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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Thurtday, March News In brief Envoy's ransom Commons arena for sports exchange From AP-REUTER HERMOSILLO, Mexico (CP) Anne Patterson, wife of kidnapped United States vice-consol John Patterson, today offered to pay a ransom for his release. A note in Patterson's hand- writing demanding the ransom reached the U.S. consulate in this northern city where he worked as a commercial officer, shortly after he was kidnapped last Friday, informed sources said Mrs. Patterson put an advertisement in a local newspaper, saying: "I have the money you need for transaction. Please contact me so I can send it to you." The United States government was not expected to meet the demand made in the ransom note, signed by the People's Revolutionary Army of Mexico The U.S. government is op- posed to meeting the demands of foreign kidnappers. Oil firm to be questioned WASHINGTON (Reuter) Senate investigators today planned to probe whether major American oil companies tried to maintain prices by restricting production in the late 1960s. Officials of Standard Oil Company of California (SOCAL) will be questioned by the Senate subcommittee on multinational corporations. The panel has obtained a previously-secret document expressing concern over the possibility of surplus crude oil on the world market because of expected production increases in Australia, Indonesia and Africa. Stans 'meddled in case' NEW YORK (AP) A for- mer Security and Exchange Commission chairman savs one time commerce secretary Maurice Stans meddled in a massive fraud case against financier Robert Vesco, a big cash contributor to President Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign. "He made a statement to the effect there was no reason to cause embarrassment here and could we limit the scope of our said G. Bradford Cook, who served three months in 1973 as SEC chairman. When it appeared that the SEC might rip the shield of se- crecy from Vesco's cash contribution, Cook said Stans' reaction was: "Oh, oh, that gives me a problem." Prime minister's limousine waits in front of Parliament Buildings Peron unveils new plan Cadillac carries in extras BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) Argentine President Juan Peron presented Wednesday a new economic plan which includes general wage increases, unspecified fuel, gasoline, electricity and transport price increases, and compulsory employer-paid workers life insurance. The plan which becomes ef- fective April 1, also calls for doubling family bonuses for workers, 30-per-ceit increase in family fringe benefits and decreases on interest rates on personal loans and some mortgages. The plan, announced after a meeting between the 78-year- old Peron and government, business and labor leaders, is the first break with a wages and prices freeze imposed by the Peronist government last year. Xaviera appeal VANCOUVER (CP) Xaviera Hollander failed Wednesday in her appeal against her conviction in Provincial Court Feb. 14 for stealing three nightgowns from a department store. The British Columbia Appeals Court ruled that the conviction by Judge Darrell Jones must stand. Hollander said she took the nightgowns to test the store's security as a means of getting material for a book she was writing. She is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court April 4 for sentence. Monetary talks go well OTTAWA (CP) Automo- bile purchasers are accus- tomed to shelling out for op- tion's but there's one man in Ottawa riding in a car loaded with more than in ex- tras. Figures tabled in the Com- mons Wednesday by Solicitor- General Warren Ailmand show that Prime Minister Trudeau's 1973 Cadillac Fleet- wood cost but had in security equip- ment added 4 Information on limousine came in answer to a written question by Tom Cossitt Details on the additional security equipment were not given, 'because of security rea- sons." Included in the base price were factory-installed options such as air conditioning, power door locks, a signal- seeking radio that tunes in on the most powerful station, stereo with front-and rear- compartment controls and a power antenna. The limousine has standard leather trim in front for the chauffeur but "maxi dark blue" in the rear passenger compartment As of Feb. 27, the car had travelled miles, some registered during last sum- .mer's visits here by the 'Queen. When delivered to the prime minister, there were 786 miles on.the odometer. A.totaLof gallons of I gasoline had been purchased of Feb. 27 for the car since lit was acquired from General Motors. A spokesman for the prime minister has said Mr. Trudeau uses the Cadillac only for official trips and when the RCMP recommends that he use the security-laden vehicle. On other occasions, he trav- els in ordinary police cars and sometimes uses the Mer- cedes sports car ,he owned when he became prime minis- ter in 1968. Lawyer says Ian Ball acted alone in attack LONDON (Reuter) A tall bearded into court today accused of attacking Britain's Princess Anne in the shoot-out near Buckingham Palace last week. Ian Ball, 26, heard his lawyer David Natley say Ball acted alone in the incident, for which he now faces a charge of attempting to murder Princess Anne's bodyguard. Natley described Ball as having a confirmed history of mental illness and said he had been diagnosed as a schizoid. Ball was remanded in custody until April 4. The attack took place last Friday as Princess Anne was being driven to Buckingham Palace with her husband, Captain Mark Phillips. The royal couple were crouched in the back of the car as the gunman fired bullets into it, wounding the chauffeur, the bodyguard, a passer-by and another policeman. The bodyguard had bullets removed from his body earlier this week, but he and all the other injured are recovering. WASHINGTON (Reuter) International experts entered today the second day of dis- cussions on reforming the world's monetary system with an