Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
WINDY FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 75 The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 120 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MAY 4, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Down' LYNDON JOHNSON WASHINGTON (Reuters) Former United States president Johnson said Saturday night he felt he was let down by some members of the cabinet he inherited after president John Kennedy's assassination. "They (the unnamed cabinet in effect, undermined the administration and bored from within to create problems for us and leaked information that was slanted and things of that Johnson said in a televised interview. Johnson said that some members of the Kennedy cabinet did not share his hopes for the country. He said he endured handicaps, heartaches and dis- appointments as a result of his decision to keep the cabinet intact after Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas in 1963. Asked if the opposition from within the cabinet was led by the late president's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, he replied: "I can't answer that question honestly and directly I don't know." Johnson discussed publicly for the first time events immediately before and after the assassination in fee last of a series of three interviews with CBS news commentator Walter Cronkite. Were JFK's Choices Explained why he asked all members of the cabl- net to stay on, Johnson said "he (Kennedy) had select- ed these men." "How would I feel if I'd selected a group of men and the first tiling my successor did, he came in and started eliminating them and firing them and so Johnson said "some of the people who served did not share either the desire or the hopes that I had for the country and for the government." The 61-year-old Johnson also said "I think there must have been a calculated effort on somebody's part, I don't know who, to try to make it appear that I didn't get along with the president's (Kennedy's) -staff." But Johnson spoke movingly of his relationship with John Kennedy and affectionately of Mrs. Jacque- line Kennedy. He played down frequently-published1 reports that relations were strained between him and Mrs. Kennedy and the late president's staff on the plane from Dallas back to Washington. He said he was not aware of any feeling of ani- mosity on the plane. He also said he did not recall Robert Kennedy brushing past him without a word to reach Jacqueline Kennedy when the plane got to Washington; as has been reported. Has No Regrets Johnson, speaking with emotion, said he regretted nothing about the way he acted in the confused hours and days after the assassination. "I took his program and his family after he was fallen and I did everything that I would want a man to do for my program or my family if the same thing happened to me and I don't want anyone to ever say that I ever let him down for a moment." Johnson said he was handicapped1 early in his presidency by being contrasted with Kennedy my manner of dealing with things and his manner, with my accent and his accent, with my background and his background. "He was a- great public hero and anything that I did that someone didn't approve of, they would always feel that president Kennedy wouldn't have done he said. At Johnson's request, a portion of tire interview was deleted in which be indicated he still has linger- ing doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to assassinate president Kennedy. Assertion Untrue Former White House press secretary Pierre Saling- er says Mr. Johnson's assertion that some holdover staff members Wed to undermine his administration during the months that followed John Kennedy's assass- ination is "wholly untrue." "Obviously, it's a basic truth that people who had an intense personal loyalty and love for President Kennedy couldn't-immediately transfer a measure of the came affection and loyalty to President Salinger said Sunday at a news conference. "But to say they deliberately set out to undermine his administration is wholly unture." Salinger, who served as press secretary to Kennedy and, for a time, Johnson, said ho believes that Kennedy aides who remained in the White House made "an honorable effort" to serve Johnson's administration. Russia Issues Warning Uneasiness Increases Over War Extension if From AP-Reuters WASHINGTON United States air strikes in North Vietnam and a second blunt U.S. warning to Hanoi today increased uneasiness and alarm in Con- gress over President Nixon's decision to extend the Southeast Asian war to Cambodia. Meanwhile, Premier Alexei N. Kosygin accused President Nixon today of betray- ing "the American people and the world" by sending United States troops into Cam- bodia. He said the president "should have weighed the consequences" to American-Scviel relations before authorizing .___________________________ ENEMY HITS U.S. BASE Flames and smoke billow skyward from a fuel storage area following a direct hit by an enemy rocket at the U.S. base of the Americal Division at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, The coastal base was hit with 57 rockets Monday in the biggest rocket barrage against a major U. S. installation in a year. Levesque Remains As Party Leader MONTREAL Le- vesque will remain as leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois even though he lust his seat of Montreal Laurier in last Wednesday's Quebec general election, party sources said today. This and other decisions taken by party executives at a 15-hour closed-door weekend meeting were to be announced at a news conference later today. One source said the separatist party executive decided to keep Mr. Levesque as leader at least until a party convention next fall. None of the seven elected1 Parti Quebecois members in the 108-s eat legislature will be asked to resign to make room for Mr. Levesque in a byelec- tion. Dr. Camille