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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FOFRECAST WEDNESDAY 60. The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 232 ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Slaughter at prison described Find convicts'1 bodies On the lop floor, in a maximum-security state police found two prisoners in a large pot blood. Bolli were slabbed to death three or four days ago, officials said. The iran who made Ihe decision to storm Uie pri- son. Commissioner Oswald, walked with us across Uie parapets in UK! yard. Oswald, took command of Uie slate's system eight monllis ago, jus! in lime to have it explode in his face, is a shorl, stout pleasant man. lie was obviously relieved hi.s time of torment was over. "I couldn't sleep during he said. "I wanted to buy time. "I wanted enough time for the prisoners lo under- sland I was sincere. I hope I never have lo go through this again." "You know, 1 have, been in this business (or years. Tins is my first riol. It was icrriblc, just Tear gas More money for the poor quells uprising The following dispatch was written by a Renter's correspondent who was among the first reporters al- lowed into Attica prison following the crashing of the fire-day prison rebellion. IJy JOEL N. SIIURKIN ATTICA, N.Y. (Reuter) The dried pool of blood at "Times Square" was so thick you could trip over it. That is. where a hostage bled to death. The strench of acrid pepper gas still hovered over the main yard. Order had been restored at Attica state prison but it cost more than 30 lives to do it. A lean? of pool reporters, including this corres- pondent was led through he prison only a few hours after one of the bloodiest prison upheavals in United Stales hislory was quelled. The main prison is a four-sided building. In the centre is the prison yard. It is divided into four quad- rants by four passageways which meet in the middle at a round control tower, called "Times Square" by prisoners. On the root of the passageway running from the entrance to Ihc control tower the prisoners had set up a barricade marking the line between their len-i- and the territory controlled by prison authorities. Blood marks spot Several small bloodstains showed where a prisoner was shot down. At "Times Square" four hostages had been pa- raded blindfolded by prisoners to show the authorities the prisoners' rejection of an ultimatum issued hy Cor- rections Commissioner Russell Oswald. Three may have met death when the prisoners slit their throats. One of Use prisoners was cut down by a sharp- shooter from Uie roof as he began slicing the throat of his victim. The hostage lived. It was here at "Times Square" we found the pools of dried blood. One contained human tissue. A rain pud- dle near (lie others was bright red. In one of Uie quadrants, Yard D, the prisoners built their tent kingdom. Sheets and canvas were draped over poles. Gold-colored metal containers were piled in Uie middle to shield the hostages. A table was set up on the side for the negotiations that had almost saved the prison from the violence of Monday morning. Yards littered All the yards were littered with prisoners' clothing. When they surrendered they were ordered to lie clown on the ground and were stripped naked for a research. There were also piles of shoes, cans, blankets and torn mattresses. Two slit trenches, in the shape of a V, had been dug. The prisoners did not believe the authorities could get at them from the roof and would have lo charge through Uie doors of the passageways. They wero wrong. They also thought they could hide from fire gas by jumping into the ditches and pulling blankets over them. They were wrong again. Up against Cellblock D, the prisoners had set up a machine shop. They ran electric cables out to run Uie machines that tooled the crude weapons they fa- slu'oned. There was also a television set, a loudspeaker sys- tem and a sophislicaled wired communication sytem, all built during the rebellion. In Hie cell block behind them there was not an unshattered window. Inside, Uie reek of gas made us gasp aud sneeze. BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) About 200 prisoners barricaded themselves in the city jail cafet- eria today and police forced them out with tear gas. The men were returned to their cells. No injuries were re- ported. The uprising occurred just one day after a rebellion was put down at a state prison in Attica, N.Y. where 37 persons were killed Prisoners there had held 38 persons hostage since Thursday. Baltimore police said prison- ers look possession of the cafe- teria about a.m. and refused to come out. Police