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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY NEAR 45 The Lethbridije Herald VOL. LXIV No. 243 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES monetary poker game begins JOHN B. CONNALLY hangs lough WASHINGTON (CP) Finance ministers, bankers and foreign-aid chiefs of 118 nations begin putting their cards on the table today in a game that apparently will have 117 partners playing against one opponent, the United States. Finance Minister E. J. Benson of Canada called it "a very interesting poker and the outcome obilously depends on the dealing and what cards each country holds back for private trading. The annual meeting of the Intel-national Monetary Fund and Inlenialicnal for Reconstruction and Development opening today is expected lo be merely a public prelude lo hard bargaining and negotiations about uew international exchange rales and trade pat- terns. Benson, chairman of the Group of Ten countries that give the lead lo the rest because of their trade strength, warned Sunday that unless exchange rates are settled soon and the U.S. lifts the 10-per.cent sup- plementary duty levied Aug. 15 on imports of manu- factured goods from Canada and all other countries, the world could face a serious trade war. Connally tough Secretary John B. Connally of the U.S. treasury, who now succeeds Benson as Group of Ten chairman, said everyone wanls to avoid a trade war. But at a press briefing he remained tough in U.S. bargaining beneath his Texas smile and charm. He said the U.S. wants to renegotiate the Canada- U.S. auto Tree trade agreement of 1905. The 10 countries agreed Sunday to set their ex- perts on to the task of trying to resolve the difficulty. They will mest again next month, and the finance min- isters probably will reasemble in November. President Nixon on Aug. 15 announced a 90-day wage-and-price freeze to arrest inflation and make American products more competitive. He also intro- duced the imporl duty and freed the U.S. dollar from its long-time tie lo gold. The lafler action meant other countries had lo let their currencies float in international markets, and nearly all of them became stronger, in effect devaluing the U.S. dollar. Canada's dollar has been floating since May, 1970, and now is near parity wilh the U.S. dollar The Group ot Ten, and mosl other countries, want the import duty lifted. They also want Uie U.S. lo meet the exchange hiatus at least part way by raising the price of gold above its established an ounce. The consensus here is that the U.S. will not least not until it has won some other concessions- raise the gold price. Isn't optimistic Benson said in an interview, "I don't think this week we expect lo see any concrele steps towards a solution except an agreement that people Mill keep talking." "It's a very interesting poker Benson said. "I don't think they can stretch on to November, 1972, with these restrictionist measures. "I very doubt it, but if they do the world is going to be m a hell of a mess and it will hurt the U.S. as well as other countries." Benson a big audience among IMF delegates when he appeared Sunday on NBC's Meet Hie Press, and said that after prolongation of unsettled monetary and trade conditions, "you willl undoubtedly see some sort of trade war emerge." "If this he added, "we're righl back to the condilions liiat existed in the and it can lead to a restriction to world trade which can do great dam- age to all countries of the world, and to the U.S. as well." Benson said earlier thai if the U.S. now turns in- ward and prntcclioiiisl, Canadian industry will be hard hit it can readjust. Secretary Connnlly Inld a news conference three hours after Benson's television appearance that the im- port duly would be lifled only when the U.S. is con- vinced that the rest of the world is moving towards policies that will enable the U.S. to reverse its foreign deficit. Benson plans to address Uie conference Tuesday. Appeals lo nations A I, thn oprriMiR i.rssimi Pirrrc-Paul SrlivvciLzcr, mnn- npinK riiiTclor of [ho Inlnnialional Monetary Fimd, call- ed on Ilic major tuitions of Ilio Wcslcrn world today lo agree a.s quickly as possible on now international exchaJigi; rales and more flexibility for tlic exchange .system. I la mid llns must Irc Iho first order of business, alonji willi removal of Ihe. 10-por-cent oxtrn Unllrri States import system of new rules that could hamper world trade and injure bolh Ihe rich and tire less- won oonnlries. Police officer kitted ILI3 DES CHENES, Man. (CP) Police today are hold- ing a young man in custody fol- lowing the 12-hom- siege of a house in this southern Manitoba village that took the life of a 28- year-old RCMP officer. The officer, married and with a three-year-old son, was identi- fied as Constable Harold Stan- ley