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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 70 The Uthbricine Herald VOL. LXIII No. 122 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES Taylor Back On Job GORDON TAYLOR EDMONTON (CP) Gordon Taylor resumed his position as highways minister in Alberta's So- cial Credit government today after reversing an ear- lier decision to join the federal department of trans- port as a deputy minister. Mr. Taylor said in an interview Tuesday that he had decided he had no right to give up his cabinet responsibilities in Alberta for the federal job, no mat- ter how "challenging and enticing" the Ottawa position might be. "I was re-elected member of the legislature (for Drumheller-Gleichen) for a term of office and I have no right to leave my constituency in the middle of that Mr. Taylor said. "I have no right to put the people of the prov- ince to the expense of a byelection at a time when the government is working hard to keep down expendi- tures in order to avoid a tax increase." Mr. Taylor went to Ottawa Sunday to> take up the position of deputy minister in charge of surface trans- portation in the federal administration. "I was so enthused about the challenge of the new job I forgot about my responsibilities here (in Al- the minister said. After several hours of "meditation and thought" in Ottawa he decided to return to Edmonton. A telephone call to Premier Harry Strom con- finned that his resignations from the cabinet and his legislature seat still had not been processed and "ev- erything would stand as it was." Mr. Taylor, 59, is the senior minister in the Al- berta cabinet in length of service. Premier, Strom said he was "very definitely pleased to have him back." Mr. Taylor said there had been strong pressure from residents of his constituency to stay on as their representative in the legislature. Mr. Taylor first was elected to the legislature in 1940 as representative for Drumheiler. Prof. Porter Airs Views On Merger By JOHN MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Carleton University sociologist Pro- fessor John Porter, who had to cancel his appear- ance at the One Prairie Province Enquiry in Leth- bridge May 10-13, has given a few of his general thoughts on the subject of prairie union. He. thinks there is an even greater itself. "My own view is that prairie union would be a good he said in an interview. "I think we have too many governments in this country and we're expending too much of our politi- cal energies among too many political platforms. "I believe that five regional governments would be a marked improvement but it will take a great deal of negotiation. "It would be worth it, though, because it would strengthen our Canadian institutions vis-a-vis external instance it would make American econ- omic take-over more difficult. (He spoke on the eve of the Quebec provincial elec- tion which, he noted, probably would play a crucial role in the ensuing integration or disintegration of the Canadian provinces.) "I believe that the prairie people might be even more amenable to union than those in the Porter speculated. "I think westerners generally think of themselves more as Canadians, looking to Ottawa more than oth- ers do. A higher proportion, I suspect, are native born and a smaller proportion have lies with Britain and tlrerefore are less closely committed to its monarchi- al system. "There is no 'ethnic' problem, in terms of con- sidering prairie union, as some have suggested or at least I would hope not. The prairies have a more homogenous population than, say, the Maritimes which has a large and concentrated bloc of French-Cana- dians. "So the social composition of the prairies is not incompatible with the idea of a merger and I don't believe that the voters are so closely identified with their own provincial governments or jurisdictions that it would be an insurmountable problem. "As for the power the Red River corporate elite or the conservative-radical Socreds of question would be decided on a balance of the consequences of merger. "Obviously, the Winnipeg corporations or the Al- berta oilmen might fear a united prairie jurisdiction for providing a bigger and more powerful provincial government with which they would have to deal. "But, just as obviously, such a government might be much stronger in dealing Ottawa and the rest of Canada, getting a better deal for its region than the present three separate governments can do in- dividually. "These are among the questions that would considered, and there would be many others too." Prof. Porter thinks the Lethbridge which is expected lo draw some participants and listeners including five cabinet ministers from Ottawa give such considerations a sprinter's start. And he feels everyone will have won if it leads lo establishment of a formal