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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, June 6, 199-Page 9
Lake freighter fire injures 5

Coast Guard search crews found two
bodies last night aboard a Canadian
freighter which had been in flames
most of the day. The bodies of two
unidentified Canadians were found
below the ship's deck, and there was lit-
tle hope four other missing cre* mem-
bers would be found alive. The rest of
the 19-member crew had maiaaged to
abandon ship inLake Superior.t
At least one member of the 25-man
crew reported a series of explosions
aboard the 700-foot freighter Cartier-
cliff Hall, but none was confirmed by
the Coast Guard.
FLAMES AND thick smoke billowing
from the hatches could be seen ten
miles away on shore. One witness with
field glasses said it looked "like a bon-
Ship's Master Raymond Boudreault,
a 20-year Great Lakes seaman, and

three crewmembers suffered severe
burns. Another crewmember was
hospitalized in shock. Efforts by rescue
teams to locate the six missing men
aboard ship were hampered first by fire
and smoke and later by smoldering
heat below deck.
The Coast Guard said a daylong
water search by boat and helicopter
failed to turn up any sign of the missing
- two oilers, two deckhands, a helm-
sman and a porter. The men were not
"CHANCES ARE, they're still on the
ship," said Coast Guard Petty Officer
Ray Massey in Cleveland.
The fire struck the stern portion of
the ship steamed by Copper Harbor,
located at the tip of the Keeweenaw
Peninsula - the northernmost point of
mainland Michigan.
Massey said there was no radio

distress call from the vessel.
CAUSE OF the fire was unknown, but
it was believed to have started in the
engine room.
The ship, owned by the Hall Steam-
ship Co. of Montreal, was located about
100 miles west of the spot where the ore
carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a
November, 1975, storm with 29
crewmembera lost.
Most of the Cartiercliffe's crewmem-
bers all Canadians - were sleeping
at the time in their berths below deck.
ONE SURVIVOR, Terry Mulrine,
said he was awakened when his door
blew open with flames. He said he jum-
ped through his port window to the
Mulrine said he saw one explosion on
the ship before the crew abandoned and
another as it rowed away in lifeboats.

The first'rescue unit sent to the ship
at about 10 a.m. was forced to halt its
search for the missing men by the thick
smoke on deck and spreading flames
below. -
THE INJURED were taken by
helicopter to the Houghton-Hancock
Airport 60 miles away for evaluation.
Four were flown to the University Burn
Center with severe burns, including
Ship's Master Raymond Boudreault. A
fifth crewman was treated at Portage
View Hospital in Hancock for shock.
In addition to Boudreault, 54, other
burn victims transferred to the Burn
Center were identified as Francis
Chouinard, 18, Paul Boisvert, 58, and
Jean-Claude Langlois, 41.
Boisvert was listed in critical con-
dition with burns over 80 per cent of his
body and the others were in serious

Senate votes Carter limited energy powers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate
voted yesterday to give President Car-
ter limited new powers to deal with fuel
shortages, including authority to ban
home gasoline hoarding. .
The legislation that the Senate ap-
proved and passed on to the House for-
bids Carter from forcing motorists to
leave their cars at home one day a
However*0. the Senate unagimously
agreed to an amendment py Sen.
Walter Huddleston (LD-Ky.), giving the
president blanket authority td ban the
installation of home gasoline storage
tanks and other forms of fuel hoarding.
DEPICTED BY some backers as a
substitute for Carter's rejected standby
plans for gas rationing and energy con-
servation, the bill would allow the
president to set national conservation
targets during serious shortages.
The president could prescribe a
variety of steps to meet these targets -
ranging from alternate driving days to
bans on city parking - but e could

only enforce them if states failed to
come up with their own plans for
meeting his targets.
This would not apply, however, to the
authority to ban home gasoline storage
tanks - which Carter would receive
immediately if the legislation reaches
his desk.
CARTER WOULD be expressly
prohibited from banning gasoline sales
on weekends as part of any plan to con-
serve energy. The bill would give the
president more power than he currently
holds to deal with fuel shortages but far
less than he requested.
And critics said that the complexity
of the process - requiring steps by both
the president and the states - would
virtually assure that the plan couldn't
be used to ease gasoline shortages this
Still, Senate Energy Committee
Chairman Henry Jackson (D-Wash.),
called the bill "a good beginning on a
long-range conservation effort."
BEFORE APPROVING the bill, the'

Senate rejected a proposal by Sen.
William Armstrong (R-Colo.), that
would have given Congress veto power
over mandatory steps imposed by the
However, the Senate did vote that the
powers granted the president by the
legislation would expire in mid-1983
unless reauthorized by Congress.
Earlier in the day, Senate Majority
Leader Robert Byrd announced he
would iupportfa Senate filibuster if one
is needed to stop Congress from reim-
posing price controls on oil.
BYRD'S POSITION, a strong endor-
sement of Carter's oil decontrol
decision, would make it extremely dif-
ficult for decontrol foes to prevail in the

Senate even if they win a victory in the
He called Carter's decontrol order "a
bold, courageous decision" and said
"he ought to stick with it."
House Democrats approved last mon-
th, by a 2-1 margin, a resolution
renouncing Carter's decontrol decision.
And decontrol foes have vowed to bring
legislation to reimpose price ceilings on
oil to the floor of both chambers in the
near future.
The first phase of the president's plan
to allow U.S. oil prices to reach world
levels by mid-1981 began last Friday. It
is expected to add between four and
seven cents a gallon to the price of
gasoline by 1981.

Young voters defect: first
failure for Italian Marxists

ROME (AP) - A massive defection
by young voters no longer drawn to the
"Communist mystique" has dealt
Italy's Communist Party its first elec-
toral failure and turned back the tide of
Eurocommunism in its home base.
Eugenio Scalfari, editor of the leftist
daily La Republica, said that in Italy's
national elections Sunday and Monday,
the Communists, the largest Marxist
party in the West, failed to attract the
youth and protest votes that they wpn in
1976, when they finished a close second
behind the dominant Christian
The young and disillusioned found "a
new haven" in the Radical Warty, a
mixed bag of civil libertarans and
ecologists who campaigned; against
nuclear power and for liberalited abor-
tion and divorce laws, he said. The
Radicals more than tripled their 1976
showing from 1.1 per cent to 3.4 per
cent, increasing their number of seats
in the Chamber of Deputies to18 from
A COMMUNIST loss had been an-
ticipated after an unsuccessful two-
year parliamentary partnership with

the ruling Christian Democrats, who
lacked a majority and needed their
Other factors often cited in analyzing
anti-Communist sentiment were fear of
terrorism, public demand for law and
order, and increased esteem for the
popular Pope John Paul II and the
Roman Catholic Church, which suppor-
ts the Christian Democrats.
Predicted Christian Democrat gains
failed to materialize in the election.
They won 262 Chamber seats, one fewer
than they won in 1976 and 54 short of a
majority. They got 14,007,594 votes, of
38.3 per cent, compared with 38.7 per
cent in 1976.
"Glass," an international exhibition of
contemporary glass from 28 countries,
is on view at the Corning Museum of
Glass through Oct. 1.
After that showing, the exhibition is
scheduled to go to the Toledo Museum
of ,Art; the Renwick Gallery of the
National Collection of Fine Arts,
Washington, D.C.

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