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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta China-Soviet Relations Warm Up By VINCENT BUIST VIENNA (Reuter)-The Soviet Union's relations with China, while still far from cordial, have improved in recent months and propaganda exchanges between Peking and Moscow lack their former stridency. Possibly no party official either in Moscow or Peking expects this present lull to lead to a resumption of the normal relations which existed between the two Communist neighbors in the 1950s. The Soviet Union still maintains some 30 fully-equipped divisions along the troubled 4,000-mile border with China, which, according to Western estimates, is more than it has in Europe. Western analysts continue to cast the Soviet Union and China in the role of traditional enemies. But no less an authority than President Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania has drawn world attention to the modest but perceptible improvement in relations between the two giants. Romania has deftly kept lines of communication open to both Moscow and Peking throughout the worst of the ideological quarrels and is in a good position to evaluate the Soviet-China situation. Agreements Possible Ceausescu told an interviewer recently that the improvement in relations between China and the Soviet Union led him to believe that agreements on the state level could be reached between them. He did not elaborate but presumably he had in mind a resumption of trade which throughout the 1960s dropped to practically zero. Meanwhile, a chill has developed in the hitherto expanding relations between Moscow and Washington. Political analysts are concerned to diagnose this deterioration to determine whether there is a cause-and-effect relationship developing in the Moscow-Washington-Peking triangle. Is the slowdown in negotiations in Europe and between the U.S. and Russia due to deliberate manipulation by policymakers, or is it the result of outward pressures to which leaders on both sides are reacting. In all the main areas of negotiation between Moscow and the West there has been either a halt to progress or a discernible worsening of hopes for agreement within an acceptable time scale. This is true in the Middle East, where the conflict is proving difficult for either Washington or Moscow to control. But in the Caribbean too, American officials claimed to have detected naval base construction in the Cuban port of Cienfuegos, perhaps for use by Soviet nuclear submarines equipped with missiles. U.S. Concerned An American statement said the U.S. would view with utmost seriousness a Soviet attempt to establish a strategic base in this region. The Soviet Union denied planning to build a base, but the incident revived memories of the 1962 nuclear confrontation between former Kremlin leader Nikita Khrushchev and the late president Kennedy. In Europe, four-power talks to ease the situation of West Berlin hang fire. In Eastern Europe, the feeling that a new and unwelcome period of tension has opened up between the big powers has been reflected in party editorials. It is not clear whether the Kremlin has merely opted for a period of wait-and-see, or whether it is applying a brake to East-West developments as part of its policy of trying to cultivate the Peking leadership. Peking, of course, scornfully branded1 the August Soviet-West German non-agression treaty as a second Munich pact and claimed that Moscow was seeking an accommodation with imperialism in order to be free to turn on China. Campus Barbs Called Unfair OTTAWA (CP) - Prof. Donald Rowat, co-author of a report on relations between universities and governments, has challenged recent unfavorable criticism of it by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. But he said it demonstrates that the commission he headed, along with Prof. Rene Hurtubise, vice-rector at the Montreal campus of the University of Quebec, was independent of its sponsor-the university association and the Canadian Association of University teachers. It was released in June. Prof. Rowat, in Carleton University's political science department, said in an interview the "vehemence of the attack" shows that the association at least con-. siders the report important. But he called the criticism unfair and misleading. The university association earlier said its board is particularly disturbed that the report leaves an impression that universities and educational institutions are instruments of the provinces. It also called the report "too thin and general a study of the place of the university within the Canadian society." Prof. Rowat said the commission's terms of reference were to conduct a general study. But he called the report itself "thick and particular." He said the report did not say universities are subject to provincial control. It recommended that the federal government continue