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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, October 21, 1974 Union Nationale names Bellemare interim leader By ALEX RADMANOVICH MONTREAL (CP) The Union Nationale renewed its confidence in interim leader Maurice Bellemare Sunday by extending his mandate until a party leadership convention is announced in 1975. The party's national council supported Mr. Bellemare's ef- forts to put the party back on its feet by voting amendments to the constitution giving him powers normally exercised by a party leader. Mr. Bellemare responded by delivering an emotional speech during which he called for a revival of the once- mighty UN, which failed to gain a seat in the October, 1973, provincial election. James Earl Ray case under judicial review Mr. Bellemare, 62, elected to the national assembly in a byelection in August, told 400 supporters his victory in Johnson riding was a turning point in the party's fortunes. He dampened plans for a provincial Progressive Con- servative party, insisting that the Union Nationale is the "in- dispensible" alternative to the governing Liberals and the separatist Parti Quebecois. COMMON ENEMY "Why should we divide our forces and open a second front, when we can agree to work in our own jurisdictions to fight a common he said. Mr. Bellemare made a strong pitch for the Creditistes, praising them for their support in his byelection victory. He said their example signalled a regrouping of op- position forces. He proposed that a Bank of Quebec be set up to provide in- terest-free loans to municipal- ities, school boards and private corporations. Such a financial institution has been advocated by Fabien Roy and Camil Samson, the two Parti Creditiste members of the national assembly. Mr. Bellemare said a com- mittee is to begin studying es- tablishment of a Bank of Que- bec in the near future. The national council also voted to permit Mr. Bellemare to run in a future leadership convention by amending the party's bylaws. The party decided in 1969 not to allow an interim leader to run in a leadership race be- cause members reasoned that he had an unfair advantage over his opponents. The national council con- sists of three representatives from each of the province's 110 ridings. The national coun- cil elects a 39-member ex- ecutive which governs the party. Mr. Bellemare, named in- terim leader in March follow- ing the resignation of Gabriel Loubier, is credited with giv- ing his party a new lease on life with his victory in Johnson riding. He had retired from politics in 1970 after holding the port- folios of minister of industry and commerce, minister of la- bor, minister responsible for Expo '67 and the post of house leader during a 26-year career in the legislature. Standings in the national as- sembly are: Liberals 101, Parti Quebecois 6, Parti Creditiste 2 and Union Nationale 1. MEMPHIS, Term. (AP) Authorities secretly whisked James Earl Ray from his maximum-security cell at Tennessee state prison in Nashville to the Shelby County jail for a long-awaited eviden- tiary hearing. Officials at the Memphis jail said the man who once ad- mitted the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arriv- ed Sunday night under the es- cort of U.S. Marshall George Tallent and at least five other federal officers and state cor- rections personnel. The 200-mile transfer was made in such secrecy that one of Ray's lawyers, Robert Liv- ingston, was unaware that his client was in the city until told by The Associated Press. Ray is attempting to with- draw his 1969 guilty plea in King's death. The first step begins Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Robert McRae. The journey is Ray's first to Memphis since he entered a guilty plea to shooting the No- bel Prize-winning civil rights leader April 4, 1968. Ray maintains he was pressed into the guilty plea by lawyer Percy Foreman of Houston, Tex., and others who he claims stood to profit from the sale of publications about the King case and his in- volvement. He gained the right to an evidentiary hearing before McRae when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to interfere with a ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that Ray's allegations required "a thorough judicial review." Ray is serving a 99-year prison term. Weight loss record 'Bog Bill' Leverton, Port Huron, Mich., is a weight- loss champion after trimming off 417 pounds in 31 months to become the biggest weight loser checked by Weight Watchers. Leverton weighed 640 pounds in April, 1972, and had a waist of 72 inches. He recently stepped into his old pants for comparison with his pres- ent weight of 223 pounds. U.S. may provide grain for India Plymouth's got your size 8 fer'75 WASHINGTON (AP) While cutting grain sales to the Soviet Union, the United States soon may provide grain to India. Andrew Mair, co ordinator of the Food for Peace program in the state department, said he is certain a grain agreement with India is coming up. but doesn't know how much the U.S. will supply- The agreement may be worked out during State Secretary Henry Kissinger's visit to India later this month. Portuguese leftists asked to stay in gov't LISBON (Reuter) Portu- gal's Communist party, emerging from 47 years of banishment, wound up a special congress Sunday night with a call for the left-wing of- ficers'who control the country to stay in politics after next March's elections. Secretary-General Alvaro Cunhal said a way should be found to enable the Armed Forces Movement to have its members elected in the March ballot for a constituent assembly. The Armed Forces Move- the officers who staged last April's now wields effective power by occupying most of the impor- tant posts in the provisional government. However, the movement's program commits the military to retire from political life once the con- stituent assembly has been elected. Calling the subject "a very sensitive thing with a top agriculture department of- ficial said: "we're reluctant to say that they have asked for aid because they are reluctant to say so." India may buy grain and other commodities and have as long as 40 years to pay. with no payments for the first 10 years, under a Food for Peace agreement. The Soviet Union tried to buy 3.2 million tons of U.S. grain recently, but the ship- ment was halted by President Ford Oct. 5 because of smaller U.S. Harvests blamed on spring floods, summer droughts and autumn freezes. But Treasury Secretary William Simon announced Saturday that the Soviets will be allowed to acquire one million tons of corn and 1.2 million tons of wheat. They agreed to make no further purchases in the U.S. market this crop year, which ends next summer. The Soviet Union has been a major foreign supplier of wheat to India the last year, providing more than 1.8 million metric tons of wheat, U S. figures show. India's wheat production is down, with the crop last spr- ing estimated at 22.5 million tons compared with 24.9 million in 3973. At the same time, the U S. wheat reserve may be only 218 million bushels by next summer, the lowest since 1948 There is a possibility of supplying nee for India, since the 1974 U S crop is a record. India's rice crop might be down more than 10 per cent this year from its record harvest of 44 million tons in 1973-74, agriculture depart- ment officials say Soviets growing long hair mice MOSCOW (AP) Soviet scientists are growing long hair on mice by using a silicone mixture which they say might lead to the develop- ment of a human hair restorer, the newspaper So- cialist Industry reports. It says some experiments are being conducted with humans, and "for the time be- ing the results are giving hope." It gives no details of these experiments. The research team also ex- pects the preparation to be used in agriculture and in breeding such fur animals as mink and sable. The research is being con- ducted at an organic chemistry institute in Irkutsk, Siberia, and the preparation, "created on the basis of has been named Mival. for the two scientists who developed it, Mikhail Voronkof and Valery Dyakov. When Mival was used on mice, they grew hair "so long it could be braided." The re- searchers said the growth of hair and fingernails on humans, of fur, antlers and hooves on animals and the growth of some crops and trees depends to a great ex- tent on the silicone content. KILLS HIS SON CHICAGO