Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Mafia, (purl six) Mobsters look beyond U.S. borders By NICHOLAS GAGE New York Tinica T IKE many legitimate corporations, the American organized crime syndicate for the past several years has been looking beyond U.S. borders for new opportunities for growth. The syndicate's interest in expansion stems in part, at least, from a feeling that its horizons In the United States are becoming a bit limited The Mob's opportunities to control gambling have dwindled somewhat as industralists, led by billionaire Howard Hughes, have increasingly taken over Las Ve- gas casinos. Furthermore, legal lotteries end munici- pally controlled off-track betting operations, such as that launched in New York in 1971, are giving gang- sters competition in one of their most profitable busi- nesses. More important, a major Justice Department cam- paign started by the late Robert F. Kennedy when lie was Attorney Genera] has become increasingly effec- tive in hai crime operations of all types in t.lw United Sates ar.d sending many mob leaders to jail. Stalling in the middle therefore, organized crime bosses began to look to Europe in general and lo England in particular for possible expansion. En- gland offered several advantages. The gambling in- dustry there was new dating back to the legaliza- tion of gambling in private clubs in I960 and grow- ing rapidly. Big increase The monthly "handle'1 or volume, at one big ca- sino, the Playboy Club of London, for example, jump- ed from SSOoioOO to SI.4 million during the period from September 19G7 la August 19G8. Moreover, the British government does not levy special taxes on gambling casino receipts, as Nevada does on casinos in that state. It merely levies ordinal-- property and income taxes on the clubs and their owners. Equally important was the mob's confidence that It could get away with more in England, at least: for n while Ilian in the linked States, British authorities having had little experience with organized crime. Organized crime's special interest in England grew out of Britain's betting and gaming act of 1960 which legalized certain forms of gambling. Because a prin- cipal aim was to make it legal for churches to raise money through raffles and other games, the bill was dubbed the "vicars' emancipation." The law. however. had dramatic effects that had not been anticipated. Gambling casinos remained out- lawed miner the act. but private gaining clubs were made legal. gamblers simply began open- ing mid callipt; them dubs, 'etting customers by paying a small fee at the clour. Number grows (_' Before UK British government quite realized what It had started, gambling clubs were feeding so much foreign currency, particularly dollars, into the coun- fiy's stumbling economy that the thought of closing them down was out of the question. The number con- tinued to grow so that by 1968 there were more than .1.000 gambling clubs in the country, about half in Lon- don, with an estimated volume of billion Another effect of the I960 act was to make it legal for pubs and other establishments to install slot ma- chines for the entertainment of their customers. The slot machines were the first, result of the law to catch the attention of U.S. mobsters. They were not inter- ested in operating the machines, but were interested in their market possibliles. Organized crime groups in the United Stales had a number of slot machines going to nisi in warehouses from casinos the mob was forced to abandon in Havana after Fidel Castro took over the Cuban government So Antonio (Tony Ducks) Corallo, a captain In the New York Malia family of Thomas Uichese, was dis- patched to London lo Iry to sell the slot machines. His connections were discovered, however, and on his second visit he was stopped at the airport and barred from entering the country. Great potential But he ivas in England long enough on his first trip to discover that (he country had great potential for organized crime_ He found although a num- ber of criniin.il gangs operated In England, they didn't have the finniu'mg or tJic experience to organize their rackets into a powerful national network. t'nnhle t.o votnm io England himself, Corallo scnf, mi emissary lo contact the British gangsters and ar- range an alliance American underworld forces. Corollo's immediate goal was a numbers network in England similar lo those operating