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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Party leaders come out against capital punishment OTTAWA (CP) Canada will have to wait at least four more days to find out what's going to happen to the much-debated government plan to reintroduce a partial ban on the death pen- alty. The leaders of three major parties aired their views in the Commons Wednesday but there are more than 20 MPs still to speak before second reading of the bill ends. Today and Friday are opposi- tion days and the Social Credit MPs are expected to spend to- day talking about Local In- itiatives Program grants. It's not known what the Con- servative topic will be Friday. Prune Minister Trudeau as- sured the House commutations for murderers of pob'cemen or prison guards will not be auto- matic if Parliament approves a five-year extension of the par- tial ban on capital punishment. A similar five-year period ended Dec, 29. Fifty-five death sentences have been commuted since the last hangings in December, 1962. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield and New Democrat Leader David Lewis joined the prime minister in personal stands against the death pen- alty. Social Credit Leader Real Caouette, an advocate of capital punishment, was not in the House. A free vote-party loyalties not binding on be held at the end of second reading. A resolution to abolish hang- ing was defeated in 1966 and the partial ban was adopted in 1967. Since its expiry in December, pre-1967 law has been in effect, permitting all murderers to be sentenced to death. Prime Minister Trudeau told the packed MPs were present and the pub- lic galleries were believed capital punishment should be abolished because "wanton or unnecessary killing is evil." "The evidence available to us all has satisfied me beyond doubt that capital not effective as a de- terrent against murder. There- fore, it is not justifiable for use by society as a means of self- defence." He said he was aware of widespread feelings that the present way of administering a life sentence may be inadequate and promised to keep an open mind to ensure protection of the public. The justice committee al- ready has been given the job of investigating the correctional system. Mr. Stanfield agreed thert was no statistical evidence to support claims that capital pun- ishment is a deterrent to crime. Mr. Lewis said society has been progressing "historically, philosophically and morally" away from the use of capital punishment-vengeance was an attitude that belonged to "sav- agery and not to a society of civilization." The Lethbrtdae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 133 THURSDAY, MAY 17, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 32 PAGES JEAN SWIHART photo. Driver killed William James Shepherdson, 36, of Fort Mac- leod, driver of a fully-loaded Vanee Livestock Ltd. cartleliner, was killed when the truck struck two parked cars, sheared off a power pole and tore up two gas pumps at Len's Auto Service on the eastern outskirts of Fort Macleod early today. Only one animal was injured. One of the cars, owned by Rick Conrad, was flattened by the im- pact. RCMP in Fort Macleod at press time hadn't determined the cause of the accident. Defeated MP payroll By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau on OTTAWA Another former Liberal MP Allen Sulatycky of Alberta has been added to the long list of defeated candidates, Prime Minister Pierre El- liott Trudeau's government has found positions or jobs for on the public payroll. Mr. Sulatycky, defeated by Progressive Conserva- tive MP Joe Clark in Rocky Mountain constituency last Oct. SOtli, has been named to tjie board of dir- ectors of Panarctic Oils Ltd. the government-private industry consortium. The announcement was made jointly by Indian and Northern Affairs JDnister Jean Chretien and Panarc- tic board chairman John M. Taylor who said the ap- pointment was "approved on the nomination of the govrnment of Canada to increase goverment repre- sentation on the board." The growing number of defeated Liberals who have been found jobs by the government has created a heap of controversy in the capital. The 34-year-old Mr. Sulatycky, a popular MP while in the Commons, is now a member of tha Edmonton law firm of Parlee, Cavanagh, Irving, Henning, Mus- tard and Rodney. Mr. Suiatycky had been a parliamentary secretary to former Energy Ga-eene and to Mr. Chretien. Until last Oct. 30th Mr. Sulatycky was thought to hold the only really safe Liberal seat in Alberta. Rocky Mountain is still the seat the Liberals fad they have the greatest chance of winning back in the province. Calgary byelection set for June 25 EDMONTON Premier Peter Lougheed has announced that the by-election in the provincial con- stuucncy of Calgary Foothills will take place June 25. An election writ was issued today naming Mark Tennant as returning officer for the June 25 by-el- ection. Nominations for the Calgary Foothills rid- ing close June 11 at 2 p.m. The Calgary Foothills constituency had been represented by the former telephones and utilities minister, Len Werry, who was killed in a car ac- cident last February. Since then, Werner Schmidt of Letbbridge, lead- er of the Alberta Social Credit Party has bean nom- inated to run as has Bob Russell of Edmonton, leader of the Alberta Liberal Party. The candidate for the New Democratic Party is Nancy Eng, NDP president for the province. Stewart McCrae, an oil company lawyer, is the Pro- gressive Conservative candidate. Vietnam ceasefire grievances aired Inside '10846, 10847, 10848, Classified 