Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD October "1 -m Q Heath predicts extorts from bank terrible slump By CY FOX LONDON (CP) A seemingly hard-pressed Con- servative Leader Edward Heath has pulled out all the stops in making a late bid for votes in Thursday's British general election. Confronted with decidedly unfavorable public-opinion polls and a highly-confident Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Heath insisted Tues- day night that Britain faces austerity, frugality and kind of danger we have never faced before." But Heath's warning that "it could be a slump worse than the 1930s merely prompted one business newspaper to interpret the Tory leader's speech as his Frobisher beacons didn't work FROBISHER BAY, N.W.T. (CP) A technician on call the night a jet crashed near here last February told an inquest into the accident Tuesday he was not informed of any emergency. Ubald Christin said he was called to fix a beacon at the airport which guides planes to their approach for landing but was never told an approaching aircraft might need the beacon that night. "If I had known then of that plane's attempted approach landing in Frobisher Bay I would have left things the way they were as soon as I had one of the two FY beacon trans- mitters he said. Nine persons were killed Feb 27 when the plane, owned by Brethour Realty Services Ltd. of Oakville, Ont., crashed 60 miles from its destination on a flight from Keflavik, Iceland, to Frobisher Bay. first public indication of doubt regarding the outcome of the election. In making this comment, The Financial Times of London cited Heath's remark as indicating that he wished his message about impending hard times had struck home across the land. "It may be the fault of politicians like me if it Heath said in a cam- paign speech. In a remarkable instance of election-eve apologetics, Heath said: "Perhaps our language hasn't been the right language. We may have un- derestimated people's reac- tion to a challenge of this dimension." Polls conducted for Con- servative-supporting news- papers showed an increasing- ly solid lead for the Labor par- -ty as Briton's prepared to vote in their second general elec- tion this year. Wilson earned confidence as he ridiculed Tory allegations that his Labor government had lost control of the economic crisis. Despite last-minute Tory charges that Labor is domi- nated by left-wingers, Wilson asserted that to abandon his government's policies now would end Britain's hopes of overcoming its economic crisis. VANCOUVER (CP) A young gunman used a bank manager and his son as hostages to escape a police cordon after extorting from the bank Tuesday. Police were continuing their search for the man today, described as about 22 years old. The afternoon of terror began for the H. H. Bridger family when Mrs. Bridger answered the door at their home and the man forced his way inside. He was armed with a small silver revolver.. About 30 minutes later, Scott Bridger, 20, came home for lunch. The gunman then forced Mrs. Bridger to call her husband at the main office of the Bank of Montreal. For more than two hours, Mrs. Bridger stalled the man by pretending that her husband, the bank's B.C. executive vice- president, was out of the office. When Mr. Bridger got on the line, the gunman demanded in small bills. Mr. Bridger bargained him down to claiming the branch didn't have that much in small bills. Mr. Bridger was ordered to deliver the money to his home. City police, meanwhile, received a call about the ransom demands and eight squad cars ringed the block. Officers were unaware that the gunman was inside with hostages. When Mr. Bridger arrived, he saw of- ficers with shotguns and rifles crouching behind their cars. "What are you guys doing he yelled at the startled officers. "You've blown it! If he sees you, he'll shoot my wife and" Moments later, the gunman, training the pistol on Mr. Bridger and his son, walked out to the car carrying the money. Mr. Bridger drove away, followed by an unmarked police car. In rush-hour traffic, however, police lost the Bridger vehicle. The gunman then got out of the car and fled on foot. Mr. Bridger and his family were un- harmed, but refused to talk about their ordeal. i "Stable policies could double food production9 By MICHAEL LAVOIE OTTAWA (CP) Canadian farmers could double food production if they had more stable federal government agriculture policies, a Cana- dian conference on the world food crisis was told Tuesday. Charles Munro, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and of the 45- country International Federa- tion of Agriculture Producers, Terrorists agree to release hostages BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. 