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Opinion page The Cheer Fund spirit ONCE AGAIN, on the successful completion of the 40th annual Christmas Cheer Fund appeal, there is little more to be said than a heart-felt "thank you." Even the old-timers at the Globe-Gazette, who should be accustomed to the tingle of excitement that comes with the announcement of the Cheer Fund during the two weeks immediately preceding Christmas, never cease to be amazed at the generosity of our friends and neighbors. This year, perhaps more than the others, this fact was made apparent as the appeal reached its climax on the final days. Not only was the total giving greater than ever before, but the number and size of anonymous gifts was unprecedented. Persons" obviously gave because they wanted to give ... so that others less fortunate could share in the blessings of what for them was a fruitful year. This was not a high pressure campaign nor was it aimed at any particular segment of the populace. The school children dug deep into the pockets of their jeans just as deep, if not proportionately deeper, than adults did into their purses and billfolds. It is the true spirit of Christmas that obviously is understood by youngster and parent alike. Thanks to them, there were no empty stockings in the Mason City area this holiday season. Thus the Cheer Fund lives on. Mason Cityans and their neighbors simply will not let it fail. TilK FA M11 •y WILL BIRNARD American Bar A««n. Two can collide at an intersection. Each driver blames the other for the accident. And the only Impartial witness is a schoolboy who wax standing on the curb. Should the boy be.allowed to tell his story in court? Thousands of dollars, and perhaps grave criminal penal- tics, may hinge on what he says, Is the testimony of a child reliable enough for the processes of justice? Either way th«rt «r« problems. To let him testify is to risk falsehood, deliberate or otherwise. Robert Louis Stnven- son once wrote: "Whatever we are to expect at the hands of children, it should Snowballs in North Korea DID YOU sec where those mean Americans threw snowballs at the Communist soldiers in the demilitarized zone of North Korea? • There was an official Communist protest at the Military Armistice Commission meeting as a result. It was obvious the strong- armed Americans, trained .since boyhood to throw snowballs (and not grenades), zeroed in with considerable accuracy on a Communist sentry box. They must have scored a direct hit on visitinpf brass to cause such sin outcry. If the Reds think they're havr troubles, they ought to charge the barricades in any red-blooded American boy's backyard these days ... or attend a snow-pelted football same where visiting fans really jjct it- Is this a matter for tho U.N.? If so, the Communists better duck when they arrive at the Security Council. They may get bombed (with snowballs, that is) on their way in. This could be one of the great- cat developments of the century. We'd like to settle international tensions with a snowball fight any old day. It's a lawyer's world THE CHIEFTAINS of the Teamsters Union met recently in Acapulco, Mexico. Ritf item on the agenda was President James 11. Hoffa's appeal of a conviction on a jury-tampering charge and what would happen to the hierarchy if Hofl'a loses. Editorial of the day The meeting was attended by the 15-member executive board and 125 union attorneys. All of which proves that a lawyer stands a much better chance than a union officer oC attending a winter meeting of the Teamsters in sunny Acapulco. And now it's artillery! (New York Herald Tribune) The New York City police, who hav* had lo cope with almost every form of violence in protecting the city am! its visitors, have now bei'n confronted with artillery. Tho use of an improvised bu/.ooka, fitted with a timing device, to launch' it rocket from Ihe Long Island shore inlo the East River near the U.N. building, certainly displayed ingenuity. False bomb scares and excited demonstrations during the speech of Cuba's Minister of Industry, Ernesto Guevara, gave the sudden explosion in Ihe river an ominous Quality which was compounded by mystery. But this is a kind of ingenuity New York can do without. That Che Guevara was indulging — behind ranks of guards —in a succession of provocative libels against his hosts has nolhing to do with the case. That he represented a government which sold out the Cuban people Look out below! Courage is bearing one's own personal tragedies without