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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta CHOU EN-lal MAO TSE-TUNG SeUiag popular may be worried Role of Mao losing grip in Red China By TOE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Polish newspaper Zycie Warszawy said Friday Ihe role of Communist party Chairman Mao Tse-tung in China is diminishing while that of Premier Chou En-lai is increasing. At Hie same lime, the Soviet news agency Tass said the general situation in China "is affected by a number of grave internal political but gave no hint as to what they might he. Tlie Warsaw newspaper's expert on foreign affairs, Crzcgorz Jaszunski, wrote: "Mao's portraits and quotations from the little red book are being replaced by contemporary Chinese paintings, mostly landscapes, on which the only politi- cal accent is a red banner. According to unconfirmed reports, Mao's portrait has also been removed from the Chinese Great Wall." An enlirely different view was laken by Folco Trabalza, Italy's ambassador in Peking, who was reach- ed by telephone from Rome. Mao's own doing? Trabalza confirms that many posters of Mao had been taken down in Peking, but added: "Mao him- self told Edgar Snow in a recent interview that lie in- tended to re-dimension everything." In tire interview with the American author, Mao was quoted as saying he wanted to keep only the title of "great educator." China-watchers in Japan said Uie removal of Mao's pictures might indicate his leadership has been sta- bilized and the "personality cult" is no longer needed. To back bis suggestion lhat Cliou's star is rising, Jaszunski mole: "The political rale of Cliiang Ching, Mao's wife, now is practically over. The Chinese press also mentions ve'7 seldom the name of Marshal Lin Piao, who was officially proclaimed Mao's successor. "Instead, Uie role of Premier Chou En-lai is on the increase. He is Uie mosl pragmatic Chinese politician. Jt was he who conducted talks with U.S. President Nixon's representative and conveyed the invitation to Peking for the president." Tass said the Peking leadership "is seeking to ex- tricate itself from the tangle of internal difficulties by fanning another anti-Soviet hysteria." Blame border dispute Quoting "journalistic circles in Tass said cancellation of (he Oct. 1 National Day parade is ex- plained to the country's population by reference to the alleged lliroat lo Clrina on the northern frontiers. In Taipei, Gen. Yah Hsiang-chi, chief of the Chi- nese Nationalist intelligence section, said he is sure mainland China is beset by an internal power struggle. Yeh gave no clue as to who he thought was in- volved in the alleged power struggle, but a Chinese Nationalist who specializes in mainland China affairs agreed in part with the Polish report. Me said Chou is gaining supreme power on the mainland with the help of his military friends, including Gen. Hsu Shih-yu, commander of the Nanking garri- son, is a Chou protege and his strong supporter. He added Uiat Hsu sent trails lo Peking lo tip the bal- ance in Cliou's favor and Hsu's picture appeared in Peking newspapers. A Chinese newspaper in Ifong Kong quotes a tra- veller arriving from China today as saying a purge of political opponents of Premier Chou En-lai is under v ay. Tlic newspaper Ring Tsio ,lui Pao says Uie targel nf largct of the. purge is Chen Po-ta, named by Mao Tsc-tting in 196G to lead Uie cultural revolution against Ins enemies, and Chen's supporters. At tlie height of the cultural revolution, Chen stood No. 4 on the list at the national day celebrations Oct. 3, behind Mao, Lin Piao, Mao's designated suc- cessor, and Chou. While Ihe report of the traveller lacked confirma- tion, there has been speculation for some time that Chen lias fallen from grace. His name dropped from Uie news in 1970, anil Japanese sources reported lasl February that he had fallen out will; Mao. The anli-Commiuiisl newspaper quota) Ihe traveller a.s making those other points: Those under attack arc such organizations as the Red Guards and others that tried lo unseat Chou during the cultural revolution. persons who nave become Inrgels are brand- ed "sham Marxists" ami "political elieals." Mao himself reluctantly approved Ihe new purge. Another newspaper said Peking has ordered a total ban on the transport of non-military goods between provinces throughout China in order lo facililnlc Ihe movement of military iiKilcrial. Kung Sliding Yat Po quoted Cliincse travellers from Cnnlnn us saying that Ihe order stipulated each prov- ince must, provide its own raw materials for produc- tion, iniLsl Ix; .srlf.Mifficienl in using its products and may not transport poods lo regions outside Uie province. HICH FORECAST SUNDAY. 