assurance from the oil-pro- ducing countries that they would not swamp currency markets with surplus oil reve- nues. Dr. Otmar Emminger, the vice-president of the West German central bank, said the assurance meant the problem of enormous movements of capital across the foreign f exchanges could be handled IlierilS OI without too much disturbance of the international monetary system. Gas plant emissions 'reduce soil quality9 More tapes sought WASHINGTON (AP) The House of Representatives im- peachment inquiry staff has told the White House it will ask for more of President Nixon's tape-recorded conversations. This was disclosed Wednes- day as the House judiciary committee's two senior mem- bers listened for the first time to portions of tapes the com- mittee already has received. Chairman Peter Rodino (Dem. N.J.) and the ranking Republican, Representative Edward Hutchinson of Michigan, refused to give details of what is on the tapes except that there is some foul language. Inflation batters Beaverbrook LONDON (AP) The Beaverbrook newspaper publishing group appealed today to all its workers to accept a wage freeze until at least the end of October to help the group survive. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FftEEECTTBATES PhOiw 329-4722 COLLMI HALL "We are the unfortunate flotsam on the rising tide of increasing Managing Director Jocelyn Stevens said in a front-page statement in the Daily Express, the group's mass-circulation morning paper. Beaverbrook has just dosed down its Scottish Daily Express and the Scottish Sunday Express was transferred to its northern England publishing works in Manchester. VICTORIA (CP) The legislature passed million in health department spending estimates Wednesday after three days of debate, but held up Highways Minister Graham Lea's million budget in a wrangle over the merits of tourism. Mr. Lea, who several times in the nine months he has been minister questioned the value of tourism to British Columbia, criticized American recreational vehicles for "plugging up the highways" and claimed they spend little money in the province. "If they're going to come, let's make some money out of it." he told the British Columbia legislature. When Campers come into British Columbia from the United States, they bring their own gas and food, he said, and when they buy gasoline from a service station, usually owned by a U.S. company, the profits go back to the U.S., he claimed. Liberal MLA Pat McGeer, who referred to an address Mr. Lea made to the Prince George, B.C. Chamber of Commerce last August, calling for a complete ban on U.S. campers, said the minister was parochial and bigoted in his attitude. James Chabot (SC Columbia River) noted that tourism was worth million to B.C. last year, and said Mr. Lea should apologize to these individuals in the industry who have risked their capital to set up small tourist- oriented operations. Profit cut LONDON (AP) Britain's new Labor government ordered food wholesalers today to cut gross profits by 10 per cent in a new bid to hold down the cost of living. The order takes effect April 1. It is similar to one imposed on food retailers last week. EDMONTON (CP) Sulphur dioxide from natural gas processing plants may be contributing to a loss in Alberta's soil quality, Dr. Marvin Nyborg of the University of Alberta said Wednesday. He told a seminar on Alberta's soil reclamation problems that there is evidence sulphur dioxide is increasing soil acidity far from the processing plants. Sulphur dioxide is converted to a weak solution of sulphuric acid when it mixes with soil moisture. In farming areas, lime can be added to soil to neutralize the acid, said Dr. Nyborg. But in forested areas the problem may be difficult to solve. Soil reclamation in the area of the Alberta oil sands will be particularly difficult because of the large quantities of sulphur dioxide emitted, he added. Dr. John Toogood, another University of Alberta scientist, told the seminar that pipeline crossings of farmland may put extra dollars in pockets. Studies of cereal grain productivity along pipeline routes have revealed significantly higher yields. probably because pipeline trenching brought up soil with more nutrients, he said. As a result, farmers should base their claims for pipeline damage on disruption of farming activities rather than on crop loss, said Dr. Toogood. Controls urged for north delta EDMONTON (CP) An interim report endorsed by the governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and Alberta calls for control structures to be built in the Peace Athabasca Delta to restore water levels. The report, prepared by the Alberta Environment Conservation Authority and tabled in the legislature Wednesday, said construction of the Bennett Dam by the British Columbia government on the Peace River reduced the Delta's water level by feet. OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons became an arena for sports debate Wednesday as MPs used the government's competition bill to discuss professional hockey and football operations. Conservatives Jack Homer (Crowfoot) and Otto Jelinek (Toronto High Park-Humber Valley) led criticism of United States sports promoters whom they said entice the best Canadian athletes south of the border. However, Mr. Homer urged the government to keep its hands off the U.S.