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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Kffi FORECAST HIOH TUESDAY MID 40ft The Lethbridge Herald ? ? * ? ? LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 22 PAGES Lethbridge railmen idled by shutdown TIBETAN REFUGEES ARRIVE - Tiering Dorju Sheka, 4, clasps hands in traditional Tibetan greeting on arrival in Lethbridge Saturday from India. Mrs. Kunsang Sheka and children are among seven families that will take up residence on southern Alberta farms in the Taber, Vaux-hall and Rainier districts following a three-week language course in Taber. Thirty-three Tibetans are in the group. _ Farmers still have sense of humor EDMONTON (CP) - Determination, perseverance and the ability to grin-and-bear-it all played a role in opening up the West. Today, with poor economic conditions a way of life, prairie farmers show they still have all of those qualities - and especially humor. ....... A recent research letter put out by United Feeds Ltd., the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative and United Grain Growers Ltd. demonstrated some ex-amples: Things have got so tough that a man has to work himself to death just to stay alive in some pars of the West. Remember the good old days when a farmer stood a good chance to break even one year in five? A man I know spent all the profits from his last quarter of the 1970 pig crop on a Christmas present for his wife. Bought her a new stove lid lifter. A hog man stopped to think of some good reason for being a pessimist in 1971, and it took him almost 1-lOth of a second. My uncle has his farm affairs in such good shape he can take his pick of foreclosure, tax sale, or bankruptcy. After all, Prime Minister Trudeau is the best friend western farmers have. Think of how many of his hired hands he sends to tell us what to do. Most prairie farm equipment companies are retraining all their salesmen as bill collectors. My wife says I'm getting so old and crabby I'm not fit to live with people any more. She thinks I ought to move east. Ottawa doesn't seem to have any more idea than fanners about what kind of a farm program! farmers want. If you're feeding broilers and going to buy a car, be sure to buy one fast enough to get you to the United States border before the second payment comes due. WWatever new farm program Ottawa comes up, with, it'll meet with general approval from everybody but farmers and city folks. Jarring in Paris for peace talks My uncle has scared away another hired man with a threat to leave him the farm in his will. Nobody in the West is pleased with: the outlook for 1971 except a few oldtimers who are sure they won't have to live through it. And, summing it all up: Say what you like about farming, it offers more opportunities than any other line of business. To lose money, that is. Rent-a-pallbearer joh idea DETROIT (AP) - Wayne State University placement service has added rent-a-pallbearer to its list of odd jobs for students who want extra spending money. "You'd be surprised how many people in a big city don't have enough strong friends to carry them out," explained an aide to Herbert Harbison, director of the placement office. The student volunteers come equipped with matching dark suits and black shoes and may wear long hair, "but no tresses," Harbison said. Funeral homes can call the placement office for a complete set of pallbearers or any number of stand-ins for $10 to $15 each, depending on the number of hours they are needed, Harbison said. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Gunnar V. Jarring, United Nations Middle East peace envoy, arrived in Paris today for a surprise meeting with Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad of Egypt. The meeting comes as Riad and a score of his top diplomats gathered 4n Paris for, a meeting IheL;' government Sopes .-v-'ill generate new pressure on Israel. President Anwar: Sadat of Egypt-warned Sunday that the next few days will be "decisive in our battle for destiny." Riad announced his meeting with Jarring after conferring for more than 90 minutes with Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann of France.  Diplomatic sources said the Riad-Jarring meeting was ex-pec ted to take place this evening. Jarring, Sweden's ambassador to the Soviet Union, flew to Paris from Moscow where he had gone last week following the temporary suspension of his peace mission in New York. ALSO VISITED ITALY En route to his meetings in Paris, Riad stopped off in Italy for talks with President Tito of Yugoslavia, Premier Emilio Colombo and Foreign Minister Aldo Moro of Italy. Raid begins a three-day session Tuesday with 21 of his diplomats stationed in Europe and the United States, including United Nations Ambassador Mohammed Hassan el-Zayyat and Ashral Ghorbal Egypt's representative in Washington. Egyptian sources said the conference would map a vigorous campaign to demonstrate to the West that the current no-peace no-war situation is extremely dangerous and that Egypt already is on a genuine war footing. The hope is that the various governments will bring more pressure on Israel to agree to give up all Arab territory captured in the 1967 war. SPEAKS IN KHARTOUM , President Sadat told a rally in Khartoum Sunday that Egypt had done all it could to achieve peace in the Middle East. The First free election in 40 years TEGUCIGALPA (A P) - Ramon E. Cruz, a 57-year-old lawyer and university professor, was declared the winner today in Honduras' first presidential election since 1932. Cruz, backed by the government Nationalist party, replaces Gen. Osvaldo Lopez Arellaiva, who seized power in 1963 by military coup. The latest official figures, released early today with 230 of 283 municipalities counted, gave Cruz nearly 256,000 votes. The Liberal party's candidate, Jorge Bueso, had 240,000. The municipalities still to be counted are small and were not expected to change the out-come. official Middle East news agency's report of his speech did not elaborate on