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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THREATENING HIGH FORECAST SATURPAY 65 VOL. LXIII No. 223 The LetHbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1970 fUKE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Israel Calls Postal Dispute Ended For Removal Neu> Of Missiles From Heutcrs-AP TEL AVIV (CP) Amid speculation that ft is prepared to withdraw from peace negotiations if the ceasefire status quo is not restored by Egypt, Israel called on the United States today to make the Egyp- tians remove their missiles placed in the Suez canal truce zone since Aug. 7. Reliable Israeli sources said the United States had offered1 to supply Israel anti-missile electronic equip- ment and weapons if there was no demand for with- drawal of the missiles. The sources said the Israelis rejected this as "inadequate." Israel said Thursday night that Washington's call for the Egyptians and Russians to stop violating the ceasefire is not enough. Premier Golda Meir, speaking after a top-level cabinet meeting, urged Washington "demand from the Russians and the Egyptians to keep their obligations and maintain the standstill on the canal, and to re- store the position to what it was when the ceasefire came Into effect." Hurdle Cleared She told a Labor party meeting that the differ- ences between Israel and the U.S. have been over- come, an apparent reference to Washington's oorro- boratlon of Israel's complaints that Egypt had vie- lated the ceasefire. Mrs. Meir advanced the date of her visit to the United States to the second half of this month amid indications she will discuss the Egyptian violations with President Nixon. Originally, she had planned to make the Visit in October to attend the 25th anni- versary celebrations of the United Nations. Israeli political sources said Israel probably would suspend its participation in the peace talks pending clarification of what steps Washington intended to take to restore the ceasefire agreement. Informed sources to Washington said the United States has asked Egypt not only to stop the reported violations but to restore in the ceasefire zone condi- tions which existed before the ceasefire took effect. Although it wants the missiles removed, the Uni- ted States appears to be avoiding moves which could lead to a major confrontation with' Cairo and Mos- cow, wreck the peace talks or shatter the fragile truce. Mrs. Men- also denied that there had been a cabi- net crisis, but observers said the cabinet made a se- cret decision Thursday which may mean suspen- of the negotiations in New York. Reports of a crisis were sparked1 by differences be- tween Defence Minister Mosbe Dayan and a majority of the cabinet over the ceasefire violations and how to react to them. Dayan cabinet. MEDIATOR REPORTS SUCCESS Postal mediator Thomas O'Connor of Toronto, fatigued after a gruelling peace-making stint in Ottawa, reports success in bringing postal unions and the government to agreement. The year-long dispute ended early today. Trudeau Sport Of Political Battles' BAIE-CQMEAU, Que. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau Thurs- day attacked the persons in Canada who can conceive of federal-provincial relations only as a perpteual battle between the two levels of government. Speaking to about per- sons in this north-shore St. Lawrence River community, the prime minister denounced what he called "the Quebec sport in Judge To Pack Pistol In Court Thursday that he is not leaving the Gives Warning Dayan said he approved of a cabinet plan to give the United States time to get the missiles removed through diplomatic means. But he warned that Is- rael is capable of "taking military steps, if needed." Israeli sources said their government would not send its peace talks delegate, Ambassador Yosef Tekoah, back to New York until it got satisfaction from the United States. Egypt's influential national guidance minister, Mo- hammed Hassanein Heykal, said today the Cairo gov- ernment believes a political settlement in the Middle East is possible providing it takes into account all international, military and economic problems in tha area. Elsewhere in the Middle East: King Hussein of Jordan sought to ease tension be- tween his a r m y and the Palestinian Arab guerrillas with a broadcast appealing for an end to extremism and for unity in the struggle against Israel. Fighting Dies Amman was quiet Thursday after nearly a week of clashes between the guerrillas and the army and an attempt to assassinate the king. In London, the British Institute for Strategic Stu- dies said in its annual survey of world military pow- er that large Soviet aid in the Middle East during the last year has boosted Arab strength to its great- est level since before (lie 1967 war. In numbers, Arab military strength arrayed against Israel now, is over- whelming, the institute said. The institute, a highly regarded private organiza- tion headed by Lester Pearson, former Canadian prime minister, said that while large supplies of Soviet weap- ons have been added to tlie Arab arsenals, the Is- raeli stockpile of new military hardware has in- creased more slowly. