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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. UXVI NO. 253 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1973 10 Cents 56 Pages AGNEW QUITS WASHINGTON (AP) Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew resigned today a weeping staff secretary announced. Agnew then pleaded no contest in fed- eral court in Baltimore to one count of income tax evasnn. The word came from a secretary who a i d Ag- new's staff had been in- formed of the decision at a mid-day meeting Ihe vice-president him- self was in Baltimore at trie federal courthouse, the purpose ol his visit there unanmunced. has. been under federal investigation i n connection with alleged kickbacks in Maryland, where he served as gov- ernor before becoming vice president. i'vlrs. Lisa Brown, the Agnew secretary, told The Associated Press of his res- ignation She she was spsakmg on behaL if J. Marsh 1 homson, press sec- retary to Agnew. She was in tears. Secretaries at Agnew's office m the executive of- fice building said there would be no further com- ment immediately. Mr. Brown said only: "The Agnew staff has just returned from a meet- ing in which we were in- formed that the vice-pres- ident has resigned as of 2 I'clock this afternoon'' At the time word of Ag- new's resignation swept through the capital. Pres- ident Nixon was in his Oval Office There was no indication whether he was meeting with anyone SPIRO T. AGNEW Living costs still up OTTAWA (CP) Living costs slowed their rise in Sep- tember but still continued to chip away at the value of the dollar in the steepest inflation since 1951, the government re- ported today Consumer prices rose six- tenths of one per cent last month, with food costs contin- uing to lead the price parade. Statistics Canada said The increase in living costs was less than half of August's 22-year record jump of 1 3 per cent, but the price spread over a year ago continued to rise It was 8 5 per cent above September, 1972, compared with 8 3 per cent from August 1972 to August 1973 The latest increase brought the governments price index up fro. us 1961 base of lOv. The figure means ttirit worth of typical fTriiiy purchases 12 years ago now costs 39 Of that 39 rise over a dozen years, 22 per cent or 21 of it occurred in the past year alone Food prices, which have been largely responsible for recent sharp increases in liv- ing costs rose nine-tenths of one per cent in September Statistics Canada said This included a five-tenths rise for groceries and 3 1 per cent for restaurant meals The rise in supermarket prices came despite a greater than usual decline of more than 36 per cent for fresh fruits and vegetables 'The impact of higher wheat quotations was reflected in retail outlets by a sharp one month increase of 8 9 per cent in the level of prices for cereal and bakery products Statistics Canada said Bread prices alone shot up 17 per cent in September it added Flour was up 10 per cent and macaroni 6 2 per cent Prices of meats, poultry and fish rose 4 7 per cent the report said r Kicking her heels A bright fall afternoon, with school finished until tomorrow that's enough to make Catholic Cenlral student Mary-Anne Wolsroncroff, 726 22nd St. North, smile and kick up her heels Inside Classified Comics Comment District Fdiiuiy Local News Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather 24-27 18 4 11 29-31 9 10 16 21-23 5 5 3 Blazing Peking welcome marks Trudeau arrival Arabian skies ablaze in major air battles 'Will I get good mileage? Just when most of the bugs had been removed from The Herald's new offset printing presses and normal press times could be counted on again, an emergency in the new composing room threatened the production of today's newspaper All of the type, for even as large a paper as this one, can be produced by one com- puterized photo-composition machine We have two, main- ly for stand-by purposes, and we were spreading the work between them One went out" last week and repairing it was going to take a few days Then just as Tuesday's paper was nearly completed the other broko down, printing and delivery were delayed, and we had no facilities LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH TIIURS. 55; SUNNY. MILD Herald whatever for producing Wednesday's paper' A that point Jack McCrae of Southern Printing put his own photo-composition equipment at our disposal and ran off dozens of columns of type for us until early this morning It will appear to the reader different from our own stan- dard type In the meantime a factory representative had arrived and by 2 a m had reactivated one of our own machines So the day had been saved These problems apparently arc to be expected in a new operation with new processes and new equipment We hope they arc neanng an end and our readers' indulgence will not have to be asked many more limes PEKING (CP) Pierre Trudeau today hpramp the first Canadian prime minister to visit China when he was swept into Peking with a blaz- ing welcome which tended to overshadow the talks he began a short time later with Premier Chou En lai The two men met in the Great Hall of the People to plot the course of their talks over the next three days and the cheers of thousands of Chinese children were still ringing in the prime minister's ears Officials said that 3 500 chil- liien weie involved in liie wel- coming pagentry when Mr and Mrs Trudeau arrived at the Peking airport in 68- degree temperatures The childrer waved flowers scarves bunting and other colorful items they chanted and cheered sang and danced as the visitors moved through the perfoimers smiling