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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LXVI No. 222 The lethbridae Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS _ 46 PAGES oying with price ceiling By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Bureau OTTAWA A ceiling on wheat and feed grain prices is being considered by Justice Minister Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Wheat Board, as one proposal for ciubing the rapid riss in food prices. Such a plan is now in the process of being studied by the grain experts in his department with a view to determining its advantages and disadvantages, the minister said in en mtervio.v Friday. "It is nowhere nesr the stage yet where I could present it to cabinet. Ho sometime later in Sep- tember I hope to have a program along this line to take into he s.vd. "I have beer, giving considerable thought to this and I think the farmers might accept some ceiling now in return for a firm fleer price. But of course there are many ramifications to such a program and they all have to be examined." he added. Following tne regular cabinet meeting Thursday some of Mr. Lang's colleague- suggested that ''stabil- ization cf farm prices'' would :.e part of an anti infla- tion pro-gram the Liberal minority government would be presenting to parliament They did, not spell it out but suggested Mr. Lang an.i Agriculture Minister Eu- gene Whelan -.vjiJn be reirc.-'sible for working out the details. The is j-aic.'v tinual rise in food pi-ices. B'c disturbed by the con- d prices have soared and milk price- ETC nsi'ii; along ith the prices of eggs and other sirplc produc's. The Food Prices Eeview bsard has warned that wheat prices nov.- up OUT a bushel will force bread prices even h'gher perhaps high as 15 per cent in September and snot'ier 20 per cent in October. It also forecast tbrt me arcni ar-i other pastas would rise in price bccr'iso F t v prices farmers are getting for dir-un: In ar. ho in! western farmers were worried that wheat prices climbing so rapidly they were wor'ud thaio rr.'ght be a severe slump set in if wheat is price out of its He suggested might v.elcorpo some fora; of ceiling on prices provided there a linn floor price. This would be linked in with a farm inccnif ctabilization fund into which farmers would make payments in prosperous vears and draw from when prices or crops were poor. Just, how the ceiling vould be applied on prairie prices he voul'1 say at this stage. The details were being stud'od by his grain experts, he said. It might be through the imposition of controls on prices. Additional subsidies to farmers would be probably involved in an" such program, if and when it is ap- proved by cabinet. [CHRVSLjQ Classified 10-14 Comics 23 Comment 4, 5 District......17 Family 20-22 Local News 15, 16 Markets Religion Sports Theatres 8, 9 24, 25 18, 19 ..7 TV.........6 Weather......2 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH SUNDAY 60; SHELL PLANS OIL SANDS EXTRACTION OPERATION CALGARY (CP) Plans for a million oil extrac- tion plant to produce barrels a day n-om the huge Athabasca Oil Sands in Northern Alberta were an- nounced Friday by Shell Canada Ltd. and Shell Ex- ploration Ltd. The proposal would double the current output from the Oil Sands where one plant now is in operation. Shell's production would also add to the production o! barrels a day pro- posed for the Sands by Syn- crude Canada Ltd. Sweetened rail bill labelled an 'insult' Chief actors in Commons drama left to right: Labor Minister John Munro, Richard S mith, chief union Conservative leader Robert Starvfield. negotiator, NDP leader David Lewis, ego bruised EDMONTON (CP) An offi- cial grievance has been lodged over the transfer of a police- woman into a job where she will be in charge of male de- tectives. "Can she lead a squad of men on a raid and hussle and asked one source with- in the pob'ce department who did not want his name to be used. The grievance over the trans- fer was lodged by the execu- tive board of the city police as- sociation and sent to Chief Constable Fred Sloane. It stems from the transfer of temporary acting S. Sgt, Eileen Finlayson into the criminal in- vestigation department. She is to relieve other staff sergeants on their days off in two general assignment units which contain about 16 detectives. 27 bodies found in Danish hotel disaste No Herald Labor Day The Herald will not publish Monday, Sept. 3, Labor Day. Full coverage of the holiday weekend news scene will be found in the Tuesday edition. COPENHAGEN (Reuter) At least 27 persons were killed early today when flames swept through a six-storey hotel in one of the Danish capital's worst fire disasters, police reported. Many of the bodies so far brought out of the five-ravaged Hafnia Hotel, in the heart of Co- penhagen, were charred beyond recognition. There were fears that more bodies might still be in the rubble. The 35 guests in the hotel were mostly tourists from West Germany, the United States, Sweden and Britain. The fire broke out shortly after a.m. when almost all the guests were asleep. Witnesses said glass shattered with a tremendous crash and guests screamed hysterically as the fire raced through the build- tog. A Briton who survived the fire, Dr. Arnold Huddrant, 45, said he had just returned to his hotel room after a drink with a friend when the fire broke out. "I heard a tremendous ex- plosion as glass shattered, and a huge orange light lit up my