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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta "SCATTERED SHOWERS- FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY NEAR 50 The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIH No. 254 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES 'PASS BIAZE The Blairmore Legion build- ing, left, and the Pass Hotel, right, both flanked the buildings on Bloirmore's main street which were completely destroyed in a fire Sunday. The fire claimed the life of Martin Bella, 64, a tenant in one of the apartments on the second floor. Russia Denies Building Arms Base In Cuba MOSCOW (Reuter) Russia categorically denied today it is building a military base in Cuba. A statement issued by the Sonet. news agency Tass said: "The Soviet Union has not built, and is not building, a military base on Cuba and'is not doing anything thai 'would contradict the "understanding reached between, the governments of the U.S.S.R. and me United States to 1962." The U.S. recently charged that the Soviet Union was constructing a naval base for its nuclear sub- marines near the port of Cienfuegos on the south coast of Cuba. Tass said a propaganda campaign had been con- ducted to the United States over an imaginary Soviet threat to the Western Hemisphere. Recall Missile Crisis Tass said the campaign was opened rath official statements by both the White House and the Pentagon questioning Soviet observance of the 1962 understand- ing rath the United States, reached following the Cuban missile crisis. It was in 1962 that the United States went to the brink of nuclear war in its confrontation with Russia over the location of missile bases equipped with So- viet rockets to Cuba. President Kennedy established a naval blockade against Cuba-bound ships carrying Soviet-built mis- siles. He also ordered a big buildup of U.S. 'forces to 90 miles from the Caribbean be ready if necessary, to attack the Cuban missile bases. The to Washington as "an eye- ball-to-eyebali confrontation" ended when Nikita Khrushchev then the Soviet premier agreed to take the Soviet-built missiles out of Cuba. U.S. Has No Proof U.S. Defence Secretary Melvto Laird said Monday the U.S. has no evidence Russian subs have used the reported base as yet but added if such were the case it would be regarded as a "very serious challenge." Laird suggested that location of a Soviet submarine base would be a violation of understandings reached between Washington and Moscow alter the 1962 mis- sile crisis. In reply to a question by a reporter Laird said there was a great difference between the U.S. nu- clear submarine bases to Britain and Spain and Rus- sia establishing a submarine base to Cuba. He said that the U.S. bases in Europe were in existence when the U.S. and the Soviet Union began their present strategic arms limitation talks. If the Russians were now to build a submarine base to Cuba it could change the entire balance while these talks are in progress, he said. Tass said in its statement today that Soviet slu'ps had the right under international law to enter ports of foreign states with the permission of the govern- ments concerned. Man Dies In Blaze BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Martin Bella, 64 year old retired miner, died Sunday in an. apartment house fee that also destroyed a pharmacy and men's wear store to Blairmore. Total property damage is es- timated at close to I John Lepin, also, living in the apart m e n t, was taken to Crowsnest Pass Municipal Hos- pital and treated for smoke in- halation and shock. Fourteen other occupants of the apartments escaped injury. Coroner S. S. Radford of Blairmore said an inquest would not be held. Coleman and Frank volun- teer fire brigades .worked with the Blairmore brigade to keep the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading. A brick firewall built between the men's wear store Royal Canadian Legion; vis credited with maintaining the fire to the two buildings. The fire is believed to hava started in the basement of the pharmacy. Cause of the fire has not been determined. Jobless Decline Seen OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister Edgar Benson told the Commons Tuesday the govern- ment anticipates a steady de- crease .in the level of unemploy- ment but he warned that "the winter ahead will be a difficult one." In a wide-ranging review of the economy, Mr. Benson said the economy is capable of re- turning to a rate of growth that Will reduce unemployment sig- nificantly over the next 12 to 15 months. Mr. Benson, speaking during the second day of debate on Thursday's speech from the throne, said the government plans to ask parliamentary ap- proval soon for a million expenditure to ease unemploy- ment in areas where it is most severe. He said organized labor con- tinues to provide one of the strongest inflationary pressures in the economy with high wage demands which "could seriously affect our price performance." Canada Recognizes Peking As China's Legal Regime OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp today announced that Canada and mainland China have reached agreement b n mutual diplomatic recognition. In a Commons statement, Mr. Sharp said the Canadian government recog- nizes the mainland government as the sole legal government of China. The Ottawa and Peking governments will exchange ambassadors within six months, said