quasi-governmental study OH tlie prairies similar to the one now under way in the Maritimes. Three New Fronts Opened In Cambodian Thrust To Build SAIGON (AP) U.S. and South Vietnamese forces opened three new fronts inside Cam- bodia today, but in Vietnam the Viet Cong and North Vietnam- ese launched attacks that kiiied 40 Americans and wounded 84, the U.S. command reported. One North Vietnamese attack, on'an artillery base south of the demilitarized zone, killed 29 Americans, the Largest Ameri- can toll in a single action in 20 months. Thirty more Americans from the 101st Airborne Division were reported wounded in the attack on the artillery base 16 miles south of the DMZ. Initial re- ports said 15 North Vietnamese were killed. While a heavy mortar barrage pinned down the U.S. troops, the North Vietnamese hit the base firing rocket grenades and ri- fles. Sharp fighting and terror at- tacks were reported at several other pomts in the northern provinces, with six more Ameri- cans and 15 guerrillas killed. A grenade thrown into a police station in Da Nang killed six Vi- etnamese policemen and wounded six. The North Vietnamese ap- peared to be putting most of their retaliatory effort into the northern provinces. U.S. offi- cials claim the operations in Cambodia have disrupted Com- munist supply lines to the south of South Vietnam. Thousands more American and South Vietnamese troops crossed into Cambodia in the biggest offensive of the war. Informed sburces said be- tween and Ameri- can troops and about an equal number1 of South Vietnamese now are hunting North Vietnam- ese and Viet Cong base camps in Cambodia at six points along 250 miles of the border. The Southern allied .com- mands claimed more than North Vietnamese and Viet Cong killed, most of them by air strikes, since the first offensive was launched Thursday. Thou- sands of tons of arms, ammuni- tion, other military equipment and food have been captured or destroyed, headquarters said. But they still have not located the Communist headquarters re- ported to be in Cambodia. TAKE SNUOL In the Fish Hcok region of Cambodia, about 80 miles north-northwest of Saigon, the North Vietnamese pulled out of the plantation town of Snuol as American bombers wiped out 90 per cent of it and a U.S. tank force rolled in unopposed. The bombers were called in after the tank column fought its way into the centre of the town Tues- day and then had to retreat. CALLS FOR CONFERENCE UNITED NATIONS (Heuters) The United States today ap- peared satisfied with UN Secre- tary-General U Thant's call for an international conference on Indochina but many UN diplo- mats, including leading Asians, were critical of Thant's modera- tion. Finally breaking his silence on Indochina five days after U.S. troops entered Cambodia, the UN chief said Tuesday that the Cambodian government, "which had been trying very hard to keep itself neutral, seems now to have been drawn into the conflict." He expressed "grave anxiety" at reports of a resumption of the bombings of North Vietnam but he did not mention the U.S. by name in his statement. Million Meat Plant Nixon Sets June 30 As Pullout Date WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon's promise that U.S. troops will be out of Cambodia by June 30 at the latest has made no noticeable dent in prior congressional opinion. Critics remain critical and supporters are standing firm be- hind the new war policy. In separate briefings with two groups of representatives and senators Tuesday, the president spelled out the limitations on the incursions. American units could go no farther than 21.7 miles into Cambodia without prior congressional approval and all U.S. troops would be pulled back by June 30. Senator J. W. F u 1 b r i g h t, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee and one of the toughest critics of Nixon's So u t h e a s t Asia policy, said there was nothing new in the president's presentation "that had not been covered in the president's speech." He referred to the statement Nixon made last Thursday say- ing in a joint South yietnam- ese-U.S. troop operation had moved into Cambodia. Nixon said then the action would be over in six to eight weeks and was designed pri- marily to protect the security of U.S. troops in Sbuth Vietnam by destroying Communist sanctu- aries across the border in Cam- bodia. BIG GAMBLE Senator Frank Church (Dem. Idaho) said: "The president has taken a large gamble for a small prize. If he wins Ihe gam- ble he will have gained no more than the temporary removal of enemy sanctuaries. "If he loses the gamble, it may well take the form of enemy reprisal action against Phnom Penh or Vientiane (capi- tal of Laos) and result in the Communist takeover of Cam- bodia or Laos or both." On the Senate floor, five members formally introduced a proposal to end all American operations in Cambodia