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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, Novembsr 16, 1971 THE LETHBRIDOt HERALD 5 Meyer Lansky, underworld genius (Concluded from Front Page) Lansky is easily llio must heeded undenvurld leader, and for several goud reasons. First, lie lias survived longer than anyone in the underworld. In his 50 years in crime he lias only three months in jail. .Second, anyone who has as- sociated himself with Lansky lias made big money. Third, and most important, Lansky possesses the best brain in the underworld. It was Lansky who developed the world-wide network of cou- riers, middlemen, bankers and fronlmen IhaL allows the un- derworld to take profits from illegal enterprises, send them halfway around the world and then have !he money come back laundered clean to be in- vested in legitimate cusiness. The way this works is beau- tifully simple. Lansky's couri- ers take tile Mafia's "black profits from illegal activities (o secret bank ac- counts in Switzerland where middlemen in lake the money lit of the accounts and send it back to the states through various devices such "clean money" is then used and Abe Roles into the legitimate investments. There is no way to find out the ulti- mate source of the money be- cause JL can be traced back infamous Murder Inc. Murder Inc. ended the lives of an estimated BOO persons be- fore prosecutors Burton Turkus only to the Swiss banks and and the late Thomas E. Dcwey I bey won't divulge file names of moved forcefully against Iho depositors. New York mobs. In Europe, Lansky's c h i c t liugsy S'icgel wcnl lo Holly- watchdog and head of opera- wood, Calif., where he so- lions is John Pullman, a for- cialixcd with the movie stars he mer bootlegger who started out had always envied. And Lansky in the rackets with Lansky in flic 1920's. Lansky got an early start in crime. He was first picked up by the police when he was 1C. By the time he was 27, he had went to Hollywood, al- though he kept returning to New York where he kept an apartment until 1933. Tho top man, Lucky Luciano, refused to leave the centre of been arrested five times on! his operations at all. He was charges ranging from disorder-! ultimately convicted by Dcwey ly conduct to suspicion of hoini- j un so many counts of white c'ide. But not once were the no- j slavery that he was sentenced lice able to make the charges j to 50 years in prison. could do about expanding bis operations to the island. He found a willing listener in Ful- gencio Batista, the former army sergeant then in power, and the two made plans for turning Havana into a play- ground for the rich. World War II. however, put an end to this initial effort. During the war Lansky play- ed a key role in one of the strangest deals in which the U.S. government has ever been involved Operation Under- world. The full stoiy has never been told, but as it was out- lined during the Kefauver hear- ings, cided Naval intelligence de- that it needed the help of the Mafia to protect Kast Coast shipping from sabotage. Lucky Luciano was the only Benson: economy growing but not fast enough E. J. BENSON stick. For a time Lansky, Bugsy j the organization a favor. By Siesel, Louis Lepke and Lucky! compelling many of the re- Dew'ey in an indirect way did j man who could arouse the Ma- ___ yegel Luciano ran a factory in the maming leaders to leave New favor. By fia to such service, but he was j still in prison and not likely to be feeling patriotic. Bronx sections of New York to York, be forced them to spread The Nan- turned to Luciano's extract morphine from an opi-1 their' operations and make the attorney. Moses Polakoff, who Each man had other things going. Lepke, for one, teamed up Gurrah Shapiro to -..........__...... recruit a group of vicious con- as mortgages and loans. This I tract killers like Albert Ana- Lansky, for one, built a whole new cm'pire in Southern Flori- da and the Caribbean by imitat- ing the Cleveland group. With Florida secure, be went on to Cuba in 1837 to see what he for inflation By DAVE Md.NTOSH OTTAWA (CP) Whatever is causing inflation, the governor- general's salary is part in it. Governor-General Michener's annual Govcrnor-Generfl gar's salary in playing no Roland salary is Lord Lis- 1E71 was the equivalent then of Federal depuU make as much year. rio'.v a should be permitted in the Com- mons. It is even finding it a little dif- ficult to arrange closed meet- ings to discuss the issue. There now is considerable doubt that the committee will arrive at any decision this year. A publicity-seeking Montreal nboi.'kccper (old reporters the prime