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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-WtdnMday, October 30, 1974 News In brief Hostage demands mulled THE HAGtJE (AP) The Dutch government says it is considering the demands of four convicts holding 16 hostages in the Schevenigen prison chapel since Saturday. But Justice Minister Andries van Agt said the cabinet is in no hurry to make a decision. The convicts, who are arm- ed with at least two pistols and include a Palestinian hi- jacker, demand a bus to take them to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, a plane to take them to an undisclosed destination and the transfer of another Palestinian hijacker to the chapel. i Henry eyes Mideast visit DACCA (AP) Henry Kis- singer said today the door to negotiations between Israel and the Arabs still appears to be open and he probably will visit the Middle East late next week to assess the prospects. "That decision will be made in the next 72 the United States state secretary told reporters as he flew from India to Bangladesh. Oil spoils Irish beaches DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) The Irish government plans to set up an authority to control the harbor at Bantry Bay, one of Ireland's most- famed beauty spots, after an oil spill at the Gulf Oil super- tanker terminal there polluted more than 20 beaches. Officials said more than 400 men are cleaning up the oil, but the job is expected to take a week The oil leaked Thurs- day during the loading of the tanker Universe Leader at the terminal on Whiddy Island. 1 Protest ends peacefully MONTREAL (CP) A labor demonstration passed without incident Tuesday night as workers af- filiated with the Quebec Federation -of Labor (QFL) marched through the city's east-end and gathered behind city hall to hear speeches by union leaders. QFL president Louis Laberge described the demonstration as a "peaceful but determined warning" to the Quebec government that "inflation has reached a point where the small wage earners are hurting, and hurting very badly." Lebanese fire on Israelis TEL AVIV (Reuter) An army spokesman said today that Lebanese soldiers fired on an Israeli naval vessel on routine patrol opposite the Israeli-Lebanese border Tuesday. Eight mortar shells were lobbed at the vessel, the spokesman said. All shells missed and neither the boat nor its occupants were hurt. Fire was returned, he said. Farm income to hit billion EDMONTON (CP) Net farm income is expected to reach the mark this year, up from million in 1970, Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner said Tuesday night. He told the legislature that billion in gross farm receipts were anticipated for next year and that the govern- ment had "changed the rural- urban shift." Dispute hurts CLC wallet TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says serious financial problems being ex- perienced by the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) are be- ing aggravated by the decision of the majority of the building trades unions in Canada to hold back affiliation fees Congress executives say they will meet in Washington with a committee from the AFL-CIO building trades department in the hope of clearing up differences, the newspaper reports. Frost nips American crops MEXICO'CITY (AP) An early frost in September appears to have wiped out two years of experiments at the grain research centre of Nobel peace prize winner Norman Borlaugh. The cold also cost Mexico more than half a million tons of grain. Government officials and scientists at the international maize and wheat improve- ment centre have just finished surveying the effects of the Sept 8-9 frost that hit valley areas around Mexico City. Pilots set strike date TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says Air BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. race ESTIMATES PhOM 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Canada pilots are expected to announce Friday they have set a mid December strike deadline in their negotiations with the airline. The newspaper says Dec. 15 is considered the most likely date for the strike action. Gov't accused of 'band-aid'economy legislation Magruder says Mitchell approved burglary plan WASHINGTON (AP) Former Nixon campaign aide Jeb Stuart Magruder has told the Watergate cover-up trial that John Mitchell approved the political-intelligence plan that resulted in the Watergate break-in. Testifying Tuesday as the third prosecution witness, Magruder quoted Mitchell as saying: "Let's give them the and see what they come up with 'Union man authorized violence' MONTREAL government inquiry was told Tuesday that Rene Mantha, former coordinator of a union affiliated with the Quebec Federation of Labor authorized the labor violence which caused about 12 million damage to the LG-2 campsite of the James Bay power pro- ject. Andre Renauld, former business agent for Local 791, International Union of Operating Engineers told an inquiry into construc- tion union freedoms that sabotage at the James Bay project was planned by Mantha and Yvon Duhamel, also a former IUDE union business agent. Mantha was forced to resign as