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) A 65- year-old federal judge as- signed to a major narcotics case is packing a pistol to court and says he is fully pre- pared to use it if threatened. In his U.S. district court, Judge William p. Mehrtens warned Jorge Guardia, 41, an associate of one of the 41 de- fendants: "If I ever catch you on my land I'm going to shoot you like a dog." "I am prepared to do any- thing I feel is necessary to my Mehrtens said in an interview Thursday.. "If my life is threatened or I feel in danger of losing my life I won't have any hesi- tancy in shooting the other person." Tlie judge, who is five-feet- six and 135 pounds, carries a .38-calibre pistol in a holster inside his belt. Mehrtens' anger flashed into tha open Tuesday when Guardia, a court spectator, was brought before the bench New Offensive In S. Vietnam Hanoi Orders PHNOM PENH (AP) Up to 10 Communist divisions now are in Cambodia or moving down the Ho Chi Minli trail through Laos with orders from Hanoi to launch a major new offensive in South Vietnam, senior Commun- ist diplomatic sources report. American military sources in Saigon said they could not con- firm or deny the report. The sources said American warplanes have flown about sorties against North Viet- namese positions in Laos and Cambodia during (lie last week to blunt any Communist plans for a major offensive across the border into South Vietnam. But for making obscene gestures at narcotics agents .testifying 'agjlnst a woman among the drug defendants He sentenced Guardia to 48 hours in jail for contempt of court. Mehrtens told Guardia he recognized him as a man he had seen loitering outside Hie south west Miami home where Mehrtens has lived 25 years, polishing a car bumper while watching the house. The judge warned: "If I ever find you in the area of my house, when you are there under a pretext like the person I saw, you're liable not to leave there alive. You are liable to be getting some floral offerings." which there is too great a tend- ency to see nothing but a battle, not only between political par- ties but also between different capitals and political options." His comments came during the first leg of a trip to com- munities in northeastern Quebec and the Gaspe Peninsula. The prime minister was given a warm welcome from the crowd and found time to shake hundreds of hands, kiss at least a dozen pretty girls and sign a few autographs. Earlier, he visited the Quebec North Shore Paper mill and ate workers in (he-com- pany Baie Comeau is 220 miles northeast of Quebec City. Mr. Trudeau told his audience to ignore newspapers which give excessive coverage to in- ter-governmental disputes. "The men directing our differ- ent levels of government are not there to fight, but to work to the interest of die population and administer the taxes paid by the people." He said the federal govern- ment is attempting to adminis- ter a budget of billion by distributing spending money as fairly as possible among the rich provinces and the less for- tunate ones. Pact Signed OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment and postal-union repre- sentatives signed a work contract early today with lavish praise for the work of mediator Thomas O'Connor, a Toronto labor relations special- ist who guided the protracted negotiations through their cru- cial, final stages. The new contact, which must be ratified by the vote of postal workers, provides an in- crease of 55 cents an hour spread over 30 months. Retroactive to last Oct. 1, when the previous agreement expired, it runs to March 31, 1972. The government says the in- crease works out to a rats of 6.8 .per cent a year. The unions say it is more like 7.2 per cent. Based on the present average hourly wage of a 55-cent increase amounts to about 7.2 per cent. The settlement, which went through a dramatic series of rejections and approvals Thurs- day, breaches the government's six-per-cent guide for wage and salary increases this year. Spokesmen for both the gov- ernment and the unions had high praise for Mr. O'Connor's work as mediator sines he was appointed Aug. 19. LIKED APPROACH William 'Houle, co-chairman of the Council of Postal Unions, said Mr. O'Connor had the right approach. "Not the big technocrat ap- proach-he was the man for the job." Mr. Houle added that there is no doubt postal workers will ac- cept the contract. The voting would take about three weeks, he said, "but I have every con- fidence it will be approved." The contract had been negoJ.- ated against strong pressure JOHN TURNER new bail reform Prince Plans Barbados Visit LONDON (Reuters) Prince Charles, heir to the throne, will visit Barbados in October. Buckingham Palace an- nounced today that the 21-year- old prince will stop over in Bar- bados Oct. 22 to 25 after his visit to Bermuda Oct. 20-22. Turner Pushes New Bill LONTJON, Ont. (CP) Jus- tice Minister John Turner met with a dozen top Canadian po- lice leaders here Thursday night to promote the federal govern- ment's new bail reform bill. The policemen are attending the week-long annual convention of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. The bail reform bill was intro- duced just before the end of the last session of Parliament and will be dealt wilh at the next session. Under the bill, policemen will have to make a decision on the street on whether to lock up a person for an offence or issue Mm an order to appear in court at a certain date. The majority of chiefs at the convention have said privately they oppose much of the new legislation but that they agres with its intent. Glass Enclosure Is Suggested For MPi Protection Peace Talks Stall Mideast Fighting From Kenters-AP AMMAN, Jordan (CP) Stray shots still echoed across the half-deserted streets of Amman today, but the first signs of a compromise between the government and Palestinian Arab gue rrillas began to emerge. The official Jordan news agency reported .i-fter King Hussein's radios Thurs- day night for in to the fighting, tlie two held peace talks through the night. A source close to the central committee of the Palestine Lib- eration Organization said the army and gav'.'