Seigel, a native of Cobden, Ont., who had been with the force for eight years. Constable Seigel had been sta- tioned throughout Manitoba and was with the St. Pierre detach- ment when he met his death on duty in this village south of Winnipeg. The siege ended when RCMP carried the young man semi- conscious from a bungalow and took him to hospital by ambul- ance, lie was not immediately identified. Inspeclor M. R. Godfrey of RCMP Winnipeg subdivision told reporters the man had ap- parently been overcome b y tear gas fumes. He was found under the bed in one of the two bedrooms in the white frame house on the main street of the tiny residential village. Inspector Godfrey said two police cars had been called to the home early Sunday afler- noon to answer a complaint that r youth had fired shots at his father through the door of the house. Gandhi visits Russia MOSCOW (Reuler) Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi arrived today for a three-day of- ficial visit to Russia, with talks almost certainly to be domi- nated by the East Pakistan cri- sis. She was greeted at Moscow Airport by Premier Alexei Ko- sygin, First Deputy Premier Kirill Mazurov, Defence Minis- ter Andrei Grechlco and other Soviet officials. Informed sources said Mrs. Gandhi will slay in the Kremlin and she is believed lo be Ihe first non-Communist visitor ac- corded the honor since French President Georges Pompidou visited Moscow in October. Mrs. Gandhi and the Russians were prepared to confer about expanding bilateral trade and Soviet economic aid as defined in their 20-year friendship treaty signed in New Delhi last Aug. 9, diplomatic sources said. Plane lands in school grounds EDMONTON iCPl Six- persons escaped injury today when an aircraft landed in the grounds of a school, smashed through a fence and came to rest on Ihe front lawn of a home across Uie street from (he school. A spokesman at Industrial Airport about a mile away, where the de Havilland twin Olter had taken off minutes earlier, .said if was carrying five passengers and the pilot. The turbo-prop was owned or chartered by an oil company and was flying to an airfield in northern Crrada. No names or additional dclails were avail- able. Seen and heard About town 'TRAVELLER Snlly Ahlioll describing a flying Irip lo Lnlhhridgo as .in "educa- tional experience" skier Sinn wondering what kind of ski-wax lo use lor frosly grass A rumbling sound in Forl Maclcnd being described as llourassn Sr. gelling his broom ready (or Iho. curling season. Nixon hints at Alaska pipeline approval From Renler-AP ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CP) President Nixon issued a statement on the trans-Alaska pipeline on his arrival here Sun- day night that has been inter- preted as broadly hinting he will approve i I s construction soon. Another interpretation was that while pointing to the real need for the oil, Nixon made no commitment to support the building of the pipeline. Only a hours before Nix- on's slafement, Interior Secre- tary Rogers C. B. Morion was quoted by The Associated Press as saying in a magazine inter- view that he had "hinted strongly" thai a 1971 start on the pipeline is impossible and that oil from Alaska's North Slope may in the end go to mar- ket through a Canadian pipe- line. Heuter correspondent Michael Prentice, in Anchorage for the meeting between Nixon and Emperor Hirohilo, said Nixon "gave a broad hint the United States government will shortly give the go-ahead for construc- tion of a pipeline across Alaska to carry oil from rich, new found deposits on the Nonh Slope to the sea." The Associated Press simply said "lie made no commitment to support" the proposed trans- Alaska pipeline. CANADIAN VIEW Canadian oil authorities be- lieve that an Alaska pipeline remains a priority In United Slates planning, but delays in developing that project lend to favor switching lo an alterna- tive Canadian roulc for de- livery of oil from Alaska. The general approach in the U.S. still favors development of [lie Alaska mule first, with a pipeline through Canada ulti- mately providing a second de- livery system to cany oil to market from both the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic fields. However, senior Canadian authorities say, the delays In approval of the route- underlined in a weekend state- ment by U.S. Interior .Secre- tary Rogers C. B. Morton might prompt U.S. oil com- panies to turn iiisi'jyd to a Ca- nadian ruule. Meanwhile, an official ol British Petroleum, one of the companies with the largest stakes in North S'lope oil, de- scribed Nixon's statement as "very positive, very encourag- ing." Army may be called in during police strike DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. (CP) The Quebec cabinet meets today to decide whether to call on the army for help dur- ing the current province-wide work stoppage by Quebec Pro- vincial Police. 