Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 240 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1973 TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES orks like a dream it looked so authentic the old-timers in the crowd were pinching themselves lest they be dreaming. An old-fashioned threshing machine, powered by an authentic steam engine which dates back to 1888, was the star of a threshing bee near Nanton Sunday which spectators paid to witness. Sitting on the business end of the vintage steam engine rfere-is John M. Burrows of Nanton. (See other photos, page 11.) Mitchell named as wir By BROOKS JACKSON WASHINGTON (AP) E. Howard Hunt testified today that Charles Colson was among those approving the Gemstone intelligence scheme that included the Watergate wiretapping. Hunt, in a statement prepared for the Senate's resumed Watergate hearings, said he understood the Gem- stone counter-intelligence plan was requested by former attorney-general John Mitchell, Jet Stuart Magr- uder, former Nixon campaign deputy, and ousted White House counsel John Dean. "Later I learned that Injury kills army expert LONDON British army explosives expert died Sunday in a Birmingham hospital from injuries suf- fered a week ago when a bomb exploded while he was attempting to defuse it. Seen and heard About town SPORTSMEN George and Dorothy Carroll arguing ownership after the same fish took both their lures at the same time. Paula Zeilke afraid of getting her finger stuck in her bowling ball. Charles W. Colson, special counsel to the President, had approved it, Hunt said. Colson has denied any ad- vance' knowledge of the Watergate wiretapping. In a private session with the Senate Watergate committee, Colson refused to answer questions on grounds he might incriminate himself. Hunt, a 21-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agen- cy, said Colson recommended him for a job on the White House staff in 1971 because there was a need for his skills as a spy. SET UP BURGLARY He said he and G. Gordon Liddy arranged a break-in at the Los Angeles office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist in September of that year because 'of the belief that Dr. Ellsberg of his associates were providing classified in- formation to the Soviet Union He said former White House aide Egil Krogh approved that break-in. Later, after Liddy moved from the White House staff to President Nixon's re-election campaign. Hunt said he and Liddy designed a budget for a large-scale counter- intelligence program re- quested by Mitchell, who became director of the re- election campaign. Hunt said the Watergate Burglary June 17, 1972, grew out of the Gemstone intelligence scheme. 'Peking ignored peace proposal' HOIS CLARK inside 'Minimum wage? What's a Classified....... 16-19 Comics............ 6 Comment.......... 4 District............13 Family..........14 15 Local News.....11 12 Markets ...........20 Sports..........7-9 Theatres........... 5 TV................ 5 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH TUBS. 60; ISOLATED SHOWERS Socreds prepare strategy CALGARY (CP) The Social Credit caucus in the Alberta Legislature is "fed up to the teeth" with Premier Peter Lougheed's do-nothing attitude towards inflation, say leaders the party. "The premier's attitude is to do nothing because nothing will help, but a rich province like Alberta can move to protect its citizens against said leader Werner Schmidt and House leader Bob Clark. They told a news conference following a caucus meeting that the Social Credit party is recommending action in such areas as interest rates, es- pecially for housing. Mr. Schmidt said the party does not agree with the Saskatchewan decision to remove premiums from the medical care system. "This just gives residents (of that province) a few more dollars to spend and it will have to be made at any rate through he said. Both men said the party plans to bear down during the next sitting of the legislature on "bureaucratic bungling." "This will include question- ing the guidelines given to hospitals for budgeting, the problems of developing school facilities and the questionable management of the agricultural development cor- poration." The new thrust of the op- position will be to provide policy alternatives to programs offered by the progressive conservative said Mr. Clark. MOSCOW (Reuter) Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet Com- munist party chief, said today the Kremlin had offered to sign a non-aggression pact with China but Peking had ig- nored the offer. Speaking in the central Asian city of Tashkent, he ac- cused the Chinese leadership of "continuing their line of frenzied anti-Sovietism and opposition to the easing of in- ternational tension." The Soviet leader said the secret until had been made to Peking in mid-June "but it is characteristic that the Chinese did not even reply." Brezhnev said the proposed Moscow-Peking pact would have included "undertakings not to attack each other with any type of weapon on land, sea or air and to refrain from threatening to use weapons." The speech was delivered at a ceremony during which he presented an award of the Friendship of the Peoples, recently instituted by the Soviet government, to the Republic of Uzbekistan of which Tashkent is the