.mnent depart- ment. Despite sporadic firing in the Jebel Qalaa area, -Amman was generally quiet today with litHs traffic in the streets. GUARD ROADBLOCKS Guerrillas still guarded road- blocks near their camps. The newspaper Difaa re- sumed publication, but the oth- er Amman daily, Destour, did not appear for the third succes- sive day. Schools and government off- ices were again closed, but this was normal since Friday is a Moslem holiday, guerrillas would refuse a formal Guerrilla sources said Iraqi cepted by the government. with the authorities Vice-President Saleh Mahdi proposal was rejected at Ammash visisted A m ma n cabinet meeting Thursday and 'People! Try the all new mail service from the government side, Mr. Houle said. "I can't say that I'm happy with it but it's the best we can he added. Negotiator Cecil Harper, rep- resenting the federal treasury board, f aid he believed much of the for success should go to Mi vConnor. "Somehow, we've staggered said Mr. O'Connor. He said he hopes the post off- Ice and its employees will find an easier method of handling disputes in the future. "But for now, each settlement offers new hope for the future of collective bargaining." The first real signs of agree- ment between the parties in the year-long struggle nr Wednesday night, sour, Mr. O'Connor presrL-, proposal for settlement wi: was accepted by the unions and which he believed would be ac- By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) The RCMP has recommended that for com- plete safety in the Commons MPs should be encased collec- tively in armor-plate glass. The Commons procedure com- mittee, which is studying secu- rity measures, has not com- mented on the recommendation, made at a closed meeting of the committee. The 12-m ember committee will renew its study in the new session of beginning next month. Informed sources say the RCMP guaranteed MPs' safety, but only with an armor-plate glass screen dividing the well of the chamber from the public and 'other galleries the House. REJECT GLASS So far, MPs have shown little inclination to adopt such a rigid security system which would force persons the galleries to peer through glass at them like fish in an aquarium. There have been a number of incidents in recent years which prompted the security review. From time to time, objects are thrown from the galleries to the Commons floor. Three years ago, a bomb went off in a washroom, killing the man carrying it. He was on his way to a public gallery after fusing tile bomb. The Commons protective staff has taken more security mea- sures. Parcels and overcoats, for instance, have to be left in the corridors outside the cham- ber. But hundreds of police would be required for a complete secu- rity check on all visitors. MPs do not favor such a plan, however, and some compromise is being sought which would not destroy the generally easy-going nature of Commons proceed- ings. The British Commons is leak- ing at security measures aita- a tear gas canister exploded on the chamber floor in July. Australia is also looking at the problem. It had an incident similar to one here in May when women militants chained themselves to gallery seats. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN WELL CAPPED bottle of pop opened by Ray Harding who found the bev- erage had one cap on top and another crammed inside the bottle Pat Webb putting a brilliant orange painting on one office wall "to keep the place balanced" with the opposite wall paint- ed a brilliant orange too U of L student president Robin Dann saying he wouldn't spend too much time in his office for awhile "because things are confused enough already." meeting until two demands are met. They are demanding with- drawal of army units from the Amman area and a purge of anti-guerrilla elements from the Government Won't Call Special House Session NORDEGG, Alta. (CP) Premier Harry Strom says there is "no reason whatso- ever" why the Social Credit government should accede t o opposition requests for a spe- cial legislature session in No- vember. He made the comment here while touring the Bighorn Dam site about1125 miles northwest of Calgary. Earlier this week, Peter Lougheeri, leader of the Pro- gressive Conservative Party, sent a telegram to the Alber- ta government calling for a fall session to deal with several im- portant issues. He said a fall session is need- ed to discuss government pro- grams to reduce unemploy- ment, developments and pro- grams in the mental health field, and the enactment next spring of the Wilderness .Act. "Mr. Loughced would like to make issues where none Mr. Strom said in an interview. "He's whistling through his teeth and as far as I am concerned he can con- tinue doing so. I have no in- tention of calling the legisla- ture into session for the rea- mas in hai given." Thursday with Chief of Staff 1 Abdul Shanshal. They called on Jordanian Premier Abdul Moneim Al- Rifai and told him again that Iraq's force has been placed at tie disposal ot Hie guerrillas, the sources said. Iraq first made this plain Tuesday night, at the height of clashes between Jordanian forces and guerrillas that fol- lowed an abortive assassina- tion attempt against Hussein. No Herald Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7, celebrated across the nation as the stat- utory Labor day holiday, The Herald will not publish. Com- plete coverage of the holiday weekend activities will bi found in Tuwdty'i edition. a new set of government-de- signed recommendations was presented to the unions. The unions rejected the new recommendations. With few al- terations, tha government then decided to accept tlie original O'Connor proposal, informants say. Labor Head Pleased With Settlement OTTAWA (CP) Donald MacDonald, president of the Ca- nadian Labor Congress, said today he is plcaed with (he set- tlement of the postal dispute. "We hope the settlement will remove any threat to !ho princi- ple of collective bargaining in labor Mr. Mac- Donald said in a brief state- ment. HARRASSED Oppoiltlon Under Robert Slanfield pauses for a moment to reflect on conflicting reports on Ihe stability of his leadership. left Edmonton to con- tinue his tour of Alberta in the touthern part of the pro- vince, ;