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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ THE IEIHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, May 14, 1970 Ban Eased On Fires EDMONTON (CP) The de- partment of lands and forests said hero it is easing restric- tions on outdoor fires in north- ern Alberta to allow farmers to burn stubble in their fields. The department banned all outdoor fires in northern Al- berta last week as the forest fire danger climbed to extreme in some areas due to lack of rain. The danger remained high extreme, the department said, but restrictions were being eas- ed because some farmers were unable to plant crops until their fields were burned over. The forest fire danger was generally low in southern Al- berta arid mountain regions be- cause of rain and snow earlier this week. Sixteen fires were reported burning in Alberta, all under control. ELEPHANT BRAND 16-20-0 FERTILIZER 25-lb. bag 1.85 50-lb. bag 2.95 Free use of spreader with every purchase FREDDIE'S PAINT LTD. 816 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5540 Book Blames Churchill For Failure Of War Danger Campaign LONDON (CP) A new book, certain to be controver- sial, suggests that the late Sir Winston Churchill was partly to blame for what it calls the "failure of his campaign" in the 1930s to arouse Britain about the dangers posed by Nazi Ger- many. "Perhaps the real cause of Ms failure (as of the mid-1930s) was that he was regarded at large as just another politician and by the House of Commons as just another failed and disap- pointed writes histo- rian Robert Rhodes James in Churchill: A Study in Failure, 1900-1939. Published today by Weiden- feld and Nicolson of London, the book says Churchill "enjoyed virtuaEy no personal support of any political significance" in the last years before the Second World War. "We may view with reserva- tions the argument that the fault lay in others and not in the 36-year-old histo- rian goes on. "It has. become customary to censure those who did not follow his standard. "It is therefore appropriate to point out that some responsibil- ity should be attached to the For Summer Fun CORTINA DOWN PER MONTH So Little Paid For So Much! lh AVENUE 1 6th STREET, STREET I 3rd UTHISIDGE, ALIERTA leader whom they refused to fol- low." James is a former fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, who published a biography of Churchill's fatiier, Lord Ran- dolph Churchill, in 1959. SEEKS TO EXPLAIN The new book by James seeks to explair. how the man who eventually became the foremost British hero of the Second World War actually appeared to his fellow-countrymen in the years prior to 1939 and why his warnings about German prepa- rations for war had such little effect. In the process James reminds his readers that at one point the Italian press hailed Churchill as "the only British statesman who undertarids the spirit of Fas- cismo." And the British historian says his subject wrote on Oct. 10, 1937, that it would be dangerous to underrate "the amazing qual- ities of courage, comprehension, self-control and perseverance which he (Benito Mussolini) ex- emplifies." James echoes unflattering comments made by the late mil- itary expert B. H. Liddell Hart concerning Churchil's alleged responsibility for some of the defence shortcomings de- nounced by the future prime minister in the 1930s. Churchill critics say these shortcomings were partly a re- sult of policies he himself initi- ated in the 1920s as minister for air and war and chancellor of the Exchequer. SHOWS HIS FAILURES In his efforts to show that the pre-war Churchill hardly in- spired the mass confidence he engenderer1 aftef assuming the prime minister's office in 1940, James cites the British leader's crucial role in such abortive op- erations as the Gallipoli cam- paign of 191H6 and the action taken against Russia's Bolshe- vik revolutionaries after the First World War. Britain's working class long remembered Churchill's denun- ciations of socialism as a shield for Communist plots and his verbal offensive against those responsible for the general strike of 1926. As chancellor of the ex- chequer from 1924 to 1929, Chur- chill aroused widespread contro- versy by returning Britain to the gold standard, and also was accused by one critic of "eco- nomic and fiscal opportunism." James says the then chancel- lor played a significant role in the steady decline of expendi- ture on B r i t a i n 's military strength during the 1920s. "If Churchill had had his way completely the drop would have been even more adds the historian. James considers that Church- ill's support for King Edward VIII in the abdication crisis of 1936 hardly recommended the flamboyant politician to the mass of Britons. And many leftists.may have been alienated by what James calls Churchill's "manifest sup- port" for Francisco Franco in the latter's ultimately-victorious struggle against the Spanish re- public. The historian also quotes Churchill as referring in 1937 tirates of their air or otherwise ail to carry out their interna- tional responsibilities in Ms re- ;pect." He said a clause covering air liracy should be standard in all nternational air agreements. "This clause would provide or the automatic suspension of :ervices to the offending, state, by all states having bilateral agreements with it." He called for condemnation by Prime Minister Trudeau of all hijacking or similar interfer- ence with civil aviation. "And we urge all members 'of IFATCA to approach their re- spective governments with a re- quest for a similar statement." BLN-70-H5 Votley Warns Of Fanner Militancy CALGARY (CP) Farmer discontent in Alberta could turn into violence if the provincial government does not take steps to improve the situation, says Grant Notley, provincial lead- er of the New Democratic Party. Mr. Notley, who recently com- pleted a rural tour, told a news conference that "there is a feeling of desperation among small farmers in Alberta." "In the Peace River country in northern Alberta farmers are in worse economic condi- tion than at any time in my recollection." He warned that unless the government takes action, farm- er militancy will escalate rap- idly and "we may see violence." Calgary Opposes PWA CALGARY (CP) The Cal- gary Transportation and Devel- opment Authority Wednesday issued a statement supporting Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge in opposition to Pacific Wesetrn' Airlines taking over service now provided by Air Canada. In a letter sent to the Air Transport Committee, au- thority said such a move would destroy Time Airways, a third carrier serving the centres. The application for a Pacific Western takeover of the route was made jointly by PWA amd Air Canada.and a decision was to be made Friday. Robert Boulware, authority chairman, said the loss of Time Airways would mean a loss in .wage: to tile City of Lethbridge. MILITARY PERSONNEL About 40 per cent of the popu- lation of Guam is composed military personnel and their de- pendents. Woolw IT'S A GOOD LIFE Men's Golf Shoes Be In step on your favorite fairway, with these smartly styled Men's golf shoes. Black grained leather uppers in 4-eye tie model with shawl front. Sizes 714-12, D. 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