The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 14, 1967 · Page 11
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Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 14, 1967
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6-Algona, (la.) Upper De* Moines Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1967 -GRISSOM NO TRAINED SEAL- WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Roand WASHINGTON - All the information coming out of China from Japanese and neutralist newspapermen, from refugees and radio intercepts bears out the fact that China has ceased to be an effective force and that Chinese communism is no longer a threat to the world. This was confirmed by Mrs. Pat Griffith, wife of a Cornell chemistry professor, recently returned from Hanoi and Red China. She was given a transit visa through China arranged by the North Vietnamese government and spent six days in China while enroute. Her net impression was: 1. China is so big, so mixed up and so at odds with itself that it's no threat to its neighbors. 2. Ho Chi Minn and the North Vietnamese are never going to surrender or come to the peace table. 3. The National Liberation Front (the Viet Cong), are much more amenable and would agree to a peace treaty by which the United States kept one or two military bases similar to the Guantanamo Naval Base we have in Cuba. Mrs. Griffith, a pretty woman with finely cut features and firm convictions, gives the impression of being more interested in fact- finding than in demonstrating. "We had no trouble getting to Hanoi," she said. "The North Vietnamese seem anxious to have visitors. They have a lot of self-confidence and are about ready to invite some critical newspapermen. The State Department took away my passport, but thafs not important. Pm sure when I test it out In courts, Fll get it back again. I don't believe the State Department has the right to restrict an American's freedom of travel." - o- - EX-BELLBOY HOCfflMINH- "What was Ho ChiMinhlike?' Mrs. Griffith was asked. "He's very old, with sparkly eyes and shuffly feet and speaks English quite well. He spent two or three years in New York City working as a bellhop and likes Americans. He doesn't have any bitterness toward the American people and says he knows that we are suffering from the loss of our boys, from higher taxes and cuts in our antipoverty program. "Ho reads the New York Times and Newsweek and has the AP news ticker right in his office. He studies the political polls and is quite aware that LBJ*s popularity is down because of the war. He knows exactly what our allies are saying about the war, how critical they are of us, and he is confident that the war is going well for him. He knows who's a dove and who's a hawk in the American government. He reads other weekly magazines - the Nation and the New Republic. " 'We can hold out a long time,' Ho told me. 'We just have to put off the internal development that we have planned DREW PEARSON and wait until world opinion makes the United States withdraw as it finally did the French. Mrs. Griffith said the thought that Ho and the North Vietman government made a mistake in comparing the American determination in South Vietnam with that of the French. At the time the French got out oflndo-China, they realized that the days of colonization were over. The United States, on the other hand, is not seeking to colonize. Therefore, its position is stronger than the French. - o - - CUBANS ARE POPULAR - There is another interesting contrast between the attitude of the North Vietnamese toward the Russians, the Chinese, and other communists, Mrs. Griffith reported. The Chinese remain to themselves. They are seen sitting alone in restaurants, and don't seem particularly welcome, though their arms are welcome. "The position toward the Russians is more cordial. It seems to be one of 'we're glad to have you here, but you're only visitors and you're leaving in a short time.' "But the Cubans are the ones who are really welcome," reported Mrs. Griffith. "Perhaps it's because they're a small country and they mingle with the North Vietnamese. One day we saw the Cuban ambassador come in from the fields where he had been working as a laborer. He wore fatigues, as do all the Cubans. They speak English and seem to be a part of the country." Asked about damage caused by American bombers, Mrs. Griffith said that they had knocked out a lot of buildings in the suburbs of Hanoi, but had stiffened North Vietnamese determination and had not interfered with transportation or war production. "The railroads and the bridges are rebuilt within 30 minutes, to an hour," said Mrs. Griffith.' "AU along the railroad there are piles of materials, about a mile apart, ready to repair bomb damage. "After a raid the undetonated bombs are collected first and used to blow up any obstructions. Then about a thousand women turn up in work gangs and in almost no time the damage is repaired. "The women are doing an amazing job. They manage the factories, operate night schools. You never see any men. You see women in the fields with rifles slung over their shoulders. They claim they can shoot down our jets with their rifles." Regarding China, Mrs. Griffith said: "You don't know what to make of it. It's frightening bicycles, people everywhere. The Red Guards are all over the place. Red Guards even come into the waiting rooms at the airport to sing and dance for you. There seems to be no resentment against Americans. "The airplane stewardess reads you the doctrine of Chairman Mao after she tells you to fasten your seat belts." Friends of the veteran space explorer, Gus Grissom, one of the three victims of the tragic flash fire aboard the Apollo aircraft he was supposed to command, recall one sour episode in his career as an astronaut. He was ordered on June 25, 1965, to attend a watermelon festival in Hampton, S. C., to honor Rep. L. Mendel Rivers, D-S. C., the white-maned, whiskey-swilling House Armed Services chairman. Reluctantly, Grissom agreed to attend, along with Astronauts John Glenn and John Young. The crew-cut Grissom was notified that he would be called upon to say a few words as spokesman for the trio and would be expected to praise Congressman Rivers. The astronaut, an Air Force • officer, did as lie was commanded, putting in a good word for Rivers, then going on to extol the moon program. Afterward, he complained to friends that he didn't enjoy doing a trained-seal act for a politician, particularly one who didn't stay sober enough to appreciate the performance. Grissom quietly served notice on his superiors that he never again wanted to be used for political purposes. Those same superiors, impressed with Rivers' s power over military legislation, have always hastened to do his bidding. In October, 1965, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of the three services, and a host of other military dignitaries took time out from the Vietnam war to fly to Charleston, S. C., to help unveil a bust of Rivers. The previous year, the same glittering assemblage turned up in the tiny town of St. Stephen, S. C., to help celebrate "L. Mendel Rivers Day." On several other occasions, the Navy has discreetly loaded Rivers into an ' ambulance and whisked him off to the Bethesda Naval Hospital to sober up. Note - Despite his long history of alcoholism, Rivers remains chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is privileged to read highly confidential documents affecting the security of the United States. Throughout the executive branch of government, anyone with an alcohol problem is considered a security risk and is fired. While Adam Clayton Powell has been demoted as chairman of his House Education and Labor Committee, Rivers remains chairman of the much more sensitive and strategic House Armed Services Committee. - o- - TEDDY LOOKS TO 1972 - Sen. Teddy Kennedy, younger brother of the late President, has started wooing Southern leaders very much as JFK did before he got the Presidential nomination. Last week the young Senator from Massachusetts paid his respects to Gov. John J. McKeithen when the Louisiana governor arrived in Washington for the Mardi Gras ball. The meeting was cordial but not without some sage advice. "You and your brother ought to get behind the President and give him some help," said Gov. McKeithen. "Right now, thanks to this war in Vietnam, he needs it. But when this war is over, he won't need you any more than he needs a third leg.' Sen. Kennedy listened, but made no comment. At least he jUd not disagree. MUSICIAN Michael J. Edgerton, son of Dr. and Mrs. John Edgerton of Manning, has been selected as a member of the 1967 United States of America High School Band and Chorus. Michael won the honor by the First chair of America for Us outstanding mnsicianshlp on the french hom and piano. He is a Manning high school student. • • I BIG SALE STILL IN PROGRESS AT DIAMOND'S ! • • • 4 4 ALGONA ,ENDS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 20th Cenlufy Fo« Presents GNARIION HESTOH REX HARRISON in THE AGONY AND THEECS1ASY Co s DIANE CILENTO CNE. V^SCOPL • Cotoi by De Lu«i- STARTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 5 CONTINUOUS SHOWING SATURDAY - 1 : 30 P.M. 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