Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The many faces of 'the Chief RICK ERVIN Dhoto 1 Israel displays arms might on birthday JERUSALEM (AP) More than 40 planes roared across the land of the Bible today as Israel cel- ebrated its 25th anniversary with prayers and a three- hour display of the mightiest array of military hard- ware ever seen at one time in the Middle East. About cheering spectators jammed the dsc- orated streets of Arab and Jewish Jerusalem for the parade. But the birthday was more festive than war- like despite the biggest armed display in the Middle East since the 1967 war. Troops and police guarded the parade route against guerrilla sabotage and ressrve troops were mobilized for security. But there were no disruptions. Prayers for peace were held in synagogues be- fore thousands of troops and more than 160 tanks and artillery guns moved past Premier Go'da Meir, gov- ernment and military leaders and David Ben-Gurion, the 86-year-old founding father of Israel. Led by five jets and helicopters towing flags, the Israeli air force provided a roaring umbrella for the festivities. PARADE OBJECT OF CRITICISM The parade was the object of much criticism, at home as well as abroad. Ths United Nations asked that it be cancelled because part of its route lay through Arab East Jerusalem, recaptured from Jor- dan in the 1967 war, and that would anger the Arab nations. Many Israelis contended that the million being spent on the parads should be used for social welfare. Others felt it contributed to an undesirable warlike image. The government rejected all objections. Premier Golda Meir in an anniversary television interview said Sunday that she has proposad secret peace talks to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt through several intermediaries but has received no answer. Mrs. Mcir said she rssured Sadal that "we really want peace." thai the talks would secret for as long as he and that they could be carried on by representatives of the two countries rather than bv the leaders themselves. Inside ISRAEL A 12-part illustrated series mark- ing the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel begins today in the Lethbridge Herald on Page 7. Classified 20-24 Comics........18 Comment......4 District.......3 Family 17 Iwal News 11, 12 Markets 19 Sports 8-10 Theatres......7 TV 6 Weather........2 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH TUKS. 70: SUNN'S', WARM The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 123 LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA, MONDAY, MAY 7, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 36 PAGES Nixon involvement n cover-up den Just a trickle now Only a trickle of water remains of a normally con- tinuous-flowing 90-gallon-per-minute well after owner Jane Whipple sawed the tap off in a dispute with 130 water haulers. The well remains closed off today while attempts are being made to resolve the conflict. The haul- ers one monlh ago cut chains placed on the well by Mrs. Whipple, 80, in crder to get water for homes and live- stock. The dispute has been simmering since Mrs. Whipple gained control of the land 15 years ago. (See story on. Page. 12. WALTER KERBER photo KEY BISCAYNE Fla. (AP) The Florida White House, on President Nixon's behalf, issued today a sweeping denial of any presidential involvement in the Watergate scandal or a sub- sequent cover-up. Although the White House recently has declined to com- ment on individual news reports relating to Watergate, deputy press secretary Gerald Warren said he felt comment was mer- ited on a Newsweek magazine report. It said that John W. Dean, ousted White House counsel, was prepared to testify Nixon personally congratulated him last September for covering up administration involvement in the Watergate incident. Time magazine also carried a slightly different account saying basically the same thing. Warren's denial also encom- passed a report that Nixon had agreed to grant executive cle- mency to convicted Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt. Said Warren: "Any suggestion that the president was aware of the Wa- tergate operation is untrue. Any suggestion that the president participated in any cover-up ac- tivities is untrue. Any sugges- tion that the president ever au- the offering of clc- mencv to anyone in this case is also false." STATEMENT APPROVED In response to questions. War- ren said the statement was is- sued with Nixon's knowledge and approval. Asked if the reference to "Watergate