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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 50-55 The Utlibridnc Herald if VOL. LXIII No. 2CG LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 197 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGIS? CASTRO STYLE Broad gestures run in the Castro family, apparently. Unlike brother, Fidel, however, Juanita Castro speaks out against Here she addresses Tokyo con- vention of Anti-Communist League. Mrs. Cross Begs For Release Of Husband By CARL MOLLINS MONTREAL (CP) The wife of kidnapped Brit- ish Trade Commissioner James (Jasper) Gross held on to the hope today that her husband is alive and his terrorist captors will let him go. Barbara Cross maintained, in her own words, an agonizing wait for news of her husband after she broadcast a moving entreaty Monday night for his release. While Mrs. Cross waited, authorities prepared to relax security measures connected with a safe-con- duct offer to the kidnappers. "It is agonizing to endure the long period of wait- ing, but I am confident that .you-are still alive and said the blonde a voice that sound- ed tretTUlous at points in her brief appeal. Spoke In French She switched to French to beg the kidnappers to treat her husband well and free Mm. The tape-recorded message was broadcast by ra- dio station CKLM three weeks after Mr. Cross, 49, was taken from his home at gunpoint by members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec. He was ab- ducted as a hostage to back their demands for the release of imprisoned cohorts. At the time Mrs. Cross decided to broadcast the appeal it had been eight days since she. had re- ceived any word that her husband was alive. That letter from Mr. Cross, the fourth since his abduction, was left in a Montreal church Oct. 18, sev- eral hours after police found the strangled body of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec labor minister who was kidnapped five days after the British envoy. Friends of Mrs. Cross said she had decided Mon- day to take up a standing offer from CKLM to broad- cast a message. Quebec authorities approved the move. It came a few hours after provincial authorities announced plans to relax restrictions connected with tire standing offer of safe conduct for the kidnappers to go to Cuba if they released Mr. Cross. Deal Reneived The safe-conduct deal was offered Oct. 17- by Premier Robert Bourassa and renewed since then. The FLQ kidnappers were asked to deliver Mr. Cross to a section of island site of Expo 67, where a Cuban diplo- mat would hold him until their arrival in Cuba. Restrictions were to be relaxed from Wednesday at the site proposed for the release of Mr. Cross, but contingency plans call for quick evacuation of the area, should the kidnappers take the offer. A reporter called to the Cross home Monday night to get the text of her appeal found security measures stringent. Soldiers were in the background as police posted in front of the luxurious residence on the slope of Mount Royal searched the reporter and his car. Inside, a family friend delivered the text. His only comment on the mood of Mrs. Cross and her daugh- ter, Susie, 24, was that their spirits remained as high as they had ever been since the kidnapping. activity under the War Measures Act in- voked 12 days ago proceeded Monday with at least three more arrests and reports of a series of search- es in Quebec outside the main urban areas. So far, five prime suspects have not been arrested under Can- ada-wide warrants. At the same time, Justice Minister Jerome Choquette of Quebec said a three-man committee would be permitted to see and talk to persons de- lained under the emergency regulations. Police arrested three young persons in a raid at St. Marc, 20 miles east of Montreal, and said they seized a sawed-off shotgun and literature pertaining to the FLQ. b Mr. Choquelte gave permission for visits to about 155 remaining detainees by three members of the Quebec Civil Liberties Union publisher Jacques Hebert, Rev. Jacques Teffier, director of a pastoral inslitute, and Rollan Parenteau, director of I'Ecole Na- lionale d'Administralion. _ Mr. Hebert is a friend and onetime associate of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, whose covernment in- voked the emergency measures. Quebec Plot Rumor Raised OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau Tuesday declined Opposition Lecder Robert Stan- field's demand that he clearly repudiate published reports that the government believed a group of influential Quebecers had considered supplanting the legilima'e government of the province. Mr. Stanfield asked