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Tuesday, December 26, 1972
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Harry S. Truman Harry S Truman, 1884-1972 ESTHERV1LLE DAILY NEWS, TUES., DEC. 26, 1972 Page 4 By DON OAKLEY It was just over a quarter-century ago that the heavy mantle of the presidency fell unexpectedly upon the shoulders of a little-known vice-president. A nation already mourning the deaths of thousands of its young men on battlefields around the world now grieved for the commander-in- chief and wondered what the future held. There were few on April 15. 1945, the day Franklin D. Roosevelt died, who thought that Harry S Truman, one-time captain of artillery, ex-haberdasher, former county judge and U.S. senator, would be little more than a caretaker president. The fighting in Europe was almost over; the collapse of Japan could only be a matter of months. Truman would merely preside over the conclusion of a war already won and fill out the remainder of FDR's fourth term while Americans went back, once more, to "normalcy." Surely there was no one that day who could foresee that the crises that were to come in the next few years would be as grave and as challenging as any in our history, that Harry S Truman would be faced with some of the most difficult and far- reaching decisions any president ever had to make, that he would win a surprising election to the presidency in his own right and would again find himself leading the nation in war. Within four months after fate thrust him into world leadership. Harry Truman addressed the first meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco, met with Stalin at Potsdam and made the historic decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Within a year, a new kind of war—the Cold War—was a reality. In 1947, Truman announced his Truman Doctrine and sent aid to Greece and Turkey to fight and "contain" communism, which had already swallowed Eastern Europe. The $12-billion Marshall Plan to rebuild Western Europe was but the beginning of the nation's vast, worldwide foreign aid program. At home, inflation, strikes, influence- peddling scandals and a Republican Congress gave Harry Truman little rest in office. Had he been retired in 1948, as everyone expected, Truman would still have left an indelible mark on American history. But against all the odds, he won another term almost singlehandedly, with his own patented brand of gutty, give-'em-hell campaigning. Then, in 1949, came the Berlin blockade, Russia's explosion of its first atomic bomb, the Communist take-over in China. NATO, the Allied military alliance, was born. In 1950: Communist North Korea's invasion of South Korea and Truman's decision to commit American troops. Then, the Chinese intrusion into the war, the clash with MacArthur, the military stale- Optra uwtm mate that cast vears in office. a shadow over his last Looking back now from our position of economic prosperity at home and a fair- Iv stabilized East-West p o w e r balance abroad, we can judge the decisions that were made and the actions that were taken and not taken between 1945 and 1953. We can see see triumphs. mistakes, but we can also Not the least triumph was the fact that Harry Truman, the most ordinary of Americans, had the capacity to rise, first, above the machine politics of Missouri to become an able senator serving the entire nation with his War Profits Committee and, later, to meet the challenge of the presidency in a manner that strengthened the entire free world. Harry S Truman—whistle-stopping, Republican-baiting, letter-writing, piano-playing, helling-and-damning. peppery Harry S Truman. There was always a little of the pugnacious ward politician in him. But where it counted, behind that lonely desk in the White House where the sign said, "The buck stops here," he ranked with the best of them. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) E if, v BY Hal Boyle 364 Days Left Until Another Christmas NEW YORK (AP) - Remarks you always hear the day after Christmas: "Daddy, can you fix my new doll? She just broke her head." "I'm going to put a beartrap in the fireplace—just in case that fat rascal tries to come down our chimney again tonight," "Just think: we have only 364 days left to enjoy before we liave to go through it all again." "Somehow it didn't seem right to have Christmas fall on a Monday. What is there to celebrate on a Monday?" "Christinas is getting to be a year- round industry. It takes six months to get AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at EstherviUe, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Rings ted, Terril and Graettinger, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mall in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Charles Ostheimer, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; DonaldStoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. ready for Santa Claus and six months to clean up after he has gone." "Well, I wanted nothing much for Christmas—and that's exactly what I got." "Daddy, all the air just went out of my bicycle tire. Can you fix it for me?' "Right after Mr. Santa Claus leaves with his, 'Ho, Ho, Ho!' in comes Mr. January crying, 'Woe, Woe, Woe.' " "I really don't mind getting bills so much. What I hate is to have to pay them." "I'll admit that the brown and cerise tie your Aunt Agatha gave you'beli^ings in a chamber of horrors, but at least you can wear it to church. Nobody in church is supposed to notice what you have on." "I think we can dispose of the turkey in time, but what in the world can one do with a gallon of leftover eggnog? The mere sight of it makes me feel