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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FORECAST TUESDAY 40 The LetHbtridge Herald VOL. LX111 No. CO LETHBIUDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES PB1XCE SIHANOUK By T. JEFF WILLIAMS P1INOM PEN'il CAP) Cambodia appears to be moving toward civil war as the country chooses sides over I be leadership of depo-cd Prince Norodom Si- har.ouk. Sihanouk was toppled as head of stale on March 13 in a lightning constitutional coup and his stunned people have begun to react. Violent demonstrations have erupScd in dozens of towns and villages. In an attempt to check this movement, the army is trying to make a harrier of the Mekong River, which bisects lire kingdom. No cars are allowed to cross on Uic river terries, ar.d only a few villagers now mnkc (he trip. Army trr.ops guard all crossings, and gunboats dot the length oE tha river. Roads throughout (he country arc closed from dusk to dawn. Police UnrelUible Troops are being moved into major (rouble spots to quell demonstrations against the new government. Local police car.r.ot he relied on, said one military captain in the provincial capital cl Kompong Cham. This has brought the army into confrontation wilh the people in several instances, ar.d many Cambodians have been killed. In Kompong Cham, on the Mekong, troops opened fire last week aflcr demonstrators kill- ed two anti-Sihanouk national assemblymen. The troops killed 29 and wounded another 68. More dangerous fo: I he new government's fragile hold on power are reports from informed French sources that some army units are. defecting to Si- hanouk's side. These could not he confirmed. Pro-Sihanouk elements, in some cases apparently organised by the more disciplined Viet Cong, are strik- ing back vicler.Uy. The government pictures much of this as Viet Cong activity. Typical was the. report by the government that three columns of Viet Cong troops were marching on Pimom Penh. Instead, first-hand evidence gathered in the prov- inces .nink ve ready to march on ihe capital, not Viet Cong troops. Tn the city of Kompong Cham, some demon- strators supporting Sihanouk launched violent attacks on government offices last Thursday destroying the governor's mansion and the courthouse. Two national assemblymen who backer! the new regime were hack- ed to death. Army gunfire restored order, but troops patrol the streets now and machine-gun nests guard empty intersections. But pictures of Sihanouk still in front of virtually every shop and house. The uprising at Kompong Cham, while the most violent reported so far, is not an isolated example. Villagers in Skoun, a small town 37 miles from Penh, demonstrated for two days last week until the fcrmv closed the town. Moon Flight Risk Greater Troops Menace City PHNOM PENH (Reulers) With Viet Cong forces reported advancing to wilhin SO miles of Phnom Penh, the new Cambo- dian government issued a for- mal statement today saying Communist infiltration is creat- ing a "grave situation" in the country. Columns of advancing troops are menacing the capital, the statement said. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese appar- ently are trying lo reinforce their support for restoration of deposed head of slate Prince Norodom Sihanouk, r.ow exiled in Peking. (Despiie the situation in Cam- bodia, "it was reported from Sai- gon that the neighboring coun- try had reopened its airports lo international traffic. The air- ports had been closed for three days for the second time since fj'ihanouk was ousted March 18.) The official government com- munique said advancing Viet- namese are forcing Cambodians into trucks lo help them on their move loward the capital. No specific bailie actions or incidenls were listed in the statement, but the government said the Viet Cong ar.d North Vietnamese have "utilized all methods to force our villagers to participate in their subver- sive manoeuvres" An official statement issued Sunday said government forces were under atlack by the Com- munists in three provinces. The latest communique gave no de- tails from the battlefronts. Gen. Lon Nol, the premier and a leader in the ousler of Si- hanouk, estimated Ihe number of Communist troops entrenched on Cambodian soil at Nol Thursday called on army re- servists