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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 50 28? The Lethbridge Herald U5TH1JRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, NOVKMHKR 18, 15171 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES women c property By NICHOLAS GAGE NPW York Times Mafia Is the surest stronghold of male chau- vinh.rr. in America. T'i the Mafia, a woman may be a means to a profitable alliance with another Ma- fia a showcase for displaying her husband s wealth, status and power; a valuable piece of property, a loyal helpmate, a good cook, a showy and ego- boosting mistress. Bui what she must never be is a li- berated woman. Mafioso-lurned-informra1 Joseph Valachd made it clear how a woman is considered a piece of property when he testified that the two offenses that bring the death penally in the Mafia are "talking about the Cosa Nostra or violating another member's wife." To an outsider the life of a Mafia wife, mistress or daughter might seem surrounded by an aura of gla- mor. There's the constant threat of violence, the pro- fusion nf big money, stolen jewels and furs, the thrill of belonging tr> a man who faces danger every day, Cnforlunately. Hie dreary realily of life as a Mafia woman is s long way from the Hollywood version. Law of silence Only rarely do tales of wife-beatings, breakdowns, suicides and even occasional murders of Mafia Ito beyond the tightly closed circle of the underworld. Birt in spite of the all-important law of silence the first law every Mafia woman learns reports of the misery of Mafia women sometimes reach the outside world through wire-taps, informers' stories, court bat- lles and even occasionally through the desperate ac- tions of the women themselves. Valachi told Federal officials of one ease in which a Mafia wife had a brief liaison with a lesbian during a long absence of her husband. When the husband re- lumed and found out about it. he could not bring himself to kill his wife hut got his revenge by having one of her friends, whose only crime was that he owned the club where the two women met, siiol io death. The social life of a Mafia wife is usually dull and confined. When mobsters gather at the bars, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and racetracks where they con- dxict their business dealings, they would never dream of bringing along their wives. The Mafia wife is kept hidden away in inconspicuous luxury and the homes of Mafia leaders are clustered together in certain neigh- borhoods of highly respectable suburbs. The wives arc expected to limit their friendships to other Mafia wives. iTo most of them this seems natural, since they are often related.) They keep busy with a constant round of weddings, baptisms, funerals. Church functions and charities. Although she may liave nearly unlimited money available to her. a Mafia wife can't spend it on things that will show The Internal Revenue Service is con- stantly on the alert for expenditures of Mafia figures that seem out of line with the "legitimate" income which they report on their income tax forms. So, ex- cessively palatial homes, extravagant care, jewels, fin- coats and designer clothes bought through legitimate stores are all taboo for the Mafia wife. 'Poor Lucille'' one sympathetic friend remarked about Joseph Colombo's platinum-blonde wife at the testi- monial dinner held for him last March by the Italian- American Civil Rights League, ''Poor Lucille has Io walk around in because of those THS jerks.'' (Nevertheless, "poor Lucille" and her family have two luxurious humes, one in Btmsonhurst, Brooklyn, and another in Blooming drove, which includes ten- nis courts, riding riables and a swimming pool.) Not. only must a Mafia wife spend money with one eye on the IKS, she must be very careful not to offend, protocol. A Mafia "family" is headed by a boss (capofamigliai. Under him are an underboss and a consigliori or counselor. Next in line come a number of capos, who are each responsible for a cer- tain number of "soldiers." Any kind of ceremony wedding, funeral, bap- tism is an occasion for lavish gifts, but a Mafia wife mtii-'t be very careful not !o spend more on a fiili than (he v.ife of Ihe man who is ahead of her in order. Furthermore, she must nevei' have a more expensive dress or car or house than her Hipcrior or his wife. Tito New York police once camo a list of gifts to a Mafia wedding. They used ii to dvcek Ihe status of various people who had jjivon iheni. The price of tho gifts coiiv oui'.'d exactly wil.h I ho status of each man in Ihe hier- archy. Overshadowing nil tho oi.lior problems of being s Mafia wife is l.he. constant knowledge of every woman Hint her husband may suddenlv disappear or mur- dered, HuM'o is nothing she can do alxnit it, even if bn is ir.urdered before her eyes. Imlnl nil M IT'S AU OVER Premiers Allan Blakeney (left) of Saskatchewan and Peter Loug- hced of Alberla talk over results of the federal-provincial conference dosing session in New tax system planned to EDMONTON tCP) Prop- erty taxation as the financial base for education probably will be replaced in 197.'