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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 75. The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 224 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGEi Cities axed Socreds in election vote By WALTER KKEVENCIIUK EDMONTON (CP) It was in the cities that So- cial Credit met its Waterloo and lost a battle for sur- vival to the Progressive Conservatives in Monday's Alberta general election. Thirty-six consecutive years of Social Credit gov- ernment went down the drain because the party was obliterated in Edmonton, where the Conservatives cap- tured all 16 seats, and could salvage only four of 13 seats in its Calgary birthplace. All told, the Conservatives made off with 29 of 33 urban seats, including Camrose, Grande Prairie, Red Deer and St. Albert. In 1967, when Social Credit was re-elected for the eighth straight time, it won 23 of 29 urban seats. The Conservatives, led by 43-year-old Calgary law- yer Peter Lougheed, had a much tougher time in the 37 rural ridings that had been a major source of Social Credit support since 1935. The. Conservatives won 20 rural seats, but in three of them the election-night margin of victory was less than CO votes and in four others less than 300 votes. Social Credit won in 15 rural 16 votes in the New Democratic Party in one- party Leader Grant Notley in Spirit River-Fairview. Recounts are a distinct possibility in five ridings, and Neville Roper of the Social Credit Party has al- ready indicated lie will ask for one in Ponoka, where he lost by 18 voles to Conservative D. J. McCrimmon. Official Sept, 9 The official count of voles will be announced Thurs- day, Sept. 9, the day before Premier Harry Strom transfers control of (he government to Mr. Lougheed. Candidates have until Monday, Sept. 20 to apply for a recount, a move which requires a security deposit. The recount is done by a judge, and if a candi- date is still not satisfied he can appeal to the pro- vincial Supremt Court. Other recounts are possible in Three Hills, Calgary North Hill, Bonnyville and Hanna-Oyen. In Three Hills, the election-night count had Allan Warrack, a 37-year-old university professor, 10 votes ahead of Ray Ralzlaff, minister of industry and tour- ism in the Social Credit cabinet. In Calgary North Hill, Rev. Bob Simpson's bid for re-election fell 56 voles short of Conservative Roy Far- ran, a Calgary alderman, Fifty-six votes was also the margin for Conserva- tive Don Hansen over Lome Mowers of the Social Credit party in Bonnyville. In Hanna-Oyen, Keith French was re-elected by 16 votes in a close contest with Conservative Jack Butler. The largest election-night majority, votes, was turned in by Lou Hyndman, a lawyer and Conserva- tive party whip in the last legislature. He defeated Social Crediter Lou Letourneau in Edmonton Glenora, Conservatives won easily in most of the Edmonton ridings, turning in majorities in excess of voles in 10 of the 16 areas. Of the record 243 candidates in the field, 92 lost their deposit when they failed to obtain half the number of votes that went to the winner. They in- cluded 65 of 70 NDP candidates, all 20 Liberals, three Independents, two Conservatives and two members of the Social Credit Party. It was strictly a Social Credit-Conservative race in ell but two constituencies, Spirit River-Fairview and Smoky River, where the NDP's Victor Tardif finished second to Conservative Marvin Moore. In Spirit River-Fairview, Don Moore had the dubious distinction of being the only Conservative can- didate to finish third. He trailed Mr. Notley and A. 0. Fimrite, a Social Credit minister without portfolio. Mother, son are jailed on gamy count SAN DEEGO, Calif. (AP) A mother and son who became husband and wife have been sentenced to jail for bigamy. A Superior Court judge sentenced the mother, Rebecca Slater, 41, to six months in jail Thursday. Her son, Wyley Kitzmiller, 23, was sentenced to nine months and fined Incest charges were dropped after they pleaded guilty to bigamy. The couple have a two-year-old daugh- ter. Defence counsel George Lerg II told Judge William P. Mahcdy (hat Kit7.millcr was given up for adoption immediately after his birlh in 1948. Lerge said liis njotlu'r didn't sec her son again until he was 19. By Ihen, Lcrge said, Kitzmillcr. who took the name of his adoptive parents, was a grown man and Ihn only mother he'd ever known was