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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25; high Saturday 35 The LetKbridge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 197S VOL. LXV-No. 29R LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1972 PHICE NOT OVER 10 FOUR SECTIONS-42 PAGES IRA wing peace overtures turned down by Britain DUBLIN (CP) The militant Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army sought a ceasefire in Northern Ireland three times in the last two weeks, hut Britain turned down the requests because terms in- cluded Irish unification and guerrilla amnesty, well-in- formed sources reported today. They said the requests were sent through intermediaries to an adviser to William Whitelaw, Britain's Northern Ireland min- ister. 'Bui the reported IRA propos- als included demands for a dec- laration of intent by the British government for a united Ire- land, and guarantees that guer- rillas on the run would not be arrested after a truce. British officials, the sources said, were not prepared to grant cither demand. The report came amid more violence in Ulster and rising fears that the guerrillas planned a terror campaign in the Irish republic as Prime Minister Jack Lynch's govern- ment struggled to push through Parliament controversial legis- lation designed to curb the IRA. That bill sparked a protest demonstration by an estimated IRA sympathizers outside the Dail (parliament) Wednes- day night. The protesters burned an ef- figy of Justice Minister Des- mond O'Malley, one of the bill's architects, and demanded the release of Sean MacStlofain, the 44-year-old commander of the Provisional jailed for six months last Saturday on charges of being a member of an outlawed organization. MacStiofain rrmtinued his hunger strike, now in its I2th day, but took some liquids to keep his body fluids functioning. However, he was in serious con- dition. A huge force of police and troops held the protesters back only 300 yards from the parlia- ment building and the two-hour protest passed without serious incident despite inflammatory speeches from republican lead- ers like Bernadette Devlin, fire- brand member of the British Parliament. But it underlined the growing hostility against Lynch's gov- ernment, which some political commentators predicted could be defeated on the new legisla- tion. DEBATE ADJOURNED A healed parliamentary de- hate was adjourned lato Wednesday night until today and a vote may not be taken until next week. Both opposition parties said they would oppose the bill on the grounds that it infringes on civil liberties. Northern Ireland suffered Wednesday three more rocket attacks by IRA men armed with Communist-made weapons. Ten rocket strikes blasted army targets and police posts Tues- day in a savage new phase of Ulster's three years of commu- nal feuding. British forces launched a ma- jor hunt for the Communist RPG-7 rocket launchers after the army admitted it had no de- fence against the powerful five- pound missiles which can pierce one-foot thick armor. The three rocket blasts Wednesday hit army positions, but caused little damage and no casualties. SEAN MacSTIOFAIN ACTION LINKED TO PEACE TALKS U.S. troop freeze reports circulate B.C. pension legislation in trouble VANCOUVER (CP) An 82-year-old widow living In a crumbling apartment block in Vancouver's Kitsilano district should be rejoicing at the provincial govern- ment's recent legislation guaranteeing old-age pension- airs a monthly income beginning next year. Instead, she, like many of the province's pension- ers, is facing a move to other, costlier, accommodation because a nse in rents has taken away her pension Increase. Of the pensioners in British Columbia, about will receive increases that bring their income to a month beginning in January. Only about now qualify for the current maximum pension of a month. In the widow's case, the increase will amount to not much to a working person but the difference between a Ica-and-loast diet and more substantial fare for many pensioners. But on Sept. 1, she received notice that her rent was being increased by ?10 a month, effective Dec. 1. Thus, instead of an extra S8.00 to spend next January, she will he poorer by a month. If successful in her search for an apartment with rent only more than lier present one, she'll still clear only of the 58.90 increase in pension. Her case is one of many documented by Uie Van- couver Tenants Council in its fight to persuade the New Democratic Party government to institute a tem- porary freeze on rents while the Landlord and Tenant Act is rewritten. The NDP promised reform of rental legislation during the campaign leading up to its sur- prise victory in the Aug. 30 provincial election. NINE DIE IN FIRE Two bodies ore loaded inlo am- bulance at scene of fire where nine persons died and 32 were injured early today when fire swept through the seventh floor of the Baptist Towers Apartment, a home for 1he aged in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Wirephota) Trapped women jump to death U.S. tightens airport rules By niCIIAUD WITKIN New York Times Service NEW YORK The Nixon administration has de- cided to issue an emergency rule requiring all of Uie nation's 531 airports with airline service to provide po- licemen or other nrmed guards to help intercept po- tential hijackers. In disclosing Ihc plan, official sources in Washing- Ion said it was part of a broad anti-hijacking initiative Iliat, in coming months, would also require that Iho following .steps lie taken; Every airline