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Children in Santa's Role for County Farm Christmas Party Wednesday When College Dames visited Emmet County Farm Wednesday to give a Christmas party for residents, the children went along to play Santa Claus. Above at left, Chad Wagner, at center admires the gift of pencils which he has just presented to Dorothy, at left. Shirley, right, is opening her present. Gifts were a set of pencils and pens, donated by Emmet County State Bank and Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, in felt holders, made and decorated by members of College Dames. Shown in the center picture are Ruth, at left, and Marjorie, both standing and Dorothy, seated, with Mrs. Ben Hix and Janelle Mix behind her. Mrs. Hix, one of the 15 participants of the College Dames, had made cookies and punch which they brought and served as refreshments. Mrs. Everett Drevs and Mrs. Richard Mayer were in charge of the committee for decorations and the program. Carols were sung following the goodies and distribution of gifts. Standing by the tree in the picture at right are residents and party-givers, ready to sing. Standing from left in the front row are Tom Coates, Kim Trout, Chad, Janelle and Scott Trout. In the back row are Carl, Arnold and Ralph. Surnames of residents were withheld at the request of County Farm officials.—Photos by Carol Higgins Ample Gas Supplies For City Residents Peoples Natural Gas anticipates no problem in meeting the natural gas needs of its residential and small volume commercial customers in Iowa, according to a statement by Richard E. Mayne, regional vice president for the utility. However, Mayne said, interruptible customers probably face additional curtailment of their gas supplies for the balance of the winter heating season, "Our first priority," said Mayne, "is to meet the demands of the home heating customer. We wish to make it very clear that Peoples has the gas supply available to fully meet those needs." Interruptible customer, Mayne explained, are those who buy gas on an 'available'basis. Their gas is curtailed when the weather turns cold and the gas is needed to heat homes and small businesses. Because of the early arrival of extremely cold weather this year, interruptible gas customers have been faced with earlier than normal curtailment. The problem came to light last week with news stories of energy shortages throughout Iowa. Among those hardest hit have been grain elevators who face a late harvest without gas to dry crops. The elevators buy natural gas on an interruptible basis. Mayne blamed the problem on the unusually wet fall and premature arrival of extremely cold weather. The wet weather prevented farmers from getting in the fields to harvest their corn. Now that farmers are able to Apollo Leaves Moon With Heavy Payload SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Eugene A. Cernan stepped off the moon today, leaving in lunar sand perhaps the last footprint of the generation which first challenged space. Exploration by the Apollos ended as it began, "with peace and hope for all mankind." "As I take these last steps from the surface for some time into the future to come, I'd just like to record that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow," Cernan said moments before entering the Apollo 17 landing ship. Then he added: "And as we leave the moon and Taurus-Lit- trow we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." Turning, Cernan then follow ed his crewmate, Harrison H, Schmitt up the ladder into the cabin of their craft Challenger. There they rested after preparing to blast off the lunar surface in the late afternoon and rejoin the third man of Apollo 17, Ronald E. Evans. He has been orbiting the moon in the command ship America since Monday's lunar landing. The climb of Schmitt and Cernan from the lunar surface ended a historic decade of exploration which began May 25, 1961, with a challenge to the na- by the late President John Kennedy. Apollo's last surface exploration was the program's most ambitious and successful. Cerand Schmitt, the 11th and men to walk the moon, spent more time on the surface— a total of 22 hours, five .minutes; made the longest single excursion in time, seven tion F. nan 12th Regents Appear At Budget Hearings DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State Board of Regents institutions have drafted operating budgets totaling $182,850,000 for fiscal 1973-74 and $195,646,000 for fiscal 1974-75. The regents were to examine the proposals at their meeting here Thursday. The board had interrupted their monthly meeting in Ames to appear before the governor's budget hearings. Since the three state universities and two smaller schools have other sources of income, they asked for state The Forecast ^PARTLY CLOUDY appropriations for operating expenses of $118,535,000 for 197374 and $129,923,000 for 1974-75. They also asked for direct appropriations