his stepmother. "When he met lira. Slater, he was already Lerg .said. "lie was told that she was his that was technically Ivuc. "His only crime was falling in love with a total .Mrangi-r who unfortunately happened to his nat- uriil mother. Allhmiifli Kilzir.illcr was not married, he could be charged with bigamy bccnu.se under California law a person who compiiTa io commit n felony is as guilty as Ihn person who commits it. KilzirJller's mother testified tlvat she and her first husband, Michael Sl.iter, 52, were separated but ho would not give hoi- n divorce. So she said sho and Kily.inillrr, ,1 snilm- aboard I In; missile cruiser Chi- eloped in ami were married in Vallcjo, Calif. World money crisis talks started PARIS (Reuter) Leading monetary officials of the group of 10 major industrial nations began discussions here today on the world currency crisis, but delegates refused to make any comment on prospects for the meeting. The conference is the first held by the group since Presi- dent Nixon's economic and mon- etary measures of Aug. 15. Officials from the finance ministries and central banks of Canada, West Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Bel- gium, the United States, Brit- ain, Japan and Sweden will be trying to narrow their differ- ences before a ministerial meet- ing of the group of 10 nations in London in two weeks. Any progress that can be made in Paris and London in sorting out the tangled world monetary system would be vital for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington at the end of Sep- tember. But monetary sources were pessimistic about much prog- ress emerging from the Paris meeting, bearing in mind the differences in policy brought into .the open since Nixon's deci- sion to cut the dollar's links with gold. The sources noted that while floating of the Japanese yen and other leading currencies meant a partial success for Washing- ton the appreciation to date of most of these currencies was in- sufficient to satisfy the Nixon administration. The sources also recalled the wide divergence between the positions of France and West Germany, two of the major Eu- ropean Common Market states, towards the dollar crisis. France has struck out alone with a two-tier foreign exchange system, thus maintaining its old parity against the dollar, while West Germany has urged a collective floating of market currencies against the dollar. These differences make it un- likely that the other nations at the meeting will be able to put a common set of proposals to the U.S., and all the countries rep- resented will therefore probably continue to act unilaterally for the time being, the sources be- lieved. The sources felt the U.S. dele- gation, intended to outline the sort of currency evaluations Washington would like from its mam trading partners. In any case, the Paris meet- ing, which could continue into Saturday, is not empowered to take decisions, but only to make suggestions to [he governments represented, Big four powers sign Berlin pact From AP-Heuter BERLIN (CP) Ambassa- dors of Britain, the United States, France and the Soviet Union signed a Berlin agree- ment today intended to mark the end of an era and the start of a new (East-West relationship in the heart of Europe. The signing took place in the Allied Control Council Building, where in 1948 the Russians walked out to signal the start of their blockade of West Berlin. British soldier killed by gunmen From REUTER-AP BELFAST (CP) Gunmen killed a soldier serving with Northern Ireland's part-time de- fence force today near the bor- der with the Irish Republic. The member of the Ulster Defence gunned down from a passing car as he stood on guard duty outside a police station in Kin- awley, County Fermanagh. He was the second member of the regiment to be killed this year. Seventeen British soldiers have died in action since sectar- ian violence erupted in Ulster two years ago, excluding the two fatal casualties belonging to the Northern Ireland defence force. A British major was shot in Five killed in highway accident SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) Po- lice said five people were killed today when a tractor-trailer col- lided head-on with a car on Highway 17 about 18 miles west of here. All the dead were in the car, police said. The driver of the transport was injured. Names of the victims are being withheld until next of kin are notified. the