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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, November 12, 1974 Tories want attack on organized crime OTTAWA (CP) The Pro- gressive Conservatives will urge the government today to launch a broad attack on organized crime in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Almost the entire day in the Commons will be devoted to a debate on a resolution by Claude Wagner (PC-St. Hya- cinthe) recommending a co- ordinated federal-provincial attack on Mafia operations in Quebec, loan-sharking in On- tario and illegal drug traffick- ing in British Columbia. But no formal vote is sched- uled at the end of the day and it is doubtful whether much will be accomplished. The resolution merely pro- vides a forum for debate dur- U.S. energy chief likely to withdraw WASHINGTON (AP) An- drew Gibson was expected to withdraw under fire as Presi- dent Ford's candidate to head the Federal Energy Adminis- tration but may be of- fered a different government post, administration sources said Gibson's selection to head the FEA has become controversial because of his connections with Interstate Oil Transport Co a Philadelphia oil-barge and tanker company. In 1972, the Federal maritime Administration granted a 6-milhon sub- sidy to a tankerbuilding ven- ture which benefitted Inter- state Oil Gibson was Maritime administrator at the time and the subsidy was sign- ed by his deputy, Robert Blackwell. Six months later Gibson became president of Interstate. While he held that job, Interstate applied for a new subsidy from Blackwell, who had moved up to maritime administrator. Gibson left Interstate last May with a guarantee of million for his services of only 14 months, and Interstate got its second subsidy last July. Profit curb seen for oil industry NEW YORK (AP) The chairman of the American Petroleum Institute said to- day results of last week's general election in the United States add to the probability Congress will enact tax legislation aimed at curbing oil industry profits. Charles Spahr, who also is chairman of Standard Oil Co. of Ohio, said- "We must conclude that Congress will consider and act upon tax legislation. What we must hope for and work for is good legislation Directors of the largest oil trade group in tne U.S. gave unanimous approval Monday WINTER GAMES And YOU! From 11 to 23 of will hoil Canida Winter you a eitiztn unique opportunity to Vnturt the success of the by volunteering your of t-ip volunteer cate- gories c h need your help to a resolution opposing im- position of any punitive tax measures on the industry. The resolution, however, reaffirm- ed support of retention of the industry's controversial depletion tax allowance for both domestic and foreign operations. The renewed endorsement of full depletion was a move to heal differences between inde- pendent operators and some major companies. The Independent Petroleum Association of America argued two weeks ago some major companies not only had failed to show any visible sup- port of percentage depletion but had indicated a willingness to swap the allowance for decontrol of oil prices The resolution expressed opposition to excess profits taxes but made no reference to oil price-rollback proposals. Only the failure of congress to override presiden- tial vetoes prevented the enactment of such proposals earlier this year. Convict admits killings Scorers tnnouncrrs Ham Operators Dispatchers Switchboard Operators Information Booth Work Results Network Staff Doctors Nurses St. Mvt s Ambulance Physiotherapist lilmjuil Secretarial Office Assistance Ithlete Refistratioti Runners Owe Ci' DTTP Trurk Drnre lus Warehouse Mp Handlers Mantlmi Equip Facilities Maintenance Janrtonj' Stafl Seamstress Waitress lusboys and Girts MONTREAL (CP) The Star says escaped convict Ar- thur Gagnier. in an open letter to Solicitor-General Warren Allmand, has admitted to kill- ing a doctor and policeman in a Nov 2 armed robbery. Gagnier. still at large and sought on a Canada-wide war- rant in connection with the murders, sent the original letter to Star reporter Paul Dubois asking that it be made public and then delivered to Mr Allmand The Star says Mr Allmand turned the 16-page letter over to the RCMP "because there's an admission of guilt to murder ing what has been designated a Commons opposition day, one of the 25 sitting days allotted each session for business chosen by the opposi- tion parties. Mr Wagner, a Quebec justice minister and judge before entering federal politics in 1972, will ask the government in the motion to "act directly and through the prov- protect the public and to bring these criminals to justice." He was not available for ela- boration in advance, but is ex- pected to deliver a major speech on a series of criminal activities. Underworld activities, par- ticularly in Montreal, have been the target of his criticism in the past. The topic of loan-sharking came up in the Commons last week when Allan Lawrence Durham) complained that "exorbitant if not extor- tionate" interest rates are be- ing charged by small money- lenders in Ontario. Mr Lawrence was Ontario attorney-general before resigning in 1972 to run federally for the Conser- vatives. Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet said the govern- ment is considering legisla- tion to clamp down on small- time, unethical loan operations. West Coast drug trafficking was given national attention last month when RCMP offi- cers, working on information supplied fay an undercover agent, conducted a series of raids, arresting several sus- pects and seizing large quan- tities of heroin. Several high-level law en- forcement officials and a number of MPs have com- plained that heroin-trafficking is out of control in Vancouver. A Conservative spokesman said it was decided not to press for a vote on Mr. Wagner's motion because the primary goal is to draw atten- tion to organized crime. House rules allow formal votes on only a limited number of resolutions debated during opposition days. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Members of the United Mine Workers (UMW) began a strike early today that will shut off three-quarters of the coal production in the United States for at least two weeks. There were few visible signs of the strike, since miners tra- ditionally do not picket in UMW contract disputes. They simply do not show up for work. "This strike may last a lot longer than most people said miner Paul Runyon, sitting in a tavern at Eskdale in the heart of the West Virginia coal area. "It could last as long as two months." Many miners expect a strike of that length, although UMW President Arnold Miller and coal operators were predicting a strike of between two and three weeks if agree- ment can be reached in a day or two on a new contract for the union's members. The extra time would be need- ed for UMW members to ratify the agreement. Nixon sent CIA to thwart FBI, prosecutors claim WASHINGTON (CP) Prosecutors at the Watergate coverup trial attempted Mon- day to show a complex scheme to use one federal U.S. agency to short circuit the Watergate investigation of the other. Prosecutors interlaced taped segments of three June 23. 1972, White house conver- sations with the testimony of then top CIA and FBI of- ficials. Today the trial was schedul- ed to focus on the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged hush money to the original seven Watergate defendants Deputy CIA Director Vernon Walters said Monday he was summoned to the White House June 23, six days after the original break-in at Democratic national com- mittee headquarters in the Watergate building complex. Walters said he was directed by defendant H R. Haldeman to call then acting FBI director Patrick Gray and advise him that Central Intelligence Agency resources in Mexico would be jeopardiz- ed if the FBI continued its probe into the financing of the break-in Walters, then on the job for only a month, said he carried out this assignment almost immediately, although at the time he could find no CIA connection to Watergate. He testified that he thought it was possible that Haldeman knew of some CIA operation of which he was unaware. The jury then heard the first of the three tape segments on which then president Richard Nixon is heard giving his ap- proval to use the CIA to per- suade Gray that the FBI was about to expose sensitive CIA operations The last contract strike- three years 45 days. The strike is the first for Miller since he took over the reins of the UMW in January, 1973. "I'm disappointed with the progress we Miller said following bargaining sessions in Washington Mon- day night The chief industry negotiator, Guy Farmer, said he, too, was disappointed, but said some progress had been made. Farmer, who had earlier predicted that a contract would be settled by last weekend, said, "I believe definitely we can have it by the end of the week." For all practical purposes, most UMW miners shut down operations Saturday, although loading and stockpiling con- tinued at some facilities under contract rules for Sundays and holidays. Only a few mines' were reported working Mon- day Veterans Day. One of the first industries to feel the crunch will be the railways serving the mines. Some railways were set to make their first layoffs today. Car sales slump sends more workers home Medal fare's Ml leys and Cirts 13 vtmul n to n tot "-'y 3 OOP mlorfnartion to the operator (0) k 'O' ZENITH ftttt from 27-0626 or contact coordinator ur region. Come In and See Our Large Selection of MEN'S WINTER BOOTS IN NOW AT OPEN THURSDAY TILL 9P.M. MflftflNJQ WORLD OF SHOES 317ASiJtth Street South DETROIT (AP) A sour- ing economy and slumping new car sales sent another 625 United States workers to the unemployment lines this week to the growing jobless ranks. On Monday, General Motors assemblers began in- definite layoffs. Ford Motor Co. laid off workers in- definitely and Chrysler Corp laid off Hamtramck, Mich .workers for the week. With new car sales off to their worst start in a decade, the auto companies have 53.