Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
There's more talk now of resignation than Impeachment By FRANK RUTTER HenW Washington Bureau WASHINGTON President Richard Nixon has lost more friends and his influence has con- tinued to wane during this week of new twists and turns in the Watergate case. There is actually more talk now of persuading the president to resign than there is of his im- peachment by Congress. The president has lost the support of some of his'Republican allies in Congress and it appears that the cojDfi rotation of vice-presidential nominee Gerald Ford is being speeded up so that he if necessary take over the presidency. Even the president's few friends in the news media are with hard-line col- umnist Joseph Alsop the latest to call for Niton's resignation. It was a bad week for despite Us efforts to establish a new team to handle investigations into the Watergate affair and other allegations of improper conduct on his part. The of Leon Jaworski as new special prosecutor did not wash away the bad taste left by Nixon's firing of Archibald es- pecially as Jaworski is being given the same sort of powers as had and an even better guarantee of tenure. Nixon also appointed Senator William B Sax- be of Ohio as his for attorney-general to replace Elliot Richardson. If-confirmed by Saxbe would be Nixon's fifth attorney- general since 1969. But even Saxbe's while fairly was because the White House apparently was unaware of a con- stitutional snag involving a technical matter of salary which will require special remedial legislation But all this was overshadowed by the fiasco of the missing tapes. Nixon's in the words of Republican Senator Barry reached alltime low from which he may never be able to Explanations of why there were no tape recor- dings of two presidential conversations crucial to Watergate evidence were confusing and un- convincing. Witnesses appearing before Judge John Sirica gave conflicting stories and raised more questions than they answered. The destruction of documents that might be evidence is not without precedent in the case as earlier has disclosed. The way in which the White House tapes were handled throughout seems to have been incredibly sloppy. Partial some of them on scraps of brown paper grocery were kept of who had taken them from secret service but sometimes there was no record at all. jjipme people apparently heard some of the including and at one point it was thought that these included at least one of the recordings which the White House now claims was' never made because the tape ran out. the explanation was that there had been a but this story was changed. The upshot it that many people are skeptical about the whole thing. Even the offer of a memo claimed to have been dictated by Nixon after one of the con- with former counsel John W. is unlikely to ally this skepticism. Whether by design or sheer Nixon has got himself into a corner from which many people might be tempted to escape by resignation. Presidential spokesman Gerald Warren Fri- day responded somewhat testily to this saying that the president not That's what Spiro Agnew too. But it is diffi- cult to imagine someone of Nixon's character and attitude giving up .the presidency. VOL. LXVI 274 The LetKbrldge Herald NOVEMBER 1973 Pages 15 Cents Macdonald lambastes Lougheed government Alta. claims 'trumped-up' Water for beleaguered army Egyptian soldiers load jerry cans of water elements of the 3rd Army on the East bank of trie aboard amphibious vessels for shipment to encircled Poland included Peace force deadlock broken Inside Classified....... 32-36 Comics............ 26 Comment........ 5 District........ 29 Family......... 22-24 Local News 20 Markets....... 31 Religion........ 10-12 17 Theatres........... 7 TV................. 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUN. CLOUDY of tapes' may solve mystery WASHINGTON With court hearings on two phantom Watergate tapes spilling over into next special prosecutors are suggesting President Nixon should turn over a recording of himself listening to other recordings. The suggestion that Nixon turn over the June 4 tape brought an immediate objec- tion from presidential lawyer Fred Buzhardt that was sustained by 'U.S. District Judge John Sirica. Sirica said the June 4 tape isn't among those covered by a current appeals-court order. Prosecutors thus would have to issue a new subpoena and fight a new court battle if they want the June 4 tape. On that said testimony from presidential assistant Stephen the president spent 12 hours in his Ex- ecutive Office Building hideaway reviewing recor- dings of his own conversations with Watergate figures. The same automatic devices that recorded the original conversations were still in place and presumably would have picked up Nixon's playback of the unless 4ie listened to them with earphones or unless too much audio quality was lost in the double-recording process. UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council has agreed that troops from Poland and five other countries will join the UN peacekeeping force in the Middle East. In the case of it was the first time a Warsaw pact country has been named to participate in UN peacekeep- ing duties. 