its role in sponsoring research. The Canadian Association of University Teachers now has a committee studying the report, completed with the aid of a $150,000 Ford Foundation grant.. It �nll not comment until its study is completed. gfe Pilots Hardy Breed PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. (CP) - Northern hush pilots are a hardy breed, as was proven again Friday when James Hamilton, 45, showed up at a remote Arctic weather station after being missing 30 days in the treeless, windswept barrens. The Prince Albert pilot walked into the department of transport weather station at En-nadai Lake, N.W.T., 600 miles northeast of here, and radioed his home base to send a helicopter to take some gasoline to his stranded aircraft. He said 'he was in good shape and would fly himself cut. Floyd Glass, general manager for Athabasca Airways, said Mr. Hamilton radioed Friday afternoon from the refuelling stop he had overflown in the fog Sept. 30. The pilot had been returning a charter helicopter after a summer's work for an oil company near Baker Lake, N.W.T. Canadian forces aircraft called off the search for the missing helicopter two weeks ago. "We were very, very sure he'd be found," Mrs. Hamilton said calmly in a telephone interview after hearing the news. "He's an experienced pilot and he knows how to look after himself." Mr. Glass said the helicopter was equipped with a survival kit, rations for 48 days and a gun. Mr. Hamilton's story now will take its place among other northern sagas. Last November, John B. (Bev) Woslying, 47, walked 40 miles through deep snow in a 19-day ordeal after his plane was forced to land on the Arctic coast near Inuvik. One of the most famous stories is that of Robert Gauchie, 39, of Fort Smith, N.W.T, who was marooned for almost two months in 1967, on a windswept lake 850 miles north of Edmonton before being found. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN PHYSIOTHERAPIST and actor - dancer Don Run-quist explaining the hazards to muscle and sinew of a tricky cross - over dance step being learned for My Fair Lady . . . Pat and Kent Wood sitting sadly at breakfast after missing on an early morning contest call that could have meant winning nearly $200 . . . miliary Black telling fellow Grade 2 students of her elaborate Halloween costume - as the "original hippie." Top Skier Killed LONDON, Ont. (CP) Bob Principe, 18, of London, one of Canada's top water skiers, was killed early today in a single-car accident near here. Principe, who won a gold medal in he slalom event at the Canada Games in Halifax in 1969, was killed when his car struck a hydro pole. Nixon: It's Time To Shed Gloves SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) - President Nixon, calling Tuesday's election "probably the most important and decisive Senate election" in United States history, has appealed to the nation for a vote of confidence in himself and his programs. "Vote for those men who will vote for the president rather than against him so that the president can keep his promises to you, the American people," Nixon told 8,000 Republican partisans in Anaheim Convention Centre and television viewers across the country Friday night. The Republican national committee purchased network time for a telecast of the speech in the wake of Thursday night's incident at San Jose, Calif., in which rocks, bottles and eggs were hurled at the president. Nixon had said "the time has come to take the gloves off" and that he would discuss in the Anaheim speech "what America must do to end this wave of violence and terrorism." But he gave a toned-down version of the same basic speech he has been delivering in political swings about the country. TIME TO 'DRAW LINE" The president said, in referring to the San Jose incident, that "it's time to draw the line" against violent demonstrators and that the Republican candidates for whom he has spoken have taken a strong stand against "this kind of lawlessness and this kind of violence." Nixon appealed to voters to "stand with these men who understand the issues." After the speech, Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Nixon would amplify his remarks on the San Jose incident today in a speech at Phoenix, first stop on a four-state, windug political swing to Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. ANTF-WAR RALLIES Anti-war rallies, parade and speeches were planned ii� dozens of United States cities today in what was billed "a m a s si v e demonstration for peace" on the eve of Tuesday's elections. In contrast, President Nixoa will be honored in Salt Lake Medicine Hat MLA Fails In New Bid MEDICINE HAT (CP) - Bill Wyse 36, of Medicine Hat won the Social Credit nomination for the provincial Medicine Hat-Redcliff riding Friday. Mr. Wyse, running for the first time, defeated John Schorr on the second ballot. It was the second defeat for Mr. Schorr. Harry