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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta _ SNOW "FLURRls FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 40-45 The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 248 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Stanf ield And Trudeau To Lock Verbal Horns FRUSTRATION Aaron Schowalter, 22- months-old, could reach the tap but couldn't get a drink at a park fountain in doWntown Strat- ford, Ont. However, he managd to give the sidewalk a through drenching. Cambodian Switch Blow To Prince PHNOM PENH (AP) Cambodia's National As- sembly and Senate voted unanimously today to end their country's ancient monarchy and replace it with a republic. The legislators at a joint session said the republic would be proclaimed Oct. 9 and would go into effect Nov. 1. Chief of State Chen Heng leaves Oct. 9 to speak to the UN General Assembly in New York. The switch to a republic is designed chiefly as a blow against Prince Norodom Sihanouk, tire deposed chief of state and head of the royal house, who has set up a government-in-exile in Peking. Western political observers said that while the constitutional changes that would result were not yet clear, they doubted that there would be any imme- diate change in Premier Lon Nol's government or its operations. Chen Heng is expected to remain as, chief of state. He was elected by the parliament when it deposed Sihanouk in mid-March. By proclaiming a republic, the government un- doubtedly hopes to undermine Sihanouk's claims that he is still the rightful chief of state. The government also hopes that abolition of the monarchy will help wipe out the loyalty to the prince and his family that lingers among the peasants in the countryside. Lon Nol, who headed the government under Sihanouk, began promising to proclaim a republic soon after he deposed the prince last March 18. Sihanouk hi a recent broadcast from Peking noted Lon Nol's plans and said Cambodia has been a de facto republic since I960, when he refused to take the throne of his dead father and had himself named chief of state instead. Sihanouk said the present con- situation could serve for a republic if it were amended. In voting for a republic today, the legislators cited the parliament's election of Sihanouk in 1960 as precedent for their action. In the war, Cambodian troops beat back a heavy 11-hour attack on a base on Phnom Penh's highway to the sea, but Communist forces cut the highway to Battambang and the Thai border. In South Vietnam, Viet Cong rockets hammered a Special Forces camp and other targets near Da Nang. A Cambodian military spokesman said the Com- munist troops were backed by heavy mortar lire in their unsuccessful attempt to overrun Src Khlong, a major government strongpoint on Route 4, about 50 miles southwest of the capital. Route 4, which leads from Phnom Penh to Cam- bodia's only deep water port at Kompong Som, re- mained closed lo all official traffic. And with tlw cut- ting of Route 5, leading to Ihe west and northwest, only two of Ihe country's nine major highways were fully open, spokesmen said, OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau and Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield will have their first direct confronta- tion today since last June. It will come at the.resumption of tlie Commons session after a 101-day holiday for MPs. The current session will end Wednesday and a new third of the 28th Parliament- will open Thursday morning with the usual throne speech, a general outline of government policy and planned legislation. Today's sitting is routine in that it will start with any state- ments the government cares to make and a question period. After a recess of more than three months, the opposition can be expected to be laden with questions for the government, especially o n unemployment and the economy generally. The Commons finance com- mittee makes public today its report on the white paper on tax changes. It is expected to be critical of some government proposals, but not as severely as the Senate finance committee which re- ported last week. Sources say the government does not plan to try to put through any major or controver- sial legislation in the dying days of the current session. They say it has dropped all intention of seeking passage now of a bill, strenuously op- posed by the Conservatives, to establish government-appointed national marketing boards for farm products despite a Sept. 16 statement by Agriculture Minis, ter H. A. Olson that its approval by Parliament Is urgent. The bill will have to be re-in- troduced hi the new