in major U.S. cities. Corallo made or.e mistake, however. He chose as an ;m informer for the Federal Bureau of In- vestigalion The rr.nn, York at.tomcy Herbert Itkin, was resTxmMhii' several years for revealing tlia kickhack .scheme involving Corallo and James L. Mar- cus, a key aide to York Mayor John V. Lindsay. (OotiliniiPfl nn Page Pel turtles killers HAMILTON1. Ont. (CP) H you have n turtle for a pet, get rid of ii. advises Dr. Lin Cunningham, I officer of health for Hamillrni-Wciitu-orth. He told I lie hoard of lioalili 1.1ns week turtles carry salmonella that diarrhoea or 'nod poison- ing and can prove fatal to people in poor health. Me in the paM, four years two elderly peoplft In this have died after handling ''If people have turtles as pots, I would really nd- vise them to get rid of them." Thnse who keep their turtles should wash well nftor handling their he said. "This mcar.s three to five minutes with soap and wilier and most of us have, a more perfunctory core- ir.oiiy than thai." TK- bc.ird derided lo ask Ih-altli Minister A. R R. Lawrence lo control Ihe side of turtles ns pets in On- tario c Herald Billion-dollar gas sale rejected Fresh ammunition is cast relations By GARRY FAIRBAffiN OTTAWA (CP) A billion- dollar natural gas sale to the United States was rejected Fri- day by the National Energy Board, casting fresh ammuni- tion into the current debate about American relations. For the first time since large gas sales to the U.S. began hi 1962, the regulatory board wholly denied applications from three companies that would have expanded exports by 2.66 trillion cubic feet over 15 to 20 years. Canada's reserves are not ad- equate at this time for sucii a sale, the board said in a deci- sion that cannot be reversed by the cabinet. TlK federal govern- ment could have intervened be- fore the decision was it did in alter conditions affecting construction of a pipe- line through the U.S. for export and supply to Ontario. A certain dissident was Al- berta, prime source of the natu- ral gas. It has been the big ben- eficiary of federal policy' im- posed in late so-called national oil con- centrated on sales to the U.S. of oil and natural gas. That meant that many con- gasoline buy- ers for paid higher prices for gasoline than they might have had supplies been permitted from Venezue- lan or Middle East sources. The policy' draws the line on imports at the Ottawa Valley, dividing Quebec from Ontario. The decision arrived with Canada-U.S. economic relations disrupted by U.S. trade restric- tion steps and proposed mea- sures to make U.S. exports more competitive. r clash seen MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Nixon's blunt pledge to press wage-price controls whether organized labor Ukes it or not has met with brusque dismissal by a hostile AFL-C10 convention.' The confrontation apparently signals a major presidential campaign clash in 1972. Lsbor sources expressed mixed views over who came off best politically in a rare public clash between Nixon and Presi- dent George of the AFL- CIO at the federation's conven- tion Friday. A White House aide pictured the convention treatment of the president as "studied con- tempt." Many labor leaders viewed Nixon's speech before some z.ooo delegates, alternates and guests as the opening sally in the president's bid for re-elec- tion. "He didn't win any friends liere, but I'm afraid its going to have a big effect in the an AFL-CIO official said of Nix- on's face-to-face showdown with labor critics. Nixon said whether he gets co-operation from kfoor and other groups or not, "it is my obligation as president of the United Slates to make this pro- gram of stopping the rise in the cost of living succeed." Heir takes own life STOCKHOLM. (Router) Police were investigating today the apparent suicide of Marc Wallenberg Jr., 47 year old heir to one of the world's big- gest private fortunes. The badly-mutilated body of the merchant banker, who had been shot, was found in south of Stockholm Friday, po- lice said. He had a hunting rifle in his hand. Wallncbcrg sat on the boards of more than 65 companies. He was chairman or vice-chair- man of about 35. The exact size of the family fortune is unknown but as of June, the assets of the family bank were about billion. BATTtE OF THE BOTTLE Young Becky has namely a three-day-old lion cub, one of a litter of three born and rejected by its mother after