Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SCATTERED' SHOWERS FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 65 The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 138 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 26, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Pressure On Nixon In Economic Crisis Mice Plague Said Worst In History By ROSS CAMERON GRIFFITH (Reuters) Rampaging armies of cannibal mice are fleeing from eastern Australia with the advance of cold winter rains, farmers here say. The mice plague this summer badly harassed farmers in the grain belt extending acres from southern Queensland, through western New South Wales to northern Victoria's Melee region. Always prevalent in the grain area, the mice were favored by good summer weather, light autumn show- ers and a mild winter last year. With the ground softened1 for the borrowing ver- min, they breed rapidly. When dry conditions arrived1 in September, even the sheep became infested with nesting mice. They marched on the young summer crops and by December, at the height of the Australian summer, had multiplied into armies of thousands. The mice steadily gnawed away at wheat, rice, corn, sorghum and sunlower and, when food became scarce, resorted to attacking and eating each other. They have even attacked humans, some reports said. Hope Winter Hard Farmers hope the winter this year will be hard and cold, effectively wiping out the plague. With the arrival of the first cold, showers, the mice have be- gun turning eastward toward warmer climes. Rice growers, troubled by mice in their homes as well as in their crops, asked the Australian rice mar- keting board to set up an investigating committee. W. N. Hogan, chairman of the rice board, which acts as a co-operative for rice growers in southwest- ern New South Wales, estimated the plague would cost rice growers at least Hogan said the expected rice crop of tons this year would fall short by about tons. Officials studying the mice plague and' related problems are worried about the -widespread use of poisons' during the long battle against the rodents. E. R. Hoare, head of the Commonwealth Research Organization station in Griffith, 400 miles southwest of Sydney, has expressed alarm at the use of strych- nine in large quantities to contain the plague. Farmers are reported to have bought strychnine in up to 10-ourice to kill persons. Hoare said the poisons had only slightly reduced the number of mice. But he believes the plague will solve itself naturally. After the winter rains the mice will develop a form of influenza which will reduce their numbers and induce cannibalistic tendencies among them, he said. Besides strychnine, farmers have made extensive use of arsenic, a poison known as 10SO, and gaso- line. The use of 1080 poison has caused particular concern because it pollutes the soil permanently. Normally used for killing rabbits, it must be used in heavy doses to stop the armies of mice. The New South Wales pastures protection board faced demands for massive supplies from farmers, but refused to telax restrictions on its Desperate farmers turned to other weapons. Water traps bagged up to mice a night on some properties. These traps sometimes consist of a piece of cheese dangled at the end of a greased rod over a ban-el of water. There have been other mice plagues in Australia's history, the last in the late 1930s and 'two before that in 1903 and' 1905. But this year's plague has been described as the worst in living memory. 'You WASHINGTON (CP) The Nixon administration was under growing pressure today to take vigorous action to halt the worst inflation since the Second World War and restore confidence in the U.S. economy and the plunging New York stock market. Senator Fred Harris, Oklahoma Democrat, intro- duced Monday, wage and price control legislation. SERIOUS STRAITS "We are in serious Harris said as he introduced a bill to create a federal board that could freeze wages and prices for six months. Both Democratic and Republi- can party leaders agreed the faltering economy will be a major issue in congressional elections in November. In Congress, Senate Demo- cratic Leader Mike Mansfield and Representative Carl Albert, Democratic .leader in the House of Representatives, called on President Nixon to convene a conference of business and .labor leaders to assess the coun- try's twin economic ills of infla- tion and unemployment. WANTS HARD LOOK Mansfield asked Nixon to take sharp measures to cut interest rates aaid to seriously consider imposing wage and profit con- trols. Albert termed the current sit- uation a recession and said "the state of our national economy bss reached the crisis stage." The comments of Mansfield and Albert were seen by observ- ers as an indication that the Democrats will make inflation and unemployinet a major issue in the