60 The Lethbtridge Herald "Serving South Alberta nnd Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXIV No. 242 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1971 FOUR SECTIONS 78 PAGES Store owner's Supersonic jetliner target son kidnapped HULL, Quc. con- firmed early today that 10- year-old GiJJes Leblanc was kid- napped Thursday and a ransom demand made lor Reporters were told at a news conference the kidnapping was kept quiet at the request ol the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jean- Paul Leblanc, Inspector Jacques Charron Farmers have a choice SASKATOON (CP) Prairie farmers have a choice of ac- cepting the federal govern- ment's Prairie Grain Stabiliza- tion Bill or reverting to the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act, Olio Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian wheat hoard, said Friday. Mr. Lang said in an interview farmers and Ihe Opposition must decide whether the new hill is preferable to the Wheat Reserves Act. "Tliis is one of the best in- come stability plans ever intro- duced and if tlie Opposition pre- vents it from coming to a vole within a reasonable length of time it is going to become a dead issue, and farmers will lose millions of dollars." The government would not split the bill to include both a payment lo farmers and a stabi- lization plan, as had been sug- gested by farm organizations, including tbe National Farmers Union and the Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture. Mr. Lang said the action of farm organizations has strengthened the position of the Opposilion in opposing and de- laying Ihe stabilization bill. Convention Date for SC party set CALGARY (CP) The So- cial Credit Parly will hold its first convention since losing power in Alberta Nov. 18-20. A party spokesman said to- day they don't expect a formal challenge to the leadership of Harry Strom but anticipate the matter will be discussed. Any review would be behind closed doors at the Calgary meeting. Mr. Slrom has indicated he would like to lead the opposi- tion when the Progressive Con- servatives call the legislature into session, probably in Feb- ruary or March. A Social Credit spokes man said: "The whole slate of execu- tive positions likely will be up for grabs. There will be some soul searclung at this conven- tion." Prominent lawyer dies at 85 WASHINGTON (AP) Hugo Black, former U.S. Supreme Court justice whose legal hall- mark was rigid iulerprelation nf the Bills of Tliglils. died today. Death came lo Ihe Rli-ycar-old Black at 2 a.m. EDT, eight days after he stepped down from Ilic highest U.S. bench be- cause of ill health. A spokesman at Belhescln Naval Hospital attributed death to "inflanim.ilion of Uie arteries Rntl a sfi-okc." Oar ovcrlurus INNISFAIL (CP) Gideon Joseph Gobcil, of Penhold, killed when (lie car lie was driving oviTlunicd in n dilcli nl Ihe jundion of Highways and SI, IS miles south of Hod Deer. said the father, a supermarket manager, received three calls from the kidnapper Thursday. He was told Gilles would be killed if police were notified. Further calls instructed the father to drop in bills in Ottawa. But the kidnapper didn't show up at the stated spot Thursday night. Inspector Charron dismissed as unsubstantiated reports that the kidnapper may be a mental- ly-disturbed person. He told the 2 a.m. news conference police have no idea where the boy is. News of the kidnapping be- carr.e public Friday. Mr. Lebl- anc said his son left school lo walk home after a caller pur- porting lo be the father told the school Gilles was wanted at home. The boy was abducted during the seven-block walk. The ransom demand was made about an hour later. Sabotage is claimed in spy ring roundup By KEVIN DOYtE LONDON (CP) The discov- ery of a large Soviet spy ring here, which one London news- paper says was involved in plans to sabotage the Anglo- Franco Concorde supersonic jet- liner, appears to have affronted the British sense of fair play. In a frontpage story, The Daily Mail alleged that a Rus- sian plot to sabotage the Con- corde, development of which is in competition wiUi the Soviet SST, had