the announcement, culmination of 20 months of negotiations at Stock- holm. Dealing with the most contentious issue that arose at the Stockholm negotia- tions, the statement said the Chinese government reaffirms that Taiwan is "an in- alienable part of the territory of the People's Republic of China." The Canadian government "takes note of this position of the Chinese govern- ment." The Peking regime thus appeared to have capitulated, on its long-standing de- mand that Canada recognize its territorial claim to the Nationalist-held island off China's south coast. IMPASSE NOW SOLVED Referring to the now-resolved iiflpasse, Mr. Sharp said Ottawa does not consider it "appropri- ate" either to endorse or chal- lenge the Chinese government's position on Taiwan.' "This has been our position and it continues to be our posi- tion. We have taken note of the Chinese government's state- ment about Taiwan. "We are aware that this is the Chinese view and we realize the importance they attach to it, but we have no comment to make one way or the other." Canada advanced the formula some time ago whereby Canada would merely take note of the Peking claim. Mr. Sharp said in reply to Op- position Leader Robert Stanfield that Canada and the Nationalist Chinese authorities have taken steps to end their, exchange of diplomats, effective at the for- mal time of recognition of the Peking regime. NOT POSSIBLE Mr. Sharp said there is no disagreement between Canada and the Nationalist authorities about the impossibility of con> t i n u i n g diplomatic relations after the Peking regime is rec- ognized. "Both Peking and Taipei (Tai- wan capital) assert that it is not possible to recognize-simultane- ously more than one govern- ment as the government of China." Canada and the Nationalists were mutually agreed that their relations would have to be se- vered. Chinese Ambassador Yu-chi Hsueh released a statement say- ing it is deplorable that Canada should have taken the decision to recognize Peking "regardless of its adverse effect on the in- terest oE the Chinese people and on the international situation in Asia and the Pacific." In consequence of the recogni- tion agreement Canada is ex- pected to back Peking's bid for entry into the UN when the per- ennial vote on the issue comes up this fall. SEVERS RELATIONS TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) Nationalist China severed rela- tions with Canada today in the wake of Canadian recognition of Communist China. The statement said Commun- ist China's government "poses the greatest single threat to- ward peace and security." Troops Ordered From House Of Commons TEARS FOR DEPARTURE A young Chinese woman (foreground) wipes tears from her eyes as she clutches a nationalist Chinese flag during farewell? at the Ottawa airport Tuesday for Ambassador Yu-chi Hsueh. The am- bassador stands in right background with back to camera. It was announced in the Commons Tuesday that Canada has reached agreement with Communist China for dip- lomatic recognition. U.S. Maps Plans OTTAWA (CP) Defence Minister Donald Macdonald told the Commons today that armed troops had "by error" besn posted in the Parliament Build- ings and that he has ordered them withdrawn. Mr. Macdonald made the statement to the Commons after Gordon Aiken Sound-Muskoka) said the pres- ence of armed troops on Parlia- ment Hill "revolts me." Soldiers armed with subma- chine-guns stood guard outside the cabinet room in the Centre Block of the Parliament Build- ings only minutes before the Commons met. GUARD CABINET MEMBERS Troops were moved into Ot- tawa Monday to help guard cab- inet ministers and other persons after the terrorist kidnappings in Montreal. Mr. Aiken said it was the first time In Canadian history that troops had entered the Parlia- ment Buildings. This was de- plorable. FIRST BREAK MONTREAL (CP) Meet- togs of the Quebec cabinet were held today to the wake of the first break to Montreal's kidnap get-together Mon- day night between representa- tives of the government and tiie revolutionary Front de Libera- tion du Quebec. Activity was. concentrated in the 20th floor suite of a heavily- guarded downtown hotel where Premier Robert Bourassa was holding meetings with cabinet ministers and police officials. The premier responding to communiques Monday from the terrorist captors of a British diplomat and a Quebec cabinet minister, Was named lawyer Robert Demers as the govern- ment's contact mar.. The two FLQ cells responsible for the kidnapping of James (Jasper) Cross, British trade commissioner, and Pierre La- porte, Quebec labor minister, earlier designated Rob- ert Lemieux as their spokes- man. CONFER IN POLICE CELL Their initial and preliminary contact was in a police cell where Mr. Lemieux was being held on a charge of obstructing justice. Mr. Lemieux, released on his own recognizance after ar- raignment to court today, said he is authorized by terrorist kidnappers to make sure the kidnappers' demands are met. 