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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Nixon agrees with reluctance to release his tapes WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon has reluc- tantly yielded ground in his battle to withhold the Watergate tapes but not enough to avoid a headon colli- sion with special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In a statement issued at the White House Nixon said he has agreed to let Senator John Stennis (Dem. Miss listen to the tapes to verify the accuracy of a presidential summary of their contents. Nixon said he personally will prepare the summary and it will be given to Judge John Sirica, of U.S. district court who ordered the president Aug. 29 to give the nine tapes subpoenaed by Cox to him and to the Senate Watergate com- mittee. Nixon said he will not ask the Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision upholding Sirica's order and he directed Cox to halt efforts to enforce his subpoena. Cox issued a statement say- ing that if he complied with the president's instructions it "would violate my solemn pledge to the Senate and the country. "I shall not violate my promise The special prosecutor said he will inform the courts that "no steps are being taken to turn over the important notes, memoranda and other docu- ments that the court orders require." It was understood that the president, who pointedly re- ferred to Cox as "an employee of the executive is ready to fire the prosecutor if he continues to press his court battle. The president said he had the support of Senators Sam Ervin. (Dem. N.C.) and Howard Baker (Rep. the senior members of the Senate Watergate committee, for his decision to let Stennis listen to the tapes Baker called it "a good decision and in the best in- terest of the country But Senator Lowell Weicker (Rep. Conn another member of the Watergate committee, disagreed. "1 re- ject the hollow deal to release a summary of the evidence rather than the evidence itself." he said Stennis, whom the president described as "a very dis- tinguished man, highly re- spected by all elements in American life for his in- tegrity, his fairness and his patriotism." said- "If I am called on to listen to the tapes and certify as to their content I will consider it a call to duty and render the service as best I can But a key figure in the pro- posed compromise was Sirica and he remained silent It was understood he had not been consulted by the presi- dent before the White House statement was issued The Utlibridqc Herald VOL. LXVI No. 262 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1973 64 Pages 15 Cents She flunked Judy Plybon, a studend driver at Arcadia, Calif., smashed a metal trash can before coming to rest on top made what her instructor called a "disproper recovery" of a fire hydrant, in completing a left turn. This was the result. The car Israel scoffs at claim Refinery bombed by Syria? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian jets bombed an oil refinery near Haifa today, Damascus announced The report was denied in Israel. The Syrian military com- mand said the Israeli refinery was attacked "in retaliation for enemy attacks on some of our economic targets and in- stallations." It gave no assessment of damage, and the announce- ment was scoffed at in Israel. "We haven't even had an air raid said a Haifa police spokesman. "There have been no enemy planes, no bombs, and the refinery is fine." The refinery, believed to be the largest in Israel, lies about four miles north of Haifa, a Mediterranean port with a population of about 215.000. Peace offensive expected today Diplomats predicted a ma- jor Middle East peace offen- sive by the United States and the Soviet Union today as U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger headed for Moscow for talks with Soviet officials. Kissinger's trip came one day after Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin returned from Cairo where he had four days of secret meetings with Egyp- tian President Anwar Sadat. The subject of the Kosygin- Sadat talks was not officially disclosed, but United Nations and Moscow diplomats said he apparently carried some kind of peace plan. Administration sources in Washington said President Nixon knew about Kosygin's trip in advance and has told close associates he expects an early end to the Middle East fighting U S and Soviet offi- cials have met regularly in Washington since hostilities began. Kissinger was accompanied to Moscow by Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet am- bassador to the United States, and nine U S. officials, in- cluding Joseph Sisco, the assistant state secretary for Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs. "At the request of the Soviet government the president has agreed to send Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to visit Moscow for direct dis- cussions with the Soviet lead- ership on means to end hostil- ities in the Middle a White House statement said United Nations diplomats familiar with behind-the- scenes manoeuvring said Fri- day the Kosygin trip to Cairo and constant U.S.-Soviet negotiations on Jie war could lead to the introduction of a ceasefire resolution in the UN Security Council by as early as next week. Council members split at the body's last meeting Oct. 12 over ways to end the war and no further rnppHng had been expected until one side or another makes significant headway on the battlefield. The attitude Israel takes could be decisive to any hopes for a negotiated settlement, even if Washington and Moscow reach a consensus on a ceasefire proposal. Reports from the resort of Nahariya, near the refinery, said a Syrian MiG fighter was shot down there today and crashed into a house, injuring a woman Israel says it has expanded its bridgehead on the west bank of the Suez canal and. moved 12 to 15 miles inside Egypt as vicious tank battles were reported Friday on both sides of the waterway. The Egyptian command minimized the effects of the Israeli force inside Egypt. But an Israeli spokesman said its units on the west bank have knocked out 10 Egyptian mis- sile batteries and are "creating the necessary con- ditions