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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 75. The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER. 2, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES New dangers mounting in Middle East By CV I'OX Canadian Press Staff Writer The frontier tensions currently disrupting relations between India and Pakistan have taken on n new dim- ension of danger following reports of fresh military buildups in the bitterly disputed area of Kashmir. Until now, most of this year's feuding between the two countries has been along the border separating India from East Pakistan, scene of the tragic civil strife which sent millions of refugees pom-ing into Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's desperately overcrowd- ed India. But the bloodshed in Bangla Desh, as East Pakis- tan rebels call the strife area, is also serving to revive the fierce antagonisms which previously caused India and Pakistan to clash violently in Kashmir. A ceasefire line dating from IMS keeps the rival forces apart in Kashmir. Yet the Indians fear that the Pakistanis may be planning to stir up trouble in Kashmir through local tribesmen who harbor deep haired for New Delhi's past and present policies. For their part, the Pakistanis can point to a re- ported massing of Indian ground and air units in and around Kashmir. Mrs. Gandhi also has been talcing extra tions along the ceasefire line in efforts lo foil possible infiltration attempts. The Indians contend that a military eruption in Kashmir would be to Pakistan's advantage by divert- ing world attention from President Yaliya Khan's con- tinuing difficulties with bis rebellious eastern region. The president charges that Indian troops have in- filtrated into East Pakistan with the aim ot encourag- ing further revolts there. Moreover, he has declared that any Indian effort to take over Pakistan Icrrilory would mean total war. With threats of this kind flying back and forth, the situation on the Indian subcontinent is bound to remain tense for some time to come. Public opinion ploy? But Yahya seems lo be making some attempt to tranquiliie world worries about the plight of East Pakistan, where he concedes that government forces arc still meeting insurgent resistance in "certain bor- der areas." A civilian governor has been appointed for the East, replacing the military man in charge there since shortly before (he federal Pakistan army began its campaign to crush the Bangla Dcsh dissidents. Yahya said the civilian appointment was made "in furtherance of the pledge lo restore democracy and facilitate the transfer of power" from the army to non- military authorities. However international apprehension about condi- tions in East Pakistan will continue at least until (here ii definite word aboul the fate of Sheikh Mujibur Rah- man, regarded as the chief symbol of insurgent as- pirations. Trial of Rahman, captured by the federal govern- ment early in Ihc civil strife, has been reported secret- ly under way in West Pakistan. The Pakistan president's branding of him as a minor Fascist and Yahya's equally harsh expressions of disdain for Mrs. Gandhi do not encourage high hopes for any casing of Indian-Pakistani friction in the immediate future. West Tories policy meet given okay fly GARRY FAUIBURN SASlvATOON (CP) Western Conservatives begin a three-day policy conference tonight with the blessing of nalional parly headquarters. A similar conference last year, to which national leader Robert Slanficld was not invited, created friction within Ihe parly. But Mr. Slanficld is lo participate tlu's year and the conference js welcomed by national headquarters, national director Leo O'Brien said Wednesday night. Mr. O'Brien said in an interview the conference will have an effect on policy papers to be presented to the annual meeting in Ottawa in October. The policy papers, issued earlier Ibis year, are being redrafted for [lie annual meclinp. A May policy conference of Quebec Conservatives drew ,-ibout -100 delegates, and caucuses in the Atlantic provinces have md this summer, he said. No formal agenda has been drawn up for the con- ference, which will feature "a nice casual- ness.'' Mr. Slanficld speak Friday night. Mr. O'Brien said the parly will not be caught by surprise if Minister Trudcau calls an election this fall. Earlier Wednesday, conference chairman Jack lloviiOT, PC-----Crowfoot said the meeting will concen- trate on .ngi iciilturrd policy, but will also examine policy on oilier Resources and foreign investment nre of p.i'iii-iil.