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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SNOW HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 45 The LetHbttdge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 238 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1970 PE1CE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES EYES RIGHTI Max the dachshund, display- ing his best military strut, appears to be inspect- ing the orderly ranks of an honor guard. Actual- ly, it was a mere fire drill, but Max seemed to find the students of Winnipeg's St. Johns Ravens- court school to be up to snuff. Where Will Dollar Be Repegged? COPENHAGEN (CP) Putting together all that Finance Minister Benson has said and is reported to have said during his current European visit, it now appears Canada will have a dollar by this time next year that will be varying in international exchange value between 95 and 97 cents in U.S. funds. It may be permitted to move a cent above or below those figures if indications at the current annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund bear fruit, and die bankers and finance ministers of 116 countries agree to slight moderation in the limits now L. Although asked by reporters where he would like to have the dollar pegged, Benson has avoided a direct reply. He repeated to the IMF what he has said in Can- ada, that his country does intend to "resume its obliga- tions" under the world monetary authority "as soon as circumstances permit." He went a little farther Tuesday by saying these circumstances include a period.of renewed.economic growth in the government is encourag- ing by loosening up somewhat; on the hitherto firm anti-inflation a subsidence of1 inflation in Europe. The latter has emerged as the No.' 1' point of discussions among both European representatives and the finance ministers and central bankers of the de- veloping countries of the world. The latter are put- ting pressure on Europe and K'orth America to end inflation, because it increases the cost of what they have to buy out of their own pocket, or out of for- eign aid funds. The best tip about when Benson hopes to repeg the dollar appears to have been given last weekend in Brussels whbn he was elected chairman of the Group of Ten, the 10 leading IMF countries. -A Cana- dian source said he told his nine colleagues that he hoped, when he chairs next year's Group of Ten meeting, probably in Ottawa, that the dollar will havo been repegged. Where? Benson has told reporters freely he thinks the current rate of between 98 and 99 cents is too high. The old 92.5-cent peg set in 1962, apparently was too low during most of the last three or four years. In day-to-day trading the dollar hovered above the peg, but within the one-per-cent limit now permitted by the IMF. That was the case until this spring when .unprecedented demand for Canadian dollars, to pay for Canadian exports and to invest in Canada, exert- ed such pressures that the government could not con- tinue restraining it. So Canada gave up adherence to (lie peg limit June I, Now the IMF is talking about ways to mitke the IMF system of pegs less rigid. A wider haps two or three per cent, instead of one, either sido of the to have gained most favor here. For the average businessman, returning to a peg even with more flexibility will have advantages al- most as great as the narrower limit. He will be able to plan more surely for future business without Iho high cost of ntdging lu's possible exchange losses. Power Crisis Looms NEW YORK (AP) Resi- dents of the Middle Atlantic states faced a new power crisis today as the weather bureau forecast a continuation of Tues- day's heat wave that forced ro- tating blackouts. Temperatures soaring into the 90s and generator failures com- bined Tuesday to create the sea- son's worst power crisis on the last day of summer. Power was cut off for up to Z'A hours in parts of New York, New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Voltage reductions were tils nile as utilities which are tied together in a power grid sought to spread available electricity as widely as possible. The Federal Power Commis- sion in Washington said the shortage affected points as far west as Cleveland and as far south as the Carolines. Baltimore Orioles announced today tliat tonight's American League baseball game against Dertoit Tigers has been post- poned because of an electric power shortage. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN r1 0 0 D cook Mrs. Myrtle 7 Cox deploring the fact that so many people arc on diets good cooks are be- coming a thing of the past Alderman Vnnglian Hem- Iiroff claiming that he once had a head of jet black hair and that all the grey had come since he was elected to council Gordon Sheen showing the old stuff with the basektboll as he bounced one off the wall into the basket and modestly called Record Grain Sales In Big Mar Jordan Troops Drive Invaders From Country From AP-Reuters BEIRUT, Lebanon (CP) Radio Amman reported Jordan- ian troops supported by artillery and warplanes drove invaders Railway Strike Near WASHINGTON (CP) The Nixon administration worked. today to head off a country-wide railway strike scheduled for a.m. Thursday, but there were signs the government was bracing to test whether the United States could stand a rail shutdown. Labor department officials rs- ported little progress toward settling the long dispute over eliminating locomotive fire- men's jobs, and the government prepared to authorize emer- gency bus and truck service in the event of a rail strike.' President Nixon already has exhausted all provisions of federal labor law. Nixon, has intervened three times this year under the Rail- way Labor Act to impose 60-day strike delays. His only recourse in the current dispute would be to