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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta November lift THt kfTHtMDOl HERALD- Chile stomachs still rumble as turmoil settles By ROBERT 0. OHMAN SANTIAGO Smash- ed windows have been buildings repainted to blot out scrawled slogans and food is back on grocery shelves as the new military junta begins what it describes as two years of national reconstruction. But the grumbling remains. The food is there but the cost 'is high. seems to be money and no food or food and no remarked one woman shopper in a super- market. While Salvador Allende was wages went up and consumers had money but food and other ne- cessities were scarce. Gradually Chile is settling down. Windows smashed in street fighting that followed the Sept. 11 coup against the Allende government have been replaced. Slogans scrawled by angry political opponents during Allende's three-year administration have been blotted out. Wooden scaffolding marks the start of repairs on the downtown presidential palace where Allende perished with a score of his bodyguards before the army's final tank-led assault. The junta says he committed others say he was murdered. Curfew eased The curfew has been starting at 11 instead of 8 and evening strollers are returning to the sidewalks. Restaurants are open once again for a late dinner Military patrols are less evi- dent. Only occasional shots are heard during the night. Junta leaders say produc- tion losses resulted from cons- tant political demonstrations under the Allende gov- ernment. Now there are no rallies and there is more work. Government banks and many factories used to have a two-day weekend. Now the minimum work week is 48 with banks and public offices open Saturday mornings. Chileans appear resigned to authoritarian rule. Even leaders of the Chris- tian Democrat the country's largest single political were unusual- ly quiet when junta leaders hinted the military would re- main in power at least two years. is too early yet to tell ex- actly what their course will one noting that the junta has taken into adminis- trativt positions many tech- nocrats from the previous Christian Democrat adminis- tration of Eduardo Frei. For the conservative National the coup had been expected and supported. Politics curtailed These two major parties are still legal but their activities have been by the junta. Opposition normally would come from the Socialists and other small par- ties that fashioned Allende's winning Popular Unity coalition. But their leaders are in jail or have fled. Most people who voted for Allende do not talk to strangers. They say they fear they may be named as leftists by informers and picked up in the many military searches. Many others welcome the enforced peace as they recall the street disturbances that preceded the military rising. would be closed for three days a week by strikes and then we would have to shut down again because of the riots and tear said the owner of a small restaurant. The military stopped the bitter feuding but the cost was bloody. Government figures report 513 persons killed in the 94 men executed either when captured or after conviction by military more than persons arrested with nearly still held in San- tiago's soccer stadium or jails throughout the country. A total of foreigners and Chileans are seeking asylum in foreign embassies with all but 203 now having left the country Figures challenged Unofficial estimates of the casualties from other sources are higher. They place the death from fighting at more than and about 100 per- sons killed while allegedly try- ing to in addition to the 94 executions acknowledg- ed by the government. Four leftist daily new- spapers in Santiago were and the six remaining papers are under tight govern- ment scrutiny. Although the junta may suc- ceed in achieving at least a temporary political the more pressing problem is Chile's tattered economy. Allende had vowed to lead the country toward socialism. He began by nationalizing U.S. holdings in the big copper mines and hundreds of smaller foreign and Chilean pushing land imposing rigid price controls and printing millions of escudos for pay raises that quickly became lost in record inflation. cooking poultry and cigarettes faded from the stores and could only be found on the flourishing black market at prices many Chileans could not pay. The junta removed nearly all price controls and said the country would follow the free market with supply and demand determining costs. Aid rushed The United States-agreed to send more than a million tons of wheat to imports of Argentine beef were increased Merchants hauled out dusty television radios and other appliances from basements where they had been taken after inflation made them loss items. there is bread daily and in a variety of loaves. Toothpaste has reappeared. Toilet poultry and pork remain scarce but available to determined shoppers. Cans of coffee are piled in pyramids in the super- markets. A new exchange