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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGt HERALD Wtdnmdcy, October 2, News In brief Cyprus explosions reported NICOSIA (AP) Ex- plosions, gunshots and arson Were reported during the night within the Greek- Cypriot community of Limassol district, police said today. No casualties were re- ported. Oil clean-up continues DALHOUSIE, N.B. (Cf) Clean-up crews are working on a narrow 10-mUes-long oil slick that spilled from the torn hull of the tanker Golden Robin near here Monday. The drifting bunker C. oil was in the centre of the Bay of Chaleur late Tuesday night. Favorable winds and tides have prevented the slick, approximately 25 yards in width, from polluting New Brunswick beaches. There were a few patches of oil on Quebec shores, but a tran- sport ministry spokesman said the pollution was not ex- tensive. British newscasters strike LONDON (Reuter) Prime Minister Harold Wilson takes time off from his hectic election campaign schedule today in an effort to end strikes by television jour- nalists which might curtail coverage of election de- velopments. Wilson will meet Employ- ment Secretary Michael Foot to discuss what steps can be taken for an early resolution of a wage dispute between the journalists and Britain's com- mercial television companies. New flu outbreak predicted ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) The National Centre for Disease Control predicts an influenza virus, related to the London flu which brought widespread strike in North America this winter The virus is called the Port Chalmers flu because it was first isolated in Port illness two-years ago, will Chalmers, New Zealand. Energy-saving plans mulled WASHINGTON (AP) A stiff new fee on gasoline, sur- charges on natural gas and electricity, and a tax break for insulating your home are among energy-saving proposals pondered by the Ford administration in the United States. Administration spokesmen said Tuesday that these and other ideas were being consid- ered as energy-conservation proposals for Congress as part of President Ford's economic package. More strike clashes feared MONTREAL (CP) Police in nearby Longueuil reported no incidents early this morn- ing outside the strike-bound United Aircraft of Canda Ltd plant. Company officials said they feared renewed violence to- day following clashes between strikers and police early Tuesday. Immigration suspended CANBERRA (Reuter) The Australian government announced today it has tem- porarily suspended its im- migration program to ease the problem. Migrants whose applications have been approved still will be allowed to come, but no new country's unemployment nominations will be accepted. 4Let catch up' CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Premier Alex Campbell of Prince Edward Island urged the federal government Tues- day not to include the Maritime provinces in the anti inflation measures being contemplated. The premier said in a state- ment the Mantimes need ex- tra consideration to catch up with those parts of Canada which have developed faster. Firecracker ban sought WASHINGTON (AP) Representatives of thousands of United States firefighters have called for a prohibition on all firecrackers and stiffer labelling and performance standards for other fireworks. The 32.000-member National Fire Protection Association said Tuesday the toll of deaths, serious injuries and heavy property damage demonstrates that fireworks exact "an unconscionable waste of human resources and a wholly unnecessary toll of human misery." Banker's wife killed AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The wife of a rural banker was BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MAUL found dead Tuesday after she was kidnapped by three gun- men who forced her husband to give them an undisclosed amount of money. The body of Jean Reville. 51. was found in the trunk of her car on a dirt road about 12 miles west of Augusta, the FBI said early today. X' I U.S. won't seek Hughes extradition Police said three explosions and scattered gunfire were re- ported in the villages of Pera Pedhi and Kilani. Arsonists burned down the premises of a leftist club in the town of Li- massol. .V 1 I 1 By JOHN M. CREWDSON New York Times Service WASHINGTON The justice depart- ment has decided not to seek the extradi- tion from the Bahamas of Howard R. Hughes, the billionaire industrialist, to stand trial in a stock fraud case. A spokesman for the department said that the decision, made about three weeks after Hughes was indicted last July 30, but not announced publicly, was based largely on the government's failure to secure the return of Robert L. Vesco, the financier, from the Bahamas in a similar case late last year Hughes, Robert A. Maheu, his former principal aide, and two other persons were charged by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas with stock manipulation, wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with Hughes's acquisition of Air West, an air- line, in 1968. It was the second indictment returned against the four, who were first charged in the Air West takeover case last Dec. 27. That indictment was dismissed a month later by a federal district judge in Reno, Nev., who termed it the "worst" legal pleading he