been foiled "in one of the mightiest spy scandals of lie century." An officer of the Soviet secret police blew the whistle on the huge espionage network after defecting to Britain earlier this mouLh. The discovery and defectiou were announced Fri- day. The officer, so far unidenti. fied, fold authorities here that at least 105 Russian officials in London, most of them asso- ciated with the Sonet embassy, have been active as undercover agents. "Spying is an acknowledged pail of international said an exasperated official in the British foreign ministry. "But it's going too far when Brezhnev, Tito sign agreement BELGRADE (AP) Leonid Brezhnev flew unexpectedly lo Hungary today afler signing wilh Prcsidenl Tito a documenl he said provided "a firm basis for development of friendship and co-operation" between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Allhough the Soviet Commun- ist party chief's schedule called for him to return to Moscow at the end of his four-day Yugoslav visit, he went to Budapest where he was welcomed by Janos Kadar, head of Hungary's Communist party. Explosion rocks army barracks Liquor laws slmly C EDMONTON (CP) Forma- tion of a committee to study Alberta liquor legislaUon was announced Friday by attorney- general Merv Leitcli. Mr. Lctich said in a news re- lease Uiat the committee, un- der chairman Ron Chiller, will review all liquor laws, includ- ing purchasing, marketing, li- censing, enforcement, regula- tions, hours, outlets and adver- tising. Mr. Gliitler is Uie Progres- sive Conservative member of the legislature for Calgary Buf- falo. ihn'i forget! Don't mention. Il-lmmhs in. Alnslin, car xrtlrs, Ihi' yen, China Britain expels 1 I Russian dipiomd SABOTAGE f OS SPIES LONDON (Beuter) An ex- plosion oulside an army bar- racks shook the heart of London late Friday night and raised fears thai Uie outlawed Irish Republican Army has begun a campaign of violence here. The blast damaged parked cars and shattered windows in apartment buildings near the Albany Slreel barracks in the Regent's Park area. No one was injured in the ex- plosion. A spokesman for the IRA provisional in Dubb'n said: "We had nothing whatever to do with this explosion." HEADLINING SOVIET SPY CRACKDOWN BY BRITAIN These are some of the head- lines from Saturday morning's London newspapers in connection wilh Britain's explus- ion of 90 Russian officials branded as spies by a high ranking Soviet defector. Bill to provide judges pay increase is given approval By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) Would hefty salary increases for judges pro- vide grealer insurance of judi- cial independence, or make them even more "comfortably insulated" from Uie problems of the poor who appear in Uieir courts7 MPs offered both ideas in Ihe Commons Friday before passing a government bill that would provide raises up to for about 450 federally-appointed judges from the Supreme Court of Canada down to the county court level. Tlie cluef justice of Hie Su- Pressure on U.S. to devalue dollar WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- sure on the United Stales to de- value the dollar mounted today as tlie finance ministers and central bankers of 118 nations gathered in Washington for next week's annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund anci Ihe World Bank. The fund's managing director, Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, sched- uled a news conference at which he is expected 10 assert his view that the U.S. should devalue di- is. by raising Uie official gold price from ils an-ounce level. President Nixon's actions of Aug. 15 were designed lo pro- duce much the same result with less embarrassment to his ad- ministration. By suspending Uie U.S. pledge to pay out gold lo any govern- ment presenting dollars for ex- change, he hoped to force other countries to revalue Uierr cur- rencies upward. That would have an effect comparable to the Schweitzer plan. It would make U.S. goods niore competitive in price in world markets, and would lielp eliminate the huge U.S. deficit in balance of payments. preme Court will get a year starting Jan. 1 as a result of a increase. The other eight judges on tlie court will get a raise to a year. Federal Court of Canada jus- tices and provincial superior court chief justices irill get raises lo Provin- cial superior court justices will gel (he same increase, bring them to County and district court judges