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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta OVERCAST Forecast high Tuesday near 40 Lttliln VOL. LX1I1 NO. 277 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES am ericans By MICHAEL JOHNSON MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet space program ap- pears lo be making a strong recovery both in man- ned flight and space-robot missions after several years in the shadow of United Stales triumphs. Although the Russians lost the moon race, they have rebounded this year with llieir own moon-scoop- ing machine and have just completed their fourth unmanned round-tlie-nicon shot in the Zond series. In addition, they have contributed to space medi- cine by testing man's endurance in a record orbital experiment lasting 18 days. If public statements by cosmonauts and scien- tists can be taken at face value, more impressive feats with men and robots will be attempted in the near future. Cosmonauts Vitaly Sevaslyanov and Andrian Nik- olayev started the comeback in June when they set the duration record and concluded that the dangers of prolonged weightlessness still constitute a barrier to [lights of more than a Jew weeks. The Luna 16 mission three months later gave the Soviet Union its own samples of moon soil and also had the effect of restoring credibility to a space pro- gram which had not scored a major first between 1904 and 1970. Then in October, Zond VIII zipped neatly around the ir.oon on a photographic expedition and splashed down by remote control in the Indian Ocean, the fourth Soviet round trip to lunar space. A new Venus shot, a refined version of earlier Venus capsules, was launched in August and is due to reach that scorching planet by mid-December. If it lands hi operating condition Soviet space authori- ties can look back over a successful year. The swelling of national pride that goes with these achievements is bound to help counter the feel- ing among many Russians that money is being wasted in space while the Soviet consumer is neglected. No Soviet moon landing is in preparation, fre- quent disclaimers in Moscow say, but it is likely that more unmanned scoopers will see more soil samples. Gives vindication Airy Soviet space planners embarrassed when Apollo U and 12 landed on the moon must feel some- what vindicated imv. Besides the1 prestige of their Luna 16 moon-soil mission, they have the satisfaction of watching the U.S. re-evaluate the need for man- ned flights. President Nixon's science advisory committee has recommended after a special study that unmanned shots take precedence over rides in space by U.S. astronauts. The committee decided that man's pres- ence aboard spacecraft "could not be shown unequivocally to be essential for any of the probable scientific objectives in the next decade." Looking toward the future, cosmonauts and So- viet space administrators on tour abroad have spo- ken only in general terms of what comes next from the Baikonur launch manned space centre miles southeast of Moscow. The Academy of Sciences president, Mstislav Keldysh, says manned flight to Mars is "theoretically and might take place by the end of this century, Unmanned round trips to Mars and Venus, using the knowledge gained from the Lima program, ap- parently are in tile works for the 1970s. Cosmonauts Sevastyanov said in Washington last month that a long-term orbital space station is the next objective in the manned program. The first U.S. manned space station is scheduled for 1972, generally is believed lo be behind the Hussian timetable. The Soviet Union has expressed tentative interest in a joint U.S.-Soviet orbiting station manned by an international crew. Cr renounced by rince LONDON (AP) A lieutenant in a British tank regiment renounced the crown of Yugoslavia Sunday but reserved his right to reconsider. Prince Alexander, 25-year-old son ot King Peter of Yugoslavia who died in Los Angeles last Tuesday, made his announcement at a Serbian Orthodox Church in London during a memorial service for his father. He said he had heard suggestions that he should be crowned king-in-esilc and added: "I have not been consulted in this matter and had I been so, I would have made it clear that in my opinion such an event could have no constitutional ef- fect and could well be the cause of political friction." Bui, lie continued: "If at some future time the Yugoslav peoples as a whole decide that they would wish to have a restoration of the monarchy, then I shall give this question deep consideration in the light of events at that time." The prince, barn in London July, 1945, is a British citizen and an officer of the 5lh Regiment of I.ancers, a Chieftain Umk regiment based in West Germany. He is the only child of Peter, who fled his country in 1941 when the Nazis invaded it, and Queen Alex- andra, a Greek Princess who lives in Venice. He is unmarried. Crown Prince Alexander has teen in the British Army four years and is one of its champion skiers, having reiuesetilod the army in intcrscrvice competi- tions. EARL OF CROMEll ambassador to U.S. Spacecraft to study radiation WASHINGTON (AP) Two spacecraft carried by a single launch rocket have been sent into orbit as part of a study of radiation and man's ability to maintain Ms balance, the space agency announced today. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said two live frogs were passengers in one part of an experiment to measure the workings of their inner ears, which are similar to a human's. The other spacecraft carried equipment to study space radia- tion and meteorites. Pi IW ear ner LONDON (AP) The new British a m b a s s a d o r to the United States is an outspoken banker who says "it will be im- portant to explain to the Ameri- cans why we must move closer to Europe." The government announced today that the 52-year-old Earl of Cromer, head of the great 19th century banking family of Baring, will replace journalist- politician John Freeman in Brit- ain's No. 1 diplomatic post. Cromer was British economic minister in Washington from 1959 to 1961, and for the next five years was governor of the Bank of England. His plain speaking in that post was at times a thorn to both the Con- servatives who appointed him and the Laborites who inherited him in 1964. But his prestige in the international banking world was considered a major factor in the rescue of the pound early ii the Labor term. Many observers also credit Cromer with a decisive influ- ence in the June election that brought Prime Minister Edward Heath to power. Speaking oh television, he challenged the Labor Government's claim that it had strengthened the nation's economy by wiping out the bal- ance-of-payments deficit. "When you take a closer look nt it, as bankers do, Hie figures are not so glamorous as they appear on the he said. C r o m e r's appointment to Washington drew cheers in Brit- ish financial circles, but The Financial Times warned that his success "will depend partly upon whether he can establish a close personal relationship with the president." BAGHDAD (Renter} An Iranian DC-3 airliner on a local flight was hijacked lo Baghdad today by nine youths between 18 and 25, the Iraqi news agency quoted Baghdad airport sources as saying., Democrats gain iii voting BONN (AP) West German Chancellor Willy Brandt faced his conservative' opposition with new confidence today after the junior partner in his coalition government made an unex- pected show of strength in the Hesse state election. The Free Democrats won 10.1 per cent of the vote Sunday, 3.4 per cent more than the party polled in the last federal elec- tion in September, 1069. Three Free Democrats in the lower house of the federal parliament defected to the opposition Chris- tian Democrats last month, cut- ting Brandt's majority in the Bundestag to six votes. A poor showing in Hesse might have touched off more defections, which could have brought down the government. TOUR Of LONDON'S MARBLE AND PORCELAIN PALACES Some thirty tourists look part in a historic three-and-a-half mile pilgrimage through public lavatories of interest in London Sunday night. In this picture, tour guide Keith Baverstock, resplendent in a Prince Albert beard, with tiny Union Jack-fluttering from his jacket leads the male section of the tour from the public convenience at Waterloo Bridge. The "Good too Tour" called ot 32 public conveniences of historic and architectural interest. Visit public lavatories given unique LONDON (AP) London's first "Good Loo Top" took 30 tourists on a pilgrim- age Sunday night through the British capital's more inter- esting public lavatories. Piloted by ,1 sightseeing firm caEed See Britain, the tourists visted 32 public con- loos, as they arc known in his- toric or architectural interest. They ranged from Dr. Samuel Johnson's second-floor fixture hidden in a window box to the segregated facilities of the Lincoln's Inn law courts, where the cubicles were allot- ted (o "ten- ants" and "ladies." Tour guide Keith Baver- slock, iu a Prince Albert beard with tiny Union Jack decorating his quilted jacket, provided a witty and erudite commentary on the marble and porcelain palaces. Tb.2 tour began on the Strand, at Charing Cross rail- way station, whose nso-Grc- cian sanitary appointments Baverstock dismissed as "completely unmemorable mainly for bus conduc- tors and taxi drivers who re- quire its all-night availabil- ity." But ho hod high praise fcr the Edwardian elegance oi the gents' room at the Savoy Hotel, where a coat and lie were needed for admission, and for Uie "contemporary stainless slecl and glass magnificence of Hie Trafalgar Square public lavatory, where he found llin hot sir hand dryers, operated by foot pedal, cf particular note. He also