Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on December 24, 1956 · Page 26
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 26

Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, December 24, 1956
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D«c. 24, 1?54 Ma»*a la. For the Man Who Has Everything—A Pipe Valued at $2,500 By ALFRED LEECH CHICAGO (UP) — For the man who has everything, there's a pipe set on sale for a mere $2,500. It consists of 28 matched grain briar pipes of various sizes and . shapes, a calabash, a m e e r- ; schaum and a carved briar. • Comes complete with a walnut case containing a pipe rack, stor- -age drawers and a humidor. "The price might seem a little high," conceded Stanley Levi. "But the manufacturer made only a dozen of these sets, for the connoisseur trade, so to speak. "The matched grain sets had to be sorted from a half - million blocks of briar." Levi, president of Iwan Ries and Co., has one of the $2,500 sets on display in his tobacco shop. Old History of Pipes He also has on display his own collection of antique pipes, the world's largest. It's value is estimated at $250,000. The display marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Iwan Ries, Chicago's oldest tobacco retailer-manufacturer. Levi, something of an auteority on the history of pipes, said the pipe was known in Europe even before the introduction of tobacco. The Celts smoked aromatic herbs in iron pipes of their own making, he said. The oldest known pipes discovered to date are of the Neolithic period. They were discovered in prehistoric North American mounds, and are said to be 4,000 to 5,000 years old. Spanish and Portuguese sailors introduced the pipe actually the Indian calumet to Europe in the 15th century. They took it first to the Low Countries, then to England. Tobacco College Jean Nicot, after whom Nicotine is named, helped to popularize the pipe in Europe as Sir Walter Raleigh did in England. The troops of Louis XIV "discovered" pipes during their campaigns in other countries, and thenceforth Louis had to order tobacco issued to his soldiers regularly. In Prussia, Frederick I early in the 18th Century established a "tabakscollegium," or tobacco college, whose members met to enjoy group smoking. Levi's collection includes one huge carved meerschaum with a battle scene depicting men on horseback. The pipe is valued at $5,000. His firm still makes pipes in the time-honored handcraft way, but only on order. John Soneker, 64, who learned the trade in his native Vienna, turns out handsome briar pipes in a backroom workshop. "It's almost a lost art the way he does it," Levi said. OLD HOUSES SALEM, Mass. (UP)—Standing together here are the House of Seven Gables (1668), the Hathaway House (1682), and the Retire Becket House (1655). It is the only group of three 17th century houses on the same grounds in New England. Egypt Wants Jews Out, Keep Wealth New York Herald Tribune News Service (Special to the Globe-Gazette} THE PIRAEUS, Greece—Egypt is making it clear that it would like to see all Jews leave the country—at the expense of leaving 'behind most of their material wealth. Already about one- tenth of the estimated 45,000 Jewish population in Egypt has been arrested for deportation or indeterminate confinement. Evidence of this policy comes from reliable sources inside Egypt itself and from Jewish refugees arriving in various Mediterranean ports such as this one in Greece. The overall impression is that the Arab nationalism of President Gamal Abdel Nasser — a policy that "might be more accurately described as "Egypth zation" in its sequestration of Jewish property—is more likely to gather momentum than lose it in the cease-fire period. Of the 45,000 Jewish men, worn en and children resident in Egypt in the past year, about 30,000 were stateless, 10,000 had Italian passports, 4,000 were Egyptians and 1,000 Greeks. Their total wealth runs into millions of Egyptian pounds, even by the most conservative estimates, and the Egyptian government stands to profit handsomely by the deportation of the racial minority unless it shows more interest than it has thus far in reimbursing the deportees for their confiscated property. How the decision of the government of President Nasser affects one worker's family was amply disclosed here at the office of a charitable association. The man and his wife, both with Greek passports, had spent years in Cairo, where the husband was a factory foreman. 