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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25 High Saturday 45 The letlibridge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 1975 VOL. LXV No. 293 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES MUNICH TERRORISTS CLAM: 'Doublecross forced us to kilf BEIRUT (AP) Three of the Palestinian Arab guerrillas in- volved in the Munich Olympic massacre charged today the Wesl German authorities dou- blecrossed them and "deliber- ately forced us to kill the 11 Is- raeli athletes." "We never intended to kill any of the said one of the three in an interview with the Beirut newspaper An Nahar. Ibrahim Badran said: "The purpose of the operation was to SIGN IT AGAIN JOHN Former prime min- ister John Diefenbaker (seated) and Commons clerk Alistoir Fraser share a laugh in Ottawa Thursday as Mr. Diefenbaker signs the oath of office for his llth term as a member of Parlia- ment. The former Conservative prime minister, 77, was first elected to the Commons in 1940 and is the dean of the House, having served longer than any other current member. Ontario against gas price plan Dublin finally %j cracking down on terrorists By BERNARD WEIMIAUB New York Times Service DUBLIN The Irish government, under British pressure for years to crack down on the Irish Re- publican Army, has launched a major legal effort to curb the organization. Government officials said Thursday the highly pub- licized arrest on Sunday of Sean MacStiofain, the clu'ef of staff of the IRA's terrorist "provisional" wing, was only one in a series of moves to splinter the group. "The IRA to us represents a group of serious, dan- gerous Desmond O'Mallcy. the aggressive, 33-year-old minister of justice said in an interview. "They are hindering the reunification of our country by driving even deeper wedges between the Catholic and Protestant communities in the north." Politicians here claim privately that the government moves foreshadow the toughest drive against the IRA. Since 1939-46 when more than 900 terrorists were im- prisoned, including about a half-dozen who were even- tually executed for killing policemen and several who died after starvation protests. MacStiofain has said that he would take neither food nor water until his release. In recent months the government has placed more than 100 IRA members before Special Courts on such charges as illegal possession of arms, incitement to riot and belonging to an outlawed organization. Most of the defendants have been sent to the Curragh military camp, in Central Ireland, for two-year terms. The government has also raided and closed down the headquarters of Sinn Fein, the political arm of the IRA, and bolstered military patrols along the Irish- Ulster border, a step designed to blunt criticism that IRA arms were flowing freely from the republic into Northern Ireland. Perhaps most significant, the government is sched- uled to introduce a bill next week aimed at making it easier to jail members of the IRA. Details of the measure have not yet been made public, but it is gen- erally assumed that it will clearly define what con- stitutes membership in an illegal organization and shift the burden of proof from the prosecution to the de- fense on the charge of membership in an illegal or- ganization. TORONTO (CP) Ontario industiy would be placed at a competitive disadvantage by proposed increases in the price of Alberta gas, the Ontario Nat- ural Gas Association said Tf. In a brief lo the provincial government, the association urged it to take steps aimed at blocking higher prices sug- gested by the Alberta govern- ment, either by negotiation with that province or by asking the federal government for help. The brief said higher energy costs would mean a worsening of Ontario's competition as against industry in which would have lower charges under its government's two-price in the United States on the inter- national market. Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta announced last week he wanls almost to double prices to consumers outside Alberta by 1975, with still-higher charges sfter that. The present rate is 16 cents per cubic feet. WOULD PAY MORE Based on a 10-cent increase, the association estimated, On- tario gas users would pay an extra ?52 million a year at the 1972 consumption level. It would be 578 million with a 15-cent in- crease. Walter Huckvale dies suddenly Walter E. Huckvale, promin- ent local lawyer and former city alderman, died suddenly at his home Thursday. He was Mr. Huckvale, a barrister lor nearly half a century, was a brigadier-general in command of the 1st Canadian Group, Roy- al Canadian Artillery during the Second World War. He was the highest ranking army officer in Leihbndge. A tireless community work- er, Mr. Huckvale. who was born in Medicine Hat, was at various times president of the Alberta Cancer Society, presi- dent of the Lethhridgo Progres- sive Conservative Association and a bencher of the Alberta Law Society executive commit- tee. He served one term as ,-i Lethbridge alderman from 1948 lo 1951. Former mayor A. W. Shackcl- ford, who served on city coun- cil with Mr. Huckvale, called him today "astute and brilli- ant" in whatever he did. Mayor Andy Anderson said Mr. Iluckvale was "always in- terested in the well-being of the community" and "made signif- icant contributions to the pro- gross of the city." WALTER HUCKVALE dies at 71 Mr. Huckvale is survived by his wife, Jane, two daughters, Virginia of Geneva Switzerland, and Sidney of Palo Alto, Calif.; five grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Mrs. Iluckvale was visiting her daughter in California at the time of her husband's death. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. secure the release of the Pale- stinian guerrillas in Israeli pris- ons to attract world atten- tion to the Palestine cause and to hoist the Palestinian flag rather than Israeli corpses on the Olympic flagpole." "West German Interior Minis- ter Hans Dietrich Genscher had given us his word of honor that a safe conduct had been ar- ranged for us to leave with the hostages for Cairo the newspaper quoted the three guerrillas as saying. "But when we arrived at the air base near Munich all hell broke loose. Three of our comrades were killed by West German sharpshooters. Genscher's honor proved to be in (Israeli Defence Minister) Moshe Dayan's they were quoted as saying. An Nahar did not say where the interview was conducted. It said one of them, Abdel Ka- der Denawi was ill as a result of ill-treatment by West Ger- man investigators after the Munich killings, Sept. 5. His two other comrades, Ibrahim Badran and Mohammed Samer Abdulla, were reported in ex- cellent health. The three were released and flown to Libya Oct. 29 in ex- change for the passengers and crew of a West Germany Luft- hansa jetliner hijacked by two other guerrillas from the Black September organization which was also responsible for the Munich operation. Truce team denied by Sha OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp has denied there is any misun- derstanding between Washing- ton and Ottawa about Canada's approach to involvement in a Vietnam ceasefire. But officials here are still in the dark about the role Canada may be asked to play. "They know exactly where we Mr. Sharp told a radio interviewer Thursday. "There's no cause for misun- del-standing." Tlie minister was responding to Washington reports that the U.S. state department was mif- fed when Mr. Sharp set out con- ditions this week that he said must be met before Canada would participate in an inter- national observer force in Viet- nam. The state department an- nounced Nov. 15 that Canada, along with Poland, Indonesia and Hungary, had granted "agreement in principle" to take part in such a commission after a ceasefire is reached. NO COMMITMENT But in talks with Secretary of State William Rogers Monday, and in a news conference here Tuesday, Mr. Sharp insisted Canada has made no such com- mitment. Mr. Sharp said Thursday he broached the state department announcement to Mr. Rogers in their meeting in New York. Mr. Rogers replied: "I wouldn't have said Mr. Sharp recounted. Ottawa has set four conditions to Canadian participation: invitation must come from all combatants, including the United States, South and North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. observer group must have procedures that will be workable. must report to a higher authority, not just the oppo- nents in the war. must have freedom of n.ovement throughout Vietnam. But while Washington under- stands the Canadian view, ex- ternal affairs department offi- cials say they know little more about Canada's prospective role than has appeared in the press. STILL BARGAINING The uncertainty arises be- cause the role and composition of the commission is still on the bargaining table betwreen U.S. negotiator Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiators Le Due Tho and Xuan Thuy. Its function is an integral part of the ceasefire agreement being sought. Another complication for Ca- nadian planners is the apparent opposition to the agreement from th-- '.-.igon not a party to the negotiations. Canadian officials unhappily cite "certain similarities" of the proposed commission to the International Control Commis- sion in which Canada has been a member since 1954. The ICC has been paralysed for years by dissension within other members are Poland and lack of co-operation by both Vietnam governments. One similarity would likely be the need for unanimity among observers from the participant countries on reporting violations of the ceasefire agreements. The ICC has gone years with- out making reports because the three members could not agree on their contents. Surprise meet in peace talks From REUTER-AP PARIS (CP) United States presidential envoy Henry Kis- singer and Hanoi emissary Le Due Tho talked for one hour to- day in a surprise meeting held after the two sides said that no talks were scheduled. A television crew of the Co- lumbia Broadcasting System tracked Kissinger to the secret meeting place in Chousy-lc-Roi not far from the North Viet- namese delegation headquar- ters. Kissinger told a CBS reporter that he planned to meet Tho again Saturday. The North Vietnamese delega- tion earlier announced that there would be no meeling to- day, and American sources tac- itly confirmed the announce- ment. It appeared that the two delegations were trying to throw reporters and photogra- phers off the track after the earlier meeting place at Gif- sur-Yvette was by a CBS television crew. Agence France-Presse. citing ''reliable said the talks had run into "serious diffi- culties." but there was no con- firmation of this report from ei- ther side. Reuter news agency in a Sai- gon dispatch quoted a high South Vietnamese government official as saying that Kissinger has told South Vietnamese rep- resentatives