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11 Goleiburq RftQistgr-Moil, Gdlesburp, III. Friday, July 27. 1973 On Committee » Cecil Walker end Al Gfttteey, temei dntef otfisgiM aerie, S twen rt*r*d to i fecial MM «fdbikw doritnittiw tor wtitMftJ orgsitlsirtkfVs Wth annuel eonvenuon Aug. 14 at Seattle, Wash. Itay «Mt «r> fainted by J. C. Mitchell, n* T3cnal president. Class Reunion For Alpha High ALPHA - Twelve of the 33 Members of the Alpha High School Class of 1998 held a reunion July 14 at the Sauk Trail Jgiin, Annawan. Roy J. Miller of Milan, Der^ores Rehn of Cambridge and "4 JWS Peterson and Mary Rousey, ^both of Moline, were named to HSk committee to plan a reunion "" 1978. DARutVictoria Schedules Event VICTORIA-Membcrs of the George Sornberger Chapter, Daughters of the Ameriotei Revolution, will have a DAR D.iys meeting Sept. 13, It was announced at the chapter's meeting July 13 at Mrs. Dale Peak's home. Chapter mem* bers will honor Mrs. Cfeland teaman, state regent, at * joint meeting Sept. 19 with members of the Wiffianisfield, Abingdon and Knoxville chapters at Knoxville. Mrs. John Bailey and Mrs. Carlisle Smith, members of the Rebecca Parke Chapter, Galesburg, reported on the Continental Congress held in Washing- tor, D. C. Mrs. Ivan R. Gordon will host the next chapter meeting at her home Sept 21. READ THE WANT ADS! You work hard enough to grow it, cutting it should bt a breeze. •a. * "A, There's a lot of pride in owning a piece of land. There's also a lot of work. And before you realize it, here's another crop of grass. That's why we put our heavy-duty tractor to work on the grass. The International Cub® 154 Lo-Boy tractor goes wherever there's a full day's work to be done. Other IH lawn and garden tractors from 7 to 14 hp. International® Cub 154 lo-Boy. Stands only 49" high. Hugs hills and embankments. Big IH "L" head engine provides speeds up to 9 mph Hydraulic lift is standard. WESTBAY EQUIPMENT CO Phone 309-342-8112 • Knoxvillo Read — Galesburg, III. |U International Harvester Sales & Service lUl Any woy you cut it. International Harvester Israelis Are Turning Attention to Hard Core Poverty By ROBERT SLATER JERUSALEM (UP!) ~ With the Suel Canal cease-fire nearly three years old and Arab guerrilla activities abating, Prime Minister Golda MeHr is turning her attention to a new kind of enemy: Hard-core poverty in Israel. While the Middle East crisis is still the No. 1 issue, the 75- year-old Israeli leader Intends to put the fight against poverty at the top of her domestic agenda in the coming months. "Barring the outbreak ot a war, or some change in the economy," said one of Mrs. Meir's close aides, "the attack on poverty will be the major: preoccupation of the next government." Mrs. Meir appears assured of heading the next government after the October elections. In the oast few weeks, Mrs. Meir had devoted more time in oublie speeches to the theme of poverty /than ever before.! Critics say that her sudden zeal is simply an election-year ploy. But Sides say she had other things on her mind that kept her from coming to grips with the social gap before. the prime minister's new focus on the poverty issue is partly due to the recent publication of a report on the subject, Written by a committee she appointed two years ago. For the first time, the dimensions of the nation's poor were spejied out The most remarkable statistic shows that nearly ao,*** youngsters fan below the poverty line. Many of these disadvantaged youngsters, the majority of whom come from Asian and African countries, become fre- ajuent school dropouts. j The report has already become a political football of sorts. Gahal, the chief opposition, is determined to blame the government for the poverty. Ne CaounHtal "We used to be proud of the sturdy, sunburnt children of Israel," said Menahem Begin, the Gahal leader, to the Knesset (parliament) Week during a recent debate on the report. Mrs. Meir said recently she could hot commit the next pvernmenf to fulfill ell the cwnmttee's recommendations. So most were deferred until after the elections this fall. Publicly, the prime minister shows anger at critics who blamed the government for the situation. Mrs, Meir is known to be disturbed st criticism aimed at alleged government inactivity in combating poverty. She bristles at charges that the government has knowingly per mitted poor people to go hungry. "The problem," said an aide "is not just a question o youngsters going hungry, bu it's often of mismanagement of the budget." The well-publicized report talks fundamentally of reorganizing Israel's social