Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Train crew members drinking, making love MEXICO CITY (Reuter) Tlic Mexican Parliament prom- ised Monday to work out meas- ures lo avert rail accidents after a train crashed, killing 204 persons, while Ihe crew was alleged to have heen having an orgy in the engineer's cab. Luis Iloracio Salinas, mem- ber of the parliamentary dis- aster zones committee, told re- porters the head of the state railways company would be summoned to report on the ac- cident, which occurred Friday near the northern town ol Sal- tillo. Ucscue workers recovered 2M bodies from the wreckage, nit police said the death toll was probably 214, judging from the other parts of bodies found. Police said Sunday the crew members were drinking and making love with three girls smuggled aboard the locomo- tive when the train hurtled off the tracks. MENTIONS SABOTAGK A 11 o r n e y-Ceneral Pedro Ojeda Paullada told reporters there might have been sabotage "in a certain sense." He said lie had received re- ports that some people dcliljcr- atcly encouraged the crew to drink. At one slop, the crew entered a bar to drink, delaying the train's departure for 50 min- utes. "There were people inter- ested in undermining the he said, but declined to elaborate pending further in vcstigations. In recent months there have been conflicts be- tween rival labor unions in thi state railways. China to raise its share of United Nations budget Plane burns at Kalispell KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) Two men escaped injury when their private twin-engine air- piano crashed and burned short- ly after takeoff Irom the Kali- spell city airport. The Flathead County sheriff's office identified the men as Dennis Treedenick of Winnipeg the pilot, and Ron Rosraon o( Anchorage, Alaska, co-pilot. The airplane and gear aboarc was valued at about according to sheriff's officers The plane reportedly was equip ped with electronic cloud seed ing equipment and was boun< for Africa. Officials say the crash wa caused by a faulty engine. Killed in fall near Brooks WASTE NOT Hunk, a skunk owned by len MacKinnon of Lambeth, Ont., near London, isn't one to let even a drop of his drink go to waste. He was caught sneaking a nip during a parly at the MacKinnon'i home.________________ swe helps position By niCHABD PYLE SAIGON (AP) AH hough' falling well short of (he shatter- ing victory that apparently was its ultimate goal, Hanoi's 1972 offensive in South Vietnam has greatly improved the Commu- nist side's strategic position for a or politi- cal. While battlefield reverses have forced numerous changes In the original plan, there are no signs that the North Viet- namese campaign is letting up. Instead it is moving into a new phase. The lull (hut followed Ilia re- capture of Quang Tri City by the South Vietnamese last month lias ended in a new surge of Communist attacks. The "centre of as one e n i o r American officer phrased it, has siiifled south to Ihe region around Saigon, with fighting as close as 15 miles to the capital. Military commanders expect rising level of Communist at- tacks in the vicinity of Saigon and perhaps even on the capita' Itself, timed lo coincide will the Nov. 7 U.S. election. DON'T 1'ULI, BACK But officials say they lind no Indications that North Vietnam ese regulars elsewhere in the country are pulling hack fron the areas they hav< seized in the last six months. "The Communist units are rebuilding their former base areas to maintain their pres- ence and lo declare, 'We're said one U.S. officer. They are here lo stay." As soon as they are refitted and resupplied, the North Viet- lamese could launch another aiajor offensive push. This time they would have the advantage Df starting from positions far orward of where they were vhen they launched their often- live last March 30. Viewed politically, the control the Communists have won of arge areas of South Vietnam and a sizable number of its jeorjle would be a crucial fac- or if currenl manoeuvring pro- duced a standstill ceasefire. This apparently is why Presi- dent Nguyen Van Thieu recently re-emphasized that any ceasefire must cover all of Indochina, it must be inter- nationally supervised, and the North Vietnamese must pull all of their forces back within their own borders. UNITED NATIONS (AP) China said Monday il plans to raise its share of UN budget support to seven per cent from four per cent in the next five years. China's contribution to this year's operating budget is about million, the sixlh largest after the United Stales, the Soviet