'The other five countries are In- Panama and Peru. Security Council deci- sion came Friday night after it was agreed that the par- ticipation of a member of the North Atlantic Treaty would offset the inclusion of Only about of the an- ticipated UN force has arrived in Egypt. The troops already along the ceasefire lines are from Sweden and Ireland. In selecting Poland and Can- the council specified that each would provide logistics and supply not to be used as front-line observation troops. That was the compromise that broke a week-long deadlock and enabled the council to act. The agreement was worked out between the United which had been objecting to Poland since last and the Soviet which began objecting to Canada Wednesday. Soviet Ambassador Jacob Malik said the 'decision to include Poland removed tificial to socialist participation in peacekeeping. not a Warsaw pact ii the only Communist country ever to serve in a UN having been part of the 1966-67 Middle East peacekeeping force. Egypt was reported to have sought to limit the Canadian support contingent to 200 offi- cers and men. and About town CONTEST judge Dong Harris helping a toothless Beaver Dougie bob for apples mechanic Roy Kitigawa late for a meeting during the year's first snowfall because his car wouldn't start. Compiled from CP Energy Minister Macdonald raked the Alberta government Friday for sever- ing energy communications with and stopped just short of accusing the energy province of lying. think it's a trumped-up charge and they're trying to hang a bum rap on the federal he said in an angry response to Alberta's reasons for the move. The Alberta action was an- nounced after Mr. Macdonald raised the federal export tax oh crude oil to a barrel Thursday night from the previous level of 40 cents. The province said it decided to cut off communications because Ottawa broke an agreement made Monday to consult Alberta on tax and price charges affecting Alberta oil. just reject that allegation Mr. Macdonald told reporters. Albertans agreed to but more talks in the future. Monday's talks in Ot- tawa involved Mr. Macdonald and four Alberta cabinet including Inter- governmental Affairs Minister Don Getty. The Alberta delegation came to the meeting opposed in principle to the export tax and no mention was made of any agreement to give the provinces a voice in future he said. far as I'm consultation doesn't give the provincial government a He said it was preposterous for Mr. Getty to suggest such an agreement was made. he Alberta wants to control oil and gas marketing. But this respon- sibility belonged to Ottawa and the federal government had no intention of changing its mind. Asked when the Ottawa- Alberta over oil will he can end right now as far as I'm He said the government hopes Alberta will have sober second about its action. Alberta will get part of the money to offset royalty losses caused by the he also arguing that the province stands to benefit from a large portion of the money spent in search of new sources and supplies. Mr. Getty said an Alberta 'energy marketing board probably will be established to buy the province's oil produc- tion and resell it to outside buyers. There has been speculation that legislation for the board will be introduced at a five- day session of the legislature beginning Dec. 3. The Progressive Conser- vative government will seek approval to increase oil and natural gas royalties taxes paid by producers. Although Alberta no longer will talk with Ottawa about energy. Mr. Getty did not rule out possible meetings with other provinces. Premier Dave Barrett of British Columbia proposed an immediate conference of provincial premiers and Prime Minister but Mr. Macdonald says such a conference wouldn't be the same without Alberta's par- ticipation. Alberta isn't interested in suggestions that revenue from the export tax be turned back to oil-producing provinces. Hand in Hand Egypt's Sadat and Saudi Arabia's King Faisal after strategy meeting. Arabs plaii strategy in case ceasefire fails New York Times Service CARIO Amid taut uncer- tainty here about what is to happen next in the conflict with it was disclosed today that President