Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY IN The Uthktdge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 267 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 48 PAGES Quebec Brass Throw Light On Threat By CARL MOLLINS MONTREAL (CP) Quebec leaders have thrown light on official anxieties that preceded strong counter- revolution action two weeks ago) including confirmation that a group of influential Quebecers stood ready to step in as an emergency provincial government. The projected provisional government would have shown "an attitude of understanding" to the demands of the Front de Liberation du Quebec, kidnappers of British diplomat James (Jasper) Cross and Pierre Laporte, Quebec labor minister later strangled. A statement issued by Premier Robert Bourassa Tuesday night said he had known of the possibility of a takeover. But he denied that the plan influenced the government's decision to call in federal troops Oct. 15 and ask for proclamation the following day of the War Measures Act. Mayor Jean Drapeau of Montreal said in an inter- view that a group of well-meaning citizens had con- sidered setting up a provisional government. The group believed that "instead of showing a rigid reaction there should be rather an attitude of understanding." Trudeau Won't Say Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau declined .Tuesday to deny or confirm that a provisional-government pro- ject was one reason for war-measures action. But last Friday, the prime minister told Parlia- ment that one reason for invoking special powers- against the FLQ and supporters was the federal gov- ernment's assessment that "a state of confusion" existed in Quebec. He also cited the kidnappings, the threat of insurrection and earlier thefts of dynamite. The day before troops started moving into Quebec City and Montreal, public doubts were expressed about the way the, crisis was being handled. A statement by 10 prominent Quebecers Oct. 14 that referred to the "tragic impotence" of the Bourassa government proposed, that resolution of the crisis ____ Of Reaching Settlement New Terrorist Note Ends Week-Long Lull COMMUNIQUE FOUND-Rachelle Lash of Montreal looks in a litter basket at the cor- ner of McTavish St. and Sherbrooke St. in Montreal where an FLQ comrnunique was found wrapped inside a copy of the Montreal Star. Smith Sees Little Hope The statement was read by Rene Levesque, leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois, and supported by nine others, including Claude Ryan, publisher of Mont- real Le Devoir, Louis Laberge, president of the Quebec Federation of Labor, Marcel Pepin, president of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, and Yves Charbonneau, president of the Quebec Teachers Corpo- ration. Up To Quebec Referring to "the obvious danger which society now the group of 10 added that "the respon- sibility to find a solution and to apply it rests in Quebec." "Certain outside attitudes and the rigid and almost military atmosphere now seen in Ottawa, seems to risk ridicule for Quebec and its government in its tragic impotence. support is for the negotiation of exchange of the two hostages for the "political" prisoners, the Oct. 14 statement said. Other indications of divided feelings came the fol- lowing night when a rally of about in an east-end Montreal arena gave a ringing endorsement to the political aims of the FLQ and denounced the use of federal troops. But speakers Charles Gagnon and Pierre Vallierfs, both FLQ members, and Michel CHartrand all de- tained the following supporters to stay as calm as possible while pressing for the "social and political revolution." Ask Proclamation The following morning, Mr. Bourassa and Mr. Drapeau asked Ottawa to invoke the War Measures Act. Premier Bourassa's statement Tuesday night said: "In the light of stalements made by certain com- mentators regarding the alleged project of a parallel governmcnl, this administration had been informed of the project. "But the government was in no way influenced in its decision by the existence of such an illusory hypothesis." The premier added that Mr. Levesque apparently realizes now that the Quebec population is solidly be- hind the government in the present crisis. He said that was indicated by Mr. Levesquc's call Monday for action by the legislature on social reforms. Mayor Drapeau, whose Civic Party was returned to power with a clean-sweep electoral victory Sunday, referred to the provisional-government possibility in an interview with Richard E. Meyer, an Associated Press writer. People of good faith had suggested a provisional government, he said, but such a government would have been used by the