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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Octobtr 17. mt uemDmuue Home off the range. The next time you're heading for Calgary, call our toll-free reservation number first. Zenith 6-6014, Then come on home to friends. Downtown Calgary 9th Ave. 1st St., next to the Calgary Tower. THE, It's Dr. Stan Stan Mikita, National Hockey League All-Star and captain of the Chicago Black Hawks, has his mortar board adjusted by his wife, Jill, in St. Catharines, Ont. Tuesday. Stan had just received an honorary doctor of laws degree at Brock University. East German escapee termed small-time crook By CLAUS BIENFAIT HANOVER, West Germany (Reuter) The breathless young German, his clothes soaked with the waters of the River Elbe, staggered into the West German village and an- nounced his escape from East Germany Authorities took him under their wing until they exam- ined his shoes, a fashionable pair of West German leather boots which no East German would have been able to ob- tain, let alone afford. Subsequent investigations revealed that the "fugitive" was one of the small-time West German crooks and deb- tors who stage mock escapes >across the heavily-guarded border between the two German states in order to gain a new identity Border guards say the pho- ney fugitives who arrive with- out papers are fighting a los- ing battle "We ask them, for instance, how's old so-and-so in the vil- lage or town they claim to come from and they never an- swer one official said Border guards say that such attempts are made about once every two months BETRAYED BY PRINTS One case history is that of a young man who turned up in a border village, saying he had escaped from East Germany "I have lived in the woods for four months but now I am at the end of my he told border police, who im- mediately handed him over to the criminal investigation de- partment "All right, his clothes were ragged and he did look as if he had been in the woods for some said an in- vestigating officer. "But something about the story didn't ring true We took his fingerprints and they matched those of a man with a record West German officials re- fuse to issue figuies foi the number of real refugees who flee each year across the 800- mile border which grew out of the post-war demarcation line between the Soviet and West- em occupation zones Observers, however, calcu- late it to be in the hundreds, as hardly a day goes by without border police announcing another successful escape SMUGGLERS ACTIVE This number does not in- clude the hundreds of East Germans who have paid large sums to be whisked out of their Communist homeland by dealers who smuggle refugees along the newly opened tran- sit routes between West Ber- lin and West Germany Their activity has been con- demned by East and West German officials alike, al- though Bonn government pol- icy is that no East except certain be turned back, whatever their means of escape For genuine fugitives, the dangers include self-firing scatter-guns, marksmen, trained dogs, mines and trip- wires Border police regularly re- port instances of young East Germans who are shot trying to cross the border. West Berlmers, by now used to the concrete wall that slices through the city, are no longer surprised to hear the rattle of automatic rifle fire late at night as East German guards open fire on their countrymen attempting to flee. Under a succession of treaties, West Germans now may cross the border for up to 30 days a year, provided they are invited Some East Ger- mans are allowed to visit West Germany on urgent family business, provided they are not classified as "of- ficial secrets term applied at the discretion of East German authorities The concessions have come in the context of improvement in West German relations with the Communist coun- tries In return. Bonn dropped its protests against the inter- national recognition of East Germany, which it obldineu with the entry of both Germa- nys to the United Nations in September. Raps energy projects WINNIPEG (CP) A science advisor with the Science Council of Canada says large energy projects such as the Mackenzie pipeline of the Churchill- Nelson diversion are "socially and possibly sane for Canada in the long term Dr Ian Efford, who was attending a two-day workshop here sponsored by the Univer- sity of Manitoba, warned the projects may create jobs, but tie Canada into being a producer of power for the United States He said con- ditions may be such that if the power runs out Canada still will have contracts to supply power to the Americans The conference was held at a university field station on the south shore of Lake Manitoba, about 60 miles northwest of here Experts from across Canada gathered under a Canada Council grant to discuss what was called "a Canadian blueprint for sur- vival." Dr Efford noted that providing employment is one reason often given by politicians for the construc- tion of energy projects. 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