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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta t VOL. LXVI 278 The Lethhridgc Herald ALBERTA. NOVEMBER 6 10 Cents Washington and Ottawa swing into action North America readies for crisis President seeks special powers WASHINGTON Congress has enacted over President Nixon's veto a bill limiting the power of the president to wage undeclared war The action Wednesday was the first successful override of Action at a glance WASHINGTON Here at a glance are President Nixon's legislative proposals to conserve energy in the United States TRANSPORTATION transporta- tion agencies to adjust carrier schedules and service points after summary hearings speed limits on the country's highways to 50 miles an hour POWER the Elk Hills naval petroleum reserve in California to increased oil produc- tion conservation fees or perhaps on the consumption of natural gas or the excessive use of electricity Authorize the Federal Power Com- mission to suspend price regulation on new natural gas Authorize the Federal Power Com- mission to suspend price regulation on new natural gas Authorize the Atomic Energy Com- mission to grantwithout public hearings tem- porary operating licences lasting up to 18 months for atomic power plants TIME daylight saving time throughout the year POLLUTION Allow the En- vironmental Protection Agency to exempt for one year power plants and factories from air and water quality on a case-by-case basis Exempt such federal action from the National Envi- ronmental Policy which requires prior preparation and review of environmental im- pact statements RATIONING standby plans to ration gasoline and home heating oil if necessary a presidential veto in nine tries this year Termed unconstitutional by President the bill bars the president from com- mitting U S troops to combat for more than 60 days without specific approval from Congress Congress can ter- minate such an engagement sooner by majority vote in the House and Senate Backers of the war powers first introduced three years attributed the vote to overwhelming public support in the wake of the Vietnam war The House voted 284 to 135 to four more than the two-thirds needed The Senate completed the action by 75 to or 13 more than required After the Nixon said the bill undermines this nation's ability to act decisively and convincingly in times of international crisis Senator John Tower said that to involve Con- with its cumbersome in war-making decisions would cause ing in the streets of Moscow Tower expressed hope that the constitutionality of the bill will be challenged in court the earliest possible opportun- ity- Senator Jacob Javits leader of Senate backers of the denied that the bill changed the con- stitutional powers of either the president or the but simply provided by which the presided and Congress can concur in war-making decisions. Representative Gerald Ford Mich Republican leader'and vice urged the House not to .-turn'against the President at a time of diplomatic effort to attain a Middle East peace Nixon's actions and re- quests for new authority were brought on during recent weeks by the Middle East war and the decision of Arab countries to cut off oil to friends of Israel have Love Wednesday Love said the president probably would not submit separate draft legislation but would work with Congress to develop legislation already introduced by Senator Henry Jackson Wash chairman of the Senate interior predicted Senate passage of such legislation next week the Senate interior committee expects to approve by Friday emergency legislation covering most of the energy-conservation proposals requested by Presi- dent its chairman said Wednesday night an emergency told reporters Where's the Six-year-old Arts DePeuter of 2126 7th Ave. South looks as if he'd like to find the brake on his speeding and fast. More snow for tobogganers is fore- cast for today beginning near with southeast winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour Lows tonight will be five to 10 degrees below but the highs tomorrow a rel- atively balmy 20 to 25 degrees above. President takes setback on war powers program WASHINGTON President Nixon has asked Congress to give him emergency power to ration gasoline and cut working reduce highway speed put the United States on year-round daylight saving Hostages manage escape pair surrenders to FBI Minn Two jail escapees sur- rendered today after their three hostages slipped away from them during the authorities said The two one an accused apparently fell asleep in the farmhouse where they had held Mr and Mrs Elmer Wegscheid and their IS year old son hostage since Tuesday an FBI spokesman said. There were no reports of any injuries. The two who had threatened to resort to whatever means necessary to had been in the farmhouse for 96 hours They released three other Wegscheid children Wednes- day night. the FBI spokesman said deputy sheriffs captured the two gunmen but