system has placed the basic escudo rate at 285 for a dollar. These are some of the new prices with increases in A or 2.2 of escudos a kilo of 300 urban bus 13 theatre To soften the the junta decreed a minimum wage of escudos a month .and ordered bonuses or two extra months' pay between October and Jan. pending a salary readjustment at the first of the year. Junta leaders have said they will act if costs for basic necessities go too high. They have told Chileans they should buy less and as supplies merchants will have to sell for less. Many middle-class house- wives can do going to the pantries that they stuffed last year with canned spa- cooking oil and other hard-torget articles. ByGarw Fawcatte outerfwtfr NOISE LEVELS RlSlNQ EVEN IN THE HOME .ANEW LATEX PAINT IS NOW BEING DEVELOPED WITH A REARRANGED MOLECU- LAR STRUCTURE WHICH DAMPS VIBRATION AND PROVIDES AN ACTUAL SOUND- ABSORBENT COATING... By CHARLES FOLEY THE PRICE OF A PRESIDENT SAN Calif. President Truman's family used to travel by train and paid out of their own pockets for the com- partment. President Woodrow WilMn zipped about in a hone- drawn refusing to ride in the Presidential limousine in a save-fuel gesture during World War I. President Thomas Jefferson paid for all food con- sumed at white House and left office in debt. But those as the American taxpayer knows to his are long and when President Richard Nixon flies in for a few days at the Western White House here with his it will be aboard one of five comfortably-fitted Boeing 707 jets that make up the front line of his air fleet. Then he will hop into one of the 16 sound- proofed Presidential helicopters for the flip from the airport and nuke the latt stage of the journey in one of the 30 cars in the White House pool. The princely life-style of the American is being questioned with growing heat by press and public now that the final estimates of Govern- ment spending on Mr. Nixon's homes are in. And the furore over San Clemente with its heating and flagpole and the rest has caus- ed many to ask whether some limit cannot be put on the cost of the presidency. No one can be quite sure what that cost is but certainly Mr. Nixon has been America'smost expensive chief executive. The trappings of of- the perks of are un- ique in and they outstrip by far those of any other world leader. The President's salary of a plus for expenses British Prime Minister Edward Heath's is not an item that many Americans would it after about level with the pay of the president of a giant cor- poration. Nor does the public show in- dignation over the costly grandeurs of the White with its full-time staff of 96 maids and other a chief ex- ecutive is entitled to all the ceremony and security he wants in entertaining his fellow heads of and the official White House budget less than million is not considered excessive by veterans at the of- fice of management and budget. Semi-official estimates of the total cost of the Presidency range up to million a spread over various the the defence department and so on. But in this wealthy land not that sum makes a deep im- pression on the American ma- jority. What the public seem to find against the current background of galloping inflation and are the little that for ex- or recollections of Mr. Nison's remarks in the past about sacrifice and the work ethic versus welfare At this time of it is plea- sant out here at San Clemente. The poinsettias are beginning to the autumnal weather is perfection an Indian summer of blue warm winds and mellow Pacific prospects. The dazzling white the red- tiled roofs of La Casa Pacifica Mr. Nixon's Western White House since 1969 are all hidden from the road by all that the trees and land- scaping provided by the secret service and the general services administration. But the uproar over those little the swimming pool the ice-making the den furnishings and the hat persuaded local of- ficials that the presidential property is not and its value is to be re-appraised. As a Mr. Nixon's Californian land now could jump to A large slice of the San Clemente outlay went on the creation of an office complex ad- joining the Casa but the critics ask why the and his army of needs to conduct the nation's business from the Californian retreat. Surely the Washington White House and the retreat at Camp are Costs for Camp David's 180 acres of have quadrupled. Sears What a wonderful chance to get yourself a new fine fabric coat... and at a price one doesn't expect to see too Shown here are only 3 of our great group. Assorted tweeds and plains in warm wool blends. All are lavished with genuine dyed lamb fur. Double and single- cuffed or not Rayon sahn linings are Perma-f reshed with SANI'GARD. Interlined. Chamois to waist at back. Come and see for yourself if these are not terrific buys in every way. Not all sizes in all styles. Jrs' Misses' 10-20. iMlfc I tii- -YV _t. s Simpsons-Sears Ltd. At Slfflptona-Seara you get the finest guarantee. 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