commended the "su- premely intellectual graffiti carved in the oaken doors of the loos at the British Mu- seum, "located just beyond !he Rosctta Stone." The pilgrims wound Iheir way through the darkened stalls cf Covent Garden Mar- ket lo visit "the only religious loo in London. There under the pillars of St. Paul's Church, where Henry Higgiiis first met Eliza Doolittle, steps wound down to a gentleman's facility of more than passing interest, "be- cmise the attendant's room, part of the church crypt, still has the oven where bsdfcs were cremated during the Great Plague.'1 Tiie sources said the twin-en- gined plane had refuelled here and would be allowed to leave later for Tehran with its occu- pants, but without the hijackers. The report did not identify the group which seiged the plane on its way from Dubai, in the Tru- cial states, to the Iranian gulf port of Bandar Abbas, with a reported 17 persons aboard. A Reuter correspondent in Dubai said that among the plane's 14 passenges were six prisoners being extradited to Iran under guard by two Dubai policemen. The plane was the second lo be hijacked from Dubai. The first was the ill-fated BOAC VC40 seized by Arab comman- dos during September's multi- plane hijacking and later blown up in tha Jordan desert. The Iranian DC-3 landed at Doha, in the oil sheikhdom of Qatar, for refuelling before heading for Baghdad. The pilot warned airport au- thorities there that no cne mist approach the plane except for ground crew to do the refuel- ling. When Ihe plane approached Baghdad, the airport told the pilot, identified only as an American named Jordan, that it did not agree to his landing there. But he replied he did not have enough fuel to go else- where. issues warning From THE HAGUE (CP) U.S. congressman Will Hays, presi- dent of the North Atlantic As- s e m b 1 y, warned today that some U.S. troops may be with- drawn from Europe. But the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said consideration of any cuts now would be "premature and harmful." Representative Hays (Dem.- Ohio) delivered the warning in a speech prepared for the open- ing of the assembly's annual session. The group brings to- g e I h e r legislators from all members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization except Greece. "If a few thousand men were to be withdrawn to the United Hays said, "this would not imply either a weakening of our resolve nor a real weaken- ing of our capability to play our due part in the common de- fence." Batman marries HOLYWOOD (AP) TV's ex-Batman searched Sunday for his personal batmobile, stolen a day earlier as he at- tempted to make his getaway after getting married. Actor Adam West, who por- trayed Batman on television, found after his marriage to Marcelle Lear. 29, that his pri- vate, car had been stolen. West, 41, said the car was loaded with champagne, ers and wedding gifts. today is a very drunk, very happy car he said. MONTREAL (CP) A sensa- tional break in Montreal's ter- rorist kidnappings appears to have given police a new slant in the search for British envoy James (Jasper) Cross, snatched from his home just five we.eks ego today. Bernard Lortie, 19-year-old student who was one of five sought in connection with the kidnappings, told a coroner's jury at length Saturday that he helped three other men kidnap Pierre Lapoite Oct. 10 but was not present when the Quebec labor minister was strangled a week later. Lortie's testimony at the in- quest was regarded as surpris- ingly full and one report said he gave police additional informa- tion not disclosed at the public hearing regarding the activities of two cells of the Front de Lib- eration dn Quebec allegedly in- volved in the kidnapping. Police indicated they believe Mr. terrorist photos of the victim give added hope that he is alive and still held somewhere within Mont- real city limits. One report said police were concentrating (heir hunt In the mid-city area bounded by the north-south streets University and Atwater and tiie east-west streets St. Antoinc and Pine. That area barely misses en- closing Itcdpath Crescent, t h e affluent slrcet on the slopes of Mount Royal where the British diplomat was at gunpoint from his home Oct. 5. Redpath Crescent runs northward Irom Pine. The Saturday inquest heard evidence from one witness that three men with the Christian names Jacques, Pierre and Alain had been mentioned as the probable abductors of Mr. Cross. Lortie's arrest came four days after government offered up to SI50.000 in rewards for information in the kidnappings of the two men, both 49 years of age. Mr. Cross was kidnapped Oct. 5. The government has offered his abductors safe passage to Cuba in return for his release. The Front do Liberation du Quebec, outlawed under the War Measures Act proclaimed Oct. Ill, has claimed it is re- sponsible for both kidnappings. Caught iu