gave no further details The two gunmen escaped from a Wadeiu jail Monday night after wounding a jailer with a gun John who had been jailed on murder charges in a double told police earlier today he would resort to any means necessary to es- cape I have I'll tape a gun to Mr Wegscheid's neck to assure that police don't try anything on the trip to the air- said. if I'm my reflex ac- tion will trigger the gun and my hostage will be The other gunman was William L. who had been jailed on a burglary charge The fugitives had been negotiating with law enforce- ment officials on details of a plan to have them flown to freedom today in a State Highway Patrol plane. A snowstorm thwarted the escapees' plans to flee by plane Wednesday. They had said they expected to fly out of Wadena today under con- ditions they had negotiated with authorities for the release of Mr and Mrs Wegscheid and their Ed. a town of less than is about 170 miles northwest of Minneapolis The plan was to take Wegscheid to the Wadena air- where a State Highway Patrol Cessna 182 sits fueled and ready. A Highway Patrol pilot would replace Wegscheid as hostage. A reporter who talked with Morgan and Winans in the Wegscheid house said they were armed with two rifles and a Philip an FBI said after the release of the three and 10 that he had spoken with the two fugitives and they had offered to surrender if certain demands were met. One of those was that Morgan's two murder indictments be reduc- ed to second-degree murder. time and suspend anti- pollution programs. Congressional spokesmen predicted Nixon would get the powers quickly The president said Wednesday lie wants them by mid-December. In a national television ad- dress outlining his energy pro- Nixon set 1980 as a tar- get date for the United States to achieve energy self- sufficiency He called for research and development programs rivalling the all-out efforts that developed the atomic bomb and put US. astronauts on the moon The president also departed from his text to say he had intention of walking from his office despite some demands that he resign long as I am physically I will continue to work 16 hours a day for the cause of peace in the world and prosperity at he said With petroleum heading for 10 to 17 per cent shortages be- cause of Arab oil Nix- on warned that the U.S faces most acute shortages of since the Second World War Consumers of home heating 011 must get through the winter with only 85 per cent of the fuel they used last Nixon said Airline flights will be reduc- ed 10 per cent through federal allocation of jet Nixon added Some heating jet diesel kerosene and propane gas already are under mandatory allocation controlling their distribution at the wholesale level. Inside Classified. ..26-30 Comics...........24 Comment District....... 19 Family 23 Local News 18 Markets 25 Sports...... 30 Theatres .......7 TV...............6 Weather .......3 Youth...........10 LOW TONIGHT HIGH FR. SNOW Nationalized petroleum possibility for Canada OTTAWA The federal government has em- powered a Crown agency to buy crude and refined oil on international increasing speculation that a national petroleum corpora- tion may not be far away would think within a month we'd know one way or the Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Wednesday He told the Commons the Canadian Commercial Corp an agency responsible to the supply and services has been authorized to buy all the oil it can to reduce the impact of potential energy shortages in eastern Canada this winter He also disclosed Canada is ready to bypass industry and negotiate a government-to- govemment agreement with guaranteeing long- term crude oil supplies Both steps appeared to move the government closer to the concept of a national petroleum but Mr Macdonald said no deci- sion has been made The major task of the CCC will be to buy refined petroleum products wherever available on foreign markets Any supplies obtained would be stored primarily in defence department facilities and dis- tributed on a most-urgent- need basis if shortages developed. Mr Macdonald said it is doubtful the corporation can buy enough oil to cope with a senous shortage He declined to estimate how much could be available in current tight market situations The cost of any oil obtained by the CCC will be high but the government hopes to recover the money when the oil is he said Some officials have in- dicated the corporation will try to buy about one million barrels of heating oil This amount would have no lasting effect if normal supplies are badly interrupted While the CCC will haVe authority to buy crude Mr Macdonald its primary interest will be to locate refin- ed products the corporation could negotiate a bilateral deal with Venezuela Canada's willingness to enter such an agreement has been com- municated to Venezuelan authorities by Canadian of- ficials in South he told MPs Placing this authority in the hands of the CCC does not rule out future establishment