revolutionaries. Asked whether that had been about to happen, Mr. Drapeau said it was "definitely so." In Ottawa Tuesday, Opposition Leader Robert Slanfield asked in the Commons whether the War Mea- sures Act had been proclaimed partly because "it is believed thai a group of influenlial Quebeeers had set out lo see whether they might supplant the legitimalely-electcd government of the province of Quebec." Mr. Trudeau said IK had already set oul Hie rea- sons for invocation of the apparent reference to his statement, of last this was not among them. Argiculture Minister H. A. Olson said Tuesday that the FLQ is supported by "people a long way up the economic ladder." Communications Minister Eric Kierans, a Montre- aler, said in a speech last Thursday lhat action was taken to prevent a drift into revolutionary government. SALISBURY (Reuter) Ian Smith, prime minister of rebel Rhodesia, said today he is pre- pared to reopen talks with Brit- ain on a settlement of his coun- try's independence dispute. But Smilh warned that he sees little chance of resolving the five-year-old constitutional Army Doctor Freed FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) The U.S. Army freed Capt. Jef- frey MacDonald today of charges that he murdered his wife and two young daughters last February. Maj.-Gen. Edward M. Flana- gan, commander of.the John F. Kennedy Centre for Military As- sistance, ruled there was insuf- ficient evidence to justify the three counts of premeditated murder against the 27-yeaMld Green Beret physician. Flanagan, who is Mac- Donald's commanding general, based his ruling on a report of a lengthy, secret hear- ing by Col. Warren Rock of Fort Bragg. The army had charged that MacDonald stabbed and beat to death his wife, Colette, 26, and his daughters Kimberly, 6, and Kristen Jean, 2, and then stabbed himself as a cover-up and invented a story. Infant Shot Before-Birth Doing Well HILDESHEIM (AP) A baby bom after it was struck by a bullet in its mother's womb was taken off the critical list Wednesday, police in this north- west German city reported. They said the mother, Siegrid Kuehn, 37, also was in satisfac- tory condition. She was hit Mon- day b> five bullets, one of which lodged in her unborn boy's arm- pit. The baby was delivered a few days prematurely. Police arrested a 17-year-old youth sus- pected of shooting the woman during an argument. deadlock, created by the former colony's rebellion and unilateral declaration of independence. "I slffi'1 believe 'little chance of a the Rhodesian leader told a news conference. "I warned Rhode- siajis about, optimism. I am a realist and I am not optimistic about a settlement." Smith's comments came just a day after British Prime Minis- ter Edward Heath told the House of Commons he would ap- proach Salisbury soon to estab- lish whether there is any basis for renewed negotiations. Asked if he would negotiate within, the five principles for a settlement laid down by the Labor government and reaf- firmed by Heath's Conserva- tives, Smith declared: "I have one principle for a to settle in Rhodesia's inter- ests." One principle Labor set out, was unimpeded progress toward political rule by Rhodesia's ma- jority population of five'million Africans. Rhodesian blacks currently have no political power and only limited voting rights. Smith attacked'the United Na- tions where, he said; emergent nations which have not made a single contribution to civiliza- FLQ Letter Tells Joey 'You're Next' ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) A letter signed by the FLQ .saying "you're next" was received by the office of Premier Joseph Smallwood several days ago, RCMP said today. Justice Minister Leslie Curtis said the letter was presumed to be the work- of a crank, but it was being checked by the RCMP crime laboratory. Mr. Smallwood is vacationing in Panama City. tion are dictating to other states. The British Commonwealth, he said, .is a 'mini-UN. Asked if he foresees the breakup of the Commonwealth, he replied: "I hope would be wonder- ful." Nanton Mail Fined In Drug Case CALGARY (CP) Lloyd G. Green, about 21, of Nanton, was fined or eight months after he pleaded guilty here to two charges of pos- sessing illegal drugs in his home. He was found guilty on pos- session of small quantities of marijuana and hashish. MONTREAL (CP) In po- lice hands today is a three-page letter signed by the terrorist Front de Liberation du Quebec which police say appears to be the first authentic word in 12 days from the kidnappers of James Cross and Pierre La- porte. "It looks like it's a spokesman for Quebec Pro- vine i a 1 Police said today. "We're still working on it." IN TRASH CAN Enclosed in a pink envelope