operations" ex- Another 'copter shot at SAIGON CCP) The hazard- oil? task facing rcasefin? ob- servers in South Vietnam was illustrated twice during the weekend as another helicopter was fired on and a vehicle ear- ning observers struck a land mine. No one was injured in ci- ther incident. A helicopter flying for the In- ternational Commission of Con- trol and Supervision (ICCS) was fired on Sundav while over a "contested area" in the Mekong Delta, but was not nil. The area is in territory claimed by both the South Viet- namese government and the Communist Viet Cong. An ICS source said a "couple of bursts of small- arms fire were fired at the heli- copter as it flew over Tri Ton, rear the Cambodian border. Aboard were four Poles, a Ca- nadian, a U.S. contract em- ployee and the U.S. crew. The Canadian was Capt. Patrick Dillon of Victoria. It. was the third time in a Tension easing in Mideast rift BEIRUT CAP) Tension be- tween the Lebanese government and the Palestinian guerrillas was reported casing today de- spite a guerrilla attack on a border post in the northern part, of the country. Mrdipfars from ofiipr Arab governments met Sunday with Lebanese and Palestinian offi- cials in efforts to rnohtain the ceasefire agreed to last week after two days of hard fighting. The secretary-general of the Arab League, Mahmoud Riad, mel with President Suleiman Franjieh and later said the situ- aiion was "improving Envoys from Egypt, Syria, Algeria and other Arab coun- tries had contacts with Yasir Arafat, the leader of the Al Fa- tah guerrillas, withdrew a threat to break off talks and leave the country. MAY AMEND FACT The mediators were said to bavo suggested amending i960 Cairo agreement which cr.ded heavy fighting then be- tween the Lebanese army and the guerrillas and laid down ground rules for guerrilla activ- ity in Lebanon. The army forced the guer- rillas out of southern border areas last September after Is- rreli raids. Mo.il of the guer- rillas moved into the 15 Pale- stinian i-efugec camps scattered about the country and control tlwm as autonomous territories. monlh that an ICCS helicopter has been fired on. The first time, on April 7. one aircraft was shot down. kiDing nine per- sons, but the other two times the helicopters were not tat. Capt. C. E. Laviolette, 42. of Quebec City was killed in the April 7 incident. As a result of this the ICCS has limited its flights to essen- tial missions, restricting its movements and observation of ceasefire violations. INCIDENT DEPLORED Jn Ottawa, an external affairs spokesman termed the latest at- tack deplorable. He said the in- cident reveaJs "the difficulty under which the ICS is func- tioning." It is "very disturbing'1 that such incidents are continuing. Canadi has threatened to pull out cf the ICCS and the in- cidents have added weight to arguments for withdrawal. tended to 1972 campaign espion- age and sabotage, Warren said: "It extends to all the matters that are now under discussion.'1 Warren said the White House, except in this instance, would follow a practice of not com- menting on individual news re- ports because of a "desire to make sure that White House comment or an inadvertent statement in the White House briefing room will not prejudice the prosecution or infringe on the rights of innocent individ- uals." Ke added: "That is our position and will remain our position." The statement was issued -as Nixon was conferring on White House staff operations with Gen. Alexander M. Haig, his new staff co-ordinator, and press secretary Ronald L. Zeig- ler. Warren said Haig. appointed Friday by Nixon following the resignation of H. R. Haldeman, flew here unanounced Sunday. Time and Newsweek gave slightly different accounts, but both said Nixon's purported re- marks came in a meeting among the president, Dean and another top White House aide. Newsweek quoted Dean as saying Nixon was in the Oval Office with Dean and White House chief of staff H. R. (Bob) Haldeman when the president said: "Good job. John. Bob told me what a great job you've been doing." Time's version said Nixon Dean and the president's do- mestic-affairs adviser, Jolm Eh- rlichman. were presentvand that Nixon said: "John me you've been doing fine work.1' Neither magazine, in an- nouncing that the stories wiU be forthcoming, identified its source. Cave explorer JL WASHINGTON fReuter) The Nixon administration agreed today to appoint an in- dependent prosecutor to in- vestigate the Watergate bug- ging scandal. A 25-year-old Calgary man is in Crowsnest