minister's wife had spent "less than in Irs store. He was right. Mrs. Trudeau had spent S40. Don Peacock, former manag- ing editor of the Calgary Alber- tan jusl appointed press secre- tary to the Canadian high com- in London, has com- pleted his second book on Prime Minister Trudeau. It is expected to be published next spring. Tentative tille: Pierre Trucleau's Conservative Revolution. Mr. Peacock is a former aide Pierre I Pr'me minister Lester Pear- son. His first book on Mr. Tru- i Mrs. Trudeau sull does not take to the necessary security thst follows her arnnnd. During a recent evening at the National Arts Centre, the two Mounties in mufti guarding Mrs. Trudeau somehow both got seats to her left. She made her exit to the right and they had to scramble all the way round the auditorium to catch up with her. There is no word, official or otherwise, whether Mrs. Tru- deau will have her baby, due in December, in a hospital or at 24 Sussex Drive, the prime minis- terial residence. An aide to Mr. Trudeau said the public will find out when the time comes. deau was Power. calicd Journey to Negotiations are still in prog- ress between Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield and Claude Wagner, former Quebec Liberal justice minister, on whether the latter is willing to become the Conservative leader's Quebec lieutenant. A decision is expected next week. The Commons procedure com- mittee is still divided on whether television broadcasting Look for another big row in the Commons before long over parliamentary rules. More and more cabinet minis- ters arc becoming frustrated by the length of time it takes to push complicated bills through the Commons. Practically everybody says something should be done. But the opposition is extremely nervous about agreeing to strin- gent time limits on debate. It fears it would be throttled when it got its hands on a major issue that might be used to down the government. bring State Secretary Gerard Pelle- tier is becoming pretty inscruta- ble. To wit: "I think that the matter of submitting various reports to parliamentary committees is one that we should consider careftilly. Some of these reports are worth considering by a com- mittee; as for others, the com- mittee itself decides that they are not worthy of any consider- ation. A decision will have to be made in the light of the views of honorable members in this re- gard." e tion L I plaguing uiildlife j_ C7 GOV.GEN' MIC1IENER Molson Ltd. makes offer for Beaver MONTREAL (CP) Jlolson Industries Ltd. announced plans Mondav of a cash and slock offer for all the common and class A shares of Beaver Lum- ber Co., exclusive of stock held by U.S. residents "The offer is to be four Jlolson class A common shares and cash for each five common or five class A shares of Beaver Lumber. Molson estimated the value of the offer at S18 for each Beaver share based on the closing price for Molson stock. Beaver has common and class A shares out- standing, plus some convertible debt. Molson estimated the total value of the offer at between million and SCO million. Beaver Lumber, a Winnipeg- based building material firm Monday reported net earnings of million or 81 cents a share for the first nine months of 1971. up from million or 67 cents a share for the corre- sponding period in 1970. Molson said that under the terms of its offer, all tendered stock will be accepted, Beaver Lumber' common stock closed on the Toronto Stock Exchange "Monday a t urn base for tl.a illicit drug j syndicate truly national. promised to talk to bis client, market "Lanskv, for one, built a whole But he said he needed some- one with him whom Luciano would trust Meyer Lansky. For several months Polakoff and Lansky visited Luciano regularly, and ultimately got some kind of agreement from him. How much Luciano's co- operation contributed to the na- j lion's welfare is still a military secrel, but it certainly contri- buted lo Luciano's welfare. Lucky was paroled at war's end and allowed to return to his native Italy, on the condi- tion thai he wouldn't again sel foot in the Western Hemi- sphere. In exile Luciano continued to influence the syndicate, but ac- tive leadership passed to a tri- umvirate thai included Joe Adonis, Frank Costello and Meyer Lansky. Lansky worked feverishly lo lake advantage of the post-war boom by launching hundreds of new operations all over the country. He started real estate companies in several states; set up jukebox-distribution out- lets in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York; opened a string of new casinos that stretched from Miami. Fla., io Saratoga, N.Y. and