Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY HIGH 60s. The Lethbrtdge Herald ? ? ? ? * VOL. LXIV - No. 133 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Mike stirs troop pot SENATOR MANSFIELD ... A pet peeva By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) - Senator Mike Mansfield is likely to feel a distinct sense of achievement, no matter what happens this week to his startling proposal that the U.S. withdraw half of its four NATO divisions from Europe before the end of 1971. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Mansfield proposal Wednesday. The first predictions were that the Senate would approve the troop reductions by a substantial margin. But now, after an almost unprecedented hue and cry provoked by the White House, the pendulum has swung away, from the Mansfield plan. A strong suspicion remains, however, that Mansfield's primary aim was to force the Nixon administration into some fresh thinking about NATO and U.S. troop deployments - not really to bring about such a drastic and sudden withdrawal of American forces from Europe. M new assessments were Mansfield's aim, he is likely to have succeeded. The question has leaped overnight into national prominence, thanks as much to President Nixon's reaction as to the Mansfield proposal itself. Former presidents Lyndon Johnson and Harry Truman, not to mention a gaggle of once-influential cabinet officials, diplomats and generals, were all persuaded by the White House to reject the Mansfield proposal as a prospective "error of historic dimensions." Worth examining The strength of the artillery brought to bear on Mansfield has contributed to a growing feeling that, just maybe, the Mansfield idea is worth examining. Another important factor has been the man himself. Mike Mansfield, Democratic majority leader in the Senate, is almost always described as "amiable" and "widely respected." He seems to have no enemies, in a city where the right enemies are counted as being as vital as the right friends. But without sacrificing his right to respect or friendship from both Democrats and Republicans, Mansfield has projected a pet peeve into a national debate. For years, Mansfield had given evidence of his concern by sponsoring a Senate resolution calling for sharp cuts in U.S. military contributions to Europe. He never pushed the plan to a vote, probably hoping that first Lyndon Johnson and later Richard Nixon would take the hint. He obviously has decided the time for more dramatic moves has arrived, and he took advantage of a knee - jerk reaction ainong many senators against the recent assault on the American dollar to promote his plan. Congress, the administration, the press and even the military will be under pressure now to question the continuing value of 300,000 U.S. troops - not to mention 200,000 dependents, 128 generals, 7,000 tactical nuclear weapons, the Sixth Fleet and a vast support establishment - being committed to Europe 26 years after the end of the Second World War. Not necessary Mansfield and his supporters argue that such a force is no longer necessary to assure Europe of the American commitment to defend it against aggression from the East. They say it is a drain that weakens the U.S. dollar and over - extends U.S. military power. And they want Europe to supply more men, money and arms for her own defence. The debate which the Mansfield proposal has already provoked goes deeply into such questions as East-West disarmament negotiations, the future status of West Germany and similar far-reaching policy fields. Many of these questions have escaped serious and prolonged public examination for years because of the American preoccupation with Southeast Asia. The Nixon administration is likely to find now that it will not be able to tuck its NATO commitments back on the shelf without some reaction to appease the Mansfield group. If, as many suspect, that is what Mansfield was mainly seeking, the* amiable and widely respected senator from Montana can take comfort from his recent work. Underarm deodorants possible cancer link LOS ANGELES (Reutcr) - Preliminary studies indicate that prolonged use of certain aerosol-type spray underarm deodorants "may cause lung lesions in some susceptible persons," Dr. George W. Ward, a U.S. army medical officer, says. Ward, addressing the American Thoracic Society, declined to identify brand names because of the preliminary nature of an investigation now under way. But he said researchers had pinned it down to two com-merical brands. The specific chemical agent responsible and the mechanism of action were still unclear, Ward said. Ho added that doctors "should be aware of the potential danger of such products to patients with cardiac or respiratory diseases." In Washington, a Federal Drug Administration spokesman confirmed it had found two cases of cancerlike lesions from the use of aerosol-typw spray products and one death attributed to inhalation of such vapors. The spokesman did not say whether the products at fault were underarm deodorants, and declined to identify them.. *I tell you, I saw it move!