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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 12, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazette: FrI., April 12, 1974 Easter Blues Checking out her total appearance, Leslie Slaughter, 3, of St. Louis, doesn't seem loo happy with what the mirror is telling her at a downtown store here. Leslie tried on several hats to determine which one she wants for a bonnet to wear this Easter Sunday. Society Features By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: My mother anc I stopped at a gasoline station She told the attendant she want ed worth of gas and she hel up two The attendant left and fra some reason another man cann out and put the gas in mj mother's tank. He said, "Tha will be My mother said she asked fo only ?2 worth so the second man said, "Look, lady, what's an other dollar? Besides, with thi gas shortage, you're lucky." My mother said all she ha< was but she lived only a blocks away (which was true so she would go home and ge another dollar. My mother didn't have an; more money at home so she never went back because wha could she have given him? What should she have done? WONDERING DEAR WONDERING: She should have told the man she would bring him the dollar as soon as she had it. And then she should have kept her Word, DEAR ABBY: Tell that girl who paid Motorhead's bills to write him a letter asking him for the he owes her. If Motorhead is dumb enough to write her back and tell her that he didn't owe her any was only have all the evidence she needs. She can then take the letter to a lawyer and he will take it from there. CLYDE P. DEAR CLYDE: It's an ol trick, but it could work. CONFIDENTIAL T O Ml READERS: Sunday is Easter Please do not give a child a liv- ing gift unless he is old enough to care for it properly. Every year a shocking number of bab; chicks, rabbits, kittens and pup- pies have been mauled, man handled, smothered and ne- glected to death by children who have received them as Easter gifts and who regard them as "toys." Have a heart and give small children stuffed animals instead. Problems? You'll feel better if you get it off your chest. For a personal reply, write to ABBY: White on White For a more sophisticated look at Easter, Jerry Silver- man presents jfhis drop shoulder dress of white polyester sharkskin. The dress is belted in white leather. Pranks Force Woman -from Home Box No. 69700, Los Angeles, Calif. 900G9. Enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope, please. For Abby's booklet, "How To Have a Lovely send to Abigail Van Buren, 133 Lasky Dr., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212.i ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. !UPI) A practical joke vithotit an end forced Mary Lou Paddock to leave her lome Thursday. "I thought it was funny at first but this has been going on for three days and I'm at my wit's Mrs. Paddock said before leaving. She has had calls from the telephone company concern- ing the disconnection of telephone, from (he power company wishing to confirm a request electric for termination of service, and from companies to confirm airline trips to Japan, Italy and a Chicago world cruise and a helicopter rental. Among the unsought arriv- als at the house have been a moving van to haul away the furniture, 16 taxi cabs for trips to Tampa International airport, five tow trucks, a car- pet cleaner, two trucks loaded with dirt, a truckload of con- crete blocks, a radio dis- patched cement mixer and a m a n to install a lawn sprinkler. Items delivered include a palm tree, 14 orange trees, ox- ygen tanks, 25 lobster and chicken dinners complete with appetizers, 21 bouquets of flowers, three terrariums, four pizzas, a rental bed and six of the concrete "logs" used in parking lots. Even (lie police arrived in response to a phony call re- porting the neighbors had heard screaming coming from the Paddock house. Police said most companies contacted said the orders had been placed by a woman with a deep voice and a strong Southern accent. MRS. RICHARD CHUTE WINS AAUW CONTEST Mrs. Richard Chute, 1318 Hertz drive SE, is the first-place winner in the skits category of the American Assn. of Uni- versity Women state creative arts contest. The Cedar Rapids AAUW branch will also receive Mrs. Chute's manuscript, 'Six Ages of will be displayed at the AAUW stale division convention in Waterloo April 18-20. Bartenders File Complaints Over Work Uniforms MADISON, Wis. (UPI) Fe- male bartenders cannot be re- quired to expose their bodies while male bartenders do not, a Wisconsin hearing examiner said Thursday. Patrick 0. Patterson, a hea ing examiner for the depai ment of industry, labor ai human relations, issued the d cision in a case involving female bartenders at t ;0bbler, a Johnson Creek re taurant. Barbara Hill and Etta Eire both of Oconomowoc, filed a si discrimination complaint wi the state agency. They said th were required to wear revealir clothing while male bartende were not. "The record indicates that tl uniform which complainan and other female bartende were required to wear exposi and accentuated their leg thighs and breasts, whereas t uniform worn by the male ba tenders did not expose the. parts of the body and did not a centuate any male sexual cha Patterson said. Patterson recommended th :he state agency order the re taurant to stop the discrim nation. He also said the tv women, who were fired for r 'using to wear the required un 'orm, did not want to be rei stated, but could file a lawsu .0 recover lost wages. The decision is subject to r 'iew by the three-member com mission heading the sta; agency. BRIDAL SHOWER GIVEN ?OR PAMELA DODGE Miss Pamela Dodge, May iride-elect of David J. Mehrin, 640 Thirty-fourth street SE, w; eted at a miscellaneous brida hower Wednesday evening a he home of the future bridt ;room's parents, Mr. and Mn .eon Mehring, 620 Thirty-firs treet SE. Co-hostesses to the 1 ;uests were Mrs. Robert Bar osh and Miss Elaine Ma: uardt. Miss Dodge is th aughter of Mr. and Mrs .awrcnce Dodge, 1148 ditto rive NE. BEEFEATERS BUFFET per person Children undor 10, 51.93 Roast