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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25-30; high Sunday 45 The LetKbridge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 197S VOL. LXV No. 294 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1972 Price 15 Cent? FIVE SECTIONS 104 PAGES 'Ground hijacker'' shot dead; ordeal ends for AC stewardess FRANKFURT, W e s I Ger- many (CP) A 31-year-old Air Canada stewardess was freed unharmed today and her captor sliot dead by police at the cli- max of R 24-hour drama played out aboard a DC-3 jetliner at Frankfurt Airport. Margit Sommer, a Czech-born stewardess from Montreal, was freed by police minutes before expiration of a 3 a.m. EST deadline set by the middle-aged man who was armed with a re- volver and carried n box which he said contained dynamite. He had threatened to blow up the plane and kill the stewardess if his demands were not met by authorities. "A shot was fired; hostage an airport spokesman said, signalling the end of the ordeal for Miss Sommer. "Police are in plane cabin. Emergency ambulances stand- ing by." Minutes later the spokesman announced that the gunman was dead and Miss Sommer was un- harmed. First reports said the gun- man, his face masked b y a cloth, opened the door of the airliner and threw a note to the tarmac. Police hidden under the air- craft sprang into view and a shot was heard. STOIIM PLANE Police then stormed onto the plane tlirough the front door as ambulances raced onto the tar- mac. The plane was parked about 200 yards from the air- port terminal. Tlie gunman was picked off by a police sharpshooter as he made a brier appearance in a door of the Canadian jet. SHOT AT DOOR A police spokesman told a news conference the sharp- shooter shot the gunman dead 2s he tried to close the cockpit door of the plane, opened so that a radio could be passed in for the stewardess. The spokesman said the gun- man, identified as Victor Widera, 5B, took the radio, de- posited it somewhere in the plane and then ran back to close the door. As he leaned out to pull the door shut, the police sharp- shooter fired and killed him, the spokesman said. Miss Sommer had been seized by the gunman Friday after- noon aboard the plane. He or- dered the plane's six other crew members of[ and then began is- suing widely fluctuating de- mands to free various persons being held in West German jails. After Uie shooting, armed po- lice swiftly closed in and began a search o[ the plane for any possible explosives the gunman may have planted. About an hour before the shooting, an Air Canada spokes- man described Miss Sommer as being in "pretty good shape." Air Canada spokesman Tony Schoen said word of her condi- tion was received in one ol the notes dropped from the plane. The psychiatrist made his ap- peal through B megaphone while standing on the tarmac. The gunman replied tlirough a note dropped from the plane that he did not know Gruene- baum. He asked in another note that a 19-year-old girl acquaint- ance be brought to the plane. Police had broadcast an appeal for the gir! to report to author- ities. The man's demands have in- cluded custody of a young hi- jacker awaiting trial in Weiden for the slaying of a Czech- oslovak pilot last June 8 and that he anrt the hijacker ba flown to Prague. The prisoner would face a possible death sen- taice there. The gunman also sought tha release of 20 Czechoslovaks he thought were in jail in West Germany. Early today, ba changed his demand la the re- lease of jailed members of tha Eaadar-Meinhof anarchist gang, held responsible for a series of break-ins, car thefts, hank rol> beries and terrorist bombings that left four United Stales servicemen dead and scores in- jured. Trudeau keeps own counsel on new cabinet By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau is due to an- nounce a major cabinet shuffle Monday and outside of plugging obvious gaps no one, except the Liberal leader himself, has any real notion of the outcome. Mr. Tnideau, his once great Literal majority chop- ped down to a humiliating two-seat edge over Pro- gressive Conservative leader Robert Stanficld's resur- gent party, has been keeping lighllipped on the subject. The prime minister's current cabinet ministers, as usual, have little idea whatsoever what Mr. Trudeau Intends to do. He has spoken with them, of course, as he has spo- ken with a number of optimistic MPs. But apart from perhaps one or two close friends In the cabinet he has told no one what will happen come Monday morning. Marc Lalonde, Mr. Trudeau's cluef advisor and claimed to be the second most powerful man in Ottawa, will obviously be given a cabinet post, Mr. Lalonde de- cided to quit the backrooms of government and won a