20 Pounds The couple had been allowed to take 20 Egyptian pounds (nor mally $56) with them to leave the country where they had amassed all their middle-age comforts Their particular pride was their apartment and its furniture. They were unable to bring out a single piece of furniture. Further, they were pressed to abandon claim to it. At the pier, before going on to the ship, (they had to sign an official document saying tha they were leaving Egypt "volun tarily." Embarkation, it was made clear, would be impossible before the document was signet by the couple. The American Embassy Cairo is known to have received a number of inquiries from Jew- seeking to emigrate to the United States or visit there since the explosion of warfare in the Mid 323-^4th St. S. W. Our warmest wishes to you and your family for a Yuletide fteason chock full of good will and good cheer. WAGNER COAL CO. Phone 986 thh tparlcting holiday Mason, we with '.* ^ you uncountable joyt, an abundance of happiness and a wealth of good health, good will and good cheer. L. A. Page Lumber Co. 415 South Federal Phone 47 CHRISTMAS MONEY — Federal Reserve tellers George Arnold (front) and Edward Hannan stack millions of dollars of rattling fresh "long green" on truck in Philadelphia to start it on its way to member banks and, eventually, to you and you. The Federal Reserve keeps banks supplied with new money for old, and December, the Christmas season, is the rush season. die East, but the complexity of :he American immigration laws Bake it virtually impossible to ielp anyone. There were, for example, about 500 persons making inquiries at the Cairo Embassy about the possibilities of leaving for the United States during the first week of the present crisis, but the number has fallen off to almost zero at the present time. Christmas Week Is Busy for Two Churches at Rake RAKE — The Christmas week brings a full schedule of activities at the Zion Lutheran Church. On Sunday evening at 8 the Sunday school will present the program, ''Come and Worship," when the Christmas story will be given by dramatization, songs and choral readings. On Christmas Eve at 11 a candlelight service will be held and on Christmas Day the festival worship will be at 10. The Rev. Hilmar Mastul is the pastor. At the Liberty Lutheran Church ±e Christmas services will be on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. and the Sunday school Christmas program will be on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Osage Soldier Tells of Life in Europe OSAGE—Sp.3. Richard Biedermann is home for a 30-day leave, flying from Paris, France, to New York, then home by train to Osage. Dick says that he was located about 200 miles east of Paris at a chemical depot. His work is in the transportation office, with specific duties to reroute all chemicals to various parts of Europe. The area is not too productive, says the Osage boy, with small farms, usually 50 acres in size. It is in the heart of the champagne country. The army man, who has spent 18 months abroad, has had trips to Paris, to London, England, to Berlin, Frankfurt, Kaiserslauten and other areas. Says he saves up his leaves to do this. He has another lOVz months overseas prior to returning home. In visiting Germany, the army man commented on the vast difference between East and West Germany, stating that the eastern part is very desolate and just now are they beginning to clean up the debris. The fellows who toured Berlin in their jeep had no difficulty with their passports, written, of course, in Russian. Soon Biedermann hopes to visit Holland during the tulip festival other parts of France, Switzerland and Italy, prior to returning to the U. S. A. An endless belt conveyor span ning a pedestrian bridge at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Hous ton, Tex., can carry 15,000 people an hour from the parking areas across a bayou into the auditor ium. Most Letters to Santa, Sorry to Say, Wind Up in the Dead Letter Office By HARMAN W. NiCHOLS *WASHINGTON (UP) — A tiny tot called Timmy wrote to Santa and said all he wanted for Christmas was some cheek whiskers and a "geetar" so he could look ike Elvis Presley. The lad added a postscript: "My mommy told me I ought to know better." That