. by general provincial revenue, Education Minister Hynd- man said Wednesday. Mr. Hyndman said although education would be supported basically from provincial reve- nues, municipalities could ob- tain supplementary funds fcr special education programs from property taxes. Duped lonely nest farmers man must repay TORONTO (CPi A man who helped dupe Western Cana- dian farmers out of more than was put on probation for two years Wednesday and or- dered to repay the money. Court was told that John D. MacPhee, 33, of no fixed ad- dress, put an advertisement in a Vancouver newspaper in May, 1971, under the name of Ellen Ball who was seeking a "lonely marriage-minded farmer look- ing for a life partner." The ad described Ellen as baring a good figure, adding she was a good housekeeper, "clean and no bad habits. Ob- ject matrimony." Those who replied to the ad were told in a letter she had a insurance policy left to her and needed S250 cash to travel to meet her prospective husband. g woman bus passenger? Tlie new taxation system was necessary because each local area has different ideas on the type of education it wants in its system, he told the annual convention of the Alberta Asso- ciation of Municipal Districts and counties. IATAIR METHOD I-Ie explained m an interview tiia'. properly taxes to finance education often are not fair to the taxpayer. "The percentage of income that a person with a low in- come pays in properly taxes is much higher i; can be two or three times what a person with a moderate or high in- come has to pay." Under the new system, he. sairl. property taxes could be used to maintain such property- oriented services as fire and police protection. Mr. Hyndman also said in his address that community fa- cilities such as schools are not being used to their fullest ex- tent. Modifying tire school year to make better use of school facilities might solve the prob- lem. EDMONTON (CP) A city bus driver said Wednesday he picked up a passenger answer- ing the description of a 2.3- year-old woman who disap- peared Sunday while on her way to work. Alf Gagne said he doesn't re- member where he picked up Gail McCarthy, but it could have been 'near the couple's apartment in no-tlnvest Ed- monton. But Mr. Gagnc said he vivid- ly recalls dropping tbe woman off at a stop about six blocks from her home. Ian McCarthy, tlie woman's husband of five months, said he believes his wife was abducted. He reported her missing at G p.m. MST Sunday, It's hours after she left their basement apartment -to catch a bus Io take her to work at an Edmon- ton hospital. Mr. McCarthy was visited Wednesday by Jake Plett. hus- band of a 20-year-old real es- tate agent. Mary Ann Plelt. Mrs. Plett also vanished m y s t e r i o u s 1 y almost two months to the dav before Mrs. McCarthy disappeared. Mrs. Plett was to have shown some rural property to a male client Sept. 15. She has not been seen since. Police said they have no evi- dence to connect the disap- pearance of Ihe Iwo women. Pepin in Rome ROME (Renter i Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin of Can- ada arrived today for a two-day visit to Rome during which he will have talks with Mario Za- gari, the Kalian foregin trade minister. Pepin. after leaving Italy Sat- urday, will travel to Algiers to attend Ihe inauguration of a new Canadian embassy in Al- geria. Eaton auction sale iiol for tlie timid TORONTO (CPI Bids were not for the timid W e d n e s d a y night when goods owned by the late Lady Eaton went en sale. Her concert grand harp went for 53.400. A Toronto couple bought a Royal Herman oriental car- pet' for SS.tiOO. A number of ornate chairs and two scfas. rcpoduc- lions of French Empire de- sign upholstered in Anbus- tapestry, cos! Two portrait s by Sir Joshua Reynolds went for each. The first day of the eicht- day sale an esti- mated S1CO.OOO." To manage the economy Ottawa ne set of new r BJ-JAMES NELSON Premiers return home OTTAWA (CP) The federal government needs new rules to manage the economy and it should spark growth by cutting indirect taxes and continue to let the dollar float to fight infla- tion, a Senate committee said today. The committee on national u- nance, headed by Senator Doug- las D. Everett I, rejected price and wage con- trols or olhcr radical changes. After hearings last spring on the subjects