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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 25-30; high Tuesday 45-50. The LctMnidge Herald VOL. LXV No. 271 UiTIIIiHILKiK. ALBKKTA, MONDAY. OCTOHKH 30, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 24 PAGES Irish truce believed on the way By COLIN FROST BELFAST (API The men at the top o! the North- ern Ireland powder keg believe a ceasefire may be on the way. They believe tl'.e Provisional mug of the Irish Re- publican Army is being forced lo change lactics in its fight So break Ulster's link wilh Britain and may wish to switch the battle to the political front. TOs is not to say tlrat (lie British, with Iroops in Northern Ireland, are claiming victory over the IRA. Bui they do claim that the IRA has been hurt in the last three months. IRA contacts admit this to some extent. Belfast has been free of major bombings for two weeks. In July, before the British army moved into IRA strongholds in Belfast and Londonderry, bombings were running at 75 a week, wilh Belfast sometimes getting 10 to 20 a day. Now the weekly average is down lo 30 and most of those are outside the capital. Contacts close lo the Official Marxist wing of the JRA believe the nationalist Provisional at last have got the message tlrat bombing of civilian targets is counter-productive and merely stiffens resistance among the North's Protestant majority against any talk oE union with Uie overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Irish republic. Less shooting Shooting incidents between the army and guerrillas are down sharply, too, from July's a week. Brit- ish army casualties have fallen from 50 killed and wounded a week in July to fewer than 20 now. In the same period the British claim lo have pick- ed up more than 70 IDA men, many of them higher officers. As a result, they say, two of the IRA's threa Belfast battalions are suffering from leaaership prob- lems and showing a sharp reduction hi activity. The Official v.ing has observed a ceasefire against the British since May. confining itself to "defensive" activity. The Officials remain bitterly opposed lo the Provisional on both ideological an! personality grounds. Another plus factor for the British is that the Irish republic is cracking down on IKA activists, although not as heavily as Britain might wish. Britain nonetheless lias some hope of stabilizing vio- lence at a tolerable level and achieving enough calm for political discussions on the shape o[ Northern Ire- land's future. A provisional leader in Dublin insisted that his group had a valid political blueprint which northern Protestants could find attractive. Unite the country This blueprint is "Eire Nua" (New a plan (o unite the country by splitting it into its four his- toric provinces. The six counties of Northern Ireland, since 1911 a British province, would become part of a nine-county provnce of Ulster wilh a domestic parliament linked through it federal government wilh Ireland's three olhcr provinces. T'rolcslants in the new Ulster still would bs in a majority though less formidable than the 2-to-l ratio which kept Roman Catholics out of government for 50 years. A leader of the IRA's political arm, Sinn Fein, said some hardline Northern Protestants believe the IJritisli arc going to sell them out. The liiili.sli deny that any sellout is coming. North- cm Ireland, Ihcy insist, will stay part of the United Kingdom as long as a majority of its population so wishes. Today, with publication of a green offi- cial British will take the first step to- ward working out their own blueprint for a new North- ern Ireland system intended lo guarantee a fair share nf power for the Catholic one third of Hie 1'z million population. This green paper v.ill Ixi a basis for discussion nf tlic shape of a democralic organisation to replace the. Protestant-dominated Ulster Parliament which the Brit- ish dissolved last March, The green paper is the product of talks between Northern Ireland politicians and William Wliitclaw, Brit- i.'-h secretary of state who at the moment holds all executive [Hnvur in Northc-rn Irclaiul. It will be tjuickiy followed by a white policy fortJi Britain's own blueprint for a future government. OLYMPIC TERRORISTS FREED Bonn yields to hijackers MUNICH (AP) The Israeli government expressed "aston- ishment and disappointment" today at West Germany's re- lease of the three Munich runnng A STROLL TO THE POLL Prime Minister Trudeau, carrying his son Justin on his back, and accompanied by his wife Margaret, strolls along Sussex Dr., in Ottawa Mon- day to cast his vote in the federal Wirephoto) parties appear edgy Dv STEWART MacLEOD Canadian Press Staff Writer After hearing Uie arguments of candidates over the last two mcntlis, the Canadian jury today w a s reaching a verdict on tlie type of federal govern- ment it wants for the next four or five years. Tiie travel-weary party lend- ers, their throats scratchy from coast-to-coast y 11 summed up their cases Satur- day and Canadians pondered their decisions unlil Ihe polls opened al 8 a.m. local time to- day. The eligible voters were to have until 7 p.m. local time lo deposit their bal- lots in this 29th Canadian gen- eral election. All parties appeared edgy about the outcome with the va- rious pre-election public opin- ion polls showing huge num- bers of undecided voters whose decisions couldn't be forecast. The polls, carried out by a