-.r concern lo Ihc capilal hungry west, lie Mr. llonu'r oxpecls about l.M) persons lo allend, on weather and Ihe hariost. Presidents of flic (IT Prairie and British Columbia Conservative con- slilupncy associations were inyiled lo send delegates, and some of the 25 Frame Conservative MPs will attend. Tonight's meeting will decide wbcUier plenary ses- sions and workshops will bo open lo press and public. year's meetings were closed. jail 'Lougheed inherits' Billion tarsands development project Correctional officers and staff of Lelhbridge Correc- tre ..I relumed to work this morning at 8 a.m. The decision to return to work was made after tic Civil Service Association of Alberta received a letter of intent from premier elect, Peter Louglieed. The letter said, in part: "meaningful negotiations" in an attempt to solve the prob- lems staled by the correctional officers would start Sept. II. An association spokesman MICHAEL ROMANOFF age unimportant Self-styled Russian prince dies HOLLYWOOD (AP) Mi- chael Romanoff, a dapper self- styled Russian prince whose restaurants were the hub of Hol- 1 y w o o d 's glamorous heyday, died at Good Samaritan Hospi- tal Wednesday. His wife said he died of heart failure and had been in hospital since being stricken last Friday while shoppping at a Beverly Hills bookstore. He was 78 or 81. Relatives and friends weren't sure which. Age seemed unimportant to Romanoff who, though retired in recent years, hobnobbed with celebrities regularly, his pic- ture appearing on society pages ill recent weeks. His origins were as obscure as his age. He claimed he was an heir of While Russian nobil- ity. Witli his Oxford accent, spats and walking stick, Ro- manoff cut an aristocratic fig- ure when he hit Hollywood in 1927. However, authorities later claimed he was really Harry Gerguson, orphaned son of a Cincinnati tailor. They' never proved it. They also claimed he had, at times, passed himself otf as a Russian grand duke and as artist Rockwell Kent, whom he vaguely resembled. The Russian prince pose was unmasked in the early 1930s when a Russian official an- nounced that the real Prince Romanoff had died during the Russian Revolution in 1918. No Herald Labor Day Monday. Sept. (i, being a statutory holiday in observance ot Labor Day, The Herald will not publish. Display advertisers arc re- minded advertisements [or Tuesday, Sept. 7, must be re- ceived by noon Friday, Sept. 3, and for Wednesday, Sept. 8, by a.m. Saturday, Sept. Classified advertising re- ceived by a.m. Saturday, Sept. will appear in The Her- ald Tuesday, Sept. 7. Full news coverage ot the holiday weekend will be car- ried in The Herald's 'i today Sept. 7, cdilion. Former MLA enters civic clecliou race CALGARY (CP) Rev. Bob Simpson, who lost his legisla- lure seal in Calgary North Hill by 56 voles in the provincial cicclion Monday lias taken out nomination pajHrs for the Oct. l.'i civil1 rleclion. Mr. Simpson, defeated by Aid. Roy Farran, declined to say it he will rai for city coun- cil but said he will issue a slalement nexl week. Headline for nominations in Ihc civic election is Sept. 16. said he hoped the new govern- ment Would treat the correc- tional officers with integrity and adhere to its campaign pi-omise of legislating an Alber- ta Bill of Rights and giving the civil servants the right to initiate collective bargaining procedures. Tile 69 officers and men who relumed1 at Lethbridge were among the 575 others who re- turned to work at four other i n s t i t u tions throughout the province. It took a change of govern- ment lo end the five-day walk- out as premier-e 1 e c t Peter Lcugheed met Wednesday with R. C. Smith, president of the Al- berta Civil Service Association, and agreed to establish a joint committee to study staff com- plaints. The six-man committee, with equal government-association representation, will meet after thf new Progressive Conserva- tive government is sworn in Sept. 10. Its recommendations will be presented to the cabi- net sometime this fall, but will not be binding on either party. The walkout began Aug. two days after a deadb'ne ret by prison officers for the gov- ernment to meet their demands for collective bargaining rights and higher wages. A 4.7-per-cent pay increase over an i d e n t i a 1 increase granted by a mediation board in May was sought by the offi- cers. Association officials had sought a meeting with Attor- ney-General Edgar Gerhart to settle the dispute before Mon- day's election, but Mr. Gerbart told them no meeting could be held until after the election. He described the associa- tion's demand as "an exercise in political blackmail" and in- formed it that any prison offi- cers involved in a walkout would be fired and moved out of government-owned homes. Wednesday's agreement stated that no disciplinary ac- tion would be taken against any of the prison guards who walk- ed off their jobs. 