ask Congress for a special law. A special arbitration board ruled in 1963 the railways could eliminate 90 per cent of the fire- men on diesel yard and freight engines, with severance pay and rights to other rail jobs for most of the men. Some firemen's jobs were eliminated under the two- year special law, but the United Transportation Union now de- mands restoration of the jobs since the law has expired. The union argues that firemen are needed to keep a safety lookout on the side of the loco- motive cab opposite the engi- neer. The industry says firemen haven't hsen needed since die- sels replaced steam locomo- tives. Plane Lost At Cranbrook CRANBROOK, B.C. (CP) Search and Rescue officials to- day identified three of four per- sons missing aboard a light plane on a flight to this East Kootenay community from Portland, Ore. The Cessna 337, owned by Eagle Airways of Hillsboro, Ore., was piloted by Jack Jen- sen, of Hillsboro. The pas- sengers were identified as Clif- ford Meyers and Don Books of Forest Grove, Ore., near Port- land. The name of the co-pilot was not released. Three Canadian Forces air- craft were covering a general search area in a radius of 30 miles ot Cranbrook today. The aircraft was cleared to land Tuesday in Spokane, Wash., but was last reported over Kimberley, 15 miles north of here. from Syria out of the country today and King Hussein an- nounced a ceasefire in all Jor- dan, torn by six days of war. The 34-year-old monarch also said a delegation of the heads of Aiab states meeting in Cairo endorsed an agreement he reached earlier with captured guerrilla leaders on ending the fight with Palestinian Arab guerrillas. The king appealed to his roy- alist forces to observe this new ceasefire strictly. "I earnestly appeal to the armed forces and then- great leader, my dear brother, Field Marshal Habis Majali, to strictly observe the ceasefire, to abide by the new agreement and start the operation of recon- struction." He also appealed for healing of the wounds between the army and "honest guerrillas" and called on both sides as well as all people in Jordan to "shake off the traces of the black crisis and tragedy." CLAIM SYRIANS ROUTED Hussein spoke on Radio Amman shortly after the official station broadcast Majali's re- port tnat tanks and troops that entered northern Jordan Sunday from Syria had been routed. Just before Hussein went on the air, the leader of the four- man mission from Cairo, Maj.- Gen. Jaafar Al-Nimeiry, presi- dent of Sudan, announced that the members of his mission "blessed the four-point agree- ment and appeal to both sides of the conflict to cease hostili- ties." Nimeiry said he had met today with Hussein and Yasser Arafat leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and found both "responsive and will- ing to co-operate to end the cur- rent bloody tragedy." A communique from Jordan's military governor, Field Mar- shal Habis Majali, said the withdrawal to Syria began at noon "and by p.m. the last Syrian soldier left Jordanian soil." He said Jordanian forces were in complete control of Irbid, the country's second largest city, 50 miles north of Amman. If true, the possibility United. States intervention would be lessened. It was the invasion from Syria on Sunday that touched off talk that the U.S. might intervene. King Hussein was on record as saying that an attempt to de- stroy Jordan had been foiled. A delayed dispatch from Amman quoted him to this effect, and expressing confidence "t h e brunt of the problem was over in Amman" although guerrillas still held strongpoints. Hussein declared the Jordan army had given a "bloody nose" to forces from Syria. Two Men Killed In Accident HEMARUKA (CP) Two men, one from Saskatchewan and the other from Alberta, died when a truck carrying 20 tons of oilfield equipment over turned in a ditch near this east- central Alberta community. They were identified by po- lice as Ronald A. Kantnid, 23, of Swift Current, Sask., the driver of the truck; and Ron- ald C. llalverson, 23, of Cor- onation, Alia., a passenger. OTTO LANG sweet music Learn Cree In Tivelve Easy Lessons EDMONTON (CP) How's your Cree? Non-exis- tent, you say? Well, the Ca- nadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton has a solution. Starting Sept. 28 at a cost of to non-Indians, the centre will offer a course in conversational Cree. Classes will .be held twice a week for six weeks. "Native members" says the centre, "may apply to have classes free." Farmer To Fill OTTAWA (CP) Canadian sales of wheat, barley and oats this year are expected to reach record or near-record volumes in a dramatic reversal of world grains markets to strong de- mand and rising prices, Otto Lang announced today. Mr. Lang, minister responsi- ble for the Canadian wheat board, said unusually-strong ad- vance orders point to wheat sales perhaps as high as 550 million bushels while barley shipments are sure to exceed the previous record of 122 mil- lion bushels. In his announcement and at a news conference, Mr. Lang called on Prairie farmers to fill delivery quotas to rail terminals promptly for barley, durum Wheat, oats and lower grades of hard wheat. Feed-grain demand is particularly strong, he said. "The situation is most critical on the minister said. He urged farmers to step up quota shipments of that feed grain. ESTIMATES EXPORT SALES Mr. Lang said total export sales ot the three wheat board oats and barley expected to reach a record 700 million bushels in the crop year that opened Aug. 1. Previous record total was 685 million million of it 1963-64. Mr. Lang declined to break .down the 700-million-bushel Film Censor Day Turns In Key EDMONTON (CP) The provincial cabinet formally ac- cepted the resignation of film censor Jack Day at a meeting Tuesday. Cabinet also approved a set- tlement negotiated between Mr. Day