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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Jordan widens war LEBANON Western front From AP-REUTER Jordan announced today it has joined Egypt, Syria and Iraq in the war against Israel The announcement by a military spokesman in Amman opened a new potential 250-mile front against the Jewish state already battling Syrians and Iraqis in the Golan Heights area and Egyptians in the Sinai peninsula "We have committed part of our elite forces to play their part with the Syrian army on the Syrian the Jordanian information ministry quoted the military spokesman as saying He did not say how much of King Hussein's man army will be dispatched into the eight-day-old battle The Jordanian force is backed by only 33 combat planes but contains many tough Bedouin desert troops and is considered one of the best trained in the Middle East Amman's announcement came as Israeli tanks backed by heavy air power battled up the road to Damascus and as dogfights raged over the Golan battleground Tel Aviv said Iraqi ground forces bolstering the Syrians have almost been eliminated Neither Syria nor Iraq responded to the Tel Aviv report But Syrian communiques issued in Damascus said anti-aircraft batteries and Syrian jets shot down 18 more Israeli planes during a morrune of heavy aerial combat A Syrian communique said "meanwhile, ground battles still are violently raging between our torces and the enemy since dawn along the entire front line Damascus gave no indication where the front line lay and made no immediate mention of Jordanian aid The Israeli state radio said Israeli armored col- umns pierced 15 miles beyond the 1967 ceasefire lines Friday and pushed back the Syrians to within 25 miles of Damascus Correspondents with the Israeli forces said they had been told some vanguard tank units had rolled across the 40-mile plateau to within 20 miles of the ancient Syrian capital There was no official word whether the Israelis were trying to fight all the way to Damascus But the Tel Aviv forces have artillery with a 20-mile range A Syrian defeat on the northern front would free the Israelis to concentrate more air and armored firepower on the Sinai desert, where Israel was forced to abandon its original defence lines to Egyp- tians storming across the Suez canal This was seen as a possibility that may have per- suaded the 38-year-old Hussein to enter the war, which erupted a week ago today The addition of Jordan's long border to the Israeli front lines might serve to drain Israeli forces from the Sinai and Golan fronts The spokesman in Am- man reported only that elite Jordanian troops were joining the Syrians and Iraqis and did not mention the 250-mile Jordanian-Israeli border itself Hussein, who lost almost half his kingdom in the 1967 conflict, had stayed out of the current fighting until now despite pressure trom other Arab countnes But he had mobilized his reserves several days ago ISftAft CONSOUDATfNG PUSH eo Of HAIFA JORDAN Mofioq Eastern front VOL LXVI NO 256 The LetKbrldge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1973 104 Pages 15 Cents Disaster bill amended Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Unusually lavish praise by the opposition mixed with demands for more protection of the individuals affected greeted the governments Disaster Ser- vices Act in the legislature Friday Deputv Premier Hugh Homer defused much ex- pected criticism by introduc ing second reading of the bill with promises that the government would throw out a clause that would leave the government free of liability for damage to property In its place the govemment would insert a compensation clause for actions taken during emergencies The bill gives the provincial and municipal governments extensive powers of evacuation conscription and expropria- tion during an emergency Opposition spokesmen as well as government members praised the bill which places the emphasis on natural dis- asters The main Criticisms came over widespread powers that would be wielded by one man or authority once the govern- ment declared an emergency as well as over lack of a clause that would allow an appeal to the courts by in- dividuals who felt they had been wronged Dr Horner insisted that even more extensive powers now were embodied in the Civil Defences Act "It is one of those bills that unfortunately have to be enacted in a democratic society New Democrat leader Grant Notley said But some of the proposed clauses included ''unnecessarily broad powers he said The authorities must be accoun- table for gross abuse of their powers The new team From left: Mrs Ford, Vice-president-designate Gerald Ford, President Nixon and Mrs. Nixon PM, China sign trade pact Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Religion Sports Theatres TV Weather 28-32 24 19 20-22 17, 18 26. 