Laurin, separatist national assembly member in Montreal Bourget, will head the seven-man PQ caucus in the legislature when the next ses- sion begins in June. The party's first legislative goal will be to revise the elec- toral system in Quebec, blamed Invermere Man Hit By Train INVERMERE, B.C. Henry Green, 58, of this Kootenay community was killed when hit by a train as he crossed rail- way tracks in Invermere. for the poor separatist showing in the election. Although it only seven of the 108 seats in the election, the party received 23 per cent of the popular vote. One spokesman said the party now has more than mem- bers in the province compared" with before the election campaign. This increase in support was a result of the "extremely dy- namic" new orientation of the party. This is the dawning of the age of 'Airline Crash Sm-vivors Critical Of Equipment SAN- JUAN (CP-AP) The U.S. Coast Guard kept up. its search today for 22 persons, in- cluding a Toronto man, missing when a jet airliner went down in the Caribbean Saturday dur- ing a driving rainstorm. Three Canadians were among the 40 known survivors. One person is dead. Most of the pas- sengers were tourists. The missing Canadian was identified as Charles S. Phillips, of the Toronto ac- counting firm of Charles S. Phil- lips and Co. His wife, Margaret, 42, was reported in fair condi- .tion in hospital at St.! Croix, where she is being treated for exposure. Two other Canadian'; '.survi- vors, Winston Evans, 28, 'and his Wilma were rescued and suffered only slight injuries. Evans was highly critical of the life-saving equipment aboard the plane and said he believed the ditching of the airliner could have been avoided. The DC-9, leased by the Dutch Antillean Airline from Overseas National Airways, was bound from New York to St. Martin, in the Leeward Islands 200 miles vest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dutch Join Canadians In Honoring War Heroes THE HAGUE (CP) More than Hollanders joined Canada Sunday in honoring Ca- nadians who died 25 years ago in the liberation of their coun- try. Led by_ Ottawa-born Prin- cess Margriet, they journeyed to the Canadian war cemetery at Groesbeek for an hour of re- membrance with a Canadian delegation led by Veterans Af- fairs Minister Jean-Eudes Dube and detachments from the Ca- nadian Forces in West Ger- many. It was the only distinctively Canadian ceremony in the four days of public events commem- orating the 25th anniversary of the Canadians' liberation of the Dutch from the German occupa- tion throughout tills little coun- try of Hundreds of ceremonies re- call the significance of those days and members of Dube's party, will attend some. But Sun- day was Canada's day, packing an emotional wallop to those with friends and comrades lying Canadian head- stones', in their tidy rows and providing the Dutch who cared a chance to pray for their eter- nal rest in peace. Some of them, like Annie Ver- heyen of nearby Wiechem also knew the men they'd come to honor because they had known them on their way to death. For all these 25. years nurse Ver- heyen like thousands of her compatriots has been tending one particular grave. The one she "adopted" was that'of a man she had Harry Barnett of Sherbrooke, Que. STAYED IN HOME For two months in IMS "Bar- a Canadian army film unit photographer, had been bil- leted in her parents' home. Then on March 11 while filming operations near the 'Rhine from a light aircraft he had been gunned down by an enemy fighter. And so on Sunday, she had brought her flowers and did not mind having to wait to place them. It was the children's turn first. Standing upon every grave was a Dutch boy or girl aged between )0 and )5 with a bou- quet of three daffodils hi one hand and in the other the flags of Canada and Holland tied symbolically together. such a move. REVIEWS COMMITMENTS The Soviet leader told a news' conference the Soviet Union will re-examine its military aid com- mitments to North Vietnam in the light of the latest events and "will inform. North Viet- nam of our decision." The Soviet leader suggested indirectly that the Cambodian events and the new U.S. bomb- ing of North Vietnam could have a bad effect on the Viet- nam peace talks in Paris and that it would inake a Geneva conference on less likely. "It goes without saying that the S o v i e t; government will draw appropriate conclusions for its policy from such a line of action by the United States in Southeast K o s y gin said. He accused Nixon of the "crudest arbitrariness" in his Vietnam policy. He said this contradicted the president's avowed beliefs before and after the presidential election. END AIR ATTACKS The U.S. defence department announced today an end to a series of heavy United States air attacks against North Viet- namese missile and anti-air- craft installations, but said such raids may be resumed if necessary. Daniel Z. Henkin, assistant defence secretary for public af- fairs, calling the attacks "rein- forced protective r e a t i o n said the missions were successful in knocking out a number of anti-aircraft facili- ties that had endangered un- arm e d U.S. reconnaissance Henkin's statement supported the Nixon administration's con- tention '.that the air raids against North Vietnam, Eke the attack by.U.S. ground forces into Cambodia, are not an es- calation of the Southeast Asia war. While U.S. officials stressed. the strikes in North Vietnam confined to military tar- gets, Defence Secretary Laird repeated a weekend threat to recommend wider bombing of the North, if necessary. Laird said Saturday he would recommend a resumption of the bombing if Hanoi launched any major action across the demili- tarized zone separating North and South Vietnam in retalia- tion for the president's dispatch of U.S. troops last Thursday into Cambodia. BOMBINGS PROTECTIVE Sunday, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew called the weekend bombings on North Vietnam "protective reaction." State Secretary William Rog- ers, saying much the same thing, called the bombings "sup- pressive fire." The Viet Cong and North Viet- namese are attempting to ex- tend their supply and sanctuary areas used by their troops fight- ing in South Vietnam to Ite Gulf of Siam which, Agnew said, se- riously threatens the security of American forces and the presi- dent's policy of withdrawing U.S. troops from the war zone. OTHER DEVELOPMENTS In other developments anti- war protesters geared up against Nixon's move, with demonstrations breaking out on campuses nationwide. Calls went out for classroom strikes against the war on several campuses. Overseas, demonstrations erupted in several cities, includ. ing Stockholm, Sweden, Genoa, Italy, and Auckland, New Zea- land. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces planned to launch a new offensive into Cambodia. Amer- icans in the so-called Fish Hook area continued to meet little resistance, but Viet Cong and North Vietnamese attacks in- creased sharply in South Viet- nam. yiet Cong, North Vietnamese and Cambodian Communist for- ces appeared to control virtual- ly all of Cambodia east of the Mekong River or about 20 per cent of the country of 000; Postal Dispute Report Ready OTTAWA concilia- tion board report on the con- tract dispute between the fed- eral government and postal workers is scheduled to be handed down tonight. Jacob Finkelman, chairman of the public service staff rela- tions board, is to receive the re- port and pass it on to negotia- tors for the council of postal un- ions and the treasury board to- night or Tuesday, a board spokesman said. Markets Hit The Skids By THE CANADIAN PRESS Major North American stock markets fell today when inves- tors' anxiety built up over Rus- sian Premier Alexei Kosygin's news conference on the Indo- china situation. On Wall Street, the Dow-Jones industrial index dropped 10.49 points to 723.13 by a.m. trading was light. Markets began falling this morning after Premier Kosygin announced he would hold a news conference. Toronto was down in most sectors. Losses outnumbered gains by more than four to one in light trading. At Montreal, the market fell lower with industrials and banks leading the decline. Premier Kosygin condemned United States military opera- -tions in Cambodia in his state- ment. He said the Soviet Union will "draw the appropriate conclu- sions" from the United States' action in Cambodia. Four Killed In Campus Outbreak KENT, Ohio CAP) Four persons were killed and at least 11 wounded by gunfire as Ohio national guardsmen broke up an unauthorized rally on the cam- pus of Kent State University today. There were unconfirmed re- ports that two of the dead were guardsmen. Student witnesses said guardsmen had dispersed the rally with tear gas, but were being harassed by demonstra- tors. Nuns Injuretl In Arson Fire LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) Fire described as arson de- stroyed a nuns' residence here early today, injuring five mem- bers of the Order of the Grey Nuns of Montreal. Three of the nuns, residents of the Protectory of Mary Immac- ulate nursing home, were re- ported in critical condition. They are Sister Marie Lcduc, Sister Gilbert Gagne and her sister, Sister Henrietta Gagne. Fire Chief William F. Mains said the fire was "undoubtedly the work of Arsonist." Talks for a new contract began last Sept. 30. Seven months of negotiations failed to produce a settlement and the three-man conciliation board, headed by Judge Rene Lippe of Montreal, was appointed a month ago. Union leaders in Montreal in- dicated last week they would recommend rejection of the re- port if reports about its contents are true and added they might not wait for a national vote be- fore striking. Marcel Perrault, president of the local of the Canadian Union of Postal Em- ployees, said a vote would be taken as soon as the report is received. Strike ballois have been sent from the Ottawa headquarters of the Council of Postal Unions to members across Can- ada. Union negotiators have been seeking a 45-cent-an-hour in- crease in a one-year contract, with the government offering about the same amount over three years. CPU negotiators offered "no comment" in Ottawa on strike possibilities Sunday, pending re- lease of the report. The report was to have been released last Tuesday but the conciliation board received an extension. Higher Mail Rates Seen Next Year MONTREAL (CP) Post off- ice users can expect some rate increases next year, Postmas- ter-General Eric Kierans said today. He coupled this prediction with a pledge that the depart- ment "will cut costs and im- prove productivity to the maxi- mum extent possible." Speaking to a convention of the Canadian Direct Mail Asso- ciation, Mr. Kierans noted that planned postal rate increases for 1970 were suspended as part of the government's anti-infla- tion drive. "Assuming that inflationary forces will be under better con- trol in 1971, I think it would be realistic to count on some in- creases in that year." Mr. Kierans said those who refer to direct mail advertising as junk should realize that "without direct mail promotions the cost of all other mail to the general public would be higher." The person who claims the post office should "do some- thing" about so-called junk mail would "be the first to complain about an infringement of per- sonal liberty if we were to, in effect, censor his mail." Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN lyf AN in a Icoal food store setting his watch at 3 p.m. when he glanced at a weigh scale needle which happened to be at three pounds Gourmet Bill James trying to convince his co-workers that halvah is a tasty delicacy, and finding only one person willing to taste the stuff David t'outts claiming the life of a garage owner is almost as hectic as a doctor's, with calls tt all hours of the day.