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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Generation-gap in the Mafia The mob imports muscle The lethbtldge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 21, 1972 Pages 25 32 The wrllcr Is a longtime observer of organized crime and the allllior it Hie besl- sclling novel, "The Family." His latest hooks. "The Swiss Hank Connection" and "Num- ber will ue published laler this fall. By LESLIE WALLEK NEW YORK (NBA) Per- missiveness, lad; of respect tor elders, unwillingness to do a day's work for a clay's pay. These problems ot today's af- fluent society are coming home to roost on the shoulders ot organized crime. The mob is having genera- tion-gap problems. According to underworld sources, the newest generation of sons ant godsons is happy to inherit the multibillion-dollar empire cf or ganized crime but unwilling to rice for a high-level hit is as nuch as it is easy to see why the work attracts over- eas talent, especially when lie payoff can be parlayed into a legitimate tourism invest- ment. Why this steep price doesn't ittract native U.S. talent pro- vides an interesting insight into he workings of the mob. Lowly 'soldiers" or "button men" customarily get the rough as- signments. They are expected o carry them out as part of heir routine work without much special reimbursement xsyond tho fact that whoever assigned the hit now owes a big :avor. WANT CASH In today's fast-moving so- ciety of affluence, young mob- sters no longer want to defer gratification. They want cash on the line or they balk. Prom- ises no longer work. Furthermore, such is the low level of loyalty and the tangled clan relationship, that a native soldier may be too much of a security risk for an important rub-out. He may go over to the opposition for a higher price or a closer affiliation. The once iron-clad loyalty that would compel a rising son to do whatever was needed to protect family investments is now beyond the grasp of to- day's U.S. mobsters. Once a son Is launched on a college career as a bid for respectabil- ity, neither parent nor offspring wants to tarnisli this camou- flage by doing something rash. Not so the fresh-off-lhe-planc imported gunman. He asks only to be pointed in the di- rection of his hit, make it, take the money and run. If a hired alien occasionally mistakes innocent people lor his quarry, this doesn't faze anyone in organized crime. Payoff is -made only for a cor- rect hit and, to the confused new arrival, it all becomes a case of try, try again. Meanwhile, the more prudent innocent bystanders now tend to keep out of big-city restau- rants at night. And who can blame ttiem? Brazil ioins a select company EIO DE JANEIRO CAP) Brazil's population has hit 100 million, the government-run Na- itonai Housing Bank reports. Only China, India, Russia, the United States, Indonesia and Japan have more people. B r a z i 1 's rale of growth, slightly under three per cent a year, remains one of the highest in the world, although it is down somewhat from the 1950s. The growth is due mainly to ad- vances in medicine. The govern- ment refuses to back birth con- trol openly, but family planning widely practised. The bir- thrale'has been declining since 1900. The government says Brazil needs more people to fill its vast open spaces such as the Amazon jungle. Populatoin is growing fastest in big cities, however. Sao Paulo has more than six million, making it the biggest city in Latin America. The average income is around Vast numbers of Brazili- ans are peasant farmers who do not participate in the money economy. Yet the country has a growing middle class, which en- joys cars, TV sets and summer vacations. University of Lethbridgo "GENESIS 72" Friday, Sept. 22 p.m. a.m. Physical Education and Fine Arts Bldg. 2 BIG "Bogus Boogie Band" BANDS "Billie Nichol" Also featuring Folk singers Bonnie Jean and Denis a Dobek TICKETS S1.50 EACH On sale at Doug's Music and Sports, Marcel's Smoke Shop, Leisters Music, Musicland, and Statutory Grape., Also available from 31 South Alberta Outlets. old style his style He opened up the north with baling wire, canvas and courage-and maybe the thought of Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner waiting when he made it back home. Alberta's original Pilsner has logged a lot of miles and quenched a lot of thirsts in nearly fifty years; and it tastes as good today as it did way-back-when. Slow-brewed and naturally aged for men who appreciate the down-to-earth flavour of an honest, old-time beer. Try it. TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF UTHBRIDGE ;