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Until then, the government had refused to negotiate, and demanded the unconditional surrender of the gunmen. said Canada would have much more food for export to under- developed countries if the government could end the "boom and bust" cycle in the farm economy. Mr. Munro, a farmer in the southwestern Ontario commu- nity of Embro, said govern- ments must stabilize farm marketing practices, clamp down on the conversion of prime farm land to other uses and invest more money in agriculture research. "As farmers we say we have the potential and the technology to feed twice as many people as we do Mr. Munro told a conference workshop on ways to increase world food production. "But there has to be the political will to do it." Appearance postponed WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford's appearance before a House of Represen- tatives judiciary subcom- mittee was postponed Tues- day until a week from today "to afford ample time for selection and sequestration of the Watergate jury." About 240 delegates from agriculture, business, labor and non-government food agencies are preparing recommendations at the two- day conference for the federal government to take to the World Food Conference in Rome next month. The Canadian conference is being sponsored by the Cana- dian Council for International Co-operation, the Canadian Hunger Foundation and the United Nations Association. Economists awarded Nobel Prize From AP-REUTER STOCKHOLM (CP) Prof. Gunnar Myrdal of Sweden and Prof. Friedrich von Hayek of Austria were jointly awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize for Eco- nomics today. The economists were cited by Sweden's Royal Academy of Science, which awards the economics prize, for "their pioneering work in the theory and economic fluctuations and for their penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and in- stitutional phenomena." They shared the prize equally. Myrdal, 76, is one of Sweden's best-known economists and wrote the monumental work An American Dilemma in 1944. This is a much-quoted study of the problems of black Ameri- cans. He has recently done consid- erable research at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, Calif. 'Von Hayek, born in Vienna, was a professor of economics and statistics at London University from 1931 to 1950 and then professor of social and moral sciences at Chicago University. In 1962 he became professor of economics at Freiburg Uni- versity, West Germany. He has lectured in many countries, especially Japan. His numerous works include The Pure Theory of Capital and The Constitution of Liber- ty. Senators balk at reform plans (HERLE nORfflfln COSMETICS presents... 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"We are not going to be turned into a series of royal commissions into sort of Senator O'Leary said. Senator Eugene Forsey (L Ontario) also expressed concern about proposed removal of the Senate's veto power over legislation but welcomed the increased introduction of bills for initial consideration by the 102 seat appointed body. Senator Perrault said the views of senators would be "earnestly solicited" before any final decisions were made on Senate reform. He also announced the ap- pointments of Leopold Langlois (L as deputy government leader in the Senate and William John Petten (L Newfoundland) as government whip. Trucker compensation asked for speed cut VANCOUVER (CP) Ed Lawson. British Columbia Teamster leader, says freight rates should be adjusted to compensate trucking com- The name tells you it's an exceptional whisky. DOUBLE DISTILLED Canadian Whisky The name also tells you why it tastes so good CANADIAN DISTILLERS LIMITED panics and drivers for losses 'caused by reduced speed limits on the province's highways. A trucking firm represen- tative says, however, that reduced speed limits will have little effect on costs- Highways Minister Graham Lea announced Tuesday that the speed limit on most highways would be reduced to 55 miles per hour from 60 m.p.h. in an attempt to reduce traffic deaths. On some freeways the limit will be reduced to 60 m.p.h. from 70 m.p.h. and some other roads will be reduced to 50 m.p.h. Mr. Lawson said Tuesday evening that the reduction will mean lower earnings for some companies and their drivers. "It's a pity the government before taking such a unilateral action wouldn't consult with the people who are directly affected." he said. He said truckers might lose 15 minutes to 30 minutes of driving time a day but are en- titled to recover the money "even if it's a day or a day." J. N. Methven, president and general manager of Johnston Terminals Ltd., which hauls in B.C. and Alber- ta, said the new speed laws would make little difference. He said all of the Johnston fleet has governors on the engines limiting top speed to 58 m.p.h. and "there are no major fleet trucks in the west that I know of that are un- controlled." News In brief Greek cabinet sworn in ATHENS (Reuter) A caretaker cabinet under Premier Constantine Caramanlis was sworn in to- day to supervise Greece's Nov. 17 parliamentary elec- first in a decade. The cabinet was sworn in by Archbishop Serafim, primate of Greece, in the presence of President Phaedon Gizikis. The new cabinet replaces the civilian government that has governed the country since last July when the military relinquished power. As announced by Caramanlis, the task of