-based World Football League (WFL) which has sold a franchise to John Bassett Jr. of Toronto. QFL agent "damaged generator' MONTREAL (CP) A wit- ness, whose name was ordered withheld, testified Wednesday that he saw the business agent for a union affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labor (QFL) damage three generators at the LG-2 hydroelectric site in northwestern Quebec last week. The witness told the fire commission inquiry into a fire which destroyed part of the mammoth construction site, that he saw the agent overturn three generators with a tractor. He said he took two photo- graphs of the agent after one of the generators was knocked down at about p.m. last Thursday. Shown what he identified as his own photograph by Crown prosecutor Gerard Girouard, he identified the driver as Yvon Duhamel, business agent for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 791. Boundary bill introduced EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government introduced legislation Wednesday to allow the province's participation in a commission that would be established to redefine uncertain sections of the Alberta-British Columbia border. The commission, composed of one member each from Alberta, B.C. and the federal government, would resurvey the border in areas where it has been difficult to pinpoint its exact location. The problem crops up in some mountain areas in southwestern Alberta where original surveys dating back to 1913 are not precise. A similar bill was introduced in the B.C. legislature Wednesday. Attorney-General Merv Leitch told the legislature the bill has nothing to do with the much-publicized requests of some civic groups to allow Fernie and Golden to secede from British Columbia and join Alberta. He has said that any adjustment in the border would not be large enough to shift one of the towns into Alberta. In private members' legislation which has little chance of being approved Jim Henderson (Ind Wetaskiwin Leduc) proposed that when a provincial government order to stop polluting would lead to an industry closing, the local residents should be given a voice through a plebiscite. Health Minister Marc Lalonde said earlier Wednesday he hopes to introduce legislation before Easter to stop the WFL and any other U.S. league from operating in Canada. Mr. La- londe says the move is aimed at protecting the Canadian Football League Mr. Homer said tackling the WFL Toronto franchise will not help keep Canadian athletes at home because the new league will provide more lootball jobs even if it does not operate here. Governments do not be- long in the entertainment world and that's what football is. We don't need to run after votes like this silly minister of health and welfare is he said. A PARADOX? Mr. Jelinek called it a para- dox that the government has introduced a bill to stimulate competition while preparing legislation that will prevent competition between the WFL and the CFL. The competition bill would bring professional and amateur sports under the jurisdiction of the Combines Investigation Act for the first time. It would be a crime to conspire or arrange to limit unreasonably the oppor- tunities for participation in sport "or to impose unreason- able terms or conditions on those persons who so partici- pate." Mr. Homer took a shot at the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) which he said is not strong enough in protecting Canadian interests. The National Hockey League (NHL) pays some" money to amateur teams from which it drafts players, but the World Hockey Association (WHA) con- tributes nothing, he said. "We should force the NHL and the WHA to pay something for development of the talent when they sign coming stars." REACH ACCORD Some of the sting was taken out of Mr. Horner's criticism by Mr. Lalonde's earlier announcement that the CAHA has reached agreement with the WHA and the NHL on drafting junior players. Mr. Lalonde fold Mr. Jelinek the agreement provides for payment to the CAHA and its member clubs for juniors drafted and provides a minimum age for the draft. Neither he nor the CAHA would disclose further details of the pact until it is finally signed. Later, Mr. Jelinek criticized the U.S. professional ice shows for taking "all of our top talents without contributing to the Canadian amateur organizations which have invested their time and money in developing these athletes." Mr. Jelinek, who with his sister won the 1962 world pairs figure skating title, welcomed the general protection the government says is proposed in the competition bill. B.C. fuel price may rse Norman McLaren His complex animated films with original synlheJic music have won him a richly deserved reputation as a film- making genius. Read about him this Saturday in Weekend Magazine. Energy official warns of gas shortage OTTAWA (CP) A National Energy Board official said Wednesday Canada marketable natural gas reserves suf- ficient to last about 26 years at present consumption rates, but that by the end of the decade there might be shortages in deliverable gas. J G. Stabback told the Com- mons resources committee there were about 64.2 trillion cubic feet of proven marketable natural gas available as of last June. That does not include esti- mated reserves in the Mack- enzie River delta and in the Arctic Islands totalling more than 30 trillion cubic feet. Replying to Questions from MPs. Mr. StabVack said there may be shortages because of an inability to deliver gas from proven reserves ry 1980. The delivery problems could show up in a number of ways, Mr. Stabback said. Processing plants might not have the ca- pacity to produce demands and there cooM be depletion of gas-producing fields. He told the committee that. there might be a few peak days every year when available supplies of gas would fall short of demands. The problem could be over- come by special storage of gas produced or by re- arrangement of pipeline contracts so the full impact of demands would not be felt on peak days, he suggested. Mr. Stabback also said addi- tional deliverable gas could be obtained by the drilling of more wefls if prices went up. About 1.7 trillion cubic feet of the current reserve was added recently as prices climbed. Domestic and natural gas consumption in 1973 totalled about 2.4 trillion cubic feet, with about 1 trillion cubic feet of that being exported. At the end of 1972, the board set proven reserves at 56.4 trillion cubic feet. Board chairman Marshall Crowe told MPs that the agency would not approve the building cf a proposed Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline until a complete submission had been made by a consortium planning the line. He iold Paul McRae