry and the auto retailers association to meet with him in his office during June. FAVORS GUIDELINES In an interview later, Mr. Peacock said he hopes lo draw up some guidelines to cover gasoline pricing rather than Bus hijacked BANGKOK, Thailand (Hea- ter) Police tonight arrested 10 people at the Royal Thai Air Force base near here for seiz- ing a bus and threatening to blow it up along with 30 passen- gers unless they were flown out of the country. Piime Minister Field Marshal Thanom Kittiachorn told re- porters at Don Muang Airport that ths 10 were Communist guerrillas and that their mo- tives were being investigated. legislate a solution to the prob- lem of price differences. The voluntary guideline solu- tion has worked well with dif- ferences between the oil com- panies and service station op- erators regarding matters of leasing, he said. Mr. Notley, in an interview, said the government is unlike- ly to do anything that will ef- fect a more equitable gas pric- ing procedure. He said the McKenzie re- port a study on gasoline marketing commissioned by the Manning government concluded lhat lhe price for gasoline is not determined by market rather was a result of the monopoly pric- ing policies of the major oil companies. FIRST CASE tfc RAEIES REPORTED A dog shot by its owner after it growled at a. child and took "fits" was rabid, authorities said today. It was the first confirmed case of rabies in Southern Al- berta this year, and the fourth confirmed case in the province. Shot March 6 by Joe Sin- ceiuies at his farm near Grassy Lake, 55 mites east of Leth- bridge, the dog was immediate- ly buried. It was later brought lo the federal Animal Diseases Research Institute west of Leih- bridge and was confirmed as rabid Tuesday. Tha dog had not bitten any- one prior to being shot, but au- thorities will investigate other animals near the Slncenncs farm. Seen and heard About town TWELVE year old Pam ..Needham rescuing an in- jured dog from the traffic on 13lh St. S. Aid. Vauglian Ilembroff giving Aid. Vcra Ferguson a look of disbelief after she had voted against declaring Aug. 6 a civic holi- day Kogcr Moore limp- ing about on crutches and denying his wife Patli had anything to do with his sore fcot. v Classified 0: U Comics Comment A District %-i Family 21 AA ______ j Local News 18 ____ Markets Sports Theatres 7 C 2 tj TV it Weather LOW TONIGHT Detroit's ultimate answer NEAn to the auto air pollution SUXXY AND ;