Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI NO. 254 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1973 32 Pages 10 Cents Critical of department Spiro Agnew talks with newsmen outside a federal Court in Baltimore where he pleaded no contest to a federal tax evasion charge after re- signing from the vice-presidency. Agnew told reporters the justice department has not been fully prosecuting witnesses in the case. Fighting on double front rages with renewed vigor From AP-REUTER Fighting raged with undimi- nished ferocity on two fronts today as the Middle East war entered its sixth day. The sixth day of the war as- sumed special significance to both was how long it took the Israelis to overrun the Arabs in the 1967 war. But latest batllefront reports un- derlined the hard truth that this time there will be no easy victory for either side. The Israeli military com- mand announced today its ground forces crossed the cea.'-efire line in the Golan Heights and staged hit-and- run commando raids across the Suez canal. Israeli air and naval raids on Syrian and Egyptian positions along the Mediterra- nean coast and the canal were also confirmed by Arab com- muniques. They reported the attacks were repelled. Israeli gunboats during the night shelled the Syrian port of Latakia and the Banias ter- minal for the Iraqi oil pipeline. Israel claimed two Syrian missile boats sunk without any Israeli loss, while the Syrians said eight Israeli boats and a greek freighter were sunk. Seen and heard About town p EG TURNER publicly admitting that he is "crooked" when he plays golf George Rhodes spilling the contents of a paint can all over himself after taking a tumble while attempting to paint a tree. In the Golan Heights, Israel reported its forces were at- tacking Syrian armored and infantry forces guarding the road to Damascus. The attack was not mentioned in Syrian communiques. Commando raids behind the Egyptian Suez canal front struck at "convoys and rear echelons of the the Israeli command said. The report was dismissed in Cairo as false. Communiques from Syria said 77 Israeli jets were shot down in savage air battles that raged over the Arab country, and Egyptian com- muniques said nine more Israeli jets were downed over the Suez canal front after an Egyptian armored force en- circled fleeing Israeli tanks and destroyed an entire column. Syria and Egypt now have claimed shooting down 377 Is- raeli planes since the start of hostilities Saturday. Israel's air force totals 488 planes. The Egyptians, who had penetrated nine miles east of the canal into Israeli-occupied Sinai, said today an armored force had encircled fleeing Israeli tanks and destroyed an entire column. Western observers to the Egyptian front Wednesday re- ported forces and supplies continued to move across the canal to reinforce the Egyp- tian positions. Syria and Egypt, involved in the fighting since its outbreak six days ago. were joined in battle Wednesday by Iraq. Jordan, which has a long fron- tier with Israel and fought in the six-day war in 1967. has mobilized its reserves and was reported under heavy pressure to enter the war on the Arab side. On the Golan Heights, the Israelis reported that they were pressing home ground and air attacks against the Syrians after crossing the 1967 ceasefire line. Trudeau begins talks with Chou PEKING (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau begins for- mal discussions with Premier Chou Enlai today after an of- ficial "warm welcome" to China extended by the People's Daily, the official Communist newspaper. Trudeau received the greatest reception given a visiting head of government in recent history, officials said, and then began preliminary talks with Chou after his arrival Wednesday. Wednesday's talks were planned as a preparatory ses- sion for today's meeting but turned into a far-broader dis- cussion, officials said. Topics included international affairs and ecological problems as well as an outline on forthcoming talks on trade, diplomatic and scientific matters. "It looks like a very friendly a Chinese official said. Trudeau visited an institute of physical culture today before beginning talks with the 75year-old Chinese premier in the Great Hall of the People. Mrs. Trudeau was to visit the Great Wall of China. During the talks Wednesday, the prime minister spoke about Canada's international position, living between the two giants of the Soviet Union and the United States, and how there is a new interest in Canada in Pacific countries. Hutterite concerns on decline Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Concern about expansion of Hutterite colonies after repeal of the Communal Properties Act by the province is dwindling throughout Alberta, says Premier Peter Lougheed in his state of the province address. When he and the cabinet toured Southern Alberta in September. Mr. Lougheed