and volunteers fo report for active service end back up regular government troops in Hie batlle against fr.e Commun- ists. Prenvnr Lon Nol said today t, Cong attacks be- come more flagrant and are judged by the United Nations to be grave he will ask for mill- lary aid from the United States, France and other friendly coun- tries. Bubonic Plague Haunts Earthquake Rescue Teams Turks View Of Collapsed Houses In Turkey After Killer Quake Irish Rioters Dispersed EARTHQUAKE SITE From Reuters-AP LONDONDERRY (C P) British troops dispersed stone- throwing Roman Catholics and sealed off the volatile Bogside area of this Kortnern Ireland city early today to restore an uneasy truce after rioters at- tacked a police barracks. Twelve soldiers were hurl !n clashes with an angry crowd of more than Catholics who the police barracks in the centre of the city Sunday. The steel helmeted troops were bombarded with stones, bricks, bottles and planks as Posted Stay-Home r ained Arctic J Explorer Some Backing Missing By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) When tho Apollo 13 astronauts descend to the moon's Ocean cf Storms next month, they will attempt a pinpoint landing in a narrow valley among hills, craters and rocks as big as automobiles. The risks, greater than those of man's first two moon landings, mil be taken by James A. Lovell Jr. and Fred W. liaise Jr. in the interests of science. For these ancient, craggy highlands called Fra Mauro, on the eastern shore of Ihe Ocean of Slorms, may harbor the secret of the origin of Ihe moon. Here lies material from three moon ages: Imbrl- um, Copernican and Eraloslhenian. "It's a riskier landing than Apollo 11 or Lovell said in an interview. "We don't have much flat area to play with." He will command America's third landing and expedition. Lovell, liaise and the third crew nrcmber, Thom- as K. Matlingly II, have chosen the Latin phrase "ex lima, scicnlia'1 "From the moon, knowledge" os their mollo. Long Time Out Lovell and liaise will spend 34 hours on the lunar surface. They plan two four- to five-hour excursions outside their craft, during which they are to set up n nuclear-powered science station, drill nearly 100 feet info the soil and walk two miles on a geology field trip. They will work their way some 400 feel up a strewn slope lo Ihe rim c( Core Cr.ilcr, where they hope lo plant the U.S. flag ar.d collect fome o! the moon's oldest rocks. The astronauts will begin their 10-day journey at p.m. EST Saturday, April 11, on the giant Salurn V rocket, liaise and MaUingly will bo making their lirst trips, but thrv'll be Ird by the world's most experienced .spaceman. LmTll, a mvy explain who has spent more than in space, will be making his fourth space flight ar.d his second Irip to tho moon, When he returns this lime ho will have, logged a o( more lhan a month in space. He has said this will be his last flight. The first moon walk is to begin M a.m., Thursday. 'OTTAWA (CP) Canadian forces planes are searching for a famed Ai'clic explorer and twx> other men missing since Good Friday in the James Bay area. Thoir helicopter is be- lieved to have gone down while on a scientific expedition. Tnomas Henry Manning of Merrickville, Ont., 55-year-old English-born zoologist and biolo- gist, was heading the project. Other members of Uie group were young Danish scientist- trainee lyai's Silis of Greenland and helicopter pilot Eugene Vinci, 35, of Arnprior, Ont. Russia Wins 8th Straight Hockey Title STOCKHOLM (CP) The So- viet Union won its eighth con- secutive world hockey champi- onship today by defeating Swe- den 3-1 in the last game of tha lO-round championship. Sweden was second in the tournament, f o 11 o w e d by Czechoslovakia, Finland, East Germany and Po- land. Canada boycotted tha games. Train Pluuges From Bridge KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) A train carrying hundreds of weekend holidavmakcrs back lo Karactii late Sunday plunged 30 feel cff a (resile bridge in the darkness into a gully 25 miles east of Karachi. Rescue workers said aboul 20 persons were killed ar.d about iOO injured but railway officials said five persons were killed End 53 injured. By THE CANADIAN' PRESS A threatened stay-at-home protest by letter carriers in sev- eral Canadian cities received only partial suppoit