* Fishing vessel chased OTTAWA (CP) - The Canadian government will protest to American authorities about harassment of a Canadian fishing vessel which claimed it was pursued by a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat for 12 hours down the British Columbia coast Sunday. A spokesman for the federal fisheries department said the department is investigating de-tials of the complaint by the halibut vessel Anthony J, but that it appears the vessel was in Canadian waters and a protest will be launched. The Anthony J reported it was fishing in Canadian waters - below the British Columbia-Alaska boundary in the northern part of Dixon Entrance - when the U.S. Coast Guard moved in and tried to superimpose its authority in an area that was out of its jurisdiction." There were also reports that the coast guard cutter Cape Roman was threatening to fire across the Canadian vessel's bow. The Canadian vessel ignored coast guard orders to proceed to an Alaskan port, and was pursued. U.K. soldiers cross border by mistake HONG KONG (Reuter) - Seven British soldiers inadvertently crossed the border with China today and were prevented by Chinese Army troops from returning, the government information service said. The soldiers, from the Irish Guards Regiment, were driving in a jeep and a four-ton truck to deliver rations to troops on border duty, the government said. They inadvertently crossed the border at Chung Ying Street in the village of Sha Tau Kok, which straddles the border. "Just as the vehicles crossed the border into Chinese territory, a party of CCA (Chinese Communist Army) blocked the road and prevented the vehicles fromi returning to British territory," the official statement added. , Soviet lauds premier Canada MOSCOW (CP) - Soviet Premier Kosygin was reported today to have expressed praise for Canada's troop withdrawals from Europe as an example to be followed. The premier, in private talks with visiting Prime Minister Trudeau, is also said to have reitereated Soviet interest in lowering force levels in Central Europe. Trudeau, on a 12-day visit to the Soviet Union, held the first of a series of private talks with Soviet officials before a luncheon in his honor at the Great Kremlin Palace. Canadian sources said that Kosygin mentioned a speech made Friday by Leonid I. Brezhnev, secretary of the Communist party, that urged West-era powers to begin negotiations on mutual force disengagement in Europe. They said Kosygin discussed the matter in terms that were no more precise than used by Brezhnev. He did not mention, for instance, the forum in which reductions would be negotiated. The sources said that Kosygin mentioned large costs of maintaining troops in Europe and stressed the desirability of reducing them. He hoped that other countries would support the Soviet initiative and copy Canada's reduction in the NATO forces in Europe. SAYS WE WANT CUTS Trudeau is reported to have replied that Canada favors balanced force reductions in Europe. Canadian sources said that the two-hour and 45-minute discussion was cordial. They said Trudeau would not talk to the premier again today and that the prime minister was reading in his hotel room. Tass, the Soviet news agency, quoted Kosygin as telling Trudeau "if the West displayed readiness to take practical steps in this direction (force reductions), we would do everything possible to reach agreement." Tass said Kosygin had offered to co-operate with Canada in starting preparations for a European security conference which the Eastern Europeans have been promoting for some time. Canadian sources said on the subject of the Middle East that Kosygin said Israel has the right to have its national existence guaranteed. But he also added that Israeli occupation of Arab territory was an "essential part of the conflict." Trudeau was reported to have replied that if Israel occupied foreign territory it did so after a "great many years of intensive provocation." SUGGESTS GUARANTEES Trudeau was reported to have added that there can be no possible settlement, including with-drawal of Israeli troops, "unless there are very firm guarantees of Israel's national existence." At the luncheon, Trudeau expressed the hope that relations between Canada and the Soviet Union are about to enter a new, Lousy school ARGENTAN, France (AP) -An invasion of lice forced the closing Tuesday of a high school for a week to permit its decontamination. About 1,000 boys and girls will be out of classes. VIETNAM SWITCH - A 22-year-old youth, Wes Storer of