elections. MARKET PLUMMETS In New York Monday, the stock market took its worst drop since the assassination of President Kennedy nearly seven years ago. Dow Jones average of 30 industrial stocks lost 20.81 points, the biggest single-day drop since it fell 21.16 points Nov. 22, 1963, the day Kennedy, died. The closing Dow average of 641.36 Monday was its lowest point since Dec. 18, 1962, when it closed at 640.14. During the last 17 months, the Dow average has lost more than 320 points, 130 of them in the last six weeks. At the market's closing Mon- day, analysis agreed there was pessimism among stock and bond buyers. One termed it a "complete panic" while another said the fear did not extend out- side Wall Street, and that Amer- icans generally still retained confidence in the economy. At the White House, presiden. tial aides said there were brief- ings planned for stock market officials by Henry A. Kissinger, Nixon's chief national security adviser, and Robert Mayo, the budget director, on both the Cambodian invasion and the state of the budget. The White House also said the president soon would make a di- rect report to the nation on the state of the economy, but no firm date was set. A group of union economists met with Labor Secretary George Shultz to urge selective credit controls or an immediate freeze on profits, wages, prices and salaries. Nixon Tells His Story itan Admits Error HALIFAX (CP) The cap- tain of the tanker Arrow told an inquiry today of trying :to get a position Feb. 4 just before his vessel grounded in Nova Sco- tia's Chedabucto Bay. "As I was looking at the ra- trouble with shad- ows I saw in between what looked like an Captain George Anatasabolos said. "As you know there are many spu- rious echoes in a radar and this is what I took it to be. This was my mistake." In testimony Monday he said the Arrow was operating with faulty radar, a disabled' echo sounder and a gyro compass that read several degrees off course when the vessel ran aground on Cerberus Rock. Continuing his testimony today, Captain Anatasabolos told the ship's course as she turned into Chedabucto Bay. He said he was on a course that should have taken him within 1.1 miles of the rock. He was close to the buoy '-'so that I could see the buoy and continue my passage." Captain Anatasabolos, first of an expected 12 to 14 witnesses to be called before the inquiry into what caused the grounding, testified for four hours Monday. MILLION DOLLAR APARTMENT This is-an artist's sketch of the 78-suite luxury high-rise apartment complex that will be located on the old IDS Church property at llth St. and 5th Ave. S. The 10-storey building, which will be called Stafford Place, is being built by Smith Bros, and Wilson of Vancouver. Construction is to start immediately. Settlement Near In Mail Dispute OTTAWA (CP) Treasury Board President C. M. Drury told the Commons Tuesday that a settlement is near in talks be- tween the government and postal unions. David Lewis (N D P o r k South) asked Mr. Drury "if postal negotiations are continu- ing and whether the sides are close to a "The answer is yes to both replied Mr. Drury. new proposals on the bargaining table. Mr. Drury, in a statement outside the Commons Monday, said the government has a man- date to resist union wage de- mands. It has been learned the unions have established a telex hookup of 22 centres across the country to co-ordinate any strike. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN CURE sign of spring: Betty Watson resplen- dent in new gardening shorts, working busily to put in bed- ding plants before spring is over wives of Alberta ANAF Command officers, in town for their husbands' an- nual meeting, being led by Sirs. Sid Slater to church Sunday morning to hear Hev. E. R. Moody and not dis- covering until it was too late that they were in the wrong church Mrs. Alice Jacob- sen reporting a statement by Dr. E. J. Pcnikett of Cal- gary: it used to be that wa- ter was clean and sex dirty, now the water is dirty. Hunt Called Off At Great Falls MISSOULA, MONT. (AP) The search was called off here for the body of Patrick Mur- phy, 19, of Great Falls. Mur- phy apparently drowned when he was thrown from an inner- tube after it went over the Anaconda Company's dam at Bonner. Two companions made it ashore safely, but Murphy was not seen again. OTTAWA (CP) Talks re- sumed today between postal workers and the federal govern- ment with union leaders ing as pure speculation sugges- tions that a strike is imminent. Representation for the postal workers was1 back at full strength after leaders of the two unions involved had stayed away from the Monday after- noon session. However, preparations for a strike appeared set across the country. Union representatives, while still tight-lipped in keep- ing with policy adopted from the start of the talks, did say today that the same issues