birth at the Rock- Ion lion Safari and Game Farm near Rocktan, Ont. However, Mrs. Beverly Sawchuk as- her daughter ftal two can live as cheaply as one. Mutinous mood prevails over proposed tax law 11 happened CALGARY iCPi It finally happened Friday to a Calgary weather control officer after 20 years in UK city, Stephen Supina gol a subpcona. Mr. Supina was called to give evidence in a drug trafficking case before Alberta Chief Jus- tice J. V. II. Milvain. OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment faced mutiny in its ranks Friday as it battled continued opposition in the Commons to its proposed new tax system for co-operatives and credit unions. Attempts by the goveriiir.jnt to buffer tiK1 onslaught tejiuig amendments appeared fruitless as Eugeno Whelm (L i uttered tlio ultim.re backbencher's tion. "If we pass this legislation.'' lie promised, "when this back- bencher goes he will go in the damnedest storm yon ever saw." Fellow-Liberals Herb Breau (Gloucester) and Hubert Bad- anai (Fort while not going quite that far, made it clear they could not support their leaderslup on the issue. h was the second straight day of all-party attack on the mea- sures, contained in the govem- m e n t 's all-encompassing tax bill. CHANCES NOT ENOUGH Representatives of co-op.s and credit unions have been watch- ing battle from the House galleries, as opponents lo HIP, government's clauses com- mended recent amendments to tlie original bill, but called them inadequate. Every MP in the debate cited the mountains of mail arriving on the Hill from distressed cc- ops and credit unions across the country. The government would have This affair ends-in jail LONDON i An The af- fair of tlw blonde and the hank manager has jail. 11 started when 34-year-old Caroline Liza Raynnr, a Lon- don model, walked into the hank on Park Lrme. Manager Clifford Pass, W, became infatuated with her. SIKIII Iliry uero living lo- golhor. ('ass, marriod with twn rhilihvn. found ihr fiiihii rial going difficult and n ser- ies of frauds In court Friday, Proseculor Tudor Price Fiiid about was milked from clients' ac- coiml.s. He said Cass (old police: "I look a eakiilntod risk. I fil.sfin.-ilod by Until t'i ob- taining money by forged donj- ments. Cass was jailed for five years, Miss Kaynor for Judge Edward Sufcliffe told thorn: "When people hocmiio infatuated with each other they do utterly mad things which they would not nor- mally do. '-Hut this Wiis obviously n pbnmx! and d c I i b e t e fraud." co-ops and credil unions pay lax on the lesser of al least five per cent of Ihoir employed capital, or one-third of their earnings for the year. Credit unions now arc exempt from taxation, and which hare 1.6 million members tax on an amount that cannot fall below three per cent of their capital employed. The mutinous mood of the Liberals lapped over into a one- hour debate Friday on a Wow Democrat motion to beef up Ihe. powers cf the House by slrengtliening t h e committee system. ANOTHER LIBERAL BEEF John Reid River) accused the government of trying to turn Parliament Hill buildings into a haven for "min- isters and their flunkeys" by moving MPs out. of their offices mlo buildings on the Hill. lie urged the opposition It) rail a confidence motion on tlio issue, predicting it would win support from many Liberal backbenchers. In the tax debate, Gordon Blair (li-Grenville-Carloloii) resumed his long-standing al- (ack on (lie co-op provisions, stressing, with other M1V. the big role they play in many Riuall comir.iuiilHvv The Canadian government had said in early fall it was loo "preoccupied1' with economic troubles caused by the U.S. pro- gram to continue lalks on en- ergy. There now as well is the pos- sibility thai Canadian oil. a Jess-desirabie import for the U.S. government, could be af- fected by the gas decision. Can- ada has been pushing oil ex- ports to the exlcnl that il has a quiel agreemenl to provide all that the pipelines to the U.S. can hold. But American demand for gas has been much brisker. Canada now has commit- menls to export 17.2 trillion cubic feel of gas to the U.S. for the next 25 years and American demand has been skyrocketing. BANKED ON INCREASE Canada accounts for about three per cent of total U.S. sup- plies and the gas industry had been banking on increasing that supply. II differs sharply with the in- dustry on its estimate of export- able reserves. Just