in the Commons whether these reports constituted, one reason for the government's proclamation of the War Measures. Act. Mr. Trudeau said lie gave the reasons for the proclamation Friday and again Monday and they did not include such re- ports. Mr. Stanfield asked why the prime minister did not clearly repudiate the reports which had been attributed to top-level gov- ernment sources and which could damage 'he reputation of prominent Quebecers. Mr. Trudeau said it was pe- culiar that he was being asked to deny one pa'.Ucular rumor out of many rumors. The government, he added, was not in the habit of denying or confirming such rumors. Britain Cuts Taxes Farm Front Crisis Fades By JOE BALLA Herald Managing Editor It's probably because the farmers are starting to get used to it, but the crisis that hovered over southern Alber- ta's farm front during most of this year appears to be dis- sipating. The crisis was over Opera- tion Lift, the federal govern- ment's program introduced earlier this year which was de- signed to get rid of Canada's wheat surplus and reduce the wheat acreage substantial- ly. LESS GRUMBLING A Herald roundup of district by district harvesting opera- tions for this fall shows that Operation Lift is working and grumblings are quietening down. Cattle populations in south- ern Alberta are greater than ever before. The region had more acreage in summerfallow this year than at any time since the 1930s. Feed grain acreages were up sharply this year. So were the acreages on oil seed crops. Barley prices down for the most part of the year have strengthened considerably in recent months and farmers are happy. ONE SOUR NOTE The one real sour note is that there are still no quotas es- tablished for spring wheat. Most elevator agents in the south would like more box cars to fill .orders, but they report that allocations of cars are 10 to 15 per cent ahead of last year. Farmers, and ranchers who have had livestock on summer pastures thiy summer are go- ing to be doing more feeding this winter. Heifer calves are being kept for breeding. There's much more interest in hogs with some fairly size- able feedlots going up. Wheat acreages taken out of production this year were re- placed by more rapeseed, saf- flower, buckwheat, feed grair" durum wheat and grain corn.' District by district accounts of southern Alberta's harvest- ing conditions as supplied by Herald correspondents will be found in today's edition of The Herald on Pages 11 and 12 Govt. Set To Stand Or Fall On Action_ Ottawa Will Replace Powerful War Act LONDON (CP) V Edward Heath's Conservative govern- ment 'announced today reduc- tions in personal and corporate income taxes accompanied by a variety of measures to reduce government spending. Duties on certain imported foods will be increased. There will be higher charges for medi- cines under the National Health Service. Free milk at .schools will be stopped for pupils be- yond the age of seven and charges for dental care and spectacles mil be increased. Amid these changes, to be- come effective at various dates, Anthony Barber, chancellor of the exchequer, told the House of Commons restraints will be im- posed on expanding defence spending though a British mili- tary presence will, be main- tained in Southeast Asia. Wlifo This is the state of man: today he puts forth the tender leaves Appe, ffrjjorrow blossoms-Shakespeare, Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN gUGAR Queens' Marlcne Jang spending more ice time on her slacks than her skates as she worked through' a recent hockey practice Rev. L. D. Hankinson ex- plaining how to spot the Pres- byterian Church moderator, Dr. T. Dillwyn Evans: "He'll be the sleepy chap just re- turned from a tour of south- ern Alberta" Andy and Gary Barker, and Gordon Kroekcr sharing the surprise and fun as a, regular custom- er won 550 on a service sta- tion punch-out card. OTTAWA (CP) New legislation to replace the powerful War Measures Act will be introduced by early next week, the Commons was told Monday, and in the meantime the government is prepared to stand or fall on the action it took to combat terrorism in Que- bec. BANG THEIR DESKS Faced with another round of questions about events in Quebec invoking the act, Prime Minister Trudeau told the House the government acted "on the facts as we inter- preted them." And as his supporters banged their desks in approval, he added: "On this, the govern- ment will stand or fall." Repeating earlier statements he made in the Commons, Mr. Trudeau said the decision to use the act was hased.on facts now known to the public, although "it may be that we will.have further facts to communicate to the House." He said the facts are clear. "We had reports from the authorities from the province of Quebec and the city of Montreal of apprehended insurrection." He also referred to large-scale thefts of dynamite and small arms. EXPECTS HOT DEBATE It was Justice Minister John Turner who told the Commons new legislation to replace the act will come before ,the House by early next week, perhaps later this week. He later told reporters it likely will produce "pretty severe debate" and be- sides dealing specifically with the FLQ, will provide measures for dealing with future civil dis- turbances. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield, also speaking outside Commons, said the legisla- tion should be brought forward "extremely quickly." David Lewis South) told reporters there are numerous indications that a re- pressive mood is sweeping through Canada as a result of the act. He said the British Col- umbia government had already passed a restrictive measure dealing with teachers and Van- couver, city council was consi- dering plans to outlaw all radi- cal groups there. SUGGEST CENSORSHIP There Were other signs of re- pression, he said, including suggestions from some MPs censorship be applied to CBC. Mr. Turner told the Commons earlier he had communicated with all provincial attorneys- general to impress upon them that the act was invoked to deal with a specific threat and should not he abused in other areas. China Buys Our Wheat OTTAWA (CP) A sale of 93 million bushels of wheat to Communist China over a 12- mon'h period was announced in the Commons Tuesday by Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board. Replying to Albert Bruce Douglas Mr. Lang said the sale included grades 2, 3 and 4 northern wheat, some durum wheat some Albert red wheat. Negotiations have just been concluded between Canadian wheat board representatives and Chinese authorities and the wheat board officials now are returning to Canada, the minis. ter said. PREMIER ROB1CHAUD Sharp Defeat RICHARD HATFIELD The Winner Commander Kidnapped QUITO (Renter) Gen. Ceasar Ro'nn Sandoval, com- mander of the Ecuadorian air force, was kidnapped by uniden- tified men here today, police re- ported. Police said the kidnappers seized the general early this morning, but declined to give further details about the abduc- tion. Rohn, 45, was seized shortly after attending a dinner at the British embassy here Monday night in honor of British Royal Aii- Force chief Sir Charles El- worthy. Elworthy headed a British delegation here to take part in celebrations msrking the 50th anniversary today of the foun- dation of the Ecuadorian air force. New Premier Waits For Phone Call N.B. Election Cliff Hanger FB.EDERICTON (CP) The closest result in Mon- day's New Brunswick elec- tion could not have been closer a one-vote victory by Conservative Joseph E. Ouellette in Victoria. Unofficial election night figures gave Mr. Ouellette votes to Liberal Ever- ard Daigle's A recount appeared certain. FREDERICTON (CP) Richard Bennett Hatfield waits for a telephone call today from Louis Joseph Robichaud. They will talk over a change of gov- ernment for New Brunswick. Mr. Robichaud, Liberal premier since 1960, was handed a sharp defeat in a pro- vincial election Monday by Mr. Hatfield's Progressive Conserv- atives. Mr. Robichaud, the peppery Acadian lawyer who emerged from defeat seemingly as cheer- ful as ever, promised Monday night to make the phone call and Mr. Hatfield, an unflappa- ble 39-year-old bachelor, said he would be in his office waiting for it. Party standings after the counting: 1970 1967 PCs 32 26 Liberals 26 32 Total ss 58 One seat in Restigouche con- stituency, was not decided until today after a returning officer drove to one isolated poll t o pick up voting results. The final returns gave the seat to Liberal Alfred Roussel. .A recount appeared certain in Victoria where Conservative Jo- seph E. Ouellette held a one- vote lead over Liberal Everard Daigle. It was the third provincial election this year to result in a change of Government. Liberals ousted a Union Nationale gov- ernment in Quebec and a Con- servative regime in Nova Sco- tia. A fourth election in Prince Edward Island returned the Lib- erals with an increased major- ity. NDP MEMBERLESS New Brunswick politics since 1870 have been a series of chan- geovers from one major party to the other, with no third party ever forming the government. The NDP made its biggest ef- fort for Monday's election, but managed to win only three per cent of the vote. The future for Mr. Robichaud had been premier since he was 34 years unclear Monday