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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbndge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 288 LETHBRJDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 54 PAGES Frank Sinatra friendly 111 NICHOLAS GAGE Xl'W Yolk Tillies "IT'RIENDSHIP is says the Mafia don in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather. "Friendship is more than talent. It Ls more than government. It is almost the equal of family. Never forget that." The Mafia leader addresses this advice to a cha- racter named Johnny Fontano, an Italian singer who revives his sagging career with a straight acting role. Many readers consider tltt career change to be one of numerous similarities between the fictitious Johnny Fontane and singer Frank Sinatra, who revived his career 19511 with his Academy Award-winning perform- ance in From Here to Eternity (The successful come- back allowed Sinatra to announce his retirement early in 1871 while at the top of his profession.) But these who know Sinatra well would realize that the similarity between Johnny Fontane and Frank Si- natra is superficial Sinatra, for instance, not need llic lecture on friendship from the Mafia don, For Sinatra has, for 30 years, honored his friendships with Matia leaders rvon though they hove tarnished his dajnaged ins business interests, and cost liim his amiahic relationship with the tale President John I'. Kennedy. Enduring friendships It is not at all unusual for singers to have tfl deal with gangsters, who have a stake in many of tho nightclubs where entertainers get. their start. But no other entertainer has ever built such acquaintances into enduring friendships. Although Sinatra has never been accused of parti- cipating in any illegal Mafia enterprises. Iw has visited the homes of Mafiosi, introduced them to women, and apparently allowed them to use his name to try to win favors from government officials. Sinatra did not limit his friendships with gangsters even after they shattered his carefully constructed con- tacts with John F. Kennedy. When Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960, the singer raised money for the young Senator, joined him on campaign trips, and praised him to everyone who would listen. When Kennedy was elected. Sinatra redoubled his efforts and devoted ten exhausting weeks to planning a gala party in Washington for the eve of the inaug- uration Tickets cost S100 to and Sinatra's ef- forts erased SI .4 million of campaign debts in a single night. No one doubted that Sinatra would be the fa- vored entertainer at the While House. But after a time things began to sour. The singer's relations with the President began to deteriorate after Robert Kennedy took office as Attor- ney General and launched a campaign against organ- ized crime in the United States. Before long, veteran investigators at the Justice Department complained that they did not understand how the administration could both wage war on the Mafia and welcome at the While House a man as closely tied to Mafia leaders as Frank Sinatra. Robert Kennedy ordered the organized crime sec- tion at the Justice Department to give him a report on Sinatra's Mafia associations Although the depart- ment had never imestigatcd Sinatra himself, surveil- lance of many of the leading gangsters in the country had produced indications of a relationship between the gangsters and the entertainer, and a Justice lawyer was set to work compiling all the scattered information into one special report. Honeymoon ends After Mir Jusiicc I'cpailmenl report, Rob- ert Kennedy felt it was significant enough to take to his brother. W h i 1 c President Kennedy w a s ex- amning it, an incident look place that fueled UK fire. A friend of Similra's Sam '-Hoc" Giancana, a leader of Ihe Maiia in Chicago become irked at Hie continual close surveillance, of FBI agents: He sent an aide lo tell the agents that lie, Giancana, wanted lo confer v. ilh Rolicrl Kennedy himself about ending Ihc r-nrvrilbii'-e. As for his mechanics of setting up such a meeting, the aide lold Hie agents: "Moc pay.s thai if Kennedy wants to talk, be should get in touch with Frank lo fd it. up.'' According lo one of Robert Kennedy's assistants, the Attorney Cieneral not only disregarded the invita- tion bui took the FBI report of the incident lo Ihc President. 'Ihe bciisccn the President, and Frank Sinatra was over. This became all loo clear when ,1FK lisilcd Palm Springs and stayed at. Ihe home of Ding 'Ihc special wing thai Sinatra hnd added fo his Palm Springs home, in anticipation of President Ken- nedy's was lo rem.