Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbtidge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 129 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MAY 12, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS TTVE SECTIONS 68 PAGES Central bank rate up again OTTAWA (CP) The Bank of Canada again raised the bank rate Friday in continuing efforts to walk the fine line be- tween dampening" economic growth and spurring inflation. For the second time in little more than one month, the cen- tral bank pushed up the rate by one-half of one per cent, this time to 5% per cent. The rate rose to 5V4 per cent April 9, the first increase since October, 1971. The bank said in a statement that it is continuing its policy to check the rapid expansion of credit through boosting the bank rate. Evidently, the April increase did not achieve the de- sired results. The rate increase is a tradi- tional signal to commercial banks to curb lending. It also has an impact on rates charged by other lenders. The central bank's action in April prompted most chartered banks to raise their prime lend- ing rates to 6Va per cent from six per cent. When the chartered banks are short of cash, as they have been recently, they are forced to turn to the Bank of Canada for An increase in therefore has a commercial on ready money, the bank rate direct effect lenders. The central bank's action tends to force up other interest rates and make credit harder to get. It influences a wide variety of borrowings. The bank Indicated Friday that it is sticking with Its policy of influencing monetary supply in hopes that inflation will curbed, without affecting eco- nomic growth. Chartered banks have been asked to give first priority to small business and slow-growth regions in their lending plans, the central bank said. Credit should also be granted first to Canadian customers rather than foreigners. Sharp confirms it: ICCS 'flat broke' OTTAWA (CP) With the Vietnam ceasefire commission flat broke and the lives of its observers endangered by re- peated attacks, officials are tot- ing up the facts for the impend- ing decision to quit or stay in Vietnam. External Affairs Minister Mit- chell Sharp confirmed in the Commons Friday news reports from Saigon "that the Inter- BREZHNEV TO VISIT WASHINGTON WASHINGTON (AP) Soviet Cornnrunist party leader Leonid Brezhnev v.ill hold a summit meeting "with President Nixon in the United Slates from June 18 to June 26, the White House announced today. The statement by press secre- tary Ronald Ziegler said the trip was the result of an in- vitation by President Nixon at his summit meeting in the So- viet Union last year. RICK ERVIN photo Practice makes perfect Watergate repor confusing Eight-year-old Davey Hackson, 1245 5th Ave. S. is starting early in the Mother's Day tradition as he readies his beuquet of flowers for five-year-old Carlo Pike, 2718 10th Ave. N. Carnations, the traditional flower for Mother's Day, also remain the favorite with most hus- bands. Flower shops in the city report sales in- crease about three-fold just before Mother's Day. warned? WASHINGTON (API L. Patrick Gray III told President Nixon 19 days after the Water- gate arrests he was disturbed at the role White House aides the ac- ARAB KILLERS' TRIAL POSTPONED New York Times Service CAIRO Sudanese President Gaafar El-Nim- eiry has decided to postpone indefinitely the trial of the eight Palestinian commandos who killed three diplo- mats, two Americans and a Belgian, during a siege of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum March 2, in- formed Sudanese sources said here Friday. Explaining Nimeiry's decision, the sources cited re- cent events in Lebanon as the main reason for the reversal of their government's position. In the days fol- lowing the slaying, Nimeiry and other leading Sudan- ese officials had publicly pledged an early trial. They said that the guerrillas would be charged with murder, a capital offense. But now these same officials say that the Israeli commandos who raided Beirut and killed three lead- ing members of the Palestinian resistance movement made it impossible for Nimeiij or any other Arab statesman to convict Palestinian guerrillas of a crime that, in Arab eyes, was as much a patrio'dc deed as the raid on Beirut was in Israeli eyes. The outlook now is for a lengthy confinement of the eight commandos without a trial, informed sources said. Former Inside 'Good-bye dear and happy Mothers' Classified 24-28 Comics......30 Comment 4. 5 District 3, 9, 35. 36 Family 20-22 Local News 17. 