for victory on this front." The two sides exchanged ar- tillery fire on both sides of the canal during the night, said an Israeli communique. Meanwhile, Israel said Syr- ian. Iraqi and Jordanian ar- mored units attacked positions in Syria Friday in an apparent effort to keep the pressure on along both fronts of the war. The Israelis said they held their ground about 19 miles inside Syria. Although the Israelis have not revealed how many troops they sent across the Suez canal, U S. sources in Washington placed the number at about 12.000 men including 300 tanks The Egyptians said the force crossed at Bitter Lake along the central portion of the canal earlier this week, but Israel has not pinpointed the place of crossing. The bridgehead was believed to be about 65 miles from Cairo and Israeli officecs on the Sinai front told correspondents Fri- day that the Israeli force was moving north along the canal The Israeli command has said nothing about its objec- tives on the west bank, but the Israelis were believed to be trying to cut off Egyptian troops on the eastern side of the canal or drive them deeper into the Sinai desert beyond the protective umbrella of Egyptian surface- to-air missile batteries. Continued heavy fighting was reported by Egypt in the Sinai Friday, and Cairo's of- ficial Middle East news agency said Egyptian com- mandos behind the Israeli lines destroyed supply routes and Israeli rear ad- ministrative centres. Cairo observers said control of the centra! Suei fioni wiii be a decisive element in the war. The correspondent for Al Ahram predicted an escala- tion of the fighting in the Sinai and said Israel is "throwing large new forces to replace heavy losses in tanks, ar- tillery and men." Oil costs to rise minister predicts OTTAWA (CP) Despite a national price freeze, gasoline and heating oil prices in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces will rise again in the near future. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald indicated. Crews work to contain Peace spill HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. (CP) Crews were working today to clean up gallons of crude oil that spilled into a major river system Friday in the Peace River area. The medium-density crude poured into the East Prairie River about nine miles north- east of here when an eight- inch pipeline was apparently ruptured by a rifle shot. About barrels of oil, moving through the pipe un- der several hundred pounds of pressure per square inch, spilled into the waterway before Peace River Oil Pipeline Co., emergency crews were able to seal the hole with a special clamp. Ed Brushett, assistant man- ager of environment protec- tion for the Alberta energy re- sources conservation board, said in Calgary today officials suspect the rupturing of the pipeline may have been a deliberate act. "There is a suspicion that it was deliberate. You have to be pretty close to a steel pipeline like that to penetrate it with a bullet. "If you were any distance away it would almost certain- ly be a glancing ricochet-type shot." Plane hijack reported in Argentina TUCUMAN (Reuter) An Argentine Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft with 49 persons aboard was hijacked today, apparently by three men and a woman, airport authorities said here. The plane was on a flight from Buenos Aires to the northwest Argpntinp rity of Salta when the hijackers seiz- ed it and ordered the captain to land at this city. 140 miles south of Salta They demanded it be re- fuelled for a flight to Lima, Peru, but Argentine air force authorities rejected the re- quest. Area towns could get aid Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Four Southern Alberta communities are among 13 centres named, for participation in a million federal program to construct water supply and treatment facilities. Cardston, Coaldale, Redcliffe and Taber were selected Friday as growing agricultural service centres. Bill Yurko, Alberta minister of environment, also announced a similar provincial plan to bring water treatment to municipalities not covered by the federal program. Under the co-operative agreement between Alberta and Ottawa, the municipalities must have an existing capital debenture debt for water facilities of at least per capita Any community with less than that debt would be responsible for construction costs up to that level. Finan- cial assistance will then be available up to a maximum amount of per capita. The assistance would be in the form of a loan of 50 per cent and grant for 50 per cent The loan would be repaid over 20 years at 7.5 per cent interest, or. at interest determined by Ottawa. Under a third program, small communities can now ask the province for a grant of up to toward cost of constructing a central water supply. In the case of com- munities taking advantage of Prairie Farm Rehabilita- tion assistance of that amount would be subtracted from the provincial grant. The assistance is intended to make it possible for all municipalities to install water supplies, despite their dis- tance from convenient sources. Because costs of distribu- tion systems are relatively stable everywhere, the assistance is not extended in that area, Mr. Yurko said. If the cost of providing water facilities is more than per capita, the community should be cautious because such a debt could prove too big a burden to the residents, he said. Alberta is the third province to enter a tederal- provmcial agreement for financing and construction, of water facilities. Other communities in Alberta selected for assistance include Barrhead. Fairview, Hanna. Leduc, Lloyd- minster. Olds, St. Albert, St. Paul and Westlock. He told a news conference that steadily-rising prices are an "inevitable evil" of soaring crude oil prices on the inter- national market. "I don't want prices to go he said But oil companies must pass cost increases on to the consumer if they are to re- main competitive and ade- quate oil supplies are to be guaranteed He refused to speculate how big the increases will be but said he expects to make a decision within the next few days on applications by eastern refineries to raise prices Increases of four or five cents per gallon of