-iin unoccupied. Sinatra learned from friends in the Kennedy circle that it. was Bobby Kennedy who had persuaded the President lo break with him, and the signer never forgave him As his mother once said of Sinatra. "My son is like me. You cross him, he never forgets." Onitiiwctl on Pauc. R Premier over BANGKOK (AP) Premier Thanom Kittikachorn took over absolute power in Thailand today. He dissolved the cabinet, abol- ished parliament and suspended the const.itut.ion. An announcement said Thanom heads a new revolution- ary council consisting of person- nel from the army, navy, air force, police forces and some civilian elements. Martial law was declared by the premier, a field marshal who has header! the predomi- nantly m 11 i t a r y government eight years. The pre m ier 's actions amounted (o a coup d'elat against, parliament, and was in effect a return to the conditions that prevailed before parlia- ment was reconstituted in There were 10 years of military rule before thai. T ha n o m 's predecessor, Sari I Thanarat. was also a field marshal, lie died in Seen and heard 1 About town >OOI.. plnyrr K mi rnnldrr wondering if n "half cir- cle'' pool cue. would i m prove Mi's shoot in because fho, "straight ones sure don't do much1' skater Linda Jtussell wondering if sharper skate edges will make her a ''cut-up'1 llufili Fiirnlinm retiring to his basement. U> read Iho book "Xoies from the JrudeaU puts doWR his foot on equalization payments 'Then along cams Princa. Croll and slew Poverty, the Probe govt. leak OTTAWA (CP) The federal government Tuesday launched an investigation into the leak of a confidential cabinet document on foreign domination of the Ca- nadian economy, regarded as one of the most serious security breaches since Prime Minister Trudcau took office three years ago. K A I. P. r n a 1 Affairs Minister Milchel Sharp said the govern- ment would call in the RCMP if necessary in efforts to find out, how (he document, dated July S'l, was acquired by Southam News Services. Publication of the document in the Montreal Gazette Tues- day came just five days after the Toronto-based Canadian Forum magazine published an edited version of Revenue Min- ister Herb Gray's assessment of foreign domination of the Cana- dian economy. Mr. Sharp said leakage of the cabinet document was "far more serious" than publication of the Cray report. The docu- ment says that the cabinet has agreed in principle to the main Gray report recommendation- establishment of a screening agency to oversee proposed for- eign takeovers of Canadian firms. The Gray report was a study prepared by civil servants for cabinet consideration while the document published Tuesday an actual record of cabinet proceedings, usually the subject of stringent security safeguards Louglieed o urges more consultation OTTAWA iCP> Premier Peler Loughecd of Alberta said today municipalities have a right lo be consulted in ad- vance when federal and pro- vincial governments are mak- ing decL-ions that affect them. But he slrcssed that municipal- ities should not try to circum- vent the provinces by dealing directly with the federal gov- ernment Speaking al his first federal- provincial conlcronco of pre- miers, Mr. Loughecd asked for greater consult alion between the mr.niripal, provincial and federal levels o( government. SAME RIGHTS............ "Just as the province of Al- bnrta would wish prior consul- tation with (he federal govern- ment on matters pertaining lo the economy of Alberta, (he government of Alberta is in- tcrcslcd in providing the muni- cipalities Ihc same rights in mailers which directly affect Ihcir existence. Dies at 121 ATMOKK, Ala. (AIM -Will Adams, listed in social security records 121 years old, died in liis sloop here al. the home of a daughter, Mrs. G. Thomas. Adams lias not, boon active for sonic time. However, at 111 ho fell out of a pecan tree while helping lo gaihor pecans. NEAT FEET FEAT Barbara Wicken, 16, fans ihe feel of basketball players aj North Park Collegiate, Brant- ford, Ont., who began their annual marathon session recenlly. They hope to raise for charity. A second- ary target is to increase playing time from last year's 50T2 hours to 55. Barbara is on hand to keep those 'hot dogs' from boiling over. to be looms OTTAWA (CP1 A strike of air traffic controllers could lie up the country's airporls as early as Dec. 31 if a conciliation board