passenger lie screened by boarding- gale detectors for Ihc presence of guns or other weap- ons. All carry-oi; Items be physically inspected for (he presence of weapons. New cockpit-security Jind other protective de- vices be provided aboard airliners. NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) Spectators jammed streets in the heart of the city as five women leaped from the 15th floor of a burning building. Some wept, some prayed as helicopters raced with death to rescue eight men trapped on the roof. Four persons died. The women on the 15th floor of the IG-storey building called for help as firemen tried unsuc- cessfully to reach them with ex- tension ladders. "We were three storeys too said Fire Chief Louis San Salvador. He said there was a possibility of arson he- cause there was a smaller fire in the building earlier in the day. As the flames licked nearer, the five women began jumping. They plunged to a rooftop of an adjoining fall of eight storeys. CROWD SCREAMS Each fall was accompanied bv a scream from Itrc crowd. "0 God! 0 a young blonde on cried over and over. X. "The first girl fell said Mark Wheeler II, who also watched from tho street. "Hie others camo out sommersaulting and hitting the edge of the building as they came down." Pat Tynes watched from the roof of Uie building to which the women plunged. He said firemen tried four times to shoot a rope to the women above, getting enough height, but aiming wide of the mark. LADDERS WON'T REACH In a desperate attempt to reach the trapped women, fire- men lashed ladders together, hut still were short, San Salva- dor reported. In still another attempt at rescue, helicopter pilot Robert Garrigan tried to get a rope to the women. "I got to the comer of the building just in lime to see the last one Carrigan said. "It was sickening." who survived the fall had their impact broken by men on the lower roof who linked arms and tried to catch them. They were listed in critical condition. The fourth victim of Uie fire, a man, was found on the Wth- floor stairwell, apparently a suffocation victim. All the dead were from the Mew Orleans area. SAIGON (AP) The United States froze today further troop withdrawls from Vietnam pending the outcome of peace negotiations in Paris, American sources disclosed. The U.S. command said it has received no orders from Washington for further troop cuts after reaching a Dec. 1 target of ordered by President Nixon last August. The command declined com- ment beyond that, but other sources said Washington had or- dered a freeze. Most of the U.S. forces re- maining in Vietnam are ad- visers, technicians, pilots and support troops. The bulk of the U.S. support to the South Vietnamese is com- ing from air bases in Guam and Thailand and from 7th Fleet ships off the coast of Vietnam. About U.S. servicemen are supporting Saigon's war ef- fort from these bases outside Vietnam, in addition to the 000 in the country. WASHINGTON (AP) There is no plan now for a meeting between President Nixon and South President Nguyen Van Thieu, but the House has left open Urc possibility of such a summit conference "sometime in the fu- ture." Nixon met for VA hours Wednesday with Nguyen Pho Due, President Thieu's personal representative, for a first-hand account of Saigon's view of the effort to reach a Vietnam settle- ment. The South Vietnamese re- quested the meeting. It was originally scheduled to last one hour. Ronald Ziegler, the While House spokesman, said the sec- Biou was "a very detailed dis- cussion, and a very frank dis- but he refused to dis- close the substance of the talks. This attitude has marked the administration's responses to all questions recently about tha state of the peace negotiations. Diplomatic sources in Saigon said Due would propose a Nixon-Thieu meeting to rein- force the South Vietnamese view that no agreement should be signed that lacks a written pledge for North Vietnam to withdraw all its troops from the South. IS BIG OBSTACLE The question of Hanoi's troop levels below the demilitarized zone has been the major stick- ing point in the private talks in Paris hr-tween Henry Kissinger Le Due Tho. The talks are iduled to resume Monday. But while Due was thought to have restated his government's view about the troop situation, Nixon and Kissinger were de- scribed by other U.S. officials as convinced they can oblain a satisfactory settlement on this point. No delay- pledge given PARIS TAP) The United States pledged today that Presi- dent Nixon will not permit any avoidable delay in ending the Vietnam war. U.S. Ambassador William Porter told the 168th weekly session of the Paris peace talks: "We had hoped, as you know, to reach an agreement earlier. We worked hard to bring this about, but the issues in this long conflict are complex, as all recognize, and can be neither dismissed nor distorted. "We reiterate to you our president's firm intention to permit no avoidable delay in ending this wcr and entering a period of peace and reconstruc- tion. Peace, when it comes, will be all the more stable and en- during if it is the result of plan- ning careful and equitable rela- tionships for the future." In an apparent reference to Uie secret talks between Henry Kissinger and Le Due Tho, Por- ter said: "In this present phase, then, we should respect each other's problems and concerns, and we should have faith that the serious purpose demonstrated and the major progress achieved will lead at an early date to a mutually satisfactory final result. Investigate claim hired gunman killed Albertan EDMONTON (CP) The