27 8, 9 14 15 7 6 3 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH SUN. 45; STRONG WINDS Search for energy moves into Lethbridge district The frantic search for more energy has moved onto Lethbudgc s doorstep A 112-foot drilling rig is looking for gas west of the Lethbndge airport and south of downtown Lethbridge The wildcal will probe two or three potential strata down to about 5 000 feet Cactus Drilling and Ex- ploration of Calgary is drilling the well for Canadian Mon- tana Gas of Butte, Montana Al Davidson of Taber is cap- tain (toolpush) of the 15-man crew, mostly from Taber The rig, Cactus No 3, has been working in the Manybernes- Crown corp. established VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia government moved today to set up a crown corporation with broad powers to control production and sale of petroleum and natural gas Bow Island area This is considered shallow gas country, from the same formations but a little deeper than the Medicine Hat fields, compared with the or deeper wells in the foothills that make up the Pmcher Creek and Waterton gas fields There has been occasional drilling near Lethbridge before, but this is thought to be the closest Nothing of significance has been found up to now PEKING (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau concluded his official four-day visit to Peking with warm words, a new trade agreement, a private meeting with Chairman Mao Tse-tung and a new bamboo baby carriage In one of the busiest days of the tour, Trudeau wrapped up the Peking portion of his visit by signing the trade agreement, visiting the For- bidden City, talking for more than an hour with Chairman Mao and shopping with his wife Margaret in a downtown department store And the final event was a huge ban- quet given by Trudeau for his Chinese hosts Trudeau and Premier Chou En-lae formally signed an agreement during the after- noon that is certain to increase trade between the two countries, and the prime minister reveafed that a number of other agree- ments had been reached which will result in a greatly steppedup exchange of in- dividuals between Canada and China Canadian officials were enthusiastic about the talks which, they said, will create a whole series of new bonds between the two countries The effect of the general trade agreement is to give the "most-favored-nation treat- ment" to goods travelling be- tween the two is, good tariff rates Further- more there was agreement to establish a joint trade com- mittee which will meet an- nually, and to promote the in- terchange of individuals and delegations engaged in trade "I suggested in particular that consideration be given to such areas as transportation, forestry and Trudeau said in a statement It was also agreed that detail- ed trade discussions might begin quickly on aluminum and woodpulp, and that further talks should be held in relation to sulphur and nickel Seen and heard About town SALVATION Army Capt Ron Butcher explaining how his uniform fools speeders into slowing down Tom Nutting, who resigned as city manager this week, answering his telephone with "Unemployment office, hello Swift approval of Ford seen WASHINGTON (CP) President Nixon has reached towards the northern border for a new vice-president, picking a former football star whose congressional record is so popular he will have little trouble getting majority approval from his colleagues Nixon's nominee, 60-year-old Gerald R Ford, Republican wheel-horse and minority leader in the House of Representatives, will be formally proposed in a White House jnessage to Congress today Within hours of Nixon's an nouncement to a cheering au- dience in the East Room of the White House Friday night, speculation spread that the Michigan congressman will be a leading candidate for the presidency in 1976 "He is qualified to be presi- dent of the United said presidential economic ad- viser Melvin Laird "I would expect him to run in 1976 Ford, a tall, rugged figure who has hewed close to Nixon policies in Congress, said he will not run He had no in- tentions of being a candidate in 1976 for the presidency or the vice-presidency But there are years left in the vice-presidential term yielded by Spiro Agnew following conviction on a tax- evasion charge and anything can happen Many a politician has professed no intentions of running only to be pushed into the race Ford's nomination requires a simple majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, both controlled by Democrats A quick press sur- vey showed that Ford, a war- time naval officer and an as- sistant coach at Yale where he studied law, will breeze through confirmation perhaps within a week or two House Speaker Carl Albert, who as chief House Democrat is Ford's principal opponent, said he is delighted with the choice "As I told the president he said.' he was my choice and the easiest to be confirmed With a 25-year reputation as a staunch party man in the House, Ford bounded to Nix- on's side from his front-row seat in the White House East Room to pledge to work "to make America a united America In making his selection, Nixon clearly wanted to avoid a major clash with Congress at a time when he is seeking to recover from the Watergate political scandal The Fords are 'square9 WASHINGTON (AP) Gerald Ford, vice-presidential nominee, said today he knows of nothing in his past that could prove embarrassing