named today is unable to settle a contract dispute. A spokesman for the Cana- dian Air Traffic Controllers As- sociation. which represents more than l.fioo key airport workers, said today the board is scheduled to begin hearings Dec. 10. It will have hvo weeks to make a decision, unless an ex- tension is agreed to. After the two-week period, the association may call a legal strike seven days later. The board chairman will be Professor Earl E. Palmer of the Universiiy of Western Ontario. The treasury board, repre- senting the government, will be represented on the board by To- ronto lawyer J. W. Healy and (he association by Winnipeg lawyer Roy Gallagher. The air traffic controllers have been without a contract since Sept. 30. mar escape noose j i LONDON (API For Ihc first time since Parliament abolished capital punishment in 1965, a convicted murderer is under sentence of death in Brit- ain. But John A. Welch, a 21-year- old Englishman sentenced Mon- day on the island of Jeisey, may still escape tic noose. Home S e c r e t ar y Reginald Maudling will decide whether the sentence is carried out, and in the past he has resisted all pressure to bring back hanging as a deterrent to ir.urder. Two parts of the United King- dom with limited home rule re- tained the death penalty when it was outlawed for the rest of Britain. They are Northern Ireland, whev of a policeman or seditio ;racy is punisha- ble by u.. Jersey, the small i i. s Channel, where "inrdc. L by hang. 'Isewhere ain life ;h is maximum jentencc. Welch was convicted for mur- dering Marilyn Dray, a 17-year- old girl he met in a pub, look for a walk along the seafront, kissed and then strangled when she resisted his attempts at sex- ual intercourse Bailiff Robert LeMesurier told him he was imposing the only sentence available under the is- land's law, and "your future is now in (he hands of the Queen." The Queen will coir.mule the sentence if Maudling recom- mends clemency. Jersey had its last hanging in 1959, and that one was the is- land's first execution in 52 years. Tile last banging in Sorlhern Ireland was in 1961. Despite the Roman Catholic- warfare of the last two years, no prisoners are in jail there now under sentence of death. Mailmen back on OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian mining industry, especially in Northern Ontario, Alberta and the interior of British Col- umbia, will hire more than 2.000 workers before the end of this year, Manpower Minister Otto Lang said Tuesday. However, Mr. Lang cautioned workers against going to these areas before obtaining detailed information on job openings and living conditions. He said his department is ready to assist workers wishing to move to areas where such jobs may be obtained or at- tempting to develop mining skills to improve their chances for employment. He urged interested workers to apply (o the nearesl Canada Manpower Centre for more in- formation. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Striking postal workers in On- tario and the Maritimes have decided to return to work today while their union leaders in Ot- tawa hold talks with Postmas- ter-General Jean-Pierre Cole. However the various locals served notice that they will con- tinue with rotating strikes later in the week if their demands are not met. Meanwhile .1. C. gen- eral manager for the Ontario postal region, sent a letter Tues- day to postal employees ex- plaining that casual helpers are hired to avoid delay in mail de- livery, lo prevent delivery of mail after dark "which 'both management, and the union agree presents undue hazards" and because many carriers do not wish lo work longer than tJieir regular hours. Pregnant woman vanishes EDMONTON (CP) A 23- year-old pregnant woman has vanished whil.i on her way to work. The incident occurred exactly tvro monlhs after a fe- male real estale agent disap- peared under mysterious cir- cumstances Ian McCarthy said today he believes his wife, Gail, was ab- ducitd on her way to work al an Edmorilon hospital early Sunday morning. OTTAWA fCPi A predicted fierce battle over Canada's equalization payments turned into a mild skirmish Tuesday. Ii apparently ended after Prime Minister Trudeau firmly an- nounced there was no new tern- ton- up for grabs. The present system of chan- nelling tax money from the richer provinces Lo the poorer ones will continue as it has. And if the warring provincial pre- miers were disappointed, they were also relieved that tix'y didn't !obe .some of their C.MM- ing grounds. inces