Quebec seal for himself in Uie Oct. 30th election. Being the closest man to Mr. Trudcau on both a business and persona] basis, it's fairly safe to as- sume that Mr. Lalonde will be given a senior cabinet position. Destined for a move, according to past comments by Mr. Trudcau is Secretary of Stale Gerard Peilelier. Mr. Trudeau told the House of Commons earlier this year that Mr. Pelletier was going to be given a new cabinet post after the federal election Those comments came after Mr. Pelletier organized that almost totally French language Dominion Day cel- ebration on Parliament Hill. Aside from filling those holes left by senate appoint- ments and ministers defeated in the Oct. 30th federal election, it would be a brave man indeed who would make concrete predictions. But here's one, at least. Supply and Services Minister James Richardson, MP for Winnipeg South, could be given a promotion to a higher and more responsible cabinet post. Mr. Tnideau has to appoint a new minister of Industry, trade and commerce. Jean-Luc Pepin, one of the most capable, popular and charming men in the Liberal government went down to a surprise defeat Et the hands of a Social Credit candidate on Oct. 30th. Agriculture minister Bud Olson was defeated in Medicine Hat. Therefore, the prime minister has to find a new agriculture minister. He has to find a new labor minister too. Martin O'Connell, appointed labor minister only earlier this year, is another defeated Literal cabinet minister. Edgar Benson, whose economic policies have now rebounded on the government, was another MP who decided to call it a day as an MP. Much to the annoyance of PC leader Robert Stanfield, Mr. Tnideau almost on the eve of the election call, appointed Mr, Benson chief of the Canadian transport commission. Mr. Benson, who moved from finance to defence earlier this year, leaves (he rather uniiiilitarily-inclined Trudcau government with the job of finding 3 new de- fence minister. No one has an inkling of who it will be. Newspaper claims Bormaim still alive LONDON dlciilcrl A London newspaper says that a team of journalists has produced evidence that Martin Bormiinn. deputy In Adolf Hitler, is alive and well somewhere in America. The Daily Express says that Boriiianii, who now would IIP 72, is living as a prosperous businessman, and lhat he has f.illicml four children since escaping from the ruins of Berlin in The youngest of the children was said to be only four years old. Bormnn is widely believed In have creamed during HIP a.v-aiill rai Iho rapil.il in May. ,iivl Micro h.-ivo been ti-veral rrporl.s that ho hail broil seen since then, iniiinly in Sonlh America. Tho Express says Mini details of Bnrinnnn's hfn since the war will bo revealed in a forthcoming buok by Ladislns Farngo, who recently published a book on espionage during I he Second World War, find who is said lo have led the newspaper's sc.irch for Bnnnnnn. At leas) IB "Mnrlin have been turned up in Soulh America by oiithusiasls ongor lo I ruck down Minor's lending omfidanl, ami as laic as hist March n Ccrmnu wilier who snid ho had lived on Uw conUnonl ninco IMC war. briefly Inkcn inlo custody POLICE MASS UNDER AIR CANADA JET prior to ground hijacker being shot dead Bel Boiiita man dies in crash One Del Bonita man Is dead and another is in hospital fol- lowing a single-car accident shortly after 3 a.m. today on Highway 62, about 11 miles south of Magrath. BCMP say Lloyd William Hillmer, 19, was killed when the car he was driving left the liigh- way and was torn aparl in Ihe crash. A passenger in the Hillmer car, Wade William Henry, w, is in Magralh Municipal Hospi- tal in good condition with un- determined injuries. No inquest will be held. Direct Hits DAMASCUS (Renter) Syr- ian artillery replied today with heavy fire to an earlier Israeli attack and scored direct hits on two Israeli positions in the Go- lan Heights, a Syrian spokes- man said. Gas price plan said a threat to Confederation TORONTO (CP) A. B. R. LawTence, provincial secre- tary for resources development, said Friday Ontario is looking to the federal government for leadership in dealing with Al- berta's proposal to increase the price of natural gas sold outside the province. Premier Peter Lougheed announced last week that he plans to charge consumers outside Alberta almost double Ihe rate paid by residents of the province by 1975, with furthei increases later. The present rate is 1C cents for cubic feet. Mr. Lawrence said Alberta's action is "so serious Uiat it shakes the foundations of Confederation itself." He told the legislature a conference involving Prime Minister Trudeau, Mr. Lougheed and Premiers William Davis of Ontario and Robert Bourassa of Quebec would probably have to be called to deal