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ft I 'M r'JJ 1- 1-70 5031b AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 91 EitkirvilU, Iowa, 51334, Thursday, Ftbmary 10, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c 2000 Fewer Farms In Iowa in 1971 Dominos Four cars and two snowmobiles were damaged In a four-car crash about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday just east of the junction of Highways 9-71, six miles east of Spirit Lake. An auto driven by Villa Fuentez of Superior had stopped to make a left turn, the next car operated by Darrell Lev of Jackson, Minn., was able to stop, but the car driven by Richard Thornburg of Esiherville (towing two snowmobiles on a trailer) crashed into the rear of the Lev vehicle. Both snowmobiles were thrown from the trailer, one into the ditch. The fourth car, driven by Richard Faplow of Estherville, then attempted to avoid a collision with the Thornburg car and he took to the ditch on the right, but struck the snowmobile—estimated damage to the snow sled was $1,100. The top photo shows the Thornburg car as it is being readied to tow away. Below is the Paplow auto and in the foreground is the mutilated snowmobile. There was no injuries reported. Damaged Snowmobile and Paplow Car Thornburg Car (Photos by Spirit Lake Beacon) A James Bond Mystery The Irving-Hughes Affair Editor's Note—The following story was written by Nina van Pallandt in collaboration with London Sunday Mirror writer Don Short. By NINA VAN PALLANDT Written for the L ondon Sunday M irror LONDON (AP) - It's all getting a little bit like James Bond. The events of the past four days have been in a world of sheer fantasy. All I keep hearing are two names. One is Howard Hughes, the eccentric millionaire I've never met in my life. The other is Clifford Irving, the name of a man I have loved and an author I still believe has pulled off the literary coup of the century. If this affair had not got into the world headlines, I know my affair with Clifford, however indiscreet it was, would still be a secret today. There is nothing I can do. What damage has been done, has been done, but I fervently hope it will not break his marriage to his wife Edith because I know they are very happy together. It was 7 '/2 years ago inlbiza when we found ourselves in a small beach party together. Clifford—I'd read several of his books and knew him by reputation— was in the party and we discovered we both lived on the island. I was then living with my husband Frederik and our children. Ibiza is a small island and it has lots of social life and it Nelsen Replaces Baedke At Community TV Firm Sammons Communications Inc., owner of Community TV Signal Co. of Esthervllle, has announced the promotion of Tom Nelsen, Jr., to the position of general manager of the Esthervllle Cable Television System. Nelsen replaces Martin Baedke, who has accepted an assignment in Turlock, Calif., and will become manager of SCI's new cable television system there. Nelsen, 34, is a native lowan and has been a resident of Es ttierville for ten years. He has over four years experience with community TV signal. Tom, his wife Nancy, and two children Joy Lynn, 3, and Mark, 6, are members of the Calvary Baptist Church and his hobbies include fishing and woodworking. "My goal is to continue the same high standards of dedication and service to Esthervllle as my predecessor, Martin Baedke," Nelsen says. "I will see to it that Estherville continues to receive the highest quality television service that Community TV Signal can provide." NELSEN wasn't long before I was bump- i ng into Clifford at cocktail parties and other functions. He became a family friend. It wasn't until last year that our friendship developed into any kind of relationship. Clifford was then married to Edith, his fourth wife, and my own marriage to Frederik had broken up. One night at my Chelsea home I got a call from Clifford saying he was coming to London and I invited him in to have dinner that same night with other friends. During his stay, Clifford asked me if I would like to go on holiday with him to Nassau. We took the plane to New York the next morning—it was Feb. 12 as far as I recall. When we got there, Clifford announced a sudden change of plans. "Would you mind," he said, "if we went to Mexico instead?" Clifford then told me he had to go to Mexico to meet Howard Hughes, whose autobiography he was writing. I had to return to London (from Mexico after 3V2 days) and on the previous day Clifford went out to arrange my air ticket back. He was gone between one and a half to two hours. That is the only time when he went out alone for any such period. I have heard that in an affidavit Clifford has sworn that I was with him when he met Howard Hughes. I cannot believe Clifford would say such a thing because I certainly didn't meet Hughes at any time during our stay there. But If Clifford saw Hughes In Mexico it could only have been during that two-hour period when he got my air ticket. Last November, Clifford and I met again in Los Angeles. I picked him up at the airport and he was all aglow over his manuscript on Howard Hughes. He had been to New York to see the publishers, McGraw- Hill, and he told me that the serialization rights had been bought by Life magazine. Clifford had sworn me to secrecy about the whole thing. At the house we borrowed from a friend I cooked some steaks for. Clifford and my manager, John Marshall, and over dinner Clifford told us of the strange meetings he had with Howard Hughes. Clifford told us of one secret meeting with Hughes in a parking lot and how cartridge tapes had been exchanged in some toilet somewhere. It all seemed so fantastic, and the author showed us the original letter he had received from Hughes granting