letter wound up like a great many others in the dead etter office, no discredit to Timmy. It happens all the time. Most of the memos addressed to the man with the white under- chin stubble and the fat round belly get the same treatment. ^ Large Bundles The dead letter office gets letters to Mr. C. in large bundles every day, most of them addressed to the North Pole, where we have hardly any post offices. Incidentally, the wiggle of the Presley isn't packing the wallop you'd expect among the very young. One youngster named Tony told Santa that a string on his Presley guitar had run aground, "Can't I," he asked, "trade her in for a mouth harp, or a frog, or something?" Many of the letters, some in childish hand lettering and others dictated by their elders, are pathetic. Others are on the humorous side. .Gift for Mama A little girl named Diana wrote: "Will you please bring mama a bathrobe and some slappers and if you have time you could add me a pair of riding botts." A girl named Pearl wants some "soup and some dishes to cook 'em in. And mommy says I neec some underware cause all of my pantsies have holes." Santa gets his loot, too. A lot of letters contain cookies :ome even money. One child enclosed a dime for he relief of the refugees from Hungary, "which I have been saving up for." Another put in a dollar for "Santa's helpers, who de — it." Neither of these two kids asked for anything for themselves. Four Letters A boy named Mike wrote four letters. All in one envelope. He saved postage, too. He didn't even put a stamp on it. Mike's letters, in order, ordered Mr. Claus to deliver a cow, a tractor, a big car and a "great big hach—ett." Little Patty perhaps was full of the milk of human kindness when she asked: "Santa, please leave me be. But my mommy wants a big, big, kuukoo clock." A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! • Printing • Office Supplies • Office Furniture STOYLES PRESS PHONE 567 123 First St. S. E. Mason City, Iowa A LONG SHOT FAIRBANKS, • Alaska Ul — A photographic team from the North German radio and television station at Hamburg was the first to take a sound film on one of the Air Force weather squadron's flights over the North Pole. They were gathering material for a series of programs on western defense. Oft-repeated but sincere Is our Christmas wish to you: An abundance of good cheer To last the whole yeor f/vu. WILKE AUTO REPAIR We Repair All Makes of Cars • Brake and Ignition Service • 118 25th St. S. W. Phone 1922 25 West State A Joyous Christmas Is Our Sincere Wish For Our Friends, Neighbors And Patrons. WE WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY , . . CHRISTMAS DAY WAYNE'S CAFE WAYNE WONG, Owner Happy holiday wishes to you, our friends and customers, and sincere thiafcs for the plimn of serving yoi. May your Yalitldf te bright with ill the season's joy*. BARON'S 6 - 8 SOUTH FEDERAL To All Our Customers and Friends MASON CITY FEED and SUPPLY CO AND EMPLOYES CECIL SCHULTZ JEROME FORMANEK RALPH D1ERCKS JOY MARVICK MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US Picture taken at BACK BOW—Mh Ge»rf« Bariaclster Dickie Onverson Gary Holt Dnane Gilbert Nick Marnant Bob Potter Arthur McCotd S»m Dureffer David Balek Dennli Fuller JanJc* Mlllard Mr». Poftef« Chri«tm« party and recital for parents and friend* at the YWCA Dec. I. Christmas carols were played by different groups. Louise Bnrraeliter CoaoU Gooder '4th *OW I.aVerne R«beoltm» Sandra Strahorn Idclla Newton Richard Berihefer Dwtna Jean Mathahi Darlene Ross Sharon Miller Carol Rose Mathahi Beverly Olthoif Karei Eleknaan Kajr Stevens Joyce Fanfht Rose Mary Lartw Joan LeiMr Bonnie Moore Richard Prtllpp *rd ROW— Jim Funl» ^ Jane HackensoB Frances Novak Linda Byl VlrrinU Collfatt Judy Rod (era Connie Fierce Betty Potter Shirley Aapland Deanna Halirud Billy Gorman Bernard Brandai Arvld Matson Gerald Jorfensoa Terry Stumbo t»* BOW VenMa Fladltaf Allan Wettover Gary Fuller Mary Vonne Mall hi Verna Vestal Nancy Mattoa Linda Bohen Jean Peters Tena Florea Kirk Monion J*)m Bend a Todd Entncr lit ROW David. Miller Brace Fraai» Michael Peck Rickey Zorn Joyce Oaverson Norma Lee Beenken Gary Fleming Sieve* Sorenjon THOSE WHO WERE ABSENT George Halverson Dennis Mulstedt Sharea Farrcl Janice Waliea POTTER MUSIC CO. 127—Ut Street S. W. Phooe 434

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