ghastly." "Why is it you act like a skunk all the rest of the year but turn around and give me a nice mink coat for Christmas?" "Of course I enjoy the robe I got for Christmas. I like it so much that I wish my wife would let me wear it. She's had it on all morning." "I don't mind going to their complaint department. What I can't stand is having to wait in line before I even get a chance to holler." "I'm so upset by all this fuss that I feel just 1 ike a Christmas tree— full of little needles." "Darling, I'm truly thrilled by the nice box of handkerchiefs you gave me. I can't wait to catch a cold so I can use them." "Daddy, the kid up the street borrowed my sled and ran into a tree and broke off one of the runners. Can you fix it for me?" Ten years ago: Eight refugees from deep inside East Germany made a dramatic escape to West Berlin by crashing a bus through barriers at a border checkpoint. Five years ago: U.S. planes struck hard at supply convoys in North Vietnam after a Christmas truce ended. One year ago: Sixteen veterans of the Vietnam war seized control of the Statue of Liberty in New York to dramatize their antiwar stand. Today's birthdays: entertainer Steve Allen is 51 years old. Writer Henry Miller is 81. THE BORN LOSER SGT. STRIPES ... FOREVER by Bill Howrillo BRUCE BIOSSAT Reminiscences on Truman, His Years By BRUCE BIOSSAT WASHINGTON (NEA) Personal reminiscences of Harry Truman seem inevitably to well up at this time, and I have my share. On March 17, 1945, he came to Chicago for a St. Patrick's day speech. A morning press conference was called for the vice-president, and fewer than 10 reporters appeared. It was an embarrassing, painful hour. We seemed to sense that President Roosevelt had not cued him in on big events, and we could think of little to ask him. There were odd silences between questions. One of the "tough" queries I posed was: "How do you like your job?" His quick response: "I don't like it. I don't have anything to do." Less than a month later, FDR died and Truman had the weight of a world at war on his shoulders. Even as the shock of Roosevelt's death was still spreading, I went to Kansas City and Independence, Mo., to talk to people who had known Truman in his earlier years. I found that his friends were legion. And, astonishingly in the light of later history, they forecast almost perfectly what kind of president he would be. Most of those I saw had been his battery mates when he was an artillery captain in World War I. They testified to his strength and courage. One telling me how Truman had rallied his men when they were about to panic under enemy fire. Without exception they saw in him high qualities of leadership, and they insisted these were not weakened by the fact he served as a father-confessor to many of his men. After the war, they stayed bound together. Truman was still their friend and helper, and they remembered him as a man of great personal honor. Somewhere around 1930 he paid off the last dollar of debt he owed after his little haberdashery store failed in 1921. He was properly described as incorruptible, though his modest political start was given him by the ill-starred Tom Pendergast machine in Kansas City. Investigations always found Truman clean. Serving as a county judge (supervisor), he asked Pendergast to slate him for something a bit better, like assessor. The old boss shook his head and said: "No, I have something else in mind for you." "What?" asked Truman. Then Pendergast stunned him by answering simply: "The United States Senate." Truman was nominated and elected, and began the rise that took him to the White House. Six years later. Pendergast was in jail and Truman, fighting alone with almost no money, doggedly pounded through Missouri to win re- nomination by a bare 7,000 votes. It was a forecast of the spirit which carried him to an upset presidential victory in 1948. A lover of history but a plodding student (so one of his teachers told me), he had to labor valiantly to master the presidency when its load fell upon him. "Sfys his bia friend and aide, Clark Clifford: *** "When I'd go to him at night in his White House study, he'd be sitting there, wearing a green eyeshade, poring over a great pile of documents. My heart went out to .him." Margaret Truman Daniel has it right. Her father never 'wanted the vice-presidency. About to be chosen in 1944, he called his old friend Tom Evans and said: "Come on over here to Chicago and help keep me from being nominated." But the history he loved had its way. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Sic Transit Gloria Yippie Time and political tides wait for no man, not even the professionals of the youth movement. Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, household words since the 1968 Democratic convention became the Battle of Chicago, have now been read out of their very own Youth International party. Taking a dim view of high speaking fees and other lucrative pursuits, Yippies convening at Columbus, Ohio, recently voted to oust the pair. It is not only a case of using the movement for personal gain but, according to a Yippie spokesman, of Hoffman, now a ripe 35, and Rubin, 34, becoming "more like the ruling class in their old age." (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) by Art Sansom LOOK, IF ^ WE ME A. QUARTER/ I'LL. (eO TO TH5 AAO/I&S 1 , CARNIVAL by Dick Turner SIDE GLANCES by Gill Fox WINTHROP by Dick Cavalli "Remember the good, old day* wh*n h* u**d Ut worry us with his questions instead <A his answers!" THE BADGE GUYS by Bowen & Schworz "I DID stick to my diet, and all I lost was sleep

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