dramatizing them to others. Where is the man who, when he looks into the mirror, doesn't admire h i s wife's taste? Live in the present so your past won't ruin your future. Memo to motorists: II might not be your fault—just your funeral. The Editor's Notebook Hardv What high school senior hasn't heard dad (and the commencement s p e a ker) tell about the cold, cruel outside world. Those carefree school days will soon be behind as the graduate faces the college grind or the hard Working day, he's informed. Hold the adjectives, father; your lecture notes may not be up to date. Some fiendish researchers have matched statistics and come up with the premise that high school students work longer hours than their fathers. The National Education Association quotes the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in showing that the average father works about 40.7 hours each week. Then there are those New York electricians with the 28- ing school kids! hour work week and the AFL- CIO goal of a 35-hour week. H*w .boo* th« kids? The NEA turns to a recent report from the Tennessee Department of Education that says high school students put in a "school we«k" of 44 hours on the average — excluding school-related activities on weekends. For the record, the same report had teachers down for a work week of 51V£ hours during the ,9-month school year and principals logged "more than 56 hours." Thought for the'day:'The next time you turn from your favorite TV program, dad, and start to deliver that lecture to your son studying chemistry in the next room — don't! Election l*ft-ev»r: S«n. Barry Goldwater's defeat caused minor retailing* problems as well as major political ones) A Los Angeles store is still trying to peddle a Urge supply of canned "Gold Water" with a sign that- says: "In your heart you know it's ginger ale." Wftrld Mri«* '•cho*s »r« still being heard, particularly by me. 'Wire Editor Marty Rickard has 'been circulating a list of candidates for the best news stories of 1964. . One of them was "Cards beat Yankees in world series (ho, My choice: "CarAmaU only general manager and oaly field manager to give then a world series victory since the Middle Ages — and the Yanks got the manager, HO, HO!" Cardinal fan Dick Sullivan was meticulous in listing his No. 1 story choice: "Cards beat Yankees in world series (HO, HO)." L**d*r* •( th* l«w« Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, aren't blinded with over-confidence on their hopes to overthrow the Iowa right-to-work law in the upcoming legislative session. They know their prospects have gone from none-at-all in recent legislatures to "pretty good" in this one, thanks to the Democratic assumption of power. This is particularly true in the House, the AFL-CIO leadership belieyes, but not so certain in the Senate. The Democratic majority includes a number of rural and •mall-town members who may have individualistic views OB the subject, evem though the Democratic state platform called for repeal of the act. ; The issue is clear. Organized , labor wants the union shop declared legal in Iowa, which means all employes in a plait inter union contract will have to become a member of that union within 30 days following employment. The Iowa Manufacturers Association and Master Builders of Iowa, prime spokesmen for the right-to-work law, want the individual employe to have the right of decision. It'* r«*J nic* to have th* sidewalks in Central Park cleared so promptly after a snowfall, but is it really necessary to take a swath of sod along with it? How Russians <p translate MLF General apathy GLOBE- GAZET1 A I.EB NKWSI'AI'KH Ixflued Kvcry Wcrk Ony Ity *!*« LKK KNTERPniSKS. INC. 300 N. Washington Mtnl WVJ70 Sfcontl Clnnii PnslnEo I'nlil al Mnsun Clly, Iowa. l.KK Publisher I.OOMIS RAY N. ROniCK ROBERT H. SP1KGKI. THOR J. JENSKN KEN E. BERG .. DONN E. WIIITK KENNETH W. CAHKV MAUDE STACKHOUSE I. W. HILLSTHOM C. J. EGGERT REUBEN W. SWKIII.A Puhlinticr Killlor . Mannclng Editor AxiDfliitc Edltnr AKsl. Run. Mar. . . Ret. Adv. . Nal. Adv. Circulation <'omp. Mm. Mcr. Mgr. Mcr. Supt. I'rcmmn. Supl. Monday Dec. 28, 1964 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which t* rx- cltiklvely entitled lu use for republii'nlion of iOI local ncwi printed In thin newnpaner RK well *« all AP news dlspafchcu. SUBSCRIPTION RATKS (By Carrier; Otw year J2.1.40 OIM> week ....'. 4S Outilde Maxm City and Clear Lake bill Within 100 Milea of Ma son Clly (North Iowa Edition) By mall I year SU.OO By mall 8 monthn . 