of growth, employ- ment and price stability, the committee said the old basic remedies to economic ills are still good, but new techniques were needed to apply them. The committee said the gov- ernment should change tax rates more frequently to meet changing needs of the economy, rather than adjust its spending, lending and borrowing policies. Direct taxes on personal in- comes and profits might, be raised when the government wants to take the heat off s booming economy, the report said. REDUCE SALES TAX But "in attempting to stimu- late a weak economy that is also suffering from a hangover of inflationary expectations in- herited from some earlier pe- reductions in indirect tax- as sales be more effective. The committee recommended thai Canada continue to let its dollar float in international ex- change markets, especially in relation to the U.S. dollar, even if an international agreement is reached to restore some kind of fixed exchange rates. The Caradian dollar has been floating since June, 1S70. The committee said it might havo been better to let the dollar float earlier, "thus stemming to some degree the importation of inflation from the U.S. and the rise of Canadian consumer prices." II said the prices and incomes commission headed by Dr. John Young should be converted into a federal-provincial body re- sponsible for "identifying and publicly spotlighting price and wage increases that are out of line by reasonable standards." REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT The government should set a goal of reducing unemployment to between four and 4'i per cent of the labor force. The goal of so-called full em- ployment has been to get unem- ployment down to three per cent of the labor force. The commit- tee said that might be unreason- able at this stage but policies would tend to cut unemploy- ment and hasten the day when a lower goal could be reached. it rejected wage and price controls, the committee said consumer credit controls might he employed when de- mand for goods exceeds supply. Freezing ram closes schools GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) Freezing rain made driving ha- zardous in the South Peace River country today and schools in the Spirit'River dis- trict closed early. HCMP said there were num- erous accidents. on church 01 Seen and heard About town .1 INIVKHSITY security chief Kill MrCall saying be will keep the job for only a year because "with a.ll the running I do I'm joining the. Calgary Slampeders next season." Skier Charles Virtue iHiping the snow doesn't come for a while so he can finish out the pheasant hunting, sea- OTTAWA (CPI Tlie reve- nue department is crarking down on charitable organi- of them churches and church have, failed to repnrt on official re- ceipts given to donors for tax purjwscs, informant said today. Approximately charita- ble have been reg- istered by l.he deparlmenl. al- lowing them to give receipts for donations which are deductible for income lax purposes. One of Ihe requirements of registration is that the file an annual information return to the t.'ix collovtnr.s. So far this year, only 22.SOO organizations have filed returns for iriVU. ar.d this number has been cooliijirj year by year The status of charitable or- ganisations can he revoked for failure to file returns, ami tlie department now has started to send out rovccatioil notices, mesl of them to ho effective next Dec. 31. The receipts for charitable donations Riven by an organiza- tion which Ins had its status revoked will not be recognized for deductions from 1072 taxable income. An informant said that revocation notices bave been mailnl D f'n' to eh.irit.'thle or- ganizations other than churches, but including some church or- ganizations uch as ladies' aux- iliaries. Another 500 are to be mailed seem. Approximately 1.-IOO a d d i-! revocation notices will lie mailed to churches soon, but the, effect of the revocation in those rases may be some time later than Dcc.'ai. Information about, whether a specific organization is regis- tered can be obtained by indi- vidual taxpayers from the reve- nue department's XI district of- fices across Canada, The dis- trict office lists, arc brought up t.o d-ile every three month'.. OTTAWA 'CP) Prime Min- ister Tnideau and the 10 provin- cial premiers Wednesday com- pleted a three-day economic conference w i t h o u t reaching any earth-shattering decisions, but there .seemec1 to be a con- sensus the exercise was far from futile. Most of the premiers returned home expressing some satisfac- tion with much of the discussion behind the closed doors of Otta- wa's conference centre, and Mr. Tnideau said there were many Monday, Dec. 27 proclaimed a EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta cabinet, in an order- in council today, proclaim- ed Monday, Dec. 27, a public holiday. The cabinet said the holi- day was declared because Christmas Day falls on Satur- dav and Boxing Day oil Sun- day. suspect charged CALGARY (CP) Seven charges, including kidnapping and extortion, were laid against Paul Joseph Cini today when he appeared in provincial court in connection with the hijacking of a DC-8 last Friday. RCMP kept a tight guard on the 27-year-old Calgary resident and security throughout the courthouse was strict. He was remanded to Nov. 23 by Judge R. V. Read. "Cini was placed in police cus- tody last Saturday while re- covering in hospital from cuts and a blow to the head suffered aboard the Air Canada aircraft. The passenger plane was on a flight from Vancouver to To- ronto when a masked man with a sawed-off shotgun and dyna- mite took control east of Re- gina. He ordered the aircraft to Great Falls, Mont., where he picked up in ransom money, then back to Regina. But lie reversed his course to Great Falls again before reach- ing the Saskatchewan capital. At Great Falls the passengers and three stewardesses were let off. Once the aircraft became airborne again, he ordered it to Calgary. He was subdued by tho crew shortly before it landed. Hooke still holds card EDMONTON (CP) Alf Hooke. one of the original members elected when Social Credit swept to power in 1035, still is a member of the Alber- ta Sccial Credit League. Mr. II o o k e s membership "hasii't been revoked by the board yet." parly leader Harry Strom said in an inter- view Wednesday. Mr. Hooke said Tuesday lie had been told by several sources thai Hie board had re- vrkod his membership. But indicated Ihen he would attend the two-day an- nual coinention of the league, which opens in Calgary Friday anyway. The controversial ex-cabinet minister has been involved in a simmering dispute with Mr. Strom over the, former pre- mier's policies while in office. Mr. Strom has Mr. Hooke for claiming that the Al- party under Mr. Strom isn't a true Social Credit or- areas where agreements bad be'n reached. One of for heller federal-provincial economic con- sultations and, as a starting point, closer co-operation in de- veloping future winter-works programs and stmit-.'it-empkA men! projects. This will be dor.e through a committee of finance ministers. At a post-meeting news con- ference. Mr. Trudeau shot down suggestions that the sessions with the premiers accomplished little. He said it's the taxpayers nf Canada who benefit, from these consiiltalirirs. But neither the official com- munique, nor comments from delegates, uidicated any den pions immediately affecting pro. vir.cial certainly none affecting individual tax- payers. INVOLVE FINANCING Tbe talks involved high-level government financing arrange- cost programs, equalization payments, foreign investment, taxation systems, stabilization plans, and general economic consultations. And in most cases, the stage was set for further talks. Tlie conference was moved ahead of schedule in view of the high unemployment, but came after new measures were adopted to create jobs this win- ter. Tlie premiers came to Ottawa knowing it was too late to do much about unemployment for the next couple of months, said Premier Allan Blakeney of Sas- katchewan. nro not devised at. conferences anyway. "But I feel a good deal of useful work has been done, r believe we have what amounts to a firm commitment from the governments concerned that we will be setting up mechanisms for planning, for getting pro- grams to put on the shelf so that, rf they are needed, say. 10 months from now we will be ASKS FOR OVERHAUL Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta, like Mr. Blakeney at- tending his first such meeting, asked for a major overhaul of the programs through which the federal government tries to redistribute fax revenue to the poorer provinces. Prime Minister Tnideau said the programs would continue essentially unchanged u n t it 1077, without reassessment. Mr. Lougheed scid A 1 b erfa would "pay its fair share" of the programs while continuing to fight what it feels are inequi- ties in the system However he noted a softening by Ottawa toward Alberta's wish to opt out of joint financ- ing of health care and post- seccndary education programs. He said this was "one of the highlights of the conference from our point of view.'' He wss optimistic a health ministers meeting next month would bring a further federal shift to allow other provinces to join Quebec outside the shared cost schemes. Ottawa now pays 50 per cent of the pro- grams and (lie provinces are required to meet certain set standr.rds. "Sura you look funny, hut you want pcoptn to lika doi] 't ;