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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta September THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD 41 Kennedy's appeal fading New York Times Service SAN FRANCISCO Sen. Edward M. Kennedy teases a ripple of laughter from his audience when he says that his delight at being here has "absolutely nothing" to do with California's 271 votes at the Democratic convention in 1976 or its 45 electroal votes in the next presidential campaign. But the Massachusetts Democrat has also been telling reporters that his game of suspense about 1976 will end sooner than he once planned perhaps before the end of the year. And political professionals, studying the portents of his two-day trip here, conclude with Jimmy the Greek, the Las Vegas oddsmaker, that the chances are at least even that Kennedy will withdraw from the next presidential round, as he did from the last one. In his first westward swing of 1974 Kennedy has put himself at the disposal of the state's party officials and candidates He is travelling light, with one advance man, one political aide from his staff and only a fraction of the urgency of a Kennedy campaign. His trip nevertheless included a rally at the Hollywood Palladium; dinners with larger party contributors here and in Los Angeles; speeches in Los Angeles to the world affairs council and on Sen. Alan Cranston's behalf, to the painters' union convention; the dedication of a bust of his brother, the late Robert E. Kennedy, at a predominantly black school in Compton; three news conferences, and three tumultuous fund-raising rallies for congressional challengers in northern California. Signals visible Yet the trip has been filled with signals that Kennedy's appeal as the most famous, most popular and most controversial of national Democratic leaders may have faded substantially The vast mezzinine floor of the Hollywood Palladium was empty and curtained off, even, after the ticket price was halved for students and senior citizens and the event was heavily advertised on radio. California's traditional "fat cats" are so wary of involvement perhaps with Kennedy, perhaps with politics in general that a dinner at the home of Lawrence Weinberg, the developer, was almost cancelled; in the end there were only 17 contributors among Weinberg's 80 guests. Walter Shorenstein, a San Francisco real estate man who was a co-host of the dinner for Kennedy here, revealed last week that he had already contributed to another unannounced Democratic presidential candidate for 1976, Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington. Local Democratic leaders marvelled repeatedly at how a Kennedy appearance "wakes up the party" for their sleepy congressional campaigns But one district leader confided that his latest professional poll showed a third of the electorate resolutely unfavorable to Kennedy. "Even with charisma." the Democratic country chairman said, "a guy with the high negative has prob- lems." At the edges of every Kennedy crowd, including the painters' union convention, there is muttering about the accident at Chappaquiddick-five summers ago in which Mary Jo Kopechne died in the senator's car. Hard to take At San Jose, when Kennedy attacked what he called a "dual standard of justice" in President Ford's Watergate pardon for former president Nixon, a housewife volunteered to a reporter: "after Chappaquiddick, that's hard to take from him." In every speech Kennedy invokes the memory of his assassinated brothers. John and Robert. Most of a television interview he taped with the entertainer Dinah Shore was devoted to family themes to affectionate stories about Kennedy children and his mother's efforts to correct his grammar and keep his weight down. But the family news in California papers has been the report that the senator's wife, Joan, has been in Los Angeles on a separate trip for clinical treatment of emotional strain. Finally, in the most concrete measure of Kennedy's mixed political value, Edmund G. Brown Jr.. the Democratic candidate for governor, declined the senator's invitation to campaign together. "I don't know that we get any votes campaigning with Teddy or anyone else." a senior member of the Brown staff said. Kennedy's California tour confirms, in sum. what Democratic leaders have said elsewhere: he is the most magnetic celebrity in a party with no undisputed national leader But it has not clarified his political intentions or answered the personal questions centered on Chappaquiddick that absorb more and more of the Democratic speculation about 1976 Average weekly earnings higher OTTAWA (CP) Averat2 weekly earnings in JuJy were up 1.9 per cent from June, Statistics Canada re- ports. The average is for workers in all industries except agriculture, fishing, trapping, government service, educa- tion and domestic service and the July figures are based on early returns of wage surveys. The July average was 12.3 per cent higher than the aver- age for July, 1873. The June-to-July gain in the consumer price index was eight-tenths of one per cent and the index was 11.3 per cent higher in July of this year compared with the same month a year ago Workers in forestry had the largest percentage gain com- paring July and June and min- ers were UK only ones to show a decline Averages by industry divi- sion and increase over June were: Forestry, up 2.2 per cent: mining, down two-tenths of one per cent: manufacturing, up four-tenths of one per cent: construction. up J.3 per cent; transportation, com- munication and other utilities. 4202 38. up six-tenths of one per cent: trade, up 1.8 per cent, finance, insurance and real estate. 86, up 1.6 per cent, and service, up 1 8 per cent FOLLOW THROUGH TORONTO When your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, don't stop taking it as soon as the symptoms dis- appear, advises CBC Radio Consumer Affairs. The drag acts first by "curing" the symptoms but takes longer to destroy the cause of the dis- ease Board member disqualified for 6 years EDMONTON (CP) A member of the Fort McMurray Board of Administrators has been disqualified from holding public office for six years. A provincial appeal court reversed an earlier decision by Mr. Justice Marshall Manning which ruled against an application by a Fort McMurray developer to have Clare Peden disqualified from holding office. The original application alleged that Mr. Peden had voted on a rezoning application for a downtown Fort McMurray property while he held an indirect financial interest in the property. Counsel for the developer told the court that Mr. Peden held a mortgage on the property when he voted as a member of the board of administrators. i In the judgment, the appeal court held that a mortgage is an indirect financial interest. New coins Time to swap Turkish Cypriot prisoners walk to buses in Ni- war prisoners. The swap of Turkish and Greek Cyp- cosia during the first major exchange of Cyprus riots took place a month after the cease-fire. program launched VICTORIA (CP) A presentation to a member of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame marked the Western Canadian launching of the second series in the 1976 Olympic coin program. At a news conference kicking off sale of the coins, Pierre Aubin, director of marketing for the program, presented a set of the coins to Doug Peden, scoring leader of Canada's silver medal- winning basketball team at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin Mr. Peden, sports editor of the Victoria Times, was also world ranked in cycling and later played both professional baseball and basketball He also gained a reputation as an outstanding rugby and tennis player. 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