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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Oil fuelling agitation for free Scotland The Scottish Parliament last sat in 1707 when the Treaty of Union with Britain became final. Now, after years, there's a movement to make Hadrian's Wall a more meaningful dividing line. Members of the Scottish Na- tional party arc fighting for separatism so that all of Scot-, land's wealth will not go "into the greedy maw ol Lon- don." By HUGH A. MULLIGAN STOBNOWAY, Scotland (AP) Oil from the North Sea is fuelling the fervor for an inde- pendent Scotland. Britain's hasn't yet pulled any commercial production from the billion-barrell potential off the stormy coasts of northeast Scotland, but the Nats, as Scott- ish nationalists are called, al- ready are counting on the bo- nanza to finance their dreams of self-government. John Matheson, an organizer In the Highlands for the Scottish National party, told an enthu- siastic gathering in Inverness recently: "It is up to the people of Scot- land to insure that this Klondike which is now theirs is not allowed to have all Its gold siphoned off into the greedy maw of London. We in Scotland have the potential to be the richest nation in Europe if only we will take what is ours. To- day Scotland cannot afford not to have self-government." Donald Stewart, the only member of the British Parlia- ment from the Scottish National party, looks forward to the day "sometime soon" when Scot- land will take its seat hi the United Nations between Saudi Arabia and Senegal "as free as Canada." The fervor for nationalism in Scotland is stronger than the lone Nationalist seat at West- minster indicates. In the last general election, they received IWi per cent of the 2.6 million votes cast in Scotland, more than twice as many as the Lib- erals, who won three seats in Parliament. Both the Labor and Con- servative parties, which fin- ished with 4414 and 3B per cent of the Scottish vote respec- tively, have set up committees to study ways of handing over control of Scottish affairs to Scotland. The Nationalist party, which plans to contest all 71 Scottish seats in Parliament next elec- tion, already has swept a num- ber of local elecLions and holds the balance of power in Glas- gow. In an interview at his home here in the Outer Hebrides, Stewart ticked off a few of the things that the Scots are un- happy about: Wee which has twice as many unemployed as England and loses of its population every year to emigration, is being kept poor by government policies neglect- ing its roads and airports and locating most new factories in the south. contributes million billion) a year to the central government and at least million (5360 million) is spent outside Scotland. "We figure even without the oil we are subsidizing said Stewart, "although the treasury consistently refuses to provide separate figures on what Scot- land pays and what it gets back." has most of Brit- ain's forests, but the headquar- ters of the forestry board is in Basingstoke, England. It has most of Britain's coal, steel and electricity generating boards are all in London. department of the envi- ronment report leaked to the press a few weeks ago, suggest- ing that British Rail abandon most of its passenger lines in the north and west of Scotland to become economically viable, has raised anew the old Scoliish cry of "no taxation without transportation. ministry of technology spends only million (67.2 million) a year in Scotland out of a total budget for the United Kingdom of million Scot, John Logie Baird, invented television, but Scotland has only one channel, compared with England's three, and no color TV. said Stewart, "we pay the same licence fee as the English." PICTS AND CELTS An occasional post office box is still blown up beyond Hadr- ian's Wall separating England and Scotland because the Queen calls herself Elizabeth II. The Scots never get tired of pointing out that James VI of Scotland became the first king of the United Kingdom when he fol- lowed the childless Elizabeth I of England to the throne, even though from that day forward Scotland as an independent country ceased to exist. By 1707, when the Treaty of Union became final, the Scott- ish Parliament voted itself out of existence, and it hasn't met since. Still, the Scots regarded themselves as different from the Picts and Celts, not Anglos and and there's a great deal of law, custom and religion underlying the distinction even today. The Kirk is the established Church of Scotland, and its in- fluence is more pervasive than merely shutting down pubs and railways lines on a Sunday in the highlands and the islands. When Elizabeth II crosses the border to go to her castle at Balmoral, she is not only re- duced numerically to Elizabeth I of Scotland, she ceases to be- come head of the Church of England and becomes "first representative of Church of Scotland." In the wee kirk at Crathie, outside the castle, the service she attends is dis- tinctively Presbyterian. MACHINERY EXISTS To those who say Scotland can't afford independence, the Nats answer that there already is an elaborate government ma- chinery operating from St. An- drew's House in Edinburgh. It controls Scotland's prisons, ag- riculture, fisheries, education, hospitals, roads, ferries and bridges. All bills affecting Scotland In the British Parliament are con- sidered by the Scottish Grand Committee, comprising all 71 Scottish MPs, but even here in- dependence is mostly illusory because Whitehall controls the purse strings. Opponents of Scottish nation- alism, within and without her borders, argue that the trend today is toward inter- nationalism and the European Common Market. They point out that unemployment, dwindl- ing population, abandoned rail lines and exhausted coal mines are tht ills of an urban society and not the result of any delib- erate discrimination against Scotland. "Nationalism Is a backward insists Hoddy MacL- eod, who ran as a Tory against Stewart in the Hebrides and was beaten. "The movement everywhere is toward internationalism. You can't turn the clock back 270 years." Grisly reminders of distinguished career By MALCOLM N. 18 years as the city's medical examiner, he is NEW YORK (AP) Human livers, hearts and limbs preserved in jars with the intrigued by death's special signatures. Helpem lingers over the specimens he has collected, labels of crimes committed to study the curiosities ago; a human head organs inside bottles. In a murky pool of is widely regarded as dehyde; a century of foremost medical sleuth in catalogued on wooden United States. He frequently Uris is Dr. Milton Helpern's asked to testify in trials the country and some- The Knights of Council wish to announce KCINOVISION GAME NO. Mn. M. Miller Mrs. Nordlund grid Mrs. P. Sehile J. R. Ediih Miller Dannie Hills Granum Fuhrmann Joan Chapman GAME NO. Mrs. Georgia J. O'Hara Pincher Arvidi Roso McNeely Mildred Pard Macleod Melvin Parks Lobben GAME NO. Mn. Helene Smolnkkv Mn. Gloria E. A. Canwell A. W. Hull THANKS TO All who participated and helped any way to make II tuch a times Is cast as the most cru- cial witness. His key testimony five years ago helped convict Dr. Carl Coppolino in a Florida court of the murder of his wife by a poi- son previously thought undetec- table in a body. TRACK DOWN CAUSES Helpern, 70, directs a staff of 15 doctors at his six-storey building in the New York Ui- versity Medical Centre. On a million budget, he Is responsible for investigating about a third of the deaths in New York City and determining the causes of about sud- den, suspicious, obviously vio- lent or unusual deaths each year. He and his staff perform autopsies a year, nearly one ev- ery hour on tljc average. Their pathol- part detective work and part medical. They are not so much interested in who did it, but what did it. "The responsibility here Is to determine the cause of death and to find the answer to ques- tions thai may arise later said Hclpern. "We don't work ngainsl n suspect. We try to get ns much Information as we can." The medical examiner's in- vestigation begins at Uio death scene, whom he will take note of the body position, look for unusual stains or discharge mid studies (he environment. DOES NUMEROUS TESTS Then ho checks for outward marks ot violence, for a possi- bly hidden bullet wound. 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