bro'rcht into several television manufacturing and servicing companies. Then in 1950 the Kefauver Committee turned the spot- light on Lansky and America caught a glimpse of his power for the first time. The heat Ihe generated forced of- ficials in Florida and New York lo shul down his casinos and lo make noises aboul sending him lo prison. He was indicled for gambling violations in both states and an effort was start- ed to have him deported. But in the end he served only a three-month sentence in New York the first and last time Lansky ever went lo jail. At an age when several of his old partners in crime are selling their interests in the syndicate, setting up trusts for their children, and retiring, grateful to have the chance to die of natural causes, Lansky is still scanning the world for new outlets for Syndicate ac- tivities. Why doesn't he cash in his chips and retire? The only answer that seems to make sense is that he thrives on the challenges that go with being in the vanguard of organized crime. He spent most of his life try- ing to reach a position where he could play the big executive plans for vast new enterprises around the world, OTTAWA (CP) "The Cana-1 dian economy is now growing at an accelerating rale but is not yel growing rapidly Finance Minisler E. J. Benson lold the federal-provincial pre- miers conference Monday. Mr. Benson's nine-page stale-1 menl on Ihe economy contained j no surprises and followed Ihe same lines as his economic re- view given lo finance ministers at a meeting two weeks ago. "The rate of growth of pro- duction in Canada compares fa- vorably with Uiat of other major industrial he said. "Our 6.2-per-ccnt rate in the No surprises first half was matched only by Germany; in all other major countries the rates of growth of output were lower.'' Unemployment, however, was stiil a major problem. "In spite of the acceleration of demand and production and Name change at prisons OTTAWA (CP) Federal, prisons have had directors in-! employment, the even stead of wardens since Nov. 1. A spokesman in the solicitor general's department said here that the name change was decided on because there is no French word for warden. The French word direcleur direc- tor has been used instead. The change will also help dif- ferentiate federal prisons from provincial prisons and jails, which still use warden, the spokesman said. JOHANNESBURG (AP) People pollution is plaguing some of Africa's spectacular wildlife sanctuaries. It arises from too many hu- their cars and other va- cation paraphernalia in already crowded game parks. The problem facing the re- serves, as they arc called here, is this: one aim in saving wild- life is for people to come and look at them, but there comes a lime when this attraction may overwhelm the reserve itself. Coupled with traditional affl- ictions such as poachers, occa- sional drought and compelition among beasts, the animals arc under more pressure than ever. Packaged tours plus new ho- tels plus improved air service from other continents have strained facilities in some fa- mous sanctuaries in east Africa. MAKES .WHIM WOHK At liliodcsia's Wankic Na- tional Park more and more lime has lo be diverted lo ad- ministration at the expense of animals and habilal. Some rangers grumble thai they must waste lime seeing lo tho collec- tion of rubbish dropped by thoughtless visitor s. Other's gcr from year at Wankie scorched acres. More cars create more dust which forces animals away from viewing roads because the prit makes vcgelation bordering the road unpalatable. South Africa's Kruger Park has a nclwork of tarred roads. The speed limit is 20 miles an hour, but speed traps are neces- sary to curb violators. Kntger's lions adapted quickly both lo heavier traffic and hard surface roads. Some lions like to sleep on the sun-warmed tar on chilly days. About beds are available in a chain of pleasant camps which are surrounded by high fences. Visitors who take day trips into the reserve must lie out before the gates close al dusk. Hundreds arn turned away on weekends and holidays; authorities limit the daily quota of cars lo 3.500. Despite the controls, some ex- perts are convinced thai Kruger Park is polluted by people. One botanist contends that park ad- ministrators "don't think of it in terms of a balanced ecology." "They think of it in terms of Ihe number of tourists that ran mill Ihe increased dan- i he crammed inln it and Ihe rev SloT some up on a volume of .500 shares. The class A stock did not trade. Expanded farm sales sought OTTAWA (CP) Expanded sales of grain and other farm producls will be soughl in a mission to