today, espe- cially in six Ontario cities winch had expected lo be affected. A rift between Ihe Letter Car- riers Union of Canada and post office department officials in Ottawa led to the slay-at-home threat. The one Jay work stoppage by carriers affected most of the Marilimes. Mail delivery in Kew Brunswick and Nova Sco- tia was disrupted today. Sorting end other postal services contin- ued as usual. There was no delivery In the Newfoundland centres of St. John's, Grand Falls and Conner Brook. Service was as usual in Prince Edward Island. In Ontario, only a weak pro- test was seen. Letter carriers in Kingston and Niagara Falls re- ported lo work as usual, in spile of an earlier decision to remain off the job. Some carriers did not report for work in Hamilton, St. Cath- arines and Windsor1. London was the hardest-hit of any Ontario centre. Two-thirds of the city's 220 carriers were off the job. WORK AS USUAL Meanwhile, full postal so vice was in effect (oday in Lclhbritlgc. A spokesman for the Lelh- bridge postal union said to- day there was an "almost un- animous" decision reached Sunday to keep on the Job. An emergency meeting of postal employees was callccf to make the decision. It was work as usual for pos- tal workers in British Colum- bia. Reversing earlier decisions lo slay off work, letter carriers in the Okanagan community of Penticton and in the Peace River district centre of Dawson Creek showed up for regular shifts today. Ijcllcr carriers in Calgary in- dicated last week they were prepared to stay home. But a union spokesman there said Sunday night they have been urged lo show up for work. Locals in Vancouver, Edmon- ton and Rcgina said they would have supported the national of- fice decree but were afforded u'ltle lime in which to prepare for the one-day stay-at-home moratorium. they advanced behind a barbed wire barricade aginst the ri- oters. Special squads wearing bul- lel-prcof vests and armed with clubs defied the hail of missiles and waded into tha crowd lo make arrests. 'Police said 26 persons were arrested, including five women. All were charged with disor- derly behavior. Seventeen men end two in court today charged with disor- derly behavior. Sixteen pleaded not guilty and were ordered held for another hearing Thurs- day. Calherine Gentle, 37, pleaded guilty and was t.enl- enced to a month's imprison- ir.enl. SECURITY TIGHTENED In the Irish Republic, police set up a light security guard today around British diplomats and their families following threats of a South American- style kidnap plot. They acted on tips that outlawed Irish Republican Army plans lo seize a British hostage and then demand the release of Irish extremists jailed in Britain. The IRA plot was reported to have developed following the successful kidnappings of diplo- mats in Latin America and their exchange for political pris- oners. Irish extremists, Patrick O'Sullivan cr.d Connor Lynch, are serving s c v e n -y e a r jail terms in Britain for attempting to break an arms at Dangenham where sub- machine-guns are stored. 0'Sullivan is a self-confessed IRA member. Feared Dead GEDIZ, Turkey (Reuters) Fears of Uie bubonic plague haunted rescue workers slogging through (he rub- ble of thousands of homes shattered by a weekend earth- quake as powerful as tons of INT. Officials counting the guessing that as many as may have that wells in this market town were contam- inated by sewage. NO SANITATION' Thousands of refugees from the town, 80 psr cent flattened by the quake and then razed by fire, huddled overnight in tents, ruins and makeshift shelters, short of drinking water and with no sanitation. Medical learns began mass in ociilalions against diphtheria, typhus, dysentery atirl polio. Tanker trucks brought water supplies from springs in nearby mountains The semi-official Anatolian agency estimated the toll at Tha interior ministry said 637 bodies had been found and more than 460 were injured in the 48- sccond tremor which rocked the whole of Turkey and devastated Kutahya province of western Anatolia. Rescuers said the fires burned to death some of the injured trapped under col- lapsed buildings. FEARS HUGE LOSS But Housing Minister Heyrcl- tin Nakipoglu, helping to co-or- dinate relief efforts, said he feared the toll might reach In just one village, 