7,M Outside 100 Mile Zone (Nnrth Iowa Edition) Oi» year 120.00 Six monttii in so A « to nn alien Ideology and delivered it inlo Iho hnnds of an incompetent bureaucracy mny be more to the point — since the demonstrations against which he was being protected were anti-Castro rather Hum pro-American. ' Bui.the plain fact is Hint the honor of the United Stales (and of New York City) makes it imperative that delegates to the U.N. bt- safeguarded againsl any threat from any quarter. The task of doing so is difficult and, apparently, unrewarding, llul in the light of the intensity of demonstrations occurring in so many parts of the world today there is great, satisfaction in proving that New York lives up to its diplomatic and social responsibilities, whatever may be the case in other cities. The primary responsibility created by the presence of the U.N. in New York Is not necessarily respect for a great international organization — it is self-respect that is at stnkc. Pros and cons Public opinion and gambling Waterloo Courier: Past ruriil-oricntcd, Kcpublican-eontrolled legislatures probably would n o I approve a gambling statute or amendment. Hut it is possible that a re-apportioned. Democratic-controlled legislature might have a different view-point. The decisive factor will be public opinion. Governor Hughes has made * mistake Osagc Press-News: Governor Harold liughes hasn't made many mistakes since becoming Iowa's chief executive. Rut he has made a big one when he announced h i s unalterable opposition lo even minor regulations curbing abuses in the firearm traffic. Remember? 10 years ago Saratoga Post 4868 of Veterans of Foreign Wars announced that Marcia Watson, Clear Lake, has been chosen lo receive the $150 scholarship award which is given each year by Ihe post. 20 years ago Capt. Helen Lloyd Jones of the WAC, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lloyd Jones, Mason City, is hero for a short holiday visit. She is now stationed «t Crilc general hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. 30 years ago Mr. and Mrs. II. II. Spiegel nnd son, Robert, 30 6th NE, spent the holidays with Mrs. Spiegel's parents at Sibley. 40 yeors ago This Christmas will be remembered by 197 children who were the guests of the Lions Club at t Christmas tree program and barn-met at the high school Gymnasium. ^ not be any piddling exactitude about matters of fact." But if children may lie more freely, they may also tell the truth more freely. Out of the mouths of babes come observations unsoftcncd by tact, un- tinted by prejudice. As • ruk, It is up to th« trial judge to decide whether a particular child is qualified to be a witness.. Of course, age is one factor. But age provides no hard and fast guide. The judge also must consider the child's intelligence, the time that has elapsed between accident and trial, and even the type of question to be asked. Thus, a lot of seven is belter fitted lo say whether a dog bit him than to estimate the speed of a passing truck. Ethical as well as menial characlcrislics are laken into account. The child witness must feel a moral obligation lo lell the truth. Traditionally, th« [udg« probes for this moral obligation in the child's religious background. Does he fear divine punishme'nt if he doesn't tell Ihe truth? For instance, one court allowed testimony by a youngster who, although ha/.y about the meaning of an oath, was sure that "the bad man" would get him if he told a lie. In recent years «ome courts have been satisfied even if the child has no religious convictions, so long as he docs have a clear molivation to be honest. But that motivation he must have. No matter how winsome his smile or how eloquent his language, the child wilhout scruples has no business on a witness stand at all. By STUART H. LOORY N.w York Herald Tribune News Service MOSCOW — In Ihe Soviet press, the Cyrillic alphabet is abandoned and the Roman characters used for the letters "MLF" these days. And what a symbol they have become. It's virtually impossible for a Soviet citizen to look at tho^e three letters without conjuring up the allusion of a mean, crochety old German general in high boots, jodphers, tunic with SS insignia at the collar and distinctive peaked cap. It's wrong to blame all that hatred on latter-day Soviet propaganda. Much of it is the hatred the Germans gathered unto themselves during their o'c- cupation of large parts of European Russia during World War II. The intense hatred and distrust of the Germans — limited to West