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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, May 15, 1973 THE ItTHBRIDOI HRAID 17 Struck down by gunman last year Wounded governor overcomes despair By JON NORDHEIMER New York Times Service MONTGOMERY, Ma. one year after he was shot in a Maryland parking lot, Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama has apparently overcome the despair that marked much of his convalescence. "I don't have any plans for 1876 at the momant, but if my health then is like it is now I could mount a national cam- Wallace said in an in- terview the other day. The governor was struck down last May 15, at the height of his power and on the eve of his sweep of the Maryland and Michigan Democratic presi- dential primaries. Up to that point he had collected more votes than any other candidate. He had blitzed Florida and had upset all predictions, including his own, by finishing a strong second in Wisconsin. From that high point of strength and success Wallace was reduced by his wounds to a shadow of his former self. Sven after his Me was out of danger he seemed to lack will ;o summon a new start. Now, the paralysis of his lower body and legs seems ir- reversible. But in the last few months, Wallace has escaped !rom the lassitude and depres- sion that had aroused great concern among his closest sup- porters. Old timers David Shores, 94, left ,and Charlie Wedley, 92, both of Winnipeg, had their medals on for a reunion in Winnipeg on the weekend of Boer War Veterans and Charlie had something else ,a taxi driver's badge issued to him in 1910. He drove a taxi until he was 87 years old. "Guerilla9 forbidden word before diplomat's abduction Perhaps the most dramatic and telltale sign of his progress toward recovery came earlier this month when Wallace, now 53 years old, convcaed the Ala- bama legislature before a state-wide television audience. With the help of aides, he moved from his wheelchair into a specially constructed "stand- ing box" installed at the podi- um of the House of Represen- tatives Chamber. The device combining straps and braces to support his hips and legs allowed thra governor the full use of his hands, and gave the illusion to those in the chamber and at home that he was standing un- aided. The doubts about his condi- tion seemed to evaporate at that moment and applause and some tears flowed from evan his most hardened opponents. And then for a fleeting mo- ment a smile crossed Wallace's face, curling his lips in an am- algam of contempt and triumph that signaled his supporters in an electrifying way that George Wallace was back in form. "You're Wallace told a visitor to his office. "You S03 me. You can see how good I look, how I got my color and strength back." Sitting in his wheel chair, he knocked some cigar ash into a waste basket. "With 12 bullet holes in me (entrance and exit wounds) I can't exactly run up- stairs or jump ovir fences and holler he continued. "But I can run this office, and I can campaign for re-election next year, and I feel I still represent a lot of folks across this nation and I can still be an influence in the deomcratic na- tional party." "It's true that at times over the past year I had to concen- trate on recovering. I came to the realization in the first week after I was shot that I had to live with my physical impair- ment. But I was fighting to live for a much longer time. I thought I was going to make it after I came out of the Mary- land Hospital (last July) but I got concerned again when they had to cut me open again." Wallace underwent several subsequent operations to clean up abdominal abscesses that complicated his recovery. He had eaten lunch before the May 15 campaign appear- ance at a shopping center at Laurel, MD., and the ingested food was dispersed in his ab- dominal cavity when he was struck by bullets fired from the pistol of Arthur Bremer as the candidate moved into the crowd to shake hands. One bullet also penetrated the governor's spin- al column at the small of the back, severing his spinal cord and causing the paralysis. "I thought I was going to Wallace said, recalling de- tails of how he had slumped to the pavement of the parking lot under the hot Maryland sun. "I thought I was going to die on the ground that day. I couldn't move my legs and I told my wife I thought I was paralyzed. I didn't actually feel the bullets go into me, but I felt that one was in my spine. "My life seemed to flash by me, and I was sad that I wouldn't get a chance to do some of me things that I had wanted to do." He also said he believed be would die during the period when the infection Invaded his body and made more surgery necessary. EATON'S HEARING AID CENTRE IETHBRIDGE STORE Thurs., May 17th a.m. to p.m. MONTHLY HEARING AID CLINIC Featuring many new 1973 models of famous brand names, designed to give you the maximum in comfort and clarity; Eaton's Stereo Room Phone 327-8551 for appointment MEMBER OF ALBERTA HEARING