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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 i Hb Lt i HBRIDGE HERALD i hurtday, September I POLICE DISARM f HUNGR r PEA SANTSI 8 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) Police have 8 been ordered to disarm hungry villagers fighting for Q food in the devastated Aguan Valley, where relief of- ficials believe countless victims of Hurricane Fifi are starving Lt.-Col. Eduardo Andino Lopez, head of the national emergency committee, said he ordered the police to collect the villagers' machetes after pilots dropping food to them reported they were battling for the pack- ages. "When people are hungry they take extreme Andino said. Relief pilots flying supplies to a string of isolated villages in the heart of the Aguan Valley reported see- f: ing villagers fighting with machetes following an emergency food drop. 8 Another official said the situation in the isolated villages is critical. He said "thousands" may starve to death if they do not receive food within the next 48 hours. Andino said relief teams still have been unable to reach an estimated persons because the roads in to them are still flooded or have been washed out or blocked by landslides. I Defections, poll jolt split Labor LONDON (Reuter) The Labor government, em- barrassed by a public show of division on the Common Market issue, received another setback today with publication of an opinion poll showing it just five per cent ahead in the campaign for the Oct 10 election. The Gallup poll, taken from the biggest cross section of voters so far used in the cam- paign, gave Labor 42V2 per cent of the vote, the Conser- vatives and the Liberals 18 Only hours before the publication of the Gallup poll, another survey in The Even- ing Standard had given Labor a 14-percent lead. Although opinion polls have been largely discredited in British elections in the last four years, they are known to affect the morale of party workers. For this reason alone the Gallup poll will be unwelcome news for Prime Minister Harold Wilson. But the biggest blow so far to Wilson's election campaign BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL came at Wednesday's Labor news conference when Prices Minister Shirley Williams cracked open the facade of party unity on the Common Market. Ignoring attempts by Wilson to stifle her answer to a re- porter's question. Mrs. Williams said she will quit politics if Britain pulls out of the Common Market. She was referring to the La- bor government's election pledge to hold a national referendum on whether to stay in the market. Wilson, who has been main- taining there is cabinet unity on Common Market policy, suddenly found himself presiding over the first cabinet split in public, watch- ed by millions of television viewers. A few hours later, Labor re- ceived another jolt when Lord Brayley resigned as army minister after learning that the department of trade will hold an inquiry into the finan- cial affairs of companies he has been associated with. Adding to Wilson's discom- fort was the announcement that a third Labor man, Lord St. Davids, has decided to quit the party because of its alleg- ed domination by left-wing elements. Daylight check stop Motorists on Highway 3 just east of Lethbridge encountered a daylight check stop Wednesday. The check stop, says a highway patrolman with Lethbridge RCMP, is only one in a "continuing series" of police checks for sobriety and driving documents. Yesterday afternoon's random sampling of 500 motorists turned up no impaired drivers. Two tickets and a "few" warnings were issued by Mounties. Huge oil sands output predicted for future DETROIT (CP) Produc- tion of synthetic crude oil from the Alberta oil sands is expected to increase by more than 500 per cent during the next 10 years, the president of an Alberta firm said Wednesday F.K. Spragins, president of Syncrude Canada Ltd., told a technical session of a world energy conference that production might reach 000 barrels a day by 1985. At present, only one plant is in operation, the Great Cana- dian Oil Sands project, SMITH'S FALL SALE WIN The full purchase price on any one item you buy during this sale. Details at Smith's. Chromacolor Compact 100% Solid Slate Chassis one bullOTi Tuning AFC FV'AM FV Oil prices to keep pace with inflation The ASSOCIATED PRESS The Shah of Iran rejected today the United States call for reduced oil prices. He call- ed on the industrial countries to cut the prices of their ex- ports first. The Shah, one of the leaders in the drive to increase oil revenues for the producing countries, told reporters in Canberra. Australia: "No one ran dictate to us. No one can wave a finger at us. because we will wave a finger back. The Shah said the Middle East oil countries are prepared to fix a world price for oil if it could be related to an index of 20 to 30 commodity prices. "If world prices go we will go down with oil prices." he said. "But if they go up. why should we pay the In Vienna. Abderrahman Khene of