him the rights to his biography. It looked perfectly genuine. Apparently he had known Clifford over a number of years and trusted and respected him. Clifford is the kind of man that a woman finds great warmth in and someone with whom there is tremendous communication. I still feel very close to him. But when an American postal department investigator came to question me last week when I was holidaying in the Bahamas ... I was literally shaken. Suddenly the whole thing exploded around me I had to return to England to regain my senses. Yes, I'm going to New York with John and we will both testify before the grand jury investigating the whole affair and of our relationship with Clifford Irving. I will tell the truth and all I hope is that what I say will not harm or injure Clifford in any way. Because knowing this man as I do I cannot believe the book is false. I believe it is authentic. I would dearly like to think the book is authentic and that Clifford will prove to the world it is. By DALE SPROUSE Associated Press Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) There were 2,000 fewer farms In Iowa in 1971. A report compiled by the Iowa Farm Bureau and titled, "Facts on Iowa Agriculture," noted that operating farms dropped from 141,000 in 1970 to 139,000 in 1971. By comparison, there were 183,000 farms in 1960. Despite the sizable drop in the number of farms, only 300,000 acres were taken out of agricultural production from 1960 to 1970. Average acreage for the farms increased from 190 in 1960 to 247 last year. "It's a trend in Iowa and around the nation," said Gene Maahs of the Iowa Farm Bureau about the reduction in farms and the increase in aver- ago acreage. "The number of actual farm- Ray Names Area People To Court Unit DES MOINES — Governor Robert P. Ray has appointed 65 Iowans to District Court Judicial : 5i >riCominatAng "'• Commissions under provisions of a new judicial districting law which went into effect Jan. 1. • For Judicial District 3A the following were appointed: Tom Howe, 32, Spencer hardware dealer; Mrs. George Vanden Heuvel, 40, RockRapids bookkeeper; John B. Anderson, 49, Storm Lake editor; Blaine Hoien, 48, Spirit Lake realtor, and Kirk Hayes, 36, Algona insurance man. The Legislation passed in 1971 reduced the number of judicial districts in Iowa from 18 to eight, although five of the eight new districts are divided into subdistricts. In each of the 13 districts or (subdistricts) there are 10 members on the Commission, five appointed by the Governor and five elected by the Bar Associations. The Chairman is the most senior judge in each of the districts. Members of the judicial nominating commissions, whoarenam ed without regard to political affiliation, are required to meet whenever a vacancy occurs on district. They then submit nominations to fill the court vacancy to the Governor who in turn appoints the new judge. Commission members serve without, pay. Terms of Commissioners are staggered in each district, running from two to six years in length. Twenty-five of the 65 persons appointed have served previously on district court nominating commissions. The remainder are new, appointments by Ray. ing units has been reduced as people leave the farm," he said. But "someone else actually takes over the operation of the farm land—either by renting it or buying it." Maahs said, however, he thinks the trend of the diminishing farming units has slowed. The report also noted that although farms have diminished, the Income for the Iowa farmer has been continually on the upswing. From 1960 to 1970, average gross income per farm rose from $14,406 to$30,337. Average net Income per farm increased from $3,871 to $8,481 during the 10-year span. Federal government payments to Iowa farmers grew from $20,795,000 In 1960 to a whopping $235,815,000 in 1970. "I don't think that there's any question that thin has been a factor in the increase in farm income," said Maahs. "Actually though, we've got a number of factors, one reason net income is up is that you have fewer people dividing the pot." But Maahs said he thinks a large factor in the increase in farm income has been the growth of livestock business in the state. Livestock income, was about $1 billion from 1960 to 1970, while the cash receipts for crops rose only $500 million, Maahs said. Total cash receipts for all farm commodities were $3,929,701,000 in 1970, compared to just over $2.4 billion in 1960, the survey noted. Iowa ranked second nationally in the cash receipts for Its farm commodities in 1970, the most recent figures for that item contained in the report. The report showed that Iowa ranked first in corn production last year with 21.3 per cent of the total U.S. production. It ranked No. 2 last year with 14.9 per cent of the national soybean production market. The state also runked No. 1 last year in the number of hogs and cattle marketed. Iowa livestock breeders marketed 21,453,000 hogs and 4,025,000cattle last year. According to U.S. Departs ment of Agriculture figures cited by the Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa was the second leading state in export of farm products during fiscal 1971— sending $592 million of its produce to overseas markets. The report said that "agriculture is still the basic Industry ^^.Jtowa, with eight out ot ten up workers depending, directly or Indirectly, upon agriculture for their jobs," Out of a work force of 1,083,000 in 1970, 210,000 Iowans were directly involved in the crop and livestock business. An estimated 287, 000 Iowans were engaged in agriculturally related work, Including 22,603 em ployes of 3,340 food stores In the state. The survey noted that Iowa farmers have $18 billion invested In their business, including over $13 billion in lands. Of Iowa's 36 million