said they moved i n with tear gas about one hour later. About 50 police officers were reported at the scene with more standing by. Police said the prisoners had no hostages. There were also unconfirmed reports of disorders at the Maryland penitentiary in Balti- more. Ottawa proposes new family income project Soviet Union takes look at Japan MOSCOW (Reuter) The new direction in relations be- tween the United States and China, highlighted by President Nixon's anounced visit to Pe- kirg, has caused the Kremlin lo take a serious look at its rela- tions wilh Japan. As Uie fourth big power di- rectly concerned in the northern Pacific the one with Uie soundest is a vital factor in Soviet calcula- tions for the Far East. Relations between Moscow and Tokyo are correct and not unfriendly, bul the two capitals are always tough in their deal- ings with each other. Typical of this atmosphere in their relations are Uieir highly successful business exchanges, Hard bargainers themselves, the Russians face some of their toughest trade negoliaUons with Uie Japanese. This has not prevented Japan from becoming the Soviel Un- ion's No. 1 capitalist trading partner. In 1970, it overlook Britain to take first place with a trade turnover of almost million. COMFORTED A relative of a dead hostage is given comfort outside the walls of Altica Slate prison. Nine hostages and 28 prisoners were killed in Ihe prison rebel- lion. ges ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) Acts of mercy spared at least three hos- tages during Uie violence Mon- day at Atlica prison. "The man behind me was an inmate I had known for some said guard Richard Fargo, who was a hostage for 98 hours. He was recalling the moment Monday morning when leaders of the rebelling prisoners or- dered the slaying of hostages before stale troopers, prison guards and sheriff's depuUes closed in. Violence flares again in Belfast From AP-Keiitcr BELFAST (CP) The Brit- ish Army said today lhat Prot- estant extremists have started attacking Roman Catholics, in- jecting a new "disquieting" ele- ment in Northern Ireland's po- litical and religious strife. First suggestions of a possible long-feared Protestant backlash against the Irish Republican Army and its Catholic sympa- thizers came in the wake o[ a series of explosions in Belfast. One blast wrecked a house in Bann Street, a mixed Proles- lantCatholic area, and seri- ously injured five persons. A factory, a bar and a library were damaged in other explo- sions. Until now the army has blamed the TRA for the guer- rilla warfare that has whipped up the feelings of Ihe Caliiclic minority against the Prolcs- lanl-bascd Northern Ireland government. Proleslanl hardliners through- out Ulster have been reported arming in recent weeks for a confrontation with Catholics, outnumbered 2 to 1 and mostly in favor of uniting the North with Uie Irish Republic lo the soutli. ISSUE STATEMENT The new development was outlined in a joint statement early today by military and po- lice authorises. mercy "He whispered in my ear that I would not be said Fargo. "He was supposed to stick a knife between my ribs. "He struck the knife just to prick Uie skin and said, 'Now don'l tell them 1 didn't kill you Then he threw me backwards and covered my body with his." It was the prisoner's last ace. "When it was said Fargo, "he was dead." DID THE SAME The executioner assigned to guard Elmer Huehn told him: "I don't have the heart to do it. I'm only going to prick you." The executioner drew blood and then fell on top of him to hide him from other convicts. "This wonderful Puerto Rican saved my said Huclm, but he mourned other hostages who were others didn't have help and they're lying dead." Philip Watkins, another guard who was a hostage had a simi- lar experience. "The guy had time to kill me, but he didn I." Watkins said his captor Uirew him on the ground and fell on lop of him as cover. Some pris- oners were picked off by police sharpshooters as they tried lo kill their hostages. By STEWART MzcLEOD OTTAWA (CP) A new fam- ily income security plan, by which exisUng family and youlh allowance schemes would be scrapped and more mone> di- recled lo families on low in- comes, WP.S unveiled by the gov- ernment Monday. Welfare Minister John Munro he hopes the plan, to be known as FISP, will be in oper- ation by nexl May. Th? legislation, which re- ceived first reading in the Com- mons, would eliminate about 1.4 million higher-income families from present benefit rolls and greatly increase monthly pay- ments to many low-income fam- ilies. While Ihe exisiing plans pro- vide S6 a monlh for children un to the age of 10; for those 10-15. and