to him including a diversion of 500 in 1970 campaign contributions Ford also repeated to reporters that "I say as emphatically and as strongly as I can that I have no inten- tions to run for either president or vice-president in 1976 Ford said at a news conference that questions raised about the 1970 campaign contribution are the only thing he knows about that will be gone into fully at his confirma- tion hearings in Congress "and it should be gone into fully Ford told reporters his official report of the contributions was absolutely correct because he turned the over to the congressional committee for the use of other Republicans' campaigns, not his own "They weren't reported (to the House clerk) because 1 didn't spend them in my Ford said "In order to get that monej to other candidates I turned it over to the congressional campaign committee Ford said he had no ambitions to run for president or vice-president before he learned Friday night that he was President Nixon s nominee to replace Spiro Agnew as vice-president and said he has no such ambitions now The affable, pipe-smoking former Big Ten football star, now 60. rose out of the ranks of House Republicans 10 years ago in a sudden coup that installed him as chairman of the party caucus Two years Idler he vaulted inio the party leduciSiiip x post and remained there until President Nixon picked him Friday night as Spiro Agnew's replacement as vice- president When his wife Betty was asked once how she would de- scribe the Fords she wordlessly traced the sign for "s- quare' with her fingers Bettv is a former Sunday school teacher and the Fords are regular Episcopalian (Anglican' church-goers Their four children are mostly grown up, with a 16-year-old daughter as the youngest and three sons ranging from 17 to 22 Ford's loyalty and middle-American integrity probably recommended him most to Nixon, a close political friend for almost as as Ford has been a member of the House of Representatives As a member for the border state of Michigan Ford's awareness of Canada and Canadian problems probably is more acute than most, although he has not been active in recent years in Canada-U S relations His support of Nixon has been especially noticeable in foreign and defence policies Born in Omaha. Neb Ford lived most of his early life in Grand Rapids, western Michigan S Alberta not upset over propane export controls EDMONTON (CP) Alberta, angry over federal restrictions on oil exports, is not upset over a new federal move to control exports of propane, butane and heavy fuel oils, the legislature was told Friday The province produces 83 per cent of Canada's propane and sells two-thirds of this to the United States Nevertheless, it does not ex- pect the federal restrictions to affect its propane industry significantly, said Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals The National Energy Board said in making the announce- ment Thursday that the intent is to retain as far as possible "the established trading pat- terns to the extent that products deemed surplus to Canadian requirements are available for export Mr Dickie said in reply to the opposition "It appears, from analysis of the market and the poten- tial for the future, that this restrict their development at all However the minister said that Alberta's official position is that controls on such energy exports are not necessary But C S Dunkley, president of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada and vice-president of Dome Petroleum Ltd a major propane exporter said Friday the controls are both un- necessary and unwanted "Canada has a chronic sur- plus of propane Mr Dunkley said and his comments were echoed by other industry spokesmen Controls are not regarded as a major blow to the oil in- dustry. Mr Dunkley said be- cause the volume of propane and butane products is only about one-sixteenth of all the petroleum products produced in Alberta But the federal controls could bar Alberta propane and butane from markets in much the same way that high trans- portation costs had done in the past Dick Bohonos. a director of the Propane Gas Association and manager of Canadian Superior Oil Ltd 's propane operations, 'until the last year or so the economics of selling propane were marginal Sales of Alberta propane were estimated at million in 1972 by the provincial department of mines and minerals Butane sales totall- ed million in the same year "It took three cold days last December to change our in- dustry said one propane marketer "TheUS suddenly realized it was caught in an energy crisis and the price of our product shot up With exports to the US continuing to increase, propane prices did not decline in the summer months for the first time in 10 vears. Mr Bohonus said In response to the large ex- port markets producers began acquiring costly tran- sportation equipment One company, for example, has more than 300 railway tanker cars leased at a monthly cost of each "i he controls mean consider- able uncertainty for com- panies making these in- vestments and for six firms in a consortium known as the White Products Pipeline Studv Group ;