of $2,880,000 in 1973-74 and $2,409,000 in 1974-75 for capital improvements and another bonding authority of $10,100,000 in the first year and $10,135,000 in the second year to construct buildings. "The budget being presented does not necessarily ropresent the actual needs of the institutions," Regents President Stanley Redeker of Boone said. "The board made a substantial cut from the funds requested by the institutions and those budgets (originally requested by the schools) are more representative of the true needs of the institutions," Redeker said. hours, 37 minutes; and covered the most distance in three excursions, a total of more than 22 miles. They collected 334 pounds of moon rock and soil, more than half of the total amount gathered by all the five previous Apollo missions. Their science treasure included samples of an intriguing orange dust never before seen on the moon. The astronauts erected an atomic- powered science station which already joins four earlier stations in sending data to earth. And the Apollo 17 duo also explored types of lunar formations never before visited. The precious moon samples will be transferred to the command ship, America, and brought back to earth on Dec. 19, when Apollo 17 is to splash down in the Pacific. They will be moved in sealed boxes to the Manned Spacecraft Center, sorted and distributed to scientists in laboratories around the world. Cernan, who had whooped and hollered with joy earlier in the day, ended the exploration with ceremony, conscious, as he said before the flight, that his final moments would live in history. He paid tribute to young people everywhere and said that Schmitt had picked up a moon rock which was a fused mixture of "fragments of all sizes and shapes, and even colors that have grown together and ... sort of living together in a very peaceful manner. '•When we return this rock," he said, "we'd like to share a piece of this with so many of the countries throughout the world" as a symbol "that we can live in peace and harmony in the future." Because of Apollo, he said, "the door is now cracked— but the promise of that future lies in the young people, not just in America, but the young people all over the world, learning to live and to work together." pick their crops, gas is not available to operate grain dryers. Under normal conditions farmers would have had their crops picked, dried and in storage before the start of the winter heating season. "We're extremely sorry," Mayne said. "We understand their problems. Crop dryers were among the last of our interruptible customers to be curtailed." "We are not running out of gas." Mayne explained. "Our primary supplier, Northern Natural Gas Company, is pledged to meeting the full demands of our smaller volume cusotmers. It's just that we don't have any excess and there is nothing Peoples or Northern can do." Peoples supplies natural gas to some 95,000 residential and small volume customers on a firm basis in 110 Iowa cities and towns including Estherville, Superior, and Wallingford. Another 700 customers purchase gas on an interruptible basis. WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA 8 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104lh YEAR; NO. 49 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c U.S. Support to Thieu For Christmas Peace PARLS (AP) - The United States threw its support today behind President Nguyen Van Thieu's Christmas peace package and accused North Vietnam of using "high-pressure" tactics in an attempt to impose an incomplete settlement. As the United States presented its view at the scmipiiblic peace talks, the North Vietna mese announced that Le Due Tlio, who has been negotiating with Henry A. Kissinger, was returning shortly to Hanoi, The North Vietnamese gave no exact date for the departure of the Politburo member. Tho's decision to leave indicated that in Hanoi's view there was nothing left to discuss with Kissinger for the time being. Truman Loses Ground In 'Fight for Life 9 KANSAS CITY (AP) - Harry S. Truman has lost some ground in his fight for life and his daughter says each setback is taking a toll on the former president's weakened heart. The 88-year-old Truman remained in serious condition today at Research Hospital and Medical Center where he was admitted nine days ago suffering from lung congestion. Dr. Wallace Graham, Truman's personal physicial, reported Wednesday afternoon that Truman was "weaker . . . and he is beginning to show signs of renal impairment and early pulmonary fluid collection." Later Wednesday, Graham said, "his weakness and lessened responsiveness remain the same as noted earlier." Margaret Truman Daniel, the 3 3rd president's daughter, talked with newsmen Wednesday and said she was les^ opti- Waldron Sues City Following Accident James Waldron has brought suit against the city of Estherville for $5,700 resulting from an accident on North 6th Street on Dec. 6, 1972. Waldron's