for those 1C-17, the FISP payments would pro- vide a maximum of for chil- dren under 12, and S20 for chil- dren 12 lo 17 inclusive. The maximum benefits would be paid to families whose in- comes remain below a "floor." This "rloor" is for fami- lies wilh cne child, rising by with each additional child. RECEIVE MAXIMUM This means that families with 10 children could receive maxi- mum benefits until annual in- come reaches S9.000. Benefits decrease hy 33 cenls for every S100 of income above the "floor." The health departmenl says that more than two million fam- ilies will receive the new bene- fits compared with the 3.5 mil- lion now receirag the universal benefits. Some 1.25 million will gel the maximum benefits, in- cluding about mothers raising children by themselves. Mr. Munro told reporters: "We're asking people at high-in- come levels to give up their benefits and we're asking tax- payers generally to increase their contributions to help those on low incomes." In its first year of operation, FISP ill cost S800 million com- pared wilh million for Ihe existing programs. Under the existing universal programs, a family with four children aged 2, 4, 6 and 8 re- ceives an annual total of 3283. Under the new scheme the max- imum iKnefits would be And if the four children were aged between 14 and 17, Ihe new maximum benefil would be instead of the present BENEFITS DROP But as the income increases above Uie floor, the benefits de- crease. Families with one child would Icse all benefits when in- come reaches with two children the cutoff level would he and with three chil- dren, The benefits will not be taxa- ble. Floods leave fade Diefenbaker lo return to Canada OTTAWA (CP) Former prime minister John Diefenba- ker, suffering from stomach trouble in a Wales hospital, will be flown home to Canada in a government plane, informants said today. Mr. Diefenbaker is expected to arrive at Ottawa's Uplands Airport an RCAF flight that travels more or less regularly between London and the Canadian capital. No emergency is involved. Mr. Diefenbaker, who will be 76 Salurday, was reported "up and about" in his hospilal room in Wrexham, Wales, where he has been confined for a week. It was understood that Prime Minister Tmdeau offered the former Conservative leader a ride home on the government plane for convenience's sake a few days ago and Mr. Diefenba- ker accepted. MIAMI (AP) Tropical storm Ihrcals lo the AUanlic and Gulf of Mexico coasts dissi- paled today as Heidi was ab- sorbed into a wet low-pressure- system off Nantucket, Mass., and Edilh foundered weakly across the shores of Mexico. Whirling over cold waters of the North Atlantic, Heidi weak- ened rapidly during the night as she passed east of the Nan- tucket lightship. "She's now northeast of Cape Cod, pretty well washed said forecaster Ray Kraft of the National Hurricane Centre at M i a m i. "A reconnaissance plane couldn't even find her." Earlier, Heidi had been head- ing for Nova S'cotia with gale- force winds. EdiUi, a rampaging killer as she crossed Spanish and Brilish Honduras, moved onto the Mexi- can coast 175 miles soutli of Brownsville, Tex., offering no threat but rain. Gunshot wounds cause of death for hostages Ontario to vote Oct. 21 Seen and heard About town LUBBER Dr. Sid Sim telling friends bo and Jim (ioiiRli were Ihc only inon lo flunk inl.rodudoi'y swimming Icsts three years running and being contra- dicted by Jim, who claims ho is now in Ihe beginner's class Young Rick Ilniclcrscm pulling on a clean shirt in honor of his birthday Library s o c r c I a r y Tina ValkMiicr finally gelling a ance lo use. her sliorlhiind writing skills. ATTICA. N'.Y. (AP) Autop- sies showed today thai nine hos- lages died of gunshot wounds in lire confrontation Monday be- tween police officers and rebel- lious convicts nt Attica stale prison. The bodies of two more prisoners were found today, lui- official sources said, bringing the total dead to 40. All official reports Monday said the only guns rebel prison- ers were carrying were fias pro. jeclilc guns. Most of Ilicin wero armed with clubs, firebombs and makeshift knives, officials said. The bodies of Ihc nine hos- tiipcs and Ibe prisoners wero Inlipn lo IJin Monroe County medical examiner. Carl Lupo, a supervisor in Ihe examiner's of- fice, said Ihe hostages died of gunshot wounds and nol slashed IhroaLs. Jerry Houlihan, a spokesman for Ihe prison, said Monday sev- eral of the hostages had their UiroaLs slashed. Prison authorities would not immediately comment on Ihe report lhat two more bodies had found. It came from a po- lice official who asked lhat hj not he idenlificd. wno SHOT TIIKM? Nor was