Yarmouth, Maine, right, said Monday that he took hit brother's place in South Vietnam and the twitch went undetected for a week. Hit brother, Glen, 21, left, came home on leave, Wet said, and decided not to return to Vietnam. Tha elder brother auggetwd the twitch/ he said, more co-operative period. He elso expressed the desire for expanded scientific and other exchanges between Canada and the Soviet Union on northern development. U.S. rail strike may hit Canada TRUDEAU PAYS HOMAGE - Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, left, pays homage to Russia's war dead at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin walls in Moscow today. Trudeau arrived in the Soviet Union Monday for a 12-day official visit. Doomed villagers for miracle pray SANT'ALFIO, Sicily (Reuter) - Hundreds of Sicilian villagers summoned their last hopes for a miracle today and prepared to march with the relics of their patron saints in a procession into the path of a boiling mass of lava flowing down from Mount Etna. The villagers hoped the march could save their homes from being engulfed as they believe a similar trek did 43 years ago. The huge mass of volcanic ash and rock-black and smoking by day but glowing like a river of fire by night-was nearly 1.8 miles above Sant'Alfio at latest report. It was advancing downward on a 500-yard front at a steady 50 yards an hour and authorities Seen and heard About town /TTY assessor Art Larson being informed by the provincial office in Edmonton that some much-needed forms could not be shipped to Lethbridge immediately because the province has run out of string to tie them up . . . Isobcl Corbett determined to celebrate her "18th" birthday even if her husband Al is skeptical about the year . . . Stanley Corae-bach driving his motorcycle for more than a month and just recently discovering it had a choke which could be turned off to provide better performance. were still hoping it will not touch Sant'Alfio, a village of 2,000 inhabitants. Led by parish priest Rev. Francesco Parisi, they set an 8:30 a.m. time for their trip up the mountain, intending to carry statues and relics of Christian martyrs Saints Alfio, Girino and Filadelfio to the foremost tip of the red hot lava. Then, the plan was for Father Parisi, flanked by the mayor, to bless the wall of lava towering 80 feet above him in an effort to stop its journey of destruction, and to urge his flock to have strength and courage. HAD FAITH The faithful of Sant'Alfio- whose walls and lampposts are plastered with posters saying "long live the holy martyrs"- believe their patron saints once before saved them miraculously when a similar Etna eruption threatened their homes in 1928. "We have been asked by the people to hold the procession in this moment of fear and sadness," Father Parisi said. No Herald on Monday Monday, May 24th, being the Victoria Day statutory holiday, The Herald will not publish. Full coverage of the holiday weekend news scene will be found in Tuesday's edition. Display advertisements for Tuesday, May 25th must be received at the Herald by noon Friday, May 21, and for Wednesday, May 26, by 11:30 a.m Saturday, May 22. Classified advertisements received up to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22nd will appear Tuesday, May 25. Arabs taken to prison CAIRO (CP) - Former vice-president Aly Sabry and other former high - ranking officials accused of plotting to overthrow President Anwar Sadat were taken to jail at dawn today and may soon face public trial, informed sources reported. Sabry, six former cabinet ministers and others ousted last week had been under house arrest since Sadat launched his purge last Thursday. Youth sought after girl bludgeoned EDMONTON (CP) - City police today were searching for a teen-ager wanted for questioning after the bludgeoning Monday of an 11-year-old girl. Anna Cristello was found on a bed in her home and was in critical condition in hospital with head injuries which police believe were caused by a claw hammer Police said the attack was believed to have taken place as the girl arrived home during the lunch hour. They said they were looking for a 15 or 16-year-old youth who was seen running from the home. Hoffa loses again WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States Supreme Court refused Monday to give Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa another hearing on his long trail of appeal from a 1964 jury-tampering conviction. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Unless the strike by U.S. railway signal men that has paralyzed that country's railways is settled soon, thousands of Canadian autoworkers will be among the early victims. A spokesman for Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. said Monday night production will continue in Canadian Ford plants today and Wednesday, but will cease by the end of the week if the strike continues to cut the flow of U.S. parts. A shutdown of Ford plants at Talbotville, Oakville, Windsor and Niagara Falls would affect 13,000 autoworkers. Public Relations Manager Tony Fredo said the Ford plants cannot operate more than five days without rail service. American Motors Canada Ltd. and General Motors of Canada are still assessing the likely results of the rail strike In the United States, General Motors operated seven plants on short time Monday as the company faced a shortage of raw materials and an inability to ship out finished vehicles. PLANTS WILL CLOSE American Motors said its oar-building plants in Milwaukee and Kenosha, Wis., will close down Wednesday unless the trains start rolling. Chrysler Corp. put its huge T w i n s b u r g, Ohio, stamping plant, a key supplier to its eight U.S. and Canadian assembly plants, on half shifts Monday. There were indications complete cessation of production was imminent. John J. Riccardo, Chrysler president, said 50 per cent of the corporation's North American facilities will be closed by tonight. PARALYSIS SETS IN Meanwhile, the strike sent mounting ripples of paralysis through much of the U.S. economy for the second day today as Congress considered an emergency bill to halt the walkout. Major steel and automobile firms slashed production, tons of perishable foods piled up on rail sidings, 300,000 commuters had to find other transportation and the New York stock market suffered its sharpest loss in a year. Coal production started slowing to a halt and two major cereal-makers laid off 3,500 emoloyees today. The Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek shut down today idling some 3,000 employees in Michigan and the Quaker Oats Co. told 500 employees at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plant not to report for work today. President Nixon, telling Congress "it is essential that our railroads continue to operate," asked the strike be halted until July 1 to allow more time for the industry to bargain with the 13,000 members of the striking Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. The Senate labor committee, after hearing from the railways, the union and Nixon administration spokesman, indicated sentiment for extending the delay to Oct. 1 and granting the signalmen an immediate pay increase. Both sides in the dispute promised to abide by such a plan which would raise top pay for signalmen from the present $3.78 an hour to $4.46. Strike - delaying legislation likely will reach the president's desk tonight unless the House of Representatives and Senate approve widely different plans requiring more time for compromise Soothsayer breaks soccer pools ENUGU, Nigeria (Reuter) - Amazingly accurate forecasts by an Ibo soothsayer have thrown soccer pools companies here into a turmoil as more and more people win big money prizes on the basis of his predictions. Some are now asking whether the soothsayer, Ubani O. Ubani, a 41-year-old schoolteacher, is really a genius or just a plain opportunist. Others are selling their meagre property to raise betting stakes. At present only Ubani really knows what he is. And he has gone into hiding as a storm of inquiry blows around east central state, home of the Ibo tribe, impoverished by Niger- Magic forecasts ia's 37-montb-long civil war. But from his hideout he did tell a reporter: "I do not guide myself. I shall carry out their directive." He did not say who "their" was and seemed to imply some kind of spiritual power. HEADACHE FOR POOLS Either way, he has brought a financial boost to thousands and a major headache to the soccer pools companies. The sudden rise to fame of Ubani, who gave up school-teaching to became a pools' agent, began only in March when be foreoMt correctly five drawn matches for a fixed-odds bet on the pools coupons on which people place their bets. Ho placed the forecast for all to see on a notice board in front of his one-room apartment office in a city suburb. At this stage only a few people used the forecast to stake their bets. But they won big dividends. For two more weeks running, Ubani's forecasts were stunningly accurate and the news spread quickly round the state. People sold their clothes, bicycles, ears and anything handy to raise money for a stake in the "magic forecast." FORECAST RIGHT ON For the fourth week running, his forecast was right on target and pools experts said that nearly $1.3 million was won, creating financial difficulties for the smaller pools companies. Some announced they were withholding payments on the grounds of possible "irregularities." A potentially explosive crisis loomed and anti-riot police were brought into Enugu to disperse angry mobs trying to attack pools offices. Most betting bouses were given fwra.