al- torney-general's department is investigating a claim that a hired gunman from a foreign country shot and killed Edmon- ton travel agent Bob Neville last June 13. Th-i information was given to the department Tuesday by Mrs. Keith Latta, whose hus- bruid, a professor at Queen's University, Kingston, Ont., has been convicted of the murder of Mr. Neville. He is serving a life sentence at Drumheller peivtenliary. Deputy Attorney-General S. A. Friedman said the informa- tion contained in the statement by Mrs. Latta and her lawyer, Cameron Steer, is being in- vestigated. The statement said that last week two male informants ap- proached the law firm with which Mr. Steer is connected. HIRED TO KILL The statement alleges that a man identified by name and passport number of his native land, then living in Edmonton, told one of the informants he was paid at the time he killed Neville, with another 000 deposited in a foreign bank. The statement was obtained after Uie Alberta Appeal Court dismissed an appeal in Scptem- An application to appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed Tuesday. The statement says the man said to be the murderer told Uie informant he was "just the middle man and he was repre- senting a woman who he did not identify." In addition, the statement says the foreign-born man was accompanied to Mr. Neville's downtown office on the day of the murder by another man. The statement says the infor- mant is prepared to appear in court as a witness if required. It says the man said to be the murderer left Canada June 25, 1971. Find gas Held in Arctic area I Seen and heard About town rpEXAS ,lha -Bering through a 1 recipe to whomp up a licious south- ern-style pecan pie for friends Johanna lu'ldc- brand eating Japanese or- anges instead of popcorn at the movies because she want- c-u to "waist" awav OTTAWA (CP) A fourth gas field hs been discovered by Panarctic Oils Ltd. in the High Arctic, the consortium of gov- ernment and major oil com- panies announced today. The newest known as Uie Hecla well, contains "very substantial amounts ot the company said. Northern Affairs Minister Chretien, commenting on the find, said it brings the company "much closer to the threshhold requirements for an Arctic island gas pipeline Panarctic is 45-per-cenl owned by Uie federal govern- ment. Hecla is a twin structure to the Drake Point gas field, an- other Panarclic discovery 30 miles to (he east. Other Panarclic discoveries were made on King Christian Island and at Kristoffer Bay on Ellef Ringnes Island. Panarctic also is drilling at five other Arctic island loca- tions. Good jobless program 'gone bacP 'Peace is coming! Peace is comingl' TORONTO (CP) The total unemployment insurance bene- fits paid this year mil he about billion, far in excess of Ihc ''disconcertingly high public forecasts made to Ihc ex- ecutive director of the Canadian Council on Social Development said Wednesday. In a panel discussion nt the Canadian Tax Foundation's nn- nual conference, Reuben C. Bnclz snid he has learned from "reliable sources" that Iho unemployment insurance pro- gram will cost more than double Ihc billion paid in I lie first seven months of this year. "There has probably never been anything to equal Ihis magnitude of miscalculation of expenditures in social legisla- tion throughout he said. "This astronomical over-ex- penditure is particularly diffi- cult to understand because (ho original estimates did in- clude .1 fairly accurate r.ilc of unemployment for 1972 and also look inlo account Ihc in- creased rale of benefits." Mr. Rnetz snid the billion figure is slightly less Ihnn Iho yearly cost would for n guar- anteed nnnunl Income bused on for a family of four. The unemployment in.Mir.inco program, extended early this year to include n number of professional workers and to pay after as little as eight weeks of employment lo those who become jobless, "has tho unmistakable odor of a good program gone Mr. Baclz K.iid. Projections [or 197.1 indicate it may cost nearly billion un- less some of Ihe current regu- lations arc changed. Mr. Hactz snid the fault with the program lies mainly in the fact that it Is only one of a number of Income sccurily plans, which logcther make up Canada's income sccurily sys- toms. Tho weaknesses of other as family allow- ance programs, social insur- to be corrected through Iho unemployment in- surance program. That was a fatal mistake. Mr. rtnc-lz said. The program was inlcndcd lo protect "bonn fide members of Ihe labor force against tem- porary involunlory periods of unemploymcnl." "lint by reducing Ihc quali- fying period lo eight weeks, il Iho door to marginal workers like housewives and students who could work for n while, then collect benefits for ns many us 40 weeks. Explosion weeks apartment ROME (Reuler) At least 16 persons were killed and 65 in- jured in an explosion which wrecked a nine storey apart- menl block early today, throw- ing a working-class Rome sub- urb of (100.nod people inlo dark- ness and chaos. Many hours after the blast only throe of the dead, who in- cluded several clu'ldren, had been identified. Police, meanwhile, detained the owner of a ground-floor gun- shop, where it was suspected that the explosion may hav< originated. Won't buy wheat MOSCOW (Renter) The So- viet Union Is not planning nny mn r o major purchases of United Slates wheat in the Inv mcriialo future hut will concen- trate on food grains and soy- bonus, informed sources snid hew. They snld Soviet officials outlined the intentions to visit- ing Smnlor Hubert Humphrey at n meeting. ;