and provincial govern- ment lawyers. Mr. Day was suspended from his job last December after two morals charges were laid against Mm. After 'a series of charges were dropped, re- placed with new charges or dis- missed, Mr. Day was acquitted on a charge of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and a charge of-incest. However, the provincial gov- ernment refused to give him his job or offer any kind of a job. It said he must ac- cept the offer or be fired.. Mr. Day said he had to ac- cept the offer, he could not "afford not to." "I have a family to support. I'm looking for a job." LIVING ON WELFARE Mr. Day, censor in Alberta for Vk years, has been living on provincial welfare of a month to support his wife and two children. He said that he's deeply in debt and has sold valuable books and cashed in his life in- surance in order to exist. He's still looking for a Job and suggested he would make a good newspaper man as a film reviewer. record expected into precise amounts for each grain. But he said export commit- ments for barley already exceed 122 million bushels. He estimated wheat exports "in the order of 500 million a minimum 400 million to as much as 550 mil- lion bushels. The minister said forward sales commitments also make record sales certain for grains such as rye and rapeseed, mar- keted separately from the wheat board. "Grain exports could be ex- ceptional this Mr. Lang said. "But if the Canadian wheat board is to take advantage of every sales opportunity that presents itself, it must have the full co-operation of everyone in the grain industry. PRODUCTION1 REDUCED The turnaround from de- pressed world market condi- was left with a record one billion bushels of wheat in stockpiles at the close of the last marketing year July mainly from re- duced production. Feed grain demand built up in the last two months because of weather-hit production in Eu- rope, Australia and Argentina plus reports of com blight in the United States. The strength has been felt in the gram market generally, boosting prices for higher grades of milling wheat. The price of Canada's premium No. 1 Northern wheat at Thunder Bay, Ont., terminals has risen by about six cents a bushel in a month to GOOD FOR ECONOMY The minister said the unusual- ly-strong forward sales of Cana- dian grains "is extremely good news for Western Canada and the whole economy." It is also good news for Mr. Lang, who was assigned respon- sibility for wheat trade last year, when market conditions were in their deepest trough. Throughout last spring, he promoted the LIFT program to angry, reluctant farmers. At his news conference today, the minister's mood contrasted sharply with the stem, some- time-troubled manner he presented when grain sales were slow and farmers were de- nouncing him publicly. Soviet Rocket Landing Set For Thursday MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet Union's Luna 16 rocket and its cargo of moon rocks will land Thursday in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, Tass said today. The official Soviet news Egency report ended speculation that the rocket might splash down in the Indian Ocean. Amman Eyetvitness Account City Of Ruin, Death And By PATRICK MASSEY AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) After six days and sit nights of battle, Amman is a city of ruin, death and agony waste by the soldiers of King Hussein. The rattle of gunfire still echoed around the shattered streets as I flew out of the capital Oils morning with the first party of correspondents to escape from Jordan since the holocaust began. This was despite the series of ceasefire orders issued by King Hussein and official claims that the army now has control of the city. For all the ferocious on- slaught by the King's Bedouin soldiers, using everything from artillery to automatic weapons, guerrillas, or fcday- een commandos, still held'a substantial area of the city Tuesday, as well as some outlying districts. The commandos looked fresh and well stocked with ammunition. Many wore Arab headcloths around their faces to ward off the ever growing stench of the dead. BODIES BLOATED Bodies, many black and bloated in tte sun, lay every- where. Among them wounded people feebly called for aid. To count the casualties would be impossible. Esti- mates of dead could well bo true. Walking clown toward the city cenlrc it seemed that hardly a house was untouched by the merciless bombard- ment. Walls had gaping holes, doors hung crazily askew. In- side (lie shells of once pros- perous houses could be seen scorched living rooms and still-smouldering furniture. Houses, schools and offices all bore scars of the battle. Even stout buildings of de- sert limestone were torn apart. Flimsier structures were just flattened. But it was clear the army suffered, too. Around the town armored vehicles could be seen twisted and burned out. MERGE WITH CROWDS The commandos held tme to the guerrillas' doctrine of socking safety from attack by merging into a background of ordinary people. Their strongpoints and sni- per posts were sited in hospi- tals, on top o f occupied houses, and in front gardens where flushing them out would endanger the people around them. Agony But the army went ahead and attacked with full force. And the people around the commandos were slaughtered in their thousands. Along with about 130 other correspondents and television men, I was trapped in the city while the conflict thundered around us. Like the inhabitants of Amman, we were forbidden to show our faces on tlie street. The city was under 24- hour curfew and (he army warned that anyone breaking it would be shot on sight. The fighting began when King H u s s e i n 's troops smashed into the city at dawn Thursday. Everything they saw mov- ing on the streets drew down a shattering blast of fire- power. ;