capital. Soviet Central Asia, of which Uzbekistan is a part, shares a long border with China and in the past there have been frequent reports of clashes in frontier areas between Chinese and Soviet troops. Brezhnev said the Soviet Union "consistently and in- variably spoke out for a nor- malization of relations with China and even the restoration of Soviet-Chinese, friendship. "The Soviet Union has abso- lutely no territorial claims on the People's Republic of China and bases its relations with China on the principles of respect for sovereignty, equality and non-interference in internal affairs." Lady Jane says report is nonsense LONDON (AP) Lady Jane Wellesley described to- day as "utter nonsense" a newspaper report that she will marry Prince Charles. The 22-year-old society beauty told reporters at her London home: "There is no truth in the story and I don't know where the rumor came from. "I do know Prince Charles, but so do a lot of other young girls." The Sunday News of the World had reported that Lady Jane blushed when asked whether she was going to be the next queen of England. It quoted her as saying: "We'll see about that. We mustn't jump the gun. It might all be wishful thinking." Buckingham Palace later dismissed the story as "pure newspaper speculation." Charles, 24, is one of the world's most eligible bachelors. Lady Jane is a descendant of the Duke of Wellington. U.S. invasion plot ridiculed TORONTO (CP) A former Royal Canadian Mounted Police civilian employee says United States tanks were ready to move into Canada at the time of the Quebec separatist crisis in 1970, but government officials on both sides of the border said the allegations are ridiculous. The Star carried a weekend copyrighted story on an interview with Leslie J. Jim Bennett, described as being head of most of the RCMP's anti-espionage operations until his retirement last year for medical reasons. Quebec voters look to Oct. 29 The newspaper said he now is working for a private security agency in Johannesburg, South Africa where he talked to staff writer Tom Hazlitt. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, who was defence minister at the time of the Quebec crisis, said in Saint John, N.B. that it would have been "political insanity" for the U.S. to even consider a troop buildup at the border. Commissioner W. L. Higgitt, of the RCMP said in Ottawa that the allegations sounded "like the ravings of a disturbed mind." In Washington, Ruffus Smith, deputy assistant secretary of state for Cana- dian Affairs, said the allegations about U S. troops was "absolutely false." The story quoted Bennett as saying: i Agents of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) infiltrated Montreal on a large scale during the crisis and Canada had to assign investigators to shadow them. Canada moved armored forces into position south of Ottawa to offset a buildup of U.S. forces just south of the border, the Americans preparing to move into Canada to protect their interests in the St. Lawrence seaway if the Quebec govern- ment fell or failed to preserve order. An RCMP investigator who got into financial troubles in the 1960s sold out to the Soviet secret police. The Star says Bennett, who served 20 years, with the British secret service and the RCMP before coming to Canada 20 years ago, reached the equivalent of chief superintendent before he retired. In the British service, the story says, he once worked with Kim Philby, a British secret service man who turn- ed out to be a Soviet spy. The Star says Bennett sign- ed a statement denying that he ever worked for any Com- munist intelligence service or any rumors to that effect relating to his retirement from the .RCMP. However, he said, if he had been investigated in this regard, it was the proper thing for a first-rate force like the RCMP to do. It quotes Bennett: "But when the 1970 crisis erupted, someone down in Washington pushed the panic button.and suddenly we had a full-scale infiltration of CIA agents on our hands. They were literally all over the place, and thjy were working for Washington's interests, not ours. "Now it's true that both we and' the Americans were interested in stability of the Quebec government. There is no evidence that the CIA in- cited the crisis, or anything like that. The RCMP had to assign agents "to find out what the CIA was up he said. "We knew the Americans had done a heavy shift of forces, although, of course, it would be referred to as routine exercises. We called them tanks, and you might get an argument from the military mind on this, because to me all large armored vehicles bearing guns are tanks. Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The Quebec provincial election is to take place on Oct. 29, according to word circulating in federal Liberal government circles. At one point earlier this summer Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had canvassed his cabinet ministers for a consensus on calling a federal fall election. The consensus was against an autumn election. Veiner refuses refund TEL AVIV (AP) A Cana- dian mayor who sent a cheque to an Israeli newspaper to hire a lawyer for a hijacker, has been given his money he won't take it. "The newspaper said they couldn't accept the money un- der any conditions and that its at my disposal, but I don't want it." Mayor Harry Veiner of Medicine Hat. Alberta, said Saturday in an interview. Three weeks ago Veiner kept a promise to send fman- cial assistance to the Jerusalem Post newspaper to hire a lawyer for Libyan hi- jacker Mohammed Tounie. Tuni engineered the bizarre hijacking of a Lebanese air- liner at Lod International air- port last month. He said he did it to "show the friendship of an Arab for Israel." Veiner said he wanted Touni to be represented by a good lawyer because of his "words of understanding for the Israeli cause." I don't condone hijacking, but I thought there was a worthy message behind this Veiner said. Veiner said that The Jerusalem Post assured him the country had appointed Touni one of Israel's best lawyers and that it could not accept the money. "I'll let them give it to some other good cause Veiner said. He would not reveal how much money was involved. One of the reasons against an election this fall was the advice being received in Ot- tawa that Premier Robert Bourassa would call a Quebec election in the new autumn. Now the word circulating among the cabinet is that the Quebec election will take place definitely in October or November and may probably on Oct. 29. The Liberal minority goverment, after it heard the results of the New Democratic Party summe.r caucus convened by NDP Leader David Lewis which came out against precipitating an early federal election was reasonably certain it could survive votes of confidence in the session just completed. It proved cor- rect m that assumption. Now the Trudeau ad- ministration has a new lease on life and can look forward to getting through the winter months with little chance of a general election. No members of Parliament want to bring on a December or mid-winter campaign in this country's severe climate. In addition Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau received an overwhelming vote of con- fidence at the Liberal party convention in mid-September. Inquest set into death of prisoner CARDSTON A 20 year old man was found hanged in the Cardston RCMP detach- ment cell block, late Saturday night, apparently the victim of suicide Police said Aylmer Calling Last of the Blood Indian Reserve, arrested about 10 p m the same day on an intox- ication charge, was dis- covered dead about 1T50 p.m. Further details were not released. Coroner Dr B. J Larson of Cardston has ordered an in- quest, but no date has been set Nixon could postpone visit to west Europe New York Times Service WASHINGTON President Nixon is getting advice from several top-ranking officials to give up the idea of traveling to west Europe this autumn and. according to them, he seerns more and more inclin- ed to postponement. Administration officials said no final decision had been made about Nixon's European trip, which may be reschedul- ed for next February or March. Several reasons were given by the administration officials counseling against a Euro- pean trip by the president in late October or early November, as he had been planning. Chief among them is the feeling described by one that "after all the spectacular ac- complishments of Peking and by Nixon, "it would be a political negative to have something far less than spec- tacular in United States relations with West Europe." Song and dance mark Peron win BUENOS AIRES (CP) Thousands of Argentinians danced, sang and shouted in the streets of Buenos Aires early today, celebrating the election of 77-year-old Gen. Juan Peron to the presidency from which the military ousted him 18 years ago. Unofficial returns from Sun- day's election gave Peron votes, or 61.68 per cent in of the country's election districts. Ricardo Balbin of the Radical Civic Union ran se- cond with or 24.44 per cent; Francisco Manrique had or 12.19 per cent; and Juan Carlos Coral of the Socialist Workers' party had or 1.58 per cent. The outcome had never been in doubt; the only question was how big the winning margin would be. Peron's third wife Isabel Martinez ran with him. When she takes office with her hus- band Oct. 12, she will become the Western Hemisphere's first woman vice-president. Because of Peron's age and uncertain health, she might succeed him as president. "I cannot say anything because the people have done it said Peron in a brief statement to reporters. "Now is not the time for me to speak but the time for me to act." He added that he might soon make "realistic changes in Argentina's economy, but the first ordpr of business is political. "After the political situa- tion is settled, the economy will arrange Peron said. Peron's opponents conceded the election before midnight when it became obvious that he would gain more than the 50 per cent plus one vote re- quired for election on the first ballot. Underlining Peron's posi- tion as the biggest force in Argentine political life, his victory of almost landslide proportions far outdistanced the 49.6 per cent of the vote that his stand-in Hector Cam- pora received in the election last March against the same three opponents. The previous military government barred Peron from that election, and Campora resigned July 13 to make way for his mentor. Only a few incidents of violence were reported during the voting Sunday in contrast to guerrilla raids and union violence during the campaign.