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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 1975 VOL. LXV No. 294 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1972 Price 15 Cent? FIVE SECTIONS 104 PAGES shot dead; ordeal ends for AC stewardess FRANKFURT, West Ger- many (CP) A 31-year-old Air Canada stewardess was freed unharmed today and her captor slrot (lead by police at the cli- max of a 24-hour drama played out aboard a DC-8 jetliner at Frankfurt Airport. Margit Sominer, a Czech-born stewardess from Montreal, was freed by police minutes before expiration of a 9 a.m. EST deadline set by the middle-aged man who was armed with a re- volver and carried a box which he said contained dynamite. He had threatened to blow up the plane and kill the stewardess if liis 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. STORM 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. The gunman was picked off by a police sharpshooter as he made a brief appearance in a door of the Canadian jet. SHOT AT DOOU A police spokesman told a news conference the sharp- shooter shot the gunman dead as 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, 58, 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 off and then began is- suing widely fluctuating de- mands to free various persons being held hi West German jails. After the shooting, armed po- lice swiftly closed in and began a search of 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 of the notes dropped from the plane. The psychiatrist made his ap- peal through a 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 girl 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 and the hijacker be flown to Prague. The prisoner would face a possible death sen- tence there. The gunman also sought tha release of 20 Czechoslovaks he thought were in jail in West Germany. Early today, he changed his demand to the re- lease of jailed members of the Baader-Meinhof anarchist gang, held responsible for a series of break-ins, car thefts, bank rob- beries and terrorist bombings that left four United States 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. Trudcau, his once great Literal majority chop- ped down to a humiliating two-seat edge over Pro- gressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield's resur- gent party, has been keeping tightlipped 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 clu'ef 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 ot government and won a Quebec seat for himself in Hie Oct. 30th election. Being the closest man to Mr. Trudeau on both a business and personal 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 State Gerard Pelletier. Mr. Trudeau told the House of Commons earlier this year that Mr. Pellelier 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 pi-edietions. But here's one, at least. Supply and Services Minister James Richardson, MP for Winnipeg South, could bs given a promotion to a higher and more responsible cabinet post. Mr. Trudeau has to appoint a new minister of industry, trade and commerce. Jean-Luc Pepin, one of tile 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. Trudeau 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 the rather tmmilitarily-inclined Trudeau government with the job of finding a new de- fence minister. No one has an inkling of who it will be. Newspaper claims Bormami still alive LONDON (Renter I A London newspaper says that a team of journalists has produced evidence that Martin Bormann, deputy to Adolf Hitler, is alive and well somewhere in Latin America. The Daily Kxpress says thai Bormann, who nour would te 72, is living ns a prosperous businessman, nnd I hat he has fathered four children since escaping from the ruins of Berlin in The youngest of the children was said to be only four years old. Borman is widely Iwlieved lo have escaped during the Russian assault on Iho Herman rapilal in May, and Ihc.re have been yovoral reports thai lip hail boon scon WHOP then, mainly in South America. The Express says that details of Bnrmann's hln since the war will bo revealed in a forthcoming book by Ladislas Far.-igo, who recently published a book on espionage during NIC Second World War, and who is said to hnve led (.he newspaper's search for Bnrmann. At least IB "Marlin Bormnnns" have been turned up in Sonlli America by onlhusiasls eager lo (rack down Hitler's lending confidant, and as laic as last March a Herman soil lor who said ho had lived on Uw continent sincn wan briefly taken into custody POLICE MASS UNDER AIR CANADA JET Just prior to ground hijacker being shot dead Bel Bonita 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. RCMP say Lloyd William Hillmer, 19, was killed when the car he was driving left the high- way and was torn apart in the crash. A passenger in the Hillmer car, Wade William Henry, 13, is in Magrath Municipal Hospi- tal in good condition with un- determined injuries. No inquest will be held. Direct Kits DAMASCUS (Reuter) 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. Lawrence, 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 the rate paid by residents of the province by 1975, with further increases later. The present rate is 16 cents for cubic feet. Mr. Lawrence said Alberta's action is "so serious that 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. Tile minister said Ontario has no constitutional power to act on its own in the dispute, but "obviously we have a very significant political position to take on behalf of the interests of our industry and consumers." Administration underway at university EDMONTON (CP) Three major departments will be in- vestigated in the early stages of a review of administration of University of Alberta, it was announced Friday. Allan McTavish, chairman of the review committee, said in I Seen and heard About town IN drinl-or Rob t'iv wondering why Iho small pot. nf leu ho. made with three bags and allowed to sit for a long time was avoided by a friend Herman Em- mrlknmp holding his lial up- side down, finding in It, then lolling {'land Slrrons lhal "II, wouldn'l hold water, hut Iho money Is more im- anyway." an interim report to the board of governors that the commit- tee will investigate the comp- troller's office, the registrar's office and central purchasing. He was not surprised that ad- ministration problems have arisen, because of rapid growth during the 1960s. Now, he said, the university is in a situation where assessments can be made. He told the hoard six provin- cial auditors are working lo check practically every expen- diture, while university staff is doing much the same thing. A member of the board. Burke Barker, said he heliovod Iho eost of Iho university's ad ministration dnla processing di- vision has grown lo about 000 this year from about 000 in 19G7. The board of governors ap- proved a motion by Dr. Mnx Wymnn, university president, asking that Ihe provincial gov- ernment s 111 d y tuition fees in Ihc province carefully before making changes. Dr. Wyman nald UM dudcut j financing problem is difficult, with loan debt for some stu- dents as high as Some board members saw danger in making high education com- pletely free and maintained a student could handle heavy debt "if he means business." The possibility of higher tui- tion fees was opposed strongly by Frans Slattcr and G c r r y Riskin, .student, representatives on Ihe board. In its brief lo Ihe cabinet committee on education, Ihe board said I be Worth Report is incorrect in claiming that li o a r d s of governors aro "emasrulalofl" hv aeailomies. because neither arademios nnr governors are given enough credit for solving growlh prob- lems of Alberta universities during the ififiOs. It also called for a review of the government decision to abolish the universities and col- leges commission and said tho report fails lo recognize the sta- tus of University of Alhcrla and says Ihe, university must retain autonomy. V.S. 'REVERSES STAND' Crisis thr to peace talks PARIS (API North Vietnam announced today thai the secret peace talks be- ween United States 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, said Tho and his fellow negotiator Xuan_________----------------------------_ 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 his OTTAWA (CP) Manpower Minister Bryce Mackasey de- nied today that he has been forced out of the cabinet be- Mackasey denies he was forced family are spending the week- end in New York. Ziegler also said that the peace talks have been recessed until Dec. 4. He said the president has agreed to 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 the 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. Ziegler said, not to sign a final agreement "until the agreement is right." Kissinger met in the Paris suburb of Choisy-le-Roi for ap- proximately two hours this morning with North Vietnamese negotiators Tho and Xuan Thny. At the end they agreed to re- sume meeting Dec. 4 in Paris. CABLED PRESIDENT Ziegler said Kissinger re- ported to Nixon by cable. Kissinger was to 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 to- 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 the Wash- ington Post saying that the tlnilcd Stales had backed away from the draft agreement con- cluded last month between Kis- singer and Tho. U.S. delegation spokesman David Lambcrkon declined all comment on the report. Other U.S. sources said Ihc report viously was leaked by the North Vietnamese delegation and was a 'Volf-scrving" version of Ihc {SI-IB Tlioro tvoir widespread ports Friday lhaf Kissinger nnd Tho ran into serious difficullics after lalking for a lotnl of moro than 20 hours in Kissinger said would be the final secret session lo clarify minor points Jn the agreement. Tho Washington Post says Tl'o, angered by tho U.S. rever- sal, promptly threatened lo withdraw the concessions mado by Hanoi in tbo October draft. cause of criticism of the unem- ployment' insurance program. Mr. Mackasey said in a tele- phone interview from Ms 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 to an upset runaway victory over Prime John Ross Marshall's National party today in New Zealand's general election. The Nationals held 44 seats to Labor's 40 in the 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 Parliament House to concede defeat. "I have rung Mr. Kirk to con- gratulate he said. "It has clearly teen a time for change. being pushed out of the cabinet, perhaps because Prime Minis- ter Trudeau had offered him only some cabinet position that Mr. Mackasey regarded as a demotion. The revelation came just t h ree days before Mr. Trudeau's promised announce- ment of his post-election cabi- net. The prime minister said Thursday lie would be talking to ministers in advance of Ms an- nouncement Monday. Mr. Mackasey's departure means that at least eight mem- bers of the 30-man pre-election cabinet won't be back. Mr. Mackasey said Friday night that he is quitting 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 he had in mind, Mr. Mackasey said there was nothing firm in might say I'm look- ing for work." At one point, Mr. Mackasey said Mr. Trudeau h.id offered him "several important port- folios" in the new cabinet. During the Sept. 1-Oct. SO 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 wonts h ready by Mining company denies its safety record bad MONTREAL (CP) The construction company which employed Ihe seven workers who died in an accident nt Mount Wright, Que. last, week, Friday denied charges it has a bad safely record. have a systematic and compulsory safely program en- forced since tho start, of our snid (Jerry Sernba, project direclor for Mannix Construction Ltd. Tho company is a major cini- Iractor at tho Qucbco Carticr Mining site. miles northeast of Quebec Cily. A report released Thursday by Iho province's Const met ion Indushy Comniis.sion (CIC) said inspectors last month re- ported if, violations of the Que- bec safely code on the site, 14 of which were committed by Mannix. The C1C1, made up of managc- of which were committed by and labor representatives, is the body oflii-ially rcsponsiblo for enforcing tho labor coda iu Quebec's construction Industry, ;