WASHINGTON I! FRAN'S BEAUTYRAMA I To all... 1966... FAREWAY STORES tfrfb of the May your gifts be peace and great joy. 1966 WASHINGTON - The wheels of justice tarn slowly, but they do turn it sufficiently prodded by the press. Almost two years ago — Jan. 16, 1965 to be exact - this column revealed that the Navy had sold 48 landing gear struts for only $11,700 but bought back the same struts three months later for $230,000. "The middlemen who bought the struts from the Navy, and sold them back to the Navy, made a profit of 1,900 per cent in only three months time," the column reported. The column gave details as to how the struts were purchased from the Navy by the Variety Cushion Company of Los Angeles, sold to the H and H Aircraft Company of Concord, Calif., for $60,000, then sold to California Iron and Metal of Oakland for $198,000, which sold them back to the Navy for $230,000. In October, three of the individuals who parlayed this tremendous 1,900 per cent profit were convicted. They were David Henderson of the H and H Aircraft Sales Company, Alameda; Martin Hewus of the Variety Cushion Company, El Monte, and Merle D. Larson of Concord, all in California. Each was convicted of conspiring to make false claims to the government. Each count carries a possible penalty of five years Imprisonment. At the time of the sentencing, however, Judge William Sweigert of the U. S. District Court for Northern California made an amazing reversal. He ruled that the verdict reached by the jury was "not sustainable" on the basis of the evidence presented, and he acquitted the three men. The Navy was slow to act on our report that it sold the struts at the precise time the Naval Supply Center in Oakland got a request from the Japanese government for the same struts to be used on American-supplied Tor some strange' reason, the Japanese requisition was held at the Oakland Supply Center for nearly three months. Meanwhile, the Navy in Seattle had the struts which the Japanese wanted, but sold them for only $11,700 to a private middleman. The accused dealers have been convicted, then freed. But no action has been taken against the Navy gold-braid wlio mishandled the deal in the first place. - o- - DRAFT AND ROULETTE - The selective Service System today operates not unlike Russian roulette. As a young man stands on the threshold of his future, Uncle Sam hands him a revolver. Five chambers are marked "de- ferred''; the sixth is loaded with a draft call. He spins the cylinder and takes his chances. The uncertainties and inequities In our conscription methods are creating a generation of draft dodgers. A refugee community is growing up in Canada of young Americans who have jumped the border to escape the draft. The threat of military service has scared thousands of others into premature marriages, unscheduled schooling and unwanted jobs. A troubled President Johnson last year appointed a Presidential Here's hoping you have o wonderful holiday ... HANK'S BARBER SHOP »ftIW HAIIOM Commission on Selective Service, which has spent many hours studying proposals to change or replace the present draft system. Universal military training has been discussed; a lottery system has been debated. Favorable attention has been given to the Idea of a National Service Corps, which would conscript all young men either for military service or welfare work. Commission members are privately skeptical, however, over the usefulness of 18-and 19-year- old social workers. They also fear that a universal draft would give the federal government too much power over individuals. The majority also seem to feel that universal military training would be too costly and chaotic, that a lottery would be less fair than the present deferment system. It looks as if the Presidential Commission,, when It files its recommendations early next year, simply will advocate reforming the present draft law. - o- - BRITAIN IN TROUBLE For more than 50 years most Americans have come to think of England as their No. 1 ally. We have fought two world wars together, got British support in two highly unpopular minor wars - Korea and South Viet Man- and have stuck together on most major policy. But, though most Americans don't realize it, we will soon have no ally. For the British economy is fast .going down the drain. British production is down, its factory equipment outmoded. British labor is not too efficient. The British maritime strike earlier this year dealt the country a cruel blow. The pound sterling is propped up only by the American dollar. Australia, Canada and New Zealand are probably closer to the