Ilicrc any comment on where Uie gunfire Uiat killed (lie hostage guards had come from, whether from officers storming the prison or from guns wlu'cb may somehow liocn in possession of Ihc con- vicls. A spokesman for (he stale rlo- partir.cnl of correctional serv- ices said he had not heard Ihc results of Uie autopsies, but lie said he was "shocked" and "be- wildered" by Ihc report. Earlier in the day, U.S. Dis- trict Courl Judge John Curlin nf Buffalo issued an order inslnicl- inK prison officials not lo inter- rogato prisoners on tho cvcnls of the last four days until the prisoners had been counselled by lawyers. Al a hearing in Buffalo, law- yer Herman Schwartz argued Ibat it was imperative for law- yers to be admilled to the prison today, lie said there was a "danger of informal repris- als" against convicts, adding lhat virtually every prisoner in one ccllblock faces criminal prosecution and needs advice from a lawyer. COSTLY CUHK LONDON (CP) Magic and money don't mix. M c d i u in Madam Cntcrin made Uiat dis- covery aflcr she offered to drive away Joseph Belmcr's stomach pains by burning candles at a time, But 21 candles later sho landed in court where n judge fined her nnd ordered her to pay compensation to Uie sUll mluig Bctacr. TORONTO (CP) Ontario votes Thursday, Oct. 21, on what Premier William Davis said Monday was "a question of leadership." In issuing Uie general elecUon call, Ihe premier, who has not led his parly in an election bat- tle, asked for a personal man- date to continue his olri government. In his formal statement, the. 42-year-old Bramplon lawyer appeared to ignore his Cinscrv- ative party and focused instead on a personal request for a m an date to lead Ontario through a period of interna- tional political and cconom- difficulties. lie said he believed one Issue will be which parly leader the electorate will back lo deal with problems such as Ihc economy. "We arc, as all of us nizo, unrtcrgoing a difficult pe- riod in Canada's lie said. "National problems not of our making and cxicrnn! deci- sions nol of our choosing all combine to present difficulties nnd challenges to our provincial economy. NEW DELHI (Reuter) Re- lief workers battled in three states cf northern and eastern India today to contain floodwa- ters lhat have left millions homeless and hundreds dead in the last two months. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Beijal are the worst af- fected by the floods caused by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains. Irrigation Minister Dr. Kanuru Rao said Monday total damage is estimated at about 500 million, hut unofficial re- ports put the figure much higher. Storm The. already desperate plight of six million East Pakistani refugees i n Wepl Bengal has been further worsened by the floods. An official of Ihe Oxfa'm relief organization said delivery of food and oUier supplies of refugees has virtually ceased because of flooded roads and wrecked bridges. He said that rice stocks ill the norlh of the state will disappear soon. The situation was said to be worst in Bongaon about 50 miles norUieast cf Calcutta although reports late Monday night said the water levels there were fall- ing. LEVELS FALL River levels were also falling in other areas, but the Ganges which readies West Bengal after flowing through Uttar Pra- des and Bihar is rising steadily in the north of the state. It was above the danger mark of Patna, capita! of Bihar. The army was put on the alert for relief operations in the state. In Uftar Pradesh, life was re- turning to normal in Lucknow alter a week of floods that threatened to engulf Ihe entire historic city. China buys wheat By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA The sale of 19.8 million bushels of wheat by the wheat board to China was an- nounced Tuesday by Manpower Minister Otlo Lang, who re- ports to Parliament for the Wheat Board. Estimated value of the sale is close to million dollars. However, neither Mr. Lang nor the Board would give an offi- cial approximation ef the sale. All shipments under the con- tract will be through west -uast ports starling within the next few weeks and continuing over a three monlh period. The new contract wiUi China allows for a lolerance of 5 per cent either above or below the amount named in Ibe announce- ment, Uiat is 500.nno long tons. The new sale is in addition lo a contract, for 98 million bushels negotiated in Peking last Octo- ber. When delivery is completed the exports of Canadian wheat to China will tola! 117.6 million bushels in the present calendar year, said Mr. Lang. 'Dear Mr. Truilpnii: J-'ttrthcr to your far a surcharge exemption, 1'ourt truly...' ;