said he was well aware the repeal of the act was not accepted "fully" by residents. "Some concern still exists in a few communities but the concern is significantly- dwindling throughout Alber- he said. Possible Agnew successors These Republian leaders are among those mentioned as possible successors to Vice- President Spiro Agnew, who has resigned under legal pressure from the federal justice department. From left, top row: former defence secretary Melvin Laird, Senate GOP leader Hugh Scott, former state secretary William Rogers, former treasury secretary John Connally. Bottom row: California Governor Ronald Reagan, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, House minority leader Gerald Ford and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. The search begins to replace Agnew WASHINGTON (AP) The White House said today Presi- dent Nixon hopes to begin as- sessing a possible successor tc Spiro T. Agnew as vice-presi- dent by the end of the day after receiving suggestions from Congress and Republican party leaders. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said Nixon "warns to move as expeditiously and rapidly as possible" in sending a nomination to Congress. He said Nixon would begin sifting the suggested names in meetings with members of his staff. Ziegler said Nixon had not been in contact with Agnew since the vice-president re- signed and admitted federal income tax evasion Wednesday, nor had he been in touch with any of the possi- ble successors whose names have been publicly mentioned. The White House spokesman would not say which staff members Nixo'n will consult in making his decision on an Agnew replacement. It has not been decided how Nixon will eventually make the announcement of his vice- presidential selection, Ziegler said. Agnew went off the public payroll immediately after his resignation, Ziegler said, but will continue for a "reasonable and appropriate transition period" with Secret Service protection and use of his office to wind up his of- ficial affairs. Nixon had told political leaders Wednesday he wants by tonight any suggestions or advice they have on the nam- ing of an Agnew successor, including procedures to be followed in the unprecedented situation. Agnew, who had insisted for two months that he had done nothing wrong and had ''nothing to hide." resigned Wednesday and pleaded no contest in court to a charge of income-tax evasion. He was fined and placed on three years" probation. In return, the justice department dropped other possible charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. But as part of the deal. Attorney- General Elliot Richardson released a 4-page summary outlining allegations against Agnew of a decade of illegal payoffs and shake-downs from Maryland contractors, even after Agnew left the Maryland governor's mansion and became vice-president. Within hours of the shatter- ing developments. Nixon was busy consulting with both Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress about a successor as vice-president. Nixon had expressed a "sense of deep personal loss" about Agnew's resignation and leading members of both Cubans charge speaker UNITED NATIONS (AP) Cuba's foreign minister left his seat in the General Assembly Wednesday night and rushed with some of his aides towards the podium where the ambassador of Chile's new military gov- ernment was assailing Fidel Castro. Other diplomats moved in to stop the Cubans and UN guards intervened. It was difficult to tell exact- ly how many Cuban aides join- ed Foreign Minister Raul Roa in the rush towards the podium. Witnesses on the "floor said it appeared there were two or three others. The speech by Ambassador Raul Bazan of Chile was .halted, but resumed after order was restored. Roa told the assembly later he intended only to give the Chilean envoy "the slap that he required." Bazan said Premier Castro "used to watch executions in public and even invited diplo- mats from other countries to watch." He said Roa was "a man who chews the cud of hatred and knows none of dignity" and "a man who does not even represent the Cuban people." major parties spoke of the "pain" involved for Agnew. Catapulted from obscure be- ginnings in Maryland County politics to the vice-presidency within a few years. Agnew now faces the bleakest of futures. Apart from the damage to his personal reputation, he could lose his livelihood as a lawyer through disbarment proceedings, be dunned for back taxes on the alleged payoffs, and perhaps even face further court proceedings for accusations not covered by Wednesday's agreement with the justice department. Leitch 'regrets' Socred demand By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The province has been looking for a replacement for Dr. Max Cantor, chief provincial cor- oner, for some Dr. Cantor's co-operation, says Attorney-General Merv