'They left at McNallv Makes History BALTIMORE (AP) Balti- more Orioles' Dave McNally be- came the first pitcher in World Series history to .hit a grand slam homer, received additional support from the Robinson boys and cruised to a 9-3 victory over Cincinnati Reds. Tuesday to the third game of the 1970 classic. The victory sent the Orioles into a 3-0 lead in the series and brought them within one victory of sweeping the best-of-seven set with the Reds, a feat they accomplished just five years ago when they beat Los Angeles Dodgers. McNally, a left-hander, hit his grand slam to the sixth toning as the' Orioles lengthened their lead to 8-1, but he had to share honors in the one-sided triumph. For Baltimore had a host of heroes, including the Robinson and two other lights in the star-stud- ded Baltimore lineup, Don Bu- ford and Paul Blair. Brooks Robinson started the Orioles on the way to the vic- tory with a two-run first toning double off Tony Cloninger, dou- bled again to the sixth and spar- kled .to the field. Frank Robin- son broke an O-for-9 slump with two singles and a homer. Buford also collected a homer in the 10-hit Baltimore outburst and Blair chipped to with three For TrOOp Cut Former Cabinet Minister JAIL MAFIA THUGS PLERMO (AP) Three members of the Sicilian Mafia were sentenced here to o n e year to prison and a small fine for squashing three trucklcaris of strawberries on a public highway. The strawberries be- long to growers who tried to get them to market without letting the Mafia have its cut. SAIGON (AP) The U.S. command began mapping plans today for a troop cut by the end of the year an- nounced by President Nixon. Meanwhile, the. U.S. Strategic Air Command sent its entire ac- tive Pacific fleet of B-52 bomb- ers over Laos for the fifth con- secutive day to efforts to check a North Vietnamese supply push Soviet Master 'Spy Dies From AP-Reatcr MOSCOW (CP) Gordon Lonsdale, 46, the Soviet master spy released by Britain for one GORDON LONSDALE of her own agents in 19S4, is dead, Russian informants re- ported today. They said he died Friday of a heart attack while picking mushrooms near Moscow. In 1961, lie was caught by British intelligence agents and sentenced to 25 years to prison as head of a spy ring filching secrets from the Portland sub- marine base in Britain. Lonsdale was handed over to Soviet authorities after serving less than four years of his sent- ence in exchange for British businessman Greville Wynne, whom the Russians were hold- ing as an accomplice of Oleg PcnkoVsky, a Russian accused of spying against the Soviet Union. Penkovsky was executed by a firing squad in 1063. British intelligence main- tained he was Konon Trofimov- itch Moludy, a Russian. In His Own Story, published in 1965 in a series of copyright articles that ran in The People, a British Sunday newspaper, Lonsdale claimed he was born Aug. in Cobalt, Out., of a half-Scottish, h a I f -I n d i a n father and a mother of Finnish origin. He said his family moved from Canada to Poland in the 1930s. However, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation announced in 1961 that its inves- tigations proved that his real name was Conon or Konon Mo- lody and that he was Russian- born. The FBI said he went to Can- ada in 1954 and obtained a pass- port and birth certificate in the name of Gordon Arnold Lons- dale before leaving in 1955. down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to Cambodia and South Vietnam. Nixon announced Monday to Hartford, Conn., that the au- thorized American troop level in Vietnam would be reduced to by Dec. 31. Press secretary Ronald Zieg- ler said the Nixon administra- tion had originally planned to withdraw only troops by Christmas. The figure of represents no additional withdrawals be- yond those already announced. It is part of the quota of set by the Nixon administration to be filled by next May 1. James Hartley Dies, 81 Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN "111 0 T 0 R mechanic Jim Miller calling it a day after having everything go wrong while fixing his car guide and hunter Andy Uusscll pointing io an elk's head hanging on the wall of his ranch and commenting, "the meat on that fellow was as tough as his horns" Jean Block emerging as the most popular mother in lite block over the long weekend when she threw a Thanks- giving Party for the neighbor- bood children. James Hartley, for 34 years MLA for Macleod and provin- cial minister of p_blic works from 1955-1962, died Sunday to the Macleod Municipal Hospi- tal. He was 81. Born to England to 1888, Mr. Hartley came to Canada in 1906 and later was employed as a butcher with Pat Burns and Co. He remained with the firm until the mid-1920s when he bought a sheep ranch south of the town. In 1928 he opened his own butcher shop which he operated until 1937. Mr. Hartley served to the First World War, being dis- charged in 1919 with the rank of lieutenant. A Social Credit MLA he went into office in 3935 during the fledgling party's first sweep of the province. He retained the riding through seven successive elec- tions resigning in 1967 because of his age. He held the position of deputy speaker of the legislature from 1942 to 1955 when he was ap- pointed to file cabinet. A member of the Fort Mnc- leod council from 1933 to 1955, lie served on the hospital board for the same years and from 1946 to 1955 was chairman of Ilio hospital board. Mr, Hartley served as vice- JAMES HARTLEY president of the provincial com- mand of the Royal Canadian Legion for eight years and was president of the Macleod branch for three years. He was predeceased in 1953 by his wife, the former May Burrell. They had no children. Funeral services will be held Thursday nt 2 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church. Eden's Fu- neral Home is in charge of fu- neral arrangements. ;