his remark that the next few days would be decisive for the Arabs, but he has warned before that the unofficial truce along the Suez canal cannot last unless there is progress in the peace talks. Sadat said that Egypt's' efforts to achieve peace have been blocked by Israeli "arrogance." FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Reuter) - Armed Guinean troops guarded Prime Minister Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone today as Parliament was called into emergency session following last week's abortive army coup. The armed Guineans crossed the border into this West African British Commonwealth state Sunday to help local forces prevent a further coup bid by dissatisfied army leaders. They threw a tight cordon around Stevens's residence following two abortive assassination attempts. Stevens, who called for help from neighboring Guinea, said the armies of the two countries had become one "to prevent troublemakers bringing down the government in Freetown." He had asked troops from President Sekou Toure of Guinea to help strengthen loyal army men here and restore law and order. There are dangerous elements in the Sierra Leone Army and while they remain there could be no peace in the country, Stevens, said. Earlier it was learned here that the army chief, Brig. John Bangura, and six other senior officers have been arrested. Bangura led the 1968 coup which brought Stevens back to power after military leaders prevented his taking office. 'J gave in Africa!9 Arson probed after rash of blazes ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. (Reuter) - A major fire swept through a residential area of Atlantic City today, destroying at least 18 houses and several boats before it was brought under control. Authorities, who evacuated the area, said there were no deaths and only a few injuries. Several firemen were treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation. Police immediately began investigating the possibility of arson. They said four major fires had broken out in Atlantic City in nine hours. One police report said a suspect was seen in a brown car at the site of the latest blaze, which started at 1:28 a.m. EST. The three other fires swept through a boat dock, an empty meat packing, plant and empty warehouse, authorities said. Govt, troops in control FROM AP-REUTER NEW DELHI (CP) - East Pakistani rebels were reported holding out at various points today, but the West Pakistani army appeared to be in control of Dacca, the eastern capital. The rebel radio said that fighting was continuing in Dacca, in the port city of Cbit-tagong and in the towns of Rangpur and Khulna. But the government's Radio Pakistan said the situation in the East was returning to normal, with all government employees returning to work today, banks reopening and the curfew in Dacca lifted from 7 a.m. to S p.m. The rebel and government radios were the only remaining sources of news from the Bengali half of Pakistan since all foreign correspondents were expelled from Dacca during the weekend. But Associated Press correspondent Arnold Zeitlin reported on his arrival in Ceylon Sunday from Dacca that the government troops were in full control of the eastern capital. Zeitlin said between 5,000 and 7,000 persons were believed killed in fighting Friday and Saturday. Sheik Mujibur Rahman, the Bengali political leader who had been campaigning to end West Pakistan's control of the East, was reported by Radio Pakistan to be in army custody. But other reports, believed to have come from the sheik's supporters, Seen and heard About town    AN obvious foul on an attempted breakaway in a basketball game brought the request from coach Albert Lapatac for a penalty shot . . . Mrs. Gordon Burton threatening to carry a rubber ashtray to all functions for her husband after he almost alerted the fire department when emptying his pipe bowl in a saucer ... Charley Parry claiming the hot pants will likely be around for at least a year and Mae Martin commenting, "He'lllikely watch them all year too." Tito breaks ice by seeing Pope VATICAN CITY (AP) - Wearing a top hat and tails, President Tito of Yugoslavia conferred for more than an hour with Pope Paul today. He was the first Communist chief of state to pay an official visit to the Roman Catholic pontiff. The Pope praised Tito for seeking "peace and international collaboration." He also assured all Communist governments that the Catholic church forswears interference in the affairs of any state. He hailed the improving relations between the Vatican and Yugoslavia as an example of how the Roman Catholic Church and Communist countries can live peacefully together. Tito spoke without a prepared text, apparently to underscore the friendlines of the meeting, and the Vatican did not release his remarks immediately. Dressed in white vestments the Pope shook hands with the 78-year-old Yugoslav leader and his wife, Jovanka, when they arrived at the door of the papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. The audience was the final official act of Tito's five-day fence-mending state visit to Italy. The earlier events of Tito's visit symbolized the rapprochement that has developed steadily since the Italian-Yugoslav agreement on Trieste in 1954. Today's audience symbolized the improvement of relations between the church and the Yugoslav state. BROKE OFF IN 1952 Tito angrily broke relations with the Vatican in 1952 when Pope Lius XII made a cardinal of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac, the Yugoslav primate who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for collaborating with the Nazis. Cardinal Stepinac died in 1960, and relations between the Yugoslav government and the Vatican have been improving ever since. said he was directing the "liberation struggle" from the eastern city of Chittagong. THOUSANDS FLED Thousands fled Dacca, Zeitlin said. Joe Schlesinger, a CBC correspondent, also reported that "the army was clearly in control" when he left Dacca early Saturday. "If there