va- riety of organizations, invari- ably showed the Liberals in front, but in some cases the margin wasn't enough to guar- antee anything. B o I h Conservative leader Don I for get- polls close at 7 p.m. Voting was steady wilh the odd line up in the city and rural parts of the Lethbridgo riding today. Cool but sunny weather is not likely to keep voters away from the polls. Roads are in generally good condition throughout the constituency. The polls close at 7 p.m. Roterl Stanfield and New Dem- ocratic Leader David Lewis waged exhaustive national cam- paigns in an effort lo unseat Prime MuiLsler Trwler-n's I.ii> crab. And Social Credit Lead- er Real Caouelte, whose strength has besn in Quebec, also made a series of forays into other provinces in an ef- fort to recreate a national party. At" dissolution, the Liberals hdd 147 Common seals, the Consen-alivcs 73, NDP 25, So- cial Credit 13 and Indcpendenl 2. There were four vacancies. blow up a German airliner with 20 other persons aboard. Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban asked for an explanation from Bonn. Eban told the German am- bassador to Israel, Jesco von Putlkamcr, Bonn's "sur.'ender" lo tlie Arab guerrillas "con- stitutes a weakening of Ihe in- ternational stand against ter- ror." government dues not ac- cept the expression 'surren- ".the ambassador told re- porter's after the meeting. "We are not in a state ot war, ami my government must act in ac- cordance with the constitution ar.d international lav.1." Israeli newspapers called Bonn's compliance with the hi- jackers' demands shameful dangerous and disgraceful. But a West spokesman said Chancellor Brandt's government felt the Israeli reproaches were "absolutely unjustified." CREW UNHURT The Lufthansa Bosing 727 jet was expected in Frankfurt to- day after delivering the thrca freed terrorists and the two hi- jackers to Tripoli, tha Libyan capital. The 13 other passen- gers and seven crew members were reported unharmed. A senior Israeli cabinet min- ister called the West German government's capitulation to the Wjackers a "dreadful, un- forgivable ami the Israeli air force raided four guerrilla bases witliin seven miles of Damascus this morning. But an Israeli military spokesman said the air attack was net neces- sarily in retaliation for the hi- jacking. In Ottawa. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp con- demned the weekend hijackings of the Ge-man airliner and an- other in Texas. Two Arabs, who took over the Lufthansa jet early Sunday on a flight from Beirut to Ankara, Turkey and Frankfurt, de- manded release of tlie three terrorists who survived the at- tack on the Israeli team at the Olympics and ordered the pilot to" fly lo Munich to pick them up. Taylor in the for Socred leadership By GKEG McINTYKE Herald Staff Writer Gordon Taylor, 62, former liighways minister, announced to the Herald today he will seek tiie leadership of the Al- terta Social Credit party. The MLA for Drumheller, first elected lo the Alberta legi- slature in 1940 and runner up to former premier Harry Sirom at the leadership con- test in 1968 said, in an inter- view, that leading the party into the future will be "a mat- ter of programs, approaches and attitudes." Although only tliree. years from normal retirement Mr. Taylor, a former school teacher, said "if my nge meant bad health or in- ability I wouldn't be running. But it dccsn't. I can still run rings around most of the people around me." SCHMIDTS HAT IN RING The only other declared can- didate so far is Werner Schmidt. 40, vice president of Ijcthbririge Community C o 1- lege, and unsuccessful candi- date in 1971 for the Edmonton Belmonl seal in the legislature. GORDON TAYLOR any candidate in Ihe leadership convention, likely to be held Mr. Taylor said it is unlikely that Mr." Slrom will support with the annual Alberta Socred meeting Feb. 1 to 3 in Edmon- ton. The veteran D r u rnheller MLA said it was "unfair" of former premier Ernest Man- ning to support Mr. Strom at the convention four years ago. on Ulster future Nixon rules out amnesty for U.S. draftdodgers Vole of firur swears il happened FOflT KIHE. Out. (CP) Niagara Falls re'.urning officer C. M. Jacklin swears it happened. Kiglit minutes after Ihfi polls for (he federal elec- tion opened at 8 a.m. today, a deputy reluming officer phoned him and said there was no slot in Ihc top of her ballr.t box. Mr. .lacklin. who said he couldn't figure out how such a Iwx have Ihrongh all the in- spections, told IUT lo get her husband down to the polling .station with a punch and metal shears. WASHINGTON CAP) Re- peating in a radio broadcast the pledge he marie to the mother of a soldier kilied in Vietnam, President Nixon said Sunday: "There will be no am- nesty for drafldodgers and de- serters'1 after the war. "As Ihis long and difficult war draws to an end, it is time (o draw tiie line on this issue once and for Nixon said, after raising the amnesty issue in a paid political broadcast centering on defence policy "the most single important is- sue in this election." The president added: "Millions of Americans chose fo servo their country in Viet- nam. Many gove their lives for their choice. The few hundred who refused to serve or who deserted their country must pay a penally for (heir choice." With those words, Nixon re- peated a pledge he had given Saturday lo an Ohio mother whose son was killed ill Viet- nam in ISM. The