apartment The biggest break so far in the massive police search re- sulting from the kidnappings came about 7 p.m. Friday, when police surrounded an apartment building at 3720 Queen Mary Hoad and led Lor- tie out in handcuffs. Also arrested were Richard Then-ion, his sister Colette, and Frandne Delisle, all in their early 20s, who rented an apart- ment in tiie building in Septem- ber. Marcel. Champagne, 53, jani- tor in the. apartment building, said Miss Th'enien had said she wa.? a teacher, Then-Jen a stu- dent, and Miss Delisle a nurse. Michel Champagne, 22, son of the janitor, said a girl who lived near Apt. 12 told him she heard the following conversation as police entered: "You're Lortie." "No, I'm Bolduc." "No, we know you're Lortie." The younger Champagne said police handcuffed Lortie's hands behind him, then led him out with his back toward the janitor and his son. "We had no idea that the guy who kidnapped Laporte was up- said the shaken janitor. "My wife has been sick and nervous ever since." Police later shoxved the Cham- pagnes about 20 photos, several of women, but "we didn't recog- nize any of said the son. Every apartment in the build- ing was searched and Apt. 12 was padlocked by police. Warrants were issued Oct. 18, two days after the Laporte slay- ing, for Paul Rose, 27, and Marc Carbonneau, 37, wanted for kidnapping both Laporte and Cross. More warrants went out Oct 23 for Lortie, Jacques Rose, 23, and Francois Simard, 23, for conspiracy to kidnap Mr. La- porte. Lortie and Mrs. Jean-Paul Rose, mother of Paul and Jacques, were the major wit- nesses as the inquest opened. Mrs. Rose said she, her sons and Simard were on a trip to Texas when they heard of the Cross kidnapping Oct. 5. She said the three men drove hard to get back to Montreal by Qet 8 and mentioned en route that the Cross kidnapping was "probably the work cf Jacques, Pierre and unidentified in testimony. Called kidnap stupid The sobbing woman said her son Paul felt the Cross kidnap- ping was stupid because FUJ ransom demands wouldn't be met "for a man like that." Lortie said he and the others belonged to the Chenier cell of the FLQ and had been planning for some time to kidnap some- one. He said he met Paul Hose last summer at ,a hippie hostel near the Gaspe resort town of Perce. The four called the Laporte home shortly before the kidnap- ping, were told Mr. Laporte had just stepped out, and drove to MJ home to find him running for a football across the street. He said Paul Rose shoved Mr. Laporte into the car at gun- point. At the St. Hubert bungalow, Mr. Laporte was chained to a bed as police made nearby raids. "The poh'ce were in the said and La- porle was pretty nervous. We w-ere nervous too." The kidnappers ran out ot money and used Mr. La- porte had to buy barbecued chicken. They look turns watch- ing him round-the-clock. Lortie said Mr. Laporte tried to crash through a window in the bungalow Oct. 16 and gashed himself on the chest and arms, bleeding heavily. The wounds were bound. Then Lortie left the bungalow at nightfall, travelling by bus and subway to Montreal to meet Pan! Rose, who himself had left two days earlier because he was avare he was being followed. Lortie said hs told Rose what had happened at the bungalow and was given an address by Rose where he stayed 10 days. He didn't disclose the address. He then moved to the Queen Mary Road apartment, sharing it with the Therriens and Miss Dclisle. Volunteers evidence Wcfc think I'll stay home this He declined both legal counsel and Ihe proleclion of Hie Can- ada Evidence Act, giving his testimony, as he put it, "freely and voluntarily." When testimonyis given under the evidence act, it may no'; be used against the witness later unless perjury is involved. Phalcs of Mr. Ldporle's body were displayed al the inquest. His contorted face was hardly recognizable, his wrists, shoul- ders and chest were gashed, and there was an ugly mark about his neck, left by Ihe reli- gious medallion chain with which he was strangled. Medical evidence ruled out torture. Doctors said the cuts were consistent with an attempt to dive out a window-. Lortie said the group bought automatic rifles at a pawnshop on Notre Dame Street in Mont- real. He said they were armed during Iho kidnapping and Mr. Laporte offered no resistance. Tile witness Mid IJhe kidnap- pers wore a false mustache, Jacques Rose a grey wig, Paul Rose a blonde wig and Lortie a sort of mask. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN arising as to w h o is responsible for car damage after Edna Sand parked car crooked in ren- ovated garage with wiper- wide door and husband Sam backed out straight, result- ing in long scratch Can- cer Society president .John Gogo finding himself "short one band" as ho invited guests Id riso for Tiie Queen as tiie Miss Hope conies! end- ed had only Micrieo from tlw Conner band area, ;