Union, Britain, France and Japan. An increase to seven per cent would make China Ihe Ihird- largest contributor. Using Sung-yi, the Chinese delegate, told the UN budget committee lhat China still is developing coimlry but that "with Ihe development ol out national economy we intend lo raise our rate of assessment gradually to seven per cent ii the coming five years." But Using repeated that his government has no intention ol paying the million deb left by the Taiwan governmen when it was ousted from thi Chinese UN seat last Oct. 25 He expressed dismay thai the debt shows on the accounts Peking, which was voted in t replace Taiwan. In the year since talk bega: in U.S. Congress of decreasin the U.S. share of UN expenses many diplomats have been say ing privately they were con fident China would make u any slack in American sup .52 per cent of the budget and declared a UN working lan- 1974. Only English, Spanish and Russian BROOKS (CP) Jacob Allc Isaac, 39, of this southern A berla district, died after fallin Irom a tracked vehicle he wa operating on his farm. Cause death was not known althoug police said he was not run ov Tueidcy, Oclober 10, 1972 TUB LSTHBRIDSE HERAIB 9 Uganda is relaxed on anniversary KAMPALA Presl- Icnt Idi Amin took the salute Monday lor the first lime in the 0 years of Uganda's Independ- ence, and several hundred Jgandan Asians joined their African tallow-citizens in a cer- emonial parade. The military was less in evi- dence at the 10th independence anniversary celebration than ast January when Ugandans marked the first anniversary of he military takeover which brought Amin to power. There was no military hard- ware on display and the atmos- phere was generally relaxed. As in previous years the cele- brations took place at Kololo airstrip near the centre of Kampala, where the independ- ence documents were handed over to Uganda's then prime minister, Millon Obole, in 19G2. In a country-wide broadcast Monday morning, Amin saic his expulsion of non-citizen Asians was an obligation lo the nation lhat had to be fulfilled and was not based on racism. He added that he could nol see the rationalily of Britain'- unfriendliness toward his gov rnment alter Ihe decision lo ixpel lens of thousands of non- ;itizcn Asians, most of whom are technically British. Afler tho passing of the. col- ors and the presidential salute, Amin reviewed white Asian and African veterans of the last war, plus schoolchildren, boy scouts and girl guides. The biggest cheer was for tho 350 Asians, whom Amin himself lelped to rehearse last week. Amin has regarded their par- ticipation in the celebrations as part of the general process ot identification with African aspi- rations, and he was obviously pleased that their performanca both demonstrated and was greeted with goodwill. After the march past, Amin conferred on Somali President Gen. Mohamcd Siad Barra Uganda's highest honor, the Or- der of flic Source of the Nile, First Class, in recognition of the successful mediation lo end the conflict between Uganda and Tanzania. PLANT IN SPRING Most tree planting is carried out in the spring. port. The United States now pay Tackles Saliara by camel Wedding bells for spaceman LOS ANGELES (AP) For- mer astronaut Scott Carpenter married the daughter of motion- picture pioneer Hal Hoach in the Westwood Uniled. Methodist Church. His bride, the former Maria Roach, is a free-lance wrifer for magazines and films. Carpenter, 47, Ihe second Am- erican to go inlo orbil around Ihe earth, now heads an ocean- ographic research and develop- ment company here. It was his second marriage. LONDON (AP) British author Geoffrey Moorhouse sets out this week lo cross the vast Sahara alone by camel. No one Is known to have made the journey from the Atlanlic coast to the Nile Hiver alone. Moore- house, 40, admits the pros- pect "petrifies" him, but says: "I believe the most corro- sive element attacking the grealness and goodness of Ihe human spirit is fear; and its most insidious form the fear of being afraid. "In a sense the Sahara rep- resents the ultimate of all my fears. "If I can conquer the spirit- ual as well as Ihe physical hazards embodied in the desert, then I believe I shall have something of value to tell mankind." seeking to have ils share re- ced lo 25 per cenl. The Chinese delegate also Annual Store-Wide 326 5th St. S. Phone 327-8578 Bigger and Belter than ever It's Your Golden Opportunity 1o reap Big Savings on Furniture, Appliances, Bedding and Carpets. Hurry in and Save while the selection U great! 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