is any challenge to the army's rule," Schlesinger said in Vancouver, "it's probably coming from the small towns in the countryside and it may take years before the Bengali army can even hope to challenge the Pakistani army successfully." He said East Pakistani support of Sheik Mujib's Awami League, the East's political party, "is absolutely unbelievable." COMMUNKT WEAPONS It was not clear where the supporters of the sheik were getting the weapons to stand up to the armed forces, said to be equipped with Soviet tanks, Chinese small arms and American planes. Political parties in West Pakistan welcomed the army move in East Pakistan. A joint statement said: "There was no other alternative left to avoid the impending disaster created by the Awami League leaders of the eastern wing." Bhutto, the chairman of the Pakistan's People's party, said Sheik Mujib "wanted to divide Pakistan and establish an independent Fascist and racist state of East Pakistan." The work stoppages that halted rail traffic west of Calgary and Edmonton spread to Lethbridge Sunday when almost all of the 48 Lethbridge firemen, including qualified firemen, booked off. They claimed they were unfit for work. About 185 enginemen in Calgary booked off in what a union spokesman said was a protest against the slowness of contract negotiations. More than 3,300 Canadian Pacific employees in the Pacific region-including about 300 in Lethbridge -have been idled by service shutdowns which followed the booking off job action by dissident engine-men. LAYOFF NOTICES The booking off action brought the 300 Lethbridge CP Rail employees layoff notices today. Areas affected in the local scene include customer service, shop maintenance, train crews, yardmen and sta-tionmen yard staff. The Dayliner service from Lethbridge will continue for today at least. Lethbridge C P R Superintendent Art Watson said the dayliner will have a regular crew and will run on a niinute-to-minute basis, until the situation settles. Mr. Watson said practically all the personnel in Lethbridge were off as a result of the booking off action. He said some crews were on the road and some men were off the job with a legitimate illness. The booking-off action is having' widespread effect in the total Pacific area east to a line formed by Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge. Included in the work layoff are 1,200 in Vancouver and Coquitlam, about 210 at Kam-loops, 600 at Revelstoke and Field, 500 at Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson, and 800 in Calgary. A further 1,500 employees on the region could be affected'if the work stopage becomes more., widespread and continues. AFFECTS OPERATIONS The spread of the work stop pages is increasingly affecting the operations at Calgary and Lethbridge where the largest proportion of freight handled � is bound for Vancouver. Until Sunday the railway had been able to continue servicing Calgary area freight customers and, handle traffic between Calgary and the north, south and east - although at reduced efficiency due to a three - week - old slowdown by yardmen at Calgary. The only exception to the to- tal shutdown at Calgary Sunday was the transcontinental Canadian which continued to operate between Calgary and the East. BUS, PLANE USED Passengers travelling west from Calgary on the Canadian are continuing by bus or plane. The Canadian National Railway trans-continental passenger train is being terminated in Edmonton with passengers continuing west by plane or bus. The CNR has more than 2,300 boxcars loaded with between 2,000 and 3,200 bushels of wheat each, stalled at various locations across the Prairies. CPR has more than 4,000 stranded boxcars loaded with wheat bound for Vancouver for shipment to China and Japan. Kaiser has no problems No major problems have yet been experienced by the Kaiser Resources operation near Natal in the Crowsnest Pass region. The last unit train carrying coal from the area to Roberts Bank for shipment to Japan left Thursday night. Kaiser's preparation plant was shut down at midnight Sunday and employees working in the plant now are doing modification work. No men have been laid off because of the enginemen book-offs. Kaiser ships between 12,000 and 13,000 tons of coal daily by CP Rail unit trains. A Kaiser spokesman said this morning there is enough coal stockpiled at Roberts' Bank, 20 miles south of Vancouver, to take care of any immediate problems. Restrictions placed on flights NORTH BAY, Ont. (CP) -The defence department announced today it has placed restrictions on flights of CF-101 Voodoos due to a technical problem in the engines. Maj. George Lowes, public relations officer for Air Defence Command, with headquarters here, said flying has been restricted to mandatory operational flights in support of the North American Air Defence Command. The Voodoos, twin-engined jets built in the United States, are Canada's contribution to NORAD. The restriction covers more than 50 of the Canadian jets at three squadron bases-Comox, B.C., Chatham, N.B.. and Bag-otville, Que.-and a detachment of the aircraft at Val d'Or, Que. The technical problem was not defined. Maj. Lowes said the solution to the problem is known and that it is just a matter of time before flying will return to normal. liiii destroyed in U.S. fire CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) - At least two persons were dead, seven missing and a dozen injured in a fire that destroyed the 117-year-old Canan-daigua Inn early today. Stanley Rypka fled the blaze but died later of an apparent heart attack, a hospital said. Firemen searching the ruins found a body not identified immediately. Paper bombed SAIGON (Reuter) - Several youths riding motorcycles threw gasoline bombs at the office of the left-wing Saigon Tin San newspaper Sunday, but only slight damage was reported. ACTOR'S WIFE DIES-Amy George, 67, wife of actor Chief Dan George, died in North Vancouver after a long illness. The couple are shown above on their 50th wedding anniversary two years age. ;