stomach by a sniper at mid- night Thursday night. The shootings climaxed one of the country's worst days of ter- ror. Maj. Robin Alers-Hankey, 35, was reported in critical condi- tion today after ar emergency operation. He was the first sen- ior officer seriously wounded since British troops were sent to Northern Ireland two years ago to intervene between (he bat- tling Protestants and Roman Alers-OHankey was shot as his troops were firing rubber bul- lets to protect firemen in Lon- donderry against a mob of youths. The army said the youths set fire to an abandoned building with gasoline bombs, then stoned the firemen fighting the blaze. The mob fled after the sni- per's shot dropped the major. DENOUNCED BY LYNCH Irish Republic Premier Jack Lynch issued one of his strong- cst-ever denunciations of terror- ist violence. He said in a statement from Dublin: "No Irishman with the least claim to ideals or princi- ples, no Irishman with the least shade of Christianity or sanity can justify or condone the maiming or killing of innocent people." Lynch has recently come under fire in London and Bel- fast for his alleged condonation of the activities in the republic of the IRA. The four ambassadors strode past smartly saluting military police guards and up an ornate staircase of the building that once housed the Prussian Su- preme Court in imperial Ger- man times. After signing papers and notes annexed to the agreement, the envoys moved into a high ceilinged room where they had met more than 30 times before. The signatories were Sir Roger Jackling of Britain, Ken- neth Rush of the United States and Jean S'auvagnargues of France, all ambassadors to West Germany, and Pyotr Abrasimov, Soviet envoy to East Germany. Sauvagnargues was chairman of this 34th ambassadorial meet- ing in a series that began March 26, 1970. Signing had been delayed a full day because of last-minute wrangling over an official trans- lation into German to be used by East-West German negotia- tors, who are to complement the four-power agreement with an arrangement of their own. Jobless rate in U.S. on ncrease WASHINGTON (Reuter) Unemployment ir the United States jumped to 6.1 per cent in A'lgust from 5.8 per cent in July, the labor department re- ported today. It was bad news for the Nixon administration after a drop from 6.2 per cent in May to 5.6 per cent in June and a rise of two-tenths of one per cent in July. The administration had hoped that the August figures would maintain the lower trend and be at lea-t below the six-per-cent level. The bureau of labor statistics attributed the August rise in part to an increase in the sea- sonally-adjusted work force fig- ure to from in Julv. HANDSHAKES ALL AROUND Following the signing of a Big Four agreement on Berlin in the German ctiy Friday the envoys shook hands with each other. French envoy Jean Sauvagnargues, left, reaches to clasp ihe hand of Britain's Sir Roger Jackling with Russia's Pyotr Abrasimov doing the same with Kenneth Rush of ihe USA. Millions made homeless by raging flood waters CALCUTTA (AP) Floods from the Ganges River have driven four million more Indi- ans from their homes, raising the total made homeless by flood and the Pakistan civil war to an estimated 26 million in West and East Bengal. Cholera has broken out in many areas, In Katwa, 40 miles north of Calcutta, the disease took five lives Thursday. In the town of Mershidabad, about 150 miles northwest of Calcutta, the water is seven feet deep in some places. Officials said 10 million per- sons now are homeless in the Patrick confirms tar sands story Parks to close after holiday CALGARY (CP) Most summer recreation facilities in the western regional national and historic parks will close folowing the labor day week- end, the parks branch announc- ed today. Swimming pools will general- ly be closed by Sept. 7 with golf courses, tennis courts, tour facilities and information cen- tres shutting down by the mid- dle of the month, Campgrounds will also cease operation with primitive facili- ties provided in some areas of Banff and Kootenay parks throughout (lie winter. Seen and heard WON'T LEAVE Albert Grassland, 87, refuses Io nhanclon his homo in Ilio Canaan Valley in eastern West Virginia here and hns finally won permission 10 live oul his lifetime in llio park in Ihc Canaan Valley. About town Q.VERWIIELMKD Alice Johnson shelling nearly a half bushel of fresh peas from one short