will be raised to yearly. Pay to chief judges will rise lo Eldon Woolliams (PC-Cal- gary Conservative jus- tice critic, approved uf the bill. A good salary was one way of ensuring the independence of tlie bench, tlie Calgary lawyer said. Seen and heard About town JJ III LO SOPH Ell Stan .lours saying funning lo- j.s like a inline L'olf arc loo many rough spots Larry ll.iiikinsmi reasoning long hair springs from fertile minds Hnr- oNl Hunter riding a shopping having a minor acci- ilenl and retrieving n broken bap, nf apples from licncalli fl parked car. Pope marks 74th birthday VATICAN CITY (Rculcr) Pope Paul celebrates his 741.11 birthdriy Sunday amid continu- ing speculation lhal he may be embarking on Uie last year of his reign. Bishops nnd cardinals are ad- vised In rclire at 75 and Vatican observers point out that iJiis leaves (he papacy the only sen- ior church office without nn age limit. Lougheed goes into seclusion EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Peter Lougheed lefl his Edmonton apartment Friday afternoon for a jw days re- treat at an undisclosed loca- lion. The premier said he will be back by Wednesday of next week. Mr. Lougbccd, who has been working 12-hour days since he look office on Scpl. 10, took a bulky briefcase of government papers wilh him. lie said he needed a few dajs lo read the massive amount of intergovernmental mate rial other things that need lo be read "if I nm to do the job properly." Deputy Premier Dr. Ihiph Homer is lo lead (he regular cabinet meeting on Tuesday. countries slarl using their diplo- matic people for this sort of thing.-'1 Britain has formally ordered 90 of Uiose named by the defec- tor lo leave tbe country wilhin two weeks. Fifteen olbers, now abroad, will not be allowed re- entry. EXPECT REPRISALS Officials, describing the ex- pulsion as the most drastic move by Britain since Ihe Sec- ond World War, said Friday they expect Russia to lake le- prisal measures but most seemed uncertain what form these will lake. British intelligence officials contended tfiey had been aware of (he spy network for some time but did not take action be- cause of a lack of evidence and hope that an international inci- dent could be avoided. The defector is reported to have brought vilh him many valuable documents, recalling 1945 Incident when Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko de- fected 111 Ottawa, bringing a suitcase of important papers which exposed an international espionage operation. British officials said they were forced to take drastic ac- Uon to break the spy network after Soviet officials ignored two official protests recently from Foreign vSecretary Sir Alee Douglas-Home. British intelligence sources say they have blown for some time the large Soviet embassy staff of 550 were to some- thing more than normal activ- ity." Press praises action LONDON (Reufer) British newspapers today unanimously praised the government for ex- pelling 90 Russian diplomats and banning 15 others returning from abroad. The news was splashed across the front pages of popular and serious papers alike in banner headlines. The independent Times said Russia's espionage activities in Britain have been a growing scandal, and added "the foreign office is enlirely juslified in slapping on the brakes." But The Times editorial pon- dered why Russian espionage should be more acUve here than in any other country. "One of Moscow's probable calculations is Uiat Britain is sliil the country closesl to the United Slates and thai is a good way lo learn about the bigger partner is to tape the il said. "Concorde was the main headline in Uie con- servative Daily Mail. The front- page story alleged lhat a Rus- sian plot lo sabotage the Con- corde supersonic airliner pro- ject had been foiled "in one of the mightiest spy scandals of Uie century." In an editorial The Sun said: "The first reaction is incredul- ity. Have c secrels enough left to occupy such an army of Spy move surprises Russians MOSCOW (Renter) A So- viet foreign ministry spokesman said here today he was "sur- prised and indignant" after learning of Britain's mass ex- pulsion of Soviet officials. The spokesman was asked if Hie foreign ministry hnd airy- tliing to soy on (lie subject of the expulsions. "All I can say is Hint I have rend the Reuters reports. Per- sonally, I nm surprised and in- ho said. Diplomatic sources said It Is fair lo assume his reply re- fleclcd briefing. ;