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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Snake River lump turns into million fizzle TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) Stuntman Evel Knievel says a weakness in the metal holding the parachute system in place was responsible for his rocket ride into the Snake River Canyon rather than over it. "There was a metal Knievel told a news conference Sunday night less than four hours after he was lifted by helicopter from rocks at the base of the 600-foot canyon. "To lose to a beautiful river and canyon like this to me is not a real said Knievel, the cuts on his right cheek and lip standing out as red lines on his tan face. The chutes began deploying even as the red, white and blue Sky-Cycle cleared the launch ramp Sunday. The vehicle was halted before it had travelled half the needed distance, and seconds later Knievel was on the canyon bot- tom, the bloodied survivor of yet another fall. Despite the failure of the stunt, Knievel was assured of f6 million and stands to earn much more from proceeds of a live closed- circuit telecast and related deals. Promoters of the telecast had been predicting the total take might reach million, but they said Sunday evening that it would be at least 24 hours before ticket sales are known. Asked whether he will attempt the stunt again, Knievel responded: "I don't know what I'm going to do. I sat on it and gave it my best." In a telephone call to television station KUTV in Salt Lake City, Knievel said that "metal fatigue" caused bolts holding a can- nister containing the parachutes to sheer off when the engine fired, sending the chutes spilling out behind. The surprise call from Knievel's motel room here was to a talk show, Take 2, which featured videotapes of the abortive jump. During the conversation, Knievel stressed that he did not inadvertently activate the parachute explanation offered for the mishap. Earlier, just after the rescue, Knievel walked back toward the launch ramp and said: "The machine was going sideways on me. I tried to steer it. I just don't know what happened." The steam-powered Sky-Cycle was to have travelled feet at 300 miles an hour, enough to carry it well beyond the opposite canyon rim, feet away. Eighteen seconds after launch, Knievel was to have thrown the lever deploying the chutes to carry the missile earthward. Instead, the vehicle lurched upward for nine seconds and veered to the right. Then, about feet in the air, it turned downward and began the twisting, nose-first descent. Pushed by a brisk north wind, the cycle glanced off a canyon shelf and onto rocks about 20 feet from the Snake River, where it came to rest right side up. Knievel said that piece of luck saved his life. In his telephone call to KUTV, Knievel cautioned adventurous children: "Maybe be- cause I made this jump, young children will realize that even with the best help in the world, maybe this is the thing to do." Promoters of the stunt had consistently predicted a turnout of but less than half that number appeared to be on hand. Sheriff Paul Corder estimated the crowd at The Lcthbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1974 20 Pages Pardon kills Ford honeymoon with Congress NEWS ANALYSIS By Carl P. Leubsdorf WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford's congressional and political honeymoon appears to have ended with his pardon of Richard Nixon, a decision that revived the Watergate issue and complicated the campaign for Republican candidates this fall. Ford said he acted to write "the end" to Watergate, but the immediate reaction was a rekindled debate over the scandal and the propriety of an advance and absolute pardon for his resigned predecessor. The resignation of press secretary Jerald terHorst, who as Ford's first appointee was a symbol of his pledge of an open atmosphere at the White House, un- derscored the controversy. TerHorst said he could not in good conscience accept the decision on Nixon, par- ticularly while former officials of lesser rank face prison or trial. That judgment from a member of the Ford inner cir- cle seemed certain to heighten criticism of the pardon the president granted Sunday. There was praise from many Republicans, including congressional leaders. But there also was substantial Republican criticism, along with general Democratic protest against the Ford move. Some liberal Republicans running for re-election this year expressed reservations about Ford's decisions, Senator Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania calling it "a bad mistake." However sharp the in the long run Ford may have acted at a relatively opportune time in tak- ing a step he seemed likely to take eventually. Ford's unprecedented move came two months before congressional elections in which it is sure to be an issue, and may prove an added burden for Re- publican candidates already facing questionable prospects. But it also comes two years before the 1976 presiden- tial campaign in which Ford, the first president to hold office without election, is expected to be a can- didate. Had the Nixon case dragged on, it might have proved even more troublesome later. The short-term political fallout can only hurt Republicans who a month ago were relieved that Nix- on's resignation appeared to have eased or eliminated the Watergate scandals and the former president as campaign issues. 