Leinweber, present MLA for Medicine Hat, was eliminated on the first ballot by the 324 voting delegates. Mr. Leinweber has represented the riding for 10 years. A fourth candidate, Mrs. Lester MacKenzie, withdrew just before the convention. City tonight with a "candlelight patriotic parade "which sponsors say is expected to draw several thousand persons. Nixon will be in Utah on a campaign swing for Republican Senate candidates. Canadian Banks Cut Prime Rate WITCHFUL THINKING - Virginia McGee, Northwestern State University tophomor* upper elementary education major from Bossier City, prepares a pumpkin for Saturday's Halloween happenings in Natchitoches, La. At midnight Ginger won't turn into a pumpkin however she will be a year older as she celebrates her 19th birthday Sunday.. Black Bystanders Angry At Train Wreck Scene JOHANNESBURG (AP) -Thirteen black South Africans died and 230 more were injured when a crowded1 commuter train crashed into the rear of a stationary passenger train at Dube station near here today. By noon, all the injured had been taken to hospital. A spokesman said most received only minor injuries and shock and were released after treatment. The two trains were carrying black South African workers from the township of Soweto to downtown Johannesburg. The crash happened about 7 a.m. just outside Dube station, which is in the Soweto area. Early rescue att--pts were hampered by angry crowds of blacks who flocked to the scene and began stoning ambulance men trying to free a white driver of one train who was trapped in the cab. Railway police urgently called in ? inforcements to control the crowds. Whistles, bos and shouts broke from hundreds of onlookers when the;- saw a railway policeman throw a black news photographer to the ground. Police Have No Luck In Manhunt By GERARD McNEIL MONTREAL (CP) Police arrested four more persons under the War Measures Act Friday, bringing the total since Oct. 16 to 409, but reported no luck in the massive manhunt for the terrorist kidnappers of James Cross and Pierre La-porte. Warrants have been out for five men in the kidnap-stran-gling of Mr. Laporte, 49, Quebec labor minister. His body was found Oct. 18. Mr. Cross, also 49, British trade commissioner here, was kidnapped Oct. 5, five days before Mr. Laporte, and apparently was still alive the day after the labor 'minister was slain. Contents of a note received Tuesday night from the abductors, members of the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec, haven't been divulged by police. Meanwhile pressure on the police to get results apparently is mounting. In the Commons, Solicitor-General George Mc-Uraith, pressed by the opposi- tion to explain why there have been no breaks in the case, said: "We often come to this kind of situation during an investigation." Mr. Mcllraith said nearly 600 RCMP officers are working with provincial and city police in the manhunt, which involved widespread searches in Montreal and Repentigny, an eastern suburb. In Quebec, Premier Robert Bourassa also expressed impatience with the lack of results. Prime Minister Trudeau was seen Friday night at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where Premier Bourassa has a suite, but reporters were unable to confirm whether the two had met. Mr. Trudeau's office said he was visiting his mother and friends. The federal government is preparing a bill, to be introduced in the Commons next week, to supplant the regulations of the Wa* Measures Act. Justice Minister Jerome Cho-quette confirmed Friday that charges of treason, which carries the death penalty or life in prison, and sedition, up to 14 years, may be laid against some. The Bourassa government, aroused at the Laporte slaying, is said by informed sources to be pressing for suspension of jury trials in the expected FLQ cases. Mr, Bourassa, fending off criticism that his government over-reacted in seeking use of the War Measures Act to deal �with "a state of apprehended insurrection, said Friday night it would have been "stupefying naivetv" to depend on normal methods. U.S. Airliner Forced To Cuba MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Forty-nine passengers who boarded National Airlines Flight 43 to San Francisco from Miami found themselves in a Havana hotel today, the victims of a hijacker. In other developments: -A habeas corpus petition for release of Robert Lemieux, 29, lawyer who represented the FLQ in negotiations to trade the kidnapped men for the prisoners, was presented Friday by lawyer Bernard Mergle. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau said the federal government had had "solid information" a group of prominent Quebec citizens were talking about formation of a "pro-i-sional" Quebec government i.fter the Laporte kidnapping. He said, however, there was no evidence coup was planned and the federal government hadn't felt it necessary to take action. The Bourassa government was elected April 29. -Robert Hudon, 26, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $5,000 or three additional years in jail for a series of "fund-raising" armed holdups for the FLQ. Hudon, sentenced to eight years in 1964 for armed robberies, was on parole when charged with the latest offences. TORONTO (CP) - It will cost less to get a low-risk loan from Canada's chartered banks starting Monday. At the same time the interest paid on savings deposits also will go down. In some cases, it will also cost less to get a mort- ' � gage loan. EFFECTIVE MONDAY All five major chartered banks announced Friday that their prime rale-the interest charged on loans to their best customers-will be Vh per cent, down from eight per cent, effective Monday. The interest paid on non-chequing savings accounts will be reduced to 5% from six per cent. Most banks also reduced the interest on chequing savings accounts to three from 3Vi per cent. FOUR AT ONCE The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank o� Commerce, Bank of Nova Scotia and the Bank of Montreal made their announcements Friday. The Toronto Dominion, which Wednesday announced a prime rate cut to 7% per cent, fell into line and followed the other banks Friday with a cut to Vh per cent. W. Earle McLaughlin, chairman and president of the Royal Bank, said current market trends point towards lower interest rates generally. He said the Royal Bank had been considering a half-point reduction in a few weeks. The reductions follow statements by Edgar Benson, federal finance minister, tha$ he had held conversations with:bank officials and urged1 them to consider adjusting their rates. OTHER ADJUSTMENTS The reductions in the leading rates will be followed by some adjustments in other rates. The Toronto Dominion reduced the rate on term deposits of 30 to 365 days in amounts of more than $5,000 to six per cent from 6%. The move by the banks also was followed by announcements from other financial institutions. Canada Trust-Huron and Erie reduced its interest on conventional mortgages for single-dwelling homes to 10 per cent from 10M-. The rate on National Housing Act mortgages was reduced to 10 per cent from lOVi and the rate for multi-family dwellings was cut to 10y4 from IOV2. The trust company also reduced its rate on non-chequing savings accounts to six per cent from 6%. The Bank of British Columbia announced a reduction of its prime interest rate to 7Vi per cent from eight per cent. The bank also announced a cut in non-chequing savings account interest, to 5% per cent from 6V2 per cent. Cardston Accident Claims Life Allan Red Crow, 46, of the Blood Reserve, died Saturday morning after an accident involving his own car in a field near Cardston. His wife, Mary, who suffered extensive injuries, is reported in satisfactory condition in the Blood Hospital. The name of the driver of the car is being withheld by Cardston RCMP who are investigating the accident. Dr. Roy S'packman, coroner, has not made a decision on an inquest. North Can't Win - Says Thieu SAIGON (AP) - President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam told his countrymen today he will never surrender to the Communists or accept a coalition'' government and that North Vietnam has no chance to win the war. "The enemy has lost his initiative on the battlefield," Thieu said in a 90-minute state-of-the-nation address. "He has lost practically all control over the population, and we will continue to destroy his political infrastructure. The Communists will lose and we will win." Meanwhile, more than 100 persons were reported dead and nearly 150,000 homeless from floods that washed away hamlets, roads and croplands along a wide stretch of South Vietnam's northern coastal lowlands. The worst floods in six years also raised fears that the abandonment of hamlets and villages would deal a setback to the government's pacification program in the 168-mile-long plain, where 2.5 million people live. CONG MOVED IN Officials recalled that during earlier flood disasters, Viet Cong troops moved into villages as the waters began receding and took control while southern allied forces were immobilized. Thieu emphasized that South Vietnam stands ready to discuss a political settlement publicly or privately with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, but he said "our good will for peace" has been met only with intransigence by the other side. He referred several times to his theory that the war will just "die out" or "fade away." United Drive Over The Top EDMONTON (CP) - The United Community Fund of Edmonton has surpassed its goal for the first time in three years, organizers announced here. The fund has more than $1.6 million collected with additional assured pledges of $193,-136, for a total of $1,810,994. The goal was $1,808,729. UNITED APPEAL Countdown Objective $146,446 . To Go $39,741 if ;