- 000 workers on indefinite layoff and another scheduled for long-term layoffs within the next three weeks. In addition, workers are on one-or two-week layoffs as a result of plant closings brought on by poor demand for new cars The layoffs and stagnation in the new car market, have prompted some industry spokesmen to say the industry is in the midst of its worst recession since 1958. However, the chairman of American Motors said Mon- day that the firm plans to increase its Kenosha, Wis., work force by employees in January. Roy Chapin said the additions would raise employment there to 14.000. up from three years ago AMC has been hurt less by the industry sales slump than the other automakers. Chrysler chairman Lynn Townsend, who has seen the firm's car sales fall 20 per cent from last year's levels, said he believes the industry as well as the in a recession Irving Bluestone. United Auto Workers vice-president, said auto workers are facing depression-like conditions. Auto sales in October, nor- mally a strong selling period, fell 27 per cent from the year before to their lowest point in 10 years. In contrast, sales in Canada were said to be good. Through the first 10 months of 1974, car deliveries were off 21 per cent from the cor- responding period in 1973. News In brief Snow hits southern B.C. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Most of southern British Columbia was buried under an eight-inch snowfall Monday as a huge Pacific disturbance moved cooler northern air into the area. Heavy snow was still falling in most areas late Monday but warmer weather was predicted for today. Warrant signed for earl LONDON (Reuter) Scot- land Yard today took out a warrant for the arrest of the Earl of Lucan after a murder at his London home. The earl, 39, had been sought since last Thursday night when his estranged wife, the 35-year-old countess, dash- ed screaming from her London home and told of how a children's nurse had been battered to death in the house. Strike halts B.C. Rail VANCOUVER (CP) All British Columbia operations except those on the docks here and at the new car shop in Squamish were ex- pected to be shut down at 6 a.m. today. An llth hour meeting between management and representatives of five shopcraft unions failed to resolve the contract dispute which has already shut down the railway's northern operations. U.S. eyes grain reserve RICK ERVIN photo Warm spot Taking advantage of the unlicenced freedom the feline population enjoys in this city, a neighborhood cat soaks up the heat from a recently operated vehicle on a frosty Southern Alberta morning. "Coal strike may last as long as two months' WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford's administra- tion is keeping open the possibility of setting up some form of government-owned grain reserve in the United states as part of an inter- national effort to combat world hunger, says a source who attended a White House meeting. But Kenneth Frick, a farm policy official in the agriculture department, said he believes administration policy has ruled out federally- owned reserves. Tape agreement 'inadequate' WASHINGTON (AP) A new agreement giving the spe- cial Watergate prosecutor ready access to tapes and documents of Richard Nixon's administration is "totally Democratic of Senator Gaylord Nelson Wisconsin said Monday. Nelson, author of Senate- passed legislation that would retain government custody of the materials, said the agree- ment does not provide ade- quate access for the public. Flight recorder found REA POINT, N.W.T. (CP) The flight recorder from a Panarctic Oils Ltd. plane that crashed Oct. 30 killing 32 per- sons has been found, ministry of transport (MOT) officials said Monday The recorder is designed to record radio transmissions to and from the plane. There was no immediate indication where the recorder was found or what its condition was. Cyanide suspect charged HOUSTON. Tex. (AP) A chemist testified Monday that Ronald Clark O'Bryan, charg- ed with murder in the trick-or- treat candy poisoning of his son, asked him about the use of cyanide less than two months before Halloween. Earlier Monday, state dis- trict Judge Wallace Moore signed a five-count indictment against O'Bryan, 30, charging him with capital murder in the death of his eight-year-old son Timothy and the attempted murder of four other children. Fifteen miners killed RUSTENBURG, South Africa (Reuter) Fifteen miners, 13 Africans and two whites, are feared dead after torrential rains sent a huge wave of mud and slime sweep- ing across the surface of the Impala platinum mine here, a company spokesman said today The dam of slime, banked up on the edge of the mine after the extraction of platinum, broke Monday after the rains and seven miners were then feared to have been engulfed Chile to free prisoners SANTIAGO (Reuter) Chile's military government, apparently seeking a propa- ganda victory over the Soviet Union and Cuba, today pre- pared to release 100 political prisoners as the first batch of groups which might total within a few weeks. Most of the prisoners have been detained since the ruling junta overthrew the left wing government of the late presi- dent Salvador Allende in Sep- tember, 1973. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE A Mars in the fall. MOSCOW