of another body broader to handle similar he said Mr Macdonald went to Venezuela last month to seek a bilateral supply deal the government has made supply arrangements in conjunction with other member countries of the international Organiza- tion for Economic Co- operation and Development He was told during the visit that Venezuela is willing to sign an agreement but wants to negotiate with a govern- ment agency rather than a private company such as Exx- on Corp formerly Standard Oil of New controls Imperial Oil Ltd. of Canada and has major business interests in Venezuela. Canada imports more than barrels of crude oil daily to supply refineries in eastern Canada. More than 40 per cent of the total comes from Venezuela. The government has been urged by both the Conser- vative and New Democratic parties to set up national petroleum corporation But they differ on its functions Alvin Conser- vative energy said this week it should operate mainly as a purchasing but T C his NDP Counter- says the corporation should move into all areas of the petroleum industry ex- ploration Tapes were Woods tells judge WASHINTON President Nixon's personal secretary testified today that parts of the subpoenaed Watergate tapes are very poor in and that it is humanly impossible to hear every word on them Rose Mary Nixon's secretary for more than two said that it took her nearly a working off and sometimes on weekends and far into the to type a rough transcript of seven con- versations between President Nixon and figures in the Watergate political espionage case Miss Woods said she first saw one of the controversial tapes Sept At Nixon's she began the task of transcribing them at the president's mounUintop retreat at Camp Md wentiup there to try to use that word advise- take down as much as possible of the tapes that were she testified at HERALD ON MONDAY Although government banks and some retail outlets will close Nov the day will not be a holiday for the entire business community as many stores plan to observe normal hours The Herald will publish Monday Adver- tisers planning display advertisements to appear next Nov are reminded that copy must be received by 11 30 a m Monday The Herald's business office will be open from Sam to 12 noon Classified adver- tisements received up to 11 30 am Monday will appear in Tuesday's edition and hMrd About town traffic co-ordi- nator Peter Bowkett wondering what he will do when the energy shortage forces all cars off the roads Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce manager Mike Sutherland unsure if the plural of spouse is spice. HOSK MAIN WOODS a hearing before U.S District Judge John Sinca The court was told in pre- vious testimony it was Sept 29 that the president expressed awareness that recordings of two of the total of nine subpoe- naed conversations couldn't be found Sirica called the hearing to air the circumstances sur- rounding a White House claim that the two tapes never ex- isted Miss Woods said that trans- cribing the tapes had been a difficult and that despite working until 3am Sunday and again all day Sunday after arising at 6 a m she was unable to com- plete a transcript of even one conversation quality is very bad on depending on the room the White she said. are lots of funny things m them Among these she the president puts his feet on the it sounds like a bomb Boom She said a similar sound is created on the tape recordings if someone sets a coffee cup on a table She said she finished her transcribing work Oct 23 or 24 Elaborating on the quality of the she said the president would making it dif- ficult to hear what someone else had said other times four people would be talking at once and I wouldn't get even one she said Miss Woods testified don't think any human can hear everything that was said m the recorded conver- sations could not get every word and I don't think anyone else Her voice trailed off am worthy of your trust' Nixon tells U.S. electorate WASHINGTON President -esponding to mounting calls for his says be has intention whatever of walking away from the jdb I was elected to Nixon said at the end of a national television-radio address Wednesday ..I would like to five my answer to those who have sug- gested that I resign. have no Intention whatever of walking away from the job I was elected to do As long as I am physically I am going to continue to work 16 to 18 hours a day for the cause of a real peace and for the cause of prosperity without Inflation and war at While talk of possible resignation or impeachment has mounted in recent Nixon seemed to place no great urgency on finding a way out of his current speaking of it as a long-range operation. am confident that in the months he American people will come to realise Out I have not violated the trust that they placed in me when they elected me as president of the United States m the and I pledge to you tonight that I shall always do everything that I can to be worthy of that trust in the ;