room, even though the curtains were he said. He put on some clothes, then ran out of the hotel. I ran, I heard the screams of terror of people ap- parently trapped on the upper floors of the he said. Other witnesses said several persons jumped from windows as the flames ripped through the building. Many guests seemed to have been trapped on upper floors when flames en- gulfed an elevator shaft. At least 17 persons brought out of the hotel were treated in hospital for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. Peking denounces Moscow in sharpest language yel By JONATHAN SHARP PEKING (Reuler) Premier Chou En-lai, using the 10th na- tional congress of the Chinese Communist party as his forum, has delivered one of the strong- est verbal attacks against the Soviet Union since the mara- thon quarrel between the two Communist neighbors began. But he also included a brief but direct plea for an easing of relations between the two states. Chou's speech, the main policy declaration issued to the congress, also spoke scathingly of the United States, accusing it of rivalling the So- Union in efforts 1o secure inlluence in the world. But he reserved his bitterest language for the outburst against Moscow, leaving no doubt that China now regards the Soviet Union as its arch-foe. He also said the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia, massed troops along the Chi- nese border, supported the U.S.- backed Cambodian regime un- der President Lon Nol, sup- pressed the Polish workers' rebellion, intervened in Egypt and ''dismembered Pakistan." A NEWS ANALYSIS evidence of Ulster compromise yet Bv RICHARD EDER New York Times Service LONDON Just before he Ml, Belfast, after his two-day stay this week. Prime Minister Edward Heath brief at- tempt at meeting the people. Heavily guarded, trailed by journalifts, he ventured up Ai Street. Anne Street is in the shop- ping district and normally it would have been crowded. But Wednesday is early closing- day, and it was in the af- ternoon. There was nobody to greet the prime minister ex- cept, a few locals, including one who darted out. of her door un- der the assumption that the man so massively escorted must be a captured gunman. It was a limp affair. What good Heath's visit will do in unblocking the Ul.vtcr stalemate rcnuins to be seen. As a venture in human rela- tions it was not much of a suc- cess, except that it illuminated the gap in the way Englishmen and Irishmen Protestants as well as Catholics look at things. The British have taken dras- tic and even imaginative steps to bridge the division between the two communities of North- ern Ireland. Although Britain has committed ghastly blun- ders all along through Irish his- tory, it is extraordinary how little disagreement one finds in Ulster with their basic policies over the past year. The exceptions are the Cath- olic extremists who demand a quick British withdrawal and the Protestant extremists who demand the return of their power to keep the Catholics down. Britain's recent strategy In Ulster has assumed that the province contained a large ma- jority who want peace and a compromise solution, but that this majority lacked political leadership. The new constitution aimed 1o the worst fears of each community and thus reduce the appeal of armed extremism for each side. The Catholics, long submerged in the Protestant majority, were assured of a share of power. The Protes- tants, fearful of being sub- merged in a United Ireland, were assured this would not happen for the foreseeable fu- ture. The elections that followed did indeed produce a majority for compromise. Together, the official Unionist Party and the CXnolic Social Democratic and Labor Party command a ma- jority of assembly seats. The next step, in the British view, would be an agreement for these two parties to work to- gether and choose an execu- tive for the province. There is no illusion that such a step would end violence. Both the IRA and the extreme Pro- testant groups are committed to destroying such a coalition, should it be formed. But for a Catholic and Protestant party to work together in an Ulster government would be an enor- mous advance. It would, among other things, serve to show the British pub- lic, patient but increasingly fed-up with the sacrifice of re- sources and soldiers' lives and with the bombs at home- that the effort was bearing fruit. Heath insists that the main is moderation versus ex- tremism and the bombers. Therefore, he argues, there is nothing to stop the Unionists and tie SDLP, who have run and won on a program of mod- eration, from getting together. Yet in the two months since tbe election (he Iwo parties' leaders have not even met for formal discussions. Heath's identification of the main issue may be fundamentally right, but it is only one of the issues that weigh on the leaders. Each of the two parties is under intense pressure from the extremists. Each answers to a constituency that is still bitterly distrustful of the other. Neither of the two leaderships feels secure enough to make any quick compromise on the issues that divide them. And the continuing bombs and violence may make the two communities ever more desperate for peace, but the tangible result is to make them more intransigent with each other. Unions deciding course of action VANCOUVER (CP) Parliament's back-to-work wage offer to non-operating railway employees is so low it is an insult, the co-chairman of the British Co- lumbia joint strike committee