services, streamlining them end making the bureaucracy more responsive to people. Often, the poor don't know about help to which they're entitled. Mrs. Meir began the process of streamlining two weeks ago when she appointed Batten [Levy, the former head of the Gadna, or youth training corps, to direct the government's antipoverty war. "Poverty is not so great in Israel that it can't be overcome," Mrs. Meir said. African Drought Is Taking its Toll OnNomadicShepherdsoftheDesert By JACK R. PAYTON AGADEZ, Republic of Niger (UPI) — The elderly Tuareg nomad sat on his haunches beside the desert landing strip, his eyes following the cargo plane as it rolled to a stop in the 119-degree heat. A coarse black wrap covered most of his body and an Arab- style burnoose shielded , his head and most of his face from the sun and wind-driven sand. His suffering was hidden behind black eyes that had no expression. This Tuareg and hundreds of other nomads like him once tended cattle, goats ^nd camels in isolated temporary set tlements, but they are now forced to live on handouts in this outpost on the edge of the desert because the livestock died of starvation. He's Lucky He is lucky. Thousands of other Tuaregs— nobody knows exactly how many—have starved to death when the meat from their butchered livestock gave out. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says 6 to 10 million nomadic shepherds and subsistence farmers in the West African region known as the Sahel are in a state never before experienced and many of them are starving. The Sahel, a belt of sun parched land stretching 2,500 miles just,below the Sahara, was once dotted with scrub grass, Eucalyptus and Nem trees. Six years of too little rain have killed off the vegetation and much of the livestock it fed. This year, there has been almost no rain at' all in the region. Experts are. saying, it could be one of the greatest drought disasters in African history. The region, which includes parts of Niger, Upper Volta, Chad, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania, is now the target of a massive relief project put together by the United States, Canada, the European Common Market countries, China, Russia and Japan. The old nomad squatting beside the airstrip watched part of this project—a Belgian Air Force C130 cargo plane carrying 15 tons of enriched feed for Tuareg livestock. But much of this relief has come too late for many nomads. The Tuaregs are just never going to be what they were before," said Susan Colgate of Bethesda, Md., a public health nurse doing volunteer work for Church World Service of New York. The grass is never going to come back, and they won't be able to raise cattle anymore. They'll just die out as a tribe, I guess." Shephards The Tuaregs usually were migrant shephards, said Kurtz, moving their dome-like grass mat huts as their cattle and goats moved on to new grazing lands. The cattle in turn Were bartered for grain, the staple of the Tuareg diet. "Nomads don't usually slaughter their cattle," said Kurtz. "But the other day, we passed through this Tuareg vilfage and there were two stacks about 15 or 20 feet high of butchered cattle carcasses "You can't just keep the people alive," he said. "If their cattle die, they've lost. their livelihood. So you've got to keep the livestock alive, too." As he spoke, the drum and flute music of a Moslem marriage could be heard from a nearby adobe mosque. There is death in the desert but life in this outpost goes on as usual. Donald Easum, the U.S. ambassador to Upper Volta, said the United States contribution to the relief effort is being ransported by ship to Ghana, then transferred to barges and rucks for distribution to the hard-hit drought areas in the interior. "They've been moving the cattle out of the drought areas down south to where there is water," he said, "but there is also the danger of parasites down here so they need protection. You solve one problem and you create another." The grain and seed contributed by the United States should be producing crops by mid- October,' Easum said, but this will not solve the basic problem in the Sahel—the lack of water "The big question is whether this thing is going to happen every year." As he spoke, a light drizzle of rain began to fall over the capital. Berwick Couples Hosts to Visitors BERWICK - Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stegal and Scott, Janesville, Wis., recently visited Mr. and Mrs. Claire Walker and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stegal and Carrie Ann. 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