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WASHINGTON Merry-Go* Round WASHINGTON - Despite Russia's agreement to sign a treaty with the U. S. and other nations to "demilitarize" outer space, there are disconcerting signs that American-Soviet relations, hitherto greatly improved, are deteriorating. When President Johnson made an earnest plea to Foreign Minister Gromyko to stop arms shipments to the Arab states, it was turned down, and today it's Russian arms that Syria is offering to Jordanian rebels to overthrow King Hussein. Simultaneously Russia has stopped giving us copies of weather reports from its satellites j Kosygin launched a bitter attack against the United States In Paris, and Hungary has released a documentary film on the Kennedy assassination, claiming Lee Harvey Oswald could not have acted alone. Soviet experts in Washington are not certain whether these signs indicate Russia Is veering back to a hardline policy toward the U. S. - o - -LBJ'S CONGRESS- President Johnson has carefully calculated that he will be outvoted in the new House - despite the fact that it will have 248 Democrats to 187 Republicans. The trouble is that 90 of the 248 Democrats come from the South and will line up most of BREW PEARSON the time with the Republicans. On the other hand, only 15 Republicans will line up with Johnson on liberal Issues. The President has done some simple arithmetic, adding the 15 liberal Republicans but subtracting the 90 conservative Southerners. This gives the Re- publican-Dixiecrat coalition 262 votes against 173 votes for Johnson. - o - -TRAGEDY AT SEA- Here is the explanation of a young naval officer for the shocking fire on the aircraft carrier Oriskany, in which 44 Navy men were burned to death. "Two gunner's mates were unloading Hares from the flare locker and started playing catch with one of them," the officer reported. "One of the flares dropped, and when one gunner's mate tried to keep it from hitting the deck, he jerked out the firing mechanism, setting it off. It blinded them, so they kicked It back in the locker and shut the door. The whole locker then blew up and threw flares all over the hangar deck, setting off fires and explosions which melted hatches and bulkheads." Thus started the fire on the carrier Oriskany, which killed 44 men -all because two gunner's mates were playing catch with a flare. Clip a gift! Delight someone on your Christmas list with a gift of telephone service. Here's just one of many Tele-Gift ideas—clip it out as a reminder to order from our business office. Or ask any telephone employee. New Trimline 1 Phone is compact, convenient. The dial comes to you for easy, comfortable phoning! Northwestern Bell - PAUL DOUGLAS PARK Suggestion to Secretary of the Interior Udall: No man in America did more to create the Indiana Sand Dunes Park than Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois. He 'worked for years trying to persuade his colleagues to preserve these rare sand dunes along Lake Michigan. It was an uphill battle which he finally won. Last week Douglas retired from the Senate, one of the truly strong characters on Capitol Hill. In memory of his great contribution to the nation and to this park, why not name these sand dunes "The Paul Douglas National Park" ? - o - - MME. MAO GAINING POWER- Madame Mao Tse-tung, fourth wile of the Chinese dictator, moved up last week to a new position of power in her husband's government. She was named cultural adviser of the Chinese army, which makes her one of the leaders of the so-called cultural revolution. Some diplomats now rank her in the top four of the new Chinese hierarchy. Once a glamorous screen star known as Lan Ping, Mme. Mao went to Yenan in 1938 to entertain the communist troops, and stayed on to work in the theater movement. Her most ardent fan became Mao Tse-tung, who divorced his third wife in order to marry her. It wasn't until the past bloody summer, however, that Lan Ping stepped out as more than a figurehead first lady. In the name of culture, she helped spark the military Red Guard movement which has been running wild behind the Bamboo Curtain. Now she is gaining power as her ailing husband loses power. - o - - ELUSIVE MR. POWELL To help muddy his tracks, the elusive Congressman Adam Clayton Powell has had fishing tackle sent to him from Miami addressed to "Huff Enterprises" at room 2161, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington. That is Rep. Powell's office, and Huff Enterprises presumably refers to the young lady who travels with him, Corinne Huff, who works, in, his, office when,. she's not jaunting 'with the Congressman to Nassau or Europe. "Huff Enterprises" is an interesting description for this intimate association between the Congressman from Harlem and the first Negro ever to win the Miss Ohio beauty contest. Incidentally, there's some interesting arithmetic regarding Powell's operations. The year before the Harlem Congressman became chairman from HISTORY'S SCRAPBOOK DATES AND EVENTS FROM YESTERYEARS Thursday, Dec. 15, 1966 Algeria (la.) Upper bet The United States fleet began a round-the-world trip, December 16, 1907. The Wright Brothers first airplane flight took place at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, December 17, 1903. The 13th Amendment (abolition of slavery) was declared ratified, December 18, 1865. Alabama became a state, December 19, 1819. Hitler assumed direct control of the Nazi army, December 19, 1941. The United States took possession of the Louisiana Purchase territory, December 20, 1803. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, December 21, 1620. Sherman captured Savannah, December 21, 1864. The U. S. Navy was created, December 22, 1775. of the House Education and Labor Committee, that committee had only 18 full-time employees, of whom only five were paid more than $8,000 a year. This summer, five years after Powell became chairman, the same committee had 76 employees on the payroll, 7 of whom were paid more than $20,000- and two were paid nearly $26,000, almost more than an assistant Secretary of State. Obviously it pays to work for Adam Clayton Powell I - o - -CAPITAL RUMBLES- Rep. Wright Patman of Texas is investigating the practice of some banks of paying no Interest on Christmas savings accounts. He's found that over a billion and a half dollars Is In banks which pay no interest on Christmas savings .... Nicholas Katzenbach, new Under Secretary of State, Is complaining about the cocktail ordeal. Protocol requires him to attend countless parties, luncheons and dinners. These take so much time that he sometimes feels he is conducting foreign policy with a martini in one hand .... Look for three of President Johnson's advisers to desert him sometime this winter or spring: Bill Moyers, his press secretary; Marvin Watson, his appointment secretary; and Jake Jacobsen, legislative counsel. All three are fond of the President, are patient men, but have found the Johnson pace too tough .... A Commerce Department study of the Christmas toy market Indicates that military toys have lost some of their appeal. The big fad this year is spy toys, which are outselling both military and space toys 10 to one. However, dolls are as popular as ever, and Santa Glaus is ex-; pected to distribute a record number: ;v; ; . Weather-Bureau experts?, say it's too early to say whether the fall rains have brought enough water to the drought-stricken Northeast. It probably will be spring before anyone knows whether the flve- year drought has been completely broken. THE UPPER DBS MOINES Invites you to send in your own local news items. ACCUTRON SPACEVIEW'H" Transparent dial lets you see the space movement. Wat e r p r o o f *, shock-protected, adjustable band. $150.00 Unfortunately. Accutron® looks like a watch We don't call it a watch. All the parts that make a watch fast or slow have been left out. The balance wheel, springs, staff and screws. Accutron does not use these parts. Instead, a tiny tuning fork keeps time through vibrations that are battery powered. Accutron time is so precise that we guaranteet average monthly accuracy within 60 seconds, which averages out to about 2 seconds a day. And we know owners who have not gained or lost this in a year. However, don't let this make you think that Accutron prices are higher than a fine watch. (Remember, a lot of parts were left out.) We believe the Accutron timepiece to be the finest and most precise wrist timepiece ever made. We have a wide variety of handsome models. $125 and up. WILT6EN JEWELERS ALCONA tGuoronteed lor average dolly accuracy wiihin 2 lecondi, We will odiul lime lo IM) tolerance, if neceuory. Guarantee li lor one lull year. St. Joe Airman In Aerospace Technical Work KENNETH THILGES ST. JOE - A/2c Kenneth B. Thilges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Thilges, recently graduated from Aerospace Technical Training School at Chanute Air Force Base at Rantoul, HI. Following a 21 day leave here with his parents and other relatives and friends he will be stationed at Luke A.F.B. Arizonia where he will be an Aerospace repairman specialist. His new address will be A2c Kenneth B. Thilges AF 16874703 4510 Combt. CrewTng.Wg (TAG) Luke A.F.B., Arizona - 85301. Bake Sale St. Ann Hospital Auxiliary will hold a bake sale at Hood's Super ,Valu here Dec. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. Members are asked to deliver baked goods to the store - and are also reminded that dues should be paid soon. Coops help keep more money in our town! Cooperative* are the balance wheel that strengthen* our free economy . . . MOW r Because co-ops are always locally owned and controlled. The savings they return to their patrons, stay in the community to help build all kinds of business. In a single year, co-op savings returned to patrons in just one state, totalled $ 17,500,000. This meant additional buying power for automobiles, clothing, appliances, furniture, groceries, insurance, and scores of other needed commodities and services. Cooperative patronage refunds help make local business better . . . benefit the whole community. Cooperatives help more people share in America's progress WEST BEND ELEVATOR CO R. W. Jurgens, Mgr. TITONKA CO-OP ELEVATOR Jack Stott, Mgr. FARMERS CO-OP ELEVATOR, Bode R. L Matheson, Mgr. FENTON CO-OP ELEVATOR Corti. Lura, Mgr. IRVINGTON CO-OP ELEVATOR E. F. Immerfall, Mgr. LONE ROCK CO-OP EXCHANGE ___ Lorenz Geitzenauer, Mgr. WHITTEMORE CO-OP ELEVATOR Alfred Schultz, Mgr. 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