The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 5, 1967 · Page 22
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 22

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, December 5, 1967
Page 22
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TOLL HOUSE KOOKIE BRITTLE A delicious variation on America's favorite cookie treat 1 •.. teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 2 cups sifted flour 1 cup finely chopped Diamond Walnuts n irre II '_' II).CRUNCHY FUN FROM THE COOKIN' COUSINS SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE ^ DIAMOND" *.' '.nf^r :. 1:^*^13 aq^ii. .JB& NESTLE'S MORSELS AND DIAMOND WALNUTS too skinny? . too short? too green? too much? by One Tired Reporter The assignment: Go out and work on a Christmas tree lot to see how people buy Christmas trees. The report: To most people, buying a Christmas tree as a symbol of the season of good cheer is only slightly less serious than choosing a tombstone. Buyers argue and bicker and pout, and one fellow struck me a glancing blow with the bough of a Norway pine, though he claimed he was only trying to brush the snow off a tree and I got in the way. I arrived at the Christmas tree lot early, and listened while the owner told me where the various species were located — spruce over there in the corner, scotch pine out in front, etc. My first customer was a portly lady who was being followed by a small man who had the look of an anemic beagle about him. "Merry Christmas," I said, "can I help you?" "No," the lady said, "I don't like the looks of your trees," and she turned and stalked out. Her beagle husband followed her. His ears were drooping. Another couple came in, and I started to show them Christmas trees. The woman very nearly agreed to a fine spruce, but decided at the last second that it was "too skinny." The next one was "too short," And then while I wrestled trees—sometimes two at a time she said: "The trunk is crooked." "It's too skimpy in the middle." "I don't like the color." "That kind sheds its needles too soon." "There's a branch missing on the right side." "That one is not bad except it doesn't have a nice top." The lady's husband, meanwhile, had gone over into a corner of the lot and dozed off, standing on one leg with his head under his arm, like a chicken,

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