Japan and Hong Kong starling Nov. Ifi, Man- power Minislcr Otto Lang said today. In a statement. Mr. Lang said be will bo accompanied by com- missioners Charles W. Gibhings and Robert M. Esdale of the Canadian wheat board. Mr. Lang is minister responsible for the. hoard, main grain sales agent. Mr. Lang lo c-onfcr in Australia wilb his federal com-- lerpart there on the world mar- ket, situation. "1 believe we can expand our grain m a r k c t s considerably through Ihese lop level mccl- said the statement. making decisions that MANY STUPKNTS 'Hie total number of students Hi all levels m Norway during NEXT: Friendly Frank Sinatra Reprinted with permission of McGraw-Hill Book Com- pany, from the book THE MAFIA IS NOT AN EQUAL OPPORTTINITY EMPLOY- F.R by Nicholas Gage. Copy- rifilit 1971 Nicholas Gage. [ire. One blaze, last I ciiuc that can be earned." 11971-72 will be some V70.000. Heidelberg beer bollle dropped TORONTO (CP) Heidel- berg Brewing Co.. a division of Canadian Breweries Ltd.. has agreed to a request by the pro- vincial government to drop its keg shaped bntie. an an- nfiincrmcnt from the office of Premier William f.ii'l here The rhangoovcv lo regular shaped bottles was requested in the interest, of standardizing all beer packaged in the prov- ince, the announcement said. Returnable, re usable beer hollies could then be establish- ed throughout Ontario. Heidelberg was introduced in HI70 and its keg style bottle was designed a market tin1, advajitacc. faster growth of the labor force pushed the unemployment rate up again leaving a continuing serious problem." FEWER MEN JOBLESS Mr. Benson said unemploy- ment among adult males was lower last month than in Octo- ber of 1970. "Virtually the whole of the net increase in unemploy- ment since last October is at- tributable to the increase in un- employment among women." On the international economic scene, he supported the U.S.! view thai there must be an ad-! ju-tmenl of that country's im- balance in its balance of pay- mi-ms and an upward revalua- tion of other currencies in rela- tion lo the U.S. dollar. But improvements in the U.S. balance of payments should be sought through expansion of trade, not contraction, he said. Mr. Benson said the U.S. sur- tax on imports should bo re- moved and' that proposed mea- surcs lo give tax advantages to j US. export firms should be dropped. He said the Canadian govern-1 men', had protected its export- ing firms to some extent by in- fluencing Canadian borrowers not to go to the U.S. for funds. C'oi'i.i) HI: WOHSF. "Without a considerable re- duction in the net inflow of capi- tal, the Canadian dollar would undoubtedly have been stronger and the competitive position of our indur-trics weaker." Among encouraging signs he saw in ths Canadian economy- were sign of increases in the rale of inflation, now 3.5 per cent a year: ft.ii-per-cent increase In gross national product in the first nine mouths of this year compared with a 2.8-pcr-ccnt in- crease in the first nine months of 1970; of 234.000 jobs in the third quarter of 1970 com- pared with 113.000 in the same period last year. But "to provide the further economic growth required to ab- sorb our fasl-expanding labor force we need much more vigor- ous expansion of capilal invest- ment particularly in our manu- facturing industries." Government surveys indicated only a moderate increase ex- pected next year in investment in tile manufacturing sector. Greyhound earnings liiffher o CALGARY Grey- hound Lines of Canada Ltd. in- crcascd its earnings during the three quarters ended Sept. 30 to from in the firs' nine months of 1970. The 1971 earnings, which in- euklcd from the sale of land, were equivalent to 99 cents a share combined 69 cents a year earlier. Gross revenue ro5e to 151 from involve millions. He has extorted, rob- bed and murdered to get where he is, and now he can't give it all up, even though it means he can never enjoy his great wealth as long as he goes on. Meyer Lansky, a of men and laws for half a cen- tury, is himself a victim of his own dream. Where the traction is. The Story. Suburbanite winter tires are backed by more ihan 20 years of Goodyear winter tire experience. Thev're made to hnna'c the most severe driving conditions. And made to it's no surprise that they're the ir.cst popular tires on the road. But there's more to it than thai. Traction isn't easy to come by. Take a look at the tread. It's wide end flat and runs all the way lip the pidf to form a snow-qripping EhculJi.T. Take a closer lock. Notxv the unique interlo.vkir.ri "ladder cleaif." 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