with the problem. The minister said Ontario has no constitutional power to act on its own in (lie dispute, but "obviously we have a very significant political position to take on behalf of the interests of our industry and consumers." Administration rway at university EDMONTON (CP) Three major departments will be in- vestigated in the early slagcs of a review of administration of University of Alberta, it was announced Friday. Allan McTavish, chairman of Ihe review committee, said in Seen and heard About town drinl-or nob Pis- ho why Ihn Miiall pot nl lea he mndc with three bags and allowed to sit for a long lime was avoided by n friend Mmnnn Eni- inrlknmp holding his hat up- side down, finding in II, then Idling {'land sirvons Ihiil "It wouldn't hold water, bill Iho money is more Im- anyway." an interim report to Ihe board of governors lhat Ihe commit- tee will investigate the comp- troller's office, Ihe registrar's office and central purchasing. He was not surprised lhat ad- ministration p r o b 1 c m s have arisen, because of rapid growth during the Now, he sairt, the university is in a .situation where assessments can be made. He lold Ihe hoard six provin- cial auditors arc working lo check practically every dilurc, while university staff is doing much Ihe same Ihing. A member of Dip hoard. Tliirkr Barker, snid he helioml Iho cost of Ibc ,ni minislration data processing di- vision has grown lo about 000 this year from about 000 in The bnnrd of governors np- proved n motion by Dr. Mnx Wynnin, university pro.sidenl, asking that Ihe provincial gov- ernment study luilion fors in Ihe province carefully before making changes. Dr. Wyrnan lurid UM itudcut financing problem is difficult, with loan debt for some stu- denls as high as Some board members saw danger in making high cducalion com- pletely free and maintained a student could handle heavy debt "if he means business." The possibility of higher lui- lion fees was opposed strongly by Frans Slntler and G e r r y Riskin, student representatives on Ihe board. In its brief lo Ihe cabinet committee on education, Ihe hoard said I bo Worth Deport is incorrect in claiming that h n a r d s nf governors nro "omnsrublrd" hv .-irndrillirs. because, noilhri- .-ir.'Hlnmirs pnr governors are given enough credit for solving growth prob- lems of Alberta universities during the 11 also cnllod for n review of Ihe govcrnmrnl derision In abolish the universities nnd col- leges commission nnd snid Iho report fails lo recognise Ihe fin- Ins of University of Alhcrln nnd says Ihn university must ro.lain autonomy. V.S. 'REVERSES STAND' Crisis thr to peace PARIS CAP) Norlli Vietnam announced today that the secret peace talks be- ween United Stales presidenial adviser Henry Kissinger and Le Due Tho of. North Vietnam are being interrupted until Dec. 4. A communique from the North Vietnamese delegation, issued a few hours after Kissinger and the Hanoi envoy met for the sixth time in succession, ssid Tho and his fellow negotiator Xuan .___________________________. Mackasey denies he was forced Thuy "will meet Dr. Kiss- inger again on Dec. 4, 1972." In New York, meanwhile, White House press secretary Ronald Ziegler said Kissinger is returning to the United States tonight to consult Presi- dent Nixon on the status of the negotiations. Nixon and bis family are spending Uie week- end in New York. Zieglor also said that the peace talks have been recessed until Dec. 4. He said the president has agreed lo meet early next week with South Vietnamese Presi- dent Thieu's special assistant, Nguyen Phu Due, coining to Washington to discuss the ne- gotiations. In Paris, U.S. delegation spokesman David Lambertson said he had no comment on Ihe announcement, which c a me amid reports of a crisis in the negotiations. Asked whether some ob- stacles had been encountered in the efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement, Ziegler said: "I would caution you against any excessive speculation.'1 He added that both sides "are negotiating seriously." The presidential spokesman said it had been mutually agreed "not to discuss the sub- stance of the talks or character- ize them in any way what- soever." It was the U.S. posi- tion. Zieglcr said, nol to sign a final agreement "until the agreement is right." Kissinger mel in Ihe Paris suliurb of Choisy-le-Roi for ap- proximately two hours this morning with North Vietnamese negotiators Tho and Xuan Thny. At tr.e end they agreed to re- sume meeling Dec. 4 in Paris. CABLED PRESIDENT Ziegler said Kissinger re- ported to Nixon by cable. Kissinger was lo arrive at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport about 8 p.m. MST tonight. He was to report imme- diately afterwards to the presi- dent who is visiting