row in her backyard garden con- fused Sally Sntlon attempting Io call her husband so she could Rot home from work while he wns outside in Ihe our waiting hunter Hay DiirkrIL purchn.sing his li- cence, a new gun and lelc- scopic sight, but forgetting to buy ammunition. Retiring Mines and Minerals Minister Hussell Patrick has confirmed Thursday's Herald Program for aged considered OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment is said to be actively con- sidering programs, similar to the Opportunities for Youth pro- ject, that would get Canada's senoir citizens involved in pro- jects. Several cabinet ministers are known to be S3'mpalhetic to a proposal advanced by Barry Mather Rock) for the establishment of an Opportunities for Age pro- gram. In a resolution submitted for the Commons order paper, Mr. Mather says such a pro- gram would improve health, economic, occupational, recrea- tional social sntl cultural oppor- tunities for senior citizens. Sources say there is wide- spread support in the cabinet for senior citizens' programs- one of the most enthusiastic supporters is said to be Justice Minister John it isn't known whether Mr. Math- er's proposals will be adopted or whether the government pins to consider other mea- sures. article that Premier-elect Pe- ter Lougheed inherited a pos- sible billion dollar tar sands development. He said Thursday night that the proposal was in the "senior negotiation stages." In confirming "the major re- source alluded to by Premier Harry Strom three days before the election, Mr. Patrick said he could not say any more at this time be- cause of a request from Jap- anese interests. Mr. Patrick would neither confirm nor deny the billion dollar develop- ment figure. Thursday's Herald article staled: "As the Social Credit government conceived the pro- ject, it would have included massive participation by the Alberta public, in addition (o primary capitalization by Jap- anese money." The Japanese instrument in the negotiations for additional develop ment in Alberta's famed tar sands is Japex, an agency financed two-lliirds by major Japanese capital sources and onp-ij'iird by the Japanese government. Indian State of West Bengal. Flood waters fed by fresh mon- soon rains have covered some square miles. The govern- ment admits to 68 deaths. Unof- ficial estimates put the death tell between 600 and Across the border in East Bengal, or East Pakistan, offi- cials estimate that the Ganges has flooded square miles, killed more than 70 persons and driven nine million from their homes. Crop losses there are heavy, increasing the threat of famine already posed by the civil war in the spring, which sent seven million refugees streaming into the Indian states of West Bengal, Bihar and Assam. DISASTER IS THIRD The flood is the third major disaster to hit Bengal in 10 months. Last November, a dev- a s t a t i n g cyclone and tidal waves killed hundreds of thou- sands of East Bengalis. In March came the civil war, when the army from West Pakistan tried to wipe out the independ- ence movement in the eastern half of the country. In East Pakistan, the floods have ruined an estimated three million acres of rice, sugar cane and jute. Fire threat over PINE POIXT, N.W.T. A change in the direction of the wind appeared today to relieve the threat a forest' fire posed for this remote community of persons. Although a stale of emer- gency still was in force as the fire continued Io burn seven miles to Ihe northeast, children were allowed Io return tc school and it was business as usual for many people. Kosygin plans Norway visit OSLO (Rcnlcr) Soviet Pre- mier Alexci Kosygin will mnko an official visit io Norway in the first half of December at Hie invitation of the Norwegian government. The dale of the visit will fixed later, an announcement by Norwegian Premier Trygo Bat- Loli's office said toc'ay. No Herald Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6, being a statutory holiday in observance of Uibor Day, The Herald will not publish. Display advertisers arc re- minded advertisements for Wed- nesday, Sept. 8, must be re- ceived by a.m. Saturday. Classified advertising re- ceived by a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, will appear in The Her- ald Tuesday, Sept. 7. Kull news coverage of Ihc holiday weekend will bo car- ried in The Herald's Tuesday Sept. 7, edition. inns! visit Jnpnn! It's the LEAST you. can dol> ;