9 111X011 new Watergate row WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford's uncon- ditional pardon of Richard Nixon has pushed his fledgling administration into the backwash of Watergate, rup- tured his rapport with Congress and led to the protest resignation of a top aide. Ford's announcement Sun- day of "a free, full and ab- solute pardon" for Nixon for any criminal conduct during his presidency was followed within minutes by a Nixon statement of remorse at "my mistakes over Watergate." And, in the ensuing hours, Whites rebel in Mozambique From AP-REUTER LOURENCO MARQUES, Mozambique (CP) The Portuguese government today ordered troop reinforcements to move toward this capital where white rebels set up a headquarters and took over the airport, radio station and postal centre. In the seaport of Beira, two hand grenades blasted a demonstration by several thousand whites protesting against the transfer of power to the black majority. The grenades burst as Portuguese troops fired over the heads of the crowd and then charged them with- batons. The city's main square was strewn with wounded civilians after the explosions, baton Whelan backs egg agency, cites 6honest mistakes' charge and shooting. Sporadic outbursts of firing and explosions echoed through Beira after the incident. Men, women and children lined the streets shouting abuse at the troops. Army officers said troops were not equipped with gre- nades. Amnesty decision postponed WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford has postponed indefinitely his decision on conditional amnesty for Vietnam-era deserters and draft resisters because he was involved in pardon negotiations for former presi- dent Richard Nixon. there were these major developments: terHorst, a close Ford friend and adviser, quit as White House press secretary, saying "mercy, like justice, must be even- handed" and "I couldn't in good conscience support the president's decision even though I knew he took that ac- tion in good conscience." Democrats and some Republicans in Congress voiced dismay at the pardon, contending it set a double standard of justice. But other Republicans, including Vice- President designate Nelson Rockefeller, hailed it as an act of compassion and courage. for former Nixon aides and associates began reshaping their strategy for the Watergate cover-up trial, and at least one defendant, H.R. Haldeman, planned new efforts to delay the trial now set to begin Sept. 30. aides made public an agreement they bad reached with Nixon to preserve his White House files for at least three years for possible court use. But the agreement allows the former president to destroy any White House tape recordings after September, 1979. Although Ford's announce- ment caught the capital and the country by surprise, sources said it was preceded by 10 days of legal deliberations and nego- tiations with Nixon and special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. HALIFAX (CP) Minister Eugene Whelan called for "more honesty" from his critics Sunday as he continued the defence of the Canadian Egg Marketing Agencv "I don't say there haven't been some mistakes, but they've been honest mistakes and they're not going to cost the taxpayer anything." Mr. Whelan told a news conference here. Critics of the agency were making too much of the fact that 15-million eggs have had to be destroyed because over- production has created a strain on storage capacity, he said. Beryl Plumptre, chairman of the Food Prices Review Board, and Andre Ouellette, consumer affairs minister, have both charged toe CEMA with mismanagement and called for remedial action. However. Mr. Whelan said that much of the overproduc- tion was the result of an "overnight" evaporation of the- export market in the United States. "It was probably poor market but that happens in most in- dustries at one time or another and with far greater consequences for the tax- payer, he said. When other industries mis- judge the market and cut back production the Canadian public is forced to take a share of the responsibility through unemployment insurance payments, he said. 1 Inside Classified........16-19 Comics.............5 Comment...........4 District............13 Family............14 Local News......11.12 Markets...........14 Sports............8-10 Theatres............7 TV..................6 Weather............3 'Personally, I'm against amnesty... er present company excluded.' LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH TUES. 60; CLOUDY, WINDY. 