president had halted his motorcade while campaigning in northeastern Ohio when he saw a sign dis- played by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lorence, saying, "No Am- and referring to Iheir riead son. In the radio broadcast from the While House Library. Nixon said America must maintain its military strength to prescvc peace in the world. LONDON (CP) A new gov- ernment discussion paper on tile future of Northern Ireland says any plan for settling the crisis o! the embattled province must recognize its position within Ireland as a whole since Ulster shares common prob- lems and a similar European destiny with the republic based in Dublin. The discussion document, known as a "green also reiterates Britain's pledge to refrain from changing Ul- ster's status as part of the United Kingdom unless the people of Northern Ireland want such a step. But, in what might be a warning lo Protestant mili- tants in the north, the green paper argues that maintaining the link wilh London involves rights and obligations on both sides. The obligations include "acceptance of the sovereignty of parliament as representing the people as a said the green paper. While Ulster goes on receiv- ing financial, economic and mil- it ary help as pa-t of the U.K., "no Britisii gr-verrrment could recommend a settlement to parliament which did not give li-.e government an effective voice in the use of which it is put." Among militant members ot "Ulster's Protestant minority, I hare have lately bsen renewed threats of a unilateral de- claration of independence from Britain as well as clashes be- tween tlie British army and f.ngry loyalists in parts of Bel- fast. In its reference (o Lister's position within Ireland In gen- eral, the gveen paper notes that "an element of the Roman Catholic minority in Northern Ireland has hitherto seen itself as simply a part of the wider Irish community." Train crash death toll mounts CHICAGO (AP) Al least 25 persons were killed during the morning rush hour today in the rear-end crash of two inbound Illinois Central Gulf Railroad commuter trains on Chicago's South Side, authorities re- ported. Store than 100 other persons were injured, some se- riously. XfMgfOTfcfrg 5aion blasts Vietnam war pact Tim FBI rc- tpasoit Ilicsr pliotos of Andrew Tuller (top) anil his son, n rye r. M a II li nw Tull or, hnUorn, nn charges of rmir- ilrr, attempted robbery and hijrtckhiji nn Knslmi Air Lines piunr. Thr plane was hiracl.CMl (o Cnlii) Sunday after one man had lie MI kill- rd nnd anntticr wound CM! in Houston, Trx- Seen and heard About town 11 I; JVEHVOUS riobliio Timms getting her car stuck while on the way to the dent- ist's office to have a wisdom Irxith removed Turkey ma-koting beard member Diet; steak dinners for a recent dinner meeting AIU) Ihon changing his mind in favor of turkey dinners. WASHINGTON (AIM Sai- gon issuer) today its strongest criticism to date of tlie UnUcd agreement io end the Vietnam war as the Nixon administration continued In say the United Slates vrill not be to sipti Hie ceasefire ac- cord hv Tuesday ns Ihe North Vic'iirunr'so have demanded I lie Viet Cong paid il is determined to con- tinue the wav unless the United States either dumps South Viet- namese President Tliicu or forces him to accept tlie agree- ment. Thicu in a broadcast over the official flov.miment station, the South Vietnamese, snid ever our ally's doinp-." Thieit "will nol sanction mass suicide hy t lie of Soul 11 Viet- nam." The broadcast sarcastically referred lo the United States as an "ally plays the role of and said Thicu !d not sign an a g 'ce me n t which lie believes would result in a coalition government down to the hamlet level and which contains no provision for willi- dr.'iwnl of North Vtclii.imr-M'1 troops from the South. Sunday, Spirn Ague v and tho Ilepnhlicnn na- tional chairman, Senator Rob- ert Dole of Kansas, bolh said they did not believe a coaseli'o would be p.greed to by Tuesday. Dole, in a te'evised appear- ance, said he did not bsl'.evc the accon! be be- Joro the Nov. 7 prcMdculiai elections. In Paris, Nguyen Thl Binh, head of the Viet Cong peace delegation, lold a news conference that Ihc alleged U.S. attempts to renegotiate some of the points she said bad already hccn agreed (o were proof of Ihc Nixon admi.nisl.ral ion's "had faith." "There is no question about ilie principal pails of If'C a.L'ree- Agnew said Sundny. Ho'vcviT, lie added (here "are just a few matters to be made 'crystal clear between the par- lies before it can be mado fi- nal." South Vietnam's foreign min- ister, Tran Van Lam. said to- tiny his novcnnnent won'i sign until North Vietnam withdraws il.s troops from the South and until there is agreement on tho CNact role of. a proposed, na- tional council of reconciliation and concord which is supposed to maintain a ceasefire and su- pervise elections. A tentative peace agreement io end the Ions war was worked out in Paris in negotiations be- tween presidential adviser Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese envoys. North Viet- nam is demanding lhat it be. si.cncri in Paris on Tuesday, claiming the United States ear- lier agreed on that date. Tho proposed agreement does not provide for withdrawal of North Vietnamese troops from the South, although U.S. forces would be withdrawn within 60 days after the agreement ?s sig-iod. War prisoners in In- dochina ".vouM be released in the same 60-day period. ;