the equalization system, w the have provinces wanted a re-examination of (he program. Mr. Trudeau rejected both pr gumenLs. IT'S 'ALIVE AM) WELL' "Equalisation is ahvc and well in Canada." a happy Pre- mier Gerald Regan of Nova S'cotia said afterwards. He had wanted an expanded program and had predicted the fierce battle. And on the other side of the battle lines. Premier W. A. C. Bcnnetl of British Columbia said ho was not too disappointed wi'h the federal decision be- cause he really expoci any chaugi at conference. Rejection of lu's proposal for a revision of the subsidy system didn't mean B.C. "would take our ball and go home." None of the provincial delega- tions appeared particularly upset by Ihe federal decision on an issue that clearly dominated proceedings. And most were op- timistic about future changes. While Mi-. optimisti- cally said his request f.jr a re- view of the present system will arise again, Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa, who wanted the present system expanded, also was optimistic that the matter will corne up again. SOUGHT REVIEW Premiers William Davis of Ontario and Peter Lougheed of Alberla, both representing nave provinces, wanted Ihe equaliza- tion plan re-examined. Mr. Davis suggested (he pay- ments "are likely lo have, been a major factor in dragging the whole e c o n o m y significantly below its potential." Sir. Lough- eed, said he would put up with the plan hut "there's got to he a reasonable limit." The prime minister said the federal government is making more Uian ?1 billion in equaliza- tion payments this year. The tolal in 10fi7 was ?548 million. Mr. Trudeau did announce two changes in federal pro- grams affecting the provinces. The federal government would in future guarantee that provinces would suffer no de- cline in income from one year to the next. And he also said that upper limits on loans to students would be increased. lly drops hint on Canada JL NEW YORK (Kent c r) Treasury Secretary John Con- nally gave no hints of new American iniiatives in t h e, world monetary dispute when lie made what had been billed as a "major policy address'1 Tuesday night. Financial observers said Cou- nally's abortion that !he new economic program Aug. by President Nixon was for the go'id (if (he- world and that limes by I'.S. trading partners were, required lo move the. monetary dispute off centre were generally rcaffirmations of U.S policy. Both in I In- address delivered before Ihe Economic Club nf New York, and al an im- promplu news conference be- forehand, 1ho Iroasurv senv- emphasized that the pro- gram should not be interpreted as protectionism or isolationism hu! rather as part of the strengthening of the shield that the United Stales provides the Western world. Ccnnally did not look for a quick solution to the monetary impasse but. stressed repeatedly ai his news conference that the U.S. is prepared lo meet iUs trading partners half way. nitOPS HINT ON ('ANAPA Conna' .lid hint that Canada might be singled out for .special attention in conlacl.s with for- eign governments. He said an American team vas currei'lly talking with the Canadians and noted that "their t Canada's 1 problem is different from others." Ai Washington meanwhile, a. day after disclosure that the United Stales showed a billion deficit in il.s third-quar- ter balance of payments, the U.S. Senate has voted to retain in pending legislation broad presidential powers limiting foreign trade in an emergency S-ime senators opposing such a broad delegation of authority to ihe president, feared it would .signal to the world that the T.S. is becoming more and more protectionist, and lead to a trade war. The Senate defeated by a vote of M to 20 Tuesday an amendment that would have removed the catch-all tax bill a proposal giving Presi- dent Nixon authority lo im- pose on imports into the, U.S. and extend tJic import sur- tax to 15 per cent from tho present 10 per cent. DISCUSS DEFKNCK PACT In Ottawa Tuesday, a trade department spokes man dis- closed that the defence produc- tion-sharing agreement which gives C a n a d a a substantial trade sivplut with ihe U.S., is being renegotiated. James Gramiy, the depart- ment's deputy minister, is in charge of (lie Canadian ne- gotiating Tile talks iiavo been gon.g on for about a week, the spokesman said. U.S. officials also it known in Oll.iwa (ween Canada and Ihe U.S. begin in a few days on oil ex- ports. The Nixon administra- tion is working on the oil impoii Jan. t a> the target dale. ;