'You've left the lights on your getaway Great Falls base scene of outbreak GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) The commander of Malms- trong Air Force Base met with a group of about 75 airmen to discuss racial grievances Sun- day night following about four hours of disturbances on the base, military authorities said. Col. Donald Hedlund, com- mander, said "everyone dis- persed peacefully" after Uie meeting, in which the blacks cited inslances of discrimination on Uie base and in nearby Great Falls. Sources inside the installation said 10 to 15 persons were in- jured as air police were called to quiet the disturbance. Justice Minister Jerome Cho- quette made the announcement in Quebec City while about members of Uie force continued a 24-hour "study ses- scheduled lo end at (i p.m. today, in the Drummond- ville cultural centre. Weary supervisors and senior officers manned a handful of provincial police posts but scores of others were closed. Mi1. Choquette lold reporters that Quebec has not yet asked for troops to help maintain order, but this possibility will be considered by the cabinet. The walkout began Sunday night following a foot-stomping, hand-clapping rally in the cul- tural centre at Drummondville, 75 miles northeast of Montreal. Nearly 2.000 provincial police- men headed into the cily and filled the centre for the rally, called to dramatize an overtime pay dispute with the provincial government. Hundreds stayed overnighl, sleeping in cars, on benches and chairs. The mood at the cultural centre today was one of exhaus- tion as the study session re- sumed about 9 a.m. Guy Magnan, president of the Quebec Provincial Policemen's Association, said a decision would be taken later today whether to extend the sludy ses- sion beyond G p m. REJECT OFFER The policemen voted 930 to 482 Sunday to reject an offer from Justice Minister Jerome Choquette to form a committee of the Quebec national assembly within three days to study all problems affecting the QPP. Late Sunday night Premier Robert Bourassa met with Mr. Clioquelte and Labor Minister Jean Cournoyer and later issued a statement reaffirming the jus- tice minister's offer. Police strikes are not new to the province. In October, 19G9, Montreal police wafted off their jobs for 16 hours and army troops were called in to patrol the city along wilh provincial police. Walkie-talkie bank robbers gel away with million GRIEVING FATHER LOCKS UP Jean-Paul Leblanc locks up his grocery store in Hull, Que., shortly after identi- fying his son at the morgue. Mr. teblanc's son Gilles was found in a bush area aboui ihree miles from where he was kidnapped Thursday. Kidnap-killing clues sought LONDON (Reuler) Rob- bers wilh walkie-lalkies who tunnelled into a branch of Lloyd's Bank earlier this month got away wilh more lhan million, il was reported Sunday. The Sunday Telegraph said the haul is expected to be well over this figure when Uie final count is made and that it would establish a record in the United Kingdom. So far detectives have traced owners of 50 of Ihe safe deposit boxes which were forced open and a realistic appraisal of Iheir conlenls pul the value at million, the newspaper said quoting informed police sources. Owners of 150 more boxes which were rifled have yet to be traced. It is conceivable that the haul is many millions more, the newspaper said. Mosl of Uie haul was in gold, diamonds and other valuables, but it includes some cash. Killed by wine fumes RAVENNA, Italy (Renter) Two Italian brothers, aged 26 and 39, were asphyxiated by wine fumes while cleaning out a nine-foot deep vat in prepara- tion for Ihe coming grape har- vest, police said. HULL, Que. (CP) Tension, concern and confusion continue today in the wake of the kid- nap-killing of 10-year-old Gilles Lehlanc. Allhough word spread quickly Sunday that a man had been taken into custody in connection with the case, a cily police spokesman said no charges had been laid and Ihe investigation was continuing. He said a number of persons were questioned by police as a matter of routine, hut said no one of them was being held in connection wilh the affair. Adding lo Ihe general concern of parents and officials was the London spy order stands despite Soviet learning LONDON (AP) Britain said today 105 Russians branded as .spies will be ejected despite a Soviet warning of retaliation. A foreign office spokesman told news conference Ihe ex- pulsion order slnnds as the first official reply lo a Soviet govern- ment demand Hint it be can- celled. The accused Soviet spies seemed in no 1111117 I" move. They have been given two weeks lo gel out. A haK-cniply Sovicl jclliner look off during the day for Moscow. Aeroflnl, the .Soviet national airline named by the lirifish foreign office as part of n spy