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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta JU THE LETHBHIDGE MEHALO I Uetaay, UCIODVf V, Steel plant gears for modern method By JOHN SOOSAR SYDMKY. N S. CI'i Five years after the Sydney steel in- dustry was saved I rum closure by the .Nova Scotia government, the plant is gearing tor a major modernization which makes ini- tial efforts at rehabilitating the 70-year-old plant look punv by comparison Although those close to the industry were aware that the much touted original S94 million rehabilitation and modern- ization oi Sydney Steel Corp. (SyscoI would only be the first step in an effort to make the plant viable, it came as a jolt to many that further millions would be required almost im- mediately Last month it became known that this second phase would cost close to S200 million and involve replacement of five open hearth key part of the steelmaking a basic oxygen plant to complement the new S30 million con- tinuous casting system now under construction Svsco's position as the cornerstone of the precarious Cape Breton economv makes it the view of many- thai the work be undertaken now to overcome the corporation's present heavy loss situation. The sprawling steel plant is the economic backbone of this city of so vital that some experts believe industrial Cape Breton would be seriously depopulated if it ever closed. MAY FINANCE PART To smooth the Crown corporation's entry into the lending market Liberal Premier Gerald Regan savs it is conceiv- able' that the province will become directlv involved in fi- nancing a ['art ol the modernization program instead of con- tinuum merely to guarantee Sysco-'s borrowing. We have really put very little equity money into the plant to date." the premier said in a recent interview "I think it is im- perative 10 the welfare ot the province that the industry con- tinue .ind prosper The Cape Breton Development Corp. (Devcoi. a federal Crown corporation, has otlcred to guarantee up to S70 million in new borrowing. The provincial government is expected to clarify its position when it receives a report Irom a British steel consulting firm later this month on what the plant needs and what its scale of operations should be in the future This will update a 1969 report prepared shorth alter the province assumed ownership of the plant Irom Dominion Steel and Coal Corp. (Doscoi. Management has us priorities ready and wants to undertake work on the basic oxygen steelmaking plant early in 1974. Shipbuilder George Albert Foulis of Collingwood, Ont., an 80-year-old retired captain of ships on the Atlantic and the Great Lakes, builds models of Q ships in which he hunted German U-boats in World War I. The Q ships, filled with cork and wood, were unsinkable. but Germans destroyed 200 of them with incendiary fire. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kirkvold of Taber Win Beny's Fabulous Trip for Two to Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile are pleased to announce that Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kirk- void are the lucky winners of their recent Hawaiian Promotion. Their purchase of a brand new 1973 Chevrolet Impala made them along with 125 other buyers eligible to win this trip. Beautiful The draw was made on Monday, Oct. 1st by Mr. Hal Lust, G.M.A.C. representative in this area. From left to right are. Hal Lust, G.W. Lee Steen, General Manager, Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile and Gerry Wagenvoort, General Sales Manager of Beny's. f The car that made Mr. and Mrs. Kirk- void the winners, a 1973 Chevrolet Impala 4 door sedan, was purchased from Whitey Rimstad, Sales representative. Congratulations! to the lucky couple from all of us at Beny's! They will enjoy their dream Hawaiian trip this winter. Above are the happy winners receiving their tickets, From left to right are' Gerry Wagenvoort, Mrs. and Mr. Ron Kirkvold, Q. W. Lee Steen and Whiley Rimstad. We invite you to drop in and view our beautiful new 1974 MODELS Deal with Beny's.....You'll BENY-FIT Beny Chevrolet Oldsmobile 2nd Avtnut and 8th Street South Phone 328-1101 THE FORGOTTEN FOUR Service to the nation earns prison sentence By MICHAEL PUTZEL WASHINGTON (APi They were caught in the Watergate, carelessly labelled "four Cubans." slapped into jail and lorgotten. While the three branches government debate and investigate the Watergate involvement of those in high places who remain tree, the "lour Cubans" are serving provisional 45-year prison terms for what they thought was service to their countiy. The Associated Press recently interviewed the men For three of them, it was the first time they had told their stories publicly They are not even Cubans, al- though two of them once were One is an Italian-American born in Nor- folk, Va.. and raised in Philadelphia Another was born in Cuba to American parents. All are U.S. citizens "I'm not a crook." said Virgilio Gonzalez. 47. a locksmith. "II I want to be a crook. I can be one by myself. I don't have to come to Washington. 1 made the combination locks for all the big bank vaults in Miami." Eugenic Martinez, a one-time medical student who lost a hospital and factory in the Cuban revolution, says he has spent much of his time in prison thinking about the case and has come to no conclusion. STILL PUZZLES' "One thing still he said in a gentle voice with a marked .Spanish accent "You know, we all were in the Bay of Pigs invasion. When that iailed. President Kennedy accepted responsibility. "He could have denied it, but he didn't He helped raise million to ransom the men who were captured by Castro's army "In Watergate, President Nixon went on television and accepted responsibility, too. But we remain in prison Bernard Barker. 55. who re- cruited the other three at the re- quest ol Howard Hunt, his former CIA superior, emphasizes the point on which all four rest their cases "We were acting under official orders from Mr Howard Hunt." Barker said "I had been his prin- cipal assistant in the Bay of Pigs operation When he contacted me 10 years later, he was a member of the executive branch He had an office in the White House." Barker said Hunt told him he was working for a special investigative unit with jurisdiction that neither the CIA nor FBI had. The assignments were said to involve national security: obtaining the psy- chiatric files of "a traitor." protecting the remains Edgar Hoover, galhering evidence of for- eign Communist money financingan American presidential campaign. Frank Sturgis. the lookout, put it simply: "We're soldiers. We don't ques- tion orders." To Martinez, "intelligence people are different from other people." "My parents died in Cuba." he said. "I wanted to bring them out. For me it would have been easy. You know I made many trips and brought many people out. It was my job. But my superiors said no. that I might give away my identity and lose my usefulness So I did not go. and my parents died." The men broke into the Wa- tergate. Barker and Martinez took part in the burglary of Daniel Rllsberg's psychiatrist's office. They readily admit that. Their lawyer. Daniel SchulU, portrays them as victims of Watergate, four lower-level op- eratives who let themselves be sacrificed to protect their supe- riors. The four weren't surprised by- events following their arrest A lawyer showed up hours after their arrest without their calling one Later, bail was arranged. A well- known, highpriced Rothblatt of New their case. Rothblatt discussed with Barker a plan to use a "CIA defence." justify- ing the men's actions by pinning responsibility on the spy agency. DEFENCE CHANGED "They thought. 'Everything's line: we're going to get off.'" Schullz said. "Then (CIA Director Richard) Helms was relieved, and James McCord told them the CIA delence was off. So they assumed something had gone wrong and realized they would have to take the rap." At the start of the trial. Hunt pleaded guilty without mentioning higher authority. His men insisted that they, too. would plead guilty over the objections of Rothblatt. who resigned from the case. Barker's daughter retained Schultz. "At the sentencing, the men wouldn't let me say anything." he said. "They insisted that if the government wanted it known they were working for the agency, the government would come forward. None came forward." Chief United States District Judge John Sirica gave them provisional maximum sentences and said that if the men co-operated with authorities he would take that into consideration at the time of final sentencing. Final sentencing, postponed several times, now awaits Sirica's ruling on the men's motion to change their pleas to not guilty bas- ed on disclosures of high-level wrongdoing made in the Senate Watergate hearings. In transit One of Vancouver Public Aquarium's two Arctic whales swings through th air to its home in an aquarium pool in Stanley Park. Bella and Lugosi were move' to holding tank for one week while aquarium staff renovated the pool. ;