AID DEALERS' ASSOCIATION Successive governments maintained that Mexico has had its revolution but the kidnapping of a United States diplomat exploded the myth that thte men in- volved were merely ban- dits. By ERNESTO MENDOZA MEXICO CITY (Reuter) Officially the word "guerrilla" was taboo. The government maintained Mexico was the most stable country in Latin America. But that was before the kid- napping and release of United States Consul-General Terrance Leonhardy and the exchange of 30 political prisoners who flew to Cuba. The urban guerrillas who held Leonhardy for three days early this month forced the govern- ment to publish across the country their political manifesto calling on the people to join them in a revolution The myth that the men in- volved in the kidnapping were merely bandits without political leanings was rapidly exploded. In the manifesto, the guer- rillas argued that the govern- ment had tried to convince the people that bank robberies, kid- nappings and "executions" car- ried out by revolutionary groups were the work of ''com- mon delinquents, hired killers, cattle rustlers, enemies of the country." "Today, for the first time, al- though not voluntarily, the mass media is serving the pro- letarian cause." PRESSURE RISES The success cf this operation, by a group in Guadalajara which identified itself as the People's Revolutionary Armed Forces, raises the prospect that small guerrilla bands may try to unite and increase pressure on the Luis Echevarria govern- ment. The kidnappers are known to be among nine guerrilla groups which have emerged in Mexico since 1968 with a total member- ship estimated" by officials at about 200. There may be more. Mexico has bad a history of bloody upheavals. But that was early in this century and the government maintains the pe- riod of revolution is finished. In the 1930s President Lazaro Car- denas initiated drastic land re- form, distributing 37 million acres of land to more than 000 penniless farmers. He also defied the big powers by nation- alizing tiie oil industry. In the 1950s and 1960s the country's economy was trans- formed as mushrooming facto- ries gave Mexico one of the highest f rowth rates in Latin America. But this transforma- tion left 50 per cent of the na- tional wealth in the hands of 10 per cent cf the 51 million popu- lation, Finance Minister Hugo Margain noted. TOLL RISES Discontent, particularly among students, exploded in 1968 just before the Olympic Games and the government had to use troops to quell demonstrations, leaving about 200 persons dead. Violence erupted again in 1971 when about right-wing youths called "Falcons" at- tacked an anti-government stu- dent demonstration in Mexico City, using bamboo clubs, pis- tols and sub-machine-guns. At least 28 youths were killed. Student leaders charged that the ''Falcons" had been organ- ized and trained by Mexico City authorities. Soon after the riots, the mayor and his pob'ce chief re- signed. On assuming office at the end of 1970, President Echeverria tried to institute political and social reforms in a country that has been ruled by one the Revolutionary Institutional Party 1929. But aligned against him are conservative and outside the resist rapid change. APATHY NOTED Voters generally are apa- thetic and though parlia- mentary elections are scheduled in July, few political changes are likely. In their manifesto, the kid- nappers of Leonhardy said: "We have chosen armed struggle as the only way to topple the corrupt government of exploiters." Last November four men be- longing to the Armed Commu- nist League hijacked a Mexican airliner in Monterrey and ob- tained the release of five pris- oners and a ransom of before flying to Cuba. Most prominent of the guer- rillas is Lucio Cabanas, a for- mer school teacher in his late 30s, who fled to the mountains of Uie Pacific coast state of Guerrero a few years ago after being involved in a bloody anti- government demonstration. Last year Cabanas ambushed two army convoys, killing about 30 soldiers. He has evaded sev- eral army dragnets. In March, he kidnapped a wealthy rancher who was found dead in the hills last month. 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That's what you've got to lose. Your Hearing. A bird at your window, The laughter of children. A good joke. Your baby's first word. what you've got to lose. Your Hands. A game of softball. Buttoning your shirt. Tying your laces. Brushing your teeth. That's what you've got to lose. Your Legs. A brisk walk on the beach. A game of tennis. Going upstairs. Going downstairs. A bicycle ride. That's what you've got to lose.: An afternoon of gardening.l Getting into your car. A day skiing. A comfortable nighfs sleep. That's what you've got to Your Life. The rest of your life. That's what you've got to lose. You have a tot to lose. And safety has a lot to give. Follow safety regulations.. Wear protective equipment. Have a safe attitude. Have a safe life. Compensation Board ALBERTA ;