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December 26, 1972

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Nation's 33rd President Truman Succumbs to Battle KANSAS CITY (AP) - Harry S. Truman died today conquered finally by the infirmities of his 88 years. President Nixon led the mourning for the nation's 33rd President, calling him "a fighter who was best when the going was toughest," Lyndon B. Johnson, now the only surviving former president, lamented the passing of "a 20th century giant." Truman's wife of 53 years, and his daughter who saw him for a final 20 minutes Christmas Day, were at home in nearby Independence when death came at 8:50 a.m. EST. In accordance with Truman's wishes, the funeral Thursday will be without the panoply accorded other great statesmen. He will be buried Thursday at 4 p.m. EST in the courtyard of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Library, Truman's proudest achievement in the 20 years since he left the White House. Truman was the last of the great World War II figures, preceded in death by Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin. He was the president who set" the United States against global communism in the Cold War that followed World War IL He ordered use of the atomic bomb to end World War n, extended unprecedented help to nations resisting Soviet domination, and ordered troops into Korea when communists began their invasion of the south. "Recognizing the new threat to peace that had emerged from the ashes of war, he stood boldly against it with his extension of aid to Greece and Turkey in 1947 — and the 'Truman Doctrine' thus established was crucial to the defense of liberty in Europe and the world," Nixon said, adding: "In launching the Marshall plan, he began the most farsighted and most generous act of international rebuilding ever undertaken. With his characteristically decisive action in Korea, he made possible the defense of peace and freedom in Asia." The hospital attributed death to the "complexity of organic failures causing a collapse of the cardic-vascular system." Truman entered Research Day of Mourning KEY BECAYNE, Fla. (AP) — President Nixon proclaimed Thursday as a national day of mourning for former President Harry S. Truman and directed that flags on all federal buildings and facilities be displayed at half staff for the next 30 days. The President's proclamation was issued about an hour after Truman's death was announced in Kansas City. Nixon recommended that "the people assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President Truman..." "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance," Nixon said. A White House spokesman said he did not know whether Nixon would go to Independence for the funeral services. Hospital three weeks ago today — after fighting lung congestion at home for two weeks — and had been in a coma since early Saturday. Earlier in his hospitalization he appeared to be rallying, but the combination of respiratory problems, hardened arteries and kidney disease, were too much for the old man. In recent years he had appeared frail and drawn, his weight down from a presidential 170 pounds. He long ago abandoned his life-long predilection for long, fast early morning walks, but made almost daily excursions on shopping trips with his wife, Bess, herself 87. Mrs. Truman received the sad news by telephone. A family spokesman, Randall J e s s e e, said she received it "with the same fortitude and calmness 7™ <Sfm&UK$& / IOWA 16 PAGES TODAY DAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 56 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Holy Family Hospital Names Administrator Donald M. Schmaus has been named administrator of the Holy Family Hospital by the Hospital's governing board. He will begin his duties soon after the first of the year. Mr. Schmaus, 43, is now Consultant to administration and accreditation and overall operational matters at Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minn., of the Twin City area. He previously served as administrator of the 376-bed Glenwood Hills general hospital in Minneapolis. After undergraduate work at Highland Park Junior College and Marquette University that included pre-med courses, he attended the University of Detroit, where he received a bachelor's degree while working full time at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital. He earned a degree of Master of Hospital Administration in 1958 at the University of Michigan. Following internship at Milwaukee County Hospital, a 600- bed acute-care institution, Mr. Schmaus became assistant administrator of the Glenwood Hills Hospital, a position he held until 1965, when he became senior assistant administrator, with responsibility for all departments. From 1967 to 1971 he served as Administrator of the Hospital, until it became an operating division of Health Central Inc. He then was named to the division of Health Central at Unity as consultant. Mr. and Mrs. Schmaus and their 10 children will move to Estherville as soon as a suitable home can be found. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. Schmaus enjoys reading, music, painting, and camping with his family. He is a member of the American College of Hospital Administrators; National League for Nursing; Minnesota Public Health Association; the Catholic church; the Minneapolis Central Lions club; and several Minneapolis area health organizations, including a committee on mental health, retardation, and in- ebriacy, and advisory committee of the Anoka-Hennepin County Vocational Technical School. Mr. Schmaus will be the first lay administrator to serve at Holy Family Hospital, a 100-bed facility that Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother acquired in 1944. He succeeds Sister Ruth Marie Marek, who resigned as of December 1 to become Assistant Administrator of the Metropolitan Medical Center at Minneapolis. Seek Adult Rights For 18-Year-Olds Donald M. Schmaus DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six months after Iowa 19-year- olds received all the privileges and responsibilities of adulthood, Rep'. John H. Clark, R- Keokuk, is proposing to grant the same rights and privileges to 18-year-olds. And Rep. Philip Hill, R-Des Moines, proposes to allow 18- year-olds to. serve In the Iowa Legislature whether they receive majority rights or not. In an Associated Press survey, a majority of legislators in both the House and Senate indicate they will go along with granting majority rights to the 18-year-olds. But most are not so sure about lowering the age to serve in the general assembly. Iowa 19-year-olds were granted majority rights July 1 after a struggle in the legislature a year ago. The House voted to grant full adult rights and responsibilities to 18-year-olds but the Senate balked at allowing 18-year-olds to drink alcoholic beverages. In a compromise, full adult rights were granted to 19-year-olds. Clark says he has "already requested that a bill be drafted" granting the full rights at 18 for introduction in the legislative session which begins Jan. 8. All that would be needed to grant the majority rights to 18- year-olds would be for the legislature to pass the bill and the governor to sign it. Lowering the age to serve in the legislature would be more complicated since the Iowa Constitution sets the minimum age to serve in the Senate at 25 and the House at 21. Hill says he has asked the Legislative Service Bureau to "draft a joint resolution to permit any eligible voter to serve in the general assembly." In order to change the constitution, the legislature would have to pass that resolution in two separate sessions and then it would have to be passed by Iowa voters in a general election. If that constitutional amendment were eventually adopted, it would allow 18-year-olds to serve in the general assembly whether or not they were granted majority rights as they currently have the right to vote. A majority of the senators answering the AP survey indicated they would support a constitutional amendment lowering the age to serve in the legislature but a majority of representatives answering said they would not. House Minority Leader Dale Cochran, D-Eagle Grove, said he believes majority rights at 18 "has a reasonable chance of passing" this year. "I think It's probably as I predicted when we were working on the bill (last year)," Cochran said. "After the initial shock in people's minds, they would probably not notice any difference at all." Cochran said the transition to majority rights at 19 was smooth in his community. with which she has faced all of this." Nixon proclaimed Thursday as a national day of mourning, ordering flags lowered to half staff. The auditorium in the Truman Library, where the funeral services will be conducted, holds only 200 people and attendance will be by invitation only. Most foreign dignitaries were expected to go to a memorial service in Washington's National Cathedral, rather than coming to Independence. Tributes flowed in swiftly as word of the death was flashed around the world. "A 20th century giant is gone," said former president Lyndon Johnson in a statement issued at Austin, Tex. "Few men of any times ever shaped the world as did the man from Independence. "President Truman presided over the destiny of this country during one of its most turbulent eras. Never flinching in the face of crucial national choices, his decisions changed the course of human events throughout the world." Queen Elizabeth n and Prime Minister Edward S. Heath expressed their sorrow to the American people in a wire to President Nixon and the British monarch sent a private message to Mrs. Truman. Missouri's Gov. Warren E, Hearnes said the state has "lost not only a great native son, but a man we shared with the rest of the world as one of its paramount leaders of the 20th Century. Missouri was proud to have given the world the services of President Truman as a time when his great strength was needed to win a war, establish peace and rebuild ravaged lands and now we ask the world to share our sorrow and our loss." The former president's body was removed to the Carson funeral home in Independence. There will be a short funeral procession Wednesday morning from the home to the library, where the body will lie in state for 24 hours beginning at noon EST. Truman, who held the nation's highest office from 1945 to 1953, had been taken to the hospital Dec. 5 by ambulance from his home in nearby Independence, Mo., where he had lived since leaving the White House. He was accompanied to the hospital by his wife of 53 years, Bess, who maintained the long vigil by daily visits to the hospital with the exception of one period of extremely inclement weather. Margaret Truman Daniel, the Trumans' only child, was in Kansas City during her father's first two weeks in the hospital then returned home to New York City. Dr. Wallace Graham diagnosed Truman's problems as lung congestion and bronchitis shortly after the former President was hospitalized. He was listed in fair condition initially, but his condition deteriorated to serious less than 15 hours after he was admitted and he never rallied to a level above that. A long chain of crises shifted the attention of doctors from Truman's lungs to his heart, kidneys and back again. On Dec. 17, when he was being fed a chemical solution designed to lower the poisonous urea nitrogen level in his bloodstream resulting from falling kidneys, Dr. Graham indicated the dilemma: "We must. . .in evaluating any one system in a weak individual of 88 years, realize that just one system cannot be treated as a separate entity since we must evaluate and treat the entire individual. A perfect equilibrium must be kept and frequently adjusted." Three times the former President slipped into critical condition. He rallied twice. Truman had been vice president for only 82 days in the closing days of World War n, when he became president on the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He returned to the solitude «* the family home in Independence, spending the first decade after leaving the White House by lecturing on college campuses. He was 60 years old when he became president and was 69 when he left the capital in January 1953. With the end of World War B, that facet of his personality was brought into play often, as the nation reconverted from a war economy to peace. He used the powers of the presidency to the fullest, to stop strikes that he believed were against the national interest. Nicaragua Needs Food Following Earthquake MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's ruler says the survivors of the earthquake that devastated Managua need food, not medicine or blood plasma. "We need food for the people," said Gen. Anastasio Somoza, the country's leader. He told foreign nations not to send any more medical supplies, that the supply was sufficient. The quake Saturday destroyed about 75 per cent of Managua, a city of 300,000 and the toll was estimated at 5,000 to 10,000 dead, with 20,000 injured. Somoza said the country already was suffering from a drought and 250,000 people were unemployed. Managua was ordered evacuated, and most of the survivors left. Officials said they would cut off relief food supplies to about 25,000 who refused to leave. "We have to empty the area. We are afraid of an epidemic," said Gen. Luis Rodriguez Somoza, the relief coordinator. There was still no water or electricity in the city Monday and the smell of rotting bodies was heavy in the central area. International relief operations have gone into high gear. President Nixon ordered "an all-out effort to provide all needed help to Nicaragua." CARE in New York said it had 700 tons of food available. The American Red Cross renewed its request for Americans to contribute money, not supplies. U.S. Air Force planes loaded with rolled oats, flour, field hospitals, water purification equipment and other supplies departed hourly from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Army engineers with dump trucks, wreckers and bulldozers were flown in. Carlos Giron Romero, head of the general hospital El Retiro, said he did not believe there would be an epidemic although, "of course, a possibility always exist." In front of the hospital, some 900 patients were treated in mobile hospitals set up by the U.S. Army. Fires that raged out of control In the Nicaraguan capital were reported under control. Because water mains were wrecked, fire fighters had to use water from Lake Managua, where hundreds of bodies had been lined up along the shores. Many of the victims were buried in common graves because of the urgency required in heading off possible epidemics. There was a shortage of caskets, and those that were used had sometimes two and three bodies in them. Many bodies still are believed trapped beneath the ruins of buildings toppled by the earthquake, which measured between 6 and 7 on the Richter scale. There were two major shocks and more than a score of tremors. It was the second time Managua had been struck by a major earthquake. In 1931 an earthquake resulted in about 1,000 deaths. From the air, a depression In the earth's crust could be seen following Saturday's disaster. Many of those who survived the earthquake got away with few belongings as they fled into the street in nightclothes and their homes collapsed behind them. Routes out of the city were jammed with people even before the government ordered the city evacuated. Authorities had said they feared the water supply was contaminated, and doctors and others said Monday there was a great need for drinking water. Some water was flown in and the government ordered that all bottled water and bottled drinks be distributed free to survivors. Before the evacuation, some of the survivors sat stunned on curbstones or wandered in a daze along sidewalks. The injured were treated on the streets and in temporary hospitals set up in parks and at the airport. Planes have been operating out of the airport without the assistance of the control tower, which was abandoned after the earthquake. Representative Edelen On Three Committees State Representative Rollin Edelen (R), Estherville, has been named to serve on three legislative committees — transpora- tion, county government and judiciary and law enforcement—the latter of which he will be ranking member. The appointments were made by Speaker-elect Andrew Varley. Edelen will leave Tuesday, Jan. 2, for Des Moines for pre-legislative business. The legislators convene, Jan. 8. Rep Robert Krause, Democrat of Fenton, was assigned to the Commerce Committee, Agriculture Committee and Ways and Means. Fourteen committees have been named, a reduction of five. The committees being dropped or consolidated in the House are conservation and recreation; constitutional amendments and reapportionment; environmental preservation; Iowa development and law enforcement. Each of the 100 House members has been assigned to three committees. Republicans control 56 per cent of the House. Democrats the remaining 44 per cent Speaker-elect Varley has tried to maintain this ratio in making the committee appointments. The Forecast PARTLY CLOUDY

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