the caretaker cabinet will be limited to supervising the elections, handling the Cyprus crisis and dealing with routine administrative matters. Henry on the road again WASHINGTON (Reuter) United States State secretary Henry Kissinger left by air early today on another trip to the Middle East, seeking to get Arab Israeli peace talks moving again and to explore what can be done about the oil crisis. Kissinger, who will devote the first four days of his week long visit to the Middle East peace issue, and the rest of the time mainly to the oil question, arrives in Cairo tonight. Guilty pleas end trial EDMONTON (CP) An Alberta Supreme Court jury trial ended unexpectedly Tuesday when an Edmonton man pleaded guilty to attempting to extort money by threats of violence and three other men pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. Wayne William Regan, 22, pleaded guilty to the extortion charge and also pleaded guilty, along with Allan Herbert Huntley, 35, Dennis Gordon Blenkinstp, 30, and Stanley Andrew Hasay, 21, to assault. The crown then entered a stay of proceedings on ad- ditional charges of attempting to extort money by threats of violence, possession of a shotgun for a purpose dangerous to the public peace and the forcible seizure of city teen agers Dennis Herman, 17, and Melvin Andre Wells, 19. Liberal office burgled LONDON (AP) Thieves today broke into the National headquarters of the Liberal party, Scotland Yard said. Several election documents and a few ornamental silver cups were stolen, detectives said. No cash was taken. Par- ty workers would not identify the stolen documents. Papers and documents were strewn around the office of party executive John Holmes, inkwells were overturned, wastebaskets emptied and his safe rifled. A bottle of whisky, was poured out. Israelis evict squatters TEL AVIV (Reuter) Israeli security forces began evicting today hundreds of Orthodox and nationalist Jews who slipped through roadblocks during the night in a bid to settle on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River. The action by the would-be clashes with Israel forces in some was one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in Israeli history. It was followed a few hours later by a warning from Pre- mier Yitzhak Rabin that un- authorized settlements will not be tolerated. Blast damages school W.Va. (AP) A dynamite blast damaged a rural elementary school today and another building was slightly damaged by fire in the wake of the jail- ing of a minister who is leading a protest over text- books, state police reported. The West Branch Elemen- tary School in the Cabin Creek area of eastern Kanawha County suffered moderate damage from the explosion, police said, but no injuries were reported. Midway Elementary School on Campbells Creek was slightly damaged when what state police described as a fire bomb was tossed through a window. The blaze was quick- ly extinguished. Con man pleads guilty LOS ANGELES (AP) Stanley Goldblum, former Wall Street broker accused of masterminding a phoney insurance- policy scheme at Equity Funding Corp-, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, securities fraud and mail fraud. Goldblum, 47, a founder, chairman and president of the conglomerate which shocked the financial world when it collapsed into bankruptcy, had been on trial for a week. He originally was accused of 43 counts. Gas mileage boost vowed DETROIT (AP) General Motors and Ford Motor Co. executives have pledged their efforts to achieve the 40-per- cent improvement in gasoline mileage President Ford has proposed take place by 1978. If achieved, such an im- provement would mean that the average car, now getting 13 miies to the gallon, would have to deliver about 18 miles a gallon. Prize winner criticized THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some Japanese political leaders have criticized former premier Eisaku Sato's receipt of a share of the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. They contend he didn't deserve it because of his role in keeping United States military forces in Japan. The selection of Sato and Sean MacBride of Ireland as co-winners of the award was announced Tuesday in Norway. Citations said the selections were for Sato's ef- forts to limit nuclear weapons and stabilize conditions in Asia and MacBride's many years of work to protect human rights. Rocky's gifts questioned WASHINGTON (AP) -One of the congressmen studying Nelson Rockefeller's financial affairs says the vice- president-designate's gifts to his associates "raise serious questions about propriety and conflicts of interest." Representative Edward Mezvinsky (Dem. a member of the House of Representatives judiciary committee which will hold hearings on the Rockefeller nomination next month, called for the former New York governor "to disclose publicly every gift he has made in his lifetime, as well as all the loans" outstanding or written off. Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Leslie, SI, Canadian poet and winner of the Governor-General's poetry award in 1938, in a rest home.