with a page 'from the passport of one of the suspected kidnap- pers, the text was found in a trash can at a downtown in- tersection. The passport page bearing the photograph of Paul Rose, 27- year-old teacher, and the letter outlining the FLQ's political aims was discovered by a CKAC radio reporter on the cor- ner of 'MacTavish and Sher- brooke streets. An anonymous female caller had tipped off the station. A spokesman for provincial police said the page bore a Sept. 2, 1970, expiry date. One of Rose's fingerprints appeared on the bottom on the third page of the text. Police went to Laval, north of Montreal Tuesday night on dis- covery .of another brief note which said the corpse of Mr. Cross, 49-year-old British trade commissioner kidnapped Oct. 5, could be found near a bridge. CALLED A FAKE That note, unsigned and printed on plain paper, later was discounted as an almost certain fake. Last Oct. 18, police found the body of Mr. Laporte, Quebec labor in the trunk of a car at St. Hubert, south of the city. He had been strangled. The two developments late Tuesday ended a week-long lull in the double kidnap case. No arrests were made during the day, although.police contin- ued searching for five men, in- eluding Rose, wanted in connec- tion with the .terrorist abduc- tions. The four others are Marc Car- bonneau, 37-year-old taxi driver sought in both kidnappings along with Rose, and Jacques Rose, 23, brother of Paul, Fran- cois Simard, 23, and Bernard Lortie, 19, sought for conspiracy to kidnap Mr. Laporte. Nation-wide warrants have been issued for all five. WIFE APPEALS Barbara Cross, the British en- voy's wife, broadcast an appeal for his release Monday night but by early today, no reaction had come from the FLQ. In other activity Tuesday: Jacques Pari- zeau, a member of the separa- tist Parti Quebecois executive, said the current terrorist crisis gave the federal government an opportunity to assert itself in Quebec. student Bernard Lortie, mistakenly arrested Sat- urday as the kidnap suspect who has the same name, was released three days after police claimed they did not know of his whereabouts. Girl Born Without Ears Gets Artificial Ones OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Elena Arroyo is happy be- cause at last she has ears that stick out like any other sev- en-year-old girl's. Elena was born without ears, in a remote Otomi In- dian village 200 miles north- east of Mexico City. There weren't even any openings where her ears should have been. "Several tribesmen told her parents that thej should kill says Vola Griste, a mis- sionary of the Wycliffe Bible Translators who has spent 27 years among the Otomis. "But her mother had been converted to. Christianity, and she told them she couldn't do that, -that the Lord gave her to them for some purpose. Right then and there I pledged to help that little girl." Executives of Realistic In- an Oakland firm that makes cosmetic restorations, heard about Elena and offered to help. Money for the tip was raised through the efforts of James Santos, a United Auto Workers member employed at Realistic. A few weeks ago Elena was brought here to be for artificial esi's. This week she came back, a sober little girl with her black hair combsd straight down, hiding ears that weren't there. She walked out radiant, her hair pushed back behind her new ears in proper Otomi style. The plastic ears are at- tached with a special'adhe- sive. ELENA ARROYO Crisis Blows Up In Irish Party DUBLIN (CP) Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch was con- fronted today with a party _ re- volt, which could force .him into calling a general election. The crisis blew up when it was disclosed that three un- named members of his Fianna Fail party would support a vote of confidence in Lynch to be called during a new session of the Dail (Parliament) which starts today. The government has a parlia- mentary majority of five. The opposition of three Fianna Fail members would mean defeat on any given issue. On his return from the United Nations Monday, Lynch made it clear that if dissidents voted against him or deliberately ab- stained in the Dail he would have no option but to go to the country. At a closed meeting late Tues- day night and early today, Lynch won a 73-to-3 vote of con- fidence from his parliamentary party. He did not identify the dissidents or say if they were the same deputies who said they would not support him in Par- liament. The six-horn1 meeting was at- tended by former finance minis- ter Charles Haughey, cleared in court last week of allegations of plotting to smuggle arms into Northern Ireland for the use of minority Roman Catholic .extre- mists. Lynch dismissed Haughey