New York. The two sides met again lo- day despite an apparent Com- munist leak disclosing details of serious differences said lo have arisen. They were reported to have had a stormy one-hour meeting Friday. There was no official com- ment from either delegation on a detailed report in tiie Wash- ington Posl saying that Ihe Unilcd Stales had backed away from the draft agreement con- cluded last month between Kis- singer and Tho. U.S. delegation .spokesman David Lniubcrlson declined all comment on the report Other U.S. sources snid the report olv viously was leaked by the North Vietnamese delegation and was a 'Velf-soiTing" version of [lie fnrir. Tiirrc ports I'ridny lhat Kissinger and Tho ran inlo serious difficullics after Inlking for a total of mnro Mian 20 hours in what Kissinger snid would be the final secret session lo clarify minor points In Iho, agreement. The Washington Posl says Tl'o, angered by the U.S. rover- sal, promptly threatened lo wilhdrftw the concessions mmlo by Hanoi in tbo October draft. OTTAWA (CP) Manpower Minister Bryce Mackasey de- nied today that he has been forced out of the cabinet be- cause of criticism of the unem- ployment' insurance program. Mr. Mackasey said in a tele- phone interview from his Mon- treal home that no recrimina- tions were voiced by Prime Minister Trudeau or his cabinet colleagues about the election controversy over the unemploy- ment insurance plan. The minister said Friday that he is leaving the cabinet for family reasons but there were reports that he considered him- self a scapegoat for the unem- ployment insurance fuss. Mr. Mackasey said that some people, whom he did not spec- ify, regard him as partly re- sponsible for the Liberal gov- ernment's severe electoral losses. He suggested that if this were mentioned in cabinet he would have stayed to fight. He did not regard the unemployment insur- ance issue as a major factor in the election results. Other informants said he is Wellington government defeated WELLINGTON (AP) Nor- man Eric Kirk's Labor party headed lo an upset runaway viclory over Prime Minister John Ross Marshall's National party loday in New Zealand's general election. The Nationals held 44 seals lo Labor's 40 in Ihe former 84-seat House of Representatives. They had been in power 12 years. But, with half the results from constituencies in, the Nation- als had lost seven seats and gained none. Three seats have been added to the House. Marshall called a news con- ference at Parliamenl House lo concede defeat. "t have rung Mr. Kirk to con- gratulate he said. "It has clearly been n time for change. being pushed out of the cabinet, perhaps because Prime Miliis- ler Trudeau had offered him orily some cabinet position that Mr. Mackasey regarded as a demotion. The revelation came just I h ree days before Mr. Trudeau's promised announce- ment of his post-election cabl- ret. The prime minister said Thursday lie would be talking to ministers in advance of liis an- nouncement Monday. Mr. Mackasey's departure means that at least eight mem- bers of the 30-man pre-election cabinet won't he back. Mr. Mackasey said Friday night that he is quilting the cab- inet for family spend more time with his wife, two sons and two daughters. The 51-year-old politician also cited a desire to return to pri- vate business. He operated a printing plant in his home rid- ing of Verdun in suburban Mon- treal before entering politics. Asked what private business be had in mind, Mr. Mackasey said there was nothing firm in might say I'm look- ing for work." At one p-cint, Mr. Mackasey said Mr. Trudeau Iv.d offered him "several important port- folios" in the new cabinet. During the Sept. 1-Oct. 30 election campaign, Mr. Mack- asey found himself defending government policies, especially h i s much-criticized liberal unemployment insurance pro- gram and immigration policy. 'How come hr. vjsnts it ready by Mining company denies its safety record bad MONTREAL (CI1) The construction company which Ihe seven wnikors who diH in nil areidenl nl Mouiil Wrighl, Quo. last, week, Friday denied charges it has a bnd snfely record. "We have a systematic nnd compulsory safely program en- forced since Ihe start of our snid Gerry Kcrnbn, project diroolor for Mnnnix Conslruclion Lid. The company is a major eon- Irsclor at tbo Qucbco Carticr Mining sile. miles norl.licast of Quehec Cily. A report Thursday by (Iv province's Conslniction Industry Commission (CIO Kr.id inspectors Insl month re- ported li'i violations of Ihe Que- bec sadly code on Ihe silc, 14 of were aim mil ted by Mnnnix. The Of, mndc up of mnnnge- of which were eonimiltcd by .intl hl'or ropivspnlnlivos, is Iho hotly oflin.illy responsible for enforcing the labor code in Quebec's construction Industry, ;