26-29, 31 Comics........24 District 3, 12, 13 Family 22, 23 Local News 17, 18 Markets 25 Sports J4-11 Theatres 7 TV ............6 Weather 2 Youth......2, 9 LOW TONIGHT 50, HIGH FRIDAY Ml; SUNNY PARIS (AP) Henry Kissin- ger and Le Due Tho met today for the first time 5n three months to discuss how to en- force the Vietnam ceasefire they negotiated last winter. Kissinger was host at the ses- sion in an American owned Villa on a golf course at St. Ncm-la-B r e t e c h e, 15 miles southwest of Paris. Neither he nor Tho made any statement but they shook hands smilingly at the door and waved cheer- fully to the reporters in front of the house. Their chief advisers also at- tended the opening session. President Nixon's national se- curity adviser and the member of the North Vietnamese polit- buro were expected to continue their latest round of talks for Bellevue cuts 30 mills from rate BELLEVUE (CNP Bureau) villagers probably I'-i'l beam with delight when they receive their tax notices in the near future. Village council, after prepar- ing a balanced budget, saw its way clear to drop the mill rate by 30 nulls. The new mill rate is 110 mills in comparison to last year's 140 mills. three or four days. It is re- ported that Kissinger wants to be back in the United States be- fore his 50th birthday May 27. The two men who negotiated the peace agreement in Pans met last when Kissinger visited Hanoi Feb. 10-11. Following al- legations by each side that the ether is flouting the agreement, tha United States and North Vietnam agreed to have Kissin- ger and Tho meet an attempt to make the e work. No Herald Victoria Day There will be no Herald Mon- day, Victoria Day. A full round- up of weekend news and sports will be carried in Tuesday's edition. Display advertiscirs are re- minded of the following dead- lines: Ads Tuesday, May 22, must be received at The Herald by roan Friday, May 18; for Wed- nesday May 23 by a.m. Saturday, May 19; for Thurs- day May 24 by noon, Tuesday, May 22. Classified advertisements re- ceived by a.m. this Satur- day will appear Tuesday. Watergate scandal hearings launched WASHINGTON (AP) A fact-finding committee of seven United States senators today opened hearings into the Water- gate scandals of President Nixon's re-election campaign. Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. (Dem. the committee chairman, opened the tele- vised hearings in a crowded Sen- ate caucus room. He said if Watergate charges are proven true, "then the bur- glars who broke into the head- quarters of the Democratic committee were breaking into the hcme of every citizen in the United States." And he said if that is the case, they sought to steal some- thing far more valuable than jewels or right to vote in a free election." The hearings began 11 months to the day after five men were arrested inside Democratic headquarters on a wiretapping mission. RECITES THE RECORD In his opening statement, Er- vin recited the record of Water- gate, and the published charges of broader political surveillance and sabotage. He said the scandal has "cast a black cloud of mistrust" over U.S. government, and promised candid and intensive investiga- tion to uncover all the facts. Senator Howard H. Baker (Rep. Term.) said in his opening statement the American people "must be the final judge "The very fact that we are now involved in the public proc- ess of cleaning our own house before the eyes of the world is a mark of the greatest strength." Senator Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (Rep. Conn.) said the story to be unfolded before the Senate panel has its significance not in the acts of breaking, entering or bugging, "but in the acts of men who almost stole Amer- ica." As Ervin opened the hearings, Dr. Daniel EUsberg, the man who released the top secret Pentagon papers to the press, took a seat in the rear of the room. All charges against EUsberg were dropped on a judge's rul- ing last Friday that government misconduct tainted the evidence against him. Even as testimony began in the room where other senators a half-century ago sought the facts of the Teapot Dome scan- dal, the Watergate story was still spreading. The Washington Post, which has won a Pulitzer prize for Watergate coverage, says the break-in and bugging of Demo- cratic party headquarters in the Watergate was but one incident in a huge White House under- cover operation beginning in 1969 and involving still-unre- ported cases of political bur- glary, wiretapping, spying and sabotage. As Senate workmen prepared the Caucus Room for the begin- ning of the long set of Water- gate hearings, another high ad- ministration official resigned, becoming at least the llth to quit after being touched by various aspects of the case. G. Bradford Cook, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, left the govern- ment Wednesday in the after- shock of the indictments of for- mer attorney-general John Mit- chell, former commerce secre- tary Maurice Stans and two oth- ers charged with alleged cam- paign financing violations. OUT OF CONTENTION Other developments spanned the range of Watergate investi- gations and activities. M. Christopher, for- mer deputy attorney-general, is reported to have dropped out of contention for the position of special prosecutor in the gov- ernment's Watergate investiga- tion. His departure left Attor-- ney-General-designate Elliot L. Richardson with just two names left from an original field of four finalists. Remaining are Justice Wil- liam H. Erickson of the Colo- rado Supreme Court and David W. Peck, a retired New York state appellate judge. White