session. It is still locked up in the agricul- ture committee. The first bill scheduled for de- bate today is one winch would permit the Hudson's Bay Com- pany to move its head office to Winnipeg from London. This measure is not' expected .to High British Govt. Officer Abducted At Montreal MONTREAL (CP) Police said four armed men forced James Richard Cross, senior British trade com- missioner, into a taxicab outside his Redpath Crescent home at a.m. today. The British government office said Mr. Cross was abducted as he was leaving for work from his residence in the fashionable neighborhood at the foot of Mount Royal in downtown Mont- real. SET UP ROADBLOCKS A spokesman said Mrs. Cross witnessed the abduction of her 49-year-old husband, who has been trade commissioner here since February, 1968. However, Elizabeth Richards, information officer at the gov- ernment office, could not con- firm reports that the commis- sion received an anonymous tel- ephone call shortly after a.m. informing them of the abduction. Meanwhile, police set up road- blocks and spot checks at major arteries leading to and from the city, including some bridges leading to the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. The four men were reported armed with three machine-guns and a revolver. The combined anti-terrorist police squad is investigating the incident. The squad is made up of select detachments from, the Montreal police, Quebec Provin- cial Police and the RCMP. Both police and the British government office say no ran- som note has been received yet. A police spokesman said there is a possibility that a ran- som demand may be made through the news media. Police said the British ment office here said that the Smythe Ruling Held ffe could try drilling for natural gas.' Wheat Talks Begin WINNIPEG (CP) Two Ca- nadian wheat board commis- sioners have arrived hi Peking to negotiate another wheat sale, a board spokesman said today. H. L. Kristjanson and G. N. ...._, Vogel left here-last week'after wife of the trade commissioner receiving an invitation to hold .later received a telephone call ii._ from the kidnappers. Contents Bolivia Rebels Call KlDNAPPED-Jqmes Richard Cross, 49, British com- mercial attache in Montreal, was kidnapped at his Montreal home today. Battle Breaks Out Jorrfttll talk's with the Chinese. It is expected negotiations on a new one-year contract will last to three weeks." China has been Canada's of the conversation were not di- vulged by police. Chief Detective Inspector Ro- land Jodoin quoted a witness as last two years, purchasing 81.9 million bushels to the year end- ed July 31, 1969, and taking another 86.2 million in a one- year agreement which expired last month. The wheat board spokesman said the final deliveries now are being made on the last con- tract with China. TORONTO (CP) County Court Judge Joseph Kelly today reserved decision to Nov. 16 on a motion to quash income tax evasion charges against C. Staf- ford Smythe, president of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club. Judge Kelly's action followed a motion by Mr. Smythe's law- J. J. Hobinette, to have iiumvil lUUiiyia Nasser Funeral Victims Are yer, five charges laid under the In- come Tax Act ruled invalid be- cause they violate the Canadian Bill of Rights. Mr. Smythe was arraigned on a charge of evading tax pay- ments on income from Maple Leaf Gardens and four charges involving faulty or deceptive statements on tax re- turns from 1984 to 1968. Sky Lit Up NEW YORK (AP) An arti- ficial cloud caused by a rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va. lit up the Eastern sky early Monday and brought inquiries from Portland, Me., to Jackson- ville, Fla., the U.S. weather bu- reau reported. A weather bu. reau spokesman said the rocket, launched at a.m. EOT, dis- tributed a barium cloud at an altitude of 540 miles. CAIRO (AP) The Egyptian government will pay families of 46 persons who died during President Nasser's funeral each, and the victims will be considered martyrs, the news- paper Al Ahram reported Sun- day. Quoting Social Affairs Min- ister Hafez Badawi, the news- paper said the families rail re- ceive special care and pensions usually given to victims of Arab-Israeli fighting. Sentenced To Die BAGHDAD (AP) Iraq's revolutionary court handed down Sunday the first death sentence for hashish smuggling in the country's history. The convicted smuggler is a Le- banese, Khatter Tanyus, who was found guilty of smuggling 57 pounds of the drug to Iraq last month. U.S. Rock Music Singer Found Dead In Apartment tor's say: "We're the FLQ." RECALL PREVIOUS PLOT Earlier this year, police un- covered