still are before the negotiators. These are primarily, wages and job security. C. M. Drury, president of the treasury board and the cabinet minister responsible for the fed- eral position, took a hard-nosed line Monday that the govern- ment will be under less public pressure this time to settle a strike than it was when post off- ice workers walked out in 1963. William Houle, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, returned to today's bargaining session and de- scribed as "pure speculation" suggestions that a strike lies just ahead. Mr. Houle said there are no Govt. To Lift Ban On Park Drilling Trudeau Star Attraction In Canada Day Show A suspension against natural gas drilling in Cypress Hills Provincial Park in south- western Alberta will be lifted by the provincial government, Premier Harry Strom said in Foremost Monday night. He made the announcement at a meeting of more than 200 Alberta Fish and Game Asso- ciation members after, a day- long tour of wilderness and parkland regions in the south. 'SNEAKY DEAL1 Canada Montana Gas Co., which has exploratory rights to acres of the Cypress Hills Park, was told May 13 it would not be able to begin drilling June 6. J. Dono- van Ross, minister of lands and forests, took the action after Gordon Teel of Edmonton, pres- ident of the Fish and Game Association, charged the pro- vincial government was at- tempting "a sneaky deal" in the park. Premier Strom said Monday it was the government's re- spnsibility to demand proper practices be carried out at the drill site to guard against pos- sible "disturbance" of the sur- rounding parkland. UNIQUE PARK "Certainly we can see no harm from this particular well but every well must be regard- ed individually in the future." The Canada Montana site is less than a mile from the head- waters of Battle Creek, de- scribed by naturalists as one of the few good trout streams remaining in the park. As well, the park is con- sidered unique because it was the only part of the province to escape the scouring glaciers of the last ice age. Mr. Strom said he doubted the area of the drill site would be visited by more than a few tourists but that the provincial policy of the "greatest possible development without distur- bance of the environment" would continue to be in effect. He said, however, new parks policy now being considered by his cabinet would bring in "more regulations and greater control over parks develop- ment." No date for implementation of the revised policy was given. ROME (AP) President Nixon today told NATO allies United States and South Viet- namese military action in Cam- bodia is necessary for the with- drawal of American forces from South Vietnam. His defence was made in a letter read at the opening ses- sion of a North Atlantic Council meeting by State Secretary Wil- liam P. Rogers. It said nearly Communist command troops had been killed in the op- eration at a cost of 451 Sou'.h Vi- etnamese soldiers and 201 Americans. The letter, addressed to NATO Secretary-General Man- lio Brosio of Italy, said: "We still prefer to end this war in South Vietnam by nego- tiation. However, I am con- vinced we will not have serious discussions so long as the enemy believes that he can ig- nore our warnings and reject our flexible proposals for a set- tlement. We are not increasing our demands." Nixon said the weapons cap- tured in Cambodia as of Mon- day "would equip more than 30 battalions at a strength of 400 to 500 men." He promised that U.S. opera- tions in Cambodia would bo over by the end of June. STRATEGIC POINT The Communist command has been using Cambodian territory as a staging area for attacks into South Vietnam. Nixon thanked the NATO countries for their "understand- ing and support." Rogers read the letter during a speech covering the situation in the Middle East, central Eu- rope and the strategic missile talks with the Soviet Union. On the Middle East, Rogers said the Soviet Union's increas- ing involvement has injected new instability and danger of war into the area. In light of this, he said, the U.S. is reviewing all aspects of policy in the region. Tlu's review includes reconsideration of Is- rael's request for more war- planes to counter the presence of active Soviet military pilots and missiles in Egypt. DEFERS DECISION Rogers recalled that the Nixon administration had de- ferred a final decision on Is- rael's request last March in the hope that this restraint would be matched by the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, the secretary added, the hope has not been fulfilled. Rogers said he is cautiously optimistic about the U.S. talks with the Soviet Union on limit- ing strategic missiles. The atmosphere in Vienna Is serious, he said, and free of po- lemics. Issues still were being ex- plored he said, and it still is not clear what kind of agreement could emerge. Electric