Germans in the propaganda — is not distinctive here. The feeling that West Germany cannot be restrained, that its "revanchlsl" spirit is again growing can be felt all over Eastern Europe and, indeed, along some circles in Western Europe and even the United States. This is the emotion upon which the Soviets are playing so skillfully in Iheir anli-MLF propaganda campaign. Day after day all the "organs of mass communication have been beating away. Their message is that MLF means a West German army commanded by former servants of Hitler that will have nuclear weapons at its disposal under the multilateral force. "In their candid momcnls," one diplomat said the other day, "the Russians will admit to you that they know the Germans are not getting control over nuclear weapons' no matter what kind of MLF is finally adopted." But there is a fear — a sincere fear — that though the United States will maintain veto power over the. use of nuclear weapons in the MLF now, the Germans might later somehow come into their control. There is also the fear — once again sincere—that the Germans, by participating in MLF, will learn some of the technology of using nuclear weapons that they would otherwise have to devise for themselves. The Soviet Union's fear of West Germany is perhaps exaggerated during these first months of post-Khrushchev rule in the Kremlin by the new leaders' desire to appear in the role of protectors to the Eastern European countries, who also have a feeling that rearWd West Germany is their most dangerous menace. In a larger sense, West Germany represents only the focal point for the furious Soviet campaign to do whatever it can to keep MLF from ever coming into existence. For despite U.S. assurances that there will be American control of nuclear weapons, the Soviets feel the MLF is a form of proliferaling nuclear arms to nations that do not now have them. And finally, Ihe Kremlin leaders remain basically opposed to any scheme, such as the MLF, which would improve the defenses of the North Atlantic Treaty countries vis-a-vis the Soviet Union. Investor's Guide Confidential ventures By SAM SHULSKY Q. I am thinking of making my first venture into the stock market. What arrangements are available lo nn investor who wishes to keep his transactions and dividend checks confidential? Could dividend checks be sent directly to your bank or broker? Would it be wise to ask others to handle your checks? Would there be any extra charge for this service? A. The word "confidential" is, of course, relative. Obviously, your broker and the "hack office" bookkeeping and purchase and sales divisions of the firm must know what is going on. If you mean confidential as far as your home or busi- ness office is concerned, the answer is yes. If you leave the stock in the broker's name the dividend checks will come to him and be credited to your account. Or you can have the checks sent anywhere you like, including your checking, savings or any special bank account. To have the checks sent to the bank you will have to so authorize the dividend disbursing agent acting for the corporation whose shares you buy. Banks will supply you with the proper form. There are no special charges by brokers or banks for this dividend collecting service, although the brokerage fraternity is now discussing such a fee. But it's no more than a discussion, as of the moment. Try and Stop Me . . by Cerf S HELLEY BERMAN nominates as the most sophisticated child he ever encountered, an angelic-looking sevcn- yoar-old girl in Chicago. On. Christmas morning she was still sleeping blissfully at nine a.m., though her older brother had long since been opening presents nnd whooping it up •round tho tree. Bcrman rapped sharply on the little girl's door. "Who Is it?" demanded the tot, "Santa Clans," answered Berman. "Got something for me, Santa?" asked the little girl. "You bet," said Bcrman. "OK," said the little girl yawning, "Shove it under the door •—and scram!" • • • OVERHEARD: At Intermission time at a Broadway play: 'Td give ten thousand dollars rlRht-now to be a millionaire!" From an Indignant lady who overheard a horse owner boa.it- ing- that his 3-year-old hnd wan $50,000 In a mll«-and-a-quarter race at Aqueduct "Isn't It nlsjrnuceful what some parents make their children do for money!" From a Texan, making a mlunlght landing with his jet on. * private air strip outside of Houston. "I hop« Junior hasn't left that darn two-engine Job of hi* on the runway again I" Q. If you were apprehensive about