aiy1 applauding 'Warm Welcome to the Dis- tinguished Guests from Can- ada, said a huge red banner From AP-REUTER Israel claimed its warplanes bombed Damascus airport and other strategic military targets deep inside Syria and Egypt today in a major air offensive in the Middle East war But an uneasy lull persisted in tank and infantry warfare, despite Israeli claims to have pushed the Syrians back to the 1967 ceasefire lines on the Go- lan Heights and Egyptian claims of a tank victory in the Sinai Iraq said it has committed its air force to the Arab side in the war, and sent sizeable con- tingents of tanks and infantry The Soviet Union was re- ported to have prodded other Arab nations to do the same SOVIETS BOYCOTT SESSION UNITED NATIONS (CP) The Security Council has ad- journed its debate on the Arab-Israeli war indefinitely because there was no prospect of agreement on a ceasefire resolution The Soviet Union boycotted the session for half an hour while Israel was blaming Moscow and the Arabs for the fighting Diplomats predicted the council will take up no ceasefire resolution until it becomes clear which side is likely to win the war OTTAWA (CP) dian government is willing to take part in a new peacekeep- ing force in the Middle East if the United Nations sets one up, an external affairs depart- ment official reports He said that if the UN Security Council deadlocked in dispute over how to deal with the current Middle East calls for a peacekeeping operation, "we would agree to participate Border trade could be suspended BELFAST (Reuter) The para-military Ulster Defence Association (UDA) Tuesday night issued an ultimatum to Northern Ireland s security forces Suspend cross-border trade with the Irish republic and impose a night curfew on border traffic or else the UDA ill enforce the measures The UDA. a Protestant organization claiming a membership of said that it is concerned about the apparent ease with which "notorious Irish Republican Army (IRA) officers travel across the frontier Seen and heard About town Leo Matteotti wildly flapp- ing his arms to show just now quickly the duck that got away flew out of range of his shotgun Ken Taylor reassuring a visitor that his new St Bernard's bark is worse that its bite and Jordan called up its mili- tary reserves, while in Wash- ington the Pentagon said Russia had launched a big air- lift to resupply the Arab com- batants Britain announced it has banned arms sales to the Mid- dle East Diplomatic sources said the government felt it would be inconsistent to accept arms orders while urg- ing a ceasefire The Iraqi air force is believ- ed to number 220 combat planes, including 85 MiG-21 in- terceptors and nine TU-16 medium bombers Reports from Baghdad said 18000 in- fantrymen and 100 tanks had also arrived on the Syrian front, and radio broadcasts claimed Iraqi forces "are tak- ing an active part' in the fighting in both Egypt and Syria Soviet Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev was reported to have sent a message to other Arab governments, urging them 'Do not leave Egypt and Syria alone in the battle with Israel Help them with all the means you have We are giving them all types of assistance The Beirut newspaper An Nahar said Soviet advisers were accompanying Syrian and Egyptian forces "in defending the two countries It quoted diplomatic sources as saying the Soviet Union also was providing arms and ammunition "to insure the en- tire war needs" of the Arab side In Tel Aviv, Israel's top military commentator said the Arabs have lost a "historic opportunity" to overthrow the Jewish state that was established in fire and bloodshed 25 years ago "In the past four days of fighting we hav extricated ourselves from dire danger said retired Lt Cen Haim Herzog, former chief of military mtelhger. e The Israeli s id their planes pounded Da iscus air- port in a relentle series of bombing and sti ng mis sions that also t shed at Syria's naval headquarters, a radar station on Egypt s Mediterranean shores and other strategic mlitary tar- gets in the two alliea Arab countries In aerial battles L er the warscarred Golan Heights the Israelis said 17 Syrian planes were shot down There was no mention of Israeli air- craft lost The Israeli military com- ma'nd said its planes inflicted "considerable damage on the Damascus airport where it claimed Soviet-built fighter "bombers were located Israel had bombed the city of Damascus Tues jay Heavy air battles raged over Syria EgypS and the Sinai Desert and by early afternoon the Arabs claimed to have downed 23 Israeli planes bringing to 221 the number of Israeli aircraft the Arabs say they have downed since the war began Saturday Meanwhile, a senior Israeli officer said the 1967 ceasefire line on the Golan Heights has been crossed by Israeli forces who are fighting within Syrian territory But field reports and com- muniques indicated ground action had tapered off in the Sinai Peninsula where Israel admitted backing off from its main line of defence against the Egyptians JORDAN EGYPT (U AK) Israili air attacks Lower milk price seen for Alberta EDMON TON (CP) The price of milk in Alberta will be roll- ed back but by how much is not yet known a spokesman for the Alberta Dairy Control Board has announced Just how much the price drops depends on the amount the federal government is willing to .subsidize milk production in the province he said The subsidy is "an assured possibility" but the amount and terms are unknown, pending the results of negotiations between the federal and provincial governments The price of milk is scheduled to go up by another two cents a quart after Oct 15 unless