co-ordinator of Local 791 following the violence and now works for a com- munications company in Zaire, Africa. He is sought as a witness at the inquiry, es- tablished following the James Bay incidents. Renauld, a police informer since 1970, said Mantha did not think the sabotage would be extensive and safd Duhamel "went too far." Duhamel is serving a 10- year sentence for his role in the violence. Later, Magruder said Mitchell was shown the results of the first break-in at Democratic national com- mittee headquarters and ex- pressed dissatisfaction. A se- cond break-in was attempted June but the burglars were caught. Magruder, deputy director of the Nixon campaign com- mittee, told how Mitchell, who headed the committee until July 1, 1972, twice rejected Cordon Liddy's proposals for political-intelligence plans that called for wiretapping, kidnapping of demonstration leaders and us- ing prostitutes to com- promise Democrats. He described Mitchell's reaction to Liddy's initial million proposal as "very negative." Liddy came back with a plan and, once again, Mitchell rejected it But, Magruder said, Mitchell approved the plan after it was scaled down to Democratic headquarters in the Watergate office building were entered on Memorial Day weekend in late May, 1972. Documents were photographed and bugs planted on telephones. Liddy was summoned to Mitchell's office, said Magruder, and the material was shown to the former attorney-general. Mitchell was "dissatisfied with the product Liddy was producing from wiretaps and Magruder said. He quoted Liddy as explain- ing "with some em- barrassment, that one of the bugs was not working and one was on the wrong phone." He said Liddy promised "to correct the problem." Cold turkey A passenger in this overturned truck received a severe laceration to his right thigh as a result of this accident which occurred on Highway 3 West, north of the CPR bridge Tuesday, Arnold Stang, 27, of Fort Saskatchewan is in satisfactory condition in St. Mich- ael's hospital. The driver, Allan Griffiths, 24, of Edmon- ton received only minor injuries. About dam- age resulted when the north bound tractor-trailer unit overturned and wiped out about 200 feet of guardrail and a light standard. The truck was loaded with frozen chickens and turkeys which are being taken off the truck and back to Lillvdale Poultry Sales, 303 24th St. N. Protest slaughter brings support from Opposition Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The slaughter of calves in Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec by irate livestock producers protesting the low prices they are receiving for Ray admits partial blame for King death MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) James Earl Ray says he did not shoot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "but I believe I am partly responsible for his death." The statement came in a letter introduced into evidence at a U.S. District Court hearing at which Ray is seeking to overturn his plea of guilty to the slaying of the civil rights leader here in 1968. The letter was written by Rey to Senator James Eastland (Dem.Miss.) on March four days after he entered his plea of guilty in the King slaying. their animals brought several opposition members to their jeet Tuesday demanding Ot- tawa act to help the farmers. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan assured members he is working to develop a realistic program for the relief of the producers and to stop the slaughter, c It was the third consecutive day that Mr. Whelan came un- der pressure to help cow-calf operators who complain they have been receiving as little as 15 cents a pound for veal. This price compared with the 65 and 75 cents they were getting a year ago. Quebec producers have been demonstrating against the low prices by killing calves and hanging the carcasses beside well travelled highways. The protests are now spreading to Ontario and Manitoba Dan McKenzie South Centre) told the house. He introduced a motion that the Commons ask the agriculture minister to es- tablish an inquiry into the livestock industry im- mediately. Several backbenchers on the govern- ment side shouted "no" block- ing the motion from being put to the house for a vote. By BILL COULTHARD OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment was accused Tuesday of applying "Band-aid legisla- tion" to patch wounds it in- flicted through irresponsible management of the economy. Sinclair Stevens Suncoe) said trust and loan companies are in a profit squeeze because of govern- ment-induced inflation. The Commons was debating a bill to increase the borrow- ing powers of federally-in- corporated trust and loan companies to help them through a period of low profits. Mr. Stevens said govern- ment spending has soared 330 per cent in 10 years and the money supply has doubled in four years. As a result, "trust and loan companies are finding it exceedingly difficult to remain competitive." He joined other Conser- vative spokesmen in calling for an a royal banking. Marcel Lambert (PC-Ed- monton West) said such an in- vestigation might gather material for a new Bank Act. New and broader