Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Flocking together A flotilla of coots dallies in the fall sunshine on Henderson Lake before getting down to the serious business of flying south. Not sought after as game, the mudhens, as they are also called, feed in the mud along shallow ponds and sloughs. They seldom fly when approached and will dive as a last resort to avoid trouble. Other ducks, such as the pair of mallards, upper left, often mingle with coots to avoid attention from duck hunters. RICK ERVIN photo The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1974 15 Cents 20 Pages Mao stroke rumor thought political gambit By JOSEPH LELYVELD New York Times Service HONG KONG Analysts here are not dismissing out of hand a long report last week in the Daily Telegraph of London about an intensified succession struggle in Peking following a severe stroke supposedly suffered by Chairman Mao Tse Tung at the end of September. Believing that the account was deliberately leaked by Chinese, the analysts view it as a calculated gambit by a faction hostile to Mao's wife, Chiang Ching. The report of a stroke, which Peking has officially denounc- ed as "rumor is viewed as the most tenuous part of the article. The 80-year-old leader received foreign visitors on Sept. and 27 and Oct. 5 at a villa 90 minutes' flying time from Peking. Mysteriously, the Chinese insist that their guests not dis- close the villa's location. But even though the report of a stroke is discounted on the available evidence, the assertion in the article that the chair- man's "active role" in Chinese politics is virtually at an end is regarded as somewhat more plausible. Mao has been prematurely written off many times in the past, but with the inexorable march of years and his obvious frailty, such reports, it is reasoned, have now to be taken seriously. What gives the Daily Telegraph article its special interest is the alarming picture that its sources attempted to draw of Miss Chiang's alleged intrigues and plans. The former Shanghai actress, who first emerged as a political force in China with the cultural revolution in 1966, is said to have been successful in limiting the access of Premier Chou En-Lai to her husband. In addition, she is said to be bypassing Chou, who is 76 and also ailing, in issuing commands to the Communist party. The Daily Telegraph's sources hold out most dire prospects for the rest of the world if Miss Chiang succeeds in determining the succession a rejection of the cautious opening to the west that Chou has made in recent years, with obvious backing from Mao. A shrinking of foreign trade and contacts with foreigners, active support for revolutionary movements around the world and, finally, general chaos in China that could enable the Soviet Union to reassert its influence there. The article written by David Floyd, the Telegraph's Com munist affairs correspondent says also that Miss Chiang is now planning to revive the waning anti Confucian campaign early next year and to give it a pronounced xenophobic emphasis. The analysts take none of these alarms at face value, but they wonder who is sounding them and whom they are trying to scare. The tentative it is nothing that ad- ministrators close to Chou might find political ammunition in any evidence of anxiety abroad over Miss Chiang's ascendency. If they are resorting to foreign press leaks, two conclusions seem unavoidable; that the tension in Peking is indeed very great and that Miss Chiang is already powerful enough to make her opponents, whoever they may be, a little desperate. HOW NOW, STONED COW VERDUN, France (Reuter) A farmer today found 14 of his cows lying drunk in a field snoring away He discovered that they had eaten dozens of plums which fell off a tree during a rain storm and then Si fermented i I Fierce storm lashes Maritimes, one dead HALIFAX (CP) It is ex- pected to take several erase most of the' physical scars of a storm that swept through the Maritime provinces Sunday iwith snow, rain and high! winds. At least one person is known dead and four others were missing in the wake of the storm which left Sydney in a state of emergency. As much as 12 inches of snow was dumped in parts of mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the southern half of New Brunswick. Cape Breton and parts of eastern'Nova Scotia received two inches of rain and wind with gusts of more than 90 miles an hour. The Sydney air- port recorded one'gust at 115 miles an hour. More snow was expected in P.E.I. today with flurries elsewhere and temperatures in the 30s. Sydney Mayor Earl Tubrett declared the state of emergency Sunday because of extensive wind damage to businesses and homes. The militia was called out'to assist city police as fears of Ford standing by Rocky nomination WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford is standing by his nomination of Nelson Rockefeller, saying: "I'm still convinced he would make a good vice-president." Ford, answering questions from five reporters aboard Air Force One late Saturday, was asked whether any conservative Republicans had urged him to withdraw the increasingly controversial nomination. "I wouldn't say anybody se- STORM-FELLED TREES TRAP CAR IN SYDNEY, N.S. Trudeau, French premier see 'fruitful relationship9 !i I ill Classified........16-19 