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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta __ Thunder, May 31, 1973 THE IETHBRICJE HERALD Canadian amnesty group planned By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) An attempt will be made to create a na- tional Canadian branch of Am- nesty International, one of the most respected private human rights organizations in the Western world. New officers of what is hoped to be Canadian Amnesty Inter- national said in interviews last week they plan locals in every major Canadian centre. There now are u a 1 Amnesty International groups in Sackville, N Ji., treal, Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton, Ont., but there is no national organization. Over the years Amnesty In- ternational has achieved world- wide publicity over the plight of political prisoners on both sides of the Iron Curtain. It has taken up the causes of prisoners in Greece, Brazil and Vietnam and claims in- volvement in the release of 5.- OCO prisoners in various parts of the world. Because much of its research is done by well-known men, charges by Amnesty are lis- tened to in many capitals and at the United Nations. Formed in 1961 by English lawyer Peter Benenson, it now has more than members in 30 countries, working to re- lease prisoners, protecting their families from hardship and seeking to improve inter- national standards for the treat- ment of prisoners. IMPARTIAL WORK The organization says It works with complete impartial- ity, describing itself as "a hu- manitarian organization with no political or religious affiliation of any kind." "Amnesty adopts only prison- ers of conscience; these who have not used or advocated vio- it says. At a meeting In Ottawa Class snobbery still exists inside Poland By TREVOR WOOD WARSAW (Reuter) Aris- tocracy is a thriving business in Communist Poland, where a growing number of people are assuming fake or bought titles, says the authoritative Communist weekly Polityka. In a rare admission that such class snobbery still ex- ists, the weekly said: ''The fascination with gentry has survived the bad period and has come out of it in good (Shape, especially now when this kind of snobbery does not cost anything." Tbe "bad period" it re- ferred to was the decade after the Second World War when it was found better not to admit to an aristocratic background. Battle Potato Beetles FOR AS LITTLE AS AN ACRE WITH GUTHKDN Spray Concentrate Fast knockdown Long-lasting control Easy to use. Apply any time Colorado potato beetles hit, up to 7 days before harvest. Saves money Order from your supplier now. to you and nature CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 City Centre Driva Mississaugua, Ontario 73134C But Polityka said: "It seems that 30 years after the creation of the Polish people's state, many of the intelligent- sia city dwellers, if allowed to choose their descent, would reach for an aristocratic title." Polityka published a two- part report, covering several pages, on the Polish aristoc- racy. Observers believad it was the first time a Commun- ist newspaper here had writ- ten on the subject. FEW LEGITIMATE The newspaper quoted a 1968 report as saying there were only 124 families in Po- land with real aristocratic ti- tles but 212 families with ei- ther fake, once-usurped or bought titles. "We know that the former group is dying out, but that ths latter is constantly grow- ing for some incomprehen- sible the newspaper commented. Warsaw engravers had their hands full producing coats of arms, many ordered by visit- ing foreigners and especially by Poles from the United States. Historians were busy producing genealogical trees and books on Polish heraldry, when available, sold for in- flated prices. Tha present fascination with aristocracy contrasted with the years after the war. The newspaper quoted members of the aristocracy as recalling how one princess lost her job as a trained chil- dren's nurse.and how another had to appeal to Poland's president before Obtaining the right to study." It a'so reported that the late Prince Adam S a p i e h a, a Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Cracow, threat- ened to leave his sse in 1945 along with fellow-aristocrats evicted from their homes under government decree. MOST IX WARSAW On the present situation, Polityka said aristocrats today live mainly in Warsaw, in apartments setter than those of average white collar workers or intelligentsia. Commenting on their well- furnished homes, the news- paper said: "It is surprising that many of these people, who once owned several pal- aces collections better than in the museums, after losing all they possessed, re- turned to the hobby of collect- ing beautiful and valuable items." The aristocracy, which bears such names as Radzi- will, Czartoryski, PotocM, Za- mojski and Tarnowski, has turned to a number of trades, from film acting to breeding dachshunds, from gardening to translating. Younger members have gone into medicine, become artists, accountants or engi- neers, but the newspaper said it had not heard of a blue col- lar worker among them. WANTS JAIL TERM NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. (CP) Niagara police chief Albert Sherman has called for a datory jail sentence and a one- year licence suspension for per- sons convicted of drinking and driving offences. "A total of breath tests were made by our technicians." he said. "This high figure indicates to me that the legislation applying to the drinking driver is not having the deterrent effect that was orginally intended for this type of offence." recently, John Peters Humph- rey, now of McGill University but for 20 years director of the United Nations human rights division, was named president of the new national council. A member of the Inter- national Commission of Jurists and tbe International League for the Rights of Man, he recently visited Greece to inter- cede for imprisoned lawyers. John E. Bobbins, retiring Ca- nadian ambassador to the' Vati- can, is chairman of the execu- tive commission. Other officers include Senator Eugene Forsey, an Ontario Lib- eral and best known as an ex- part on Canada's constitution; 11. B. Inch, recently retired di- rector of extension of Brandon, Man., University; Rev. Vernon I Nicholls of the Unitarian Church in Ottawa: Prof. Frank Scott of Montreal and Dean Ronald St. J. MacDonald of Halifax. Dr. Humphrey said Amnesty in Canada would hope to help educate Canadians to the situ- i ation of poli.ical prisoners around the world. It also would contribute to some of the re- search now being done in the I London headquarters. Women volunteers When fire breaks out at Lions Boy, B.C., 10 miles north of Vancouver, it's five women who answer the call. Vol- unteer squad goes through regular training session to maintain their facility with equipment. Women form- ed squad to protect com- munity during the day when men are away at work. THERE ARE SOLD IN MAZDA [VE ENGINE CARS THEM ALL MAZM19737 _ THEYEAROFTHEROTARY. The Mazda Rotaries. Five cars with an engine that lias no pistons, no rods, no valves, no camshaf t. Five cars with an engine that has only three major moving parts. Five cars with an engine that produces twice as much horsepower per pound as a comparable piston engine. 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