't' New Arab federation approved CAIRO (AP) Egyptian vot- ers approved the new Arab fed- eration of Egypt, Libya and Syria by a 99.95-per-cent mar- gin, Interior Minister Mamdouh Salem announced today. Salem said that of 7.7 million Egyptians who voted Wednes- day, only were against fed- eration. An estimated el- igible voters stayed away. Salem said the people of Egypt, Libya and Syria have voted the federation into exist- ence with "magnificent unanim- ity." "These people have thus given a resounding yes to the showdown battle with Israel and an emphatic yes to the greater Arab lie said. A possible billion dollar tar sands development is one of the opportunities Premier-elect Peter Lougheed will inherit from Premier Harry Strom, The Lethbridge Herald has learned. As the Social Credit govern- ment conceived the projecl, it would have included massive participation by the Alhcrla public, in addition lo primary capitalization by Jap a n e s e money. Premier Strom, in the cam- paign, alluded to "major new resource development." While he did not elaborate, it is un- derstood that this is whal he had in mind. Negotiations with the Jap- anese were not conclusive at the lime of Ihe election. Wheth- er Mr. Lougheed can pick up where Mr. Slrom leaves off, or will have Lo start over, is not known. The Japanese instrument in the negotiations was Japcx', an agency financed two thirds by the major Japanese private- capital sources and one third by the Japanese government. It has investments around (he- world hi'i has nol yet been ac- tive in Canada. PREMIERS PAST AND FUTURE Premisr-elect Peler tougheed (lefl) was told Wed- nesday by Premier Harry Slrom thai government control would be turned over to the Progressive Conservatives Friday, Sept. 10. At that time, 36 years of Social Credit rule in Alberta will officially come to an end. The Conservalives won 49 of 75 seats in Monday's election. First PC government takes office Sept. Big four pact signing delayed BERLIN (Reuter) The signing of the four-power Berlin agreement tentatively scheduled for today has been postponed because of the illness of U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Rush, it was announced today. Rush was to sign for the United States. The spokesman told reporters Rush had been ordered to bed by a doctor. He did not specify what Rush's illness was. EDMONTON (CP) _ Alber- ta's first Progressive Conserva- tive government will formally take office Friday, Sept. 10, but prcmier-elccl i'eler Lougheed is already workuig on provincial problems. Premier Harry Strom said Wednesday he will turn over government control to the Con- servatives Sept. 10, ending 36 years of Social Credit rule. "Just prior lo thai f will tender the official resignalion of my the premier told reporters following a one- hour meeting with Mr. Lough- eed. The announcement was made about 90 minules before Mr. Louglieed and the Civil Service f O Association of Alberta an- nounced an agreement to end a walkout of prison guards in Ihe province's five correctional in- stitutions. Mr. Strom said Sept. 10 is a date "mutually satisfactory" to himself and Mr. Lougheed. AGREE QUICKLY The premier said he had been prepared to turn over govern- ment power to the Conserva- tives at the end of this week if Mr. Lougheed had wanted this. He added that the Sept. 10 date was quickly agreed upon. The Conservatives won 49 of the legislative's 75 seals in Monday's election, with 25 going lo the Social Credit parly and one lo Ihe New Democratic Party. Mr, Strom, who indicaled Monday he might review his position as party leader, said he nill lead the opposition in the legislature. Mr. Lougheed said in an inter- view Tuesday he does not intend to rush cabinet appoinlmenls. He said cabinet selections and the charting of new programs require careful study and "will take me two or lluee weeks." Downtown Belfast rocked by blasts Creditors Social From AP-REUTER EiELFAST (CP) Three ex- plosions rocked downtovm Bel- fast today, injuring at least 30 pel-sons m five minutes of noon- time terror. Hysterical girls with blood- covered faces ran screaming from a shattered government office block and a clotliing fac- loiy near city hall. Others were injured by a bomb which shattered the front of the Glengall Street headquar- ters of Prime Minister Brian Community threatened by raging forest fire F a u 1 k n e r 's Ulster Unionist parly, Hospitals said every ambul- ance in Ihe cily was called inlo action. Most of Ihc casualties were victims of flying glass. All Ihree blasls erupted aflcr mid-day when the cily centre was at ils busiest SEARCH FOIl HOMIIS Police and troops cordoned the area searching for more bombs. The bombings were in line with the policies proclaimed by Joe Cahill, Belfast chief of filaff of the outlawed Irish Republi- can Anuyt who tried to enter Ihe United Stales Wednesday on a fund-raising mission. PINE POINT N.W.T. (CP) About 300 men and 20 pieces of equipment were being used early today lo hold back a for- esl fire threatening (his north- ern community of per- sons. At n a.m. MST Ilic fire was about seven