Comics.............6 Comment...........4 District............13 Family............15 Local Markets...........14 Sports............8-10 Theatres............7 TV.................7 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT HIGIiTlES W; SUNNY, COOLER. PARIS (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau's visit to France began on an optimistic note today with Premier Jac- ques Chirac saying it will set the seal on a "fruitful relationship between France and Canada." Trodean, accompanied by Mrs. Trudeau. arrived at Orly Airport to begin his first of- ficial visit to France as prime minister. He was greeted by Chirac on his arrival from the Canadian Forces base at Lahr, West Germany. In welcoming the Canadian prime minister, Chirac skid "ties of exceptional quality" exist between France and Canada. "Your trip will set the seal on a .fruitful relationship between France and Chirac said. Trudeau replied: "France has an important place in Canadian hearts and it is a happy day." Mid hMrd About town Heary Bonnus coining up with a sore knee at fall yard cleaning time Bill Forward drawing rave glances with his vintage sta- tion wagon. the president re- sponded, implying that such advice had been received. Ford spoke as the plane brought him home from a campaign trip to Louisville, Ky. Ford said he expects Rock- efeller's nomination to be con- firmed before the president's planned trip to Japan next month. In New York Sunday, Rock- efeller said through spokesman Hugh Morrow that he gave Henry Kissinger 000 to enable Kissinger to join the Nixon administration as head of the National Security Council. And, Rockefeller was quoted in an interview in Time magazine as saying that Kissinger was concerned about earning less in Washington than he had been, "he had just got divorced aad had responsi- bilities to his children and to his former wife." UFOs reported near Calgary TURNER VALLEY, Alta. (CP) A blazing, white Un- identified Flying Object roar- ing like a jet aircraft has been reported hovering near a farmhouse near Priddis, 10 miles west of Calgary, an RCMP officer says. An officer of the Turner Valley detachment said be went to the scene Sat- urday and saw three mys- terious objects flit about above the Rocky Mountains. RCMP Turner Valley said in a statement Sunday that "the object is described as being 60 feet in diameter and 25 feet high, giving off a very white light as it hovered about 100 feet from the ground." Constable Dave Grundy said the UFO was first reported at a.m. Oct. 13 by a woman living on a farm near Priddis. The woman did not want ber name released. Constable Grundy said be went to the scene when the ob- ject was again reported last Saturday at this time he saw it too. "It was oblong with a crown and windows on the crown giv- ing off a clear light It was dose enough they (the woman and her children) conW com- pare it in size to their bouse. Inside was a white-white light It sounded like a jet engine without the whine. After about two minutes it took off to toe north and then west very fast, they said." The constable said that by the time be arrived, the ob- ject had flown off to the west watched by the woman and her children through a tele- scope. Looking through toe telescope the officer said be saw "three objects jumping around all over the place in the west above the Rockies." looting grew. Motorists were "ordered to stay off the streets and police were to arrest anyone'who appeared to be merely "an Mayor Tubrett said. He said millions of dollars of damage had been done and at least 33 families were left homeless. Elsewhere in the Maritimes, power and telephone service was fre- quently disrupted. Between a half and three quarters of P.E.I. was without power for most of the day and it could be several days before it is restored throughout the province. It will likely be at least an- other day before all power and telephone service is restored in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. George Alan McLean, 62, of East Mines, N.S., was killed Sunday when a barn he was in collapsed under the stress of high winds. Four -fishermen, two from Petit de Grat and two from Canso, were presumed drown- ed during the storm. Fruit growers in the Anna- polis Valley in Nova Scotia fear heavy apple crop damage but the full extent of damage cannot be determined until the snow melts. Ferry links between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick and Newfoundland and North Sydney, N.S. were terminated during the day as high winds made sailings hazardous. An Air Canada spokesman said many flights had to be cancelled because of poor visibility and wind conditions. Traffic snarls were reported on the Trans-Canada Highway in several spots, the worst being a multi-car piteop between Amherst and Truro, N.S., which forced RCMP to close the road for several. hours. Small aircraft at Sydney and Debert. N.S., were heavi- ly damaged as high winds tossed them around. The storm may have also ended all bopes of saving a Cape Breton fish plant The Petit de Grat plant of Booth Fisheries Ltd. was scheduled to be closed next month and a workers' committee was try- ing to find ways of keeping it in operation. But reports from the area say the plant was heavily damaged by high winds. Many fishing boats in the area were driven aground.