in Paris that the first four days of secret negotia- tions with Tho had brougM no progress toward a peace settle- ment. Rebel Hanoi troops lose to loyalists PARIS CAP) Three North Vietnamese battalions rebelled against the Communist lead- ership in South Vietnam early this month but were defeated by loyalists after two days of fighting, the newspaper Monde reported today. A dispatch from its Saipon correspondent Jean Claude Po- monli said the rebels captured the jungle headquarters of the Soulli Vietnamese Communists btit the leaders of the provi- sional revolutionary govern- Viet to escape. The rebels were described as dichards opposed lo the read- iness of the Viet Cong lead- ership to seek n political settle- ment in Vietnam. The Viet Cong delegation lo the Pare peace talks cate- gorically denied the Monde report, saying "it is entirely baseless." Pomonli, quoting reliable and well-informed sources, said the North Vietnamese rebels were led by Gen. Lc Vinh Khoa, who was the deputy commander of tiie Communist Zone 4. The is made up of the South Vietnamese provinces of Tny Ninh, Honh Long, Binh Duong and Phuoc north and west of Saigon. The incident was said to have occurred Nov. in and lo have Involved about They were held off by the per- sonal of the Viet Cong leadership until the defence, minister of the provisional gov- ernment. Gen. Tran Nam Tnmg, rallied loyal units and defeated the dissidents. Tho rebels fought with ma- chine-guns, rifles and bazookas and during the fighting wounded Nguyen Him Tho, president of the presidium of the National Liberation Front, political arm of the Viet Cong. Clark announces he'll seek SC leadership RED DEER (CP) Robert Clark, former cabinet minister and member of the Alberta leg- islature from Olds-Didsbury for 12 years, announced today he will seek the leadership of the provincial Social Credit party. Mr. Clark, a fanner and former teacher, said in a pre- pared statement released here he will begin his campaign im- mediately to succeed Harry Strom, who is stepping down as leader. A leadership convention will be held in Edmonton next February. 't Mr. Clark. 35, was the young- est member of the legislature when first elected at the age of 23 in 1960. He later served as minister of youth and educa- tion. Mr. Clark said that as opposi- tion leader he would like to see the Social Credit party moving "from the low profile stance of the past year to an aggressive, but positive role in presenting to the people of the provir.ce the only alternative to the present administration." Werner Schmidt, vice-pres- ident at Lethbridge Community College and former cabinet minister Gordon Taylor, are the only other announced candidates for the leadership. Mr. Clark said he will attempt to broaden the base of support for the party, which governed the province for 36 years before being defeated in August, 1971. "I want to include those peo- ple who are looking for an out- let to express themselves, those who are disillusioned with the political infighting and dead- end hierarchies confront ing their membership in other parties." Mr. Clark said the major con- cerns of his candidacy would be: Restoration of credibility and integrity in Alberta govern- ment: uncontrolled growth of government bureaucracy and wiiat the legitimate role of gov- ernment in the future should be; The opportunity for Alber- taus to become meaningfully in- volved in the economic develop- ment of the province and to participate in the solution of social problems; "desperate need lo make equality before the law a reality in Alberta." ROBERT CLARK Ground bits AC FRANKFURT (AP) A man hold a stewardess captive on an Air Canada airliner on the ground at. Frankfurt Airport tonight and demanded the re- lease of Czechoslovaks impris- oned in West Germany for plane hijacking, police reported. The man, armed with a pis- Icl, seized iJie stewardess after the DC-8 had been emptied of passengers during a security check. Police said the gunman was demanding release of Czech- oslovaks in West Germany for hijacking planes lo escape from their homeland. Seen and heard About town FALLS visitcr Rich- ard Graham comment- ing about the strong Leth- bridge winds and suggesting there is a Canadian plot afoot to send the gusts south of the border Head minor hoc- key referee in Fort Macleod Bill Hsviuga having trouble keeping up with pec wees aficr a long evening workout. CONSERVATIVES TO PRESS FOR HIGHER FARM INCOME By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA The Progressive Conservative caucus whether in opposition or in office, will press in the next parliament for immediate and direct measures to improve fi'.nn Jock Murtn (PC-Lisgar, Man.) said Thursday. The Manitoba Conservative member noted that W. L. Por- toous, director of Statistics Can- ada, agriculture division, has reported the net, rcnli7od farm income is expected lo decline In 1P73 by about 44 per cent. Ex- cluding a slight increase In tho Inst hvo years the net realized farm income has been declining r.finunlly since "This prospect makes it even more imperative that the gov- ernment introduce some revised income stability measures that tnkrn account inflation and increasing product said Mr. Murla. Jin pointed out "while cash receipts will rise next year, in- creasing f.-.rm expenditures will cause a decline in net realized farm income. Therefore n Grain Stabilization bill that simply takes in; ;ii'coiml cash receipts misses the point." ;