banking legislation, which might take in such institutions as trust companies, was deeded urgently, but information to draft it was not available. The Conservatives used the debate as a platform for a blistering'attack on govern- ment policy. However, they voted with the Liberals later to give the bill second-reading approval and to send it to committee for study. The New Democrats, who bitterly opposed the bill, forc- ed a formal vote and were joined by Socia' Credit members in opposii it. The vote was 166 to 19. John Rod -iguez (NDP-Nickel Belt) said the bill is intended to provide larger profits to trust and loan companies, but provides nothing for the customer. The government was quick to halt falling profits, but took a hands-off position when profits rose, letting the marketplace determine the rate of rip-Off. i Jhe bill, already approved by the Senate, would raise the ceiling on loans and deben- tures issued by federally- incorporated trust and loan companies. The current volume of loans and de- bentures is restricted to 20 times a company's worth in capital and surpluses. It would also permit the fed- eral finance minister to raise the ceiling to an unspecified level for individual companies applying for increased lending authority. Trust companies have said they can cope with the squeeze on profits they are en- countering now if they can ob- tain more funds for lending. The increased volume of business would increase their profitability. Bud Cullen parliamentary secretary for finance, said several companies have asked for a higher ceiling. The last increase was in 1970 when the old ceiling of 15 times a com- pany's worth was raised to 20 times. Tories say Lang's wheat bill will cost producers million MERLE nORfflfln COSmETICS Says Trade In Your OLD WIG and SAVE ON THE PURCHASE OF ANY NEW WIG Your Trade In Is Acceptable Regardless of Condition or Age FINAL 3 DAYS! THURS., FRI., SAT. mERLE noRmfin cosmETic BOUTIQUE Wigs Perfumes College Mall Phone 328-1525 AH Sfllti Fiiuri No ExCfMNIQM No Refunds OTTAWA (CP) Otto Lang says his two-price wheat bill will stabilize bread prices, out the Progressive Conser- vatives see it as a government-imposed price freeze that might cost producers million an- nually. Mr. Lang, minister respon- sible for the wheat board, de- scribed the bill at the start of second reading Tuesday night as a move to assure the price of bread "will be lower than it otherwise woulw come to be." It is designed to stabilize the price of bread wheat until the middle of 1980 through federal subsidies of up to a bushel This would ensure mil- lers would not have to pay more than a bushel re- gardless of bow high inter- national wheat prices might climb The present international price is about a bushel for the type of wheat used for bread domestically and this is where Don Mazankowski Vegreville) says the bill is weak. He said in the Commons that the 25 producers will get from millers, combined with the top subsidy of means farmers will get a maximum of a under the approximate inter- national price. Canadians con- sumed about 60 million bushels of bread wheat every potential loss to the producers of 960 million. Mr. Mazankowski said that while the Conservatives "agree with and support the principle of the two-price they want the proposed legislation to contain an indexing factor to compen- sate farmers for rising production costs. He said the period covered by the bill is tantamount to a seven-year freeze. He found this hard to understand because the bin was introduc- ed by the only cabinet minister from Saskatchewan, and by a government that has said it is against the principle of price inflation. to halt too "We're really asking much of the producer. The subsidy actually has been in effect for about a year, covered by million in supplementary estimates. The bill, which would extend it to Aug. 31, 1990, would fulfil a commitment by the govern- ment last year. Boy purchased for three chickens DOVER, Del. AP) State police have taken a 14-year-old boy away from a Delaware farm family who police said bought him a month ago for three chickens Police said the boy, Juan Guzman, was taken into custody Tuesday and beM hi lien of f 100 bail as a runaway from a Newark, N.J.. juvenile home. Delaware police said the boy had been living with Mr. and Mrs. David Wilkinson of nearby FeJlon for about a month. Police said Guzman left the New Jersey home Aug. 17 and lived for a short time with an unidentified woman m Newark. Wilkinson toW police he gave the woman three chickens when the boy approached him and asked to be taken in, state police said. "Wilkinson went borne with the boy and talked to the said Cpl. Paul Do- nahue of the Delaware state police. "The woman stated she would sell the boy to him for a crate of chickens. Some haggling followed until an agreeable price was settled upon and the boy was purchased for approximately three chickens." "My husband got him a pony and he'd fallen in love with Mrs. Wilkinson said Tuesday. "If be wanted to stay with us, be could. If be wanted to leave, be could." Police said the state of New Jersey is has legal guai dian because the w his parents is unknown ;