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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 8, 1967
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plmy-Go-Roudl PIAIIOI WASHINGTON - Canadians, who were flabbergasted over President de Gaulle's recent behavior, will be Interested in reading an account of his behavior half a century ago. An account appears in Minute of May 26,1966, a French paper critical of De Gaulle, though similar stories have appeared in pro-Gaullist newspapers. Source for the story is the diary of Capt. Robert Destouches, commander of the 9th Company, 110th Infantry, French army, whom De Gaulle relieved at Verdun; also Lt. Casimlr Albrecht, the German officer who took De Gaulle prisoner. On August 15, 1914, approximately two weeks after World War I started, De Gaulle was wounded In the arm, near Dinan. The wound was superficial, and he recovered quickly, then served in a regiment near Cognac where there was little action. There he was stricken with scarlet fever, and It was 19 months before he got into the front lines at Verdun, one of the fiercest fronts of World War I. At that time De Gaulle was sent to command the 9th Company of the 110th Infantry Regiment, which had lost 1,000 men and 20 officers. Capt. Destouches, whom he relieved, reports in his diary: "The captain who came to relieve me presented himself, swagger stick In his hand, gloves like fresh butter, with the air of a conqueror in a neat uniform as if he were going for a walk on the boulevard. "De Gaulle," said Destouches, "was stupified that there were neither rows of barbed wire nor organized trenches nor shelters for the troops and that this terrain did not resemble at all that which he had occupied in the Aisne province." Destouches said that to compare the two was crazy, as Aisne had no real action. "I told him that for three days we had had nothing but attacks and not a single article of engineering supplies — no shovels or picks and had not received a single centimeter of barbed wire and that the sector was accordingly not well organized." - o- - WHITE FLAG APPEARS- On March 2, 1916, there was a German attack. German Lieutenant Albrecht, who is alive today and who captured De Gaulle, has given the following account of what happened. "During the attack on the morning of the 2nd of March we concentrated our fire on what appeared to be a command post. After half an hour I saw coming out of a hole some vaguely white cloth looking like a shirt fastened to a bayonet I then ordered the shooting to stop. Then several French soldiers appeared, and I noticed particularly the officer that commanded them because he was so tall and he appeared to be haggard and shaky. So I addressed myself to him, 'Gentlemen, it is very sad all these dead/ and the tall French captain replied, 'Yes, it is true,' and he handed me his belt and pistol." For this alleged bravery De Gaulle was awarded a citation which reads in part; "Capt, De Gaulle led his men in a furious assault, and in a hand-to-hand fight, the only solution that he judged compatible with his feeling of military honor, fell in the melee." The question arises as to why De Gaulle was given this citation for bravery when actually he surrendered. What happened was that after De Gaulle was taken prisoner there was no communication between his company and regimental headquarters. The two French liaison agents had been killed. A French bugler reported having seen the tall captain of the 9th Company fall; therefore, Col. Voudhors of De Gaulle* s regiment thought De Gaulle had been killed along with the major of the regiment, and asked for a citation to be awarded posthumously to these two officers. General Petain, who had known and liked De Gaulle, went along with the recommendation and awarded the citation while De Gaulle was in a German officers prison camp. - o- - CAMBRIDGE IN LIMELIGHT- An interesting chain of events preceded the outbreak of violence in Cambridge, Md., which ever since the departure of Negro leader Gloria Richardson had been quiet. Miss Richardson left Cambridge after many stormy months of 1963-64 to become Mrs. Dandridge. Since that time she dropped almost completely out of the civil rights limelight. With her departure, Cambridge also dropped out of the limelight. Last spring, however, Gloria Richardson, nowMrs.Dandridge, turned up on Bimini Island to consult with Adam Clayton Powell. She had two reasons for the visit: First, she wanted to help her husband, a free lance photographer, get an exclusive story from Powell for Life magazine. This failed. Second, she asked Powell's advice on how to get into the forefront in the civil rights movement. One of her ideas was to write a book. Adam's answer was crushing. "Nobody would buy it," he said. "They don't know you anymore." Mrs. Dandridge brightened up somewhat when he added, "You might try a magazine article tied to black power." Last week, Gloria Richardson Dandridge was sitting beside SNCC leader Rap Brown at the Neward black power conference. On her other side was Omar Ahmed, director of the East Harlem Corps. Apparently she was taking Adam's advice about getting back into the black power movement. And some people think that Rap Brown may have taken her advice in regard to Cambridge, Md. At any rate, Rap Brown left Newark immediately following the black power meeting, and headed for Cambridge, Md., where within hours that city exploded. Cambridge and Gloria both got back in the limelight. That limelight, however, burned approximately two blocks of Negro homes. - o- - DETROIT MOST INTEGRATED BIG CITY On May 14, this writer devoted a column to the city of Detroit and its mayor, Jerome Patrick Cavanagh, describing him as the No. 1 glamor mayor of America, now facing the fact that his wife had left him, that he had spent too much time traveling abroad, that his city had the biggest crime increase of any in the USA and that he faced a recall. The mayor vigorously denied these points and threatened a libel suit over the report that his wife had left him. As of last week, unfortunately, most of the above facts resulted in tragic headlines across the nation. Mrs. Cavanagh sued for separate maintenance. The police let part of the population get completely out of hand. And the city faced $200,000,000 of damages in the worst street looting in the last half century. Traveling over Detroit by helicopter, observers looked down on charred walls, lone chimneys, smoking ruins, a scene familiar to American bomber pilots over Germany in World War H. No one would ever have thought it Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Det Moine*-5 could happen in America. Yet it did happen, in a city which was completely integrated, where Negroes had lucrative jobs in the auto plants, the only city in the USA sending two Negroes to Congress. In Detroit, Negroes and whites for many years have lived side by side. Most of them owned their own homes. Walter Reuther years ago had welcomed Negroes into the United Auto Workers, making it one of the most completely integrated unions in the nation. TrxLGQMA ENDS TUESDAY AUGUST 8th "SEX FOR LAUGHS!" w.r Dull Nf «i .2cx. PUUVBM" cam by BUM STARTS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9th Park Visitors In 1965. more than 121 million visits were recorded to the National Parks or areas under National Park Service supervision. This was more than twice the total of 1955. STARLITE ENDS WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8th Paul Newman in 'TORN CURTAIN" and "PROMISE HER ANYTHING" WEDNESDAY IS K. L. G. A. FREE NITE 2 BIG FEATURES "Munster Go Home" and "Night Of The Grizzly" STARTS THURSDAY DUE TO THE AINOKMAL iv 'ITH Ol WITHOUT THIII PAUHT1 UNIFORMID FOLICIMAN WILL SUPIDVIII ALL AOUIMIONJI Tht nosl rxnlnsitr moliim nirlurr «f our limr.Tlir story <>f si rich IM.J H(IO nurrird 3 pmw Nrgro pirl. SKIN A hundred yvort of hot« and passion •plod«c ocrots lh« »cr*«nl IUIK LONDON Of IN IIWES (OH* D<(W tlHRTMOR! Nit IWG UK IGNIS MOOHKfW UUIMSHFI IPIease - No one under 18 Adults — $1.00 - MONDAY.. AUGUST 21 Fabric Style Show Garments made of fabrics from The Chrischilles Store! * + + 20 models - the largest fabric show ever staged in this area! * + + Proceeds to go to the C. D. of A. Tickets sold by all C. D. of A. members and Diamond's Store and The Chrischilles Store. * + * MARK THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR: MONDAY - AUGUST 21, 8:00 P.M. Garrigon High School Auditorium - Ticket* only 50c The Chrischilles Store

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