said today. Nick Zapantis said the British Columbia member- ship could very well defy Parliament's order to go back to work by midnight tonight, even if the National leadership recommends acceptance. In any case, he said he doubt- ed a membership meeting to consider Parliament's action can be arranged until some time Sunday. He said: "We feel at present that (the offer) is unacceptable and we expect the (national) leadership to say the same." Parliament early today order- ed the country's non- operating railway employees back to work with legislation that also bars possible strikes by two other railway unions. Mr. Zapantis said that the bill would still leave railway workers making less money than janitors in other industries. "It tells me they think we are so stupid we will take any- thing they he said. Mr. Zapantis said the B.C. group would take no action on the legislation until it hears from the national leadership. Thereafter the policy commit- tee will hold a meeting to de- cide what course of action to follow in taking the matter to the membership, he said. At B-M a.m. royal as- sent was given to a much-al- tered biE that sets out min- imum wages for three groups railway workers and provides for arbitration of unresolved contract disputes between em- ployees and railway companies. But leaders of ating railwaymen were reluc- tant to comment on the law even after a Conservative pro- posal to raise the initial wage iloor was passed over the objec- tions of the Liberal government. The non-op union leaders met this morning to decide what they will recommend to their of whom have said they will not return to work unless an "adequate set- tlement" is provided. The Conservatives and NDP tried to sweeten a bitter pill for the unions by proposing amend- ments that would give the work- ers more money. wui race with death From AP-REUTER COPJC. Ireland 'CD A three-day race with death ended in victory for rescuers today when two men trapped in n midget submarine on the bot- tom of the Atlantic Ocean were lifted to the surface safe and well. They had only 90 minutes of oxygen left when they were freed from their submarine and placed on the Vickers Voyager, the sub's mother ship and head- quarters for the rescue effort. The British defence ministry in London said the men- trapped aboard the midget sub- marine Pisces III since Wednes- in "good health.'' Ths ministry monitored a message from the Vickers Voyager. The two Malhn- son. 35, and Roger Chapman, trapped when their sub, the Pisces HI, plunged the bottom of the Atlantic in i 375 ieet of water, about 13d miles south of Cork. They htc been laying a transatlantic cable when a tow line snapped. A three-day rescue effort be- gan shortly afterward with subs flown in from Canada and Scotland and a U.S. un- manned rescue craft also pai- ticipating. Spiro "wont be asked jVDP-TORY UNION When the NDP proposal- identical to minimum wage de- mands made by the unions in rejected, the New Democrats joined with the Conservatives to force a fatter pay increase. Although the government was defeated on the vote, the loss was more of an embarrassment than c ferious defeat as there was no want of confidence moved by the opposition. The Conservative amendment would give the non-ops an aver- age hourly wage rate of on the date of their last raise on July 1, 1974. It also gives the workers a higher rate at an earlier date, than the govern- ment proposal would have. Average hourly wage of the non-ops now is The government wage floor, based on a conciliation report, would given the non-oper- ating por- ters, clerks, maintenance work- ers, roundhouse employees and average as of July 1, 1974. The NDP proposal would have given the workers average pay of hourly by Jan. 1, 1974. NDP efforts to have similar percentage wage increases to shopcraft tradesmen and trainmen failed when the Conservatives joined with the Liberals to defeat the move. Average hourly pay for the trainmen is and for the shopcrafts The bill will provide min- imum pay of 8Vi per cent retro- active to Jan. 1, 1973, 6% per cent on Jan. I, 1974 and 1% per cent to these two groups of em- ployees. WASHINGTON (AP) Tri- dent Nixon met today --nth Vice-President Spiro Agnc-r to discuss the federal investigation oi allegations that Agnew 10- ceived kickbacks irorn em- inent contractors. Presidential aides said Nixon has not and will not ask for the vice-president's resignation. Deputy press secretary Ger- ald Warren said Agnew re- quested (.lie meeting. Warren gave no reason, but said the state of the investigation "very probably will come up." An Agnew spokesman said he believes the vice-president asked the meeting to bring Nixon "up to date." Indications are that Attorney- General Elliot Richardson must sxm decide whether results of the Agnew investigation, being conducted by the U.S. attorney in Baltimore, will be presented to a grand jury. Nixon and Agnev last met Aug. 6, the day before the nee- president called a news confer- ence to denounce as "damned lies'" allegations he took kick- backs while in his current office or while he was Man-land gov- ernor. The two talked by telephone Aug. 22, soon after Nixon told a California news conference that he has confidence in Agnow's integrity. -7! and heard !J About town i li CHARYN RUGG foregoing a trip to Waterton and saving money for a water- bed instead Alex Chart- rand, night attendant at Moore's Esso, saying "unless St. Pete wants me to serve gas I'll be around tomorrow. ;