United States economically than to London, while bu%, once,a,vast market for, England^is now, completely dependent 'on American farmers for food. Last month, the British, in a desperate attempt to save their economy, appealed to France to admit them to the Common Market. General de Gaulle's reply, was that Britain was too close to the USA, that Britain must sacrifice if Ht wanted to get Into the Common Market. This imperious advice was delivered to a nation which held out against Hitler's bombers and rockets at a time when France had supinely surrendered to the Nazi army. If it were not for Britain's sacrifice at that time, France might still be under the Nazis I De Gaulle might still be enjoying his exile in England. What the sinking of England means is that English law, which we inherited, English culture from which we have borrowed liberally, English government which is the foundation of our government - all lose their onetime eminence in the world. - o- - THE DIPLOMATIC POUCH - Soviet Premier Alexei Kosy- gln has told Western visitors frankly that the Chinese communists are the only ones who can profit from the Viet Nam war. In the nuclear age, small wars must be stopped before they explode into a devastating world war, Kosygln says. The Hungarians, French, Canadians and others have renewed efforts to persuade the Hanoi government to come to the truce table. They have argued that Republican gains will make the new Congress take a harder, not softer, line on the Viet Nam war. So far, the North Vietnamese have given them no encouragement. The Hanoi government has signed military-aid agreements with Albania, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Mongolia, North Korea, Poland, Romania and the Soviet Union. This is one reason the Joint Chiefs of Staff are urging President Johnson to authorize the mining of Haiphong Harbor to slow down the shipments. The Chinese communists have toned down their belligerency over the Viet Nam war since the United States started bombing the fuel-storage depots in the Hanoi-Haiphong area. Some American generals are citing this as evidence that the Chinese understand only strength. American troops are preparing to jump into the Mekong delta where South Vietnamese forces are locked in see-saw battles with an estimated 82,000 Viet Cong guerrillas. -.- ,. WEDDING Miss Marlene G. Hartman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. H. Hartman, Rodman, was married in Naples, Italy, to Lt. Gerald A. Bernier, USN. The naval couple will live in Naples, where Lt. Bernier is assigned to the staff of Rear Admiral R. E. Riera. SWEA-EAGLE ! By Mrs. Kenneth Brones ^iiiiiiiiiiiii'iiiiiiiiiKiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiii 1 Richard Mather will leave for Alamerta, Calif, where he will report to the Naval Air Base, Friday, after a month at the home of his parents, the R.S. Mathers. He has been at Barbers Point, Hawaii. Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Mather, Ellen and Richard, new to Providence, R. L, from Minneapolis, and visited their son, Allan Dzan and his wife at their home at North Kingstown, R. L He is with the Navy Seabees. The Mathers were gone six days, returning Tuesday. The Arthur Kracht, R. S. Mather and Mike Grabianowski families were Sunday visitors at the Paul Wegner home at Armstrong for her birthday. Her niece, Edrie Montonye of Wheaton, Minn., has been at the home of Mrs. Fred C. Newlin and Pauline for the past two weeks and plans an extended visit there. She is visiting other relatives in the area also, including the Glen Clarks. The Walter Magnusens were weekend visitors at the Art Petersons, Clifford Pedersens and with their daughter, Sharon of Minneapolis. Saturday evening, Mrs. Mervin Johnson and children and Mrs. Terry Johnson visited at the David Hankins, Ben Wibben and Nels Godfredson homes at Algona* The Truman Johnsons attended the music festival at Iowa State University, Ames, Sunday. Their Afgofta (la.) Upper D«i MolnH-t son. Paul was in the chorus. The Cecil Thoresons stopped at the Ted Hilb^rt home at Lu- Veme enroute home from Ames and were suppe^ guests there. Mr. and Mrs Darrel Bishop spent the weekend in Minneapolis. Cameron and Carmen spent the time with grandparents TO OUR MANY FRIENDS, A MERRY CHRISTMAS! MILLER Lumber Company May joy decorate your Yule . . . JOE DOWNEY'S AL60NA MEAT MARKET NOW LOCATED IN SJOGREN'S GROC ffiuridqy, Pet. 22, 19*4 HOLIDAY WISHES POST MOVING AND STORAGE To all good friends whoso friendship means so much, we send you season's greetings. 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