Power Rates Boosted FAMILY PHOTO shows actress Sophia loren with her husband Carlo Ponti and their son, 2- year-old Carlo Jr. in their new villa at Zerbolo, Italy. The surrounding properly soon will be used to raise cattle. OSAKA Prime Minis- ter Trudeau is the star attrac- tion in Canada Day celebrations today at the world fair. The 60-year-old prime minis- ter, on tile last stop of a mile junket to Pacific Rim na- tipns, is the ace-in-the-hole Which officials at the Canadian pavilion are hoping will make Canada's national day at Expo the .boldest and biggest yet. Ihe Japanese press has been crammed with articles on the prime minister, recounting his political career and previous trip to Asia in the early 1950s long before he entered politics. IK addition to the advance billing, the Canadian pavilion has put together a en- tertainment package to back him up in the gigantic Festival Plaza, theme area of the 815- acre Expo site in the Scnri Hills north of Osaka. "Our main attraction will be the prime minister Canadian pavilion spokesman Michael Spencer told a briefing for Japanese news media. "We'll be supporting him with what we think is the cream of Canadian talent." The schedule calls for only six Joe E. Brown's Home Robbed BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) Three masked gunmen entered comedian Joe E. Brown's home early today, tied and gagged his wife and two male tol whipping one of fled with an estimated in jewels, furs and cash, police said. The gunmen did not harm Brown, 79, an invalid, or his wife, Kathryn, officers said. Police said the injured male nurse was taken to hospital for treatment of cute. minutes of speechmaking by Expo Commissioner-General Tom Haguiwara and Trudeau and then shifts to dancers, sing- ers, band, and charging horses, courtesy of the famed RCMP musical ride. GIMBY IS HERE Among the highlights: Bobby Gimby, pied piper of Expo 67 in Montreal, will lead an army of Japanese schoolchildren around the plaza in a nostalgic rendi- tion of "Ca-na-da" and Expo '70's theme song, Konnichiwa. The Alan Lund-produced show also includes the folk dance group Les Feux Follets, the Es- tienne gymnastic dancers and Le Choer Via 1'Bon Vent in a 10-minute Quebec suite. The cast of Anne of Green Ga- bles, a musical which opens a two-week run at Expo Theatre Wednesday night, will offer a medley of its songs in Japanese, followed by folk-rock artists Ian and Sylvia and the Great Spec- kled Bird from Toronto. Greeue Speaks On Energy Co-Operation TORONTO (CP) Energy Minister J. J. Greene is to speak on Canada's energy pol- icy tonight in the wake of a call by the head of the United States Atomic Energy Commission for increased co-operation in devel- oping electrical energy systems. Mr. Greene, who caused con- troversy with his recent rejec- tion of U.S. suggestions for a continental energy policy, is to address the Canadian Nuclear Association annual meeting. Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, head of the AEC, predicted in two speechts here Monday that Can- ada and the U.S. would increase their cooperation in the energy field. EDMONTON (CP) Elec- tric power rates for residents of about 250 Alberta communi- ties served by Canadian Utili- ties Limited will increase by amounts ranging from 11 per cent to 36 per cent. The rate increases were ap- proved here by the provincial government's public utiliites board. For 212 of the communities affected, the rate increases are less than 20 per cent. Increases of more than 20 per cent will affect residents of 35 communi- ties. The utilities board decision was reached after hearings that started in June, 1969, and ended late last winter. Names of the communities affected are not listed in the 73-page utilties board report except for Grande Prairie and Drumhel- ler, the only cities served b' Canadian Utilities. Stock Broker Cuts Wages During Market Slump TORONTO (CP) A To- ronto stock broker, in' an at- tempt to bring revenue and expenses into line during the stock market decline, has an- nounced a 20-per-cent salary cut for all staff. Other Toronto brokers say they have no immediate plans to follow suit, but some say they may be forced to do so. Oihsrs aren't replacing em- ployees who leave the firm. Doherty, Roadhcuse and McCuaig Ltd. announced the salary cut for its 400 employ- ees in branches from Mont- real to Victoria. At tie same time, senior partners have agreed to go without salaries for an indefi- nite period and to reduce by 20 per cent the interest they draw on their invested capital in the firm. Junior partners have agreed to a 50-per-cent salary cut and a reduction cf interest on their invested capi- D'Arcy Doherty, chairman cf the executive committee, said Die staff has been cut by about 80 since the first of the year. About half of this was through "natural attrition" BJid the remainder (lirougl layoffs.