6CIA spent millions to fight Allende' By SEYMOUR M. HERSH New York Times Service WASHINGTON The director of the Central Intelligence Agency has told Congress that the Nixon ad- ministration authorized more than million lor covert ac- tivities by the agency in Chile between 1970 and 1973 to make it impossible for President Salvador Allende Gossens to govern. The goal of the clandestine C.I.A. activities, the director. William E Colby testified at a top-secret hearing last April, was to "destabilize" the Marxist government of Presi- dent AHende who was elected in 1970. The AHende government was overthrown in a violent coup d'etat last Sept. II in which the president died. The military junta that seized poTver say he committed suicide but his supporters maintain that he was slain by the soldiers who attacked the presidential palace in San- tiago. In his House testimony, Colby also disclosed that the Central Intelligence Agency first intervened against Allende in 1964. when he was a presidential candidate runn- ing against Eduardo Frei Montalvo of the Christian Democratic Party, which had the support of the United Slates. The agency's operations. Colby testified, were con- sidered a test of the technique of using heavy cash payments to bring down a government viewed as antagonistic toward the United States. However, there have been similar ac- tivities in other countries before the election of Allende. Colby also maintained that all of the agency's operations against the Allende govern- ment were approved in ad- vance by the "40 Committee in Washington, a secret high- level intelligence panel head- ed by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. The 40 Committee was set up by President Kennedy in an attempt to provide ad- ministration control over C.I A activities after Cuban exiles trained and equipped by the agency failed in their inva- sion of Cuba in 1961. Details of the agency's in- volvement in Chile were first provided by Colby to the House armed services sub- committee on intelligence, headed by Rep. Lucien N. Nedzi, at a special one-day hearing last April 22. The testimony was later made available to Rep. Michael J. Harrington, a liberal Massachusetts Democrat who has long been a critic of the C.I.A. Harrington wrote other members of Congress six weeks ago to protest both the agency's clandestine ac- tivities and the failure of the Nixon administration to acknowledge them despite repeated inquiries from Congress. A copy of a con- fidential seven-page letier sent by Harrington to Rep. Thomas E. Morgan, chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, was made available to the New York Times. The testimony of Colby in- dicates that high officials in the state department and White House repeatedly and deliberately misled the public and Congress about the extent of United States involvement in the internal affairs of Chile dunng the three-year govern- ment of Allende. It also represents a reversal of Ford's previous public statements. During his vice- presidential confirmation hearings, Ford said: "I do not think the public would stand such a pardon. And at a news conference Aug. 28, he said it would be "unwise and untimely" for him to commit himself until "any legal process has been un- dertaken" against Nixon. White House counsel Philip Buchen said Nixon faced like- ly indictment prior to the par- don. He said it was granted without strings attached, but acknowledged Ford knew in advance the gist of Nixon's follow-up statement. Three hours after he knelt in prayer at early-morning com- munion services, Ford sum- moned a television crew and a few reporters into his Oval Of- fice to announce the -pardon prohibiting any federal criminal prosecution of Nixon "for all offences against the United States" during his 027 days in office. "I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suf- fered Ford said, speaking slowly and glancing often at a 950-word statement. "My conscience tells me clearly and certainly that I cannot prolong the bad dreams that continue to reopen a chapter that is closed. My conscience tells me that only I, as president, have the constitutional power to firmly shut and seal this book." PM meets with Alta. Liberals CALGARY (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau was to dis- cuss with Alberta Liberals to- day the problem of making known the needs of a province to the federal cabinet when the province has no Liberal MPs. He is expected to announce that Senator Earl Hastings of Alberta will be given some form of representative status so that he can make some feed-in to the Trudeau cabinet and disseminate government thoughts in Alberta. The Liberals have failed to elect an MP in Alberta since 1968. The Conservatives swept the province in 3972 and 1974. Mr Trudeau is on the First trip since the election when his Liberals made western gains on the way to a majority government. They failed onlv in Alberta. and heard About town Bcv MacKay coming to Lclhbridge with only five out- fits and saying she never brroigbt anylhing to wear this weekend Tim Matlocfc helping scnitti side liquor store employees capture a stray bat with empty beer cases. SUCCESSFUL BLAST-OFF PARACHUTES DEPLOY TOO EARLY CHUTE OPENS WIDE KNIEVEL DRIFTS INTO CANYON ;