Algeria, secretary- general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said oil prices may rise again next year at the same rate as inflation. Khene said his organization's financial ex- perts will meet on Oct. 23 to review the price situation. If they decide the world rate of inflation is likely to be 12 per cent, it is "conceivable" they will recommend raising prices next year by one per cent a month. Venezuela Mines Minister Valentin Hernandez said the OPEC may hold a special meeting soon to discuss Presi- dent Ford's call for lower oil prices. Representatives of the nine countries in the European Common Market met at United Nations headquarters in New York with the foreign ministers of 18 Arab nations, but informed sources said meeting produced no prospect of lower oil prices. The French government an- nounced it will cut France's 1975 oil imports by 10 per cent. A government spokesman said petroleum imports will be limited to billion, the same amount that is being this year. But at current prices. France will get 10 per cent less for its money than it has been getting. Nixon's life in no M immediate danger YES WE HAVE FREEZERS SMITH'S COLOR TV APPLIANCES B 13th St. N. Phone 328-5541 236 13th St. N LONG BEACH. Calif. Richard Nixrwi rested quiet- ly in a hospital today and the 'orrnfT president dor-tor he think5; the blood in right lung can b" "irtcssfiilly treated A hospital spokesman said the clot passed through Nix- on's heart bdore lodging in Ihr lung If it had blocked a heart artery it might have bcrn fatal Nixon's physician, Dr John Lungren. said Wednesday that the Hot was a "potentially dangerous situation but not critical at this time is a very good chance of recover? but it wd] lake some lime." Nixon. 61. is expected to be in hospital through next week. mining the start Tuesday of the Watergate cover-up trial in Washington for which he has bren subpoened as a witness Dr Lungren said Nixon took news of the gelatin-like clot as he normally takes amlbing another problem But the doctor said "He has a hell of a will to live Such a an em- Jung tissue around it The size of Uie dead lung area in Nixon's case was not el v rr r producing up to barrels a day. However, the Syncrude plant will go into operation in 1978 producing barrels a day and Shell Canada Ltd. has been given permission from regulatory agencies to build a third plant. Other pro- jects are planned. "The time of the tar sands is at Spragins told the session. "This is it. we're here. But that doesn't mean all our problems have been overcome." He said in an interview later that the major difficulty still faced by the company is finding adequate numbers of skilled laborers to construct needed plants. Normally, skilled workers could be brought in from the industrialized provinces of Ontario and Quebec when the local work force has been used up. But construction projects in the east were making "mobile craftsmen" difficult to find. Spragins estimates that Canada will need oil from the oil sands by the late 1970s or early 1980s to avoid fuel shor- tages resulting from declining production of conventional oil in western provinces. Suggestions that rising oil prices on the world market during the last year were the main reason for increased interest in the sands were dis- counted by Spragins. Increased prices would be offset by higher costs for goods and services. "We first applied for per- mission to build a plant in 1964. We felt it would be com- petitive with conventional oil then and that we had the need- ed technology." But the proposal was turned down because a surplus of oil on the world market made it difficult for Alberta to sell oil already produced. "With the luxury of hind- sight we can say throughout this period the regulatory agencies of the Alberta government took an extreme- ly conservative view of the growth of demand for oil and gas in both Canada and the I'nited he said in a paper prepared for the confer- ence Spragins said reference to "man-made difficulties" out- lined in his paper referred to the dispute between Ottawa and Alberta over the sharing of income from resource development. However, he said that prob- lem was overcome in negotia- tions with the governments. Syncrude now is described as a joint venture between the company and the province, and both would share equally in its orofits News In brief 20 killed by rampaging terrorists BUENOS AIRES (AP) Leftist guerrillas are blamed for the slayings of two more army officers, raising to 20 the number of persons killed by guerrillas' bullets or bombs in 10 days in Argentina. The leftist People's Revolu- tionary Army last week prom- ised "indiscriminate reprisals" against army of- ficers in retaliation for the death of 16 guerrillas it said were slain while prisoners of the army. Col. Jorge Oscar Grassi, 49, was shot and killed Wednes- day as he walked from his house to a car in Cordoba, 450 miles northwest of Buenos Aires. Also in Cordoba, Lt.