within 30 days. The measure also calls for U.S. termination in Laos and Vietnam by the end of this year, except for withdrawal of U.S. forces which would be com- pleted by June Fulbright reported that Nixon did not think his action in Cam- bodia was a major factor in current campus .unrest. Ful- bright said Nixon maintained that "the students are in tur- moil anyway and this is not pri- marily attributable to the war." "Next to the American Civil War, this is the most serious crisis we have ever been con- fronted Fulbright said. TEARS OF BATTLE A young Gl weeps from exhaustion as his unit is pinned down while assaulting the village of Tasuos, about four miles inside Cambodia, Wednesday. The attack was made as part of a new thrust by the U.S. 25th Infantry Division into Cambodia. Strikes Mushrooming Swift Canadian will build a plant in Lethbridge this summer. Details of the big undertaking were announced in Ottawa to- day by H. A. Olson, minister of agriculture. In giving final approval to the project under the Regional De- velopment Incentives Act, Mr. Olson said the federal govern- ment will extend a grant total- ling Approved after a feasibility study, the grant is based on a formula of 12 per cent of the approved capital costs and an additional for every new job created. 128 NEW JOBS The plant will be a consolida- tion of Swift operations into ra- pid development as a major beef supplier hi Canada. The completed facility will create 128 new jobs. W. A. Mill, executive vice- president of Swift, is to be in Lethbridge Thursday for an of- ficial s o d-turning ceremony with Mayor Anderson. Swift's exercised its option on 30.86 acres of city-owned land in the northeast industrial sub- division on April 23. The com- pany paid an initial deposit of on the land last year. Another payment of was made later. The final payment was Swift's becomes the third na- tional packing plant to establish in Lethbridge. The other two are Canada Packers and Canadian Dressed Meats, which earlier this year announced plans for a expansion program in 1970. More details of the Swift fa- cility are expected to be an- nounced Thursday during the sod-turning ceremony. U.S. Students Back Off Wallace Faces Runoff By The Canadian Press George C. Wallace and Gov. Albert Brewer fought to a standoff in Alabama's Demo- cratic primary for governor, while in Ohio Representatives Robert A. Taft rallied to defeat Gov. James A.'Rhodes for the Republican Senate nomination. Taft, scion of a famous politi- cal family, will oppose Demo- crat Howard Metzenbaum, who defeated John Glenn, the for- mer astronaut. Neither Wallace, a former governor, nor Brewer were able to poll 50 per cent of the vote as required by state law for elec- tion. They will meet in a runoff primary June 3. Primaries in the United States are part of the electoral system in which voters pick their candidates for election. Seven candidates contested the Alabama primary for gov- ernor, cutting sharply into Wal- lace's voting strength. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN pLAY villain Ron Harkcr in both pain and panic as he ended up in hospital with a broken leg 10 hours before curtain time, and Don Run- quist, play director, stepping in to fill the role so "the show could go on" with support from fellow actors Mark Void, Karen Krammcr, Lor- lia Watmoogh and Brent Ss- liey with pianist Jack Patsy knitting Ihe liiss-and- boo feature together will) lots of schmaltzy "hearts and Dowers" New Crisis Develops In Ireland From Reuters-AP University students peacefully handed out anti-war leaflets in Washington today but did not carry out an announced plan to paralyse traffic into the United States capital by throwing human chains across the roads. Meanwhile student strikes were mushrooming on cam- puses coast-to-cbast in protest against the move into Cambodia by U.S. troops and the death of four students shot by National Guard troops at Kent State Uni- versity in Ohio. About five students from American University slowed traffic along one of the main ar- teries into Washington as they banded out leaflets. But, together rath students from Georgetown and George Washington Universities, they backed off from a plan an- nounced Tuesday night to block the roads .with chains of human bodies. Traffic into Washington fol- lowed a different pattern today as motorists, warned of the stu- dents.' plans Tuesday night, sought other routes. The 500 stu- dents handed leaflets to drivers at a traffic circle on Massachu- setts Avenue, one of the major roads intr the city from nearby Maryland. A coalition of anti-war groups has called for giant demonstra- tions in front of the White House Saturday, and New York Uni- versity students planned a march to Washington today to back a bill to cut off funds for 'operations in Cambodia. Student strikes have spread to more than 170 