House acknowl- edged Nixon personally author- ized wiretaps on the telephones of 13 government officials and four reporters between May, 1969, and February, 1972, as a means of tracing leaks of clas- sified information to the press. New York Times sa3's its justice department sources said presidential security ad- viser Henry Kissinger person- ally gave the FBI the names of aides whose phones he wanted tapped after Nixon authorized, him to do so. MARION DRIJBER CHRISTINE SINCLAIR Slain girFs body taken from gorge Fire presents 110 threat to town HINTON (CP) Fifty men aided by four bulldozers and two aircraft fought a 100-acre forest fire early today near the Yellowhead Highway, 300 miles west of Edmonton. A forestry official said the fire 12 miles north of Hinton was not a threat to the town. The fire fighters worked throughout the night to contain the blaze with a ring of men and equipment. The fire started late Wednesday. Firom AP-REUTER VICTORIA FALLS, Rhodesia (CP) Armed police today re- covered the body of Christine Louise Sinclair of Guelph, OnL, one of two Canadian girls killed by gunfire on the Zambia-Rho- desia border near Victoria Falls. The search for the body of the other victim, Marjan Ibima Drijber of Rockwood, Ont., was abandoned after teams of police searched the banks of the fourth gorge, 400 yards up the crocodile infested Zambezi River. Miss Drijber, 19, plunged down the rugged cliffs into the river when she was shot Tues- day. Police said there were no in- cidents during the search as they made their descent into the gorge. The body of Miss Sinclair, 19, was flown to Wan- kie Hospital. The descent, under air and ground protection by Rhodesian armed forces, began after as- surances from the Zamibian government that its troops across the Zambezi would not interfere. The Rhodesian government, which claims that the girls and two American tourists came un- der gunfire from Zambian troops, said Canadian diplomats in Zambia had been told there would be no interference by Zambia in the search and re- covery operation. DENIES CHARGE Zambia denied the Rhodesian government's charge that its troops had fired on the tourists as they visited Victoria FaDs, one of the scenic wonders of the world. The American, John W. Crow- ther, 33, of Troy, Ohio, was wounded in the stomach and was reported in satisfactory condition in Wankie Hospital. He and his wife, Carol, 25, hid behind a rock ledge for more than seven hours before they were rescued by helicopter. She was not hurt. Mrs. Crowther said the shoot- ing continued for two more hours. "I can't believe they thought we were not she said later. "They were trying to kill us." In Ottawa an external affairs spokesman said a staff member of the Canadian embassy in Lu- saka, Zambia, has been sent to the scene. He will carry out the wishes of the next-of-kin in re- gard to funeral preparations. Seen and heard About town G Y L V I A JOEVENAZZO singeing her hair and eyebrows while lighting up a cigarette with a stove burn- er Vince Toth wondering how he could possibly get a six on a 380-yard golf hole after driving his ball 300 yards. Astronauts may repair disabled Skylab Buck Rogers-style space trip seen CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) The scenario is being written today for a Buck Rogers-style space adventure in which three astronauts will fly a repair mis- sion to the disabled Skylab space station. It will require one of the as- tronauts to take a space walk to install a shield between the overheated spacecraft and the rays of the sun. Television pictures may pro- vide much of the world with a ringside seat to the drama. The flight may start Sunday. Or it may be delayed until Fri- day, May 25. If it works, Skylab 1 astro- nauts Charles Conard, Dr. Jo- seph Kerwin and Paul Weitz cculd save their 28-day orbital trip and the 56-day voyages planned later in the year for the Skylab 2 and 3 crews. Plans for the flight are being drawn up by specialists at space agency centres at Cape Kennedy, Houston, Tex., and Huntsville. Ala., and at the con- tractor plants of Martin-Mar- ietta in Denver and McDonnell- Douglas Corp. in Huntington, Beach, Calif. "I've asked all concerned to come up with detailed recom- mendations and a detailed time- table by Thursday Skylab project director William Schneider told reporters Wednesday. He said the only barrier to Hie flit'ht is the 100-dearee-Dlus temperature in the interior of the 85-ton laboratory, launched unmaraied from Cape Kennedy Monday into a 272-miIe-high or- bit. A launch mishap stripped an insulation shield and protective thermal paint from the side of the workshop, allowing the sun's heat to penetrate the ve- hicle. The area of the spacecraft facing the sun is about 20 by 20 feet. Schneider said that if this area could be covered, it wou'd shade the Skylab and lower the temperature to the normal 60- to-70-degrcc range. Kerwin is the mosl likely as- tronaut to do the work because he's been trained to take a suace walk on a normal mission to retrieve film from solar tele- scopes. "If we get the solar shield de- ployed, we feel we'll be able to get the full 28 days with the first mission and have a chance at all 56 days on the last Schneider said. He said a decision might not be made until Saturday on whether the astronauts will be launched Sunday. If the Saturn 1-B rocket can't be launched Sunday, the next favorable lift- off time is May 25. Astronauts Conrad, Kerwin and Weitz originally were to have blasted off last Tuesday to link with Skylab. But this was delayed when two of six power- producing solar panels did nol extend. ;