had ever seen. Between January and July, justice department lawyers reportedly decided not to seek the remdictment of Hughes in the case on the ground that the reclusive billionaire, whose affairs were conducted almost entirely through Maheu, could not be shown conclusively to have directed the alleged conspiracy. But the Las Vegas grand jury reportedly refused to return new charges against the three other men unless they could indict Hughes as well, and the justice depart- ment relented. When the Bahamas gained their independence from Britain last year, it adopted as its own the extradition treaty between the United Kingdom and the United States. This dates from the 1930s and makes no provision for cases involving wire fraud and other relatively new kinds of offenses. That ommission posed a problem for the government last December, when a Baha- mian court ruled that Vesco, who was liv- ing in Nassau at the time, could not be handed over to the American authorities to face wire-fraud charges in an unrelated stock-manipulation case. Lawyers in the justice department's criminal division, after studying the Vesco precedent, reportedly concluded that the expense of bringing extradition proceedings against Hughes was not warranted by the slim chance of obtaining his return. He is living in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. In addition to two counts of wire-fraud, Hughes is charged with conspiring with Maheu and the others to drive down the market price of then-faltering Air West, a California-based carrier. Only a conspiracy involving murder, however, is recognized in the Bahamian treaty as a ground for extradition. As things stand now, Hughes is schedul- 1 ed to appear in Las Vegas to be arraigned on Oct. 25, but no one inside the govern- ment or out believes that the man who has permitted the public only fleeting glimpses of himself over the last 20 years will be there I I Buchanan says protest damaged Indian cause OTTAWA (CP) Militant young Indians planned future action Tuesday in a warm, well-stocked federal building while government leaders criticized them for their part in Monday's violent clash on Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Trudeau and Indian Affairs Minister Judd Buchanan said the 200 In- dian men, women and children who were driven off the Hill Monday by a club- swinging RCMP riot squad have damaged the Indian cause with their protest. But Ken Dennis, a spokesman for the Indians who have travelled here from the West Coast to publicize housing and other social grievances, said the incident could have been avoided if Mr. Trudeau or other officials had come out to hear their de- mands. "It was a pretty gutless thing for Trudeau to Mr. Dennis said. "It never would have become violent if he had come out, and he knows it." The Indians spent the day nursing wounds and planning future action in a 100-year-old stone mill owned by the Na- tional Capital Commission on an island in the Ottawa River. At least one Indian, Cindy Anderson, 20, of Regina, was seriously hurt in the clash and remained in the Ottawa General Hospital intensive care unit with severe head in- juries. Mr. Dennis said she was "just one of a number of sisters who had their skulls cracked" by the special blue- helmeted Mounties who broke up the demonstration. In an interview Tuesday, RCMP Supt. Marcel Sauve said the tactical troops were called out two hours after the demonstration started and to used only enough force control the situation. Mr. Buchanan, who said he plans to spend about eight days during the next month travelling to various reserves to check conditions first hand, put much of the blame for Monday's violence on a hand- ful of white agitators, members of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist- Watergate jury selection difficult WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica has begun selecting a jury in the Watergate cover- up trial, a painstaking process that may take up to a week. Because of the massive pub- licity surrounding the trial and its famous defendants, lawyers say the selection of 12 jurors and six alternates is un- likely to be completed before the end of this week, and perhaps not until Monday or Tuesday. On the opening day of the trial Tuesday, Sirica noted two years of Watergate news coverage and asked the first pool of prospective jurors to come before him: Gunbattle ends search for American fugitives BORDEN, Sask. (CP) An RCMP search for two men and two women involved in the shooting of a Prince Albert police officer and the abducting of another officer ended Tuesday night after a brief gun battle near a Borden grain elevator. Pobce said the four, two of whom were escaped prisoners from the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla, Wash., surrendered to RCMP officers and the hostage was released unharmed. Two children were also found with the fugitives. The drama began when a Prince Albert policeman, Con- stable James Kidney, made a routine check of a car bearing Washington state licence plates at a downtown service station. While one of the car's five adult occupants was inside the station, someone inside the car apparently shot and wounded Constable Kidney in the arm and hand, severing his finger. Detective Albert Logue arrived on the scene