Thursday, managing director D. B. Furlong of the Canadian Petroleum Association told a Chicago audience there is a long-term possible surplus of Canadian gas in excess of 100 trillion cubic feet. He said, how- ever, that gas prices in the nexl 20 years for Ihe U.S. would have to 'double at least the average current at-border price of 27 cents per 1.000 cubic feet. The National Energy Board Friday declined to allow for po- tential big supplies in the Arctic or oilier untested areas and said Canada's demands have out- paced expectations. The Alberta conservation board had approved export of the gas and the Alberta govern- ment of former premier Ernest Manning had backed the appli- cations to the national board. DENY IT'S POLITICS At a press briefing, board offi- cials emphasized that the board's decision was not based on political considerations and was in no way retaliation against Ihe U.S. "This decision was reached by Ihe boards without reference to the government and without direction by the said one official. But in Calgary veteran oil man Carl Nicklc said Ihe deei- sion is obviously an attempt "by Ottawa to use' Western Cana- dian gas as a bargaining tool in dealings with Washington." The idea was "to gam other benefits for Canada, but with the cost being borne, by the of Alberta and other producing provinces of the West and by the oil and gas Indus try." The decision would reduce In- centives to exploration, result in lower royalties to governments and lessen employment oppor- tunities hi pipeline construction, he said. "For one, I bitterly reject the use of natural gas by Ottawa as a chip in a game where the owners of the chip are bound to lose." Alberta Premier Peter Lough- eed and Mines Minister Bill Dickie declined immediate com- ment on the decision. The hoard said Canadian sup- plies of natural gas as of June 30 were 1.1 trillion cubic feet kws than reasonably-foreseeable domestic needs in the next 2o years, plus existing export com- mitments. Met 'I've aot 0 secret.. COl DUBLIN (CP) Britain's former prime minister, Harold Wilson, is likely to call for a conference of three parliaments to seek an end to Northern Ire- land's bloodshed, political sources said today. The idea, canvassed during Wilson's visit here, would bring together all parties represented in the parliaments of Britain, Northern Ireland and (lie Irish Republic. He is reported lo see it as way of restoring contact be- tween Northern Ireland's Prot- estant-based Unionist govern- ment and elected leaders of the Roman Catholic Opposition, who have boycotted the Belfast par- liament since July. Wilson ended his fact-finding visit to Belfast and Dublin con- vinced that the. Northern Ire- land situation needs urgent po- litical action. More Ulan persons, includ- ing 37 British soldiers, have been killed this year in riots, bombings and gum-Hi surrounding the outlawed Irisn Republican Army's campaign to break Ulster's inks with Brit- ain. Bill Stem dead at 64 RYE, N.V. (AP) Bill Stern, 64, whose voice was known to millions as a radio sports broad- caster, died Friday night at his home here. Sports fans remembered him for his sharp, vibrant and au- thoritative sports announcing. Stem also well known for an autobiographical book, The Taste of Ashes, describing his from narcotics addic- tion acquired after a 1935 auto accident in which he lost a leg. His comeback to the sports ennouncing scene was followed closely by radio fans. A year after the accident he was back in front of the microphones again. Seen and heard About town TITUSEUM curator Bob Hall, after realizing the clock in his office was 2'.j hours slow, saying ''I really thought I was accomplishing something." Biirlc puzzled after he couldn'l find the 39 cents lie had buried in the flower bed last spring Pat McKrnjie e-xplaining to Heather Taylor how water and dirt combine lo make mud. Sesame Street starts Monday Sff.iir.f Street, which In two years on television tas es- tablished ilsr-lf as tho mast popular children's show in his- tory, joins The Lelhhridge Herald's list of cartoon features Monday. Th.> now comic strip, like the television show, is dcfiOT- ed In iiMch youngsters sizes, Mianes, numbers, litln.s anil r.in- cop.s in a mmincr so delightfully humorous hit'...unrig Ih.il it will entertain the eiilire family. 'Hint's Sesame Street, with a host of new characters, starling Monday on llx> classified pages of Tho Herald.