gas- oline have been predicted by the end of the year. An increase before Jan 30 would break a five-month price freeze requested by the government in September as an an anti-inflation measure. The freeze, while only a volun- tary restraint, has been en- dorsed by all major oil com- panies. The minister spoke after a meeting with industry spokes- men and officials of the Na- tional Energy Board. If the government does not approve the applications, he said, there is no legal way to stop the companies from mak- ing them on their own. He also hinted that price boosts may be in the offing for consumers west of the Ottawa Valley line whose needs are met by domestic oil from Al- berta. Consumers east of the line rely totally on imported oil Rising international prices, by forcing up costs in Eastern Canada, could open an un- acceptably-wide price differential between eastern and western consumers, he said. The government's goal is to establish a nation price system based on the price of imported crude at Montreal Prices in all areas of the country would vary only with transportation costs. When it called for the freeze, the governmnt agreed to consider eastern increases justifed by international price boosts, plus any national in- creases necessary to keep prices from getting too far out of line. The meeting with industry spokesmen was called primarily to discuss the poten- tial threat from war-related production cuts in the Middle East The minister said it is still unclear whether Canada wiii be affected by the cutbacks but efforts to clarify the situa- tion are being made by the ex- ternal affairs department. He said he discussed contin- gency plans for rationing and conservation measures should a serious supply interruption occur. Few details were released but he said "such simple measures" as remaining on daylight saving time might be used to reduce consumption Longer daylight hours would cut the amount of oil burned to generate electricity. He said industry representatives confirmed government estimates that eastern consumers would have enough supplies to last 45 days if supplies are cut off. At Victoria Attorney- General Alex Macdonald and Mr Macdonald traded angry telegrams Friday in an ap- parent misunderstanding over what British Columbia wants to do to avert a natural gas shortage. The hrst telegram, from the attorney-general to the federal minister, urged that gas exports to the United States be reduced to ensure a sufficient supply in B C. and demanded a reply by noon Tuesday Compromise was a surprise WASHINGTON (AP) The compromise solution worked out by the White House and the leaders of the Senate Watergate committee caught at least two committee members by surprise Senator Lowell Weicker (Rep. said "I reject the hollow deal Weicker said he was not consulted in advance by the committee leaders before they reached the compromise with Presi- dent Nixon Senator Daniel Inouye (Dem. also said he was not consulted "There may have been some good reason for them to concur with the Inouye said Another committee member, Senator Herman Talmadge (Dem said in a statement: "I have com- plete confidence in Senator Stennis' integrity and I am Nude rider returning to stable VICTORIA (CP) Van- couver cabaret owner Bob Reeds has sad news for girl watchers around the British Columbia legislative buildings. Mr Reeds said he is aban- doning his nude rider protest against the province's liquor regulation requiring cabarets to employ orchestras to ac- company nude entertainment. Earlier this week, he sent one of his nude entertainers galloping around the legislative buildings. Attorney-General Alex Mac- donald said he talked to Mr. Reeds briefly Friday and told him "he had a gag protest but he would grind it down if he kept it up." Mr. Macdonald said the regulation wouldn't be chang- ed "because we can't have nude dancing in every nickelodeon." satisfied with the president's decision in this regard." Under the plan. Senator John Stennis i Dem Miss will review a summary of the tapes to verify its content The proposal was worked out by Senator Sam Ervin (DemNC I. the committee chairman and Senator Howard Baker the vice-chairman, in an hour- long meeting at the White House Friday afternoon Weicker said he will support efforts by special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox to pursue the matter in the courts Cox said he will not support the compromise "I reject the honow deal to release a summary of the evi- dcnce rather than the evidence itself." Weicker said 'The nation deserves the truth rather than politics as usual Senator Adlai Stevenson (Dem 111 said "Mr Nixon's proposed compromise is a travesty He is asking the na- tion to accept a compromise with truth and justice Vice-Presidential nominee Gerald Ford said "the com- promise agreed to by the president and Senators Ervin and Baker is an eminently sensible way of avoiding a constitutional crisis over the issue of the tapes Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, praising the compromise, said- "I think a very wise solution has been reached and a constitutional question avoided Storm heads to open sea Seen and heard About town H APTAIN Ron Butcher of the Salvation Army catching the Hallowe'en spirit early and passing out free pumpkins Sam Shepherd wondering what kind of trees make the best outhouse. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Tropical Storm Gilda weaken- ed today after roaring through the Bahamas on her way to the open Atlantic. Thp storm skirted past the Florida Gold Coast after dumping large amounts of rain on the Bahamas. There were no reports of injuries or damage to the Bahama Island chain, but Radio Havana attributed one death to the storm in Cuba. The season's seventh tropical storm lost some of its punch as it continued moving toward the northeast with highest sustained winds of no more than 55 miles an hour, the Hurricane National Centre in Miami said Inside his wife. He ain't in'' Classified......28-32 Comics......... 23 Comment 4, 5 District........ 19 Local News 17, 18 Markets.......25-27 Religion 10-11 Sports.......14, 15 Theatres........... 7 TV............. 6 Weather 3 LOW TONIGHT 40 HIGH SUNDAY 60 COOL, CLOUDY ;