250 bodies were found Sunday night. And, as darkness fell, mom than 50 other villages were still cut off. Asked how many people were killed Ihere, Nakpoglu replied: "That's anybody's guess." An old man from Akcaalan, a village close to Gediz in an area where, until Saturday night, about people eked out liv- ing from raising figs, raisins, wheat and barley, said: "There were of us living in the vi- lage and all I can see is about now." "The rest of them arc burning over there." Fire swept Akcaalan and other villages immediately after the quake, one of Ihe most pow- erful ever recorded at about nine on the open-ended Richter scale, as oil lamps and stoves overturned and eleclricily short-circuted. YEAR TODAY The quake came a year to the day since (he last major disas- ter in the Anatolian area, one of tiie world's most notorious earth quake regions, known in classi- cal times as the burned land. On March 23 last year, 53 peo- ple died and houses were destroyed in the town of Alase- hir. But the scale of Saturday's disaster made it more compara- ble with an earthquake in the easl of Turkey in 1966. The death toll then was Tne worst tremor along Ihe Anatolian Fault occurred in Strike' Bitter WASHINGTON (AP) The "sick" walkout of U.S. air con- trollers, now in its sixth day, has cut further into air travel, and the dispute is deepening amid growing bitterness on both sides. Easier weekend departures were delayed up to hours in the northeastern and middle western United States, the areas hardest hit by the members of the Professional Ah- Traffic Controllers Association calling in sick. Snow added to the trouble on Ihe norllieastern runways ar.d slowed buses, a popular alterna- tive for the embattled cir trav- eller. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN 1939, in the eastern province of Erzincan, when were killed. ClTTIiW on Ihe steps ol a downtown building at 5 a.m., reading a map of Eu- rope bringing a severe rib- bing for David Hughes Rick Smith questioning Uie comfort cf an antique chair which he found to be a poor substilule for his bod Mel Middlcfon turning on Ms dome light when Brad CJcn- nell asked for a light for his cigarette. Tunney's Daughter Held For Murder KF-v7 I TICKETjjj Firomon Perish CORRY, Pa. (AP) Search- ers removed the bodies of five volunteer liremen from the chaired rubble of a paint store early loday after an explosion blew out tJie walls c( Ihe burn- ing structure, AMERSHAM, England (AP) The only daughter of former world heavyweight b o x i n f! champion Gene Tunney appears in a magistrate's court Tuesday to face a charge of murdering her1 husband. It will be n pre- liminary hearing and probably will be'brief. Tall, dark-haired Joan Tunney Wilkinson, 30. was charged six liours after her husband, Lynn Carler Wilkinson, was found dead Sunday witii head injuries in Ihcir rented cottage on tho village green in neaiijy Cltenics. Police refused lo disclose the murder weapon or to give any details. It was learned lhat Wilkin- son's mother, who was visiting from the Unilrd Slates, heard UIP familv car Sunday niornir.c. looked out and s.iw her (laugh- ler-in-Iw driving away. FOUND IN DEI) Investigating, the cider Mrs, Wilkinson found her son dead in lied ar.d called the police, it was learned. Joan Wilkinson was found in a garago about three miles away. Mn. WiUdnjoo iras missing in Europe for two monllis last summer alter' disappearing dur- ing a family holiday in Norway. Sns was found in Marseille, suf- fering from acute undernourish- ment. Tunney, 72, retired undefeated in 1928, two years after he had won the heavyweight title from Jack Dempsey and retained it in another famous fight wilh Dempscy in 1927. A few weeks after announcing his retirement, he married Polly Lander. Tunney, who is recuperating In Arizona from spinal surgery, said in a "Mrs. Tunney, my family and I are shocked and saddened by the dealh of our son-in-law, Carirr Wilkinson. Like nil par- ents al a moment like tt-ls v.e. riave feei'.ngs rf compas- foiTOw (or mir daugh- ter Joan and a gi'eat desire lo help her." The Tunr.eys have four chil- dren: Mrs. Wilkinson. Geno, John and Jonathan. John L; a member of Ihe U.S. House cf Representatives from California and is seeking the PeBocratio for tb> U.S. JOAN WILKINSON dcsrt GENE TUNNEY old dump ;