Round of Beef, Beef Stroganoff, Rejishes, Desserts Grant Wood Kitchen MOTOR HOTEL CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA GUEST Officials, Wives Work Together By Leann Thompson Drake Journalism Student Written for Associated Press DES MOINES (AP) The wives of about one-fourth of Iowa's 150 legislators each act as their husband's secretary. William Harbor, chief clerk of the house, estimates each secretary earns about during a session. Although the law that made hiring a public official's rela- tives illegal was not removed until the 1973 legislative ses- sion, the number of wives working for their husbands has remained about the same for several years, said Har- bor. Unenforceable This was because some le- gislators said they didn't know of the law and others said that since it was an old custom for a legislator's wife to be his secretary, they never consid- ered the legality. The law was repealed partly because it was unenforceable, said the wife of Rep. Delwyn Stromer Mrs. Stromcr said legislators, if necessary, were planning to hire each other's wives to get around the law, so they decid- ed to get rid of it. Most of the legislators said they voted to eliminate the law. Sen. Willard Hanson (R- Cedar Falls) said he didn't vote on the measure because he felt there was a conflict of interest. Many of the legislators who work with their wives defend their secretaries. Extra Work "You can't ask a normal secretary to do'the work you have to do if you're going to be said Rep. Donald Avenson Rep. John ID- North Liberty) said his wife does "a lot of additional work that I can't entrust to others." Mrs. Stromer said she hand- les much of her husband's correspondence so he doesn't have to dictate it. She added, "It's easier to order your wife around." Harbor said secretaries are expected to work from 8 to 4 on the average. "Measly Salary'' Sen. Leonard Anderson (R- Sioux City) said his wife works extra hours and under- stands his campaign material better than another secretary would. "Tie only way we could move to DCS Moines on the measly salary (his state pays" was for his wife to work, said Sen. Michael Blouin (D- Legislators receive annually with a raise next year to Sen. Hansen thinks his dis- trict is better off because his wife works as his secretary. He said she is sensitive to pol- itics, familiar with his district and has knowledge of issues as well as clerical skills. "I defy anyone to find a sec- retary with more background than she he said. Standards Each legislator has one sec- retary, who is paid a standard salary of a day, seven days a week, for the duration of the session. Harbor said the possibility of setting an annu- al salary is under consider- ation. He said that amount would probably be to The senate has no minimum standards (or secretaries but the house requires that appli- cants type 50 words per min- ute and take shorthand at 75 words per minute, said Har- bor. The two houses keep lists of applicants for secretarial jobs. If a legislator does not bring his own secretary, he can choose one from the list. No minimum standards are set for secretaries the legisla- tors bring with them. Some of the wives have had business training, but others have had only typing and shorthand classes. Some were teachers or nurses and sever- al worked in their husband's businesses prior to coming to the legislature. Wilson's Secretary Won't Resign Over Land Deals Criticism By Fred Coleman LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson's long- time personal secretary, a central figure in a political storm over property deals, said Thursday her conscience is clear and she has no inten- tion of resigning. Marcia Williams told the Daily Mirror in an interview that she and her brother had invesled money in waste land that was eventually cleared of slag and sold for industrial development. With her share of the profits she said she bought a house for There has been no sugges- tion that Wilson was involved personally or financially in the land deals or that the transactions were in any way illegal. But they have raised a political storm because Wil- son's Labor party has sharply criticized large profits from la 1 speculation. Opposition politicians now say Wilson's own staff was in- volved in the kind of deals their boss was criticizing. M r s. Williams' brother, Anthony Field, served as a Wilson aide when the Wilson was leader of the opposition. Field worked for Wilson without salary but conducted some private business affairs from the prestigious address of Wilson's private office at the House of Commons. This too has come in for criticism. Mrs. Williams said there was nothing wrong with her business transactions. "I shall not resign from my job as Mr. Wilson's private Mrs. Williams said, my conscience is clear." Some Labor party politi- cians long disturbed by Mrs. Williams' political authority in Wilson's office have demand- ed her resignation. Among other things, she controls Wil- son's appointments list and advises him on political mat- ters. In her interview, Mrs. Wil- liams complained she had been hounded by the press, received obscene letters and had her ear broken into. On the land deal, she stressed that the value of the property had increased while the opposition Conservative party was in power. Tory members of parliament plan- ned to- question her on this aspect of 'her statement. La- bor lawmakers also plan further questions. until Mrs. Straw Easter Tree, 18 Feet Tall, Displays Traditional Symbols WICHITA FALLS, Texas "It's a bit of a shock to see (UPI) Who ever heard of an said Mrs. Jones. "It has a delicate and fragile look for something so large it has a spiritual overtone." Besides the painted eggs, crosses and bunnies, Mrs. Jones placed three life-sized doves, flowers, bows, alabaster carv- ings and assorted basket ar- rangements on the tree. "This arrangement reflects Easter tree? Probably nobody, Tana Jones of nearby Electra, Texas, made one seven feet tall. This year's version is 18 feet high and it dominates the lobby of the First Wichita State bank. 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