and was taken hostage at gun- point. The man who was in the service station wasn't able to make it back to the car before it left, and was apprehended. The car was given chase along highways 11 and 5 and, at one point, nearly slammed into a stalled semi-trailer truck near the Borden bridge about 25 miles northwest of Saskatoon. It then veered down a side road into the Borden campground where the four fled on foot. Police from throughout cen- tral Saskatchewan converged on the area as dogs and helicopters were sent in. One helicopter was hit by a bullet from a magnum-force rifle carried by one of the four, but after a brief descent it went back into the search. The four were finally cor- nered by dogs, and after a brief gun battle surrendered to police and released their hostage unharmed. Police have not released the names of the four, but the two children were reported to be seven and 12 years old. "Is there anyone who can- not presume that the defen- dants who stand before you are innocent Accused of attempting to smother the original Watergate investigation two year ago are members of former president Richard Nixon's innermost Ehrlichman, H R Haldeman and John Mitchell. Two other lesser figures who worked in Nixon's 1972 re- election effort, Robert Mar- dian and lawyer Kenneth Parkinson, also are charged in the conspiracy trial. Sirica excused 90 of the 155 persons first called, when they offered health or family reasons to prevent them from being housed at a motel dur- ing the criminal trial, ex- pected to last at least to the Christmas holidays. The 65 able to withstand the extended jury duty were ask- ed whether they had any "moral, ethical.-philosophical or religious" reasons for not standing in judgment of others, and were warned that if chosen finally, it would be "one of the most important things you will have to do in your life." The 65 who survived the first day's general probing will hear more questions from the judge in a private session Thursday, with defence and prosecution lawyers present; and Sirica was to poll another 175 persons today on their availability for the trial. About those eggs Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan seems to be getting some advice from an egg production expert at an agricultural fair in Madoc, Ont. It is not known if the rooster offered any sound solutions to the problems of the Canadian Egg Market- ing Agency. In an address at the fair Mr. Whelan said the mistakes that led to the destruction of millions of eggs were "honest" ones. U.S. official harrasses farmer on Canadian soil Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Vienna Alexander Letov, 62. internationally known mathematician and physicist and deputy director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. PEMBINA, N.D (CP) A U.S. customs official declined Tuesday to admit any error on the part of U.S. authorities who were involved in a controversial border incident last weekend concerning a Saskatchewan farmer flying his own plane to the United States. The farmer, Ed Gross of Glen Bain, said a U.S. border patrolman accosted him about 600 yards into Canadian territory on a border airstrip south of Estevan and made him come to the U.S. customs office, where authorities threatened to seize his plane because he allegedly had not notified them of his intention to cross the border. Mr. Gross emphasized that he had not crossed the border and also asserted that he had radioed the customs post that he was coming. He also said an Eslevan flying service relayed his message to the customs post. The Pembina customs official, however, said: "If our customs people received the message, then I'd have to agree with Mr. Gross. But the reports which I have received indicate no message was received and that Mr. Gross was on American territory. A meeting of Canadian and U.S. customs officials in Grand Forks, N.D., next week is expected to discuss the incident, for the Canadian external affairs department is seeking an explanation. A Canadian customs official, meanwhile, disclosed that for operational purposes the border airstrip which is two-thirds in Canada is considered American for southbound planes and Canadian for northbound aircraft The incident came to light Tuesday in the Commons when Les Benjamin (NDP Regina Lake Centre) asked External Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen about the complaint. "I have asked that the matter be investigated and the information be sought from the United Calgary school board defies commission rule CALGARY (CP) The Calgary public school board Tuesday voted to defy an Alberta Human Rights Com- mission ruling and continue charging a tuition fee to non- resident students. The unanimous vote follow- ed a commission ruling that the practice of charging a Catholic couple full non- resident fees violated the in- dividual rights act. "Our reaction is that the commission's opinion is one thing, the law is another." The schools act requires Catholic parents who want to send their children to public schools pay a non-resident fee of or renounce their religious faith. Trustees admitted they are challenging the human rights commission to hold an inquiry and to call for briefs from the school board and parent: affected by the ruling. MERLE nORfflflfl COSmETICS oTtiiimi