acres of land area, 34.4 million acres are in farms. Iowa farmers purchased about $3 million worth of production supplies and services in 1970. That year, said the survey, major expenses of Iowa farmers included: $558 million for feed, $119 million for petroleum products, $118 million for fertilizer, $56 million for seed, $253 million for property taxes and $247 million for Interest on debts. In summary, said the report: "By Itself, the future of agriculture in Iowa has never looked brighter. Iowa's rich soil already produces more wealth each year than all the gold mines in the world." Everything's Coming Up Roses for City's Gypsy Coming soon on the Estherville area mid-winter entertainment bill of fare is the joint college and community production of the musical "Gypsy," scheduled for Feb. 22, 23, and 25 in Roosevelt Auditorium in Estherville. Heading the cast of the show is Mrs. Richard Pearson of Estherville, who plays the role of Rose, the ruthless and ambitious mother who drives her two daughters, June and Louise (later the famous Gypsy Rose Lee), to success as vaudeville performers. Playing the male lead is Marvin Toft, principal of Rlngsted High School, cast as Herbie, Rose's agent and suitor. Barb Bloomquist is cast as her daughter Louise, who reaches burlesque fame as Gypsy Rose Lee. Several popular musical hits are identified with "Gypsy." The song "Everything's Coming Up Roses" is sung by Rose and Herbie to Louise, the lyrics revealing the wild imagination and Intense drive that possesses the ambitious Rose as she seeks to inspire Louise to "reach the heights of stardom," now that daughter June has broken away on her own. In another scene Rose sings to Herbie, "funny, you're a stranger tho's come here ..." As she views him as her agent and potential husband, despite her previous three unsuccessful marriages. Later in the show, when Herbie, too, leaves Rose, she sings bitterly and nostalgically these same lines from the song "Small World." At the moment in the show when Herbie threatens to leave Hose unless she exhibits a willingness to settle down as a wife and mother, "Rose retorts saucily with "You'll Never Get Away from Me," a selection fromtheBroad- way show that gained wide popularity. One of the light and entertaining numbers is the wishes-in-song "If Momma Was Married," sung by daughters June and Louise, a musical dream of a home that never comes true. "All I Need Is the Girl," is the title of a tenor solo sung by Bob McGuire of Algona, who, as Tulsa, elopes with and dashes the hopes of for Juno's eventual star- June Rose dom. Song and dance routines are provided by the Farm Boys and News Boys, along with June and the Dancing Cow in "Broadway, Broadway." Perhaps most humorous is the song of the burlesque girls, "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," complete with trombone, flashing lights, and the traditional bumps and grinds. Filling out the repertoire of songs is the ballad, "Little Lamb," sung by Louise, who at this time is unaware of the heights in the theater she will reach, and the final selection, "Rose's Turn." This latter song establishes Rose as the unquestionable star of "Gypsy," as she sings of her own suppressed talents that she has sacrificed to further the careers of her unappreciative daughters. "This Time for Me! " she proclaims to her audience. The production is under the direction of Kenneth Van Der Sloot and Dallas Freeman, both instructors at Iowa Lakes Community College. Nixon's State of World WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon issued a lengthy foreign-policy report today, claiming dramatic 1971 breakthroughs toward his generation-of-peace goal, but acknowledging a half-dozen "sharp disappointments." The President also used his annual "State of the World" message to Congress this election year to urge public support for his handling of pressing foreign-affairs problems ahead. Saying the diplomatic policies of the past year will be a springboard for the future, Nixon indicated historic agreement on a first step in curbing the U. S. Soviet nuclear-missiles race will be reached about the time he visits Moscow in May. At the same time, the President coupled avowed hopes of Improving U.S. Soviet relations with serious questioning of the "expansionist implications" of current Russian diplomatic and arms policies. Nixon's 94,000-word account of global affairs portrayed 1971 as a "watershed year" for his administration's long-term peace effots. The President mentioned his forthcoming visits to Poking and Moscow, new economic relationships with European allies and Japan, and "creation of a new environment for the world's monetary and trade activities." Here, at a glance, is what President Nixon told Congress: ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Striking progress was made in 1971 toward building "a stable structure of world peace ... a more - balanced alliance with our friends — and a more-creative connection with our adversaries." DISAPPOINTMENTS - Chief among the "several sharp disappointments" of 1971 was the failure to negotiate a Vietnam peace. Others included the inability to prevent the Indian-Pakistani war, lack of success in finding a Mideast solution and the expulsionofNationalistChinafrom the United Nations. DANGERS - Continued Russian buildup of airpower and offensive missiles coupled with questionable diplomatic behavior "raise serious questions concerning Soviet objectives." PROSPECTS - A first-step agreement in the U. S. - Soviet strategic-arms- limltatlon talks might be ready for signing by the time he reaches Moscow in May. Further, while leaving for the time being deep differences, his trip to China later this month will eliminate "a sterile and barren interlude . . . between two great peoples."