an alleged plot to kid- nap Harrison W. Burgess, United States consul-general in Montreal. Ransom demands in the plot included the release of '13 litical prisonerss" from Quebec prisons, payment of in gold bars and a plane in which the kidnappers and released prisoners would he flown to Cuba. The demands were outlined in a document bearing the let- terhead Front de Liberation Quebecois. Arrested and charged were Andrey Roy, 23, an unemployed taxi driver, Claude Morency, 19, and Francois Lanctot, 21, both laborers. They were also charged with more than 40 counts involving armed robbery, illegal posses- sion of explosives and conspir- acy to cause explosions. Their case is still before the courts. RCMP NOTIFIED In Ottawa, an external affairs spokesman said the federal gov- ernment was considering what it could do. The RCMP was "also being he said. The spokesman said several departments are working ur- gently on the matter, including the prime minister's office, jus- tice and external affairs. Mr. Cross had been in Mont- real since 1968. Additional protection will be provided for foreign diplomats in Canada. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Monday in the Commons. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New fighting. broke out in northern Jordan today between government troops and Pales- tinian Arab guerrillas, a guer- rilla communique issued in Bei- rut, Lebanon, said. The communique said Jordan- ian army guns started shelling the village of Harimah, near Irbid, at dawn. "A fierce battle broke the guerrillas said, and fighting was still going on about 10 hours later. Tanks and armored cars ad- vanced on the village and clashed with a guerrilla outpost, the communique said. Harima is between Irbid and the Syrian frontier. Both Irbid and Ramtha remain occupied by the guerrillas, but they are surrounded by Jordanian armor. NEW AGREEMENT Jordanian army sources said earlier that the guerrillas had begun to withdraw from the northern cities, but a new agreement allowed their militia and supplies to remain. The armed guerrillas' defi- ance of the Jordanian govern- ment's control was the underly- ing cause of the strife which has torn Jordan for months. After the ceasefire which ended the 11-day civil war last month, King Hussein's government said it would permit the guerrillas' militia only. if. they were dis- armed or combined with army forces under army control. Meanwhile, Cairo's semi-offi- cial newspaper Al Ahram re- ported that Egypt's National Assembly is to meet Tuesday, possibly to discuss a successor to President Gamal Abdel Nas- ser. Sources in Beirut said Air Marshall All Sabry and Zaka- ria. Mohiedden, former interior minister, are the chief contend- ers. Li Limerick, Ireland, Presi- dent Nixon said prospects for extension of the Middle East ceasefire are good. But he said the outlook for resumption of Arab-Israeli negotiations is not bright. In New York, Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban said he expects the ceasefire to extend beyond its scheduled ex- piration date, Nov. 5. Baltimore Closes Out Ball Series BALTIMORE (AP) Balti- more Orioles swept into the World Series with their second consecutive American League playoff sweep over Minnesota as Jim Palmer silenced the Twins 6-1 Monday. Palmer, who doubled in one run himself as the Orioles jumped to a 5-0 lead after three innings, yielded only seven hits and struck out 12 to close out the best-of-five series. LA PAZ (Reuters) Bolivian army troops trying to oust Pres- ident Alfredo Ovando Candia called a truce today and in- formed sources said negotia- tions have started between rebel officers and those loyal to the president. Early today Army Chief Ho- gelio Miranda, who along with 100 officers the La Paz garri- son revolted Sunday, had a stormy meeting with Ovando ar- ranged by the papal nuncio. The truce and talks were a result of the meeting, the sources said. Miranda, a right-winger, and his backers announced they would set up an interim govern- ment to replace Ovando and call elections within two years. Both Miranda and Ovando claim support from major pro- vincial but most com- manders have not openly de- clared their allegiance either and are apparently hoping for a clearer picture to emerge in La Paz. Information Minister Carlos Carrasco announced troops from. Cochabamba, p.bout 130 miles -outh of La Paz. were marching on the city to quash the revolt, but reports from the area have not confirmed this. STRENGTHENS SUPPORT Ovando flew in from Cocha- bamba Sunday nignt after mus- tering support among loyal gen- erals, yet Miranda's troops made no move to arrest him as he went to the presidential pal- ace for talks with his army sup- porters. Observers here believe Ovando, 55, who seized power just one year EJO in a bloodless coup, will play a waiting game in the hope of a split in the rebel ranks. The present showdown is the latest in a series of crises to rock Ovando's moderately le't- ist-nationalist government as in- fightii.g between leftist and rightist ministers grew in the cati.st. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN Bud Mo Malion finaly having one of his "great tales of a local angler" come true as he reel- ed in a six-pound bout from Duck Lake Four-year old Toby Tower after watching Sesame Street for an hour, asking his mother to take him downtown "to that street, so I can keep playing with those kids" Belly Bailey wondering when her dog's picture would be in the newspaper, seeing how the cat next door had his picture in. HOLLYWOOD (AP) Janis Joplin, a Texas runaway who hit the top as a rock music singer selling millions of records, was found dead Sunday night. Police said her body, with fresh hypodermic needle marks on the left arm, was found in her Hollywood hotel apartment. An autopsy was ordered to de- termine the cause of death. "There were no drugs in the room, only tequila, vodka and a police spokesman said. An ambulance attendant said Miss Joplin, 27, was wearing a nightgown and her death "didn't look like foul play." "It looked like she had just fallen he said SECOND TO Dlfi Miss Joplin was ihe second rock music star lo die in less than a month. Guitarist Jimi ;Hcndrix, who also was 27, was found dead in an apartment in London Sept. 18. A pathologist said he had suffocated from vomiting while unconscious. Miss Joplin rocketed to star- dom after singing the blues classic Ball and Chain at the Monterey International Pop Festival. SOLD MILLIONS Her albums which sold a mil- lion or more copies included Cheap Tin-ills and I've Got Dem 01' Kozmic Blues Again Mania. She was best known for the songs Maybe, Kozmic Blues, One Good Man, Work Me Lord, Turtle Blues and Piece of My Heart. Miss Joplin favored hippie- type garb and drove a Porsche painted with astrological signs and a bloody U.S. flag. She de- scribed herself as a beatnik. She said "bejitniks believe Ihings aren't, going to get belter and say the hell with it, stay stoned and have a good Gas Sprays Kill Asthma Sufferers CHICAGO (AP) Gas in the aerosol sprays of asthma- relieving drugs may be the cause of an increase in sud- den, unexpected deaths among asthma sufferers, Uni- versity of Illinois researchers say. George J. Taylor and Dr. Willard S. Harris of the uni- versity's hospital in Chicago made the connection in an ar- ticle in Ihe Oct. 5 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association. "During the past decade the incidence of sudden unex- pected dealhs among people with asthma hos steadily the article says. There is evidence "relating this mounting asthma mortality to the increasing use of pressur- ized aerosol bronchodilators equipped with nose spray to relieve asthma symptoms. Taylor, a senior medical student, and Harris, associate professor of medicine, studied the effects of prnpcllant gases on mice, rats and dogs. The researchers say their studies suggest of the asthma sufferers may have died from abnormal heart rhythms induced by the aerosol propellants. There are published reports of more than 50 unexpected deaths iifler inhalation of gas propellants. Taylor and Harris point out lhat. fltiroalkan gases, many o! which are called Freons, are used as propellants in pressurized at- omizers. They say these gases should no longer be termed inert. AFFECT HEART Abnormal heart conditions developed in mice, rats and dogs which inhaled the gases. The researchers say they do not know how much of the gas constitutes a lethal dose for h u m a n s but before death some asthma victims have used only two atomizers in two hours, while other victims have been.found dead clutch- ing an empty container. Canadian authorities acted last spring, following reports of similar problems from Britain, to require stronger warnings on labels and pro- motional material for such sprays. In the 1901-65 period, a se- vere increase in deaths among asthmatics matched a rise in sales of the aerosols. As sales fell, so did unex. peeled dealhs. While no similar situation developed in Canada, doctors were urged by the federal food and drug directorate to be aware of the hazards and report any adverse reactions to (he directorate. The directorate has had tho ncrosols under surveillance since last April 1 when it is- sued a letter on them to doc- tors, ;