a subsidy goes into effect A quart of homo milk now retails for 38 cents aftei a five-cent increase went into effect last month A spokesman for the Canada Dairy Council in Ottawa said the federal government is prepared to pay a subsidy of five cents a quart if the dairies are willing to roll back prices by a few cents If that is the case the quart of milk may retail for 35 cents in Alberta with the two-cent increase and the five cent subsidy, he said SHELL PRESENTS OIL SANDS PLAN CALGARY (CP) Shell Canada Ltd has presented a development scheme for its holdings in the Athabasca oil sands to the Alberta energy resources conservation board Tuesday Shell and its affiliate, Shell Explorer Ltd are seeking board approval to proceed with Canada's third commer- cial oil sands plant The proposed barrel- daily project, to cost mil- lion' would be built 20 to 30 miles north of the existing Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd operation and the proposed bilhon Syncrude Canada Ltd plant in northeastern Alberta The proposal is environmen- tally and economically sound and has been planned for ef- ficient extraction of the oil sands resources on Shell's 50.- 000-acre lease. Larry Kor- chinski, Shell oil sands man- ager, told the hearing The size of royalties to be taken by the Alberta govern- ment, the actual project cost as shown by more detailed engineering studies and the in- flation of construction and energy costs still are Shell's concerns, he said Shell proposes to make the By 1980 Alberta's known conventional oil reserves will have declined to 12 or 13 years of supply and there should be 'a ready market" for syn- thetic crude produced from oil sands Mr Kochmski said Shell an- ticipates that Canada will con- tinue to be able to export oil at competitive prices He estimated that between 2 000 and 3 000 construction workers will be required to build the plant, which will employ more than people The hearing continues Energy board shys from oil dispute CALGARY (CP) The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board said to- day it does not want to be in- volved in the constitutional battle between Ontario and Alberta over energy resources It also recommended, in a report to the Alberta government, that an amended export permit be issued to Consolidated Natural Gas Ltd SOUTH ALBERTA CATTLE INDUSTRY FACES ANOTHER CRISIS By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The Southern Alberta cattle feeding industry is facing another crisis as hundreds of American animals are being brought to slaughter plants in Lethbridge this week Dick Gray, president of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, said Tuesday a complete embargo on cattle from the U S might be needed to save the feeding industry in Wcstein Canada The U S price on live beef animals is being blamed for much of the confusion and difficulty in Canada, said Mr Gray When the price ceiling was put on. all cattlemen in the U S held back their animals Now there is a tremendous oversuppl> of fat animals ready for market The local animals ready for slaughter can't compete with the bargain basement prices producers are taking in the U S he said Livestock prices in Lethbridge Tuesday ranged in the to per hundredweight for live animals A packing plant representative in Lelhbndgc told The Herald animals of equal or hotter quality wore boing.brought into Lolhbridge slaughter plants from the U S for to per hundredweight alivo "It's strictly a matter ol getting the best buy for the packing plant." he said Even with an import duty of 50 per hundred pounds handling charges and freight, cattle are being brought from the northwestern states to Lethbridge cheaper than Lethbndge area ranchers can sell Mr Gray said cattle which were put on feed a few months ago were bought by feeders at record high prices and now the selling price for the market-ready animal has dropped from near record highs of per hundredweight to Added to this cost-price squeeze has been the un- precedented increase in feed grain prices The finger is pointed direct- ly at the federal government and its new domestic feed grains policy which establish- ed a record high floor price of 98 per bushel for No 1 feed barlev he said Mr Gray said feeders are now paving top money for No 6 feed grim which doesn't have much food value He claims feeders are practically scratching daily for enough feed grain to keep the animals already in feedlots in the south He said farmers are waiting to see what the final outcome of the grain pricing picture will be before they sell any of their feed grains They want to get the best price for their gram John Carnme, manager of Dn-Land Feeders Ltd near Warner said a normal decrease in slaughter cattle numbers in Southern Alberta is compounding the problem He claims even with the normal decrease most of the feedlots have fewer than nor- mal cattle for this time of the year Mr Gray claims the cattle population at Vallc> Feeders in Lethbridge is down by 4.000 as various feeders have refus- ed to pay high prices for replacement animals to put in the feedlot Statistics show the small feeder who invests money in a few feeder cattle tc make a dollar at market time, con- trols more than half the slaughter animals in Alberta This part of the cattle feeding industry is the big question mark now, he said Mr Carnme said the small feeders may not want to take the bigger chances until there is some form of stabilization in the market Mr Gray said the result, if something isn't done to make the livestock feeding industry economically attractive again, will be a terrific shor- tage of gram-fed beef in the west ;