campuses and there are plans to extend them to more, with faculty and ad- ministrative backing in many cases. The presidents of 34 colleges have appealed to .President Nixon to consider the dangers of "an unprecedented alienation of A m e r i c a's and tlie deans of 15 medical schools sent a telegram to tlie president urg- ing a quick end to fighting in In- dochina. Some universities shut down altogether, others held rallies, prayer meetings or vigils. There were clashes with police on some campuses Tuesday. On others, there were indications of support for the move into Cam- bodia. JULIE STAYS HOME President Nixon's daughter Julie, and her husband, David Eisenhower, remained at their Northampton, Mass., apartment as students at her college, Smith, and his, Amherst, voted to strike. In Washington, Mrs. Nixon cancelled her scheduled trip to Fredericksburg, cause of planned anti-war dem- onstrations at Mary Washington University there. There were some indications of support for the president's Cambodian intervention. At the Mormon Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, the student newspaper Daily Universe said: "We un- derstand the rationale behind Mr. Nixon's decision and sup- port him in it." At the University of Ken- tucky, A. B. (Happy) Chandler, a trustee and former Kentucky governor, denounced an anti- war protest as an "outrage" and.told of hitting a demonstra- tor "with. a crisp right hand right on his nose." Alberta Cabinet Ministers Watch U.S. Bombing System PRINCESS (CP) Premier Harry Strom and 10 members of his provincial cabinet flew to this southeastern Alberta area today to watch operations of a United States Air Force prac- tice bombing system. The system, mounted on a railway train, is scoring strate- gic air command bombers on mock bombing runs over si- mulated targets in various prai- rie locations. The bombers are B-52s, the type flown from Pacific and Thai bases against targets in Vietnam and Laos. An armed forces spokesman said tlie Alberta cabinet's two- hour visit to the scoring unit here resulted from a request by the premier. The scoring unit has been the target of a number of protests by gr'oups protesting any Cana- dian complicity in American ac- tions in Southeast Asia. Volcano Rains Rocks REYKJAVIK (R e u t e r s) Icela nd's biggest volcano, 'Hekla, was raining rocks and ashes today over surrounding mountains after erupting for the first time in 23 years. The volcano, 75 miles south- east of here, burst into life Tuesday night, sending a plume of steam and debris feet into the air. Early today, flames were licking the mountain ridge as ashes started settling on vil- lages up to 120 miles away. A village serving a nearby hy- droelectric power station was evacuated after white-hot stones smashed windows at the plant and dented workers' cars. Police sealed off the area after sightseers streamed out of the capital to watch the erup- tion of Hekla, known locally as the Gateway to Hell. The last major eruption, in April, 1947, disgorged tons of lava over the mountain- side, buried more than 130 farms in cinders and drove fish from the rich south coast fishing grounds. Oil Company DUBLIN (AP) Tire Irish Republic's cabinet split today over government policy toward Northern Ireland, but a cau- cus of the governing Fianna Fail party tonight is expected FaCGS Court to back Prime Minister Jack Lynch. Four ministers have left the cabinet in the last 24 hours, two fired by Lynch and two of theif owii volition. It WHS the gravest crisis to hit Fianna diers Us 40-year history. WASHINGTON (AP) Chev- ron Oil Co. was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges of wilfully violating United States government regu- lations that led to a massive oil slick last month in the Gulf el Mother Suffocates Her 4 Children EDMONTON (CP) Police say a 42-year-old city mother, described by a neighbor as "very suffocated her four children Tuesday and then shot herself to death with a large-calibre rifle as her hus- band arrived home from work. Heads covered in plastic and secured by nylon stockings, their legs and arms bound, the children were found dead in a bedroom about 5 p.m. by Leon- ard Soule when he returned from his job as a mechanic at Wir.ter'uuni, just west of Edmon- ton. As Mr. Soule was telephoning police, his wife Elma commit- ted anddt in bathroom of their southeast Edmonton home. Police said they had found a note believed written by Mrs. Soule, but they did not release the contents. The slain children were Don- ald, 13, Douglas, about 12, Nora, 10, and Sherry, 8. None went to school Tuesday. The Soule home is a one-sto- rey frame structure iii a mid- dle-income district of the city. A close neighbor said Mrs. Soule had had periods of acuto depression, but had remained active in community affairs. She was vice-president of local community league, ;