Pass General Hospital today with an injured back after a 38-hour rescue or- deal from dsep in a cave 10 miles south of Highway 3 in the Crowsnest Pass area. Allan Schaffer and three companions were exploring a cave know as Yorkshire Pot on the Andy Good Plateau when ne fell 50 feet into cither a crevice or an old shaft about 4 p.m. Saturday. Blairmore RCMP were as- sited in the rescue by mem- bers of the Calgary Volunteer Mountain Rescue Club who drove to the 'Pass area Sun- day, and by members of the Coieman Colleries mine rescue unit. RCMP also rented a helicop- ter from Banff to get Mr. Schaffer from the cava and to bring in men and supplies. DIFFICULT KESCUE Eugene Oswald of the col- lieries rescue team, told The Herald today that it was a diffi- cult rescue operation. To get Mr. Schaffer from the chimney where he fell "we had to pull him about 90 feet ver- tically and then drag him 300 feet on a 55 degree incline through a passage about 15 inches high." After pulling Mr. Schaffer through the first incline, the rescue team had another three cliffs to pull him over. RCMP say the accident oc- curred about one-half mile from the cave mouth and about 350 feet below the surface. Three killed in flaming; car crash CRANBROOK (CP) T er- rence Peter Werden, 20, and Jack MacKenzie Goi'don, 21, both of Cranbrook, were killed in a flaming car crash on the ou'skirts of this southeastern British Columbia community late Saturday. The third man killed in the crash was identified as Duane Harvey Meidinger, 19, of Cran- brook. Mr. and Mrs. Jay Bannatyne of Cranbrook were taken to hospital suffering from minor burns and injuries. Police said Sunday Werden was driving the car. Police said the car in which the five were riding failed to negotiate a curve on an over- pass, jumped a concrete bar- rier and plunged 75 feet down an embankment, bursting into flames. Seen and heard About town pORMER Prime Minister John Diefenbakor recall- ing the time in Saskatch- ewan "when it was so dry the trees chased Kai- nai News editor Caen Ely playing the role of janitor as she swept the hall floor prior to her news society's annual danco. Disarmament pact signed in Wounded Knee dispute WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) Negotiators for the United States government and Indian militants are optimistic the 69- day occupation of Wounded Knee will end this week now that a disarmament agreement has been signed. But spokesmen for the t w o sides traded warnings about fu- ture takeovers and the way the government would react. Negotiators announced Sun- day the signing of a dis- armament pact that calls for weapons to be surrendered and non-residents to leave the ul- lage at 9 a.m. EOT Wednesday. That is to be followed by in> plementetion of an April 15 agreement that calls for an in- vestigation of civil rights com- plaints and an audit of Oglala Sioux tribal funds on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The earlier pact was to have ended the oc- cupation of Wounded Knee but never was put into effect be- cause of a dispute over laying down armiS. Kidnappers make more demands GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) The kidnappers of U.S. Consul-General Terrance Leon- hardy were reported making more demands today following the transfer to Cuba of 30 pris- oners whose freedom they had demanded. "The situation become extremely complicated: there are now said Gov. Alberto Orozco Romero of .Ia- lisco state Sunday. "We just have to wait now. It could be hours or days. He did not say what the de- mands were. Shortly before, the governor received a note from Leonhardy saying he was being treated well and his kidnappers prom- ised to release him "at the proper moment." Lconhardy's wife, at home with the couple's two young daughters, received a telephone cail from the kidnappers Sun- day afternoon saying new in- structions would be phoned later. FLOWN TO CUBA Thirty persons were released from jails in six Mexican states Sunday afternoon and flown to Havana in a Mexican air force plane, meeting the ransom de- mand of the guerrilla group that seized the 58-year-old con- sul-general Friday evening as he drove home alone. Leonhardy hss spent 30 years in government service and is scheduled to retire next year. He is the first foreign diplomat to be kidnapped in Mexico. There have been two kidnap- pings of Mexican officials, a university rector and the fed- em! director of aviation. Both were released unharmed after the demands of the kidnappers were met.