-Col. Roberto Paz Lopez was wounded when guerrillas riddled his car with machine- gun bullets. Lieut. Luis Britz, 30, was shot to death in Rosario, 170 miles north of Buenos Aires. Italian economy brightens WASHINGTON (AP) President Giovanni Leone of Italy is reported ready to tell congressional leaders and United States government of- ficials that with some outside help Italy will move away from the brink of bankruptcy. Unemployment is rising, currency reserves are declin- ing and the inflation rate is more than 18 per cent in Italy. Italian sources quoting Leone said that the picture of Italian politics and economics is not as bleak as depicted by some observers. The 66-year- old president is expected to convey the same thinking when he meets first with House of Representatives foreign affairs committee members and then for lunch with the Senate foreign relations committee. Leacock's son dies at 59 ORILLIA, Ont. (CP) Stephen Leacock Jr., 59, son of Canada's renowned humorist, was found dead Wednesday at his home here. Kitty Cramp, owner of the house where he had lived for several years, found him dead when she went to wake him. A hospital spokesman said an autopsy was performed Wednesday. Jack Draper, employed by Mr. Leacock as a chauffeur. said he believes death was caused by a heart attack. In recent years, Mr. Leacock devoted his time mainly to reading, the chauffeur said. Some years ago. Mr. Leacock had taught English at McGill University in Montreal. The funeral will take place Saturday and burial will be in the family plot at Sutton, Ont., where his mother and father are buried. Sugar prices increase again VANCOUVER (CP) The wholesale price of sugar has risen a hundred weight to a hundredweight, a spokesman for British Colum- bia Sugar Refining Co Ltd. said Wednesday. A year ago. the wholesale price of sugar was a hundredweight. The spokesman said retailers were advised on the increase on Monday. Sugar prices increased by 50 a hundredweight in August. Frelimo supporters defy ban DURBAN (AP) South African police armed with gas pistols, scatter guns and dozens of dogs broke up a banned meeting of about Africans shouting support for Frelimo. the Mozambique Liberation Front. The dogs bit scores of per- sons as the police waded in to disperse the meeting held late Wednesday in defiance of a government ban. The meeting was sponsored b> the South African Students' Association and the Black People's Convention. The gov- ernment banned it Tuesday. The police moved in after officials repeatedly warned the crowd through loudspeakers to disperse or be removed from the area near a sports ground. Heroin seizure disappears MP VANCOUVER (CP) John Reynolds (PC Burnaby Richmond Delta) called Wednesday for a government inquiry into what happened to million worth of heroin, ap- parently missing after being seized by RCMP last year. He said that three hours of talks with B.C. Penitentiary prisoners Wednesday makes him believe the underworld has connections with police in illegal drug traffic. Police seized 20 pounds of Heroin June 15. 1973 in a car on Highway 401 near the boun- dary between Vancouver and the suburb of Burnaby. A man was charged with possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking, but the charge was later withdrawn under a stay of proceedings. Mr. Reynolds said he has put the question of why the stay was granted and where the heroin has gone on the order paper in Parliament "but have not been able to get an answer." "I was told by the people in- side that the police are direct- ly involved in some of these situations." he said. "They say it is not uncommon for police to feed out drugs to get information." Mr. Reynolds noted that nine of the 13 RCMP drug squad officer were either moved or demoted recently. Sask. university workers strike SASKATOON (CP) Non teaching personnel at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina will go on strike at noon today The decision was taken Wednesday night after union members voted 67 per cent against management's latest contract offer, and 71 per cent in favor of strike action. The offer would have provided a wage increase of a month over 18 months. Elaine von Oder, union president, said a cost of living clause was the main reason for rejection. Trivia overburdening police? SPRINGHILL. M.S. Police are being overburden- ed witli work that should be dealt with by government and community agencies, a member of the federal Law Reform Commission said Wednesday Prof. Keith Jobson of Ot- tawa told the annual 'conference of the Atlantic Province Criminology and Corrections Association that many cases can be dealt with at the pre-trial and settlement level. Death THE CANADIAN PRESS Ofilfuii Otl Inbii- that would be prosecuted may be more satisfactorily resolv- ed on a referral to a mental health clinic or hospital if such rare or treatment seems to be indicated." he said. "The police complain that they could do a better job of dealing with people in trouble if the community and its agen- cies were willing to accept more problem cases on referral cork Jr. 58, son of Canada's ;