from his cabinet when the charges were made. Haughey, a strong republican dedicated to ending British rule of the six northern counties, is widely believed to be a con- tender for the premiership if Lynch falters. Three Perish In Red Deer House Fire RED DEER father and his two step-children died Tuesday night in a house fire in the city's north end. Police said Reginald Gray, 25, died while attempting to save his two stepsons, Michael 2, and Allan, 4, from the upper floor of the family's two- storey, wood-frame dwelling. A 10-months-old baby was rescued by her mother, Susan, who was visiting a neighbor across the street when the fire started. Cause of the fire had not been determined. Two children, died in an apartment fire in the same area in July, 1967. Good News For Hard-Hit Farmers OTTAWA (CP) There was good news for market-shy prai- rie farmers Tuesday when the government announced that China will be taking up to 98 million bushels of Canadian wheat in the new crop year. It could mean million. This is tire first major sale of the new crop year, and the big- gest ever made to a single coun- try over a one-year period. While the actual negotiated fig- ure calls for 93 million bushels, China will Eccept up to 98 mil- Smith Clears Way HALIFAX (CP) Premier G. I. Smith and his Progressive Conservative government re- signed today paving the way for Liberal Loader Gerald Regan to form n new government tonight. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TVEIGHBORHOOD D I S H- washer being pushed down 27th St. N. by Bryan Cnats, Art Graystock and Richard Garrclt after a party Barbara and Bill Michel wondering if Christ- mas had arrived early as they received a stereo-TV combination in a merchan- dise draw Andrew Still- well engaging in towel-snap- ping activities at the Family Nixon In JFK Death City DALLAS' (Reuter) Presi- dent Nixon takes his congres- sional election campaign to Dal- las today, the first chief execu- tive to make a political trip to the Texas city since President Kennedy was assassinated there Nov. 22, Strict security precautions will be in force when Nixon ar- rives at about 8 p.m. EST. He will drive in a motorcade to the Market Hall convention centre to make a strong pitch for con- servative Republican Senate contender George Bush and Paul Cggers, candidate for gov- ernor in the election next Tues- day. It was not known if the presi- dent would take a similar tour to that followed by President Kennedy when he was shot as tire presidential motorcade passed the Texas School Book Depository on Elm Street.- The Market Hall centre is near the trade mart where Ken- nedy was to have spoken. The political climate in Dallas is much more hospitable lo Nixon than it was to Kennedy. A recent poll put Nixon's popu- larity among Tcxans at a formi- dable 75 per cent, and Dallas is probably the strongest Republi- can city in the state. lion bushels if Canada can ship it. To fulfill the contract, at least 88 million bushels must be shipped. Otto Lang, minister responsi- ble for the Canadian wheat board who announced the sale to a desk-thumping Commons, said the railways have assured him they will supply boxcars to move not only the wheat for this contract "but the record quanti- ties of grain we expect lo export this year." Optimism about Canada's wheat exports this year has been running high in Ottawa re- cently, and Mr. Lang told re- porters Tuesday officials are al- most certain thai 700 million bushels of grain will be sold. This would compare with 474 million bushels last year, and would be about 15 million bushels above the record set in 1963-64. Ha was not, he explained, tell- ing farmers to grow nil the wheat they wanted to. He was advising them of prospecls in advance so Ihey could make their decisions. The conlract with China largely involves No. 2, 3, and 4 northern wilh smaller quantities of durum and Alberta Red Win- ter. The bushel prices were not re- leased. The payment plan is the same as last year, with 25 per cent cash on loading and the balance over 18 months. The in- terest rate was not disclosed. China now is taking delivery of Canadian wheat under last year's contract, and the final shipments will be made later tills month. Mr. Lang said ship- ments under the new contract will begin "within the nexl few weeks." They will conlinue fa' 12 months. Mr. Lang said West Coast ports will be "functioning to ca- pacity" in meeting the Chinese contract. Premier Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan said every citizen of Saskatchewan will be de- lighted with the news. "Coming as it does on top of other sales, I think (he agricultural situation should be almost back to nor- mal by spring."