18 Markets 11-1 a Religion 32-34 Sports 14, 15, 23 Theatres........7 TV..............6 Weather........2 LOW TONIGHT 40, MICH SUNDAY 70; SUNNY, WARM implicated New York Times Service WASHINGTON Rob- ert E. Cushman Jr. said Friday that Richard M. Helms, his superior at the Central Intelli- gence Agency in 1971, had "as- sented" to agency assistance to E. Howard Hunt Jr., one of the conspirators in the Watergate case. Helms, now ambassador to Iran, was director of Central Intelligence at the time the agency, in the summer of 1971, provided disguises and equip- ment to hunt, upon the request of the White House. Cushman. now commandant of the Marine Corps, confirmed Friday that as deputy director of central intelligence. IK had ordered agency materials made available to hunt. But he said that a few days after doing so. he reported his actions to Helms and "he as- sented to what I had done." His comments about having informed his superior of what he had done appear to in- dicate that Helms was more fully aware of agency involve- ment in the Watergate and pentagon papers cases than had previously been suggested. appeared to be playing in FBI investigation, news counts say. Some accounts quote Gray, former acting director of the FBI, as telling Senate investiga- tors that John D. Ehrlichman, then a White House aide, intcr- explanation to cancel a meeting set up by Gray to explore the possibility the Central Intelligence Agency played a role in the Watergate bugging. In an interview Thursday night with the Senate investiga- tors. Gray, some newspaper ac- counts say, told Nixon in a tele- phone conversation July 6, 1972, there was "confusion" and ap- parent White Hcusa obstacles in the path of the investigation. These accounts, however, say Gray mentioned no specifics to the president and gave investi- gators no evidence either he or Nixon knew of a White House cover-up. But other accounts, including that of the New York Daily News, say Gray told investiga- tors Ehrlichman the investigation from the start and that Gray followed Ehrlich- man's instructions only after he was Nixon was aware of Ehrlichman's actions. The News cites no sources for its story. Most accounts agree that Gray told investigators he voiced his concerns July to Clark MacGregor, then direc- tor of the Committee for the Re-election of the President, and asked him to tell Nixon. The New York Times quotes sources connected with the Sen- ale Watergate investigating committee as saying reports that Gray told Nixon of at- tempts to impede the investiga- tion were "out of focus" and did not fully reflect Gray's posi- tion. The Washington Post quotes its Senate sources as saying Gray was asked no questions by the president in what the paper says was a brief account of his concern. The paper also says these sources agreed Gray had no evidence the president knew of a White House cover-up of Watergate. national Commission of Control and Supervision is insolvent." "This is a very difficult and serious problem for the com- Mr. Sharp said. ICCS In- donesia, Hungary and Poland- have asked for more cash from the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. But there has been no reply. Meantime, the government will likely have to pay the costs of feeding its 290-member ICCS contingent. That expense is sup- posed to be covered by the four combatants. An external affairs depart- ment spokesman put the food costs for a month at for the contingent. Mr. Sharp said the problem stems from the inability of the ICCS to agree on a budget. Under the Jan. 27 peace agreement, the combatants each committed about mil- lion to the commission. But they have not replied to requests for additi jal funds while the budget is ompleted, and the original stake has dried up. Among the factors feeding the cabinet's decision are the con- tinuing attacks on ICCS helicop- ters and jeeps. One attack April 7 on a helicopter led to the death of a Canadian soldier. But officials said Friday a to- tal of nine attacks have been launched against ICCS helicop- ters, and three others against ground vehicles. The commission's record of investigations also seems' dis- couraging. Meanwhile in Washington dip- lomats close to the scene here said Friday that weeks away from her self-im- posed Vietnam "seems to be preparing the ground for withdrawal." And the consensus is that the United States, while reluctant to see Canada leave the Inter- national Commission of Control and Supervision would not be inclined to press her to stay. Nixon, Congress showdown looms over Cambodia New York Times Service WASHINGTON The White House said Friday that the United States would continue with "the right policy'' of bomb- ing in Cambodia in support of the Lon Nol government, de- spite Thursday's vote in the House of Representatives block- ing the use of defense funds for such raids. Ronald L. Ziegler, the White House press secretary, also an- nounced jointly with North Vietnam that Henry Kissinger and Le Due Tho. Hanoi's chief Vietnam negol later, would re- sume talks on Thursday in Paris to seek ways of achieving "strict implementation" of the ceasefire agree- ment. The administration was ap- parently heading for a possible constitutional conflict with con- gress, if the Senate, as expect- ed, supports the House action next week.- Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield told a group of news- men today that "if the will of the congress and the intention of the congress the represen- tatives of the people are not adhered to, then we will face a true constitutional crisis. One thing this country cannot afford at this time is a constutional crisis." To those who urged that any action be postponed until after Kissinger completes his talks with Tho, Mansfield said: "My sympathies are with Mr. Kissinger. My hopes are with Mr. Kissinger, but I don't think we should delay exercis- ing our responsibilities." Ellsberg, Russo will sue Nixon Gas, oil royalties restructured in B.C. VICTORIA (CP) The Brit- ish Columbia government Fri- day made public the details of a new rate structure for oil and natural gas royalties in the province. The government also amend- ed existing contracts with a number of oil companies to bring the royalties in line with the new schedule. Under the new rate structure, royalties may go as high as 40 per cent on wells which pro- duce barrels or more of crude petroleum each month. Lowest royalties are 10 per cent of production on crude petrol- eum wells producing fewer than barrels a month. Under the old schedule, the rates ranged from five to about 16 per cent of production. For natural gas, the new rate is a flat 15 per cent with the provision that the royalty may not be less than three-quarters of a cent on each cubic feet of gas produced. The rates have been describ- ed by Mines Minister Leo Nim- sick as being an average in- crease of about 30 per cent over the old rates, but oil compan- ies have claimed that in some instances the old rates could be doubled. LOS ANGELES (AP) Dan- iel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, freed of charges in the Penta- gon papers case because of gov- ernment misconduct, say they will sue President Nixon for "conspiracy to deprive us of our civil liberties." "We will bring suit against all the conspirators, of which Pres- ident Nixon appears to be the Ellsberg said Fri- day after espionage, conspiracy and theft charges against Ells- berg and Russo were lifted by Judge Matt Byrne Jr. of U.S. district court. Ellsberg told re-porters the Watergate and White House in- volvement in his case reminded him of Mafia tactics. "I think of the code of the he said. "Silence. That has been the code of the White House." Russo said he believes tha sudden disclosures of wiretaps, a break-in at the office of Ells- berg's psychiatrist and an un- dercover White House investiga- tion of has shown that "our country has been run by criminals." Ellsbecg said lawsuits will be filed against officials other than those whose names have been implicated in the prosecution in the last two weeks. Ellsberg and Russo, both for- mer researchers on government projects for the Rand Corp., were charged because they ad- mittedly copied the Pentagon papers, a top-secret study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. EHsbsrg later leaked them to naws media. and heard About town TVEVON Nursing Home res- ident Mrs. Clara Ash re- ceiving a poem written by her daughter Lillian Mooney for Mother's Day mini- car owner Karen Mathison finding her car on a sidewalk after four pranksters lifted it over the curb. Belfast bomb blasts injure 8 BELFAST Two bomh blasts injured eight persons Fri- day, and a gun man shot a Ro- man Catholic government offi- cial in the head, critically wounding him. Guerrillas of the Irish Re- publican Army booby-trapped a police officer's sports car parked iji downtown Belfast, au- thorities said- Bomb bandit felled by police bullet 1PEG (CP) -Some material was taken by a bomb disposal squad Friday night from a Kcnora hotel room be- to have been used by a bank robber later blown to bits during a holdup attempt, a na- t i o n a 1 defence department source said today. The spokesman said he had not learned whether any actual explosives were found but the .sqund from OFB Win- nipeg reported the material had hew token into custody and there was no danger. Senior police officers in the northwestern Ontario town were unavailable for comment. The bomb squad was called in at tlie request of civil author- ities in Kenora. First reports in- dicated a search of the man's room at the Kenricia Hotel had turned up a number of suitcases with wires attached. The holdup man was blown up Thursday afternoon after he was felled by a police bullet as he left a Main Street bank- where he had teen holding manager Al Reid hostage for more than an hour- The man had warned that he had a bomb in a satchel strap- ped to his waist and wired to a "dead man's switch" clenched in his teeth. Constable Don Milliard of Ke- nora, who was to drive the getaway truck the man had or- dered, was injured in the blast but was recovering in hospital. Police said Friday they be- lieve the bomber was the same red-bearded man of about 43 who checked into the hotel six days earlier, saying he was from Toronto, They did not release the name he used, adding they did not know whether it was his real name. ACTING ON JUDGMENT Earlier, Kenora police said the policeman who shot the rob- ber was acting on his own judg- ment. Police chief Web Engstrom and Inspector .Walter Mich- alyshyn of Kenora town police said there was no direct order to shoot the bandit when he left the bank. They snid no action is planned against the officer whose Identity was not dis- closed. The bomb, believed to be six sticks of dynamite carried in a packsack, exploded seconds after the holdup man was felled by a single shot as he headed for the getaway truck along with the plain-clothes police- man. The bandit, who entered tha Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce just before the 3 p.m. closing time, had warned police of the bomb which he said would go off if anything happened to him.