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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 232 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1973 10 CENTS 2 SECTIONS 32 PAGES Teacher lack forces split of Grade 4s maiKVKD MKAK KOIl SWKDISII KING HELSINGBORG. Sweden (AP) Sweden's 90-year-old King Gustaf VI Adolf lay in a deep coma at the city hospital here again today. The king survived four serious crises after a recent gastric-ulcer operation, but the latest medical bulletins in- dicate the end is near. The king suffered his third attack of pneumonia Thursday since the operation and sank into a coma. New Ottawa oil tax a step Twenty-two Grade 4 students at the Glenhill School near Cardston have been put back a year or promoted a year because the school hasn't a Grade 4 teacher, angry parents told The Herald Thur- sday. Sixty parent signatures were placed on a petition Wednesday and organizers are seeking another 200 signatures protesting the school action. Organizers say they will present the petition to the board of the Cardston school division and to the provincial cabinet when it tours the south next week. Edward Lowry. Principal of the school, claims the splitting of the Grade 4 class is a temporary move. He was to meet with parents today to explain it. The problem began when the (Jrade 4 teacher left at the end ot the last school year and was not replaced this fall Parents didn't worry about the situation when classes began Sept. 4. Nor were they concerned at the conclusion of the first week of school because they still believed the Cardston school board would be hiring another teacher lor the Glenhill school. Their attitude soon changed when they noticed that their (iradc 4 children were bring- ing home Grade 3 or Grade 5 textbooks. The parents were told the (Jrade 4 class was split between the Grade 3 and (Jrade 5 rooms because the school board was not going to hire another Grade 4 teacher. As a result. 12 children were put in with the Grade 5 class and 10 others were moved into the (Jrade class Some of the children were split into the other two classrooms according to the rating they scored in aptitude tests given last spring. Other (Jrade 4 children, enrolling at the Glenhill school for the first time this fall, were not given the ap- titude test and were put back to (Jrade 3 even if they were above average students at the previous school they attended, the parents said. "I don't understand why the Cardston school system did this. It has been the policy of the school board not to allow children to skip grades and they wouldn't let me tlunk a child because they felt it was harmful to put a child back." said Karen Folsom. a former teacher in the Cardston system and now mother ol a (Jrade 4 student in the Grade 5 class. Margaret Martinell. mother of a Grade 4 student in Grade 3. said the principal told her that her child wasn't put back a grade, but was just being taught (Jrade 4 lessons in a (Jrade 3 classroom "Why does my child come home with (Jrade 3 textbooks, if that is the she asked. The Students are confused and upset. "My report card said that I passed to (Jrade 4, but I'm with the Grade 3 class and I'm doing (Jrade 3 one un- happy youngster told his mother early this week. M r L o w r y s a y s the Cardston School Board told him in the spring that another teacher likely wouldn't be hired for the Glenhill School unless it increased its enrolment. The schools enrolment dropped from 239 at the beginning of the school year last year to the current enrol- ment of 217 students Mr Lowry said that when school started he was still in hopes of being allowed another replacement for (lie teacher who left at the end of the last school year, because of the surprisingly even classroom enrolment in the school. The school has between 21 and 29 students in each grade this year. The school board did not agree with his reasoning. They were prepared to hire another teacher if late registrations increased the schools total enrolment not before, the principal said. He said they held back a "definite no-teacher decision" to allow for late registrations during the first week of school this fall. But he was given the negative answer Wednesday, and as a result claims to be developing a program that will get the Grade 4 students back together without the ad- dition of another teacher. Laos peace plan signed VIENTIANE (Reuter) After nearly seven months of difficult negotiations, the two warring sides in Laos signed an agreement today aid at bringing peace to the Southeast Asia kingdom for the first time in decades. As Laotian Premier S o uva n n a P h o u m a and members of the diplomatic corps watched, the agreement was signed by repre- sentatives of the Laotian gov- ernment arid the pro-Commu- nist Pathet Lao. CALGARY (CP) Ottawa's moves to establish a two price system for crude oil may create serious energy- supply problems and disrupt traditional trade relations with the United States. President John S. Poyen of the Canadian Petroleum Association said today. Close call Charles Edgcumbe of Elgin, III., on wing, and his wife Arlene struggle to keep their plane upright after its left pontoon sprung a leak. Ontario Provincial Police assisted the couple in getting the plane to shore at Minaki, Ont, where it was repaired and readied to go today on the second leg of the Graat Burlington centennial seaplane race. Military rulers crush opposition SANTIAGO (Reuter) Chile's new military regime appeared today to be in control of the battle-scarred capital after crushing the last resistance from supporters of the late President Salvador Allende. As gunfire died out at mid- day Thursday, Chileans were allowed onto the streets again to buy provisions and leave buildings where they had been trapped since the coup began early Tuesday. But