night. Asked whether he would continue as party leader, he said: "I ha- ven't made up my mind." Later, he said he had no im- mediate plans to step'down. He brushed off suggestions he will be appointed to the Senate. He admitted he was "some- what surprised" by the PC vic- tory, an almost exact reversal of the 1967 results. During the campaign he predicted the Lib- erals would win as many as 43 of the 58 seats. The PCs gained six seats from the government. The fallen Liberals included Finance Minister L. G. DesBrisay in Monclon and Resources Minis- ter William R. Duffie in Sun- bury. Those two constituencies, with a, total of five seats, proved the key to the Conservative vic- tory. General Stripped Of Honors SAHON (AP) United States Army announced tonight it is stripping a brigadier-gen- eral of two honors, including the third-highest U.S. award for valor, because they were based on fabricated citations. An announcement from army headquarters said, however, that the investigation has so far shown conclusively that the gen- eral, Eugene P. Forrester, was not aware of the fabrication. It was the first known time in South Vietnam that the army had revoked such awards from a general officer. Forrester, 44, received the Sil- ver Star, the third-highest award for valor in combat, and the Distinguished Flying Cross Oct. 15, before leaving his post as assistant commander of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division. He now is assistant chief of staff for civil operations and rural development at the U.S. command headquarters in Sai- gon. Russia To Test Suborbital Missiles MOSCOW (AP) _ The Soviet Union announced today it will conduct a month-long series of missile-firing tests in the Pa- cific starting Wednesday and continuing until Nov. 30. _ The suborbital rockets will be fired into a target area north- east of Japan, Tass news agency reported, adding that all air and sea traffic is being asked to steer clear of the re- gion from noon to midnight for the next month. The type of rockets to be tested was not revealed. Richard E. Meyer Is a member of Hie newsfcalures staff of The Associated Press in New York who lias been in Quebec for more than a week assessing the impact, of recent events. In the following story lie writes about an inlen'iew witli the mayor of By KICIIAHU E. MEYEII MONTREAL (AP) The mayor of Montreal, who says he is marked for assassination, thinks that if political kidnap- ping is allowed to continue in Quebec province, it. will spread to the United States. "If we were to let them con- tinue kidnapping our diplomats and members of said Mayor Jean Drapcau in an interview, "you can rest as- sured that those wlw have illc- Marked For FLQ Assassination gal purposes in the United States would do it. "Someone hearing about what has happened here will start doing it." Asked whether he or his po- lice know of pny ties between the terrorists of the Front de Liberation du Quebec and radi- cal or terrorist groups in the United States or elsewhere, Drapeau said: "My opinion is thai these groups are full of men who do a lot of travelling. And they don't travel to Rome to see the Pope." TOPS LIST As two bodyguards stood nearby, Drapeau said the FLQ has prepared a list of govern- ment figures and others it wants assassinated in an at- tempt at revolution. "My name is on said the mayor, who was re-elected in a landslide vote Sunday. The FLQ kidnapped British Trade Commissioner James (Jasper) Cross Oct. 5 and JEAN DRAPEAU Tops This List Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte five days later. The ter- rorists murdered Laporle Oct. 17 after the government refused to free 23 FLQ members serv- ing prison lerms or awaiting trial. Drapeau said the FLQ would rather have kidnapped Premier Robert Bourassa instead of La- porte, "but Bourassa was guarded more than rioi-re La- porte, so they kidnapped Pierre Drapcau said it is possible for "a small group of determined men and women to take over a government because when peo- ple are scared, or people aro indifferent, or people are afraid, they accept as a matter of fact a new government. City, provincial and federal police convinced, Drapeau said, that until Prime Minister Tnideau granted requests from him and Bourassa to send in federal Iroops and put the War Measures Act into effect, "the revolution had eveiy chance to succeed." CBG Cancels TV Program TORONTO (CP) The CBC announced Tuesday that a net- work television documentary on The. Legacy of Lenin scheduled for 10 p.m. EST Tuesday has been postponed indefinitely be- cause of the "current state of concern and anxiety." UNITED APPEAL Countdown To Go ;