miles from the Consolidated Mining and Smell- ing Co. plant which is three miles outside the town. Canadian forces troops in Edmonton and Yellowknifc were ready lo move into the area if evacuation became ne- cessary. A few families left the I own on their own Wednesday night. "We have made no strong de- cision on evacuation al said Bob Pilot, assistant re- gional director for the Terri- torial government in the Fort Smilh area. 1IKADY TO CO All car owners had filled their tanks with gj'.soline and Mr. Pilot said Ihc townspeople were ready lo evacuate by road lo Hay llivcr, about Tib miles west, if necessary. The emergency measures organiza- tion in Hay River has estab- lished centres in schools and churches lo handle the rcf- upccs. .Seventeen men from the Ca- nadian Airborne llofiiir.cnl in Edmonton Hew lo Hay River Wednesday night to establish communications for evacua- tion. A forces spokesman said more men and equipment were on alert in Alberta and al north- ern headquarters in Yellow- knife. Evacuation of (lie (own, on !hf south shore of Great Slave Kike miles north of Edmon- lon, was lo be signalled by a fire siren. Tin- fire, believed lo have liecn slarled by lightning about one week ago, had been ap- proaching from the norlbcasl. Mr. Pilot said temperatures were in the low 40s overnight and Ihe fire had not advanced any closer. Seen and heard About town PRADE four language nils loacher Gregory Hairs, during a discussion on news- papers, jokingly threatening a sludcnt with Ihe imaginary headline "Troy Dickson condemned lo Grade three'1 Amly Anderson remark- ing on his conlinual problem wilb microphones as one hit Ihc floor at the Chamber ol Commerce dinner al Ihe same dinner Hong Sutherland reminding speaker llowns lo keep his speech short because Ihoiv was a good football game on TV, How il would have been as- socialed with Canadian in Ihe mind of the Social Credit government, is not known, but the iiitenlion uas to tie down firmly Ihc Albcna or Canadian thare of Ihe equity so as to avoid ils drift inlo foreign (American) hands. i Alherlans were given a prior oppcirlimily to in Alberta d'as Trunk, it will be recalled, and in Great Canadian Oil Sands. I sort of project Japes hi mind is not known, but Japan's petroleum import prob- lem generally calls for refining abroad because of the indus- trial and population congestion at home. Sj Ihe likely plan would have to build a planl at the lar sands for the production of synthetic crude, a pipeline lo the Pacific Coast, and a refinery there. The whole projecl. on a magnitude large enough lo make it worth while, would probably cosl a billion dollars, al least half of it in Al- berta. The world's oil requirements are increasing at Ihe rate of four million barrels daily each year. Alberta's tar sands, con- taining an estimated 300 billion bar-els, are one of the two major unconventional sources held in reserve. The other is the even large oil srDle deposits in western Colorado, development costs oE which would probably run con- siderably higher than the Cana- dian lar sands. Cigarette ad ban may be postponed OTTAWA (CP) The pro- posed bsn on cigarette advertis- ing next Jan. 1 may be post- poned. Heallh Minister John Munro said in a slatemenl today he plans discussions with cigarette manufacturers, advertisers and tobacco growers determine the feasibility" of the date, set ont in legislation now awaiting action by the Commons. All Ihree groups have already submitted lellcrs lo Mr. Munro prolesling imposition of the ban and other aspecis of the legisla- tion in bill C-248. At the same time, they have made it plain thai, if the legisla- tion passes. Jan. 1 is unaccepta- ble for implementation. Dr. Ross Chapman, special adviser to Ihe federal deputy health minister, was named to coordinate the discussions be- tween Munro and Ihe three interested Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council, the Canadian Advertising Advi- sory board and representatives of tobacco growers. TO DISCUSS MATTER Dr. Chapman said the consult- ations will be conducted as soon as possible over the next three weeks. No dates have been set. He acknowledged that the Jan 1. 1972, implementation date is included in Ihe legisla- tion now before Parliament but said it may no longer be feasi- ble. Two dead in family dispute A murder and suicide at the Clarcsholm induslrial airport Wednesday claimed the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Colin Slallers of Clarcsholm, according lo RCMP. A Claresholm RCMP official said Ihc Iwo deaths were the nvnll of a domeslic dispute. It was reported Ihe woman died inslanlly and her husband Ilicn attempted to lake his own life, but remained alive and Iransfercd to a Calgary hospital where ho died shortly after 8 p.m. An autopsy on Ihc woman was scheduled for noon today by Cl.nvsholm Coroner I1', j. Cornish. ;