Leitch. The attorney general labelled an opposition demand for Dr. Cantor's resignation, to be made in the Legislature Milk price to drop in Alberta The Alberta and federal governments have reached consumer subsidy agreement which will see the retail price of milk in the province drop five cents a quart, starting Monday. In a release from Ottawa, the agriculture department said the 35 cent-per-quart base price will be in effect for one year with the provision that negotiations can be reopened between the two governments should unforeseen cost changes take place. The price to the consumer will vary according to con- tainer size and fat content "but the five-cent roll- back will apply." the depart- ment said. today or Friday, "very, very regrettable." "I think it is regrettable and sad that this kind of a cloud should be put over a man as he nears his Mr. Leitch said in an interview. "Dr. Cantor has been a cor- oner for more than 40 years, was appointed chief coroner of the province about 25 years ago. He's a man of 70 and he has served the province in a senior and important capacity for a great many Mr. Leitch said. He said officials in the department have discussed Dr. Cantor's retirement with the coroner and it is his under- standing that Dr. Cantor is aiding in the search for his successor. "I felt that in view of Dr. Cantor's age, in view of the very long time he had been in office and in view of the fact we were a new administration that would obviously be mov- ing in new directions, it would be appropriate to consider his retirement." Mr. Leitch said. Bob Clark. Social Credit house leader, said the opposi- tion will cite the cases of Dr. John David Craig, Belinda Manybears and a recent episode in Gleichen, Alta., as "concrete examples" of why Dr. Cantor should be dis- missed. Mr. Clark said the opposi- tion will seek immediate revi- sion of the Coroner's Act dur- ing the legislative session. Dr. Cantor, when told of the Socreds' plans, said "I don't care what thev do. District businesses expand by million Inside Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Businessmen and fanners in the Lethbridge region have taken advantage of two provincial incentive loan programs to the tune of at least million, figures tabl- ed Wednesday in the Legislature reveal. Eight loans to Lethbridge firms by the Albertn Oppor- tunity Company alone totalled about million during the last two years. Medicine Hat. firms raked in more lhan million of the low interest loans available from the AOC. Agricultural operations in the area took advantage of one part of an agricultural incen- tives package to borrow more than million from the Agricultural Development Corporation looked at from another angle, about one-fifth of the total borrowed by Alberta farmers since June, 1972. In a "state of the province address." Premier Peter Lougheed told the opening legislative session million in agricultural credit under a variety of government programs has been extended to Alberta farmers. To the accompaniment of desk thumping by government members, the premier said the figure compared to million of credit to fanners extended during the previous 10 years. Operations near Lethbndge region which have borrowed under the two programs (for which figures were available) include packing plants, potato chip factories, various vegetable processing plants, abbatoirs. hotels, motels, restaurants and a golf course at Milk River. In his address, the premier said his government is attempting to offset the effect of ad hoc federal agriculture policies, "and trying to bring some stability to the situation here in Alberta." lie snid stability is vital while the province searches for alternatives to an overdepend once on agriculture and petroleum products. At the same time, "primary agricultural producers are entitled to a much better deal" from provincial and national benefits, he said. The premier criticized those in government, who were "over-reacting" to economic problems by advocating price and wage controls. Such con- trols will bring a reduction in prosperity and in agricultural prosperity particularly, he said, The entire thrust of the province in agriculture has been an expansionary one, seeking new products and markets, he said. Mr. Lougheed said, even he was surprised at the rapid advance of the programs. The premier said a world- wide shortage of food means bonuses for Alberta farmers as developing countries seek more of their products. He said the economy of the province has never been stronger, nor held more promise for the future. Classified....... 24-28 Comics............ 8 Comment........ 4, 5 District........... 19 Family........ 22. 23 Local News 17, 18 Markets 21 Sports.......... 12-14 Theatres.......... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 Youth 30. 31 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH 55; CLOUDY.