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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Debt-Ridden Democrats Battle U.S. Tradition By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) Heav- ily in debt and lacking clear-cut leadership at the top, the Demo- cratic party in the United States is battling hard to maintain an old American tradition in next Tuesday's elections. Tradition is that, the presi- dent's this case, the ground in Congress in mid-term elections. In the 17 mid-term elections since 1900, the president's party has lost an average of 35 seats in the House of Representatives, with comparable losses in the Senate. Democratic prospects of matching that average in this year's voting appear slim. But a week before the election, most polls', and observers agree that President Nixon is again likely to find himself dealing with Democratic majorities in both House and Senate in the next Congress. In the 1963 elections, the Dem- ocrats wound up with 246 of- the 135 House seats .versus 189 for the with 57 Se- nate seats versus 43 for the Re- But they tot the presidency and found themselves victims of another trediUon-the eclipse of the losing presidential candi- date. SYSTEMS DIFFER Unlike the Canadian system, which assigns a continuing role and on-going publicity to the loser as leader of the opposition, the American election process sends the presidential loser skimming toward oblivion. The Democrats' Hubert Hum- phrey is trying to make a come- back this year by regaining a Senate seat in Minnesota. He has lost almost all his previous claims to being national leader of the Democratic party. Vice-presidential candidate Edmund S. Muskie is leadership material, but he, too, is in- volved in his own Senate elec- tion campaign in Maine. So is another Democratic prominent, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. One Democrat who has been carrying much of the campaign load for these elections Is Lawr- ence F. O'Brien, 53-year-old na- tional chairman of the party. But O'Brien made his reputa- tion by managing tbe cam- paigns for both .John F. Ken- nedy and Robert Kennedy and his status is more that of the party functionary than the moral leader. PARTY IN DEBT It is however, who has had to be most concerned about the Democrats' empty coffers. The party ended the 1968 election heavily in debt and O'Brien estimates the Demo- crats still owe more than mil- lion' nationally, most of it for television advertising. The Democrats have often complained, indeed, have: even made a virtue of their poverty compared with what they like to regard as the fat-cat Republi- cans, whose party funds are pic- tured as being replenished by monopoly businessmen and wealthy favor-seekers. There are obvious advantages to such a portrait for a party which proclaims its allegiance to the poor and the working class. But the current financial crisis has gone beyond the point Fund-Raising Drives Aid Fire Victims HINTON (CP) Residents are planning to hold fund-rais- ing drives to assist 56 persons who lost their homes and pos- sessions when fire destroyed an apartment building here. Tbe homeless, temporarily lodged in private homes, face difficulty in finding accommo- dation. a community of persons 180 miles west of Edmonton, has a shortage of units for rent. No one was injured in the fire. where the Democrats feel able to find electoral comfort in it. An added problem for the Democrats in the current elec- tions is their fear that a pillar of Democratic la- borers and blue-collar workers weakened. Both Republicans and politi- cal observers have poked inces- santly at the novelty of hard-hat construction workers lining up behind Nixon and Vice-Presi- dent Spiro Agnew. LABOR WATCHING VOTE What next Tuesday's voting should indicate is whether the ability of labor leaders to influ- ence rank-and-file as strong as the men at the top would have been er- oded still further by working- class concern about street viol- ence and radicalism. Both Democrats and labor leaders have been emphasizing high unemployment, the rising cost of living and other pocket- book issues in an -attempt to encourage the working-class voter to continue his long-stand- ing allegiance to the Demo- cratic party. Adding to the Democrats' woes is the fact that they have more at stake in this year's con- gressional elections. Of the 35 Senate seats at stake-one-third of the Senate is elected every two years for a six-year belonged to Democrats in the last Congress. All 435 House seats are up for election, with the Demo- cratic majority ripe for trim- ming. Senator Threatened LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Senator John L. (Dem. the United States Senate's chief crime fighter, was routed from his office in the federal building here Tues- day following a bomb threat. It was one of three bomb threats received in Little Rock Tues- day. No bombs were found. October 28, 1970 THI LETHMIDGI HWAID 23 Bilingual School Gets Green Light EDMONTON (CP) The de- partment of education has ap- proved a bilingual junior sen- Spaceship Returns To Earth MOSCOW (AP) The un- manned Soviet spaceship Zond 8 returned to earth Tuesday, com- pleting a photographic mission around the moon, the news agency Tass reported. craft circled the moon last Saturday, snapping color and black and white pictures of the luitary surface. It also car- ried equipment for an unspeci- fied study of the space near the lor high school for the city. The separate school system will build the school, which will accommodate 600 students in a central location for instruction in. French and English. 'Hie school will accommodate students now attending Acade- mic Assomption, an all girls' school, and College St. Jean, a boys' school. The two now are the only ones In city offering bilingual instruc- tion in grades seven to 12. Bi- lingual instruction is also offer- ed in four separate elementary schools. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 318-4095 MARSHALL WELLSH ire Having Three Sales In One LATE ARRIVAL SALE AROUND THE CLOCK SALE GREAT FALL SALE LATE ARRIVAL SALE I AROUND THE CLOCK SALE NOTE ADDRESS STREET SOUTH I NOTE ADDRESS JT.REET SOUTH Due to late arrivals on some of the following Hems we are holding our Warehouse Sale over for 3 more days Oct. and 31. Don't miss these buys. RECLINERS Regular 149.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE 3-Piece BEDROOM SUITE 159 .95 Russian Walnut Triple Dreiser. WARHOUSE PRICE CHESTERFIELD HOSTESS CHAIRS Deluxe Back. Regular 19.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE Reg. 229.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE POLE LAMPS Regular 16.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE BOX SPRING MATTRESS 1.95 ENCHANTED SLEEP Reg. 139.95 Per Set. WAREHOUSE PRICE......PER SET 5-Piece CHROME SET IHIDE-A-BED Regular 79.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE DESK WANOT Regular 59.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE Regular 249.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE. 169'5 23" TELEVISION SET 1 OC ROGERS MAJESTIC CONSOL f Qf I R'9ular 359'95- ft'f J WAREHOUSE PRICE _............ jm W M COFFEE TABLE SET 2-Piece SECTIONAL 1 Coffee Table, 2 End Tobies. Regular 38.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE 22 .95 100% Nylon Covert. Regular 399.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE... 299 .95 UNFINISHED BEDROOM FURNITURE 4 DRAWER CHEST........21.95 MR. AND MRS, DRESSER Re3Ular WAREHOUSE PRICE SWIVEL ROCKER Black, Brown or Oxblood Reg. 99.95. WAREHOUSE PRICE IN VINYL 69 9S FREE PANCAKES FOR EVERYONE 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M. FREE COFFEE AROUND THE CLOCK SALE RUNS ONE DAY ONLY THURSDAY Oct. 29 9 a.m. 9 p.m. AKCANGED. MAJESTIC DEEtKE FEATURE PACKED STEREO RECORDS TO CHILDREN tceimfiniti ty ttuttS) electric organs tane recci ders tv's stereos OUR GREAT FALL SALE Will Be HeW At The Store 318 -6th St. South Flyers went out on this sale. If you didn't receive on be sure to drop in to the store and pick one up. Both the Warehouse at 3rd St. South, and the store at 31 8 6th St. South will be open 9 a.m. 9 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri., Oct. 29 and 30 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 31. MARSHALL WELLS LETHBRIDGE ;