the prospects of a ruinous decline in the value of the dollar, would you sell AT & T and reinvest the proceeds in a mutual fund, an insurance company stock, or an annuity? A. If I feared ruinous inflation—which I don't—I certainly would not head for an annuity. That's an investment which pays out a fixed number of dollars a year for life. If you thought the dollar's purchasing power was going to drop, why wouid you want that? If you fear inflation, a mutual fund, or a life insurance company's common stock also' would be a hedge against inflation. But why give up one top quality common to look for another? Q. We arc 61, will retire at 65. Are we too old to start a monthly investment plan for $150 to $250 a month? Have been thinking of natural resources stocks? A. If you have money to invest, you're never too old to invest it. It would have been better had you started at 51 or 41 or 31, but you must work with what you have. A stamped, self-addressed envelope will bring you a list of quality companies, many of them involved with natural resources. Q. I'm a widow of 69, interested in buying Sears, GM, 'and adding 25 more AT 4 T. Would you suggest buying for growth or income? A. I think that at 69, a person is justified in investing on the basis that $1 in dividends in hand is worth $2 in growth in the future. All these are quality stocks but, with exception oi GM, are not the best you can get for income. Mr. m»U M4 trt«« )« MI of »mer«l tatornl To Your Health Skin is excessively dry By DR. JOSEPH MOLNER Dear Dr. Molncr: 1 went on a diet, just cut out alcohol and sweets, and reduced on everything else. I lost 25 pounds in two months. My problem now is excessively dry skin and itching on my arms, neck and face. My skin is rather rough, too. Did this result from dieting? What can I do about it? —Mrs. W.H.K. I doubt that dieting caused it, although there are several otner factors which, if I knew them, might have a bearing on your case. Sheer weight reduction, even rapid (as yours was), does not have such an effect, but occasionally when fats are radically restricted in the diet, the skin may become dry. So, you see, it might be enlightening to know whether you happened to have a diet that was markedly deficient in fats. • Along with this, I'd want to knOw whether you had any tendency toward dryness before; how old you are; whether excessive exposure to sun, soap and baths may have contributed; whether you may have deprived your system of enough liquids in an effort to lose weight rapidly. (If so — don't! Weight lost by drying out the system as with steam baths isn't permanently lost. It can return overnight when the liquids are restored.) Studies have shown that dryness of the skin is not entirely due to lack of oils. There is also a decrease in skin moisture. Hence one way to restore that moisture is to soak in a warm tub, or apply moisture to the face,.being careful NOT to dry the skin completely afterward. Immediate application of an oil will then prevent loss of the moisture. The oil also will help soften the skin. Mineral oil, lanolin or various creams can be used for this purpose. Even better are skil- BOUQUET To CHRISTMAS TOILERS — such as policemen, firemen, telephone operators, bus drivers and the like. It was just, another day of work for some of them as the rest of us paused to observe one of Christendom's greatest feast days. fully blended bath oils, available commercially. These can be added to the bath water, or ap- • plied directly after the bath. The f o r e g oing suggestions may be of considerable help Jo older people who are bothered, by skin dryness that comes with the years. However, one must he sure that the itching is not caused by a skin disorder or an allergy. Occasionally a change in the brand of bath soap is the answer. Extreme lack of fats is likely to mean deficiency in Vitamins A and D. While the former is important for skin health, large doses of it do not necessarily relieve skin troubles once they have developed. It is a good rule for anyone on a highly restricted diet program to take a mixed vitamin supplement. Note to Mrs. C.B.M.: "Skin planing" may require two weeks to heal. It is done under local anesthesia. Matters of cost and your other questions would depend on the extent of the work to be done. Your regular doctor can refer you to a specialist. They'll Do It Every Time «• I)M PEAKING OF GREETING CARPS ITH SHORT NAMES REAL WIDE SHAPE JHttCWNOTAFFK WSORHERRA

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