ring, hnd announced earlier that all 140 scnls on tlio flight wore reserved. Uul (lie llyushir-M took off willi fill empty seals. The foreign office, in ils ex- pulsion order last Friday, pave the alleged spies two weeks lo leave the country, The crack- down followed wlial Ihe British paid was the defection of a high agent of the KGIi, the Soviet in- telligence-gathering bureau. The rioak-and-dapgor Rus- sians, most of whom live in the fashionable Ilighgale district of Ijondon, worked in the Soviet embassy, Acroflol, Ihe Intourist Iravel agency, Ihe R u s s i a n trade cenlre, Ihe Moscow Na- rodny Rank and other offices, the Hrilish government said. There are Sonet officials in Rrilain with diplomalc pnss- porl-t. call Sunday by the Quebec Pro- vincial Policemen's Assocation for all 4.000 members of the force lo join a 24-hour study ses- sion to discuss compensation for extra shifts worked during the kidnap crisis last October. Indications from Ihe local de- lachmenl were that many, if not most QPP officers in wcslcrn Quebec would heed the call and wilhdraw services for Uie 24-hour period. PRESS SEAlini Hull and Ottawa city police and the Ontario Provincial Po- lice continued (lie search for the pa-son or persons who kid- napped the youngster Thursday and killed him. The body of Ihe youngslcr was found Saturday in dense bush about n mile from a scenic federal driveway inside the cily limits. The boy's head had been crushed by a 55-pound rock fornd near the body, wliich also showed Iwo slab wounds in Ihe chest and another in the back of the neck, Inspeclor Jacques Charron of the Hull force, in charge of Ihe investigation, said Saturday at a conference Mint police "have a few clues, but we don I kno'.v hnw good Ihey are Al (lie news conference, Inspeclor Charron saic! Ihe boy was lured from his Grade 5 class at SI. Raymond School by a telephone call from a man identifying himself as Ihe boy's, op- erator of n neighborhood super- runrket. slams tax OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp today carried Canada's fight against the special American economic measures lo the floor of Ihe North Atlantic Assembly. lie recalled that at the NATO ministerial meeting last Decem- ber he expressed Canada's con- cern about the danger of a trade confrontation between Eu- rope and North America. "In Ihe event these were prophetic words." he said. "Such a confrontation is no longer a possibility; unfortun- ately, it is a fact." All concerned about NATO's future should do their utmost to ensure Uiat problems arising out of the U.S. balance-of-pay- ments deficit are handled so as to promote, nol impede, co-oper- ation between ils members. Mr. Sharp said he appreciates that the U.S. economic mea- sures imposed last month, in- cluding a 10-per-cent import surtax, are intended to create an atmosphere in which deep- seated world economic prob- lems can be solved. "But the U.S. measures will be effective for Ihis purpose cinly if our sense of mulual con- fidence is preserved. "I regrel lo have to add that (he reGUlt so far has been lo dis- turb ralher than to preserve that sense of mutual confi- dence." CRITICIZES MEMBERS In his address lo the first ple- nary session of the 17lh annual assembly, Mr. Sharp also crili- cizcd Iwo other NATO mem- bers, Greece and Portugal, without, however, identifying them. support of the alliance, he said, depends on people's support of it as a body to which their country should belong. "This acceptance is threat- ened when member govern- ments fail to live up to certain minimum standards in the con- duct of their affairs, whether this be by abrogation of the democralic process, by adher- ence to a colonialist policy or otherwise." Montana plants may be closed ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) The Anaconda Company may end its zinc operations in Mon- tana, general manager Martin Hannifan said today. Hannifan said unless the company can make new con- tracts for the purchase of con- centrates or treatment of it at a profitable level, the company may close by mid-1972. Zinc treatment plants in Great Falls and east Helena and calcining ore oxidizing op- erations in Anaconda would be affected if flic plan is put into effect. CPR freight cars derailed MED1CINR HAT (CP) More than half the cars of n Canad i a n Pacific Railway freight train were derailed on the firm's main line near Ihe Saskatchewan border GO miles east of this soulhern Alberta lown Sunday. A CPR spokesman said today 31 of the 59 cars left the (rack and a broken axle on one of the cars is believed lo have caused Uie nccirlcnl. The train was bound for Van- couver wilh a load of wheat and about bushels were spilled. rAlimi'.S GCT JAIL ALGIERS (Renter) A court has sentenced 17 Algiers taxi- drivers to prison sentences of between U-.roc months and a year for rigging meters, ;