the badly damaged city centre remained a restricted zone as troops and police began to carrv away the dead. Probe into fire sought SALMON ARM, B.C. (CP) Firefighters began winning their battle Thursday to control a forest fire near here amid calls for an investigation of the forestry service's granting of a permit for slash burning that started the fire. Seen and hoard A bout town YOUNG swimmer Ted McGreer saying he can't fathom older people's jokes School principal Ed Lowry attompling to find a student with a shoe to match the one he found on his desk. The blaze, which has de- stroyed more than 20 homes and scores of buildings on the farms surrounding this central British Columbia com- munity, started Tuesday when a fire started by a private company. Federated Co- operatives, blew out of control in high winds. The fire was intended to destroy logg- ing debris, called slash. Acting Mayor Al Bianco said people in the area are angry about the slash burning being permitted during a record drought. Don Lewis, member of the legislature for the area, called for a govern- ment investigation. "The forest service is sup- posed to be able to determine when slash burning is Mr Lewis said. "But this is the earliest I've ever seen a slash fire lit in the Shuswap area. "There are certainly many people who feel not enough precautions were taken." The Chilean embassy in Mex- ico reported thousands were killed. There was .no confirmation here of reports that former army commander Gen. Carlos Prats was marching with workers and soldiers on the capital to try to overthrow the new military government. Prats, who twice served in Allende's left-wing coalition government and helped quell an army rebellion in June, was one of the late president's closest friends in the military. But observers said it is un- likely pro-Allende forces could put up much resistance. It was reliably reported that only 30 guards fought to de- fend Allende as jets and tanks bombarded the presidential palace where Allende died. The military government said he shot himself through the head. The junta, led by Gen. Au- gusto Pinochet Ugarte. 58, has already begun trying to win diplomatic recognition in the face of worldwide condemna- tion of the coup. It achieved an early success Thursday in Chile when the leaders of the Christian Democrat party and the National party, who led a congressional assault against Allende. threw their weight behind the coup. Outside Chile, the junta has generally met with hostility. By late Thursday night, only two right-wing South American military regimes Uruguay and Brazil, had recognized the new government. Inside Classified .........26-30 Comics 11 Comment 4 District 19 Family 22, 23 Local News 17. 18 Markets 24 Sports 14, 15 Theatres 13 Travel .............6 TV 7-10. 12 Weather 3 At Home 31 LOW TONIGHT 30-35; HIGH SAT. 50-55; Nixon lawyers weigh court tape proposal From AP-REUTER WASHINGTON (CP) President Nixon's lawyers are weighing a federal appeals court proposal for a face- saving settlement of the Watergate tapes dispute. The procedure suggested Thursday would allow the court to avoid a clear-cut rul- ing on the constitutional issues raised by Nixon and special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. In an unusual move, the Linked States circuit court is- sued an unsigned memoran- dum asking Nixon. Cox and the president's lawyer. Charles Alan Wright, to listen to the tapes and decide among themselves which portions should be submitted to the grand jury. The court said the memo was not intended as a clue to its leaning on the con- stitutional questions. The White House had no comment on the proposal. Nixon has refused to allow anyone other than some pre- sent and former aides to hear the tapes. WILLING TO MEET Cox said he would be "more than glad to meet with the president or his delegate or any of his attorneys in a sincere effort to pursue the Court of Appeals' suggestion to a mutually satisfactory conclusion." The case reached the appel- late court after Judge John Si- rica of U.S. district court or- dered Nixon to turn over nine tapes to him for a private in- spection to determine which, if any. parts should be delivered to the grand jury. Food basket affair warms Agnew stew New York Times Service BALTIMORE Vice Presi- dent Agnew and his family have for years received gifts of tood from a friend here who is wealthy, politically active supermarket executive, ac- cording to a Maryland political figure with contacts in the Vice President's staff. The shipments were not denied by Agnew's office in Washington or by the reported donor. Joseph H. Rash, a vice president of Food Fair Stores Inc the nation's third largest supermarket chain. "We regard this as a new tax on the producing industry in Western Canada." Mr. Poyen said. "It is regrettable that such action is being taken at a time when the industry is attempting to generate and attract new funds to intensify the vital search for new supplies." Mr. Poyen said the industry is dismayed by the action" of the government. He said the industry, which takes all the risks, "is denied the op- portunity to obtain the full market value for its produc- tion Carl 0. Nickle. president of Conventures Ltd.. estimated that if a proposed 40 cents a barrel export tax is im- plemented the new price system could cost the industry and government in Alberta million next vear. He called the move "a further backward step in the discriminatory policy an- nounced by the federal government" earlier this month, when oil was singled out for price control. Reaction from the Alberta government was not im- mediately available. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald released few- details, but indicated the tax will be about 40 cents a barrel. The Canadian oil industry, about 90-percent foreign owned, has been exporting about 1.2 million barrels a day to the U.S. in recent months. Mr. Macdonaid made his an- noun cement after the National Energy Board dis- closed it has rejected all ex- port applications for October because the selling price sought by oil companies was too low. In most cases, the board said, the price proposed by the companies was 40 cents a barrel lower than should be charged "in the Canadian public interest." The board, which has super- vised crude oil exports since its formation in 1959. said it is prepared to consider new Oc- tober applications if exporters make suitable price increases. At the announced rate, the government would receive about a day from the tax. Mr. Macdonald said he will propose legislation to bring the extra money into federal coffers. It would go into effect Oct. I. He described the action as a control mechanism to ensure that higher U.S. prices "will not automatically increase prices in Canada." Mr. Macdonald notified companies by telegram of the decision to impose export levies. The government has in- dicated in the past that producing provinces, primari- ly Alberta, will be given a cut on any money collected from export revenues. But no details have been announced. Henderson quits Socreds EDMONTON iCPi James Henderson, former Social Credit house leader, resigned from the party today and announced he would sit in the Alberta Legislature as an independent member Mr. Henderson. 46. a former cabinet minister who represents constituency, submitted his resignation to party leader Werner Schmidt at a Social Credit caucus meeting. He is the second Social Credit member to quit the party and sit as an independent. Dan Bouvier. the member for Lac La Biche- McMurray. resigned last year in "the interests of my con- stituents." Syria warns Israel over air clash DAMASCUS (Reuten Syria warned Israel today that its. air force is prepared to pay any price in future clashes Israeli planes Both official newspapers here praised the courage of Syrian pilots in intercepting a large formation of Israeli jets and engaging in three hours of dogfights along the Mediterra- nean coast Thursday after- noon. Al-Baath, organ ol the rul- ing Arab Baatl: Socialist par- ty, says the Syrian armed forces have reaffirmed "their determination to lace the Zionist challenge no matter what sacrifices they have to pay." Al-Thawra newspaper says: "The Syrian air force has again proved yesterday that it will not ignore injustice and that it is ready to confront the Zionist enemy irrespective of the sacrifices." Clear skies at weekend Lothbridge residents can look forward to warmer weather expected to start Saturday. The weather office said highs for Saturday will be in the mid-50's with clear skies. The outlook Sunday through Tuesday is lor highs in the 70's and lows between 30 and 40 Without overcast skies Thursday night, the city could have experienced record low temperatures, the office reported. The temperature dropped to a low -of 33 Thursday and reached a high of 43 The record low is 26. set in 1915. A 50 per cent probability of frost for tonight has been predicted MPs find talk is cheaper than groceries OTTAWA (CP) -An emer- gency debate on the cost of living dragged on into the small hours this morning, but the hours of talk were not ex- pected to have much effect on the problem. The debate, demanded and won by Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield, began at 4 p.m. Thursday and still was on at 3 a.m. Mr. Stanfield sought the de- bate after Statistics Canada reported that the cost of living in August had jumped 1.3 percent, the highest monthly increase in 22 years. It was allowed under a Com- mons standing order per- mitting the adjournment of regular business to discuss something of urgent national concern. However, no vote was called and the debate merely was an opportunity for MPs to express their views on inflation. A Conservative non-con- fidence motion codemning government anti-inflation ef- forts was defeated Monday when the New Democrats voted with the Liberals. The New Democrats hold the effective balance of power in the minority Parliament. Attendance during the debate Thursday was spotty at times FEW SEATS FILLED Mr Stanfield, opening debate, was backed by only 18 of his lOfi Conservatives. Attendance on the Liberal side was even of 109. Mr Slantleld urged fast ac- tion to slave off "the same disastrous results" stemming from the government's last m a j o r a n 11 i n 11 a t i o n (I n which he called stunted economic growth coupled with high interest rates and increased un- employment. Although he didn't repeat his call for an election, made earlier outside the House, Jim McGrath John's Kast) did it for him. CHANGE WANTED "What this country needs, more than anything else, is a new Mr. McGrath, a member of the special Commons com- mittee on food prices. "The people of this country no longer want a government that ignores inflation! The people want to be rid of this government and God knows it's Finance Minister John Turner, replying to Mr. Stan- lield. reaffirmed the gov- ernment contention that the current inflation reflects world conditions, not just those inside the country. He said the Conservatives' proposed 90-day freeze on wages and prices could not work as has been proved in the United States. Mr. Turner denied Con- servative charges that the government had implemented a tight-money policy to restrict growth and hold down inflation NDP spokesman Ed Broad- bent (Oshawa-Whitby i was unimpressed by either the Conservatives or the Liberals. Their arguments were nothing but "windy and insubstantial familiarity." Mr. Broadbent renewed his party's attack on the food prices review board and its chairman. Meryl Plumptre It was a toothless with no power and the government "must be held responsible ;