Anwar El-Sadat has held secret strategy talks with President Hafez Al-Assad of Egypt's battle and the rulers of Kuwait and Saudi Allies patch up problems WASHINGTON The United States and three of its principal West European allies have exchanged con- ciliatory messages in the last all designed to patch up differences that had arisen over American policies and actions in the Middle East crisis. The an official said was a letter from President Nixon to Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Ger- many in answer to the chancellor's letter of Sunday. Replying to Brandt's state- ment that the Nixon ad- ministration could have been quicker and more explicit in f keeping American allies in- formed of its assessment of the crisis and its Nix- on is understood to have promised fuller consultation in the future. Arabia. Egypt's oil-rich finan- cial supporters. Sadat returned to Cairo following a one-day mission to Kuwait 'for talks with Assad and the Kuwait Sheik Sabah Al-Salim and to Saudi for a meeting with King Faisal. No details of the talks were given but some Egyptians said the trip was to discuss strategy if fighting should erupt again with as many here think as well as intricate efforts for diplomatic progress in 'the crisis. Several hours after Sadat's president Houari Boumedienne of Algeria flew to Cairo to meet with the Egyptian leader. The scheduled arrival in Cario next week of Henry A. the United States secretary of is the focus of Egypt's hopes for quick diplomatic progress to bring about an Israeli withdrawal. Egyptians are angry about Israeli control of the highway to the canal town of cutting off the Third Egyptian Army Corps across the Suez Canal in the Sinai. Most Egyptians seem to and an Egyp- tian offensive against the Israeli forces on the Western bank of the Suez if the Israelis do tot soon withdraw to the positions that the Egyptians contend they'held on Oct. at the time the first cease-fire was proclaimed. A strict blackout again is being enforced in after having been relaxed following the and troops have been observed on the move. British MP assails monarchy 'Mechanical smart alecks' England Willie outspoken critic of the branded the Queen mechanical Friday in a scathing attack on the royal family. The Labor member of Parliament also dubbed Prince Philip smart It was Hamilton's most bitter assault on the monarchy and came during his criticism of the increase of Princess Anne will automatically receive in her annual allowance from Parliament when she marries army Capt. Mark Phillips Nov. 14. That would boost her allowance to a Hamilton claims could be put to better use. Hamilton told a Labor party rally the 23-year-old princess was getting the increase riding and falling off a horse and nothing That was a reference to Anne's passion for riding and the bad tumble she .took in Kiev this fall defending her European equestrian championship title. Hamilton charged the Queen would confer a title on son of a wealthy pork sausage company after the wedding. be Lord Pork Sausage or some- thing. The Scottish a coal miner's said the Queen was mechanical dog saying what Ted Heath and other prime ministers tell Prince he was smart aleck of the Royal The likelihood of more fighting was also forecast by one of Sadat's close Mohammed Hassanein Heykal. chief editor of Al Ahram. For the present Egypt's priority demand is for an Israeli pullback to the positions of Oct. so the siege of the town of Suez and the Third Army Corps will be lifted. But already there is some annoyance over the focus of attention on an Israeli withdrawal to the Oct. 22 which would leave the Israelis for the present on the western bank of the canal. Sadat said at a news conference Wednesday that his military commanders were chafing to attack the Israelis and force them off the west bank. Most Egyptians seem to share the sentiment. Despite the the ceasefire along the canal is being according to the United Nations emergency force spokesman Rudolf SU- jduhar of Yugoslavia. Schmidt job story denied Francis president of the Alberta Social Credit denied Friday that the league has decided to hire Werner Schmidt as managing direc- tor. The Edmonton Journal reported that Mr. provincial leader of the will be chosen as managing director within a few weeks. He does not have a seat in the legislature. is no validity to the story at all. I completely deny the whole Mr. Porter conceded that there was the that Mr. Schmidt might be considered but that he expected executive direc- tor Eric Lingnau remain there for some considerable In a telephone interview from Mr. Porter said the directors of the league have not even discuss- ed the possibility of appointing Mr. Schmidt.