suit asks $350 for damages to his car and $5,350 for injuries, pain, physical disability and inconvenience suffered by Waldron. In the suit, Waldron charges the city with negligence when he struck a pile of snow which had been placed in his lane of traffic when he was southbound on N. 6th St., without flares, barricades or warnings of any type which would warn him of the dangerous conditions of the street. Waldron's suit maintains the snow had been placed in the lane of traffic by agents and em ployes of the city. According to a report by the Estherville police department, Waldron was traveling south on N. 6th St. when he hit a windrow of snow on the street and slid into a house owned by Frank Rodgers at 308 N. 6th St. No injuries were listed on the report filed by the police de- ,partment at the time of the accident. Shopping Days Till Christmas Estherville Stores Open Every Night mistic than earlier in the week. "We still are up above what we were when I arrived," she said. Mrs. Daniel arrived Dec. 6 when Truman was listed as critical after heart and kidney problems developed. He remained critical until Sunday when he rallied and his condition was graded as serious. Doctors said Truman could "fluctuate within the serious category for some time." At 10 p. m. EST Wednesday, Truman's pulse was 90, his blood pressure 130-70 and his temperature 101. Pulse and blood pressure were reported within his normal limits. "I think he's better than last week," Mrs. Daniel said. "It's a question of strength. I think he's not losing that much strength but he's not gaining as much as we would like. Every little bit takes a toll." A hospital spokesman said the renal impairment reported Wednesday meant that Truman's kidneys were continuing to cleanse his blood adequately but "they were not purifying the blood to the extent they have been." He said pulmonary fluid collection indicated lung congestion. Mrs. Daniel and 87-year-old Bess Truman visited the former president Wednesday. Mrs. Daniel said, "He was awake and he smiled at me. He didn't speak. He was getting sleepy." Mrs. Daniel said she has made tentative reservations to return Friday to her New York home. "We'll just have see," she said. Tho and Kissinger broke off their talks Wednesday without announcing any agreement and Kissinger flew back to Washington to report to President Nixon. Kissinger said he and Tho would keep in touch by message. Henry Isham, representing the United States at the weekly session, threw U.S. support behind the Thieu package for the first time. It was not immediately clear how this move would tie into the Kissinger-Tho talks on a cease-fire agreement. The United States had avoided official comment on Thieu's own proposal for a cease-fire, but American officials said privately the South Vietnamese plan was clearly unacceptable to North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. Both rejected it. Isham told the Communists it was futile for them to continue clamoring for signature of the cease-fire agreement drafted by Kissinger and Tho in October. "In our country, the high pressure salesman who tries to obtain immediate signature of an incomplete contract only succeeds in arousing suspicion about the transaction," Isham declared. South Vietnamese delegate Pham Dang Lam put before the conference the proposals made by Thieu in a speech last Tuesday. They call for a cease fire, release of military prisoners, withdrawal of North Vietnamese forces from South Vietnam and Vietnamese-only negotiations on South Vietnam's political future. Hanoi and the Viet Cong rejected the package within hours of Thieu's speech, and until today die U.S. government refrained from commenting on them. But Isham told the Communists they offered the opportunity for "a reasonable dialogue" and asked: "Are you prepared to examine these proposals objectively and to engage in serious discussion of them?" Lam said there can be no correct political solution without direct talks among all the Vietnamese parties. Among Other Things... Cub Pack 21 Meeting Cub Scouts of Pack 21 will meet for the Christmas Pack meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the V.F.W. Hall. Pack 21 is sponsored by Kiwanis. Gyms Open to wait and The Estherville High School and Roosevelt gyms will again be open Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. with students to use the same schedule as past weeks. High School Chorus on TV The Estherville High School mixed chorus will appear on KEYC- TV, Mankato Channel 12, Tuesday, Dec. 19. The annual 30-minute Christmas-music program will start at 3:30 p.m. and be sponsored by the Emmet County State Bank, Estherville. i Snow Period' Ends Ed Anderson, superintendent of public works, has announced the end of the present 'Snow Removal Period' as of 6 p.m. today. In making the announcement, Anderson said that normal parking procedures can be followed and thanked the citizens for their cooperation.